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How new devices and new media have transformed the college experience

QU | President’s Page

Exploring Our Connectivity Dear Friends, It’s no secret that technology is increasingly important—and welcome—in our lives, and this issue of QUniverse offers glimpses of the many critical roles it plays for Quincy University. The lives of students, faculty, administrators, and alumni all are enriched by a vast array of technologies, from mobile devices to cloud computing and beyond. At the same time, it’s also no secret that technology in education, especially for distance learning, is the subject of much debate. Proponents see it as a way to increase access, enrich content and contain costs. Critics, persuaded by some nationally publicized abuses, charge that online education is “education lite,” fraying the

Technology is great, but nothing beats face-to-face interactions. Dr. Gervasi chats with Bobby Ilich ’13 and Sarah Dougherty ’14.

bonds between teacher and student. At Quincy University, our Franciscan heritage provides a helpful lens through which to appreciate the potentials and the pitfalls of online learning. Franciscans arguably were among the earliest distance educators in the dedicated pursuit of gospel truth. I refer not only to the Quincy friars, who introduced computers on our campus a half-century ago, described by Fr. Joe Zimmerman in this issue. More importantly, I refer to the spirit of St. Francis himself, who adopted itinerancy—going beyond established boundaries to reach people—as a core strategy to advance the friars’ mission. Eight hundred years later, technology represents the opportunity to transcend time and space to reach students. Accordingly,

been careful to ensure that online programs reflect that excellence. The subject of connecting at a distance reminds me of a wonderful story about St. Clare, the first Franciscan woman. One Christmas Eve, Clare was sick in bed and could not join the sisters at Mass. She prayed for a vision and, as if in a cloud, she miraculously saw the Mass from afar, as if it were being held in her bedroom. Clare’s distance vision led her to be named, in 1958, the patron saint of television. Today she might deserve more generally to be called the patron of distance technology—or at least cloud computing! In the end, what is most important in a QU education is not the means but the message and the mission. Whether students see and learn up close or at a distance, we will always focus on our Catholic, Franciscan liberal arts tradition, offering students personal attention and preparing them for lives of connection and transformation.

our faculty and staff have

Peace and all good, Robert A. Gervasi, PhD, President


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Contents | QU

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ii President’s Page Exploring Our Connectivity

2 Student Spotlight 4 Hawks Talk


Inspired Competition

8 Technology Tech Rules!


12 Online Learning

Getting that Dream Degree

14 Alumni Profile


Heintz ➡Sweeney


18 Faculty View

Educating Educators

20 Franciscan Focus


Early Adopters

22 Class Notes 34 Faculty and Staff QUniverse Editor: Jim Robesky | Editorial Advisory Committee and Contributors: Sharon Barnett ’79 Bill Beard Ann Behrens Julie Bell Sara Belmont ’15 Matt Bergman ’99 Brendan Bittner Ben Braun ’07 Megan Duncan ’15 George Hoemann Amanda Klein ’15 QUniverse | Winter 2013

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Bill O’Donnell ’73 Barbara Schleppenbach ’71 Christina Simmons Matt Winfield ’13 Fr. Joseph Zimmerman,OFM

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Archipelago Adventure The archipelago that inspired Charles Darwin captivated a group of eleven students last summer. Part of the curriculum of the class Ecology of the Galapagos, the ten-day trip was led by Dr. Joe Coelho, associate professor of biological sciences, and Dr. Megan Boccardi ’99, assistant professor of history. Students first discovered that it isn’t easy to get to this UNESCO World Heritage site. They took four separate flights to get to the islands, which are west of Ecuador in the Pacific. Once there, the group had the opportunity not only to observe the wildlife, such as the

different plants, insects, and moths of the Galapagos, but also to participate in many fun activities. Some of the standouts were snorkeling, hiking a volcano, swimming with sharks, hiking to a waterfall, seeing the cloud forest, and ziplining. The students and faculty stayed in Quito, Ecuador’s capital, for the first few days and then boated to other islands, staying on San Cristobal, Isabela, and Santa Cruz. They also visited Floreana Island. This coming summer, Coehlo is planning to switch destinations, giving students a look at Costa Rica.

Top left: Randa Stark ’12, Megan Boccardi ’99, Kassidy Shuman ’12, and Erica Holtmeyer ’14 snorkeling. Above: John Lidy ’13 emerges from beneath a waterfall.

Quincy Club Soccer Club sports have dribbled straight into the spotlight at Quincy, in no small part thanks to the efforts of Yemi Akintoye ’13. A biology major and an academically impressive student, Akimtoye has a passion for soccer. In 2011, he brought his idea of a full-time club to Mike Davis, director of the Student Health and Fitness Center and the go-to guy for extramural sports. Akintoye put together a full-time team, which has completed its second season, placing second during its first time participating in the adult soccer league of Quincy.


Throughout the season, the team faced both club teams and established sports teams from colleges in the area. These included Washington University in St. Louis’s club team, Culver Stockton, Hannibal’s Alumnae Team, and St. Ambrose University.

The club team from left: Molly Waterkotte ’15, Tony Burton ’15, Jeremy Culver ’14, Kekoura Sakou Vogui ’13, Erik Rios ’16, Andres Martinez ’15, Drew Koester ’13, Tyler Willer ’13, Yemi Akintoye ’13, Osaretin Uwumarogie ’15, Amanda Gallaher ’12, and Rob Schmittgens ’13.

The team owes its successes to dedication—balancing practice with academics. The team of between twenty and twenty-two participants practiced three times a week, with players required to attend two practices a week. Akintoye, one of the two team captains, says, “It’s a good outlet for people who want to play but don’t have a large amount of time, yet still want to play at a collegiate level.” Akintoye not only practiced but also helped raise funds to back the team.

Although their outdoor season is over, the Quincy University club soccer’s indoor season began in January at the KNDL Arena. The club is planning on entering more tournaments once their indoor season starts. Davis says that the success of the soccer club has been a real plus for other sports: “With this model in place, we have been able to grow and add programs like rugby, swimming, basketball, and more. We know that more will follow in the future.”

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Student Spotlight | QU

Let Our VOICEs Be Heard Vote. Organize. Inform. Communicate. Evaluate. The studentrun VOICE was heard loud and clear last fall, leading up to the November election. Under the direction of two faculty advisors—Megan Boccardi, associate professor, and Natasha Ramsey, director of multicultural and leadership programs— about a score of students had the chance to learn about the candidates and the election while earning ten service-learning hours during different events. VOICE helped set up the mock debate that the Student Senate held as well as a viewing party of the presidential debate in the Hawks’ Nest. At this event, members watched the presidential debate and then discussed major topics and the candidates. The group also held “Qyo and Conversations,” where participants conversed about the candidates and election and received a coupon for frozen yogurt from Qyo Sweet Treats Café. The group organized a pledge-to-vote project, where individuals signed a banner, proclaiming their promise to vote. They also held a voter-registration event at four different locations in the community to register voters. The group started at Quincy University and moved on to the Quincy Public Library, the Quincy Mall, and the Redmon Lee Center. In total, VOICE registered over 120 people.

Qyo, the new create-your-own-confection yogurt shop, is attracting students, alums, and townspeople.

Sweets Below the Stacks QU’s sweetest gathering spot, Qyo Sweet Treats Café, made its debut last May on the lower level of Brenner Library. Open to both campus and the surrounding community, Qyo Sweet Treats Café sells yogurt by the ounce. You grab a dish, choose from one of six flavors available each day and then lade on toppings such as sour gummy worms, Oreo pieces, chocolate rocks, and strawberries. The Qyo-rista weighs your concoction and you pay up at 39 cents per ounce. “I enjoy seeing little kids come in and be mesmerized by all the toppings. Then their parents rush to prevent them from putting a thousand sour gummy worms in their cups,” says Elizabeth Guidry ’14, a student worker at Qyo. She works under the able direction of Matt Bergman ’99, director of advancement, who was office manager of The Country’s Best Yogurt (TCBY) in Quincy for ten years. Qyo offers other items as well, including sodas, waffles, hot chocolate, cappuccinos, and coffee. Customers gather in the sensational citrus themed space, where there are tables, comfortable chairs, stools, Wi-Fi and big-screened TVs. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 11 p.m. on weekends.

Carrying On: The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien’s Pulitzer Prize winning and now classic novel, The Things They Carried, has been adapted to the stage by QU’s own Valerie Hernandez. Carrying On: The Things They Carried made its debut last November at MacHugh Theatre. The show, directed by Valerie Hernandez and Bridget Quinlivan, was the final event of the 2012 Big Read Program.

Mason Ellion’s character dies as, from left, Andrew Marshall, Cory Smith ’15, Jon Graff ’14, and Patrick Regner look on.

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The show focuses on Vietnam veterans and their experiences both in and out of the war, including a soldier’s struggle to come to terms with killing a man, another’s attempt to make the woman of his dreams love him, and

a soldier who brought his girlfriend to war only to see her transform into the most savage killer that he has ever seen. The play shows how, even years after the war ended and the soldiers came home, their war experiences haunt them. As the play progresses, it becomes clear that each soldier carries his own mental baggage; O’Brien uses storytelling within his novel to come to terms with his own horrific war experiences; and Hernandez portrays this continuously throughout the play. Appropriately, the tickets were free for all veterans.


QU | Hawks Talk


GO HAWKS Inspired competition on the court, course, and field.

Men’s Soccer The Hawks advanced to their second NCAA tournament in the last three seasons under first-year head coach Mike Carpenter ’02, who took over the program from Jack Mackenzie. Mackenzie announced that he would step down from the head coaching role in July after 43 seasons leading the Hawks. Carpenter’s group ranked as high as No. 6 in the national poll after starting the season with seven straight wins. At one point, dating back to the 2011 season, the Hawks were unbeaten in 15 straight games. Quincy finished the 2012 season with a 12-2-6 record and reached the NCAA tournament where they ultimately lost in the second round to eventual national runner-up Saginaw Valley State in sudden death penalty kicks. The Hawks finished in second place in the final Great Lakes Valley Conference standings and had eight players named to the All-GLVC teams. Chris Garavaglia ’15 was named the GLVC Defensive Player of the Year and was a third team Daktronics All-American. Forwards Jeff Vaninger ’13 and Jordan Roberts ’15 were named to the Daktronics All-Midwest Region second team. As a team, the Hawks allowed just 13 goals in 20 games and recorded 11 shutouts.

Jeff Vaninger ’13

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Hawks make it happen.

Brittany Casey ’13

Jaclyn Mastroianni ’14

Ashley Burton ’16

Women’s Soccer The Lady Hawks enjoyed another successful season, reaching the NCAA tournament for the seventh consecutive season. Quincy is one of just two schools in the country to have reached the tournament in each of the last seven seasons – all under head coach Dave Musso ’04. The Lady Hawks finished their banner season with a 16-3-2 record and won the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season and tournament championships, despite going through multiple season-ending injuries to key players, especially on the back line. It was the first GLVC tournament title in program

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history. The Lady Hawks earned the honor of hosting the conference tournament and did not allow a goal in the three games on their way to the title. Quincy also hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament by ranking No. 2 in the Midwest Region, but the Lady Hawks fell to UW-Parkside, 2-1, in the second round. Defender Sam Andert ’13 was named the GLVC Defensive Player of the Year and was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America first team AllAmerican for the second straight season. She is the first player in QU history to be a back-to-back NSCAA first team

All-American. Midfielder Ashley Burton ’16 was named the GLVC Freshman of the Year, a Daktronics second team All-American and an NSCAA third team All-American in her rookie season. She led the team with 13 goals. Forward Brittany Casey ’13, midfielders Jaclyn Mastroianni ’14 and Kristine Vogt ’14, and goalkeeper Jodi Chapie ’14 were each named NSCAA All-Midwest Region along with Burton and Andert. The six NSCAA all-region players set a program record. The Lady Hawks allowed only 14 goals in 21 games and recorded 10 shutouts.


