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Members from the Class of 1963 reunite with their beloved coach, John Vukelich. Pictured form left to right: Mike Gannon, Jack Stermer, John Vukelich, and Timothy Olinger.

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Robert S. Webb P ’18 ’20 President

Scott Alderton

Patricia Fernandez ’89

Bro. Adam Becerra, fsp Director of Mission Integration and Ministry

Bro. John H. Campbell, S.M.

Kristine D. Calara Vice President of Advancement

Jeannette Crawshaw

Bro. Tom Fahy High School Principal

Howard Lind

Elizabeth Gluvna ’04 Executive Assistant to the President Janet Koller Vice President of Finance and Operations Rev. Ted Ley ‘58, S.M. Chaplain Rev. Josephraj Rymond, S.M. Chaplain Michael Valentine Middle School Principal Donna (Vallely) Voogt ’79 Director of Human Resources

Richard Boehmer Mary Catherine Campbell Thomas J. Condon ’56 Joseph L. Fabian ’82 Rev. Timothy Kenney, S.M. Brian McGilvray ’76

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jennifer Bader Bro. Adam Becerra, fsp Patricia Fernandez ’89 Kristi Fritschner ’07 Sara Nguyen Allie Scheflo Tommy Smeltzer Robert S. Webb

Holly Nagatoshi Gerry Philpott


Jennifer Prendergast

Jennifer Bader Jeff Clawson Patricia Fernandez ’89 Cliff Fong Shutterstock Tommy Smeltzer Dan Caldwell/White’s Studios

Gary Simons ’77 Blaise Simqu Todd Stevens Rev. Ken Templin, S.M. Kimila Ulrich Karen Valentine Robert S. Webb

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Creating a Broadcasting Legacy The founding members of Chaminade’s livestream program hope to leave a lasting legacy in their wake.


The Integral Parts of a Catholic Marianist Education Blessed William Joseph Chaminade was a 21st century thinker and visionary who sought to build schools that educate the whole person of a child.


Alumni Challenge Chaminade's goal was to gain 400 alumni donors in 24 hours for an additional $10,000 gift.


A Filmmaker Evolves Alumnus Chris Roewe ’10 describes his journey behind the camera in the sports industry.


Alumni Gatherings The Alumni Office organizes regional and local gatherings providing the opportunity for alumni to connect with each other and the school.


Class Reunions 2018 Alumni from the classes of ’68, ’78, ’88, ’98, and ’08 reunite to celebrate and reconnect with classmates.

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President's Message


Nade News




Alumni Report


Class Notes



ON THE COVER Morgan Robertson ‘21



WELCOME, NEW BOARD MEMBERS Blaise Simqu is the President and Chief Executive Officer of SAGE Publishing, a leading international provider of innovative, high-quality content publishing scientific research, course material, and reference products, spanning a wide range of subject areas. SAGE Publishing consists of companies with locations based in the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Blaise has been part of the SAGE organization for 25 years. He has held a variety of positions from Editor to Vice President to Executive Vice President and was appointed as

Todd Stevens is President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of California Resources Corporation (CRC), California’s largest oil and natural gas producer. As CEO, Todd focuses on strengthening the balance sheet, enhancing margins, and operating CRC’s resilient asset base. CRC’s entire workforce is from California, and he drives the company’s commitment to the communities where employees live and CRC operates. Prior to CRC, Todd worked for 20 years in various management positions at Occidental Petroleum Corporation and most recently served as Vice President, Corporate Development. During his career with Occidental, he led most of Occidental’s growth initiatives, and his responsibilities



the CEO in 2004. As a SAGE Executive, Blaise has overseen the launch of a reference publishing program in 2001; a suite of innovative digital products; has helped SAGE’s journals portfolio grow from 100 in 1996 to 1,000+ in 2017 (housed on the new intuitive and responsive SAGE Journals platform); and has led the expansion of SAGE’s textbook program to include born-digital products and online courses. Blaise has also worked with the Hampton-Brown Company, Jossey-Bass Publishers, and the Kinko’s Corporation. He serves on the Board of Directors for California State University, Channel Islands and Teach for America. Blaise is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees for The Buckley School. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola Marymount University and an Master of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles. Blaise and his wife Erin have two children – Isabelle and William ’19.

included mergers and acquisitions, evaluating and developing finance-related strategic and business opportunities, restructuring alternatives and asset dispositions, land management activities and worldwide exploration activities. Todd earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California after graduating from the United States Military Academy, West Point, with a Bachelor of Science. Todd serves as a director on the following boards: Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission Advisory Board, Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Foundation, Val Pac (San Fernando Valley Business Political Action Committee), Southern California Leadership Council, USC Marshall School of Business Corporate Advisory Board, USC Viterbi School of Engineering Advisory Board, and the Board of Counselors, Master of Business for Veterans Programs at USC. Todd and his wife Karen have five children: Sara, Claire, Ryan ’19, Olivia, and Abigail.

Members from the Class of 1988

Laying Lasting Foundations and Creating Lifetime Bonds Robert S. Webb P ’18 ’20 President

Our alumni are evidence that Chaminade lays strong faith and educational foundations.

