Spring 2009 - St. Joseph's Academy


Spring 2009 - St. Joseph's Academy

St. Joseph’s Academy

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Spring 2009

. . . . . SJA To Honor Outstanding Alumnae

In this issue...

Alum Breakfast a Success

Nearly 200 Academy graduates returned

to campus on January 20 for

the third annual Partners in Excellence

Breakfast. The event, sponsored

by the SJA Alumnae Association,

serves each year as the kick-off for the

Alumnae Annual Giving drive.

page 4

Stickers Enjoy Reunions

Alumnae members of four of SJA’s

sports teams celebrated reunions during

the past several months. Former

members of the basketball, swimming,

volleyball and soccer teams gathered

for visits and fun activities prior to

current teams’ competitions.

page 5

OLOL Thanks Sr. Judith

Sister Judith Brun, CSJ, who served as

principal of St. Joseph’s Academy for

25 years, was thanked by Our Lady

of the Lake College for nine years of

exemplary service as a member of the

college’s Board of Trustees.

page 8

Student Tech Challenge

Team Fares Well

SJA’s 15-student Technology Challenge

Team finished fourth in the

Louisiana High School Technology

Challenge, a statewide, online competition.

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Alumnae News...2


Alums Today...4-5

The SJA Community...6-9

Campus News...10-11

St. Joseph’s Academy will honor six women who have

made outstanding contributions to their communities and the

Academy when the Alumnae Office hosts the Outstanding

Alumnae Luncheon on Saturday, April 25, at Boudreaux’s in

Baton Rouge.

SJA’s Outstanding Alumnae for 2009 are Sister Lucy Silvio,

CSJ ’59, Linda Fryoux Harvison ’66, Grace Guttner Anderson

’69, Lisa Bellecci-St. Romain ’74, Paula Bogan Drone ’77 and

Staci Deumite Duhe ’81.

The celebration begins at 11 a.m. with a social hour (cash

bar). Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $35. Reservation deadline

is April 17, 2009.

Details about each honoree and reservation information

can be found on the SJA website (www.sjabr.org) under the

Alumnae dropdown.

Grace Guttner Anderson ’69 Lisa Bellecci-St. Romain ’74

Sr. Lucy Silvio, CSJ ’59

Linda Fryoux Harvison ’66

Paula Bogan Drone ’77 Staci Deumite Duhe ’81

Two Families Establish Memorial Scholarships

The Hall family: Stuart, Jim, Kit, Katherine and


Two families with a firm commitment to

Catholic education and strong connections to

St. Joseph’s Academy have begun to endow

scholarships in memory of their loved ones.

The Katherine “Kit” Stuart Hall Family

and Friends Scholarship has been established

by her family. Kit’s unexpected death in the

summer of 2008 brought into sharp relief the

depth of her faith and dedication to family and

quality education. Kit’s husband, Jim Hall, and

her children, Katherine, Stuart and Barrett, are

keenly aware of her many ties to SJA.

continued on page 8

’69 Jan Rhorer Breen has

been elected vice president

of the board of directors of

the Association of Junior

Leagues International. The

association is comprised of

293 junior leagues in the


United States, Mexico, Canada

and England, and the board governs on

behalf of the association’s 170,000 members.

Jan is the public relations director at Catholic

High School in Baton Rouge.

’81 Kelly Sword Hurtado

has been elected chair

of the Louisiana Women’s

Policy and Research Commission.

She is the vice

president of Louisiana Business

Inc., the publisher of

Baton Rouge Business Re- Hurtado

port, 225 Magazine and 10/12 Magazine. She

was also honored as the 2008 Marketer of the

Year by the Sales and Marketing Executives

of Greater Baton Rouge.

’85 Monica Gautreau Hadlock has

returned to the field of massage therapy,

working with clients at Alpha Body Spa in

Baton Rouge. She previously worked with

Woman’s Hospital’s Fitness Center.

’86 Beth Warrington

Veazey has been named

vice president and chief

development officer of

the Baton Rouge General

Foundation. She previously

served as executive director

of Alzheimer’s Services of Veazey

the Capital Area. She is a member of the Association

of Fundraising Professionals and the

Louisiana chapter of the National Council of

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2 • Spring 2009

where we are...graduations...accolades...what we’re doing

Planned Giving.

’90 Meg Mahoney was a

2008 recipient of Business

Report’s Forty Under 40

award. She is senior vice

president of product development

with the Baton

Rouge Area Chamber. She is


active in Forum 35, [re]Inventing Redstick,

Habitat for Humanity, Hands On Baton

Rouge and numerous other projects.

’91 LaShandra Lotten Barbarin is the

chief operating officer of

the Medical Center of

McKinney (Texas).

’98 Kendall Coye Hebert

was awarded the 2008

Women in Media Award

of Excellence in Non-Profit

Organizations. She is the Hebert

public relations director for the Louisiana

Capital Area Chapter of the American Red

Cross and a member of the Public Relations

Association of Louisiana.

’03 Sunny Mayhall graduated from Louisiana

State University’s

Manship School of Mass

Communications in August

with a 3.6 grade point

average (4.0 in political

communications and English,

her major and minor


concentrations). During

her senior year, she attended the Iowa

Presidential Caucus as a member of the press

corps, blogging for the Huffington Post.

She is a first-year student at Loyola College

of Law, where she continues to work as an

adoption advocate.

’04 Jennifer Pappan has accepted a job

with Deutsche Bank in

New York City in equity

trading. She works on Wall


’04 Alyse Talbot graduated

from Washington University

in St. Louis in May

with a bachelor of arts in anthropology

and psychology. She is currently

pursuing her master of

public health degree at

the University of North

Carolina at Chapel Hill’s

Gillings School of Global

Public Health.

