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is available), namely, Class Notes (your basic information
on alumni babies, weddings, jobs, etc.), Calendar of Events,
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College and/or the Alumni of Christendom.
2005 edition of The
Notes / Calendar of Events / Links
to Stories / Prior
and foremost, the man formerly known as the IML has reportedly
been in contact with the Grapevine Office, doing his
best to reclaim his once prized title. But from other sources,
the Grapevine has learned that MPJ has indeed
gone a little stir crazy working at St. Gregory's Academy,
being around all those pesky boys all day, and has gone and
done built himself a climbing wall in his room. What's next,
painting the Alps on his wall?
was a month of weeping for the women of Front Royal. That's
because local ladies man Ben McMahon ('04) finally
found the girl of his dreams and popped the question - having
traveled all the way accross the frozen tundra of North Dakota
to do it (she said yes, of course). Ben will wed the charming
Miss Anna Emmel (sister of Naomi Zepeda) on August 12, 2005,
whereupon they will move back to Virginia to live happily
and Mary Beth (Harrigan) Ellis had a 7lbs, 8oz baby boy,
Andrew Bennett Ellis. They are calling him Meemer for short.
Lane loves life. He is now a licensed Realtor with Mike's
Winning Team at Keller Williams Realty
in Manassas, and he enjoys working with Mike Bergida and Mark
Scanlon, who are both proud parents of Christendom alumni
and current students. The team would be happy to help Christendom
alumni and friends buy or sell real estate in Northern Virginia
and the Shenandoah valley. You can reach Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 703-656-4240. In other news, Chris has been accepted
with funding for graduate study this fall at the Catholic
University of America (Church History) and Saint Louis University
(History). He's still waiting to hear back from the University
of Notre Dame. Will he follow Brendan McGuire to SLU's
history department? If so, will Susan mind if he wants
to be Brendan's roommate again? Please say a prayer that he
makes the best decision about where to go, and stay tuned
in the next couple of months to find out. He was also just
accepted to Notre Dame's Master of Theological Studies program.
and Dan VanderWoude had a new baby on February 2: Michael
Simeon. he joins brothers John Paul and Bobby. Word is that
young Michael, named after #23, is already working on his
Fraser checks in expressing his fond memories of gratitude
for Karla K. Kuykendall's hospitality, which he received
often when he was a visitor to Christendom. Her house was
always the house to go to for the post-dance party. He and
Schwerdtze were big KKK fans.
and Lisa (Ferri) Beekwilder, married July,10 2004, are
pleased to announce (which most people know by now, because
Lisa is 21 weeks along and starting to show) that they are
expecting their first baby on July 2nd! They are super excited!!!!!
Polley '00 ran into Senator Chuck Hagel from Nebraska
and possible 2008 Presidential Candidate. Shout out to the
Cornhuskers. He also met the President (GW) in January but
the White House couldn't find a photo for him. His hopes for
15 minutes of fame were dashed.
Dan Arnold '92 enjoyed the monthly ritual visit to the
barbershop with his boys (Michael 13, William 7 and Joseph
3) this February and brought a camera along to record the
event for posterity. Note the semi-miraculous images of little
Joe (halo in one pic and angelic visions in the others). Dads
hair didnt get trimmed that day. He travels weekly to
a super secret location where the worlds top hair retention
specialists work feverishly to hold on to each precious follicle.
Grumblatt '92 has been accepted to the first Paramedic-RN
bridge program in the state of Kansas. The course ends in
December, and hopefully he will be among the graduates. He
could use a few extra prayers as he tries to juggle full-time
EMS, clinical rotations, a heavy course load, and family life.
and Leslie Hofbauer announce the arrival of their new
blessing, Maria Therese born on Saturday, February 19th at
9:06pm. She weighed in at 8 lbs, 2ozs and was 20 inches. She
joins her brother Josef and sisters Grace, Cecilia and Annaliese.
Pollock '03 is starting a new job on Monday, March 7.
She'll be working with Tadiran Government Systems. They are
telecommunication contractors for the Gov. They recently did
a big project within Iraq. She is going to be Executive Assistant
to the VP and Jr. Contract Negotiator. Her new job will include
travels to Japan, Fuji, Australia, and possibly Iraq. She
says she's definitely going to learn to shoot before going
and Blanca Requierme Winner of the island of Bohol, Philippines
married on February 5th in Cebu City. Francois Flippen
was the best man and Kens two sisters and Blancas
innumerable relatives were also in attendance. Thereafter the
couple absconded to the resort island of Boracay for two weeks.
U.S. Immigration procedures unfortunately necessitated that
Ken return without his beloved asawa (thats wife
for you non-Cebuano speakers). They ask your prayers for an
expedient immigration process which typically takes nine months.
