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Celebrating Science

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Day at Jesuit Jesuit grandparents came from as far as Peru to spend a special day with their grandsons.


Spring 2009 Volume 39 Number 3

Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas Rev. Philip S. Postell, S.J. President Michael A. Earsing Principal Rev. Francis W. Huete, S.J. Rector of the Jesuit Community David C. Berend Vice President & CFO Charles E. Vinson II Vice President of Institutional Advancement Managing Editor, Jesuit Today

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Chairman: Charles M. Young Trustees: Edwin S. Bell, Jr.; Rev. Ronald J. Boudreaux, S.J.; Rev. Francis W. Huete, S.J.; Michael A. Earsing; Rev. Raymond Fitzgerald, S.J.; John A. Gates ’83; James B. Harris; Joseph V. Hughes, Jr. ’71; Cheryl Joyner; Daniel Moen; Rick J. O’Brien ’82; Rev. Philip S. Postell, S.J.; Rev. Anthony G. Rauschuber, S.J.; Michael S. Rawlings

Jesuit Foundation John F. Hughes President Maureen Nawalaniec Accountant Rhonda White Database Administrator Jan Deck Celebration Auction

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Chairman: John A. Gates ’83 Trustees: Thomas F. August; William A. Blase, Jr.; J.D. Dell; Mark D. Godvin; John J. Gurun; William P. Hanley ’75; John F. Hubach; Maureen B. Kuntz; Joseph C. Murphy, Jr; Scot W. O’Brien ’78; Rev. Philip S. Postell, S.J.; Jeffrey R. Staubach ’93; Charles E. Vinson II; John P. Watters ’82; John A. Wensinger ’77; Kathryn Davis Williams; Carol B. Wright; Charles M. Young

Advancement/Alumni Staff Steve Neuhoff ’84 Senior Director of Development

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B.J. Antes Director of Development

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WELCOME to Jesuit Today. On the following pages you’ll meet some exceptional people. We introduce you to students, alumni, faculty and staff who demonstrate remarkable intellectual curiosity and achievement. We also introduce you to students who practice the Jesuit commitment to social justice through community service and working for human rights. We celebrate the achievements of alumni, including a young graduate who is helping unlock the mysteries of the universe. You’ll be proud to learn why AT&T decided to make a major investment in the Jesuit Higher Achievement Program. In the athletic arena, we take a look back at the early days of the track program and a look forward as senior athletes sign letters of intent for college. Join Principal Mike Earsing for a day and find out why his dedication to the school made him the natural choice for the 34th Patrick H. Koch, S.J. Award. Finally, please be sure to let us know what you’d like to see in future issues of Jesuit Today and keep us informed about your life. J




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4 Message from the President 5 Jesuit Profiles 6 The Roundup 10 A Life of Principal 13 Earsing Honored

14 AT&T Supports HAP

16 Engineering a Change

19 National Signing Day 20 Alumnus Discovers Planet

Message from the President The routine of Ordinary Time hits us in the spring. The church year finishes with Christmas and New Year’s celebrations and begins the long segment of its Ordinary season. This is a most misunderstood designation of the liturgical calendar. Many people feel that Ordinary refers to routine, nothing special, same old, same old. As a matter of fact, Ordinary points to a sequential time on the calendar of 33 Sundays. It is derived from the Latin word ordo, which refers to sequent. So routine and unexceptional it is not. Many of us began the New Year and the second semester with resolutions and determination and hopefully a new direction. Spring is another opportunity to begin again with determination to renew. Some people, however, see this wintry change of season as ordinary and nothing special to be sure. It just depends on what you want to do with the opportunities that are provided to you in life. We have the chance to make decisions which impact our lives and those with whom we live. Are these decisions taken for granted in an ordinary sense or are they opportunities for beginning again? It is nice to be free, but it is an awesome responsibility. It is far from routine in the ordinary sense.

23 Celebration Auction 24 For I Was Hungry 26 March for Life

Philip Postell, S.J. President, Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas

27 We Are Jesuit 31 The Ranger Report

Class Notes Weddings New Arrivals In Memoriam

38 Closing Thoughts

M I S S I O N   S TAT E M E N T Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas offers young men an excellent, Catholic education in the classical Jesuit tradition with the purpose of forming a community of men of high moral principles and service to others.

Rev. Philip Postell, S.J. and Jesuit seniors begin the Season of Lent with Mass on Ash Wednesday. Ordinary Time in the Catholic liturgical calendar starts again after Pentecost Sunday. Cover photo: Seniors Julian Paez and Joey Ratway construct a prototype robot. See full story on page 16.


Michael Agis ’96 Role at Jesuit: President of the Jesuit Young Alumni Association Family: Parents Ed and Katie Agis, sister Carolyn Agis UA ’00 and brother Robert Agis ’97 Nickname: Metro Hometown: Plano Hobbies: Playing the piano, writing, traveling, watching Sports Center Current job: Business Analyst First job: Soccer Linesman Favorite Jesuit tradition, why: Jesuit Palooza is a perfect blend of seniors, parents, live music and food. Best thing about Jesuit: No locks on the lockers Favorite movie: To Catch a Thief (Hitchcock) Favorite school subject: World history Best book I ever read: Shampoo Planet by Dennis Coupland Three words people use to describe me: Positive, ambitious, schmoozer I’m most proud of: Getting to know my brother The two people I’d most like to meet: My grandfather’s grandfather and Pablo Picasso Favorite musician: Air Best advice I ever received was: Never miss a good opportunity to shut up! Wildest dream: Become a novelist Proudest moment: Knowing my dad is proud of me Nobody knows: I speak French. I wish I knew how to: Ride a motorcycle Fondest Memory: Walking around New York City with my family at Christmas I get inspiration from: My sister and anything written by Paulo Coelho Childhood ambition: Marine biologist


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Jan Deck

Erik Burrell

Role at Jesuit: Auction office manager Family: Son Michael Deck ’01 Nickname: Some of my friends call me Janski. I’m Polish. Hometown: Houston Hobbies: Cooking, reading, hiking First job: Mowing lawns – there weren’t many boys in our neighborhood! Favorite Jesuit tradition, why: Christmas Eve Mass. It is so great to see all the recent graduates come and reconnect with their friends. Best thing about Jesuit: The people Favorite school subject: Literature Best book I ever read: The Kite Runner Three words people use to describe me: Talkative, generous, creative I’m most proud of: My son The two people I’d most like to meet: Thomas Jefferson and my grandmother who passed away before I was born. People say I’m a lot like her. Favorite musician: James Taylor, old school. Newer, Alicia Keyes. Best advice I ever received was: Take it one day at a time. Wildest dream: Be on Dancing with the Stars – and be good! Nobody knows: I’m addicted to British comedies on PBS. Perfect day: Get up early, hike in the mountains, big brunch, lay around and read all afternoon, get dressed up and go to dinner with friends. I wish I knew how to: Play the piano Fondest Memory: Looking at the Southern Cross from the deck of a boat in the middle of the Amazon – breathtaking! I get inspiration from: Being in the mountains Childhood ambition: Ballerina

Role at Jesuit: Co-Director of Diversity and theology teacher Family: Wife Bianca Gaytán-Burrell Nickname: “E” Hometown: Chicago, then Anaheim, CA. My wife doesn’t like me to claim Chicago because I was only there until I was six, but all of my sports allegiances are to Chicago teams. Hobbies: Reading, learning, exercising, traveling First job: Paperboy Favorite Jesuit tradition, why: Community Days articulates through reflection and action the brotherhood Jesuit aspires to foster. Best thing about Jesuit: “Men and Women for Others.” Many schools have mottos but too few strive to live them out. Favorite movie: There are too many. I always ask my students to give me a genre when they ask about my favorite, but I’ll say the original Star Wars trilogy. Favorite school subject: English Best book I ever read: Again, too many to pick out. One of my all-time favorites is Catch-22. Three words people use to describe me: You’ll have to ask them. They won’t tell me to my face. I’m most proud of: Selfless acts Best advice I ever received was: The poster “Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten.” I really like milk and cookies. Nobody knows: I detest Venetian blinds. They terrorize me. Perfect day: Whenever I can feel complete contentment I wish I knew how to: Speak another language fluently (I’m not fluent yet)





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The Considine family visits the Peace Garden of Faith during its dedication to their late wife and mother: (L to R) Shannon (UA ’08), Chris ’09 and Clifford. The place of prayer, situated in a courtyard at Jesuit, honors Nancy Considine and other women of the Jesuit community who battle cancer.

The Rugby teams from Jesuit Dallas and Strake Jesuit bonded in Houston as the Rangers spent time before the match lifting the spirits of an injured Strake player.

Team for Others Rugby coach Anthony Mattacchione set up the trip to Houston months ahead of time. The idea was simple. Drive south on the bus, spend a day doing community service at Texas Medical Center, then play matches against St. Thomas and Strake Jesuit.

Senior Michael Navarrete visits with former Polish president Lech Walesa. Michael met Walesa and listened to him speak about his experiences in the Solidarity Movement on a family trip to Poland.

When the Rangers got to Houston, however, they got an unexpected chance to display their sportsmanship and love for others. They proved they were true winners. The team rallied around Mark Steinhubl, a Strake Jesuit rugby player who had been accidently shot in early January. He was near the end of a month-long stay at the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, part of Texas Medical Center. While some Rangers performed landscaping tasks in the center’s gardens, others visited with patients. Some also helped in the Institute’s computer center. All of the Jesuit players took a turn bonding with Steinhubl. Some walked with him while others played catch. “We know that rugby is about more than just the game,” said Mattacchione. “Giving back to the community and being there for one of our brothers is more important.”


