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BYLINES t h e m ag a z i n e o f b r e b e u f j e s u i t p r e pa r ato ry s c h o o l , i n d i a n a p o l i s ⁄ s p r i n g 2 0 1 0

Investing in Great Futures

Dear Brebeuf Jesuit Friends, Near the current location of the Campus Ministry Office is a banner (constructed for our 25th anniversary in 1987) that reads: “A History of Great Futures.” How appropriate as I think about the task of “archiving” the history of Brebeuf Jesuit! In mid-January of this year, I had the delightful opportunity to meet with Brebeuf alumni in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. One of our attendees suggested that the group take time to share their “best memories” about their Brebeuf experience. It happened that after an alumnus from the early 2000s talked about the powerful and important experience of Kairos (our senior retreat), Dr. David Marsh ’89 told the group that he was a student member of the first Kairos team. (We are now up to Kairos #72, held April 13-16, 2010.) This interchange came to mind as I thought about archiving our past for the future. The Brebeuf “experience” is the interaction among bright and motivated students, and with teachers, staff and coaches. It is facilitated by our size and schedule, and is based on the Jesuit notion of Magis: an expression of inspiration and aspiration. This is what develops great futures. The Kairos experience at Brebeuf is a key component of the process of developing our students as men and women for others – leaders of the future. Wikipedia describes an archive “as a place where records have been selected for permanent or long-term preservation on grounds of their enduring cultural, historical or evidentiary value.” The impact of the Brebeuf experience on the lives of our alumni is long-term and certainly has enduring and noted value. The “record” that I experience first-hand is the stories which I hear from alumni about how their lives were shaped as a student here. A recurring life theme for me is that a “net” works because of the “knots.” More specifically, our lives are changed when we knot ourselves with other people who have a shared history and/or a common vision. As we turn to the second half-century of the life of Brebeuf Jesuit, we attempt to document people and events that have shaped great futures in its first half-century – people and events through which “knots” were formed and visions were shaped. It is a gift for me to listen to our alumni who share their great stories at our informal alumni gatherings, held across the nation. And additional knots are formed through these gatherings. My hope is this work of archiving (informally through such alumni gatherings, and formally through the work of the Archive Committee) will document the “records” of people and events upon which we will continue to build a visionary second half-century of investing in these great futures. As you read this edition of Bylines, think about those people and events that have shaped you – and let us know at local gatherings of alumni or through our website how your future has been shaped by the history of your four years here. May your aspirations continue to inspire you as a person for others.


Dr. Matthew J. Hayes president, brebeuf Jesuit Share your testimonial online at or email Molly Sollie, Director of Alumni Relations, at



the magazine of brebeuf jesuit preparatory school / spring 2010

editor Jennifer (Infanger) Fitzgerald ’97 contributors Kelly Antcliff Kevin Burgun Rachel (Cline) Eble ’96 Dr. Matthew Hayes Jenny Pence ’10 Molly Sollie Michael Tellman ’11 Rev. Tom Widner, SJ

24 design Commercial Artisan

contributing photographers Kevin Burgun Casey Cronin ’74 Dr. Tom Fischer Jennifer (Infanger) Fitzgerald ’97 Rose Huscroft ’10 Jenny Pence ’10 Aly Raynor ’10 Jon Sholly

About Campus

Institutional Advancement News and Events • Annual Fund 2009-2010/Magis Society Donors • 2009 and 2010 President’s Dinners • Alumni Golf Invitational • Student Honors and Activities • Fall Honors Convocation Award Recipients

Cover Story

Preserving Our Past: Archiving Brebeuf Jesuit’s History

The Magis

Sports Desk





Beth Tellman ’05: A Woman for Others • Reflections from Fr. Tom Widner, SJ

Fall 2009 Sports Recap • All-County Honors • National Letters of Intent

Faculty Matters


About Our Faculty and Staff • Get to Know: Brebeuf ’s Longest Tenured Faculty Members: Pat McCarthy, Math Teacher, and Pat Watko, PE/Health Teacher

Alumni News

Letter from Alumni Board President Phil Drew ’73 • Ultimate Sacrifice Memorial • Alumni Weekend 2010 • In Memory Of … • Alumni Notes

Bylines is published by the Communications Office at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, 2801 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268

Front cover: Brebeuf gym bag, date unknown Back cover: One of the first letter jackets of Brebeuf Preparatory School Opposite: Tassel from Brebeuf’s first graduating class, 1966 This page: The ceremonial trowel used to lay the first piece of foundation for the school.



Institutional Advancement News and Events


Below: GT Pollard (Brebeuf ’s head JV boys basketball coach), John Zangrilli (Brebeuf ’s head varsity baseball coach), Doug Bachman and Andy Fagan (Brebeuf ’s Associate Athletic Director and head boys basketball coach)

31st Annual President’s Dinner 2009 Honoring Robyn and Vince Caponi Thursday, Nov. 12 Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

Robyn and Vince Caponi were the recipients of the President’s Medal at the 31st Annual President’s Dinner on Nov. 12, 2009. Guests enjoyed a lovely evening, which included socializing Right: Dana Altum ’81, with one another, entertainment by Jenny Keefe ’81 and Denise the Brebeuf Jesuit Camerata Orchestra (Dillon) Perry ’80 and an Italian-themed dinner. Since 2000, Robyn and Vince Caponi have given generously of their time, talent and treasure to Brebeuf Jesuit. They have made generous personal lead gifts to the Annual Fund, capital projects, the golf invitational, President’s Dinner and Bistro. Along with our students and school leadership, they have attended the Ignatian Family Teach-In at Columbus, Ga. (Robyn as a chaperone). Both are engaged in

The President’s Medal is presented to an individual(s) who has/have exhibited outstanding servant leadership as an internal stakeholder of the Brebeuf Jesuit community. The 2010 President’s Medal will be presented to Mr. Fred McCashland and Mrs. Anna Dillon. Fred McCashland was a member of the Brebeuf Jesuit faculty from August 1965 to the end of the 1998-1999 school year, serving in various roles such as teacher, counselor, administrator, and interim President. He has also served on the Board of Trustees, been a donor to the school since 1971, and, until recently, was an active member of the Archive Committee. Mrs. Anna Dillon is a past parent (John Dillon ’78 and Denise Perry ’80), past and current grandparent (John Dillon ’09, Robert Dillon ’11, Jim Perry ’11 and Michael Perry ’13), a donor to the school since 1962, and was instrumental in establishing the Archive Committee.

actively promoting Brebeuf Jesuit in the local community to potential incoming families and to the community at-large. Vince, who is Jesuit educated (Xavier University ’72), has been CEO of St. Vincent Health since 1998. Robyn and Vince are the parents of Krissy, Gina and Cara, and the grandparents of Elizabeth, Lucy and William. Cara, a Brebeuf alumna (Class of 2004), graduated from Boston College and is now in Peru serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps International. A special thank you to all the President’s Dinner sponsors, who helped make this event a success: Learn, Lead and Serve Event Sponsor ($10,000 and above) St. Vincent Health Sarah and John Lechleiter



Presidential Sponsors ($5,000) American Senior Communities Bradley & Associates, Inc. BremnerDuke Healthcare Real Estate Ethos Partners Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman P.C. OrthoIndy St. Claire Group Tribute Sponsors ($3,000) Baker & Daniels LLP The Care Group LLC CorVasc MD’s P.C. Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Johnson, Grossnickle & Associates Katz, Sapper & Miller Marian, Inc. Marian University Northwest Radiology Suburban Health Organization Summit Construction Co., Inc. In honor of Robyn and Vince Caponi Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Barnette Jr.

ANNUAL FUND 2009-2010 The Magis Society at Brebeuf Jesuit comprises a group of major donors who contribute to the Annual Fund with gifts of $1,500 and more each year. The Annual Fund is a yearly campaign that runs from July 1 to June 30. The following donors have already pledged their support to the Magis Society this year:

Brasfield & Gorrie LLC Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Caponi Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Darmody Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Gassman (Michael ’80) Mr. and Mrs. Andrew A. Juster Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence T. Kennedy Mr. and Mrs. Stanley R. Kwiatkowski Mr. and Mrs. Randy Lamberjack Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Saviano Sponsor a Jesuit Dr. Laura J. Bloem and Dr. James E. Audia Ms. Katherine B. McKinney Donors In-Kind Casey M. Cronin ’74 Mr. Richard J. DeCamp ’67 Mr. Leo N. Stenz ’66

Alumni Golf Invitational 2009 The 2009 Alumni Golf Invitational was held on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at Highland Country Club. Golfers and volunteers enjoyed beautiful weather and great company! All proceeds from the event benefit students at Brebeuf Jesuit. The funds directly support financial assistance and other school programs through the Alumni Association. Mark your calendar: This year’s event is at Highland Golf & Country Club on Thursday, Sept. 16!

Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. John Ackerman Dr. and Mrs. William N. Arnold Dr. and Mrs. Duane Arnold Ms. Karen Burch and Mr. Willis G. Ashby ’73 Dr. Laura J. Bloem and Dr. James E. Audia Drs. David and Catherine Bain Mr. and Mrs. Dean Barnhard Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Blackwell (Tom ’78) Dr. and Mrs. Greg Blitz Mr. and Mrs. E. Steven Bluestein Ms. Carol Bockelman Mr. and Mrs. Steven C. Bodner Mr. and Mrs. John S. Browner (Christine Kennedy '88) Dr. Valerie Bruemmer and Mr. Timothy Bruemmer Mr. J.C. Buehler and Ms. Betsy Kovacik Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Bumol Mr. and Mrs. James G. Burkhart Mr. and Mrs. Derrick Burks Mr. and Mrs. Andrew T. Burns Mr. and Mrs. Vincent C. Caponi Ms. Elizabeth Casalini Dr. and Mrs. John D. Chase Mrs. James C. Clark Dr. Janet C. Clark and Mr. J. Murray Clark '75 Mr. and Mrs. David Cobb Dr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Coffey Mrs. Paula Ingram-Coleman and Mr. Gregory H. Coleman '78 Ms. Sara Compton Mr. and Mrs. Michael Corr, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Casey M. Cronin (Casey '74) Mr. and Mrs. James A. Crossin (Jim '81) Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Davis Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth W. Dawes Mr. and Mrs. John Demaree (Elizabeth Haimbaugh '83) Mr. and Mrs. Andrew DeRyckere Mr. and Mrs. John J. Dillon (John '78) Mrs. John J. Dillon Mr. and Mrs. William C. Dobbs Mr. and Mrs. Philip H. Drew (Phil '73) Drs. Kevin and Charlotte Dugan Dr. Karen Ehrman and Mr. Mark Ehrman Mr. and Mrs. J. Scott Enright Mr. and Mrs. William Estes Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Falender Mr. and Mrs. George S. Farra Mr. and Mrs. Bain J. Farris Mr. and Mrs. Brian Ferrell Mr. JD and Dr. Elizabeth Ferries-Rowe Mr. and Mrs. Steven Fivel Mr. and Mrs. David R. Frick Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Froehle, Jr. Dr. Connie Gapinski and Mr. Mark Gapinski

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Gargula Mr. and Mrs. Steven K. Gaylord Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Geisse Dr. Patricia Treadwell and Mr. Eric L. Gillispie Mr. and Mrs. William Gorge Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Gould Mr. and Mrs. John B. Graham Mr. Michael J. Grande '96 Dr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Green Mr. and Mrs. Barry Green Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Greenberg Mr. and Mrs. Martin P. Gregor Mr. and Mrs. John H. Grogan Mr. and Mrs. Dean Hackett Dr. and Mrs. Douglass S. Hale Mr. and Mrs. Lucius O. Hamilton, III Ms. Diana Hamilton and Mr. John R. Hammond Dr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Hayes Dr. and Mrs. Theodore F. Hegeman Ms. Denise J. Herd '83 Dr. and Mrs. James B. Hermiller, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John Hicks Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Hill Mr. and Mrs. John C. Hoard Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hoernemann Dr. and Mrs. James Hoffman Mr. and Mrs. Frederick R. Hovde Mr. J. Mark Howell Mr. and Mrs. John Huguenard Mr. and Mrs. Steven W. Hullett Dr. and Mrs. Timothy A. Hupfer (Gini Marten '84) Mr. and Mrs. Needham R. Hurst Mr. and Mrs. Needham S. Hurst Ms. Anne Nobles and Mr. David L. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Jay P. Kennedy (Jay '75) Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence T. Kennedy, Jr. (Lair '90) Mr. and Mrs. J. B. King Ms. Patricia A. Halloran and Dr. Patrick C. Kippenbrock Ms. Catherine Melfi and Mr. Michael A. Klein Mr. J. Fritz Kreutzinger '70 Dr. Kathy A. Kroeger and Mr. David Kroeger Mr. and Mrs. Gregory J. Kroot Ms. Rosanne Ammirati and Mr. Kevin Krulewitch Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Laikin Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Lange Mr. and Mrs. Philip N. Larman (Phil '77) Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Laskey, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James Laudick Dr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Leipzig Mr. and Mrs. Randall J. Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Eli Lilly, II Dr. and Mrs. James E. Lingeman Mr. Frank J. Loughery '70 Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Malone Ms. Patricia A. McCarthy and Mr. J. Michael McWilliams

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin P. McGoff (Kevin '71) Mr. and Mrs. John E. McKenzie Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Mohr Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. Nagy Mr. and Mrs. Dean B. Nelson (Dean '77) Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Okenfuss Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon C. Ort Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Osborne, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Brian C. Pahud Mr. and Mrs. Brian Payne Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Pence Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Perkins Mr. and Mrs. Joel Perry (Denise Dillon '80) Ms. Janis M. Frazier and Mr. Robert W. Poorman, Jr. '68 Mr. and Mrs. David Ralls Mr. and Mrs. Ted Repass Mr. and Mrs. James E. Rocap, III (Jim '67) Mr. and Mrs. Douglas C. Rose (Doug '76) Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Rose (Tony '82, Marya Mernitz '80) Mr. and Mrs. Mike J. Schlater Mr. and Mrs. Brian Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Sheehan Dr. and Mrs. George J. Sheplock Mr. and Mrs. Russell W. Sherlock Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Shikany (Joe '67) Mr. David Sibley Dr. and Mrs. Michael T. Smith Mr. and Mrs. J. Albert Smith, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Kevin P. Speer Dr. and Mrs. William C. Tellman Mr. and Mrs. Harold Tenbarge Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Terrell Mr. and Mrs. James E. Thomas, Jr. The Hon. and Mrs. John D. Tinder (John '68) Mr. and Mrs. Gregory J. Trapp (Greg '74) Dr. and Mrs. James W. Van Tassel Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Vander Kooy Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Vargo, II Mr. and Mrs. Ronald W. Wallace Mr. and Mrs. Larry S. Wechter Dr. and Mrs. Joe Wernicke Mr. and Mrs. Philip A. Whistler Mrs. Norma L. Winkler Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Wong Mr. and Mrs. Ian G. Worden Mr. and Mrs. James H. Young (Jim '74) Mr. and Mrs. Patrick W. Zachary (Pat '90)

To make your gift at any level, please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at 317.524.7046.



AP environmental science students test the creek’s water quality.

Student Honors and Activities

Congratulations 2009 Totem Yearbook Congratulations to the staff of the 2009 Totem Yearbook. “Glory Days” (the title of the book) received Walsworth Publication’s Gallery of Excellence Award. This award is given to a small percentage of yearbooks published by Walsworth to recognize excellence in student journalism and design.

whites, but also to those with Hispanic, Asian, Native American and other racial backgrounds, and to those from the wide spectrum of religious and cultural heritages that comprise diverse communities like Brebeuf – was the focus of discussion. The discussion was facilitated by Social Studies Teacher Franklin Oliver, Spanish Teacher Maria Brown and Religious Studies Teacher Alan Mensel.

AP Environmental Science Students Immerse Themselves in Water Quality This past fall, Brebeuf Jesuit AP Environmental Science students studied water quality, water resources and water pollution through the use of problembased learning (PBL). PBL is a mode of instruction most associated with medical schools and other advanced degrees, but lends itself to the AP Environmental Science curriculum.

2009 Totem Yearbook

Fall 2009 Diversity Dialogues Sept. 17, 2009 The first diversity dialogue of the school year featured the students and adults who went to Kenya last summer, and the discussion focused on the issues of privilege and responsibility. Images and reflections about the experience were incorporated into the program. Nov. 10, 2009 “Does Race Matter?” Whether and/or why it matters – not just to blacks and



Working with professionals at Eli Lilly & Company and IUPUI School of Dentistry, Science Teacher John Brady ’02 and Leah Boits developed a water quality problem for students to explore through research and hands-on experiences. All four sections of AP Environmental Science utilized the creek on Brebeuf ’s campus to begin a Citizens Quality Habitat Evaluation Index (CQHEI). These quantitative measures provided an assessment of the overall health of the stream and riparian health that corresponds to physical factors affecting fish and other aquatic life.

2009-2010 National Merit Semifinalists The Semifinalists were announced in September by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. This year’s

semifinalists are Mary C. Brody ’10, Hanna M. Fogel ’10, Edite M. Grendze ’10, John Patrick Kennedy ’10, Thomas P. Spears ’10, Sara E. Staszak ’10 and Chris Swiatek ’10. More than 1.5 million juniors from over 21,000 high schools entered the 2009 National Merit Program by taking the 2008 PSAT. 16,000 semifinalists were selected based on those PSAT scores. Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. The finalists will be announced in the Spring of 2010, and will then have an opportunity to compete for approximately 8,200 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $36 million. The goal of the National Merit Scholarship program is to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

Brebeuf Co-Curriculars Work Together to Clean Up Creek This fall, Brebeuf Jesuit’s Conservation Club partnered with the Outdoor Club to clean up the creek on Brebeuf Jesuit’s campus. The creek, located on the west and south side of campus, wraps around the school from the Jesuit residence to behind the Wilhelm football field, and winds through the picturesque Br. Sheehy Cross Country Course, which is used for multiple events including the Brebeuf Invitational, and Marion County Sectional and Regional cross country meets. Due to littering upstream, the creek and its flood plain are full of trash and are in need of stewardship. Trash detracts from the aesthetics of campus and has a negative impact on wildlife in the area. The creek clean-up bagged 77 bags of trash and other miscellaneous

items, which included old goal posts, plastic bags, candy wrappers, a Little Tykes toddler car, a mattress, part of a lawn mower and many other items.

Brebeuf Jesuit Fall Play: “SMASH” Brebeuf Jesuit Theatre presented its fall play “SMASH” based on the novel “An Unsocial Socialist” by George Bernard Shaw Oct. 8-10, 2009. The story centers on Sidney Trefusis (Brendan Hogan ’10), a millionaire Socialist who leaves his bride on their wedding day because he fears his passion for her will get in the way of his plans to overthrow the British government. Sidney vanishes “underground” (disguises himself as a common laborer called “Mengels”) and infiltrates Alton College, a girls’ school where well-bred young women are “fitted

Community E-waste Recycling Drive and fatted to be put on the marriage market.” His plan: take over the school Brebeuf Jesuit’s Conservation Club and plant the seed of radical Socialism partnered with RecycleForce LLC to into the fertile brains of the future sponsor an e-waste drive on Sunday, consorts of cabinet ministers and kings. Oct. 18, at Brebeuf. There was no fee What he doesn't plan on is the presence for this service; however, a $5 donation of one Agatha Wylie (Amanda Goddard ’11), a Tommy Spears sixth-form rabble-rouser ’10 and Marsh all Conley ’13 in “SMASH” who falls hopelessly in love with both Sidney and his politics, and just happens to be his deserted wife's cousin. Love triangles, mistaken identities, Marx, Engels, pistols and the proletariat jostle for position in this adaptation of Shaw's last comic novel, written in 1883.



was requested to RecycleForce if a television was dropped off to cover the cost of disposing of the lead tube. The Conservation Club at Brebeuf Jesuit feels it is its social responsibility to be leaders in creating a more sustainable lifestyle in Indianapolis and its surrounding communities. RecycleForce LLC is a computer de-manufacturer / recycler whose mission is to prevent discarded computer equipment, which contains many toxic substances, from entering our landfills. The e-waste drive collected a gross weight of 6,490 pounds of electronic

waste which were recycled and disposed of in an environmentally-responsible way. E-waste items dropped off for recycling included: Telephone systems, toner cartridges, VCR/DVD players, cellular phones, microwaves, games systems, PCs (personal computers), power supplies, laptops, electronic wiring, surge protectors, computers, power cables, palm pilots/PDAs, monitors, electronic motors, motors, mainframe computers, metals (aluminum, copper, brass, nickel), computer boards, scanners, integrated circuits (IC), copiers, printers,

Sara Staszak ’10 and Isaiah Clark ’11 at the Ignatian Family Teach-In



computer mice, cash registers, fax machines, microphones, satellite components, back-up power supplies systems, laserdisc players, photocopiers and computer keyboards.

