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Jesuit High School • Portland, Oregon • Spring 2016

Age Quod Agis

Every year the Gedrose Student Center is transformed into a food distribution center during the three days before Christmas Break. In this photo, students have a bit of fun engaging in the annual tradition of building food towers. In December 2012, Jesuit students delivered over 900 boxes of food to 350 families around the Portland Metro area. Photo by Harrisen Stach ‘13.

ASH WEDNESDAY SUNRISE - Today the sun rises on the buildings and fields... Not just a regular Wednesday, but Ash Wednesday. A day where Catholic freshmen are introduced to the idea of abstaining from meat and some seniors are introduced to the idea of fasting. Two hours after this picture was taken by Jack Schmidt, Facilities Director, more than 900 students listened to Fr. Matt Walsh SJ (a Jesuit from the Wisconsin Province here for three months) talk about Lent being more than “just being nice” and that he thought the best place to start was in the Gedrose Student Center during lunch. At the end of this Ash Wednesday as the cheerleaders were practicing for the state competition on Saturday, one started a conversation with this line “you want to know who we had lunch with today?” Photo by Jack Schmidt.

Features 18 Clark Library Gets a Remodel BY DIANE SALZMAN, VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT 24 New Hall of Fame Inductees

Meet our six newest impressive inductees


34 An Argentine Adventure

The rewards, challenges, and lessons learned BY CONOR HOGAN ‘12

40 Alumni Food Drive

In its 30th year, the Food Drive continues to thrive (and provide) BY KATHY BAARTS, ALUMNI DIRECTOR


4 President’s Message

6 New President Announcement

7 Campus Corner 12 News of JHS Jesuits 13 Financial Aid Luncheon 14

Diversity Update

16 Athletics 32 In Memoriam 42 Alumni Profile: Greg Phelps ‘84 44 Alumni Profile: Julia Jenkins Aziz ‘03 46 Class Notes

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ADMINISTRATION President John J. Gladstone Principal Paul J. Hogan Vice President of Development Diane Salzman Superior, Jesuit Community Fr. J.K. Adams, S.J. AGE QUOD AGIS Layout & Design Erika Tuenge ‘94 Copy Editor Dan Falkner, English teacher Contributing Photographers JHS Photography and Yearbook students, Dan Falkner, Erika Tuenge ‘94 Printer Image Pressworks

John Gladstone with head varsity baseball coach Colin Griffin ‘00. President Gladstone threw the opening pitch of the game before announcing several innings as a special guest on JCTV.

President’s Message What an exciting issue of Age Quod Agis we have in store for you! I hope you will make time to read each article so that you gain an even deeper and richer understanding of who we are as a school community! First, we are just wrapping up our 60th Anniversary Year. If you have visited Jesuit since last summer, you may have seen our anniversary banners rising up around our campus to greet each new day. In the fall our 60th Anniversary History Wall was installed in Upper Arrupe Hall. Each of the six decades since we opened our doors in the fall of 1956 is featured p r o m i n e nt l y — w i t h   a n e c d o t e s , pictures, and many insights into all that has made Jesuit what it is today. It has been a delight to watch alumni find their individual or team pictures as they scan our 60 years. Our students are very intrigued by this new historical perspective—and perhaps dream that their Jesuit years will one day be memorialized in a similar way for their children to see. In this anniversary year we have also celebrated another part of our past by inducting six new members into

Jesuit’s Athletic Hall of Fame—Chris Brown (JHS ’95); Mike Dunleavy (JHS ’99); Mike Calkins (JHS ’99); Courtney Carter (JHS ’00); Elizabeth Bishop (JHS ’03); and Rich Ulring, whose ties to Jesuit began in earnest as a teacher here in the 70’s and who has been the “Voice of the Crusaders” for well more than 30 years. Each of their stories is very special and enlightening—and a tribute to his/her commitment to our Jesuit mission. In this issue of Age, you will learn about state-of-the-art changes in the Clark Library as we move to a more student-focused and technologically advanced gathering place where research and learning will occur in a much more physically welcoming and diversified space. This $1.44 million project, funded primarily by Mike and Tracey Clark; his sister Candace Holzgrafe; and the Clark Family Foundation, will begin in May and reach completion by August. What an inspiring way to close out our 60th Anniversary Year! My wife, Gina, and I shared in our very first Junior Encounter in February. FCE was an amazing experience for us


and certainly for all who played a role in this very special weekend. From the Junior Encounter’s birth at Jesuit more than 35 years ago, thousands of students and hundreds of teachers, alums, faculty and staff have felt the blessings of this spiritual awakening. My hope is that every Jesuit student will choose to go on an Encounter in his or her junior year. The Junior Encounter changes lives! Lastly, in my final months as Jesuit’s president, I continue to reflect fondly on the people, events, dreams, and great generosity that have made our Jesuit High School the wonderful place it is today. My wish is that I will have the opportunity to see and thank you in person for the significant role you have played in my 11-year Jesuit journey. You have made a humbling difference! For you and that, I am grateful. Sincerely,

John J. Gladstone President

Building Champions Ixchel Mazer ‘12 wanted to bring a program to the southern California region that represents health, inspires kids to be their best, and pushes them to work in teams with other kids in both a domestic and international context. In 2015, she made her dream come true by opening FullSport Academy, a residential coed summer camp for kids in Santa Barbara, California. FullSport Academy encourages young athletes to become champions not only in athletics, but also in their character. “I love working with children,” says Ixchel. “I wanted to bring into existence a program that works to expand upon summer and offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Challenges abound each day for Ixchel. “I often try to delegate different responsibilities so that I am not overwhelmed,” she says. “Though I want to do everything myself, there is simply not enough time in the day for me to complete every task. It’s a very exciting process though! “One of the ways I know the camp is making an impact is when registration applications come from all over the country,” reflects Ixchel. “I also love getting to know families who are excited to hear about their child’s growth from the camp.”

Golden Ball - With Super Bowl 50 this past February, the NFL launched the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll initiative. Each player who had played in a Super Bowl was given a golden football to present to their high school. We were blessed to have Pete ’72 (left) and Stan ’76 (right) Brock who played in Super Bowl XX and XXIX respectively, present their golden footballs to JHS in a special ceremony in Sept., 2015.

Christmas Love - In December, 2015, Charlie Chimento ‘14 (United States Air Force Academy), Charlie’s mom, Melissa, and Audriana Bolton ‘15 (Texas Christian University) visited Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. At the women’s prison in Wilsonville, the trio shared a little about themselves, sang Christmas songs, and made origami Christmas trees with the inmates. The inmates were thrilled to have them visit and spread “Christmas Love.”

New President Announced! Tom Arndorfer Named Twelfth President of Jesuit High School

Arndorfer attended high school at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, California. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in accounting, he worked as a certified public accountant for KPMG Peat Marwick in Chicago. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. After two years as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, Arndorfer moved to Oregon to begin a twenty-year career at Nike, Inc. At Nike, he has served in a number of senior leadership roles in finance, strategic planning and general management including Director of Global Strategic Planning, Chief Operating Officer of Cole Haan, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Nike Brand, and Vice President and International General Manager of Nike Golf.


“Our extensive search process, as well as Tom’s unique skill set and talents, confirmed that he has the qualities Jesuit High School needs to lead the school into the future.”

Tom Arndorfer and his wife, Julie, are parents to John ’17, Katie ’13, and David ’18.

Jesuit High School has announced the selection of Thomas D. Arndorfer as its twelfth President. Arndorfer will assume the duties of President on July 1, 2016 after the school’s current president, John Gladstone, retires after 11 years of dedicated service to Jesuit High School and a total of 49 years in Jesuit education. “The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint Tom Arndorfer as president,” said Brian Maag, Jesuit High School Board of Trustees Chair. “Tom was selected because of his exceptional depth of character, passion for the position, and his visionary thinking. He comes to our wonderful community extremely qualified and talented, yet humble and caring.” Over the last seven years, Arndorfer has played a prominent role in the governance of Jesuit, serving as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees, as well as chair of the Finance, Nominating and Executive Committees. Through these leadership roles, Arndorfer has been in a unique position to demonstrate the qualities that are fundamental to successfully serving in the role of President, as well as to learn firsthand the characteristics that make Jesuit a successful and thriving college preparatory school in the Jesuit tradition. “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to have the opportunity to serve as President of Jesuit High School, a community that has meant so much to my entire family and me. I am very grateful to be able to partner with the school’s faculty, staff, administration, Board of Trustees, families, alumni, and friends to fulfill Jesuit’s mission in the years ahead,” said Arndorfer.

-Brian Maag, Board Chair

In the community, Arndorfer has demonstrated a deep passion to serve the Catholic Church in various ways as evident with his roles on the University of Portland’s Board of Regents and the Catholic Relief Services’ Board of Directors. He and his family are active members of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Arndorfer’s selection as President comes after a rigorous search process and months of discernment, during which the Board’s search committee considered many highly qualified candidates from around the nation. “Our extensive search process, as well as Tom’s unique skill set and talents, confirmed that he has the qualities Jesuit High School needs to lead the school into the future,” said Maag. “Among his many talents, he has deep roots in Jesuit education and is committed to Jesuit’s Ignatian mission; he is an engaging leader who cares deeply about others including the broader community. He has a proven track record of dynamic, ethical, collaborative, effective, and strategic leadership. We are confident that he will build on the successes of our great presidents who have served before him.” Arndorfer and his wife, Julie, are parents to Katie ’13, John ’17, and David ’18. Mrs. Arndorfer has served Jesuit in many roles, including as co-chair of the Financial Aid Luncheon, co-chair of the Open House, as a member of the


Campus Corner In addition to the academic advantages they develop, students at Nativity schools benefit from being part of a spiritual community and learning the five core principals of a Jesuit education: being open to growth, loving, religious, intellectually competent, and committed to justice. “Most people remember middle school as a nightmare, but the kids here are having a really great time in a very safe environment,” Becic said. A large part of St. Andrew’s mission is to prepare students for Catholic preparatory high school and college. Each year, about six St. Andrew students are accepted to Jesuit High School and offered full need-based financial aid, which includes tuition assistance, lunch, transportation, books, electronics, summer school, tutoring, and, if needed, clothing or other school materials. Jesuit High’s leadership has a close relationship with the faculty and staff at St. Andrew. “These students have enriched us in ways we couldn’t have fully imagined when we started our partnership with St. Andrew. The way they look at the world and the way they become involved in our school are incredible,” Jesuit President John Gladstone said. “They are some of the only students who enter Jesuit fully knowledgeable of the Jesuit characteristics and our ‘Profile of a Graduate.’” As students progress to high school, St. Andrew keeps in touch with weekly visits from Graduate Support Director Bri Hennessy. After high school, Jesuit follows their success through a special Facebook group and alumni outreach. Many of the students St. Andrew serves are the first in their family to attend college. Since the St. Andrew/Jesuit partnership began, 22 students have graduated from both schools. Jesuit High has 20 St. Andrew alums in its current student body, furthering a partnership to ensure a successful future for these students.

Development Committee and the Parent Board, and as a parent volunteer in numerous capacities. Arndorfer will be officially installed at the Mass of the Holy Spirit held on Friday, September 16, 2016, at 8:35 a.m. in Jesuit’s Knight Center. Details about welcome events will be provided in the months ahead.

SANS + JHS = A Partnership for a Successful Future BY JACLYN FLOOD ‘17

SANS students in the JHS Class of 2019: Fekade Tafess, Jesse Acosta Peinado, Robi Tesema, Gary Hollands, Samara Andre, Lehzan Blake, and Sanai Romero.

The 15-year relationship between St. Andrew Nativity School and Jesuit High School has had a single focus since day one—helping students reach their full potential against all odds. In 1998, Scott Powers, a member of St. Andrew parish (and Christian Service director at Jesuit), saw the need for a Catholic education accessible to all young people in the greater Portland area. Soon after he and a committee petitioned the Society of Jesus, St. Andrew Nativity School became Oregon’s only tuition-free, Catholic middle school for low-income families. In 2001, St. Andrew Nativity welcomed its first class of 22 students. Today, the school serves 83 students and has more than 200 graduates. The school offers a rigorous teaching method that includes one-on-one time with students and a mandatory two-hour study hall Monday through Thursday. Teachers are also able to practice differentiated instruction, meaning they teach to individuals’ specified learning styles. “On average, our students gain five grade levels academically in three years,” said Carolyn Becic, president of St. Andrew.

