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From Motto to Mission:

Love and Truth in the 21st Century Out of the Desert: Students Sow Seeds of Good GSLIS and Hubbard Street Dance Partner to Preserve Cultural History

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Meet the Class of 2015

got to do with it? President’s Annual Report inside

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Spring 2012

From the President

The Magazine of Dominican University

Dear Alumnae/i and Friends:

Once upon a time the vice president for Mission and Ministry convened a group of Dominican faculty and staff to discuss their continuing experience of mission. The gathering also had a larger purpose — to explore strategies for making mission more relevant and transparent in the life of the university, and so the Caritas Veritas Symposium was born. This magazine is witness to that event, now in its second year and already a university tradition.



2 D  ominican to Offer Bachelor

17 Faculty Briefs

Recently I was on a plane and a young flight attendant passed me a napkin. On it he had written simply, Caritas et Veritas and his class year. For most Dominican students, faculty and staff that motto says it all — in fact, more than they easily can express. That is the purpose of the symposium, to give discipline to that expression.

Christopher Chair Lecture

It was a Tina Turner song that actually helped shape the 2010 symposium, which asked What does the pursuit of truth mean in your discipline or professional life? And, what’s love got to do with it? The 2011 Annual Report, enclosed, picks up on that theme and identifies accomplishments inspired by the essence of mission: heart and mind. Report highlights, like symposium presentations, expose the wisdom and talent within the Dominican community. Siena Center Director, Claire Noonan was our rock star for 2011. Her stunningly mission-centered opening talk framed the theme for the day, From Motto to Mission. You can read excerpts in this magazine. The focus on the social justice mission of the university invited faculty, staff and students to discuss the many ways that the Dominican curriculum engages the world. What is so compelling about Caritas et Veritas as a motto is its resilience and generosity. Whether you are an undergraduate making your first adult choices or a graduate student reassessing priorities or an alum asking those inevitable mid-life questions, it is equally meaningful and grounding. So, as you read this magazine and the President’s Annual Report that is included within, I invite you to imagine the first two Caritas Veritas Symposia as metaphorical bookends — arms that gather and hold the best recent thinking of the university about mission, and in doing so, make that thinking available to you as stakeholders. Enjoy. By the way, the third Caritas Veritas Symposium is already scheduled for Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Join us.

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of Medical Science Degree

20 Class News

University Librarian Named


3 Student-Athlete GPAs

at an All-Time High

Presidential Briefings Go Coast to Coast Charlie Stoops Named GSSW Acting Dean

 ominican’s Sustainability 4 D Initiatives Added to NWF Best Practices

SPCS Introduces Chicago’s First Online Bachelor’s in Legal Studies

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32 Calendar of Events Back Cover Passing Glances


From Motto to Mission: Love and Truth in the 21st Century

Out of the Desert


Students Sow Seeds of Good

GSLIS and Hubbard Street Dance


Partner to Preserve Cultural History

Faculty Spotlight: Dan Beach




Grace Cichomska


Jeff Kraft

Just the Facts


Donna M. Carroll President


31 In Sympathy




Meet the Dominican Class of 2015


Tina Weinheimer ART DIRECTOR

Pam Norpell DESIGN

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Dominican to Offer Bachelor of Medical Science Degree

Christopher Chair Lecture


he Department of Athletics posted a record-high 3.1650 cumulative grade point average for the fall 2011 semester, marking the 11th consecutive semester the Stars have posted a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average. The Stars have posted anywhere from a 3.06 to a 3.09 in recent semesters but broke the 3.10 barrier for the first time since joining the NCAA Division III ranks in 2000.


eginning this spring, students enrolling in Dominican’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Studies Program will be eligible to receive a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMS) degree. This BMS degree offers preparatory coursework for students who already have earned a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree from a regionally accredited university, and consists of a minimum of 34 credit hours from coursework required for admission to a graduate program in any medical field (e.g., medical school, nursing school, physician’s assistant school, dental school), as well as a variety of master’s-level programs (e.g., global health, biomedical engineering, perfusion technology). Students will have the opportunity to learn both theory and practical application of skills needed to acquire, evaluate and apply medical evidence with a goal of clinical health care and research integration. Areas of study include: anatomy • biochemistry • biology • genetics • histology • immunology • microbiology •

molecular biology • neuroscience • physiology • psychology • clinical internship • independent research •

It is anticipated that students will earn their BMS degree in three or four semesters, or one and one-half to two years. There will be no transfer credits and all classes are taken on the Dominican University campus. Current post-baccalaureate pre-medical students are eligible for this degree, with the first degrees to be awarded in May 2012. The BMS degree replaces the certificate program previously offered as part of Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Studies Program, which has been offered for the past 12 years. Currently, more than 100 students are enrolled in the program.

Student-Athlete GPAs at an All-Time High


ore than 100 students, faculty, staff and members of the community gathered in early February to hear Fr. Oliver Williams, CSC, PhD – Dominican’s Christopher Chair in Business Ethics – present the lecture “Advancing Human Rights in Developing Countries: A Voluntary Opportunity or a Moral Obligation for Business?” Director of the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, and a board member of the United Nations Global Compact Foundation, Fr. Williams shared that he is encouraged by the number of companies involved in projects to advance human rights around the world, and in his lecture addressed whether such projects should be considered a moral obligation, or should be viewed as simply examples of corporate philanthropy. He offered several studies and principles for guidance in addressing the issue and engaged the audience in a lively discussion following his lecture. The Christopher Chair in Business Ethics was established in 2003 by Doris K. and Jay W. Christopher to focus on ethical business practices through lectures, workshops, and faculty and student initiatives. Pictured at a reception prior to the lecture are Arvid Johnson, dean, Brennan School of Business; Doris K. Christopher; Fr. Oliver Williams; President Donna Carroll; Cheryl King; and Rick King, chairman, Board of Trustees.

“We are an institution of higher learning,” says Erick Baumann, director of athletics, “and it’s rewarding to see that success in the classroom can go hand-in-hand with the success we are having on the courts and fields. That’s the true definition of a student-athlete.”

In addition to the academic success in recent semesters, the Stars have slowly been climbing the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) all-sports standings and posted one of the most successful fall seasons in university history this past fall with the men’s soccer and volleyball squads claiming NAC regular season championships and the Stars’ team sports posting a combined 61-19-1 overall record.

Presidential Briefings Go Coast to Coast

Charlie Stoops Named GSSW Acting Dean



n the ongoing quest to keep our alumnae/i apprised of the university’s many exciting accomplishments as well as to acquaint alums with the comprehensive strategic plan – Pathways to Distinction – President Donna Carroll has been busy traveling the country engaging alums in “Presidential Briefings.” Hosted by alumnae/i in selected cities, these intimate gatherings provide an opportunity to gather, reminisce and network, as well as ask questions and engage in discussions with President Carroll and University Advancement staff about future plans for the university. To date, briefings have been held in Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, Naples, FL, and on campus for the alumnae/i class agents. Briefings are scheduled for Phoenix in the spring, and are anticipated in Milwaukee, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Cleveland, California, Rockford, IL, and the Lincoln Park area and north and west suburbs of Chicago.

University Librarian Named


elice E. Maciejewski has joined Dominican as university librarian, leading the Rebecca Crown Library. Maciejewski previously served as a library consultant in the Office of Learning and Information Technology for the University of Wisconsin System Administration, and as director of the library at St. Norbert College. At St. Norbert, an institution with a mission and culture similar to Dominican’s, Maciejewski provided creative, collaborative and transformational leadership during the building of / magazine

a new state-of-the-art library; she also served for an extended period as interim associate vice president for information services. During a 14-year tenure at Tulane University, Maciejewski served first as head of circulation and then as head of access services at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. She holds a BA in Italian from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Of the 169 student-athletes on the Stars’ 12 varsity rosters, 103 posted a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the semester while all but 20 student-athletes finished the fall semester with a 2.5 GPA or higher. On average, Dominican’s student-athletes earned 14.8 credits for the semester with only six student-athletes earning fewer than 12 credits for the semester.

President Donna Carroll shared the details of the university’s strategic plan with a small group of alumnae/i and friends who gathered at the New York City home of Lily Li, a member of Dominican’s Board of Trustees.

harlie Stoops, PhD, LCSW, has been named acting dean of the Graduate School of Social Work following the departure of Dean Mark Rodgers, PhD. Dr. Stoops joined the school in 2003 and was serving as associate dean before his appointment. He continues as an associate professor in the school. Stoops has been an innovator in the classroom, developing partnerships with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Heartland Alliance, Sarah’s Inn and the States Attorney’s Office to provide students with practical experience in real-world program development and political advocacy. He has chaired the GSSW’s social welfare policy curriculum and developed a course on violence across the lifespan in the human behavior and social environment sequence. Stoops’ research focuses on domestic violence, particularly men who batter. He is a founding member of the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace, Inc.

(formerly the West Side Domestic Abuse Project, Inc.). Organized in 2004 as a community-based, nonprofit social service agency, the center provides intervention services for men and women who use violence in domestic or intimate relationships. The center serves more than 400 participants each year at three locations on Chicago’s west side, and southeast and southwest neighborhoods. In 2010, Stoops received the Community Advocate of the Year Award from the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network. He received his doctorate in social work from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Dominican’s Sustainability Initiatives Added to NWF Best Practices


hree environmental sustainability initiatives at Dominican University have been accepted into the National Wildlife Federation’s campus ecology sustainability case study database, a best practices resource containing more than 600 case studies from colleges and universities across the country. Dominican’s were among more than 100 case studies added to the database in 2011. The initiatives receiving recognition were the planting of a community garden, the establishment of a bike-sharing program and the awareness outreach campaign. “American colleges and universities lead the way on sustainability, as in numerous other areas,” says Kristy Jones,

Dominican’s community garden was one of the campus initiatives that received recognition by the National Wildlife Federation.

senior manager of campus ecology at National Wildlife Federation and the director of the case study initiative. “It is encouraging to see so many of their most inspired ideas in one place, where we hope a great cross-pollination of ideas and

action will occur among schools throughout the United States and beyond.” Published each year since 1989, NWF’s campus ecology sustainability case study database has become an indispensable resource for students, faculty, administrators,

community leaders and others interested in the role of colleges and universities in protecting the public health and welfare by reducing waste, pollution and congestion in their communities. The database may be accessed at

SPCS Introduces Chicago’s First Online Bachelor’s in Legal Studies


ominican University has introduced the Chicago area’s first fully online undergraduate program in legal studies. Offered by Dominican’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS), the first classes began in February 2012. The bachelor of arts in legal studies (BLS) is an interdisciplinary program exploring the American legal system from a wide range of perspectives, including economics, philosophy, theology and history. Consistent with the university’s 110-year commitment to social justice, students are required to complete a course in legal ethics in addition to at least one ethics unit in each class. Graduates of the program will be qualified to work as paralegals, law enforcement officers, public officials and nonprofit leaders. Those looking to work as paralegals will have the opportunity to take courses in specific areas like civil litigation or real estate law and gain preparation for paralegal certification examinations. As a rigorous social science program, the BLS will also prepare students for law or graduate school. / magazine

“The State of Illinois and the federal government are both projecting significant increases in demand for workers in law-related careers in the coming years,” says Matt Hlinak, JD, assistant provost for continuing studies and special initiatives. “We’re hoping to meet that demand by offering a practical, convenient and values-driven education to working adults.” The BLS program is open to students with at least 30 hours of college credit and who have been out of high school for at least seven years. The program begins with an adult learning seminar that will acclimate students to the online learning environment, which means that students with all levels of computer proficiency will be able to succeed.


caritas veritas From Motto to Mission Love and Truth in the 21 st Century

since 1926 Since 1926, Dominican University has described itself in two words: Caritas and Veritas – love and truth. For generations of alumnae/i, the university’s beloved motto has served not only as a guide and, as one faculty member states, “a compass to carry us forward,” but more importantly, as the “distinctively Dominican” difference. From the first days of orientation, to the classroom and beyond, the Caritas et Veritas motto dwells at the heart of the university and in the hearts of students, faculty and staff, and it is celebrated each spring with the Candle and Rose ceremony – a cherished tradition that unites alumnae/i of all ages.

Dominican University’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies provides career-focused education for adult learners. In addition to the BLS, the school offers a master of arts in family ministry and faith development and an Excellence in Coaching certificate. For information about the BLS or other SPCS programs, visit

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Hoping to reveal the layers of meaning of the motto, in 2006 Sr. Diane Kennedy, OP, vice president of Mission and Ministry, invited a committee of faculty members into conversation about the Caritas et Veritas motto and its connection to Dominican mission and our Catholic intellectual tradition. From these conversations the seeds of the university’s first campuswide Caritas Veritas Symposium were sown. At a day-long event in September 2010, more than 1,000 individuals – trustees, faculty, staff and students – joined in a multidisciplinary exploration of the Dominican motto and its relationship to mission. Following the framework of three guiding questions, presenters and panelists offered insights and perspectives about the Caritas et Veritas motto from their disciplines and roles and how ultimately our motto informs the Dominican mission. In the 2010 symposium, more than 75 presenters including trustees, faculty and staff, in 30 presentations explored the questions: • How does our motto Caritas et Veritas affect our lives as educators, students and lifelong learners? • What does the pursuit of truth mean in your discipline or professional life? • And, what’s love got to do with it? Both graduate and undergraduate faculty and staff explored the meaning of love and truth from a variety of disciplines and perspectives including literature, history, world languages, social work, art, science and mathematics, social justice, teacher education, philosophy and theology. Staff presented insights and experiences related to student development, academic advising, human resources and ministry to students. Thanks to external funding, a volume of selected presentations was prepared and published. “The presenters were invited to make explicit the link between their own scholarship and teaching and the identity and mission of the university,” explains Claire Noonan, DMin, who served as / magazine

co-chair of both symposia with Sr. Diane, and is the director of Dominican’s Siena Center. “And, it provided the opportunity to experience a common, shared mission and identity.” “The symposium engaged participants where they live and got them to reflect on what they do and why they do it, in light of Caritas and Veritas. It was an idea whose time had come,” Sr. Diane adds. The success of the first symposium provided significant momentum for the second symposium this past fall, when a new dimension was added to the experience. Students were among the presenters, allowing them the opportunity to present as scholars in their own right. Some 30 students took advantage of the opportunity. At the second symposium, the discussion moved from motto to mission and presenters framed their work around the third part of the Dominican mission statement – “to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world”: • As the Dominican community seeking a more just world, What do we do? What can we do? What must we do? • What do the concepts “just” and “humane” mean from the perspective of your life, work and studies? • How can we collaborate with others “to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world?” The result was an overwhelming success with an incredible turnout of nearly 1,300 participants and more than 40 presentations – eight by students. Hannah Minks, a senior majoring in theology and art history wrote in her blog post “Yesterday, was the symposium! It is my favorite day on the Dominican calendar. It’s like Dominican Christmas, only instead of stockings chockfull of tchotchkes, we receive stockings chockfull of academic discourse! Unfortunately, I was not able to go to any sessions as a listener. I participated in panel discussions for two of the sessions—one on interfaith, the other on a service trip I went on to Montana for the class Native American Culture and Spirituality.”

In his blog post following the symposium, Rene Howard-Paez, a junior majoring in journalism, reflected both on his experiences as attendee at the first symposium and as a presenter at the second symposium. “Last year’s symposium was a great experience for me. As a volunteer I got to see first-hand how a symposium worked. For this year’s symposium, students were allowed to present and have their own panel discussions. I asked my friends to assist me in this panel and help me brainstorm a little more,” Howard-Paez wrote. “We came up with the idea that we could each speak about how the Dominican University mission has affected our academics and extracurricular activities. We decided to create a short video depicting what students around campus thought about the mission and how it has affected their lives. We worked on this all through the summer and at the beginning of the school year.” Sophomore Anne Glaza observed, “This year the second annual Caritas Veritas Symposium turned an event into a tradition…The symposium creates students and teachers of us all. I left the symposium feeling tired from a busy day, yet inspired by all of the deep thinking and story-sharing. The 2011 symposium was a whole day of inspiration, contemplation, education, and application of love and truth. How cool is that?” (Read more of Hannah, Rene and Anne’s blogs, along with all of our student blogs, at In a survey following the 2011 symposium, faculty were asked to respond to the question, “What does Caritas and Veritas mean to you?” One person responded, “The truth is that we belong to each other, and the way we are meant to relate is through relationships of charity and justice.” Another summed it up: “We are here to rigorously pursue truth — in and outside the classroom. We do this in an atmosphere of love — of our subjects, our students, our colleagues. That love and that truth will overflow into our world to make it a better place — more just, more humane, more holy.”

“The questions we pose about justice, love and truth are fundamental, eternal questions that can always go deeper,” Noonan says. “As a university and a community, we recognize that if we don’t take time to specifically reflect on and celebrate these concepts and questions, motto and mission can get lost. It is something we must practice and nurture.” Much of that nurturing takes place in the classroom.

