Issue 56
Spring 2002

  Preparing a New Kind of Hero: MU's Forensic Psychology Program

  Remembering Jen Tino '94

  Family Ties: Marymount Legacies in the Making

  A Perfect Fit: Tracking Admissions Trends at Marymount

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Joanie McLaughlin Amorosi ’71, ’78 received her Certified Meeting Professional certificate in 2001. She is assistant manager of meetings and exhibits for the American Academy of Facial & Reconstructive Surgery.

Congratulations to Gayle Lovermi Hill and her husband Terence on their adoption of a daugher, Rosellyn Marie, in June 2000. The Hills reside in Oxford, CT.

Krista Criswell ’96

After graduating from Marymount in 1996 with a degree in Fashion Merchandising, Krista Criswell jumped right into the fashion world. Her MU internship with Karla Colletto Swimwear prepared her to launch her career in New York. Soon she was working for such industry leaders Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Isaac Mizrahi. In 1999, Krista became director of Merchandising for the Garfield & Marks Design Group; in that position she was responsible for the creative, strategic merchandising of five clothing lines.

In July 2001, Krista began an exciting new venture as founder and co-owner of Melissa Ann Cook Designs, Inc. The company designs and distributes ladies’ novelty handbags. Their clients include specialty stores like Henri Bendel in New York and Saks Jandel in Chevy Chase, Maryland. In addition to her ownership responsibilities, Krista has a hand in product research, development, design, and production, as well as marketing and sales.
She laughs, “Handbags have always been my weakness! For most women, it’s shoes. But there are so many ways to be creative with handbags.” Krista likes to work with a variety of fabrics, such as coated linen, ultra suede, and denim, then add special trimming to complete each bag. She notes, “Our handbags always have a little surprise to them. Whether it is removable handles or a fun printed lining, we always incorporate a little something to make sure they are unique.” Always looking ahead, Krista is already planning her next business venture. In spring 2003 she will launch a new “Jaunty New York” handbag line.

Krista reflects on the ways Marymount prepared her for career success: “It was a great atmosphere to learn in. Professor McCoart and the other Fashion faculty always had their doors wide open to help me. My internship prepared me to feel confident when I started my job search in New York. I had a great time at Marymount, and I’m having a great time still!”

Rufus Arthur ’99, ’01

Rufus Arthur is happiest when he is teaching. He reflects, “I always wanted to teach. This job is a natural for me.” Having followed several different career paths during his life, Rufus now believes he has found his true niche, teaching learning-disabled students at George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia.
One of Rufus’s most successful classes is a U.S. History course for 11th graders. He proudly recounts one student’s progress: “At first, this young man was very shy and not very sociable. Now there are times when he is so vocal that it is quite exciting. His grades have improved tremendously in my class, and this success has spilled over into his other classes as well.” Rufus has helped some of his students return to the regular classroom, where they are doing well with limited special-education support.

As a young man, Rufus Arthur served 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where his responsibilities included acting as chief instructor for a leadership training program. Upon leaving the Marines, Rufus began his own business; later, he sold luxury cars. But he never felt satisfied with any of these career choices. Eventually, he decided to enroll at Marymount to pursue the credentials he needed to begin a full-time career in teaching.
After completing his undergraduate degree in Communications at MU, he enrolled in the University’s Master of Education in Special Education program. He says the program gave him the tools he needed to succeed: “There is a difference between being a good teacher and being a great teacher. Marymount prepared me to be a great teacher, because I learned to look at students as individuals. I learned how students learn and how to challenge them every day.”

Today Rufus Arthur is excited about his career path; he knows it’s one where he can make a positive difference. And his long-term plans for making a difference extend well beyond Virginia: Rufus hopes one day to return to his native Guyana and contribute to improving that country’s educational system.

Karen Norvik DeMiao is living in El Salvador with her husband and two children. Last year, two of Karen’s paintings were displayed at the National Center of Arts and Music in San Salvador.

Cynthia Holt has been appointed director of marketing for John Portman and Associates, an architectural firm in Atlanta, GA.

Joseph Greco’s volunteerism was featured in the Manassas Journal Messenger in August 2001. Joseph has volunteered with the elderly and disabled since his retirement from the Coast Guard 22 years ago.
Linda Ohler was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in Washington, DC, on Oct. 27, 2001.

