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The Young Entrepreneurs:

Redefining Success

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--God's call to St. Francis of Assisi


od's call to St. Francis nearly 800 years ago reverberates in our hearts today. As Franciscan priests and brothers, we bring Christ's message of mercy and love to a modern--yet hurting world. Our many works in parishes, high schools and universities, hospitals, and foreign missions are focused not on maintaining buildings but on transforming lives into deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. If you're interested in rebuilding God's kingdom as a priest or brother, consider joining the Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular.

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5 An Austrian Celebration By Tom Sofio 10 The Young Entrepreneurs: Redefining Success

By Lisa Ferguson

From finance and construction to bridal millinery and coffee distribution--Franciscan alumni learn what it takes to run their own businesses.

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Franciscan Way Staff:

Lisa Ferguson '84

14 Scrum Time!

By Tom Sofio

Rugby catches on as the newest club sport.

16 Catholic Writers Gather for a Fellowship of the Pens

By Tim Drake

Seeking to reshape the culture with bold words and vivid imaginations, writers gather for the first-ever Catholic Writers Festival.

18 In the Spirit of Thanksgiving

By David Scott

20 A Distinguished Tenure

By Judy Roberts

Professor John Korzi retires after 47 years of service.

29 The Other Three R's

By Katrina J. Zeno


4 6 22 26 27 28 30 From the President News Briefs Class Notes Alumni Profile Alma Matters Meet the Profs Franciscan Saints


Assistant Editor:

Tom Sofio

Design Director/Production: Design/Production:

Marie Highfield '91 Melissa Zifzal

Joan McGlone '82

Class Notes:


On the cover: Entrepreneur Joe LeMark '93, co-owner of New Oregon Builders Company. (Photo by Caren LeMark)

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Steve Zehler '92 Katie Shawl Marianne Skees Callie Stone


The Franciscan Presence

Rev. Terence Henry, TOR



n 1970, consecrated persons or priests made up 51 percent of the 200,000 teachers in Catholic schools in the United States. By the year 2000 that proportion had dropped to 7.5 percent, just over 12,000 teachers. This dramatic decline, among other considerations, prompted a new document, "On Consecrated Persons and Their Mission in Schools," issued November 19, 2002, by the Congregation for Catholic Education. The document emphasized the contribution consecrated persons make to the apostolate of education by their radical reference to Christ, and by their important witness to the transcendent dimension of the spiritual life. In the section profiling the consecrated person, it said, "The consecrated life must try to testify that holiness is the highest humanizing proposal of man and of history" (No. 12) and that "consecrated persons communicate the richness of their specific vocation to the extent that they live their consecration commitments to the full" (No. 13). Calling their role in education "vitally important" because they evangelize as they educate, the document exhorted consecrated persons to "revive their educational passion" by "starting afresh from Christ...contemplating his face, pausing at length with him in prayer to then be able to show him to others" (No. 82). As a Franciscan who has served as a teacher and administrator in high schools and colleges for over 25 years, I found these reflections both a wonderful reminder and affirmation of the role of priests and religious in education, especially at Franciscan University. Since its founding by Third Order Regular

Franciscans in 1946, this school has enjoyed a strong Franciscan presence on the Board of Trustees, in administration, staff, and faculty, and today, 15 friars continue the rich Franciscan educational mission here. Several recent decisions highlight our ongoing commitment to Catholic higher education as Franciscans. First, we decided to increase the Franciscan presence in our Austrian study abroad program by inviting a community of Franciscan sisters to join us in our work there. They will assist our chaplain, provide a greater religious presence, and teach some courses. This decision came out of our October Board of Trustees meeting in Gaming, which celebrated the end of our tenth year in Austria, and the many blessings that have come through this program. Second, Franciscan University started a new semester abroad program in Rome for our MA theology students. This program became possible when Minister General Father Ilija Zivkovic, TOR, invited us to house our students at the guesthouse at the international headquarters for the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis. This kind invitation represents a commitment to education at the highest levels of the order. Third, at the prompting of our provincial, Father Edmund Carroll, TOR, and the Provincial Chapter of the Franciscan Friars, we created a new administrative position ensuring that another friar will always work in close collaboration with the University president. I am so pleased to announce the appointment of Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, as the

University's first vice president for Mission Effectiveness. A 1989 graduate of Franciscan University, Father Dave will work throughout the University to help focus depar tments on our unique Franciscan mission and will also serve as my assistant. Fourth, the University hired Frank Glazer as our new vice president for Advancement. A senior development professional with nearly 30 years' experience, he will lead our efforts to build up our endowment fund. As the Congregation for Catholic Education's document stated, Catholic schools must provide access to education "especially for the poor" as a matter of justice. Increasing our endowment will allow us to assist families of modest means who wish to send their sons and daughters to Franciscan University even as we strive to improve academic excellence. The University also welcomed Dr. Robert G. Filby '75, former president of the Trinity Health System Foundation and vice president of Medical Affairs for Trinity Health System in Steubenville, as our new vice president for Community Relations. He replaces John Madigan '58, who retired in January after 18 years of dedicated service but will continue to play a role in the University on our Board of Advisors. I am grateful for all the fine men and women--lay and consecrated--who serve alongside the Franciscans here at this University. Together, may we do our best as educators to "light and trim the lamp of faith of the new generations, the `morning watchmen at the dawn of the new millennium'" (No. 84).

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alling it "a great day for the Kartause Maria Thron," Architect Walter Hildebrand opened the celebration marking the tenth anniversary of Franciscan University's study abroad program in Gaming, Austria. The man responsible for the renovation of the medieval monastery, no one would know better than Hildebrand how much hard work, vision, and sacrifice went into making it a reality. Civic and Church leaders from Austria, Franciscan University's Board of Trustees, administrators, faculty, and students gathered October 14, 2002, for the festivities along with benefactors of the program. Mass, a gala reception, and a formal dinner rounded out the program thanking God and honoring all those who contributed to the restoration of the Kartause and the success of Franciscan University's study abroad program.


Photos (counterclockwise from top) 1) Architect Walter Hildebrand shows dignitaries the Kartause library with its priceless artwork. 2) Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, archbishop of Vienna, celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Kartause chapel. 3) US Ambassador to Austria W.L. Lyons Brown greets University President Father Terence Henry, TOR. 4) President Father Terence Henry, TOR, Trustees Mickey Pohl, Mike Dougherty, and Paulette Kardos, and Walter Hildebrand plan future renovations for the Kartause. Winter 2003 5

Franciscan University Gains "Top Tier" Ranking


S. News & World Report ranked Franciscan University of Steubenville in the top 21 percent of schools in its division in the 2003 Guide to America's Best Colleges. This placed the University in the publication's elite "top schools" category for three of the past four years. Contributing to the top tier ranking were high scores in two important categories: Franciscan University had the sixth highest graduation rate

of any school in its division, and ranked ninth overall for freshman retention. These are considered two of the most important indicators of a school's overall academic excellence. According to U.S. News, "The higher the proportion of freshmen who return to campus the following year and eventually graduate, the better a school may be at offering the classes and ser vices students need to succeed."

Franciscan University also ranked in the top 3 percent out of 1,400 schools in the study abroad category, for its program at a restored medieval monastery in the foothills of the Austrian Alps. Another contributing factor to the favorable ranking was the 14-1 student-to-teacher ratio. More information is available at or in the publication, America's Best Colleges, 2003 Edition, available in bookstores.

Bishop Sheldon Receives Founders' Award

or nourishing the people of his diocese, the Church, and society throughout his nearly 50 years as a priest, the Most Reverend Gilbert Sheldon, bishopemeritus of Steubenville, received the Founders' Award during the Founders' Association Dinner on December 1. "You mar velously lived out your Episcopal motto, Fortes in Fide--`Strong in Faith,'" said University President Father Terence Henry, TOR. He cited Bishop Sheldon's many works in the diocese, with Serra International, Knights of Columbus, and on Catholic bishops' committees on Latin America and for Catholic Charities. Bishop Sheldon called the University a "crown jewel" of the Steubenville diocese. He thanked the University for avoiding the trend toward secularization that gripped


Father Terence Henry, TOR, presents the Founders' Award to Bishop-Emeritus Gilbert Sheldon.

many Catholic learning institutions over the past several decades. "Thank the Lord that didn't happen here," he said. "Here you emphasize faith and reason, and especially the ready availability of daily Mass, confession, and retreats," as focal points of campus life. At the start of each fall semester Bishop Sheldon publicly administered the Oath of Fidelity to new theology faculty and those involved in spiritual formation of students. He also participated in summer conferences and other educational and liturgical events. Though now retired, Bishop

Sheldon takes on a more active presence on campus than ever before as a member of the Board of Advisors and as a guest lecturer, primarily on Church teachings in bioethics. At the dinner, Founders' Association scholarships were presented to Nathaniel Freeman and Andrew Plesich, two local students enrolled in the MBA Program. The Franciscan University Women's Club awarded scholarships to Carol Kidwell, who will soon complete her education degree, and to Sarah Proya, who is enrolled in the MA Counseling Program.

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ranciscan University has changed its domain name to The new name reflects the actual name of the University more clearly than the hybrid "," which it replaces. Another plus: Franciscan University is now the sole proprietor on the educational branch of the World Wide


Web of the word Franciscan, which encompasses the University's name, its patron saint, and Franciscanism. After March 3, 2003, any e-mail sent to "franuniv" will be undeliverable. Change your email bookmarks or favorites and address book for any Franciscan contacts now.

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Cardinal Arinze Explains Roots of Islamic Extremism

rancis Cardinal Arinze, former president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, spoke to a standing-room only audience on Christian-Muslim relations October 11 at Franciscan University. Cardinal Arinze discussed the shared beliefs and differences between two of the most influential religions in the world--and pointed out the root causes of fundamentalismfueled terrorism. Christians can find much to commend in Islam, Arinze noted, such as the fidelity of Muslims to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Among the differences, Arinze stated that "Muslims do not accept the Christian mysteries of the Blessed Trinity and redemption of all humanity by the Incarnate Word. Muslims honor Jesus as a prophet, but not as son of God." Addressing the religious fanaticism that has fueled terrorist attacks in America and other countries, Cardinal Arinze explained that some Muslim leaders became popular "because of situations of oppression and re-

Coming Events

February 2003

1 Festival of Praise Finnegan Fieldhouse--7:00 p.m. Franciscan University Presents, EWTN--7:00 p.m.* International Week


pression, poverty and underdevelopment, corruption and bad government, poor economic conditions and unhealed memories of political domination, real or perceived. In such situations Cardinal Arinze of suffering, the extremist can look credible to some misguided people when he calls for a radical revolution or suggests violent action as a solution." In 1998 Arinze formed the Committee of Muslim-Catholic Dialogue to work against racism and terrorist violence. "It is not enough to condemn extremism," said Arinze. "It is also necessary to see that it is not provided the type of climate that favors its growth." After 17 years as president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Arinze was appointed recently by Pope John Paul II as the new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

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1 2 Festival of Praise, Fieldhouse--7:00 p.m. Franciscan University Presents, EWTN--7:00 p.m.* 15 FIRE Rally, Phoenix (412) 951-0306 17-23 Spring Break

April 2003

3-6 Anathan Spring Production: Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Anathan Theatre--8:00 p.m. 4 Nursing Dedication, Christ the King Chapel--8:00 p.m. 5 Festival of Praise, Fieldhouse--7:00 p.m. 6 Franciscan University Presents, EWTN--7:00 p.m.* 9 Honors Convocation, Christ the King Chapel--7:30 p.m. 10-13 Anathan Spring Production: Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Anathan Theatre**--8:00 p.m. 16 Tennebrae, Chapel--8:00 p.m. 17 Easter Recess Begins, 6:00 p.m. Holy Thursday Mass, Fieldhouse--7:30 p.m. 18 Good Friday Service, Fieldhouse--3:00 p.m. 19 Easter Vigil Mass, Fieldhouse--9:00 p.m. 20 Easter Sunday Mass, Christ the King Chapel--10:00 a.m. 21 Easter Recess--Evening Classes Resume 27 Franciscan Chamber Music Society Spring Concert, Gallery--2:00 p.m. 30 Last day of classes

Classical Concert

May 2003

3 4 9 10 Festival of Praise, Fieldhouse--7:30 p.m. Franciscan University Presents, EWTN--7:00 p.m.* Baccalaureate Mass, Fieldhouse--6:00 p.m. Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement Exercises

*New shows repeat Tuesday of the same week at 1:00 p.m., and Friday of the same week at 3:00 a.m. All times are eastern. ** Matinee performance on Sunday, April 13.

