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Opening Doors to Higher Educationn


••••• Faculty/Student Collaborative Research ••••• Social Advocacy and Outreach ••••• A Melodic Jamboree

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Message from the Editor Ray Willhoft ’00

Our History, Our Home For 100 years, Loyola University New Orleans has called the city of New Orleans home. From the university’s very beginning, its history has been intertwined with that of the city in which it was founded, with the Jesuits being among the earliest settlers in New Orleans. Throughout the years, Loyola and New Orleans have grown together, navigating the ups and downs with a spirit of determination. To this day, much of Loyola’s identity still comes from the city in which it resides. New Orleans was even added to the university’s official name several years ago. When students come to Loyola, they not only receive an outstanding education, but they also have the opportunity to experience one of the most interesting places on Earth. More than just seafood, snoballs, and Mardi Gras, New Orleans offers a rich history that blends several different cultures and creeds into one all its own. From the cobblestone streets in the French Quarter to the towering oak trees along St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans is a city steeped in history and tradition. Loyola is an integral part of that history and tradition. There may be no place like home, but there definitely is no place like New Orleans, a city that Loyola is truly proud to call its home.

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LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE Vol. 22, No. 3, Fall 2012 Editor Ray Willhoft ’00 Designer Craig Bloodworth Photographer Harold Baquet Photo Contributor Kyle Encar Interns Shelby Schultheis ’14

Kate Trotter ’14 Director of Creative Services

Allee Parker Director of Public Affairs and External Relations

Meredith Hartley Director of Web Communications

Jacee Brown Director of Alumni Relations

Monique Gaudin Gardner Director of Advancement Records

Martha Bodker Director of Annual Giving

Stephanie Hotard ’04, M.B.A. ’10 Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Terry Fulghum Fisher ’76 Associate Vice President for Development

Chris Wiseman ’88 Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Bill Bishop University President

The Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J. LOYNO Magazine is published three times per year. Send address changes to Loyola University New Orleans, Office of Marketing and Communications, 7214 St. Charles Ave., Box 909, New Orleans, LA 70118. Loyola University New Orleans has fully supported and fostered in its educational programs, admissions, employment practices, and in the activities it operates the policy of not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex/gender, or sexual orientation. This policy is in compliance with all applicable federal regulations and guidelines. Correspondence can be sent to: Editor, LOYNO Magazine 7214 St. Charles Ave., Box 909 New Orleans, LA 70118 Phone: (504) 861-5859 Fax: (504) 861-5784 E-mail: magazine@loyno.edu Submissions of stories and photographs are accepted.



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6..................President’s Reflection 6..................News HOWLING and PROWLING

10................Community Engagement 11................Local Flavor 12................Ask Iggy 13................Media Shelf

page 14 36................Alumni Events 38................Wolftracks 39................Alumni Milestones 50................Memorials

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ON THE COVER Tell us how scholarships opened doors for you at magazine.loyno.edu/opening-doors

14 .............Opening Doors to Higher Education The impact scholarships have on the lives of students continues to grow. Four current students and young alumni share their stories and their gratitude.

20 .............From Pupil to Partner Collaborative research between faculty members and their students not only enhances the students’ academic careers, but results in impressive research as well. 4

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Back to School

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“Alumni College: Experience Loyola Again,” held June 22 – 24, brought alumni back to campus for a brand new learning experience.

Millennialism and its Discontents Professor Catherine Wessinger, Ph.D., expands and redefines our understanding of millennialism.

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Hard Work for Faith that Does Justice.........................24 The Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) is celebrating its fifth anniversary, highlighting its many achievements as an advocate for change.

Playing by Their Own Rules............................................30 When you combine six alumni, an Americana and party sound, and an inventive and interactive stage show, you get a melodic jamboree with a mean blue streak.

Online Path to Success Loyola’s online graduate programs are designed for personal and professional growth, as well as success.



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Last spring, Loyola offered its first course in urban geography and the geography of New Orleans through the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences. Richard Campanella, a highly regarded environmental geographer, was brought to campus to teach the course, Urban Geography: New Orleans Case Study. This fall, an ecological biologist is teaching full time for the academic year of 2012 – 2013. This appointment, in addition to Campanella’s guest-teaching position, is thanks to a generous gift of $100,000 from the Entergy Charitable Foundation. ••••••

Representatives from ExxonMobil Oil Corporation’s Chalmette Refining, L.L.C., presented University President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., with a check in the amount of $121,200 on May 22. The generous donation to Loyola was made possible through ExxonMobil’s matching gifts program and the individual gifts of Loyola alumni employed by ExxonMobil. Gifts were designated to Loyola’s five colleges and the Loyola Fund, as well as a variety of scholarships for Loyola students. Pictured from left to right: Patrick Trahan, manager of Public & Government Relations at Chalmette Refining, L.L.C; Dr. Bill Locander, dean of the College of Business; the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., university president; Janet Matsushita, plant manager at Chalmette Refining, L.L.C.; Dr. Luis Miron, dean of the College of Social Sciences; Elizabeth Ellison-Frost, Public Affairs at Chalmette Refining, L.L.C.; and Dr. Maria Calzada, interim dean of the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences.

The Loyola School of Nursing gained the highly coveted accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for its Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The accreditation lasts until 2017 and will encompass both the School of Nursing’s post-Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice program, as well as the newly created post-

President’s Reflection This year, we are celebrating our 100-year anniversary as a university. This is an opportunity to remind the community, and ourselves, of our values, our contributions, and our commitment to our mission. We are using it to celebrate what we have done and who we are. But this ought to be more than an opportunity for self-congratulations. This is an opportunity for us to measure ourselves and ask how we might do it better. Internally, we are using this time to renew our mission and as a time to define our future. Higher education in the United States is facing many challenges, from the development of online degrees to the financial strains confronting the nation. Some have said that these factors—tuition cost, online universities, and student debt—have created a “perfect storm” The Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.


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for higher education in America. But we know all too well about storms. Indeed, we know that they cannot only be endured, but they can help us become stronger. If we do a thorough composition of place, we notice not only what is going on at Loyola and higher education in the United States, but we also notice that we are living through and participating in the renewal of the city. As the nation moves more towards an information economy, based on ideas, New Orleans, rich in universities and cultures, finds itself in a distinct place to help lead this new economy. And, we, at Loyola, have this rare opportunity to build a more humane city which can be true to its heritage of diversity and become a place where all men and women can flourish. And that is work worth doing.

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important structural changes that more accurately reflects its size and complexity. The music program is now the School of Music with four divisions: instrumental performance; vocal performance; theory, composition, and history; and music therapy and education. Music industry studies, formerly a division within the music program, is now the Department of Music Industry Studies. Finally, the Department of Visual Arts is now the Department of Art and Design. The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance rounds out the college. ••••••

The Loyola Alumni Association honored former voice and French diction teacher Mary Tortorich ’42 at a reunion celebration on June 9. The celebration began with a celebratory Mass, featuring several of her former students singing in her honor, followed by a gala concert performed by some of her most accomplished singers.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice track.

Schools at Great Prices” list of southern regional universities.

The College of Music and Fine Arts has instituted a number of

The renovated Thomas Hall Visitor Center achieved LEED Gold Certification for its environmental sustainability components according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification developed by the USGBC to set a benchmark for design,


Loyola was singled out by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” for several new honors, including being among the nation’s top 27 universities with outstanding examples of community service initiatives. The university was also recognized for the first time as being among the top five Regional Universities of the South with students who owe the least amount of debt upon graduation, citing an average debt of $12,597. Additionally, Loyola’s faculty commitment to undergraduate teaching landed the school in the regional top five for the first time. For the 22nd year in a row, Loyola was ranked overall in the top 10 among Regional Universities of the South. According to the 2013 edition of “Best Colleges,” Loyola took the No. 9 spot in the exclusive national rankings. Loyola also ranks No. 9 on the report’s “Great

The centennial celebration continued at Loyola this fall with the launch of the Presidential Centennial Guest Series. The Most Rev. Gregory Michael Aymond, archbishop of New Orleans, started the series off on September 20 with his talk, “Catholic Education: Gifts and Challenges in 2012 and Beyond,” which also featured commentary from an esteemed panel of Catholic higher education leaders, including Loyola University President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., Xavier University of Louisiana President Norman Francis, J.D. ’55, H’82, Ph.D., and Our Lady of Holy Cross College President Ronald Ambrosetti, Ph.D. A calendar of upcoming spring events can be found at www.loyno.edu/2012 magazine.loyno.edu


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FROM THE DEN construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED Gold is the second highest level of achievement by the USGBC and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). ••••••

The College of Business dedicated The Carlos M. Ayala Stock Trading Room on October 9. The late

News Carlos M. Ayala ’57 (business) left a generous $1.5 million gift to the college in 2011, a portion of which went towards the new stock trading room. Ayala’s gift was also used to support an existing student-managed investment fund, scholarships, funding for more investment classes, and a research database system.

EVENTS As part of the Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Enrichment Series, “Growing in Knowledge and Deepening our Faith,” and in celebration of the university’s centennial, the Alumni Association presented “Alumni College: Experience Loyola Again,” held June 22 – 24, a three-day weekend in which participants attended classes, mingled at social events and meals, took field trips, and stayed in residence halls on campus. ••••••

Beats of the Streets: The Brass Brand Tradition in New Orleans

The Center for the Study of New Orleans celebrated the Crescent City’s rich musical heritage with the second annual NolaLoyola, “Beats of the Streets: The Brass Brand Tradition in New Orleans,” on September 28. Events included a screening of Jerry Brock’s 1987 film, In that Number: The New Orleans Brass Band Revival, hosted by local brass band legends Gregory Davis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Gregg Stafford of the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, who

both appear in the film; a free concert by the Baby Boyz Brass Band; a lecture by Ben Jaffe, creative director of Preservation Hall and son of Hall founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, titled “New Orleans Jazz on Film,” which featured rare archival footage of noted New Orleans Jazz legends; and a keynote event featuring performances by the Loyola Faculty Jazz Band, the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Maria Calzada, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, was named interim dean of the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences.

Kendall J. Eskine, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, had his manuscript, “Wholesome Foods and Wholesome Morals? Organic Foods Reduce Pro-social Behavior and Harshen Moral Judgments,” accepted for publication by Social Psychological and Personality Science. His manuscript, “The Bitter Truth about Morality: Virtue, Not Vice, Makes a Bland Beverage Taste Nice,” was published in PLoS ONE.

Stephanie Hotard ’04, M.B.A. ’10, was selected as director of the Office of Annual Giving. She brings more than seven years of fundraising successes and experience to the Office of Annual Giving, including five years of work at Loyola as a development officer and two years leading annual giving efforts for the Southeast Louisiana Council Boy Scouts of America Bayou District.


Lawrence Lewis, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, received the 2012 College of Humanities and Natural Sciences Excellence in Advising Award.


The Biever Guest Lectures Series at Loyola featured Stanley Aronowitz, Ph.D., eminent social theorist, in three lectures. Aronowitz discussed issues raised in his new book, Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals, on October 5; led the discussion, “What’s Next? Beyond the Limits of Protest and Resistance,” on October 6; and presented the public lecture, “Class Rules: An Analysis of the American Class System,” on October 8.

FACULTY/STAFF Harold Baquet, university photographer, was a featured presenter at the annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists, held June 20 – 24 in New Orleans, La. ••••••

Kurt Bindewald, director of University Ministry and associate director of Mission & Ministry/resident chaplain, received the Blessed Frassati Award, given by the Archdiocese of New Orleans in recognition of his long-standing dedication to youth and young adult ministry. ••••••

Walter Block, Ph.D., Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Economics, published his 11th book, Ron Paul for President in 2012: Yes to Ron Paul and Liberty, which supports Paul’s ongoing race for the White House.


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Ann Cary, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., director of the School of Nursing, was chosen by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to participate in the new AACNWharton Executive Leadership Program, August 14 – 17, at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Penn. ••••••

Erin Dupuis, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology was awarded the University Senate Community Service Award at the January 2012 President’s Convocation.

Philip Frohnmayer, professor of voice and coordinator of vocal activities, was awarded the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance.



Janet Matthews, Ph.D., professor of psychology, was named Psychologist of the Year by the Louisiana Psychological Association and has also begun work

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as the new associate editor of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. ••••••

Melanie McKay, Ph.D., vice provost for faculty affairs and director of First-Year Experience, and Brad Petitfils, Ph.D., curriculum developer, represented the university at the 25th annual International Conference on the First-Year Experience in Vancouver, British Columbia. ••••••

Andre Perry, Ph.D., associate director for educational initiatives at the Institute for Quality and Equity in Education, received the Kappa Alpha Psi Distinguished Citizen Award, presented at the fraternity’s 76th southwestern province council public meeting.

M.L. “Cissy” Petty, Ph.D., vice president for Student Affairs and associate provost, was recognized by the higher education website www.bestcollegesonline.com for her Twitter prowess as one of the nation’s top 50 high-profile higher education administrators who have embraced social media, especially Twitter.

Tyler Smith, D.M.A., instructor of voice, stepped in at the last minute to take on the lead role of Canio in the New Orleans Opera Association’s production of Pagliacci on April 29. ••••••

Artemis Preeshl, M.F.A., associate professor of theatre arts, was chosen to participate in the Actors Center Teacher Development Program in New York City in June.

Petrice Sams-Abiodun, Ph.D., executive director of the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy, joined President Barack Obama and other community activists in honoring 12 “Champions of Change” on June 13 at the White House in Washington, D.C.



Karen Reichard, Ph.D., director of the Women’s Resource Center, was accepted into the Higher Education Resource Services Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

Lee J. Yao, Ph.D., the Rev. Joseph A. Butt, S.J., Distinguished Professor in Accounting and Marquette Faculty Fellow, accepted an honorary professorship at his

and best sports story or feature. Recently, The Maroon and its staff have been awarded top honors three times by several different journalism organizations, including the Society of Professional Jour-

nalists and the Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press. In late April, Maroon staffers Precious Esie, Holly Combs, Carl Harrison, Leslie Gamboni, Jamie Futral, and Masako Hirsch were awarded the SPJ’s national Mark of Excellence Award for in-depth reporting. The most recent honors bestowed by the LPA also recognized Camara Thomas and Karin Curley.


alma mater of Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, as well as a visiting fellowship at the prestigious Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, U.K. Yao also received two rare academic grants from the Chinese government to study investment strategies, as well as investment education, in the emerging Chinese marketplace. ••••••

Evan Zucker, Ph.D., professor of psychology, began his two-year term as the new vice president of the southwest region of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society for Psychology.

STUDENTS The Loyola student-run newspaper, The Maroon, earned the Louisiana Press Association’s top General Excellence Award, in addition to capturing first place in its division for both best news or feature story


Faelynn Carroll, a sophomore French major, was awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to spend the summer studying in the western African country of Senegal. ••••••

J.C. Romero, a senior sociology major, received the Exchange Student with the Most Impact Award at Keele University in Staffordshire, U.K. He also was named a 2012 Honorary Secretary of State for Louisiana for his leadership in the community, as well as for being elected the new cochairman of the Young Democrats of New Orleans.

The Loyola Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of Nick Volz, D.M., performed at the 37th annual conference of the International Trumpet Guild in Columbus, Ga., in May.

at the New Orleans Press Club 54th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards banquet in July. Student winners included: Sydney Barbier, Karin Curley, Sam Winstrom, Colby Wilson, Precious Esie, and Cherie Lejeune. Alumni winners included: Les East ’82, Ramon Antonio Vargas ’09, Joseph Halm ’04, Fletcher Mackel ’98, Diane Mack ’78, Sally Tunmer ’08, and Lauren LaBorde ’09.

ATHLETICS Doug Faust was named the eighth baseball coach in Loyola’s history, and comes to the university after a successful high school coaching career in the New Orleans area, most recently, as the head coach at Archbishop Shaw High School since 2007. He was named District Coach of the Year nine times in his career.


