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VOLUME 12, ISSUE 1    August 2010





The University of Saint Francis 2010 Opening Gala

The School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis has announced the opening reception of  Michael Nye: About Hunger exhibition on Saturday, August 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition will run through September 26 in the John P. Weatherhead Gallery of the Mimi and Ian Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication.

Michael Nye is a nationally recognized photojournalist that has documented a variety of subjects over the past decade from his base studio in San Antonio, Texas. He personally develops his large format silver gelatin prints and accompanies each portrait with audio containing voice documentation of each subject. In his exhibition About Hunger & Resilience, Nye traveled around the United States, including Fort Wayne documenting individuals and families coping with personal hunger and the lack of food. The fifty portraits and audio stories reveal the courage and fragility of those individuals who have experienced hunger. In simple, eloquent detail, these voices and images draw you closer into their lives. This exhibition has been made possible through a partnership with the Fort Wayne Harvest Food Bank.  http://www.michaelnye.org/

In Partnership with the Fort Wayne Community Harvest Food Bank
Sponsored by Barnes & Thornburg LLP and the University's Center for Service Engagement.

artwork supplied by Michael Nye





USF Volleyball – Cornhole Tournament


The USF volleyball team is having a cornhole tournament on Saturday, August 28, 2010 located at Hutzell Athletic Center. The cost is $30 per team (includes entry, burger or brat, chips, and drink) with a maximum of 60 teams to participate. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the tournament begins at 11 a.m. The championship bracket is at 1:30 p.m. with finals being at 4:00 p.m. The winner of the tournament will receive two custom board sets with USF Logos (value $150). All proceeds will go directly to the University of Saint Francis Volleyball team. All cornhole teams will be placed in preliminary pools and the winners of each pool will be placed in championship brackets. Each match will be played rally score to 35 and with a 15 minute time-limit.



Brookside Dedication and Blessing


This is a special invitation for the entire campus community to join us for the Service of Dedication and Blessing for our restored and renovated Brookside (Bass Mansion) on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at the Brookside Plaza. Bishop Rhoades has graciously accepted the university's invitation to preside at this service. Everyone have watched with eagerness over the past year as workers have diligently applied their specialized skills in the project of restoring and renovating this beautiful and historic facility. The university now looks forward to the opportunity to celebrate the completion of this project.


We hope that your schedules will accommodate your attendance at the Service of Dedication and Blessing for Brookside. After the Dedication and Blessing there will be an opportunity to tour the Brookside Mansion.



USF Day at the Zoo


The seventh annual USF Zoo Day will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. The Zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the cost is $9 for adults and seniors (age 60 and over), $6 for children ages 2 to 14, and children under 2 are free. Price includes one complimentary ride on one of the following:  train, sky ride, carousel, or river ride. The USF lunch and activities will be located at the Foellinger Theater lawn area. A complimentary lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (sandwich, chips, fruit, drink, and cookie). Activities include balloon artists, face painting, a children's entertainer, and more will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets must be obtained through the University of Saint Francis and cannot be purchased at the zoo. For more information, please call 260-399-7700 ext. 6402. Click here to download an order form.



Homecoming Weekend 2010 -- "Dealin' Out the Fun"


Friday, October 1

“Classes without Quizzes”

This is the fourth year for this exciting option during Homecoming on Friday, October 1 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Some of the university’s talented faculty and staff will offer alumni and their spouses the opportunity to explore a variety of interesting topics. This is your chance to return to the classroom without quizzes or tuition fees! Classes and supplies are at no cost. To register for a class simply call Jessica Swinford at 260-399-7700 ext. 6411 or email jswinford@sf.edu and specify the class you and/or your spouse are interested in attending. Here are the list faculty and staff and their exciting topics:


3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

A.        Forgeries, Vandals, Thefts and Thugs: The Dirty Little Secrets of the Art Market (Dr. Beth Kuebler-Wolf)

Did you know the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911? Or that Rembrandt's Night Watch was attacked three times by vandals in the 20th century? Or that the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York was forced to return a famous Greek vase to Italy in 2008 because it had been purchased on the black market from a professional art thief? Would you like to know how the Nazis have affected museum collection practices in the 21st century? Although we like to think of art as a higher level of human expression, art objects are in fact coveted, valuable commodities in a market that is sometimes above board and sometimes not so squeaky clean. In this class we will uncover the sometimes shocking, sometimes amazing, always entertaining history of the art market. (25 people maximum)

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

B.    "World Famous Diamond Talk" (Dr. Larry Wiedman)

Dr. Wiedman has been offering this hands-on investigation into Diamonds as a public service for over thirty years. He annually receives many e-mails from past students regaling great savings because of knowledge gained from this hands-on experience. We will talk about the history of diamonds as tokens of love and the myths surrounding this use. Also how diamonds are discovered, mined, prepared and sold (it's not how you think!) and how the market is changing now more than any time in the last 250 years. Learn from experts what the true "value" is for these often misunderstood precious stones. Alternative gems will also be fair game. Promises to be fun, entertaining and educational or your money will be cheerfully refunded.


