Extras from the Spring 2012 issue of Franciscan Way Magazine
Anne K. (Lodzinski) Schmiesing, B.A. Theology '96
One of the most important documents I have kept from my days at FUS is my senior thesis. I'm kidding.
Seriously, between my husband Kevin (B.A. History '94) and me, we have a small library of books from our time at Franciscan. I know this is a bit nerdy, but several years ago I catalogued our library using Library of Congress, (perhaps influenced by my SWOP job at John Paul II Library).
Some of the best books in our home library are from the "great books" from the Honors Program. There are two notable books that I have often referred to or thumbed through for answers. One is Physics and Philosophy by Werner Heisenberg, which was assigned in Mr. Aquila's senior Honors class. I don't pretend to understand all of the discussion of Quantum physics and such, but I was struck by the very profound analysis of how worldviews affect science and how our attempts to study phenomena often transform what we observe. As Heisenberg put it, "Natural science does not simply describe and explain nature; it is a part of the interplay between nature and ourselves; it describes nature as exposed to our method of questioning." Even a science as seemingly objective as physics is not unaffected by our methods.
Most recently, I used The Intellectual Life by A.G. Sertillanges, (which I had borrowed from my future husband for a Prof. Gaston course I took). I searched Sertillanges for help when I wrote to my brother encouraging him to reevaluate his understanding of faith, which he had dubiously defined as "belief, without evidence." In this endeavor, I don't know that I was helped so much by the book itself, as I was by the over-all intellectual life and educational experience I gained at Franciscan.
Joseph Belland, B.S. Mathematics & Computer Science '03
• Probability, Statistics, and Queueing Theory with Computer Science Applications, by Arnold O. Allen.
• John E. Freund's Mathematical Statistics (Miller & Miller)
• Database Processing (David M. Kroenke)
All have been invaluable resources while battling the demons of databases and computer programming.
• All the books from the J.R.R. Tolkien class I took. Not just Lord of the Rings, but also his lesser-known books of poetry.
• Introduction to Christianity is a part of my Pope Benedict XVI collection.
• Abandonment to Divine Providence (Jean-Pierre de Caussade), a gift from my academic advisor, because it's one of the best gifts anyone's ever given me.
Jason Chanze, B.A. English ‘00
Shakespeare's Complete Comedies and Tragedies
Therese Moen, B.A. Humanities and Catholic Culture/History
If this is not too late, there are many books which still hold a place on my shelf but the one that I pick up most often and re-read is Thomas P. Neil's Makers of the Modern Mind.
Candice (Vandeven) Warfield, B.A. Catechetics and Theology '09
I have MANY books which I still revisit from my Steubenville days. The book which has probably impacted me the most, however, is St. Louis de Montfort's True Devotion to Mary. I bought it as a required text for Dr. Miravalle's Mariology class, but it turned out not only to be useful for the class but also a great spiritual resource—which helped my Marian devotion to grow in leaps and bounds.
Deacon Craig Anderson, M.A. Theology and Ministry '84
Early in my graduate studies, we studied and discussed some of what would become chapters in Dr. Alan Schreck's Catholic & Christian - An Explanation of Commonly Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs. The original and the revised 20th anniversary edition of that book, several copies in fact, are still on my bookshelf. It has been useful in ministry over many years and our children have shared it with friends of theirs as well.
And, if I could mention one other book, the Documents of the Second Vatican Council are still a reference for teaching and preaching.
Victor Zrinyi, B.A. Political Science '97, MEd '08
I still have a number of books from my college days at Franciscan. Here is a small list:
• Versions of History from Antiquity to the Enlightenment
This book always reminded me that the victors make the history of events. It also showed that each country had its own perspective of an event.
• The Legacy of Conquest
This book showed me the true West not the one we have seen on television or in the movies and it also depicted what really happened to the Native Americans and their way of life.
• Cultural Anthropology
This book showed me that every culture has something that we should take away with us and possibly incorporate into our own.
I have many more books, which I have kept for their informational value as research tools.
Thomas M. Chmelovski, B.A. Theology/History '79
Most of the books from college are still in my possession. In the decades since graduating, I took Dr. Carrigg's oft-used saying of "wide-outside reading," and applied it quite literally, so that today I have a personal library in excess of 15,000 volumes.
