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C U AM A G A Z I N ESummer 2009, Vol. 21, No. 2Editor in ChiefVictor NakasManaging EditorRichard WilkinsonAssociate EditorsCarol CaseyKate KennedyCatherine LeeMary F. McCarthyContributorsLisa CarrollRegina McFadden DiLuigiMarion GosneyKatrina JaxMaggie MasterJane StoefflerArt DirectorDonna HobsonGraphic DesignersLara FredricksonKristin ReaveyPhotographerEd Pfueller12Phenoms Under 40CUA Magazine is distributed three timesannually by the Office of Public Affairs atThe Catholic University of America.Correspondence should be sent toCUA Magazine, Office of Public Affairs,The Catholic University of America,Washington, DC 20064.(ISSN 1086-7473)Phone: 202-319-5600; Fax: 202-319-4440E-mail: cua-magazine@cua.eduWeb: publicaffairs.cua.edu/cuamag© 2009 by CUA.


FEATURES20CampusBeautiful22 and38Young,Passionate ...PresidentAlumni EssayLife’s TutorialCUA Senior Officersand AdministratorsVery Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., J.C.D.PresidentJames F. Brennan, Ph.D.ProvostCathy R. Wood, M.F.A.Vice President forFinance and TreasurerSusan D. Pervi, M.A.Vice President for Student LifeFrank G. Persico, M.A.Vice President for University Relations andChief of StaffRobert M. Sullivan, Ed.M.Vice President for University DevelopmentD e p a r t m e n t sPresident’s Forum 2News@CUA 3Explorations 9Scoreboard 10W. Michael Hendricks, Ed.D.Vice President for Enrollment ManagementCraig W. Parker, J.D.Associate Vice President and General CounselVictor Nakas, M.Phil.Associate Vice President for Public AffairsChristine Peterson, B.S., SPHRAssociate Vice President/Chief Human Resources OfficerMarion McDuffie Gosney, B.A.Director of Alumni RelationsInClass 24Reading List 28Alumni News 29Letters 40EndnoteInside Back Cover


P R E S I D E N T ’ S F O R U MBy Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M.,J.C.D. 1990, PresidentThey Will Riseto the ChallengeIhave often heard it said, “Youth is wasted on the young,”usually by more senior folks lamenting something thattheir juniors could or should do but are not doing. Theyseem to forget that we were all young once, that we allhad some wonderful opportunities staring us in the facethat we simply let pass by. Such is life and we should not wasteprecious time pondering John Greenleaf Whittier’s poetic regret:“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘Itmight have been.’ ”The fact of the matter is that, at some point in all our lives,we did grab hold of an opportunity and we ran with it. What“might have been” ceased to be important and gave way to whatcould be and now is: faith, family, career, service, commitmentand giving back.One of the greatest things about working at a university isseeing the energy and potential of the young people whom weserve. Contrary to the sentiment quoted above, the youngpeople I have come to know here at CUA and elsewhere arefull of life and enthusiasm, eager to make their mark on theworld. This generation is not “wasting” their youth. Rather, theyare spending it, using it to real advantage.Talk to some university students sometime. Sure, they areyoung and idealistic, even a bit naïve. But they are involved. Theycare. They want to do the right thing. They want to be part ofsomething great. It is our responsibility as their parents, professorsor mentors to direct them to something “greater thanthemselves.”All of us have witnessed firsthand what laziness and lust,greed and self-interest can do, not only to ourselves but to anentire nation, indeed, to the entire world. Youth is the time tolearn and to grow. But who will teach them, who must teachthem? Who needs to open the door for them to adulthoodand citizenship, responsibility and recognition of the commongood?Cognitive psychologists tell us that most of what is learnedin a classroom passes from memory quickly. The most enduringlessons, however, are learned through the example one generationgives to the next, the values one generation passes on tothe next, the service one generation inspires in the next.That phrase quoted by such polar opposites as Robert F.Kennedy and Ronald Reagan comes to mind: “If not us, who?If not now, when?” What today’s and tomorrow’s youth becomeis largely dependent upon us who bear the heat of the day now,and how we bear it. And if we do it right, youth will not be“wasted on the young.” Our heat will become part of their light,a light that will yield a “fire in the belly” of the young that willmake for a better and more promising future, a better and morepromising world.Optimistic? Absolutely. Unrealistic? Not at all. The steady andunrelenting march of time through generation after generationhas shown us so. None of us, young or old, can afford to wastea moment.2 C U A M A G A Z I N E


Older Adults KeepWatchfulon Residence HallsEyeNEWS@CUADauna Holt-Hazel often addresses Conaty Hall residents as “Sweetie.” They sometimescall her “Ma.” Holt-Hazel doesn’t provide snacks, check homework or give rides tosoccer games, but as a public safety assistant stationed at the front desk of Conaty,she provides a motherly presence for the freshmen who live there.With 30 years of experience in the telecommunications field and a current full-timeposition as project coordinator for an international communications company, Holt-Hazel works only part time for CUA. At Conaty, she is responsible for checking theID of every student who walks through the door. She is part of a team that includes22 other public safety assistants stationed in the Flather, Opus, Spellman and Conatyresidence halls and the Raymond A. DuFour Center each day from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m.Known as PSAs, these modern-day gatekeepers include several grandmothers, anordained minister and numerous retirees. They possess a level of maturity and lifeexperience that is an asset when dealing with students, says Thomasine Johnson, CUA’sdirector of public safety.A PSA who senses that a freshman is lonely or that an upperclassman is troubled willmake a discreet phone call to the public safety director. Johnson then refers the matterto the Division of Student Life or to Rev. Robert Schlageter, O.F.M. Conv., campuschaplain and director of campus ministry.“I'm thrilled with the program,” says Father Schlageter. “A public safety assistant isthe face that welcomes our students into the residence hall. That presence is verypowerful. I think that’s the kind of presence we want at the door of our homes oncampus.”Started in 2004, the PSA program is one of several initiatives that have helped toreduce crime on campus, according to Johnson. Between 2006 and 2008, burglariesdropped by 22 percent, thefts by 34 percent and incidents of vandalism by 21 percent.The PSAs work in shifts that vary from four to eight hours. The tools they employare few — a walkie-talkie, a telephone and a binder with the names and photos of allthe students who live in the residence hall. Using those tools and their powers ofobservation, the PSAs provide CUA with some immeasurable benefits, says Johnson.“They are an extra set of eyes and ears to support safety and security on campus,”Johnson adds. “When the PSAs are working, they’re part of that Department of PublicSafety shift. If need be, they can radio the public safety dispatcher and an officer willrespond.”CUA students report that they become friends with the PSAs. And the PSAs alsoseem to enjoy serving and getting to know the students. Jessie Lanier, who startedas a public safety assistant in August 2007, says that when she worked in Spellman,she used to fold students’ clean clothes because the laundry room was right by thefront door.“They didn’t know I was the one who had folded their clothes,” she says with alaugh. “I guess they figured that a little fairy had done it.”Now posted to Flather, Lanier no longer folds laundry, but as a Baptist minister, sheoften reads her Bible when things are quiet in the residence hall lobby. “Sometimesthe students talk to me if they have a problem. Later, when they’re feeling better, theysay thank you.”— C.L.Top: Public safety assistant Dauna Holt-Hazel outsideConaty Hall. Below: Holt-Hazel checks the IDsof undergraduates James Carroll and JacquelynWalsh.S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 3


NEWS@CUA■ Symposium and Special WebSite Celebrate ‘Year for Priests’CUA has developed a Web site that features CUA alumni priests reflecting ontheir ministry.An Oct. 6–7 symposium on the priesthood is among the waysCatholic University is marking the “Year for Priests.”Pope Benedict XVI has given that title to the period beginningJune 19, 2009, and ending June 19, 2010. Designated as a time ofrenewal for priests, the year coincides with the 150th anniversaryof the death of St. John Vianney, a 19th-century French priestwhom the Pope has named patron saint of all priests.Co-sponsored by CUA’s School of Theology and ReligiousStudies and the university’s Theological College, the two-daysymposium will feature talks by seminary leaders, theologians andparish priests; question-and-answer sessions; and small-groupdiscussions.Since its establishment in 1887, CUA has contributed to theformation and education of priests. In June, the university celebratedthe beginning of the Year for Priests by unveiling a specialWeb site — http://yearforpriests.cua.edu — that showcasespriests who are CUA alumni. During each month of the specialyear, the Web site will feature a different priest reflecting on hisministry in an audiovisual presentation.■ Students Send Books to TanzaniaPassing cartons of books from hand to hand, an assembly line ofstudents outside Caldwell Hall spent about two hours in the rainon May 4, loading more than 7,000 books and 20 computers intoa shipping container headed to the Brothers of Charity in Kigoma,Tanzania.CUA students had spent weeks collecting the materials, which the200-year-old Belgium-based religious order will use to establish auniversity-level academic library in Kigoma.Students became aware of the brothers’ need for a library througha Campus Ministry mission trip to Kigoma last summer. That missiontrip was prompted by CUA’s 2007 sponsorship of the $1 millionOpus Prize, which the university awarded to Brother of CharityStan Goetschalckx to honor and support the humanitarian workhe leads in Tanzania.Helping to load the materials on May 4 was Brother of CharityVenance Kalolo, a Kigoma native and rising senior at CUA who ismajoring in nursing. Brother Kalolo is studying at Catholic Universityunder the auspices of a partnership between his order and theuniversity.This November will mark the 10-year anniversary of that partnership,which enables brothers from Asia and Africa to study forassociate’s degrees in Belgium, with instruction provided in partby CUA faculty members, or to earn bachelor’s degrees at CUAin nursing or education. Since 1999, six brothers have earned theircollege diplomas at CUA.S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 5


NEWS@CUACUA Extends Its Overseas ReachBroadening Catholic University’s reach around the world, CUA’spresident, Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., Provost JamesBrennan and Dean of Engineering Charles Nguyen attendedChung Yuan Christian University’s commencement in Jhongli,Taiwan, on June 13. There Father O’Connell delivered the graduationaddress and received an honorary doctorate.The next day, Father O’Connell concelebrated Mass withArchbishop of Taiwan John Hung Shan-chuan, who is a CUAalumnus, and enjoyed dinner with about 20 alums who live in Asia.Father O’Connell signed memoranda of understanding withChung Yuan Christian University and with St. John’s University inTaipei, Taiwan, paving the way for future academic collaborationwith these two institutions.On June 16, Provost Brennan and Dean Nguyen traveled on toHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for a dinner hosted by CardinalJean-Baptiste Pham Minh Mân and attended by clergymen whoare university alums, including Bishop Pierre Nguyen Van Kham. Inaddition, the two CUA leaders met with administrators of otheruniversities and research centers in Ho Chi Minh City, Danangand Hanoi, and signed a memorandum of understanding betweenCUA and the University of Danang.A little more than a week later, Murry Sidlin, dean of the BenjaminT. Rome School of Music, traveled to the Czech Republic to leadCatholic University’s June 30 student performance of “DefiantRequiem: Verdi at Terezín.” This marked the second time CUA hasperformed Sidlin’s award-winning concert/drama in the formerNazi concentration camp where the work is set. Approximately90 students, faculty and alumni participated.The performance was a featured event of the internationalConference on Holocaust-Era Assets, which took place in Prague.The conference addressed ongoing issues related to injusticescaused by the Holocaust.Father O’Connell and Wan-Lee Cheng, president ofChung Yuan Christian University, sign a memorandumof understanding between their two universities.Photo: Professor Jyh-tong Teng/Chung Yuan Christian UniversityDean Nguyen and Provost Brennan confer withCardinal Pham Minh Mân in his offices in Ho ChiMinh City.Dean Murry Sidlin leads CUA singers and musicians inVerdi’s Requiem at a former Nazi concentration camp.Photo: Milk & Honey Productions■ Freshmen Win Competition forBasilica Dome DesignIllustration courtesy of Basilica of the NationalShrine of the Immaculate ConceptionTwo CUA architecture and planning freshmen were named the winners of a competitionto conceptualize a design for a mosaic on the inside of the largest dome ofthe Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. On March 23,Monsignor Walter R. Rossi, rector of the Basilica, awarded the first prize of $1,000to Philip Goolkasian of Fresno, Calif., and Corey August of Kensington, Md.The freshmen’s design (shown at left) bested entries by three other teams offinalists, all composed of graduate students in the School of Architecture and Planning.The competition challenged CUA students to explore complex design issuesrelated to viewers’ perception of a dome mosaic.Monsignor Rossi noted that CUA’s students who participated in the contestprovided the Basilica administration many “wonderful ideas” for decorating the dome.6 C U A M A G A Z I N E


NEWS@CUACUA Sponsors 2 High-ProfileEvents on Church and StateScholars, theologians, church officials and government leaderscame together on May 28 for two Catholic University-sponsoredforums on faith and government.The 25th anniversary of full diplomatic relations between theUnited States and the Vatican was marked on campus with thedaylong symposium Faith and Freedom: Church and State in theAmerican Experience. A dozen distinguished speakers addressed agathering of more than 200 that included six university presidents,three ambassadors and two Catholic cardinals. Co-sponsored byCUA, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States and the UnitedStates Conference of Catholic Bishops, the symposium examinedthe development of U.S.-Vatican relations and the philosophicalconsequences of an official relationship between church and state.Later that day, two Catholic legal scholars publicly discussedtheir differing views of the Obama administration’s record onabortion and stem cell research, and whether the pro-life movementcan find common ground with the administration on theseissues.Held at the National Press Club and sponsored by the CUAColumbus School of Law’s Center for Law, Philosophy andCulture, this discussion between constitutional law professorsRobert George of Princeton University and Douglas Kmiec ofPepperdine University drew an audience of more than 250 andwas broadcast live by C-SPAN.Both events attracted widespread Catholic and secular presscoverage.Father David O’Connell, university president, welcomes three former U.S. ambassadorsto the Vatican and a former undersecretary of state to the symposium Faith andFreedom: Church and State in the American Experience.Discussing the Obama administration and pro-life issues are (from left) RobertGeorge, moderator Mary Ann Glendon and Douglas Kmiec.CardinalsDinner Raises$1.4 MillionEight U.S. cardinals and other distinguishedChurch leaders joined morethan 700 guests in Houston on April24 to raise money for CUA scholarships.Cardinal Daniel DiNardo (toprow, middle) was the host.S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 7