Under the direction of Dr. Susan Treacy, far left, the Franciscan University Chamber Music Society performed the music of Mozart at its Fall Concert. Winter 2003 7

K. Shawl

Catholics Reflect on 35 Years of Charismatic Renewal


Bishop Stanislaw Rylko, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity

n September 11-12, priests, religious, theologians, and lay people met at Franciscan University for a Catholic Charismatic Theological Symposium. The gathering marked the thirty-fifth anniversar y of the ecclesial movement known today as the charismatic renewal. Since its arrival in 1967 on the heels of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic charismatic renewal movement has reawakened awareness of the Holy Spirit's role in the lives of the Church's faithful.

Reflecting upon the fruits of three and a half decades of the renewal, speakers affirmed the overwhelming support of Pope John Paul II for the movement. "The Holy Father has expressed appreciation and admiration for the renewal movement fr uits," said Bishop Stanislaw Rylko, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, who traveled from Rome to speak at the conference. Encouraging integration of lay charismatic groups within parish communities, Rylko said, "The parish must be the center toward which

the movement grows, the place where the movement intersects with the Church." "Before Vatican II, ministry had been what priests do," said Father Rober t Oliver, a professor of systematic theology in Boston and published author specializing in the role of the laity in the Church. Oliver explained that Vatican II helped people understand that laity can play a very important ministerial role by building up the Church through charisms. Today, the charismatic movement continues its mission as an integral part of the life of the Church.

Catholic Church History From A to Z by Dr. Alan Schreck

· Charis Books/Servant Publications · Reviewed by Tom Sofio


nless you are a Scrabble diehard, you're rarely tempted to read a dictionary cover-to-cover. But theology professor Dr. Alan Schreck's newest book invites such an approach. Catholic Church History from A to Z can be utilized as a reference tool for capsule information about significant Church councils, creeds, saints, and popes. It can also be picked up and read at will. Each entry offers insights into the people and events that shape the "big picture" of the Catholic Church. Dr. Schreck, chair of

Franciscan University's Theology Department, wisely decided to dispense with the rigorous textbook approach he applies in the classroom. This is an "inspirational dictionary" intended for a much wider audience. The explanation of the Lateran Councils and events related to them, such as the crusade against the Albigensians, will help a high school student finish a religion paper as well as enlighten the average Catholic about why the Church made confession at least a once-ayear requirement. There is also room for some trivia. You probably didn't know that the word "bride" can be traced to

Ireland's St. Brigid, who in the fifth century rejected a marriage arranged by her father and formed her country's first religious community for women. Being a capsule history of the Church, there's room for heretics as well as saints. The book's last entr y tells of Ulrich Zwingli who in the fifteenth century broke away from the Church and preached against the Mass and the Eucharist. If you want to get to know Mother Church better without taking on a major reading project, spending a few minutes each day reading this book's 314 entries is a good way to go.

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Creative Cornerstones: A "Teacher's Heaven"


or Franciscan University language professor Dr. James Anderson, summer school means getting together with teachers from throughout Ohio. Co-director of Creative Cornerstones, a week-long summer workshop designed for educators, Anderson's dedication has contributed largely to the program's overwhelming success, bringing the University an estimated $1 million in revenue over the past two decades. The conferences take place at area hotels, where largegroup and small-group sessions address K-6 themes such as hands-on science, family math, and children's literature. Teachers also hand-make curriculum materials, such as puppets, posters, and manipulatives, and can purchase discounted books and other materials on site. "It is teachers' heaven,"

remarks first-grade Fremont City public school teacher Janet Ward. First held for elementary school teachers in 1973, and officially named "Creative Cornerstones" in 1981, the conferences now include locations in three cities for four different weeks. This summer, conferences will be held in Cleveland, Toledo, and Cincinnati. "The goal is to help teachers meet state proficiency guidelines by exposing them to current, very practical methods that work," says Anderson, adding that the program also serves as an "educational retreat" where teachers can share ideas and support. Creative Cornerstones offers educators the opportunity to earn three graduate credits in education from Franciscan University, with courses tailored to meet Ohio state re-

quirements for teacher certification renewal. The originator of the program, Dr. Floyd Cogley, holds a doctorate in education and has used his expertise to coordinate the topics for nearly 30 years. "This is a first-class operation that everyone at the University should be proud of," Cogley says. Pat Agresta, former secondary education supervisor for the Trumbull County Board of Education, serves alongside Cogley and Anderson as assistant director. For more information about Creative Cornerstones, click on Conferences/Events at or call 740-283-6245, Ext. 2304.

Garfield Heights, Ohio, elementary teachers Linda Doubrava (retired), and Patty Scaravalli facilitated workshops for crafting paper cut-outs.

University Hits Record Enrollment

Century Club Honoree


ue to full residence halls, there's not much room for growth, yet Franciscan University's enrollment for the fall semester managed to exceed last year's highest-ever total by 42 students, bringing the total number of undergraduate and graduate students to 2,250. Other enrollment milestones include the largest-ever freshman class of 360 students and the largest incoming class (freshmen and transfers) of 548; a record-breaking total undergraduate student enrollment of 1,800; and the largest-ever full-time undergradu-

ate enrollment of 1,648. President Father Terence Henry, TOR, says the enrollment records show "that people recognize the value of a strong liberal arts education and appreciate Franciscan University's integration of faith and reason." He adds that in times of economic uncertainty, "the liberal arts education gives the college graduate a broader base of knowledge in the professional and pre-professional programs and makes them better candidates for master's programs and more employable than those with a narrower academic focus."

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Steubenville Municipal Court Judge Richard Powell receives the 2002 President's Award from Father Terence Henry, TOR. In addition to his nearly 20 years as a magistrate, Judge Powell has served the local community and the University in many capacities. 9

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The Young Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurship

takes passion, creativity,

independence, hard work, and the confidence to weather

the storms of competition, a shaky economy, and the inevitable beginner's mistakes. Many recent Franciscan University of Steubenville graduates possess these qualities plus some that have regained respect following the corporate scandals of 2002: honesty, humility, and charity. They measure their success not only by the bottom line, but by their ability to balance business with their faith, family, and community priorities. Here's how some young alumni entrepreneurs are redefining success in their businesses, and in their personal lives.


"We love being our own bosses," Caren says, "and we've found it successful enough to raise our four boys on." Not every husband and wife can create a successful business team, but the LeMarks realize "it's the livelihood of our family" and have made it work for them. Caren says, "We have a business meeting once a month in a nice restaurant. As long as we go out, I'm happy to talk about the finances." Their partnership works especially well as they collaborate on interior design. "Joe knows the building code-- how far the toilet has to be from the sink, for example--and I can make it look good," Caren says. Joe says a "personal pride" sets his work apart from the competition. "I do most of the work, so I know just about every single nail in my project," he explains. "Plus I'm upfront with project costs and that helps all the way through. I never wanted to be the contractor who gave an estimate and come to find out, it's $10,000 more to finish." LeMark considers himself a Christian steward and consciously tries to bring the faith into work, saying it has been "an asset to my business." "Out here construction workers tend to have long hair, earrings, and can be pretty rough around the edges," he says. "On my job site we don't smoke, don't use foul language, and try to present a good, clean atmosphere. A lot of guys who are looking for that environment want to work for me."

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O'Meara Capital Partners, Inc. Patrick O'Meara '95

Patrick O'Meara has a gift for putting difficult concepts into terms others can understand. That's how he parlayed his youth ministry background and theology and philosophy degrees into jobs at Raymond James Financial and then Bear Stearns & Co. That's how his investment services boutique now helps sectarian nonprofit organizations, especially Catholic religious orders, schools, and dioceses, reduce their borrowing costs by up to four and a half percent.

O'Meara meets President George W. Bush

New Oregon Builders Company Joe and Caren (Wendell '93) LeMark '93

"The good ol' boys around Stayton had all the business so it took us three years just to get our name out there," says Joe LeMark of the New Oregon Builders Company owned and operated by him and his wife Caren. "Now it's finally turning around, and we're getting repeat customers and a constant influx of work." A mental health major with a business minor who worked construction to pay his college tuition, Joe does all facets of residential construction. Caren, who majored in theology, handles the office work and does interior design and murals on some projects.


"A high school we worked with was paying eight percent interest on an $8 million loan. We got them down to three and a half percent," O'Meara explains. "We're saving them $275,000 every year on interest costs." He and his six associates in the Leesburg, Virginia, based O'Meara Capital Partners do this by applying sophisticated tools widely used in the corporate realm to the non-profit world. By putting non-profits in a financial position that's more understandable to Wall Street, O'Meara enables them to be better stewards of their resources and build their projects sooner. "We do the work," he says. "We're

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not asking a priest to become a financial wizard." Just over two years into his business, O'Meara says the lessons have come fast and hard. One that's been particularly valuable: "Humility does not mean being a wet noodle." Humility, he says, means following Romans 12:3, which urges, "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment." That sober assessment, O'Meara says, enables him to use his strengths and to delegate other tasks to his partners. "The failing of most entrepreneurs is thinking they can do everything the best." Another educational aspect of owning a business, O'Meara says, is that the owner isn't "insulated" from success or failure. "When you work for big companies, you're insulated from your failure. You may feel a bit of it, but if I fail, folks don't take home paychecks." O'Meara says balancing his commitments to his wife Desiree [McDonnell '96] and two small sons with the "unrelenting" demands of his business can be tough. He tries to create a culture within the whole company that values the family, giving employees permission to care for their families. Even so, he admits it's "extremely difficult," especially as he becomes more involved in Catholic service and speaking for the Diocese of Arlington, Theology on Tap, Legatus, and other groups. "Unless you actively strive to balance the two, the thing that gets cut is the family."

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Franciscan University alumni entrepreneurs (left to right): Philip '01 and John '97 Rook of Professional Lawn and Landscape, Michelle Chynoweth of Angel's Halo, and Flip Howard (owner) and James McDade '02 (Dallas operations manager) of Mustang Laundry and Dry Cleaning.