I'll mention four books in particular. Three came from a course taken during my very last semester taught by Dr. Alan Schreck on "Early Christian Literature." These are:
• The Early Church, by Henry Chadwick
• The History of the Church, by Eusebius, translated by G. A. Williamson
• The Early Church Fathers, edited by Cyril C. Richardson.
I've re-read these several times since graduation. The first book is an excellent history of the first centuries of Christianity by a renowned scholar. Eusebius and the post-apostolic Fathers are always worth reading.
The fourth book is a very valuable history of Pentecostalism; The Holiness-Pentecostal Movement in the United States, written by Vinson Synan. This wasn't for a course, but I bought it in the bookstore.
Rene' (Forsythe) Dierking, B.S. Marketing '99
Dante's Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradisio all have places still on my bookshelf because of the Dante's Divine Comedy class I took given by Dr. Henry Russell. The class was so great and Dr. Russell was just a fabulous professor for the study of the book.
Fr. Thomas Montanaro, L.C., B.A. Humanities and Catholic Culture ‘00
Greetings from Rome! Here are some favorites I still have (although with a vow a poverty the rest have been left for my family)
• Encyclical Letter Fides et Ratio, by Blessed John Paul II
• Encyclical Letter Veritatis Splendor, by Blessed John Paul II
• Letter to Families, 1994, by Blessed John Paul II
• Encyclical Letter Rerum Novarum, by Pope Leo XIII
• Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes, from the Second Vatican Council
My vow of poverty has limited my personal travelling library to a few, but these are timeless inspirations that I come back to and continue to use for my theological studies as a priest. It´s amazing to re-read my notes written in these documents as a student at FUS and continue to dive into the depths of the teachings which are still actual today.
P.S. Two of us, best friends at FUS were ordained together here in Rome this past December, in case you´d like to do an article on this. I am in Rome and Fr. Michael Maciborski is in Poland now. God bless!
Jennifer E. Miller, B.A. Theology '02
The Sources of Christian Ethics, by Servais Pinckaers. The class I took with Professor Donohue-White, entitled Catholic Moral Thought or something similar, changed not only the way I lived my faith but also encouraged me to focus on moral theology. I actually gave my original copy to a Baptist minister in North Carolina who was looking for a good book to structure a class on morality for a community college, and as I moved and lost track of him (and my book!), I bought it again years later when I taught my first Fundamental Moral Theology class at the university level. My students told me the same thing—the course changed their lives—and now one of them is teaching moral theology at a Catholic high school while, as a father of three, he earns his masters in moral theology long-distance. My father always says, "The difference between you now and you five years from now are the books you read and the people you meet". Of this book, it is certainly true!
Sara (Courtemanche) Wiseman, B.A. Theology ‘00
The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton. From Dr. Martin's senior seminar 2000.
Sallie (Servick) Weisgerber, B.S. Elementary Education ‘76
That Shakespeare anthology is still making a great doorstop.
Pat Gohn, M.A. Theology ‘08
• Reed of God, by Caryll Houselander
• The Introduction to the Devout Life, by St. Francis de Sales
Chris Wright, B.S. Accounting '87
I suspect that virtually every accountant knows the whereabouts of their Intermediate Accounting textbook (Kieso and Weygant). For years, I kept mine in my firm’s offices where I could see it, sort of like a safety blanket. Now, with the changes in accounting rules, it’s a bit of a relic, but it still enjoys a place on a bookshelf in my office at home, alongside my college history textbooks from Dr. Carrigg's classes. Not relics, by the way – history, despite some efforts to the contrary, doesn’t actually change.
Kree Kenton, B.A. Theology and Catechetics '08
The World's First Love, by Fulton Sheen. It was one of the books in college that somebody suggested I should read on Our Lady. Several of my friends would always quote the book, so I finally decided to buy it from the bookstore during my junior year. I have never been much of a reader, but I read through the book in a few days. I just couldn't put it down. It truly is one of the BEST books on the Blessed Mother. You can't help but fall more in love with her and her Son after reading it. I picked it up again last year and read it again. I have bought several copies and given it to friends and families. Definitely one of the greatest books I have ever read.