3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

C.    Dance Class is in Session (Tony Didier, BA ‘00)                                                               


Close the books, put down your pencil and dance! Come learn salsa, cha cha, swing, and more from Tony Didier, USF Class of 2000. No partner is necessary. You only need the love and desire to dance, be healthy and feel great. Get started today dancing through the rhythms of the Latin beat! Since graduating from Saint Francis in 2000, Tony began teaching Latin and ballroom dancing for American Style Ballroom in Fort Wayne. Tony is an award winning teacher and competes professionally with his partner Danel Michelle in the Professional Open American Rhythm category.






Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame dinner

6 p.m.              Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Awards

North Campus gymnasium (formerly Abundant Life Tabernacle)


The following individuals will receive Alumni Awards:

                        Audrey Riley '81, '09—Distinguished Alumna

                        Dr. B. Matt Hicks '87—Distinguished Service by an Alumnus

                        Dr. Chad Rose '02, '05—Distinguished Young Alumnus

                        Terry Coonan—Honorary Alumnus


The following individuals will receive Athletic Hall of Fame awards:

                        Clarice (Lund) Koepke '01 — Softball

Natalie Wiegmann '05 — Women's Soccer

Adam Sherman '05 — Football


The cost of this event is $30 per person. If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Helen Crowley at 260-399-7700 ext. 6400 to make reservations. You will need to RSVP by Wednesday, September 22 to attend.



Saturday, October 2



9 a.m.              Alumni Baseball Game, Baseball Field

Former baseball players interested in participating should contact Adam Swinford at adam.swinford@fwcs.k12.in.us by Monday, September 27th.



10 a.m.            Alumni Men's Soccer Game, Coonan Field

Former men’s soccer players interested in participating should contact Andy Denton at waynedento@yahoo.com by Monday, September 27th.



10 a.m.            Arts and Science Tailgate, Bonzel parking lot

All liberal arts, science and math alums are invited to the Eighth Annual Arts & Sciences Tailgate Party. Contact Dr. Larry Wiedman, lwiedman@sf.edu for additional information.



10 a.m.            Alumni vs. Alumni Volleyball Game, Hutzell Athletic Center

Former volleyball players interested in participating should contact Jessica Swinford at jswinford@sf.edu by Monday, September 27th. Stay and watch the USF volleyball team warm-up at 11 a.m. before heading to their game versus Taylor University.



10 a.m.            Exclusive premier of Brookside Mansion documentary by PBS will be showing at Achatz Hall in the Gunderson auditorium. The documentary is one hour in length.


10 – 11:30 a.m.   Self-guided tours of the Brookside Mansion. Supervised by Ed Schaab, Alumni Director and various members of the Alumni Cabinet.



12 p.m.            USF Football Game vs. Malone,

                        Bishop D'Arcy Stadium Alumni Tent, south end zone

Visit the Alumni Tent on the south end zone for free brats and soft drinks. Special stamped tickets must be presented to enter the tent area. Ask for these stamped tickets at the ticket booth!



Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame 2010 recipients will be honored at half-time of the football game and brought out onto the football field. Past Athletic Hall of Fame recipients in attendance will be recognized at half-time of the football game and brought out onto the football field.



2 p.m.              USF Women's Varsity Soccer team vs. Bethel College, Coonan Field


2:30 – 4 p.m.   Self-guided tours of the Brookside Mansion. Supervised by Ed Schaab, Alumni Director and various members of the Alumni Cabinet.


4 p.m.              Mass in Saint Francis Chapel at the west end of Trinity Hall


4 p.m.              Exclusive premier of Brookside Mansion documentary by PBS will be showing at Achatz Hall in the Gunderson auditorium. The documentary is one hour in length.


4 p.m.              USF Men's Varsity Soccer team vs. Goshen, Coonan Field


4 p.m.              Alumni Women's Basketball Game, Hutzell Athletic Center

Former women’s basketball players interested in participating should contact Jessica (Meyer) Swinford at jswinford@sf.edu by Monday, September 27th.



4 – 7 p.m.        Alumni Family Dinner, Hutzell Athletic Center

Join the Alumni Family dinner located in the foyer of Hutzell Athletic Center.  ALL alumni and their families are welcome to attend this event!  In addition to the great food, enjoy the chance to win door prizes and visit with old friends.



5:30 p.m.         Alumni Men's Basketball Game, Hutzell Athletic Center

Former men’s basketball players interested in participating should contact Head Coach Chad LaCross at 260-399-7700 ext. 6213 or clacross@sf.edu by Monday, September 27.