Professional Lawn and Landscape John Rook '97

John Rook's most challenging job involved installing an irrigation system on a $10 million property in Bermuda-- with laborers who didn't speak a word of English. Most of the jobs undertaken by his company, however, are much closer to his Steubenville home and employ as many as 15 Franciscan University students in season. "We get the opportunity to teach a work ethic to the younger employees-- high school and college students. We've tried to lead by example." He adds, "You get to see them grow, their skill level improve. That's satisfying." Not so long ago Rook was a high school student himself, launching the business that grew into Professional Lawn and Landscape. "I started out in 1987 mowing lawns, trimming shrubs, doing basic lawn care. Today, we have a retail center in Follansbee, West Virginia, and do full landscape design services consisting of driveway installation, brick, walkways, retaining walls, and custom water features such as ponds, streams, and irrigation systems," he says. His brother Philip '01 does all the design work using a computer system that gives them "a bit of an edge" over their half dozen competitors. "We take a digital picture of the site as it is, and then we can modify it and show customers the proposed landscape renovation." Though landscaping tends to be a luxury, Rook says tough economic times

have improved business through the "cocooning" effect. "When times are tough, particularly with the terrorism situation, uncertainty in the economy, people tend to spend their money close to home. People are investing in their properties because home tends to be a secure place and conjures up good feelings." The company shares the wealth by helping local charities with fundraisers such as a water garden tour benefiting the Valley Hospice Foundation and the memorial and prayer garden next to Holy Name Cathedral for the Diocese of Steubenville. A business major, Rook says his degree has helped him in many ways: "From Franciscan I learned so much about ethics and God in the workplace, which has been a big help in terms of making decisions. And the business background has definitely helped me with the financial end."

Angel's Halo Michelle Chynoweth '92

"Are you a bridal veil company?" Sitting on her bed in St. Thomas More Hall, Michelle Chynoweth paused thinking, "Am I or aren't I?" then told her long-distance caller, "Yes, ma'am! May I take your order?" From her fourth-floor dorm room, Chynoweth's part-time bridal business evolved into Angel's Halo, one of the largest custom bridal millinery and design companies in the Upper Midwest.


"Brides fly in from all over the world to meet with me because there aren't many milliners left. It's a dead art," she says, noting that she has made "thousands" of handcrafted headpieces and veils. Chynoweth also specializes in redesigning existing wedding gowns for women who want a unique look. In addition to this high-end specialty, she alters dresses and creates veils for people with disabilities or special needs. "I had a client who was burned on 85 percent of her body. I've had people with prosthetic work, hair loss from cancer, pacemakers, you name it. Some are profoundly overweight or underweight," she explains. "I can be gentle with them and make them look good. It's rewarding." She also finds it rewarding to pray with clients when the opportunity arises and to talk to them about the importance of the sacrament of matrimony. She also seeks ways to be "continually generous," seeing that as one way to be "salt and light." "I scramble around and find old veils or parts of veils for people who really can't afford them. Little acts of generosity are important witnesses." She sells her work wholesale to The Wedding Shoppe in Minneapolis, one of the 25 largest bridal stores in the United States, and says she's "never looking for work." Though several accountants have told her the company has great growth potential, Chynoweth limits herself to 40 hours a week so she can care for the 16-year-old daughter she informally adopted and has helped raise for 10 years, participate in her Catholic community, and pursue graduate studies in psychology. "I love what I do, but it's not it for me. I have eight godchildren; they're more important to me," as are her many other family members and friends, including her Acceptance With Joy Household sisters with whom she remains in constant contact.


Mustang Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service Philip (Flip) Howard '97

"I'm not opposed to making as much money as I can in reasonable hours, but I don't want to work as many hours as I did at first," says Flip Howard, who put in 19 hours a day, six days a week in the first year of his Mustang Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service. During his senior year, Howard, a business major, wrote his business plans for a laundry service that would pick up, clean, mend, iron, fold, and deliver clothes to students in college dormitories or Greek houses. Immediately after graduation he returned to Dallas and set to work renting coin-operated laundries, hiring employees, and convincing parents their child's time would be better spent studying than doing his or her own wash. Though Howard says he did "everything" wrong his first year, he bought out the competition and his business partner a short three years later and today services Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, and University of Texas at Austin. Howard says he now works only 12 hours a day with one scheduled late night per week, an arrangement that makes life easier on his wife Celeste (Mazzan '94) and his three children. He also seriously weighs the impact of expanding Mustang on his family. "I'm looking at two other schools in Texas and will probably do one in the next year. I've toyed around with the idea of Boston, which has lots of colleges, and California as well," he says. "But I don't really want to travel, since I have a family. Growth excites me, but I'd like to keep it as regional as I can for as long as I can." The reduced hours also help him maintain a regular prayer life and get to daily Mass more often, which in turn helps him at work. "At the workplace, I try to bring a sense of moral Christian

duty," Howard says. "People will know what religion you are, and if you're a shifty guy, and you don't honor your word or you run a business unethically, it's obviously going to reflect real poorly--aside from the moral consequences to you personally."

Shawn Wise '85

Wise Coffee Services, Inc. Shawn Wise '85

As district manager for a chain of 24hour convenience stores, Shawn Wise learned "many ways people can steal from you." Now owner of Wise Coffee Services, Inc., he says refusing to "take shortcuts" has cost him some accounts, "but I can go to sleep at night." Started out of his one-car garage in Grafton, Massachusetts, 11 years ago, today Wise Coffee has 423 coffee machines in offices, nursing homes, restaurants, and convenience stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, and sells not only "the finest Arabica coffee" but 200 other beverages, foods, and office supplies. "It's a very competitive business," Wise says. "I like to think we get the business because of our quality, maintain it because of our quality, and don't lose it because of our service." Wise taste tests coffee before he buys it to ensure the quality and flavor his customers want. "Some months my coffee might be 80 percent Brazilian, 20 percent Colombian; other months it might be 72 percent28 percent because the acidity in the various growing regions changes," he explains. "I know the taste we're looking for in New England, which is a lightroasted, pleasant-tasting coffee." When asked how his business classes at Franciscan prepared him to be an entrepreneur, he laughs then replies, "This would

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shock a lot of people, but I think they gave me a moral ground. I wasn't the ideal student by any stretch of the imagination and probably raised more hell than a lot of people, but I did listen every now and then." He says Dr. Donald Kissinger was the strongest influence on him. "Because of the way he conducted himself, I have the utmost respect for him. He's an excellent man." Wise knows part of success means giving back to his community so he stays active on the board of directors of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce and in the Rotary Club. He also donates food, drink, and his time at the annual Evening of Giving, a gala event supporting local charities, and other fundraisers throughout the year. "It's nice we're in a position to help," he says.

Redefining Success

building a secure database application for America Online. Then the dot-com crumble hit at the end of 2000, and Veraprise had to lay off two full-time employees and the part-timer. "That was probably the hardest thing we've ever had to do in our business," Schmiedicke says. Veraprise has since rebounded, and Schmiedicke sees "really good prospects" on the horizon. "If I didn't love this, I wouldn't have stuck with it," he says. "Sure there are times I have to take a call at midnight because something went wrong, and I have to get up and take care of it. On the other hand, if one of the kids needs to go to the dentist, it's a lot easier for me to take the child in than for my wife [Regina Doman '92] to juggle four kids in the dentist's office." Schmiedicke maintains that loving what you do, good planning, and perseverance can make the difference between success and failure. "Something like 85 percent of small businesses fail within the first five years, and we're starting our seventh year. It may be a bit of a struggle now, but we're still here, and we don't have any debt," he adds. club. They provided the capital, and Breaux manages the day-to-day operations of Sure Fit Health Club, which opened in February 2001 in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. "It's a feat in itself, just managing people," says Breaux, who hires and supervises the club's six aerobics instructors and four desk managers. "I'm only 24, and it kind of humbles me because I'm managing people twice my age. I feel like they deserve respect more than I do because of their age. One employee managed a health club before, so I look to her for advice on how to run the business, and she helps me out a lot." Breaux became a certified personal trainer working in Finnegan Fieldhouse while studying at Franciscan University, so he's right at home in his 6,000square-foot facility, which offers weight training, cardiovascular exercise machines, aerobics, cardio-kickboxing, tanning beds, and a protein bar. He says his Fieldhouse experience plus learning to relate to many different people prepared him to run this business. "I took a lot of classes where I had to do a lot of interacting and giving presentations," Breaux says, noting that those communication skills have helped him create the friendly, welcoming atmosphere that increased Sure Fit's membership from 100 to 750 in its first 18 months. Breaux may open another gym 20 miles away, but for now he's content expanding the current facility by 1,000 square feet to include a "ladies only" gym, hoping to attract more female members. "Life is so good," he says. "My mom and dad have bent over backwards for me and my wife [Lisa Beauregard '00]. I wouldn't be here right now without the blessings from God, my wife, my mom and daddy. It's a nice circle."


Dian Schmiedicke, Matthew Gelis, Mike and Andrew (MA '97) Schmiedicke

Veraprise, Inc. Andrew Schmiedicke MA '97

A largely self-taught computer network whiz, Andrew Schmiedicke listened fascinated when his brother Mike introduced him to the Internet in 1996. "What is the Web? Where is it?" he demanded, as Mike shared the latest from his master's classes in information science. Dumbfounded that Mike knew how to design those mysterious Web pages, Andrew blurted out, "We should start our own business!" They began part time, keeping their day jobs until their Web development company could support them, eventually growing to six full-timers and one part-timer. Veraprise designed Web sites small and large, came up with e-commerce solutions, and created custom Web applications, even

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Bronson Breaux '00

Sure Fit Health Club Bronson Breaux '00

A psychology major who went into sales, Bronson Breaux quickly found himself "so aggravated" he prayed a novena to find a better job. A few days later his two older brothers proposed he become a partner in a new business venture: building and running a health


t was Saturday morning in spring 2001, a few hours before Franciscan University's first-ever rugby game. Athletic Director Chris Ledyard stood in the lobby of the near-empty Finnegan Fieldhouse, holding a giant crucifix. He felt a bit silly. His thoughts raced back to the day a few months earlier, when graduate student Jeremy Treece entered his office and asked if the University could sponsor a rugby team. Chris encouraged him, but said the odds were slim. For starters, who on campus knew how to play the sport? There would be no budget for a coach and other resources. And then there was rugby's mud, blood, and beer image to contend with. Chris ended the meeting with a challenge: "You get a rugby team going that doesn't detract from the University's mission, and I'll eat the fieldhouse!" Now, like a steady drum beat, Chris could hear the clump, clump, of players' shoes. In a solemn procession the team emerged from the locker rooms and one at a time, reverently approached the cross, knelt down, kissed it, then jogged out to the playing field. At that moment, Chris says, he knew rugby had arrived as Franciscan University's newest club sport. He also says he's never been happier to have lost a bet! Indeed, rugby has taken hold on campus, growing in less than two years from barely enough players to field a team to 40 participants. The marquees of nearby businesses announce the next home games, which draw as many as 500 fans. Last fall, the team did the unthinkable and made it all the way to the elite Midwest Sweet 16 Rugby Tournament and a "final four" playoff game. All this excitement may seem out of place at Franciscan University--better known in recent decades for its fervent prayer life and academics than sports-- until you get to know the players and their take on the sport.

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By Tom Sofio With the planting of the papal flag,


arrives on campus.

