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Students Sebastian Gonzalez '16, Anna Wanner '17, Josh DeKlotz '17, Ashlyn Bronson '17, Ruby Gray '17, and Tayz Hernandez-Campero '17 and chaperones Michele Gray, Kathleen Myers, and Don Clarke spent a weekend in Philadelphia for Pope Francis' visit. The group was hosted by St. Joe's Prep and shared the experience with 400 pilgrims from other Jesuit schools. Photo by Kathleen Myers.
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On August 16, Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus purchases a 56-acre tract for approximately $165,000, with plans to open a high school on Bertha-Beaverton Highway.
Jesuit High School enrolls first freshman class of 88 students. Tuition is $75 per semester.
Freshmen at JHS make their first retreat led by Fr. Luke Kreuzer, S.J., with talks adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
In honor of Jesuit’s 60th anniversary, we created a 25-foot wall mural that spans the six decades of Jesuit High School history. With pictures dating back to 1956, the wall features events that our students, alumni and extended community will be able to explore for years to come.
Freshmen crowd into a telephone booth on campus in 1969.
Fr. Pat Howell, S.J., with student government officers in the late 1960s
The sophomore class starts the 1957-58 school year with a new classroom wing.
A TIMELINE TO REMEMBER
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Students play soccer in the late 1970s
Hanging out before class
Eighty-one graduates receive diplomas at the first Commencement.
Fr. Steve Sundborg, S.J., becomes Jesuit’s first Campus Minister.
Yearbook dedicated to Fr. Tom Sexton, S.J., who leaves JHS after six years of service as President and Superior.
The first Friday liturgy held at JHS.
“Student Season Ticket” good for five games of Jesuit football at Cronin Field in fall 1967. An article about Jesuit’s groundbreaking ceremony appears in an issue of the Crusader student newspaper.
Students during football practice on a dirt field
The 1959-60 freshman squad and their coach, Fr. Larry Robinson, S.J.
Jesuit’s first female faculty member, Collette Herrick, is hired as a French teacher. For the last decade of her 22 years at Jesuit, Mme. Herrick serves as Chair of Modern Language Department. At the time of her retirement in 1989, nine women are teaching and another is assisting in the library.
Crusaders are Oregon A-1 Football Champions for the first time.
Faculty members strike a pose in the mid-1970s.
Fr. Frank Masterson, S.J., becomes President and Rector of the Jesuit community at JHS. Senator Ted Kennedy is a surprise guest at his installation.
The Board of Directors established as an advisory board.
Jesuit sells 25 acres on east side of campus to repay the Oregon Province and to establish the Endowment.
Jim Galluzzo ’63 becomes first alumnus and first lay person to serve as Principal. Tree of Learning (now Edison High School), an alternative high school for students with special learning needs, moves to campus. Creative Arts Center constructed to provide home for band and drama departments.
The front page of the 1957 Crusader student newspaper highlights Jesuit’s future building plans for the next four years, which include “a beautiful cafeteria, an excellent library, handsome classrooms, a gym, football field, and even a baseball diamond.”
Thirty-three Juniors attend the first Encounter at St. Benedict's Lodge, which remains the site of current Encounters.
The student cafeteria opens in January 1957.
Student cheer squad in the late 1950s
Fr. Louie Haven, S.J., Jesuit’s second President, offers summer break advice to students.
Front page of Crusader News (October-NovemberDecember 1969 issue), the school’s newsletter
Page that appears in Crusader News detailing Jesuit’s “two-phase program” and an architect’s vision of the school’s campus in the upcoming 1970s
Jesuit’s reader board congratulates football and cross country on their metro championships in the late 1970s.
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U.S. Department of Education recognizes Jesuit High School for excellence in education in 1988-89.
Aerial view of construction for new coed facilities
First coed student government officers
Dedication of South Academic Wing (now Arrupe Hall)
Alumni Council established, with Jim Miller ’65 as its first President.
Knight Physical Education Center opens.
Hurtado Center opens, teaching civics and English skills to local adults.
First sons of alumni graduate.
DeSmet Business Center and Canisius Jesuit Residence completed.
Fr. William Hayes, S.J., becomes President. In the years ahead, he ensures Jesuit’s financial stability and leads the transition to coeducation.
Jesuit becomes coeducational with an all-time-high enrollment, as the student body increases from 594 to 858. Eleven pioneering young women are the first to graduate from Jesuit.
John Gladstone becomes Jesuit’s 11th President.
Jesuit completes construction of six new facilities: South Academic Wing (now Arrupe Hall), Clark Library, Merlo Tennis Center, Dieringer Administration Center, Swindells Counseling Center, and Gedrose Student Center.
Jesuit High School celebrates 50th anniversary and dedicates Jubilee Tower.
SI.Com/Sports Illustrated names Jesuit High School the #1 overall athletic program in the U.S.
Early Setons (mid 1990s), under the direction of Erin (Willis) DeKlotz
Jesuit breaks ground for the Alex L. Parks Performing Arts Center, thus completing the school’s three-phase, $21-million capital expansion program.
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Fr. Bill Hayes, S.J., (center) and a group of students pose for an admissions photo. The poster is titled, “Join the Tradition.”
Groundbreaking of Arrupe Hall
The all-male cheerleaders and their popular pyramid at a student assembly in Smith Gym
The history wall is located in Upper Arrupe Hall across from the library entrance. Stop by next time you are on campus to get a glimpse into the many years that made Jesuit the school it is today.
Members of the robotics club examine the robot they created.
Sandy Satterberg becomes the first female Principal at Jesuit and the first lay woman Principal of a Jesuit high school in the United States. Women’s athletics achieves unprecedented success at Jesuit with three state championship soccer titles and four state championship tennis titles. Dick Gedrose ‘61 teaching a history class
regate near Jesuit’s entrance after class.
Commencement in Smith Gym
A student creatively advertises an upcoming Jesuit hockey game (played at Valley Ice Arena).
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Christian Service program implemented under the leadership of Mike Hughes ’79. Alumni Food Drive begins.
The Board of Trustees and faculty create the Jesuit High School Mission Statement as a guide for the development and education of Jesuit students.
Students are hard at work on an international service trip. Sandy Satterberg helps a math student.
Women’s soccer team celebrates its first state championship in fall 1995.
Student Food Drive efforts feed hundreds of families during the Christmas season.
Jesuit announces Richard Gedrose ’61 as the first lay President. Jesuit begins the Crusade for Excellence campaign, a special Endowment and capital campaign with a long-range goal of raising substantial funds for the Endowment and $6.5 million for capital improvements. The Alex L. Parks Performing Arts Center dedicated in January. “The Wiz” opens as the first performance in the new Moyer Theatre in February.
Fr. Dave Olivier, S.J., with students on an Encounter
The Jubilee Tower stands tall outside of DeSmet and the Jesuit Residence.
The annual 12-mile Senior Pilgrimage is a high point for seniors as they begin their last year at Jesuit.
In June, four young men become the first students from St. Andrew Nativity School to graduate from Jesuit.
Endow the Future campaign begins raising funds for endowment, financial aid, and capital projects.
Honoring the Tradition, the story of Jesuit’s first 50 years, completed by Fr. Larry Robinson, S.J.
Students clown around.
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The Profile of the Jesuit Graduate developed by the Jesuit Secondary Education Association. Students are taught to be open to growth, intellectually competent, loving, religious, and committed to doing justice. The Legacy Club established for friends of Jesuit who remember the school in their estate plans.
The first capital campaign, Crusade for Coeducation, seeks to raise $11.5 million to support Jesuit’s five-year plan to become a coeducational institution.
Computer lab in the mid-1990s
Fr. Bill Hayes, S.J., and female students in the mid-1990s Fr. Pat Conroy, S.J., and Don Clarke teach a song during a freshman retreat.
Features 12 iPads in Their Second Year BY CRAIG HUSEBY, IT DIRECTOR
22 Sandy Satterberg BY CONOR CHAPMAN '16 (EDITED BY PAUL HOGAN, PRINCIPAL)
24 From Humble Beginnings
JHS Spirit Store Celebrates 10 Years
26 The Class of 2015
Graduation Awards, Statistics, and Photos
28 Leadership in Action
Alumni Share Their Journeys to Success
BY KATHY BAARTS, JHS ALUMNI DIRECTOR
40 Career Day Students from the Class of 2015 at Commencement in Knight Gymnasium
SI.Com/Sports Sports Illustrated (Max Preps/CBS Sports) names Jesuit High School the #1 overall athletic program in the U.S. for the second time.
New Dieringer Center and Elorriaga Center for Math and Science, a LEED Gold certified building, both open.
Women’s cross country team begins a race.
Sandy Satterberg steps down after 15 years as Principal. Paul Hogan becomes Principal.
A JHS senior is named a Google International Science Fair finalist and another presents her project to President Barack Obama.
Jesuit High School purchases Valley Plaza, increasing campus by 14.4 acres. iPads distributed to all 1,285 students as part of new 1:1 educational technology program. U.S. Department of Education honors Jesuit with its Green Ribbon Schools award for exemplary environmental programs.
The cast of “Les Misérables”
Principal Paul Hogan and President John Gladstone proudly display The Oregonian Cup, which recognizes outstanding achievements in academics, co-curricular activities, athletics, and sportsmanship.
Meghana Rao ‘13 presents her alternative fuel project to President Barack Obama on the East Lawn of the White House.
Jesuit provides $2.75 million in need-based financial aid to 26% of its students. Jesuit wins 11th Oregonian Cup and 22nd consecutive All-Sports trophy. Jesuit celebrates 60th anniversary.
News of JHS Jesuits
The Legacy Club
Auction, Financial Aid Luncheon
LEED Gold certified Elorriaga Center for Math and Science
Students put their iPads to use in the classroom during the first year of the 1:1 program.
WITH PROFILES OF BETSY HANNAM '01 AND MARK MERTENS '73
April Coed Encounter at St. Benedict’s Lodge
Looking Forward BY ANDREW ASATO, VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADVANCEMENT
In the fall of 1965, Jerry Cobb ‘69, S.J., was a youthful teenager beginning his freshman year at Jesuit High School. He remembers Valley Plaza was just opening for business on the west side of campus. Little did he know that this property would become part of his school’s growing footprint almost half a century later. In December 2013, Jesuit became the proud owner of most of Valley Plaza, placing an indelible mark on the school’s long-term future. ‘ Photo by Sky Shots, Portland, OR.
The purchase of Valley Plaza property, which increased the campus footprint by 14.4 acres, is highlighted in an issue of Age Quod Agis magazine.
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President John Gladstone and wife, Gina, hold the cross during the annual 12-mile Pilgrimage for the Class of 2016 (fall 2015).
President’s Message I hope you have enjoyed this beautiful and, at times, very warm summer and fall. As we are about to begin celebrating Jesuit’s 60th Anniversary, I would like to invite all of you to share in the mileposts of our school’s first six decades. We will have celebrations along the way this school year: written stories and videos; a short history of years 51-60 to complement the great work of Fr. Robinson’s Honoring the Tradition, which reflects superbly on Jesuit’s first 50 years; our Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; the welcoming to campus of all our “golden alums” from the classes of 1960 through 1966; and many other moments celebrating and bringing to life the history of Jesuit High School. In this issue of Age Quod Agis you will learn so much more about our school, including: • A wonderful story about Sandy Satterberg, long-time teacher and
principal who retired after 50 years in education, including 35 with Jesuit High School. • Stories about alumni who are leaders in their communities and who reflect in their daily lives all they gained while students at JHS. • A look at the graduating Class of 2015 and our special award winners at that ceremony. • Development updates, including the story of our Cars for Charity program and the humbling generosity of some of our community members. • Stories about service and immersion trips and so much more. In so many ways we are grateful for the life of Jesuit High School and its continuing impact on tens of thousands of lives—students and their families, alumni, faculty, staff, board members, and our friends and benefactors. All of us have been blessed by the goodness of our school. My hope is that we will always believe
in Jesuit and take time to reflect on and be grateful for this gift that God has given us. Lastly, on the accompanying page is the Baccalaureate talk I gave to our graduating seniors and their families at the end of Mass on the evening of Saturday, May 30. We graduated a very special class this year, and we wish them the best as they head to college and the rest of their lives. Thank you for continuing to support Jesuit in so many ways. As I continue on this final year’s journey as Jesuit’s president, I will remember all of you and your families in my prayers. With prayers for peace and hope and gratitude,
John J. Gladstone President
Baccalaureate Address from John Gladstone to the Class of 2015: Thank you for your reverence this evening as we have celebrated this Baccalaureate Mass in honor of the Class of 2015. I am also thankful for this opportunity to say a few words to you, our graduating seniors, and to your parents, families, friends, and teachers. As I think back over the last four years and reflect on how far you have traveled on your Jesuit journey, several things have come to mind. You have certainly encountered on this journey some setbacks in the deaths and serious health issues in your families; occasional disappointments on tests, quizzes, and papers; not making a team or a drama cast; not getting the summer job you were hoping for; and perhaps, not getting into every college to which you applied. Certainly you have experienced many successes in these four years too—strong GPAs, a starring or background role in In the Heights or Hamlet, hitting clutch free throws down the stretch in a tournament game, winning a science or math contest, giving a major address at the Ignatian Family Teach-In in Washington, D.C., falling in love for the first time, going to state in choir or band, running a PR in the last meet of the season, leading an Encounter or the Senior Pilgrimage, or realizing the innocence and joy in the eyes of a child in Panama, who you at first felt had no reason to be so happy because she and her family were so poor. From my perspective, attitude and faith play major roles in our lives every day—and undoubtedly in the successes and even the setbacks we discover. Several Fridays ago the provincial of the Oregon Province, Fr. Scott Santarosa, offered our Friday Mass in this very gym. In his homily, Father talked about his experience
as a young priest and how he really didn’t understand for several years what Jesus meant when he told His apostles—and really all of us—“love me as I have loved you.” Father told us how, at a funeral for a young man who had died a violent death, a woman after Mass came up to Father and put her hand on his cheek, held it there for a long time, and said simply “Thank you.” He told us he still didn’t understand Jesus’ love. He told us too about a vision or dream he had during the second 30-day retreat of his Jesuit life. In the vision he was sitting on a bench contemplating Jesus’ “Love me as I have loved you” directive. Father could in this dream see Jesus on the cross on a hill far away. Father walked up to the cross, stood before it, looked up at Jesus and said “How can I love you and understand you when I see so much suffering in this world? People I have loved are dying.” I think in his voice perhaps was bewilderment along with some anger and disappointment. After a moment or two, Father heard Jesus say two words. Father looked around at all of us at Mass and then told us Jesus’ two simple words, “I KNOW.” Jesus said, “I KNOW.” Father said that at that point he understood As I listened to Father Santarosa, I thought about you and about me and about this four-year journey we have shared. In the days after that Mass I began to realize that Jesus really does love each one of you and me because He gets it. He understands. He shows up. He knows. I want to share one last story… Three Sundays ago I was walking along the Willamette River with Brody the dog when I saw a woman about 200 yards or so ahead of me making her way slowly along the river, using a very wide walker. I assumed she was 55-60 years of age because of her pace. When I caught up to her, I said “Good afternoon. How are you doing?” As she turned to say hello in return, I was stunned to see a beautiful smile cross the face of a very young woman. We walked together for quite a while. She told me her name was
Andie, that she was 22 years old and that she had graduated from Beaverton High School in 2011. I asked her how far she was going to walk and she said about five miles. I thought, as I noticed her slightly misshapen legs, she couldn’t be correct. I think she sensed my disbelief and said “Oh, I do this every day but Monday, when I volunteer at Ronald McDonald House.” I asked her what her disability was. Without the slightest hesitation she said, “I have muscular myopathy, and I walk every day to strengthen my legs and just to get stronger.” Her smile never left her face as she told me that the walk each day in sun, rain, or snow takes three-tofour hours. Her smile never left as she told me how her mom drives her ten minutes each day so that she can catch the MAX to get to her regular downtown route. Her smile never left as we talked about life, her hopes, and her future. Her smile never left as she told me how blessed and thankful for everything in her life, including her younger twin sisters who are in college. As we were about to part ways near a set of railroad tracks, we heard the whistle of an approaching, slowmoving train. She said she wanted to cross before the train came. I said “Are you sure you can make it?” “Absolutely!” was her response. I waited and watched as she easily crossed those tracks. She then turned and waved good-bye. I waved back and said “Andie, I think you are going to be just fine in life.” Her response was the two simple words Fr. Santarosa heard Jesus say. “I KNOW!” My challenge to you this evening is this. Do you care enough about your parents and your family, your friends and classmates to love them as they are with all of their blemishes and beauty marks, scars and great successes—just as Jesus loves us? Andie taught me something very special three Sunday afternoons ago. I hope you will share with others the goodness and love God has given each and every one of you. Be that person who will change our world for the better.
