Class Notes & Announcements


Sister Darla Vogelsang, OSU (MS '72) celebrated her Golden Jubilee with the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, Ohio in August with a special liturgy and reception at the Motherhouse in Canfield, Ohio. Sister Darla ministers as a Catholic Chaplain for Humility of Mary Health Partners at its St. Elizabeth, Boardman, and St. Joseph, Warren, campuses. She visits with new admissions of all denominations to provide spiritual care, either through the hospital or their own places of worship, and offers prayer and support to patients, families and the hospital staff in crisis situations.


Joshua Hapner (BS '05) is an assistant outdoor education coordinator for the Lorado Taft Field Campus of Northern Illinois University.


Chasen Pamer (BA '11) is the art director and graphic designer for UPM/iSekurity in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Tara Vogel (BSN '07, MSN '11) is working at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, Ill. in their Family Clinic as an NP-C.

In Memoriam

Sister M. Barbara (Stella) Cison passed away on Saturday, Aug. 28 at Our Lady of Angels Convent in Mishawaka, Ind.

Stella was one of 13 children born to Joseph Cison Jr. and Antoinette (Skupien) Cison in Hammond, Ind. on Aug. 11, 1922. She had a lot of contact with Sisters while growing up. The Carmelite Sisters had a nearby orphanage where her parents volunteered their time. She was taught by Providence Sisters in high school. But the Sisters she said what influenced her most were the Fraciscans who taught her at St. Casimir School during the elementary grades. She enjoyed helping them with little chores. She would pick up groceries for Sister Rosalinda, the cook Sister. She enjoyed spending time with the Sisters and wanted to be like them.

She received the habit on Aug. 12, 1939 and professed her final vows on Aug. 12, 1946. Sister Barbara received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Francis College in 1950, her Master of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1958 and her Ph.D. in languages in 1967 from Fordham University. Sister Barbara was fluent in several languages, but the language dearest to her heart was Polish, which was spoken in her home. She was overjoyed when Pope John Paul II became Pope.

She taught for 34 years at all levels at various schools of the providence. She taught French and Latin for 11 years at St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Ind., where she also served as academic dean from 1977-1981. She also taught at Marian High School in Mishawaka and Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne. In addition to her teaching, she served as Postulant and Aspirant Directress for the community. After retiring from teaching, she served in Pastoral Care for three years in Hammond and Lafayette. She retired to the motherhouse in 1998 and to Our Lady of Angels Convent in 2002. Sister Barbara had been confined to bed and unable to communicate verbally for several years. But what a gift she gave to her caregivers when she shared with them her beautiful smile.

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