Appeared in the December, 2015 Issue of the Jesuit Crusader and The Catholic Sentinel.

Legally Blonde Cast Sparkles on Stage BY EMMA GRAHAM ‘17

Coming to Jesuit High School this spring is the iconic and humorous story of Elle Woods. Legally Blonde the Musical (based on the movie of the same name) is about the journey of Elle Woods, a bright and girly college graduate who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School, trying win back his love. There, with the help of many along the way, she learns the value of staying true to herself and believing in what she can achieve.


Campus Corner “This musical is different from those Jesuit has done in the past because of the message it sends to everyone who sees it,” Gatto said. “Elle teaches those around her to always be true to who they are. I think this is an important and relevant thing to share with a high school audience.” The production runs Feb 25 through Mar 6—Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2 pm. There will also be a presentation of excerpts from the show for local middle school students, and regular tickets will be sold online. Appeared in the February, 2016 Issue of the Jesuit Crusader.

Gross and Peterson Excel Beyond State Champs

Elle Woods (Brooke Gatto ’17) hatches a plots with her sorority sisters to win back the heart of her true love in LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL, one of this year’s main stage drama productions. Photo by Jeff Hall.


Every year, the two directors of the drama program, Elaine Kloser and Jeff Hall, decide on a theme and pick scripts that center on that theme, which varies from year to year. The theme for this year is “Holding on.” In Elle’s case for LB, it connects with holding on to her dream. Day in and day out, the cast puts in several hours for rehearsal, perfecting every small detail throughout the musical. When the drama program announced that the spring musical of 2016 was going to be Legally Blonde the Musical, there was an immediate excitement. In December, over 100 students auditioned for the musical. Legally Blonde the Musical is great for high schools because it provides a large ensemble and several big songand-dance numbers. In addition to the cast, there will be two special guests. “Everyone seems to remember Bruiser, the chihuahua in the story, but folks rarely remember the bulldog that belongs to the hair dresser,” Elaine Kloser said. “Both roles will be played by pets from our Jesuit community and will be making their stage debut.” This year, junior Brooke Gatto will be starring as the lead role, Elle Woods. “One thing that is really cool about this show, in addition to the fact that it is a well-known story, is that it has a really strong female lead, which unfortunately is not something that you always see,” senior Jack Levis said. “In the past we’ve seen many strong male leads such as in In The Heights, Shrek, Curtains, and Singing in the Rain. So now we get to see Brooke take the first female lead that Jesuit has seen in several years.” Levis will be starring as Emmett. He stresses his excitement for the musical as well as the “Jesuit twist” on the plot.

First Team All-American Jasmine Gross ‘16 and National Volleyball Player of the Year Nicole Peterson ‘16 were leaders on the JHS vollyball team that won the OSAA 6A state championship last fall.

The achievements didn’t end with a state shampionship this fall for senior Nicole Peterson, who was named MaxPreps National Volleyball Player of the Year, and senior Jasmine Gross, Under Armor First Team All-American. While leading their team through an undefeated season, Peterson and Gross were being evaluated at the national level. Both girls were on the volleyball “watch list” for their individual talent and team’s success. Before being considered by a MaxPreps committee, Peterson was first nominated for the award. As Jesuit’s first National Volleyball Player of the Year, Peterson’s impact on the game and her team stood out to the committee. “Nicole’s skill level, leadership ability, competitive spirit, confidence, and work ethic all contributed to her winning this award,” coach Teresa Zimmerlee said. Peterson credits winning this award to her teammates and the success that they had this season. She also


Campus Corner appreciates her coaches for nominating her and helping to put her on the radar for this award. “Winning the Arizona Tournament helped a lot,” Peterson said. “Coach Zimmerlee also put in a lot of work for applications and answering questions for newspapers and MaxPreps volleyball.” As for our First Team All-American, Gross’s determination to succeed drew attention from coaches at the national tournament. With only four years of volleyball under her belt, this was the talented middle blocker’s first national award. “She’s such a hard worker and super dedicated and into the game,” said junior Kathryn Decker, Santa Clara Volleyball commit. “She pushes herself so hard and I think she really deserves this.” Gross attributes the start of her volleyball career to her teammate and friend Nicole Peterson, as well as much of her success to coach Zimmerlee and the strength of the Jesuit team. “Nicole is my best friend and also somebody who’s pushed me to be the best I can be,” Gross said. “Coach Zimmerlee has been huge in helping me get the award and believing in me since freshman year.” At the All-American Tournament, Gross played alongside and competed against the top 24 best volleyball players in the nation. In addition to being surrounded by other impressive athletes on the west-coast team, Gross received instruction from one of the best high school coaches in the country. With Peterson headed to University of San Francisco and Gross to Pepperdine, both athletes are excited to see what they can do at the Division I level

Neha Iyer ‘18 and Suhani Patel ‘16 perform a dance called “Alaripu fusion” at the Multicultural Week assembly in March 2016.

problems,” Pham said. “We can’t ignore race.” The foundational pillar of any discussion about racism and race comes even before words are exchanged. First, both Pham and Kulala assert that we must educate ourselves about races other than our own. “Do your research on other cultures…figure out what’s offensive and what’s not so you know what to say,” Pham said. “Just knowing about other people’s cultures in general is a good knowledge to have, if you’re going to talk about it at all.”

“There’s this ideal [of] a color-blind society. But the problem with that is it means people ignore race as a whole, and if you ignore it then you’re not going to fix any problems. We can’t ignore race.”

Appeared in the February, 2016 Issue of the Jesuit Crusader.

Students Start a Conversation About Race

-Cici Pham ‘16


We need to talk about race—all of us. It’s as simple as that, yet at a predominantly white school, this conversation can seem irrevocably uncomfortable. Sometimes we try to play off a discomfort with race by preaching a “color-blind” society, one where skin pigmentation simply becomes a non-factor. But race is a factor. And according to senior Cici Pham, co-president of Diversity Club alongside senior Noah Kulala, discounting race is only a perpetuation of racism itself. “There’s this ideal [of] a color-blind society. But the problem with that is it means people ignore race as a whole, and if you ignore it then you’re not going to fix any

Senior Alzena Henry, founder and leader of a support group for black female Jesuit students called Young, Black, and Pretty, firmly agrees. Education, she further notes, takes place as much before the conversation as during. But for people to learn something about the experiences and effects of racism in our community, they have to willingly risk vulnerability to ask important questions and listen to the answers. To have this kind of open and honest dialogue, senior Hadley Wilhoite explains the need for a skilled moderator who can control the direction of this conversation to ensure all students feel respected.


Campus Corner “[When] we have a class where the teacher is not a teacher of color, it [becomes] difficult to extend a conversation about race. [Moderators] need some sort of preparation so they feel comfortable engaging in and guiding that discussion, so it doesn’t become the same voices over and over,” Wilhoite said. “Sometimes it can be better for a teacher to [speak up] instead of the students having to repeatedly stick up for ourselves and defend who we are and our experiences.” Racism is a deeply personal issue—it communicates a long and terrible aspect of American history. But racism also speaks to a living reality for many in our school, local, and national communities. According to both Wilhoite and Henry, a dialogue about race at our school must therefore always hold students accountable for what they say. “You have a right to your opinion, but you also have a responsibility to respect others and keep them in mind,” senior Henry said. “You’re talking to or about another person—you can’t just say some stereotype and think it’s going to come out fine. You have to think about what you say before you say it.” Both Wilhoite and Henry believe a productive conversation about race should take place in a small classroom setting that also illustrates a racial diversity. “One of the biggest problems for me personally is that when those conversations do come up, I am one of two people of color in the room,” Wilhoite said. “All of the eyes are on you, and you’re representing everyone of a darker pigmentation.” By that same standard, students should fight the urge to engage in a racial dialogue over social media. As Wilhoite explains, having such a significant and involved conversation within the impersonal confines of the Internet often engenders overt insensitivity and unproductive interchange. In the process of dissecting racially charged topics on outlets like Twitter, we undermine the humanity of those involved. The conversation, according to Wilhoite, becomes muddled in the distinction between “white people and black people.” Behind the safety of a screen, we lose our empathy for the necessarily emotional experiences of institutionalized racism that senior Serena Oduro describes as essential to having this dialogue. “You don’t have to experience anything to empathize with people, it’s just about being open to empathizing,” Oduro said. “You’ll never know the experience, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore it.” And as Oduro explains, a conversation about race will inevitably challenge students at a predominantly white school—leading to the final pillar for an honest dialogue: risking discomfort.

“[This conversation] is going to be uncomfortable, there’s no other way to say it,” Oduro said. “Just realize that your 20 minutes of being uncomfortable is how people feel their whole lives, and be able to empathize with that. It’s not going to be sugary and sweet but it has to happen. Progress isn’t made by everyone just holding hands the entire time, it’s going to be hard.” So, here’s what you can do. Show up to Diversity Club and Sharing Black Communities Club. Talk about race in the classroom, with family, with friends. Educate yourself about the racial injustices that have occurred in our past and are occurring in our present. Decide to empathize with a reality you might not ever experience, embrace discomfort to understand. Make yourself a part of the conversation. Then, listen. Appeared in the December, 2015 Issue of the Jesuit Crusader.

Jesuit Earns Governor’s Sustainability Award JHS PRESS RELEASE - DECEMBER 16, 2015

Jesuit High School was honored for its commitment to sustainable practices at the Governor’s Sustainability Awards Luncheon on December 9, 2015 at the Northwest Environmental Conference. The award recognizes organizations who demonstrate a commitment to sustainability that goes beyond compliance with regulatory requirements. As innovators in their fields, they show that becoming more sustainable is not in conflict with achieving the organization’s core mission. As one of only four winners (and the only educational institution) of the Governor’s Sustainability Award, Jesuit has made a strong and concerted effort to both model and teach care for the environment over the last several years. Jesuit practices responsible environmental stewardship and teaches students to care for all of the world’s resources: human, environmental, and economic. “In a very healthy and positive way, Jesuit students and teachers have pushed us to take seriously our role as caretakers of Creation,” says Paul Hogan, Principal. “We carefully monitor and seek to reduce energy use, teach environmental responsibility, and recognize that our actions impact people all over the world—as well as people yet to be born. We are proud of this award, but realize that as leaders in non-profit sustainability, we all have a lot more work to do!” The school’s newest building, the Elorriaga Center for Science and Mathematics, has Variable Air Volume Units that control the amount of fresh and heated air delivered


Campus Corner

State Treasurer and Portland mayoral candidate poses with leaders of Jesuit High’s Green Revolution after awarding JHS the 2015 Governor’s Award for Sustainable Non-profits. From left: Ted Wheeler, Principal Paul Hogan, Green Team/ Sustainability Committee leaders Andrea Casey ‘97, Shannon Shelburne, Jennie Kuenz ‘97, President John Gladstone, Green Team President Mira Petrillo ‘16, and Gabriela Goldfarb, Governor Brown’s Environmental Policy Advisor.

We live in an amazing state that prides itself on being a national leader in its sustainability efforts, so to be recognized by Governor Kate Brown is a true honor,” says Shannon Shelburne, Jesuit High School Spanish teacher and one of the main leaders of sustainability efforts on campus. “Jesuit has come a long way in changing the culture of our school community to always consider how our choices and actions have a larger effect on the environment. We are striving to find more ways that we can continue this movement.” Governor Ted Kulongoski created the Sustainability Awards in 2006 to promote sustainable practices in the private, non-profit and government sectors. The Northwest Environmental Conference, the region’s largest environmental tradeshow, is presented by Northwest Environmental Business Council and Associated Oregon Industries. The award complements the recognition Jesuit has already received by the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Award (2014) and the “Oregon Sustainable Schools Awards” in categories of Protecting the Environment (2013), Education for Sustainability (2014), and Overall Excellence (2015). The other winners of the Governor’s Sustainability Award for 2015 are: Deschutes Brewery (Business Award), Vernier Software & Technology (Technology Award), and Fishpeople Seafood (Rising Star Award).

to each room. The sale of plastic water bottles is banned from the school’s cafeteria and vending machines, and the school takes steps to reduce and recycle waste and to prevent air pollution from idling cars, to name just a few actions.