Ignatian Family Teach-In/ School of the Americas Vigil Brebeuf Jesuit students and chaperones once again attended the Ignatian Family Teach-In and SOA Vigil, held Nov. 20-22, 2009. The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice is an annual event held to commemorate the Jesuits and laywomen who were martyred in 1989,

to call for an end to unjust institutions, and to reflect on the Jesuit commitment to justice. Each year, thousands of high school and college students, clergy and lay people gather in Columbus, Ga., for the Teach-In. Speakers, ranging from high school students to bishops, reflect on a range of justice issues. The Teach-In has been a transforming experience for many people. (Source: Ignatian Solidarity Network) The School of the Americas Vigil: What started with ten people in 1990 to commemorate the first anniversary of the slain Jesuits in El Salvador has evolved into a gathering of an estimated 20,000. The SOA vigil is a long, prayerful funeral procession, commemorating those killed by graduates of the SOA/WHINSEC. This is an organized, lawful, peaceful and reflective event. The vigil is not intended to nor does it oppose the U.S. Military, any department of the Armed Forces, or those brave citizens who serve all of us in defense of liberty abroad.


IU Honors Language Participants Spain: Josh Abrams ’10, Paeton Chavis ’10, Tyler Hoffman ’10, Brendan Hogan ’10, Alice Jose ’10, Ross McElheny ’10, Allison Mulder ’10, Michelle Pottratz ’10, Alyson Raynor ’10 and Erica Sibley ’10. France: Hanna Fogel ’10 and Kathleen Hannah ’10

Agnes-Scott College Book Award:

Ellen Wray ’10

Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony College Book Award: Patrick Kennedy ’10 Le Moyne Heights College Book Award:

Last fall, on the Feast Day of St. Jean de Brébeuf (Oct. 19), rather than having an all-school prayer service, Brebeuf Jesuit celebrated an all-school Mass with Fr. George Menke, SJ, as the celebrant.

Jane Hourigan ’10

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal College Book Award: Holy Cross College Book Award:

Chris Swiatek ’10 Alex Gault ’10

St. Michael’s College Book Award: Daniel Clement ’10 and Lauren Schommer ’10 Middlebury College Book Award: U.S. Army Scholar Athletes:

Clark Johnson ’10 Tyler Hoffman ’10 and Gabrielle Rubenstein ’10

Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology:

George Eastman Young Leaders Award:

As a result of reflecting on the recommendations by the Chicago Province of the Jesuits in the March 2008 PPR Report (Presidents, Principals, Rectors) and conversations with various faculty and staff during the last school year, Brebeuf Jesuit has started including an all-school Catholic Mass in our annual calendar of events. (This is in addition to the annual Baccalaureate Mass for seniors and families.)

Sara Staszak ’10

Denison University College Book Award:

Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award:

All-School Catholic Mass

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John Krasich ’10

Raghavendra Kamalesh ’10 Catherine Johnson ’10

Wellesley College Book Award:

Aiza Ashraf ’10

Student Council Leadership Award Recipients: Kasey Chandler ’11, Clark Johnson ’10 and Emily Wichern ’11 Alumni Legacy Scholarship Recipient: Asian Club Scholarship Recipient:

Molly Brown ’13 Elizabeth Hineman ’10

Ashby Family Endowed Scholarship Award Recipient: Elena M’Bouroukounda ’13 Baker Family Endowed Scholarship Award Recipient: Jonathan R. Ilagan Chemistry Prize Recipient:

Graham Barney ’13 Neal Ravinda ’10

Jonathan R. Ilagan Memorial Scholarship Recipient: Raghavendra Kamalesh ’10 James H. Howard Memorial Science Scholarship Recipient: Bart McCormick Memorial Scholarship Recipient: Ellen Foster Memorial Scholarship Recipient:

Sarah Nierman ’10 Matthew Ralls ’10 Alice Jose ’10

The Claire H. and John P. Diercks Endowed Scholarship Recipient: Matthew Ralls ’10 Fred B. McCashland Endowed Scholarship Recipient:

Jared Ison ’13






by Vienna Wagner ’11

Vashti is still Queen here. Her voice rings in these scallop-edged spoons, and her jasmine scent sticks

Since Brebeuf has not had an all-school Catholic Mass for some time and since some in the building are not Roman Catholic, the Campus Ministry Office conducted information sessions for both students and adults prior to the Mass. Students were invited to attend meetings, and faculty and staff were given information and guidance during a professional development day in October.

to the suede soles of the slippers beneath my feet. Though I am cocooned in satin sheets, night holds no feverish embrace, only cool recollections of the stillborn year I spent steeped in myrrh and honey while my husband’s harem slaves tried to scrub away seventeen years with a rough bristled brush, but I am resilient as straw clinging to the backs of camels in cousin Mordecai’s barn. Beneath my fingernails I still smell sheep manure, and I long for days shepherding on Persian bluffs so far above Shushan, I could almost spot Jerusalem’s limestone walls against the fertile plateau. Alien from birth, I never climbed those olive trees or planted chickpea toes in promised soil. Mordecai insists I hide my heritage, but, praying, I forsake Ishtar and turn toward Israelite girls whose silence cries, “Hadassah,” my Hebrew name, as they sweep the palace floor.


Le Caousou and CASP Exchange Program Each spring, Brebeuf Jesuit students strengthen relationships with their French and Spanish counterparts at Le Caousou Jesuit High School in Toulouse, France, and CASP (Sacred Heart of Jesus) in Barcelona, Spain. In the fall, the “exchange” is returned and Brebeuf Jesuit welcomes students from a Jesuit school in Spain (CASP) and in France (Le Caousou) to spend a few weeks at our school. The exchange programs offer students, who stay with a Brebeuf or CASP/Caousou family, the opportunity to engage in meaningful relationships with other Jesuit students of a different culture, encouraging them to critically think about the relationship between language and culture, and to develop the intercultural skills needed for working in a globally competitive market. Hosts for the CASP students (Aug. 30 – Sept. 19, 2009): Josie Arnold ’10 Madeline Beuoy ’10 Glennis Henderson ’11 Michael Kaplan ’10 Patrick Kennedy ’10 Lily Moore ’10 Nicole Schutzman ’10 Ellen Shapiro ’11

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Hosts for the Le Caousou students (Oct. 24 – Nov. 7, 2009): Sam Berron ’12 Grace Coffey ’12 Brendan Cronin ’10 Zach Gapinsky ’12 Amanda Goddard ’11 Elly Hahn ’11 Catherine Johnson ’10 Meredith Kovener ’12

Congratulations to Vienna Wagner '11 Congratulations to Vienna Wagner who was recognized as a Gold Key recipient

and an American Voice nominee in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her work will now go on to the national competition in New York.

Kristin Froehle ’10 Selected a Wells Scholar by Indiana University Congratulations to Kristin Froehle ’10, who has been selected as a Wells Scholar at Indiana University. The Wells Scholars program is an esteemed one that provides full tuition and a living stipend for four years of undergraduate study. Scholars may choose to

spend one of those years studying abroad. Between 18 and 22 incoming freshmen receive the award each year.

Conservation Club Has Recycled 100 Tons of Paper

Below: John L. Sweeneys’ ’66 class ring Below left: Allyssa Kasher ’11 and Luke Schlehuber ’10 perform at the Band and Orchestra Holiday Concert

Congratulations to the Brebeuf Community! Since 2006, Brebeuf ’s Conservations Club has recycled 100 tons of paper. Over the last four years, Brebeuf has also recycled: 695,300 gallons of water • 587 pounds of air pollution • 306 cubic yards of landfill space • 4,707,700 kilowatt hours of energy •

Band and Orchestra Holiday Concert Show The Brebeuf Jesuit Band and Orchestra Holiday Concert Show, “You are a Gift and a Celebration of Life...” took place on Dec. 13, 2009, at the Central Library downtown. Fr. George Menke, SJ, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Along with many great songs, the program included: “8th Candle,” “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “The Prayer” and “Gabriel's Oboe.”




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Preserving Our Past

by Jenny Pence ’10

An educational institution is often remembered through memorabilia and photographs packed away in dust covered boxes that people rarely find value in brushing off. A community is defined by its past, and by whose footsteps have followed it. BREBEUF JESUIT BYLINES / SPRING 2010


Page 12: A football jersey from Brebeuf ’s first football team. (From the Jim Lykins ’66 collection) This page: A relic of St. Jean de Brébeuf Pages 16-17: Ephemera and other miscellaneous items from the Jim Lykins ’66 collection.

Brebeuf Jesuit is an institution of rich value and tradition with a past deserving of unveiling and whose founders have done more than just lay the first bricks of the school’s foundation. Opening in the fall of 1962, Brebeuf Preparatory School was born without the now familiar “Jesuit” in the school’s title as an all boys preparatory school, struggling to make ends meet. Its history consists of an intriguing tale about the people who wanted to start a college preparatory school in the Jesuit tradition of education, not one created by Indiana’s government. The founders of Brebeuf were dedicated to constructing a learning environment that would shape the entire person, not just mold the brains. How have the years Brebeuf Jesuit has been in existence and the people affiliated with it added to the ways the school has grown, changed and progressed, but yet, in the eyes of some, has remained the exact same since the starting days? The answers and proof remain in the file cabinets in the back hallways of the school today. It remains in the repaired treasures found in back closets from years’ past. It remains in the annual yearbooks along the bookshelves and the photographs of sports teams from the span of decades. This is the story, and the storytellers are those who find meaning in brushing off those dust covered boxes; they are the archivers of Brebeuf Jesuit. An archive is a collection of historical records that accumulate as years pass. At Brebeuf, the Archive Committee began in the fall of 2006 by a select group of individuals who wanted to preserve the past, which is so integral to the identity of a school. These individuals wanted to begin to make a conscious effort to archive each year’s historical moments. Sandy Hamilton, Cindy Beuoy, Anna Dillon, Fred McCashland, Julie Cretin, Donna Kruse and Janet Arnold are to thank for their eagerness and dedication towards collecting, investigating, interviewing and documenting Brebeuf ’s special artifacts, important documents and stories. Archiving is important for any institution to record the past, but at Brebeuf, Donna Kruse believes there is a deeper meaning. “There is so much value in preserving the history of Brebeuf in particular,” she said. “It is the same reason why families trace back their ancestors in their family trees. They want to know where they have been and where they’re headed. With the things we find, save and preserve, we are able to learn the kinds of things we have done in the past that have shaped the school today.”