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Six Seniors Named National Merit Finalists The Class of 2009 excelled when it came to taking the PSAT. The standardized test is part of the formula in determining both National Merit Scholarship finalists and National Hispanic Scholars. Six Jesuit students earned the first honor, while seven claimed the second. The seniors named National Merit Scholarship finalists were Bradley Craig, Zach Harris, Dan McBride, Colton Moseley, Hunter Rees and Gregg Thawley. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation names semifinalists each year based on scores from the PSAT. These semifinalists are then encouraged to apply to become finalists, a process that weighs other factors such as grades, leadership and an essay. Approximately 15,000 finalists were named from the more than 1.5 million high school juniors who took the 2007 PSAT. Jesuit’s 2009 National Hispanic Scholars are Patrick Arnold, Jorge Aceves, Gerardo Benavides, Joe Chavarria, Cody Martinez, Michael Navarrete and Sebastian Pelky. This award is given by the College Board, which administers the PSAT and uses the test scores as one of the qualifying factors. Just 5,000 students in the United States annually receive the recognition.

Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2009 The Jesuit Sports Hall of Fame, a project of the Lettermen’s Club, welcomes six new individual athletes as the Class of 2009. Tony LaLumia ’68 played both baseball and basketball at Jesuit, winning allstate honors in basketball. Steve (Grant) Lewis ’71 played basketball at St. Mary’s University and helped Jesuit win back-to-back TCIL state titles. Steve Cook ’73 was a four-time all-state golfer at Jesuit and also played at Texas Tech. Anthony Harden ’74 was an All-American running back. Drew Calver ’92 was a four-time high-school All-American swimmer. Jimmy Archie ’93 was an allstate player in both football and baseball at Jesuit and was an All-Ivy defensive back at Princeton. In addition to the individual inductees, the Lettermen’s Club also is honoring the five teams that won TCIL state championships during the 1982-83 school year: football, basketball, tennis, soccer and baseball. Bill DeOre ’65 is the 2009 recipient of the Gold Ranger Award. Bill can frequently be seen at Ranger sporting events and is a relentless Jesuit volunteer—for example, he works each night of the Alumni Phonathon. A political cartoonist for the Dallas Morning News for decades, Bill often illustrates the covers of Jesuit sports programs and publications. The recipient of the 2009 Philip Postell, S.J. Distinguished Service Award is Tom Walsh, who has spent a decade as the radio voice for broadcasts of Jesuit football games. The induction ceremonies are scheduled for April 4.

The basketball team’s trip to the playoffs was just one of the many success stories for Jesuit’s sports teams during the winter.

2009 HOMECOMING October 23-25

2009 RANGERS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE August 29 Bishop Lynch September 4 Coppell September 11 @ South Garland September 18 @ Hebron October 2 @ Plano East October 9 Wylie October 16 @ Plano West October 23 Allen October 30 @ McKinney Boyd November 6 Plano




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Jesuit Starting Alumni Service Corps Jesuit is looking for a few good men. Actually, Jesuit is looking for two to four good Men for Others from Jesuit’s graduating classes of 2004 and 2005. The school is initiating the Alumni Service Corps (ASC), a volunteer opportunity for Jesuit graduates to devote a year of their lives in service and thanksgiving for their Jesuit education. The ASC volunteers will serve as associate faculty members and contribute in a variety of ways. They might teach classes, tutor, participate in pastoral and service activities, and help with extracurricular activities such as athletic teams, drama productions and club events. Volunteers strive to grow spiritually through their service and maintain a simple lifestyle. Jesuit will provide housing, living expenses and a modest monthly stipend. The ASC program is not designed to be a training program for teachers or a transition to a permanent job at Jesuit. It is intended to give a few individuals the opportunity to serve Jesuit and its students in a unique way during a year between college and the start of a career or graduate school. To apply for the Alumni Service Corps, contact Fred Donahue at fdonahue@ or Jack Fitzsimmons at

Jesuit Sports Teams Enjoy Winter Season Junior Brian Gorman primes his Rube Goldberg for action. A Rube Goldberg machine is a comically over-engineered apparatus that performs a simple task in a very indirect and convoluted manner. Jesuit physics students create their own machines that must meet specific guidelines — using more than four simple machines, for example — but they also are free to use their imaginations. Gorman’s team used several toys in their machine, including a die-cast version of The Mystery Machine van from the Scooby-Doo cartoons. For more on science at Jesuit, see the story on Jesuit’s robotics team on page 16 and the account of an alumnus who discovered a new planet on page 20.

Jesuit’s student-athletes excelled during the winter. The soccer team was ranked No. 1 in the nation. Olympic hopeful Matt Thompson closed out an outstanding four-year career by setting a national record and repeating as Class 5A Male Swimmer of the Year. Another senior, Cabot White, was named Outstanding Wrestler at the district meet and the basketball team won 24 games and advanced to the UIL playoffs. The soccer team held the No. 1 spot in ESPN’s national rankings at the beginning of the season. The Rangers still held the top spot and had not yet lost a game as they entered March and the stretch drive of District 8-5A play. The Jesuit basketball team got off to a slow start, but finished with one of its most successful seasons in UIL Class 5A. After starting the season 5-4, the Rangers earned a spot in The Dallas Morning News’ Top 10 rankings in the DFW area and a top-25 ranking in the state by Texas Hoops. Jesuit finished 248, with a championship in the Plano Wildcat Classic, a second-place finish in District 8-5A and a berth in the playoffs. White won first in the 140-pound division of the District 18 wrestling meet, putting on a show that earned him recognition as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. John Thompson finished second in the 130-pound division, joining White as a qualifier for the UIL Region III Championships. Matt Thompson ended his high school swimming career in style at the UIL Class 5A State Swim Meet, setting a national high school record with a time of 1:45.27 in the 200-yard individual medley. It was the second time in two weeks that Thompson had broken the record, setting it for the first time at the regional meet. Thompson also won state in the 100-yard backstroke and set a Class 5A record with a time of 47.37. Thompson won the 100-yard backstroke each year he was at Jesuit, becoming the first male swimmer in UIL history to sweep his event for four years. Jesuit, which also had a relay team qualify for the state meet, finished 11th in the Class 5A standings.



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CLASS OF 2009 May 8: Senior Convocation in the Terry Center 8:50 a.m, Jesuit Special Games at Haggar Stadium from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and Jesuit Palooza on the practice fields at 6:00 p.m. May 10: Senior Mass at 9 a.m. in the Terry Center, Senior Breakfast follows at Westin Galleria May 11-13: Senior Exams

ART APPRECIATION The next time you drive up to Jesuit, notice the prominent granite sculpture on the knoll between the front drive and Inwood Road. The half-polished, halfnatural rose granite design is a hallmark of internationally acclaimed Texas Gulf Coast artist Jesus Morales’ style. Morales’ granite sculptures grace the world, including installations in New York’s CBS Plaza, the White House and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Osaka, Japan. His designs are so inventive that some of the megaton works of art “sing.” Aptly named The Window, the Jesuit piece signifies both a window of opportunity and responsibility. Looking in to the school from Inwood Road, boys see the opportunities a classic Jesuit education offers. Looking out from the campus, students and adults are reminded of their responsibilities to the world.

May 23: Graduation Ceremony, 4 p.m. at SMU McFarlin Auditorium

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Can’t make it to the Celebration Auction on April 18? Check out E-Jay, the online auction that is part of Viva Espana. Mark your calendars for March 29 and start bidding. Auctions will end April 13 at 9:30 p.m. Items up for bid will include gift certificates, photography, tickets for sporting events and some Jesuit collectibles such as signed Ranger team photos. Go to and look for the auction link.

SAVE THE DATE Jesuit Night at the RoughRiders 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 25 Dr Pepper Ballpark, Frisco Come seen the Frisco Roughriders battle the Midland Rockhounds. The Zooperstars, a favorite with the youngsters, will perform during the game. Alumni can watch some baseball and visit with classmates. Current parents can share their sons’ summer activities. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 972-387-8700 x 342. J

HISTORY LESSONS Events in Jesuit History 1949 – Grover Walker became Jesuit’s first track coach. 1959 – Rev. Walter C. McCauley, S.J., was named Jesuit principal. 1969 – John Baugh won the National Catholic Oratorical Contest in Washington, D.C., and its $6,000 scholarship prize. 1979 – The swim team won the TCIL state championship. 1989 – Jesuit musicians won Best Band honors from the National Catholic Bandmasters Association. 1999 – The Jesuit-Ursuline Ranger Band marched in Gov. George Bush’s inaugural parade.




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A Life of Principal While his days are filled to overflowing, the impact of Jesuit’s principal is beyond measure. A true Man for Others, Mike Earsing is the embodiment of spirituality, justice, knowledge, compassion, generosity and humor. Watching Mike travel through his day it’s easy to see where he draws his inspiration, “I’m interested in everything that God created and that is great for my job,” Mike says. “Being an administrator at a high school affords me the opportunity to interact with all types of kids and teachers. It allows me to see the broad picture and to have the Ignatian point of view. My life, the job of a principal, is to find God in all things.”

Mike discusses admission policies with Tim Host, Jesuit’s director of admissions.

Mike starts his day long before his arrival at 12345 Inwood Road. At home, he enjoys a hot cup of tea — his first of many for the day — and some quiet time to gather his thoughts while making lunches for his daughters. The dawn calm helps him ready for whatever the day might bring. As he pulls his car into the Jesuit parking lot, Mike enters the sea of arrivals. Freshmen tumble out of some vehicles, half-dressed, ties loosely draped around necks. Seniors wheel their cars into the upper lot. Mike makes a mental note: the sprinklers are watering the concrete and interrupting the walking traffic to the front door.

Mike chats with Jesuit students about their common interests.

Strolling the halls of the familiar building he has entered for the last three decades, Mike’s conversations with students range from favorite scenes in the original Star Wars movies to any number of extracurricular activities. He stops at the “Cross Roads” in the main hall to exchange a morning greeting with Assistant Principals Fred Donahue and Tom Hanlon and confirms the lunchtime Master Planning meeting with Jesuit President Rev. Philip Postell, S.J. and the



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architects who are working on designs for the school. A teacher stops him a few paces later and requests five minutes — “Absolutely, my door is open, check my schedule with Ann.” Entering the administration area, Mike meets a member of the Parents Executive Board, a fellow bibliophile dropping off a few books. Before pouring his first cup of coffee, Mike reviews his daily calendar. Over the coffee pot, he visits with teachers readying for the day. It is 7:50 a.m., and the first bell has not yet rung. Mike arrived at Jesuit Dallas in 1978 to teach chemistry and world history—a combination that provides early evidence of his intellectual agility and broad curiosity. A man of diverse

Mike enjoys speaking to students, parents, educators or alumni. “I’m a big list guy,” Mike says about managing his time. “I split my list up into three categories: things to do, long-range things to do and planning. I have to go through my mail and e-mail every day, though many of those things are items that really need to get dished off to others. I have to make sure they get to the right person.”

