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SLU & Midtown
By Lawrence Biondi, S.J.
Saint Louis University President
t’s official: After extensive research and planning, Saint
Louis University is moving forward on plans for two exciting projects — an arena and a research building. You can read
more about the details elsewhere in this issue, but I wanted to
share my perspective on these monumental undertakings and
what they mean for SLU.
Let’s start with the arena. This project has generated much
discussion over the years, especially among our Billiken faithful. Although SLU has been eager to put the pieces in place
for a top-notch athletic facility for some time now, funding
proved to be a major obstacle. We also maintained that a
new arena should serve much more than our Billiken men’s
basketball program.
Yes, we envision a 13,000-seat basketball venue with a cozy atmosphere, a true
college feel and a potentially exhilarating
home-court advantage. But with a new
arena, we are adding yet another component to the overall Saint Louis University
experience. This project will provide a
facility that is easily accessible to our students for commencement ceremonies and
other special engagements, thereby
becoming a multipurpose events center.
(For more details, see page 13.)
We plan to construct our new facility
near the Grand Center arts and entertainment district. As we strive to strengthen
our community, a new arena will be yet
another beacon for Midtown. We remain
committed to creating a true “college
town” atmosphere with shops, restaurants
and entertainment, ultimately making
Midtown a place where people go to live,
to socialize and to learn.
Of course, there are direct benefits for our athletic programs. A new arena will allow us to avoid scheduling conflicts
at Savvis Center, the current home of our men’s basketball
team, and will help us in recruiting student-athletes.
Finally, we believe a new arena will better cater to our fans
— even those not living on campus. We came to this conclusion thanks to a marketing study, which also indicated that
once built, an arena could provide the University with new
sources of revenue from premium seating, advertising and
sponsorship. This revenue would allow us to operate the
building without drawing on SLU tuition dollars or dipping
into our endowment.
This “budget neutral” concept for the arena project also is
providing a model for our other major endeavor, a research
building. Candidly, as excited as I am about the arena, my
first and foremost priority is the research building.
The need for a dedicated research facility has become a
necessity as external funding for SLU research has expanded
significantly and successfully during the past decade. The initiative for a new research building at our Health Sciences
Center is part of an overall $80 million investment in new
and renovated research space that will represent the largest
single building project since the University’s founding in
1818. (For more details, see page 2.)
The new research building will provide state-of-the-art
facilities for health sciences research that directly touches lives
while providing additional services to the community. The
facility will allow for the consolidation of laboratories scattered in different locations at the Health
Sciences Center. This unification will
strengthen the thematic areas of research
through collaborative interactions. In addition, the new research building will aid in
the retention of experienced biomedical
investigators, assist department chairpersons
in recruiting outstanding faculty
researchers and enhance the development
of new research and degree programs.
The building also will expand the
University’s research efforts and strengthen
our ability to compete for important external funding. This, in turn, would increase
the prestige of Saint Louis University as a
major research center and aid in the
recruitment of students.
Pursuit of truth and scholarly inquiry
into new and better understandings of our
world have been part of the Ignatian tradition for hundreds of years. Research is an
integral part of our mission, a strong component of our faculty endeavors and an
unparalleled educational tool for our students. As we move
forward on this important initiative, I look forward to the
future benefits we will reap from this important investment
in research.
I would like to extend my gratitude to all of those people
involved in both projects and invite everyone in our Saint
Louis University community to spread the word about these
two important developments. It is an exciting time to be part
of our Saint Louis University family as our destiny of becoming the finest Catholic university in the nation continues to
take shape.
SPRING/summer 2003
On the Cover: The Continental
Life Building. Its renovation is a
sign of the resurgence of SLU’s
neighborhood. For more on
Midtown St. Louis, see page 8.
Volume 29, No. 2
Laura Geiser (A&S ’90, Grad ’92)
A Grand Plan
Saint Louis University’s neighborhood
is undergoing a Renaissance.
Assistant Editor
Chris Waldvogel
Billy Brennan
Marie Dilg (Soc Ser ’94)
Katie Hanson (A&S ’02)
Matt Shaw
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Research building
slated for Health
Sciences Center
aint Louis University’s
board of trustees has
authorized the SLU administration to proceed with the
design and site selection
for a new research center at the Health
Sciences Center, part of
an $80 million investment in new and renovated research space. This
is the largest single building project since the
University’s founding in 1818.
Last spring, University
President Lawrence Biondi,
S.J., identified the new
research center as his top priority. The building has been
in the planning stages for several years.
Dr. Joseph Weixlmann,
who as provost is the
University’s chief academic
officer, said SLU has several
areas of emphasis on its
research agenda, including
biodefense, infectious diseases, virology, cardiovascular, cancer and liver disease.
“This initiative is critical to
our success in attracting topnotch researchers and to
compete for external funding,” Weixlmann said. “The
new structure will contain
basic and clinical science
research in focused areas.”
The University has identified several possible sites for
the building. Details will be
announced in the coming
months. Bonds will be issued
to finance construction of the
center. In addition, raising
money for the building is part
of the University’s $300 million “Campaign for Saint
Louis University: Where
Knowledge Touches Lives.”
“An opportunity exists
for a donor to make a
major gift and name the
building,” said Don
Whelan, vice president
for development and
University relations.
“We are actively
pursuing this.”
named provost
aint Louis University has a
new provost, but the person assuming the post is not
new to the job. Dr. Joseph
Weixlmann — who served as
interim provost since replacing Dr. Sandra Johnson in
May 2002 — has been named
provost. The appointment
follows a nationwide search.
Weixlmann was appointed
dean of SLU’s College of Arts
and Sciences in March 2001.
Prior to that appointment, he
was dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences at Indiana
State University.
As provost, Weixlmann is
the University’s chief academic officer and also oversees
information technology and
student development. “Very
few universities evidence the
depth of commitment to
learning, research and service
outreach that can be seen
today at Saint Louis
University,” Weixlmann said.
“I am extremely pleased to
assume a key leadership role
in moving forward the
exceptional team of faculty,
students, administrators, staff,
alumni and friends working
collaboratively to make SLU
America’s finest Catholic university, and indeed, America’s
finest university, period.”
Weixlmann’s familiarity
with Jesuit education began at
an early age. He attended a
Jesuit high school and college, Canisius High School
and Canisius College, both in
Buffalo, N.Y. He has written
or edited five books and published 50 articles and book
chapters, mostly on American
and African-American literary
topics. He earned a master’s
degree and doctorate from
Kansas State University.
A committee has been
formed to begin the search
process for a new dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences,
Weixlmann’s previous position. Mike May, S.J., (A&S
’81) has served as interim
dean of the college since last
June. The chairman of the
department of mathematics
and mathematical computer
science, May is expected to
continue in his role as interim
dean through the upcoming
academic year.
CENTER OF ATTENTION: Progress continues on the renovation and expansion of Busch
Student Center, which is scheduled to open in early August. The architectural rendering pictured above shows what the finished building will look like from Grand Boulevard. The project
includes 51,000 square feet of new construction and 100,500 square feet of renovation.
Sword goes to
aint Louis University has
bestowed its highest honor
for individual achievement ––
the Sword of Ignatius Loyola
–– on Olympic champion
Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The
award was presented to her at
the University’s DuBourg
Society Recognition Dinner
Dec. 8. Joyner-Kersee is often
regarded as the best all-around
female athlete in the world and
the all-time greatest heptathlete. A native of East St. Louis,
Ill., Joyner-Kersee has won
several Olympic medals and is
noted for her contributions to
the community. The Sword of
Ignatius Loyola is named for
the founder of the Society of
Jesus, Inigo Lopez de Loyola.
Symbolic of the Ignatian vision
of service, the sword is awarded to those who have given
themselves to humankind for
the greater glory of God.
Service hours at
an all-time high
embers of the Saint
Louis University community have answered the
call to be “women and men
for others” as 11,591 people
contributed 617,911 hours of
service during 2002. The
numbers — which were
taken from a recently released
University report — are up
drastically from 2001, when
8,778 participants contributed
489,505 hours of service. The
reported number of students
participating in community
service and volunteerism
went up from 4,217 in 2001
to 5,079 in 2002 — an
increase of 20 percent.
Faculty and staff who
responded to the survey also
increased 11 percent (from
659 in 2001 to 731 in 2002).
From left: Joe Adorjan, chairman of SLU’s board of trustees;
Joyner-Kersee; and University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J.
New deans named
for AHP, Parks
he Doisy School of Allied
Health Professions and
Parks College of Engineering
and Aviation soon will be
under new leadership. Dr.
Charlotte Royeen has accepted
appointment as dean for the
Doisy School of Allied Health
Professions and officially will
begin her duties July 1.
Royeen will come to SLU
from Creighton University,
where she has served as associate dean for research in the
School of Pharmacy and Allied
Health Sciences and was a
Creighton’s Research Council.
She holds a doctorate from
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University and a
master’s degree in occupational
therapy from Washington
University’s School of
Dr. Bjong Wolf Yeigh will
be the dean of Parks College.
Yeigh’s appointment also is
effective July 1. He joins SLU
from Yale University, where
he is assistant provost of science and technology, a post he
has held since 1999. Yeigh
received a master’s degree in
mechanical engineering from
Stanford in 1987 and a doctorate in civil engineering and
operations research from
Princeton in 1995. Dr. Charles
Kirkpatrick will step down as
dean this July after nine years
of service. He will continue his
SLU career as a full-time faculty member in the department
of chemistry.
Dr. Paul G. Schmitz (Grad
’66), professor of internal medicine-nephrology, received the
2002 Governor’s Award for
Excellence in Teaching, which
recognizes outstanding faculty
members from Missouri colleges
and universities and is presented
annually to one faculty member
from each of the state’s two- and
four-year institutions. … Dr.
Raymond G. Slavin (Med ’56),
director of the division of allergy
and immunology at the School of
Medicine, received the Fellows
Award from the Academy of
Science of St. Louis. The award
recognizes an active scientist who
excels in communicating to colleagues, future scientists and the
general public. A leading
spokesman and researcher, Slavin
is an expert on allergies and asthma. … Dr. Eleonore A.
Stump, the Robert J. Henle, S.J.,
Chair of Philosophy, presented the
Gifford Lectures at the University
of Aberdeen in Scotland in March.
Established as early as 1888, the
lectures are among the world’s
foremost intellectual events. Past
Gifford lecturers include Nobel
Prize winners Niels Bohr, John C.
Eccles and Albert Schweitzer. …
In March, the SLU Women’s
Commission celebrated its 30th
anniversary with a reception and a
presentation that outlined the present climate for women at SLU.
The report was based on a survey
of 1,301 women, and results will
guide the commission’s activities
and programs.
By The Numbers
Arena project
OK’d by trustees
he Saint Louis University
board of trustees has
approved the construction of
a new SLU arena contingent
upon raising an estimated $45
million in private donations.
The arena would be built in
Midtown St. Louis, where
SLU’s campus is located.
Michael F. Shanahan Sr.
(B&A ’61), chairman and
CEO of Engineered Support
Systems Inc. and SLU trustee
emeritus, is leading the fundraising effort for the project.
For more details, see page 13.
214 SLU students who studied
abroad during the 2002-03 academic year in countries such as
Spain, France, the Netherlands,
Belgium, El Salvador, Australia,
Ireland, Italy, Pakistan, Poland
and England.
7,874 Parking spaces at SLU,
2,727 of which are at the Health
Sciences Center.
29,952 Pieces of candy stuffed
into 7,484 Easter eggs hidden at
SLU for the annual alumni Easter
Egg Hunt. In all, 926 children
attended the April 19 event.
30,671 Meals prepared by
SLU’s Campus Kitchen from
October 2001 through April
2003. SLU volunteers cook and
deliver meals to those in need in
the St. Louis area. In all, 22,096
pounds of food have been rescued/received from campus dining, and 9,730 hours of
community service have been
completed by those involved.
SLU lab makes
cancer discovery
lab headed by a Saint Louis
University researcher has
made a major breakthrough
that could lead to a better molecular understanding of cancer.
Results published in the journal Molecular Cell by Dr. Ali
Shilatifard and his colleagues
show for the first time how a
protein known to be involved
in the development of cancer
functions in normal cells. “This
opens the door for further
study of this protein in the regulation of gene expression,”
said Shilatifard, an associate
professor of biochemistry and
molecular biology. “Once we
understand the normal, we will
have a better understanding of
where something is going
wrong.” This, in turn, could
lead to ways to block the pathway and ultimately could stop
cancer development, he said.
Also participating in this
research was the lab of Dr.
Mark Johnston at Washington
University School of Medicine.
Grad School ranks
first in doctorates
aint Louis University’s
Graduate School ranks
first in number of doctoral
Catholic universities for the
2001 academic year, according to data compiled by the
Graduate School and the
National Research Council.
During that period, the
Graduate School granted 105
Ph.D.s and 41 Ed.D.s for a
total of 146 doctorates. The
Graduate School has ranked
among the top five Catholic
universities in doctoral
degrees granted since 1987,
the first year SLU officials
began compiling that data.
Only Notre Dame joins SLU
in that distinction.
SLU gets largest
research award
rotecting babies and a
woman’s reproductive
health are among the major
goals of the largest research
award in Saint Louis
University’s 185-year history, a
$36.8 million NIH contract to
combat herpes. SLU will lead a
four-year herpes vaccine study
involving 7,550 women across
the United States for the
National Institutes of Health.
When herpes is passed from
a mother to a child during
birth, the disease is life threatening for the child and leads to
birth defects. “A successful
vaccine to fight this disease
would represent a major public
health triumph,” said Dr.
Robert Belshe, the national
study chair and Adorjan
Professor of Internal Medicine
and director of the Center for
Vaccine Development at the
School of Medicine.
“This is the largest clinical
trial we’ve organized and has
the potential for making a significant contribution to
GLAD GRADS: Approximately 1,800 students graduated from Saint Louis University during annual commencement exercises May 17 at Savvis Center. The graduating
class is larger than those in recent years. Last year, 1,508
students graduated from SLU. Pictured above with this
year’s commencement speaker Bill McClellan (left), a St.
Louis Post-Dispatch columnist, are (from left) honorary
degree recipients Frank Reale, S.J., (A&S ’74) provincial
of the Jesuits of the Missouri Province; Martin L.
Mathews, co-founder of St. Louis’ Mathews-Dickey Boys’
and Girls’ Club; and Emily Rauh Pulitzer, founder and
president of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.
women’s health,” he said. The
study will be conducted at 16
U.S. locations, with Saint
Louis University as the national coordinating site. SLU’s
Vaccine Center will enroll
approximately 500 people.
initiative launched
project under way at Saint
Louis University will revolutionize, enhance and
expand the delivery of information to students, faculty,
staff and alumni. Called
“Gateway: the information initiative of Saint Louis
University,” the project will
plug SLU computer users into
significant facts, figures and
data. Making use of recently
purchased computer hardware
and software, Gateway will
integrate information from
both the administrative and
academic aspects of the
University and reformulate the
way information is cataloged
and stored. Student records,
financial aid, alumni databases,
University financial data and
human resources information
all will move over to the new
system. The shift will take
approximately 36 months for
the entire University.
Check out smokefree dining online
moking in restaurants is still
legal in St. Louis, but that
doesn’t mean it’s pleasant. The
School of Public Health
recently assembled a list of 100
percent smoke-free restaurants
in the St. Louis metro area.
More than 200 local establishments appear on the list,
including Bevo Mill, Café
Napoli, Lemon Grass and all
locations of the St. Louis Bread
Co. For a look at the list, visit
AHP introduces
two new degrees
Nurses prepared
for terrorism
wo new degree programs
are under way at SLU’s
Doisy School of Allied
Health Professions. The
University has created the
first and only five-year degree
in the country that blends a
bachelor of science in health
information management
with a master of health
administration. The Doisy
School and the School of
Public Health are offering the
joint degree. The program
began last fall and is attracting
students who are eager to
earn a bachelor’s and master’s
degree in five years instead of
the usual six.
In addition, for the first
time, the Doisy School’s
physical therapy department
is offering a professional doctoral-level education in physical therapy. It is a transition
program open to anyone who
has graduated from SLU or
another university with a
degree in physical therapy.
Presented in a part-time, distance-learning format, students can complete the
program in one to three
years. Future plans eventually
call for the implementation of
an entry-level doctor of physical therapy degree.
urses who want to learn
how to handle the aftermath of a terrorist attack
began their studies Feb. 3,
when the School of Nursing
launched a one-of-a-kind
certificate program. “Our disaster preparedness certificate
program is based upon what
we learned when we visited
Israel to find out how nurses
there deal with terrorism,”
said Dr. Dotti James (Nurs
’71, Grad Nurs ’74, ’94, ’97),
associate professor of nursing.
Four SLU educators — two
from the School of Nursing
and two from the Center for
the Study of Bioterrorism and
Emerging Infections in the
School of Public Health —
traveled to the Hadassah
Medical Organization in
October to see what Israeli
health care professionals do
after a terror attack. Students
working toward SLU’s certificate will participate in 10
sessions. The curriculum is
available through distance
learning on the Internet and
is offered at Saint Louis
Smith selected
for Ring Award
r. Duane Smith, director
of the honors program
and assistant professor of
English, received the 2003
Nancy McNeir Ring Award.
Presented annually since
1966, the award recognizes
an outstanding faculty member as chosen by members of
Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit
honor society. The award is
the only student-sponsored
teaching award that encompasses all schools of the
University. It was established
to honor Nancy McNeir
Ring, the University’s first
dean of women who was
known for her devotion to
the welfare of students.
SLU faculty in Israel learning
gas mask procedures. From
left: Terri Rebmann, Joanne
Langan and Dotti James.
The summer 1978 issue of
UNIVERSITAS featured an article on
the ongoing SLU presidential
search, which at the time, had been
narrowed to five Jesuit priests. The
search committee was looking forward to two-day visits with each
candidate. (Thomas R. Fitzgerald,
S.J., got the job.) Also on the front
page, a story told of the revival of
SLU hockey. The team, which had
been scrubbed from Billiken sports,
returned for a “minimum of one
year” thanks to the “financial backing of area businessman and hockey
enthusiasts.” (Although the sport
was taken off the varsity roster in
1979, it is a thriving club sport
The issue highlighted Saint
Louis University’s psychology
department, which was fulfilling the
timely demand to move psychology
out of the laboratory and into reallife settings.