The questions we pose

In the months following the symposium, several creative and innovative examples of motto and mission have emerged. During Founder’s Week, students wrote, acted and filmed a humorous and engaging video profiling the life of Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli, in a style resembling the popular “Most Interesting Man in the World” commercials. Following the annual Lund Gill Lecture by chair Eboo Patel, founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, students in an interfaith leadership class held a “Speedfaithing” event, where participants had about five minutes to explain to one another the core of their faith beliefs without getting bogged down in differences or dogma. Several Dominican students are active advocates for the DREAM Act in both Illinois and at the federal level, and several currently are engaged in planning and leading a citywide DREAM Act advocacy day.

about justice, love and truth are fundamental, eternal questions that can always go deeper. The presentations from both the 2010 and 2011 Caritas Veritas Symposium can be found at To obtain a copy of the 2010 Caritas Veritas Symposium proceedings book, email your request to Fran Nolan at

“Our mission, identity and character are expressions of what makes Dominican University such a special place and the sense of having a shared mission and identity is an asset to all of us,” Noonan concludes. “It is a recognition that comes from our Catholic identity. It is not just our history but also our present and our future. It is the foundation of who and why we are as a community and a university. This foundation is ours to take care of and we must give ourselves to it.” “Dominican inherits its specific disposition from its founding sisters whose commitments to study, prayer, community and service are ingrained in most every aspect of the university,” says Donna M. Carroll, president. “Quality education within this Catholic Dominican context is what leaves such a lasting impression on graduates.” Spring 2012 Dominican University Magazine


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often merged in nationalistic language. In a Dominican context, the foundational experience of family opens our eyes to see justice as the expression of kinship. Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest, the founder of Homeboy Industries, a tremendous work of justice and solidarity with gang members in east LA, wrote in his memoir, Tattoos on the Heart:

2011 Caritas Veritas Symposium, September 27, 2011

O pening P lenary S ession: R eflection Claire Noonan, DMin, Director, St. Catherine of Siena Center

A few weeks ago at the opening dinner of the academic year given for the faculty and staff by President Donna Carroll, I had the pleasure of being seated next to Bill Jenkins. For those of you who haven’t had the grace of meeting Bill yet, he’s a teacher in the theatre arts department and the technical director of the performing arts center. Bill and I were chatting about Dominican and about our experience working here.

Our documents note that the university was founded in 1901, but we should recall that our heritage is much older that – it stretches back to St. Dominic’s assembly of a new community at Toulouse in the 13th century, through Catherine of Siena’s powerful insistence on our interdependence in the 14th, Bartolomé de las Casas’ defense of the native peoples in the 16th, and Fr. Samuel’s ministry among the immigrant miners in the 19th.

As we talked, Bill began to speak about the Dominican sisters, and their support of the arts. He recounted to me his appreciation for the way they attend every student production, and so many of the concerts and performances that DUPAC puts on for the surrounding community. He spoke of the way the sisters encourage him personally, with kindness and care. And then, Bill made an extremely insightful observation about the culture the sisters have created here at Dominican. He spoke about the quality of our shared life at this university – contrasting it a bit with other institutions in which he’s worked. He said, “there is something special about a group of people who choose to make the whole world their family.”

And truly, it goes back to the life and preaching of Jesus, who said, “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” And before Jesus to the prophets like Isaiah calling out to the people: “Bring the homeless poor into your house, let the oppressed go free.” And before the prophets to the very dawn of creation, to the gratuitous love of God bringing out of nothing this amazing world of which the human family is but one marvelous part.

“There is something special about a group of people who choose to make the whole world their family.” Yes, I thought, yes, there certainly is. I hope you have had a similar experience in your time at Dominican – the feeling of being included as family. We often claim, proudly, that at Dominican University we are a relationship-centered community. And this element of our character has sprung naturally from the Dominican Order upon which we are founded, for which we are named and under whose sponsorship we continue. As the Dominican theologian Fr. Don Goergen has written, “The spirit of St. Dominic was a relational spirit, a spirit of friendship, of brotherhood and sisterhood. Perhaps that is why it is not so strange today to speak of a Dominican family as often as we do of a Dominican Order. The word ‘family’ gives emphasis to the spirit of kinship or relationship.” / magazine

This history – together with the stories of creation, the heroes and the heroines of the past, the cultures, religions and traditions that each of us individually brings to this place – this history and experience of kinship – sets the stage for our conversation today. As we move, in this second symposium, from motto to mission, from caritas et veritas to “participation in the creation of a more just and humane world,” we consider an understanding of justice quite different from the one invoked in much of the public discourse that surrounds us. Beginning with the experience of family that we have shared and the understanding of kinship that we have inherited allows us to see more easily and more clearly why and how our conversation about “caritas et veritas” can move with such fluidity into a conversation about justice in the world. Because justice, within this framework of interpretation, loses the merely contractual connotations so often implicit in our civic language, and it most certainly shakes off the baggage of revenge with which “justice” is

“Mother Teresa diagnosed the world’s ills in this way: we’ve ‘forgotten that we belong to each other.’ Kinship is what happens to us when we refuse to let that happen. With kinship as the goal, other essential things fall into place, without it: no justice, no peace. I suspect that were kinship our goal, we would no longer be promoting justice – we would be celebrating it. Jesus was not a ‘man for others ’; he was one with them. There is a world of difference in that.” Justice is the path we pursue when the truth we have found is that we are brothers and sisters to one another, that we are family, not just to those who dwell under the same roof as we do, but to those who dwell in the same city – whether east or west of Austin Avenue; to those who dwell on the same land we do – whether north or south of the border; to those who dwell on the same Earth – whether across the hall or across the ocean. Justice, as understood in the tradition of Catholic social thought, “is the primary way of caritas, the minimum measure of There is something it, an integral part of love in deed and special about a in truth.” Justice is caritas – not coddling university that chose as Arvid Johnson and K.R. Vishwanath reminded us last year – but love concerned “with the real needs of our to make the whole neighbors.” To quote the great Peruvian world its family. Dominican, father of liberation theology and champion of the poor, Gustavo Gutierrez, justice is the concrete expression of that kind of love “that makes no attempt to gloss over the social oppositions that obtain in the concrete history of people, but strides straight through the middle of them.” Justice is how we love when the one we love is trapped in a failing school or an oppressive stereotype; has lost his job or is trying to shield his children from desperate hunger; is abused by her spouse or the target of military violence. “Justice,” as Gutierrez wrote, “is love in context.” This kind of love is no easy thing. The social oppositions that plague the human family are complex, deeply rooted, not easily jettisoned in favor of fresh beginnings or social unity. Indeed, often they are not even easily recognized. The history of peoples is not only full of grace, but full also of ugliness, pain, suffering and oppression. It is a complicated web of motivations, machinations, circumstances and choices, not easily unraveled or untangled, and impossible to undo.

And so, in order to be a people of just love – a people responsive to the real circumstances in which we find ourselves, we need all of the disciplines. We need rigorous study, and an uncompromising pursuit of truth. We need economics and philosophy; psychology and literature; sociology and chemistry. We need each discipline and every scholar – including student scholars – at the university working diligently in his or her field to teach us how we might love, really love, in context. We need study, lest we be blinded by self-righteous ideology or handicapped by good but bumbling intentions. And we need the spiritual disciplines as well. We need time for contemplation, meditation, self-examination, prayer – time for the inner pursuit of truth, time to cultivate within our hearts the desire to love, and the courage to live justly. We need to practice the spiritual, as well as the academic disciplines, lest our virtues fall victim to our self-deceptions, or our hopes be obstructed by a smallness of heart. Remember Jesus’ friend who answered his call to “love your neighbor as yourself ” by mustering up a question teeming with self-serving obfuscation: “But who is my neighbor?” Or recall the nations who came to the seat of glory, shocked at their fate, asking, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not take care of you?” We need spiritual discipline to see, to see our neighbors – and ourselves – truly. And we need the spiritual disciplines in order to strengthen within us the courage to commit to the justice love requires. For it does require courage. Courage and community. This is why we gather over 1,200 strong this day, to listen to our friends and colleagues, 150 of them, speak about their own vision and efforts in the public work of caritas et veritas. This is why we ask of ourselves today, “What do we do? What can we do? What must we do to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world?” We ask with the hope that from the asking, an answer – a calling – might follow. And that encouraged by the witness of one another, and of our ancestors before us, we might have the courage to do that thing from which, as the prophet tells us, “your light shall rise in the darkness…you shall be like the watered garden…you shall be called repairers of the breach.” That we might do those works of justice that flow naturally from the recognition that “we belong to each other.” That future generations might say of us, “There is something special about a university that chose to make the whole world its family.”

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F E AT U R E Judy Beto ’73, PhD

O u t of t h e D e s e r t Students Sow Seeds of Good

Judy Beto ’73, PhD

“The main thing we want students to take away from the class is cultural competency,” White says. “Historically, dietitians have been ineffective at combating obesity, and it’s mostly due to a lack of awareness of the cultural factors that lead to it.” Dominican has taken the lead nationally on integrating diversity into both the nutrition curriculum and the dietetics profession. Angela Dougé, coordinator of dietetics supervised practice, recently was named one of four national Diversity Leaders by the American Dietetic Association tasked with increasing representation of minority groups in the profession. The department also recently received a $229,000 grant from the USDA to create a coordinated undergraduate program that will help Hispanic students break through barriers to become registered dietitians.


hen First Lady Michelle Obama visited Chicago last fall to herald the city’s efforts to eliminate food deserts – areas where affordable, healthy food is difficult to obtain – Dominican students and faculty members were already hard at work combating obesity and sowing the seeds for healthy community nutrition. Through partnerships with institutions like the Maywood Multicultural Farmer’s Market and Chicago Head Start centers, students in the Nutrition Sciences Department are leading education and advocacy efforts to combat nutrition inequality. Dominican students and faculty have been instrumental in leading the educational efforts of the Maywood Multicultural Farmer’s Market, an outdoor market that offers local produce on Saturdays during the summer and fall. Maywood, the struggling community that abuts River Forest’s southwest corner, has been long been considered a food desert due to its lacking a grocery store or other easily accessible venues for residents to get fresh produce. This disparity often correlates with high rates of obesity and other health problems, because residents in food deserts are forced to rely on available unhealthy, processed or fast food, says Judy Beto ’73, PhD, department chair and professor of nutrition science. “Being able to access the local supermarket to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables for dinner or a snack is something that a lot of us take for

“There’s a lot of inequality regarding access to good food, education and health care. We call it the hunger-obesity paradox,” White says. “Many people only have access to poorer quality foods. As the Western diet, fast food and mass food production spread across the world so do higher rates of obesity and diabetes.” granted,” Beto says. “But the reality is that there are hundreds of thousands of people in the Chicago area who don’t have easy access to fresh produce.” At the market, students provided nutrition education, handed out cookbooks, and assembled and distributed healthy, ready-to-prepare meals in an effort to help residents utilize the nutritional resources available to them. But access to nutritious options alone does not translate into adoption of healthy habits. In fact, area nutrition advocates lauded as an oasis the Maywood Market, a full-service grocery store that opened in the town’s center in 2010, only to see the store close its doors just over a year later due to lack of business.

In class, students learn approaches to help people adopt healthy nutrition in the context of socioeconomic situations, as well as completing outside projects, working with organizations such as Head Start centers, high schools and community clinics. A recent unit on nutrition advocacy yielded a bill introduced by Congressman Danny Davis to require all schools to have a dietitian available for consultation, just as all are required to employ a nurse. “The real-world experience helps us understand how difficult it is to really feed a family today or even feed yourself without relying on the least-healthy options,” says Danielle Miller ’11, a nutrition and dietetics major who plans on attending graduate school for social work.

“Unfortunately, habits are hard to break. People have shopping habits that have been around for a long time, and despite all of our hopes, we haven’t seen the amazing leaps we’d hoped to in the number of people using all of the resources in their community,” Beto says.

“It is very important for medical professionals in the nutrition field to be culturally knowledgeable and generally sensitive to the varying needs and values of those they work with,” says dietetics student Maya Chatburn. “My experience at Dominican has pushed me to think twice about the impact of financial and social inequality on basic nutritional needs of those around me.”

In Assistant Professor Jill White’s Community Nutrition class, students learn not just about the scientific principles of healthy nutrition, but also about the cultural, economic and political factors that impact community health issues such as obesity and food access.

Thanks to the efforts of national figures such as the First Lady and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, the issues are gaining attention. Positive efforts such as planting community gardens and remodeling neighborhood drug stores to offer fresh produce are underway. Getting that food onto family dinner tables will require much more grassroots education, but White is confident that the passion growing in students will sustain the movement. “People are interested in nutrition from different perspectives – health, environmental, economic. The undergraduate programs are swelling,” White said. “It’s really an issue of justice and humanity, and our students are responding to that.” / magazine

When Judy Beto, PhD ’73, department chair and professor of nutrition science, compares her time as a student at Rosary College in the 1970s with the experiences of students in Dominican’s nutrition science programs today, some similarities are clear. The 53-year tradition of the Recipe Box Café is still filling the stomachs and minds of the Dominican community. The curriculum emphasizes teamwork and skill, and professors still stress nutrition as a medium for compassion and service. Since Beto joined the Dominican faculty in 1990, she’s also seen many positive changes, including increasing academic recognition, expanding the department’s program offerings, encouraging diversity in the dietetics field and transitioning the department to its new five-star kitchen facilities in the Christopher Nutrition Science Center. Beto, the founder and first editor of the Journal of Renal Nutrition, received the Joel D. Kopple Award, the highest award given to dietitians by the National Kidney Foundation. She also was the driving force behind efforts to increase representation of minority populations and men in the field of dietetics, for which the university was presented with the 2003 American Dietetic Association Diversity Action Award. “One of our goals has to become more culturally and community-oriented,” Beto says. Among her efforts have been hosting citywide conferences with workshops on nutrition-related concerns in communities of color and pioneering a program for Chicago public high school students that gives them the opportunity to work alongside nutrition students and professors in the Recipe Box Café. Students from local high schools, many of whom have had little or no exposure to a college campus, are invited to visit Dominican each year. She also led outreach to area culinary schools and community colleges to help minority students transfer seamlessly into bachelor’s degree programs at Dominican. The university is the only in the state and one of just a handful in the country to offer a bachelor’s degree in Culinology®, which merges culinary training and food science to prepare graduates for work as chefs, researchers and test-kitchen professionals. The department has also added a dual MBA/RD (registered dietitian) program in conjunction with the Brennan School of Business – the country’s only such dual degree. When Beto retires after the 2011-2012 school year, she will leave behind an impressive legacy, but she is confident that the department will continue to grow. “What’s really exciting,” Beto says, “is that whoever takes over will inherit both a wonderful foundation to work from and a wonderful tradition to take in new directions.” Spring 2012 Dominican University Magazine






hen Hubbard Street Dance Chicago celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, many people will be browsing the company’s extensive video archive of performances, rehearsals and special events. It’s something that wouldn’t have been possible, says Kristen Brogdon, general manager, Hubbard Street, without the help of students from Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, who are helping the company sort through hundreds of hours of footage and organize the archives in a user-friendly system.

“They called me and I immediately thought, what a great opportunity for the students in my cultural heritage fieldwork class,” says Cecilia Salvatore, PhD, associate professor, GSLIS. “Having recently introduced our new certificate in archival and cultural heritage resources, this is an area of strength for us.” The archival certificate is one of several offered by the GSLIS for students who already hold an MLIS. Offerings include certificates in informatics, knowledge management, school library media and youth services.

Hubbard Street began recording its performances when the technology became available in the late 1980s. But as the years progressed, the company expanded its video archives to include rehearsals of its dance companies. It became an important tool for teaching dance because of its relative simplicity compared to expensive and complicated dance notation systems.

Video is an immensely valuable tool for the dance world.

Directors record rehearsals to help dancers refine precise technique. It’s also invaluable to technical directors setting the stage for shows, and the marketing department loves to tease potential audiences with a taste of what will be presented in live shows.

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The class also will produce a manual for the company to outline the process for maintaining the archive into the future. It’s the kind of work that is expected of professional archivists in the field. In the archival certificate program, students work closely with a faculty mentor to develop an individualized specialty tailored to personal goals. The certificate was introduced to help prepare students for a job field expected to experience large growth.

“Video is an immensely valuable tool for the dance world,” Brogdon says. “We use video for all the work that we do, both in the process of studying the work and in teaching the work.”

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“Our goal is to improve the database so that it’s usable, give them a finding aid so it’s easier to find things and provide more detailed information for each item in the collection,” Salvatore says. “It’s a project that the students will be able to say they completed from start to finish.”

The video archive includes hundreds of recordings captured in many different forms of media, including VHS tapes, Mini-DV® tapes and DVDs. All found their way onto shelves in room 211 at the company’s headquarters at 1147 West Jackson Street – but not necessarily in any order. Without a full-time video specialist, the task of organizing the footage became overwhelming for the company. “I said, we need to call in some experts who really know what they’re doing so that we can figure out the way to do it right,” Brogdon says. After getting in touch with Salvatore, Hubbard Street had four eager DU graduate students on the job within two weeks.