Mike strives to keep up with paperwork. interests, Mike loves reading and taking classes as well as sports and vintage cars. His taste in music ranges from opera and Bing Crosby to Jimmy Buffett and Led Zeppelin. An undisputed nature lover, Mike is proud to congratulate students who join him in the rank of Eagle Scout. Rev. Philip Postell, S.J. emerges from his office, catches Mike’s eye with a quick head nod, and the two duck into the president’s office. They discuss support for a young alumnus whose parent passed away. Back in his office, Mike checks for messages and learns the school attorney has called. A chemistry question has come up — can he meet with a couple of teachers? “Of course, schedule with Ann,” the first bell rings at 7:55 a.m.

Mike spends 45 minutes reading email and holding a phone conference with an attorney. The doors close for a daily meeting with Assistant Principal Tom Garrison, who briefs Mike on academics and assorted student issues. The third bell of the day rings, doors swing open, and the halls swell as 1,040 students blaze their way to homeroom. Morning announcements draw all administrators out of their offices as faculty, staff and students join to bow their heads in prayer. The day has begun in earnest. A student drops by to apologize for misdeeds at the same time as the teacher who wanted “five minutes.” Mike asks the student to stay and tells the teacher, “See you 10th period.” Additionally, a group of seniors schedules time to seek approval continued on page 12




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continued from page 11 for wearing bolo ties. “You have to take care of emergencies first, and you have to be able to identify what is truly an emergency,” Mike says. “Much of what parents, teachers and students bring to me is a crisis to them already, so I have to make those things a priority.” The next period of the day sets the school in motion again, doors opening and closing, the shuffle of feet in the hall, the coffee pot tirelessly dispensing. Administrators collect for their weekly staff meeting. The principal of Rockhurst High, a Jesuit school in Kansas City, has called, and an admissions question has come up. “That unpredictability is the fun of it,” Mike says. “I look at this job as a starship captain. In a very positive sense, my alter ego is James Tiberius Kirk. You might see a great undiscovered planet or a Klingon battleship uncloaking outside your window. You just never know what is going to happen.” As Principal, Mike has to interact with teachers, administrators, students, parents, alumni and a variety of outsiders. “You have to differentiate,” Mike says. “Sometimes I’m a shoulder to cry on. Often I’m the guy that has to set the limits. I’m supporter and nurturer. I’m a conduit. Sometimes I’m the protector. A starship captain takes on many roles. Sometimes he’s the ambassador and peacemaker, other times I’ve got the phaser out and am going after the monsters.” At noon, the drink of choice becomes tea. As the day moves on, work becomes interspersed with random tidbits of knowledge shared with students hanging around the candy bowl. Occasionally there is a quick burst of a random tune, such as “The Lumberjack” song. The Master Planning meeting happens over lunch, but not until a walk through the cafeteria and Senior Courtyard to see “his guys.” At a chance meeting in the hall, Mike tells Director of Operations Kevin Vardell about the misguided sprinkler head. During the five-minute meeting with the teacher, Mike learns that a long-term substitute

Mike visits a gathering of college recruiters as they meet with Jesuit’s counseling staff. will be needed. There’s a meeting to discuss an eligibility issue, while a transfer family stops by during a tour of the school wanting to meet the principal and shake hands — “Do you know the principal at Tampa Jesuit?” Mike returns the phone call to Rockhurst while signing requisitions. “I don’t think you take a certain philosophy and use it to find all your solutions,” Mike says. “I believe that God has given us lots of answers, we just have to figure it out.” Before the bell rings at 3:23 p.m., signaling dismissal for students, there has been a fire drill and a huddle with chemistry teachers to discuss coordinate covalent bonds as a result of a question raised by a student. The bolo tie meeting is arranged, despite the difficulty of juggling four schedules. After school, Mike switches hats and becomes moderator of the Car Club. He meets with members, and they discuss participation in a car derby. The last scheduled meeting of the day is with the Finance Committee to discuss the budget. It ends early enough for Mike to detour through the gym on the way to his car, catching the junior varsity basketball team dribbling and swooshing their way to victory. The day ends, and Mike walks through the quiet and empty halls, past the lost pencils, crumpled notes and the lockers stuffed with books and blazers, all staged to begin again tomorrow. At prayer service each week, the school community recites St. Ignatius’ Prayer for Generosity. Faculty and students need look no further than Mike Earsing to see the prayer in action: Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to seek reward, except that of knowing that I do your will. Amen. St. Ignatius Loyola



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Earsing Honored as Servant Leader

For more than 30 years, the Jesuit community has been blessed by Principal Mike Earsing’s dedication and spirit of service. The Jesuit Foundation honored Earsing in March with the 34th Annual Patrick H. Koch, S.J. Award. The award is named after the late Reverend Patrick H. Koch, S.J., who was a 1944 graduate and former teacher, principal, and president of Jesuit Dallas who exemplified the Jesuit ideal. Since his arrival at Jesuit Dallas in 1978, Earsing has served as a teacher, assistant principal for discipline, director of the Community Service Program, senior counselor and interim director for a capital campaign. In 1997, Earsing was named the first lay principal in the history of Jesuit Dallas. In each of these roles, Earsing has demonstrated his trademark dedication to the best interests of the students and the school. Senior Counselor Jack Fitzsimmons ’76 received unanimous agreement from the packed room when he praised Earsing for being a living example of the spirit of St. Ignatius. “The goal of our life is to live with God forever,” Fitzsimmons said. “Mike lives that everyday. It is not about his glory, but what God has called him to do. And thankfully for us, God has called him to be the principal of Jesuit College Prep.”

Mike Earsing receives the award from Jesuit Foundation Board Chairman John Gates ’83 and Jesuit President Rev. Philip Postell, S.J.

Alumni offer congratulations: (L to R) Gary Melle ’89, Dan Madden ’89 and Chris Madden ’84.

Among the attendees were many of Mike Earsing’s family. The celebration packed the ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel. Rev. Michael Dooley, S.J., celebrates with Mike Earsing.

The Morgan family shows their appreciation of Principal Earsing: (L to R) Scott ’06, Bob ’71 and Brenda.




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AT&T Supports HAP AT&T has reached out and touched the Jesuit community. AT&T has a longstanding commitment to improving educational opportunities for students. That commitment recently lead the company to make the largest corporate donation in Jesuit’s history, with a gift of $500,000 in support of the school’s successful Higher Achievement Program (HAP). “The AT&T Higher Achievement Program Endowment, made possible by this gift, will provide students with guidance and resources to enable their future successes,” according to Bill Blase, senior executive vice president of Human Resources at AT&T. The gift creates the AT&T Higher Achievement Program Endowment at Jesuit, which will have two equal halves. One half will help fund operations of HAP, while the other half will provide financial aid for students who have completed HAP and are now enrolled at Jesuit. HAP is a summer enrichment program for middle-school students. Jesuit identifies young men who have the potential to benefit from a collegepreparatory curriculum, but who need academic and social enrichment to thrive during their middle school and high school years. The HAP program helps guide the youngsters on a path of academic success, with many eventually graduating from Jesuit. “Supported by the school’s staff, these students will be even better positioned to succeed,” Blase said. “AT&T is proud to support this initiative and is pleased to help fund Jesuit’s efforts to broaden its outreach into the community.” Jesuit Principal Mike Earsing praised AT&T for its gift. “What a great show of support,” Earsing said. “AT&T’s gift will make a difference. For many of these kids, the opportunity to go to Jesuit is going to be life changing. Some of them will be the first ones in their family to go to college. Others will find out that they can make an impact in the world. It is pretty spectacular.”

HAP students put science in action. Since 1999, 54 percent of HAP graduates have enrolled at Jesuit, with an additional 35 percent enrolling at other Dallas-area Catholic high schools. Jesuit’s Class of 2008 included 18 HAP graduates, all of whom are now enrolled in college. HAP director Corey Marr expects the program to benefit immediately from the AT&T grant. Enrollment will increase from 80 to 85 in 2009, expanding to 100 in 2010. In addition, he expects tuition to drop over the next few years from its current cost of $150. He will also be able to provide more transportation options for HAP students, some of whom face complex travel arrangements to reach Jesuit. “I always get more responses from kids wanting to be in the HAP program than we can accommodate each year,” Marr said. “Thanks to AT&T, I will not have to turn as many students away.” Marr also expects the portion of the AT&T grant targeted to help HAP students attending Jesuit to

HAP students work on their model rockets in math class.

HAP students explore music.



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HAP FACTS make a big difference. “That is such a key component because most of our HAP students need financial aid to make Jesuit a reality,” Marr said. “Some kids never apply to HAP because they think they would never be able to afford to go to Jesuit.” Middle school principals are believers in HAP. “The best thing the program does is teach the kids that hard work can be fun,” Holy Family of Nazareth Principal Dennis Poyant said. “The experience is invaluable.” One of the greatest endorsements of HAP is the fact that many graduates return to the program as teacher’s aides while they are students at Jesuit. Seniors Augie Ramirez and Orlando Orio, for example, have volunteered more than 500 hours to the program since they’ve become Jesuit students. Sal Perdomo is another Jesuit senior who supports HAP. After being a HAP student for two years, he spent three summers as a teacher’s aide. “HAP is kind of like a little mini-Jesuit,” Perdomo said. “All the middle school kids that live close to Jesuit know all about it. But if you live and go to school in Irving, Pleasant Grove or Oak Cliff, HAP really gives you a chance to connect to Jesuit. People were always telling me that they wanted to go to Jesuit, but all I knew about it was that it was an all-boys school. I was pretty skeptical before I went to HAP.” Jesuit junior Chris Udofia not only has attended HAP and worked at the program as a teacher’s aide, but he’s also had two younger brothers become HAP students. “HAP includes all the good things about school and drops some things that kids aren’t crazy about such as homework and the pressure of getting good grades,” Udofia said. “It is really a great experience.”

