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REFLECTIONS A Newsletter for Graduates and Friends of Siena Heights University August 1998

IT’S OFFICIAL! Sunshine, cool breezes, bright balloons, and hundreds of smiles all contributed to the festive atmosphere at the official name change ceremony on July 1. Miriam Stimson, OP ‘36, helped unveil the I

new sign. Heather Buku ‘01 assisted President Artman in introducing the new logo. Sister Mary Phillip Ryan and Sister Marie Irene Miller ‘36 were among the Adrian Dominicans who enjoyed the ceremony. Details inside. See pages 2 and 24.

SIENA HEIGHTS is your

UNIVERSITY!


2 Alumni Briefs ANNOUNCING: SIENA HEIGHTS UNIVERSITY! The official ceremony took place in Adrian outside Dominican Hall, but the name change echoed across the state when Governor John Engler and Lt. Governor Connie Berube Binsfeld ‘45 declared July 1, 1998, “Siena Heights University Day in Michigan.” Students, faculty, alumni, trustees, and Adrian Dominicans contributed their greetings to the festive occasion. Proclamations from the Michigan Statehouse, the Lenawee County Commission, the Mayor’s Office and the Lenawee Chamber of Commerce saluted Siena’s past, present and future. In Washington, D.C., U.S. Representative Nick Smith of Michigan honored Siena Heights University and its seven degree completion centers, entering his congratulations into the Congressional Record. President Rick Artman reviewed some of the historic benchmarks in Siena’s history: 1919, founded as St. Joseph College for women; 1939, renamed Siena Heights College honoring 14th century Italian Dominican Catherine of Siena; 1968, admission of men; 1975, first degree-completion program for working adults established; and 1998, renamed Siena Heights University to reflect our growth, diversity and academic complexity. July 1 was a great and happy occasion: an auspicious beginning for the latest chapter in Siena Heights history.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR “The February 1998 issue of Reflections is the most attractive I have seen. The articles were very fine, particularly ‘Catholic Identity: Exploring Our Religious Foundations.’ Keep up the good work on behalf of Siena!” Patricia Walter, OP ‘66 Prioress of the Congregation Adrian Dominican Sisters Adrian, MI “Reflections was great, loved every word of it!” Sister Thomas Annette Burns, OP ‘48 Chicago, IL

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“I was especially interested in the article ‘Exploring Our Religious Foundations.’ I must make a few comments of my own on the subject. For too long Catholics have ‘hidden’ their heritage under the mistaken notion that in some way they were inferior. They either refused to believe that they had so much to offer, or they were afraid to offend or not ‘fit in’ with the rest of the world. I think they were not aware that they had willing recipients waiting in the wings. “It is about time that Catholics, myself included, be more forthright about their beliefs, and not worry so much about ‘winning friends and influencing people.’ If people are put off, then so be it. Of course, we don’t have ‘exclusive access to the truth,’ but then, nobody else does either. We surely should be able to present the truth as we see it.” Anna Bakeman Tompert ‘38 Port Huron, MI

INSIDE From the President From the Campuses Gifts and Giving Sports Update Faculty Alumni Weekend Class Notes Calendar The Inside Scoop

p. 3 pp. 4-7 p. 8 p. 9 pp. 10-13 p. 14 pp. 15-21 p. 22 p. 23

ALUMNI BOARD President Mary Hellner Lash ‘88 Past President Melissa Durbin Growden ‘90 Board Members Amanda Adams ‘97 Donna Kisner Baker ‘84 Merry Jo Delano ‘91 Diane Moro Deveau ‘70 Elizabeth Dolan, OP ‘46 Cindy Doyle ‘72 Kathy Felan Jay ‘82 Judy Lavelle ‘58 Joann Phillips ‘93 Earl Reber ‘88 Lawrence Richardson, Jr. ‘76 Honorary Member Sr. Marie Irene Miller, OP, ‘36

Reflections Staff Editors: Jennifer Hamlin Church Assistant Vice President for Communications and Constituent Relations Lesley L. Weidner Director of Public Relations Contributors: Steve Ott Communications Specialist Helen Duggan, OP ‘42 Archivist Scott McClure ‘86 Director of Sports Information Lad Strayer (photography) Marty Dwyer ‘99 Student Assistant Reflections is published by the Communications Office at Siena Heights University. Send correspondence to: Office of Communications, 1247 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI 49221 or phone (517) 264-7143.


From the President

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Necessary Planning, Enthusiastic Doing!

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lanning is not my favorite pastime. I’m a doer. It’s my constitution to be active; just ask Joan, and our son and daughter. But I know that without plans, whether they be for the University or for the family, we might invest our time and resources without the desired results. One of those bromides I learned in a time management seminar years ago has stayed with me: People don’t plan to fail; they fail to plan. The eight strategic directions outlined in this issue of Reflections (see page 5) are the result of months of planning, many meetings of faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees and friends, countless drafts and re-drafts — all to set the directions for Siena’s future. Now the action really begins, as we engage our intellectual, financial, physical and spiritual resources to specify the goals and objectives necessary to move the University in the desired directions. During the planning, we haven’t been idle. Strategic actions this past academic year have included the revision of our mission statement (see the February 1998 issue of Reflections), completion of a campus master plan (see page 5 of this issue), completion of the fiber optic network on the Adrian campus, substantial infrastructure improvements to the physical plant, the establishment in Jackson of our seventh degree completion center, approval of a new master’s degree program (our fourth M.A. option) in Health Care Administration, our change to University status, and preparations for our next capital campaign. The central theme that runs through all our strategic directions is that of student success. The core strength of Siena Heights, throughout its history, has been to assist students to be successful in the pursuit of their goals. In essence, we plan so they won’t fail. As I mentioned earlier, we are, indeed, in the early planning stages for our next capital campaign. The Campaign for Siena Heights University will flow from our eight strategic directions. And I’ll be in my element — doing what I can to garner your support. Of course, that means asking you for your time, your talents and your treasure to advance our mission. Plan on it! Sincerely,

Richard B. Artman President


4 From the Campuses Commencement 1998

The Last Siena Heights College Commencement! Clockwise from bottom right: • A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits of Associate Professor of English Nancy Schumann at the May 3 Adrian campus graduation. • Metro Detroit graduates Shawanda Smith and Stephanie Hahn share a happy moment. • Roosevelt Terrell ‘96 received a new kente stole in ‘98 as he completed his master’s in human resource development. • Among the graduates honored at the May 10 Battle Creek commencement were five area law enforcement officers: Donald Mawer (far left) and Ronald Ivey (center) of the Marshall Police Department (Ivey is also chairperson of the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners); and (from left) Paul Erlandson, Mark Honeysett and Timothy Bourgeois of the Kalamazoo Township Police Department. • Participants in the Benton Harbor commencement ceremony May 9 included Benton Harbor alumna Joann Phillips ‘93 representing the Siena Heights Alumni Association, and Associate Professor of Management Bill Blackerby. For more on Commencement, see page 23.


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Strategic directions will guide Siena Heights University future Strategic planning has been underway at Siena for the past several years, to assure that the University maintains its mission and vitality into the next century. Through a series of workshops, forums and broad-based committee sessions, administrators, faculty, staff, students and trustees have all

Master plan envisions campus betterment Working with Deardorff Design Resources, Inc., of Ann Arbor, Siena Heights has produced a Campus Master Plan outlining options for creatively developing and improving the physical campus. The plan does not envision massive growth, and is not a blueprint for immediate action; rather, it presents flexible development possibilities to pursue as resources allow. A few highlights of the plan include: Siena Heights Boulevard and Carillon Siena Heights Drive would be converted into a divided boulevard with a landscaped median, making the approach to the University a more attention-capturing experience. A clock tower with carillon in the middle of the boulevard would unite the north and south sides of the campus. Opportunities for Facilities Improvement Areas of particular interest include: renovation of science and math labs and classrooms; improvement of sports facilities (a women’s softball field is under construction) and possible expansion of the Fieldhouse to accommodate a fitness center, social areas and administrative offices; construction of a new visual and performing arts center, which might be located between and connecting to P.A.C. and Studio Angelico; and Sage Union renovation, including bookstore improvement either in Sage or relocated into Archangelus Ballroom. Campus Green and Parking Expansion To extend learning into our open spaces, the plan calls for a “greening of the campus,” and more barrier-free access. Landscaped areas would provide outdoor classroom opportunities, places to study and relax, and areas for outdoor games and activities. Areas to be improved include: Trinity Garden, Benincasa Courtyard, Ledwidge Atrium, and the area enclosed by Dominican Hall, P.A.C., Studio Angelico, and the backs of Sacred Heart Hall and Ledwidge/Archangelus. Additional parking areas would be located throughout campus; the first is under construction west of the Fieldhouse.

contributed to the development of eight strategic directions that will guide future decisions at Siena Heights. To move effectively in these directions, the University must strengthen its resources; and Siena Heights is committed to procuring, allocating, investing and managing the resources necessary to accomplish these strategic goals. The eight strategic directions are:

1) Academic Programs Develop academic programs and centers which will attract more students and meet changing needs of learners.

2) Learning Challenge and support our students, faculty and staff to be more effective learners and teachers.

3) Adrian Campus Create a vibrant, stimulating and beautiful residential campus in Adrian that attracts and retains a diverse student body of undergraduate and graduate students.

4) Service Deliver programs and service to our students that offer distinctiveness, high quality, personal attention, convenience and speed.

5) Technology Provide technology and support for students, faculty, staff and alumni which effectively enhance learning, teaching and service.

6) Human Resources Attract, retain, train, develop and reward faculty and staff whose contributions advance learning and mission.

7) Financial Health Strengthen our financial health.

8) Marketing/Identity Develop and implement a marketing plan that communicates our identity, attracts students and garners financial support for the future.


