Alumni Notes

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February 27, 2013
Todd Schroeder, 1994, was recently awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. 

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation is globally considered to be the premier investment management designation in the financial industry.

Todd has a BS in Business from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA in Finance from DePaul University.  He is Regional Vice President of Business Development at Dearborn Capital Management, LLC.

Todd is the son of Sheryl (Welch) Schroeder class of 1971 and Dean Schroeder.

 

 

 

July 20, 2010
Elizabeth Isham Cory, Aquin Class of 1976, has been named President of the Board of Directors of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, a not-for-profit organization based in Dallas, TX.  She is the daughter of the late Dr. William H. and Caroline F. Isham of Freeport.

Cory is an ovarian cancer survivor and member of the NOCC’s Illinois Chapter Advisory Board.  Her primary responsibility in this volunteer post will be national survivor spokesperson.  

Cory is employed as media spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, based in Chicago.  She is a 1976 graduate of Aquin High School, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, and her MBA from Northern Illinois University.

She is a former Anchor for WREX-TV, talk host for WROK-AM, and public relations representative for OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.  She is a past President of the Illinois Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations, Chair of the YWCA Leader Luncheon, and was public relations chair for Greenwich Village Art Fair and First Night Rockford.  She served on the Boards of the Comprehensive Health Planning of Northwestern Illinois (CHPNI), American Lung Association of Northern Illinois, Blackhawk Valley Riding for the Handicapped, and Greater Rockford Press Club.  She is currently Treasurer of Great Lakes Congress, Inc., and Executive Secretary of the Misty of Chincoteague Foundation, Inc.

The Mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer, as well as provide information and support to patients.  

Early detection is key to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with this disease. There is no definitive test for ovarian cancer, and many women are diagnosed after the disease has spread.  Early warning signs include a feeling of fullness, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating, the need to urinate frequently.  For more information, please visit
www.ovarian.org or call the Illinois Chapter at 708-763-8477.

 

From the Journal Standard, Good Morning Column, November 2009
A former Freeport resident is now a political writer at the State Capitol in Springfield for the Associated Press.

John M. O'Connor is an Aquin graduate and former Journal Standard staffer. He received the Charles Rowe Award for Distinguished State Reporting at the October 29 convention of the Associated Press Managing Editors.

The award represents the best reporting by all statehouse reporters of the AP, in 2009.

His body of work included coverage of the misconduct of ousted former Governor Rod Blagojevich, as well as wasteful spending by bureaucrats, and details about the parole status of the man accused of killing singer Jennifer Hudson's family.

O'Connor's articles on Blagojevich uncovered documents on the governor's efforts to help a union at the same time he was allegedly trying to arrange a lucrative union job for himself. O'Connor also reported on fundraising efforts from construction firms which Blagojevich approved for a $1.8 billion road building initiative, and the administration’s contacts with the owners of the Chicago Cubs about possible state help in renovating Wrigley Field.

O'Connor also investigated and wrote articles revealing that the Illinois Department of Transportation gave raises up to $10,000 a year to a dozen top staffers just before Blagojevich was removed from office. The governor ultimately reversed the raises and an IDOT manager was fired.

After graduating from Aquin, O'Connor received his bachelor's degree from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa; then went on for his master's degree in public affairs reporting from Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois at Springfield).

He has previously won four awards from the Chicago Headline Club, an affiliate of the Society of Professional Journalists.

.  class of 1952 & 1957 .

8.5.09
The Girls from Ames has an Aquin Connection

The newly released book by Jeffrey Zaslow (coauthor of "The Last Lecture"), "The Girls from Ames" has a link to Aquin.  Madonna (Fishe) Highland graduated from Aquin in 1947.  She is the mother of Cathy Highland, one of the 11 girls from Ames.  Cathy is a makeup artist in Beverly Hills, CA. 

Cathy's uncles, are twin brothers Keith & Ken Fishe who graduated from Aquin in 1952.  Cathy's aunt, is Nancy Fishe Robertson who graduated in 1957.

Reports are that everyone that has read the book, absolutely loved it.  Once they started reading, they couldn't put it down.


Click here for the book's website.


.  class of 1956  .

Sr. Patricia A. Bauch, OP, class of 1956celebrated her  Golden Jubilee at St. Thomas Parish, Freeport, on Sunday, July 19, 2009.   Following is her 'Recollections of Childhood', excerpted from the St. Thomas Parish, July 12, 2009, Bulletin.

I have fond memories of growing up in St. Thomas Aquinas among dedicated and saintly women and men, intimate childhood playmates, and intelligent and talented teenage friends.  I still experience the joys of membership as the daughter of my 91-year old mother, Eva Bauch, and sister Mickey Martin and her son Danny, who are still parishioners.  When I enter the church with them I always notice the statue of Our Lady on which I bestowed a floral wreath as the eighth grade 'May Crowning Queen' following a procession of the school children singing 'O Mary We Crown You with Blossoms Today.'  The sisters anxiously stood around the church making sure we all 'got it right,' given our many afternoons of practice.  It seems we were always practicing for processions and ladies in the parish washing, starching, and pressing our white gowns--Holy Thursday (we each carries a lily), the Feast of Christ the King, as well as the May procession.  And, don't forget those red beanies!

The Stations, too, bring back thoughts about class stations of the cross during Lent plus Friday evening Stations of the Cross again!  I think we spent half our young lives in church.  Saturday afternnon was always confession time.  Later, when a new young pastor arrived, he started a parish bulletin which he brought over to the then church and school building and left on the radiator in the lobby on his way to the confessional.  Although it didn't quite happen this was, Bishop O'Neill still likes to joke that for my penance, I had to take the typed carbon upstairs to the school's ditto machine and run off whatever number of copies were needed for distribution after the Sunday Masses.  As the parish grew and the bulletins got longer, the smudging, rerunning, and folding process became a family affair!

Looking back, St. Thomas of the 1940s and 1950s was a second home to me.  Besides attending school and Mass every day (and Mass on Saturdays and Sundays), as a youngster you soon learned that you belonged, not just to the school, but to the parish as well.  There were always generous adults volunteering their time to clean the church, altar, and sanctuary; wash windows, paint, and mow the grass; and in winter to plow and shovel snow.  As young girls, we were often invited to help, whatever the job.  My four sisters and I sang daily for Maud Brown, the parish organist, even in summers and Satrdays until we eventually became old enough to play the organ.  In those days we sang a Requiem Latin Mass every day except Sundays and Holy Days when we sang the 'Mass of the Angels.'  If Fr. McIsaac thought we were singing off key or began a selection too soon, he did not wait until the end of Mass to tell us, but did so in front of the whole congregation.  During my first year in high school, the sisters arranged my classes so that I could play the organ and sing at the 8:00am Mass at St. Thomas before I began my long walk to Aquin High School in time for my second class period, the first having been my study hall.

Maud Brown did not just teach us to sing and play the organ, but she and the other adult volunteers befriended us, such as Bernice and Vince Labinski, Mrs. Raines, and our faithful 'block rosary' group--Mrs. Fusco, Stella Luedeke, the Scotts (I know I am leaving out lots of people), as we earnestly prayed weekly for 'the conversion of Russia'.  (It was serious business!)  We had to hurry and get our homework done before we could set out in the early evening to whatever home in our neighborhood was hosting the rosary that night.  We had faithful and creative Brownie and Girl Scout leaders (Mrs. Sullivan, Mrs. Scanlan and others) who opened their homes to us one night a week.

In those days, getting around the parish or the town was always 'on foot,' or later by bicycle.  It didn't seem a big deal to have to walk from St. Thomas Aquinas to St. Mary's Convent for our piano lessons, each Bauch girl and brother Fred being the last student of each day for a string of music sisters over the years, since St. Thomas did not have a music teacher.  One year, Sr. Marie Theodore and later Sr. Marie Eugene, wrote piano pieces for our recital so that three or four of us could play together at the same piano.  Practicing at home became quite a laugh!  If you were pushed off the piano bench at one end, you just went around and got on the other end while each child adapted to the change by shifting from one part of the music to another.  Unbelievably, we had two pianos in the same room at home, which allowed us to begin our practicing schedules before school in the mornings with the last two practicing into the evening.  (I don't know how my parents put up with it!)  Recital night at St. Mary's was a big school and parish event and we who were from St. Thomas did not want to be outperformed!  Even the Sisters from Aquin came for the event, a legitimate reason in those days for the sisters to be out in the evening.

Of course, in those days the sisters did not drive, so parishioners took turns driving them to the grocery store, doctors, dentists, library or wherever they had to go.  When we acquired a shiny new maroon and blond wood station wagon, my mother took her turn, too, and later I became a driver.  The sisters were always a challenge in trying to see how many of them could fit in our station wagons.  (No seat belts in those days!)  I often made trips to Aquin, or St. Mary's, or St. Thomas, or all three, depending on who phoned for a ride.  Memorial Day Mass with Monsignor Conelly at Calvary Cemetery was always a big deal, for which people from across the town gathered.  I remember trying to get the car as close as possible to the altar so the sisters would not have to walk so  far, but it seems I never quite got them all collected early enough and it if had been raining the night before, they had to walk through mud, which was about how I felt. 