Holly Joy Penzenstadler, B.S. Education '03
A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken and Love & Responsibility.
They are timeless truths about what the human person is seeking. I was an education major, but the class was The Nature of Love and Sexuality, a philosophy elective.
Elizabeth G. Norton, B.A. British and American Literature '11
Gosh, asking a Literature major to choose is like asking a mother who her favorite child is. But of all my books from my courses at Franciscan, probably the one that will always have a place on my bookshelf is Paradise Lost by John Milton. I had to read it for three (or was it four?) classes, so there's some sentimental value there. But also, it is a very thought-provoking and theologically interesting poem, and every time I read it I get something new out of it. I prefer Dante's Commedia for its overall style, but Milton's subject matter is far more useful when looking at the human condition.
Daniel "Danny" Flynn, B.A. Theology '02
Pope JP II's Love and Responsibility. Hands down the best book I have ever read. In fact, it is so good I have re-read portions of it more than once since graduating in 2002.
Maria Bremberg, B.A. Political Science/History '01
While there are several books from my days at FUS that hold places of honor in my personal library, Personalism by Gabriel Marcel not only still sits on my bookshelf, but I find myself re-reading it every few years. I was not a philosophy major, but took Philosophy of the Human Person with Dr. White as an elective. When I first read the book, I was mesmerized by the wonder and beauty of seeing human persons and their relationships in a deeper, clearer way. I still feel that way every time I re-read it.
Eva Scott DeCenzo, B.A. Spanish '04
Catholic Christianity by Peter Kreeft. It was actually my younger brother's from one of his theology classes when he went to Steubenville after I graduated in '04. From that book I discovered the amazing writings of Peter Kreeft and have been a fan ever since.
Rebecca Bratten Weiss, B.A. Philosophy '95, M.A. '97
My wall-sized bookshelf is full to overflowing, and many of the books on it have traveled with me since my FUS days. Some of them I regularly re-visit, others I occasionally use when I am teaching, or for reference. Others sort of loaf there in honorable retirement. It would be hard to pick out one book in particular that has truly stayed with me, since books are as much my life as air or water or food. But if I had to pick out one - I think I'd choose the Fitzgerald translation of Homer's Odyssey, which I first had the fun of studying in my Freshman Honors class with Sr. Regina Pacis. I've studied it many times since, and written on it, and taught it, but nothing is quite comparable to the thrill of adventuring into a great book, with a good teacher and wonderfully argumentative fellow-students, for the very first time.
Michael Smith, B.A. Political Science '98
Hi, Mike Smith here, Class of '98, and a genuine Krasonite, BA in Poly Sci, and almost a minor in philosophy (I took a too-advanced course from Dr. Crosby in the final semester and had to drop it before it lowered my GPA.)
I have many plastic collated reprints of out-of-print books and excerpts of books, some heavily underlined, highlights, etc. Some I bought at fire sale prices in the book store, just to have. I still have most of the professor-assigned textbooks as well. I will be happy to compile and send a list and to sell them to any alumni or current students who are interested mainly in politics, philosophy, theology, and Catholic social teaching.
Frankly, I am old and won't be around for long, having been 60 when I finally got my bachelors. I will not have the time to read or re-read them. I love my books and want them to find a good home. And, my new wife being sick, we could use even a little bit of money. Pray for Linda and me!
Jonathan Brune, B.A. Theology '88
The only books I still have from college are my yearbooks.
Katherine (Jo) O'Brien, M.A. Theology '91, MA CCPS
I have all of my books, and all of my notes from all of my classes. When I glanced at my bookshelf, the first one I noticed was An Introduction to Thomas Aquinas. That book was for Dr. Miravalle's excellent Christian anthropology class.
Marjorie Rowe, B.S. Nursing ‘99
I still have Love and Responsibility by K. Wojtyla on my shelf. That book changed my life! Love and Responsibility gave me the philosophy of love and human sexuality that I was looking for and could not find in the Protestant teachings I had received growing up. It was very instrumental in my conversion to Catholicism.
