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Spring 2012 Alumni News

Homecoming! October 5–7, 2012

Make plans now. Homecoming 2012 is less than six months away; so before you get distracted by summer vacation, mark the dates, reserve your hotel room (always ask about Siena’s Homecoming room block), and call a friend.

What’s so special about the years “2” and “7”? Reunions in 2012!

Everyone is welcome at Homecoming, no matter when you graduated; but if this is a reunion year for you, jump on the bandwagon, call your friends and help us make it extra-special. Contact the Alumni Office for info or assistance.

Class of 1962: 50th Reunion
Classes of 1966 & 1967: Combined 45th Reunion
Class of 1972: 40th Reunion
Class of 1977: 35th Reunion
Class of 1982: 30th Reunion
Class of 1987: 25th Reunion
Class of 1992: 20th Reunion
Class of 1997: 15th Reunion
Class of 2002: 10th Reunion
Class of 2007: 5th Reunion

Batter Up, Again! 9th Annual Mud Hens Event Set for August 13

Once again, Siena Heights is planning a grand slam alumni event at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH. Join us on Monday, August 13, for baseball with the Toledo Mud Hens and SHU fun with several hundred alumni, faculty and friends. Enjoy a picnic supper in the Roost, great seats on the Porch, and family summer fun as the Mud Hens take on the Durham Bulls. Watch your mail, email and Facebook for details. Or call the Alumni Office with questions.

The Winner! Tina DiGiorgio Forsythe ’93 and her son accepted last year’s Mud Hens prize basket from SHU President Peg Albert, OP and alumni director Jennifer Church.

Alumni Directory: Coming Soon to Your Mailbox

If you ordered a copy of the 2012 Alumni Directory, you should find it in your mailbox any day now. Publication (by PCI of Dallas, TX) and mailing are scheduled for late April/early May. If you have questions, or if you have not already received any gear or extras you ordered, please call the PCI customer service desk at: (800) 982-1590.

SHU Choir Traveling to the Vatican. You Come, Too!

The Siena Heights University Choir will travel to Italy Dec. 27, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013. The group will perform at a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican and have an audience with the Pope, as well as exploring (and sometimes performing in) Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Pompeii. Alumni are invited to join the group for this exciting adventure in Tuscany. Those reserving a place after May 1 are invited to make their own flight arrangements to/from Italy, meeting the group at their arrival point in Florence. The trip fee (without airfare ) is $2,500 and includes 3-star accommodations in double rooms (extra charge for single supple- ment), private motor coach, breakfasts daily plus 8 dinners, sightseeing and entrance fees, and group tips. For details, contact Dr. Beth Tibbs at or (517) 264-7896.

Attention: Alumni at Home and Abroad—Help Us Build a Global SHU Community

Dan Morris ’04, ‘09/MA

New director of international studies Dan Morris ’04, ‘09/MA, has exciting plans for building the international dimensions of Siena Heights. He looks forward to connecting with all alumni living outside the United States, international alumni living in the United States, and anyone else with experience or interest in global outreach and awareness. “We would like to reconnect with our entire international alumni community,” he said recently. “As graduates of Siena Heights, you are the most powerful voices and proponents of our international growth.”

Dan, who was born in the U.S. but spent 16 years growing up in Brazil, served for two years as coordinator of international admissions at Siena Heights before accepting his current position. He invites letters, emails and phone calls from alumni interested in building international awareness and understanding at SHU.

“One key event for everyone to keep in mind is the International Week Program that the International Club and the Office of International Studies put on each November,” Dan said. “Watch for details this fall on the website and through SHU email. And don’t miss the fabulous International Dinner!” Contact Dan in the Office of International Studies or at (517) 264-7001 or

Remembering the One-Room Schoolhouse

Attention alumnae from earlier decades: Are you one of the many teachers who once nurtured young minds of many ages in a one-room schoolhouse? The Alumni Office wants to hear from you! In the first half of the 20th century, the rural Midwest was home to many one-room schools. If you have memories of teaching in one of those schoolhouses of yore, we invite you to write a note, type an email, or pick up the phone and call us at: SHU Alumni Office, 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr., Adrian, MI 49221 or (517) 264-7143 or We look forward to hearing from you!

What do You Know About This Book?

Five members of the 50th reunion Class of 1962 —(below) from left, Judith Hoppa Saski, Margean Kastner, Anne Carney, Agnes Simone Hotchkiss and Joan Attai—gathered around a beautiful hand-lettered music book at some point during their years at Siena. Sometime after that, the book was relegated to a storeroom and…forgotten. Almost five decades later, the book was “discovered” again in the closed collection room of the Library. Identified as a medieval (circa 1450) Graduale, a book containing chants for the celebration of the Mass, the book was then given to the Adrian Dominican Sisters and is displayed in Holy Rosary Chapel.

The Archives is interested in learning about the origins of the Graduale and how it came to be at Siena Heights. If you have any information, please contact Mary Beaubien, OP in the Siena Heights Library Archives at (517) 264-7648, or by email at

From left, Judith Hoppa Saski, Margean Kastner, Anne Carney, Agnes Simone Hotchkiss and Joan Attai gather around the hand-lettered music book. SHU Archives is looking for more information on the book.

Cheer On SHU Award Winners At Homecoming!

Celebrate this year’s alumni honorees during Home- coming weekend. Alumni Awards will be presented Friday afternoon, Oct. 5. The Athletic Hall of Fame banquet will be Saturday night, Oct. 6. Honorees will be recognized throughout the weekend.

2012 Alumni Award Winners:

Recent Graduate Award:
Traci Stewart ’02

Sister Ann Joachim Award:
Anne (Birnbryer) MacMillan Eichman ’67

Sister Ann Joachim Award:
Sister Patricia Siemen, OP ’72

Saint Dominic Award:
Sister Angela Susalla, OP ’63, ’70

Outstanding Alumni Award:
Douglas Miller ’74, ’83

Honorary Alumni Award:
Sister Patricia Schnapp, RSM

Note: The 2011 Recent Graduate Award winner, Lacey Wilmot Rao ’02, who was unable to be here last year, will also be honored this year.

2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees:

Sam Skeels ’02 (soccer)
Sean Carlson ’02 (basketball)
Dee Koppleman Stalker ’96 (softball)
Gary Gill ’83 (baseball)
Paul Bodenbach ’84 (athletic trainer)
The 1995 Softball Team

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