“Jesuit has come a long way in changing the culture of our school community to always consider how our choices and actions have a larger effect on the environment.” -Shannon Shelburne, Spanish Teacher

“Besides wise stewardship of natural resources, Jesuit demonstrates a commitment to social sustainability with programs that promote healthy choices and relationships, and service to socially and economically vulnerable people in Portland,” writes Governor Kate Brown in her congratulatory letter to the school.


Mr. Travis Neuman, n.S.J., Fr. JK Adams, S.J., and Fr. Matt Walsh, S.J.


Life has gotten exciting at the Canisius Jesuit Community on the campus of Jesuit High School. Joining the community in the first days of January were two Jesuits who remained with us for a few months. Mr. Travis Neuman, n.S.J., a second year novice who hails from Federal Way, Washington, came to us most recently from our novitiate in Culver City, California. In the second year, as the novice begins final discernment about whether to profess first vows, they go on a “long experiment.” In an experiment like this the novice “tries on the shoes of a Jesuit.” He works, lives and most importantly prays alongside professed Jesuits in community. Travis’ duties varied and included working with Christian Service in orienting sophomores to their responsibilities in the next years, chaplain for the swim team, and working with seasoned teachers in the classroom. He also, of course, participated in several of the retreats that took place during the time he was here. Travis was with us until late May. Many of you will remember previous novices who have spent a similar time with us in the past, folks like Mike Manalastas, S.J. or San Mai, S.J. Fr. Matt Walsh, S.J. also joined out community. Fr. Matt is a Wisconsin Province Jesuit. His most recent assignment was at the Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since September he has been in the Tertianship program here in town. Where Travis is at the beginning of his formation in the Society of Jesus, Matt is completing his. Tertianship is the final stage of a Jesuit’s formation and is modeled after the novitiate, in fact the name refers to a third year of the novitiate. This experience is intended to prepare a Jesuit to profess his final vows. His task at Jesuit High School was to deepen the graces he received when he

prayed through the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius a few months back. Fr. Matt was a chaplain for the Freshman Overnight retreats and the February Coed Encounter and other retreats. He presided at 7:15 Wednesday morning masses as well as the Ash Wednesday school Mass. He assisted with some programs in the diversity office, some classroom teaching, and any number of other tasks that emerged while he was here. Fr. Matt was with us until Easter time. This is the first time in a very long time that a Tertian came to JHS as part of their Tertianship experiment. In April we were joined by another Jesuit priest, Fr. Bryan Pham, S.J. Father Pham has most recently been in doctoral studies in Ottawa, Canada and is here mostly to prepare to defend his doctoral thesis this summer. However, he also helps out here and there in the school as much as he is able. So our house is a full one, a busy one, and a happy one. These new Jesuits, even though they are only here a short time, make a wonderful addition to our community and to Jesuit High School. We are so grateful to the provinces of Oregon and California for trusting us with these excellent Jesuits. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!

Father JK Adams, S.J. Superior, Canisius Jesuit Community, Jesuit HSF


Financial Aid Luncheon Luncheon Raises $550,000 to Support JHS Students in Need BY DIANE SALZMAN, VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT

Thank You! Financial Aid Luncheon Board Co-Chairs - Nancy Bolton and Anne Myers Julie Arndorfer Tricia Heffernan Chris Barhyte Rebecca Martin-Gerhards Tracy Bagli Hooper Kathi McCoy Leslie Ganz Gigi Van Rysselberghe Karl Glaser

Event Co-Chairs Anne Myers and Nancy Bolton

We would like to thank The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund for their loyal support, our co-chairs for their leadership and generosity, the Myers family, and our Jesuit community for helping make a Jesuit education possible to all qualified students.

Stalwart supporters of our event: Sandy Shepanek, Anne Robinson, John Shepanek, Tricia Heffernan, and Pat Heffernan

Ulyl Chable ‘14 and President John Gladstone

Student speaker Tayz Hernandez-Campero ‘17 shared her story with the audience. •


Diversity Update

Seniors Cici Pham, Hadley Wilhoite, Lauren Rivers, Alzena Henry, Serena Oduro, and Zaria Parvez enjoy a moment after their honest and impactful student panel with faculty.

Akhil Kambhammettu ‘17

Diversity and Inclusion in J-High Halls BY MELISSA LOWERY, DIVERSITY DIRECTOR

courageous conversations between faculty, students and administration were beginning. That same week, we continued the dialogue with a Brown Bag about Jesuit’s Diversity and Inclusion Program: what it is, who it’s for, and why we need it. The room was filled to near capacity with students and faculty. The discussion was full of inquiring minds wanting to learn more, and it created awareness about subjects surrounding race and the fact that talking about race is okay. Our second Brown Bag that week was on Cultural Appropriation led by Hadley Wilhoite ’16 and Alzena Henry ’16. The room again was near capacity and buzzing with students and faculty asking questions, commenting, participating in the conversation, and some agreeing to disagree. Everyone left the room talking to each other and sharing their own perspectives. There was a sense of inclusivesness in the Jesuit community. As we move forward and continue to have conversations about diversity, inclusion, and race, it won’t be easy. There are and will be bumps on the road ahead, but the Student Panel and Brown Bags are good starting points. We will stay consistent with these conversations with the hope and intent to create a more inclusive environment that will build trusting relationships, respect for differences, and empathy between students, teachers and administration. And the dialogue continues...

On the morning of February 2, Jesuit’s Gedrose Student Center began filling with the murmur of over 100 faculty members for our monthly meeting. As faculty took their seats, 12 students of color stepped into the room looking nervous but determined. Determined to share their stories, tell their truth, and open up a dialogue with their teachers. Each student on the panel told personal stories expressing sadness, isolation, and frustration about issues ranging from the continuously incorrect pronunciation of one’s first name to being valued primarily for athletic prowess. Other stories revolved around being put on the spot in class to talk about and “represent” your culture and/ or religion; one’s hair being a constant focus and fixation; and not feeling supported by school when world events happen that significantly impact you and your culture. During the panel session, the student speakers created a space of vulnerability and openness which allowed teachers and administrators to feel each student’s experience and hear a perspective they may never have considered. With pride, faculty stood and applauded the bravery, courage and honesty our students possessed in sharing their truths. The goal and hope of this panel was to “develop greater awareness and understanding of what the Jesuit experiences can be like for students with backgrounds, complexions, and perspectives that differ from the majority of their peers.” (Student-Led Panel Handout 2016) After the panel,


Demetrius Douglas ‘17

Geremiah Maxey ‘16

In their words...

Melissa Lowery speaks at a Brown Bag.

“Coming into the panel, I was nervous because I wasn’t sure if what I was going to say about racism would negatively affect me in the classroom and in my day-to-day interactions with teachers. But after the panel, for once I felt like the teachers at Jesuit begin to get it. Their reassuring reactions and supporting words began to rebuild the relationships that were tainted because of racism.”

“Well before the panel, I was so nervous that I almost opted out, but then I realized that the panel was extremely important and that maybe it was worth being nervous for. After the panel, I wasn’t just happy that it was over, but I was also glad it had happened. Many teachers came up afterwards and thanked us. Throughout the day, I think every one of my teachers said something positive about the experience.”

- Zaria Parvez ‘16

- CiCi Pham ‘16

“Most of the teachers responded very well after the panel. Dr. Shamieh talked to me after class and said she really appreciated what I said. When I saw them in the hallway, most teachers simply thanked me and told me that what I said was impactful. Trainer Jen also sent me a handwritten letter to my house which I really appreciated. Overall, most teachers seemed really appreciative of what I had done. Before the panel I was pretty nervous and wasn’t sure how teachers would respond. I was also scared that I would mess up my lines. After the panel, I felt a little awkward because I didn’t know what to expect from the staff. Would they forget about what I said within a day? Or would they actually take it to heart?”

“This panel helped me gain an understanding about diversity at Jesuit, the collective want for equality in our community, and personally, it helped my self-confidence.” That whole week, I felt a different atmosphere in the Jesuit air. I noticed that teachers and students, collectively, were interested in changing the diversity of Jesuit for the better. It was a great feeling and the first time that I ever felt that way. I heard students talk about how interested they were in going to the brown bags and how the teachers took the time and promoted the need for diversity in our school during their class periods.” - Rikhia Chatterjee ‘17

- Akhil Kambhammettu ‘17



Coach Gene Potter and his team celebrated his milestone 500th win as a high school coach on January 22, 2016.

Determination, Dedication, and Doggies BY MIKE HUGHES ‘79, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

This past Saturday morning, my 9th grade daughter Alyssa, who is a freshmen at Jesuit High School, spotted a black dog in our back yard. Since we are “cat people” at our house, the dog was an unusual sight. Our family was having breakfast, and my wife and I had just chided our daughter to get off her cell phone, and help clean up breakfast. She quickly replied that her 9th grade cousin— Emma Hart, also a freshman at Jesuit who lives about a mile away—just responded to my daughter’s group chat stating that there are signs all over her neighborhood about a missing black lab. I immediately went outside and called for the dog, but the dog was not to be found. Alyssa, still in her pajamas, pulled on shoes and went out into the forest behind our house to search for the missing dog. A while later, she called me on my cell telling

me she found the missing canine. The lab was huddled in some bushes, well off the trail, and the dog was cold, shivering and had several injuries. I helped get the lab back to our house as my wife called the phone number on the posters. Within minutes, the dog owner’s father was at our house. He couldn’t hold back the tears as he was reunited with the dog. Apparently, the lab had escaped from the back yard nine days earlier and was hit by a car. Spooked, lost, and injured, the dog had avoided multiple groups of people who had been searching for the dog for many days and had almost given up hope of finding the pet. It turns out the father was watching the dog while her daughter, an Olympic skier, who was competing in Europe. He had not told his daughter her beloved dog was missing because they did not wish to distract her from her international competition.


The reunion was certainly a joy to watch (and, as it turned out, the dog only suffered minor abrasions, a few lacerations, and a broken tooth). Later that day, I complimented my daughter on her extra effort. I had searched briefly for the dog, but with no success quickly came back in the house. My daughter had “gone the extra mile” figuratively and literally by extensively searching the woods and showed much more effort, dedication and determination than her dad. Always the coach, even at home, I used the opportunity to compliment my daughter later that day. I reinforced with her that I hope the life-lesson she gained from the morning’s experience is the value of fortitude, perseverance, and hard work. She accepted my compliment, but with a sly smile also said that another life lesson learned today was the value of cell phones and social

media. “After all,” she teased me, “If I had not been group chatting with my friends, I would never have learned about the missing dog.” Social media aside, I think promoting hard work and extra effort is a key life lesson that all teenagers need to hear. Athletics is a natural activity where this life skill can be promoted and reinforced. It is said, “Champions are made when no one is looking.” Often the most successful athletes are those who show up in the weight room at 8:00 am throughout the summer. Or go on those lonely four mile conditioning runs in the off season, or attend club sport practice until late in the evening. That extra effort and dedication when no one is looking often separates the good from the great. I witnessed another example of dedication on a Wednesday right after school in early January as I was showing a substitute athletic trainer around our facilities. As we briefly toured the fields and gyms, the trainer was stunned by the number

of Jesuit students working out in the off season. Sure, both gyms were filled with basketball players, and our ski team was doing dry-land training up on the softball field. But as we looked to the west, there were about 30 lacrosse boys doing a winter workout on the Spunk baseball field months before their season started. In the fire lane, there were about 15 lacrosse girls doing wall-ball drills. Up on the back trails, the ever-present distance runners were putting in their miles. Just outside the weight room, coach Jason Barry was guiding about 14 track and field jumpers who were doing plyometric drills. A group of about 10 baseball players were walking by heading out to the field to play catch, and in the weight room there were about 40 athletes getting bigger and stronger. Up in the grandstands were a group of 20 or so athletes—I never did find out what sport they were training for—doing stair runs. All of these students were off-season athletes showing determination, dedication, and commitment. The

visiting athletic trainer looked at me and said, “I substitute at a lot of high schools. I usually don’t see this type of work ethic at other schools.” Hubris and comparisons aside, I was very proud of our students and coaches that day. While talent is nice, without effort, endeavor, and grit, natural talent often is wasted. With willpower and resolve, much more success in athletics—and I dare say, in life too—is achieved. There is a series of quotes outside the Knight gym reinforcing the attributes we wish to instill in our athletes. The great Muhammad Ali is quoted there saying, “Before I get in the ring, I’d have already won or lost it on the road. The real part is won or lost somewhere away from witnesses— behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” Effort matters. Whether it be in the weight room, on that lonely road during a training run, or in the woods searching for somebody’s long lost best friend.

Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent - Congratulations!

JHS student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to play college athletics on February 4, 2016. Pictured (l-r): Erin O’BrienPowers – Soccer, Connecticut College; Michelle Escobar – Soccer, Portland State University; Salyna Blue – Soccer, Oregon Institute of Technology; Rose Harman – Soccer, Humboldt State University; Eric Restic – Lacrosse, Notre Dame University; Jason Talley (Edison High School) – Football, Eastern Washington University; and Jordan Happle – Football, Boise State University. •



Clark Library

Over the past 23 years, the Clark Library has become a magnet of activity for students, faculty, and staff during the week and on many weekends. The Clark Library opened in 1993 and occupies 7,133 square feet in our Upper Arrupe building. The space currently holds more than 17,000 volumes, a plethora of magazine and newspaper subscriptions, and 66 computers. Staff includes two full-time certified librarians, and many dedicated parent volunteers In the midst of the Digital Age, our administrators, faculty, staff, librarians, and students have become acutely aware that the library needs better space to adapt to 21st century learning.

In the fall of 2015, the Jesuit High School Board of Trustees approved the school’s Long-Range Strategic Plan. The most impactful, near-term aspect of this five-year plan is a complete renovation of the Clark Library. The anticipated outcome is a space more aligned with how students learn today, in addition to providing more collaborative work areas. “The important point to keep in mind about the remodel isn’t that we are trying to update to fancy technology, but rather update to changing technologies,” says Carol Wyatt, VP for Professional Development and Instructional Technology. “We are remodelling the library in a way that supports our iPad program and increases collaborative learning.”

Updated Clark Library - SE View

The new Clark Library will resemble successful workplaces,




Updated Clark Library - East View

library remodel project timeline: may - august • 2016 Updated Clark Library - North View

such as Google and many other high-tech companies, where collaborative spaces encourage innovation. There will be different sized tables, which are movable, ideal for groups and individuals, and sound-proof study rooms. The library will have separate study spaces with glass walls that promote a shared learning environment.


“The important point to keep in mind about the remodel

isn’t that we are trying to update to fancy technology, but rather update to changing technologies.”

What Does A 21st Century Library Look Like? A collaborative library space is a unique blend of quiet study space and an open, social place of learning. Experts maintain that the “new library” is an extension of the classroom, where social interaction transforms information into knowledge and students gather to learn and collaborate across disciplines. Our new Clark Library will resemble successful workplaces, such as Google and many other high-tech companies, where

collaborative spaces encourage innovation. There will be different sized tables, which are movable, ideal for groups and individuals, and sound-proof study rooms. The library will have separate study spaces with glass walls that promote a shared learning environment. Glass-paned rooms will accommodate up to eight people and will feature a white board space, conference-style seating, mounted television monitors to allow students to project their work. The remodel will include also docking stations

Updated Clark Library Floor Plan •


- Carol Wyatt

for electronic devices, computer lab stations, and a number of flexible work space areas to promote creativity.

HOW do we get there? In order to provide space for this new collaborative learning environment, a third of the printed materials in the Clark Library will be eliminated almost immediately and students will be advised and guided to use online databases. Printed materials will continue to be reduced in the months and years ahead.


Two 24-student computer labs. The labs will be utilized for class instruction, desktop publishing, video editing, and photo manipulation. Screens and projectors will be available in each of these labs.

Ceiling mounted projectors and motorized screens will be located on the north wall of the library to accommodate meetings, lectures, and special events.

Booth seating and tables along the west wall will make a comfortable space for group study or one-onone tutoring sessions.

“Look up” station with iPads near the front door of the library will give students quick access to our online resources.

Moveable book shelves will be located around the library for books and resource collections.

Updated Clark Library - East View

21st Century Library = A collaborative library space is a unique blend of quiet study space and an open, social place of extension of the classroom where social interaction transforms information into knowledge and students gather to learn and collaborate across disciplines.

Current View of Clark Library (pre-remodel)

The budget for the Clark Library remodel is $1,439,552. Significant funding will come from The Clark Foundation. Additional gifts from Mike Clark ’68, Candace Clark Holzgrafe, Larry Brown, a current JHS grandparent, and the Murdock Trust make it possible for Jesuit High School to begin construction on May 25, 2016. The anticipated finish timeline is August, 2016.

President John Gladstone states, “We are grateful to our school community for recognizing our students’ needs and we appreciate our benefactors for giving generously to provide a new learning environment. Their vision will provide our students with ongoing opportunities for success and move learning into the 21st century.” •


COMMUNITY AND TRADITION Two Local Businesses Share Their Values as Presenting Sponsors of this Year’s Auction


ordi Kellogg knows something about community. Thirteen years ago, he partnered with Darcy Orin and other area surgeons to open Clearview MRI, a medical imaging company that specializes in MRIs and digital X-rays. Kellogg and his partners recognized a need in the community for a more cost effective, independent medical practice with a focus on patients. Today the business has grown to four locations in the Portland metro area, and they recently started a women’s imaging program. But Clearview doesn’t stop at simply offering their customers the best service. They are proud to be actively involved in local charities and events. Three years ago, Kellogg saw an opportunity to contribute to Jesuit High School, while also bringing awareness to Clearview MRI. Kellogg and his wife Lisa have three children, the oldest of whom graduated from Jesuit in 2015. “Jesuit has been such a positive influence on my son’s life and my family’s. I am constantly out there talking about the school and its community to my colleagues and friends who have children approaching high school,” Kellogg said. “I always encourage them to visit and experience the amazing atmosphere first hand.” Kellogg had a similar experience when Jesuit alumni parents Joe and Roxanne Stapleton invited him to attend the Auction before his son, Jordi ’15, was in high school. He was impacted by the student performances and the various stories about students’ hopes and dreams. Kellogg was able to see the effect that a Jesuit education could have

Kellogg Family

on his children, and now, through his Clearview MRI sponsorship, he hopes to share that positive influence with generations to come. “After spending time here, I saw what a rich experience Jordi had, and I want others to experience it,” he says. “Jesuit instills in our young people a purpose, a reason to serve others, to see outside of ourselves, and to give life more meaning.”


ith four generations running a successful business to two generations attending Jesuit High School, the Parker family is rooted in strong tradition.

Rick Parker ’90 joined the family business, United Finance Co., in 1996. The company was founded in 1922 by his grandfather, Ralph C. Parker, as an automobile financing business. At the end of World War II, the business expanded to finance a variety of new and improved consumer products. Ralph’s son, Richard, was elected company president in 1956, and Richard Jr. took over in 1981. Rick knew he wanted to be part of this legacy and continue the success of the company. Today, United Finance Co. focuses on consumer finance and the sale of credit insurance at 27 locations in Oregon, Washington and Nevada. In 1994, Rick’s father created a way to share their success with the community. He started the RH Parker United Foundation to support nonprofit, education, religious, and scientific organizations. The foundation’s main purpose is to further education and youth programs in the Pacific Northwest, specifically in the communities in which their offices are located. Rick’s mother Judy and wife Christy are very involved in operating the foundation – Judy is on the foundation board, and they both play a key role in deciding which charities the organization supports.

United Finance Co., pictured here circa 1950 on Burnside Street, was originally opened as an automobile financing business.

“My parents used to attend the Auction when I was in high school, and I thought to myself, ‘I can’t wait to go,’” he said. Rick is proud to support Jesuit as a way to give back to his alma mater, encourage current students – including his children Haley ’17 and Riley ’19, and honor President John Gladstone on his last year of service. “There are only a handful of people you meet in your life like John,” Rick said. “He has been such an inspiration – so genuine.” Rick is proud to carry on the Jesuit tradition through his support of the school and through his children. Rick still keeps in touch with high school friend Mike McDougall ’90. Their sons, Riley and David ’19, played together as babies. And now, as freshmen, they are walking the same Jesuit halls that their dads did a generation before.

The RH Parker United Foundation has supported the Jesuit Auction for two years and this year they chose to upgrade their support to Presenting Sponsor. Rick first attended the Auction many years ago as a guest of current parents. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this year’s Auction Gala, Rare as a Diamond, on Saturday, April 30. Proceeds from the Auction support Jesuit in a variety of ways, including student programs and activities and keeping tuition affordable for all. Thank you!

Parker Family




Jesuit High School’s Hall of Fame was established in 1984 to honor careers at Jesuit that were truly extraordinary. The Hall of Fame strives to promote the Jesuit ideal of “Age Quod Agis,” do well whatever you do. The Hall of Fame is a way of maintaining the rich heritage and tradition of successful athletic programs at Jesuit High School. In addition, it serves as a means of recognizing, preserving and honoring the athletes, coaches and individuals who made signicant contributions to the school’s athletic programs throughout various eras.


Chris Brown ’95 was born and raised in Lake Oswego, along with his brother, Matthew ’97, and his sister, Jennifer ’99. Chris started playing soccer, basketball and tennis at a young age. His passion for soccer played a large factor in his choice to attend Jesuit. Not only did he believe that Jesuit would offer him a solid education, but he recognized that Coach Dave Nicholas could take Chris’ talent to the next level. Chris was named a Parade Magazine All-American during his time at Jesuit. In 1994, he was named

Oregon High School Player of the Year and a finalist for Oregon High School Athlete of the Year. As a top scorer all four years at Jesuit, he led the team to four consecutive state titles and set a school record with 88 career goals. At the University of Portland, Chris was named to the Soccer America AllFreshman Team. In 1996 and 1997, his accomplishments included the All-Far West Second Team, All-WCC First Team and All-America Second Team. He made his U-23 debut

in 1998 and was a member of the U-20 and U-18 National Teams. Chris was drafted fifth overall in the 1999 MLS College Draft by the Kansas City Wizards, where he spent five seasons and helped the team win their first MLS Cup Championship in 2000. He later played for the New England Revolution (where he scored his first professional hat trick), San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake. In January 2008,

he signed for USL-1 Portland Timbers. Chris is married to fellow soccer player Pardis Brown. Chris and Pardis have three kids, Bailey, Cameron and Taylor. Chris manages recruiting and hiring for a global software company headquartered in Salt Lake City. He also still works with Major League Soccer as a Professional Match Evaluator. His hobbies are skiing, hiking, camping, video games, and basketball.

“Work ethic is the one thing that you can control. You may not be the most gifted, but, if you work hard, a lot of good can come of it.” -Chris Brown


MIKE DUNLEAVY, JR ‘99 Mike Dunleavy ‘99 first attended Jesuit in his junior year, 1997-1998. He led the Crusaders to their first 20-win season and a quarterfinal appearance at the state tournament – the first since 1976. This earned him Metro League Player of the Year and First Team All-State. During his senior year, Jesuit won the first Metro League title since 1970 and the first state championship in school history. Mike again earned Metro League Player of the Year and First Team All-State, as well as Oregon Player of the Year. After graduation, Mike attended Duke University. He played basketball for three seasons before entering the NBA Draft in 2002. Duke’s record during Mike’s time was 95-13. During his sophomore year, Duke won the national championship, and Mike scored 21 points in the championship game. In his three years at Duke, Mike received several honors, including First-Team NABC All-American and Academic All-American.

In 2014, Mike set a playoff career-high of 35 points, including a franchise playoff record for most threepoint field goals with eight against the Washington Wizards in game three of their 2014 NBA Playoffs first round match-up, which the Bulls won 100-97.

In 2002, Mike entered the NBA Draft and was chosen by the Golden State Warriors in the first round, third pick. He played for the Warriors from 2002-2007. He was later traded to the Indiana Pacers in 2007 and started all 82 games, averaging 19.1 points per game. Mike went on to play for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2011 and finally for the Chicago Bulls in 2013.

Mike’s father is Mike Dunleavy, Sr., a former NBA coach and player. Dunleavy and his wife, Sarah, have three children and currently reside in Chicago, Ill.