Established in 1974. Students are rising sixth, seventh and eighth-graders. A dozen middle-schools participate each year, with principals nominating their students for the program. Runs for four weeks each June, with classes lasting for six hours a day, Monday through Friday. Program includes lessons in English, math, science, multi-media, faith and morality, PE and study skills.

Udofia and other HAP graduates say something extraordinary seems to happen every day of the program. They launch water balloons and rockets for science, hold a music competition and create their own multi-media presentations. Last year, HAP students filmed their own movie version of the English book they read. “Our goal is to get kids in the HAP program to successfully matriculate into Jesuit,” said Earsing. “The program is a four-week snapshot of what you are going to get when you come to Jesuit. It’s powerful. Some kids come here and know it’s not for them. Some kids come here and don’t know what they want, then leave at the end of summer ready to bleed blue and gold.” J

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Engineering a Change Club reconfigures to compete in popular FIRST Robotics program

FIRST Robotics competitions attract thousands of spectators who cheer teams from around the world.


ransformers have taken over Jesuit. Shapeshifting aliens have not seized control of the school. Rather, the Jesuit Engineering Club has morphed into a robotics team called the All Sparks. The Jesuit squad has worked since the start of the school year to prepare for its regional competition March 12-14 at Southern Methodist University. 2009 is the first year for Jesuit to participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition, a twodecades-old program designed to help high school students discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) program was founded by inventor Dean Kamen, with the robotics competition now involving 1,300 teams and more than 32,000 high school students from around the world in regional and championship events. The competition is sponsored by Fortune 500 companies, has a partnership with NASA and makes $9 million in college scholarships available to FIRST participants. Michael Couvillon ’94, Jesuit math teacher and moderator of the Engineering Club, is coaching the All Sparks. He took time to answer questions about the transformation.

What are the basics of the FIRST competition? Couvillon: Each year the organizers devise a different game or challenge. Competitors must build a robot that is able to participate in the game, following all the rules and specifications. Competitors get a very detailed manual with all the criteria the robot has to meet – weight, size, shape, how it can interact with the other robots, where it can interact with the other robots. The teams are very competitive and take the rules seriously. They are also very creative, so the FIRST organizers are really smart about creating a fair competition. Each team receives two crates of parts from companies that sponsor the world-wide competition. All teams are then limited to a six-week build period; around the world, teams began construction on January 3rd and shipped their completed robots on February 17th. FIRST then ships the robots to the location of any rally the team enters. It’s fair in that each team has the same amount of time to build the robot. Why did you choose to enter the FIRST Robotics competition?



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Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), Burns Controls Company, Exxon/Mobil, and the FIRST organization itself. Nelson Caperton, Barry Weller and Brian Nauyokas from PTC have provided our students with engineering guidance and mentoring, including extensive training on the use of ProEngineer, which is exceptional computer-aided design (CAD) software. Julie Berkhouse and Jodi Gibson of JCPenney visited and brought engineers who helped us solve several materials challenges. Pat Burns, Jr.’81 and some of his engineers from Burns Controls have been instrumental in helping us identify the best materials for our needs. Joe Nava ’02, another Jesuit faculty member, has been a contributor from the beginning when he led a student team for our own in-school competition to generate interest in robotics. A group of students works on a conveyor belt that will pick up balls and deposit them into the robot’s storage bin, an integral task of the 2009 FIRST Robotics challenge.

What are some of your biggest challenges? Couvillon: Some of these schools that have been in the competition for a while are really well established. They have full machine shops and curricula that include CAD and metal working. Just as important, continued on page 18

Couvillon: The FIRST competition is a unique opportunity for high school students for several reasons. First, the degree of challenge is significant. Second, its relevance is remarkable because students are working with industry-standard, leadingedge technology. Third, they are working alongside professional engineers. They are learning and applying actual engineering, sophisticated computer modeling,

“Robotics is a blast. It’s been the best after-school activity that I’ve done at Jesuit. I’m a math-science guy, and Robotics has really given me a chance to explore those fields.” – Jesuit senior Chris Ratway and programming. So it’s a great experience for the students. The commitment required from the students is enormous—they’ve got to work on it every day for six weeks to meet the requirements and produce something they can be proud of. The experience is similar to a sport because of the commitment of time and energy and the amount of team coordination required. The FIRST Robotics Competition’s website calls it a varsity sport, and if you go to a rally, you really would think of it as a sport. Not only is a score kept but there is a lot of cheering, a lot of elation, and there are always a few surprises. The robotics team is off to a good start for a firstyear team. One of the reasons is that the team has gotten a boost from several outside sources. Who has provided help? Couvillon: Several great companies and individuals have stepped up. First, I can’t overstate the role of Steve Alaniz ’71, an alumnus and current parent. Steve has contributed hundreds of hours of his time and invaluable expertise he gained with FIRST Robotics Competitions in other cities. We’ve received financial help from the JCPenney Afterschool Fund,

Soon after receiving their batch of parts for the FIRST Robotics Competition, members of the Engineering Club had rigged up the basics of a robot and had it racing down the Jesuit halls.




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it. They want to solve it. I don’t have to sell them that it is worth solving because it is fun. They enjoy doing the hard work. When I think back to our first days it’s amazing how far we’ve come since we started with a somewhat random collection of parts. We were not told what to do, but given the challenge the robots have to face. The specifications helped narrow down the possibilities, but the solution was really up to us. Our students have shown enormous creativity. That’s really helped make it fun.

Faculty advisor and coach Michael Couvillon ’94 shows visiting JCPenney engineers the bumper that Jesuit students plan to add to their robot. they have programs in the middle schools that feed into them. Our challenge this year is that we entered the heat of battle without having developed skills among the students. Our kids have had to learn basics like using a power drill or cutting a straight line with a saw or writing code to run the control unit. For me personally, I had to learn how to implement pneumatic systems, calculate gear ratios and program the control unit—things I’ve never done before—so I could guide the students. Going forward, we have to build a culture and framework in our school that supports the competition so the kids are building their skills throughout the year. In addition, we have to build up the resources to support the activity. Most of the tools that we are using this year are from my home workshop—they’re not made for precision metal working.

What would you like to see in Jesuit’s future for robotics? Couvillon: The school already supports the competition so we can build from that. I am confident we will develop as a team with continued focus. I’m looking forward to creating an environment where mentors are active all year long—teaching those who don’t have the skills so we create project memory that carries beyond the current year. That is really one of the key components of the program. The knowledge and specific skill sets need to be passed on. Additionally, while the rewards are great, it is a costly undertaking, so we have to do some more fundraising. The kids and I are looking into ways we can raise money to help fund the program. That will be yet another learning opportunity for us. J If you would like to help Jesuit’s Robotics program with your time or financial support, please contact us at

Our process is complicated by the reality that we have a changing work force from day to day because of the kids’ busy schedules. There are also differences because we’re in a learning environment rather than a work environment. In a job setting, where you are dealing with a more homogenous work force in terms of skill or experience, you can assign tasks and hold team members accountable. However in a learning environment where the goal is to teach, the dynamic is different because students are acquiring skills at the same time they’re applying them. How does the robotics team help Jesuit students in the long run? Couvillon: It’s important for kids to get out of the classroom environment, to get away from their textbooks. It is great for them to be actually solving real-world problems. It is so different from a problem out of the book because it requires a dynamic thought process. There are many possible solutions—that’s real problem solving. In addition to all they gain directly from the activity, $9 million in college scholarships are available exclusively to FIRST students. What have you enjoyed about the first-year adventure? Couvillon: I’ve really enjoyed working with the students and watching the remarkable progress they’ve made since we began. I’ve been impressed with the enthusiasm of the guys and their willingness to work. Each day nearly 20 students have showed up to work in spite of busy schedules. The kids are excited about

(L to R) Sophomore Ross Thompson, seniors Joey and Chris Ratway, and freshman Nathan Alaniz check on the workings of their robot.

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Jesuit enjoyed a celebration of seniors in early February when 13 athletes signed Letters of Intent to play collegiate sports. Family, friends, teammates, classmates, faculty and staff showed up to congratulate the students on their accomplishments. Photographers from several media outlets were on hand for the event as the Jesuit contingent represented one of the largest among Dallas area high schools. The students represented five different sports and were committing to colleges that ranged from the Ivy League to national athletic powerhouses such as Notre Dame and Stanford. “It’s a great day for the boys and their families,” said Jesuit athletic director Steve Koch. “This is very exciting.” There were some bittersweet aspects

Matt Shortall - Tulane (baseball) Nick Tausch - Notre Dame (football) Eric Tausch - TCU (football) Bottom Row (L to R) Jeremy Huynh - Trinity (soccer) Ryan Morales - American University (soccer) Nate Dombrowski - University of Dayton (soccer) Alexei Reyes - Florida Gulf Coast University (soccer)

to the occasion, however, as there almost always are when young men enter a new phase in their lives. “I’m going to really miss just hanging out with the guys,” said Nick Tausch, who will kick for the Notre Dame football team next fall. “That’s one of the great things about sports at Jesuit, just getting to spend time with your friends.” Top Row (L to R) Brandon Haynes - Colorado State (football) Jake Allyn - Cornell (football) Sewell Strifler -University of Dayton (soccer) Bill O’Dwyer - Midwestern State (soccer) Matt Thompson - Stanford (swimming) Landon Tujague - Arkansas (golf)




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Jesuit Alumnus Fitzgerald ’96 and Cal Berkley Team Find World Outside



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DiscoverS Planet Solar System

By Scott Barnett ’10 hat lies beyond the planets of our solar system? Does anything exist outside our galaxy? Space has always been a mysterious unknown that astrophysicists continue to ponder, but from the uncertainty rise possibilities, possibilities that have opened the door for Jesuit grad Michael Fitzgerald, Ph.D. ’96 to establish what lies beyond our solar system. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Fitzgerald, a 1996 graduate of Jesuit Dallas who continues to build on the solid foundations of his Jesuit education. Before the interview, I read of the numerous accomplishments of Dr. Fitzgerald and realized that his journey had already begun while he was still a student at Jesuit Dallas. At the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, he was initially unsure of his major. He chose Engineering and Applied Science—a major that allowed him the flexibility to study many areas, including his continued interest in physics. Mike continued his studies at Caltech and spent his summers conducting research working alongside professors. He recalled some early work on microfluidics, specifically constructing devices designed to sort short strands of DNA. This experience persuaded him to pursue a field that focused on research as well as hands-on lab work. During a summer research fellowship in 1998, Mike worked in an artificial intelligence (AI) lab at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland where he programmed robots designed for use in AI experiments. A turning point occurred in Mike’s life when he went to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he worked on a project designed to combine the light from telescopes in Hawaii. The experience steered him toward a career that incorporated not only physics but astronomy as well. After graduating from Caltech, Mike decided to pursue a career in astronomy, and began working toward his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 2000. The exceptional post graduate program for astronomy enticed him and provided an opportunity to work with the Keck Telescopes located at the W.M. Keck Observatory in Mauna Kea, Hawaii. During his time in Berkeley, Mike became interested in adaptive optics, a type of technology used to improve the performance of optical systems by reducing the effects of rapidly changing optical distortion. The technology is used in astronomical telescopes and laser communication systems to remove the effects of atmospheric distortion. By specializing in this field, Mike honed his knowledge and ability to sharpen the images taken by telescopes of objects in space.