Marie Milburn, B.S. Mental Health and Human Services ‘99
One book that has an important place on my shelf is I Promessi Sposi or The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni, which I was assigned to read for Honors senior year. Like many of my Honors books, I didn't quite finish it at the time it was assigned, but I have read it twice since, and I am sure I will read it again. It is a truly outstanding Catholic novel, with compelling characters—both vicious and saintly—charming protagonists, and an interesting historical context, all of which provide lots of food for meditation on the drama of human existence in light of Christ. It was interesting to learn from Italian friends that, like Dante's Divine Comedy, it is a piece of literature that every Italian student must read.
Melissa Knaggs, B.A. English and Theology ‘09
Reading The Catechism of the Catholic Church from start to finish in Dr. Miletic's Foundations of Catholicism course shattered my view of this text as a reference manual and brought it to life as a profound testimony of our Faith.
Michael Wrasman, M.A. Theology and Christian Ministry ‘00
• The Eastern Catholic Churches - A Brief Survey, by Ronald Roberson, CSP. We Catholics of the Latin Rite need to know that the Church breathes with both lungs, as Pope John Paul the Great stated. Most Latin Rite Catholics know next to nothing about the Eastern Catholic churches in union with the Holy See. Anthony Dragani (classmate and friend of mine) made sure when we were attending FUS back in the day that people knew about the Eastern Catholic Churches.
• Let the Fire Fall, by Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR, with James Manney; excellent book about Father Mike and his struggles to rejuvenate the College of Steubenville in the early 1970s.
• Christian Prayer: The Liturgy of the Hours. An oft-neglected prayer of the Church. The office is not just for priests, monks and religious sisters. Liturgy of the Hours is also an excellent prayer for the laity as well! My copy of the book was in the discard pile at the FUS library.
Unfortunately, when I moved from Steubenville, I had to trash about 99 percent of my college books.
Susan (Garlasco) Tesluk, B.S. Engineering Science ‘91
I still have all my engineering, physics and calculus university books because they are good familiar references should I ever need to refer to them. They have moved with me 12 times since the first half of my senior year at Steubenville (which was 1985). The second half of my senior year was not completed until 1991.
Don Plagman, B.S. Business Administration ‘66
Not the response you are looking for, but I ditched every book once the semester was over (probably sold them). At graduation time I returned home with my parents and clothing only. Just happy to get out and on with my life in the business world.
Aside—I know of a couple of students who did not purchase books for an entire year. They borrowed the books from frat brothers and studied all night long. Money probably spent at Stoney Hollow Inn... beer.
William Simon, B.A. Philosophy ‘91
The most important books that I felt a need to keep are collections of Church documents, encyclicals, apostolic letters, and legislative texts. These can always be used for future research.
Marlon De La Torre, MEd., '96
There are several in my shelf. Here’s a list:
• Frank Sheed: Are We Really Teaching Religion? He lays a systematic foundation on how to teach the Catholic Faith
• Msgr. Eugene Kevane: Jesus the Divine Teacher. He opens the reader to the art of catechesis and religious instruction through the divine teacher Jesus Christ and how to effectively hand on this teaching.
• Blessed John Paul II: Catechesis In Our Time. The blueprint for catechetical instruction period.
• Blessed John Henry Newman: Apologia Pro Vita Sua. One of the clearest journeys (conversions) to the Catholic faith I’ve read.
Vince White, M.A. Theology ‘02
• Love and Responsibility by JPII, before he was JP. Why: Began healing the wounds of coming from a broken family
• After Virtue, Alasdair MacIntyre
Why: Revolutionized my understanding of modern culture
• Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later, Janet Smith
Why: It's a tool to fight against the heavy hand of the powers that be.
• All my texts for evolution and intelligent design classes
Why: Opened my eyes on the life origins, evolution, teleology debate
Nicki (Saul) Herold, ‘00
A Landscape with Dragons. I'm not sure who it's by because I loaned it out to a friend due to the fact that I liked it. I believe the name of another great resource was The Facts of Life I got both that and the above in a Dr. Scarnecchia class. This one was great because it laid out all forms of birth control, contraception etc., and exactly what they were and how they worked, etc. Unfortunately this is another one that got loaned out and re-loaned until it disappeared. 50 Questions On the Natural Law is a great overview of the faith and what is naturally written on our hearts etc.