One of the most valued and preserved findings that the Archive Committee has today is a collection of artifacts from Jim Lykins, a Brebeuf student in the first graduating Class of 1966. Tucked away in an anti-deteriorating, paper file cabinet are newspaper articles, photographs from every team he was a member, every newspaper clip on Brebeuf, a class ring, report cards and sports jerseys. Collecting these items has been so fulfilling to Archive Committee, including Sara Compton, a recently retired, beloved faculty member who is a fervent believer in supporting the archivers of Brebeuf Jesuit. “[The Jim Lykins’ collection] should be cherished by all. It is my favorite one because it offers so much history,” Compton said. Archiving has been proven to be of importance to the alumni of Brebeuf, and not just those involved in the committee. Denise Herd, Class of 1983 and a member of the Alumni Board and the Board of Trustees, has a pile of keepsakes that she has cherished since graduating. “I have saved all of my yearbooks and my senior book,” she admitted. “My parents saved all the ribbons and trophies I received while on the speech team. I’m glad we saved those things because it’s fun to reflect on the meets and the people I competed with and against. I love looking at the yearbooks and showing the children of my friends what their parents looked like at their age.” Coincidentally, this is exactly what the members of the Archive Committee are trying to accomplish. “People always come back for reunion pictures and such,” Kruse said.“I feel as if we are preserving history to fulfill requests, and it is rewarding to find what we are doing is useful.” For Bart Collins, graduate of 2001 and now a member of the Alumni Board, the same holds true, but his keepsakes remain at the school thanks to the Archive Committee.“Having worked in the Athletic Department, I saw a number of very interesting keepsakes from years’ past,” he said. “I remember in particular a closet that had all kinds of treasures including old game programs, a game-worn Alan Henderson basketball jersey, and scorebooks from past teams. One of my favorite places on the school grounds is in the garage. I remember Mr. Jim Huse had displayed a large collection of football team photographs with his own handwritten results.” Hamilton’s passion towards archiving is proven through her love for Brebeuf Jesuit and her desire to create a clear image of

Members of the Archive Committee are busy working in their “office,� located in the old Jesuit wing in the west end of the school.







the school's history. “Yes, we are collecting history, but we are also collecting a vision,” she said. Archiving paints a picture of the traditions that have been alive before us, the evolution of Brebeuf Jesuit, and the people that have woven the roots to the institution and its unique teaching methods. The events and the individuals that have carved our purpose and mission statement into the school itself are documented and filed not just out of business or duty but out of adoration for Brebeuf Jesuit and its values, traditions and past. “In order to know where you are going, you must know where you came from,” said Herd. “Archiving is e s s e n t i a l

sponsors. Any endeavor requires funds, and initial donations were given to the committee two years ago by the Dad’s Club and the Office for Institutional Advancement. “We are so thankful for their help and sponsorship,” said Hamilton. “It is so nice to know that our efforts are encouraged by those outside of our committee.” Just as Denise Herd said, in order to know where you are going, you must know where you have been. By archiving at Brebeuf, the committee is determined to hold close and dear the artifacts, recognize the past and current leaders of the school,


FOUNDING MEMBERS Janet Arnold Brebeuf Jesuit’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement, 2003-2010 Julie Cretin Brebeuf Jesuit’s Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, 2005-2007 Anna Dillon Mom of John Dillon ’78 and Denise Perry ’80 Sandy Hamilton Mother of James Hamilton ’78 and Julia Hamilton Cziesla ’80. Sandy was asked to chair the establishment of Brebeuf Archives in 2006. She is currently employed by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as co-director of The Crisis Center, a Catholic Charities Agency in downtown Indianapolis.

especially for a school like Brebeuf because of the numerous historical changes the school has experie n c e d . Mov i n g from all male, to co-ed, our numerous expansions... all of this is a part of who we are and it’s imperative that students have an oppor t un i t y t o experience and have an appreciation of how Brebeuf has evolved through the years.” This vision that is being portrayed by Brebeuf ’s Archive Committee is meant to be valued and infectious in encouraging the alumni of Brebeuf to support the program. As Brebeuf Jesuit prepares for the 50th anniversary of the school (officially to be celebrated starting in the fall of 2012), the Archive Committee is busy at work, recording Brebeuf ’s past for the future generations with the help of a few

and offer memorabilia for alumni to reminisce about. Even if archiving at Brebeuf Jesuit seems a grueling tas k of tedio us work and hours of time, Kruse is assured that their work will pay off one day, especially in light of a milestone event such as the 50th anniversary of Brebeuf Jesuit.

Cindy Lucas-Beuoy Wife of John Beouy ’76, mom of Rick Lucas ’99, stepmother of Maddie Beuoy ’10 Donna Kruse Mom of Stephanie ’10 Fred McCashland Brebeuf Jesuit faculty member, 1965-1999, serving various roles such as teacher, counselor, administrator, and interim President

CURRENT MEMBERS Sara Compton Brebeuf Jesuit faculty member, 1976-2009 Christi Bastnagel Wife of Jim ’74, and mother of Erin Bastnagel ’00, Andrew Bastnagel ’03, Matthew Bastnagel ’03, Ben Bastnagel ’07 and Abigail Bastnagel ’11 Sandy Hamilton Donna Kruse

If you would like to donate an artifact, keepsake or other item(s) that you find would be of great importance to Brebeuf ’s Archive Committee, please contact Molly Sollie, Director of Alumni Relations, or 317.524.7072. All contributions are welcomed and appreciated.

Kevin Burgun Archive Committee Staff Liaison





Page 18: “Black Robe” – a book about Fr. Pierre-Jean DeSmet, SJ, (a Jesuit missionary, 1801-1873), sent in 1966 as a Christmas gift from Fr. William Schmidt, SJ, one of the founders of Brebeuf Jesuit, to John Sweeney ’66 Page 19: Brebeuf shirt, from the William Hicks collection, circa 1980s Page 20: Jim Lykins’ diploma from Brebeuf Preparatory School, Class of 1966 Brebeuf tennis jacket, from the William Hicks collection, circa 1980s Page 21: Covers of Brebeuf ’s first yearbooks – 1963, 1964 and 1965 Illustration from the first public relations literature published by Brebeuf, “Forging a Vital Link,” in efforts to help raise funds to build the school




BETH TELLMAN ’05: A WOMAN FOR OTHERS Beth Tellman ’05 is currently in El Salvador on a Fulbright Scholarship for a year of research. (El Salvador is where six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter were assassinated on Nov. 16, 1989.) However, last November, Beth found herself in the middle of a disaster. Heavy rains in El Salvador killed over 190 poor Salvadorans and have left 15,900 homeless. Beth is now committed to working with the El Salvadorian people and government, as well as friends at Brebeuf Jesuit and Santa Clara University (where she earned her undergraduate degree), to deliver food, water, clothes and other resources to those in need.

My sister, Beth, was born on Dec. 2, 1986. She attended St. Pius X Catholic School, in a minimal social justice atmosphere, where she played volleyball and kickball. I’m not going to bore you with all the little details in her life, so let’s just skip to her years at Brebeuf Jesuit. My sister chose Brebeuf Jesuit because she loved the whole idea of social justice. She started debate as a sophomore and went to nationals. It wasn’t the competition; it was to fight for what she wanted. From the first day of school at Brebeuf Jesuit to the last and beyond, she was always an advocate.

Studying abroad in Thailand peaked her interest in working with the underprivileged Beth studied abroad in Thailand for six months during her junior year at Santa Clara University. My sister always wanted to study abroad. The hardest thing I’d say she had to do was living in the slums of Thailand with a family. During the day, they would catch bugs for dinner. Yes, they ate bugs for dinner! She didn’t know what kind of bugs they were, but she ate them because that’s all that was there. At one point during her time there, she got some kind of infection in her eye. The local poor people cured it. A mother poured some of her breast milk in Beth’s eye, and the next morning, there were no signs of the infection. That is why she loves the poor. Wherever she has lived and interacted with impoverished people, they always help her out, and I guarantee you it’s not to get something in return.

by Michael Tellman ’11

conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. From: The Council for International Exchange of Scholars’ website,] My sister lives, sleeps and breathes social justice and equal rights for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are black, white, homosexual, straight, handicapped or a minority; she just doesn’t see that in people. Heavy rains in El Salvador on Nov. 7, 2009, killed over 190 poor Salvadorans and have left 15,900 homeless. Almost all of the housing was built on mud, not concrete, and so when it rains, the dirt turns into mud, and the houses collapse. Beth’s feeling is that this should never happen when it rains, and since then, she has raised more than $20,000 (and still counting) for flood relief efforts in El Salvador. Yet, Beth did not originally go to El Salvador to help with the flood relief. She went there on her Fulbright Scholarship to study her proposal, which was to help farmers grow more effectively and efficiently. I thought, as her brother and also as a person who strives for social justice, I wanted to put something into action. This fall, I sold ribbons in the Brebeuf cafeteria for $3 apiece for a week. Wearing a ribbon on a certain day gave students the opportunity to wear sweatpants, a rare piece of clothing worn at Brebeuf due to the dress code. Every day, I would go on the announcements updating and reminding everyone about the fundraiser, which we called Operation Beth. In total, the Brebeuf Community raised $3,000 in one quick week. It’s amazing; I just threw that idea out there and raised $3,000. If I had more preparation, who knows how much I would have raised. Operation Beth was a huge success not only because the student body supported this cause, but it added to the $20,000 plus dollars my sister had already raised. My sister isn’t your average advocate. When she starts a movement, she always finishes it with a positive result. If the end result isn’t what she thinks is fair, she fights for a different outcome, and she wins every time. It looks like Mr. Hicks and Mr. Kantz (Brebeuf debate coaches) did their jobs pretty well. My sister is a one of a kind woman for others, fights for what she believes in, and that is why I love her so much.