Quotable UTAS: “Do the freedoms I want leave room for others
to be free? The knowledge and
skills taught by our University were
not just for yourselves. If so, you
were poorly taught or slow to
learn. If you have been gifted —
and every graduate here owes
much to many and to God — if
gifted, then laws, justice, our common humanity and what your
University stands for, call you to
reach out to others to help them to
be free.” – University President
Edward J. Drummond, S.J., in his
commencement address to the class
of 1978.
Sign of the times: It was reported
that the registrar’s office would celebrate the summer session with the
installation of a computer. The new
system would reduce paperwork
considerably, making it possible to
process registration changes
promptly instead of the typical twodays of paperwork. The main
work, however, still would be
completed on paper before being
fed to the computer center for
Billiken Hall of
Fame inducts 8
ight individuals and one
team were inducted into
the Billiken Hall of Fame in
January. The honorees follow
by category:
Billiken Great (Contemporary):
Mike Barger (baseball 1993),
the program’s first All-America
selection since 1965, holds a
pair of school records with 81
hits and 37 stolen bases in
1993. … Pat Conreaux
(baseball 1991-94) who played
more games than anyone who
put on a SLU baseball uniform, holds school records for
career hits, runs scored and
total bases. … Jeff Harris
(men’s basketball 1994-97),
twice named MVP by his
teammates, was a
honorable mention
Region selection
his senior and
junior years,
respectively. …
Carlos Martinez
(men’s basketball
1969-72), a Missouri
Valley Conference All-Star
selection and team MVP,
played professionally in Puerto
Rico for seven years. …
Beth Winter (field hockey
1982-85), a four-year starter,
earned All-Conference honors
her junior and senior years.
Her 20 assists in 1985 is still the
school record, as is her career
total of 45 assists.
Zorumski (men’s soccer
1972-73) was the starting goalkeeper on the Billikens’ last
two NCAA championship
teams. A member of the U.S.
Olympic Team from 1973-75,
he also was a part of the U.S.
National Team. Later,
Zorumski came back to SLU
as a volunteer assistant soccer
coach from 1983-87 and
1990-96. He is the chairman
of Washington University’s
department of psychiatry.
Bauman Sportsmanship
Pelizzaro (men’s
coach) was a parttime assistant for
30 years who
rarely missed a
training session
despite holding
down a full-time job
as a U.S. postal carrier.
Responsible for the team’s
physical preparation, he helped
guide the Billikens to 27
NCAA Tournaments, includ-
The 1994-95 men’s basketball team.
From left: Barger, Winter, Martinez, Pelizzaro, Zorumski,
Yow, Harris and Conreaux.
ing five of the program’s 10
national championships. …
Deborah A. Yow (former
athletic director), who joined
SLU in June 1990, became just
the fourth female athletic
director of an NCAA Division
I program. During her four
years at the University, Yow
created the Billiken Club,
guided the program through a
conference change, helped
revitalize the men’s basketball
program and spearheaded an
increase in student-athlete
graduation rates to 92 percent.
She is the athletic director at
the University of Maryland.
Bob Burnes Award: The
1994-95 men’s basketball
team, which compiled a 23-8
record, earned the Billikens a
second consecutive trip to the
NCAA Tournament. The
team was among the nation’s
top 10 in scoring defense, scoring margin and 3-point field
goals made per game. During
the program’s first season at
Kiel Center, the team drew
17,714 fans per game to rank
seventh in the nation in attendance. Playing on the team for
Coach Charlie Spoonhour
were Sekeue Barentine,
Donnie Campbell, Erwin
Claggett, Derek Falb, Corey
Grays, Greg Hardin, Jeff
Harris, Scott Highmark, Eric
Jones, Ryan Luechtefeld,
Carlos McCauley, David
Robinson, Carl Turner and H
5 named ‘Women
of the Year’
n April 23, the Saint Louis
University Women’s
Commission honored five
members of the SLU community as Women of the Year.
Those recognized were: Kathy
Humphrey, vice president for
student development; Dr.
Margaret Herning (AHP ’62,
Grad ’78, ’94), associate professor of physical therapy; Mary
Regan (Grad B&A ’85), managerial/professional director for
Hampton, administrative assistant for the department of
public policy studies; and
Vanessa Williams, a senior
majoring in aerospace engineering.
Researchers unveil
nasal flu vaccine
SLU students earn
noted scholarships
There could be a new, painless
way of getting a flu shot next flu
season, thanks in part to research
conducted at Saint Louis
University. “Delivering a flu vaccine via a nasal mist makes good
clinical sense because influenza is
an airborne virus that starts in the
nose,” said Dr. Robert Belshe,
director of the Center for Vaccine
Development at the School of
Medicine and the lead investigator
for the pivotal “FluMist” clinical
trial. FluMist is a new type of vaccine administered by nasal spray.
An FDA advisory committee recommended full FDA approval for
FluMist to prevent influenza in
healthy children, adolescents and
adults ages 5 through 49. If
approved, FluMist would be the
first and only intranasal influenza
vaccine in the United States.
unior Deanna Durrett has
Scholarship, one of the nation’s
most prestigious merit-based
awards. Recipients must be
U.S. citizens, have outstanding
leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top
quarter of their class, and be
committed to careers in government or the not-for-profit
sector. A native of Louisville,
Ky., who is majoring in political science, Durrett is one of
up to 80 recipients chosen this
year from among more than
250 candidates.
Mary Ann Bleem, a junior
double-majoring in chemistry
and biology, earned a Barry M.
Goldwater Scholarship, the
nation’s premier undergraduate
award for mathematics, natural
sciences and engineering. The
300 Goldwater Scholars were
selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,093
mathematics, science and engineering students who were
nominated by the faculties of
colleges and universities
TOP PICK: Saint Louis University senior goalkeeper
Meghann Burke was drafted in the second round by the
WUSA’s Carolina Courage and already is starting in goal
for the team. Earlier this year, Burke was SLU women’s
soccer’s first All-America selection as the National Soccer
Coaches Association of America named her to its second
team. She ended her career as the Billiken record-holder in
every goalkeeping category. Her 38 career shutouts are a CUSA record. Playing every minute in goal for the Billikens
the past four years, Burke amassed 48 victories, 347 saves
and a 0.92 goals against average.
Women’s studies
is newest major
aint Louis University has
added a women’s studies
major to its academic offerings. Previously, students
minored and earned certificates in the field through the
women’s studies program.
Nearly 3,400 students took
classes in the field during the
last five years. Part of the
College of Arts and Sciences,
women’s studies began in
1982 with a certificate program. More than 50 faculty
members are affiliated with
the major and teach courses
and conduct research on gender issues.
NEW LOOK: The SLU athletic department, in conjunction with the Official College Sports Network, has
unveiled a complete redesign of the official athletic Web
site, www.slubillikens.com. Along with the new look,
slubillikens.com offers expanded efforts to provide alumni,
fans and media with complete information on Billiken
sports. The site features live game broadcasts, up-to-date
scores and statistics, audio and video clips, schedules, ticket information, official merchandise and promotions for all
Billiken fans.
Scorpions may help
fight brain cancer
Brain surgeons at Saint Louis
University have begun treating
patients who have glioma — one
of the most deadly forms of brain
cancer — using a synthetic version
of a substance derived from scorpion poison. SLU is participating in
a multicenter study to evaluate the
safety and tolerability of the drug
in a single dose, as well as overall
tumor response rate in an initial
study group of 18 patients. Glioma
is a highly invasive cancer that
affects the brain and spinal cord.
Tumors cannot be fully eradicated
with surgery or other therapies.
However, it is hoped the drug,
which uses sequences from
chlorotoxin, a substance normally
found in scorpions, will be able to
destroy the tumor cells.
Lab aids in tracking
the West Nile Virus
Saint Louis University is part of a
new project to combat the West
Nile Virus. SLU’s Norman J.
Stupp Geographic Information
Systems Lab is helping the St.
Louis Department of Health in its
fight against the public health
threat, which can be spread by
mosquitoes. Last summer, there
were 168 human cases of West
Nile Virus in the metropolitan
area and seven deaths in Missouri.
The health department is using the
GIS lab to help create computer
maps to track hundreds of mosquito breeding locations. By tracking
locations of infected mosquitoes,
dead birds and human cases of
West Nile, health officials can target resources and curb the virus.
SLU entertains community support
through the art of good neighboring.
ust north of Saint Louis University’s
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Midtown campus stretches Grand
— designed by prominent architect
Center, a Renaissance in progress.
Brad Cloepfil and slated to open in
The arts and entertainment district that
September — are only a few of the prohouses the Fox Theatre and the Saint
jects offering tangible proof of Grand
Louis Symphony Orchestra was an illusCenter’s resurgence.
bustling streets stood empty. Yet Grand
trious destination during the 1930s and
Although many individuals and orgaCenter was filled with plentiful
after World War II. Carrying the nicknizations might claim credit for this
reminders of past greatness and lingering
names “bright white way,” and
advancement, Grand Center Inc. has
questions about the future.
“Broadway of the Midwest,” Grand
been the primary force behind putting
Today, however, winds of change
Center once brimmed with regal splenthe “grand” back into its namesake.
have swept many of those qualms and
dor and was home to numerous theaters,
Comprised of leaders in business, govghosts away. Commercial and residential
nightclubs, restaurants, shops, private
ernment and the community, the group
developments pop up at a remarkable
clubs and hotels.
has been spearheading the physical rederate. The completed Pulitzer
But the music eventually died down.
velopment of the area and further estabFoundation for the Arts building and a
The crowds scurried to the suburbs, setlishing Grand Center as the major
home for KETC-TV Channel 9, along
ting the stage for an era of decline. Like
creative and cultural district of St. Louis.
with new construction of Cardinal
other areas of the city, Grand Center
After long negotiations at both the
Ritter College Prep and the
stood at the brink of urban decay.
city and state levels, Grand Center
Once-great halls gave way to
is moving forward as a single tax
By Chris Waldvogel
abandoned buildings. Once
increment financing (TIF) redevel-
Clockwise from above: Grand Boulevard
today; Grand looking north circa 1956;
Grand looking south during its heyday;
the Continental Life Building today.
opment zone. A TIF designation captures into a special fund the increases in
property and other taxes for 23 years
within the TIF district.
Vince Schoemehl (Grad ’86), president and CEO of Grand Center Inc.,
said that money from the fund would be
used for projects within the district that
will add to Grand Center’s overall
vibrancy. About 26 projects are slated
during the next two decades, including
possible construction of an AfricanAmerican History Museum; revitalization of the Woolworth Building, located
at the corner of Grand and Olive boulevards; and overall district beautification
with revitalized streetscapes, historic
lighting and other welcoming markers.
Saint Louis University also figures
prominently in the future of Grand
Center. The University has decided to
build an arena there (see the related article on page 13). Some of the revenue
generated by the 300-acre TIF district
could go toward the arena project.
“A new SLU arena represents a significant addition for Grand Center,”
Schoemehl said. “SLU’s commitment to
this project could help inject some more
life back into Midtown. But Saint Louis
University has been one of the true
anchors in our efforts to improve the
area for quite some time.”
Other landmark developments in
Grand Center also owe some of their
success to SLU’s support. The
Continental Life Building, one of St.
Louis’ most distinctive architectural gems, has
made a longawaited comeback
— thanks, in part,
to a loan from
“As a Jesuit,
Catholic university, Saint Louis
University cannot
and will not turn a
blind eye from the
interests of the
greater community,” said Joe
Adorjan (B&A ’63, Grad ’67), chairman
for SLU’s board of trustees and the
Grand Center board of directors. “SLU
is proud to be a driving force behind
our city’s growth and revitalization.”
Making their way through the
Continental Building during a tour
sponsored by the office of alumni relations, more than 120 SLU alumni cast a
wide array of facial expressions as they
roamed the refurbished halls. Some on
the tour flashed heartfelt smiles and
exchanged hurried conversations.
Others walked slowly, mouths agape
and eyes wide. After all, it wasn’t that
long ago when some of them climbed to
the top of the derelict Continental to
hoist bed sheets out of the windows and
indulge in ambitious, albeit dangerous,
mischief. Many alumni who recalled
only an abandoned shell at 3615 Olive
St. during their tenure as students
couldn’t believe their eyes.
“When I was in school, the
Continental Building was partly occupied, but it was on the decline,” said
Mary Vieth (A&S ’67). “After I took the
tour, I was thrilled because I have strong
hopes for the city’s revitalization. I’m
proud as an alum that SLU has done an
outstanding job in leading Grand Center
into the future.”
Although the Continental has awakened from its long slumber and now stirs
with life, it still stands, like much of
SLU alumni tour
the renovated
Continental Life
Building earlier
this spring.
Grand Center, as a work in progress.
The building is adding a restaurant,
which will be completed in the fall. But
with approximately 70 percent of the
apartments leased, the towering landmark that once symbolized the declining
vibrancy of St. Louis now stands out as
one of Grand Center’s most massive and
promising indicators of rebirth.
“This six-year project has been a labor
of love,” said Steven Trampe, president
of Owen Development, who took on
the ambitious project of restoring the
Continental. “The Continental Building
is the Empire State Building of St.
Louis. For years, we were embarrassed
that it sat boarded up. Can you imagine
the Empire State Building boarded up in
New York?”
Even with an $11.5 million loan from the
Department of Housing and
Urban Development and
approximately $8.5 million
in historic tax credits,
Trampe was short of the
necessary funds to restore
one of the most famous and
architecturally significant
structures in St. Louis.
“After I ran the numbers
and discovered I only needed $6 million — give or take — I knew
that the first person I needed to see was
Father Biondi,” Trampe said. “I
couldn’t be happier both with the
University’s support from the beginning
and throughout the
The University committed $1.5 million
toward the Continental
Life Building from a
revolving loan fund of
$10 million within the
University’s endowment. SLU established
the fund to spur both
residential and commercial real estate
development projects,
such as Trampe’s, near
the University. Since
the establishment of
the fund in May 2001,
SLU has made approximately $2 million in
loans and another $5
million in investments.
The fund provided
$85,000 to Vito’s
Restaurant for renovation of its new
property east of Grand on Lindell.
Another $300,000 went to Grand
Center for the acquisition of property
on Olive Boulevard that will be developed as new housing. Other Grand
Center loans are pending.
“We hope that our community fund
will help to energize the Grand Center
area and bring more focus on Midtown
development,” said University President
Lawrence Biondi, S.J. “We’d like to see
the area around SLU and the cultural
district develop into a true urban neighborhood with a ‘college town’ atmosphere. We want to attract more shops,
restaurants and entertainment.”
SLU had that exact goal in mind
when purchasing and razing dilapidated
SLU Campus
1 Saint Francis Xavier Church
2 School of Medicine
W. Pin
Right: The Fox Theatre
buildings on the corner of
Grand and Lindell boulevards.
The University hopes to help
bring commercial development
to that vital corner.
“It is our hope to attract
restaurants and stores to enhance
Midtown for our students,
employees and the community,”
said Kathleen Brady (Pub Ser
’76), SLU vice president for
facilities management and civic
During recent years, Saint
Louis University has launched
several projects to encourage
residents and visitors to enjoy
The map above shows the areas
eligible for home purchase
through the University's
Hometown SLU program.
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Eligible Areas
3 Fox Theatre
4 The Sheldon Concert Hall
5 Powell Hall
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the Grand Center area. The University
opened the 55,000-square-foot Saint
Louis University Museum of Art
(SLUMA) at 3663 Lindell Blvd. in
O’Donnell Hall. Providing a variety of
intimate galleries and a setting befitting
the University’s extensive art collection,
SLUMA has welcomed more than 6,000
visitors since its opening in June 2002.
Besides its commercial interests in the
Grand Center area, SLU also has been a
major player in efforts to attract residents
to live in the neighborhoods surrounding SLU. A new community-based initiative, called Hometown SLU, hopes to
spur development in Midtown St. Louis
while assisting SLU employees looking
to purchase a home. Through the program, full-time, eligible employees may
receive loans of up to $5,000. The loan
is forgiven after five years if the employee still works at SLU and the home
remains the primary residence.
“Hometown SLU is another way
Saint Louis University can help to
improve our community and our city,”
Biondi said. “We want to do our part to
help Midtown flourish. But we need
more people to live in Midtown for that
to happen. At the same time, this initiative will help many of our employees
realize the dream of home ownership.”
Hometown SLU also provides preferred mortgage rates, reduced closing
costs, home ownership education and other support services — wherever an
employee chooses to purchase a home. Only the forgivable loan aspect of the
program is reserved for those
purchasing homes in select
Forgivable loans are granted in two areas. (See map
above.) The first is bordered
primarily by Vandeventer
Avenue to the west, Lindell
Boulevard to the South,
Jefferson Avenue to the east
and Natural Bridge Drive to
the north. The second area is
bordered by Compton
Avenue to the west,
Lafayette Avenue to the
south, California Avenue to
the east and Chouteau
Avenue to the north.
The University will handle
the forgivable loan portion of
the program, while Cendant
Mortgage, U.S. Bank and
Commerce Bank will provide lower mortgage rates,
closing costs and refinancing.
Fannie Mae provided SLU
with free technical support
for the design of the program
through Fannie Mae’s
Employer Assisted Housing
(EAH) Initiative, which has
provided employers throughout the country with a tool
to attract and retain employees. An additional part of the
Hometown SLU initiative is
an online mortgage resource,
powered by Fannie Mae
technology, which offers
tools and information on
mortgage financing as well as
a streamlined mortgage
financing process for employees.
The Hometown SLU program was
developed under the direction of SLU
Vice President for Human Resources
Kathy Hagedorn (A&S ’73, Grad ’75).
She first considered the idea almost eight
years ago and has worked diligently for
two years to turn it into a reality.
“Having worked in the city for almost
22 years, I have a keen interest in its
development,” Hagedorn said. “This
program will not only facilitate the revitalization of urban neighborhoods in the
city, but also develop greater employee
loyalty to the University and commitment to the city of St. Louis among faculty and staff. That’s a win-win situation
for everyone.”