Listen to Ryan Stewart, a communication arts major, who never imagined himself playing rugby. "It was the brotherhood and the spiritual aspects that attracted me," says Ryan, whose jersey patch reads, "Defenders of the Faith." "Our motto means we live our faith on and off the field. We'll help a player from another team get up after a hit. There's no trash talking, and swearing is definitely forbidden. All the players visit nursing homes. For me, rugby is the manifestation of the virtues we're learning in class." Current coach and mental health/ theology major Devin Gradwell learned to play the sport in the Army. In rugby he found a great way to live out the military's esprit de corps, but was disillusioned by the off-field carousing and eventually quit playing. When he arrived at Franciscan University, he was delighted to find a team being formed by Jeremy that would incorporate Christian virtues.

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Jim Campbell tries to make a tri, rugby's equivalent to a touchdown in football.

"This is really the ultimate Catholic game," says Devin. "It's all about community. You rely on your brother and are dependent on him to move the ball downfield. It's not about `me'--it's all about the team." The Baron's Rugby Team is usually hundreds of pounds lighter than their opponents ("scrawny" is one player's selfdescription.) They also lack a full-time coach, equipment, team bus, and other resources typically afforded a college sport.

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Yet in its short existence the Baron's Rugby Team has beaten the likes of Yale, the Ohio University, the University of Pittsburgh, and in the first round of the playoffs, Marshall University, a perennial rugby powerhouse. Devin says the bonds of Christian brotherhood negate size and equipment differences. "These guys want to be humble servants. They seek unity and friendship. And that's what it takes to play this game." In keeping with the game's British Isles' roots, Devin wears a kilt to each game. Other team rituals include planting the American flag, the papal flag, and the Barons' Rugby flag on the sidelines. Inviting their opponents to pray with

them at the end of each game has also become an important tradition. At first this gave the Franciscan team a "Biblethumpers' school" image. Now, the other teams often ask, "Will there be prayer afterwards?" Baron "ruggers" as they are known, recount that collectively, these small opportunities to evangelize add up. One opposing player commented, "We love

playing you guys because of the way you act." Another stated, "You don't cuss, what's the deal with you?" Still another struggled with the words to the Our Father during the post-game prayer, as if relearning a long-forgotten prayer. Those involved with the rugby program see it as a manifestation of the writings of Pope John Paul II on the ideal Christian athlete, and the value of sports in its fullest sense. The team can't wait for the spring season to begin, and not just for a chance to play deep into a national tournament again. Sums up business major Matt Schlater, "This has a Christ-centered influence on the University. And the pain gives us a chance to live the resurrection. That's why I like it so much."

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Three cheers for the opposing team.

t least six times each semester Nile O'Mahony fills up the cooler with snacks and makes a 400mile road trip from his New Jersey home to Steubenville. He puts his paint contracting business on hold so he can visit his daughter Erin, a sophomore, and reconnect with the sport of his youth--rugby. Born in Ireland where he "ate, played, and slept rugby," Nile is part coach, part booster of the Barons' Rugby Team. He arrives in Steubenville a day or two before each game to coach the forwards and help mold a young team, many of whom are just learning a scrum from a ruck. (A scrum, by the way, is that often misunderstood moment in rugby when

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They Call Him "Papa"

eight players from each team gather in a clump and begin kicking the ball.) Nile calls rugby a character builder. In the Franciscan team he sees that character being expressed in manly, Christian ways. He's impressed that each player has a prayer buddy to pray for during the season. He admires them for turning down invites from other teams to post-game kegger parties. And he was awestruck when, at an away game, the entire Franciscan team averted their eyes when a female rugby team started changing into uniforms on the sidelines. "That showed me they want to be pure, strong Catholic men" who want evangelize others, he says. "Papa" doesn't talk much, says player J.D. Chism, "but his presence is so inspiring. When he says `well done'

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Nile O'Mahony teaches the fine points of rugby to a player.

with his Irish accent, that means a lot, coming from a man who played on Dublin's senior team." Nile says he's the one who benefits most. "I've become a better husband, a better father, just from being around these guys of faith, and getting to know Father Brian [Cavanaugh, TOR, team chaplain], Father Terry [Henry, TOR], and the other friars. It's like being on a retreat."


Catholic Writers Gather for a

Fellowship of the Pens

By Tim Drake


ut a playwright and a poet together and you're bound to come up with something very creative. That's just what happened when Drama Professor Shawn Dougherty and English Professor Dr. David Craig teamed up to organize and host Franciscan University of Steubenville's first Catholic Writers Festival, September 13-15, 2002. Dougherty originally conceived of the idea as a theater event. "I wanted to bring Dr. Kazimierz Braun to the University to speak," said Dougherty. "David Craig wanted to do a writers' festival, and so the two ideas became one sometime during the spring of 2002." Through funding from individual University departments, a grant from the AMDG Foundation, and the generosity of many of the speakers who presented at no cost, the two organized the festival. In the end 50 presenters, including such renowned Catholic writers as Ron Hansen, Dr. Ralph McInerny, Joseph Pearce, Bud Macfarlane, Jr., and Barbara Nicolosi, 150 non-student participants, and 100 University students attended. Representatives from major Catholic publishing houses--Ascension Press, Emmaus Road, FrancisIsidore Electronic Press, Loyola Press, Our Sunday Visitor, Servant, and Sophia Institute Press-- were on hand to help would-be authors learn how to fine-tune their book proposals, as were editors from publications such as Faith Magazine, National Catholic Register, Lay Witness, This Rock, and Saint Austin Review. Naturally, Franciscan University alumni presenters and participants populated the festival. John Mallon MA '93, former editor

of Oklahoma City's The Sooner Catholic and contributing editor of Inside the Vatican, led a workshop on "Crashing the Secular Media: Keeping Alive the Lewis/Chesterton Tradition." Describing himself as an accidental journalist, Mallon explained how a letter to the editor of a Boston daily launched his writing career. "Following the priest scandal, we face an unusual opportunity," said Mallon. "The Church is in the news. Good editors at leading newspapers want to hear from those who support the Church. Their own columnists and reporters are writing about the bad news, and they want to hear from the other side." Mallon shared methods for submitting opinion pieces to the editors of secular magazines, newspapers, and Web sites. He encouraged writers to do their research, keep the emotion to a minimum, and to use logic and humor. Franciscan University professor and National Catholic Register columnist Dr. Benjamin Wiker presented a session on "Writing and Marketing of Op/Ed Pieces for Both Catholic and Secular Presses." Wiker described the three types of opinion pieces, shared tricks of the trade, and spoke of the importance of timing. He encouraged writers to "start small and write big" and to "illuminate the ephemeral with the eternal." Emily Snyder '99 gave a presentation on fantasy writing titled "Tolkien on the Roof." She received many laughs when she announced, "Tolkien is dead. Get over it," wearing elf ears. "He's not writing anything new." The founder of The Christian Guide

University Professor Dr. Regis Martin presides over mock trial proceedings of Director Peter Jackson for the "desecration" of The Lord of the Rings.

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to Fantasy (, Snyder explained that many Catholics think they can "rest on Tolkien's laurels." Instead, she challenged attendees, telling them that it was their responsibility as Catholic writers to take up where he left off. Snyder also spoke of the special needs of fantasy writing, such as creating valid worlds with rules and laws. Catholics United for the Faith president and Lay Witness publisher Leon Suprenant, Jr., MA '95 co-hosted a session on "Publishing and Editing for Dummies: Starting and Running a Successful Small Publishing House" based upon his experience with Steubenville-based Emmaus Road Publishing. Regina (Doman '92) Schmiedicke, author of Snow White and Rose Red: A

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Modern Fairy Tale, led a workshop on "Writing for Youth and Teens," using a group-discussion format to describe the interests, goals, and needs of the middle school through high school age group. Many alumni, such as Steve Carrigee '93, Heather Sutton '95, Jeanne Diener-Stark '85, and Katrina Zeno '86 attended as well. Kathleen (Alcott) Happ '96 was among them. Happ said the caliber and diversity of the authors who attended amazed her. She particularly enjoyed the presentation by Polish playwright Dr. Kazimierz Braun. During one of Braun's two presentations, he told how the Holy Father writes his encyclicals in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Later, Braun spoke on the difference between covenantal art, which is symbolic of a meeting between God and man, and anti-covenantal art, which is morally indifferent, ignores or denies God, or attacks the faith. Matt and Rachel (Van Durme) Watkins met while they were students at Franciscan and later married. "The festival was wonderful," said Rachel. "As an aspiring writer it was great to get a chance to listen to the experts--Catholics who had succeeded in becoming writers while keeping their faith intact."

Meeting Writers' Needs

The festival served several purposes. It served as an opportunity for writers of all types to learn more about their craft. It served as a forum for writers to pitch ideas to editors and publishers, and it served as a spiritual oasis--an inspiring and affirming time for writers to connect with one another. Dr. David Craig said, "We needed a weekend like this, not only to free our spiritual writing souls, but to know there are many others like us called to write and to use our talents to the greater glory of his name."

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Ron Hansen opened the festival with a talk on the relationship between poets Gerard Manley Hopkins and Robert Bridges. Friends of a sort, they were also harsh critics of each other's work. Given the nature of the conference, the talk was an appropriate keynote, focusing on the companionship between these two men. Within the context of such fellowship, one cannot overlook the importance of the social aspect of this writers' gathering. The festival offered Catholic writers the unique opportunity to gather together as one body. Conversations held in the hallways and on campus between the workshop sessions debated the ever-present questions regarding Catholic writers and their work. "What is Catholic writing?" "What are the merits of fiction?" "What should be fiction's purpose?" "How can we reach beyond the Catholic ghetto?" Both screenwriter Barbara Nicolosi and novelist Ron Hansen emphasized the importance of, first, telling a great story. Hansen and Nicolosi argued that too many stories try too hard to proselytize at the expense of the story. On the other side of the aisle, Marcus Grodi, fresh from writing his first novel, How Firm a Foundation, spoke of his zeal for souls as the driving force behind his book. It is the difference, some say, between Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia. One tries to tell a story. The other tries to prove a point. Both are great stories. Notre Dame professor and mystery

writer Dr. Ralph McInerny reminded participants what a slippery term "writer" is. It includes the biographer, the blogger, the self-published author, the poet, the playwright, the novelist, the apologist, and the journalist. McInerny brought to mind novelist Flannery O'Connor's famous comment that "the Catholic novelist doesn't have to be a saint; he doesn't even have to be a Catholic; he does, unfortunately, have to be a novelist." The conference afforded time to dwell upon the spiritual aspect of one's work, and to have some fun. At the conference's opening, Theology Professor Dr. Regis Martin moderated a mock trial of Peter Jackson for his "desecration" of The Lord of the Rings, and the conference concluded with a performance of Dr. Kazimierz Braun's play, Tamara L. Both participants and presenters said they hoped Franciscan University would consider hosting future festivals. Dougherty said he is not certain the University can support an annual festival, but is considering the possibility of another in 2004. Tim Drake is features correspondent with the National Catholic Register and editor of Saints of the Jubilee, available from

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Steubenville turns into an old-time revival tent, a kind of movable Pentecost feast known as a "Festival of Praise."