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Tyler Reidl ’14

Football The Hawks welcomed the debut

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of several eras in the 2012 season,

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Hawks to a 3-8 overall record. It was also Quincy’s first season in the inaugural year of football in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The season also marked QU’s return to the NCAA Justin Dickens ’14

Division II level. While the Hawks struggled at the outset of the season, battling a difficult schedule that saw them play four of their first five games

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on the road, Quincy rallied to win three of their final five games, including

@QUHawks, @QUHawksLive

its final two. The program saw the


continued rise of wide receiver Justin


Dickens ’14, who became Quincy’s career leader in touchdown receptions


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The Hawks recorded their first win under Pajic with a 38-19 win over former NAIA rival McKendree at Flinn Stadium in mid-October and finished the season with wins over Kentucky Wesleyan and William Jewell. Nine players received All-GLVC honors and defensive end Tyler Reidl ’14 was named to the Capital One Academic All-American. He was third in the conference in sacks while also excelling in the classroom with a 3.85 GPA majoring in biological sciences and chemistry.

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Lyndsay Kooi ’13

New Coaches on the Fields Mike Carpenter Quincy University alum Mike Carpenter ’02 took over the men’s soccer program in July after spending nine seasons on the QU coaching staff under Jack Mackenzie, who stepped down from his head coaching role after 43 seasons. Prior to the 2011 season, the Quincy native was elevated from assistant coach to associate head coach. He played under Mackenzie as Quincy’s goalkeeper from 1997 until 2001 and earned his bachelor’s degree in business and marketing.

Women’s Volleyball The QU women’s volleyball team continued its development under second-year head coach Jen Constantino, who led the Hawks to a 14-16 overall record and a 7-11 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Quincy started the season with five straight wins, winning the championship of the Millersville (Pa.) Marauder Clash. The season featured several dramatic matches, including a nine-match stretch that featured seven five-set matches. Two Hawks reached significant career milestones during the season. Setter Lyndsay Kooi ’13 recorded her 3,000th career assist and libero Damaris Linker ’13 registered her 1,000th career dig. Kooi now ranks fourth on QU’s all-time assists list with 3,191 in her career, and Linker’s 1,094 digs place her fifth on the all-time list. Middle hitter Briann Joslin ’14 led the team with 329 kills and 118 blocks and was named to the All-GLVC first team for the second consecutive season. Joslin’s 297 career blocks rank her fourth in QU history.

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Tom Pajic

Tom Pajic The Quincy University football program is under the direction of head coach Tom Pajic, who took over the reins in December 2011. Pajic came to Quincy from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, where he was the offensive coordinator for eight seasons. Under Pajic’s tutelage, the Huskies featured one of the elite running games in the nation—a reputation he has begun to build in Quincy. Pajic’s previous collegiate coaching stops include the University of South Florida, Wilkes University, Hofstra University, Fordham University, and Gettysburg College. The Cherry Hill, New Jersey, native is a 1991 graduate of Bloomsburg. Pajic and his wife, Julie, have two children, Grace and Tommy, Jr.

Follow QU Women’s Volleyball on Twitter (@QUWVB).

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QU | Technology

Tech Rules! Typewriters are long gone; even the fax machine is slipping into irrelevancy...


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Technology | QU Check all that apply: Did all college work in spiral-bound notebooks Never heard of Moodle Not following anyone on Twitter Regularly outsmarted by smartphone In college, phoned parents only on Sunday If you checked more than one, this primer’s for you!


rancis Hall reigns over the university, but it’s a brave, new tech world beneath the tower. Quincy University, like universities across the globe, has undergone a dramatic technological transformation. Five years ago, a prospective student might have asked whether or not the campus was Wi-Fi. Today, young people assume it is, and indeed Quincy is. Both the main and north campuses are powered with fiber optics, upgraded in 2012 from 100 megabytes to one gigabyte. That’s smokin’ hot. Five years ago, the well-equipped student came to campus with a laptop. Today’s student may have a laptop, iPad, smart phone, Kindle, and an Xbox. Six years ago, the iPhone had just been introduced and was a rare marvel on campus. Today more than 500 are registered on campus, along with plenty of androids. The smartphone has replaced the wristwatch in ubiquity. Read on and we’ll boot you up to today’s new tech standards.

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Connectivity brings the world to their screens, and a beautiful spring day brings students, such as Katherine Hoff ’15, and their computers outside.

Electronic Admissions High school students (and their parents) begin the college hunt online. Syndi Peck, vice president for enrollment management, explains that Quincy’s website is geared to meet the needs of Internet-savvy students, with easy-tofill out forms that will connect students to specific information. For example, Peck said, “In the past two years, we implemented a net price calculator, where families can put in financial information, similar to what they supply to FAFSA [Free Application for Federal Student Aid], and the NPC will show them what they might be eligible for, including gift, loan, and state and federal dollar potential.” Students can request information about sports and activities online and the University will respond. And students no longer mail in applications; that process has been online for at least five years. Facebook plays a big part in admissions, too, said Peck. Beyond the

University’s Facebook page, there are admissions specific pages. “This is the first year that we have had a Facebook page for students in the search process,” said Peck. Because it is so new, admissions doesn’t have a lot of information on how students are using it, but Peck believes that it will prove valuable in paving the way to QU for prospective students. There is also a special Facebook page for admitted students. “This spring we will create a Facebook page for the class of 2017,” Peck said. Students can use it to find a roommate, to find other students taking classes they are taking, and to figure out the ins and outs of being a freshman: What should I bring to campus? When should I purchase textbooks? Monitoring the page, admission staff can field the requests. Today’s student begins the transition to college life before putting a freshman foot on campus.


QU | Technology

From the student perspective, tech rules the day. See how MEGAN DUNCAN ’15 navigates her day.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A QU STUDENT and then submitted to the instructor online; last week when I My morning was in peril; a bad hair day on top of missing handed in a hard copy of a media project, I had to ask where keys. Time was not on my side as it relentlessly edged closer to turn it in. Almost all assignments are turned in online and to the moment I should arrive to class. without stepping a foot in the classroom. And we get wiggle Then in the blink of an eye, the day was saved. room on the due date because deadlines are often set to There was no cape on this superhero; instead; my rescuer midnight. Several times I have clicked submit at 11:59. was bedecked in a sparkly pink studded case. In a flash, I was A digital classroom also has virtual tools, such as online able to text a fellow classmate who immediately alerted the templates to help with homework or web links to get more professor that I was running late. Technology is not just part of my day; technology is my day. information on class topics, and my smart phone is a digital It both starts my day and ends it. My phone serves as an alarm library. Educational apps provide me with flashcards and even tutoring in some subjects, and phones now sit on desks beside clock and as the morning news edition; before I even get out textbooks in the same prominent spot that a pencil once did. of bed in the morning, I check the weather and Facebook. Lecturers do not miss a beat at the vibrating sound of an At the end of the day, my iPad illuminates my bedroom as I incoming text or even a sudden outburst of a ringtone in the catch up on textbook reading before dropping off to sleep. middle of class. It is not just my textbook that is digital, but the entire Although most instructors have become technology classroom has caught up to the digital age. Each classroom is friendly, technology is not always their friend. With favorite both real and virtual, and I work in them simultaneously by entertainment sources at their fingertips during class, students logging onto Moodle, which is the online version of Quincy are easily and regularly distracted by their devices. Classroom University. With this virtual classroom, I get week-by-week sites or notes often idle underneath social media sites or synopses of what to expect in class, assignment checklists, and solitaire games, only restored to the front of the screen when inboxes to turn them in to, and many times, class lectures. an instructor walks by. Since lectures are Even I—and I’m a pretty posted online, and some dedicated student—can’t of them several weeks in resist checking text messages advance, note-taking in or Facebook in the middle class is not a priority as of class once in a while. it once was. Sometimes Sneaking a peek at my I do print the lecture out phone when the instructor and take it to class with isn’t watching, sending an me to mark up, but due occasional text, or updating dates and assignment my status can suddenly seem descriptions are always like a priority during an online and, if not, I extra-long lecture. Hearing can always email the Beyond the quintessential phone, Megan Duncan ’15 that soft bling notifying me instructor. relies on her computer to get her through the class day. of an email can divert my With digital books attention from even a riveting class. and online forums, iPads and laptops have become a part of Even with this dark side, technology is a classroom hero classroom décor and the steady beat of fingers to keys is just classroom noise. Heads peek out over laptops as the instructor in many ways. More efficient classroom communication, convenience, and study tools are just a few abilities of modern scrolls through a power point presentation about intercultural classroom technology. communication, complete with a You Tube video on the Technology can’t fix my bad hair day; so then again, I guess Middle East. it can’t do everything. Classroom work is often typed up in a Word document


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Technology | QU

Professors, who didn’t grow up with technology, are learning to embrace its pluses, as BARBARA SCHLEPPENBACH explains.

TECH ASSISTED INSTRUCTION The trusty tablet I’m using to compose these thoughts is my desk, my library, and my constant connection with the students in my classes. The power, the richness, and the agility made possible by technology has made teaching—like learning—an anywhere, any time experience. Thanks to Moodle, I’ve gone almost paperless, which is kind to the budget and to the environment. I don’t miss carrying those thick stacks of essays to mark, or the spare copies of the slippery syllabi that keep escaping from student backpacks. I can comment on assignments in greater detail online—byebye, illegible penmanship!—and I can respond to questions as soon as they arise. My students agree that a timely email discussion of their options is the best solution to writer’s block ever invented. I can browse the libraries of the world via the electronic databases of QU’s Brenner Library, and I can tap the latest publications on emerging research to support the topics we’re

studying. Collaborations can span the globe, as my husband found when he supervised a group project involving students in Siberia, Kansas City, Chicago, and St. Louis. Do teachers notice electronic distractions in the classroom? More than the students think we do. But most are brief, unobtrusive, and not nearly as numerous as the invisible daydreams that have always vied for their attention. Of course, when I was in school my mind never wandered—and I thank my teachers for believing that. Soon I’ll be teaching a new online graduate program via Moodle. In theory, I could conduct my classes from a beach in Maui or a Parisian sidewalk café. But I’m likely to find enough adventure in learning to create the type of community that makes the QU classroom a dynamic, nurturing place. As long as there are eager students like Megan, we’ll keep finding new ways to include them in the great conversation.

When the Class of ’13 graduates this spring, they will leap into alum life on line, fueled by new connectivity, explained here by BEN BRAUN ’07, coordinator of alumni services.

AlumNI and the New Media On July 25 at 8:15 a.m., longtime Quincy University soccer coach Jack Mackenzie announced his retirement. By lunchtime, nearly one out of every five QU alumni in the world had heard, seen, or shared the news. In a world of limitless information literally at one’s fingertips, the expectation of immediacy has become many an industry standard. New media has revolutionized the world of alumni relations, and Quincy is no exception. In just a few years, QU’s alumni services department has made great strides in its efforts to keep alumni connected and engaged with their alma mater. Gone are the days when a university’s widespread communication to alumni was limited to an annual alumni bulletin, a few postcards, and the occasional fundraising letter. Take the University website for example. In 2012, Quincy University transformed a stagnant online billboard into an interactive hub through which users can quickly and easily update alumni news and information, register for upcoming events, and share news and happenings with alumni friends

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via personal social networking channels. Quincy University’s alumni services department utilizes Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and alumni audiences for each are growing by the day. Combining the world of Quincy University today with nostalgic imagery and memories from years past, Quincy University has fully embraced social media and other information platforms with regards to engaging alumni. And we are constantly searching for the next innovation, the newest media that will inspire alumni involvement through online relationship building. Of course what gives each and every one of these tools value are the alumni themselves. The response from Quincy University alumni both young and old during QU’s technological transformation has been overwhelmingly positive. Without a uniquely enthusiastic population of dedicated alumni with an eagerness to stay connected, all of these tools are inherently without purpose. And for that, we thank each and every one of you for your willingness to stay involved and engaged with Quincy University.