6 From the Campuses Rana named Jackson head Anthony Rana, an academic advisor at Siena’s Metropolitan Detroit Program in Southfield for the past five years, has been appointed director of the Siena Heights degree-completion center at Jackson Community College. He is responsible for managing daily operations, promoting programs and coordinating student services at the Jackson center, the newest of Siena’s seven degree-completion programs across Michigan. A graduate of University of Detroit with a master’s from Central Michigan University, Rana formerly worked in admissions at St. Mary’s College.

Battle Creek welcomes Gray

Theological studies students honored for achievements

Siena adds 4th graduate program

Women and men from the Diocese of Lansing who successfully completed 18 or 36 hours of undergraduate credit in theological studies at Siena Heights were recognized on campus at a special ceremony in April. Bishop Carl F. Mengeling was the celebrant at a liturgy prior to the recognition program. Since Siena began providing the academic component of the Diocesan Ministry Formation Program in 1995, 26 people have completed the 18-credit-hour Level I curriculum and 17 people have completed 36 hours for the Level II certificate. “These classes have given you the tools to continue a lifelong

Beginning this fall, Siena Heights will offer a fourth master’s degree program, with the implementation of a Master of Arts in Health Care Administration to be offered through the Metropolitan Detroit Program in Southfield. Classes will be offered at Metro Detroit’s Harper Woods location (at Notre Dame High School), conveniently located near several major metropolitan hospitals. Siena Heights University also offers graduate degrees in Education, Counseling and Human Resource Development. The education and counseling master’s programs are offered on the Adrian campus only. The HRD program has been available in Adrian, Benton Harbor and Southfield; beginning this fall, the HRD master’s degree also will be offered in Battle Creek at the Kellogg Community College center.

Janice Gray joined the Siena staff last fall as secretary of the University’s Kellogg Community College center in Battle Creek. She is a ‘94 graduate of the Battle Creek program, and mother of Jennifer Gray, a graduate student on the Adrian campus.

Criminal justice added to Jackson offerings Siena Heights begins offering a bachelor’s degree major in criminal justice at its Jackson Community College center this fall. The University already offers B.A. programs in business administration and accounting, as well as the bachelor of applied science degree, in Jackson. Criminal justice “is a degree that no else in the Jackson area is offering, and it’s a strong major on the Adrian campus,” said Deborah Carter, associate dean of off-campus programs. There is a strong interest in law enforcement and corrections in the region, Carter said, and significant enrollment in JCC’s associate degree programs in those subjects. Students now will be able to continue on to a bachelor’s degree with Siena Heights without leaving the JCC campus.

Siena recognized as leader

Susan Conley Weeks (left) and Jodie Screes, OP (right)

journey of theological study,” Susan Conley Weeks, chair of the religious studies program at Siena Heights, told the students. “The partnership between Siena Heights and the Diocese has truly been the successful collaboration we anticipated,” President Artman commented. “We feel this program is having a profound impact on training laity in theological studies.” Other featured speakers included Jodie Screes, OP, coordinator of the program in theological studies; Mary Tardif and Dorita Wotiska, OP of the Diocese; and Rev. Gregory A. Banazak, STD, of Cyril and Methodius Seminary.

Siena Heights was named a Lenawee Leader earlier this year by the Lenawee County Chamber of Commerce, the Lenawee Chamber Foundation and Lenawee Tomorrow. The award recognized Siena Heights as a long-time leader in the field of private liberal arts education, and applauded the University’s powerful response to the educational needs of the business sector and working adults in the community. Lenawee County also benefits from Siena’s strong art, theatre, music and child drama programs, and from the civic contributions of University faculty and staff, the Chamber noted.


7 Siena volunteers share hearts and muscles in Chicago and Jamaica Two groups of volunteers took the Siena Heights spirit of service to vastly different locations this spring, sharing minds, hearts and elbow grease with communities in need.

• Spring break ‘98 found eight Siena

Heights students in Chicago, Illinois, staying at the Presentation Catholic Church on the city’s west side and spending most of their time volunteering for The Children’s Place, a social service agency offering aid to families struggling with the complex issues brought on by HIV infection and AIDS. The group, organized by Jennifer Bine ‘00, president of SAVE (Siena Against Violent Environments), also helped drywall a house for Habitat for Humanity, in between assignments at The Children’s Place. The trip was

intense, emotional and highly fulfilling, the student volunteers reported. The group also had the opportunity to meet with Siena Heights alumna and SAVE founder Aimee Nemeckay ‘89/’91 M.A., now a hospital administrator in Chicago, and Siena Heights Trustee J. Patrick Murphy, CM, who hosted the group at his Chicago home (see photo above). SAVE will most likely head to Appalachia for 1999’s “alternative spring break,” returning to the site of last year’s spring service trip, Jennifer Bine reported.

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students and faculty left Adrian — and the U.S. — for two weeks volunteering at Bosco, a school for orphaned and delinquent boys run by the Sisters of Mercy in the mountains of southwest Jamaica. Led by Pat Schnapp, assistant professor of English and a Sister of Mercy, the group worked with staff at the school and worked with volunteers from other cultures, including Samoa and New Zealand as well as Jamaica, to build, paint and clean the facility. They

also tutored and mentored the 6- to 17year-old boys at the school. Sister Pat, who became acquainted with the boys’ school during her years as a teacher in Kingston, Jamaica, organized the trip because “it struck me that this would be a wonderful opportunity for students to be able to experience a different culture, yet one where English is spoken, and to be able to offer services where it would be very much appreciated.” By all accounts, her expectations were met and exceeded!

SIENA HEIGHTS IS MY UNIVERSITY Siena Heights partners on the beat for justice

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ason Gurzynski, a criminal justice major and psychology minor from Sylvania, Ohio, is the most recent Siena Heights student to be partnered with Detective Larry Richardson ‘76 of the Adrian Police Department. “I try to have a Siena Heights intern every semester, and I’d take four if they were all like Jason!” says Richardson, who was instrumental in Siena’s decision to establish a criminal justice program in the 1970s. “I expect the interns to work with me and learn by doing, not just watch or follow. We’re a team.” For Jason, a stand-out on Siena’s track team who aims for a career in juvenile law, working with Detective Richardson has enabled him to “see everything, from court hearings and juvenile interviews to presentations and even paperwork.” The internship has led to other opportunities: a position as a county probation officer and a part-time job working with delinquent youth. Now entering his senior year, Jason says “I like making a difference, and now I feel I can.” The internship program is a plus for Richardson, too: “I love it,” he says of the experience of working with a new intern every few months. “The students are always very well prepared. Siena does a great job.”


8 Gifts & Giving Recent Gifts Support Special Projects • The Merillat Foundation in Adrian recently awarded Siena Heights $600,000, payable over a three-year period, to support technology and other improvements at the University. Several years ago, the Foundation helped establish the platform for current technology development at Siena, by funding the development and installation of a fiber optic network linking campus facilities with the main computing center in Dominican Hall. “We are extremely grateful to the Merillat Foundation for this generous commitment to technology,” Vice President for Advancement Don Taylor said. “Technology is a critical tool for today’s students, just as it is for any business or industry.” • Warren and Catherine Reuther of Lambertville, generous longtime supporters of Siena Heights, have contributed $250,000 to establish an endowment in academic development.

This gift is uniquely designed to support faculty members who are developing new or strengthening existing academic programs. In recent years, the Reuthers have invested many thousands of dollars in response to the University’s program and physical plant needs. • The Adrian Dominican Sisters recently awarded Siena Heights two significant grants: $30,000 to be used by the University as needed; and an additional $50,000 through the Lynch Foundation to fund scholarships for women in pursuit of educational advancement. “Siena Heights is truly blessed by the sponsorship and support of the Congregation,” President Artman said. “The Adrian Dominican tradition is the heart and soul of the University.” • The Maurice and Dorothy Stubnitz Foundation in Adrian recently approved a $62,426 grant to fund a new lighting system for Francoeur Theatre, complete

Set, Spike, Dig -- and Dial! The Saints volleyball team made 569 successful telephone contacts this spring during a four-night phonathon that generated 223 pledges totaling $10,254 in support for the Siena Heights Annual Fund. Pizza and pop helped sustain the athletes, whose competitive spirit came through as they worked to out-do each other in dollars raised. Senior volleyball setter Krista Purvis claimed the top dollar award, winning a free meal with Rick and Joan Artman. “I was very impressed with the students’ professionalism and willingness,” said Jeff Freshcorn, director of annual fund programs. “They had great spirit and never got discouraged.”

with computerized light boards. Theatre students working with the system will gain valuable experience with up-to-date theatrical technology, while directors, performers and audiences will appreciate the improved stage lighting. • Masco Charitable Trust selected Siena Heights for a $30,000 grant, payable over three years, to be used to improve information technology for the Division of Business and Management. The gift comes with an additional $3,000 match from Merillat Industries, a division of Masco Corporation. • The Stranahan Foundation, based in Toledo, Ohio, has granted Siena Heights $12,250 to provide five art scholarships of $2,450 each, to be awarded to Toledo area minority students enrolling in the fall of 1999. The grant will be reviewed yearly and support for the scholars will continue as long as they remain enrolled in the art program.