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Easter Every Month

Festivals of Praise have been a unique staple of campus life at Franciscan since the early 1980s. These Spirit-filled prayer meetings began after spring break one year, when students organized a post-Easter thanksgiving service, billing it as a "great festival of praise to celebrate the resurrection." And each festival today is still a student-led celebration of the resurrection, of Christ's giving of his Holy Spirit to his apostles on that first Easter night and later at Pentecost, of the renewal and rebirth in the Spirit that Jesus spoke of. The festivals are prayer meetings, a chance to gather to give thanks to the Lord with the joyful noise that the psalmist used to sing about. They are nights filled with singing, short teachings on topics such as prayer and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes they include adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, but every Festival of Praise is about a meeting with the risen Lord. "The goal of the celebration is to lead the people of God deeply into praise-- essentially to lead them into an encounter with the Holy Spirit," says Carole Brown, MA '97, director of Orientation and Evangelistic Outreach who is charged with overseeing the festivals. Brown says that on average 900 to 1,000 people attend each month, many traveling from miles away for the chance to worship in the Spirit.


In the





By David Scott


More than two decades after they began,

Franciscan University's Festivals of Praise

are still making a joyful noise.

t a wallflower's first glance, it looks like a run-of-the-mill college mixer, the kind you'd find on any given campus, on any given Saturday night. The music on the bandstand is loud, guitar-driven contemporary pop. The fieldhouse swells with excited young people cheering and singing along, feet moving to the beat, hands waving high in the air. But as you watch, the picture starts to shift. There's definitely something different in the air. There's fervor, joy, and devotion in the lyrics that splash on the large video screens flanking the stage; between songs, an insistent murmur of praises and thank-yous to Jesus seems to move--at times almost like a physical presence--through the room. After a while, a young woman from the crowd takes the stage, introduced as having a word to deliver to the gathering. "I just had this beautiful image of the baby Jesus," she begins shyly, going on to explain how she was inspired to consider the need for us to make way for Jesus in our hearts, as a mother prepares a cradle for her newborn. It goes on like this for the next two hours--joyous adoration, enthusiastic songs, words of exhortation and inspiration, quiet periods of contemplation and, underlying it all, that incessant murmur of prayer. That's the scene every first Saturday of the month as the Finnegan Fieldhouse on the campus of Franciscan University of

Spirit of Readiness

The Spirit may blow where it wills, as Scripture says, but Franciscan's Festivals of Praise are anything but willy-nilly or haphazard gatherings. A month's worth of preparation and prayer goes into each festival, according to Nathan Halloran, a senior who serves as worship leader. The festival team meets each week to plan the music and the teachings, and most of all to pray to be "open to what God wants to do with the festival," he says. As worship leader, Halloran is a sort of spiritual emcee. He starts each festival with a short introductory talk that

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welcomes regulars and alerts newcomers to expect the unexpected--exuberant examples of worship, people praying in different tongues, giving testimonies and "prophecies," prompted and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Throughout the course of the evening, it's Halloran's job to keep his finger on the pulse of the crowd, to see which way the wind of the Spirit is blowing on this particular night. Music plays a key role in setting the mood, he explains, first in readying students' hearts for the Spirit through songs of praise and later in quieting them down to really listen for the call of the Spirit. Halloran is aided by a "discernment team" charged with determining which "word gifts"--spiritual insights and inspirations received by people in the audience--should be shared from the stage.

Healing Gifts

It is these word gifts and other promptings of the Spirit that make each festival a unique work of God, says Brown. "We can't know ahead of time which prophetic words and prophetic gifts he has for the Body of Christ gathered there," she explains. "The Holy Spirit moving among them will impress upon people with those gifts the words he has for the group." By the power of the Spirit, every festival night is different, and over the years God has worked astonishing

spiritual healings and conversions at the festivals. Brown tells the story of a student who reluctantly attended a Festival of Praise, fearing that the style of worship would be too emotional and enthusiastic for her tastes. During the quiet, contemplative phase of the evening, when audience members began coming forward with their word gifts, the student was astonished at a testimony about a person whose relationship with a family member had become a barrier in that person's relationship with God. Suddenly the student shot up in her chair and declared, "I don't hate my mother anymore," and a life-long animosity was resolved. "Here was this wallflower, who didn't want to go in the first place, and she experienced healing and continues to grow as a young Christian woman," Brown recounts with amazement.

Praise in Perspective

Despite countless inspirational success stories, for a new generation of Franciscan University students, those not reared in the charismatic renewal movement that played such a formative role in shaping the University, the festivals have given rise to a few misunderstandings. Occasionally students will complain about the charismatic emphasis of the festivals. Halloran, who grew up in a charismatic community that serves the poor near the Mexican border in El Paso,

Texas, takes the tussles in stride. "I tell them it's not just about praying with guitar music," he says. "It's about being open to the activity of the Holy Spirit--like the Blessed Mother was." Brown stresses the Second Vatican Council's affirmation that all the baptized can rightly long and pray for an outpouring of the gifts and special graces of the Holy Spirit. She notes, too, that Pope John Paul II, in his 1998 address to the World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities, described "the charismatic dimension" of the Church as " the life, renewal, and sanctification of God's people." For her and many others, something vitally important would be missing from campus life without the Festivals of Praise. The monthly festivals, Halloran says, put everything into perspective: "The festivals empower students in their studies, in their prayer lives. It provides a frame of life for the whole month." David Scott is an associate of the St. Paul Institute for Biblical Theology in Steubenville. His latest book is Praying in the Presence of Our Lord With Dorothy Day.

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rofessor John Korzi was a young man working for West Virginia's Weirton Steel Company in 1955 to pay for graduate school when a little college across the river in Ohio beckoned him to his future. He agreed to teach a summer course at what was then the College of Steubenville and ended up staying for an entire career spanning nearly half a century. But before he began the work that made him into an institution within the institution of Franciscan University, Professor Korzi almost took another, more financially lucrative path. He had been a part-time instructor for two years at the College when he arrived at a crossroads: Weirton Steel wanted to hire him for its personnel department.

A challenging professor and untiring faculty member, John Korzi retires after 47 years on the job.

Professor Korzi stayed so long, as he said in a 1998 lecture on campus, because the University gave him the opportunity to implement his ideas about higher education. He said he has enjoyed witnessing and being part of the growth of the University, which was only in its ninth year when he arrived. "If I had been at a larger school, I would never have had the opportunities to be involved in so many kinds of nascent programs, gain such diversified experiences in teaching, maintain such individual personal contacts with students, and have ideas so readily accepted and implemented." A native of the coal-mining town of Windber, Pennsylvania, Professor Korzi came to Steubenville the day after getting his master's degree in counseling from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He had gone on to graduate school because at the time, he said, his bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Providence College didn't have much practical application. While at Providence, he considered becoming a Dominican priest. He spent a year as a novice and three more years at the order's House of Philosophy. "My

spiritual director and I and others along the line felt that maybe Divine Providence had me set for something else. And it seems that that's what has happened." He later did doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in the psychology of emotionally disturbed children and counseling psychology. Throughout his tenure at Franciscan University, Professor Korzi has become known as much for his academic expertise as for his knowledge of the University's history. In fact, when asked about his own career, he often prefers to segue into talking about the development of the College. Professor Korzi recalls in particular the College's move from a few old houses and an administration building downtown to the top of the hill overlooking the Ohio River. When he first talked with the dean of the College about coming here to teach, he said, Father Dan Egan, TOR, the first president, was busy with "furious planning" for the hilltop campus.

A Distinguished Tenure

By Judy Roberts

"I told the good fathers here, either I will have to work here full-time or go with Weirton Steel." They offered him a promotion to assistant professor and director of a then-nonexistent testing and counseling office, but at half the salary the steel company was prepared to offer. He talked to his wife Mary, and together they decided that since his first love was teaching, they would manage on the lesser salary, even with the addition of a son to their family. It is a decision Professor Korzi has never regretted, as evidenced by his 47year tenure at the University, which ended with his retirement from full-time teaching in December.

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While the college-on-the-hill was co-founding the Bachelor of Science in being planned, Professor Korzi was Social Work Program in 1993. involved in his own building project: During his long tenure, Professor helping the school gain accreditation Korzi adjusted to the changing needs of from the North Central Association. The students by immersing them in the college had failed its initial accreditation practical aspects of their studies so they review, and Professor are doing more than taking notes Korzi and other memand highlighting facts in a "He is deeply bers of the 30-member concerned about textbook. All the programs he faculty were charged not founded incorporate internships, the perception only with teaching, but enabling students to get practical of the human participating in commitexperience with clientele. tee work to see that the In the classroom, he often person, how required standards were divided his students into others understand met. The College study groups of eight, required our humanity, reapplied to North them to write case studies of Central in 1959 and but even more themselves citing important accreditation was influences and events in their importantly granted in 1960. lives, and instructed them to how we treat Over his nearly five make up their own psychological one another." decades at Franciscan tests. Some tests they devised, he University, Professor said, were worthy of publication. Korzi has observed many changes in the Professor Korzi said such methods campus, the students, and the curriculum. have helped bring the abstract material The most significant of these, he said, taught in the freshman and sophomore occurred in 1974 with the arrival of a years down to the practical application priest who had been affiliated with the level in the junior and senior years. Catholic charismatic renewal, Father His style of teaching has earned him Michael Scanlan, TOR. high praise from his students, who have At the time, Professor Korzi recalled, nominated him many times for Teacher of the College's full-time enrollment had the Year, and from Father Scanlan, now plummeted from a high of 1,100 to 600. University chancellor, who called him During what he calls "the Scanlan "one of the most diligent faculty members period," the University not only gained in the history of the University." enrollment, but added seven master's "Professor Korzi has been very degree programs, including a Master of attentive to students and the most Arts in Counseling. Professor thorough faculty member in following up Korzi started that program while the careers of former students," Father he was chairman of the DepartScanlan said. ment of Psychology, a post he One of those students, Tim Rogers held from 1962, when he '02, now in graduate school at Cleveland founded the department, until State University, said of his former 1999. professor, "[He] challenges me. His Over the years, the departpresence reminds me that I too must seek ment has sent 375 students on more earnestly to understand the human to 90 different universities person, and that these attempts can only throughout the United States lead to the betterment of myself and for graduate work. The group those whom I encounter." includes six lawyers and four Rogers, who served as president of physicians. the Gemelli Society, another Korzi Professor Korzi also is creation, and was the winner of the credited with starting the Gemelli Award as outstanding graduating University's Counseling Depart- senior, said although Professor Korzi is a ment in 1957, the Department remarkable teacher, he thinks of him first of Sociology in 1964, and the as a caring person dedicated to the service Bachelor of Science in Mental of others. Health Program in 1977, and "He is deeply concerned about the

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perception of the human person, how others understand our humanity, but even more importantly how we treat one another. I can only say that I am touched by the love that he possesses for his family and friends. "He also has my deepest respect and admiration for having endured the loss of two wives to cancer. These unfortunate life events have not stopped him from teaching others how to value the gift of life." Professor Korzi's first wife, Mary, was an elementary schoolteacher and his second wife, Audrey, served as the University's registrar for 30 years. When Professor Korzi retired at the age of 74, he planned to continue doing psychological consulting and working in some capacity for the Diocese of Steubenville and Catholic Charities.

1968: Professor Korzi gives a psychological testing demonstration with Damien McCann '68, now a PhD in private practice.

He also expects to have some time to pursue his avocations in "psychohistory," the development of biography by looking at the psychological influences on the subject's life, and early Renaissance art. About the same time he became interested in early Renaissance art, Professor Korzi began writing poetry. He has had several poems and drawings published in the University's literary magazine over the years and continues to gather his poems and drawings for future publication. His view of retirement, he said, is summed up in a statement made by Bernard Baruch, economic advisor to several presidents, who, when asked at 84 when he would retire, said, "A man can't retire his experience." Judy Roberts is a journalist living in Millbury, Ohio.


