BCHS Alumni News Blog

Dr. Michael O’Connor, ’02, is named medical director

Michael O’Connor, MD, BCHS Class of 2002, and assistant professor of Pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, has been named medical director of the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Foundation Registry, which he also helped develop. The registry will serve as a repository of clinical data that will include the demographics, symptoms and current therapies of patients with PCD who consent to participate. Read the full story at Vanderbuilt University Medical Center news.

Michael Henry, ’02, becomes Director of Experiential Learning Environment

Michael Henry, BCHS Class of 2002, a senior data scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), has accepted a joint appointment at the Texas A&M University RELLIS Center for Applied Research and Experiential Learning. Henry will also be the inaugural Director of the Experiential Learning Environment, a component of the newly established Human Machine Ecosystem Laboratory. The Texas A&M facility provides an environment for multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teaching, research and workforce development instruction. Read the full story at pnnl.gov.

Kyle Guyton Scholarship Fund Drive: March, April 2021

The Kyle J. Guyton Memorial Scholarship Fund invites you to Donation Challenge 2021. This fund drive replaces the usual dinner for this scholarship fund. The fund awards scholarships to students pursuing a major or minor in the performing arts at a college or university. Qualified applicants are recommended from three organizations, Bishop Chatard High School, Upon This Rock Productions and Indiana State University. With this fund, the communities of Bishop Chatard HS, Grace Apostolic Church and the production company of This Rock Productions honor the work that Kyle (BCHS Class of 2011 and BCHS Theatre Director) did during his short time with us and nurture the leadership Kyle demonstrated: working in our communities through the medium of the theatre arts. Information for donating to the fund can be found at kgscholarship.org. Donors $100 or more will receive a gift card to an area restaurant if they donate between March 3 to April 30, 2021.

Jackie Appleman, ’05, becomes a mom

Congratulations to Jackie Appleman, BCHS Class of 2005, on the adoption of her daughter, Jessica in March 2020! We wish them the best of times as mother and daughter!

Eleanor (Ellie) Smith, ’08, receives doctorate

Congratulations to Eleanor (Ellie) R. Smith, BCHS Class of 2008, who successfully defended her dissertation in May, 2019, for the degree of PhD at the Graduate School of Education of Fordham University, NYC. Her dissertation is titled “Fighting Cyberbullying with Technology: Anonymous Reporting; Access Impact on Student Perceptions of School Climate.” Ellie received her bachelor’s degree at Indiana University and her master’s degree from Fordham University. She currently works in Indianapolis for Washington Township Schools as a school psychologist.

Jenny (Bryant) Lis, ’03, and family welcome new baby boy

Jenny (Bryant) Lis, BCHS Class of 2003, and her husband Eric welcomed their third son, Elias Joseph, in early January! He joins big brothers Gabe and Gus who are very excited to have another brother. Congratulations to the Lis Family!

Nikki (Kirschner) Robbins, ’10, weds

Congratulations to Nikki (Kirschner), BCHS Class of 2010, and Eric Robbins on their recent marriage at Irwin Gardens in Columbus, Indiana.

Sarah Fulton, ’16, begins teaching career

Congratulations to Sarah Fulton, BCHS Class of 2016, who began her first year of teaching at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Noblesville. She teaches middle School English Language Arts as well as Religion. She also graduated from Ball State in 2020 with Honors.