The sisters tried to keep their decorum in public, but sometimes things got out of hand and everyone enjoyed a good laugh.  For my senior recital, I played a jazzy, clip-clop piece entitled 'The Donkey Serenade.'  Another girl played two pianos with me for Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," but what brought down the house was my pink high-heeld shoe tumbling from the top edge of the stage down to the bottom of a half dozen steps or more, which I had to turn around and retrace my steps to retrieve just prior to my donkey piece.  The irony of it didn't hit me right away.  I could not figure out why the sisters, sitting in the front rows were all shaking with blunted laughter.  You could just see this ripple effect of heaving black as they lowered their heads!  Just like one Sunday morning when Fr. O'Neill began his homily with the words, "In this morning's gospel" causing the sisters in unison to stand, followed by the entire congregation.  Fr. O'Neill, addressing the sisters bluntly stated:  "I already read this morning's gospel."  We were sitting respectfully a couple of rows behind the sisters and I think they did not stop laughing during the entire sermon.  I know Fr. O'Neill was quite aggravated with them, which I am sure the more they thought about it, the funnier it became!

We spent so much time in the convents, especially at St. Mary's that one day my sister Kay asked me if we were going to pray the Office, too, after I instructed the younger children about each one's "duty" on Saturdays when my parents were at work--a term the sisters used to refer to their convent chores.  Sometimes a sister would have to dust around one of us in the late afternoon if we were waiting for our piano lesson or our parents to pick us up.  If the car was late in coming, we got to listen to the sisters chanting the Office as the first wafts fo their evening meal drifted into the sitting room.  

At the time I entered the convent at the Mound to become a Sinsinawa Dominican Sister, I think it was the fun, humor, and playfulness I found in the sisters that I admired the most.  They were always playing jokes on one another in which sometimes an unwitting student became a part as he or she was sent on a trusted errand carrying a dubious note from one classroom to another.  (We only had three classrooms in those days, with two or three grades in a room for grades 1-8.)  The sisters lived at Aquin and had to eat their noon meal at school since St. Thomas did not acquire a convent for them until the mid 1950s, which some of us helped clean and prepare for them alongside the women in the parish.  The boisterous talk and laughing that sometimes came from their school kitchen (where the ditto machine was housed) was delighful, but if a student had come back to school early after our long lunch break, the sisters could become quite serious in a flash!  As we got to know them better as individuals, it was a strain not to smile at their attempts to discipline some rowdy student, of which there were very few.

Today as I walk through our large dining room at the Mound, it is difficult to get from one end to the other, as my mother will tell you.  It wasn't just the sisters from St. Thomas, but Aquin and St. Mary's as well, that the Bauch kids all knew and loved, who are now retired at the Mound.  And then there were nine more Bauch kids coming up along the way from St. Thomas through Aquin, the children of parishioners Bob and Rosemary Bauch, my cousins.  The sisters ask me about them, too.  Greeting everyone with Freeport connections takes quite a while!  Through the years, the sisters who liveand taught in Freeport often told me that it was their 'favorite mission.'

I am grateful to this parish--the priests who served here over the years, the sisters who taught in the school, and the parishioners who gave of themselves for the school kids and for the parish.  All were prime examples of what it meant to be a faith-filled community in the days before we talked about such.  The kids, too, were special as we were such a small age group (there were six in my eighth grade graduating class!) that everyone knew one another and many have stayed in touch or renewed those connections recently.  A wonderful example of what it meant to grow up here with a small, intimate group of friends, was demonstrated recently by my sister Cherie's last supper with her Freeport girl friends who cooked her favorite meal and brought it to Provena.  They all talked and laughed about their happy times together just a few days before my sister died.  (If my friends don't show up for my last supper, I hope Cherie's friends will!) 

Those who have touched my life as I was growing up here, and especially my parents and siblings, in some way or other contributed to who I am today.  I celebrate the 50 years since I took my first vows as a Dominican sister mindful of from where I have come and I am grateful.  Thank you to those who have passed away over the years and many of you who are still around.  Didn't we have fun!  That's what I remember as I celebrate with you and keep you all in my prayers.

  .  class of 1959  .

Peter Shianna has another book published.  Read all about it!http://www.petershianna.com/books.html

Love Tag
A drama of pride, ambition and betrayal, LOVE TAG ultimately celebrates courage, love and hope.

What readers have said about LOVE TAG—
“It has been a long time since I’ve lost myself so completely in a novel. Shianna is a brilliant writer, a masterful weaver of words. His characters are blood-and bones real. There is not a false note between the covers of his beautifully crafted book.”
Esther Luttrell, author of Murder in the Movies

Take Off—A Time for War, A Time for Love.

While millions around the globe fight the battles of World War II, Max Bonner, a young pilot, fights his battles on the home front.

What critics and readers have said about Take Off—
“Sharp-edged and passionate in its intensity, Take Off is most assuredly a maturation novel reminiscent of Faulkner at his best. A first novel, Take Off shines with the promise of a bright future for its author, Peter Shianna. The writing is crisp, clean and refreshingly spare. Congratulations, Mr. Shianna; this book will be read and remembered!”
—Under the Covers Book Reviews

“Peter Shianna captures the feel of wartime America in Take Off. A sparse, straightforward narrative style pulls the reader into Max’s world and breathes life into the characters who shape that world.”
—4 Stars! – Affaire de Coeur 

 

Send any information you would like posted here to webmaster@aquinschools.org.

 

.  class of 1963  .

Julie E. Hartman, class of 1997, earned a doctor’s degree from the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. She is the daughter of Cheryl and Charles Hartman and the late June Hartman. Charlotte Hartman is her grandmother.

.  class of 1963  .

8.23.09

Aquin Class of 1969 celebrated their 40th reunion the weekend of August 7th-9th. Friday night events were held at John and Mary Jane Burke’s house. On Saturday everyone enjoyed dinner at Rte 20 Restaurant in Freeport. Sunday included a Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church with a family picnic at Krape Park. It was decided to have a 45th reunion in 5 years as 3 days was not long enough to catch up.

.  class of 1976  .

Elizabeth Isham Cory, former Freeport resident, has been named President of the Board of Directors of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, a not-for-profit organization based in Dallas, TX.  She is the daughter of the late Dr. William H. and Caroline F. Isham of Freeport.

Cory is an ovarian cancer survivor and member of the NOCC’s Illinois Chapter Advisory Board.  Her primary responsibility in this volunteer post will be national survivor spokesperson.  

Cory is employed as media spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, based in Chicago.  She is a 1976 graduate of Aquin High School, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, and her MBA from Northern Illinois University.

She is a former Anchor for WREX-TV, talk host for WROK-AM, and public relations representative for OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.  She is a past President of the Illinois Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations, Chair of the YWCA Leader Luncheon, and was public relations chair for Greenwich Village Art Fair and First Night Rockford.  She served on the Boards of the Comprehensive Health Planning of Northwestern Illinois (CHPNI), American Lung Association of Northern Illinois, Blackhawk Valley Riding for the Handicapped, and Greater Rockford Press Club.  She is currently Treasurer of Great Lakes Congress, Inc., and Executive Secretary of the Misty of Chincoteague Foundation, Inc.

The Mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer, as well as provide information and support to patients.  

Early detection is key to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with this disease. There is no definitive test for ovarian cancer, and many women are diagnosed after the disease has spread.  Early warning signs include a feeling of fullness, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating, the need to urinate frequently.  For more information, please visit
www.ovarian.org or call the Illinois Chapter at 708-763-8477.


.  class of 1977  .

Aquin Grads on Chicago . NBC News 5

The following link is of a newscast that was shown on NBC news 5 on Friday, September 26 throughout Chicago. It was produced by Aquin graduate, class of 1980, Suzanne Richter (reporter for NBC5), during the Lincoln Douglas Sesquicentennial celebrated over Labor Day Weekend. In addition to featuring Freeport, it includes interviews with Aquin graduates; Tim Connors, Aquin Class of 1985, (playing the role of Stephen A. Douglas) and George Gaulrapp, Aquin Class of 1977, (Mayor of Freeport).

The Great Debate . Lincoln v. Douglas

. class of 1981  .

Aquin Grads on Chicago . NBC News 5

The following link is of a newscast that was shown on NBC news 5 on Friday, September 26 throughout Chicago. It was produced by Aquin graduate, class of 1980, Suzanne Richter (reporter for NBC5), during the Lincoln Douglas Sesquicentennial celebrated over Labor Day Weekend. In addition to featuring Freeport, it includes interviews with Aquin graduates; Tim Connors, Aquin Class of 1985, (playing the role of Stephen A. Douglas) and George Gaulrapp, Aquin Class of 1977, (Mayor of Freeport).

The Great Debate . Lincoln v. Douglas

Stephenson County All Veterans’ Memorial Park, dream and design of Dan Steele was dedicated June 16, 2007 on South Walnut Road in Freeport. Dan passed away on May 29, 1999 of Gulf War Illness.

.  class of 1981  .