Bob and Sheila Tiballi live in Oak Brook, Illinois, with their daughter, Francesca, 5. Bob started Germbusters, his infectious disease practice, in 1996. His Web site is He is also an assistant clinical professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago College of Medicine.


Air Combat Command Public Affairs as a newspaper consultant.


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Larry and Kathleen "Katy" (Tuthill) Finneran had a great time at the 1960s Alumni Reunion. Larry is a senior vice president at WesBanco Bank, Inc., and Katy teaches kindergarten at Wheeling Catholic. They live in Wheeling, West Virginia, and are the parents of Bill, Kara, Pat, Megan, and Amy.

Kathleen (Colligan) Cleary recently finished playing a lead role in an independent film, From the Diary of a New York Lady, based on the short story by Dorothy Parker. Classmates won't recognize her, as she had to go blonde for the film! She has also been promoted to associate professor and coordinator of the performing arts at Clark State Community College.

Christiaan Alting von Geusau married Paola Castillo Fernandez in Guadalajara, Mexico, on July 7, 2001, in the Basilica of Santa Maria de Gracia. They live in Brussels, Belgium, with their son, Frederick, born May 24, 2002. Christiaan sends special greetings to all the brothers of Mathetai Christou.


Sherri (Nally) McGrath lives in Normal, Illinois, with her husband Brendan. She says, "Hello" to the Myriam Agape girls and all the '92 graduates. Josh and Deborah (Hodsdon '93) Piccirilli live in Forest Hill, Maryland, with their four children Gabriel, 7, Grace, 4, Sophia, 2, and Francesca, 1. Josh works for Piccirilli Group in advertising and Deborah, a stay-at-home mom, works as an RN a few hours a week.



Steve and Bridget (Berg '93) Patton recently adopted two girls, Krystena Marie and Jacinta Grace, who were baptized at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Florida, on July 20, 2002.

Marcy (Marian) Burke lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has retired from teaching to spend time with her children. She has been successful in contacting some old classmates, but is still looking for Eileen Hernon and wonders if anyone has heard from her. Peter (MA '92) and Katie (Petko '01) Murphy live in Orchard Lake, Michigan. Peter works as director of student formation and development at St. Mary's College of Ave Maria University, and Katie is a guidance counselor at Mercy High School. They can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or [email protected] Eric Zipf married Alexa Major on November 24, 2001, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they reside. Eric was elected co-chairman of the staff senate at Santa Fe Community College. He is also a member of the western regional board of the Alliance for Community Media. He says, "Hello to the brothers of Alpha Phi Delta. Drop in for a visit if you journey to the beautiful southwest."

Jim Gartner is an associate controller at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. His daughter Lindsay followed in her father's footsteps and enrolled in fall 2002 at Franciscan University. At orientation weekend, Jim and his wife Tricia ran into former classmates Ed and Ginny (Spencer '84) Pankus '83. He welcomes e-mail from former classmates and friends at [email protected]


Josh '92 and Deborah (Hodsdon '93) Piccirilli and family.


Shawn (Olson) Cesario lives with her daughters, Maria and Angeline, in Mundelein, Illinois. She works as an infection control nurse at Condell Hospital. She says, "Hello to all nurses who graduated in '83; contact me if you are ever in Chicago." Eileen (Jones) Lombardi and her husband Steve happily announce the birth of their son, Stephen Antonio, on March 7, 2002. They thank St. Francis and St. Clare for their intercession and role in the miracle of Stephen's birth. The family resides in Silver Spring, Maryland. Friends can e-mail them at [email protected]


Mary (Burke) and Michael Faber joyfully announce the birth of Burke Xavier on February 7, 2002. He joins Hannah, 10, Nicholas, 8, Moriah, 7, Michaela, 6, and Claire, 4. Bryan and April Purtell welcomed the birth of their first child, Colin Shane, on August 12, 2002. Bryan was recently promoted to 1st Lieutenant in the US Air Force and works for


Jeff '93 and Jo Hauge and family with Brother Sean and CFR's in South Bronx.

Jason and Jeanette Clark announce the birth of their first child, Michael Andrew, on August 29, 2002. After living in Phoenix, Arizona, for a year, they recently moved back to Denver.


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Judith Coopy lives in Guangzhou, China, and is beginning her sixth year of teaching as a professor of English, writing, and culture at Guangdong Business College.

Kevin Schmiesing is the contact person for the upcoming reunion of The Rock/In His Image Household. The reunion will be the weekend of March 29-30, 2003. Anyone interested in attending should contact him at [email protected] Mindy Voigt lives in Juneau, Alaska. She was recently promoted to analyst/programer II-- information systems liaison. She works with computer programers to fix and create new programs for the division of Retirement and Benefits for the state of Alaska.

Jim and Andrea (Bede '97) Hornecker live in South Elgin, Illinois, with their children Jacob, 6, Zachary, 3, and Catherine, born June 2002. Jim's book, The Lion's Roar: A Beginner's Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark, was published in November 2002. They say, "Hello" to Agape, In His Image, and Brothers of St. Peter. Jana (Kabiling) and Joseph Patterson were married on July 20, 2002. Joseph teaches at St. John's College in Washington, DC, and Jana works as an assistant event planner. The couple resides in Silver Spring, Maryland. Laurie (Grab) and Frank Traglia married on June 29, 2001. They live in Richfield Springs, New York. Laurie works as the liturgy coordinator at St. Mary's Church in Cooperstown, New York.


Judith Coopy '93 in Mongolia.


Mary (Boland) Belew lives in Lewisville, Texas. She sends her greetings and prayers to Agape and Hearts of Fire! She thinks of you often and would love to receive e-mail from all her friends. You can reach her at [email protected] Mike and Diane Deck married February 26, 2000. They reside in Rochester Hills, Michigan, with their son, Alexander John, born May 12, 2001. Mike has left the audio visual field and is running MD Creative Services, while Dianne is an OB/GYN in Detroit. They send their best wishes to the lost brothers of Alpha Pi Chi. Mike can be reached at [email protected]


Grace Abruzzo left a seven-year teaching career to begin full-time chastity education in New York. She has founded Love for Life, Inc. She would love to hear from anyone involved in similar work. Her e-mail address is [email protected] Jennifer (Mincher) Gaddie and her husband Greg say, "Hello to the Servants of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus!" She has been nursing at the Pope Paul VI Institute for almost five years where she also teaches as a practitioner of the Creighton model fertility care system. She is still singing and released a second CD this summer with Cor Sanctum. She can be reached at [email protected] George and Lynn Kapusinski wed in September 2001. George is the IT manager of a regional accounting firm in Baltimore, and Lynn is the founder and president of Faith Journeys Foundation. The Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl, bishop of Pittsburgh, endorsed her book, Making Your Way After Your Parents Divorce.

Laurie (Grab '96) and Frank Traglia at their June 2001 wedding with alumni and friends.


Jennifer Brown moved to Michigan after working for the Archdiocese of Boston for the last five years. She asks that people say a prayer for the youth of south Boston, and for the adults and ministers to find the resources to continue their ministry. She can be reached at [email protected] Roger and Rebecca (Tardiff '90) Camp announce the birth of their fifth child, John Burl, on January 30, 2002. They live in Lorain, Ohio, where Rebecca is a stay-athome mom, and Roger is the director of religious education at Holy Trinity Church in Avon, Ohio. They say, "Hello," to members of Earthen Vessels and Acacia.

Michael '94 and Diane Deck with son Alexander.

Jim and Therese (Nagle '93) Griffin live in Manassas, Virginia. Therese is a full-time mom and part-time labor and delivery nurse at Fairfax Hospital. Jim works at the US Patent and Trademark Office as a trademarkexamining attorney. They have two children, Will, 2, and Caroline, 1.

George Kapusinski '95 and wife Lynn at their September 2001 wedding.

Paul Doetsch lives in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, and works as the youth group coordinator for St. Joseph's Parish. He says, "Hi,"

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Father Joseph Williams was ordained at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota, on May 25, 2002, by Archbishop Harry Flynn. He currently serves as parochial vicar at St. Paul Cathedral. Amalia Zea says, "Hello to all Love of the Lamb Household and Austria Fall '96 alumni." She is praying for you all! She lives in Irondale, Alabama, and works as an associate producer for EWTN.

Corporation. They can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

to his household brothers in Soldiers Under Command and prays for them every day. He can be reached at [email protected] Jim and Eva (Zemanek '96) Gontis live in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, with their four children, Anna, Stephen, Maria, and John. Jim works as a director of religious education for the Diocese of Harrisburg. Ann Koehler is starting her third year at Cedarcrest Academy in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Sister Francisca J. Nzeke is now a member of the provincial council of the congregation, and the principal of St. Thomas Aquinas School in the Diocese of Lokoja, Nigeria. Stephani Placek teaches freshman and sophomore religion classes at Joliet Catholic Academy. She also hosts a Rosary group at her home on Thursdays. Any alumni or students in the Naperville, Illinois, area are welcome to attend. Michelle (Lee Loy) and Nathan Roberts live in Clinton Township, Michigan, with their son Kolbe. Friends can reach her at [email protected]


Jeffrey Kirby is currently in Rome working on his priestly studies at the Gregorian. He sends his greetings to the Brothers of the Eternal Song, the library staff, and the Student Life Office. Kristy Kubasak teaches third and fourth grade at St. Maria Goretti Academy in Sacramento, California, and does free-lance writing when she can. She also helps on a Life Teen core team and plays indoor soccer. She sends greetings to Misericordia Divina, Brothers in the Spirit, and Bellwether households. She urges people to come visit her. She can be reached at [email protected]

Natalie (Ingram '01) and Chris Chiappone '00 wed December 8, 2001.

Ginny Dauses loves working as the director of youth ministry at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Derwood, Maryland. She is doing very well and would like to get back in touch with all her Steubenville friends. She can be reached at [email protected] Jake and Christine (DeWolf '98) Geurkink proudly announce the birth of their first child, Matthew Howard, on May 7, 2002. Matthew's godparents are David and Teresa (Sanders '00) DeWolf '99. Jake and Christine both work at St. Ann's Church in Washington, DC. They would love to hear from friends at [email protected] or [email protected]

Father Anthony O. Adebusuyi returned to the Ondo Diocese, Nigeria, in December to do pastoral work. He looks forward to working in the area of marriage and family life. Gina Castellani is an oblate lay associate working with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in retreat and youth ministry. She is currently enrolled in her first year of the Master's of Divinity Program at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. She would love to hear from any household sisters or brothers in Agape or Hearts of Fire at [email protected] Melvin and Vivienne (Almagro '97) Ventura are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Braden Sebastian on May 6, 2002. Braden joins big sister Hannah, 3. They live in McKinney, Texas.


Kristy Kubasak '99, Avram Brown '97, Elijah Brown'02, and Tony Braun '02 at Avram Brown's ordination to the transitional diaconate for the Diocese of Sacramento, May 27, 2002.


