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									The Young Entrepreneurs:
Redefining Success
    my Church.                 —God’s call to St. Francis of Assisi

               G      od’s call to St. Francis nearly 800 years ago reverberates
                      in our hearts today. As Franciscan priests and brothers,
               we bring Christ’s message of mercy and love to a modern—yet hurting world.
               Our many works in parishes, high schools and universities, hospitals, and
               foreign missions are focused not on maintaining buildings but on transforming
               lives into deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
                    If you’re interested in rebuilding God’s kingdom as a priest or brother,
               consider joining the Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular.

    Franciscan Friars, T.O.R., Vocation Office
    PO Box 104, Loretto, PA 15940 Phone: 814-472-9527                                           Province of the Most Sacred
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2                                                                                                                         Franciscan Way
                                                                                 Winter 2003

                          5     An Austrian Celebration By Tom Sofio
                          10 The Young Entrepreneurs:
                             Redefining Success
                                By Lisa Ferguson
                                From finance and construction to bridal millinery and
                                coffee distribution—Franciscan alumni learn what it
                                takes to run their own businesses.                                                            10
                          14 Scrum Time!
                                By Tom Sofio
                                Rugby catches on as the newest club sport.

                          16 Catholic Writers Gather for a
                             Fellowship of the Pens
                                By Tim Drake
                                Seeking to reshape the culture with bold words and vivid
                                imaginations, writers gather for the first-ever Catholic
                                Writers Festival.                                              14
                          18 In the Spirit of Thanksgiving
                                By David Scott

                          20 A Distinguished Tenure
                                By Judy Roberts
                                Professor John Korzi retires after 47 years of service.

                          29 The Other Three R’s
                                By Katrina J. Zeno
                                                                                                              Franciscan Way Staff:
4     From the President                                                                                                       Editor:
                                                                                                                      Lisa Ferguson ’84
6     News Briefs                                                                                                    Assistant Editor:
                                                                                                                             Tom Sofio
22    Class Notes
                                                                                                          Design Director/Production:
26    Alumni Profile                                                                                                Marie Highfield ’91
27    Alma Matters                                                                                                        Melissa Zifzal
                                                                                                                         Class Notes:
28    Meet the Profs                                                                                                 Joan McGlone ’82
30    Franciscan Saints                                                                                                Steve Zehler ’92
                                                                                                                            Katie Shawl
                                                                                                                        Marianne Skees
On the cover: Entrepreneur Joe LeMark ’93, co-owner of New Oregon Builders Company. (Photo by Caren LeMark)                Callie Stone

Winter 2003                                                                                                                           3
                                                                    The Franciscan Presence
                                  Rev. Terence Henry, TOR

I    n 1970, consecrated persons or
     priests made up 51 percent of the
200,000 teachers in Catholic schools in
                                                  Franciscans in 1946, this school has
                                                  enjoyed a strong Franciscan presence on
                                                  the Board of Trustees, in administration,
                                                                                                 University’s first vice president for Mis-
                                                                                                 sion Effectiveness. A 1989 graduate of
                                                                                                 Franciscan University, Father Dave will
the United States. By the year 2000 that          staff, and faculty, and today, 15 friars       work throughout the University to help
proportion had dropped to 7.5 percent,            continue the rich Franciscan educational       focus depar tments on our unique
just over 12,000 teachers. This dramatic          mission here.                                  Franciscan mission and will also serve as
decline, among other considerations,                   Several recent decisions highlight our    my assistant.
prompted a new document, “On Conse-               ongoing commitment to Catholic higher               Fourth, the University hired Frank
crated Persons and Their Mission in               education as Franciscans.                      Glazer as our new vice president for Ad-
Schools,” issued November 19, 2002, by                 First, we decided to increase the         vancement. A senior development profes-
the Congregation for Catholic Education.          Franciscan presence in our Austrian study      sional with nearly 30 years’ experience, he
     The document emphasized the con-             abroad program by inviting a community         will lead our efforts to build up our en-
tribution consecrated persons make to the         of Franciscan sisters to join us in our work   dowment fund. As the Congregation for
apostolate of education by their radical          there. They will assist our chaplain, pro-     Catholic Education’s document stated,
reference to Christ, and by their impor-          vide a greater religious presence, and teach   Catholic schools must provide access to
tant witness to the transcendent dimen-           some courses. This decision came out of        education “especially for the poor” as a
sion of the spiritual life. In the section pro-   our October Board of Trustees meeting          matter of justice. Increasing our endow-
filing the consecrated person, it said, “The      in Gaming, which celebrated the end of         ment will allow us to assist families of
consecrated life must try to testify that         our tenth year in Austria, and the many        modest means who wish to send their sons
holiness is the highest humanizing pro-           blessings that have come through this          and daughters to Franciscan University
posal of man and of history” (No. 12) and         program.                                       even as we strive to improve academic
that “consecrated persons communicate                  Second, Franciscan University started     excellence.
the richness of their specific vocation to        a new semester abroad program in Rome               The University also welcomed Dr.
the extent that they live their consecra-         for our MA theology students. This pro-        Robert G. Filby ’75, former president of
tion commitments to the full” (No. 13).           gram became possible when Minister Gen-        the Trinity Health System Foundation and
     Calling their role in education “vitally     eral Father Ilija Zivkovic, TOR, invited us    vice president of Medical Affairs for Trin-
important” because they evangelize as             to house our students at the guesthouse        ity Health System in Steubenville, as our
they educate, the document exhorted con-          at the international headquarters for the      new vice president for Community Rela-
secrated persons to “revive their educa-          Franciscan Friars of the Third Order           tions. He replaces John Madigan ’58, who
tional passion” by “starting afresh from          Regular of St. Francis. This kind invita-      retired in January after 18 years of dedi-
Christ…contemplating his face, pausing            tion represents a commitment to educa-         cated service but will continue to play a
at length with him in prayer to then be           tion at the highest levels of the order.       role in the University on our Board of
able to show him to others” (No. 82).                  Third, at the prompting of our pro-       Advisors.
     As a Franciscan who has served as a          vincial, Father Edmund Carroll, TOR,                I am grateful for all the fine men and
teacher and administrator in high schools         and the Provincial Chapter of the              women—lay and consecrated—who serve
and colleges for over 25 years, I found           Franciscan Friars, we created a new ad-        alongside the Franciscans here at this Uni-
these reflections both a wonderful re-            ministrative position ensuring that another    versity. Together, may we do our best as
minder and affirmation of the role of             friar will always work in close collabora-     educators to “light and trim the lamp of
priests and religious in education, espe-         tion with the University president. I am       faith of the new generations, the ‘morn-
cially at Franciscan University. Since its        so pleased to announce the appointment         ing watchmen at the dawn of the new mil-
founding by Third Order Regular                   of Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, as the            lennium’” (No. 84).
4                                                                                                                            Franciscan Way
                                                         By Tom Sofio
                                                         Photos by Steve Zehler

                            C       alling it “a great
                                    day for the
                             Kartause Maria Thron,”
                             Architect Walter
              Hildebrand opened the celebration
              marking the tenth anniversary of
              Franciscan University’s study abroad
              program in Gaming, Austria. The man
              responsible for the renovation of the
              medieval monastery, no one would
              know better than Hildebrand how
              much hard work, vision, and sacrifice
              went into making it a reality.
                  Civic and Church leaders from
              Austria, Franciscan University’s Board
              of Trustees, administrators, faculty,
              and students gathered October 14,
              2002, for the festivities along with
              benefactors of the program.
                  Mass, a gala reception, and a
              formal dinner rounded out the pro-
              gram thanking
              God and honor-
              ing all those who
              contributed to
              the restoration of
              the Kartause and
              the success of
              University’s study
              abroad program.

                                                         Photos (counterclockwise from top)
                                                         1) Architect Walter Hildebrand shows
                                                         dignitaries the Kartause library with its
                                                         priceless artwork.
                                                         2) Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, archbishop
                                                         of Vienna, celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the
                                                         Mass in the Kartause chapel.
                                                         3) US Ambassador to Austria W.L. Lyons
                                                         Brown greets University President Father
                                                         Terence Henry, TOR.
                                                         4) President Father Terence Henry, TOR,
                                                         Trustees Mickey Pohl, Mike Dougherty, and
                                                         Paulette Kardos, and Walter Hildebrand
                                                         plan future renovations for the Kartause.

Winter 2003                                                                                                5
                                             Franciscan University Gains “Top Tier” Ranking

                                           U     S. News & World Report
                                                 ranked Franciscan Uni-
                                           versity of Steubenville in the
                                                                              of any school in its division,
                                                                              and ranked ninth overall for
                                                                              freshman retention. These are
                                                                                                                        Franciscan University also
                                                                                                                   ranked in the top 3 percent
                                                                                                                   out of 1,400 schools in the
                                           top 21 percent of schools in       considered two of the most           study abroad category, for its
                                           its division in the 2003 Guide     important indicators of a            program at a restored medi-
                                           to America’s Best Colleges.        school’s overall academic ex-        eval monastery in the foothills
                                           This placed the University in      cellence. According to U.S.          of the Austrian Alps. Another
                                           the publication’s elite “top       News, “The higher the pro-           contributing factor to the fa-
                                           schools” category for three of     portion of freshmen who re-          vorable ranking was the 14-1
                                           the past four years.               turn to campus the following         student-to-teacher ratio.
                                                Contributing to the top       year and eventually graduate,             More information is avail-
                                           tier ranking were high scores      the better a school may be           able at or in
                                           in two important categories:       at offering the classes and          the publication, America’s Best
                                           Franciscan University had the      ser vices students need to           Colleges, 2003 Edition, avail-
                                           sixth highest graduation rate      succeed.”                            able in bookstores.

                                                           Bishop Sheldon Receives Founders’ Award

                                           F    or nourishing the people
                                               of his diocese, the Church,
                                           and society throughout his
                                                                              many Catholic learning insti-
                                                                              tutions over the past several
                                                                              decades. “Thank the Lord that
                                                                                                                   Sheldon takes on a more active
                                                                                                                   presence on campus than ever
                                                                                                                   before as a member of the
                                           nearly 50 years as a priest, the   didn’t happen here,” he said.        Board of Advisors and as a
                                           Most Reverend Gilbert              “Here you emphasize faith and        guest lecturer, primarily on
                                                   Sheldon,       bishop-     reason, and especially the ready     Church teachings in bioethics.
                                                   emeritus of Steuben-       availability of daily Mass, con-         At the dinner, Founders’
                                                   ville, received the        fession, and retreats,” as focal     Association scholarships were
                                                   Founders’ Award dur-       points of campus life.               presented to Nathaniel Free-
                                                   ing the Founders’ As-           At the start of each fall se-   man and Andrew Plesich, two
                                                   sociation Dinner on        mester Bishop Sheldon pub-           local students enrolled in the
                                                   December 1.                licly administered the Oath of       MBA Program. The Franciscan
                                                      “You mar velously       Fidelity to new theology fac-        University Women’s Club
                                                   lived out your Episco-     ulty and those involved in spiri-    awarded scholarships to Carol
                                                   pal motto, Fortes in       tual formation of students. He       Kidwell, who will soon com-
                                                   Fide—‘Strong          in   also participated in summer          plete her education degree, and
S. Zehler

                                                   Faith,’” said University   conferences and other educa-         to Sarah Proya, who is enrolled
                                                   President       Father     tional and liturgical events.        in the MA Counseling Pro-
                                                   Terence Henry, TOR.        Though now retired, Bishop           gram.
        Father Terence Henry, TOR, pre-
        sents the Founders’ Award to       He cited Bishop Sheldon’s
        Bishop-Emeritus Gilbert Sheldon.   many works in the diocese,                    Introducing
                                           with Serra International,
                                           Knights of Columbus, and on
                                           Catholic bishops’ committees
                                           on Latin America and for
                                                                              F    ranciscan University has
                                                                                  changed its domain name to
                                                                     The new
                                                                                                                   Web of the word Franciscan,
                                                                                                                   which encompasses the
                                                                                                                   University’s name, its patron
                                           Catholic Charities.                name reflects the actual name of     saint, and Franciscanism.
                                               Bishop Sheldon called the      the University more clearly than          After March 3, 2003, any
                                           University a “crown jewel” of      the hybrid “,”           e-mail sent to “franuniv” will be
                                           the Steubenville diocese. He       which it replaces. Another plus:     undeliverable. Change your e-
                                           thanked the University for         Franciscan University is now the     mail bookmarks or favorites and
                                           avoiding the trend toward          sole proprietor on the educa-        address book for any Franciscan
                                           secularization that gripped        tional branch of the World Wide      contacts now.

