vol. 54 | Summer/Fall 2012
40 Years of Senior Shared Life Reflections from Terry Kelly & alumni
by Rev. Frank Majka, SJ You will probably be reading this reflection during what the church refers to as Ordinary Time, a period which extends from early June to late November, almost half the year. Unlike Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter, which are focused and intense, ordinary time is, well, ordinary. Like a lot of our lives are ordinary. For isn’t it true that, lots of times, we get into our routines and go about our normal everyday actions without much thought? Days flow into each other without a lot of fuss or fury. Work gets done, and one day can sometimes look pretty much like any other. Nevertheless, even if we’re not aware of it, things continue to change, develop and grow both around us and inside us. That’s just the way it works. Interestingly enough, that’s the way the Kingdom of God often works, too. For instance, Jesus spoke (Mark 4) of a farmer who sowed seed then got up each morning and went to bed each night, living his ordinary life, while the seed grew, “he knew not how” and, almost on its own, it produced a crop. Life may have seemed ordinary for the farmer, but things were going on in the field nevertheless. The season of Ordinary Time can remind us that God has planted seeds of faith, hope and love in us and in others; he intends for these seeds to grow into a rich harvest. But growth can often take place subtly and under the radar — until one day we wake up and see that some very amazing and extraordinary things have been happening during all the so-called “ordinary” time.
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“Christ-like men for others” Marquette University High School’s mission is to form “men for others who will act like Christ, who came ’not to be served but to serve’ (Mark 10:45).” The theme of this MUHS Magazine issue is service. Service is so central to the Christian message and to Jesuit education that we run the risk of taking it for granted. However, upon reflection, service should never be taken for granted, for it is not a given in our contemporary culture. Our secular culture can easily draw us into living for ourselves rather than for others. As Christians, we believe that giving is better than receiving, but is this really the message of our culture? Certainly advertising would have us believe that getting, not giving, makes us happy. “Buy our product and you’ll be happy” the ads scream at us. I believe that our Jesuit schools, and Marquette University High School in particular, do a good job of teaching the joys and value of service. Our students learn on their various service projects that serving others does enrich and bring joy and satisfaction to our lives. Looking at our alumni, it is clear that they got the message. Many are in explicit service roles and professions and others are exemplary volunteers, giving of their time, talent and treasure to better the community, in particular to those most in need. One important form of service in which many of our alumni are engaged is teaching, including here at Marquette High. Another important service, of course, is serving the Church as priests, religious or lay ministers. Many of our alumni are priests whether diocesan, Jesuit or other religious. I am very encouraged by all the ways our alumni serve in the community. It makes me realize that what we’re doing here at Marquette High truly makes a difference in the lives of our students and
Rev. Warren Sazama, SJ ’64
graduates and in the community and world. Of course, for us as a faith-based school, our service is based in our love of God. In the Last Judgment scene at the end of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that whatever we do for the least of our brothers and sisters in need we do to him. This includes feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and giving shelter to the homeless. A central way in which we express our love for God is by loving our neighbor. Saint John challenges us that if we say we love God whom we do not see but do not love our neighbor whom we do see, we are liars. At Marquette University High School, we try to help our students grow in their relationship with God through retreats, school Masses and theology classes. The fruit of this, if it is authentic, is to become like Christ, a man for others. I give thanks for the inspiration I receive from all that our students, alumni, parents and faculty do in service of others.
(Rev.) Warren Sazama, SJ ’64 President
edito r Julie Felser
C o n tributors CJ Armbrust ’13 Dick Basham Peter Beck Victoria Temple Bonesho William Cannon ’66
Mike Feely ’89 Patrick Foran ’78
The Fox Company John Gurda ’65 David Hesselbein ’82 Robert Holton ’89 Frank LoCoco ’79 Rev. Frank Majka, SJ Jeffrey Mazurczak ’82
Bill Mullooly ’86 Jim Ninomiya Paul Nona John Novotny ’77 Rev. Warren Sazama, SJ ’64 Kristen Scheuing Kriss Schulz
Noah Simmons ’13 Christopher Sosnay ’94 Mark Steinhafel ’79 Alex Toole ’93 John Thimmesch ’77 VIP Photography Susie Weber
Table of Contents
features 16 | Senior Follies turns 50 18 | 40 years of Senior Shared Life 3 | Glynn & Shirley Rossa: 2 a commitment to Catholic Education 24 | Heeding the call 6 | Q&A with Marquette High’s 2 2012 alumni award winners 31 | ASC at the core of MUHS service D epartmen ts 5 | MUHS News 13 | Sports 32 | Class Notes 40 | Milestones 42 | Then & Now
Joe Zimmer ’94 As always, we appreciate hearing from you and welcome your updates, contributions, input, comments, and suggestions. Please email the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org or send your feedback to us at 3401 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208 MUHS Magazine is published two times per year and is offered free of charge to alumni, parents, students and friends, courtesy of Marquette University High School. Information in this publication is presented in good faith. Although copyright is vested with Marquette University High School, permission is hereby granted for the contents of MUHS Magazine to be reproduced for noncommercial purposes provided the source is acknowledged.
about the cover MUHS faculty member Terry Kelly has served as Senior Shared Life director for more than 30 years. See page 22. Cover photo by MUHS faculty member Peter Beck
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Professional musicians provide high note for students By Paul Nona
uring second semester, MUHS welcomed musical performances by the Harvard Krokodiloes and the Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra. Jeff Coffin, saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band, also visited Marquette High and offered a half-day music clinic for students. The Harvard Krokodiloes, the prestigious a capella group from Harvard University, sang with MUHS students at Marquette High’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mass and Celebration on January 15. Later that evening, the musically-gifted group gave a rousing, light-hearted performance in the O’Rourke Performing Arts Hall.
The Krokodiloes’ repertoire pulls from a wide range of genres, including jazz and swing standards of the Golden Age of American music, traditional aires, ballads and ’50s rock tunes. The songs are punctuated by the Kroks’ signature choreography, as well as their collegiate wit and humor. Chorus director and faculty member Sue Sajdak and B.A. Sillah ’08, a member of the singing group and recent Harvard grad, were instrumental in scheduling the MUHS stop on the Kroks’ Midwestern tour. Six weeks later, the Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra, a 55-student ensemble directed by Dr. Dennis Friesen-Carper, provided a free concert to the community. Special guests of the group were Chicago Symphony Orchestra assistant principals Yuan-Qing Yu and Kenneth Olsen who performed Brahms’ transcendent Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra. Yu is an artist teacher of music at Valparaiso; she and Olsen are members of Civitas, Valparaiso’s Chamber Ensemble-in-Residence. The program also included music celebrating the orchestra’s sacred collaborations and path-breaking work with traditional Chinese instrumentalists. Andy Sajdak ’00, who previously played with Valparaiso’s orchestra group as a first-chair cellist, helped secure the MUHS concert date. Last, in April, small groups of Jazz Lab students received instruction from three-time Grammy Award winner Jeff Coffin, who shared performance techniques and his extensive music knowledge with Marquette High’s eager and fledgling musicians. The clinic with the internationally recognized saxophonist and composer was arranged by faculty member Randy Skowronski. Coffin fronts his own group, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, when not touring with the Dave Matthews Band.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra assistant principal Yuan-Qing Yu performs at MUHS. Photo by VIP Photography
All MUHS students were invited during their lunch hour to Wimmer Rehearsal Hall to attend a question-answer session with Coffin and experience firsthand his extraordinary saxophone-playing abilities. The highlight of the hour came when Coffin explained and demonstrated how to play two saxophones at once. “The experience of interacting with a musician on par with Jeff Coffin is absolutely once in a lifetime,” says Sam Norton ’12. “The fact that this experience came through Marquette High is even more incredible. It shows how far the MUHS faculty and staff are willing to go to promote our growth as students.”
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Photos by MUHS faculty member Peter Beck
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Students speak life during Lent
Fourth-floor hallway gets facelift What was once an empty, pedestrian hallway is now a vibrant, colorful display of artwork created by MUHS talent. Fifteen, 4' x 6' murals, representing “isms” through portraits of famous people, were mounted along the east end of the fourth-floor hallway. Larger-than-life images of Rev. Pedro Arrupe, SJ (humanitarism), Margaret Thatcher (conservatism), Isaac Newton (rationalism), Malcom X (racism) and many others were created by Marquette High art teachers and students during the second semester. Marquette High’s Beautification Committee, comprised of faculty members and administrators, identified the fourth floor as an area in need of aesthetic enhancement. The group developed the “isms” concept; however it was Marquette High’s aspiring and experienced artists that brought the project to life. Art teachers Jane Powers, Peter Beck and Stacy Reddy, as well as MUHS students, were responsible for the creation of the paintings. The creative teams built each wood frame and then stretched the canvas to the frame. Next, students drew the portraits onto the canvases, which included creating a “paint-by-number” system so all students, regardless of artistic skill level, could participate in the project. The paintings were then varnished. In all, the group worked every day after school and all day on Saturdays for three consecutive weeks to complete the project.
The Pastoral Department along with Conclave and the Diversity Club developed the “Words of Life” campaign during Lent to help students grow deeper in their relationship with Christ and one another. Traditionally during Lent, students commit to fasting and giving up certain luxuries as a form of penitence. However, in an effort to make Lent more relevant, organizers of this campaign called upon students and employees to be proactive and speak words that reinforce and build the dignity present in every individual. The purpose was to minimize the use of put downs and insults often part of a teenager’s vocabulary either spoken casually or intentionally. “The hope and goal of this campaign was to create a significant change in how students address one another which could foster a deeper respect and care for the other, and in a real sense, preserve the dignity for a member of the body of Christ,” says David Cooks, director of diversity. Throughout Lent, students were challenged to use words which bring life, and fast from language that puts people down (retard, that’s gay), which in a way, leads to “death” for both the person receiving the put down as well as the speaker, according to Cooks. Students were encouraged to feast on words that bring life, (respect, love, hope). The theme for each week was incorporated into the morning prayer and mid-day examen. Students were also reminded to live out this respect for one another through the placement of posters and signs in the hallways. Buttons were distributed to all students, faculty and staff that read “SPEAK LIFE” to serve as a visual reminder of the campaign.
MUHS principal gets canned In February, Principal Jeff Monday ’84 was forced to vacate his office when more than 3,000 non-perishable food items and canned goods began piling up there. Stacks of creamed corn, soup, peanut butter, ramen noodles and many other items filled Monday’s desk, window sills and floor. All items were eventually donated to the Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee. “Our mission was simple: motivate the students to contribute canned items by storing the donations in Mr. Monday’s office, rendering it uninhabitable,” says Thomas Van Bibber ’15, who organized the event. “We wanted to make this a fun activity, yet one that has the benefit of remembering those in need during the winter season.” The food drive was a success. As a result, Monday set up mobile offices throughout the school, including the first-floor hallway outside the O’Rourke Performing Arts Hall and the second-floor hallway near the Doerr Library. The project was part of the school’s annual Winter Torch Week, which included other student activities such as dress up days, a special lunch day and a semi-formal dance.
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New Black Box Theatre opens at MUHS Do you wear your MUHS heart on your sleeve? on your chest? on your head? Show your Hilltopper spirit. Visit the Topper Shop at www.hilltoppershop.com
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No joking, the MUHS Improv homeroom has finally found a home. After years of bouncing from various classrooms and other school spaces, the Improv group now has a place to call its own. In January, the walls and ceiling of the former AP Art studio were painted black, a stage was pulled from storage, and voila, a black box studio was created for Improv homeroom meetings, practices and performances. “Classrooms are too small and the O’Rourke Performing Arts Hall is too big for this type of performing art. This space is perfect because of its intimate size,” says Improv
Improvers (left to right) Ted Schelble ’12, Alec Moran ’12, Matt Cekanor ’12 and Dan Losiniecki ’13 perform during the Winter Torch dance. Photo by VIP Photography
homeroom moderator Ann Downey. The location, on the lower level away from other classrooms, is also ideal. “We are a loud, energetic group,” she says. The new theatre has also been used to host guest speakers and meetings. Alumni parent Ken Yontz provided a portion of the necessary renovation funds to begin the transformation of the space. Theatre lighting, a sound system and black drapery is being added to finish the transformation and complete the experience of a true black box theatre.