Corporate Campaign Success The 1997-98 Corporate Fund Campaign was “a huge success” with new gifts and pledges totaling more than $35,000, Jeff Freshcorn, director of annual fund programs, reports. Local community and corporate leaders solicited other Lenawee businesses, seeking new or increased scholarship support for Lenawee County students enrolling at Siena Heights. In its second year, and chaired again by Trustee Allan Brittain, the campaign surpassed all goals and expectations. “Volunteers make this campaign go, and the team Allan Brittain formed was one of the best,” Freshcorn said. Serving with Brittain were: Judy Billington (Bank of Lenawee), Garry Clift (Clift Pontiac Nissan GMC Truck), Sam Engardio (Kapnick & Company, Inc.), Tom Fenstemacher (Office Plus), Pat Gill (Bank of Lenawee), Pat Hayes (WLEN), Scott Hill (KrieghoffLenawee Company), Guenther Lengnick (former president, Wacker Silicones), Don McCarthy (Coldwell Realtors), Paul Mueller (Roto Plastics), Mark Murray (Fabricare Cleaners, Coin Laundry & Auto Washes), Bob Sack (Oliver Instrument Company), and Bill Slykas (Dura Convertible Systems).


Sports

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Siena Heights Athletics -- Winter 1998 Highlights •

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Siena Heights athletics established a new school record by placing 27th in this year’s Sears Directors’ Cup standings. The Saints’ highest previous placing was 29th two years ago in the annual all-sports competition. The Saints earned 170 points in the Sears’ Directors Cup in the NAIA Division. There are over 350 institutions in the NAIA and Siena Heights has placed in the top forty every year since the competition began four years ago. Siena Heights is the only school in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) among the top fifty NAIA schools in this year’s standings. The Saints earned Cup points this year in women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country and indoor track & field, and men’s basketball.

this year’s indoor championships in the weight throw) by placing fourth in the hammer at 149-04.

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The following spring athletes were named to their respective NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete Teams: In softball, Mariann Bauman (Sr, P/UT, Ottawa Lake, Elementary Education, 3.66 GPA) and Jennifer Scherer (Jr, OF, Wellington, OH, Criminal Justice, 3.86 GPA). In men’s track & field, John Liparoto (Sr, Onsted, English, 3.63 GPA) and Brian Smith (Sr, Pittsford, Biology, 3.54 GPA).

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Sara Schaibly (Haslett) and Andy Bodary (Suttons Bay) were the recipients of this year’s Thomas A. Emmet Awards. The award is presented annually to Siena’s top male and female student-athletes in their junior year of competition.

The Siena Heights outdoor track & field teams had five NAIA All-American performances at the Outdoor National Championships May 21-23 in Tulsa, OK. The track & field championships were held in conjunction with the NAIA Inaugural Spring Championship Games, in which eight national championships were contested in one city over a one week period. Siena Heights freshman hurdler Ron Andrews (Amherst, NY) became Siena’s fourth national champion by winning the 110-meter hurdles in 14.45. Andrews was second (All-American) in the 55-meter hurdles in March at the indoor national championships. The Saints had another All-American in the 110-meter hurdles in Marc Tipton (Niles, OH), who finished third at 14.57. Junior longjumper Ali Shakoor (Jackson) was an All-American in the long jump with a leap of 24-3.5. The men finished 14th overall at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships. The women had two NAIA AllAmericans in senior Tina Richards (East Jordon) and junior Sara Schaibly (Haslett). Richards placed fifth in the 3000 meters with a time of 10:09.74 and was seventh (honorable mention) in the 800 at 2:19.74. Schaibly earned her second NAIA All-American honor (first was at

Schaibly is a two-time NAIA track & field All-American and has posted a 3.2 GPA as an Elementary Education major. Bodary ranked #2 among the Saints’ hitters this season as the team’s starting shortstop and has a 3.9 GPA as an accounting major. Schaibly and Bodary will each receive a partial scholarship for being named this years Emmet Award winners.

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Former Saints pitcher Jason Martines was recently promoted to the Tucson Sidewinders (the Arizona Diamondbacks’ AAA affiliate). In his first appearance for the Sidewinders June 2 against the Vancouver Canadians, Martines struck out two and did not allow a hit in 1.1 innings. With his call-up, Martines becomes the first Siena baseball player ever to play above the single A level in the minor leagues. Martines was drafted in the 21st round last year by the Arizona Diamondbacks and played A ball last year in Lethbridge, BC.

For more information about Siena Heights University Athletics or for a complete sports schedule, contact the Athletic Department at 517/264-7870.


10 Faculty & Staff Honors and Achievements • Mark DiPietro ‘83, assistant professor of theater and

speech communications, directed a Toledo Repertoire Theatre summer 1998 production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, Carousel. DiPietro has taught theater classes at Siena since 1994.

• Mike Lorenz, assistant professor of music, is the

developer of Audio Comp, a new technology for audio compression for the coin-operated industry. At the 6th Annual MSBOA Music Technology Conference he was asked to teach an Open Hands-On Computer Laboratory and give a presentation entitled Wading through the Mire: Technology Resources for Music Educators.

• Dan McVeigh, associate professor of English, published a book review in the Autumn 1997 issue of Christianity and Literature. He reviews Stephen Prickett’s Origins of Narrative: The Romantic Appropriation of the Bible.

and a small office, specializing in clothing and shoes for ballet and tap dancing. She runs the business with her daughter, Ashley, who has danced for 16 years.

• Simone Yehuda, associate professor of English, was

invited to be part of a panel entitled Women and Religion which was part of Artemisia 1998, a conference on women’s issues held at the University of Michigan. This past May, Yehuda received her Ph.D. at the Union Institute. She also spoke at the Modern Language Association’s December conference in San Francisco, presenting a paper titled “The Sign of a Free Man: Two Kinds of Crypto-Jews.”

• Several members of the Siena Heights faculty have been

granted promotions in academic rank effective with the 199899 academic year by vote of the Board of Trustees. *

Appointed associate professor of art in a half-time position: Barbara Cervenka, OP ‘64. Cervenka taught previously at Siena Heights between 1971-78.

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Promoted to associate professor: Louann Cummings and Douglas Miller ‘75. Cummings has taught accounting and management since 1991. Miller has been in the theatre department at Siena since 1979.

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Promoted to full professor: Timothy Husband and Roger Pae. Husband has taught mathematics at Siena Heights since 1977. Pae has served as associate professor of business administration since 1993.

• Roger Pae, associate professor of business administration, was appointed by the U.S. Office of Housing and Urban Development’s University Partnerships Community Development Work Study Program (CDWSP) to its peer review program. Pae will assist a select team of business and academic leaders in the CDWSP awards selection process in Washington D.C.

• Carliene Palmer, associate professor of business

administration, recently opened her own business, Classique, a 1,500-square-foot site that has retail space, a dance studio

Griffin and Weeber Named Outstanding Teachers Mary Griffin (left in photo) of Tecumseh and Mary Weeber of Blissfield were recently awarded the Sister Eileen K. Rice Award for Outstanding Teaching, the highest honor Siena awards its faculty members. Griffin, who is coordinator of the child development program and an associate professor of education and child development, has taught at the college for nearly 25 years. The teaching award honored her for “exceptional willingness to support and encourage students and standing as a daily inspiration balancing professional life

with family priorities, while demonstrating how to respond with affirming ways, deep care, and respect for the dignity of each person.” Weeber, assistant professor of English, has taught at Siena Heights for 11 years. The teaching award for Weeber said, “In your devotion to learning both inside and outside the classroom, you have enabled students to learn to express themselves through literature and apply its meaning to their lives. Your teaching proves that learning can be joyous and that books can expand thought and belief.”


11 Fond Farewells: Faculty Retirements The following Siena Heights faculty members took advantage of a one-timeonly early retirement package offered by the University this spring: Spencer Bennett, professor of history and religious studies, a faculty member since 1976; Gail Johnson, assistant professor of mathematics, teaching at Siena since 1987; Charles Milliken, associate professor of management,

Chuck and Bonnie ‘80 Milliken

whose 21-year teaching career at Siena Heights began in 1977; Audrey Parker, associate professor of humanities, who joined the faculty in 1976; and Robert Xeras, associate professor of mathematics and computer science, a member of the faculty since 1980.

Fond Farewells II: Faculty Resignations The following faculty resigned from their teaching positions at Siena Heights at the end of the 1997-98 academic year: David Hermon, assistant professor of counselor education since 1995, who accepted a position at Marshall University in West Virginia; Rebecca Miller, assistant professor of chemistry at Siena since 1996; Dominic Scibilia, associate professor of religious studies at Siena Heights since 1992; and Tom Venner, professor of art and chair of the performing and visual arts division, a member of the faculty for almost 20 years, who will return to his alma mater, Eastern Michigan University, this fall as head of the art department.

Faculty Research Brings Resources, Equipment, Opportunity to Siena Labs

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he U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a two-year, $50,000 competitive research grant to Dr. Jun Tsuji, assistant professor of biology, for a research project directed at improving disease resistance in plants. As part of the grant, Siena Heights was able to purchase a high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) machine, which will aid Siena students and faculty in future laboratory work. In the research project, titled Evaluating Indole-3-acetonitrile as a Phytoalexin of Arabidopsis thaliana, Tsuji is studying what makes plants more resistant to bacterial, fungal and other types of pathogens. He is trying to determine if and how antimicrobial compounds called phytoalexins contribute to a successful defense against disease by using the plant arabidopsis thalina, which is a model organism of the plant world much like the fruit fly is of the insect world. “If we can find out what makes plants resistant to disease, then we can improve them in the future,” said Tsuji. “Farmers could save money on chemicals and it would be better for the environment.” The HPLC machine aids in the research work by separating and purifying elements of compounds. “There’s no way we could analyze the compounds without the HPLC,” said Tsuji. Tsuji has taught at Siena Heights since 1994. A native of Portage, he received his doctorate in genetics from Michigan State University where he focused on plant pathology.

