Fall 2012

In Memoriam

Cathy Hanson Schappert

Cathy Hanson Schappert was to have been recognized at Marywood’s annual Cor Mariae banquet, the event that traditionally pays tribute to distinguished faculty and administrators who are celebrating milestones in their service to the University. Then, tragically, just weeks before she would have been honored for her 25 years of commitment and contributions to Marywood, she passed away.

When Cathy joined Marywood’s faculty back in 1987, rapidly developing technologies were just beginning to impact library usage. Cathy brought her experience in implementing an automated library system—and a vision of what the academic library of the future could and should be.

In the 25 years since, she never wavered from that vision, working tirelessly and efficiently to bring it to reality. She became the driving force behind the dream of a new, state-of-the-art library—the new Learning Commons on target for 2015. The consummate professional, Cathy was a leader in the Pennsylvania Library Association, which had honored her with its Certificate of Merit—one of the highest awards given by the association.

Sister Anne Munley, President of Marywood University, stated, “Cathy was quiet but purposeful. She had a unique talent for bringing out the best in people and the capacity to keep an eye on the prize in achieving a dream. We extend our deep sympathy and prayers for her family. We hold close our memories and take comfort in knowing that her legacy will continue to inspire the excellence of the learning commons at Marywood University.

Steve Beck

With great sadness, we learned this spring of the passing of former faculty member, Steven Beck, a popular teacher and highly regarded colleague in the Communication Arts Department, from 1987 to 1995. After leaving Marywood, Steve served as Associate Professor and Director of Communication at the University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio. He left the academic world for a time, serving as a corporate trainer for two private systems firms, but he was an educator at heart. He returned to his teaching roots as a communications tutor and then as an adjunct digital film professor for the Art Institute of Wisconsin. Dr. Michael Mirabito, who had worked closely with Steve during his time at Marywood, noted, “Steve was an excellent teacher who truly cared about his students, the department, and the institution.”

Capt. James Rocco Minicozzi ’99 (M.S. ’00)

MAA board member

The Marywood University community is saddened to report the death of Marywood Alumni Association board member Capt. James Rocco Minicozzi, S.C., U.S. Army, 36, of West Scranton, who died on March 13, 2012. He and his wife, the former Christine Balchikonis ’00, celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary on November 21, 2011.

A graduate of West Scranton High School, Class of 1993, he was ranked in the top 10 of his class. He furthered his education at Lackawanna Junior College, Community College of the Air Force, and obtained a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Marywood University. He was elected to public office as a Scranton school director. Capt. Minicozzi was a Signal Corps Officer in the United States Army with more than 15 years of military service and most recently graduated from the Adjutant General Corps School. He began his service in the United States Air Force, where he served as para-rescue specialist and was deployed to Bosnia and Saudi Arabia. Capt. Minicozzi held numerous command staff positions in the United States Army while serving as an NCO and as an officer. He was most proud of his contributions as a platoon leader and detachment commander in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait, where he served in support of the 1st Armored Division and 18th Airborne Corps.

Capt. Minicozzi was highly decorated for his efforts throughout his military career because he consistently exceeded even the highest expectations. A loving and devoted husband, father, son, uncle, soldier, and community servant, he always put the needs of his family, his country, his church, and his friends as his top priorities in his life. The father of Wesley James Minicozzi, he often said, “The greatest award or title I’ve ever earned is DADDY.” Capt. Minicozzi was a born leader without peer. He will be dearly missed by his family and all who loved him.

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