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Class of 2012
Arizona State University
Evan Berg *
Seamus Caragher (JHS) Troy Holland (JHS) Hampton University
Illinois State University
Christopher Klotsche (JHS) Edwin (Ted) Schelble ** (JHS)
University of Indianapolis
University of Iowa
Paul Henke */**
Cardinal Stritch University
Besim Ademi (JHS)
Taylor Shively **
Eric Johnson (JHS) Joseph Major *
University of Dayton
Andrew Duszynski Matthew Kolb * Erik Lasky David Markowski * Maxwell Roeske (JHS) Joseph Schlater ** Paul Stamas Steven Yoss **
University of Delaware
University of Denver
Charles Gusho (JHS) Thomas Schelble**/t (JHS) Drake University
Connor Diffley **/t
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Hilton Dresden (JHS)
Mark Kosobucki Samuel Norton
Iowa State University
Andrew Allen John Blust Robert Skalecki
University of Kansas
Alec Entress (JHS)
Lewis & Clark College
John Sanders (JHS)
Loyola University Chicago
Ryan Donald Peter Hutz (JHS) Alec Kim * Colin Madigan
Daniel Bomberg (JHS) Madison Area Technical College
Jack Kolo ** Peter Sommerfeld
Robert Abplanalp** Joseph Bartoletti t/tt (JHS) Michael Beiermeister */** Charles Bieser */** (JHS) Daniel Brennan Jesus Bruno Erik Carillo Matthew Cekanor (JHS) Alan Chavoya (JHS) Ryan Coon (JHS) Anthony Del Toro (JHS)
University of Montana
Lewis & Clark College
The Next Destination University of Alabama
University of Puget Sound
Richard Deschauer Nicholas Galfano Michael Gong Evan Horky */** Julio Jaramillo Nicholas Johnson Jack Kitzinger Edward Linn * Alexander Lisak (JHS) John Lundeen (JHS) Mark Maurer Javier Mora (JHS) John Muth */**/ t/tt (JHS) Kevin Nolte Riley Nowak Aatif Nowman (JHS) Michael Reardon * (JHS) Andrew Roy * Miguel Sanchez Benjamin Steinhafel * John Swain ** Brett Tobin Edward Urbina Mitchell Wimmer */** McGill University
Thomas Herrmann *(JHS) University of Michigan
Gordon Mellin (JHS)
Michigan State University
Benjamin Hergenroether Tyler Thur (JHS)
Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD)
Alexander Bennett **
Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
Logan Andryk Max Kent John Steinhafel *
University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
Paul Glembocki Bryan Manning Alexander Sprenger (JHS) Alec Stewart University of Missouri–Columbia
Cameron Biel Alexander Probst Matthew Steindorf ** Nathan Tegge
Montana State University Stanford University
The Next G University of Southern California
University of Montana
Arizona State University
William Crawford Montana State University
Spencer Felknor John Steinle */**/t/tt
University of Mississippi
North Carolina State University
Jeffrey Wiltgen (JHS) University of North Dakota
Thomas Walsh Garrett Zabala
University of Notre Dame
Patrick Hodan */**
Ohio State University
William MacDonald (JHS)
University of Puget Sound
John Wilkins *
Grant Flesner (JHS) Francis Hopp (JHS) Alexander Nathan Daniel Tank
Connor Moesel Robert Neville
Saint Joseph’s College of Indiana
Saint Louis University
Patrick Brandt Anthony Buffone John Fitzgibbons * John Kerschner (JHS) Sean Lawton Andrew Miller ** Alexander Morrell (JHS) Paul Otto (JHS)
Macalester College, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, Winona State University of St. Thomas, University University of North Dakota
University of Notre Dame
Loyola University Chicago, Benedictine University
WI Iowa State University, Carleton Drake University College University of Denver, Regis University
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University of Michigan, Michigan State University McGill University
Generation Colorado College University of Iowa
University of Dayton, Xavier University
Purdue University, St. Joseph’s College of Indiana
University of Mississippi University of Alabama
U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Yale University University of Delaware UW–Eau Claire Georgetown University
Ohio State University
Illinois State University
University of Missouri– Columbia
Boston College, Emerson College
University of Indianapolis Lehigh University
University of Kansas
U.S. Military Academy
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University University of Tampa
John Renick Nicholas Stephan (JHS) Simon Yadgir (JHS) Karl Zela-Koort Nicholas Zellmer */** St. Norbert College
Nicholas Farrar-Foley * (JHS) United States Coast Guard Academy
Logan Gott Gregg Neuberg Wyatt Veseth
United States Military Academy
University of St. Thomas
Washington University in St. Louis
Tyler Adams** Christopher Apfeld Joseph Greif (JHS) Thomas Holton ** Cody Jaeger Will Lake ** John Mayer Matthew Misiewicz Connor Nelson Sean Riley(JHS) Murphy Sinsky * Richard Thoma Brendan West
Benjamin Kohler (JHS)
University of Southern California
Jack Koppa (JHS)
Keegan English Conrad Kaminski (JHS)
University of Tampa
Peter Zeidler (JHS)
Paul Scheid */** (JHS)
Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC)
Winona State University
Peter Gorman Brandon Johnson
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
Benjamin Derks ** (JHS) Charles Firer
University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
Matthew Donohue */** Samuel Giunta (JHS) Vincent Moldenhauer John Stewart
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Alexander Ash (JHS) John Barrett* (JHS) Patrick Beiermeister */** (JHS) David Bougie (JHS)
Thomas Bresnahan Riley Bruce Brandon Campbell Adam Crivello Joseph DeGuire * (JHS) David Demet * (JHS) Keenan Fliss ** John Goodman ** Kevin Hannigan (JHS) Charles Hoffmann (JHS) Sean Holinka Benjamin Hushek (JHS) Kevin Kasun * John Kegel (JHS) Zachary Krueger Garrett Kurtzweil Joseph Llaurado (JHS) Rushad Machhi John Maher Kareem Malas Joseph McAsey (JHS) Kevin McLachlan Bradley Meilinger Aaron Miller (JHS) Alec Moran Joseph Naughton (JHS) Lucas Nicholson * Stanley Obiora Oluwadare Ogunbowale Travis Oleszczuk William Parks * (JHS) Alexander Peterson (JHS) Jacob Pugely Timothy Pyzyk (JHS) Patrick Quinlan Michael Sajdak Jeffrey Sazama ** Aakash Shah (JHS) Alexander Valaitis
Maryville University, St. Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis
North Carolina State University
St. Norbert College
Cardinal Stritch College, Marquette University, MATC, MIAD, MSOE, UW–Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Jafar Amin Elliot Anderson * Wesley Bassindale Carlos Beltran Alexander Berger Jay Buehler Garrett Christie * Joseph D’Amato ** Kevin Devine ** Emanuel Diaz Andres Elizondo Navdeep Gill Gregory Hartwick * Michael Hohenwalter Gregory Hohl * Joseph Jarosz * (JHS) Kyle Jolitz Nathan Krzynski Tommy Lloyd Connor Myers Alec Nigh Jordan Nisiewicz Nehemiah Olli Trevor Rezash Harper Robison Alejandro Rodriguez Nicholas Trivison Trevor Wright Kofi Yeboah Jonathan Zagrodnik Stephen Zastrow *
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
Andrew Bogusz Oliver Wierdsma
University of Wisconsin–Parkside
University of Wisconsin–Platteville
David Ellis Lukas Schimmel */**/t
JHS Jesuit Honor Society * Son of Alumnus ** Grandson of Alumnus
University of Wisconsin –Stevens Point
Devin Murray ** John Schmidt *
University of Wisconsin–Waukesha
Brandon Howard Nathaniel Lee
University of Wisconsin –Whitewater
Theodore Esser ** Eric Roy
Conor Cannon */**
Nathaniel Rein (JHS) Military Service
Brett Geilenfeldt Bryce Krier */**
Play in United States Hockey League
Shooting a movie in New York
Marquese Robinson Year off–work
Reynaldo Crespo Undecided
Juan Corchado Christian Ingram Jorge Lopez Brendan O’Donoghue *
t Great-grandson of Alumnus tt Great-great-grandson of Alumnus
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Joe Bartoletti ’12 received the Jesuit Secondary Education Association Award at the 2012 commencement ceremony. The JSEA Award is presented to the graduate who most closely resembles the grad at grad ideal: a well-rounded person who is intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving and committed to justice in generous service to the people of God. Other JSEA finalists from the Class of 2012 were Jack Koppa, Joey DeGuire, Seamus Caragher, Pat Hodan and Kareem Malas. Principal Jeff Monday ’84 is serving on the Special Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School, a group launched by state representative Paul Farrow to focus on opportunities offered to high-schoolers entering a challenging economy. Monday is one of seven K-12 educational leaders in the state of Wisconsin to serve on the committee, which also comprises Republican and Democrat legislators, postsecondary educational leaders and business executives. Six students from Orgullo Latino represented MUHS at the third-annual Latino Youth Summit hosted by St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco in March. Ruben Garcia ’13, Mason Austin ’13, Agustin Guerrero ’13, Favian Gonzalez ’13, Francisco Rodriguez ’13 and Francisco Contreras ’13, along with faculty members Jacki Black and Beth Piper, spent the weekend exploring ways to foster multiculturalism, equity and social justice to ultimately become agents of change in our school and our communities. Michael Drakopoulos ’13 earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT. On average less than one-tenth of one percent of all test takers earns the top score. He also qualified to compete for a position on the U.S. Chemistry Olympiad team after placing third out of 126 southeast Wisconsin students on the qualifying exam.
Rev. Mark Carr, SJ received the St. George Emblem award from the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. This honor is bestowed on leaders who have impacted our youth as positive Christian role models and have encouraged spiritual growth and fostered the Catholic faith life of members of Boy Scouts of America. MUHS faculty member Annette Cleary was honored as the 2011-12 Wisconsin–Upper Michigan Key Club District Outstanding Faculty Advisor. The MUHS Key Club won the club spirit award for the third consecutive year. Cleary was also elected to serve as the state representative for the Wisconsin ACT State Organization. Joey DeGuire ’12 was one of 10 Wisconsin students to be named a semifinalist for the Presidential Scholar Award, the nation’s highest honor for graduating high school seniors. MUHS SMART Team members Alexander Borden ’14, John Fuller ’14, Daniel Kim ’14, Alexis Martinez ’15 and Joseph Puchner ’13 traveled to San Diego in April to attend the 2012 American Society For Biochemistry and Molecular Biology conference. The group presented their research and models of the protein enzyme Cytochrome P450, which they studied under the direction of MUHS faculty members Keith Klestinski and David Vogt and Marquette University professor and research scientist Dr. James Kincaid. The Trap Team placed second at the state Scholastic Clay Target Program State Olympic (Wobble) Trap Championship. Garrett Kurtzweil ’12, Max Kent ’12 and Luke Schimmel ’12 shot personal bests. The team also placed third at the SCTP State Trap Championship; third at the SCTP State Sporting Clays Championship; and fifth at the SCTP State Skeet Championship.
The MUHS FIRST Robotics Team won the Chairman’s Award, a high honor in FIRST Robotics, at the regional competition in March. The same month, the team appeared on Milwaukee’s Morning Blend television show and in April reached the semifinals round at the world championships in St. Louis. The MUHS Switch Policy Debate Team won the state tournament under the direction of Ben Schultz ’04. Matt Cekanor ’12 and Tyler Thur ’12 qualified for the policy debate Tournament of Champions, the highest honor on the national circuit of policy debate. The MUHS Forensics Team participated in the State Forensics and Congress Tournament and placed seventh out of a field of 22 in its division. Ken Kosirowski ’13 placed second in the category of Radio Speaking. Kienan Knight-Boehm ’13 qualified and participated in two national forensic tournaments. The MUHS Rugby Team had its best season since the team’s inception in 1996. The team made it to the state championship game, however lost to 2011 state champions Nicolet High School. Brendan O’Donoghue ’12 and Jack O’Connor ’14 were named to the all-state team. The Hilltopper Jazz Ensemble participated in a national competition through Festivals at Sea. The group received an exceptional score, 96.5 out of 100. Jack Lundeen ’12 and Chris Schuck ’13 were recognized for an outstanding performance along with the ensemble’s rhythm and trumpet sections.
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sports Connor Muth ’12 playing in the state championship game in June.
