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                                            of women’s studies at Southern Illinois      James and Melinda (Reese) Heitker,
Mikell (Schlotter) Hedley is a research     University Carbondale.                       reside in Westerville, OH. He works for
assistant at The University of Toledo.                                                   the Forethought Group, and she works for
                                            1971                                         Sew Much Mor.
1964                                        James Sagona is a vice president at          Daniel Klos owns Daniel H. Klos Law
Dr. Jeanne (Henry) Neff is president of     Urbana (OH) University.                      Office in Lancaster, OH.
the Board of Council for Independent
Colleges.                                   1972                                         1979
                                            Therese (Richard) Catt is a fifth grade      John Munjas works for Century Equities,
1965                                        teacher at Prince of Peace Catholic          Inc. in Ohio.
Barbara (May) Hordemann works for           School, Alabama.
Gonzaga University.                         Thomas Dudley is principal of Newmark        1980
John Tingle is a self-employed insurance    Realty Capital, Inc. in California.          Jim Schmidt is director of behavioral
broker in Florida.                          Carol (Erdman) Dunsworth is director of      science at Riverside Hospital in
                                            university relations at Towson University.   Columbus, OH.
1966                                        Patrick Gannon is executive director of      Nancy Knoblich works for WesBanco in
Rosemary (Peranteau) McCarthy is            the Ohio Industrial Commission.              Wheeling.
a home and school visitor for Marple        Bob O’Neill is executive director for        John Lewis is a lawyer with Metz Lewis,
Newton Schools (PA).                        MSS.                                         LLC, of Pittsburgh.
Al Roth is the Asia products manager for
Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.              1974                                         1981
                                            Rebecca (Williams) DiPasquale is             Terri (Gohmann) Arnold is assistant
1967                                        director for the Northwestern Area           dean of students at the University of
George Blake is chairman and                Agency on Aging for Bel-O-Mar Regional       Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
president of BrandWatch Technologies,       Council.                                     Bruce Bartlett is owner of Medical
Inc., Seattle, Identity Management          Tom Hedges is an industrial engineer for     Services Associates in Pittsburgh.
Assn., Atlanta and chairman of TLC          Spirit Aerosystems in Oklahoma.              Debbie (Bowen) Chewning is a legal
Technologies, Cincinnati.                   Cheryl (Costa) Penrose is market             assistant for Hillis, Clark, Martin &
                                            research interviewer for TMR, Inc.           Petersen in Seattle.
1968                                        Greg Sgroi is the owner of G.F. Sgroi Co.    Chris Hanley works for GE Capital
Joseph Kelleher is president/treasurer of   of Wheeling.                                 Solutions in Philadelphia.
Kelleher Corp. in Richmond, VA.
Michael Miller, Ph.D. is director           1975                                         1982
of records management practice for          Joseph Brown, MD completed the               Joseph Bittengle is director and associate
Lockheed Martin.                            Physician Executive MBA program at the       professor of radiologic imaging sciences
                                            University of Tennessee.                     at the University of Arkansas.
1969                                        Julie (Deter) O’Marra is senior program      Lisa Kay (Rhodes) George is a marketing
Vincent Cybulski is comptroller for The     analyst for MBI in Shelton, CT.              rep for RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company in
Village Network.                                                                         Maryland.
Mary Alice Fitzgerald is chair of the       1976
Washington County (OH) Democratic           Stephen Hydock is an AS400 system            1983
Party.                                      administrator for Force 3 in Charleston,     Susan Andrzejczyk works for the UPMC
John Geary works for Phillip Morris in      WV.                                          hospital lab.
Richmond, VA.                               Michael Murkley is national sales            Elaine (Vermillion) Coker is a safety
Charles Sharkey works for the Mendham       manager for 94WYSP-FM CBS Radio in           specialist for Pharmaceutical Product
Group in New Jersey.                        Philadelphia.                                Development in North Carolina.
John Tracey works for National                                                           Robert Hicks is an access technology
Automotive Finance Assoc.                   1977                                         specialist for The Seeing Hand
                                            Kathleen (Pawloski) Donahue is a senior      Association, Inc.
1970                                        accountant at Contran Corp. of Texas.        John Persiani is an attorney in
Rosalie Keane is the owner of NY                                                         Cincinnati.
Crystal Dance Studio.                       1978                                         Karen (Hughes) Showalter works at
James Kunczt works for Hamlin Steel         James Douglas works for ADP in New           Georgetown University Hospital.
Products in Pennsylvania.                   Jersey.
M. Joan McDermott, Ph.D. is director