7.2.10
John M. O'Connor, class of 1981,
 has been named one of nine members of the worldwide staff of the Associated Press to be honored and one of the top two to win the 2010 Oliver S. Gramling Awards for excellence.  O'Connor's citation was a journalism award as a statehouse reporter in Springfield, IL, "who consistently breaks news that leads legislators to act."

AP President and CEO Tom Curley said "O'Connor's tenacious reporting in Illinois embodies AP's fundamental mission in every state capital of holding government officials accountable for their actions."

A committee of AP managers selected the winners.  O'Connor's award carries a prize of $10,000, which he won for "repeatedly breaking news by digging through documents and by building relationships with sources.  His stories became campaign issues, inspired editorials, forced changes in policy and prompted legislators to act," the judges stated.  The winners will be honored at a dinner in New York in July.

O'Connor has previously won the Peter Lisagor award for exemplary journalism four times.  That award is bestowed annually by the Chicago Headline Club, an affiliate of the Society of Professional Journalists.  Last year, he won the Charles Rowe Award for Distinguished Statehouse Reporting from the Associated Press Managing Editors.  

John has a bachelor's degree from Loras College in Dubuque, IA and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois at Springfield).   

.  class of 1983  .

6.3.12 . Be ready to be AMAZED. The ABC News story featuring Dan Curry (class of 83) aired on Friday night. Unfortunately, ABC contacted Dan only 15 minutes before it aired, so you can't see it 'live', but you can still see it. The life-saving procedure is absolutely incredible. Way to go Dan!

Click here to view the story.

8.24.11 . Thank you to Reinhardt Awender, class of '76, for sharing the news article linked below.  He thought this would be of interest to Aquin. Dan Curry (AHS 1983) has performed the world's first brain operation to treat epilepsy with great success.
 
Click here for the article.

.  class of 1988  .

Rian Sanders, class of 1988, completed the Ironman Wisconsin on Sunday, September 7, 2008.
WOW!  In case you don’t know what that means:

He jumped in the lake at 7:00 a.m.

He swam 2.4 miles (1 hour 20 minutes)

He biked 120 miles (another 8 hours)

Then for fun he ran a marathon – 26.2 miles

He finished at 9:34 p.m.

(Rian is pictured above at the Aquin 1986 State Champion Game.)

Joel Moyer, class of 1988, was tired just watching him all day, driving around, cheering, walking about 2.5 miles. But, whew, Joel had a good workout.

.  class of 1989  .
 

Steve Murray, class of 1989, qualified for the 2009 PGA Professional National Championship.  Murray has won four Illinois PGA Tournaments and has twice finished in the top 10 in the Illinois Open.
 
Tim Hotchkiss, class of 1989, will be graduating from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary on May 2, 2009 with a Master of Divinity.  He is currently serving as the pastor at North Grove Evangelical Church in Forreston, IL and will also be completing his training as an Army Chaplain later this summer at Ft. Jackson, SC.  He will be accessioning into the Army Reserve after the completion of his training. 

February 27, 2013
Todd Schroeder, 1994, was recently awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. 

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation is globally considered to be the premier investment management designation in the financial industry.

Todd has a BS in Business from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA in Finance from DePaul University.  He is Regional Vice President of Business Development at Dearborn Capital Management, LLC.

Todd is the son of Sheryl (Welch) Schroeder class of 1971 and Dean Schroeder.

 

 

 

July 20, 2010
Elizabeth Isham Cory, Aquin Class of 1976, has been named President of the Board of Directors of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, a not-for-profit organization based in Dallas, TX.  She is the daughter of the late Dr. William H. and Caroline F. Isham of Freeport.

Cory is an ovarian cancer survivor and member of the NOCC’s Illinois Chapter Advisory Board.  Her primary responsibility in this volunteer post will be national survivor spokesperson.  

Cory is employed as media spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, based in Chicago.  She is a 1976 graduate of Aquin High School, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, and her MBA from Northern Illinois University.

She is a former Anchor for WREX-TV, talk host for WROK-AM, and public relations representative for OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.  She is a past President of the Illinois Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations, Chair of the YWCA Leader Luncheon, and was public relations chair for Greenwich Village Art Fair and First Night Rockford.  She served on the Boards of the Comprehensive Health Planning of Northwestern Illinois (CHPNI), American Lung Association of Northern Illinois, Blackhawk Valley Riding for the Handicapped, and Greater Rockford Press Club.  She is currently Treasurer of Great Lakes Congress, Inc., and Executive Secretary of the Misty of Chincoteague Foundation, Inc.

The Mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer, as well as provide information and support to patients.  

Early detection is key to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with this disease. There is no definitive test for ovarian cancer, and many women are diagnosed after the disease has spread.  Early warning signs include a feeling of fullness, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating, the need to urinate frequently.  For more information, please visit
www.ovarian.org or call the Illinois Chapter at 708-763-8477.

 

From the Journal Standard, Good Morning Column, November 2009
A former Freeport resident is now a political writer at the State Capitol in Springfield for the Associated Press.

John M. O'Connor is an Aquin graduate and former Journal Standard staffer. He received the Charles Rowe Award for Distinguished State Reporting at the October 29 convention of the Associated Press Managing Editors.

The award represents the best reporting by all statehouse reporters of the AP, in 2009.

His body of work included coverage of the misconduct of ousted former Governor Rod Blagojevich, as well as wasteful spending by bureaucrats, and details about the parole status of the man accused of killing singer Jennifer Hudson's family.

O'Connor's articles on Blagojevich uncovered documents on the governor's efforts to help a union at the same time he was allegedly trying to arrange a lucrative union job for himself. O'Connor also reported on fundraising efforts from construction firms which Blagojevich approved for a $1.8 billion road building initiative, and the administration’s contacts with the owners of the Chicago Cubs about possible state help in renovating Wrigley Field.

O'Connor also investigated and wrote articles revealing that the Illinois Department of Transportation gave raises up to $10,000 a year to a dozen top staffers just before Blagojevich was removed from office. The governor ultimately reversed the raises and an IDOT manager was fired.

After graduating from Aquin, O'Connor received his bachelor's degree from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa; then went on for his master's degree in public affairs reporting from Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois at Springfield).

He has previously won four awards from the Chicago Headline Club, an affiliate of the Society of Professional Journalists.

.  class of 1991  .

January 5, 2013
Christopher Jones, class of 1991, has been promoted to Major in the United States Air Force. After 10 years flying the F-16 fighter aircraft he is now posted to Bolliing Air Force Base in Washington, DC. He spent the last year in language school and is currently serving in Copenhagen, Denmark, Berlin, Germany and Warsaw, Poland as a representative of the Air Force for the United States Air Force in those countries. At his last post as an F-16 instructor at Luke AFB in Phoenix , Arizona he earned his second Masters Degree in Theological Studies. Christopher will spend 2013 in Washington, DC and then will be posted to Copenhagen, Denmark for the next three years. Chris and his wife Sarah are expecting to adopt their first child this year in addition to their family of two rescue dogs, Brew and Abbey. Chris has an ongoing blog entitled "the Scrim" where he posts his travels, thoughts and experiences.

August 27, 2009       
Captain Christopher Jones, class of 1991,
was back in town for the Rockford Airfest August 22 and 23. Captain Jones and his wingman flew their F-16 fighter jets from Luke AFB in Phoenix, AZ. They arrived on Friday evening and were greeted by Chris' parents. Captain Jones and his wingman "DOH" spent Saturday and Sunday answering questions about what they do and their airplanes. A special guest was Colby Smith, Jr. who got an extended personal tour from Captain Jones of the airplane and an explanation of what the pilot does. Chris is intsructing at Luke AFB at the present time. He and his wife Sarah have lived in Italy and South Korea. Chris has flown in Europe, Bosnia, Iraq and South Korea. He has also finished up his Masters in International Relationships and would like to thank those of you who stopped by to say hello at the Rockford Airfest. Chris will be stationed at Luke AFB through 2011.

.  class of 1992 .

.  class of 1993  .

.  class of 1994  .

Todd Schroeder, class of 1994, was recently awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation is globally considered to be the premier investment management designation in the financial industry. Todd has a BS in Business from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA in Finance from DePaul University.  He is Regional Vice President of Business Development at Dearborn Capital Management, LLC. Todd is the son of Sheryl (Welch) Schroeder class of 1971 and Dean Schroeder.

Jeniffer Polhill Smutzer, class of 1994, has been promoted to Law Firm partner at Gil, Cruz and Smutzer Law Offices of Aurora and West Chicago.  Access their website by clicking hereJeniffer graduated with High Honors from Illinois State University in 1998 and subsequently from Northern Illinois University College of Law with High Honors in 2000. 

.  class of 1995  .

.  classes of 1996-2006  .

11.20.10
Several Aquin alumni attended the historic 'Illinois v. NIU' football game played at Wrigley Field on November 20, 2010.  Attendees included Jamey Schoenhard (2000), Barry Whalen (1998), Bryson Whalen (2005), Chris Rosebrook (2000), John Polhill (1996), Brian Janecek (2000), BJ Whalen (1999) and Dan Polhill (2006).  Click here to see a picture of the group. 