Matthew and Rebecca (Hagar) Brounstein married on August 4, 2001. On July 17, 2002, they were blessed with a daughter, Gabrielle Marie. Matt is currently teaching and finishing his doctorate in philosophy at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They send a big "Hello" and prayers to Theotokos and Knights of the Holy Queen. Christopher and Natalie (Ingram '01) Chiappone were married on December 8, 2001, in Denver, Colorado. They live in Annapolis, Maryland, where Chris is pursuing a career in Internet security at Trustwave

Jake '00 and Christine (DeWolf '98) Geurkink at the baptism of son, Matthew Howard. Godparents are David '99 and Teresa (Sanders '00) DeWolf.

Jim and Susanna (Snyder '01) Houska announce the birth of daughter Elizabeth Hope, on July 19, 2002. They say, "Hi," to all Magnificat and Regnum Christi. They would love to hear from friends. Their e-mail address is [email protected] Kevin and Donella (Cotter) Jacobs were married in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, on


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May 25, 2002. They currently reside in Memphis, Tennessee, where Kevin is the director of Life Teen at St. Francis of Assisi Church, and Donella is a nurse at St. Jude Children's Hospital. You may contact them at [email protected] Mary (Ascough MA '00) married Damian Schönborn on February 2, 2002, in County Wicklow, Ireland. Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, celebrated their nuptial Mass and guests included a dozen alumni. The couple makes their home in Austria.

Cards can be sent to her family at 3910 Colonial Road, Roseburg, OR 97470. Tara (Knob '96) Thompson and Anastasia (Kakos '97) Suchoski are coordinating donations for a memorial from the Philothea Household. You can contact Tara at [email protected] or Anastasia at [email protected]

Julie (Yochim '01) and Corey Ferraro on their wedding day, June 1, 2002, with Roses of the Immaculate Heart Household.


Mary Garbe lives in Lake Bluff, Illinois, and teaches first and second grade at East Lake Academy. She loved seeing her Sacrifice of Love sisters at their recent household reunion.

Libby, Nate, Seamus, and Aidan Waters.

William Bettcher, father of Tim Bettcher '97 died recently. Lillian Palicki, Tim's grandmother also passed away this fall.

Mar y Ascough (MA '00) and Damian Schönborn on their wedding day, February 2, 2002.

In Memoriam


James B. Hagerty '72 died September 24, 2002, in Davenport, Florida. He was a 28year employee of Weirton Steel and retired in 1988. He is survived by his wife MaryAnn, sons, Brian and Pat, and daughters, Maureen, Colleen, Marian, Marilyn, and Karen '91. Charles S. Lafferty '60 died October 9, 2002, in Weirton, West Virginia. Charlie worked for many years at Weirton Steel where he held many positions in the Human Resources Department. His wife, four children, and six grandchildren survive him. Monsignor James C. Marshall, pastor of Holy Rosary Church in Steubenville, Ohio, died September 19, 2002. He was an honorary alumnus and recipient of the Bishop Mussio Alumni Award in 1992. Libby (Hartranft) Waters '98 died November 20, 2002. Libby suffered a brain aneurysm in August 2001. Her husband, Nate Waters '98, died in August 2000 of cancer. In addition to their parents and siblings, Libby and Nate are survived by their young sons, Seamus and Aidan. Two of Libby's sisters, Cheryl (Hartranft '89) Fitzpatrick and Wendy Hartranft '95, are alumnae.

Mark Grabinski, a 22-year-old senior English writing major, died October 2, 2002, in a single car accident in Steubenville. Mark is survived by his parents, Jerry and Jackie Grabinski, and sister Lisa. A Mass of Christian Burial was held for Mark in Finnegan Fieldhouse on Monday, October 7, 2002, with more than 1,200 family members, friends, and students in attendance.

New Web Address

Franciscan University's domain name has changed from to All e-mail addresses have also changed to [email protected] Please make these changes immediately. After March 3, 2003, e-mail to the old domain name will be undeliverable.

Christine (Clark '02) and John Brooks '01 with Hearts of Fire and Agape households at their wedding reception.

Keep in Touch

Julie (Yochim) and Corey Ferraro were married on June 1, 2002. They live in Erie, Pennsylvania. Julie works in the public relations office for the Millcreek School District, and Corey is the director of youth activities at St. George Church.

If you have changed jobs, married, had a baby, or been involved in an interesting service or activity, let us know! E-mail your notice to [email protected] or send to: Audrey Vaughan, Alumni Relations Office, Franciscan University, 1235 University Blvd., Steubenville, OH 43952, or call Audrey at 800-783-6447. Quality photos of alumni will be used as space permits and returned upon your request. Digital photos must be of good quality and 300 dpi or higher.

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Class of 1952

Michael Rodak


n December 17, 2002, dignitaries, including several Supreme Court justices, gathered at the ornate offices of the US Supreme Court Building to pay tribute to one of their own, Michael Rodak, Jr., 81, former Clerk of the Court. An oil painting of Rodak was presented for permanent display, and words of praise were given in his honor. It was a fitting tribute to a man whose preparation for a career with the highest court of the land began at age 20 when, with $2 in his pocket, he left his West Virginia home and enlisted in the US Army Air Force at the onset of World War II. His strong administrative skills soon made him the youngest sergeant major in North Africa. "They chose me over some older guys because I could make decisions, adapt to a changing environment," says Rodak. When the war ended, Mike returned home and plunged into the demands of college and raising a family. He took classes at the College of Steubenville in the morning, helped fit customers into suits at the family-owned Rodak Men's Store in the afternoons, and balanced the clothing store's books at night. "I had a wife and family to support, and I didn't want to fall into debt," he says of the work ethic that carried him throughout life. After graduating with honors in 1952, Rodak became the first graduate from the College of Steubenville to be accepted at Georgetown Law School. Soon after graduating with two law degrees he became a member of the Washington, DC, bar, the West Virginia bar, and later, the US Supreme Court bar. It has been said that success is 95 percent hard work, 5 percent luck. That combination paid off when US Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren called the dean of Georgetown Law School, looking for bright, new talent. With the dean's rec-

ommendation, Rodak became a deputy clerk for the US Supreme Court in 1956. He rose in rank, and in 1972, following the unanimous vote of the nine Supreme Court justices, was selected as Clerk of the Court. The job title is misleading. The clerk is the chief administrative officer for all Supreme Court activities, charged with overseeing up to 4,000 cases a year. Rodak put to good use his military training directing men and machinery and deftly orchestrated the movement of attorneys, plaintiffs, and staffers during what became one of the busiest periods in the history of the US Supreme Court. "I always said, `The buck stops with the clerk,'" says Mike. "I put in 70-hour weeks and handled 95 percent of the correspondence submitted to the Court. What most people don't realize is that the justices have no interactions with attorneys until they get to the courtroom. The clerk is responsible for virtually all that goes on before and after the decision is reached." During his tenure as clerk Mike ushered in the computerization of all court affairs and developed an open office plan for greater efficiency. He says his Franciscan training instilled in him an appreciation for the less fortunate. Each year he helped nearly 2,000 lawyers representing clients without funds; he regularly answered handwritten letters from prisoners and paupers seeking to address the court. For these efforts he received the National Public Defenders Award in 1981. From decisions ranging from Daniel Ellsburg's infamous Pentagon Papers to Roe v. Wade and the court's agonizing decision over government access to former President Nixon's private papers, Rodak recognizes that he was a part of history.

Photo by Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Michael Rodak poses next to his official portrait, now on display in the West Conference Room of the US Supreme Court Building. He also recognizes that he wasn't the one making history--that was up to the nine Supreme Court Justices. "I never got involved in the merits of the case. I was there to write up the orders, collect the briefs, set the calendar. The justices write the opinion," he reflects. Rodak reluctantly retired in 1980 to care for his ailing wife, Patricia. "As a Christian, I knew it was more important to help her than continue working." Last year he established the Rodak Family Endowed Scholarship for needy students seeking to attend Franciscan University. The scholarship is in part a tribute to his wife, who died in 1995. It's also his way of helping young students achieve their dreams. Mike's advice for anyone starting out: "Don't be afraid to try new things. You have to take risks!" --Tom Sofio

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Remembering the Sixties

Katie Vargo '98

Director of Alumni Relations

y the time you read this I'm sure much of Steubenville will be blanketed with snow, but at the moment my mind is on fall. I love fall. When I was a little kid my parents would drive us up to northern Arizona to see the Aspens turn colors. Actually they only turned one color--gold. And you basically had one weekend to catch the magnificent display before the leaves fell to the ground. I don't know what I enjoyed more: the breathtaking scenery or riding in the back of our VW bus with a bunch of snacks. Now that I live in what I consider the East, I delight in the fall even more. Leaves change multiple colors over a period of weeks, the air is crisp, and I get to pull my boots out of the closet. Adding to my enjoyment this fall was the arrival of an enthusiastic group of alumni, many of whom had not been back to campus for years. The weekend of September 21-22, 2002, brought close to 100 alumni back to campus for the 1960s Alumni Reunion. Chaired by Don Plagman '66, the weekend was a mix of eating, reminiscing, dancing, and tours of campus. There were laughter and hugs and picture taking galore at the cocktail social that kicked off the reunion. At dinner that night University President Father Terence Henry, TOR, welcomed the group back to campus, calling them important members of the University family. Don took everyone on a trip down memory lane, reminding them of such places and events as the Christmas parade, float building, John's Sausage Shop, The Boulevard, and Mass in Room 115 (now Anathan Theatre). Door prizes were given to those who had traveled the farthest: Michael "Chief" '66 and Elvia Kalman and Anna

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Majewski '63 who made the trek from California; the first person to register, Frank Lyons '67, and the first alumni couple to register, Tom and Joanne (Sholtis '61) McDonald '60. The group danced until almost midnight to tunes from the sixties and early seventies. Father Brian Cavanaugh, TOR '69, Community Relations/OIT Associate, attended the dinner with his classmates and commented to me later, "It was fun being with my people again." The University's archives provided some wonderful pictures and other memorabilia for the display including freshman beanies and College of Steubenville pennants. On Sunday morning we gathered for Mass in Christ the King Chapel, then it was off to the Gallery in the J.C. Williams Center to feast on brunch. Rose DeFede '60, director of Community Development, gave an insightful presentation on the artwork in the Gallery, and then classmates exchanged good-byes. Following the reunion, we received this open letter to Father Terry and our students from attendees, Gene '68 and Anne (Van Camp '70) Ventimiglia: "What a terrific weekend my husband and I had on your campus. We were among the alumni from the sixties who returned to the College of Steubenville--now Franciscan University of Steubenville. "Thank you for your warm hospitality, your smiles, and greetings. Thank you for sharing conversations with us at Saturday lunch in your cafeteria. Thank you for sharing the Eucharist with us during the deeply spiritual Masses on Saturday and Sunday. "In the sixties, our college was a `place apart' from the rest of the world.

Now, your Franciscan University is, in so many ways, ` o t h e r worldly'... a place for God, for prayer, for contemplation, for m i n i s t r y, for learning, and for George '66 and Mel Dougherty s h a r i n g dance the night away at the deep spiri- 1960s Alumni Reunion. tual love--even with strangers. "I believe that during the sixties at our college, the good Franciscans were sowing seeds with God. Now that we've seen the University today, we've been able to share in the fruitful time. "God bless you all. Let's pray for each other." I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all the alumni who returned to campus for the reunion. It was such a pleasure to meet you and hear about your experiences at the University. I would especially like to thank our reunion chairman, Don Plagman '66, who spent a great deal of time and energy organizing the weekend, including hours on the phone inviting alumni and planning meetings. The sixties reunion was such a great weekend I'd like to host one this fall for alumni from the 1970s. If you are an alumnus from the seventies and you're ready for a reunion with your classmates, please call or e-mail me so we can start planning ([email protected] or 740-283-6340, Ext. 4325).

