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News From Alumni Relations

The beginning of this 2012-13 school year includes celebrating 50 years of the current campus. Students who graduated in 1962 were the last group to attend classes at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse on Bender Road. That is just one of the milestones we’re celebrating! See more about the milestones on page 4.

We hope you can find time to join us on one of the two trips our travel program is offering. Or, if music is your passion, try choosing one of the concerts planned at Music Hall. Celebrate with us at our Saints, Spirits and Salsa gathering on November 1 — come for Mass and stay for more fun. And don’t forget that again this year we have arranged a special date for the Festival of Lights. If you have never joined us you are missing an exciting family activity — animals included!

We’d like to share two websites that involve alumni. Both convey how special Mount alumni are in giving back, not only to our community, but also across the world. Vanessa Blust Tiemeier ‘04 is fighting breast cancer. She and her sisters have started a program called The Live Sincerely Project. The goal is simply for people to pledge to live their lives more fully. Learn more about the project at and take the pledge. It’s simple to do!

Also, two alumni, Eucabeth Mose ‘10 and Valentine Wanga ‘10, have founded a nonprofit organization called the Infinity African Empowerment Foundation. Because of the impact the Mount had on them, they are helping others in Africa by implementing sustainable projects to lift their communities out of poverty. Check out their facebook page at

Please continue to connect with us, tell us your story and let us share it with others!

Nicki Veldhaus and Alissa Beck.

Alumni Travel Around the Globe

Join fellow alumni for a low cost, high value getaway to two exciting locations:

Discover ChinaFebruary 18–26, 2013

Join the MSJ Alumni Travel Program for an exciting nine-day journey through China. Discover the highlights of Beijing, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Olympic Green. Step back in time with a walk along the Great Wall, or a visit to the astounding Terra Cotta Warriors. Travel through the Valley of the Ming Tombs and walk on “the road leading to heaven.” See the home of the famous pandas at the Beijing Zoo and marvel at a colorful performance by the Peking Opera. We hope that you will join us as we explore China’s dynamic history and culture. For a full itinerary and trip details go to or call Alumni Relations at 513-244-4298.

Flavors of TuscanyApril 16-25, 2013

What could be a better way to discover the heart of Tuscany than tasting, learning and engaging with inspired Italian chefs and proud producers of its finest ingredients? Explore bountiful markets, menus with flavors you will never forget, and your own knack for creating alluring Tuscan dishes while visiting a wealth of historical and cultural treasures. Enjoy wine tasting, step into the “Cradle of the Renaissance” in Florence, and meander through Siena’s Gothic streets and stunning palaces. Take an excursion trip to Rome and visit the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Discover the hilltop village of San Gimignano, one of the most picturesque places in Tuscany. Along with your culinary immersion, Tuscany’s amazing history, art and scenic beauty await on this nine-day adventure. For a full itinerary and trip details go to or call Alumni Relations at 513-244-4298.

Alumni Award Winners at Reunion

On June 2, 2012, the Mount welcomed alumni from the class of 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987 and Royal Mounties. During a convocation celebration six alumni were honored for their contributions to the Mount and our community. Dolores Daniel ’55 was awarded a Faculty Appreciation Award, following a nomination by Catherine Soehner ’87. Robyn Ruede Caponi ‘72 received the Loretta Richards Distinguished Alumni Award for her service and support of the College. Dr. Elaine Busch Billmire ‘72 and Jane Ackerman Hoffman ’67 both received the Sister Mary Lea Mueller Human Service Award given to those who devote their lives to the service of others. Martha Schmitt McCarthy ’62 and Phyllis Platfoot Lea ’67 received the Alumni Career Achievement Award, an award that recognizes graduates who have excelled in their career or vocation.

Alumni Board Elects New Chair

In August the members of the Alumni Board voted to elect Steve Braun ’01 as the new chair. After chairing the alumni committee for the ‘Wall of Wine’ at Four Corners of the World, Steve decided to become more involved. He submitted plans to develop a 5k run to raise funds in support of the Mount and assist in creating a student committee to recruit future members of the Board. Congratulations are in order!

View all of your Alumni Board representatives at

Class Notes


Nancy Marie Bramlage, SC, ’67 celebrated her Golden Jubilee — 50 years with the Sisters of Charity.

Kathleen Gegan ‘67 recently performed excerpts from “SunSpirit,” her creation of original visuals and music at the Global Health and Humanitarian Summit at Emory University.

Gail Frommeyer Vilardo ’67 of Fort Mitchell, Ky., was featured in The Cincinnati Enquirer article, “CinciItalia Cookie Queens,” on May 16, 2012. She and other members of the Cincinnati Fuscaldese Society baked their famous authentic Italian cookies for the CinciItalia festival to help celebrate their heritage.

Mary Bookser, SC, ’68 celebrated her Golden Jubilee — 50 years with the Sisters of Charity.

Mary Ann Humbert, SC, ’68 celebrated her Golden Jubilee — 50 years with the Sisters of Charity.


Beth Reinhardt ‘72 wrote to congratulate the class of 1972 on their 40th anniversary reunion! She retired in 2006 after 30 years of teaching special education. She and her husband recently moved to a townhouse on the outskirts of Rochester, N.Y., and are enjoying it immensely.

