The Magazine of Marquette University | Fall 2006


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Janet L. Conner, Sp ’70, published the first three books in the Spiritual Geography series: The Country of Betrayal, The Country of Pain and The Country of War. The series translates the experiences of heartbreak, separation and divorce into a spiritual-healing pilgrimage. She is also a columnist for the UPI Religion & Spirituality Forum.


Susan M. Mountin, Ph.D., Jour ’71, Grad ’94, received a 2005 Vatican II Award for Service to Church from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. She has worked at Marquette since 1977 and is the director of the Manresa Project.

William D. O’Connor, Arts ’71, retired after 34 years of teaching.

1972 Reunion Year

Kathleen A. Gray, Arts ’72, Grad ’82, a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, was elected chair of the board of the real property, probate and trust law section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. She was named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer for estate planning and a Top 25 Female Lawyer.

Michael F. Hupy, Law ’72, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 2006 edition.

James R. Rettig, Arts ’72, Grad ’74, was named 2006 Alumnus of the Year by the alumni association of the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Library and Information Studies.


William O. Evenson, J.D., C.P.A., Bus Ad ’73, Law ’78, was named a partner in the firm of Hawkins, Ash, Baptie & Company LLP in De Pere/Green Bay, Wis.

Richard J. Penlesky, Eng ’73, Grad ’75, won the Benjamin F. Richason, Jr., Faculty Award at Carroll College in Waukesha, Wis. The award honors excellence in teaching, research and educational innovation.


Ashoke W. Dasgupta, Grad ’74, received an award from the Canadian Ethnic Media Association for the culturally sensitive article “Hyphenated Canadians, Mixing Cultures, Blending Identities” in The New Canadian.

Mark J. Sabljak, Jour ’74, Grad ’83, publisher of The Milwaukee Business Journal, received a 2005 Vatican II Service in Communication Award from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
Gerasimos C. Vans, Arts ’74, who helped develop the Lobbying Disclosure Act, retired as deputy clerk of the House after a congressional career of more than 25 years. A Milwaukee native, he started working on Capitol Hill as a summer intern while a student at Marquette.


Joanne (Quick) Blaesing, Jour ’75, joined the Wauwatosa Marine Bank as senior vice president of private banking and small business manager.

John C. Rafter, Eng ’75, received the Outstanding Environmental Engineer Award from the Michigan Water Environment Association. He has seven years of experience at Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber Inc., where he works as a senior project manager.


Thomas J. Schellinger, Arts ’76, was elected supervisor of the Waukesha County Board, District 12.

1977 Reunion Year

Thomas J. Catliota, Bus Ad ’77, was appointed a judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland. He was previously a partner in the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Washington, D.C.

Kenneth R. Fenster, Ph.D., Grad ’77, ’93, is an associate professor at Georgia Perimeter College, where he specializes in sports history. His article “Earl Mann, Nat Peeples and the Failed Attempt of Integration in the Southern Association” in Nine: A Journal of Baseball History, won the McFarland-Sabr Baseball Research Award as the best baseball history article of 2004.

Lynn Kaminski Flahive, Sp ’77, Grad ’78, received the Jack L. Bangs Award from the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The award honors exceptional service and leadership.

Frank E. Forgey, Sp ’77, has been named station manager of Quincy Broadcasting Co. He will oversee all operations, including WQEM-AM/FM-TV, CGEM and WEWB.


Karen A. Cappello, PCC, CLC, Sp ’78, was appointed chief learning officer of International Coach Academy, a global training organization headquartered in Australia. She is a business and executive coach in private practice residing in Tucson, Ariz.

Anthony V. Crivello, Sp ’78, appeared on the cover of Neon magazine as the phantom of the opera. He is the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

Timothy P. Hanley, Bus Ad ’78, a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP, has been named the national industry leader for the diversified manufacturing and industrial products sector of the manufacturing industry practice. He is also the lead client service partner on several key Midwest and Wisconsin-area clients.

Mary (Pelkowski) Karolewicz, Sp ’78, won election to the Franklin School Board, Franklin, Wis.
Luis R. Visot-Sauza, Arts ’78, a graduate of Marquette’s Army ROTC program, has been promoted to brigadier general, making him the highest-ranking military officer ever to serve on the University of South Florida campus. An Army reserve officer for 28 years, he spent time in Saudi Arabia during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and participated in Joint Endeavor in Bosnia. Most recently, he spent time in Iraq as commander of the 32nd Transportation Group.

Ignatius H. Yuan, Arts ’78, was elected to the city council in his hometown of Kirkwood, Mo.


Dr. Debora (Stinemates) Herrick, Dent Hy ’79, Grad ’83, spent 10 days in Alaska treating dozens of natives. She also went to Nome to see the finish of the Iditarod dog sled race.
Theodore H. Liberski, Arts ’79, is the Republican nominee for the 76th District, running for Michigan House of Representatives.

Mark S. Paget, Arts ’79, was named executive director of the Wisconsin Dental Association. Prior to joining the WDA, he served as executive director of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association. He has also worked in corporate and foundation relations at Milwaukee School of Engineering, marketing and member services at the National Funeral Directors Association, alumni relations at Marquette University, and special events management for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Dr. Ronnye D. Purvis, Arts ’79, was named Man of the Year by The Meridian Star in Meridian, Miss.

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