A PUBLICATION FOR THE DOWLING CATHOLIC COMMUNITY
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PRESIDENT’S LETTER DR. JERRY DEEGAN Dear Friends, As we come to the close of another year I want to congratulate the members of the Class of 2016. This has been a wonderful class and we will miss having them here. Their accolades include living the gospels by giving an incredible number of hours of service to the community, living up to their calling as seniors by leading multiple retreats for underclassmen, and modeling what it means to be engaged through participation in a wide variety of extracurricular activities and clubs. Their work in the classroom has helped prepare them for the next step on their journey. They have provided great leadership this year and are just all around great kids! In this issue we review the outstanding work accomplished through our visioning process and overall plan which we started back in 2003. We have so many people to thank for the strong support that made the plan successful in many areas and helped move us toward our vision of preparing Leaders for Life, Centered on Christ. The work transformed the school’s identity, programming, technology, curriculum, communication, support, facilities and overall environment. I hope you enjoy the summary you will find in this issue and know that your support was vital and greatly appreciated. I mentioned previously that as we ended the We Believe campaign, we would be seeking feedback from our constituents to determine what we are doing well and what we need to work on as we move forward with an overall plan. It has been a wonderful experience engaging faculty, students, parents, pastors, boards and alumni. From our conversations, we have distilled our key strengths and recommendations. Based on the feedback, we have identified new goals to help chart the course for our work going forward. Our next step is to dig deeper into the feedback and work together to determine the objectives and tasks to achieve these goals. I look forward to continued work with our constituents as we move ahead. Finally, I hope you enjoy reading about some recent accomplishments, including the Innovations in Catholic Education (ICE) Award and Mr. Ryan Lensing’s STEM Award to name a few. I also want to give a heartfelt thank you to Dan Malloy, Susan Smith, Karl Rohwer and Mary Nissly who retire this year. Collectively they gave almost 100 years of service to Dowling Catholic! Also thank you to Bob and Sharon Hanson who recently retired from a long career of coaching girls basketball at Dowling. Each of these individuals gave of themselves over many years and made a significant difference to our students and the school. Sincerely,
Jerry M .Deegan, Ed. D President
Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house. PROVERBS 24:27
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CONTENTS Focus magazine is published for Dowling Catholic parents,
SPECIAL FEATURE EDITION
alumni and donors.
ON THE COVER Dowling Catholic seniors don their caps and gowns in preparation for the upcoming graduation ceremony.
6 WHATâ€™S NEXT? As Dowling Catholic celebrates the success of the
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We Believe capital campaign, the focus shifts to determining plans for the future.
IN EVERY ISSUE 4
| ADVANCEMENT UPDATE
Learn about our endowment and a recap of the Annual Auction.
| ON CAMPUS
| WELL DONE Success in the classroom and on the field.
| STEM SPOTLIGHT DCHS teacher receives award.
Featuring outstanding and successful alumni.
Check out the latest school happenings.
Find out about upcoming Dowling Catholic events.
Submit class notes, including your full name and class year, to firstname.lastname@example.org
CLASS NOTES/ IN MEMORIAM Be in the know about alumni and friends of DCHS.
THE PULSE Dowling Catholic honors long time coaches.
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ACCESS TO EXCELLENCE Besides an excellent education, one of the
also help establish long-term financial stabili-
hallmarks of the Dowling Catholic experience
ty for the school.
is the opportunity to be a part of a diverse
GENEROSITY MILESTONE WITHIN REACH!
community. In fact, the current student body
Another source of financial aid is the Adopt-
is comprised of families from 42 zip codes.
a-Student fund, which donors can contribute
This hallmark exists in part because generous
directly to throughout the year. Adopt-a-
alumni, parents and friends donate to make
Student donations are encouraged at any
Dowling Catholic would like to thank all
tuition affordable to all, no matter the family’s
level and distributed to families in need on a
of this year’s donors to the Every Student,
socioeconomic status. As a result, over 40
Every Day Annual Appeal! Recently, the fund reached a record $980,000 and is
percent of Dowling Catholic families benefit from financial aid.
Donors also provide financial aid by support-
nearing the milestone of $1,000,000!
ing the Catholic Tuition Organization (CTO), One forward-thinking way to support financial
a recent Godsend in meeting the increasing
Please celebrate our generous commu-
aid is to donate to Dowling Catholic’s endow-
demand for financial aid. The Diocese of
nity and consider a donation by Dowling
ment fund. An endowment donation is the
Des Moines worked with the State of Iowa to
Catholic’s fiscal year end, June 30. All
“gift that keeps on giving” because it is in-
establish CTO, which provides a 65 percent
proceeds support the school’s operating
vested and distributed annually in perpetuity.
tax credit to donors. CTO works directly with
budget and help prepare Leaders for Life,
Each year, the school draws a modest 4.25
all the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Des
Centered on Christ.
percent of the fund as financial aid to those
Moines and Dowling Catholic families receive
families who have a demonstrated need.
close to $1 million in annual aid.
Endowment gifts To apply for financial aid, please visit: dowlingcatholic.org/tuitions-financial-aid To learn more about donating to the endowment or Adopt-a-Student fund, please visit: dowlingcatholic.org/advancement/giving-opportunities To learn more about the CTO, please visit: www.ctodsmdiocese.org
WAYS TO GIVE ONLINE dowlingcatholic.org/donatenow PHONE 515.225.3000 MAIL Advancement Office Dowling Catholic High School 1400 Buffalo Rd West Des Moines, IA 50265
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BACK IN A BIG WAY In early April, nearly 350 members of the
Co-chairs); Aimee Jackman ’89 and Nicolette
Dowling Catholic community gathered to
Keough (Silent Auction Chairs); Dawn Young
celebrate the treasured traditions of Dowling
(Database); Cathy Pallardy (Mobile Bidding);
and St. Joseph Academy at the 32nd Annual
and Carrie Thede (Decorations). The event
Auction. After being held off campus for the
also would not have been possible without
last several years, the event took place back
DCHS staff members Julie DePhillips ’96,
at the school with a vintage Dowling theme.
and Colleen Webb, along with many other volunteers, faculty and staff members too
The evening began with the celebration of
numerous to name.
Mass in the Coppola Family St. Joseph Chapel, followed by the auction festivities. The
Proceeds from the annual auction will fulfill a
gym was transformed with lights and vintage
variety of needs throughout the school. A few
Dowling décor for a great evening of food,
specific items that will be funded this year
fellowship and philanthropy.
through the Parents’ Guild include the purchase of new Chromebooks, e-books for the
Coach Mark Crouch served as emcee for the
Media Center, crosses for Kairos participants,
evening, which included a performance by
and various items and expenses associated
the Dowling Catholic Dimensions Show Choir,
with faith formation and the chapel. Several
and remarks from Dr. Jerry Deegan. Guests
departments will also directly benefit from
also heard from Dowling Catholic students
this year’s auction proceeds, including the
who expressed their gratitude for the support
Art, World Language, English, P.E., Campus
and talked about their activities and experi-
Ministry and Social Studies departments.
ences at DCHS.
