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VOLUME 19 • CHAPTER 2 • April 2019


The first Campionette, the student newsletter, was published 101 years ago, on November 11, 1917. The first Editor of the Campionette was Tom O'Connor, class of 1920. The last official issue was the one announcing the closing of the school in May 1975. Over the years various classes have published special editions for their class reunions, of which some have been pretty extravagant.

The Campion Forever Newsletter was first published by Aaron Huguenard, class of 1947 in 2000 as a means for alumni and faculty to keep in touch and share in life experiences.

We've been trying to get memoirs from retired and not-so-retired Campion Jebbies for our newsletter for quite some time. We don't care if the memoirs are about when they went to Campion, taught at Campion, or just what they've done since leaving Campion. We just want to hear something from our mentors in the first person; perhaps words of wisdom learned while IHS; typically we only get 3rd person post mortem. Not to lay all the blame on the Jebbies... why can't we get memoirs from more alumni. Where are all those other authors and editors of the old 'ette.

While it has been a task getting people to submit articles, there are a few dedicated alumni and Jebbies who do regularly provide ideas for articles. This is a good thing, else I would have to conjure the 'Ghost of Joe Campion' for ideas more than I care to.

This month we have a batch of Campion Student Artwork from the late 60's to mid-70's. William 'Art' Dagnon rescued abandoned artwork from his classes that otherwise would have been tossed out at the end of the school year. Bill wants to return these art pieces to the original artists if possible. If they are not claimed they will most like end up in file 99. Bill has boocoo rescued pieces. In this newsletter are the first batch that he has taken pictures of. Wouldn't it be wonderful if after 50 years someone has become a famous artist.

2019 Anniversaries

This year 2019 marks the 65th anniverary of the movie Night People starring Gregory Peck and Broderick Crawford. Buddy Ebsen was also in the movie.

We have a clip of Gregory Peck and Broderick Crawford discussing a small town in Wisconsin and Campion College Football.

Night People (1954)

25th Annual Golf Tournament - PdC

The 25th Annual All Glass Reunion/Golf Tour is Monday, June 10, 2019. If you plan to go, forms need to be sent in by May 1. Also, apparently, there is some sort of bike event passing through town and rooms are filling up fast.

From Dan Lipke '72

Re: Campion Hill, Standing The Test of Time.

Fellow Knights:

Upon my Retirement, my wife and I decided to leave Milwaukee area after 31 years, and since I am an avid hunter and fisherman , we recently purchased a home in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and low and behold, purchased a home with the address being 1**2 East Campion Blvd. Campion Blvd is the road leading toward Campion Hill. We will spend Spring, Summer, Fall in Wisconsin and Winter in Florida. Any Campion visitors passing by, feel free to join me for a round of golf at the PDC Country Club, or for a Fall Duck Hunt.

Dan Lipke
Campion Class of 1972

Tom O. We're looking for articles. Any ideas? Themes?

Jim OK. Spring Semester senior year. What did everyone do?

Chris B. If anyone can remember spring semester senior year, you weren't there.

Jim B. Let me consider statute of limitations...

From Bill 'Art' Dagnon

Student Artwork circa 1968-1975

Does anybody recognize your artwork? If you want it let me know. I am clearing it out. If the person who created the artwork wants it I would love to clear out my shelf. Many works aren't signed and some signatures leave a lot to the imagination.

[Editor] If you know the artist has died, and you know his relatives, please see if they want it.

From John Duskey '63

John Neil Tift John Neil Tift, a native of Charles City, Iowa, entered Campion in the fall of 1961, as a member of the class of 1965. I was a junior at the time and came to know him as a member of the band, where he, as a trombone player, stood next to me when we lined up in marching formation. When we got back in touch a few months ago, I found his story particularly interesting and exemplary. Like Neil, I was a special education teacher and administrator, but he showed great initiative in starting programs and meeting the needs of various types of clients.

Unfortunate family circumstances made it necessary for him to leave Campion after his sophomore year. I did not know about this at the time, as I graduated in spring of 1963. But for John Neil Tift, life went on in Charles City-where he transferred to the public high school and finished his last two years there. The school had a two year foreign language requirement, but he was required to take two years of Spanish, because the school, in a typical anti-Catholic spirit at the time, did not accept his credits for two years of Latin at Campion. His family moved from Iowa to the Twin Cities in 1966. It was during this time that John decided that he would use his middle name, Neil, in future educational and professional work.

He continued his studies at Loras College in Dubuque, where he majored in Psychology and graduated in 1969. Neil had also taken courses to become a Special Education teacher. Thus, he was able to begin his working career as a teacher at Christ Child School, a Catholic school for students with developmental disabilities, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He taught several subjects-Basic Math, English, History, and Daily Living Skills, as many special ed teachers do.

Four years later, with this experience, Neil was hired to develop and manage group homes for adults with developmental disabilities.