“Michael’s ability to elevate the play of his teammates and lead a group is truly inspirational. He has that ‘it’ factor that people in the world of sports often talk about but cannot really describe.” – Gene Potter


“The hope is to educate and inspire kids, so that one day they’ll look back and thank you for shaping or molding them into who they are.” - Michael Calkins

record at Illinois for all-time combined singles and doubles career wins (246-80). After a short time on the pro circuit, Mike decided that coaching was his passion, honing his craft with pro player Amir Delic. He now lives in Seattle, where he co-runs one of the most successful junior programs in the country at Central Park Tennis Club. The High Performance program has produced five top 20 players nationally in the past three years, including three number one players. Mike lives with his wife, Nikki, and their two-yearold son, Parker.

MICHAEL CALKINS ‘00 Michael Calkins ’00, son of Jackie and Tom Calkins, was born and raised in Portland, along with his brother, Mark ’98. Mike’s love for tennis began on a trip to Kona, when his Grandpa Jack gave him lessons at the age of seven. Mike played tennis and baseball growing up, but he was faced with a choice at age 12: play in a tennis tournament or the little league all-stars game. Mike chose tennis, and the rest is history. Michael Calkins won three tennis singles State Championships while at Jesuit High School, a record for the men’s team. With an 82-3 record, Mike won four Metro League titles and was undefeated for three years. Mike was a four time MVP and team captain in 2000. He was also top ten in the USTA National Juniors Ranking, a finalist in USTA Boys’ 16, and a double finalist in USTA Boys’ 18, as well as ranked number one in the USTA Pacific Northwest section. In 2001 and 2002, Mike was All-American at the University of Illinois. He was the Rolex AllAmerican Doubles Champion in 2001-02 and was ranked first in the NCAA throughout the year. In 2003, Illinois was undefeated and won the NCAA National Team Championship. Mike still holds the •


COURTNEY CARTER ‘00 Courtney Carter ’00 grew up in West Linn with her family – parents Bill ’69 and Gayle and brother Kyle ’02. At the age of five, Courtney started playing soccer on a recreation coed team. She originally wanted to attend school with her close-knit Classic teammates, but she chose Jesuit because of her family legacy. Jesuit had always been a part of their lives, and Courtney wanted to give it a chance.

“My four years at Jesuit were about doing things and doing them well, whether it was education, growing in my faith, or putting it all out on the field both mentally and physically.”

Courtney played varsity soccer all four years at Jesuit High School, scoring 84 goals with 40 assists, under Steve Fennah and Ken Skipper. Her team was undefeated, winning four league and state titles. She was awarded three All-State honors, twice on First Team. In 1999, she was named State of Oregon Player of the Year and Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year. Her high school achievements extended beyond the field as Jesuit’s first female student body president. Courtney attended Oregon State University where she was reunited with Coach Fennah and played in 77 career matches and scored 16 goals with eight assists. During her fourth season, she suffered a season-ending leg injury. This provided her the opportunity to intern for the New York Knicks.

Her strong leadership on and off the field is evident in her career – highlighted by her involvement in Major League Soccer and in launching Women’s Professional Soccer. Courtney was awarded the Young Business Alumni of the Year award from OSU. Courtney also spent time at ESPN and now works in Los Angeles at Creative Artists Agency, with a focus on sports broadcasting.


- Courtney Carter

Courtney’s energy is contagious on the field, in business, and in service. She has been very involved with Dads and Daughters, Women in Sports and Events, Jesuit’s National Alumni Board, and the Jesuit Alumni New York City events. She recently married Kee Seymore.

ELIZABETH BISHOP ‘03 Elizabeth Bishop ’03 is a sixth generation Oregonian. Mort and Mary Lang Bishop raised Elizabeth and her younger brother, Mac ’07, in Portland. Elizabeth went to Cathedral School from kindergarten through 8th grade and started playing CYO volleyball in the fourth grade. During her first visit to Jesuit, she knew it was the right place to continue her education. She immediately understood that the concept of “do well whatever you do” was prevalent in all areas of the school – the student body and faculty, athletics and academics.

Ivy League history chosen First Team All-League for all four years. In her junior and senior year, she was named All-American – Cornell’s first player to achieve that honor. Cornell won the Ivy League championships for three straight years during her time there, and she was awarded the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006. She graduated cum laude in May 2007. Elizabeth still plays volleyball today in a recreational league. She works in the fashion industry and is passionate about empowering women athletes through her work at Athleta. While living in New York City, she participated in the NYC Jesuit Alumni event from its inception. She currently lives in San Francisco and stays connected to the Jesuit community through her fiancé, Ethan Vedder, who teaches at St. Ignatius High School. She demonstrates being a woman for others through her involvement in the annual Relay for Life, supporting the American Cancer Society.

Elizabeth played varsity volleyball for four years at Jesuit and was awarded Metro League Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002, along with First Team All-State those same years. She was also a member of the National Honor Society. Elizabeth attended Cornell, where she found success in her degree program, Applied Economics and Management. She was named Rookie of the Year in 2003 and was also one of only four players in

“Jesuit is a community that continues to form and grow. My Jesuit experience was pivotal in developing relationships with other alums who share a common bond.” - Elizabeth Bishop •


RICH ULRING country, and he announced baseball while his son, Joey, was on the team. His favorite part of announcing is watching the players’ growth. He is able to witness the seeds that are planted and watch the students blossom. He is grateful that his flexible work schedule allows time to participate in the “hobby” that he loves – and provides him the best seat in the house! “It is so important to me to introduce all of the kids participating, including the seniors of opposing teams during their last game. It is important to recognize and respect all of the players, to be balanced, and to be a positive voice for Jesuit,” Rich said.

Rich graduated from Shanley High School in Fargo, North Dakota, in 1970. He began teaching at Jesuit in 1976 after graduating from Gonzaga University with a master’s in Psychology and Counseling Psychology. In his three years at the school, he taught psychology and religion, led student government and boys’ choir, and coached cheerleading, football and basketball. By his third year, he worked as a counselor and was part of the administration team.

Rich loves being a part of the Jesuit community, and he’s thankful that his wife and kids support the time he spends at games. He is also proud that his son and two daughters had the opportunity for a Jesuit education.

“Fr. Kevin Clarke said that ‘joy follows gratitude.’ I am grateful to Jesuit High for all of these opportunities. It brings me a lot of joy.”

In 1979, Rich took a job with State Farm, but Bill Griffin invited him back to Jesuit to announce football games. For 35 years, Rich has come to be known as the “voice of Jesuit.” He has announced almost every home football game and track meet. In fact, he has not missed announcing a track meet for 33 years. For the past ten years, Rich has also announced girls’ basketball and cross


- rich ulring


Photo by Mario Sarich ‘16

Photo by Jack Schmidt

Tuesday the 29th after spring break, they were told that the day would be different. The day started with an all-school assembly addressing the loss of Ruby, known information about her death, and an overview of the services available throughout the day. Immediately following the assembly, students were invited to give the sign of peace to their peers. For some, the hugs continued for an hour and a half. After the assembly and the sign of peace, students had options. They could return to class, they could go to the chapel and light a candle, they could speak with counselors from Jesuit or Central Catholic, they could spend time with the therapy dogs, or they could make visual representations of Ruby’s life along Mary’s Way with chalk. As mentioned by Principal Hogan and Mr. Clarke, there was no “right way” to mourn; everyone handles death differently, and each student had the liberty to do what they needed to do to cope. Yet rather than mourning individually and retreating to separate areas of the school, Jesuit grieved together. As a community. For an entire day, the student body was breathing together. By lunch on Tuesday the sidewalks of Jesuit High School were adorned with vibrant ski slopes, flowers, and hearts. Green “I hope you” hearts flashed on every wall and door. Letters to the Gray family filled the baskets outside the chapel. The day was undeniably as colorful and copious as Ruby was. Now, nearly a month later, we are still asking what the death of Ruby Gray means. Reminders surfaced everywhere, whether in flowers lining the front of the school or “RG” stickers embellishing the helmets of spring sport athletes. Ruby has indelibly thickened the braid of the community. We will never, and should never, go a day without asking ourselves how we can reflect the tenacious, confident, and generous spirit of Ruby in our actions. ‘Living like Ruby’ is officially the new “Age Quod Agis.” Some will discover what March 25, 2016 means to them before others do. But if nothing else, Ruby Gray has called us to look deeper. Say “I love you.” Pursue your passions. And, like Ruby did, find something that gives life a deep meaning for you.

For students of Jesuit High School, Easter Sunday held a significantly deeper meaning. On Good Friday, March 25th, word spread that junior Ruby Gray had died in her sleep during a spring break trip in Sun Valley. Within a matter of hours, prayers for Ruby and the Gray family flooded social media, and the following day, the student body received an official email from Mr. Don Clarke explaining what happened. Mr. Clarke’s email detailed Ruby’s last day in Sun Valley, where she skied, danced, and sang alongside close friends. As Molly Jansky ‘16, reported, it was the “best day ever.” Yet on the eve of Easter, a day of celebration and joy, Jesuit faced an overwhelming loss. While Catholics across the world waited for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we waited for a follow-up email telling us everything was okay. Something that said, “Ruby Gray, a great light and boundless energy within the halls of Jesuit, was okay.” There was no follow-up email. Instead, students faced the daunting question of “what now?” There was no protocol, no agenda, and no how-to list to follow. There was nothing in the student handbook that covered the death of a friend or peer. Rather, we were thrust into looking at life and its preciousness in a very real way, and the question shifted from “why” to “what does it mean?” Services began that Friday, and people gathered both at home and out of state. Sacristan David Bridges ‘16, led a rosary in California. About 40 students met and held a prayer service in Portland later that night. On Monday the 28th, Jesuit hosted over 1,000 students, teachers, parents, and friends during a vigil service for Ruby. Throughout these services, there was prayer, there was love, and there was a profound sense of community. On Monday, those close to Ruby stepped up to a microphone and shared fond memories as the audience gripped hands, wiped tears, and basked in the light that was Ruby Gray. On Monday, the ever-reaching threads of Ruby’s web of influence suddenly braided together under one roof, secured by the presence of God. On Monday, students started to see that Ruby’s death meant something, and that there was a deeper meaning behind the seemingly unsurpassable pain. When the rest of the school returned to Jesuit on •


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.

In Memoriam Jesuit High School Alumni Kenneth G. Birrell



Patrick W. Casey



John F. Davis



John R. Harpole



Brendan Ochs



James L. Scheeland



Gregory P. Sparks



Thomas A. Tennant



Richard C. Timmerman ’05


Richard Zielony


Frank Dever

Nancy Dorr

Margaret A. Elkins

Francis E. Fennerty

John Ghiorso


Ruby Gray ‘17

Joseph L. Heinz


Beverly Honzel 10/30/15

Dorothy Kellar


Mercedes Kelly


Mother of James ’64, Kevin ’67, Mark ’69 and Steve ’73 Kelly; Grandmother of Ian ’98, Conor ’00, Brian ’03 and Katherine ’06 Kelly and Elizabeth ’01 and Kelly DiLorenzo ‘06


Charles H. Kies



Father of Nicholas ‘70 and Philip ‘71 Kies

Karen Killian



Mother of Shawn Killian ‘87

Peter Koehler



Former JHS Board Member; Father of Kurt ‘73, Neil ‘76 and Thomas ‘79 Koehler


Grandmother of Julia Cook ‘16

Jim Marick

Paul Daigle

Grandfather of Brandon ‘09 and Kelsie ‘10 Marick


Grandfather of Malcolm Daigle ‘14

Anthony J. DeCosta


Grandmother of Benjamin ‘99, Nicholas ‘01, Caitlin ‘04 and Matthew ‘06 Ardell and Michael ‘08 and Patrick ‘12 Roy

Father of Peter (D) ‘70 and Tom ‘76 Casciato

Grace Cook


Mother of Mark (D) ‘72 and Drew ‘74 Honzel

Mother of Christina Capri ‘96

Tony Casciato


Father of Spencer ‘64 and Peter (D) ‘74 Heinz

Grandmother of Mark ‘08 and Annelise ‘15 Cushing

Marilyn Capri


Daughter of Ryan ’84 and Michele Gray; sister of Georgia ’19 and JJ Gray

Husband of Jennifer Brenner; Father of Mary Claire ‘08, Elizabeth ‘11, and Doug ‘13 Brenner