                                                1984                                     Timet in Toronto, OH.
                                                Christine (Boice) Conley is a medical    Gary Ensell works for Universal
                                                imaging nurse at St. Clair Hospital in   Industrial Supply of Ohio.
                                                Pittsburgh.                              William Hill is a content analyst for
                                                                                         Choicepoint, Inc. in Ohio.
                                                1985                                     Tim Mudric is associate director of
                                                Kevin and Maureen (Lally) Martin ‘84     project management at PPD in Ohio.
                                                are the owners of the Celtic Cottage     Teresa (Clark) Toriseva is an attorney
                                                restaurant in Long Branch, NJ.           with Wexler, Toriseva, Wallace in
                                                Norma (Richard) Buchanan is a            1993

WASHINGTON, DC                                  detective for the Jacksonville (FL)
                                                                                         Michael Croy works for Seaway in
                                                                                         Aurora, OH.
                 CHAPTER                        Rev. J. Stephen Vallelonga is pastor     Lori DiBacco is a speech language
                                                of St. Vincent de Paul Church in New     pathologist for Randolph County (WV)
More than 65 alumni attended the second         Martinsville, WV.                        Schools.
annual DC Alumni Mass at Gonzaga High                                                    Jeri (Hawthorne) Garcia is a director
School. Julio Giulietti, S.J., WJU president,   1987                                     for United States Pharmacopeia in
                                                Chris Searl is assistant principal of    Maryland.
celebrated the Mass and updated alumni          Creighton Preparatory School in          Lucy (Gray) Kefauver is a counselor
on the state of the University during a         Omaha, NE.                               at West Virginia Northern Community
reception. Planning is under way to form                                                 College.
an official alumni chapter in the DC area.      1988                                     Erik Tavenner is senior solutions
                                                Darlene (Snider) Beecher is controller   consultant for Plus Consulting in Ohio.
A core group of alumni have been meeting        for Bayer Material Science.
to formulate goals and objectives, as well      Tim McDonald is a CPA for Osborn         1994
as plan events for the coming year.             Heirs Co. in Texas.                      Kathleen Hess works for the
                                                Robert and Christine (DeTemple)          Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
                                                Norris ‘87 reside in Kensington, MD.     Stephanie (Pearl) Nash works for IBM
                                                He works for Montgomery County, and      in Fairfax, VA.
                                                she works for JBG Rosenfield Retail.
                                                Joseph and Katherine (Pastor) Small      1995
                                                reside in McMurray, PA. He works for     Todd Rebbel married Lauren Mislak
                                                Eat ‘n Park Hospitality Group, and she   Nov. 25, 2006. He is VP of Atlantic
                                                is a nurse for Canonsburg Hospital.      Transportation in Balto, MD.
                                                Edward Smoczynski is manager of          Kathyrn Stephens works at Belmont
                                                E*TRADE Financial in Virginia.           Technical College (OH).
                                                                                         Margaret Tindor-Zapor works for
                                                1991                                     IADT in Pittsburgh.
                                                Lawrence Messina is WV statehouse
                                                reporter/political editor for the        1996
                                                Associated Press.                        Karen (Simmons) Anderson is
                                                Debby (Robinson) Vojvodich is            executive director of The PS Project in
                                                associate dean of academic affairs at    Parkersburg, WV.
                                                Keiser (FL) University.                  Thomas Blackford works for North
                                                                                         Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance.
                                                1992                                     Michelle (Groome) Miller works for
                                                Tracie Crawshaw, Ph.D. was promoted      Wells Fargo Insurance.
                                                to the rank of Commander in the US       Phillip Northey is a physician assistant
                                                Navy and is chief of manpower and        at MVA Fairmont Clinic.
                                                Michelle (Wetzel) Edwards works for