Fond Farewells III: Staff Departures Alumni and students returning to campus this fall will miss several long-time members of the staff and administration. Robert Parker, registrar at Siena

Heights for 24 years, from 1974 to 1998, has elected a much-deserved retirement. Bob and his wife, Audrey,

(see Fond Farewells I), look forward to lots of relaxation. Mary Jane Dopp, of the advancement staff, formerly of the registrar’s office, left Siena for a computing position at Eastern Michigan University. Mary Ann Hawley, administrative assistant to the academic dean since 1981, also waved goodbye to the campus and headed for warmer climates. Jewel Malarney, coordinator of cooperative education and career services, retired this spring after 15 years overseeing student internships, to spend more time enjoying her grandchildren. Director of public relations Lesley Weidner, a member of the advancement staff for eight years, traded her office for full-time motherhood with son Braden (3) and daughter Taryn (1).


12 Faculty & Staff SISTER PETRONILLA FRANCOEUR, OP Professor of French, Spanish and English, 1946-51; President of Siena Heights College, 1965-69. Popular teacher, excellent instructor and friend to students. Introduced full coeducation as president and laid the foundation for the changing era of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Her tenure was cut short because of serious injuries in an auto accident.

Great teaching and dedicated tea have been constants at Siena Heights throughout its n

College in 1919, to its renaming as Siena Heights Col

Heights University. On these pages, we recall a few o

mentors and friends to Siena students through the deca we’ll publish your letters in the next issue. SISTER BENEDICTA MARIE LEDWIDGE, OP Dean of the College, 1934-51; Vice President, 1951-57; President, 1957-65. Sister Benedicta Marie was very close to the students, and was loved and respected in return. SISTER EILEEN RICE, OP Professor of Education and Director of the Education Program, 1975-1994. A teacher’s teacher and learner’s learner, a lover of cats, a woman of boundless energy.

HELEN DUGGAN, OP

(Sister Ann Charles) Professor of Biology and Chemistry, 195663, 1975-90; named Professor Emerita, 1990; Archivist, 1987-present. A steady cheerful presence in the present day corridors of Sacred Heart Hall, Sister Helen has turned her inquiring mind from science to history, and has been compiling oral histories and establishing the archives of Siena Heights for the past 12 years. She is quick to point out that, when former students’ recall great Siena teachers of the past, their memories relate not just to classrooms and laboratories, but also to life in the residence halls, where some sisters lived, performing duties now handled by Resident Assistants — and other “house mother” responsibilities long since abandoned. Special thanks and recognition to Sister Helen for providing all of the facts, photos and insights appearing on this page.

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SISTER REGINA MARIE LALONDE, OP Professor of Languages, 1922-1971; Assistant to President Thompson, 1971-1975. One of the original faculty members at St. Joseph College. Using Army surplus materials, she built one of the first recognized language labs: two booths (one pictured at left) at the back of SHH 312. SISTER MARY GEORGE NOLAN, OP Business Manager, Treasurer and Business/ Secretarial Instructor, 1936-1970. Beloved moderator of the Alumnae Association through several decades. SISTER M. BERTHA HOMINGA, OP Advisor, Science Instructor, and Legendary Registrar, 1920-65. A founding faculty member known for her warmth, efficiency, and extraordinary memory. It was not unusual for her to remind students as they passed in the hall which requirements they still needed to fulfill. SISTER M. CARMELIA O’CONNOR, OP Professor of Theology and Philosophy of Education for 17 years, from ‘60s-’80s. Beloved mentor who led student volunteer groups to Appalachia for 15 years. Greeting students in the cafeteria or tidying the residence halls as she passed through, her two favorite words were “beautiful” and “wonderful.”


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early 80 years -- from its founding as St. Joseph

llege in 1939, through its evolution into today’s Siena

of the many great teachers and leaders who have been

ades. If we’ve overlooked your favorite, write to us;

SISTER DOROTHY BROWNE, OP Professor and Chairperson of Education, 1938-44; Dean of the College, 1957-63. Nationally recognized educator. Left Siena to become president of Barry College. SISTER ANN JOACHIM, OP Teacher of Social Science, 1931-32, ‘36-38; Legal Counsel and Professor of History, 1939-71. Practicing attorney and the first nun admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court (1936). Known for her demanding oral exams (“If you don’t hear it the first time, there’s no second chance!”). Served as vice mayor and city commissioner in Adrian, 1971-75. SISTER M. LAURINE NEVILLE, OP Teacher and Chairperson of Modern Languages and Literature, 1937-66. Taught French, English, Spanish and Italian; active with Lenawee Spanishspeaking community. SISTER HELENE O’CONNOR, OP Professor and Chairperson of the Art Department, 1936-56. Founded Studio Angelico on the 5th floor of Sacred Heart Hall in 1938; established broad and respected curriculum including calligraphy, painting, sculpture, metallurgy, weaving and ecclesiastic art. SISTER JEANNINE KLEMM, OP Professor and Chairperson of the Art Department, 1957-82; named Professor Emerita, 1989. Was instrumental in the construction of the new Studio Angelico, built 1966. Ran a printing press. SISTER PATRICIA HOGAN, OP Taught Philosophy and History, 1966-73; Director of Philosophy Program, 1979-91. Known for her wonderful sense of humor and her extraordinary assistance to and concern for international students.

SISTER LEONILLA BARLAGE, OP Professor of English, Speech and Drama, 1934-45, 1948-69. An innovator. Directed yearly productions including the annual Lenten play. Established the “Little Theatre” (now the counseling lab) for class productions. Established a radio studio (now the mail room) where students broadcasted for a local radio station.

MIRIAM MICHAEL STIMSON, OP

Professor of Chemistry, 1939-68; Director of Graduate Programs, 1978-91; named Professor Emerita, 1991. Miriam has seen it all: St. Joseph College, where she graduated in 1936; Siena Heights College, where she taught; Siena Heights University, where she is, in President Artman’s words, “an institution herself.” A woman whose pioneering spirit and curious mind continue to inspire those around her, Miriam established a research lab at Siena in 1939 and conducted research, including funded cancer research, for 30 years. In 1953, she was the first woman since Marie Curie to lecture in science at the Sorbonne in Paris. As a chemistry professor, she introduced micro methods and undergraduate research to the classroom. As graduate studies director, she developed an addiction counseling program. Today, she continues to study and read with enormous energy. Returning from a recent conference at the Harvard Medical School, she shared new insights into the connection between health and spirituality. Miriam personifies--with zest-the teacher’s ideal of lifelong learning.

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14 Alumni Weekend

PACK Your BAGS For A Super

September Weekend: Alumni/Family Weekend September 18-20, 1998 ALL ABOUT SIENA HEIGHTS Registration * Campus Tours * Open Houses Admissions and Financial Aid Counseling

Men’s and Women’s Varsity Soccer Alumni Athletic Events: To Be Announced Athletic Alumni Reception

NOT TO BE MISSED Conversation With the President Alumni Weekend Liturgy

REUNION FESTIVITIES

Reunion Classes: Graduation Years ending in “3” & “8” 50th Reunion Gala Breakfast for the Class of ‘48 Presidents’ Luncheon Champagne Reception and Reunion Dinner

ALL TOGETHER, ALL FOR FUN! Alumni Golf Outing Art Exhibit: “Works by Women Artists in Memory of Loved Ones” Tailgate Party Hosted by Siena Heights Faculty Las Vegas Night!

ATHLETIC EXCITEMENT

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Anna Bakeman Tompert ‘38 of Port Huron recently wrote a book about Saint Patrick and his mission to bring Christianity to Ireland in the 4th century. Basing her text on one of Saint Patrick’s letters, “Confession,” she reveals his remarkable life, through a swift moving and simply told chronology that interweaves the words of Patrick himself. The book is titled “St. Patrick” and is published by Boyds Mills Press.

Mary Alan Stuart, OP ‘62 of Lexington, KY works as a Registered Dietitian in the Outreach Nutrition Service at Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

1940’s Connie Berube Binsfeld ‘45 of Maple City, Michigan’s lieutenant governor, has made a career of protecting children; and this past December, Governor John Engler signed what’s been labeled the “Binsfeld legislation” to strengthen protections for abused and neglected children. The legislation caps a remarkable career for the first woman in Michigan to hold office in both the House and Senate, then serve as lieutenant governor. As a former Michigan Mother of the Year she has used her “bully pulpit” to outlaw the sale by birth mothers of parental rights to childless couples, help simplify adoption, help create the Office of the Children’s Ombudsman and push through reforms in the child welfare system. On May 4, Connie received the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan “Sapphire Award” recognizing her as “a jewel of the community” whose efforts have improved the lives of children. The award was presented at the Governor’s Service Awards Program banquet in Lansing, where fellow Siena graduate Patrick Irwin ‘86 also was honored as a finalist for an exemplary service award. Lois Spear, OP ‘46 of Adrian had an article, “Michigan’s 650 Lifer Law,” published in the October 25 issue of America.

1950’s Joan Klusnick Watson ‘58 of Murray, UT expects her 5th grandchild this September. She can’t make it to this year’s class reunion but sends her love to all!

Jean Tobin, OP ‘62, now of Chicago, has generously shared her life and expertise to bring academic and religious education to young girls and lay workers in South Africa. For the past three years, she assisted the principal at St. Anne’s Secondary School in Modimong. The school gathers students from a radius of 100 miles. Students are from mixed backgrounds and most are quite poor by Western standards. Along with the artifacts that Sr. Jean brought back, she also brought home a South African word-one that seems to sum up her ministry. The word is “ubuntu,” which means “we are responsible for other people.” Mary LeQuier, OP ‘63 of Ridgeville, SC has received South Carolina’s highest award, the Order of the Palmetto, along with Carol Dulka, OP ‘71, for their work with the poor of rural Dorchester County.