’05 Ruth Walker will

graduate in May from Louisiana

State University and has been accepted

by the LSU School of Law.

’05 Kristen Speeg is a

senior at Spring Hill College,

where she is a history

and theology double major

and president of the Taking

Action for the Greater

Glory of God (TAG


3 Pappan



team, which organizes

retreats for high school and middle school

students. She has also participated in Spring

Hill’s Awakening program, the Catholic

Youth Conference and an immersion trip

to Nicaragua this spring. She was recently

featured in the summer issue of Spring Hill’s

college magazine in an article entitled “Putting

Faith Into Action.”

’07 Elizabeth Walker was named to the

Birmingham Southern College’s Dean’s List

of Distinguished Students for the fall 2008

term. She is a sophomore majoring in business




’98 Gina Clausi to Nathan Braun 9/27/08


’84 Mary Gonthier Breaux: son, Michael

Joseph, born 3/19/08

’89 Elizabeth Chesson Martin: daughter,

Tallulah Adrienne, born 7/27/08

’91 Marcia Cavalier Richard: son, Andrew

Christopher, born 10/15/08

Allison de Jongh Whitley: daughter, Stella

MarieLouise, born 9/22/08

’92 Holly Hutchins Stafford: daughter, Chloe

Elizabeth, and son, Blake Douglas

(twins), born 11/11/08

’93 Kelly LaBorde Barnes: daughter, Aubrey

Alyce, born 6/11/08

Valerie Thompson Earhart: son, James

Tillman, born 7/9/08

’94 Kasey Caruso Iacomini: son, Hayes Patrick,

born 10/8/08

Jennifer Lewis Vargas: son, Noah Rafael,

born 1/27/09

’95 Angie Ardoin Schouest: daughter, Chloe

Patricia, born 9/15/08

’96 Julie Bryson Blackstone: son, James

William, born 9/23/08

Sarah Fawley Weresuk: son, Finnley Kass,

born 10/24/08

’97 Jamie Vermaelen Riley: son, Jacob Alton,

born 11/17/08

’98 Julianne Forman Audiffred: son, Bennett

Alexander, born 11/6/08

Amy Panepinto Parker: daughter, Anna

Clare, born 5/15/08

Amanda Tassin Schittone: son, Michael

Joseph, born 8/3/08

’06 Christy Lynn Messenger Richardson:

daughter, Ireland Caithleen, 1/30/09

In Memoriam

Notices which appear in this issue were received

by March 1, 2009. The SJA family extends sincere

sympathy to the loved ones of:

Marion J. Alessi

father of Patty Alessi Chaney ’69

Sister Mary Rose Amorello, CSJ

William S. “Steve” Andries

brother of Cynthia Andries Litz ’54

Lloyd Joseph Arboneaux Sr.

father of Jean Arboneaux Merchant ’65, Ann Arboneaux

Burgin ’69 and Sue Arboneaux Dunn ’74

Eola P. “Chic” Aubin ’44

mother of Linda Aubin Chance ’68 and Lori Aubin

Sevario ’70

Roger A. Barielle

father of Leigh Barielle Courtney ’78, Julie Barielle

Alfano ’80, Aimee Barielle John ’81 and Jeanne

Barielle Medlock, alum by choice

J.C. Baudin

grandfather of Karen Baudin Allen ’84

Jon Gregory Bergeron

brother of Michelle “Missy” Bergeron Serret ’90

Benjamin F. Bourgeois Sr.

brother of Marion Bourgeois Kearley ’44

Richard Paul Chenevert

husband of Barbara Kleinpeter Chenevert ’69; son

of Esther Ann McHardy Chenevert ’45; brother of

Lee Chenevert ’71 and Denise Chenevert Phillips


Earl B. Claiborne Sr.

father of Charlotte Claiborne Dobbs ’68 (dec.),

Kristen Dobbs Claiborne ’91 and Jennifer Dobbs

Claiborne ’94

Madge Henry Corrigan ’58

Brother Elliott Couvillon Jr.

brother of Maybelle Couvillon Navarre ’47

Joseph S. DiVincenti Sr.

father of Phyllis DiVincenti Draughon ’71, Dotty

DiVincenti Smith ’72, Ginny DiVincenti Skrobialowski

’75 and Lu Ann DiVincenti Prejean ’76;

grandfather of Stacy DiVincenti ’95, Angela DiVincenti

’98 and Christina DiVincenti O’Brien ’99

Alejandro Fradera

father of Beatriz Fradera Hailey ’79

W. Joseph Fremin III

father of Fran Fremin ’05; brother of Christina

Fremin Virgets ’80; uncle of Alex Virgets ’08

Marie R. Frierson

mother of Patricia Frierson Schulman ’66

Martha Bujol Grace

mother of Donna Grace Gregory ’81

Alice Faye Bayhi Gros

sister of Dorothy Bayhi Clark ’48 (dec.)