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1997                                      for Dramond Innovations.
Jason Anders is physical therapy          Kevin Dunn is owner of Dunn Title
clinical director for Bodyworks           Agency, LLC.
Rehabilitation in Beckley, WV.            Michael Iafrate is a doctoral student at
Stephanie (Markus) Masterson              the University of St. Michael’s College,
is auditor-in-charge for Parms &          Toronto School of Theology.
Company, LLC of Ohio.                     Charles Jones works for Western
Christopher Moore is a history teacher    Southern Life in Zanesville, OH.
at Charlotte (NC) Middle School.          Kelly (Nowakowski) Kuchinski is
Melikhaya Ntshingwa works for             lead physical therapist at East Ohio
Marquette University.                     Regional Hospital.
                                          Christopher Lohri is senior associate
Donna Snider works for Cardinal
Health in Dublin, OH.                     with Gompers & Associates, PLLC in
Colin Stockton is an attorney with        Wheeling.
Moore & Van Allen in Charlotte, NC.       Mike Oravec is a business systems                          CHAPTER
Marikathryn “Muff ” (Bartosik)            consultant for Wells Fargo Bank in
                                                                                     Held its annual post holiday party at the
Valenti works for Cardinal Health in      California.
Ohio.                                     Sandra Shelek is an auditor for            home of Martha Buckley Shields ’64 in
                                          Wheeling Island Racetrack & Gaming         January. Nearly 30 alumni were on hand
1998                                      Resort.                                    to celebrate the start of 2008 with Rev.
Brian Bennett is member services                                                     Jim O’Brien, S.J. and Kelly Klubert ’85,
manager for Guernsey-Muskingum            2000                                       director of alumni relations. The Chapter
(OH) Electric Cooperative, Inc.           Katie (Kapper) Brooks works for Akron
                                                                                     announced that it has endowed the Rev.
Trisha (Wright) Bush is a market          Children’s Hospital.
research analyst at WJU’s National        Stephen and Mary Beth (Hogan)              Charles Currie, S.J. Philadelphia Chapter
Technology Transfer Center.               Criniti announce the birth of their son,   Scholarship and would award money this
Christopher Elswick is an attorney        Matthew, born Sept. 21, 2007.              year. The Chapter will host its annual golf
with Bailey & Wyant, PLLC in              Karen Dalby is a nurse with Drs. Noble     scramble, the Pieco Open, on October 11.
Wheeling.                                 & Wurtzbacher in Wheeling.                 Proceeds from the outing go to the Charles
Erika Harris MD is a family physician     Jessica DeCola is a software engineer
                                                                                     Currie Scholarship. Contact the Alumni
for University Physicians & Surgeons in   for Cisco Systems in San Jose, CA.
West Virginia.                            Ann Drinkwater is online services          Office for details.
Karla (Trent) Moeller works for           program manager for Parsons
Broadwing Communication in Ohio.          Brinckerhoff.
John and Amanda (Balser) Naughton         R. Chad Duffield is an attorney with
‘99 reside in Powell, OH. He is           Farmer, Cline & Campbell, PLLC. in
associate director of admissions at       Charleston.
Ohio Wesleyan University. She is a        Joy Harr is a dentist with Family
registered nurse at Dublin Methodist      Dentistry in St. Clairsville, OH.
Hospital.                                 Amy Lilly is senior subcontracts
Jessica Strauss is the owner of           administrator for Orbital Sciences Corp.
WestArk Industrial Cleaning in            Cathy Molinaro works for Pittsburgh
Clarksburg, WV.                           Public Schools.
                                          Sara Ravas is a staff attorney for
1999                                      Thompson, Hine Business Litigation
Ryan and Beth (Northey) Aaron,            group in Ohio.
announce the birth of daughter, Albree    Kate (Hamer) Rottmayer is house
Ann, born Sept. 10, 2007.                 counsel for Grange Mutual Casualty
Karen Cokeley is a supervisor for         Company in Ohio.
Highmark Blue Cross.                      Kelly (Gottschalk) Samaha is a
Jason and Libby (Byrum) Culley ‘00        respiratory therapist and is center
reside in Dublin, OH. He is a dentist     manager for Lincare, Inc in Virginia.
and owner of Watermark Dental. She is
a marketing communications specialist

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           First Basketball team returns to
              Wheeling Jesuit University

     Dan Sancomb congratulates the honorees.                      Members of the first basketball varsity team