6                                                                                                                                    Franciscan Way
                                                                                          Coming Events
Cardinal Arinze Explains Roots
of Islamic Extremism                                                           February 2003
                                                                                1      Festival of Praise

F      rancis Cardinal Arinze,
      former president of the
Pontifical Council for Interre-
                                       pression, poverty and underde-
                                       velopment, corruption and bad
                                       government, poor economic
                                                                                       Finnegan Fieldhouse—7:00 p.m.
                                                                                       Franciscan University Presents,
                                                                                       EWTN—7:00 p.m.*
ligious Dialogue, spoke to             conditions and unhealed                  2-8    International Week
a standing-room only audience          memo-                                   March 2003
on Christian-Muslim relations          ries of
October 11 at Franciscan               political                                1     Festival of Praise, Fieldhouse—7:00 p.m.
University.                            domina-                                  2     Franciscan University Presents,
      Cardinal Arinze discussed        tion, real                                     EWTN—7:00 p.m.*
the shared beliefs and differ-         or per-                                  15    FIRE Rally, Phoenix (412) 951-0306
                                       ceived.                                  17-23 Spring Break
ences between two of the most
influential religions in the           In such                                 April 2003
world—and pointed out the              situations Cardinal Arinze
root causes of fundamentalism-         of suffering, the extremist can          3-6   Anathan Spring Production:
                                       look credible to some mis-                     Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale,
fueled terrorism.
                                                                                      Anathan Theatre—8:00 p.m.
      Christians can find much         guided people when he calls for
                                                                                4     Nursing Dedication,
to commend in Islam, Arinze            a radical revolution or suggests
                                                                                      Christ the King Chapel—8:00 p.m.
noted, such as the fidelity of         violent action as a solution.”
                                                                                5     Festival of Praise, Fieldhouse—7:00 p.m.
Muslims to prayer, fasting, and             In 1998 Arinze formed the           6     Franciscan University Presents,
almsgiving.                            Committee of Muslim-Catho-                     EWTN—7:00 p.m.*
      Among the differences,           lic Dialogue to work against             9     Honors Convocation,
Arinze stated that “Muslims do         racism and terrorist violence.                 Christ the King Chapel—7:30 p.m.
not accept the Christian mys-          “It is not enough to condemn             10-13 Anathan Spring Production:
teries of the Blessed Trinity and      extremism,” said Arinze. “It is                Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale,
redemption of all humanity by          also necessary to see that it is               Anathan Theatre**—8:00 p.m.
the Incarnate Word. Muslims            not provided the type of cli-            16    Tennebrae, Chapel—8:00 p.m.
honor Jesus as a prophet, but          mate that favors its growth.”            17    Easter Recess Begins, 6:00 p.m.
not as son of God.”                         After 17 years as president               Holy Thursday Mass, Fieldhouse—7:30 p.m.
      Addressing the religious fa-     of the Pontifical Council for            18    Good Friday Service, Fieldhouse—3:00 p.m.
naticism that has fueled terror-       Interreligious Dialogue, Arinze          19    Easter Vigil Mass, Fieldhouse—9:00 p.m.
ist attacks in America and other       was appointed recently by                20    Easter Sunday Mass,
countries, Cardinal Arinze ex-         Pope John Paul II as the new                   Christ the King Chapel—10:00 a.m.
plained that some Muslim lead-         prefect of the Congregation              21    Easter Recess—Evening Classes Resume
ers became popular “because of         for Divine Worship and the               27    Franciscan Chamber Music Society
                                       Sacraments.                                    Spring Concert, Gallery—2:00 p.m.
situations of oppression and re-
                                                                                30    Last day of classes
                      Classical Concert                                        May 2003
                                                                                3      Festival of Praise, Fieldhouse—7:30 p.m.
                                                                                4      Franciscan University Presents,
                                                                                       EWTN—7:00 p.m.*
                                                                                9      Baccalaureate Mass, Fieldhouse—6:00 p.m.
                                                                                10     Graduate and Undergraduate
                                                                                       Commencement Exercises

                                                                                *New shows repeat Tuesday of the same week
                                                                                at 1:00 p.m., and Friday of the same week at
                                                               K. Shawl

                                                                                3:00 a.m. All times are eastern.
                                                                                ** Matinee performance on Sunday, April 13.
Under the direction of Dr. Susan Treacy, far left, the Franciscan University
Chamber Music Society performed the music of Mozart at its Fall Concert.

Winter 2003                                                                                                                       7
                                     Catholics Reflect on 35 Years of Charismatic Renewal

                              O     n September 11-12,
                                    priests, religious, theo-
                              logians, and lay people met at
                                                                     Reflecting upon the fruits
                                                                of three and a half decades of
                                                                the renewal, speakers affirmed
                                                                                                  the movement grows, the
                                                                                                  place where the movement
                                                                                                  intersects with the Church.”
                                   Franciscan University        the overwhelming support of            “Before Vatican II, min-
                                   for a Catholic Charis-       Pope John Paul II for the         istry had been what priests
                                   matic Theological Sym-       movement.                         do,” said Father Rober t
                                   posium. The gathering             “The Holy Father has ex-     Oliver, a professor of system-
                                   marked the thirty-fifth      pressed appreciation and ad-      atic theology in Boston and
                                   anniversar y of the          miration for the renewal          published author specializing
                                   ecclesial movement           movement fr uits,” said           in the role of the laity in the
                                   known today as the           Bishop Stanislaw Rylko, sec-      Church. Oliver explained that
                                   charismatic renewal.         retary of the Pontifical Coun-    Vatican II helped people un-
                                      Since its arrival in      cil for the Laity, who traveled   derstand that laity can play a
                                   1967 on the heels of the     from Rome to speak at the         very important ministerial
                                   Second Vatican Council,      conference.                       role by building up the
                                   the Catholic charismatic          Encouraging integration      Church through charisms.
                                   renewal movement has         of lay charismatic groups         Today, the charismatic move-
    Bishop     Stanislaw      reawakened awareness of the       within parish communities,        ment continues its mission as
    Rylko, secretary of the   Holy Spirit’s role in the lives   Rylko said, “The parish must      an integral part of the life of
    Pontifical Council for
    the Laity
                              of the Church’s faithful.         be the center toward which        the Church.

                                     Catholic Church History From A to Z by Dr. Alan Schreck
                              • Charis Books/Servant Publications
                              • Reviewed by Tom Sofio

                              U   nless you are a Scrabble
                                  diehard, you’re rarely
                              tempted to read a dictionary
                                                                Franciscan University’s The-
                                                                ology Department, wisely
                                                                decided to dispense with the
                                                                                                  Ireland’s St. Brigid, who in
                                                                                                  the fifth century rejected a
                                                                                                  marriage arranged by her fa-
                                   cover-to-cover. But          rigorous textbook approach        ther and formed her country’s
                                   theology professor           he applies in the classroom.      first religious community for
                                   Dr. Alan Schreck’s new-      This is an “inspirational dic-    women.
                                   est book invites such an     tionary” intended for a much           Being a capsule history of
                                   approach. Catholic           wider audience. The explana-      the Church, there’s room for
                                   Church History from A        tion of the Lateran Councils      heretics as well as saints. The
                                   to Z can be utilized as a    and events related to them,       book’s last entr y tells of
                                   reference tool for cap-      such as the crusade against       Ulrich Zwingli who in the fif-
                                   sule information about       the Albigensians, will help a     teenth century broke away
                                   significant Church           high school student finish a      from the Church and
                                   councils, creeds, saints,    religion paper as well as en-     preached against the Mass
                                   and popes. It can also       lighten the average Catholic      and the Eucharist.
                                   be picked up and read        about why the Church made              If you want to get to
                                   at will. Each entry offers   confession at least a once-a-     know Mother Church better
                                   insights into the people     year requirement.                 without taking on a major
                                   and events that shape             There is also room for       reading project, spending a
                                   the “big picture” of the     some trivia. You probably         few minutes each day reading
                                   Catholic Church.             didn’t know that the word         this book’s 314 entries is a
                                      Dr. Schreck, chair of     “bride” can be traced to          good way to go.

8                                                                                                                 Franciscan Way
              Creative Cornerstones: A “Teacher’s Heaven”

F    or Franciscan University
     language professor Dr.
James Anderson, summer
                                   remarks first-grade Fremont
                                   City public school teacher
                                   Janet Ward.
                                                                      quirements        for
                                                                      teacher certification
school means getting together           First held for elementary          The originator
with teachers from throughout      school teachers in 1973, and       of the program, Dr.
Ohio. Co-director of Creative      officially named “Creative         Floyd Cogley, holds
Cornerstones, a week-long          Cornerstones” in 1981, the         a doctorate in edu-
summer workshop designed           conferences now include loca-      cation and has used
for educators, Anderson’s          tions in three cities for four     his expertise to co-
dedication has contributed         different weeks. This summer,      ordinate the topics
largely to the program’s over-     conferences will be held in        for nearly 30 years.
whelming success, bringing         Cleveland, Toledo, and Cin-        “This is a first-class
the University an estimated $1     cinnati.                           operation that ev-
million in revenue over the past        “The goal is to help teach-   eryone at the Uni-
two decades.                       ers meet state proficiency         versity should be
     The conferences take place    guidelines by exposing them to     proud of,” Cogley
at area hotels, where large-       current, very practical methods    says. Pat Agresta,
group and small-group ses-         that work,” says Anderson,         former secondary                      Garfield Heights, Ohio, elemen-
sions address K-6 themes such      adding that the program also       education supervisor for the          tary teachers Linda Doubrava
as hands-on science, family                                                                                 (retired), and Patty Scaravalli
                                   serves as an “educational re-      Trumbull County Board of
                                                                                                            facilitated workshops for craft-
math, and children’s literature.   treat” where teachers can share    Education, serves alongside           ing paper cut-outs.
Teachers also hand-make            ideas and support.                 Cogley and Anderson as assis-
curriculum materials, such as           Creative Cornerstones of-     tant director.
puppets, posters, and manip-       fers educators the opportunity           For more information
ulatives, and can purchase         to earn three graduate credits     about Creative Cornerstones,
discounted books and other         in education from Franciscan       click on Conferences/Events
materials on site.                 University, with courses tai-      at or call
     “It is teachers’ heaven,”     lored to meet Ohio state re-       740-283-6245, Ext. 2304.

     University Hits Record Enrollment                                               Century Club Honoree

D     ue to full residence
      halls, there’s not much
room for growth, yet
                                   ate enrollment of 1,648.
                                        President Father Terence
                                   Henry, TOR, says the enroll-
Franciscan University’s enroll-    ment records show “that
ment for the fall semester man-    people recognize the value of
aged to exceed last year’s high-   a strong liberal arts education
est-ever total by 42 students,     and appreciate Franciscan Uni-
bringing the total number of       versity’s integration of faith
undergraduate and graduate         and reason.” He adds that in
students to 2,250.                 times of economic uncertainty,
     Other enrollment mile-        “the liberal arts education
stones include the largest-ever    gives the college graduate a
                                                                                                                          K. Shawl

freshman class of 360 students     broader base of knowledge in
and the largest incoming class     the professional and pre-pro-
(freshmen and transfers) of        fessional programs and makes       Steubenville Municipal Court Judge Richard
                                                                      Powell receives the 2002 President’s Award from
548; a record-breaking total       them better candidates for
                                                                      Father Terence Henry, TOR. In addition to his
undergraduate student enroll-      master’s programs and more         nearly 20 years as a magistrate, Judge Powell has
ment of 1,800; and the larg-       employable than those with a       served the local community and the University in
est-ever full-time undergradu-     narrower academic focus.”          many capacities.

Winter 2003                                                                                                                                    9
          The Young

                                                                              S. Zehler
takes passion, creativity,
                                                   “We love being our own bosses,”
                                              Caren says, “and we’ve found it success-
                                              ful enough to raise our four boys on.”
                                                                                          O’Meara Capital Partners, Inc.
                                                                                          Patrick O’Meara ’95
                                                                                               Patrick O’Meara has a gift for putting
independence, hard work,                           Not every husband and wife can         difficult concepts into terms others can
and the confidence to weather                 create a successful business team, but      understand. That’s how he parlayed his
the storms of competition, a shaky            the LeMarks realize “it’s the livelihood    youth ministry background and theology
economy, and the inevitable                   of our family” and have made it work        and philosophy degrees into jobs at
beginner’s mistakes. Many recent              for them. Caren says, “We have a            Raymond James Financial and then Bear
Franciscan University of Steubenville         business meeting once a month in a          Stearns & Co. That’s how his investment
graduates possess these qualities plus        nice restaurant. As long as we go out,      services boutique now helps sectarian non-
some that have regained respect               I’m happy to talk about the finances.”      profit organizations, especially Catholic
following the corporate scandals of                Their partnership works especially     religious orders, schools, and dioceses,
2002: honesty, humility, and charity.         well as they collaborate on interior        reduce their borrowing costs by up to four
They measure their success not only           design. “Joe knows the building code—       and a half percent.
by the bottom line, but by their              how far the toilet has to be from the
ability to balance business with their
                                              sink, for example—and I can make it
faith, family, and community priori-
                                              look good,” Caren says.
ties. Here’s how some young alumni
                                                   Joe says a “personal pride” sets his
entrepreneurs are redefining success
                                              work apart from the competition. “I do
in their businesses, and in their
                                              most of the work, so I know just about
personal lives.
                                              every single nail in my project,” he        O’Meara meets President George W. Bush
New Oregon Builders Company                   explains. “Plus I’m upfront with project
                                                                                               “A high school we worked with was
Joe and Caren (Wendell ’93) LeMark ’93        costs and that helps all the way through.
                                                                                          paying eight percent interest on an $8
     “The good ol’ boys around Stayton        I never wanted to be the contractor
                                                                                          million loan. We got them down to three
had all the business so it took us three      who gave an estimate and come to find
                                                                                          and a half percent,” O’Meara explains.
years just to get our name out there,” says   out, it’s $10,000 more to finish.”
                                                                                          “We’re saving them $275,000 every year
Joe LeMark of the New Oregon Builders              LeMark considers himself a Chris-      on interest costs.”
Company owned and operated by him             tian steward and consciously tries to            He and his six associates in the
and his wife Caren. “Now it’s finally         bring the faith into work, saying it has    Leesburg, Virginia, based O’Meara
turning around, and we’re getting repeat      been “an asset to my business.” “Out        Capital Partners do this by applying
customers and a constant influx of work.”     here construction workers tend to have      sophisticated tools widely used in the
     A mental health major with a business    long hair, earrings, and can be pretty      corporate realm to the non-profit world.
minor who worked construction to pay          rough around the edges,” he says. “On       By putting non-profits in a financial
his college tuition, Joe does all facets of   my job site we don’t smoke, don’t use       position that’s more understandable to
residential construction. Caren, who          foul language, and try to present a         Wall Street, O’Meara enables them to be
majored in theology, handles the office       good, clean atmosphere. A lot of guys       better stewards of their resources and
work and does interior design and murals      who are looking for that environment        build their projects sooner.
on some projects.                             want to work for me.”                            “We do the work,” he says. “We’re
10                                                                                                                     Franciscan Way
                                                   Franciscan University alumni entrepreneurs (left to right): Philip ’01 and
                                                   John ’97 Rook of Professional Lawn and Landscape, Michelle Chynoweth of
                                                   Angel’s Halo, and Flip Howard (owner) and James McDade ’02 (Dallas
                                                   operations manager) of Mustang Laundry and Dry Cleaning.
                   By Lisa Ferguson