QU | Online Learning

online @ QU Getting that dream degree just got a lot easier. By George Hoemann


o, you graduated from college a few (or more) years ago. You look back with fondness to your undergraduate days. You’ve thought about continuing your education for a while now, getting that advanced degree that will give you the skills, the knowledge and the credentials to move ahead in your career. You’d like to return to QU, or come for the first time. But life—job, family, and geography—has taken you on a different path. Until now, those hurdles were fairly difficult to overcome. This year, QU will begin offering four new graduate programs in the highly desirable areas of business administration, communication, religious education and writing. The MBA, offered for many years as an on-campus and evening program, adds a totally online option beginning in February. Come the summer, the much-anticipated Master of Arts in Communication and a new Master of Religious Education degree programs launch. Finally, next August, the Master of Arts in Writing (with tracks in professional writing or creative writing) begins. The business, communication, and writing degree programs are completely online, while the religious education degree combines one, two-week summer residency with the remainder of the program offered online. Many of us are online most every day, whether reading email, surfing the web, shopping or Googling directions to a 12

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new restaurant we’ve been meaning to try out. But taking a course—let alone an entire degree—online? That’s a different thing altogether. What should you expect? And is an online program really for you? While online course work is different than traditional face-to-face classes, QU’s attention to each student and commitment to quality education is hardwired into our online programs, starting with the QU faculty and continuing with 24/7/365 technical support. The flexibility of an online program (students rarely—if ever—come to campus) plays to the strengths of an independent learners and self-starters who also enjoy working collaboratively with others, in this instance with instructors and fellow students. Skills mastered in life— work, organization, clear written communication, setting priorities and sticking to a schedule—mark the ideal candidate for online classes. The courses themselves will present students with challenges to stretch their understanding, solve problems, reflect upon situations that call for considered, informed judgment, and offer opportunities to more fully develop and deepen awareness and insight—in other words, just like a traditional class. Student interactions with teachers and classmates will be different: Threaded discussion groups, which are online forums where participants can post their comments at any time; email; and online chats replace

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classroom meetings. But the learning outcomes will be the same. Is an online course the same as an on-ground course? No, but our aim is to ensure that students will have an equivalent educational experience, to marry quality with flexibility. And there is always that distinctive QU commitment to each member of our learning community. To ensure that commitment, QU partners with The Learning House, a highly respected leader in online education. The Learning House provides the computers which host the online programs, technical support as well as helping QU faculty members translate their expertise and Franciscan values to an online learning and teaching environment. Distance learning, such as correspondence schools, has a long history, and as early as 1962 Buckminster Fuller presaged online education in his book Education Automation. Today online education represents the fastest-growing area of higher education. According to the most recent survey of the Babson Survey Research Group, 6.1 million students were taking at least one online course in the fall 2010 term; and the growth rate for online enrollment is about 10 percent, whereas the overall growth rate for higher education is two percent. Recognizing the importance of this trend, in October 2010 the University’s board of trustees adopted a strategic plan that established online undergraduate and graduate programming as a priority for QU. The online Human Services undergraduate degree completion program launched in August 2011 and was our first step in meeting that goal. The new graduate programs (and other initiatives still in the planning stages) will continue to build upon QUniverse | Winter 2013

our initial success in making quality education available to adult learners. Why these particular graduate programs? First, all of the programs focus on areas of strength of our faculty. Moreover, we’ve also done our best to verify that these new programs meet the needs of potential students. The ten-course MBA program has not just added a new delivery option, but has also totally revised the curriculum. While retaining the general MBA course of study, two new concentrations—organizational leadership and operations

Is an online course the same as an on-ground course? No, but our aim is to ensure that students will have an equivalent educational experience, to marry quality with flexibility. management—provide high-demand areas of focus, identified in consultation with leaders in business and industry. The Master of Arts in Communication, also a ten-course degree, features what Dr. Barb Schleppenbach, chair of the Division of Fine Arts and Communication, calls a “modern curriculum on a classic foundation,” including courses in social media, crisis communications, integrated marketing communication, as well as two courses in digital communication (video and computerbased). The Master of Religious Education program is unique among the new programs because it combines an introductory two-week summer

residence with the remainder of coursework offered online. The theology faculty decided this approach better suited the potential student audience (church-based teachers, directors of religious education, youth ministers, among others) and the nature of program. The ten-course Master of Arts in Writing will offer a track in creative writing, including courses in poetry, fiction, literary theory and graphic literature, and a professional writing track that will offer courses in corporate communication, public relations writing, copywriting for advertising as well as scriptwriting for film and video. Online degree programs, while new to QU, are fairly common in higher education these days. What took QU so long? The answer really goes to our core values and mission and how best to make them present in the twenty-first century. Rather than viewing an online learning environment as something less than on-ground, we’ve created something that is different but still rooted in our values and reflects the ancient Franciscan mission of “going out to the world” to meet people where they are. In this day and age, that means adding online programming. Everyone involved in the development and approval of these new programs, from faculty members to administration to the board of trustees, is absolutely committed to the integrity of our Franciscan heritage, and to offering online programming that honors that tradition. In short, we wanted to go online “the QU way.” And we think we have. Dr. George H. Hoemann is director of Online and Nontraditional Programming. Before coming to Quincy University, he was assistant dean for Distance Education and Independent Study at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


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From left: Jim Heintz ’66 and John Sweeney ’77.

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The improbable happens in KU’s Realm of Probability By Dan Naumovich ’88


t is not currently a prerequisite that the director of University of Kansas’ (KU) growing and nationally recognized Accounting and Information Systems (AIS) program hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Quincy University, but there is a trend developing in that direction. When Jim Heintz, QU class of 1966, stepped down from the position in 2011, John Sweeney, QU class of 1977, was brought in to take the reins.

“Accounting and information systems are very closely aligned disciplines. My specialty is auditing and you can’t be up to speed in auditing without being up to speed with what’s going on with information systems,” Heintz said.

Heintz, who originally hails from Chicago, earned his accounting degree in 1966 and became a certified public accountant the following year. He went on to complete his graduate studies in accounting at Washington University in It should be noted that there was no Quincy cronyism in St. Louis, earning a doctorate in business administration. He Sweeney’s selection. Although the two had met professionally taught at Indiana University for twenty years and then was at national accounting conferences, they shared no personal appointed head of accounting at the University of Connectities from their alma mater and the undergraduate connection cut, where he served for eight years before taking the AIS wasn’t a factor in the hiring decision. “It was pretty extraordirector position at Kansas in 1998. dinary, but it didn’t have an influence on who we selected. During his career, which will number forty-three years when John Sweeney just had all of the things that we wanted,” he officially retires from teaching in May of this year, Heintz Heintz said of his successor. But that QU synergy did help. Sweeney adds, “The QU connection enabled a smooth tran- has seen how technology has changed higher education, not sition in the director’s role. Jim and I were on the same page only in the development of information technology programs, but also in the entire process of educating students. from day one.” “Technology has had an enormous effect on the classroom. Heintz and Sweeney both came to the position with expeYou push buttons today and make all kinds of things haprience firmly planted in the world of accounting, but that pen, whereas in the past so much of it was going in there and didn’t leave them unprepared for the information systems preaching. If you go into class and you aren’t using the latest side of the program. Crunching numbers has gone high tech stuff, the students think that you’re out of touch,” he said. over several decades.

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On the accounting side, technology has allowed students to learn at a quicker pace, but there is also much more material to cover than there was when Heintz was a student. “Accounting and auditing rules and regulations just keep evolving. For us to deliver what the student needs to enter the profession, we have to feed them an awful lot more, but we don’t have a lot more time to do it,” he said.

This has led to more front loading of material, a process greatly enabled by technology that requires students to prepare for each class by familiarizing themselves with the topics that will be discussed. Professors provide online resources in the form of learning modules, videos, and documents to supplement traditional textbooks and allow students to hit the ground running at the start of each class. Technology is also allowing for professor/student collaboration that extends well beyond university-required office hours. “It’s been a very positive development because students are able to get input online when they need it. We tend to be available much more than we’ve ever been. And that facilitates the learning process,” Heintz said. Of course, technology is consistently changing and one of the challenges of directing education programs is climbing a learning curve that never seems to plateau. Sweeney noted that development has occurred rapidly since his undergrad days, when technology was basically limited to a calculator. “Every year students are savvier in terms of technology and you can see that in the classroom. There’s almost the expectation that technology will be integrated seamlessly into the courses,” Sweeney said. Sweeney always knew that he wanted to take his accounting expertise into higher education, rather than to the business world. He minored in education while at Quincy and did his student teaching at Quincy Notre Dame during his senior year in 1977. He went on to earn an MBA at Southern Illinois University and his PhD in accounting from the University of Missouri. His teaching resume includes university positions at Missouri, Eastern Oregon, Central Florida, and Australian National University. Sweeney was the chair of the accounting department at Washington State University before accepting the position at KU. In his current position, Sweeney oversees a program that serves approximately 375 undergrads in accounting and 75 studying information systems. Another 110 accounting students are taking master’s courses and eight are currently seeking their PhD. The program is growing and Sweeney plans to continue that trend.

From Hawks to Jayhawks: John Sweeney (left) and Jim Heintz both rose through the ranks to assume leadership of KU’s accounting and information systems program.


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“One of the things we’re looking at is increasing our presence in the online market. We’re also looking into offering a master’s degree related to information systems. Right now, we’re evaluating the curriculum. There’re quite a lot of things going on,” he said.

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“Every year students are savvier in terms of technology and you can see that in the classroom. There’s almost the expectation that technology will be integrated seamlessly into the courses”

University of Kansas, Lawrence. Photos provided by KU Marketing Communications.

Success isn’t limited to enrollment gains. The AIS program has done a remarkable job of preparing students for life after the university. “This last year we placed 95 percent of our graduates—in a down labor market. And we do that year after year. There’s a consistent demand,” he said. Rising through the ranks of academia takes a tremendous amount of time and dedication, but both Sweeney and Heintz have also found time for family. Sweeney raised his two daughters, Lori and Lisa, as a single father, primarily during his years at Missouri, first as a doctoraL student and then as a faculty member. Both daughters are now grown with families of their own. Heintz and his wife, Celia (Kuzmickus, QU ’66), also have two children. Their son, John, works in the music industry in Los Angeles and their daughter, Andrea, is a marketing professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. “She followed in her father’s footsteps as a professor, but she wanted no part of accounting,” Heintz said. Both men also look back fondly on their years at Quincy. “You remember the friends that you made and your teachers. It was a close knit community so a lot of those friendships you maintain throughout your life,” Sweeney said.

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Heintz and his wife try to get back to Quincy every five years at reunion time. “It’s always fun to go back and see who’s still vertical. We greatly enjoy seeing the development of the physical plant there. In my day we didn’t have anywhere near the facilities you have now. And we’ve always liked the town of Quincy,” he said. With Sweeney now at the helm of the AIS program, Heintz is set to retire at the end of the spring semester. He plans on keeping his textbook updated and is committed to teaching next summer at a study abroad program in northern Italy. This will be his eleventh year teaching abroad, and he and Celia love to travel. He has come a long way in the last fortythree years, but he has no regrets on how he chose a career in higher education. “When I think of where my career has been—Indiana, Connecticut and Kansas—those are all large, high-quality universities. And yet I think back to my Quincy days and I have zero regrets,” he said. Dan Naumovich ’88 is a freelance copywriter and journalist living in Springfield, Illinois. He and his wife Tammy (Laprade ’94) have four children.


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Educating Educators The technology link By Ann K. Behrens, EdD


he power of technology is transforming the classroom. At its best, technology can make teaching and learning more efficient, engaging, and fun. It can connect teachers and students around the world, allowing them to share resources and to learn from one another. Technology can also present significant challenges to an instructor—imagine a student in class only one mouse click away from a gaming website! As we at Quincy prepare future teachers, technology has become an important focus of the curriculum. Teachers want their students to become lifelong learners. When it comes to technology, teachers themselves must embrace this concept. The power of technology as both a teaching and learning tool is rapidly changing the field of education. Used as an appropriate tool, technology can make teaching and learning more efficient, engaging, and fun. It can connect teachers and students around the world, allowing them to share resources and to learn from one another. Students in the School of Education must use technology before they can even be admitted to a teacher education program. Certification requirements from the State of Illinois include passage of the Test of Academic Proficiency as a condition of admission. Only a few years ago these tests were offered once a month in a paper and pencil format. Now the test is offered only on computer and is available to students on a much more frequent basis. 18

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Byron Holdiman, director of teaching with primary resources, shows students how a smart board can enhance the classroom experience by accessing web sites, such as this one, from the Library of Congress.

