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Fall 2012

Class Notes
Marion (Ryan) Kelsey, C’63,
Prairie Village, Kan., and her husband, Darrel, celebrated 50 years of marriage on Sept. 8, 2012.

Ann Conver, C’73, 
Peoria, Ill., has released her newest book; it has been described by photographers as a “photographic recipe book.”

You can view her newest book at

Justin Jones, C’83, has been appointed the Senior Vice President of Loan Operations and Administration for Country Club Bank, Kansas City, Mo.

Susan (Hammen) Smith, C’91, M ‘00,
Overland Park, Kan., currently finishing her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, specializing in Criminal Justice. She is married to William “Bill” Smith and together, they have seven children. Susan was recently elected president of the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) after having served previously on the Executive Board for two terms as vice president of administration. She will serve as president from 2013-2016. Susan is recognized internationally as one of the top crime analysts in the world, having given keynote speeches in Beijing, China,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Vancouver, Canada, and Den Haag. This winter, she will be keynoting in Melbourne, Australia, and in Santiago, Chile. Back at home, Susan practices crime analysis full-time for a municipal police agency, teaches as an adjunct at four colleges and universities, and is a part time policy analyst for RAND Corporation. She is one of only 38  internationally certified crime analysts in the world. 

Amy (Armstrong) Maggio, C’96, Redmond, Wash., and her husband, Bill, are excited to announce the birth of their first child, Caroline Rosemarie, Nov. 8, 2011.

Heather (Stipp) Turner, C’96, Overland Park, Kan., and her husband, Stan Turner, welcomed the birth of a baby girl on April 9,
2012, Overland Park, Kan.

Damian Torres-Botello, C’01,
Chicago, is one of 15 men who entered the Society of Jesus for the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces at its bi-province novitiate in St. Paul, Minn., on Aug. 25, 2012. Damian hails from Kansas City and is an accomplished playwright and performer. He co-founded Full Circle Theater Company and has written and presented original plays on social justice themes.

Jean (Thompson) Volk, U’04, and Timothy Volk, U’04 M’08, have moved to a new home in Parkville, Mo. They have two sons, Henry (age 2 1/2) and John Paul (15 months). Jean deployed as a civilian to Afghanistan for work (TRADOC Analysis Center and ISAF HQ) from April 2012- October 2012. Tim is currently the youth minister at St. Therese Parish in Parkville.

Ashley Mallon, U’09, & Scott Banister, Leavenworth, Kan., are proud to announce their engagement. 

Geoff Peterson, U’09, is a senior (fourth year) student at OHSU Dental School in Portland, Ore. Geoff has started a Student Patient Assistance Program (SPAP) to help people who are low-income and have no or little insurance, for dental care. Geoff is married to Becky (Summers) Peterson, U’09, and they have a 2 year old named Quinn Robert.

Ashley (Packham) Peterson, U’10, Wheatridge, Colo., and her husband, Dustin Peterson, would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Aubrey Ann Peterson, on Aug. 28, 2012. Aubrey Ann Peterson is also the newest grandchild for Amanda (Burns) Peterson, C’80, and Greg Peterson.


In This Issue:
‣ Harmony: USM Re-Launches the Music Major

‣ Remembering Sr. Mary Erwin Baker 

‣ New Inductees to the USM Hall of Fame

‣ Class Notes

‣ Homecoming Recap

‣ Alumni Chapter News

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