BY BRIGID K
SKID Performance Impacts Student Driving Stop Kids Impaired Driving, or SKID, brought a powerful presentation to Jesuit with a role-play scenario of what an impaired driving accident could do to the drivers, victims and their friends and family. With police, firefighters, and a helicopter on campus, this presentation provided students with a visual of the effects of driving under the influence. After the presentation, which can be found in full on the JCTV YouTube channel, there was a talk from Mr. Ken Potter and then students were directed to go back to their classrooms and write a letter to their parents reflecting their emotions of what they just witnessed. This event brought attention, awareness, and discussion among students.
iPads Power the School With much anticipation, a new addition to the Jesuit High School community was not another student or staff, but rather a thin black iPad that quickly changed the campus atmosphere. Now common phrases such as “send me a picture” and “email me” can be commonly heard in the hallways. Apps on the iPad like Notability, Canvas, iBooks, and Pages have replaced heavy books. With Internet and wifi, the silent warriors that keep our school functioning, the Internet Technology Department (or “IT”), is now the most popular department on campus. White glows illuminating students’ faces and chic styluses can be seen in classrooms, while smaller backpacks are the more suitable option for the year. Overall, iPads have allowed Jesuit to begin the new age of teaching with technology and helped students ease into the future of education.
25th Anniversary of El Salvadorian Martyrs In November 2014, we remembered the martyrdom of six Jesuit priests and their housekeeper and her daughter in
“Not In Our House!” In late November Jesuit students and staff participated in the National Anti-Bullying Week. The Upstanders Club, a group of students focused on preventing bullying at school and online, presented an assembly focused on bringing awareness to this issue. Led by speakers such as junior Serena Oduro, students were also encouraged to sign their names in the Gedrose Student Center and pledge that they would stand up against bullying of any kind. The week ended with mass led by Provincial Scott Santarosa, S.J., of the Oregon Province, in which he spoke about how students need to understand and use their power for good and to help others.
El Salvador in 1989. These men were Jesuit priests teaching at the University of Central America and were murdered in the night by the Salvadoran Army. In solidarity with our Jesuit community, white crosses were placed along Mary’s Way and a special mass was offered in dedication of these people. Mr. Don Clarke, Director of Campus Ministry, was invited down to El Salvador during this weekend to commemorate the lives of these martyrs. Also during this weekend, a group of over 50 Jesuit students and teachers travelled to Washington D.C. for the Ignatian Family TeachIn for Justice, a conference for Jesuit institutions around the country to learn about social injustices and to speak with State Representatives. The theme for this year was to remember the Jesuit martyrs, and to continue learning and advocating for the Jesuit ministries.
Volleyball Goes Undefeated The tradition of exceptional athletic programs at Jesuit continued this year throughout all courts, tracks, and
Campus Corner playing fields. Most noticeably was the women’s varsity volleyball team, who was undefeated and finished with a state title. They reached attention on a national setting, and were ranked No. 9 in the country. Standout players were juniors Nicole Peterson, who was named the Oregonian Volleyball Player of the Year, Ariana Wiltjer, senior Symone Tran, and sophomore Kathryn Decker.
one of the two Jesuit teams won the state competition and went to North Carolina to compete at Nationals. Three seniors, Laurel Nee, Kai McPheeters, and Danny Bugingo, represented Jesuit and the State of Oregon, and placed 9th out of 22 teams. Appeared in the May 2015 Issue of the Jesuit Crusader.
“The Courage, Yes the Courage” The Campus Ministry Department led another year of retreats, masses, and spiritual opportunities for students. Starting the year off was the Senior Pilgrimage, a 12-mile walk to St. Francis Church. The theme of the year came from Pope Francis’ first homily as Pontiff: "My wish is that all of you will have the courage, yes the courage, to walk in the presence of the Lord.” The theme carried through with freshman and sophomore overnight retreats and seven Junior Encounters. Weekly liturgies in the Smith Gym drew guest priests from all over, including Archbishop Sample and Archbishop Vlazney. These Campus Ministry events highlighted the spirit of the Jesuit community.
Beloved Teachers Leave for New Adventures BY AMIE HOOKLAND '15
Drama Productions Seek Connections The Moyer Theatre graced us with a year full of productions aimed to the theme of “Seeking Connections”: Proposals, In The Heights, Hamlet, the JHS Playwriting Festival, One Acts, and the freshman ensemble. The techtheatre group took a trip to Disneyland to learn about how the Disney magic happens, and continued to help run all the productions in behind-the-scenes ways.
Teachers leaving from left to right: Mrs. Foulke, Ms. Maier, Mrs. Barr, and Mr. Van Alstyne. Photo by Tayz Hernandez '17.
At the end of the 2014-15 school year, four teachers will be leaving Jesuit. Mr. Van Alstyne, Mrs. Foulke, Mrs. Barr, and Ms. Maier are planning on leaving once the school year
Sexual Assault Awareness Assembly Draws Attention to a Greater Issue At the beginning of March, there was an assembly at Jesuit focused on bringing attention to the issue of sexual assault in high school and college students. This assembly was divided into two and was separated by gender. Students listened to talks from their teachers and a presentation by local school police about rules and consequences. This assembly brought out emotion and feelings in many students, and sparked conversations that happened in classrooms and around the school that day. The only way to prevent an issue is to bring attention to it and by having this poignant assembly, discussions began to happen around the Jesuit HS campus.
is up to explore different things. Freshman faith formation teacher Mr. Van Alstyne will be leaving after two years at Jesuit. During his time here, he was involved with the Knights program, helped out on various Jesuit retreats, and was a chaplain for varsity soccer and swimming. As part of his journey as a Jesuit scholastic, he will be moving to Germany to continue his education. “I am going to study German in Germany with the hope of someday being able to teach philosophy in college, and to do that you need to pass German reading tests,” Mr. Van Alstyne said. Mr. Van Alstyne will get to work and live in Munich at a Jesuit college that focuses on philosophy with Jesuits from all around the world who want to learn German. Along with continuing his education, Van Alstyne is looking forward to traveling around Germany as he has never been there before. Regular and honors biology teacher Ms. Foulke will also be leaving Jesuit. Since she started working at Jesuit in
Ethics and Mock Trial teams Control the Classrooms Competition at Jesuit is not only limited to the sports fields, but also the classrooms. The Mock Trial team, led by seniors Lucile Beckett and Kai McPheeters, went to the state competition and placed 4th. Their case was about police use of excessive force without a burden of proof. Also, the new Ethics Bowl team set a high bar for years to come since
Julian Body '16 Hurdles Way Into Record Books
1992, Mrs. Foulke has taught honors and regular biology, one year of algebra I, and some physics classes. Her favorite part about working at Jesuit are the students that she gets to meet and form relationships with. “The students are the best thing,” Foulke said. “Every year there’s a new crop and new personalities and new ways to misunderstand miosis.” After leaving Jesuit, Foulke has many things that she plans on doing. She would like to get a Volkswagen van and travel around the desert, following the birds and flowering plants and making sure to visit friends. Foulke also wants to take a class from an invertebrate zoologist at Portland State University. She plans on returning to Jesuit as a substitute teacher next year and might travel with her husband if he has to go overseas for work. “Official records keeper” Mrs. Barr will be leaving Jesuit after ten years. She has worked in the main office as the registrar, keeping all student records and grades. Barr also works with the academic vice-principal on scheduling students for their classes over the summer and with the principal as an administrative assistant. Another job that Barr has held is the varsity cheerleading coach. Barr’s favorite part about working at Jesuit is the community atmosphere. “The community is my favorite part of Jesuit. After I had only been at Jesuit for three years, my husband passed away,” Barr said. “People came to his service that I didn’t even know, who had ties to Jesuit...I felt like everyone during that time took care of me and watched out for my daughter and me.” Upon retiring from Jesuit, Barr will be moving back to her hometown, Chicago, to be closer to her family. She is looking forward to traveling, doing some volunteer work, take up golfing, and spending time outdoors. Barr plans to return to Portland after about three to five years in Chicago College counselor Ms. Maier will be leaving after 22 years at Jesuit. At the beginning of her time on campus, Maier was a caseload counselor who helped students with academics, college, and any personal problems that students came to her with for assistance. After a while of doing this, she became a full-time college counselor. Her favorite part about being a counselor is the relationships that she has made with the students. “I love working with teenagers,” Maier said. “The kids are wonderful and I get so much energy from them.” Maier is retiring after working in education for 44 years. She plans to move to Salem with her husband, Mr. Nelson, who retired from Jesuit last year. They plan to take a year off and relax in a less hectic place than Portland. After that, Maier would like to do some traveling.
BY DANE STRENGTH '15
To add to his success on Jesuit's track team, Julian Body '16 was named Gatorade Oregon Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2014-15) for outstanding athletic achivement and exemplary character on/off the field.
The Jesuit Track team has a new superstar in the form of junior Julian Body. Body competes in the 100, 200, 110 hurdles and 300m hurdles. Last year in the state meet, he placed second in the 300m hurdles and 3rd in the 110 hurdles. He also was part of the state champion 4x4 team that included Carlos Coleman, Max Dordevic, and Sahil Doshi. Body did not live the stereotypical childhood of a track star. Hurdling does not run in the family and his brother’s choice to try it out inspired him to take to the track. In 8th grade he ran on the same youth track team as senior track athlete Chase Morrison. “He was always fast, but I never knew he would become as fast as he is now, especially in the hurdles,” Morrison said. Julian recently broke the school record for the 110 meter hurdles set by former Jesuit student Max Dordevic. Dordevic now runs track at Texas, and Body looks to follow his foot steps on the path to being a college sprinter. Body has been lucky to be specifically coached by Jesuit sprinting coach Art Andersen. Andersen was an elite sprinter in his own time and has experience involving track, especially sprinting events. “He’s the best coach there is,” Body said. “He always helps me work on my technique and speed work. He’s there at every meet and every practice motivating the team.” Track coach Tom Rothenberger has also played a role in the development of Body and his training. “He always has a plan and a vision for me and other
Appeared in the May 2015 Issue of the Jesuit Crusader.
Campus Corner athletes” Body said. “He motivates us and pushes us to do better.” The Jesuit track team as a whole will be in a heated race to protect the men’s state championship they won in 2014. Athletes such as Tanner Tropio and Morrison will be the cornerstones of the team and veterans of the state championship at Hayward Field last year. Rothenberger will also be counting on newcomers Enzo Cyzs, Eric Fellin, Kaeden Klein and many others to step up and fill the roles of departed seniors. “It has to be a team effort,” Klein said. “We all have to perform to repeat as state champions and if we work hard in practice and prepare well, the results should be positive for us.” As for the Jesuit women, they will be trying to build upon their solid 3rd place finish last year at the state meet. The women will count on returning senior sprinters Lexi Dixon and Keara Vu. “The team has some new pieces this year, but I think we have just a good of chance as any team out there,” Vu said. The Jesuit track and field program is undoubtedly in good hands as they continue their march toward Eugene and the state track meet.
McAuliffe’s script, directed by Copic, is “Til Text Do Us Part.” The play is about elders learning technology. The main character is Carter, sophomore Josh Dekoltz, a 27-year-old Apple employee who has to teach a technology class. He thinks the class will consist of high school seniors, but it turns out that the class has senior citizens. He must spontaneously revise his lesson and learn how to work with the elders. Schur’s comedic script, directed by Manning, is called “Get the Camera!” The play focuses on two students in middle school, Amelia, played by freshman Sylvie Martin, and Sam, played by sophomore Nate LaRiviere Koempel, who are preparing to kiss for the first time. Before they can share their first kiss, their parents, Dave, played by sophomore Michael Cline, Lily, played by junior Jenna Koury, and Biff, played by senior Wyatt Nelson, get involved and try to help them out in funniest ways possible. Corbitt’s script “Bobo the Bridge Keeper,” directed by Wilkie, is about a small and lonely troll named Bobo, played by sophomore Joey Collins, who lives under a bridge in a mythical land. Bobo tries to charge people to cross the bridge, just as his late father had, but is too small to succeed in doing so. Bobo hires a large but sweet ogre named Brudis, played by senior Paul Vickers, to do the job for him. Mueller’s script, directed by Matter, is called “One Eighty.” The play revolves around two students who cannot seem to get along. The two main characters, Lucas, played by freshman Paul Danowski, and Gwen, played by sophomore Carolyn Griffith, portray different stereotypical people in society. These two students inevitably end up in the dean’s office after various disputes. The dean, senior Ally Jansky, is notably insane and leaves the students alone in her office while she deals with more pressing matters in her personal life. In the short time the students are alone it is to be determined whether or not they can improve their minimal communication and get their work done or if they will fall back into their old ways. “My favorite part of the process was watching my play come to life,” Schur said. “I had imagined it in my head for so long, but watching it actually happen in front of me was crazy. I never imagined it performed as well as it was.” The Playwriting Festival is a great way for people to get involved in the drama program at Jesuit without the long commitment of a larger Jesuit play held in the auditorium.
