Class Notes – Summer 2018


Pat Tutty Hennessey, C’46, Helena, Mont. Fifty years ago, Pat was part of the first Montana project to provide comprehensive health services to all children. She was the nutritionist and instrumental in directing the WIC program for the state of Montana. She and others were honored at a July 2017 event.


Mary K. Stillwell, C ’66, Lincoln, Neb., coedited “Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry.” It has been selected as the 2018 One Book One Nebraska. It is the first book of poetry chosen in the 13 years that the award has been given.

Sally Dill Dorsten, C’67, New York City, N.Y., recently exhibited several works of art at a gallery in Fulton, Mo.


Patricia Milan-Shores, C’72, Memphis, Tenn., retired as a management consultant contractor.

Patricia Regan, C’74, Palm Harbor, Fla., was a recipient of the Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service on Sept. 30, 2017, at the National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) in San Diego, Calif. Pat retired in the fall of 2017 as the executive director of development at Trinity Missions in Silver Springs, Md., the fundraising arm of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, a Catholic congregation of priests and brothers. She was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the NCDC, and to the entire Catholic community through her commitment to stewardship.

Dr. Alison Banikowski, C’75, Olathe, Kan., retired Oct. 1, 2017 after 34 years of service to the Olathe School District. During her time in Olathe, Dr. B., as she was affectionately known, worked as a special education teacher, an assistant principal, principal, director of elementary education, assistant superintendent, associate superintendent, and deputy superintendent.

Dr. Patricia O’Brien, C’77, Pueblo, Colo., after living in Chicago for 20 years, moved to Pueblo. She is retired, but teaches a course at a local unversity. Her students call her “Dr. P.” She travels often to Denver to visit her family and is quite busy with her volunteer work.

Mary Schrodt Dion, C’78, Chesterfield, Mo., is still teaching college biology at St. Louis Community College-Meramec while also volunteering with the Special School District to do science activities with students. Mary’s son, Philip, recently spent time in Leavenworth with the SCL prison ministry group, which included Sr. Rosie Kolich, C’80, Leavenworth, Kan., who attended Saint Mary College with Mary. Philip is a Jesuit novice.


Susan Loyacono-Honeywell, C’88, Mission, Kan., recently began a new position as a writer/editor in the Corporate Marketing Department at Burns & McDonnell’s world headquarters in Kansas City, Mo.


Janelle Martin Hutchins, C’99, Olathe, Kan., gave birth to a baby girl, Gia, on Oct. 8, 2017. She is welcomed by big brothers, Isaac and Aaron, and big sisters, Amelia and Maeli.


Justin Bode, U’05, Leavenworth, Kan., was nominated by the Leavenworth School District as a Region 2 semi finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year.

Melissa Daniels Montesano, U’06, Gladstone, Mo., and husband Kurt welcome the birth of Joshua Anthony on July 6, 2017. He joins big brother, Vincent.


Ashley Packham Peterson, U’10, and husband Dustin, Wheat Ridge, Colo., gave birth to a baby girl, Tinsley Sheryl Peterson, on Nov. 9, 2018. She joins her sisters, Aubrey, Emma, and Laila. Tinsley is the granddaughter of Mandy Burns Peterson, C’80, ’01, Butte, Mont., and niece of Geoff Peterson, U’09, and Becky Summers Peterson, U’09, Blue Springs, Mo., and Lindee Peterson Englehart, U’09, Butte, Mont.

Robert Schattle, U’11, Dallas, and Michaela Forge, U’10, were married in Leavenworth on June 11, 2016. Their reception was at USM, on “the very special campus that we loved.” They welcomed baby Cecilia Ann on Sept. 27, 2017.

Brady O’Neill, U’11, Jenna Schwinn O’Neill, U’11, and son, Xavier, of Honolulu, welcomed a new addition, Evelyn, in November 2017.

Patti O’Brien Ingraham, U’13, Lenexa, Kan., was selected by the Shawnee Mission School District as a Region 3 semi-finalist nomination for Kansas Teacher of the Year.

Brenden Olesen, U’16, Leavenworth, Kan., was nominated by the Leavenworth School District as a candidate for the Kansas Horizon Award, which recognizes outstanding teachers who have completed their first year of teaching.

Amy Jystad, U’16, Lawrence, Kan., is working on her Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Kansas. She earned her first publication in September 2017.

Jacquelyn Anderson, U’17, Olathe, Kan., was accepted into the doctorate program in counseling at UMKC.


Dr. Gwen Landever, academic dean and associate professor in education, has been named to the Aspiring Campus Leaders Academy by the Kansas Independent College Association’s (KICA). KICA has partnered with Credo, a comprehensive higher education consulting firm, to bring leaders the latest thinking and proven methodologies on campus planning, strategic thinking, student success, enrollment, and financial aid.

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