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collegiate MAGAZINE of St. joe’s


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NEW FACES Meet the influx of new students, teachers and staff who have energized our campus and enriched our tradition.


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MESSAGE from the president Whenever I write this letter at the beginning of a new school year, I find myself coming back to a common theme: ENERGY. At this time of year, there is always a contagious energy, a very real enthusiasm that flows through 845 Kenmore Avenue, whether it’s the new students who walk our halls, the anticipation of the beginning of the fall sports season, or the genuine fellowship associated with reconnecting with friends and teachers. This year is no different. If anything, there’s even more energy throughout the building thanks to our largest freshmen class in nearly a decade. These young men aren’t only large in quantity, but they bring with them an abundance of talent, capabilities and promise. They’re strong academically, athletically, artistically, musically, and spiritually. And though they’ve only spent a month or two walking these halls, they have already made St. Joe’s their second home – in fact, over 200 of them spent the entire night here on October 11 during our Freshmen Overnight! We’re also energized thanks to some new faces, namely our eleven new teachers and staff members. These dedicated professionals in the Advancement, English, Foreign Language, Guidance, Math, Religion and Social Studies departments add new zeal to the classrooms and have already become an integral part of our community.

Some of our younger staff and faculty brought new energy back to St. Joe’s after participating in VEGA, a four-day conference designed for young Lasallian educators and staff members across the District of Eastern North America. Four St. Joe’s staff members joined with others from ministries across the United States in developing ideas to strengthen Lasallian community, and returned to St. Joe’s with strategies designed to bolster our community within the school, while also expanding our mission beyond St. Joe’s. Events such as this enrich the experience of our teachers, and will benefit our students for many years to come.


Yes, there is indeed a lot of energy surrounding what’s new. However, we are even more true to our history and mission than ever before. We continue to find new ways to live the vision of our Founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle. For example, accessible quality education for all students was the cornerstone of our 1-to-1 iPad program, an initiative made real through the generous support of so many and a new wireless infrastructure installed over the summer. Additionally, our students continue to live the Lasallian values through serving their communities and mentoring one another as brothers.


We’re excited to start our new year, and I personally invite you to join in the fun by experiencing one of our alumni events, keeping up with The Collegiate, SJ Monthly or our social media presence, or even stopping by campus for a tour. I’m confident that you, too, will feel the energy through the halls of 845 Kenmore Avenue – and – for our alumni, that same energy and spirit you felt when you attended St. Joe’s! Live Jesus in Our Hearts … Forever!


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Welcome, Class of 2017 Energy/Tradition: A Talk with Teachers

8-9 Passport to Nigeria 10 Sports Hall of Fame 11 In the Spotlight: Bill Maggio ’80


Distinguished Speakers Series: Bill Collins ’72 Lasallian 2014 Events


Alumni News & Notes Santa to Visit SJCI

St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute (716) 874-4024 President Robert T. Scott, AFSC Editor & Director of Marketing Communications Kate LaBrake Photography Kate LaBrake James McCoy

Robert T. Scott, AFSC President

Contributing Writers Kate LaBrake John Schnitter ’06


PALOOZA students connect with alumni

St. Joe’s students are definitely engaged. From 39 teams in 16 sports to over 40 clubs, there is no shortage of activities students can choose from. One of these is the Callapalooza Club.

“As an alum, it is gratifying to hear our students connecting with our alumni,” said faculty moderator Mr. Jeffrey Papia ’06. “The young men have the chance to express their appreciation for all that our alumni do to keep this school running. I can tell that the students really find it rewarding to know that the money they raise directly supports their fellow students – and gives more young men a chance to attend St. Joe’s.”

Mr. Papia closes out a successful night of Callapalooza Club with three students last spring.

Callapalooza supervisor Peter Hector ’15 stated, “It’s fun to have a nice conversation with an alum and learn a bit about their time here at St. Joe’s. They’ll ask about teachers or coaches they had or talk about how much food they collected during the Food Basket or where they performed when they were in Swing Choir. I really like it.” “Plus, for students who receive financial aid or scholarship support, which is over 70% of us, Callapalooza is vital,” he added. “Some of us making the calls might benefit directly. Or, while some


of the callers don’t receive support, they know that the guys to their right and left probably do.”

“The students have a vested interest in this program,” said Mr. Papia. “They know that every dollar raised for the Annual Fund goes into tuition support, which is crucial to having strong enrollment. And, 15 years from now, when they are sitting at home and get ‘the call,’ they will remember how much fun they had and how important it is to give back.” sj

celebrating scholars Congratulations to students whose PSAT scores place them at the top of high school students across the nation. Adam Killeen ’14 (third from left), a resident of Grand Island,was named National Merit Semifinalist, a rank that places him among the top 1% of American high schoolers. Students (left to right) Connor Schepperly, Dominic Giambra, Cornell Overfield, Michael Kaminska, Nick Courtney and Joseph Suhay received the title of National Merit Commended Students. 3

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Last year, almost 100 students volunteered their time and energy to participate in the Callapalooza Club, with one goal in mind: to call St. Joe’s alumni and friends and invite their support of the school’s Annual Fund.