Appeared in the May 2015 Issue of the Jesuit Crusader.
Students Write and Direct Playwriting Festival BY SIOBHAN SALZMAN '15
Each year various students from all grade levels submit their scripts to the drama department in an effort for their play to be selected and produced in the E.L. Wiegand Studio Theatre. Last spring, five scripts were chosen from students Cameron Murvihill '15, Peyton McAuliffe '16, Natalie Schur '17, Riley Corbitt '17, and Meghan Mueller '17. These scripts are completely student directed. The directors were seniors Jon Matter, Jereme Wilkie, Nicole Manning, Colette Copic, and Helen Hansen, and junior Claire Marieb. Murvihill’s dramatic script, directed by Hansen and Marieb, is called “Art of Whimsy.” It deals with Caprice, a reclusive painter living in an apartment building who struggles with other tenants that despise her lifestyle. After one of her paintings belonging to the landlord is stolen, her friends help her confront the other tenants and resolve her personal reservations. “The image of the inner-city recluse appeared frequently in my daily pages assignment in creative writing, and I felt drawn to it when I read it over, so I went with it and something came of it,” Murvihill said.
Appeared in the May 2015 Issue of the Jesuit Crusader.
Educator Spotlight Kirsten Ruchaber Finds Formula for Success: Talent, Work Ethic, Character Development BY JIM WALLER, WHIDBEY NEWS-TIMES SPORTS EDITOR, WHIDBEY NEWS-TIMES - JUNE 13, 2015
sportsmanlike and respected individuals on them,” she said. After starring for Oak Harbor High School, Ruchaber played tennis for Gonzaga University for four years and earned a teaching degree in physical education. While at Gonzaga, she also volunteered as a basketball coach at a local school and taught tennis lessons during the summer. Ruchaber entered the teaching and coaching field because of her love for sports and the enjoyment of seeing children “playing, competing and learning from whatever contest or sport they are involved in.” “It is a joy to have an impact on our adolescents and see how much they can gain from being an athlete,” Ruchaber said. Character development is important to Ruchaber: “We focus on many aspects of becoming a better individual. One of our mottos at Jesuit High School is becoming a man or woman for others. We see the importance of respecting others and caring for each individual.” Ruchaber’s teams have a “chapel” before each match to share a prayer or a positive quote, and she said this special time helps her players grow as individuals and as a team. Ruchaber points to her parents (Mike and Cathy Horrobin) and past coaches as those who helped shape her character. “My dad always taught me actions speak louder than words,” she said. “He always told me to let my tennis racquet do the talking for me.” Ruchaber said she had many special coaches growing up, noting that two, Earl Blanchard (who was Ruchaber’s private coach during her youth) and Patty Doudna (the Gonzaga coach), also taught her about life. Asked to choose her most cherished accomplishments, Ruchaber touched on several highlights, including winning this past state title (which was unexpected) by only onehalf point, then said, “It is the day-to-day contact during matches and practice that I love. I enjoy just being a coach and a mentor for my athletes. I like to support them in other aspects of life and what they are involved in around Jesuit.” Once a player exits Ruchaber’s program, she said she hopes that young lady has learned to care for and respect others, gained confidence in herself and enjoyed her time with the team. “Character development is so important in high school sports today,” Ruchaber said. “If a player can display quality character traits and be a positive team player, then I believe the success will follow.”
Kirsten Ruchaber holds one of her team's nine state title trophies (Nicole Peterson '16 in background).
Oak Harbor has produced professional athletes, an Olympic medalist, college All-Americans and high school state champions. It has also produced one of the most successful prep coaches in Oregon state history. Kirsten (Horrobin) Ruchaber led Portland’s Jesuit High School to a 6A state championship in girls tennis last month. The state title was Ruchaber’s ninth in her 15 years as head coach, the most by a female high school coach in Oregon state history. Ruchaber, who graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 1996, took over the Jesuit program in 2001. In all, she has won 13 Metro League titles, been named conference Coach of the Year six times, Oregon Athletics Coaches Association Coach of the Year six times, and the Coach of the Year for Oregon by the National Federation of State High School Associations once. Jesuit did not lose a regular season match until Ruchaber’s 11th season and has amassed a 226-3 win-loss record during her watch. Ruchaber attributes her success to the ability and character of her players. “I have been fortunate to have many talented players enter the program,” she said, adding that the young ladies are also “willing to work hard and put in the time to develop” as players and people. “The most successful teams I have had had the most
iPads in their sophomore year By: Craig Huseby, IT Director
As Jesuit embarks on the second year of iPads in the classroom, we briefly explore what we learned in year one.
Students are hard at work with their new iPads in class after distribution during the inaugural year of Jesuit's iPad roll-out in fall 2014.
e are now a little over a year into Jesuit’s transition to 1-1 computing: a learning environment where every student has an iPad assigned to them by the school. We have learned a lot, and re-remembered some things about our school that we sometimes forget. As we have seen over the years, when you go through a major change, many times it’s tempting to focus on what did not work, or what might go wrong. There was and is concern about the impact of student iPads in the classroom and on our school culture. Would we become less communicative? Would students disappear into the virtual world during the day? The reality of the transition is that we’re a Jesuit School in the Catholic tradition. Jesuit schools have been teaching students for more than 450 years, a rich history and tradition of education. iPads are just another tool to be used in the classroom and home to enable learning. Some immediate changes that we did see were related to the physical presence of books. With most of the books used in the school becoming digital, the backpacks, bags, and sometimes roller luggage students hauled books to, from, and around school in have dramatically decreased. In addition, on average eBooks are far cheaper than new printed texts, and we expect this downward price trend to continue. iPads also provide an instantly available window on the world via the internet, supporting the Jesuit commitment to Global Engagement. Providing a wide range of experiences and viewpoints for students to explore under the guidance of teachers and staff. This benefit crosses all aspects of our curriculum, whether it’s
interacting with students in their native tongues, exploring the latest scientific advancements, or finding primary sources for theological discussion. Having an iPad facilitates this richer exploration of the broader world. Perhaps the biggest benefit for our students is the increase in technical competency and confidence. By using the iPad daily, they grow a broader set of skills that will be important as they go on to college and eventually out in the work world as young adults. There is a pervasive assumption that using technology is an innate talent young people have. And although this may be true for some students, for most it is not. The ability to
“I can do my homework anywhere, and not have to worry about countless amounts of binders and handouts, It saves paper, helps me keep my backpack more organized, allows me to do homework faster, and submit it even when I'm not at school.” - JHS Student effectively use technology is a skill that is learned. Colleges expect them to be prepared and ready to use the technology presented to them. Our hope is that they learn to be confident in exploring and utilizing whatever technology tools they have available. Not because they will use an iPad as their main device in college, but that they will have similar tools and classroom needs when they get there. We feel that the first year of our 1-1 journey was largely successful. We learned a lot, our network held up, our internet connection on campus was not overwhelmed. Books and apps were installed on the iPads relatively
consistently across the school. Theft was far less an issue than envisioned. For all that went well, we did have a few areas that needed course correction. Initially, we left the iPads relatively open for students to use with some reasonable guidelines. Distraction is arguably the most consistent issue both at Jesuit and other schools we’ve talked with. We knew from student use of computers prior to iPads that there would be some challenges. This fall we changed some policies regarding the younger students to help curb distractive behaviour. Apple recently released iOS 9 providing a wide range of tools to help school administrators. Sometimes it’s hard to gauge the actual use of something like an iPad. How is it used daily? In IT we saw that students use books and notes by the problems they occasionally encounter with the applications. But for me there was no clearer indicator of how much they were being used, when on the last day of school for seniors, I started removing school applications related to the Physiology and Physics classes. Immediately emails started to come in indicating that teachers were using these apps up until the very last hours these students were in class. Are there some challenges? Absolutely. But we have added a new, powerful, and modern tool into classrooms that have remained virtually unchanged for decades. This was a huge challenge for teachers, administrators, and technical staff. We will learn and grow from the challenges, while embracing the benefits. We are still a Jesuit, collegepreparatory school in the Catholic tradition, but we are now using tools appropriate for the digital world we live in.
What JHS Students Say... “It's helpful for me to have my textbook and my notes all in one place. I email my teachers far more often than I would without the iPads because I find it easier to get in contact with them and ask about homework." “My iPad allows me to organize my notes better and makes it easier to find them. There is close to zero possibility of losing my notes and assignments." •
Message from the Superior, Fr. J.K. Adams, S.J.
Back Row (L to R): Mr. Billy Biegler, S.J., Fr. Larry Gooley, S.J., Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J. (Provincial), and Fr. Kevin Clarke, S.J. Front row (L to R): Fr. JK Adams, S.J. (Superior), Fr. Larry Robinson, S.J., and Mr. Rob Van Alstyne, S.J.
Sixty years ago on August 16, 1955, Jesuit Provincial Fr. Henry Schultheis, S.J. received written permission from Archbishop Howard to open a school sponsored by the Society of Jesus in the western outskirts of Portland to fill the vacuum left by the closing of Columbia Prep which had been run by the Holy Cross Fathers. Fr. Schultheis bought the Hillsdale Dairy Farm and began building what would become Jesuit High School. He named a superior for the newly formed Jesuit Community and a principal for the new school. Soon Jesuit teachers, staff and administrators, priests, brothers and scholastics would come to form the base of the Catholic and Jesuit identity of the school. Many Jesuits have come and gone these past 60 years, but the continual presence of the vowed members of the Society of Jesus continues to be the living link between JHS, the Church, and the Jesuits. Change and consistency are part and parcel of the Jesuit way. The faces and personalities change, but the mission remains consistent, intact, vibrant and alive. The present Jesuit community is a microcosm of that reality. The most common changes this year come with our scholastics, the young men who are in training. This year, Mr. Rob Van Alstyne, S.J., who made an enormous impact on so many here in his two years of regency, will now move on to study in Germany as the next step in his formation. And while we will certainly miss Rob, we continue to be blessed by the provincials of the Oregon and California Provinces to receive another quality young scholastic. Mr. John Guyol, S.J. will be joining us in the community and in the JHS Theology Department. He will be teaching â€˘
Freshman Theology. John hales from Saint Louis, Missouri and is a graduate of Chaminade College Preparatory School there. He attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University. He served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest following college and entered the Jesuits in 2010. John completed his graduate work in Theology, Philosophy and Music at Saint Louis University this past spring. Fortunately, while there are some changes, there will also be continuity in the community next year: Father Larry Robinson, S.J., Father Kevin Clarke, S.J., Mr. Billy Biegler, S.J., Father Larry Gooley, S.J., and I will remain. We cannot speak of the Catholic and Jesuit character of the school without acknowledging that it is accomplished only in companionship with the many lay men and women who serve at Jesuit High School at every level. Together the mission is realized more and more deeply every day. We Jesuits could not be more grateful for the quality, passion, and humility with which our colleagues labor with us shoulder-to-shoulder in this excellent work of Jesuit High. As ever, all the Jesuits at Jesuit High School want to assure you all that we love you and that we are praying for you. AMDG,
Fr. J.K. Adams, S.J. Superior at Jesuit High School 14
The Legacy Club is a group of individuals who have included Jesuit in their estate plans. Their gifts will live in perpetuity with interest from the gifts continually benefitting Jesuit students and Jesuit High School.
The Legacy Club
Anne, Nick Meyers, Eric '15, and Marty Myers
How Jesuit Changed Our Lives BY ANNE AND MARTY MYERS, PARENTS OF ERIC '15 AND LEGACY CLUB MEMBERS
spiritual exploration at Jesuit gave Eric a confidence that we We believe God has a plan for us as a family and Jesuit believe will lead him to further spiritual growth. has played an important part in this plan. Our son, Eric, Our journey as parents of a Jesuit student was also attended public elementary and middle schools and had one of discovery. We experienced a warm, accepting, and the choice of attending public or private high school. We supportive community. We are not Catholic and although had no idea how he made his final decision, but we were we are spiritual, I wouldn’t say we are religious. Yet, there elated when he chose Jesuit! From the very beginning, we was a place for us here at Eric’s school, just as there was knew Jesuit would offer the level of academic and athletic a place for him. We knew from our first interactions excellence that would finally provide a challenge. What with Jesuit faculty, staff, parents, we didn’t expect was the breadth administrators, and students that and depth of the community that “Why have we chosen to include Jesuit Eric had found the right place. would support Eric's journey from in our estate plans? Because Jesuit High Knowing that the community a boy to a spiritual young man. School—and everything about it—helped cared for Eric, each other, and for Eric entered Jesuit with no lay the groundwork for our son to develop those outside the campus gave my preconceptions regarding religion into the man he was meant to be. There is husband and me an amazing sense or spirituality. We were delighted if of peace and trust during what not surprised when he participated no doubt in our minds that Jesuit changed could otherwise be difficult years. in Chapter One, Knights, and the his life and our lives as a family." Our hearts have been touched retreats during his freshman and by our meaningful experiences sophomore years. Our hearts were at Jesuit High School and we want future generations to overjoyed when he went to Cambodia for his Christian have the same opportunity. Legacy giving is the perfect service project the summer of his sophomore year. His way for our family to help the Jesuit community. It is our work with the local people and his close group of friends hope that many future students will have their own lifedeepened his commitment to helping others in need. After changing experiences at Jesuit High School. We may never returning from his Encounter during junior year, we knew know who we have helped, but we will always know that Eric's life had been forever changed. Although a young man we have helped. of very few words, this experience gave him his spiritual If you would like to help Jesuit with a planned gift, voice. By senior year, Eric applied and was chosen to please contact Diane Salzman, VP of Development, at participate as an Encounter leader—an indication that he email@example.com or 503-291-5497. was ready to be spiritually engaged. This capstone of his
Students enjoyed cultural dress-up day during Multicultural Week in spring 2015. Jesuit's annual Multicultural Week celebration provides opportunities for students to share and learn about cultures throughout the world. Activities this spring included brown bag discussion on immigration, the Day of Silence, a Taste of Culture, Martin and Music performance, and the Cultural Awareness assembly.