The project has required hundreds of hours of watching footage, careful construction of cataloging notes and detailed data entry. During those hours of searching through unknown footage each week, the archivists unearthed some interesting pieces of cultural history. One unlabeled tape revealed a rare early-90s Hubbard Street performance at a Chicago Bulls game. “While you might not expect to see such a highly trained dance company performing at a sporting event, it does make sense,” says James Sherman, a student in the master’s degree in library and information science program at Dominican. “It was a young dance company at that point, and they would have wanted to get in front of as many audiences as possible.” Depending on what else the archivists turn up, perhaps the Bulls game performance will become one of the prized performances in the annals of a world-renowned dance company. The students continue to work archiving projects for Hubbard’s costume, prop and records departments – a process that is sure to turn up interesting artifacts. “This is what I want to be doing, working in the field,” says Sherman, who is also an accomplished playwright and writing teacher. “It’s great that we have this opportunity to actually work on a ‘real’ project. We’re putting what we learn in the classroom into practice.” Dance photos by Todd Rosenberg, courtesy of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

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ccording to Webster’s New World Dictionary, a Renaissance man is a highly cultivated person who is skilled and well versed in many fields of knowledge or work, such as the arts and sciences. According to the Dominican University “definition” of Renaissance man, it is Dan Beach, PhD.


became a go-to source for several Chicago media outlets as well as the BBC, commenting on the psychological effects and concerns that the men would confront. His experience over the 69 days until their rescue led to additional media interviews in the months that followed, addressing a range of popular psychological issues including flash mobs and post-traumatic stress.

Beach is a man of many worlds. A professor of psychology at Dominican since 1975 and the department chair for the past 15 years, “Psychology is the largest of the liberal arts majors here and students often come to it with a preconceived notion of what it is all about,” he is as equally renowned for his many personal pursuits and passions Beach says. And, because so much learning and understanding are as he is for his significant professional accomplishments and acquired through research, Beach and his wife, Cynthia Jared – an achievements. Depending on whom you talk to, Beach is known for attorney and partner in the law firm of Reed Smith LLP – established his world travels, which have taken him to every continent on the the Jared-Beach Summer Research Scholarship at Dominican. The globe; as a “media personality” for his expert insight and reflections shared on television, radio and print both in the U.S. and internationally grant is awarded to support the summer research efforts of a student in the psychology program. via the BBC; as a philanthropist and sponsor of the Jared-Beach Summer Research Scholarship awarded each year to a Dominican “We are committed to giving students opportunities for higher undergraduate; as an experienced clinical psychologist education, and because many students need to whose numerous professional accomplishments work during the summer months, they aren’t able include serving as president of the Illinois to devote the time required to conduct research,” Psychological Association and as a fellow of “So much of he says. The grant enables students to further their the American Council on Education; as a skilled education by devoting the time and energy to woodworker, the artist who created the more the learning research without the competing financial pressures. than 40 crosses found in classrooms and meeting is emotional “We both were the first in our families to go to rooms around campus; and as a person of musical college and benefited greatly from the generosity talents, who sang a leading role in the Dominican learning, and of others, so we see this both as a way to give back University production of the opera Amahl and the and also to serve as role models for other donors,” study abroad Night Visitors, and who has performed original piano he says. pieces in university talent shows. Plus, he speaks offers a fluent Italian. On campus – and in life – Beach is a standout role tremendous model. When he began his career with Dominican, Beach’s passion for travel is on display when was the university’s first director of special you enter his office in Parmer Hall, with photos, opportunity...” he education in the years preceding the opening of artifacts and memorabilia adorning the walls and the School of Education (SOE). His daughters, shelf space. “I would love to have more overseas Caroline (a current student in Dominican’s experiences and I encourage all my students to Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Studies Program) and Cathleen, an take advantage of any opportunity they have to study and undergraduate at Dominican, “grew up on campus” watching and travel in other countries. You learn things you could never learning from their father, as he worked toward getting the program get in a classroom,” he says. certified by the State of Illinois and transitioned into SOE. As chair “They get a fuller sense of the world and their place in it,” he of the psychology department, Beach is intent on creating a premier continues. “So much of the learning is emotional learning, and undergraduate psychology program with a cadre of accomplished faculty. study abroad offers a tremendous opportunity to be reflective As a member of the Board of Trustees during the construction of about what you are doing. Parmer Hall, Beach and his fellow members addressed many of issues “I also believe it creates an emotional attachment to the university, related to sustainability and sought opportunities to incorporate so it helps make our students better alumnae/i of the institution. green elements and recycled content. An accomplished woodworker, I would love to have it built into our curriculum.” Beach constructed more than 40 crosses from the trees that were removed during the construction. Those crosses now hang in While many of Beach’s travels are for enjoyment, he also has led classrooms and meeting spaces throughout campus. a number of study abroad and service learning trips for both high school and college students. In recent years, he has traveled to El “One of the things I love about woodworking is that it provides Salvador, Africa, Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, Tasmania, Europe immediate results – I know right away if I’ve done it right or wrong,” and the Caribbean. In May 2012, he will co-direct a two-week study Beach says. “It’s a nice balance because when you teach, you don’t abroad trip to China. get immediate results. Teaching is like parenting that way.” Beach’s expertise as a clinical psychologist has earned him renown Now in his 37th year teaching, Beach can take pride in the legacy within his profession, as well as with the general public. 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Rosary College of Arts and Sciences Daniela Andrei, assistant professor of chemistry, presented “Novel Nitroxyl (HNO) Donors” at the 242nd ACS National Meeting & Exposition held in Denver, CO. Laura Burch, assistant professor of French, presented the paper “Matters of Conversation: Redefining Cultural Space in the Frontispieces of Madeleine de Scudéry’s Conversations” at the Joint Society for 17th-Century French Studies/North American Society for 17th-Century French Literature conference at Queen Mary, University of London, in July 2011. In October, she presented the paper “Platonic Possibilities: Madeleine de Scudéry’s Histoire et conversation d’amitié” at the Friendship in Pre-Modern Europe colloquium hosted by the Center for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at Victoria College of the University of Toronto.

Peter K. Fallon, adjunct professor in the LAS Seminar program, was invited to present a paper titled “The Inevitability of the Occupy Movement in a Global Context” at Occupy Wall Street: The Meaning, the Movement, the Controversy, a forum sponsored by Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY, in November. He also serves as editor of EME: Explorations in Media Ecology, the international quarterly journal of the Media Ecology Association.



Jodi Cressman, founding director of the Borra Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and associate professor of English, and Josephine Sarvis, assistant professor, SOE, co-presented “Moving the e-Portfolio from Locker to Learning: Assignments that Develop and Assess Integration and Self-Authorship” at the 31st Annual International Lilly Conference on College Teaching held at Miami University of Ohio in November.

Jennifer Dunn, assistant professor of communication, presented “Conquering the Narco Underworld: Gender, Drugs and Globalization in La Reina del Sur” with Rogelia Lily Ibarra, assistant professor of Spanish, at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender annual conference in October 2011. She currently serves as chair of the Media Studies Interest Group for the Central States Communication Association and planned the program for the spring 2012 conference. Dunn is also vice-chair of the Women’s Caucus for the National Communication Association.

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Angela Dougé, coordinator of dietetic supervised practice and adjunct professor of nutrition science, was appointed an American Dietetic Association Diversity Leader, denoting leadership in the skill development of underrepresented groups within the ADA and the dietetics profession.

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J. Brent Friesen, professor of chemistry, co-authored a recent patent, “Selection and Rational Development of Solvent Systems in Counter-Current Chromatography.” He also presented “Dehydration of Methylcyclohexanols: Kinetics and Product Distribution” at the American Chemical Society Great Lakes regional meeting in St. Louis, MO, in October. William George, professor of theology and director of the core curriculum, contributed chapters for two recent books: “Learning to Love the Law of the Sea” in In Search of the Whole: Twelve Essays on Faith and Academic Life (Georgetown University Press), and “Catholic Theology, International Law, and the Global Climate Crisis” in Confronting the Climate Crisis: Catholic Theological Perspectives (Marquette University Press).

Margaret Heller, web services librarian, presented “Social Networking the Catalog” at the Library Information Technology Association National Forum in September, and “Model for Building Community Collections” at the Internet Librarian conference in October. Sr. Marcella Hermesdorf, OP, assistant professor of English, presented a paper, “The Religious Selves of Hannah More,” at the Writ from the Heart? Conference held at the John Rylands University Library in Manchester, England, in January 2011. Carsi Hughes, associate clinical professor of psychology and co-director of the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Studies Program, received a grant from the Central Association of Advisors for Health Professions for a research project, “Fostering Physician Trust.” Bill Jenkins, assistant professor of theatre arts and technical director of the performing arts center, presented workshops on working with homicide victims’ families at the National Organization of Victim Assistance conference in Philadelphia, PA, in August and the Parents of Murdered Children national conference in Milwaukee, WI, also in August, as well as several regional training conferences in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Illinois for victim advocates and prosecutors. Bill Kerr, associate professor of graphic design, had two pieces in Fibermen, an international exhibition of contemporary textile art created by male artists, held in Kherson, Ukraine. In addition, he co-authored the book Transparency Quilts and was a contributor to another book, Modern Blocks. Both were published by C&T Publishing this fall. Hugh McElwain, professor and chair of theology and pastoral ministry, gave the Advent lecture, “The Role of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in the History of Salvation,” in the Adult Education Program at River Forest Grace Lutheran Church in December. Claire Noonan, director of the Siena Center and adjunct professor in the LAS Seminars, wrote the article “The Unity of Truth: How a Dominican Center of Distinction Fosters Integration and Transformation,” published in the summer 2011 issue of the Journal of Catholic Higher Education. She also presented an Advent morning of recollection at Immaculate Conception Parish in Highland Park, IL, in December. Jeanette Olli, assistant professor of mathematics, published an article titled “Division Point Measures Resulting from Triangle Subdivisions” in the journal Geometriae Dedicata. Ken Orenic, instruction and reference librarian, was elected co-chair of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois’ I-Share Instruction Team for the 2011-2012 academic year. David M. Perry, assistant professor of history and director of the Catholic studies minor, delivered a lecture titled “St. George and Venice: The Rise of Imperial Culture,” at the Matter of Faith conference held by the British Museum in conjunction with its exhibit Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe. His essay, “1308 and 1177: Venice and The Papacy in Real and Imaginary Crusades,” was included in the book The Papacy and the Crusades (Ashgate Press) in December. Jeannine Potter, adjunct instructor of dance, performed this past summer with visual artist Rodney Veal as part of his exhibit “5 Zones of Beauty” at the Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield, OH.

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Tina Taylor-Ritzler, assistant professor of psychology, presented two papers: “Using the Evaluation Capacity Assessment Instrument (ECAI) to Conceptualize, Measure and Build Evaluation Capacity” and “Assessing student engagement at the course level” in November 2011 at the American Evaluation Association’s Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA. Chad Rohman, professor and chair of the English department, published two book reviews in Western American Literature: “Autobiography of Mark Twain, volume 1” and “Heretical Fictions: Religion in the Literature of Mark Twain.” Susan Strawn, associate professor in apparel design and merchandising, presented a paper titled “Women and Traditional Garments in the Amana Church Society” at the Communal Studies Association annual conference in the Shaker Village at South Union, KY. Louis Tenzis, associate professor of philosophy, wrote an entry on Mary Moody Emerson, aunt and mentor of Ralph Waldo Emerson as well as an influential theologian and abolitionist, for the Dictionary of Early American Philosophers (Continuum). Tonia Bernardi Triggiano, associate professor of Italian, presented the paper “Learning to Read Dante’s Paradiso in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia at Ravenna” at the 2011 Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Conference at Villanova University in October. Marion Weedermann, associate professor and chair of the mathematics department, gave a presentation titled “Anaerobic Digestion: A Path From Waste to Energy” at the 5th Butler Memorial Conference on Differential Equations and Population Biology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, in July. She also participated in the workshop “Mathematical Modeling of Metabolism and Body-Weight Control” organized by NIMBioS in Knoxville, TN, in July. In October, she was awarded an AWM-NSF travel grant to participate and present her recent work at the Ninth Americas Conference on Differential Equations in Trujillo, Peru, in January. Clodagh Weldon, professor of theology, co-edited the book Teaching Jung (Oxford University Press).

Richard Woods, OP, professor of theology, contributed the article “Mystical Union in Christian and Muslim Traditions: Meister Eckhart and Ibn ‘Arabi” in the November-December issue of Spirituality. In November, he gave an all-day workshop titled “Religious Life: Origin and Development of Men’s Communities” for the Intercommunity Novitiate Program at Techny Retreat and Conference Center in Techny, IL. He also wrote the article “Early Dominicans and the Inquisition,” published in Doctrine and Life. Ning Zou, instruction coordinator, Rebecca Crown Library, represented Dominican during the first year of the Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded National Rubric Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (RAILS) at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies in February. She also presented on “Transfer Students and Their Information Literacy Education” at the Chinese American Librarians Association Midwest Chapter annual conference in May.

Brennan School of Business Peter Alonzi, professor of economics and finance, co-authored the paper “Universal Life Insurance Duration Measures,” which was presented at the Academy of Financial Services Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, in October and published in the peer-reviewed conference proceedings. He co-authored with Robert Irons, associate / magazine


professor of finance, the paper “Gresham’s Law Revamped: Lending for Short-Term Profits Drives Out Prudent Long-Term Lending,” which was accepted for publication by Financial Decisions. He also co-presented with Dan Condon, professor of economics and quantitative methods, two panel discussions: “Of Federal Deficits & The National Debt: Solutions” and “We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us,” for the Brennan School of Business’ U.S. Bank Center for Economic Education.

Khalid A. Razaki, professor of accounting, and Wayne Koprowski, assistant professor of management, co-authored the article “A Dismal Failure in Regulating Predatory Lending Practices” in the Journal of Legal Issues and Cases in Business

Lisa Amoroso, associate professor of management, was awarded the Fritz Roethlisberger Memorial Award for the best article published in the Journal of Management Education for 2010. The award comes with a monetary prize as well as chair position for the 2011 selection committee. She was interviewed about the article in a podcast available through Sage Publications ( She also co-authored the article “A Pedagogical Case for Diversity-Related Activities” in the winter 2011 edition of Western Journal of Human Resource Management.

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David Aron, associate professor of marketing, co-authored with Wayne Koprowski, assistant professor of management, the article “Caging the Guerrilla Consumer: The Report from Illinois,” published in the July 2011 issue of Journal of Academic and Business Ethics. Aron also made a presentation on marketing to participants of the Community Leadership Program co-sponsored by the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation and the Brennan School of Business. Mohamed O. Askar, associate professor of management, and Arvid C. Johnson, dean and professor of management, co-authored the article “Managing Across the Spectrum: The Implications of Spectral Analysis for Business Strategy” in the International Management Review Journal. Askar and Johnson also presented a paper titled “Defining Green: The Next Paradigm in Management” at the 2011 meeting of the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines. The paper was recognized with a Research Award and was published in the conference’s peer-reviewed proceedings. Askar and Johnson also presented a paper titled “Knowledge Discovery for Geriatric Diseases – Case Study: Dementia in Egypt” at the 2011 meeting of the Academic and Business Research Institute. The paper was published in the conference’s peer-reviewed proceedings. Dan Condon, professor of economics and quantitative methods, published a paper titled “Religious Contributions: A Historical Perspective” in the fall 2011 edition of the Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics. Arvid C. Johnson, dean and professor of management, wrote the article “Introducing Simulation via the Theory of Records” in the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. Robert A. Miller, professor of business law and management, published a paper, “Entrepreneurship, Law and the Art Of Business Ethics,” in the Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics. He also presented a paper, “Innovation, Sustainable Ethics and the Future of American Economic Power,” at the 18th Annual International Vincentian Conference Promoting Business Ethics. The paper was published in the conference’s peer-reviewed proceedings. Cleamon Moorer, assistant professor of management, was recognized by the Kettering University Alumni Association as the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus-Civic Achievement. He and Al Rosenbloom, associate professor of marketing and international business, co-wrote the article “Global Poverty Reduction and the Challenge of Developing Global Citizens: A Small University Case Example” in The International Journal of Case Method Research and Application.

Karen Brown, associate professor, wrote the article “From Travel to Tourism: The Social and Cultural Impact of Photography as a New Medium of Communication in Nineteenth-Century America,” published in EME: Explorations in Media Ecology 10.1-2 (2011). She also presented a paper with Mary Pat Fallon, assistant professor, titled “Library As Place: New Media and New Designs for Creating Community,” at the 2011 Media Ecology Association Convention held in Edmonton, Canada, in June. Christine Hagar, associate professor, edited the volume Crisis Information Management: Communication and Technologies (Chandos Publishing). She also was appointed to the American Library Association International Relations Roundtable Committee. Kate Marek, professor, wrote the article “Using Web Analytics in the Library,” which was published in the American Library Association’s July 2011 Library Technology Reports. In October, Marek delivered a lecture titled “Organizational Storytelling” at the annual Illinois Library Association conference. Mary Minow, Follett Chair, participated in the delegation of the International Federation of Library Associations at the World Intellectual Property Organization copyright session on library and archive exceptions, held in Geneva, Switzerland, in November 2011. She also spoke on policy issues at Creating a Blueprint for Building a National Digital Public Library, a conference held at the Los Angeles Public Library, and was a panelist at the Maryland eBooks Summit in Columbia, MD. Christopher Stewart, assistant professor, completed his appointment as editor of the Metrics column for The Journal of Academic Librarianship with the publication of his column, “Building Measurements: Assessing Success of the Library’s Changing Physical Space,” in the journal’s November 2011 issue. He also served on the Archival Allies panel at the Black Metropolis Research Consortium’s Full Exposure: Archives and Community Collaboration conference in October. In September, Stewart chaired the panel, “For Paying Customers Only? Community Access at Urban Academic Libraries” for the eChicago@Dominican Annual Community Informatics Symposium. Ed Valauskas, lecturer, was the featured speaker at the opening of the Center for Scholarly Communication & Digital Curation at Northwestern University in Evanston in October. His lecture was titled “Fifteen Years of First Mondays: Scholars, Readers and Openly Accessible Research.” Valauskas was also the featured speaker at the opening of Open Access Week at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Golda Meir Library in October. In November, he was a guest speaker in Introduction to Internet Studies, a first-year seminar class at Elmhurst (IL) College. Students in Valauskas’ fall semester Scholarly Communications in the Sciences class were special guest participants in the Life and Literature Conference at the Field Museum in November. The international conference was sponsored by the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a consortium of natural history museum libraries and research institutions.