NEWS@CUAPhoto: Chris SheridanCUA trustee and alumnusTimothy M. Dolan wasinstalled as archbishop ofNew York on April 15. In2002, Pope John Paul IIappointed him archbishopof Milwaukee, and on Feb.23 of this year, PopeBenedict XVI appointedhim New York’s archbishop.At CUA, Archbishop Dolanearned a 1981 M.A. and a1985 Ph.D., both in churchhistory.On June 9, ArchbishopAllen H. Vigneron waselected chairman ofCatholic University’sBoard of Trustees. TheDetroit archbishopearned two graduatephilosophy degrees fromCUA (M.A. 1983 andPh.D. 1987) and hasbeen a member ofCUA’s board since2003. He replaces Bridgeport, Conn., BishopWilliam E. Lori, who served as board chairmanfor eight years.In March, CUA’s Board of Trustees voted to renameMetropolitan College, founded in 1979 as a collegefor adult learners. The new name, the MetropolitanSchool of Professional Studies, reflects the manyprofessional degrees the school now offers. Theseinclude master’s degrees in seven areas of management,as well as bachelor’s degrees in management,information technology and interdisciplinary studies.The school also offers professional certificateprograms.The Catholic Press Association named the coverstory of the Summer 2008 CUA Magazine the bestfeature article to appear in a 2008 professional orspecial-interest Catholic magazine. The winningarticle was “A Visit for the Ages: The CUACommunity Welcomes the Successor to St. Peter”by Maggie Master.■ In MemoriamRev. Theodore Heck, O.S.B., passed awayat 108 years of age on April 29 at SaintMeinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana.Reported to have been the oldest livingBenedictine monk in the world, he earnedhis M.A. and Ph.D. in education at CatholicUniversity in 1933 and 1935, respectively.Thereafter, he served as seminary instructor,school administrator, parish priest andmonastery prior.Ed McMahon, B.A. 1949, the longtime sidekickof Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show,” passedaway on June 23. A World War II veteran whostudied drama at CUA under the GI Bill, he wasa faithful CUA alumnus, leading in the raising offunds to build Hartke Theatre (completed in 1970)and serving as president of the Alumni Associationfrom 1967 to 1971. In 1985, he established theEd McMahon Endowed Scholarship to assistCUA undergraduates preparing for broadcastingcareers.Monsignor William A. Kerr, S.T.L.1966, the university’s vice president foruniversity relations from 1984 to 1992,died on May 13. He assisted CUA’s 12thpresident, Rev. William Byron, S.J., withfundraising and university outreach. Helater served as president of La RocheCollege and as executive director of thePope John Paul II Cultural Center inWashington, D.C.CUA Provost Emeritus C. Joseph Nuesse, Ph.D. 1944,author of the 1990 book The Catholic University of America:A Centennial History, died on May 5 at the age of 95.His comprehensive history of the university “is a ‘mustread’ for anyone who wishes to understand CatholicUniversity and its development,” said Very Rev. DavidM. O’Connell, C.M., university president, in a writteneulogy. During his nearly 40 years at CUA, Nuesseserved as a professor of sociology, department chair,dean, editor, executive vice president and provost.Photo courtesy of Saint Meinrad ArchabbeyPhoto: Associated Press/Diane Bendareff8 C U A M A G A Z I N E


E X P L O R A T I O N SRevolutionizingVaccines,PreventingEpidemicsAbove: Electron microscope reconstruction of abacteriophage T4 showing the knobs on its surface.Imagine it: A terrorist group sprays anthraxor pneumonic plague powder from a planecircling a major metropolitan area. Between80 and 100 percent of the infected populationdie horrible deaths unless they’retreated with antibiotics in the first severalhours or days.Sound far-fetched? The U.S. Centers forDisease Control and Prevention has, infact, put these two diseases on its list ofthose most likely to be used in a terroristattack. And “weaponized” powders ofboth diseases are still stockpiled in Russia,according to many published sources.These facts help to explain why thedevelopment of a single vaccine againstboth these diseases would be crucial andtimely — and why the National Institutesof Health has given CUA biology ProfessorVenigalla Rao a $2.5 million five-year grantto develop just such a vaccine.Rao and his research team feel theyhave reason to be optimistic: They willbe building on NIH-funded research theyhave carried out in collaboration with theWalter Reed Army Institute of Research,in which they created vaccine formulationsthat proved highly effective in mice andrabbits.A single vaccine for these two diseaseswould fill a void. No vaccine exists forpneumonic plague, and the availableanthrax vaccine has limitations, such as ahigh frequency of side effects and the needfor six immunizations within 18 monthsand yearly boosters thereafter.If successful, the dual-disease vaccinewill set a precedent that is likely to leadto single vaccines that simultaneouslyimmunize against three, four or morediseases, according to the CUA professor.“Dr. Rao has had an incredibly productiveresearch career, and is widely recognized asone of the predominant authorities in theareas of molecular biology, immunologyand associated applications such as vaccinedevelopment,” says Dr. Carl R. Alving, chiefof adjuvant and antigen research for HIVvaccines at the Walter Reed Army Instituteof Research, located in Rockville, Md.The CUA professor’s vaccine researchwas born out of his 29-year quest to understandthe molecular machinery and lifecycle of a harmless virus called bacteriophageT4. In the process, Rao discoveredthat the 1,025 infinitesimal knobs on theouter mantle of these viruses could beused to develop novel vaccines. The ideaoccurred to him to attach proteins ofmultiple diseases such as plague andanthrax to these knobs — a bit likeattaching campers to automobile trailerhitches.When such a specially prepared bacteriophageT4 is injected into a person, hisor her immune system would recognizethe attached anthrax or plague proteins asforeign particles and elicit the productionof antibodies to neutralize infection. Theperson’s immune system would thus beprimed to attack and neutralize anthraxand plague without actually being infectedby the bacteria that cause these diseases.Rao and his team aim to create thedual-disease vaccine and test its efficacyon rhesus monkeys by 2014. It is hopedthat the first phase of FDA clinical studiesfor use on humans will follow.Meanwhile, the professor’s devotionto understanding the basic biology of thebacteriophage T4 remains strong. Thissummer he has received a $1 million grantfrom the National Science Foundationand expects additional grants from theNIH — all to continue studying themicroscopic organism’s structure andfunctions.— R.W.S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 9


S C O R E B O A R DEarly-Bird Special:Young Cardinals Lead Veteran TeamsEven the most gifted athletes often findthemselves warming the bench duringtheir first year or two at Division I universities.Super Bowl-winning quarterbacksTom Brady and Kurt Warner, for instance,didn’t start a single game during their freshmanand sophomore years at the Universityof Michigan and the University of NorthernIowa, respectively.At Catholic University, however, underclassmenare not only starters but havealso been earning All-American honorablemention, leading the Landmark Conferencein scoring, making the NCAA All-AtlanticRegion team and achieving other honors.“These underclassmen are talentedenough to play at the Division I level andmost had opportunities to do so, but theyopted to come to CUA and Division IIIbecause they saw an opportunity to beimpact players right away at a school thatwas the right fit for them,” says AthleticDirector Mike Allen.Brianna Peterson, for example, has etchedher name in the Division III record booksafter just two seasons on the women’sbasketball team. This past year she wasfifth in the nation in scoring, averaging21.8 points per game, with standoutindividual games in which she scored 37and 32 points.The Rockland, N.Y., native was namedto the All-Landmark-Conference SecondTeam in her freshman year, and this pastseason made the conference First Teamand the Division III All-Atlantic Regionteam.Peterson has an incredible way of gettingher shot off in traffic, says Matt Donohue,coach of the CUA women’s basketball team.Standing 6 feet tall, she also pulls down quitea few rebounds — 6.4 per game last year.While Peterson has greatly impacted thebasketball program at CUA, her coachbelieves her path may have been moredifficult had she played at a university in ahigher-level athletic division. “Brie may havehad to wait until her junior or senior yearto get significant playing time at a DI or DIIinstitution,” says Donohue.Also a sophomore this past year, the 6-foot-4-inch Jason Banzhaf graduated from abig-time basketball program at New Jersey’sSeton Hall Prep, and “took advantage of theopportunities available” at CUA, says men’sbasketball coach Steve Howes.As a Catholic University freshman,Banzhaf was named Landmark ConferenceRookie of the Year. This past season he ledthe conference with 20.3 points per game,made 56 percent of his field goal attempts,battled for 7.9 rebounds per game, and wasnamed to the All-American HonorableMention list.He was also named to the NCAADivision III Mid-Atlantic All-Region team, theAll-Landmark-Conference First Team and —by earning a 3.36 grade point average —the conference All-Academic Team.“I chose CUA because I thought it wasthe best fit for me athletically and academically,”remarks Banzhaf. “The academics areexcellent, and playing basketball here hasbeen a great experience.”“Jason definitely came to the rightschool,” agrees Howes. “We’ve been ableto use both his strength in the post andhis outside shooting and ball handling tocreate mismatches with our opponents —a versatility that would not be possible atthe Division I level [with its taller postplayers].“Not only has he had the chance tocompete right away,” says the coach, “he’sMegan RizziMichael DiMarcoMary Swarthout10 C U A M A G A Z I N E


also had the chance to be a marquee guyon what has great potential to become achampionship team.”They start ’em young at CatholicUniversity. This past year, for example,freshman Mary Swarthout of Rockville, Md.,made a big mark in two sports: lacrosseand field hockey, becoming the secondhighestscorer on both teams. She wasnamed the Landmark Conference Rookieof the Year in lacrosse and CUA’s Rookieof the Year in field hockey.“Mary is an incredible athlete,” sayslacrosse coach Meghan McDonogh, “and Ibelieve she could have made any team inthe country. The team calls her PositivePolly. She’s a unique athlete because she’sconstantly thinking, ‘How can I help myteam next?’ ”Megan Rizzi of Mont Vernon, N.H., isanother 2008–2009 freshman who wasnamed conference Rookie of the Year —in her case, in the sport of softball. Shestarted all 34 games for CUA and led theteam with a .430 batting average. Her 14Jason Banzhafdoubles, five home runs and 30 RBIs werealso team highs, while her six stolen basesmake her a threat on the base paths. Herachievements got her named to the All-Landmark-Conference Second Team.As for 2008–2009 freshman and soccermidfielder Michael DiMarco, a lot of universitiesnoticed his stellar play in high schooland attempted to recruit him, says men’ssoccer coach Travis Beauchamp. At CatholicUniversity, DiMarco got the opportunityto start in 18 of the year’s 20 contests,was fourth on the team in goals, and tiedfor third on the team in assists. He wasrewarded for his efforts by being namedthe conference Rookie of the Year in men’ssoccer.“I liked the idea of going to a smallCatholic school in a big city,” says DiMarco,who hails from Voorhes, N.J. “After talkingto DI coaches and to friends who went toDI universities, I knew it would be easierto jump right in at CUA. I didn’t want tosit out my first year or two.”“Michael is very grounded in his faith,and is a member of the Honors Program,”says his coach. “Everyone on the teamrespects him. He just makes us better.”— K.J.Brianna PetersonWomen’s LacrosseThe women’s lacrosse team finishedthe regular season with a 15-3 recordand won the Landmark Conferencetournament. Ranked 10th in the nation,the team qualified to play in the NCAADivision III national tournament for thesecond straight year.In the first-round NCAA tournamentgame on May 6, the Cardinals beatMessiah College 9-8. Three days later,the Cardinals defeated the Universityof Mary Washington 19-14.The following day — in the Elite 8round — CUA was pitted against theNo. 1 team in the country, SalisburyUniversity. Salisbury won that match18-14.With its 2008 and 2009 NCAAtournament performances, the teamhas established itself as one of the mostsuccessful women’s sports teams inCUA’s history, according to AthleticDirector Mike Allen.BaseballFor the second year in a row, themen’s baseball team won theLandmark Conference Tournamentchampionship — this time with an11-3 victory over the U. S. MerchantMarine Academy on April 30. TheCardinals ended the season with a22-20 record.FootballSPORTSHORTSThe CUA football team finished the2008 season with its first postseasonwin since 1935, and will look tocontinue its success in 2009. “We’llprobably have the best offensive anddefensive lines since I’ve been a coachhere,” says Dave Dunn, who took thehelm in 2006. “We’ll be more athleticin some positions, and should makequite an impact in the conference.”S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 11


40phenomsby Kate KennedyYou don't have to work until you’re middle-aged orolder to become a big success in business, the arts,the sciences or service to your fellow man. That’sthe message exemplified by the following nine“phenoms under 40.”But how does one define success? These CUA alumsgive their own perspectives on that question, as wellas sharing their stories of signal accomplishments.12 C U A M A G A Z I N E


■Sydney Beer sPhotos: Tony Fiorini Photography“ ”An award can’t make you happy; it collects dust.I think being happy at what you do is success.Sydney Beers’ career includes a lotof drama, music, comedy — and,most important, the hope of a happyending.A drama major and 1992 graduate ofCatholic University, Beers is general managerof New York City’s Roundabout Theatre,one of the country’s largest not-for-profittheater companies and the winner of 25Tony Awards. She is also executive producerof the theater’s Broadway musicals.From backstage to the front of the house,Beers, 38, deals with a multitude of details.There is the expected … She overseesactors’ contracts and production-relatedfinances at Roundabout, which producesclassic and contemporary plays at threeBroadway theaters (the American AirlinesTheatre, Studio 54 and the new HenryMiller’s Theatre) and the off-BroadwayHarold and Miriam Steinberg Center forTheatre. She manages backstage personneland works with Tony- and Emmy Awardwinningactors such as Nathan Lane, BillIrwin, John Goodman and John Glover, allof whom starred in this year’s Roundaboutproduction of Waiting for Godot.And there is the unexpected … “Once,I had an actor who collapsed at the endof intermission,” she says. “I got him tothe hospital, and the understudy did thesecond act.”There is the wanted … In addition tothe Tonys, Roundabout has won 34 DramaDesk Awards and 41 Outer Critics CircleAwards.And there is the unwanted … “I’ve dealtwith stalkers. I’ve dealt with crazy audiencemembers.”Beers began her 14-year Roundaboutcareer as director of sales and got a breakwhen tapped to manage the 1998 productionof Cabaret, which went on to win aTony for best revival of a musical. She wasnamed the theater company’s general managerthat same year.“To say that Sydney is an integral part ofthe Roundabout family is a gross understatement,”says Todd Haimes, Roundabout’sartistic director. “She literally runs ourBroadway houses, and under her leadershipwe will open a brand new Broadway theaterthis fall.”Beers, then known by her maiden nameof Davolos, finished her classroom work atCatholic University in three years, thanksto summer school. During her senior year,she was an intern at Washington, D.C.’sShakespeare Theatre Company.She chose opportunities for hands-onexperience over graduate school. At theDelaware Theatre Company in Wilmington,she performed in She Stoops to Conquer.At the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia,she was an understudy for actors, workedin the ticketing office and was a teachingartist. “My goal was: If I couldn’t be onstage, I learned the … behind the scenes,”she says.Beers, a wife and mother of a preschooler,defines success as being happy.“An award can’t make you happy; it collectsdust. I think being happy at what you do issuccess.”S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 13


Chris Dolan and James McGrath ■“... I’m a nuts-and-bolts guy;”Chris is the vision guy.Photos: Bennett Sell-Kline Photography14 C U A M A G A Z I N EAs CUA students, Chris Dolan(left) and James McGrath likedto drive around Washingtonareaneighborhoods and talkabout developing properties together.Dolan, a 1995 architectural design graduate,and McGrath, a 1994 civil engineeringgraduate, went their separate ways afterCatholic University. But eight years later,they and a third partner combined theirknowledge of architecture, constructionand engineering to form 365 Main, a SanFrancisco-based firm that develops andoperates specially designed data centers.“There was always an interest in gettingback together to do business, but Inever would have imagined it would be inCalifornia,” McGrath says. “And of thisscale,” Dolan adds.Today, they oversee one million squarefeet of data-center space and have morethan 165 employees. With annual revenuein excess of $100 million, the company has250 customers, including Ticketmaster, theOakland Raiders and Sun Microsystems.Companies ranging from online photosharingservices to retailers to banks seekto protect the mission-critical data storedin their computers. Centers like thosedeveloped and managed by Dolan andMcGrath house data in a built environmentwith guaranteed electric power, connectivity,temperature control and security.365 Main grew out of the dot-combust. In 2002, Dolan and McGrath werebuilding data centers together for a startupInternet company. After the dot-comfiled for bankruptcy that year, they teamedup with a private equity partner and startedtheir own firm.Data centers require sophisticated designand construction. The construction cost persquare foot is 10 times that of a typicaloffice building. Once built, a data centermight have power bills in excess of $1million a month, says Dolan. In fact, 365Main’s San Francisco building is the localpower company’s largest customer.365 Main has faced an additional challenge:Three of its five properties — and anotherunder development — are in California,requiring design and construction to withstandearthquakes.Little seems to shake the relationshipof the two 37-year-olds, however. Theylive eight blocks apart. (Dolan’s wife, SofieNilsson, is a 1994 and 1996 CUA graduate.)They also share a “hobby business” —a residential construction company.“Some of the people we do business withcan’t understand how we can be essentiallybest friends but also business partners,”says McGrath, who offers an explanation:“I’m a nuts-and-bolts guy; Chris is thevision guy.”To Dolan, success is providing a teamwork-orientedenvironment. In seven years,the company has lost just two employees,both to relocation out of the country. ForMcGrath, success means the respect of hispeers and competing companies.Henry Leedeman, a project executivewith Cupertino Electric, a company thatdesigns and installs electrical systems, hasworked with Dolan and McGrath for years.“What I’ve enjoyed about working withChris and Jamie is that they hang on totheir ethics throughout the ups and downs,”he says.Leedeman also respects their entrepreneurialspirit. “They’re smart and not afraidto take chances,” he says.


