Five Receive Distinguished Alumni Awards

Chaminade Julienne will honor its 2014 class of Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame inductees the evening of Thursday, Oct. 2. The program begins at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. at NCR Country Club in Kettering.

This year’s recipients include current faculty and staff members Cindy Budde, administrative assistant, and Marguerite “Peg” Regan ‘73, foreign language department chair. Also being recognized are alums Cecil Giscombe ‘69, Norbert Schlei ‘46 and Timothy Will ‘66.

Since 1997, the Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA) have been bestowed on more than 100 graduates and friends of CJ and its predecessor schools. The awards are meant as a formal way to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of those who have seen success and given back to their community through time, talent, and treasure.

Cynthia “Cindy” Budde
Cindy Budde has been part of the CJ community for 20 years. Her career began in the development office where she served as an administrative assistant to Dan Meixner ‘84, president, who at the time served as director of development. She currently works in the Welcome Center as the administrative assistant to the president. Cindy and her husband Steve '69, a 2009 DAA recipient, have three children: Michael ‘97, Julia ‘02 and Laura ‘02.

Marguerite “Peg” Regan ‘73

Peg Regan ‘73 was born and raised a member of the CJ community. Her parents, Ed ’40 -- a 1998 DAA inductee -- and Dorothy ’44 are both graduates, while her father also served as a teacher, coach and principal. After graduating from Julienne in 1973, Peg soon returned to her alma mater to teach Spanish. She has served as a faculty member for more than 35 years and is currently chair of the foreign language department. Peg and her husband Jim Brooks, CJ English teacher and a 2011 DAA recipient, have two daughters: Colleen ’10 and Carmen ’11.

Did you know that outside of Cindy Budde and Peg Regan ‘73, there are four current faculty and staff members who are also Distinguished Alumni Award recipients? They are:

1997 inductee Ann Meyers ‘76, math teacher

2001 inductee Charlene Wheeler ‘65, director of guidance

2007 inductee Ann Szabo ‘72, admin. assistant in development, and

2011 recipient Jim Brooks, English teacher.

Cecil S. Giscombe ‘69
Cecil Giscombe ‘69 is a nationally recognized poet, a published essayist and the recipient of the 1995 Fulbright Research Award. In 2008 he was awarded the American Book Award for Prairie Style, a compilation of poems, and won the Carl Sandburg Prize from the Chicago Public Library. In addition, Griscombe won the Stephen Henderson Award for poetry in 2010. The writer has also served as a professor at Cornell University, Syracuse University, Illinois State University, Pennsylvania State University, and University of California, Berkeley.

Norbert A. Schlei ‘46
Norb Schlei ‘46 is posthumously awarded the Professional Achievement Award. Schlei passed away in 2003 at the age of 73 in Santa Monica, Calif., where he made his home and practiced law. According to his obituary, Schlei “was an assistant attorney general and chief of the Justice Department's Office of General Counsel from 1962 to 1966. He coordinated the legal groundwork for the Civil Rights Act and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act and the Immigration Reform Act passed the next year.” He is remembered for his role in the American civil rights movement having advised President John F. Kennedy to dispatch federal troops to the then-segregated University of Mississippi in October 1962 in order to allow James Meredith, an African American student, to enroll.

Timothy R. Will ‘66
Shortly after Tim Will ‘66 graduated from Chaminade and Sinclair Community College, he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Upon his return to the States, he pursued a master’s degree in city and regional planning, then traveled with his wife Eleanor to Honduras in 1976 to implement rural economic development programs through the Peace Corps. There, Will designed and implemented the Nicaraguan Refugee Camp at the start of the Contra War. Will has also done urban redevelopment work in New Orleans, where he implemented housing rehabilitation and homeowner training. He later served as mayor of Surfside, Fla.

Tim Will '66 currently lives in North Carolina where he's taught history, geography, government, economics and human georgraphy. He is a principal with the Catalpa Institute, a not-for-profit strategic planning and conflict resolution consulting practice. In 2009, Will was awarded the Purpose Prize and Hewlett Packard's Hackborn Award for his work connecting Appalachian small farmers to urban customers through a transactional Web site.