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Sharline Sykes-McCoy (BG ’01) has published a book, The True Art of Sis- terhood. “This book depicts the lives of Ruth and Naomi and how their journey into sisterhood is a paradigm for all women hoping to move ahead in life, and in love,” she writes.

Anne Divita Kopacz (BA ’02) and husband Christopher Kopacz (BA ’02) welcomed their first child, Caroline Brenna Kopacz, in June.

Olivia Tyrrell (JD ’03) was recog- nized by the National Law Journal as one of Chicago’s “Rising Stars” under the age of 40.

Megan Sweeney (BS ‘13) and her family celebrate her commencement. Karen and Stephen Sweeney

Parents of Megan Sweeney (BS ’13), they are members of the Parent Leadership Council at Loyola. We spoke to Karen about Loyola and the Sweeneys’ decision to get involved.

The Parent Leadership Council is a group of dedicated Loyola parents who serve as ambassa- dors to the Loyola parent community. Members endorse Loyola’s mission by supporting the University with an annual leadership gift and are recognized as members of the Parent Leadership Giving Society. Members reach out to other families through regional parent events, campus events, and University com- munications to promote and support the mission of Loyola University Chicago.

JOIN OR LEARNMORE • Jessie Reick: 312.915.7698 or

CHOOSING LOYOLA • I can distinctly remember visiting campus and seeing that there was something that was happening there. So, as a parent, you see a university growing and changing, and that’s exciting. We discovered that people really loved being there—not just the students, but also professors, graduate students, and everyone.

GETTING INVOLVED • Stephen was the board chair at Megan’s high school and had a strong interest in the governance of the school. We got occasional status reports, which we enjoyed. We wanted similar involvement at Loyola.

GIVING BACK • Our family has been quite grateful to the Jesuits for the education of both of our children, but especially for Megan, because they made Loyola an exciting place to study. It’s a traditional institution, yet at the same time, there was such creativity in the teaching. Every pro- fessor made it a challenging but creative, out-of-the-box way to earn an education. And we’re very grateful for that.

Cynthia M. Baasten (JD ’04) is a partner at Sraga Hauser LLC in its Oak Brook office. She concentrates her practice in the areas of special education and other student issues, labor and personnel, and civil rights litigation.

Kathleen Cormack (MEd ’05) is the author of two novels. Prayer for all Seasons is the first in the Windy City Ladies series, and Matrimony Redeemed is the second. The books are filled with humor and real-life lessons sure to evoke emotions from the readers.

Robert E. Draba (JD ’05), a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, was on the team that was honored with the US Attorney General’s 2012 Award of Distinction for their investigative work on the AT&T/T-Mobile case.

Patrick Stiff (BA ’05) and his wife welcomed their son, Patrick Alan Stiff, on September 30, 2013. Patrick Alan was named after his two grandfathers, Patrick Joseph Stiff Sr. (SSOM ’75) and Alan Earl Snyder.

Douglass A. Farnsworth (JD ’06) was elected a shareholder of the firm Trenam Kemker in Tampa, Florida. He concentrates his practice in the area of employee benefits, including health care and compensation.

Josh Hayes (BA ’06) has been promoted to contracts and grants


specialist at the International Foun- dation for Electoral Systems.

Cindy Acosta (BA ’07) is part of the Healthcare, Life Sciences, and Tech- nology team at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. Acosta has joined the firm’s Atlanta office, which brings a premier national transactional, regulatory, and litigation practice to Kilpatrick Townsend.

Patrick Gilger (MA ’07), S.J., was ordained to the Jesuit priesthood in front of a packed crowd of fellow Jesuits, family, and friends.

Faith Hinz (BA ’07) married David Helgerson on June 29, 2013, at the Madonna della Strada Chapel.

Amy Korin (MBA ’07) was named to the second annual “Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 36” list of young Jewish movers and shakers in Chicago.

Elizabeth Panek (BS ’07) and her husband, Thomas Dawson (BBA ’06), met in a Public Speaking: Communi- cations 101 class with Professor Beth Konrad. They married on June 22, 2013, in Chicago. Elizabeth earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in May 2013 at Touro College of Phar- macy in New York. The couple lives in Manhattan, where Elizabeth works as a pharmacist for Walgreens and Tom is the senior vice president for global client finance for Mediabrands.


Lauren K. Pfeil (JD ’10) was honored at the ABA conference in San Francis- co with the 2013 ABA Young Lawyer’s Division Child Advocacy Award in recognition of her work as a guardian ad litem in Traverse City, Michigan. She is an associate at the Law Offices of Paul T. Jarboe, PLC.

An updated excerpt of Susan E. Bowman’s (MJ ’11) thesis has been published in a peer-reviewed


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