So far, at least 11 people have submitted employee eligibility forms, which
are used to gauge qualifications for the
loan and go toward securing final paperwork.
“Saint Louis University is demonstrating once again its strong commitment to
the city of St. Louis,” said St. Louis
Mayor Francis Slay (Law ’80).
“Promoting home ownership in the city
of St. Louis by its employees will benefit
everyone. Responsible homeowners are
fundamental to the revitalization of our
city. I am confident that once exposed
to city living, the new SLU homeowners will be pleased with all that the city
has to offer.”
Slay is not the only SLU alumnus
interested in the transformation of
Midtown. Dean Kases Jr. (A&S ’99),
now an MBA student at SLU, and his
brother-in-law, Phil Schreiber, have
The Grandel Theatre
opened Midtown Wireless at 522 N.
Grand Blvd., adjacent to the expanded
Best Steak House.
“We wanted a business that would
benefit both current and expected future
residents and also the everyday commercial traffic of the area,” said Kases,
whose business interests started at a
young age. His father and two partners
opened Best Steak House on Grand in
1964, and Kases started working there
when he was 16. While on the job, he
became quite familiar with his neighbor,
and in 1994, entered Saint Louis
University as a freshman.
He now owns and runs Best Steak
House with Schreiber. As for the future,
Kases and Schreiber hope to add another
venue in the neighborhood eventually.
“We have considered everything from
a café, to a martini bar, to a private
health club,” Kases said. “Most importantly, we want our next endeavor to
co-exist with and benefit SLU and
Grand Center. Hopefully, we can benefit from them in return.”
Another alumnus, John Griffin (A&S
’87), has opened a wood-paneled, fireplace-lit bookshop in the newly renovated Coronado Place, located at 3701
Lindell. Griffin, a native of Ireland,
came to St. Louis in 1983 to attend
Saint Louis University, where he studied
Tours of the Continental Life Building
will be offered during Homecoming
Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 11.
English and philosophy. The
store features some of
Griffin’s 20,000 used, rare
and out-of-print books with
selections of modern literature and fiction, literary criticism, poetry, philosophy
and drama.
The Coronado was once
the home of fancy wedding
parties and white-glove
events. Today, Amrit and
Amy Gill are transforming
the old hotel into a studentoriented building with 165
apartments and retail space.
The student apartments are
planned for floors two
through 14, with three topfloor penthouse lofts aimed
at students, faculty and professionals at Saint Louis University.
Besides J.A. Griffin Bookseller, the
Coronado will feature a first-floor
restaurant and patio café, a high-end
convenience store, a fitness center, banquet facilities and other retail facilities.
“Obviously, a thriving Grand Center
could be very beneficial for Saint Louis
University,” Adorjan said. “But our
University also is excited about the big
picture. It’s been especially rewarding to
see such diverse groups and individuals
working in synergy, bringing about
meaningful change and progress for St.
Assisting Grand Center is not a new
enterprise for SLU. In the early ’90s, the
University committed a $2 million line
of credit for the struggling arts and
entertainment district. And truth be
told, Biondi has always held high expectations for Grand Center. The clubs and
cultural attractions near the University’s
campus provide SLU with another
drawing card for attracting top-notch
faculty and highly qualified students. But
Biondi, also a member of Grand Center
Inc.’s board, defers to tradition when
asked about SLU’s motivation for assisting the arts and entertainment district
with regaining the magnificence of its
prestigious past.
“Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of
the Jesuits, said that Jesuit universities
must be in constant communication and
dialogue with the cities in which those
institutions are located,” Biondi said.
“Certainly, Saint Louis University is no
exception. Our commitment to the city
always has been strong. Our tradition
demands that SLU be actively involved
in the betterment of our community.”
Biondi still vividly remembers his first
days as president of Saint Louis
University in 1987. In those days, SLU
needed some physical improvements,
much like Grand Center. Shortly after
his arrival — which occurred, appropriately, on the feast of St. Lawrence —
Biondi took advantage of the summer
months to drive around the SLU campus, hoping to get a better handle on
the University’s layout. He came away
feeling a bit confused.
“I honestly didn’t know where our
campus began or ended,” he said.
“There were no signs, no designations,
But Biondi approached several benefactors to address the problem at SLU.
He came away with some seed money
from donors to improve the campus,
and over the years, has made the
University safe, secure and attractive.
And what worked for SLU can work for
Grand Center, Biondi said.
“It’s a very competitive business to
draw students, especially undergraduates,” he said. “Parents want to send
their sons or daughters to a place that is
attractive and has a lot going for it. Part
of the allure of a campus is the area that
surrounds it. I have been given the
opportunity by the board of trustees to
develop our campus. Look at the result.
But I also believe there is a lot of opportunity to develop the Grand Center
area. I’m confident that with help from
Saint Louis University and other community partners, St. Louis’ defining cultural center once again will return to its
former glory.” Kathryn Hundman contributed to this story.
On Campus at Last
Saint Louis University’s latest
proposal for Grand Center has Billiken
fans, city officials and Grand Center representatives excited about the future.
The board of trustees has approved the
construction of a new SLU arena contingent upon raising an estimated $45
million in private donations.
“The new arena is a major step
forward for SLU and Midtown St.
Louis,” said Joe Adorjan (B&A ’63,
Grad ’67), chairman of the
University’s board of trustees and of
the Grand Center board of directors.
“The arena will serve as a catalyst in
the continuing revitalization of the
St. Louis metropolitan area and help
drive SLU closer to our goal of
being recognized as the finest
Catholic university in the nation.”
SLU long has been leading a
Renaissance of Midtown St. Louis.
With the addition of the arena,
SLU’s investment in Midtown St.
Louis during the last 15 years totals
more than $400 million. The new
arena is projected to cost about $70
million. It will be located within the
area bounded by Olive Boulevard,
North Theresa Avenue, Washington
Boulevard and North Leonard Avenue.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (Law
’80) is enthusiastic about the project.
“This project will provide a real boost
to the city,” Slay said. “The dramatic
resurgence of Midtown is due in large
part to SLU’s steadfast loyalty to
St. Louis. We thank the SLU trustees
and Father Biondi for their vision and
tangible commitments to our city.”
The new 13,000-seat arena will function as a true multipurpose campus
“We envision many exciting
educational, cultural, entertainment and athletic events
in the arena that will greatly
enhance the overall student
experience at SLU.”
events center, hosting many SLU events,
including men’s and women’s basketball,
commencement, conferences and conventions. The arena also will provide a
mid-sized venue for concerts, family
shows, sporting competitions and other
community events in the St. Louis area.
“Student life at SLU will be enriched
with the new multipurpose events center,” Biondi said. “We envision many
exciting educational, cultural, entertainment and athletic events in the arena
that will greatly enhance the overall student experience at SLU.”
Approval to build the arena was
granted under the condition that it
be “budget neutral.” This means that
the cost of constructing and operating the new building must be supported by revenue generated from
the building itself, not from the
University’s tuition budget. Fund
raising will fill the gap.
Michael F. Shanahan Sr. (B&A
’61), chairman and CEO of
Engineered Support Systems Inc. and
SLU trustee emeritus, is leading the
fund-raising effort for the project. He
is confident that SLU alumni and
friends, as well as business and civic
leaders, will step forward to support
the arena.
Shanahan and his wife, Mary Ann,
personally have pledged $1 million to
the project, as have SLU trustee
Thomas H. Brouster Sr. and his wife,
Ruth. A University group will continue working on various aspects of the
arena plan during the fund-raising campaign so that SLU is positioned to move
quickly once the fund-raising goal is
achieved. Design and construction time
is estimated at 26 months.
— Bob Woodruff
A new exhibit at the Saint Louis University
Museum of Art focuses on priceless artifacts.
the Rock
Museum Building on the former St.
Stanislaus Seminary in Hazelwood, Mo.,
closed its doors, the Jesuits of the
Missouri Province faced a unique problem: Where would they preserve thousands of century-old Jesuit and western
artifacts that had been housed in the
museum? After much consideration, the
Jesuits decided that Saint Louis
University was the best fit for the collection. On May 2, the artifacts, known
as the “Collection of the Western Jesuit
Missions,” were unveiled for a comprehensive exhibit at the Saint Louis
University Museum of Art.
“Saint Louis University is the perfect
location to safeguard these Jesuit treasures, not only because of the shared
history and status as the first university
founded west of the Mississippi, but also
because SLU has the best resources to
preserve this important collection,” said
Frank Reale, S.J., provincial of the
Jesuits of the Missouri Province.
SLUMA is a renovated, four-story
mansion with the necessary facilities to
protect the items and make them accessible to a larger community.
“We are honored that Saint Louis
University has been selected to preserve
these significant historical relics,” said
University President Lawrence Biondi,
S.J. “They will continue to be a
resource about our Jesuit history and the
pioneers and immigrants who have traveled through our area as the ‘Gateway to
the West.’ ”
In addition to an assortment of tools
and objects used by the pioneer Jesuits
of St. Stanislaus, the Jesuit collection
includes four centuries of chalices from
Belgium, France, Italy, the United States
and Canada; a rare collection of Greek
and Latin books dating from 1521, many
brought to this country by Pierre-Jean
DeSmet, S.J.; and Baroque and Rococo
paintings once owned by Belgian nobility.
To experience the “Collection of the
Western Jesuit Missions” first-hand, visit
SLUMA, 3663 Lindell Blvd., which is
open 1-4 p.m., Tuesday through
Sunday, and noon-4 p.m. on Friday.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call (314)
977-3399 or visit http://sluma.slu.edu/.
The Jesuit collection includes this celestial globe, which is the partner
to another artifact, the terrestrial globe. The globes reflect the geographical knowledge of European mapmakers in the late 1600s — that
heaven and Earth and the supernatural and the natural are divided.
The globes are the only pair of their kind in the Western Hemisphere.
Opposite page: The DeSmet
crucifix shows an ivory figure
of Jesus mounted on a rounded, wooden cross. Pierre-Jean
DeSmet, S.J., kept this crucifix
in his bedroom.
The origin of Jesuit PierreJean DeSmet’s Europeanstyle coat is a mystery
although it is believed to be a
gift from an American Indian
tribe. It is thought that the
painted vines, backed by
green and red trade cloth, are
an adaptation from a stole he
wore while celebrating Mass.
The cutout leaves and berries
suggest eastern Plateau,
Metis or Plains Cree manufacture.
The French and Germans used monstrances
during the 14th century to accommodate the
growing devotion to the presence of Christ in
the consecrated host. The Provenance
Monstrance was made in Germany in the early
1900s. Since then, many have contributed to
its elegance. Emeralds, diamonds and pearls
were gathered over the years from donors to
elegantly decorate the monstrance. The inside
of the monstrance is lined with heavy solid
silver plates, which are made from melted silverware.
The refectory table dates to the 1840s and was handcrafted by the brothers of the St.
Stanislaus community. The pewter candlesticks came from a Jesuit mission near Trinidad,
Colo. A gothic wall bracket to the left depicts a Madonna with angels at her side. This is the
oldest piece in the entire Jesuit collection. The napkin box in the background was used to hold
a cloth napkin for each member of the community. Through the door to the right is a replica of
a typical seminary bedroom.
The handcrafted pine altar and pews were
constructed by Jesuit brothers for the novitiate chapel between 1830 and 1840. In 1925,
the altar was moved to the infirmary and
repainted a clean hospital white. It has been
restored to look as it did in the period after
the Civil War, when gold leaf was used to
highlight the plaster ornamentation of the
altar. The altar rail, where communicants
would receive the Eucharist, is made of walnut and pine. A painting titled “The
Immaculate Heart of Mary” hangs to the right.
It is thought to date to the late 19th century.
A portrait of Pierre-Jean DeSmet, S.J., one
of the most famous Jesuit missionaries in
the 19th century. He was born in Belgium
and moved to the United States in 1829.
Throughout this life he was an advocate
for the Native American people and
served as a bridge between them and the
federal government. Many of the relics in
the Jesuit collection are from his travels
west and to Europe.
This wood, metal and ivory organ was built
by Johan Wilhelm (William) Metz in 1846.
Metz built widely in the Midwest during the
mid-1800s, but this instrument is the only
example of his work known to survive. The
organ was built for St. Joseph’s Church but
was moved to the Jesuits’ basement chapel
when the church expanded during the late
19th century.
The desk and the long black cassock belonged to Pierre-Jean
DeSmet, S.J. The chair was not DeSmet’s but was brought to SLU
as part of the Jesuit collection.
The display of a typical classroom at
St. Stanislaus features four handcrafted, pine desks and a homemade oak podium with revolving
bookcase. In the front of the room, a
map depicts the Mississippi River
and the regions around St. Louis and
the Kentucky border. The picture on
the left wall is an engraving of the
Arch of Constantine and the
Information compiled by Katie Hanson.
Three dietitians share secrets
for healthy eating and tell how
they (usually) practice what
they preach.
nce upon a time, dieting was
easy — in theory, anyway.
We used to know what we had to do
to lose weight: Exercise more. Eat less.
Cut out fatty foods.
These days we’re not so sure. Is it
really fat that’s making us fat, or are carbohydrates to blame? Or is it the type of
fat? Does weight loss begin and end
with counting calories, or is what we eat
as important as how much?
For every magazine article touting
one theory of diet and weight loss,
another is published that seems to contradict it. And as the library of diet
books and diet research expands, so do
American waistlines.
To help separate truth from fiction,
UNIVERSITAS asked three dietary professionals — two on the faculty of the
nutrition and dietetics department at
SLU’s Doisy School of Allied Health
Professions and one a graduate of the
school’s internship program — what
advice they give people who are trying
to lose weight and cultivate eating habits
that will keep them healthy for life.
We also asked our experts how well
they follow their own advice.
Their answers suggest that despite the
constant stream of new research and
information, it is possible to develop
healthy eating habits now that will be
healthy for life — no matter what the
newest study says.
Joy Short (Grad AHP ’94, ’97)
Assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics
and director of SLU’s undergraduate programs in nutrition and dietetics.
“Among my personal pet peeves are
diets that recommend drastically cutting
out carbs,” Short said. “Because you’re
not just cutting out carbohydrates,
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you’re cutting out beneficial nutrients.”
In fact, Short has a problem with diets
that cut out any entire food group.
That’s in part because scientists don’t
understand all the benefits of different
kinds of foods, and eating across the
food spectrum is the best way to ensure
you get all of what you need to stay
healthy, she said.
“New research is coming out all the time
— weekly, daily,” Short said. “Until recently, we didn’t know about phytochemicals,
for instance, which are compounds in plant
foods that may help prevent disease.
You can’t find a substitute for those.
“Some of my thinking has changed
over the years with the research,” she
said. “What’s timeless is that it’s important to eat all kinds of foods and not
overdo it in any one area.”
Short said eating across the spectrum
means not denying yourself foods you
love, even if that means German chocolate cake or chili dogs loaded with cheese.
The key is to eat them in moderation.
“If you say, I’m never going to eat
sweets, or potato chips or whatever,
sooner or later, you’re going to fall off
that wagon,” she said. “Having things in
moderation is better because you don’t
feel psychologically deprived.”
The trick to moderation is to eat when
you’re hungry, but eat slowly and let your
body tell you when it’s full. Sounds simple, but that’s not how most people eat,
Short said. Most dieters self-impose
strict rules about how much and when
they can eat, a strategy that won’t work
over the long haul because it tends to
encourage cycles of deprivation and
Short knows firsthand how this works
— it was a cycle she used to go through
herself when she was in college.
“Like so many college students, I
didn’t listen to what my body needed.
I had to learn to make moderation part
of my lifestyle. It’s hard. We’re not used
to listening to our bodies.”
But Short said the effort has been
worth it. “I feel better now than I did
then,” she said. “And I’ve lost weight
since I stopped dieting.”
Personal Habits:
“I have oatmeal for breakfast most days
of the week because I love it,” she said.
“I eat fruit with lunch and as a snack in
the afternoon. I try to eat three servings
of fruit a day. In summer I eat more
because it’s fresh.”
For lunch she’ll bring in stir-fry left-
overs from the night before or
a turkey sandwich with soup and
yogurt on the side. Short said her
natural tendency is to load up
on carbohydrates, so she has to
work to make sure she eats a
variety of food.
“I keep a mental checklist
during the day. I make a conscious effort to get in calcium
sources and to get in meat or
meat substitutes,” she said. “I like to
do tofu, but my husband doesn’t like it, so
I’ll take it for lunch throughout the
Dinner also can be difficult because
she and her husband have different
tastes. “That’s something I’m aware of
when I counsel my patients,” she said.
“It’s not just what they’re willing to
change, it’s what their family is willing
to change.”
A dinner that satisfies Short and her
husband might be an omelet with several egg whites and one yolk, loaded with
vegetables and salsa and sprinkled with
“I love cereal for dessert,” she said.
“I’ll have a bowl of Raisin Bran or
Grape Nuts mixed with two or three
other types of cereal after dinner.”
Overall she figures she eats about
1,800 calories a day. “On weekends I
probably eat a little more,” she said.
To stay fit, she lifts weights twice a
week and tries to get in four hours per
week on the cardio machines at the
gym. She also rides horses and walks the
family dog.
“It’s not easy to get the exercise in all
the time,” she conceded. “If I fall
behind, I try to catch up on the weekends or cut down a little on what I eat.”
pasta, breads and sugary,
low-fat snacks and then wonders why it’s getting fat.
Blame the gorging, not the
pyramid, Hart said.
“The problem for most
people is portion size,” Hart
said. “Serving sizes are much
smaller than you think they
are. The pyramid works if you
follow the recommendations.”
People tend to count a bagel
from a coffee shop or a plate of pasta at a
restaurant as a single serving of grains, he
said. In fact, the bagel probably counts as
four servings, and, depending on the
restaurant, the pasta could be as high as
six or seven. That alone puts a diner
within the six to 11 servings of grains
recommended by the USDA.
“If you really follow the pyramid, it’s
hard to consume too many calories,”
Hart said. “What it does do is ensure
you eat a wide variety of food.”