Graduate School of Social Work Adrian Kok, associate professor, was an invited speaker at the Council of Social Work Education’s Annual Program Meeting in Atlanta, GA, in November and was a member of CSWE’s Gero-Ed Center panel on “Gerontology Curriculum Strategies: Outcomes of Infusion and Specialization,” where he presented “3S Approach to Setting Up a Successful Gerontology Certificate Program: Strategies, Successes and Sustainability.” He also presented “Seniors Skyping: An Academic-Professional Community Collaboration” at the eChicago Conference at Dominican University. Leticia Villarreal Sosa, assistant professor, presented “The Accompaniment Model: Conceptualization and Identification of Biopsychosocial Outcomes” at the Illinois Area Health Education Centers Network: 2011 Small Grants Presentations, held in Chicago in November. She also presented “In the Borderlands: Creating, Transforming, and Sustaining Academic Identities among Mexican Origin Adolescents” for the School Social Work Association of America in Myrtle Beach, SC, and “Chicana Feminisms and Social Work: Crossing Borders, Building Bridges” at the Unsettling Feminism(s) Unconference in Chicago. At the American Council for School Social Work National Research Summit, she presented the paper “School Social Work Role: A National Agenda” and also presented “School Social Work and Role Ambiguity” at the Society for Social Work Research Conference in Washington, D.C., in January 2012. She and Myrna McNitt, lecturer, are working this year with Hilfswerk Austria International and the International Foster Care Organization to train child welfare workers in Azerbaijan.

School of Education Kimberly A. Garrett, assistant professor, presented on a panel sponsored by Teach for America titled “Living Out Wynton’s Words of Wisdom: Ensuring our Students Develop Pride in the Identities, Aspiration, Resilience and Persistence in the Face of Real-World Challenges,” in November. Greg Harman, assistant professor, discussed the effects of digital media on students for a panel at the Critical Questions in Education Conference in October. Josephine Sarvis, see entry for Jodi Cressman, Office of the Provost.

Penny Silvers, associate professor and division chair of the masters of arts in education and reading specialist programs, presented “Today’s Multiliterate Students: Exploring the Communication and Assessment Possibilities in a Critical Multiliteracies Primary Classroom” at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) national conference in Chicago in November. Silvers also presented “Critical Inquiry in a Primary Multiliteracies Classroom” at the annual statewide conference for Teachers of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students in Oak Brook, IL, in December.

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You always belong to the Dominican University community. Class News provides all alumnae/i of Dominican University with an opportunity to share news and celebrate important life events. Class News is prepared through the Office of Alumnae/i Relations in cooperation with class agents. If you would like to be a class agent, have news to report or have questions, please contact our office by email at, by phone at (708) 524-6286, by fax at (708) 366-4197 or by mail at Office of Alumnae/i Relations, Dominican University, 7900 West Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305. Due to privacy reasons we do not publish mailing addresses for your class agent(s). For questions or contact information, please contact our office. Please note: the magazine cannot publish pregnancy and engagement announcements. Class News items are submitted by alumnae/i and do not represent positions, policies or opinions of the Office of Alumnae/i Relations, or Dominican University. The class news published in this edition was collected before November 15, 2011. News submitted after November 15, 2011, will appear in the next edition of the magazine, Fall 2012. Thanks for sharing your news!


1943 Dear Classmates, As I write this, Dominican University continues to bustle with activities. The soccer field has been redone and the men’s soccer team recently made it to the first round of the NCAA Division III championships. This was their 10th consecutive year in the championships. My daughter and I attended Dominican’s President’s Circle Dinner in Parmer Hall in October. The program allowed attendees a choice of three sessions focused on global citizenship experiences. We attended a thought-provoking session on global and local trafficking. I also participated in the annual Memorial Mass on November 6; I carried an icon of St. Martin de Porres in the procession. More than 300 people attended this beautiful service, which was followed by brunch in the Dining and Social Halls. It was a lovely celebration. I keep in touch with Adrienne Allen, as she lives close by. Adrienne is an active member of the 19th Century Club in Oak Park. Every Monday, the club holds a special program followed by a luncheon. She recently ran into June Chiaramonte Powers while lunching at Winberie’s in Oak Park. I also had the pleasure of talking to Virginia Roman Thomas recently; she is doing well, as is Doris Boughton Hullihan, who has moved to the Bethlehem Senior Home in LaGrange Park. She lives close to her daughter and son, and often enjoys walking to their homes for visits. I’m looking forward to hearing more from you. My prayers and blessings to you always. –Penny Maggos Harvalis, class agent

1949 Dear friends of our “salad days,”

Save the Date for Alumnae/i Weekend! Formerly known as Reunion, this annual event will bring together alumnae/i of many generations, including special celebrations for classes ending in 2 and 7 and all alumnae/i who attended the Fribourg Program. Be sure to save June 8-10, 2012, for a weekend of reconnecting with your classmates. To view the schedule of events, register online and see which of your classmates will be attending, go to

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Now I know how the editors of the Rosarian (and, even the Ragarian…the underground publication, remember?) felt as the deadline for news approached. This Dominican class agent has been pressing her nose against the windowpane looking for the mail carrier to arrive with news of your doings. Now come on, ’49ers, let’s hear from each other while we can still string some verbs and nouns together.

beloved Jim and her own cardiac problems. Grandchildren and good helpers are there to assist her and she is thankful for her wonderful memories of Rosary. Amen to that! Rose Brady Sullivan, another faithful alum pen pal, writes to us from California. She continues to rave about her ever-so-helpful neighbors whom she depends upon rather than “Life Alert.” She mentioned her family in our last issue. Rose, how about taking a detour enroute to see those three sons in Reno, San Diego and Atlanta and come see River Forest once again? Let’s revive some special memories of our theatre and speech major days together! “Break a leg!” Another ever-so-faithful alum, our own Anna Marie Garippo Sciaraffa, remains close to alma mater Rosary and is busy as usual enjoying a book discussion group at St. Giles. She also enjoys visiting a granddaughter, a Dominican University student who lives at the Priory Campus, and attending programs at the Siena Center. She sees other alums at Jewel and Dominick’s plus the yearly ’49er luncheon gatherings (did you know that our old faithful class has met for lunch every year since graduation?!). Anna Marie also has traveled to Florida, where she met Pat O’Donnell Wadden, Marilyn Donne Myers, Phyllis Calabrese Heckman ’47, Nancy MacDonald Pressney ’48 and Lois MacDonald Simms ’51. Family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren keep her going. I would die for her metabolism and energy level. Keep going, Anna Marie! Barb Curley reports, “Sr. Jean Murray, OP, and Dot Cormack came for lunch in our new Milwaukee high-rise senior residence. We went on and on with happy and funny memories of past days till we were breathless.” Marguerite Kuhn Kowaleski writes of volunteering in the welfare rights office in Pontiac, MI, trying to help poor people navigate the system to get some financial help. “With Michigan having one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and our new governor approving the harshest changes in the country for people trying to get help with utility shutoffs, their rent, etc., it’s a kind of nightmare. But I keep going. All that indoctrination at Rosary about using your talents, helping others, etc., wasn’t for naught! Greetings to all my fellow classmates.”

I’m fine and enjoying a busy retirement at the Mound, having left teaching and counseling seven years ago. We all have so much to be thankful for and to realize that we have more years behind us than ahead. I’m so grateful to Rosary for a wonderful education, great memories and that legacy of Caritas Veritas to carry with us.

OK folks, you have your homework due for the next issue or the “curse of that wild Englishman Cromwell” will befall you!

Blessings and a wonderful surprise to hear from Virginia Nausedas, who left us in 1947 to join the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps for four years. She continued on to a foods and nutrition program at the University of Illinois, then a dietetic internship in Milwaukee. Now retired, she lives in Aurora at the Supportive Living Institution. She remains ever so grateful for all those good years. Surprise us again, Virginia.

In response to my news about my move, Jean Holmberg Brokamp called to say she has put her 250-year-old home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia on the market. Although she knows it will take a certain buyer for such an historic house, she is hopeful and has signed up for an apartment in an assisted living building in the area. She listed all the amenities offered including memory care. “And you know what that’s all about,” she added, laughing. Her family is “all over the place—Colorado, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Virginia.”

Char O’Connor Berens wonders how many ’49ers are still with us. We’ll have to do a head count and send that info on. She reminded us that she is “60 years old with 23 years of experience.” How’s that for dancing around our age?! She remains grateful to God and feels so blessed, despite the loss of her

–Sr. Cleo “Mark” O’Loughlin, OP, class agent


Joan Skogg Kaster, who lives in Savannah, GA, has been on the wedding circuit this year with a grandson marrying in Charleston, SC, and another

in Chatham, MA. The young men, both 29, are cousins. The South Carolina wedding united two Marine Corps officers: Ray Kaster, a captain who has served two tours in Iraq, and his bride, a second lieutenant, who is currently on her second tour in Afghanistan. Joan has 15 grandchildren, ranging in age from 6 years to 29. She and her husband also spent two weeks in Spain this year in a villa north of Barcelona. Sue Parr Happel, at most recent count, has 41 grandchildren. She had a nasty bout of inner ear benign vertigo, which left things upside down and dancing. Thankfully, she is almost back to normal except for “listing to the left” when she walks. She corresponds with a man on death row in Alabama, who is hoping for a new trial. He prays for Sue and her family. Ellen Sleeter Engelke called from San Antonio and confirmed the news about the devastating drought and fires last year in Texas. Peggy Welch Meek called to say “hello” to classmates and told me when someone asks how her husband is these days, he says, “medium,” which is much more accurate many days at our age than the customary “fine.” Sr. Catherine Meyering, OP, celebrated her 65th anniversary of graduation with classmates from Trinity High School. “How different our world was in 1946,” she says. I wonder how many of you had similar gatherings. I had lunch with six former classmates from a class of 28 from Holy Child High School in Waukegan. Catherine sends blessings to Rosary classmates. Also saying hello are Sr. Clemente (Marge) Davlin, OP, Katie Flood Lane, Florence Heid Badger and Virginia Kott. I have joined a book review/lunch club and was interested to see the next reviewer will be Denise Riley Philpot. –Virginia Lyons Mullery, class agent

1951 Word from the celebrating class of ’51 at the June 3-5, 2011, reunion has it that, though fewer in number than in previous years, the warmth of memories and joy at reconnecting with old classmates was palpable. Four of the celebrants arrived on Friday and spent the weekend together in the dorm. Jean Cinelli Harmon, Blanche Foley Antonello, Jacquelyn Kane Lamberty (accompanied by a daughter-in-law), and Lois MacDonald Simms came for the presentations and Friday evening gathering and supper. They were joined by Sr. Jean McSweeney, OP, who stayed overnight in the convent. On Saturday, the rest of the celebrants arrived, some earlier to hear President Donna Carroll’s talk, and others later to attend the Rosarian luncheon in the Silveri Atrium of Parmer Hall for classes 1936-1956, followed by class photos. Joyfully, we welcomed Therese Dunne Pawlowski, Dorothy Haley Ogdon, Catherine Karmazin Nebel, Barbara Kelly, Joan Lawley Dunne, Winifred Maher Strueber, Barbara Mullenbach Trinka, Irene Pawlowski Park, and Catherine Smith Malec. Some stayed for the always-moving Eucharistic liturgy in the reconfigured Rosary Chapel. Before the end of the Mass, the 25th and 50th year classes received their silver or gold class pins along with the prayer of blessing from the congregants. Later, Florence Phelan Higgins and

her husband arrived for the cocktail reception and reunion dinner. Sunday morning found the four of us at the memorial prayer service on the cloister walk, where the names of all the deceased members of the reunion classes were read aloud. The weekend concluded with a scrumptious brunch. All of you were remembered and missed. Ginny Stuart Goldkamp sent a lovely note extending warm regards to all from her home in Seattle, WA. She happily has seven of her eight children living nearby, though one son lives in Michigan. Peggy Stoeckinger Tieman sent an email saying she would love to come but logistics getting from Dayton, OH, were too difficult at this stage. Margaret Carteaux Yuska remarked in her email that her children came week by week to visit all summer and all planned to come back in July for their annual reunion. Margaret had double knee replacement surgery earlier in the year and had a difficult rehab but felt well enough to travel to Oregon and Washington for two weeks at the end of August to visit her children and their families. Margaret McGivern Joynt wrote to say that her husband, Bob, had health problems most of last year but now was well enough to resume working three days a week. She expressed her pride in our alma mater and in all that President Carroll has been able to accomplish. (From my recent trips to Rosary, I gather there are still bigger and better plans to come for Dominican!) Conversations with Patricia Sweeney Trausch confirmed that she is still traveling to Arizona and California to visit children and grandchildren. She was unable to attend Reunion because of conflicts with her grandchildren’s schedules. However, Pat did spend part of the summer at her cottage at Legend Lake, WI. She brought us up-to-date on Anita Webster Williams and Joanne Hipelius Raschke. Anita is now a widow living in the Bronx, NY, and has one son, who is married with two young sons, working in the information technology business. Joanne’s husband, Ken, is a retired plant manager from Western Electric. They have four daughters, still reside in Winston-Salem, NC, and travel extensively. Blanche Foley Antonello had surgery over the summer and elected to stay in the Chicago area for follow-up medical care until after Christmas. Having lost both her sister and then her husband last year, being with family here must be extremely comforting. Jackie Kane Lamberty had hip replacement surgery last year, followed by a whole host of subsequent infections and illnesses, but she was doing well by the time of reunion. Mary Conrad Berling has her problems, too, among which are weakening eyesight, which prohibits driving and keeps her homebound. I have been able to keep to my regularly scheduled sojourn in Florida during the winter months and frequently see Marilyn Donne Myers ’49 and sometimes play duplicate bridge with Pat O’Donnell Wadden ’49. When Anna Marie Garippo Sciaraffa ’49 came to West Palm Beach in January 2010 and 2011 for a two-week visit, she came with Phyllis Calabrese Heckman ‘47 and Nancy MacDonald Pressney ’48, and Pat and I met them for dinner. When I was a freshman at Rosary, Nancy was a senior, and I always had it in mind that I wanted to meet my fellow clansman. It only took 62 years to accomplish! I traveled to Reston, VA, in July to play duplicate bridge in the Northern Virginia tournament and while there spent a couple of days with my cousin, Margo, in Gainesville. In

September, I went to Milwaukee to attend the Clan MacDonald annual general meeting. Irish Fest was being celebrated there at the same time and I was able to attend my first rock concert—played by the Red Hot Chilli PIPERS. I have not experienced any foreign travel since my cruise from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Santiago, Chile, in 2009, but one is in the offing! Stay tuned and in the meantime, let me know how you are, where you have gone or what you are doing. Send your news to –Lois MacDonald Simms, class agent

1956 Small but mighty was the contingent at Reunion 2011. Six of us, Cathleen “Terry” Muraine Bashus, Barbara Parsons, Elizabeth “Betty” Harkins Kiltz, Karen O’Shaughnessy Shanahan, Carol Honikel Bohman, and Kay Penn Hawken spent the weekend laughing, remembering and sharing events from times past. Joining the group for lunch on Saturday were Mary Kay Shanahan Kennedy, Suzanne Teeuws Laundry MALS ’61, Carmella Vitullo Albachiara, Rosalia Condon Ahern, Rosemary Rio Moran, Ann Sweeney Sullivan, Betty Blum Carr, Pat Sprafka Condon, Mary Therese O’Brien McMahon, and Barbara Coffey Houda. Terry Muraine remarked...“what a blessing it was to gather with the few to share the joys and challenges that have come our way” though we missed the presence of so many friends who were not able to attend. She marveled that the spirit of Rosary College has continued through the addition of so many great new programs and the beautiful buildings of Dominican University. Back in Omaha, Terry continues to stay active in parish programs and ministries, along with volunteer work with Friends of the Public Library. She contends that if this keeps up, she may have to retire from retirement. Nancy Cunningham Toomey and her husband vacationed on a trip home from a niece’s wedding in Oregon, driving down the coast through the redwoods, the California wine country and into San Francisco before returning to Florida. Margaret “Peg” Healy visited Venice, fulfilling a “bucket list” desire. Since Peg was last there in 1957, she wanted to see the city again before it slips into the sea. Sally Love Gardiner has added another grandchild to the family mix, making 10 for her, and two new “grand-in-laws.” Joyce Riordan, Carol Anderson Kraus, Ann O’Brien Gonski and Gayle Leonard Sayles met again in September at Dominican University to catch up on two years of news and to reminisce about their time together at Fribourg 57 years ago. Last fall, Carol and two daughters visited a granddaughter who is now studying in Switzerland at the University of Fribourg. How’s that for history repeating itself! Ann Fitzgibbon Smith visited the Chicago area in June for a family graduation and had lunch with Karen O’Shaughnessy Shanahan and Virginia “Ginny” Long Hagerty. Anne heard that Kay Penn Hawken had moved to California and sent a thoughtful “Welcome-to-California” email. Kay met with Anne and Rose Margaret Gervaise for lunch in October. Rose Margaret and Kay had not seen each other since graduation, and Kay says, “...yes, I DID recognize both of them at once!”

