Special Xavier Graduates Pursue Dreams

May 14, 2008

Here are some interesting folks graduating from Xavier University on May 17:




Cincinnati native Kyle Connolly (45238) was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 7 weeks of age. Deciding it would not limit him, he participated in football, baseball, soccer, wrestling, and cross country while growing up to keep his lungs clear. His twin, Keith Connolly, also was diagnosed with CF. Both brothers have been a varsity cheerleaders all four years at Xavier. Kyle will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and plans to go on to UC to pursue a Master’s in Marketing. Keith will earn a degree in accounting and finance. “Don't let life get you down,” Kyle says. “Always smile, work hard, and stay humble. Remember that you're never alone. There is always someone else out there who is going through or went through the same thing you are.” Keith and Kyle both note the importance of taking responsibility for their health care while maintaining their busy college schedules. Both will receive their bachelor’s degrees this Saturday May 17 at the 9:00 a.m. undergraduate ceremony.


Claudia Moye (Maw – yay) of Pleasant Ridge started as a registered dental hygienist in the Cincinnati Public Schools and the Cincinnati Health Department. Since 1985, she has worked at the Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment (CCAT), a drug and alcohol detox and treatment center in the West End. For the past 12 years, she has been Program Manager and Supervisor for their Residential Program.


Moye earned a BSW from Northern Kentucky University, and a degree in Dental Hygiene from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.  She is a LICDC and LSW.


In 1999, Moye received the Alcoholism Council’s Weir Goodman Award in recognition of outstanding dedication and work on behalf of alcoholics and their families.  This January, she received the Mary Corre Foster Award from the Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association for service to the profession.


She has participated as an ambassador in South Africa, China and Egypt. Ambassadors consult with their peers in substance abuse and mental health counseling, visiting each others’ sites, having seminars and learning from each other.  It promotes intercultural understanding by participating with each other on a personal and professional basis.


At Xavier’s Cintas Center on May 17, during the 2:00 p.m. graduate ceremony, Moye will receive her Master of Arts in Community Counseling. Not stopping there, she will travel to Darfur this summer on a mission trip. She truly exemplifies Xavier’s mission of creating men and women for others.


“I guess I don’t know what the word retirement means,” Moye says. “I am enjoying my work so much and working for an agency that has allowed me to continue my schooling and to keep growing.  In the meantime, I am encouraging others to work in the field by mentoring and being a role model.”