This past June my oldest son graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory and joined the ranks of our vast alumni network. Knowing that he is part of this 11,000-member, multi-generational group is a source of great pride, which is reinforced when I meet with alumni of all ages at receptions across the country or annual class reunions. Our alumni are evidence that Chaminade lays strong faith and educational foundations. During my conversations with alumni at events, they reflect on the impact of our retreat program or share how a service project inspired them. More often, they wax enthusiastically about an inspiring teacher or coach. Years after graduating, these experiences continue to encourage our graduates to serve their communities and excel in their professional endeavors. Also striking is the strength of their Eagle bonds. I am amazed at the friendships cultivated by Chaminade. Many alumni remain in touch with their classmates for five, ten, or even sixty years after graduating! Those who connect (or reconnect) with other alumni at events marvel at the comforting familiarity of their new (or rekindled) friendships. In this issue of Chaminade Now, you will learn more about the Marianist ethos of providing an “integral, quality education.” IQE, as we call it, outfits Chaminade students and alumni with the tools necessary to pursue lifelong faith and learning. You will also meet several of our alumni and get a peek at the fun they had at their milestone reunions this past fall. As president, I am thankful that our families entrust Chaminade to provide their students with a faith-filled educational experience. As an alumni parent, I am proud that the impact of a Chaminade education extends well beyond graduation.




Robotics Team Qualifies for State Championship By Tommy Smeltzer P '13 Chaminade’s Eagle Engineering robotics team has qualified a squad to compete in the California State Championship for the sixth consecutive year as team 1138A took home the top award at their home tournament, The Chaminade Showdown. At the same tournament, Team 83A, the Vex Robotics team from Chaminade middle school, won the Judges Award. As in previous years, Eagle Engineering splits off into multiple squads for the Vex Robotics competition. While all of the students collaborate and support each other leading up to game time, they compete as separate teams in tournaments. During qualifying rounds, matches are played between alliances of randomly paired teams vying for the highest ranking, while judges interview students and study their machines for a variety of awards. Based on the results of nine matches for each team, top-ranked teams then pick their alliance partners for the elimination rounds. This is the fourth year Chaminade has hosted a tournament on the West Hills campus. Overnight, volunteers turned the Bob Hope Center into a sports arena featuring competition fields and bleachers, pits for teams to work on their machines and a full livestream broadcast setup. All four of Chaminade’s Vex squads competed, along with 28 other area teams. The teams rebounded from a rough start to the season. Needing a fresh perspective, team 1138B founding member Anthony Gruppuso ’13 was brought in to inspire the teams to re-think their approach.

Two Students Head to Sydney Opera House By Patricia Fernandez ‘89 Imagine being one of 300 students, out of 12,000 international applicants, selected to perform at the Sydney Opera House. For two talented Chaminade students, Kristin McGinnis ’20 and Nicholas Amenta-Shin ’20, that dream became a reality. Both were accepted as finalists in the High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House. McGinnis and Amenta-Shin were nominated at the beginning of the school year by chorus teacher, Danielle Duckett. “I thought it would be a tremendous opportunity and decided to nominate two of my students who are both part of the Concert Choir leadership team,” says Duckett. “They were emailed shortly after with an invitation to apply which included a resume and an audition to be submitted — they needed to select an Italian aria. I coached them through pronunciation, expression and the music, and they both came in to record, which they both ultimately submitted. From there, it was a waiting game.”



Gruppuso’s unique leadership style and keen eye for strategy sent a bolt of energy through the high school squads, and the results were impressive. All three played to their strengths with greater urgency, with the senior-most squad, 1138A, leading the rankings most of the day, only to be toppled (literally) by the all-girl 1138G in a late round. Both 1138G and 1138A finished in the top eight, guaranteeing them a spot in the elimination rounds. Both Eagle teams were knocked out in the quarterfinals. However, the judges chose 1138A as the winner of the Excellence Award, which is given to the team with the best performance consistently across all categories. That guaranteed them a berth at the State Championship, where they will compete for a chance to move on to the World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky in April. Following their home tournament, 1138A went on win tournaments at Granada Hills, El Camino College and Crespi. Eagle Engineering added a fourth high-school rookie squad, 1138C who along with 1138B earned qualifying awards at the El Camino College tournament in December. The three teams will compete on March 2 for the Southern California State Championship in La Verne.

“To be accepted is a dream in itself!” says McGinnis. “I honestly wasn’t expecting to get in, but on Halloween, when I got an email saying that I’ve been accepted, as clichéd as it is, I felt like the world around me stopped for a second.” The High School Honors Performance Series is an honor reserved for elite high school musicians to perform at one of the world’s most recognized and revered performance institutions, the Concert Hall at Sydney Opera House. Selected finalists will spend six days in Sydney, where they will study under master conductors, experience the highlights of the “Harbour City,” and get to know accomplished musicians from around the world. “I had to learn an Italian aria which was difficult, as I’ve never sung in Italian,” says Amenta-Shin. “The whole process was very rewarding for me as I was introduced to something I’ve never done before, and being accepted into the program allows me to become part of something that will remain with me for the rest of my life.”

High School Mock Trial Team Takes Home Championship By Jennifer Bader The courtroom was quiet as Judge Ron Rose made the announcement. Then, the celebration began. For the third time in four years, the Chaminade High School Mock Trial Team took home the Los Angeles County Championship on Wednesday night at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. After months of preparation and six rounds of competition, Chaminade met Diamond Bar High School in the finals. The defense team, led by attorneys Chris Collins ’19, Serena Gill ’21, and Armen Ajemian ’21, argued their case in front of Judge Rose and a panel of legal professionals. The team set the tone with outstanding performances including MVP of the round Claire Fairtlough ’19 as the defendant. The middle school team reached the finals for the third straight year facing Hollenbeck Middle School. In a closely contested round, Chaminade finished as LA County Runner Up of the junior division. Eighth-grader Samantha Pofsky ’23 received the outstanding witness award for her portrayal of the defendant Reagan Klein.

