Reflections Magazine Issue #54 - Fall 2000 - Page 39

Class Notes are compiled using info gathered from the reply cards in each issue of Reflections, from alumni updates sent via email, from newspaper clippings and from letters. We do not report engagements or pregnancies. Information received after July 10 will appear in the spring issue. Bernice Raquapaw Smith ‘26 of Saginaw celebrated her 94th birthday in August. Anysih McGovern, OP ‘35 now resides in Tampa, FL. Miriam Stimson, OP ‘36 of Adrian, professor emerita of chemistry, was featured last spring in an Associated Press news story, distributed throughout the state, focusing on her achievements as a woman in the male-dominated field of chemistry. Sister Miriam taught chemistry at Siena Heights and later at Canisius College. She returned to SHU in 1978 to take over the Office of Graduate Studies. She retired in 1991 but still maintains an office in Sacred Heart Hall where she is a daily visitor. Hester Higgins ‘42/AA is retired and resides in Saginaw. Phyllis Metz Doner ‘47 of Grand Rapids reports “I’m now a thirdyear snowbird.” She spends January, February, and March in Sun City West, AZ. Her husband died in March 1999. Tomasa Arroyo ‘52 is a retired teacher living with her husband in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Patrick Eileen Brennan, OSF ‘54 of Ferndale is a counselor who enjoys exploring Celtic spirituality. She entered the Franciscans in December 1988 after serving at Adrian from 1946 to 1974. Michaelene Pasternacki Kubeck ‘61 of Stanton, CA, retired in April from the Boeing Company in Long Beach. She is a Respect Life Advocate and belongs to the Dominican Laity, Queen of Angels Chapter. She and her husband, George, enjoy their 2-year-old granddaughter, Emily. Maryann Schulter Sutor ‘61 of Scotch Plains, NJ, writes: “I am now a grandmother of three beautiful girls: Jessica, Lauren, and Megan. I am about to retire and John and I plan to live in an adult community at the New Jersey shore. I have been out of touch with Siena friends and would love to hear from you on the web.” ( Gloria Calhoun ‘64 of Britton was featured in a May 4 story in the Tecumseh Herald for her use of advanced placement techniques to teach elementary Spanish. Gloria has been involved in Advanced Placement Vertical Team Teaching for the College Entrance Examination Board at high schools in Tecumseh and Ann Arbor. Most recently, with a grant from the College Board’s Talented and Gifted program, she created an after-school Spanish program, applying the APVTT techniques to elementary students at Sutton School in Britton. The children learn Spanish through arts, crafts, music, plays, dance, puppets and poetry. “There is no writing,” Gloria says. “The children learn through hearing, through nursery rhymes sung in Spanish that they would know in English. The kids bubble with excitement to learn, even at the end of the day.” Gloria also is a new member of the Siena Heights Alumni Association Board of Directors. Joan Leo Kehn, OP ‘65 lives in Plantation, FL, and teaches at St. Gregory School. Fran Lombaer, OP ‘66 lives in Family Reunion is an Alumnae Event! The Furlong sisters made Siena Heights a family affair. Now, when they get together, they constitute an alumnae event unto themselves, as shown in this recent photo from the family album: (from left) Angela Furlong Murphy ’63 of Lewiston, ME, Margaret Furlong DeChant ’46 of Boca Raton, FL, Barbara Furlong Bruce ’53 of Marquette, MI, Harriet Furlong Plumstead ’51 of St. Ignace, MI, and Marianne Furlong Rahilly ’48 of St. Ignace, MI. Of the Furlong family’s multiple connections to Siena Heights, Margaret asks: “Has any family had more?” Reflections invites answers to this question! Adrian, where she is an archivist for the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Sheila Gilmore Finch ‘68 of Southfield, manager of the Environment of Care Department at Sinai-Grace Hospital at the Detroit Medical Center, recently was named Safety Professional of the Year for 2000 by the Michigan Safety Conference, an association of business, industry and government leaders from across the state. The award is given annually to an individual who has made a sig- nificant contri- bution to the field of occupational safety and health. Sheila is the first health care professional to receive the award; previous winners have come from Detroit Edison, Dow Corning, the Big Three auto companies and other corporations. Sheila holds a master’s in medical technology and Alumni Notes from SHU in Sylvania, OH From 1977 to 1985, Siena Heights offered a bachelor’s degree completion program on the campus of Lourdes College in Sylvania. The program closed when Lourdes became a four-year college offering its own bachelor’s degrees. Let’s hear from more of Siena’s Sylvania alumni! Rodger Fausey ‘81 moved back to Toledo, OH, after 16 years in Las Vegas. He also lived briefly in San Diego and Fresno. He is a marketing representative for Midwest National Mortgage Bank, but is interested in returning to broadcasting. In 1997 he was inducted into the Nevada Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame for his 33 years in radio.