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the Grapevine Editor, Tom McFadden, at email@example.com
Grapevine Online is uploaded on the First Friday of every
month. It will have 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.
2005 edition of The
Notes / Calendar of Events / Links
to Stories / Prior
done it again. Miss Claire Jensen '03 once again had
a run in with notoriety and fame. She is pictured above with
NY City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Saturday, June 4, Shawn Whittington & Tony Stephens
will be ordained priests. Bjorn Lundberg will be ordained
to the Transitional Diaconate. There is a holy hour for the
deacon candidates at St. John's in McLean, VA, from 6 to 7
pm. Those interested are welcome to come pray with them!
past Easter Phil Menke '02 became engaged to Miss
Erin Hoffman (1998-2000). The wedding is planned for October
1, 2005 (the Feast of St. Therese) near Clarion, PA.
and Mary (Boever) Blum '03 would like to announce the
birth of Agnes Marie Blum. She was born on April 3, 2005 at
10:09 am. She weighed 7 lbs and was 22 inches long! Mom, Dad
and Agnes are doing well.
Goes International - Scythian has just been filmed by Voice
of America News an international news agency with over
20 affiliates and will be featured in the Ukraine.
Thats right, move over David Hasselhoff, the boys of
Scythian are putting in their bid to replace Baywatch as the
most popular entertainer in the nation! (you can find more
info in the News section of scythianmusic.com). Scythian
was also featured in the Arlington Catholic Herald on
June 2. (Editor's note: Although it says in the article
that Steubenville is their alma mater, Alex and Danylo
Fedeoryka's hearts are at Christendom...right lads?)
Theyre trying to bill themselves as a Theology
on Tap with out the Theology well see if
it works. As always, you can find a full rundown of Scythian
gigs and pics at www.scythianmusic.com.
Scythian now plays in DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia so stop
by and catch a show!
and Ellen (Storey) Kelly have a new son! John Peter (they
call him Peter) was adopted into their family on February
25. He was born in Delaware on February 20 and weighed 8 lbs.
2 oz. He is such a blessing.
out all you Dr. Bruchalski fans. Recent alumna Anna Schiavone
'05 is now working exclusively for the Grapevine to reports
on pregnancies and births by working at the Tepeyac Family
Center. She also celebrates her birthday today (along with
her twin -non-Christendomite - sister).
out Scythian...Judd and Maggie Bolger are headlining
at the Iota
Club in Arlington, VA on JUNE 20th. It will be a fun show,
and they need to pack the place, so don't be shy. They'd love
to see you there! And their debut album on RCA Victor hits
the streets on July 19th. According to their Mom: "It's
great!" Check out their site at www.juddandmaggie.com
and Colby (Anderson) Storck will be moving to New Hampshire
this summer, where Mike will be working for Magdalen College.
(Mike expects to have his doctorate by the fall.) Until they
find a house, they'll be residing in Front Royal at the Andersons'.
Incidentally, Joseph does not ordinally look the way he did
in the picture sent in last month! That one isn't worth a
thousand words! (No offense to the photographer) Isabel will
be turning 4 years old on June 4. Catherine is at the age
often referred to as the terrible twos (not that she's terrible).
Marie (Popielarz) and Deo Read are happy to announce the
arrival of Charlotte Rose. She was born on May 9th and weighed
9 pounds 8 ounces and measured 21 inches long. She joins big
brother Deo who is 20 months old.
to super sleuth Siobhan O'Connor '05, Mary Theresa
Mead '04 and Joe Sayler '04 are getting married
today Friday, June 3rd. They plan to live happily ever after,
as is the custom of all Christendom couples.
graduated with her major in history and minor in philosophy,
Katy Jenkins '05 is working for the departments of Student
Life and Christendom Press over the summer. This June, she
will begin a certification course in Montessori Education,
which will enable her one day to teach an Early Childhood
(ages 3-6) classroom. Concurrently with the certification
process, this Fall she will begin a part-time assistant teaching
job in an Pre-Primary classroom at Queen
of Angels Montessori school, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Meanwhile,
although enjoying her time with the other summer workers on
campus, Katy feels acutely the lack of a certain means to
mobile freedom: a car. She would greatly appreciate tips from
anyone who is selling, or who knows someone selling a car
anywhere in the price range of 0--3000$. On another note,
Katy is very pleased to announce that her younger sister,
Bronwyn Jenkins, will probably be attending the Christendom
high school summer camp later this month. Perhaps there will
eventually be a Jenkins legacy at Christendom after all? Katy
asks for your prayers for her sister, and the Holy Spirit's
guidance in her choice of a college. May God bless you all.