As part of their pre-professional preparation, all teacher candidates at Quincy—and most other universities—must take a course in media and technology in education. In this course, students are introduced to interactive white boards, document cameras, presentation software, LCD/DLP projectors, and spreadsheets. Not only do they review how to use these tools, but teacher candidates must also learn to use them effectively to guide instruction. They work with elementary students to research a topic on the Internet, create a PowerPoint presentation, and publicly present the final project to parents and friends. Teacher candidates build web pages, learn to use blogs and Wikis (websites, like Wikipedia that allow users to add modify, and delete content via a web browser), and investigate software to enhance instruction. But even as our students are learning on the latest equipment we have, new technologies are springing into use. Students may find themselves teaching in classrooms that employ technology that they have not learned. Supplying teacher candidates with experience and facility on the burgeoning range of tools is a constant challenge. In the last ten years, online courses have become a popular method of course delivery. Like any other course, the quality and rigor of an online class depend upon the instructor. The class can be structured in many different ways and can be either synchronous or asynchronous. Through the use of discussion

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boards, chat rooms, and distance learning technologies such as FaceTime or Skype, students in online courses can interact in real time with one another and the instructor. For example, in our Chicago programs, students meet weekly in the chat room with their instructor to review course material, clarify questions, and discuss current issues in education related to the course. For many years, teacher candidates have created an electronic portfolio as a capstone project to showcase exemplary lessons, document student learning, espouse their philosophy of education, and reflect upon their own teaching. Beginning in 2014, all teacher candidates in Illinois will not only build this portfolio guided by rubrics from the state, but must include new elements including videos of them interacting with their students during the student teaching experience. Candidates will need to upload the video to a computer, determine the segments that exemplify the teaching strategy being highlighted, edit the video, upload the different clips into the portfolio, and then analyze and reflect upon their own teaching. The stakes are high–candidates must pass this state assessment in order to be eligible for teacher certification. They must be proficient enough with the technology that they can instead focus on the content of the portfolio. What does it look like in an actual K-12 classroom? Teachers use technology for two primary purposes: to manage information and to enhance instruction. Using technology to manage information, teachers now take attendance, enter grades, record the daily lunch count, and input and track assessment data on computers in the classroom. Report cards are generated electronically, and parents can access information about homework assignments from school and classroom web pages. Teachers can use computer applications to assess their students, both QUniverse | Winter 2013

Teachers want their students to become lifelong learners. When it comes to technology, teachers themselves must embrace this concept. managing information and enhancing instruction. An elementary teacher may have a student read a passage and record assessment data as the child reads. Groups of students may work on laptops or iPads at a station during guided reading or math instruction. Even young students can reinforce skills as they work independently to practice sight words or math facts, sequence the events in a story, or practice their writing skills. The computer applications are interactive, so programs react to correct and incorrect responses by sequencing questions to give students the practice they need at an instructional level that will allow them to be successful and build additional skills. Classroom response systems, or clickers, enable instructors to gauge their students’ understanding of a topic being discussed by giving instant feedback. As all students in the class respond to questions, the instructor can decide to re-teach, give further information, or move to new material. It is not unusual today for classrooms to connect with classes in other parts of the world—a kind of virtual pen pal. Students can see and hear each other during videoconferences, learn about the culture of far-distant places, hear other languages spoken, compare lifestyles and school experiences, and begin to understand that we are more alike than different in this global society. Virtual field trips allow students to visit places they may never reach in person. Whether touring the Sistine Chapel, walking the Great Wall of China, or exploring life at the South Pole, today’s students can see and hear what others experience in person. Social networking is not just for students. A variety of sites, such as Pinterest and Schoology, allow teachers

to connect with fellow educators to share lesson plans and teaching resources. These sites are powerful tools in the hands of discerning teachers that help spark creativity, promote collaboration, and allow teachers to benefit from the work of others. An entirely different kind of technology may be found in the special education or inclusion classroom. Assistive technology is any adaptation that allows a student to do something that he cannot do on his own. For instance, one type of assistive technology allows visually impaired students to magnify the size of the text to make the information accessible to them or it may actually read the text to them. Other tools allow nonverbal students to speak or communicate. This may be as simple as pictures on a board that the student points to in order to communicate basic needs such as hunger or thirst, or it may be an advanced system capable of storing many highly complex and technical phrases. Technology can open doors to worlds previously unavailable to students and teachers. As a field, it changes rapidly, and teachers must make a concerted effort to keep up with new developments. Educators must embrace technology as a way to engage students in learning, use their time more efficiently, and connect with others around the world. It is an exciting time to be a teacher. Dr. Ann K. Behrens is the dean of the School of Education. She has been a K-12 music teacher, elementary, intermediate school, and junior high principal, and Quincy University instructor in the School Administration MSE program. She is also the director of music and organist at a local church.


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By Fr. Joseph Zimmerman, OFM


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omputer technology came to QU in the 1960s because of two brothers: Br. Clete Van Ackeren, OFM, and Br. Marvin Schulgen, OFM. Neither had had any training in computers, but when the administration saw an opportunity to make course registration and other numerical functions more efficient, these two—geeks in today’s parlance— jumped in. They worked with so-called IBM cards, three by seven inch cards that held exactly one line of 80 letters and numbers. A machine called a collator, about the size of a large desk, sorted decks of cards, one letter at a time. They would load the deck at one end of the machine, and it would sort the cards into a set of bins at the other end. Br. Clete died in 1991, but Br. Marvin still has memories of those days. He describes one event that illustrates the creativity used by the team: “Sometime during the first year of operation of the QU computer system, Br. Clete and I realized that the 407 accounting machine we had installed was a half-speed machine, which apparently had been selected in the interest of economy; the monthly rental was less than the rental for a full-speed machine. We learned by watching the IBM service personnel that the machine was rendered ‘half-speed’ by means of an electronic relay, which caused the machine to skip every other processing cycle. “After some experimenting, we learned that by disconnecting one wire in the machine, we could deactivate the half-speed feature and allow the machine to run at full speed. The only thing we had to remember was to reconnect the wire whenever the IBM technicians serviced the machine. I suppose this amounted to some sort of ’theft of services,’ but I don’t believe either of us ever confessed to it.” The next stage in computers at QU came when Fr. Bob Dentzman connected QU with the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Data would be fed to Chicago by means of a Teletype machine featuring a strip of paper punched with holes. Bob Dittmer, Fr. Bob’s sidekick in those days, recalls that the system used IITTRAN, IIT’s version of FORTRAN, a computer language developed by IBM in the 1950s. I am not aware of any official administrative decisions supporting these developments. Knowing the men involved, I believe that decisions to explore new data-processing methods were made on their own initiative. By 1971 the team replaced the paper strip method with IBM cards, this time by means of a connection between Quincy and Iowa City, where a mainframe computer would process data fed into it from a card reader here After several QUniverse | Winter 2013

Br. Clete Van Ackeren, OFM, left, and Br. Marvin Schulgen, OFM.

hours, usually overnight, Iowa would respond by printing the results on a printer at QU. Most often the message was “fatal error—do it over.” Then someone would have to find the offending card, remove it, punch a corrected card, insert it into the deck, transmit it to Iowa, and wait (overnight again) to learn whether it would work this time. The real breakthrough came when a keyboard/monitor terminal replaced the card reader so that someone could enter a program on the terminal and read the results instantly on the monitor. I loved this system so much that I had Br. Paul Schullian run a wire from the computer center to my room in the friary. That worked fine, except when there was threat of lightning, which could fry the terminal. The friary got its first PC in the early 1980s. Fr. Hermigild Dressler and I shopped and settled on an IBM desktop and a printer. Each cost about $2,500. (We financed this from some money that Fr. Owen Blum had earned by editing all the medieval articles in the 1969 edition of the New Catholic Encyclopedia.) We located the new equipment in the room next to my own room in the friary, which made it easy for me to use it. Eventually QU went to desktops for its entire computer operation, and we entered the modern age. David Moore deserves a lot of credit for managing the system creatively during the twenty-five years between his hiring in the 1980s and his recent retirement. The Franciscan Order has always included both priests and lay brothers. Many of the early brothers in the province were skilled professionals: architects, construction managers, and teachers. Brs. Clete and Marvin were one more example of that expertise. Friars at Quincy University no longer manage our computers, but the spirit of Brs. Clete and Marvin lingers.


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Larry Seick ’69

Paul Brown ’65 of Quincy was elected the 2012 president of the Quincy University Retired Faculty & Staff Association.

Owner Macon Appraisal Service Franklin, North Carolina Alumnus Larry Seick fondly recalls using Quincy University’s first punched paper Teletype machine (a predecessor to the modern computer) in one of his accounting systems courses in 1968. In fact, he still has his final project from December of that year: a ratings system for collegiate soccer. “This class made me realize that my calling was in the information technology field,” Seick said. After graduating in 1969 with a degree in accounting (computerbased majors would not exist until the late 1970s), Seick worked for a data-processing center for one year before joining the US Army where he served as a data processor in Texas and in Germany. After leaving the Army, Seick moved to Sarasota, Florida, where he worked for the EDP Corporation on a team tasked with creating an integrated real-time financial system for savings and loan banks. Seick spent twelve years as the assistant vice president of systems management for First Federal of Miami, where he was able to see the software used on a day-to-day basis. He served as vice president of systems management for First Financial Centers of Orlando and as assistant vice president and chief information officer for Macon Bank in Franklin, North Carolina, throughout an illustrious career in technology that spanned over three decades. He currently owns and operates a real estate appraising business in Macon, North Carolina, where he resides with his wife, Alicia. With retirement on the horizon, Seick looks forward to life with more golf and more fishing near their townhouse in Sun City Center, Florida.

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Carole Miazga Lattz ’65 sadly reports the passing of her husband, Myril D. Lattz, on August 15, 2012, New Lenox, Ill.

In June of 2012, Sister Mary Evelyn Lamb, OSF ’55 celebrated sixty years as a member of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in Springfield, Ill.

Cheryl Dixon Dillard ’66 sadly reports the passing of her husband, Terry Dillard ’66, on June 14, 2012, Springfield, Ill.

Dan Curtin ’71 was elected vice president of Emerging Affairs with PIHRA (Professionals in Human Resources Association) for 20122013 in Los Angeles.

Mary Lyn Marxer Vach ’67 of Hinsdale, Ill., recently retired after a twenty-five year career in finance with JP Morgan Chase. Carol Garey ’68, who earned her MBA in 1987, received her CPM from Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., in 2008. She is an environmental planner with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in Jefferson City.

’70s John Dignan ’70 is the chief operating officer with Resource One in Tulsa, Okla. Bob Jensen’70 is enjoying retirement in Phoenix. He spends time volunteering at the local senior center and working in food management for Arizona State University home football games.

Jon Fischer ’71 is a consultant with Fox River Valley Networking in Elgin, Ill. Barb Aschemann Schleppenbach ’71 sadly reports the passing of her mother, Marguerite Aschemann, on June 14, 2012, Quincy. Leo Henning ’72 is vice president and general manager with KOZL-TV in Springfield, Mo. John Maxwell, Jr. ’73 is director of financial services, stewardship and development, while retaining duties as director of finances with the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Dan Rothery ’73 is president of BJC Home Care and Community Services in St. Louis. Harry Cramer ’74 was ordained a Catholic deacon for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois on June 14, 2012.