■Celine SaulnierPhotos: Tony Fiorini Photography“That’s been one of the biggest changes in the field –the increase in awareness and numbers of autism ...Celine Saulnier began working inthe field of autism 16 years agoas a way to gain experience thatcould help her get into graduateschool. At the time, the disorder that affectsthe ability to communicate and interact withothers afflicted one out of every 5,000children.Today, Saulnier, who holds a Ph.D. inclinical psychology from the University ofConnecticut, spends her days evaluatingcases of autism and researching the disorderat the Child Study Center at the Yale Schoolof Medicine in New Haven, Conn. A 1993Catholic University psychology graduate, sheis among those at the forefront of the studyof autism, which the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention estimates nowafflicts one in every 150 children in theUnited States.“That’s been one of the biggest changesin the field — the increase in awarenessand numbers of autism,” says Saulnier, whohas worked at the center for seven years.She attributes the increase in incidence ofautism to better evaluation, a broadeneddefinition of the disorder and heightenedawareness. “That’s not to say there aren’tenvironmental factors that interact withvulnerable genes,” she says. “Scientists justdon’t know what those factors are yet.”Autism and related developmental disordersunfold over a child’s life, and Saulnierevaluates children from birth to age 21. Twoyears ago, she was promoted to trainingdirector in the center’s Autism Program andnow trains junior faculty and fellows.She lectures across the country onautism and Asperger’s syndrome, an autismspectrum disorder, as a consultant for theNew England Educational Institute. She alsohas co-written chapters in two books onautism.The CUA alumna’s research findingshave demonstrated a lack of adaptive skills— e.g., the ability to make friends, liveindependently and get jobs — in bright,higher-functioning individuals with autism.“We can measure IQ and that’s someone’sability,” she explains. “But it doesn’t neces-”sarily mean that they’re translating thatability into independence in real life. …That’s the research I’m passionate aboutbecause that discrepancy is striking.”Saulnier’s research has had “tremendouspractical implications,” says Ami Klin, directorof the Autism Program and professorof child psychology and psychiatry, “becausemany of these individuals don’t receiveservices because they’re considered to bevery bright. Yet their disability is very severe,and she was able to show that.”Saulnier also is one of the investigatorsin a 14-site research project looking atunderlying genetic factors for autism, whichhas no known cause and no cure.The 37-year-old’s definition of successcenters on improving the lives of peoplewith autism through understanding, evaluationand research.“I feel my first job out of graduateschool was my dream job,” she says. “Andseven years into it, I still feel so lucky. Ilove what I do.”S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 15


Patrick Campbell ■“... never complainabout somethingyou aren’t willingto fix. ...”As Patrick Campbell puts it,a paper he wrote while astudent at CUA’s ColumbusSchool of Law ended upchanging the lives of tens of thousandsof soldiers who served in Iraq andAfghanistan. It also changed his own life.A combat medic with the D.C. ArmyNational Guard, Campbell had learnedfirsthand the frustrations that result wheneducation is interrupted by a deployment.As he was returning to his studies atCatholic University after more than ayear in Iraq, the company that issued hisstudent loans noted that he had beenaway from school for many months anddemanded that he begin repaying tens ofthousands of dollars.Campbell, who believes you should“never complain about something youaren’t willing to fix,” took on the issue ofstudent loans and other concerns ofdeployed students as his thesis within thelaw school’s Law and Public Policy Program.With the help of a CUA law schoolalumnus working for Sen. Sherrod Brownof Ohio and the support of Rep. SusanDavis of California, chair of the HouseArmed Services Subcommittee on MilitaryPersonnel, concepts in the thesis wereadvanced as the 2007 Veterans EducationTuition Support Act. Congress passed manyprovisions of this bill, including guaranteedre-enrollment at the school a deployedveteran had been pulled out of and a cushionof 13 months after military service tore-enroll before being charged for loans.The thesis also helped put the 2008 CUAgraduate on the path to become a voice forveterans. While still in law school, Campbellbecame chief legislative counsel for theIraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America,a nonpartisan education and advocacyorganization.In that role, the 31-year-old contributedto the strategy that built congressionalsupport for the new GI Bill signed intolaw in 2008. As a result of the law, thegovernment will cover the full cost ofeducation for any post-9/11 veteran whoenrolls in a public college or university(and many private colleges).The ambitious legislative agenda thatCampbell is now promoting calls forimproved mental-health care for veterans,including screenings before and aftercombat tours.Campbell credits the success of hisveterans’ organization to communication.He and colleagues are regularly tapped bythe media for commentary, and Campbellhas testified before Congress. “Less than 1percent of the American population willserve in Iraq or Afghanistan,” he notes, “soour job is to help tell the veterans’ storiesso people can make the decisions.”Campbell says his experience in Baghdad— service for which he was decorated —gives him an edge in advocacy. But it alsoleft him with nightmares, irritability andconcentration difficulties caused by posttraumaticstress disorder.He says he measures success by livingin service to others: “I don’t think I’m reallyhappy unless I’m doing something to helpothers.”16 C U A M A G A Z I N E


Five years ago, when singer/songwriterLaura Burhenn had onlyrecently graduated from CUA andwas working in the university’sOffice of Human Resources, a Washington,D.C., newspaper wrote, “The Burhennbandwagon will be taking off for the topof the charts soon so you’d best get onboard now while you can.”In other words, her future in musiclooked bright.Burhenn’s talent had been evident evenbefore she graduated with a B.A. in 2001.During her junior year, she had started herown record label, Laboratory Records, andreleased her first album, “Not Ashamed toSay,” to critical praise. In 2004 she recordeda second album, “Wanderlust.” That albumand her performances at leading D.C. musicclubs led to her being nominated for threeWammie awards (Washington, D.C.’sversion of the Grammys) — for best newartist, best rock recording and best rockvocalist. Songs of hers also climbed to thetop of the most-requested list on nationalsatellite XM Radio’s Unsigned channeland were named top-10s on independentor “indie” music Web sites.Inspired by Nina Simone, Neil Youngand the Beatles, Burhenn is often praisedin magazine reviews and music-scene blogsas an up-and-comer with a sultry voice■and intelligent, poetic songwriting. “Shebreaks all the molds of the young, beautiful,aspiring singer, and does so in a way thatsurpasses many established female songstresses,”one blogger writes.More recently, from 2005 to 2008, shewas one-half of the creative team behindthe band Georgie James, which releasedthe album “Places” and toured in the UnitedStates, Canada and Europe. Harp magazinenamed “Places” the 18th best CD of 2007(just ahead of Bruce Springsteen’s “Magic”).And in February 2008, Burhenn and theband were seen by viewers on “Late NightWith Conan O’Brien.”The 29-year-old keyboard player iscurrently writing and recording an albumthat will be released at the end of 2009or in early 2010. With a working title of“What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in theFlood,” the album — 10 songs inspired byLaura Burhennsoul and gospel — is about resilience.She explains that the lyrics reflect onthe idea, drawn from physics and Zenteachings, that “what we lose is neverreally gone; things just change.“I’m really trying to tell a story with thisrecord, so every word is purposeful,” saysBurhenn, an English major who won CUA’sO’Hagan Poetry Contest and twice representedCUA in poetry competitions amongWashington universities. “It’s like writing anovel and every song is a chapter.”Burhenn’s music is that of an edgychanteuse and troubadour. “My music iskind of like sushi,” she said in 2005. “It’s veryraw, but it’s wrapped up neat and tidy withthe rice and the wasabi.“To be truly successful, you don’t everstop,” she muses. “True success is climbinga mountain and coming down the otherside.And then doing it again.”Photos: Bennett Sell-Kline PhotographyS U M M E R 2 0 0 9 17


Columb Lytle and Jonathan Corpina ■Photos: Tony Fiorini PhotographyWall Street might seem likean unlikely destinationfor a politics major anda philosophy major. ButJonathan Corpina (right) and Columb Lytlewere attracted by the energy and excitementof it.The 1994 CUA graduates are seniormanaging partners of Meridian EquityPartners, an independent brokerage firmthey founded with a third partner in 2005.The firm maintains one of the largest tradingdesks on the New York Stock Exchange(NYSE), trading millions of shares each day.18 C U A M A G A Z I N ECorpina, 37, is the face of the firm, regularlyquoted from the floor of the NYSEby FOX News, ABC News and BloombergTelevision. He also is president of the 250-member Organization of IndependentFloor Brokers and serves on committeesthat contribute to the operation of thestock exchange.Lytle, 36, works closely with Meridian’sclients and oversees the firm’s compliancewith regulations.Their roles intersect in the day-to-daymanagement of Meridian and on the floorof the exchange, where both are traders.“They succeed in an extremely competitiveenvironment,” says Michael Rutigliano,vice president-broker liaison for the globalequities exchange company NYSE Euronext.“Among the independent [broker] community,Meridian is a very successful, veryprogressive firm. They’re well respected.”Corpina and Lytle met freshman year atCatholic University.Corpina was a politics major who workedas an intern for Sen. Patrick Moynihan andin the Clinton White House. While he wasat CUA focusing on eventually becoming alawyer, he reluctantly accepted an invitationfrom a family friend to spend a week onthe stock exchange floor. “I was there forall of two days when I realized this is exactlywhat I want to do,” Corpina remembers.“The intensity, the excitement, the energyis what I needed and what I wanted.”After graduation, he worked on the floorfor a small firm, then for the investmentbank Salomon Brothers, and in 1996became a junior partner at a new firm.Lytle was a philosophy major who, atthe suggestion of a CUA classmate, took ajob as a “runner” delivering orders to floortraders at the stock exchange. He parlayedthat experience into full-time trading work.He spent time earning an M.B.A. from theUniversity of Rochester, but, he says, “Insome way, shape or form, I’ve been part ofthe floor since 1994.”It was on the floor of the exchange thatthe CUA graduates reconnected and realizedthey wanted to work for themselves.After six months of planning, their companylaunched with seven employees. Four yearslater, Meridian employs 40.When Lytle talks about success, hementions achieving goals, developing adedicated team and teaching others.Success, in Corpina’s view, is “having acareer that you love.”As husbands and fathers of youngchildren, Corpina and Lytle also valuebalance. “I don’t think we could have asuccessful business if we didn’t have asupportive home life,” says Lytle, who ismarried to Robin Hynes, a 1995 CUAgraduate. Corpina, who is married to1994 CUA graduate Danielle Nolas, saysof their wives, “They don’t get paychecksfrom Meridian, but they’re part of the team.”


When you speak on behalfof a congressman, yourchoice of words matter.That’s why Jessica Towheyvalues her degree in English.“With the degree, it certainly was muchmore than just reading and writing,” says the1997 CUA graduate. “It was analyzing. Itwas reading a book and understandingthe themes and how the author chosecertain words.”As press secretary for U.S. Rep. JohnBoehner of Ohio, the current Houseminority leader, Towhey says she finds thatsame analytical ability useful “to not onlyunderstand whether I’m conveying thecorrect message, but to understand whatothers are saying.”Towhey, 34, acts as the Republican’scongressional district spokesperson andworks with Washington, D.C.-basedreporters and Ohio media outlets.But Towhey wasn’t always an Englishmajor. The Pennsylvania native entered CUAas a politics major. After an internship on■Capitol Hill for her home congressman, shedecided that political policy was not herforte. English seemed the natural alternativebecause of her love of reading and writing.She spent her first year after graduationvolunteering with Mercy Corps, whichincluded managing a retreat center inAuburn, Calif. After her Mercy Corpsexperience, she walked into the offices ofthe local newspaper, the Auburn Journal,and said, “If you’re hiring, I would like a job.”They hired her as a city government andeducation reporter in January 1999. Thatposition helped her land a job in 2000 atthe larger-circulation Capital in Annapolis,Md., where she reported on the UnitedStates Naval Academy.Her introduction to political communicationscame in 2004, when she joined thecongressional campaign of a PennsylvaniaRepublican as communications director.Towhey found that she enjoyed workingwith the press, or, as she describes it, doing“hand-to-hand combat on the political side,mixing it up with reporters, getting ourJessica Towheymessage out.” The candidate she representeddidn’t win, but she went on to work onthree other congressional campaigns.An interest in returning to work onCapitol Hill brought her to the office ofnewly elected Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky.,where she spent 2005 setting up his communicationsoperation. Then in 2006, sheserved as press secretary for Rep. SteveChabot, R-Ohio, as he won a close reelectionrace.“I refer to her as the warrior,” Chabotsays of Towhey. “She’s tough, aggressive andyet professional.” He says a commitmentto being factual contributes to her success.“She was meticulous in everything she did.”Now, armed with two BlackBerries andthree cell phones, she represents the leadingRepublican in the House of Representatives.Success, Towhey says, is having fun evenin the heated environment of politicalcommunications. She values working “witha group of people you get along with, youcan joke around with. … I work with veryfun people.”S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 19


CampusBeautifulWith more than 193 acres, CUA is the largestuniversity campus in Washington, D.C., andhas a larger percentage of green space thanany other D.C. university. The campus containsmore than 1,650 trees and CUA’s groundsstaff plants 6,000 summer annuals, 4,500pansies and 18,000 bulbs each year.All that natural beauty and hard work don’t go unnoticed.A high school senior who recently came to check out CatholicUniversity had previously visited the campuses of some other localuniversities. Her comment: “Wow! I feel sorry for the other D.C.universities. … CUA is amazing.”Those who haven’t been on CUA’s campus for many years alsolike what they see. The university’s president, Very Rev. David M.O’Connell, C.M., recalls an alumnus who recently told him, “WhenI was a student, the place never looked so good.”Another alumnus said to him, “There’s still enough of the ‘oldCU’ around to make me remember my days here, but with all thechanges, the ‘new CU’ makes me wish I was back again.”“The university looks more beautiful than ever,” agrees FatherO’Connell, who was a student here in the 1980s. “As I walk throughcampus each day, I discover new favorite places and pockets ofbeauty.”20 C U A M A G A Z I N E


