Alumni Weekend 2008

Your Siena Homecoming! Oct. 3-5, 2008 Savor the Journey! Toast the Memories!


The schedule is set for a wonderful fall celebration at Siena Heights! Alumni Weekend ’08, will offer something for everyone…and we think everyone will want to be here. Circle the dates on your calendar and start planning for Your Siena Homecoming the first weekend in October.


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Alumni Weekend ’08: Your Siena Homecoming!

October 3 – 5, 2008


Siena Heights is gearing up to make “Your Siena Homecoming!” the best Alumni Weekend ever with three days of laughter, learning, sports, the arts, food, fun and friends. Savor the journey.  Toast the memories.


Siena Heights wants YOU for Alumni Weekend!  Why?    

  • You can learn something! Savvy Seminars, Prayer Brunch, new buildings, old times.
  • You’re a Saint!  So come cheer the volleyball, soccer and baseball teams.
  • You can bring the family!  Kids of all ages love SienaFest, the picnic and our White Castle soccer tailgate.  High school kids can check out Siena.
  • You’ll have fun!  Run, play golf, eat, talk, eat, laugh, eat, sing, eat!
  • You haven’t changed a bit! (And everyone will tell you so.)
  • You deserve a night out!  Art, theater, wining, dining, karaoke—we have it all.

And the best reason to come back?  We really want to see you!


Make plans now to reconnect with Siena Heights.  Details and updates below.

  • Registration
  • Places to Stay
  • Weekend Schedule
  • Savvy Seminars
  • Alumni Weekend Mass
  • Prayer Brunch
  • Reunion Contacts
  • Athletic Hall of Fame

Questions?  Contact the SHU Alumni Office:


Places to Stay

In Adrian:

Carlton Lodge (517-263-7000).

Holiday Inn Express (517-265-5700).

Super 8 Motel (517-265-8888).

Briaroaks Inn B&B (517-263-7501)

Heart Wood Place B&B (517-265-3550)



Ellis Inn B&B, Blissfield (517-486-3155)

Tecumseh Inn (517-423-7401)

Quigley’s Log Home B&B, Hudson (517-448-1057)

Super 8 Motel, Brooklyn (517-592-0888)

Chicago Street Inn B&B, Brooklyn (517-592-3888)

Cowboy Creek Lodge & Cabins, Irish Hills (517-467-2300)


Around Cabela’s:

Dundee, MI, at the intersection of US23 and M50 about 45 minutes from Adrian, offers many lodging options including: Amerihost Inn, Comfort Inn, Country Inn & Suites, and Holiday Inn Express. Cabela’s and a waterpark are among the area’s many points of interest.


Weekend Schedule

Friday, October 3, 2008

Homecoming Opening Night:

Klemm Gallery Opening Reception, 5:30 p.m.:  

Works by Tom Rudd & Margo McCafferty

Gallery Wine & Cheese, 5:30 p.m.

Artists’ Lecture, 7 p.m.

Theatre Siena: “The Three Musketeers,” 8 p.m.

“Afterglow” Wine & Supper Reception, 10 p.m.


Saturday, October 4, 2008

5K Road Race, registration 8, race 9 a.m.

Siena Heights Heritage Walk, 10 a.m.

Coed Alumni Soccer, 10 a.m.

Savvy Seminar: Elder Care, 10 a.m.

“Solid Gold Get-Together” 50+ Year Alumnae Brunch, 11 a.m.

Alumni v. Varsity Baseball, Baseball Field, warmup 11 a.m., game noon

Savvy Seminar:  White Castle Marketing Adventure, 11 a.m.

SienaFest!  11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Community Picnic Lunch, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

“Open Mic” Showcase Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Alumni Choir at Open Mic 2-2:30 p.m.

Varsity Women’s Soccer, 1 p.m.

Varsity Volleyball, 1 p.m.

Savvy Seminar: Autism, 1 p.m.

 “White Castle” Soccer Tailgate, 1 – 3 p.m.

                Business Reunion Tailgate Tent

Savvy Seminar: Leadership, 2 p.m.

SHAAKA Alumni-and-Student Fireside Chat, 3 p.m.

Varsity Men’s Soccer, 3:30 p.m.

Alumni Weekend Mass, 4:30 p.m.

All-Alumni Reception, 5:30 p.m.

Alumni and Reunion Banquets, 7 p.m.

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet 7 p.m.

Theater Siena: “The Three Musketeers,” 8 p.m.

Octoberfest! 9 p.m. – midnight


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Saints Golf Outing at Wolf Creek Golf Club, registration 8, shotgun start 9:30 a.m.

Alumni Weekend Prayer Brunch on “Spirituality,” 10:30 a.m.


Savvy Seminars

Dollars and Sense:  Planning for Your Future with Alternative Retirement Investments   Financial services professional Adam Hartle ’06 will discuss alternative investments you can use to save for retirement and help with life’s little turns. Also, learn what to look for in a benefits package to help you make wise career decisions. Friday, 2 p.m.