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Joanne Hettinger Kirchner ’74 retired from Beardstown Unit School District 15 after thirty-eight years of elementary education. In December 2011 she received her master’s degree in educational and interdisciplinary studies from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. Mike Kirchner ’74 of Chandlerville, Ill., was awarded the 2012 Recorder of the Year by the Illinois Association of County Clerk and Recorders. Mike has served as Cass County Clerk since 1986. Rev. Dennis Schafer ’74 of Burlington, Wis., joined the formation team of the Interprovincial Novitiate for seven provinces in the United States and Canada. Michael Bernhardt ’75 and his wife, Nancy, celebrated forty years of marriage on August 12, 2012, in Quincy. Wes Hatch ’75 is owner of West Hatch Horns in Wauwatosa, Wis. Mike Sullivan ’75 was elected to the board of directors with the Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum Association in Libertyville, Ill. Sam Banks ’76 is the executive director with Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club in Champaign, Ill. Tim Dugan ’76 of Chicago was named area manager with Monitor Medical in Warrenville, Ill. Martin ’76 and Maureen Cox Makarewicz ’76 of Quincy celebrated thirty-five years of marriage on June 25, 2012, in Florida.

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Rosanna Bacher Voss ’77 sadly reports the passing of her mother, Rosa Bacher, on January 14, 2012, Wheeling, Ill. Dennis Bingheim ’79 was promoted to the rank of deputy chief of police with the Quincy Police Department on August 1, 2012.

’80s Scott Thoele ’80 of Quincy was promoted to two-star general in the US Army National Guard in September 2012. Trish Sullivan-Viniard ’82 is the superintendent with LaGrangeHighland School District 106 in Chicago. Kevin Wensing ’80 is chief of communications and marketing with the United States Vietnam War Commemoration in Washington, D.C. Charlotte Ward Waack ’82 and her husband, Jeff, of Payson, Ill., celebrated twenty-five years of marriage. Mike Dziallo ’83 is the superintendent of Westchester Public Schools, District 92.5, in Westchester, Ill. He has completed all course work toward a doctor of education degree from Lewis University. Dziallo is currently completing his dissertation. Jeannie Poterucha ’84 married William Carter on October 13, 2012, Rochester, Minn.

Early 1960s alums gather during Homecoming 2012. From left: Paul Brown ’65, John Ruck ’62, Rich Ryan ’64, QU President Bob Gervasi, Charlie Elbert ’62, Rich Elbert ’65.

70s | PROFILE Don O’Connor ’70 Managing Consultant – Global Business Services IBM Bonita Springs, Florida Until his retirement in 2011, Don O’Connor worked as a managing consultant in the Global Business Services division of IBM. As an IBM employee, Don specialized in SAP functional configuration and management. With such a specialized field of expertise, O’Connor worked with clients in a number of various industries including steel and pulp manufacturing, automotive (Chrysler), aerospace (NASA), and even the United States military. In his years with IBM, he traveled across the country as well as overseas to Europe and South America. “One of the highlights of my career was landing in a Navy plane on the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier, staying overnight, and catapulting off the next day,” he said. Though technology-oriented courses were scarce during his tenure, O’Connor, a business management major and accounting minor, attributes much of his success in the field to the education he received at Quincy University. “The work ethic, personalized learning environments, mentorship from classmates, and the spiritual community at Quincy provided the foundation for learning diverse skills throughout my career,” O’Connor said. “I am very thankful that I was able to attend Quincy University. After forty years, I am proud that most of my close friends are Quincy classmates.” Enjoying his third year of retirement, O’Connor spends his time fishing and “chasing good weather” back and forth between his Illinois and Florida homes. He and fiancée, Linda, are currently planning their wedding.


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A group of alumnae returned to Quincy this past September to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the class of 1972. From left: Marianne Porter Noble ’72, Sandy Dunn Sullivan ’73, Punky Moran Pesek ’72, Mary Jo Reedy Fischer ’72, Ronnie King Whalen ’72, Pat Ferguson Schley ’72.

80s | PROFILE DD Bartley ’81 Senior Software Apps Development Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Redondo Beach, California From a very young age, DD Bartley recalls taking music lessons at old Solano Hall and shagging stray soccer balls during team practices on A-Field. “I literally grew up with Quincy University,” she said. When the time came to choose a school, Quincy was her obvious choice. A biology and chemistry major (and founding member of the QU women’s soccer team) Bartley gained the tools and experiences that would shape her professional career in ways she could not have imagined. At QU where Bartley developed an interest in computers, though she credits a seemingly unrelated symbolic logic course as having the biggest impact on her life. “This course was key for me to unlock a totally different way of thinking that led to my ability to pick up programming later on,” she said. After college, while working for Merck Pharmaceutical, Bartley developed her aptitude for problem-solving and programming and became increasingly involved with early Internet service providers such as Delphi and CompuServe. In 2000, she interviewed for and received a job at multinational Internet giant Yahoo. She currently serves as Senior Software Apps Development Engineer and, as part of a trusted team of three, develops, designs, and implements online reporting platforms and reports based off a variety of data sources. Bartley and partner Amy reside in Redondo Beach, California, with their three children. Together, they’ve traveled to every continent with the exception of Antarctica. DD enjoys mountain climbing, weight lifting, and tae kwon do. She is also an accomplished skydiver and has been part of numerous world record-breaking formations.


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David ’86 and Christine Drebes Greving ’73 celebrated forty years of marriage on November 18, 2012, in Quincy.

Chryssia Liesen Hae ’90 and her husband, Ted, announce the birth of a son on August 27, 2012, Quincy.

Susan Duesterhaus ’87 married Vern Utters on June 1, 2012, Liberty, Ill.

Ted Kochowicz ’90 of Bothell Wash., is the European licensing manager for The Pokemon Company International in Bellevue, Wash.

Dennis Venvertloh ’87 and his wife, Katherine, of Quincy celebrated twenty-five years of marriage on July 25, 2012. Mary Lou Cann Zeiders ’87 graduated with a master in education administration from Lamar University, Beaumont, Tex., in May 2012. Luis Barnes ’89 is the director of data services with Terradatum, Inc., in Cincinnati. Bill Lawrence ’89 of Grover, Mo., sadly announces the death of his mother, Irene Lawrence, on October 17, 2012. Brien O’Brien ’89 has served as an associate circuit judge with the Fifth Judicial Circuit since February 2005. He was elected to the position of circuit judge with Coles County, Illinois, on November 6, 2012. O’Brien’s office will remain at the Coles County Courthouse in Charleston, Ill., where he will preside over civil and criminal cases.

’90s Scott Davis ’90 is a special education elementary teacher with Geary Public Schools, USD 475, in Junction City, Kan.

J. Frank McCartney ’90 was sworn in as the new Pike County Circuit Judge in Pittsfield, Ill., on December 3, 2012. Rhonda Longnecker Pluester ’90 was promoted to assistant vice president with the Bank of Edwardsville at the Wood River Center Bank location, Edwardsville, Ill. Mark Thomas ’90 and his wife, Christe, announce the birth of Kellen on August 12, 2012, Quincy. Scott Davis ’91 is the general manager with Dene Lambkin Hyundai in Quincy. Kathleen Landry Bender ’92 and her husband, Thomas, live in Chicago and have two children, Ryan and Shannon. Kathleen is an executive assistant with Athletico Physical Therapy in Oak Brook, Ill. Amy Herrick ’92 married Brian Claussen on October 20, 2012, Geneva, Ill. Betty Hilgedick McDonnell ’92, associate dean of health sciences, also served as a nursing instructor, coordinator, assistant director of health sciences, and director of health sciences, celebrated twenty-five years of service with John Wood Community College in Quincy.

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Jennifer Herold-Thompson ’93 of Naperville, Ill., received OfficeMax’s A Day Made Better national educator award for her passion, dedication, and innovation in the classroom. This award is presented to 1,000 teachers nationwide each year. William Twaddle, Jr. ’94 of Quincy sadly reports the passing of his father, William George Twaddle, Sr., on August 16, 2012. Tim Barry ’95 and his wife, Kathleen, announce the birth of Lauren Elizabeth on March 10, 2012, Evergreen Park, Ill. Lauren joins big brother John, two. Tim is a sales rep with BASCO Inc. Joe Houghton ’95 and his wife, Stacy, announce the birth of Lexi Marie on July 16, 2012, Quincy. Lexi joins big brother Jake. Ben ’96 and Katie Chassaniol Corrigan ’98 announce the birth of Benjamin Theodore on March 1, 2012, St. Charles, Mo. Benjamin joins siblings Destinee, Justice, Mikah, Mikayla, and Isaac. Greg Lee ’96, professor of business, celebrated twenty years of service with John Wood Community College in Quincy. Shelly Weal Johnson ’97 married David Gak on April 11, 2012, in Geneva, Ill. Johnson is a partner with the law firm Olita & Johnson, P.C. in Geneva. Shelly Detmar Renard ’97 and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of a son on September 21, 2012, Quincy.

Mona Milbert East ’98 and her husband, Tom, announce the birth of Madeline Grace on January 24, 2012, Quincy. Madeline joins big sisters Olivia and Sophia. Julia Wietholder Heinecke ’98 and her husband, Carl, announce the birth of Laken on October 8, 2012, Golden, Ill. Andrea Elliott Henry ’98 has joined Investment Centers of America, Inc., as an investment representative with Farmers State Bank in Pittsfield, Ill. Colleen McDermott ’98 married Steve Cherry on September 1, 2012, Highland, Ill. Eryn Redig ’98 married Adam Potthast on October 6, 2012, in Winona, Minn. Eryn is a court advocate-order of protection with the Rose Brooks Center in Kansas City, Mo. Rob Schlette ’98 recently moved his business, Anthem Mastering, from St. Paul, Minn., to St. Louis. Jaime Adkins ’99 sadly reports the passing of her mother, Janet Adkins, on July 10, 2011, Elgin, Ill. Jaime is finishing up her master’s degree in health education at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Kristi Huston Gipson ’99 is a 5-12 functional academics/ life skills instructor with Mormon Trail Community School District in Garden Grove, Iowa.

90s | PROFILE Adam Kerasotes ’99 Enterprise Engineer Classified Ventures, LLC Chicago, Illinois Since his days at Quincy University, Adam Kerasotes has always had an interest and aptitude for computers and new technology. As an undergrad, Kerasotes was able to develop his technological skills and knowledge as a student worker for the University’s computer center. “Quincy University gave me both the classroom and real world experience to be able to succeed in my career,” Kerasotes said. Following his graduation in 1999, Kerasotes worked for a number of different dot-com companies and served as a consultant to various enterprises. As a consultant, he learned firsthand what it takes to build and sustain a successful online brand. “Working in the various consulting jobs allowed me to get a wide variety of experience while still being at one place,” he said. “I suppose that’s why I like where I am now, as Classified Ventures is really like working for three different companies all with slightly different needs.” This year marks his ninth year as an enterprise engineer with Chicago-based Classified Ventures LLC. Named by Inc. Magazine as one of the nation’s 5000 fastest-growing companies, Classified Ventures (or CV) owns and operates a number of online classified advertising companies including,,, and As an enterprise engineer, Kerasotes is responsible for core service infrastructure including network, storage, backup, virtualization, and other backend elements necessary for the various websites’ operation. Kerasotes currently resides in Naperville with his wife, Amanda (Richmond) ’99 and son Nicholas. Kerasotes is a private pilot and enjoys flying in his free time.

The Eighth Annual Colorado Alumni Gathering was held in Denver, Co., at Racine’s Restaurant on Friday, November 2, 2012. Linda Rinehart ’81 was honored with a plaque as she retired as Founding Chair of the Colorado Alumni Chapter (2005 – 2012). From left: Don Hargis ’90, Dori Corley, Tom Gorell ’63, Violette Gorell, Judy Heinze ’61, Jim Heinze ’59, Linda Rinehart ’81, Paul Brown ’65, Bob Banzin ’67, Jane Banzin, Jordan Wright, Alana Wright ’02, Jonah Wright, Brian Clough ’95.

