Home
Class Notes
share

Class Notes

1960s

Marye Anne Fox ’69, the chancellor of the University of California, San Diego, was honored with the 2012 Othmer Gold Medal during a day of awards at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. Fox, an internationally known chemist, received the Othmer Gold Medal during the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s 11th annual Heritage Day on April 12. The award was established in 1997 to honor outstanding individuals who have made multifaceted contributions to the chemical and scientific heritage through outstanding activity in such areas as innovation, entrepreneurship, research, education, public understanding, legislation, or philanthropy.

 

1970s

Songwriter Lynn Berry ’70 and singer-songwriter Emily Nyman have released their newest album, “Peace Offering,” a collection of songs reminiscent of the 60s along with four original songs. The duo has been a songwriting team for many years, and has produced five albums and been part of several compilations. Lynn currently also teaches an online course in art history at Notre Dame. She lives in Vermont.  

 

Sr. Olivia Maria Latiano, SND ‘72 is in her eighth year as director of music and liturgy at St. Peter Parish in Huron, Ohio. Last year, she began playing the French horn (one of the items on her “Bucket List”) and is enjoying performing with the North Coast Community Band.

 

Dr. Deborah Plummer ’74 has published the fiction novel “They Still Call Me Sister,” the first in a series of cozy mysteries about amateur sister sleuths Kathy and Tina, who uncover the truth in the alleged suicide of one of Kathy’s patients. The psychological thriller and murder mystery triggers conversations about racial identity, sexual orientation, politics and the intersection of religion. Like the heroine in her novel, Deborah Plummer is a former nun and psychologist. She currently lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband Michael and their two pugs Louis Vuitton and Gloria Vanderbilt. Deborah is also the author of “Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations through Friendships,” a blogger for the Huffington Post, and a guest commentator for local and national television news programs. Proceeds from sales of the book (paperback or Kindle) will go to Facing History and Ourselves.

 

Virginia Thomas Kovacina ’77 and her husband Michael joyfully announce the ordination of their son Peter Thomas Kovacina to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood. The ceremony took place on May 19. Fr. Kovacina celebrated his first Mass the next day at the Church of St. Clare in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

 

BihnMaureen Raleigh Bihn ’79 was presented with the 2012 Alumna of the Year Award at the Notre Dame College Alumni Association’s Annual Spring Business Meeting on April 14. Maureen was chosen for this award due to her outstanding support for the College, its Alumni Association and, most importantly, its students.

Maureen has been a faithful annual fund donor, has given books to the library, supported capital campaigns and countless other fundraisers for the College’s sports program, and is a tireless advocate for the many alumni programs sponsored by the Alumni Association. Moreover, Maureen has an endless personal campaign to talk every high school student she meets into attending Notre Dame College. 

Maureen is equally involved in her parish, St. Patrick’s. She is currently chairman of the restoration committee, which holds two major fundraisers each year, and a member of the finance committee. She has been a lector and PSR instructor, and she helps at nearly every church function.

Maureen has been married to Rick Bihn for 27 years and has worked for Cleveland Cliffs since graduation in 1979.

 

Mary Pat Gaietto Morris ’79 was elected to the Warrensville Heights City School Board this fall.

 

Frances Rifici Ratka ’79 was named planetarium director at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center in Bay Village, Ohio.

 

1990s

Marie Shapiro ’94, formerly known as Barbara Lupo ’94, has completed her 30-hour training course, home studies and projects in preparation of becoming a foster parent to a young girl. She is thrilled for this new chapter in her life.

 

Jean Simon Goblinger ’97 gave birth to her second child, baby girl Kira Grace Goblinger, on March 15, 2011.

 

Laura Malee Greenwald ’97 and her daughter Jill Malee ’11 started a fashion blog, abbyandelle.wordpress.com, where they offer fashion and shopping advice and help promote Cleveland-area boutiques and thrift shops. They were also among the official fashion bloggers for Cleveland Fashion Week 2012.

 

ReardonJoni DePiore Reardon ’97, her husband Tim and daughter Grace welcomed triplets into their family on March 8. William Patrick entered the world first at 8:52 a.m., weighing 4 pounds, 10 ounces, at 18 ¾ inches. Lucy Christine was next, born at 8:53 a.m., weighing 4 pounds, 12 ounces, at 17 ½ inches. Daniel Ryan completed the trio at 8:54 a.m., weighing 4 pounds, 10 ounces, at 18 ¼ inches.

 

Dr. Lisa Borowski Mundey ’98 has published her first book, “American Militarism and Anti-Militarism in Popular Culture, 1945-1970.” She continues to teach in the history department of the University of St. Thomas, a Catholic, liberal arts university in Houston, Texas.

 

PaezSusan Previts Paez ’98 and her husband Nick are proud to announce that their son Coleson Michael was born Dec. 19, 2011. Big sisters Isabella, Avery and Savannah love him to pieces.

 

Jennifer Cepik-Blueter ’99 is now a co-owner of a new sports bar in Akron's valley called The Beer Haus (1824 Merriman Road, Akron). The Beer Haus is a full-service American sports bar and restaurant with German flair that features over 100 regional and micro beers from around the U.S. and the best brews from around the world. The German-inspired menu offers some unique spins on classic favorites that compliment watching sports and hanging with friends.

