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2004 edition of The
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Selby Fink '89 is currently studying how to write children's
literature. In March, she joined the Kansas Author's Club,
and sent some of her stories into the District 6 (her district)
writing contest. In April, she received third place for her
children's story entitled Ewe're Not Fat, Ewe're Fluffy.
She was so excited and very proud of her accomplishment. (The
woman who received first and second place had been writing
and teaching how to write children's literature for years!)
She plans on sending the story in to the state-wide competition
in June. She
is also currently writing a profile on the woman, Patricia
Brooks Carey, who founded a planetarium in Hutchinson, Kansas
in 1962. Please pray that she will be able to get all of her
facts correct, and will be able to get her story written and
turned in by the deadline of June 19. The planetarium Mrs.
Carey founded is now known as the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space
Center. It is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute, and
holds the most space artifacts than any other museum in the
country, possibly even the world. They have more artifacts
there than even NASA has in its museum. The Cosmosphere houses
the Apollo 13 capsule, and will soon house the touring restored
Liberty Bell 7 capsule, plus many other fascinating items.
It also has omnimax theater and planetarium shows daily, and
hosts some wonderful space camps every year. It's a great
place to visit! In October, a centennial book celebrating
the Kansas Author's Club will be released. One of her poems
will be in the book. She is a published writer now! Above
is a picture of her four wonderful children - Thomas, 7: Megan,
5: Anthony, 9; and Diane, 3. It was taken during a trip over
spring break. Aren't they adorable?
and Katy Wallacavage brought Isabel Wallacavage into the
world at 9am on Tuesday morning June 1st at a weight of 9.9
Bratt Doran was at graduating with her baby (see right).
Her sister, Lesly Bratt, graduated and is now
a member of the elite Admissions and Marketing Office team
at Christendom College.
news: Mike Schmitt and Ann Fraser were married on May
22; Katie Wathen and Robert Edge were married on May
29; Alex Doylend and Ron Klassen are getting married
on June 5 as are Jill Watson and Patrick Storey on
that day; Leah Slinger and John Halisky are getting
hitched on June 12; Mary Boever and Mike Blum the following
week on June 19, as are Liz Hendricks and Nat Lloyd;
followed by Amber Meza and Louis Massett's wedding
on June 26th. Whew. That's a lot of cake to have and eat.
Saguto '98 was ordained to the priesthood on May 22. He
is now a priest of the Fraternity of St. Peter. He joins fellow
alumni Fr. Tom Longua FSSP, and Fr. Joseph Porter FSSP.
Eidem '04 recently won a radio contest by guessing the
name and artist of a song that was played backwards. He was
so excited. He will now be going to a Blink 182 and No Doubt
concert at the expense of WincFM radio.
Lou (Foley) Loftus has just completed her first year as
principal of St. Anthony Academy in Manassas, VA. In addition
to her high-school teaching duties, she has been working on
developing the academy's curriculum. Currently, the school
is in need of a 3-4th grade teacher on Mondays, Wednesdays
and Fridays or a high-school Literature teacher on Tuesdays
and Thursdays. Would be a great part-time job! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
agent and alumna Elizabeth Price has been taken off
the market. Yep, she is now dating an Internet Guy. Here's
what she has to say about the whole thing: "I don't know
if you are familiar with Ave
Maria Singles website... it's an online Catholic Dating
Service. Well, next week I am going to be on the front page
of the Northern Virginia Daily because they did a report on
me and my boyfriend who met on this site.. Anyhow, I thought
I'd pass out the word for Catholic friends to check out the
paper next week because I am famous."
bit of celebrity news ... US Supreme Court Justice Clarence
Thomas was caught getting a photo taken with Gabriel Young
(01). On May 16, 2004, five
Christendom Alumni graduated from Ave Maria School of Law
in Ann Arbor MI. Andrea Hale, Angela Pfister, Kevin Gerrity,
Christopher Young, and Gabriel Young as well as Mark Bailey
(brother to Katie Bailey (01) walked across the stage to receive
their degrees and be congratulated by the Commencement Speaker,
Justice Thomas. They all go to their various states to study
for the legal Bar Examination before heading off to theirr
various jobs (including Judicial Clerkships and US Air Force
JAG Corps). Please keep them in your prayers as they all prepare
for the Bar Exam on July 27th and 28th (yes it is hard and
yes it is 2 full days).