All We Need is Within Us BY DAVID BLUE ‘93, DIVERSITY DIRECTOR
This past April, Al Kato, Kathleen Myers, and I accompanied 17 students to the bi-annual Asian American Summit hosted by Seattle Prep High School. Jesuit high schools from California, Oregon, and Washington came together to attend the meaningful diversity conference. This year’s theme, “All that we need is within us,” proved fitting as students were able to explore and discuss their shared life experiences within Jesuit education. Through interactive workshops, social events, and presentations, students were empowered to take pride in their deeply rooted history and to understand the value each person adds to their respective schools. When students were not in "serious" mode, the summit provided plenty of opportunity for fun and socialization. Students enjoyed sharing their musical talents in dance, musical instruments, and song. The highlight of the
summit was the hypnotist, whose act proved comical and memorable for everyone and allowed students to share all their uninhibited dance moves. The summit’s featured presenter, Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, gave an inspiring presentation about her journey through numerous obstacles as a Korean student, overcoming inequities and stereotypes to become Deputy Mayor of Seattle. She encouraged students to value their family traditions while also chasing their dreams. Her words and message left a lasting impression on many in the audience. Once again the conference proved how valuable the summits are to empowering students from all backgrounds to find their value, meaning, and place within Jesuit education.
"It is hard to put into words how grateful I a m to have had the opportunity to attend the Asian American Su mmit this year. I was introduced to peers who lead lives very similar to mine, something I a m not always reminded or aware of. Being able to attend the su mmit was such a gift, It will be one of my fondest memories of my time at Jesuit."
John and Norma Younie and their donated car.
It's Easy to Help Jesuit! BY DIANE SALZMAN, VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT
He could think of no better place than Jesuit to donate his car and knew that the sale proceeds would directly impact the school’s bottom line. “We love Jesuit and we loved our BMW. The match was ideal. We thank Stan for his help,” says John. Our Cars for Charity partner, Stan Belefski, provides prompt and professional service and he is happy to tow the vehicle if it is not working. Many of our vehicle donors have expressed gratitude for Stan’s “nothing is too much trouble” attitude and his assistance in moving a vehicle from a repair shop or their property in a timely fashion. According to Stan, the feeling is mutual. “In the seven years that Cars for Charity has partnered with Jesuit High School, I’ve been impressed with the loyalty of current and past families and their appreciation for the role the school has played in preparing their children for college, careers, family life, and service to others," says Stan. "Cars for Charity is thankful to work with such a great community.” If you have a vehicle in any condition that you would like to donate, please consider Jesuit High School. It’s easy to donate; visit our website at www.jesuitportland.org and click on "Giving," then "Donate Your Car" or call 503-2915497. Your gift of a donated vehicle makes a difference in the lives of our students and for that, we are truly grateful.
“We are so impressed with our daughter’s education at Jesuit, we figured donating our vehicles was one very simple way to give back,” says Rob Peterson of The Turqouise Learning Tree Day School. Rob and his wife, Carolina, are parents to Nicole, JHS Class of ’16. The Petersons have donated three business vehicles and Jesuit has received nearly $5,500. Rob and Carolina enjoyed working with Stan Belefski, President of Cars for Charity, the company that has overseen the JHS car donation program for the past seven years. “Stan came and picked up my cars at multiple locations, towed them if necessary, and fixed them up so that Jesuit could benefit,” comments Rob. "Mr. Belefski [at Cars for Charity] makes it easy to help Jesuit." As they retire their vehicles, the Petersons plan to continue donating to Jesuit High School. “It’s a good feeling to give back to such a great community,” says Rob. John and Norma Younie have been a part of the Jesuit community for over 40 years. Since they only live two blocks away from the campus, they have found it convenient to be involved and they loved the fact that their boys, John ’71 and Wade ’74, could walk to and from school every day. John and Norma look back fondly on that time and they remained involved as their grandchildren, Wes ’01, Gavin ’01, Edward ‘10, Grace '11, and Oscar '13, attended Jesuit High School. Recently, the Younies sent another “family member” to Jesuit, their ’83 mint-condition BMW 320i. The vehicle was a prized possession, but John knew it was time to part ways.
Athletics and the "Reset" Generation BY MIKE HUGHES ‘79, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
At Jesuit, our coaching staff occasionally lament the number of distractions youth have today. When our more “veteran” coaches and I were in our youth, we only had 4 channels on TV. And if we turned them on right after school, they were usually airing soap operas or Perry Mason reruns. After school sports seemed like a much better alternative than watching “All My Children” or “General Hospital,” so athletic participation was almost a given for our generation. Today, there are hundreds of TV channels, along with social media and video games that can divert our youth after school. It is worth noting that
this may be a reason that participation in youth sports nationwide is down between 5-8% in the past few years in almost all sports. But more significant than the distraction of various “screens,” many coaches are concerned about the psychological and personal character traits taught to youth today by video games and the entertainment industry. When a student is playing poorly in video games or their character dies, all they have to do is hit reset. Instantly, they get to start over. There are no real consequences, no struggles, no perseverance needed. Just hit redo and start again. And if the game is too
hard, then there is usually a “difficulty setting” that can be adjusted. Or better yet, just try a new game or a new channel. Furthermore, the hero in the games is always ME, the player. Rarely are the video characters playing support roles or auxiliary tasks. It is all about me, my entertainment, my success, now. And if not, then just hit reset. While we all know that video games are not real, there is legitimate concern about the long-term effects of too much gaming. Not only does excessive gaming often result in lack of quality exercise time, experts also wonder if gaming teaches our youth
Spring 2015 Sports Scoreboard Men’s Tennis
(Third in State; League Champions)
(Second in State; League Champions)
JV Men’s Lacrosse
(State Quarterfinalist; League Champions)
JV Women’s Lacrosse Men’s Golf (Third in State; League Champions)
Women’s Golf (Sixth in State, Second in League)
Varsity Women’s Lacrosse 14-3
(Fourth in State; League Champions)
(State Semifinalist; League Champions)
(State Champions; League Champions)
Varsity Men’s Lacrosse
(Fourth in League; Second Round State Qualifier)
JV Baseball Freshmen Baseball
(Third in League; Second Round State Qualifier)
JV Softball JV2 Softball
profound life lessons. Athletics can nurture in us these virtues that can be very helpful in life. For example, when we experience our first argument with our spouse, hopefully we don’t hit reset. When we are employed by a boss that challenges us, hopefully we won’t just switch channels. And if you as a parent have found the “difficulty setting” button on our children, please let me know. It is over simplistic, of course, to just blame video games. Perhaps adults who constantly try to protect youth from any struggle are also a factor. None of us wish to see our children stumble. But helicopter parents or drone coaches who swoop in to solve their children’s problem the first moment there is any frustration, need to be reminded that positive character development is often a byproduct of struggle. Challenges are the alchemy of growth. When youth are frustrated with athletics, of course, we as adults need to give them a shoulder to cry on and console them. But the message that follows is critical. Do we blame the referees, criticize the coach, badmouth the teammates, and promote the easy way out? Or do we guide and challenge our youth to show perseverance, resiliency, fortitude, and courage? As coaches and parents, we must sympathize, console, and support our youth. But we should not protect them from all adversity. Sports are just games. But sports, like real life, doesn’t have a reset button. Sports, like life, is hopefully full of joy, laughter, fellowship, and success. But sports, like the real world, is also going to present hardships, challenges, struggles, and pain. If we can be observant with our youth by guiding them, challenging them, and assisting them in naming the impulse to “reset,” we will be fulfilling our mission as educators and coaches. When we can help athletes embrace these challenges as opportunities for growth rather than pain to be avoided, then athletics can nurture in our youth the life skills needed to not only survive, but thrive.
that when things in life get tough, just hit reset. When applied to athletics, coaches sometimes observe this “reset generation” attitude in our athletes. If a player can’t be a starter in year one of high school sports, some will simply quit that sport. If a very talented player with a troublesome attitude is challenged by a coach, often that player switches schools to try another coach who might be more lenient. In the face of a significant injury, some athletes find it time to simply hang up their cleats or glove and try other club activity. Many schools that struggle to win games often report they have a hard time finding athletes willing to try out. No doubt, we at Jesuit have many wonderful students who show immense patience and fortitude. Every year our teams are filled with “role players” who are willing to sacrifice for the team – being a stellar practice player and waiting on the bench for their time to get in the game. We have players who make the B team or JV2 team as freshmen, yet with determination, hard work, and commitment, develop into a varsity starter as a senior. And we have unlucky athletes who get a serious season-ending injury, then show amazing resiliency by dedicating hundreds of hours in therapy and rehab to make sure their injury is not also a career-ending injury. That being said, more and more students seem to lack the fortitude, perseverance, and tenacity it takes to endure trials and tribulations. Don’t get me wrong. I hope that no athlete at Jesuit faces setbacks. I wish for them to be a starter as a freshmen, make varsity as a sophomore, win multiple state championships, and never get injured. But for most students, athletics is a lot like real life. Most athletes in their four years of high school will face one setback or another. Athletics, like a professional career, a marriage, or parenting, often has its tough moments. Our hope is that athletics will teach our youth that struggles are not only okay, they may be times of profound growth. Setbacks that are painful in the short term, but handled with grace and resiliency, can result in tremendous character growth and
Catch sports coverage of select home games on JCTV, our student-run broadcasting station!
www.jesuitportland.org/jctv • Go Crusaders!
Auction: Thank You! On Saturday, May 2 Jesuit High School’s 2015 Auction Gala, A Night at the Derby, had a record-breaking night! Words cannot sufficiently express our gratitude for the leadership of Auction Chairs Cindy Mulflur and Blair Sprunk and for the remarkable sponsors, donors, guests, and volunteers with whom their contribution of time, talent, and treasure raised over $1,090,000! With 590 guests attending, the help of gracious lead gifts, the generous Special Appeal paddle raise, and the challenge match gift of $50,000 by an anonymous donor, we broke another record. The JHS Endowment Fund earned over $466,000 which is a gift that will continue to build a legacy of “men and women for others” now and far into the future. To be part of the celebration next Emcees Rich Ulring and Steve Mueller
year, save the date of Saturday, April 30, 2016.
Gina Gladstone and President John Gladstone
Students performed a Beatles song during the Special Appeal.
Auction Chairs Blair Sprunk and Cindy Mulflur flank Fr Pat Conroy, S.J.
A Heartfelt "Thank You" to our Presenting Sponsors and our Fantastic Volunteers! Chairs: Cindy Mulflur and Blair Sprunk Advertising: Melissa Bauer-Lindsay Catalog & Live Auction Set-Up: Wendy Cook Centerpieces & Floral Decorations: Therese Perkins Clean-Up & Raffle Tickets: Darcy Paquette Community Groups: Sarah Tennant Data Entry: Kristin Kaden Dreyer Donor Phone Calls: Wendy Pernas Graphic Design: Debbie Shaw Guest Tables Set-Up: Tory Paine Inventory & Item Pick-Up: Linda Moore Sanders Live Auction Procurement Committee: Patty Borst, Elizabeth Contag, Wendy Cook, Amy Graham, Betsy Meier,
Cindy Mulflur, Wendy Pernas, Diane Salzman, Blair Sprunk and John Welsh Live Auction Production: Stacy Niedermeyer Office Support & Volunteer Coordinator: Kim Grimme Packaging & Display: Marcia Maddock PowerPoint Production & Silent Auction: Emily Phan Reservations: Susan Menendez and Annie Mueller Silent Auction Table Closer: Kathleen Gardipee Reservations & Table Host: Mary Murphy Sponsorships: Elizabeth Contag and Donna Ghiorso
Financial Aid Luncheon This year's Financial Aid Luncheon was OCTOBER 14, 2015, from noon – 1:00 pm in the Knight Center at Jesuit High School. Thank you to everyone who joined us for a complimentary lunch and program featuring our very own John J. Gladstone, President of JHS. With your participation and support, you helped make a difference in the lives of our students. Thank you!
Your Gift. Our Future.
Raising Funds for Tuition Assistance FINANCIAL AID LUNCHEON: OCTOBER 14, 2015 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JOHN J. GLADSTONE, JHS PRESIDENT Did you know? • $2.8 million in need-based tuition assistance was awarded to Jesuit students this school year. • 26% of Jesuit families receive financial assistance with an average grant of $8,200. Many families have difficulty finding a way to pay tuition, even with the financial assistance we are providing. This year, we awarded less grant money to each family than recommended by an independent financial review service because we do
not have the funds available to meet the entire need. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's financial Aid Luncheon. Your assistance, generosity, and support were invaluable. We are very thankful for your commitment to keep Jesuit affordable now and for families in the future. We will be sharing final results with our community via email and they will be posted on our event webpage at www.jesuitportland.org.
2015-16 Financial Aid Luncheon Committee Co-Chairs Nancy Bolton and Anne Myers Julie Arndorfer Chris Barhyte Leslie Ganz Karl Glaser Tricia Heffernan Tracy Bagli Hooper Rebecca Martin-Gerhards Kathi McCoy Gigi Van Rysselberghe
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: John J. Gladstone, President of JHS At the luncheon, we heard from John Gladstone about his Jesuit journey and the legacy he hopes to leave. • In his final and 11th year as President of JHS and 48th year in Jesuit education, John Gladstone has devoted his adult life to living the Ignatian tradition of being a “man for others.” • John has helped make it possible for thousands of students to benefit from a Jesuit education by his unfailing commitment to affordability. • Through his work in the Portland Metro area as well as the global community, John strives to help others who are less fortunate.
Sandy Satterberg: The Start of a Re
But on the East Coast, where I had been teaching, having a female principal in a Jesuit school would have been earthshaking. When Sandy applied for the Principal’s job, I don’t recall her gender coming up as an issue, because it was clear she was the best person for the job.”
In 1980, Jesuit was a much different school than it is today. The students were all male, as was most of the faculty. In a classroom in Tacoma, WA, a college math professor noticed that many of her students were illequipped to handle college-level math classes. Instead of bemoaning that fact, she realized that the best way to actually do something was go to the root of the problem: high school! The professor, Mrs. Sandra Satterberg, ended up moving to Portland and took a job in the JHS Math Department in 1980. With her came a revolution—not just in mathematics, but in the way every Jesuit high school in the country educates its students. Three years later, in 1984, another influential figure in Jesuit history arrived at the school when Father William Hayes, S.J. took the position of President. Fr. Hayes told Mrs. Satterberg that he wanted Jesuit to have the best math department in Oregon, and so she set about working to accomplish that goal. Nine years later, the Jesuit High Math Department was indeed one of the best in the state. As Dr. John Gorman says, "Mrs. Satterberg was always accessible to students, generations of whom have great affection for her. It is no wonder that four of Jesuit’s current math teachers learned calculus from Sandy.” Based on her success as a math teacher, department chair, and founder of the Jesuit staff development team, Mrs. Satterberg became Academic Vice Principal in early 1992, the year before Jesuit went coed. “There were no female administrators and we realized that it would be important for a female to be a visible member of the administrative team," says Mrs. Satterberg. From 1992 to 1997, Mrs. Satterberg was the sole female administrator in the school, serving as a role model to the female students and staff. In 1997, Richard Gedrose retired as Principal. Mrs. Satterberg was certainly qualified to become the school’s next Principal; however, no lay female had ever been a Principal of any of the 46 Jesuit high school in the United Sates. Mr. Paul Hogan, the current Principal of Jesuit, explains, "At the time, there were only a few coed Jesuit schools in the country, including Gonzaga Prep, Seattle Prep, and Bellarmine in Tacoma. By the late ’90s, a few Jesuit schools had female vice principals; that was not groundbreaking.