Additionally, proceeds will also benefit faculty retirement and staff development funds.
The group working behind the scenes to make this event possible was the Dowling
The Parents’ Guild is currently looking to fill a
Catholic Parents’ Guild. The Guild is a group
number of volunteer positions for the 2016-
of volunteers who provide hospitality and
17 school year: Pancake Breakfast co-chairs;
financial support to the school fulfilling needs
Auction co-chairs; Freshman, Sophomore,
that are not able to be met through the gen-
Junior and Senior Parent Class Representa-
eral budget. Proceeds from their fundraising
tives; Hospitality co-chairs; Style Show chair;
efforts go directly back to the teachers and
and Post-Prom chair. For more information or
into the classrooms to enhance the education
to volunteer, please contact Julie DePhillips
of DCHS students.
at email@example.com. To learn more
The success of this year’s auction is due in
large part to the following volunteers who
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about the Guild and upcoming events, please
dedicated their time and talent, taking on important roles crucial to the success of the auction: Heather and Ted Nahas ’90 (Auction F O CU S
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In the beginningâ€ŚThe Visioning Process 2002-2003 Where there is no vision, the people perish Proverbs. 29:18 Back in 2001, there were several reasons it was important that Dowling determine a vision for the future. The school was finishing a state accreditation and needed to set new goals; a capital campaign was coming to an end and there was a question of what was next; and the school had a lay president for the first time in its history. The future held some mystery and the community needed assurance as to the direction of the school. In May of 2002, the planning officially began for a visioning process that ultimately led to a strategic plan and the We Believe campaign. A twenty four member Visioning Committee was formed that included a diverse cross section of the school and community. The committee worked for seven months and engaged Bishop Charon, pastors, faculty, students and parents as well as a wide variety of groups in the Dowling community. More than 450 people were involved in the discussions and meeting notes were made public. During Catholic Schools Week in January of 2003, the Dowling community was invited to a presentation of the findings in the form of a visioning white paper. The presentation laid the ground work of a new vision for the school - to be the best at preparing Leaders for Life, Centered on Christ. In April of 2003, an implementation committee was formed and by May of 2003 a plan was created that outlined the work going forward to achieve our vision. In August of 2003, the first and possibly most important outcome of the visioning process was announced. Catholic was added to the name to become known as Dowling Catholic High School going forward. A Mission Committee was formed to clearly define and focus the work on the mission so the vision of preparing Christ-centered Leaders could be achieved. A Blue Ribbon School 2003 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent in Christ. Philippians 1:9-10 ESV Dowling Catholic was recognized by the United States Department of Education as one of the top schools in the nation. F O CU S
We Believe Campaign Launched by Krause Family Lead Gift 2005-2006 Then the people rejoiced because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD. 1 Chronicles 29:9 In February of 2005, a feasibility study was launched to determine the facility needs and create a master plan that would help fulfill the vision of developing Leaders for Life, Centered on Christ. The results announced in January of 2006 included a $28,000,000 master plan. A campaign feasibility study determined the community would support a campaign to address the master plan. A model classroom was created that showed what new classrooms would be like after the campaign. Dowling Catholic extends its deepest gratitude and appreciation to Bill and Nan Krause and their family who contributed the lead gift of $3,000,000 to the We Believe campaign. The Krause Family gift was the largest gift in the school’s history and propelled the campaign forward, inspiring broad and generous community support. “Our family is proud to have contributed to the We Believe capital campaign, and couldn’t be more pleased with the tremendous progress Dowling has made since we first pledged our support,” said Kyle J. Krause, President & CEO of Kum & Go and donor of the campaign’s lead gift . “Dowling provided my children a rich education centered around our deep Catholic faith. The We Believe campaign ensures that, for years to come, many other students will receive those same opportunities in a modern space befitting Dowling’s world-class teaching staff and curriculum.”
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Breaking Ground 2008 Christ is the Rock of Ages. He is the foundation and the cornerstone. Upon which, we the people of God will build our school. He is the foundation of all knowledge, creativities and love. Help us, O Lord, bind us together to learn and grow in this place. Anonymous In March of 2008, ground was broken on Phase I of the campaign. This $17,000,000 phase remodeled all classrooms in both wings, the core area consisting of the media center and student services. It included new construction of an eight classroom science wing, a 6000 square foot shell for a future band room, three new classrooms, and a 3000 square feet weight room. Krause Family Media Center My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God. Colossians 2:2 The core area and the Krause Family Media Center were completed in the summer of 2008. The Krause Family Media Center features a computer lab for use before, during and after school. The center offers an inspiring space for research, quiet reading, study or group work. The framed stained glass window of Mary from the St. Joseph Academy Chapel and the memorial courtyard and Mary statue frame the space. The large windows provide a front row seat to Godâ€™s creation through the change of seasons in the courtyard. West Wing Remodel Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance. Proverbs 1:5 Remodel of the west wing took place during the spring of January 2009. The entire interior of the wing was demoed and new classrooms were built with brick walls, skylights in the halls, windows to interior rooms for better light, and smart boards and six computers in every room. A hallway across the end of the wing allowed for better flow and restrooms were added in the wing.
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Kemin Science Wing, Weight Room and New Classrooms His universe cannot be read until we have learned the language. Galileo Over Christmas vacation in 2008, through the generosity of RW and Mary Nelson, the new Kemin Science wing was opened. The Kemin Science wing includes state of the art classrooms with lab space that contains up-to-date equipment and technology. This upgrade has driven an increase in enrollment in science classes and support for new courses in environmental science, plant and animal science, and biotechnology. The band room and the weight room shells were completed as well, and math and several theology classes moved into these spaces as temporary classrooms. East Wing Remodel Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life. Proverbs 4:13 Over the summer of 2009, classes moved into the newly remodeled west wing and the east wing was vacated to make way for a remodel during the fall semester of 2009. The east wing went through the same transformation as the west wing, with the addition of two science classrooms as well. The kitchen area in the cafeteria was also remodeled during the summer of 2009.
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Fred Turner â€˜51 Performing Arts Wing A Psalm of David. I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will make music. Psalm 101:1 Over Christmas of 2009, temporary classrooms were removed
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from the band shell. The band shell was finished out in the spring of 2009 and in 2011, the remaining spaces near the band shell were remodeled to house the choir and performing arts classes. Large and small spaces provide flexibility in room configuration as well as offices large enough to be used as practice spaces or for lessons. New Entrance and Parking Lot In the summer of 2010, a new driveway with access to 17th street was created and a new parking lot was added. Going from two access points to three resolved an age old problem of dangerous traffic jams on Buffalo Road. The drive created an attractive new entrance and exit and resolved many traffic issues. Fine Arts Wing But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8 In May of 2011, the old band and choral rooms were demoed and new fine arts classrooms were built. Due in large part to the Legacy Grant from Prairie Meadows, the Fine Arts wing includes four large classrooms with skylights and open, high ceilings to provide a bright studio environment. An updated kiln room supports the pottery classroom. A new photography classroom provides a dark room and updated technology. A new kiln and natural gas connections and tools support a new metals classroom, and there is a new painting and drawing classroom with adjustable lighting.