This photo was taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. From this and other images like it, Mike Fitzgerald ’96 and a team of scientists from the University of California Berkeley were able to discover for the first time a planet outside of the earth’s solar system. The newly discovered planet, named Fomalhaut b, orbits around its parent star Fomalhaut.

During this time, Mike began a research collaboration at Berkeley with Professors James Graham and Paul Kalas to look for new exosolar planets— planets outside our planetary solar system. Mike explained to me that asteroids and comets consist of primitive materials and are remnants of the planetbuilding processes in the formation of the Solar System. We expect similar bodies to be orbiting other stars that have undergone planet formation. When these bodies collide, they create dust and debris, which collects to form rings. Stars that harbor such rings are prime locations to look for new or forming planets. Mike and his collaborators worked on two approaches to try to find planets around stars with dust: one focused on dust rings using the Hubble Space Telescope, while the other studied them using the Keck telescopes on continued on page 22




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Michael Fitzgerald is a Michelson Postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Below is an artist’s rendering of the star Fomalhaut and the newly discovered planet, Fomalhaut b.

continued from page 21 the ground. Since these dust rings are located near their stars, the starlight would need to be blocked in order to establish a viewable image of any planet located near the dust ring. When the star named Fomalhaut was photographed, the team noticed that the ring of debris was not centered on the star but was composed of dust grains on eccentric orbits that deviate from a circular pattern. They concluded that the shape of the ring was likely to be caused by gravitational influence from a planet. By removing the unwanted starlight in the Hubble images, they captured the first visible-light image of an exosolar planet, Fomalhaut “b.” Mike and his collaborators are looking forward to newer technologies that will allow them to study many more exosolar planets in the coming decade. He and his colleagues plan to continue to establish connections between dust rings and the creation of planets as well as comprehend the process of planet formation. The researchers are focused on how these planets form and how the migration of these planets in space evolves. I was amazed at what a Jesuit grad could accomplish in the short span of time since his graduation from Jesuit. I inquired about the role that Jesuit played in his pursuit of this profession as well as in his overall success; he replied that at Jesuit, he had the opportunity to sample many courses and realized he enjoyed physics, math, and computer programming. He attributes his early interests to his dedicated and enthusiastic teachers. He took advantage of the Jesuit curriculum and pushed himself by taking advanced classes and immersing himself in extracurricular activities like math club and computer club. When I asked what advice he would give to current students, he answered that by getting involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, and attending summer research programs, students will have the opportunity to sample a particular field and possibly establish a passion. r. Michael Fitzgerald’s academic path can serve as an inspiration to all students. He demonstrates the value of self-directed learning, critical thinking, integrity and determination—aspects that Jesuit emphasizes. With these characteristics, Jesuit students possess the ability to significantly change the world for the better and serve as leaders in their pursuits. J

Scott Barnett is a junior at Jesuit with a love for science. He is active in Jesuit’s Medical Society, where he is involved in clinical rotations. Scott is a summer volunteer at Presbyterian Plano Hospital and also part of the Best Buddies program. At Jesuit, Scott is in the Community Leadership Corp, the MAGIS program that mentors middle-school students and the National Honor Society. He was thrilled to interview Dr. Fitzgerald.



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Celebration Auction 2009 What inspires a throng of volunteers to begin working on the Jesuit Celebration Auction a full year in advance? Why do they host gift-gathering parties for each class, a Father-Son Casino Night, a Ladies Bingo Night and work tirelessly to make sure the event is a resounding success? The answer is simple: they do it for the boys. The Celebration Auction raises money that makes a Jesuit education possible for the more than 25% of students who rely on financial aid to attend the school. The words of these students beautifully express how the blessing of this aid flows to the students and back to the school as well: I just want to make you proud of helping me. I’m grateful for this aid because my mom is a single mother. Although she works hard, it isn’t enough and we need this help. Ever since I first learned about Jesuit, it has been my dream to go to Jesuit. If it weren’t for your generosity, I would not be at Jesuit today. The Celebration Auction provides a unique opportunity to help the school while having fun. This year’s auction, Viva Espana, celebrates the birthplace of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. You can join the fun by attending the auction April 18. You can start the fun early by volunteering to help. Consider a direct donation with an underwriting gift or shop the online auction. If you’re feeling lucky, buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2009 Jaguar XF courtesy of Millennium Motor Cars of Plano. To participate in the 2009 Celebration Auction, please visit www. J

If it weren’t for your generosity, I wouldn’t be at Jesuit today.

Gathering parents and gifts from each class, Gift Gathering Parties are a highlight of Viva España. The beautiful Millennium Motor Cars Jaguar XF makes an appearance at each party.

In addition to raising laughs, Ladies Bingo Night raised $9,000 for the auction

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For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.

– Matthew 25:35-36 The Community Service and Social Justice Program models its activities after Matthew 25:35-36. At Jesuit, not only students, but also alumni, parents, faculty and staff live the Gospel.

Senior Diego Aguilar decorates a cookie at the Buckner Christmas party.

Seniors (L to R) Hunter Rees, Patrick McGuire and Jake Timmer arrive at Mount Olive Church. Jesuit’s Food for Others program delivered 2,632 cans and nonperishable food items to four Dallasarea food banks.

Members of Jesuit’s Latinos Unidos club, with help from the JWA, provided a Christmas party for 60 guests, ages 8 to 17, for the Buckner Family Services after-school program. The event featured decorations, crafts and a gift for each child. Tom Gunn, the executive chef at Dallas restaurant MarieGabrielle, prepared a mouthwatering meal.

Senior Matt Rayome supplies water to soldiers.

Junior Rossi Walter helps a bingo player unwrap her prize at the Treemont Christmas party.

Senior Patrick Rhatican helps out on Thanksgiving Day as the Visiting Nurses Association’s Meals on Wheels program delivered more than 4,000 holiday dinners.

Left: Luke Franz and Patrick Saldierna hand out orange juice and donuts as part of Project Exodus. The pair and approximately 30 other seniors showed up at midnight one December night at DFW Airport to help thousands of U.S. soldiers on their way home for the holidays.

Danny Ryan ’11, Renato DeLara ’09 and Michael Cole ’09 team up on a present for the Adopt-AFamily program, which provided clothes, toys and personal gifts for 98 families (more than 400 individuals) this Christmas.

Junior David Matthews plays bingo with a resident of Treemont. Jesuit students and members of the Jesuit Women’s Auxiliary held a Christmas party at the nursing home that included games, carols and treats. Fred Donahue, Jesuit’s vice principal of academic operations, and senior Zach Harris were among more than 70 Jesuit students, faculty and alumni who provided muscle for Meals on Wheels. Donahue has led a Jesuit volunteer contingent for the past 18 Thanksgivings.

Several members of the Jesuit community make homemade Christmas cards for Adopt-A-Family, a two-month project which involves students, faculty, staff, Jesuit Alumni Association, the Jesuit Women’s Auxiliary and their families.




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Jesuit Dallas students (upper left corner) marched in Washington, D.C., with groups from several other Jesuit schools.

Jesuit Students March for Life in Washington, D.C. By Topher Boehm ’09 Thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall to be part of history in January. No, this wasn’t for the inauguration of President Barack Obama, as that milestone happened two days earlier. The 2009 March for Life produced the largest gathering of ProLifers in the world to date. Students from Jesuit high schools and colleges from across the country were among those standing in solidarity with the unborn and fighting the social injustice of abortion. Fifteen members of the Pro-Life Club from Jesuit Dallas marched tall in hopes that we would be the voices our newest President has vowed to hear. Jesuit Dallas students had been part of the 2008 March for Life, and the response from that foray had been a strong one. Participants posted pictures of their Washington trip on Facebook, and the support was both intense and immediate. Soon afterward, our club hosted a prayer service on Pro-Life issues. Our normal Pro-Life Club meeting the following week was full of students who had decided this issue was important to them. The preparations for 2009 started almost immediately. Money was an issue. Zach Harris ’09 had the brilliant idea of holding a raffle; a week later the tickets were printed. All of us interested in going sold chances to our family, friends and fellow parishioners. Before we knew it, our salesmanship and the raffle had paid the airfare for 18: three faculty members and 15 students. Gonzaga College High School once again graciously offered its gym for lodging, and with a few bumps flattened out, we were ready to embark. The entire trip went smoothly. Among our many activities, students from Gonzaga offered us insights about living and operating in the middle of a city. The fact that their school had

just one athletic field was hard for us to grasp as we have three fields plus a baseball diamond at Jesuit Dallas. We genuinely enjoyed meeting Jesuit students from all across the nation and realized how connected we are because of our institutions, educators and Ignatian spirituality. The trip tremendously impacted the way many of us – not just the marchers but also many of our friends — understand the Profile of the Graduate at Jesuit. One cannot be committed to working for justice without battling the biggest social justice issue of our era — abortion. A graduate cannot think of being open to growth without listening to everyone’s viewpoints and learning what societal influences have gone into such a perspective. Lastly, a graduate cognizant of their ability and duty to protect the lives of the unborn cannot be loving without thinking that each person from conception forward deserved to be loved equally. With Washington behind us, it gradually dawned on the Jesuit marchers that our work as Pro-Lifers had just commenced. Our willingness to stand against abortion intimidated some and annoyed others. The guys that went on the trip discovered that it wasn’t easy to face opposition and fear with respectful dialogue and lending an open ear. We made a vow to keep our heads and become living reminders that the Pro-Life movement is one based on love, even for those who disagree. The trip was a burgeoning of ideas and insights inside each of the students who went. The spirit of the march has surely found its way back into the halls of Jesuit, with an even larger group already making plans to visit Washington next year. It will be exciting for them to join their Jesuit brothers and sisters and to unite as followers of Ignatius and as Pro-Life advocates. J