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00s | PROFILE Cody Hageman ’04 Web Services Manager ETC Computerland Quincy, Illinois Growing up in the digitally driven information age, Cody Hageman has always possessed a fascination with computers and new media. As a computer science major at Quincy University, he was able to develop his skills as a programmer while receiving real-world experience and knowledge about the everchanging industry. “I truly believe in the value of a liberal arts education,” Hageman said. “Having the opportunity to be educated in the essential facets of life has really helped me understand key skills needed for life both personally and professionally.” Barely out of college in 2004, Hageman landed a job at nearby ETC ComputerLand as a web developer and in the years that followed, he worked his way up to the position of web services manager—a position he holds to this day. Here, he manages a staff of six and oversees projects related to website design and development as well as custom programming applications and mobile app development. Now in his nine-year tenure with ETC ComputerLand, he has witnessed firsthand the company’s growth from fewer than ten employees to more than thirty. The company has gone from a small local computer services firm to a leading IT services and web development company within the Midwest, serving clients nationally. “I was lucky enough to be able to start my career with such a great company,” Hageman said. “Being here to watch the business grow has allowed me to grow as a professional as well.” Hageman resides in Quincy, where he enjoys camping and spending time with his wife, Kayla, and their one-year-old daughter, Ally.

Rick Grady ’95 of Maple Valley, Wash., won a 2013 Ford Mustang after sinking a hole-in-one at the Jennifer Beach Foundation Golf Tournament at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash., on September 15, 2012.


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John Logsdon ’99 and his wife, Jamie, announce the birth of Joseph on September 14, 2012, Quincy.

Elizabeth Sickles Buckley ’01 and her husband, Dan, of Quincy celebrated forty years of marriage on June 24, 2012, in Colorado.

Dominic Geinosky-Pioter ’99 and Jill Pioter ’00 announce the birth of Jude Lennon on April 9, 2012, St. Louis.

Greg Huelsman ’01 is assistant principal with Columbus West in Cicero, Ill.

Curtis Sparling ’99 of Fort Lee, Va., graduated with a master’s degree in psychology with emphasis in criminology from University of the Rockies, Colorado Springs, Colo.

’00s Joe Cygan ’00 is a physician extender with the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. Kelly Fast ’00 is a program director, health information technology, with Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne, Ind. Fast graduated with a master of science, health information management, from College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., in August 2012. Greg Fearday ’00 is St. Anthony High School’s principal in Effingham, Ill. Jonathan Sullivan ’00 is director of Catechetical Services and Catechesis with the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Renee Tomczak ’00 married Arthur Henry Evans IV on September 8, 2012, Superior, Wis. The couple will reside in Morehead City, N.C. Kasi Williamson ’00 is an assistant chair, organizational studies program, and instructor with Saint Louis University.

Chad Liesen ’01 and his wife, Lisa, announce the birth of Mackenzie on July 30, 2012, Quincy. Dr. Natalie Jones Loper ’01 and her husband, Jonathan, announce the birth of Eloise Rose on July 25, 2012, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Eloise joins big sister Briony. Natalie earned her PhD in English at the University of Alabama, where she is currently employed as a full-time instructor of English. Nancy Mays ’01 married Kevin Walsh on May 11, 2012, Oak Brook, Ill. Di Cox Read ’01 and her husband, John, announce the birth of Ty Austin on November 27, 2012, Metamora, Ill. Ty joins big brothers Grady and Cole. Sara Whitlock ’01 married Nick Evancho on July 21, 2012, Wichita, Kan. Kevin ’02 and Bernadette Goebel Bennett ’02 announce the birth of Cora Therese on September 9, 2012, Alton, Ill. Cora joins older siblings Lucy, Jude, and Annalise. Kevin is an executive director with The Nature Institute in Godfrey, Ill. Brad ’02 and Donna Galluzzo Graves ’04 announce the birth of Christina Yeline on June 4, 2012, Quincy. Christina joins big brother Joshua and big sister Mary.

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Dave Musso ’04 collected his 100th career victory as head coach of the Quincy University Lady Hawks soccer team on October 24, 2012.

Kristy Wensing Henrichs ’02 and her husband, Kevin, announce the birth of Leila on January 21, 2013, Quincy. Kim Parchem Huelsman ’02 of Mokena, Ill., was named an Illinois 2011 James Madison Fellow. She will be receiving her master’s degree in political and justice studies through this fellowship program. Dawn Burns Klinner ’02 is a special education administrator with Ball-Chatham Schools in Chatham, Ill. Ben Miller ’02 of Leander, Tex., is a consultant with VMware Inc., in Palo Alto, Calif. Tammy O’Hara ’02 is branch supervisor at two branches with Heartland Bank & Trust Company in Quincy. Brian Opoka ’02 married Donna Marie Angarone on July 21, 2012, Lombard, Ill. Michael Henry Wayne Stone ’02 married Amy Kluba ’02 on November 3, 2012, Quincy. Kara Wirth Sussek ’02 and her husband, Chris, announce the birth of Allison Joy on August 28, 2012, Elkhorn, Wisc. Josh Wheeler ’02 and his wife, Jenni, announce the birth of Griffin Wade on June 20, 2012, Perryville, Mo. Dustin ’03 and Katena Factor Gorder ’04 announce the birth of a daughter on May 31, 2012, Quincy.

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Gina Maria Neuser ’04 married Patrick Jason Holt on July 28, 2012, Eureka, Mo. Gina is a senior technical specialist with Chartis Insurance. Patrick, who also attended Quincy University, is in sales with Sun Rental. QU alums gather for the wedding of Eryn Redig ’98 to Adam Potthast on October 06, 2012, Winona, Minn. From left: Jeanine Smith Backman ’98, April Sinclair Steinberg ’98, Kara Schneider Gamlin ’98, Jennifer Dickherber Stachula ’98, Lauren O’Flynn Redig ’97, Eryn Redig Potthas ’98, Isaac Redig ’97, John Mizera ’97, Marlene Rokicki Sweeney ’70, Tom Berry ’97, and Tim Sweeney ’69.

Dr. Marie DeWolf Hettinger, PT, DPT, ATC, LAT ’03 and her husband, Chris, announce the birth of Clayton Paul on October 18, 2012, Frankfort, Ky. Marie is physical therapist with Jewish Hospital/Frazier Rehab in Shelbyville, Ky. Joshua Inghram ’03 and his wife, Sherene, announce the birth of Anderson on January 14, 2013, Quincy. Carla Anderson Ledbetter ’03 and her husband, Charles, celebrated twenty-five years of marriage on June 6, 2012, in Quincy. Rob Nauert ’03 and his wife, Hannah, announce the birth of Seeley on May 25, 2012, Quincy. Lance Ormond ’03 and his wife, Bridget, announce the birth of Cater on August 7, 2012, Quincy. Christian Spears ’03 and his wife, Erica, announce the birth of a daughter on November 11, 2012, Quincy.

Julie Genenbacher Peter ’04 and her husband, Jay, welcome the birth of Aelxis on December 19, 2012, Liberty, Ill.

Chad ’03 and Lindsay Ezell Struck ’05 announce the birth of a daughter on May 29, 2012, Quincy.

Chad Ballinger ’05 married Amanda Fish on April 21, 2012, Quincy.

Lynn Schlepphorst Argabright ’04 and her husband, Chad, announce the birth of a daughter on September 5, 2012, Quincy.

Jaime McKinney Bennett ’05 is owner and photographer of Emerald Leaf Photography in Jonesboro, Ill. Jaime and husband, Jason, have three children, Daruis, Justice, and Willow.

Nicholas Brummer ’04 and his wife, Natalie, announce the birth of Lindy Leighn on April 16, 2012, Gypsum, Colo. Lindy joins big brother Cayle. Nikki Crawford ’04 is a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual in St. Louis. She was recently named as one of St. Louis’ “30 Under 30” by St. Louis Business Journal. Bill Davis ’04 is an associate of Brown, Hay & Stephens LLP in Springfield, Ill. Dale Carlen Johnson ’04 and her husband, Benjamin, announce the birth of Colton on July 12, 2012, Payson, Ill. Penny Wendorff Moyer ’04 is a teacher with Pikeland Community Unit School District #10 in Pittsfield, Ill.

Christine Strawn Borovay ’05 and her husband, Jeffrey, announce the birth of Levi on July 12, 2012, Quincy. Dr. Lauren Friedrich ’05 recently passed her licensing boards for clinical psychologist and is a psychologist with Linden Oaks Hospital in Naperville, Ill. Eric Green ’05 is owner of EG Construction in Quincy. Lucas King ’05 married Cassie Leanne Rossiter on September 8, 2012, Mendon, Ill. Rob Kistner ’05 and his wife, Emily, announce the birth of Eloise Clarke on June 6, 2012, Des Moines, Iowa.


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Kelli Larson ’05 and her husband, Dan, celebrated twentyfive years of marriage on July 11, 2012, in Liberty, Ill. Rochelle Adams Luaders ’05 and her husband, Scott, announce the birth of Quinn Michael on June 11, 2012, Quincy. Quinn joins big brothers Julian and Beau. James Tierney ’05 and his wife, Krista, announce the birth of Declan on April 29, 2012, Quincy. Anna Venvertloh Benz ’06 and her husband, Edward, announce the birth of a son, on January 7, 2013, Payson, Ill. Megan Breheny ’06 and her husband, Matt Bennett, announce the birth of Elizabeth Lynn on December 20, 2012, Forsyth, Ill. Nicholas Francour ’06 married Dawn Smiley on June 9, 2012, Bloomington, Ill. Dr. Adam King ’06 and his wife, Linda, announce the birth of Bradley Christopher on November 13, 2012, Mendon, Ill. Emily Klitz ’06 and John Reiner announce the birth of a son on June 25, 2012, Quincy.

Sarah Lender ’06 married Carl Hawkins on November 3, 2012, in Joliet, Ill. Sarah is a merchandise manager with Burlington Coat Factory in Joliet. Amy Potter ’06 married Chris Lakenburger on January 12, 2013, Quincy. Kerri Reynolds ’06 married Jack Witte on November 3, 2012, St. Louis. Jordan ’06 and Lyndsay Kressner Roth ’06 announce the birth of Alivia Susan on July 31, 2012, Quincy. Jacob Sommer ’06 married Amy Killingsworth ’06 on June 23, 2012, St. Libory, Ill. Anthony Lee Williams ’06 has joined the lending team with State Street Bank in Quincy. Richard Appelbaum ’07 announces the birth of Colleen on June 28, 2012, St. Louis. Brandon Berg ’07 and his wife, Janelle, announce the birth of Madison Rose on June 19, 2012, Hebron, Ill.

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Travis Cooley ’07 married Dr. Dinita Bockhold ’07 on October 13, 2012, Quincy. Bockhold graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry and is an optometrist with SPECS in Quincy. Greg Dowdall ’07 married Danielle Jo VanFleet on December 8, 2012, Carthage, Ill.

Jessica Gorton Bemis ’08 and her husband, Aaron, announce the birth of Colton on June 27, 2012, Mt. Sterling, Ill. Casey ’08 and Elisabeth Rogers Collins ’07 announce the birth of Dorothy Marie on January 3, 2013, Napa, Calif. Dorothy joins big sisters Ann and Margaret.

Elizabeth Holbrook Gengenbacher ’07 and her husband, Robert, announce the birth of a daughter on September 10, 2012, Quincy. Derek Hauk ’07 is a music teacher with Cambridge Lakes Charter School in Pingree Grove, Ill. Ryan Kirby ’07 and his wife, Julie, announce the birth of Jensen on October 3, 2012, Wellington, Colo. Marcus Medsker ’07 married Meghan Terwelp on June 16, 2012, Chicago. Billy Schaffer ’07 and his wife, Jena, announce the birth of Sawyer William on September 4, 2012, Quincy. Amanda Thomas Torman ’07 and her husband, Patrick, announce the birth of Miles Frederick on February 24, 2012, Leland, Ill. Miles joins big brother Jackson. Kelly Vickroy ’07 is the national assistant director of residence life with Campus Advantage in Chicago. Henry Voss ’07 married Lauren Hartley on April 28, 2012, Quincy. They announce the birth of Blake on August 12, 2012, Springfield, Ill. Henry is co-owner of Voss Lawn and Landscape in Quincy.