That’s not to say the pyramid couldn’t
be improved.
“We’re still fighting over it,” Hart
said. “There’s debate about flip-flopping
the bottom two tiers.” Then the majority of a person’s diet would be made up
of fruits and vegetables instead of grains.
Hart thinks those who want to eat
more fruits and vegetables should do so,
but as a public health scientist, he can’t
advocate a diet that most people around
the world — who must rely on grains
such as rice for the bulk of their diet —
would not be able to follow.
Bill Hart
Associate professor of nutrition and dietetics
In an age of diet “revolutions” and loseweight-quick schemes, Bill Hart has a
prescription for healthy eating that may
strike some as old-fashioned: Follow the
food pyramid.
The USDA’s guide to nutrition
recently has come under attack in some
quarters, with critics going so far as to
blame it for America’s weight problem.
They say that by encouraging people to
eat carbohydrate-rich foods and fear fat,
the pyramid has helped create a “health
conscious” population that gorges on
“That’s a public health prescription I
can’t make,” he said. “It’s too expensive.”
Hart said the key to weight loss and
maintenance is not only knowing how
much you’re eating — which means
understanding portion sizes and keeping
a food journal — but planning meals
and snacks in advance.
“I try to get people to anticipate
when they’re going to get hungry. You
have to think ahead and plan,” he said.
And don’t forget to exercise. Hart recommends finding an activity you love
and then doing it for an hour every day.
“The trick is finding something you’ll
stay with,” he said. “In college, a friend
of mine and I used to bowl for exercise.
We’d rent two lanes and bowl every day
for an hour.”
Personal Habits:
Breakfast for Hart is a tortilla with lowfat cheese, an egg, juice and a piece of
fruit. For a mid-morning snack, he’ll eat
an apple with a piece of cheese, followed by homemade wholegrain bread
with a bowl of vegetable soup for lunch.
He tries to anticipate when he’s going
to get hungry during the day and have
snacks ready. A bout with pancreatic
cancer left him diabetic, and if he
doesn’t keep his blood sugar levels constant, he feels tired and shaky.
“Supper is when I get into trouble,”
he said. “I hate dibbles.” Because he
wants to finish the plate, he sometimes
overeats, he said. But because of the
after-effects of the cancer, “I eat one
bite too many and I feel sick, like my
stomach is really being stretched.”
Hart said getting himself to exercise
every day is a struggle. “I’m lousy at
getting exercise in — I have all the
excuses in the world,” he said.
He tries to walk every day for at least
an hour with his wife and children or
with one of the family’s four dogs.
“My excuse is, which dog do I take?” he
said. “The answer, of course, is it doesn’t
matter. You pick one, and you go.”
Ellie Zografakis
A graduate of SLU’s internship program in
nutrition and dietetics and co-owner of
Nutriformance personal training and sports
nutrition, based in Frontenac, Mo.
“If I could do one thing to change people’s diets, I’d like to see fat-free products disappear from the shelves,”
Zografakis said. “I tell clients: ‘Eat real
cheese, eat real bread, eat real yogurt.’”
“Reduced and fat-free products send
the wrong message — that fat is bad.
You need fat!” she said. “It’s important
for satiety,” the sensation your body
gives you when it has had enough food.
Because she runs two fitness facilities
that specialize in sports nutrition and
personal training, where clients are paying out of pocket for her advice,
Zografakis tends to see people who are
more motivated to get in shape rather
than an average dieter. They may also
have done more research on their own
before seeking the advice of a dietitian.
“It’s a highly educated clientele, but
they’ve been given a lot of misinformation,” she said. “A lot of what people
learn is in a gym setting. It’s like the
blind leading the blind.”
When she tells them to eat three meals
a day and make sure to get enough fat in
their diets, many are skeptical.
“We’re always able to prove ourselves
to people who are doubters, but it can
take a long time,” Zografakis said. “One
of the big mistakes people make is letting
themselves get too hungry. They starve
themselves, and then they overeat. You
need to eat enough throughout the day.”
She said the best way to eat healthy is
to cook your own food because people
who cook at home tend to eat smaller
portion sizes. Even eating ready-made
foods at home can be better for you
than hitting the drive-through.
“Restaurants are a killer,” she said.
“You eat one bagel at a coffee shop,
that’s four servings. You eat a Lender’s
Bagel at home, it’s two servings.”
One of the most overlooked ways for
people to lose weight is strength training, she said.
“You look at guys who just lift
weights; they get better results than girls
who spend all their time on the
Stairmaster,” she said. “Every new
pound of lean body mass burns an
extra 30 calories a day. From a
metabolic standpoint, strength
training gives you a good return
on your investment.”
A cautionary note:
Be careful not to
overdo it.
“You shouldn’t exercise
every day. Your body needs time
off to rest,” she said. “If you exercise three times a week, you’re
going to remain fit,” she said. “If you
exercise five days a week, you get an
‘A.’ No one should work out seven days
a week.”
Like Short, Zografakis admits she
“used to be a dieter in college.”
“I probably weigh the same now as
I did in college,” she said. “But since I
started strength training, I’ve gone down
a dress size.”
Personal Habits:
“I eat a varied diet, based on what I feel
like eating that day,” Zografakis said. “I
do try to eat some protein with every
Breakfast might be peanut butter and
a banana, egg burritos or Wheat Chex,
or an English muffin with milk. If she’s
feeling hungry, she’ll have a snack
before lunch and before dinner: a granola bar, a piece of cheese or an 80calorie bottle of Gatorade.
Lunch might be a sandwich with
mayo and cheese and a bowl of soup, or
leftovers from home.
For dinner, she eats a meat dish, a
vegetable dish and a pasta dish.
“I’ll always have
some kind of vegetable
because I don’t always get
a chance to eat them during
the day,” she said.
For dessert, she might
eat cookies or ice cream.
“I can eat two cookies
and be done because I’ve
already had enough to
eat during the day.” 22
Off the shelf
Here are the latest publications from alumni authors:
Finding God in Troubled Times
By Richard J. Hauser, S.J. (A&S ’61, Grad ’64, ’69)
Loyola Press
Richard J. Hauser, S.J., theology professor and graduate director at
Creighton University, will be the first to admit that life isn’t always easy.
After experiencing the deaths of six
Creighton students in six weeks, Hauser
found that the incidents left students confused and deeply challenged in terms of
their faith.
In Finding God in Troubled Times, Hauser
speaks to those who have questioned their
faith in difficult moments. He combines
scripture and scientific theories to explain
that God does not cause suffering but does
not abolish it, either. He reminds readers
that, in hard times, they should turn to God
for strength, just as Jesus did when facing
crucifixion. In light of recent world events,
Hauser’s book especially is pertinent to
those seeking comfort through faith.
Poetry Comics: An Animated Anthology
Poetry Comics: A Literary Postcard Book
By Dave Morice (B&A ’69)
T&W Books
Whether you’re a poetry
expert or student in the classroom, you’ve probably
encountered poetry classics.
But after perusing Poetry
Anthology, you’ll never be able
to look at William Shakespeare
or Emily Dickinson in the
same way. In his light-hearted,
delicate manner, Dave
Morice illuminates the
works of classical authors
such as Walt Whitman,
T.S. Eliot and Edgar
Allan Poe by presenting
classic poems in comic
book form. In addition
to clever illustrations,
Morice gives a short
history of poetry
comics and a step-by-step guide
for making literary cartoons.
Morice also has developed a Poetry Comics postcard book. Much like
An Animated Anthology, this small book approaches works such as Robert
Browning’s “My Last Duchess” from a comical perspective.
What’s Your Excuse?: Making the
Most of What You Have
By John P. Foppe (A&S ’92, Soc Ser ’01)
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Eating breakfast, brushing your teeth,
writing a letter — daily activities that
require little thought but lots of arm
work. How would you complete these
tasks without arms? John Foppe could tell
you. A professional motivational speaker
and author, Foppe was born without arms
but lives a normal life in the face of his
life-altering condition.
In his inspirational book, Foppe
explains the obstacles of living in a world
unequipped for people with unique physical conditions. His approach to life
revolves around four things: “a vision of
hope, a calmness rooted in patience, a gritty determination to persevere
and an intimate relationship with God through prayer.” Foppe’s personal
struggles have paved the road for other people dealing with disabilities.
His journey shows readers how to overcome their individual obstacles,
finding their own place in the world.
Marketing in the Soul Age:
Building Lifestyle Worlds
Marketing to the New Natural
Consumer: Understanding Trends
in Wellness
By Harvey Hartman (B&A ’71)
The Hartman Group Inc.
Harvey Hartman knows how to keep his business
“in shape.” Since 1989, Hartman has operated a
full-service consulting and market research firm
that offers a wide range of services and products focused on health and
wellness. His newest books, Marketing in the Soul Age: Building Lifestyle
Worlds and Marketing the New Natural Consumer, exemplify these ideas.
In the former book, Hartman outlines a new way to understand effectively the active and constantly changing consumer. To come to terms
with the evolving marketplace, Hartman writes that we should closely
examine the “American soul and the attitudes that are influencing it.”
He provides branding methods and retailing advice while giving the
reader a deeper understanding of the different dimensions that affect a consumer’s
purchase behavior.
Hartman’s Marketing the New Natural
Consumer gives an in-depth explanation
of how innovation, healthy products and
services will continue to affect the natural
food market in America. He identifies
key factors in the growth of the wellness
product industry such as price, lifestyle
experience, availability and authenticity.
— Katie Hanson
1 938
Ellice Desantis (Nurs) has
retired and lives in Prescott,
1 949
1 943
Norm Hill (Parks) is retired
and lives in Torrance, Calif.
He has been a senior volunteer for the California
Highway Patrol for nine
years. … Judge Theodore
McMillian (Law) lives in St.
Louis and will receive a
Association Spirit of
Excellence Award. The
award recognizes the
achievements of lawyers
who have overcome enormous obstacles to assist in
the advancement of lawyers
from diverse backgrounds.
Dr. Theodore Vinci
(Dent) has retired and lives
in Coconut Creek, Fla. He
enjoys playing golf and bass
1 944
Dr. Ward L. Hart (Med)
has been treating patients at
the Samaritan Home Free
Medical Clinic for the past
two years. … Dr. William
Kagan (Dent) lives in Los
Angeles and has been on
staff at Santa Monica
College since 1981.
1 946
Dr. Craig Booher (Med)
retired in 1988 as associate
dean at the University of
Illinois College of Medicine.
He teaches beginning computer and astronomy classes.
… Dr. Erbert W.
D’Anton (Dent) lives in
San Marcos, Texas, and
retired in 1989 after having
been a dental professor at
the University of Texas in
Houston for 41 years. He
was the chairman of the
department of oral biomaterials for 30 years and was a
recipient of the SLU Dental
School Merit Award.
1 948
John P. Fechter (B&A) lives
in St. Louis with his wife of
59 years, Patricia. They have
30 grandchildren, four of
whom attend SLU. …
Claude Giles (Parks) is retiring this year at the age of 76.
He lives in Columbia, Calif.,
and is a retired U.S. Naval
Commander. … Arthur
Jobin (Parks) retired from
United Airlines after 53 years
in engineering and maintenance programs. He received
a plaque from the FAA in
appreciation for his dedicated
service, technical expertise,
professionalism and many
outstanding maintenance
contributions to further the
cause of aviation safety. He
lives in Yerington, Nev. …
Richard Mehan (A&S ’48,
Law ’50) received the St.
Distinguished Service Award
for service to the organized
bar and the community.
1 95 0
James Brennan (B&A) has
retired and lives in Tupelo,
Miss. … Francis B.
Catanzaro (A&S) wrote
the book, With the 41st
Division in the Southwest
Pacific: A Foot Soldier’s Story.
This memoir tells about his
experience in the U.S. Army
and in combat during World
War II. … Dr. Frank
Fedor (A&S ’50, Med ’54)
continues to practice internal medicine at Sibley
Hospital in Washington,
D.C. … Elizabeth Ann
(Stadtmiller) Hardt (Nurs)
lives in Akron, Ohio, and is
a member of the First Friday
Club of Greater Akron, the
Christ Child Society and
Saint Sebastian Catholic
Church. She traveled with a
small group of SLU alumni
to Italy in July 2002 and
hopes to continue traveling
in the future. … Thomas
Howe (Law) lives in St.
1 951
Floyd Hacker (A&S ’51,
Grad ’58) has been retired
for 10 years and volunteers
as a tour guide at the St.
Louis Cathedral.
1 952
Thomas Baker Jr. (IT ’52,
Grad B&A ’61) retired from
Southwestern Bell Telephone
Co. in 1990. He lives in
Kansas City, Mo., and enjoys
traveling and visiting his 13
grandchildren in St. Louis,
Chicago and Florida. …
Frank Finnegan (B&A) and
his wife, Mary Cay, live in
University City, Mo., and
have eight children and 14
grandchildren. Frank joined
Edward Jones as an invest-
ment representative in 1953
after leaving his New York
Yankee pinstripes during
spring training that year. …
Sara Galligan (A&S ’52,
Grad ’57) lives in La Jolla,
Calif. She does volunteer
work and received the
Support Award from the
Sisters of Social Service in
1 95 3
Susan Cooney Stechschulte
(Nurs) and her husband, Dr.
C. John Stechschulte
(Med ’55), have retired and
live in Ocala, Fla. Dr.
Stechschulte was in the practice of pediatrics for 35 years
in Lima, Ohio. They have
seven children and 16 grandchildren.
1 95 4
Mary Joanne Rapp (A&S)
has founded the Cornerstone
Center for Contemplative
Prayer, a Christ-centered
meditation center. She and
her husband, Edward, live in
1 95 5
Dr. James Foerstner (Med)
is retired and lives in South
Carolina. He talks frequently
with classmate and friend Dr.
Thomas Sofianides (Med)
who is an endocrinologist in
Hackensack, N.J. They visit
each other from time to time
and look forward to their
50th reunion in 2005. …
Robert L. Jackson (A&S)
and Mary Jane (Flickinger)
Jackson (A&S ’59) have just
returned from St. Petersburg,
Russia, as Fulbright Scholars,
where both taught college
students and traveled around
1 956
Thomas R. Bobak (B&A
’56, Law ’58) is semi-retired
as a sole practitioner in
Cook County, Ill. …
O.S.F. (Nurs), is a hospital
sister of the Third Order of
St. Francis and received the
Magnificat Award from the
Springfield, Ill., Diocese for
her outstanding service to
God and neighbor. … John
F. Kobler, C.P. (Grad Pub
Ser), is an associate editor of
the Social Justice Review. He
has published many articles
on Vatican II and other
related issues. … Dr.
Richard Plessala (A&S
’56, Med ’60) lives in Sugar
Land, Texas. He is no longer
in medical practice but is
fully active in medically
related real estate projects.
Weinstock (Law) lives in
St. Louis and retired from
the bench in 1997. He now
is a partner with the practice, Weinstock, Weinstock
and Weinstock.
1 957
Joseph R. Nacy (Law) is
an administrative law judge
with the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission in
Washington, D.C. …
Donald D. Phillips (B&A
’57, Grad B&A ’65) was
appointed president of the
Serra Club of St. Louis,
which works to foster and
promote religious vocations
in the Catholic Church. …
Richard W. Walsh (A&S)
is the president of Walsh
Financial Services, an insurance and investment business. He has two sons who
are both Saint Louis
University graduates.
1 958
John Hunthausen, S.J.
(B&A ’58, Grad ’63), is the
director of spiritual formation at Kenrick Glennon
Seminary in Shrewsbury,
Mo. He served as the treasurer of the Collegio San
Roberto Bellarmino in
Rome from 1986 until 2002
and as minister of that Jesuit
community from 1992 to
2002. During his sabbatical
in 2001, he was a pastoral
minister at Queen of Peace
Parish in Aurora, Colo. …
Emily B. Lyons (A&S)
works as a part-time curator
in Randolph County, Ill.
She is also a tour guide and
local contact person for
Randolph and Kaskaskia
1 960
Robert Hellmuth (IT ’60,
Grad B&A ’67) lives in
Potomac, Md., and is semiretired. He is an automotive
consultant and has four sons
and eight grandchildren.
1 961
Peter McDonough (A&S)
lives in Los Angeles and is
the co-author of the book,
Passionate Uncertainty: Inside
the American Jesuits. …
Marylynne S. Normile
(A&S ’61, Grad Pub Ser ’65)
retired after 39 years of
teaching primary grades in
the St. Louis public school
1 962
Gerald (Jerry) Meyer
(A&S) lives in New York
City and teaches English part
time at City University in
New York. Jerry stays busy
writing and has a contract
for his third book.
1 963
Charles Casey (A&S) is a
professor of chemistry at the
University of Wisconsin and
was elected president of the
American Chemical Society.
… Dr. Thomas Garside
(Med ’63, Hosp ’64) and his
wife of 42 years, Judy, live
in Bettendorf, Iowa. They
have three children and
Thomas practices medicine
and has been the medical
director of the Vera French
Community Mental Health
Center since 1980. For the
past few years, he and his
wife have spent several
weeks in Florida, making
sure Dr. Mike Flynn
(Med) counts all of his shots
on the golf course.
1 96 4
Dr. Dean Eitel (A&S) is
the assistant director of the
public service graduate program at DePaul University.
He is the president of the
metro Chicago chapter’s
International Personnel
Management Association
and a member of the publications advisory board for
Management journal. He also
has presented a workshop on
strategic goal-setting at All
Hallows College in Dublin,
1 965
Dr. John M. Callahan
(A&S) has retired from
Kutztown University of
Pennsylvania and was named
professor emeritus of speech
communication and theatre.
… Edward J. Kammerer
(Grad) is retired and lives in
Pompeys Pillar, Mont. He
just finished 12 years on the
Planning Board and does
horticultural research as a
hobby. … James Mauck
(Soc Ser) received Regis
University’s highest honor
when he was named “Civis
Princep” for his outstanding
contribution to the community and charity work. …
George D. Tomazl (Grad
B&A ’65, Grad IT ’71)
received the Achievement
Award from the Engineers
Club of St. Louis.
