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Fall / Wi n te r 2011 Cover: Chris Rodriguez on horseback at the Pyramids in Giza, Egypt in fall 2007.
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| Graduation 2011 | America, the Indispensible By Jessica Fiddes
| More Than a Road Trip By Kevin (Smith) Kato ‘88
| My Summer in Silicon Valley By Omar Rizwan ‘12
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Dear members of the Delbarton community, n November 3, 2001, less than two months after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, I was on a plane returning to the United States after serving a three-year stint as “economo” or business manager of our motherhouse in Rome. Yes, I was returning home, but I was also leaving behind a job I enjoyed and a people and a country I had come to love. My heart was heavy, not just because of my personal sense of loss, but also because of the tragedy that had afflicted our nation and that I knew awaited me. The plane made landfall over Newfoundland and headed south eventually crossing over New England and then New York. It was early afternoon on a beautiful, crisp, late fall day when the plane reached the Hudson River and banked left to head towards Newark. I didn’t want to look, but, I couldn’t not look as we descended into the airport flying to the west of the Manhattan skyline. There, like a gaping wound stood the void where the twin towers had once stood, wisps of white smoke still rising from the pile of rubble. I was returning home to an America that had been changed forever. I had been changed forever though, too. Living and working for three years in a different culture, speaking a different language, eating different – albeit wonderfulfood had left its indelible mark on me. I was still the person I had always been, but now it was as if another dimension had been grafted onto what was already there. I soon realized that if I were going to live and work in Italy among Italians, I had to, in some sense, get inside their heads to see what made them tick. Besides the usual ways of doing that – conversation, newspapers and TV, I became fascinated with Italian proverbs. These little
gems of folk wisdom revealed much to me about what Italians valued. I regularly shared my latest “discovery” with my Italian friends. They thought it very funny that an American was so interested in these examples of popular culture, but they were also very helpful in explaining them to me. Very often these proverbs had similar counterparts in English, but every now and then one would surface that really showed how different Italian and Anglo-Saxon cultures are. The one that sticks out in my mind is this one: “Chi non beve in compagnia, o è un ladro o è una spia.” Literally, “The one who doesn’t drink in company, i.e. alone, is either a thief or a spy.” What a different attitude than our culture! This is what learning another language or embracing another culture can do for us. It helps us to reflect on our own attitudes and behaviors, not with a view of abandoning home-grown values for those of another, but of enriching our self-understanding. My little experiment in learning Italian proverbs to see what made the Italians tick actually paid an extra dividend. They helped me understand better what makes me tick as an American. In my book, you can never have too much understanding. In this issue of Delbarton Today you will read about some fellow travelers who, I believe, have had similar experiences to mine. Now, ten years later, as we remember with reverence all the victims of the 9/11 attacks, we pray that God, who can do all things, may make peace and understanding flourish in our troubled world.
Br. Paul Diveny, OSB
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Delbarton Graduates its Sixty-Third Class
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On June 5, 2011 the Class of 2011 celebrated its graduation from Delbarton with faculty, family and friends in St. Maryâ€™s Abbey. The new graduates and their friends and families enjoyed a classic reception in the Senior Garden...
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2011 Valedictorian Speech Excerpt
Nick Luzarraga ’11
Nicholas Luzarraga ’11, 2011 Class valedictorian, is at Princeton this year.
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“Finally, I challenge my classmates to follow their passions. As Delbarton students, we are often so focused on success that we lose sight of what we genuinely enjoy. I will be the first to admit that I participated in numerous activities at Delbarton not because I loved them, but because I wanted to get into a good college. And through my efforts to pad my resumé, I discovered things I really enjoyed, like rugby, things I really disliked, like retreat team, and I developed a love/hate relationship with debate. So while I am proud of my accomplishments at Delbarton, I have resolved to stay open-minded in college and pursue my interests, whatever they may be. Delbarton alumni, however, have a tendency to follow one of three career paths: medicine, law, and finance. These are noble professions that can provide life-long fulfilment. And if you find that you love litigating in a courtroom, saving a life, or being a financial wizard, then I encourage you to pursue these careers any way you can. Just remember that spending many years in a job you don’t enjoy doesn’t make much sense when life is so short. If I can allow myself one more cliché, I would like to quote Robert Frost: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” There’s a reason that quoting Robert Frost is a speech writing cliché – he makes such good points.”
Graduation speaker Rev. Jonathan DeFelice, OSB, President of St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH, with Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, OSB.
This year Delbarton School had the privilege of inaugurating a fifth major graduation award, the Brian E. Fleury Award. The Brian E. Fleury Award is given to an outstanding scholar-athlete who demonstrates the same passion for scholarship that he does for athletics, a person who combines seriousness of purpose with self-effacing good humor, a person who is a consummate team player, selfless in all his endeavors, always putting the needs of others before his own. Jennifer Fleury, Brian’s widow and his son Timothy presented the award to Wade Garrett Morgan. From left: Jen Fleury, Tim Fleury, father James Morgan, Wade Morgan ’11, mother Deborah Smith, and step-father Benny Smith.
Photos by J. Craig Paris ’82, Matt Goldsmith ’04, Christian Zollers
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2011 The Peter B. Haas Award, established in memory of a 25 year old Marine pilot killed in Korea, is awarded for distinguished leadership within the School. This year’s winner of the Peter B. Haas Award was Mike Noelke who stands with his proud family, from left, Mike’s father Robert, siblings Mary Kate, Jessica, Mike ’11, Jack ’09 and Mike’s mother Diane.
Baccalaureate Speech Excerpt
Ryan Poehner ’11, Senior Class President “When I visited colleges this year and spoke with other prospective students, many told me how excited they were to finally leave high school, get away from “the man,” and escape their classmates. Maybe it was just me, but I never really felt this way at all. When asked about it, I would just respond that my high school is awesome and that I was just as pumped up about today or tomorrow or the next day at Delbarton as I was about enrolling next fall. While we certainly have our next 4 years of college to look forward to, it is also important to be present, and enjoy our time together as a class before college. Delbarton is an amazing place and we should take the time to appreciate it in the present.” 6 D ELBARTON TODAY
The Michael Patrick Sheridan Award was established in memory of a member of the class of 1984, presented to a senior who has manifested love for life and for the School and has significantly grown through challenge as implied in the School’s motto, Succisa Virescit. The 2011 Michael Patrick Sheridan award was presented to Albert Striano. The award was presented to Albert by Delbarton trustee and former Delbarton Alumni Association President Kurt Krauss ’81, far left, with Albert’s parents Maryanne and Peter.
Br. Paul Diveny, OSB, with Luke Chiarolanzio '11.
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2011 Winner of the Corey T. Williams ’91 Award for excellence in Physics Peter Godart ’11 with his family and Corey’s father Earl Williams and his sister Amber Williams Field. L-R: Uncle Tom Godart, Martha Godart, Earl Williams, Peter Godart ’11, Amber Williams Field, Kevin Godart ’13, Glenn Godart Front: Great aunt Hedda Seguier, grandmother Suzanne Godart and grandfather Jack Dickerson.
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The Bryan Bennett Award was established to honor the memory of a member of the class of 1994 who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. This award is for the “quiet hero”, a student who, like Bryan, has distinguished himself for his day-to-day work ethic, consistent nobility and unfailing kindness to others. This year’s winner of the Bryan Bennett Award was Joe Lenz ’11. From left are, Larry Lenz, Beverly Lenz, Tom Lenz ’15, Eric Lenz ’18, Joe Lenz ’11, Mrs. Bennett and NYC Detective Michael Donovan, Scott Lenz, Elizabeth Lenz, Mariellyn Halas, and Peter Halas.
The James E. Nugent Award, established in memory of a graduate of the class of 1969, is awarded to the Delbarton student who best exemplifies the spirit of giving himself to others. This year the award was presented by Christopher Nugent ’83, James’ brother. Here is Nugent Award winner Peter Chambers ’11 with, from left, sister Cate Chambers, father Dan Chambers ’81, Chris Nugent ’83, Peter Chambers ’11, mother Mary Chambers, brother Jack Chambers and sister Carolyn Chambers.
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2011 Faculty Farewell Excerpt
Rob Loia ’85
“And so this Delbarton will always be home. We want you to come home often and be reminded of these values formed in you here. It has been so for me. I graduated here – was married here…my children were baptized here….and now I have spent many of my adult years here. When you see the hills of our holy ground here and meet the men and women who helped you grow, be reminded of who you are….not just of the old times you had, but of who you were meant to be – of your eternal destiny, which is ultimately where we want you to arrive….We know that one of your dear classmates has gone there long before the rest. Those of you that knew him know that he is cheering you on.”
Tommy Pigott ’11 with his family, from left, his father Terry, sister Juliette, Tommy, grandfather Paul Shepherd, his mother Prudence, sister Christiana and brother Conor ’06.
The Ballanco family, from left, Jerry, Doug ’09, Greg ’11 and Sue, celebrates Greg’s graduation.
Graduate Greg Scalera ’11 with his family, including Greg’s grandfather Tom D’Alia ’50 on right.
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Delbarton alums and their graduate sons: from left, Jim Breit ’75 and son Jack ’11, with Anthony ’11 and Tony Heaton ’81.
Photo Courtesy of Prudence Pigott P’06,’11
Younger siblings and cousins get into the spirit of Delbarton graduation.
Kyle McLaughlin ’11 gets a Delbarton thumbs up from his little brother.
The Maguire family celebrates Dennis Maguire ’11’s graduation with Fr. Andrew Smith, OSB, on far right.
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Photo Courtesy of Lesley Fischer P’11
Class of 2011 Valedictorian Nicholas Luzarraga ’11 stands with his proud family including his father, Alberto ’80, and brother Alberto ’09. Their father was the valedictorian of the Class of 1980.
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Senior Orientation Day Career-counseling alums included Lee Esposito ’74, Mark McCarren ’86, Keith Kulper ’70, Kurt Krauss ’81, John Luke ’78, Jim O’Loughlin ’84, Joe Fodero ’85, Frank Visceglia ’85 and Max Spann ’48. Spann wowed the crowd when he pulled out his circa 1948 hand-painted football helmet and tried it on, giving a rousing fist pump.
Director of Senior Guidance Mike Rosenhaus ’80, in back, stands with college age alumni and friends. The college students ran small group discussions with Delbarton seniors about the realities of college life.
ess than two weeks before graduation, on May 23, 2011 Delbarton seniors joined Delbarton alumni for a Senior Orientation Day, a joint venture sponsored by the School and the Delbarton Alumni Association. The morning included:
• Bill Conley ’71, Dean of Enrollment & Academic Services at Johns Hopkins, speaking about adjustments students make as they from high school to college • College-age alums led small group discussions and answered questions about the ins and outs of college life
• Delbarton AP Macro Economics teacher Tom Brady spoke on managing personal finances. • Alumni from various professions spoke about their careers and fielded questions during a Q&A session A morning of good advice can make a young man hungry, so the event concluded with a cook-out served on Old Main portico. Designed to bridge the gap between high school and college, the first annual Senior Orientation Day was a big success.
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2011 Class of 2011 COLLEGES Matthew Albano ...........Notre Dame Christopher Aquino ......Notre Dame Gregory Ballanco...........Georgetown John Barney ..................U of Maryland Jason Bhulai ..................Seton Hall James Breit ....................Harvard Brian Brennan...............Stonehill Kyle Brennan ................Lafayette Dean Brierley ................Middlebury Connor Buckley ............NYU Jeffrey Canfora ..............Pennsylvania Nicholas Cerrone ..........Johns Hopkins Peter Chambers .............Worcester Polytechnic Luke Chiarolanzio.........Lafayette James Clark ...................Villanova Christopher Cloughen...Pennsylvania Peter Cozzi ....................Vanderbilt Liam Cross ....................George Washington Scott Curran .................Villanova Thomas Daniels ............Loyola Matthew Darche ...........Fairfield Blaine Davis ..................Lehigh Nicholas Donatiello ......Princeton Michael Donohue .........Loyola Hunter Dougherty ........Georgetown Kevin Dunleavy ............SMU John Elson.....................Lehigh Christian Ercole ............Johns Hopkins Patrick Ferguson............Providence James Ferrando..............Providence Kyle Fisher ....................Johns Hopkins Andrew Flatley ..............Notre Dame Gregory Fobben ............Penn State Patrick Foley .................Villanova Alexander Gmunder......Ursinus Peter Godart..................MIT Brian Grumka ...............Dartmouth Jonathan Guerrieri ........Villanova Clayton Haarmann .......Holy Cross Garrett Hamm ..............Fordham 14 D ELBARTON TODAY
Brett Hanlon.................Villanova John Hastings................Davidson Anthony Heaton ...........Georgetown Cole Higgins .................Fairfield Colin Higgins ...............Villanova Ryan Hislop ..................Middlebury Nick Howard-Johnson....Notre Dame Will Huff ......................Dartmouth Spenser Huston .............Princeton Michael Innocenzi.........Harvard Douglas Jadis.................Villanova Kyle Kaplan...................Boston College Robert Kautzmann........Cornell Peter Kelly.....................Washington & Lee Jack Kephart..................Roanoke Ibrahim Khedr ..............Villanova Brian Khoe....................Duke Matthew Killian ............Yale Colton Klein .................Washington & Lee Victor Kung ..................Rutgers Joseph Lenz ...................Villanova Brian Limbo..................Boston College Nicholas Luzarraga ........Princeton Cameron Macaulay .......NOLS Andrew MacMaster.......Tufts Dennis Maguire ............Loyola Matthew Massey ...........Hobart Kyle McLaughlin...........Southern California John McMahon.............Georgetown Peter McMullen ............Boston College Jack Molloy ...................Cornell Wade Morgan ...............Stanford Michael Noelke .............Notre Dame Oladeji Odewade ..........Williams William O Donnell .......Michigan Patrick O Meara............Notre Dame Luke Ortolani ...............Penn State
Justin Park.....................Lafayette Robert Patten ................Villanova Morgan Pearson ............Duke Bud Peters .....................UC Berkeley Jonathan Picon..............Villanova Thomas Pigott ..............Georgetown Daniel Pirovano ............EJHL/Bruins Ryan Poehner ................Johns Hopkins Kurt Reinmund.............Conn College Ben Reynolds ................Princeton Sawyer Rice ...................NYU Dominic Rizzo ..............Swarthmore Matthew Saburn............U of Rhode Island Joseph Saitta..................Princeton Alexander Santiago........Gettysburg Evan Santoro.................Villanova Gregory Scalera .............NYU Joseph Shook.................Boston College Thomas Skea.................NYU Jack Smith.....................Notre Dame Sean Spatz .....................Notre Dame Albert Striano................Georgetown Adam Suczewski............Princeton Chetan Sukh .................Michigan Dean Sullivan................Harvard Gregory Sweetman ........Notre Dame Alexander Tarnawski .....Villanova John Tetnowski .............Colgate Patrick Toolan ...............Holy Cross Derik Velasco ................Villanova Christopher Wagner ......Rose-Hulman Connor Waite ...............Furman Timothy White .............Georgetown Walter Wygera...............Fordham Charles Yakimischak......Fordham
America, the Indispensible Former Intelligence Analyst Chris Rodriguez ’95 By Jessica Fiddes
In 2005, intelligence analyst Chris Rodriguez and his U.S. colleagues met with a prominent Muslim leader to describe their plan to counter a terrorist threat in his country that jeopardized the safety of his citizens. After the briefing the man remarked, “It is surprising to me how much you care about what is going on outside your borders. You have clearly taken the time to study, learn, and reflect. You do what others cannot do, and you do what others are unwilling to do. Thank God for the United States of America.” He then added with a sly grin, “Of course, I would never say that outside this room.”
At the White House for an Oval Office meeting, spring 2008.
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Roman ruins in Duggan, Tunisia, fall 2007.
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hris Rodriguez ’95 is a first generation American moved to action by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. On the morning of the attacks, he was at a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Notre Dame. His first response was to help organize an undergraduate class on terrorism that was attended by over three hundred Notre Dame students. His second was to become an intelligence analyst for the U.S. government, tracking terrorism to its source. Rodriguez is the son of Delbarton athletic trainer and faculty member Ron Rodriguez, who emigrated from Guatemala in 1960. Both his father and mother, realtor Ann Rodriguez, taught Chris and younger sister Joanna (wife of former Delbarton teacher Rik Dugan) about loyalty, hard work, and the unique opportunities that America offers its citizens. In 1991,
Rodriguez entered Delbarton as a 9th grader. He studied hard, played football for one season, worked on retreat teams and was varsity swimming captain. The late Brian Fleury was his English teacher, and John Thompson’s AP European History and Pat Crapo’s Social Justice courses sparked his interest in political science and international relations. A trip to Magoffin County, Kentucky in his junior year changed his life: seeing poverty up close gave him a greater appreciation for the comparably grueling plight of others. Rodriguez moved on to Williams College where he majored in Political Economy, a hybrid of Political Science and Economics. He played on water polo teams, and competed on four New England championship swim teams. He captained the water polo team to a strong
“There is no country in the world that cares more about the issues we care about; that helps the nations and peoples that we help; that commits the resources we commit to meet pervasive threats to global security.” finish in nationals during his senior year. He also travelled with fellow students to Washington, D.C. to interview decisionmakers on campaign finance reform; it was there that he learned how to examine an issue from different perspectives. After working construction for two summers, Rodriguez took a well-tread Delbarton path to a finance summer internship following his junior year. He learned much about the banking system but says now, “At the end of the internship, I could confidently say at that time that finance was not a career choice for me.” Back at Williams that fall, he tried unsuccessfully to land a job with the federal government. Influenced by his father’s example, he taught math at Delbarton that summer, then became a math teacher at a parochial school for a year. Still, he could not shake the feeling that government was where he belonged.
degree he applied again for a job with U.S. intelligence and, after navigating one of the most rigorous application processes in the world, he was offered a job. Next stop was Washington, D.C., where he would work for the government and complete his Ph.D. Assignment: Iraq After intensive training in writing for and briefing top level policymakers, Rodriguez’s focus from 2005 to 2008 was on al-Qa’ida’s presence in Iraq. During the height of the war he worked closely with other analysts examining the terrorist network’s global franchises, and developed strategies for defeating the organization. In fall 2006, Rodriguez volunteered to go to Iraq to support American troops in their counterterrorism
On to South Bend Rodriguez applied to graduate programs, and Notre Dame, with small classes and accessible professors, seemed a great fit. South Bend’s cost of living was affordable, the sports were exciting to watch and the Department of Political Science offered him a full tuition grant. He spent the next six years earning both an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science, with a concentration in American Politics and International Relations. His thesis, Hail to The Chief, addressed the political effectiveness of Americans presidents James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Benjamin Harrison, and Grover Cleveland. Although he considered pursuing a professorship, mid-way through his graduate
Chris Rodriguez in Baghdad, fall 2006.