Beth’s work in El Salvador Beth attended multiple El Salvador immersion trips through Brebeuf, and that’s when her life path really started. She immediately fell in love with the people of El Salvador. But she didn’t want to visit El Salvador every year for a week. She started living there twice during her summers, and is currently there on a Fulbright Scholarship. [Editor’s note: The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and



To learn more about Beth’s experience in El Salvador, or how you can help, visit http://friendsofsantamaria.

Reflections from Fr. Tom Widner, SJ, Rector of the Brebeuf Jesuit Community Fr. Widner’s tenure at Brebeuf Jesuit will conclude at the end of this school year.

It is not easy to explain what it is like being rector of the Brebeuf Jesuit community. For starters, the assignment of a Jesuit priest in that role means primarily serving the Jesuits who are in residence on the campus. The role is somewhat antithetical to the work of the school itself for it has no built-in educational component. The question on receiving the assignment was: what will you do in the school? So much has changed in the structure of Jesuit schools over the past 40 plus years. When Jesuits owned their institutions of learning, the rector was both president of the institution and the head of the Jesuit community itself. Those roles were separated and a Jesuit was assigned to be president and another to be rector. The rector is in charge of the Jesuits living in the Jesuit residence. Today there are only five Jesuits in the Brebeuf Jesuit community and only four of them are employed in the school. The fifth is a chaplain at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove. The term for the person who replaces me this fall will no longer be “rector.” Whoever the next Jesuit serving in this role is, he will be called the “superior” of the community. The distinction is an internal one. My role in the school was first assisting the president as his confidante and advisor. There are responsibilities as a member of the board of trustees and as an administrator in the school. Gradually the work came to be that of developing programs in Ignatian spirituality in the school, something that all Jesuit schools assume. As time passed the greater interest in such programming came from individuals and groups beyond the faculty, staff, parents and alumni of the school. Today my work consists largely of individual spiritual direction and programs in prayer and Ignatian spirituality in Catholic parishes. Being the rector has been no easy task. Can you imagine trying to keep Brother Buchman out of the candy dishes? Or slowing down Father Peterson? Or getting Father Menke to refill the pop refrigerator in the kitchen? I have often felt like a parent whose teen-age children find every excuse to disrupt a household they can imagine.

GEARING UP FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY In the fall of 2012, Brebeuf will celebrate 50 years of educating young people in service to others. Here’s a look back on the first half century of Brebeuf Jesuit: Sept. 4, 1962 Fr. Paul O’Brien, SJ, along with nine other Jesuits, two lay teachers and 167 freshman boys make history as members of the first class of the first Jesuit high school in Indiana. 1963-1964 Large mural in the cafeteria depicting the martyrdom of St. Jean de Brébeuf is unveiled. 1964-1965 Brother “Mac” (J. Kenneth McCauley, SJ) joins Brebeuf in September as Grounds Superintendent. 1965-1966 Fred McCashland joins the Social Studies Department. 1965-1966 129 seniors graduate in the first class. 1969-1970 The Class of 1970 presents the inlaid school seal on the main lobby floor as its farewell gift. 1970-1971 Br. John “Bucky” Buchman, SJ, starts his tenure at Brebeuf. 1974-1975 Student smoking was permitted outside. 1976-1977 BREBEUF WELCOMES 153 YOUNG WOMEN. 1978-1979 First President’s Medal is presented to Mr. Charles E. Stimming Sr. 1979-1980 The Black Student Union is founded. 1982-1983 A new Computer Club debuts. 1985-1986 The new Edward H. Block Memorial Library opens in the spring. 1986-1987 Brebeuf celebrates 25 years with a dinner dance at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. 1987-1988 A new modular student schedule is implemented, complete with PRTs (Personal Responsibility Time). 1988-1989 The first Kairos retreat is held. 1990-1991 Jesuits celebrate their 450th anniversary, and the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius’ birthday. 1992-1993 Br. Pat Sheehy, SJ, passes away; Fred McCashland takes over as interim President. 1992-1993 The first-ever Brebeuf Carnival was held. Proceeds profited school clubs and the Student Financial Aid Program. 1993-1994 First-ever Brebeuf Bistro is held. 1996-1997 The Computer Club creates a website for the school.

Declining numbers of Jesuits mean there will be fewer Jesuits staffing Brebeuf in the future. But this is happening in all our institutions. Brebeuf Jesuit is lucky to have one Jesuit teaching in the school. There are Jesuit schools that have none. In 1962 when Brebeuf Jesuit opened its doors, there were perhaps 20 plus Jesuits in residence. We are much older and we are much smaller. The challenge is for our lay faculty and staff to carry on the ideals of St. Ignatius Loyola and to bring the message of Jesus Christ to all our families, the Jesus Christ who taught a way of life that includes a strong self-identity, an openness to the will of God, a striving for excellence that gives glory to God, and a sense of justice for the most oppressed members of our society. This will truly signify Brebeuf’s status as a Jesuit school. Ad majorem Dei gloriam!

1997-1998 Basement renovation is complete, which include new science rooms and a new Student Commons. The MPR is also finished on the main level. 2001-2002 Brebeuf celebrates the Feast of St. Jean de Brébeuf with a school-wide prayer service. 2004-2005 Fr. Paul O’Brien, SJ, passes away. 2004-2005 The Morning Prayer and Daily Examen are added to everyday life at Brebeuf. 2006-2007 Dr. Matt Hayes joins Brebeuf as its first non-interim layperson President. 2008-2009 The Mark G. Kite Wellness Center opens its doors.




Fernando Avila ’10

Fall 2009 Sports Recap

Yarling ’11 led the defensive effort with 19 digs. Congratulations to Lauren Rafdal for being named the Super Team volleyball player of the year by the Indianapolis Star. Sloane White was also named to the first team ‘Super Team,’ while Brian Murray was named Coach of the Year.

Boys Tennis The Braves’ No. 1 singles player Dougie Barnard ’11 and the No. 1 doubles team of Chris Plump ’10 and Charlie Hurst ’10 both defeated their counterparts from Homestead in the semifinals of the State Championship. Chris and Charlie then lost in the finals to Zionsville 75, 6-4 placing 2nd in the State. Dougie defeated Ray Leonard from Bloomington North 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the finals to win the No. 1 singles state championship! As a team, the Braves’ season was highlighted by winning the prestigious North Central Invitational.

Class 3A Volleyball State Champions

Congratulations to the Brebeuf volleyball team for capturing the Class 3A championship! The Braves swept Silver Creek in the state semifinals and then defeated Yorktown in four games in the final bout. The Braves concluded its season with a 34-1 record and ranked No. 18 in the nation. In the championship match, Sloane White ’11 led the team with 16 kills, while Lauren Rafdal ’10 and Jeme Obeime ’11 added 12 apiece. Jadyn



Photo by Tom Fischer


Girls Soccer

All-County Honors

The girls soccer team defeated North Central 4-2 in overtime to capture the sectional championship! The Braves then fell to Cathedral in an overtime shootout in the regional championship. Congratulations to Jess Johnson ’10 and Kelsey Kirkpatrick ’10 for being named to the first team All-District and to Elise DeTrude ’11 for being named to the second team. All-Academic team members are Jess Johnson ’10, Kelsey Kirkpatrick ’10, Lauren Van Tassel ’10 and Elly Hahn ’11.

Congratulations to the following fall sport athletes for being named to the All-County teams: Molly Winters ’10

Cross Country

Jess Johnson ’10

Girls Soccer

Kelsey Kirkpatrick ’10

Girls Soccer

Elise DeTrude ’11

Girls Soccer Honorable Mention

Lauren Rafdal ’10


Sloane White ’10


Cali Estes ’10


Natalie Wichern ’12


Konner Atkin ’11

Boys Soccer

Daniel Keller ’10

Boys Soccer

Erich Toth ’11

Boys Soccer

CJ Jackson ’10

Boys Soccer Honorable Mention

Coach Michael Durs

Marion County Head Coach of the Year (Boys Soccer)

Boys Soccer The boys soccer team concluded its season at 9-7-3 falling to Noblesville 2-1 in overtime in the regional championship. Congratulations to coach Michael Durs for being named the small district/private school coach of the year for the second consecutive year. Daniel Keller ’10 was named to the first team All-District, and CJ Jackson ’10 was a second team honoree.

Cheerleading Congratulations to the cheerleading squad for capturing the sportsmanship award at the Turbo Jam Cheer competition. The Braves also took home a first place finish at the event. In October, the Competition Cheerleaders came in first place in the High School Small Squad “Hallow Jam Fest” in Evansville.

Cross Country Congratulations to Braves’ cross country runner Jason Hoard ’11 on a great season. Jason finished 21st overall at the semistate meet, and was named to the all-regional team. Earlier in the season, Jason ran a 15:29, which was the second fastest mark in the school’s history. Congratulations to cross country runners Eric Bain ’10, Isiah Brenner ’10, Tyler Hoffman ’10, Alice Jose ’10, John Krasich ’10 and Matt Ralls ’10. All were named to the Academic All-state first team by the IATCCC. The girls team won several invitationals this season, including the Hokum Karem, the State Preview (small school) and the Park Tudor Invite. The team was led by All-County honoree Molly Winters ’10, along with standout Rachel Whitman ’11.

Football The Braves’ football team fell to Chatard 21-7 in a hard-fought battle for the sectional title. Brebeuf ended its season at 10-2 overall, one of the best marks in the history of the program. Austin Bruen ’10, Craig Fisher ’10, Mike Witzack ’10 and Kevin Bennett ’10 were all named to the Indiana Football Coaches academic all-state team. Mike White ’10 was named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association All-Region Team.

Girls Golf

National Letters of Intent Several student-athletes from the Class of 2010 have signed letters of intent to play athletics at a college or university next year. Congratulations! Cali Estes

Elon University (volleyball)

Tres Eberhardt

Xavier University (baseball)

Mitch Overly

Ball State University (baseball)

Michael Witczak

Wabash College (baseball)

Lauren Rafdal

University of Toledo (volleyball)

Lucy Reser

Wofford College (volleyball)

Daniel Keller

Louisville (soccer)

Kevin Perk

Washington College (lacrosse)

Brittany Campbell

Old Dominion (basketball)

Alexx Puckett

Coastal Carolina (basketball)

Gabby Rubenstein

Butler (tennis)

Mike White

Holy Cross (football)

Becky Ilnicki

Bluffton University (softball)

Coach Ryan Brammer took over the helm of the girls golf program this season. Sarah Nierman ’10, who led the Braves’ this season, was awarded the team’s Chief ’s Award.