7 – 9p.m.         Opening Reception for Alumni/Faculty Exhibition at Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center.

This annual tradition showcases new work by alumni of the School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis. A wide variety of mediums will be on display as well as work by the faculty of the School of Creative Arts.


*A special thank you to Greg Smith (BA ’96) for taking the time to create this year's Homecoming graphic. We appreciate the extra time Greg has put towards creating wonderful graphic ideas for the various Homecoming themes over the years!  Thank you Greg!



17th Annual CEO Forum


The 17th annual CEO Forum, hosted by the Busse School of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership will be held on October 21, 2010, in the North Auditorium on the campus of the University of Saint Francis. It will begin at 8:00 a.m. and adjourn at 12:15 p.m.


The theme of this year's Forum will be "Taking Your Business to the Next Profitable Level." The speakers will be Bill Rasmussen (Founder of ESPN) and Bill Polian (President, Indianapolis Colts). Bob Taylor (Do It Best) will be the moderator. The panel members will include Michael Christman (Fort Wayne Newspapers), Terry Growcock (Manitowoc-Retired Chairman & CEO), Dane Miller (Biomet), Debra Niezer (AALCO), Mike Packnett (Parkview), R.Scott Trumbull (Franklin Electric), Michael Westrick (Solstice and Former CEO Innotek), Lena Yarian (Junior Achievement). TOWERbank is the corporate sponsor of the Forum.

For more information, call 260-399-7700, extension 8310 or 8300.



Redeemer Catholic Radio WLYV AM 1450 teaming up with USF Athletics starting this fall


Redeemer Catholic Radio AM 1450 WLYV and the University of Saint Francis athletic department have entered into a new agreement for the next three years to bring Fort Wayne region listeners Cougar athletics.


Redeemer Radio Executive Director Dave Stevens and USF Director of Athletics Mark Pope made the news public at the end of July that the Catholic Radio station will carry live all USF football games beginning with the 2010 season. In addition, Redeemer Radio will carry USF Men's and Women's basketball games using a 'Game of the Week' format beginning in January 2011.


Stevens said that he was pleased to announce that the Cougar broadcast team of Joe Parson, Phil Houk and Art Mandelbaum will return for their 13th season. Joe Parson returns as the 'Voice of the Cougars' to handle the play-by-play while Phil Houk and Art Mandelbaum return to provide both color commentary and sideline reports.


Cougar football fans can add 'Cougar Connection' to pre-game tailgating festivities around Bishop D'Arcy Stadium and beyond starting one hour before every kickoff. Cougar Connection will deliver features from a variety of USF departments culminating with a 15-minute coaches show leading into the game.


"We believe the Franciscan tradition of USF has a natural synergy with the Redeemer Radio programming that broadcasts the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith," Stevens says.


"USF Football and Basketball broadcasts are a perfect complement to our High School and CYO sports broadcasts," Stevens continued. "Redeemer Radio is entering its fourth season broadcasting Bishop Dwenger and Bishop Luers Football and Basketball games in addition to CYO Football. We bring Regional and State Championship quality high school broadcasts with Dwenger and Luers and now Redeemer Radio will broadcast  USF National Championship Football and Basketball."


 "We are extremely pleased to announce a new relationship with Redeemer Radio," Pope said. "As an institution rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan traditions of Faith and Reason, this a perfect match in our mission at USF, which is to engage a diverse community in learning, leadership and service. We're especially excited that our  USF alumni will be able to listen to USF broadcasts on the World Wide Web thanks to the streaming capability of www.RedeemerRadio.com."


Redeemer Radio, Catholic Radio, AM 1450, WLYV Fort Wayne, is a listener-supported, station reaching thousands within a 50-mile radius of Fort Wayne and around the world on the web at www.redeemerradio.com. The mission of Redeemer Radio is to evangelize, educate, and serve the Catholic community and others who are seeking more information about the Catholic faith.



Mark Your Calendars  


The USF Department of Athletics Presents

An Evening with...

The Association       

Friday, October 8, 2010  - 8:00 PM

        University of Saint Francis - North Campus Auditorium

The Association will perform in the intimate setting of the North Campus Auditorium on the campus of the University of Saint Francis - only 500 seats are available. Reserved Tickets are $25 - all Proceeds to benefit the USF Department of Athletics.



"Brookside Memories" Booklets, 3rd Edition Now Available for Purchase


The latest edition of the "Bass Mansion Memories" (now referred to as Brookside, the original name given to the Mansion by the Bass family) is available to purchase for $5.00. Proceeds will go toward enhancing our "Christmas at USF" activities. This third edition now contains 50 stories written by people who have wonderful memories of the Bass Mansion. In order to expand the booklet for 2010, we need your story to be included. As an alumnus of USF, as a faculty or staff member, as a student, as a neighbor, please send your story to Sister Marilyn Oliver at moliver@sf.edu. You will receive your own copy when your story is included. If you wish to purchase a 2009 edition, please email Sister Marilyn or mail to:  Sister Marilyn Oliver, 2701 Spring Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808.