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Coppola Family St. Joseph Chapel And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18 In the summer of 2014, construction began on the crown jewel of the We Believe campaign, the Coppola Family St. Joseph Chapel. This chapel was named in honor of the all girls school, St. Joseph Academy, which was operated by the BVM sisters until it merged with Dowling when the new school was built on Buffalo Road in 1972. This 350 seat chapel is in the shape of a boat, resembling the ark, and stands as a sign that Christ resides on our campus, lives in our hearts, and guides our work. We are grateful to the Coppola Family and Bishop Pates, and all the donors who made this dream become a reality. The chapel was blessed and dedicated on May 9, 2015, by Most Reverend Bishop Richard Pates. Offices and Field Turf The body of Christ is made up of many different members, who perform various functions, yet we are one body and we need each other. 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 The final projects during the summer of 2015 were the remodel of the administration offices and installation of artificial turf on the stadium field. These projects completed the remodel of the entire building and provided much needed upgrades in the office areas and the field. The new office spaces are more efficient, more welcoming, and have better flow and access. The new artificial turf allows uninterrupted game and practice schedules for band, soccer, football and physical education classes.
To view the capital campaign highlights which have directly impacted the transformation of our school visit: http://bit.ly/1NiELFz
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WHAT’S NEXT As reflected in the progress and results from
the visioning process and the We Believe capital campaign, Dowling Catholic High School has benefitted from having a clear
Dowling Catholic benefitted from the
Access to technology has been
visioning process, and the vision and
enhanced across the school.
vision and plan. The work extended the his-
mission of the school continues to be
tory of excellence and traditions of Dowling
clear and a focus of everyone’s work.
Annual financial support from parents, alumni and the community has grown
Catholic and St. Joseph Academy. Dowling
and provided essential support.
Catholic has grown stronger in fostering each
Dowling Catholic promotes high
student’s unique relationship with God and
expectations and academic excellence
how that relationship is lived out with others.
through multiple levels of offerings,
The school has adapted and innovated
Most importantly, the school has grown
innovative programs, strong elementary
with new curriculum and programs (i.e.
school preparation of students, and
stronger in proclaiming the Gospel in an educational model rooted in the traditions of the Catholic Church.
support for learning and professional development of faculty and staff.
The addition of an Interventionist and development of the program has
There is consistent communication with
significantly increased the educational
parents, alumni and community through
support system for struggling learners
a variety of print and digital channels
and professional development support
and events (i.e. Grandparents Mass,
for faculty and staff.
Open House). Financial assistance for parents from A strong sense of welcoming exists
the Catholic Tuition Organization
in the school and community and is
(CTO) and endowments has grown,
enhanced by a caring faculty who work
increasing availability of financial
with students beyond the classroom
assistance for families.
in tutoring, volunteer service, clubs, activities and athletics.
DISCUSSION The definitions of excellence, competitiveness and resources are constantly changing and were at the forefront of discussions regarding the ongoing success of Dowling
Parents are supportive and engaged in their child’s education.
A culture of service exists where students and staff care about the well-
Students are supported and engaged
being of each other and those in the
in their school work.
community, region and world. Students enjoy a wide variety of
Catholic High School. It is with this in mind
The diversity of the school population
that a dialogue about the big picture and fu-
has increased and has enriched the
ture of Dowling Catholic began more than a
cultural opportunities and learning of all.
extracurricular clubs and activities. In addition to faculty, there is a strong support system (counselors, chaplain,
year ago with students, faculty, staff, parents, boards and constituents. Information was
Faith is clearly integrated into the
interventionists, coaches, moderators
gathered in regards to what is done well at
classroom, school and community
and community outreach) to assist
the school and areas needing improvement.
students and parents.
The last plan was reviewed to see what objectives were not met or needed additional work and those were included in the discussions. The input was combined, studied and distilled into the following: 14
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The community support of the We Believe campaign provided a complete update of the facilities and state of the art classrooms.
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KEY RECOMMENDATIONS There is a continued need to address
In an effort to provide access for
outreach, engagement and recognition
technology access, speed, IT
all families who desire a Catholic
across all age levels.
support and best practices regarding
education, Dowling Catholic must find a
technology use in the teaching/
way to sustain and grow current levels of
Build upon the parent involvement the
Parentsâ€™ Guild has created over the years and enhance the communication
Explore ways to further personalize
Continue building upon the
of the value of parent involvement and
each studentâ€™s education, allowing
improvements in campus security.
Innovative academic programs
Expand academic and career
students to find their strengths and what excites their passion for learning.
must be explored and added that
opportunities with DMACC and other
Enhance the level of communication
offer 21st Century skills to prepare
with the faculty and staff, parents,
students for continuous learning, on
constituents and new and freshman
the job experiences and employment
Increase the analysis, use and
parents in particular to ensure all feel
understanding of student assessment and other data to validate and drive the
welcomed and informed. Further enhance relationships with Further promote internal consistency in
Address the challenges and further
expectations, actions and commitment. Further address outside perceptions
Investigate ways to enhance use of
leverage the opportunities of social
seminar and other available times.
media including educating students regarding their ever developing online
and image of the school. Enhance commitment of attracting and Address ways to enhance inclusion
developing the highest quality faculty
of all students regardless of ability,
and staff committed to our mission. Develop community, business, parent
Ensure faculty collaboration and
and alumni partnerships for student
innovation within and across
internships to support career exploration
departments in the teaching/learning
process. Find additional ways to clearly Work to increase the diversity and
communicate the strengths, core values
diversity education of faculty and staff.
and benefits of a DCHS education to prospective parents and the community at large.
athletic facilities and provide a facilities plan to address needs and increasing
Enhance the communication and
marketing of the importance of the Catholic Tuition Organization (CTO)
Ensure cultural issues are addressed in
and the assistance it provides Dowling
light of faith as a continuing support
for the development of students on their faith journey.
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presence. Further the Interventionist program to provide academic remediation and
background or faith.
Audit the current classroom space and
work with students in the classroom.
Catholic elementary schools/parishes.
Create more opportunities for alumni
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ON THE HORIZON
ing and help them become their best version of self. We must build ways to connect,
The 10 year target is that Dowling Catholic
inform and personalize the faith journey and
High School will be THE 21st Century School
educational experience of each student.
of choice where EVERY student will build a foundation to become the best version of self by committing to a faith journey, excelling academically and serving others. Based on the feedback received over the last year, the framework below provides overarching goals for enhancing Dowling Catholic’s vision of preparing Leaders for Life, Centered on Christ. In order to achieve this vision and make progress toward the 10-year target, Dowling Catholic’s work in the next three years must remain focused on its mission and work to provide access for all who want a faith-filled education. Dowling Catholic is challenged to be innovative in academic programming and to be renewed in the commitment to personalizing the faith journey and educational experience of each student. These goals will address that work.