Tennis Six-peats By Noah Simmons ’13 The Marquette High Tennis team continued to show its sheer Roman Empire-like dominance, winning its sixth consecutive team state championship and its eighth team title overall since moving to the WIAA in 2000. When asked if he ever thought such a feat was possible, Coach David Frank ’99 says, “If you asked me to look forward in 2007, I would tell you we only take one match at a time. You have to live in the moment to reach your potential.” With this year’s team title, the varsity tennis program also celebrates its 30th state championship dating back to when Marquette High played in WISAA. “MUHS has been very fortunate to have extremely talented players, but even the most talented players must [buy] into the team concept for our teams to be successful,” Frank says. Such players include singles player and William & Mary commit Damon Niquet ’13 (1st in singles), Matt Lynch ’13 (5th in singles), and the team of Connor Muth ’12 and CJ Armbrust ’13 (1st in doubles). “Damon and CJ are both extremely focused and incredible workers on the court. Both were extremely talented freshmen three years ago and they never settle; they are always on their way up,” says Frank. “Connor was CJ’s doubles partner this year and they performed extremely well under pressure to close out the season. Matt had a great finish, earning 5th place at the individual state tournament.” When asked if his program could potentially tie or break the record set by Nicolet for most consecutive WIAA state titles (eight from 1967 to 1974, which was before the team format was adopted in 1995) the coach responds, “As for any state title, it will take hard work and solid teamwork. I want the players to focus on today and what they can positively do to improve their game.” Coach Frank believes what helps keep his team’s focus in check is the trophy presented to the winner of the team tournament. “Receiving the trophy is an incredible feeling and reward for all the hard work during the season and off-season for the boys. The varsity players encourage and motivate each other every day because they all practice and play for that same goal at the end of the year.”
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Hilltoppers exceed expectations
by CJ Armbrust ’13
Golf team takes third at state The MUHS golf team didn’t begin the season as a recognized powerhouse; however the Hilltoppers finished strong, winning their sectional and taking third at state. With only one returning varsity player, Keegan English ’12, and a new coach, Brad Niswonger, the team received modest expectations from the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin poll and was consistently ranked in the bottom of the top 10. English says “We were completely under the radar, but we liked that position. Last year, we were the talk of the state and somewhat failed to live up to the expectations, so our ranking didn’t bother us.” The Hilltoppers showed promise early on when they tied a school record by shooting a 291. With regard to Marquette High being ranked 10th in the state during mid-season, English says, “we all knew that didn’t reflect the quality of our team.” Brookfield Central and MUHS were tied for first place in the conference going into the last stretch of the season. “We played solid all season. We placed in the top three in almost all of the larger tournaments we were in,” explains English. The team continued its momentum by winning its sectional with a 319 team score and advancing to state. Exceeding their expectations, the Hilltoppers finished third behind state champion Arrowhead and runner-up Holmen. Niswonger was pleased with the outcome. “We were in the hunt up to the second nine on day two. We were in a position that I hoped the boys would be in. They were tested, which is what competition is all about, and even though we finished third, they represented the school and themselves with pride,” says Niswonger. Niswonger thoroughly enjoyed his first year as head varsity coach. “My first season was everything I had expected and more. Being around a group of Marquette boys is a great experience. What I got a kick out of most from the season was how many coaches commented on how well our boys conducted themselves on the golf course. Playing well was just an added bonus.” Looking forward to next year, Niswonger says “Each year the team that leaves sets a high bar which the next year’s players see and look forward to taking over. Confidence from their school experiences and personal expectations leave me with high hopes for continued success in the coming season and beyond.”
Cam Biel ’12 Photo by Jim Ninomiya
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Hockey Returns to state The 2012 MUHS Hockey team came into the year with one simple goal, “Play 30,” in other words, make it to the state finals. Sadly, the team came two games short of fulfilling the expectation, losing to eventual state runner-up Wausau West 4-1 in the quarterfinals. “While it was true that we failed to play 30 games, we had a very successful season in terms of our record (22-6) and coming together as a team when it really mattered” said alternate captain James Lueken ’13. “We still reached a few other great milestones: we won the Admiral Cup (for the second year in a row) and The Showdown in Titletown [defeating eventual state champion Green Bay Notre Dame],” added two-year starting goaltender Mike “Roz” Roznik ’13. Early in the season, none of the accolades listed above looked possible after the Hilltoppers sputtered to a 3-3 start. Roznik credited the team’s incredible turnaround to the upperclassmen. “The experience of the players who had already been to state helped the new players relax,” he said. “They helped everyone mellow out and focus on the task at hand.” After the early-season struggles, the team finished with a 19-5 record. MUHS then blew through its first two sectional opponents with a combined score of 15-0 before an incredible come-from-behind win against Kettle Moraine (3-2) booked the Hilltoppers their second consecutive trip to Madison. Although the team failed to win a state championship, both Roznik and Lueken still have great memories of this historic season. ”We were able to fight through adversity and find our identity as a team,” says Lueken. Roznik says the “seniors were great guys to be around,” Unfortunately MUHS Hockey will lose team captain Aaron Miller ’12 and leading goal scorer Joe Llaurado ’12. Despite the losses, Lueken still feels the team can bounce back. “Although over half the team [11 seniors] will graduate, I believe that we have a strong core of talented guys still in the program that we will be able to build success with.”
MUHS received the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Strength of America Award, an honor that recognizes excellence in conditioning programs. Mike Duehring is the director of the Marquette High Performance and Fitness program. MUHS was one of 14 schools nationwide to receive the award and, with Muskego High, one of only two Wisconsin high schools to receive this distinction. Gabe Grahek ’13 placed fifth in his weight class at the WIAA state wrestling tournament. He also placed first at both the Wisconsin Junior State Freestyle and Wisconsin Junior State Greco–Roman tournaments. He placed eighth at the 2012 USA Folkstyle Junior Nationals in Cedar Falls, Iowa. His current overall record is 126–16. The MUHS hockey team won its sectional and qualified for the state tournament. Joe Llaurado ’12 and Mike Roznik ’13 were named to the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association’s All-State First Team. Griff Jeszka ’13 received honorable mention from the association. Llaurado also was named the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Player of the Year and finalist for the association’s State Player of the Year. The varsity ski team took fifth place at state. Will Blommer ’13 had an individual finish of third place at state. The varsity golf team placed first in conference and third at the WIAA state tournament. Keegan English ’12 was named to the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin’s All-State Second Team and James Christian ’13 was named to the association’s All-State Third Team. Joe McAsey ’12 ran a time of 9:19.73 in the 3200m run to earn a fourth-place finish at the WIAA State Track and Field meet and break a Marquette High record previously held by Jake Erschen ’10. Lorenzo Flores ’14, Jack Ordman ’13, Taylor Shively ’12 and Matt Misiewicz ’12 are members of the 4 x 400 relay team that placed second at the WIAA State Track and Field meet with a time of 3:21.44. Damon Niquet ’13, Matt Lynch ’13, CJ Armbrust ’13 and Connor Muth ’12 were all named to the Wisconsin High School Tennis Coaches Association’s All-State First Team. Greg Raster ’13 and Austin Budiono ’14 were named to the association’s All-State Second Team. Niquet was also named the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Player of the Year. The tennis team finished with a record of 21-2. The lacrosse team was a state tournament qualifier. Head lacrosse coach Rich Pruszynski was selected to co-coach the 2012 Champion All-American Showcase, which took place in Orlando, Fla., in July. Pruszynski helped coach the top 96 players from across the country who were selected to play. Jack Fitzgibbons ’12 was selected to the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation All-State Team and named a U.S. Lacrosse 2012 Boys All-American. Nick Tjarksen ’13 was selected to play in the Champion All-American Showcase, which is played as part of the ESPNHS Games and features the nation’s elite high school players.
Hilltopper Highlights sports
By Noah Simmons ’13
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Senior Follies Turns 50 Long before Saturday Night Live entered mainstream American culture, Marquette University High School began its own production that sought to parody the environment of the school. Today, Senior Follies is as much a part of the MUHS tradition as football trophies and academic awards. This fall, the class of 2013 will perform the 50th Senior Follies and, in so doing, will continue to provide memories that speak to the spirit and sense of community that is at the core of MUHS.
By Victoria Temple Bonesho Plans for the production begin each spring with junior class writers and producers ready and willing to provide the “tidbits” needed to create the plot, the lyrics, the choreography and the movie subplot that will serve as the basis of each Follies production. This year, the directing responsibility falls on the shoulders of MUHS social studies teacher Chris Lese ’92. He knows too well the time and energy needed to make this production another rousing success. Senior Follies was the idea of Rev. Christian Keeler, SJ who in the summer of 1963 gathered a group of seniors together to create a play spoofing the teachers as part of the philosophy studies curriculum. He had an original script in mind but encouraged seniors to add their own ideas. Greg Meuler ’64 was the senior class president, and as a member of stage crew, assumed the responsibility for orchestrating the first production. Meuler explains that the original idea was “not to let teachers know that they could be a star on the Marquette stage.” He recalls that Rev. John Eagan, SJ would sneak into the auditorium with the goal of discovering the plot and theme of the production. Meuler says with a smile, “It was kind of a hoot to create a signal to stop practice whenever Eagan entered.” Eagan never knew a thing until the production was staged that fall. Over the years, the production has become increasingly elaborate. In 1978, MUHS faculty member
Sy Kreilein and Meuler worked together to direct Follies. During that period, a film clip was added to the production in an effort to provide an opportunity for fall athletes to become involved in the show. Kreilein still has copies of the movies and remembers with fondness some of his best productions. One he particularly enjoyed was The Samurai Counselor, which was a parody of the work of Rev. Charles Burns, SJ, a quiet, serious guidance counselor from that era. Kreilein claims that his most famous film was Moped Rock which was staged with 15 moped riders (in black leather jackets, including science teacher Michael Donovan) traveling down Wisconsin Avenue. When the bikers arrived at the school, the scene switched to live-action on the Marquette High stage. Meuler, who worked on the direction of Follies during his tenure as a teacher, says the plots have remained very similar throughout the years. The first Follies, entitled Seeing Red, intended to reflect the Soviet threat and the news events of the times. He explains that the story centered on student dissatisfaction with some school decisions and
related that dissatisfaction to a communist plot. The original Follies involved about 45 students. Numbers have steadily increased over the years with students seeing Follies involvement as a real testimony of their commitment to the class. Meuler, too, has a favorite Follies memory, a memory shared by many others as well. The scene was entitled King Lar and copied the famous Steve Martin skit, King Tut, from Saturday Night Live. The number was rewritten to focus on the character and personality of Larry Siewert ’59, principal of the school. The production number included students dancing like Egyptians while singing the chorus of King Tut. Meuler remarks, “It was well staged and just plain fun.” English teacher Tim Prosser took over as Follies director with Rev. Michael Kolb, SJ in the mid-1980s. Kolb and Rev. Tom Brennan, SJ worked together for several years prior to that, incorporating a sophisticated sense of staging to each production. Prosser eventually assumed the position on his own and continued to direct the production for 21 years. He, too, reiterated the fact that the plot lines often reflected the cultural trends of the time. Prosser recalls the production that included long-time, MUHS maintenance staff member Rafael Delgado blocking a flood caused by the fifth floor pool, aka, The Titanic. Prosser was particularly proud of the 1990 Gerry Friday scene entitled Simply Biological, which played to the tune of Robert Palmer’s Simply Irresistible and Ted Jaeckels ’79 as the infamous ”King Lar”
included students dancing on stage as lab specimens. He suggested that the most talked about scene from recent Follies was performed by Tim Dodge ’01, who mimicked St. Ignatius and sang, “I’m forging my letter of recommendation.” Prosser contends, “It brought down the house.”
“Follies reflects the idea that we can respect one another while still sharing a laugh.” – Greg Meuler ’64
For the last three years, Rev. Tom Manahan, SJ has been the director. Working on acting, choreography and music with Nanette Banks, Ann Downey, Sue Sajdak and Randy Skowronski, Manahan sought to make Follies reflective of a more developed student understanding of lighting, sound and staging. Many individuals in the Marquette High community have been instrumental in the ultimate success of Follies over the years. All of those involved speak of one individual in particular who has become recognized as the real “producer” of the annual show. Rev. Charlie Stang, SJ is repeatedly acknowledged for his role in most of the productions. Prosser says, “Stang made all those involved develop a sense of what was possible as he worked to keep it all together.” Kreilein states, “Stang was the mainstay and worked to create a team that developed an eye as to how to get the best production.” Senior Follies is an important part of each school year. Seniors look forward to each summer planning meeting, shop for the appropriate costumes, respect the crunch time that comes with each practice and work repeatedly on the appropriate dance moves. Ultimately however, Follies is more than a stage production. Follies has come to form the basis of much of what is good about Marquette High School. For students and directors, it provides a sense of accomplishment. As Prosser eloquently suggests, “Follies is a giving thing. It reminds us of what we need to cherish each day—our foibles and our strengths.” Meuler says, “Follies reflects the idea that we can respect one another while still sharing a laugh.” Knowing the spirit of fun and camaraderie that is at the core of Follies, the hope is that the tradition of Senior Follies continues for another 50 years. Edward Brabant ’64 and Bob Welke ’64 in the inaugural Senior Follies
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of Senior Shared Life Last February marked the 40th anniversary of Senior Shared Life, a two-week program where seniors replace textbooks with service in the real world. The capstone service project at MUHS, Senior Shared Life is designed to give students the opportunity to be personally involved in the day-today lives of people at a specific organization for an extended time period. Similar to their sophomore and junior year service assignments, seniors serve the needs of children, the elderly, the disabled and those with special needs. Students also participate in a four-hour reflection session, allowing them to share their experiences and develop a greater understanding of the community around them.
