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Don Archiable has the second-largest broadcast memorabilia collection in the country, all housed in a 4,200-square-foot building behind his Cleveland home. Included in the assembly are about 400 microphones and 60 television cameras. The makeshift museum, however, is not an homage to the evolution of television, per se, but more an acknowledgement of Archiable’s successful career in broadcast technology.

With degrees in architecture, industrial design and engineering, Archiable studied broadcast management at Xavier in the early 1980s before landing a job with Taft Broadcasting.

“I was lucky enough to walk in at the right time and started at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati as a chief engineer,” he says. “In about six months, they went through a growth spurt and went to 36 television and radio stations and they made me their corporate architect.”

This stroke of luck would lead him to design NBC’s space in the 40-story, $100 million NBC Tower on Chicago’s Miracle Mile, complete the 20-year, $308 million master plan for Rockefeller Center—including the studios for “The Today Show,” “Saturday Night Live” and “The David Letterman Show”—and collaborate on projects for movie producer George Lucas and the Discovery Channel. And this was only the beginning.

Today, Archiable is in his fourth year at Cleveland-based Archteck, a design firm he co-founded that specializes in broadcast studios and technology. “We feel we’re kind of unique in the country doing design-based schemes and such that are technology driven and have an infrastructure that is mission-critical,” says Archiable, who is rebuilding the Weather Channel and designing network studios around the country. And despite his fast-paced career, Archiable hasn’t lost any energy.

“It’s 1,000 times more personal satisfaction because I can pick and choose and I don’t have a corporation that tells me to what to do,” he says. “This is probably the most calm, the most rested I’ve been in 10, 20 years.”

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Home Sweet Dorm

Jeff Gawronski and Deryl Sweeney II want college students to live as comfortably as possible. So last April, the 2001 graduates went live with Dormbuys.com, an online store offering just about everything students might need to make a dorm room as homey as, well, home. Growth has been steady: The online store stocks about 1,000 dorm-specific items—appliances, technology, bedding, furniture, décor items—and recently received accolades from the Wall Street Journal as the best buy in dorm bedding. Perhaps even more important, Dormbuys.com gets between 500 and 1,000 unique visitors daily.

 

Gawronski and Sweeney trace their business partnership to their junior year at the University when they joined forces to sell the Mini-Mantle, a bed-mounted shelf invented by Gawronski. But they let the idea drop following graduation and went their separate ways—but just for awhile.

In 2004, the pair quit their jobs to devote their time to the Mini-Mantle—and with great results. The product is now carried by Bed, Bath and Beyond, the Container Store and more than 300 college bookstores coast to coast. Along with brand-name products and, of course, the Mini-Mantle, Dormbuys.com’s product rolls are filled with items from small, niche manufacturers—products that can’t be found at the local Target or Wal-Mart.

“Our vision is to further entrench ourselves in the minds of parents and students preparing for school,” Sweeney says.

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Healthy Living

Cathy Rosenbaum prayed for a calling. But the 2001 M.B.A. graduate didn’t dream the answer would appear in her mailbox. Still, there it was: an invitation from People International to visit China and compare American and Chinese herbal and drug research.

After working for 30 years as a pharmacist, Rosenbaum was looking for a change, and she was so moved by her experience in China that upon her return she founded Rx Integrative Solutions, a small business with the mission of helping individuals bridge the gap between physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Rx Integrative Solutions provides customized programs for clients and physicians, addressing such things as helping individuals gain a better understanding of various herbal supplements, ensuring that clients’ supplements won’t interact negatively with any doctor-prescribed medicines they may be taking, streamlining a client’s regimen of herbal supplements and prescription drugs, or serving as a physician’s reference on herbal medicines. But equally important to Rosenbaum, she works with clients to implement lifestyle changes that might make supplements, and in some cases, medication, unnecessary.

Although she admits to being on the crest of a progressive wave in a conservative town, Rosenbaum says the trust she’s built with physicians over her long career—she still works at Bethesda Hospital and is administrative director for TriHealth Integrative Health and Medicine in suburban Cincinnati—gave her a strong foundation within the medical community.

Clients come through her web site—www. rxintegrativesolutions.com—or as referrals from doctors. Rosenbaum says her job is both educational and inspirational. “I’m trying to empower people to see they have amazing abilities to overcome obstacles if they have the tools.”