Edwina Chataignier Guirard

mother of Donna Guirard Benda ’73

James Donald Hebert

brother of Gertrude Hebert Landry ’32

Genevieve “Gigi” Hanks Heine ’44

grandmother of Stephanie Heine ’06 and Emily

Heine ’11

Marie Duchamp Hewes ’43

sister of Margaret Duchamp Halphen ’58

Albert T. “Al” Howell

father of Stacy Howell Bazile ’77

Kayrya Andralene Thomasina Hutcherson ’84

David McGuire James Jr.

son of Jeanne Curet James ’75 and SJA staff member

David James; brother of Sally James ’09

Louis Oliver Jeansonne III

husband of Rose Mary D’Agostino Jeansonne ’64

George Karam Sr.

grandfather of Susan Karam ’05, Melissa Rolfsen

’06, Anne Karam ’07, Elizabeth Karam ’09, Claire

Karam ’11, Mary Rolfsen ’12 and Maria Karam ’12

Brandon Miles Kling

son of Mary Beth Hebert Kling ’72; brother of

Kecia Kling Campbell ’95

Thomas Harold Lacy

husband of Beverly Grass Lacy ’47; brother of

Joyce Lacy Jolissaint ’37 and Theresa Lacy Hendershot


Madeline T. LaRose

mother of Barbara LaRose Brandao ’74 and Margaret

LaRose Selby ’77; grandmother of Jane LaRose


James W. Langlois

father of Kathleen “Kathy” Langlois Penn ’66;

grandfather of Marie Langlois ’03, Kayla Prejean ’08

and Claire Langlois ’09

Catherine D. LeBlanc

mother of Diane LeBlanc ’74 (dec.) and Paulette

LeBlanc Monistere ’76

Earle A. LeBlanc

brother of Marjorie LeBlanc Mautner ’39

Mary Ellen Leeper ’69

Cynthia Braud LiRocchi ’59

mother of Lynne LiRocchi ’97; sister of Barbara

Braud Morgan ’51 and Nancy Braud Morgan

’52; aunt of Becky Morgan Roubique ’78 (dec.),

Elizabeth Morgan McDermitt, alum by choice, and

Mary Morgan Dixon ’81

Daniel Robert Madden

husband of Janice Helouin Madden ’51

Doris Rivet Macgowan

mother of Mary Macgowan Gaudin ’79; grandmother

of Emily Gaudin ’03

Henry Frank McKinell

father of Kathleen McKinell Melancon ’85

continued on page 7

Spring 2009 • 3

Graduates Enjoy Annual Partners

in Excellence Breakfast

Nearly 200 St. Joseph’s Academy

graduates returned to campus on January

20 for the third annual Partners in Excellence

Breakfast. The event, sponsored

by the SJA Alumnae Association, serves

each year as the kick-off for the Alumnae

Annual Giving drive.

Senior Elizabeth Karam, Student

Council president, served as emcee for

the event. Gracie Palombo, senior class

president, offered a blessing and introduced

Principal Linda Fryoux Harvison

’66, who updated the graduates on some

of the many ways in which faith development,

academic excellence and personal

growth come alive at SJA.

Guests enjoyed a video produced by

multimedia instructor Sara Tomeny

Rounds ’99. The video featured SJA

community members’ reflections on this

year’s charism theme: We Are All One:

Gifted and Transformed by God’s Spirit.

Tell us about your


Has a classmate recently won an

award or been promoted? Is she making

a difference in the lives of others

by reaching out to “the dear neighbor”

in the community? We want to know

about it, and we need your help.

SJA alumnae are accomplishing

wonderful things in their personal and

professional lives, but they are often

shy about sharing their achievements

with us. That’s where you come in.

Please send us your classmate’s name,

contact information and a brief description

of her activities. We will contact

her for more information.

Thanks for helping us to share great

news with the SJA community.

4 • Spring 2009

Pat Carville Hoffman ’73 reflected on

what SJA has meant to her and to the

community at large. Even in the face of

bad news on the state and national fronts,

the local community is a far better place

because of SJA, Hoffman said.

Sister Joan Laplace, CSJ, of the SJA

Development Office said that proceeds

from the Alumnae Annual Giving appeal

go directly to the school’s operating

budget and help keep tuition below the

actual cost of educating each student.

The Partners in Excellence Breakfast

planning committee was chaired by Renee

Thibodeaux Brian ’86 and Dorothy

Aertker Ewen ’94. Committee members

were Debbie Kleinpeter Gelpi ’77, Elaine

DeFrances Ellis ’65, Rose DeJohn Fife

’72, Grace Guttner Anderson ’69, Julie

Doerner Watson ’97, Alexis Halloran

Wilkinson ’97, Wendy Ragan, Molly Sanchez,

Lauren Griffin ’01 and Sr. Joan.



Members of the Partners in Excellence Breakfast

planning committee were (front row,

left to right) Elaine DeFrances Ellis, Grace

Guttner Anderson, Debbie Kleinpeter Gelpi,

(back row) Alexis Halloran Wilkinson, Julie

Doerner Watson, Renee Thibodeaux Brian

and Dorothy Aertker Ewen.

Breakfast sponsors were Oh Baby!,

Aertker Construction Company, Saia

Electric, Mr. Thomas G. Kleinpeter

Sr., Suzette and Douglas Say and Fresh


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Class of ’74 Gathers for

Christmas Lunch Celebration

Members of the class of 1974 gather several times a year

for a meal, especially during Christmas. Enjoying this holiday

season’s get-together were (bottom row) Ana Litvinoff, Lisa

Bellecci-St. Romain, Lynn Bergeron Robertson, (top row)

Joan Jerome Cockerham, Denise Clements Saccaro and Janelle

Chenevert Gianelloni.

Ever since getting together for their 50th class reunion in April

of 2006, members of the SJA class of 1956 get together once a

month for lunch. Pictured at their October 14 gathering at Cafe

Americain in Baton Rouge are (back row) Jo Ann Ribes Graphia,

Judy Rome Barber, Mary Prejean Antrobus, Sharon and Sara

Campagna Jacobs, Yvonne Borne Thompson, Martha Turner Williams,

Anna Vince Forshag, Jeanelle Bercegeay Saia, (front row)

Cynthia Carmena Romaine (who is now deceased), Beverly Culotta

Bourdier, Teresa Blanchard Vickers, Leslie Dunlap Nickels,

Rose Saia Piper and Janeth McCaron Moresi. Special guests were

Richard Jacobs, husband of Sara and photographer for the event;

Sharon Jacobs, daughter of Richard and Sara, visiting from Los

Angeles; and Phil Ragusa, husband of Peachy Gautreau Ragusa,

who presented a DVD of previous class luncheons.