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HOWLING and PROWLING Community Engagement

Students help enrich lives of at-risk youth By James Shields, Communications Coordinator

he Office of Service Learning at Loyola has been partnering with organizations that serve at-risk youth throughout New Orleans for many years, and now one of those partnerships has welcomed some of these children “This was really a story to Loyola’s campus. During June and July, approxiabout how strong university- mately 40 kids from 4th to 12th grade attended summer camp at Loycommunity partnerships ola as part of the Anna’s Arts for Kids program, a mission of St. Anna’s multiply and reinforce one Episcopal Church. The free fourweek summer program focused on another. Partnerships like academics, the arts, appreciating dithese are just one way versity, and resolving conflicts. The camp ran through July 20 and utilized Loyola demonstrates its classrooms in Monroe Hall and recreational spaces in the University Jesuit commitment to work Sports Complex. “It was a collaborative effort befor justice in the greater tween the Office of Service Learning, the Honors Program, the Department New Orleans community.” of Intercollegiate Athletics and Wellness, the Office of Student Records, ––Kelly Brotzman and many other departments across campus. It takes a village to host a camp like this,” says Kelly Brotzman, director of the Office of Service Learning. Anna’s Arts for Kids provides a safe environment



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for at-risk youth in New Orleans to experience learning and the arts. The aim is to help children achieve increased academic success at school; a heightened sense of selfesteem and self-worth; a genuine appreciation for diversity; an affinity for community service; and a keen appreciation for creativity. During the camp, interns and camp staff worked with youth on reading skills, vocabulary, and enrichment. Art activities included puppet-making, clay modeling, drawing, acting, musical instrument lessons, and martial arts, among others. Maddy Fox, Loyola psychology junior, served as the main site coordinator for the summer camp at Loyola. “I originally got involved with Anna’s Arts through service learning with my social psychology course two years ago. I stayed involved, and it was so rewarding to see things come full circle with all of the campers sitting in the same classrooms I do, seeing a little of what college is about, and learning the same skills and concepts that helped me get to where I am today,” Fox says. Anna’s Arts additionally partnered with the Freret Neighborhood Center and the Lighthouse for the Blind to bring this opportunity to even more youth. “This was really a story about how strong university-community partnerships multiply and reinforce one another. Partnerships like these are just one way Loyola demonstrates its Jesuit commitment to work for justice in the greater New Orleans community,” Brotzman says.

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Local Flavor

A street that has it all By Ray Willhoft ’00

Lauren Beshel ’06 (English), co-owner of Branch Out Vintage + Sustainable Goods, 2022 Magazine Street, New Orleans, La. hen was the last time you took a stroll down Magazine Street? Now that the fall weather has arrived, it is the perfect time to check out the variety of shops and restaurants located on this hopping stretch of New Orleans. Running through the heart of the city, this impressive street connects both Uptown near Audubon Park and downtown at Canal Street. According to the Magazine Street Merchants Association, a coalition of businesses and property owners located on or near New Orleans’ Magazine Street corridor, “Magazine Street—one of New Orleans’ premier shopping and entertainment districts— is an unparalleled collection of neighborhoods with a diverse array of businesses, shops, restaurants, and hot spots. It’s where people live, work, play, and enjoy the good life that New Orleans has to offer. In short, it’s the Place to be in New Orleans.” Not only is it “the Place to be,” but it is also “the Place to find it.” Along the street, you can find anything from antiques to clothing to home décor to jewelry. There is even The National World War II Museum at the downtown end to check out.


Of particular note is Branch Out Vintage + Sustainable Goods (www.branchoutshop.com), located at 2022 Magazine Street. Owned by alumna Lauren Beshel ’06 (English) and Thiri DeVoe, the store carries a large variety of eco-friendly fashion forward clothing lines for men and women, hand selected quality vintage pieces, and locally made designer goods. “Over the past three years, we’ve seen these few blocks of lower Magazine grow and grow,” says Beshel. “We have quite a few restaurants, a coffee shop, and plenty of clothing options for both men and women. Branch Out and a few other local green businesses on the block have even teamed up to form the Green Light District to help promote eco-friendly living and offer more sustainable shopping options.” So, plan your next visit to Magazine Street today. And since Christmas is right around the corner, Magazine Street is the perfect place to find something special for everyone on your list. For more information about Magazine Street, including a list of shops, restaurants, and attractions, visit magazinestreet.com

Check out these Alumni Businesses on Magazine Street: Old.New.Blue

Sterling Silvia

(owned by Janie Glade) 6117 Magazine Street oldnewblueshop.com/home

(owned by Cristy Asturias ’12) 4861 Magazine Street sterlingsilvia.com



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Ask Iggy

Dear Iggy,

Dear Iggy,

What is the history of The Maroon, Loyola’s student newspaper? —Alumnus

When were the Danna Student Center, Biever Hall, and Buddig Hall built? —Alumnus

In 1923, members of what was soon to become the BEGGARS fraternity, working with Francis L. Janssen, a Jesuit scholastic who was the equivalent of a later dean of students, launched the student newspaper, The Maroon. The first issue was published on November 1, 1923, its four pages filled with enthusiasm for Loyola. The Maroon declared that the new freshman class showed “a fine spirit of cooperation and loyalty.” Its first editorial, penned by editor Harold A. Dempsey ’26, explained the paper’s purpose: “The Maroon, which makes its commencement today, has for its goal of endeavor: A Greater Loyola.” The Maroon was first recognized with The Pacemaker award, college journalism’s highest honor, in 1982. It has won the award six times in total, and is recognized on the Associated Collegiate Press’s (ACP) national Honor Roll. Two years ago, The Maroon was a national finalist for the Society of Professional Journalist’s Mark of Excellence award, recognizing it as one of the top three nondaily college newspapers in the nation.

In the early 1960s, the university embarked on an ambitious building program, and construction of dormitories and a new student center was begun. A six-story dormitory for men, Biever Hall, opened in 1963, at the same time as the $1,475,000 Danna Student Center. Biever Hall was built at a cost of $1,527,000 to accommodate 404 residents. Two years later, the 12-story, $2,500,000 women’s dormitory, Buddig Hall, was built. Dedicated in honor of Henrietta Buddig Legier, the wife of Board of Regents member John Legier, the dormitory accommodated 429 students and welcomed its first residents in the fall of 1966.


1. Danna Student Center 2. Buddig Hall 3. Biever Hall 2.

Were you a member of The Maroon staff? Visit www.loyno.edu/2012 to share your memories. You can also view The Maroon’s digital archives at library.loyno.edu/research/digital


Got a question for Iggy? Send it to magazine@loyno.edu or: Ask Iggy, c/o LOYNO Magazine Loyola University New Orleans 7214 St. Charles Ave., Box 909 New Orleans, LA 70118


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Media Shelf

Big Charity: Paralysis at Charity Hospital and the Seduction of Confinement In her new novel, Tami Hotard ’93 (English) portrays a once thriving hospital community corrupted by greed and bound by the lust of a shared legacy—men and women swept toward a perilous climax where control and power, fed by the shocking truth of a hospital’s demise, must be stopped. (tamihotard.com)

Claire Ange Literary fiction for the mid-teen and up. Claire Ange is a humorous, unique novel imbued with classic story-telling aspects and rich metaphysical tones. Complex, substantive, and marvelously dry-witted, whether you’re 17 or 75, you will enjoy this moving and delightful story. M.A. Kirkwood ’78 (English/journalism) is also the author of Simon Lazarus (2003, To be re-issued by Spirit Star Press, 2013). (spiritspress@mail.com)

The Story Behind the Stone

Image of Emeralds and Chocolate

From the famous to the obscure, Dr. Robert Jeanfreau ’77 (psychology) offers a historical overview of more than 40 New Orleans-area monuments. This pictorial guidebook includes sections on Andrew Jackson, Joan of Arc, and St. Ignatius of Loyola, among many others.

In his breakout novel, Kendrick Johnson ’01 (computer information systems), under the name K. Murry Johnson, combines two never before paired genres: black gay and vampire fiction. The novel speaks to all who have ever dreamed of finding romance, and captures the national obsession with vampires. (kmurryjohnson.com)

Grandma’s Short and Sweet Survival Guide

Wherever There Is

Elizabeth Hopkins Mazurik '97 (visual arts), a.k.a. Erin Joseph, presents a guide that walks Grandma through some of life’s most challenging situations. She will find solutions, consolation, and renewed hope that she can be a fountain of love and happiness to those she holds most dear.

Singer-songwriter Mia Borders ’10 (English), in her seventh song collection for her independently owned label, Blaxican Records, L.L.C., continues to combine funkrock and soul with 11 original songs and her rendition of Bill Withers’ “Use Me.” (www.miaborders.com)



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Opening Doors to H By Autumn Cafiero Giusti ’00

Scholarships help talented students achieve success while allowing the university to recruit and retain diverse classes. This fall, Anthony Sedlak ’12 (accounting) donned a suit and entered the corporate halls of New Orleans’ One Shell Square, where he shares elevator rides and office space with some of the city’s most successful professionals. A newly minted Loyola University New Orleans graduate, Sedlak commands a great starting salary as an accountant for the global firm of Ernst & Young. It’s a reality Sedlak never envisioned three years ago. In 2009, he had six cents in his bank account and a $20 bill to share with his single mother. Divorce had torn apart his family, the financial crisis robbed his parents of steady income, and he and his mother lost their house in suburban Chicago, Ill., to foreclosure. Around the same time, Sedlak’s mother developed schizophrenia, and he had to place her in a mental health facility. At the time, Sedlak had just graduated from a two-year community college, and his future was riding on the outcome of his scholarship application to Loyola, the only school where he had applied. When the university came through with a package of scholarships and need-based grants, Sedlak set out to chart a new life for himself. “If it hadn’t been for those scholarships, I wouldn’t have been able to attend Loyola,” he says, “And I wouldn’t be where I am today.” Recruiting and retaining diverse and talented classes of students like Sedlak is a fun-


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Higher Education

Anthony Sedlak ’12, Mario Faranda ’08, Devante Williams, and Allegra Tartaglia are just a few of the many students who have benefitted from scholarships. magazine.loyno.edu


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damental part of Loyola’s mission, and scholarships allow the university to do that, says Salvadore Liberto, vice president for Enrollment Management and associate provost. That’s why scholarship fundraising and awareness continues to be a major priority for the university. “Part of our mission is to make sure that any student who qualifies for this education has the opportunity to participate in it,” notes Liberto. AUDIT: LOYOLA AMONG MOST GIVING Loyola is among the most generous of the Catholic, Jesuit institutions in the U.S. when it comes to funding students. Anthony Sedlak ’12 In fact, 84 percent of students at Loyola receive some form of scholarship or financial aid. According to a 2011 audit of Jesuit universities, Loyola provided the second-highest percentage of financial aid among 17 of its peers, with the university accounting for 38.1 percent of “If it hadn’t been for those students’ net tuition. Of the scholarships, I wouldn’t have $107.9 million in tuition and fees Loyola charged students in been able to attend Loyola, 2011, the university provided $41.1 million in financial aid. and I wouldn’t be where In addition, Loyola was recognized for the first time by I am today.” U.S. News & World Report —Anthony Sedlak ’12 2013 as being among the top five Regional Universities of the South with students who owe the least amount of debt upon graduation, citing an average debt of $12,597. “We are clearly among the most committed private institutions in the country when it comes to giv-


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ing deserving students a shot through funding. We can be very proud of that,” Liberto says. Like most universities, Loyola provides a host of institutional scholarships, which cover some or all of a student’s tuition and are awarded to students based on their academic records and test scores. And for some students, there are scholarships for athletic abilities or a relation to a Loyola alumnus/na. In addition to scholarships, the university offers need-based grants, which are available to students who demonstrate substantial financial need. Grants and scholarships are usually awarded based on financial need, merit, or a combination of both. “Especially in the case of a high-need, first-generation college student, we have the ability to change the fortune of an entire family by offering the funding that makes it possible for the student to graduate,” Liberto says. Providing more need-based student aid is a significant goal for the university, says the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., university president. Raising more money for endowments and scholarships means opening more doors for potential students in need. “I want to make sure I do everything I can so that talented students can come here if they want to come here,” Wildes says. Merit scholarships are the most widely received institutional scholarships for first-year and transfer students, and there is a range of these awards. The Ignatian Scholarship for Academic Excellence covers full tuition, housing, and fees for all four years. The university awards 10 of these scholarships a year. Partial-tuition scholarships range from $2,000 to $20,000 annually. Talent-based scholarships are also available in music, theatre arts, and visual arts. There are also about 100 endowed scholarships available both university-wide and through the Colleges of Business, Humanities and Natural Sciences, Music and Fine Arts, and Social Sciences. Outside of merit scholarships, full-time students enrolled at Loyola who have a parent, stepparent, or grandparent who graduated from the university can be eligible for up to $5,000 in scholarship money through the Alumni Legacy Scholarship Award. Students must show a documented financial need to be able to receive this award. Loyola also offers full and partial athletic scholarships for student athletes. AWARDS AFTER THE FIRST YEAR In addition to recruiting new students, scholarships also serve to keep them here. When Sedlak was preparing for his second year

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at Loyola, he found himself faced with an ethical dilemma. By that time, his father had found a job, which meant that he would qualify for less federal financial aid. Still, money was tight for his family, and paying for his education would more than strain their finances. Since his parents were divorced, he could name himself as either parent’s dependent on his financial aid paperwork. “The logical decision is to put the parent who makes the least amount of money. But there’s a little clause in the financial aid that says to choose the parent who gives you the most support,” Sedlak says. Even though Sedlak believed it made the most sense to submit the financial aid information for his mother, his conscience kept nagging at him. “In my heart, I felt, ‘Is this really right?’ So morally in my relationship with Christ, I took a little leap of faith and put my dad and chose the higher road.” That leap of faith rewarded Sedlak. About three weeks later, he received e-mails notifying him that the College of Business selected him to receive two scholarships for which he had never even applied. “When I saw that, it was just a great way of seeing that when you trust God, He’ll provide,” Sedlak says. Endowed scholarships like the ones Sedlak received can help alleviate some of the tuition pressure students face. Students can receive many of these scholarships, which include merit-based and needbased awards, anytime during their tenure at Loyola, and often after their first year. A donor can set up an endowed scholarship with a $25,000 minimum gift. Private contributions of $60,000 toward scholarships for first-generation college students are eligible for a $40,000 match from the Louisiana Board of Regents. Interest generated from the endowed fund provides scholarship assistance each year. Loyola’s existing scholarship funds have been given by individuals and by groups or families who pool their money, often in memory of someone, says Claire Simno ’71, Ph.D., assistant director of stewardship and donor relations. Gifts to establish scholarship endowments come via single large gifts, pledged gifts paid out over a few years, or through planned gifts such as bequests. Liberto and his father started an endowed scholarship for English students, in honor of his late mother, Catherine Liberto, M.Ed. ’68, who died of breast cancer in 2009 at the age of 67. Liberto’s mother was a Loyola graduate and an English teacher in New Orleans who loved literature and writing. “We wanted to be able to memorialize that in some way,” Liberto says.

Family members and friends continue to contribute to the fund, and this year, Loyola will award the scholarship for the first time to a highachieving, high-need English student. The reasons donors give are numerous. “Many are from people just being good citizens. What better way to help someone in need than to educate them,” Simno says. The donor’s intentions for the scholarship can help determine what type of student will receive it, such as a biology major or an English senior. From there, a selection committee chooses who receives the award. Each year, Loyola holds its Scholarship Dinner, where donors get a chance to meet the scholarship recipients. “It is really rewarding to see it all take place in front of you,” Simno says. At this past year’s Scholarship Dinner, Sedlak was the featured speaker. He recounted his touching story and served as an example of the importance of scholarships to students.

Mario Faranda ’08

AID FOR ATHLETES In the past decade, Loyola has expanded its scholarship base to include awards for athletes. One of the first recipients of that scholarship was Mario Faranda ’08 (finance). A native of Peru, Faranda lived in Italy with his parents for a year and a half before moving to the U.S. in November 2001 to attend and play basketball at St. Stanislaus, a residency school for boys in Bay St. Louis, Miss. During his senior year of high school, Faranda suffered a knee injury that threatened his prospects of playing college basketball. By that summer, he had received no athletic scholarships, and he was



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Devante Williams

“Providing scholarships gives Loyola an economically and culturally diverse student population. We have students from all backgrounds and walks of life. We want to be able to offer an education that is accessible to anybody.” —The Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.