1 966
Anne (Ford) Landry
(A&S) has retired as associate
dean of academic affairs at
College in Poughkeepsie,
N.Y. She and her husband,
John, live in Jacksonville,
Fla. … Kenneth J.
Weindel (A&S ’66, Grad
’71) is a reference librarian at
the Buder Branch of the St.
Louis Public Library and at
St. Louis Community
College at Forest Park.
1 967
Mary Garrison (Nurs)
manages her husband’s
physiatrics practice in Dallas.
They have two children
who are both married. …
Dr. Donald E. Hayes
(Dent) is retired and lives in
Greenville, Ill. … Terence
J. Kelley (A&S ’67, Grad
’70) is division counsel for
the Army Corps of Engineers
in Cincinnati. … Robert L.
Tate (A&S) lives in St. Louis
and is director of corporate
services at Coldwell Banker
1 968
Dr. Stephen R. Chismarich
(Dent) is a full-time general
dentist in Bowling Green,
Mo. He is a retired naval
reservist, two-time president
of his local Rotary Club and
pianist/organist for St.
Clement’s Church. …
Joseph H. Diekman III
(A&S ’68, Grad Pub Ser ’72)
teaches English and coaches
forensics at Tipton Catholic
High School in Tipton,
Kan. … Peter Kram (A&S)
is a trial lawyer in Tacoma,
Wash. He is also president of
the Pacific Northwest section for the U.S. Tennis
Association and a board
member for the Lindquist
Dental Clinic for Children.
… Suzanne M. Norton
Moser (Nurs) is a retired
Navy nurse captain. She is
involved in El Cajon
Collaborative Executives
and financial committees. …
Dr. Robert J. Muller
(A&S) received master’s
degrees in business and
health care administration
from Auburn University —
this makes six degrees in his
continuing education. He
and his wife, Susan, have
two children and live in
Slidell, La. … Michael J.
Ryan (A&S) lives in
Belleville, Ill., and is one of
the owners of Lucia’s Pizza
Co. in St. Louis. … Paul
Weirich (P&L) is a professor
in the philosophy department
at the University of MissouriColumbia. He published a
book on philosophical decision theory, Decision Space:
1 969
Dr. Thomas S. Elias
(Grad A&S) has been the
director of the U.S. National
Arboretum since 1994. He
received an honorary diploma from the Russian
Academy of Sciences for his
lifelong work in dendrology
and for his coordination of a
Russian/American botanical
exchange program. …
Frank Eppedio (Parks)
lives in Basking Ridge, N.J.
He is a B-737 pilot for U.S.
Airways and is based in
Philadelphia. … Timothy
Heinsz (A&S) is a law professor and former dean at the
University of MissouriColumbia School of Law.
He was recently elected vice
president of the National
Academy of Arbitrators. …
John K. Hesford (Grad) is
the senior pastor of a
Lutheran church in Detroit.
… Nancy Harris Kirchhoff
(A&S) is president of the St.
Louis Herb Society, which
maintains the herb gardens
behind Tower Grove House
and the Missouri Botanical
Garden. Nancy and her husband, Larry Kirchhoff
(A&S), own and operate
Medtek Resources. … Gerry
Rosenzweig (Parks) is the
inspector general of operations and the equal employment opportunity officer for
Civil Air Patrol. He and his
wife, Lottie, live in
Montgomery, Ala., and have
three children and three
grandchildren. … Ursula
Neaf Shaner (Nurs) and
two partners have started a
geriatric consulting firm,
Elder Support Services, in
St. Louis.
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Dr. Randolph Alexander
(Dent ’70, Grad ’72) is an
orthodontist enjoying life in
San Diego. … Dianne
Bergant, C.S.A. (Grad ’70,
’75) served as the 2000-2001
president of the Catholic
Biblical Association of
America. She now writes the
“Word” column in America
Garkovich (B&A ’70, ’71)
was elected president of the
Communications Workers
of America Local 3372 in
Lexington, Ky. … Carolyn
(Lynn) Lofink Loraine
(A&S) is the first woman
elected as presiding commissioner of Camden County,
Mo. She serves on the local
school board and was the
first woman elected to that
position 16 years ago.
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Dr. Dennis W. Boyce
(Med ’71) is a neuroradiologist in Modesto, Calif. His
daughter, Dr. Michele
Boyce (Med ’00), is in a
general surgery residency at
the University of Arizona
Medical Center. … Daniel
A. Detwiler (Soc Ser) is a
student at Erikson Institute
in Chicago. He is studying
for a graduate certificate in
infant mental health. …
Marie G. Dyak (A&S)
produced a TV special, The
Prism Awards, which recognized accurate depictions of
health and social issues in
film, TV and music. …
Bertha Gerads, O.S.F.
(Nurs ’71, Grad Pub Ser
’76), keeps busy in Duran,
Ecuador. She runs a place
where the poor can eat
breakfast and partake in a
number of activities. She
also works with a group to
give missions of faith renewal. … Elvera Johnson (Soc
Ser) has two teen-age children and is a social worker at
Plaza West Care Center. She
lives in Topeka, Kan. …
Joseph A. Marino (B&A)
is a partner in the firm of
Marino, Gebeloff and
Mayers in Clifton, N.J. He is
the senior partner of the
firm, maintaining a commercial and retail litigation and
anti-fraud practice. … Dan
D. McCarthy (A&S)
received the Pioneer Award
from the Hillsboro (Mo.)
Soccer Club, an organization
he founded six years ago. …
James W. McManus (Law)
has become “of counsel”
with the law firm of DeWitt
and Zeldin in Kansas City,
1 972
Elaine L. Bukowski
(AHP) teaches advanced
human gross anatomy, kinesiology, basic physical therapy examination techniques
and orthopedics at the
Richard Stockton College of
New Jersey in Pomona,
N.J., and was promoted to
professor of physical therapy.
… Walter H. Drag (A&S)
lives near Boston. … Dr. J.
Terrence Farris (A&S) is
the director of the Graduate
City and Regional Planning
Program and the first director
at the Center for Real Estate
Development at Clemson
University in South Carolina.
… Vincent L. Germanese
(B&A) is the chief financial
officer of Rehab Care
Group, a St. Louis-based
health care company. …
Linda Gosnell (A&S) has
joined the Kentucky Bar
Association as the chief
deputy bar counsel after 25
years of private practice. She
has a daughter and a son.
1 973
Thomas S. Hischak (A&S)
has published three new
works: two non-fiction
books, Boy Loses Girl:
Broadway’s Librettists and The
Tin Pan Alley Song
Encyclopedia, and one play,
Curst Be He That Moves My
Bones. … Susan Croce
Kelly Kirkpatrick (Grad)
and her husband, Joel, have
relocated to Houston. She is
president of Kirkpatrick
International, an award-winning corporate writing and
public relations firm. … Dr.
Stephen M. Pezzella
(Med) was elected executive
vice president of the Fallin
Clinic in Massachusetts.
1 974
Ronald H. Beare (AHP) is
the director and sole health
care provider at Rush
Springs Family Medical
Clinic in Rush Springs,
Okla. … Robert Beck
(A&S) is the author of the
film reference, The Edward
G. Robinson Encyclopedia,
published last fall. He is the
drama and speech teacher at
DeSoto (Mo.) High School.
… Dr. Kerry Fagelman
(Med) is the associate clinical
professor of surgery in the
division of pediatric surgery
at Penn State Children’s
Hospital at Hershey Medical
Center in Hershey, Pa. …
Andrew A. Hesketh
(Parks) has been temporarily
assigned to Long Beach,
Calif., as deputy program
manager for the Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft program. … Dr. William
Kieffer (Soc Ser ’74, Grad
’85) is the chief of behavioral
medicine at the Travis
(Calif.) Air Force Base fami-
ly practice residency program. He was selected to the
rank of lieutenant colonel
and is also a permanent deacon for the Military
Archdiocese. … Dr.
Deborah K. McDermott
(A&S ’74, Med ’78) runs a
private medical practice and
is vice president of the St.
Elizabeth Hospital staff in
Belleville, Ill.
1 975
Dr. Lalliana Mualchin
(Grad) is an engineering
seismologist with the
Department of Transportation
in Sacramento, Calif. … Ann
Middleton (Soc Ser) is a
social worker at the Rehab
Institute of Oregon. She was
honored as employee of the
year at Legacy Good
Samaritan Hospital in
Portland, Ore. Her son, John
Mullis, is a sophomore at
SLU. … Jeffrey Palmer
(A&S) and his family moved
to Pennsylvania in June 2001.
He is the principal scientist of
drug discovery for Johnson
and Johnson Pharmaceutical
Research and Development.
… Ron Toczylowski (Law)
joined the staff of Professional
Investment Management
Services as an investment
adviser representative. He
and his wife, Mary, have
three children and live in
Florissant, Mo.
1 976
Charles W. Ahner Jr.
(Law) was appointed to a
Mountain States Employers
Council and lives in Denver.
… Col. Jim Calhoun
(AHP) assumed command of
the 71 Medical Group in
June 2002. … Col. Ralph
J. Jodice II (Parks) was
promoted to brigadier general by President George W.
Bush. He is a commander of
the 80th Flying Training
Wing at Sheppard Air Force
Base in Texas and has
received a number of awards
and medals, including the
Defense Superior Service
Medal, the Joint Service
Commendation Medal and
the Aerial Achievement
Medal. … Mary L. Lewis
(Grad Nurs) is the director
of division of nurse-midwifery at Wayne State
1 977
Richard E. Hennicke (Soc
Ser) is the executive director
for the Society of St.
Vincent de Paul, Council of
the United States. He is also
a part-time adjunct professor
for SLU’s School of Social
Service. … Larry Oberkfell
(Grad B&A) is president and
chief operating officer of
Schwan’s Food Service
Group. He and his wife,
Sandra, have two children.
… Meg Petkoff (Pub Ser)
received the 2002 Award of
Merit for Distinguished
Education. She and her
husband, Mark Petkoff
(B&A ’78), live in
Hamilton, Ontario. …
James R. (Bud) Strong
(A&S ’77, Grad B&A, Law
’80) has joined Husch &
Eppenberger law firm as a
member of the tax and estate
planning practice group. He
soon will be listed in the
publication The Best Lawyers
in America. … Grover F.
Thompson (Grad B&A)
retired from TRW in 1991
and is enjoying his free time.
1 978
Dr. Fern R. Hauck (Med)
lives in Earlysville, Va., with
her husband and two children. She is an associate professor of family medicine at
the University of Virginia in
Charlottesville, where she
conducts research, teaches
and offers patient care. She
recently started a refuge and
immigrant health center. …
Ann C. Johnson (Soc Ser)
is a reverse mortgage consultant for Wells Fargo Home
Mortgage in Kansas City,
Mo. … Richard F. Kraner
(B&A ’78, Law ’81) is a
member of Stone Carlie &
Company, a provider of tax
and business advisory services. … Mark
Leverenz (B&A) joined
BSW Litigation & Valuation
Services as a senior consultant. In his spare time, he is
active in the Boy Scouts of
America and practices Tae
Kwon Do. … Carol
McComber (Nurs ’78,
Grad ’92) is the manager of
the women’s health unit at
St. John’s Mercy Medical
Center in St. Louis. …
Patrick O’Connor (A&S
’78, B&A ’80, Law ’83) is a
self-employed tax lawyer
and certified public accountant in Albany, N.Y. His
wife, Gina (Colarelli)
O’Connor (A&S ’79, Grad
B&A ’81), is a professor of
marketing and new product
development at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute. …
William J. Ryan (Nurs
’78, Grad ’81) is an associate
professor in the department
of exercise and rehabilitative
sciences at Slippery Rock
University in Pennsylvania.
He teaches exercise physiology and other physiology
1 97 9
Dianna (McGee) Antonacci
(AHP) is a coordinator at the
Rehabilitation Pavilion in
St. Louis. She is married
with three children and lives
in Oakville, Mo. … Dr.
David R. Blick (A&S) is a
practicing cardiologist living
in Kansas City, Kan., with
his wife, Sarah, and two
teen-age daughters. … Billy
C. Booth (Grad) lives in
Florida and is a retired U.S.
Air Force colonel and school
William Butts Jr. (Law)
stays busy with his own legal
practice in Galesburg, Ill. …
Dr. Melissa Ring (Grad
’79, ’82) is the assistant
superintendent at Southeast
Missouri Mental Health
Center. She and her husband, Gary Carmichael
(Grad ’76), live in
Farmington, Mo. … Paul
S. Smith (A&S) lives in
Tucson, Ariz. He has been
promoted to associate
astronomer at Steward
University of Arizona. …
Bruce W. Thompson
(Grad B&A) lives in
Dauphin Island, Ala., and is
retired as a financial adviser
for Merrill Lynch.
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Dr. John K. Appelbaum
(A&S) is an OB-GYN and
owner of Women’s Care
Consultants. He and his
wife, Nora, live in St. Louis
and have three children. …
Chris (Falsetti) Cadieux
(A&S) is a former human
resources manager for
Southwestern Bell. She and
her husband now live in St.
Louis with their two girls.
… Jane (Rood) Furey
(Soc Ser ’80, Grad ’82) is a
former high school teacher
and retreat director and now
keeps busy as a volunteer.
She and her husband, Dr.
Robert Furey (Grad ’81,
’83), live in St. Louis with
their five children. …
Maikowski (Grad) received
the 2003 Distinguished
Alumnus in Education
Award from Marquette
A Real SLU Done It
eople resign their deanships for all sorts of
reasons: retirement, professional opportunities, family relocation. But Dr. Eleanor
Sullivan (Nurs ’75, Grad Nurs ’81) figured that
some people might find her reason for resigning
as dean of the University of Kansas School of
Nursing a little crazy. Initially, she shared her true
motivation only with those closest to her.
Sullivan at SLU’s
“I wanted to write mysteries,” Sullivan said. “I’d Health Sciences Center
never written a word of fiction in my life, but I during National Nurses
love mysteries, and I love nursing. I thought a Week 2002. She is
donating a portion of
novel would be the best avenue to show nurses to her book sales to School
be as smart and clever as they are. Even my of Nursing scholarships.
accountant rolled his eyes when I told him.”
That was before Sullivan introduced her accountant and the rest of the
world to Monika Everhardt, the protagonist in Sullivan’s debut mystery
novel Twice Dead. Everhardt is a dedicated nurse who solves a murder in
the intensive care unit at the fictitious St. Theresa’s Hospital in St. Louis.
The mystery begins when Everhardt learns that a young woman who
bled to death following an abortion never was pregnant. Twice Dead has
been described as “compelling,” “insightful” and “clever.”
Getting her first novel published is not that amazing when you examine what else Sullivan has accomplished. She had five children — the oldest 12 and the youngest 6 weeks — when her husband was fatally injured
in an auto accident. Inspired by the nurses who cared for her husband,
Sullivan decided to become a nurse. Ignoring financial obstacles, she
flipped through the Yellow Pages to find a nursing school and began a
career that took her to the pinnacle of her profession.
After graduating at the top of her SLU nursing class, Sullivan decided to teach. Following several clinical and academic positions, she
became associate dean of nursing at the University of Missouri-St.
Louis and later at the University of Minnesota. She was dean of the
University of Kansas nursing school from 1988 to 1995, and she continues to teach there.
Sullivan also was president of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society. She has served on the boards of organizations and federal agencies. In addition to publishing numerous articles and
award-winning nursing books, Sullivan was editor of the Journal of
Professional Nursing. Her new book, Becoming Influential: A Guide for
Nurses, was published this spring.
“Writing and editing professional text keeps me in this world,” said
Sullivan, docket editor for the Sisters in Crime newsletter. “Writing fiction
transports me elsewhere. It involves more of me. I actually feel I’m at St.
Theresa’s sometimes. After writing a particularly tense scene, I’ll have to
stop because I’ve scared myself.”
Sullivan credits much of her success to professors at SLU School of
Nursing. Dr. Ruth Murray steered Sullivan toward psychiatric nursing in
which Sullivan learned about people and what motivates them. The late
Dr. Mary Castles helped Sullivan hone her writing skills.
Twice Dead is just the beginning for Sullivan and her nurse sleuth. In
the second installment, Monika Everhardt confronts mobsters, an effort
by nurses to unionize and the suspicious death of a Vietnam veteran. The
book is due out in 2004 from Hillard & Harris Publishing. —Marie Dilg
University. He is the director of education for the
Diocese of Gallup, N.M. …
Marie (Feldt) Senay
(A&S) and her husband,
Dave Senay (A&S ’78), are
busy raising three daughters
in St. Louis. Marie formerly
worked in procurement for
1 981
Mary Jo Blackwood (Pub
Hlth) lives in Ballwin, Mo.,
and does freelance medical
and travel writing as well as
professional speaking and
training on health topics. …
Ellen (Greco) DeVasto
(B&A ’81, Grad B&A ’87)
lives in St. Louis with her
husband, Neil, and their
three children. She works
for Anheuser-Busch in
information technology. …
Linda Goldstein (Grad)
was named one of the St.
Louis’ Most Influential
Business Women for her
work as branch vice president of Dupont Flooring
Systems. … Robert G.
Kurtz (Grad B&A) was
appointed assistant vice president at First Bank in
Hazelwood, Mo. … Paul
V. Pancella (A&S) was
appointed chairman of the
physics department at
University, where he is president of the Phi Beta Kappa
chapter. … Sharon M.
Wolfe (AHP) is a physical
therapist and rehab supervisor at Blake Medical Center
in Bradenton, Fla. She stays
busy with her twins, Eric
and Teresa.
1 982
Tom Ainsworth (A&S)
was selected as the meteorologist in charge of the
National Weather Service
Office in Juneau, Alaska. …
Karla E. Buttorff (A&S) is
the district court judge in
Pierce County, Wash. She
and her husband, Robert,
live in Tacoma, Wash. …
Kevin Stuart Cavanaugh
(Law) and his wife, Phyllis,
live in Overland Park, Kan.
He has his own private law
practice. … James E.
Graser (B&A) is the president of Enterprise Bank,
lives in Sunset Hills, Mo.,
and is married with four
children. Their oldest child,
Neil, is a freshman at SLU
and plays on the baseball
team. … Douglas D.