More than 2,500 students on 143 teams competed in this year’s competition, making it the largest in the entire country. This year’s case, People v. Klein, involved a college student charged with making a criminal threat and false report of an emergency. The high school team will now represent Los Angeles at the State Championship in Sacramento at the end of March. The members of the 2018-19 high school team are Armen Ajemian ’21, Sophia Canzona ’21 , Dario Cardenas ’21, Madison Cheramie ’22, Chris Collins ’19, Matthew Delgado ’19, Claire Fairtlough ’19, Hannah Hayes ’21, Emma Heafner ’22, Violet Josephson ’21, Priyanka Khanna ’21, Isabella Koujakian ’22, Andrew Langrudi ’21, Rachel Lee ’22, Madison Marker ’21, Luke McNulty ’22, Michaela Nam ’20, Victoria Parks ’21, Katherine Schultz ’21, Sammy Shahinian ’21, Skylar Takac ’21, Brendan Teehan ’21, and John Van der Wel ’21. The team is coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader. The members of the middle school team are Owen Cappelletti ’23, William Cerreta ’23, Ethan Croutch ’23, Hallie Egan ’23, Gia Frank ’23, Jesse Goldman ’23, Alex Grenn ’23, Joseph Hernandez ’23, Eliana McIlvery ’23, Mikayla Nazarian ’23, Gabia Paliulis ’23, Sam Palmeri ’23, Samantha Pofsky ’23, Kameron Rabizadeh ’23, and Ryann Schaffer ’23. The team is coached by Jill Teehan.



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In the weeks leading up to the Chaminade football team’s first home game this past season, some of the student members of Chaminade’s new livestream program (aka “the Stream Team”), Cooper Eastwood '19, Connor Morse '19, Hunter Pack '19, Ryan Santourian '19, and Skylar Takac '21, were enthusiastically planning to do a dry run of what they hoped would later become their own live sports broadcasts of future games.







Livestreaming an event involves filming and broadcasting it live over the internet. They wanted to use multiple cameras, practice sports commentating, and get the production as close as they could to what they saw on ESPN and other sports networks. They had to change their initial plans, however, when they were told that Fox Sports had first dibs on the game and wanted to broadcast it. Hoping to still gain a learning experience for the students, the faculty advisor for the Stream Team, Mr. Tommy Smeltzer, obtained permission from the Fox Sports team to let the students observe.

Extracurricular programs give students the chance to utilize skills and gain experiences that cannot be duplicated in a regular classroom environment.



On game night, the Stream Team showed up to find the Fox Sports team in a bind. A key piece of equipment, their TriCaster, had gone down in their truck. They were concerned that they might have to reduce their broadcast to just a single camera. Eager to help, the Stream Team offered the use of their equipment, which the Fox Sports team evaluated and realized might work. Suddenly the students, who initially thought they would just be observing, were actively participating in setting up the live broadcast. Says Mr. Smeltzer, “…the Fox Sports team called on the students to help navigate through settings on the unfamiliar equipment. It was a real dive in the deep end for our kids, but they came through for the pros and helped get a full broadcast up and running within minutes of kickoff.” The initial, unforeseen necessity of working together likely changed the dynamic between the two production teams faster than it otherwise would have occurred, and during the live broadcast the Fox Sports team even let Cooper step in and run one of the cameras. The effect of this experience on the Stream Team was huge. Says Cooper, “[I was] being coached for each play by another operator who stood behind me. I followed the ball throughout each catch and was live for a majority of the game, which was very nerve-racking.” He recalls his father texting

...in the course of running the program, the students were embodying Marianist characteristics of adaptation and change...“This wasn’t a case of ‘here’s a worksheet, fill in the blanks.’ They drove the growth of the program. That is no exaggeration.”

encouragement as he watched the game from home, telling him that the announcers had given the team an on-air “shout out” for their help. He says, “It wasn’t until after the game was over that I really felt the impact of being individually thanked for what the team had done that night. I knew I wanted to keep this going.” Experiences like this highlight the importance of charitable donations to Chaminade, which can be used to fund extracurricular programs like the livestream program. Extracurricular programs give students the chance to utilize skills and gain experiences that cannot be duplicated in a regular classroom environment. The equipment for the livestream program was made available thanks to a generous donation from a longtime supporter of the Chaminade football team. The legacy this donor hoped to create with his donation was brought to fruition by the Stream Team, in their determination to get the program off the ground this past year, and to leave a template for future students to follow. Their efforts transformed a donation of livestream broadcasting equipment into a team of student broadcasters with dreams of becoming professional camera operators, sports commentators and producers. An important aspect of the livestream program is that it is student-led, a key attribute that gives the students opportunities to take initiative, make mistakes, learn from them, and figure out how to improve. The Stream Team took it upon themselves to hold production meetings following each livestreamed event, where they played back each broadcast, took notes and discussed areas

that needed improvement. Ryan, one of the student commentators, learned the importance of self-evaluation, saying, “I learned that it is so much more than just doing your research prior to a game. You need to be willing to listen to the previous broadcast and hear your mistakes in order to get better, no matter how agonizing it is for you to hear your own voice. That is the only way you can learn to improve.” The program also gave the students real world experiences in assembling and managing a team. Says Cooper, “I had many experiences on the Stream Team that have shaped the way I look at a job. I found that I could not do this alone. I was determined to achieve this on my own, but soon enough I saw that I needed a tight and trusted team.” Cooper described their initial struggles, mentioning early games where, “We started setting up at 3:00 p.m. and didn’t finish until the game was over,” and when they had assembled a larger team with cameramen and announcers, they realized they needed more equipment in order to communicate with each other effectively. Here, the students took the initiative to put together a request for additional funding for another camera and headsets for communication purposes. Mr. Smeltzer noted that in the course of running the program, the students were embodying the Marianist characteristics of adaptation and change, saying, “This wasn’t a case of ‘here’s a worksheet, fill in the blanks.’ They drove the growth of the program. That is no exaggeration.” Their efforts were also appreciated by the