Enhance access and support for students and families across all socioeconomic levels, academic abilities or ethnic backgrounds. R AT I ON A LE Dowling Catholic will remain committed to creating a culture of acceptance and support among all students, faculty and constituents, regardless of race, socioeconomic back-
Enhance support for innovation and development of relevant educational programs for the 21st Century.
ground or abilities. Financial assistance from individuals and entities ensures a Dowling
R ATI ON A LE
Catholic education is available to all students,
Our programs must be grounded but relevant
no matter their family’s financial background.
to the 21st Century. The tradition of a Cath-
Continuous education, learning and support
olic education is to guide students on their
of diversity are key elements to provide all
faith journey while maintaining high expecta-
students the necessary support and encour-
tions and accountability. Upon this bedrock
agement to succeed.
we must develop programs that are relevant in today’s world and for today’s student. The world our students are preparing for is constantly changing and evolving. The influence of technology, changing career skills, and development of new ideas demand that we continue to grow and change as professionals and as a school.
Ensure our Catholic identity and mission drive all our endeavors RAT ION A L E
Develop pillars for a personalized faith journey and educational experience
Since its founding, Christ has been at the center of a Dowling Catholic education -
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forming students in faith, truth and wisdom.
When looking at the well-being of students in
With that in mind, we have a profound
college and beyond, research confirms that
respect for the relationship each person has
having a caring adult is more crucial than GPA
with God and how s/he lives that relationship
or test scores. We must work to ensure that
out with others. Dowling Catholic must con-
every Dowling Catholic student has an adult
tinue to shape and share a clear message of
at school who cares for them.
its mission and vision through all it does and
We must help students uncover their gifts
all avenues of communication.
and God-given strengths to excite their learn-
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2020 VISION There have been wonderful improvements Ensure Dowling Catholicâ€™s organizational health through stewardship of its human, financial and capital resources RAT ION A L E
Human Resources It is imperative that we maintain and attract the highest quality faculty and staff who are committed to our core values. We must have competitive compensation, strong support for professional development, and provide a process to measure and support continuous growth and innovation. Financial Resources Our supportive and talented boards help maintain our proud record of a balanced budget and oversee endowment returns that consistently exceed market benchmarks. Capital improvements and financial aid require funding beyond tuition. Thus, we are grateful to our generous donors who continually an-
over the past few years, but to remain a vibrant Catholic school we must focus on the new goals we have set. Education continues to change and requires constant innovation and support of the teaching/ learning process. With these goals in mind, administration and board leadership will draft a new strategic plan that builds upon our past success and secures the future of Dowling Catholic High School. I look forward personally and professionally to the challenges we have outlined and the excitement that the work we do together
swer the call to be a source of support.
will bring to the Dowling Catholic High
Donors of the We Believe capital campaign gave rise to a modern educational facility that advances our vision of preparing Leaders for
DR. JERRY DEEGAN, PRESIDENT
Life, Centered on Christ. We need to take care of and build upon this investment to advance our academic and extracurricular programs.
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DCHS RETIREMENTS Mary Nissly will be retir-
Karl Rohwer is retiring
Dowling Catholic in 1987
ing after 29 years as an
after 37 years as a choral
as a counselor and has
English teacher at DCHS
music director, the last
looked forward to com-
and 43 years total spent
24 at DCHS. Choirs
ing to work every day.
in education. According
under Mr. Rohwer’s
After 38 years as a coach
to Ms. Nissly, throughout
direction have present-
Dan Malloy came to
and counselor, Mr. Malloy is retiring. He has modeled a life of service and created
her career she has learned the most from
ed concerts in D.C., California and NYC, and
life, which she calls “a really great teacher if
worldwide in Austria, Germany and Italy.
you pay attention!” His students have been selected to the All-
many opportunities for students. He has led service trips, started Habitat for Humanity
She has greatly enjoyed teaching at DCHS
State Music Festival over 250 times, earned
and Operation Smile at DCHS, developed
and engaging in ongoing conversations with
hundreds of “Division I” ratings at contests,
strong relationships with Bishop Drumm and
students, especially about books. Upon
and earned numerous awards.
Childserve, and served as a moderator for
retirement she is most looking forward to
the Best Buddies program at DCHS.
no longer grading papers, getting enough
He has always stressed the DCHS mission,
sleep, no more scary winter commutes, and
teaching students that their vocal ability is a
In retirement, Dan will continue to cheer on
having plenty of time to read. She can’t wait
gift from God, and they should do their best
the Maroons and his beloved Cyclones, trav-
to plant a garden, de-clutter and get orga-
to give back in gratitude and humility. Mr.
el, get a dog, substitute teach, and possibly
nized, and most importantly, be a full-time
Rohwer was inducted into the DCHS Per-
purchase a motor home!
grandma to her three grandsons.
forming Arts Hall of Fame on April 23, 2016.
DCHS RECEIVES INNOVATION AWARD Presented by Today’s Catholic Teacher, the
during the awards banquet. New this year,
ICE Awards honor Catholic schools that have
the grand prize was awarded to four of the
implemented exemplary and innovative pro-
12 ICE Award recipients. Dr. Jerry Deegan,
grams to improve the teaching and learning
President of Dowling Catholic, was in at-
of their students, faculty and staff.
tendance to accept the award and a $1,000 check to DCHS.
Winning schools were featured in the March issue of Today’s Catholic Teacher and rec-
Holy Family School of Des Moines was also
ognized at the ICE Awards Banquet in San
an ICE Award recipient with recognition in
Diego, CA, on March 30, 2016. The banquet
the area of Community Involvement. To see
took place during the National Catholic
profiles from all 12 award winning schools,
Dowling Catholic has been selected as a
Education Association (NCEA) annual con-
please visit: catholicteacher.com/innovation-
2016 Innovations in Catholic Education
(ICE) Award winner. One of 12 recipients nationwide, DCHS was recognized in the area
Dowling Catholic received an additional
of Innovative Projects in Catholic Identity.
honor in being named a grand prize winner
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Susan Smith is retiring after 43 years at Dowling Catholic High School. Ms. Smith began her career in 1973 teaching Physical Education. She spent 15 years in this position during which she also served as department head and coached girls golf, girls gymnastics and sophomore girls basketball. In 1988 Smith transitioned to Assistant Director of Media Services and AV Coordinator. Smith also served as DCHS webmaster during her tenure. “I depart Dowling Catholic thankful, grateful and proud,” said Smith. “I will truly miss the students, faculty, staff and administrators. I will always treasure my years with such an extraordinary educational institution.”
FACULTY FAITH & SERVICE The first annual Faculty Service Day took
Des Moines. The day began with prayer and
place on April 15, 2016, as faculty members
ended with the celebration of Mass.
worked together in groups to complete
For Theology teacher Sharon Abler, who
various service projects throughout the
served at St. Mary’s Family Center, the day
community. This idea had been in the works
was the perfect way to conclude the faith
for several years and came to fruition as the
final piece of Faculty Faith Formation for the school year.
