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The Magazine of Dominican University

Walking the Talk Engaged Scholarship Leads Faculty Beyond the Classroom Sinsinawa Sisters Who Forged the Path What I Did On My Summer Vacation Alumnae/i Spotlight: Mary Ellen Caron ’75 The Social Hall Then and Now

From the President Dear Alumnae/i and Friends: In my experience, Dominican’s mission is the most vibrant and compelling at the nexus of past and present — when history repeats itself with a contemporary flair, making core values transparent. This magazine highlights one of those defining moments and activities: engaged scholarship. Recent undergraduates know the term civic engagement and likely participated in some sort of service learning experience while at Dominican. Many graduate students also completed clinical placements, internships or student teaching — in order to practice what they learned in class. We think of such experience-enriched instruction as innovative pedagogy, inspiring innovative faculty research, and yet, it is not new, really. The Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters were engaged scholars and teachers long before the academy bridged theory and practice — because it was the right thing to do. You will read in this magazine about some of the intellectual giants of Rosary College who championed controversial causes in the service of truth. You also will get to know current faculty and see how their teaching and research demonstrate that same advocacy and clarity of mission. You benefited then and students continue to benefit today — because teaching/learning Dominican style is a call to action. It is an enduring call, as the alumnae/i spotlight on Mary Ellen Caron ’75 suggests. Graduates across the decades tell me how their Dominican education shaped their career choices — or influenced choices they made within their careers. Once upon a time it was only the sisters who referred to such a mission-driven career path as a vocation. Today, Dominican faculty are incorporating a broader sense of vocation across the liberal arts and sciences curriculum — because it is the right thing to do. And, it is no surprise that our graduate professional programs are so service-driven. Then and now, it is the doing with integrity and compassion that distinguishes a Dominican education— preparing students not only to pursue the truth, but to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world. We are all stakeholders in the vitality of that mission. Enjoy the magazine.


Donna M. Carroll President

From left, GSSW faculty members Myrna McNitt and Leticia Villarreal Sosa, with Donna Carroll and Dean Charlie Stoops (second from right) met with colleagues from Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Education, Head of De-institutionalization and Child Protection Department when they visited Dominican University to explore models of inclusive education.

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The Magazine of Dominican University



2 Dominican Partners With Area Community Colleges

18 Faculty Briefs 20 Class News

 Today’s Chicago Woman and Womanetics Honor President Carroll 3 New Appointments: Debra Gurney, Kate Marek, Molly Burke, Ann Hurley, Claire Noonan, and Michael Dizon


4 DUPAC Named Best in Class 2013-2014 DUPAC Concerts and Events


31 In Sympathy

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Walking the Talk Engaged Scholarship Leads Faculty Beyond The Classroom


Sinsinawa Sisters Who Forged the Path


What I Did on My Summer Vacation


 Social Hall

New Saturday MBA Program

New Online Bachelor of Arts in Human Services

Back Cover Passing Glances


5 Athletics Hall of Fame GSSW Receives $100,000 Grant

32 Calendar of Events


Then and Now

Alumnae/i Spotlight: Mary Ellen Caron ’75, CEO, After School Matters



Just the Facts:


90 Years of Commencement



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Dominican Partners With Area Community Colleges


n recent months, Dominican University has entered into partnerships with two area community colleges, opening the door to new collaborative opportunities and programs for students and the institutions. Last winter, Dominican and Triton College announced a partnership that allows Triton students to take classes online and on-site, leading to a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from Dominican’s School for Professional and Continuing Studies. In addition, Dominican maintains office space at Triton’s University Center, giving Triton students the opportunity to meet conveniently with Dominican staff who can facilitate their transfer to the private, four-year institution. In another agreement, the university is partnering with College of DuPage (COD) to give COD students who have received their associate in applied science degree or certificate in library and information technology the opportunity to seamlessly transfer to the university to complete a bachelor’s degree and pursue a master’s degree in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

They will also receive a 50 percent tuition discount on the first four classes of their master’s degree programs. COD transfer students pursuing their bachelor’s degrees at Dominican can also take two master’s-degree-level classes during the senior year of their bachelor’s degree program.

In addition, COD students pursuing the library technology certificate can, for the first time, transfer up to 16 semester hours of coursework as elective credit toward the bachelor’s degree.

Today’s Chicago Woman and Womanetics Honor President Carroll



resident Donna Carroll was recently named by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine to its “100 Women of Influence” list, spotlighting women who’ve made significant contributions in their fields and the City of Chicago. President Carroll was previously named to the magazine’s 2011 list of “100 Women Making a Difference.” In addition, Carroll was recently honored by the Womenetics organization during its inaugural POW! Awards program in Chicago for her leadership of Dominican University and her contributions to the community over the past two decades. Womenetics, based in Atlanta, GA, provides online content, programs and services accelerating the development and success of female business leaders across the country.


New Appointments: Debra Gurney, EdD, recently joined Dominican University as executive director of the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Gurney holds a doctorate in education from Northern Illinois University, a master of science with a concentration in clinical specialist medical-surgical nursing (also from NIU) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rockford College. Most recently, Gurney was the executive director of nursing programs for the City Colleges of Chicago, where she oversaw all program operating practices and procedures in the nursing admission process, curriculum planning, implementation, evaluation and assessment of student outcomes. She also provided leadership for nursing accreditation and participated in the recruitment of full-time and adjunct nursing faculty members. Previously, Gurney served as nursing director at Rush Oak Park Hospital; visiting professor at Northern Illinois University; chairperson and assistant professor in the Department of Nursing at Rockford College; and manager of maternal/child health development at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

Kate Marek, PhD, professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, has been named interim dean, following the decision of Dean Susan Roman to step down to become dean emeritus. Marek earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin; her master’s in library and information science from Dominican University; and her doctorate from Emporia State University in Kansas. Prior to beginning her teaching career at Dominican in 1999, she worked in a variety of library settings. Her recent publications include Using Web Analytics in the Library (2011) and Organized Storytelling for Librarians: Using Stories for Effective Leadership (2010). In 2012, Marek chaired three of the four dissertation committees of our first Dominican PhD graduates. She was Dominican’s first Borra Technology Fellow and one of the first faculty members to deliver fully online courses. She has been involved with online teaching and research in online pedagogy since 2006 and continues to be active in the expansion of the GSLIS technology curriculum as well as with university online teaching development.

Following the departure of Arvid Johnson to become president of the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, Molly Burke, PhD, has been named to a two-year appointment as the interim dean of the Brennan School of Business. In addition to serving as dean for the Brennan School of Business from 1994-2008 and professor of management in the school, Burke has held many positions at the university since 1973, including associate dean of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences and director of career advising and internships. During Burke’s tenure as dean, the BSB began preparing for Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation and developed its first international partnerships in Poland and the Czech Republic. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston College; master’s degrees from St. Louis University and Catholic University of America; and her doctorate from Northwestern University. Burke serves as a consultant for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and is a member of the Institutional Actions Council. She has also been a consultant for the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship.




Other appointments include: 1) Ann Hurley, coordinator for graduate communications, has been appointed interim vice president for enrollment management, overseeing the offices of admissions and financial aid. 2) Claire Noonan, who previously served as director of the Siena Center, has been appointed interim vice president for Mission and Ministry following the retirement of Sister Diane Kennedy, OP. 3) Michael Dizon has been named assistant vice president for marketing and communications. Dizon holds master’s degrees in business, journalism and public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a certificate in integrated marketing from the University of Chicago. He earned two bachelor’s degrees in marketing/business administration and accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dizon joins Dominican from Northwestern University where he was chief marketing officer/senior director for the Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications. Previously, he was director of corporate communications for Topco Associates, and was with the Chicago Tribune for 14 years.

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DUPAC Named Best in Class


ominican University’s Performing Arts Center (DUPAC) has received a Community Bank of Oak Park and River Forest Best in Class Award from the Oak Park Area Arts Council (OPAAC) in recognition of its quality programming and the positive impact it has had on other local arts organizations. The award, which came with a $1,000 grant from Community Bank, was presented by OPAAC during its annual meeting. Over the past 10 years, DUPAC has brought the world to the local community by showcasing renowned performers and internationally acclaimed musicians. “Dominican’s Performing Arts Center provides a great service to our community by presenting artistic productions not often available to communities our size,” Camille Wilson White,

executive director of the Oak Park Area Arts Council, says. “The center is a fantastic asset to the community.” The Performing Arts Center was also recognized for its support of other local artists by providing space at discounted rates and routinely hiring local actors to serve as mentors for Dominican students in theatrical productions.

2013-2014 DUPAC Concerts and Events The President’s Signature Concert Kurt Elling Saturday, October 19, 2013

World Arts Event Kuniko Yamamoto Saturday, January 25, 2014

Traditions Concert The Wonder Bread Years Saturday, March 15, 2014

Theatre Arts Production The Drowsy Chaperone November 15–17, 2013

World Arts Concert Ladysmith Black Mambazo Saturday, February 8, 2014

Theatre Arts Production As You Like It April 10–13, 2014

Holiday Concert Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party Friday, December 6, 2013

Theatre Arts Production Extremities February 20–23, 2014

World Arts Event Calje Saturday, April 26, 2014

34th Annual Trustee Benefit Concert Matthew Morrison Saturday, March 8, 2014

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Kurt Elling

Matthew Morrison


Athletics Hall of Fame


uring Alumnae/i Weekend on Saturday, June 8, the Department of Athletics honored five new inductees to the Dominican University Athletics Hall of Fame. Former student-athletes Carlos Carrillo ’02, Ed Stritzel ’92 and Mary Welk ’04; former coach Tom Trefilek (1987-1994, 2000-2002); and the 1999 men’s soccer team were honored. The university inducted the inaugural Hall of Fame class in 2011 and plans to induct up to five student-athletes, coaches, administrators and/or teams every other year. Pictured, Mary Welk ’04 (left) was one of five 2013 inductees to the Athletics Hall of Fame. Welk, a star of the women’s volleyball team, still leads the program in eight statistical categories including sets played (537), points per set (4.91), service aces (223) and digs (2,653). Teammate Katie (Martin) Trendel ’04 presented Welk with her award.

GSSW Receives $100,000 Grant


he Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) received a $100,000 grant from the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County (HFNLC) to provide scholarships for ethnically diverse students pursuing master’s degrees in social work at the University Center of Lake County (UCLC). The HFNLC Social Work Scholars Program is designed to meet a growing need in northern Lake County for bicultural and bilingual licensed social workers with the skills to serve the medical, behavioral and mental health needs of this increasingly diverse area. Dominican’s GSSW will partner with local social service agencies serving underrepresented, underserved and economically challenged populations in northern Lake County to identify and recruit current bilingual and bicultural employees who would benefit from the scholarship program.

New Saturday MBA Program

SAT. MBA ✘ ✘


eginning in January 2014, the Brennan School of Business will launch a new accelerated, intensive Saturday-only program format for its master’s in business administration degree.

“For more than 35 years, the Brennan School has offered convenient and flexible graduate business degrees for working professionals,” says Molly Burke, interim dean. “The Saturday MBA program will provide a unique option for individuals seeking to develop additional skills and credentials while balancing their current careers and graduate studies.”

The Saturday MBA will deliver the business skills and knowledge of the Brennan School’s accredited MBA program in just 20 months. The new offering will be a hybrid model, with a cohort of students meeting on Dominican’s main campus every other Saturday for classes, and an online component between class meetings.

New Online Bachelor of Arts in Human Services


he School of Professional and Continuing Studies has launched a new Bachelor of Arts in Human Services (BHS). The fully online undergraduate program is perfect for working adults who want to complete their degrees. The BHS is a flexible degree-completion option for professionals with a wide range of backgrounds. Students will develop the core communication, analytic and research skills needed to succeed in their careers. Graduates of the program will be qualified to work in a wide range of positions in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. As a rigorous social science program, the BHS will also prepare students for graduate or professional school. “There are more than two million people in Illinois who have started college but never finished,” says Matt Hlinak, assistant provost for professional and continuing studies. “This program provides a flexible and convenient option for working adults to complete their education and advance in their careers, all while learning to make the world a better place.”

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Engaged Scholarship Leads Faculty Beyond the Classroom

(top right) Undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from the School of Education helped students in the Summer Reading Academy program select and purchase their own books on a trip to a bookstore. (middle right) Engaging and collaborating in urban and underserved communities helps Dominican students become more aware of what it means to be successful professional educators, says Penny Silvers, EdD, School of Education. (bottom right) Thomas Barthelmess, curator of the Butler Children’s Literature Center, trained Dominican undergraduate and graduate students in bringing the Every Child Ready to Read Program into communities.


ollege campuses are often viewed as Ivory Towers — places where faculty, students and administrators can retreat from the realities of everyday life to ponder lofty ideals and engage in deep thought. Yet, generations of Rosary College/Dominican University students and alumnae/i know that this was not their experience. Grounded in a mission that calls each person to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world, the university and its faculty have a long history of engaged scholarship — putting academic expertise and resources to work outside the university to address concerns or problems and thus contributing to the public good. Following in the footsteps of our founding Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters who engaged in

many of the most significant social issues of our time (See “Sinsinawa Sisters Who Forged the Path,” page 10), today’s Dominican faculty have picked up the mantle to continue their legacy — in areas as close as Chicago’s West Side, to as far as Azerbaijan. For the School of Education’s (SOE) Penny Silvers, EdD, and Anne Elsener, PhD, their commitment to making research and teaching more collaborative and authentic led to expanding the focus of the Summer Reading Academy, providing enhanced literacy opportunities for all students and especially those from Chicago’s North Lawndale and Austin communities. With the essential support of a grant from the Kaplan Family Foundation, Silvers and Elsener — as well as 36 SOE graduate and undergraduate students — led the three-week program for elementary and



middle-school-aged children identified as struggling readers. The program incorporates a range of print, visual and digital resources to engage and motivate students to read, immersing them in activities that promote a love of reading and writing. A parent outreach component is also incorporated to extend the learning into the home. In addition, Silvers and Elsener serve on advisory boards at schools in underserved communities and provide professional development training for teachers in the schools. “The teaching, the research, the learning are more authentic when you engage and collaborate in urban and underserved schools and communities,” Silvers says. “This helps our students become more aware of what it means to be a successful professional educator in the world. We are passionate about what we’re doing, and the Dominican mission.” In the same vein, early childhood literacy is a passion of Thomas Barthelmess, MLS, curator of the Butler Children’s Literature Center. Barthelmess trained students in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), SOE, Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) and Rosary College of Arts and Sciences (RCAS) in bringing the Every Child Ready to Read Program (ECRR) into communities. A program of the American Library Association, ECRR provides tools, techniques and training for parents and caregivers in building a solid

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foundation for reading for children up to 5 years old. “Early literacy encompasses everything a child needs to know about reading before he or she is ready to read, and research demonstrates that by engaging in five specific activities with children — reading, writing, talking, singing and playing — we build a strong foundation for reading,” Barthelmess says. “I adapted the ECRR because it is an important initiative and is consistent with Dominican’s mission.” The principles are currently being applied with students in early literacy courses and with children at Dominican’s Rose K. Goedert Center for Early Childhood Education — a win, win, win all the way around. Students learn the concepts, apply them at the Goedert Center and then see them in action.

understanding of mental illness and how to treat it. With every performance, something magical happens. It is a completely life-changing experience because people are moved and educated in a way they never expected.”