Mary Beth Ozar Katz ‘63 of Homewood, AL is a science teacher at Our Lady of Sorrows School and has been awarded the Friend of Science award by the Alabama Science Teachers Association. The award recognizes her long-standing contribution to the improvement of science education throughout the State of Alabama. “I continue to teach in Catholic schools because of the love of Catholic education nurtured while I was at Siena.” Joan Kehn, OP ‘65 of Plantation, FL presented workshops at the 1997 Religious Education Congress in September in Miami, FL along with Ana Feliz, OP ‘63 of Dominican Republic. Marie Breitenbeck, OP ‘66 of Atlanta, GA has been asked to update her chapter, “The Canonical Tradition of Confidentiality Pertaining to Oral Communications,” in Confidentiality in the United States: A Legal and Canonical Study, published by the Canon Law Society. She also was asked to be a contributor for the first ever English edition of The New Dictionary of Canon Law, published by Michael Glazier Press. Patricia Pettis Magee ‘68 of East Tawas gave a presentation at the Secretariat for

SIENA HEIGHTS IS MY UNIVERSITY Siena alumnae called to serve in Adrian Dominican leadership

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hree graduates of Siena Heights are among the five women elected by the Adrian Dominican Sisters to lead the Congregation as members of the new General Council. Janet Capone, OP ‘80 took office in July as Prioress of the Congregation, succeeding Patricia Walter, OP ‘66. Serving with Sister Capone are Molly Giller, OP ‘68, vicaress/general councilor, and Barbara Rund, OP ‘72, general councilor, as well as Maureen Comer, OP, administrator, and Kathleen McGrail, OP, general councilor. The new General Council will serve for six years. Prior to her election, Sister Capone was administrator of the Congregation’s Dominican Life Center. Sister Giller of Santa Cruz, CA, served as prioress of the Pacific West Mission Chapter. Sister Rund has been a pastoral associate at St. Hugo of the Hills in Bloomfield Hills. The Adrian Dominican Sisters Congregation retains the legacy of its founder, St. Dominic, by the initials “OP” used after each sister’s name, denoting Order of Preachers. Adrian Dominicans serve in the US, Canada, the Dominican Republic and other Latin American countries, South Africa and Europe. The Congregation’s mission and its ministries focus on simplicity, shared faith, prayerful study, prophetic teaching and creative action on behalf of peace and justice. Siena Heights was founded by and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters.


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officer from 1986 to January of this year when she was appointed interim CEO.

Education and Formation. She discussed opportunities for ongoing enrichment of all catechists in the Diocese of Gaylord this past March. Catherine Farrell Rock ‘68, formerly Sister M. Campion, OP lives in Westfield, NJ with her husband, David. She is currently the elementary principal at Bayberry School in Watchung, NJ, and has been selected to be the Superintendent of Schools in the kindergarten through eighth grade district of Watchung Borough. Kathleen Steiner Griffiths ‘69 has been named president and chief executive officer of Chelsea (MI) Community Hospital. She has been with the hospital since 1981, serving as chief operating

1970’s Bonnie Motto, OP ‘70 was featured in the Grosse Pointe news for her work in organizing a retreat for the St. John-Bon Secours Senior Community.

Her appointment in June as permanent CEO followed an extensive national search. A Siena Heights trustee, Kathleen is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives. Patricia McDonald, OP ‘69 of St.Clair Shores had an article, “Faith: Finding Alternative Insight Through Hope” published in the September 1997 Journal

SIENA HEIGHTS IS MY UNIVERSITY Barbara Cervenka, OP is Saint Dominic Honoree

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of Ethics and Critical Thinking and she presented a workshop on the aftermath of abuse for the Sisters of St. Basil of the Greek Rite, Ivana-Frankivsk, Ukraine.

arbara Cervenka, OP ‘64 received the Alumni Association’s 1998 Saint Dominic Award March 25 “in recognition of her accomplishments as an artist, an educator and an explorer of other cultures. She shares her talents generously, guided by her own gentle strength and a loving Christian spirit.” The award is given to graduates demonstrating extraordinary commitment to Christian education. A watercolor artist, teacher and art curator, Barbara was assistant dean of the University of Michigan School of Art before returning last year to the art faculty at Siena Heights, where she first taught in the 1970s. An M.F.A. graduate of Michigan, she also has taught at Detroit’s Center for Religious Development and in various Michigan elementary and high schools, as well as serving as a general councilor for the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Introducing her at the awards luncheon, Academic Dean Sharon Weber, OP ‘69 noted that, through the years of their friendship, Barbara had taught her that creating art is one way to fulfill Dominic’s challenge to contemplate and share the fruits of contemplation. As Sharon explained, “Barbara’s prayerful attitude toward life and her reflection on such things as nature, life, death, relationships, situations in our society, beauty and art itself” lead to the works of art she creates. A major exhibition of Barbara’s watercolor paintings titled “Passages” opened in Klemm Gallery just prior to Alumni Awards Recognition Day. A gallery reception and Barbara’s slide lecture on “Popular Art and Daily Life in Peru,” a topic she has researched extensively, were part of the Recognition Day events.

Carol Dulka, OP ‘71 of Ridgeville, SC received South Carolina’s highest award, the Order of the Palmetto, along with Mary LeQuier, OP ‘63, for her work with the poor of rural Dorchester County. Maureen Toplisek Hall ‘72 is currently living in Lanark, Ontario, Canada. Julie Hyer, OP ‘72 of Aptos, CA has been the President/CEO at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz for the past 12 years and recently was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to the board of the California Governors Award for Quality. Colleen Sheridan Kaltz ‘72, ‘73/M.A. lives with her husband, Bob, in Yale, MI and has been a high school counselor at Sandusky Schools for 25 years. Her duties include helping students with personal, educational, post-secondary, scholarship, family and crisis needs. Pat Siemen, OP ‘72 of Adrian was featured in an Adrian Daily Telegram article about the congregation’s socially responsible investment strategies. Barbara Rund, OP ‘72 of Bloomfield Hills presented workshops at the 1997 Religious Education Congress in September in Miami, FL. Cecelia Schwartz ‘73 of Adrian is a teacher at Adrian Public Schools. She recently received the Maurice Stubnitz Award for 1998 from the Lenawee County Chamber of Commerce. Maria Olga DeLa Cruz ‘69, ‘74/M.A. of Adrian recently resigned from her position as teacher and counselor in the Adrian Public schools after 20 years of service. She was featured in the Daily Telegram for her years as a committed and respected champion of children, often playing the role of liaison between the school and the Hispanic community. Charles Fort ‘74 of Kearney, NE was awarded the 1998 Fortner Writer and


Community Award for his outstanding job founding the Creative Writing Program at University of North Carolina, as well as his work in Louisiana, Connecticut, and now Nebraska involving both writer and community. C. Renee Bauer Jarmolowicz ‘74 of Deckerville won Best of Show this spring for her handmade book, “Woods,” at the opening reception for Calligraphic Continuum 1978-1998, the Michigan Association of Calligraphers’ (MAC) annual juried exhibit, which this year included four of Renee’s works. A member of MAC since 1991, Renee served as chair of the organization’s 20th anniversary committee this year. She is also a charter member of the international Association for the Calligraphic Arts. Renee’s biography will be included in the 26th edition of “Who’s Who in the Midwest,” a companion to “Who’s Who in America.” Susan Maher Muck ‘74 of Adrian was nominated for the Daily Telegram’s first ever Citizen of the Year Award. The goal of the award was to recognize those people living in Lenawee County who don’t seek the spotlight, but help their neighbors in a variety of ways. Judith Maierle Williston ‘75 of Bradenton Beach, FL was recognized as Manatee County, Florida’s 1998 Special Programs Teacher of the Year. She is a Manatee County School Board of Education employee contracted as a teacher by the Manatee Glen’s Adolescent Recovery Center in Bradenton, Florida. This is the first time the county has honored a teacher who works in special programs outside the traditional public schools. Darrell Issa ‘76, his wife, Kathy, and their son, William moved from Ohio to Vista, CA in 1985, and took the business he and his wife founded, Directed Electronics Inc., with them. Darrell eventually got involved in Gov. Pete Wilson’s reelection campaign and the GOP national convention in San Diego in 1996. He was also a player in the campaign for Proposition 209, an initiative voters approved to end racial preferences for state hiring and school admissions. Most recently, he gained national attention in California’s June Primary as a Republican challenger for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Barbara Boxer. Merlin Mowery ‘76/A.S is currently serving as president of the Village of Clinton, a post he has held since 1996. A

32 year resident, he and his wife Wilma have two children and 6 grandchildren. He also is the undersheriff of Lenawee County, serving as second in command. Prior to his tenure with the Sheriff’s Department he was chief of police in Tecumseh for 11 years, and served with the Michigan State Police for 13 years. Larry Richardson ‘76 of Adrian was one of about 60 Lenawee County residents nominated for the Citizen of the Year Award — but he disqualified himself because he was a judge of the contest. The goal of the award is to recognize those people living in Lenawee County who don’t seek the spotlight, but help their neighbors in a variety of ways.

17 Kathy Felan Jay ‘82 of Battle Creek received a recent promotion to Senior Logistics Data Manager at Defense Logistics Information Service: Aircraft Structure and Components Branch. She has worked for the Federal Government for 18 years and is also a member of the Siena Heights Board of Trustees and Alumni Board. John David Johnson ‘83 lives with his wife, Sherri, in Santa Fe, NM, and is currently an Agency Field Consultant at State Farm Insurance.

Nancy Knight ‘77 of Adrian currently works as a preschool teacher at the First United Methodist Church Day Care and Preschool Center.

Kenneth Kops ‘84 of Seoul, Korea, was recently hired as a full time instructor by Induk College in Seoul. Prior to this position, he was a teacher at Dae Bang Girls Middle School.

Kenneth Thompson ‘77 of Adrian recently had an exhibit of his sculpture at Monroe County Community College. Ken owns Flatlanders Art Gallery in Blissfield and teaches sculpture at the University of Toledo, where he is also pursuing a master of liberal studies degree.