“The faith journey sessions led us to reflect on our calling, our journey and how to make
The groups worked at Ruby Van Meter,
our relationship with God stronger,” said
Moulton Elementary, the Refugee Resettle-
Abler. “This day helped to reinforce that
ment Program, St. Vincent De Paul, St. Mary’s
relationship and imitate Jesus’ example of
Family Center, Free Store, Joppa, Restore
love and service. Excellent way to end the
Urbandale & Euclid and Rebuilding Greater
SAY HELLO TO BYE BYE BIRDIE The Performing Arts Department brought
passion everyone involved has for music,
Bye Bye Birdie to the stage April 21-23 for
dance, theatre and stage management,”
the spring musical production. The out-
said cast member Stevie LeWarne. “Every-
musical is one I
standing ensemble cast and crew produced
one gave all they had for each performance
will never forget.”
four shows, including a special performance
and nothing is more inspiring.”
for parochial middle school students. Director Tim Sheaff echoed the accolades. The award winning musical is a satirical take
“This was a spectacular ensemble cast,” said
on the story of Elvis Presley and his draft no-
Sheaff. “The nostalgic story includes hun-
tice into the army. The story follows rocker
dreds of fun little moments for the cast.”
he becomes entangled in a high school love
For senior Hannah Farley, who portrayed
triangle while on the quest for one last big
Rose Alvarez, the love interest of Birdie’s
hit before deployment.
agent, the memories will last a lifetime. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to perform
“What I loved about this production is the
with such an incredibly talented group of F O CU S
PHOTO CRE DIT: Frit z No rd eng ren
Conrad Birdie, played by Will Fagerland, as
ALL-STATE ART Congratulations to Dowling Catholic art students Amanda Erps, Daniel Nielsen, Kara Grossman, Jocelyn Tong and Faraz Mohd who have been selected for the All-State Art Team. Mohd’s portfolio was chosen as number one in the state, and Dowling Catholic took the top spot overall. The students were honored at an awards ceremony at the Des Moines Arts Center on Saturday, April 30th, 2016.
CURBSIDE COUTURE The old adage that one man’s trash is an-
This was the second year that the stu-
other man’s treasure rang true for Dowling
dents modeled “curbside couture” during
Catholic’s student artists and their contribu-
the community event which benefits the
tions to the DCHS Parents’ Guild Evening
annual DCHS Auction. Hannah Toresdahl,
of Style. The event took place at the Sacred
Sydney Lyddon, Mackenzie Hoey, Jenny
Heart Parish Center on February 25, 2016,
Bowman, Drew Westercamp, Keegan
and included a runway show during which
McCarthy and Rachel Pierick were the
the sculpture students strutted down the
talented student artists and models.
runway wearing up-cycled garments cre-
The following four institutions offer scholarships to Iowa All-State Art winners: The Creative Center in Omaha, NE; the Kansas City Art Institute; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. “Our students submitted incredible work to the All-State competition!” said art teacher Joyce Stasi. “They truly are number one! We are so very proud of all of the 16 juniors and
ated from salvaged items destined for the
seniors who went through this process.”
BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY dren in need. Students, teachers and chap-
by how many kids need support and how just
erones traveled to Goiania, Brazil, bringing
basic help with a big smile and hug makes
much needed supplies and working with
them happy. The kids that attend Terra Livre
children at the Terra Livre Educational Center,
are well supported and loved and I felt lucky
a social service organization which provides
to be part of making their day brighter.”
free day care and after school workshops for
For a group of students from Dowling Catholic’s Terra Livre Club, spring break was used for service rather than rest and relaxation as they traveled across the globe to help chil22 22
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children. The group spent their days with the
This was the ninth trip to Brazil for the club,
children at the educational center, and their
with the first taking place in 2005. The group
evenings immersed in the culture as they
continues to do service work together year
stayed with local host families.
round upon returning home. For information on Dowling Catholic’s service groups and
“The trip to Terra Livre was extremely reward-
activities, please visit: www.dowlingcatholic.
ing,” said junior Ben Nelson. “I’m grateful for
the amazing service experience. I was struck
SPORTS A state championship and district titles were a few of the recent sports highlights. Senior Michael Zachary went undefeated and became a two-time state wrestling champion. Jake Watters (4th) and Kaden Sauer (7th) joined him on the podium. The boys basketball team was ranked in the top 10 and made it back to the state tournament, falling to eventual champion
The boys swim team won districts and
second year, Ryan Schewizer was the Robert
Valley in the first round. The girls basketball
finished 10th at state. The girls bowling
Kramme Awards winner and swept the 800
team had another great season, falling one
team earned the most wins in school history
and 1,600 at the Drake Relays. Congrats to all
game short of the state tournament. The
and the boys bowling team placed third at
on outstanding seasons!
team was led by Elite All-State selection and
districts. The dance team placed second
future Drake Bulldog, Becca Hittner.
in Lyrical and fifth in Jazz at state. For the
TO SERVE AND PROTECT the story of five Marines and a Navy Corps-
ments to the Academy in February after
man and their lives before, during and after
receiving phone calls from Congressman
the battle of Iwo Jima. Reading this novel in
fifth grade instilled in Patton a desire to serve and protect his country and to work towards
These two outstanding seniors plan to enjoy
becoming an officer in the Marine Corps.
their final weeks at DCHS, graduation celebrations and the early weeks of summer with
This desire to serve led both Otte and Patton
friends and family. Both will continue daily
“Freedom is never more than one generation
to seek out and receive appointments to
workouts to be physically prepared for the
away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to
the Naval Academy. The application process
Academy before reporting on June 30th to
our children in the bloodstream. It must be
is long and arduous and began for both as
Annapolis, MD, for Induction Day and immer-
fought for, protected and handed on for them
freshmen as they sought out leadership posi-
sion into life in the Navy. They will each com-
to do the same.” This quote from Ronald
tions, became heavily involved in extracurric-
mit to a minimum of five years. Otte hopes to
Reagan is what first led senior Ross Otte to
ular activities, and worked hard in academi-
study Qualitative Economics and eventually
his future aspirations. Otte’s goal is to serve
cally challenging classes.
serve in the area of Special Warfare. Patton is looking forward to being an on ground com-
his country to protect the freedom and opportunities he has been afforded, and to per-
The formal application process began during
mand intelligence officer in the Marine Corps.
sonally assure that these same opportunities
their junior years and included seeking a
Congratulations and best of luck to these fine
are available to those that come after him.
nomination from a congressman, interviews
with community members, acquiring teachSenior Cole Patton was inspired by the
er recommendations, and writing personal
historic novel Flags of our Fathers, which tells
essays. Both learned they received appointF O CU S
OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD Mr. Ryan Lensing, science teacher at
celebrate the award. Dr. Michael Bechtel, a
Lensing. “I plan to use the money to help
Dowling Catholic, has been honored
professor at Wartburg College with whom
fund Snake Club and also to purchase some
with an I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award. A
Lensing collaborates for his Snake Club,
large items for class research projects.”
collaboration between the Iowa Governor’s
watched the presentation via FaceTime, and
STEM Advisory Council and
Mr. Matt Meendering,
Kemin Industries, this award
Principal at Dowling
is dedicated to honoring
Catholic, was also involved
those outstanding educators
in the award presentation
that work to inspire students
for Lensing and noted
to have an interest in STEM
the exceptional nature of
subjects by providing
Lensing’s techniques in the
classroom. “Mr. Lensing
walks with his students
learning, and inspiring a
on a journey that goes
passion for STEM beyond
far beyond the classroom
the classroom and into the
walls,” said Meendering.