Each show features monologue performances of five or six true stories of an individual’s struggle “Our students experience the value of taking principles and ideas and with mental illness, seeing how they work in the real world,” Barthelmess says. including post-traumatic Krista Hansen, artistic director and assistant stress, addiction, professor of theatre arts, performs with Erasing For Dan Condon, PhD, Brennan School of Business, literacy for schizophrenia, bipolar the Distance, a nonprofit theater company children includes financial literacy. As director of the U.S. Bank Center disease and depression. In dedicated to using performance to break down for Economic Education, Condon brings the principles of money and stigmas associated with mental illness. addition to public finance into elementary classrooms with the expectation that students performances, the ETD who are financially literate become smart consumers. artists are invited by middle and high schools; colleges and universities; “Being a smart consumer means knowing the value of savings faith communities; and community organizations to educate and accounts, the dangers of credit cards, mortgage inform, and even help individuals selfprinciples and the time-value of money — having identify problems with themselves or with “Our students experience the things now versus having things later,” Condon family members and friends. A clinical says. “One could argue that our economic specialist leads a discussion following the value of taking principles and downturn is due in part to the fact that too many show and additional resources and reference people are not financially literate.” materials are provided.

ideas and seeing how they

Throughout the year, Condon leads financial literacy training for elementary through high work in school teachers in area schools. The training sessions include engaging lessons, activities and games that teachers can incorporate into their lesson plans and curriculum.


“We’ve made a big impact on college campuses,” she says. “We know that it is real world.” common for the first significant episode of mental illness to occur between the ages of 16 and 25, and college is a time of big transition and challenge. It’s incredible to be able to help students face problems early, truthfully and honestly.”

Since 2007, Krista Hansen, MFA, artistic director and assistant professor of theatre arts, RCAS, has shared her performing talent and academic expertise beyond the classrooms and stages of the Fine Arts building to venues throughout the Chicago area, helping to shed light on issues of mental illness. As an artist with Erasing the Distance (ETD), a nonprofit theater company dedicated to using performance to break down stigmas associated with mental illness, Hansen is a passionate advocate for the power of storytelling to foster dialogue, education and healing for individuals with mental illness. “People who see our shows are profoundly affected by them and that’s why I do it,” Hansen explains. “It is transformative theater because people leave with a better

At an agricultural sciences university in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, Felice Maciejewski, MLS, university librarian, made an impact spending several weeks working with the university’s library staff on opportunities to improve services and preserve the collection. Given the library’s limited resources and inherent environmental challenges, it was no easy task. “We had to adjust our recommendations to the conditions in the library, which presented challenges,” she says. “With no trained librarians on staff, limited Internet connectivity, frequent power outages, only two databases and no budget for acquisitions, we needed to think outside the box.” Maciejewski – who is fluent in Spanish – and a former colleague consulted with and trained library staff at the


Universidad ISA (Instituto Superior de Agricultura) as part of the Farmer to Farmer Program of USAID. “The library was open-air so there were no climate controls. Books were crumbling due to brittle paper, and mold and mildew was evident on many books. There were so many environmental concerns, yet the staff was so enthusiastic and eager for our help,” she recalls. “Despite our frustration at the conditions, we felt so appreciated and that we made a difference. We continue to work with them on the recommendations and hope to find ways for staff of the library to pursue master’s degrees in library science.” The challenges and opportunities of working in developing countries are familiar to GSSW’s Leticia Villarreal Sosa, PhD, and Myrna McNitt, MSW. Over the past two years, the two have been actively engaged in establishing an undergraduate school of social work with the University of Milagro in Ecuador, as well as helping to develop foster care services, policies and practices in Azerbaijan. These initiatives require experience and expertise, while demanding considerable time and patience.  The many years of collaboration and work and repeated trips between

Ecuador and River Forest over the years have resulted in many tangible accomplishments, including a formal agreement between the universities, field placement opportunities for Dominican graduate students and the launch this fall of a social work certificate program for students at the University of Milagro. “In addition to coordinating joint research projects between the two universities, our vision is that one day our faculty will teach courses there, while their students will travel here for training,” Villarreal Sosa says. “Social work is a relatively new concept in both countries, so Dominican’s international expertise in the field is important and respected,” McNitt explains. Their work in Azerbaijan is centered on the goal of moving orphaned children out of government-operated institutions and in with families where their individual needs can be better met.   As an expert in child protection and welfare, McNitt understands the many challenges that lie ahead. “The process involves changing the mindset of how to care for a child, and that takes time,” she says. While these few examples of faculty engaged scholarship represent a whole host of activities and endeavors beyond the classroom, they are evidence that faculty are continuing in the legacy set by the Sinsinawa Sisters who preceded them, and that these involvements are critical to our academic endeavors and identity as an institution. (top) Felice Maciejewski, university librarian (third from right) spent several weeks working with library staff at a university in the Dominican Republic, helping to improve services and preserve the library’s collection. (left) GSSW faculty members Myna McNitt and Leticia Villarreal Sosa (seated center) are working with officials in Azerbaijan to develop foster care services, policies and practices.

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Sinsinawa Sisters Who Forged the Path “The classroom should be an entrance into the world, not an escape from it.” John Ciardi


rom its very beginning, Dominican University was recognized as much for its community and world engagement as for its stellar academics. As new programs and enhanced curricula were introduced on campus, the faculty and leadership were at the forefront of significant initiatives and reforms, including labor relations, race relations, international study, women in the Catholic Church, international economics, and economic thought and moral philosophy. Several of these remarkable leaders were Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters who were profiled in the biographical dictionary Women Building Chicago 1790-1990. The volume includes the individual biographies of more than 400 women noted for their remarkable contributions to social policy and reform, education, the arts, science and many other fields.

Sister Vincent Ferrer Bradford

Sister Mary Ellen O’Hanlon




ne of the original charter faculty of Rosary College/Dominican University, Sister Vincent Ferrer was a professor of political science and renowned for her commitment to and outspoken stance on issues of social justice, including advocacy for the rights of women workers, labor relations and international peace. Sister Vincent frequently spoke at conferences around the country on key social issues from the Catholic social teaching perspective and was one of the first leaders with the Catholic Association for International Peace. She was one of the first participants in the 1922 Catholic Conference on Industrial Problems to explore how industrial problems could be solved through principles of Catholic teaching on social justice. The same year that the Catholic Worker Movement began, Sister Vincent invited founder Dorothy Day to speak to students on campus, and was a supporter of industrial unionism and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). “Sister Vincent was a dynamic woman with a droll sense of humor,” recalls Sister Diane Kennedy, vice president emeritus for mission and ministry. “There was a great naturalness about her. She said what she thought and she was proud to have been included on Joe McCarthy’s infamous list (of suspected Communists)!”


ith a doctorate in biology from the University of Chicago, Sister Mary Ellen O’Hanlon was chair of the department of botany and a member and frequent presenter at meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During a sabbatical year in 1934 spent studying in Europe, Sister Mary Ellen was awakened to the realities of racial prejudice and discrimination in the United States, which led her to focus her research and work on using “an enlightened, scientific approach to human differences to combat racism and prejudice.”1 Sister Mary Ellen’s close relationship with renowned chemist Percy Julian and his wife, Anna, drew her into the rising civil rights movement. In 1946, she wrote and widely distributed the pamphlet Racial Myths, which addressed issues of scientific study and human relations. She also spoke frequently on racism. “Sister Mary Ellen was an advocate for racial justice, and her writing helped lay the moral and intellectual foundation for the civil rights movement,” Sister Diane says. “Her writing and speaking promoting interracial justice was of major importance in guiding college students, workers and others toward the civil rights movement.” 1 Women Building Chicago 1790-1990, pg. 645


Sister Albertus Magnus McGrath

Mother Evelyn Murphy

Sister Thomasine Cusack





ne of the most highly educated women of her time — a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate from Yale University, and continuing studies at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and Harvard University — Sister Albertus Magnus McGrath was widely regarded as the first feminist of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. A professor of history, her classes were always filled as students sought to learn from her. Off campus, Sister Albertus Magnus’ “consciousness of discrimination against women predated the second wave of feminism of the late 1960s and early 1970s.”2 She was a vocal advocate for justice for women in church and society, and she identified herself as a “propagandist whose energy was often directed to challenging oppressive male structures in the church.”3 Her books, What A Modern Catholic Believes about Women and Women and the Church, had a tremendous impact on lay and religious women alike, and she was known nationally as an advocate for equal educational opportunities for women. A member of the National Organization for Women and proponent of the Equal Rights Amendment, “Sister Albertus Magnus was so rational and knowledgeable that even people who didn’t agree with her wanted her on their boards,” Sister Diane says. “She was recognized for her critical thought and her level of academic excellence.” 2 Women Building Chicago 1790-1990, pg. 566 3 Women Building Chicago 1790-1990, pg. 566


coal miner’s daughter, Mother Evelyn Murphy’s auspicious legacy includes the establishment of two international study programs for women: Fribourg, Switzerland, and Villa Schifanoia, in Florence, Italy; serving as dean and then president of Rosary/ Dominican from 1928 to 1943; and ultimately her election as Mother General of the Sinsinawa Dominican congregation. In 1918, then-Sister Evelyn Murphy and three other sisters made a difficult trip across the Atlantic Ocean during wartime to open the Institut de Hautes Études, a house of studies for women in Fribourg. In 1925, it became the first study abroad program in the country. During her tenure as dean and president, the university’s emphasis on academic rigor and social activism grew, and international scholars and activists traveled to campus. After her election to the congregation’s general council, a wealthy businessman donated his villa in Italy to the Vatican with the stipulation that it be used for educational purposes under the auspices of the Sinsinawa Dominicans. Sister Evelyn directed the effort and ushered in the opening of Villa Schifanoia, an international study program for the study of music and fine arts. In 1949, she was elected Mother General and, during her tenure, directed the opening of 20 new schools throughout the United States. “Mother Evelyn Murphy’s global perspective and outreach were unparalleled,” Sister Diane says.


hough not included in the volume Women Building Chicago 1790-1990, another model of engaged scholarship to students and colleagues alike was Sister Thomasine Cusack. Confronted with the shocking collision of wealth, culture and economic inequality while on an international trip as a young woman, she made the decision to become a sister and from there became a scholar, teacher and tireless advocate for economic justice in the human community. After earning her doctorate in economics at the University of Chicago, she became professor and chair of the department of economics at Rosary/Dominican, where generations of students were captivated by her charism. She participated in many national conferences and was a delegate to the 1960 White House Conference on Youth, the National Inter-Religious Conference on Peace and the 1965 Pacem in Terris conference. “Vicariously, from within the classroom and in the presence of her passion, students served ‘with her’ on the Catholic Alliance for International Peace; they joined her as a delegate to national and international conferences on world tensions; they took part in the dialogue as she articulated her insights and drafted acclaimed statements on economic thought and moral philosophy,” says Sister Joan O’Shea, former dean of students at Dominican and a former student of Sr. Thomasine’s. “Many followed her into careers in teaching and social justice activism. Sister Candida Lund (former Rosary College president), herself a voice for political integrity, described Sister Thomasine as a woman of intensity and intelligence. All who knew her will say ‘Amen’ to that.”

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What I Did on My It’s a tried-and-true back-to-school essay topic that yields some interesting reflections on activities and experiences, and for many Dominican University students and faculty, “what they did on their summer vacations” highlights many new dimensions of learning, exploration and service. Pictured from left: Kathleen Odell with assistant from Gordon Institute of Business Science, Johannesburg, South Africa; Al Rosenbloom with business entrepreneur in South Africa; Susan Strawn; Geraldine Holmes; and Tyehimba Turner with Margaret Jonah and Martha Jacob

It is a big world and this summer, several professors and students spent time exploring it together. Al Rosenbloom, PhD, professor of marketing and international business, and Kathleen Odell, PhD, associate professor of economics, led a group of 14 MBA students to Johannesburg, South Africa, for the Brennan School of Business’ International Residency course. “International Residency is about forging new connections and offering business advice to entrepreneurs in one of the world’s most dynamic emerging economies,” Rosenbloom says. “In South Africa, we immerse our students in the challenges entrepreneurs face by having them provide business consulting services to actual businesses facing significant struggles.” Alexandra Township, an impoverished, exclusively black area located next to one of the most affluent neighborhoods in

Johannesburg, makes an ideal learning laboratory, Rosenbloom says. “With its dense population, every possible resource is at a premium and the built-in economic inequalities of apartheid and racial segregation still linger,” he says. “South Africa asks us all to step out of our frames of reference into something totally different and is the most energizing, inspirational, invigorating place imaginable.” Carol Seley MBA ’12 is currently pursuing a concentration in international business and views the International Residency course as the culmination of her academic career. “Throughout my studies at Dominican, we talked a lot about emerging markets in Asia and Africa,” she says. “It was a dream come true to finally see in real life what I’d heard so much about.” Seley and three classmates mentored a female restaurateur and her business partner, and

helped her adapt her operations to attract tourists and tour operators. The trip was everything Seley hoped for — and more. “The experience was life-altering for me,” she says. Meanwhile, back on campus, many faculty members used the summer break to examine the effectiveness of their teaching. Carol Tallarico, PhD, professor of economics, worked on a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Project. “Last year, while teaching Principles of Microeconomics, I discovered that a quiz-based method seemed to be more effective than the exam-based method I had used in the past,” she says. Tallarico spent the summer preparing to test her theory in 2013-2014, when she will teach the course using quizzes in the fall and exams in the spring. “I’ll compare student success rates from the two courses and the average scores of the comprehensive final exams. My goal is to see which works better:


Summer Vacation two midterms or 12 quizzes,” she says. “My theory is that quizzing should be more effective because it allows students to learn small chunks of material and gives me feedback on what specific concepts require more attention while there is still time in the semester.” Other Dominican faculty members immersed themselves in scholarly research. Susan Strawn, PhD, professor of apparel design and merchandising, received a faculty research grant to travel to examine rare historical documents. This project evolved from a letter housed in the Dominican archives from suffragist Susan B. Anthony. The letter contains Anthony’s expressions of appreciation for lace and fabric and her concern about difficult seamstresses. Strawn sought to compare this document to those found in other institutions. “I am writing an article that considers Susan B. Anthony from

a new perspective, specifically her interest in clothing, appearance and dress reform, including dress for women in leadership positions,” Strawn says. Sara Quinn, assistant professor of mathematics, launched a research project measuring the complexity of the classification problem for a particular kind of mathematical object — collections of invertible matrices with integer entries. Quinn and her co-author expect to conclude the research this fall and have a paper ready for submission next spring. Thanks to the support of Dominican’s Undergraduate Summer Scholar Program, three students devoted their summers to research as well. Joanna Sasara, Class of 2014 worked with Marion Weedermann, PhD, professor of mathematics, to study how to apply a mathematical theory to criminal behavior. Sasara’s work suggested that criminal behavior

may “spread” through direct contact between groups involved in the same event. She hopes to use her research in a paper that will analyze whether crime can be “contagious” like a virus or other infectious disease. Geraldine Holmes, Class of 2014, a biology and environmental science major, worked with Bob CalinJageman, PhD, associate professor of psychology, to validate previous research results regarding sea slugs and how their genes change as they form memories. “I hope to present this research at the national Society for Neuroscience meeting in the fall and publish a peer-reviewed paper,” she says. “I also used my summer to participate in a volunteer research project at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Botany is my true love, so it was exciting to be involved in mapping where various oak species originated.” Rounding out the group of summer research scholars is

Tyehimba Turner, Class of 2015. As a high school student at Lindblom Math and Science Academy in Chicago, Turner also worked as a research assistant in a University of Chicago biology lab, and later went on to work in a high-level fellowship from the Leadership Alliance organization. Now a sophomore, Turner — with the sponsorship of Margaret Jonah, PhD, professor of biology — is continuing his research studying the metabolic properties of the natural sweetener and sugar substitute Stevia. Turner, who hopes to pursue a PhD in biology after graduating, plans to develop a paper for publication and has already been accepted to present at the American Society for Microbiology’s 2013 general meeting and at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. “Being in the lab is like second nature to me,” he says. “It was great being able to do what I love all summer here at Dominican.”