WELCOME Class of 2017!

Nicholas Horab

Michael DiPasquale

Erriono Giardina

Ryan Howard

Caleb Cockrell

Michael Dispenza

Tom Gioia

Shane Hy

Jacob Colosanti

Alexander Christian

Patrick Allen

Nikolas Ciminelli

Jeremy Bankston Nicholas Bell

Liam Anderson

Robert Beaulieu III

Logan Cichocki Kyle Clifford

Gavin Collura

Hunter Dimitroff

Nicholas DiNardo Turner Dirrigl Jack Dormer

Alexander Bogart

Matthew Colucci

Matthew Drewery Matthew Dreyer

Donovan Boshier

Devan Conrad

Matthew Duke

Orion Bonghi

Thomas Comer

Max Dudek

Daniel Brady

Trevor Conschafter

Noah Emminger

Conner Branch

Harrison Craffey

Andrew Faturos

Jacob Brill

Adam Crist

Samuel Floriano

Liam Curtin

Joseph Frank

Zachery Deakin

Benjamin Frawley

Zachary Degnan

Ryan Gajewski

J. Patrick Brady

Cross Cordosi

Christian Falk

Dominic Criola

Randall Filippone

Jesse Brodka

Henry Curtin

Gabriel Flowers

Benjamin Bryan

Garrett Darraugh

Kevin Frank

John Bressette

Alexander Brown Daniel Butterson Griffin Cascio

Adam Cavallari Joshua Cheston Ryan Chmiel


Trent Garvey

Joshua Albanese Bradley Allan


234 freshmen from areas around Western New York pack the halls of 845 Kenmore Avenue this fall.

Jesse Decker

Dennis Gagliardo

Roman Denz

Benjamin Galkiewicz

Elliott DiChristopher

Kyle Garus

Ryan Giambra Mark Gilbert

Tyler Horn

Ryan Huard

Seth Glanowski

Nathan Iannello

Benjamin Goupil

Mark Incorvaia

Benjamin Graham

Ryan Judge

Jeffrey Gloris II Marc Graff

Jeremy Ienco Nyles Johns

Justice Grant

Ethan Karamanos

Frederic Grochowiak

Nicholas Kelsch

Kyle Hall

Jacob Kinney

Michael Greco

Matthew Grugnale Jared Halt

Richard Kay Tyler Kiblin

Patrick Klopp

Joseph Harrison

Matthew Klute

Quinlan Hawkins

Eddie Kowalczyk

Ian Hayes

Mitchell Kubiak

Brandon Hausler Anthony Hayek

Christopher Hibbard Phillip Hoffmann

Jason Kovel

David Krawczyk Joseph LaHood Jack Lalley

WELCOME Class of 2016!

Dominic Miceli

Michael Pesarchick

Colin Miller

Justin Piazza

William ( Jalen) Lee

William Mileham

Anthony Liriano

Michael Mineo

Samuel Lobuzzetta

Cameron More

James Lester

Jackson Liszewski

Luke Mirco

Andrew Short

Christian Turner

Luke Pierce

Brett Smith

Austin Velarde

Rickey Smith

Thomas Vona

Charles Pratt

Robert Principe

Michael Motley

Renato QuiĂąones

Nicholas Long

Matthew Murray IV

Conner Ransom

Anthony Lunghino

Ibrahim Naseer

Nicholas LoTempio Landon MacDonald

Maxwell Reardon

Maxwell Stanley

Drew Weber

Joseph Nasr

Jack Rinaldi

Jayln Nelson

Michael Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill

Matthew Reddy

Zachary Stockman

Stephen Wells

Thomas Ruggerio

Razhique Sullivan

Rocco Schiavone

Michael Telesco

Anthony Williams

Joshua Thermidor

Michael Wright

Joseph Treanor

Joseph Zanghi

Nicholas Rizzo

Charles McIntyre

Colin Overdorf

Anthony Schmidt

Patrick McMahon

Alexander Panzarella Jonathan Pasternak

Theodore Schulefand Francesco Sciolino

Matthew Pawlak

Daimen Sharp

Jacob Mertz

Michael Metzger

Nicholas Patnella

Jordan Weigand

Michael Rizzo

Joseph Rinaldi

Anthony Scanzuso

Nicholas Pace

Gavin Steiner

Andrew Watson

Brendan Weinholtz

Jordan Obrochta Yusuf Osman

Jacob Springborn

Paul Steinhauser

Matthew Mayer

Matthew Meade

Tristan Walbesser

Nicholas Mycio

Freddie Nixon

Andrew McLaughlin

Anthony Snyder

Patrick Veltri

Johnathon Warthling

Kristopher Masiello

Connor Mayne

Daniel Smith

John Turri

Anthony Sperrazza

Anthony Navarro

Dalton Matre

Taryll Sigler

Ahmad Randall

Brian Murphy

Nathan Martens

Nicholas Martone

Samuel Turecki

John Pezzino IV

Joshua Logan Caleb Long

Jacob Shaw

Jacob Schultz

Alexander Semko

Matthew Sternin

Michael Wells

Zachary Stuhler

Jared Welnowski

Louis Surace Jr.