not asking a priest to become a financial          Professional Lawn and Landscape                  have improved business through the
wizard.”                                           John Rook ’97                                    “cocooning” effect. “When times are
      Just over two years into his business,            John Rook’s most challenging job            tough, particularly with the terrorism
O’Meara says the lessons have come fast            involved installing an irrigation system         situation, uncertainty in the economy,
and hard. One that’s been particularly             on a $10 million property in Bermuda—            people tend to spend their money close
valuable: “Humility does not mean being a          with laborers who didn’t speak a word of         to home. People are investing in their
wet noodle.”                                       English. Most of the jobs undertaken by          properties because home tends to be a
      Humility, he says, means following           his company, however, are much closer            secure place and conjures up good
Romans 12:3, which urges, “Do not think            to his Steubenville home and employ as           feelings.”
of yourself more highly than you ought,            many as 15 Franciscan University                      The company shares the wealth by
but rather think of yourself with sober            students in season.                              helping local charities with fundraisers
judgment.”                                              “We get the opportunity to teach a          such as a water garden tour benefiting
      That sober assessment, O’Meara says,         work ethic to the younger employees—             the Valley Hospice Foundation and the
enables him to use his strengths and to            high school and college students. We’ve          memorial and prayer garden next to
delegate other tasks to his partners. “The         tried to lead by example.” He adds,              Holy Name Cathedral for the Diocese of
failing of most entrepreneurs is thinking          “You get to see them grow, their skill           Steubenville.
they can do everything the best.”                  level improve. That’s satisfying.”                    A business major, Rook says his
      Another educational aspect of owning              Not so long ago Rook was a high             degree has helped him in many ways:
a business, O’Meara says, is that the owner        school student himself, launching the            “From Franciscan I learned so much
isn’t “insulated” from success or failure.         business that grew into Professional             about ethics and God in the workplace,
“When you work for big companies,                  Lawn and Landscape.                              which has been a big help in terms of
you’re insulated from your failure. You                 “I started out in 1987 mowing               making decisions. And the business
may feel a bit of it, but if I fail, folks don’t   lawns, trimming shrubs, doing basic              background has definitely helped me
take home paychecks.”                              lawn care. Today, we have a retail center        with the financial end.”
      O’Meara says balancing his commit-           in Follansbee, West Virginia, and do full
ments to his wife Desiree [McDonnell ’96]          landscape design services consisting of          Angel’s Halo
and two small sons with the “unrelenting”          driveway installation, brick, walkways,          Michelle Chynoweth ’92
demands of his business can be tough. He           retaining walls, and custom water                     “Are you a bridal veil company?”
tries to create a culture within the whole         features such as ponds, streams, and                  Sitting on her bed in St. Thomas
company that values the family, giving             irrigation systems,” he says.                    More Hall, Michelle Chynoweth paused
employees permission to care for their                  His brother Philip ’01 does all the         thinking, “Am I or aren’t I?” then told
families. Even so, he admits it’s “extremely       design work using a computer system              her long-distance caller, “Yes, ma’am!
difficult,” especially as he becomes more          that gives them “a bit of an edge” over          May I take your order?”
involved in Catholic service and speaking          their half dozen competitors. “We take a              From her fourth-floor dorm room,
for the Diocese of Arlington, Theology on          digital picture of the site as it is, and        Chynoweth’s part-time bridal business
Tap, Legatus, and other groups.                    then we can modify it and show custom-           evolved into Angel’s Halo, one of the
      “Unless you actively strive to balance       ers the proposed landscape renovation.”          largest custom bridal millinery and
the two, the thing that gets cut is the                 Though landscaping tends to be a            design companies in the Upper Mid-
family.”                                           luxury, Rook says tough economic times           west.
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     “Brides fly in from all over the         Mustang Laundry                              duty,” Howard says. “People will know
world to meet with me because there           and Dry Cleaning Service                     what religion you are, and if you’re a
aren’t many milliners left. It’s a dead       Philip (Flip) Howard ’97                     shifty guy, and you don’t honor your
art,” she says, noting that she has made           “I’m not opposed to making as           word or you run a business unethically,
“thousands” of handcrafted headpieces         much money as I can in reasonable            it’s obviously going to reflect real
and veils.                                    hours, but I don’t want to work as           poorly—aside from the moral conse-
     Chynoweth also specializes in            many hours as I did at first,” says Flip     quences to you personally.”
redesigning existing wedding gowns            Howard, who put in 19 hours a day, six
for women who want a unique look. In          days a week in the first year of his
addition to this high-end specialty, she      Mustang Laundry and Dry Cleaning
alters dresses and creates veils for          Service.
people with disabilities or special                During his senior year, Howard, a
needs.                                        business major, wrote his business plans
     “I had a client who was burned on        for a laundry service that would pick
85 percent of her body. I’ve had people       up, clean, mend, iron, fold, and deliver     Shawn Wise ’85
with prosthetic work, hair loss from          clothes to students in college dormito-
cancer, pacemakers, you name it. Some         ries or Greek houses. Immediately after      Wise Coffee Services, Inc.
are profoundly overweight or under-           graduation he returned to Dallas and         Shawn Wise ’85
weight,” she explains. “I can be gentle       set to work renting coin-operated                 As district manager for a chain of 24-
with them and make them look good.            laundries, hiring employees, and             hour convenience stores, Shawn Wise
It’s rewarding.”                              convincing parents their child’s time        learned “many ways people can steal from
     She also finds it rewarding to pray      would be better spent studying than          you.” Now owner of Wise Coffee Services,
with clients when the opportunity             doing his or her own wash. Though            Inc., he says refusing to “take shortcuts”
arises and to talk to them about the          Howard says he did “everything”              has cost him some accounts, “but I can go
importance of the sacrament of matri-         wrong his first year, he bought out the      to sleep at night.”
mony. She also seeks ways to be               competition and his business partner a            Started out of his one-car garage in
“continually generous,” seeing that as        short three years later and today            Grafton, Massachusetts, 11 years ago,
one way to be “salt and light.” “I            services Southern Methodist University       today Wise Coffee has 423 coffee
scramble around and find old veils or         in Dallas, Texas Christian University in     machines in offices, nursing homes,
parts of veils for people who really          Fort Worth, and University of Texas at       restaurants, and convenience stores in
can’t afford them. Little acts of gener-      Austin.                                      Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Con-
osity are important witnesses.”                    Howard says he now works only 12        necticut, and sells not only “the finest
     She sells her work wholesale to The      hours a day with one scheduled late          Arabica coffee” but 200 other beverages,
Wedding Shoppe in Minneapolis, one            night per week, an arrangement that          foods, and office supplies.
of the 25 largest bridal stores in the        makes life easier on his wife Celeste             “It’s a very competitive business,”
United States, and says she’s “never          (Mazzan ’94) and his three children.         Wise says. “I like to think we get the
looking for work.” Though several             He also seriously weighs the impact of       business because of our quality, maintain it
accountants have told her the company         expanding Mustang on his family.             because of our quality, and don’t lose it
has great growth potential, Chynoweth               “I’m looking at two other schools      because of our service.”
limits herself to 40 hours a week so she      in Texas and will probably do one in              Wise taste tests coffee before he buys it
can care for the 16-year-old daughter         the next year. I’ve toyed around with        to ensure the quality and flavor his custom-
she informally adopted and has helped         the idea of Boston, which has lots of        ers want. “Some months my coffee might
raise for 10 years, participate in her        colleges, and California as well,” he        be 80 percent Brazilian, 20 percent Colom-
Catholic community, and pursue                says. “But I don’t really want to travel,    bian; other months it might be 72 percent-
graduate studies in psychology.               since I have a family. Growth excites        28 percent because the acidity in the
     “I love what I do, but it’s not it for   me, but I’d like to keep it as regional as   various growing regions changes,” he
me. I have eight godchildren; they’re         I can for as long as I can.”                 explains. “I know the taste we’re looking
more important to me,” as are her                   The reduced hours also help him        for in New England, which is a light-
many other family members and                 maintain a regular prayer life and get to    roasted, pleasant-tasting coffee.”
friends, including her Acceptance With        daily Mass more often, which in turn              When asked how his business classes at
Joy Household sisters with whom she           helps him at work. “At the workplace, I      Franciscan prepared him to be an entrepre-
remains in constant contact.                  try to bring a sense of moral Christian      neur, he laughs then replies, “This would

12                                                                                                                      Franciscan Way
                                                                    The Young Entrepreneurs:

shock a lot of people, but I think they
                                                Redefining Success
gave me a moral ground. I wasn’t the
ideal student by any stretch of the imagi-
nation and probably raised more hell than    building a secure database application         club. They provided the capital, and
a lot of people, but I did listen every      for America Online. Then the dot-com           Breaux manages the day-to-day opera-
now and then.”                               crumble hit at the end of 2000, and            tions of Sure Fit Health Club, which
     He says Dr. Donald Kissinger was        Veraprise had to lay off two full-time         opened in February 2001 in Breaux
the strongest influence on him. “Be-         employees and the part-timer.                  Bridge, Louisiana.
cause of the way he conducted himself,             “That was probably the hardest                “It’s a feat in itself, just managing
I have the utmost respect for him. He’s      thing we’ve ever had to do in our              people,” says Breaux, who hires and
an excellent man.”                           business,” Schmiedicke says.                   supervises the club’s six aerobics in-
     Wise knows part of success means              Veraprise has since rebounded, and       structors and four desk managers. “I’m
giving back to his community so he           Schmiedicke sees “really good pros-            only 24, and it kind of humbles me
stays active on the board of directors of    pects” on the horizon.                         because I’m managing people twice my
the Marlborough Regional Chamber of                “If I didn’t love this, I wouldn’t       age. I feel like they deserve respect
Commerce and in the Rotary Club. He          have stuck with it,” he says. “Sure there      more than I do because of their age.
also donates food, drink, and his time       are times I have to take a call at mid-        One employee managed a health club
at the annual Evening of Giving, a gala      night because something went wrong,            before, so I look to her for advice on
event supporting local charities, and        and I have to get up and take care of it.      how to run the business, and she helps
other fundraisers throughout the year.       On the other hand, if one of the kids          me out a lot.”
     “It’s nice we’re in a position to       needs to go to the dentist, it’s a lot              Breaux became a certified personal
help,” he says.                              easier for me to take the child in than        trainer working in Finnegan Fieldhouse
                                             for my wife [Regina Doman ’92] to              while studying at Franciscan University,
                                             juggle four kids in the dentist’s office.”     so he’s right at home in his 6,000-
                                                    Schmiedicke maintains that loving       square-foot facility, which offers weight
                                             what you do, good planning, and                training, cardiovascular exercise ma-
                                             perseverance can make the difference           chines, aerobics, cardio-kickboxing,
                                             between success and failure. “Some-            tanning beds, and a protein bar. He says
                                             thing like 85 percent of small busi-           his Fieldhouse experience plus learning
Dian Schmiedicke, Matthew Gelis, Mike and
Andrew (MA ’97) Schmiedicke                  nesses fail within the first five years, and   to relate to many different people
                                             we’re starting our seventh year. It may        prepared him to run this business.
Veraprise, Inc.                              be a bit of a struggle now, but we’re               “I took a lot of classes where I had
Andrew Schmiedicke MA ’97                    still here, and we don’t have any debt,”       to do a lot of interacting and giving
     A largely self-taught computer          he adds.                                       presentations,” Breaux says, noting that
network whiz, Andrew Schmiedicke                                                            those communication skills have helped
listened fascinated when his brother                                                        him create the friendly, welcoming
Mike introduced him to the Internet in                                                      atmosphere that increased Sure Fit’s
1996. “What is the Web? Where is it?”                                                       membership from 100 to 750 in its first
he demanded, as Mike shared the latest                                                      18 months.
from his master’s classes in information                                                         Breaux may open another gym 20
science. Dumbfounded that Mike knew                                                         miles away, but for now he’s content
how to design those mysterious Web           Bronson Breaux ’00                             expanding the current facility by 1,000
pages, Andrew blurted out, “We                                                              square feet to include a “ladies only”
should start our own business!”              Sure Fit Health Club                           gym, hoping to attract more female
     They began part time, keeping           Bronson Breaux ’00                             members.
their day jobs until their Web develop-           A psychology major who went into               “Life is so good,” he says. “My
ment company could support them,             sales, Bronson Breaux quickly found            mom and dad have bent over backwards
eventually growing to six full-timers        himself “so aggravated” he prayed a            for me and my wife [Lisa Beauregard
and one part-timer. Veraprise designed       novena to find a better job. A few days        ’00]. I wouldn’t be here right now
Web sites small and large, came up           later his two older brothers proposed          without the blessings from God, my
with e-commerce solutions, and               he become a partner in a new business          wife, my mom and daddy. It’s a nice
created custom Web applications, even        venture: building and running a health         circle.”