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Hall and Now Then and


erhaps the fondest and most enduring memories for alumnae/i of their time at Dominican University are of events held in the Social Hall in Mazzuchelli Hall. Since 1925, the Social Hall has been home to dances and dinners, lectures and meetings, parties and presentations. Even a cursory look at photographs of events over the years calls to mind the familiar French expression “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” While visits to campus today reveal many new and exciting sites to explore — Parmer Hall, residence halls, the soccer field and, of course, the Priory campus, to name just a few — alums continue to experience excitement and comfort when they enter the Social Hall. Even with new windows and energy-efficient lighting, alumnae/i young and old feel right at home when they enter, and are transported back to their college years. So, whether it is a sporting event, lecture, Homecoming or Memorial Mass that brings you to campus, a trip through the Social Hall will evoke some wonderful memories. The invitation is always open.

Clockwise from top left: The Social Hall, 1926; Father’s Day Dinner, 1948; Alumnae/i Children’s Christmas Party, 2011; Homecoming 1992; Senior Send-Off, 2012; Christmas Party, 1978; Pam Gervais and Mary Ann Gately at Father-Daughter Dinner, 1965; Social Hall, 2013. Center photo: Christmas Party, 1965, Martha Gottemoeller ’65, Barbara Tucker ’65 holding Becky Carroll, daughter of former provost Norm Carroll, and Dorothea Macina ’65.


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Following Her Passion


Mary Ellen Caron ’75



ary Ellen Caron’s story is remarkably familiar to many Dominican students and graduates. Growing up the eldest of three in a close-knit family on the city’s northwest side, she

attended the all-girls Catholic high school Mother Guerin (now Guerin Prep), and when she enrolled in Dominican University, she was the first in her family to attend college. Living at home, she commuted to campus while holding down a part-time job. And, like the experiences of so many students today, as well as the generations before, her experiences on campus were transformational.

“At Dominican, I learned how important it is to create community and to understand it. I was part of something. I made lifelong friends with whom I am close today,” Caron reflects. “We learned from the start that women could do anything. We were encouraged to pursue anything we wanted. “A liberal arts education opens your senses to embrace many perspectives,” Caron says. “It has helped me think critically and exercise good judgment over the years. My Dominican education has served me well.” This is an incredible testament given Caron’s most extraordinary and esteemed career. After fulfilling her dream of being a teacher, Caron went on to be become an elementary school principal. In 1989, she was tapped to lead the first new Chicago elementary school in 20 years. As the founding principal of Francis Xavier Warde School (FXW) — a pre-K through 8th grade school renowned for its vision and innovation — Caron shaped the institution into one of the most sought-after schools in Chicago. From there, Caron was named the special assistant to Arne Duncan, then CEO of Chicago Public Schools and now the U.S. Secretary of Education. In 2004, she was named commissioner for the Chicago Department of Children and Youth Services, where she served as the city’s chief advocate for children, youth and families at the state and federal levels; and in 2009, she was named commissioner for the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, where she managed a $500 million budget through direct services and community-based organizations.

In 2012, Caron took over the leadership of the nationally known nonprofit After School Matters, a program co-founded in 1991 by the late former first lady of Chicago, Maggie Daley. After School Matters provides Chicago teens with out-of-school opportunities to develop their talents in the arts, communications, science, sports and technology and to cultivate career-readiness fundamentals. The organization’s 500 staff and instructors deliver programming to more than 10,000 teens each year. Throughout her career and life, whether she was managing a classroom of 6-year-olds, a staff of 500 or a budget of $500 million, Caron has never lost sight of her passion. In fact, her leadership positions in education, at the highest levels of city government and a very highprofile nonprofit organization share a common purpose. “I wanted to spend my life caring for the needs of children and Dominican nurtured that,” she says. “Mary Ellen is a natural leader, and her warmth, dedication and supportiveness encouraged all her faculty to share ideas and resources. I am inspired by her leadership,” says Josephine Sarvis, PhD, associate professor in Dominican’s School of Education. Sarvis was a teacher at FXW School when Caron was principal, and they were also classmates in the doctoral program at Loyola University. “On regular occasions, in faculty meetings at FXW and in our PhD program, Mary Ellen would inspire us to think in new ways. She is deeply committed to lifelong learning, and in her work with After School Matters, she continues to exemplify and model social justice, caring, collaboration and community in her leadership responsibilities. She is an extraordinary visionary, a remarkable leader and my very dear friend.” Caron has devoted her life and career to encouraging young people to pursue their interests, and she readily shares her personal motto whenever she can because — as she says — it has served her well. “When young people ask me about my career path I always tell them two things: ‘Remember where you came from and help others to move along in life,’ and ‘Follow your passion.’ I truly believe that if you do what gives you life, everything else will follow — money, prestige, etc. Doing what gives you life will make you attractive to many, and you will gain so much as a result. “Dominican was a place where these rules of life were developed and fostered for me.”





Due to burgeoning enrollment, for the first time in university history, Commencement services this past May were moved off campus. This bittersweet moment presents the opportunity to reflect back on the 90 years of graduation services and the traditions and celebrations that make the event so memorable for graduates and their families.


On June 20, 1923, 17 bachelor degrees in the arts, sciences, home economics and music were awarded to the first graduating class of Rosary College.

Cardinal Samuel Stritch (left, leading procession) presided over the Commencement ceremonies throughout the 1940s and 50s.

The first Candle and Rose ceremony was held in 1928, and until the 1970s, the ceremony was limited to seniors and juniors only. During the early years of the college, the Cloister Walk was the exclusive domain of the sisters and seniors — a junior was afforded her first steps across its sacred stones as she participated in the ceremony. The symbolism of the exchange is seniors receive a rose from their partner representing the promise of caritas (love) and partners receive from the seniors a candle representing the light of knowledge, the light of veritas (truth).

Ann Landers

Erma Bombeck

Eboo Patel

Honorary Degree Recipients Over the years, the university has conferred the degree of honoris causa — honorary degree — to such distinguished, notable and famous individuals as Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Ann Landers, Mortimer Adler, Erma Bombeck and Eboo Patel.

During the 1970s, a new tradition of toasting the new graduates with champagne and strawberries was introduced.


To celebrate and honor the achievements of more than 650 undergraduate and graduate students and their families, the May 2013 Commencement ceremonies were held at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum. Christopher Kennedy (right), the university’s 2013 Lund-Gill Chair and chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc., delivered the Commencement address. Janet Rowley (left), MD, received an honorary degree. Right, Brennan School of Business graduates celebrate outside the UIC Forum.

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RCAS Daniel Anderson, lecturer in English, was named a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar and participated in an NEH Institute for college and university faculty, “Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955,” in June and July at the Newberry Library. He also contributed to a panel composed of Dominican students, faculty and staff that presented “Unearthing Hidden Pathways in Academic Life: Exploring Strategies to Help FirstGeneration College Students Thrive in the University” at the annual Conference of the Working Class Studies Association on June 13, in Madison, WI. He also presented “Sensational War of Words: Cultural Ideals, the African-American Press, and the Formation of the Negro Leagues” at the Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture in April, at Middle Tennessee State University. Irina Calin-Jageman, associate professor of biology and Robert Calin-Jageman, associate professor of psychology, have published their recent work in collaboration with Dominican University students in the journal, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory entitled “An Aplysia Egr homolog is rapidly and persistently regulated by long-term sensitization training” in May 2013. They also published “Transcriptional changes following long-term sensitization training and in vivo serotonin exposure in Aplysia californica” which appeared in the journal Plos One in October 2012. Robert Calin-Jageman and Tracy Caldwell, associate professors of psychology, received a $2,000 grant from the Centre of Open Science to replicate an important result in social psychology on the positive effects of superstition on performance. The results will be published in March 2014 in a special issue of the journal Social Psychology on “Replications of Important Results in Social Psychology.” Jeffrey Carlson, dean, wrote the article, “Building and Assessing a Culture of Interfaith Learning,” which appears in the summer 2013 issue of Diversity & Democracy, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He was invited to serve on a national planning committee sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and Interfaith Youth Core, to develop and offer a series of faculty seminars in 2014 and 2015 on the teaching of interfaith issues to undergraduates. In March, he co-presented “The (Liberal) Art of Business: Business as Vocation at Dominican University,” at the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education conference in Indianapolis, IN. Jennifer Dunn, associate professor of rhetoric and communication, published the chapter “Prostitutes as ‘Sex Workers’: A Dramaturgical Analysis of Identity at a Legal Brothel,” in Researching Interpersonal Relationships: Qualitative Methods, Studies, and Analysis. As the vice chair, she also planned the National Communication Association program for the Women’s Caucus, and was elected secretary for the Popular Culture Interest Group (which she also co-founded) for the Central States Communication Association.

of the Society for Community Research and Action, held in Coral Gables, FL. Additionally, his paper “The Development of Disability in Community Psychology Research” was published in the Fall issue of the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice. Krista Hansen, assistant professor of theatre arts/artistic director, directed the musical Five Course Love at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights in May and June 2013. She also performed in the show Good Enough in March 2013, with Erasing the Distance (ETD), an organization that sheds light on mental health issues through theatre. Jane Hseu, assistant professor of English, presented “Teaching Race and Space Through Asian American and Latino Performance Poetry: I Was Born with Two Tongues’ Broken Speak and Sonido Ink(quieto)’s Chicano, Illnoize” at the First Biennial U.S. Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference held in New York, NY. Mark Hodges, assistant professor of computer science, presented Automated Recognition of Cognitive Impairments at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in College: Midwest 2013 Conference held in Findlay, OH. Bill Jenkins, assistant professor of theatre arts, designed scenery and lighting for Clara, an original musical written by McKinley Johnson, lecturer, apparel design and merchandising, which was performed in July at Open Door Theatre in Oak Park. He also trained victim advocates in Illinois, Virginia and Connecticut on responding to the needs of victims of violent crime. In the wake of the Newtown shootings, he is working at the national level in gun violence prevention efforts, meeting with the staffs of First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama, appearing in press conferences with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and advising various gun violence prevention organizers in their efforts. Todd Kleine, adjunct instructor of computer science, was elected president of the Chicago chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA) for 2013-2014. ARMA Chicago is the third largest local chapter of the organization in the United States. Jim Negrete ’10, adjunct professor of theology, has been named an Oscar Romero Scholar at Catholic Theological Union. He is the first-ever candidate for a doctor of ministry degree to receive this scholarship. The Oscar Romero Scholars Program offers Hispanic lay men and women a full-tuition scholarship for a professional graduate degree that prepares them to minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Nkuzi Michael Nnam, professor of philosophy and director of black world studies, presented “Golden Stool: The Soul of Ashanti” at the 55th International Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association held in Philadelphia, PA. He also presented “Colonial Mentality in Africa” at the 37th Annual Conference of the National Council for Black Studies held in Cincinnati, OH. Finally, he presented, “Igbo Farm Village” at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA.

Joyce Goldenstern, adjunct faculty, English, led a seminar at the Newberry Library entitled “An Introduction to the Poetry of T.S. Eliot” during the summer of 2013. Her short story “Massachusetts Murder Mystery (reflections on Emily Dickinson)” was published in J Journal, New Writing on Justice in spring 2013.

Claire Noonan, interim vice president for Mission and Ministry, and adjunct faculty in LAS Seminars and theology and pastoral ministry, presented “Love the Guest is On the Way: Keeping Advent Mindfully” at St. Nicholas Church in Evanston; “Catholic Social Teaching and the Call of the Peacebuilder” at the Catholic Theological Union; and “Finding God in the Everyday” at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Chicago.

Robert E. Gutierrez, adjunct instructor of psychology, presented “Promoting Community Psychology and Communal Thriving through Teaching” and “Reflecting on Research: Conceptual and Methodological Consideration of Latino Inter-Ethnic Diversity” at the biennial conference

Valerie Rangel, adjunct faculty in apparel design and merchandising, presented a paper titled “Fashion and Creativity in Response to Disaster” at the 101st Annual College Art Association (CAA) Conference held in New York in February 2013.


Bret Rappaport, adjunct professor of English, presented a paper on genre bias at the Conference for Legal Writing and Cognitive Bias held at the Brooklyn Law School, in March 2013.

James Twomey, adjunct faculty, edited and co-authored the second edition of In-house Bookbinding & Repair, Scarecrow Press.

Marion Weedermann, professor of mathematics, published the article “Mathematical Model of Anaerobic Digestion in a Chemostat: Effects of Syntrophy and Inhibition” in the Journal of Biological Dynamics. She also presented “Global Stability and Bistability in Systems of Coupled Chemostats” at the First International Conference on Dynamics of Differential Equations held at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, in March 2013, and “Global Stability in Systems of Coupled Chemostats” at the ICMC Summer Meeting on Differential Equations at the Universidade de São Paulo at São Carlos, Brazil, in February 2013.