Hampleman (Parks) is an
engineering technician at the
McIntosh Power Plant in
Lakeland, Fla. … Diane
(Webb) Leek (Nurs ’82,
Grad Nurs ’94) is a certified
legal nurse consultant and a
certified case manager. She
has worked for RGL
Forensic Accountants and
Consultants in St. Louis for
five years. … Dr. Howard
Rosenthal (Grad) is the
author of the first Human
Service Dictionary, which will
be marketed in the United
States and overseas. He also
is the author of several
books, including two bestsellers. … Sally J. Sidman
(Nurs) is an emergency
medicine physician in
Danville, Ill., and is active in
overseas missions.
1 983
Mary Beth (Moser) Clary
(Law) has been appointed to
a second term as commissioner on racial and ethnic
diversity for the American
Bar Association. … Clark
W. Holtzman (Grad)
works for Ernst & Young
and lives in Mc Lean, Va.,
with his wife, Ann. He also
writes and publishes poetry.
… Kathy Prescott (AHP)
and her husband, Don
Paper, live in Louisville, Ky.
She is a supervisor of physical therapy for Jewish
Hospital/Frazier Rehab
1 984
Eloise Chandler (PS) started
her own business, the
Networking Group, six years
ago. She recently won the St.
Louis District Home-Based
Business Advocate of the
Year Award from the Small
Business Administration. …
Dr. Steven G. Clemenson
(Med) was a Bush Fellow in
Biomedical Informatics at the
Decision Systems Group at
Harvard University in 20012002. He is the president of
the General Electric Logician
User Group. … Michael
Gibbons (Law) holds the
second highest office in the
Missouri Senate, the majority
floor leader. Michael lives in
Kirkwood, Mo., where he
practices law locally. … John
A. Lally (B&A ’84, Law ’87,
Grad B&A ’88) and his wife,
Bridget, have five children
and live in Brentwood, Mo.
He recently established the
law firm of Rhodes & Lally
with James E. Rhodes
(Law). Their firm focuses on
personal injury, wrongful
death and workers compensation cases.
1 985
Kathleen G. Doyle (Soc
Ser) lives in St. Louis and
works in marriage and family
practice with Doris W.
Helmering and Associates.
She is on the allied staff at
SSM and Mercy Health centers and is an adjunct faculty
member at SLU. …
Kathleen D. Keenoy
(Nurs) has worked in the
neonatal intensive care unit
at Cardinal Glennon
Children’s Hospital since she
graduated from SLU. She
and her husband have three
children and live in
O’Fallon, Mo. … Dr.
Sandra Phillips (Grad B&A
’85, Grad Pub Ser ’99) is
assistant professor of consumer studies at Syracuse
University. She recently
published an article about
bank financing and discrimination in the Pakistan Journal
of Applied Sciences.
1 986
Tim P. Blanchard (Law,
Pub Hlth) is a health law
partner in McDermott, Will
& Emery in Los Angeles. He
was named the public counsel’s community development project “Outstanding
Advocate” for the second
year in the row. … Dr.
Tomas J. Lancaster (Med)
was married in May to
Yekateryna Beryaznitsakaya.
They live in Yuba City,
Calif., with his six children.
… Angus Lemon (Parks)
has been with Garrett for 14
years and is the director of
the thermal systems engineering groups in Torrance,
Calif., and Birmingham,
England. … Josef T. Pleli
(Parks) lives in Erlanger,
Ky., and is married with
three boys. After 11 years at
Comair Airlines, he is now
the captain of a 50-passenger
regional jet. … Sam
Rimell (Parks) is a primary
patent examiner in the U.S.
Patent and Trademark
Offices in Washington, D.C.
He received the U.S.
Department of Commerce
Bronze Medal for career service in patents and trademarks. … Michael Vogt
(A&S) has been elected to
the Missouri General
Assembly as a state representative from the 66th District
in St. Louis. He is a general
legal practitioner with the
law firm of Vogt and
Howard, also in St. Louis.
1 987
Stephen P. McGlynn
(Law) is the co-chairman of
the Illinois Republican
Party. He and his brother,
Michael McGlynn (Law
’84), have their own law
firm, McGlynn & McGlynn,
in Belleville, Ill.
1 988
Dr. Scott Lamb (A&S)
received his medical degree
from the University of
Cincinnati in 1992. He
practices musculoskeletal and
pain management medicine
in Corpus Christi, Texas,
where he and his wife,
Jeannette, live. He also has
his own private medical
practice and physical therapy
gym. … Martin J. Lyons
(B&A) is the vice president
of the Ameren Corporation
in St. Louis. He lives in
University City, Mo., with
his wife, Leslie, and children, Allison and Trey.
1 989
Dr. Michael A. French
(A&S ’89, Med ’94) is a firstyear neonatology fellow at
Washington University/St.
Louis Children’s Hospital.
He and his wife, Alisa M.
(Hettenhausen) French
(A&S ’89, Grad ’93), live in
Clayton, Mo., with their
daughter, Ellayna Elise. …
Adam Giganti (Law) was
elected president of the
Sangamon County (Ill.) Bar
Association for 2003.
1 990
Steven R. Aubuchon
(A&S) and his wife, Laura,
live in Durham, N.C., and
had their first child, Wesley
Robert. … Terrance G.
Brennan (Grad) is the executive director of Global
Partnerships for Excellence
in Education, Research and
Service in Wauwatosa, Wis.
… Dr. Joseph F. Czvik
(Med) lives by the beach in
Carlsbad, Calif., is happily
married and has two girls.
He is a partner in an internal
medicine practice and enjoys
spending time with his family, surfing and playing guitar. … Dr. Marlene B.
Griffin-Bunnell (Grad) is
the manager of the business
intelligence department of
U.S. Demand IT at Eli Lilly.
She was named a 2001-2002
Chairman’s Ovation Award
winner, and she lives in
Indianapolis. … Charles B.
Jellinek (A&S) has been
named partner at the law
firm of Bryan Cave. He is a
member of the labor and
employment and class and
derivative actions client service groups and serves on
the firm’s recruiting committee. … Robert S. Jones
(B&A) is a partner in the
Barrett and Deacon law
firm. He and his wife, Mary
Kay Jones (B&A), live in
Jonesboro, Ariz., and have
four daughters. … Dr.
PetruskaNordman (A&S ’90, Med
’94) is a pediatrician for SSM
Glennoncare at St. Joseph’s
Health Center in St.
Charles, Mo. … Michael
A. Reilly (A&S ’90, Law
’93) received the St. Louis
County Bar Association’s
2003 Outstanding Young
Lawyer Award.
1 991
Louis A. Brighton (Grad)
is a professor at Concordia
Seminary. He is writing a
Christology of Revelation.
… Manuel P. Romero
Mendez (A&S) lives in
Madrid, Spain, and is married and has two children.
He is the purchasing director
for Compass Group. …
Karen A. Mulroy (Law), a
speaker and author, is a
member of the Evans and
Dixon law firm workers’
compensation practice. She
is a member of the Missouri
American Bar Association,
the Bar Association of
Metropolitan St. Louis and
the Women Lawyers
Association of St. Louis.
1 992
Dr. Ruth R. (Mullowney)
Agra (A&S ’92, Med ’97) is
starting a fellowship in infectious disease at Ohio State
University, where her husband, Dr. Anthony D.
Agra (A&S ’91), is a fellow.
… Brian Grant (A&S) and
Jessica Grant (A&S) live in
St. Louis and welcomed
their second son, Ethan
Williams. He joins his big
brother, Alex. … Steve
Lohrer (AHP) and his wife,
Jenny, live in Cincinnati and
welcomed their first child,
Anna. Steve is a division
sales manager for Roche
Pharmaceuticals. … Brenda
S. (LeChien) Rutledge
(B&A ’92, Law ’95) and her
husband, John, welcomed
their daughter, Abigail
Suzanne, in April 2002. She
joins big brother, Jackson,
and the family lives in
Belleville, Ill.
1 993
Dr. Christopher Bee
(Med) and his wife,
Maureen, recently had their
fourth child. Christopher
will separate from the U.S.
Air Force in the summer and
Pathology Associates at
McKee Medical Center in
Loveland, Colo., where he
will start a new clinical flow
cytometry service. …
Gregory (AHP) had twin
girls, Nina and Elise, on Jan.
7, 2002. … Dr. Brian
Poole (A&S) completed his
internal medicine residency
at Washington University
and is engaged in a fellowship in nephrology at the
University of Colorado. He
is married to Dr. Jill
1 994
Mark E. Bisch (Law) and
Daniel A. Crowe (Law)
are partners with Bryan
Cave in St. Louis. …
Jennifer (Moeser) Diener
(A&S) and her husband,
Johnathan, welcomed their
daughter, Caitlin Elizabeth,
in November. … Linda M.
Guhe (Soc Ser) lives in St.
Louis and runs a private psychotherapy practice. … Rev.
Bryan Salminen (Grad) is
an associate professor of practical theology at Concordia
Theological Seminary in St.
Louis. He helped launch
www.zoescore.com, a Web
site designed to prepare couples for marriage. …
Christopher J. Sedmak
(A&S) just left the U.S.
Marines and became a member of the FBI.
1 995
Maria Cohen (Grad) is a
part-time Spanish teacher at
John Burroughs High School
in St. Louis. … Dr. Thomas
Cook (Med) works as a dermatologist in Visalia, Calif.
He and his wife, Sandy
Cook (AHP), have two boys.
Geldmacher (B&A ’95, Law
’98) and Tracy (Janson)
Geldmacher (AHP ’95,
Grad ’97) live in St. Louis and
have welcomed their first
child, Benjamin Christopher.
… John Lesch (A&S) serves
in the Minnesota House of
Representatives. … Carrie
(Schuermann) Madden
(A&S) and her husband,
Terry, welcomed their second daughter, Allison
Elizabeth. They live in Kansas
City, Mo. … Kevin Shen
(B&A) is the president and
co-founder of Securanix
Managed Security Services, a
computer network and
Internet security consulting
and outsourcing firm in St.
Louis. He lives in Clayton,
Mo. … Dr. Adam Skelton
(Grad ’95, Pub Hlth ’96) is
the information strategic
adviser to the Center for
Prevention and will relocate
from Bainbridge Island,
Wash., to Atlanta.
1 996
Sean Adams (A&S) is the
assistant director of campus
life for Mount Saint Mary’s
College in Maryland. …
Don Fritschie (Law) is a
partner, director and shareholder of Wallace, Saunders,
Austin, Brown and Enochs
in Overland Park, Kan. Don
and his wife, Laura, have
two children and live in
Lenexa, Kan. … Connie
“LaJoyce” Johnson (Pub
Hlth, Law) was sworn into
her second term as the
Missouri representative for
the 61st District in St. Louis.
She has been appointed to
various committees, including budget, appropriations
for health and senior services
and judiciary. … Melissa
D. Martin (AHP) is the
owner of a physical therapy
clinic in south Milwaukee.
She is working toward a fellowship in manual physical
therapy. … Andrew M.
Patterson (Pub Hlth) is the
vice president for planning
and business development in
the Child Health Corporation
of America in Shawnee
Mission, Kan. … Sally
Pavlow (Parks) works at the
National Weather Service
office in Indianapolis. …
Dave Snider (Parks) is a
meteorologist for News 14
Carolina in Raleigh, N.C.
He and his wife, Mary Helen,
welcomed their first child,
Samuel Albert, in February.
… Molly Strothman (A&S)
is pursuing her MBA from
Iowa State University and is
the corporate sales manager at
the Renaissance Savery in
Des Moines, Iowa.
1 997
Larry R. Berneking
(Grad) is an assistant professor teaching educational
leadership classes at North
Georgia College and State
University in Pahlonega, Ga.
… Cass Coughlin (A&S)
married Carmen Hoffman in
August. Cass is a housing
assignment coordinator at
Grateful alumnus puts trust in SLU
Neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Pitlyk may live near San Francisco, but he left his
heart in St. Louis. The native St. Louisan was one of 10 siblings and the
only one to leave the Gateway City. Pitlyk still has many friends in the
area. He roots for the Rams. He was disappointed when the Cardinals fell
to the Giants in the 2002 National League Championship Series.
A picture of his Billiken swimming team hangs in his Burlingame, Calif.,
home. But swimming is not his fondest memory of Saint Louis University.
That distinction comes as Pitlyk recalls stumbling as a pre-med undergraduate — until one of his teachers set him straight.
“I remember sitting outside of class one morning before German class
started, and I expressed frustration with my grades to Dr. Edward
Schuster,” Pitlyk said. “He made a comment that I’ll never forget and that
changed my life forever. He said, ‘Where talent is lacking, industry takes
over.’ After that, I turned on the metaphorical heat, one might say. Dr.
Schuster was a major factor in motivating me and propelling me through
pre-med, medical school, residency and a career.”
Pitlyk (A&S ’55, Med ’59) said he owes his career to his alma mater.
“Saint Louis made me who I am today,” he said. “SLU put me in this
position, and I have not forgotten.”
A neurosurgeon at City Hospital of San Jose for five years, Pitlyk spent
32 years in private practice. He and his wife, Nicole, have established a
charitable remainder trust — one of many ways
to make a gift of real estate to SLU.
Making a gift of real estate is particularly
appealing because investors receive an income
tax charitable deduction and avoid capital gains
tax on the transfer. Donating real estate to a life
income gift plan such as a charitable remainder
trust, meanwhile, allows the sale of property
(without payment of capital gains tax) and
investment of the proceeds to generate a steady
The Pitlyks
income stream for the donor.
Another option is a charitable gift of a personal residence with a retained
life estate. The high-income, tax-charitable deduction — made especially
attractive by today’s low interest-rate environment — can improve cash
flow. Those pursuing this avenue may continue to live in the residence.
Thus, donors can receive the tax benefit without disrupting their lifestyles.
With two gifts to the “The Campaign for Saint Louis University:
Where Knowledge Touches Lives” that total more than $2.7 million, the
Pitlyks have given back — and then some.
“These gifts were satisfying because they benefit SLU while giving me
and my wife payments for life,” Pitlyk said.
With the termination of benefits to the Pitlyks, all remaining funds in
their charitable remainder trusts will benefit the endowment of the School
of Medicine, an institution to which Pitlyk still feels indebted.
“I always wanted to go into medicine and never have regretted the decision,” he said. “It was an incredibly sound move that has shaped my whole
world, my whole life. I’ve been able to positively affect so many lives.
Much personal satisfaction goes along with that.”
For more information about planned giving, call (314) 977-2357 or
1-800-SLU-FOR-U. — Chris Waldvogel
Mr. Harry J. Swain Jr. (A&S ’27)
Dr. Harry H. Woltering (Dent ’27)
Dr. Henry B. Runde (Med ’29)
Dr. Nicholas A. Marinaro (Med ’30)
Mr. Harry F. Gleason (Law ’33)
Dr. Clement J. Sullivan (Med ’33)
Dr. Demetrio Ceramella (Med ’34)
Mrs. Genevieve (Fitzsimmons) Case
(Nurs ’35)
Mr. Robert E. Cochran (B&A ’35)
Mr. Russell F. David (B&A ’35)
Mr. Franklin E. Helbig (B&A ’35)
Dr. Clarence H. Schmidt (Dent ’35)
Dr. Paul A. Ulrich (Dent ’36)
Mrs. Adele (Daut) Burnes (A&S ’37)
Dr. Melvin L. Diehl (Dent ’37)
Mr. John R. Sprague (Law ’37)
Mr. Dean T. Cavanaugh (Parks ’38)
Mrs. T. Jane (Anderson) Heymann (Nurs ’38)
Dr. Eugene L. Hodapp (Grad ’38)
Mrs. Frances J. (Guignon) Murphy (A&S ’38)
Dr. Curtis E. Sauer (Med ’38)
Mrs. Mary (Glastris) Shields (A&S ’38)
Mr. Sylvester L.H. Ward (Parks ’38)
Dr. Jack R. Eidelman (Med ’39)
Mr. Earle C. Jones (Parks ’39)
Mrs. Collette (Welsch) Rau (Nurs ’39)
Mr. Charles Eckhoff (Parks ’40)
Dr. John G. Matthews (Med ’40)
Dr. Leo C. Skelley (Med ’40)
Mr. Charles M. Snyder (B&A ’40)
Dr. Charles L. Tankersley (Dent ’40)
Mr. Edward H. Wilson (Parks ’40)
Dr. Gerald M. Chessin (Dent ’41)
Mr. Milton R. Fox (Law ’41)
Dr. Robert H. Kuhl (Med ’41)
Mr. John J. O’Donnell Jr. (Law ’41)
Mr. Francis J. O’Keefe (A&S ’41)
Mr. William S. Duck (Parks ’42)
Mr. Robert C. Fechner Sr. (B&A ’42)
Mr. J. Warren Hellrung (B&A ’42)
Dr. James E. Wade (Grad ’42)
Dr. Ben H. Buck Jr. (Med ’43)
Sr. Margaret Mary Coens, F.S.M. (Nurs ’43)
Dr. Avrum Esan (Dent ’43)
Dr. Nathan S. Hale (Med ’43)
Mrs. Georgia (Landrith) Matassarin
(Grad Nurs ’43)
Mr. Richard H. Patton (A&S ’43)
Rev. Bernard J. Portz, S.J. (A&S ’43)
Dr. John W. Daake (Med ’44)
Sr. Mary P. Liedel, C.C.V.I. (AHP ’44)
Miss Mary E. McComish (Grad ’44)
Mr. John J. Quinn (A&S ’44)
Miss Ethel Bausch (B&A ’45)
Mrs. Mary Alyce (Divis) Beardslee (A&S ’45)
Dr. Paul M. Cadwell (Med ’45)
Dr. Chester J. Fortuna (Med ’45)
Mr. Don C. Musick Jr. (A&S ’45)
Ms. Bernice L. Rahn (Grad ’45)
Dr. Joseph E. Skladany (Dent ’45)
Dr. William J. Swinney (Med ’45)
Mr. Lawrence E. Thurmond (A&S ’45)
Dr. Daniel J. Hagan (Med ’46)
Dr. Quincy R. Johnson (Med ’46)
Dr. Mayer L. Mehler (Dent ’46)
Dr. Herbert J. Pyne (Dent ’46)
Mrs. Nadine (Ariano) Tressell (Soc Ser ’46)
Mr. John J. Boland (A&S ’47)
Mr. Edmund F. Harty (B&A ’47)
Mr. John J. McDonough Jr. (B&A ’47)
Mrs. Agnes (Cosgrove) Phegley (Nurs ’47)
Mr. William T. Reilly (A&S ’47)
Mrs. Catherine (Stockmann) Schuh (Nurs ’47)
Mrs. Geneva (Smith) Taliaferro (Nurs ’47)
Dr. Nathaniel Watlington (Grad ’47)
Miss Eleanor R. Wessels (B&A ’47)
Mr. Richard E. Bonner (B&A ’48)
Mr. John J. David (A&S ’48)
Dr. John O. Esslinger (Med ’48)
Mr. Daniel A. Faherty (A&S ’48)
Mr. Edward G. Jekel (B&A ’48)
Mr. Philip L. Marlo (B&A ’48)
Mr. Carl A. Mueller (B&A ’48)
Sr. Audrey Schmidt (Grad ’48)
Mr. Robert E. Staed Sr. (Law ’48)
Mr. Oscar M. Stehlick (B&A ’48)
Mrs. Patricia A. (Poterack) Vonnahmen
(Nurs ’48)
Mr. William H. Ahrens (B&A ’49)
Mr. Roger L. Brown (IT ’49)
Dr. Michael J. Colucci (Dent ’49)
Sr. Alvera Fallinger, S.S.N.D. (Grad ’49)
Mr. William C. Hemmer (IT ’49)
Mr. Kenneth W. Hill (B&A ’49)
Mr. Robert C. Horgan (A&S ’49)
Mr. Robert L. Jackson (IT ’49)
Mr. Michael P. Maniaci (B&A ’49)
Dr. James L. Mathis (Med ’49)
Mr. John R. McCormack (B&A ’49)
Dr. Taylor W. Meloan Jr. (B&A ’49)
Mr. John J. Offer (B&A ’49)
Mr. Leandro Rendon (Grad ’49)
Mr. William W. Sabath (Law ’49)
Mr. Arthur J. Schmittgens (B&A ’49)
Mr. Philip M. Sestric (Law ’49)
Dr. Jerome T.Y. Shen (Grad ’49)
Dr. William C. Arthur (Med ’50)
Mr. Robert H. Asbury (B&A ’50)
Mr. James A. Brown (B&A ’50)
Mr. Samual L. Jackson (IT ’50)
Mr. James W. Lester (B&A ’50)
Mr. John F. O’Reilly (B&A ’50)
Mr. Cecil F. Puyear (B&A ’50)
Mr. Jack C. Raidt (IT ’50)
Mr. William V. Romer (B&A ’50)
Mr. John F. Stanfill (A&S ’50)
Mr. Donald H. Stephen (Law ’50)
Mr. Charles G. Voigt (B&A ’50)
Sr. Arilda M. Welles, C.S.J. (Grad ’50)
Mr. Martin Wohltmann (Parks ’50)
Mr. Gerald G. Closen (Parks ’51)
Mr. Edward J. Crane (B&A ’51)
Col. Kenneth L. Gregory, Ret. (Parks ’51)
Dr. Robert C. Hoppe (Med ’51)
Marcus A. Haworth, S.J. (A&S ’39, Grad ’41, ’47), professor emeritus of modern and classical languages, died May 15, 2002. He was 86. During his extensive time at Saint Louis
University (1951-1995), Father Haworth served as a professor of Latin, Greek and classical
humanities. In 1962, he received a grant to assist in compiling and translating works of St.
