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a couple of sections (when information is available), namely,
Class Notes (your basic information on alumni babies,
weddings, jobs, etc.), Calendar of Events, and Links
to various recent stories about Christendom College and/or
the Alumni of Christendom.
2003 edition of The
Notes / Calendar of Events / Links
to Stories / Prior
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Flippen and Kathleen Kosten '03 are engaged to be married.
Wonderboy has found himself a Wonderwoman. Paul "Wonderboy"
Jalsevac '03, the former star of Instaurare due
to his tragic near-death car accident experience back in March
of 2001, asked Megan McNeely '03, currently serving
a two-year sentence as the College Relations Assistant at
Christendom, to be his wedded bride, in other words, to be
his Wonderwoman. They plan to wed, along with 18 other alumni
couples, next summer: The Summer of Love.
(Gaetano) O'Brien '02 and baby were seen wandering around
Christendom's campus during Medieval Fest. Nice costumes!
Pic is to the right.
Baker and Katie(Russell '00) were married Feb.23rd
2002 and (in true Christendom style) Isaac Silouan was born
Dec.4th 2002. They now live in PA while Matt is in school.
Katie is at home with her little guy and would love to hear
from some old friends! email@example.com
Monica Rose Cabler was born on 10-30. She is #2 for Stephen
and Teresa Cabler.
Scott Weinberg '93 beats Brown by 12 votes for seat:
(From the Northern Virginia Daily)
A cliff-hanger race in Warren County's South River District
went to Republican candidate Scott Weinberg by a razor-thin
margin of 12 votes over independent candidate Charles R. Brown
on Tuesday. The final result showed 557 votes for Weinberg
and 545 for Brown, with 279 votes for independent write-in
candidate Linda Glavis, according to complete, but unofficial,
returns. "I'm delighted," Weinberg said. "It's
great to have met so many people in South River. I'm very
thankful to everyone who turned out to vote. I also want to
thank my wife for standing by me in this. I wish the best
to the other candidates."
is happy to announce that she now answers to 'Mrs. Michael
Murphy', having gotten married on October 4, 2003. Mary and
Michael met and dated at Thomas Aquinas College over 12 years
ago, and in 2002 through an amazing series of events, met
again, dated... again, and this time it clicked! Mary and
Mike reside in Huntington Beach, CA, where Mary is currently
in her fifth year of teaching history at an all boys' high
school - thanks to Dr. Carroll for all he has given to us
Christendom grads to help teach others keep Christ in the
history of Christendom!
and Clare (Gazzolo) Rohan had #7, Joan Marie, on Fri,
Marie McFadden was born on November 2, 2003, at 12:16am to
Tom and Amanda McFadden. The baby was 6 lbs and 9.5
oz and is healthy, despite the fact that she was born in Warren
Memorial Hospital. She joins hers happy, happy siblings: John
(11 1/2), Catherine (8 1/2), Maria (6), Dominic (4), and Cecila
(2). Picture is on the left.
Margaret Costello was born to Greg and Emily (Dateno) Costello
on October 22 at 1:16 p.m. Chloe weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and
was 20 1/2 in. long. Greg, Emily, and Chloe are doing well.
Becker '03 has been working since June for Household Finance
in Sioux Falls, SD. She is a collector in their credit card
division there. While she knows many people are going to laugh
at the idea of her trying to coerce anyone into doing anything,
let alone paying their delinquent bills, it is happening and
she is doing well at it. She has also found great pleasure
in volunteering within the community, particularly with Make-A-Wish
and related causes. Beyond that she is busy trying to keep
up with all of the engagements, weddings, expectancies, etc.
that all of her Christendom friends continue to throw her
way, and she is missing them more than she can say.
new addition was added to the home of Carol Balint 00'(Miller)
and husband Tom. Isaac George Balint was born on October
15th, the Feast of St.Teresa of Avila, at 7:20am weighing
in at 8lbs 3oz & 21". Isaac's older brother Luke
welcomed the new baby as an early gift for Luke's 2nd birthday
on October 31st.
Mirus ('97) will defend his PhD dissertation in History
and Philosophy of Science, entitled "Aristotle's Teleology
and Modern Mechanics," on November 17. The following
weekend he will be commenting on a paper at the annual meeting
of the U.S. working group on philosophy and developmental
biology. Please pray he gets a job.
October, Dori (Greco) Rutherford (1993) was appointed
to serve in President Bush's Center for Faith-Based and Community
Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Labor.
Kish (late 80's) sent in this picture of the latest O'Donnell
led pilgrimage to Rome. A number of alumni and parents of
students went on this trip which included the Beatification
of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and the pope's 25th Anniversary.
If you look closely you can see Kirk and Karla Kuykendall
in the picture.
of Kirk Kuykendall '90, he was just made a member of
the Board of Directors of Catholics United for the Faith.
Keep up the good work!
a bird, no, it's a plane, and it's definitely not Superman.