M. Skees


By Melissa Zifzal

Prof. Stephanie Batalo

Associate Professor of Graduate Nursing

Prof. Beate Engel-Doyle

Assistant Professor of German

Dr. Jim Slater

Professor of Chemistry

Just ask Professor Stephanie (Stevie) Batalo what she likes about teaching at Franciscan University, and her whole face lights up. "I've always loved to share what I've learned," she says. "When I heard Franciscan University was starting a Master of Science in Nursing Program, I thought it would be a wonderful way to help promote a Family Nurse Practitioner Program in our valley." A registered nurse since 1969, Batalo earned nurse practitioner certification in 1995, becoming the first in the Ohio Valley to do so. "It's an exciting time to be an advanced practice nurse," she says. "As our role becomes more understood, there are more opportunities to work in a variety of areas." As required for licensure and certification in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, Batalo maintains a practice with a local physician. A nurse practitioner can provide primary care to patients, order diagnostic tests, and write prescriptions. She must also continue her education requirements and does so as a doctoral student at California Coast University. Batalo previously served as an instructor at Trinity School of Nursing for 10 years. In her third year at Franciscan University, her favorite classes to teach are Health Problems I and II because they deal with the "nitty gritty" of the nurse practitioner profession, covering clinical presentations, actual diagnoses, and treatment plans. In her free time, Batalo enjoys spending time with her family, going to musicals, reading mysteries, and playing with her dog. Batalo and her husband Mitch live in Steubenville and have four grown children, Michelle, Millicent, Lindsay, and Michael.


Born in Fulda, Germany, Beate EngelDoyle came to the US in 1984 as part of a one-year university exchange program, studying in Bowling Green State University's American Studies MA Program. As a graduate assistant teaching English composition and literature, she realized she loved teaching and decided to extend her stay in the States. While at Bowling Green, she met her husband, Dr. Robert Doyle. It took some time to adjust to life in the US, but Engel-Doyle says she particularly enjoys Americans' prevalent spirit of optimism. "Americans have such a positive outlook, a `We can do it' attitude," she says. Engel-Doyle has taught German at Franciscan University since 1992 and recently helped establish a German major program. She likens teaching to writing and directing a play. "It's not a onewoman-show--it's interaction and dialogue," she says. Whatever class she is teaching at any given moment is her favorite class. "Seeing my first-year German students interact a little more every day is just as gratifying as teaching a culture and literature class involving fine-tuning," she explains. Her love for teaching led her to co-author a textbook program, Alles in Allem, which includes workbooks and audiocassettes. She uses the series in her 300-level German classes. Engel-Doyle's husband Robert, associate professor of history, joined the University faculty in 2000. "I'm overjoyed that we're teaching at the same university," she says. In her free time, Engel-Doyle enjoys reading literature, tending her flowers, and spending time with friends. She and Robert attend Holy Family Catholic Church and reside in Steubenville.

A chemistry professor since 1974, Dr. Jim Slater has seen Franciscan University evolve from a tiny, troubled school to a renowned institution of higher learning. He's also seen the University's science facilities relocate from cramped quarters in Egan Hall to the spacious Saints Cosmas and Damian Science Hall. He counts his 10-year involvement in its plan and design among his most rewarding experiences in a career he loves. "I deal with what I love--chemistry--and I get to talk about it as a job," he says. "I look at the clock, and if it's 4 p.m., I always wish it's 3 p.m. so I can get a little more done." Although inorganic chemistry is Slater's main field of expertise, environmental pollution has become an additional area of interest, and he has received several grants to study air pollution. Most recently, Slater and Dr. Gerald Keeler of the University of Michigan received a $350,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate the quantity of mercury gas and particles in Steubenville's air. According to Slater, Franciscan University is the first mercury study site in the state of Ohio. In addition, Slater was instrumental in obtaining funding to install solar energy panels that will enable chemistry, engineering, and physics students to study a variety of energy sources. Slater attends Wintersville United Methodist Church, serving on various committees as needed. He also volunteers as a youth soccer referee and schedules referees for up to 60 games each week during soccer season. He and his wife Dianne live in Steubenville and have two grown daughters, Jill and Beth, and four grandchildren.

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The Other Three R's


or most education majors, the three R's stand for reading, writing, and 'rithmetic, but not for senior Maureen Kaufmann and junior Barb Busana. They stand for reduce, reuse, and recycle. Since last January, the two Steubenville mothers have been up to their educational necks in recycling information. Through a grant received from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Maureen and Barb were hired as educational interns by the Jefferson County Recycling and Litter Prevention Office. Their mission? To create a curriculum guideline book, two videos, and an interactive CD-ROM to teach the three R's in rural areas for grades K-7. Using three colorful robots and a reduce, reuse, and recycle theme song,

By Katrina J. Zeno

Recycling Facts

· 14

million printer cartridges are thrown away every year. with water. Only 3 percent is drinkable. recycled.

· 75 percent of the Earth is covered

· Brown and green glass cannot be · Styrofoam never decomposes.

Recycling Tips

· Buy a big bag of chips instead of

10 little ones. possible.

· Buy cardboard packaging whenever · Look for the recycling symbol on


· If you see garbage collecting somewhere, call your local health department or sheriff 's office.

their materials present vital environmental statistics: A glass bottle never decomposes. An aluminum can biodegrades in 200-400 years. Forty percent of all waste is paper. Natural resources and fossil fuels can't be replaced. For many kids, the ideas are new. A fifth grader named Jeremy thought garbage "disappeared" in a year or two. Another grade-schooler, Cody, never Barb Busana and Maureen Kaufmann present a recycling realized how much humans lesson to local students. pollute the earth. A thirdgrade class weighed their daily trash after the teacher talk and talk." hearing Barb and Maureen explain how The internship also tapped Barb's much garbage is generated each year. creative flair. Working closely with Besides the habit of recycling, the Technimedia, a local production comcurriculum also emphasizes reducing and pany, Barb put artistic expression to reusing. "We encourage the kids to reuse Maureen's ideas. Among the results were paper, to give away old toys and clothes, 20 games and puzzles on the CD-ROM, and to buy something in a biodegradable including dragging trash to the appropripackage instead of a bottle," Barb says. ate recycle bins and the highly popular The choice to reduce, reuse, and recycle baseball game. Since Maureen's recycle really begins at the grocery store. area of certification will be as an interNo longer do we pluck a couple of eggs vention specialist, the CD-ROM has an from the hen shed or put out reusable additional level for special needs students bottles for the milkman. Instead, many and is entirely auditory for the vision items travel long distances to get to the impaired. After successfully completing grocery store so packaging has gotten the games, each student receives an sturdier and prepackaged convenience "Expert Recycler" certificate. foods are the norm. This leads to tons With over 300 illegal dumpsites in and tons of waste--over one million tons Jefferson County, waste disposal is a per year in Jefferson County. problem too big--and too ugly--to "The three R's are really about ignore. Barb and Maureen hope schools making conscious choices," Barb says. throughout the county and the state will "Our hope is to educate the kids so they purchase their curriculum and educate a can educate their parents." new generation of expert recyclers. In the process, Barb and Maureen "The 3 R's are not primarily about received their own education. Researchwaste but about stewardship," Maureen ing, writing lesson plans, testing the says. "The Earth is a gift from God, curriculum in nine schools, and revising and we need to teach our children to their lessons plans provided an intense respect the Earth, each other, and where practicum and mountains of confidence. we live." "I was able to evaluate how I teach and what needed to change," Maureen says. Katrina J. Zeno '86 is a conference and "I learned that most kids want someretreat speaker for Women of the Third thing hands-on rather than listening to Millennium (

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St. Colette (1381­1447)

By Susan Lloyd


n a world where human suffering is regarded as the ultimate evil, Catholics can find a patroness in St. Colette. To her, suffering was one of the world's greatest gifts. While most Catholics pray for resignation to our crosses, Colette actively sought suffering. Paradoxically, Colette came into the world during its most joyous season, Christmas. On January 13, 1381, holiday celebrations were still going full blast. Her parents named her Nicolette after the blithe and beloved St. Nick. Colette's father was employed as a carpenter at a Benedictine abbey. Perhaps it was there that she formed her first positive impressions of contemplative life. These would soon burst into ardent desire. At age 17 Colette was at a crossroads in life. Recently orphaned, she was then under the guidance of a Benedictine abbot. He believed she should marry. Instead, she followed her heart's desire and sought a quiet place where she could practice a life of penance. Penance was not long in coming. Colette's first three attempts to fit into different religious communities failed. Yet she remained convinced that God was calling her out of the world. So she became a hermit. By age 21, the blossoming saint had become a Franciscan tertiary. She had herself enclosed in a cell within a church. A grill looked out onto the only view she wanted, the sanctuary. After a time heaven willed that Colette come out and share her talents with the world. St. Francis appeared to her with a request: reform the Poor


Clares, lately scant on severity. Who better to fix matters than Colette, the lover of penances? One source has it that she hesitated at first. The result was three days of blindness and three days of dumbness. As hard as it may be for the modern mind to accept that such an affliction could come from the hand of good St. Francis, consider how Colette took it. She viewed as a sign and offered it up. She then embraced her new mission with zeal. Preach austerity she did, but no one listened. So Colette put on a patched habit and led by example, barefoot. She walked all the way to the home of false pope, Benedict XIII. As did most of the French in her day, Colette believed he was the true pope. He backed her mission by several papal bulls and made her superior of all the Poor Clare convents that would accept her reform. At first, most of the convents were inhospitable. At least one community flat out called her a sorceress. Little by little, however, people became convinced of her holiness. In the end she founded 17 convents. Colette had the supernatural gifts of visions and miracles. She had great devotion to the Passion and would go into extended periods of ecstasy after Holy Communion. The saints would often appear to her. They were not alone. She also saw the devil. He tempted and tortured her much the way he later did to the Curè of Ars. He seemed to forget that Colette was the sort who liked to have unpleasant things to offer up. She told her sisters, "If there be a

true way that leads to the Everlasting Kingdom, it is most certainly that of suffering, patiently endured." Somewhere in her many travels Colette met St. Vincent Ferrer. The two saints were destined to straighten out the mess created by having too many popes. Though known for his golden preaching and miracles, such as raising people from the dead, St. Vincent was also deceived by Benedict XIII. In fact, Vincent's famed holiness helped convince others to follow the pope of Avignon. The true pope was Gregory XII, a gentle, unambitious man. His greatest wish was to heal the schism. He offered to step down if Benedict would. A new pontiff could then claim obedience from a religiously united West. When Benedict stubbornly refused, Gregory wavered. So what did Gregory's supporters do? They plowed ahead without him and elected yet another pope. It's enough to confuse even a saint! Eventually, both Vincent and Colette pledged obedience to the true pope of Rome. Not long afterwards, the 40-year schism ended. Were Colette and Vincent blamed for throwing their weight behind a pretender? No. They did so ignorantly, without willing disobedience. In 1447, after a long life of sacrifice for the Church, Colette foretold her coming death. She died on March 6 of that year. She is patroness of orphans. Susan Lloyd resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with her husband and five young daughters.

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