Thomas More and was the Latin adviser to the 10-year Yale University project.
Col. Thomas J. Mannion Jr. (B&A ’54, Grad B&A ’73), former professor at Parks College of
Engineering and Aviation, died Oct. 19, 2002. He was 69. Col. Mannion joined the University
faculty in 1970 and left in 1973 for his second tour in Southeast Asia. A command pilot with
more than 3,500 hours of flying time, Col. Mannion amassed several honors and military
decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Sr. Natalie Hubbert, R.S.M. (A&S ’51)
Mr. Eddie A. Jackson (A&S ’51)
Sr. Francis L. Ritter, S.L. (Grad ’51)
Mr. John J. Shults (B&A ’51)
Mr. Joseph F. Young (IT ’51)
Sr. M. Irma Aydt, A.S.C. (A&S ’52)
Mrs. Lillian Maud (Wohler) Ballyk (Nurs ’52)
Dr. J. William Cox (Med ’52)
Mrs. Florence (Toedt) Donnelly (Nurs ’52)
Mr. Edward V. Hackett (A&S ’52)
Mr. Vernon L. Kramer (B&A ’52)
Miss Geneva B. Maddox (Nurs ’52)
Mr. Richard G. Neumann (B&A ’52)
Mr. Leo M. Phipps (B&A ’52)
Mr. Vincent D. Povard (A&S ’52)
Mrs. Carolyn (Raiford) Putnam (AHP ’52)
Dr. Albert F. Schoeck (Med ’52)
Mr. Ray H. Sonnenberg (B&A ’52)
Mr. Frederick G. Spengler (B&A ’52)
Mr. Charles F. Wathen (Law ’52)
Mr. John D. Wilkins (Law ’52)
Mr. Frederick A. Bender (IT ’53)
Mr. Owen B. Kelly (A&S ’53)
Mr. Douglas W. O’Neill (Law ’53)
Miss Mary H. Carroll (Pub Hlth ’54)
Sr. M. Placida Conroy, C.C.V.I. (Nurs ’54)
Dr. John A. Gantz (Med ’54)
Mr. George J. Jeggle (Law ’54)
Col. Thomas J. Mannion Jr. (B&A ’54)
Dr. James E. Remski (Med ’54)
Rev. Joseph F. Scharf, S.J. (Grad ’54)
Mr. Owen F. Wagner (A&S ’54)
Sr. Agnese Zerwas, F.S.P.A. (Grad ’54)
Mrs. Florida (Wilson) Bosley (Nurs ’55)
Mr. Joseph C. Champa (B&A ’55)
Sr. Theresa Daly, C.C.V.I. (Pub Hlth ’55)
Mr. David E. Godfrey Jr. (Law ’55)
Rev. Robert E. Groenewold, S.J. (A&S ’55)
Mrs. Lorraine Howe (Nurs ’55)
Dr. James E. McClellan (Med ’55)
Lt. Comdr. Donald J. Meade (Grad ’55)
Mr. William O. Moss (B&A ’55)
Mrs. Drusilla A. (Bellaschi) Pagel (A&S ’55)
Mrs. Marie (Tacchi) Schierhoff (Nurs ’55)
Mr. George J. Tirpak (B&A ’55)
Mrs. Frances (Randol) Turner (Grad ’55)
Dr. John S. Wilson (Med ’55)
Mrs. Christina (Efthim) Burch (AHP ’56)
Mr. Donald T. Donahue (A&S ’56)
Dr. Charles E. Ford (Grad ’56)
Sr. Sebastian Kollmann, A.S.C. (A&S ’56)
Despite her appearance in the “In Memoriam” section of the last issue of
UNIVERSITAS, we are pleased to report that Elsie H. (Siebert) Petri is alive and
recently celebrated her 97th birthday. We apologize for the error.
Mr. Robert D. Martens (B&A ’56)
Dr. Gerald J. Miatech (Grad IT ’56)
Mr. Carl D. Plewa (A&S ’56)
Dr. Dominic F. Tutera (Med ’56)
Rev. Walter O. Umbach (Grad ’56)
Dr. John R. Wilhelmy (Dent ’56)
Mr. John E. Wilkinson (Grad B&A ’56)
Mr. Robert L. Winschief (A&S ’56)
Mr. John M. Baragiola Jr. (B&A ’57)
Mr. William L. Cushman (Parks ’57)
Dr. John J. Dowling (IT ’57)
Dr. Albert E. Kozlowski (Med ’57)
Mr. Earle J. Niederluecke (Law ’57)
Mr. Duane G. Norris (Parks ’57)
Sr. Mary Ann Philipps, O.S.S.R. (Nurs ’57)
Sr. Maynard Rhodes (Grad ’57)
Sr. Mary Elaine Rogers (Grad ’57)
Mr. Gerald H. Schoemehl (IT ’57)
Mrs. Martha (Calverley) Willmering (Nurs ’57)
Mr. George A. Barbato Jr. (A&S ’58)
Mr. John J. Casey (Law ’58)
Mr. William B. Diffley (A&S ’58)
Sr. Inez M. Fawcett, B.V.M. (Pub Ser ’58)
Dr. Barbara A. Gehrki, O.S.B. (Grad ’58)
Mr. Charles D. Montgomery (B&A ’58)
Mr. E. Bruce Nangle (Law ’58)
Sr. Jean L. Rafferty, S.L. (Grad ’58)
Mr. David P. Rhoades (A&S ’58)
Mr. Harvey H. Routburg (Grad IT ’58)
Mr. Richard J. Rubbelke Sr. (B&A ’58)
Msgr. John A. Shocklee (Grad ’58)
Dr. Frederick R. Woodward Jr. (Dent ’58)
Dr. Reva Abelson (Grad ’59)
Cdr. Arnold F. Barta (Parks ’59)
Dr. Howard R. Delaney (Grad ’59)
Mr. Robert Erickson (Parks ’59)
Mr. John W. Godbold (Grad ’59)
Mr. Lester L. Jenkins (A&S ’59)
Mr. Timothy G. Noble (Law ’59)
Miss Alice M. Pfeifauf (B&A ’59)
Sr. Marianna Wohlschlaeger, S.C.C.
(Grad ’59)
Mrs. Anita R. Carroll (Grad ’60)
Mr. Raymond L. Haas (Parks ’60)
Mr. Francis T. Hoban (Parks ’60)
Sr. Philomene Ihle, A.S.C. (Pub Hlth ’60)
Sr. Mary E. Sax, A.S.C. (A&S ’60)
Mr. Robert D. Sykes (Soc Ser ’60)
Dr. Joseph B. Uelk (Dent ’60)
Mrs. Marijayne (Zior) Cheney (A&S ’61)
Mr. Larry G. Dite (Parks ’61)
Mr. Vernon R. Edwards (Parks ’61)
Mr. John E. Holland (B&A ’61)
Mr. Joseph E. Millen (B&A ’61)
Mrs. Rita (Sharpe) Walsh (Law ’61)
Mr. James E. Egmon (B&A ’62)
Sr. M. Richard Reif (Grad ’62)
Mr. Mark J. Ryan Jr. (Parks ’62)
Dr. Rosemary (Prosser) Sanner
(Nurs ’62)
Dr. Theodore C. Stander Jr.
(Dent ’62)
Sr. Mary E. Tabler (Grad ’62)
Mr. Adolph F. Tecklenburg
(A&S ’62)
Mr. William J. Woodrome (Parks ’62)
Mr. Edward J. Bauza Jr. (B&A ’63)
Mr. William K. Butts (B&A ’63)
Dr. Donald E. Damhorst (Grad ’63)
Mr. Robert B. Effan (B&A ’63)
Ms. Susan G. Franey (Soc Ser ’63)
Mr. James J. Leonard (B&A ’63)
Mrs. Carolyn (McDonald) Lindsay
(A&S ’63)
Sr. Mary D. Lorenz, P.B.V.M.
(Soc Ser ’63)
Miss Joanne M. Strahinic (Nurs ’63)
Sr. M. Julienne Fennerty, C.S.J.
(Grad ’64)
Mr. Robert N. Lay Sr. (B&A ’64)
Mr. Jose M. Mejia-Lagos (IT ’64)
Mr. Allan L. Morrison (IT ’64)
Ms. Peggy L. Noles (B&A ’64)
Mr. Richard L. O’Keefe (B&A ’64)
Dr. William A. Jones (Med ’65)
Mr. James J. Perry (B&A ’65)
Mr. Richard J. Sahrman (A&S ’65)
Mr. Robert H. Walden (B&A ’65)
Mrs. Della I. Wenger (Grad ’65)
Mrs. Rosemary (Gallagher)
Blackwell (Soc Ser ’66)
Mr. John P. Daly (Grad ’66)
Mrs. JoAnne (Cusack) Howard
(Grad ’66)
Mrs. Mary A. (Stofft) Mackell
(A&S ’66)
Miss Carol A. Rotello (AHP ’66)
Mr. John G. Smerek (A&S ’66)
Miss Joyce A. Torrey (Grad ’66)
Dr. Michael D. Waitman (A&S ’66)
Mrs. Mary (Green) Welsh (Nurs ’66)
Mr. Roger J. Witte Sr. (A&S ’66)
Miss Mary C. Dodt (Nurs ’67)
Mrs. Virginia (Kenney) Dorighi
(A&S ’67)
Mr. J. Henry Joubert (Grad ’67)
Miss Karen C. Mercurio (A&S ’67)
Dr. James P. Mesa (A&S ’67)
Dr. Andrew J. Nelsen (Dent ’67)
Sr. Lucy R. Rawe, S.L. (Grad ’67)
Sr. Anita Peters, O.S.B.
(Grad AHP ’68)
Mr. Rayford M. Pickett (IT ’68)
Sr. Joan S. Bexten (Grad ’69)
Mrs. Therese M. (Hutton) Curlee
(Grad ’69)
Ms. Mary C. Hellstern (Soc Ser ’69)
Mr. Daniel J. O’Neal (A&S ’69)
Dr. Robert E. Drury (A&S ’70)
Mr. Daniel J. Murphy (Law ’70)
Ms. Rita A. Halpin (A&S ’71)
Miss Donna J. Lederle (Nurs ’71)
Mr. John E. Maier (Grad ’71)
Dr. J.R. Munden (Grad ’71)
Sr. Rose Mary Rieser, D.C.
(Grad Nurs ’71)
Dr. James M. Ryan (Med ’71)
Mr. Dale J. Stein (Pub Hlth ’71)
Mr. Kenneth C. Weaver (B&A ’71)
Mrs. Shirley (Andrews) Morin
(Grad ’72)
Mrs. Deborah A. (Perry) Harris
(Nurs ’74)
Dr. Matthew H. Kelleher (Grad ’75)
Mr. Leroy F. Porter (Grad B&A ’75)
Mrs. Julaine (Evans) Angel
(Nurs ’76)
Mr. Brian J. Clune (A&S ’77)
Mr. James R. Primiano (AHP ’77)
Mrs. Patricia J. Tippett (Nurs ’77)
Miss Barbara J. Berg (AHP ’78)
Mrs. Jill A. (Dvorchak) Lefringhouse
(Soc Ser ’78)
Mrs. Rita (Hagler) Manganaro
(Soc Ser ’78)
Mr. Oladepo A. Oyeniyi (AHP ’78)
Ms. M. Beth Shinners-White
(Soc Ser ’78)
Mr. James E. Myler (A&S ’79)
Mr. Arthur M. Perry (B&A ’79)
Mr. Craig A. Scherzer
(Grad B&A ’79)
Dr. Robert Schlichtig (Med ’79)
Mrs. E. Frances (Pohlmann)
Baruzzini (Grad ’80)
Mrs. Susan M. Lafata (Soc Ser ’80)
Mr. Thomas J. Mossinghoff
(B&A ’80)
Miss Ola M. Roper (Nurs ’80)
Mr. Jack C. Fosher (Soc Ser ’83)
Mr. Robert A. Hutton Jr. (Law ’83)
Mr. Charles H. Garrison (PS ’84)
Mr. James J. Pierson (B&A ’84)
Dr. Edward J. Ralston (Grad ’84)
Mr. Jerry L. Simpson (B&A ’84)
Miss Renee A. de Riel (Grad ’85)
Mr. Carlos D. Martinez (A&S ’86)
Ms. Janet P. Redding (A&S ’88)
Miss Delia M. O’Donnell (A&S ’90)
Mr. Gerald J. Oglevie (PS ’90)
Mrs. Tammy M. Behrens (B&A ’92)
Mr. Henry L. Shannon (PS ’92)
Mr. Jeffrey H. Defend
(Grad B&A ’93)
Mr. Phillip T. Hunt (Parks ’93)
Mr. David A. Sutherland
(Soc Ser ’95)
Ms. Nancy E. Maness (PS ’96)
Mrs. Marie P. Moritz (Grad ’96)
Mr. Bob A. Paule (Parks ’96)
Mr. Nathaniel J. Florence (A&S ’98)
Mr. Keith F. Huskamp (A&S ’98)
Mrs. Jann M. Longhi (Soc Ser ’01)
Loyola University Chicago.
… Amy E. Crawford (Pub
Ser ’97, Grad ’99) is a
speech-language pathologist
in the Muskego-Norway
school district outside of
Milwaukee. Her fiancé,
Bradley A. Purcell (A&S
’98), is earning a specialty
degree in prosthodontics at
Ohio State University. …
Candy Czernicki (PS) is a
reporter for the Catholic
Herald, the Milwaukee archdiocesan newspaper. …
Carissa (Burns) Eckert
(AHP ’97, Grad ’99) and
Jason Eckert (A&S) welcomed their first child,
December. They live in
Milwaukee. … Dr. Laura
Hobgood-Oster (Grad) is
chair of religion at
Southwestern University in
Georgetown, Texas. …
Arindam Kar (A&S) and
Shanna (Monnig) Kar
(B&A) were married in St.
Francis Xavier College
Church in 2000, followed by
a Hindu wedding in Calcutta,
India. They recently welcomed their first child, Indira
Grace, and live in St. Louis,
where Arindam is an attorney
with Bryan Cave, and Shanna
is a business operations analyst
with Boeing. … Alexis
Montanez (Parks) is the
chief executive officer of
AirshipsExpress.com, a St.
Louis-based corporation that
specializes in aerial advertising
and photos.
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Kimberley H. Haynes
(Law) has left Kirkpatrick &
Lockhart in Washington,
D.C., to join Morgan
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management practice in
New York City. … Qing
Lin (Grad B&A) is an
Software in San Jose, Calif.