Bill Mullooly â€™86 received this beaded keychain from Crystal Brave on his Senior Shared Life Project. He carried it with him for 10 years until the beads began unraveling from the keychain. The gift from Crystal now resides in a special keepsake box. Photo by Peter Beck, MUHS faculty member
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Initiated in the 1972-73 school year by then-principal Rev. Doug Leonhardt, SJ ’56 and math teacher Rick Bridich ’69 as Senior Service Project, the program began as an educational experiment to provide students with experiences relating to real issues and concerns in our society. The faculty believed that classroom discussions of community problems were not enough to teach MUHS students how to be caring members of society – to become men for others. Eventually this service project took on the name of Senior Shared Life to more accurately capture the concept of the program. Terry Kelly, director of Senior Shared Life for 30 years and longtime English teacher, says, “Students would definitely say they are getting more than they are giving. The sharing is two-way and that is why we changed the name.” Over the years, nearly 10,000 students have participated in Senior Shared Life. The alumni reflections on the following pages reveal the lasting impact of this service experience and how MUHS students are formed into men for others. AMDG
promise of the future. We spent a week on the reservation, living in a dorm by a school, providing service to the community and getting to know various things about Sioux culture and history. What I remember most about our time with the Sioux was its high school girls’ volleyball team. We spent a lot of time with them, having innocent fun, while we entertained our mutual attractions. The night before we returned, a handful of those young women from the team, led by Crystal Brave and Shizu LaPoint, snuck into our dorm. We sat around and they told us scary stories about dark spirits on the reservation. The fun ended when their coach found them and whisked them away. Before she left that night, Crystal Brave handed me a small package. I opened it the next day on our long ride home. It contained a short letter and a keychain with intricate Indian beading. What I remember most about her letter was it ended with, “Don’t forget us.” I am a social worker now and it was experiences like those that led me to this profession. I have not forgotten my friends Crystal Brave and Shizu LaPoint either and often I wonder where the promise of the future has taken them. I pray that their road has been blessed and not too difficult. Bill is a social worker at St. Ben’s Clinic in Milwaukee.
Bill Mullooly ’86
John Novotny ’77
In the spring of 1986, I traveled with a small group of classmates to the Rosebud Sioux Reservation for my Senior Shared Life Project. The group included a couple of parents, our priest and friend Father Saz, and about seven seniors, ready to bust out of MUHS, confident in the
In January 1977, a team of enthusiastic kids assembled a caravan of station wagons and sedans (each outfitted with CB radios) and made the 14-hour trek to the Glenmary Mission in Vanceburg, Ky., under the guidance of Rev. Charlie Stang, SJ. Our hosts put
us up in a shelter that could be described as modest at best. There were gaps in the lath that offered the sub-zero air no resistance. The coal stove and fireplace only pushed the temps into the forties, even when running red hot. Upstairs in our barracks we slept with all of our clothes on including our boots, parkas, hats and gloves. Between the frigid temperatures and a paralyzing snowstorm, we were house-locked for the most part. Our work with the residents consisted of odd jobs and I was assigned to afternoons of shucking corn. Most vividly of all, I still recall how we take for granted the conveniences to which we are accustomed, basic indoor plumbing being primary. Nocturnal trips to the outhouse in sub-zero temps were often cut short out of practical expediency. The idea of a shower was out of the question. It may sound insignificant, and in a certain respect silly, but to this day, I still think a two-minute shower is worthy of a badge of honor – a value that my wife and kids do not share. Nor can I blame them. They have not had a similar blessing of experiencing scarcity. The lingering teaching moment that I recall to this day is taken from one of our evening conversations during which we were invited to share our reflections. Someone commented on the sight of a mansion next to a rundown shack and the glaring disparity of wealth that represented. In response, Bruce Patterson asked us to consider the same disparity that occurs back home within the space of 100 blocks. I think of his words often when I drive the 100 blocks from my office to home and see the gradual transition, knowing that it is not as gradual as we might imagine. John is the director of Law School Advancement at Marquette University.
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David Hesselbein ’82 For my Senior Shared Life experience, I worked at a specialneeds school with second-graders, each unique with a physical or mental limitation. The very first day, a young boy with Down syndrome named Ben jumped onto my lap and hugged me without one ounce of hesitation. Each day, Ben would come in and repeat the same routine. I specifically remember one other child, a beautiful little girl who was a quadriplegic in a wheelchair and couldn’t speak. Although she had very little ability to communicate through typical means, she had, quite possibly, the most expressive eyes I have ever seen. You could tell when she was confused, frustrated, or smiling, even though her mouth wouldn’t change shape. The experience was very eye opening for me in understanding that these kids were special, but extremely normal in most every way.
I don’t think that I really understood the depth of my experience until several years later when I took a Dale Carnegie course and gave a speech about my experience with these special kids. I spoke about the depth of communication that came through this little girl’s eyes, and I actually started to break down. I found myself picturing her expressive eyes and how deeply you could see into them, and was overcome with her ability to express herself in spite of her physical limitations. I was overwhelmed by the unconditional love of these children who didn’t know anything about me, but just welcomed me into their midst without any apprehension. I had done nothing to earn their affections and acceptance. Compassion and empathy are difficult to teach, unless they are taught by someone who naturally displays these things to us. Maybe what I didn’t see coming was that this life
experience provided a glimpse and a preview into what God later showed me through his Son, Jesus Christ, and the unbelievable love, grace, mercy and acceptance that He gives to all of us who don’t deserve it. I didn’t do anything to earn the love of Christ, just as I did nothing to earn the love of those kids. This experience had a significant impact in my life, and I am so thankful that this was part of my education. David is the managing director of The PrivateBank in Chicago.
Robert Holton ’89 My group traveled to an impoverished area in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky to assist families with the daily demands of living. One day on our trip, we provided service to an elderly gentleman and then, in the evening, escorted him to a bluegrass
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concert. This was a very small local gathering of people to listen to a group of older gentlemen pick out true Kentucky country songs on their acoustic guitars. John Rudella ’89 had brought along his electric guitar and was invited to play on stage. Four older gentlemen and John engaged in a brief, hushed discussion to determine what they could play together given such disparate musical experiences. I recall with great fondness the crowd reaction when the group broke out a rendition of Chuck Berry’s original rock-n-roll hit, “Johnny B. Goode.” As they played, the separation between me and those I was there to serve seemed to vanish in a mutual appreciation of the music and the moment. Robert is vice president of the La Bri Group in Brookfield, Wis.
Joe Zimmer ’94 My Shared Life experience certainly affected my life, my eventual career choice and my desire to be a man for others. For two weeks, I had the privilege of working in a daycare on Milwaukee’s urban north side. This was my first experience working with children and I enjoyed every minute of it. I felt great personal satisfaction helping others who did not have the advantages that I had been blessed with. I also discovered that I had a natural gift for working with children. Despite those experiences and the advice of several smart people, I did not initially pursue a career in education. My 18-year-old brain was unable to see the big picture. Although I knew I loved working with kids, I was more interested in pursuing a career in which I
could get rich. As time passed, I began to reflect on my experiences, including Shared Life. I realized that my place was and is in the classroom working with economically disadvantaged children. Today I teach at Prince of Peace School, a Catholic school on Milwaukee’s Near South Side serving primarily Latino students. It is not easy, but I know I am in the place where I can serve others the best, all for the greater glory of God. I look back at my entire experience at Marquette High, including Shared Life, as essential in making me the man I am today. Joe is a teacher at Prince of Peace School in Milwaukee.
Terry Kelly, Senior Shared Life Director N
ot many can claim that their first car was a 1956, dark-blue Cadillac hearse. Terry Kelly can. With prodding from his father, Kelly purchased his first set of wheels for $500 while he was a student at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis. Kelly wasn’t bothered by the strange looks he received while driving around campus. “One of the jobs I had was coaching a boys youth hockey team,” he says. “We went to Florida in the hearse.” Kelly’s college roommate – and current MUHS math teacher – Doug Harder also went on that trip. Kelly eventually sold it when he started student teaching, “I didn’t think that would work real well,” he says.
These days, Kelly drives a Hyundai to MUHS, where he has taught English, coached football and track, and served as Senior Shared Life director for more than 30 years. In his role with Senior Shared Life, Kelly works with more than 75 community agencies so Marquette High seniors can have the opportunity to serve and learn from less fortunate individuals. He also has the task of assigning 250-plus boys to their service sites – no small feat. Logistics aside, Kelly believes his Senior Shared Life involvement has a greater purpose. “It is something I feel is a service, a pastoral mission I can perform.” In addition to the faith component for both he and MUHS students, Kelly explains that students experience tremendous personal growth within the grad-at-grad context – especially “open to growth” and “committed to justice” – as a result of their two weeks of service. Kelly says, “Some guys are amazed at the extent of poverty. It is no longer numbers on a page, it is seeing people who are in some dire straits. You see some things that make you question the way things are.” And, witnessing students grow spiritually, emotionally and intellectually through this program has been a rewarding experience for Kelly. He recalls a situation when the boys’ basketball team lost the state championship game in the last second of the game. The next day at a Senior Shared Life reflection session, some of the team members were lamenting their loss. “I remember one of the kids from the team saying, ‘We lost last night, but you guys are being jerks. We’ve seen kids that have real problems.’ Kids really understand the magnitude of this experience,” says Kelly.
Photo by MUHS faculty member Peter Beck
Marquette High’s sense of mission and related programs, such as Senior Shared Life, are what attracted Kelly to MUHS. Of course, Doug Harder also helped to influence Kelly’s decision. Before coming to Marquette High, Kelly had previously taught at Brookfield Central High School, Kewaskum High School and Lake Mills High School, where he held his first teaching appointment after earning his bachelor’s degree in history and English. During his first year at Brookfield Central, Kelly received an offer to teach at MUHS, but declined because of the pay differential. The following year, Dick Basham helped to convince Kelly to join the MUHS faculty. “I was attracted to the idea that you were trying to prepare leaders who would have a role in society, not just directing things, but shaping policies.” Kelly earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from UW–Milwaukee. He and his wife, Peg, whom he met in college, live in New Berlin, Wis., and have three sons; Brian ’90 (Sarah), Peter ’93 (Maria) and Tim ’95 (Adriana), and six grandchildren. Peg has been along for the ride for a long time. “She even rode in the Cadillac hearse a couple of times,” says Kelly.
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She earned her nursing degree through the Mercy Hospital Nursing program at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Upon graduation, Shirley and four of her classmates decided to take an “adventure” and drove to Milwaukee to begin their nursing careers at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee. A colleague approached her about going to a movie on a blind date. Shirley and Glynn eventually married and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in December with family at their Arizona home.
Shirley and Glynn Rossa ’55:
a commitment to Catholic education Glynn Rossa ’55 became committed to Catholic education before he could drive a car. After graduating from Holy Assumption Elementary School in West Allis, Wis., and weighing his various options for high school, Rossa decided to attend Marquette High. However, this important decision came with the significant responsibility of paying for his own tuition, approximately $90 per semester at the time. As he reflects on his Marquette High experience, Rossa believes he made a wise investment. “I feel Marquette High did a lot for me as a person,” he says. Both he and his wife, Shirley, are products of and passionate advocates for Catholic education. They express an appreciation for the emphasis placed on morals, discipline, and for the commitment they have witnessed by the teachers. “I think you consistently find that in Catholic education,” says Glynn. Their confidence and belief in Catholic education has led the Rossas to be generous with their time and gifts to a number of Catholic institutions. “We’ve been blessed in many ways and I thought, why not support Marquette High and other Catholic schools in the hope that someone else may have the same result,” explains Glynn. While they attribute their successes in life, both personal and professional, to Catholic education, Glynn and
Shirley’s hard work has also been a contributing factor. Glynn began working when he was in elementary school, mowing lawns and attaining the coveted Milwaukee Journal indoor paper route at the Allis Chalmers building on 70th and Greenfield. However, once he started high school, he was unable to deliver the afternoon papers within the required timeframe and sold his route. Understanding his financial responsibility, he landed a position at Schuster’s department store selling shoes and worked there part time during high school and at Jensen’s Cleaners in the summer. After graduating from Marquette High, Glynn entered the prepharmacy program at UW–Madison. However, after his freshman year, he left college and entered the Air Force. Completing his four-year commitment, Glynn returned to Milwaukee and enrolled at Marquette University and later graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. It was during that time that a good friend arranged a blind date with Shirley. Shirley, originally born and raised on a farm in Southeast Iowa, didn’t have the chance to experience Catholic education until after she graduated from high school. “There were no Catholic schools where I grew up, however, my parents were very pro-education,” she explains.