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Young,Passionate ...and PresidentBy Lisa CarrollRev. James Shea describes himself as a North Dakota farmboy whose dream growing up was to become a parishpriest in his home state. He had just begun living out thatdream when his life took an unexpected turn.On July 1, at the age of 34, he became the youngest college oruniversity president in the country.When the position was advertised at the University of Mary inBismarck, N.D., Father Shea was working in the western part ofthe state as the pastor of two parishes and as an instructor andchaplain at a Catholic high school. At first, he wasn’t sure he wasready for the advertised university position, partly because he hadthe job he had long desired and partly because he didn’t feel he hadthe proper experience for the presidency.Through prayer and the encouragement of his bishop, he sayshe came to feel the job might be what the Lord wanted for him.Therefore he applied, competing with more than 20 other applicants.During that process, Father Shea sought advice from the presidentof his alma mater, The Catholic University of America. AlthoughFather Shea had only met Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., brieflyonce before, he says the older priest welcomed his questions andprovided him with great insight.“I respected Father O’Connell for his dedication to CUA’sCatholic identity and for the work he’s done at the university,so I wanted to see him,” Father Shea explains. “I came down andwe had a wonderful visit. He was tremendously encouraging andanswered a lot of crucial questions for me, and he continuedcoaching me throughout the process.”On Dec. 5, 2008, the University of Mary announced that FatherShea would succeed Sister Thomas Welder as its next president.Founded in 1955, the school has more than 2,800 students andoffers 44 bachelor’s programs, as well as selected master’s anddoctoral degrees.“Father Shea has a deep passion for Catholic education, whichwas clearly evident when he spoke of it during the interviewprocess,” says Sister Nancy Miller, president of the university’sboard of trustees.Sister Miller explains that it became obvious during the interviewthat, although he is young, Father Shea was the right one for theposition. He had shown himself to be innovative and collaborativein his work as a teacher, parish priest and member of the NationalAdvisory Council for the United States Conference of CatholicBishops, she says.“He was quick to say that he has plenty to learn in this position,”she says. “He is very willing and approaches the opportunity withenthusiasm and confidence.”That jibes with what Father O’Connell says: “Transitions alwaysand understandably bring with them a bit of worry. In Father Shea’scase, however, the worry that he felt and expressed to me wasclearly offset by his competence and energy for the task at hand.”After studying at a college in North Dakota from 1993 to22 C U A M A G A Z I N E


Photo: Jerald Anderson, University of Mary1995, Father Shea enrolled at CatholicUniversity upon receiving the Theodore B.Basselin Scholarship, a three-year academicscholarship offered to CUA seminarystudents who show promise in publicspeaking and the study of philosophy. Heearned his bachelor’s degree in philosophyin 1997 and his Licentiate inPhilosophy in 1999.“When I called to talk to the admissionspeople, I wanted to know if it was possibleto ever leave the campus and go and seethings in Washington,” Father Shea recallsabout his initial visit to CUA’s campus. “Iwas so green, I really had no understandingof the city. I had never seen public transportation,like the Metro, before. It was theawakening to a whole new world.”Catholic University is where the priestsays he fell in love with education, partlybecause of the CUA courses he took andpartly through his experience preparingstudents at two D.C. schools for their firstconfessions.“What was very gratifying was that inthe process of instructing them, I didn’tknow if I was doing anything worthwhileor not,” he explains. “On the last day, whenthey made their first confessions, it was sobeautiful and everything came together.“That taught me the lesson that inteaching, you’re making a difference simplyby being faithful and by being present.Then the work that you do does bearfruit and you’re not necessarily responsiblefor all the fruit. I didn’t know that before. Ithought that it all depended on me andthat I needed to see the progress as ithappened. But I learned that’s not actuallyhow it works. That was a valuable lesson.”After studying theology at the PontificalGregorian University in Rome, Shea wasordained a priest in 2002 and was appointedto serve as an associate pastor in Bismarckand a chaplain and instructor at St. Mary’sCentral High School, also in Bismarck.As the time came for Father Shea toassume his university presidency, he says hefelt a mix of excitement and nervousness,though he felt peace in knowing that this iswhat the Lord wants for him.“I’ll have to be here, not just as a president,but as a student of the position,”he says. “This is a huge adventure I’membarking on.”Other University Presidents WhoAre CUA AlumsNumerous CUA alumni have gone on to become presidents of universitiesand colleges in the United States. Here are 15 of the current presidents,listed with their CUA degree and the name of the institution they lead:Rev. Thomas B. Curran, O.S.F.S., J.D. 1992Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo.Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., M.A. (in drama) 1983Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.William Fahey, M.A. and Ph.D. (in early Christian studies) in1995 and 2003, respectivelyThomas More College of Liberal Arts, Merrimack, N.H.Mark A. Heckler, M.F.A. (in drama with an emphasis on directing) 1979Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.Mary Hines, M.A. and Ph.D. (in philosophy) in 1969 and 1981, respectivelyCarlow University, PittsburghRev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., S.T.D. (in theology) 1977Niagara University, Niagara, N.Y.Eugene J. McAllister, Ph.D. (in business and economics) 2003University of Great Falls, Great Falls, Mont.Rev. Kevin J. Mullen, O.F.M., Ph.D. (in theology) 1975Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y.Sister Anne Munley, I.H.M., M.A. (in sociology) 1973Marywood University, Scranton, Pa.Barbara E. Murphy, B.A. (in English) 1969Johnson State College, Johnson, Vt.Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., J.C.L. and J.C.D. (in canon law) in1987 and 1990, respectivelyThe Catholic University of AmericaRev. Stephen A. Privett, S.J., M.A. and Ph.D. (in theology) in1982 and 1985, respectivelyUniversity of San FranciscoRev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., Ph.L. (in philosophy) 1985Providence College, Providence, R.I.Stephen J. Sweeny, B.A. (in Spanish) 1966College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, N.Y.Raymond Yannuzzi, D.A. (in English) 1996Camden County College, Blackwood, N.J.S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 23


:INClassEARNINGINCOLNLA Scholastic Pentathlon for an IconBy Maggie MasterThe year isn’t exactly 1858 and thevenue — a seminar-style classroomoutfitted with all the technologicaltrappings — is a far cry from a woodenplatform in Ottawa, Ill.’s town square,but junior Dan Varroney and sophomoreChristopher Anderson are doing a fairlyon-point impression of Abraham Lincolnand Stephen Douglas.Likely their respective debate teamshadn’t realized the physiological aptnessof their chosen representatives, but whenthe tall and lanky Varroney sits down besidethe shorter, sturdier Anderson beneathan overhead-projection screen bearing theimage of the famed Senate candidates, achorus of chuckles spreads across the class.“Slavery was meant to die out, it wasmeant to take the course of natural extinction,”Varroney, as Lincoln, asserts.But it didn’t die out, Anderson counters.“Why hasn’t slavery died out yet?”Varroney rebuts, a smile curling his lips,clearly embracing his role and “hammingit up” a bit. “It’s because there are some inthe Democratic Party — who may or maynot be sitting next to me — who wishto nationalize it.” The room eruptsin laughter. Lincoln, one. Douglas, zero.The two students sit at the front ofthe classroom wielding campaign talkingpoints while fielding questions from theirresident Wolf Blitzer, Associate ProfessorStephen West. Students representingeither political camp chime in, assistingtheir spokesmen with facts and dates tosupport their claims.As part of this history course titledAbraham Lincoln in History and Memory,the students have brought the techniquesand style of modern politics and mediacoverage to the famed Lincoln-Douglasdebates of 1858. Their classroom hasbeen transformed to resemble the socalledspin rooms televised on majornews channels following each of the 2008presidential debates — even as the twostudents seated at the front channel thedusty, crowded Illinois town centers ofthe mid-19th century.24 C U A M A G A Z I N EUndergraduates Dan Varroney and Chris Andersonportray Abe Lincoln and Sen. Stephen Douglasengaging in one of their 1858 debates.


Professor Stephen West teaching the course Abraham Lincoln in History and Memory.Thinking ahead to Lincoln’s 200th birthdayon Feb. 12, 2009, School of Artsand Sciences Dean L.R. Poos sent out acall to his faculty in the summer of 2008.He requested proposals for new spring2009 courses that would study Lincoln, hisaccomplishments, his superior mind andthe legacy of this man of humble originswho became one of America’s most consequentialpresidents. Five of the proposedcourses were chosen; meant to be takenalone or in tandem, they offer studentsinsight into Lincoln through the spectrumof politics, history, literature, rhetoric, artand film. This collection of electives, dubbedthe “Lincoln Semester,” is believed to be thefirst themed group of classes ever offeredat CUA.The course that included the student reenactmentof the Lincoln-Douglas debateswas an outgrowth of Professor West’sregular class on Civil War-era America.He set out to examine Lincoln throughthe president’s own words and those ofhis contemporaries, as well as throughhistorians’ accounts.“I wanted to examine his multiple roles,”says the history professor. “Antebellumlawyer and politician; wartime executiveand commander in chief; public orator andman of ideas. I also wanted to study howsuccessive generations have venerated hispresidency and made him such a potentsymbol for the meaning and promise ofAmerica’s past.”Generations have commemoratedLincoln’s presidency in a variety of tangibleways: The sharp contours of his faceare etched into a mountainside, his profileimprinted on the penny and $5 bill. At thewestern end of the National Mall, a marblestructure of noble columns houses hisseated figure — with millions flocking topay their respects each year.But beyond those physical memorials,Lincoln lives on in his words, which findas much currency in the present as theydid during the Civil War. That’s the conclusionof another Lincoln Semester coursetitled Lincoln’s Eloquence, which surveyedLincoln’s accomplishments as a writer andpublic speaker.“It’s almost startling to think that in anera of mass electronic media and 24-hournews, people still turn to speeches, of allantiquated things, to get a grasp on theirpolitical world,” says the course’s teacher,Stephen McKenna, associate professor andchair of the media studies department.“Lincoln gets cited as often as any othercandidate or president as being exceptionallygifted in his use of well-timed andwell-tuned words, not just to get thingsdone but to take the measure of historicalmoments in the canniest of ways.”Indeed, on election night 2008, PresidentBarack Obama quoted Lincoln’s simple,poetic words as he called for bipartisanship.“We are not enemies, but friends.We must not beenemies. Thoughpassion mayhave strained,it must notbreak ourbonds ofaffection,”he toldthe crowdgathered inChicago’sGrant Park,borrowing the final lines of Lincoln’s FirstInaugural Address.McKenna tells the class of 20 graduatestudents and upperclassmen that theyoung-adult Lincoln is said to have ownedfewer than a dozen books, which he readand reread as prized possessions. Theseinfluenced his rhetorical style, but so didnewspapers, which, McKenna says, werenot the constantly updated breaking-newsportals that they are today. Rather, manycontained miscellaneous information — amélange of news stories, lectures, sermonsand famous (and not so famous) passagesfrom literature.“Lincoln likely imbibed many things fromvarious newspapers,” McKenna tells thegroup. It was such rhetorical sourcesthat helped make Lincoln so successful,in contrast to many politicians of his day,who prided themselves in using high-flownCiceronian rhetoric.“Probably not the most effective way tospeak to an agricultural nation that lackedformal schooling,” McKenna notes of thoseeducated rhetoricians. “Lincoln’s speecheswere remarkably colloquial; that’s one reasonhe got the nickname of Honest Abe.”To reveal Honest Abe as completelyas possible to their students, theinstructors of the five Lincoln Semestercourses capitalized on a geographic advantageenjoyed by CUA — they used thecity Lincoln called home for four yearsas their extended classroom. Most of thecourses relied heavily on fieldtrips to Washington, D.C.,museums and monuments,including President Lincoln’sS U M M E R 2 0 0 9 25


ecently restored cottage on the groundsof the Armed Forces Retirement Home,located within walking distance of CUA’scampus. During his presidency, Lincoln andhis family would spend their summers inthat cottage to escape the heat and politicalwrangling of downtown D.C.For Claire Bordelon, a senior fromLafayette, La., her course’s field trip tothe Lincoln cottage offered a window intothe personal life of the 16th president.“Especially learning about his close relationshipwith his son, it made him seem morereal and accessible than the stone-facedfigure we’re normally presented with,” shesays. “Also, to hear the stories of howpersonally affected he was by every plightand situation he heard of was somethingthat made him seem more real and lessmythical to me.”Bordelon joined the field trip as part ofa new art history course, The Legacy ofLincoln: American Art and Culture From1809 to 1930. Exploring American art andculture beginning with the year of Lincoln’sbirth, the class looked at race, the CivilWar and Reconstruction through the lensof artistic expression.“I wanted to deal with race as an issue inAmerican art and not just examine African-American art,” says the course’s instructor,Lisa Lipinski, adjunct assistant professor ofart history. “What was the result of freeingthese people? What happened to them?What did they produce? That is why thecourse looks at African-American artworkculminating with the Harlem Renaissanceof the 1920s.”Students in several of the Lincoln Semester courses visited the cottage that was the summer residenceof President Lincoln, located less than a mile from CUA’s campus.On a raw and rainy winter day, theclass is discussing an article on racial identitythat focuses on the work of RobertScott Duncanson (1821–1872), an African-American artist who copied some of themonumental landscape paintings of thefamous white artist Frederic Church.The class sits in a U facing the projectionscreen, with Lipinski at the top of thearc. Her voice is soothing, her questionsprobing as she shows slides of Duncanson’spaintings. Often she lets the paintings spurdialogue; other times she invokes the artcriticism that the students read for homework.Some of the students are art historymajors and artists themselves, othersadmit to never having taken an art historyclass before.“To me, thinking about landscapes interms of identifying race and racial undertoneswas pretty difficult,” admits juniorKilah Fox, the day’s discussion leader anda first-time student of art history. “Do therest of you feel it was necessary to analyzethe paintings with race in mind?”“I think if this was an unknown artist,we would say, ‘This is a beautiful paintingthat shows great depth of field,’” sayssenior Ellen Rawson. “If someone thenwas to say this is by Church, it gets 10times better because it’s by Church. Butthen when we find out it’s done by a CivilWar-era black artist, we think, ‘Oh wow,how did he learn to paint like this?’ Westart reading more into the painting. It’sstill a beautiful painting; it just gives youmore to read into it, such as the idea ofopen spaces equaling freedom.”Another course, Lincoln and PoliticalLeadership, focused on Lincoln’s developmentas a leader, examining his days as astate legislator in Springfield, Ill., his termin the U.S. Congress, and his campaigns forthe Senate and presidency, with detailedattention given to his service as president.Readings for the course, taught byAssociate Professor of Politics PhillipHenderson, included David Donald’saward-winning biography Lincoln, andDoris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals:The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.“Don’t forget this is Donald’s interpretation,”Henderson reminds the class asthey discuss Lincoln’s early life and thebiography’s characterization of him as beingawkward around women and prone tobouts of depression.Henderson has an infectious admirationfor the 16th president and is clearly amusedby the wit and the wisdom of Lincoln.Describing how Lincoln’s close friend JoshuaWhile touring the National Portrait Gallery, studentsin Professor Lisa Lipinski’s class view the portraitused as a model for the image engraved on theU.S. penny.26 C U A M A G A Z I N E