John Detro ‘85 is living with his wife, Morama, in Fort Benning, GA and is a physician assistant with the U.S. Army. He recently finished requirements for a master’s in family medicine/physical assistant studies at the University of Nebraska.

Rudy Nardon ‘78 of West Bloomfield is currently working as a regional manager at the Digital Equipment Corporation.

Gary Sturtevant ‘85 of Addison works for RE/MAX of Lenawee Inc. and lives on a farm in Woodstock Township with his wife, Amy Lillywhite Sturtevant ‘80, administrative assistant to the president at Siena Heights.

Marjorie Myerholtz Orban ‘78/M.A. of Albuquerque, NM celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary in 1997 with her husband, Eugene. After retiring from teaching at Morenci High School, she moved to Arizona, and taught part time for Yavapai College in the English Department for six years. Now, with her son and daughter nearby, she has lived in New Mexico for the past three years.

1980’s Fannie Hall ‘81 currently lives in Toledo, OH. Jared Flayer ‘82 of Tucson, AZ was recently promoted to regional vice president of development with HDS Services, a food service and hospitality management company in Farmington Hills. He previously held various management positions with HDS, working with diverse accounts including country clubs and acute care, long-term care and retirement facilities. Jared has been with HDS for 15 years, most recently as regional director of development.

Bruce Webb ‘85 of Adrian was promoted to second vice president, commercial lending, at the Bank of Lenawee. He joined the bank in 1996 and has served small business for 12 years as a past president and board member of the Adrian Downtown Authority and as a member of the Lenawee County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council. Aliyu Idris ‘86 currently lives in Nigeria. Patrick Irwin ‘86 of Dearborn was a finalist in Governor John Engler’s statewide service awards program this spring. Nominated for his work in southwest Detroit, both as founder and president of the Cesar Chavez charter school and as volunteer coach and mentor at Holy Redeemer High School, Pat was a finalist in the “Exemplary -35” category. Siena Heights was well-represented at the awards banquet in May: Connie Berube Binsfeld ‘45 received a special award recognizing her work on behalf of Michigan’s children.


18 Dolores Sanchez ‘86 is the owner of Sanchez Communications, a publication service company she founded 10 years ago, through which she publishes the Michigan Hispanic Directory and Michigan’s only weekly Hispanic Newspaper, EL CENTRAL. Christine Conyers Glenn ‘87 is currently working as a realtor with TYO and Associates in Toledo. She lives in Sylvania, OH with her husband, Mike. Pat Mundy Helton ‘87/M.A. of Hillsdale has been selected as the top agent after being involved in real estate sales for eight years at Helton Roth Better Homes and Gardens. Her husband, Don Helton, who has been involved in real estate since 1972, encouraged her to become involved and to take the real estate licensing course so they could work together as a team. Although, real estate is a second career for her. She is a licensed out-patient

therapist and her practice, Helton Center for Personal Counseling, is primarily associated with the court systems and the public schools. Kathryn Dawson Berryhill ‘88/A.A. has a new job as administrative assistant to the superintendent at North Branch area schools. She lives in Lapeer with her husband, Dan. Judy Britsch ‘88 of Manitou Beach taught in Addison for 8 years and recently was named the new principal of Addison’s Wayne Gray Elementary. She was among 16 candidates to apply for the principal position and was one of two finalists interviewed by the Addison Board of Education. Daniel J. Buba ‘88 of Indianapolis is an attorney at LaCavan Law Firm. Elaine Hunter ‘88 of Clinton Twp. is currently an administrative assistant at Kelly Services in Troy.

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eborah Carrington Keller (on right in photo) , principal of St. Joseph Academy/ Montessori Children’s House in Adrian, received the Alumni Association’s 1998 Sister Ann Joachim Award on March 25. The award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to the community through activities demonstrating strong leadership, the ability to get things done, and the capacity to confront issues head on while maintaining the image and spirit of Siena Heights. A native of New Jersey, Deb has lived in Adrian since arriving at Siena as a freshman. She completed her bachelor’s degree in elementary education 1974 and earned a master’s in guidance and counseling the following year. She began her professional career at St. Joseph Academy, where she had completed her student teaching, and has remained there ever since. She has been principal for the past five years, the first lay person to assume that role. Trudy McSorley ‘71 (left in photo) introduced Deb at the recognition luncheon and read the award citation, noting “the Christian values and Siena spirit that have led Deb to dedicate her career to the leadership and continued success of St. Joseph Academy/Montessori Children’s House. She is deeply committed to the wellbeing of her students, not only academically but also physically and spiritually.” As part of the Alumni Awards Recognition program, Deb also met with students in several Siena Heights classes and participated in a special liturgy.

Deborah Shearer Elliott ‘88/A.A. of Morenci was recently promoted to vice president of client service for United Bank and Trust, where she has worked since 1991. She has also served as a class instructor for the American Institute of Banking in Lenawee County for the past nine years. Robert Frellick ‘88 has moved from Chicago to Fairview, NC. Martin Moreno ‘88 of Phoenix, AZ, a nationally known muralist, is in Adrian this summer guiding the design and production of a 15’ x 79' downtown mural depicting the city’s history. Martin is in his fifth year with the Arts in Education program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Phoenix Arts Commission, two programs which provide artists with residencies in public schools and community agencies throughout Arizona. Linda Arnett ‘89 of Adrian recently joined Bank of Lenawee’s Real Estate Finance Department. She is also active in the community, serving as a board member for the Adrian Kiwanis Club and the YMCA and is the treasurer of the Garfield Elementary PTO. Beth Banaszewski Crawford ‘89 and her husband Vincent, recently moved to Munson Twp., OH, and built a new home. They are the proud parents of identical twin boys, Kevin and Connor, born in 1996. Mary Kloeckner ‘89 of Hillsdale is a teacher at North Adams High School and is currently teaching and coaching basketball and volleyball. She is a member of the NCA team and school improvement committee, and also teaches religious education at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Bonnie Bell Tobias ‘89 lives in Canton with her husband, Ron, and is a program director at Henry Ford Community College. She recently earned a master of science degree in hospital administration at Central Michigan University.

1990’s Melissa Durbin Growden ‘90 of Holland, OH was recently hired as an admissions representative at Siena Heights. She earned her master’s degree in art history from Bowling Green State University in ‘94. Melissa serves on President Clinton’s World War II War


Memorial Advisory Board and is a member of the board’s Design Advice and Publicity committees and Campaign Policy and Fundraising subcommitte. She is past president of the Siena Heights Alumni Board. Jennifer Collins ‘91 of Battle Creek is employed as a clinical social worker in the neuro-rehabilitation unit at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Vicki Luibrand Davis ‘91 lives with her husband, Nathan, in Lawrenceville, GA. She is an Information Analyst at E.D.S. in Doraville. Nora O’Brien Erickson ‘91 has taken a few years off work to raise her children. She is currently in the process of building a house and living in Bancroft with her husband, Robert. Marcos Gonzalez ‘91 of Adrian is a 4-H youth educator with Michigan State University Extension. Debbie Eishen Scout ‘91 lives in Addison with her husband, Jim. She does freelance graphic design work through her firm, Scout Graphic Eye. Carol Gluss Knieper ‘92/A.A. of Manitou Beach, was promoted to administrator of Citizens for Quality Care facilities, an alternative to nursing homes, located in Adrian and Morenci. Julie Cox Yeager ‘92/A.F.A recently was hired full-time by the Michigan Metro Girl Scout Council as the Manager of Outdoor Programs. She lives in Novi with her husband, Alex. Kelley Fozo ‘93 of Ann Arbor is currently employed at the Rainbow Rehabilitation Center in Ypsilanti. Patrick J. Imesch ‘93 (Southfield), of Grosse Pointe was promoted to purchasing agent for Olympia Entertainment. In his new job, he will streamline buying for Joe Louis and Cobo arenas and the Fox Office Building. Prior to this appointment he was assistant director of operations for Joe Louis and Cobo arenas. Andrew Butler ‘93 of San Clemente, CA recently visited Singapore while on a six month deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked aboard the ships of the USS Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group. He visited several liberty ports, including Australia, Bahrain, Guam, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and the

United Arab Emirates. While in these ports Andrew and fellow Marines participated in several community relations projects and enjoyed the diversity of cultures represented. Irene Garcia Solis ‘93 of Adrian was a judge for the Daily Telegram’s first-ever Citizen of the Year award. Lora Marcum Manders ‘94 is currently teaching at Napoleon, (MI) High School and coaching girls varsity basketball and middle school track. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Brad. Beth Rice Pennington ‘94 of Morenci is involved in the city’s newest business, the Beacon Counseling Center, which she codirects with Diana Zoeller Fallot ‘97/ M.A. Beth’s work focuses on play therapy, parenting, grief issues and sexual abuse. James Pouillon ‘94 became a doctor of podiatric medicine this spring, graduating from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine with the class of ‘98. Jennifer Anne Schreer ‘94, ‘97/M.A. lives in Adrian and works at Siena Heights as assistant director of residence life. Mary J. Bonevelle ‘95 Spring Lake just received her M.A. in English from Eastern Illinois University with a concentration in composition and rhetoric. Carl Brown ‘95 West Couina, CA has a career in helping kids in Los Angeles as a behavioral specialist at Cortez School, a K-12 school for severely emotionally disturbed youth. His athleticism allowed Brown to qualify for the 1996 Olympic Trials in the discus. Although his 190foot discus throw did not get him to Atlanta for the Summer Olympics, he holds the distinction of knowing that only 24 athletes in the U.S. were invited to the trials in the discus. He is currently training for the 1998 Good Will Games and in the future, hopes to make the 2000 summer Olympics. Katharine Worsham Piper ‘95 lives in Taylors, SC with her husband, Michael. They moved to South Carolina due to a wonderful job opportunity for Mike. He is an inside sales specialist in the Automation Department of Control Corporation of America. Katherine works at Easley Dialysis Center as a social worker. Barry J. Babcock ‘96 recently moved from Toledo, OH to Grand Rapids, MI.