An important aspect of the livestream program is that it is student-led, a key attribute that gives the students opportunities to take initiative, make mistakes, learn from them, and figure out how to improve.

aforementioned Fox Sports team, and Tony Moskal, a Fox Sports analyst who was part of the team that night, even sent an email to Chaminade president Robert Webb, saying, “The students ran back and forth to their room getting us the equipment that we needed. Without their help I’m not sure we would have been able to livestream the game. We thanked them several times throughout our broadcast, but I wanted to let you know how important they were to helping us get on the air. They’re a great group of kids who were willing to do anything and everything to help us.” These types of experiences are invaluable to Chaminade students who are interested in pursuing paths in the media industry in the future. Says Ryan, “There is so much more to this team than just being on air. If you want to become a director one day or do something in the film or sports media industry, this would be a great way to get practice and see if this is something you want to pursue. If it is, then you can learn and begin to excel in these areas, so when you graduate and move on to the adult world you will have experience in your field.” Beginning with founding members Cooper, Connor, and Hunter, the Stream Team eventually grew to about 15 members. Throughout the course of this past year, they livestreamed additional football games, robotics tournaments and hope to once again livestream commencement. The livestream program was not promoted heavily in its initial year while the students were in a learning phase and establishing the framework to accomplish their goals. However, now that the program is off the ground and the four founding members will all be graduating, they’re hoping to pass the baton on to underclassmen who will continue to improve on their initial efforts. Says Mr. Smeltzer, “The kids who live this program want to leave a legacy. They want to see younger people in the key positions, so the program doesn’t take a setback.” He adds, “This has been a classic instance of Chaminade student leadership. I didn’t develop the program and hand it off to them, they developed it with me. I was barely able to keep up with their ambition. Going forward it’s going to be a great opportunity for them to look back and say, ‘We made that happen.’ ”



There is so much more to this team than just being on air. If you want to become a director one day or do something in the film or sports media industry, this would be a great way to get practice and see if this is something you want to pursue. -Ryan Santourian




The Chaminade Middle School Players presented Space Captain: Captain of Space, an adventure story like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, but with a modern sense of humor. Written by Jeff Sproul, this hilarious play paid homage to the old campy super hero movies of the 1930s, and kept the audience laughing from beginning to end. Directed by Michael Russ.

THE CRUCIBLE In the fall, the Chaminade Players delivered a riveting performance of Arthur Miller’s dramatic classic, The Crucible, at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts on the West Hills campus. Inspired by real events, The Crucible dramatizes the Salem witch trials in 1690s Massachusetts. Directed by Yvette Bishop.



TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY The middle school C-Notes presented Tidings of Comfort and Joy, directed by Kathy Rohrs, for their annual Christmas concert. The 100-member choir sang classical and modern favorites, such as White Christmas, Rockin’ Holidays Medley, and Ave Maria. There were special soloist, duet, and dance performances, as well as performances from barbershop quartets, the Chaminets and the Chaminotes, and a cappella group C7, directed by high school student directors Denise Enrique ’20 and Brendan Teehan ’21.


The middle school band presented their annual winter concert in the Fr. Allen DeLong Center for Arts and Athletics. Directed by Cynthia Snyder, the band performed 30 songs, including holiday favorites such as Frosty the Snowman, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Silent Night, and Jingle Bells.

HOLIDAY CONCERT The high school’s choral and instrumental music programs came together for an evening of family spirit and holiday music at their annual Christmas concert, featuring music by the jazz band and concert band, directed by Jason Delfing, and songs by the chorus class, community choir, and concert choir, directed by Danielle Duckett.




The Integral Parts of a Catholic, Marianist Education Blessed William Joseph Chaminade was a 21st century thinker and visionary who sought to build schools that educate the whole person of a child. By Bro. Adam Becerra, fsp, DMin Director of Mission Integration & Ministry



When he returned to France after being exiled for three years in Saragossa during the French Revolution, Blessed Chaminade immediately began recruiting men and women to form a Sodality, a community of faith. He asked people who were coming to Mass to bring others, eventually recruiting by the numbers for the Sodality. In a year, the number had increased from a few to one hundred. Recruitment was constant and universal for Blessed Chaminade.1 But his mission was more than gathering numbers. He looked for persons who had a basic desire to live the Christian life, who wanted to join the Sodality he was forming, and who wanted to live by the promises they would make as members. His premise was simple: people desirous of living good Christian lives will find support for these values within a community of faith.2

light of this, Chaminade has chosen to focus its energies on an Integral, Quality Education (IQE) for this year. Wordy as it may seem, this characteristic holds depth, personal wisdom, and grace.