Smith '99 has been very busy lately with all of the papal
happenings from his post at the Roman Major Seminary. You
can read his Journal of a Roman Deacon at http://www.olrgreenville.net/parish/index.html
which describes the "Behind-the-Scenes" look at
these incredible past few months. But he has been doing much
more than a journal. After handing in his thesis, Virgo Sacerdos:
Mary and the Priesthood of the Faithful, he has been preparing
to finish his STL in dogma at the Gregorian, when not serving
as the singing deacon for ordinations and First Masses up
and down the Italian peninsula. More importantly, however,
he is preparing for Ordination to the Priesthood at 11am on
Saturday, July 23 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
in Charleston, SC and for his First Solemn High Mass with
Fr Skeris as Preacher at St
Mary's in Greenville, SC the following day at 11am. You
are all cordinally invited to come down to Dixie to share
in the festivities. Father-to-be Christopher can be reached
Alexander Kosten was born to Tom and Sue (Belleville )Kosten
on 5/26/05 weighing in at 9 lbs 3.6 oz. He joins his siblings
Caty, Claire, Thomas, Joseph, James, Colette and Colleen.
Sue and the baby are both doing well. Pictured are Gregory
Polley '00 joined the staff of Senator Richard Shelby
from Alabama. He is a Legislative Assistant who adivises the
Senator on Taxes, Social Security, Health Care, Adoption,
Budget and the list goes on. His day consists of taking meetings
for the Senator from various individuals and groups, fielding
constituant calls and requests, researching and introducing
legislation, reading constantly and chatting with the
Menke '02, Anthony Starkus '02, Chris Bukowski '00, and Guy
Amisano '02 graduated from Ave Maria School of Law on
Anthony Starkus was awarded the St. Thomas More Award, given
to the student who most embodies the virtues of this great
saint as well as for outstanding grades.
and Jill (Watson) Storey would like to announce the arrival
of their new son, George Arnold Storey, born May 20th at 8:23
PM, weighing in at 7lbs., 7oz. They officially declare this
the Summer of George.
Martell '03 has a new job teaching 1st and 2nd grade for
a Fraternity of St. Peter school in Maple Hill, KS, starting
Family has done it again! The Sancta Familia Cantores under
the leadership of alumna Miss Maria Virginia Bissex
sang at the fifteenth anniversary Mass for alumnus Fr.
Francis Peffley held at St. Andrew the Apostle parish
on Thursday May 19, 2005. The student choir (6th-12th grades)
sang a prelude consisting of the Regina Caeli, Adoro Te Devote,
Veni Creator Spiritus, Palestrina's Jesu Rex Admirabilis,
and O God of Loveliness, as well as the Kyrie, Sanctus/Benedictus,
and Agnus Dei from Dr. Kurt Poterack's Missa Bicinium. Fellow
faculty and Christendom alumni Patrick Storey, Linda Antunes,
and Thomas Cole assisted in providing a joyful noise unto
the Lord on this momentous occasion. The choir received rave
reviews from all and has been asked to record a CD sometime
in the near future.
Ruminski '05 has recently moved to Fairfax and now works
for the National Rifle Association in their Grassroots Division.
Also, she is looking for a roommate. She lives in a one-bedroom
apartment right off Rt. 66 in Fairfax. If any young women
are interested, please call contact her firstname.lastname@example.org
Schmidt '05 ponders as to whether Mike McGlynn's car is
as cool as hers? (Notice the sun roof and the graduation tassel
hanging from the mirror.) The people she worked with were
She has a promotion to give anyone who needs to buy a car
before July 31st.
Longua is finishing up his first year as head chaplain
Gregory's Academy where he lived next door to the infamous
IML. St. Greg's graduated 19 this year, 6 of whom will attend
Christendom in the Fall (joining the 10 SGA alums who are
Weber '03 would like to announce the purchasing of a 1986
Toyota Tercel for a mere $200 from Elizabeth Stephens '05,
who in turn, had purchased it for $300 from Dr. and Mrs. Doug
Flippen, who had previously lent it out to Raymond and
Dominique (Flippen) Hain at times. It's been around. The
air conditioning doesn't work, the clutch is making funny
sounds and the gas gage just gave up. But he is going to drive
it to Lafayette, IN, for Jamie Dresch's wedding this
Hack '05 has returned to Front Royal to work at the Population
Research Insitute (President Steve Mosher) as their new Donor
Relations Coordinator and Intern Coordinator. If you'd like
to learn more about PRI or just want to see Mary's name on
their website, go to www.pop.org.
You can also obtain great literature from the PRI website
on contraception, abortion, adoption and population control.
Sheiko '05 and Mark Riddle '05 are working with
Andy McDonald '05 in his landscaping business and living
with alumni Dominic Luckey and Matthew Gelis.
("For those still wondering, Matthew Gelis is still a
bachelor, an incredible chef and handsome as ever. Oh, Dominic
is still available, too," says Mary Hack.)
(Jules) Abernethy '03 has some powerful insights
into the recent editorial (and possibly life-changing) decision
to remove the illustrious title of International Man of Leisure
from one MP Jansen and awarding it to one Niall O'Donnell.