While Ken has returned to work in Fairfax, Virginia, Blanca
is busy setting up an apartment for them to share on Bohol during
Kens hopefully regular visitsthat is, when they
are not burning up the internet with video chat. Ultimately
they will both reside in Centreville, Virginia.
have finally found a "new" car, a black '97 Buick
Skylark Custom, complete with spoiler and an 8-ball on the
antenna. Thanks to everyone who contacted them about leads
Lundberg says that his Class of Third Theology received
Candidacy for the Holy Orders of Deacon and Priesthood. Now
they wait to be called to Deaconate by their respective Bishops.
Christina still has all the hair genes in the family.
(Malovrh - 89) Zweifach, husband Steve and son Jacob are
headed off to Breckenridge, CO this Saturday, 3/5, for a week
of skiing and snow fun. This will be Jacob's first time on
skis. We look forward to sharing photos of our holiday upon
here's what's happening with Alaina Wozniak ('04):
"I am currently working two jobs - first at Old Navy
and more recently as an administrative assistant to a rather
eccentric insurance broker. Both jobs take up most of my days,
but I also teach CCD to eighth graders and direct a children's
schola at my parish. The big news, however, is that Ken Furlong
and I got engaged on February 12 when he came to Ohio to visit
me for the weekend. We're hoping to be married on May 27,
2006. That's all for now!"
Morgan Biros was born on 2/1 at 2:05 p.m. He weighed 7.5 pounds.
He is quite cute and quite the adventure! Mary (Corcoran)
Biros and her husband of course think he is the cutest
baby ever! He is doing quite well and is quite the little
piggy and weighs alot more than he did when he was born.
and Emily Eidem and family have finally moved to the great
state of Kentucky, ya'll! Ted is currently training with the
Louisville Metro Police and will be patroling around again
in May. He is also working hard on keeping his Northern Virginia
accent intact. Another little Eidem is on his/her way the
same month. Mary and Laura just know it's a little sister.
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Alumni Join Ranks of American Life League
Christendom alumni are currently among the rank and file of
our countrys largest grassroots, pro-life organization,
American Life League (ALL). They are fighting for the nations
most innocent and vulnerable peoplethe preborn.
graduate Tom Brock (85) has been part of this
mission for 17 years. Hes seen many employees come and
go, but has stayed on as a database manager because he believes
in the work. American Life League, says Brock,
fights to defend the sanctity of all human life from
the moment of conception to natural deathwithout compromise,
apology or exception. We defend all of lifes vulnerable
ones. While Im not necessarily in the limelight, my
behind-the-scenes position enables others to go out and directly
spread the Gospel of Life.
Clark, the organizations Human Resources director, says
that Christendom College grads rank first among inquiries
into job opportunities at ALL. Weve had many wonderful
students and graduates from Christendom work for us. They
really seem to be a nice fit.
fit indeed. Christendoms exacting curriculum prepares
students to become top shelf professionals. Theyre
among the best, says Judie Brown, American Life Leagues
founder and president. I dont find them, God does.
He brings them here, and they do incredible work for the Culture
of Life. These students are a fine and lasting tribute to
their Alma Mater. I think the babies would agree.
most recent Christendom acquisition is Anita Crane (93),
formerly a producer at C-SPAN and the marketing director for
Crisis magazine. At ALL, she is associate editor of Celebrate
Life, the nations only periodical solely devoted to
pro-life topics. As an editor and writer, Im in
the business of persuasion, she says, and I take
that responsibility seriously. Therefore, the Gospel is my
standard inasmuch as my work should somehow lead others to
Heavennot away from it. American Life League is a good
home for Christendom students because it directly allows us
to put our faith into action.
Christendom alumni Jason and Christen (McCaffrey) Manak,
living the faith is their number one priority. ALL is
a place to work and serve Christ and His Church, says
Jason, the groups new and remarkable website guru. The
work has brought us all together to collaborate and encourage
each other. What you have is an office that is entirely dedicated
to its mission, a mission that is greater than all of us.
What we do mattersto our culture and to the Church.
who is an administrative assistant, has similar sentiments.
Once a person recognizes the precious gift and truth
of life, they start following that path to the light of the
world, the Creator of life. My primary goal in doing pro-life
work at ALL is to be a source of that light to others. My
Christendom education has prepared me for that.
the serious nature of pro-life work, its important to
stay positive and cheerful. Alumnus Nicholas Marmalejo
(01), who was brought on to take the helm of Celebrate
Life, agrees. I love this job, he says. If
I can walk away knowing that I could have saved somebodys
life because of what I wrote and how I wrote it, thats