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running out of time to remain in the U.S. He did not have U.S. citizenship, and his parents, of modest means, would have been unable to afford an American university. “So for me, it was basically all or nothing,” Faranda says. Around the same time, Dr. Michael Giorlando had just started working at Loyola as director of Athletics and Wellness and head men’s basketball coach. At the time, the university was offering its firstever batch of academic scholarships, and there was only one left. Giorlando and Faranda’s coach at St. Stanislaus had a mutual friend in the basketball coach at Rummel High School. The Rummel coach relayed Faranda’s story to Giorlando, who faxed the scholarship paperwork to Faranda’s parents in Italy. Faranda received an athletic scholarship that covered all of his tuition, plus room and board. He showed up to Loyola that fall, sight unseen. “From that day until the day I graduated, I absolutely loved my experience at Loyola. I wouldn’t have traded it for anything,” Faranda says. Faranda went on to get his master’s degree in finance from Tulane University. He is now in his second year of law school at Tulane. “For my family, to this

day they are so very thankful to Coach Gio. We could have never afforded the tuition at Loyola,” Faranda says. Loyola has offered four-year, full-tuition scholarships that are renewed on a yearly basis for studentathletes participating in men’s and women’s basketball since fall 2004. Scholarships are awarded to a maximum of 11 women and 10 men and cover tuition, room, and an athletic meal plan, excluding books and fees. “It’s been significant because it has allowed us to recruit a higher-caliber student athlete and allow us to maintain athletic integrity for the university,” Giorlando says of the scholarships. In fall 2009, Loyola also started awarding partial scholarships for students participating in other intercollegiate athletic programs, including baseball, volleyball, cross country, and tennis. Scholarships have allowed Loyola’s basketball teams to better compete with other universities with full athletic scholarships, Giorlando says. Both the men’s and women’s teams improved their performance on the court while maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher, and the women’s team has won conference championships and made the national tournament in recent years. While coaches at some universities give lip service to academics, Giorlando takes the athletic department’s commitment to education seriously, says Faranda, who graduated with a 3.97 GPA. “He really did stress the fact that we were students first. And he recruits on that basis,” Faranda says. EVERY LITTLE BIT Even small scholarships can alter a student’s destiny. Such was the case for Devante Williams, finance junior. Williams came to Loyola on an academic scholarship. But after both of his parents were forced to take a pay cut last year, his family struggled to pay the balance of his tuition. As much as Williams wanted to stay at Loyola, he found himself starting the process to transfer to Louisiana State University. The day before he was supposed to submit the paperwork, he received an unexpected call: Loyola was offering him a $2,000 business scholarship. “It was just so powerful. The scholarship helped out me and my family significantly. It’s the only reason why I’m still here,” Williams says. That experience, coupled with the fact that many of his friends were facing the same predicament, motivated Williams to co-found The

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Coalition, a campus organization that provides programs and support for black male students who struggle to pay for tuition. Scholarships of $1,000 or $2,000 often make a huge difference in a student’s quality of life, says Laurie Leiva ’03, assistant director of Alumni Relations. Students can use the scholarship to help pay for books, meal plans, or housing. “A lot of these students were having to work full time and go to school full time. This allows them to cut back a little bit on how much they’re having to work and focus more on academics and some of the activities on campus,” Leiva says. Leiva works with Loyola’s alumni scholarship committee, which consists of members of different alumni boards who select the Alumni Association’s scholarship recipients. Loyola’s Alumni Association manages two awards each year: the Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship and the Alumni Association Graduation Award. Alumni donations help fund both awards. The Graduation Award is a $1,000 award given to one graduating student from each college and is applied to their student loan balance. The Legacy Scholarship is an award of up to $5,000 and is distributed every spring to between 15 and 30 enrolled students whose parents, step-parents, grandparents, or siblings attended Loyola. The Legacy Scholarship is helping Allegra Tartaglia, history senior, explore her New Orleans roots while pursing an education and her dream job of becoming a foreign diplomat. Tartaglia’s mother earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Loyola. Nine months after Tartaglia was born, the family moved to her father’s homeland of Italy so that her mother could be an elementary school teacher on U.S. military bases. Tartaglia grew up in Italy, moving around to different cities, but her family visited New Orleans every summer. So when it came time to plan for college, Tartaglia felt a pull to New Orleans. “I loved the city, and my mom spoke nothing but good about Loyola,” she says. Tartaglia was able to receive the Legacy Scholarship for her junior and senior year, which has helped cut down on the family’s expenses. Not wanting to saddle their daughter with college loans, Tartaglia’s parents are paying for much of her education out of pocket, along with her travel from New Orleans to Italy. “The scholarships have helped me alleviate the financial burden on my parents and have also given me more strength to continue on and do better in

school,” she says. By attracting and retaining quality students, scholarships serve as another way for Loyola and its students to remain competitive. “We don’t just want students to be here. We want them to be successful here. Scholarships play a huge role in that,” Leiva says. But perhaps the most critical piece to the scholarship puzzle is the donors, who allow the university to extend an education to more students each year. “We cannot serve the students that we do without those contributions,” Liberto says. Alumni do not have to wait until they can give a fiveAllegra Tartaglia or six-figure gift though. “I remind people that whatever age they are in their lives, even if they are a new, younger alumnus or alumna, any sort of gift they give helps the university,” Wildes says. “Providing scholarships gives Loyola “The scholarships have helped an economically and culturally dime alleviate the financial verse student population. We have students from all backgrounds and burden on my parents and walks of life. We want to be able to offer an education that is accessible to have also given me more anybody.”

strength to continue on and do

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better in school.” —Allegra Tartaglia, History Senior

Autumn Cafiero Giusti ’00, a communication alumna, is a freelance writer and editor. magazine.loyno.edu


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From Pupil to By Nathan C. Martin

An argument between Walter Block, Ph.D., and student Rachel Sayers resulted in a collaborative research project and a paper in a prestigious journal.


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Partner LOYOLA UNDERGRADUATES AND PROFESSORS FORM STRONG RELATIONSHIPS, OFTEN RESULTING IN IMPRESSIVE COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH. FROM ARGUMENT TO ARTICLE Walter Block, Ph.D., and student Rachel Sayers both agree that argument can be a useful tool for intellectual progress. Block, the Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and professor of economics, has worked on research projects with his undergraduate students for 15 years, advising on and co-authoring papers published in peer-reviewed journals for more than 30 Loyola students. While he is proud of them all, Block says his students who—under his guidance—publish single-author papers that directly oppose his own views hold a special place in his heart. Sayers, a senior in political science who took Block’s Labor Economics class, is a great example of this category. She published a paper, with Block’s help, titled “The Cost of Being Female: Critical Over the next decade, Comment on Block,” in The Journal of Business Ethics last September. The Journal of Business Ethics is the most promi- undergraduate research at nent academic journal in its field, and Sayers’ article is a systematic critique of Block’s position. Block says he could Loyola will become even more not be happier about it. widespread and robust than it Block is among the many professors at Loyola University New Orleans who have engaged undergraduate stu- currently is, helping more dents in academic research for more than a decade. Naomi Yavneh, Ph.D., director of the University Honors pro- students and professors build gram and Undergraduate Collaborative Research, explains strong bonds, conduct that Loyola’s culture of undergraduate research has deep roots, especially at the department level, where professors’ important research, and add efforts to engage undergraduate students as deeply and meaningfully as possible often lead to projects outside the to the overall quality of purview of normal classroom work. academic life at Loyola. Undergraduate research projects at Loyola often evolve organically out of semesters-long relationships between students and faculty and result in invaluable learning experiences for student and teacher alike. Block and Sayers’ relationship evolved organically in such a way. In the Labor Economics class, they debated the cause of the wage differential between men and women in the United States who hold the same jobs. Block asserted that women make less money than men not because of employer discrimination, but because males have higher rates of workplace productivity due to the inequalities in the social structure of marriage—because married women assume a disproportionate amount of household tasks, they are less productive in the workplace, while the inverse is true for men. Sayers took issue with this argument, first in classroom discussion, and later in the term paper that would evolve into the article she published in The Journal of Business Ethics.



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Gicel Estrada ’11 approached him about researching the ways in which Latin Americans in New Orleans form their self-identities—often out of cultures that include U.S., Latino, and indigenous components—it was the beginning of a project that was rigorous and fruitful for both of them. The final product of Estrada’s research project, the capstone for her bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies, was a series of oral histories from Latinos in New Orleans on how they retained elements of their Latino identities while forming new identities away from their home countries. Estrada found subjects whose selfidentities were highly complex, with disparate aspects that interacted harmoniously at times and in conflict at others. The oral histories are being housed in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Loyola and are part of a much larger project to collect and examine cultural information about New Orleans’ Latino population. Both Estrada and Henne stress that the process leading up to conducting the interviews was as important as the final product. Gicel Estrada ’11 worked with Nathan Henne, Ph.D., Estrada worked diligently with her to ground her project on Latino identity in a solid professor to curate lists of articles and synthesize the readings to theoretical foundation. ground the project in a solid theoretical foundation. Henne says collaborating with Estrada in this process helped him find new ways IMMIGRATION AND IDENTITY to blend his research and teaching, which he views as esOf course, most undergraduate research at Loyola insential to succeeding as a well-rounded professor. volves students and professors whose positions do not oppose one another. Nathan Henne, Ph.D., assistant proTHE FIGHT AGAINST A KISSING KILLER fessor of languages and cultures, researches indigenous Patricia Dorn, Ph.D., also involves her students in Latin American cultures and poetics. He is especially intheoretical work to prepare them for undergraduate reterested in the concept of mestizaje, a pervasive strand of search projects. Dorn, professor of biological sciences, is indigenous thought that refuses to imagine a “pure” or an authority on Chagas disease, a parasite that afflicts “original” state of existence—for instance, what the Garbetween eight and nine million people in Latin America den of Eden represents in Christian mythology. Henne is and results in fatal heart disease for 20 – 30 percent of interested in how indigenous ideas like mestizaje might those it afflicts. Chagas disease is transmitted in large inform contemporary cultures. When his former student


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Patricia Dorn, Ph.D., involves her students in research that helps fight Chagas disease, a parasite that inflicts millions of people in Latin America.

part by “kissing bugs,” whose name is derived from the insects’ habit of feeding on humans’ faces while they sleep. Dorn has involved her undergraduate students in laboratory research for 17 years. She has published nine journal articles, three book chapters, and one monograph on her Chagas research since 2009, with the support of a $498,000 Board of Regents grant, two National Institutes of Health grants, and other generous contributions. In weekly laboratory meetings, her students facilitate discussions and complete assignments on oral and written scientific communication, grant writing, the ethics of working with animal and human subjects, peer review, and mentorship. Much of what they learn, however, comes directly from working with Dorn in the lab. Dorn works with scientists throughout the United States and Central America, especially Guatemala, tracking the genetic and geographic patterns of those kissing bug species most prone to carrying and transmitting the disease. Her students work hands-on with the kissing bugs, capturing them in Guatemala, dissecting physical specimens, isolating their DNA, and analyzing it in the lab. Her students obtain a rich and textured understanding of scientific concepts and practices. Those who join Dorn in Guatemala to attend an annual Chagas symposium witness the social implications of their research and the global nature of science.

These students’ growth also furthers important Chagas research. One of Dorn’s former students, Nicolas de la Rua ’10, published a first-author paper, co-authored by Dorn, on the high genetic diversity of kissing bugs in New Orleans. Now working with one of Dorn’s colleagues as a graduate student at the University of Vermont, de la Rua is writing an important paper on the evolutionary history of nearly all of the kissing bug species in Central and North America. Another of Dorn’s former students, Bethany Richards, began working with Dorn last summer but is already developing a new technique to test genetic variations on a species of kissing bug whose subspecies look similar but are genetically distinct. Yavneh, the undergraduate research director, plans to build on the impressive research accomplishments of Loyola’s student-faculty teams. As founding chair of the Arts and Humanities Division of the Council of Undergraduate Research, Yavneh brings particularly valuable expertise to an already thriving program. Yavneh and her colleagues plan to channel the many ongoing projects into an infrastructure that will provide more resources and opportunities for students and faculty. Over the next decade, undergraduate research at Loyola will become even more widespread and robust than it currently is, helping more students and professors build strong bonds, conduct important research, and add to the overall quality of academic life at Loyola.

Nathan C. Martin is the marketing copywriter for Loyola’s Office of Publications and Creative Services.



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Hard Work for Faith By Nathan C. Martin

THE JESUIT SOCIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE TURNS FIVE. It looks a lot like a dentist’s office—carpet and paint in the most neutral tones, chairs fronting a table stacked with magazines, even a little window in the waiting room behind which sits a receptionist. But on the wall, instead of a poster outlining the importance of oral hygiene, there hangs a hand-stitched quilt that says, “If you want peace, work for justice.” This is the office of the Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI), which, over the past five years, has become one of the strongest agents for social research, advocacy, and outreach at Loyola University New Orleans. From its unassuming headquarters in Mercy Hall, its efforts connect Loyola to a powerful network of Catholic advocates in the Gulf South and far beyond, to students of Jesuit schools across the country, and— perhaps most importantly—to the intersection of Catholic Social Thought and real, on-the-ground work for positive social change. Fr. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D., is the JSRI’s director. He spoke with LOYNO magazine on the occasion of JSRI’s fifth anniversary. Kammer, a Jesuit priest and former national president of Catholic Charities USA, has been working with JSRI since its inception, initially as a representative of the local Jesuit Province and, since March 2009, as its director. He’s an energetic man who speaks about the institute’s history easily, recalling events and details on the fly and jumping up to grab pamphlets and print documents for figures and statistics. His investment in the organization’s efforts is immediately palpable, and he seems visibly excited at its progress. “I like to say we’ve become an adolescent,” Kammer said. “After five years, we’re starting to get a real sense of structure and set of processes.” If the institute is just becoming an adolescent, it has had a busy childhood. In the conference room where we spoke stood an easel with handwritten text in blue marker on a sheet of paper from a recent meeting. Its list of topics read: Death Penalty, Payday Loans, Anti-Immigrant Legislation, Trafficking, Medicaid Expansion, and State Network. This list gives one a decent sampling of the types of issues the JSRI team tackles. Whether by religious investment, testifying at legislative hearings, helping organize conferences and rallies, or raising awareness through research and publishing, they work on behalf of the poor, immigrants, prisoners, and other oppressed groups in political, business, religious, and academic realms. It’s an ambitious undertaking, but over the past five years, Kammer and his team have developed an infrastructure based on their experiences in action from which the JSRI can directly enact transformative change in the Gulf South that aligns with Loyola’s Jesuit mission and is distinctly Catholic in character.


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that Does Justice

JSRI researchers work to support the oppressed and implement faith that does justice throughout the Gulf South, including tomato pickers fighting for a living wage in Immokalee, Fla.



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WITH KATRINA CAME FOCUS: POVERTY, RACISM, AND PEOPLE ON THE MOVE The initial movement to form the Jesuit Social Research Institute began in 2004, when the regional Jesuit Province advisory board saw the need to create an agency to analyze social problems under its geographic purview. While plans were in the works to ON RACISM AND THE PRISON create such a body and deliberations SYSTEM were afoot on the Alex Mikulich, Ph.D., a Roman issues it should tarCatholic social ethicist and the Jesuit Soget, Katrina struck. cial Research Institute’s racism specialist, “Katrina gave has co-authored a book that examines [the JSRI] a new impetus in the how white Americans both benefit from sense that the and contribute to the contemporary hyproblems—espeper-incarceration of African-Americans cially of race and and Latinos in the United States. The poverty—became Scandal of White Complicity in so much clearer to the U.S. Hyperincarceration: A people in the Nonviolent Spirituality of news,” Kammer White Resistance will be published says. “We knew it, in early 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan as Southerners, but (New York) with co-authors Margaret Pfeil that really drew atof the University of Notre Dame and Lautention from a lot rie Cassidy of Marywood University. of people elseThe United States incarcerates a where.” In recent greater percentage of its population than decades, the Sociany other country in the world, disproporety of Jesus had betionately African-Americans and Latinos. gun to focus seriMikulich and his co-authors argue that ously on issues this condition creates a form of “neo-slavrelated to “people ery,” and helps cement an enduring dion the move”—a mension of the U.S. matrix of domination. category that inIn relation to the mission of Christians, hycludes immigrants per-incarceration requires they commit to and refugees, a nonviolent spirituality and practice which Catholic scriptures hold in through which they collectively embody special regard— active resistance to white privilege. At embodied in the stake, the book argues, is the very aucreation of the inthenticity of Christians’ baptismal calling ternational Jesuit and a faith that does justice. Refugee Service in 1980. Along with highlighting issues of poverty and race, Katrina also drew unprecedented numbers of Latino immigrants to the Gulf South. Along with them came issues related to people on the move, who are particularly vulnerable to threats such as wage theft, human trafficking, and detention. This confluence of factors led the JSRI to make “migration” (immigration, migrants, refugees) the third pillar of its focus.