Redstickers Return to Campus for Athletic Team Reunions

Alumnae members of four of SJA’s sports teams celebrated reunions during the past

several months. Former members of the (clockwise from top left) basketball, swimming,

volleyball and soccer teams gathered for informal visits and/or fun activities prior to current

teams’ competitions. Former soccer team members participated in an alumnae game,

and swimmers got together to celebrate coach Nan Murtagh’s 25th year in coaching.

“We decided to host sports reunions because when you participate in athletics, you

become part of a team family,” said Lauren Griffin, SJA’s alumnae coordinator. “Once

you graduate, you can lose touch with one another. The reunions were a great way to

allow the graduates to reconnect.”

Spring 2009 • 5

Tribute Donations

The following tribute donations

were made during the period of November

6, 2008, to February 20, 2009.

Please remember those being honored,

as well as those who honored them, in

your prayers.

If you wish to make a special gift in

honor or memory of a family member

or friend, please use the SJA Foundation

envelope found in this issue. If you

have any questions or wish to request

more envelopes, please call the SJA Development

Office at (225) 388-2336.

In Memory of Ms. Mary Amorello

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Benedetto

In Memory of Sister Mary Rose

Amorello, CSJ

Mr. and Mrs Bill Benedetto

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Blum

Mr. Frank Bologna

Mr. and Mrs. Windom Brignac

Mr. and Mrs. David DiVincenti

Mr. and Mrs. Bernis Graham

Sister Adele Lambert, CSJ


In Memory of Mrs. Catherine

Gottlieb Boeker ’32

Mr. and Mrs. Andre Villere Jr.

In Memory of Mrs. Nancy Bombet

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Broussard

In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Claude

Bourg Jr.

Ms. Caroline G. Bourg

In Memory of Mrs. Lily Capdevielle

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Collins

In Memory of Mr. Richard Chenevert

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene M. Bologna

Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Chenevert

6 • Spring 2009

In Memory of Ms. Allison Clement ’81

Mr. and Mrs. John A. Clement

In Memory of Ms. Madge Henry

Corrigan ’58

Class of 1958

In Memory of Mrs. Isabelle


Mr. Frank Bologna

In Memory of Mrs. Mary Crifasi

Mr. Frank Bologna

In Memory of Ms. Jamie Daigle

Mr. Robin Land

In Memory of Mr. Joseph S.

DiVincenti Sr.

Mr. Frank Bologna

In Honor of Ms. Elizabeth Drone ’05

Ms. Barbara Cavanaugh

In Honor of Ms. Madeline Drone ’09

Ms. Barbara Cavanaugh

In Honor of Sister Jean Fryoux, CSJ ’38

Mr. and Mrs. Bret Howland

In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Jules

Fryoux (Edith Paille Fryoux ’14)

Mr. and Mrs. Zal B. Jackson

In Memory of Mrs. Sara Fryoux

Ms. Gloria K. Green

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Greer Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Madere

Mr. and Mrs. William C. Monroe

Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Morgan

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sanchez

In Memory of Mr. Jules Gaudin

Mr. Frank Bologna

In Memory of Mr. Van Gilmore

Ms. Mary Lee Guillot

In Honor of Ms. Laura L. Gulotta-


Mr. and Mrs. Stevens Callegan

In Memory of Mrs. Katherine Hall ’77

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Carmouche

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Funes

Mr. James Hall

Reverend and Mrs. Ralph Howe II

Dr. and Mrs. Tom Sporn

In Honor of Sister Ursula

Harelson, CSJ ’45

Mr. and Mrs. Bret Howland

In Memory of Mrs. Genevieve Hanks

Heine ’44

Mr. Frank Bologna

Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Milton Jr.

In Memory of Mrs. Rita Morrison

Higginbotham ’32

Mr. and Mrs. Andre Villere Jr.

In Memory of Mrs. Jamie Lousteau

Holdstein ’80

Mr. Albert Lousteau

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Morales

In Memory of Mr. David M. James Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene M. Bologna

Mr. Frank Bologna

Mr. and Mrs. David DiVincenti

St. Joseph’s Academy

In Memory of Mr. George Karam Sr.

Mrs. Jean Cangelosi

Ms. Gloria K. Green

Mr. Bryan Green

In Honor of Mrs. Kate Klaric

Mrs. Ida Beal

In Memory of Mr. Brandon Kling

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene M. Bologna

Mr. Frank Bologna

Mr. and Mrs. David DiVincenti

In Memory of Mrs. Barbara Koerner

Ms. Sharon A. Flanagan

In Memory of Mr. Thomas H. Lacy

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene M. Bologna

Mr. Frank Bologna

support...family...working together

In Honor of Sister Joan Laplace, CSJ

Ms. Carmen Moore

In Memory of the Laplace/Foye


Sister Joan Laplace, CSJ

In Memory of Mr. Eugene Ledet

Mrs. Catherine Sandberg

In Memory of Mrs. Cynthia Braud

LiRocchi ’59

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bonnecaze Sr.

Mrs. Janice Wray

In Memory of Ms. Gabrielle M.