.  class of 1997  .  class of 1998

7.2.10
Danielle Schleich Siedschlag, class of 1998, 
has joined the FHN Womens' Healthcare team in Freeport as a certified nurse practitioner.  She earned her masters degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.  She also holds a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Creighton University in Omaha. 


Todd Fink, class of 1997 and Eric FInk, class of 1998

Giving Tree Band News  . 
2.22.10
Dear Friends,

We will be back in Chicago for one headlining show at DOUBLE DOOR  www.doubledoor.com on Friday April 9 @10pm. This is our only Chicago show at this time, so please get your tickets soon (only $10 in advance): http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/4785

The Giving Tree Band is on tour all spring and summer!! We have stops at SXSW, Wakarusa (w/ Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Blues Traveler, and more) and Old Settlers Music Fest (w/ Patty Griffin and Alejandro Escovedo) among other great shows. Please take a look at our spring tour dates below and pass the word on to any interested friends around the country.

If you want to join us on the road (virtually), "fan" the band on facebook: www.facebook.com/thegivingtreeband  as we will be blogging and posting videos regularly.

The Giving Tree Band pushes an environmental consciousness in their songwriting as well as their activity. The band’s mission states: “The environmentally ‘sound’ decisions of the band include performing with instruments that were built from naturally fallen trees and reclaimed woods, producing music with renewable energy, packaging CD's with 100-percent recycled materials, and supporting numerous charities and eco-friendly organizations with their concerts and recordings.”

The group’s latest album is a double-CD, “Unified Folk Theory.”


See the article 

Dear friends,

I just wanted to share some news about The Giving Tree Band. The beards are gone and so is the long hair. We all look fairly ridiculous actually, but for a good reason. We were recently cast as extras for the in-production film, "Public Enemies" starring Johnny Depp. The movie is about the famous gangster, John Dillinger, and set in the 1930's. We were additional movie-goers in a theater scene shot in Aurora, IL on Monday April 7. There was an article in the Chicago Sun Times also:
 
We played a tune for the casting agency and they loved it and put us in the film. I even got to meet Johnny Depp and I gave him a CD. Anyway, please keep your fingers crossed and maybe our music will end up in the soundtrack. The positive thoughts and wishes from so many people are what brings good things to our little band. 

Peace and love,
Todd Fink


www.thegivingtreeband.com


Eco-friendly band shoots ’em up with Johnny Depp
FROM SUN-TIMES WIRES

Chicago’s the Giving Tree Band, a group of “eco-conscious songwriters and multi-instrumentalists,” just got an interesting gig: They’re filming a part in the new Johnny Depp movie currently shooting around town.

The band landed an interview with the production company behind “Public Enemy,” a John Dillinger biopic starring Depp. The band’s old-timey look, plus a song that mentions Dillinger, secured them a chance to film part of a scene involving a theater performance for possible inclusion in the film. 

 


Julie E. Hartman, class of 1997, earned a doctor’s degree from the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. She is the daughter of Cheryl and Charles Hartman, class of 1963, and the late June Hartman. Charlotte Hartman is her grandmother. 

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Anthony Rosc graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles, California with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Editing. While at the Conservatory, he received the Tom Yoda Scholarship and the Bridges/Larson Production Award for his thesis film, ‘Traces’.

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Send any information you would like posted here to webmaster@aquinschools.org.

 

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Prayers for Jory Aebly . Class of 2001

10.7.09
Cornelius King pleads guilty .
Click here

9.29.09
Click here to read about the significant development in the investigation of Jory Aebly's attack as reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Jory is doing well and has completed his speech, physical and occupational therapy programs and is now focusing on vocational training.

Thank you for keeping Jory in your thoughts and prayers.

5.20.09  .  Since leaving the hospital on March 31, Jory has continued to pursue his rehabilitation. For the first month, Jory was receiving IV antibiotics at home 3 times per day and had in-home visits for therapy. He completed his course of IV antibiotics at the end of April and is now doing speech, physical and occupational therapy at MetroHealth on an outpatient basis.

Jory has also been regularly working on playing guitar and piano and was invited to join some other former patients and hospital staffers to provide musical entertainment last night for MetroHealth's Spirit Award recognition for Norman Martin attended by hospital donors, staff, patients and their loved ones.

Below are links to a few of the news articles available this morning.

Story 1  .  Story 2  .  Story 3  .  Story 4

4.2.09  .  Will Jory's recovery make Pope John Paul II a saint?   Watch the Good Morning America story here and be ready for goosebumps!

3.31.09  .  Jory goes home!  Read the stories, watch the press conference--MIRACULOUS!!  . click here and click here

3.9.09  .  Jory's condition upgraded from 'fair' to 'good' . click here 

3.6.09  .  Words from the Sidelines . Jory and Father Bolger . click here .
The quality of the picture is low as it is a scan of a newspaper clipping.  Jory is #60 and is to the left of Fr. Bolger.  This picture has been hanging in the Aquin Faculty Lounge.  After reading the following statement from Jory's mom, Mrs. Flynn remembered that Jory was in this picture.  Keep praying!  

"Jory continues to improve and was moved out of the lCU to another floor the evening of March 5th.

As the injury Jory sustained was described by physicians as a non-survivable gunshot wound to the head, we feel blessed with the miraculous progress we have seen so far.

Jory has had a few setbacks and has a long road ahead of him. He is continuing to battle his traumatic injuries and severe pain with the same Bulldog attitude and spirit we witnessed on the Aquin football field when at 168 lbs. he was lining up against 250 Ib+ linemen. It is this determined attitude and spirit, the grace of God, and your continued words of support and prayers that keeps us hopeful that he will make it through this senseless and horrific ordeal and overcome many of the deficits that he is now dealing with.

Jory has built a special relationship with Father Art here at Metro Hospital and some of the longest conversations are between the two of them. Jory indicated that he reminds him a little of Father Bolger, a priest he was close to and looked up to at Aquin High School in Freeport, IL.

I started reading these messages to Jory a couple days ago. I lost count of the number of smiles the messages brought to his face. Although he sometimes get exhausted and appears to be falling asleep, every time I suggest we take a break, Jory asks that I keep reading and I cannot begin to express what your support means to him. He is also very touched by the outreach and support he has received from near and far and amazed by the response from the community including people he has never met.

While he is not yet ready for visitors, please continue to keep him in your prayers and I will continue to read your words of support to Jory and periodically update this site with his progress .”

Thank you, Jory's mom

3.2.09  .  To read Jory's family statement and Jory's Fund information
click here

To leave a message of support to Jory & his family, 
click here. Jory's story is the first one listed.  Click on the link to the right to post your message.

2.26.09  .  Keep the prayers flowing.  Jory's progress described as 'one-in-a-million'.  To view entire press conference with one of Jory's doctors and read the full story click here.

2.25.09  .  To contact Jory and his family, please email jory.info@gmail.com

2.25.09  .  While Jory is still fighting for his life, Cleveland police have arrested 4 suspects and are looking for a 5th. 
Read the full story by
clicking here.

2.24.09  .  We are still uncertain of Jory's condition, but based on the news article (quoted below) Jory and his family need our prayers.  Pray too for the family of the other victim, Jeremy Pechanec. 

" . . . according to trauma surgeon John Como, who was there when the two men arrived at the hospital Sunday morning,  The bullet cut at an angle through Aebly's brain and lodged on the right side, leaving fragments of bone and bullet in its wake. Doctors can only wait to see if he will improve as the swelling subsides, Como said. "It would be unusual for someone to recover, to survive an injury (like this)," he said. "I'm surprised that he's doing as well as he is given the wound that he sustained."

To read the entire article and view the press conference with the mothers of both victims click here.  Be advised, the blogs following the article are quite intense. 
Pray for the city of Cleveland in this difficult time.

2.23.09  .  Jory Aebly is an Aquin graduate from the class of 2001.  He and his friend were shot in a robbery over the weekend in Cleveland.  His friend is dead and we are not sure the status of Jory.  Jory was shot in the head and the bullet went all the way through.  We don't know much more than that.  Please keep Jory and his family in your prayers. 

To view the newspaper story on the unfortunate event, please click here 


 

 


Pictured above are David Arata, Dr. Michele Arata, AUD, Matthew Arata, Judy Arata at Michele's graduation ceremony on May 16, 2009 (Robin wasn't able to attend).  Michele graduated from University of Iowa and is now a Doctor of Audiology.

Dr. Michele will be practicing at the Kelly Frost Clinic in Alamogordo, New Mexico where she did her internship--now she will get paid!

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Brendan Brannick graduated with Honors from the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Human Factors. He currently is employed by Carver Aviation in Davenport, Iowa as a Flight Instructor/Charter Pilot. He is the son of Jim, class of 1973, and Sue (Trapp) Brannick, class of 1977, and grandson of Harold Trapp, class of 1945 and William Brannick, class of 1942.

Robin Leslie Arata graduated from Illinois State University and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. She was an Honor Program Scholar and achieved Dean’s List status during the spring semester. She was a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity, holding the positions of Rush and Initiation Chairman.