… Jeremy Sax (A&S) has
been promoted to administrative manager of Daltile in
Miami. … Ryan Walsh
(A&S) is in his intern year of
a family practice residency at
the University of Illinois.
1 999
James B. Daugherty (Law)
has joined the general counsel’s office at the National
Imagery and Mapping
Agency in St. Louis. …
Michael A. Durdock (Soc
Ser) is a full-time graduate
student at the University of
Maryland in Baltimore. He
has an internship at Arrow
Center for Education. …
Dr. Grant D. Johnson
(Grad) lives in Dallas practicing orthodontics full time in
the area suburbs.
Fred Benda (B&A) is a
marketing manager for
Solutia. He married Jessica
(Redd) Benda (AHP ’01)
in September. They plan to
relocate to Sacramento,
(Gossman) Hardgree
(Nurs) is a registered nurse
in neonatal intensive care at
St. Joseph Health Center.
Her husband, Scotty
Hardgree (B&A), is a senior
account manager for
Lock/Line Insurance. They
live in Leawood, Kan. …
Gail (Campbell) Miller
(Grad) moved to Chicago in
2001 as a freelance television
commercial producer and
has started her own company, Reelize. She partnered
with another producer, and
they are Midwest representatives for commercial production companies.
John F. Houlihan (A&S) is
a Spanish teacher at DeSmet
Jesuit High School in St.
Louis. … Ryan Van Wyk
(B&A) married Danielle
Miltenberger (B&A) this
spring. They live in St. Louis.
ALUMNI notes
with planning, call (314)
■ Allied
■ Nursing
Maggie Gambill (’97)
Local alumni, students,
faculty and staff participated in the American Heart
Association Heart Walk
on May 3.
■ Arts
SLU Homecoming and Reunion Weekend
October 10-12
This is the weekend for all alumni to come back home.
Three days can barely hold all the events we have planned.
Class Parties • Soccer Game • Homecoming Parade
Fireworks • Outdoor Concerts • Family Fun Village
Campus Tours • Tours of the new Busch Student Center
Open Houses at the Campus Museums • Tailgates
Tours of the Continental Life Building
Billiken Fan Fest • 5K Billiken Run
This is a special year for all those classes ending in a three or
an eight; be sure to be at your class party.
Class of ’53, the Golden Billikens: Don’t miss this weekend!
Want to help get your classmates together?
Call alumni relations at (314) 977-2250.
and Sciences
Robert Steck (’79)
Enjoy open-air suites and
a full picnic dinner at the
minor league River City
Rascals game on Friday,
July 11. Tickets are $20
per person. … Get ready
to roar when the Lion
King plays St. Louis’
Fabulous Fox Theatre.
Join fellow alumni
Sunday, Sept. 21. The
$65 fee includes orchestra
seats and a pre-theater
reception on campus.
■ Black
Georgella Ford (Soc Ser ’87)
The Black Alumni
Association will co-sponsor a display of the works
of Nathan B. Young at
the Saint Louis University
Museum of Art. Look
for more details soon.
■ Dental
Dr. Gene Hayes (’66)
Reunion for classes ending in three or eight will
be held in conjunction
with the Mid Continent
Dental Congress Sept. 1213 at the Chase Park Plaza
Hotel. To help with planning, call (314) 577-8106.
■ Medicine
Other groups planning special reunions:
• Oriflamme
• Members of the University
▲ Guentner
Chorale under Francis J. Guentner, S.J.
Dr. Thomas J. Olsen (’79)
The School of Medicine
Reunion for classes ending in three or eight will
be the weekend of Oct.
16-18. Visit the Web site
for more details. To help
Dr. Anne G. Perry (’76)
The School of Nursing
held a collaborative fundraising event with the
St. Louis Chapter of
Hadassah April 6 to benefit the school’s new program
Hadassah’s Center for
Emergency Medicine in
Jerusalem. The event was
chaired by University
Trustee Nancy Siwak and
Elsie Roth (’83).
■ Parks
College of
Engineering and
Carrie Traven (’95)
The annual Oshkosh
barbecue will be Friday,
Aug. 1, at Parnell’s Place.
This year, alumni can celebrate Founder’s Day and
meet the new dean, Dr.
Bjong Wolf Yeigh.
■ Public
Maureen Dunn (’86)
The school’s next Happy
Hour will be Thursday,
Aug. 28, at a Clayton,
Mo., location. … Dr.
Andrew Balas invites all
alumni to stay in touch
with the school. Contact
Maura Brennan, director
of development and
alumni relations, at (314)
977-8253 or brenname
@slu.edu for updates and
■ Public
Dr. Tim Bagwell (’01)
A group of local alumni
is meeting once a month
to help identify potential
programs, events and services for alumni. If
you’re interested, contact
[email protected] or call
(314) 977-2250.
■ Student
SAA invites all St. Louis
Want to get the most up-to-date information
about Homecoming? Visit our Web site at
www/slu.edu/alumni. There you will find event dates and
times, along with hotel and airfare discounts, for those
Billikens who have wandered far from home.
Welcome home!
For more information or reservations
for any of these events, contact:
• The office of alumni relations
at (314) 977-2250, [email protected]
or www.slu.edu/alumni
• Health Sciences Center
alumni relations
at (314) 577-8106
The following Alumni Club cities will host a Cardinal baseball event this summer:
Kansas City
Sunday, June 29
Friday, Aug. 1
Friday, Aug. 29
Saturday, Sept. 13
$20 per person
$30 per person
$45 per person
$20 per person
Call (314) 977-2250 to make reservations for any game.
*Not a Cardinal game.
Peggy Espinda (A&S ’62)
(770) 889-8600 (work)
(770) 396-1295 (home)
[email protected]
Alumni population – 889
Chris Espelin (A&S ’91)
(617) 926-5289
[email protected]
Alumni population – 1,025
Travel Program: SLU Tours
Alumni College Aboard on the Blue Danube
June 24-July 2
Alumni College in Spain
June 24-July 2
Get involved
wherever you are
Our alumni clubs in
cities across the country
are making plans for
future events. To learn
more or get involved,
contact alumni relations
at (314) 977-2250, 1800-SLU-FOR-U or
[email protected] Or
contact the club leaders
listed to the right. To
ensure that you’re up-todate with Club City
events, send your name
and e-mail address to
[email protected]
Passage of Peter the Great
July 22-Aug. 3
Summer Send-offs
Canada/New England
Sept. 15-26
All alumni, students and their parents are invited to
the annual Summer Send-offs to meet area students
who will attend SLU for the first time. This year,
gatherings are scheduled for the following cities:
Alumni College in Scandinavia-Koge
Sept. 22-30
Alumni College in Ireland-Kilkenny
Sept. 24-Oct. 2
Alumni College in Sorrento
Sept. 25-Oct. 3
Prague Escapade
Nov. 13-20
For more information about any of these trips or
to be placed on the University’s travel program
mailing list, call (314) 977-2250.
Dallas, July 26
Cincinnati, Aug. 2
Louisville, Ky., Aug. 3
Kansas City, Aug. 9
Omaha, Neb., Aug. 9
Milwaukee, Aug. 9
Denver, Aug. 9
Chicago, Aug. 9
Joe Havel (B&A ’91)
(312) 397-4141
[email protected]
Alumni population – 3,820
Tim Barry (A&S ’97)
(513) 241-9900 (work)
(513) 522-6573 (home)
[email protected]
Alumni population - 832
Karen Eubanks (B&A ’87)
(972) 788-1524
[email protected]
Alumni population – 1,073
Kansas City
Mark Winter (A&S ’76)
(913) 327-1515 (home)
(913) 530-1571 (mobile)
[email protected]
Alumni population – 1,506
Los Angeles
Brian Merriman (A&S ’95)
(310) 244-6761
[email protected]
Alumni population – 1,149
Tim Lohre (B&A ’97)
(414) 456-0905
[email protected]
Alumni population - 641
Chris Abell (B&A ’87)
(612) 630-5083 (work)
(763) 494-5636 (home)
[email protected]
Alumni population - 731
New York
Jim Chisholm (B&A ’76)
(203) 825-6494
Alumni population – 2,183
alumni to participate in
the Billikens Encounter
Alumni Mentors program. Local alumni who
are interested in mentoring SLU students should
alumni/beam or call (314)
■ Young
Take yourself out to the
ballgame when the
Cardinals face the
Dodgers at 7:05 p.m.
Thursday, July 10, at
Busch Stadium. The cost
is $11 for a bleacher seat.
… Road trip south to see
the Memphis Redbirds
in action. The weekend
of Aug. 22-24, the YAA
will lead a caravan to
Memphis for a two-night
stay at the Sleep Inn,
located in the heart of
downtown. The cost is
$130 per person based on
double occupancy. …
Kick off fall with a Katy
Trail bike trip from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 13. The15-mile ride
is free and will include a
stop for lunch. …
Oktoberfest is 8 p.m.midnight Friday, Oct. 24,
at the Tap Room. The
$10 fee includes entertainment; two drink tickets,
snacks and prizes. … To
join the advisory committee, call (314) 9772214
[email protected]
Meetings are held on the
second Thursday of each
Omaha, Neb.
Brad Burwell (A&S ’72)
(402) 431-8160 (work)
(402) 896-1923 (home)
[email protected]
Alumni population - 376
Seattle/Tacoma, Wash.
Mark Flynn (A&S ’67, Grad ’72)
(206) 287-4444 (work)
(360) 662-0838 (home)
[email protected]
Alumni population – 877
Springfield/Decatur, Ill.
Judy Redick (A&S ’62)
(217) 622-5621
[email protected]
Alumni population - 735
Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.
Rob Sternowski
(B&A ’95, Grad B&A ’98)
(813) 281-9796
[email protected]
Alumni population - 725
Washington, D.C.
George Usher (A&S ’61)
(301) 706-3895
[email protected]
Alumni population – 1,653
My Senses at the Border
By Billy Brennan
efore I left for my spring break mission trip to San Benito, Texas, I
thought I knew how to see, feel, taste,
smell and hear.
I did not.
Thankfully, God really opened my
eyes during this trip, and He showed me
how to use my senses to their fullest.
La Posada Providencia in San Benito
was my third SLU spring break mission
trip sponsored by campus ministry. La
Posada is a temporary shelter for refugees
who are en route from the Rio Grande
Valley of southern Texas to other destinations in the United States and Canada.
Most of these refugees come from
Central America or Mexico, but some
come from other parts of the world. All
are waiting for court dates for their possible American citizenship.
These people just want the freedom
that I enjoy daily and take for granted
too often. I met a pro bono lawyer, Bill
Wagner, who said that less than 7 percent of people who apply for citizenship
actually get it. So what happens to the
other 93 percent? Most of the denied
end up going back to their countries and
risk being killed or harmed for leaving;
others attempt to live in the United
States illegally. But if someone living
illegally in the United States is caught,
he or she can be held for a long time in
a detention center and face charges and
ridiculous fines.
In San Benito, I gardened, painted and
cleaned, but the main purpose for my trip
was to get an education about what happens at the border — to have my senses,
literally, put to a test. I got to see firsthand what it was like to be an immigrant
in search of something better.
I touched and held the hands of a barefoot boy in an extremely poor, rural part
of Mexico (not too far from the border)
as he climbed down from a tree. The boy
should have been in school but could not
attend because he did not own shoes, and
his family could not afford them. His
mother was inside their one-room house
recovering from a routine surgery involving far-from-routine hospital regulations.
The mother was not allowed to leave the
hospital until her
$600 medical bill was
paid. Fortunately,
she was able to get
the money, but that
left her with nothing. If a family cannot afford shoes, the
children are denied
an education?
I tasted the foods
the refugees ate
when we dined together at every meal,
and as simplistic as this sounds, I found
out that they are just like us. The food
we shared was basic, but the conversations we had were complex. We discussed how the refugees got to where
they are today and why they left their
home countries. It was not until I took
part in this universal activity — sharing a
meal — that I fully realized that refugees,
immigrants and the homeless just want a
safe haven, but are likely to be denied.
I smelled a rotting carcass outside of a
family’s home as I went to see first-hand
how people live without any running
water or electricity. How could they
have any determination with such a
scarcity of what I consider daily necessities? How could they live like this — not
only without water or electricity — but
with the smell?
I saw the eyes and determination of a
man named Juan who had so much pride,
dignity and hope of becoming an
American citizen. He had been denied
this dream, not once, not twice, but six
times. These denials will not stop Juan.
He is set on American citizenship because
he is not safe in Mexico. At home, he was
wrongfully accused of drug trafficking and
was in jail for 22 months. He says that the
real criminals will murder him if he
returns; yet we deny him political asylum?
Brennan (center) with Mexican children.
I heard a pro bono lawyer say that the
immigration process contains “varied
degrees of unfairness.” This from a person
who has so much experience with the
immigration process, yet no confidence in
its equality. Where is the justice?
This is how my five senses were put to
a test during spring break. I learned how
to open my eyes and my mind to see that
it is not someone else’s responsibility for
what happens on the border. It is every
American’s responsibility for everything
that takes place at the border. This experience gave me just a little taste of the
injustice that immigrants and refugees
have to go through daily. I heard the
voices of the needy cry out. Their lives
have touched mine. My senses were put to
a test. And in the process, God showed
me that my senses should be used for
others, not just myself.
Billy Brennan has completed his junior year at
Saint Louis University and was an intern in
the publications and graphic design office this
spring. He is majoring in communication.
Brennan was one of 140 SLU students who
went on 12 spring break trips sponsored by the
SLU Christian Action Program.
SLU is a family affair
Teaching before preaching
have just finished reading my son’s
U NIVERSITAS magazine and was
impressed with the article “God in All
Things” (winter 2003). My husband and
I are both Creighton ’72 graduates and
can attest to the Jesuit experience. Even
though our sons did not choose to attend
Creighton, SLU has been a great experience and education for our family.
You may be interested to know the
role SLU plays in our extended family.
We have six men who have attended or
are attending the University. Their
names are Kevin Manning ’02, Michael
Manning ’04, Tim Funke ’06, Kyle
Kelly ’06, Connor Kelly ’03 and
Mitchell Kelly ’04. I’d guess this isn’t a
record for SLU, but the parents in our
family are certainly glad that our kids are
getting a Jesuit values-based education
that will provide a foundation for life.
Mary T. Manning
SLU alumni maintain
friendship with Shaner
t is always a great pleasure to receive
Saint Louis University’s UNIVERSITAS
periodical. This issue is extra special to
us, the MBA graduates in Malaysia. Dr.
Michael Shaner (featured on the winter
2003 cover and in the article “I Teach
Because …”) has always been a good
friend to the Malaysian students, and our
friendships continue to flourish although
we left school more than 15 years ago.
Since 1996, whenever he is in the Asia
Pacific Region, Mike makes a point to
visit us in Kuala Lumpur. He is still giving us his special gifts. His visit has since
become our “unofficial” annual alumni
gathering. Once again, thank you for
honoring the award-winning faculty
members who have definitely made great
contributions in our lives and career
Marinah Ramli (Grad B&A ’89)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
received the winter issue of
U NIVERSITAS several days ago. As
usual, I was very pleased with it. I especially enjoy the items about what is
going on currently at SLU.
I found a mistake in this issue, and I
call it to your attention not to be finding
fault, but because I think that the correction leads to an interesting story. In
your “In Memoriam” column on page
28 you speak of Raymond L. Sullivant,
S.J. The mistake is in the line that reads:
“Fr. Sullivant first came to SLU in 1968
as an assistant professor of modern languages.”
The year is incorrect. How do I
know? As a Jesuit studying at SLU, I
took several French courses taught by
Ray Sullivant during the 1958-59
school year. This was before Ray
entered the Jesuits, but he was at that
time already a member of the faculty in
modern languages.
The thing that interests me is that I
have known several Jesuits who left the
order and then joined the SLU faculty,
but Ray is the only man I have heard of
who taught at SLU before becoming a
Congratulations on a fine magazine.
Keep up the good work!
Tom Bannantine, S.J.
(P&L ’58, A&S ’67)
Omaha, Neb.
Editor’s note: Indeed, our University archives
department confirms that while still a layman, Sullivant joined SLU’s modern languages department in 1953 and left in
1959. He returned to the University in
1968 as an assistant professor and Jesuit
priest. Thanks for the clarification.
On page 2 of the winter 2003 issue of UNIVERSITAS,
we included a photo of the 2002-03 homecoming
queen accepting flowers during reunion weekend.
The queen’s name is Katie Whiting, not Kim
Bujarski as we incorrectly stated. Bujarski was, in
fact, the 2001-02 queen. Congratulations to
Whiting and our apologies for the error.
Dr. Daniel L. Schlafly Jr. (Grad ’89, Grad B&A ’98),
professor of history, has offered some astute observations regarding the suppression and restoration
of the Society of Jesus provided in the timeline as
part of the story “God in All Things” (winter 2003).
In the timeline, 1773 was given as the date for
the beginning of the suppression, while 1814 was
listed as the date when the Society moved back
into education.
Schlafly points out that the 1773 papal brief
Dominus ac Redemptor was the final chapter in the
expulsions and suppressions of the Society, which
“began in Portugal and its possessions in 1759,
then France in 1764, Spain and its possessions in
1767, Naples in 1767 and Parma in 1768.”
In contrast to written sources used for the story,
Schlafly also contends that the Jesuits continued to
hold education as a major emphasis before the
restoration of the Society in 1814.
“The Society had four colleges and two other
schools in the Russian Empire in 1773 and not only
continued these throughout the suppression era
(1773-1814), but even opened new colleges in St.
Petersburg in 1801 and 1803,” Schlafly writes.
Schlafly also argues that before the restoration,
other groups of Jesuits resumed living and working
as Jesuit communities with permission from Rome.
“Five former Jesuits renewed their vows in 1805,
and the following year, Jesuits began teaching at
Georgetown, founded in 1789 by the former Jesuit
John Carroll on the education model of the Ratio
Studiorum,” Schlafly writes. “Jesuits also operated
schools and taught the Jesuit curriculum before
1814 in Naples, Palermo, Rome, Parma, Piacenza,
Stonyhurst in England and even the Aegean
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fine publication. I thought the “Focus
on Teaching” issue was great.
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Carlyle, Ill.
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