John M. Pifko, B.S. Secondary Education '62
I do have one book that has been valuable to me recently, especially since writing and having published my first book entitled, My Favorite Priest, A Convert Maker. It is The Harper Handbook, second edition by Wykoff/Shaw, which is one that I had in one of the writing courses.
Robert Campbell, B.S. Business Administration ‘90
Basics of the Faith, A Catholic Catechism—this book was under my arm most of my first semester.
Melissa Riese, B.A. Theology ‘09
A Severe Mercy—from my favorite philosophy class, The Nature of Love; a beautiful rendition of conversion and love and the way to God.
Bres Burvant, ‘99
Healing the Unaffirmed, by Conrad Baars and Anna Terruwe from Dr. Mark Miravalle's class on Christian Anthropology. I have lent this book to many Catholic and secular friends and all have gained much from the book's practical application of Christian philosophy to the field of psychology.
It is refreshingly simple and straightforward. It cuts through all the complicated theories of what is wrong with us humans and reveals the source of most emotional baggage, namely the absence of unconditional love.
Two books that I read often and earnestly: Origin of the Species and The Descent of Man, of course by Mr. Darwin.
Mary (Achterhoff) Nadeau, M.A. Theology '92
Old textbooks are like old friends - you spent a lot of time with them back in college. All that highlighting and underlining proves it!
My schoolbooks represent, I think, good memories of a time in my life that was rich and meaningful, as well as educational.
Periodically, (usually when I move) I weed out my personal library of books, including old textbooks from grad school. But two of them are definitely in my "permanent collection."
The first is my textbook from Dr. Alan Schreck's Documents of Vatican II class, which is the Walter M. Abbott, S.J. edition (red cover) titled, The Documents of Vatican II: With Notes and Comments by Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Authorities. All my old markings and highlighting still helps me locate things quickly. We also used the Austin Flannery, O.P. edition (blue cover) titled, Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents.
Both editions are on my office bookshelf, right next to my Catechism of the Catholic Church and several good translations of the Bible. Next to them is a Jerome Biblical Commentary, which was not required for our classes, but many of us used it for research papers - and I still refer to it from time to time.
The other "school book" I still refer to is Spiritual Theology by Jordan Aumann, O.P. It was a text for my Spiritual Theology class, taught by Fr. Giles Dimock, O.P. The Aumann text, like Father Giles himself, I consider a "spiritual classic."
Flannery, Aumann, and Dimock - great Dominicans all!
Jeanne (Diener) Stark, B.A. Mass Communications '85, MEd '08
I have too many from grad school. Do you want a picture of my eight giant Billy bookcases with extensions? How about the one I wrote for my master's project? It is in the Pope John Paul II library. I still have all my George Orwell books from senior year in the 80s. And I was at school during the time Dr. Schreck was writing his Catholic and Christian series.
I have that many books because my husband, Scott is a lawyer and more of a bookworm than even I am. He always has his library card.
Robin Colwell, B.S. English Literature '97
I still have all of my English Lit books and all of the books for my Human Life Issues minor…. and the Catechism. The lit books have come in handy. I have a son in high school now and fortunately the classics stay the same.
Monica (Brown) Aquila, B.A. Catechetics & Theology '09
The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction from Studies in Fiction with Dr. Braun. It's fun to flip through every once in a while and re-read my favorite pieces, especially A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor and The Handsomest Down Man in All the World by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
I also use the CCC quite often in planning catechesis, of course. What would Sister M. Johanna say if I did not mention the Catechism?
My last shelf favorite from the FUS days is Henri De Lubac's Catholicism, which we read in Catholic Social Teaching with Professor Miller. Thanks again for introducing us to some great theology!
Kathleen (Patton) Binnig '69
From Children's Literature class, I kept May Hill Arbuthnot's Children and Books until someone borrowed the book and neglected to return it. I went on to receive a Master of Library Science degree and collected Susan Meyer's A Treasury of the Great Children's Book Illustrators and The Penguin Book of Classic Children's Characters. I still enjoy looking through these and all of my art history books.
Maria Colonna, B.A. Political Science '98
Gilbert Sertillanges The Intellectual Life. Professor Gaston made all HCC majors read this. It was a revelation to me that my habits of life—virtuous or not—might affect my ability to grasp truth. I used to think I could live any disorganized way I wanted, proudly trusting in my own innate intelligence. This gave me an entirely different vision... a vision I am still trying to live.