     Wheeling Jesuit University’s first men’s varsity team was      ‘60, Walter A. Reed, Jr. ’60, McAteer ‘61, Dr. Michael A.
     honored Saturday, Jan. 26. Many members of the team            Santer ‘61, Jr., and John B. Yasinsky ‘61.
     returned to campus for a weekend of activities, which
                                                                    “Fifty years ago, during the 1957-58 school year, these
     included a reception hosted by John Egan McAteer ‘61,
                                                                    members of the classes of 1960 and 1961 were the first
     recognition during the men’s varsity game and a reception
                                                                    varsity team. This was the beginning of varsity athletics
     hosted by the Alumni Office.
                                                                    at Wheeling Jesuit and we honor those efforts,” said Dan
                                                                    Sancomb ‘98, director of athletics and men’s head bas-
     Those attending the weekend included: team manager
                                                                    ketball coach. “It was an honor to celebrate our former
     Douglas Baldy ‘60, John J. Dematte, Sr. ‘60, Todd B.
                                                                    athletes in this public manner and recognize these men
     Haberfield ‘60, John J. Mensore ‘60, Donald W. Mercer
                                                                    who were the start of athletics at Wheeling Jesuit.”

                Frech Joins Bush Administration
                      as Deputy Assistant
      P    resident George W. Bush appointed Chris Frech as deputy assistant to the President for legislative affairs
           in January.

      Frech, a member of the class of 1989, previously served as special assistant to the President for legislative affairs. Prior
      to this, he served as deputy chief of staff and Rules Committee associate for Congresswoman Deborah Pryce. He re-
      ceived a master’s degree from West Virginia University.


Erin Rebbel married Richard
Schwartz Aug. 25, 2007.
Wheeling Jesuit alums in                                                             CHARLESTON, WV
the wedding were, Christina                                                                          CHAPTER
Tanner Davis ‘99, Bobbi Feher
Norton ‘99, Carrie Huitger
‘99, Cynthia Placiente Los ‘99,                                                      The Charleston area alumni met in
Sarah Steiner Yu ‘99, Angela                                                         April to discuss and plan an Alumni/
Wiley ‘99, and Todd Rebbel
                                                                                     Prospective Student Night on October
‘95, ‘97 brother of the bride.
Readers were Amanda Balser                                                           1, 2008. The event will be a time for
Naughton ‘99 and Debra Resch                                                         alumni to get together with one another,
Scheffer ‘99. Other WJU grads                                                        as well as talk and promote Wheeling
at the wedding were Dan Harris, Brooks & Jen Belfior Schuler, Shawn Kane, Tom        Jesuit to prospective undergraduate
Cecil, Robert Neary, Danielle Beziat Newman, Jason Los, Casper Yu, Jamie             and graduate students. Call the Alumni
Norton, Phil Northey, Mark Jennings, Chrissy Houston & Alison Johnson.
                                                                                     Office to make your reservation.

Rebecca (Slater) Tatar is chief nuclear   Holly (Cefaldo) Kidwell is assistant
medicine technologist at Temple (PA)      coordinator at Texas Sports Medicine
Northeastern Hospital.                    Facility.
                                          Rachel Lewis is wound care physical
2001                                      therapist at St. Joseph’s (PA) Medical
Penny (Salisbury) Back is an emergency
room registered nurse at KCMC in
                                          John “Monte” McCormick is senior              COLUMBUS, OH
South Carolina.                           staff consultant with TripleScreen                         CHAPTER
Maria Conforti is a physical therapist    Search and Staffing in the Philadelphia
for PT Unlimited/OVGH in Pittsburgh.      area.
Lawrence and Colleen (O’Hanlon)           Michael Morris is a staff physical         The chapter hosted a post holiday party
Harkins reside in Glenshaw, PA. He        therapist for Rehab Unlimited at           in January. Coordinated by Michael and
is a case manager for Renewal, Inc.,      Southbridge (OH).                          Debbie (Hoban) Walsh ’82, more than 45
and she is a registered nurse at UPMC     Amy (Criniti) Phillips is a doctoral       alumni celebrated the beginning of 2008.
Shadyside.                                candidate and teaching fellow at           Rev. Jim O’Brien, S.J. and Kelly Klubert
Janel Hartman is a legal assistant for    Duquesne University.
                                                                                     ’85, director of alumni relations attended
Carlile, Patchen, Murphy in Columbus,     Amy Pietragallo is a traveling nurse for
OH.                                       RSI Medical.                               the gathering. The chapter held a picnic
Anna Lawrence is a curriculum             Crystal (Dunfee) Pietranton is a           at the home of Marian (Malley) Jones
development specialist for Konica         registered nurse at Wheeling Hospital.     ’80. It was a relaxing day of fun and sun
Minolta Business Solutions, New Jersey.   Paula (Fitsimmons) Prince is a first       for alumni and their families. Planning
Colleen Lucey is a nurse at OVMC in       grade teacher for Greenville (SC)          is under way for the January post holi-
Wheeling.                                 County Schools.
                                                                                     day party. The chapter is forming a task
Steve Rice is a trust advisor for PNC     Jim Puglisi is assistant director at St.
Wealth Management in Pittsburgh. He       Edward’s University in Texas.
                                                                                     force to look for ways to assist in the re-
and Amanda Hallock ‘03 were married       Lisa (Traynor) Richardson is a             cruitment of students from the Colum-
on July 5, 2008.                          registered nurse for Trustaff in Ohio.     bus area. For more information about
                                          Mark Rodenhauser is a software             the task force, contact Scott Gallagher at
2002                                      engineer for Asurion in Texas.   
Stephanie (Gray) Faust is a French        Jeremy Steed is clinical marketing
teacher for the Brentwood (PA) School     specialist for Siemens Medical
District.                                 Solutions in Illinois.
Jeanene Goodman is a registered nurse
for Mt. Carmel (OH) Hospice.              2003
Sherre (Casper) Grebenstein is            Kristie (Bower) Barnett is assistant VP
reporter/copyeditor/photographer for      and senior trust officer at WesBanco in
The Martinsburg (WV) Journal.             Wheeling.