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LOYOLA AS A RESOURCE AND A PARTNER There are many Jesuit social centers around the world, and many are freestanding, unaffiliated with any other organization. But the founders of the JSRI saw a great potential resource and partner in Loyola, which has supported the JSRI’s work in numerous ways—including providing office space, support for publishing, and a direct channel to professors and students, which helps the institute reach an academic audience. Loyola also helps endow the institute, and helped solicit a major gift from New Orleans Saints owner and longtime Loyola friend Tom Benson, H’87, to get the institute started. The JSRI connects to Loyola’s students and faculty, as well as the broader New Orleans community, in part through conferences it hosts on Loyola’s campus. Since 2008, the JSRI has hosted a conference each year with high-profile members of national Catholic, academic, and social justice communities. Its first, titled “Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility,” explored political themes outlined in a letter from the U.S. Catholic Bishops written in advance of the 2008 elections. In 2009, the JSRI conference focused on “people on the move.” It spanned four weeks and featured seven events that examined topics from hyper-local (New Orleans residents displaced by Katrina) to global (international migration and refugees through the lens of Catholic Social Thought). The 2010 conference returned its focus to New Orleans and asked the question: “Is post-Katrina New Orleans a Welcoming Community?” Five years after the storm, the conference looked at issues related to displaced New Orleans residents unable to return home and to immigrants who had come to New Orleans to help rebuild the city. Both the 2009 and 2010 conferences were funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. In 2011, the conference focused on immigrant detention and the faith community, including the economics of prison and immigration law and racism’s part in the prison industry. This year, the institute, together with other Loyola centers and faculty, put on a conference in October that highlighted issues of human trafficking related to megaevents such as the Super Bowl, which are often major magnets for sex trafficking. In September, it also sponsored a Biever Lecture by Fr. Bryan Massingale of Marquette University on race, poverty, and Catholic Social Thought in the context of the 2012 elections. ON-THE-GROUND ADVOCATES The JSRI’s actions are not by any means restricted to conferences or academia—in fact, much of their work takes place far from campus. The institute’s members strategically support oppressed people throughout the Gulf South, from tomato pickers in Florida fighting for a living wage, to a juror removed in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, for his objection

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On October 13 and 14, 2011, the JSRI joined six other organizations in presenting an in-depth look at the realities and character of immigration detention in the U.S., particularly in the South. From left to right: Dr. Aaron Schneider, Dora Schriro, Alger Kendall, Jr., and Bob Libal. to serving while a Confederate flag flies over the courthouse. In its advocacy, the JSRI’s staff continually strives to implement faith that does justice. JSRI immigration expert Sue Weishar, Ph.D., provides one example that reflects the tenor and scope of the work conducted by the institute. In one case, Weishar found Omar Hassan—a Somali native who came to the U.S. and filed for political asylum in 1996—in a homeless shelter in Austin, Texas, last year. Hassan had just been released from five months in a series of immigration detention facilities in Arizona. She recorded his story—details of the degradation he experienced while in detention, and the way in which it had senselessly derailed the life he had built over the past 14 years as an electronics technician. Then she edited and published it in the fall 2011 issue of JustSouth Quarterly, the JSRI’s print newsletter, which is distributed to faith- and advocacy-based groups throughout the country. Hassan’s oral history is a qualitative component of a systematic effort by Weishar to validate stories and complaints from immigrant detainees across the country. From this research and visits with Loyola law students to immigration detention centers, JSRI staff and board have developed a more systemic approach to detention and abuses. The Jesuit Province, with JSRI staffing, joined other religious investors in a responsible shareholder initiative to persuade the two largest U.S. private prison corporations to adopt international human rights standards for all facilities, including detention centers. This new multi-year project, partly funded by a Langeloth Foundation grant, can use Weishar’s findings in negotiations with corporate management to make the facilities more safe and humane.

AN EMPHASIS ON STUDENTS Now that the JSRI has established itself as a force for social justice and Catholic thought on campus, it has plans to increase direct engagement with Loyola students. Through the JSRI, staff members each have liaison duties with Gulf South states that require them to travel often; Kammer and others already find time to lecture in Loyola classes; and there are talks about starting a JSRI-related interdisciplinary course. This year, Kammer helped the Office of Mission and Ministry lead the Spark week of service and reflection for first-year students with a background in service. The JSRI’s strategic plan calls for increased outreach to student groups, such as LUCAP, the Loyola University Sociology Student Organization, and the Black Student Union. Along with its e-newsletter sent to all faculty and staff six times a year, JSRI staff member Christi Schott has spearheaded the creation of Facebook and Twitter accounts to further connect to students online. Thanks in large part to its supercharged staff, the JSRI is a staunch advocate for social justice in the Gulf South and an important part of Loyola’s Catholic identity. After just five years, its accomplishments are many and the bonds it has forged in the communities it serves are strong. It has become one of the most dynamic organizations for advocacy and outreach on campus, and over the next five years, will undoubtedly enhance its efforts on behalf of faith that does justice, and justice that brings about peace. For more information on the JSRI, visit www.loyno.edu/jsri or call (504) 864-7746.

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Going Graphic

Photo courtesy of North Jersey Media Group, Inc.

By Shelby Schultheis ’14

Rich Deas ’94, Senior Creative Director, Macmillan

Upon moving to New York, Rich Deas ’94 found his calling in the children’s section of the local library. Deas, a graphic design major, had moved back to New York after graduating from Loyola. While in New Orleans, he had spent two years working as the production designer and art director at the New Orleans Publishing Group. Accompanied on this adventure by his college sweetheart and future wife, Rita Bonin ’94 (marketing), Deas moved back in with his parents and began hunting for a new job. Once again living in the town of Garden City on Long Island, Deas was surrounded by reminders of his childhood. During his job search, he discovered a career path that he had not previously considered. “Eventually, I found myself at my local library looking up addresses to send my resume (in the primitive times before Google, Yahoo, etc). I couldn’t help but step into the children’s section—just for old time’s sake. I began browsing the shelves, grabbing handfuls of picture books, pulling up a miniature chair, and sitting at a very low lying table. This was the same spot I sat as a child and first heard Where The Wild Things Are read aloud. As I looked through the books, I realized this is what I could do with my future.


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I had never considered it before, but this could actually be a great fit mixing illustration and design,” Deas says. After the time spent in the library, Deas got a job as an art director at Scholastic in the advertising and promotions department where he worked on several projects, including the promotional materials for the Harry Potter series. He later moved into the trade division where he designed and art directed children’s books. Currently, Deas is working full time as the senior creative director at Macmillan in the Children’s and Young Adult (YA) fiction division where he is perpetually busy. Macmillan Children’s/YA fiction division publishes approximately 200 books a year. He mostly focuses on young adult fiction, but still chooses projects to collaborate on and freelances on his own time. He is now working on sequels to some of his company’s recent best sellers: Cinder by Melissa Meyer, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson. Following the recent release of his second fully illustrated picture book, he is also finishing up a train picture book for Scholastic. “I’m always working on sketches and ideas for future

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In the world of design, Rich Deas ’94 has it covered, pencil in hand. stories as well,” Deas adds. Perpetually creating isn’t always easy for Deas, and occasionally he finds himself struggling for ideas. “To overcome this hurdle, I usually need to step out of the ring for a little while, maybe go for a long walk in the city for inspiration and clarity. It also helps to discuss ideas with others such as my publisher and editor,” Deas says. Coming to Loyola as an undergrad, Deas knew that he would pursue some kind of career involving art. While in high school, he believed that he would go for illustration and painting, but after some consideration, he realized that illustration was very limiting and time consuming. He decided to enroll in graphic design because he believed it would give him more opportunities. “Ironically, when I started my design classes at Loyola, I realized I was more of an illustrator at heart (to the dismay of a professor as I instinctively incorporated free-hand illustration into my assignments). I hit a point of frustration with this and wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue graphic design,” Deas says. He decided to meet with a counselor outside of the art department to get a fresh perspective on his situation. As they examined his interests, they discussed the possibility of Deas creating his own major, as well as taking courses in theater and set design. “The idea of creating and not being confined to a desk was pretty appealing, but as time went on, I learned to work beyond my illustrative impulses and stuck with graphic design,” Deas says. These days, Deas incorporates several mediums to complete a project ranging from low-tech to high-tech. “I can still draw a pretty straight line without using a mouse,” Deas says. “Magic? No, I use the ancient instrument of our ancestors…the almost extinct…pencil!” A fan of the Sanford design 2B pencil, Deas starts all of his projects with a sketch, doodle, or note to himself in order to come up with a concept for whatever he is working on. He still paints and draws, but typically scans his illustrations onto his computer to finish them using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Indesign. He prefers to use his own photos and illustrations over generic Internet images.

As far as inspiration goes, Deas is enamored with music and often listens to it while he works. He likes “moody, atmospheric sounds while working,” but his favorite artists and bands are Eels, The National, Interpol, Sigor Ros, Andrew Bird, and Bob Dylan. Deas always hoped to design posters for concert events. Deas also admires the work of Cyclone Design and Methane Studios, which are firms that specialize in creating poster designs for musical and theatrical venues. He loves their combination of illustration and handlettering. As far as individual illustrators, he looks up to his brother, Michael Deas, a resident of New Orleans, along with Joe Sorren and Ana Juan. In the world of young adult publishing, a common trend is to feature a cover of a romanticized, model-perfect face which is supposed to represent the main character. Deas is not a fan of this trend and believes that simple graphics or symbolic images found within the story are more original. “The cover design is basically the advertisement for the book. I’d like to believe books have more to say and should be represented by more than just a good-looking face,” Deas says. “Also, it’s difficult to give a visual to the character(s). It seems to me that is something for the reader to interpret. My goal is to capture the feeling of the story and create a visual that says something to attract the appropriate reader.” When asked about his long-term goals in the illustrating world, Deas states that he would love to take a few years off and work on his own projects, but he has a good position and enjoys working with his group at Macmillan. He plans to continue illustrating and working on pictures as a side job. Deas’s family is supportive of his work and loves helping him. When he brought home the first copy of Cock-A-Doodle Dance!, a children’s book he illustrated, his son, Ryan, dropped it behind the couch and, according to Deas, it’s still there. Ryan enjoyed watching his dad create the book more than he enjoyed the finished project and is already showing his own artistic talents at a young age. Deas’s younger son, Oliver, is nearly two years old and loves books. Actually, “book” was one of Oliver’s first words. Deas’s wife, Rita, also arranges local book reading and signing events. “It’s a profession that I hope my kids will be proud of and they can share in the fun—counting and dancing at home,” Deas says.

Shelby Schultheis ’14 (English) is the publications intern for the Office of Marketing and Communications during the fall 2012 semester. magazine.loyno.edu


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By Carlyn Worthy ’12 In 2009, six college seniors (four students on the music industry studies track, one jazz studies major, and an economics major) united to start a band. When they weren’t performing, they were driven towards activities in their respective fields: studying, practicing, and working to gain as much knowledge about their industries as they could. It was only months after they donned caps and gowns that they decided to pursue their music full time. This collective of Loyola graduates combined wits with talent, creativity, and zeal to inaugurate a melodic jamboree with a mean blue streak. This is the story of The Blue Party. MEET THE BLUE PARTY Natalie Mae ’09 is a soulful Americana/folk vocalist with a fiddle in tow. She shares lead vocals with guitarist/songwriter Reid Martin ’09. Alex Bachari ’09 plays guitar with George Stathakes ’09 (who also shares vocals and plays the Bouzouki and the Papoose). T. ’09 plays bass guitar (and commands the kitchen in his spare time according to his band mates), and Ross McIntire ’09 plays drums. The Blue Party sparked a fire in the Loyola community by branding themselves as a house party band. If you provided the venue, they provided a show. The Blue Party played the New Orleans festival circuit, house parties, and local venues for a year before traveling across country with their act. Three years later, the band now celebrates a fan-funded debut album and an au- “The way we approach our dience of thousands spanning the South and Midwest. “The way we approach our fans is a collective of all our mental- fans is a collective of all our ities. At our live shows, we joke around and have a lot of fun. We get mentalities. At our live the crowd totally riled up and that sticks with people,” T. says. The Blue Party’s debut album, Too Young, packages everyday shows, we joke around and life, coming-of-age struggle, and good vibes wrapped in light-hearted vocals. Songs such as “20 Something,” “Come Down To New Or- have a lot of fun. We get leans,” and “Darlin’” showcase their honest, jovial personalities. the crowd totally riled up Much like the clever biographies you will find on their website (bluepartymusic.com)—six descriptions of what you can find on their and that sticks with people.” perfect burrito—there are no caveats. “From a lyrical standpoint, I’m not a very flowery, poetic kind of writer by any means. I try to say exactly what I feel…my favorite songwriters are extremely straightforward, so that’s what I model my lyrics after,” Martin says. “All of the tunes are about getting older or just dealing with certain aspects of life that seem relatively simple but when you’re facing them seem a lot more in your face. Whether it’s a simple, fun concept or it’s something serious, I still try to write as straight forward as possible.” “It’s like you’re young and in your 20s, and all the things that come with getting a little bit older when you’re going from a young adult to an adult, lost love, getting older, or dealing with loss of a family member and where it puts you in the context of your family— that’s what people like to hear,” Bachari says. “That’s what people want from their song writers and that’s why I think he’s a really good song writer.”



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”AMERIPARTY“––A LIVE SHOW Above their charming lyrics and charisma, The Blue Party also boasts a unique design for their live shows. In the absence of a stage, instruments are set up at the heart of the crowd, allowing fans to dive into the pandemonium face first. “As far as reaching fans and connecting with fans, too, especially playing live, we try to break the divide between band and fan. When you watch a band on stage it’s like, ‘That’s the band,’” Bachari explains while pointing distantly. This design, a smooth mixture of Americana music and party, is how they garnered their own genre “Ameriparty,” named aptly by a student reporter at Marquette University after attending the traveling party for the first time. “We try to be a lot more personable than that,” says T. “We try to hang out and have a good time with people. We think of it as people coming together to listen to music because we’re doing the same thing. It’s just that we’re playing it.” MOVING FORWARD For indie artists, the band has seen major success, but they say they’re just getting started. The band has combined their individual talents to maintain a strong presence online and nationally, but the time has come to build a professional team. “We delegate amongst ourselves where we can, but we’ve reached a point where we maxed out our capacity in terms of what we can do on our own,” Martin says. “We’re at a point where we’re looking for managers, labels, and agents. That sort of thing. That’s a process that we’ll be going through for the next year or so, trying to build a team around us,” says Bachari. The band hopes to be signed relatively soon—or, according to T., be the first band to play in outer space, whichever arrives first—but they want to assure their fans that a record deal won’t change who they are as artists. “You don’t want to come out with the same stuff all the time, and at some point when we’re doing this full time, we may not want to make Ameriparty music,” says Martin. “But I’ll tell you this: we’re always gonna be fun and we’re always

gonna be upbeat. Those are the prerequisites for The Blue Party as a band.” To join the Ameriparty, visit bluepartymusic.com, follow the band on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theblueparty, or follow the band on Twitter @theblueparty

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HOW WILL YOU CHANGE LOYOLA? YOU ARE A LOYOLA LEGACY. For the past 100 years, you, the alumni of Loyola University New Orleans, have helped establish a strong legacy for the university through your successful careers and good works.

IT’S TIME TO LEAVE YOUR OWN. Now, you can leave a legacy of your own by giving to the Loyola Fund. You gifts help sustain the best elements of Loyola and provide current and future students with everything they need to thrive in college and beyond, such as faculty/student research projects, study abroad and service trips, and scholarships for talented first-generation students.


GIVE ONLINE: giving.loyno.edu GIVE BY MAIL: Office of Annual Giving 7214 St. Charles Avenue, Box 909 New Orleans, LA 70118 CONTACT US: Phone: (504) 861-5840 E-mail: annfund@loyno.edu

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Ashley Payne Bahun ’09 Analia Saban ’01

As Loyola University New Orleans makes its way through this year of centennial celebrations, the theme of “Celebrating our Past, Embracing the Future,” resonates throughout our community. And while a myriad of the world’s most distinguished scholars and artists are slated to speak and perform, for Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery Director Karoline Schleh, M.F.A., it’s the centennial art exhibit, Mentors, that most undoubtedly reflects the centennial theme. More than 45 alumni and faculty artists from the Department of Art and Design are participating in this multi-media exhibition that illustrates how Loyola’s esteemed faculty and alumni have influenced the art community through their exhibitions and educational practices. In addition to the artwork, the show employs timelines, photographs, and quotes from participants to help drive the message home. According to Schleh, it was important that Mentors be more than just another “alumni exhibit.” Since the Department of Art and Design doesn’t have a graduate program, the sole focus lies on the undergrads, or “cultivating big fish in a small pond,” as Schleh says. “I wanted this centennial exhibit to really illustrate the fact that there is a continuous line between instructor and student,” Schleh says. “Our graduates are remarkably loyal, and they often return to campus to work with our current students. It’s extraordinary. Although we (the fac-


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Alice Cork ’06

ulty) educated and cultured these amazing artists in their formative years, they now return and are able to teach us something new.” Annie Yalon ’05, one alumna who recently returned to New Orleans, has accepted a position as a full-time sabbatical replacement with Loyola’s Department of Art and Design. Yalon, who completed her M.F.A. at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007, is thrilled to once again be a part of the talented, creative community at Loyola. She hopes to provide for her students what was instilled in her many years ago. “Loyola taught me to push the threshold in my ways of thinking, and when I was in graduate school, I truly realized what an incredible education I had previously obtained,” Yalon says. “Loyola gave me the fundamentals that I needed to compete with the best, and I only hope that I can provide my students with the same sense of pride as those who taught me while I was an undergrad.” Contemporary artist Shannan Lee Hayes ’05 echoes that sentiment, and since graduating, has found the model of inspiration, humor, and rewarding struggle that she experienced at Loyola to be an essential part of her day-today life. Like many others who have stepped into their professional careers, she recognizes the difficulties and demands associated with being a true mentor. “As a teacher and colleague, I am still learning to negotiate the balance between setting boundaries, empathizing, disci-


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By Jess Brown, M.A. ’04

Nessim Higson ’97 Joe Fleming ’10

Esther Murphy ’06

plining, offering guidance, and yielding to indetermination.” And yet another Department of Art and Design alumna, Analia Saban ’01, notes that it was the foundation she established at Loyola that allowed her to go on to graduate school and later launch a professional studio practice in Los Angeles, Calif. “Looking back at Loyola, keeping in touch with my professors, and making them proud are the things that motivate me every day. I want to honor their support and dedication to teaching by making my best work.” Hayes and Saban, two of many alumni artists displaying original works in the Mentors exhibit, are not alone in their ongoing devotion to their alma mater. Nessim Higson ’97, a current resident of Amsterdam and creative director for the Montreal-based agency, Sid Lee, also praises Loyola for the solid education he received. “What I most valued at Loyola was the liberal arts education. It was diverse, which is what I needed at that point,” he says. The groundwork provided by his time at Loyola has led Higson to an overwhelmingly successful design career, where he has piloted creative initiatives for an impressive list of clients that include Adidas and

DC Comics, among many others. Never forgetting his Big Easy roots, he also runs a small design studio based out of New Orleans. When asked about returning to Loyola to exhibit in Mentors, he says, “It’s such an honor to be included. I have an enormous amount of respect for the faculty and many of my peers who have graduated from Loyola.” But it’s not just about days gone by for Higson, and when it comes to embracing the future, he thinks the artists of today will truly lead the way. “I think we are living in a very exciting and challenging time…one that Southeastern Louisiana clearly faces. Never before has creativity taken such a lead in society, and I believe it will continue to do so. We are living in a time that could be labeled a ‘creative revolution’—younger generations have more opportunities than ever to make things happen.” Yalon, Hayes, Saban, and Higson are only a few of the talented artists who have their original works displayed in the Mentors centennial exhibit, on display until January 10, 2013, in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library.