Glynn built a successful career working on the financial side of business management, specializing in domestic and international accounting, tax, banking, trade and finance, acquisitions and foreign exchange management. Shirley focused on raising their four children, working part time in different areas of nursing, and volunteering at school and church. In 1982, three individuals purchased Rayovac Corporation in Madison, Wis. and Glynn joined the company shortly thereafter. In 1986, Glynn assisted one of the original partners in purchasing the shares of the other two partners enabling the restructure of ownership of Rayovac. The new owners continued strategies for turning around the Madisonbased, battery company. The group eventually sold the company in 1996. Today, Glynn and Shirley consider themselves retired, although they confess they are constantly working. They are active members of St. Thomas Aquinas in Madison, Wis., and at St. Dominic Mission in Rio Verde, Ariz. Glynn has served on the finance and investment committees for a number of boards and organizations. Shirley, too, is generous with her time and recently completed a fundraising drive to provide 200 Burmese refugee children with school uniforms and shoes. Shirley says, “People say that things slow down in retirement. Well they haven’t. You can now focus on things you never had time for and do more things that are helpful to society, to give back.” Shirley and Glynn have established a fully-funded endowed scholarship fund through a planned gift which will generate enough earnings to cover the cost of tuition for five Marquette High students per year. For more information about endowed scholarships, please contact John Thimmesch ’77, CFRE at 414-933-7220.
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Heeding the call by Victoria Temple Bonesho
Each year, Marquette University High School welcomes young men from a variety of interests and backgrounds into its learning community, which is centered not only on academic excellence but also on values that reflect the growing emergence of individuals who are committed to serving, loving and honoring God and all of His creation. Some young men, like Joseph Simmons, SJ ’00 and Jeffrey Dorr, SJ ’03, have been compelled by that message to choose vocations as Jesuits in the Wisconsin Province with the goal of becoming Jesuit priests.
Joe says that the seeds for his vocation were planted during his years at Marquette High and grew while he was at Marquette University. Through experiences with Somos Amigos and Kairos, Joe became interested in service to others and learned about himself and the need to give himself away to others. He fondly remembers his relationship with faculty member and then Somos Amigos director Rev. Terry Brennan, SJ whom he describes as “bright and funny” and “dedicated to his students and to God.” He says he felt compelled by the message that when we hold on to things and horde them, we usually are left with frustration.” Joe was active in a number of activities in addition to the retreat and service programs. Many classmates and faculty members remember his performances in Senior Follies and the school’s theater productions. He is best known for his ability to imitate any number of faculty members, including his spot-on impression of math teacher Doug Harder. As the 2000 senior class commencement speaker, Joe parodied multiple teachers, making him one of the most memorable graduation speakers in the last decade. When Joe graduated high school, he continued to hold the call of the Jesuits in his heart. As a freshman at Marquette University, Joe began dating and immersed himself in the college social scene like many of his classmates. However, he maintained a connection to many Jesuits in the Milwaukee area. During his senior year in college, Joe attended a silent retreat. The call to serve emerged again with the help of Rev. Warren Sazama, SJ ’64 who encouraged Joe to consider the Jesuits as his vocation.
Joseph Simmons, SJ ’00
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After college, Joe returned to Marquette High to teach as part of the Alumni Service Corps. Joe describes how that time allowed him to “reconnect with what I loved about Marquette High: the academics, the spirituality, the wellroundedness.” After that year, Joe was finally able to discern his desire to enter the Jesuits. Joe entered the Jesuit Community as a donne and continued to offer his services to the MUHS community as a teacher in the World Language Department. Throughout those two years, Joe says he felt incredible support not only from Jesuits but also from some of the lay teachers, students and their families. Joe passionately describes the need to find heroes in our world and says that his choice to live a life as a Jesuit encourages him to “live heroically, to love courageously and to be counter-cultural in certain ways.” He admits to some difficult moments but he continues to feel compelled “to direct my energy toward what is good.” Despite the negativity sometimes associated with a religious vocation, Joe recalls the message he heard as an MUHS student. “Marquette High guys can be cynical because they are bright and can also be very critical,” he says. “However, when that energy is directed toward the good, it is amazing what can happen. Turning that critical eye to the good of God and the good of the world, it is a lot more challenging than falling into complacency.” Jeff Dorr followed a similar path toward his vocation, albeit with a few side steps along the way. Today he speaks passionately of his experience in Christian Discipleship class as a junior with Mary Beth McBride-Doyle. Her class and others forced the question, “What does it mean to live out the Catholic faith?” Jeff explains how the very question forced him to realize how blessed he was. Growing up in
Cedarburg, Wis., he knew he was comfortable and loved. But he says that until he was involved with the service programs at Marquette High, he hadn’t realized that the life he had wasn’t something that everyone got to experience. “I discovered a real positive obligation to commit oneself and one’s life to caring about other people, to give of time and talent to be with other people, serve other people, and care for others.” Although he had felt the call to enter the Jesuits, Jeff decided to postpone his decision until after going to college and graduate school. After graduating from Xavier University and earning a master’s degree in education at Creighton University, Jeff taught middle school social studies for two years at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, an experience that he enjoyed but admits was “very stressful and challenging.”
some suggest that a vocation to be a Jesuit may not be seen as “a normal life.” But Joe contends that “this is what the call of a Jesuit life is – to be willing to move around and be with people, help them where God is at, work in their lives, and help them discover their very deep desire. It is a large network of support and friendship and care and affection.” Joe is continuing his regency at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis. Jeff is at Saint Louis University working on his master’s degree in philosophy.
Jeff says the decision to enter the Jesuits was actually easier than the application process. For four months, Jeff underwent multiple interviews with Jesuits and had to write a spiritual autobiography. The lengthy and thorough process helped Jeff view his entrance into the Jesuits as not just a job, but a calling. He says that discernment of a vocation requires “an awareness of God’s call.” Both Joe and Jeff recognize the fact that their choice may seem by many in the world today as “counter-cultural.” Jeff acknowledges that there is perhaps a greater need to pay attention not only to the individual call but also to the “collective body as a religious order.” “There has to be an even greater attentiveness to what God is calling us to and a desire to listen to what He is asking of us,” Jeff says. Joe too acknowledges the fact that
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At the All Alumni Gathering event in July, Marquette High School honored five distinguished alumni: (pictured left to right) John Gurda ’65, Mark Steinhafel ’79, William Cannon ’66, Alex Toole ’93 and Frank LoCoco ’79. For full biographies of the alumni award winners, please visit www.muhs.edu/alumni.
High’s 2012 Alumni Award Winners William Cannon ’66 Alumnus of the Year Bill is a trial attorney and co-founder of Cannon & Dunphy S.C. His practice specializes in medical malpractice, legal malpractice, product liability, corporate litigation and insurance coverage litigation. Bill has been named among the Best Lawyers in America and has been honored by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review group in the legal profession, as the 2011 Milwaukee Area Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year. He was also named one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers in Wisconsin and has been recognized as the top Personal Injury Trial Attorney in Milwaukee Magazine.
What made you decide to come to MUHS for high school? My parents made the decision for me. However, I always intended to attend MUHS since most of my friends from St. Jude grade school matriculated there. My father, Robert C. Cannon, was a 1935 MUHS graduate and, to date, three generations of Cannons have attended MUHS.
Q Which MUHS faculty member had the greatest impact on your high school education? Why?
Father Patrick Murphy, SJ a history teacher and freshman football coach. He was an excellent teacher but more importantly he was a great mentor to many students, including me. He would come to our home in Wauwatosa to play football with my older brother Tom and the other MUHS football players who lived in our neighborhood.
What should you have been jugged for in high school, but weren’t? I cannot think of anything the Marquette missed. I think I got all the JUGs I deserved and many more.
Q What is your fondest MUHS memory? My fondest memory is not an actual memory but the unexpected blessing of lifelong friends that have enhanced my life considerably.
What did you learn during your time at MUHS that still sticks with you today in your professional or personal life? Learning to write well.
John is a writer and historian who has been studying Milwaukee since 1972. He has authored 19 books on subjects ranging from life insurance and heavy industries to Frank Lloyd Wright and historic cemeteries. John’s most ambitious work, The Making of Milwaukee, was the first feature-length history of the community published since 1948 and the basis for Milwaukee Public Television’s Emmy Awardwinning documentary series in 2006. He is also a lecturer, tour guide and local history columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. John is an eight-time winner of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Award of Merit.
Q What made you
decide to come to MUHS for high school? MUHS was widely known as the best Catholic high school in Milwaukee, and it was assumed by my parents, my teachers and myself that I would go there if I could.
Q W hich MUHS faculty
member had the greatest impact on your high school education? Why? Rev. John Eagan, SJ. My junior year, I and a few other classmates would join Father Eagan for after-school treks to the Kettle Moraine for “bunny-bashing” and a wonderful summer camping trip to Lake Superior. I’ll always be grateful to Father Eagan for sparking my love of the big lake. Five years ago, my wife and I built a cabin on Superior, and we spend a major portion of our summers there.
What should you have been jugged for in high school, but weren’t? I spent some time in JUG for minor infractions, but I was way too well behaved in high school for anything major.
What is your fondest MUHS memory? Tying Dick Benka for #1 in GPA – a feat duplicated only by Mike Gehl.
What did you learn during your time at MUHS that still sticks with you today in your professional or personal life? Striving for excellence and sticking to it. I met most of my best friends at MUHS.
Frank LoCoco ’79
John Gurda ’65
William Cannon ’66 John Gurda ’65 Alumni Merit Award
Frank LoCoco ’79 Alumni Merit Award Frank is a shareholder and trial lawyer with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, S.C. who concentrates his practice in the defense of product liability cases as well as other complex litigation. He has served the legal community as an investigator for the Office of Lawyer Regulation, a special investigator for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and, most recently, a board member for the Preliminary Review Committee of the OLR. Frank has been named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer and listed in the Best Lawyers in America directory.
What made you decide to come to MUHS for high school? I decided that I wanted to attend MUHS after attending a football game in the old Marquette Stadium where varsity games were played until early in the 1970s. The atmosphere was incredible and that pushed our family decision over the edge.
Which MUHS faculty member had the greatest impact on your high school education? Why? This is a very hard question to answer. Larry Siewert ’59, who at the time was assistant principal, and Rev. Dick Tomasek, SJ probably
had the greatest impact. I began attending Christian Life Community coordinated by Father Tomasek as a freshman. He became a lifelong friend and confidant. Larry was my counselor, my first high school football coach and a tremendous sounding board throughout high school. Both of them helped me to grow in my faith and my relationship with Jesus Christ.
What should you have been jugged for in high school, but weren’t? As seniors, we had the privilege of “open campus” – a privilege I abused by pretty much coming and going as I pleased. I also never followed the dress code around exam time. I guess I could also have been jugged for my hair which I wore as an Afro as a senior!
What is your fondest MUHS memory? This will sound trite, but there are simply too many to pick just one.
What did you learn during your time at MUHS that still sticks with you today in your professional or personal life? I continue to tell people that in addition to the incredible education I received, MUHS really taught me what it means to love Jesus Christ and to have a relationship with Him. Everything else in life flows from that.
Mark Steinhafel ’79 is the chief operating officer and an owner of Steinhafels Furniture, a third-generation, family-owned business in operation since 1934. He has played an integral role in growing the company, which now has 600 employees, $125 million in annual sales and 15 retail locations throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.
Q W hat made you
decide to come to MUHS for high school? My mom had a strong influence in the decision. She tells the story about being from a poor family and attending prom at MUHS. She was dancing on the basketball floor at center court, dreaming that maybe someday if she had a son he might be lucky enough to go to MUHS. She was lucky enough to have all four sons graduate from there.
Which MUHS faculty member had the greatest impact on your high school education? Why? My English teacher, Mr. Copeland. The legend was his salary was $1 because he was independently wealthy. He was nationally respected as one of the greatest debaters and forensics coaches of his time. He was a charismatic teacher who was a great role model and mentor to me.
Alex Toole ’93
Mark Steinhafel ’79 Mark Steinhafel ’79 Alumni Merit Award
He demanded your best and called you out if you were slacking. Every Monday in class he would ask for the score of the JV soccer game and who scored. If I scored he’d pay me a $1 for each goal. My classmate Mike Anderson who sat next to me scored a lot more than I did, but he would only get congratulated. Mike would get so upset, it was hilarious.