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Prayers need to go out to Sr. Mary Woods, OP, class agent for the class of 1945 (and former Rosary/Dominican professor), who suffered a stroke in September; to the family of Barbara Flood Cassidy, who died recently, for Joan Adele Scott whose health is deteriorating and for her niece, Kathleen, who recently had surgery for a faulty artery which caused two strokes. Sr. Patty Caraher, OP, shares her pride in the order’s International Community School in Decatur, GA, which serves children from all over the world. She says, “Never did I dream that in my later years I would learn so much about the world, cultures, religions and about other traditions as I have in the past 10 years. In some way Rosary College paved the way with students and sisters who opened my eyes and heart to a wider world than River Forest.” Nancy Hinton Keegan shared that her son, Michael, his wife, Lise, and their four teenage children (and three dogs) spent six weeks in two motel rooms while a cleaning crew, painters and insurance adjusters made their home habitable again following the Texas wildfires. Pat Bach Steele keeps busy with the Perpetual Adoration choir, frequent daily Mass, acting as Eucharist minister, her RCIA friend and her family. She enjoyed having her daughter, Mary, and her girls (Noelle and Maia) from Australia stay for six weeks over the summer. She also gets to see grandsons, Arthur and Dan. Pat continues to raise funds for the Veterans’ Memorial Park. Love you all and we keep you in our prayers and thoughts. –Kay Penn Hawken and Pat Bach Steele, class agents

1958 BELIEVE IT. We are truly living in another century, judging by the top five majors of the Class of 2011: business administration, psychology, apparel merchandising, nutrition and dietetics, accounting. Now think back about the top five majors we chose in 1958: English, history, sociology, home economics, American studies/speech (tie). And, following up on the broadened view the present demands and a university must take, global citizenship joins the other three academic priorities of interdisciplinary studies, civic engagement, and research and scholarship at Dominican. Each issue of this magazine gives concrete examples of those four pillars of Dominican’s strength and scope as a community and world changer. Pull up the website: among other categories of information it makes us aware of all campus activities and invites us to participate as if we had never left. Another reality check: Donna Carroll, president for 18 years, has had a front row seat in overseeing the development of our alma mater as a university well positioned for meeting the challenges of these times.


We may have been nurtured in the 20th century and are currently retired, but we are busy. Nancy Baumgart Deters gets the prize for expressing her views in 87 letters published, so far, to the newspaper in Effingham, IL. Mostly that’s due to her social worker conscience speaking out against injustices. Over the past two years, Evy Jegen, rc, provincial of the North American Province of the Sisters of the Cenacle has been on the go fulfilling her responsibility to meet every one of the 117 sisters and decide where each will live and serve. Then she was off to the general chapter in Rome, consulting with representatives from six countries and Africa. Evy is based at the Cenacle House in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. Angela Pierri Thennisch shared news about her recent trip to the Holy Land. Judy Bruss Weaver, as usual, sent lots of news about her trip to Ecuador, the Amazon jungle and a boat cruise to the Galapagos Islands. She is looking forward to our 2018 reunion, admonishing us, “don’t forget!” Mary Jeanne Weigel Platt was remembered by her family, including daughters Jeanne Platt ’92 and Mary Anne Platt Omelka ’88, at a special gathering during Dominican University’s annual Memorial Mass on November 6. Mary Pat Hennigan Cizmar, Nancy Smallwood Doran and I attended the annual Rosarian Luncheon during the traditional Reunion weekend last June. You do know, don’t you, that all post 50-year reunion alums are welcome, so do consider a most enjoyable opportunity to get back on campus and catch up with other classmates. Keep your news coming in. This space is for you. –Donna Smietana Joy, class agent

1960 Hi everyone, A good way to know what’s happening at Dominican is to the website: Just recently, we were informed that Reunion weekend is now Alumnae/i Weekend and all graduates are welcome. This might be a wonderful opportunity for us to gather our classmates and attend some of the events the weekend of June 8-10, 2012. I spoke with Mary Markley Moriarty and she and her husband, Frank, were anticipating their 50th wedding anniversary on November 11, 2011. The family had an early celebration in October when all of them could attend. Judy Cannon Bedore had spoken to me about her mom who had broken a hip and was now recuperating. Judy was concerned because the healing was progressing slowly. Our class representative for Alvernia High School in Chicago arranged for a dinner to celebrate our 55th year since graduation. Betty Banas Cella and I attended and were happy to see so many of our classmates active and well. In the last letter to you, I had written that we visited our son and family in Joplin, MO. We returned in July 2011, and saw the devastation that the May 22 tornado had caused. My parish in LaGrange, IL, responded to that disaster and collected $10,000 to help the Joplin community recover. The weather in 2011 has certainly been volatile, and I hope all of you have been safe and well.

Jeanne Platt ’92, Mary Jeanne Weigel Platt, Mary Anne Platt Omelka ’88 and Mildred “Perky” Hamilton Loversky at Reunion 2008. / magazine

–Jo Scaccia Maday, class agent


50th Reunion, June 8-10, 2012 Your class agent has clearly fallen off the job. But, as many of you know, Mary Beth Vender Vennett Tallon has been phoning, updating contact information and learning the news. We hope to confer shortly and send out a letter with the news we have permission to print. Please keep Nancy Bondi James and her family in your prayers. We learned that her husband, Phillip, died in November. This year we will also encourage one and all to join us at the 50th reunion. A few classmates have already written suggestions or expressed a willingness to help. We will call you. The whole exercise should be fun even for those who have not been near Dominican University since graduation from Rosary College. In my experience most of us have gotten more open, mellower and generally more relaxed about life since 1962. The benefits of age. Meanwhile, help Mary Beth finish our email list. If you are not in her data bank already, send your information to Otherwise, you can send news and questions to the office at DU (, to Mary Beth or to me at –Elizabeth “Eliz” Freidheim, class agent

1963 This is, of course, the year we turned 70 and we are still going strong! Beth Linskey published a cookbook this past spring and in addition to her business schedule, she has been doing book signings and cooking demos around New York City. She appeared at the New York Public Library, the YWCA, the New York Horticultural Society, and the Princeton Club. Beth also reports she appeared on the “Faith Middleton Show” on WNPR in Connecticut. All of these appearances have reduced her fear of public speaking, she says. Order her cookbook or her jams and goodies at Helen McCauslin just had one of her photographs accepted into a juried art show at the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, IN. Judy Jedlicka Koubek is busy in a different way: her daughter is a high school junior and Judy is busy with college plans and tours. Judy writes that things are so different now but in many ways many of the questions are familiar ones: small college or large? Near home or far away? Let’s hope she is considering Dominican! Worth a trip for sure. Judy and her husband are retired but husband, Luke, is doing substitute teaching in the Princeton, NJ, schools and loves it. Judy will be celebrating the “big 70 with a trip to the Bahamas.” She lived in the Bahamas for many years and is returning to celebrate with old friends there. Seventy seems to be a good time to celebrate with old friends. Susan Sobey Druffel came to Albuquerque for her 70th celebration with her sister, Carol. We saw stunningly beautiful scenery, lots of great art work and ate many fabulous meals. Judy, you may want to contact Pat Brinck Parr whose granddaughter is a junior at Dominican. Elizabeth Mackel will graduate in 2013, the year of our 50th

Reunion. Pat is the supervisor of teacher education for the Graduate School of Education, University of California, Riverside. Pat and her husband, James, a distinguished professor of Hispanic studies, have directed the UCR summer session program in Madrid for six years. Pat initiated the world languages program at UCR and now has credentialed candidates in Spanish and all of her language graduates have jobs. Pat notes that she and Jim stay busy with work, their daughters and six grandchildren. Another busy Spanish major is Debbie Hegberg Heer, who writes that when she retired in 2005, she decided to spend her time with the things she has passion for: foreign languages and culture, and jazz. Debbie has visited Greece, Italy, Hawaii, Mexico, Chile and Argentina. In 2011, she again served as an interpreter for the directors at the two-week Chicago Latino Film Festival. In May 2011, she hosted friends from France. Debbie says it was all delightful “but my brain was ‘fried’ after speaking French for three weeks.” In August 2011, Debbie served as the flight chaperone for 21 American students going to Argentina for a year’s exchange through AFS. She was able to spend 10 days in Argentina, visiting Iguazu Falls in the East, Mendoza wine country in the West and Buenos Aires for five days. She stayed three days with city residents through the program called Servas. Debbie writes she hosts a weekly Spanish conversation group at her home in Oak Park, and every month she writes an newsletter for the Illiana Jazz Club, which holds a monthly concert with outstanding jazz musicians. She also does their website: On a sad note, Debbie writes that her first grandchild, Isabel Arianna, born in June 2011, was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy type I, which means this child will most likely not live beyond three years and might die long before. Debbie’s daughter and her husband now must feed the baby with a feeding tube and monitor her oxygen levels. Debbie writes that this illness does not affect the brain; her granddaughter is very intelligent, very “chatty” and smiles all the time. Good works are, of course, a hallmark of a Dominican education and our classmates continue to practice the corporal works of mercy. Martha Amen Daly volunteers as a “torchlighter” during the United Way campaign, representing the St. Louis, MO, chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Her best friend, Marie, was diagnosed 11 years ago at age 55, and Martha is telling “Marie’s story.” Martha writes that Marie has been in a nursing home for five years, but was an amazing inspiration via media interviews while she was still able. Like so many of our classmates, Martha has been traveling. She just returned from two weeks in Italy, having a great time in Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Sorrento. Martha also plays as much golf as she can, and volunteers in the campaign of a friend who is running for re-election as a state representative. And, like so many of you, she is a grandmother. She loves spending time with her daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren. Also volunteering, teaching and grandparenting is Kathy Markley Scruggs. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, she volunteered with HasNa, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit group and spent three weeks in Diyarbakir, Turkey, teaching English to nongovernmental organization workers. Diyarbakir, with third-century

walls encircling the old city, is on the Tigris River in southeastern Turkey. The students were Kurdish Turks. Kathy and a Peace Corps buddy stayed in the homes of their adult students. The students quickly adapted to the interactive teaching styles and progressed in fluency even in the short time period. Kathy writes she enjoyed sightseeing with them on the weekends, especially their visit to Sanliurfa, believed to be the birthplace of the prophet Abraham, on the Euphrates River. Kathy learned much about the high rate of poverty in Diyarbakir due mostly to forced in-migration, and the limited minority rights of her students. Kathy is ready to go again, but not this year, since she and husband, Max, are the daily babysitters for their beloved 2-year-old grandson. Marianne Brabec Powers continues her volunteer work at two California lighthouses. Marianne also spends time with her growing family—two granddaughters and six grandsons in a row with a seventh on the way. She writes of an interesting visit with Norinne Barrett Shively ’50 and Joan Janda Belza ’49. Joan was in the first Fribourg class after WWII. Wouldn’t you love to hear her stories of Fribourg? Pat Lane sends news of the volunteer efforts of her daughter, Laura, to raise money to fight MS. Since Laura’s diagnosis 15 years ago, she has made it her personal goal to do all she can to raise money to fight MS. She decided “to take the fundraising up a notch” by combining her passion for scrapbooking with her fundraising efforts. Laura envisioned a day-long event which would bring people together to scrapbook while raising money for a worthy cause at the same time. “Crop for a Cause, Making MS Just a Memory” was born. More than 200 people attended the initial event, which also included a silent auction, a buffet dinner and sweets table, and door prizes. “Bargain Babes” manned the bargain area, which sold donated scrapbooking and craft supplies. The event has sold out every year. Congratulations, Laura and Pat. So much hard work and so much good work. Another busy classmate is Mary Ann McAllister deTrana who writes from Richmond, VA, where she has lived for 37 years. She recently added a studio to her home “so that I may teach classes in the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education and Bones For Life®.” Mary Ann also added a guesthouse, and welcomes guests who wish to come for a rest which she calls “Healing Sabbath.” Her business has a wonderfully wise name: “Go Gently.” Mary Ann has three sons. The youngest lives in Tennessee and has two daughters, so Mary Ann, too, is a grandmother. Another son will graduate as a registered nurse in Phoenix in 2011, and the third son lives in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he studies Russian. Each of you wrote that you feel blessed and grateful, and your stories are inspiring. If you want to share your news, write to me. Remember there are about 40 of us emailing and there is a Facebook page for the class of 1963—call or email the alumnae/i office for the contact information. Send me an email and I will get you on the group email list. And start making plans to attend our 50th in June 2013. Caritas et Veritas. –Susan M. Flynn, class agent

Dear friends,


By the time you read this it will be spring 2012— barely two years until our 50th! As we lose some good friends, it becomes even more important to celebrate with those special people who shared those life-changing years at Rosary. Our numbers will decrease and, with each loss, another voice is gone. We now have only memories of Annabelle “Nippy” Lisic. Joann Casciato Hillebrand also had sad news— “My husband, John, passed away on August 10. He received a kidney from our daughter, Angela, everything was going well until he contacted the blood infection, sepsis, and he died in 24 hours. Quite a shock! We had planned a New Year’s cruise for the entire family (thinking positively) and we are going ahead with our plans, John would want that.” Joanne is still treasurer general of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations, “We meet annually, usually in Rome, Italy. It has been a wonderful experience meeting, working and praying with women from all over the world.” Ann Elliot-Holmes reported another loss, Judy Schenk Fierke’s husband, Bill. Ann also sees Silvia Hajek Jorgensen, who was excited about the birth of her first grandbaby—Samantha. Silvia spends most of her time now in Altus, OK, taking care of Samantha while daughter, Lisa, is at work training pilots at the Air Force base (son-in-law, Colt, is on another assignment in Alabama). Every few weeks Silvia drives up to Oklahoma City to stay with her older daughter, Kari, who is a nurse in the hospital there. Ann also reports, “Coincidental to the OK City connection, Nancy Burke Grivel’s daughter, Micheline, husband, Olivier, and son, Noé, spent a few days with us in Cambridge during the summer. I talked with Nancy in August. She sounds terrific, teaching English in her home, mountain biking and traveling to France and Lake Como. Peter and I are fine, busy with house projects and activities on the home front, singing in the community chorus, tutoring at the local high school, teaching conversational French, going to our goddaughter’s soccer matches. We’re grateful for healthy, if a bit creaky, lives and enjoy connecting with friends and classmates.” Joan Canale Szuberla is looking forward to our 2014 reunion!! She was honored in Best Lawyers in America for 2011. That inclusion has been repeated for 2012 and she is going to be included in the Ohio publication Ohio Super Lawyers 2012 (areas are civil rights/first amendment; employment and labor law; and civil litigation defense). Only 5 percent of Ohio lawyers are included. Kudos to Joan! On the family front: “my younger son, Nicholas, married a lovely French woman in the summer of 2010. Members of Celine’s family and friends were with us at the Canale family reunion in Memphis last July. It was great fun. We look forward to visits to France. Nick is a media artist and works nationally, mostly with nonprofits. Our older son, Michael, is director of Toledo Grows, an outreach program that sponsors neighborhood parks that grow vegetables, gives programs on nutrition, gardening and related things for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Toledo Grows has been very successful, and Michael has received national recognition for some of his innovative programs. Guy and I are grateful for our kids and how life in general has treated the midst of Spring 2012 Dominican University Magazine




such difficult times for so many in our country and around the world.” Apologies to Jeanette Nelson Fisher—husband, Greg, is fine! Through my 5W group I have 30 Aussie and EU members coming to see Chicago in early June 2012. If you would like to meet some fascinating women drop me a line at In the meantime, drop in at the lake anytime. Hugs to all, –Mary McGough Schultze MALS ’70, class agent