Brennan School of Business

Tama Weisman, associate professor of philosophy, published “The Role of Kant’s ‘Schematism of the Pure Concepts of Understanding’ in Hannah Arendt’s Theory of Judgment” in The International Journal of Humanities: Annual Review. She also published “Restorative Environmental Justice as a Way of Life: Learning from Ubuntu” in Dialogue and UniversalismE. Fr. Richard Woods, OP, professor of theology, co-edited The Bloomsbury Guide to Christian Spirituality, London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2012, which included his article, “The Dominican Spiritual Tradition.” His chapter, “Religion on Pern?” appeared in Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern, in August 2013. In July, he presented “Exploring Religion Traditions as Transformative Spiritual Experience: An Experiment in Higher Education,” at the Changing Boundaries: Mindfulness, Spirituality and Education Conference, Centre for Spiritual Capital at Dublin City University. His article “Mystical Union in the Teachings of Ibn ‘Arabi and Meister Eckhart,” was published in Medieval Mystical Theology, in August 2013.

Graduate School of Library and Information Science Bill Crowley, professor, published “Faculty and the Survival of the Library and Information Professions” in the Winter 2013 issue of the Library Communications Journal (Volume 1, Number 4). The article addresses the importance of developing required marketing and advocacy courses as part of the library and information science curriculum. Cecilia L. Salvatore, associate professor, accepted a two-year appointment as one of the “representatives and liaisons” of the International Relations Round Table of the American Library Association, effective July 2013. In addition, she is the chair of the oral history section of the Society of American Archivists, effective August 2013. She also presented the paper “What’s in a Name: ‘Cultural Heritage’ and ‘Folklore’?” and chaired a panel on “Digital Surrogacy, Reunification and Aggregation” at the Archival Education and Research Institute in Austin, TX, in June 2013. Christopher Stewart, assistant professor, wrote “An Overview of ACRLMetrics, Part II: Using NCES and IPEDs Data,” which appeared in the November 2012 issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship. In October 2012, he delivered the keynote address, “Adrift, or Setting a New Course? The Future of the Library Building in the Post-Print Era” for the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services’ eBooks & Libraries workshop series. In July 2013, he presented “Where We Work is How We Work: Considerations for Library Staff Environments in a Rapidly Changing Profession” at the annual meeting of the American Library Association in Chicago.

Peter Alonzi, professor of economics and finance, and Dan Condon, professor of economics and quantitative methods, presented ““Deficits and the Debt: Past Defeat or Future Victory?” sponsored by Dominican’s U.S. Bank Center for Economic Education on April 17, 2013. Dan Condon, professor of economics and quantitative methods, published “Catholic Religious Vocations and Rational Choice: Some Evidence” in the Journal of Applied Business and Economics Vol. 13 (5) in December 2012.

School of Education Marie Masterson, assistant professor, wrote the article “Connecting Children to Kindness: Encouraging a Culture of Empathy,” published in Childhood Education, Summer 2013. In April, she presented “Empowering Children from Poverty: Strategies to Mediate Stress” at the Association for Childhood Education (ACEI) Institute for Global Education Diplomacy, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. In May, she presented a five-year research project entitled “The Director’s Institute: Developing a New Paradigm for Professional Development Using a Practice to Theory Approach” at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting, San Francisco, CA. Penny Silvers, associate professor of literacy, presented “Critical Inquiry in Primary Grades: Complex Thinking With Complex Texts” at the Illinois conference for Teachers of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students in December 2012; and “Strategies for Comprehending Complex Texts across Grade Levels and Content Areas” at the Illinois Reading Council conference, Springfield, IL, along with Anne Elsener, assistant professor, in March 2013. She also received a $10,000 grant from the Kaplan Family Foundation, providing tuition for children from Catalyst Howland School in North Lawndale to attend the Domincan’s Summer Reading Academy and for all 45 summer academy children to purchase books through the Hooked on Books program.

Graduate School of Social Work Leticia Villarreal Sosa, assistant professor, wrote “Chicana Feminisms, Intersectionality and Social Work: Crossing Borders, Building Bridges” which appears in the volume Gender Oppression and Globalization: Challenges for Social Work by CSWE Press. She also wrote “Collaboration from Ground Up: Creating Effective Teams” which appears in the School Social Work Journal. She presented “Helping Mexican Origin Youth Negotiate Academic and Social Identity, at the Illinois Association of Social Work annual conference, Bloomington, IL.

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You always belong to the Dominican University community. Class News provides all alumnae/i of Dominican University with an opportunity to share news and celebrate important life events. Class News is prepared through the Office of Alumnae/i Relations in cooperation with class agents. If you would like to be a class agent, have news to report or have questions, please contact our office by email at, by phone at (708) 524-6286, by fax at (708) 366-4197 or by mail at Office of Alumnae/i Relations, Dominican University, 7900 West Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305. For questions or contact information, please contact our office. Please note: the magazine cannot publish pregnancy and engagement announcements. Class News items are submitted by alumnae/i and do not represent positions, policies or opinions of the Office of Alumnae/i Relations, or Dominican University. The class news published in this edition was collected before May 15, 2013. News submitted after May 15, 2013, will appear in the next edition of the magazine, Spring 2014. Thanks for sharing your news!

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1949 Sister Cleo O’Loughlin, OP, class agent Rita Bursby Leamy reports that she is alive and well and breathing normally and still keeps plodding along with her painting. Anna Marie Garippo Sciaraffa has recovered from her fractured leg enough to keep moving reasonably well in the three circles she travels in: family, St. Giles seniors and the Rosary/Dominican community. She welcomed her fifth greatgrandchild February 4. Granddaughter Diana graduated from Dominican this year and another granddaughter graduated from Loyola. Anna Marie says, “The nine grandchildren are maturing rapidly so I must be getting older. Life is good! As I am writing this I’m thinking that we should be planning a 49er event soon. I’ll talk to Jean and Claire.” Char O’Connor Berens is alive and well, (mostly). Her 10th great-grandchild, a girl, Makayla, was born in June. Her kids had a family party for her at home and she received a machete and a box of Girl Scout cookies (family joke)! Char writes, “I am 60 years old with 25 years of experience.” Barb Perry Curley is looking forward to our next fantastic annual 49ers luncheon and hopes to see many from our “very special class” (according to highest authority). Dorothy Wolf Cormack and husband, George, are alive, reasonably well and comfortable in their retirement condo in Delavan, WI. Dorothy’s mind is still very clear about the fond memories of college days— harmonizing songs in the smoker, plays and concerts in the city, and yes, academics—taught by the greatest of teachers. Carol Cook Woods writes, “Hola, I’ve been teaching Spanish as a substitute teacher for the Glenbard District 87 schools, specifically Glenbard East in Lombard. This is my 26th year as a substitute teacher— also known as living ‘la vida loca.’ I live at The Meadows of Glen Ellyn, a senior residence. I’m a widow now, as of May 2012. Our local orchestra, the New Philharmonic, performed at Dominican this winter as the venue at The College of DuPage is under reconstruction. So, I had the pleasure of being on campus for one concert. I was elected to drive my friends there, as I was the only one familiar with the location. ¡Hasta la vista!” Claire Cusack Cronin’s husband, Dick, is ill, and she doesn’t go many places anymore. However, Claire is still playing tennis twice a week, but most of all, she’s enjoying her 38 grandchildren and their activities: football, basketball, track, tennis, Irish dancing, band, etc. Eight of their nine children live nearby (four within three blocks); only one son and his family, with four kids, live out-of-town. Marilyn Donne Myers had two wonderful houseguests, Sister Jean Murray, OP, and Sister Philip Mary Reilly, OP ’53, in February prior to the Dominican reception in Naples, FL. They visited Pat Wadden for lunch and toured Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University. They also visited Gumbo Limbo, a preserve named for a native tree, where there is a research facility for turtles, and the Morikami Museum, a Japanese settlement. The next day, Marilyn and Lois Simms ’51 took off for Naples to attend the Dominican reception with the great President Carroll presiding.

1950 Virginia Lyons Mullery, class agent Keep in mind that when I gathered this information it was late February in northern Illinois and as I

was looking out the window at snow swirling and gusting, Jean Holmberg Brokamp was telling me that she was in St. Thomas in an apartment by the water where she goes every winter. Next, Louise Allessi Wilson was telling me that all the roads were closed around Shawnee, KS, where she lives, their second blizzard in a week. So it goes, as we are scattered from coast to coast. Jean said the forsythia will be in bloom when she returns to her new apartment in Charlottesville, VA, in a building with such amenities as a library and an indoor pool. Louise also lives in an over-55 community but in a house. She is not in good health but feels lucky to have two sons nearby. A third son died three years ago and we offer condolences. Lillian Behrens Havranek, who lives in Phoenix, AZ, said that she has such wonderful memories of Rosary and that the nuns who taught us were “without parallel,” a sentiment I heard over and over as I talked to you. She keeps busy volunteering at the St. Vincent de Paul Society where she is recording secretary and describes herself as a “mahjong shark.” On the other hand, Mary Herx Miller over in Albuquerque, NM, is busy playing duplicate bridge five days a week. She has earned enough points to be recognized nationally as a silver life master and is working on becoming a gold life master. She has played in Spain as well as the U.S. With a new knee, Sister Clemente “Marge” Davlin, OP, finds herself back in the classroom at Dominican, subbing for a colleague and teaching Chaucer. Agnes Tierney Prindiville wrote that she was scheduled to appear on April 29, 2013, in the Supreme Court to be sworn in to be able to litigate there. “Should be exciting,” she said. We agree. Rita Winter Rogers still lives in the home she and her husband built more than 50 years ago, choosing the location because it was a block from Christ the King Church in Springfield, IL. She is a member of the over-50 group there. Her four sons live in Springfield and her daughter is in a nearby town. Mary Ruth Hurley Cullicott, who was once on the board of Misericordia, a residential facility in Chicago for developmentally disabled persons, now knits scarves, which they sell in their gift shop. She lives in River Forest. Virginia Kott writes that she has mastered her new laptop computer and now logs on to the Internet as well as sending and receiving e-mails. Rose Marie Manix lives in a condo on a golf course in Palos Heights, IL, with her brother but said that she’s a reader, not a golfer. They also take adult classes at Trinity College and enjoy bus trips to Chicago with the group. Two of Mary Grimmer Philipp’s daughters married Canadians so she travels to visit them, one on Vancouver Island, and the other in a nearby town. Her other three children live in Arizona and California, not far from her Scottsdale home. Mary volunteers as an escort at the VA Hospital where she said she sees firsthand the effects of war on young servicemen and servicewomen and their families. I attempted to speak to Jeannette “Jay” Catalano Blackshaw and was told by her caretaker that she has Alzheimer’s disease. Keep her in your prayers. We were saddened to learn of the death in December 2012 of our classmate Rosemary “Ronnie” Coleman Stepnowski. Our condolences to her family and to Barbara Aird Jordan and Barbara Bray Kruse, both of whom lost their husbands last year. I thoroughly enjoy being class agent and keeping in touch with all of you but I don’t want you to think I have a lock on this job. If anyone else would like to take over just let the alumnae/i office or me know. If not, I’ll be happy to continue.



On March 24, 2013, Ann Valker Benge, Louise Ruppert Grobl and Mary Drees Sullivan-Pondell, all 1955 graduates, met at St Anthony Catholic Church in Casa Grande, AZ, for Mass and a buffet breakfast.

1956 Patricia Bach Steele and Mary Kay “Kay” Penn Hawken, class agents Hooray for Marilynn Miciek who again has on her traveling shoes and is in Bhutan, a country in the Himalayas known for its beauty and spectacular monasteries! Nancy Cunningham Toomey on her Christmas card lauded her whole family’s Christmas visit in Boca Raton, FL, this past year. Happy 50th anniversary to Elizabeth “Betty” Delaney O’Toole and Donald! Betty still says that marrying Don was the best thing she has ever done. Congrats also to the O’Tooles on the doctorate degree achievement of daughter Kit, who is an online writer and critic for a number of music-oriented web sites. Rilla Spellman expresses her delight in reading the class news items and adds some of her own: her first grandson graduated from the University of Dayton in Ohio in May, with Rilla driving out from her fine life in Georgia to be part of the cheering crowd. Her favorite grandparent adventures are the special trips she has taken with nine out of 10 grandchildren, which included Paris with the oldest granddaughter; Churchill, Manitoba, to see the polar bears; Red Rock in Arizona; horseback trekking in Iceland; and white-water rafting and snorkeling in Honduras. Rilla is looking forward to the reverse: when these grandchildren take HER on an adventure! She also remarks that Pope Francis seems like a breath of fresh air, but it’s too bad that he isn’t a Dominican! Martha “Marti” Svete Springer took a Waterways of Holland and Belgium cruise, enjoying windmills, tulips, museums, churches and gardens, but the flowers and flower shows were her favorites. Marti’s husband Michael’s book, Kaiser Brightman 082314 won the Amazon’s Readers Favorite 2012 Award for Fiction/Adventure.

Susan Roman MALS ’76, dean emeritus, GSLIS, and President Donna Carroll with Suzanne Teeuws Laundry MALS ’61, and her husband, Melburn Laundry.

The Springers did their usual August/September visit “up north” to Chicago and environs, taking time to have dinner with Marion Suzanne Teeuws Laundry MALS ’61, saying that they would like to move back to the area and become snowbirds. A most enjoyable few days was spent with Cathleen “Terry” Muraine Bashus and husband in San Diego, CA, in November by Mary Kay Penn Hawken. Our prayers to the family of Joann “Pinky” Flynn LaPorte on her recent death and to Catherine “Cathy” Vezina LaMourie on the passing of her husband, Lawrence. Anne Bermier wrote that she enjoyed a social fling at a surprise birthday party for Helen “Ginger” Carroll Gies ’55 on St. Patrick’s Day. Suzanne Teeuws Laundry and husband, Melburn, opened their stunning Lake Forest home to 30 alumnae/i and friends for a regional Presidential Briefing at which President Donna Carroll shared information on Dominican’s strategic plan and her vision for the university’s future. Guests enjoyed a spread of hors d’oeuvres and wine as they reminisced, networked and talked about their days at Rosary College. Pat and I have truly enjoyed the gig as class agents. We hope that someone else would like to take over for us, enjoying the connections with so many of our wonderful classmates/old ladies (joke). Thanks to all who supported our efforts... and even those who couldn’t. We continue to hold you all in our hearts.

