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IN ALMA BRIEF MATTERS

IN ALMA BRIEF MATTERS Afew years back when I began my job in Alumni Relations, our president, Father Terence Henry, TOR, planted a thought in my mind . . . taking Alumni Relations on the road. In other words, going out to cities where many of our alumni live and launching local alumni chapters. This is hardly a new concept in the world of alumni relations, but given Franciscan’s small size and even smaller budget, it has never been something we could manage . . . until now. Over the course of the next several years, we will head to areas where large pockets of you, our alumni, live, and recruit volunteers to establish alumni chapters in your area. Our fi rst stop will be Washington, D.C., an area that hundreds of you now call home. Our hope is that these alumni chapters will help you forge stronger ties with each other and with your alma mater. We also want to fi nd ways for Franciscan to continue serving you and helping you navigate through the myriad of professional, personal, and spiritual challenges you encounter once you leave our campus on the hill and head out into the world. Although the look and feel of each individual chapter will be determined through input from the local alumni and Franciscan University, the common thread through it all will be that idea of service. We want to help you help each other. That could mean business networking events that connect local professionals with one another, help you through a career change, or make contacts after a move. It could also mean events that help young mothers connect with each other, events that help people go deeper in their faith, grow in their marriages, or face the challenges of parenting. Or it could mean events where alumni help the University recruit new students. The possibilities are almost endless. And so are the benefi ts for you and the University. As we go forward, I would love to hear from anyone willing to help us launch a chapter in their local area. I also probably should ask for your patience. We’re navigating through uncharted territory here, but if we work together, I really believe the sky is the limit for what we can accomplish. 24 Franciscan Way • Autumn 2008 Graule Studios ON THE ROAD AGAIN By Tim Delaney ’99 Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations Congratulations to Joan (Farchione ’82) McGlone Over the years, many of you have come to know Joan (Farchione ’82) McGlone, who, since April of 2005, has served as assistant director of Alumni Relations, and later as associate director. This fall, Joan left Alumni Relations and moved into her new offi ce in the J. C. Williams Center, where she now serves the University as director of Student Life Services and Events. Joan has been a tremendous asset to our offi ce, and I cannot thank her enough for all she has done to serve our alumni. So much of what we do today has grown and thrived through her insights and hard work. I look forward to working with her on numerous events in the future, and keeping her close to Alumni Relations. Thanks for everything, Joan. Welcome to Mary (Anderson ’99) Zimmerman I am happy to announce Mary (Anderson ’99) Zimmerman as the assistant director of Alumni and Constituent Relations. Mary, who holds a bachelor’s in English, brings over nine years of experience in the Christian Outreach Offi ce to her new position. She is a great asset to our staff, and she is already putting her talents to good use serving our alumni. � THE CLASSES CHECK OUT ALUMNI PHOTOS ON OUR NEW WEB GALLERY! The mouse � indicates alumni who have submitted photos. www.franciscan.edu/alumni 1951 Constantine Manaras lives in Baltimore, Md. He has two sons, John, who works as a creditor for the Internal Revenue Service, and George, a computer analyst. Constantine retired in 1993 after working for the federal government for 42 years. John Romanoski has completed nearly 14 years as a full-time volunteer taking care of the spiritual and temporal needs of the residents of Heartland Nursing Home near his home in Bridgeport, Ohio. He turned 83