1965 As I write this we’re coming up on the first anniversary of Steve’s stroke in Tunisia and the date when he has his driving test to prove that he can drive left footed. After chemo for bladder cancer in January 2011, I’ve had three clear quarterly checkups. Tootsie, the bossy terrier, seems to have recovered completely from her collision with the fire truck in April; Roxie met up with a skunk more than a month ago and still smells funny when it rains. We still managed to get to the Outer Banks in June with my sister, Ann, and her family. After losing her teaching job, she has undertaken to study for the priesthood. I put her in touch with Sheila Durkin Dierks, who writes that second son, Brian, has joined Doctors Without Borders, and is on a four-month project in China, working with problems of hypertension and diabetes among the people of the towns around Donglan. Sheila was embarking on “a new adventure in grandmothering; I am taking our oldest grandchild, Lucy, 7, to Africa in the winter to see big animals!” Chris Camacho Santoyo sent along these thoughts to share: “We seem to be strong in will and in our personal ambitions and goals—albeit getting a bit weaker in our bodies as we age. I seem to be doing okay physically even though I have an inflammatory arthropathy (as the doctor calls it). I call it rheumatism (as my grandmother called it). Another modern term is fibromyalgia, all due to a lot of stress and long hours of work.” Her husband, Raul, is not doing well at all. His pulmonary fibrosis has worsened. Chris fears that she will have to leave her day job as a counselor in a private school to take care of him. She hopes to continue her private counseling as her office is three minutes from her home. That way, she says, “I can keep up the job I love most—counseling married couples and families.” If she does retire, she’s thinking of entering a contemplative order of Benedictines where she’d spend the rest of her life in prayer and cooking for the convent. “I already have an open invitation in the monastery where we are Benedictine Oblates outside of Mexico City. Not a bad offer.” Kash Creadon Sullivan continues to have her health problems too. She’s working on strengthening back and knee muscles and asks for prayers for continuity and perseverance with those exercises. Still not one to sit home, she bought a walker with a seat (red) and rented a snazzy (as much as that is possible) wheel chair (red) so she can join her sisters and friend on fun outings. When she wrote, she was taking her Mustang convertible (red) out of storage for a glorious summer. “I had the most wonderful day last July. The incoming president of / magazine


The Law Council of Australia (the mandatory bar for Aussie lawyers) came to Chicago and presented me with a beautiful and, I was told, rarely given plaque, plus the most heartwarming letter thanking me for the work I have done in fostering relations between the members of the U.S. and Aussie legal profession. I had tears in my eyes throughout the reading as did others. I have to believe I am in God’s hands and on a path He has chosen for me. So, again, please keep those prayers coming!” Maria Tsinonis Stavrakos is retired at last as husband, Harry’s, office manager and is thrilled with all her playtime. Favorite trip of the year was a week in Paris in early August. She spent it in a friend’s apartment with her daughter and sister. Lots of visits to old haunts, including “a return to a favorite restaurant where we had celebrated our daughter’s 16th birthday. The maitre d’ was so delighted we came back that he bought us champagne.” Next up? Back to school, this time at the local community college. Maureen McMahon Hibbott and Richard enjoyed a two-month USA road trip in June and July, which included Maureen’s 50th high school reunion, a visit with Roger and Chon Schwope Wilson in Sheridan, WY, and lunch in Virginia with Carol Andrews Burger, who (Maureen avows) looks just the same now. “In August, we had our two NYC grandchildren for half the month, went to northern France early in September, and I spent a week in London with our two UK-based daughters and their three boys whilst Richard drove the ‘tour vehicle’ for our three sons-in-law as they cycled over five of the highest Tour de France Alps. The one sadness about the cycling trip is that two days after he got back to NYC, Gareth and family moved to Singapore with his job.” So Maureen sees more trips going east, recalling that “Richard and I met in Australia in 1968 so we may well find this the excuse to go back and see it again after an absence of 43 years.” Diane Farr Knittle: “We added another grandchild, born in June, Shea William Knittle. Our youngest and last to be married, Mary Clare, was wed in August to T.J. Cochran. Trips to Florida, the Cape, Phoenix and Sedona in the next few months. I continue volunteering at hospice and tutoring at Nativity School, a private inner-city prep school. I fondly think of the nice visit I had with Nancy Kuhn Malling at our reunion and often wonder how life is moving on for her.” Judy Wenzel Andersen: “We were in Syria at the beginning of the revolution in March. It was a life-changing experience and left us with great love for the Syrian people and great worry for their well-being. Olaf and I spent the summer with our new RV exploring a bit—Martha’s Vineyard, Vermont and Cape Breton. We have five grandchildren and spent a lot of time taking them out individually on mystery trips—great fun! I continue to write a bit and love it as much as gardening.” Bev Jung Frazier: “Still living life in the paradise of Naples, FL. God has given me good health, but unfortunately a lousy golf swing. Cheers to all.” Kim Regan continues her travels: Alaska, Hawaii, 50th high school reunion and Mom visit “when I also got to spend two fabulous days with gracious Monica Vogel Getzendanner in beautiful Chicago in mid-September. Next up: Portland to celebrate my baby’s 40th birthday and babysit the grandkids so Sheila and Steve can escape to a resort, then off to Morocco for two and one-half weeks, which will

include a few nights in Paris. Recently I finished the king-sized quilt for Sheila’s birthday. Each of my three got one to mark their 40th. That’s the real fun besides travel. I may now begin on one for Dan and me.” Barb White Wols can’t get enough of her 10 grandkids, who now range in age from the twins at 22 months to 13 years. The whole family is consumed with cheerleading, sports, dance competitions and recitals. Besides, they like to get together just for fun. When she wrote, they were babysitting for two grandsons while a daughter and son-in-law were abroad for 10 days. Barb is still woodworking and trying to make something special for each grandchild. She and her husband still found time for two weeks in Maui in February and were planning a trip to the Holy Land in November with a group from their former parish in Plainfield, IL. Carol Andrews Burger reported on a very busy 2010 spring and summer. “Jim and I enjoyed a wonderful 17-day trip to Spain in May. We spent seven days in Santiago de Compostela and even walked part of el Camino de Santiago. We visited Madrid and Barcelona, but the best part was our stay at a parador in the Pyrenees.” Among several weddings, there was the garden, overflowing with vegetables, which led to canning and freezing and making jam from their blackberries and pears. Generations were meeting to celebrate her mother’s 90th birthday and their newest addition, Helen’s, first birthday in mid-October. Fachon Schwope Wilson recalled her “Rosary” highlight of the summer—a visit from the peripatetic Hibbotts in early July. Two grandsons spent 10 weeks of summer in Sheridan. “They are great kids, and we really enjoyed them, but I think by the end of summer they were just as glad as we were to get back to normal.” While Chon “grandma’ed,” Roger made several long-range canoe trips and camped with son, Chris’s, boys in the Sierras. Chon adds that she’s working on a photo album project of old family photos for her sisters and brother. “My mom (94) is in a nursing home and her lovely home and family photos have been scattered. I guess a lot of us are facing this with our parents.” (Since this letter, Chon sent a note that her mom had died in their native Wyoming, closing a full life of major accomplishments.)


45th reunion June 8-10, 2012 Margaret Hunt graciously opened her New York City abode to Elizabeth McGrath and her husband, Nick Bizony, last October. Elizabeth’s cousins from Northern Ireland were visiting the Big Apple and Margaret’s generosity allowed them to be squired around town by Elizabeth and Nick. I hope you are all making plans to attend our 45th reunion June 8-10, 2012! –Elizabeth McGrath, class agent

1970 Karen Hausing Brown earned her doctorate in education at Argosy University-Schaumburg. She has worked for 41 years in Catholic high school education as an English teacher and administrator. Karen was the speaker for the Argosy’s graduation ceremony at Hemmens Symphony Hall in October. Karen writes, “I followed in the footsteps of Sr. Jeanne Crapo, OP, who was my first-year college composition instructor at Rosary. In my doctoral research, I studied the differences in the expectations of high school English teachers and college composition instructors on college readiness for writing.” –Karen Ripley Stein, class agent

1975 In June 2011, Kate Coulihan Ficke MBA ’83 was elected as recording secretary of Kappa Gamma Pi, the national Catholic college graduate honor society. –Mary Alice Griesinger MBA ’94, class agent

1976 Karl Sirotzky entered Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA, in September. Last February, Karl was cast in a short film called The Mourning Hour, which was released in the fall of 2011.

Fran Haut Towle was watching snow gather on their Montana mountains and packing for South Beach when she wrote. During the summer she and Tom took a wine distributor guided tour of Walla Walla, WA, region wineries and a road trip to Lake Louise and Jasper, Alberta, Canada. “Our children visited in August. Grandsons Alex, 6, and Felix, 3, are such fun. I enjoy gardening with our Montana natives as well the other zone 4 plants. So different from my three patio pots at the Florida condo.”

Patrice Cavallo-Stark performed again this season as a supernumerary (translation: an extra) with the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s highly acclaimed production of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. She has supered seasonally at the Lyric since 1984. Brava!

Since they settled into their new home, Thom and Mary Kay Horan Cooper have not sent along a lot of news, but Mary Kay emails inspirational thoughts, prayers and websites to help with healing. Remembering all the health problems she and Thom have contended with, it’s clear that they have found a path to the brighter side of life.

Jean Ortega-Piron was recently appointed acting director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Since 1996, Jean has served as deputy director, guardian and advocacy, acting as guardian for all children committed to DCFS by Illinois’ juvenile courts. In that role, she was instrumental in establishing the first-in-thenation memorandum of understanding between a state child welfare agency and Mexico, and also established a system for monitoring psychotropic medications for state wards, described by the Chicago Tribune as the “gold standard” in the country.

So for all the classmates who think their lives are too boring or not filled with enough good news, know that we do wonder about you. I know some of you are on Facebook. When posting, shoot a line to me as well. Do we need a Facebook page for the class? Volunteers? –Mar Poelking Sclawy, class agent

–Mary Gallagher Banaszak, class agent


1979 Eva Klaus Bellinger continues her work as an ESL tutor and sends news about her husband, James, and their five children: “James is working on the Ice Cube neutrino experiment. Charles is looking for work in printing. He has overcome his Asperger’s syndrome far enough to be employable full time, if the economy will give him a chance. Nancy is taking graphic design, Karen has overcome her Asperger’s syndrome far enough to start culinary arts at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Luke is looking at colleges. Sandra is using her French at a multinational company and has filed yet another document in hopes of getting her Senegalese husband to the U.S.” Eva herself is still recovering from a bad fall that has limited her mobility. James Bednarczyk’s son, Andrew, graduated from Dominican University in December 2010. Daddy’s very proud! Sybil Leak Davis sends regards from Reston, VA, and is working with the DU Alumnae/i Office to track down her freshman roommate, Maxine Scott. Marie Dirr von Ebers wrote in August, “So happy to get a big hug today from Annie Van, I mean Ann Van Hoomissen Bixby, in the midst of moving in daughter, Jean, incoming freshman, DU Class of 2015. Third generation RoCo/DU—grandmother , daughter and now granddaughter!” Anne adds that she had a “wonderful four days in Chicago moving our daughter into her room in Coughlin, going to a Cubs game and catching up with Chicago friends, and enjoying the Parents Weekend activities at DU. …The traditional elements that make (campus) so gorgeous are still there and the improvements are very impressive.” I was glad to share hugs with Margaret Foy Shields, up from St. Louis, this summer and to correspond with her eldest daughter, Annie, who is an intern and blogger for Ms. Magazine. Nancy Greco proudly reports a Jeff Award nomination for the Circle Theatre production of The Women, in which she played the countess. Anne Schurmann Klytta has been on the move. “We put up our house in Palatine for sale, in anticipation of my husband’s possible retirement in June 2012, thinking it would take six months to a year to sell—it sold in six weeks! So we are now the proud owners of a house in Gurnee. Needless to say, it has been a whirlwind of a summer and start to the new school year, but thankfully, we are pretty much settled now.” Sr. Margaret “Peggy” Ryan, OP, wrote a piece in November 2010 for the Sinsinawa Spectrum that announced she had concluded seven years of ministry in Bolivia and was now a bilingual social worker at Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay, WI. In addition, she is studying theology part time at Marquette and participating in the vocation ministry of the Milwaukee area. Jeanne Sullivan Goss MALIS ’82 emails that “several Rosary/Dominican alums connected on Facebook for a chat with Helen Simonson on her book Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. Martha Evans Boyle ’78 organized it.” Jim Twist used Facebook to organize a mini-reunion at his house in Brookfield that included Lynn Higgins (in from Florida), Bill Dicker and his wife, SueEllen, up from Champaign, Rick Wilk, Gus Simpson, plus classmates from 1980, Mike Hattie and Linda Rohde.

Former Bead Rick Wilk reports, “I finished my second season playing senior softball travelling around the Midwest participating in softball tournaments. Interspersed were some vigorous backyard volleyball matches attended by a small number of daring alums. Following the summer season, I visited my 49th state when I travelled to Alaska. There were bear, moose, seal and bald eagle sightings and enough land to explore to last a lifetime.” The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) presented King County Superior Court Judge Mary I. Yu with the 2011 Outstanding Judge of the Year Award. She and a co-recipient were recognized for their work in creating a Race and Criminal Justice Task Force, which “presented compelling data on disparate treatment effects of criminal justice system practices on communities of color, resulting in disproportionality of arrests, severity of penalties imposed, and rates of incarceration and recommendations for action by the Supreme Court.” Mary adds that she will be traveling to Cuba as part of a state bar delegation and hopes to see (former Rosary housing director) Kathie Shea in Miami on the way. Keep up the good work, Mary! Thanks to all who shared their news. Hope this primes the pump for others (hint, hint). –Hilary Ward Schnadt, class agent

1980 For those that I couldn’t reach by email (because I don’t have it), 1980 classmate Zenza Brown Laws MAEA ’99 passed away in September 2011. I understand that her services were well attended by those who loved and respected her. Zenza would have felt honored. Sr. Clemente Davlin, OP ’50, attended the funeral and reported that it was stunningly beautiful. Sr. Clemente says there must have been about 600 people there—relatives, church members and a large number of her students and colleagues. Zenza had deep faith, was a marvelous teacher who believed in her students and mentored new teachers. On the more fun side of life: Mike Hattie completed his annual trek to Alaska to see his son. He spent his time hunting, dancing (it’s amazing what a granddaughter can get you to do!) and proving that he hasn’t lost his touch at changing diapers. Linda Rosen Jacobs managed to miss the worst of the spring/summer storms in Missouri, though her neighbors weren’t as lucky. Carole Lambdin Robertson MBA ’91 and her husband won a 10-day trip to Scotland. They had a great time researching her husband’s roots (he’s distantly related to Cliff Robertson, the actor). Teri Brown Sadovsky’s son just passed the Illinois bar exam. She’s not only proud, but looking forward to his gainful employment so that he can move out of her basement! Mary Sue Denson Wysocki’s son got married in October and Jane Cameron Allen reconnected on Facebook with Kate Sullivan Trongale and Martha Evans Boyle ’78. Kate’s out in California, while Martha’s in Wisconsin. Does anyone else remember Jane and Kate riding shopping carts down the dorm hallways? Don’t forget Reunion Weekend, June 8-10, 2012. ’77 and ’82 will be celebrating their 35th and 30th reunions, respectively. It’s also been renamed

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“Alumnae/i Weekend,” as a way to encourage us all to attend. Don’t forget to send me your news! –Linda Rohde, class agent

1981 The Class of 1981 has not had a class agent for quite some time, so while assisting with the planning of our 30th Reunion, I decided to have another go at it. You may remember I had the same role in the 1980s after our graduation. Send news to our class email at! You can also find me on Facebook under Russina Rusev Grady. Hopefully by the next edition of the Dominican University Magazine our class will once again be well represented with news. I would like to start with a big THANK YOU to those who attended Reunion Weekend. We had classmates present each day of the weekend with the largest number attending Mass and dinner on Saturday night. Mark Siwek, who helped with the planning, attended Friday. I had the pleasure of sharing Saturday evening with Sandy Ambriz-Sava and husband, Mark, Ray and Dolores Cruz Negrete, Sue McLain Christensen and husband, John, Jean Christensen and Mary Larkin, who flew in from California to attend. Jeff Goldone ’80 and Larry Regan ’80 were also there to celebrate with us. At 2 a.m. we realized we were the only class left, so we called it a night! I’m sure I’ve missed a few names, and that would give all of you a reason to write in and share your thoughts. Once again, please send in news to share: What are you doing? Where have you been, and what are your plans? I’m not going to do this alone, so I’ll answer those questions next time when my news can be included among yours. –Russina Rusev Grady, class agent

1985 Greetings Class of 1985! All of us have had interesting things going on in our lives that would be great to share. Please take a moment to let us know what is going on with your life. I am still enjoying working in accounting, as a consultant for Abacus Rex and the accountant for the Autism Society of Illinois, among other projects. As our sons are reaching adulthood, we are now faced with the challenges in the area of adult services for individuals with special needs. But some recreation is squeezed in between all this. We visited the Gulf Coast this summer and have gone to a number of events at Dominican. Marian Henley Liautaud published a book review in Christianity Today magazine on Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men by Mara Hvistendahl. From that, she is working on a feature-length piece for Christianity Today magazine expanding on the topic of “gendercide” —the aborting and killing of girls in favor of boys, and what Christians are doing to help turn the tide. Karen Kaufmann Migaldi is finding her position as assistant director of the Crystal Lake Library even more challenging in these times of funding cuts and new forms of technology. / magazine


Mary Toczydlowski Cronin is a member of the Harper College Steel Drum Band. One of their recent performances included music from the 1980s! Looking forward to hearing from the rest of you soon! –Lisa Chmela Grzywa, class agent