Speed encouraged the future presidentto break off his (first) engagement toMary Todd in person rather than by letter,Henderson paraphrases Speed: “Words canbe forgotten but a letter is permanent. …Which,” the professor adds with a grin, “isa great reason to send a love letter, but nota breakup letter!”Henderson punctuates the class discussionwith less-well-known historical anecdotes.He recounts, for example, that anIllinois state auditor challenged Lincolnto a duel after Lincoln lampooned hispolicies in a letter to the Sangamo Journal.The incident produced a sincere apologyfrom Lincoln and led him to tone downhis trenchant use of humor as a device forpointing out the weaknesses of his opponent’sarguments.Achieving such familiarity with the iconicpresident is perhaps what made the LincolnSemester most successful.“I think I’ve been exposed to the breadthof influence that one figure can have over somany aspects of a culture,” reflects seniorRachel Tenuta. “Lincoln wasn’t just influentialin a political sphere, but also in so manyother modes of expression. It was somethingI hadn’t really considered before.”Tenuta took Lipinski’s art history class aswell as another course, Lincoln in Literatureand Film, taught by Glen Johnson, associatedean for undergraduate studies andprofessor of English and media studies.The undergraduate wanted to gain anappreciation of Lincoln from two differentperspectives, and through Johnson’scourse she and other students examineda host of well-known literary works andfilms with a connection to Lincoln. Thegroup studied Walt Whitman’s poetry,including his elegy for Lincoln titled “WhenLilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” forinstance. And at weekly Monday-nightgatherings, students in the class viewedand discussed such films as D.W. Griffith’s“Birth of a Nation,” the 1939 biopic “YoungMr. Lincoln,” and the Jimmy Stewart movie“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”“The Lincoln Semester was a wonderfullypositive experience,” concluded DeanPoos. “Coordination among the coursesand lots of related events and field tripsadded up to a whole lot more than justfive courses. We’ll definitely do anotherthemed semester soon.”For the 100 students who took partin the Lincoln Semester, the coursesbrought an almost intimate understandingof this man whose life story many of thesestudents only thought they knew.“That was the story of Lincoln’s life,”Henderson says. “He was underestimatedand it was only after his death that hewas given credit.” A century and a halflater, the credit continues to issue forthin abundance.Professor Glen Johnson, at left, provides commentaryon the 1939 film “Young Mr. Lincoln,” beingshown during the course Lincoln in Literatureand Film.S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 27


R E A D I N G L I S TSister Thea Bowman Still SpeaksWhen BerthaBowman was10 years old, shetold her parents she wanted toconvert to Catholicism. Six yearslater, she took another step onher spiritual journey, becominga Franciscan Sister of PerpetualAdoration and taking the name ofSister Thea. It wasn’t as simple astory as it sounds, however: Theyear was 1953, and Bowman, a blackgirl from Mississippi, was entering anorder in La Crosse, Wis., made up ofthe descendants of German immigrants.Her Franciscan sisters recognized Sister Thea as a naturalteacher with a brilliant mind and in 1966 sent her to CUA toearn master’s and doctoral degrees in English, the latter of whichshe received in 1972. As she studied literature, she also delveddeeply into the black oral tradition.For the next 18 years, she used this combination of intellectualinsight and deep connection with black spirituality to challengeAmerica’s attitudes about blacks, Catholics and black Catholics.During a 1987 interview on “60 Minutes,” for example, she chided,“I still don’t hear Mike Wallace saying ‘Black is beautiful,’ ” to whichthe normally taciturn Wallace exclaimed, “Black is beautiful!” Andin 1989 at a U.S. bishops’ conference on black Catholics, Sister Theabegan her speech singing “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”and ended it by inviting the bishops to stand and join her in “WeShall Overcome,” which they did with gusto. Sister Thea was in awheelchair then, her bones weakened by cancer.The internationally renowned speaker and teacher lived anintense and public spiritual life to the very end, more than fulfillingher prayer to “live until I die.” She passed away in 1990, and manyhave proposed that she be considered for canonization.Rev. Maurice J. Nutt, C.Ss.R., a close friend to Sister Thea, hasedited a new book, Thea Bowman: In My Own Words, a compilationof excerpts from her writings, talks and interviews. Publishedby Liguori Publications, it is one of a series of books called “InMy Own Words”; among those featured in the series are MotherTeresa, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Pope John XXIII and PopeBenedict XVI.Beginning with a seven-page biography, the book is dividedinto 14 sections, each named after a spiritual that Sister Theasang and drew strengthfrom, with subheadsspecifying the topic ofthe section, for example,“The Wisdom of the ‘OldFolks,’ ” “The Black Family”and “On Being Black andCatholic.” At 112 pages,this book is an excellentintroduction for those whodon’t know Sister Thea anda compact guide for thosewho do.In another new book, This Little Light: Lessons in Living From SisterThea Bowman (Orbis Books), artist and author Brother MichaelO’Neill McGrath, O.S.F.S., attests to the dynamic nun’s ability totouch people’s spirit.One afternoon in the early 1990s while he flipped through U.S.Catholic magazine at his dying father’s bedside, Brother McGrathhappened upon Sister Thea’s final interview, “On the Road to Glory,”in which she shared her thoughts and feelings about her impendingdeath. Her words were like a shining light, he writes, in a “dark andwounded time.”More than a year after his father died, Brother McGrath vieweda video about Sister Thea’s life titled “Her Own Story.” Afterward,exhilarated by images from the video, he began to paint. When hestopped two weeks later, he says, “There were nine new paintings… in a style very different from anything I’d done before. … Ifelt as if I were just a brush, stroking and pushing the colors of theDivine Painter.”This Little Light features color reproductions of those strikingpaintings, interwoven with anecdotes, prayers, biography and storiesabout how the paintings came to be, as well as news of those whocarry forward the vision that Sister Thea proclaimed: to “ministerto our brothers and sisters wherever we find them.”These books testify to Sister Thea’s amazing spirit, showing howshe still inspires us to follow her call to “share the good news ofthe Lord Jesus Christ, to be Church.”— C.C.28 C U A M A G A Z I N E


AttentionClass of ’59:Set asideOct. 23–25forYour 50th Anniversary Celebration.For more details, contactCUClass59@aol.com or visit www.cuatoday.com.C U AMAGAZINE ALUMNI NEWSUPCOMING EVENTSCalendar dates are subject to change: Checkwww.cuatoday.com or call the alumni officefor all the details.AUGUST29 CUA Campus: School of Libraryand Information Science Picnic.Noon to 4 p.m., Marist Hall LawnR.s.v.p. to colemana@cua.edu or202-319-5085. Alumni, studentsand faculty are invited.SEPTEMBER17 Washington, D.C.: YoungAlumni GatheringJoin the 2009 Ireland Puband Shopping Tour(Dec. 2–7, 2009)Over the past two years, more than 110 alumni and friends have traveled toIreland with CUA’s alumni relations staff to soak up culture, friendship andfun. For this year’s trip, the route will be new and includes:■ The prosperous farming country and market towns of Cobh and Blarney■ The gourmet capital of Ireland — Kinsale■ The rich dairy country of Cork and Tipperary, where delectable Irishcheese is produced■ The capital city of Dublin for museums, shopping, music and more fun!You may have been to Ireland before, but you haven’t been there with us!Make friends and memories with fellow CUA alumni.For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 202-319-5608(800-288-ALUM toll-free) or visit www.cuatoday.com.For details on other alumni events,call the CUA Office of Alumni Relations at 202-319-5608(800-288-ALUM outside the Washington, D.C., area).We’re happy to tell you all that we’re planning for you.OCTOBER23–25 CUA Campus: Homecomingand Reunions WeekendNOVEMBER11 CUA Campus: Senators ClubAlumni Lunch12 New York City: Young AlumniGatheringDECEMBER2–7 Alumni Trip to Ireland3 Boston: Annual Christmas Partyin Watertown, Mass.4 Washington, D.C.: ChristmasConcert and Reception, Basilica ofthe National Shrine of theImmaculate Conception10 Philadelphia: Alumni ChristmasPartyAttention all young alumni who graduated inthe last decade: Call the alumni office or e-mailMeghan Comey at comey@cua.edu; she’ll helpyou round up your classmates and friends fora gathering in your hometown.S U M M EE R 2 0 0 9 29


VisitWWW.CUATODAY.COMHere’s What YouCan Do Online:■ Post and share class notes■ Register for select events■ Search for old classmates■ Nominate a fellow alum for a CUAAlumni Achievement Award■ View and share photos■ Update your contact information■ Browse our Career Network and postyour job information■ Set up a permanent e-mail address(yourname@alumni.cua.edu)■ Become eligible for exclusive onlinegiveaways and prizes■ Make a gift to CUA through our securepagesFeatured Alumni Benefit:InsuranceThe CUA Alumni Association has teamedup with Liberty Mutual to offer alumnigroup rates on auto, home and rentersinsurance. This program features convenientpayment options, highly rated claimsservice and personalized service fromlocal representatives. Call 1-800-524-9400and refer to CUA’s group number, 112689.To learn more about this and other benefits,visit www.cuatoday.com, click on“Alumni Resources” and then “Benefitsand Services.”30 C U A M A G A Z I N ECatholic Universitywill recognize a specialgroup of alumni for theiroutstanding athletic achievements at CUA.The event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 16,at noon in the Great Room of the Edward J.Pryzbyla University Center. The Athletic Hall ofFame committee, composed of alumni alongwith athletic department and other universitystaff, completed its review of nominees in April2009 and selected the following for induction:Stanley Levy, B.Arch. 1950Tennis, Cross CountryPlaying in the No. 1 singles tennis position all fouryears, Levy led the Cardinals to 68 consecutivewins — a national record at the time — andwon the conference individual championship in1948 and 1950.Maj. Gen. Donald Lamontagne,B.S.E. 1969Football and BaseballA two-sport star athlete, Lamontagne was cocaptainof the 1968 football team, which playedin the National Club Football Association. Asa wide receiver, he led the NCFA in pass receivingfor two years, and in 1968 was named tothe association’s All-American team as bothan offensive and defensive player (he playedfree safety on defense). On the baseball field,he lettered for three years and played bothcatcher and outfielder.Timothy McCormick,B.A. 1977BaseballA four-year starter, McCormick was named theCapital Athletic Conference all-star shortstopin 1974 and 1975, and was named a memberof the 1976 All-Metro team. He was the catcheron the 1977 team that finished as Division IEastern College Athletic Conference championsand NCAA Eastern Regional Tournamentchamps. Immediately after graduating, he ledthe Cardinals for three years as the youngesthead coach in the NCAA.Michael Stotz, B.A. 1981FootballThe other half of the “Stanislav-StotzConnection” (with CUA Hall of Fame quarterbackSteve Stanislav), Stotz finished his years aswide receiver with many school records. Hecurrently holds the No. 1 and No. 2 recordsfor yards gained per reception in a single season,with an average of 21.8 yards in 1978 and 19.6yards in 1980. He also holds the school recordfor yards per reception in a four-year career,with 19.7. In addition, he ranks No. 5 for mosttouchdowns, No. 6 for most receptions andNo. 7 for most yards gained.Jacqualine Brooks, B.A. 1982Cross CountryBrooks ran for CUA when the university wasa Division II school. She won the Mason-DixonCross Country Championship in both 1979 and1981 and placed second in 1980. She was namedto the All-Eastern Cross Country Team in 1979and finished second in the 1980 Eastern Regionalsof the Association for Intercollegiate Athleticsfor Women (the precursor of the NCAA forwomen’s sports).Two other special alumni will also be honoredat the 2009 Hall of Fame ceremony: Lee AnnJoiner Brady, B.A. 1978, and Robert M.Hickey, B.A. 1974, M.A. 1978. They willreceive the Edward J. Pryzbyla Award for theSupport of CUA Athletics, which honors thosewho have rendered extraordinary service andsupport to the CUA athletics program.“Lee Ann and Bobby have both been incrediblygenerous to the athletic department over anextended period of time,” says Athletic DirectorMike Allen. “Their support has helped facilitatesome major facility improvements, and hasprovided enhanced opportunities for CUAathletic teams and student athletes. We areextremely grateful for their kindness anddelighted to honor them with the PryzbylaAward.”


Need to contact the CUA alumni office? Call 800-288-ALUM, or202-319-5608 in the Washington, D.C., area. Or e-mail cua-alumni@cua.edu.KnowAnyoneinThesePhotos?Kappa Tau Gamma sisters and alumni gather attheir annual tea on campus.Nominate Fellow Alums for AwardsNominate deserving alumni and others for Alumni Association awards by completing this form andsending it to: Office of Alumni Relations, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064.Award for Consideration:❏ James Cardinal Gibbons Medal — for service to Church, nation or CUA*❏ Frank A. Kuntz ’07 Award — for unsung heroes in service to CUA*❏ George J. Quinn ’50 Distinguished Service Award —for service to the CUA Alumni Association* Can be awarded to a non-alumnus.General Alumni Awards:❏ Alumni Achievement Award❏ Young Alumni Merit AwardCUA Athletics Awards:❏ CUA Athletic Hall of Fame Award (nominate an alumnus, team or coach)Award Nominee InformationNominee’s Name: __________________________________________________________CUA Degree: _____________________________________________________________Nominee’s Class Year: ______________ Nominee’s School: ________________________Street Address: ____________________________________________________________City: ______________________________________ State: ___________ Zip: _________Home Phone: ________________________ Work Phone: _________________________E-mail Address: ____________________________________________________________Accomplishments and Honors: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________The alumni relations office welcomes CUA’snewest alumni — the Class of 2009.Reasons for Nomination: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________The university’s president, Very Rev. David M.O’Connell, C.M., helps the Class of 2008 welcomethe Class of 2009 at Kelly’s Irish Times pub.✁Nominator’s InformationNominator’s Name: ________________________________________________________Street Address: ____________________________________________________________City: ______________________________________ State: ___________ Zip: _________Home Phone: ________________________ Work Phone: _________________________E-mail Address: ____________________________________________________________You may also submit a nomination online by visiting www.cuatoday.com (which firsttimeregistrants can enter using the security information found above their name on themailing label of each issue of CUA Magazine) and clicking on “Alumni Recognition.”S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 31


