2014 Course Offerings

Rennie H. Andrews is a professional gift-wrapper and bow-maker. She learned to make bows working for a florist during high school and college, and worked as a gift-wrapper at Waterloo Gardens in Devon for 12 years. For more than five years, she has made every bow for the outdoor Christmas decorations at Rosemont College. She loves to travel and shop, and is often called upon by friends and colleagues to make bows, wrap gifts, and give gift suggestions. When she is not gifting or traveling, she is the Assistant Vice President for the Campaign for Rosemont.

Meredith Baird is a mystery author whose award-winning short stories have appeared in many anthologies including Out for More Blood and Night Bites.

Bob Brooke is a prolific travel, history, antiques, and business writer who has traveled to more than 75 countries, covering such diverse subjects as living under terrorism in Northern Ireland, shopping in Hong Kong, training through Eastern Europe, discovering the Russia of the Czars, gallery hopping in Paris, and exploring ruins in Mexico. He has authored fourteen books, four of them between 2006 and 2008. Brooke’s articles have appeared have appeared in many national and international publications, including Antique Week, Adventure West, Delta Sky, Business Traveler (UK), British Heritage, Executive Traveler, History Magazine, and Discover Mexico

Alyssa DeCarlo is a writer of Young Adult fiction from Philadelphia. She earned her B.A. in American studies from Rider University and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Rosemont College. Her poetry has been published in Transient Literary Magazine, and most recently she became a contributing blog writer for Quirk Books. 

Richard Donagher, Ph.D., emeritus professor at Rosemont College, earned his Ph.D. from Fordham University. He taught for more than 40 years at Rosemont offering courses in American History including the Era of the American Revolution and the History of Pennsylvania. He has lectured at numerous venues on the History of Main Line, and has written articles on Pennsylvania and local history. He has taught several courses for the Rosemont Forum, Neumann College’s Linc Program, and Main Line School Night.

Sr. Marie Michele Donnelly, RSM, M.A., currently serves as co-director of Mercy Spiritual Ministries, through which she provides preached retreats for parishes, school faculties, ministry groups, ecumenical groups, and religious communities. She is a frequent presenter for parent and parish groups throughout the tri-state region (PA, NJ, and DE). Sister is a keynote speaker for large groups across the United States. She is an adjunct Theology professor at Gwynedd Mercy College. She holds an M.A. in Theology from Villanova University.

Vivian Grey, M.A., is an author, editor, journalist, and teacher. She is an elected member of the New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame; founder of the Rutgers University Annual One-On-One Writer's Conference; and Council Chair Rutgers University Advisory Council On Children's Literature. She taught various creative writing courses at the University of Pennsylvania for 20 years. Her award-winning titles have been included in numerous “Best Books” and "Notable" lists. Her recent baseball biography “The Spy Behind Home Plate – Moe Berg” is under option for a film. Vivian holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from Columbia University.

Carolyn R. Guss, The Tarot Muse, is a certified professional Tarot reader and teacher who has been working with the cards for three decades. She has taught, lectured, and presented at numerous venues, including Haverford College, Main Line School Night, and the Tarot School. Her articles on Tarot have appeared in Yoga Living magazine and she has been featured in Main Line Life. Also an editor and writer, she heads Journeys & Chronicles, a personal communications service.

Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Ph.D. ’70, is the president of Rosemont College. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in history of art and studio art from Rosemont in 1970, and her master of arts degree and her Ph.D. in history of art from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971 and 1974. Dr. Hirsh is the author of several books and numerous other publications about art history of the late nineteenth-century Western Europe.

Joseph J. Hylan, Esq., is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University and Villanova Law School. Practicing law for 33 years, he has served as the Chief Public Defender of Montgomery County. In addition to handling hundreds of trials and appeals, he has argued eighteen cases in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, including three death penalty cases. Retired from the full-time practice of law, he is the author of four prize-winning short stories and is a professional baseball umpire.

Rich McKenzie has been studying Tai Chi since 1977 and teaching since 1980. His education/teachers include Master Dee Chao and Tze Chao of Newark, DE; Charles Sweeny, Media, PA; and Tim Rumsey of Media, PA. Rich has also studied Hatha Yoga with Paula DiGrigorio, West Chester, PA; Dorothy Saylor, Aldan, PA; and Charles Sweeny. Rich has also student taught Praying Mantis Kung Fu. His other teaching experience also includes Music and Hatha Yoga.

Tiziana De Stephanis Murray is a native-born Italian from Pescara, Italy. She presently teaches Italian language at Villanova University. She studied Philosophy at the University “Gabriele D’Annunzio” in Chieti, Italy, where she graduated with a dissertation on Jungian Psychology as a link between East and West. Her interest in Eastern philosophy brought her to study with renowned Feng Shui expert Carole Hyder, author of ‘Wind and Water” and “Living Feng Shui.” Tiziana has been teaching courses on the philosophy of the I Ching and Feng Shui since 2006.

Therese Casadesus Rawson, Ph.D., has taught at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia for many years. She earned her doctorate in French language and literature from the University of Pennsylvania and besides teaching and performing as a soprano, Dr. Rawson is active as a lecturer on topics pertaining to French culture, particularly music. She has been president of the Fontainebleau Associations since 1996, and is very involved with administering the summer program in music and fine arts at Fontainebleau, France.

Lawrence S. Stepelevich, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Villanova University. From 1977 to 1996 he edited the Journal of Hegel Society of America, and later served as president of that society. He has presented lectures and published numerous studies on German philosophy, with the most recent article appearing in the 2014 February issue of Modern Judaism, with another to be published in the October issue of The Philosophical Forum. His book-essay, "Slavery, and the Ironies of the American Civil War: A Philosophic Analysis" was published by the State University of New York, and indicates his long interest in military history.