April 2012The Supreme Art: Alumni share stories of the professors who shaped their lives Loyola magazine invited readers to share the stories of the faculty members who influenced their personal and professional journeys. Energized about Business: Dan Nieves, '10, on Roger Kashlak, Ph.D. When Dan Nieves, '10, started as a first-year student, he had no idea what he wanted to do. "I had six different ideas of what sounded like it could be cool," he said. By the end of his first year, he knew he wanted to major in international business—and study abroad. Lunch Bunch: "Pursuit of Happiness" alumni and Thomas Scheye, Ph.D., meet to exchange memories The English professor created the class as an introduction to culture—a chance for students to experience concerts, plays, and museums. The main attraction for the students was the three-day trip to New York City. A Personal Odyssey: Matthew Lehr, '80, on Thomas Scheye, Ph.D. Matthew Lehr, '80, half-jokingly compares his freshman GPA to Daniel Simpson Day's in Animal House. His sophomore year he found himself taking an English course taught by Tom Scheye, Ph.D. Name That Mathematician: Matthew McCullen, '99, on George Mackiw, Ph.D. Matthew McMullen, '99, wasn't sure how he would use his mathematics degree. Then he took Discrete Mathematics with George Mackiw, Ph.D., then-professor of mathematical sciences. Time for Thankfulness: Stephnie Thomas, M.S. '09, on Kelly Murray, Ph.D., Ralph Piedmont, Ph.D., and Bob Wicks, Psy.D. Stephnie Thomas, M.S. '09, remembers hearing Bob Wicks, Psy.D., ask his class how many of the students spent time in thankfulness. Can't Just Pick One: Teresa Waldman Wilkins, '81, M.A. '90, M.S. '09, on Sharon Cheston, Ed.D., and Ralph Piedmont, Ph.D. With three Loyola degrees and another underway, it's no surprise that Teresa Waldman Wilkins, ′81, M.A. ′90, M.S. ′09, has trouble thanking just one professor. Fast Cars and Friendship: Stacey Watts Ambuehl, '05, on Robert Pond, Ph.D. When Stacey Watts Ambuehl, ′05, approached Robert Pond, Ph.D., about doing research, she mentioned that she was interested in the automotive industry. Changing Horizons: Awais Akbar, MBA '08, on Harsha Desai, Ph.D. In 2006 Awais Akbar was working in residential property management in Baltimore and feeling he wasn't getting anywhere. He quit his job, enrolled in Loyola's MBA program, and decided to focus on international business. A Leap of Faith: A Letter from Roger D. Phillips, Ph.D., on Faith Gilroy, Ph.D. "Prof. Gilroy's comment completely transformed how I thought about myself and my future," writes Roger D. Phillips, M.A. '81, Ph.D. A Chemical Reaction: Leonard Andrews, '66, Ph.D., on Melvin Miller, '57, Ph.D. When Leonard Andrews, '66, came to Loyola to study chemistry, he was bound to cross paths with Melvin Miller, '57, then-professor of chemistry. The Other Side of the Coin: The 2011 Harry W. Rodgers, III, Distinguished Teacher of the Year shares how students inspire and influence his work As he teaches, Thomas Ward, Ph.D., finds that students both inspire him as a professor and enrich the courses for their fellow students. Accounting for Humor: Bob Zgorski, '74, on Jim "Buzz" Borra When Bob Zgorski, ′74, walked into his first accounting class, he was apprehensive and curious. "I knew accounting was the language of business, and I anticipated it to be rather serious, some might even say boring," he said. Channeling Castellan: Lauren Bivona, '08, on Catherine Castellan, Ph.D. Lauren Bivona, '08, and her fellow elementary education majors had a term for good student teaching days. "We would say, 'We channeled Castellan today. We made learning concrete.'" International Call: B. Scott Holloway, Jr., '02, on Tagi Sagafi-nejad, Ph.D., and Rev. Frank Nash, S.J. One of the phones on his office desk has a Philadelphia area code. But if you want to call B. Scott Holloway, Jr., '02, at work, keep in mind that he's in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China, and there's a significant time difference. The Thai that Binds: 2001 Thailand trip with Rev. Frank Nash, S.J. It was Sept. 11, 2001. The group of Loyola students studying abroad in Thailand headed to the student center, flipped on the TV, and watched as the second World Trade Center tower fell. Teaching As an Art: A Letter from Mary Horenkamp, '85, on Mary Atherton, MFA "She never stopped pushing me to become the best artist I could be. I remember asking her why I wasn't earning any As in her classes." Hallelujah with Hans, Laughs with Brunett: Mark Lee, '91, on Hans Mair, Ph.D., and Rev. John Brunett, S.J. Mark Lee was listening to the Concert Choir perform Handel's Hallelujah Chorus in the Chapel when someone caught the freshman's eye. Speaking out: Justine Saccardi Kahn, '02, M.S. '04, on Lura Haynie Vogelman, M.S. '87 Justine Saccardi Kahn, '02, M.S. '04, knows the impact a stroke can have on a person—and on a family. Twenty-five years ago her father had two strokes and lost the ability to speak. Their Shelves, Their Selves: Look inside a few Loyola faculty offices Loyola magazine paid a visit to a few faculty offices to see how faculty members' professional interests and personalities define their spaces. Strong Hoops Well Lived: Men's basketball team's trip to the NCAA Tournament deepens Greyhounds pride It was great—and then some. It was fantastic. It was exhilarating. The team's tournament appearance ignited the Evergreen campus and, thanks partly to the power of social media, the Loyola community around the nation and the world. All Eyes on Loyola: Team's Success Means Slam Dunk for University A team stepping onto the stage in one of the nation's most prominent athletic competitions translates to far-reaching attention for a university. The Crystal Ball: The Men's Basketball Team Looks ahead to Next Season Dylon Cormier, '14, had stepped off the CONSOL Energy Center court less than 10 minutes before he took the microphone at the postgame press conference. His mind, however, had already shifted to the 2012-2013 season. Hundreds of Wins: Patsos and Logan Both Women's Head Coach Joe Logan, '96, and Men's Head Coach Jimmy Patsos reached the century mark this season. Student Volunteers Help Artisans and a Community in the Andes Loyola students are working to help raise awareness of Artesanos Don Bosco, support the work of Peruvian artisans, and aid education and other social projects in a distant town in the Andes.