Marcantel ’96

Mr. and Mrs. Michael K. Marcantel

In Memory of Mrs. Mary

Montagnino Marino ’44

Mr. Sam Marino

In Memory of Mrs. Marie Roques

Mayhall ’38

Mr. and Mrs. Van R. Mayhall Jr.

In Honor of Mrs. Mary Hebert

McCowan ’61

Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Hebert Jr.

Mrs. Barbara H. Magruder

In Memory of Mr. Andrew McGinty

Mrs. Rita McGinty

In Memory of Sister Jane E. Moore,

CSJ ’41

Mr. and Mrs. Bret Howland

In Memory of Mrs. Madeline Ortlieb

Nesbit ’40

Mr. Creighton Miller and

Dr. Elena Miller

In Honor of Ms. Lucy O’Brien

Ms. Wendy Ragan

In Memory of Mr. H.W. Patin

Mr. and Mrs. Merrill A. Patin

In Memory of Mr. Ronald Petty

Mrs. Mary Barber

In Memory of Mrs. Kathryn R.


Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Broussard

In Memory of Mrs. Florence Reymond

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tate

In Memory of Mrs. Cynthia

Carmena Romaine ’56

Mr. and Mrs. George E. Pratt

In Memory of Mrs. Sara Romano

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene M. Bologna

Mr. Frank Bologna

In Memory of Mrs. Helen Sutton

Ms. Jan Gravolet

In Memory of Ms. Ann Thomas ’78

Ms. Larry Jean Wilson

In Memory of Mrs. Audrey S. Tilden

Mr. and Mrs. Russell D. Wasson

In Memory of Dr. Daniel Wray

Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Morgan

In Memory of Mrs. Ruth Zeigler

Mr. Frank Bologna

We’ll send Connections to your parents...

Many parents of our graduates want to keep up to date and in touch with the SJA

community but aren’t currently receiving Connections. If your parents would like

to be added to our mailing list, please contact Lauren Griffin in the SJA Alumnae

Office at (225) 388-2246 or griffinl@sjabr.org.

In Memoriam

continued from page 3

Martha Warner Metrailer

mother of Melanie Metrailer ’66

Hirsch Charles Meyer Jr.

husband of Dookie Richard Hannaman Meyer ’45;

father of Andi Meyer Bahlinger ’70; grandfather of

Aimee St. Amant ’97 and Melissa May ’00

Barbara Montecino Miclette ’47

sister of Rae Motecino Romeo ’34, Mae Montecino

Mollere ’37, Sister Rosemary Montecino ’39, Miriam

Montecino Day ’44 and Rev. Henry Montecino,

SJ, boy of SJA (dec.)

Marie Elina Cherbonnier “Doucette” Pascal

mother of Alice Elina Marie Pascal ’73

Merlin A. Pistorius

husband of Shirley Bonanno Pistorius ’52

Kathryn Rita Jenevein Raymond

mother of Kathy Raymond Broussard ’67 and Janet

Raymond Gremillion ’69; grandmother of Heather

Raymond Banker ’90, Lauryn Raymond Leger ’92,

Carrie Broussard Berry ’96, Katie Broussard ’99 and

Sarah Gremillion ’05

Cynthia Carmena Romaine ’56

sister of Linda Carmena Devall ’59

Sara Rose Clesi Cashio Romano

mother of Jacquelyn Gayle Cashio Safer ’66;

grandmother of Claesi Cashio McCrary ’89, Amy

Cashio ’90 and Julie Cashio Modica ’95

Helen Nein Sutton

mother of Nancy Sutton Eskew ’66

Annie Belle Tyler Thibodeaux

mother of Edrie Thibodeaux Laramie ’51 and

Connie Thibodeaux Wyvill ’61

Orlea Meuret Tregre

mother of Marilyn Tregre Allgood ’48

Virginia Wallace Ward

grandmother of Diane Ward Toups ’66, Katherine

Ward ’67 and Clay Ward Roberts, alum by choice

Eugene “Rusty” White

husband of Dolores Argrave White ’65

Marie Louise “Mary Lou” Demarco Williams ’41

Spring 2009 • 7

College Thanks Sr. Judith Brun for Service

Sister Judith Brun, CSJ, who served as

principal of St. Joseph’s Academy for 25

years, was thanked by Our Lady of the

Lake College for nine years of exemplary

service as a member of the college’s Board

of Trustees at a December luncheon held

in her honor.

The Very Rev. Paul Counce, chair of

the board’s Strategic Planning and Mission

Effectiveness Committee, praised Sr.

Judith’s contributions. “Both Sr. Judith’s

many years of experience as an educator

and her personal insistence that no

goal ever be too high for any student or

school made her ideal for service on the

Our Lady of the Lake College Board of

Trustees,” he said. “She knew not only

what she was talking about, she knew

the importance of the college within

the wider Baton Rouge community

and consistently worked on the board

to enhance this role.”

8 • Spring 2009

Sister Judith Brun, CSJ, was awarded a plaque by

OLOL College President Sandra S. Harper, PhD,

thanking her for her service to the college.

While on the Board of Trustees, Sr.

Judith chaired the Academic and Student

Service Board Committee, which

oversaw the development of a new writing

program for the college. She most

recently worked with Hurricane Katrina

survivors in Renaissance Village.

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Kit was a proud SJA graduate of 1977,

grateful for the blessings of an Academy

education for herself and her daughter

Katherine, who will graduate in May. Her

long-standing friendship with many of her

classmates brought joy to them and to her.