Anyways, Fran Corey took a spin over the campus on
Saturday November 1 during the Medieval Fest in his little
plane. David Farinholt was also in the cockpit. You
can tell that it is Fran because of all the smoke coming from
Penny, alumna, author, and mommy, interviewed by
(Corcoran) Biros '94-'95 and husband just got their first
house - can be reached @ 6404 Glenallen Ave, Solon, Ohio 44139;
440-914-0471; email firstname.lastname@example.org
and Jennifer (Timmerman) Sherman (Class of 1997) are proud
to announce the birth of their first child, Jacob Matthew.
He was welcomed into this world on Sunday, October 5th at
9:50 PM. He weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces and was 20 inches long--the
same size as his cousin, Katrina, at five weeks old. Jennifer
is presently working as a RN in the Emergency Room and her
husband is owner of MJS Lawncare. They would be happy to receive
mail at email@example.com.
Pollock '03 somehow, someway got to view Gibson's The
Passion of Christ on October 24 (the same one which Dr.
Lucky and Dr. O'Donnell attended). "Awesome" "Breath-taking"
"Penance inducing" says she. The reason she does
not jabber about the movie as you would expect her to do is
because of a little thing she signed called a waiver. She
now works for the Susan B. Anthony List, a non-profit, pro-life
org that lobbies Congress to pass pro-life bills and also
raises money to help elect pro-life women to Office. In addition
to all that, she does a little free-lance writing for Celebrate
Life, a publication of American Life League.
the left is a photo of one of the perks of Claire Jensen's
'03 new job...boozing and shmoozing, wining and dining
with the rich, famous, etc. Star of Fox channel's hit series
"24," Kiefer Sutherland gave Miss Jensen a light
for her ciggie at a fundraiser last week. Her title is "Family
Communications Liaison," and basically she is the contact
between the FDNY and families (primarily those of fallen firemen).
She would like to provide more details here but she realizes
that it would bore the audience. If anyone is looking to obtain
the 2004 calendar or perhaps obtain one of their very own
FDNY heroes, give her a ring.
Burns '03 just landed a job with A Anderson Scott, one
of the larger morgatage brokering companies in the Northern
VA area. He says that if anyone out there is looking for a
house, contact him and he'll hook you up with a good rate.
from Olivia Tautkus ('94-'96):
"We had a great time in Rome and on our free day, Monday,
Christy Williams and I decided to go back to St. Peter's
and mail her friends postcards. That being done and seeing
the Pieta by Michaelangelo once more we wandered down the
street. Our attention was caught by a kilt-wearing bagpiper
standing in front of a church. After taking pictures of this
anomaly in Rome, Christy recognized it as the church I wanted
to visit the day before (but was unable to due to it being
reserved for a concert or something). So we went inside (it
was Santa Maria in Transpontina) and came in the middle of
a Scottish Mass. We decided to stay for the rest of Mass--gathering
graces, etc. At the end of Mass we saw that it was a bishop
who said it (the clue was when he put on his miter). The Scot
bagpiper we saw earlier had come inside and now was playing
for the recessional while there was a video camera and lots
of people taking pictures. The bishop posed with the bagpiper
as they were videoed and photographed by the multitude. Sparking
interest as to who this might be I spied a leaflet on a table
in the main aisle and retrieved a couple copies for myself
and Christy. Apparently this was the Most Rev. Keith Patrick
O'Brien, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh and we had
just attended part of the Opening Mass of the Scottish Pilgrimage
to Rome for the Consistory of October 21st, 2003. As everyone
filed out we saw that the bishop was shaking everyone's hand
as they were videoed with him. Christy and I debated as to
how to perhaps avoid it as we had just happened in and didn't
want to give the impression of being devout Scot pilgrims
getting the honor to shake the hand of "our" bishop.
Christy had been able to lightly step aside as some gentleman
was getting a flurry of photos and video with the bishop,
but I was right behind her and could not avoid (without there
being some clumsiness) actually having to shake his hand and
as I was videoed with bishop O'Brien. He shook my hand and
said "God bless you" to which I replied giggling
"Thanks, Father!", laughing of course because I
had just happened in and wondering if I would be on Scot TV
as a pilgrim countryman. Christy and I laughed about the surreal,
funny circumstance of how we might be on Scot TV with their
bishop the rest of the day. Next day on the plane home they
showed BBC coverage of the Mass (while we squealed loudly
that we had been there) and that announced that Archbishop
O'Brien was now elevated as the only Scot in the College of
Cardinals. Unfortunately no pictures of us that we saw--perhaps
they had sniffed us out seeing as we had left our tartans
was announced in the last issue of the award-winning Grapevine
Online that "On September 27th, bright and early, Claire
Jensen '03, Anne Marie Jensen (dropout) and Heather Tansey
'03 ran (loose definition of the word) in the Celtic
Classic 5K in Pennsylvannia. No one was injured." It
has recently been discovered that this statement is only partially
true. Apparently, two of the three "athletes" burned
themselves while trying to light each other's cigarettes during
the minor marathon. Luckily for both ladies involved, Claire
works for the New York City Fire Department (as stated above)
and knows all about fire safety.
speaking of New York, Marc-Pierre Jansen '02, formely
of International Leisure fame, is now peddling stocks on Wall
Street, or so he says. "It is not like I thought it would
be," says Jansen, referring to the whole idea of work
in general. "I mean, when I was skiing in the Swiss Alps,
or traveling through Bavaria, I never really thought of it
as work." Prior to going to press, it was learned that
MPJ was possibly thinking of throwing in the towel on this
assignment, that is, work.
everyone. Andrew and Julie Fier (01) just got back
from an awesome trip to Hawaii. They stayed on the Island
of Oahu, right near Waikiki Beach. They had the most
beautiful weather, with temps in the upper 80s everyday.