Photos from Alumni Events


There are many photos from Zoo Day, Homecoming weekend, Christmas at USF, and the December Networking event posted on the Alumni website. Click on this link http://www.sf.edu/alumni/ to view the photos. Enjoy!



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News and Notes






Sisters Ann Kathleen Magiera, ’74, Dorothy Speckhals, ’64 and Marilyn Oliver,’62 were elected to the leadership of SSFPA (also known as the Provincial Council) on July 2, 2010. These sisters will serve in this capacity for the next four years. As such, they will provide leadership to the sisters in the Eastern Province based in Mishawaka, IN. The Sisters are involved in healthcare, education and other ecclesial ministries, one of which is the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne. The other provinces of this international congregation are in Colorado Springs, CO, Olpe, Germany and the Philippines. Pictured below are the entire Leadership group.

Bottom Row, l to r:  Sister Clare Reuille, Sister Margaret Mary Mitchel, Sister Angela Mellady (Provincial Superior), and Sister Ann Kathleen Magiera, '74.

Top row, l to r:  Sister Marilyn Oliver, '62, Sister Dorothy Speckhals, '64, Sister Madonna Rougeau, and Sister Jane Marie Klein.





Sister JoEllen Scheetz (BA '56), former President of Saint Francis College, visited USF on August 4. While here, she especially enjoyed seeing the renovated and restored Brookside (formerly known as the Bass Mansion). Sister JoEllen was President of Saint Francis College from 1970-1993. She presently resides at Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Mishawaka, IN.






Sister Elaine Brothers (BS '71, MS '77)  will be joining the Sisters of St. Francis Health Services (SSFHS) in Mishawaka, Indiana at the end of August as their Corporate Vice President of Education. She has a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education degree from St. Louis University and did Postgraduate work at Xavier University in Cincinnati. She will be working with the Education Departments in all of the SSFHS's hospitals.


Sandi (Jackson) Snyder (BA '78) retired in June and moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Sandy taught English for 32 years and 31 of those years in Archbold Area Schools in Archbold, Ohio.





Julie Foust-Swihart's  (BSN '93) daughter, Libby Swihart, is pictured running barrels at the Marion County Fair. Libby took first place in Showmanship, Pleasure Driving, Reinsmanship, and Production Class. Libby is riding her Aribian, named Kizmit and took second place with a 23 second barrel run.


Sharon Smith (BS '97, MS '08) was named East Allen County School's 'Teacher of the Year' for 2010. Sharon stated she is the first Special Education teacher to ever win for the district.


Traci (Carey) Kerr (BS '98) and husband Jim welcomed their second child, Jessilyn Genevieve Kerr on July 16, 2010. She weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long. She joins big brother, Ethan.





Christine (Brown) Newmark (BS ’00) and husband Neil welcomed their third child, Andrew Robert Newmark, on June 30, 2010. Andrew weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces and was 22 inches long. He joins siblings Caitlyn and William.


Katie (Parker) Larkins (BS ’02) and husband Troy welcomed their second child, Benjamin Alan Larkins on August 9, 2010. He weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces and was 23 inches long. He joins big sister, Taylor.


Sarah (Hudon) Miller (BS '03) married Adam Miller on August 1, 2009. They welcomed their first child, Dylan John Miller on June 28, 2010. He was 7 pounds, 4 ounces and  was19 3/4 inches long.



Ashlee (McClure) Haney (AS ’07 & BS '07) gave birth to Emma Noel on May 7, 2010. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 inches long. She is joined by big sister, Addison.


Matt Landry (BBA '07) graduated from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio with a Master's of Divinity. He was commissioned by the Indiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for full-time ministry. Pastor Matt is the pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Winamac, Indiana.





We have added the "Love Connections" section to the E-Newsletter and are always looking for more stories. We would like to collect stories of USF Alumni who married USF Alumni. We would publish them in the E-newsletter and the Mirror Magazine. If you would like to submit a story, please email Jessica (Meyer) Swinford '98, '10 Assistant Alumni Director, at jswinford@sf.edu or mail to: 2701 Spring Street, Attn: Jessica Swinford, Fort Wayne, IN  46808. We look forward to reading your stories and sharing them with the USF family.



Prayer Requests


We are adding a new element to our E-newsletters. Any alumni  that would like to send in a prayer request may do so by replying to this email or to jswinford@sf.edu. The Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in Mishawaka, Indiana, pray around the clock, 24/7/365 for special intentions that are sent to them. These same sisters sponsor the University of Saint Francis. The prayer requests will remain anonymous and will not be published in future electronic newsletters or Mirror magazines.



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