Additionally, Blessed Chaminade did not just gather people; he wished to form them. His was a work of education. Later, when he opened schools, he told his teachers: We teach only to educate. Education, for Blessed Chaminade, included using all the means that would help others be transformed into Christ. This became the mission for the Marianists.3

The Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education defines a school as “a place of integral formation by means of systematic and critical assimilation of culture.” Integral means all the pieces are there, and they fit together. Formation means education concerns the kind of person one becomes, not just what one knows.5 Thus, an integral formation concerns not only the intellectual and moral knowledge of persons but also virtues — habits of acting for the true, the good and the beautiful.6

As a Catholic school in the Marianist tradition, Chaminade College Preparatory continues Blessed Chaminade’s mission through its educational ethos as demonstrated in the five Characteristics of Marianist Education: Formation in Faith; Family Spirit; Service, Justice and Peace; Adaptation and Change; and Integral, Quality Education. Every year Chaminade animates one of the characteristics in its educational program to help students nurture their faith and intellect in their pursuit of truth and happiness. In

Before describing how Chaminade animates IQE, a deeper understanding of this characteristic should be considered. As a starting point, the doctrine of our Church speaks to the integral parts of Christian education. According to the Second Vatican Council’s Gravissimum Educationis (Declaration on Christian Education), the document defines that Christian education must help young people “to develop harmoniously their physical, moral and intellectual endowments together with a deeper knowledge and love of God.” 4

Integral means all the pieces are there, and they fit together. Formation means education concerns the kind of person one becomes, not just what one knows. ...integral formation concerns not only the intellectual and moral knowledge of persons but also virtues — habits of acting for the true, the good and the beautiful.

What makes a Catholic school unique is the focus on the development of the human person. As the Declaration on Catholic Education states: ‘A Christian education … has as its principal purpose this goal: that the baptized, while they are gradually introduced to the knowledge of the mystery of salvation,



become ever more aware of the gift of faith they have received and that they learn in addition how to worship God the Father … especially in liturgical action and be conformed in their personal lives according to the new man created in justice and holiness of truth; … also that they develop … to the mature measure of the fullness of Christ … that they are aware of their calling, they learn not only how to bear witness to the hope that is in them … but also how to contribute to the good of the whole society…’ 7 Chaminade inculcates these integral elements that our Catholic doctrine speak to for Christian education. An Integral, Quality Education is essential for the development of our student’s whole person by tapping into their faith, and their intellectual, physical, psychological, moral and creative qualities.

We believe that IQE not only aims towards developing our student's whole person, but also speaks to how we live out our mission as we inspire young leaders to love, learn, and lead through our Catholic, Marianist traditions of a living faith, academic excellence, and moral responsibility. This mission animates our work and transforms our learning environment into a place that is centered on Christ so that our students and Marianist educators together, can be hope for the world!



DELIVER A CATHOLIC, MARIANIST CURRICULUM: • Curriculum is what we teach — the concepts and the skills that maximize student learning. These concepts and skills are documented by faculty in the online ATLAS curriculum mapping to expand pedagogical methods that will foster student learning in the classroom. • Curriculum is a “living curriculum.” Faculty refine, adjust and revise it, and enhance it with Catholic, Marianist values of integrating faith and reason; commitment to social justice; and developing a deeper relationship with God. • Marianist administration is “person-centered,” helping educators grow in their professional field by exercising trust, mentorship, accountability, and providing professional development. • Marianist educators build upon the resources and finances that nurture the whole person of our students.

RESPECT THE DIGNITY OF THE PERSON: • Marianist educators respect the dignity of every person because all are created in the image of God and are unique, with God-given talents and skills. • Faculty respect students’ differences and explore different teaching styles to meet their needs. • Faculty challenge students to be critical thinkers in all areas of their learning to write well and articulate ideas clearly, effectively and creatively. • As a Catholic, Marianist community, concern for human rights and responsibilities of every individual should permeate the curriculum and daily life of the school.

distinct ways in which Chaminade animates IQE in the educational ethos of our school

DEVELOP AN INTERIOR SPIRIT AND SELFKNOWLEDGE: • Marianist educators strengthen the interior life of the student by helping them “dig deeper” to become logical thinkers who can make connections between their academic learning and relate their learning to practical life experiences. • Faculty nurture habits of “purposeful reflection” in their curriculum which will foster discerning self-knowledge, critical thinking, and prudent judgment. This will teach students how to critically examine and promote practices of faith and morals in society today. • Marianist educators provide resources and support for student emotional health and well-being. • Marianist educators take time out for themselves and nurture habits of prayer and reflection. To build up family spirit, they are present to the needs of their coworkers and their students.

DEVELOP A CONCERN FOR GLOBAL AND LOCAL ISSUES OF CULTURE, ECOLOGY, AND USE OF TECHNOLOGY: • Educational technology is critical for students on their quest for learning and understanding. Marianist educators help students regard technology as a useful tool in research, the stewardship of the world’s resources and the service of humanity. • Marianist educators help students understand the role of faith in the development of our human relationships and the sense of responsibility of protecting human dignity and the environment.

OFFER MARY AS A MODEL OF INTEGRITY: • Marianist educators emulate Mary’s spirit (faith, ponder, nurture) to promote balance in academics and extracurricular activities with prayer, reflection, and service.

Paul Landolfi, SM, “Marianist Direction: The Principles of Direction of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade,” vol. 3, (Dayton, Ohio: NACMS, 1970), 2. 1




Ibid, 3.

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CHALLENGE Chaminade’s second Alumni Challenge took place on October 2, 2018. The goal was to gain 400 alumni donors in 24 hours, for an additional $10,000 gift from Ashley and Marc Merrill ’98.



Our alumni exceeded the goal and came through for our students who strive to achieve academic excellence, compete at the highest levels, shine in the arts, and are both socially and conscientiously aware.

42,976 dollars raised

alumni donors



The Alumni Challenge brought alumni together to make a collective impact in the life of our school. Thank you to the 551 alumni who participated and affirmed our mission with their support of The Chaminade Fund. Your generosity is sincerely appreciated.