They visited Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, which
was touching and very historically informing. They also rented
a convertible and drove around the coast of the entire island,
which was an awesome view of the Pacific Ocean and mountains.
One of their favorite times was their steep hike up Diamond
Head Volcanic Crater to see a panoramic view of Waikiki Beach
and beyond. To the left is a picture of them with some hula
dancers at an authentic Hawaiian Luau.
Michael Hickin '85 checked in recently and had the following
to say: "I'm into my sixth year of priesthood, and this
summer after four years teaching at the Pontifical College
Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, I began a new ministry in Rome
at a house of vocation discernment that I myself attended
from 1993-1995 called the Casa Balthasar. My role here is
basically as caretaker of the house in its material needs
--- the building itself, guests, insurance, bills, supervision
of house jobs, etc. I also help with different sorts of chaplaincy
work --- at a local cardiac care facility, at a nearby Domican
convent that runs a school, and then with some university
students in town. It's a multi-faceted ministry, and looks
to be getting even more diversified as time goes on."
McFadden '98 married Jonathan Brand on October 25 at St.
John's Catholic Church in McLean, VA. Jonathan is a former
classmate of Christendom's Dr. Christopher Olaf Blum at the
University of Virginia. He is the Academic Dean at The American
School in Switzerland (TASIS) where he has been for the past
number of years. Mary is still the Head of the Math Department
at TASIS. Now living in the Swiss Alps, one can only say that
they "live happiliy ever after." The wedding saw
a number of alumni come together: Nancy (Lee) Bauer '96
was maid of honor, Heather (Rankin) Akers '98 and
Kate (Murrell) Pride '98 were bridesmaids; Ben (jy)
Akers '98 came along for the ride and got employed as
Altar Boy for the Mass; Loretta (Hanley) Ferguson '98
and little baby arrived in time for the reception, as did
Jen (Available) Gordon '98. Marcia (Transfer from
Magdalen to Christendom to Thomas More) Lee and Mary (Claire)
Almeter '97 were also present, along with of course, the
McFadden brothers, George, Tom, Chris, Mike, and Joe
(all CC alumni in their own ways).
'99 and Bridget (Monahan) Kerlek '94-'96 announce the
arrival of their second child, Teresa Marie. She was born
via C-section on October 16, 2003. She weighed 8 pounds 11
ounces. She and big brother Michael get along very well so
far! Pic is on the left.
Marschner (02) reports that both he and his guitar survived
the last rocket attack on his hotel even though the door to
his room was blown off its hinges this past Sunday. His friend,
Lt. Colonel Charles Buehring, was not so fortunate. He died
just a few hours after singing "Dust in the Wind"
with Pearse in the lobby of that same hotel, named after Haroun
Al-Rashid, philosopher, scholar, and one-time visitor to the
Court of Charlemagne. The Emmylou Harris guitar played "Dixie"
at the memorial service. Chad was a Citadel grad and he knew
all the words to "The Bonny Blue Flag." He asks
you all to remember the soul of this most faithfully departed
dear friend. Please pray for the two sons and the wife back
home and all those he leaves behind in Baghdad, once known
as "City of Peace."
here are November's Alumni Happy Birthdays........Unfortunately,
I am unable to run our database program which allows me to
list all of your birthdays...so, I am sorry but I do remember
at least one....
Chris Kopeck turns 40 on November 14
21, 2004: Alumni Network Career Mentoring Reception
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Releases and Campus News: http://www.christendom.edu/news/releases.shtml
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Story on Fr. Fran Peffley '86...old, but interesting (not
is an article about Jennifer Murphy who attended Christendom
in the 98-99 school year; (the sister of Sean Murphy who graduated
in '03). She is acclaimed for winning the crown of the Miss
Oregon USA Pageant. Congrats go out to her. http://www.mailtribune.com/archive/2003/1030/local/stories/08local.htm
What We Have Here....from Homecoming 2003. (These pics
were sent to me courtesy of a couple of alumni, namely, Elizabeth
Kish, Dan Miller, and Mike Blackmer. Although many of the
pictures show members from the Class of 2003, there were,
in fact, many others in attendance as can be seen from the
attendance list below.)
the list of attendees at Homecoming 2003...
Mary Claire Almeter
Mary Beth Ellis
Mary Beth Hundt
C. Alan Jackson
John Paul Jansen
Marc Pierre Jansen
Ann Marie Jensen
Mary Veronica Price
Mary Alice Rice
John Paul Schafer
Christy Van Sant
Mary Rose Walsh