In Iraq, fall 2006.
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American cemetery in Normandy, France , April 2011.
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missions throughout the country— or, as he describes them, “those who didn’t have the luxury of political proselytizing or secondguessing.” He calls this period “the highlight of my professional life.” Working side-by-side with military colleagues to target al-Qa’ida members, he prioritized and analyzed intelligence for missions. “Without a doubt, the relationships I formed with the men and women I served with in Iraq remain some of the strongest of my life. Working 18-hour days, 7 days a week under very intense circumstances binds you to others in a way no other experience can.” His closest brush with danger came in 2007 during a meeting in Baghdad’s Green Zone when militants lobbed a mortar near where he and other American officials were stationed. The building shook and the group quickly
evacuated to a safe zone. Mortar attacks were commonplace, but he later learned that one American and one Iraqi contractor died in the attack. Back home, his family took a “cautiously excited” view of his work but they understood that its confidential nature meant he could share few details with them. In 2004, Rodriguez met his future wife, Amanda, while combining his day job with his doctoral dissertation. Raised primarily overseas, Amanda returned to America to major in international relations at Virginia Tech and, from the start, the couple had much in common. Calling the dissertation his “other girlfriend,” on weekends Amanda chauffeured Rodriguez back and forth to the Library of Congress during the first few months of their relationship. They married in July 2007, have a two year-old daughter Julianna, and expect
another child late this fall. After leaving Iraq, Rodriguez’s agency granted him an award for outstanding service while deployed to the war zone. Now married with a child, Rodriguez would spend two years living and working in Brussels where he served as a Political Officer in the Political and Economic section of the United States Embassy. Rodriguez’s overseas experiences are still somewhat off-limits and, when asked about significant events he may have been involved with in the intelligence community, he is discreet: “I had a lot of opportunities to meet with world leaders and foreign officials on a variety of national security issues such as counterterrorism, nuclear proliferation, and cyber threats.” In the course of his federal government career, Rodriguez received several laudatory awards for his job performance, which, all tolled, spanned the tenure of several agencies’ directors. Rodriguez always had a strong connection to his home state and a desire, eventually, to serve in state government. Governor Chris Christie was elected while he was working in Brussels, and Rodriguez admired the new governor’s agenda and leadership style. When the Christie Administration offered him a job in April 2011, Rodriguez took the leap and made the tough decision to leave U.S. intelligence. In July, he joined Christie’s staff as a Policy Advisor to the Governor, with a portfolio that includes Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs, State Police, and International Economic Development. His home base is now at the State House in Trenton, worlds away from Europe or a Middle East battlefield, but both jobs have much in common. One thing that hasn’t changed, he observes, is the quality and commitment of the people he works with.
Playing with tigers in Chiang Mai, Thailand, spring 2010.
“My involvement in some of the foreign policy issues that have defined the last decade showed me that America is not only an indispensable nation, it is the indispensable nation.”
America, from a distance According to Rodriguez, if you asked most foreigners their opinion of the U.S.—and especially foreign leaders—the majority would say that they admire and respect this country
Chris and Amanda Rodriguez at the White House with President and Mrs. Bush.
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even when they sometimes disagree with its policies. “Most foreigners would acknowledge, at least privately, that America is, at its core, a force for good in the world,” he says. “Most appreciate that America is by and large the only world power that is willing to do what is hard and what is necessary, even though those actions will be unpopular.” As an immigrant’s son he learned that America was, in many ways, an indispensable
“Academically, Brian Fleury’s English class and John Thompson’s history classes were undoubtedly some of the best I have taken in my academic career, including at both Williams and Notre Dame.” nation, dedicated to promoting democracy, peace, and security throughout the world. This perspective was reinforced by his study of America’s global ascendance in the 20th century, most notably its victories over two of the greatest threats to liberty in human history: fascism and communism. Tracking terrorists in a war zone brought those theories into sharp relief. “My involvement in some of the foreign policy issues that have defined the last decade showed me that America is not only an indispensable nation, it is the indispensable nation,” he reports. “I say this while at the same time accepting that this country does have its fair share of policy missteps. But from my unique optic, it was surprising how much the world really needs—and indeed requires— American leadership.” His experiences with U.S. and foreign officials over the past few years have taught him that “there is no country in the world that cares more about the issues we care about; that helps the nations and peoples that we help; that commits the resources we commit to meet pervasive threats to global security; and that trains its workforce to engage the world in a manner that is principled and constructive.”
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He is more aware than ever of the vital importance of American leadership on the world stage, particularly at a time when emerging powers are seeking to shape the future of the international political and economic system. Nowadays, Rodriguez likes the feeling of going home at night knowing that he contributed in some small way to the democratic process. He recalls his former intelligence colleagues with great admiration, recalling how they sorted through hundreds of pieces of information on a daily basis to build a picture of the current threat, then brainstormed ways to counter that threat. He credits Delbarton for giving him important tools: “Academically, Brian Fleury’s English class and John Thompson’s history classes were undoubtedly some of the best I have taken in my academic career, including at both Williams and Notre Dame.” Delbarton also gave him a firm sense of his New Jersey roots which he carried with him through his international travels over the last decade. He looks forward to this next stage in his career, where his ability to affect change moves from global to national and local. Since 2003, Chris Rodriguez has travelled to over 25 countries on 5 continents, including Yemen, Kenya, Tunisia, and Egypt. He encourages young people to broaden their world view by living or travelling extensively overseas. Rodriguez believes as we educate the next generation of American leaders, our success hinges largely on individuals who have international experience, particularly within the context of an increasingly interconnected world. If 9/11 taught us anything, it is that cultural and political myopia is not just misguided. It is dangerous.
Amanda, Chris and Julianna Rodriguez in Santorini, Greece, May 2011.
A Rodriguez family portrait, taken in Cape May, August 2010. Front, from left, Isabella Dugan, Ron Rodriguez, Roderick Dugan, Anne Rodriguez, Amanda and Julianna Rodriguez. Back row, from left, Rik Dugan, Joanna Rodriguez Dugan and Chris Rodriguez.
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Freshman Projects 2011
From left, from the Class of 2014, are Michael Diaz, Christopher Jagoe, Johnny Tamburro, Timothy Welman, and Christopher White with Freshman Class Moderator Matt Kovachik. Kovachik oversees the Freshman Project process.
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Each spring Delbarton freshmen present Freshman Projects, independent studies where the subject matter is completely up to them. Here are five examples of interesting, well-executed projects from the Class of 2014… Photos by Jessica Fiddes
Timothy Welman: Mind, Body, and Spirit Sculpture Timothy Welman has a passion for art. As a child his first drawing was of a French fryshaped robot in a mad scientist’s laboratory. His favorite toy, Legos, taught him how to build 3D figures. When he ran out of Lego kits he assembled figures from found objects like
soda cans and plastic eggs. For his freshman project Welman decided to make a sculpture in three parts to depict Delbarton’s coda of Mind, Body, and Spirit. He worked with wood for his ‘Mind’ sculpture because the brain absorbs knowledge the way wood soaks up moisture. For ‘Body’ Welman used steel piping to convey athletic strength and endurance and for ‘Spirit’ he chose clay for its malleability. The wooden sculpture took the most time: “My dad helped me cut the wood because, knowing me, I would probably have lost some fingers if I did it by myself,” Welman says with characteristic modesty. The cut boards were stacked on top of each other, screwed into place, sanded and stained to give the figure a realistic look. The sculptor was pleased with the results of all three pieces and he continues to enjoy the fact that “there are no boundaries in art.”
Other examples of Timothy’s art.
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FRESHMAN PROJECTS Christopher White: Trebuchet Among Christopher White’s hobbies are history and wood-working so for his freshman project he combined both interests: he built a trebuchet, a weapon employed during the Middle Ages to fling projectiles (including disease-ridden corpses) into enemy fortifications. He found a schematic online of a classic counter weight catapult. While his previous woodworking experience included simple projects like a bird house he had acquired enough wood working skills to be entrusted with his dad’s tools. White was confident enough to alter the design using nuts and bolts to make his trebuchet portable for transport to Delbarton. His biggest challenge was finding the right counter weight and projectile. His first weight was an ice cream carton packed with sand, but he discovered that two ten pound weights worked better. For projectiles he tried a tennis ball, a rock and, finally, a very
effective baseball. The best part of the project? Cutting the metal rods with a hand saw. “Sparks were flying!” says White with a big grin.
Michael Diaz: Windmill Michael Diaz’s freshman project was a salute to the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba, young African who used found objects to build a wind mill to bring power to his village. Diaz first needed to understand how to use blades to convert the energy of wind into rotational energy and, like the book’s author, he found his project involved much experimentation with materials. His wind turbine needed a generator, so Diaz tried a power drill, then a car alternator and finally settled on a generator from the front of a bicycle, the component that produces energy for a bike light as the cyclist pedals. For the blades he first hooked up an industrial fan, but the sheet medal blades were too heavy. Next he used a bike tire and cut and flattened pool hosing, then glued the thin rubber sheets onto the blades to make them 24 D ELBARTON TODAY
bigger to collect more wind. Diaz impressed faculty and students with his ingenuity and problem solving skills.
Christopher Jagoe: Musical Composition For his freshman project Christopher Jagoe composed an original piece of music for piano. To begin, he read books on the language and notation of music, and learned how to create patterns and structures in music using rhythm, harmony, melody, form and texture. When he felt confident enough with the mechanics, he sat at his piano over Christmas break to compose his first piece, Sonata No. 1. He enjoyed the creative process of building a unifying sonata from the blank composition page on up and learned that once a theme and melody are established an original composition requires harmony and carefully considered bridges. He used ‘con pedales’, ‘subitos’ and
Johnny Tamburro: Musical Arrangement Since 5th grade Johnny Tamburro had dreamt of arranging a piece of music, and Delbarton’s freshman project was a ‘gigantic excuse’ to do just that. Tamburro took the composition AM/FM Sound by the group Matt & Kim (composers Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino), a playful chorus to which Tamburro added flute, oboe, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, horn, trombone, percussion, bass clarinet, baritone sax, snare and bass drums and, yes, even bells. Tamburro plays multiple instruments, so
‘rallentandos’ to turn his musical concept into an actual piece of music. The hardest part of the project was to perform his music for a Delbarton audience during the spring concert. “I was nervous,” reports our favorite student composer, but the Delbarton audience enthusiastically applauded his original piece.
experimenting with how other instruments could interpret a melody was a reasonable leap for our arranger. His goal was to find which instruments worked best for the sound he wanted to create. His affiliation with Delbarton music groups was an advantage: he tested his arrangement on his music peers. When he conducted Delbarton’s first performance of his arrangement of AM/FM Sound “it worked, just didn’t work well” so he continued to eliminate awkward ‘not nice’ fingering until he got it right. In the end, Tamburro was ‘very happy’ with the results of his first musical piece and says that this first arrangement will not be his last.
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More Than a Road Trip By Kevin (Smith) Kato ’88
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The last time I was in a truck with Jon Krawczyk heading out of Los Angeles it was the fall of 1995. Fresh out of grad school and in pursuit of a career with the FBI, I was just beginning to realize my greatest passion: travel. Jon had recently moved to LA from Taos, New Mexico where he had already begun pursuing his passion for art. We drove north in my beaten 4Runner, us and another friend, mountain bikes in tow as we set out to camp, explore some of our country’s National Parks and generally not eat very well. Life, for the moment, consisted entirely of soaking up whatever came our way. Sixteen years later, the roads we’d traveled in pursuit of our passions brought us together once more. This May we reconvened in Los Angeles, climbed into Jon’s burly Chevy pickup and took off for the eastern horizon. Our friend had been replaced with a German shepherd; we set out not in search of parks but of a cross-section of our country’s people; strapped to the back of our truck, instead of mountain bikes, was a fourteen-foot stainless steel cross. We were heading for New York City, to deliver this 500-pound sculpture to St. Peter’s Church in Lower Manhattan, to stand as a memorial for the 2,997 people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001...
The Grand Canyon Photos by Kevin Smith Kato ’88
From the start Jon Krawczyk ’88 knew he was involved in something special. n October of 2006 the iconic I-beam cross recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center was placed outside St. Peter’s Catholic Church, a block from the site of the attacks. Father Kevin Madigan, pastor of St. Peter’s, foresaw the day this I-beam cross would be moved back to the former site of the World Trade Center and approached Jon with the task of creating something to replace it – something to stand in memory of those who lost their lives, and as a tribute to those brave souls who perished trying to save them. After many months of reflection, designing and planning Jon began early this year to build for St. Peter’s a new cross. Reminiscent in some ways of the cross he’d sculpted for Delbarton’s Fine Arts Center, this new cross would ultimately be an original, as imaginative and imbued with meaning as anything Jon had ever created. For eight weeks he labored, cutting pieces of stainless steel, welding them together, hammering out corners and smoothing out edges, drawing out a shine that can only come from relentless polishing and buckets of sweat. By March the cross was almost finished, ready to be
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transported across the country. This would not be the first time Jon would haul a massive piece of art coast to coast. A couple of years ago he tied a 26-foot stainless steel hockey player to a flatbed trailer and delivered it to Newark’s Prudential Center, home of his beloved New Jersey Devils. With him on that trip was Julio, his friend and metal-working assistant in LA. They made the cross-country drive in just a few days. This trip, however, was going to be different. Jon anticipated not just a drive across the miles, but a journey marked by chance encounters with people all across America – people who might have no direct connection to that day ten years ago but for whom this cross might nevertheless mean so much. This was more than a piece of art. This cross was a conduit for the hope and healing of a nation – or so we hoped, in much more modest terms.
But however his work would be received, Jon wanted someone to help tell the story. It was about this time a massive earthquake struck Japan, in the place my whimsical travels had led me to call home. While those of us living in Fukushima City were spared the devastation suffered by hundreds of thousands along the coast, no one knew what would come of the nuclear reactors heating up and exploding fifty miles and a minor mountain range away. Reports of damage and contamination varied wildly. What the coming days would bring was unknowable. My wife and I weren’t going to wait and find out, so we packed a couple of bags, scooped up our two little boys and hitched a ride out of town with a neighbor who had wisely filled his tank ahead of the impending gasoline shortage. Two tense, unpredictable days later we were in New Jersey,
Photos by Kevin Smith Kato ’88
Staten Island. NY
safe and surrounded by loved ones and completely unsure of the future. ‘I was thinking of heading out around the middle of April,’ Jon told me over the phone the day after I’d returned. Though my wife might have her concerns I needed no time for contemplation. Taking a trip across the country with this high school buddy of mine would be an opportunity to decompress after the intensity and emotion of the week since the quake. It was also, perhaps, an attempt to relive, if only for a time, those care-free days of sixteen years ago. And it would be a repatriation of sorts, taking a seat in an adventure that would re-introduce me to a country that in ten years had grown somewhat distant. ‘What do you think?’ Jon asked. My wife, bless her kind soul, was all for it. Mid-April had become mid-May when I finally kissed my wife good-bye, hugged my
boys and boarded a plane for Los Angeles. It was another week before we could hit the road as our two-man trip turned into an event involving a documentary film crew, a public relations firm and an army of kind people who jumped in on their own accord to help bring this cross to as many people as possible. Finally, on a cool, misty California morning Jon and I rolled onto the highway and headed east, beginning a journey that would take us through eighteen states and the District of Columbia, across 4,500 winding miles from the Pacific Ocean across the desert to the Mississippi Delta, up through the Ohio Valley and on to the Atlantic. We were heartily welcomed by the men (and one woman) of the Santa Fe Fire Department, who brought us with lights flashing and sirens wailing down to the historic plaza in the center of town where Jon would present his FALL /W INTER 2011 29
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cross to an enthralled and emotional crowd. We attended church in New Orleans, blown away by the soaring voices of the choir and the unflappable faith of a people still recovering from their own tragedy. In Elkhart, Indiana we met with school children keenly attuned to the story of September 11th though many of them were too young to remember if they had even been born. In this pleasant town near the Michigan border we also picked up the Book of Names, pages of steel etched with the names of those who perished on that day. This book would be fixed to the base of the cross, adding a stirring new element an already powerful image. Scheduled though these stops were, each new place brought us the kind of magic you simply can’t manufacture. Anticipation, reverent or giddy, gave way every time to the emotions still harbored in countless hearts. Equally moving were the many unplanned moments that arose, meeting people at gas stations and convenience stores, outside every restaurant and Motel 6 and everywhere we went. In the cities and the tiny towns, the questions would come: What is that thing? Did you make it yourself? How much does it
Installation at St. Peter’s Church, NYC
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weigh? Where’s it going? And while the cross is striking enough in its own right, the story behind it, and the opportunity to be a part of it by placing hand-written notes and prayers in a hole in the side of the cross that would ultimately be sealed with an actual piece of steel from the Trade Center wreckage, were what brought hundreds of people to tears. The men of the Coalgate, Oklahoma Fire Department; the customers and staff at the Front Street Junction restaurant in DeKalb, Texas; the women working the counter in the Shell mini-mart in Dickson, Tennessee; these people and so many more turned our cross-country trip into an inconceivable, unbelievable honor. In early June the cross arrived in Boonton, New Jersey where it would sit as Jon and I parted ways for a time. Jon saw his family in Los Angeles; I brought my family back to Japan. In July Jon and I climbed back into his truck and resumed the journey, bringing the cross to New York City, to people in close proximity to and, quite often, deeply, personally affected by the tragic events of ten years ago. And on a beautiful Wednesday morning we visited a place close to both of our hearts.
