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Xavier Faces
Janet O’Brien, department of athletics
 Raised in Lake Placid, N.Y., O’Brien married into a Xavier family. Her husband and brothers-in-law are alumni, her father-in-law began the Musketeer Club and her sister-in-law was one of the first female graduates. She and her husband recently became involved in a different type of family, hosting exchange students from Spain, Russia and Brazil. “I recommend it to everyone. They become a part of your family.”

Matthew O’Neill, comptroller A native of Cincinnati, O’Neill began at Xavier in 2000 while working toward his M.B.A. degree. As senior accountant, he handles all the grant accounting and annuities, and safeguards Xavier’s investments. O’Neill is an active runner and has run several 5K and 10K races. He’s always looking for running partners. He’s also busy planning vacations in Poland and Russia in 2003, even though he speaks neither country’s language.

Dennis O’Reilly, accounting As a military child, O’Reilly traveled throughout the country. He resided in Virginia, Florida, Alaska, South Carolina and Alabama before settling in Cincinnati. As an avid cyclist, O’Reilly participated in bike rides across Georgia in 1996, ’97 and ’98. When not cycling, he spends much of his time remodeling his suburban home. In July, he was published for the second time in Ohio’s CPA journal.

 

Pat O’Leary, physical plant He may not be the next Ted Kluszewski, but O’Leary’s hands will be seen on Big Klu’s sculpture at the Great American Ball Park. The maintenance repair technician with physical plant was asked to pose for the statue. Assigned to the Village and Commons apartments, O’Leary revels in the wide range of work his job affords. “I love working at Xavier, and enjoy what I do,” he says.

Naming Rights
Saintly connections aren’t required to work at the University, but it didn’t hurt the newest assistant professor of Spanish, Ignacio Francisco Rodeño. He is named after Ignatius Loyola and Francis Assisi.

Get a Job
Upromise, a Massachusetts administrator of college savings plans, reports students who work 10 hours a week or less do better academically than those who work full time or not at all. Working cuts into nonproductive time, it reports, and forces the students to concentrate on their schoolwork.

Did you know?
Of the incoming freshman class of 764 students, 181 (24 percent) have relatives who previously attended Xavier.

 

Rapped Up
When Soren Baker was asked to be on a communications panel at UCLA, he thought he was just going to share his experiences as a freelance music writer. Instead, he landed his biggest assignment—writing and producing a show on rap star Eminem for the music channel VH-1. Another panel member recommended the 1997 graduate. The show aired in June. “When I interviewed Eminem in 1999 for a magazine story, he was cracking jokes,” says Baker. “Now he’s more guarded and businesslike.”

Big Red CD
The memory of his first Cincinnati Reds game so stirred Leo Bradley that the program director for educational administration wrote a song: “Opening Day.” The tune, about a father taking his son to his first baseball game, is the first track on Bradley’s latest CD, Opening Day: The History of the Reds in Song and Narrative. His first album, One Bounce and You’re Out, covered the history of baseball through songs.

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