Spring Gala GroupUSF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. (2nd from left) and alumni board President Cortes Saunders-Storno, EMBA’00(farright) with (l to r) Cable Car award recipients Kathy Parish Reese, Jackie McCarthy, and Sharon McCarthy Allen, Alessandri Service Award recipient Young Stewart ’56, Alumnus of the Year Richard Bechelli ’55, Professional Achievement Award recipient Michele Rigsby Pauley ’82, and Alessandri Service Award recipient Paul Pennington ’82

Alumni Reunions and Events

Spring Gala Community Celebration of a University Honoring its Alumni and Friends

The University of San Francisco Alumni Association honored alumni and friends during its annual Spring Gala April 17. Nearly 400 people attended the black tie optional event at the Olympic Club’s Lakeside Clubhouse.

The Alumnus of the Year award was given to Richard Bechelli ’55. A member of the USF Board of Trustees and an avid supporter of USF athletics, Bechelli has also been active on his class reunion committees and with advisory boards for the School of Business and Professional Studies.

The Professional Achievement Award went to Michele Rigsby Pauley ’82. She was recognized for her accomplishments in the field of nursing, especially as director of a program that serves low income children and families by providing free medical services through a mobile unit in Southern California.

Both recipients of the Alessandri Service Award, Paul Pennington ’82 and Young Stewart ’56, are longtime members of USF’s Regional Council in Sacramento and former members of USF’s Alumni Board of Directors. Both are also members of the Diamond Circle Club.

A mother-daughter team was recognized for the Cable Car Award, which is presented to non-alumni. Jackie McCarthy and Sharon McCarthy Allen were recognized for their long-time connection to USF. Jackie McCarthy, a Lone Mountain alumna, met her husband, the late Leo T. McCarthy ’55, while a student on The Hilltop. She and her daughter, who is principal of St. Stephen’s Elementary School in San Francisco, have remained connected to USF in many ways, especially through the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good.

The third Cable Car Award recipient, Kathy Parish Reese, has been involved with USF alumni for more than a decade, serving as liaison to the Western Addition and identifying those families for whom USF provides Thanksgiving baskets.

The Penningtons
Paul Pennington (center) with his wife Elaine (l) and daughter Shelley Pennington Bisesto.
Richard Bechelli
Barbara and Richard Bechelli.
Jackie McCarthy Sharon McCarthy
Jackie McCarthy (l), Fr. Privett, McCarthy, Fr. Privett, and Sharon McCarthy.
The Reese Family
Kathy Parish Reese (l) and family.
Gale Pauley and Michele Rigsby Pauley
Gale Pauley and Michele Rigsby Pauley.
Young Stewart
Young Stewart.



Celebrating Alumni: Golden Alumni Reunion

Alumni and friends gathered on campus Oct. 2 for the USF Golden Alumni Reunion, celebrating alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago and formally welcoming the Class of 1960 into the ranks.

Roach DiGregorio
(l to r): Ray Roach, Joe DiGregorio, Christine DiGregorio.
Big Alumni Check
Gene Mullin (center) and Hank Sandbach present the Class of 1960 gift check to Fr. Privett.
(l to r): Katherine DeMartini, Elaine Rohlfes, Barbara Bottarini.
Alumni Nurses
(l to r): Armande Cushway Ritter, Marti Francisco Kopp, School of Nursing Dean Judith Karshmer, Ann Oliva Weiss.
Joseph Scattini
Joseph Scattini ’36.


The Class of 1960 set a record for attendance at the event, with 54 members attending. Twenty of those 1960 alumni were School of Nursing graduates. The most senior alumnus at the event was Joseph Scattini ’36, who makes it a point to attend the Golden Reunion every year. 

The Class of 1960 continued the tradition of presenting the university with a donation. This year’s check totaled more than $21,000. 

One of the most popular activities of the day was the informal gathering around the memorabilia exhibit. Classmates greeted each other while browsing through yearbooks, Foghorns, and sports memorabilia from their days on The Hilltop. After lunch, members of the Class of 1960 received their 50-year pins and certificates from USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. 

Later that day, some alumni toured campus while the nursing alumni continued reminiscing at a post-lunch reception. Others gathered for dinner that evening at a local restaurant.

Golden Alumni Group

ROW 1 (FRONT ROW, LTOR): Jean Chisholm Griffin, Maureen Dolan Hollcraft, Richard Gagliasso, Joan Waterman Donlon, Jack Philips, Joe DiGregorio, Geraldine (Gerry) Giovannetti Gospe, Elisabeth Doering Bower, Patricia McDonald Sullivan, Billie Pearl-Schuler, John Gray
ROW 2 (LTOR): Catherine“Kate” DeMartini, Elaine Rohlfes, Judie Poe Martin, Barbara Suter Browning, Barbara Russi Korn, Barbara Bottarini, Fabiola Rachal, Laurence Kopp, Marti Francisco Kopp, MarianO’Laughlin
ROW 3 (LTOR): Jo Ann Rusconi Van Wyk, Armande Cushway Ritter, Michael Ohleyer, Ann Oliva Weiss, Prospero Asen Loo, Donald Anderson, Frank Bullentini, John Dollard, Edward O’Reilly
ROW 4 (LTOR): Thomas Gould, Javier Carrillo, Steve Cullen, James (Jim) Foley, Tom McCarthy, Francis (Frank) Kavanaugh, Bill(William) Schmidt, Hank Sandbach, Gene Mullin
ROW 5 (BACKROW, LTOR): Ray Roach, Marylou Francis, Boyer August, Wilma Hastings Bower, Richard(R. C.) Thomas, Vincent Leonetti, Laird (Larry) Doherty, Tom McNally, Gil Medeiros, Raymond Moresi



Alumni Work Together to Help Communities

From beautifying the grounds of a school in sacramento to cleaning river banks in the Pacific Northwest to preparing food for the homeless in Los Angeles, more than 80 members of USF Regional Councils participated in April Action, spreading across the West Coast to lend a helping hand in a variety of service projects.

April Action pnw river
In the Pacific Northwest region, alumni, parents, and friends joined People for Puget Sound for a day of service at Duwamish River.
April Action SF
The San Francisco Regional Council teamed up with Urban Sprouts, an organization that cultivates gardens in under-served areas of the city, to plant a garden at Ida B. Wells School in San Francisco.
April Action SF2
The Sacramento Regional Council performed grounds maintenance, landscaping, and beautification of Cristo Rey High School in preparation for the school’s annual scholarship dinner in May.


Initiated by University Ministry in 2009 as a day of service for USF students, the April Action program expanded in 2010 to include alumni from the five Regional Councils. Each Regional Council worked with local nonprofit partners on specific projects.

To learn more about USF’s Regional Councils and to find out how you can participate in the 2011 April Action service day (to be held April 16, 2011), contact Polly McMullen at 415-422-4340 or mcmullen@usfca.edu.



Alumni Events Around the State

Alumni at Giants Game
USF ALUMNI DAY AT AT&T PARK 9/19/10: (l to r) Jack Van Etten ’74, John Troccoe ’70, John Hunter ’66, and Larry Ratto ’64.
Alumni Ken Starr
ANEVENING WITH THE PRESIDENT 9/30/10: (l to r) Marsha Thomsen, Elizabeth Bliss, LM ’68, Kevin Starr ’62, Sheila Starr at the Jesuit Retreat Center, Los Altos.
Alumni Wine Tasting
ALUMNI WINETASTING 8/29/10: Susy Castoria ’77, Janet Giddings, MA ’97, and Peter and Helene Koenig at the Menlo Circus Club, Atherton.


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