An intimate group of monks, teachers, staff and Delbarton alumni families had gathered in the garden to greet Jon and his cross. Father Giles offered an emotional few words and proffered his blessing. Tim Soulas, Class of 2008, honored us with his kind presence; his father was among those lost on that day. Craig Paris related his profound connection to an alum who also perished in the attacks: ‘Four days before Brian entered Delbarton his father passed away,’ he said. ‘Please take care of him his sister asked me. And I did. I watched over him for four years...’ For many, ten years on, the ache still remains. Jon spoke of community, of Delbarton’s commitment to reach out to all people regardless of religion or race – one of the fundamental ideas behind his memorial. ‘This cross,’ he explained, ‘symbolizes sacrifice. The people who ran into those buildings weren’t trying to save Christians or Jews or Muslims, they were trying to save people. Just as this cross is made up of different parts, our country on that day came together as one. Whatever else anyone was, we were all Americans.’ Jon brought his memorial and its message
to hundreds more people throughout the area before bringing it back to Boonton once more for its final preparations. On the evening of August 10th the cross was escorted into Manhattan by two dozen firemen on motorcycles. Through the night Jon sweat blood as he polished steel and drilled holes in cement and raced against time. At five in the morning this product of his passions was raised and set in place. The St. Peter 9-11 Cross was finally home. At six o’clock in the evening of August 11th Jon stood beneath his cross, in front of family, friends, old classmates and new acquaintances, all gathered to witness the culmination of a long and emotional journey. ‘When people look at this,’ Jon said, ‘I hope people remember the sacrifices people made that day. I hope they look at the world around them and think for a moment about what their own sacrifice will be.’ Through his own tireless effort and his immutable passion, this is the message Jon was able to bring to thousands of people across the country. And this, perhaps, is what Jon has given to the innumerable people who will look upon this cross in the decades to come.
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J. Craig Paris ’82
Jon’s wife Dee Dee Krawczyk and mother Nancy Johanson at the installation ceremony.
A few days after leaving his cross to stand in the shadow of the rising glass and steel of the new World Trade Center, Jon climbed back into his truck, his dog by his side, and began the long drive home. Meanwhile I jumped a plane for Japan, to close out my existence there and bring my growing family to America to begin a new one. We’ll travel our roads and follow our passions. We’ll get together again, maybe even drive with our families to a National Park or two. But this endeavor, this journey, could never be recreated. It has been my great honor to be a part of it .
The Book of Names at the base of St. Peter’s 9/11 Cross.
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Omar Rizwan ’12
My Summer in Silicon Valley By Omar Rizwan ’12
o I’m seventeen and a senior. I’ve only driven a car once in my life and have barely even started applying to colleges. But I’ve already done work that impacts the lives of millions of people right now. For over a year, I’ve been working with Khan Academy to develop its educational practice system and website. If you haven’t heard of it, Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization which aims to bring free education to the world. Its founder, faculty, and director is Sal Khan, who grew up in New Orleans. His story is already famous: He earned two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree from MIT, where he was the senior class president, as well as an MBA from Harvard. In other words, he's a very, very smart and driven guy. While working at a hedge fund, he started putting short, conversational lecture videos online for free to help his cousins. Today, that effort has grown into one of the major forces in an online educational revolution, thanks to donations from thousands of students.
Sal, his partners, and me (second from the left). My brother Shan Rizwan ’17 (on the far right) was visiting me at the time. As you can see, this office was pretty crowded.
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So I’m seventeen and a senior. I’ve only driven a car once in my life and have barely even started applying to colleges. But I’ve already done work that impacts the lives of millions of people right now.
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I first got involved with Sal's work in July last year. I was facing a summer without anything to do. One night, I was up late, and an online video interview with Sal came up on some blog. I'd heard of Khan Academy before but hadn't looked into it much. I watched the interview, and I was instantly hooked on Sal's vision; I decided to help. Contributing to software projects has a uniquely low barrier; you just write the code and send it in. I’d had a good amount of coding experience from before, although I had never taken a computer science class in my life. I could have been a little intimidated, starting on a project with professional programmers, but I figured that I would just dive in and adapt. My first contribution to Khan Academy was a print button, so users could view the next few problems and print them out to do on paper. I sent it in to Sal’s tiny volunteer development team, which made me confirm that my employer wouldn’t hold the copyright. After that patch, I began sending more and more code and feedback to Sal and his friends. I added new practice exercises in math and physics to go with Sal's videos. I became, in the words of one contributor, “the module Jedi.” At that time last summer, Khan Academy was in its infancy. Sal had been making videos for a couple of years, but he’d only recently seen enough traction to quit his job. Khan Academy didn't really have an office, and it didn't have any employees besides Sal. I fit well into this rapidly growing venture: while Sal made videos, I could lead the development of more and more exercises. After only a few days of contributions, Sal took notice, and we were talking on the phone. His first question was if I had a job or a wife, since I was able to spend so much time volunteering! He was stunned to find out that I was a teenager. I learned from him that no one besides me had ever bothered to add new practice material before. Over the next few months, I made tons of new exercises whenever I had the time. I tweaked and tuned parts of the exercise system itself, and I became the resident expert on it.
When other people submitted new exercises, they would usually undergo review from me before we launched them. Meanwhile, Sal started to hire full-time employees, and together we formed a small, focused team. In February, I made some last-minute fixes to make the exercise software work properly on most people's computers. Soon after that fix, Sal demonstrated our software at the TED conference. Today, that talk has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people online. When I saw Sal on the TED stage alongside Bill Gates, receiving a standing ovation, I finally realized the sheer scale of what I was involved in. After a few weeks, I found myself with a lot of free time during spring break. Naturally, I channeled it into my volunteer work at Khan Academy. One day, Sal’s partner offered me a job for the summer. I would come to their office in Mountain View, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. They would pay me,
A visit to Google headquarters.
and I would also get housing, thanks to one of our donors. I was excited, but I decided that I had to do something important before I accepted: I needed to tell my parents and ask them first! Over the past eight months, I hadn't even said the words Khan Academy to them. I sat them down on the couch that night, and we watched the TED video. They were amazed at what Sal had managed to do, but they were even more amazed when they found out that I had played a part. They were a little worried, but they also understood that going to work there was an incredible opportunity. My first day of full-time work was May 16, 2011. My new coworkers gave me a warm welcome. Some of them were surprised to find out that I was a real person after all! Sal's first reaction was that I was much taller than he expected. I soon settled into work. Over the two-and-a-half months or so I spent in California, I helped work on many interesting
projects in the exercise framework. First, we rebuilt the framework, and I was part of the team that brought it back up to par with the old system. I made tweaks and fixed bugs. Once that important work was done, I turned toward building more new modules; I came up with some innovative concepts, including a protractor kids can drag around and manipulate on the screen. The growth in the company while I was there was amazing. On the first day, there were two other people on the software engineering team with me, and the whole company, about half-a-dozen people, was cramped into the second floor of a tea shop. By August, the company had tripled in size. We got five other interns (I was the first), a new team to manage school pilots, a bunch of new engineers, and an office manager, all during my work stint. It was also a great personal experience. I worked side-by-side with some of the smartest people I'd ever met. Our website describes the
Learn More To learn more about Khan Academy, go to: www.khanacademy.org
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We had regular board game nights to liven things up. This particular Wednesday, we were playing the Battlestar Galactica board game.
company as "a small but elite team who come from a past at Mozilla, Microsoft, hedge funds, McKinsey, Fog Creek Software [a well-reputed
On a visit to Google, we played foosball. My team won.
software company in New York], and more." The caliber of the people I worked with was incredible. In a small company with big goals like Khan Academy, every person involved has to be excellent, and we met that standard. Many of my coworkers were educated at top universities, particularly Stanford and MIT. Some came from prestigious companies; even some of my fellow interns had interned at places like Facebook and Google while in college. The selection process for jobs at Khan
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Academy is super-rigorous so that we can find these people; full-time employees spend a lot of time just interviewing and screening candidates. The competition for my spot as an intern may well be harsher than the competition for a spot in the freshman class at Harvard. Putting credentials aside, though, we got things done. Not only did I work with great people, I also met great people. Silicon Valley definitely matched its reputation. Our office was less than two miles from Google's headquarters, which we visited. We met more famous and powerful people than I can count who were interested in Khan Academy. Al Gore came over for a couple of hours one day. The CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, walked in on us a few weeks later. We saw Mark Zuckerberg at a conference. Reporters loved to come in and film us; one local news team from Los Angeles flew over just because they were so interested in our story. They also took a flash drive and didn't give it back. I came home a week before school started, barely missing out on the excitement of Irene. I hope to go back sometime. I'm also planning to continue working when I can find time this year. To sum things up in a few words, this experience was life-changing. If someone had told me a year-and-a-half ago about how I’d make a difference for millions of people, I wouldn't have believed them. Khan Academy is now hiring. If you want to change the world and you can program or know someone who can, check out www.khanacademy.org/jobs. Even if you’re still in high school, as long as you’re able and willing to learn, you’re welcome there.
AROUND DELBARTON Fran Bonalsky Receives 2011 Trustee Award
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With Fran and Jan Bonalsky (on right) are, from left, Trustee Kurt Krauss ’81, Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, Board President Dan Scott ’62 P ’95, ’97 and Trustee Bob Noelke P ’09, ’10.
Faculty member Fran Bonalsky received the Trustee Award from Lay Board of Trustees President Dan Scott ’62 at the Faculty Picnic on September 9, 2011 as she began her thirtieth consecutive year teaching at Delbarton. Bonalsky was recognized for her leadership and service in the Sciences. She is currently the Chairperson of the Science Department and has built one of the strongest Science Departments yet at Delbarton. Under her leadership, AP scores in the sciences remain high each year. Delbarton science students also continue to earn among the highest scores each year in The Merck State Science Day, a science competition among individuals and teams of secondary New Jersey school students. Fran
also has served as the moderator of Delbarton 7th and 8th graders in the Middle School Consortium - a group of 10 schools which sponsors a calendar of yearly events to promote student growth. In the classroom, Bonalsky is a master teacher. She is currently teaching Advanced Placement Biology and Advanced Introduction to Biology, and she has also taught science in the middle school. In fact, she has been instrumental in developing the middle school as well as the upper school science curriculum. Fran challenges her students. They report that they work hard in her classes but they are quick to add that she is always fair – a compliment to any teacher. Fran is an expert in her field – she
strives to keep her courses up to date and her students appreciate her efforts. Bonalsky also served for several years on the Admissions Committee and is the leader of her caucus. In this capacity, she is an excellent ambassador of the school and her interviews are often a student’s first experience with Delbarton. She is dedicated to the Sciences and her students, and she is also devoted to her family. She and her husband Jan have become world travelers; Bonalsky enjoys the intellectual broadening that travel affords. Board President Dan Scott thanked Bonalsky for her many contributions to the Delbarton community over the past 30 years. Jessica Fiddes
Since many Delbarton art/design students are interested in architecture as a major, art teacher Dane Borda wanted to learned more about the subject to them navigate the college application process. Last summer he took a graduate class in architecture at Pratt Institute. History teacher Kevin Conn and family travelled to Niagara Falls, including some ‘research’ at Old Fort Niagara. Conn also participated in several events with the New Jersey Frontier Guard, a group of French & Indian War reenactors / living historians. In August, Conn and his wife Liz travelled to the Washington DC area for the Musical Box Society International convention. Over the summer, Br. Michael DeSaye, OSB, attended courses in scripture at Yale Divinity School and Misericordia University. He also attended the Kemp Symposium for Worship and Music at Princeton Theological Seminary and Westminster Choir College. In addition, Br. Michael composed three mass settings to the text of the new edition of the Roman Missal, and is in the process of completing another three. He hopes to publish them soon. Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, OSB, attended the Institute for Experienced Heads organized by the SAIS (Southern Association of Independent Schools) on Hilton Head, SC in late June. Some 25 heads of school from across the US and Canada
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Delbarton welcomed six new teachers for the 2011-12 school year. Dean of Faculty Anne Leckie is managing the yearlong new teacher orientation program, which includes being supported all year through a faculty mentoring program. New faculty members pictured here are, from left, Sean Rose (Health and Phys Ed), Rob Solomon (Math), Maureen Pearsall (French and Spanish), Rick Cimino (Middle School Guidance Counselor and Director of Middle School Programs, History), Dan Pieraccini (English and Italian), and Philip Bauchan (religious studies).
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attended the 4-day event. Admissions Director Dr. David Donovan is a busy man. In August he hosted the Green Wave Soccer Trip to Argentina. He serves on two soccer boards: the Board of West Morris Soccer Club and the Board of Everton, NJ. Everton is a select co-ed soccer academy in northern New Jersey. As the Director of Player and Program Development, Donovan designed and delivered public programs including How to Navigate the College Recruitment Process as a Student-Athlete and, this past August, two workshops on Successful Coaching Methods for Youth Soccer. Donovan also serves on three educational boards: Shepherds of Youth and Platinum Minds are nonprofits that support mentoring disadvantaged youths, and, on July 1, he became the President of the Board of Trustees at The Willow School in Gladstone, NJ. English teacher Rob Flynn is in a master’s program for computing in education at Columbia Teachers College. Campus Ministry Director David Hajduk was accepted into the Ph.D. program at Maryvale Ecclesiastical Institute in Birmingham, England, and is working on his doctoral dissertation. His projected year of completion is 2015. Spanish teacher Jaime Paris is currently studying yearround for a master’s degree in Spanish literature at Montclair State University. His goal is to earn a Ph.D. in the subject within the next few years Last summer English and Italian teacher Dan Pieraccini (continued on page 39) 38 D ELBARTON TODAY
Jayne Geiger Receives 2011 Distinguished Educator Award Jessica Fiddes
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From left, Br. Paul Diveny, OSB, Jason Wyatt '98, Jayne Geiger, Jordan Wyatt and Delbarton Admissions Director Dr. David Donovan. Jane’s father Lew Geiger sits in front.
On June 1, 2011 Ms. Jayne Geiger, Head of Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ, received the 2011 Delbarton Distinguished Educator Award. Dr. David Donovan, Delbarton Director of Admissions, presented Geiger with the award at a Delbarton faculty meeting. Several of Geiger's former students currently at Delbarton, James Berkman '12 and Derek Speedy '14, spoke eloquently of Geiger's ability to connect with students and bring out the very best in her charges. Geiger's colleague Alfred 'Rik' Dugan, a former Delbarton teacher and coach who now serves as FHCDS's director of secondary guidance, paid tribute to his mentor who has influenced so many teachers and administrators in her thirty-one years at the School.
Geiger graduated from Douglass College at Rutgers University with a BA in Sociology and a minor in English. She holds two Master's degrees, one in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education and one in Educational Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University. In 1980 she arrived at Far Hills Country Day School in 1980 after teaching stints at the John E. Riley School from 1972-76, at the Frankfurt International School in Germany from 1976-78, and at the Copenhagen International Junior School in Denmark from 1978-80. In September, 1992 Geiger became Head of Far Hills Country Day School and she has been an exemplary leader both of children and adults ever since. Geiger is a member of several area Boards including the New
Jersey Association of Independent Schools, the Women’s Resource Center of Somerset County, and the Oliver Scholars Program of NYC. She has two children. Her oldest son Jason, a Delbarton alumnus Class of 1998, is an attorney, and her youngest son, Jordan, is currently completing his PhD in psychology. FHCDS parents and board members witnessed her gracious acceptance speech, and her 95 year old father, Lew Geiger, possibly her greatest fan, paid touching tribute to his daughter's outstanding career in education. His pride was palpable and the Delbarton faculty members gave both him and his high-achieving daughter a standing ovation.