Other relatives who are alumnae are Kit’s

mother, Dorothy Philipps Stuart ’42, her

sister, Sally Hall Morgan ’75, and numerous

aunts and cousins. Along with her commitment

to her own children, Kit’s hands and

heart went out to countless young people at

St. Aloysius Parish, Catholic High School

and SJA. She also worked with the Junior

League of Baton Rouge and Kappa Kappa

Gamma sorority.

The Rose Marie Hance Deumite

Family Endowed Scholarship was begun

by the Deumite family in memory

of the mother of Ruth Deumite Thomas

and Norman Deumite and grandmother

and great-grandmother of numerous SJA


With a third-grade education, Rose assumed

adult responsibilities early in life

and helped her ailing mother raise her six

brothers and sisters. She instilled a keen

appreciation for education that is evident in

the lives of her descendants. Ten are graduates

of SJA: granddaughters Karen Thomas

Darnall ’70, Patricia Thomas ’72, Kathy

Thomas Broha ’76 and Staci Deumite

Duhé ’81; and great-granddaughters Kaylyn

Darnall ’97, Kristen Darnall Mann ’00,

Kate Deumite ’00, Ashley Broha ’05, Sarah

DeLeo ’05 and Allie DeLeo ’08.

These memorial scholarships will

honor Rose and Kit by perpetuating their

strong support for Catholic education

and continuing their genuine care for the

welfare of others. Each scholarship will be

permanently endowed at $40,000, thereby

ensuring the viability of the Academy. The

scholarships are held in the SJA Foundation

under the supervision of the SJA

Foundation Board.

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Elusive Alumnae

If you know the current address for any

of the following alumnae, please call the SJA

Development Office at (225) 388-2219.

Virginia Stassi Brown ’59

Viola Blouin Carney ’59

Suzanne Guillory Schmidt ’59

Sharon Kelley Shelton-Peace ’59

Madelyn Kimball Blake ’69

Susan Broussard ’69

Liz Dolgos ’69

Ann Selser Forshag ’69

Donna Hidalgo Lahners ’69

Charlotte Froechtnicht Petit ’69

Rosemary Turner ’69

Jeanne Lieux Walker ’69

Robyn Averette Cross ’79

Patricia Tregre Deweese ’79

Debra Feldman ’79

Dana Gaudin ’79

Maxine Clark Miller ’79

Rene Miranda Wedig ’79

Samantha Foley ’84

Iris Green ’84

Roblyn Walker Honeysucker ’84

Mary Brent Norwood Knutsson ’84

Elizabeth Smith Thompson ’84

Alison Tillery ’84

SJA President

Sister Adele Lambert,

CSJ, expressed


to the Deumite

and Stuart-Hall

families for establishing

the scholarships.


endowed, a portion

of the scholarships’


will be directed annually

to deserving

continued on page 12

Rose Marie Hance


families in the form of tuition assistance,

a task at the heart of the Academy’s mission,”

Sr. Adele said.

Contributions to these scholarships may

be made to St. Joseph’s Academy, 3015

Broussard Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

or online at www.sjabr.org. For further

information, call Sister Joan Laplace, CSJ,

at (225) 388-2220.

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Campaign’s Parents,

Business Divisions

Gear Up for Visits

The Parents Division of the Always

the Academy Capital Campaign will soon

begin making visits. Division chairs are Bill

and Jenn Prochaska and Steve and Barbara

Hathorn, 9th grade; Van and Ann Roeling

and Chad and Aimee Aultman, 10th grade;

Sheldon and Jennifer Strasner and Donovan

and Michelle Hicks, 11th grade; and

Joe and Linda Laughlin and Matt and Gina

Contini, 12th grade. Training sessions for

parent leaders were held in February and

March. Operational chairs Debbie and

Greg Gelpi are overseeing this division.

Rose Marie Fife ’72 and Patricia Brignac

Talbot ’84 are chairing the Business Division

that kicks off in March. Operational

chairs Roland and Kay Toups are overseeing

this division.

Total pledges for the campaign to date

are at $2,936,150.

Visit the St. Joseph’s Academy website,

www.sjabr.org, and click on the Always the

Academy logo for more information.

The late Dr. Claude J. Patin was honored

by SJA at National Philanthropy

Day in November for his significant

planned gift. At his death, Dr. Patin left

a generous bequest to the SJA Foundation

that fully endowed the Elizabeth

Patin Memorial Scholarship, which he

had established in memory of his wife. In

addition, his bequest included significant

contributions to the Always the Academy

Capital Campaign, the Sister Jean Fryoux

and Sister Ursula Harelson Endowed

Fund for Science and the Sisters of St.

Joseph Retirement Fund.

Dr. Patin was a faithful supporter of

Catholic education and instilled its values

in his three children, two of whom are

SJA alumnae: Suzanne Tueme ’79 and Michelle

Tassin ’82. Granddaughter Stephanie

Heroman is a current freshman.

Daughter Denise Heroman, mother

Greetings from the SJA President

Sister Adele Lambert, CSJ

Spring came early this year. Our

beautiful campus is brightened by the

traditional azaleas that adorn the main

building on Broussard Street. The Indian

Hawthorne circles Medaille Hall and the

Activity Center. Clover (when allowed

to grow) springs up in patches across the

lawns, claiming its right to spring rituals.

These sights are Always the Academy.

Our capital campaign, Always the

Academy, is expanding into phases that

include the Baton Rouge community,

alumnae, friends and parents of the Academy.

The campaign, with a goal of $6

million, will provide an Academic Performing

Arts Center for Academy girls;

it will provide specialty classrooms for

choral music, dance, drama and performance.

We are grateful to our volunteer

leadership and early donors who helped

us reach one-half of our goal.