About Our Faculty and Staff Assistant Athletic Director Kelly Antcliff and her husband, Chad, welcomed Isaac Michael Antcliff on Dec. 8, 2009. He joins big sister, Claudia, who is three years old.


Assistant Principal for Student Life and Community Relations B. Matt Giles ’86 and his wife, Liana, welcomed Leo Finnian “Finn” on Feb. 24, 2010. Finn weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, was 21.25 inches long, and joins big sister, Belle.


Social studies teacher Matt Mayer and his wife, Katie (Witchger) ’99, welcomed newborn son Michael Patrick on Jan. 28, 2010. Social studies teacher Franklin Oliver recently published his second book of poetry, “Myths.” Mr. Oliver was recently interviewed in JAWS, the Indianapolis Recorder’s Journalism and Writing Seminars, which is a paid internship program for MATT MAYER freshman, sophomore and junior high school students. The mission of JAWS is to develop professional communication skills for youth who plan on pursuing journalism as a career.



Last year, Brebeuf Jesuit and the Liberty Fund developed a partnership together that takes place in physical form in Brebeuf ’s Faculty Resource Center. The Liberty Fund donated a collection of books and video materials covering the classics and new works in the areas of history, law, philosophy, religion, natural science, literature, political thought and economics. As part of this partnership, the Liberty Fund also ensures that one of Brebeuf ’s faculty members will attend a Liberty Fund conference once a year. Matt Lo, Chair of the Social Studies Department, was the first faculty recipiMATT LO ent to be presented the Liberty Fund Faculty Scholar Award for his work in foundational American constitutional and civic education issues. Below is a letter from Mr. Lo to Mr. Chris Talley, President of the Liberty Fund, expressing his appreciation.







I want to thank you for providing Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School faculty members the opportunity to attend your conferences. I recently returned from your James Madison and Liberty Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, and it was an exhilarating, reinvigorating experience for me; I know that it will be just as fruitful for other faculty members in the future. DEBBIE REALE

Dr. Sharon Sperry of the English Department was awarded a Teacher Creativity Fellowship through the Lilly Endowment Inc. Her project is called “Masimulizi (Stories in Kiswahili).” Dr. Sperry will travel to St. Aloysius Gonzaga Preparatory School for AIDS Orphans in Nairobi, Kenya, this summer and collaborate with an English and journalism teacher at the school to create co-authored projects for Brebeuf and Kenyan students.


Robert Murphy started on the night crew in January.

Mr. Chris L. Talley

Amy Pitcher, Director of Research and Data Management, and her husband, Jake, welcomed Liam Van Pitcher on Oct. 6, 2009. Liam weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 21 inches long. He joins big brother, Noah, who is four years old. Brebeuf ’s Human Resources Coordinator, Debbie Reale, successfully passed her Professional Human Resource (PHR) Certification Exam.

New Faculty and Staff

Liberty Fund Conference

Mark G. Kite Wellness Center Coordinator Ted Hampton married Casey Beth Greenwood on Dec. 12, 2009. Athletic Director Mike Marshall and his wife, Sara, welcomed newborn son, Ezekiel “Zeke” James, on Sept. 11, 2009, weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 21.75 inches long. Zeke joins big brother, Jordan, who is 12 years old.

Assistant Principal for Academics Greg Van Slambrook and his wife, Sara, welcomed Anna Elizabeth on Sept. 7, 2009. Anna weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce, and joins big brother, Elijah, who is two years old.

If I may, here is one immediate impact of the conference on my teaching. At the conference, a significant part of the conversation centered on James Madison’s warnings in the Pacifucus-Helvidius debates about granting too much executive prerogative. The first day back in the classroom my students and I were discussing a reading over President Lincoln’s war-time measures. The author of the reading we discussed strongly advocates executive prerogative, and uses John Locke’s argu-


Pat McCarthy


Husband, Mike McWilliams; Bear and Cream Puff (pets); Sister, Marie McCarthy, S. P. (Sister of Providence); and numerous cousins FAMILY:

Earned a B.A. from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, and an M.A. in Math from St. Louis University EDUCATION:



There are so many – all the books by Taylor Caldwell, James Mischner and J.D. Robb. FAVORITE BOOK:


The Art Institute of Chicago




A luxury cruise for Mike, me, my sister, and my best friends from high school and college WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TEACH MATH OVER OTHER SUBJECTS?

Because I was good at it and loved it WHAT DO YOU DO TO UNWIND?

Read, watch TV, or go to movies


“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong because it is a wonderful world. WHO ARE THE INSPIRATIONAL FIGURES IN YOUR LIFE?

Mother Theodore Guerin and a number of teachers in my life WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT WORKING AT BREBEUF?

The kids, the faculty and the staff – they make it a joy to come to work each day. WHAT IS ONE THING MOST PEOPLE PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I LOVE to dance!

ment that we must allow “the executive the discretion necessary to meet any challenge and promote the common good in the face of any particular situation the laws have not anticipated,” to argue that “it might be less important to ask whether Lincoln’s actions were legal or constitutional, and more important to ask if they were necessary to protect the public good.” While the author is quite persuasive in arguing that Lincoln’s measures were “necessary,” I was able to pull many of the ideas from the discussions at the Liberty Fund conference I had just participated in to help the students see the potential dangers of unchecked executive prerogative. Additionally, while I have taught the Pacificus-Helvidius debates before, my understanding of the text was vastly improved as I was able to wrestle through text alongside the great minds who were present at the conference—from Peter Onuf to Colleen Sheehan, Michael Zuckert to Patrick Deneen. As a result, I eagerly anticipate being able to teach the text next year from a whole new perspective. Also, I want to thank you for giving Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School a copy of your collection of books; they are a great treasure. I have been able to make use of them for lesson plans, as have other faculty members in my department. This might interest you: our Advanced Placement United States History students are going to be using three books in the Liberty Fund collection as supplementary texts. They will be using Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner’s “The Founders’ Constitution,” Lance Banning’s “Liberty and Order: The First American Party Struggle,” and Bruce Frohnen’s “The American Nation: Primary Sources.” The historical documents provided in these texts will be invaluable to our students. Our school has been able to make effective use of the collection, and I know that are students are better off for it. So, thank you! Sincerely, Matthew Lo social studies department chairperson brebeuf jesuit preparatory school Update your contact information Submit class notes Find and network with classmates LOG ON TODAY!




Pat Watko


FAMILY: Daughter, Heather ’93, married to Jason Allen ’89. Son, Paul ’00, married to Gretchen Leppert (a Cathedral alumna). I have three grandchildren and one on the way. My son, Paul, has two children: Jack, two years old, and Maddy, born in November 2009. My daughter, Heather, has a son, Trent, who is a year and a half, and is expecting again in early August.

Graduated from Centerville High School in Centerville, Ind. Earned a B.S. in Physical Education and Health from Marian College (now Marian University), and a B.S in Kinesiology from Indiana EDUCATION:



Mother’s Day




Hispanic Fest


Music in May


Yearbook distribution & signing





“The Velveteen Rabbit”





Freshman King’s Island Trip


Class of 2010 Baccalaureate Mass & Graduation


Summer School Session I begins


Alumni Awards Event


Alumni 5K Run/Walk / On-Campus Service Event / Class Reunions


Father’s Day


Summer School Session II begins


I would buy a house big enough so that my children and their families could live me under one roof with their own separate space (if they wanted to, of course!) I like to watch TV, enjoy time with friends – either dinner out or a movie, or enjoy a good glass of wine. WHAT DO YOU DO TO UNWIND?


“I Will Survive,” because I feel that God has given me the strength, will and ability to get through the things in my life I have, to do the work I love and to have raised a fantastic family, and I will continue to do that.


Independence Day


Offices Closed


I would have to say my parents. My dad, through his actions, taught me to have a good work ethic and work hard. My mom taught me to be selfless and giving, especially when it comes to my own children.


First day of classes



My favorite part about Brebeuf is the community feeling, which I think is fostered by the religious aspect of the school.


Labor Day


Fall Break




I grew up on a farm and lived there the first 22 years of my life except for my college years.




32nd Annual President’s Dinner Honoring Fred B. McCashland and Anna Dillon


Dear Fellow Alumni,

Ultimate Sacrifice Memorial

This spring, I would like to update you on a few projects and upcoming events that the Alumni Association sponsors.

Brebeuf Jesuit’s Alumni Board of Directors has developed two plaques as part of the Ultimate Sacrifice Memorial, which was debuted at the annual Mass of Remembrance Nov 2. The memorial honors “those members of the Brebeuf Jesuit family who have given their lives in the service of others.” One plaque contains the Prayer of Generosity of St. Ignatius. Chief Warrant Officer William Timothy Flanigan ’87, who was killed in action in Afghanistan, is honored in the second plaque. Additional plaques will be created in the event that we become aware of other Brebeuf Jesuit alumni who have given their lives in service to others, “in the line of duty,” as members of the Armed Forces or in other contexts.