“He challenges their thoughts by continually
The recipients are educators
asking questions that
who represent I.O.W.A.,
require them to dig deeper
defined as: Innovative, using
for answers. Students in
unique ways to educate
his classes are engaged in
students to develop a
the learning process and
curiosity in STEM fields;
learn to become problem
Outstanding, having a true
passion for education and providing an exceptional
Kemin Industries, a global
learning experience; Worldly, helping
the Book family from Crooked Gap Farms
molecular science company founded and
students see that STEM is all around
was also present to show their support.
headquartered in Des Moines in 1961,
and is more than the sum of its parts;
Located in Knoxville, IA, Crooked Gap Farms
has a vested interest in STEM education,
and Academic, engaging students in the
hosted an externship for Lensing in 2015.
particularly in the state of Iowa. Dr. Chris
classroom to prepare them for higher education and high-demand careers.
Nelson, President and CEO of Kemin This externship is just one of a variety of
Industries, is co-chair of the Iowa Governor’s
STEM opportunities Lensing has participated
STEM Advisory Council along with Lt.
Lensing was presented with a check by
in to benefit his students. He completed
Governor Kim Reynolds. The advisory
R.W. Nelson ‘44, Chairman of Kemin
his first externship in 2009 with the Iowa
council is an initiative created by Governor
Industries, and Libby Nelson ‘73, Vice
Department of Natural Resources, and
Terry Branstad and supported by a
President and General Counsel, on March
continually seeks such opportunities to learn
bipartisan Iowa legislature. It has established
29, 2016, and honored in April during a
and be challenged.
the priority of increasing interest, awareness
dinner at the Governor’s residence. The
and achievement in STEM education to
check presentation took place at DCHS with
“I’m very honored to receive this award,
prepare students to fill the high-demand,
Lensing’s students as well as his wife, mother
but really it’s a testament to having great
STEM jobs in Iowa’s current and future
and two of his three children on hand to
students and supportive administration,” said
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CALENDAR > MAY 26 Baccalaureate Mass St. Francis of Assisi 7075 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines
> SEPT 8
Deegan, student and faculty speakers, and
President’s Council Dinner Des Moines Golf & Country Club 1600 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines
to celebrate Mass with their grandchildren.
The class of 2016 will have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacred Mass together one
This annual recognition dinner is a special
last time and to be sent forth from Dowling
event honoring those individuals who
Catholic to love and serve the Lord. Bishop
support Dowling Catholic High School with
Pates and Fr. Kautzky will preside over the
gifts of cash or stock totaling $2,000 or more
celebration with the graduates and their
annually (fiscal year July 1- June 30).
parents. Mass will begin at 7:30 p.m.
> OCT 30 Pancake Breakfast Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds 3000 East Grand Ave., Des Moines
> MAY 27 Graduation Ceremony Drake Knapp Center 2525 Forest Avenue, Des Moines
Please join us for the 55th annual Pancake
Dowling Catholic’s commencement
Breakfast. This fun Dowling Catholic
ceremony for the class of 2016 will take
tradition brings the community together
place at 7:30 p.m. at the Knapp Center on the Drake Campus.
and raises money to support students and
> SEPT 16 Homecoming & Hall of Fame Induction Valley Stadium 4440 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines The DCHS community is invited to celebrate Dowling Catholic’s Homecoming. Join us
> AUG 1
in cheering on the Maroons at the varsity
Dowling Catholic Golf Outing Echo Valley Country Club 3150 Echo Valley Drive, Norwalk
football game where the Homecoming
Please join us for this annual Dowling Catholic tradition when more than 200 golfers come together to enjoy a day of golf to raise money for the Coppola Financial Aid Endowment. This fund was initiated in the early 1970’s and continues to provide tuition assistance to DCHS students. Please contact Holly Ackermann at 515.222.1048 to register or become a sponsor.
teachers in fulfilling classroom needs.
> DEC 1 President’s Christmas Luncheon Des Moines Golf & Country Club 1600 Jordan Creek Parkway West Des Moines Dowling Catholic friends and alumni are invited to join Dr. Jerry and Pat Deegan as
Court and Hall of Fame inductees will be
they host the annual President’s Christmas
Luncheon to kick off the Christmas season.
> OCT 6 Grandparents’ Day Mass Dowling Catholic High School 1400 Buffalo Road, West Des Moines
> For the most up-to-date calendar Dowling Catholic’s annual Grandparents’
information visit www.dowlingcatholic.org
Day is a special celebration during which grandparents are the guests of honor. They will have the opportunity to hear from Dr.
F O CU S
BBQ WITH A TWIST
need to go get photo
Guru was born out of an eclectic mix of Cajun, French, Korean, Mexican, Spanish and Thai cuisine styles. With a name like Chocolate Bacon Bacon
pared using unique in-house grilling tech-
second place finish in the Minnesota State
Chili, it’s only appropriate that a dish of this
niques. Guru was born out of an eclectic mix
Championship. Word began to spread and
nature made its debut at Baconfest, the an-
of Cajun, French, Korean, Mexican, Spanish
catering requests started coming in. Realizing
nual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival held in Des
and Thai cuisine styles. With this unique style
that their BBQ was becoming highly sought
Moines. Flash forward to November of 2015
at the forefront, the co-founders wanted the
after, they decided to start a business and
and this is just one of the amazing dishes you
brand to represent something smart, creative,
Guru BBQ was born.
will find on the menu at Guru BBQ, along
innovative and mind-bending, which in turn
with an array of deliciously unique entrees.
drives the flavor.
They credit many of their relationships which began at Dowling Catholic with helping them
Dowling Catholic alums Patrick Cashman ’01
“Guru BBQ draws upon these four pillars to
get their start. Ryan and Patrick met at DCHS,
and brothers Ryan ’01 and Marc LePera ’05
create a unique flavor profile,” said Marc.
and fellow classmates who are also in the
are the trio behind Guru BBQ. Located in
“This is done by twisting eclectic flavors from
restaurant business have helped them with
downtown Des Moines in the site that was
all types of cuisine into traditional American
Guru in various ways. They decided to give
formerly the Des Moines Brewing Co., Guru
back to the Dowling community and in the
BBQ is quickly gaining popularity. Since the
spring offered a catering deal to DCHS stu-
grand opening in November, the restaurant
The Dowling alums have always had a love
has received positive reviews and won multi-
for cooking. Cashman, who currently serves
dents who would be celebrating graduations.
ple awards, including best savory dish at Ba-
as a chef at Guru, graduated from the Iowa
As for the future, they are currently focused
confest and Best Dish at Savor Des Moines.