1957 Ellen Bendry, class agent Jean Horrigan-Delhey writes about the Dominican reunion in Naples, FL, where she met with Ann Lee Tyler Levitt and Patricia “Pat” Sprafka Condon ’56. Connie Dulian Sullivan’s sister, Maureen, updated me on the health of Connie, who suffered a stroke last year. Connie was able to attend the Dominican reunion in Naples and was delighted to be there. She continues to make excellent progress and is living temporarily at The Aristocrat in Naples. Mary Whalen and Joan Keegan spent a weekend in silent retreat with the Jesuits of Bellarmine Hall in Barrington, IL. A talk on the theme of the retreat “God wants our Friendship,” was given by Fr. William Barry, SJ, of Boston, MA. On April 7, the Remembrance Mass was held. Our classmate Mimi Scanlon Ryan was remembered as well as other alumnae/i at that Mass. Mimi died in January 2013. Please pray for Connie Dulian Sullivan and Rita Cleary Smith. Audre Lee Coia-Kurowski writes that she was involved in the dedication concert of her new church, St. Katharine Drexel, to show off their new organ and grand cherry-finish piano. She was asked to participate and played Chopin’s Etude in E and a duet (organ/piano), Blessed Quietness with another musician. Bravo, Audre. Her daughter, Karen, earned her 25-year certificate from the federal government for serving with the FAA. Congratulations, Karen!! Anna Maria Gonzales and husband, Jesús, postponed their annual early summer trek to southern Portugal so son Miguel, could join them in July on his way back to Seattle after his journey in eastern Turkey. Second son, Paul, completed his economic analysis in Gabon and returned to Washington, D.C., after a visit to his sister and her two children in Paris. Anna Maria writes, “We went up to our mountain Shangri-La in Cantabria in August where Jesús climbs mountains, studies plants and searches for mushrooms and I read Team of Rivals, Tony Judt

histories and Isaacson biographies, etc. So much to read, so little time. I was under the illusion of thinking that retirement would represent a lot of reading time and have been sorely disappointed, or possibly, overly ambitious. Muchos abrazos to all!” News on campus: Dominican’s Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program now draws students from 20 states around the country. An added feature is the opportunity for students to observe direct practice through our partnership with neighboring Rush Oak Park Hospital. I was happy to see that Dominican University Board of Trustees approved a new nursing major, anticipated to be open to entering freshmen in the fall of 2014. I look forward to some NEWS. In the meantime, stay well, pray often and know that I am happy you are all in my life!!

1958 Donna Smietana Joy, class agent Josephine Duro Smolenski is the membership chair of the Park Ridge Art League. Josephine’s artwork was shown in Dominican University’s Alumnae/i Art Show, held during Alumnae/i Weekend last June. Check her blog for her recent work: In addition, she is proud grandmother to eight grandchildren. Judy McCracken Svenson divides her time between Chicago and Naples, FL. She and Dottie Bachner Sauer take a French class together in Naples. They meet once a week and prepare topics in French ranging from current events to books the students have read. Judy writes, “We were both well served by the French department at Rosary.”

1960 Jo Scaccia Maday, class agent Most of us will turn 75 this year, and though we are getting up in years, in our minds, we are still as young and vibrant as in our days at Rosary. Mary Cunningham Chagnovich, who turned 75 in January, responded to my e-mail last March. After graduation, she got a teaching job in California, met her husband, had four children and has 10 grandchildren. The grandchildren are doing well—two have graduated from college and some are still getting their degrees. One of Mary’s daughters lives in Colorado and one son resides in Ann Arbor, MI. She also has a brother at Notre Dame, at the Holy Cross Mission Center. This gives her an opportunity to travel and visit family. Mary attended a reception for President Donna Carroll that was held in Irvine, CA, last winter. She works part time as a consulting teacher, working with teachers who have difficulty meeting standard requirements on their evaluations. Mary Walsh Hugar, who resides in Mission Viejo, CA, has lived there for more than 40 years. Her three sons grew up there, married and now Mary is blessed with five “wonderful grandchildren.” Recently, Mary and her husband, Art, visited the Grand Canyon and took a train into the park. She, too, attended the reception in Irvine, but wished more classmates had attended. She promises to write because she enjoys reading Dominican Magazine and hearing about all of us. Mary Jo Knuth, who also resides in California, took a trip to Hawaii with her friend, Toni, in April 2013. They spent a month there, staying one week at each of four islands. The trip was a celebration of Mary Jo’s 75th birthday and for Toni’s recovery from an automobile accident



CLASS FALL 2013 C L ANEWS S S N E| W S that they both were in. Toni had serious injuries and after extensive physical therapy has recovered. In May, the two of them spent some time in northern California at their place, and then in June, Mary Jo saw her extended family for a reunion in Green Bay, WI. Adrienne Motykie Dahl, Karen Loan Haggerty and Marilyn Hannum keep in touch at Christmas and Mary Markley Moriarty and Jeannette McBride Murray telephone often to update me on their families. Elizabeth “Betty” Banas Cella has a way of always keeping busy. She and her husband, Lou, are learning Italian. Betty says it is challenging, but enjoyable. It’s great to hear from you. If you have a bit of news, contact Dominican to have it forwarded to me. Or ask for my e-mail address—it’s a great tool and a good way to keep in touch. Hope to hear from you.

1962 Kay Pielsticker Coleman, Elizabeth Freidheim, Corrine Carnivele Hanley, Carolyn Sweeney Judd, Gloria Adams Mills and Mary Beth Vander Vennet Tallon, class agents Ann Flynn Horowitz is in a new home after traveling most of last summer to California, Italy, the Greek islands and South Carolina. Sheila Ryan is living in Phoenix, AZ, and is active working with the Mexican/indigenous community there. Corrine Carnivele Hanley broke an elbow last year. She and husband, Robert, are active in their Encino, CA, parish program ministering to the homeless, and she is studying centering prayer at the Holy Spirit Retreat Center there. Kay Pielsticker Coleman has “ascended” to being mayor of her hometown, San Anselmo, CA. Her fourth grandchild, a boy, has arrived. She and husband, Carter, visited the Giants spring training in Scottsdale, AZ, where she decided she loves baseball and the players.

Andrea Noyes Beal and friend Paul Daniel joined President Donna Carroll at the Presidential Briefing in Los Angeles in January 2013.

Corrine Carnivele Hanley with Paul Millman, director of major gifts, and President Donna Carroll at the California Club in Los Angeles.


Sue Meyer Hubbard finally has her fondest wish— two grandchildren have been added to the family. Andrea Beal and Corrine Carnivele Hanley participated in President Donna Carroll’s visit to the Southern California alumnae/i of Rosary College/ Dominican University in Los Angeles. Donna Allendorf Wahlert and husband, Bob, enjoyed a cruise around Iceland and will take another from Barcelona to Venice this summer. Thirteen family members joined them in Florida for the Christmas holidays, and the college grandchildren will be there for spring break. Nancy Fiedler Eckerson is planning a trip to Ireland to continue researching relatives in County Down. She’s still active in local politics. Emily Roubicek Parry has been crisscrossing the country by car to visit family spread all around. She says this is her favorite activity next to running a boat on the Great South Bay at Long Island, NY. She’s awaiting a new grandchild this summer. Mary Beth Vander Vennet Tallon and husband, Andy, are planning a trip to France in the spring via the Queen Mary 2 for the baptism of a new grandson there. She is still teaching at Marquette. Stella Sprehe Deal has been living in Sarasota, FL, for the last decade. She lost her husband of 49 years, Charlie, last year, and that’s been an adjustment. Her sons all live in the Boston area.

Myra Jachman Hoecker is likely to make Germany a full-time rather than a part-time home. Her husband, Rudi, has recovered from a stroke that happened last summer. She is active in her parish’s ecumenical soup kitchen and in the Catholic Women of Germany. Elizabeth Humecke Van Drisse lives in Wisconsin. She became a dietician after graduation, working at various hospitals in Door County until several years ago when she “took a break” to help her husband, Everett, on the family farm. Elizabeth Freidheim is still practicing law for the City of Chicago but takes the time to keep in touch with other classmates in the area. Deb Hart and Rosemarie DeAno Dressander visited Marilyn Smith Power in Florida. Alice Kempfer Willuweit and her husband are enjoying retirement and visiting with their four grandchildren, all living close to their home in Elmhurst. Her daughter was married last August. Nora Lynskey Browne and husband, Leo, spent the Christmas holidays in California with two of their daughters. She enjoyed a luncheon in Melbourne, FL, recently with Sister Philip Mary Reilly, OP ’53, and Sister Jean Murray, OP ’49, who were visiting there. Carolyn Sweeney Judd and husband, Larry, have a brand new grandson born in February. Using tents in a bedroom for grandchildren, they entertained extended family in their high-rise condo for the Christmas holidays. Barbara O’Connor Tyne and husband, John, are now retired and live near Cincinnati, OH. She became an RN in 1980, after raising six children with her first husband, Tom, who passed away in 1984. Kathleen Sullivan-Stewart takes notes at the monthly breakfast meeting in Oak Park of the ladies of the Class of 1962. It is attended by as many as a dozen classmates and has been going on for decades. Let her know if you want to attend. Gloria Adams Mills got a new hip last November and has joined the chorus of those who say they wish they had done that ages ago. She kept busy knitting Christmas stockings for a new great-niece and a new great-nephew who joined the family in December.

Susan Flynn, class agent

Mary Ann Rosanova-Kaper, MD, has been practicing ophthalmology in Barrington, IL, for 43 years. She has three children and four grandchildren. Mary Ann recently underwrote the Centennial Lecture Series in honor of Sister Margaret Niemeyer, OP, former dean of students and philosophy professor who served Rosary College from 1948–1996.

1964 Mary McGough Schultze, class agent By the time you get this, our 50th Reunion will be coming up quickly. Please plan to be there. Many of us will also be celebrating golden wedding anniversaries in 2014. Our friendships predate the weddings, so you need to come to Reunion. Kathleen “Katie” Welsh Terrien visited her OP sister in Florida and got together with Margie Melun. Quite a few of us visit Florida for a few months at least—with Helen “Bunny” Rice Bott, Patricia “Patty” Keefe Smith, Sue DeVale Carter and Emily Lazazzera Marchisio living there full time. Bob and I spent February in Daytona and The Villages. Very alluring lifestyle—13 places to play bridge just on Monday! My bridge team plays in the Sarasota Regional every year, but I’ve yet to see familiar DU faces. Jean “Bonnie” Lessner Hoshal wrote, “We still live on a lake in northern MN! Two kids, two grandchildren, one husband (original one). I rendezvoused with Marge Melun in September in Bradenton, FL, where she and her husband live! We had a wonderful 70th. She is, of course, older than I, by one day. I keep in touch by e-mail with Anne Higgins, and very, very rarely with Ann Heidenreich. Every couple of years I also see Jeanette Nelson Fisher in Columbus, OH, where she comes to see me while I visit my mom in a nursing home. I saw Judy Schenk Fierke last fall in the Minneapolis area. She was visiting her daughter and I went ‘down’ to the cities for lunch with her. We had a great visit! No travels, no big adventures. Just life, thank God, for that! I echo that sentiment since many of us are dealing with the loss of loved ones. Last winter saw the deaths of our best man, my 40-year-old nephew and my brother-in-law.” Beverly “Bev” Brazis Opelka is dealing with the loss of her husband, Bill. She writes, “He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (at stage 4) on Labor Day weekend. We had nine weeks left together. He passed on November 5. It was a great 37 years. We traveled. We danced. We fished. We were in business together. Bill was a huge figure in our community, applauded and respected for his fun and fund-raising and for heading up building projects. He was a marine (Korean War) and a Rotarian. And my best friend. Yes, I am a widow, but a survivor and will carve a new life but it will take a while. Wishing the best of days to all my Rosary friends.” Unfortunately, the lag to publication means my news is often dated. To help, we have a Facebook group—check it out at! I am hoping it will allow us to offer each other more immediate support with both the good things and the bad news. Each year I receive an invitation to the Scholarship Luncheon since our class has endowed a scholarship. Please let me know if you would like to represent our class by e-mailing me at


1965 Mar Poelking Sclawy, class agent Maureen McMahon Hibbott writes, “I cannot remember one day since March last year that was warm and sunny! And it’s official—wettest year since records began in the 1800s. It is depressing. So we have decided to reward ourselves with a cruise to the north of Norway in the hopes of seeing the aurora borealis, as 2013 is supposed to be a good year for solar activity. You might be interested in the fact that we had no vegetables at all this past summer after laboriously reseeding twice in the spring. Everything drowned; so please send some sun this way! We, and the veggies, will be most grateful.” Cynthia Soucie’s oldest son, Ray, just retired from the military. The youngest, Dave, is a farrier and the father of the two grandkids. Faith is a very competitive barrel racer and Cade loves tractors. Rather than just breed horses, Cynthia has decided to get back on a horse herself, riding at least two times a week and wants to learn the discipline of reining. After years of caring for her late, Parkinson’safflicted, first husband, Beverly “Bev” Jung got married March 27 on a boat in Naples Bay. New husband is Jon Zook, her partner of three years. Fran Haut Towle and her husband visited Bev and Jon in February. Neither of them realized they were living only 100 miles apart! Geraldine “Gerry” Young and husband, Joe, are looking forward to seeing their son this summer in Japan and meeting their newest granddaughter for the first time. She wonders what became of Mary

Sero Owuor from Kenya and the other grad also from Kenya (Teresa Morugi Muraya, as I recall), and another grad from Hong Kong whose name escapes me right now. By the way, Gerry’s book blog has a new URL; the old URL no longer exists. It’s now Visit sometime and leave a comment! Carol Andrews Burger has been busy gardening in the beautiful greenhouse that husband, Jim, built for her. The plan is for this to lead to a more varied garden with flowers and vegetables not found at the local big box stores. They visited Chicago Rosary chums in May and took a trip to Ireland in June with one of their granddaughters. Daughter, Julie, was along for the Chicago trip to attend a reunion with the Peace Corps folks she served with in Bulgaria. Carol is still enjoying having the youngest grandchildren (5 1/2 and 2 1/2) in Blacksburg. Kathleen Stark Burt is a volunteer teaching yoga in a women’s prison; she finds it quite challenging. She reports, “The girls are really glad to have us. Funding for women’s activities is low compared to the men’s prison—about 15% of the funding goes to them—and yoga class is the only place they feel safe closing their eyes for a few minutes in a group situation.” Eve (Evadne) Ruggeri Goodhue retired last spring after a long career teaching French at Simpson College, and she, in turn, heard that Sue Dauberman retired from a long career in library science. We’re all getting older, chronologically, at least! Sheila Durkin Dierks writes, “The faith community in discernment that we began a year ago is now

settled into a Catholic community that sits in a circle, and I preside sitting down. The homilies are all shared, and we are growing in communal maturity as we see and feel once again what it means to be an ‘all are welcome’ family. We trust that Spirit continues to walk with us, sit with us and pray with us.” Sheila’s son, Brian, just left for Yida, a refugee camp on the Sudan/South Sudan border, where they took in around 100,000 refugees by June. The fighting is worst in the dry season and that is when people flee for their lives. Yida was named “worse refugee camp in the world” (heck of an honor!). He is one of three logistics people and will probably be there six months. But, Sheila says, they can Skype! Mary Kay Horan Cooper is happy and grateful that the spirit of St. Francis may have returned to the Vatican. Nevertheless, she says, Sheila Dierks, our sister/classmate, “you go, girl! I’m proud of you and the other women whose cause honors our Divine Mother!” Mary Kay is wheelchair- and home-bound, due to lower-extremity lymphedema but thankfully, able to continue to travel through her mind, the Internet, film, etc., and is grateful time blessed her with a sense of humor, not to mention an appreciation for the mysterious way in which the Divine works through our lives. Dianne Hanau-Strain closed her museum design practice, is trying to get a novel published and picking up the ceramic artwork that was her passion years ago. It leaves time for connecting with her far-flung sons: Aaron’s family (with two brilliant grandkids) lives in Walla Walla, WA, where he teaches at Whitman College. (Shameless promotion: his latest book, White Bread, A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf, is just