Class Notes ...’40sThomas L. Saaty, M.S.1949 (A&S), a University ofPittsburgh professor of businessadministration and newly namedDistinguished UniversityProfessor, was one of five Pittfaculty members who receivedan award for their outstandingrecord of research and scholarlyactivity. Saaty is best known fordeveloping the Analytic HierarchyProcess, a structured techniquefor assisting individuals in complexdecision making.Thomas L. Saaty’50sPatricia and WillyMalarcher, both M.F.A. 1958(A&S), of Englewood, N.J., arevisual artists who celebratedtheir 50th wedding anniversarywith a collaborative exhibitiondisplayed last October at thePhoenix Gallery in New York City.Each completed 100 pieces of arton 8-inch squares of canvas, someof which were displayed togetherin a checkerboard pattern, thusdepicting a merger of their individualwork into a marriage of art.John J. Madison, B.M.E. 1959(ENGR), and Avril JohnsonMadison, M.S.L.S. 1989 (LIS),of Wilmington, Del., retired fromthe University of Washington inSeattle in 2002. Avril was theassistant university archivist andJohn was an associate professorof public affairs. They have threegrown children. Now they volunteerfor Head Start reading programsfor preschool children,elementary-school mentoringprograms, the Delaware Hospiceand St. Catherine of Siena Parish.’60sDenis J. Curtin, M.S. 1963(A&S), Ph.D. 1975 (ENGR), ofRockville, Md., chief operatingofficer of the satellite communicationscompany XTAR LLC, hasbeen inducted into the SatelliteHall of Fame by the Society ofSatellite Professionals International.He was selected because of histechnological contributions, manyof them related to satellite powersystems. He led the developmentof solar cell technology at COM-SAT Laboratories in the late 1960sand later was a leader within twosatellite companies, Orion andXTAR LLC.Denis E. Dewing, B.A. 1963(PHIL), of Sherwood, Wis., andwife Cheryl have two sons andfour grandchildren. After teachingand counseling for 10 years at aparochial high school and counselingchildren in the Menasha,Wis., public school district for 26years, Denis retired in 2001. Hehas continued to work part timeat Fox Valley Technical College inAppleton, Wis., counseling courtreferredDUI offenders. He andhis wife volunteer at their Catholicchurch, do work for the missionsand volunteer at a food pantry forthe poor.Composer AnthonyDoherty, B.M. 1964 (MUSIC),of Concord, Calif., has beenappointed staff arranger by theContra Costa Children’s Chorus.He will compose and arrangeworks for the training and performingchoruses, and assist inthe production of Imant Raminsh’sopera The Nightingale. Doherty’scompositions have been performedin the San Francisco Bay Area bythe Arlekin String Quartet, theOakland Chamber Orchestra,Composers Anonymous and theKensington Symphony Orchestra.Guillermo C. Gaunaurd,B.A. 1964 (A&S), B.M.E.1966, M.S.E. 1967, Ph.D. 1972(ENGR), retired from federalservice in October 2008. Heworked at the Naval SurfaceWarfare Center from 1971 to2000 and at the Army ResearchLab from 2000 to 2008. He wonGuillermo and Marlene Gaunaurdin St. Petersburg, Russia.many professional awards including“fellow grade” in five scientific orengineering societies. He continuesto publish his research. He andhis wife, Marlene Gaunaurd,B.A. 1967 (A&S), live in Rockville,Md., and do much traveling abroad.Sharon Guertin Shafer, B.A.1965 (MUSIC), is professoremerita of music at TrinityWashington University inWashington, D.C. Her article,“Women Breaking the GlassCeiling: From Domestic Music toPulitzer Prize Compositions,” waspublished in the Winter 2009 issueof Pan Pipes, a publication of SigmaAlpha Iota Philanthropies Inc. InMarch, she presented the paper“The Women of Tin Pan Alley”and performed songs at the Mid-Atlantic 2009 conference of theCollege Music Society.Sharon Guertin ShaferFrank Anzalone, M.A. 1966(A&S), is now semi-retired froma 40-year career in theater artsas director, stage manager, actor,production manager and educator.He is in his third year as adjunctassistant professor of stage managementat the University of the32 C U A M A G A Z I N E


School Abbreviation KeyArchitecture and Planning – ARCHArts and Sciences – A&SCanon Law – CLAWEngineering – ENGRLaw – LAWLibrary and Information Science – LISMusic – MUSICNursing – NURSPhilosophy – PHILSocial Service – SOCSVTheology and Religious Studies – THEOArts in Philadelphia. He spent 23years as production stage managerat the Walnut Street Theatre, alsoin Philadelphia. In 2003, thePhiladelphia chapter of the StageManagers’ Association honoredhim for lifetime achievement.Biology teacher Ruth(Wasinger) Heckman, B.A.l969 (A&S), was honored inOctober by the ConnecticutWomen’s Hall of Fame as part ofits 2008 Celebration of Womenin Science. She was selectedbecause of her leadership, herteaching and her mentoring youngwomen to pursue careers in thesciences. She and her husband,James Heckman, B.A. 1969(ENGR), live in Guilford, Conn.Ruth Heckman’70sRev. Frank Scott Howell,S.J., M.S. 1970, Ph.D. 1972(A&S), became president ofSophia Junior College in Hadano,Japan, in April.Michael J. Kurylo, Ph.D.1970 (A&S), senior researchscientist at the Goddard EarthSciences and Technology Centerof the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, received the2008 Hillebrand Prize from theChemical Society of Washingtonat its March 12 meeting. The prizeis awarded for original contributionsto the science of chemistry.Margaret A. Smedley, Ph.D.1970 (A&S), has been a facultymember in the education andpsychology departments ofCleveland State University for 14years. She is also an educationconsultant and an advocate ingerontology, serving her thirdterm on the Cuyahoga CountyAdvisory Council on Senior andAdult Services. In 2007, FordhamUniversity’s Marymount Collegenamed her “Alumna of the Year.”Lawrence P. Dunham, B.A.1971 (A&S), of Annandale, Va.,has been elected secretary of theboard of directors of the charityNyumbani-USA in Washington,D.C. He recently traveled withother board members to Kenya,where the charity cares for childrenand families affected by HIV/AIDS.Dunham retired in 2005 as assistantchief of protocol at the U.S.State Department.Joan (Romano) Clark, B.A.1972 (A&S), of Chandler, Ariz.,is deputy director of operationsand planning at the Arizona StateLibrary, Archives and PublicRecords in Phoenix.Marguerite A. Mueller, M.A.1974 (THEO), of San Rafael,Calif., taught kindergarten throughhigh school in the Catholic schoolsystem and has now retired. Shealso worked as director of religiouseducation in K–12 Catholiceducation. She is married to H.Vincent Mueller.Joseph Ricci, B.S.Chem.E.1975 (ENGR), is completing hisfirst year as a regional workforcecoordinator with the SusquehannaWorkforce Network in Havre deGrace, Md. He retired from the U.S.Army Environmental Command in2008 after 33 years of federalservice. He and his wife, Priscilla,have two children, Lizz and Chris.Mary Ellen (Green)Hettinger, B.A. 1976 (A&S),of Amherst, N.H., is public relationsmanager for the Girl Scoutsof the Green and White Mountains,serving New Hampshire andVermont. She has edited morethan 100 books for HealthCommunications Inc., and copyedited the 2007 book Why Do IKeep Doing That?: Breaking theNegative Patterns in Your Life, byfellow CUA alum Dennis Wholey,B.A. 1959 (A&S). Her husband,Scott, is the treasurer and she is adeacon at the CongregationalChurch of Amherst.Dorothy Rich, Ed.D. 1976(A&S), of Washington, D.C., cowrotea new book titled MegaSkillsfor Babies, Toddlers and Beyond:Building Your Child’s Happiness andSuccess for Life (Sourcebooks Inc.).Designed for children from 1 to6 years old, the book providesparents with techniques and funactivities to teach children theskills that will bring them successin school and throughouttheir lives.Lawrence M. Rudner, Ph.D.1978 (A&S), of Chevy Chase,Md., whose work in the field ofpsychometrics is credited withplaying a key role in the developmentof the modern standardizedtesting industry, received the 2009Career Achievement Award fromthe Association of Test Publishers.He is vice president of researchand development for the GraduateManagement Admission Council,the association of business schoolsthat developed the GraduateManagement Admission Test.Mark S. Smith, M.A. 1978(THEO), has written his 11thbook, titled God in Translation:Deities in Cross-Cultural Discoursein the Biblical World, published inGermany by Mohr Siebeck. Thisis his fourth book on the subjectof God in Israel and the ancientNear East. His next book, ThePriestly Vision of Genesis 1, willbe published later this year byAugsburg Fortress Press. Smith isthe Skirball Professor of Bibleand Ancient Near Eastern Studiesat New York University.Mari Pohlhaus, B.S.N.1979, M.S.N. 1991 (NURS),has spent five years as a memberof the medical team of the Navy’sInspector General, accompanyingthe team on inspections aroundthe world in tandem with theJoint Commission, the U.S. agencythat accredits health care organizations.She, husband MichaelSchaefer and their two daughtershave just moved to Naples, Italy,where Mari and Michael willwork as civil servants for theNavy for the next three years.’80sLynn (LaCaruba) Fauerbach,B.S.N. 1980 (NURS), of BelAir, Md., has received a master’sdegree in nursing from JohnsHopkins University. Her area ofS U M M E R 2 0 0 9 33


Three ways to send your class notes: 1) cua-classnotes@cua.educoncentration was the clinicalnurse specialist track with aforensic nursing focus. She iscurrently employed at the JohnsHopkins Bayview Care Center asa clinical nurse specialist in thenursing education department.Louis Scalfari, B.C.E 1980(ENGR), has become the 2009president of the Lido Civic Clubof Washington, D.C. He was presidentof the club in 2003, and hasserved as vice president the pasttwo years. The club serves thecommunity by providing scholarshipsto those in need and byphysically and financially supportingcivic endeavors. He is thedeputy facilities manager for theArchitect of the Capitol, withresponsibility for the SupremeCourt Building. He and his wife,Patricia Scalfari, B.S.N. 1980,M.S.N. 2004 (NURS), live insouthern Maryland with theirthree children.West Virginia Wesleyan Collegehistory professor StephenCresswell, M.A. 1981 (A&S),M.S.L.S. 1981 (LIS), won the2009 Mississippi History Nowaward for his article “NuclearBlasts in Mississippi.” TheMississippi Historical Societypresents the award to the authorof the best article that ran onthe Mississippi History Now Website during the previous year.Cresswell is the author of therecent book Rednecks, Redeemers,and Race: Mississippi AfterReconstruction, 1877-1917(University Press of Mississippi).After two years of running theboard member search practicefor the executive search firmCTPartners, Michael P. Kelly,B.A. 1982 (A&S), has started anew executive search firm, MichaelKelly Associates, in Rumson, N.J.As a corporate governanceexpert, he has been a featuredguest on MSNBC, Bloomberg andCNBC, as well as a contributorto articles in The New York Timesand The Wall Street Journal.Nancy Rogo Trainer, B.S.Arch. 1982, M.Arch. 1985(ARCH), principal of the architecturalfirm Venturi Scott Brownand Associates, was the keynotespeaker for the Conversationson Architecture seminar held inthe Cape Town ConventionCenter in South Africa on April24. She spoke about creativerepurposing of older buildingsas a component of sustainabledesign and a way to reinvigoratecommunities. She is a member ofthe Philadelphia City PlanningCommission and recently servedas principal-in-charge for the renovationof Harvard DivinitySchool’s Rockefeller Hall and herfirm’s competition-winning entryfor the extension of the StedelijkMuseum in Amsterdam, Holland.Stephen Cresswell (right) accepting the Mississippi History Now award.34 C U A M A G A Z I N ENancy Rogo TrainerRosemary Lynch, B.A. 1984(A&S), of Jersey City, N.J., joinedNASDAQ OMX in November2008 as human resources directorsupporting software developmentand technology infrastructureorganizations based in the UnitedStates. NASDAQ OMX callsitself the world’s largest stockexchange company.Rev. Patrick J. Howell, S.J.,D.Min. 1985 (THEO), has beenappointed to a six-year term asrector of the Jesuit Communityat Seattle University. He was formerlythe university’s vice presidentfor mission and ministry.Rev. Charles Bouchard,O.P., S.T.D. 1987 (THEO),completed 18 years as presidentof the Aquinas Institute of Theologyin St. Louis and is now vice presidentof theological educationat the nonprofit health care systemAscension Health. His bookSexuality and Morality: Fifty QuestionsFrom the Pews will be publishedby Liguori Press this year.’90sT.R. Rowe, B.A. 1992 (A&S),of Trumbull, Conn., was re-electedto his sixth term in theConnecticut General Assembly.He serves as co-chair of theregulation review committee, andsits on the judiciary, housing andplanning/development committees.He and his wife, Michelle, havethree children: Joseph, James andGemma.Hilaire Thompson, B.S.N.1992 (NURS), was inducted asa fellow into the AmericanAcademy of Nursing on Nov. 8,2008, as a result of her researchto reduce disability and improveoutcomes in persons with traumaticbrain injury, and because ofher service activities such as editingthe Clinical Practice GuidelineSeries published by the AmericanAssociation of NeuroscienceNurses. Her primary facultyappointment is at the Universityof Washington School of Nursing,with an affiliate appointment atthe Harborview Injury Preventionand Research Center in Seattle.Erin A. (Dooley) Kelly, B.A.1993 (A&S), completed a Masterof Arts in Teaching degree at MountSt. Mary’s University in January.Her husband, Shawn B. Kelly,B.A. 1993 (A&S), is the vicepresident of Greentree Homes, aconstruction company in Rockville,Md. They have three boys —Brendan, 9, James, 7, and Colin, 4— and live in Knoxville, Md.Holly T. Schepisi, B.A. 1993(A&S), of River Vale, N.J., washonored as a Woman ofAchievement by the Girl Scoutsof Northern New Jersey at its30th anniversary gala in April.Salvatrice J. Murphy, B.A.1998 (A&S), M.S.W. 2000(SOCSV), of Evansville, Ind.,became Sister Salvatrice whenshe officially joined theDaughters of Charity on Jan. 11.’00sDorcas Fitzgerald, Ph.D.2001 (NURS), of Warren, Ohio,received the Barbara DonahoDistinguished Leadership forLearning Award from Kent StateUniversity. This was a surprise


