Class Notes & Announcements


Jim Picket (BSE '72, MSE '78) retired from teaching in the DeKalb Central School District in Waterloo, Ind. in June after 36 years of service.


Jacque (Heizman) Welch (BA '98) and husband Rob announce the birth of a baby girl, Keiley Elizabeth, on Sept. 7. Siblings Katelyn, Kyra, Kaiven and Keaten welcomed her home.

Chris Barr (BSE '99) is working at Graham Local Schools as an assistant principal in St. Paris, Ohio.


Carla (Satchwell) Pyle (BA '00) married Aaron Pyle on Saturday, Oct. 8 in the Fort Wayne Botanical Gardens.

Joe Klimaski (BBA '02) is serving his commitment with the United States Air Force, and recently departed Ramstein, Germany after being stationed there for the past five years. Jim has since been reassigned to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam as the parachute program manager for the 36th Contingency Response Group/US Pacific Air Forces. He will serve a three-year tour in Guam and then be assigned to the USAFA at Colorado Springs, Colo. Jim recently became engaged to Jaclyn Hatchett (from Martinsville, Va.) and they are set to be married in May 2012.

Katie (Parker) Larkins (BSE '02) and husband Troy welcomed their third child, Drew Michael, on Friday, Oct. 21. He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 21 inches long. Drew joins big sister, Taylor, and big brother, Ben.

Craig Vanderwall II, (BA '04) has been nominated for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's 2012 Man and of the Year award. Craig and five other candidates will be fundraising from Feb. 16 to April 27, 2012, with each candidate attempting to raise the most funds and claim the award. Craig is assembling a committee to focus not on the award itself, but on a team philosophy of raising funds for such an amazing cause. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Man and Woman of the Year Gala will be April 27 at Ceruti's Catering. If you are interested in joining Craig's team or attending the gala, please contact him at

Elizabeth Sadler (BSN '08) and husband Adam welcomed their second child, a daughter, Harper Lin, on Aug. 15. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 21 inches long. Harper was welcomed home by big brother, Jett.

Alex Cornwell (BA '09) is co-owner/publisher of The Waynedale News in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Loretta Goings (BLS '09) welcomed a baby boy, William Frederick Everett Goings, in November, 2009.


On October 14th, 2011 recent Art Education graduate Ashley Scare (BS '11) answered yes to her boyfriend Eric Toy's (BSE '11) proposal in the Lee and Jim Vann Library here on campus. Eric, who also recently graduated from USF in Secondary Education, popped the question in the same spot in the library where they first discussed marriage three years ago. After surprising her with the ring, a photographer, and their families, the couple took a horse and carriage to dinner where they shared each other's company, laughter, love, food and memories that would last a shared lifetime together. The two had first met and started dating as freshmen at Saint Francis and grew closer together pursuing careers in Education. After graduating this past spring both are now employed with Fort Wayne Community Schools and are teaching in their respective disciplines. They are excitedly planning their fall wedding for November of 2012.

"We both want to thank God's guidance for finding our other halves, the continual support from families and friends and for this great community we have grown up with at the University of Saint Francis. We are blessed to be USF Cougars!"

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