This fall, the Alumni Association awarded its Legacy Scholarship to Molly Brown ’13 and a one-time book award to Molly Skarbeck ’13. The Legacy Scholarship is awarded to a freshman each year, and that student continues to receive the award, yearly, throughout their four years at Brebeuf. The Alumni Association supports this scholarship through each event it holds including the Alumni Golf Outing and the Alumni Awards Event. The Alumni Association is also proud to have partnered with the Student Council on two projects. First, we co-sponsored the funding for a recent graduate from our sister school St. Aloysius in Nairobi, Kenya, to visit Brebeuf for three weeks in March 2010. St. Aloysius was founded by Brebeuf alumnus Fr. Terry Charlton ’66 and provides a Jesuit based education for orphans in Nairobi. We were also able to partner with the Student Council on Project Beth. Brebeuf students sold ribbons to raise funds for Beth Tellman’s ’05 efforts in El Salvador, and the Alumni Association matched the first 500 ribbons sold. The Annual Alumni Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Alumni Association took place on April 3. The event began with a pancake breakfast cooked by a select group of alumni, followed by the Easter Egg Hunt in the southwest lawn at Brebeuf. The event is for alumni and their families, and always has an appearance from the Easter Bunny! On Friday, June 18, the Alumni Association’s Awards Event will be held. This serves as the kickoff to Alumni Weekend. We are proud to honor two alumni and one faculty member with our traditional honors, as well as four individuals and one team being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The format this year will be different from years’ past. The cocktail hour will be extended and there will be no sit down dinner; seating will be provided during the awards presentation. I hope you will join us for this fun and memorable evening. On Saturday, June 19, the 5k Alumni Fun Run/Walk will take place in the morning, and an alumni service project on campus will occur in the afternoon. All of this will be capped off with class reunions Saturday evening. With a busy spring and summer ahead of us, the Alumni Board thanks you for your continued support, and we hope to see you at one or more of our upcoming events.

These plaques are located on the left hand wall in the hallway from the front lobby into the Brebeuf Jesuit chapel.


Annual Alumni Golf Invitational THURSDAY, SEPT. 16, 2010


HIGHLAND GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Phil Drew ’73 president, brebeuf jesuit alumni board




Alumni Weekend 2010 – June 18-19

roles such as teacher, counselor, administrator, and interim President. He has also served on the Board of Trustees, been a donor to the school since 1971, and is recently an active member of the Archives Committee.


Friday, June 18

William (Bill) Witchger ’66

Sherard Clinkscales ’89 Sherard currently works for the NCAA as an Assistant Director of Championships. At Brebeuf, he played basketball and baseball, and later went on to be a record-setting strikeout ace as a pitcher at Purdue. He was the 31st pick in the 1992 Major League draft, going to the Kansas City Royals as a compensatory pick after the first round. After injuries cut his baseball career short, he spent time with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Atlanta Braves scouting, and at the University of Notre Dame coaching and scouting before joining the NCAA.

Bill graduated from Regis University and, in 1973, joined Marian, Inc., the manufacturing company owned by his father, Eugene Witchger, where he is president. Bill and his late wife, Kathy, have six children, five of them Brebeuf graduates: Colleen Furey ’94, Bill ’96, Theresa Carender ’98, Katie Mayer ’99, Mary ’03 and David.

Marlin Stewart ’92 Marlin was the State wrestling champion in the 1991-1992 season. He went on to be a varsity letterman in wrestling his first two years at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is currently a youth pastor at Greater Northwest Baptist Church in Indianapolis.

Early evening: Alumni Mass to be held in the Brebeuf Jesuit Chapel. Fr. Paul Peterson, SJ, will be the celebrant. • Following Mass: Annual Alumni Awards Reception This year’s event will include a cocktail party followed by the awards presentation. Below are this year’s recipients – congratulations! •



Denise (Dillon) Perry ’80 Denise Perry earned her B.S. degree in finance and marketing from Purdue University. Denise is the past president of the Brebeuf Jesuit Alumni Board (2005-07), past co-chair of the Alumni Golf Invitational and current Trustee. She and her husband, Joel, are the parents of Jim ’11 and Mike ’13. ECHON EDUCATOR AWARD

Fred B. McCashland Fred B. McCashland was a member of the Brebeuf Jesuit faculty from August 1965 to the end of the 1998-1999 school year, serving various

President’s Dinner 2010 honoring

Mr. Fred B. McCashland & Mrs. Anna Dillon

Kevin Sumlin ’82 Kevin is in his third year as the football coach at University of Houston. He played football and basketball at Brebeuf, and was the co-winner of the Chief ’s Award his senior year in basketball. He went on to be a fouryear letterman as a linebacker on Purdue’s football team (1983-1986). Liz (Turner) Suscha ’94 Liz is has been with the NCAA as the Associate Director of Grass Roots Programs since October 2007. While at Brebeuf, she played basketball and softball, and ran cross country. She was the Chief ’s Award winner for basketball and cross country, and was co-captain of the basketball team in 1994. She was also named the Marion County Female Athlete of the Year in 1994. She went on to attend Brown University where she played basketball. The 1966 Boys Track Team Placed third in State for the 1966 season.

Saturday, June 19 • •

Two founding members of Brebeuf Jesuit’s Archive Committee

November 17, 2010 at the Conrad Indianapolis

Morning: Alumni 5K Run/Walk Afternoon: An alumni service event on campus Saturday afternoon (such as cleaning up campus, sodding sports fields, etc.) Evening: Individual class reunions

Look for details and registration for all events at

An absent slip excusing Jim Lykins from class in 1964. 30


IN MEMORY OF … Michael Bollen ’83 passed away Dec. 18, 2008, at the Webster County Community Hospital in Red Cloud, Neb. After graduating from Brebeuf, Michael attended Purdue University, where he was a member of the Boilermakers’ football program. A veteran of the United States Army, Michael served his country in the military and then with the reserves. He later moved to Nebraska to make his home. Surviving are his father, Richard Bollen Sr., of Indianapolis; and a brother, Richard Bollen Jr., of Lincoln, Neb. Joseph P. Gawrys ’72 passed away on Jan. 8, 2010. A resident of Chattanooga, Tenn., for over 29 years, Joe was a teacher at the Baylor School (a private 6-12 school). He earned degrees from Wabash College and Harvard Divinity School. Joe is survived by his wife, Sue Gawrys; two daughters, Nancy (Ken) Masengil, Flintstone, Ga., and Jennifer Morris, Tuscon, Ariz.; father, Joseph H. Gawrys, Indianapolis, Ind.; five sisters, Mary Gawrys, Dekalb, Ill., Eileen Gawrys (John Rogers), Honolulu, Hawaii, Sharon Brown, Indianapolis, Ind., Patricia Gawrys (Craig Bixler), St. Charles, Ill., and Nancy Gawrys, Indianapolis, Ind.; one brother, Kevin Gawrys (Karen) Indianapolis, Ind.; one grandson, Jackson Parham, and one granddaughter, Emmeline Parham, of Chattanooga; and his beloved dog, Al.

Jim Lykins ’66 The Brebeuf Jesuit Office for Institutional Advancement and the Archive Committee would like to extend their utmost thanks to Jim Lykins ’66 for his generous donation to the Brebeuf Jesuit Archive Collection. Jim’s experience at Brebeuf – being a member of that first class – left a lasting impression on him. While at Brebeuf he learned leadership, team work, spirituality and the value of being part of a bigger cause, not to mention he developed lifelong friendships. His high school experience, combined with the fact that his mother happened to be a wonderful archiver and preserved many items from Jim’s high school years, led him to donate his vast collection. Jim moved from Indianapolis in 1990 to outside Phoenix, where he currently lives with his family.

Bradley C. Goble ’81 of Brenham, Texas, passed away on Jan. 23, 2010. While at Brebeuf, Brad was on the varsity wrestling and football teams. He went on to earn a B.S. in Public Affairs from Indiana University in 1986 and an A.A.S. in Funeral Service with distinction from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, Houston, in 2001. He was a company commander on active duty and honorably discharged as a captain from the United States Air Force. His survivors include his father, Willis R. (Mary) Goble, Sr.; mother, Libby Nelson Goble; brothers, Willis Goble, Jr., Brent (Patti) Goble, Ford (Heidi) Goble ’82; sister, Rochelle (Dana) Feaster; nephews and niece, David, Daniel, Phillip, Brent Jr. and Rachel; aunts and uncles, Pauline (Norman) Newman, Elliott (Estelle) Nelson, Max (Donna) Nelson, Mary Lois Larson; and devoted friend, Nancy Goodwin. He was preceded in death by brother, Gregory Goble. Robert M. (Bob) Haimbaigh ’82 passed away on Feb. 1, 2010. For seven years, Bob owned his own landscaping company, Haimbaugh Landscaping, prior to making a career change to join his father's company, Electronic Sales & Engineering, in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Michelle (Jentz) Haimbaugh; children, Charlie (13), Samantha (11) and Patrick (10); parents, Connie (Baldwin) Haimbaugh and John Haimbaugh; sister Elizabeth (John) Demaree ’83; brother, David Haimbaugh, Columbus, Ohio; father and mother-in-law, Jack and Pat Jentz; sister- in-law, Brenda (Jentz) Keefe; brothers-in-law, David Jentz, Portland, Ore., and Brian Jentz, Los Altos, Calif. Lee E. Hill II ’77 passed away on Deb. 20, 2009. While at Brebeuf Jesuit, he became a ranked tennis player, and went on to attend Indiana State University. His survivors include his daughter, Mackenzie Lee Hill; girlfriend, Carla Shaver; mother, Marge Hill of Indianapolis, Ind.; brother, Doug Hill ’82 of Phoenix, Ariz.; half brother, Phil; half sister, Janna Parker; and a host of many wonderful friends. Andrew K. Suelzer ’83 passed away Oct. 27, 2009. Andrew was living in Bonita Springs, Fla., at the time of his death, and was laid to rest on Nov. 7, 2009 in Leland, Mich. Reginald A. Duvalle, father of Reginald A. Duvalle ’75, passed away Jan. 22, 2010. Nancy Eichholtz, mother of Kurt Eicholtz ’79, passed away Dec. 23, 2009. Andrea Gianaris, mother of Thomas ’05, Nicholas ’06, Alexander ’08, Regina ’10 and John ’13 Gianaris, passed away on Feb. 22, 2010. Jeanne Landrock, mother of Barrie Landrock ’08, passed away Feb. 12, 2010. Ruth Lilly, the last surviving great-grandchild of Col. Eli Lilly, founder of Eli Lilly and Company, passed away on Dec. 30, 2009. Ruth was a renowned philanthropist nationally and locally, whose generosity extended to Brebeuf Jesuit. She is the great-aunt of Rebecca Lilly Brooks ’88, Jennifer Lilly ’92, Eric Lilly ’96 and Jamie Lilly ’00. Linda Marciniak, mother of Emily (Marciniak) Leach ’98 and Alex Marciniak ’01, passed away on Sept. 17, 2009. Thomas Moore, father of Julie (Moore) Allen ’93, passed away on March 2, 2010.




Thad Eckerle ’90 is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Indianapolis. He and his wife, Sara, have a son, Luke, and are parishioners at St. Luke Catholic Church.