Mary Anne Fox, M.A. Theology '85
I have most if not all of the Theology books from my MA program. I use lots of them for reference when asked questions especially in my women's ecumenical bible study. Too many to provide title and authors. I'm with you, they cost a lot and are marked up with highlights, underlines and notes in margins. Just can't bear to toss them.
I've added to my collection with several of Henri Nouwen and Robert J. Wicks books. Also C.S .Lewis' The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters and Peter Kreeft's Between Heaven and Hell. For the first time ever I am about to read Dante's Inferno!
Jonathan Ghaly, B.A. Humanities and Catholic Culture '04
All of them! But my favorites are Progress and Religion by Christopher Dawson (Gaston), The Religious Sense by Luigi Giussani (Martin), Love and Responsibility by Karol Wojtyla (Crosby), Introduction to Christianity by Cardinal Ratzinger (Martin), and Leisure, the Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper (Hahn). The last 4 books were practically reading my own heart and humanity to me, showing me what desires I already have within me, and continue to make me aware of what truly corresponds to me. They taught that faith is something not to simply be learned, but something to be experienced, like an event. And the first one, (Progress and Religion), helped me critically judge and see history from a broader perspective than simply being bogged down by dates and events. I was able to learn HOW to think, not just what to think. These professors were even more helpful then the books!
Jeremy Hunt, B.A. Communication Arts/Theology '03
Leisure, the Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper, is one of many books that continue to have a place on my family's bookshelves. It is there because of the sound advice of Dr. Regis Martin.
After college, it was right to work for me. Next thing I knew, my college sweetheart became my bride and she has given us 4 beautiful children, so far. We followed Dr. Martin's sage advice to, "...go forth and procreate recklessly!"
Needless to say, life is busy. I've been blessed to brew beer for a living and between that and raising a family, it's difficult to stay grounded. I pick that text up from time to time and it is a gentle reminder to enjoy the journey that my family is on together.
My wife Melissa (Parks) Hunt and I graduated in 2003. We married in 2004 and are the proud parents of Elijah Joseph (6), Sophia Elizabeth (4), Gemma Clare (2) and Ethan John (1).
I work in the craft brewing industry and have had the pleasure of brewing beer at Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswich, Massachusetts, Redhook Ale Brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and was Head Brewer at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware. I took a new job as Brewmaster of the Bluegrass Brewing Companies in Louisville, Kentucky this past fall. Melissa is a crafty stay-at-home mom. She makes this whole thing work, God bless her! We live in Southern Indiana. All friends are welcome to visit!
James "Jaime" Brunault, '89
When I was taking all those Shakespeare classes with Mr. Englert back in the mid to late 80s, he told us that some day we would have our Signet Classic Shakespeare sitting on the shelf in our bookcase. Guess what, he was right. It may be that it makes me look good. It may be that it is just a nice looking, scholarly-looking book; but it's right there front and center. Also the fact that it cost more than my first car may be part of why I hang onto it, move after move. Thank you, Mr. Englert.
Heidi Drury, B.A. Theology/Psychology '11
Theology of the Body - I'm such a nerd for truth, especially teaching all-girls high school theology! It's really helpful when we discuss self-worth and purpose. TOB is so rich in beauty that I can't help but bring it to my teen's level. Whether they know it or not, JP II's message will be their saving grace in this culture of death.
Gerry Calovini, B.A. Education '56
I found my battered copy of the New Collegiate Dictionary. It has served me well these past 50+ years. I used it often during my years at Steubenville. I still use it but not near as often. It was often the only resource book I had during those lean years.
Larry Burgess, B.A. Political Science '69
Books? Books? Do you consider a bound edition of a year's worth of MAD magazines a book?
I always found that it contained more material relevant to campus life than any textbook. Of course, I had to make frequent trips to Fr. Brian's room to retrieve it as he found it far more compelling than me. But then again, unlike him, I was a member of an academic focused fraternity.
I still have Hans Morganthau's Politics Among Nations at the ready. Great foundation to think through issues but, as I came to be a bit of a practitioner of international relations, I found it to be a bit out of touch. Still, it was and is a classic by a giant in the field.