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Construction Begins on Phase II Jesuit Dallas is blessed to have the support of a generous and committed community. That support has enabled the school to move forward with a multi-year program to improve facilities to better meet student needs. In 2008 Phase I restructured existing space to create a new student commons and counseling offices and gain six classrooms. Now the success of the We Are Jesuit campaign allows Phase II of the campus improvement plan to begin, which will add eleven new classrooms. While the Jesuit spirit and mission are not contained by any four walls, these new classrooms will allow Jesuit to add to the curriculum and improve class scheduling so the school can continue to provide the best education possible. The new classrooms will extend about 90 feet beyond the current building and connect to a wing of classrooms and faculty offices built in 1986. A glass transom over 275 lockers in the hallway will allow natural light in the building, which will house five classrooms on the ground floor and six on the second level in just under 12,000 square feet of space. On the northeast corner of the Jesuit campus, the addition will also include new bathrooms, stairs and storage area. Construction is underway with no disruption to current school activity. When the addition is complete and school is not in session, the new wing will be connected to the existing building. Students and faculty will be able to enjoy the new classrooms when the 2009-2010 school year begins.


Campaign Donors As of February 15, 2009 AT&T Mr. and Mrs. Peter Aberg Mr. and Mrs. Jerry T. Adamic Mr. Michael E. Agis Mr. and Mrs. Steve Alaniz Mr. and Mrs. Mark Alexander Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Allen Mr. and Mrs. Sturgeon D. Allgeier Mr. Eric I. Alphonso Mr. and Mrs. Frederick G. Anderson Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson Patrick Anderson 2006 Anonymous (6) Mr. William L. Antes II Mr. and Mrs. Phillip R. Askew Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. August Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Bacile Mr. and Mrs. James P. Barrow Mr. Stephen L. Baskind and Dr. Denise Baskind Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Bean Mr. and Mrs. Rod Beevers Mr. and Mrs. Edwin S. Bell, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Glen A. Bellinger Mr. and Mrs. John Benefield Mr. and Mrs. Adam D. Berend Mr. Brian C. Berend Mr. and Mrs. David C. Berend Mr. and Mrs. Matthew I. Berend Mr. and Mrs. Seth A. Berend Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bianchi Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Billingham Mr. and Mrs. David Bissmeyer Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Black, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Blackford Mr. and Mrs. William A. Blasé, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Boeding Mr. and Mrs. Todd Boeding Mr. and Mrs. Rodney J. Boehm Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Bonvino Mr. and Mrs. David Brezette

Campaign Goal $26.5 Million $20M

Pledged to Date: $23,682,113.87 of $26,500,000 (89%)


Mr. Thomas L. Brock Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Burns, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Paul T. Butzberger Mr. Benjamin P. Calleja Mr. and Mrs. Mark Campbell Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Canterbury, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gregory A. Cardenas Mr. and Mrs. Albert P. Carey, Sr. Mr. Albert P. Carey, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William F. Carroll Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Carver Ms. Terri Cassidy The Catholic Foundation Mr. and Mrs. George C. Chang Mr. and Mrs. E. Davis Chauviere Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Chavez Mr. and Mrs. Mark Chevallier Mr. and Mrs. J. Kevin Ciavarra Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cipione Mr. Andrew H. Civello Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Civello Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clark, Jr. Ms. Catherine A. Clayton Mr. and Mrs. Mark Clayton Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Clifford Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Codd, Jr. Mr. W. Lee Coleman, Jr. and Dr. Susan J. Hubbard Mr. and Mrs. Romeo Collazo Constructors & Associates, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. William E. Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Patrick G. Cox Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Cribbin Dr. and Mrs. Randy Crim Mr. Brian A. Crockett and Dr. Barbara P. Crockett Mr. and Mrs. John A. Cuellar Mr. and Mrs. Donald P. Cunningham Mr. and Mrs. William S. Dahlstrom Ms. Gretchen L. Danysh Tiffany and Brad Davis Ms. Jan Deck Dr. Michael A. Deck Dr. Michael E. Degen Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Dell Mr. and Mrs. Charlie DeLong Mr. and Mrs. Nunzio DeSantis Mrs. Daniel P. Desmond Ms. Celeste Desormeaux Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Devine Mr. and Mrs. John Diebold Mr. Raymond D. DiLorenzo, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Dominguez Drs. Robert and Nancy Donachie The Donachie Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Donahue Mr. and Mrs. Timothy L. Dove Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Doyle

Mr. and Mrs. Fritz L. Duda, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John K. Dunlap Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Earsing Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Edge Mr. and Mrs. R. Jack Eifert Mr. and Mrs. James L. Einspanier Mr. and Mrs. Rod G. Einspanier Mr. and Mrs. Curt Elchlepp Mr. and Mrs. Michael M. Elliott Mr. and Mrs. Michael Engels Mrs. Clifford Ensminger Mr. and Mrs. William R. Erickson, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Ron Eubanks Mr. and Mrs. David Farrell Mr. and Mrs. John F. Fitzsimmons, Jr. Mr. John P. Flavin Mr. and Mrs. Douglas D. Fletcher Sharon and Steve Folsom Mr. Jordan C. Ford Dr. and Mrs.Terry Ford Mr. and Mrs. Reginald L. Foxworth Mrs. Kay Frigo Mr. and Mrs. Julien C. Frost Mr. and Mrs. William A. Fynes Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence C. Gallaway, Jr. Mr. Daniel J. Galligan Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. Galvin Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Garrison Mr. and Mrs. John A. Gates Mr. and Mrs. Glenn A. Gehan Mr. and Mrs. John C. Gehan Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Gehan Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. George, Sr. Drs. Thomas and Julie Gibbons Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Gillis Mr. Jeffrey S. Girard Mr. and Mrs. Raymond M. Givonetti Mr. and Mrs. David W. Gleeson Mr. and Mrs. Mark D. Godvin Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Gorman, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew P. Gray Mr. and Mrs. John E. Grimes Mr. Keith R. Gunst Mr. and Mrs. John J. Gurun Mr. and Mrs. Michael Haddad The Patrick & Beatrice Haggerty Foundation Mr. and Mrs. William P. Hanley Mr. Thomas Hanlon Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Hanratty Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Hansen, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James B. Harris Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Harris, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Chris Heartsill Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey B. Hebig Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Hendler Mr. and Mrs. Bill Henly Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Henrion


Workers move equipment as they prepare for Phase II of We Are Jesuit construction. A new building with 11 classrooms will be built in the northeast corner of the campus. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Herman Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Hever Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Hilbert, Jr. Mr. Charles Hinton, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Blake K. Holman The Tom Hood Family Ms. Kathleen Hoskins Mr. Tim Host Mr. and Mrs. Francis P. Hubach, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John F. Hubach Mr. and Mrs. Stephen P. Huff Mr. and Mrs. John F. Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Joseph V. Hughes, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Hurley III Mr. and Mrs. Gary D. Huselton Mr. Jerome J. C. Ingels The Jaspersen Family Jesuit Alumni Lettermen’s Club Jesuit Dallas Community Jesuit Women’s Auxiliary

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r a n g e r r e p o r t 1940s Ed Konderla ’49 reports that he is kept busy by church work at St. Therese Catholic Church in Center, TX. He has spent many years as a member of the Pastoral Council and was chairman of the building committee for the last four years.

1950s Four 1957 classmates recently met for lunch at Aero Country Airport west of McKinney. Pictured in front of a 1944 P-51 Mustang awaiting an engine change are (L to R) Mikell Vanderlaan, Philip Mentesana, Jasper Interrante and Glenn Snyder.


Philip Mentesana ’57 recently traveled to the Dallas area from his Denver home to visit relatives. While he was in town, he met with three classmates to talk over old times: Mikell Vanderlaan, Jasper Interrante and Glenn Snyder. A retired president of an oil field equipment manufacturing firm, Jerry Hitt ’59 is currently living the good life as a rancher in west Texas. Ron Martin ’59 is happy to announce that he has been retired since October 15, 2007.

Alumni got to meet former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current KTVT-11 broadcaster Babe Laufenberg when he spoke at Jesuit in February. Pictured are (L to R) Mike Pierre ’73, Laufenberg, John Kidwell ’68, Bob Houlihan ’69. Center is Parker Ciccarelli, the grandson of Kevin Clancy ’64 (not pictured).

1960s Howard Davis ’60 continues his mission to get young people in the United States working on college scholarship applications as early as grade school. He has been fascinated by this concept since 1965 when he witnessed teachers in Japan introducing scholarship materials as early as fourth grade to avoid the rush in high school. He lectures free to schools and clubs about the subject. “My goal is to see the same in America during my life time.” He also builds veteran memorial displays which are popular in schools.

Bill Davis ’61 is celebrating his 38th year in college text publishing. Tom Pauken ’61 is chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission. Sherman LaBarba ’63 is the proud grandparent of Lily Miggins (6), Carlo Miggins (4), Patrick Miggins (19 mo), Griffin McLochlin (2) and Henry McLochlin (3 mo).