Barbara Rieder Rudell ‘72 and her husband, Phillip, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary by touring Scotland.

Carol Hughes Roe ‘75 of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court under the monitoring of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys. Carol has previously received the Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Leadership Award from the Mount’s Nursing Program.

Loretto Rawson Armstrong ‘77 recently accepted a nomination to the Alumni Board.

Lupe Lopez-Tilsley ’77 recently accepted a nomination to the Alumni Board.


Ingrid Thompson-Weber ‘80 recently accepted a nomination to the Alumni Board.

Dr. Satinder Singh Bharaj ‘87 of Liberty Township, Ohio, was featured in The Cincinnati Enquirer article on August 18, 2012. In it, he describes how educating people about Sikkism fundamentals can eliminate ignorance and promote understanding. Satinder recently accepted a nomination to the Alumni Board.

Cynthia Schmid-Perry ‘82 recently accepted a nomination to the Alumni Board.


Michaelann Kelley ‘92 was awarded a doctorate of education (Ed.D.) from the University of Houston on May 11, 2012. Her narrative dissertation explored the strengths and challenges of teacher collaboration in an urban high school over ten years. She has been teaching visual arts in Houston for the past 20 years. Within the past 10 years she has visited Japan, South Korea, China, Italy, Ireland, Great Britain, and most recently Saudi Arabia. These explorations provided her the opportunity to bring the world to her students.

Donna Murphy ‘94 and her husband, Jim, provide dignified caskets for grieving families suffering pregnancy loss through their home-based ministry called Heaven’s Gain. Heaven’s Gain focuses on offering support and guidance to families going through a difficult journey.

Deanna King Fahey ’98 is studying at Miami University and is scheduled to complete her Master of Biological Sciences in December. She has two boys, ages 20 and 21, graduating soon from Texas A&M, as well as a two-year-old daughter.

Mike Lind ‘99 recently accepted a nomination to the Alumni Board.


Steve Braun ’01 married Alie Warken in August 2012. Steve was also elected as chair of the Alumni Board and will begin his term in October.

Kim Cochrane ‘01 has returned to the Mount as the creative manager in marketing and communications.

Joe Sparhawk ’01 and his wife, Tiffany, announce the birth of their third child in three years, a daughter born in July 2012.

Sarah Kindt Spite ‘01 and her husband, Craig, welcomed their second child, a boy, in February 2012.

Gloria Bailey Thornburg ’02 earned her Doctor of Ministry degree in March.

Nick Donley ‘03 married Lesley Johnson and announces the birth of their son, Whitaker L. Donley.

Bill Lisk ’04 recently accepted the nomination to lead the Alumni Board Governance Team. This team is tasked with reviewing the bylaws governing the Board and vetting new members.

Rachelle Oberjohann Bolling ‘05 and her husband, Toby Bolling, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., welcomed their second child, a girl, in July 2012.

Patrick Sloane ‘08 and Heather Bailey Sloane ‘08 of West Chester, Ohio, welcomed their first child, a girl, in February 2012.

Robert Huesman ‘09 recently accepted a nomination to the Alumni Board.

Jeremy Adam ‘09 recently accepted the nomination to lead the Alumni Board Fundraising Committee.

Debbie Simpson ‘09, president of Multi-Craft in Newport, Ky., won Marketer of the Year at the Annual American Marketing Association Award Ceremony.

Melissa Mundy Sims ‘09 recently married and changed her name to Melissa Sims.


Christy Cushing Cauley ‘07, ‘11 of Cincinnati, Ohio, has written a second novel, “Writers on the Storm,” available on Amazon. 

Chris Kokenge ‘12 has been hired full time by Hamilton County Job and Family Services following a successful co-op experience funded by the Haile Foundation.

Dustin Gehring ‘12 and his wife, Jo, had their third child, a boy, in September 2009, and most recently their fourth child, a girl, in November 2011. Dustin was named head principal of White Oak Middle School and began his first school year in this position in August 2012. This will be his 12th year with Northwest Local School District.

Pete Kohlmorgen ‘12 recently accepted a nomination to the Alumni Board.

Eucabeth Mose ‘10 and Valentine Wanga ‘10 founded Infinity African Empowerment Foundation. Learn more on page 16 in the News from Alumni Relations column.



Betty Ann Hefferman ’41

Ruth Ronnebaum Zipple ’43

Grace Graber, SC ’58

Rose Baumgarner, SC ’62

Rosemary Schmid, SC ’62

Mary Jean Fields, SC ’63

Marie Helen Ankenbrandt, SC ‘64

Geraldine O’Hagan ’64

Gertrudis Pfeiffer, SC ‘65

Patricia Weiskittel ’66

Christine Cotting ’70

Michael Nocheck ’90

Mother of

Catherine Cowen Wedwick ’68

Betsy Cowen ’72

Gail Macke ’77

Husband of

Ruth Sommer Hughes ’46

Judy Lansdowne Geoppinger ’63

Jaye Vehr McCormick ’78

Therese Pensak Vollmer ’86

We Remember – Father Ralph W. Beiting

Father Ralph W. Beiting, founder of the Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center, died in August at the age of 88 in Ashland, Ky. following a brief illness. He received an honorary degree from the Mount and ministered in eastern Kentucky for nearly sixty years.