Philip Yuengling, B.A. Theology '98
I have quite a few books. And class notes! Right here next to me I have the Divine Comedy. That was an excellent class. Thanks Dr. Alexander!
Catherine Recznik, B.S. Nursing '10
Spirit of the Liturgy, by Pope Benedict XVI–thanks to my joining the small but growing number of nursing majors on Liturgy Committee, this one always looks a little funny next to my Medical-Surgical Nursing textbook!
Dave McCarthy, ’95
While I’ve kept a number of books from courses for future reference (not that I’ve gone back to them much with the time constraints of work and family), the ones that leap to mind are Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso by Dante. Not only were they phenomenal books, but I have many fond memories of discussions in Dr. Ben Alexander’s class about the historical and social context which the characters were written. It opened up the books in a much richer way to know why a particular figure was chosen to appear in each level of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. And Dr. Holmes might not forgive me if I didn’t mention The Complete Works of Shakespeare.
Tammy Laza, B.S. Accounting '83
I have my first accounting book from Mr. Kelly's accounting class. The other two I would like to mention is the Franciscan Way copies with Pope John Paul on it and with Father Sam. I will keep these two forever.
Tom Pillion, B.A. Theology '98
During my first year at Steubenville, I took Fundamentals of Catholicism with Dr. Martin and we read Introduction to Christianity by Pope Benedict. I've picked it up many times since then and keep it on my shelf - right near JPII, Hahn, Kreeft, DeLubac, and the like. But I think the most worn book on my shelf is JP II's Evangelium Vitae.
Warren Dazzio, B.A. Theology '93
Basics of the Faith, Dr Alan Shreck. It's been a great resource to help explain in simple terms many aspects of the faith. I graduated in 1993 and have used it continually.
Jeff Elsinger, B.A. Communication Arts '08
The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction R.V. Cassill by Richard Bausch. It was a good book with some good stories that I read in a great class. Television and Radio Announcing 10th edition by Stuart Hyde. It reminds me of my dream of being a voice actor aside from all the practical things I learned from the class. After Effects Apprentice version 7 and CS3 by Trish and Chris Meyer; I actually used this stuff in one of my jobs.
Nichole (Felice) Wasilewski, M.A. Theology and Christian Ministry '08
I still have every single one of my textbooks from grad school, many of them sit in my office at work and the bindings are getting rather worn. Others sit at home and are referred to occasionally as recourses for work or social purposes. I regret having sold back every one of my Leisure Services, undergrad books; I often wish I still had them as well to reference.
Richard Mang, B.S. Biology '73
Well, I kept all my biology books and even notes. Maybe because like you, it would make me look smart when people would visit. But mostly to justify the money my folks paid for my education, considering I never used my biology degree to any extent in my career. Some of the things Dr. Cerroni was covering turned out to be medical school material, like the Scientific American book she used for our senior thesis. We did end up with a couple doctors out of our class.
Kimberly (Rogers) Cook, B.S. Mental Health and Human Services '05
The most inspiring book I have read to date is Left to Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza. This was constantly recommended by Steubie friends along the way as a companion for any missionary heart. Finally I read it, as well as all of the books that Immaculée has published after! Aside from that, I have often looked back at Christian Marriage notes, Scott Hahn books, and books from Mariology when defending or explaining the Blessed Mother.
Rob Faughnan, B.A. English '02
I still have Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory. It was a great read then and continues to be one of my favorites now.
Ken Maleski, MBA '88
I still have and use Marketing Management by Kotler.
Deborah Pienta, B.S. Mental Health and Human Services '06
The one book from my studies that I plan to keep is my textbook from Abnormal Psychology. The title is Understanding Abnormal Behavior. It is one of my prized possessions from FUS. Without it, I don't know how I could "diagnose" the strange behaviors of my family members.
Chris Naaden, B.S. Computer Information Science '99,
Norton Anthology of Western Music from Dr. Treacy's Music History 301 & 302. Epic history of music, and a great reminder of the ol' drop-the-needle class quizzes.