1970s Rick Redmond ’70 is happy to announce the birth of his first grandchild, Brooklyn Redmond, born this past December. Bill Bird ’71 and wife Marnie visited Germany over the Christmas holidays. Son-in-law Steven and daughter Nicole will return to the states in September when Steven retires from the Air Force after a 27-year career. Michael Moline ’71 is beaming at the birth of granddaughter Alyssa Lee Osborne, born August 22, 2008, in Katy, Texas. She is also the niece of Chris Moline ’03 and Andrew Moline ’05. Jan Materka ’72 is wearing blue and gold again since his son Will is in the freshman class of Jesuit Dallas. “This has been a great year.”

Ted Tobolka ’78 shared the Adopt-A-Family program with his children: (L to R): Jordan, Maggie, Emily and Hank ’12.




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Three sophomore cousins at Jesuit enjoy the company of their fathers during Alumni-Son lunch: (L to R) Henry Ackels ’69, Greg Ackels Jr. ’11, Greg Ackels Sr. ’79, Thomas Ackels ’11, Joe Ackels ’75 and J.P. Ackels ’11. Thomas is Henry’s son, while J.P. is Joe’s son.

The Shields family helps out during Jesuit’s Adopt-AFamily program: (L to R) Jim Shields ’76, Matthew ’10, Cathie and Thomas ’12.

George Moussa ’75 and wife Erika welcomed daughter, Morgan Taylor, born December 18. Still in the import/ export business, George travels to Asia and the Middle East four times a year. He flies a Beechcraft King Air 90 GTI and stays active by running and hitting the gym. Tom Economy ’77 retired from the Army in 2006 as a Colonel after 26 years of duty. He completed two stints in Iraq for a total of one year. After 18 months of retirement, he started his own defense consulting business and is supporting the Missile Defense Agency in Huntsville, AL. A regular commentator for the Red Bull Air Race, Mike Gallaway ’84 has announced all six US races and two races abroad. A race is tentatively scheduled for Dallas in 2009. Three Jesuit classmates got together for the First Reconciliation of their

John Mannas ’86 (left) and Wayne Hasty ’81, both engineers working for Raytheon, are shown here testing an unmanned aircraft.

second-grade children at St. Rita: (L to R) Michael Moran ’89 and son William, Dan Madden ’89 and daughter Elizabeth, and Michael Schutz ’89 and son Joseph. William and Joseph hope to be in Jesuit’s Class of 2019.

1980s Ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 12 nationwide in doubles tennis, Larry Pascal ’84 was inducted into the 2008 Jesuit Sports Hall of Fame. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at SMU Dedman School of Law, where he teaches a comparative law course on Latin American law.

Tom Conaty ’85 has accepted a two-year assignment in Singapore with Accenture. His family is very excited about the move and the opportunity. While in Singapore, Tom will be responsible for the team that supports all of Southeast Asia. Robert Scichili ’86 and wife Robin are the proud parents of a baby boy. Robert George Scichili (Bobby) was born in December 2007.

1990s John Rose ’90 was recently promoted to vice president in charge of global trading for DRSK. Quino Martinez ’91 and wife Jennifer welcomed their second daughter, Mallory Glenn Martinez, on July 13, 2008. Big sister, Aubrey Kate, celebrated her 8th birthday on March 14.



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Gil Salazar ’97 and wife Leticia are expecting their first baby in April. In his third and final year of residency in emergency medicine at LSU Baton Rouge, he is serving as a chief resident. After graduation, they will be relocating back to the Dallas area where he will start a fellowship in emergency medical services at UT Southwestern. “I am looking forward to being back in my hometown for good.” Brother Juan Salazar ’98 married Sacha Lima in Rhode Island on Aug. 8, 2008. Gil and Juan were best men at each other’s weddings. “Plenty of blessings lately!” Presently living in Manhattan, Vic Drabicky ’97 was promoted to Director of International and Market Development for Range Online Media as well as managing director of the NYC office. Roger Villareal ’94 crosses the finish line in his first full marathon wearing a Jesuit T-shirt.

Microsoft honored Matthew Hudson ’93 with the Most Valuable Professional award for his technical expertise in offline and online communities. For the second year in a row, he will be a presenter at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas which is attended by thousands of professionals from around the world. Daniel Adelmann ’94 and his wife Julie are proud to announce the birth of Daniel Hugo on Dec. 29, 2008. Daniel is 15 months younger than his sister, Grace Eleanore Adelmann. Daddy Dan is an engineer in the Materials Engineering-Metals Lab at Boeing Rotocraft/ Philadelphia.

Jay Pendleton ’98 joined Medtronic in Dallas selling medical devices for the spine. Jay got engaged this past Thanksgiving to Ashley Cooper from Wichita, KS. The couple is planning an October wedding in Kansas. Matt Delzell ’99 married Alison Brinkman on Aug. 30, 2008 in Malibu. Matt is a senior client manager with Davie Brown Talent in Dallas, dealing with celebrities in the sports and entertainment industries. Those contacts enabled Matt to arrange a special marriage proposal. He had Alison’s favorite singer, Josh Kelley, surprise her on the beach at Malibu with a private serenade of her favorite song.

Big sister Grace Eleanore Adelmann keeps an eye on newborn Daniel Hugo Adelmann. Both are children of Daniel Adelmann ’94.

Scott Pershern ’94 and wife Lindsey announce the birth of their first child, son Beckett William, on March 26, 2008. Now living in Dallas, Scott is working as an associate at the intellectual property law firm Storm LLP. Roger Villareal ’94 ran his first full marathon at the Dallas White Rock Marathon in December of 2008. The course took him by his parents’ house, where he was cheered on by family and friends. He finished in 3:53:25 and plans to run three marathons in 2009. His wife, Jen, will join Roger in running both the Big Sur International and the San Francisco Marathon. Chris Comstock ’96 took a new position managing a software company that provides fundraising and customer relationship management solutions to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in the education, health care and community service industries. He still resides in Charlotte, NC, with his wife and two sons.

Dylan Lowry, the son of Danny Lowry ’93, enjoys the fall issue of Jesuit Today.

Christian Delzell ’97 (L) served as best man at the wedding of his brother Matt Delzell ’99 and Alison Brinkman.




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Andrew Janke ’99 organized the National Cancer Survivors Day Car Show which raised more than $2700. The next show will be held June 6, 2009. He also organized Life After Cancer, an event at Baylor scheduled for March 21, 2009. Andrew is happy to announce that he is getting married to Alissa Feher in May.

2000s Matt Driscoll ’00 completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 2008. He is married to Morgan, who is practicing law in Temple, TX, while he is completing his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Scott & White Hospital. Robby Markose ’00 will be graduating from Harvard Business School in June 2009. “Even though I expect to continue my career in New York after graduation, I will never turn my back on the Cowboys or Longhorns!” Adam Berend ’01 married Natalea at Sacred Heart Church in Wichita Falls. Groomsmen were Matthew Berend ’93, Brian Berend ’95, Seth Berend ’98, John Berend and Andrew Berend. Ushers included Blake Waggoner ’01 and Paul Wachsman. Paul “PJ” Kutscher ’01 recently graduated from the Houston Fire Academy and is now employed as a Houston firefighter/paramedic. Paul graduated from Texas A&M in 2005 with a degree in forensic entomology and then attended Angelina College to become a paramedic. On Dec. 1, 2007, flanked by former classmates Jeff Girard, Seth Waits and best man Greg Henderson, he wed Sara Beth Ellisor. Sara Beth is also an Aggie grad and is an RN at Conroe Regional Medical Center. The couple lives in New Waverly, TX.

Natalea and Adam Berend ’01 were married in November 2008. Robert E Suter ’02 married Franci Lauren Scanga on Oct. 18, 2008. The couple met at Regis University, from which they both graduated with accounting degrees in 2006. They are both working in accounting positions in Denver, CO.

Paul Kutscher ’01 celebrates graduating from the Houston Fire Academy with his wife, Sara Beth, and his parents, Patricia and Jim Kutscher ’73.

Randall Reichenbach ’04 had plenty of JesuitUrsuline support when he graduated from Purdue. Pictured (L to R) are Mike Haggerty ’04, Molly Platts UA ’04, Randall, Wendell Fleming ’04 and Taylor Duncan ’04.



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Nick Sweers ’02 is a master’s degree candidate in Information Management at the University of Washington. Daniel Baskind ’03 is working on his master’s degree in Philosophy with a concentration in environmental ethics. His band, The Raven Charter, just finished a recording with Grammy Award-winning producer Eric Dalegard. Ryan Brown ’04 graduated from Boston College and has started medical school in Houston.

Raheman Jinah ’04 and Jesuit rugby coach Anthony Mattacchione visit in San Diego. Raheman Jinah ’04 ended a seven-month deployment to Iraq at the end of January. In February, he spent an evening with Jesuit rugby coach Anthony Mattacchione, catching up on old times and talking about future plans. Raheman hopes to join the Navy SEALS and continue his military service for at least three more years. Randall Reichenbach ’04 graduated from Purdue University during the December 2008 commencement. He then took an oath of office and was commissioned into the U.S. Navy as an Ensign. Randall has been assigned to flight school and will be stationed in Pensacola, FL. Charlie Taylor ’05 works for the Majority Leader of the Maryland House of Delegates in Annapolis, MD. He graduated from the University of Texas in May of 2008 with dual degrees in English and Anthropology, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Todd Wildman ’05 qualified for the NCAA Division III national track meet by running an 8.19-second 60meter dash. The time set a new school record for Trinity University and is the sixth fastest time in the nation in 2009. James Buchanan ’07 will spend the summer of 2009 working in the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs in the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. 

Classmates at Jesuit, (L to R) Will Smith, Ronald Satterthwaite and Bryant Wilson also played football together for four years at Trinity University.

Jesuit Teammates Shine Together at Trinity Will Smith ’05, Ronald Satterthwaite ’05 and Bryant Wilson ’05 enjoyed the run. The three completed eight seasons of football together, a streak which started when the trio was on the freshman team at Jesuit and ended this past fall as they finished their careers at Trinity University in San Antonio. At Jesuit, the threesome played on the 2004 team that won the District 10-5A championship and claimed the Rangers’ first UIL playoff win. At Trinity, they won two Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference titles and made the NCAA playoffs twice. The trio also excelled individually at Trinity. Will Smith made 72 career tackles and was an All-SCAC selection at defensive end. He also earned All-Academic honors. Ronald Satterthwaite also played defensive end, made 59 career tackles and 8.5 sacks, and received honorable mention in the All-SCAC selections. Bryant Wilson didn’t start at quarterback until he was a senior, but he made the most of his final year. He earned All-SCAC honors by throwing for 2,453 yards and 26 touchdowns.