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Cassie Carter Busker, has made the Dean's list at Rio Salado college with a 4.0 average for the Fall semester 2007.  Rio Salada is in Phoenix, Arizona and is the largest community college system in the country.


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Patrick Flynn was inducted into Rho Phi Lambda, the national honor society for recreation, park and leisure majors at the University of St. Francis.  Students majoring in Recreation Administration to be considered for membership in Alpha Iota Chapter must meet the following criteria.  
     -Junior/Senior status (60 hours or more)
     -21 credit hours or more completed in the major
     -3.0 overall GPA
     -3.25 GPA within major
     -Demonstrate evidence of academic excellence in scholarship and have a substantial
      record of leadership and service to the community, department and/or university

Patrick Flynn has been named Daktronics NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete.

Read release from University of St. Francis.

Matt Carter made the Dean's list at the University of Iowa for the Spring Semester 2006-2007 school year.  Matt was recently notified he has been accepted into their school of business which ranks in the top five in the nation.  

Lauren Sopcic makes EIU headlines with volleyball performance in Texas at SMU Invitational.

See entire article

Trent Thill, a sophomore at Highland Community College, placed 90th overall in the 131-player field at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro, Alabama.  He was also named to the Arrowhead All-Conference Team.  This status is reserved for the 11 best golfers in the Arrowhead Conference.

Bryson Whalen in 2008 Rose Bowl with Fighting Illini Football.  Follow his trip.

Bryson Whalen makes 2008 Fighting Illini Roster

Patrick Flynn, a sophomore at University of Saint Francis, was one of 31 student-athletes to attain a perfect 4.0 for the spring semester of 2007.  Flynn plays football for the Saints. 

"This is truly a tremendous accomplishment by all of our student-athletes and something that each of our coaches should be most proud of for their respective teams," said USF Director of Athletics Dave Laketa. "At the same time, it sets the bar even higher for our future classes, a new challenge that we are more than happy to take on.

"These numbers speak to the mission that we have always been committed to since the inception of athletics at St. Francis," continued Laketa, himself a 1990 graduate and football letterman for the Saints. "We want each of our student-athletes to strive for excellence both in the classroom and arena settings so that they may become effective leaders at home, in their communities and in their professional lives."

Read entire article

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Drew Harweger in 2008 Rose Bowl with Fighting Illini Football.  Follow his trip.

Drew Harweger makes 2008 Fighting Illini Roster

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Joshua Pontius was selected by Freeport Lions Club for a $500 scholarship for students planning to attend Highland Community College. He is the son of Dawn and Michael Pontius, class of 1975.

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8.23.09
Ben Welser, class of 2009,
made the Varsity Soccer Squad at Carthage College. He is now with the team in Florida on a 10-day trip. This trip will include a visit to Disney, scheduled games against a few Florida colleges and training at the U.S. Men's National Soccer Academy.

Congratulations Ben!

Send any information you would like posted here to webmaster@aquinschools.org.

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11.20.10
Several Aquin alumni attended the historic 'Illinois v. NIU' football game played at Wrigley Field on November 20, 2010.  Attendees included Jamey Schoenhard (2000), Barry Whalen (1998), Bryson Whalen (2005), Chris Rosebrook (2000), John Polhill (1996), Brian Janecek (2000), BJ Whalen (1999) and Dan Polhill (2006).  Click here to see a picture of the group.

8.31.12 . Watch for Matt Hintz, Aquin 2001, on the lift taking the video.

Click here:  http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012120802002.

6.3.12 . Be ready to be AMAZED. The ABC News story featuring Dan Curry (class of 83) aired on Friday night. Unfortunately, ABC contacted Dan only 15 minutes before it aired, so you can't see it 'live', but you can still see it. The life-saving procedure is absolutely incredible. Way to go Dan!
 

Click here to view the story.

Dan Curry, class of 83
Thank you to Reinhardt Awender, class of '76, for sharing the news article linked below.  He thought this would be of interest to Aquin. Dan Curry, class of 1983, has performed the world's first brain operation to treat epilepsy with great success. 
 
Click here for the article.

Arthur Hodapp is laid to rest

  1. Midwest Memoirs: Artie is finally coming home

    Arthur Leon Aloysius Hodapp went missing while fighting in the Korean War in 1951. His family never saw him again.
    He was 23 years old. After the war, his family learned that he died in a Korean prison camp, and his remains were still in enemy hands.  Just a few days ago though, his sister, Francis Meyers, found out that Arthur’s remains had been identified.
    After nearly 60 years, “Artie” is finally coming home.

    http://www.journalstandard.com/archive/x802140705/Midwest-Memoirs-Artie-is-finally-coming-home
    Sat Apr 16 23:00:35 CDT 2011
  2. Funeral to honor Korean War Veteran

    Private First Class Arthur Leon Aloysius Hodapp, who died in a North Korean prison camp in 1951, will be laid to rest on Wednesday, some 60 years after he died. The service will be held at St. Joesph’s Catholic Church in Freeport on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with a full military burial to follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery.

    http://www.journalstandard.com/archive/x1495156175/Funeral-to-honor-Korean-War-Veteran

    Sat May 21 23:16:07 CDT 2011

  3. OBITUARY: Arthur Hodapp

    Arthur Leon Aloysius Hodapp, 22, of Freeport died on July 3, 1951, in a Prisoner of War camp in North Korea.
    He was born on Aug. 31, 1928, at St. Francis Hospital in Freeport, a son of Charles F. and Florence (Dilly) Hodapp.

    http://www.journalstandard.com/archive/x31867951/OBITUARY-Arthur-Hodapp

    Sat May 21 22:23:18 CDT 2011

  4. OBITUARY: Arthur L.A. Hodapp

    Arthur Leon Aloysius Hodapp, 22, of Freeport died on July 3, 1951, in a Prisoner of War camp in North Korea.

    http://www.journalstandard.com/archive/x1539863871/OBITUARY-Arthur-L-A-Hodapp

    Fri May 13 00:35:33 CDT 2011


Several Aquin alumni attended the historic 'Illinois v. NIU' football game played at Wrigley Field on November 20, 2010.  From left to right:  Jamey Schoenhard (2000), Barry Whalen (1998), Bryson Whalen (2005), Chris Rosebrook (2000), John Polhill (1996), Brian Janecek (2000), BJ Whalen (1999) and Dan Polhill (2006). 

On Wednesday, October 20, 2010, Dr. Matthew Taylor, Aquin Class of 1976, offered two sessions from his Rehabiliation Clinic.  Links to his presentation slides, class for changing your body/changing your mind and a 15-minute guided meditation regarding fear and passion follow. 

Aquin Slide Presentation . Aquin Podcast
click here                                    click here

Transform your body, change your mind
click here

15-minute guided Meditation regarding fear and passion
click here

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8.5.09
The Girls from Ames has an Aquin Connection

The newly released book by Jeffrey Zaslow (coauthor of "The Last Lecture"), "The Girls from Ames" has a link to Aquin.  Madonna (Fishe) Highland graduated from Aquin in 1947.  She is the mother of Cathy Highland, one of the 11 girls from Ames.  Cathy is a makeup artist in Beverly Hills, CA. 

Cathy's uncles, are twin brothers Keith & Ken Fishe who graduated from Aquin in 1952.  Cathy's aunt, is Nancy Fishe Robertson who graduated in 1957.

Reports are that everyone that has read the book, absolutely loved it.  Once they started reading, they couldn't put it down.

Click here for the book's website.
Click here to watch the book release at Border's in Ames.  
 

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Sr. Patricia A. Bauch, OP, class of 1956, celebrated her  Golden Jubilee at St. Thomas Parish, Freeport, on Sunday, July 19, 2009.   Following is her 'Recollections of Childhood', excerpted from the St. Thomas Parish, July 12, 2009, Bulletin.

I have fond memories of growing up in St. Thomas Aquinas among dedicated and saintly women and men, intimate childhood playmates, and intelligent and talented teenage friends.  I still experience the joys of membership as the daughter of my 91-year old mother, Eva Bauch, and sister Mickey Martin and her son Danny, who are still parishioners.  When I enter the church with them I always notice the statue of Our Lady on which I bestowed a floral wreath as the eighth grade 'May Crowning Queen' following a procession of the school children singing 'O Mary We Crown You with Blossoms Today.'  The sisters anxiously stood around the church making sure we all 'got it right,' given our many afternoons of practice.  It seems we were always practicing for processions and ladies in the parish washing, starching, and pressing our white gowns--Holy Thursday (we each carries a lily), the Feast of Christ the King, as well as the May procession.  And, don't forget those red beanies!

The Stations, too, bring back thoughts about class stations of the cross during Lent plus Friday evening Stations of the Cross again!  I think we spent half our young lives in church.  Saturday afternnon was always confession time.  Later, when a new young pastor arrived, he started a parish bulletin which he brought over to the then church and school building and left on the radiator in the lobby on his way to the confessional.  Although it didn't quite happen this was, Bishop O'Neill still likes to joke that for my penance, I had to take the typed carbon upstairs to the school's ditto machine and run off whatever number of copies were needed for distribution after the Sunday Masses.  As the parish grew and the bulletins got longer, the smudging, rerunning, and folding process became a family affair!