Caroline Pollock '03: Kristin Starcher '03 and Rob
Brown '02 are engaged!!!! Caroline is their wedding planner.
Katie Kreiger is also getting married and Caroline is
her second in command
McCaffrey married Jason Manak on May 17th. Pic is to the
right. Eveything went well as planned. They are now living
Elizabeth Butina '03 would like to let the world know
that Rose Therese Butina was born on May 31 at 6:35pm! She
weighed 7lbs 8oz at birth, and is 20 inches long. Mom and
baby came through labor and delivery just fine and are now
back at home--at the new house! Ben and Elizabeth would like
to thank everyone for their prayers and support, and they
promise to send pictures of little Rose and the new house
and Sherri Carlson also announce the birth of their little
cherub Martha Grace (not named after St. Martha of Stewart).
Born on May 25th weighing in at a stunning 7 lbs 10oz and
measuring 21 inches, Jon says that he is quite happy that
the kid looks like Sherri and not him (aren't we all). Young
Martha scored a nice 12.9 on her little baby test, so I guess
she also got Sherri's smarts too!
Bailey Halisky (who claims no line of lineage with Raymond
Hain, despite what Karla reported in the last Grapevine)
has informed the Grapevine that twins could be in her
future. Facts are sketchy but she is definitely pregnant.
She is also into pointing fingers at people, especially priests.
Remember, Katie, there's that old saying about beams and splinters...
pregnant was Maria Gaetano O'Brien.
Wright Polley is pregnant and due on or around September
Berger '03 is going to North Dakota in August to teach
on an Indian reservation. It is a missionary school run by
S.O.L.T. (Fr. John Corapi's order). If you think of it, please
send a few prayers up that everything works out okay for her.
Rohan "Our roommate, Christine Beglis, will be traveling
the world this summer (from June 29-August 17) and was hoping
to sublet her room so that she won't have to pay rent during
that time. It is $425 per month + utilities which run between
$50-$100. It's the basement bedroom room in a small house
with it's own private bathroom and comes complete with three
fantasticlly WONDERFUL roommates (Karla K, Beth Bowes &
Jean Rohan) in Oakton, VA and it is 20 minutes outside
the city. If you have any interest please email email@example.com
sorry no photos I have some real winners of Karla, but she
would KILL me, so this is all."
Laxton family asks for continued prayers for Ben, serving
in Iraq (second from the right in pic). Ben is now a captain
select, and looking forward to the promotion and pay raise.
He has orders to move to Oklahoma in October, after this second
deployment to Iraq is completed. Alicia and the girls
are spending the summer in NY, to hurry the time and enjoy
her family. Then it will be a hectic month of homecoming,
moving, and settling in to a new life in OK. For those who
they have lost contact with, their email is
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much for your prayers!
news from Andrew and Julie (Fox) Fier, both of 01:
Julie won a trivia contest on the radio and the prize was
a ride in a 1958 Vintage Rolls Royce along with dinner at
a fine seafood
restaurant in downtown Minneapolis, MN, which we enjoyed one
beautiful spring evening. There is a picture of us with the
car. There is also a recent picture of the 2 girls that Julie
nannies for, Katie (4 years old) and Sarah (16 months). They
keep her super busy these days. Now for some real exciting
news and a prayer request: we have just started the adoption
process with an agency called Holy Family Adoption Agency,
whose ministry is to go to the abortion clinics in the Twin
Cities and do sidewalk counseling to let women know that there
are couples wanting to adopt their babies so they would chose
adoption instead of having an abortion. They only place babies
into homes that are truly Catholic and living the Faith, so
we are blessed to be working with such an agency. Since it
is only God who can provide the child that He has intended
for us, we would appreciate everyones prayers so that
He may give strength to the birth mothers that are counseled
by this agency and that He may save our babys life,
providing us with the opportunity to become parents. It is
a long process and we need continued prayers and support.