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Delbarton Has 113 AP Scholars he results are in! Congratulations to the 113 Delbarton students who qualified as AP (Advanced Placement) Scholars in 2011. Only about 18 percent of the more than 1.8 million students worldwide who took these exams in May 2010 performed at a sufficiently high level to merit such recognition. 15 Delbarton students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award (as well as AP Scholar with Distinction Awards) by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a 5-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams:
Class of 2011: Christopher Aquino, Peter Godart, Brian Khoe, Nicolas Luzarraga, Andrew MacMaster, John McMahon, Robert Patten, Douglas Peters, Thomas Pigott, Adam Suczewski and Alex Tarnowski Class of 2012: Omar Rizwan, Ritchie Shen, Alexander Shypula and James Weldon The following 44 (59 if you include National Scholars) students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams:
Class of 2011: Matthew Albano, Nicholas Cerrone, Peter Chambers, Peter Cozzi, Nicholas Donatiello, Hunter Dougherty, Andrew Flatley, Gregory Fobben, Brian Grumka, Nicholas Howard-Johnson, Spenser Huston, Kyle Kaplan, Rob Kautzmann, Colton Klein, Brian Limbo, Kyle McLaughlin, Wade Morgan, Mike Noelke, Patrick O'Meara, William O’Donnell, Sawyer Rice, Dominic Rizzo, Matthew Saburn, Jason Saitta, Gregory Scalera, Albert Smith, Adam Suczewski, Gregory Sweetman, Alexander Tarnawski, Derek Veslasco, Timothy White and Walter Wygera Class of 2012: David Colavita, Connor Feeley, Thomas Fickinger, Kevin Larkin, John Lee, Michael Li, Kevin Liu, Vincent Pacelli, Jonathan Rogers, John Russell, Ryan Slattery and Andrew Tsukamoto The following 26 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams: Class of 2011: Gregory Ballanco, Liam Cross, Peter Kelly, Morgan Pearson, Daniel Pirovano, Evan Santoro, Albert Striano, Chetan Sukh, and Patrick Toolan
Class of 2012: James Berkman, Yasin Damji, Spencer Furey, Matthew Gibbons, Michael Johnson, Gregory Keiser, Ryan Maguire, Timothy Mason, Brian Paskas, Steven Penny, Max Rogers, Ryan Rogers, Luke Rossi, Steven Rybicki, Vivek Shimpi, Kevin Sweeney and Michael Woo The following 28 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with grades of 3 or higher: Class of 2011: Kyle Brennan, Dean Brierley, James Ferrando, William Huff, Matthew Killian, Justin Park, Stephen Reynolds, Thomas Skea, Sean Spatz and John Tetnowski Class of 2012: Eric Benz, William Beute, Henry Bolo, Andrew Christie, Devon Gobbo, Chad Heal, Gregory Herrigel, Christopher Kohl, Nicholas Lee, Sean Maguire, Sean Onderdonk, Zachary Posess, Jonathan Ramirez, Eric Shiuey, Adam Vincent, Gregory Vlahakiss and Harrison West Class of 2013: Christopher Chen We salute our 113 Delbarton 2011 AP Scholars! TJ Sullivan ’10’s name was mistakenly omitted from last year’s list of AP Scholars. We regret this error.
did a crash course of the Balkans (Trieste, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia), spent a month backpacking across Turkey, toured the Causcauses, (Georgia and Armenia), and travelled to the rest of what he had not yet seen of eastern Europe, including Romania, Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia and a brand new country, a breakaway territory not yet recognized internationally, called Transnistria. Dan Szelingowski will complete his M.A. in Education Leadership, Management and Policy at Seton Hall University this March. English department chair Michael Vermylen studied at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT, working on his M.A. in English. He took two courses: Playwriting, in which the final project was to write a one-act play, and Chaucer, in which his class read both The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde in the original Middle English.
TIDINGS Faculty member Dan Szelingowski married Kristin Storz on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at St. Cecelia Church in Rockaway, NJ. The couple lives in Morristown, NJ English department chair Michael Vermylen and Emily Rossi Vermylen were married on June 4, 2011 at the University of Chicago’s Bond Chapel in Chicago. The couple resides in Hoboken, NJ. Faculty member Patrick Finn and his wife Susan welcomed their son Zachary (continued on page 40) FALL /W INTER 2011 39
(continued from page 39) Gantz Finn on October 10, 2011. Campus Ministry Director Dave Hajduk and his wife Shannon welcomed a son, Luke Josef, on October 2, 2011. Luke joins his eight siblings Miranda (17), Daniel (14), Emily (13), Jamie Rae (11), Jonathan (9),Benjamin (7), Maggie (4) and Caleb (1 ½). Faculty member Jake Ross and his wife Kelly are the proud parents a son, Charles Edward Ross (Charlie) born on September 8, 2011.
Wave Cross Country’s Highway to Hope
Each year, every Green Wave team adopts a community service project. Since 2007 Wave Cross Country’s fall service project has been to raise funds for the American Cancer Society through its Highway of Hope Drive by selling daffodil bulbs, the first flower of spring and a traditional symbol of hope. The project honors the late Brian Fleury, Delbarton’s former Athletic Director, who died in 2007 after a twenty year battle with lymphoma. On April 19, 2011, with Coach John Barnicle and Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny looking on, proceeds from this year’s bulb sale were presented by runners Morgan Pearson ’11 and Adam Suczewski ’11, on right, to Eric Range of the American Cancer Society in Cedar Knolls. NJ.
FATHER & SON Community Service Projects Fathers & Friends Community Service Chairman Kevin Feeley P’09,’12,’16 reports that his group wrapped up the year by serving the daily meal at the Community Soup Kitchen on Easter Sunday. Other service
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events last year included unloading food from the Thanksgiving food drive at the Morristown Food Pantry, and loading tractor-trailers for Delbarton’s annual mission to Appalachia. Pictured here on
Easter Sunday are Dan ’12 and Didier Blanc, Sean ’12 and Chip Donnelly, Gerard ’16 and Angelo Menna, Steve ’12 and Steven Penny, Adam ’12 and Aman Vazir and Connor ’12 and Kevin Feeley. (Not pictured
Jake ’12 and Tom Feury). Said Feeley, “...response was tremendous and (our)deeds helped many in need both near and far and by doing so brought out the true ‘spirit of Delbarton’.”
Whalen Climbs Kilimanjaro Green Wave Athletic Director Dan Whalen climbed Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro with two high school friends in August 2011. Here Dan proudly holds a Delbarton flag after all three men summited the peak.
Delbarton Scores at Moody’s Mega Math Challenge 2011
Delbarton’s team of four applied mathematicians, John Lee ’12, Jack Rogers ’12, Omar Rizwan ’12 and Andrew Tsukamoto ’12, was one of the top 43 teams to share $100,000 in prize money in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge math modelling contest. The challenge was to define the implications of long-term drought and to solve the Colorado River Basin’s water crisis. Over a weekend 2,585 high school students in 568 teams had 14 hours to solve the Colorado River Basin’s water crisis. Delbarton was awarded an Honorable Mention and a $1,000 prize for the team’s ‘noteworthy solution’.
Model UN in DC
In late March six students competed in the Washington Area Model UN Conference hosted by George Washington University’s International Affairs Society. The boys took part in a Joint Crisis Committee where they represented historical figures in different countries’ cabinets and competed against each other in diplomatic intrigue. Alex Shypula ’12, second from right, won Outstanding Delegate (2nd Place) in the French cabinet as Henri Eugene Philippe Luis D’Orleans, Duc D’Aumale.
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Delbarton Takes Second Place in Panasonic Design Challenge In the final round of the Panasonic Design Challenge three students from Delbarton’s Engineering Club, Peter Godart ’11, Declan Nowak ’14 and Justin Park ’11 took second place among 23 high schools on April 12th at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The team submitted its innovative design and engineering of a wildfire response and rescue robotic device. First place winner, High Point Regional High School, unseated Delbarton, the threetime defending champion, in the annual science and technology competition. For their second place finish Delbarton students each received $4,000 scholarships.
Money Management 101 On April 26th a trio of experts from Merrill Lynch/Bank of America came to Delbarton to discuss personal finance issues that face students today. Lisa Lavecchia, Certified Financial Planner, was joined by colleagues Peter Loring and Helen Fernandez-Peralta in a tutorial sponsored by the Delbarton’s Economics Club. After the presentation, each attendee left with a Student Financial Handbook and a better understanding of the value of money management. i.e. Why purchasing over-priced drinks every day really adds up.
Grumka ’11 and Pigott ’11 are National Debate Champions
Posess ’12 and Weldon ’12 Win National Debate Title
In May Brian Grumka ’11, on right, and Thomas Pigott ’11 were named 2011 National Catholic Forensic League National Champions in Public Forum Debate after besting 227 competitors in 10 rounds. 2100 competitors from 587 schools from as far away as Alaska competed at the tournament in Washington. Pigott was also the 2010 NCFL National Champion in Public Forum Debate (with Bud Peters ’11 as his partner) and is the only student in the history of the NCFL to have won two Public Forum Debate championships. In September he entered Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, while Grumka started his studies at Dartmouth.
In June rising seniors Zachary Posess ’12 and James Weldon ’12 won the national championship in Public Forum Debate at the 2011 National Forensic League National Tournament in Dallas, TX. The duo beat 256 other teams in Public Forum Debate and took home trophies and a $10,000 college scholarship. More than 3,200 students participated in the 2011 NFL National Tournament, the world’s largest academic contest. The tournament drew visitors from across the country and as far away as China.
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8th Grade Culture Warriors Hit the Road
The Class of 2015 enjoyed one final historical voyage together which offered both opportunities for learning and bonding. In mid May the boys were accompanied on the trip to DC and Williamsburg, VA by moderator and trip coordinator, Mr. Bryan Stoll, guidance counsellor, Mr. Rob Loia, history teacher Mr. Jake Ross and Spanish/Italian teacher Michael DelGuercio. We are pleased to report that the four chaperones returned unscathed but possibly not quite as sane as when they left. Later in May after the Underclassmen Awards the class posed for a photo in the Senior Garden with Mr. Loia, on right, and Mr. Stoll.
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In March Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny discussed Delbartonâ€™s statuary with Justine Bello of Conservation Solutions, on left, and Flaminia Gennari-Santori, curator of Miamiâ€™s Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Statue Spa, Delbarton-Style our eighteenth century Italian sculptures mounted on pedestals on the wall between the Fine Arts Center and the Senior Garden underwent a major face lift last spring by a wellrespected conservation firm. In April Justine Bello, managing the project for Conservation Solutions, Inc., prescribed treatment of the sculptures which began with a gentle cleaning using a sequence of hot water washing, biocides and detailed scrubbing to reduce the pervasive dark, biological soiling (i.e. dirt and mold) which was obscuring much of the figures. Once the statues were cleaned, conservators got a better look to assess the next stage of treatment. The process continued a few weeks later with an emphasis on preservation and stabilization of these historic, eighteenth-century figures. The statues are formally described as 'Temperance' (she wears a tiara, with one hand on an urn), 'Fortitude' (he wears armor and leans on a pedestal), Homer (he holds a scroll in one hand and a book in the other), and a 'Group' (a man flinging a rock accompanied by a youth reclining at his feet probably watching a distant TV).
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This cleaning and stabilizing approach is comparable to the job Conservation Solutions did on the sister sculptures to Delbarton's pieces -- created by the same Italian artist, Giovanni Marchiori -- in the collection of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami. In March Vizcaya's Deputy Director for Collections, Flaminia Gennari-Santori, visited Delbarton to examine the School's Marchioris. The final stage of conservation work focused on patching select areas of loss to prevent further deterioration, re-working failed previous repairs, and stabilizing larger areas of damage through a combination of mechanical pinning methods and grout injection. When the process was complete details were revealed that the dirt and grime had long hidden.
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Junior Awards At the May 31 underclassmen awards ceremony Delbarton 7th through 11th graders were recognized for their academic, campus ministry and activity achievements throughout the year. Four members of the Class of 2012 were chosen to participate in interesting summer 2011 Governor’s School for Engineering and Technology. James Weldon attended the 2011 Governor’s School for The Sciences. Connor Feeley was selected to participate in the New Jersey Scholars Program.
Andrew Christie attended the American Legion New Jersey Boys State at Rider University in June. For outstanding achievement in mathematics and science the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal was awarded to David Colavita. For outstanding academic achievement and superior intellectual promise in the field of science the Bausch & Lomb Science Award was awarded to Kevin Larkin. The following book awards were presented at the Underclassman Awards Ceremony. The
Teacher Jake Ross in Pingry Athletic Hall of Fame Last May Delbarton faculty member and coach Jake Ross, and his brother Nick Ross, were both inducted into the Pingry Athletic Hall of Fame. Jake Ross, a member of the class of 1996, played three sports, soccer (three letters), hockey (four letters) and baseball (four letters), and captained all three teams during his senior year. He played soccer and baseball at Lafayette College where he received the Hall of Fame Award from the soccer program and was twice named 1st Team All Patriot League and All-Region. 46 D ELBARTON TODAY
Columbia University Book Award: Andrew Tsukamoto; The George Washington University Book Award: Ryan Slattery; The Princeton University Book Award: Omar Rizwan; The Colgate University Book Award: Jonathan Ramirez; The Dartmouth College Book Award: Jack Rogers; The Yale University Book Award: James Weldon; The Holy Cross Book Award, Connor Feeley. The Saint Michael’s College Book Award for Scholarship and Service, which is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a
sustained and sincere commitment to community service, was awarded to Adam Vincent. The St. Anselm College Book Award, which is given to a student in recognition of exceptional leadership qualities and demonstrated academic success, was awarded to Spencer Furey. Pictured above are the Junior book award winners with Director of Guidance Shelly Levine, on left, and Director of Senior Guidance Mike Rosenhaus ’80 on right.
Delbarton Has Two National Merit Finalists Among the 16,000 National Merit Semi-finalists announced last September, two Delbarton seniors met the requirements to advance to Finalist status: Brian Khoe ’11, on left, and Nick Luzarraga ’11. Winners of Merit Scholarship awards are chosen from the Finalist group, based on the Finalist’s academic record, information about the school’s curricula and grading system, test scores, written recommendations, information about the student’s activities and leadership, and a personal essay.
Italy When in Roma
Faculty members Mike DelGuercio and Matt Goldsmith share at least two things in common. Both are Delbarton alumni (Class of 2004) and both are tour guides extraordinaire, as a ten day student trip to Italy last summer proved. Eight lucky student travellers – seven sophomores, one junior -signed on for the excursion, and DelGuercio made all arrangements. The physically imposing Goldsmith served as chaperone/videographer/bodyguard. The group arrived in Roma on June where they met up with St. Mary’s Abbey’s Fr. Elias Lorenzo, OSB, for a lunch/tour Sant’Anselmo, the Benedictine university and college where Fr. Elias serves as Prior. They toured Rome, the Vatican and surrounding areas and even had a private guided tour of the Italian Parliament Building. On to Assisi, Perugia,
Firenze, Bevagna and Montefalco. Their final stop was the seaside town of Porto Santo Stefano on Monte Argentario -- a bit of land jutting into the Tirreno Sea -- for some beach time. They returned home with great stories and even better memories of their Italian adventure.
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Twenty five Green Wave soccer players, accompanied by three coaches, travelled to Argentina last summer from August 15 to August 21 to prepare for another dynamic fall soccer season. Assistant Coach Josh Hartle's kept a daily blog and sent back plenty of great photos. The group trained with coaches from an Argentine Youth Soccer Academy, played two matches, toured Buenos Aires and surrounding areas, and participated in community service. Their itinerary included lots of soccer plus shopping, cultural tours, steak, horse-back riding on the pampas and, of course, tango. One highlight was a training session with the local professional team Independiente’s youth team. Afterwards, they ate lunch together in the club’s dining hall where they traded t- shirts and a few laughs. Finally, they were introduced to the passion of Argentine soccer in a stadium alive with singing and passion when Independiente pulled out an exciting 1-0 victory.
Green Wave ‘Futbol’ in Buenos Aires
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German Exchange Students at Delbarton
For nearly twenty years, Delbarton has hosted a group of German exchange students from the Bildungszentrum Markdorf. This year's group arrived Friday evening, April 1st, and got right into the swing of things by attending classes with their Delbarton student hosts on Monday, April 4th. The students, eight girls and four boys, chaperoned by two of their teachers, spent the next two weeks seeing the sights and
occasionally were back on campus. Eleven Delbarton students and their families served as hosts, Delbarton German Exchange moderator is faculty member Kevin Conn, and German teacher Jack Diffley helped to escort the group during their visit. Above are the German students and their Delbarton hosts, with Conn and Diffley.
Delbarton freshman, sophomores and juniors are eligible to participate in the annual June excursion to Ireland. Participants stay with a student and family from the Glenstal Abbey School in County Limerick for three weeks where they experience the culture, cuisine and history of Ireland. This year's contingent of Delbarton students landed safely in Ireland on June 28th, accompanied by our favorite travelling monk, Fr. Edward Seton Fittin, OSB. In this group photo of the American and Irish lads are, from left, Sam Molony (Gl), Luke Kelly (Gl), Kieran O’Sullivan (Gl), Adam Vincent ’12 (D), Jack Price ’13 (D), Luke Mairo ’13 (D), Garreth Helm ’14 (D), Rory Mulvihill (Gl), Karl Glynn (Gl) and Liam Paris ’13 (D).
Ireland Delbarton in Ireland
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Delbarton Arts Festival 2011
n May 25th the Delbarton Arts Council (DAC) held it Festival of the Arts, an annual event that honors the music and art of Delbarton students. Families, alumni, monks, faculty and friends enjoy exhibits, performances, auctions and a pig roast buffet. Each year DAC seems to have a lock on perfect weather. Mason jars filled with sunflowers...the aroma of slow roasted pork...Frisbee games in the Senior Garden â€“ life doesn't get much better. All for a good cause: the Festival's silent and live auctions raise funds for arts programs throughout the year. Another stellar performance by DAC volunteers.
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NEWS Summer Reading, Rendered Graphically During summer 2010 students and faculty were required to read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba (with Bryan Mealer) the tale of young African man who built a windmill with found objects to supply his village with energy. The book’s inspirational message was incorporated into Delbarton’s curriculum last year. Art Department Chair Diane Lopez challenged her 8th grade students to explore the book’s theme with paint and this is the painting the boys created.
One Acts Festival 2011 Delbarton’s 2011 One Acts Festival took place one weekend in April with an Opening Night Reception in Old Main hosted by the Delbarton Arts Consortium. The Festival featured one act plays written, produced and acted by Delbarton students. Visiting thespians from other area schools and Delbarton faculty members rounded out the casts. Actors and crew assembled onstage in the Fine Arts Center for a formal portrait.
