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Kathleen Malone Beeler to Address Holy Cross College Class of 2014

Kathleen Malone Beeler to Address Holy Cross College Class of 2014

NOTRE DAME, IN (March 24, 2014) Kathleen Malone Beeler, former Chairman of the Board of Beeler Industries, Elkhart, Indiana, brings her enthusiasm and experience in education, fundraising, politics, board governance, and business leadership to Holy Cross College when she is featured as the keynote speaker at the 47th Commencement Exercises, taking place Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:00 am.

Ms. Beeler’s professional and personal work over the past 40 years has been instrumental in the Michiana community. Having served as a teacher at every level, from grade school to college, for more than two decades, it has been Kathleen’s dedicated volunteerism in which she has excelled, by raising millions of philanthropic dollars.

"Kathy Malone Beeler, a Trustee of Holy Cross College, is a longtime friend of the college and of the Congregation of Holy Cross,” said Holy Cross College President, Brother John Paige, C.S.C. “As a Catholic college graduate, mother and wife, business woman, active civic leader, volunteer of time, talent, and treasure on behalf of many charitable organizations, she gives our students an opportunity to witness a life faithfully lived in service of others. All our students, but especially our women students, need to have viable role models to emulate as they step out into life beyond college. We are delighted to be able to honor Kathy Malone Beeler by awarding her a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa.”

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Kathleen attended Saint Mary's Academy in South Bend before matriculating at Saint Mary's College where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1969. She then attended graduate school at the University of Chicago earning a master's degree in English in 1971. Kathleen went on to teach high school and elementary school at several Catholic and public institutions including three in South Bend -- John Adams High School, St. Joseph Grade School, and Corpus Christi Grade School.

Ms. Beeler is passionate about volunteering for great organizations in the arts, education, healthcare, and Catholic ministry. She is a strong leader for numerous boards and foundations, including the Board of Trustees of Holy Cross College. As President of the Logan Foundation Board of Directors, she was instrumental in the development of the new Logan Center on East Jefferson Boulevard. On the board of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, she helped raise funds for the new medical center in Mishawaka. She has served on both the Marian and Saint Joseph High School Boards, was the first female Chair of the Bishop's Annual Appeal for the Fort Wayne/South Bend Diocese, and is the immediate past President of the Catholic Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana. Among the many honors that she has been awarded are: the Saint Mary's College Distinguished Alumna (2009), the Colonel Jack Stephens Citizenship Award from the Military Officers of America, the "Sagamore of the Wabash" by the Indiana Governor, and honorary "Kentucky Colonel" by the Governor of Kentucky.

Kathleen is the mother of five children and eight grandchildren. Widowed in 1998, Kathleen married retired Marine Corps Colonel Brian Regan in 2005. Together, they live in Granger, Indiana.

Amy (DeCloedt) Nussbaum, a 2006 graduate of Holy Cross College, will be the featured alumni speaker. An alumna of Mishawaka High School, in Mishawaka, Indiana, Ms. Nussbaum earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts as a member of Holy Cross’s second graduating baccalaureate class.

Following graduating from Holy Cross, Amy went on to earn certification from the Montessori Institute of America, through Montessori Teacher Preparation of Washington. She is passionate about children and their education, and currently serves as the co-administrator, as well as a classroom directress, for Countryside Montessori School in South Bend, Indiana.

Amy is married to Danny Nussbaum, who is also a 2006 graduate of Holy Cross College. Together they have two beautiful sons: three-year old Louis, and six-month old Callan.

“We at Holy Cross are very proud to claim Amy as a one of our early BA graduates. As an excellent student and as a highly engaged member of the Holy Cross College community, she set the bar high for future classes,” stated Dr. T.S. Holland, Executive Vice President and Provost of Holy Cross College. “Furthermore, Amy helped to establish what it means to be a Holy Cross graduate…that students are both educated and formed “with the competence to see and the courage to act,”’ she went on to say of Nussbaum.

Holy Cross College will graduate its Class of 2014 on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11 am. The ceremony will take place in the Pfeil Center's McKenna Area, on the campus of Holy Cross. Friends and family members of Holy Cross graduates are welcome to attend. A reception will immediately follow.