Culinary Institute. Marc and Ryan, who both
on growing the restaurant and catering
graduated from Iowa State, began exper-
business, but don’t look for them to stop
The flavors that can be found at Guru are in-
imenting with BBQ when Ryan received a
there. Someday soon, fans of their BBQ
tended to appeal not just to those who favor
smoker as a gift. The group officially got their
sauce should have to look no further than the
traditional BBQ, but also to those looking for
start in the business when they entered the
aisles of their local grocery stores to find their
a unique culinary experience. Their recipes
BBQ competition circuit in 2009. They quickly
favorite Guru BBQ sauce.
use international ingredients and are pre-
began bringing home awards, including a
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DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI Dowling Catholic proudly honors deserving alumni of St. Joseph Academy and Dowling Catholic High School as Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Young Alumni. Recipients are recognized annually at the Spring Scholastic Achievement Assembly held in April. The 2016 recipients are:
SISTER CAROLYN FARRELL
PAUL J. DUWELIUS, M.D.
Member Of The Sisters Of Charity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM)
Orthopedic Surgeon, Orthopedic And Fracture Specialists, Portland, Oregon
President & CEO, Denny Elwell Company
Sister Carolyn is a committed educator
Dr. Duwelius is a practicing orthopedic
Since graduating from Dowling High
who began her teaching career at St. Paul
surgeon in Portland, OR. He enjoys taking
School in 1994, Chris earned his Bachelor
the Apostle in Davenport, IA. She spent 13
care of patients, performing surgery and
of Arts degree in International Business
years teaching before becoming principal
teaching residents and fellows. He is in-
& Finance from Grand View University
of St. Patrick School in Dubuque. This led
volved in research activities associated with
and completed his Masters at Iowa State
to a long career in administration, includ-
total joint replacement surgery. Dr. Duwel-
University. Chris then began his career with
ing serving as the first coordinator of the
ius is Chairman of the Orthopedic Research
Wells Fargo & Co. During his tenure, Chris
Women’s Office of the Sisters of Charity,
Institute at Providence St. Vincent Medical
held positions as a Commercial Lender, Un-
BVM; regional representative for the BVM
Center and is on the Executive Board of St.
derwriter, Internal Corporate Auditor and
congregation; Director of Continuing
Vincent’s Hospital. He and his wife Sarah
managed a Mergers & Acquisitions team.
Education at Clarke University; Interim
have three children: Maureen, Connor and
Chris joined Denny Elwell Company in
President at Mundelein College; Associate
Maggie, and a granddaughter, Zoe.
2003. He was appointed President in 2007
ST. JOSEPH ACADEMY: 1953
DOWLING HIGH SCHOOL: 1973
DOWLING HIGH SCHOOL: 1994
and promoted to CEO in 2010.
Vice President at Loyola University; and Director at the Gannon Center for Women
Eight years ago, Dr. Duwelius founded
Operation Walk Freedom to Move, an in-
In addition to his executive duties, Chris
ternational non-profit consisting of a team
enjoys participating in community, civic
Sister Carolyn also served on the Dubuque
of doctors and volunteers who travel to
and professional activities. He is a licensed
City Council from 1978 to 1981, and was
developing countries to provide orthope-
Real Estate Broker; a Commissioner for the
Mayor in 1980. She served on numer-
dic surgery to patients & provide training
City of Ankeny’s Civil Service Commission;
ous boards and committees in the BVM
to local medical personnel. The non-profit
and Director on the boards of Bankers
community while also fulfilling ministry
is affiliated with the Institute for Latin
Trust Company, Iowa Economic Develop-
commitments. She completed her last year
American Concern (ILAC), an organization
ment Authority, Denny Elwell Company
of active work in 2015 as the Director of
Dr. Duwelius became involved with as a
and serves as Trustee for Grand View Uni-
the Roberta Kuhn Center, Mount Carmel,
medical student at Creighton University.
versity. Chris was named into the Business
in Dubuque. She currently serves on Clarke
Record’s 40 Under 40 at the age of 29 and
University’s Board of Trustees.
was recognized as the 2011 Grand View University Young Alumni of the Year.
F O CU S
More than 100 Dowling Catholic alumni participated in Coach O’Connor’s fourth Annual
Larry Reelitz ‘65 has been selected as the
Todd Baldwin ‘02, the owner of Red Leg
2016 GAMA International Management Hall
Brewery in Colorado Springs, CO, was named
of Fame recipient, which is the highest honor
to the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s list
given by the financial services industry. He
of 2015 Rising Stars. Baldwin, who opened
has worked in the life insurance industry
the Brewery in 2013, was a fundraiser and
since 1971 and has been with Principal for
grant writer for a military boarding school, a
35 years. Larry is a Dowling Catholic Distin-
football coach, and an artillery officer de-
guished Alumni and a past Foundation Board
ployed to Iraq for 15 months before entering
the craft brewing business. Approximately one-third of the brewery’s patrons are current
Alumni Basketball Tournament on Saturday,
or former soldiers. The brewery donates a
March 25, 2016. The following team from the
portion of the sales from their seasonal brews
class of 2007 took home the championship
to benefit the Family Readiness Group (FRG),
title: Ben Irlbeck, Kyle Savage, Yohana Al-
which provides assistance to spouses and
phonse, Pat Mitchell, Taylor Bennett, Ben
children of deployed soldiers.
Roemmich and Jon Bosworth.
Kevin Judge ’05 was inducted into the DCHS Performing Arts Hall of Fame during a ceremony which took place following the closing performance of Bye Bye Birdie, the spring musical which was presented by the DCHS Performing Arts Department April 2123, 2016. Judge was involved with perform-
R.W. Nelson ‘44 and his wife Mary were hon-
ing arts as a student at DCHS and currently
ored at the 11th Annual Bravo Awards Gala
teaches bassoon and serves as an academic
in Des Moines on February 6, 2016, for their
adviser for Musical Hall at Iowa State Univer-
contribution to the Arts. Founders of Kemin
sity. He is also principal bassoon of the Des
Industries, the Nelsons have been influen-
Moines Symphony and regularly performs
tial business, community and philanthropic
with orchestras across the state.
leaders in the central Iowa region and valued members of the Dowling Catholic community.
Robert Z. Grant ‘87 recently presented to the Acting I class at DCHS. He visited with
Michael Morrissey ‘15 is part of the UND
students to discuss college for theatre artists,
Trumpet Ensemble which has earned its way
Chris Wodniak ‘13 has been selected as
professional life and work as a theatre artist,
to play at the live semi-final round of the
drum major of the Univeristy of Southern
and his personal journey from DCHS to today.
National Trumpet Competition in March. The
California’s Trojan Marching Band. Wodniak,
He also led the students in various improvisa-
National Trumpet Competition has 60,000
who was the DCHS Vanguard drum major in
tion exercises and activities. Grant is currently
students involved and less than 1% of the
2012, is pursuing a degree in Fine Arts with a
on tour with Broadway’s Next Hit Musical and
applicants are chosen to play in this upcom-
focus on film and television. He can be seen
was in Des Moines to perform at the Temple
ing semi-final. Michael was also the recipient
marching up the 50 yard line during USC’s
Theater for Performing Arts. Grant is also the
of the D.J. Robertson Award from UND for
televised football games this fall.
founding member and Co-Artistic Director of
academic excellence. 28
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the theater company The Collective.