1989 Dear fellow classmates, I hope 2011 has been a good year for all of you. It certainly brought about changes for me. I left Fenwick High School after teaching there for five years and I am now the French teacher at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park. It is quite a hike for me to get there, but it is a good district and I really like it there. I was also fortunate enough to have won a summer scholar opportunity through the National Endowment for the Humanities and studied modern French theater for four weeks in July in Avignon, France, with 15 other high school teachers. It was during the Avignon Theater Festival, and it was an experience of a lifetime. As for my family, my daughter is now a sophomore, and my son a senior in high school. Now all of the college craziness has begun. My husband’s daughter and her husband had a wonderful little boy in March of 2010, so now we are grandparents as well! It is a lot of fun, I just wish they lived a lot closer. Here is what some of our other classmates have been up to over the last year or so: Ramiro J. Atristaín-Carrión spent a couple of weeks in Southern France with his 8-year-old son. He says he enjoyed the time there and the bread as well! He is very proud that this is the fifth year anniversary of the CLESF Foundation, which he co-founded ( In the last five years he has been working hard to take an annual Medical Mission to Mexico—a team of doctors to perform surgeries on children with hemimelia, so they can save their lower extremities from amputation. Ramiro received Dominican University’s Hispanic Heritage Award at the Eighth Annual Hispanic Heritage Reception on October 14. He continues at BMO Harris Bank as vice president of risk management and as adjunct professor at DePaul University. Elizabeth Braucher Parker has worked for the last five years as a part-time member of the administrative staff in a small high school in Costa Rica. In May, she became a counselor there and was also named the head of the department. In addition to her own two children she says she now has several semi-adopted children that she looks out for and 266 adolescents to keep track of. Her children are doing well; her son is in 4th grade and participates in track and soccer, and is a drummer in the school band. Her daughter is in sixth grade and very active with art and swimming. Elizabeth says she is enjoying putting her psychology degree to good use now! Matt Mikell MBA ’90 has been living in Cary, NC, for seven years and started a new job in September 2011 with Dell to lead their global messaging for cloud computing. Dianna DeLaurentis Andrade MBA ’93 works for Opportunity International, a nonprofit organization based in Oak Brook, IL. They provide financial services to the poor in third-world countries. She has been there for three and a half years and is


currently a risk associate in risk management. As a result of her work, she has had the opportunity to visit India (twice), Malawi (twice), Uganda, Colombia, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic in order to see their programs in action. She has also traveled to Canada, London, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. She has been married to Javier for 22 years and has three boys—Adrian (17 and heading off to college next year), Julian (15) and Christian (7 1/2). Bill Schmidt and his wife, Shauna Keilman Schmidt ’91, were very excited to send their oldest daughter Kathleen to Dominican as a freshman in fall 2011. Korin Heinz Mihevc replaced me at Fenwick High School teaching French, levels 1-5, and I was thrilled to leave my former students in such capable hands. She and her husband, Jon, live in Hanover Park with daughters Zoe, 9, and Phoebe, 6. Betsy Birmingham is an associate professor of English at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Her husband, Kevin Brooks, is also an English professor, and oldest daughter, Caity, is living in Los Angeles where she is a production designer (working on movies). They have four younger children at home, Griffin, 12; Makeer, 7; Deng, 5; and Agot, 4. Natalie Perri Zawrazky MBA ’00 recently started working for an exciting new company called which is a daily deals site that will connect local moms to local merchants to help build the local economy. Lynn Pellettiere Waldman is working as director of research and development at Little Lady Foods in Elk Grove Village, IL. She is married to Jim Waldman, DDS. They have a 10-year-old daughter, Andrea, and live in Inverness, IL. Stephanie Mason played a munchkin in the Disney movie, “Oz the Great and Powerful” filmed in Michigan in September 2011. James Franco is Oz and the movie will be released in March 2013. When the movie wrapped, she was a substitute teacher for the city and county, and hopes to get a teaching job again. She earned a master’s in education in ’03 and taught special education until her mother became ill. Her mom is better now, but a full-time teaching position has been elusive. She continues taking classes to add to her teaching degree and completed Moderate to Intensive Special Ed and is currently completing Gifted and Talented Students. After nearly a decade with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, Garett (VG) Auriemma moved this past summer to the American Brain Tumor Association, in the position of director of marketing and communications. In this new role, he is (among other things) overseeing a complete rebranding and web strategies overhaul for the Chicago-based national organization. Brenda Groeper MAT ’01 is currently in her 13th year in the Social Sciences department at Morton West High School, where she is teaching AP psychology. Garett and Brenda recently celebrated their 17th anniversary, while their son, Evan, (8 ½) and daughter, Rowan, (5 ½) are respectively enjoying third grade and kindergarten. According to VG, their dog, Murphy, (16 ½) is just happy that the children are getting closer to moving out and returning complete control of the house to her.

floor in the Social Hall on blankets (oops—maybe I wasn’t supposed to admit that?). I hope many of you will be able to make it to the reunion—if not for the entire weekend, then just for a day. The campus has changed so much, but still holds the same beauty it had the day we graduated in 1992. For more information on the reunion, please call or email the Alumnae/i Office at (708) 524-6286 or Hope to see you there! –Melissa Mascari SantoPietro, class agent


Sherrie Izban and Team USA at the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Greece. Sherrie Izban coached Team USA in Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece, in June 2011. Sherrie has been involved with Special Olympics since 1998. She is a Special Olympics certified coach in track and field, and has been coaching for 11 years. This was her second time to be involved in the World Games, the first being in July 2007. She was thrilled to participate and meet athletes from all over the world at the competition. Frank Storino MBA ’91 recently finished a six-month probation in the City of Chicago’s Department of Transportation to become a career service titled foreman. Thank you to all classmates who have shared their news. I hope everyone has a safe and peaceful year. –Laura Brown Schmuck MAT ’07, class agent

1990 Hello, Class of 1990. I hope you are all doing well. I am writing today to introduce myself. I am Juan Rodriguez, your new class agent…again! I previously served as class agent from 1990-1995. After being nominated by a few of our fellow classmates at our 20th reunion last year, I decided why not serve again! I am connected with many of you on Facebook and/or LinkedIn. I would encourage you to send me your news as to what’s going on in your lives. Did you start a new job? Did you buy a new home? Did you recently get married or have kids, take an exciting vacation somewhere? I would like answers to all these questions so I can add them to the next issue of the Dominican University Magazine. If you have pictures you would like me to include, please send them to me as well. As for me, I started a new job in January of 2010. I am a benefits administrator with JPMorgan Chase & Co. My wife, Sherry, and I live in Elmwood Park with our dog, Daisy. I wish you all well and I hope to hear from you so I can add your stories to the next issue (deadline is March 15, 2012). You can reach me at or via Facebook. –Juan Rodriguez, class agent

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Rosanna Grimm Bateman and family in their new home state, Colorado. Hello, Class of 1991. Sorry it’s been so long. Since I wrote last, my family and I have moved from Bloomington, IN, to Fort Collins, CO. It was a big change and a little hard on all of us, but we’ve been here two years now and love it. We moved because my husband, Ron, accepted the position of fire chief in Milliken, CO, and is now also the fire chief in neighboring Johnstown. He’s a busy man! I work for Colorado State University right here in Fort Collins. I work with art and theatre students, which is a bit of a change from working with business students as I did at Indiana University. Our children are doing great and growing up too fast. Miranda is now 13, and Garrick is 10. After years of running on a big law firm’s billablehour hamster wheel, Mark Bojan threw in the towel and found a better way to practice law—as an army judge advocate. JAG jokes aside, after spending a year at Ft. Campbell with the 101st Airborne Division (air assault!), the Army made Capt. Bojan the proverbial offer he couldn’t refuse. He will be going on active duty this fall and moving to Ft. Meade, MD, with Kelly Moran Bojan ’94, where they’ll celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary. I’d love to hear from more of you. Email me at and let me know what’s going on with you.

In May 2011, Aracely Barragan Lawrence was honored with the inaugural Village of Mundelein Diversity Award, for demonstrating leadership and embodying excellence in creating programs to celebrate diversity, promote tolerance and build cultural understanding. Aracely is a guidance counselor at Mundelein High School and was instrumental in forming the Temas Latinos organization at MHS, an after-school club focusing on Latin American issues and culture.

1995 Ben Wappler MLIS ’06 serves in various positions at St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church, which include acolyte, lay reader, vestry member and Sunday school teacher. The church is located in Jonesboro, GA, and is part of the Traditional Anglican Communion.


–Rosanna Grimm Bateman, class agent


20th Reunion, June 8-10, 2012 Hello Class of 1992! I hope everyone is doing well! Our last Facebook group was archived, so I am planning on creating a new one for our class. If you are interested in joining, please email me at It will be through this group that I’ll ask for updates and let everyone know when the next magazine is due to come out, etc. Plus it’s a great way to keep in touch with other classmates! What would we do without Facebook? At press time, Tammy Wronski had read 370 books in her quest to read 1,000 books in two years. Tammy estimates that she will be finished with 450 books by the end of this year, which will mark her half-way point. Jeanne Platt recently moved to beautiful Northern Colorado. Our 20th reunion is fast approaching! It will be held the weekend of June 8-10, 2012. Can you believe it’s been 20 years?? It seems like only yesterday that we were getting up several times a night for false fire alarms, and sliding across the

Audra Lillibet, daughter of Diane Diaz Gerdes. Diane Diaz Gerdes and husband welcomed their second daughter, Audra Lillabet, on February 18, 2011. Diane is a proposal administrator for Catalyst Rx in Arizona. Marilyn Anderson Rhames began a new venture as an education blogger for Education Week Teacher magazine. Her blog is called “Charting My Own Course” and can be found at teachers/charting_my_own_course/. Marilyn’s first blog post was re-printed in 35,000 copies of Teachers of Color magazine, which is given to education students at universities around the country. Find it online at www.teachersofcolor. com/current-fall-2011-issue/. Marilyn also teaches middle school science at a charter school in Chicago. –Jennifer Utterback Davis and Saraliz Jimenez, class agents

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the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research as their communications and research manager.

15th Reunion, June 8-10, 2012 Hector Villagrana was recently named chief of legislative and intergovernmental affairs for the Illinois Department of Human Rights. He received his MBA from National Louis University in August 2011.

–Ali Hecimovich MSpEd ’05 and Chrissie Lukuch, class agents


10th Reunion, June 8-10, 2012

Katie Dinelli Horan is now controller for Outagamie County in Appleton, WI. –Matthew Toles and Katie Dinelli Horan, class agents


Amber Crnovich Atkins married Grant Bales. Amber Crnovich Atkins graduated from the Keller Graduate School of Management in February with her MBA. On September 10, 2011, she married Grant Bales. Amber’s daughter, Shae Atkins, was a junior bridesmaid.

Debbie Stewart is now living in Denver, CO. She is currently working as a caregiver for elderly and hospice patients. Please share any news with Debbie that you wish to be submitted for publication here in the class news section. You can find her on Facebook or email her at –Maria Salerno Conforti and Debbie Stewart, class agents


Nicole Donatello and Scott Trefilek ’03 married last May in Rosary Chapel. Professor Janice Monti sends an update on her son Hedi Belkaoui MAEA ’09, who heads the Jay Pritzker School in Cambodia: “The U.S. media has not given much coverage to the flooding (in Cambodia) but it has been severe, the worst in a decade. Thankfully, the water is finally receding and the school will reopen in two weeks as soon as the cleanup is finished. In the meantime, the staff has been distributing sacks of rice to the students’ families who were barely getting by even before this disaster. These photos show the flooding at the school and how the rice distribution was managed with boats to and from the poorest villages.” Hedi’s wife, Heidy Moran Belkaoui ’06, MAT ’11, and her younger sister Yecenia Moran ’10, also teach at the school. –Joe Bruno and Brandy Foster, class agents


Arturo Thompson joined the KU School of Law as its assistant dean of career services in November 2011 after five years in private practice.

Joy Sophia, daughter of Susan Eannarino Tipre. Susan Eannarino Tipre and husband, Jacob, welcomed to the world their first child, Joy Sophia, on August 22, 2011. Please keep Susan’s family in your prayers; her mother passed away February 5, 2011.

Carrie Simpson Wallace, husband, Ronald, and son. Carrie Simpson Wallace and her husband, Ronald, celebrated their second wedding anniversary on September 11, 2011.

–Scott Hanak, class agent

Michelle Milewski and Jason Mangawan wed in Rosary Chapel.

1999 We have a new class email! Send us your news at Also, join us on Facebook at “Dominican University Class of 1999.” Hope to hear from you soon! –Christy Miklautsch Gumbach and Kara Green Hanak, class agents

2001 Joseph Kerzich is a firefighter/EMT for the city of Chicago. Kathleen Buettner Petcov became a Tastefully Simple consultant in April 2011. Chrissie Lukuch was recently promoted to researcher at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, OH, working in the advanced materials and applications. She writes, “Here, I work with new and innovative ways to better the world with one nano at time, issuing my first invention report, and presenting a poster in the new generation of coagulation meters for those, like myself, on blood thinners. It has been a blessing to work at Battelle for 10 years now.” Karl Sokol and Ann Galuska Sokol MAEd ’05 are starting a new United Methodist Church in Brookfield. They were appointed under the bishop’s new strategy to send pastors to a community rather than a building. Compassion UMC has a monthly worship service and weekly small groups and plans on launching weekly worship in Advent of 2012. / magazine

Phoenix Rayne, son of Kamilah Gilliam Johnson MBA ’11.

Christina Giovannelli MLIS ’09 married Nicholas Caputo. Christina Giovannelli MLIS ’09 married Nicholas Caputo on February 12, 2011. Jennifer Goldbach and Rosa Caputo ’02 were bridesmaids. Christina is currently an elementary district librarian.

Congratulations to alumni couple Jason Mangawan and Michelle Milewski, who were married on October 22, 2011. Yvette Vazquez Pratt married Christopher Pratt this past summer in the Rosary Chapel. She is finishing up her Type 73 for school counseling and looks forward to referring future generations of students to Dominican. –Yvette Vazquez Pratt and Mary Sobczak, class agents


After graduating last May with an MBA from Dominican University’s Brennan School of Business, Kamilah Gilliam Johnson and husband, Rodney, had a healthy baby boy named Phoenix Rayne Johnson, born September 1. Kamilah accepted a position as child care nutritionist for the Maricopa County Health Department, working with Head Start Nutrition Services in Phoenix, AZ. –Tory Kathrein, class agent

2006 John Hannes is now coordinator of club and district support for the Americas for Rotary International. –Annie Hughes and Diane Schultz, class agents


5th reunion, June 8-10, 2012

Nicole Donatello married Scott Trefilek ’03 in Rosary Chapel.

Reese Amelia, daughter of Michelle Biondo Lyon. Michelle Biondo Lyon and her husband, Richard Lyon, welcomed their first child, Reese Amelia, on July 15, 2011. Bronwyn Clark McDaniel joined

Rice distribution in Cambodia to families of the Jay Pritzker School, led by Hedi Belkaoui MAEA ’09

Katie Rosebrock recently started a job as communications coordinator for a nonprofit organization called SitStayRead, which runs literacy programs for inner-city school children. She also is finishing up her master’s degree in public relations/advertising at DePaul. Stephanie Adams Taylor is still doing massage therapy. She and her husband just finished another Barnstormer tour with She is also directing/coaching Geneseo High School’s group interpretation team/cast. Rebecca Biermann is a detective with Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, specializing in Internet crimes against children. Brian Herman is now married to his high school sweetheart, Kelley, and has been working as a Chicago police officer for a year and a half. Dorothy Paape got married on January 23, 2010, at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet. In September

2010, she started a new job at SPINS LLC in Schaumburg. Most recently, she and her husband bought their first house in Algonquin, IL.

Hayden Michael, son of Katie Carlin Arbogast. Katie Carlin Arbogast and her husband, Tony Arbogast, had their first child, Hayden Michael, on September 12, 2011, at 11:08 a.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21" long. Marcella Scaduto recently moved to the Washington, D.C., area. Erica Weaver is working as a human resources information system analyst at NorthShore University Healthsystem in Evanston; she has worked at NorthShore since October 2007. Monica Prus Sykora got married to Sean Sykora at Dominican’s Priory Chapel on August 6, 2011. Dessi Martinovski had another baby boy who is 2 years old now! So far she has three handsome boys; she has a new baby, new house and the same husband. She is now committed to starting her career. Tina Gustafson is still an instructional assistant in Forest Park. In July 2011, she received a master’s degree in psychology from National Louis University. She is currently enrolled in the Ed.S. program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is working toward becoming a certified school psychologist. Kim Van Tuyl recently relocated to Pennsylvania to continue her career in arts management after serving as managing director for Chicago’s BackStage Theatre Company and box office manager for The Theatre School Conservatory at DePaul University. While she misses Chicago deeply, her new endeavors took her to Baylin Artists Management firm in Doylestown, PA, where she manages the services for U.S. and international artists in the fields of music, theatre, dance and young audiences. This fall, Kim also began pursuit of her MBA in general business from Delaware Valley College and hopes to finish in spring 2013. Christina Grande is teaching first grade at Our Lady of the Snows school in Chicago; she is in her fifth year teaching. Katie Lischwe Williamsen and Chad Williamsen’06 moved to North Carolina in July. Katie is in Elon University’s master’s in interactive media program, hopefully graduating in May. Stefanie Piatkiewicz currently works with Mindful Practices (MP), an organization dedicated to bringing wellness to communities from all walks of life. Along with leading professional development workshops for MP, she teaches hip-hop yoga to children in the CPS schools. She also teaches children’s ballet and hip-hop classes at Life Time Fitness. Stefanie is on work-study at the Lou Conte Dance Studio, where she continues her dance training. She has recently completed her 200 hour RYT yoga certification through YogaFit this past September. Stefanie dances with the classical modern dance company Duncan Dance Chicago (DDC). Logan Casanova MBA ’09 and Roberta Garippo recently married! Logan has passed all four parts of the CPA exam and is now a certified CPA. Roberta and her sister, Carla

Garippo ’06, opened a dance studio in Highland Park called Center Stage Academy of Dance in September 2010.