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A sophomore at Loyola New Orleans, Michael Carpenter ’07 was chosen to run one of the Vector Marketing branch offices this summer. He has been training for this position for two years. Drew Taylor ’08 traveled to Austin with the TCU Drumline and Percussion Ensembles for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) indoor drumline competition. The group placed third and played at numerous exhibition concerts during the event.

Charlie Taylor ’05 attended the Western Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama with Megan Wallace, a 2005 graduate of Bishop Lynch.

Blake Tomnitz ’08 has been accepted to the Jenks Leadership and Service Corps at Boston College. He was one of just four freshmen accepted from among 125 who applied.


Jesuit Today celebrates our ties to Jesuit. In an upcoming issue, we’d like to focus on ties at Jesuit—neckties. Please share stories or photos about your neckwear during your Jesuit years. Reach us at

Anne to Warren Young ’95 Sacha Lima to Juan Salazar ’98 Alison Brinkman to Matt Delzell ’99 Morgan to Matt Driscoll ’00 Natalea Jho to Adam Berend ’01 Sara Beth Ellisor to P.J. Kutscher ’01 Franci Lauren Scanga to Robert Suter ’02

Deceased Alumni Thomas E. Alt ’43 John L. Roberts ’58 John M. Buchanan ’59 Robert J. Black ’61 Gary G. Gribbin ’71 Gary D. Cieslak ’76

Mother of

Charles Sladek ’58, Richard Sladek ’62, Bill Sladek ’78 (Dorothy Sladek) Buddy White ’61 (Cecilia K. White) Chuck Bartush ’69 (Mary Jane Bartush) Melvin Letteer ’71, Terry Letteer ’73 (Eleanor M. Letteer) Gregory Holloway ’76 (Elisabeth Holloway) David Moore ’77, William Moore ’80 (Lucy Hume Moore) =Richard Backus ’80, David Backus ’81 (Mary Helen Backus) Ryan Coleman ’97 (Nancy Coleman) Dexter Cook ’98, Alexander Cook ’02 (Margaret Ann Cook) Daniel Massanelli ’08 (Donna Massanelli)

Father of

=Mike Lewis ’59, Thomas Lewis ’62 (Francis C. Lewis) William Carney ’60 (Hugh W. Carney) Michael Santoro ’70 (Mike Santoro) Timothy Roberts ’76 (Tommy Roberts) Alan Stone ’76 (Jerome H. Stone) George Bray ’78 (Hugh Bray) Peter Hunter ’79 (Richard H. Hunter) Jonathan Marquez ’84 (Thomas Marquez) Kelby Woodard ’88 (Glenn Woodard) Kenneth Halloran ’04 (Frank Halloran) Joseph Mader ’04, Alex Mader ’08 (Nick Mader) Mac McGlynn ’08 (Michael McGlynn, Jr.)

Brother of

Daughters Morgan Taylor to Erika and George Moussa ’75 Mallory Glenn to Jennifer and Quino Martinez ’91 Carolynn Grace to Christie and Steve Dominguez ’99

Sons Robert (Bobby) George to Robin and Rob Scichili ’86 Daniel Hugo to Julie and Daniel Adelmann ’94 Beckett William to Lindsey and Scott Pershern ’94

=James Black ’55 (Robert J. Black ’61) Patrick Monahan ’59 (Thomas E. Monahan) Timothy Flatley ’70, Daniel Flatley ’74 (Douglas Steven Flatley) David Cieslak ’78, Brian Cieslak ’79 (Gary Cieslak ’76) Santiago Rangel ’83, Gabriel Rangel ’88 (Robert Rangel) Patrick Finch ’92, Thomas Finch ’95, John Finch ’99 (Matthew Finch)


Grandmother of

Patrick Burns ’81, Robert Burns ’83, Michael Burns ’98 (Bernice Zellick) Patrick Ratcliff ’98, Evan Ratcliff ’00 (Marie Theresa Hillman) Michael Knapek ’03, Jonathan Letteer ’04 (Eleanor M. Letteer) William Sladek ’03, Brendan Sladek ’05, Brian Sladek ’07 (Dorothy Sladek) Andrew Bartush ’06, Peter Bartush ’12, Raul Caballero ’12 (Mary Jane Bartush) Matthew Brooks ’10 (Dorothy “Mimi” Rea)

Grandfather of

Josh Schwartz ’97 (Jack Schwartz) Joey Mongaras ’98 (Jose B. Gallegos) John Henderson ’99 (Richard H. Hunter) John Wall ’03 (Hugh Bray) Phil Santoro ’06, David Santoro ’10 (C.J. “Mike” Santoro) Robert Murchison ’08 (Hugh Bray) Luis Carera ’09 (Avelino Davalos)

Uncle of

Michael Monahan ’96, David Monahan ’98, Matthew Monahan ’01 (Thomas Monahan) Michael Davis Wilk ’96 (Bill French) Evan Flatley ’03 (Douglas Steven Flatley)

Nephew of

Richard Coerver ’58, Michael Flusche ’59, Don Coerver ’61, Patrick Coerver ’65, Joseph Coerver ’68, Robert Coerver ’72 (Matthew Finch)

Great Grandmother of

David Mooney ’05, Chase Mooney ’08 (Dorothy Brundige) Josh Burns ’11 (Bernice Zellick)

Father-In-Law of

James Mongaras ’72 (Jose B. Gallegos) =John Wall ’73 (Hugh Bray)


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Robert John Black ’61

Robert John Black, a resident of Weatherby Lake, MO, passed away peacefully, Jan. 22, 2009, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 31,1943, in Detroit, MI, to James Forrest Black and his wife Bernadette. He graduated in 1961 from Jesuit High School in Dallas, where, in addition to being the vice president of the student council and a member of the National Honor Society, he played football and baseball for all four years. He received his BA from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, and his MBA from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Bob was the owner of Lightbulbs etc. and lightbulbsdirect. com in Lenexa, KS. He loved bluegrass music and was a founding member of The Blackbury Band. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he earned the rank of Captain during the Vietnam War, and received the Bronze Star. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Hamilton Black ’55. Bob is survived by his adoring wife Colleen Carter Black, four daughters, a son and three grandchildren.

Gary Donald Cieslak ’76

Gary Donald Cieslak, M.D., passed away on Jan. 30, 2009, of cancer. Gary was born Feb.10, 1958, in Binghamton, NY. His family moved to Dallas, where Gary graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School in 1976. At Jesuit, Gary made the honor roll for all four years and earned a full scholarship to the University of Dallas. There, he was named valedictorian of his class in 1980. After being awarded his M.D. from University of Texas Medical Branch in 1985, Gary completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, an anesthesia residency at Parkland Hospital, and a Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle. He was certified by both the American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Anesthesiology. With his wife Mitzi and four children, Gary eventually settled in 1996 in Boise, Idaho, where he served as staff anesthesiologist for St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center. However, Gary’s distinguished academic and professional accomplishments only tell a small part of the rich story of his life. He viewed such achievements as simply the means to fulfilling a larger, more worthy purpose, as his deep personal faith informed and guided all of his aspirations and relationships. He led an extraordinary life of philanthropy, selflessness, sacrifice, and compassion. Gary dedicated his life to the service of others, not only through the practice of medicine, but through his volunteer work. Most recently he served as physician with Project Haiti, traveling with a team of doctors and clergy to Milot and Port-au-Prince. He was well-known for his warmth, his humility, his humor and he was often sought out for his insight and wisdom. Gary passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded his family. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mitzi, four children, his dad, two sisters and brothers David ’78 and Brian ’79.

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45 Years later, Jesuit-Sheaner Relays Still Gold Herb Sheaner was the Jesuit track coach from 1955 to 1975 and remains involved in the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays. He shares his thoughts on the historic track meet as the event is held for the 45th time in 2009. A surreal feeling came over me as I sat high in the bleachers at last year’s meet with my wife Gloria, watching the 2008 Jesuit-Sheaner Relays. I thought about the decision 45 years ago by Father Tynan, then-president of Jesuit High School, that the new school would have an eight-lane track with modern field facilities. Fred Schaefer ’57, Carl Pellegrini ’61, and other Jesuit track athletes of the era were reason enough for Jesuit to build a track for the new school. Because of that decision, Jesuit now hosts its own prestigious track meet, which began in 1964 as the Jesuit Relays. I was honored when, in 1976, athletic director Gary Pasqua ’55 renamed the meet the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays.

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As I cheered last year’s competitors, I couldn’t help but think of the AllAmericans and nationally ranked athletes who have run on this track. At the first Jesuit Relays in 1964, Mike Madigan ’64 of Jesuit earned high school All-American honors. In 1967, the two best distance runners in the state, Ken Shaw ’67 of Jesuit and Robert Gonzales, competed to the delight of a huge crowd. All-American sprinters DaBryan Blanton and Jonathan Wade dueled and set meet records. High profile athletes such as Jeremy Wariner, 400-meter winner in the 2004 Olympiad, first obtained prominence at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays. Future Olympian Michael Carter left the Texas Relays before taking all of his throws to travel to Dallas to compete in the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays, where he set two meet records. Two years ago, state discus champions from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas met at the Jesuit-Sheaner relays in a battle of AllAmericans. The success of the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays is especially meaningful because it reflects the support of the Jesuit administration, athletic department, coaches, alumni, athletes and families. Current Jesuit track coach Bob Molyet works tirelessly as meet director and his management skills are crucial to the event’s success. My son, Mike Sheaner ’75, helps the meet run smoothly through his relationship with coaches and officials and the meet website he developed keeps us all informed:

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This year, Jesuit’s guests included more than 70 high schools, nine nationally ranked high school All-Americans, 19 track state champions from 2008 and athletes from as far away as New York. You are always welcome to come out to the relays and cheer these athletes on. As for me, my heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation go out to all. J

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