A Filmmaker Evolves By Sara Nguyen

Chris Roewe ’10 describes his journey behind the camera in the sports industry When Chris Roewe began filming Chaminade football games and creating highlight reels for Chaminade football players while he was still himself a high school student there, he could not have foreseen that eventually he would end up filming NFL players in his current position as a producer/editor/videographer for the LA Chargers. But the clues to a young person’s future path in life sometimes reveal themselves early, and for Chris, this was undoubtedly true. “Starting in fifth grade, my favorite thing to do with my friends was to make movies. They were definitely some of the most fun times I had growing up,” he says. Raised in Los Angeles by parents in the entertainment industry, Chris doesn’t recall being specifically encouraged to do something entertainmentrelated, but he does acknowledge the possibility that his environment may have had some influence, if only by virtue of who he came in contact with. “In sixth grade we did a school project about the Epic of Gilgamesh where they gave us creative freedom to do whatever we wanted,” he recalls. Chris and a friend decided to film their own version of the story, “with funny, sixth-grade humor, complete with a battle scene. I had never had that much fun doing a school project in my entire life,” he says. The friend’s father? Filmmaker David Lynch. His childhood environment is only one part of the equation, however, and for Chris it truly may not have been the most important part. Because when he thinks back on his earliest experiences making films, Chris mainly remembers the fun he had, and the pride he felt after editing his school project and presenting it to his class. Regarding the Epic of Gilgamesh project, Chris says, “I was never really good at drawing, I played



music…but this was the first time I edited a film, put it all together and created a product that I could show to other people and be proud of. I’ll never forget that feeling. It was something I felt like I was good at.” Chris continued to make films on the weekends with his friends throughout middle school, and high school as well. Attending Chaminade for high school provided Chris with more experiences that further encouraged his love of filmmaking. He calls his film teacher Paolo, “a huge influence,” and “one of [my] favorite teachers,” saying, “her film class taught me so much about composition, lighting, different types of cameras, storytelling specifically. That was the first time I took a class on filmmaking and learned the fundamentals of what it takes to make a film.” A business economics class led by Mr. Gideon in which students had to come up with a novel business idea gave Chris another opportunity to use his filmmaking skills. Says Chris, “My friend and I came up with the idea of doing some video highlight memories of the school year, putting them together on a DVD and selling it like you would a yearbook.” While in the process of creating the video yearbook, the Chaminade football coaches asked Chris if he could film their games, and Chris eventually started filming highlight reels for players to use for college recruitment and sold films of the games to parents as memorabilia. College led Chris to Boston University (his father’s alma mater), where he continued to do short films and was awash in the sports fanaticism that Boston is known for. He took part in a study abroad program that allowed him to intern at Fox Sports Australia, which provided Chris with his first professional experience combining his love of sports with his love of filmmaking. Chris later interned

Attending Chaminade for high school provided Chris with more experiences that further encouraged his love of filmmaking.

at TD Garden for the Bruins and Celtics, “shooting the Fan Cam for the jumbotron,” and left college with a production assistant position for the Boston Red Sox. He eventually returned to California where he worked for Fox Sports LA as a production assistant, moved to Fox Sports San Diego, and eventually worked freelance doing virtual reality filming (which included assignments as varied as filming NASCAR races, and Super Bowl LI) before landing his current position working full time for the Los Angeles Chargers where he creates, shoots and edits their video content.

While Chris was originally drawn to the immediacy, fast pace and quick turnover of his work filming various sporting events, he has come full circle in his work for the Chargers and is currently doing a more documentary style of filmmaking, with more of a storyline — a narrative style that he still loves. Recently, he worked on off-season documentaries about two Chargers, following them to their hometowns and delving more deeply into their personal histories, their journeys to the NFL, and their lives and goals outside of football. Says Chris, “I love the story of someone being able to overcome something — of being doubted and not thinking they can get to where they are. So many of these players have what seems like no chance to get to the NFL, so it’s mind-blowing to hear about how they did it.” He adds, “I don’t think we’re doing a good enough job, as a whole, in the sports industry, of telling the stories of these players. I think we’re doing some, but I want everyone to be doing more of it. I’m more than happy to be a part of doing that.” While Chris’ professional aspirations are evolving, so too is his personal life – he recently got engaged – and he is looking forward to the next phase in life. Although the journey he has been on with his career thus far has been rewarding, he’s also welcoming the changes that may come in that arena as well. Says Chris, “I enjoy being able to pick up a camera, go out, film, edit, and have that excitement of being part of a sports team. I got that with the Red Sox in my first year out of college, and I’m having that now with the Chargers. But I wouldn’t write off the idea of someday going into a traditional film career, being part of a movie or a series…there’s something about bringing everything together to make a movie that I miss. At some point I would like to get back to that.”



2018 ALUMNI DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES The Alumni Office hosted a Downtown Los Angeles Alumni Reception on Wednesday, August 29 at Fleming’s at LA Live. Thirty alumni were in attendance from the class years of 1981 to 2017 along with President Rob Webb and High School Principal Brother Tom Fahy.

SOUTH BAY The first South Bay Alumni Reception took place on Thursday, September 13, at Tin Roof Bistro in Manhattan Beach. We welcomed alumni from the classes of 1957 - 2009. High School Principal Bro. Tom Fahy and Bro. Adam Becerra, Director of Mission Integration, were also in attendance.

CAREER NIGHT On Tuesday, October 16, students from grades 8-12 attended Career Night in the Bob Hope Center at the West Hills Campus seeking career and education advice from over 40 different representatives. This was Bro. Jack Dempsey’s seventh time executing this excellent event. Over a dozen alumni from the classes of 1958 - 2007 attended (not all are pictured here) and conversed with students about their futures. If you would like to participate in future Career Nights please email us at alumni@chaminade.org.



GATHERINGS RETURN TO THE NEST On Wednesday, November 21 young alumni gathered at Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas, CA for the annual Thanksgiving Eve party. Over 100 alumni were in attendance from the Classes of 2004-2016. They enjoyed beverages, appetizers and reconnecting with old friends.