“Mrs. Satterberg’s tenure as Principal showed everyone in America’s Jesuit high schools that of course a woman can run a Jesuit school— and lead it to become one of the finest high schools of any kind in the US.” - Paul Hogan, Principal Fr. Hayes made a leap forward for the school when he chose Mrs. Satterberg to be Jesuit’s next Principal. As Mrs. Satterberg recalls, “Fr. Hayes had an openness to having me in that position. I believe that he appreciated the results of my work as Academic Vice Principal, so when I had the opportunity to become Principal, he knew he could depend upon me to work hard and accomplish the things we needed to. I do remember asking him before I applied for the position if he was open to having a woman as Principal. Fr. Hayes thought for a minute and then replied, ‘Well, the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t!’ It was quite a step for him to take." “As Principal, I wanted to emphasize our Ignatian identity, our sense of community, and the importance of knowing who we are as a Jesuit school. I wanted Jesuit to be a place where all students feel welcomed and cared for,” Mrs. Satterberg reflects. “I believe that the Ignatian Paradigm is a gift to students and teachers—giving everyone a way to teach and learn in a logical way. One of the things I did was to have the steps of the Paradigm posted in each classroom so that students would remember it, along with the habits listed in the Profile of the Grad. I also wanted all who worked at Jesuit to realize that the Profile was not just for students. Each of us need to practice those five habits.” In their Faith Formation classes, all Jesuit freshmen learn
BY CONOR CHAPMAN '16 • EDITED BY PAUL HOGAN, PRINCIPAL
Mrs. Satterberg says. “It was always difficult to balance what was best for one student with what was best for the whole community. I was really fortunate as Principal to have a husband who supported me every step of the way. Rod was someone I could always share problems with and learn new ideas from. The joke at Jesuit was that when they hired me, they got two for the price of one. It really wasn’t a joke—I could not have been Principal for 15 years without Rod’s help and support.” On July 31, 2012, Mrs. Satterberg retired as Principal. Mr. Hogan succeeded her first as Academic Vice Principal in 1997, and as Principal in 2012. "One of the proudest elements of my career is to have worked for and with Sandy for such a long time," says Mr. Hogan. "When we would go to national conferences, it was clear that our colleagues regarded Jesuit-Portland as one of the ‘flagship’ Jesuit schools in the country, to a large degree because of Sandy Satterberg. Mrs. Satterberg’s tenure as Principal showed everyone in America’s Jesuit high schools that of course a woman can run a Jesuit school—and lead it to become one of the finest high schools of any kind in the US.” After serving as Principal, Mrs. Satterberg returned to the Math Department, the same department where she earned Educator of the Year awards in 1987 and 1991. Throughout her administrative career, Mrs. Satterberg always taught one section of calculus. She retired from teaching in June 2015. “Mrs. Satterberg is one the best teachers I have ever had,” Matt Young ’16 exclaims. “She is also one of the nicest people who has ever taught me. She is very kind and always willing to help anyone with their work.” Through her long tenure and remarkable 35 years of service at Jesuit, Sandy Satterberg has entered the pantheon of legendary leaders of our school. She has also redefined the role of Principal in Jesuit schools across the country. Throughout her career, Sandy Satterberg taught and led based on the principles found in the Jesuit Mission Statement, educating young “leaders who are committed to serve God and their fellow men and women through a profound sense of justice founded in love, i.e., leaders who are men and women for others.”
about St. Ignatius and his Spiritual Exercises. The Exercises serve as the foundation for the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP) and also the foundation of Mrs. Satterberg’s leadership style. “The IPP is a way of teaching based on five steps: Context, experience, reflection, action and evaluation. The most important part is reflection, which is where Mrs. Satterberg is so impressive,” Fr. JK Adams, SJ, Superior of the Jesuit community, observes. “As Principal, Sandy made a lot of really important decisions, and she was great at pausing, reflecting, and praying before she made them. She taught all of us to stop and reflect.” Mr. John Gladstone, the current President of Jesuit, adds that “two of Mrs. Satterberg’s greatest strengths are her belief in Ignatian education and her belief in young people. She sees the wider picture, and is not afraid to make the hard decision, because she discerns before deciding.” As Principal, Mrs. Satterberg knew that one of her main jobs was not just to know the Jesuit mission statement, but also to live by it. One of the ways Mrs. Satterberg found to foster “enthusiasm and a sense of community” was through her creation of the Jesuit Commitment program. “I think the most important role of the Principal is to keep the school true to its mission. If you don’t consider the mission in all you do, the school can easily become something else than Ignatian. In many ways, it is just like knowing who you are as a person and what you believe in. If you don’t know that, you can easily become a different person,” Mrs. Satterberg explains. “As Principal, you have to constantly consider the ramifications of any decisions. Does the decision strengthen the mission or harm it? What will the impact be on the school?” In the Ignatian spirit, Mrs. Satterberg reflected before acting, and consulted others on the administrative team when a tough decision needed to be made. She also relied on her husband, Rod, for support and consultation. “The most challenging times were the Student Performance Review, when we considered whether a student who had misbehaved should stay in our school. I always believed Jesuit was the best place for a young person and to ask them to leave was very hard. Those were not easy decisions to make and many tears were shed along the way,”
From Humble Beginnings SPIRIT STORE CELEBRATES 10 YEARS
But one over-arching principle was determined from the start. The items had to get out of the cupboards and into the campus mainstream. And then, on Registration Day, 2005, the longsimmering plan was finally put into action. A tent and long cafeteria tables were set up in a prominent location outside the Student Center. A completely new array of spirit products featuring a wide variety of fonts, styles, colors, and types of items made their public debut on the tables, which were manned by a crew of enthusiastic parent volunteers recruited just for that day. "We were swamped," Naggi recalls. "Things were flying off hangars faster than we could reload. The sales volunteers were great, they never flinched. By the end of the day we were pretty much depleted of everything." The Registration Day Sale was followed up by tent sales at the gate of home football games. Business was strong with high interest for more products. The next logical opportunity was Christmas, 2005. "We needed a sales location for a couple weeks and the Smith Lobby was sitting unused. It had essentially turned into an off-the-grid storage garage for anything without a home. We pushed everything off to the side and threw a tarp over it. We commandeered a couple of old ping pong 24 tables from somewhere and laid out the apparel in stacks." It was the first time the Spirit Store operated, albeit short-term, out of its present site. With holiday store hours timed to match those of the adjacent Booster Club's Annual Christmas Tree Sale, customers showed up in force. By the first hour of the second weekend, everything was gone. The problem of space remained. The spirit sales effort returned to its nomadic, tent-centric ways. The Smith lobby reverted back to being the campus attic. But temporary sales locations still required someplace to store items long-term. The Bookstore in the Commons was packed to the rafters. If selling a wide array of Jesuit spirit items had any chance for longevity, a new permanent location had to be found. "We remembered the Smith Lobby at Christmas," Naggi recalls, "and how it had somehow ceased to be officially claimed space. It was up for grabs. There wasn't a whole lot of that on campus." The parking lot location featuring big windows was perfect; good lighting and a sales counter were already in place. All that remained was gaining approval to renovate.
2015 marks ten years since that venerable campus institution, the Jesuit Spirit Store, first began its operation. Prior to then, a small amount of school logo apparel was sold out of the school bookstore office, formerly located in the Commons. Severe space restrictions kept the inventory minimal in styles and types of items, all of it limited to three shelves and a storage cabinet located behind the office counter. The inaccessible setup forced customers to basically lean over the counter and point to what they wanted. Daily business hours only included break and lunch. That being said, customers still sought out enough JHS-logo goods for annual gross sales to average in the $8,000 range. In 2005, the school administration reorganized itself. It added the position of Vice Principal for Administrative Services, which was assigned a diverse range of responsibilities previously scattered among several other offices. With Candi Prentice, Bookstore Director, reporting to new VPAS Jim Naggi, one of the first things the two reviewed was the sale of spirit items. "Candi was trying her absolute best to offer a mix of spirit products at a decent price, but she could only do so much in that situation," says Naggi, now retired from the school. "We knew how strong school spirit was among students, parents, and alumni. We figured there had to be pent-up demand for all kinds of clothing and items with ‘Jesuit’ on them. And what a great, indirect way to promote the school. The problem was how to get it out there." At first, very little changed. Other more immediate priorities kept delaying a concerted effort to revamp how the school logo marketed its spirit apparel and products.
Parent volunteers provide invaluable assistance in the Spirit Store. •
otherwise would not be able to afford, such as books, fees, costs for retreats and dances, and various incidentals,” says Foley. “Designating that the profit from the store will go exclusively to the fund sends a great message to our shoppers and, most importantly, helps many students afford to be part of and fully experience our school community.” The Jesuit Spirit Store was approved for opening in fall of 2006. By the end of its first year gross sales were reported in excess of $100,000. And to the amazed delight of everybody, similarly high sales figures have held steady over time. Since its origin the store has evolved in inventory, staffing, management, and online sales capability. New ideas and products help spur the store's continued viability. One major new contributor to the store's continued success has been the phenomenal sale of NIKE products related to the widely acclaimed Jesuit Twilight Relays every spring. And a decade ago it all began. "So many things came together as we launched." Naggi remembers. "Great vendors and suppliers. Students with really strong ideas and suggestions. The school's unwavering support. And especially our many dedicated parent volunteers. With all those pieces still in place, the store should continue to make its mark far into the years ahead."
Candi Prentice and Ken Foley were pioneers in getting the Spirit Store up and running. Since its inception, the store has generated over $930,000 in gross sales.
"I really appreciated the PE department working with us to get the lobby cleared of the stuff in there. Much of what had washed ashore belonged to them. Together we figured out ways to make room elsewhere for their equipment." With PE's storage needs met, the last step was to get the official green light and some funding to renovate. "Ken Foley was the key," says Naggi of Jesuit's CFO. "At that time he was fairly new to campus. But he knew opportunity when he saw it. Candi and I pitched him a permanent Spirit Store and showed him our gross sale numbers from selling product from our various temporary locations. If we could do that out of tents, what was possible with a fixed roof over our heads?" Foley liked the idea of the store. He particularly liked one piece of the proposal. All profit from the store would not go to any school department or co-curricular. Instead it would be devoted entirely to the Arrupe Fund. “The Arrupe Fund has become increasingly important in helping students with a variety of expenses they
Note: Since its inception through June 2015, the Spirit Store has realized approximately $930,000 in gross sales, generated profit of $375,000 for Arrupe Fund purposes, sold over 52,000 items, and has helped serve the needs of hundreds of worthy students. It currently is under the direction of Ken Foley, CFO.
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VALDICTORIAN Anika Raghuvanshi SALUTATORIAN Uma Doshi NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS Danny Bugingo Kirsten Calverley Andrew Cannon Joseph Chen Peter Cowal Uma Doshi William Glisson Jonathan Ho Mitchell Law Sabrina Muckle David Sealand Nikita Swinnen-Galbraith NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS Emily Angell Adeeb Chowdhury Grace Curran Nicholas DeStephano Grant Hjelte Alexandra Jansky Gabrielle Kallgren Amita Kashyap Rohan Moore Thomas Murphy Anika Raghuvanshi DJ Sebastian Danh Tong Paul Vickers Paul Wyatt Hitha Yeccaluri
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SENIOR SPEAKERS PJ Hummelt Constance Parker SENIOR LOYALTY AWARDS Paul Vickers and Claire Lucas FR. HENRY SCHULTHEIS, S.J. CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT AWARD Brigid Kelley JESUIT SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION AWARDS Nikita Swinnen-Galbraith
DEPARTMENT AWARDS Anatomy & Physiology: Kathryn Atkinson Art: Hannah Harkness Band: Quinn Schmidt Campus Ministry: Emma Hoppes & Christian Meader Chinese: Zani Moore Choir: Mitchell Nguyen Christian Service: Morgan Johnson & Jack Taylor Computer Science: Peter Cowal Diversity: Josephine Ananouko English: Jenna Fortner & Josh Lewellen French: Elena Hoffman History: PJ Hummelt Journalism: Marianne Dolan Mathematics: Peter Cowal Photography: Jolie Maddock Physical Education: Alexa Dixon & Paul Wyatt Science: Theodora Perednia Spanish: Mika Chesnutt Speech/Debate: Lucile Beckett & Kai McPheeters Student Government: Andis Solomon Technical Theatre & Drama: Jon Matter, Tom Murphy & Zach Palenchar Theology: Nikita Swinnen-Galbraith Yearbook: Riley Pendergast CLASS OF 2015 STATS 12 National Merit Finalists 16 National Merit Commended Students 181 Presidential Academic Award Winners 152 National Honor Society Members (3.6+ G.P.A. plus service and leadership) AP Tests Spring 2015: 561 tests to 332 students (89% of students who took the AP tests received a score of 3 or greater. 66% received a score of 4 or 5 (5 is the highest possible score) Average SAT Score: 1789 Average ACT Composite Score: 27
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Total Hours of Christian Service: 41,281 Average Christian Service Hours per Student: 141 College Bound: 99%+ Total Scholarships for One Year: $1,326,173 Total Scholarships for Four Years: $5,082,200 TEACHER RECOGNITION Educator of the Year: Rob Skokan Sandy Satterberg Ignatian Educator: Elizabeth Kaempf
LEADERSHIP IN ACTION
Alumni share their journeys to success BY KATHY BAARTS
“Life is an accumulation of the decisions you make.” George Weatheroy ’75 speaks from experience – his own experiences and witnessing those of others as a police officer. Weatheroy strived to make positive decisions throughout his life’s journey, and that has helped him become a leader in our Jesuit community, as well as the Portland community at large. Jesuit is fortunate to still connect with graduates and parents who are currently strong leaders, whether they are protecting their community, running large companies, or leading the next generation to success. Each year, Jesuit invites these leaders back into the classroom to instruct students in a series of leadership seminars. Our alums, past parents, and current parents are invited to share their stories of growth, talk about their personal leadership principles, and offer advice. Not only do students have the opportunity to gain knowledge from a variety of community leaders, but their stories and advice ring true for all generations of the extended Jesuit family.