 

2000s

Liberty del Rosario ’00 has been named assistant women's basketball coach at Eastern Michigan University. Liberty previously worked as an assistant women's basketball coach at Morgan State University, Cleveland State University and Notre Dame College. At NDC, Liberty had a hand in helping the Falcons advance to the NAIA Nationals for the first time in program history in 2006. As a student, she was a two-year letter winner at Notre Dame.

 

PolowykJulianne Frances “Frankie” Hills ’00 was married to George Polowyk at St. Basil the Great Church in Brecksville on Dec. 31, 2011. Domenica Ann Ricco Burrell ’99 was the Matron of Honor and Julianne Jones ’02 was a bridesmaid. Tina DiBacco Jurcisin ’85 read the petitions. Frankie and George honeymooned in St. Lucia, where they stayed at the Sandals La Toc resort. They now live in Parma, Ohio with their dog Maggie and their three cats Raisin, Maple and Chewie. Frankie is working on her second master’s degree in educational administration. George is a graphic designer.

 

Joyce Chambers Reichard ’01 has been accepted to the Cleveland Marshall College of Law.

 

BeaverAmanda Beaver ’02 married Sgt. Scott Soltis at the Ashtabula Municipal Court House on Dec. 23, 2011. Scott had been home a little over a month from Iraq when the couple married. Amanda is now working at Glenbeigh and Scott is enrolled at KSU-Ashtabula.  

 

Maggie Steadley ’05 married Dave Ferrando ’09 in Notre Dame College’s Christ the King Chapel on Oct. 15, 2011. Many NDC alumni were in the wedding party including bridesmaid Maggie Daniels ’05 and groomsmen Sean Ferrando ’12, Jeff Johnson ’09, Pete Pierce ’08, Justine Tisdale ’05, Casey McNeill ’09 and Billy Bambrick ’08. Keith Bowden ’08 and Brian Bruce ’08 served as ushers. 

Dave is currently teaching special education classes at Brush High School, where he is also the boys’ junior varsity basketball coach. He is also an assistant football coach at Fairview High School. Maggie is a kindergarten teacher in the North Olmsted District-Butternut Primary. She is the head girls’ varsity basketball coach at St. Joseph Academy. 

 

UmlorAmber Antaya Umlor ’06 and her husband Pete are celebrating the birth of their first child Lola Antaya Umlor, who was born on March 9. Lola weighed 8 pounds and was 20 inches long.

 

Jackie Winkel ’08 has been named associate director of admissions at Greensboro College in North Carolina. Jackie held a similar position at Ashland University in Ohio. She has also worked as an admissions counselor at Notre Dame College.

 

Zachary Fenell ’09 has published his first book, “Off Balanced,” a teenage memoir about having cerebral palsy, for the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook. Zach hopes the book will raise disability awareness.

 

Kyle Knapik ’09 has enrolled at The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

 

Katie Sloe ’09 married Steve Klick ’08 on Sept. 2, 2011. The wedding party was full of fellow Notre Dame College alumni: Chris Furey ’08, Keith Bowden ’08 and Mike Klick ’12 served as groomsmen; Kristie Sloe Mack ’09, Christi Cuffari ’10, Amanda Folk ’10 and Coty Wolfe ’10 were bridesmaids.

 

StursaJennifer Stursa ’09 volunteered to help the Notre Dame College Admissions Office during its President’s Day Open House. More than 107 families came to visit the campus that day.

 

2010s

Mike Mannozzi ’10 won the 1-mile racewalk at the prestigious Millrose Games in New York City in February. Mike crossed the finish line in 6:19.40 minutes, a mere .02 seconds ahead of Dan Serianni. Mike also raced in the 50k U.S. Olympic Trials in San Diego in January and finished ninth. He has one more shot at qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics when he competes in the 20k trials in Eugene, Ore., in June.

 

Sarah Nank ’10 has launched a coaching firm for bands and musicians called Metronome: Performance Coaching. Sarah helps musicians with combating stress, overcoming addictions, managing anger, setting boundaries and improving communication with fellow band members.

“The big picture of the business is helping people overcome limiting behaviors that are holding them back from achieving their potential in a career, family or social environment,” Sarah told COSE Update magazine. Sarah graduated with a psychology degree from NDC and applies Gestalt therapy in her coaching work.

 

Various

St. Patty'sNotre Dame College alumni were proud to help students represent the College in Cleveland’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade’s theme was “How the Irish Influenced America.” Notre Dame’s float depicted the Transcontinental Railroad and featured a locomotive engine, complete with a working steam pipe! Marchers included Erin Butterfield ’08, Kristin Butterfield ’99, Mary Elizabeth Cotleur ’98, Maria D’Amico ’97, Diana de la Rosa Miklic ’90, Barb Fisco ’94, Anshawn Ivery ’11, Martin Jones ’08, Jess Mazzorato ’10, Kristen Perfect ’09, Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND ’74 and Sylvia Sgro ’85.

 

We want to hear from you! Visit NotreDameCollege.edu/Class-Notes and share with us the latest and greatest happenings in your life. We will print select submissions in the next edition of Notre Dame Today.