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Extra Credit: David Loy

A self-described “Navy brat,” David Loy was born in Panama and “lived a little bit of everywhere” growing up. He attended Carlton College in Minnesota before moving to Hawaii where he began practicing Zen Buddhism. He received a master’s degree in Asian philosophy from the University of Hawaii in 1975. His dedication to Zen study led him to Singapore, where he received his doctorate in philosophy from the National University of Singapore in 1985. He began teaching full time in 1990 and is a tenured member of the faculty of international studies at Bunkyo University in Japan. In Spring 2006, Loy arrived at Xavier as the Besl Family Chair of Ethics/Religion and Society. His thoughts: “I think in the last few years, Jesuit universities have made a real priority—it’s a very important part of the Jesuit mission—to engage in inter-religious dialogue. Who was the theologian who said, ‘No peace between nations until peace between religions, and no peace between religions until there is dialogue?’ I think that’s what I’m observing at Xavier. It’s made a big push to dialogue with Islam and more recently with Judaism. I think Xavier is doing a very fine job with that.”

“Buddhism provides a different perspective and an alternative to a consumerist lifestyle. Buddhism says we suffer because of our greed, and of course, consumerism encourages that. In a way, consumerism is always telling us that if we want to be happy, buy more. And Buddhism points a way out of that trap: The only way you can become happy is to realize how your life is and transform it.” “It’s estimated that there are as many as four million American Buddhists, and as many as 26 million people say they have been influenced by Buddhism. I think Buddhism is becoming a significant force in American culture, but it is sort of slowly evolving.”

“Within the Abrahamic tradition, the struggle between good and evil is the major issue. Buddhism doesn’t have much to say about evil. It has a great deal to say about the causes of evil, which are greed, ill will and delusion. Our fundamental delusion is the sense that I’m inside and you’re outside, that we’re separate, and we have to realize how to get through that.”

“American Buddhism has a bit of a tendency to be appropriated by American consumerism. So one of my main concerns is speaking to the Buddhist community and trying to develop the implications of social theory. Buddhism is really about becoming more aware of other people and more aware of other social issues.”

“I’ve been very involved with Ernest Becker, a cultural anthropologist and psychologist, famously known for the book Denial of Death, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975. He talks about how religion is one of the cultural ways that we try to deny death. In one way we don’t have to worry—just believe and it will be all right. But religion is also the main cultural institution that forces us to face death and sort of look it in the eye.”

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Chef’s Choice

As the executive chef at the Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla., 2002 M.B.A. graduate Brian Sode has a bigger challenge than most culinarians: “In a private club setting we’re constantly challenged to provide a world of styles and ingredients in our cooking,” he says. “Menus have to be changed constantly because our members frequent the club two, three and four times a week.”

These menus might include braised short ribs with pappardelle and toasted mustard seeds, or a pan-seared chicken breast with andouille sausage and sweet potato flan. It’s a lot of work—more than chefs at traditional restaurants might go through. But it’s worth it. In March, he received the American Culinary Federation’s Southeastern Region’s Chef Professionalism Award for exhibiting the highest standards of professionalism through certification, training, competitions and community involvement. He was honored only a few months later during the association’s national convention, where 500 attendees watched a video of his accomplishments.

Although his cooking style leans more toward Contemporary American, Sode’s methods are grounded in French Classical. “I trained with European chefs who passed this style down more than 30 years ago and it still is the foundation for all my cooking,” he says.

An executive chef since 1981, Sode tries to keep current with trends in four- and five-star restaurants and incorporate the recipes and concepts into the club. He also mentors young chefs, shares his cooking skills at a number of charitable events and oversees the club’s culinary program with food and beverage revenues of $1.1 million. And with those kinds of figures, it helps to have a chef with an M.B.A.

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Career Minded

Seniors in college aren’t the only ones utilizing the University’s job resources. In fact, Xavier’s career services center is available to alumni as well, providing an online job board where graduates can search job postings or upload résumés for viewing by potential employers.

The center also hosts employment fairs twice a year to provide opportunities to network and sponsors workshops throughout the academic year on topics that range from résumé and cover letter writing to professional etiquette and ethics seminars. Those who have specific career-related questions or need one-on-one help with job-search strategies, résumé writing and interview skills can meet with a Xavier counselor. The center maintains a library of job market statistics, salary surveys and other information alumni can access online at www.xavier.edu/career.

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Behind the Madness

Alexis Henderson came to Xavier on a full scholarship in 2001 to play for the women’s basketball team and made it to the NCAA tournament two years later. Now she’s earned another spot in the tournament, but instead of on the court, she’s on the sidelines. Henderson, who graduated in 2005, secured a one-year internship with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), working on the Division I men’s and women’s basketball championships. “There were more than 250 candidates and they bring in 28 people to interview for 14 spots,” says Henderson, who assists with everything from ticket sales to spreadsheets. She’s also traveling to Cleveland next year for the women’s Final Four. “It’s just exciting for me because I get to see all the background work that goes into it,” she says. “It’s such a phenomenal finished product, and I don’t think people understand how much work goes into it.”

At the end of the internship, Henderson plans to attend law school for sport and entertainment law, which she deferred once she found out the NCAA wanted to hire her. “My thought process was that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I can defer for a year for law school and pursue it when I’m finished.”

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