Thanks a million!!
(aka IML) '02 is a busy busy man. He is currently in Mother
Land of Canada, acting as a groomsman in teh wedding of
Ron Klassen and Alex Doylend, then, he will drive all
night to go to Indiana to be a groomsman in the wedding of
Jill Watson and Pat Storey. Truly, he is the IML.
Parker ('98) is engaged to Desmond Silveira. They will
be married in California on Dec. 4, 2004.
Fearsome Foursome came out of nowhere to storm the Presidents
Cup with an impressive 3 Over. Mark, Danu, Lex and Lucky Lou
attribute their success to team chemistry - Lou's longball,
Mark's putting, Danu's short game and Lex's water penalties.
The team will be back next year to back Lou's brash prediction
to win the umbrella at next years raffle (More golf tournament
Lundberg's summer seminarian assignment is St. Mary's
in Alexandria, VA, from June 15-August 14.
David Brown, Seminarian extraordinaire for the Diocese
of Arlington, VA, was the featured seminarian in the Arlington
Catholic Herald last week.
Happy Happy Birthdays.....
Mr. Craig Summers 6/1
Mr. Michael Blum 6/1
Miss Gloria Zapiain 6/2
Mr. Matthew Gelis 6/2
Mr. Anthony Raes 6/2
Mr. William Weber 6/2
Miss Jennifer Eppick 6/3
Mrs. Ana Koch 6/3
Miss Veronica Pelster 6/3
Miss Marianne Kerin 6/4
Mr. Matthew Ley 6/4
Mr. Benjamin Hatke 6/4
Mr. Dominic Bodoh 6/4
Mrs. Myra Hulick 6/6
Mr. Joseph Doyle 6/6
Mr. Richard Ellis 6/6
Mr. Robert Nelson 6/6
Miss Melanie Smith 6/6
Mr. Lawrence Rich 6/6
Mrs. Carol Herter 6/7
Mrs. Nancy Bauer 6/7
Mrs. Michelle Charba 6/8
Mr. Nicholas Wagner 6/8
Mr. Daniel Melotik 6/9
Mr. . Michael Rohan 6/9
Rev. Thomas Longua 6/9
Miss Lorraine Griesemer 6/9
Mr. Matthew Tsakanikas 6/10
Mrs. Halyna Kay 6/10
Miss Christine Collins 6/10
Mrs. Diana Pascoe 6/11
Mr. Timothy McCoy 6/11
Mr. James Vogel 6/11
Sister Eileen Tickner 6/12
Mrs. Beth Rutledge 6/12
Mr. Francisco Madan 6/12
Mrs. Judith Berry 6/12
Mrs. Alicia Laxton 6/12
Mr. Gerard Anthony 6/12
Mrs. Marcia James 6/13
Mr. Joseph Ghering 6/13
Mrs. Catherine Zuberbueler 6/13
Paul Ciskanik 6/14
Mrs. Michelle Kopeck 6/15
Mrs. Heather McGraw 6/15
Mrs. Ann Kugel 6/15
Mr. Paul McCleary 6/16
Mr. John Stefanczyk 6/16
Mr. Gregory Bodoh 6/16
Mrs. Kathryn Foeckler 6/17
Rev. Thomas Cahill 6/18
Mrs. Reva Olszewski 6/18
Mrs. Kelly Shininger 6/18
Mrs. Roseanne Garvey 6/18
Mr. Patrick Storey 6/18
Mr. Thomas Hambleton 6/19
Mrs. Naomi Devine 6/20
Mrs. Brenda O'Reilly 6/21
Mr. Robert Scrivener 6/21
Mrs. Andrea Hawley 6/21
Mr. John Kelsey 6/21
Miss Gwendolyn Adams 6/21
Mrs. Diane Duhig 6/22
Mr. Kenneth Clark 6/22
Miss Mary Tenbusch 6/22
Miss Susan Tenbusch 6/22
Mrs. Mary Birch 6/23
Mr. Thomas Francis 6/23
Mr. Michael McCoy 6/23
Miss Kathleen Rohan 6/24
Mr. Andrew Hibl 6/24
Mrs. Alexandra Klassen 6/24
Miss Kathleen Rock 6/24
Rev. Edward Murphy 6/25
Mrs. Carol Balint 6/25
Mrs. Sylvia Puray 6/25
Mrs. Corinne Gerrity 6/25
Mr. David Kimball 6/25
Mr. Jacob Almeter 6/25
Mr. Jim Garner 6/26
Mrs. Claire Bageanis 6/26
Mr. Stephen Jadwisiak 6/27
Rev. Kevin Beres 6/27
Sem. Christopher Smith 6/28
Mr. Edward Hester 6/30
17, 2004: Summer Institute
with Cardinal Francis Arinze
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Golf Tournament Brings in $30,000
May 24, Christendom College held its first annual President's
Invitational Golf Tournament at Bull Run Golf Course in Haymarket,
Virginia. The event raised over $30,000 to go toward the College's
new Student Center.