Irene Bryne


Father of Katie Ghiorso ‘13

Father of Kevin Brennan ‘85; Grandfather of Margaret ‘08 and Helen ‘11 Bryant

Douglas Brenner


Grandfather of Kelly ’98, Sean (D) ’99, Colleen ’01 and Conor ’03 Fennerty

Mother of H.W. (Bill) ‘71 and David ‘73 Brands; Grandmother of Elizabeth ‘02, Catherine ‘04 and Julianne ‘08 Brands

Thomas Brennan


Mother of Jeffrey Elkins ‘77; Grandmother of Owen Elkins ‘02

Father of Thomas ‘79 and Michael ‘82 Boyle

Nancy Brands


Grandmother of Connor ‘12 and Griffin ‘15 Fogarty

Friends, Family, Faculty & Staff of JHS John Boyle


Grandfather of Shea ‘02, Molly ‘04, Matthew ‘05 and Peter ‘08 Mertens and Kaitlin ‘06 and David ‘08 Hedberg

Bob Mattecheck




Grandfather of Marianna Thielen ’00, Emily Mercado ’01 and Natalie ’15 and Kyle ’17 Knell

Father of John ‘72 and James ‘73 DeCosta; Grandfather of Nicole ‘01 and Alicia ‘04 DeCosta


In Memoriam Charles J. McMurchie


Father of Sue Krieger; Grandfather of Morgan ‘06, Maxwell ‘09 and Kennon ‘12 Krieger

Kenneth N. Nguyen


Father of Arno G. Thies, IV ‘85

Florence Waibel 9/21/15

Father of Peter Nguyen ‘18

Norma O’Brien

Arno G. Thies, III



Mother of William ‘68, Clifford ‘71, Marvin ‘77 and David ‘79 Waibel; Grandmother of Katherine ‘05, Kimberly ‘06, Samuel ‘06 and Walter ‘08 Waibel

Mother of Tom (D) ‘70 and Richard ‘72 O’Brien

Rhoni J. Wiswall

Margaret Odermann

Former JHS Board Member; Mother of Matthew ‘10 and Carly ‘13 Seguin


Mother of Don Odermann ‘62

Irene Patterson


Alexandra Woodworth



Mother of Emma Woodworth ‘06

Mother of Thomas Patterson ‘81; Grandmother of Michael ‘99, Sarah ‘01 and Erin ‘06 Bochsler Brauser

Takeshi Yoshida

Olive A. Plep

Elizabeth Zimmer


Father of Naoki “Nick” Yoshida ‘82


Mother of David Plep ‘95


Mother of Stephanie ’99 and Laura ’01 Zimmer

Peter M. Reding


Father of Paul ‘75 Reding; Grandfather of Paul D. ‘01, Amy ‘03, Peter C. ‘05 and Amber ‘07 Reding

June Reser


Grandmother of Hillary ‘98 and Hayley ‘04 Reser

Shirley A. Richards


Grandmother of Will ‘16 and Catherine ‘19 Grimme

James F. Rippey


Grandfather of James M. ’06 and Mason Rippey ‘08

Edward Schiedler


Grandfather of Alex ’09, Mark ’11 and John ’13 Schiedler

Virginia Schneider


Grandmother of Matthew ‘02, Patrick ‘05 and Sarah ‘08 Schneider

Ray Schuetze


Grandfather of Sarah ‘98, Jessica ‘99 and Rachel ‘03 Brock and Danielle Vincent ‘01

Samuel Smith


Father of Ann Smith-Palenchar; Grandfather of Zach Palenchar ‘15

Fred A. Stickel

Statue of Jesus on JHS campus


Father of Geoffrey ‘75 and James ‘76 Stickel

David Stoll

This is the deceased list as we know it from June, 2015 through March 31, 2016. Relationships listed are Jesuit ties only within the deceased’s immediate family. We apologize for any omission and ask that you please notify Kathy Baarts at (503) 291-5414 or e-mail


Father of Christopher ‘04 and Charles ‘09 Stoll


AN ARGENTINE ADVENTURE by conor hogan ’12 ¿Que onda, fellow alums? In 2015, I spent two semesters at Universidad del Salvador, a Jesuit college in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before returning stateside to finish my degrees in English and Spanish at the University of Montana. My time in Argentina was the most illuminating, challenging, and just plain fun experience of my life. Learning to navigate the sprawling metropolis of Buenos Aires, struggling with a new language, making a fool out of myself as I explored exotic customs and traditions—all forced me to grow, quite simply, into a man. I now know I am capable of living on my own in a foreign country without much of a safety net, and life suddenly seems much richer, brimming with possibility and adventure.

My main goal in coming to Argentina was to dive deeply beneath the surface of the culture. I did not want to spend all of my time speaking English with other students from the United States, checking off various tourist sites, missing this amazing opportunity. I wanted to discover Argentina for myself, not through guidebooks and museums, but through the people. One way I attempted that is by playing for a local rugby club, where I made many of my porteño (resident of Buenos Aires) friends. I learned the most about Argentina by volunteering with a charity called Fundación Sí, which delivers food and tea to people

While the girls scurry around our legs, screaming and laughing with sugar-fueled joy, we mix cups of instant soup and listen. Mariana tells us about the latest problems with her abusive ex, who has been consumed with a violent fury since she fled their apartment with their three daughters. She doesn’t go into depth, but the fear and rage are evident, especially when she pulls down the collar of her shirt to reveal a halfhealed, jagged scar. He carved her flesh open with a broken plate after she threatened divorce. That night was the last time she’d seen him, for Mariana snuck out with the girls after he passed out drunk. Her voice quivers, tears welling up in her tired eyes as she tells us that she has heard he has been telling anyone who will listen that when he finds her, he plans to kill her.

living on the streets of Buenos Aires. Every Wednesday and Sunday, we carried duffel bags full of crackers, soup, coffee, tea, and chocolate on our regular routes, stopping when we encountered a homeless person to ask if they’d like some food or drink. Beyond providing simple sustenance, Fundación Sí’s mission is to develop solidarity between those volunteering and those living in poverty, to talk with them a while, and to let them know that people still care about them. So often, life on the street devours hope, as self-esteem plummets and situations become increasingly dire, but the simple joy

while mariana’s two little girls scurry around our legs, screaming and laughing with sugar-fueled joy, we mix cups of instant soup and listen. As she talks, Mariana gently strokes the plump cheek of her sleeping baby girl in the stroller. We encourage her to go to the police, or seek sanctuary in a women’s shelter, as though these ideas hadn’t occurred already to her. One of the other volunteers also tells Mariana about the various specialists who work in conjunction with our program, some of whom focus on the cases of battered spouses. She nods and tries to smile, giving one of her pleading daughters another medialuna filled with dulce de leche. Before we leave, we sing happy birthday to Esta.

Conor and his regular Fundación Sí crew preparing to feed hungry citizens of Buenos Aires.

of human interaction can work miracles. I was amazed by the immense strength that so many of the people I met exhibit, and so I decided to start capturing their stories.

MARiana and her girls

john and terry

Dangling from Mariana’s stroller is a plastic bag bulging with glazed medialunas which the proprietor of a local confiteria gave her for her daughter’s fourth birthday. The two adorable little girls clinging to her neck spring off and run over to hug one of my fellow volunteers, Sally, as she spreads her arms wide. Apparently Sally is pretty popular among this family.

On that same block, about fifty feet away, a pair of mattresses lie side by side. A man dressed in full camo, replete with various medals and patches, waves us over. Next to him sits another man, whose resemblance to the first is uncanny, and we soon learn they are cousins. John, the one in uniform, is a veteran who served during the war in the Malvinas, a brutal, short conflict in which Argentina challenged Britain’s claim to what •


an entry from terry’s journal:

“a country with many resources but an impoverished

population seems like an obese mother surrounded by her starving children.” - terry, homeless in buenos aires the Brits call the Falkland Islands. The memory of the war is still raw in the collective consciousness of Argentina, since so many young men, grossly undersupplied and undertrained, were massacred on the shores of the Malvinas. After his time in the service, John bounced from job to job, but his physical and emotional scars make finding consistent work difficult. His PTSD paralyzes him at seemingly random triggers, like the screech of unoiled brakes or the excited holler of a child. Still, John doesn’t regret his stint in the army, saying that every day brought adventure, and that he will never feel as close to another human being as he did to his platoon mates. John’s cousin Terry proves to be one of the kindest people I’ve met here. A retired tango singer from Entre Rios, he tells us of his recent divorce and alienation from his wife and children after he lost most of their money in the stock market. His voice quivering with shame and sadness, he admits how emasculated he felt facing his wife with the news, how quickly their twenty-some-year marriage dissolved under the acidic financial pressure, how his children refused to even speak to him during the finalization of his divorce. Terry recounts standing on his porch, telling his wife that he was going to Buenos Aires where he would have to sleep on the street, the way she stared

at him coldly, then slammed the door in his face without a word. He hasn’t spoken with his family in several months, despite calling home once a week. Sometimes his daughter picks up, then hangs up immediately upon hearing his voice. After we all hug him, Terry asks if he can show us his journal. Pulling a dog-eared composition book from beneath one of the mattresses, he reads several poems, songs, and musings from the journal. One reflection translates roughly to, “A country with many resources but an impoverished population to me seems like an obese mother surrounded by her starving children.” Terry’s aesthetic is humanistic, sprinkled with the wisdom of

Buddhism, tempered by the sadness of his love lost. Secretly, I think he was the Holy Spirit coming to offer me comfort, as our visit with Terry came the day my grandfather died unexpectedly, 7000 miles away in Montana. Somehow, I felt a little closer to Big Daddy (also named Terry) and my family as I absorbed Terry’s wisdom.

maria mancha The brightest face on my Wednesday route is Maria Mancha, a petite, elderly woman who sleeps in front of a pub called Che, named for the famous revolutionary. We usually stop by at the end of our three-hour circuit, around 10:30 pm, to find Maria bedding down behind a steel grate in A downtrodden porteño gazes warily from his perch near the Plaza.


Homeless in Plaza Congreso.

“Always clad in the same bulky down overcoat, Maria Mancha owns a seemingly endless supply of whimsical Dr. Seuss hats with tassels and baubles flopping from the crown of her head. Maria is completely bald, even the hair of her eyebrows and eyelashes scorched from her skin by stress years ago.”

front of the windows to dissuade would-be robbers (this practice is common throughout Buenos Aires). We’ll chat and pass tea or crackers through the metal bars, maintaining a cheery attitude, but the odd feeling of calling upon a prisoner in the Middle Ages dampens the mood slightly, at least for me. After a few visits, however, I begin to see some benefits to Maria’s sleeping arrangement, for the bars protect her from would-be robbers as well. Always clad in the same bulky down overcoat, Maria owns a seemingly endless supply of whimsical Dr. Suess hats with tassels and baubles flopping from the crown of her head. Maria is completely bald, even the hair of her eyebrows and eyelashes scorched from her skin by stress years ago. Her Spanish whistles through a set of massive dentures that extend far past her lips, which combined with the gewgaws of her myriad caps, lend a bunny-like image to her appearance. Though we normally stop by to chat with Maria towards the end

of the loop, one night we decide to switch things up and hit her zone first. We find her inside Che, sipping mate with a beautiful middle-aged Argentine woman at a table near the door. Before they notice us, the two are sitting on the same side of the table, heads about six inches apart, whispering softly, Maria’s hand lying gently over the woman’s. We pull chairs around the table, refill their thermoses with hot water, give Maria a couple bags of crackers and a chocolate bar, then sit back to listen to her talk. Every time we had stopped by before, she would always implore us to come earlier, to sip tea and “charlar un ratito.” Now, as she mixes some sugar in with the yerba, she begins to speak softly, determined to take full advantage of our presence. Throughout Capital Federal, at most of the major parks and plazas, various “actividades gratuitas” abound. Most are fitness-based, with groups ranging from Sunday yoga to early morning calisthenics. •


I’ve stopped by a couple of these actividades in the park nearest my house, Parque Bellas Artes (named for the gorgeous, sprawling museum that overlooks it) and found that the majority are populated by middle-aged and older woman, clad in spandex and neon, following the instructions of a young, ruggedly handsome male volunteer instructor in a similar outfit. As we’d learned from several other denizens of Plaza Congreso, Maria is a local institution. Maria is a regular in at least five of these groups in the Plaza, as well as the leader of an informal, all-female choir that had recently performed at the ceremony held for Flag Day in front of Congreso. She tells us that she acts as a surrogate grandmother to many of the indigent children in this neighborhood, especially the girls, who often come to her for consolation or advice. One particular problem she mentions that I’d never before considered is the issue of menstrual

MARIA SPEAKS “Maria speaks of how

her involvement with the community helps her maintain her humanity and sanity, which the acidic life of homelessness constantly gnaws at. Maria can scarcely contain the anger she feels at a system that allows so many people to fall asleep resting their head against the cruelly frigid pavement, and the fundamental belief that every human being deserves the basic right to a bed. Even in jail you get a bed, she says, shaking her head softly.”