George Weatheroy ’75 As a 1975 grad, George Weatheroy was the only black person at Jesuit during his four years. He entered high school alone and apprehensive. His neighborhood friends made fun of him for going to a “white school,” and he was torn between being “white enough” for school and “black enough” for his friends. Weatheroy acknowledged that teenagers, no matter their situation, are always trying to figure out who they are. He put it into perspective for the students in his seminar – we are all like Russian nesting dolls. Each of us has several layers that make up who we are. But, he said, it’s the inner core that counts most. “What are you at your heart?” At George’s core, he has always had a strong faith, which was was reinforced by Jesuit, church, and his parents. As an extension of his faith, he enjoyed helping others. While George was at Jesuit, he did his service at St. Mary’s Home for Boys. He always remembers Fr. Larry Robinson saying, “We are apostles, human instruments God uses to get work done.” This innate desire to help others easily translated into George’s career as a police officer. He was able to get the bad people off the street and make a positive difference in his community. After 25 years on the force, he retired to become the director of security for Portland Public Schools. He is currently in charge of the safety of all faculty, staff and students at 95 schools.
George Weatheroy ‘75 speaking at a St. Andrew Nativity School fundrasiser
Things started to fall into place when he met the now-CEO of J.Crew just as she was getting her company started. He collaborated with her and learned about building a company from the ground up. Currently Blake is principal and director of Portland production at Norris Beggs & Simpson Financial Services.
Blake Hering, current parent Blake Hering grew up in Portland but attended a boarding school in Colorado. As a junior transfer, he learned very quickly that he was accountable for all of his actions and decisions. Participating in lacrosse, soccer, and basketball helped him learn this simple, yet valuable concept. He became comfortable with the roles of each player and the rules of the game. Blake appreciated the “flow” of sports, and he found it to be a safe environment. He loved the feeling of working with others during a game and knowing that the team is greater than the individual player.
Ted Ferguson ’87 Ted Ferguson attributes much of his leadership skills to Jesuit. During his seminar, he reflected on running for student body president, as well as learning from “great leaders” at Jesuit High School, such as Fr. Robinson and Fr. Bill Hayes.
After high school, Blake attended college in New York, where he played soccer and received his Bachelor of Arts in American Studies. He found the experience to be intense, both socially and academically. His time at school left him conflicted. He wasn’t sure what his next steps should be, so he eventually decided to take a year off in Maui to explore the island, meet new people, and skimboard. •
Ted’s dad, Joe, and aunt, Rorie, were also examples of successful leaders. Both 30
Ted Ferguson ’87
George Weatheroy ’75 notes that each of us has several layers that make up who we are. But, he said, it’s the inner core that counts most. “What are you at your heart?”
served on Jesuit’s Board of Trustees in the 1980s during the time they were considering closing the school permanently. As we now know, they instead opened the school for coeducation in 1993, which helped put Jesuit back on the path of growth. Ted earned degrees in Political Science, Business, and Economics. After eight years in the insurance business, he joined the Wrenn/Ferguson/Heath Group of UBS where he has been providing professional financial and investment advisory services to individuals, families, and organizations for more than 13 years. He sincerely cares about the positive outcomes for each of his clients.
Ashleigh Crunican Romero ’96, with her husband, Juan Carlos, and daughter, Jozi
Ashleigh Crunican Romero ’96 Ashleigh Crunican Romero challenged the students with an exercise at the beginning of her seminar. She asked each student to consider where they might be in 15 years, then they had to “introduce” themselves to each other as their future self. This activity gave students a chance to project, plan, and take notes from each other.
She took time to refocus, listened to her heart, and soon after, learned that she was pregnant. This miracle provided a clear focus on family and faith. She chose to leave her beloved South Africa to return home. She currently raises her family in Portland.
She then shared a quote from Frederick Buechner: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s hunger meet.” Ashleigh has found this statement to be true. The year 1990 was a transformative time for Ashleigh. It was the year Nelson Mandela was freed, and his presence for social justice in South Africa became a tremendous inspiration for Ashleigh. She knew that she wanted to work with children in South Africa.
Megan McAninch Jones’ defining moment was at age nine when she took a three week trip to Ecuador with her family. During their visit through the Amazon, Quito, and the Galapagos Islands, they immersed themselves in the culture. This was the first time Megan truly understood inequity. She witnessed an eight-year-old and 12-year-old fighting over territory to shine the shoes of these visiting Americans. Each nickel they earned for shining shoes could purchase a chicken to feed their family. Megan realized there was a huge disparity between these young boys’ lives and her own.
Megan McAninch Jones ’07
In 2012, her dreams came true, and she was able to teach in Johannesburg. Ashleigh enjoyed her job and she quickly became immersed in a variety of opportunities. However, there was always something uneasy in the back of her mind. She eventually realized that even though she was doing so much good, she had put her occupation above God instead of working for God. •
Klarissa Oh ’97
As a senior at Jesuit, Megan chose to travel to Uganda with Medical Teams International. She said it turned out to be an eye-opening journey.
Throughout Klarissa Oh’s young life, she was always interested in justice and taking a stand for important issues. Klarissa attended Wheaton College and appreciated the intellectual discussion that the college fostered. Her Master’s degree Klarissa Oh ’97 in Theological Studies at Vanderbilt deepened her faith and belief in the sacredness of each life. She knew she wanted her work to affirm the inherent value of humanity.
Since Uganda’s civil war restricted both their movement and freedom, their team traveled with armed guards. Despite the tensions of the civil war, Megan was truly amazed at the joyful, faith-filled people she encountered. She saw families who only knew life in a war-torn country. They lived in 5-footby-10-foot huts and their lives were filled with trauma. Yet, when “bad happens,” they pray silently. Megan has made more than 10 trips to Uganda to work with internally displaced persons and refugees, including a visit during the war in 2009-2010 as part of the emergency response team. After attending University of Southern California, Megan earned her degree in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention with a minor in International Relations. She then attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for grad school, focusing on demography and health outcomes.
After returning to Portland, Klarissa began working closely with a group of abuse victims. They worked together to introduce a bill to the Oregon House and later founded OAASIS, Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service. As executive director of OAASIS, Klarissa’s mission is advocacy for child sexual abuse victims. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of four girls and one out of six boys are sexually abused. Through OAASIS, survivors tell their story, help change laws, and provide energy and hope to the cause.
Megan recently interned at the International Committee of the Red Cross. Her current position is at Providence Health and Services as program manager for community benefits. Megan leads the community health needs assessments and improvement planning process for Providence in Oregon and guides community benefit investments.
A Word of Advice: Presenters speak to their 16-year-old self Each presenter was asked to close their seminar with advice that was or would have been helpful to them at 16 years old.
Megan encouraged students to expand outside of their comfort zone. “Learn new things, and live on your own. Above all, be kind.”
Ted urged students to experience as much as they can during this time of their lives. “Get something from it,” he said. “Don’t just get through it.”
George and Klarissa focused on the importance of taking time to explore one’s self. “Who are you when you peel off the layers?” George asked.
Ashleigh’s comments were inspired by her daughter, Jozi. She knows that when her daughter becomes a teenager, they may have trouble connecting. Ashleigh urged the Jesuit students, “Reflect on your parents; love and support them. Show gratitude, and give hugs and encouragement.”
“Take time to know yourself because you matter,” Klarissa said. “Each of us has a place in this world.” Interested in presenting at our annual leadership seminars? Contact Kathy Baarts at kbaarts@ jesuitportland.org or 503-291-5414 for more information.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP from our guest speakers Each community leader shared their top guiding principles that helped them get to where they are today. These words of wisdom stand as excellent reminders not only to our students, but to all of us when achieving our goals. Here are a few tips they shared:
Be your own coach and advocate.
Be present, feel everything, and be vulnerable.
Create a vision. It’s easier to reach the end result if you can see it from the start.
Integrity is important. Be honest, ethical and transparent.
Respect is earned, not given.
Sincerely care about the people you are assigned or choose to lead.
If you make a mistake – and you will – own it. Apologize and be humble.
Form a community with others. All honest relationships will have conflict. Expect it and embrace it. It is important to seek reconciliation and not division. Remain flexible. Things do not always go according to plan. Be adaptable and open to new ideas. Have compassion and humility. Acknowledge the value that others bring. Foster strong lines of communication. It’s just as important to listen as it is
to talk. The solution is always embedded within the conversation. Leaders always offer a solution.
Special Graduation Awards ‘15 his own version of Age Quod Agis: “If you’re going to do something, do it right,” he would say. These are words all of Rob’s children live by today. Shortly after resigning from Boise Cascade after 15 years, Rob received a call to help with the Hurricane Katrina devastation in New Orleans. He worked for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) overseeing cleanup and construction projects for almost a year, then traveled to another natural disaster flood site (Hurricane Rita) in New Jersey doing similar work. Rob’s professional expertise, desire to help those in need, and his ability to connect with people made him uniquely qualified for relief work. When he returned to Oregon, Rob worked for EC Electric, restoring the Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. After the completion of that project, Rob worked for Mortenson Construction on a project in Everett, Washington, and for the following six years on various endeavors including the new Providence Hospital wing and the Tulalip Casino. Rob retired in 2012 at the age of 60. Margaret, after 25 years as a NW Regional ESD nurse serving special needs children and 23 years as a nurse in the Army (Active Duty and in Reserve), retired in June 2014. The couple was looking forward to celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in July 2015 and spending time visiting their children with their fifth wheel RV. Rob felt a special tie to Jesuit High School all his life and his actions epitomized this enduring connection. For years, Rob was heavily involved in the school’s Auto Auction, held the day before the Auction Gala. Additionally, Rob and three of his close friends and fellow alums (the “November Gang”), Allan Paz, Scott Norwood, and Tom Bricker, volunteered as cooks together on the Encounter each year for many years. They provided invaluable assistance and perspective on these retreats. Rob and various friends could also often be found at Jesuit basketball games. Everyone who knew Rob understood that he never turned down anyone who asked for his help. He had spent much of the last three years caring for his sick mother-inlaw and further supported his community with his presence by helping at local food banks and dining halls during holidays and time off. Along with his social and friendly demeanor, which enabled him to make friends quickly wherever he went, this spirit of giving and selflessness clearly marked Rob as a person who did things willingly and with gratitude. He was always willing and wanted to be part of something larger than himself. Tragically, while helping his son with his house project in California, Rob was involved in a construction-related accident and passed away on February 2, 2015. Rob’s desire to help his family and friends and to serve others was a consistent and overarching theme throughout his life, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His joy for life and the importance of serving others will live on through his family and friends.
President’s Age Quod Agis Award Robert J. Lafrenz '71
The motto of Jesuit High School is Age Quod Agis, “Do Well Whatever You Do.” The President’s Age Quod Agis Award recognizes individuals who have “done well” in the context of their association with Jesuit High School. This year, Jesuit High School is proud to present the Age Quod Agis award posthumously to Robert J. Lafrenz ’71. Rob was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. His family moved to Portland when he was in grade school due to his father’s job in the pulp paper industry. Rob attended Holy Trinity and then Jesuit High School. At Jesuit, Rob was interested in many different aspects of school and participated in a wide array of activities, including the popular all-male cheer and spirit squad. After graduating from Jesuit in 1971, Rob attended Oregon State University and Portland Community College before transferring to the University of Portland. Rob met his future wife, Margaret, at the University of Portland, where she obtained her degree in nursing and was waiting to serve in the Army as a nurse. When Margaret posted to Kansas, Rob moved with her and finished his degree in civil engineering at Kansas State University. Rob and Margaret were married in 1975. After remaining in Kansas for three years, Rob and Margaret moved to Denver for two years, where Rob worked at various projects in the oil and gas industry. They moved again in 1980, this time to Wichita Falls, Texas, where Rob was a civil engineer for the Texas State Highway Department. After nearly eight years in Texas, the couple decided to return home to Portland. Rob worked at Boise Cascade’s pulp and paper mills in St. Helens and Vancouver, Washington, for the next 15 years. Following in Rob’s footsteps, all five of their children attended Jesuit High School: Christopher ’94, Ryan ’95, Andrew ’98, Megan ’99, and Katherine ’08. It was in his children where he instilled •
His dedication to Jesuit High School exemplifies Rob’s lifelong commitment to serve others. It is with great pride that we present Robert J. Lafrenz with the President’s Age Quod Agis Award for 2015 in recognition of his significant and enduring contributions to Jesuit High School.
support, support the food service operation and staff, and manage legal services and contracts related to new building construction on campus. He also manages the school’s Spirit Store, the proceeds of which are earmarked to assist Jesuit’s neediest student with items like clothes, textbooks, shoes for the prom, etc. Incredibly, Ken has managed these expenses, increased student diversity and needbased financial aid assistance to students and families, all while maintaining annual tuition growth of less than four percent. He is involved in every aspect of the school and the school’s relationships with the Portland community. In the last several years, Ken has worked diligently to ensure that Jesuit High School continues to be affordable for every family. He has served on the Board of Trustees’ Finance, Endowment, and ad hoc Affordability committees and is an ex-officio, non-voting member of the full Board. Through these committees and the Board, Ken provides key financial insights and strategies in preparation for the annual budget process, including faculty and staff salaries and benefits and student financial aid. These two large categories make up more than 72% of the school’s annual budget. Providing such planning has allowed Jesuit to award this academic year alone more than $2.6 million in financial aid to more than 26% of the school’s 1280 students. Ken’s planning and thoughtful guidance have helped Jesuit provide financial assistance to every qualifying family. How different and much less diverse our school community would be without these students and their families! Also, without question, Ken was a significant factor in Jesuit’s acquisition and ongoing management of Valley Plaza. Ken was a competitive diver in high school and college and earned All-American recognition. He continues to support the Jesuit High School men’s and women’s swim teams as an “unofficial” coach and attends virtually every Jesuit swim meet held in Oregon. He readily provides fiscal counseling advice to other schools and other non-profits in the Portland, Oregon area. On a more general note, Ken, in his quiet, humble, and unassuming way, lives the mission of Jesuit High School. He believes and clearly shows that every student makes a difference and deserves the chance to be part of this school—no matter what his or her family’s ability to pay is. We continue to be blessed by Ken’s broad range of knowledge, his understanding of a variety of economic climates, his ability to multi-task, and his understanding of and empathy for families, faculty, and staff. Like most of the work done by Ken Foley and his finance office, these achievements were completed quietly and without any expectation of commendation. Ken has a unique ability to listen, clarify, and outline organizational policy to achieve a comprehensive goal. He is a consummate leader and role model of integrity and success. He is blessed with great integrity, talent, work ethic, and humility.