Michael Brower has joined the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry as director of community and governmental relations. Michael and his wife and two children reside in Syracuse, NY.

Congratulations to Donna Dove Young and her husband Derrick on the birth of their daughter, Riley Marie, on Nov. 26, 2001. The Youngs live in Woodbridge, VA.

Mary Jane Keegan was married to Brian Beasley on Jan. 1, 2000. Mary Jane is human resources coordinator for Accord Human Resources in Littleton, CO.

Congratulations to Catherine McGeean on her marriage to Patrick Walsh in July 2000. Catherine and Patrick welcomed daughter Fiona Mary on Oct. 24, 2001. The Walshes reside in East Meadow, NY.

Congratulations to Alicia Lemeshewsky Szramoski and her husband Matthew on the birth of their daughter, Haley Kathryn, on July 10, 2001. Haley joins big brother Alex. The Szramoskis live in Lorton, VA.

Congratulations to Christopher Kuhblank and his wife Gena on the birth of their daughter, Ryann Clare, on Sept. 13, 2001. Christopher teaches and coaches at Oakton High School in Vienna, VA.

Congratulations to Jennifer Shrum Pociask and her husband Stephen on the birth of their son, Cameron Jon, on Oct. 17, 2001. The Pociasks reside in Winston Salem, NC.
Congratulations to Gina Bechberger Thorson and her husband Paul on the birth of their daughter, Anna Grace, on July 4, 2001. Anna joins big brother Evan. The Thorsons live in McLean, VA.

Jeanette Burns was married to Wayne Arthur in Philadelphia in February 2002. The bridesmaids included Debra Goldhammer ’94 and Jessica Turnbull-Engborg ’95. Also in attendance were Elizabeth Zuccarelli ’95, Michelle Mihin-Marino ’96, and Jennifer Moore ’97. The Arthurs reside in Philadelphia, where Jeanette is a legal assistant.

Congratulations to Meg Robertson Lassalle and her husband Eric on the birth of their daughter, Margaret Ann, on July 14, 2001. Big brother Matthew welcomed Margaret to the family. The Lassalles reside in Norfolk, VA.

Congratulations to Karen Groepler O’Neil and her husband David on the birth of their daughter, Victoria Rose, on June 2, 2001. Victoria joins big sister Katrina Grace. The O’Neils live in Woodbridge, VA.

Congratulations to Michele Beaulieu Hopper and Ian Hopper ‘96 on the birth of their son, Jonathon Michael, on Aug. 18, 2001. Jonathan joins siblings Katherine, Rebecca, and Nicholas. The Hoppers live in Woodbridge, VA.
Michael Fox earned his Professional in Human Resources Certification in December 2000.

Congratulations to Tonya Walton Deedman and her husband Mark on the birth of their son, Kyle Christopher, on Sept. 12, 2001. The Deedmans live in Centreville, VA.
Gail Morrell ’96, ’00 won the Maryland Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award for 2001 from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Torryn P. Brazell, CAE, was recently named executive director of the National Grants Management Association in Reston, VA.

Carolee Ann Bruaw ’97, ’98 married James Michael Romano ’98 in May 2000, in Atlanta, GA. In attendance were Marymount alumni Maralee Csellar ’95, Christine Dubuque ’95, ’98 and Jennifer Bible ’98. Carolee teaches at Francis C. Hammond Middle School and James works for Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney of Georgia. They live in Alexandria, VA.

Alexander T. Graham ’98, ’00 joined Printing Industries of America, Inc., as director of marketing on Oct. 15, 2001.

Denis Mendieta was married to Sonia Martinez on Sept. 15, 2001 in Arlington, VA. Denis is a programmer analyst with CACI. The Mendietas reside in Dale City, VA.


In Memoriam

Evelyn McCann Clark, mother of Barbara M. Clark ’58, February 5, 2002.

M. Blair Davis, husband of Joan Melham
Davis ’55,

Alice Grainger Hammel ’70, October 25, 2001.

Constance Lawrence Hermes ’65, sister of Jacqueline Lawrence Lockman ’68, November 2001.

Frederick W. Inman, husband of Barbara Inman ’77, ’89, June 15, 2001

Anthony C. Kunec ’90, January 20, 2002

Sr. Christopher McInerney, RSHM, November 10, 2001

Sr. Jean Gailhac Walker, RSHM, January 26, 2002


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