1960s Joseph Weber ’66 is president and owner of Superior Linen. He has been married to his wife, Ann, for 42 years, and together they have three children and two granddaughters. The Webers live on the south side of Indianapolis.



Kevin Horrigan ’70 was awarded a National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) Citation for his work as an Athletic Director at Greenfield (Indiana) Central High School during the 40th annual National Athletic Directors Conference in Dallas, Texas. NFUS Citations are presented annually to outstanding athletic directors in recognition of contributions to interscholastic athletics at the local, state and national levels.


Ned Miller ’70 retired from the New York state government after 30 years of service.

Beth Robinson ’82 was named the “Vermonter of the Year.” The announcement was made in the New Year’s Day 2010 edition of the Burlington Free Press.

Eric Snelz ’72 is a partner with the marketing company Defero in Phoenix, Ariz. Tom Herman ’76 is CEO of Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc., in Indianapolis. He and his wife, Janie, have three daughters – Lindsay, 26 years old; Hannah, 18 years old; and Sophie, 16 years old.


Dr. Michael Farrell ’80 and his family – wife, Laura, and children, James, Maggie, William and Thomas – were named “Family of the Year” by the city of Fort Smith, Ark. Michael received his doctorate in May 2008, and is the principal at Darby Junior High School in Fort Smith.

Mark Sebree ’82 joined the United States Navy during Desert Shield and served during Desert Storm. In the Navy, he was an Avionics Technician (AT), and was stationed near Chicago for a year and a half, and then on Andrews Air Force Base for two and a half years. The remainder of the time was spent in various schools. He left the Navy in 1997, and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He recently accepted a direct hire position in July 2009 in Albany, Ga., with Stanley Associates. The 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee has named Brad Carlson ’83 vice president of marketing. For the last six years, he served as vice president of business development for Indianapolis-based Sport Graphics. Prior to that, Carlson was vice president of marketing for the Indiana Sports Corp. for more than 15 years.

Victoria Smith ’87 married David J. Major Sr. on April 18, 2009, at the Ritz Charles Chapel, with the reception following at the Ritz Charles Banquet/Reception Hall. Janice (Howard) Charleston ’87 was the matron of honor.

Corbin (Cory) Haffner ’91 has been named one of Indianapolis’ top “Forty Under 40” by the Indianapolis Business Journal. This prestigious award honors business and professional leaders in central Indiana who have excelled in their fields before the age of forty. Haffner is currently president and owner of HXR Imaging, an Indianapolisarea medical equipment sales, installation and services firm. COREY HAFFNER ’91

Maciej Zurawski ’87 was shot in his home during a burglary in December 2009, which consequently left him paralyzed from the chest down. His friends and family are planning a golf outing on May 7, 2010, at South Grove Country Club in Indianapolis to help raise funds to cover living expenses and medical supplies. For more information, email Virginia Fox Hartigan ’88 is the external relations events manager at the University Liggett School in Grosse Point Woods, Mich. Sherard Clinkscales ’89 recently accepted a position at the NCAA as an Assistant Director of Championships. Sherard is also a Brebeuf Jesuit 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.

1990s Ronald Blake ’90 has been deployed to Afghanistan with HHC 1/102 Infantry of the CT Army National Guard. In the civilian world, he is an attorney who spends most of his time writing opinions for the state and federal courts in Hartford, Conn. In the military, he is a combat medic in an infantry unit.

Otis T. Gordon II ’91 and his wife, Nikki, welcomed a baby on April 20, 2009. Kristen Kemper ’91 married Joe Castillo on July 18, 2009. They met at grad school at the University of Chicago-Booth School of Business and currently reside in Chicago. Joe is the owner/broker of Mi Casa Real Estate. He also owns Pirma Sport, a company which imports and distributes Mexican soccer shoes and accessories. Kristen is a marketing product manager at Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America where she oversees sales strategy.

Denise J. Herd ’83 has been named Who’s Who In Black Indianapolis®. Denise, who is a managing partner of The H2H Group, LLC, was selected with nearly 400 of her colleagues in Indianapolis. Deb Castino ’79 was recently named a First Vice-President with the F.C. Tucker Company after achieving Lifetime President's Club Status. Deb was also recognized as one of the Top 10 Real Estate Agents in the Tucker Company for the Indianapolis Area (without a team) for 2009. She lives in Noblesville, Ind., with her husband, Bill, and two sons, Dave and Charlie. Contact Deb at or


Brebeuf’s Assistant Principal for Student Life and Community Relations B. Matt Giles ’86 and his wife, Liana, welcomed Leo Finnian “Finn” on Feb. 24, 2010. Finn weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, was 21.25 inches long, and joins big sister, Belle. Daniel Sumner ’86 has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music Education and Guitar at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.




Katherine (Gilmor) Naughton ’91 and her husband, James, welcomed their first child, James Gilmor Naughton, in January 2009. Katherine is a clinical assistant professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. Heather (Countryman) O'Brien ’91 and husband, Matthew, welcomed Evan Johns on Jan. 30, 2009. He joins big sister, Alice, and big brother, Andrew. Everett “Scott” Stokes ’93 was named a distinguished alumnus in the fall of 2009 by The Orchard School. He is currently a Flight Controller in the Environmental Systems Group (EECOM) at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. Scott and his wife, Chandria, are the parents of two sons, Chase and Bryson. Kasey (Blue) Elwood ’94 and her husband, Chris, welcomed the birth of their first child, Ashlynn Coral Elwood, on Dec. 1, 2009. Carey Rogers ’95 married Justin Theodore Kulongoski on Oct. 17, 2009. The couple reside in San Diego, Calif. Stephen Scott ’95 and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed their first child, Archer William Scott, on Sept. 29, 2009, their third wedding anniversary. Archer weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces.


Judd Baker ’97 and his wife, Cary, welcomed newborn son, Hiram Judson Baker Jr., on Aug. 22, 2009. He joins big sister, Isabel. Rebecca (Elberger) Brown ’98 is a life coach and teacher. She and her husband, Josh, have a year-old daughter.


Montana Ray ’02 welcomed son, Amadeus Tate, on March 30, 2009.

Thomas Tyson Cook IV ’00 graduated from IUPUI's Herron School of Art in 2005 with a B.F.A. in Photography. Since then, he has moved to Florida, where he holds a Florida Professional Teaching License in Art K-12. He is currently employed with Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, Fla., as a high school art teacher teaching creative photography.

Geoff Smith ’03 married Meghan Farrell on Feb. 21, 2009, in Naperville, Ill. Members of the wedding party included best man Brad Smith ’01, Chris Ehinger ’03, Matt Newberg ’03, Adam Tooman ’03 and Brian DeBruler ’03. Geoff received a B.S. in management from Purdue University, with a major in finance. Geoff and Meghan have recently moved to Illinois where Geoff began a position as a property analyst with May Centers Advisors in Oakbrook.

Jacque Beckley ’01 and Brad Smith ’01 were married June 27, 2009, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Carmel, Ind.), followed by a reception at the Skyline Club in downtown Indianapolis. Groomsmen included best man Geoff Smith ’03, James Beckley ’00, Nick Elliott ’01 and Gene Pecar ’01. Bridesmaids included Emily Smith ’06 and Jenna Beckley ’12. Jacque graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2005, and has recently started her own business providing math tutoring to students. She has also trained for and run marathons, including the Chicago, Richmond and Boston Marathons. Brad graduated from University of Virginia in 2005 with a double major in commerce and foreign affairs. He has recently begun studies for an M.B.A. at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, in Evanston Ill.

After graduating from Boston College in 2008, Cara Caponi ’04 is finishing her first year as a Jesuit volunteer in Tacna, Peru. She will be there one more year, teaching at a Jesuit school, Colegio Miguel Pro. John Hegde ’04 graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2008 with degrees in biology and biochemistry, and minors in French, mathematics and political science. He is currently a second year medical student at Harvard Medical School. Michelle Ort ’05 graduated from The College of Wooster summa cum laude with a B.A. in “Linguistics and Language Learning” in 2009. She has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant to Ukhta, Russia, for the 2009-2010 school year.

Paul Gahwiler ’98 recently graduated from IUPUI with a major in psychology. He is currently serving as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Army. Katie (Witchger) Mayer ’99 and her husband, Brebeuf social studies teacher Matt, welcomed newborn son Michael Patrick on Jan. 28, 2010.


Robyn Stokes ’96 was named a distinguished alumna in the fall of 2009 by The Orchard School. Bert Poorman ’97 and Amy Mink ’98 were married Oct. 10, 2009, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Wedding party members included: Jessica (Mink) Mason ’96, Lisa (Moyes) Stark ’96, Ashley (Morris) Hurley ’97, Ryan Hurley ’96, Mike Mallon ’96, Bill Witchger ’96, Kevin Quinn ’96, Chris Natali ’96, Tim Olsen ’96, Aaron Fitzgerald ’97 and Nik Atkins ’97. The couple were blessed to celebrate their marriage with many of their alumni friends and Brebeuf faculty members.

Grant Moore ’01 recently created a website for his project Working Vision ( Working Vision is an occupational and ophthalmic health outreach program focused on assessing and reducing the incidence of work-related eye injuries by distributing new and lightly used safety eyewear to workers in developing nations.

Stuart Blankenhorn ’06 is a senior at Purdue University, majoring in biochemistry with a double minor in computer science and economics. He was elected and initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa Society in the spring of 2009, and is an officer in the Economics Club. He will graduate in June 2010, and afterwards will be moving to Chicago to start as an investment analyst at the Bank of Montreal.

Herman Whitfield ’01 has written his first opera entitled “Small Box,” which premiered on Nov. 7, 2009, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington, Ind.

Paige Rittgers ’06 was the recipient of the Millie Compton Scholarship, which is an ongoing scholarship awarded each academic semester to an intern for The Children’s Museum in Indianapolis.

Amanda (Stafford) Lewallen ’02 has committed to CVS to be a pharmacist after graduation in June 2010. HIRAM JUDSON BAKER JR.

Michael Sullivan ’09 was elected as Vice President of the freshman class at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.



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Spring 2010 Brebeuf Bylines  

Bylines is the alumni magazine of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. It is published twice a year by Brebeuf's Communications Office.

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