What should you have been jugged for in high school, but weren’t? Seriously? Some of my best parenting advice is never, ever go there.
W hat is your fondest MUHS memory? Two-a-day swim team practices in the pool, 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. It was the ’70s, and my hair was barely dry from the morning before we were back in the pool that afternoon. The camaraderie, friendships and athletic lessons of discipline, commitment, excellence and dedication were like a blacksmith’s forge of character.
What did you learn during your time at MUHS that still sticks with you today in your professional or personal life? Be a man for others. I see so many selfish, self-absorbed people, putting themselves first. To be a successful leader or spouse or parent, more often than not, you end
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Which MUHS faculty member had the greatest impact on your high school education? Why?
up putting others ahead of yourself. Sacrificing for the good of the team or spouse or family is often critical. Being a man for others comes with great rewards because over the long run, truly, we reap what we sow.
Alex Toole ’93 Alumni Service Award Alex Toole ’93 is a sales agent for State Farm Insurance, currently ranked 34 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. He was named a 2011 Top 50 agent in Wisconsin by the Vice-President of Agency for Wisconsin. Recently, Alex qualified for the 2011 Ambassador Travel award, a company-wide distinction conferred on the top 20 percent of State Farm’s agent force. His agency is located in the historic downtown West Allis business district on Greenfield Avenue.
What made you decide to come to MUHS for high school? Doug Harder was the main reason I came to MUHS. When I was in middle school at St. Leo’s, Mr. Harder managed the College Prep program. He was always very genuine and kind; I hold him in such high esteem. I will always be grateful for and remember Mr. Harder’s influence on my life’s direction.
Nathaniel Gillon and Father Sazama. Mr. Gillon was my guidance counselor and surrogate father. Through his love and mentorship, Mr. G encouraged me to be a man for others. He was vital to my development as young person and deserves much credit for the man I am today. He will always be special to me. Father Sazama was my homeroom moderator and PAY teacher. If that wasn’t enough, Saz, also cared for and thought enough of me to recommend me for a full, four-year college scholarship. I will always be indebted to these two pillars of my MUHS experience.
What should you have been jugged for in high school, but weren’t? Skipping Liturgy.
What is your fondest MUHS memory? I do not have a memory that stands above all other memories. For me, the MUHS years were truly memorable. I grew so much and MUHS changed my life completely. It was a truly awesome experience.
What did you learn during your time at MUHS that still sticks with you today in your professional or personal life? People see better than they hear. I am an instrument of God’s perfect peace. My life is empty and meaningless if I do not live for others. Last, you have to be the message you send.
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Athletic Hall of Fame 2012 Inductees Marquette High inducted 11 accomplished men and two athletic teams into the Marquette University High School Athletic Hall of Fame in February. To learn more about the athletic achievements of these individuals and to see additional photos of the event, please visit www.muhs.edu.
Francis Zummach ’29 Varsity Football, Basketball and Track Eugene Berce ’44 Varsity Basketball and Track Peter Piaskoski ’59 Varsity Swimming 1963 Varsity Football Team 8-0-1 Richard Benka ’65 Varsity Wrestling and Track Richard Bridich ’69 Varsity Football, Baseball and Varsity Baseball Coach David Magnus ’72 Varsity Swimming
Dick Basham giving remarks at the Athletic Hall of Fame event in February at MUHS. Photo by VIP Photography
Patrick Foran ’78 Athletic Trainer Peter Schaefer ’83 Varsity Basketball and Tennis 1989 Varsity Soccer Team 25-0-1 Andrew Kirk ’96 Varsity Soccer Coach Bob Spielmann Varsity Soccer Coach Coach Dick Basham Varsity Football, Track Coach and Athletic Director
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ASC at the core of MUHS service by Mike Feely ’89
The 2011-12 ASC members (left to right): Mike Ordman ’07, Max Loos ’07, Emily Zaeske, Greg Herbers ’07 and Nolan Wanecke ’07. Photo by VIP Photography
o what happens after a Marquette High alumnus receives an offer to teach at his alma mater as an Alumni Service Corps member? The clouds part and golden rays shine down on the new educator? Hardly. The arduous work of forming boys into “men for others” begins. Initiated by Rev. Frank Majka, SJ in the early ’90s, the MUHS Alumni Service Corp is a volunteer program that allows individuals to teach at the high-school level within the framework of the Jesuit commitment to service. Each year, four to five ASC members join the MUHS faculty and make a one-year commitment to teach and assist in other areas of school life, such as coaching, academic support and pastoral programs. Most ASC participants are recent college graduates; some are Marquette High alumni, although the program is open to anyone with an interest. Before entering the classroom, ACS participants complete an intensive training program, which includes instruction
in teaching methods and classroom management. The young educators continue to be mentored throughout the year by experienced MUHS faculty members. Dan Quesnell ’93 thought about the ASC program while he was a senior at Marquette University. Says Quesnell, “I had given consideration to becoming a teacher while an undergrad. The profession is typically not something that our culture encourages so I just couldn’t pull the trigger in college but I always felt called to teaching. ASC was an opportunity for me to explore the career. Ultimately it changed my career path.” Quesnell later went on to be a teacher and administrator at MUHS before moving to Divine Savior Holy Angels, where he is currently serving as principal. ASC members are not guaranteed a position after their yearlong stint. Most move on to other careers or pursue graduate studies. However, in some cases, alums have landed full-time positions after their ASC experience or return to MUHS at
a later date. This was the case for current faculty members Mike Feely ’89, Chris Lese ’92, Joe Cavanaugh ’95 and Luke Meuler ’97. Sean O’Brien ’98 recently returned to MUHS as the admissions director and current dean of students Casey Kowalewski ’98 started his career at MUHS as director of alumni relations immediately after completing his ASC year. Kowalewski reflects on his ASC experience, “Generally speaking, the most memorable part of my ASC year was getting to know the faculty as colleagues and friends, instead of knowing them as my former teachers.” Like Quesnell, Kowalewski’s experience directed him toward a career in education, “It led me down the path I continue to be on today. The program offered me an opportunity to experience what it means to be a professional, and what it feels like to work alongside countless individuals that believe in and work hard for one mission.”
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Class Dick Casper ’34 went on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in June with his fellow WWII veterans. Dick was in the U.S. Navy and one of the first to be trained in radar fighter control. He and John Drew ’34, who passed away in 1984, were both assigned to the USS Lexington. Dan Kegel ’37 is a retired doctor of osteopathy. He lives in Land O’ Lakes, Wis.
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Don Groff ’44 and Tom Duffey ’45 were among the World War II veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C., on an Honor Flight to see the national war memorials. Francis P. Havey ’46, who passed away in February after a long battle with congestive heart failure, received a respectful tribute for his past public service work as City of Greenfield mayor. Governor Scott Walker issued an executive order to lower the flags to half-staff in Greenfield, Wis., on the day of his funeral. Greenfield police and fire honor guards stood guard at Havey’s visitation. Havey is survived by his wife, Rita; six children, including sons Steve ’75 and Pat ’76; and five grandchildren. Rev Michael Grellinger ’54 celebrated his jubilee, marking his 50th anniversary in the priesthood. He served at a number of Milwaukeearea parishes including St. Alphonsus Parish in Greenfield, St. Charles
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Notes Parish in Hartland and Queen of Apostles Parish in Pewaukee. He retired from active ministry in 2008. Joe Heil ’55 is the author of the recently published novel The War Less Civil, a 2011 finalist in the prestigious Faulkner-Wisdom Novel Competition.
Milwaukee doing in a place like Alaska?” He and his wife, Barbara, live in Anchorage, Alaska. Terry Baker ’62 retired from Shell Oil Company in 1991 after a 25-year tenure with the company. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Alex Masiarchin ’57 and his wife, Marie, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. They live in Hartford, Wis.
Tom Schulz ’62 retired in May 2010 after serving 37 years as assistant district attorney for Milwaukee County. He and his wife, Maureen, live in Shorewood, Wis.
Tom Caffrey ’58 is a forensic psychologist in New York City. He continues to do the racewalking he began while at MUHS, along with exercises based on ballet placement techniques.
Tom Strassburg ’62 has retired from his position of executive director at Virginia Continuing Legal Education. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Earlysville, Va.
Tom Dalum ’59 is CEO of DUECO, which was named the Top Business of the Year for 2012 by the Waukesha County Business Alliance and Biz Times Milwaukee magazine. He was also honored at the Waukesha County Technical College commencement ceremonies with the Citizen Service Award for his support of WCTC programs and students. He and his wife, Mari Pat, live in Hartland, Wis.
Joe Wippl ’62 is director of graduate studies and professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University. He worked more than 35 years with the CIA as an operations officer and operations manager serving in Bonn, West Germany; Guatemala City; Luxembourg; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City; Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany. He lives in Watertown, Mass.
Wayne Ross ’60 recently published a new book, Courtrooms, Cartridges, and Campfires, which answers the question “What is a nice boy from
1963 Save the Date: July 20, 2013 50th Class Reunion
Jim Breeden ’63 became the 63rd president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, based in Washington, D.C. He is president of the Carson Medical Group, a 26-physician multi-specialty group in Carson City, Nev., where he has practiced ob-gyn for 35 years and for the past eight years has specialized in women’s office care and gynecologic surgery. He and his wife, Midge, live in Carson City, Nev. Jim “Luigi” Schmitt ’65 was elected in April to serve another term as a legislator on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. He and his wife, Sue, live in Wauwatosa, Wis. Bob O’Connor ’67 is a dentist in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. He and his wife, Diane, live in Wisconsin Rapids and have four grown children and 10 grandchildren. Bob enjoys riding his motorcycle, golfing and reading. Matthew Stano ’67 is president of Stano Landscaping, Inc. and was awarded a 2012 Gold Award for the Monroe Clinic Northwest Addition from the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association. The state award was received for the greenroof installation at Monroe Clinic, Monroe, Wis.
1968 Save the Date: July 20, 2013 45th Class Reunion John Cary ’69 was honored by the Milwaukee Press Club with its Headliner Award, bestowed annually to newsmakers who are making a positive contribution to the community. He is the executive director of the MACC Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research for childhood cancer and related blood disorders. John and his wife, Mary, live in Mequon, Wis. Bill Kurtz ’69 is running for the 21st District State Representative seat. This is his first attempt to run for public office. He and his wife, Marge, live in South Milwaukee, Wis. Charlie Powell ’70 earned All-American status at the National Masters Indoor Track Championships in Bloomington, Ind., in March. He took 3rd place in the 60m event, 4th place in the 200m dash and 4th place in the 400m. He is a manager at the Central Wyoming Counseling Center and lives in Casper, Wyo., with his wife, Loraine. They have two sons, Zach and Jake, who are currently in college.
Mike Kegel ’72 is a composer and minister working and living in Moses Lake, Wash. He and his wife, Holly, have two grown children: Daniel (26) a Navy vet, and Dominic (25), a professional football quarterback in Finland.
1973 Save the Date: July 20, 2013 40th Class Reunion John Kissinger ’75 is the CEO of GRAEF, a Wisconsin-based consulting and engineering firm with offices in Wisconsin, Illinois and Florida. He started with the company as a structural engineer in 1984. He served as engineering project manager on the Milwaukee Art Museum addition, which earned him the distinction of Top 25 Newsmakers for 2001 by Engineering News-Record magazine. Mark Curtis ’77 is the morning co-anchor and chief political reporter for WLNE-TV ABC 6 in Providence, R.I. He recently earned his doctorate in ducational leadership from St. Mary’s College of California. His dissertation studied how Rhode Island voters in generational age groups made different media choices in terms of how they gained information about politics in the 2008 presidential election and beyond.
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Class Notes Tim John ’77 ran for Wisconsin governor in 2010. He is working toward reducing the unemployment rate among black men and is writing a book about Milwaukee’s rivers. He and his wife, Karri John Fritz-Klaus, live in Oconomowoc. They have five children and two grandchildren.
1978 Save the Date: July 20, 2013 35th Class Reunion Jeff Mazurczak ’82, head coach of the Hilltopper football team, was recognized by Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin. He, his coaching staff and the 2011 MUHS football team received the Volunteer Award for their help implementing a new inclusive football clinic for children with autism and their siblings. Bob Neumann ’82 received the 2012 Horton Smith Trophy award from the Wisconsin Professional Golfers’ Association which recognizes the WPGA member who contributes to the education and betterment of their fellow PGA members. He is the head golf professional at Whitnall Park and serves as education chair of the WPGA.
Bill Spankowski ’82 is a sergeant with the Mequon Police Department. He, his wife, Jen, their three daughters and one son live in Menomonee Falls.