St. Joseph’s Academy is much more

than beautiful landscape and buildings;

it is about the young ladies who grace

Claude Patin Bequest: A Blessing for Many

Michelle P. Tassin ’82 and Denise P. Heroman

accepted a gift at the National Philathropy Day

luncheon in recognition of the generous bequest

of their late father, Dr. Claude J. Patin.

of Stephanie, said her dad was a “quietly

generous man,” and his gifts are meant

to “go on to help others in need and

encourage people to leave their own

legacy gifts.”

the halls, learn what it

means to be a “woman

for others” in the Jesuit

tradition and begin

to do what Jesus did.

Campus Minister Tori

Sister Adele Lambert

McRoberts, class of 2003, said they are

“feeding the hungry, giving drink to the

thirsty, visiting the prisons…”

As I listened to Sister Helen Prejean

’57 give her passionate and inspiring presentation

to 45 juniors and seniors at the

beginning of our annual Serve Together

program, I was drawn to reflect on the

mission of the Academy and the founding

spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Truly,

this Academy was built on love. Its work

is to build “spirit, souls and lives.” Our

history is about relationships, generations

of families investing in SJA and the community;

it is about young women building

new families in our world. The more than

7,543 graduates attest to the worldwide

impact of an Academy education.

This year, our 140th year of academic

excellence and faith development in the

Catholic tradition, each young lady is challenged

to reach out beyond SJA and serve

the dear neighbor. The charism theme

for this year, We Are All One: Gifted and

Transformed by God’s Spirit, is happening

each day.

Did you

know that

SJA junior

Aubrey Allison


CHS senior

Ben Le-

blanc are



t o r a i s e

money to

A group of SJA and CHS students

and graduates are raising money

to build a well in Kenya.

build a well in Kenya? This project is a

collaboration with the Baton Rouge Area

continued on page 12

Spring 2009 • 9

SJA Finishes Fourth in Statewide Technology Challenge

St. Joseph’s Academy’s 15-student Technology

Challenge Team finished fourth in

the third annual Louisiana High School

Technology Challenge, held February 18.

The online, statewide technology competition

was hosted by the University of

Louisiana at Monroe (ULM).

Forty-two teams, comprised of approximately

550 students, competed in this

year’s challenge, held during school hours

and billed as a “virtual field trip without

travel.” John Richardson served as coach

of the SJA team.

“I was very proud of the work of the

girls,” Richardson said. “We had a great

group who used the technology skills they

hone day in and day out at St. Joseph’s.

Academy girls benefit from the infusion

of technology across the curriculum, and

10 • Spring 2009

the Technology Challenge is a great way to

demonstrate these skills. I am very proud of

the results, especially the perfect and nearperfect

scores in two of the mathematical

Excel challenges.”

First place went to Welsh High School

in Jefferson Davis Parish. Finishing second

was Westgate High School in Iberia Parish,

with Hahnville High School in St. Charles

Parish finishing third.

The two-part competition included an

internet search, worth 40 points, and three

challenging tasks, selected from a list of 10,

worth 20 points each.

Since its inception in 2006, some 1,800

high school students from across the state

have competed in the Technology Challenge.

Serve Together Enlightens Participants

Thirty-six St. Joseph’s Academy juniors

and seniors spent part of their Mardi Gras

holiday learning about criminal justice,

education and healthcare as part of Serve

Together 2009. This year’s three-day

event, the sixth annual, was held February


Serve Together was created by the

Sisters of St. Joseph to provide in-depth

study and hands-on experiences to help

participants discover the interrelated causes

and reality of poverty as they witness all

sides of the service continuum.

Participants spent three days visiting

Some Serve Together participants traveled to St. Gabriel Parish to

work with Sister Kathleen Pittman, CSJ, and parishioners who are

still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

Earl K. Long Medical Center; St. Gabriel

Church Parish and greater New Orleans,

where they witnessed the lingering effects

of Hurricane Katrina; and Louisiana State

Penitentiary at Angola, where they toured

the facility and heard from an inmate.

The SJA students also celebrated mass,

participated in small- and large-group

processing activities, spent time in prayer

and reflection and participated in a closing

ritual/renewal of commitment to “serve

Christ in the dear neighbor.”

“The three-day service learning experience

proved to be a turning point in the

way the girls understand how

criminal justice, education

and healthcare affect marginalized

populations in our

community,” said Campus

Minister Tori McRoberts.

“As valuable as it is to address

these issues in the context of

the classroom, these days really

enlivened the way they

see the world and their desire

to be in solidarity with those

who are most in need.”


Members of the SJA Tech Team were studies in

concentration as they competed in the third annual

Louisiana High School Technology Challenge, an

online competition for schools across the state.

Faculty/Staff News

Science teacher Linda Messina will

receive the Catholic Secondary Education

Award from the National Catholic

Educational Association (NCEA).

Messina is one of seven recipients

of the prestigious award, given in

recognition of outstanding leadership

and distinguished service to Catholic

education and the NCEA. She will

receive the award at the NCEA’s 2009

convention on April 15 in Anaheim,


In January, Messina was recognized

as the Secondary Educator of the Year

by the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

Several faculty members were

honored at the Diocese of Baton

Rouge’s Catholic Schools Week Mass

in January for their service to Catholic

Schools. Recognized were Brenda

Waggenspack, who has taught for 26

years at SJA, and Dorinda Beaumont,

who has taught for 26 years at SJA,

Ascension Catholic and Redemptorist.

Judy Lavergne was named the

distinguished graduate at St. Margaret

School and was honored at the

Catholic Schools Week Mass in Lake



SJA Hosts Dance Workshop to Benefit Capital Campaign

Renowned ballet instructor Duncan Cooper visited SJA to

participate in the Breaking Ground dance workshop. Hosted by

Kris Cangelosi, SJA choreographer and instructor, the workshop

benefitted the Always the Academy Capital Campaign.