Jess Brown, M.A. ’04, is the communications and artist relations manager for Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs. magazine.loyno.edu


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Alumni Events

Daniella, Agnia, Mike ’83, and Veronika McGinn on May 20 at the Tampa/St. Pete Chapter Crawfish Boil.

Ricky Currier III ’06, Jennifer Alvarez ’09, Britt Svendsen ’06, Jake Weber, Justin Weber ’05, M.B.A. ’07, Jordan Weber ’11 on June 2 at the annual Chicago Chapter Crawfish Boil.

The Dr. Billie Ann Wilson Lecture Series: Stephanie Hotard ’04, M.B.A. ’10, Bonnie Koepp, M.S.N. ’12, Connie Thompson, M.S.N. ’12, and Dr. Ann Cary, director of the School of Nursing.

Standing: Zinzela Sebunya and Austin Scott, Class of 2016; Seated: Debra Scott, Anja Sebunya, Gail and Curtis Dickerson, all parents of incoming Class of 2016 freshmen at the Atlanta Send Off on August 6

Young alumni met at Bellocq in The Hotel Modern on July 12 to celebrate the successful 100 Days of Giving Campaign.

Blake Escudier ’87, M.B.A. ’93, Acadiana chapter president (center) welcomes Keevy, incoming freshman (left) and his dad, Carlton, at the Acadiana Summer Send Off on August 4.

Mike Blackstock ’98, Jason Cook ’03, Laura June Frick McDuffie ’89, and her husband, Sherwood, at the Atlanta Chapter Crawfish Boil on May 12.

UPCOMING EVENTS 11.3.12 NYC CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION The Lotos Club alumni.loyno.edu/nyc100


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11.15.12 PANAMA ALUMNI RECEPTION AND CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION The Union Club alumni.loyno.edu/panama

The Alumni Association presented “Alumni College: Experience Loyola Again,” held June 22 – 24.

Amber Rabo ’94, Lisa Staples ’94, Greg and Leslie ’79, M.B.A. ’83, Jallans at the Houston Crawfish Boil on May 12.



CHICAGO CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION The Library Club alumni.loyno.edu/chi100

LOYOLA VS. TULANE PEP RALLY St. Charles Room, Danna Student Center alumni.loyno.edu/lutu12

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The Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., discusses the Ethics of Health Policy and Medical Insurance with students during Alumni College, June 22 – 24.

Larry and Elizabeth ’89 Manshel and members of the Northshore Chapter celebrated a Mass and Dinner honoring the Feast of Saint Ignatius on July 29.

Dr. Peter Burns addresses the Politics and Policies of Rebuilding New Orleans during Alumni College, June 22 – 24.

Fr. Ted Dziak, S.J., taught a class to alumni on Ignatius Loyola, His Life and Spirituality during Alumni College, June 22 – 24.

Katherine B. Dudden ’06, Ryan Brooks, Matt Meyer ’07, and Rachel Brooks ’04 welcome incoming freshmen at the Chicago Summer Send Off on July 29.

John Price, David and Liz ’83 Foshage, and Maria Price ’85 at the St. Louis Crawfish Boil on June 9.

Michael Morgan, M.B.A. ’03, April Gonzalez, M.B.A. ’03, Maureen Matthews, Olivia Ventola ’99, and Rebecca Gardner ’10 at the College of Business Evening of Networking at Oak Wine Bar on August 2.

Agnes Velez ’84, M.B.A. ’87, receives a certificate from The Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., for participating in Alumni College, June 22 – 24.

Alumni were recognized for their valuable service at the Joint Boards/Past Presidents Reception on September 8; Amy Cyrex Sins ’98, George Sins ’99, Marcelle Livaudais Frischhertz ’73, Lloyd Frischhertz ’73, and Patricia Crowley, M.P.S. ’03.





TAMPA/ST. PETE COCKTAIL RECEPTION Vinoy Resort alumni.loyno.edu/vinoy12

SINGING WITH SANTA St. Charles Room, Danna Student Center alumni.loyno.edu

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY AND RECEPTION St. Charles Room, Danna Student Center alumni.loyno.edu

KREWE OF TUCKS PARADE Loyola Centennial Float

For more information about upcoming events, visit alumni.loyno.edu or call (504) 861-5454. magazine.loyno.edu


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1960s Earle Thompson ’68 (business), Metairie, La., was appointed vice president and manager of the Louisiana and Mississippi Agency Group for WFG National Title Insurance Company. Earle came to WFG National Title after 17 years with one of the nation’s largest title underwriters, most recently as the agency manager for Louisiana.

1970s The Hon. Jack Stephens ’70 (business administration), Shell Beach, La., retired as sheriff of St. Bernard Parish after seven terms and 28 years in office. The Hon. Mary Jo Jacobi Jephson ’73 (business), Houston, Texas, was appointed by British Prime Minister David Cameron to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments. She had previously

(2005 – 2010) been appointed a civil service commissioner by Queen Elizabeth II under the Royal Prerogative. James LaHam ’73 (accounting), Orlando, Fla., a managing partner with Berman, Hopkins, Wright & LaHam, published True G.R.I.T.—A True Graduated Rational Income Tax System, in which he sets forth his plan to simplify the tax code and end the Internal Revenue Service as it operates today.

1980s Tod Smith ’84 (management) was named president and general manager of WWL-TV in New Orleans, La., as well as its properties WUPL-TV, NewsWatch 15, and WWLTV.com. Tod began his broadcasting career at WWL before going on to hold the position of general manager at

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS WWL’s sister stations in Norfolk and Tucson. He had served as general manager of WVEC-TV in Norfolk since 2009. Kerry Nichols ’87 (accounting), CPA, CGMA, began a new twoyear term as a board member at large for the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (LCPA). Kerry is the corporate controller for The Reily Companies, Inc., in New Orleans, La. Jon W. Zindel ’89 (finance) joined William Blair & Company, a global investment banking and asset management firm in Chicago, Ill., as chief financial officer. His most recent role was as chief financial officer for American Century Investments (ACI). He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

1990s David M. Spaulding ’91 (accounting) joined the corporate and business department as of counsel for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Denver, Colo. Working in the employee benefits group, David advises clients on matters related to all types of employee benefits, including qualified retirement plans, equitybased compensation arrangements, and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. Dennis Lauscha, M.B.A. ’93, Metairie, La., was promoted to the position of president of the New

Orleans Saints by team owner Tom Benson, H’87. Dennis, who previously served as an executive vice president and chief financial officer, will take a more extensive role within the Saints organization and is expected to have a similar role with Benson’s new team, the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets. Dennis joined the Saints as treasurer in 1998 and has been steadily moving up through the organization ever since. As team president, he will maintain his role on the Saints’ board of directors and will continue to oversee the financial operations of the team. In addition, he will take on the responsibility of overseeing the club’s marketing, ticket operations, legal department, and community affairs. Steve Alfonso, Jr. ’97 (management), who had been at Lakeshore High School since 2009 as a physical education teacher, 2009 until 2012 as head basketball coach/athletic director, and in 2010 as administrative assistant, is now assistant principal at Northlake High School in Slidell, La. Gabriela Hasbun ’98 (economics), San Francisco, Calif., after receiving a second degree in photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, works as a business photographer, while also working on her own projects. Her Mission portraits and more were featured at the Mission

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND NATURAL SCIENCES 1950s Angelo Kelly Lobue ’55 (pharmacy), M.D., Hammond, La., was a graduate of the Loyola School of Pharmacy and went on to become a physician. In 1959, he graduated from LSU Medical School, New Orleans, and completed his year of internship in 1960. He then spent two years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, in 38

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Schweinfurt, Germany. Following his return from the service, he finished his two-year pediatric residency, also at LSU, New Orleans. After 47 years of pediatric practice in Hammond, he retired in November 2011. Angelo is married to the former Pat Terrio and is the father of son Kelly and daughters Linda, Gail, and Christa.

Dr. Jack A. Andonie ’58 (biology), Metairie, La., will receive the 2012 Pope John Paul II Award, presented annually to a deserving layperson or permanent deacon who resides in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and who exhibits inspirational examples of Christian stewardship, from the Catholic Foundation on November 8. Jack

has served at the highest level of statewide university administration, has received some of the highest honors in the Catholic Church, and has served and continues to serve on many committees and boards. He is the founder of The Women’s Clinic Granada, Nicaragua (Free Clinic for Women), and he encouraged the deans of the LSU Medical and

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ALUMNI MILESTONES Photo Party presented by Open Show at Wix Lounge on July 19. Joshua Steinert ’98 (management/marketing) was promoted to the position of regional bank private banker with Wells Fargo. He currently resides in Savannah, Ga., with his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Chloe. Joshua is an active volunteer in the Civil Air Patrol and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

2000s April Gonzalez, M.B.A. ’03, New Orleans, La., is serving as the marketing chairperson and fundraising co-chairperson for the Women’s Council of Realtors. She also was named WCR’s 2012 Member of the Year. Eduardo Gonzalez Loumiet ’03 (finance), Tallahassee, Fla., passed the CPHIMS exam, a professional certification program for healthcare information and management systems professionals, and offers tips for others on his blog: http://blog.eduardogonzalezloumi et.com/2012/07/03/cphims Heather Begneaud McGowan, J.D. ’06, M.B.A. ’06, New Orleans, La., of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, L.L.C., was named vice chair of the RPTE Emerging Issues and Specialty Leases Committee for the American Bar Association.

Dental Schools to reopen the medical clinic and to establish the first dental clinic providing free care for the homeless at Ozanam Inn. He has been married to Priscilla Greenland for 50 years, and they have three children, Jacquelyn Carnes, Patrick Andonie, and Jon Andonie, and six grandchildren.







Births 1 Chris Buckley ’94 (guitar) and Angelle Maurin Buckley ’94 (voice) welcomed a son, William Christopher Buckley, in April 2012, a little “Lagniappe” for siblings Grace, 12, Matthew, 10, and Caroline, 8. 2 Bradley Guillory ’01 (English) and Celia Llorens Guillory ’04 (music education) are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Chloë Angelle, who was born September 26, 2011. Bradley is an English teacher at St. Paul’s School in Covington, and Celia is the band director at Slidell Junior High. 3 Samira A. Jones ’10 (psychology), J.D. ’13, and Gregory J. Marigny, Jr., welcomed Malia Lillie Marigny on January 29, 2012. 4 Charissa Rehnberg Nielsen ’00 (music therapy) and Dana Nielsen ’00 (jazz studies) welcomed their first child, Cora Quinn Nielsen, on May 2, 2012. She weighed 5 lbs., 13 oz. and was 19" long. • Jason Philip Franco, J.D. ’05, and his wife, Emily Morehiser Franco, welcomed their son, Benjamin Philip Franco, into the world on March 5, 2012. Benjamin is the grandson of Philip A. Franco ’75 (management), J.D. ’78. • Meghan Haerer Nelson ’04 (marketing/management), Durham, N.C., gave birth to Elise Emerson Nelson on April 21, 2012. • Michael T. Scripps ’00 (finance/history) and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed Adeline Elizabeth Scripps on August 21, 2012. • Alison Brown Shields ’01 (sociology) and her husband, Bill, had a daughter, Georgia, on January 2, 2011. • Andrew Webster, J.D. ’92, and Emily Egan Webster welcomed Andrew Claiborne Webster, Jr., on June 15, 2012, in Houston, Texas. This is their second child, but first boy. Weddings 5 Morgan Jean Carey ’07 (communication) and Rick Joseph Park were married under a ceremonious willow tree at the Carey’s home on Lake Louise in Dallas, Pa., on July 21, 2012. Morgan and Rick currently live in Portland, Ore. Morgan is an elementary teacher with the Hillsboro School District, and Rick works at United Pacific Forest Products and attends Portland State University pursuing a degree in environmental science. 6 Katie Eisenhart Schaeffer ’07 (communication) and Adam Schaeffer were married in Austin, Texas, on March 17, 2012, at the historic Allan House in downtown Austin. Giving their Texas guests a taste of the Big Easy, Katie and Adam brought New Orleans flair to their wedding with boudin ball appetizers and a surprise brass band complete with a second line. Katie and Adam recently bought a home together in central Austin. Katie is a senior communications advisor at Dell and is training to be a part-time Pilates instructor. Adam is the PR manager at software company Spiceworks • Colleen Maria Cardillo ’09 (communication) married Taylor Bredow in Dallas, Texas, on June 9, 2012. • Rourke Adlie Feerick, M.B.A. ’10, and Mollie Margaret Thibeaux were married on May 4, 2012, at The Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist. • Kristi Beth Jacobs ’04 (drama) and Marcus Coleman Stanley ’06 (drama) were married on December 30, 2011, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Convent, La. Kristi is the theater director at Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans, La., and Marcus is the owner of SM Entertainment Consulting.

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Wolftracks COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND NATURAL SCIENCES, continued 1970s Murray L. Rabalais, D.D.S. ’70, of Progressive Periodontics in Houma, La., and New Iberia, La., is now offering a number of cutting-edge gum graft treatments to patients with receding gums and other forms of periodontal disease. The application of a graft to the gums is a straightforward procedure that takes place in the office. These treatments feature healing time of as little as 48 hours and have a nearly 100percent success rate. (www.louisiana-periodontist.com) Martha Fitzgerald ’73 (history), Shreveport, La., an award-winning journalist of 27 years, served as a columnist and associate editorial page editor for the Shreveport Times. Now an independent editor, writer, and publisher, she owns Martha Fitzgerald Consulting (marthafitzgerald.com) and Little Dove Press (littledovepress.com). She and her husband, both Louisiana natives, enjoy living on a quiet country road in a bend of the Red River. Her latest book, The Courtship of Two Doctors: a 1930s Love Story of Letters, Hope & Healing, chronicles her parents’ early history, providing an inspiring look at the birth of a marriage and a lifetime of service.

1980s Christen “Chris” Castellano ’84 (chemistry), Tucson, Ariz., joined Carondelet Health Network as executive vice president and chief strategy officer. Her responsibilities include developing and implementing programs that achieve Carondelet’s strategic objectives toward future growth and expansion. She also has leadership oversight of Carondelet Medical Group, and Carondelet Specialist Group, the network’s primary and specialty care practices.


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The Rev. Sandra Bastone Barnes ’86 (religious studies) was ordained in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on July 22, 2012. She graduated with her M.Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and she accepted a call to serve as the associate pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Slidell, La.