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school Student Center on Saturday, December 8.

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Saturday with Santa event was held at the middle More than 130 alumni, faculty and staff families made Christmas crafts and took photos with Santa Claus. The Alumni Office would like to thank Beth Macias

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’85, Kathy (Macias) Hill ’89 and Kate Beskid ’00 for helping throw a fun, festive event.





The Class of 1968 celebrated their 50-Year Reunion this year. On Friday, September 28, class members Pete Dolan ’68 and John Stanley ’68 attended the campus tour and the President’s Pre-Game Party. They were invited onto the football field prior to kickoff to be recognized as Golden Eagles – those who have been alumni for 50 years or more. Pete and John celebrated this milestone with President Robert S. Webb and Board Chair Person Joe Fabian ’84. Each of them received a commemorative Golden Diploma.



The Class of 1978 came together during Homecoming Weekend to celebrate their 40-year reunion. The weekend started off on Friday, September 28, 2018 with a campus tour and the Homecoming football game. On Saturday, September 29, over 40 guests gathered at the Warner Center Marriott to reminisce. Thank you to the 1978 Reunion Committee, Maureen Baca ’78 and Bill Harmon ’78, for their hard work.

The Class of 1988 kicked off their 30-Year reunion celebration by attending the campus tour and Homecoming football game on Friday, September 28. The next night, more than 60 guests gathered at the Warner Center Marriott to mark the occasion with drinks, food and memories. Thank you to the 1988 Reunion Committee for planning such a wonderful event: Evelyn (Jerome) Alexander ’88 and Tim Lavin ’88.





The Class of 1998 celebrated their 20-Year Reunion during Homecoming Weekend. Alumni returned to campus for a tour and the football game on Friday, September 28, 2018. Nearly 100 guests attended the reunion party on Saturday, September 29 at the Warner Center Marriott to celebrate their milestone with dinner, dancing, and a slideshow. Thank you to the 1998 Reunion Committee for making this event such a success – Juan Capdet ’98, Violet (Puma) Kiggins ’98, Heather Miller ’98, Bridget Potterton ’98, Ray Rodriguez ’98, Jennifer Taylor-Love ’98, and Summer Valdes ’98.

The Class of 2008 celebrated their 10-Year Reunion at The Canal Club on Saturday, September 29, 2018, in Venice, California. More than 80 alumni attended the event where they enjoyed beverages, appetizers and an evening of reminiscing. Thank you to the 2008 Reunion Committee: Sean Casey ’08, Katie Convoy ’08 and Lauren (Shelly) Williams ’08.



Rob Lindley ’65 is living in Colorado, and had an exciting year. He went on seven RV trips, with the longest to Madison, Wisconsin, in his 33-foot Class A Holiday Rambler. He concluded his 38th year playing slow pitch softball, 21 of which are senior softball. This year he moved to the 70s division, his first year playing on that team. They did well, winning the summer league championship.

Joseph Ruffolo ’70 is thrilled to announce that he retired in September 2018.

Greg Leucke ’68 moved to New Jersey five days after graduating in 1968. He’s been married 42 years and has two children, a daughter currently living in Washington D.C., plus a son who is a personal trainer in San Francisco. Greg and his wife live in Napa, California, relocating there in 2011, after 34 years in San Francisco. He retired two years ago after working in high-tech sales and marketing. Retirement gives Greg time to do fun things like play chess, ride his Ducati and leased horse, attend French discussions and book clubs, read serious stuff and trashy novels, take walks, and travel in the U.S. and abroad with his wife. 1 1


Gary Lokum ’89 Vice President of Digital Platforms at NBC Universal, just celebrated his 10-year wedding anniversary with his beautiful wife, Mirtha. They have two energetic boys, Tyler and Jacob. 3


Karen Young ’82 ran the Los Angeles Marathon in March 2018 and is training to do so again in 2019. 2 Bonnie Gore ’84 was elected as Placer County’s next District 1 Supervisor. She was sworn in on January 7, 2019, and is looking forward to this new opportunity to serve residents in her community. 2


John Roberts ’93 was promoted to the rank of Colonel in the United States Air Force in a ceremony on November 30, 2018, at the Pentagon, where he currently serves. The event was presided over by Major General Michael J. Kingsley (Ret.) and attended by his parents Steven and Joanna Roberts, brothers Steve ’89 and Chris as well as his wife Robbyn and their six children. Col. Roberts entered the Air Force as an officer upon graduating from Creighton University in 1997. Over the past 21 years Col. Roberts has served in two wars, earning the Bronze Star Medal, served in Italy, and most recently served during a turbulent year in South Korea between 2017 and 2018. Col. Roberts’ next assignment will be as the Mission Support Group Commander at Miaswa Air Base, Japan, starting summer 2019. 4 4







Chad Zdenek ’93 filmed a television show, “Inside Mighty Machines,” that will air on Smithsonian Channel in March 2019. In this six-part series, Chad works with salvage teams to take apart giant pieces of machinery, from 747 jumbo jets to hovercrafts, and reveals what makes these machines work.