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CLASS FALL 2013 C L ANEWS S S N E| W S out in paperback.) Dan is a science writer with the Chesapeake Quarterly and lives in the other Washington—D.C. Just for the record, regarding the ongoing issue of eating bananas with a fork (there’s an ongoing issue on this subject?): Diana says, “we have a popular greasy spoon in our neighborhood that serves only two fruits—canned peaches and bananas. The banana comes on a plate, peeled and neatly sliced into rounds, ready for—yes!—your fork.” Maria Tsinonis Stavrakos and husband, Harry, took a 15-day cruise through the Panama Canal. It was a trip of a lifetime. They visited UNESCO Heritage sites in every port and were thrilled by the entire experience. Daughter, Evonne, lost her beloved shih tzu recently; that was heartbreaking. Maria visited family in Greece this summer. The newlyweds are doing beautifully; if I had more to report, I would. Harry refuses to retire but is considering taking on a teaching position. Christine “Chris” Camacho Santoyo’s husband, Raul, died on February 7, 2013. He died peacefully with Veronica, Raul Alejandro and Chris at his side. They waked him at home that same day and the funeral Mass was the next day. Chris was in Mexico City during Holy Week to take his ashes to the Virgin of Guadalupe shrine where they have a family crypt. Diane Farr Knittle reports that she and husband, Bill, are healthy at 70 and can enjoy retirement! Diane and her co-authors of the book Mothering, An Art of the Heart had a series of book signings for Mother’s Day. Mar Poelking Sclawy has been doing some informal editing of websites and e-books and has agreed to be president of Hill and Dale Garden Club for the coming year and vice president of Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy. She and Steve are thinking about finishing up France with another river cruise from Paris to the Mediterranean and Mar is considering retiring, but, she says, “I have just about the right amount of work to keep my hand in, pay my expenses and be able to deduct lunches with clients.” Mar sees Monica Vogel Getzendanner occasionally, who is busy with family and travels a lot. Mar’s sister, Ann, was ordained a deacon in February and ordained a Roman Catholic Woman Priest in September in Cleveland. Mar writes, “This will be my second experience with the ordination of a woman priest, Sheila Durkin Dierks being the first. We’re aiming for the day when we don’t have to identify gender when celebrating ordination.”

1969 Susan Kreuz McCoyd, class agent Patricia Godel Gray is serving her second term as president of P.E.O. Chapter FJ, Montrose, CO. She is also celebrating seven years as legal guardian of three grand-nephews, who are now in third, fifth and sixth grades. She writes, “We’re happy to host visiting classmates in Western Colorado!”

1970 Karen Ripley Stein, class agent Karen Ripley Stein was a participant at the International Congress on Ecclesia in America held at the Vatican Synod Hall from December 9-12. The conference was sponsored by the Pontifical

Commission on Latin America and the Knights of Columbus. Pope Benedict XVI spoke to the group of 300 clergy, religious and lay persons who were invited to focus on the challenges and best practices of implementing the New Evangelization in the Americas.

investigating two doctorate programs, one at CTU and another at Loyola. I know she’ll keep us posted if she graduates again!


Mimi Gorak Murray retired from the San Diego campus of Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, after over 25 years of full-time service. Her most recent position was assistant director of advising and retention. Earlier in the year, Mimi received the first-ever Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. She continues to teach as an adjunct faculty for the university in the School of Arts and Sciences. Mimi writes, “The undergrad course I teach is organizational communication, and I got my inspiration from my Rosary College speech professor, Dr. Ric Calabrese! On an interesting note, Dr. Calabrese was not only my speech professor, he was also my wedding photographer when I got married in 1970 to Mike Murray from St. Procopius College. While I’m sorry to say that many of the wedding photos he took have faded over the years...I’m happy to report that I’m still married to Mike!” Besides teaching, Mimi is also a group exercise instructor for the YMCA and recently got her certification as a Zumba instructor. She also serves as a volunteer faculty member for Girl Scout University, a virtual place of learning, and is currently facilitating a series of online courses in leadership, communication and coaching.

1971 Kathy Klem Large, class agent Happy summer/fall to everyone! As you read this letter, you will realize that one of our classmates got hit with the blizzard of ’13…I’ll keep you hanging until I reveal our snow-bound friend later on.

Ruthmarie Hamburge Mitsch, Nanette Wright Maltz, Judith Green and Mary Beth Kenny Murray, enjoyed a summer rendezvous in Chicago in 2012. Ruthmarie Hamburge Mitsch sent news that she retired in March 2012 from Ohio State University. She and her husband, Bill, now make their permanent home in the Naples area near Bonita Springs, FL. She continues to edit and translate, but now enjoys doing it in the sun! Ruthmarie also wrote that she, Nanette Wright Maltz, Judith Green, and Mary Beth Kenny Murray enjoyed a rendezvous in Chicago last summer, taking in the museums, restaurants and sights. “A great time was had by all.” One of our classmates, Patricia “Pat” Harnett Farrell, finalized her affiliation as a Dominican associate this summer at Sinsinawa. She was mentored by Sister Joan O’Shea, OP ’55, Sister Jean Murray, OP ’49 and other associates. Her son, Joe, who completed his freshman year at Dominican, opened in the “Rabbit Hole” on the DUPAC stage earlier this spring. Pat is also

Nancy Sidote Salyers continues to enjoy her retirement from the “bench.” She is enjoying her 20-month-old grandson in person and also on Skype! She manages to devour three books a week but is still “backed up on her reading.” When not in Chicago, she and her husband frequently visit their farm in Kentucky and recently travelled to Las Vegas for a Faith Hill and Tim McGraw concert. They are also mulling over a trip to Alaska to see the polar bears migrate. She writes, “Life is too wonderful to miss and I still try to enjoy a bit each day and pay it forward each day. For my 64th, I went platinum blond!” Hopefully, we’ll be able to see her new color at our next reunion! Well, our “blizzard girl” was Martha Yancey Hellar, hailing from Cunningham, KS. They got about 20" of beautiful snow on their farm but she said, “it was hard to measure when the wind is blowing it to the next county!” Two storms rolled through and they had five snow days! Job-wise, she is no longer working in special education. She is now one of the title teachers for children K-5 in Cunningham. She said that it has been a pleasant change to work with kids who are eager to learn instead of the high school kids she had previously. Their two daughters live nearby; son Kevin is in West Palm Beach, and son Scott is in Las Vegas. She and her husband, Don, are planning an Alaskan cruise this summer. They’ll spend three days in Seattle with family, three days by ship to Vancouver and eight days in the Yukon and Alaska. It’ll be a great two-week adventure. A trip to the Mound was on Judy Gaglione Zitlow’s agenda last fall as the faculty from her school, Queen of Peace, travelled north as part of an inservice on the history and social charisma of the Dominican sisters. Sister Jean Brennan, OP, was living in the retirement home at the time, and Judy had a nice visit with her. Sister shared pictures of her family and was “so happy to have some company.” Judy said Jean clearly remembered her days at Rosary and wanted Judy to stay longer. In the fall of 2012, Judy’s daughter was married, and classmates Valerie Burrer Danek and Ellen Havlik Turney were able to attend a bridal shower and also to visit with Judy’s 96-year-old mom, who used to share her Italian cooking skills with the girls when they visited Judy’s family during college days. In February, Martha “Marty” Kahler Van Ness made a trip to Charlottesville, VA, for the wedding of Martha Larkin’s daughter. Martha, who now lives in San Diego, rented a large house that had once been a rectory in the Washington, D.C., area for family and California friends who had come in for the wedding. Marty has changed real estate companies and is now with Charles Rutenberg Realty and lives in LaGrange.


Cathy McGinn Kinsella (right) visited Heidy Moran Belkaoui ’06, MAT ’11 (left) at the Jay Pritzker Academy in Cambodia, where Heidy taught with Cathy’s niece. While vacationing in Cambodia, Cathy McGinn Kinsella visited her niece who teaches at the Jay Pritzker Academy, where Hedi Belkaoui ’04, MAEA ’09, was recently principal and his wife Heidy Moran Belkaoui ’06, MAT ’11, also taught. Hubertine Heijermans (MFA/Schifanoia ’71) continues to work on her art, which can be viewed at Learn more about Hubertine at wiki/Hubertine_Heijermans. Kathy Klem Large’s first granddaughter, Emerson Kathryn, visited Kathy and her husband on her first trip north last March. Emerson was baptized at the Log Chapel at Notre Dame, and Kathy’s 90-yearold parents—Emerson’s great-grandparents— were able to attend.

1973 Joan Dixon is the immediate past president of the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations; she was recently named to the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Trust Advisory Council in Champaign, IL.

1975 Mary Alice Griesinger, class agent Diane DiVita continues to work on and off Broadway as a stage manager and is currently working on The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway. Diane also has a yearly teaching position at both Yale School of Drama and Columbia University for MFA students in stage management.

1976 Mary Gallagher Banaszak, class agent Deborah Bowser Joyce is still active in the field for which she began her training at Rosary and operates her own translation and language interpreting company, which can be found online at

1979 Hilary Ward Schnadt, class agent I was pleased to see Nancy Greco, Robin Nystrom, Adrien “Skip” Robinson, Nanette “Nan” Silva and James “Jim” Twist in early March, along with some friends from the Class of 1980, at a farewell party for Bill Dicker, who is moving to Arizona. Bill is following his wife, Suellen, to Prescott, AZ, where she has taken a new job.

He intends to continue working as a drug- and alcohol-abuse counselor. I encouraged Nancy Greco to reprise the performance piece about the Sinsinawa Dominicans written by Catherine “Cathy” Zachar Sweitzer ’73 for our 35th reunion in 2014. World traveler Robin Nystrom had been to Paris for two weeks in October of 2012. Her travels also included a trip to Stockholm for 10 days with two days on the island from which her father’s family emigrated. Adrien “Skip” Robinson had been retired about eight weeks when we got together. His most enjoyable post-retirement moment had been doing some father-son bonding with his 17-year-old son at a Boy Scout pancake breakfast. Nanette “Nan” Silva’s son, Gareth, is also 17 and starting to look ahead to the next phase of life. She herself was prepping for a reunion at her grade school. (Always good to look forward but also keep an eye on the past.) Susan “Sue” Junkroski’s mother, Martha Junkroski, passed on March 8, 2013, at 95 years. Anyone who met her knew how special she was. Jim Twist enjoys keeping in touch with classmates and had helped Bill identify the venue for our outing. Margery “Marg” Doss emailed to say, “We just held a memorial service for my mom, Eloi Watson Doss ’42, at Aquinas Institute of Theology (another Dominican institution) on what would have been her 92nd birthday. We had Rosary alumni from the 40s, and classmate Madeline Gonzalez-Garcia and Marisol Davila ’80 drove down to St. Louis to support me.” Marg also expressed a willingness to work on our 35th reunion. Thanks, Marg! Any other volunteers out there? Lynn Higgins shared, “I have returned to Illinois to live, and I am in Glen Ellyn with my sister. I am THRILLED to be home. Most surprising, I am still alive. The doctors here were surprised by how long I’ve survived.” Helen Hollerich enjoyed a two-week trip to Budapest and Prague in October 2012 with her sister, exploring the cities by foot and local transportation. “The highlight of the trip was going three days earlier than my sister (so as not to bore her) and visiting as many old city cemeteries as I could,” says Helen. Julie Lunkenheimer Jette wrote to share good news: “I am working as an adjunct faculty for Western Governors University. My oldest son is a freshman at Lewis University studying aviation and I have a senior and a freshman in high school. My husband of 22 years is still as wonderful as ever. My parents are in their early 80s and in good health.” Teresa Anderson Shultz wrote to say, “My daughter, Juliana, was married in July 2012 in Glenwood, IA. Included in the family and friends who made the trip to Iowa were RoCo alums Margaret “Margi” Sirovatka and Barb (Brzozowski) Bowers (my Rosary-in-Fribourg pals) and my sister, Carol Anderson Kunze ’68. The outdoor wedding was beautiful but hot! Think Iowa in July! Juliana and her husband, Kurtis, live outside Atlanta. I visited over Christmas enjoying the mild weather. I could get used to it!” Jeanne Sullivan Goss wrote, “My husband, Lee, and I brought daughter, Ellie, to Washington, D.C., in July, for a combined 14th birthday and eighth grade graduation present. We drove from Chicago, stopping in Pennsylvania, then on to D.C., and closed out the trip by visiting Williamsburg before returning home. We visited with some family out east as well. It was a fun trip!” Richard “Rick” Wilk wrote, “After a long winter in Chicago, I’m gearing up for a holiday in Costa Rica, a country I’ve wanted to visit forever.” The proud papa also reported that Jeremy, his oldest son, was part of the Grand Valley State University’s distance medley relay team that took

third place in the nation in the 800-meter event at winter indoor track nationals. Rick himself is going the distance by working to get health care to all Americans through the Affordable Care Act. He adds that he had a great time seeing classmates at reunion this summer. That’s a good reminder that alumni can attend any reunion, not just those milestone anniversaries. I was an invited panelist at a conference in Sioux Falls, SD, about University Centers, and compared/contrasted the structure and services of my employer, the University Center of Lake County, with two other centers. My husband, Corky, was thrilled to serve as chauffeur so that he could hunt geese. In May, we took our now-annual trip to the 100-mile garage sale along the Mississippi River north of LaCrosse, WI. In September, we took our first trip to France and combined a week in Paris with a week’s cruise along the Seine. Hope to see all of you at our class reunion in June of 2014. Let me know if you want to help with the planning.