1990s Bob Cowser, Jr. ’92 (English), Canton, N.Y., St. Lawrence University professor of English, won the Class of 2012’s Owen D. Young Award, which came with the invitation to give the class their “last lecture” on May 14, 2012. Joseph P. Jacobs ’94 (philosophy), Bozeman, Mont., as an organic gardener for more than 20 years, a student of environmental studies, and a philosopher for life, finds it easy to glean wisdom from the living dirt beneath our feet. He’s also a “green tinkerer,” employed for many years in various sustainable building trades. John Caine ’97 (psychology), a veteran industrial sales manager experienced in manufacturing industries for plastics, biotech, electronics, pharmaceuticals, government, and other business markets, joined The Lighthouse for the Blind-St. Louis as the new business development manager. John’s responsibilities include customer relationship management, sales management support, and new product development support, plus additional customer-directed initiatives. Royd Anderson ’98 (English), New Orleans filmmaker, released his new documentary, Pan Am Flight 759, on July 9, the 30th anniversary of the doomed flight. Pan American World Airways Flight 759 took off from what is now named Louis Armstrong International Airport in heavy thunderstorms for Las Vegas but

crashed about one minute later in Kenner’s Morningside Park subdivision a half mile east of the runway. All 146 people on board died along with eight people on the ground. Royd spent a year working on the film. He collected archival footage of the crash scene and interviewed first responders, witnesses, and relatives and friends of the dead. (www.facebook.com/panamflight 759) Tom Andes ’99 (English) had his fiction included in the Best American Mystery Stories 2012 list (October). Rebecca Doucet ’99 (psychology), Lafayette, La., joined the Lourdes Foundation as the development officer. In this new role, she identifies, develops, and cultivates major gifts plans while promoting the foundation’s mission and programs. Most recently, Rebecca was the development director for the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana. Special Agent James Podboy ’99 (psychology) was promoted to national program manager for the Department of Homeland Security, Cyber Crimes Center, Child Exploitation Investigation Unit in Fairfax, Va. In his new position, he will oversee transnational investigations of child exploitation crimes.

2000s Dr. Margaret Couvillon ’00 (biology), postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI) at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, participated in the TEDx (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) event “Democracy and Society” on June 22, 2012, in Parliament. Her work on honey bee foraging and waggle dance decoding attracted the attention of the TED event curator and host Jon Drori.

Marcelle P. Mouledoux ’01 (history) joined Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith (GJTBS) as an associate attorney in the New Orleans, La., office. Marcelle’s practice is focused on general civil litigation, including insurance coverage, insurance defense, and professional liability defense. Sarah Jaffe ’02 (English) is an associate editor and writer at AlterNet, covering politics, labor, the economy, inequality, and pop culture. Her work has been published in The Nation, The American Prospect, Billboard, and many other publications. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Temple University and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with a spoiled dog. (www.alternet.org) Juan Calix ’05 (biological sciences), Fultondale, Ala., currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Scientist Training Program, received the 2012 UAB Samuel B. Barker Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies at the Doctoral Level. Stevie Phillips ’05 (Spanish/history), Chattanooga, Tenn., joined the law firm of Davis & Hoss. She represents criminal clients and is actively engaged in the firm’s civil practice. She also contributes to the work of a number of public and private organizations that are dedicated to advancing social justice locally as well as abroad, including the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission and the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. Stephanie Hilferty ’07 (English/psychology), and her husband, Michael Lillis, J.D. ’10, were one of three New Orleans couples that appeared on the hit television show, Randy to the Rescue, which aired on TLC on Friday, June 29. The couple were married in March at Holy Name of Jesus Church, the same place

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COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND NATURAL SCIENCES, continued Stephanie’s parents, also Loyola alumni, were married, and where she and her siblings were baptized. Tom Gibbs ’09 (history), special projects historian at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, La., has traveled around

the country interviewing the remaining World War II veterans and then taking those oral histories and implementing them in various capacities at the museum. (www.nationalww2museum.org)


volunteerism as well as professionalism. (www.conservationforce.org)

Carmelite Bertaut, J.D. ’77, New Orleans, La., of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, L.L.C., was appointed a division director of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. She is responsible for Division III, the division within the Section responsible for CLE and other programming.

Mia Borders ’10 (English), New Orleans, La., singer-songwriter, released her seventh song collection, Wherever There Is, for her independently owned label, Blaxican Records, L.L.C. She and her funk-rock & soul band are

currently touring the country in support of the release. (www.miaborders.com) Richard Kohnke, Jr. ’11 (history), New Orleans, La., appeared in the movie Mighty Fine, starring Andie MacDowell and Chazz Palminteri.

COLLEGE OF LAW 1950s The Hon. Joseph Anthony LaHaye, J.D. ’52, retired 27th judicial district judge, and his wife, Nettie Blanchard LaHaye, Leonville, La., were awarded the Bishop’s Medal during a ceremony at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Leonville. In addition to their service to the church, the couple raised six children over the course of their 60-year marriage.

1960s Robert J. David, J.D. ’69, New Orleans, La., a member of Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C., received the New Orleans’ Best Lawyers 2012 Lawyer of the Year Award in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. He was also included among Best Lawyers in the fields of Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Law.

1970s John, J.D. ’73, and Chrissie Jackson of Conservation Force in Metairie, La., were selected to receive the 2013 Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award from Dallas Safari Club (DSC). The Jacksons will be honored at the DSC convention and sporting expo in Dallas, Texas, Jan. 3 – 6. Both Jacksons are avid hunters, anglers, adventurers, and conservationists who have received countless awards and accolades for their devoted

Robert A. McMahon, Jr., J.D. ’75, New Orleans, La., earned recognition in the distinguished ranks of leading professionals with Stanford Who’s Who as a result of his phenomenal effort in the legal services industry. Robert currently serves as a senior attorney with Bernard Cassisa Elliott & Davis. Robert, who has more than 35 years of experience in the field, specializes in the areas of products liability, insurance defense, firearms products liability, motor carrier liability, and toxic mold litigation. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in 1975 and the United States Supreme Court in 1989. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Federal Bar Association, Maritime Law Association of the United States, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Louisiana State Bar Association, and the Jefferson Parish Bar Association. William J. Sommers, Jr. ’72 (political science), J.D. ’75, Mandeville, La., partner at Courington Kiefer and Sommers, was awarded the Steve Singer Benevolent Practitioner Award by Tulane Moot Court for 2011 – 2012. He also taught at the Tulane 2012 Civil Practice Intercession and the 2012 Summer Trial and Evidence Immersion Week program at Golden Gate Law School.

The Hon. David Bowers, J.D. ’78, was re-elected on May 1, 2012, to his fourth four-year term as mayor of the city of Roanoke, Va. David, a Democrat, served two terms on Roanoke City Council from 1984 – 1992. He was first elected to serve as mayor in 1992 and re-elected in 1996. He was elected for his third term as mayor in 2008, and he began his fourth term on July 1. (davidbowersroanoke.com) Richard Ducote, J.D. ’78, was awarded the 2012 Sol Gothard Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Organization of Forensic Social Work for his 34 years of representing victims of child abuse and domestic violence in more than 40 states. Licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Pennsylvania, Richard relocated to Pittsburgh after Hurricane Katrina. (ducotelaw.com) Neil Hall ’74 (social studies), J.D. ’78, Mandeville, La., the legal adviser who helped guide the St. Tammany Parish Council through complex litigation including rezoning at Nord du Lac shopping center south of Covington and plans for a waste transfer station in Lacombe, retired

at the end of June after serving in the post for the past nine years. The council surprised Neil with a plaque to commemorate his service. Raymond Brandt ’69 (accounting), M.B.A. ’72, J.D. ’79, Metairie, La., a lawyer and accountant who owns a series of car dealerships around the New Orleans area, was named to Louisiana's higher education policy board, the Board of Regents. Harris Kline, J.D. ’79, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Harris is a mobilization assistant to command staff judge advocate assigned to the Headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He has served in the military for 28 years. Paul Pastorek ’76 (finance), J.D. ’79, H’12, Arlington, Va., a former Louisiana state superintendent of education and former BESE president, is one of four new members to join the Board of Directors of The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, a nonprofit that seeks to prepare leaders to strengthen public school systems.

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Wolftracks COLLEGE OF LAW, continued Universities (APSCU). Sally is a former assistant secretary of postsecondary education for the George W. Bush administration. Nancy Scott Degan, J.D. ’83, New Orleans, La., of the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., has been on The Best Lawyers in America’s list of top attorneys in the areas of commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and regulatory enforcement since 2003. Moreover, she has been listed since 2007 in Louisiana Super Lawyers, which has ranked her among the state’s top 10 attorneys for 2010 – 2012. In addition, she was named to New Orleans Magazine’s “Top Female Achievers” list. Richard Williams, J.D. ’83, retired from his position as a veterans law judge with the Board of Veterans Appeals two years ago. After careers in medicine (physician assistant) and law, Richard has opened up an art gallery with his wife in Buffalo, N.Y. Casa de Arte, one of the largest galleries in Western New York, features art from Mexico as well as Richard and Mara’s art. Future exhibitions include Francisco Toledo and “El Dia de Los Muertos” (The Day of the Dead). (www.facebook.com/ marayrick) Dr. Bernard T. Ferrari, J.D. ’85, an accomplished corporate strategist and management consultant to Fortune 50 companies, was named dean of The Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School. Bernard is a former director at the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he spent nearly two decades as a partner and senior healthcare consultant. After retiring from McKinsey in 2008, he founded the Ferrari Consultancy, where he currently serves as chairman. Bernard began his career as a surgeon. Prior to joining McKinsey, he was chief operating officer and 42

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assistant medical director of the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. He previously served as vice chairman of the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He recently published Power Listening: Mastering the Most Critical Business Skill of All. Philip Greene, J.D. ’86, Washington, D.C., vice president, co-founder, and legal counsel of the Museum of the American Cocktail, will release his new book, To Have and Have Another—A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, through Penguin Books on November 6, 2012. (http://www.kingcocktail.com/Toh ave.html) Stuart Smith, J.D. ’86, New Orleans, La., longtime French Quarter resident and activist attorney, received the Elizebeth T. Werlein Award, the highest honor given by the Vieux Carre Commission which honors individuals and groups who have made “distinguished contributions to the preservation of the Vieux Carre.” Stuart has often battled what he considered illegal commercial intrusions into residential parts of the Quarter and businesses that he said create excessive noise. In 2003, he led an effort to expand the commission’s authority over changes of use in historic buildings. Previously, the commission took the position that it had no authority to authorize or block a change of use, only to regulate architectural changes.

Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) located on the Presidio of Monterey in Calif. The DLIFLC is the world’s largest foreign language institute. The mission of the DLIFLC is to educate, sustain, evaluate, and support foreign language specialists under the guidelines of the Defense Foreign Language Program, which provides the Department of Defense and other Federal agencies with linguists fully capable of supporting U.S. national interests worldwide. Brian serves as principal advisor to the commandant, DLIFLC on all matters pertaining to civilian personnel and joint-service military personnel management, Reserve and National Guard programs, and logistics and facilities management. He is a retired U.S. Army colonel, and served as the director of staff with the U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. Robert Wilkie, J.D. ’88, Arlington, Va., was elected to The Council on Foreign Relations, the oldest foreign affairs and defense policy organization in the United States. He was nominated by Dr. Condoleezza Rice, 66th secretary of state; Robert M. Gates, 17th secretary of defense; and General Norton Schwartz, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. As an elected member, he will serve on various Council boards and will moderate discussions with world and opinion leaders on the topics of defense strategy, NATO, and the European Union. He is currently vice president for strategic initiatives for CH2M HILL, one of the world’s largest construction and program management firms. He has also served as assistant secretary of defense and special assistant to President George W. Bush for national security affairs.

Frank Liantonio, J.D. ’88, Kenner, La., Adams and Reese partner, was re-elected president of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure New Orleans affiliate. He will serve a two-year term from April 2012 to March 2014. This is Frank’s second two-year term after originally being named president in 2010.


Brian D. Perry, Sr., J.D. ’88, was selected as the deputy chief of staff for personnel and logistics at the Defense Language Institute

Richard S. Busch, J.D. ’90, Nashville, Tenn., a partner in the litigation section of King & Ballow, has successfully represented music

clients in numerous trials and appellate court cases, most recently, in the action styled F.B.T. Productions, LLC v. Aftermath Records, et al. He was named to Billboard Magazine’s 2012 Power 100 list of the most influential people in the music business. Richard also has been featured, on numerous occasions, as one of the best 150 lawyers in Tennessee in Business Tennessee magazine. In 2011, he was part of Nashville Post’s list of Nashville’s top 101 lawyers. Donald “Skip” Cass, Jr., J.D. ’91, Dallas, Texas, was appointed president and CEO of Long Range Systems (LRS), the leading provider of on-site paging systems and guest surveying solutions. Skip brings more than 25 years of relevant industry experience to his new role having recently run the Internet, business development, and technology departments at A. H. Belo Corp., and previously served as executive vice president/media operations, managing Belo Corp.’s various television stations, newspaper, and cable news operations. Timothy H. Scott, J.D. ’91, New Orleans, La., of Fisher & Phillips, L.L.P., was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013®. Raymond Garofalo ’80 (business), J.D. ’92, Meraux, La., in 2011, was elected to the Louisiana State House of Representatives from District 103. The district includes all of St. Bernard Parish, the east bank of Plaquemines Parish, and a portion of New Orleans East. He is currently serving on the Civil Law and Procedure, Judiciary, and Natural Resources and Environment standing committees. He also is serving on the Coastal Protection and Restoration Finance Board, the Governor’s Coastal Advisory Committee, and the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center (formerly GCCF) Oversight Committee.

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From TV Host to Successful Entrepreneur Communication alumna Rhonda Shear ’77 has been Miss Louisiana, Queen of Endymion, host of USA Up All Night, and a television actress. Now she’s achieved accolades from her peers as a successful businesswoman. As president of Shear Enterprises, L.L.C., producer of a successful, popular line of intimate and other apparel called Rhonda Shear Intimates, Rhonda was named a recipient of the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards in Florida. This program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June, and leads up to the national awards gala in November. Earlier this year, she was also selected by Enterprising Women magazine as a 2012 Enterprising Woman of the Year for amassing more than $25 million in annual sales revenues. After graduating from Loyola, Rhonda went to Los Angeles where she became host of the USA Network’s weekend show, USA Up All Night, from 1991 – 1998. She co-starred in sitcoms such as Happy Days and Married with Children, then went on to become a successful comedienne, performing standup comedy in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York City. “My education at Loyola gave me the ability to continue to learn and to continue to grow. Even though I didn’t become a news broadcaster, I continue to use everything I learned there,” Rhonda says. Reconnecting with her junior high school sweetheart, Van Fagan, 26 years after leaving New Orleans, led to her latest suc-

cessful enterprise. “We wanted to go into business together, to do something so we could spend time together, and he wanted me to do something that I really liked. So he supported me in my choice of intimate apparel,” says Rhonda. That was 11 years ago, and now the business is flourishing. The label’s Ahh Bra is the No. 1 selling bra in the world right now, with more than 25 million sold. The Shear product line has expanded to include sleepwear, shapewear, and outerwear, and is sold on shopping networks in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Italy. “We’ve become an international brand, which is really exciting. Our infomercial is seen in 34 countries,” Rhonda notes. In addition to Rhonda’s recent honors, she has also signed with an agency to produce a television reality show, multiple books, a comedy tour, and seminars.

COLLEGE OF LAW, continued Scott Beal, J.D. ’94, Winston Salem, N.C., was named partner with the law firm of Mike Lewis Attorneys. Scott joined the personal injury law firm in 2008. For the past four years, he has focused his area of practice on complex auto accident claims, truck collisions, construction site negligence, and premises liability injuries. Elia Diaz-Yaeger, J.D. ’94, New Orleans, La., a shareholder with Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, was elected president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana for 2013. She is currently serving as president-elect of the Association. She also was selected for membership to the International Association of Defense Attorneys and was elected as a member of the Board of Directors for ASI Federal Credit Union.

John P. Griffith, J.D. ’94, managing partner of Smith & Griffith, L.L.P., in Anderson, S.C., was named to the South Carolina Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in South Carolina for 2012. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. John concentrates his practice in representing injured employees in Workers Compensation claims. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

Keith B. Hall, J.D. ’96, Gretna, La., accepted an offer from the LSU Law Center to be a member of its tenure track faculty, as well as director of the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute, starting with the fall 2012 semester. His teaching and research will focus on energy law, particularly oil and gas. Keith taught Introduction to Mineral Law at Loyola for each of the last five spring semesters. Johanna Arias-Bhatia, J.D. ’98, Los Angeles, was appointed to the California Board of Psychology. She has served as fair hearings and government affairs manager at the South Central Los Angeles Regional Center since 2004 and was a health consumer advocate at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County from 1999 to 2003.

Donald J. Palmisano, Jr. ’95 (sociology), J.D. ’99, Atlanta, Ga., as the former general counsel and now executive director and CEO of the Medical Association of Georgia, is the leading political and policy advocate for the state’s doctors at a time when their profession is facing unprecedented change. Since he stepped into the CEO role in January 2011, the organization’s membership has increased by 19 percent.

