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2004 edition of The
Notes / Calendar of Events / Links
to Stories / Prior
here for the
NEW Print Edition - for spouses at home to read
picture is worth a thousand words. So, without further adieu,
here is the latest from the International Man of Leisure,
Marc-Pierre Jansen '02.
and Andrea (Flagg '92) Stewart have now made it an
even number 6 with the birth of their new daughter, Marian
Zita Stewart. She was born early morning on August 18th and
everyone is doing great! As you can see, the other wee Stewart's
are just as elated with the new recruit. For more pictures
and news on the Clan Stewart, check out the Stewart's web-log
again the Blackmaster of Disaster, aka Michael Blackmer
'91, would like to announce that he will be returning
to the land of good and plenty and will be attending Homecoming
on Oct. 2, 2004. He plans to hoop it up with the youngsters
at the Alumni vs Crusaders Bball game as well. Bring it on,
Kuykendall '90 married Tamara Marziani (a UD graduate)
in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, July 31, 2004. They are living
in Irving, TX and can be reached at email@example.com
spring Andrew and Clare Cole went househunting and
finally closed on a 2 years old 4 bedroom house on June 18,
the feast of the Sacred Heart. They got moved in and unpacked
just in time, for Thomas More was born a week early, on July
23, weighing in at 7 lbs., 11 oz, boasting a full head of
black hair, and a well developed pair of lungs! He joins his
siblings Miriam Rose, 16 months old, Joseph, 3, and Harry,
age 4. The busyness goes on, for Andrew recently changed positions
at his work, where he is now director of government and community
relations. He is also taking over the religion program at
our parish this fall, so he is definitely keeping out of trouble!
As for Clare, she keeps busy chasing 3 fun-loving mischievous
toddlers, and in her spare time, writes poetry celebrating
motherhood (or just blowing off steam!) By the way, their
new address and phone number are: 3074 Cattail Cove Lane /
Burlington, KY 41005. Tel.: (859) 689-4334.
Computer Hacker and Christendom College Computer Services
Department Assistant Nat Lloyd married alumna Mary Elizabeth
(Liz) Hendricks '04 this past June 19.
Schafer reports that he is now "free and single."
He had spent the last year (or two) in a seminary, seeing
if the priesthood was for him. Apparently, it was not.
and Mary (Boever) Blum (both '03) were married this summer
on June 19th, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in
Lincoln, Nebraska. They are living in Lincoln right now and
enjoying the good life of the Midwest and Bishop Bruskwwitz.
They are also very excited and blessed to be expecting their
first child in early April.
the right is a picture of Madeleine Marie Hain, at five months
(she's now six months). She was born on February 23, 2004,
during a hectic semester of graduate school at Notre Dame.
Raymond Hain '02, her father, has now finished his
first full year, passed the written doctoral comprehensive
exams, and has commenced his third semester studying philosophy.
The whole Hain family is enjoying South Bend, despite its
lack of mountains, foothills, or bumps, and they invite anyone
interested in studying at Notre Dame to send them an email
Webster ('03) was married to William Vitellaro back in
May and they are expecting.
Coffey '03 and Patricia Thompson '04 are now married and
living happily ever after. They were hitched on August 14
at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Lincoln, NE.
spending about three weeks getting settled in, finding an
apartment, getting furniture, buying food, etc, Maria Brake
'04 had her first day of class on Monday, August 23rd.
She is teaching at a high school in Illinois. She spent a
considerable amount of time before-hand trying to picture
herself in front of 25 high school freshmen and sophomores,
teaching them theology, but she just wasn't able to do it.
So when the day finally came, she decided to simply hand it
all over to God, dubbing herself His humble servant, and just
giving it all she had. For the most part it worked out. The
first day was basically just introductions and handing out
her classroom norms (not rules, they are meant to be broken)
and keeping the kids in line. This was fairly easy because
the freshman were just as scared as she was on the first day,
so they didn't say much. She actually had to work to get anything
out of them at all. The next Wednesday was her first day of
real teaching, and of course the enforcement of discipline
will continue on a regular basis until they figure out exactly
what it is that she meant about respect and responsibility.
She thanks everyone for their prayers and advice and to all
those new teachers out there that will be starting teaching
soon, they are in her prayers. "Just give it to God,"
says Maria. "If I can do it, so can you!"
Schwerdt '02 and Emily Pie Syski '03 are engaged. Although
you can't always believe everything you read or hear, this
is actually true. They are getting married on August 20, 2005.
September 7, David E. McBee (1983) starts a new job
as a Reference Librarian with the Office of the Comptroller
of the Currency (OCC) in Washington, DC. For the past 16 years
David has been on the staff of the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation Library. He eventually earned his Masters in Library
Science from the University of Maryland in 2000. Since then
he has worked as Librarian. The OCC is the agency that charters
and regulates national banks. It is a division of the Department
Brooklyn Rat ('98) recently arranged a little reunion
of some old Christendom friends in his old neighborhood of
Bay Ridge in a little town called Brooklyn. This picture was
taken on Coney Island by a friendly passerby who happened
to be one of New York's Bravest. From left: Chuck and Anita
Shunk with kids Teresa and Damian, Katie and Dan Dancause
holding Claire and Annemarie, respectively, Dominic
Luckey, Chris Mirus, and the one and only Rat.
