Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2017


Ken Schif, Ph.D., left, with Breaking Bad costar RJ Mitte and faculty colleagues Tina Fielding Fryling, J.D., and Clint Jones, Ph.D.

Margaret McMahon ’37 Janet Klempay, Ph.D. ’48 Ruth Morey Griswold ’48 Mary Bohrer McDevitt ’48 Jane Kelly McCrone ’50 Lydia Ann Davey Asplund ’52 Therese Strobel Raven ’52 Mary C. Turner ’52 Mareanne Cole Simmons ’53 Sister Michele Leehan, RSM ’55 Bobbie Kinsinger ’63 Anne Froehlich Metzger ’64 Sister M. Stephen Calvin, RSM ’69 Carmine Sciancalepre Rieder ’73 Mike Emick ’75 Curtis J. Brooks ’76 Paul Gorniak ’77 Stephen Joyce ’79 Sharon O’Connell McDermott ’79 Denise Beard ’83 Christopher Brigham ’91 Mary Ellen Bujnoski ’92 Dolores Krainock Dzeskewicz ’92 Neal Hammill Jr. ’93 Yvonne Costelloe ’94 Cynthia Drew ’96 Patricia Kirsch Francis ’96 Kristin A. Schmidtfrerick ’97

IN MEMORIAM: DR. KEN SCHIFF Dr. Ken Schif, a member of Mercyhurst’s English faculty for 28 years, died May 26 at the age of 74.

He was also instrumental in the development of the Asperger Support Program, which has evolved into the highly successful AIM (Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst) program. Dr. Schif earned his master’s degree from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from the University of Denver. He is the author of two full-length novels, Passing Go , which was nominated for the National Book Award, and Bender’s Loop , which was published by Philanthropy Press in 2013. ALUMNI CRUISE MAGICAL RHINE AND MOSELLE SEPTEMBER 5–14, 2018

Though he retired in the spring of 2015, he returned to the classroom in fall 2016 to teach his all-time favorite course, “Breaking Down Breaking Bad,” one last time. A renowned teacher, Dr. Schif was the director of the Creative Writing Program and the annual Mercyhurst Literary Festival and the faculty advisor to Lumen , the literary and fne arts journal.

Joseph Hauser ’98 Robert J. Vereb ’99 Franklin Fisher ’02 Mari N. Doyle ’04 Amy Shafer Gerrish ’07 Gordon Walker II ’08 John J. Groszkiewicz Jr. ’10 MOTHER OF: Linda First Frisina ’81 (Marilyn First) Mary Griswold Garofalo ’74 (Ruth Morey Griswold ’48) HUSBAND OF: Rita S. Schifhauer ’53 (Robert J. Schifhauer) SON OF: Rita S. Schifhauer ’53 (Daniel J. Schifhauer) FRIENDS OF THE UNIVERSITY: Virginia Edwards William P. Garvey, Ph.D. , former president Thomas Monaghan Robert Rudolph , former music professor Ken Schif, Ph.D. , longtime English faculty member



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