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Xavier Magazine | December 11, 2018

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Winter 2011

The Food of Life

January 1, 2011 |

Ryan Lavalley was scared. Just a freshman, he was sitting in a car with some fellow students headed toward downtown. Their goal: take the sandwiches they made that afternoon to people living in a homeless area known as the Queensgate … Read More


January 1, 2011 |

The Xavier community celebrated the life of First Lt. Michael Runyan, a 2008 graduate, at a service with Runyan’s family and ROTC colleagues in October in Bellarmine Chapel. Runyan died in July in Diyala Province in Iraq when his vehicle was … Read More

Roses are Read

January 1, 2011 |

Nothing says “I love you” like a dozen roses. Except, perhaps, a dozen roses stamped with the words “I love you.” That’s the theory behind Speaking Roses, anyway, a Utah based firm that patented a process of printing words, pictures and … Read More

Rescuing Leftovers

January 1, 2011 |

Every Thursday morning, a truck from the Freestore Foodbank pulls up to the loading dock at American Modern Insurance in Amelia, Ohio, just east of Cincinnati. Matthew Dooley is there to greet the driver. Together, they go into the company’s … Read More

Profile: Jim C. Aranda

January 1, 2011 |

Jim C. Aranda Bachelor of Arts in History, 1968 Partner, Stebelton, Aranda and Snider Lancaster, Ohio

High School Dropout | As Aranda explains it, he is a high school dropout. Really, he’s as much a seminary dropout. He attended a seminary … Read More

Norm Murdock 1932-2010

January 1, 2011 |

Norman Murdock wore many hats during his lifetime—politician, judge, lawyer, anti-tobacco crusader, benefactor, art enthusiast. Murdock, who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Xavier in 1955 and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1968, was elected … Read More

Mystery Girl

January 1, 2011 |

In her very first story, Laura Bradford used crayons to make a picture book about a gnome who created his own little town that had a “moleway” instead of a subway. It took her one rainy afternoon when she was … Read More

Profile: Thom (Gross) Barry

January 1, 2011 |

THOM (GROSS) BARRY Class of 1976 Actor Los Angeles

Farm-raised | Long before he ever dreamt of Hollywood, Thom Barry was a kid growing up on his parents’ farm in Williamsburg, Ohio. He dreaded the summer vacations because that meant working … Read More

Legal Aid

January 1, 2011 |

Ask his former colleague, and it sounds like Trey Daly got the short end of the career stick. “Trey’s pay is low, his hours are long, and he certainly does not enjoy the glamour, status or perks of private lawyers,” … Read More

Extra Credit: John LaRocca, S.J.

January 1, 2011 |

A transplanted New Yorker, John LaRocca, S.J., joined Xavier’s Department of History faculty in 1977 convinced he would return to his native East Coast within two years. He’s been at Xavier ever since.

“After my first semester here I was … Read More

Imagine U

January 1, 2011 |

Cathy Rosevear’s third and fourth grade students spend all year on their grade-school lessons. But in May, they go to college. That’s when Rosevear converts her classroom into Xavier University and doles out majors for the kids to explore.

It’s … Read More

A Healthy Future

January 1, 2011 |

When Xavier began studying the possibilities of acquiring Edgecliff College in the late 1970s, one of the components that made the idea so attractive was Edgecliff’s nursing program. Xavier didn’t have a nursing program, the need for nurses was growing and … Read More

Heck Yes

January 1, 2011 |

Communications professional Jean Palmer Heck is proof that being in the right place at the right time pays off. The place? Japan. The time? 1987.

“I gave a speech at an international women’s conference. I was emcee for the day,” says … Read More

Urban Farming

January 1, 2011 |

Will Allen, a 2008 MacArthur Fellow and one of Time magazine’s “The World’s Most Influential People,” educated Xavier students on “Growing Power and the Urban Farming Revolution” as part of this year’s Ethics/Religion and Society lecture series. Allen is co-founder and … Read More

HLC Evaluation Comments

January 1, 2011 |

Xavier University is undergoing a comprehensive evaluation by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provides institutional accreditation. Xavier has been continuously … Read More