Delbarton Musicians Make the Cut Last spring four Delbarton students were selected for Regional, All-State and All Eastern band honors. Peter Godart ’11 (Piano) made the All Eastern Jazz Ensemble; Nish Swami '13 (French Horn) was selected Region Band, All-State Band; Kevin Liu '12 (Clarinet) was chosen for Region Band; and John Lee '12 (Cello) was chosen for the All Eastern Orchestra. At Delbarton last year Lui played in the Delbarton Wind Ensemble and Clarinet Ensemble...Swami performed in the Delbarton Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Abbey Orchestra, and sang in Gothicapella... Godart played in the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Abbey Orchestra and sang in Schola, Gothicapella, and the Benedictones...Lee performed with the Abbey Orchestra and played in the Juilliard Pre-College Division on weekends. Their music mentor, Jazz Ensemble Director Greg Devine, stands on right. 52 D ELBARTON TODAY
AROUND DELBARTON Best in Show Last spring seven Delbarton students had artworks on display at the 23rd Annual High School Student Art Show sponsored by the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts. AP art student Connor Buckley ’11, shown here, won two first place awards and two honorable mentions in Printmaking. Adam Suczewski ’11 was awarded an Honorable Mention in Sculpture and Greg Scalera ’11 received Third Place and an Honorable Mention in Printmaking.
A Composer in Our Midst Music teacher Br. Michael DeSaye, OSB, a talented pianist and composer, performed two original compositions at a Faculty Recital in May: Piano Album No. 2 in four parts (2010), and Prelude, Aria and Toccata (2011). This year keyboarding students taught by Br. Michael will get lessons from a master.
Coffee House Rock Delbarton Friday night Coffee Houses are a tradition that rocks on. Several times a year Old Main is filled with students and friends who share music, comedy, poetry and controlled mayhem. Derek Speedy ’12 entertains the crowd at the school year’s final Coffee House last May.
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Learning OUTSIDE the Classroom
Photos by Jessica Fiddes
Dr. Conn on Cyberbullying In April teacher Kevin Conn moderated the Freshmen Prejudice Reduction Workshop, the highlight of which was a presentation by Conn’s mother. Dr. Kathleen Conn is a nationally recognized expert in cyber-bullying with a joint PhD in Biology and Physics, plus JD and LLM (Master of Laws) degrees. She has been a teacher, science supervisor, principal, and university and law school professor, and author of several books. She spoke
about both face-to-face and cyber-bullying and distinguished between teasing and bullying --as the mother of four grown children she also is an expert on teasing. Dr. Conn said new anti-bullying laws help but it takes a shift in human behavior and, specifically, in young peoples’ actions, to make real progress.
Kevin Smith ’88 on Post-Tsunami Japan On April 13th Kevin Smith Kato ’88, author of The Tunge Pit spoke to Delbarton students about life after Japan’s devastating tsunami. Smith, his wife and two young sons, ages 1 and 3, live in Fukushima City, 30 miles inland from the quake’s epicenter, and were protected by distance and mountains from the coastal tsunami. When the quake struck Smith was picking up his 3 year old from preschool. Shelves collapsed, a fish tank crashed to the floor and children and adults clutched each other in terror. People on the coast had 10 minutes to flee after hearing the tsunami alert. Smith evacuated his family back to the States where they now live temporarily with Smith’s family in East Hanover, NJ. Smith is seen here with Assistant Headmaster Chuck Ruebling ’79 on left, and Director of Alumni & Development, Craig Paris ’82 on right.
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Learning OUTSIDE the Classroom
Delbarton Skypes 'Little Princes' Author
On May 20th Delbarton Skyped author Conor Grennan whose book Little Princes was Delbarton's 2011 global awareness summer reading selection. Junior Connor Feeley '12, show here with Faculty Dean Anne Leckie and Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, asking questions of the screen-size floating head during a funny and informative ten minute interview about Grennan’s work in a Tibetan children’s’ home where discovered "not how the other half live, but how the other 95% of the world live." When children were kidnapped and sold into slavery Grennan moved from cynic to advocate and trekked deep into the Himalayas to rescue youngsters and reunite them with their families. Grennan told the boys not to feel too badly if they aren't particularly self-sacrificing by nature. "How can you feel passionate about a situation until you are there?" he asked, then summed up his experience by saying "if it changed me, it can change anyone." Grennan is schedued to speak at Delbarton, in person this time, in November.
Ground Zero Cross at Delbarton Jon Krawczyk ’88 visited Delbarton in July on the final leg of a cross country tour with his 14' stainless steel cross sculpture destined for St. Peter's Church in lower Manhattan. The cross replaces intersecting Ibeams that rescue workers found in the rubble after 9/11 that have been on display at the Church. A small crowd gathered in Delbarton's Senior Garden for a blessing by Abbot Giles Hayes. Krawczyk spoke of his trans-continental journey. Talking to still-grieving Americans from coast to coast "There hasn't been a day that I haven't cried," he said. Krawczyk's classmate, writer Kevin (Smith) Kato '88, accompanied him to write about the experience and a British documentary crew filmed the journey. On August 11, one month before the 10th anniversary of the attacks, the sculpture was permanently installed as St. Peter's 9/11 Cross. (See Kevin Kato’s More Than a Road Trip is this issue.)
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Photos by J. Craig Paris ’82
Abbot Brian H. Clarke, OSB, with his extended family, including his brother James Clarke. Abbot Brian was honored for his many years of service to Delbarton as a teacher, Abbot and as the moderator of the DPGA over the past 17 years. Since one of the Abbot’s responsibilities is caring for the Abbey Orchard, the DPGA presented him with a gift certificate to purchase an apple tree.
Palm Sunday with the DPGA n Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011 Delbarton Parents of Graduates (DPGA) hosted its annual Palm Sunday Mass and Brunch. Celebrants attended Mass and enjoyed a delicious brunch in the Estebrook Dining Hall. This year’s honoree was DPGA Moderator Abbot Brian Clarke, OSB.
From left, Joyce Henry P’82,’85,’89,’94, Fr. Andrew Smith, OSB, John and Sheila Mulcahy P’83, Bill Henry P’82,’85,’89,’95 and Ursula Duffy P’89.
Abbot Brian H. Clarke, OSB and Nancy Paris P’82, GP’13,’15.
Ted Hubert ’68, P’02 with wife Nancy (DPGA Co-Presidents) with DPGA Moderator Abbot Brian H. Clarke, OSB, and, on right, Delbarton Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, OSB.
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From left, Don and Barbara Tierney P’76, ’95, Alice Chandis P’01, Corinne LaBagnara P’01 and Cindy Campbell P’02,’04.
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From left, DPGA Moderator Abbot Brian Clarke, OSB, Fred and Mary Alice Lawless P’03, John and Marlene Iaciofano P’99, Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, OSB and Nancy Hubert P’02.
Vino Con Amici elbarton Parents of Graduates (DPGA) socialized with old friends and tasted wines at Avec des Amis, the annual DPGA Wine Tasting held in Old Main on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Delbarton parents Marlene and John Iaciofano, and Mary Alice and Fred Lawless, chaired the event, and Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, OSB, guided the group through Italy's various viticultural regions
Bob Chandis ’64, P’01
From left in rear, Joe Pawelczyk P’05, Bob Chandis ’64, P’01, Nancy and Ted Hubert ’68, P’02, and Jim LaBagnara ’64, P’01. Front, from left, Valerie Conroy P’87, ’90,’98, Alice Chandis P’01 and Corrine LaBagnara P’01. Far right : Joanne and Gary Andrasko P’00. (Photo: Bob Chandis ’64, P’01). Loretta Zupa P’92 and Diane Macri P’03.
From left, in back, Roy Naturman P’03, ’06,’08,’10 and Tom McLaughlin P’09,’11’14. Front, from left, Sue Ballanco P’09,’11, Marylyn McLaughlin P’09,’11’14 , Katie Nolle P’10, Mary Alice Lawless P’03, Lisa Naturman P’03, ’06,’08,’10 and Paul Nolle P’10.
Deborah and Bob Cargo P’03,’07 with, on left, Fr. Edward Seton Fittin, OSB, and Abbot Brian.
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AROUND DELBARTON A foursome prepares to tee off in support of Green Wave athletics. From left, Mark Gelnaw P’10, Joe Longo ’80 P’10, ’16, Claudio Pirovano P’10, ’11 and Scott Bilby P’12.
n May 16, 2011 Delbarton Fathers & Friends hosted its annual Golf Open at Ridgewood Country Club in Ridgewood, NJ to support Green Wave athletic programs. Over 160 golfers teed off for a great day on the links followed by cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner overlooking the course. Golfers and dinner guests thoroughly enjoyed remarks from Open dinner speaker New Jersey Governor Chris Christie P’12.
Fathers & Friends Golf Open
From left, Mark Van Fossan P ’10, ’13, Fathers & Friends Moderator Fr. Rembert Reilly, OSB, Tom Killian P ’10, ’13, Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, OSB. and Tony DeLuca P ’13, ’15. The three fathers shared co-chairing duties for the annual Golf Open. From left, Fathers & Friends moderator Fr. Rembert Reilly, OSB, Governor Chris Christie P’12 and Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, OSB. During cocktail hour in the clubhouse, from left, Sam Buckley P’11, Rich Darche ’72, P’07, ’10, ’11, ’13 and Kevin Feeley P’09,’12.
Delbarton father Governor Chris Christie P’12 was the Golf Open dinner speaker and engaged guests during the free-wheeling Q&A that followed his remarks.
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n Thursday, May 12, 2011 Delbarton Mothers’ Guild, moderated by Fr. Richard Cronin, OSB, It was a perfect day for lunch al fresco and over 170 Delbarton mothers witnessed 2010-2011 President Virginia Darche P’07, ’10, ’11, ’13 pass the baton to her successor, 2011-2012 DMG President Lisa Preziosi P’12. Over 30 new mothers from the classes of 2015 and 2017 attended the event for a well-timed introduction to the Mothers’ Guild.
Delbarton mothers enjoyed a delicious lunch in the Garden.
Photos by Jessica Fiddes
Mothers’ Guild Spring Luncheon
Incoming President Lisa Preziosi talks DMG affairs with Moderator Fr. Richard Cronin, OSB.
The Luncheon marks the annual changing of the guard: from left, 2011-12 VP Patty McCormick P’09,’14, 2011-12 President Lisa Preziosi P’12, Moderator Fr. Richard Cronin, OSB, 2009-10 President Deanna Kenny P’12 and 2010-11 President Virginia Darche P’07,’10,’11,’13.
Virginia Darche, Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, OSB, and Deanna Kenny.
Prudence Pigott P'06, ’11 and Lisa Preziosi P’12.
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The varsity baseball team, coached by Bruce Shatel, completed its season with a record of 21-9. With seniors Nick Donatiello ’11, John Elson ’11, Joe Lenz ’11, Kyle Brennan ’11, and Ryan Poehner ’11 leading the way, the Green Wave competed well in the tough NJAC National Division and in qualifiers for the NJSIAA state tournament. The season included victories over top ranked opponents such as Morristown, Immaculata, St. Joe’s Montvale, Brooklyn Poly Prep, and Roxbury. Shatel’s coaching staff included Sean Gleeson, Matt Goldsmith ’04, and Gerry Brophy.
2011 was another highly successful year for the Delbarton golf team, coached by Sean Flanagan. After finishing 17-0 and winning the Non-Public State Title in 2010, expectations were high with the main nucleus of the team returning. The boys enjoyed spring break at Reynolds’s Plantation in Georgia and were eager to hit the links in April. Senior Captains Nick Howard-Johnson ’11 and John McMahon ’11, along with Senior Dan Pirovano ’11, Juniors John Voetsch ’12, Chase Newman ’12 and Matt Gibbons ’12, and Sophomore Frank Szucs ’13, (pictured here) led the Green Wave to a second consecutive undefeated season and another 17-0 record. The team won the NJAC league title and had six players named either 1st or 2nd team All-Conference. Voetsch was also named to the 3rd team All-State in Non-Public/Prep.
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SPORT SHORTS Green Wave varsity lacrosse, coached by Chuck Ruebling ’79, finished with a record of 17-5 and two Championships to its credit. The season included a thrilling 5-4 victory over traditional rival Mt. Lakes in the MCT finals and a 10-4 victory over St. Augustine for the Non-Public a State Championship. The team was led by all-state players Jack Breit ’11, Peter McMullen ’11, and Clay Haarmann ’11. Other senior standouts included Jack Molloy ’11, Anthony Heaton ’11, Spenser Huston ’11, Dean Brierley ’11, and Ryan Hislop ’11.
The varsity tennis team, under the leadership of Coach John Thompson, advanced all the way to the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions Finals before losing to an undefeated Livingston team. Along the way the team won the NJAC National Division, Morris County, Non Public North A, and Non Public A State Championships. The team was led by singles players Chase Savage ’12, Spenser Furey ’12 and Matt Massey ’11, and double standouts Garrison Block ’12, Spenser Furey ’12, Tom Piggot ’11 and Eric Shiuey ’12.
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Spring Track All-American Jack Breit is Defenseman of the Year Lacrosse player Jack Breit ’11 was named New Jersey Interscholastic Coaches Association Defenseman of the Year. Breit was also first team all-state, AllAmerican, and Morris County player of the year during his senior campaign. He led Delbarton to MCT and Non-Public A State championship during his senior season and helped the Green Wave reclaim the Non-Public A title. Breit now plays for the Harvard Crimson.
The Green Wave track team, coached by Brian Theroux, competed well in their 2nd season on the Passarelli Track. Morgan Pearson ’11 wrapped up his outstanding career at Delbarton School with a victory in 3000 at the Penn Relays, the 3200 at the MCT, state sectionals, and at the state Meet of Champions, the first ever for a Delbarton athlete, on the way to an All State season. Morgan also captured the 1600 in the State Sectional. In addition, the team was led by standout senior javelin thrower Dean Sullivan ’11, who set a school record of 217’ 9’ and took 1st place at the MCT and State Sectional, and 2nd at the Meet of Champions.
Morgan Pearson Runs Away With Titles Morgan Pearson ’11 had a senior season of non-stop achievements last spring. Pearson won the Championship of America 3,000 meters (1.75 miles) in 8:23.34, two seconds faster than the field, on April 29, 2011 at the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania. At the Morris County Track and Field Championships on May 21, 2011 Pearson won the 3200 meter race with a time of 9:06.3, setting a new meet record and Delbarton record he set earlier in the season. On June 13, 2011 he won a re-running of the boys’ 3,200-meter run in a personal-best 9:02.48 at the 43rd NJSIAA Meet of Champions. Pearson now competes for the Duke Blue Devils where he is enjoying a stellar freshman cross country season.
Dean Sullivan Wins National Javelin Title On June 17, 2011 Dean Sullivan ’11 won the national javelin title at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, NC. Sullivan won with a 217-9 throw, a personal best by five feet. The week before Sullivan had taken second place in javelin at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions. Sullivan also broke county and Delbarton records at the Morris County Track and Field Championships on May 21, 201, winning the Javelin completion with a throw of 209’6”. Sullivan now competes for the Harvard Crimson.
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By Rev. Edward Seton Fittin, OSB ’82
Abbey Celebrates First Profession of Three Photos by Peter Byron
In August, Abbot Giles Hayes, O.S.B., assumed the presidency of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), after a year as president-elect. As president, Abbot Giles is the spokesman for the 20,000 American male religious before the U.S. bishops and the heads of the Vatican congregations related to the Church in the United States. Last spring, while the CMSM leadership made its annual visit to Rome, Abbot Giles met a number of the cardinals and archbishops who head the dicasteries with whom the CMSM regularly conducts business. Abbot Giles also had the opportunity for a brief private audience with Pope Benedict XVI. The abbot found the pope quite warm and full of humanity, as well as a surprising knowledge and sensitivity to the Church in the United States. Specifically, “Pope Benedict,” Abbot Giles says, “Indicated a personal knowledge of the Church in Morristown and throughout northern New Jersey.” Pope Benedict embraced Abbot Giles, thanking him for his work with the American religious, and reminding him that he must be a “holy Abbot.” What marching orders! As President of CMSM, Abbot Giles also has a principal responsibility to oversee adherence to the standards of ending the sex abuse crisis of male religious and the 250 male institutes in the United States. In addition, St. Mary’s AbbeyDelbarton, after being accredited by The Praesidium in 2008 as an institute safe for children, was re-
t the Coventual Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. August 15, 2011, the monastic community welcomed three new professed monks: Brs. Joseph Voltaggio, Dennis Monaghan and Demetrius (Michael) Thomas. In the ancient manner as prescribed in the Rule of Benedict, chapter 58, Abbot Giles Hayes, received the vows, in the presence of the community. family, oblates and friends. After the Liturgy of the Word, the abbot calls the novices, after which they state their intentions to embrace the monastic life through the profession of vows. Then each in turn kneels before the abbot to read his vow formula, promising before God obedience, stability and fidelity
accredited in July, 2011. Abbot Giles works closely with The Praesidium, the leading child protection organization in the United States, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, where he serves as a consultant on child protection.
to monastic life according to the Rule, and then signs the document on the altar. Once they have professed their vows the candidates sing the Suscipe, from Psalm 119:116. Next, each is clothed with the hood to complete the habit as worn by professed monks, and is given a copy of the Rule of Benedict. To conclude the rite, the newly
professed receive the kiss of peace from the brethren. Mass continues as usual. Br. Joseph has been a parishioner for many years at Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel, Cedar Knolls, where he met the monks of the Abbey. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of American, Br. Joseph worked as a chef for many years. Br. Dennis, a graduate of the University of Scranton, hails from Glenside, Pa. Br. Demetrius is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and comes to the Abbey from Hastings, Pa, where he became acquainted with the Benedictines who staff the parish. Brs. Joseph, Dennis and Demetrius have begun studies at Seton Hall University.
