Mercyhurst Magazine Spring 2018

Maureen Milan Carroll Maureen worked as a dental assistant before she and husband Doug welcomed three daughters and she became a stay-at-home mom. In 1986 she opened her own business as a title abstractor/recorder, where she’s still working 32 years later. She was also a hospice caregiver for several years. She and Doug were married for 44 years before his death. Maureen credits Sister Loretta McHale for bringing them together. When Maureen and Stephanie Lucas Basile visited Washington, D.C., Sister Loretta urged them to look up alumna Bonnie McGough. Bonnie couldn’t meet them, but she did set them up with blind dates. “A little bit of panic ensued when we realized we would not be going together,” Maureen recalls, “but we fgured there was no way Sister Loretta would have steered us wrong on Bonnie! So we went out and met two great guys. The funny part is I never met Bonnie to thank her until three months after Doug and I were married.”

” coed. Personally, l felt the all-girl atmosphere was more conducive to study, creativity, and development of character. Practically, there was a need to change in order to survive (note Villa). - Shirley Miller Schilling Men and women working together, that s life, it s the way things are. I was never a proponent “ ’ ’ ’ of single-sex school – the world isn t built that way. There s no chance we would have ever survived without becoming coed. Male students brought sports and diferent things that helped build the school and make it proftable. - Marlene DiTullio Mosco Mercyhurst’s impact ’ ” “ impact of their Mercyhurst educations. Mercyhurst gave me a seize-the day “ - ” - mentality. I like having challenges in my life and rising to the occasion. I also realized that I should not be intimidated as a woman in a male dominated industry. I got that from my background at Mercyhurst. They convinced us we could do anything. Mary Patalon Schaaf My lifelong friends were made at Mercyhurst. From college to 50 years later I consider the women I became friends with while I attended college are still today my best friends. I m not ” – “ ’ ’ sure I would have had as fulflling a life if it weren t for the intellectual stimulus I received at Mercyhurst. We are so lucky to be part of this outstanding institution of higher learning. Sue Sutto ” – “ About a year or so after I moved to Dallas, I realized what an extraordinary education I had. First, in the Erie Public Schools and then at Mercyhurst. The Erie schools gave me a solid Looking back 50 years after graduation, the students interviewed all agreed about the

” messages and many lies. - Georgina Cantoni “I think the education at Mercyhurst prepared me to be more socially conscious and to hold the values I learned there in high regard and try to pass them on to my children and grandchildren. The value of integrity - doing the right thing when no one is watching; being loyal - I still have the same group of lifelong friends from college; being civil - you can agree to disagree without acrimony; and being a lady and upholding the principles of Mercyhurst's founder Mother Borgia Egan who had a vision for the college and the women who attended that they would contribute to their families, communities and the world by their actions. Maureen Milan Carroll ” - “ My Mercyhurst education impacted my life by propelling me to enjoy adventure, to look for the good in everyone, to maintain contact with and cherish family and friends near and far, but most importantly to stay true to my belief in the power of God and His saving graces through our Lord Jesus Christ and to honor His mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. I think that the education at Mercyhurst challenged us young women at a time when women were behind the scenes to become lady-like, yet resourceful, creative, knowledgeable, adventurous, ‘ ’ foundation. Probably the most important thing that I learned at Mercyhurst is that you can continue to learn...that there are all kinds of diferent ideas out there. We learn about them through the arts, through literature, through history, as well as science. Moving to a diferent place from where I grew up required that I listen to and learn of a diferent perspective. And yet, not to be lost. To be able to evaluate those diferent ideas. The values I have from my family, my community, and Mercyhurst have been a beacon for me. So important, especially now when we are inundated with many

- Jane Carney Jane started teaching in the inner city Erie junior high school where she had done her student teaching. She had worked in the Children’s Room at the Erie Public Library all through college, so when she was ready for new challenges, she earned a master’s degree in library science at the University of Pittsburgh. She accepted a position as a middle school librarian at Westlake Middle School in Millcreek Township, where she worked until retiring in 2005. As much as she loved her years at Westlake, she is also enjoying retirement, which ofers freedom and the chance to spend time with family, volunteer, exercise, travel and just socialize with friends.


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