In 1974 Neil earned a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas, specializing in working with men.

In 1977 Neil and his wife flew to Bogota Colombia to adopt a 10 year old orphan with severe delays. Ophelia is now 52 and living in Minneapolis.

After earning his Social Work Certificate, he was employed at the University of Minnesota Department of Continuing Education in Social Work to development training for community professionals working with low-income families.

In 1986, he opened Cabrini House, a transitional housing program for adults with chemical and mental health issues. In the course of this work, he encountered single homeless fathers at a time when there were no resources for these men.

In 1988 He married Denise, whom he met and hired to work in a group home for adult women with disabilities.

In June 1990, a week before Father's Day, Neil and another father quit their jobs and opened the first Father's Resource Center in the US.

This program was very successful, because of the huge needs for targeted services for dads. In April 1992, the Father's Resource Center received its first operating grant, which helped to stabilize the Center's funding and allowed it to grow to five offices across the Twin Cities within three years. The programs at the Center included anger management, parenting classes in English and Spanish, family law and child support clinics, drop-in groups for fathers of children with special needs, mentoring and mediation services In 1996, the FRC received the first HUD grant to provide transitional housing to homeless fathers and children in the nation. It continues to operate today

In March 1994, Neil was invited to participate in a fatherhood development conference in Nashville, convened by Vice President Al Gore. One outcome of this gathering of fatherhood professionals was the creation of a national organization to provide training for providers interested in creating resources for fathers across the nation. Neil was then hired as Director of Training for NPNFF in Washington DC, where he moved his family.

In 1996 Neil and his wife Denise adopted another daughter who was born cocaine-exposed and with fetal alcohol syndrome. Today she is 22 and living at home with the Tifts.

That same year, Neil was ordained a deacon in the Catholic Church and has been assigned a variety of parishes and ministries over the past 23 years.

In 2002 Neil moved back to the Twin Cities to spend more time with his grandchildren and continue his work developing resources for fathers.

In 2007, he was asked to move to Mesa Arizona, where he was hired as the Director of Operations for the Native American Fatherhood and Families Association. He continues to work with NAFFA full-time, providing parent education, staff development and related services

Neil and Denise have been foster parents for the past 23 years and manage a non-profit agency -Paternal Instincts- that offers training to foster and adoptive parents wherever they are invited.

So, at 71 years of age, Neil continues to work with Native fathers on reservations and urban areas across the country, share foster parenting responsibilities with his wife, teach ethics at a local university and volunteer as a deacon at Christ the King Parish in Mesa Arizona.

John J. Marek19742019-01-03Chicago
Edward M. Carstensen19692019-01-24Davenport
Gerald L. Sullivan19652019-02-03Shullsburg
Melvin A. Quinn19592019-02-13Prairie du Chien
Patrick T. Koester19732019-02-16Frankfort
Richard Bouschka19512019-02-19Springfield
Gary M. Riley19652019-02-19Waterloo
Frank C. Sturm19482019-02-20Alexandria
Charles Jack Remien, Jr.19602019-02-22Winetka
Thomas C. Birdsall19542019-03-08Clayton
James F. Parks19542019-03-14Chicago
Joseph K. Schroeder19502019-04-05Leipsic
John C. McNellis19432019-04-06Elmhurst
Edmund A. Mikalofsky19522019-04-12Sheboygan
Gary R. Harkensee19712019-04-19Park Ridge
John D. Kuhn19542019-04-20Chicago
Charles F. Phee19682019-04-20Centralia
Arthur M. McDonald19572019-05-24Minneapolis
Patrick D. Bowlen19622019-06-13Edmonton
Arthur H. Wagener19452019-06-13Waconia
John H. Fairbairn19692019-07-30Gary
Clayton E. Whiting, Jr.19542019-08-16River Forest
John F. Kelley19492019-09-09Leipsic
Emil J. Denemark II19442019-09-18Riverside
Richard M. Stroh19632019-09-19Chicago
Mark A. Pfeiffer19712019-09-22McGregor
Richard F. Bussan19552019-10-00Galena
Jonathan Haschka, S.J.19632019-10-03Minneapolis
John M. O'Connor19572019-10-07Dubuque
Edward J. Mattimoe, S.J.19522019-10-20Toledo
William J. Conlin19492019-10-27Ann Arbor
Gilbert D. Austin19602019-10-31Rockford
William J. Gitzke19612019-11-00Cary
Frederick J. Minchk19552019-11-04Prairie du Chien
Michael E. Frazier19722019-12-01Elk Grove Village
Tom R. Wild19772019-12-09Dyersville
Edward T. Schrader19552019-12-13Seymour
Lawrence A. Cuneo19522019-12-26Chicago
James M. Lardner19642019-12-27Detroit

Alumni who have passed in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.
Faculty who have passed:

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