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Wolftracks COLLEGE OF LAW, continued Kelly A. Loisel, J.D. ’02, joined Phelps Dunbar’s New Orleans, La., office as an associate in the firm’s tort litigation practice group. She is admitted to practice in the State of Louisiana as well as U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Marc L. Roark, J.D. ’02, accepted the position of associate professor and director of the Office of Academic Achievement at the new Savannah Law School in Savannah, Ga. His previous appointments include the University of La Verne, University of Missouri-Columbia, and University of Tulsa. Erin Mulligan Graber, J.D. ’03, was appointed to the District Court bench for the Tenth Judicial District, which covers Wake County. Erin is currently in private practice in Raleigh, N.C., focusing on family, juvenile, and criminal law. She has held leadership positions in various legal organizations and has received recognition for her extensive pro bono work. Before attending law school, she worked at Interact of Wake County as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. Jody R. Montelaro, J.D. ’03, New Orleans, La., was named director of governmental affairs for Entergy Louisiana, L.L.C., and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. Jody joined Entergy’s Louisiana utilities in 2011 as a senior governmental affairs executive responsible for addressing the company’s legislative-related issues with the Louisiana Legislature and various state agencies. Seamus M. Quinn, J.D. ’03, was promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is currently serving as Marine Corps foreign area officer at the George


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C. Marshall Center in Germany. His previous assignments include prosecution trial counsel for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and military justice officer for I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in Iraq. He began his current assignment in Germany in August. Frances E. Hopson, J.D. ’04, was admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar in Washington, D.C. Frances is also licensed to practice in New York and is currently a litigator in the New York City Department of Education’s Administrative Trials Unit. Kerri Kane, J.D. ’04, New Orleans, La., who focuses on pharmaceutical defense litigation for the law firm Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, was appointed by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, J.D. ’85, H’05, to the Sewerage & Water Board’s District C seat. Kerri’s term expires in 2020. Shannon Sale, J.D. ’05, joined the New Orleans, La., office of McGlinchey Stafford, P.L.L.C. She is an associate practicing in the general litigation section. Lindsay L. Meador ’03 (political science), J.D. ’07, of the Lafayette, La., office of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, A.P.L.C., received the Hon. Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA). Her primary area of practice is general litigation, including insurance defense, insurance coverage, premises liability, and family law. She is licensed to practice in all Louisiana state and federal courts and is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Lafayette Bar Association, and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel.

Amanda Baxter, J.D. ’09, joined the Austin, Texas, office of Winstead, P.C., as an associate with the real estate development & investments practice group. She previously worked as an associate at Coats, Rose, Yale, Ryman & Lee in New Orleans, La. Marlynne Bidos, J.D. ’09, Jamaica, N.Y., was awarded an Ambassadorial Scholarship from the Rotary Foundation to obtain a master of laws degree in information technology and intellectual property at the University of Hong Kong. In addition, she was selected for a Fulbright Fellowship to do research in Ghana next year. She chose the Rotary award because it will provide an opportunity for her to study intellectual property management from a human rights perspective. Luisa F. Calderon, J.D. ’09, joined Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith (GJTBS) as an associate attorney in their Houston, Texas, office. Luisa is a trial litigator whose areas of concentration are personal injury, premises liability, commercial liability, employment law, maritime, and first and third party insurance defense.

movement work throughout the South. The article was part of NCR’s Women Today special section in the July 6 – 19, 2012, issue. Alison also became a novice with the Congregation of St. Joseph this past May, having spent the last two years in the postulancy with the sisters, living and praying with them and working as a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow at the nonprofit, Safe Streets/Strong Communities. After the novitiate process, Alison intends to return to New Orleans and continue a ministry of social justice and legal advocacy. Sunny Mayhall Delacroix, J.D. ’11, joined the Baton Rouge, La., corporate section of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. (BSW). Before joining BSW, Sunny worked at the Hudgins Law Firm in Houston, Texas. She married to Scott Edward Delacroix, Jr., M.D., director of urologic oncology and clinical assistant professor in LSUHSC’s Department of Urology. Zach Jones, J.D. ’11, joined the firm of Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer in New Orleans, La., as an associate in the tax and business transactions section.

Samantha Kennedy, J.D. ’10, New Orleans, La., coauthored an article in the University of Memphis Law Journal. The article is on the role of culture in investigating the capital cases at Guantanamo.

David Saltaformaggio, J.D. ’11, joined Phelps Dunbar’s New Orleans, La., office as an associate in the firm’s admiralty practice group, focusing on marine, energy, and insurance law. He is admitted to practice in Louisiana and before U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, and is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the New Orleans Bar Association.

Alison McCrary, J.D. ’10, CSJ, was named by the National Catholic Reporter as one of its inaugural “12 women making a difference,” a list identifying 12 American Catholic women under the age of 40 whose work will impact the church, and was featured in the article for performing social justice

Michelle Garcia ’09 (history), J.D. ’12, El Paso, Texas, was the recipient of the 2012 Student Leadership Award from the National LGBT Bar Association. She was presented the award, which is the organization’s highest honor for law students, at a special reception in Washington, D.C.


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COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND FINE ARTS 1950s The late Norman Treigle ’53 (music) was honored when the New Orleans City Council adopted Ordinance No. 29,139 to name and dedicate the square in front of Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts, Treigle Plaza. Born in New Orleans, Norman made his operatic debut with the New Orleans Opera Association at the Municipal Auditorium in 1947. He was internationally recognized as one of the greatest opera singers of

the 20th century, and is most known for his performances at the Theatre for the Performing Arts starring in Verdi Requiem and the dedicatory concert “An Evening of Opera at the Symphony” with the New Orleans Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra. Norman dedicated himself to working with the New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) Light Opera Group, which included performances with NORD youth at stadiums and centers across the city.

1970s Maestro Dennis Assaf ’75 (music education) and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) based in Metairie, La., was honored with an award from the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT), presented at the AACT NYC Convention 2012, NY, July 14, 2012. Under Dennis’ artistic vision and community leadership, the JPAS was born in 1978. In the ensuing years, he has created educational outreach

programs for children and adults in music, dance, and community theatre. He serves as the executive/artistic director and conductor. Bart Folse ’79 (music education) was elected president of the Board of Directors of Symphony Chorus of New Orleans. He also was elected as a representative of the College of Music and Fine Arts on the Alumni Association Board of Directors of Loyola University New Orleans for 2012 – 2013.

We asked, and you answered! Alumni e-survey results!

In the early summer, more than 1,200 alumni responded to a comprehensive survey to help the Office of Alumni Relations better understand what you as alumni expect of your university and your alumni association. The overall survey project resulted in many important findings and was a follow-up to a similar project we conducted two years ago.


Loyola alumni appear pleased with their experience of the university… • • • •

Approximately 94% of respondents rated their decision to attend Loyola as “good” or “great.” 96% rated their student experience as “excellent” or “good.” The overall current opinion of Loyola is reported to be either “good” or “excellent” by 90% of respondents. Because of their overall Loyola experience, 51% say they intend to invest financially in the university and plan to continue or increase their financial contributions. • 89% of alumni say that value and respect for their Loyola degree has significant to critical impact on their opinion of the university.

…and alumni communications

• Overall, our alumni magazines, website, and e-newsletters received high performance marks, especially from alumni who graduated prior to 2000. • More recent graduates would like more targeted communications about the benefits of being an alumnus/na, particularly through the alumni website, the university website, and social media.

…and indicate their overall alumni experience has room to improve.

• Only 70% say their experience as an alumnus/na is “good” or “excellent.” • Time constraints, geographic distance, and family/job commitments are the three largest barriers to participation in alumni activities. • More communications about how Loyola does at providing good skills and training for careers of its graduates.


• Strive to better connect and be relevant to alumni through programming and networking. • Continue to enhance the value of the Loyola degree to our alumni.

Thank you to all who participated in this survey. With your help, we will continue to enhance the Loyola alumni experience. magazine.loyno.edu


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Wolftracks COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND FINE ARTS, continued 1980s Bobby Ohler ’84 (music business), principal of St. Margaret Mary Catholic School in Slidell, La., ended his longtime participation as a member of The Nobles, a New Orleans band that joined the rise of rock-and-roll during the ’60s and ’70s, when the band played its farewell performance in June. However, Bobby continues to play music with his band, Bobby Ohler & the Harbor Band. He and his wife, Sue, have been married almost 40 years, with two daughters and one grandchild. Gina Forsyth ’87 (violin), New Orleans, La., singer, songwriter, violinist, and guitarist extraordinaire, released her latest CD, Promised Land. (ginaforsyth.com)

1990s Matt Lemmler ’90 (piano), New Orleans, La., released his latest CD, UBUNTU, featuring musicians Brian Blade, Evan Christopher, John Ellis, Sean Jones, Jason Marsalis, Mark Mullins, Kim Prevost, Bill Summers, Shane Theriot, and the Ubuntu gospel choir, featuring George French and George Porter, Jr. In addition, Matt returned to campus on June 23 to perform a special concert with the New Orleans Jazz Revival Ensemble, featuring guitarist Steve Masakowski, bassist James

Singleton, and drummer Geoff Clapp, and joined by special guest John Mahoney, Loyola’s coordinator of jazz studies, on trombone. Titled “A Musical Journey: History of the Music of New Orleans,” the concert was part of the inaugural Alumni College at Loyola. (mattlemmler.com) Jamie Slomski ’95 (visual arts), New York, N.Y., won a Daytime EMMY Award for Outstanding Achievement in Main Titles & Graphic Design for VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live. (www.bombasticinc.com/ project/bmbl)

2000s Denice Bizot ’01 (visual arts), Chattanooga, Tenn., artist, had her new outdoor sculpture, Holey, Wholey, Holy, installed on the green space of Main Street’s traffic circle near the Trenton Courthouse adjacent to the Saturday morning farmer’s market. The sculpture is on temporary loan for a year with funds from the city of Trenton and the Trenton Arts Council as part of the Art Scape Project. Denice is known for transforming ordinary metal found objects by tediously piercing metal with a hand-held plasma torch. Holey, Wholey, Holy, an oversized steel container measuring 52" across, was sourced from Baxwin’s Recycle center in Chattanooga.

Analia Saban ’01 (visual arts), Venice, Calif., following her studies at Loyola, earned her M.F.A. in new genres from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2005. Her first solo exhibition was the same year, later followed by solo exhibitions at Galerie Sprüth Magers Projekte, Munich (2007); Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris (2007, 2009, 2011); Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles (2009, 2011), and Josh Lilley Gallery, London (2010). Her artwork also was featured in Architectural Dispositions, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles (April 28 - June 9); Made in L.A. 2012, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (June 2 – Sept. 2); and a solo exhibition at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York City (Sept. – Oct. 2012). Shannon Kelley ’09 (visual arts), New Orleans, La., opened The Green Eyed Gator, a gallery and handmade gift shop in the French Quarter. The store displays her own work, as well as a number of other Louisiana artisans, and is located on the corner of Chartres and Dumaine at 901 Chartres Street. (www.greeneyedgator.com)


of Rome School in Metairie, La. The St. Clement band program has a long history and strong tradition of excellence, and Megan’s passion and enthusiasm for teaching provoked her to accept the challenge of maintaining a prosperous music program in spite of many changes within the school. Gerald Gillum ’11 (music industry studies), a.k.a. suave rapper G-Eazy, joined Lil Wayne and Mystikal for their South by Southwest Music Conference showcase in Austin, Texas, in the spring. This summer, G-Eazy hit the road with the annual Vans Warped Tour. (www.g-eazy.com) Marin Dearie ’12 (visual arts), New Orleans, La., has been highlighted on numerous design sites such as: underconsideration.com, mmminimal.com, and trendhunter.com Hisham Groover ’12 (performance) joined the WKU PreCollege Strings Program in Bowling Green, Ky., as a graduate assistant and is pursuing a master’s degree in violin pedagogy at WKU. He is working and teaching under the tutelage of Dr. Ching-Yi Lin and is teaching private lessons and group classes.

Megan Bordelon ’10 (music education) completed her first year as director of bands at St. Clement

Around the World with the Wolf Pack Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Travel provides travel opportunities for our alumni and the entire Loyola community, reinforcing the university’s traditions and values with emphasis on the educational, as well as Ignatian spirituality that is unique to a Jesuit education.

River Life Along the Waterways of Holland AND Belgium Gohagen Travel—Aboard a Deluxe AMA Waterways Vessel The Netherlands/Belgium April 22 – 30, 2013

Alaskan Adventures GoNext Travel—Oceania Cruises August 5 – 12, 2013 (Regatta)

Italian Inspiratio A Spiritual Journey to Spain: Following the Steps of Ignatius Catholic Travel Centre June 16 – 27, 2013

GoNext Travel—Oceania Cruises October 17 – 25, 2013 (Riviera)

For more information, visit alumni.loyno.edu, call (504) 861-5454, or e-mail alumni@loyno.edu

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The Rev. Patrick Regan ’62 (education), OSB, professor of liturgy and sacramental theology at the Pontifical Athanaeum of Saint Anselm in Rome, Italy, released Advent to Pentecost: Comparing the Seasons in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite (www.litpress.org). Regan was abbot of his community, Saint Joseph Abbey in Louisiana, for almost 20 years.

Jean Grau ’53 (elementary education), M.Ed. ’71 (administration), New Orleans, La., author of the poetry collection Riverbend, has regularly given readings at local nursing homes and public libraries since 2008.

Peter M. Cadaro, Jr. ’63 (social science), New Orleans, La., is completing 30 years at criminal district court, 24 years as jury commissioner; appointed by four governors and the en banc judges of criminal and civil district court. He served six years as judicial assistant to Judges James F. McKay III, J.D. ’74, and Leon A. Cannizarro, Jr., J.D. ’78. He served as judicial assistant to Judge Eddie L. Sapir, J.D. ’62, at municipal court from 1975 – 1980. Edwina Thomas ’63 (speech), Memphis, Tenn., and Suzanne Isaacs ’64 (education), Chicago, Ill., friends since their junior year, began a collaboration to create art out of discarded and lost jewelry, keys, bits and pieces of children’s toys, sunglasses, old credit cards, shoes, and myriad other objects. Charles Young ’64 (journalism), New Orleans, La., was a presenter at the annual June Workshop of the New Orleans Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He spoke on building a successful career in nonprofit fundraising. The co-presenter was Charles Heim, M.Ed. ’69. Mary Poulard Grodsky ’68 (elementary education), Metairie, La., was named Mount Carmel Academy’s Honorary Alumna of the Year for 2012.

Howard P. Robertson ’72 (criminology), Metairie, La., New Orleans police major (ret.), is now chief of investigations and witness security at the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. Until recently, he worked as WDSUTV/6’s on-air crime and safety specialist, delivering crime prevention information in an authoritative yet neighborly way. In addition, he was profiled in the July 2012 issue of New Orleans Magazine. Howard’s 45-year law enforcement career began on Sept. 5, 1967; he joined the New Orleans Police Department as a 17-year-old cadet. Sarah Burnette ’75 (communication) joined New Orleans, La.-based public relations firm Gambel Communications as senior communications strategist. Sarah most recently served as the public relations spokesperson for Audubon Nature Institute and held a similar position at the Indianapolis Zoo. Previously, she was the senior account director at Borshoff Public Relations in Indianapolis. Prior to becoming a public relations strategist, Sarah was the senior announcer at WWNO Radio and afternoon news anchor at WWL Radio. She also is a founding member of the Pone Aliquid Artists, a charter exhibitor at Bywater Art Market, and a continuing exhibitor at the Arts Market of New Orleans. She has participated in numerous group and solo shows with her artwork and is represented in private collections across the country. Charles Candilora ’78 (social studies), Kenner, La., retired as Hammond postmaster after a 38year career with the postal service.

He and his wife, Kathie, have three daughters, and he plans to spend time with his three grandsons and enjoy life. Diane Mack ’78 (communication), New Orleans, La., early morning greeter for WWNO-FM, the University of New Orleans-based affiliate of National Public Radio, over the years has been the local host of NPR’s flagship news programs, hosted a classical music shift, and written and produced interviews for coverage of Tulane University’s Friends of Music concert series. She is also the award-winning producer of “Inside the Arts,” the station’s series on the cultural arts. In addition, she was named to New Orleans Magazine’s “Top Female Achievers” list. AJ Belletto, M.S. ’79 (counseling), has made a name for himself in the Flagler County school system as a counselor, as well as a popular jazz and blues musician in Palm Coast, Fla. (www.facebook.com/aj.belletto) Maj. Gen. Stephen C. Dabadie ’79 (criminal justice), New Roads, La., assistant adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, was promoted and officially “pinned” his new rank during a ceremony at the Jackson Barracks Museum in New Orleans, La., on August 12. Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, attended the ceremony along with Stephen’s wife, Sue, his father, retired Brig. Gen. Levy Dabadie, and his sons, Bert and Craig, who had the honor of placing the two-star rank insignia on his uniform. Stephen’s military education includes the Airborne Course, Infantry Officer Basic Course, NBC Officer Course, Armor Officer Advance Course, Senior Officer Logistical Management Course, Instructor Training Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War

College where he received his master of strategic studies degree.