After finishing his second semester in Buenos Aires, Conor headed to Patagonia to backpack the Andes.

that allows so many people to fall asleep resting their head against the cruelly frigid pavement, in light of her fundamental belief that every human being deserves the basic right to a bed. Even in jail you get a bed, she says, shaking her head softly.

hygiene. Apparently many poor or homeless girls drop out of school around the time they get their first period, due to a lack of access to tampons or pads. One of the women (another volunteer) promises to put in order at the Foundation for this vital resource.

Before her life on las calles, Maria was married to a successful real estate baron, living in a lavish apartment in Recoleta (a wealthy neighborhood) before their sudden divorce left her destitute. She claims that a crooked lawyer swindled her in the proceedings. Lacking any network of family or friends, Maria immediately plummeted into poverty. She hasn’t spoken to her ex-husband in 16 years, but she sees his name in the paper occasionally, usually after he’s cut a lucrative real estate deal.

Maria speaks of how her involvement with the community helps her maintain her humanity and sanity, which the harsh life of homelessness constantly gnaws at. Maria can scarcely contain the anger she feels at a system

Every so often throughout the conversation, someone entering or leaving the restaurant will stop to peck Maria on the cheek, always a young woman. Some come bearing gifts, like a cellophane-wrapped slice of torta



or a bag of homemade cookies. Suddenly, our offering of soup or tea seems rather meager. But as we stand to leave, Maria thanks us profusely, extracting a promise that we will stop by earlier from now on. Stepping out into the night, I see our chairs have already been filled by three teenage girls, undoubtedly waiting their turn to consult the “Mother of the Plaza.”

george Across the street from Plaza Congreso, George lounges on a decrepit recliner, languid curls of smoke rolling from his cracked, sore-ridden lips. He tries to get up to greet us, but a violent coughing fit paralyzes him, and we beg him to remain seated. He offers a weak smile in apology, pulling out a crumpled plastic bag of tobacco and sprinkling some on a creased rolling paper. As his gnarled hands mechanically roll a cigarette, he tells us of the recent trouble he’s had navigating the bureaucratic jungle of the various state-

“ My main goal in coming to Argentina was to dive deeply beneath the surface of the culture. I wanted to discover Argentina for myself, not through guidebooks and museums, but through the people and their amazing stories of survival and perseverance.” sponsored subsiduos (subsidies). Argentina, like most other nationstates, has welfare programs aimed at combatting indigence by offering vouchers for food, housing, and cash to those drowning in the poisonous currents of institutional poverty. Buenos Aires has a rather low number of homeless for a city of 12 million, somewhere around 15,000 people at any one time, but this figure discounts the millions of people living in squalor, perpetually exposed to violence in the slums or villas miserias in the provinces that surround Federal Capital. Many of Buenos Aires’ poor rely on government handouts to obtain enough calories to keep functioning another 24 hours, but there is little assistance offered past the immediate replenishment of vital nutrients. Progressive economic organizations within the country,

like Libertad y Progreso, decry this one-dimensional approach to poverty, a welfare system that suspends its poorest citizens in the miasma of day-to-day survival with no real opportunity for advancement. Also, because of this near-complete reliance on the state, a perverse feudal system has developed, where local politicians rely on clientelism to garner votes in the poorest sections of the provinces, promising increased benefits to those who vote for him or her. This brief overview of the welfare state in Argentina speaks nothing to the individual’s experience maneuvering through the matrix of dead ends and reroutes that comprise the path to receiving one’s subsiduos. George tells us about his exhausting week, directed from office to office all over Capital, brandishing his slowly disintegrating voucher. One of the lead volunteers, who has been with the program •


for over a year, looks over the worn paper, gently asking an occasional question. It turns out George has been visiting the city offices instead of the national offices, although nowhere on the paper is the distinction made clear. Because similar confusion is so rampant, the Foundation has an entire wing of volunteers dedicated solely to assisting with subsiduos. George’s weary eyes brim with new hope as our leader draws him a map of where he should visit the next day, gratefully kissing his cheek and squeezing his hand extra tight. Two of the other volunteers are chatting with a man sitting on a mattress to George’s right, his drunken cackle sounding like a cinderblock dragged over sandpaper. We bid them both goodbye, listening to the final raunchy joke of George’s buddy. Turning the corner, my last sight of the two of them is George pensively smoking his cigarette, poring over the hand drawn map and his subsiduo, while the other takes a long pull on his bottle of red wine, slumping back over on the mattress.

Among his adventure in Argentina, Conor attended his twin nieces’ quinceañera with his JHS Spanish teacher Claudia Raffaele, one of his all-time favorite profesoras, and her daughter and JHS alum, Karolyn Raffaele Ismay ‘05 (far right).


Ted Ferguson ’87 remembers staying up all night before the race with excitement. In the 90s, shirts were made and sold to advertise the run, and the profits were given to a charity. Since beer distribution moved to Montage under the Morrison Bridge, Rorie Ferguson, Denny’s wife, has never missed a race as the beer pourer. The race has fluctuated in numbers; sometimes 25 people participated, and sometimes it was 100 people. For those who came out, it was a great way to begin the Christmas season. The Ferguson/Murphy Beer Run has grown organically over the years. In 2014, Bart ’84, Denny’s son, and cousin Ted took the lead in organizing the race. “With the 40th anniversary, it was one of those ‘aha’ moments where we knew we had to go big,” said Ted. Race participants wanted to take the opportunity to give back, so they chose to raise money to benefit the Relief Nursery, part of LifeWorks NW. This was a charity near and dear to Bart’s heart. While attending the University of Oregon, Bart purchased a bike to donate to a child at this organization. The next year, he was able to buy two bikes. And he continues the tradition today by donating children’s bikes through the Ferguson/Murphy Run.

Forty-one years ago, two best friends, Denny Ferguson and Ed Murphy created a tradition around two of their favorite activities. The concept was simple—during their ten mile run, they would stop at Barbi’s Café on Produce Row halfway through and enjoy a beer. Friends eventually joined their makeshift beer run, and the tradition of the official Ferguson/Murphy Beer Run began.

Alumni and friends help load food boxes into cars as well as deliver bikes to families. •



Today, there are four major sponsors: Maletis Beverage provides the beer, Bike Gallery provides the helmets, Fred Meyer provides the bike at a significant discount and assembles them, and the Multnomah Athletic Club serves as the race starting point. In 2014, 173 bikes were purchased for the Children’s Relief Nursery. In 2015, Mike Schwab ’86 began working at LifeWorksNW and helped to further promote the cause. “We want to give a child their first bike,” Bart said. “It’s the best gift in the world.” He believes that providing a child with their first bike is an unforgettable moment. Additionally, it gives parents hope that there are people who can offer help. It is a lesson of giving, paying it forward, and being men and women for others. Today, three generations help out with the race, and they’ve acquired many memories, like the year the beer froze due to the cold weather. As Denny always says, “The worse the weather, the better the memories.” The race continues to grow, and they were able to donate their largest amount of bikes in 2015, giving 256 bikes and helmets to LifeWorksNW, the toy drives at KGW and KPTV, and the Alumni Food Drive at Jesuit. Fred Meyer, who was once in charge of assembling all the bikes, is now over capacity. They are currently looking to find a space to build the bikes for this year’s race. The 2016 Jesuit Alumni Food Drive is expected to receive at least 100 bikes from this year’s Ferguson/Murphy Run and will donate them to families receiving food boxes. For information about the run, visit: Ferguson/Murphy Beer Run and Bike Ride on Facebook.

Alumni Food Drive is always three of the best days of the year!

FOOD DRIVE FACTS • The Alumni Food Drive has been serving families and shelters in the greater Portland area for more than 30 years. • # of food boxes donated: 1,700 • Agencies served: St. Vincent de Paul, Beaverton School District, Franklin High School, St. Andrew Nativity School, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, St. Matthew Catholic Church •



For Paul Gram ’73 and his family, it’s all about being together.


aul Gram ’73 and his family have been participating in the Alumni Food Drive for 30 years. Paul started helping the food drive with his wife, Carlin, and their older children. As nieces and nephews (from Jesuit, Valley and Lincoln) grew older, they joined the family in their holiday tradition. A few years ago, the entire extended family represented with 24 volunteers, which included 12 from Paul’s family, three from Molly Mannheimer’s family, two from Mark Gram’s ’76 family, four from Brian ‘80 and Amy Leahy’s family, and three from Chris Gram’s family. The first year Paul participated, Bobby Keerins ‘73 asked him to coordinate the outside box distribution. This included directing “pick up” traffic, loading bread, oranges, potatoes, and meat into boxes, and then loading boxes into cars for delivery. Paul has been in charge of this part of the day ever since. “The food drive has provided an opportunity to create family tradition,” said Paul. “We can show our family that age doesn’t have anything to do with helping others. We have had family members as young as 5 years old help by filling boxes with potatoes to family members up to 61 years old. It’s a way for us to prepare for Advent together.”

The Phelps family donated iPads to Greg’s (pictured in front) hospital rehabilation unit after his recovery.

Alumni Profile: Greg Phelps ‘84 BY KATHY BAARTS, ALUMNI DIRECTOR

create a community and make friends for life. “There is such a special community here that caters to both the individuality of the person, as well as how we fit within the greater world,” he said. Following high school, he attended Marquette University and continued to live in the Midwest for 20 years. On November 24, 1998, Greg and his wife Marlene had a second child, Kyle ‘17, who was born 12 weeks early at 2 pounds, 9 ounces. He spent 98 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Joseph’s Hospital. During that first Christmas in the hospital, a gentleman dressed as Santa visited the NICU babies and took pictures with them. Greg and Marlene were so touched by the incredible care given to their family at the NICU during a very stressful time. Though Kyle had good days and bad days, the family always realized that hope was stronger than fear. For the last twelve years, Greg and Kyle visit the NICU on December 21 each year. Greg, dressed as Santa, visits and takes picture with the babies—often 25-30 babies at once time. Greg chooses this day to visit each year because, during their stay in the NICU, December 21 was

True joy is the type of happiness that doesn’t depend on circumstances or the environment around us; it’s a feeling that comes from within despite any outside situation. After speaking to Greg Phelps ’84, it is clear that he emanates true joy and is able to find the good in everything. His personality is magnetic, and he spreads smiles and gratitude wherever he goes. Greg has had his fair share of challenges and obstacles in life, but he has always been able to find hope in these dark times. While at Jesuit, Greg had many great experiences. Fr. McTighe, S.J., was one of his favorite teachers. He remembers memorizing the poem “Casey at the Bat,” which Greg can still recite to this day. Fr. McTighe also taught Greg to see the world from many different views. Another memory he holds near and dear to his heart is the Junior Encounter. Greg was part of the Crusader soccer team that placed top five in state during his junior and senior year. His Christian service included working at a homeless shelter in downtown Portland and a summer soccer camp for underprivileged kids. Through this work, Greg learned about hope and to feel fortunate for what he had—these lessons have followed him throughout life. All these activities helped him to •


Kyle’s worst day. The doctors had little hope that he would survive due to a massive infection. Perhaps it was the fact that December 21 is also Greg’s birthday, or perhaps the infection wasn’t as serious as they thought. Either way, Greg knows the power of prayer and hope lent itself to Kyle’s full recovery. Today, Kyle is a happy, healthy junior at Jesuit. The annual tradition of visiting the NICU brings tears of joy from parents as they see Kyle and realize that he was once in the same place as their little one, and he is now a thriving young man. Greg has never forgotten what the hospital did for his family, and he has great empathy and support for the work they do. In November 2010, the Sunday after Thanksgiving at 10 a.m., Greg had another life-changing turn. It was a beautiful sunny day in downtown Pewaukee, Wisconsin, and Greg was running a six-mile loop downtown on a sidewalk that went through a suburban neighborhood. A driver going 3035 miles per hour who was high on heroin and cocaine hit Greg from behind. Greg’s head hit the windshield, and he was flipped over the car. A couple witnessed the accident and called 911. Greg was unconscious and bleeding from a cut on the back of his head. Paramedics arrived shortly and took him to Froedtert Hospital of Wisconsin. While he

For the last 12 years, Greg (as Santa) and his son, Kyle ‘17, visit the NICU at St. Joseph’s Hospital to visit the babies and their families.