In November 2011, Abbot Giles will present to groups of the American bishops, to American religious in late January, to the American abbots and the American religious in February, to the Vatican in April; and for the CMSM until
August. He also continues his work at Delbarton. Fr. Gabriel Coless. O.S.B. took part in a conference on early Christian literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. This year’s confer(continued on page 64) FALL /W INTER 2011 63
ABBEY NOTES (continued from page 63) ence focused on the Didache and other related early liturgical documents. At Drew University he continues to teach in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. During the fall semester he led a seminar on The Evolution of Medieval Thought, a reassessment of David Knowles’ classic synthesis of medieval thought (1962.) He returns to the Drew Theological Seminary where he taught for many years, with a workshop on
icons in ecumenical spirituality. He again offered a three-lecture course in the Abbey adult education program, and assists in the abbey formation program. After ten years as weekend assistant at Saint Patrick, Chatham, Fr. Gabriel is moving on in the same role at St. Mary’s Church, Wharton. Fr. Gabriel, Fr. Benet Caffrey, O.S.B. and abbey friend Oscar Guevara made a pre-Irene visit to the Great Falls in Paterson, one
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Fr. Edward Seton Fittin, OSB, and Patrick Dolan ’89 outside Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Co. Cork. Fr. Edward celebrated Mass for the Dolan family in County Cork last summer.
Last spring, while the CMSM leadership made its annual visit to Rome, Abbot Giles Hayes had the opportunity for a brief private audience with Pope Benedict XVI.
of New Jersey’s natural wonders. Paterson, and much of Passaic County and other low-lying areas of the North Jersey, was severely flooded by Hurricane Irene in late August. The abbey was without power for 7 days and without fiber optic connection for 10 days. While a generator kept the lights (and air
conditioning) on for the monastic complex, the rest of campus was without power entirely. Power and fiber optic was restored just in time for the opening of school. Fr. Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B. participated in the bi-annual board meeting of The Praesidium, Inc., May 19-20, 2011
in Dallas TX. In July he participated with National Italian American Foundation pilgrimage through the Greek Isles “in the Footsteps of St. Paul.” In August Fr. Elias participated in International Benedictine Youth Congress at Montserrat, Spain. Later in August he visited Benedictine abbeys in northern Italy: San Giorgio, Venice, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Praglia, and Santa Giustina, Padua. From September 26 to October 1, Fr. Elias participated in the annual Synod of Abbot Presidents, in Palandrai, Lithuania, a new Solesmes foundation, where he delivered a report on the college. Also in September, Fr. Elias gave a presentation on best practices for canonical visitations to an assembly for the St. Ottilien Congregation, Quarten, Switzerland In June, Fr. Edward Seton Fittin, O.S.B. spent a week on private retreat at St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pa, St. Mary’s Abbey’s motherhouse. Later in June he accompanied six students to Glenstal Abbey School, Limerick, Ireland, for the annual exchange. Before returning home, Fr. Edward Seton celebrated Mass for the extended family Dolan (Patrick ’89), in County Cork. In MidJuly, he travels to Louisville, Ky. to attend the annual convention of the National Pastoral Musicians. He resided with the Dominican Friars at St. Louis Bertrand, where his college roommate is the local superior. Fr. Edward Seton, and his host, Fr. Bill Garrott, O.P. traveled to Gethsemane Abbey, the Trappist community made famous by Thomas Merton. In August, Fr. Edward Seton, along with Fr. Jerome Borski, O.S.B., subprior, and Abbot (continued on page 65)
Br. Kevin Takes Solemn Vows Photos by Peter Byron
he monastic chapter accepted the petition of Br. Kevin Tidd to profess solemn vows, whereby he makes a lifetime commitment to monastic life and is admitted to the chapter. On a beautiful Saturday, July 9, 2011, in the presence of Abbot Giles, the monastic community, family and friends, Br. Kevin pronounced solemn vows during a festive liturgy steeped in ancient tradition as found in the Rule of Benedict. A luncheon was served afterward in the Estabrook Dining Hall. Br. Kevin was born in 1970 to William and Genevieve Tidd in Philadelphia, Pa., the second of three children. He was educated in the Catholic elementary schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and then La Salle College High School, graduating in 1988. After earning a degree in European History from the University of
Pennsylvania in 1991, Br. Kevin began teaching history and theology and coaching speech and debate. From 1990-2003 he was with the Brothers of the Christian Schools in initial formation. He began the Benedictine monastic life at Marmion Abbey, Aurora, IL in 2006, and came to Delbarton in 2008 after the sudden death of his father. At Delbarton, Br. Kevin teaches in the History and English Departments and coaches the forensics team. About this happy occasion, Br. Kevin says: “I am filled with joy and gratitude to God and to my confreres at Saint Mary’s Abbey for calling me to live as a Benedictine monk in this place and to serve God’s people at Delbarton School. I truly feel at home here, and that I can become a better follower of Christ because I am a member of our community.”
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Fr. Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B., Prior of Sant’ Anselmo, continues to receive many visitors in Rome. In the photo on right he is joined by Meg and Tom Healy, and on left, by Pat Rutter ’07.
Giles attended the pre-assembly workshop sponsored by the CMSM, in Orlando, Fl. The workshop was entitled: “Healthy Aging for Religious Men,” offered by Fr. Myles Sheehan, S.J., M.D. In addition to professing solemn vows this past July (see article above), Br. Kevin Tidd, O.S.B. was an instructor at the Capitol Debate National Public Forum Debate Institute at Loyola University in Maryland. From July 9-23, over 150 students from around the country studied the theory and practice of Public Forum Debate. Br. Kevin reports that (continued on page 66) FALL /W INTER 2011 65
LET US REMEMBER • • • • • • • • • •
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Paul “Pep” Balz, former Delbarton maintenance worker Richard Brauman ’93 James Carey ’62 Rev. Joseph M. Casey, former Delbarton faculty member and uncle of Martin Agacinski ’79 Leonard Cerasia, great uncle of the late Michael Cerasia ’94 Angela T. Chandis, mother of Robert Chandis ’64, grandmother of Zachary Chandis ’01 Dr. Lawrence D’Aries, father of Lawrence D’Aries ’79 and David D’Aries ’81 Edwin Diveny, uncle of Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, OSB Werner Engelmaier, father of Peter Engelmaier ’85 Grace Fiocco, mother of Robert ’84. Former president of the Delbarton Mothers’ Guild and past president, with her husband Robert, of Delbarton Parents of Graduates. Dolores B. Herbst, mother of former Delbarton Trustee Richard Herbst, grandmother of Scott Herbst ’99 Mary Ellen Hurley, wife of former faculty member Terry Hurley Francis John “Frank” Joyce, father of Frank Joyce, Jr. ’76 Coleman C. King ’51 Gerald Kowalik, brother of former Assistant Headmaster John Kowalik, uncle of Jack Kowalik, ’13
• Scott Levitt ’80 • Mary Confroy Mayer, sister of the late Abbot Thomas’ sister and sister in-law of Fr. Kenneth Mayer, mother of Andrew Mayer ’73, grandmother of Jack ’05, Karl 09 and Luke Mayer ’15 • Richard Moriconi ’66 • James S. Oliver, Sr. ’54, father of James Oliver, Jr. ’02 • Pietro (Peter) Petino, father of Pietro (Peter) ’85, Christian ’87 and Justin Pietro ’91 • Cara Pereyra, daughter-in-law of Delbarton School nurse Barbara Pereyra • Dr. Noel Rogers ’59 • Terrence Rothemich ’55 • Elizabeth Bynum Moran Russell, grandmother of Michael Vermylen ’95, Tom Vemylen ’99 and John Vermylen ’01. • Bette Saalmuller, sister of the late James Ferrante Sr., aunt of James Ferrante, Jr., mother-in-law of Tim Hanlon ’84 • Karen Scally, mother of John Scally ’08 • Jayne (Galdieri) R. Stehman, mother of James Ferrante ’75 • George K. Strus, father of George Strus ’89 • John Thomas ’59 • Richard Ullman, grandfather of Zachary ’13 and Jacob ’16
“If we believe that Jesus died and rose, God will bring forth with Him from the dead those who also have fallen asleep believing in Him.” 1 Thessalonians 4:14
(continued from page 65) although Maryland heat and humidity were ample, the experience working with such talented students (including Zach Posess ’12) was a great way to spend time in the summer. On August 15, solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the community witnessed the simple profession of vows of Brs. Joseph Voltaggio, O.S.B., Dennis Monaghan, O.S.B. and Demetrius Thomas, O.S.B. See a separate article for more on this. At the annual retreat in June, the monastic community listened to conference offered by retired Archabbot Lambert Reilly, O.S.B., of St. Meinrad Archabbey. This was Archabbot Lambert’s second retreat at the abbey, and he was well-received by many familiar faces.
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Abbey Gift Shop
he Shop is located in the Abbey Retreat Center and offers a fine collection of books, religious goods, cards, and gifts suitable for baptisms, weddings, anniversaries and special celebrations. The Shop’s Christmas Gallery includes olive wood Nativity sets, plus ornaments, candle sticks, rosaries, Lenox gift items and more. Stop by and check us out when you are in the neighborhood.
Monday – Friday: Saturday: Sunday:
7:30 – 11 a.m. & 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 8:45 – 11 a.m. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
For more information, contact Fr. Patrick Hurley, OSB at 973.538.3231, ext. 2105 or email him at Patrick@Delbarton.org.
Joseph Miele and his wife Philomena celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 18, 2011.
The secret is out: Pat Rutter ’07 was the Duke Blue Devil mascot for the past three years. His identity was hidden at Duke, but now that his official mascot term is over he can finally shake his anonymity and share great stories about what it was like to be the visual representation of one of the most dynamic sports programs in collegiate sports.
Peter Collins is semi-retired in Arlington, VA after working as a reporter in 65 countries over 30 years for ABC News, BBC, CBS News and CNN. He now teaches English as a second language to foreign-born students. Mike Slattery reports that the Class of ’59 had an excellent turnout at its summer get together Saturday, July 16, 2011 at Guerriero’s, an Italian restaurant in Morristown owned by Jack Guerriero ’63. Chaz and Anne Marie Harris, Joe and Carol Jenco, Bill and Peggy McFadden, Barry and Joanne Murphy, Steve and Laurie Pribula, and Mike and Kay Slattery were in attendance, and were pleased to welcome Fr. Andrew O.S.B.
Pat Rutter: The Blue Devil
After two years working in Abu Dhabi for the Urban Planning Council Garry Papers returned to the West Coast for a new position as Senior Architect Planner for the City of Vancouver, BC. The Papers family lives in San Diego, CA where Garry’s son Michio graduated from High Tech High School and attends Cal State Long Beach this fall.
Brian Hanlon and his wife Jen are now the proud parents of two little girls. Their second daughter Emma Grace Hanlon was born on August 9, 2011. Emma joins older sister Lily (2). The family resides in Red Bank, NJ. Jack Oestricher is a Managing Director at RBS/Greenwich Capital . He lives in Katonah, NY with wife Catherine and daughter Margaret.
Paul Arrouet and Dylan Lauren were married on June 11, 2011. Paul is managing partner and a founder of Marblegate Asset Management in Greenwich, CT and Dylan is the owner of Dylan’s Candy Bar, a group of five candy stores in New York, Houston and Orlando. Chris Baker is Vice President in banking and lives with his wife Tina in Morristown, NJ. Sean Downes was recently named Managing Director, Business Development for NASCAR. Sean lives in Morristown with his wife and three children. P.J. Ritter and his wife Kelly are the proud parents of a son, Sean Patrick, born on March 24, 2011. Sean joins older brother Jack.
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Delbarton at Notre Dame Br. Kevin Tidd, OSB, took a trip to Notre Dame over Labor Day weekend and had a chance to visit with some of our young alums currently studying there. From left are Andrew Flatley ’11, Patrick
O’Meara ’11, Michael Noelke ’11, Christopher Aquino ’11, Gregory Sweetman ’11 and Collin Corcoran ’10.
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The third annual Alumni Networking Event on April 5, 2011, hosted by Joe Ferraro ’95, was a great success with over 70 alums attending. Tiro a Segno was the perfect setting for the night…
From left, Kevin Bell ’94, Brian Mulholland ’01 and Ryan Bell ’01.
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Michael Somerville ’90 and Owen Bowness ’00.
Peter Lazor ’97, on left, and Bill Quinn ’73.
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H. Ehrmann ’87 is Top Barkeep in SF
Chris Moore 98, Mark DeLotto ’98 and Rusty Hewit ’98.
Last spring Entrepreneur magazine chose Harold ‘H’. Ehrmann’s bar Elixer as the best place to get a business scoop in San Francisco. Journalist Matt Villano wrote, “As bartenders go, H. Joseph Ehrmann, proprietor of Elixir in San Francisco, is a certified rock star. He was named 2010 Bartender of the Year by Nightclub and Bar magazine. Patrons line up three deep for his Manhattans (which boast Buffalo Trace bourbon). Heck, even the selection on his 1950s-style jukebox gets props (folk meets world meets honky-tonk and more).Still, among entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and folks in green business, “H,” as he’s known, is most renowned as the Bay Area’s best bartender if you’re on the market for some work-related gossip. Maybe it’s because he’s a good listener. Maybe it’s his MBA from Thunderbird. Or maybe it’s those green business happy-hour events he hosts on the second Thursday of every month. Whatever the reason, customers feel comfortable chatting with H. And H is happy to spill. “We’re a neighborhood bar with a friendly atmosphere,” Ehrmann says. “That alone seems to loosen people up.”
Kevin Moffit ’02, Bill Harris ’02, Chad Jones ’02.
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From left, Tyler Gaffney ’03, Greg Stewart ’03, Fred Krom ’03 and Pat Coleman ’07.
From the Class of 1995, left to right, Ty Barnes, Andy Keane, Joe Ferraro, Pat McDonough, Andy Grabis and Ken Dupuis. Photos by J. Craig Paris ’82, Matt Goldsmith ’04
Andy Burke is still living in San Francisco and working in commercial real estate. His company Terreno Realty Corp went public last year and continues to grow. He and wife Kate celebrated their second anniversary last June. Andy reports, “What little free time I have is spent road biking and hiking up in Marin County and reading.” Mike Corcoran is a dad again. He and wife welcomed Charles Reed Corcoran born into the world on August 4, 2011. Big brother Max is two years old. Tim Fortune and wife Anne recently added child number three, James, who joins older sisters Nora and Sheila.
Kevin Koy developed a new web application for the California Energy Commission that presents a huge amount of climate change data produced by the state’s scientists in easy to use interactive map and chart visualizations. Go to cal-adapt.org to check it out. Vin Laracca’s business Colosseum Gym celebrated its 13th anniversary in May. Vin recently started a company with his father, Laracca & Son, building custom residential homes throughout the NJ area. Vin emails, “I never realized how much I enjoyed designing and creating homes for families to enjoy for generations.” Meanwhile Vin and wife Lisette’s family is growing. Daughter Juliana 6, graduated from kindergarten and son Marcello is (Continued on page 73) FALL /W INTER 2011 69
ﲁﲀﱿ THE WEDDING ALBUM ﱾﱽﱼﱻ
On June 4, 2011 Mike Connor ’02 and Cristina Van Wart were married on Cape Cod. Joining the newlyweds at the reception are, from left, Grafton Connor ’05, Keith McWhorter ’02, Tim Denning ’02, John Kelly ’02, Dan Cleffi ’02, Dan Gadino ’02, Mike Anselmo ’02, Kevin Duffy ’02, Taylor Connor ’00, Nick Cherami ’02, David Verbitsky, Justin Galacki ’02, and Geoff Close ’01. Father Gerard Liar, OSB, presided over the ceremony giving a colorful homily.
Ryan McIntyre ’99 and Abigail Hussey were married on September 18, 2011 at Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, VT. Shown here are Ryan’s brother Christopher McIntyre ’96, Nina Fletcher McIntyre, Ryan McIntyre ’99, Abigail Hussey McIntyre and the groom’s parents, Eileen and Tom McIntyre P’96,’99.
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Tim Petrella ’03 and Megan Manfred were married on May 21, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Church, Sleepy Hollow, NY with many of Tim’s Delbarton friends in attendance. Pictured here, from left, are Rob Cedrone ’03, JT Keeley ’03, Ramsey Stephan ’03, Mike Costello ’03, Tim and Megan Petrella, RC Petrella ’01, Matt Leidl ’03, Brian Hightower ’03, Ted Lawless ’03 and Artie Falgione ’03.
Chris Ryan ’00 and Ellen Abbott were married on August 13, 2011 at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. Pictured here are the couple with Chris’s three brothers, who were among the groomsmen. From left, Mike Ryan ’07 (the best man) Tim Ryan ’05, Ellen and Chris Ryan, and Pat Ryan ’03. Chris’s Delbarton classmate Joe Andrasko ’00 (not pictured) also served as a groomsman.
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ﲁﲀﱿ THE WEDDING ALBUM ﱾﱽﱼﱻ Frank Gagliardi ’97 and Laura Lund were married on October 24, 2010 at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, MD. From left are the groom’s brother and best man Michael Gagliardi ’99, Laura Lund Gagliardi, Frank Gagliardi ’97 and Frank’s classmate David Whalen ’97.