Looking back, St. Thomas of the 1940s and 1950s was a second home to me.  Besides attending school and Mass every day (and Mass on Saturdays and Sundays), as a youngster you soon learned that you belonged, not just to the school, but to the parish as well.  There were always generous adults volunteering their time to clean the church, altar, and sanctuary; wash windows, paint, and mow the grass; and in winter to plow and shovel snow.  As young girls, we were often invited to help, whatever the job.  My four sisters and I sang daily for Maud Brown, the parish organist, even in summers and Satrdays until we eventually became old enough to play the organ.  In those days we sang a Requiem Latin Mass every day except Sundays and Holy Days when we sang the 'Mass of the Angels.'  If Fr. McIsaac thought we were singing off key or began a selection too soon, he did not wait until the end of Mass to tell us, but did so in front of the whole congregation.  During my first year in high school, the sisters arranged my classes so that I could play the organ and sing at the 8:00am Mass at St. Thomas before I began my long walk to Aquin High School in time for my second class period, the first having been my study hall.

Maud Brown did not just teach us to sing and play the organ, but she and the other adult volunteers befriended us, such as Bernice and Vince Labinski, Mrs. Raines, and our faithful 'block rosary' group--Mrs. Fusco, Stella Luedeke, the Scotts (I know I am leaving out lots of people), as we earnestly prayed weekly for 'the conversion of Russia'.  (It was serious business!)  We had to hurry and get our homework done before we could set out in the early evening to whatever home in our neighborhood was hosting the rosary that night.  We had faithful and creative Brownie and Girl Scout leaders (Mrs. Sullivan, Mrs. Scanlan and others) who opened their homes to us one night a week.

In those days, getting around the parish or the town was always 'on foot,' or later by bicycle.  It didn't seem a big deal to have to walk from St. Thomas Aquinas to St. Mary's Convent for our piano lessons, each Bauch girl and brother Fred being the last student of each day for a string of music sisters over the years, since St. Thomas did not have a music teacher.  One year, Sr. Marie Theodore and later Sr. Marie Eugene, wrote piano pieces for our recital so that three or four of us could play together at the same piano.  Practicing at home became quite a laugh!  If you were pushed off the piano bench at one end, you just went around and got on the other end while each child adapted to the change by shifting from one part of the music to another.  Unbelievably, we had two pianos in the same room at home, which allowed us to begin our practicing schedules before school in the mornings with the last two practicing into the evening.  (I don't know how my parents put up with it!)  Recital night at St. Mary's was a big school and parish event and we who were from St. Thomas did not want to be outperformed!  Even the Sisters from Aquin came for the event, a legitimate reason in those days for the sisters to be out in the evening.

Of course, in those days the sisters did not drive, so parishioners took turns driving them to the grocery store, doctors, dentists, library or wherever they had to go.  When we acquired a shiny new maroon and blond wood station wagon, my mother took her turn, too, and later I became a driver.  The sisters were always a challenge in trying to see how many of them could fit in our station wagons.  (No seat belts in those days!)  I often made trips to Aquin, or St. Mary's, or St. Thomas, or all three, depending on who phoned for a ride.  Memorial Day Mass with Monsignor Conelly at Calvary Cemetery was always a big deal, for which people from across the town gathered.  I remember trying to get the car as close as possible to the altar so the sisters would not have to walk so  far, but it seems I never quite got them all collected early enough and it if had been raining the night before, they had to walk through mud, which was about how I felt. 

The sisters tried to keep their decorum in public, but sometimes things got out of hand and everyone enjoyed a good laugh.  For my senior recital, I played a jazzy, clip-clop piece entitled 'The Donkey Serenade.'  Another girl played two pianos with me for Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," but what brought down the house was my pink high-heeld shoe tumbling from the top edge of the stage down to the bottom of a half dozen steps or more, which I had to turn around and retrace my steps to retrieve just prior to my donkey piece.  The irony of it didn't hit me right away.  I could not figure out why the sisters, sitting in the front rows were all shaking with blunted laughter.  You could just see this ripple effect of heaving black as they lowered their heads!  Just like one Sunday morning when Fr. O'Neill began his homily with the words, "In this morning's gospel" causing the sisters in unison to stand, followed by the entire congregation.  Fr. O'Neill, addressing the sisters bluntly stated:  "I already read this morning's gospel."  We were sitting respectfully a couple of rows behind the sisters and I think they did not stop laughing during the entire sermon.  I know Fr. O'Neill was quite aggravated with them, which I am sure the more they thought about it, the funnier it became!

We spent so much time in the convents, especially at St. Mary's that one day my sister Kay asked me if we were going to pray the Office, too, after I instructed the younger children about each one's "duty" on Saturdays when my parents were at work--a term the sisters used to refer to their convent chores.  Sometimes a sister would have to dust around one of us in the late afternoon if we were waiting for our piano lesson or our parents to pick us up.  If the car was late in coming, we got to listen to the sisters chanting the Office as the first wafts fo their evening meal drifted into the sitting room.  

At the time I entered the convent at the Mound to become a Sinsinawa Dominican Sister, I think it was the fun, humor, and playfulness I found in the sisters that I admired the most.  They were always playing jokes on one another in which sometimes an unwitting student became a part as he or she was sent on a trusted errand carrying a dubious note from one classroom to another.  (We only had three classrooms in those days, with two or three grades in a room for grades 1-8.)  The sisters lived at Aquin and had to eat their noon meal at school since St. Thomas did not acquire a convent for them until the mid 1950s, which some of us helped clean and prepare for them alongside the women in the parish.  The boisterous talk and laughing that sometimes came from their school kitchen (where the ditto machine was housed) was delighful, but if a student had come back to school early after our long lunch break, the sisters could become quite serious in a flash!  As we got to know them better as individuals, it was a strain not to smile at their attempts to discipline some rowdy student, of which there were very few.

Today as I walk through our large dining room at the Mound, it is difficult to get from one end to the other, as my mother will tell you.  It wasn't just the sisters from St. Thomas, but Aquin and St. Mary's as well, that the Bauch kids all knew and loved, who are now retired at the Mound.  And then there were nine more Bauch kids coming up along the way from St. Thomas through Aquin, the children of parishioners Bob and Rosemary Bauch, my cousins.  The sisters ask me about them, too.  Greeting everyone with Freeport connections takes quite a while!  Through the years, the sisters who liveand taught in Freeport often told me that it was their 'favorite mission.'

I am grateful to this parish--the priests who served here over the years, the sisters who taught in the school, and the parishioners who gave of themselves for the school kids and for the parish.  All were prime examples of what it meant to be a faith-filled community in the days before we talked about such.  The kids, too, were special as we were such a small age group (there were six in my eighth grade graduating class!) that everyone knew one another and many have stayed in touch or renewed those connections recently.  A wonderful example of what it meant to grow up here with a small, intimate group of friends, was demonstrated recently by my sister Cherie's last supper with her Freeport girl friends who cooked her favorite meal and brought it to Provena.  They all talked and laughed about their happy times together just a few days before my sister died.  (If my friends don't show up for my last supper, I hope Cherie's friends will!) 

Those who have touched my life as I was growing up here, and especially my parents and siblings, in some way or other contributed to who I am today.  I celebrate the 50 years since I took my first vows as a Dominican sister mindful of from where I have come and I am grateful.  Thank you to those who have passed away over the years and many of you who are still around.  Didn't we have fun!  That's what I remember as I celebrate with you and keep you all in my prayers.

  

 

.  class of 1957  .

8.5.09
The Girls from Ames has an Aquin Connection

The newly released book by Jeffrey Zaslow (coauthor of "The Last Lecture"), "The Girls from Ames" has a link to Aquin.  Madonna (Fishe) Highland graduated from Aquin in 1947.  She is the mother of Cathy Highland, one of the 11 girls from Ames.  Cathy is a makeup artist in Beverly Hills, CA. 

Cathy's uncles, are twin brothers Keith & Ken Fishe who graduated from Aquin in 1952.  Cathy's aunt, is Nancy Fishe Robertson who graduated in 1957.

Reports are that everyone that has read the book, absolutely loved it.  Once they started reading, they couldn't put it down.

Click here for the book's website. 
Click here to watch the book release at Border's in Ames. 

.  class of 1958  .

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Peter Shianna has another book published.  Read all about it!http://www.petershianna.com/books.html

Love Tag
A drama of pride, ambition and betrayal, LOVE TAG ultimately celebrates courage, love and hope.

What readers have said about LOVE TAG—
“It has been a long time since I’ve lost myself so completely in a novel. Shianna is a brilliant writer, a masterful weaver of words. His characters are blood-and bones real. There is not a false note between the covers of his beautifully crafted book.”
Esther Luttrell, author of Murder in the Movies


Take Off—A Time for War, A Time for Love.

While millions around the globe fight the battles of World War II, Max Bonner, a young pilot, fights his battles on the home front.