The St. Joseph’s Academy

dance program, under the

direction of choreographer

and instructor Kris Cangelosi,

hosted the “Breaking Ground”

dance workshop on January

10. The workshop, featuring

master classes taught by nationally

acclaimed instructors,

benefitted the Always the Academy

Capital Campaign.

Students from SJA, Catholic

High and area dance schools

enjoyed classical ballet instruction

from Duncan Cooper and

contemporary jazz taught by

Susan Quinn-Williams.

The ballet class focused

Students’ Business Plan Garners

Attention from Local Business Owner

A business plan devised by three St.

Joseph’s Academy seniors in April Palombo’s

entrepreneurship class has caught

the attention of Jared Loftus, founder and

owner of the Tiger District.

Seniors Alex Patin, Aubrey Parker and

Katherine Moser created a business plan

for a hypothetical company that would

sell Belgian fries and dipping sauces. When

Loftus spoke to the entrepreneurship class

during the fall, the girls shared their plan

with him. Loftus then invited Palombo and

the girls to his Tiger District warehouse,

where he offered advice about starting a

Alex Patin, Aubrey Parker and Katherine Moser

tweak their business plan for a Belgian fries


business from the ground up.

“I enjoyed speaking with the girls,”

Loftus said. “It’s good to be able to relive

the excitement and enthusiasm that come

in the first stages of making a business

happen. After being in business a while,

there are new challenges and new things to

be excited about, but the beginning – the

creation of it – is something I always look

back on fondly. To be around that again

is very refreshing.

“Alexis, Aubrey and Katherine have

obviously put a lot of time and effort into

researching this business concept. I think

they have some really good ideas.”

Palombo said she was excited that the

girls were able to discuss their business plan

with a successful entrepreneur. The objective

of her class, she said, is for students

to learn how to create a business plan for

a new venture. “Meeting with Jared was

a wonderful learning experience for my

students,” she said. “He helped the girls see

how what they are learning in class applies

to the real world.”

on dance technique with exercises and

training methods influenced by Cooper’s

background from the School of American

Ballet. Students learned several combinations

at the barre as well as center work

performed by the professional company.

The jazz class focused on the Giordano

technique as well as Quinn’s unique contemporary

style with heavy influences

from international choreographers. Students

learned a center dance combination

exploring accents, dynamics and cuttingedge


On the day before the workshop, Cangelosi’s

dance students enjoyed a special

treat when Quinn served as guest instructor

for their dance classes.

Student-Athletes Sign

Scholarship Papers

Megan Aultman and Allison Fontenot, seated

at table, will continue their athletic careers as

collegians next year.

St. Joseph’s Academy senior Megan

Aultman will play soccer next

year for Rice University, and senior

Allison Fontenot will compete on

the cross country and track teams at

Northwestern State University. The

student-athletes signed scholarship

papers during a special ceremony held

February 6 in the school library. They

were joined by their coaches, family

members and teammates for the signing


Spring 2009 • 11

St. Joseph’s Academy

3015 Broussard Street

Baton Rouge, LA 70808-1198


A National School of


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Foundation. These young students created

Helping Hydrate Others, an organization

of 20 students/graduates who are

striving to improve the quality of life for

those living in one of the poorest nations

in the world.

Junior Kimberly Larriviere, member of

the SJA Respect Life Club, participated in

the Annual March for Life in Washington,

D.C. Kimberly, who traveled with other

SJA students, said, “It was so encouraging

to see hundreds of thousands of people

passionately fighting for a cause. … We

are called to be active disciples constantly

working for justice.”

The Calderon sisters, Gisele ’09 and Lu-

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Anna Traigle ’84

Jill Pfister White ’84

Brandin Bonanno Brewer ’89

Sheri Anderson Gaude ’89

Kristen Perkins ’89

Susan Dawson Riley ’89

Jamie Williams ’89

Ashleigh Armand ’99

Anne Bennett ’99

Megan Byrd ’99

Aimee Hartlage ’99

Christine Hatheway ’99

Gabrielle Laurent ’99

Elizabeth Milner ’99

Danielle Morgan ’99

Tanya Murphy ’99

Lisa Cangelosi Winchester ’99

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cie ’10, participate annually in the Science

Club’s Coastal Roots Project. Inspired by

Linda Messina, 2009 NCEA Outstanding

Secondary Teacher of the Year, students

grow seedlings to plant along the fragile

Louisiana coastline.

Six Academy seniors were honored this

month by the National Charity League

River Road Chapter for their contribution

to the greater Baton Rouge community.

They are Joanna Chustz, Breann

Kinsley, Laura Larisey, Lisa Lynch, Callea

McGehee and Victoria Meroney.

These stories are multiplied many times

over by present and former SJA students.

Please let us hear your story or that of a

The Calderon sisters, Gisele ’09 and Lucie ’10,

show off the cypress seedlings they grew as part of

the Science Club’s Coastal Roots program.

former classmate.

In closing, we recognize and honor the

Outstanding Alumnae for 2009: Sister

Lucy Silvio, CSJ ’59, Linda Fryoux Harvison

’66, Grace Guttner Anderson ’69,

Lisa Bellecci-St. Romain ’74, Paula Bogan

Drone ’77 and Staci Deumite Duhe ’81.

To each of you, we acknowledge with

great gratitude the ways you continue to

be “one with us” by your prayers, financial

support and unconditional love. We

hold you all in prayer to our gracious

God, whose mercy and love abounds.

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