this past May and is in good health. He attends Mass often and says the Divine Offi ce and Rosary daily. 1968 Ken and Sue Ann (Feile) Gaherty live in southwest Colorado and are enjoying their retirement. They keep busy with volunteer work at their church, Lions Club, and Knights of Columbus, as well as travel, golf, fi shing, and scuba diving. They would love to hear from alumni and friends and can be reached at kengaherty@frontier.net. John Howell and his wife, Mary Jo, live in Haverhill, Mass. They have four children and two grandchildren. John is retired from Lucent Technologies. � 1978 Since graduation, Thomas Cramer MBA ’84 has been a liturgist, musician, program manager, church administrator, production control technician, real estate agent, business broker, management consultant, electronics salesman, nuclear power plant construction technician, property manager, and vocational assessor. When he qualifi ed for Mensa, he discovered that he was bored. He’s currently writing a book on management with his parents, Matthew and Ruthann. Martin Leifi eld MBA ’85 has been named vice chancellor for university advancement for the University of Missouri – St. Louis. � 1983 Nancy Tomanek earned her master’s degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy in 2007. She is currently working to complete her licensure as a marriage and family therapist. She has three children, Emily, 24, Adam, 22, and Jenna, 21, who also work and live in the Twin Cities area. Nancy would love to hear from her Sigma Phi sisters and friends and can be reached at ntomanek@netzero.net. 1986 Michael Smith and his wife, Maria, live in Preston, Conn., with their four children, David, 14, Rosa, 11, Joseph, 6, and Liang, 3. Michael and David brought Liang home from Hunan, China, in June 2006, and Joseph joined the family from Korea in 2003. Michael can be reached at Michael_S_Smith@yahoo.com. 1988 Jon Lash and his wife, Rachelle, have been married for 11 years and have three children, Braedon, 10, Kaylen, 8, and Jocelyn, 4. They live in Oceanside, Calif., where Jon has been a realtor for the last seven years, and recently opened Blue Pacifi c Aviation, an aircraft sales and acquisition company. Rachelle is an event coordinator. Jon has competed in numerous marathons, triathlons and other endurance races, and Rachelle completed the Half Ironman California. They have started a running club at their children’s school to promote fi tness, and Rachelle assists in starting similar programs at the other schools to combat childhood obesity. Jon would like to hear from any graduates and Prince of Peace brothers and can be reached at jonlash@cox.net. � 1991 Lee Ann (Suchko) Hilliard and her husband, Dan, live in Steubenville. Lee Ann completed her master of science in taxation degree at Robert Morris University and works for H.J. Heinz Company in Pittsburgh. 1993 Warren and Alison (Sanford ’94) Dazzio ask for your prayers for their daughter, Anna Katherine, 12. She’s been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and Type I Diabetes. “Her prognosis is good, but we appreciate all your prayers.” Matthew and Teresa (Flanigan) Munyon live in Orlando, Fla., with their three children, Maggie, 14, Monica, 11, and Peter, 5. Matt is director of the USF Marriage and Family Research Institute and is working on his doctorate, and Teresa is the applications security manager for AHS-IS, and also leads two Girl Scout troops. Matt and Teresa just celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary and say, “Hi,” to all their friends, especially Ahim Adoni brothers and Lambs of the Shepherd sisters. Lori (Runkel) Rypka and her husband, Rob, welcomed Michael Robert to their family on September 20, 2006. He joins big sister, Katie, 6. Lori is a stay-at-home mom and part-time free-lance writer. She. sends big hugs to her Theta Giants of the Past Father Demetrius Schenk,TOR By Maura Colleen McKeegan CLASS NOTES Half a century ago, students fl ocking to the College of Steubenville library to research papers and study for midterms could anticipate a well-ordered establishment—and a friendly smile—from the popular friar in charge. In 1953, Father Demetrius Schenk, TOR, began his assignment as librarian for the school, fi rst for its downtown campus, and later, after the College moved up the hill, for Starvaggi Memorial Library. Born in Loretto, Pennsylvania, in 1917, and ordained in 1947, Father Schenk holds the distinction of being the TOR’s fi rst Loretto native to become a TOR priest. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in library science from the Catholic University of America in 1948, he served for fi ve years as librarian for St. Francis Prep School in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, before assuming his position at the College of Steubenville. “He had a great following of lay people who wanted to be associated with the Franciscans,” says University chancellor Father Michael Scanlan, TOR. “He was much loved.” As the chaplain for the local Third Order Secular group — now the Secular Franciscans—Father Schenk assembled a crew of its members to work essentially as volunteers at the library. At least once a year, Father Schenk brought a busload of people on pilgrimage to the shrines in Quebec. Rose DeFede, director of Community Development, was a member of the Third Order Seculars. “He loved those trips,” she recalls. “Everybody would picnic, sing, and pray a lot.” Representatives from local colleges and universities elected Father Schenk vice-chairman of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Catholic Library Association, a position he held from 1959-1961. Though honored, Father Schenk remained “humble and selfdeprecatng,” according to librarian Jack Wu, who began working under him in 1966. “He would always seek our opinions,” Wu says, “and was very liberal with his praise.” Father Schenk ultimately became local minister for what is now St. Francis Friary, a retirement and nursing home for Franciscan priests in Loretto. He approached this—his last assignment—in his trademark manner. “He oversaw that house for many, many years,” says Father Scanlan, “in a very gentle, hospitable way.” � Maura Colleen McKeegan writes from Steubenville, Ohio. Franciscan Way • Autumn 2008 25

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