1983 Save the Date: July 20, 2013 30th Class Reunion Dave Balistreri ’83 is president and founder of Select Technical Staffing, Inc., a staffing and recruitment firm specializing in the placement of skilled trades, including engineers and office personnel. For a second year in a row, Select Technical Staffing received the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s Future 50 award. Pat Keyes ’83 was named the chief financial officer of We Energies in July. He, his wife, Christine, and their children, Maddie and CJ, live in Brookfield, Wis. Rev. Rob Kroll, SJ ’83 earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Va. He is working at Creighton Prep in Omaha, Neb., as Superior of the Jesuit community and as pastoral director and a theology teacher.
Jim Owczarski ’84 was unanimously elected Milwaukee city clerk by the Milwaukee Common Council in April. He spent the previous six years as deputy city clerk. He, his wife, Michelle, and their son, Edward, live in the Milwaukee neighborhood Bay View.
John Comiskey ’89 teaches Advanced Placement Government and Politics and U.S. History at Oak Creek High School. He and his wife, Chandra, live in Greendale, Wis., with their three children: Zoe (8), Gavin (7) and Lola (5).
Earl Buford ’86 is president and CEO of WRTP/BIG STEP, a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the ability of private sector organizations to recruit and develop a more diverse, qualified workforce.
Virgilio Rodriguez ’89 is the executive director of the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee. He also serves on the MUHS Board of Directors and on the Academic/Student Life Committee. His son, Daniel ’15, attends MUHS.
Bill Finn ’86 is the CEO of the startup technology company, BoothTag, a mobile barcode game for tradeshows. He recently received the Best Overall Plan award, winning the Marquette University College of Business Administration Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition in April.
Dan Finerty ’90 is an attorney practicing management-side labor law with Linder & Marsack, S.C. He and his wife, Christine, live in Wauwatosa, Wis., with their three children: Daniel (7), Catherine (6) and William (4).
Save the Date: July 20, 2013 25th Class Reunion
Peter Huck ’90 is an English teacher at Sherwood High School in Olney, Md. He was recently recognized in the local media for his work as student newspaper advisor. Peter teaches at Sherwood High with Maria Peterson, Spanish teacher and wife of Steve Peterson ’90.
Rob Harrington ’88 and his wife, Lisa, were honored as 2011 Mentors of the Year by Nativity Jesuit Middle School. Larry Siewert ’59 bestowed the honor to the Harringtons in October.
Daniel Pedriana ’90 is a shareholder and attorney practicing Worker’s Compensation defense and related employment litigation with Lindner & Marsack, S.C. He and his wife, Marcia, live in Milwaukee.
Steve Peterson ’90 is a PGA member and general manager of Renditions Golf Club, which features replica holes from famous golf courses in the world. He and his wife, Maria, live in the Baltimore area with their three children: Anna (12), Tommy (9) and Matthew (5). Doug Jarecki ’91 is the education and outreach administrator at Waukesha Civic Theatre. He recently starred in Bus Stop, presented by the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Clay Steininger ’91 is the lead guitarist for Dominic Marte, an internationally famous Bachata songwriter and performer. When not touring, he lives in a suburb north of Boston. Dan Kaminsky ’92 is an attorney and shareholder with Davis Kuelthau Attorneys at Law. He and his wife, Kerry, live in Wauwatosa,Wis., with their three sons: Mick (5), Cal (3) and Jack, born March 24. Mike Zielinski ’92 is the chief compliant officer for Mason Street Advisors, LLC. He was named to The Business Journal Forty under 40 list.
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1993 Save the Date: July 20, 2013 20th Class Reunion Mike Boettcher ’93 is a residential installation and maintenance manager for Rock Solid Landscapes. He, his wife, Megan, and their two sons live in Berthoud, Col. Linn Desaulniers ’93 is a major with the U.S. Army. After a year as the executive officer of 2–17th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Campbell, Ky., he is being transferred to the Aviation Office of the U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans in the Pentagon. He and his wife, Julie, live in Alexandria, Va. Mark Peterson ’93 is the executive director of the Golf Association of Philadelphia. He and his wife, Sonia, live in Berwyn, Penn., with their six-year-old son. John Sloane ’93 is the director of global tax for Quad/Graphics. He lives in Pewaukee, Wis. with his wife, Amy, and their two-year-old son Jack. David Kuwayama ’94 finished a fellowship in vascular surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. He will be working for six weeks as the surgeon in the Betou refugee camp,
Republic of Congo, for Doctors Without Borders and then will move to Colorado, where he has accepted an attending position at the University of Colorado Denver. He recently attempted to reach the summit of Mt. McKinley, however his expedition was cut short by avalanche conditions. John Cary ’95 is the editor of PublicInterestDesign.org and his writing has appeared in various publications, including CNN.com, The Christian Science Monitor, Fast Company and Good. He spoke at the University of Minnesota College of Design 2012 commencement ceremony. Mike Duffey ’96 works for the U.S. Department of Defense and lives in Washington, D.C. Greg Griepentrog ’96 is assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute. He specializes in oculofacial plastic and orbital surgery with a focus on facial reconstruction, trauma and cosmetic surgery. He recently moved back to Milwaukee with his wife, Kary Davidson, and their two sons: James (3) and Matthew (1). Bobby Kraft ’96 is the CEO of First Edge Solutions. He was named to The Business Journal Forty under 40 list.
1998 Save the Date: July 20, 2013 15th Class Reunion Joe Arnold ’98 is owner of Arnold Wealth Management, an independent financial planning and investment practice affiliated with SII Investments, Inc., located in Brookfield, Wis. He and his wife, Laura, welcomed their son, Easton William Arnold, on Sept. 27 and live in Waukesha, Wis. John Walton ’98 plays for the Altanta Defenders, a semi-professional football team comprising policemen and firemen. The Defenders won the Division 2 National Championship for the National Public Safety Football League. John married Danah Buss on September 10, 2011. They live in Atlanta. Brian Butler ’99 married Marie Coraggio on April 14. MUHS alumni in the wedding party were Kevin Butler ’03, Robert Hofschulte ’07, James Wermers ’99, John Murphy ’99, Matt Granitz ’99. Brian and Marie live in Franklin, Wis. Christopher Carr ’99 was elected associate as a civil engineer at GRAEF, where he focuses on commercial and industrial development projects. GRAEF is a consulting and engineering firm based in Wisconsin.
Michael Puskarich ’99 is a faculty member at the University of Mississippi in the departments of Emergency Medicine and Biochemistry. He and his wife, Maren Lee, live in Jackson, Miss., with their sons Joseph (2) and Henry, born June 12. Chris Dwyer ’01 is director of facilities and IT at Chicago Jesuit Academy, an all-boys, full-scholarship, college preparatory middle school. He also coaches the basketball team, organizes bike mechanic classes and coordinates various sustainability programs, including an organic garden at the school. Daniel Hamrin ’01 earned a master’s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University in May. Paul Kempen ’01 earned a doctoral degree in materials engineering from Stanford University. His research focused on the characterization on nanoparticles in biological environments for use in cancer research and diagnostics. He currently lives in Palo Alto, Calif., and is completing post-doctorate work at Stanford. Joe LaDien ’01 is an attorney with the Milwaukee Office of Mallery & Zimmerman, S.C. He is president of the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association and was named to the National
Trial Lawyers Association Top 40 Under 40. Joe lives in Milwaukee. Andrew Lelinski ’02 teachers English and coaches cross country at Ronald Reagan International Baccalaureate High School in the Milwaukee Public School system. He earned his master’s degree in English from Marquette University in December. He and his wife, Jessica, welcomed their son, Joseph Andrew Lelinski, on November 14. Elliot Wolters ’02 is a pilot for SeaPort Airlines in Portland, Ore. He married Dr. Katie Goossen on Sept. 17 at St. Jude the Apostle in Wauwatosa, Wis. Former MUHS principal Rev. John Belmonte, SJ performed the wedding ceremony.
2003 Save the Date: July 20, 2013 10th Class Reunion Ben Jee Cascio ’03 is a community conservation manager for CEROPAN, a leading environmental non-profit, non-government organization working for conservation in Cross River State, Nigeria. He previously served in the Peace Corps and spent two years in Jamaica. Joel Doucette ’03 is working in Botswana for the Peace Corps until June 2013.
David Grzesiak ’07 (second from left) makes the cover of UW-Madison’s Varsity magazine.
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Class Notes Zak Grim ’03 is the manager of game operations for Monumental Sports & Entertainment, owners of the NBA’s Washington Wizards and WNBA’s Washington Mystics and NHL’s Washington Capitals in Washington, D.C. He married Kristi Schilling on January 28 and they now live in Arlington, Va. Scott Luzi ’03 is an employment law attorney and has recently founded his own firm, Walcheske & Luzi, with offices in Brookfield, Wis., and Appleton, Wis. John Scheid ’03 is working on his master’s degree in social work at the University of Denver. Daniel Cardenas ’05 toured nationally with the production My Fair Lady and played Freddy Eynsford-Hill, the love interest of main character Eliza Doolittle. Jonathan Feldbruegge ’05 earned a juris doctorate in law from Marquette University in May. Chris Sover ’05 is completing his second year of Teach For America as a biology teacher at Carmen High School of Science and Technology in Milwaukee. He graduated from UW– Madison and now lives in Milwaukee.
Dan Waldkirch ’05 is operations assistant for Crucial Music in Studio City, Calif. He reviews music submissions from unsigned artists which are then licensed to television, film and video games. Two of his own recordings were used in the TV shows “Pretty Little Liars” and “The Killing.” He currently lives in Sherman Oaks, Calif. James Tynion IV ’06 is one of the official Batman writers for DC Comics. He works and lives in New York City. Michael Burkart ’07 is an investment banking analyst for J.P. Morgan in New York. He graduated from Fordham University and completed an internship with U.S. Senator Robert Menendez. Patrick Carter ’07 is the assistant college transition coordinator at Carmen High School of Science and Technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Denison University and now lives in Milwaukee. David Grzesiak ’07 served as captain of the UW–Madison track team and broke the Big Ten decathlon record set by 2004 Olympian Paul Terek. David received the honor of All Big Ten Academic and earned
Peter Heinen ‘10 (#8) is the starting setter for the Ohio State volleyball team.
his bachelor’s degree in agricultural business management. In June, he finished 13th in the Olympic Trials to finish his competitive athletic career. David works for Coyote Logistics in Chicago. Robert Carey Peterson ’07 is the bass player for the band Take The Day, which was selected by the editors of Billboard Magazine as one of three Midwest bands to participate in the national Battle of the Bands competition in Las Vegas. The band was selected as the Best Unsigned Band in Alternate Press 2011 Readers Poll. Michael Laing ’07 is a structural bridge engineer with the Milwaukee office of URS Corporation, a global engineering firm with more than 55,000 employees. He graduated from Marquette University in May with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Jim Ansley ’08 graduated from Colorado School of Mines with a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering. Estevan Galicia ’08 is the assistant to the head of school at Carmen High School of Science and Technology. He lives in Milwaukee.
Doug Miller ’08 biked across America this summer with 29 other cyclists to spread a message of acceptance and understanding of people with disabilities. He recently earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and will begin his graduate studies in the fall at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. John Day ’09 traveled to Nepal and India on a medical service trip through the Health Science Department at UW–La Crosse. He is studying pre-pharmacy. Joshua Rose ’09 received a 2012-13 Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship, awarded on the basis of a research proposal jointly developed by an undergraduate student and a UW–Madison faculty or research staff member. Peter Heinen ’10 is the starting setter for the reigning National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes volleyball team. Jack McKinney ’11 is transferring to Marquette University from Maryville University in St. Louis. He will be a member of MU’s men’s golf team.
Mike Feely ’89, English teacher at MUHS, and Tyler Jones ’08, player for the Beloit Snappers, the Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Jones was drafted by the Twins after playing two years at Louisiana State University.
Dare Ogunbowale ’12 (far left) joined other MUHS alumni Kyle Ashley ’02, Doug Canady ’86, Mayor Tom Barrett ’72, Earl Buford ’86 and Mark Kessenich ’89 at a WRTP/ BIG STEP event for manufacturer Milwaukee Gear. Mayor Barrett spoke on behalf of Milwaukee Gear’s efforts to work with WRTP/ BIG STEP and fulfill Milwaukee Gear’s workforce development needs with Milwaukee residents.
Class of 1962: Row 1: (left to right) John McCaffrey, Jim Black; Row 2: Bill Bau, Dennis Sheahan, Paul Ramsey; Row 3: Rob Zirbel, Rev. Tom Unz, Gary Glojek; Row 4: George Frommell, Art Woodward, Rev. Anthony Kuzniewski, SJ, Bob Fettig, Gary Stippich.