Mike Colombo ’08 of St. Louis, formerly a reporter for WHAS11 in Louisville, was awarded an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Ohio Valley Chapter. Mike is currently a reporter with St. Louis station KMOV. Sara Ford ’08 married Robert Mixer on September 29, 2012, Quincy. Jessica Thomas Huckey ’08 and her husband, Adam, announce the birth of Brant on November 4, 2012, Quincy. Aften Jansen ’08 married Josh Wessel on October 20, 2012, Breese, Ill. Meaghan Lewis ’08 married Josh Cale on November 24, 2012, St. Louis.

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David Phillips ’08 married Laura Symmonds ’07 on September 15, 2012, Nauvoo, Ill.

Jessica Webb Bell ’10 is a sixth-grade teacher with Hamilton Elementary School in Hamilton, Ill.

Bret Shevlin ’08 married Lori Knollenberg ’11 on October 13, 2012, Lincoln, Ill.

Jenna Boyko ’10 is an architectural/interior designer intern with Klingner & Associates P.C. in Quincy.

Courtney Yockey ’08 married Rachel Ruesch on September 1, 2012, Olney, Ill. Suzie Leeds Childress ’09 and her husband, Jeremy, announce the birth of Alyvia on November 3, 2012, Quincy. Jennifer Lubbert Dickhut ’09 and her husband, Dustin, announce the birth of a son on September 20, 2012, Quincy. Adam Hendrian ’09 and his wife, Keliea, announce the birth of Grace on November 5, 2012, Quincy. Nick Myers ’09 is a physical education teacher at St. Peter School in Quincy. Nick also currently serves as Quincy University Women’s Golf Head Coach. Kimberly Rowsey ’09 married Corey Vogel on May 19, 2012, Quincy. John Schild ’09 married to Casey Schnack on August 25, 2012, Quincy. Laken Womack Schreacke ’09 and her husband, Adam, announce the birth of a son on August 22, 2012, Quincy.

’10s Ryan Barnes ’10 is an accountant with Boy Scouts of America in Quincy.

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Melissa Brink ’10 is the lead teacher in the preschool division with the Quincy Family YMCA. Shay Cookson ’10 married Evan Strubinger on June 9, 2012, Quincy. Michelle Genenbacher Deege ’10 recently graduated with a master of arts in teaching with an emphasis in teacher leadership from Grand Canyon University. She is a freshman algebra I teacher with Quincy Junior High School. Heather Dietrich ’10 married Devin Buss on November 10, 2012, Quincy. She is employed with Knapheide Manufacturing Company. Erin Egbert ’10 married Eric Davidson on July 7, 2012, Quincy. Maekayla Gosnell ’10 and Will Wiler announce the birth of Bently Wayne on August 14, 2012, Vandalia, Mo. Tabbatha Murry Hildebrand ’10 is a retention advisor with John Wood Community College in Quincy. Amber Huelskamp ’10 married Nick Pruitt on June 9, 2012, Breese, Ill. Allison Schmudlach Jacob ’10 and her husband, Mark, announce

Brian Opoka ’02 married Donna-Marie Angarone on July 21, 2012 in Lombard, Ill. In front: Roman Salamon ’01. From the left: Kevin Nowoc ’04, Eric Klinner ’00, Dawn Burns Klinner ’02, Amy Sorn Salamon ’02, Garrett Luppino ’02, Sean Kelly ’03, Donna-Marie Opoka, Brian Opoka ’02, Jason Camlic ’04, Jill Bergman ’02, Vince Napoleon ’01, Kate Dauksch Schumacher ’00, Ryan ’02, and Rob Falbo ’01.

the birth of Hallie Kay on May 14, 2012, Carthage, Ill. Heidi Thomas Lanier ’10 of Quincy is working in the communications and public relations office with CulverStockton College in Canton, Mo.

Sierra Newkirk Otte ’10 and her husband, Mitch, announce the birth of Keith Mitchell III on January 7, 2013, Canton, Mo. Sheila Harwell Parkhill ’10 is a marketing specialist with Gardner Denver in Quincy.

Aron Lee ’10 married Audrey Quinlin ’09 on June 2, 2012, Hannibal, Mo.

Andrea Cox Pipp ’10 is an executive assistant with City Laundering in Oelwein, Iowa.

Laurel Legreid ’10 announces the birth of Kiera on July 11, 2012, Quincy.

Sarah Steinhorst ’10 is an assistant director of undergraduate admissions and coordinator of international recruitment with University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill.

Celie Long ’10 recently graduated with a master of occupational therapy from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.

Molly Wilkerson ’10 is a velocity consultant with Cerner in Kansas City, Mo.

Beth Louderback ’10 announces the birth of a son on September 20, 2012, Clayton, Ill.

Bryan Witt ’10 is a reporter/ photographer with KWQC-TV in Davenport, Iowa.

Richard Markey ’10 married Sara Liesen on May 12, 2012, Liberty, Ill. Richard is a corporate writer for Dot Foods in Mt. Sterling, Ill.

Ryan Zanger ’10 married Jayme Lauren Gibson on October 6, 2012, Quincy. Ryan is an information systems analyst with Blessing Hospital.


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Rebecca Arns ’11 of Quincy is a teaching assistant in the biology department with Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.; she continues to work on her master’s in biology and zoology. Katie Awerkamp ’11 is the assistant women’s soccer coach with Quincy University. Lucas Ayers ’11 is a youth counselor with Chaddock in Quincy. Felix Carter ’11 has retired from the TSA with the federal government. His position was a lead-security officer based out of O’Hara International Airport in Chicago. Levi Chavez ’11 married Mandy Vinzant ’11 on June 23, 2012, Quincy. Stephanie Miller Dickens ’11 and her husband, Tyler, announce the birth of a daughter on May 31, 2012, Quincy. Lauran Golliher ’11 received her master of business administration with a concentration in finance at Western Illinois University in May 2012. She is employed with Mt. Sterling Implement Company in Mt. Sterling, Ill. Whitney Heinecke ’11 married Travis Hays on March 31, 2012, Quincy. Ashley Hull ’11 married Kyle Otten on September 22, 2012, Quincy. Tanner Jacobs ’11 married Nina Pacholec ’09 on June 23, 2012, Gurnee, Ill. Ariel Lair ’11 is a trainer with Swiss Colony Data Center in Hannibal, Mo.


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Lee Ann Lake ’12 is employed with Blue Cross Blue Shield in Quincy. Stephanie Longenecker ’11 is a special education teacher with Warsaw Elementary School in Warsaw, Ill. Anthony Longo ’11 married Maggie Kopacz on June 16, 2012, Elgin, Ill. Amanda Lutener ’11 married Lukas Krietemeyer on September 10, 2012, Maywood, Mo.

The wedding of Marie DeWolf ’03 and Christopher Hettinger on September 3, 2011, in Mt. Carmel, Ill. From left: Kim Myers ’03, Marie DeWolf Hettinger ’03, Chris Hettinger, Angela Liu ’03.

Kenneth Medo ’11 is a firstgrade teacher with Joliet Public School District 86 in Joliet, Ill.

Sarah Jacobs Byers ’12 is an accounting assistant with The Crossing Church in Quincy.

Leslie Ganer ’12 is a registered nurse with SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in Clayton, Mo.

Chrissy Mueller ’11 is employed with KHQA in Quincy.

Rob Courtney ’12 is an assistant volleyball coach with Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hattie Grant ’12 a merchandise intern with Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Alex Culpepper ’12 is an intern with Efree Church in Keokuk, Iowa.

Micole Guthrie-Gant ’12 is a designer with Classique Signs & Engraving in Quincy.

Lucas Nelson ’11 is a part of the street team with Pepsi Cola of Rockford in Rockford, Ill. Katie Neu ’11 is a campus minister with Mount Assisi Academy in Lemont, Ill.

Jennifer Damhorst ’12 is an assistant web intern with PyroGraphics in Quincy.

John Parrish ’11 is an instructor for the medical and general education departments with Heald College in San Francisco.

Jenna Dennis ’12 is an insurance agent with Western & Southern Life in Grove City, Ohio.

Caitlin Pigg ’12 is a human resource manager with AMC Showplace 6 in Quincy. Mitchell Provow ’11 is a technical writer with Knapheide Manufacturing Company in Quincy. Shirley Adair-Anderson ’12 is a teacher with Chicago Public Schools in Chicago. Curtis Bedwell ’12 is a mechanic with Bedwell Farm Equipment in Bushnell, Ill.

Kallie Dixon ’12 is a compliance officer with Bank of Quincy. Kayla Duncan ’12 is a service assistant with O’Connor Wealth Management in Quincy. Deborah Ector ’12 is a teacher with Chicago Public Schools in Park Manor, Ill. Kayla Epley ’12 is a station coordinator with Quincy Newspapers, Inc., in Quincy. Nathan Fritts ’12 is a teaching assistant with Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.

Kevin Hahn ’12 is a field organizer with Friends of John Sullivan in Quincy. Jessica Huddleston ’12 is employed with Pike County Sheriff’s Department in Pittsfield, Ill. Kristen Johnson ’12 is a bank teller with Mercantile Bank in Quincy. Leslie Johnson ’12 of Hardin, Ill., is an admissions counselor with Quincy University. Willie Johnson ’12 married Rachel Lee ’12 on October 20, 2012, Bloomington, Ill. Willie is a missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ International “CRU” in Bloomington, Ill.

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Christian Jones ’12 is a youth counselor with Chaddock in Quincy. Mary Jane Kincaid ’12 is part of the support staff with Madonna House in Quincy. William McGahan ’12 is a manager with Sam’s Club in Quincy. Amanda Mowen ’12 married Mark Obert on May 26, 2012, Quincy. Amanda is a registered nurse with Blessing Hospital. Kaytlyn O’Bryan ’12 is a PSR supervisor with Preferred Family Healthcare in Hannibal, Mo. Kory Oliver ’12 is a registered nurse with Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

Jeanna Lord Parkhill ’12 is a counselor with Recovery Resources in Quincy. Trisha Rebbe ’12 is a paraeducator with Portland Public Schools in Portland, Ore. Ashley Rhea ’12 is a special education teacher with Central School District #3 in Camp Point, Ill. Josh Richmiller ’12 married Maria Witt on October 20, 2012, Quincy. Josh is an inside sales/ warehouse manager with Applied Industrial Technologies in Quincy. Holly Russell ’12 married Thomas Lenane on July 28, 2012, Quincy.

Nathan Russell ’12 married Sara Beaty on August 4, 2012. Shellsburg, Iowa. Nathan is employed by the Four Oaks Iowa City Youth Shelter in Iowa City, Iowa. Ali Schwagmeyer ’12 signed on to play professional basketball in Germany for the GiroLive Panthers, one of the top pro teams in Germany. Rick Shinn ’12 is employed with the Kroc Center in Quincy.

Luz Araceli Valdovinos ’12 is a teacher with Cicero District #99 in Cicero, Ill. Kaleb Webb ’12 is a sales representative with Sears in Quincy. Keira Winters ’12 is a laboratory technician with Prince Agri Products in Quincy. Andrew Zanger ’12 is an accounting assistant with Farmer’s Bank in Liberty, Ill.

Megan Skarin ’12 is a youth counselor with Chaddock in Quincy. Megan Twaddle ’12 is a graphic designer with Mississippi Belle Distributing and owner of Broken Glass Photography in Quincy.

Lisa Osterman ’12 is a teller with State Street Bank in Quincy.

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IN MEMORIAM Naomi Cochran Adler ’49 on

Lohretta J. Eads ’95 on

Mark W. Lechtenberg ’41 on

Lawrence ’Larry’ J.

January 4, 2012, Chicago.

September 11, 2012, Quincy.

May 30, 2012, Quincy.

Schlepphorst ’75 on November 11,

Dr. Frank W. Banghart, Jr. on

Susan Einhaus ’71 on October 18,

Arthur J. Martin ’69 on August

January 12, 2012, Tallahassee, Fla.