Mark Conroy ’98 and Jennifer Houston were married on June 11, 2011 at Corpus Christi University Parish in Toledo, Ohio. Pictured here are the Conroy family, including a number of alumni and one future alumnus: From left, Patrick Bray ’15, Suzanne Conroy-Bray, Paul Bray ’92, Jennifer Conroy-Bray, Jennifer Houston Conroy, Mark Conroy ’98, Valerie Conroy P’87, ’90,’98,GP’15, Michael Conroy ’90, John Conroy ’87 and his daughter Catherine Conroy; Front, from left, Grace Mary Bray and Liam Conroy (not pictured: John’s wife Lauren Conroy).
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ALUMNI NEWS (Continued from page 69) preparing for kindergarten. Vin is coaching Marcello’s flag football team this fall. Youngest child Natalia recently turned 2. Lauren and Sam McFerran continue to enjoy living in DC. He graduated from Union Theological Seminary and began work at a faith based non-profit that provides healthcare to the homeless. Sam emails that their son, Brendan, “is a happy and curious 8 month old. So life is pretty darn good.” Dan McGovern moved out to Los Angeles a year ago with his wife Cathy. He formed a Merrill Lynch advisory team with his brother Mike McGovern ’96. Dan writes, “After 13 years in the business I can say that it’s very nice to work with family. We manage large 401(k) and retirement plans for businesses and manage wealth for high net worth individuals and their families. A good number of our clients are in the entertainment business which is pretty cool.” Cathy is a fashion designer for Kellwood out here in LA. Both are still getting used to the cultural difference which, says Dan, “is huge.” Last spring John Peirano received an MBA from Northeastern University as part of its Executive MBA program. Troy Turick just finished his 9th year teaching math at Trinity Catholic and took a Class of ’94 road trip with his wife Nicole to NJ. They stopped at Tom Gorke’s new home in Florham Park, saw his two girls Lila and Catie (Catie, the youngest, is Troy’s goddaughter) and then went in to New York City and stopped by Darren Gacicia’s to see his little boy, Teddy. Back to Boston where they saw Anand Surapaneni’s little girl, Anna. Troy emails, “It’s crazy where we
Tom McCarthy Drafted by Atlanta Falcons, then Jacksonville Jaguars One day after the NFL lockout ended, former Green Wave football player Tom McCarthy ’06 was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the defending NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons. McCarthy, a defensive end, was Yale’s 2010 team captain and a First-team All-Ivy League selection. He took up football in his sophomore year at Delbarton, where he was a two-sport athlete, two-year letter winner in football, one-year letter winner in baseball. Here he is pictured with Falcon teammates during an intra-squad game. After the Falcons made final cuts, Tom moved onto the Jacksonville Jaguars where he was signed for a practice squad position.
Alex Thew at West Point Alex Thew ’07 graduated from West Point May 21st, 2011 and two of his former Green Wave coaches were there to witness the event. On left is Green Wave Football Coach Brian Bowers, and on right, former Delbarton faculty member and assistant football coach Rik Dugan. After a two month summer break 2nd Lt Thew’s next step was a nine month basic infantry officer course at Ft. Benning, GA, then on to his permanent post at an Army base in Grafenwohr, Germany.
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On April 13, 2011 Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, OSB, and the Delbarton Alumni Association hosted at reception at Sequoia Restaurant on K Street.
Mike Infante ’08, Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, OSB. and Clayton Kossl ’07.
Photos by J. Craig Paris ’82, Matt Goldsmith ’04
Green Wave Squash Coach Craig Paris ’82 with his former players, now at Georgetown.
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Assistant for Alumni & Development Matt Goldsmith ’04, Jason Sayanlar ’01 and John Romankiewicz ’02.
Classmates from 2004 Matt Goldsmith ’04 and Taylor Price ’04 with Connie Curnow.
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Kevin Hudson ’93 and friend.
Mike Loree ’03 Plays for Ducks, Then Pirates Former Green Wave pitcher Mike Loree ’03 had a great season with the Long Island Ducks. On July 5th League officials announced that the Ducks starting pitcher has been named Pitcher of the Month for June. “We are extremely proud of Mike and all that he has done,” says Ducks’ manager Kevin Baez. “His work ethic is second to none, and it shows on the mound every start.” This was Loree’s fifth season of professional baseball. He spent 2010 with the Newark Bears and went 6-9 with a career-high 119 strikeouts in 130.0 innings pitched. Loree spent the previous season with the Augusta GreenJackets (A, Giants), where he went 8-9 with a 4.67 ERA and 70 strikeouts. By the end of the summer Loree had moved up to the Pittsburgh Pirates and now reports to their Double A affiliate in Altoona, PA.
Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, OSB, Ken Collins ’85 and Ed Morche ’85.
Robert Carter ’86 with classmate Andrew Cline ’86.
From left, Doc Doherty ’54, former Congressman Mike Ferguson ’88, Peggy and Bill McFadden ’59.
Tim Walsh ’07, Fr. Rembert Reilly, OSB, and Kiel Zsitvay ’07.
Steve Prout ’09 Profiled by The Cape Cod Times
Last summer The Cape Cod Times profiled Steve Prout ’09 and his summer job with Cape Cod’s summer collegiate team, the Bourne Braves, where he was field supervisor. Prout told the Times, “Spending a summer of Cape Cod is awesome in itself, but being on the field every day watching these kids play and talking to people who are associated with pro baseball and have a higher understanding of how the game is played is the total package for me.” During the school year Prout, a junior majoring in statistics at the University of Michigan, is head student manager of Michigan's Division I baseball team. He has been involved in team management since his days at Delbarton: he was Green Wave baseball student manager for the freshman, JV and varsity teams.
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Photos by J. Craig Paris ’82
Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, OSB, hosted an alumni reception in at Smith and Wollensky’s in Chicago on May 4, 2011...
John Glynn ’90 addresses the crowd at Smith and Wollensky’s.
Mark Lynch P ’14, Br. Paul Diveny, O.S.B., and Will Gano ’05.
Rob Underwood ’07 and Jack McHugh ’10.
Carl DiLella ’93 and family.
Ryan Luckey ’92, John Glynn ’90, Mark Trerotola ’87 and Tucker McDermott ’93. Frank Haynes ’48, Pat Haynes, Mary Johnson and Peggy Trerotola.
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Alums Celebrate in Vermont A group of Delbarton friends helped John LaVecchia ’81 celebrate his wedding to Jane Davies on September 17, 2011 at his father John Sr.’s home in Dorset, VT. From left are John La Vecchia, Sr.’50, John Fritz ’81, Jeff Higgins ’81, John La Vecchia, Jr. ’81 and Tony Watt ’81.
Last February six Delbarton alumni enjoyed a mini-reunion in Steamboat Springs, CO. Pictured here are, from left, Jose Rionda ’84, Dave Gilfillan ’84, ’84 Mike Gilfillan ’82, Matt Gilfillan ’86, Robert “Pecky” Pecoraro ’89 and Dave Villano ’83.
Making Waves (Continued from page 73) are all now, but I definitely have to thank Delbarton for these lasting friendships.”
Matthew Collins married Lindsay Auer at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Spring Lakes, NJ on September 25, 2010. Ray Bernaz works for Deutsche Bank as a Director in Computer/Infosystems. He and wife Shereen live in Springfield, NJ with their children Athena (7) and twins Ashton and Braiden (4.) Jamaal Burcher and his wife Theresa live in Ardmore, PA with their 7-year- old son Jordan. Jamaal is a mortgage banker with Quicken Loans, and Theresa is a doctor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Frank Gagliardi and Laura Lund were married on October
24, 2010 at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, MD. (See photo in the Wedding Album)
Mark Conroy received his medical degree from Albany Medical School in May and married Jennifer Elizabeth Houston on June 11, 2011 at Corpus Christi University Parish in Toledo, Ohio (See photo in the Wedding Album). The couple live in Pittsburgh, PA where Mark is doing his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Jennifer works as a Child Life Specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Patrick Collins married Elizabeth Sands at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington, CT on June 10, 2011. Ryan McIntyre and Abigail Hussey were married on September 18, 2011 at Riverside
Alums Meet Courtside in Hawaii
When Nick Taro ’00 signed up for tennis at Four Seasons Resort at Lana’i at Manele Bay last August, his instructor turned out to be fellow alumnus, and Manele Bay tennis pro, Rob LeBuhn ’82. Nick was visiting Hawaii on his honeymoon and the men took a break from tennis to document their chance encounter.
Farm in Pttsfield, VT. (See photo in the Wedding Album) Mark Pojednic and Whitney Roddy were married on June 11, 2011 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Jersey City, NJ. Mark is a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors and Whitney is vice president of Whitney H. Roddy, Inc. The couple lives in Hoboken, NJ.
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Brian Hanlon ’87, Alumni Association President Curt Ritter ’89 and Director for Alumni & Development J. Craig Paris ’82.
A good looking group from the Class of 2005.
J UNE D INNER M EETING A large crowd of Delbarton alumni met on campus for the June Dinner Meeting on June 8, 2011. After cocktail hour and several speeches and awards, the crowd enjoyed a buffet pig roast with all the fixings under the tent in the Senior Garden. The Garden was dramatically lit for the evening courtesy of Jimmy Ferrante ’75.
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From left, Alex Benz ’08, PJ Levinsky ’08, Cameron Fiddes ’08, Tim Soulas ’08 and Bryan Brennan ’08.
From left, Bryan Brennan ’08, Mike Passaro ’08, Matt Van Orden ’08 and Matt Blake ’07.
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Greg Brozowski ’95, on left, with Ty Barnes ’95.
Director of Alumni & Development J. Craig Paris ’82 calls the outdoor meeting to order.
Abbot Giles Hayes, OSB, on left, with Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, OSB, presents the “Red” Green ’56 ‘Fighting Spirit’ Award to Green Wave baseball standout Nick Donateillo ’11.
James Olsen ’89 is presented with the Joseph R. McDonough ’68 award by Alumni Association President Curt Ritter ’98 for Olsen’s loyal support of Delbarton.
Curt Ritter ’89 acknowledges the new board members who surround him and thanks them for their service to the Alumni Association.
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Terry Rouse ’86 and Matt Gilfillan ’86.
Photos by Jessica Fiddes
From the Class of 2004 are, from left, Assistant for Alumni & Development Matt Goldsmith, his predecessor Mark Gately and Delbarton faculty member Mike DelGuercio.
Pat Burke â€™57 arrived straight from his 50th Georgetown reunion and wore his Golden Jubilee Medal to prove it.
Fr. Andrew Smith chats with several alumni.
Jim Ferrante â€™75 and his crew did an outstanding job of lighting the Senior Garden for the night.
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Over 100 Delbarton alumni gathered for a rooftop event at Rare Bar and Grill, organized by the Alumni Association’s New York chapter, on the evening of June 22, 2011.
From left, Tim Petrella ’03, John Fiddes ’03 and Justin Maletsky ’04.
Fr. Andrew Smith, OSB,with, from left, Brian Cargo ’03, Paul Kingsbery ’03 and Michael Cargo ’07.
’07 Alums Take Turns at Third DJ Anderson ’07, left, and Greg Sherry ’07 faced each other in the Rutgers vs. Notre Dame game on May 8, 2011. DJ and Greg played as teammates for the Green Wave four years ago, and they started at third base for their respective collegiate teams. Both players graduated from Delbarton in 2007 with 1st team All Area honors.
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(Continued from page 77) of Alabama, Auburn and the NFL’s Washington Redskins.
Colin Lynch is now the Assistant Director of Music at Trinity Church in Copley Square, Boston. He lives in Brookline, MA. Jerry Molitor and his wife Darcy are the proud parents of Preston James Molitor born May 26, 2011. Jerry claims that his son is exceptional enough to be considered a serious candidate for Delbarton Class of 2029 and
From left, Jason Harden ’08, Charles Nerbak ’08 and Josh Erenstein ’07.
From left, Wade Anthony ’03, Chris Bury ’91, Fr. Rembert Reilly, OSB, and Dave Lewis ’78
even sent a picture of Preston modelling a Delbarton hat (which covers his entire body) to prove it. The Molitor family lives in Montclair. Chris Ryan and Ellen Abbott were married on August 13, 2011 at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. Chris graduated with an MBA from The Wharton School in May, and Ellen recently completed a dual masters program earning her an MBA from Wharton and a master of public administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School. The couple lives in Boston.
Director of Alumni & Development J. Craig Paris ’82 introduces New York City chapter host Fred Krom, Jr. ’03.
Matt Campbell ’08, on left, and Dan Cocoziello ’04.
Drew Eklund ’99, on left, and Fred Krom, Jr. ’03 helped organize the event for the New York City alumni chapter.
As the sun sets in the west, from left, Ken Lopian ’05,
John Fiddes ’03, on left, and Alex Thew ’07.
Bill Smith ’63, Sumorwuo Zaza ’07, and Kurt Krauss ’81.
Christian McCormack ’05 and Alex Cocoziello ’05. Photos by J. Craig Paris ’82, Matt Goldsmith ’04
Chamberlain ‘Cam’ Fortin and
Cary Hansen Telander were married on September 10, 2011 at Point 16 in Big Sur, CA. Cary is a career blog writer and a coach for recent college graduates, and Cam is director of business development at www.wine.com. The couple lives in San Francisco, CA.
Michael Connor earned an MBA at Columbia University School of Business and works for Morgan Stanley as an Associate in Mergers/Acquisitions. On June 4, 2011 Mike and Cristina Van Wart were married on Cape Cod (See photo in the Wedding Album). He and Cristina live in New York City. Justin Galacki lives in New York City and works for Morgan Stanley as an Associate Director of Business Operations for AT&T.
Don Peck ’87 Wins Media award
On April 14, 2011 Liberty Media Corporation honored writer Don Peck ’87, the winner of its second annual Media for Liberty Award. The award includes a $50,000 prize and recognizes media contributions that examine the link between economic and political liberty. Don Peck’s article “How a New Jobless Era will Transform America,” published in the March 2010 edition of The Atlantic, was selected by the Media for Liberty Award jury panel as this year’s winning entry. Peck’s article reasoned that although The Great Recession may be over, the current era of high unemployment may just be the beginning. Peck expanded his article into a book entitled Pinched which was released this year by Crown Publishers.
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A great group of alums and friends showed up for the 2nd Annual Alumni Day at the Races.
From left Liz and Malcolm Mead P’16, Suzie and Mike Maguire ’82, P’12, ’14, ’17, Teresa and Jim Maguire ’79 P ’10, ’11. ’12, ’14, ’17, with their son Dennis Maguire ’11. Photos by J. Craig Paris ’82, Matt Goldsmith ’04
The 2nd Annual Alumni Day at the Races at Monmouth Park was hosted on July 15 by the Delbarton Alumni Association. Delbarton alumni and friends met for lunch on the Patio Terrace for an afternoon at the races. The Delbarton Alumni Club of the Jersey Shore sponsored Race 5 so Delbarton reps met renowned jockey Joey Bravo in the Winner's Circle.
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Younger alums Scott Krenitski and Matt Donovan from the Class of ’06 learn to like the ponies.
James Olsen ’89 and John Tonzola ’95 analyze the racing form...
Alumni & Development Director J. Craig Paris ’82 (pretends to) takes advice from Bill McFadden ’59.
The Patio Terrace offered a perfect vantage point for track veterans and first-timers.
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Guests received the summer's most collectible hat. Be there next year, horse fans!
Brian Hanlon ’87, Dave Cunic ’97 and Bill McFadden ’59 enjoy a day at the track. Joey Bravo, riding I Love U So Pretty, was the winning jockey in the Delbartonsponsored Race 5.
From left are two Monmouth Park reps, jockey Joey Bravo, Jerome Goetting ’50, Pat Burke ’57, Ed Butera ’56 and Brice Sachs ’75.
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ALUMNI NEWS Making Waves
Harry Marino ’08 Pitches in Cape Cod Summer League Williams senior baseball cocaptain Harry Marino’08 was living out his childhood dream this past summer as a member of the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League. According to Williams Athletics, “The Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) is considered to be the premier summer collegiate baseball league and has long been a breeding ground for future Major League Baseball players. In 2010 alone there were 236 CCBL alumni scattered around the Major Leagues, and ten former CCBL players were named MLB All-Stars in 2011. While the CCBL is usually reserved for the star players from top-tier Division I schools, occasionally there will be a few Division III athletes will make the roster of one of the talent-laden CCBL's ten teams. This year Harry Marino worked his way onto the roster of the Chatham Anglers by surviving a tryout and earning a season-long contract. The left-handed Marino is believed to be one of two Ephs to play in the CCBL in at least the last 25 years.”
Peter Dinklage ’87 Wins Emmy Peter Dinklage ’87 won an Emmy on September 18, 2011 for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of “Tyrion Lannister” in the HBO series Game of Thrones. Dinklage is also known for roles in The Station Agent, Elf, Underdog, Find Me Guilty, Death at a Funeral, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
Chicago Club Hosts Cubs Game Event
Teddy Schneider ’07 Signed by the Red Bulls Last spring Princeton soccer player Teddy Schneider ’07 withdrew from his final semester to sign with Red Bull New York. The Bulls picked up Schneider, a left back, in the second round of the supplemental draft. He played with the Red Bulls reserves during preseason, and appeared in four of the nine games. He also played a full game in the April 3 Red Bulls reserves’ 3-1 victory over the University of Virginia. Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler said, “Teddy had a solid preseason camp, and we are excited to sign him to our squad. He will give us cover at left back, and we look forward to tracking his development this season.” During his collegiate career at Princeton Schneider was named second team all-Ivy, helping the Tigers go 7-0 in the league last fall. Schneider plans to finish his sociology degree within a year.
