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STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville celebrated contributions to the school and community on Saturday with the presentation of its Founders’ Awards for 2021.
The award, established in 1978 in memory of Bishop John King Musio, the first bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville, is a highlight of the university’s Founders Association annual dinner.
This year’s recipients were Dr. John Irvin, his wife Judy and his family, who have maintained close ties with the university since John’s graduation in 1958; Ross Gallabrese, editor of the Herald-Star and Weirton Daily Times and a long-time member of the university’s advisory board; Paul Giannanmore, longtime Herald-Star reporter, now executive producer for WTOV-TV; and Sister M. Regina Pacis Coury, FSGM, who taught at the university for six years. Fellows of founders Kaleigh Castner, Rachel Cooper, Ryan Ighnat and Megan Rouse were also recognized; Rose M. DeFede Women’s Guild Scholars Sonya Arellano, Hope Bullard, Jennifer Serna and Andrea Whinnery; Madison Taylor, recipient of the Dr. Patricia Fletcher Fellowship; and Stephanie Glasure, winner of the Academy of Lifelong Learning award.
After graduating from Franciscan University, John Irvin enrolled in dental school at the University of West Virginia. He graduated in 1962, then spent two years in the US Army Dental Corps before moving to Wintersville, retiring in 2019 after 55 years.
Over the years Irvin, his wife and children Beth, Jack, David, Patricia and Chris maintained close ties with the university: John served on the board of trustees from 1977 to 1989 and received an honorary doctorate in 1989; Judy Irvin had volunteered at the conference office and was treasurer of the Academy of Lifelong Learning, an affiliated university that offered continuing education for seniors. Over the years, the couple have organized meals for every president of the Franciscan University of Steubenville since John became a dentist.
Continuing the tradition: her daughter Beth (Irvin) Matanzo works as a secretary in the graduate nursing department. Their son-in-law, Dr Thomas Matanzo, DDS ’81; their sons, Dr Jack Irvin, DDS ’84 and Chris Irvin ’90; and their stepdaughters Janet (Lynch) Irvin ’89 and Joy (Morris) Irvin ’91 MSN ’10, all dated Franciscan. Chris Irvin, owner of Irvin Insurance Services in Wintersville, has served on the board since 2019.
Of their 16 grandchildren, six are Franciscan graduates. The Irvins also have 15 great-grandchildren.
“I love university” said John, who still attends board meetings as a distinguished member. âIt has been a joy and a pleasure to be with the brothers during all these years.
Ohio University graduate Gallabrese joined the Herald-Star in 1981 as a sports writer, holding various editorial positions as he rose through the ranks to become its editor in 2001 and editor in chief of the Herald- Star Newspapers and The Weirton Daily Times in 2009.
In addition to overseeing content development for the two newspapers, Gallabrese also brings actual journalists to Jefferson County through the Herald-Star Speaker Series, which he helps plan and execute. Since its creation in 2012, residents of the region have heard of Justice Jeanine Pirro, FOX analyst; retired US Secret Service Agent Clint Hill; Rebekah Gregory, survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing; Retired Air Force General Michael Hayden, the former Director of Central Intelligence and
National security agencies; and Mark Geist offering a first-hand account of life during the siege of Benghazi.
Gallabrese, a resident of Steubenville, sits on the Franciscan University board of trustees and is a board member and three-time president of the Steubenville Rotary Club; and member of the board of directors of the Ohio Valley Music Guild. He previously served on the boards of directors of the United Way of Jefferson County and the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and was for almost 40 years a member of the Steubenville Umpires Association.
âWhen you live and work in an area or do business in an area, it is important to be part of the communityâ he said. âOur newspapers report on the people, institutions and organizations that serve our region. This is something we have been doing since June 7, 1806. It was a privilege to have been able to be part of this legacy, and a privilege to have been selected to receive a Founders’ Award.
Gallabrese and his wife, former MarySue Merrill, have two sons, Matthew and Lucas.
Giannamore was among the first group of students to earn a BA in English with a concentration in Mass Communication under the supervision of Jim Coyle, who graduated in 1984. He had worked in local radio news during his undergraduate years. , but in 1985 he accepted a position with the Herald-Star. He spent more than 30 years at the newspaper, first as a journalist, then as a columnist and editor. Since 2018 he has been executive producer for WTOV-TV / FOX9 in Steubenville.
He said the transition was a bit of a learning curve. Go to TV news, “I had to determine the three or four most important points and let people tell their story” he said.
In addition to giving him the tools necessary for his profession, the university also played a role in Giannamore’s personal life: in 1981 he met his future wife, Kathy DeMartin, in Spanish class. They have been married for 35 years and Kathy, a 1985 graduate, is Franciscan’s Assistant Dean for Online Education.
The couple reside in Toronto, where they have been reader, choir tenor and cantor at St. Francis and St. Joseph churches for over 30 years. He and his wife have two children, Marcus, who attended Franciscan where he met his wife, former Taylor Oliver, and Gina. They are expecting their third grandchild in January.
Sister M. Regina Pacis Coury, FSGM, arrived at Franciscan University as a new professed in 1988, sent by her superiors to teach.
“Religious obedience is a grace and a wonderful gift from the Holy Trinity which leads to many more graces”, she said. “Therefore, I spent six blessed years at the Franciscan University.”
With an MA and PhD in Classics from Loyola University in Chicago, Sister Regina had taught the classics at several colleges before coming to Steubenville.
Her love for languages ââbegan when she was a young girl who read the Latin-English Missal during mass in Latin. Growing up in a bilingual family also deepened his appreciation of the language. âLanguage was important to me and a constant source of fascination. “
At Franciscan, she founded the Great Books Honors program, “The best way to understand the development of Western thought and civilization and to find answers to the ultimate questions of life” and the Classics program (Latin and Greek major), the literature that formed the foundation of Western civilization in the original languages.
After teaching with the Franciscans, she directed the postulants and novices, then became provincial superior of her order, the Sisters of Saint Francis of the Martyr Saint George, until 2014.
In 2004, she received an honorary doctorate from the Franciscans.
She is currently Director of Education at the Domus Sanctae Mariae Guadalupe, Council of Major Superiors of the House of Religious Studies for Women in Rome. In this position, she develops the study program for nuns who come to Rome to study “in the heart of the church”.