Megan Reidy married Kevin Champion. Megan Reidy-Champion married her boyfriend of almost 10 years, Kevin Champion, on September 10, 2011. Jen Miller ’06 was one of her bridesmaids. Megan is also in her fifth year of teaching second grade at St. William School. Christine Barry graduated from Lewis University in May 2011 with a master’s of education in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in instructional technology. Several DU alums and current students attended the wedding of Melissa Fleming and Mark Higgins. See you at Alumnae/i Weekend! –Mark Carbonara and Stephanie Lieberman, class agents

2008 Nanette Rivera and her husband of four years, Catarino, proudly celebrated the birthday of their daughter, Isabella Garza, who turned 2 years old this autumn. For the past three years now, Nanette has continued to work as a licensing representative for the specialized foster care agency Seguin Services, Inc. In May, she also started attending The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to obtain her master’s degree in psychology with a concentration in children and adolescents. James Troken was published in The FASEB Journal, a leading biology journal, on July 29, 2011, for his article “Vimentin is Sufficient and Required for Wound Repair and Remodeling in Alveolar Epithelial Cells” (PMID: 21803859). He also gave a talk, “Vimentin-Null Mice are Protected from Hyperoxia Induced Acute Lung Injury by Way of Failing to Recruit Components of the Inflammasome,” at the second annual Northwestern Lung Symposium.

Sr. Regina Gallo professed perpetual vows in June 2011. Sr. Regina Gallo professed perpetual vows as a member of the Sisters of Providence. She professed her vows during Eucharistic liturgy, Sunday, June 26, in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the congregation’s motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN.

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paperback and Amazon in both trade paperback and Kindle versions. She currently resides in Wheaton, IL, with her husband and two daughters, and thinks fondly back to her days and evenings spent in the Rebecca Crown Library.

Thank you for your submissions. Please be sure to keep us updated! Email your class agents at, or join the Facebook group at –Catherine Joy Calixto and Eileen Terrien, class agents

Theresa Lepine MLIS ’09 is currently serving a two-year term as library director at Broadview Missionary Baptist Church. Theresa also serves as an instructor and reference librarian at the Malcolm X College Library in Chicago.

2009 In May 2011, Taylor Eshleman graduated from the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Taylor also passed the NCLEX-RN and is now a registered nurse. Lindsay Buoniconti is in her third year of teaching at Saint Ferdinand School. She is currently teaching first grade and coaching cheerleading.

Kirsten Fisk wed Bryan Banzhaf. Kirsten Fisk Banzhaf delivered a 7 lb., 7 oz. little girl, Aviana Juliet Banzhaf, on June 11, 2011. On September 10, 2011, she became Mrs. Bryan Banzhaf. Kirsten taught preschool at Circles of Learning in Rockford, IL, but decided to take a leave of absence to care for her daughter. She hopes to return to teaching next school year. Jordan French is currently in grad school studying sports science and management at Cardinal Stritch University, while working full time at the university. Megan Wasz is studying medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, PA.

Melissa Bond married Rob Draniczarek in the Priory Chapel. Melissa Bond and Robert Draniczarek were married on August 5, 2011, at Dominican’s Priory Chapel. In addition to being a newlywed, Melissa is in her second year of teaching at St. Pascal School in Chicago, where she teaches second grade. Valerie Pinkston is a legal benefit authorizer for the Social Security Administration. She is a member of the LGBQT Awareness Committee and the Federal Women’s program. –Lindsay Buoniconti, Melissa Bond Draniczarek and Shannon Sromek, class agents

2010 Upon graduation, Jacqueline Comforte was offered a position with a start-up entertainment company doing marketing, PR and sales. After a year with this company, she worked at Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation in their Pain Management Patient Relations department. She recently accepted a position with Baum Realty to be their head PR and event planning/fundraising director. Besides work, she has continued to give back to the community by volunteering at St. Leonard’s Ministries in Chicago, PAWS Chicago, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and Northwestern.

–Annie Hussey and Michelle Schultz, class agents

2011 Patrick Magner is a recruitment coordinator for City Year Chicago, an education-focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. Michelle Nowak Schimick is student services advisor for the School of Healthcare at Anthem College Online in Phoenix.

Merle Branner MLIS ’10 is coordinator of instructional technology at Woodlands Academy in Lake Forest, IL. Merle was honored for her work on the Highland Park Community Emergency Response Team by the city of Highland Park. Melanie Wilson MLIS ’11 recently became the new managing editor of Dominican University’s World Libraries open access journal. Melanie also volunteers in the library at the Polish Museum of America. Regina Townsend MLIS ’11 was hired as the youth services outreach librarian at Forest Park Public Library.

GSSW Mayda Zamarripa MSW ’11 is a social worker for Cicero School District 99.

Brennan School of Business Patricia Padjen-McNulty MBA ’84, RN, BSN, MS, PhD, was honored by Alverno College in October with their Professional Achievement Award for her long and distinguished career as a nurse, educator and administrator. Michael Robles MSA ’95 is now a financial analyst for Océ North America.

–Barbara Lagrotteria, Fanny Lopez Martinez and Jaron Salazar, class agents

Graduate School of Library and Information Science Martha Farley Berninger MALS ’79 has been promoted to director of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning. Ms. Berninger is the former librarian supervisor for Resource Sharing and Reference for DPI. She was formerly the associate director of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Career Resource Center. Ms. Berninger has acted as a corporate information professional in a variety of firms including LexisNexis, The Signature Group, Montgomery Ward, FranCorp and Navigant Consulting. Ms. Berninger began her career in academic libraries and also served in several Illinois public libraries.

Gianluca Cristiano, son of Louie Adamo MBA ’06. Louie Adamo MBA ’06 and his wife, Maria, announced the birth of their son, Gianluca Cristiano, on August 1. Big brother, Antonio, was excited to welcome him home.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 ALUMNAE/I Alice Field Bolger ’34 Mary “Marilu” Mogus Fines ’37 Rita Crews Buckley ’39 Mary Alice Schowalter O’Connell ’39 Lorraine Alexander Carpenter ’42 Jeanette Mueller Brackmann ’43 Maxine Murphy Gallagher ’43 Virginia Kelly Prendergast ’44 Veronica Coyne ’45 Genevieve Heinz Fredell ’45 Mildred Segan Gruenenfelder ’45 Marjorie Quinn Kozak ’45 Mary Jane Walsh Sweeney ’45 Kathleen Fitzgerald Terrien ’46 Jean Manix Bratek ’47 Rita Kortendick Brinkman ’47 Maureen Niemeyer McGarr ’48 Joyce Shields Doyle ’49 Frances Dineen Quetsch ’49 Mildred Ledl Melcher ’50 Ann Ledl Bajorek ’52 Margaret Daleiden Quinn ’53 Joan Schowalter Kemper ’54 Patricia Brocken Urban ’54 Mary Miller Miller ’57 Mary Jeanne Weigel Platt ’58 Catherine Ender Messina ’62 Barbara Lieberman Moss MALS ’67 Diana Coffey Halda MALS ’68 Judith Martin ’70 Joanne Wojcik MALS ’72 Krystyna Richter Sullivan MALS ’73 Gertrude Gayner MALS ’74 Joanne Cavanaugh Herff ’74 Elizabeth Monkus Cibulskis MALS ’75 Jeannine DeRose-Ihrig MSPED ’81 Joan Burgess DuSold MALIS ’91 Mary Ellen Grimes Dutcher ’96 Zenza Brown Laws ’80 MAEA ’99 Donald Smeeton MALIS ’03 Sunny Therese Wazorick ’07 N O N - G R A D U AT I N G ALUMNAE/I Mary Jean Fitzsimmons Brazda Marie Petrillo DeRosa Barbara Cassidy Flood Georgene Werner Kreinber Mary Jane Miller Marilyn McGinn Pifer

DOMINICAN SISTERS Sr. Nona Mary Allard, OP* Sr. Elwyn McHale, OP* UNIVERSITY FRIEND Elouise Cobell^ Robert Galvin^ James Maddock^ Herbert Slutsky* Vicky Strei* MOTHER OF Fachon Schwope Wilson ’65 Mary Bolger Anderson ’68 Catherine Zachar Sweitzer ’73* Mary Anne Platt Omelka ’88 Jeanne Platt ’92 Susan Eannarino Tipre ’98 Jill Mallek MLIS ’09 Ellen Liebner MLIS ’01* Andrew Lipka** Arthur Lipka** Reverend Richard J. Prendergast^ Elsie Radtke^ Maja Ramirez** JoAnne Giuffre Sonneveld Kelli Wynn* F AT H E R O F Vincent Zaprzal ’06, MAFM ’10 Chad Polak ’11 Trudi Goggin* Dana Nolan** Elizabeth Perry** Angel Sancen** Noelle Swanson** Danielle Yasak** F AT H E R - I N - L A W O F Sarah Soszko Zaprzal ’08 Kevin Austin ’90 MBA ’92 MOTHER-IN-LAW OF Jane Vanderheiden Bolger ’58 Bridget Burns* SON OF Ann O’Leary-Kerley ’47 Maureen O’Connell Anderson ’62 Kathleen Gilson MSED ’93

HUSBAND OF Mary Suzanne Watson Babb ’46 Helen McSweeney Goggin ’46 Rita Najdowski Zimny ’48 Mary Jean McMahon Rigali ’51 Patricia Brennock Casey ’53 Rosemary Kelley Heiberger ’54 Mary Landrigan Brault ’55 Nancy Bondi James ’62 Carol Jachec Klose ’67 MFA/Schifanoia Degree ’69 Donna Nelson Stride ’75 Cheryl Veverka Zawislak ’88 Dorothy Mulroy King^ Martha Maddock^ Frances Nolan* WIFE OF Leo Newcombe^ DAUGHTER OF James W. Wazorick MBA ’09 BROTHER OF Catherine Travaglini ’56 Barbara Brault, MD ’62 Eleanor Rigali Arnold ’63 Katrice Pates** SISTER OF Catharine Heinz ’41 Mary Louise Truxaw ’48 Sheila Fitzgerald ’53 Yaquala Brown Gant ’88, MSEd ’97 James S. Wazorick ’03, MBA ’09 Janelle Wazorick** Robert Miller*

AUNT OF Anne Hennessey Bodach ’65 Erin Green Groden ’66 Maureen Fitzgerald ’74 Mary Joan Hennessey Ocasek ’75, MALS ’79 Megan Fitzgerald Bitterman ’82 Julia Doloszycki* NEPHEW OF Sr. Kaye Ashe, OP ’52 + G R A N D F AT H E R O F Victoria Nogle** GRANDMOTHER OF Alison Hecimovich MSPED ’05 Eileen Terrien ’08 Note: This list reflects all the deaths received between July 2, 2011, and December 1, 2011. Please call the Office of Alumnae/i Relations at (708) 524-6286 regarding omissions or discrepancies. To make a gift in memory of a loved one, please call the Office of Annual Giving at (708) 524-6298, or visit *Staff/Faculty **Student ^Friend +Former Trustee (T)Trustee

BROTHER-IN-LAW OF Roberta Ivins Rigali ’57 SISTER-IN-LAW OF Dan Condon* Lois Lyon Brennan ’55 + UNCLE OF Christina Galvin ’07

On March 17, 2011, Mary Anne Hartnett MALS ’86 was inducted into the Joliet Catholic Academy Hall of Fame. Mary Anne retired from Joliet Catholic Academy in June 2011 after 28 years as librarian/media specialist. Corey Bard MLIS ’08 became director of the Ruidoso(NM) Public Library in September 2011. Corey is also founder of Bike the Rogue: Aviana Juliet, daughter of Kirsten Fisk Banzhaf. / magazine

Joanne Zienty MLIS ’08 is a library director in Lombard School District 44. Joanne recently published her debut novel, The Things We Save, available from Barnes and Noble in trade

Dominican Trustee Greg Cappelli MBA ’92, (pictured in the back row to the right of Oprah Winfrey) attended the first graduation ceremony for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Cappelli is the director, co-chief executive officer, of the Apollo Group, Inc. and chairman of Apollo Global, Inc.

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



Ragamala Dance Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. Lund Auditorium

2012 Exposition of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Investigations Wednesday, April 4, 9 a.m. Parmer Hall

Baccalaureate Mass Friday, May 4, 5:30 p.m. Rosary Chapel

Senior Thesis Art Exhibition – Part One March 28 – April 7 O’Connor Art Gallery Siena Center Lecture: Bren Ortega Murphy, PhD A Question of Habit Thursday, March 29, 6 p.m. Bluhm Lecture Hall, Parmer Hall Fifth Annual African American & Latino Social Work Symposium Thursday, March 29, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Priory Auditorium 2012 Student Fashion Show March 30 – April 1 Lund Auditorium

Global Learning Symposium Wednesday, April 4, 4 p.m. Parmer Hall Senior Thesis Art Exhibition – Part Two April 11 - 21 O’Connor Art Gallery The Night of the Iguana Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 15 Martin Recital Hall School of Education: Honoring the Profession Monday, April 16, 6 p.m. Social Hall

Commencement Saturday, May 5 11 a.m. Undergraduates 3 p.m. Graduate students Lund Auditorium Blues and the Spirit III: A Symposium on Race, Gender and the Blues Friday, May 18 Saturday, May 19 Parmer Hall

Albertus Magnus Society Lecture Daniel Dinello, MFA Dr. Frankenstein’s Footsteps: A Critical Look at Some Key Films Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m. Bluhm Lecture Hall, Parmer Hall


Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. Lund Auditorium

Welcome Weekend Friday, August 24, through Sunday, August 26

St. Catherine of Siena Lecture Susan Ross, PhD From Spotless Bride to Working Partners: Images of the Laity in the 21st Century Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m. Priory Auditorium 2012 DU Dance Team Show Sunday, April 22, 3:00 p.m. Monday, April 23, 7:00 p.m. Lund Auditorium / magazine

Candle and Rose Friday, May 4, Dusk Quad

Alumnae/i Weekend Friday, June 8, through Sunday, June 10


First Day of Classes Monday, August 27

September Caritas Veritas Symposium Tuesday, September 25


Rose K. and John P. Goedert left a lasting footprint on Dominican University’s campus—the Rose K. Goedert Center for Early Childhood Education, dedicated in the spring of 2006. John, known as “Jack”, now deceased, long wished to honor his wife’s memory and her commitment to the education of all children. He began funding the center during his lifetime through a gift to the Amazing Possibilities Campaign and at that same time, added a provision in his estate plan to further fund this memorial project after his death. Through Jack’s thoughtful philanthropic planning and vision, quality early childhood education flourishes at Dominican, providing a lasting legacy for the Goedert Family.

Rose Kelliher Goedert graduated from Rosary College in 1936, following her sisters Agnes Kelliher ’29 and Anne Kelliher Lynch ’32. The year she graduated, she met Jack Goedert at a Rosary Sunday tea dance. Jack, a graduate of a Catholic high school, university and law school, was an attorney and certified public accountant. The two were married in 1940. Later, as Rose continued her education toward a master’s degree in social work, the Goederts learned that their infant son was deaf. This significant event focused the Goederts’ interests on education for children. Rose and John became lifelong advocates for early childhood education and inspired many others along the way.

The Rose K. Goedert Center earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. Only 8 percent of all preschools and early childhood programs in the country are accredited by the NAEYC.


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Blues and the Spirit III The Blues and the Spirit Symposium was destined for success when, on the first night of the first symposium in the spring of 2008, a welcome reception with live music by Chicago bluesman Larry Taylor spontaneously erupted into an all-out jam session. Two years later, a sold-out crowd of music and history scholars and fans commemorated the centennial of Howlin’ Wolf ’s birth and the 40th anniversary of Living Blues magazine at the second symposium in 2010.

At this spring’s Blues and the Spirit III: A Symposium on Race, Gender and the Blues, participants will hear from an eclectic group of young scholars, prominent musicologists, writers, musicians and industry leaders, as well be treated to two nights of first-class Chicago blues at popular area blues clubs. The hours of 4 p.m. on Friday, May 18, into the wee hours of Sunday, May 20, will be jam-packed with keynote addresses, panel presentations, awards and of course, spectacular blues music. To register and learn more, go to

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