Pearson Wing

Matthew Telford Griffin Tolsma Frank Tripi

Carmine Tronolone Jr.

Joshua Whipple

Ian Woods

Blake Zachau

Alexander Zuchlewski

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Cameron Leber


What brought you to St. Joe’s? Cortese: I was teaching at Holy Angels Academy. When they closed at the end of the last school year, I sought out new positions and was truly excited to get this one. St. Joe’s has always had a place in my heart, especially because I’m a Mount St. Mary’s alumna. Clark: I got into sales and became really unhappy, so I went back for my Masters in Counseling at St. Bonaventure and I loved it. After interning and coaching at some local schools, I realized very quickly that I wanted to work for a private, male school – the culture just really clicks with me. I have friends who are St. Joe’s alums, including my best friend, Chris Vinci ’97, who lived in Richmond with me. He talks about the school with such pride, so I was extremely excited to get the school counselor position at St. Joe’s.


What surprised you about St. Joe’s? Was there anything you weren’t expecting? Cortese: I truly wasn’t expecting how everyone – I mean, everyone - was so open to helping me as a new teacher, from students to fellow teachers to administration. Other places aren’t like that. I also wasn’t expecting the maturity of our students, and how willing they are to owning up to their mistakes and learning from them. Clark: I wasn’t expecting to feel so welcomed – to have everyone be so amazing and say, “If you need anything, just ask me. I’d be happy to help you.” It definitely lives up to the St. Joe’s reputation.


What have you learned about St. Joe’s in your first month? Cortese: St. Joe’s is fast-paced in every sense of the word. Everyone even walks fast. I’ve learned how to beat the hallways craziness. I’ve learned a lot of great things about the school, but this definitely comes to mind first. Clark: The sense of pride that comes with current and past students. I’ve experinced firsthand the sense of community, with everyone consistently willing to be there for each other, and to serve the community.

I’ve also learned that it’s most definitely a place that I am extremely thankful to be a part of. What has been your favorite St. Joe’s moment so far? Cortese: Honestly, my birthday. It was in mid-September, which was only a week after the school year began. I was floored when dozens of students – kids I had never even met - wished me a happy birthday. A few even sang to me! It was a really nice additional welcome, and it made me feel like a part of this community. Clark: My favorite moment was 8 a.m. on the first day of school. Almost immediately, a senior came to my office, politely introduced himself and talked about how determined he was to get into the college of his choice. He was extremely nice and outgoing, and he wanted to make sure I was aware that he was on the ball. It was really amazing to see his drive. What do you like most about St. Joe’s? Cortese: I love the sense of community, between the students in the school and the community they serve. Everyone here, whether they’re a student, teacher or staff member, supports each other. Clark: I love that I feel like I’m a part of something great. I love that I got into the career I’ve always wanted, and I feel like I’m in a place where I can really make a difference. Looking forward, what’s your vision for yourself at St. Joe’s? Cortese: I want to make this a home base. I want to feel a sense of belonging, and I know I’ll get that here. I’m excited to meet the freshmen and watch them grow until their senior year. I want to grow with the school. Clark: I look forward to the opportunity of bringing in some cool, unique programs that I think would benefit both the students of St. Joe’s and the larger community. My ultimate vision is seeing myself here generations into the future. sj

ENERGY Over the summer, Holy Angels Academy English teacher Kristen Trigilio’s life changed in two major ways: she married the love of her life and took the name Cortese, and she accepted an English position at St. Joe’s. Canaan Clark was also entering a new chapter. After attaining his Masters degree in counseling following a career in sales, Canaan made the move from Richmond, VA, to Buffalo to take on the role of a St. Joe’s school counselor. Mrs. Cortese and Mr. Clark are two of 11 new faculty and staff members who joined our school community over the last two months. They are part of a major infusion of new perspectives, passions and talents that enrich the St. Joe’s tradition. However, they’re also more: While bringing an objective view and a dynamic enthusiasm, they also hold close a deep respect for the history, culture and brotherhood for which St. Joe’s has been known for over 150 years.

