The Feast of Saint Ursula Liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday, October 21st at 10:00 A.M. in the school gymnasium. The twenty-seventh annual Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented at the liturgy. Each year, this award is given to graduates of Ursuline High School who have distinguished themselves by dedicated service to our school and to the community at large. This year’s recipients are Ruth Coleman Carroll (’57) and John Ulicney (’54).
Past award recipients include: Bishop James W. Malone, Attorney John McNally III, Mrs. Mary Irene Hoffman, Mr. Joseph Nohra, Sister Jerome Corcoran, Mr. William G. Lyden, Jr., Mrs. Mary Ellen Cushwa Wolsonovich, Monsignor Kenneth Miller, Mr. Alex Simon, Miss Paulette Petrosky, Mrs. Sara McClurkin Kennedy, Mr. Thomas J. Carney, Joy DiLoreto Brunner, Daniel E. Gallagher, Shirley LaCivita Phillips, Donald E. Foley, Sr., Judy Rochford Wexler, Daniel P. O’Horo, John J. Ridel, Mary Kay Buckley D’Isa, Richard Barrett, Sister Alice Marie Morley OSU, Monsignor John P. Ashton, Cynthia Ryan Reardon, Jim Beil, Sister Nancy Dawson OSU, Pat Storey Kane, Thomas Stabi, Marilou LaCivita Stroney, Dr. Thomas Shipka, Helen Lamb Lafferty, Father Frank Lehnerd, Sister Virginia McDermott OSU, M. Richard Varley, Jeanne McLaughlin Foley, Atty. Vincent Gilmartin, Maureen Collins, Father Tim O’Neill, Dorothy Ferrell Durina, Thomas P. Metzinger, Mary Moran Krygowski, George Banks, Margene Flannery Chambers, Monsignor John Zuraw, Kathleen Cunningham Conlan, Dr. Edward Novosel, Dr. Janet E. Del Bene, Scott R. Schulick, Suzanne Morrison Fleming, Bruce Joseph, Aimee Amendolara Morrison, Tom Murray, Sr. Mary Lee Nalley OSU and John Vitullo.
Ruth Coleman Carroll’s family spans four generations at Ursuline High School. Her mother, Rose Conway Coleman, began the tradition when she graduated in 1936. Ruth (Ursuline Class of 1957) married Bill Carroll, a member of the Class of 1956. Together, they raised three children ~ all Ursuline alumni: Bill Jr., Class of 1979; Christine, Class of 1980, and Brian, a member of the Class of 1985.
Ruth began working at the A.P. O’Horo Company in 1986 as the office manager and later as the Company Secretary. She retired in 2005 and said that she was fortunate to have a job she loved as well as a great boss.
She and her husband are members of Saint Joseph Church in Austintown where she is a Eucharistic Minister and involved in the Home Bound Ministry as well as the Nursing Home Ministry. Ruth also volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen and at the OH WOW Children’s Science Museum. For many years, Ruth has served her Alma Mater as a member of the Executive Committee of the Annual Auction. She has also volunteered at the annual Phone-A-Thon to raise funds for the Annual Appeal. Ruth regularly plans the Ursuline Class of ’57 Reunions. Both Ruth and her husband have been members of the Athletic Booster Club for more than 45 years. They have also been involved with and worked on the Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner for many years.
Ruth and her husband have four grandchildren: Lea Carroll (Ursuline Class of 2013), Anny Carroll (Ursuline Class of 2014), Olivia Carroll, a Senior at Mount Notre Dame, and Liam Carroll, a Sophomore at Archbishop Moeller – both in Cincinnati.
John Ulicney, or Mr. U as he was known by his students, graduated from Ursuline High School in 1954. He attended night school at Youngstown University while working full time. He transferred to Saint Joseph College in Indiana but returned to “YoU” and graduated in 1962 with a degree in Sociology and Biology with additional coursework in education and the sciences. His graduate studies included work from YSU as well as the Universities of New York and Pittsburgh through their extension programs.
He was hired to teach Biology at Ursuline in 1962 after doing his student teaching at his Alma Mater. John left in 1967 to become the first Alumni Director at Youngstown State University. Prior to becoming the Alumni Director, John had been very active in several programs at the University: Treasurer of the Alumni Association, Chairman for the Alumni Homecoming and President of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Association. He is a past member of the American Alumni Council and the American Public Relations Association.
Upon his return to Ursuline in 1969 he judged Science Fair projects, organized science workshops for elementary teachers and worked with State and Diocesan Committees to develop an elementary level science curriculum. He was one of the organizers and Board Member of the Lake-to-River Science Teachers Association and was selected as one of the teachers to help develop an Environmental Science Course of Study for the State of Ohio. John also served on the Educational Technology Advisory Committee for the Ohio Department of Education, served as Chairman for the Science Advisory Committee of the Industrial Information Institute of Education and was selected to evaluate the teacher’s curriculum guide for “Investigating Solid Waste Issues” for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
While at Ursuline, Mr. U served as Science Department Chairman, Sophomore Class Advisor, Faculty Advisor to the Home and School Association, Science Club Advisor as well as organizer and advisor for the Chess Club. He was also Co-Chairman of the Junior/Senior Prom and a speech and debate judge for both Ursuline and YSU. He received the Babe Ruth Sportsmanship Award by the coaching staff, served as building representative for the Confederation of Teachers. He was also a contributor and evaluator for the revised edition of the Modern Biology textbook. John was also selected as one of the teachers to involve his class with NASA’s Space Exposed Seed Project for Students. He retired in 2008 after 46 years of teaching in the Ursuline Science Department.
John has also taught high school C.C.D. at Saint Christine Parish, served a two-year term on the Diocesan High School Advisory Board for C.C.D. as well as doing a television program on C.C.D for the Diocese.
He is active in the District 15 of the Ohio Academy of Science and the Lake-to-River Science Association of Teachers. He is a member of the Youngstown Area Physics Alliance. In addition, he has been named Outstanding Educator by the I.I.I. for Education, Inc. and the University of Chicago, was selected as a “Great Teacher” by St. Vincent College’s Great Teacher Recognition Program, listed as one of the Outstanding Secondary Educators of America and chosen as Conservation Teacher-Of-The-Year by the Mahoning County Soil and Water Conservation District.
John has been married for 47 years to the former Judy Berard (Ursuline Class of ’59). They have four children: Christine Santana (U ’87), Jennifer DeMain (U ’89), Sean Patrick (U ’91) and David Michael (U ’93). They also have six grandchildren: Maria and Angel John Santana, Anna Grace Ulicney and Jasmine, Heather and Chelsea DeMain.
The Ulicneys reside in Austintown and are members of Saint Joseph Parish.
Following the Liturgy and Award Ceremony, a reception was held in the Library-Learning Center.