12/13/2015 Where in the world are my classmates?
We have updated and improved the interactive map with the address of record for our registered classmates, including those living overseas.
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5/13/2013 Facebook connections
We have over 70 classmates who have 'connected' on Facebook. Additionally, we have created a private group for DJO Class of 1963 folks.
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4/17/2012 This site is now fully funded - no spam and no ads!
Our class use of this web site is fully funded for life! We have funded our class through our 50th year following graduation.
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One of the core values we were taught at O'Connell was to give back. After the reunion, a small group came up with the idea that our class can make our appreciation real by giving back to the world and honoring our teachers at the same time. We would like to suggest that one way of doing that would be to support the Ayisatu Owen International School created and operated by Billy Owen’s family, a project that educates 500 children in Ghana. You can read about the school in detail at http://www.foroneworld.org
You can name one of your own teachers as you make donations, or travel there as a volunteer teacher, or sponsor orphaned students. Billy has identified the following ways we can help:
• Volunteer for 8-10 weeks in science, math, creative writing or reading.
• Sponsor an orphaned child for $905 per year.
• Support a poor day student for $540 per year or $70 per 4-month term.
• Provide a “fees only” scholarship for $210 per year or $70 per 4-month term.
• Buy a classroom library cabinet and books for $500 per class.
• Provide an amplifier and speakers for the school, estimated $850.
• Complete the existing science lab (windows, doors, plastering, shelves, furniture)
• Future needs: Upgrade the computer lab with radio modem link. Costs unknown.
• The school needs a bus. A used US school bus might be perfect.
If you decide to donate, please notify James Mattison so that he can track of donations that come from our class and let us know the results at some point in the future. James can be reached at email@example.com. Paypal arrangements and tax deduction statements are available via firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Byron is recruiting volunteer teachers and thinking of going to Ghana himself to work in the future.
• Tom is making a donation in honor of Brother Theodore just because.
• Eileen is making a donation in honor of Sister Angelorum Maria, IHM, who tried to teach her patience and compassion.
• Jackie is making a donation in honor of Sister Michele Marie, IHM, who mentored the girls’ VISOR and encouraged our ideas and creativity.
We hope you will consider joining us.
Byron Collins, Tom Cseh, Eileen (White) Hollowell, and Jackie (Sheaffer) St. Joan
Since leaving O’Connell, I attended Georgtown’s School of Foreign Service but didn’t graduate. Instead I married a medical student I met on an anti-war picket line in 1967, spent the summer in Haight Ashbury and later moved to Brooklyn where our son was born and later to California where our daughter was born. In Brooklyn I taught fifth grade at a Catholic School (50 students, desks bolted to the floor) while I attended Brooklyn College where I graduated in psychology. I also taught Black and Puerto Rican history in the Ocean Hill Brownsville Experimental School District in Brooklyn. Eventually we moved to Denver, divorced, and raised the children in a joint custody fashion, long before joint custody was cool. In Denver I became involved in a day care co-op, the early women’s liberation movement, a counterculture newspaper, Big Mama Rag and various creative ragtag organizations. In the mid-70s, following a brief career as legal secretary and cab driver, I entered law school where I managed to scrape up enough credits to graduate. As a lawyer, I became involved in the battered women’s reform movement, and held various jobs, in consumer protection, private practice, county judge, law professor. I earned a masters in Creative Writing in 1997 and have published two books (My Sisters Made of Light-Press 53 2010; Beyond Portia: Women, Law & Literature in the U.S.-Northeastern UP, 1997) a lot of bad poetry and a number of scholarly and personal articles. I was elected as a Colorado Obama delegate to the National Democratic Convention in 2008. Last year I retired to promote the novel and raise funds to construct a shelter in Pakistan for women and children escaping abuse. I spend time with my four grandchildren, teach writing at the local Zen Center, dance, travel occasionally, and hang out with friends and family. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again. Love, Jackie
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