What critics and readers have said about Take Off—
“Sharp-edged and passionate in its intensity, Take Off is most assuredly a maturation novel reminiscent of Faulkner at his best. A first novel, Take Off shines with the promise of a bright future for its author, Peter Shianna. The writing is crisp, clean and refreshingly spare. Congratulations, Mr. Shianna; this book will be read and remembered!”
—Under the Covers Book Reviews

“Peter Shianna captures the feel of wartime America in Take Off. A sparse, straightforward narrative style pulls the reader into Max’s world and breathes life into the characters who shape that world.”
—4 Stars! – Affaire de Coeur 

.  class of 1960  .

 

 

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.  class of 1991  .

January 5, 2013
Christopher Jones, class of 1991, has been promoted to Major in the United States Air Force. After 10 years flying the F-16 fighter aircraft he is now posted to Bolliing Air Force Base in Washington, DC. He spent the last year in language school and is currently serving in Copenhagen, Denmark, Berlin, Germany and Warsaw, Poland as a representative of the Air Force for the United States Air Force in those countries. At his last post as an F-16 instructor at Luke AFB in Phoenix , Arizona he earned his second Masters Degree in Theological Studies. Christopher will spend 2013 in Washington, DC and then will be posted to Copenhagen, Denmark for the next three years. Chris and his wife Sarah are expecting to adopt their first child this year in addition to their family of two rescue dogs, Brew and Abbey. Chris has an ongoing blog entitled "the Scrim" where he posts his travels, thoughts and experiences.

August 27, 2009       
Captain Christopher Jones, class of 1991,
was back in town for the Rockford Airfest August 22 and 23. Captain Jones and his wingman flew their F-16 fighter jets from Luke AFB in Phoenix, AZ. They arrived on Friday evening and were greeted by Chris' parents. Captain Jones and his wingman "DOH" spent Saturday and Sunday answering questions about what they do and their airplanes. A special guest was Colby Smith, Jr. who got an extended personal tour from Captain Jones of the airplane and an explanation of what the pilot does. Chris is intsructing at Luke AFB at the present time. He and his wife Sarah have lived in Italy and South Korea. Chris has flown in Europe, Bosnia, Iraq and South Korea. He has also finished up his Masters in International Relationships and would like to thank those of you who stopped by to say hello at the Rockford Airfest. Chris will be stationed at Luke AFB through 2011.

.  class of 1992 .

.  class of 1993  .

.  class of 1994  .

Todd Schroeder, class of 1994, was recently awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation is globally considered to be the premier investment management designation in the financial industry. Todd has a BS in Business from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA in Finance from DePaul University.  He is Regional Vice President of Business Development at Dearborn Capital Management, LLC. Todd is the son of Sheryl (Welch) Schroeder class of 1971 and Dean Schroeder.

Jeniffer Polhill Smutzer, class of 1994, has been promoted to Law Firm partner at Gil, Cruz and Smutzer Law Offices of Aurora and West Chicago.  Access their website by clicking hereJeniffer graduated with High Honors from Illinois State University in 1998 and subsequently from Northern Illinois University College of Law with High Honors in 2000. 

.  class of 1995  .

.  classes of 1996-2006  .

11.20.10
Several Aquin alumni attended the historic 'Illinois v. NIU' football game played at Wrigley Field on November 20, 2010.  Attendees included Jamey Schoenhard (2000), Barry Whalen (1998), Bryson Whalen (2005), Chris Rosebrook (2000), John Polhill (1996), Brian Janecek (2000), BJ Whalen (1999) and Dan Polhill (2006).  Click here to see a picture of the group. 


.  class of 1997  .  class of 1998

7.2.10
Danielle Schleich Siedschlag, class of 1998, 
has joined the FHN Womens' Healthcare team in Freeport as a certified nurse practitioner.  She earned her masters degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.  She also holds a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Creighton University in Omaha. 


Todd Fink, class of 1997 and Eric FInk, class of 1998

Giving Tree Band News  . 
2.22.10
Dear Friends,

We will be back in Chicago for one headlining show at DOUBLE DOOR  www.doubledoor.com on Friday April 9 @10pm. This is our only Chicago show at this time, so please get your tickets soon (only $10 in advance): http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/4785

The Giving Tree Band is on tour all spring and summer!! We have stops at SXSW, Wakarusa (w/ Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Blues Traveler, and more) and Old Settlers Music Fest (w/ Patty Griffin and Alejandro Escovedo) among other great shows. Please take a look at our spring tour dates below and pass the word on to any interested friends around the country.

If you want to join us on the road (virtually), "fan" the band on facebook: www.facebook.com/thegivingtreeband  as we will be blogging and posting videos regularly.

The Giving Tree Band pushes an environmental consciousness in their songwriting as well as their activity. The band’s mission states: “The environmentally ‘sound’ decisions of the band include performing with instruments that were built from naturally fallen trees and reclaimed woods, producing music with renewable energy, packaging CD's with 100-percent recycled materials, and supporting numerous charities and eco-friendly organizations with their concerts and recordings.”

The group’s latest album is a double-CD, “Unified Folk Theory.”


See the article 

Dear friends,

I just wanted to share some news about The Giving Tree Band. The beards are gone and so is the long hair. We all look fairly ridiculous actually, but for a good reason. We were recently cast as extras for the in-production film, "Public Enemies" starring Johnny Depp. The movie is about the famous gangster, John Dillinger, and set in the 1930's. We were additional movie-goers in a theater scene shot in Aurora, IL on Monday April 7. There was an article in the Chicago Sun Times also:
 
We played a tune for the casting agency and they loved it and put us in the film. I even got to meet Johnny Depp and I gave him a CD. Anyway, please keep your fingers crossed and maybe our music will end up in the soundtrack. The positive thoughts and wishes from so many people are what brings good things to our little band. 

Peace and love,
Todd Fink


www.thegivingtreeband.com


Eco-friendly band shoots ’em up with Johnny Depp
FROM SUN-TIMES WIRES

Chicago’s the Giving Tree Band, a group of “eco-conscious songwriters and multi-instrumentalists,” just got an interesting gig: They’re filming a part in the new Johnny Depp movie currently shooting around town.

The band landed an interview with the production company behind “Public Enemy,” a John Dillinger biopic starring Depp. The band’s old-timey look, plus a song that mentions Dillinger, secured them a chance to film part of a scene involving a theater performance for possible inclusion in the film. 

 


Julie E. Hartman, class of 1997, earned a doctor’s degree from the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. She is the daughter of Cheryl and Charles Hartman, class of 1963, and the late June Hartman. Charlotte Hartman is her grandmother. 

.  class of 1999  .

Anthony Rosc graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles, California with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Editing. While at the Conservatory, he received the Tom Yoda Scholarship and the Bridges/Larson Production Award for his thesis film, ‘Traces’.

.  class of 2000  .

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.  class of 2001  .

Prayers for Jory Aebly . Class of 2001

10.7.09
Cornelius King pleads guilty .
Click here

9.29.09
Click here to read about the significant development in the investigation of Jory Aebly's attack as reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Jory is doing well and has completed his speech, physical and occupational therapy programs and is now focusing on vocational training.

Thank you for keeping Jory in your thoughts and prayers.

5.20.09  .  Since leaving the hospital on March 31, Jory has continued to pursue his rehabilitation. For the first month, Jory was receiving IV antibiotics at home 3 times per day and had in-home visits for therapy. He completed his course of IV antibiotics at the end of April and is now doing speech, physical and occupational therapy at MetroHealth on an outpatient basis.

Jory has also been regularly working on playing guitar and piano and was invited to join some other former patients and hospital staffers to provide musical entertainment last night for MetroHealth's Spirit Award recognition for Norman Martin attended by hospital donors, staff, patients and their loved ones.

Below are links to a few of the news articles available this morning.

Story 1  .  Story 2  .  Story 3  .  Story 4

4.2.09  .  Will Jory's recovery make Pope John Paul II a saint?   Watch the Good Morning America story here and be ready for goosebumps!

3.31.09  .  Jory goes home!  Read the stories, watch the press conference--MIRACULOUS!!  . click here and click here

3.9.09  .  Jory's condition upgraded from 'fair' to 'good' . click here 

3.6.09  .  Words from the Sidelines . Jory and Father Bolger . click here .
The quality of the picture is low as it is a scan of a newspaper clipping.  Jory is #60 and is to the left of Fr. Bolger.  This picture has been hanging in the Aquin Faculty Lounge.  After reading the following statement from Jory's mom, Mrs. Flynn remembered that Jory was in this picture.  Keep praying!  

"Jory continues to improve and was moved out of the lCU to another floor the evening of March 5th.

As the injury Jory sustained was described by physicians as a non-survivable gunshot wound to the head, we feel blessed with the miraculous progress we have seen so far.

Jory has had a few setbacks and has a long road ahead of him. He is continuing to battle his traumatic injuries and severe pain with the same Bulldog attitude and spirit we witnessed on the Aquin football field when at 168 lbs. he was lining up against 250 Ib+ linemen. It is this determined attitude and spirit, the grace of God, and your continued words of support and prayers that keeps us hopeful that he will make it through this senseless and horrific ordeal and overcome many of the deficits that he is now dealing with.