A good group of Delbarton alumni from the Delbarton Alumni Association’s Chicago Club met at Wrigley Field on August 23rd for the Cubs vs. Braves game. A great time was had by all. In this picture are, from left, Tim McAnally ’99, Kevin Robinson ’01, John Glynn ’90, Grey Eklund ’02, Tucker McDermott ’93, Rich Wickel ’78, Marc Mestanas ’85, Doug Gowski ’98 and Ryan Maguire ’97. (Continued from page 83)
Last May John Fiddes finished a one year deployment in Afghanistan and currently serves as an Army captain in Vilseck Germany. Tim Petrella ’03 and Megan Manfred were married on May 21, 2011 at Immaculate
Conception Church, Sleepy Hollow, NY with many Delbarton friends in attendance (See photo in the Wedding Album). Tim is an Associate VP client services at Marketing Evolution and Megan is attending law school at NYU.
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A great group of alums showed up for the annual Alumni Soccer Game on July 16th.
On Saturday, July 16th, the Delbarton Soccer Program held its Annual Alumni Soccer game hosted by Green Wave varsity soccer coach David Donovan. This year’s alums graduated as far back as the 1970’s and had an opportunity to compete (odd versus even) on the Ryan Family Field. Prizes were given for the furthest travelled, the oldest graduate, and the M.V.P. Great food, company and fun, and no (significant) injuries. Go Wave Soccer!
Ted Hubert ’69 Receives Trial Bar Award
In June 2011, Ted Hubert ’69 was awarded the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education in honor of his dedication to legal education. In October, he was awarded the Trial Bar Award by the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ), an award based on lifetime achievement, dedication to trial practice and the improvement of our civil and criminal system of justice. Ted serves as Partner in Charge of the firm’s Legal and Accounting Malpractice Litigation practice group at the law firm Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP in New Brunswick, NJ and also serves as the firm’s Ethics Partner and Advisor. Ted is also certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court. 88 D ELBARTON TODAY
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Chris Dittrick graduated with a master’s degree in education from Notre Dame, where he was in the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Program. He is currently teaching chemistry and physical science at Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas, TX. Devin Graber is attending Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea where he is enrolled in the Global MBA program on a merit scholarship. He will be living in Korea for the next two years.
Andres Callejas ’05 is still a force to be reckoned with...
Marine 1st Lt. Austin Laverty is currently the platoon commander of ‘Bad Company’ which recently set up a new outpost in Afghanistan called “Camp New Jersey”. Kevin McDonald is in his third year of law school at Seton Hall. Last summer he interned at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Newark, NJ. In 2011 Christopher Stackpole graduated from Boston University with a doctorate in physical therapy. He is a licensed athletic trainer and physical therapist and recently finished internships in the Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA), Athletes Performance and the Andrews Institute. During the
Dr. Joe Kim ’89 even brought along his own personal fan zone – his wife (who took great pictures) and their two adorable daughters!
The Class of ’71 was represented by Steve Block ’71 on left and Lee Baldwin ’71.
...And here comes John Ferramosca ’05. Do not get in his way
Classmates from 2005 with their Green Wave coach. From left John Ferramosca ’05, Coach David Donovan and Andres Callejas ’05.
Later the group enjoyed great food thanks to Green Wave Soccer boosters.
Photos by Paul Clausen P’13 and Dr. Sandy Yeum
NBA-lockout he worked as the strength coach and medical coordinator for an NBA player in Houston, TX.
Chris Amos is living in Sherman Oaks, CA and works as an assistant editor at a commercial post production company called Final Cut. He has been involved in many interesting projects: If you watched the NBA playoffs last June, you saw commercials Chris worked on featuring a talking basketball. Chris emails, “I’m really enjoying it out here and am very happy with the current job. It’s a relaxed
atmosphere that has allowed me to move up very quickly so far in my goal to be an editor.”
Matt Kastner finished his freshman season of Williams College Baseball as the starting second baseman, playing in 25 of the team’s 35 games. In addition, in the NESCAC Conference Matt finished 10th overall in offensive performance out of the 300+ players in the conference. He batted .368 with 28 hits, 20 runs, 15 rbi, 5 doubles, 2 triples, a home run and 5 stolen bases.
Justin Garris ’07 Drafted by Canadian Basketball
On August 21 Justin Garris ’07 was among the twenty-one players drafted in the Inaugural National Basketball League of Canada 2011 draft. Garris was selected #2 in the first round. The former Ashland University forward was drafted by the yet-to-be-named Prince Edward Island team. Garris played two years at Ashland after transferring from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Last year Garris averaged 6.6 points per game. The PEI team expects Garris will play shooting guard.
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S UMMER S IZZLER 2011 The Jersey Shore was sizzling on July 30th, when over 175 Delbarton Alumni and friends socialized at the Belmar Fishing Club. Summer Sizzler 2011 was a fun evening blessed with perfect weather, great food, drinks compliments the Alumni Association and, most importantly, a terrific crowd of Delbarton alums…
And did we mention the clams?
Sizzler 2011 was hosted by the Delbarton Alumni Association. Craig Paris ’82, Director of Alumni & Development, throws a great party. Here he is, on right, with Steve Block ’71, P’12.
Here is our esteemed Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny catching up with guys from the Class of ’08. From left, Tim Soulas, Garett Figueroa, Mark Snyder and Matt Campbell.
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Dr. Michael Terzis ’65, on right, catches up with Margie and Bob Farrell ’64.
Frank Visceglia ’85, on left, with former Delbarton Fund Director Maria Van Kirk and husband Matt.
Ted Lawless ’03 and Monique Caron on the pier.
L-R: John Ferramosca ’05, Conor Esposito ’06 and Brendan Leanos ’06.
Arianne and Tom Criqui ’84 and family.
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S UMMER S IZZLER 2011 Fiona and Terry Rouse ’86 with Jim Ferrante ’75 on right.
L-R: Wade Anthony ’03, Mark Gately ’04 and Nolan Harte ’03.
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Go Class of ’75!
Fred Collins P’04 and Susana Temprano with Jessica and John Fiddes P’03,’05,’08.
Here is a great group of grads from ’08 to ’11.
Kody Onyiuke ’09 was a late arrival...but the dinner buffet was still looking good. Thumbs up, BFC!
The Class of ’82 had a mini reunion at Belmar Fishing Club. From left are Mike Gilfillan, Fred Pierce, Fr. Edward Fittin Seton, OSB, Mark Herkert, Jerry O’Loughlin, Mike Maguire and Director of Alumni & Development J. Craig Paris.
Recent grads from the Class of 2011 enjoy a mini reunion.
Former next door neighbors Kevin Smith Kato ’88 and Brian Hanlon ’87.
Liam Paris ’13 gives his dad Craig Paris ’82 party-planning advice.
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T HE C ARTER C UP
The Ninth Carter Cup, the Metropolitan Golf Association's Junior Stroke Play Championship, was held at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ on August 3rd. The invitational event is named in honor of the late Michael P. Carter '00, an accomplished junior player and standout member of the Green Wave golf team who died in a car accident in 2002. Michael was a junior club champion at both Baltusrol and Winged Foot Golf
Connors Runs The class of ’81 was represented at the spring 2011 NJ Marathon when Chris Connors ’81 ran the half marathon. He is thinking of doing the full marathon next year “before I get too old!”.
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Clubs and a promising player on the Penn State golf team. The Carter Cup features 45 top junior golfers in the metropolitan area playing 36 holes on Baltusrol's two championship courses in the summer heat, a rigorous test of mental and physical endurance. Fourteen year old Cameron Young of Scarborough, NY shot two consecutive rounds of 72 for a one-over-par 144 total, good for a two-stroke victory at the annual championship.
(Continued from page 89) Princeton swimmer Paul Nolle ’10 was awarded the William B. Nash Memorial Trophy presented in memory of William B. Nash, Princeton class of 1955, for outstanding sportsmanship and performance by a freshman. According to the Princeton Swimming webpage, Nolle “cracked the Top 10 in individual scoring as a freshman during the 2011 Ivy League
Championships, including a second-place finish in the 1,000 that helped him earn All-Ivy honors. He also added thirdplace finishes in the 500 and 1650.” Nolle was named 2nd team All-Ivy League for the1000 freestyle. Alex Walsh is a freshman at Middlebury this year after spending a year playing hockey in Sweden.
ALUMNI Book Shelf The Tunge Pit by Kevin Kato ’88 (Blue Fuji Publishers 2010) Jon Dolan reaches for his cell phone, unaware he is helping to kill a woman a mile away. Neighbors in the hills think they know something about Terrence - and turn their prejudice into prophecy. Reading obituaries leads a con man to widowed Mrs. Danbury and her balcony garden. What is tunge anyway? The ugly answer, Carson soon learns, will involve him. The Tunge Pit is twenty-four stories, each grounded in the last by writer Kevin Kato, an avid and incurable traveler who, after pursuing an advanced degree in forensic science, hiked, bike and boated his way through forty countries across six continents. His most recent home with his wife and two sons was Fukushima, Japan. See Kato’s article More Than a Road Trip in this issue.
Bromberg Bros Blue Ribbon Cookbook by Bruce and Eric Bromberg ’80 (Clarkson Potter 2010) When the first Manhattan Blue Ribbon restaurant opened in 1992, it introduced a menu designed to satisfy every craving, including its famous Herb Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Sage, a favorite with neighborhood regulars (see recipe below). After seventeen successful years, Bruce and Eric Bromberg ’80, the brothers behind the now nine-
Blue Ribbon Herb Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Sage 1 (3- to 3 1/2-pound) whole chicken, patted dry with paper towels 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Greenland – The End of the World by Damjan Koncnik with Kevin Kato ’88 (Blue Fuji Publishers 2010) Damjan Koncnik was born and raised in Vinska Gora, Slovenia, and has spent most of his life in the shadow of the Pohorje Mountains. While pursuing a career in chemical technology he discovered a love for traveling in Nordic countries, particularly Iceland and Greenland, and now guides tours throughout Scandinavia, Europe and the world. When not on tour he relaxes in the thermal spa village of Topolšica. Delbarton alum Kevin Kato edited and translated Koncnik’s book from Slovenian to English.
restaurant Blue Ribbon phenomenon, share their secrets for exceptional American fare that draws heavily on their New Jersey childhood and post-college cooking in France. This is American home cooking that’s a cut above in every way, and check out their "Blue Ribbon Wisdom" cooking tips that are sprinkled throughout the book.
1 lemon, thinly sliced 1 bunch of fresh sage leaves (about 1/2 cup) 2 teaspoons kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 medium carrots, peeled and halved crosswise, optional 3 celery stalks, cut crosswise into thirds, optional 1 large onion, peeled and cut into large chunks, optional
1. Put the chicken in a large bowl. Add the oil, lemon, and sage; toss well. Cover tightly and transfer to the refrigerator to marinate for 24 hours. 2. The next day, let the chicken stand at room temperature for 30 minutes while the oven preheats to 450°F. 3. Sprinkle the chicken inside and out with the seasonings. Remove the lemon slices and sage from the marinade and stuff them inside the chicken cavity. Scatter the carrots, celery, and onion, if using, over the bottom of a roasting pan. Pour just enough water into the pan to cover the bottom. Arrange the chicken, breast side up, on top of the vegetables, if desired, or place the chicken on a roasting rack over the vegetables. 4. Transfer the pan to the center oven rack; roast for 20 minutes. Baste with the pan juices, and continue roasting, basting once or twice, for 25 minutes more (if the chicken is not golden brown all over at this point, continue to cook for 10 more minutes). 5. Reduce the heat to 325°F. Finish roasting, without basting, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165°F, 20 to 25 minutes longer. Let the chicken stand for 5 minutes before carving. Serve with the pan juices and vegetables, if desired.
From Bromberg Bros Blue Ribbon Cookbook
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ALUMNI NEWS Chain of Thorns by Hank Luce ’64 (Salvo Press 2011) Nick Renna, a reclusive professor of history, bears resentment toward the God he believes abandoned him years earlier. Now, bound by a deathbed promise to the former lover, Nick must continue her search for the lost Crown of Thorns of Jesus Christ—a relic of extraordinary spiritual and physical power. Nick’s quest takes him from a small college in New Hampshire to Switzerland, then the secret Vatican Archives in Rome and, eventually, to the Pyrenees of northern Spain. But as Nick gets closer to the Crown, powerful forces want the artifact for their own. And what happens if someone actually puts on the Crown of Thorns? Hank Luce has had a successful career in global pharmaceutical advertising as copywriter, creative director, and marketing strategist. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and taught on the college and university level. A Vietnam veteran, Luce and his wife live in Flanders, NJ. They have two sons. Crown of Thorns is his first novel.
Under Cover of Night by Al Gellene ’70 (Casterline Press 2011) A disturbing plea for help from a distraught patient at Greystone Psychiatric Hospital in Morris County, NJ propels attorney Steve Caputo into a dark world of murder and betrayal. A car crash has left Beverley with brain damage and the paranoid young woman offers only a series of disjointed, nonsensical phrases that seem to mean nothing. Steve must decipher the strange
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clues to track down a psychopathic killer and uncover Beverley’s dangerous past while a top secret government agency tracks his every step in the name of the war on terror. Al Gellene is an attorney in Denville, NJ where he practices civil and criminal litigation.
Pinched by Don Peck ’87 (Random House 2011) What lies on the other side of Great Recession? While the most acute part of the economic crisis may be behind us, the downturn’s most significant impact on American life remains ahead. Personal, cultural, and political changes that result from severe economic shocks build slowly. But history shows us that, ultimately, downturns like this one profoundly alter society’s character. In Pinched Peck keenly observes how the recession changed the places we live, the work we do, and even who we are–and details the transformations yet to come. The country has endured periods like this one before, and emerged all the stronger from them; adaptation and reinvention have been perhaps the nation’s best and most enduring traits. The time is ripe for another such reinvention. Pinched details the principles and public actions that can help Americans pull it off.
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Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger By Paul Maguire ’86 (Dog Ear Publishing 2011) In 1342, an old wizard stands atop a rubbish pile that was once a thriving village. Cursing the conflict that brought this civilization to an untimely end, the wizard bestows his last bit of magic on a dagger then buries the knife deep within the earth. He prays that one day it will be discovered by someone brave and smart enough to save the village from ruin. Centuries later Tyler Gerard and his best friend Brandon Giles enter a contest: the prize is the opportunity to join legendary explorer Professor Fielding Atlas on his quest to find the Summoning Dagger of Mercastus. Paul Maguire worked on Wall Street for over twenty years before shifting gears to pursue his lifelong dream of writing. Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger is his debut book, and the perfect read for young adventurers everywhere. Maguire and his wife live with their two sons in New York City.
Photos by Delbarton Archives
Brothers’ House By Fr. Benet Caffrey, OSB
lder “Old Boys” returning to Delbarton frequently find themselves disoriented by physical changes that campus has undergone. Where is this or that hallowed landmark that once seemed so permanent? One such place is the “House Down the Road” (a 1940 Courier column), the “Fraternity House,” (an attempt at renaming) or, as it was most often remembered, the Brothers’ House. This structure played a key role in the Delbarton story. It began as a small eighteenth century farm house, located on the brow of a hill over looking corn fields and the valley to the north. When Luther Kountze began to plan the estate that would become Delbarton, he chose that very site for his mansion. Thus the cottage was relocated several hundred yards to the east and became the home of the Kountze estate manager. When the Benedictines took up residence in 1925, the monastic community, priests, clerics (student monks), and lay brothers all lived, studied, worked, prayed and ate in the mansion. As numbers grew space became tight and, it seems probable that the lay brothers moved to the cottage, which thus became, in fact, the Brothers’ House. At some point an addition was tacked onto the north end of the small eighteenth century section. When Delbarton School opened in 1939 the Kountze mansion was both schoolhouse and student residence. The growing number of students soon required additional dorm space. In 1944 Father Stephen and Father Vincent, masters of improvisation, adapted the second floor of the gymnasium, (formerly the Kountze carriage house), to accommodate some twenty boarders. And in the same year the Courier reports: “The Brothers House was brought into the realm of the school …. Here a number of Third Formers [eighth graders] reside, with Father Adrian [McLaughlin] in charge.” Names for school buildings were in flux in the mid-forties. The Courier repeatedly refers to the
Brothers’ House began life as a small eighteenth century farm house.
The view of Brothers’ House from Vincent House in 1948.
During construction of the Kountze estate the home was relocated several hundred yards to the east and housed the Kountze estate manager.
South of the building there were a series of garages and a building housing the physics lab, as seen in the photo from Archway circa 1951.
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After the 1947 fire devastated Chapter Hall, the Brothers’ House was transformed once again: a wing was added to the southern end. The plaza terminated in the small bungalow that served as the school’s infirmary and nurse’s residence.
Brothers’ House as “Fraternity House,” while the gymnasium/dorm was denominated “Chapter Hall,” after the Benedictine General Chapter held there in 1946. Old Main was simply the “Administrating Building.” After the 1947 fire devastated Chapter Hall, the Brothers’ House was transformed once again. Among the changes encountered by students returning for the 1947-1948 school year the Courier reports that a wing has been added to the southern end of the “Fraternity House.” The Brothers’ House now accommodated as many as forty-two students and three resident monk prefects. South of the building there were a series of garages and a building housing the physics lab. The plaza terminated in the small bungalow that served as the school’s infirmary and nurse’s residence. As part of the 1991 reconfiguration of the campus, the Brothers’ House and adjacent structures reached a certain ironic end. The once cherished home-away-from-home for resident students was demolished to be replaced by a parking lot – Parking Lot C, or the ‘Junior Parking Lot’ -- for day hops.
As part of the 1991 reconfiguration of the campus, the Brothers’ House and adjacent structures reached a certain ironic end. Enter Parking Lot C where Delbarton juniors now park.
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