IN MEMORIAM Dowling Catholic extends its sympathy to
families of the following alumni who passed away. During the summer of 2016 several classes will return to the Dowling Catholic campus to celebrate reunions. The classes of 1961, 1976, 1991 and 1996 will each hold a class mass in the Coppola Family St. Joseph Chapel during their reunion weekends. Dowling Catholic is proud to offer such a special space for alumni to come together. We invite all classes planning reunions to consider planning a reunion mass in the Coppola Family St. Joseph Chapel. The Alumni Office will facilitate your time on campus. Please contact Holly Ackermann at 515.222.1048 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
PHOTO CR EDIT: Des M oine s Bu s in e ss Re cord
FORTY UNDER 40
Congratulations to the following four
ed based upon their impressive career
DCHS alumni who have been selected
achievements and extensive commu-
by the Business Record as Forty Under
nity involvement. The honorees were
40 honorees: Ryan Osborn ’01 (Director
profiled in the March 18 edition of the
of Advancement at DCHS); Kolby Jones
Business Record and recognized at an
’99; Peter Cownie ‘99 (DCHS Foundation
event on March 30.
Board member); and Mike Richards ’94 (DCHS Foundation Board member).
To see a complete list and read more about the 2016 honorees, please visit:
These forty business leaders were select-
Catherine (Renda) Alessio ‘35 Rosemary (Birmingham) Abbott ‘40 Robert Beckman ‘42 Richard “Barry” Doyle ‘43 Charlie Galvin ‘44 Anne (Irwin) Thornton ‘44 William Barclay ‘45 Joanne (Needham) Doyle ‘46 James Baker ‘47 Martha (Wren) Clare ‘48 J. Philip Grask ‘50 John “Jack” Hitchcock ‘50 John “Chuck” McMichael ‘51 Joann (Iosbaker) Wygle ‘51 John Guzman ‘52 Corinne (Rossiter) Brightman ‘53 Joann (Duver) Garland ‘53 Becky (Hamsen) Kurth ‘53 Gary Lalor ‘54 Kathleen Crowe ‘55 Michael Klapp ‘55 Marcia (Barloon) Pittman ‘55 Marilyn “Ci Ci” Spina ‘55 William Freel ‘56 Sr. Joanne Mauro ‘57 Sam Sciarrotta ‘57 Donald Davis ‘58 Richard Grafton ‘59 Donna (Lynch) Loughry ‘60 Kathy (Salvato) Baumgarden ‘61 Suzanne (Diers) Blouin ‘63 Ernest Brown ‘63 Bernard Mahoney ‘64 John “Jack” Mihalovich ‘64 Robert Hobbins ‘66 Richard “Dick” O’Connor ‘66 Carolyn (Markin) Simpson ‘66 Rebecca (Leavell) Maher ‘67 Nick Fazio ‘68 Michael Carpenter ‘69 Anthony Sciorrotta ‘70 Jeffrey Flynn ‘71 Deborah (Ganley) King ‘73 Diane (Lonija) O’Malley ‘86 Julie Raymond ‘96 Jessica Thilges ‘03 Barrett Boesen ‘04 Hollister Farrell ‘05
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P HO T O CREDI T: Earl Hu l s t
BOB AND SHARON HANSON It’s the end of an era at Dowling Catholic as Bob and Sharon Hanson retire from coaching. Among a long list of accomplishments, the husband-wife duo has won six state basketball titles, five of which were at Dowling, and
ing at Maxwell. Bob left Maxwell to become
Moines East and Waukee before returning
head basketball coach at North Polk, where
to Dowling. Their return led to the sixth and
Sharon joined him as assistant coach in 1972.
final state title of their careers in 2014.
They also coached softball and track together
“Bob and Sharon’s contribution to girls bas-
during their time at North Polk.
ketball at Dowling Catholic and the state of Iowa is legendary,” said Tom Wilson, Athletic
earned 775 wins over 46 seasons.
Since leaving North Polk, the Hansons have
Director at DCHS. “We greatly appreciate all
always shared head coaching duties, first at
of their time and efforts in making an impact
With careers spanning more than four de-
Des Moines East, where they won a six-on-six
on our student-athletes. They will certainly be
girls state title before coming to Dowling in
missed but not forgotten.”
cades, they’ve seen many changes, including the transition from six-on-six to five-on-five basketball. They’ve also coached in many places, as their love of athletics has taken them together to different schools and a different state. They’ve been husband and wife almost as long as they’ve been coaches, marrying in 1969, just one year after Bob began coach-
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1982. They led the Dowling girls to their first ever state tournament and brought home the title in 1992, followed by three more in 1996, 1998 and 2000. They left Dowling to pursue other opportu-
Their legacy leaves them tied for the most state titles in Iowa, and with a record that ranks fifth best in state history.
nities at Creighton, Bob as the men’s golf coach and Sharon as an athletic administrator. They eventually returned to the Des Moines
As important as wins and state titles, their
area and to girls basketball, coaching at Des
leadership has helped dozens of players
go on to play at the collegiate level. Becca Hittner, a senior forward who has committed to play at Drake, credits the coaches with helping to make her the player she is today.
“The Hansons pushed me day in and day out to become the best player I could be,” said P H OT O C R E D I T: F ri tz No rd e n g re n
Hittner. “It was an awesome experience to play for them and learning from their many years of experience helped expand my own knowledge of the game.” Senior Marin Daniel agrees, noting the improvement that resulted from their coaching style. “They always were there to make sure we got better and worked hard in practice every day,” said Daniel. “They pushed me to do my best and to push others to do their best.
COACH MARK CROUCH Coach Mark Crouch recently celebrated his 40th year of coaching. His love of the sport began in 7th grade swimming under Coach
I’m thankful to Bob and Sharon.”
Dave Linder who prepared him well for his fu-
The Hansons look back on their time at Dow-
Hoover High School, Crouch attended the
ling Catholic with gratitude for everyone who has been a part of their journey and memories they will never forget. “We feel truly blessed to have been able to teach and coach at Dowling Catholic High School for over 27 years,” said Sharon Hanson. “Even more meaningful for us, our two daughters are both proud graduates of Dowling. Over the years, we were fortunate to be surrounded by hundreds of great people - students, players, parents and co-workers. We will forever hold many wonderful memories of all the good times and good people. We are thankful to everyone for
ture college swimming career. After attending University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa. He realized his true passion for swimming and coaching while at UNI under legendary Coach Glen Henry. Coach Crouch feels fortunate to have had such fine mentors in his early development and continues to use much of what he learned in his current coaching philosophies. To date he has coached four state championship teams, numerous individual place winners, and many collegiate
“Mark has done an amazing job with our students,” said Dr. Deegan. “He has the ability
Kristin Meyer has been hired as the new head
member and motivates them to do their best,
She will also serve as Technology Strategist, helping teachers implement technology into their classrooms. Meyer comes from Nevada High School where she taught business and coached basketball, volleyball and track.
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allowing us to be a part of it all!”
girls basketball coach at Dowling Catholic.
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to motivate and connect with every team no matter where their place is on the team.” He and his wife Jacque, who have been married for 39 years, have three children and three grandchildren. Outside of swimming he loves to spend time with his family, travel and
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