Three ways to send your class notes: 2) www.cuatoday.comsince she is a professor at adifferent institution, YoungstownState University. She had beennominated by a Kent State nursingstudent whom she had instructed.Ezequiel B. Gutierrez, B.A.2003, Ph.L. 2004 (PHIL), ofFresno, Calif., was recognizedwith the President’s VolunteerService Award in 2008. The presidentof the United States givesthe award to volunteers who havesignificantly contributed to buildingthe country’s sense of community.Last summer Gutierrez volunteeredwith Metanoia Films topromote distribution of theCatholic-themed movie “Bella”to audiences in France and Spain.James Miller, B.A. 2004(A&S), of Milford, Mass., is anEnglish teacher and has beenworking for the Metco Program,a voluntary desegregation initiative,since 2005. He also ownsExcessive Sound, a business thatprovides sound engineering andDJ services for theater companies,live music events and privatefunctions.Dana A. Losben, B.S./B.A.2005 (A&S), of Baltimore, graduatedfrom the University ofBaltimore Law School in May2008 and was admitted to theMaryland Bar in December 2008.She works for the MarylandInsurance Administration as aninvestigator.Jeremy R. Moss, J.D. 2007(LAW), of Alexandria, Va., an associatewith the MercerTrigiani realestate law firm, was named a 2008Rising Star by the WashingtonMetropolitan Chapter of CommunityAssociations Institute. Theorganization, which serves thecommunity association industry inMaryland, Virginia and the Districtof Columbia, honored Mossbecause of his volunteer workand publications.Rev. Bekeh Utietiang, M.A.2007 (THEO), of the diocese ofJeremy MossWheeling-Charleston, W.Va., isthe author of God’s Plan for You:Receiving Your Blessings in DifficultTimes (Africa Reads Books Inc.,2009).WeddingsBrian Till, B.S. 1998 (A&S),married Cathee Kneeling on Aug.2, 2008. Brian is an oncologist atthe Fred Hutchinson CancerResearch Center, and Cathee is astatistician. They live in Seattle.Carrie MacCarthy, B.A.2002 (A&S), married PaulSikorski, B.S.Arch. 2002(ARCH), on Jan. 31. They live inPhoenix.James “Jamie” Hill, B.A.2003 (PHIL), married MaryCheely on Oct. 11, 2008.Theirwedding party included their16 combined siblings (both arethe eldest of nine). Mary is anaccount manager for Travizon, acorporate travel agency, andJamie is a consultant for Mars &Co., an international strategyconsulting firm. The couple livesin Manhattan.James Malone, B.S.Arch.2005, M.Arch. 2006 (ARCH),and Elizabeth Bleil, B.A. 2006(A&S), married in August 2008.They met in Conaty Hall duringtheir freshman year at CUA.They live in Washington, D.C.,where James is a staff designerfor Cunningham Quill Architectsand Elizabeth is a theater artsteacher for Fairfax County, Va.,public schools.BirthsJohn Murdock, B.A.G.S.1989 (A&S), and DanielleMurdock, B.A. 1990 (A&S),welcomed their fourth child,Joseph Kenneth, born on June 24,2008. The family lives in PotomacFalls, Va.David Crocini, B.A. 1994(A&S), and Melanie (Hitchcock)Crocini, B.A. 1994 (A&S),welcomed their newborn, LucyRose, on Dec. 26, 2008. Lucy joinsbrother, Carlo, 4. The family livesin Boston.Caroline Cruz Bodner B.S.N.1997 (NURS), and husbandDaniel announce the birth oftheir son, Maceo Cruz Bodner,on Feb. 5. Maceo joins a brother,Christian Kona. The familyresides in Rockville, Md.Maceo Cruz BodnerKristen Syrett, B.A. 1997(A&S), and husband Stan Barrettwelcomed the birth of NathanielHenry on Feb. 7. Nathaniel joinshis sister, Anna Sophia. The familylives in Pennington, N.J.Thomas Brun, B.A. 1998(A&S), and Terri Routh Brun,B.S.N. 1997 (NURS), announcethe birth of Catherine Thereseon Oct. 9, 2008. She joins brothersMatthew, 6, Michael, 5, andChristopher, 3. The family lives inHarleysville, Pa.Meagan Ward Jancy,B.S.Arch. 1998, M.Arch. 1999(ARCH), and Scott Jancy welcomedtheir second son, ChristianWard, on Jan. 4. They live inWashington, D.C.Alanna (Caffrey) Rosenberg,M.A. 1998 (A&S), and husbandJasper announce the birth oftheir second child, Miles CaffreyRosenberg, on Sept. 2, 2008. Hejoins his sister, Molly, 3. The familylives in Medford, Mass.Christopher Conzen, B.A.1999 (A&S), and wife Karliannounce the birth of SaraKristina on Feb. 5. They live inNesconset, N.Y.Jenna (Allison)McCormick, B.S. 1999 (A&S),and husband Patrick announcethe birth of Brayden James onOct. 1, 2008. Brayden joins hissister, Macie. The family resides inWestminster, Colo.Danielle Pagé Helenski,B.A. 2000 (A&S), and husbandJames welcomed their first child,Thomas James, on April 10. Theylive in Wallingford, Conn.Christina ScarmeasMarmor, B.A. 2000 (A&S),and husband Chuck announcethe birth of their second child,Liliana Grace, on Jan. 28. Lilywas baptized by Rev. KyleIngles, B.A. 1999 (A&S), inApril. Lily joins her brother,Christian, 2. The family lives inKensington, Md.Sarah Brugnolotti Connolly,B.M. 2002 (MUSIC), and husbandPatrick welcomed theirthird son, James Edward, inOctober 2008. He joins his twinbrothers, Dominick and Patrick,3. The family has moved toDurham, N.C.S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 35


Three ways to send your class notes: 3) CUA Magazine, CUA Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20064Timothy R. McCarthy, B.A.2002 (A&S) and wife Laurenwelcomed their first child, LoganDenis, on Mother’s Day, May 10.They live in Silver Spring, Md.Megan B. Callaghan, B.A.2003 (A&S), and Robert Bradywelcomed the birth of their firstdaughter, Isabel Tenzing CallaghanBrady, on March 17, 2008. Theylive in Denver.Isabel Callaghan BradyKathleen Guglielmone,B.S.N. 2003 (NURS), and husbandJason welcomed their thirdchild, Alessandra Mae, on Jan. 12.Alessandra’s two brothers areJonathan, 7, and Michael, 5. Thefamily lives in Brunswick, Md.ObituariesPeter W. Masi, B.S. 1931, ofOrlando, Fla., Jan. 10, 2009.Rev. Theodore Heck.O.S.B., M.A. 1933, Ph.D. 1935, ofSaint Meinrad, Ind., April 29, 2009.Rev. Thomas J. Schnurr,O.S.B., M.A. 1933, ofBirmingham, Ala., April 5, 2009.Sister M. ImmaculateGentemann, C.D.P., M.A. 1935,of San Antonio, April 14, 2009.Ralph Roberts, B.C.E. 1936,M.S. 1938, Ph.D. 1942, of Rockville,Md., Jan. 23, 2009.Elizabeth Kara Dodson,B.S.N. 1939, of Boca Raton, Fla.,Jan. 14, 2009.Oscar W. B. Reed Jr., B.E.E.1939, of Silver Spring, Md., Dec.10, 2008.Ira Kenneth Blackbird, aCUA student from 1939 to 1941,of Fair Haven, Vt., June 9, 2008.Ellen Walsh Jane Ferris,M.S.W. 1942, of Washington, D.C.,Feb. 25, 2009.Rev. Ralph E. Kowalski, S.T.L.1942, of Livonia, Mich., Jan. 6, 2009.Una R. Quenstedt, LL.B.1942, of Sun City West, Ariz.,April 12, 2009.Sister Agnes de Sales Swint,V.H.M., M.A. 1943, of Wheeling,W.Va., March 20, 2009.Rev. Paul Clement Berg, B.A.1944, M.A. 1945, S.T.L. 1948, ofDetroit, Jan. 26, 2009.Samuel J. Rosenfeld, B.Arch.1944, of Chevy Chase, Md., April1, 2009.Sister Margaret DenyseHarrington, C.S.C., M.A. 1946,of Los Angeles, Dec. 16, 2008.Rev. Owen J. McHugh,B.A./M.A. 1946, of ColoradoSprings, Colo., Feb. 24, 2009.Rev. Sebastian F. Miklas,O.F.M. Cap., M.A. 1946, ofWashington, D.C., March 5, 2009.Lt. Cmdr. Anthony A.Mitchell, USN (Ret.), B.M. 1946,of Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009.Marianna CatherineGrotefend, M.S.W. 1948, ofNorman, Okla., March 29, 2009.Sister M. Rachel Moreno,M.S.W. 1948, of San Antonio,Nov. 26, 2008.Rev. Robert John Cornell,O.Praem., M.A. 1949, Ph.D. 1958,of De Pere, Wis., May 10, 2009.Catherine G. McLaughlin,B.S.N. 1949, of Largo, Fla., March29, 2009.Edward L. McMahon, B.A.1949, of Beverly Hills, Calif.,June 23, 2009.Ruth P. Harney Young,M.S.W. 1949, D.S.W. 1965, formerlyof Sykesville, Md., recentlyof Baltimore, Feb. 15, 2009.Theodore R. Branthover,J.D. 1950, of Rockville, Md., Feb.15, 2009.Agnes Smith Dix, B.A. 1950,of Fort Collins, Colo., Feb. 27, 2009.John F. Dowd, USN (Ret.),B.S.N. 1950, M.A. 1953, of SilverSpring, Md., Dec. 19, 2008.Joseph A. Dunn Sr., B.C.E.1950, of Silver Spring, Md., Jan. 24,2009.Frederick R. James, B.E.E.1950, of Edison, N.J., Nov. 9, 2008.Sister M. MaxineMalopolski, O.S.F., M.F.A. 1950,of Manitowoc, Wis., July 26, 2008.Sidney Siegel, B.A. 1950, M.S.1951, Ph.D. 1965, of Sarasota, Fla.,Feb. 25, 2009.William K. Toole II, B.A.1950, of Rumford, R.I., Jan. 6,2009.Vincent J. Berinati, M.A.1951, D.Engr. 1957, of Santa Fe,N.M., April 4, 2009.Genevieve M. Owings,M.S.W. 1951, of Boca Raton, Fla.,Dec. 27, 2008.Gerald R. Patterson, B.A.1951, M.Arch. 1956, of GlenAllen, Va., Dec. 22, 2008.John F. Talbot, B.A. 1951, ofNorman, Okla., March 23, 2009.John William Grace, M.A.1952, of Ottawa, Ontario, Feb. 5,2009.Aram F. Normandin,B.Arch. 1952, of Washington,D.C., Oct. 5, 2008.Pat O’Connor-Finn, B.S.N.1952, M.S.N. 1954, of ChevyChase, Md., March 29, 2009.Rev. Donald L. Schmidlin,B.A. 1952, M.A. 1953, ofIndianapolis, Feb. 5, 2009.Rev. Kenneth F. Slattery,C.M., Ph.D. 1952, of Jamaica,N.Y., April 21, 2009.John Jasper Gamble, B.E.E.1953, of Silver Spring, Md., Jan. 9,2009.Brother Andrew RobertLamb, B.A. 1953, of Albany, N.Y.,July 20, 2008.Rev. Dunstan John Wack,Ph.D. 1953, of Pueblo, Colo., Feb.25, 2009.Mary E. Costello, M.S.W.1954, of Syracuse, N.Y., Aug. 23,2008.Sister Grace A. McDonald,F.S.P.A., Ph.D. 1955, of LaCrosse, Wis., Nov. 16, 2008.Very Rev. Leo V. Vanyo,J.C.B. 1955, J.C.D. 1965, ofPittsburgh, March 7, 2009.Louise H. Weisenburger,B.S.N. 1955, of Seattle, Nov. 7,2008.Brother John A. Blank, M.A.1956, of Dayton, Ohio, April 14,2009.Martha Petraitis Brandt,B.A. 1956, of San Antonio, April16, 2009.Rev. Ellis L. Depriest, S.M.,M.M. 1956, M.A. 1971, of NewOrleans, Feb. 6, 2009.Dorothy Thies Kuhl, M.S.N.1956, M.S.W. 1961, of KimberlingCity, Mo., July 29, 2008.Sister Anita MargaretMcCormick, B.S.N. 1956, ofJackson, N.J., Aug. 10, 2008.Loretta M. Taymans, B.A.1956, M.A. 1960, of Baltimore,Dec. 24, 2008.Barbara J. Birmingham,M.A. 1957, of O’Neill, Neb.,March 26, 2009.Rev. Thomas L. Dixon, B.A.1957, of Ashburn, Va., Oct. 25, 2008.Frank A. Gutowski, Ph.D. 1957,of Reedville, Va., Feb. 24, 2009.Helen L. Maule, B.S.N. 1957,of Temple Hills, Md., Nov. 6, 2008.Sister M. Carina Schisel,M.A. 1957, of Manitowoc, Wis.,Sept. 6, 2008.Sister Dorothy Ann Kelly,O.S.U., M.A. 1958, of NewRochelle, N.Y., March 27, 2009.Sister Margaret L. Nugent,M.S.N. 1958, of Richmond, Va.,Nov. 17, 2008.Rev. Thomas O’Connor,O.S.B., S.T.L. 1958, of Cullman,Ala., Aug. 23, 2008.36 C U A M A G A Z I N E