Elder Care:  Honoring (and Caring for) Thy Mother, Thy Father, Thyself

Explore the legal, medical, emotional and logistical considerations and resources for ensuring seniors the quality care they deserve. Dr. Sue Idczak, director of nursing at Siena Heights, leads a panel of speakers including the Hon.Margaret Scholz Noe ’75, elder advocate Keith Rusie ’99, and Cathy McBride Murphy ’68 with Home Instead Senior Care.  Saturday, 10 a.m.


The Epicenter of all Cravings: White Castle's Quest to Feed the Hungry

Jamie Richardson ’87, former marketing director for White Castle, Inc., now Vice President, Government and Shareholder Relations, discusses the little square ‘burger that could. Learn how a privately-owned company keeps its brand relevant in a cluttered marketing environment—then try free samples at the White Castle soccer tailgate!  Saturday, 11 a.m.


Ask Me About Autism: The Fastest-Growing Segment of Special Ed in America

Across the nation, parents, families and schools are struggling to understand the needs and gifts of our rapidly increasing population of autistic children. SHU education director Sally Rae moderates an experienced panel including Special Education teacher and SHU faculty member Penny Spooner, SHU Special Education Coordinator Martha Carroll, long-time Montessori teacher Claire Lubaway ’74, and parent Mary Hellner ’88, mother two children one of whom is autistic.  Saturday, 1 p.m.


Lessons of Leadership: Running Against the Odds

As Barack Obama makes history in the presidential race, accomplished SHAAKA alumni discuss their Siena Heights experiences and lessons learned in the process of building competent, purposeful and ethical lives.  Leslie Gladden Love ‘93—actor, Marygrove College professor, and Detroit community activist—moderates a panel of speakers including Jimalatice Thomas-Gilbert ’92, Reginald Moore ’83 and other accomplished alumni. Saturday, 2 p.m.


Alumni Weekend Mass

4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.

Lumen Ecclesiae Chapel

Fr. Tom Helfrich, Campus Chaplain, presiding.


Athletic Hall of Fame

Spectacular Saints! --  2008 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees: 

Damon Armstrong ’02 (basketball) 

Dave Bonino ’91 (baseball)

Lisa Broccardo Russo ’90 (soccer)

Scott McClure ’86 (sports information)

Dave Sagaert ’85 (soccer) 

Josh Wonders ’00 (cross country/track)

1983 Men’s Cross Country team. 


The Hall of Fame Induction and Banquet takes place in Benincasa at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, immediately following the All-Alumni Reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Fieldhouse.

Tickets are $30/adult, $10/children-10-and-under; advance reservations are encouraged. Use the Alumni Weekend registration form or call athletics at: 517-264-7870.



Prayer Brunch

Spirituality: Finding Meaning in Modern Life

Music, fellowship and food for thought:  A classy way to wrap up alumni weekend.  Enjoy Sunday brunch and a rich discussion of faith, reason and meaning featuring a panel of alumni and faculty including Dr. Mark Schersten (Adrian campus) and Dr. Tad Dunne (Metro Detroit Center and On-Line Program).  Sunday, 10:30 a.m.


Reunion Contacts

SHAAKA African-American Reunion: 

Reunion contacts: Leslie Gladden Love ’93 (, Jimalatice Thomas-Gilbert ’92 (, Anthony Roberson ’99 (


Business and Management Division Reunion: 

Reunion contact: Division Chair Marybeth Leibold (


Solid Gold Get-Together: 

“Valiant Women” from the ‘30s, ‘40s and up to ’58:  Join us for brunch at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.  Reunion contact: SHU Alumni Office (


45th Reunion Class of 1963: 

Reunion contact: Helen Kretschmer Pearce ’63 (248-312-0143)


40th Reunion Class of 1968:

Reunion contacts:  Tootie Horn (, Cathy McBride Murphy (


35th Reunion Class of 1973:

Reunion contact: Claire Lubaway ’73 (


The 30th Era Reunion -- 1977-78-79:

Reunion contacts: Vince Houle (, Bill Marshall (, Denise Walega Meray (, Francesco Meray (, Dennis Reeder (


The 25th Era Reunion -- 1982-83-84:

Reunion contacts: Patty Ceglio Bishoff (, Mark DiPietro (, Maureen Brady Leonard (, Joni (“Paradise Girl”) Warner (


The 20th Reunion Class of 1988:

Reunion contacts:  Mary Hellner (, Lisa Mosley ( 


Saints Cheerleading Reunion:

Reunion contact:  Michael “Flounder” Morgan ’83, aka “the cartwheeling cheerleader” (


Registration form (Please open the PDF attachment below)


Questions? Contact the SHU Alumni Office:


Meet Siena


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Alyssa Fausneaucht

Sport Management Major, Women's Golf; Adrian Campus

Faculty & Staff

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Gail A. Ryder

Associate Professor of Humanities


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Gabrielle Davis, '85

Philosophy Graduate; Attorney and Educator; Domestic Violence Prevention Advocate