19 Nicole R. Clark ‘96 of Addison is employed by Carter Rehabilitation Center in Adrian. Mary Jane Borton Dopp ‘96 lives in Adrian with her husband, Steve. After years of being a Siena Heights “fixture”-first as a provider of lollipops at Bank of Lenawee, then as a student and registrar’s office staff person, and finally as an alumni member of the advancement office staff -- Mary Jane left Siena in June for a position at Eastern Michigan University as a business process consultant for university computing. Karen Eckert ‘96 (Southfield) of Grosse Pointe Park is a second year graduate student in Oakland University’s counseling program. Sally M. Pinchock ‘96/M.A. of Tecumseh works at the Michigan Small Business Development Center located at the Lenawee County Chamber of Commerce in Adrian. She recently completed an 80-hour Certified Business Analyst program at Capital University Graduate School in Columbus, Ohio. Kathy Poisson ‘96 of Tecumseh is the new program coordinator of the Catherine Cobb Domestic Violence Program in Adrian. She was selected for the post because of her previous work and experience with domestic violence programs and substance abuse at the Sage Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at Bixby Medical Center. Diana Zoeller Fallot ‘97/M.A. of Morenci is involved in the city’s newest business, the Beacon Counseling Center, which she co-directs with Beth Rice Pennington ‘94. Diana focuses on school, family, adolescent, premarital and transitional crisis counseling. Mary Hirakis ‘97 (Battle Creek) was promoted recently to staff accountant in the City of Battle Creek finance department. Denise Kerwin ‘97/M.A. of Jonesville recently started a new job at the Community and Christian Counseling Center in Hillsdale as a professional counselor. Ted Overy ‘97 of Adrian is currently working at the Lucas County Department of Human Services in Adult Protective Services.


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Rebecca Squires ‘97 (Kalamazoo) of Battle Creek is chair of the Board of Directors for United Way of Greater Battle Creek. Dymetrius Ware ‘97 (Southfield) of Detroit has been named men’s basketball coach at Oakland Community College. He previously coached at DePorres High School and, most recently, as an assistant coach at Oakland Community College for the past two years. Kevin Wayne Williams ‘97 of Ann Arbor is a University of Michigan graduate student studying social work. He is also a resident director for a residence hall and program assistant for the office of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender affairs. Jennifer Stowell ‘98 (Kalamazoo) of Battle Creek was honored for her volunteer services at a Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. For the past three years, she has been running three programs she created, transporting participants to and from activities, organizing major fund-raisers and other special events for Community Integrated Recreation. Her efforts helped keep the organization’s fees low and let more people participate.

Friends Several individuals joined the Siena Heights Board of Trustees this year: Allan Brittain of Adrian, chair of the Bank of Lenawee; Joseph Fitzsimmons of Ann Arbor, former chair of University Microfilms International and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan; Scott Hill of Tecumseh, vice president of Kreighoff-Lenawee Company; Charles Knabusch, Jr. ‘93 of Monroe, general manager of La-Z-Boy Logistics, Inc.; Robert Price of Manitou Beach, president/owner of Primore, Inc.; John Simpson of Toledo, chief financial officer of Dana Corp.; Martha Smydra of Detroit, president of Oakland Community College’s Royal Oak and Southfield campuses; Laura Stearns of Williamston, vice president for service program operations for the Michgian Catholic Conference; Dorita Wotiska, OP ‘60 of Lansing, superintendent of schools and chair of education and formation, Diocese of Lansing; and Dennis Wright of Adrian, vice president of human resources for Leanwee Health Alliance.

Edward Michel ‘90 and Katie Quinn ‘91 were married February 28 in Joliet, IL, and currently live in Chicago.

child, Karli Lynn, born December 12, 1997. They live in Ypsilanti. Tami is a business teacher at River Rouge High School.

Angela Sheely ‘96 and Tomas Moore were married December 27, 1997.

Alison Murray Arkison ‘91, ‘94/M.A. and husband Michael announce the birth of Madeline Paige, February 13. The Arkison family recently moved into a new home in Grosse Pointe Farms. After several years as support coordinator for the Jewish Vocational Service, Alison is at home being a full-time mom.

Andrew David Smith ‘97 (Monroe) and Dyan Michelle Goodell were married October 11, 1997, and are living in Monroe.

Collette Haraszko Graham ‘94 and her husband, Rob, welcome the addition of Benjamin Parker to their family, born January 10.

Heather Kandler ‘97 and Sean Catron ‘98 were married in December and are currently living in Adrian. They had a baby boy in May, named Lucas.

Kyle Griffith ‘92, ‘96/M.A. and his wife Amy ‘96/M.A. announce the arrival of triplets, daughters Madison and Marley, and son Brady, born October 16, 1997. The Griffiths live in Blissfield. Kyle teaches high school social studies in Morenci.

Keli Ann Lezak ‘93 (Benton Harbor) married Robert Allen Gambrill III on October 4, 1997, in Benton Harbor.

Births Kelley Craddock Frazza ‘81 and her husband, John, welcome the arrival of Leigh Anne, born September 13, 1997. Kelley received her teaching certificate from Farmington State College in December 1996. Michael MacDonald ‘86 and his wife, April, announce the birth of their daughter, Jordan Carol, born in September. They live with their two other children, son Kyle and daughter Catherine, in Brownstown Twp. Rebecca King Roehm ‘89 and her husband Charles announced the second addition to their family, Mary Elizabeth, in January. In January 1997 she became a first time Mom with the birth of son Adam Louell. She has recently resigned from her position as administrative assistant II at UM-Biology, and has started her own daycare business. Craig Mathews ‘90 and Kris Fisher Mathews ‘90 of Ortonville are the parents of two budding baseball stars, Craig (3 yrs) and Kyle (8 months). “Keep’em in mind Gordie.” Katherine Prush Leibengood ‘92 and her husband, James, announced the arrival of their son, James Bradley II, born January 4. They are living in Granger, IN. Tami Simon Miller ‘92 and her husband, John, welcome the birth of their second

Deaths Ruth Steiner OP ‘36, formerly known as Sister Marie Eugene, died May 15, at the Dominican Life Center at the age of 84. She spent many years as a high school teacher in Miami Beach, FL, St. Charles, IL, and in Detroit. Mary Timothy Carlin OP ‘38 a Dominican nun for 70 years and a longtime elementary school teacher died April 19 at the age of 90 in the Dominican Life Center. Josepha Mauss OP ‘38 died January 14 at the Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital at the age of 81. She spent many years ministering in elementary, high school and college music education in various cities around the country. Marie Francis Malloy OP ‘38 died March 6 at age 86 at the Dominican Life Center. She spent 35 years ministering in elementary education in various cities and retired to Maria Health Care in 1967. Mary Aquinas Seikel OP ‘39 died in 1997. Jean Therese Audretsch OP ‘39 died December 11, 1997 at the Dominican Life Center. She was 90. She spent 38 years ministering music education in Illinois,


Michigan and California, and another 26 years was spent teaching elementary education in Illinois and Arizona. Catherine Ann Burke OP ‘41, a longtime teacher in elementary education, died January 5, at the Dominican Life center at the age of 83. Sister Mary Malley OP ‘42 formerly known as Sister Josephine Therese Malley, died April 24 at the age of 86. She spent 52 years ministering in elementary education in many cities in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. Alice Patricia Sheridan OP ‘43 died May 12 at the age of 85. She spent 36 years in elementary education and high school education in different cities across the country.

Porres High School in Detroit. Malcolm James Krostue ‘80 a former resident of St. Ignace, died in San Francisco, December 5, 1997, of complications following a mugging which left him paralyzed seven years ago. A graphics designer who formerly worked for the Landor Associates international design firm, he was 49 at his death.

Friends Donato Sarapo, trustee and longtime friend of Siena Heights, died suddenly April 9 at the age of 72. Dr. Sarapo,

Mary Dorothea Siecinski CSSF ‘50 died February 23, at Angela Hall in Livonia at the age of 89. She taught for more than 60 years, mostly in southeastern Michigan, but also in Bay City, Cleveland Heights, Ohio and the Alpena area. Nora Leahy OP ‘52 formerly known as Sister Nora Richard, died April 3 at the age of 69. She formerly ministered at St. Brigid in Detroit. Roberta Lorson OP ‘55 of Akron, OH, died in 1997. Francis Mary Whitney OP ‘57 formerly known as Edna Elizabeth Whitney, died April 3 at the age of 77. She spent six years as a nursing assistant in Adrian, New Mexico and California. She also spent 24 years teaching in elementary schools in Iron Mountain, Detroit and Cleveland. Margaret Younglove OP ‘61, a former Detroit teacher, died March 26 in Columbus, OH, at the age 65. She was formerly known as Sister Joseph Allen. Patricia Rheaume OP ‘76 died November 28, 1997, in Farmington at the age of 73. She spent many years teaching high school education at St. Martin de

known as Danny, practiced internal medicine in Adrian from 1956 until his death. He was active in numerous professional medical societies and was past chief of staff and chief of medicine at Bixby Medical Center. He was active in the Lenawee County Republican Party and had held leadership positions with many business and civic boards and charitable organizations. He served Siena Heights for more than 30 years, first as a member of the Lay Advisory Boar, then as a Trustee. Among his survivors are his wife, Joyce, adjunct faculty in Spanish at Siena Heights, and son David ‘81.

SIENA HEIGHTS IS MY UNIVERSITY

Mary Anne Brennan OP ‘46, formerly known as Sister Thomas Catherine, died on January 23, at the North Shore Medical Center in Miami, FL at age 77. She was a Detroit native and a longtime teacher at colleges, elementary and high schools. Francina Reuther OP ‘49 died January 25 at age 78. She taught school for 32 years in the Detroit area.

