Summer 2012

The Fisherman

July 1, 2012 |

The first time Bill Reichert organized a fishing event for disabled people, he almost gave up.

“We picked the hottest day of the year,” he says. Fewer than 20 people attended, the fishing was lousy and the sandwiches he packed … Read More

Shoots and Scores

July 1, 2012 |

In Chris Bergstrom’s universe, there’s no better place to unwind after a stressful day than at a hockey rink.

“You get on the ice,” he says, “and you don’t think about anything else.”Well, almost. It was on the ice three … Read More

Head of the Pack

July 1, 2012 |

Scott Griffin just stared at the picture. A little girl about 3 or 4 years old was struggling to carry what looked like an ammonia bottle filled with water.

It was her daily ritual—fill it with water, carry it up … Read More

Putting the Tee in Art

July 1, 2012 |

It was a young entrepreneur’s dream. Logan Wallace, a 2003 communication arts major, just started designing and selling T-shirts when, at a wedding in 2006, he met a bridesmaid who directed the MTV show “The Big 10.”

In-between the top … Read More

Passionate for Pets

July 1, 2012 |

Just a few days after their wedding, Karen and Michael Budkie noticed a sick puppy abandoned on the side of the road.

Touched, the newlyweds picked the dog up and took it to a nearby no-kill pet shelter where the … Read More

Literary Gold

July 1, 2012 |

For Sherry Brubaker, the first time’s been all the charm. Brubaker finds herself the co-author of a children’s picture book, Cup of Glitter, which has won raves and awards from the publishing industry.

“It’s something I always wanted to do, … Read More

Going Green and Earning Green

July 1, 2012 |

Ann Dougherty likes to talk trash. No, seriously.

Dougherty is Xavier’s newly hired sustainability coordinator who’s charged with reducing the size of the University’s carbon footprint and saving the planet. It’s no small task, but in her first four months … Read More

Forever Edgecliff, 1951

July 1, 2012 |

The vistas were sweeping. The courses enriching. The friendships tight.

Edgecliff College was an idyllic place for young women to get an education and an introduction to the real world of the 1950s. For the Class of 1951, four years … Read More

Extra Credit: Matthew Dunch, S.J.

July 1, 2012 |

Matthew Dunch, S.J., is completing his first year at Xavier as a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy after working as a prison chaplain and teaching pre-school (the latter being the tougher gig) while also spending two summers “excruciatingly … Read More

Degrees of Separation

July 1, 2012 |

For years, it just didn’t matter that Michael Kern didn’t finish college.

He came of age in an era when one was judged on intelligence and wit rather than academic credentials. He was so busy overcoming challenges and climbing the … Read More