2012, Quincy.

11, 2012, University City, Mo.

Susan M. Bays ’98 on May 17,

Michael Edward Emerick ’71

Dr. Richard “Dick” C.

2012, Quincy.

on June 29, 2012, Quincy.

Fr. Robert Behnen, OFM ’59 on

John R. “Jack” Franzen ’53 on

July 11, 2012, Springfield, Ill.

October 6, 2012, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Warren Eugene Bringaze ’51 on

Mary Louise Murphy Froeschl

August 17, 2012, Plainville, Ill.

’54 on June 1, 2012, Falls City, Neb.

Karin E. Griep Carlson ’65 on

Greg Gagnon ’76 on November 5,

September 29, 2012, Rockford, Ill.

2012, Osage Beach, Mo.

Edward J. Crenshaw ’59 on

Mary M. Manyx Goodson ’77

September 25, 2012, St. Louis.

on June 26, 2012, Quincy.

J.William Dieker ’52 on June 8,

Beverly A. Haney Lanphier ’61

2012, Champaign, Ill.

on October 30, 2012, Elmhurst, Ill.

Randa Manassa Schneider ’81 on September 27, 2012, Quincy.

Meckes ’59 on November 4, 2012,

Marti Belva Someck ’58 on April

Springfield, Ill.

12, 2012, Clearwater, Fla.

Peggy A. Nixon ’81 on April 7,

Dr. Kenneth P. Sorensen ’55 &

2012, Tucson, Ariz.

’88 on July 6, 2012, Key Largo, Fla.

Frank J. O’Connell, Jr. ’89 on

Judith Roe Stille ’78 on August

July 2, 2012, Springfield, Ill.

18, 2012, Springfield, Ill.

Daniel W. Otte ’81 on August 30,

James John Thomas ’59 on

2012, Quincy.

March 13, 2012, Millstadt, Ill.

Kathleen Ann Klues Putnam

Wilfred E. Wavering ’49 on

’69 on October 28, 2012, Fowler, Ill.

February 14, 2012, Springfield, Ill.

Richard “Dick” C. Rubison ’46

Vivian Olker Wottman ’64 on

on June 25, 2012, Carthage, Mo.

October 24, 2012, Quincy.

Rita I. Mulligan Dieker ’65 on

Billie H. McCarty Lechtenberg

December 11, 2012, Canton, Ohio.

’43 on November 9, 2012, Vashon,

Claudette M. Belknap Sackett


’69 on June 8, 2012, Mendon, Ill.

Terry L. Dillard ’66 on June 14,

2012, Quincy.

2012, Springfield, Ill.

Dr. Lavern J. Wagner: 1925-2012 Dr. Lavern J. Wagner, retired long-time professor and department chair of music, died on December 4, 2012. Upon retiring at the completion of his thirty-three-year career at Quincy University in 1991, he was named Professor Emeritus of Music. He developed one of the first music business programs in the country, co-authored a music appreciation text, published numerous articles, edited sacred music, and composed sacred works and three high school musicals. He and his family made three records. Wagner performed in numerous musical groups in the Quincy area and was active in national music organizations. Among many awards, he received the City of Quincy Arts Award. He was the first person to receive a PhD in musicology from the University of Wisconsin and was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, as well as an army veteran. He did extensive research in both Spanish Renaissance music and American band music, leading to a number of publications. Wagner lectured on his research throughout the Midwest and was a guest speaker in Belgium. He conducted a number of works on C-SPAN at the recreation of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debate in Quincy. In addition to his wife, Bernice, he is survived by fourteen children, five stepchildren, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and a sister. QU has a scholarship in his name.


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Dr. Kenneth C. Conroy: 1925-2012 Dr. Kenneth C. Conroy, 85, retired academic dean and professor of English, died on January 16, 2013, in Quincy. Upon retiring at the completion of his seventeen-year career at Quincy University in 1992, he continued to serve the university as director of the POLIS program and a presenter in the Town and Gown series. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy from Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where he lettered in basketball, sang in the choir, and was student body president. He earned a master’s degree in English from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, and a PhD in medieval literature from the University of Washington, Seattle. An Army veteran, he taught English at the University of Montana, was professor of English at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and professor of English, chair of the English department, and provost at the University of West Florida, Pensacola. In 1975, Conroy became academic dean at Quincy University, a position he retained until his retirement in 1992. During his tenure, masters’ degrees were first offered. While at QU he also taught and served as an evaluator for the Southeastern Accreditation Association and the Illinois Department of Public Instruction. He was a board member of the Quincy Civic Music Association and the Quincy Public Library. He served as lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Boniface Church. An adventurous traveler later in life, his heart was always rooted in his home state of Montana. He was preceded in death by Mary Belle, his wife of forty years, and a daughter. He is survived by three daughters, one son, and five grandchildren. Also surviving are one sister, two brothers, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on January 21, 2013, in the Quincy University Chapel. QU has the Kenneth C. and Mary Belle Conroy Endowed Scholarship Fund in their name.

William E. O’Donnell: 1951-2013 Bill O’Donnell ’73 lost his bravely fought battle with kidney cancer on January 30, 2013, at the age of sixty-one. It’s been said many times that no one loved Quincy University more than O’Donnell—or “Billy O” as he was affectionately known by many. For more than four decades, he served Quincy University in every leadership position where he believed he could make a difference. At the time of his death, O’Donnell was his beloved alma mater’s director of alumni services, a post he assumed in May 2008. From 2005 to 2008, the Chicago native served on the University’s board of trustees. Prior to that, he was a member and eventual president of the National Alumni Board. In 2003, in conjunction with his thirty-year class reunion, Bill and wife, Maureen (Breakey ’76), were named Quincy University’s Alumni of the Year in recognition of their years of dedication. As alumni director, O’Donnell was instrumental in rejuvenating the alumni services brand and reconnecting with alumni of every generation. Known for his smile, O’Donnell radiated optimism that was contagious. Combining those traits with a seemingly endless personal network of eager and enthusiastic alumni professionals in Chicago, Quincy, and across the nation, O’Donnell impeccably embodied the characteristics of the ideal alumni director. O’Donnell is survived by his wife, Maureen, and their four grown children: Matthew, Brian, Caroline, and Kelly. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from Quincy, he held a master’s degree in educational counseling from Western Illinois University. A founding member of the Mohabe social circle, O’Donnell had been looking forward to celebrating his fortieth reunion at this year’s homecoming weekend with his fellow 1973 classmates—a population he frequently and confidently hailed as “the best class ever.”

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FACULTY NOTES Behavioral & Social Sciences


edition of the ALGBTIC News, the official newsletter of the Association for Gay,

Brian Nolan, assistant professor of

Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered

psychology, co-authored an article

Issues in Counseling, a division of the

published in the December 2012

American Counseling Association.

issue of Neuropharmacology, a peerreviewed, scientific journal that covers


the field of neuroscience. The article, “Phenylpiperazine derivatives with

Caroline Collins, assistant professor of

selectivity for dopamine D3 receptors

English, has had both poetry and prose

modulate cocaine self-administration in

published recently. Two of her poems,

rats,” addresses issues related to cocaine

“The Old Music” and “The Three Kings,”

dependency. Although Neuropharmacology is

and a review she wrote on a book of

not available at Brenner Library, the article

poetry by Heather Ross Miller were

is available to review in both hard copy and

published in the Arkansas Review: A Journal

digital formats.


Cindy Lovell receiving the Ambassador Award from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Cindy Lovell, associate professor of

of Delta Studies. Her poems “Spring” and “Luna Moth” and her review of Edwin Romond’s book Alone with Love Songs were published in Wisconsin Verse magazine.

education, had her article, “Hal Holbrook in Hannibal and Hartford: Mark Twain Comes Home,” published in the Huffington Post. She attended the Kennedy Center’s

Matthew Bates,

Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

assistant professor

award ceremony in Washington, D.C., as

of theology, has

an invited guest. Lovell was awarded the

published his

Ambassador Award at the 2012 Missouri

first book, The

Governor’s Conference on Tourism for

Hermeneutics of the

her work as the executive director of the

Apostolic Proclamation:

Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum.

The Center of Paul’s

Additionally, Lovell co-authored the book,

Method of Scriptural

Down the Mississippi: A Modern-Day Huck on


America’s River Road with CNN iReporter

Published this last November by Baylor

Neal Moore.

University Press, the book focuses on the

Ken Oliver, assistant professor and Bob Mejer’s Vivace B.

Robert Mejer, distinguished professor of art, received top honors at the 2012 Illinois State Fair Professional Art Exhibition. Mejer’s “Variant: Vivace B” earned first place in the watercolor category, and his “Papier Colle Monotype” received the second-place award in the drawings and graphics category.


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counseling program director, presented two workshop sessions at the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in Kansas City. Additionally, his article, “Exploring Issues Affecting Professional

Apostle Paul’s method and motivation in appealing to the Old Testament when writing his letters. The book is available at Brenner Library and for purchase at and Barnes & Noble. The author and his book will be honored at a Town and Gown event in March.

Identity of Illinois Counselors” was

Bates also had his essay “Beyond Hays’s

published in the summer 2012 edition

Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul:

of the Journal of Counseling in Illinois, and

A Proposed Diachronic Intertextuality with

another article, “My Journey as an LGBT

Romans 10:16 as a Test Case” published

Ally,” was published in the summer 2012

as a chapter in the book Paul and Scripture:

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Extending the Conversation. The book was published by the Society of Biblical Literature, the largest scholarly organization for the study of the Bible, and includes articles from contributors from around the world.

Science and Technology

An architectural rendering of the Connie Niemann Center for Music.

Joeseph Coelho, associate professor

QU Celebrates Grand Opening:

of biology, presented a station on insects at Kids Conservation Day in Hancock County, Illinois. Biology Education student Misti McAllister assisted Coelho in teaching youngsters about various insects from around the world.

Connie Niemann Center for Music By Barbara Schleppenbach

The Quincy University Music program will present a free public concert to celebrate the grand opening of the Connie Niemann Center for Music, Seventeenth Street and Seminary Road, on the North Campus. The event will be held Saturday, March 16, at 3 p.m., and will

Multi-Discipline Quincy University honored faculty and staff with the following awards for achievements during the 2011-2012

be followed by a gala reception. The program will include selections performed by each of the instrumental and choral ensembles as well as solos by several faculty members and a grand finale featuring alumni musicians. Faculty participants will include Bill Machold, assistant professor and director of

academic year:

bands; Allen Means, assistant professor and director of choirs; Steve Parke, associate

Julie Boll, grant writer for university

professor and jazz artist in residence; Leonora Suppan-Gehrich, artist-in-residence; Lou

advancement, the Franciscan Service

Margaglione, professor of music; Amy Stollberg, assistant director of bands and vocal instructor; and music instructors Mike Saul and Jesse Mazzoccoli.


Bill Beard, visual communications

The concert marks the official opening of the Connie Niemann Center, which comprises

specialist, the Franciscan Service Award.

a 270-seat performance space, a reception hall, and a formal atrium. The center, which

Megan Boccardi, assistant professor of

showcases the original stained-glass art of Fr. Tom Brown, OFM, will also serve the spiritual

history, the Franciscan Service Award.

Tammy Duesterhaus, admissions visit coordinator, the Franciscan Hospitality Award.

Brian Borlas, professor of political science, the Excellence in Teaching Award.

programs of the Franciscan Retreat Center. Those who attend will get the first full view of the remarkably transformed space. The project was made possible by a $1 million gift by the Niemann Foundation and was spearheaded by Rich Niemann, respected Quincy business leader and community benefactor. Rich Niemann and his wife, Connie, are active QU alums, and Rich is an emeritus member of the board of trustees. Additional information about the Niemann Center grand opening is available from the QU Music office at 228-5432, extension 3160.

Administration/Staff Sharon Sample, assistant librarian, was a co-presenter at the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries as well as at the Information Literacy Summit held at Illinois State University. The presentation showcased an interactive game meant to promote lifelong learning and research skills.

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