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Phillips ‘75 is first male recipient of Outstanding Alumni Award

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enneth Phillips ‘75, assistant director of campus ministry and director of liturgy at Regis University in Denver, CO, received the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumni Award March 25, the first male recipient of that honor. The award recognizes alumni whose professional achievements and/or volunteer contributions promote Siena positively to the community, who demonstrate positive leadership, and who serve as role models for others. A native of Jackson who studied English, art and education at Siena Heights, Ken was honored as “a creative artist who has dedicated his talents to the glory of God and the spiritual enrichment of others. An accomplished poet, musician, printmaker, potter and fabric worker, Ken nonetheless has chosen ministry as his career, counseling young people as a teacher, a liturgist, and a college ministry leader. A man of robust faith and energy, he exemplifies the values and spirit of Siena Heights and is a worthy role model for today’s Siena students.” Pat Schnapp, RSM, of the Siena Heights English faculty, nominated Ken for the award and introduced him at the luncheon. The two became acquainted when both taught high school in Toledo, and again when both were pursuing advanced degrees at Bowling Green State University, where Ken earned a master’s in printmaking and ceramics. He holds a second master’s in adult Christian community development. In conjunction with Alumni Awards Day, Ken spoke with religious studies students and coordinated a moving liturgy on the Feast of the Annunciation. He also organized a three-week exhibition of his recent creative work, hanging nine fabric collage banners in the Dominican Hall atrium. The richly colorful quilt-sized banners, from a larger collection called “Myth Ken Phillips and Pat Schnapp, with Anthropos,” portrayed interpretations of one of Ken’s fabric banners. classical and personal myths.


22 Calendar Klemm Gallery Exhibition Schedule Fall 1998

1998-99 Theatre Siena October 15-17: LITTLE WOMEN An adaption of Louisa May Alcott’s classic story, directed by Trudy McSorley ‘70.

August 31 - September 6 Lori Mason, BFA Candidate

November 19-21: ROMEO AND JULIET William Shakespeare’s beloved love tale, directed by Mark DiPietro ‘83.

September 10 - October 1 In Memoriam-Works by Women Artists in Memory of Loved Ones October 5 -29 Lou Jones: Final Exposure

January 29-31: CHARLOTTE’S WEB An adaption of E.B. White’s cherished story. Children’s Theatre Production, directed by Trudy McSorley ‘70.

November 4 - 24 Ayacucho: Tradition and Crisis in Peruvian Popular Art

February 18-20: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST Dale Wasserman’s adaption of the Ken Kesey novel, directed by Doug Miller ‘75.

December 7 - 13 Art Day Exhibition

April 15-17: ANYTHING GOES Featuring Cole Porter’s memorable music and lyrics. Directed by Mark DiPietro ‘83.

Board of Trustees John P. Tierney Chairperson Bloomfield Hills, MI Douglas L. Kapnick Vice Chairperson Adrian, MI Warren L. Reuther Secretary Monroe, MI _________________ Richard B. Artman Adrian, MI Josephine V. Bester Toledo, OH Allan F. Brittain Adrian, MI Tarianne DeYonker, OP ‘70 Grosse Pointe Park, MI Richard J. Dougherty Niles, MI Constance Farver ‘83 Adrian, MI Gerald F. Fitzgerald, Jr. Detroit, MI Joseph Fitzsimmons Ann Arbor, MI

Juanita Flores, OP ‘74 Detroit, MI

John E. McSorley Detroit, MI

Martha R. Smydra Royal Oak, MI

Josephine Gaugier, OP ‘60 Saginaw, MI

Thomas P. Moore, II Troy, MI

Laura O. Stearns Lansing, MI

Carleton H. Griffin Ann Arbor, MI

James N. Motschall, Jr. Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Byron L. Stickles ‘80/’83 Maumee, OH

Kathleen S. Griffiths ‘69 Chelsea, MI

J. Patrick Murphy, CM Chicago, IL

Ronald Thayer Detroit, MI

Anne Guinan, OP ‘64 Adrian, MI

Edward J. Nussel Toledo, OH

Patricia Walter, OP ‘66 Adrian, MI

Stephen L. Hickman Adrian, MI

Cynthia S. Opelt ‘70/’74 Adrian, MI

Dorita Wotiska, OP ‘60 Lansing, MI

Scott F. Hill Adrian, MI

Phyllis E. Peters Royal Oak, MI

Dennis Wright Adrian, MI

Kathleen Felan Jay ‘82 Battle Creek, MI

E. Jill Pollock Detroit, MI

Charles T. Knabusch, Jr. ‘93 Monroe, MI

Robert E. Price Adrian, MI

Natalia M. Koselka Adrian, MI

David R. Siler Adrian, MI

Elba Santiago LaBonte East Lansing, MI

James P. Silk Toledo, OH

Jeanene M. Mallmann Battle Creek, MI

John S. Simpson Toledo, OH

Patrick A. McDonald Bloomfield Hills, MI

Anneliese Sinnott, OP Detroit, MI

Trustees Emeriti Jerome A. Bohland A. Evelyn Capoun ‘48 Andrew G. Creamer Chester Devenow Charles E. Hikes Burton R. Leathley Richard K. Ransom Willard M. Reagan Margaret Rueckert


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The Inside Scoop

Every Diploma Tells a Story! The Class of ‘98 made institutional history as the last class to graduate from Siena Heights College, at ceremonies held May 3 in Adrian, May 9 in Benton Harbor and May 10 in Battle Creek. More important, however, were the unique personal histories contained in each of the 600-plus diplomas achieved with pride by the newest alumni of Siena Heights University. Here are a few of their inspiring stories:

• Temperance resident Betty Jo

Payne earned her B.A. in business administration at Siena’s Monroe County Community College Center. Betty Jo, who is blind, crossed the stage in Adrian with her faithful “classmate” Rozzie, a German shepherd/Siberian husky mix leader dog who attended classes with her throughout her academic career.

• For Laurie Kosek of Ottawa Lake, completing her bachelor’s degree with Siena Heights in Monroe was a positive way of dealing with the tragic loss of twin sons to leukemia. Now a bereavement intern for Hospice in Monroe, Laurie plans to pursue her master’s degree in counseling from Siena Heights, and hopes to work with terminally ill children and their families.

• Genevieve Siegel of Pittsford

finished her associate’s degree in Adrian this spring at the age of 74, just in time to welcome her granddaughter, Jennifer Letherer, to campus this fall as a freshman. A great example of lifelong learning, Genevieve plans to continue working toward her B.A. -- and might even have a class with Jennifer!

• Brian Smith of Pittsford knows what it means to be a

student-athlete at Siena. It means achieving your best, in and out of class. Brian did exactly that, graduating from the Adrian campus as a cum laude biology major, a finalist for the Outstanding Student Award, an All-American ScholarAthlete and honorable mention AllAmerican as a member of the men’s track and field team, and a national award-winner for his senior research on endangered snakes in Lenawee County.

• Like many Siena alumni, Anna Rodriguez-Webber was the

first in her family to graduate from college. Unlike most of the Class of ‘98, however, Anna beat out six brothers and seven sisters to win the title -- and spent almost 30 years doing it. Part of a family of migrant workers, Anna went to work after high school, unable to attend college. Three decades later, after raising her own family, she achieved her dream, graduating from Siena’s Benton Harbor Center.

• Violence prevention advocate Clementine Barfield of Detroit, business ethics expert Gerald Cavanaugh, SJ of Detroit, and business and philanthropy leaders Warren and Catherine Reuther of Lambertville are this year’s recipients of the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters. Barfield, who has worked tirelessly to curb teen violence since her two sons were gunned down in 1986, and Cavanaugh, President Rick Artman (left) and Trustee who has spent most of Chairperson John Tierney (right) congratulate his career researching two recipients of the honorary degree, Doctor business ethics, of Humane Letters: anti-violence advocate Clementine Barfield and business ethics expert received their doctorates in Adrian Gerald Cavanaugh, SJ. May 3. The Reuthers, active supporters of education, social services and the arts in Monroe and Lenawee Counties, will be honored at a later date. • Diagnosed with sickle cell anemia

at age 5, Sandra Love of Battle Creek was told she would not live past 21. She beat the odds in a big way, raising a family, increasing public awareness of the disease, and — with support from Siena Heights faculty and fellow students — earning her degree in human services at Siena’s Battle Creek Center this spring, at the age of 50.


New name, new logo! President Rick Artman unveiled the new Siena Heights University logo at the official name change ceremony July 1. The new logo is a distinctive mark created to foster the mission, values, tradition and identity of Siena Heights University. Tradition is expressed in the traditional serif typeface used for the word Heights. These traditions are the foundation upon which Siena rests. Siena, in contrast with Heights, uses a contemporary sans serif typeface to illustrate the progressive ideals of the University. The overlapping of the letters in Siena expresses the personal touch and close, caring community that characterize education at Siena. The white space defining the “i” and “e” in Siena forms a cross, reflecting the University’s Catholic identity. A yellow beam of light streaming from the cross is the light of truth shining down on Siena Heights University. The logo was created by graphic designer Mary Regan of Sylvania, Ohio, in consultation with the Siena Heights University Implementation Team, chaired by Vice President for Advancement Don Taylor. Professor of Art Joe Bergman served as design consultant throughout the development process. Dozens of students, faculty, staff and alumni contributed ideas and responses to the process. The new logo will appear on stationery and publications, but the familiar seal--updated, of course--will continue to be used on official academic documents. The seal maintains the design produced by Sr. Helene O’Connor in 1939, which is derived from the escutcheon of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and the Dominican shield.

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