1980s Jose J. Blanco ’82 (criminal justice), M.S. ’85 (guidance and counseling), senior probation officer (Florida Southern), retired on December 31, 2011, after more than 25 years of federal service. Jose became a federal probation officer in 1986 in the District of Puerto Rico. In 1988, he transferred to the Pretrial Services Office in Florida Southern (subsequently consolidated with probation in 2005). He was promoted to senior probation officer in 1992, serving as an electronic monitoring specialist for 19 years until his retirement. During his career, Jose also served as drug & alcohol treatment specialist; HIV/AIDS coordinator; safety officer; witness security (WITSEC) specialist; and district firearms instructor. Tony Cimino ’82 (communication) is executive director of The Center of the Arts in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he is in charge of everything from fundraising to making sure the productions are executed properly and well. Prior to the center, he worked as a senior sales and marketing manager in the managed healthcare field for 18 years. In addition, not only has Tony volunteered for nearly a dozen various nonprofit charitable organizations, but he has also served on the Board of Directors for nonprofit organizations such as the New Orleans Ballet Association. He was also on the board of Habitat for Humanity in West St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. (boroarts.org) Michael C. LaBonia ’87 (communication), Houston, Texas, was named executive vice president of multi-market advertising for Hearst Newspapers. He leads sales efforts for national accounts for the magazine.loyno.edu


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Wolftracks COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, continued Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Antonio Express-News. Jorge Riopedre ’89 (communication), Saint Louis, Mo., is executive director of Casa de Salud (House of Health), a clinic on the medical campus of Saint Louis University providing high-quality, low-cost clinical and mental health care for the uninsured, with a special emphasis on the Latino community. Jorge is married to Shera Dalin and has a 10-year-old daughter, Mereya. Oliver Yandle ’89 (communication), J.D., CAE, Chicago, Ill., was named executive director of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), based in Lincolnshire, Ill. Oliver’s law association experience includes holding the executive director position at the International Association of Defense Counsel, in Chicago, and he served as an adjunct instructor of legal analysis and writing at the Washington College of Law at American University. In addition, he was executive vice president for Commercial Law League of America, and he has held senior directors positions at SmithBucklin in Chicago, at the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association in Washington, D.C., and at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America in Washington, D.C.

1990s Dr. Christie Fox ’92 (communication), North Logan, Utah, former Utah State University Honors program director, joined the Utah System of Higher Education, where she coordinates the Utah Scholars Initiative. Michael Rohling ’94 (communication) was appointed CEO of DHS Holding Co. in Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Heidi Horsley, M.S. ’93 (counseling), New York, N.Y., host of the syndicated talk radio show, 48

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“The Open to Hope Show,” and executive director and co-founder of the Open to Hope Foundation, an international organization committed to providing hope and resources to those grieving, presented at the National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief camp, held in Washington, D.C., May 24 – 28, 2012. (www.opentohope.com) Laura Poole ’93 (nursing) was named assistant vice president of nursing services at Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC). Laura has been a member of the TGMC team for more than 29 years and has served in many leadership roles at TGMC, with her most recent being director of women’s services. Linda Lucarell Miller, M.R.E. ’95, received a doctor of ministry degree from St. Mary’s Seminary in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 12, 2012. Her ministry project was “The Charism of Saint Angela Merici; Ursuline High School as Safe Harbor for Adolescents.” Linda is a religion teacher at Youngstown Ursuline High School and liturgy coordinator there. Brad Fortier ’96 (sociology), CFP®, CEP®, New Orleans, La., president of Fortier Financial, published Dear Kate: Reflections on Risk and Rewards After the Storm, in which he uses heartfelt letters to his young daughter to help the reader understand what living, giving, and wealth truly mean. Brad’s reflections put true prosperity in perspective—expanding the definition of wealth beyond quantitative assets and emphasizing the value of relationships, charity, and compassion. (www.fortierfinancial.net) Kenneth Bryan ’99 (communication), a.k.a. Kynt, Louisiana’s premiere international dance recording artist, released his new remix album, The Whole World Is A Remix, a quintessential collection of radio and club hits featuring some of the world’s most influential dance music producers

and remixers. (www.clubkynt.com) Paul Fallavollita ’99 (political science), Greenville, S.C., is a conservative activist and a technical writer in the financial services industry. He graduated in 2001 with a master’s degree in political science from Purdue University.

2000s Ty Lawson ’00 (communication), New Orleans, La., made his producing debut at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September. He teamed up with NYU Tisch Asia classmate director Jeff Wong to make the short film, H’mong Sisters, in Vietnam. It had a world premiere September 8 and 9 in the festival’s Short Cuts Canada Section. H’mong Sisters was also in competition for The City of Toronto Best Canadian Short Film award as well as Canada’s Top Ten Short Selections. Ty has produced short films throughout Asia and also serves as the assistant director of program development for the Global Social Change Film Festival and Institute New Orleans. Currently, he is serving as a producer for the companion documentary to Lee Daniels’ New Orleans-based production, The Butler. (http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2012/hmongsisters) Loren Carpenter ’01 (communication) joined The Catholic Foundation in Dallas, Texas, as the development associate. She manages marketing and communication efforts for the Foundation. Tommy Faucheux ’02 (communication), Luling, La., formerly Dow St. Charles operations public affairs manager, was named southeast region state government affairs leader. In this new role, Tommy is responsible for government affairs in the southeast region of the U.S., which includes Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and other southeastern states. He works with the state legislature, the

governor’s office, and many other local and parish officials to advance public policies that support Dow’s southeast region operations and its employees, retirees, shareholders, and customers. Carol Vu ’02 (commercial science) is opening a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit franchise at 21069 Powerline Rd. in Boca Raton, Fla. Dickey’s is now the world’s largest barbecue chain. Carol previously worked in customer development for companies including Michaels Stores, Inc., and Jarden Consumer Solutions. Shawn P. Daly, M.R.E. ’03, Ph.D., P.E., San Antonio, Texas, dean of the College of Business Administration at Niagara University, was appointed by Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to serve on its Finance Committee. Kelly Pettigrew ’03 (political science), New Orleans, La., joined Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) in the Gulf Coast as office administrator. Prior to joining EBDG, she served as manager of member services for Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) for five years. Patricia Porcase ’03 (communication), M.P.A., M.H.A., Ponte Vedra, Fla., was promoted to director of operations for First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, PA (FCCI). A large multispecialty practice of more than 150 staff, 20 providers, and 11 locations, including outpatient heart and vascular cath lab and two sleep labs, FCCI serves patients in North Florida. Dawn M. Martin ’04 (human and organizational development), Spring, Texas, on May 12, 2012, completed the University of Houston’s Executive MBA program. She received an M.B.A. with a concentration in leadership.

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Alexis Lalor ’06 (communication/French), Chittenango, N.Y., is working for the Peace Corps in Mozambique, Africa, as a community health promoter for 27 months. Jessica Dunne ’08 (communication), Atlanta, Ga., CNN associate producer, was awarded a prestigious Peabody Award for her part in the CNN news coverage of the Arab Spring demonstrations, which began in December 2010 and have since spread across the Middle East. The Peabody Award is one of broadcasting’s premier honors, recognizing excellence, distinguished achievement, and meritorious public service in the field of journalism.

Dawn Kregel, R.N., M.S.N.H.C.M. ’08, B.B.A., C.C.R.N., moved to Little Rock, Ark., to be the service line administrator for the cardiovascular line for St. Vincent and the Jack Stephens Heart Institute. She is responsible for three facilities along with 10 (two at one facility) cath labs and five CVORs. Maura P. Ryan ’08 (communication), Navy seaman, was selected to receive the Academic Excellence Award of her recruit company at Recruiting Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. She was cited for outstanding performance by a single recruit in her company while undergoing recruit training.

2010s Lizzy Margiotta ’10 (communication/visual arts) began working for TBWA in Manhattan as a designer on the Absolut Vodka account. Christine Minero ’10 (communication/English) was promoted to communications strategist with New Orleans, La.based public relations firm Gambel Communications. Christine joined the Gambel Communications team as a communications intern in 2010 and most recently served as a communications coordinator.

Jessica Williams ’11 (communication), New Orleans, La., helped The Lens win a prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for her reporting on one homeowner’s ultimately unsuccessful six-year struggle to get back into her Katrina-damaged house. The story and related audio piece were reported in partnership with Bob Butler, a fellow with the G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism based in San Francisco, Calif.

Congratulations to Our Outstanding Award Recipients! The Alumni Association is proud to announce the 2012 recipients of the Legacy Scholarship and Graduation Award. The Legacy Scholarship is supported by private donations and funds raised through the Loyola License Plate program. The scholarship is awarded each year to Loyola Legacies meeting the minimum eligibility requirements.

The 2012 Legacy Scholarship recipients are: Lauren Fontana College of Humanities and Natural Sciences Alexandra Olivier College of Social Sciences Christine Johnson College of Music and Fine Arts Emily Williams College of Business Allegra Agata Tartaglia College of Humanities and Natural Sciences Alina Gordillo College of Music and Fine Arts

Kevin O’Sullivan College of Humanities and Natural Sciences James Zitzmann College of Law Jennifer Toy College of Business Madeline Hill College of Music and Fine Arts Richard Dempsey College of Social Sciences Carlos Mantica College of Business

Hannah Iannazzo College of Social Sciences George Ramirez College of Business Caroline Stallard College of Humanities and Natural Sciences Madeleine Leefe College of Humanities and Natural Sciences Sarah Moreau College of Humanities and Natural Sciences Andrew McDaniel College of Social Sciences

The Graduation Award is an endowed award created through private donations and is available to graduating seniors meeting the minimum eligibility requirements. A monetary award is granted to one graduating senior from each of Loyola’s five colleges—College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, College of Social Sciences, College of Business, College of Music and Fine Arts, and College of Law. The award is applied to the graduate’s student loan balance.

The Graduation Award recipients are: Leah Birch College of Humanities and Natural Sciences Joanna Gonzales College of Law

Khephra White College of Music and Fine Arts Kayla Cox College of Social Sciences

Bianca Paggi College of Business

We would also like to thank the Alumni Association Scholarship Committee members including Jordan Huck ’04, J.D. ’07 (chair), Jason Comboy ’97, Chimene Connor ’90, James “J.T.” Hannan ’99, and Thomas Moran ’90 for their service throughout the selection process. For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (800) 798-ALUM, (504) 861-5454, or alumni@loyno.edu

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In Memoriam ALUMNI

Edward A. Champagne, J.D. ’56

Christopher T. Keelan ’75 (English)

Charles F. Frey ’37 (chemistry)

Jean A. Dubiel ’56 (journalism)

Josephine A. Termine, M.E. ’75 (administration)

Mary G. Hebert ’38 (arts and sciences)

Sylvia A. Probst ’56 (elementary education)

Conrad A. Bourgeois, J.D. ’76

Marie C. Malochee ’40 (philosophy)

Ada W. Taillac ’56 (music)

John L. Hoormann, Jr. ’76 (criminal justice)

Marguerite Piazza ’40 (music)

Sr. Damian O. Aycock, M.E. ’57 (administration)

Christopher D. Quail ’76 (educational media)

Etienne J. Caire ’43 (economics)

William H. Niklaus, Jr. ’57 (business)

Dr. Monte Holland, J.D. ’77

Camilo Kelly ’43 (philosophy)

Marilyn G. Barbera ’58 (medical technology)

Damon A. Davssat ’78 (arts and sciences)

Angelina R. Moscona ’43 (medical technology)

Norman A. Zaffater, D.D.S. ’58

Margaret W. Bastian ’80 (elementary education)

Donald A. Amann ’44 (arts and sciences)

Elsie B. Halford, J.D. ’59

Michael L. Leingang ’80 (commercial science)

Edwin F. Moise ’45 (arts and sciences)

Harold E. Peterson, Jr. ’50 (music education),

Wallace N. Messina, Jr. ’80 (commercial science)

Rose M. Federico ’46 (philosophy)

George T. Bourgeois ’72 (criminal justice),

Dr. Albert S. Johnson ’46 (arts and sciences)

Clifford T. Satterlee, M.Ed. ’59 (administration)

Mary L. Gonzales ’48 (medical technology)

Raul J. Viera, D.D.S. ’59

Alice O. Crowe ’81 (psychology)

Henry F. Artus ’50 (business)

Donald J. Ulmer ’60 (commercial science)

Stephen C. Landry, J.D. ’83

J. Russell Bond, D.D.S. ’50

Shirley L. Elliott ’62 (administration)

Jennifer A. Lastic ’83 (general studies)

Harold F. Douglass ’50 (pharmacy)

Judith G. Arena ’64 (pharmacy)

Jill M. Tate ’87 (communication)

Val V. Lovisa ’50 (biology)

Myrt L. Clasen ’66 (education)

Mary Z. Pelias, J.D. ’89

Charles J. McGinty ’50 (business)

Richard A. Tonry, J.D. ’67

Noreen Harkins, C.P.S. ’96

Edward V. Peters ’50 (business)

Sr. Mary R. Blouin ’68 (education)

Conrad C. Krauft, M.P.S. ’96

Raymond L. Sievert ’50 (business)

Dorothy J. Pico ’68 (general business)

Ronald D. Hunt, M.P.S. ’98

Dr. A.P. Fortier ’51 (physics)

Jeffrey C. Sinclair ’69 (communication)

Harry Redmon III, J.D. ’00

Gary F. Le Gros ’51 (business)

Sidney M. Rihner, J.D. ’70

Br. Donnan Berry, SC ’52 (education)

Helen M. Toye ’70 (English)


Margaret Deutschmann ’52 (education)

Joseph W. Hecker, J.D. ’71

Joe Giarrusso, Jr., M.P.S. ’85, ’07

Dr. Ray St. Romain ’52 (biology)

Michael C. McCrossen ’71 (commercial science)

Robert M. Thomas ’48 (business), J.D. ’52

Paul G. McDonald ’71 (commercial science)

Jean Marie Cambre ’53 (arts and sciences)

Harry E. Nelson II, D.D.S. ’71


Walter M. Gilmore, D.D.S. ’53

Jeanne L. Jacobi ’72 (general business)

Matthew Chuey

Sr. Majella M. Winters ’53 (business), M.A. ’53

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Mourning the Loss of Beloved Teacher

Heavy hearts are on campus after the loss of the Rev. Gerald “Jerry” Matthew Fagin, S.J., who died June 14 at the age of 74 after a courageous battle with cancer. Fagin, a member of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus, taught theology and spirituality at Loyola for 33 years, was a Jesuit for 55 years, and a priest for 43 years. “Jerry was a man who not only knew the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, but who also truly lived them in his work, his decision-making, and in his life. He was a wonderful person to spend time with. He was insightful and humorous and had a wide array of interests. He truly believed that a person can find God in all things,” said Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. To many, he was considered to be a true servant, powerful teacher, and living example of Jesuit spirituality. Fagin was in great demand as a spiritual director and devoted many years to developing spiritual formation programs at Loyola and at the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center in New Orleans. Fagin was born in Dallas, Texas, on April 19, 1938. He graduated from Jesuit High School in Dallas in 1956 and entered the Society of Jesus at St. Charles College in Grand Coteau, La., that same year, pronouncing first vows on August 15, 1958, and remaining in Grand Coteau for his Juniorate (1958 – 60). He continued studies at Spring Hill College, receiving a master of arts degree in philosophy in 1963, and returned to Jesuit High in Dallas for regency from 1963 – 66. He then studied at Regis College in Canada where he received a master of divinity degree in 1969, as well

as a master of theology degree and a licentiate in sacred theology in 1970. Following priestly ordination on June 7, 1969, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Dallas, Fagin received a doctorate in theology from St. Michael’s College in Toronto. Most of Fagin’s apostolic career was centered at Loyola, where he began teaching theology in 1973. From 1978 – 89, he was associate professor of religious studies and was the chair of the Department of Religious Studies from 1981 – 84. He served as rector of the Loyola Jesuit community from 1984 – 89, and returned to teaching at Loyola as an associate professor of religious studies from 1991 – 95. From 1996 until May 2012, he was associate professor of theology in the Loyola Institute for Ministry. Fagin’s publications include The Holy Spirit (2002), co-authored with J. Patout Burns, and Putting on the Heart of Christ (Loyola Press, 2010), as well as several articles and published lectures. His new book, tentatively titled God’s Dream for You, will be published posthumously by Loyola Press. Fagin was also at work on a major book on spirituality for ministers at the time of his death. Fagin also served the New Orleans Province as superior of collegians from 1974 – 75, and socius to the novice master at St. Charles College in Grand Coteau from 1976 – 78. He also held the position of director of studies for the province from 1976 – 81 and was provincial from 1989 – 90. Gifts can be made to the Fr. Fagin Memorial Scholarship by visiting giving.loyno.edu

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