Winter 2003                                                                                                                        13
I   t was Saturday morning in spring
    2001, a few hours before Franciscan
University’s first-ever rugby game.
Athletic Director Chris Ledyard stood in
the lobby of the near-empty Finnegan
Fieldhouse, holding a giant crucifix. He
felt a bit silly.
     His thoughts raced back to the day a
few months earlier, when graduate
student Jeremy Treece entered his office
and asked if the University could sponsor
a rugby team. Chris encouraged him, but
said the odds were slim. For starters, who
on campus knew how to play the sport?
There would be no budget for a coach
and other resources. And then there was
rugby’s mud, blood, and beer image to
contend with. Chris ended the meeting
with a challenge: “You get a rugby team
                                               Scrum Time!             By Tom Sofio
going that doesn’t detract from the
University’s mission, and I’ll eat the
                                              With the planting of
fieldhouse!”                                  the papal flag,
     Now, like a steady drum beat, Chris
could hear the clump, clump, of players’
shoes. In a solemn procession the team
emerged from the locker rooms and one         arrives on campus.
at a time, reverently approached the
cross, knelt down, kissed it, then jogged         Listen to Ryan Stewart, a communi-
out to the playing field.                    cation arts major, who never imagined
     At that moment, Chris says, he knew     himself playing rugby. “It was the
rugby had arrived as Franciscan              brotherhood and the spiritual aspects that
University’s newest club sport. He also      attracted me,” says Ryan, whose jersey
says he’s never been happier to have lost    patch reads, “Defenders of the Faith.”
a bet!                                       “Our motto means we live our faith on
                                                                                             C. Stone

     Indeed, rugby has taken hold on         and off the field. We’ll help a player from
campus, growing in less than two years       another team get up after a hit. There’s
                                                                                                        Jim Campbell tries to make a tri, rugby’s equiva-
from barely enough players to field a        no trash talking, and swearing is definitely               lent to a touchdown in football.
team to 40 participants. The marquees of     forbidden. All the players visit nursing
nearby businesses announce the next          homes. For me, rugby is the manifesta-                          “This is really the ultimate Catholic
home games, which draw as many as 500        tion of the virtues we’re learning in class.”              game,” says Devin. “It’s all about commu-
fans. Last fall, the team did the unthink-        Current coach and mental health/                      nity. You rely on your brother and are
able and made it all the way to the elite    theology major Devin Gradwell learned                      dependent on him to move the ball
Midwest Sweet 16 Rugby Tournament            to play the sport in the Army. In rugby he                 downfield. It’s not about ‘me’—it’s all
and a “final four” playoff game.             found a great way to live out the                          about the team.”
     All this excitement may seem out of     military’s esprit de corps, but was disillu-                    The Baron’s Rugby Team is usually
place at Franciscan University—better        sioned by the off-field carousing and                      hundreds of pounds lighter than their
known in recent decades for its fervent      eventually quit playing. When he arrived                   opponents (“scrawny” is one player’s self-
prayer life and academics than sports—       at Franciscan University, he was delighted                 description.) They also lack a full-time
until you get to know the players and        to find a team being formed by Jeremy                      coach, equipment, team bus, and other
their take on the sport.                     that would incorporate Christian virtues.                  resources typically afforded a college sport.
14                                                                                                                                      Franciscan Way
     Yet in its short existence the Baron’s
Rugby Team has beaten the likes of Yale,
the Ohio University, the University of
Pittsburgh, and in the first round of the
playoffs, Marshall University, a perennial
rugby powerhouse.
     Devin says the bonds of Christian
brotherhood negate size and equipment
differences. “These guys want to be            them at the end of each game has also
humble servants. They seek unity and           become an important tradition. At first
friendship. And that’s what it takes to play   this gave the Franciscan team a “Bible-                  playing you guys because of the way you
this game.”                                    thumpers’ school” image. Now, the other                  act.” Another stated, “You don’t cuss,
     In keeping with the game’s British        teams often ask, “Will there be prayer                   what’s the deal with you?” Still another
Isles’ roots, Devin wears a kilt to each       afterwards?”                                             struggled with the words to the Our
game. Other team rituals include planting           Baron “ruggers” as they are known,                  Father during the post-game prayer, as if
the American flag, the papal flag, and the     recount that collectively, these small                   relearning a long-forgotten prayer.
Barons’ Rugby flag on the sidelines.           opportunities to evangelize add up. One                       Those involved with the rugby
     Inviting their opponents to pray with     opposing player commented, “We love                      program see it as a manifestation of the
                                                                                                        writings of Pope John Paul II on the ideal
                                                                                                        Christian athlete, and the value of sports
                                                                                                        in its fullest sense.
                                                                                                             The team can’t wait for the spring
                                                                                                        season to begin, and not just for a chance
                                                                                                        to play deep into a national tournament
                                                                                                        again. Sums up business major Matt
                                                                                                        Schlater, “This has a Christ-centered
                                                                                                        influence on the University. And the pain
                                                                                                        gives us a chance to live the resurrection.
                                                                                                        That’s why I like it so much.”
                                                                                             C. Stone

                                                           Three cheers for the opposing team.

                 They Call Him “Papa”

A          t least six times each semester
           Nile O’Mahony fills up the
cooler with snacks and makes a 400-
mile road trip from his New Jersey
                                               eight players from each team gather in
                                               a clump and begin kicking the ball.)
                                                    Nile calls rugby a character builder.
                                               In the Franciscan team he sees that

                                                                                                                                                         C. Stone
home to Steubenville.                          character being expressed in manly,
     He puts his paint contracting             Christian ways. He’s impressed that each
business on hold so he can visit his           player has a prayer buddy to pray for                    Nile O’Mahony teaches the fine points of rugby
daughter Erin, a sophomore, and                during the season. He admires them for                   to a player.
reconnect with the sport of his                turning down invites from other teams
youth—rugby.                                   to post-game kegger parties. And he was                  with his Irish accent, that means a lot,
     Born in Ireland where he “ate,            awestruck when, at an away game, the                     coming from a man who played on
played, and slept rugby,” Nile is part         entire Franciscan team averted their eyes                Dublin’s senior team.”
coach, part booster of the Barons’             when a female rugby team started                              Nile says he’s the one who benefits
Rugby Team. He arrives in                      changing into uniforms on the sidelines.                 most. “I’ve become a better husband, a
Steubenville a day or two before each          “That showed me they want to be pure,                    better father, just from being around
game to coach the forwards and help            strong Catholic men” who want evange-                    these guys of faith, and getting to know
mold a young team, many of whom                lize others, he says.                                    Father Brian [Cavanaugh, TOR, team
are just learning a scrum from a ruck.              “Papa” doesn’t talk much, says                      chaplain], Father Terry [Henry, TOR],
(A scrum, by the way, is that often            player J.D. Chism, “but his presence is                  and the other friars. It’s like being on a
misunderstood moment in rugby when             so inspiring. When he says ‘well done’                   retreat.”
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                               Catholic Writers Gather for a
                     Fellowship of the Pens
                                                                                                                    By Tim Drake

P      ut a playwright and a poet together
       and you’re bound to come up with
something very creative. That’s just what
happened when Drama Professor Shawn
                                             of Oklahoma City’s The Sooner Catholic
                                             and contributing editor of Inside the
                                             Vatican, led a workshop on “Crashing
                                             the Secular Media: Keeping Alive the
Dougherty and English Professor Dr.          Lewis/Chesterton Tradition.” Describ-
David Craig teamed up to organize and        ing himself as an accidental journalist,
host Franciscan University of Steuben-       Mallon explained how a letter to the
ville’s first Catholic Writers Festival,     editor of a Boston daily launched his
September 13-15, 2002.                       writing career.
     Dougherty originally conceived of            “Following the priest scandal, we
the idea as a theater event. “I wanted to    face an unusual opportunity,” said
bring Dr. Kazimierz Braun to the             Mallon. “The Church is in the news.
University to speak,” said Dougherty.        Good editors at leading newspapers want
“David Craig wanted to do a writers’         to hear from those who support the
festival, and so the two ideas became one    Church. Their own columnists and
sometime during the spring of 2002.”         reporters are writing about the bad news,

                                                                                                                                        M. Skees
     Through funding from individual         and they want to hear from the other
University departments, a grant from the     side.”
AMDG Foundation, and the generosity               Mallon shared methods for submit-       University Professor Dr. Regis Martin presides
of many of the speakers who presented at     ting opinion pieces to the editors of        over mock trial proceedings of Director Peter
                                             secular magazines, newspapers, and Web       Jackson for the “desecration” of The Lord of
no cost, the two organized the festival.
                                                                                          the Rings.
In the end 50 presenters, including such     sites. He encouraged writers to do their
renowned Catholic writers as Ron             research, keep the emotion to a mini-        to Fantasy (,
Hansen, Dr. Ralph McInerny, Joseph           mum, and to use logic and humor.             Snyder explained that many Catholics
Pearce, Bud Macfarlane, Jr., and Barbara          Franciscan University professor and     think they can “rest on Tolkien’s lau-
Nicolosi, 150 non-student participants,      National Catholic Register columnist Dr.     rels.” Instead, she challenged attendees,
and 100 University students attended.        Benjamin Wiker presented a session on        telling them that it was their responsibil-
     Representatives from major Catholic     “Writing and Marketing of Op/Ed              ity as Catholic writers to take up where
publishing houses—Ascension Press,           Pieces for Both Catholic and Secular         he left off. Snyder also spoke of the
Emmaus Road, FrancisIsidore Electronic       Presses.” Wiker described the three types    special needs of fantasy writing, such as
Press, Loyola Press, Our Sunday Visitor,     of opinion pieces, shared tricks of the      creating valid worlds with rules and laws.
Servant, and Sophia Institute Press—         trade, and spoke of the importance of             Catholics United for the Faith
were on hand to help would-be authors        timing. He encouraged writers to “start      president and Lay Witness publisher
learn how to fine-tune their book            small and write big” and to “illuminate      Leon Suprenant, Jr., MA ’95 co-hosted a
proposals, as were editors from publica-     the ephemeral with the eternal.”             session on “Publishing and Editing for
tions such as Faith Magazine, National            Emily Snyder ’99 gave a presenta-       Dummies: Starting and Running a
Catholic Register, Lay Witness, This Rock,   tion on fantasy writing titled “Tolkien on   Successful Small Publishing House”
and Saint Austin Review.                     the Roof.” She received many laughs          based upon his experience with
     Naturally, Franciscan University        when she announced, “Tolkien is dead.        Steubenville-based Emmaus Road
alumni presenters and participants           Get over it,” wearing elf ears. “He’s not    Publishing.
populated the festival.                      writing anything new.”                            Regina (Doman ’92) Schmiedicke,
     John Mallon MA ’93, former editor            The founder of The Christian Guide      author of Snow White and Rose Red: A
16                                                                                                                      Franciscan Way
Modern Fairy Tale, led a workshop on                             Ron Hansen opened the festival with       writer Dr. Ralph McInerny reminded
“Writing for Youth and Teens,” using a                     a talk on the relationship between poets        participants what a slippery term
group-discussion format to describe the                    Gerard Manley Hopkins and Robert                “writer” is. It includes the biographer,
interests, goals, and needs of the middle                  Bridges. Friends of a sort, they were also      the blogger, the self-published author,
school through high school age group.                      harsh critics of each other’s work. Given       the poet, the playwright, the novelist, the
     Many alumni, such as Steve                            the nature of the conference, the talk was      apologist, and the journalist. McInerny
Carrigee ’93, Heather Sutton ’95,                          an appropriate keynote, focusing on the         brought to mind novelist Flannery
Jeanne Diener-Stark ’85, and Katrina                       companionship between these two men.            O’Connor’s famous comment that “the
Zeno ’86 attended as well. Kathleen                              Within the context of such fellow-        Catholic novelist doesn’t have to be a
(Alcott) Happ ’96 was among them.                          ship, one cannot overlook the impor-            saint; he doesn’t even have to be a
     Happ said the caliber and diversity                   tance of the social aspect of this writers’     Catholic; he does, unfortunately, have to
of the authors who attended                                gathering. The festival offered Catholic        be a novelist.”
amazed her. She particularly                               writers the unique opportunity to gather             The conference afforded time to
enjoyed the presentation by                                together as one body.                           dwell upon the spiritual aspect of one’s
Polish playwright Dr.                                            Conversations held in the hallways        work, and to have some fun. At the
Kazimierz Braun.                                           and on campus between the workshop              conference’s opening, Theology Profes-
     During one of Braun’s                                 sessions debated the ever-present ques-         sor Dr. Regis Martin moderated a mock
two presentations, he told                                 tions regarding Catholic writers and            trial of Peter Jackson for his “desecra-
how the Holy Father                                                         their work. “What is           tion” of The Lord of the Rings, and the
writes his encyclicals in                                                   Catholic writing?” “What       conference concluded with a perfor-
front of the Blessed                                                         are the merits of fiction?”   mance of Dr. Kazimierz Braun’s play,
Sacrament. Later,                                                              “What should be             Tamara L.
Braun spoke on                                                                       fiction’s purpose?”        Both participants and presenters said
the difference                                                                        “How can we          they hoped Franciscan University would
between covenan-                                                                      reach beyond the     consider hosting future festivals.
tal art, which is                                                                    Catholic ghetto?”     Dougherty said he is not certain the
symbolic of a meeting between                                                          Both screen-        University can support an annual festival,
God and man, and anti-covenantal art,                      writer Barbara Nicolosi and novelist Ron        but is considering the possibility of
which is morally indifferent, ignores or                   Hansen emphasized the importance of,            another in 2004.
denies God, or attacks the faith.                          first, telling a great story. Hansen and
     Matt and Rachel (Van Durme)                           Nicolosi argued that too many stories try       Tim Drake is features correspondent with
Watkins met while they were students at                    too hard to proselytize at the expense of       the National Catholic Register and editor
Franciscan and later married. “The                         the story.                                      of Saints of the Jubilee, available from
festival was wonderful,” said Rachel. “As                        On the other side of the aisle, 
an aspiring writer it was great to get a                   Marcus Grodi, fresh from writing his first
chance to listen to the experts—Catho-                     novel, How Firm a Foundation, spoke of
lics who had succeeded in becoming                         his zeal for souls as the driving force
writers while keeping their faith intact.”                 behind his book. It is the difference,
                                                           some say, between Tolkien’s The Lord of
Meeting Writers’ Needs                                     the Rings and Lewis’ The Chronicles
     The festival served several purposes.                 of Narnia. One tries to tell a
It served as an opportunity for writers of                 story. The other tries to
all types to learn more about their craft.                 prove a point. Both
It served as a forum for writers to pitch                  are great stories.
ideas to editors and publishers, and it                          Notre
served as a spiritual oasis—an inspiring                   Dame profes-
and affirming time for writers to con-                     sor and
nect with one another.                                     mystery
     Dr. David Craig said, “We needed a
weekend like this, not only to free our
spiritual writing souls, but to know there
are many others like us called to write
and to use our talents to the greater
glory of his name.”