John McNichol, B.A. English/Theology '92
I credit my love of Shakespeare to several sources, not the least of which being Mr. Englert's infectious enthusiasm for the works of the Bard. I still have the dark-yellow Sylvan Barnett edition of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare on my shelf in my classroom. As a history teacher, I look forward all year to when I can crack open this volume again during our unit on the Renaissance. Be it looking at the lines of Romeo and Juliet ("Oh she doth teach the torches to burn bright" is a sentence every student of mine in the past decade and a half remembers dissecting!), or contrasting "My Mistress' Eyes" to the love poetry of Plutarch and Dante, or conducting a mock trial between the Fairies and the Mechanicals in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Sylvan Barnett edition has been my constant companion in classroom after classroom, year after year.
Plus, it's also a nice running gag when I 'accidentally' find my old test from Mr. Englert as I'm flipping through it in front of my class. My students typically beg to see how I did back in '91, and howl with laughter as I sheepishly hide it back in the folds of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Plus, on the rare summer nights when I have a headache or feel a tad restless, reading the words of Shakespeare brings me back to a simpler time in my life, and relaxes me as few other things in this world can. And it's during those times I invariably look for the Barnett edition to bring me solace.
Father Gerald King, TOR, campus minister 1974-82
The book is The Power in Penance by Father Michael Scanlan, TOR; his first book. At the moment I can find only my copy in Portuguese, part of a book that includes three related books, including Father Francis Martin's The Healing of Memories. The Portuguese edition indicates that the original English was published by Ave Maria Press in 1972, but I am pretty sure that I read it while I was still in the seminary, that is, by 1971. In any case, I read it and lent it to someone who did not return it. I bought another copy and lent that to someone. When that one did not come back either, I bought two. Later I bought five! Now that it is in front of me again, I think I should take it with me to read on a boat trip to Manaus later today.
There is a book that I actually read during my Steubenville years which is not actually on my shelf here but became a part of me. It is Weirton physician Dr. Ray Greco's One Man's Practice. He wrote there that the presenting reason, the reason that the patient says is why he came to see the doctor is not always the real reason. He invested time in listening to find out the real reason. In my dormitory years, I saw students come asking for change for the vending machines who started up conversations about something on my desk or what I was reading; sometimes that led to more serious things, including Confessions. When I celebrated 25 years of ordination in 1996, I dropped the doctor a line to thank him for that bit of advice that had served me well and to tell him that I had shared it with others, including parents. His daughter wrote back thanking me for my letter to her father and saying that she had been his receptionist for a time and had had to deal with patients who got impatient when her father took so much time with those who were before them!
Douglas Naaden, B.A. Philosophy/Great Books (Honors) '01
I kept all my books. Even my Biology textbook is on my shelf.
Linda (May) Molleur, B.S. Economics '91
I wasn't able to keep most of my college course books because I moved so much after graduation. I do however have one. It is my business statistics textbook, a remarkable self-teacher. I refused to get rid of it because I was so astonished how easily I understood a subject that made me shake in my boots. The class was business stats taught on Wednesday nights, by a local engineer from Weirton. I have to confess that for a few years the book was a perfect height to prop up my bed, and so there it stood getting dusty and dented, until I met my husband who is a college professor. I met several students who shook in their boots over stats, and so I lent out my much dented book to help them.
Mark Brule', A.A. Theology, '87
I have kept all of my theology books but one that I do have and recommend quite of is Making Sense Out Of Suffering by Peter Kreeft.
Jody (Lenderman) Nichols, '99
I have never been able to part with The Divine Comedy books by Dante. The books are rich and deep, and I have tons of notes scribbled in all of the margins from when Dr. Russell would explain the meaning behind the early 14th century poem. It has served me well to keep this set of books, for I've recently used them as a reference for Fr. Robert Barron's study entitled Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues.
Constance Lenneman, M.A. Theology '97
By far my favorite book from those days is the paperback version of the Catechism (oh, how I wish it had been hardcover!!) that Cardinal Schoenborn autographed when he came to town. It is now torn and frayed beyond belief but it is a treasure to me. I used it to teach for years.
I meant to include that in the bookstore when I began Catechetics classes and it was autographed by Cardinal Schoenborn when he came to campus and gave a talk on the Catechism.
Andrew Bair, '10
Every book I read for Dr. Krason’s Political Science courses!
Class of 1994
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