Let's see how her female Candian logic unravels....."I
thought you should be made aware that there was some question
as to your decision to make Niall the International Man of
Leisure. Some brought up the good point that, although Niall
is in Rome, which we all know makes him to be residing in
a place of international standards, he in fact is not the
one doing most of the traveling. Rather it is the people who
are going to see him. Moreover, the same people would argue
that he is studying there, which puts into question his leisure
time. Also, we all know that the first international man of
leisure has no real plans for his life (Editor's note:
don't get too down on yourself MP), and is not about to
find out his life long goals any time soon, making him all
the more leisurely, so to speak. However, if we are to go
back to the root of the word 'leisure' it comes from the same
word as school, so perhaps it is fitting that Niall be so
named. Also, the original IM of L has not been going on a
lot of international adventures (though he will be returning
to TASIS this summer with alumni Zach Akers, Kimon Issigonis,
and me). In any case, we were all a little shocked that this
title given exclusively to one man should be so easily handed
over." Editor's response: Hmmmmmmmm.....
Tom, it has been a good month. I went to Florence with this
Florence was great. Then Alphonse
(International Man of Mystery) Pinto and I went to this
beautiful lake town just north of Rome, Bracciano. We went
to this great trattoria and ate and drank the afternoon awayfresh
fish from the lake and the finest Italian white wine. I am
now in the midst of finals and paying for my luxury days
looking forward to my return home for the summer. Lots of
love from the IML in Rome" Editor's response:
It looks like our new IML is doing more than rock climbing
on his wall in his boarding school in PA.
16, 2005: Summer Institute
7-9, 2005: Homecoming
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Alumni Lose their Daddy, but Gain a Father
managing the ever-growing alumni of Christendom College for
the past 5 years, Tom McFadden '90 will pass on his parental
duties and responsibilities to fellow alumnus Tom McGraw '93.
will continue to be the Director of Admissions and Marketing
while McGraw takes on a newly created position of Alumni Affairs
and Career Development director beginning August 1.
the news of McFadden's impending departure from the Alumni
office, emails began flooding in to the office, expressing
their regrets that he will no longer manage the alumni family.
Grapevine will not be the same. Homecoming will not be
the same. Life will not be the same! But we will survive....
One Tom Mc or another, they can't be too different, right?"
commented one but others were more
don't leave us," and "Thanks for your work. It has
been a long time since I attended Chrsitendom, but I appreciated
your friendly, 'we're all family' tone," said others.
love you, Tom McFadden!" gushed one alumnus while another
simply said "You're the bomb."
speaking of the multitude of emails spammed out by McFadden
on a daily basis, one alumna said "It was always nice
to see a familiar name from Christendom in my inbox - and
it still will be when Tom McGraw takes over. You did a great
will indeed be a familiar name to many. He has worked at Christendom
College for the past eight years, the first five as Publications
Officer and the last three as Development Officer. For the
past year he has also served as the Student Activities Council
mother and father were involved in the founding of Christendom
College, back in 1977. His mother, Onalee McGraw, was the
College's first Chairman of the Board of Directors. Additionally,
his sister Laura (married to alumnus Dan Clark) and brother
Steve (now a priest in NoVa) are both graduates of Christendom.
is very excited about this opportunity to manage the alumni
of the College.
alumni have to be the greatest in the world," says McGraw.
"They love their alma mater and want to do all that they
can to help Christendom succeed in the future. I hope to plan
many events throughout the year, as well as put on a kickin'
Homecoming Weekend (October 7-9). We are considering bringing
back the Summer Picnic, the Advent Retreat, the Epiphany Party,
the 4-Ps gathering and much more. In fact, if any alumni have
ideas or suggestions, please let me know. I'm here for them."
will also be in charge of Career Development at the College,
replacing Mr. Tom VanderWoude who will be focusing more on
being Athletics Director this year.
is always a challenge to keep track of alumni, and to try
and help them with their career choices," says McGraw.
"But that's what I am planning on doing. I want to clean
up our database and get a little more organized in our alumni
job tracking system. I'm going to need the alumni's help with
this if I am going to succeed."
leaving the alumni in good hands," says McFadden, with
a tearful grin. "McGraw's a good guy. But, I have to
tell you, I'm going to miss this fine group of people. I'm
going to miss answering all of their emails about whether
there are any jobs in the admissions office or around Front
Royal, or where they can find a nice guy or girl to marry.
I'm going to miss their constant asking for the alumni directory
and alumni addresses and phone numbers. I'm going to miss
trying to hunt down certain alumni and make them pay for Homecoming.
I'm going to miss most especially the constant challenge I've
had for the past five years of trying to come up with enough
semi-interesting things to email to the group a couple of
times a day. Good luck, McGraw. Their your children now!"
can be reached by email at email@example.com
and McFadden has changed his email and can never be reached.