Students in hobbit attire listen as presenters ar-
                                                     M. Skees

gue the merits of last year’s movie, The Lord of
the Rings.

Winter 2003                                                                                                                                        17
                                                                                              Steubenville turns into an old-time revival
M. Skees

                                                                                              tent, a kind of movable Pentecost feast
                                                                                              known as a “Festival of Praise.”
                                                                                                      Easter Every Month
                                                                                                   Festivals of Praise have been a unique
                                                                                              staple of campus life at Franciscan since
                                                                                              the early 1980s.
                                                                                                   These Spirit-filled prayer meetings
                                                                                              began after spring break one year, when
                                                                                              students organized a post-Easter thanks-
                                                                                              giving service, billing it as a “great festival
                                                                                              of praise to celebrate the resurrection.”
                                                                                                   And each festival today is still a
                                                                                              student-led celebration of the resurrec-
                                                                                              tion, of Christ’s giving of his Holy Spirit
                                                                                              to his apostles on that first Easter night
                                                                                              and later at Pentecost, of the renewal and
                                                                                              rebirth in the Spirit that Jesus spoke of.

                                          A         t a wallflower’s first glance, it looks
                                                    like a run-of-the-mill college mixer,
                                               the kind you’d find on any given campus,
                                                                                                   The festivals are prayer meetings, a
                                                                                              chance to gather to give thanks to the
                                                                                              Lord with the joyful noise that the
                                                                                              psalmist used to sing about. They are
                                               on any given Saturday night.
                                                    The music on the bandstand is loud,       nights filled with singing, short teachings

                In the

                                               guitar-driven contemporary pop. The
                                               fieldhouse swells with excited young
                                               people cheering and singing along, feet
                                               moving to the beat, hands waving high in
                                               the air.
                                                                                              on topics such as prayer and the gifts of
                                                                                              the Holy Spirit. Sometimes they include
                                                                                              adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, but
                                                                                              every Festival of Praise is about a meeting
                                                                                              with the risen Lord.

T                  hanksgiving
                              By David Scott
                                                    But as you watch, the picture starts to
                                               shift. There’s definitely something
                                               different in the air. There’s fervor, joy,
                                               and devotion in the lyrics that splash on
                                               the large video screens flanking the stage;
                                               between songs, an insistent murmur of
                                               praises and thank-yous to Jesus seems to
                                                                                                   “The goal of the celebration is to lead
                                                                                              the people of God deeply into praise—
                                                                                              essentially to lead them into an encounter
                                                                                              with the Holy Spirit,” says Carole Brown,
                                                                                              MA ’97, director of Orientation and
                                                                                              Evangelistic Outreach who is charged
                                                                                              with overseeing the festivals.
                                               move—at times almost like a physical                Brown says that on average 900 to
                                               presence—through the room.                     1,000 people attend each month, many
                                                    After a while, a young woman from         traveling from miles away for the chance
                                               the crowd takes the stage, introduced          to worship in the Spirit.
                                               as having a word to deliver to the                      Spirit of Readiness
                More than two decades          gathering.                                          The Spirit may blow where it wills, as
                                                    “I just had this beautiful image of the   Scripture says, but Franciscan’s Festivals
                   after they began,           baby Jesus,” she begins shyly, going on to     of Praise are anything but willy-nilly or
                   Franciscan                  explain how she was inspired to consider
                                               the need for us to make way for Jesus in
                                                                                              haphazard gatherings.
                                                                                                   A month’s worth of preparation and
                  University’s                 our hearts, as a mother prepares a cradle
                                               for her newborn.
                                                                                              prayer goes into each festival, according
                                                                                              to Nathan Halloran, a senior who serves
                Festivals of Praise                 It goes on like this for the next two
                                               hours—joyous adoration, enthusiastic
                                                                                              as worship leader.
                                                                                                   The festival team meets each week to
                                               songs, words of exhortation and inspira-       plan the music and the teachings, and
                   are still making
                                               tion, quiet periods of contemplation and,      most of all to pray to be “open to what
                                               underlying it all, that incessant murmur of    God wants to do with the festival,” he
                    a joyful noise.
                                               prayer.                                        says.
                                                    That’s the scene every first Saturday          As worship leader, Halloran is a sort
                                               of the month as the Finnegan Fieldhouse        of spiritual emcee. He starts each festival
                                               on the campus of Franciscan University of      with a short introductory talk that
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           welcomes regulars and alerts newcomers         spiritual healings and conversions at the       Texas, takes the tussles in stride.
           to expect the unexpected—exuberant             festivals.                                           “I tell them it’s not just about
           examples of worship, people praying in              Brown tells the story of a student         praying with guitar music,” he says. “It’s
           different tongues, giving testimonies and      who reluctantly attended a Festival of          about being open to the activity of the
           “prophecies,” prompted and inspired by         Praise, fearing that the style of worship       Holy Spirit—like the Blessed Mother
           the Holy Spirit.                               would be too emotional and enthusiastic         was.”
                Throughout the course of the              for her tastes.                                      Brown stresses the Second Vatican
           evening, it’s Halloran’s job to keep his            During the quiet, contemplative            Council’s affirmation that all the baptized
           finger on the pulse of the crowd, to see       phase of the evening, when audience             can rightly long and pray for an outpour-
           which way the wind of the Spirit is            members began coming forward with               ing of the gifts and special graces of the
           blowing on this particular night.              their word gifts, the student was aston-        Holy Spirit.
                Music plays a key role in setting the     ished at a testimony about a person                  She notes, too, that Pope John Paul
           mood, he explains, first in readying           whose relationship with a family member         II, in his 1998 address to the World
           students’ hearts for the Spirit through        had become a barrier in that person’s           Congress of Ecclesial Movements and
           songs of praise and later in quieting them     relationship with God.                          New Communities, described “the
           down to really listen for the call of the           Suddenly the student shot up in her        charismatic dimension” of the Church as
           Spirit.                                        chair and declared, “I don’t hate my            “co-essential…to the life, renewal, and
                Halloran is aided by a “discernment       mother anymore,” and a life-long ani-           sanctification of God’s people.”
           team” charged with determining which           mosity was resolved.                                 For her and many others, something
           “word gifts”—spiritual insights and                 “Here was this wallflower, who             vitally important would be missing from
           inspirations received by people in the         didn’t want to go in the first place, and       campus life without the Festivals of Praise.
           audience—should be shared from the             she experienced healing and continues to             The monthly festivals, Halloran says,
           stage.                                         grow as a young Christian woman,”               put everything into perspective: “The
                         Healing Gifts                    Brown recounts with amazement.                  festivals empower students in their
                It is these word gifts and other                  Praise in Perspective                   studies, in their prayer lives. It provides a
           promptings of the Spirit that make each             Despite countless inspirational success    frame of life for the whole month.”
           festival a unique work of God, says            stories, for a new generation of Franciscan
           Brown.                                         University students, those not reared in        David Scott is an associate of the St. Paul
                “We can’t know ahead of time which        the charismatic renewal movement that           Institute for Biblical Theology in Steu-
           prophetic words and prophetic gifts he         played such a formative role in shaping         benville. His latest book is Praying in the
           has for the Body of Christ gathered            the University, the festivals have given rise   Presence of Our Lord With Dorothy Day.
           there,” she explains. “The Holy Spirit         to a few misunderstandings.
           moving among them will impress upon                 Occasionally students will complain
           people with those gifts the words he has       about the charismatic emphasis of the
           for the group.”                                festivals.
                By the power of the Spirit, every              Halloran, who grew up in a charis-
           festival night is different, and over the      matic community that serves the poor
           years God has worked astonishing               near the Mexican border in El Paso,
M. Skees

            Dallas Carter (left) with the FOP music team and Nathan Halloran, worship leader (right).

           Winter 2003                                                                                                                              19
P         rofessor John Korzi was a young
          man working for West Virginia’s
          Weirton Steel Company in 1955
to pay for graduate school when a little
college across the river in Ohio beckoned
                                                    Professor Korzi stayed so long, as he
                                               said in a 1998 lecture on campus, because
                                               the University gave him the opportunity
                                               to implement his ideas about higher
                                               education. He said he has enjoyed
                                                                                            spiritual director and I and others along
                                                                                            the line felt that maybe Divine Providence
                                                                                            had me set for something else. And it
                                                                                            seems that that’s what has happened.”
                                                                                                 He later did doctoral studies at the
him to his future.                             witnessing and being part of the growth      University of Pittsburgh, specializing in
     He agreed to teach a summer course        of the University, which was only in its     the psychology of emotionally disturbed
at what was then the College of                ninth year when he arrived.                  children and counseling psychology.
Steubenville and ended up staying for an            “If I had been at a larger school, I         Throughout his tenure at Franciscan
entire career spanning nearly half a           would never have had the opportunities       University, Professor Korzi has become
century. But before he began the work          to be involved in so many kinds of           known as much for his academic expertise
that made him into an institution within       nascent programs, gain such diversified      as for his knowledge of the University’s
the institution of Franciscan University,      experiences in teaching, maintain such       history. In fact, when asked about his own
Professor Korzi almost took another,           individual personal contacts with stu-       career, he often prefers to segue into
more financially lucrative path.               dents, and have ideas so readily accepted    talking about the development of the
     He had been a part-time instructor        and implemented.”                            College.
for two years at the College when he                A native of the coal-mining town of          Professor Korzi recalls in particular
arrived at a crossroads: Weirton Steel         Windber, Pennsylvania, Professor Korzi       the College’s move from a few old houses
wanted to hire him for its personnel           came to Steubenville the day after getting   and an administration building down-
department.                                    his master’s degree in counseling from       town to the top of the hill overlooking
                                               Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He        the Ohio River. When he first talked with
A challenging professor                        had gone on to graduate school because       the dean of the College about coming
                                               at the time, he said, his bachelor of arts   here to teach, he said, Father Dan Egan,
and untiring faculty                           degree in philosophy from Providence         TOR, the first president, was busy with
                                               College didn’t have much practical           “furious planning” for the hilltop campus.
member, John Korzi                             application.
                                                    While at Providence, he considered
retires after 47 years                         becoming a Dominican priest. He spent a
                                               year as a novice and three more years at
on the job.                                    the order’s House of Philosophy. “My

