Class Notes & Announcements


Dr. Linda (Hamrick) Bartrom-Olsen (BSE '67, MSE '70) recently published “In Quest of the Quark.” The book was also published in Spanish (“En Busca del Quark”) for second-language learners.


Carlos Concepcion (BA '87) is the senior service desk analyst at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University. He provides technical support to faculty, staff and students, and assists, trains and supervises student interns.

Sue Ehinger (MBA '89), president of Parkview Hospital and affiliates, was recognized in Becker's “Hospital Review of 130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” in the Nov. 2013 issue of Business People magazine.


Tony Cardenas (BBA '95) is the associate dean of admissions at Florida Coastal School of Law.

Amanda (Steward) Charles (BSE '97) is an LD teacher/special education department chairperson at East Noble School Corporation.


Barb O'Connor (BLS '02) was honored for peace and justice activities on Dec. 1, 2013 with the Archbishop's Award, "A Passion for Justice and Peace.” The award is an annual presentation to a person involved in grassroots efforts for justice and peace in the communities served by the Orthodox Catholic Church of America.

O’Connor has been active in issues of justice and peace for many years and has served with The Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, where she is a board member; ZONTA; Associated Churches of Fort Wayne; and the Peace Connection. She also has served on a variety of justice and peace-related committees at the University of Saint Francis, as well as participated in the Study and Solidarity Tour of Israel and Palestine in 2010 and the Middle East Study Tour to Athens, Cairo and Istanbul in 2002. In addition, O’Connor was a participant in a pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome, Italy in 2008. Known throughout the community, O’Connor is a past member of the Peace and Justice Commission of Associated Churches, and prays in groups at locations of violent crimes. She recently retired from USF after many years of service in the Business and Registrar’s Office.

Rebecca (Tupper) Harman (ASN '03) is an RN at Fresenius Medical Care in Warsaw, Ind.

Megan (Donley) Bates (BA ’04) and husband Jason welcomed their second child, Molly Fae, on Jan. 13, 2014. Molly weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces.

David Affholter (BA '05) is the video editor/owner at Championship Grade Vide.

Heather (Weddle) Bontempo (BBA '06, MBA '08) is a financial center manager at 5/3 Bank.

Zachary Harden (BBA '06) is a administrator at Lantana Communications.

Davis Deane (MBA '07) is a financial analyst FPA at Superior Essex.

William Knepper (BBA '08) is a fuel economy coordinator at Celadon Trucking Services Inc.

Abigail (Demetre) Leaders (ASN '08) is an ICU RN at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif.

Jilliam (Paschke) Oakley (BA '08) has been married to Matthew Oakley since August 2011. Their daughter Athena Daleney will be one year old in January.

Matthew Wren (BBA '08) is a technical account executive for Indiana and Tennessee at Adecco Staffing, USA.

Shane Denny (BBA '09) is a sales representative for CPI Packaging.


Zachary (Zak) Karst (BA '10) announced that he was taking a position as a contract graphic designer for GovX, Inc. beginning in December 2013.

Ashley (Bartol) Ludera (BA '10) married Ryan Ludera on Oct. 5, 2013 at Sycamore Hills Golf Course. Ryan is from Chicago and went to Purdue. He is employed at Navistar in Chicago, where Ashley and Ryan now live.

Adam Greene (BS '11) is now operations manager at CrossFit Fort Wayne.

David J. Scott (BA '11) is a prepress specialist at Craftline Graphics.

Michelle Domenick (BA '12) works at DeBrand’s Chocolates in public relations. She and Jay Stoops (BBA '10) recently became engaged and set a wedding date of May 10, 2014 at their parish of St. Jude's in Fort Wayne, Ind. Jay and Michelle met at USF while playing soccer.

Easton Mossman (BBA '13) is a financial adviser assistant at Reynolds Wealth Management.

In Memoriam

Sister M. Hilaria (Elinor Frances) Held (1960) passed away on Dec. 21, 2013. Sr. Hilaria died at Our Lady of Angels Convent in Mishawaka, Ind. at 6:20 p.m. in the presence of several of her Sisters who were praying the rosary.

Elinor was born to Joseph and Mary Eichten Held in Lafayette, Ind. on March 20, 1925. She was the sixth of seven children, four boys and three girls. She is survived by one sister, Mary Mills of Lafayette, Ind. Two of her brothers (Fr. Aloys and Fr. Gerald) became Franciscan priests of the Cincinnati province. Another brother entered the seminary but died in a swimming accident before ordination. Elinor attended St. Boniface School in Lafayette, Ind. where she met our Sisters, and she attended St. Francis High School in Lafayette.

Entering the convent at the age of eighteen, Elinor received the religious habit on August 12, 1943 and the name of Sister M. Hilaria. She professed her final vows on August 12, 1950.

Elinor graduated from St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Ind. and pursued further studies during the summers at St. Louis University, Catholic University and the University of Notre Dame. She received a master’s degree in education from Indiana University and was licensed to teach math, Latin and German.

Sister Hilaria served in our education apostolate for fifty-two years, sixteen years in elementary schools and thirty-six years in high school. Twenty-seven of those years were spent at Marian High School in Mishawaka, Ind. Her last sixteen years at Marian were spent assisting in the office or wherever help was needed, from stuffing envelopes to picking up papers in the halls between classes. Her joy was in serving others in whatever way she could. Her life was an example of Franciscan humility and simplicity.

Her gentle spirit and kindness toward all were a gift to us and all those with whom she came in contact. Sr. Hilaria loved to sing, and one of her favorite songs was from 1 Corinthians 2:9:

“Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, what God has ready for those who love him.”

With gratitude for her life in our midst we say goodbye to Sister M. Hilaria. May she now rejoice for all eternity in the presence of her Spouse whom she so faithfully loved and served for seventy years. The Eucharistic funeral liturgy for Sister Hilaria was held on Thurs., Dec. 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. and burial followed in the convent cemetery.

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