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Lindsay (Patti) Ferda is a registered       2005
nurse at WVU Hospital.                      Aimee Boyer married Jim DiStefano on
Kristen Foster is a registered nurse        Aug. 8, 2008.
at The Ohio State University Medical        Sara Budacki is a strategic research
Center.                                     coordinator for the Corporate Executive
Tara (Rohde) Hoelscher is a registered      Board in Virginia.
nurse at The Ohio State University          Anastasia Carter is a group home
Medical Center, James Cancer Hospital.      parent for Davis-Stuart, Inc. in West
Olivia (Schilens) Kostecke is a 10th        Virginia.
and 11th grade special education            Steven Ellis is a teacher/volunteer for
teacher for Portage County (OH).            Cristo Rey High School and is serving
Katie Meng is a labor and employment        one year as a Jesuit Volunteer in New
attorney with the U.S. Department of
Justice in Washington, DC.
Joshua Reed is a registered nurse at The
                                            York City.
                                            Anne Gormley is a second grade
                                            teacher at St. Peter’s School in
                                                                                               OHIO VALLEY
Ohio State University Medical Center.       Maryland.
Melissa Lynn (Arnold) Rhoads is an          Katherine (Kassimer) Hendershot is           The Chapter, along with the Alumni Of-
attorney with Tighe & Cottrell, P.A. in     a pre-school teacher for Wee Care Pre-       fice hosted a dinner prior to the theater
Wilmington, DE.                             School in Ohio.                              production of Man of La Mancha. More
Barbara Roman works for SFT                 Stephanie (Stock) Reese is a human
                                                                                         than 60 alumni and their families attended
Healthcare in Canton, OH.                   resources assistant for Wheeling Island
                                            Racetrack & Gaming Resort.                   the event. A large group of alumni who
Andrea Rosica is a caseworker for
Meridian Health at Jersey Shore             Emilee Romano is a legal secretary           performed in the 1970s production were
University Medical Center.                  for Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman,              on hand for the dinner. The chapter met
Nikki (Stenger) Sayre is a kindergarten     Hoffberger & Hollander in Baltimore.         in April to discuss plans for the 08-09 year.
teacher for Union Local (OH) Schools.       Marie Somera is a legal assistant with
                                                                                         The Chapter is looking to host a holiday
Eustice Stapler is a school counselor for   Berger & Green in Pittsburgh.
                                            Katie (Pelikan) Temple is a substitute       party in December. For more information
Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools.
                                            teacher for Colorado Springs School          about the chapter, contact Vince Gallagher
Kevin Tait is a transport respiratory
                                            District 11.                                 at or
therapist for Flight For Life Colorado.
                                            Angela Zambito is assistant                  Maureen Zambito at
Stephanie Williamson is a registered
                                            development director for Catholic
nurse and respiratory therapist at the      Charities WV of the Diocese of
Carilion Clinic in West Virginia.           Wheeling-Charleston.