A Distinguished
Tenure                                         By Judy Roberts

     “I told the good fathers here, either
I will have to work here full-time or go
with Weirton Steel.” They offered him a
promotion to assistant professor and
director of a then-nonexistent testing and
counseling office, but at half the salary
the steel company was prepared to offer.
     He talked to his wife Mary, and
together they decided that since his first
love was teaching, they would manage on
the lesser salary, even with the addition of
a son to their family.
     It is a decision Professor Korzi has
never regretted, as evidenced by his 47-
year tenure at the University, which ended
with his retirement from full-time
teaching in December.
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     While the college-on-the-hill was       co-founding the Bachelor of Science in         perception of the human person, how
being planned, Professor Korzi was           Social Work Program in 1993.                   others understand our humanity, but even
involved in his own building project:             During his long tenure, Professor         more importantly how we treat one
helping the school gain accreditation        Korzi adjusted to the changing needs of        another. I can only say that I am touched
from the North Central Association. The students by immersing them in the                   by the love that he possesses for his family
college had failed its initial accreditation practical aspects of their studies so they     and friends.
review, and Professor                                  are doing more than taking notes         “He also has my deepest respect and
Korzi and other mem-              “He is deeply        and highlighting facts in a          admiration for having endured the loss of
bers of the 30-member
                                concerned about textbook. All the programs he               two wives to cancer. These unfortunate life
faculty were charged not                               founded incorporate internships,     events have not stopped him from teaching
only with teaching, but          the perception        enabling students to get practical   others how to value the gift of life.”
participating in commit-          of the human         experience with clientele.               Professor Korzi’s first wife, Mary, was
tee work to see that the           person, how              In the classroom, he often      an elementary schoolteacher and his
required standards were                                divided his students into            second wife, Audrey, served as the
met. The College
                               others understand
                                                       study groups of eight, required      University’s registrar for 30 years.
reapplied to North               our humanity,         them to write case studies of            When Professor Korzi retired at the
Central in 1959 and              but even more         themselves citing important          age of 74, he planned to continue doing
accreditation was                  importantly         influences and events in their       psychological consulting and working in
granted in 1960.                                       lives, and instructed them to        some capacity for the Diocese of
     Over his nearly five         how we treat         make up their own psychological      Steubenville and Catholic Charities.
decades at Franciscan             one another.”        tests. Some tests they devised, he
University, Professor                                  said, were worthy of publication.
Korzi has observed many changes in the            Professor Korzi said such methods
campus, the students, and the curriculum. have helped bring the abstract material
The most significant of these, he said,      taught in the freshman and sophomore
occurred in 1974 with the arrival of a       years down to the practical application
priest who had been affiliated with the      level in the junior and senior years.
Catholic charismatic renewal, Father              His style of teaching has earned him
Michael Scanlan, TOR.                        high praise from his students, who have
     At the time, Professor Korzi recalled, nominated him many times for Teacher of
the College’s full-time enrollment had       the Year, and from Father Scanlan, now
plummeted from a high of 1,100 to 600. University chancellor, who called him
During what he calls “the Scanlan            “one of the most diligent faculty members      1968: Professor Korzi gives a psychological test-
period,” the University not only gained      in the history of the University.”             ing demonstration with Damien McCann ’68,
enrollment, but added seven master’s              “Professor Korzi has been very            now a PhD in private practice.
degree programs, including a Master of       attentive to students and the most
          Arts in Counseling. Professor      thorough faculty member in following up             He also expects to have some time to
          Korzi started that program while the careers of former students,” Father          pursue his avocations in “psychohistory,”
          he was chairman of the Depart-     Scanlan said.                                  the development of biography by looking
          ment of Psychology, a post he           One of those students, Tim Rogers         at the psychological influences on the
          held from 1962, when he            ’02, now in graduate school at Cleveland       subject’s life, and early Renaissance art.
          founded the department, until      State University, said of his former                About the same time he became
          1999.                              professor, “[He] challenges me. His            interested in early Renaissance art, Profes-
               Over the years, the depart-   presence reminds me that I too must seek       sor Korzi began writing poetry. He has had
          ment has sent 375 students on      more earnestly to understand the human         several poems and drawings published in
          to 90 different universities       person, and that these attempts can only       the University’s literary magazine over the
          throughout the United States       lead to the betterment of myself and           years and continues to gather his poems
          for graduate work. The group       those whom I encounter.”                       and drawings for future publication.
          includes six lawyers and four           Rogers, who served as president of             His view of retirement, he said, is
          physicians.                        the Gemelli Society, another Korzi             summed up in a statement made by
               Professor Korzi also is       creation, and was the winner of the            Bernard Baruch, economic advisor to
          credited with starting the         Gemelli Award as outstanding graduating        several presidents, who, when asked at 84
          University’s Counseling Depart- senior, said although Professor Korzi is a        when he would retire, said, “A man can’t
          ment in 1957, the Department       remarkable teacher, he thinks of him first     retire his experience.”
          of Sociology in 1964, and the      as a caring person dedicated to the service
          Bachelor of Science in Mental      of others.                                     Judy Roberts is a journalist living in
          Health Program in 1977, and             “He is deeply concerned about the         Millbury, Ohio.
Winter 2003                                                                                                                              21
                                                                                                             Air Combat Command Public Affairs as a
                                                         1984                                                newspaper consultant.
                                                         Bob and Sheila Tiballi live in Oak Brook,
                                                         Illinois, with their daughter, Francesca, 5.
                                                         Bob started Germbusters, his infectious dis-        1991
                                                         ease practice, in 1996. His Web site is             Christiaan Alting von Geusau married Paola
                                                He is also an assistant            Castillo Fernandez in Guadalajara, Mexico,
                                                         clinical professor at the University of Illinois,   on July 7, 2001, in the Basilica of Santa Maria
                                                         Chicago College of Medicine.                        de Gracia. They live in Brussels, Belgium,
                                                                                                             with their son, Frederick, born May 24, 2002.
                                                                                                             Christiaan sends special greetings to all the
                                                         1986                                                brothers of Mathetai Christou.
                                                         Kathleen (Colligan) Cleary recently fin-
                                                         ished playing a lead role in an independent
                                                         film, From the Diary of a New York Lady,            1992
                                                                                                             Sherri (Nally) McGrath lives in Normal,
     1966                                                based on the short story by Dorothy Parker.
                                                         Classmates won’t recognize her, as she had to       Illinois, with her husband Brendan. She says,
     Larry and Kathleen “Katy” (Tuthill)                                                                     “Hello” to the Myriam Agape girls and all the
     Finneran had a great time at the 1960s              go blonde for the film! She has also been
                                                         promoted to associate professor and coordi-         ’92 graduates.
     Alumni Reunion. Larry is a senior vice presi-
     dent at WesBanco Bank, Inc., and Katy teaches       nator of the performing arts at Clark State
                                                                                                             Josh and Deborah (Hodsdon ’93) Piccirilli
     kindergarten at Wheeling Catholic. They live        Community College.
                                                                                                             live in Forest Hill, Maryland, with their four
     in Wheeling, West Virginia, and are the par-                                                            children Gabriel, 7, Grace, 4, Sophia, 2, and
     ents of Bill, Kara, Pat, Megan, and Amy.            1988                                                Francesca, 1. Josh works for Piccirilli Group
                                                         Marcy (Marian) Burke lives in Halifax, Nova         in advertising and Deborah, a stay-at-home
     1981                                                Scotia, and has retired from teaching to spend
                                                         time with her children. She has been success-
                                                                                                             mom, works as an RN a few hours a week.
     Steve and Bridget (Berg ’93) Patton re-
     cently adopted two girls, Krystena Marie and        ful in contacting some old classmates, but is
     Jacinta Grace, who were baptized at St.             still looking for Eileen Hernon and wonders
     Matthew’s Catholic Church in Jacksonville,          if anyone has heard from her.
     Florida, on July 20, 2002.                          Peter (MA ’92) and Katie (Petko ’01)
                                                         Murphy live in Orchard Lake, Michigan.
     1982                                                Peter works as director of student formation
     Jim Gartner is an associate controller at           and development at St. Mary’s College of Ave
     Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.           Maria University, and Katie is a guidance
     His daughter Lindsay followed in her father’s       counselor at Mercy High School. They can            Josh ’92 and Deborah (Hodsdon ’93) Piccirilli
                                                                                                             and family.
     footsteps and enrolled in fall 2002 at Franciscan   be reached by e-mail at peter_Murphy@
     University. At orientation weekend, Jim and or
     his wife Tricia ran into former classmates Ed
     and Ginny (Spencer ’84) Pankus ’83. He              Eric Zipf married Alexa Major on November           1993
     welcomes e-mail from former classmates and          24, 2001, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where
     friends at                        they reside. Eric was elected co-chairman of
                                                         the staff senate at Santa Fe Community Col-
                                                         lege. He is also a member of the western
     1983                                                regional board of the Alliance for Community
     Shawn (Olson) Cesario lives with her daugh-         Media. He says, “Hello to the brothers of
     ters, Maria and Angeline, in Mundelein, Illi-       Alpha Phi Delta. Drop in for a visit if you
     nois. She works as an infection control nurse       journey to the beautiful southwest.”
     at Condell Hospital. She says, “Hello to all
     nurses who graduated in ’83; contact me if
     you are ever in Chicago.”                           1990
                                                         Mary (Burke) and Michael Faber joyfully
     Eileen (Jones) Lombardi and her husband             announce the birth of Burke Xavier on Febru-        Jeff ’93 and Jo Hauge and family with Brother
                                                         ary 7, 2002. He joins Hannah, 10, Nicholas,         Sean and CFR’s in South Bronx.
     Steve happily announce the birth of their son,
     Stephen Antonio, on March 7, 2002. They             8, Moriah, 7, Michaela, 6, and Claire, 4.           Jason and Jeanette Clark announce the birth
     thank St. Francis and St. Clare for their inter-                                                        of their first child, Michael Andrew, on Au-
     cession and role in the miracle of Stephen’s        Bryan and April Purtell welcomed the birth
                                                                                                             gust 29, 2002. After living in Phoenix,
     birth. The family resides in Silver Spring,         of their first child, Colin Shane, on August 12,
                                                                                                             Arizona, for a year, they recently moved back
     Maryland. Friends can e-mail them at                2002. Bryan was recently promoted to 1st
                                                                                                             to Denver.
     jones_emm@                             Lieutenant in the US Air Force and works for

22                                                                                                                                         Franciscan Way
Judith Coopy lives in Guangzhou, China,           Kevin Schmiesing is the contact person for
and is beginning her sixth year of teaching as    the upcoming reunion of The Rock/In His            1996
a professor of English, writing, and culture at   Image Household. The reunion will be the           Jim and Andrea (Bede ’97) Hornecker live
Guangdong Business College.                       weekend of March 29-30, 2003. Anyone               in South Elgin, Illinois, with their children
                                                  interested in attending should contact him at      Jacob, 6, Zachary, 3, and Catherine, born
                                                                     June 2002. Jim’s book, The Lion’s Roar: A
                                                                                                     Beginner’s Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark,
                                                  Mindy Voigt lives in Juneau, Alaska. She was       was published in November 2002. They say,
                                                  recently promoted to analyst/programer II—         “Hello” to Agape, In His Image, and Broth-
                                                  information systems liaison. She works with        ers of St. Peter.
                                                  computer programers to fix and create new
                                                  programs for the division of Retirement and        Jana (Kabiling) and Joseph Patterson were
                                                  Benefits for the state of Alaska.                  married on July 20, 2002. Joseph teaches at
                                                                                                     St. John’s College in Washington, DC, and
                                                                                                     Jana works as an assistant event planner. The
Judith Coopy ’93 in Mongolia.                     1995                                               couple resides in Silver Spring, Maryland.
                                                  Grace Abruzzo left a seven-year teaching
                                                  career to begin full-time chastity education in    Laurie (Grab) and Frank Traglia married on
1994                                              New York. She has founded Love for Life,           June 29, 2001. They live in Richfield Springs,
Mary (Boland) Belew lives in Lewisville,          Inc. She would love to hear from anyone            New York. Laurie works as the liturgy coor-
Texas. She sends her greetings and prayers to     involved in similar work. Her e-mail address       dinator at St. Mary’s Church in Cooperstown,
Agape and Hearts of Fire! She thinks of you       is                         New York.
often and would love to receive e-mail from all
her friends. You can reach her at                 Jennifer (Mincher) Gaddie and her hus-                           band Greg say, “Hello to the Servants of the
                                                  Eucharistic Heart of Jesus!” She has been
Mike and Diane Deck married February 26,          nursing at the Pope Paul VI Institute for
2000. They reside in Rochester Hills, Michi-      almost five years where she also teaches as a
gan, with their son, Alexander John, born         practitioner of the Creighton model fertility
May 12, 2001. Mike has left the audio visual      care system. She is still singing and released a
field and is running MD Creative Services,        second CD this summer with Cor Sanctum.
while Dianne is an OB/GYN in Detroit.             She can be reached at              Laurie (Grab ’96) and Frank Traglia at their
They send their best wishes to the lost broth-                                                       June 2001 wedding with alumni and friends.
ers of Alpha Pi Chi. Mike can be reached at       George and Lynn Kapusinski wed in Sep-                          tember 2001. George is the IT manager of a
                                                  regional accounting firm in Baltimore, and
                                                  Lynn is the founder and president of Faith         1997
                                                  Journeys Foundation. The Most Reverend             Jennifer Brown moved to Michigan after
                                                                                                     working for the Archdiocese of Boston for the
                                                  Donald W. Wuerl, bishop of Pittsburgh, en-
                                                                                                     last five years. She asks that people say a prayer
                                                  dorsed her book, Making Your Way After
                                                  Your Parents Divorce.                              for the youth of south Boston, and for the
                                                                                                     adults and ministers to find the resources to
                                                                                                     continue their ministry. She can be reached at

                                                                                                     Roger and Rebecca (Tardiff ’90) Camp
Michael ’94 and Diane Deck with son                                                                  announce the birth of their fifth child, John
Alexander.                                                                                           Burl, on January 30, 2002. They live in
                                                                                                     Lorain, Ohio, where Rebecca is a stay-at-
Jim and Therese (Nagle ’93) Griffin live in
                                                                                                     home mom, and Roger is the director of
Manassas, Virginia. Therese is a full-time
                                                                                                     religious education at Holy Trinity Church in
mom and part-time labor and delivery nurse
                                                                                                     Avon, Ohio. They say, “Hello,” to members
at Fairfax Hospital. Jim works at the US
                                                                                                     of Earthen Vessels and Acacia.
Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark-
examining attorney. They have two children,       George Kapusinski ’95 and wife Lynn at their       Paul Doetsch lives in Round Lake Beach,
Will, 2, and Caroline, 1.                         September 2001 wedding.                            Illinois, and works as the youth group coordi-
                                                                                                     nator for St. Joseph’s Parish. He says, “Hi,”

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                                                          Father Joseph Williams was ordained at the           Corporation. They can be reached by e-mail
                                                          Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota,        at
                                                          on May 25, 2002, by Archbishop Harry
                                                          Flynn. He currently serves as parochial vicar
                                                          at St. Paul Cathedral.

                                                          Amalia Zea says, “Hello to all Love of the
                                                          Lamb Household and Austria Fall ’96 alumni.”
     to his household brothers in Soldiers Under          She is praying for you all! She lives in Irondale,
     Command and prays for them every day. He             Alabama, and works as an associate producer
     can be reached at              for EWTN.
     Jim and Eva (Zemanek ’96) Gontis live in
     Pottsville, Pennsylvania, with their four chil-      1999
     dren, Anna, Stephen, Maria, and John. Jim            Jeffrey Kirby is currently in Rome working
     works as a director of religious education for       on his priestly studies at the Gregorian. He
     the Diocese of Harrisburg.                           sends his greetings to the Brothers of the
                                                          Eternal Song, the library staff, and the Stu-        Natalie (Ingram ’01) and Chris Chiappone ’00
     Ann Koehler is starting her third year at                                                                 wed December 8, 2001.
                                                          dent Life Office.
     Cedarcrest Academy in Brooklyn Park, Min-
     nesota.                                              Kristy Kubasak teaches third and fourth              Ginny Dauses loves working as the director
                                                          grade at St. Maria Goretti Academy in Sacra-         of youth ministry at St. Francis of Assisi Parish
     Sister Francisca J. Nzeke is now a member            mento, California, and does free-lance writ-         in Derwood, Maryland. She is doing very well
     of the provincial council of the congregation,       ing when she can. She also helps on a Life           and would like to get back in touch with all her
     and the principal of St. Thomas Aquinas              Teen core team and plays indoor soccer. She          Steubenville friends. She can be reached at
     School in the Diocese of Lokoja, Nigeria.            sends greetings to Misericordia Divina, Broth-
                                                          ers in the Spirit, and Bellwether households.
     Stephani Placek teaches freshman and sopho-          She urges people to come visit her. She can be       Jake and Christine (DeWolf ’98) Geurkink
     more religion classes at Joliet Catholic Acad-                                                            proudly announce the birth of their first child,
                                                          reached at
     emy. She also hosts a Rosary group at her                                                                 Matthew Howard, on May 7, 2002.
     home on Thursdays. Any alumni or students                                                                 Matthew’s godparents are David and Teresa
     in the Naperville, Illinois, area are welcome to                                                          (Sanders ’00) DeWolf ’99. Jake and Chris-
     attend.                                                                                                   tine both work at St. Ann’s Church in Wash-
                                                                                                               ington, DC. They would love to hear from
     Michelle (Lee Loy) and Nathan Roberts live                                                                friends at or
     in Clinton Township, Michigan, with their                                                       
     son Kolbe. Friends can reach her at

                                                          Kristy Kubasak ’99, Avram Brown ’97, Elijah
     1998                                                 Brown’02, and Tony Braun ’02 at Avram
     Father Anthony O. Adebusuyi returned to              Brown’s ordination to the transitional
     the Ondo Diocese, Nigeria, in December to            diaconate for the Diocese of Sacramento, May
     do pastoral work. He looks forward to work-          27, 2002.
     ing in the area of marriage and family life.