Jory has built a special relationship with Father Art here at Metro Hospital and some of the longest conversations are between the two of them. Jory indicated that he reminds him a little of Father Bolger, a priest he was close to and looked up to at Aquin High School in Freeport, IL.

I started reading these messages to Jory a couple days ago. I lost count of the number of smiles the messages brought to his face. Although he sometimes get exhausted and appears to be falling asleep, every time I suggest we take a break, Jory asks that I keep reading and I cannot begin to express what your support means to him. He is also very touched by the outreach and support he has received from near and far and amazed by the response from the community including people he has never met.

While he is not yet ready for visitors, please continue to keep him in your prayers and I will continue to read your words of support to Jory and periodically update this site with his progress .”

Thank you, Jory's mom

3.2.09  .  To read Jory's family statement and Jory's Fund information
click here

To leave a message of support to Jory & his family, 
click here. Jory's story is the first one listed.  Click on the link to the right to post your message.

2.26.09  .  Keep the prayers flowing.  Jory's progress described as 'one-in-a-million'.  To view entire press conference with one of Jory's doctors and read the full story click here.

2.25.09  .  To contact Jory and his family, please email jory.info@gmail.com

2.25.09  .  While Jory is still fighting for his life, Cleveland police have arrested 4 suspects and are looking for a 5th. 
Read the full story by
clicking here.

2.24.09  .  We are still uncertain of Jory's condition, but based on the news article (quoted below) Jory and his family need our prayers.  Pray too for the family of the other victim, Jeremy Pechanec. 

" . . . according to trauma surgeon John Como, who was there when the two men arrived at the hospital Sunday morning,  The bullet cut at an angle through Aebly's brain and lodged on the right side, leaving fragments of bone and bullet in its wake. Doctors can only wait to see if he will improve as the swelling subsides, Como said. "It would be unusual for someone to recover, to survive an injury (like this)," he said. "I'm surprised that he's doing as well as he is given the wound that he sustained."

To read the entire article and view the press conference with the mothers of both victims click here.  Be advised, the blogs following the article are quite intense. 
Pray for the city of Cleveland in this difficult time.

2.23.09  .  Jory Aebly is an Aquin graduate from the class of 2001.  He and his friend were shot in a robbery over the weekend in Cleveland.  His friend is dead and we are not sure the status of Jory.  Jory was shot in the head and the bullet went all the way through.  We don't know much more than that.  Please keep Jory and his family in your prayers. 

To view the newspaper story on the unfortunate event, please click here 


 

 


Pictured above are David Arata, Dr. Michele Arata, AUD, Matthew Arata, Judy Arata at Michele's graduation ceremony on May 16, 2009 (Robin wasn't able to attend).  Michele graduated from University of Iowa and is now a Doctor of Audiology.

Dr. Michele will be practicing at the Kelly Frost Clinic in Alamogordo, New Mexico where she did her internship--now she will get paid!

.  class of 2002 .


.  class of 2003  .

Brendan Brannick graduated with Honors from the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Human Factors. He currently is employed by Carver Aviation in Davenport, Iowa as a Flight Instructor/Charter Pilot. He is the son of Jim, class of 1973, and Sue (Trapp) Brannick, class of 1977, and grandson of Harold Trapp, class of 1945 and William Brannick, class of 1942.

Robin Leslie Arata graduated from Illinois State University and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. She was an Honor Program Scholar and achieved Dean’s List status during the spring semester. She was a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity, holding the positions of Rush and Initiation Chairman.

.  class of 2004  .

Cassie Carter Busker, has made the Dean's list at Rio Salado college with a 4.0 average for the Fall semester 2007.  Rio Salada is in Phoenix, Arizona and is the largest community college system in the country.


.  class of 2005  .

Patrick Flynn was inducted into Rho Phi Lambda, the national honor society for recreation, park and leisure majors at the University of St. Francis.  Students majoring in Recreation Administration to be considered for membership in Alpha Iota Chapter must meet the following criteria.  
     -Junior/Senior status (60 hours or more)
     -21 credit hours or more completed in the major
     -3.0 overall GPA
     -3.25 GPA within major
     -Demonstrate evidence of academic excellence in scholarship and have a substantial
      record of leadership and service to the community, department and/or university

Patrick Flynn has been named Daktronics NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete.

Read release from University of St. Francis.

Matt Carter made the Dean's list at the University of Iowa for the Spring Semester 2006-2007 school year.  Matt was recently notified he has been accepted into their school of business which ranks in the top five in the nation.  

Lauren Sopcic makes EIU headlines with volleyball performance in Texas at SMU Invitational.

See entire article

Trent Thill, a sophomore at Highland Community College, placed 90th overall in the 131-player field at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro, Alabama.  He was also named to the Arrowhead All-Conference Team.  This status is reserved for the 11 best golfers in the Arrowhead Conference.

Bryson Whalen in 2008 Rose Bowl with Fighting Illini Football.  Follow his trip.

Bryson Whalen makes 2008 Fighting Illini Roster

Patrick Flynn, a sophomore at University of Saint Francis, was one of 31 student-athletes to attain a perfect 4.0 for the spring semester of 2007.  Flynn plays football for the Saints. 

"This is truly a tremendous accomplishment by all of our student-athletes and something that each of our coaches should be most proud of for their respective teams," said USF Director of Athletics Dave Laketa. "At the same time, it sets the bar even higher for our future classes, a new challenge that we are more than happy to take on.

"These numbers speak to the mission that we have always been committed to since the inception of athletics at St. Francis," continued Laketa, himself a 1990 graduate and football letterman for the Saints. "We want each of our student-athletes to strive for excellence both in the classroom and arena settings so that they may become effective leaders at home, in their communities and in their professional lives."

Read entire article

.  class of 2006  .

Drew Harweger in 2008 Rose Bowl with Fighting Illini Football.  Follow his trip.

Drew Harweger makes 2008 Fighting Illini Roster

. class of 2007 .

Joshua Pontius was selected by Freeport Lions Club for a $500 scholarship for students planning to attend Highland Community College. He is the son of Dawn and Michael Pontius, class of 1975.

.  class of 2008  .


.  class of 2009  .

8.23.09
Ben Welser, class of 2009,
made the Varsity Soccer Squad at Carthage College. He is now with the team in Florida on a 10-day trip. This trip will include a visit to Disney, scheduled games against a few Florida colleges and training at the U.S. Men's National Soccer Academy.

Congratulations Ben!

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6.3.12 . Be ready to be AMAZED. The ABC News story featuring Dan Curry (class of 83) aired on Friday night. Unfortunately, ABC contacted Dan only 15 minutes before it aired, so you can't see it 'live', but you can still see it. The life-saving procedure is absolutely incredible. Way to go Dan!
 

Click here to view the story.

Arthur Hodapp is laid to rest

  1. Midwest Memoirs: Artie is finally coming home

    Arthur Leon Aloysius Hodapp went missing while fighting in the Korean War in 1951. His family never saw him again.
    He was 23 years old. After the war, his family learned that he died in a Korean prison camp, and his remains were still in enemy hands.  Just a few days ago though, his sister, Francis Meyers, found out that Arthur’s remains had been identified.
    After nearly 60 years, “Artie” is finally coming home.

    http://www.journalstandard.com/archive/x802140705/Midwest-Memoirs-Artie-is-finally-coming-home
    Sat Apr 16 23:00:35 CDT 2011
  2. Funeral to honor Korean War Veteran

    Private First Class Arthur Leon Aloysius Hodapp, who died in a North Korean prison camp in 1951, will be laid to rest on Wednesday, some 60 years after he died. The service will be held at St. Joesph’s Catholic Church in Freeport on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with a full military burial to follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery.

    http://www.journalstandard.com/archive/x1495156175/Funeral-to-honor-Korean-War-Veteran

    Sat May 21 23:16:07 CDT 2011

  3. OBITUARY: Arthur Hodapp

    Arthur Leon Aloysius Hodapp, 22, of Freeport died on July 3, 1951, in a Prisoner of War camp in North Korea.
    He was born on Aug. 31, 1928, at St. Francis Hospital in Freeport, a son of Charles F. and Florence (Dilly) Hodapp.

    http://www.journalstandard.com/archive/x31867951/OBITUARY-Arthur-Hodapp

    Sat May 21 22:23:18 CDT 2011

  4. OBITUARY: Arthur L.A. Hodapp

    Arthur Leon Aloysius Hodapp, 22, of Freeport died on July 3, 1951, in a Prisoner of War camp in North Korea.

    http://www.journalstandard.com/archive/x1539863871/OBITUARY-Arthur-L-A-Hodapp

    Fri May 13 00:35:33 CDT 2011

On Wednesday, October 20, 2010, Dr. Matthew Taylor, Aquin Class of 1976, offered two sessions from his Rehabiliation Clinic.  Links to his presentation slides, class for changing your body/changing your mind and a 15-minute guided meditation regarding fear and passion follow. 

Aquin Slide Presentation . Aquin Podcast
click here                                    click here

Transform your body, change your mind
click here

15-minute guided Meditation regarding fear and passion
click here