2004                                        2006
Larry Boroski works for the Belmont         Joshua Collins is a talk show host on
Correctional Institution in St.             1370-WVOY in Maryland.
Clairsville, OH.                            Elizabeth (Criasia) Croson is a
Georgeann Canter works at Bridgeport        registered nurse at Georgetown
(OH) High School.                           University Hospital.
Kimberly Fox is a family nurse              Heather (Fristick) DeFranco is security
practitioner at MedPoint in Clarksburg,     systems specialist for Bettis Atomic
WV.                                         Laboratory in Pittsburgh.
Tiffany Harris is an EDGAR/                 Cindy (Shaw) Ealy is administrative
document specialist for Williams Lea in     assistant for Fresh Start in Ohio.
Wheeling.                                                      works for SRA
Megan Sall is an English teacher and        International, a contractor at the U.S.
assistant track coach for Norfolk (VA)      GAO.
Public Schools.                             Shaun Gainer is a kindergarten teacher
Ben Thomas is manager for Antrin            for Greene County (VA) Schools.
Township (PA).                              Natalie Kozel is a first grade teacher for
Jayme (Lenz) Verslype is audit senior       Greene County (VA) Schools.
with Ernst & Young, LLP in Pittsburgh.      Annisa Kreis is a sales professional for
                                            Cintas in Ohio.

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Christopher McCormick works at              H. Leon Hegner ‘61 died Feb. 7, 2008.
WVU Medical Center.
Aimee Robinson is an accountant with
                                            M. Michele “Mickie” Heidenreich
                                            ‘75 died March 18, 2008.                      CLASSNOTES
Bodkin, Wilson and Kozicki, PLLC in
Wheeling.                                   FAMILY, STAFF & FRIENDS
                                            Marie Clare Kammer Gribben, mother
2007                                        of Tom Gribben ‘59, died Feb. 15,             Do you have news to share with members of
Erin Bailey is the cheering coach at        2008.                                         the WJU alumni community? Here is a quick
                                            Lt. Colonel David Kapalko, spouse of          overview of the guidelines for Chronicle
Niagara University (NY).
                                            Rita (Vosvick) Kapalko ‘88, died Feb.         Classnotes.
Lisa (Clever) Baker is an employment-
                                            6, 2008.
training specialist with Licking Notts
                                            John O’Brien, brother of Rev.                 • The Classnotes section is one of the first sec-
                                            James O’Brien, S.J., father of John           tions we complete for each issue of the Chron-
Jennifer (Weidger) Brown is a physical
                                            “Michael” O’Brien ‘88, died Jan. 27,          icle and often stop compiling classnotes about
therapist for Blue Sky Therapy in
                                            2008.                                         three months before the issue is mailed. We try
Canton, OH.
                                            Lenita O’Neill, mother of Bob O’Neill         to include all classnotes, but space sometimes
Samuel Childers works for Furnished
                                            ‘72, died Jan. 21, 2008.                      limits how many we can run. All classnotes
Quarters in New York.
                                            Frank M. Reynolds, father of Frank            can be viewed at
Ashley Duke is a nurse at UPMC
                                            M. Reynolds, Jr. ‘78, died Jan. 13,
Children’s Hospital.
                                            2008.                                         • We do not run information about upcoming
Tawni Fuller is a nurse at The
                                            Mary Grace Soccio, mother of                  marriages, births and other occasions until af-
Cleveland Clinic.
                                            MaryAnne (Soccio) Scheuble ‘75, died          ter the event has occurred.
Kerry Monreal is a registered nurse at
                                            March 29, 2008.
The Cleveland Clinic.
                                            Anita Trainor, spouse of John Trainor         • Do to space limitations, we will only run one
Amber Thompson is a staff nurse at
                                            ‘62, died Feb. 28, 2008.                      class note per alum per year in the Chronicle.
UPMC Shadyside.
                                            Kevin Tyska, WJU Lacrosse Coach,
                                            died Jan. 21, 2008.
In Memoriam                                                                               • We only accept classnotes in written form. No
                                            Lou Velkovich, father of Jennifer
                                                                                          classnotes will be accepted over the phone.
                                            (Velkovich) Kosek ‘99, and Stacey
ALUMNI                                      Velkovich ‘06, died April 8, 2008.
Dennis M. Deegan ‘68 died April 20,         Cleo Whitecotton, former athletic
2008.                                       department secretary, died Jan. 29,