     Gina Castellani is an oblate lay associate
                                                          Matthew and Rebecca (Hagar) Brounstein
     working with the Missionary Oblates of Mary          married on August 4, 2001. On July 17,               Jake ’00 and Christine (DeWolf ’98) Geurkink
     Immaculate in retreat and youth ministry.            2002, they were blessed with a daughter,             at the baptism of son, Matthew Howard. God-
     She is currently enrolled in her first year of the   Gabrielle Marie. Matt is currently teaching          parents are David ’99 and Teresa (Sanders ’00)
     Master’s of Divinity Program at the Oblate           and finishing his doctorate in philosophy at         DeWolf.
     School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.            Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wiscon-
     She would love to hear from any household                                                                 Jim and Susanna (Snyder ’01) Houska
                                                          sin. They send a big “Hello” and prayers to
     sisters or brothers in Agape or Hearts of Fire       Theotokos and Knights of the Holy Queen.             announce the birth of daughter Elizabeth
     at                                                                                 Hope, on July 19, 2002. They say, “Hi,” to
                                                          Christopher and Natalie (Ingram ’01)                 all Magnificat and Regnum Christi. They
     Melvin and Vivienne (Almagro ’97)                    Chiappone were married on December 8,                would love to hear from friends. Their e-mail
     Ventura are pleased to announce the birth of         2001, in Denver, Colorado. They live in              address is
     their son, Braden Sebastian on May 6, 2002.          Annapolis, Maryland, where Chris is pursuing
     Braden joins big sister Hannah, 3. They live                                                              Kevin and Donella (Cotter) Jacobs were
                                                          a career in Internet security at Trustwave
     in McKinney, Texas.                                                                                       married in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, on

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May 25, 2002. They currently reside in                                                                Cards can be sent to her family at 3910
Memphis, Tennessee, where Kevin is the                                                                Colonial Road, Roseburg, OR 97470. Tara
director of Life Teen at St. Francis of Assisi                                                        (Knob ’96) Thompson and Anastasia
Church, and Donella is a nurse at St. Jude                                                            (Kakos ’97) Suchoski are coordinating do-
Children’s Hospital. You may contact them                                                             nations for a memorial from the Philothea
at                                                                               Household. You can contact Tara at
                                                                                             or Anastasia at
Mary (Ascough MA ’00) married Damian                                                        
Schönborn on February 2, 2002, in County
Wicklow, Ireland. Father Michael Scanlan,          Julie (Yochim ’01) and Corey Ferraro on their
TOR, celebrated their nuptial Mass and guests      wedding day, June 1, 2002, with Roses of the
included a dozen alumni. The couple makes          Immaculate Heart Household.
their home in Austria.

                                                   Mary Garbe lives in Lake Bluff, Illinois, and
                                                   teaches first and second grade at East Lake
                                                   Academy. She loved seeing her Sacrifice of
                                                   Love sisters at their recent household re-
                                                                                                      Libby, Nate, Seamus, and Aidan Waters.

                                                   In Memoriam                                        Mark Grabinski, a 22-year-old senior En-
                                                                                                      glish writing major, died October 2, 2002, in
                                                   William Bettcher, father of Tim Bettcher
                                                   ’97 died recently. Lillian Palicki, Tim’s grand-   a single car accident in Steubenville. Mark is
                                                   mother also passed away this fall.                 survived by his parents, Jerry and Jackie
                                                                                                      Grabinski, and sister Lisa. A Mass of Christian
                                                   James B. Hagerty ’72 died September 24,            Burial was held for Mark in Finnegan
Mar y Ascough (MA ’00) and Damian                  2002, in Davenport, Florida. He was a 28-          Fieldhouse on Monday, October 7, 2002,
Schönborn on their wedding day, February 2,        year employee of Weirton Steel and retired in      with more than 1,200 family members, friends,
2002.                                              1988. He is survived by his wife MaryAnn,          and students in attendance.
                                                   sons, Brian and Pat, and daughters, Maureen,
2001                                               Colleen, Marian, Marilyn, and Karen ’91.
                                                                                                      New Web Address
                                                   Charles S. Lafferty ’60 died October 9,            Franciscan University’s domain name has
                                                   2002, in Weirton, West Virginia. Charlie           changed from to
                                                   worked for many years at Weirton Steel where All e-mail addresses
                                                   he held many positions in the Human Re-            have also changed to username@
                                                   sources Department. His wife, four children, Please make these changes
                                                   and six grandchildren survive him.                 immediately. After March 3, 2003, e-mail to
                                                                                                      the old domain name will be undeliverable.
                                                   Monsignor James C. Marshall, pastor of

Christine (Clark ’02) and John Brooks ’01 with
                                                   Holy Rosary Church in Steubenville, Ohio,
                                                   died September 19, 2002. He was an honor-
                                                                                                      Keep in Touch
                                                                                                      If you have changed jobs, married, had a baby,
Hearts of Fire and Agape households at their       ary alumnus and recipient of the Bishop Mussio     or been involved in an interesting service or
wedding reception.                                 Alumni Award in 1992.                              activity, let us know! E-mail your notice to
Julie (Yochim) and Corey Ferraro were              Libby (Hartranft) Waters ’98 died Novem-  or send to:
married on June 1, 2002. They live in Erie,        ber 20, 2002. Libby suffered a brain aneu-         Audrey Vaughan, Alumni Relations Of-
Pennsylvania. Julie works in the public rela-      rysm in August 2001. Her husband, Nate             fice, Franciscan University, 1235 Univer-
tions office for the Millcreek School District,    Waters ’98, died in August 2000 of cancer.         sity Blvd., Steubenville, OH 43952, or call
and Corey is the director of youth activities at   In addition to their parents and siblings,         Audrey at 800-783-6447. Quality photos of
St. George Church.                                 Libby and Nate are survived by their young         alumni will be used as space permits and
                                                   sons, Seamus and Aidan. Two of Libby’s             returned upon your request. Digital photos
                                                   sisters, Cheryl (Hartranft ’89) Fitzpatrick        must be of good quality and 300 dpi or
                                                   and Wendy Hartranft ’95, are alumnae.              higher.

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                                                      Class of 1952
                                                      Michael Rodak

     O           n December 17, 2002, digni-          ommendation, Rodak became a deputy

                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States
                 taries, including several Supreme    clerk for the US Supreme Court in 1956.
     Court justices, gathered at the ornate of-       He rose in rank, and in 1972, following
     fices of the US Supreme Court Building           the unanimous vote of the nine Supreme
     to pay tribute to one of their own, Michael      Court justices, was selected as Clerk of
     Rodak, Jr., 81, former Clerk of the Court.       the Court.
     An oil painting of Rodak was presented                The job title is misleading. The clerk
     for permanent display, and words of praise       is the chief administrative officer for all
     were given in his honor.                         Supreme Court activities, charged with
           It was a fitting tribute to a man whose    overseeing up to 4,000 cases a year. Rodak
     preparation for a career with the highest        put to good use his military training di-
     court of the land began at age 20 when,          recting men and machinery and deftly or-
     with $2 in his pocket, he left his West Vir-     chestrated the movement of attorneys,
     ginia home and enlisted in the US Army           plaintiffs, and staffers during what became
     Air Force at the onset of World War II.          one of the busiest periods in the history
     His strong administrative skills soon made       of the US Supreme Court.
     him the youngest sergeant major in North              “I always said, ‘The buck stops with
     Africa. “They chose me over some older           the clerk,’” says Mike.
     guys because I could make decisions, adapt            “I put in 70-hour weeks and handled
     to a changing environment,” says Rodak.          95 percent of the correspondence submit-        Michael Rodak poses next to his official
           When the war ended, Mike returned          ted to the Court. What most people don’t        portrait, now on display in the West Con-
     home and plunged into the demands of             realize is that the justices have no interac-   ference Room of the US Supreme Court
     college and raising a family. He took classes    tions with attorneys until they get to the      Building.
     at the College of Steubenville in the morn-      courtroom. The clerk is responsible for vir-
     ing, helped fit customers into suits at the      tually all that goes on before and after the    He also recognizes that he wasn’t the one
     family-owned Rodak Men’s Store in the            decision is reached.”                           making history—that was up to the nine
     afternoons, and balanced the clothing                 During his tenure as clerk Mike ush-       Supreme Court Justices. “I never got in-
     store’s books at night. “I had a wife and        ered in the computerization of all court        volved in the merits of the case. I was there
     family to support, and I didn’t want to          affairs and developed an open office plan       to write up the orders, collect the briefs,
     fall into debt,” he says of the work ethic       for greater efficiency. He says his             set the calendar. The justices write the
     that carried him throughout life.                Franciscan training instilled in him an         opinion,” he reflects.
           After graduating with honors in 1952,      appreciation for the less fortunate. Each            Rodak reluctantly retired in 1980 to
     Rodak became the first graduate from the         year he helped nearly 2,000 lawyers rep-        care for his ailing wife, Patricia. “As a
     College of Steubenville to be accepted at        resenting clients without funds; he regu-       Christian, I knew it was more important
     Georgetown Law School. Soon after                larly answered handwritten letters from         to help her than continue working.”
     graduating with two law degrees he be-           prisoners and paupers seeking to address             Last year he established the Rodak
     came a member of the Washington, DC,             the court. For these efforts he received        Family Endowed Scholarship for needy
     bar, the West Virginia bar, and later, the       the National Public Defenders Award             students seeking to attend Franciscan Uni-
     US Supreme Court bar.                            in 1981.                                        versity. The scholarship is in part a tribute
           It has been said that success is 95 per-        From decisions ranging from Daniel         to his wife, who died in 1995. It’s also his
     cent hard work, 5 percent luck. That com-        Ellsburg’s infamous Pentagon Papers to          way of helping young students achieve
     bination paid off when US Supreme Court          Roe v. Wade and the court’s agonizing           their dreams. Mike’s advice for anyone
     Justice Earl Warren called the dean of           decision over government access to former       starting out: “Don’t be afraid to try new
     Georgetown Law School, looking for               President Nixon’s private papers, Rodak         things. You have to take risks!”
     bright, new talent. With the dean’s rec-         recognizes that he was a part of history.                                      —Tom Sofio

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                                                                    Remembering the Sixties
                                              Katie Vargo ’98
                                 Director of Alumni Relations

  B         y the time you read this I’m
            sure much of Steubenville will
  be blanketed with snow, but at the
  moment my mind is on fall. I love fall.
                                                Majewski ’63 who made the trek from
                                                California; the first person to register,
                                                Frank Lyons ’67, and the first alumni
                                                couple to register, Tom and Joanne
                                                                                             Now, your
                                                                                             is, in so
  When I was a little kid my parents            (Sholtis ’61) McDonald ’60. The group        many ways,
  would drive us up to northern Arizona         danced until almost midnight to tunes        ‘ o t h e r
  to see the Aspens turn colors. Actually       from the sixties and early seventies. Fa-    worldly’…
  they only turned one color—gold. And          ther Brian Cavanaugh, TOR ’69, Com-          a place for
  you basically had one weekend to catch        munity Relations/OIT Associate, at-          God, for
  the magnificent display before the leaves     tended the dinner with his classmates        prayer, for
  fell to the ground. I don’t know what I       and commented to me later, “It was fun       contempla-

                                                                                                                                      M. Skees
  enjoyed more: the breathtaking scen-          being with my people again.” The             tion, for
  ery or riding in the back of our VW bus       University’s archives provided some          m i n i s t r y,
  with a bunch of snacks. Now that I live       wonderful pictures and other memora-         for learn-
  in what I consider the East, I delight in     bilia for the display including freshman     ing, and for George ’66 and Mel Dougherty
  the fall even more. Leaves change mul-        beanies and College of Steubenville          s h a r i n g dance the night away at the
  tiple colors over a period of weeks, the      pennants.                                    deep spiri- 1960s Alumni Reunion.
  air is crisp, and I get to pull my boots           On Sunday morning we gathered           tual love—even with strangers.
  out of the closet.                            for Mass in Christ the King Chapel,               “I believe that during the sixties at
        Adding to my enjoyment this fall        then it was off to the Gallery in the J.C.   our college, the good Franciscans were
  was the arrival of an enthusiastic group      Williams Center to feast on brunch.          sowing seeds with God. Now that we’ve
  of alumni, many of whom had not been          Rose DeFede ’60, director of Commu-          seen the University today, we’ve been
  back to campus for years. The weekend         nity Development, gave an insightful         able to share in the fruitful time.
  of September 21-22, 2002, brought             presentation on the artwork in the Gal-           “God bless you all. Let’s pray for
  close to 100 alumni back to campus for        lery, and then classmates exchanged          each other.”
  the 1960s Alumni Reunion. Chaired by          good-byes.                                        I would like to extend a heartfelt
  Don Plagman ’66, the weekend was a                 Following the reunion, we received      thanks to all the alumni who returned
  mix of eating, reminiscing, dancing, and      this open letter to Father Terry and our     to campus for the reunion. It was such
  tours of campus. There were laughter          students from attendees, Gene ’68 and        a pleasure to meet you and hear about
  and hugs and picture taking galore at         Anne (Van Camp ’70) Ventimiglia:             your experiences at the University. I
  the cocktail social that kicked off the            “What a terrific weekend my hus-        would especially like to thank our re-
  reunion. At dinner that night Univer-         band and I had on your campus. We            union chairman, Don Plagman ’66,
  sity President Father Terence Henry,          were among the alumni from the six-          who spent a great deal of time and en-
  TOR, welcomed the group back to               ties who returned to the College of          ergy organizing the weekend, includ-
  campus, calling them important mem-           Steubenville—now Franciscan Univer-          ing hours on the phone inviting alumni
  bers of the University family. Don took       sity of Steubenville.                        and planning meetings.
  everyone on a trip down memory lane,               “Thank you for your warm hospi-              The sixties reunion was such a great
  reminding them of such places and             tality, your smiles, and greetings. Thank    weekend I’d like to host one this fall
  events as the Christmas parade, float         you for sharing conversations with us        for alumni from the 1970s. If you
  building, John’s Sausage Shop, The            at Saturday lunch in your cafeteria.         are an alumnus from the seventies and
  Boulevard, and Mass in Room 115               Thank you for sharing the Eucharist          you’re ready for a reunion with your
  (now Anathan Theatre).                        with us during the deeply spiritual          classmates, please call or e-mail me
        Door prizes were given to those         Masses on Saturday and Sunday.               so we can start planning (kvargo@
  who had traveled the farthest: Michael             “In the sixties, our college was a or 740-283-6340,
  “Chief” ’66 and Elvia Kalman and Anna         ‘place apart’ from the rest of the world.    Ext. 4325).