Alumnus of the Year Award Kenneth E. Foley '76
Each year, Jesuit High School presents the Alumnus or Alumna of the Year Award to an individual whose actions and deeds represent the values of Jesuit High School as found in the Profile of the Jesuit Graduate at Graduation: Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Loving, Religious, and Committed to Doing Justice. This year, Jesuit High School is pleased to present the Alumnus of the Year Award to Kenneth E. Foley '76. After graduating from Jesuit High School in 1976 and Lewis and Clark College in 1980, Ken honed his financial prowess at Harvard Business School and companies primarily based on the east coast. He returned to his Pacific Northwest roots and, eventually, to his alma mater in 2004. His business acumen and expertise were immediately beneficial to Jesuit High School and surrounding communities when he assumed responsibilities as CFO and Treasurer. Since his arrival at Jesuit, Ken’s responsibilities have grown enormously. His primary responsibility is to work with the school president and administrators and with the Board of Trustees to ensure the financial viability of the school. As part of that assignment, he works to balance an annual budget of approximately $22 million (during the 2014-2015 academic year), manage an endowment of approximately $44 million (compared to slightly more than $16 million in 2007), provide salary and benefit packages for 132 employees, earmark funding for facility growth and maintenance, expand information technology services and
Special Graduation Awards ‘15 For his enduring commitment and dedication to our school and our school community, Jesuit High School is proud to present the 2015 Alumnus of the Year Award to Kenneth E. Foley ’76.
their own real estate business presented itself to Paul in 1991, he eagerly accepted the new challenge. Pacific Northwest Properties, focusing on commercial real estate (primarily warehouse and industrial), was established not long afterwards. Now, 24 years later, Paul still works for Pacific Northwest and handles the operations of the business. Despite his busy personal and professional life, Paul has always managed to cultivate and nurture his ties to Jesuit High School over the years. He was involved with the school’s Alumni Association from its very infancy, participating in the annual Wine Tasting fundraiser event for several years. Paul was part of the core group of alumni that started the Alumni Food Drive, which is now—impressively—in its 30th year. The Food Drive’s outreach has expanded to providing food boxes to 1,700 families during the Christmas season. Paul notes that almost 20 members of his immediate and extended family served in the Food Drive last December, making it a family affair. “For me, continuing to be part of the Jesuit family is an essential part of my profile,’” says Paul. Outside of Jesuit, Paul has been involved in many worthwhile endeavors in the Portland community and surrounding areas. He is currently in his second six-year term serving on the Board of St. Andrew Nativity School. The mission of St. Andrew Nativity deeply resonates with Paul, who believes that in order to change generational patterns, you have to start at a young age. Paul and his son, Erin, have coached St. Andrew Nativity CYO basketball team for the past eight years. “I get way more out of it than the kids do,” says Paul. For many years, Paul served on the facility committee with Friends of Children, which mentors, supports, and advocates for at-risk children. Drawing on his ties to the business community, Paul also served on De La Salle High School’s job committee, identifying opportunities for students to work at various local businesses. Paul also served on the Board of St. Andrew Legal Clinic in Hillsboro, which provides family law legal services for those with little means. Paul has also devoted much volunteer time to Valley Catholic School, where all of his children attended. Acting as the owner’s representative, he was responsible for leading the new K-8 building project from concept to completion. He also helped with the refurbishing of the convent and is currently the owner’s representative for a new building project involving the construction of a new maintenance facility and storage compound on campus. Paul was on the SSMO Foundation Board for six years. Paul’s advice to the Class of 2015 is tangible: “Not sharing your unique talent diminishes the talent.” For his enduring commitment and dedication to our school and the greater Portland community, Jesuit High School is proud to present the 2015 Alumnus of the Year Award to Paul K. Gram ’73.
Alumnus of the Year Award Paul K. Gram '73
Jesuit High School is pleased to present a second alumni award, the Alumnus of the Year Award, to Paul K. Gram ’73. Paul grew up in Portland along with his five siblings. He attended Cathedral School and then Jesuit High School. Paul recalls that most of his teachers in high school were Jesuits. “The Jesuits not only prepared me for college,” says Paul, “but they provided me with a faith context to view the world. They helped me exceed my own expectations— both intellectual and spiritual.” At Jesuit, Paul enjoyed participating in football and was the team captain his senior year. After graduating from Jesuit in 1973, Paul attended the University of Oregon. He earned his undergraduate degree in elementary education in 1978. During his senior year, he married his high school sweetheart, Carlin Niedermeyer. Shortly after, the couple returned to Portland so Paul could teach grades 4-6 in the Hillsboro Public School District. “I’m passionate about teaching,” says Paul. “I love the process of imparting knowledge.” Paul switched career tracks in 1982 and moved to commercial real estate so Carlin could stay home and begin raising their family. All told, the couple would have six children over the next 19 years: Krista (38), Brendan (36), Erin (32), Katherine (26), and Sarah (16). From 1982-1991, Paul worked for Mercury Development, a company owned by the family of classmate Dave Zimel, that specialized primarily in commercial retail real estate. When the opportunity to help a Portland family start •
were opening hundreds of restaurants annually. In 1986, John was ready for a new challenge. He left the hustle and bustle of southern California and moved to the great state of Oregon to join Oil Can Henry’s. Two years later, John and Sandy bought the company. During the next 25 years, John molded Oil Can Henry’s into one of the most successful and admired convenient oil change companies in the nation. He retired in 2012. John served on Jesuit’s Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2012. He also participated on the school’s Building Committee and Development Committee. During this time, he was also an active board member of Catholic Charities and ChristieCare. John has been a blessing to Jesuit High School. He has inspired our school community through his active participation on our board, he has shared his strong faith journey with his board colleagues on retreats, and he and Sandy have generously donated financially to both capital and endowment projects. John has honored Jesuit with two signature legacies – his humble and selfless ways of serving others and his intentional commitment to the mission of this school. Without question, Jesuit is a better school because of John’s involvement and his commitment to excellence. John and Sandy now have 13 grandchildren, two of whom are Jesuit alumni (Kyle ’08 and Brandon ’13) and two who currently attend Jesuit (Ethan ’17 and Jake ’15). Another grandchild hopes to attend Jesuit in the fall of 2016. In appreciation of his lengthy and outstanding commitment and contributions to Jesuit High School over the years, we are proud to present John E. Shepanek with the Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Award for 2015.
Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Award John E. Shepanek
John Shepanek recives his award from President John Gladstone at Commencment in June 2015.
Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. served as Superior General of the Society of Jesus from 1965 until 1983. Fr. Arrupe gave one of his most famous speeches in 1973 when he proposed the educational objective to form “men and women for others.” Jesuit High School initiated the Arrupe Award in 1998 to honor and recognize those whose service is a model of what it means to be a person for others. This year we are pleased to present the Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Award to John E. Shepanek. John grew up in Detroit, Michigan. For as long as John can remember, his father was adamant that he attend University of Detroit Jesuit High School. “It’s the best thing that ever happened to me,” John says. “I attribute much of my success in many ways to my Jesuit education.” After graduating from high school in 1954, John earned a chemistry degree from Wayne State University. In 1957, he married his wife, Sandy, a nurse from Mt. Carmel Nursing School. John started his career in the pharmaceutical sales industry with E.R. Squibb & Sons in Wisconsin and Lederle Laboratories in Detroit. John won several regional and national sales achievement awards and was promoted to a regional hospital representative in the Detroit area. John eventually left pharmaceutical sales to pursue career opportunities in the food industry. He began his successful career as an entrepreneur by investing in the Little Red Hen fast food franchise with his brother Richard. Soon, the brothers owned seven restaurants in the Detroit area. In the mid-seventies, John was recruited by Saga Foods to develop the franchise program for the new California chain Straw Hat Pizza. He later led franchise divisions for Taco Bell and then Carl’s Jr. At their peak, John’s divisions
St. Peter Canisius Award Rhoni Wiswall
Rhoni Wiswall and son, Matt
Special Graduation Awards ‘15 St. Peter Canisius, S.J. is the patron saint of Jesuit High School. A contemporary of St. Ignatius of Loyola, he was a famous scholar, preacher, writer, and teacher. The Catholic Church canonized him in 1925. The Canisius Award is Jesuit High School’s most prestigious honor. This year we are pleased to present this award to Rhoni Wiswall. Rhoni has been the managing director at Neuberger Berman, a private, independent, employee-owned investment firm, since July 2014. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman, she spent 4 ½ years at Crestline Investors as head of consultant relations. She spent 23 years with Invesco, where her positions included partner, managing director, and senior account manager. Rhoni worked the entire time while in college and received a B.A. in business administration from George Fox University in 1991. This experience helped her value the importance of education and demonstrated her grit and determination. Rhoni has two children, Matt ’10 and Carly ’13, and, with her husband, Mike, three stepchildren. Her unwavering love of and dedication to her family is evident in everything she does. With decades of professional success in the field of finance, Rhoni has always made giving back to the community a top priority in her life. Rhoni served on Jesuit’s Board of Trustees from 2008-2014. She has been actively involved in an impressive list of Board committees at the school, including the Endowment Committee (2012-present), Diversity Committee (2008-2012), Ignatian Identity Committee (2008-2012), and Nominating Committee (2010-2011). Rhoni’s greatest contributions to Jesuit’s Board and school community are centered on her ongoing commitment to our school’s mission as a Catholic and Jesuit institution. She has always manifested her belief in and strong support of making certain that every student whose family qualities for need-based financial assistance will receive the help necessary to not only enroll at Jesuit, but also to graduate. In every way—philosophically, spiritually, vocally, and financially—Rhoni has helped to ensure that our school has accomplished this. She exemplifies the qualities of a “woman for others” in the Jesuit tradition. One of the very quiet and humble ways that Rhoni helped with students’ needs behind the scenes at Jesuit was through her coordination of a parent group called “Jesuit Angels” that created opportunities for students who needed help with graduation, prom attire, clothing, and miscellaneous expenses necessary to attend school events. Rhoni has also served on a variety of other boards external to Jesuit, including Bridge Meadows (she recently received the 2015 Bridge Meadows Bridge Builder Award, “recognizing ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the community”), American Cancer Society-Great West Region, and the Oregon Food Bank. Currently, she serves on the President's Advisory Council at Portland Community •
College, the St. Andrew Nativity School Board of Trustees, the Metro Leadership Council for The Oregon Community Foundation, and Meals on Wheels. In addition, Rhoni has been a tireless advocate and investor in many organizations, including St. Clare School, the Child Abuse Prevention Center, De La Salle North, Dress for Success, the Union Gospel Mission, and the Blanchet House. In October 2014, Rhoni received a life-changing diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic cancer. She was training for a half marathon when she found out she was sick. With her positive attitude, unwavering faith, and spirit of great determination, Rhoni has already beaten the odds of survival and is an inspiration to all those she encounters. Rhoni does not allow her illness to get in the way of her drive to make the world a better place and to contribute positively to others’ well-being, sometimes in quiet but nonetheless highly impactful ways. She led Team Hope in Portland’s Shamrock Run this past March to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer and to inspire others to learn more about the disease. She continues to serve on local boards and freely gives her time and expertise in committee meetings at Jesuit and by mentoring at the Blanchet House. When Rhoni turned 50, she quietly decided to do 50 good things for others. The Blanchet House is one of the many organizations that benefit from Rhoni’s generous spirit. If someone needs a computer for school or dentures or job training assistance, Rhoni quietly comes through. In return, she asks for none of the limelight that others might require. She also continues to spend hours mentoring girls and providing a positive role model for them at St. Andrew Nativity School. These are just some examples of the countless lives Rhoni has touched with her generosity, quiet and humble service, and endless dedication. Rhoni is a tireless advocate and investor on behalf of the vulnerable in our communities. For all she has done for our school and the broader community, we are proud to honor Rhoni Wiswall with the St. Peter Canisius Award for 2015. 38
The Jesuit High School community joins in prayerful remembrance of those who have died. May the family and friends of those who are no longer with us in body be held in our prayers and hearts, and may the departed rest in eternal peace with God.
Jesuit High School Alumni
Dr. Michael K. Berg
Richard J. Brenneke
Father of Peter Leber ’83 and Grandfather of Christopher ’14 and Anna Cartasegna ‘16
Steven J. Case
Dean K. Langsdorf
John L. Maloney
Grandfather of Jonathan Li '13
Anthony W. Walker
Mary Kay Maag
Richard J. Whittemore
JoAnn Leipzig Shu Wen Li
Mother of Ed '78 and Patrick '84 † Murphy; Grandmother of Elizabeth '08, Patrick '09, Henry '11, Sarah '13 and Edward '17 Murphy
Kenneth H. Myers
Grandfather of Eric Myers '15
Father of Jim ’78 and Michael ’81 McGoffin
Father of David ’81 and Gabriella ’10 Nanson
Grandmother of Laurel Moses '05, Olivia '06 and Michael '10 Bentley
Father of Tom ’79 and Michael ’82 Boyle
Br. Michael Richards, S.J.
Mother of Kevin Brennan '85, Grandmother of Margaret '08 and Helen '11 Bryant
Grandmother of Andrew '07 and Thomas '10 Matschiner and Nick '12 and Tommy '16 Mulflur
Grandmother of Spencer '12, Mitchell '13, and Natalie '17 Jones
Grandmother of Michael Paul '05, Peter '08, Patrick '09 and Annamarie '11 Maag
Mother of Charles '73 and Thomas '76 Blickle
Mother of Kurt Leipzig '67
Mother of Herman '65 and Francis '69 Bernards; Grandmother of Daniel '05 and Christina '06 Bernards
Margaret Bono Jones
Mother of Glen '65, William '67, Richard '68, David '73, Gregory '75 and Stephen '78 Kopra
Friends, Family, Faculty & Staff of JHS
Grandmother of Julia Hinson '07
Mother of Tom Faller ‘89
Longtime JHS staff member
Grandmother of Daniella Romanaggi '12
Mother of Mike, Kenneth ’80 and Jeffrey ’86 Brown and Grandmother of Danielle ’12 and Brandon ’16 Brown
Grandfather of Kayla '11 and Hayden '16 Sahli
Mother of Thomas '69, Michael '72 †, Robert '77 and John '77 Burns
Father of Jennifer Hogan; Grandfather of Conor '12 and Molly '15 Hogan
Father of David '77, John '83, and Michael '85 Springer; Grandfather of Erin Mooney Novak '97, James '99 and Patrick '02 Mooney
Mother of Jim Claeys ’72 and Grandmother of Nathan Claeys ‘04
Grandfather of Hannah Gioia '13
Mother of Ted '73 and Tim '74 Strader; Grandmother of Allana '09, Kelly '11, Brett '12 and Erin '14 Strader
Sgt. Major William T. Turner, Sr.