November, he was in inpatient rehab, learning to sit up, get out of bed, and walk. He was ready to go home after four weeks in the hospital. With daughter Caroline being fourteen and Kyle being twelve, it was very hard on the whole family but it was a blessing that his departure from the hospital was on Christmas Eve. Over the next three months, Greg wore a helmet to protect his open skull. He went to the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center to regain his abilities and compensate for the deficits. With two to three hours of therapy a day, his friends and family would wait with him. Greg pushed himself through the many obstacles, focusing only on a day at a time. The slow progress was demotivating, but he tried to be encouraged by the small changes. Physical therapy helped to improve his strength and balance. Occupational therapy helped Greg relearn to write and tie his shoes. Speech therapy helped with his attention, concentration, and problem solving. He doesn’t remember getting hit or anything about the first two weeks afterward. However, his long-term memory remains. It took one year for him to recover fully. Three years ago, in 2013, his job in pharmaceutical sales brought the Phelps family back to Portland. Since his children both attended Jesuit (Caroline ’15 and Kyle ’17), he’s seen a tremendous evolution of students at the school. He said the college preparatory level and the outstanding academic profile is very different from his time as a Crusader. Greg and his family truly believe in the Jesuit philosophy of being men and women for others. Today, Greg is a sales director at a pharmaceutical company. He works closely with doctors, nurses, and clinical administrators who treat chronic diseases. He is familiar with the hospital setting and urges patients to educate themselves and advocate for their care. Hope and joy are a large part of Greg Phelps, as well as the belief that God never gives a person more than he can handle. He knows there are always people less fortunate, and it is important to remember that everyone has challenges. Instead, it’s how you deal with the adversity and move forward that define you as a person.

In November 2010, a driver going 30-35 mph who was high on heroin and cocaine hit Greg while he was running. Things didn’t look good for Greg, but his optimism, hope, and resiliancy aided in his remarkable recovery.

was in the emergency room, he received last rites from the chaplain. Things didn’t look good for Greg, who was in a coma and unresponsive. He suffered from fifteen broken bones including his skull, ribs, nose, cheekbones, C4 vertebrae, and shoulder blade, a lacerated liver and multiple hemorrhages that were filling Greg’s brain with blood. Dr. Wang, the neurosurgeon, removed part of the left side of his skull because his brain was so swollen and removed a blood clot that had accumulated under the tissue surrounding his brain. They assumed if Greg survived, there was a high risk of cognitive disability. The glimmer of hope was slight at this point. However, Greg’s optimism and hope lent itself to incredible resiliency. He came out of his coma the next day and opened his eyes, but he had no idea where he was. He was able to understand and follow requests. On Tuesday, the breathing tube was removed, and, by Wednesday, he was transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit. By late-


Alumni Profile

Julia Jenkins Aziz ‘03: Changing Lives BY KATHY BAARTS, ALUMNI DIRECTOR

Dr. Aziz and some of her youngest patients in Jordan.


Julia Jenkins Aziz ’03 credits Jesuit for not only preparing her for college and beyond, but also for helping her become the person she is today. Some of her favorite memories include the Junior Encounter, the food drive, Setons, friends, and teachers. But most importantly, at Jesuit she learned what it meant to be a woman for others. After graduation, Julia attended the University of Notre Dame and majored in biology. She went on to Georgetown for medical school and interned in pediatrics at the University of Colorado. Her pediatrics residency was at Johns Hopkins. Since April 2015, Julia has been working at a community-based clinic that is part of Unity Healthcare. The clinic focuses on the underserved population in Washington, D.C. Julia loves making an impact with her patients and families.

“Many things that we take for granted—a routine check-up, anemia tests, or making sure our children are well fed—are a luxury for refugees.” Julia and her husband, Nasir, were tourists in Istanbul, Turkey a few years ago. While there, they saw many refugee children and families on the street. It left both of them wanting to help. After Julia finished her residency, they researched a way to make a difference and found the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS). They loved that 94 percent of all donations to SAMS go directly to providing refugee help. In Jordan and Syria, there are more than 12 million people in need and four million refugees. In Syria alone, there are more than 13.5 million people needing humanitarian aid, including 6.5 million internally displaced people. Julia knew this is how she wanted to help, and they embarked

on the SAMS medical mission to Jordan last November with 46 other medical volunteers. Julia was first placed at the Zaatari Refugee Camp, run by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the largest camp in Jordan housing 80,000 Syrian refugees. Julia spent two days in Zaatari as well as four days stationed at other SAMS clinics around Jordan. There were four pediatricians on the trip since half of the camp population were children. The residents within Zaatari lived in metal containers in fields of mud. The children often had trouble sleeping, learning, eating, and growing. They witnessed horrors that no child should witness and had few resources within the camp to help them heal. Julia learned that there is much joy, reward, and humility when working with refuge families. The refugees want to know that the world hasn’t forgotten them. They want stability and a better life for their children. She noticed the gratitude and hope in their eyes when an American doctor simply gave them a toothbrush and bag of vitamins. “Many things that we take for granted—a routine check-up, anemia tests, or making sure our children are well fed —are a luxury for refugees,” said Julia. Despite much suffering and hardship, there is resilience and hope. While it was heartbreaking for Julia to watch children go without, she eventually realized that she couldn’t fix all the problems. There are no perfect solutions, but she did her best to make a difference in the lives she encountered. “We are grateful and humbled to be able to go on this trip and hope that we made just a tiny dent in the need while we were there,” she said. Julia prays for this generation of children in hopes that they are able to one day live as normal a life as possible. She is hopeful that by sharing her experiences with others, awareness continues to grow. •


BE PART OF THE SOLUTION Julia Jenkins Aziz ’03 encourages anyone who is interested to learn more about and participate in or donate to one of these organizations who help refugees.

SAMS Foundation foundation The Syrian American Medical Society is an American-run medical society that spends 94 percent of donations to directly help refugees. Medical professionals and volunteers travel to locations, such as Jordan and Syria, to provide aid. Souriyat Across Borders (Syrian Women Across Borders) This organization was founded by Syrian women who moved to Amman to help those wounded by the war. They now operate a mini rehab hospital that helps young adults and children learn to thrive despite their disabilities. They also provide classes that teach women handicraft skills as a source of income. UNHCR The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR operates the camp in Zaatari where Julia was placed for part of her time overseas. This multi-faceted organization cares for the well-being of all refugees while also advocating for their rights.

Class Notes 1977

Mark Cotterell has been working for the State of Connecticut for more than 15 years as a psychiatrist.


which won the gold in the World Championships in Seville, Spain in 2002 and silver in the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.


Andrew Balk has been married 10 years and is living in Singapore with two kids. He is currently working in Footwear/Apparel - Sustainablity and Engineering.


Andrea Bachhuber recently made partner at Fitzwater Meyer Hollis & Marmion, a boutique estate planning and elder law firm. She has three little boys: Owen (5), Emmett (3), and Gavin (1), the oldest of which will begin kindergarten at Holy Family this fall.

Kate Johnson was honored by the Rose City Rowing Club on March 5, 2016 when a new 8-oar shell was named in her honor as their most distinguished member. Fr. Larry Robinson, S.J. blessed the shell at the ceremony. Kate was in the American eight

John Christianson was recently named a Shareholder of Gevurtz Menashe in Portland, OR, which dedicates its practice exclusively to family law and estate planning. John is a member of the Oregon and Washington state bars and has been practicing estate planning and administration law since 2006. John will continue his practice handling wills and revocable trusts, estate and gift taxes, probate administration, asset protection planning, and beneficiary and trustee representation.

was second on the team with 13.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg as the Lions surpassed the 20-win mark (21-10 overall) for the first time in program history and made their first postseason appearance with a WNIT berth. Murray stayed on pace with 13.8 ppg and 6.2 rpg as a junior and began her would-be senior year in 200203 on a high note before suffering a season-ending injury five games in. Her return in 2003-04 as a redshirt senior would spark the Lions to a program record 24 wins. She led the team in scoring at 16.4 ppg and became the only LMU player to be named West Coast Conference Player of the Year as she led the Lions to their first WCC title and first NCAA Tournament appearance. A three-time All-WCC selection, Murray was a FirstTeam honoree in 2001-02 and 200304 and is the third all-time leading scorer in program history with 1,566 points and ranks in in the LMU career top-10 in 10 total categories. She was inducted into the LMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. Kate and her husband, Devan, own and operate Twin Lakes Resort near Sunriver, OR. They have two children, Peyton (6) and Mason (8).


Kate (Murray) Dunn was inducted into the West Coast Conference (WCC) “Hall of Honor” in March 2016. Kate starred for Loyola Marymount University’s women’s basketball team from 2000-04. After spending her freshman season as a role player, averaging 7.2 ppg off the bench, she propelled into a staring role her sophomore campaign. She


Julie Grauert is a morning news anchor at Fox 25 in Boston. She moved to New England from New York where she worked as a reporter and anchor at Fox 5, Pix 11, and NY1 for two years. Kelly Wilcynski (Machan) and her husband, Dan, are excited to announce the birth of their daughter Lola, born November 8, 2015. Lola

Class Notes

Meghan (Madden) Woody and Austin Woody welcomed their son, James Hamilton Woody, on December 18, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

happier than they could imagine possible.



weighed 7 lbs 5 oz and was 20 inches long. Kelly is a clinical psychologist and Dan is a real estate broker. The family lives in Seattle.


Chris Griffith and Mary (Payne) Griffith ‘08 welcomed daughter Katherine Marie on February 26 at 11:52 pm. She has made both parents


On June 13, 2015, Dani Visser married Gibson McCullagh in Northeast Harbor, Maine. Former Jesuit High School teacher, Fr. Joseph Carver, S.J., performed the ceremony, and Katherine Eulensen ‘06 served as Maid of Honor. Jesuit alums Anarghya Vardhana ‘06, Kellen Hassold ‘06, Andrew Hassold ‘06, and Katherine Bakke ‘07 also traveled to Maine for the celebrations. Dani and Gibson live in Groton, Massachusetts.

Justin Echevarria resides in Portland and currently works at Starbucks Coffee Company. He is also a substitute teacher at Jesuit High School in order to stay active and involved within the community.

Jesuit High School congratulates Mike Remmers, JHS class of 2007, on an amazing season with the Carolina Panthers! Remmers, a two-sport athlete at Jesuit, played on the 2005 and 2006 state championship football teams. He attended Oregon State University and majored in communications. He walked on at OSU and started three years on the offensive line for the Beavers. Following his college career, Remmers was an undrafted free agent with Denver, played one game with the Chargers, and was picked up by the Minnesota Vikings before coming to the Carolina Panthers in 2014. Remmers, #74 for the Carolina Panthers, has played in 23 games in his professional career, including Super Bowl 50 in February, 2016. Back row: Nick Lewis ‘07, Aaron Campbell ‘07, Adam Kleffner ‘07, Mike Lamb ‘07, Mike Remmers ‘07. Front row: Sean Williams ‘07, Ryan Heffernan, ‘07 Owen Marecic ‘07, and John Andreas ‘96


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On April 28, 2016, Fr. Tim Kesicki, S.J., President of the Jesuit Conference of the United States and Canada, visited Jesuit to preside at Mass and the annual Crowning of Mary in Hayes Plaza. Luke Sparks ’16, assists as Fr. Kesicki incenses the flower crown for Mary. Fr. Kesicki also acknowledged during Mass that he was grateful for his relationship with outgoing JHS President John Gladstone. The two have known each other since their days together in the Detroit Province of the Society of Jesuit. Photo by Dan Falkner.

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