by Dean of Student Life J. Michael Brown, the tournament brought
together over 90 area alumni and friends of the College. Brown
says that the College hopes to raise $400,000 for the Student
Center by the fall of 2005. The student body itself has taken
on the task of raising more than $60,000 for the project through
various raffles and activities.
Center will house a mini-theater; a meeting place for student
organizations and clubs; private study space; a common room
featuring recreational games and a comfortable lounge' a coffee
bar; offices for Student Life personnel; and the College bookstore.
am so grateful to all of the participants and sponsors for
helping to make this tournament such a great success,"
said Brown. "Now, with the additional $30,000 in proceeds
from the golf tournament, the target is a little closer."
was sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, among others.
was such a great time," said Christendom College President
Dr. Timothy O'Donnell. "The weather was perfect and the
course was spectacular. Mike Brown did a top-notch job of
putting this tournament on. I'm already looking forward to
next year's tournament."
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Names New Director of Admissions
College is pleased to announce that Thomas L. McFadden, Jr.,
has been hired as the new Director of Admissions and Marketing
effective May 17.
than 12 years of administrative leadership experience, McFadden
most recently has served as the College Relations Officer
at Christendom. Since 2000, he has played an integral role
in the development and maintenance of Christendom's image
building process, including acting as the liaison to the College's
hiring is a critical component for the College's newly reconfigured
administrative layout," says College President Timothy
T. O'Donnell. "As we enter a new phase of our college's
history, I am confident that Tom's leadership abilities will
help Christendom to continue to provide one of the best liberal
arts educations in the nation. He conveys a clear vision of
how to improve both enrollment and marketing strategies and
demonstrates excellent managerial skills. We are thrilled
to have him in this new position."
earning a Bachelor of Arts from Christendom College in 1990,
McFadden worked as an Assistant General Manager for a large
Washington, D.C., area restaurant chain for four years. In
1994, he changed careers and took on the role of Director
of Religious Education after being asked to revitalize the
religious education program at a Virginia parish. In 1998,
he received his Master of Arts degree from the Notre
Dame Graduate School (NDGS) of Christendom College. In
1999, after teaching part-time at the NDGS and acting as its
Dean of the Summer Program, he moved to New Hampshire where
he spent a year serving as a Headmaster of a small independent
his responsibilities as director of admissions and marketing,
McFadden will work closely with the President's office and
academic departments, analyzing statistics, strategies and
trends at the College to improve recruitment techniques and
enrollment as the College moves closer towards its goal of
500 students by the year 2010.
is an experienced and enthusiastic administrative professional
who impresses us all with his ability to motivate and his
adept managerial skills," said Mark McShurley, Executive
Vice President at the College. "We welcome him to his
new position and look forward to the many contributions he
will undoubtedly continue to bring to our College. His experience
and history of success in all of his past positions are very
encouraging, and we believe he will do an extraordinary job
here in the admissions office of Christendom College."
replaces Paul L. Heisler who faithfully served the College
as Director of Admissions for the past nine years. During
Heisler's tenure, new student applications increased over
100%; new student enrollments increased over 50%; Freshman
SAT averages rose 77 points; and the total college grew 71%.
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