Class of ’82 Sheepshead Club Reunion: (clockwise, from bottom) Thomas Griep, Bob Cardenas, Bill Goldammer, Jim Radke, Paul Grosskreuz, Steve Casper, Mike Lawliss and Jim Silbernagel. Not pictured: Tim Busse, Mark Gehring, Bill Jatczak, Joe Labermeier, Dave Pruhs and Pat Smith.
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Dick Casper ’34 with his grandson Tim Casper ’89 and family relative Joe Casper ’79.
John Thimmesch ’77 (far left) and Jeff Mazurczak ’82 (far right) with Forty Under 40 award winners Mike Zielinski ’92 (left) and Bobby Kraft ’96. Joe Duffey ’72 (far left) joined his father Tom Duffey ’45 (red sweater), friend Don Groff ’44 and son Mike Duffey ’96 in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Cardenas ’05 performing in My Fair Lady.
Clay Steininger ’91 performing in Argentina. John Day ’09 with his new friends in Nepal.
Milwaukee Press Club awardee John Cary ’69 (far right) with other honorees Juan Williams and Sue Black. Photo courtesy of Brianne O’Brien
(From left to right) Joe Simmons, SJ ‘00, Mary Beth McBride-Doyle, Jeni McLaughlin and Chris Dwyer ‘01 at the Jesuit Curia in Rome.
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John “Chin” Klein ’93 to be honored
John “Chin” Klein ’93 pictured with his mom, Geraldine; dad, Rudy; and sister, Marie.
Life Navigators will recognize John “Chin” Klein ’93 for his service and commitment to individuals with disabilities at its 2012 Challenger Event. Chris and John McDermott ’76 are helping to organize the benefit event, scheduled for September 24. Life Navigators, formerly ARC of Greater Milwaukee, is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with developmental and related disabilities and their families. Klein’s parents and older sister have long dealt with developmental disabilities and from an early age, Klein took on many household responsibilities. Before he was even a teenager, Klein was helping to manage the family budget and making important family decisions. After graduating from MUHS, Klein went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in education from Marquette University. Today, he is a special-education teacher at Oak Creek High School and a coach at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School. Under his leadership, the DSHA rugby team won six national championships. In 2008, he was named the USA Rugby Coach of the Year. He, his wife, Katie, and their two children, Luke and Clara, live in Muskego, Wis.
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Rev. Howard E. Kalb, SJ MUHS Faculty 1966-73 Former MUHS math teacher and football coach Rev. Howard Kalb, SJ passed away on April 4, 2012, in Omaha, Neb. He was 88 years old. A Jesuit for 70 years and a priest for 57 years, Father Kalb served at MUHS from 1966 to 1973. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, on July 27, 1923, Father Kalb attended grade school in Dubuque and Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wis. He entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Mo., in August 1941. His education included studies at St. Stanislaus, St. Louis University and St. Mary’s College. He was ordained in June 1954 and pronounced his final vows in February 1959. His long years of service to the Society were devoted to teaching, parish work and retreat ministry. Father Kalb is remembered as a friendly man who drew people to himself. He was a happy, hard-working priest whose ministry was fruitful.
May They Rest in Peace John F. Savage ’28 – 4/19/12 Francis E. Zummach ’29 – 4/30/12 Kenneth J. Binder ’35 – 4/8/12 Eugene J. Moser ’35 – 1/9/12 David L. Grandt ’36 – 3/27/12 Robert L. Pfeifer ’40 – 2/6/12 Urban C. Jonas ’41 – 12/14/11 Rev. Edward Justen, SJ ’41 – 6/28/12 John E. Stamm ’41 – 2/11/12 Paul F. Strong ’41 – 7/20/12 Lawrence D. Delany ’42 – 1/12/12 James T. Ryan ’42 – 5/14/12 Oscar F. Natlacen ’43 – 5/9/12 Joseph A. Faupl ’44 – 1/22/12 William J. Hoffmann ’44 – 2/13/12 Herbert J. Ottman ’44 – 7/2/12 John F. Shefchik ’44 – 1/4/12 John L. Claude ’45 – 2/6/12 Lawrence J. Otto ’45 – 7/15/12 James P. Schoemann ’45 – 3/15/12 Francis P. Havey ’46 – 2/12/12 John B. Klemmer ’47 – 3/9/12 Marshall L. Stone ’47 – 12/25/11 Leo J. Andritsos ’48 – 3/28/12 Robert F. Brust ’48 – 7/20/12
Harvey L. Fessler ’48 – 4/6/12 Henry E. McMahon ’48 – 12/23/11 Donald M. Oberbreckling ’48 – 1/6/12 E. William Schelble ’48 – 1/9/12 Kenneth P. Miller ’49 – 1/3/12 Quentin W. Swain ’49 – 3/20/12 Donald J. Chrzan ’50 – 5/1/12 Leon W. Day ’50 – 1/12/12 Peter A. Behan ’51 – 1/10/12 James C. Osmanski ’51 – 4/23/08 William M. Klemmer, Sr. ’52 – 7/13/12 John J. Grimmer ’54– 7/31/12 John N. Jankowski ’54 – 1/27/12 John A. Leonard ’54 – 5/14/12 John J. Mulhaney ’54 – 3/21/12 Philip J. Westley ’55 – 5/26/11 James E. Rogall ’56 – 4/28/12 Gerald B. Bieser ’57 – 3/6/12 Donald J. Siewert ’57 – 12/20/11 Michael R. Strachota ’57 – 7/8/12 Frank J. App ’58 – 5/19/12 James P. Finley ’58 – 4/5/12 Gregory A. Peters ’58 – 7/20/12 Robert C. Stemper ’58 – 2/10/12 Frank O. Binder Jr. ’59 – 6/19/12
We extend our sincerest sympathy to the families of the alumni listed here and to any alumni who have lost a loved one.
Richard C. Zehnder ’59 – 11/11/11 Joseph G. Carpenter ’62 – 6/26/12 Lawrence J. Eaton ’62 – 7/13/07 Dennis J. Gaffney ’62 – 1/16/12 John F. Galko ’62 – 7/17/03 William E. Henderson ’63 – 4/1/12 Robert J. Hetzel ’63 – 12/13/11 Jeffrey R. Martocci ’65 – 6/13/12 Todd M. Ryan ’65 – 10/10/11 Gene E. Nuetzel ’68 – 2/16/11 Daniel E. Mooney ’68 – 2/6/12 Robert M. Riepenhoff ’68 – 4/19/12 George N. Meyer, III ’69 – 5/8/12 Thomas M. Somers ’70 – 1/8/08 Richard C. Geisheker ’71 – 2/15/12 Brian J. Williams ’71 – 3/20/12 Robert A. Rose ’74 – 7/11/12 Timothy T. Cleary ’79 – 6/21/12 John S. Revane ’80 – 5/29/12 George P. Herrmann ’81 – 2/24/12 Michael J. Gawlik ’86 – 5/30/12 Michael C. Mullarkey ’92 – 3/29/12 Jerrell M. Braden ’98 – 2/27/12
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Milestones Weddings Brian Butler ’99 & Marie Coraggio April 14, 2012 Nicholas Mueller ’99 & Joanne Huang November 11, 2011 Evan Pivonka ’00 & Ashleigh Mitchell June 23, 2012 P. Elliot Wolters ’02 & Katie Goossen September 17, 2011 Zak Grim ’03 & Kristi Schilling January 28, 2012
Births Maressa & Alex Kuszewski ’89 Christian Peter Leonardo – May 16, 2012
Zak Grim ’03 & Kristi Schilling
Ashley & Patrick Stroebel ’90 Jake Vaughan Stroebel – September 14, 2011 Felicia & Dave Siewert ’91 August Vastalo Siewert – March 3, 2012 Kerry & Dan Kaminsky ’92 John “Jack” Atticus Kaminsky – March 24, 2012 Keishea & Alex Toole ’93 Kameron Louis Toole – February 3, 2012 Laura & Joe Arnold ’98 Easton William Arnold – September 27, 2011 Erin & Casey Kowalewski ’98 Adley Reese Kowaleswki – March 20, 2012 Liz & Steve Lawrence ’99 Grace Jean Lawrence – April 3, 2012 Maren Lee & Michael Puskarich ’99 Henry James Puskarich – June 12, 2012
Nicholas Mueller ’99 & Joanne Huang
Katie & Jeff Ruidl ’99 Charles “Charlie” Robert Ruidl – May 30, 2012 Gabrielle & W. Brian Blake ’02 Eleanor Rose Blake – October 10, 2011 Jessica & Andrew Lelinski ’02 Joseph Andrew Lelinski – November 14, 2011 Elliott Wolters ’02 wedding party: (left to right) Joe Renick ’02, Mark Gloeckler, Nathan Miller ’02, best man Brad Wolters ’99, Andy Lelinski ’02 and Brendan Holahan ’02.
Brian Butler ’99 & Marie Coraggio
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Alex ’89 and Maressa Kuszewski holding their newborn son Christian.
Adley Kowaleswki Three generations of Siewerts: Larry ’59, Dave ’91 and August.
The Paskarich family: Michael ’99, Maren Lee, Joseph and newborn Henry.
then & Now In June, MUHS revealed a new logo for its athletics and co-curricular programs. Figuring prominently are the letters “M” and “H,” which have appeared throughout Marquette High’s history on athletic uniforms, letter sweaters and jackets. MUHS athletic director Bob Herman ’85 says, “The redesigned logo is a nod to our 155-year strong and storied athletics history. It’s an image that will be familiar to most.” 1
4 1 Members of the 1934 MUHS MH Club. One of the oldest clubs at Marquette High, the MH Club is dedicated to promoting sportsmanship, building school spirit and offering service to the MUHS community. In the past, members of the club were varsity letter-winners, however the club is now open to student-athletes of any year. 2 Tom Comiskey ’83, captain of the 1982 state championship varsity soccer team, sports a longer-legged “M” on his jersey. 3 The uniforms of the 1959 state-championship baseball team, coached by Ed Czuppa, reflects the various logos over the years, with “M” caps and “MUHS” jerseys. 4 The 1916-17 varsity basketball team at Marquette Academy, Marquette High’s previous name. Joe Biagi ’17 (top right) was inducted into Marquette High’s Athletic Hall of Fame in February. Biagi was an honor student, president of the Glee Club and a football and basketball player, who later went on to earn a degree in civil engineering from Marquette University. 5 The new MUHS athletic logo will be used on team uniforms and spirit wear. MUHS has been known as the Hilltoppers since the 1880s and will continue to use its current ram mascot, Topper.
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the horns In MUHS circles, Dick Basham is known as legendary football coach, talented math teacher and accomplished athletic director. What a lot of people don’t know, however, is that Basham was the creative force behind one of the most recognizable high school athletic marks in the state of Wisconsin. In the ’70s, Jim Healy, owner of Healy Awards, wanted to expand beyond trophies and medals and produce decals for local sports teams. He approached Basham about designing a new decal for the Hilltopper football helmets. Basham came up with the distinctive notched rams’ horns, which were emblazoned on the team’s helmets in the fall of 1975 but dropped after the ’76 football season. Then in 1982, the team, led by Ev Jenkins ’83, asked to reinstitute the horned helmets. Basham says, “I told the team we could bring back the horns if we made the playoffs.” The Hilltoppers advanced to the post-season and Basham held true to his promise, ordering the decals in time for their first playoff game
against Catholic Memorial High School. “I surprised the kids the night before the game and we put them on. They were very excited and felt that we would crush them,” recalls Basham. The Hilltoppers got off to a “lousy” start, according to Basham, and at halftime were down 7–0. “I guess they didn’t see the horns,” Basham commented to the team in the locker room. “We then had a serious discussion about how to play football,” he says. The Hilltoppers wound up trouncing CMH 21–7 and went on to win the first of the school’s three state titles in the ’80s. The ram horns have adorned the Hilltoppers’ football helmets ever since. Today, Marquette High’s hockey, swimming, lacrosse and baseball teams also use the horns on their head gear. Coach Basham and players Joe Brossard ’76 (left) and Dick Eberle ’76 (background) practicing for the title game in 1975.
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Marquette university High school 3401 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53208
Join the Class of 1970 as it hosts Rocking Sixties, a fundraising
event to benefit Marquette University High School’s Endowed Scholarship Fund. The Saturday JUG Band (Bill Becherer, John Caviale, Tom Cramer, John Kornacki, John Shiely, Mike Staudacher and Tom Ticcioni, all from the Class of ’70) will provide the evening’s entertainment. All over 21 years are invited and encouraged to attend. For more event information, please visit www.MUHSclassof1970.com.