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                                               By Melissa Zifzal

       Prof. Stephanie Batalo                      Prof. Beate Engel-Doyle                                 Dr. Jim Slater
     Associate Professor of Graduate Nursing          Assistant Professor of German                       Professor of Chemistry

     Just ask Professor                             Born in Fulda,                                  A chemistry pro-
Stephanie (Stevie)                             Germany, Beate Engel-                           fessor since 1974, Dr.
Batalo what she likes                          Doyle came to the US                            Jim Slater has seen
about teaching at                              in 1984 as part of a                            Franciscan University
Franciscan University,                         one-year university                             evolve from a tiny,
and her whole face                             exchange program,                               troubled school to a
lights up.                                     studying in Bowling Green State                 renowned institution of higher learning.
     “I’ve always loved to share what I’ve     University’s American Studies MA Pro-           He’s also seen the University’s science
learned,” she says. “When I heard              gram. As a graduate assistant teaching          facilities relocate from cramped quarters
Franciscan University was starting a Mas-      English composition and literature, she         in Egan Hall to the spacious Saints
ter of Science in Nursing Program, I           realized she loved teaching and decided         Cosmas and Damian Science Hall. He
thought it would be a wonderful way to         to extend her stay in the States. While at      counts his 10-year involvement in its plan
help promote a Family Nurse Practitio-         Bowling Green, she met her husband,             and design among his most rewarding
ner Program in our valley.”                    Dr. Robert Doyle.                               experiences in a career he loves.
     A registered nurse since 1969, Batalo          It took some time to adjust to life in          “I deal with what I love—chemis-
earned nurse practitioner certification in     the US, but Engel-Doyle says she par-           try—and I get to talk about it as a job,”
1995, becoming the first in the Ohio Val-      ticularly enjoys Americans’ prevalent           he says. “I look at the clock, and if it’s 4
ley to do so. “It’s an exciting time to be     spirit of optimism. “Americans have such        p.m., I always wish it’s 3 p.m. so I can
an advanced practice nurse,” she says. “As     a positive outlook, a ‘We can do it’ atti-      get a little more done.”
our role becomes more understood, there        tude,” she says.                                     Although inorganic chemistry is
are more opportunities to work in a va-             Engel-Doyle has taught German at           Slater’s main field of expertise, environ-
riety of areas.”                               Franciscan University since 1992 and            mental pollution has become an addi-
      As required for licensure and certifi-   recently helped establish a German major        tional area of interest, and he has received
cation in Ohio, West Virginia, and Penn-       program. She likens teaching to writing         several grants to study air pollution. Most
sylvania, Batalo maintains a practice with     and directing a play. “It’s not a one-          recently, Slater and Dr. Gerald Keeler of
a local physician. A nurse practitioner can    woman-show—it’s interaction and                 the University of Michigan received a
provide primary care to patients, order        dialogue,” she says. Whatever class she is      $350,000 grant from the Environmen-
diagnostic tests, and write prescriptions.     teaching at any given moment is her             tal Protection Agency to investigate the
She must also continue her education re-       favorite class. “Seeing my first-year Ger-      quantity of mercury gas and particles in
quirements and does so as a doctoral stu-      man students interact a little more every       Steubenville’s air. According to Slater,
dent at California Coast University.           day is just as gratifying as teaching a cul-    Franciscan University is the first mercury
     Batalo previously served as an in-        ture and literature class involving fine-tun-   study site in the state of Ohio. In addi-
structor at Trinity School of Nursing for      ing,” she explains. Her love for teaching       tion, Slater was instrumental in obtain-
10 years. In her third year at Franciscan      led her to co-author a textbook program,        ing funding to install solar energy pan-
University, her favorite classes to teach      Alles in Allem, which includes workbooks        els that will enable chemistry, engineer-
are Health Problems I and II because           and audiocassettes. She uses the series in      ing, and physics students to study a vari-
they deal with the “nitty gritty” of the       her 300-level German classes.                   ety of energy sources.
nurse practitioner profession, covering              Engel-Doyle’s husband Robert, as-              Slater attends Wintersville United
clinical presentations, actual diagnoses,      sociate professor of history, joined the        Methodist Church, serving on various
and treatment plans.                           University faculty in 2000. “I’m over-          committees as needed. He also volun-
     In her free time, Batalo enjoys spend-    joyed that we’re teaching at the same           teers as a youth soccer referee and sched-
ing time with her family, going to musi-       university,” she says.                          ules referees for up to 60 games each
cals, reading mysteries, and playing with           In her free time, Engel-Doyle enjoys       week during soccer season.
her dog. Batalo and her husband Mitch          reading literature, tending her flowers,             He and his wife Dianne live in
live in Steubenville and have four grown       and spending time with friends. She and         Steubenville and have two grown
children, Michelle, Millicent, Lindsay,        Robert attend Holy Family Catholic              daughters, Jill and Beth, and four grand-
and Michael.                                   Church and reside in Steubenville.              children.
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                The Other Three R’s                                                        By Katrina J. Zeno

F     or most education majors, the
    three R’s stand for reading, writing,
and ’rithmetic, but not for senior
Maureen Kaufmann and junior Barb
                                            their materials present vital
                                            environmental statistics: A
                                            glass bottle never decom-
                                            poses. An aluminum can
Busana. They stand for reduce, reuse,       biodegrades in 200-400
and recycle.                                years. Forty percent of all
     Since last January, the two Steuben-   waste is paper. Natural
ville mothers have been up to their         resources and fossil fuels
educational necks in recycling informa-     can’t be replaced.
tion. Through a grant received from the          For many kids, the ideas
Ohio Department of Agriculture,             are new. A fifth grader
Maureen and Barb were hired as educa-       named Jeremy thought

                                                                                                                                  K. Shawl
tional interns by the Jefferson County      garbage “disappeared” in a
Recycling and Litter Prevention Office.     year or two. Another
Their mission? To create a curriculum       grade-schooler, Cody, never Barb Busana and Maureen Kaufmann present a recycling
guideline book, two videos, and an          realized how much humans lesson to local students.
interactive CD-ROM to teach the three       pollute the earth. A third-
R’s in rural areas for grades K-7.          grade class weighed their daily trash after the teacher talk and talk.”
     Using three colorful robots and a      hearing Barb and Maureen explain how             The internship also tapped Barb’s
reduce, reuse, and recycle theme song,      much garbage is generated each year.        creative flair. Working closely with
                                                 Besides the habit of recycling, the    Technimedia, a local production com-
                                            curriculum also emphasizes reducing and pany, Barb put artistic expression to
                                            reusing. “We encourage the kids to reuse Maureen’s ideas. Among the results were
                                            paper, to give away old toys and clothes,   20 games and puzzles on the CD-ROM,
                                            and to buy something in a biodegradable including dragging trash to the appropri-
                                            package instead of a bottle,” Barb says.    ate recycle bins and the highly popular
                                                 The choice to reduce, reuse, and       recycle baseball game. Since Maureen’s
        Recycling Facts                     recycle really begins at the grocery store. area of certification will be as an inter-
                                            No longer do we pluck a couple of eggs      vention specialist, the CD-ROM has an
• 14   million printer cartridges are       from the hen shed or put out reusable       additional level for special needs students
   thrown away every year.                  bottles for the milkman. Instead, many      and is entirely auditory for the vision
• 75 percent of the Earth is covered        items travel long distances to get to the   impaired. After successfully completing
   with water. Only 3 percent is drink-     grocery store so packaging has gotten       the games, each student receives an
   able.                                    sturdier and prepackaged convenience        “Expert Recycler” certificate.
                                            foods are the norm. This leads to tons           With over 300 illegal dumpsites in
• Brown and green glass cannot be           and tons of waste—over one million tons Jefferson County, waste disposal is a
                                            per year in Jefferson County.               problem too big—and too ugly—to
• Styrofoam never decomposes.                    “The three R’s are really about        ignore. Barb and Maureen hope schools
                                            making conscious choices,” Barb says.       throughout the county and the state will
         Recycling Tips                     “Our hope is to educate the kids so they    purchase their curriculum and educate a
                                            can educate their parents.”                 new generation of expert recyclers.
• Buy a big bag of chips instead of              In the process, Barb and Maureen            “The 3 R’s are not primarily about
   10 little ones.
                                            received their own education. Research-     waste but about stewardship,” Maureen
• Buy cardboard packaging whenever          ing, writing lesson plans, testing the      says. “The Earth is a gift from God,
   possible.                                curriculum in nine schools, and revising    and we need to teach our children to
• Look for the recycling symbol on          their lessons plans provided an intense     respect the Earth, each other, and where
   products.                                practicum and mountains of confidence.      we live.”
                                            “I was able to evaluate how I teach and
• If you see garbage collecting some-       what needed to change,” Maureen says.       Katrina J. Zeno ’86 is a conference and
   where, call your local health depart-
   ment or sheriff ’s office.               “I learned that most kids want some-        retreat speaker for Women of the Third
                                            thing hands-on rather than listening to     Millennium (
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                                              St. Colette (1381–1447)
                                              By Susan Lloyd

I    n a world where human suffering is
     regarded as the ultimate evil, Catho-
lics can find a patroness in St. Colette.
                                              Clares, lately scant on severity. Who bet-
                                              ter to fix matters than Colette, the lover
                                              of penances?
                                                                                              true way that leads to the Everlasting
                                                                                              Kingdom, it is most certainly that of suf-
                                                                                              fering, patiently endured.”
To her, suffering was one of the world’s           One source has it that she hesitated            Somewhere in her many travels
greatest gifts. While most Catholics pray     at first. The result was three days of          Colette met St. Vincent Ferrer. The two
for resignation to our crosses, Colette       blindness and three days of dumbness.           saints were destined to straighten out the
actively sought suffering.                    As hard as it may be for the modern mind        mess created by having too many popes.
      Paradoxically, Colette came into the    to accept that such an affliction could              Though known for his golden
world during its most joyous season,          come from the hand of good St. Francis,         preaching and miracles, such as raising
Christmas. On January 13, 1381, holi-         consider how Colette took it. She viewed        people from the dead, St. Vincent
day celebrations were still going full        as a sign and offered it up.                    was also deceived by Benedict XIII. In
blast. Her parents named her Nicolette             She then embraced her new mission          fact, Vincent’s famed holiness helped
after the blithe and beloved St. Nick.        with zeal. Preach austerity she did, but no     convince others to follow the pope
      Colette’s father was employed as a      one listened. So Colette put on a patched       of Avignon.
carpenter at a Benedictine abbey. Perhaps     habit and led by example, barefoot.                  The true pope was Gregory XII, a
it was there that she formed her first             She walked all the way to the home         gentle, unambitious man. His greatest
positive impressions of contemplative         of false pope, Benedict XIII. As did most       wish was to heal the schism. He offered
life. These would soon burst into ardent      of the French in her day, Colette believed      to step down if Benedict would. A new
desire.                                       he was the true pope. He backed her             pontiff could then claim obedience from
      At age 17 Colette was at a crossroads   mission by several papal bulls and made         a religiously united West. When Benedict
in life. Recently orphaned, she was then      her superior of all the Poor Clare con-         stubbornly refused, Gregory wavered. So
under the guidance of a Benedictine ab-       vents that would accept her reform.             what did Gregory’s supporters do? They
bot. He believed she should marry. In-             At first, most of the convents were        plowed ahead without him and elected
stead, she followed her heart’s desire and    inhospitable. At least one community flat       yet another pope.
sought a quiet place where she could          out called her a sorceress. Little by little,        It’s enough to confuse even a saint!
practice a life of penance.                   however, people became convinced of                  Eventually, both Vincent and
      Penance was not long in coming.         her holiness. In the end she founded 17         Colette pledged obedience to the true
Colette’s first three attempts to fit into    convents.                                       pope of Rome. Not long afterwards, the
different religious communities failed.            Colette had the supernatural gifts of      40-year schism ended.
Yet she remained convinced that God           visions and miracles. She had great de-              Were Colette and Vincent blamed
was calling her out of the world. So she      votion to the Passion and would go into         for throwing their weight behind a pre-
became a hermit.                              extended periods of ecstasy after Holy          tender? No. They did so ignorantly, with-
      By age 21, the blossoming saint had     Communion. The saints would often               out willing disobedience.
become a Franciscan tertiary. She had         appear to her.                                       In 1447, after a long life of sacrifice
herself enclosed in a cell within a church.        They were not alone. She also saw          for the Church, Colette foretold her
A grill looked out onto the only view she     the devil. He tempted and tortured her          coming death. She died on March 6 of
wanted, the sanctuary.                        much the way he later did to the Curè           that year. She is patroness of orphans.
      After a time heaven willed that         of Ars. He seemed to forget that Colette
Colette come out and share her talents        was the sort who liked to have unpleas-         Susan Lloyd resides in Allentown, Penn-
with the world. St. Francis appeared to       ant things to offer up.                         sylvania, with her husband and five young
her with a request: reform the Poor                She told her sisters, “If there be a       daughters.
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