2000S Scott and Kate (Lospolluto) Beskid’s ’00 daughter Elizabeth Beskid was baptized in the Our Lady of Pillar Chapel on the middle school campus. Alumni in attendance were Ben Arnold ’00, Sean Bowman ’00, Wes Lichtman ’00, Jon Madden ’00 (not pictured), and Fr. Ted Ley SM ’58. 5



Vince Rowley ’02 married Katie Weesner October 6, 2018 at the Founder’s Chapel at the University of San Diego. The reception was held at The Prado at Balboa Park. Vince’s siblings Christina (Rowley) Ebright ’07 and Tim Rowley ’09 were in the wedding party. 8 Curt Santana ’04 wed Jandery Ramirez June 9, 2018. The wedding party pictured here includes the happy couple, best men Matt Santana ’04 and Owen Smith ’02, and maids of honor Jessica Santana ’08 and Sigrid Ramirez. 9

Jennifer Joseph ’01 and Mahesh Joseph welcomed baby girl Abigail Mae Joseph on October 10, 2018. 6

Erin (Sears) Schackman ’04 and her husband Joe moved to Charlotte, North Carolina at the end of 2017 soon after they welcomed their first child. Alexander Maxwell Schackman was born May 6, 2018. She says “He is an amazing little boy and already has such a sweet, cute personality. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for him.” 10

Ellie Clarke ’02 and her husband, Brian Lord, welcomed their first child, Henry Patricia Clarke Lord on October 20, 2018, in Washington DC. 7

Kristin Rose Armfield ’05 and her husband Ben Armfield welcomed the birth of their daughter Leah Rose Armfield on August 18, 2018. She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and






measured 18.5 inches long. Leah could be a third generation Chaminade Eagle, following in the footsteps of her mother and grandfather, Jim Rose ’67. 11 Brennan Hershey ’06 wed Brianna Pearlman ’02 on October 21, 2017, in Ojai, California. Alumni in the wedding party include Meredith Danowitz ’06, Gigi Ghobrial ’06, Alex Giraldo ’08, Brooke Hershey ’09, Garrett Hershey ’08, Shayan Navid ’06 and Jason Shepherd ’06. There were also numerous alumni in attendance: Caitlin Burla ’06, Vince Castagna ’08, Gianni D’Ovido ’07, Zach Evans ’06, Kevin Hufford ’06, Elisabeth (Levin) King ’04, Melissa Manger ’09, Kate Mazzeo ’06, Nader Navid ’08, AJ Pearlman ’99, Berry Pearlman ’96, Jared Pearlman ’04, Savannah Pearlman ’08, Nicky Rosenberger ’08, Denis Shepherd ’09, Melissa Shepherd ’09, Pardis Tabrizi ’06, Nick Wright ’06, and Mark Yaghoobi ’06. The two met at Chaminade, attending both middle and high school together. Brianna graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara and Brennan graduated from University of California Los Angeles. They

both attended Southwestern University School of Law and are now practicing attorneys. Brianna works at Pearlman, Brown and Wax as an employment law lawyer. Brennan has his own firm, Hershey Law. 12 Kristi Fritschner ’07 recently traveled to India and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. She spent nearly two weeks traveling around India to various cities and historic sites, including a sunrise viewing of the Taj Mahal and an elephant ride at the Amber Fort in Jaipur. One of her favorite experiences was visiting the Sikh Guduwara Bangla Sahib in New Delhi. Not only is it a beautiful house of worship, it also has a community kitchen where volunteers prepare food for anyone who comes for a meal anytime, day or night. All the food is donated along with the volunteers’ time and energy. In Mumbai, Kristi reunited with her host and dear friend Soumi Sarkar before returning to Kolkata where she attended a wedding and spent Christmas with Soumi’s family. While in the UAE, she visited the Burj Khalifa and toured the city on a long layover. Earlier in 2018, Kristi visited Iceland and the United Kingdom and is planning more adventures for 2019. 13



Lyndsay and Jeff Rosen ’07 welcomed the birth of their daughter, Greer Chloe Rosen born July 12, 2018. 14




Jessica Santana ’08 is engaged to Jason Franklin and is currently enrolled at Mount Saint Mary’s University where she is in a graduate program, training to become a physical therapist. 15 Ashely Szanter ’09 currently lives in Logan, Utah and works for international fitness company ICON Health & Fitness, Inc. as the senior copywriter for their NordicTrack Brand. She recently got engaged to Michael Warren and is extremely excited for their wedding scheduled for December 15, 2018, at American West Heritage Center in Northern Utah. 16



2010S Rita Hurlbut ’10 is engaged to Tanner Reibenspies ’11. Their wedding is on June 8, 2019. 17 Rachel Abounayan ’11 is engaged to Matt Gomez ’10. Matt proposed on August 15, 2018, in Paris, France. They are excited to be getting married in October 2019 in Santa Ynez Valley, California. 18 Mandheep Sandhu ’14 is on the Keck Graduate Institute team at Scripps College. Mandheep’s team has developed a palm-sized biosensor to measure the effects of aging in the human body. Their research was featured in the journal Lab on a Chip and called the Click-A+Chip. Read more about Mandheep’s research here: http://www.scrippscollege.edu/ news/features/spotlight-on-alumnae-recent-grads-create-ahandheld-lab-to-study-aging.


Cate Mackel ’18 was named All American for lacrosse and asked to play for the All American South team, Adrenaline.

IN MEMORIAM Lavalle Ashley – August 20, 2018. Father of Michael Ashley ’13. Elijah Clayton ’14 – August 26, 2018. Wayne DeFreest – November 14, 2018. Father of Scott DeFreest ’99. Kevin Gorman – November 5, 2018 . Father of Meghan Gorman ’05, Patrick Gorman ’08, and Kevin Gorman ’10.



Randy Madey ’67 – October 14, 2018. Christopher Nederlk – August 23, 2018. Father of Julia Nederlk ’20. Phyllis Saldutti – August 18, 2018. Mother of Janet Saldutti Hammond ’85, Susan Saldutti ’79 and Jim Saldutti ’82. Mildred Sanchez – November 6, 2018. Mother of Sean Sanchez ’94.

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