1980 Linda Rohde, class agent Not a lot of news to report this time. I guess all of us were hibernating and had boring winters! I seem to have accidentally started a parttime business, helping some friends out with organizational and home decor issues, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Michael “Mike” Hattie did his annual trip to Alaska to visit his son’s family, and he got back home to his birthplace of Canton, OH, for a family reunion of sorts. The big news is that he has agreed to coordinate a Facebook page for the Class of ’80 and friends. A lot of classes have set one up as a way to get more up-todate news and get reconnected, so I’m hoping it’ll work for us too. Come check it out if you’re already on Facebook or maybe sign-up, if you’re not! Visit the page at RosaryCollegeClassof1980. And remember, you can always find me at with any news to pass along!

1990 Juan Rodriguez, class agent Rena Mulligan MSSpEd ’97 is a special education resource teacher for Glen Ellyn School District 41.

1991 Rosanna Grimm Bateman, class agent Kimberly Abbas was named a 2013 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow. As a Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow, she will complete a special intensive master’s program at the University of Toledo that will prepare her to teach math and/or science in a high-need Ohio school. Learn more at http://www.wwteachingfellowship. org/fellow/2013-ohio-bios.php#Abbas.






Jennifer Utterback Davis and Saraliz Jimenez, class agents

Ali Hecimovich, class agent

Gretchen Schenk Baker recently published her first book, Great Basin National Park: A Guide to the Park and Surrounding Area, through Utah State University Press; currently available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other bookstores. Going through the publishing process made her appreciate her experience writing her senior paper at Rosary. She remembers getting back the paper with what seemed like a zillion edits from Professor Rosalind Hayes. At first, she was embarrassed, but then was grateful, as it taught her to write better, and learning to accept edits and suggestions has been critical to her success.

1997 Matthew Toles, class agent Siobhan McCarthy completed a master of science in computer science with honors from the University of Illinois, Springfield, in May 2013.

2000 Christopher Phills and Gigi Benitez, class agents The Wheaton Franciscan Sisters have named Sister Glenna M. Czachor, OSF, as the new director of Tau Center, the spirituality ministry of the Wheaton Franciscan community. Sister Glenna also serves as the director of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Office of the Wheaton Franciscans. The JPIC office collaborates with Tau Center to offer programs on topics of social interest such as care of creation, advocacy for the poor, and many other areas of justice and peace related to Catholic social teaching. Learn more at

2005 Victoria Kathrein, class agent Michelle Gonzalez Scott became a first-time homeowner this year.

2006 Anne Hughes and Diane Schultz, class agents

Bronwyn Clark McDaniel and her husband, Patrick, are the proud parents of Samuel Robert McDaniel, born January 28, 2013. Karl Sokol and wife, Ann Galuska Sokol ’05, started a new church, Compassion United Methodist Church, in Brookfield, IL. Daughter Eulalia Ann was born February 3, 2013.

2002 Maria Conforti and Deborah Stewart, class agents

Jenn Purcell Deenihan and Kevin Deenihan ’05 welcomed their first child, Quinlan Patrick Deenihan, on October 21, 2012.

Kelly Kuckenbrod Hronek MBA ’04 and husband, Dan, welcomed their first child, Olivia Rose Hronek, on October 9, 2012. Joel Bakki started a new job with Manhattan Associates in Atlanta, GA, as senior consultant in the field of supply chain management. Dawn Schultz Conroy and husband welcomed their first son, Neil Gavin, born September 12, 2012. Dawn also started a marketing consulting firm.

2003 Mary Sobczak and Yvette Vazquez Pratt, class agents Suzanne Seibel Batch is a senior HR administrator for ACE USA in Rosemont, IL.


Stay connected to your classmates and the Alumnae/i Association through Dominican University’s social media.

Crissy Atwood-Barnat MLIS ’10 and husband, Robert Barnat, welcomed baby Faithlin Olivia Barnat on January 11, 2013.

Update your business information online at to help us connect faculty members and students to alumnae/i in different professions. Keep up to date on university and alumnae/i news and events on Facebook: Look for the “Class Groups and Pages” link on the Alumnae/i Association Facebook page to join your class. Contact the Office of Alumnae/i Relations at to start a group if yours is not listed.

Did you get married or have your wedding photos taken on campus? Have a future Dominican Star that you’d love to show off? Post your photos on our Pinterest alumnae/i wedding and baby boards: Connect with fellow alumnae/i in your field and discover career resources in the Dominican University Alumnae/i Network.



Denise Kozlowski Norris welcomed Beau Armin Edward Norris into her family on April 25, 2012. He weighed 7 lb, 11 oz, and was 19.75 inches long. He joined Clover and Kole. Jamie Johnston graduated from Dominican’s Master of Arts in Teaching program in January 2013 and completed her type 10 certification program in visual arts. Lisa Pauletto Jerzyk was married to Ed Jerzyk in October 2012. She was also promoted at Catholic Charities to the director of volunteer relations for Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Chicago. In December 2012, Diana Jaskierny worked in New York City at an internship with GV Art Conservation, where she helped clean and repair art damaged in Hurricane Sandy.

2007 Mark Carbonara, Stephanie Lieberman and Stephanie Adams Taylor, class agents Maureen Wille Carnahan married Josh Carnahan on December 30, 2011. Their first baby, Edmund Peter Carnahan (named after the two boys in The Chronicles of Narnia) was born March 20, 2013. Maureen is a third-grade teacher for Sayre Public Schools in Sayre, OK. Jessie Begy is a brand dietitian for US Foods in Rosemont, IL.

Ann Elizabeth Hussey and Michelle Schultz, class agents

Declan Michael Higgins, born April 18 to Melissa Fleming Higgins and Mark Higgins. Melissa Fleming Higgins and Mark Higgins welcomed their first baby, Declan Michael Higgins, born April 18, 2013.

Linda Bevilacqua recently opened her own business, Styled by L, a company offering personal shopping, wardrobe consulting, special occasion and gift shopping. She works with clients helping them discover their personal style, goals and budget. Anya Talladen is a Midwest sales rep for seven different women’s lines. Ashley Boyd graduated with her master’s in art therapy and counseling from Adler School of Professional Psychology in October of 2012. She is an art therapist at Riveredge Behavioral Health Hospital, where she works with individuals ranging in age from 4 years to seniors. She is still actively making artwork and exhibiting, with her last solo show being mixed media pieces exploring the therapy theory Internal Family Systems entitled “In This.”

2008 Catherine Capistrano Calixto and Eileen Terrien, class agents

Aiden Biel, born January 22 to Tina Gustafson and husband, Bob Biel.

Shelley Hintmann wed Tim Schmidt on November 17, 2012, in St. Louis, MO.

Tina Gustafson and Bob Biel love being parents to new baby, Aiden, who was born January 22, 2013. Stephanie Adams Taylor and her husband now have Gaming Goat locations in Elgin, Schaumburg and Crystal Lake. Also, she taught two Russian medical massage classes at the Florida Chiropractic Physicians Association spring seminar in Orlando, FL. Stephanie also taught a class on social media marketing at the same conference. Stephanie Lieberman is a self-employed attorney in downtown Chicago. Shannan Burke Bargle and Michael Bargle II ’08 were married in July 2009 at Saint Andrews Golf Course in West Chicago, IL. Shannan currently is in her fifth year of teaching art to students in the Lindop School District, Broadview. Michael is currently a general accounting manager at a food producer in a southeast Chicago suburb. Shannan and Michael welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Sloan Violet, on February 25, 2013. They currently reside in Homewood.

Mary “Shelley” Hintmann Schmidt married her high school sweetheart, Tim Schmidt, on November 17, 2012, in St. Louis, MO. Fellow DU class of 2010 grads Amy Preston, Allysha McClary Emerson and Jacqueline “Jackie” Turmel were bridesmaids in the wedding; Elizabeth “Liz” Droel and Andrew Infanger served as lectors. Shelley currently works for Soft Surroundings as an assistant CAD designer for the apparel product development team.

Francesca Mazzei Favero and her husband, Jonathan, welcomed their first son, Luigino Raymond, on April 10, 2013.

Andrea Williams has been named a college unit director for The McTigue Financial Group of Northwestern Mutual. Andrea Williams, a financial representative with The McTigue Financial Group of Northwestern Mutual, has been appointed a college unit director in the Chicago area. Her responsibilities will include recruiting and training financial representative interns, mentoring interns, as well as some representatives, while still providing clients with the financial services solutions offered through Northwestern Mutual.

2009 Lindsay Buoniconti and Shannon Sromek, class agents Lauren Swintek earned a law degree from Northern Illinois University in May 2013. Valerie Pinkston received a master of science degree with a concentration in criminology from Lewis University in December 2011. In June of 2012, she was part of the pilot program for conflict resolution at Dominican University, offered through the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Valerie received a certificate in conflict resolution after completing the 40-hour training.

Ann Elizabeth “Annie” Hussey continues to work at Vienna Beef as their graphic designer and marketing coordinator. In the fall, she was selected to be a member of the team responsible for redesigning the Vienna Beef website. The new site launched last March. Michelle Schultz is planning to go back to school to pursue her teaching certificate or human resources degree. Cynthia Rodriguez is working for the Chicago Public School Nixon Elementary as a kindergarten teacher. Jessica Salinas graduated from nursing school and will be working as a registered nurse at Little Company of Mary Hospital. Rene Seigneur is graduating in December with her MBA from Benedictine University. Cecilia Tobias is currently attending University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to earn a master of public administration degree and creating her own concentration, urban education policy. She is also a graduate research assistant who’s helping create a book about local e-governance for UIC’s Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Lab.



CLASS FALL 2013 C L ANEWS S S N E| W S David Seleb MLIS ’95 has been named the new executive director of the Oak Park Public Library. David previously served as director of the Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, IL. Susan Westgate MLIS ’98 has been appointed the new director of the Carol Stream Public Library. Susan most recently was assistant director of the Bartlett Public Library. Naphtali Faris MLIS ’09 is the early literacy manager for the Kansas City Public Library. Antonette Kosinski MLIS ’11 began her job as a school librarian for the Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts in November 2012. She also recently finished recording her first audiobook. Elizabeth Wodarski Garcia PhD ’12 gave birth to daughter, Olivia Rose, in March 2013. Andrew Troppito (formerly Bednarczyk) and Megan Moriarity married June 16, 2012, at the Priory Chapel. Andrew Troppito (formerly Bednarczyk) and Megan Moriarity Troppito were married on June 16, 2012, at the Priory Chapel. Several Dominican alums were part of their wedding party and entire celebration. The reception took place at William Tell in Countryside, IL. Andrew changed his last name in honor of his late father in summer 2011.

Brennan School of Business Grace Whiting MBA ’98 is director of career development and projects for Dominican’s Brennan School of Business. Grace invites alums of the Business School to contact her for career search support and resume reviews. The Whiting family now has two generations of Dominican MBA alums in the family; daughter, Katie, just graduated with her MBA this past May.

Laura Nozicka ’92, MBA ’03, is now director of marketing for Vein Clinics of America, based in Downers Grove, IL. Vein Clinics of America (VCA) is the largest group of physicians in the country specializing exclusively in vein disease treatment. VCA has approximately 50 offices in 14 markets and is growing. Laura handles national media and advertising, marketing strategy and research as well as supports the individual clinics at the local level and the sales force. Yet she still is finding time for her passion…ballroom dancing. Sirleaf Tyler MBA ’10 is assistant vice president and senior profitability system analyst for Sandy Spring Bank.

School of Education Barbara Neubeck Buenik MAEA ’91 has been busy with the wedding of her oldest son, Christopher. Younger son, Tom, his wife, Melissa, and their three sons, Tommy, Brady and Jacob, moved to Libertyville, IL, last May. Patrick Erker MAT ’09 graduated with an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School on May 30, 2013. Patrick moved back to Chicago and is a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group.

2012 Ali Messina, class agent Kellie Van Voorhis is a research assistant for the University of Chicago.

Graduate School of Library and Information Science Jean Curran Day MALS ’78 retired as head of the youth services department at the Oak Lawn Public Library, where she worked for 25 years. Jean also spent 10 years supervising the youth services department at the Matteson library.

Memorial Mass

Andrea Bartzis Leinweber ’05, MBA ’06, and husband, Fred, are happy to announce the birth of Emilia Regina Leinweber, born May 17.

Dominican University invites you to join us in remembering departed loved ones at our Memorial Mass.

Sunday, November 3, 2013 11:00 a.m. Rosary Chapel

To register online, submit names for our Book of Remembrance or make a gift in memory of a loved one, please visit, or contact the Office of Alumnae/i Relations at (708) 524-6286 or



TO DISTINCTION ON THE ROAD Rosary/Dominican alumnae/i across the country networked with one another and met President Donna Carroll to learn about recent accomplishments, new academic programs and “Pathways to Distinction” — the university’s exciting plan for the future.

San Francisco area alumnae/i and friends met at the University Club of San Francisco in July 2013.

Please join us at one of our upcoming gatherings scheduled for New York City; Washington, D.C.; Milwaukee; and St. Charles, IL. If you are interested in hosting an event in your home or another venue, please contact the Office of Alumnae/i Relations at (708) 524-6286 or

Patricia Schulz, PhD, ’59, (left) and 1973 alumna Janet McNicholas, PhD (center), joined President Donna Carroll at the July 2013 San Francisco briefing.

President Donna Carroll speaks to alumnae/i and friends in Cleveland.

Faculty emerita and 1973 alumna Judy Beto, PhD, hosted a briefing in her Seattle-area home.

Trustee Cheryl McGee Skender ’80 with President Donna Carroll at our first Presidential Briefing at the Chicago headquarters of Skender Construction.


Alumnae/i Weekend 2013



During Alumnae/i Weekend, June 7-9, more than 350 Rosary College and Dominican University alumnae/i returned to campus and reconnected at a variety of events including the opening social, the Alumnae/i Awards lunch, the Athletics Hall of Fame dinner and individual class celebrations.

Louise McCormick, Carolyn Seitz Brinkley, President Donna Carroll, Mary Ann Beuthin and Mary Ann McAllister DeTrana at the Class of 1963 reception. The Golden Jubilee Class of 1963 toasts one another at the awards lunch.

Mike Hattie ’80; Anna Maria LaSorella Kowalik ’78; Sharon Kern ’81, MAT ’04; Delmor Thurman ’80; Alysha Biehl, director of alumnae/i relations; Terry Crozier ’79; and Caroline Sanchez Crozier ’79. Adrienne Allen ’43 and Penny Maggos Harvalis ’43, visit at the awards lunch.

Caritas Veritas recipient Marie Roach Cowhey ’53 with classmate Lena Lucietto Gonzalez ’53 at the Alumnae/i Awards lunch.

Kathleen Oswald Hilgart ’92 catches up with Sister Melissa Waters, OP ’59, at the Saturday night cocktail reception.