Monongah Mine Disaster of 1907 Book Released by McAteer
Wheeling Jesuit’s Vice President of Sponsored Program Davitt           The book represents more than 30 years of research, including inter-
McAteer ’66 released a book that examines the nation’s worst min-      views with victims’ survivors and descendants. McAteer’s research
ing disaster and the history of coalmining in West Virginia and the    proves that close to 500 (not the official report of 362) men and boys
surrounding area.                                                      — many of them immigrants — lost their lives that day, leaving hun-
                                                                       dreds of women widowed and more than 1,000 children orphaned.
“Monongah: The Tragic Story of the 1907 Monongah Mine Disas-
                                                                       McAteer served as Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health
ter, the Worst Industrial Accident in U.S. History,” was released in
                                                                       in the U.S. Department of Labor during the Clinton administra-
December 2007, a hundred years after the fateful disaster occurred.
McAteer examines the history of the coal mining industry in West       He worked with consumer advocate Ralph Nader to help enact the
Virginia and surrounding states, including the political and social    landmark 1969 Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act. In Janu-
atmosphere and conditions in the mines at the time of the disaster.    ary of 2006, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin asked McAteer to
                                                                       conduct an independent investigation into the cause of the Sago
                                                                       Mine Disaster and the Aracoma Alma No. 1 mine fire.


Schell Named        Alumnus Named
Founding Director   President of
of the Professional Illinois Hospital
Development Center R                                             obert Ritz ’84 was named president and CEO of St. John’s
                                                                 Hospital, in Springfield, Ill. in April.

L   ea Ann ‘Beez’ Schell, Ph.D. ’89 has been named
    the founding director of the Professional Develop-
ment Center at the State University of New York Fre-
                                                            “I am thrilled and blessed that I have been invited to join the
                                                            mission and family at St. John’s. It is a great organization filled
donia.                                                      at every level with talented and dedicated professionals,” he
Schell began her new position in June and will hold the
faculty rank of professor in the department of sports       Ritz holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from
management and exercise science.                            Wheeling Jesuit. Following graduation, Ritz took a year off
                                                            before he began graduate school at Cornell University. During
A graduate of WJU with a bachelor’s degree in adver-        that year, he worked as a dishwasher in the kitchen at Wheeling
tising/professional writing, Schell also holds a master’s   Hospital and as a nursing home housekeeper. He said the move
in athletic administration from Slippery Rock Universi-     was intentional and helped him decide to pursue a career in
ty and a doctorate in kinesiology from Texas Woman’s        health care.
                                                            Prior to his appointment at St. John’s, Ritz served as president
                                                            and CEO of St. Mary’s Health System in Waterbury, Conn. for
                                                            six years.

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                                         WJU ALUMNI
                                          WEEKEND 2008

          This year, Alumni Council handed out five Clif-       Joe Saverimuttu ’06 is shown with his mother and father
           ford M. Lewis S.J. Awards. Two of the recipients,    Martina and Gerard following the presentation of the
            Carol Yarnall ’63 and Jay DeFruscio ’87 were not    Graduates of the Last Decade or GOLD award. Theresa
             on hand for the presentation. Joining Scott        Bowman Phipps ’01 also received the award but was
              Gallagher ’92, president of Alumni Council,       unable to attend the ceremony.
              and Julio Giulietti, S.J., University president
               are Jim Regan, men’s soccer coach, Allen
                Wojcik ’63 and Terry Lewis ’93.

Members of the Class of 1963 undertook a fund rais-       Members of the class of 1963 Allen Wojcik and Tom
ing goal – to raise money for the new office of Mission   Kelleher talk about their award winning weekend.
and Ministry. Under the leadership of Steve Haid, the     Wojcik won a Lewis Award and Kelleher was surprised
class has more than $20,000 committed to the project.     with the presentation of the Alumni Magis Award for
Joining Haid for the presentation are Julio Giulietti,    his dedication to the University and its alumni.
S.J. president and Judy Geary ’63, a member of Alumni

Brian McCagh ’68 received this year’s newly renamed       Sandra Wunderlich Neilson ’66 was granted an honorary
St. Ignatius Loyola Distinguished Alumni Award for        bachelor’s degree during Alumni Weekend. Neilson was
his dedication and lifelong commitment to providing       unable to finish her degree in 1966 and her classmates
top notch health care. Julio Giulietti, S.J. president,   petitioned the University to grant her this honorary de-
presented McCagh the Award.                               gree. Julio Giulietti, S.J. president, made the presenta-
                                                          tion during Saturday evening’s dinner. Her family and
                                                          several classmates were on hand for the special night.

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