Class Notes

Spring 2010


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Honoring Filipino American Heritage Month

Deacon Frederic Cordova, ’52, founder of the Filipino American national Historical Society, was the guest homilist for a special Mass in honor of Filipino American Heritage Month. the Mass, presided over by Eric Watson, S.J., at Campion Chapel, was followed by a reunion (above) that brought together many alumni, their families and friends, SU students and staff. the inspiring evening featured authentic Filipino cuisine, music, dance and a tribute to the late President Corazon Aquino, a 2002 SU Honorary Doctorate recipient.


Evelyn Moss and James Moss, ’50, celebrated 60 years of marriage on Aug. 6, 2009, at a gathering hosted by their nine children in Anchorage, Alaska. Many of their 15 grandchildren were also a part of the festivities.


Donald Larkin and Marilyn Peterson Larkin, ’60, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this summer with a vow renewal ceremony during a special Mass. They also hosted a family reunion at South Lake Tahoe attended by their children, their spouses and 16 grandchildren.


Curly McNamee, ’67, was joined by wife, Judy, ’67, and friends, Shari Alma, Marian Martinolich, Bud Martinolich, ’67, and Wim Alma, ’67, in the cheering section for SU’s men’s basketball team before they took on eastern Washington Dec.12.


Helen Jolly and Jim Burns, ’78, are Daniel J. Costello, Jr., was honored by the 2009 recipients of the Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen Humanitarian Award. Each year Catholic Comunity Services of Western Washington presents the award to a practicing Catholic who demonstrates faith-based community service and leadership. Both were recognized for their outstanding community leadership and for providing faith-based service to underrepresented people in Western Washington. Jolly, a member of Holy Rosary in Edmonds, Wash., where she was once parish council president, was a primary fundraiser for the building of the parish’s current church. For the past decade she has coordinated the Christmas Giving Tree project, which provides more than 600 gifts annually to people in need. She is a founder of the St. Martin’s golf tournament, to which she has devoted thousands of volunteer hours over the past 17 years. She also served as president and treasurer of the board of the Association for Catholic Childhood. Burns served under Archbishop Hunthausen as the archdiocesan director of development from 1981–1991. He was a co-founder of the CHANNEL program, a Catholic leadership formation program for young adults that trained 450 people in its 27-year history. He also worked as executive director of the Chief Seattle Club, which provides a safe and sacred place for urban Native Americans. In 2008, he was interim director of the St. Mary’s Parish food bank in Seattle.


Susan (DuBois), ’93, and Joe Colombo welcomed daughter Eloise Anne Sprague Colombo on Nov. 3, 2009. Congratulations!


Daniel J. Costello, Jr., was honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with the 2009 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award. Costello and his colleague, G. David Forney, Jr., were recognized for their piece “Channel Coding: The Road to Channel Capacity,” which appeared in a 2007 IEEE publication.

Dr. Earl Sullivan has been named the interim president of the American University of Kuwait. Sullivan began his new position in January, and will serve as interim president until a new permanent president is selected. Recently Sullivan retired as provost emeritus of the American University in Cairo. He is also at work on a book, The New Dynamics of Multilateralism, which will be published later this year.


Sr. Ellen Miller was honored by Marian College as the recipient of the St. Francis and St. Clare Distinguished Alumni Award for her lifetime commitment to peace and social justice. She is currently a staff counselor at Living Hope Counseling Center in Quincy, Ill.


Dr. Steve Chestnut was selected in November as the 2010 Washington State Superintendent of the Year. Chestnut is currently the superintendent of the Selah, Wash., School District.


Aileen (Valera) Ibanez, ’95, and her husband, Marween Ibanez, ’02, celebrate the newest addition to their family, son Luke Keanu Ibanez. Born Jan. 6, 2010, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, Luke weighed 8 pounds, 8.8 ounces. He joins big sister nevaeh, 5. the family resides in Kauai.


Mary Ahern Thompson was honored by Symetra Financial and the Seattle Seahawks as a 2008 Hero in the Classroom. She is currently the librarian at Beacon Hill International School in Seattle.


Kirk Knestis was recently hired as director of research and evaluation at Hezel Associates, a nationally recognized company known for its work in education research. Prior to joining Hezel, Knestis was employed at the nonprofit education research corporation Edvantia.


Sarah Thompson welcomed granddaughter Taylor Claire in June 2009. Thompson is also grandmother to 3-year-old Kaylee Ann.


Arun Jhaveri recently joined the executive advisory board of One Million Lights, an organization that creates holistic programs to serve the needs of rural developing regions living without electricity while also working toward clean and efficient energy solutions. Jhaveri is an adviser to the federal government on energy policy and recently co-authored Carbon Reduction: Policies, Strategies and Technologies with longtime colleague and fellow engineer Stephen Roosa.

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