Yaquala Brown Gant ’88 and Beth Dobbins ’88, MBA ’97, reconnect at the opening social.

Athletics Hall of Fame award recipient Carlos Carrillo ’02 with Erick Baumann ’93, director of athletics and head men’s soccer coach, at the Hall of Fame dinner.


It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8 ALUMNAE/I

1930s Margaret Humes McElroy ’38, MALS ’68 Mary Comeford Prendergast ’38 Alice Frankel Granstrom ’39 Frances Collins Rudolf ’39 (MHS) 1940s Shirley O’Mara Burke ’40 Joan Tighe Clayton ’40 (MHS) Kathryn Wenger Olson ’40 (NGA) Eloi Watson Doss ’42 Octavia Fellin ’42 Sister Mary Nona McGreal, OP ’42 Phyllis Daugherty Sanders ’42 Eleanor Tomczak Klimek ’43 Sister Marie Therese Seubert, OCD ’43 Martha Benjamin Cox ’44 Virginia Kushemba Karlowicz ’44 Josephine Meagher ’44, MALS ’59 Helen Phillip Regan ’44 Genevieve Locke ’45, MALS ’64 Mary Parmer Roemer ’45 Margaret Barrett Collins ’47 Patricia Barlow Campbell ’48 Virginia Walsh Caulfield ’48 Betty Mullen Forman ’48 Marilyn Abel Zettinger ’48 Rosemary Mickna Sawyer ’49 1950s Blanche Foley Antonello ’51 Barbara Mullenbach Trinka ’51 Dorothy Tully Cushman ’52 Mary Ann Grohwin McMorrow ’52 (NGA) Catherine Watters ’52 Barbara Foisy ’53 Nancy Gleason Jeakle ’53 Patricia Aitken Smith ’54 Mary Agnes Kowaleski Lang ’56 Joann Flynn LaPorte ’56 Sarah Cahill Brennan ’57 Sister Mary Ann Fuerst, RSM ’57 Sister Cecilia Ann Miller, SP, MFA/ Schifanoia ’57 Winifred McGrath Mitchell ’57 Mary Jo Glosup Ward ’57 1960s Rennell Bachman Brown ’65 Bernice Schloeder ’65, MALS ’66 Jane Murphy Shiley ’66 (MHS) Clare Tomal Andres ’67 Carol Jachec Klose ’67 Ursula Gardewin Edfors ’68 1970s Maureen Pandy Kovach ’71 Sister Anne Moriarty, OP ’74 Anna Walsh McCormick ’75 1980s Lisa Monaco ’82 Patrick Novak ’82 Sister Jeanne Dion, OP ’84 2000s Elizabeth Drozd-Johnson ’04 Thomas Forkin ’05

Graduate School of Library and Information Science Willis Lindeman MALS ’58 Josephine Meagher ’44, MALS ’59 Genevieve Locke ’45, MALS ’64 Bernice Schloeder ’65, MALS ’66 Tamson Crist Anderson MALS ’67 Sister Pierina Caverzan, OSU, MALS ’67 Fylla Kildegaard MALS ’67 Margaret Humes McElroy ’38, MALS ’68 Sister Joella Revers, OSF, MALS ’70 Sister Marian Bernadette Voelker, OSF, MALS ’72 Alvina Hefeli Breckel MALS ’73 Carolyn Horsley MALS ’74 Cecelia Crowley MALS ’75 Grace Auer MALS ’76 Sharon M. Dixon MALIS ’92 School of Education Mary Kay Tschanz MAEA ’91 AUNT OF

Brian Carrizosa ’09, MLIS ’12 Ginny Gaul Cullen ’64 Eilene Janicki Drescher ’70 Sheila Cullen Erlach ’60 John Gearen ^ Paul Gearen (T) Mary McGah ^ Mary Walsh McHugh ’75 Richard Nichin MBA ’08 Raymond Parmer (T) BROTHER OF

Sister Teresa Margaret Brinkman, OCD ’66 Marysue Brown ’66 Diane Doll MBA ’88 Sister Kimberly Prohaska, OSB ’99 Michael Renehan* Mary Jean McMahon Rigali ’51 Lolita Ghilarducci Sickler ’54 Lillian Ghilarducci Vignola ^



Marion Walsh Pankow ’42

Kate Marek MALS ’80*



Anicia Fye ’09

Mark Carbonara ’07* Julia Doloszycki* Nekesa Josey ’07 Angelo Vignola Jr ’81 Dominic Vignola ’76


Victoria Kathrein ’05 Elizabeth Nichin ’13 Katherine Nichin ** MOTHER OF

John Abate ’75 Ann Ackley ** Nancy Volino Castagnet ’70 Mary Ann Minar Damm ’63 Margery Doss ’79 Yaquala Brown Gant ’88, MSEd ’97 Susan Junkroski ’79 Stacy Kowalczyk MLIS ’96* Elizabeth Buccieri Lawrence ’74 Nancy McCabe ^ Pamela Norpell* Maureen Regan Orabone ’74 Barbara Tucker Philipps ’65 Margaret Tucker ’75 Tina Weinheimer* MOTHER-IN-LAW OF

Kathy Cavanagh Niekrasz ’72 SISTER OF

Barbara Humes Cook ’43 Jeanne Parmer Danelski ’52 Cathleen Tomal Dohmeier ’70 Philip Monaco ^ Mary Barrett Mulholland ’42 Jerome Parmer ^ Alice Foley Pawlowski ’49 Rita Foley Siebert ’52 Loretta O’Mara Walsh ’44 Susan Bachman Westhoff ’67 SISTER-IN-LAW OF


Peggy Enright Antonello ’51 Mary Louise Burke Burns ’48 Dolores Carrizosa* Mary J. Antonello Dunigan ’44 Helga Wenzel Humes ’94 Marguerite Kuhn Kowaleski ’49 Roberta McMahon* Carolyn Noonan Parmer ’52 +

Suzanne Watson Babb ’42 Loretta A. O’Dowd ’44



Christine Chorostecki MLIS ’10* Barbara O’Reilly Gleason ’51 Denise Heintz McAllister ’60


Judith Ann Pankow Davis ’78 Jack Simmerling ^ Marjorie MacCartney Simmerling ’57 Thomas Smedinghoff * E X T E N D E D F A M I LY O F

Roslyn Davis ’07, MBA ’11 F AT H E R O F

Jeff Arena ^ Jennifer Brumfield ’94* Marita Hoy Fenley ’68 Hope Fieldler Geldes ’85 Laura St. Marie Jackson MBA ’09 Cody Koepke ’12 Cameron Koepke ** Harry E. LaRock ’82 Marilyn Anderson Rhames ’96 Dorothy Hoy Schaffer ’70 Eileen Willenborg ’69 F AT H E R - I N - L A W O F

Mary Jo Herseth ^

Lerone Bennett Jr.^ Mary Colnar Darovic ’48 S P O U S E / PA R T N E R O F

JoAnne Collins Campbell ’51 Candace Cassato ’70 Adrienne Schneider Faist ’59 Avis Herseth MALS ’65 Suzanne Herkes Ingallinera ’61 Elizabeth McMahon Jeep* Barbara Aird Jordan ’50 Jean Cayia Kimble ’49 Barbara Bray Kruse ’50 Mary Katherine Lewin MALS ’73 Beverly Brazis Opelka ’64 Kathleen Pudik Rey ’66 Gail Rogalski* Joan Donnelly Sampson ’48 Christine Camacho Santoyo ’65 Revie Sorey MSW ’05 Louanna Kohnke Steinken ’50 Mary Ellen “Ami” O’Reilly Swiderski ’49 Aural Vladick Umhoefer ’64 Gertrude Hammond Wagner ’61 Carol Cook Woods ’49


Josephine Crafton Dorothy Doherty Raymond Erbes Edward Fieldler John P. Fleming Rev. Andrew Greeley + Miles Hughes Edward “Jerry” Jeep Sister Mary Carolyn McGinty, CSJ William Wagner, MD Note: This list reflects deaths reported to the Office of Alumnae/i Relations between January 9, 2013 and June 24, 2013. Please call the office at (708) 524-6286 regarding omissions or discrepancies. To make a gift in honor of a loved one, please call the Office of Annual Giving at (708) 524-6298 or visit Key: * Staff/Faculty ** Current student ^ Friend (T) Current trustee + Former trustee (MHS) Mazzuchelli Heritage Society (NGA) Non-graduate alumna/us The Mazzuchelli Heritage Society was established to recognize and honor the alumnae/i and other friends of Dominican University who have provided for Dominican through their estate plans. This honorary society is named for Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, founder of the Sinsinawa Dominicans—a man whose life reflected both extraordinary generosity and remarkable vision. For more information, please contact Colleen McElligott, senior director, Development and Gift Planning, at (708) 524-6307.




Come be a part of the many events Dominican University has to offer. October


Art Exhibit: Mindful Media September 18 – October 30 O’Connor Art Gallery

What’s New: The Best in Children’s Literature 2013 Friday, November 1, 8:30 a.m. Priory Auditorium

Ethics and Leadership Lecture: Carolyn Woo, PhD Thursday, October 3, 6 p.m., University Club, Chicago

Storytelling Open Mic November 2, 8 p.m. Lewis Lounge

10th Annual Hispanic Heritage Reception Friday, October 4, 6 p.m. Social Hall

Memorial Mass and Brunch Sunday, November 3, 11 a.m. Rosary Chapel

Homecoming & Family Weekend Friday, October 4, to Sunday, October 6

Founder’s Day Celebration Tuesday, November 5

Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp Saturday, October 5, 8:30 a.m. Parmer Hall Storytelling Open Mic October 5, 8 p.m. Lewis Lounge Siena Center Mini-Course: William George, PhD Murder, He Wrote: An Introduction to Theological Ethics Tuesdays, October 8, 15 and 22, 7 p.m. Siena Center Mini-Course: Yates Hafner, PhD Shakespeare as Spiritual Guide Wednesdays, October 9, 16 and 23, 2 p.m. Albertus Magnus Lecture: Katrina Sifferd, JD, PhD On Consciousness and Criminal Responsibility Thursday, October 10, 7 p.m. Priory Auditorium McCusker Memorial Lecture: Sister Mary Paynter, OP Educational Essentials on the American Frontier Wednesday, October 16, 6 p.m. Martin Recital Hall Entrepreneurship Breakfast Friday, October 18, 7:30 a.m. Parmer Hall Illinois Storytelling – Family Festival of Stories Friday, October 18, 6 p.m. Martin Recital Hall Siena Center Lecture: Sister Joan Chittister, OSB American Women and Women of the World Sunday, October 20, 3 p.m. Lund Auditorium Siena Center Mini-Course: Team from Chicago Coalition for InterReligious Learning Adam and Eve, Our First Parents Mondays, October 28, and November 4, 11, 7 p.m.

Mazzuchelli Lecture: Sister Diane Kennedy, OP Leading from the Center: The Genius of Samuel Mazzuchelli Tuesday, November 5, 4:30 p.m. Rosary Chapel Art Exhibit: Super in the Natural November 13 – December 18 O’Connor Art Gallery Albertus Magnus Lecture: Sister Ilia Delio, OSF, PhD The Coming of the Cosmic Person: God, Evolution and the Power of Love Thursday, November 14, 7 p.m. Priory Auditorium Siena Center Lecture: William Cavanaugh, PhD Do Catholics Make Good Americans?: The Catholic Church and Political Homelessness in America Tuesday, November 19, 7 p.m. Priory Auditorium

December “Lessons and Carols” A Candlelight Service of Prayer and Music A Dominican University Christmas Tradition Tuesday, December 3, 5 p.m. Rosary Chapel 30th Annual Alumnae/i Children’s Christmas Party Saturday, December 7, 12:30 p.m. Dining and Social Halls Storytelling Open Mic December 14, 8 p.m. Lewis Lounge

January Winter Commencement Saturday, January 11, 2014, 1 p.m. Lund Auditorium

Albertus Magnus Lecture: Father Richard Woods, OP, PhD Mystical Consciousness: Brain, Mind and the Presence of God Thursday, January 16, 2014, 7 p.m. Priory Auditorium Siena Center Inaugural Sister Diane Kennedy, OP Lecture: Reverend Brian Pierce, OP Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 5 p.m. Parmer Hall Atrium

February Albertus Magnus Lecture: Gen Kelsang Dorje All in Your Mind: A Buddhist Perspective on Consciousness and Reality Thursday, February 13, 2014, 7 p.m. Priory Auditorium Siena Center Lecture: Miguel H. Diaz, PhD We are a People who Become with Others: A Trinitarian Reading of E pluribus unum Thursday, February 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Rosary Chapel 10th Annual African/African-American Heritage Reception Friday, February 21, 2014, 6 p.m. Social Hall Siena Center Mini-Course: Sister Diane Bergant, CSA, PhD Wisdom: A Way of Life Tuesdays, February 25, and March 4, 11, 2014, 7 p.m.

March 34th Annual Trustee Benefit Concert: Matthew Morrison Saturday, March 8, 2014, 5 p.m. Siena Center Lecture: Jeannine Hill Fletcher, ThD Women, Religion & Dialogue Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7 p.m. Martin Recital Hall Siena Center Mini-Course: Avis Clendenen, PhD and Troy Martin, PhD A Forgiveness that Heals Mondays, March 17, 24, 31, 2014, 7 p.m. Siena Center Mini-Course: Reverend Stephen Bevans, SVD, PhD Exploring the Mystery Around Us: An Introduction to Doing Theology Tuesdays, March 18, 25 and April 1, 2014, 7 p.m. Albertus Magnus Lecture: David Hogue, PhD Feelings, Emotions and the Spiritual Self: Affective Neuroscience and the Problem of Consciousness Thursday, March 20, 2014, 7 p.m. Priory Auditorium



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Two Decades and Counting When Donna M. Carroll was inaugurated as the university’s 10th president, she shared some thoughts about taking the helm for a biographical profile introducing her to the university community. “Rosary College may be small in size, but I don’t think small,” she said, offering a prophetic glimpse into her strategic plans and dreams for the future of the university. Following a long succession of Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, Carroll was the university’s first lay president, as well as its youngest president. As she begins her 20th year, she is also the university’s longest serving leader. Always the planner, the strategist, the visionary, President Carroll recently shared with alumnae/i a number of strategic priorities for the future, including the launch of a Saturday MBA program in January 2014, a bachelor’s degree in nursing program in the fall of 2014, a $12 million technology plan, a student scholarship challenge, as well as others — further evidence that she doesn’t think small.

President Carroll is pictured at her inauguration with her predecessors, Sister Jean Murray (left) and Sister Candida Lund (right).

Fall 2013 Dominican Magazine  
Fall 2013 Dominican Magazine