As you can see, New York is happy place full of rainbows where
the streets are paved with diamonds and there's just so much
to see. And everyone's your friend in New York City.
Marie was born on August 5, 2004 to Mark and Danielle Rohlena.
She weighed 7lbs 10oz and was 20 inches long. Mom, Dad and
baby are all doing great!!
is an update from John and Michelle (Dawson) Charba '88:
We had our 7th baby on April 7th, 2004. His name is Josef
Michael and he was 8 pounds, 1 1\2 ounces. He is our second
son. David, his older brother is so happy to have a brother
to go along with his five sisters! Our address has changed
too--we moved to a larger house to fit our growing family!
Our new address is: 1816 Allegro Dr. S.E. Olympia, WA 98501.
Our phone has stayed the same: (360) 456-1504. Our children's
names and ages are: Therese Marie 14 1/2 yrs, Marilyn Colleen
13 yrs, David Lawrence 10 yrs, Katrina Michelle 7 yrs, Anya
Christine 5 1/2 yrs, Halyna Anezka 2 yrs, Josef Michael 4
months. Also, my sister Monica (Dawson) Brewster and
family have just moved to Ft. Leavenworth, KS. (Her husband
Jeff is Ann Brewster's(alumni)brother.) Are there any Christendom
alumni living there, especially those who attended the college
in 1985 through 87? Monica doesn't know anyone out there and
it would be great if any alunmi were close. Monica and Jeff
have 4 children ages 5,4,2 and 1. They will be stationed there
for a year.
Beekwilder '04 and Lisa Ferri were married on July 10th
in Pembroke Ontario. This celebration took place in Canada
(aka the Great White North). It was a gorgeous and sunny day.
Many recent Christendom Allumni attended the event. The bridesmaids
included Angela Ferri, Lauren McCool, Moria Stanton, Patricia
Thompson, Mary Theresa Mead and five of Lisa's sisters
rounded out the bridesmaids. The Groomsmen were Glen Aitken,
Joe Sayler, Marc Perrington, Bryan Hadro, Mike Eidem, Eric
Wolpert, Sergio Yona, and Quinn's Borther and a Brother-in-law
rounded out the Groomsmen. Everyone had a blast and good times
were had by all. After a relaxing honeymoon in Hawaii, Quinn
and Lisa are living a happy married life in Pembroke.
Jensen '03 (pictured to the right with a member of NYS
finest K-9 unit) wanted to report on her latest world
traveling escapade. This time it was to the land of whiskey
and men in skirts (Scotland). It was technically for business...A
week later she returned to the US with a fuller understanding
of why UK beer is darker than American brews and she learned
how to make haggis. She is now so glad to be back in NYC for
the mad GOP convention.
Klassen '01 and Alex Doylend '04 were married on June
Ben & Theresa (Ford) Fisher are expecting a baby
boy sometime in late January, unless he decides to arrive
early like his big brother Nicholas (who, at 9 mos, is doing
grad Marc Perrington '04 announces that he is the Customer
Service Co-ordinator at U.S. Inspect, in Chantilly, VA.In
other news, he has also purchased a little pick-up truck to
go fishing with!
Chris Kopeck '90 was recently banned from all access
to the alumni news and information superhighway. Due to his
numerous cynical and humorous remarks to alumni newsgroup
moderator Tom McFadden, all of his privileges and rights as
an alumnus have been taken away and will be returned only
upon his complete and utter submission to the will of McFadden.
Coleman '04 married Brian Kelly on August 6. They are
now happy as can be seen from the pic on teh right.
& Michelle (McCoy '95) Hoeper are happy to announce
they are expecting Baby #2 in February '05. Coincidentally,
Michelle is due on her brother Greg McCoy's birthday
- February 23rd (send your cards early). Cecelia (Baby #1)
is 19 months old now and is beginning to suspect something.
A very active and independent little girl, she suddently needs
more "Mommy attention". Cecelia has a favorite movie
too - "The Sound of Music". Now she runs (or, shall
we say, marches as the VonTrapp children do) around the house
singing phrases such as "Do A Deer", "Cuckoo,
Cuckoo, Goodbye", "Sew Do", etc. Michelle was
excited as well to have Anna Schmitt and her sister Cecilia
visit back in July. Michelle hadn't seen Anna since she &
Jim visited Hawaii in 2001, so needless to say, it was great
to see her & her sister.
2, 2004: Homecoming
9, 2004: Library Dedication
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John Cuddeback Goes European
August, alumnus and associate professor of Philosophy at Christendom,
John Cuddeback traveled to Austria to teach a one-week
course in ethics to fifty students from all over eastern and
central Europe. The course, part of a four-course seminar
led by Cuddeback and three other American philosophy professors,
was sponsored by the Educational Initiative for Central and
Eastern Europe (EICEE). The seminar took place at a castle
in Vienna. EICEE sponsors various projects aimed at promoting
a greater understanding of the principles that underpin a
truly just social order. Professor Cuddeback reports that
the students, primarily doctoral students or young professors
in various disciplines in their own countries, were very interested
to consider the ethical positions of the great western tradition.
Many of the participants related that they had not been exposed
to this tradition. Others have worked within this tradition
and are currently involved in the reformation of higher education
in their countries. One example is a participant who is a
philosophy professor at a Catholic university in the largely
Catholic state of Slovakia. He related that Catholic higher
education faces unique challenges in states still suffering
from the effects of communism.