Father of Emily '06 and David '09 Coit
Grandfather of Shannon Turner '05 and Satoria Turner '01 •
CAREER DAY 2015 Speakers Share Career Experiences with the Junior Class
Thank You to Our 2015 Career Day Presenters! Carl Brinker '09 Gina Gladstone Jen Adams Ike Anunciado Greg Hermann '88 Matt Sottile '95 Steve Carbonari Amanda Carbonari '13 David Dowsett '86 Angela Steiert '97 Andrea Casey '97 Doug Naimo '82 Joe O'Donnell '88 Mike Pranger '74 Andrew Ferguson '82
Connor Letourneau '09 Jen Beyrle '07 Michael Washington '80 Don Letourneau Alecia Darm '04 George Weatheroy '75 Rodney Knox John Heitkemper '85 Dr. Jen Mlnarik Claire Turina '10 Dr. Mark Mertens '73 Dr. Asha Chesnutt Rob Skokan '86 Doug Cooper '76 Tammy Wilhoite
Betsy Hannam '01 Jen Barr Mary Willis Leslie O'Neil '95 Criag Cooley Kevin Cavenaugh Bart Ferguson '84 Michael O'Loughlin '80 Rebecca Heston Larry Jackson '86 Gwenn Seemel '98 Dave Kalez '77 Matt Wilcox '05
If you are interested in participating or learning more about Career Day, please contact Kathy Baarts: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-291-5414 â€˘
Betsy Hannam ‘01 After graduating from Jesuit, I spent three years obtaining the prerequisites for nursing between OSU and PCC, followed by two years of nursing school at the Linfield College School of Nursing. I graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Although the critical thinking skills I learned at Jesuit and beyond have been vital to my career and life, no amount of time in the classroom could prepare me for the medical field. Hands-on training is where I learned the most. I still learn something new every day at the hospital. I am currently a Registered Nurse at the Portland VA Medical Center. I am a Unit Shift Leader (essentially the head charge nurse). My dayto-day work has been removed slightly from the typical bedside care to a more global view of nursing. I spent 7 years as a bedside nurse caring for Veterans, which is both challenging and fun, as the Veteran population is typically more complex than civilian patients. Now, as a Charge Nurse, I manage the flow of a 26 bed Medical-Surgical ward, including the nurses, CNAs, secretaries, and housekeepers. I provide support and resources as needed for staff nurses. My job is to ensure our Vets get safe and effective patient care by working closely with multiple disciplines (doctors, physical therapists, nutrition, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, and more) to care for the “whole” patient. If I could have any job in the world (besides being a professional salsa dancer of course), I would, without a question be a nurse, but perhaps in a different capacity than I am doing now. My dream job would involve me doing what I do now, but speaking Spanish all day. But that’s the great thing about nursing, you can literally do anything. So when the stars align for me to leave my current position and pursue a Spanish speaking nursing career, I will!
Dr. Mark Mertens ‘73 As I prepared for Career Day at Jesuit, I decided to tell the students that I am living the dreams and the decisions of an eight-year-old. As long as I can remember I wanted to become a doctor. This was fueled by the kindness of my childhood friend’s father, who was a radiologist, and who shared what it was like to “see inside the body.” I tailored my subsequent education with that goal in mind, including taking advanced science courses at Jesuit, where I had some of the best teachers of my academic career. After leaving Jesuit I went to Portland State University, where I studied Biology, and then to OHSU, where I received my MD in 1981. I spent four years in training, including one year at a children’s hospital doing pediatric anesthesia. I have been in private practice in Portland since 1985. My career has allowed me to help a great many people better their lives. The practice of anesthesiology, in particular, has allowed me to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation of the human body. It is truly amazing to see. After many years of very intense work at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, I have 1998 been able to cut back on my workload and on the intensity of my cases. I still feel privileged to have people trust in me and my professional skills. In addition, I always look forward to sharing information about my profession with the Jesuit students. I’m impressed with their attentiveness and questions, and it’s comforting to know that there are bright young people who are interested in taking care of us old folks in the future. I cannot imagine having any profession other than that of a physician. God has blessed me, and I’m still living that eight-year-old’s dream. Jesuit High School played a major part in making that dream a reality. •
A group of longtime friends from the Class of 1994 at Rockaway Beach in 2009. They have met annually in various locations for the past 23 years.
A Reunion Every Year! BY KATHY BAARTS, ALUMNI DIRECTOR
theatre. After graduation, and with changes in technology that made communication instantaneous, it was easier to stay connected. Despite living all over the world in places ranging from Southern California to Las Vegas to Maryland to Perth, Australia, the group of alums camped at Cultus Lake for the first 11 years following their high school graduation. For the 12th year, they went to Lake Mead, Nevada and rented a houseboat. They returned to Cultus Lake the following year but it felt like a "step backward" with the campfire and camp stoves. The group began to consider other desination spots. Over the last dozen years, they have continued the tradition in Virginia, Lake Arrowhead, the Oregon Coast, Santa Barbara, and Lake Tahoe. Each trip has been full of adventures, laughter, conversations over card games, and many meals. “I am really proud that we are able to get together every year,” says Aaron. “A special moment came two years ago when Greg's wife, Jessica, was battling cancer. We knew it would be hard for him to be away but if the trip was in Oregon, it would be easier for him to come. We rented a house on Mt.Hood. Greg was able to make one night and it meant a lot to all of us to be together, and to support Greg with our friendship.” With everyone else the west coast, traveling wasn’t always easy for Brian but he made the trip every few years faithfully. Three years ago, the group returned the favor by
It was the summer of 1993, the summer before their senior year, when four friends went on an adventure, not knowing that it would be the beginning of a lifelong tradition. Pat Dunne, Mark Moon, Aaron Cooley and Mike Reichman decided to go to Cultus Lake for a camping trip. Pat had gone on a previous camping trip and had so much fun that he wanted to do the trip with his Jesuit friends. Although the group of friends got lost a few times, they eventually found the perfect campsite on a bluff on the south end of the lake which quickly became known as “the camp spot.” "It was such an amazing location and we had such a great time that we decided to invite more friends the summer following graduation in 1994," says Aaron. The group would eventually grow to 10 core guys who have participated in this annual tradition for the past 23 years: Aaron Cooley, Dean Rossmann, Mike Reichman, David Truax, David Huseonica, Greg Meyer, Matt Foster, Pat Dunne, Brian Miller, and Mark Moon. These 10 friends have been connected since childhood. Dean, Greg, and Brian have been best friends since elementary school and played soccer together since first grade. Mike and Aaron were in the same Encounter small group. Mike and Pat had every class together during freshman year. Dean and Matt connected in the sports that they both played. Three of the 10 were on Gene Potter's first varsity basketball team, while six others were involved in
Fought that stated, “What are you doing here? Where are you?” With every trip, conversations pick up from last year and the inside jokes are always there. “It doesn’t matter where the trip is or who is attending,” says Brian. “The same patterns of friendship are always present. It is a great way to remain grounded and a reminder of who went through the crucible with you. These gatherings remind us of who we are and where we came from.” For their 20th anniversary trip, Aaron had assigned everyone someone to toast on their gathering. The toasts were emotional, moving, powerful, and insightful. As a testament to their friendship, they recalled “why we are friends." In that moment, they were able to hear why they were special, why they were loved, and their value to each other as seen through the eyes of a friend. The year 2015 brought a trip to Las Vegas and the celebration of David's birthday, the first to turn 40. Mark Moon is pushing for an Australian trip and who knows where these lifetime friends will adventure next. Regardless of the place, they will all show up because of their bonds, and they will continue to watch and support the unfolding of each others' lives.
traveling to Virginia and renting a cabin. They all went to Charlottesville to watch the UO vs. UVA game. Aaron even pulled some strings and they were able to spend time in the ESPN Control Truck. Some of the trips were full of surprises. Mike recalls that there was an earlier trip to Cultus Lake where Pat hadn’t been able to join them. But on Friday, he emerged from the darkness after following the trail in the pitch black and following voices to the campsite. In 2010, the year they were at Lake Tahoe, it was Matt who was not able to make it. However, late that Friday night, Matt drove from Portland to Lake Tahoe and received a championship greeting consisting of beverages being dumped on his head and chanting. These surprise arrivals created the standard celebration for them. Brian and Mark had two times, in the summer of 1994 and one of the summers during college where they did a three-day 50 mile hike from Sisters Alpine, camping along the way to Cultus Lake. “It was great just to have the time to hike and was a bonus to get out of unloading supplies with the guys as they made their way by boat to the campsite.” Brian fondly remembers leaving his Volvo deep in the forest near Sisters on one of the trips and six days later, coming back to a note from classmates Chris Lafrenz and Charlie
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Class Notes become one of the fastest growing companies in the state of Oregon. Cofounded by Michael Whitesel, The Lumberyard, which features 66,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor riding tracks and is the only indoor facility of its kind on the West Coast, was recognized as #54 on the list of the top 100 fastest growing companies in Oregon in early June.
The Class of 1962 had its first annual reunion on June 28, 2015 at Raleigh Hills Pub. Seated left to right: Dave Gilbaugh, Pat Carty, Roger Hennagin, Dave Dresser. Standing left to right: Roy Malensky, Tim Anderton, Bill McLean, Joe Foteff, Tim Doherty, Wes Claridge, Tom Vala. The Class of 1962 may be organizing a regular event every three months or so. Members of the Classes of '60, '61, or '63 might want to stop by in the future.
Richard O'Shea is currently celebrating his 20th anniversary with the Boeing Company and expects to stay there until retirement.
the chamber in 2014. Mike currently serves as the Polk County Republican Central Committee Chair. He earned a bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Marquette University and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Western Oregon University. His professional experience includes working in the fields of software engineering and technical support.
Michael Kroon has accepted the position of Schroeder Seed Orchard Manager for the Oregon Department of forestry.
Tyrone Stammers has accepted a School Counseling position in the Counseling Department at Lake Oswego High School.
It has been an exciting year for Charles Biles and his wife, Stacie. In June 2014, their oldest son, Noah, graduated from high school. In September of that year, Charles joined the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois as a partner. Finally, in June 2015 their youngest son, Caleb, graduated from high school.
After 21 fast years at Intel, John Walters has taken advantage of a combined voluntary separation, sabbatical, and early retirement to pursue other professional opportunities in the Portland area.
Mike Nearman is a Republican member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 23. He was first elected to
Jeff Hassannia recently accepted a position as the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Technology for Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES). In this capacity he is responsible for all sales activities, strategy, and management of the R&D portfolio for a $1B sector of Cobham. The company is focused on RF and microwave microelectronics for the defense and commercial markets. Jeff is based out of Annapolis, MD.
In three short years, the west’s first indoor mountain bike park has
Class Notes Kevin Fisher's eldest daughter, Omo'Dara, graduated in May and is attending Northern Arizona University this fall.
entertainment industry are my passions," says Nicole. “I’m having a great time interacting with our audience on the airwaves and at in-person events. At home, my TV was already tuned to Portland’s CW because of my favorite shows. Now, I get to take you all behind the scenes at Portland’s hottest events, wackiest places and coolest businesses.” Find out more about DeCosta’s work at NicoleDeCosta.com.
(Meyer) Donell, Chelsea (McLennan) McLennan-West, and Emma Slater. The couple lives in Newberg, Oregon. Carrie is a realtor in the Portland area, and Cole is an EMC Test Technician.
Michaela Foeller welcomed her second child this year, son Kazimir Zacher.
Travis Preece recently purchased a restaurant & bar at 2724 SE Ankeny St., named Ankeny Tap & Table.
Jennifer Anderson and husband Ken welcomed daughter, Catherine Grace (Catie), on June 21, 2015. She arrived on Father's Day, 11 days past her due date, weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and measuring 19 inches long. The couple is overjoyed and in love!
Andrew Weiss recently studied abroad in Zamora, Spain to learn the language and be immersed in the culture. He has a blog at awanderingweiss.tumblr.com.
JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL Celebrating 60 Years
Ashley Barclay and husband Doug Barclay '97 welcomed daughter Ava Elizabeth on March 7, 2015. Ava joins big brother Jackson, age 3.
Nicole DeCosta, a former West Linn Tidings editor and Lake Oswego Review reporter, is now an on-air host with Portland’s CW32. Nicole is contributing to the network’s morning show, “Eye Opener,” and its “C What’s” segments featuring unique businesses and events. "Storytelling and the
Carrie (Buchholz) Ghizzone married Cole Ghizzone on May 23, 2015 at the Forestry Center in Portland. Three of her bridesmaids are JHS grads from her class: Sara
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Alumni Profile: Steve Fish '93 INTERVIEW BY KATHY BAARTS, ALUMNI DIRECTOR
development into a man for others. He continues to live by the philosophies Coach Massey instilled in them as players. “Looking back, I learned valuable lessons,” Steve says. “I’m fortunate that we had such great role models. Although, at the time, I think we took it for granted.” While his time at practice was important, the Junior Encounter was perhaps Steve’s most transformative and memorable experience at Jesuit. The Encounter helped him work through his feelings over his mom’s death. After graduation, Steve chose to attend College of the Redwoods, a junior college, despite the peer pressure to attend a four-year college. His goal was to eventually play Division I baseball, and he knew that starting off at a junior college would give him a leg up. That decision paid off when he was accepted to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for his last two years. Steve went on to play professionally for seven years. He was drafted in the 22nd round to the Anaheim Angels in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. His professional career ended in 2004 due to an elbow injury. His career change led to working with students in various environments. First, Steve returned to his high school alma mater to complete student teaching and then to teach Health and Recreational PE from 2004 to 2006. Later, he was able to pair his teaching skills with his love for baseball as the director of player development for the Perth Heat in Australia. In player development, Steve’s goal is to find young baseball players with strong fundamentals and help them continue their baseball careers through college. He works with nearly 1,500 kids each season. On average, two of Steve’s players sign professionally each year and five to ten enroll in college to play baseball. Two of his Australian players have signed with the MLB, including a pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, and more than 30 are playing in Minor League Baseball. He has even taken teams to the Little League Baseball World Series. In additional to his player development responsibilities, Steve was also the assistant manager of the Perth Heat for five years and manager for three. During those eight years, the team took the national title six times. Since his family is starting to grow – he now has a 20-month-old son and sixmonth-old daughter – he decided to step down as manager to spend more time with his children. But he still plays an active role in team management as an advisor. He is also currently a scout for the Boston Red Sox. Steve absolutely loves what he does. He gets to live and breathe baseball while also traveling the world. Some of his favorite places to visit have been Dubai, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, and South Africa. “I have the best job in the world,” he says emphatically.
Steve Fish and his growing family.
Steve Fish ’93 knows struggle, and he knows triumph. But his experiences on the baseball field and at Jesuit High School have taught him to be grateful for his journey and value each moment that comes his way. Steve lost him mom when he was in seventh grade. It turned his world upside down, and he found himself making bad choices throughout middle school. His dad, a Stanford grad, understood the value of education and knew that Steve was capable of achieving so much more. He decided that Steve could get the education and foundation he needed at Jesuit. Although he was apprehensive at first, Steve loved his time as a Crusader. As a member of the last class of all male students, Steve arrived at Jesuit knowing no one. However, he quickly made friends, especially through football and baseball. Steve says the class of 1993 was a very athletic class, though they didn’t always live up to their potential. Their mischievousness affected their performance on the field, making Coach Ken Potter’s and Coach Tim Massey’s jobs difficult. But these coaches, especially Coach Massey and pitching coach Mike Schwab ’86, were pivotal to Steve’s