William G. Polking, B.A. 1958,J.D. 1962, of Carroll, Iowa, Jan. 16,2009.Almira Perry PremDas,M.A. 1958, of Washington, D.C.,Dec. 1, 2008.Sister M. Lucilla Reinbolt,M.F.A. 1958, of Fremont, Ohio,Feb. 26, 2009.Dennis J. Rudden, J.D. 1959,of Ormond Beach, Fla., Aug. 24,2008.Harrison S. Markham Jr.,M.E.E. 1960, of Prescott, Ariz.,Feb. 14, 2009.Rev. Kieran R. McCarty, M.A.1960, of Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27,2008.Leonard Diamond, M.A.1961, Ph.D. 1966, of ThousandOaks, Calif., Dec. 14, 2008.Patricia R. Lundquist, B.M.1961, of Arlington, Va., April 6,2009.Erin White Schaefer, M.A.1961, of San Diego, Aug. 26, 2008.Wilma M. Goetz, M.A. 1962,of Bellaire, Texas, Nov. 18, 2008.Michael V. O’Hare, B.A.1962, of Chapel Hill, N.C., March15, 2009.Audrey Gates Greenwood,M.A. 1963, of Orchard Park, N.Y.,Sept. 18, 2008.Thomas F. Hitchell III,M.F.A. 1963, of St. Louis, Dec. 2,2008.Donald J. Sheehy, J.D. 1963,S.T.L. 1964, of Myakka City, Fla.,Nov. 2, 2008.Kevin A. DeMartino, B.E.E.1964, of Orleans, Mass., March23, 2008.Suzanne K. Stemnock, M.A.1964, of Mesa, Ariz., Oct. 8. 2008.Sister Virginia E. Tighe,O.S.U., M.A. 1964, of Toledo,Ohio, Dec. 19, 2008.Charles E. Bowler, M.C.E.1965, of Silver Spring, Md., Nov.16, 2008.Nati H. Krivatsy, M.S.L.S.1965, of Asheville, N.C., March29, 2009.Sister Elizabeth JaneReardon, S.P., M.S.N. 1965, ofHolyoke, Mass., March 10, 2009.Sister Irmalyn Benkert,M.A. 1966, of Los Gatos, Calif.,Dec. 2, 2008.Csilla M. Luckett, B.A. 1966,M.A. 1969, of Alexandria, Va.,April 22, 2009.James J. M. Vaughan, J.D.1966, of Fort Washington, Md.,March 29, 2009.Sister Mary Grace Flynn,V.H.M., M.S.L.S. 1967, ofWheeling, W.Va., Jan. 7, 2009.Sister Marie S. McMain,M.A. 1967, of Stevenson, Md., July22, 2008.Rev. William Dillon, ChaplainUSN (Retired), S.T.B. 1968, M.A.1969, of Garner, N.C., Jan. 15, 2009.Bernadette M. Glaze, B.A.1968, of Washington, D.C., Nov.20, 2008.Rev. Frederick W. Gunti,S.T.D. 1969, of Mobile, Ala., Jan.29, 2009.Gladys Sellers Hedstrom,M.S.L.S. 1970, of Omaha, Neb.,Jan. 5, 2009.Thomas J. Marchione, M.A.1970, of Reston, Va., Sept. 27,2008.Joseph O. Mott, M.F.A. 1970,of San Diego, Nov. 5, 2008.Michael F. Olszowka, B.A.1970, of Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 6,2009.Rebecca A. Sisson, M.S.N.1970, of Apollo Beach, Fla., Dec.23, 2008.Marcia N. Dienelt, M.S.W.1971, of Washington, D.C., Jan.31, 2009.Sister Claire M. McCormick,N.D., M.A. 1971, of Washington,D.C., Dec. 16, 2008.John M. Finn, M.S. 1972, Ph.D.1976, of Williamsburg, Va., Jan. 31,2009.Rev. Henry Murphy, S.J.,S.T.D. 1972, of Fairfield, Conn.,June 21, 2008.Sister Rose ImmaculateBabiarz, M.A. 1973, of Birmingham,Ala., Nov. 27, 2008.Martha S. Dey, M.S.L.S. 1973,of North Port, Fla., Dec. 16, 2008.Algimont P. Kerza-Kwiatecki,Ph.D. 1973, M.S. 1975, of MissionViejo, Calif., Dec. 11, 2008.Mario H. Acuña, Ph.D. 1974,of Bowie, Md., March 5, 2009.Theodore S. Kuchta Jr.,B.Arch. 1974, of Annapolis, Md.,Jan. 25, 2009.Maureen Quinlan Corcoran,B.A. 1975, of Marshfield, Mass.,Sept. 9, 2008.John A. McCahill, J.D. 1978,of Falls Church, Va., Dec. 13, 2008.Jane Randolph DeMott,M.S.W. 1979, of Seven Devils,N.C., March 16, 2009.Robin Elizabeth McCord,M.M. 1980, of Fredericksburg, Va.,July 20, 2008.Hieu Van Nguyen, B.A. 1982,of Garland, Texas, Feb. 18, 2009.Charles F. Cave, M.A. 1983,of Annandale, Va., July 9, 2008.Edward Berlinski, B.A. 1984,Ph.D. 1997, of Cheverly, Md., May6, 2009.Michael T. Murtaugh, J.D.1984, of Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 12,2009.Carolyn Mano, M.S.W. 1986,of Chapel Hill, N.C., Aug. 12, 2008.Philip J. Kelly, B.C.E. 1987,M.C.E. 1988, of Ponte VedraBeach, Fla., Nov. 29, 2008.Rev. William E. Duggan,J.C.L. 1988, San Rafael, Calif.,March 19, 2009.Gaiana Swanson, J.D. 1989,of Allendale, N.J., March 31, 2009.Rev. Michael P. Minehan,J.C.L. 1992, of Cortland, N.Y.,Nov. 26, 2008.Maria Cecilia Gilardi Rollins,M.A. 1996, of Morgantown, W.Va.,Sept. 2, 2008.Jose Manuel Palacios,M.S.L.S. 2005, of Washington,D.C., Feb. 15, 2009.FormerFaculty/StaffCarol Jo Crannell, adjunctprofessor of physics from 1974to 2004 (and wife of ProfessorEmeritus of Physics Hall Crannell),of Silver Spring, Md., May 10, 2009.Vanessa Fenwick, retiredhousekeeper in the Office ofFacilities, Maintenance andOperations, of Largo, Md., March6, 2009.Winona Fogg, formeremployee in the Office of HumanResources (and wife of OfficerLarry Fogg in the Department ofPublic Safety), of Riverdale, Md.,Jan. 31, 2009.Richard M. Frank, professoremeritus of Semitic and Egyptianlanguages and literatures, of SilverSpring, Md., May 5, 2009.Rev. Jerome M. Hall, S.J.,M.M. 1974, M.A. 1992, Ph.D. 1997,adjunct professor in the Schoolof Theology and Religious Studiesand faculty member of TheologicalCollege, of Washington, D.C.,March 11, 2009.Rev. Cornelius T. Kane,retired professor of moral theology,formerly of Washington, D.C.,and recently of Wellesley Hills,Mass., March 1, 2009.Monsignor William A. Kerr,S.T.L. 1966, vice president for universityrelations from 1984 until1992, of Tallahassee, Fla., May 13,2009.C. Joseph Nuesse, Ph.D. 1944,provost emeritus and professoremeritus, of Annapolis, Md., May5, 2009.William T. Sawyer, chair ofthe mechanical engineering departmentfrom 1963 to 1968, ofAtlantic Beach, Fla., Oct. 31, 2008.S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 37


LA anthropologistA L U M N I E S S A YwriterLife’s TutorialB.A.EnglishBy Jason Morgan, B.A./M.A. 1997acculturationinstructor forinternationalbusinessexecutivesteachingsmall classesAt a recent Christmas party, a quick head count told me that fiveof my 25 guests had been laid off or fired in the preceding fewmonths — a 20 percent unemployment rate. Heads bowed,uncomfortably quiet, all five were despondent about the jobmarket. It got me thinking back to the circumstances that led tomy career as a private tutor.I’d been unemployed once too, back in 2003, after mercifullylosing a job in a toxic office environment. The next morning, I’dsat up in bed, blinked twice, and saw four glorious words floatingbefore my eyes: Multiple streams of income. My new mantra. Nolonger would I be subject to the whims of a single person. Myphilosophy would be, as investment planners say, to diversify andhold.If you’ve never tried it, finding two part-time jobs is a lot easierthan finding one full-time job. And since education was one field Ihad so far resisted — after stints in journalism, real estate, a dotcomand the movie business — I applied for and landed a pair ofgigs as a private tutor. It was pretty easy work for me becausethere are only two major responsibilities: entertain and teach. Iwould impersonate a campesino, or Mexican farmer, in a nasallyaccent — it always makes teenagers laugh, even Mexican ones —M.A.Englishthen quickly show why the distance formula is unnecessary in thex-y coordinate plane. My business grew quickly.In the six years since, I have become very familiar with mostmajor standardized tests (except for the dental school exam), taughta handful of small classes, helped international executives adapt toAmerican culture, and spent every autumn guiding high schoolseniors through the arduous college application process. I do allthis for three different companies.I understand that such a career is unusual. In fact, it dependslargely on geography. Tutoring full time is much more possible in acreative metropolis such as my home, Los Angeles, than in aresource-extraction town such as Tulsa. In fact, the blue-statewealth here is astounding, and it’s mostly earned through theshipping and garment industries. (Sorry to kill your stereotypes,Easterners, but the entertainment business is a distant third.)Most crucially, however, Southern California is bulging with thetwo ethnic groups that respect education more than any other:East Asians and Jews.Koreans have especially cornered the market on work ethic.Here’s a true story: I once arrived at a student’s house to find hisfather, the owner of a small ethnic grocery, at the kitchen table38 C U A M A G A Z I N E


standardizedtest prepcollegeapplicationprocesstutorentertainerteenageconfidantacademiccoachwearing a hospital gown. He was working feverishly on businesspapers strewn everywhere. I learned that the man had been shotthat morning in a holdup — at point-blank range, over the cashregister — and, unbelievably, the bullet was still lodged in hisbody. I could even see the small bump protruding through theskin of his upper shoulder. And naturally, he’d decided to finishsome bookkeeping before heading back to the hospital for surgery.That is Korean drive.Caucasian parents, especially wealthy ones, are a different story.A few have asked, with suppressed smiles, “Is this all you do?” Theimplication is that there is only dignity in a certain type of work —usually technical, never with adolescents — and it speaks volumesabout their own need for perceived status.They might be surprised to know that professional tutoringcan be lucrative. I’ve eaten grass-fed steak and watched tango inthe dance clubs of Buenos Aires. I flew my wife-to-be to Romefor a wedding proposal on the Palatine Hill. And I’m not even atthe top of the pyramid. One fortysomething tutor acquaintanceboasts a six-figure income and (until recently) a well-stocked401(k).What’s lining our pockets these days is the perception ofcompetition. Here’s another true story: I know of one youngoverachiever in a wealthy suburb who, after scoring a perfect2400 on the SAT, decided to take the test again — to prove toschools that it hadn’t been a fluke, that he did indeed perpetuallydwell upon the icy peak of perfection. (He failed to repeat thefeat.) Many other students find themselves unhappy with anyscore below 2100.The statistics show the increasing competition. Decliningadmissions rates at top universities have sparked a greater fearof failure than ever before — mostly among the pressured childrenof the elite. Adding to that problem, the sheer number of collegeapplicants is also higher than ever before. The reason is simple: thesize of the baby boomlet. By several estimates, there are literallytwice as many teenage Millennials as there were Generation Xers.They are the pig passing through the python. This is also whytutors are in such strong demand.Another perk of the tutoring trade is the chance to learn thedirty secrets of some very unusual young people. My first longtermcharge, Joseph, was a reformed juvenile delinquent who’dbeen “kidnapped” out of his bed (his parents had arranged it) anddriven to a behavior-modification program in Ensenada, Mexico.There, he lost everything he’d known — shirts, shoes, contactwith the outside world — and was emotionally rebuilt with thehelp of thousands of hours of Tony Robbins motivational tapes. Ayear later, clean and changed, Joseph was returned to his highschool (and to eight hours a week with me). His best friend,Kevin, a former meth addict, robbed his own parents’ jewelry collectionto pay for new rims on his Acura — and lied to my faceabout it.Most memorable, however, was Tslatsi, the charismatic son of aMongolian business magnate. He casually confessed to me, in anorange plastic booth at Burger King, that he had been spendinghis monthly allowance on a ring of call girls. He was a junior inhigh school.The most interesting stories are remarkable, the stuff of Lifetimemovies. The guitar prodigy whose estranged father died one weekbefore his audition at the California Institute of the Arts. The eighthgraderwho won a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship whileher family lived in squalor, seven people in a grimy two-bedroomapartment. Or the intensely focused Korean high school seniorwho would often interrupt our sessions to argue with his parents’creditors at the front door.Tutoring has also taught me a broader lesson. As economicthunderclouds grow ever blacker overhead, we can hedge ourbets by staying mobile, developing skills that can’t be sent overseas,and skittering like waterbugs across the surface of America’sworkplaces. After all, corporations owe us nothing. The goldenwristwatch for 30 years’ service? A brief flicker in history. A strongmiddle class? It’s only happened a handful of times in the lastthousand years. This is tough news, and there will always beostriches among us, of course. I’m sure that the wife of at leastone Roman senator commented on how lovely the sun lookedglinting off the helmets of the encircling Visigoths.Meanwhile, those who choose to join my unusual field are ingood company. No less a thinker than Adam Smith worked as aprivate tutor while writing a slim bit of fluff called The Wealthof Nations. I can’t help but think that if some of his radical freemarketacolytes had received a bit more tutoring themselves,they might’ve understood the destructive power of unregulatedcapitalism.And maybe I’d have had cheerier guests at my Christmas party.S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 39


L E T T E R SA Work of ArtTruly FANTASTIC cover! If you have totrim corners (gosh, why does that cometo mind?!), the creator of the currentissue should not be touched! Not a hairon his or her talented head!Keep up the exceptional work.Franni Bertolino FarrellB.A. 1980Editor, Timber PressPortland, Ore.Editor’s note: The designer of the Spring 2008cover was the magazine’s art director,Donna Hobson.An EminentScientist/PriestIn the Spring 2009 issue you picture CU’sastronomical observatory, which dated backto 1890, and you mention the director ofthe observatory, Professor George M.Searle. Professor Searle was also a Paulistpriest. In 1904 he was nominated to headthe Vatican’s own prestigious observatory,but he declined as he had just been electedsuperior general of the Paulists.Rev. James W. Moran, C.S.P.S.T.L. 1965Vice President, Paulist FathersJamaica Estates, N.Y.Alums and ChumsIn the Summer 2008 issue of the magazine,we asked for your stories of how you’ve keptin contact with fellow CUA alumni over theyears. Here is one response:Our Annual ‘Fishing Trip’It all began, as some things do, in a bar. Myfellow alum JB and I found ourselves at theend of the mahogany in a dive called IrishEyes on Chicago’s north side. Suddenly JB(John Bold, B.A. 1973) had an inspiration.Why not have a fishing trip — just the guys?You know, hang around the lean-to, drinkstraight out of the bottle, cook on a campfireand grow a beard. Perhaps it was theready availability of cheap draft beer, but itseemed a stroke of genius at the time, andplans were made.Now, I grant you that many an idea,perceived as brilliant the night before, hasappeared less so in the cruel light of day.This time, however, we not only rememberedthe conversation, we still thought ithad merit. From these humble beginnings,our Annual Fishing Trip has grown.The first two years, we actually wentfishing. JB, Ray Dido and I made consecutiveannual pilgrimages to Pymatuning Lake inPennsylvania, where the locals claim thatthe fish are so numerous that “the duckswalk on the fishes’ backs.” They actuallymanage to say this with a straight face. AsI recall, the catch of the day was hardlybigger than our bait, so there was preciouslittle huddling around the campfire. Wealso got caught in a terrible thunderstormin the middle of the lake while piloting a12-foot aluminum rowboat. Oh, and mybeard did not really grow all that muchover the weekend.What did happen is that one or twoother CUA friends heard about the tripsand, incredibly, voiced some interest. So,JB and I decided to host a get-togetherin Chicago. This time about five alumsattended. The next year, when we visitedthe home of another CUA chum inPeekskill, N.Y., six alums slept on the floorand aggravated the chum’s family. So itParticipants in the 2004 trip, in Houston.evolved (degenerated, some may say).While we have developed a very faithfulcore group, the number of participants hasranged from as many as 20 CUA alums toas few as three. At first we limited ourselvesto visiting each other’s homes. Then weexpanded to cities all over the country —a new place each year — and we picked upnew converts as the years flew by. In August2008 we celebrated our fishing trip’s 30thyear with a trip to Nashville, but the actualvenue — be it New Orleans, Las Vegas,Myrtle Beach, Charlotte, Cleveland, Austinor the New Jersey shore — remains secondary.The company is the key.By now you have probably guessed that,despite calling this our Annual Fishing Trip,any pretense of that particular sport hasbeen abandoned, all of us having realizedthat fishing is boring when you fail tocatch fish, and fairly repulsive when youdo. Instead, we talk and bond and catch upand laugh like crazy. We drink beer andlisten to the Stones, CSNY, the Dead andJimi, not out of nostalgia, but because thisis the best music ever produced.Pretty mundane when you think of it, andI guess it is. Simple and complex, mundaneand transcendent. On reflection, isn’t itsurprising that a relatively brief period offour years at CUA could result in so manytrue friendships that withstand the rigorsof time?Arthur J. MurphyB.A. 1973Chicago, Ill.40 C U A M A G A Z I N E


E N D N O T ERecalling the BeaniesFrom the early 1900s to the late 1960s, upperclassmen at colleges around the countryrequired first-year students to distinguish themselves by donning a freshman beanie, or‘dink.’ At Catholic University, a 1954 list of “Rules for Freshmen” written by upperclassmenincluded the following injunctions:✦ Freshmen will speak and tip their dinks to everyone they see on campus.✦ Freshmen will always be in possession of change and matches.✦ Freshmen will never step on a blade of grass.✦ Freshmen will salaam before entering and after leaving the front entrance toMcMahon Hall.✦ On the day of September 27, the freshman boys will wear unmatched shoes andsocks and pants rolled up to their knees; on this day, the girls will not wear makeup,will wear pigtails and will carry open umbrellas.✦ Freshmen will know the names and positions of members of the administration andwill be able to recite a brief history of C.U. at the request of the sophomores.✦ Freshmen will sing the Alma Mater and say the cheers at the request ofany sophomore.1950 photo by Fred J. Maroon, B.Arch. 1950.Courtesy of CUA Archives.


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