In 1974, a young teacher named Jim Roland returned to the high school that he loved only five years after graduating. Assuming the role of biology teacher, Mr. Roland would bring his passion and enthusiasm to the St. Joe’s Freshmen Building alongside his mentor, Dr. Charles “Doc” Breem. Breem had been at the school for four years. He landed the job while finishing his PhD, and promised Principal Brother Victor that he would teach “for a few years.” Both careers would span decades. Both would witness great changes to the St. Joe’s community, including the construction of new facilities, the welcoming of new teachers, and the ever-changing faces of the freshmen class. But what unites these men isn’t just the witness to change; it’s the respect for the constants: the love of science, the dedication to teaching, and the Lasallian mission that has guided St. Joe’s since generations before them.

What is one of your favorite St. Joe’s memories? Breem: Brother Victor was a wonderful man, but a stickler for the rules. There was a stoplight across from the school, and the freshmen would often jaywalk when leaving the freshmen building. Once, Br. Victor saw a boy jaywalking, picked him up, held him against the telephone pole and read him the riot act. Unfortunately, he then found out that the boy was a freshman at UB – not a St. Joe’s student at all! The teachers who saw couldn’t stop laughing. Roland: I’ve had so many great ones. I had a terrific time coaching track and field with Coach Diggins and Coach Hellerer; I love Science Olympiad, Freshmen Field Days and faculty picnics. St. Joe’s has been a family, which is why I think so many people stay here so long. They don’t mind working hard because there’s something to work for. What has changed since your first year? Breem: There used to be a lot of Brothers, and we all met in one group to plan the curriculum because we were such a small group. Today, we’re a much bigger group in a much bigger place. That same system wouldn’t be possible. We have more administrative directives simply because we’re now a larger community.

Roland: St. Joe’s has become a lot more diverse in both the student body and the courses offered. Jim Deiotte, Candie Ward and Russ Owens developed tremendous art and music programs. The athletics have also really grown thanks to people like Joe Wolf. Since there are fewer Brothers in the building, the lay teachers have dedicated themselves even more to the mission of De La Salle. What has stayed the same? Breem: The camaraderie between the students and the teachers, as well as between the teachers themselves. The teachers are the best friends I’ve ever had, and the students are some of the best people I’ve ever met. It’s fun to see the students go on to be successful. That will never change. Roland: The camaraderie. The students’ affection for the school, which has been passed on from generation to generation. The faculty and staff have helped direct them, but it’s the students who really take off. They see the history, they see what’s happening, and they love it. There are still 10-15 guys from my class who show up to the Canisius game every year. You’ve taught many lessons. What lessons have you learned? Breem: Most of the students do better than I would under the same circumstances. I’ve come to deeply respect the St. Joe’s student. They want to be here, and really do their best. Roland: Joe Chaya was the freshmen dean here when I started. He said early on, “Don’t ever close the door on a student – they’re still learning.” Sometimes we judge them so quickly. We don’t realize how much they’ll change. They need a strong, firm, but kind hand. You must treat them like you would your own child. In some way, that was the vision of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Learning that lesson was important, and it’s also what makes St. Joe’s so important today. sj

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What was your first year at St. Joe’s like? Breem: I started the same year as Bob Scott. There were fewer teachers, and our scientific equipment wasn’t nearly what it is today. I liked the challenge of making the labs work with boys who had great mental capacity paired with unsophisticated equipment. We’d rotate five different groups in one lab space. Luckily, our students were so smart that it was successful. Roland: 1974 was a unique experience. Doc Breem was my mentor and we team-taught large lecture groups of 70 students in the freshmen building. I was one of seven new hires, including Tom Zabawa and Jim Deiotte. It was similar to the new group of teachers today!




Deacs gets in touch with global mission


by John Schnitter ’06


Curiosity. It is a quality St. Joe’s religion teacher Deacon William Hynes seeks to instill within his students, inspiring them to question what they know and explore their faith. It is his own curiosity, however, that leads Deacon Hynes to teach at Lasallian schools in far-off locations nearly every summer. “I love hearing about the Church in various places of the world,” said Deacon Hynes when asked what beckons him to travel the globe. “In a word: curiosity.” This year, Deacon Hynes’s curiosity led him to Nigeria for five weeks, with the majority of his time spent teaching religion at St. Joe’s twin school Mount Lasalle College and its accompanying postulant for young men considering life as a Christian Brother. Deacon Hynes’s trip was coordinated by DENA, the organizing body of the Christian Brothers for the District of Eastern North America. Last year, DENA recognized Deacon Hynes as one of its Distinguished Lasallian Educators of 2012. Deacon Hynes’s prior travels abroad were organized by Brother Peter Killeen ’90, a former St. Joe’s teacher who is now earning his doctorate at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While there are many differences between stu-

dent life at Mount Lasalle College and at St. Joe’s, Deacon Hynes noted that there was “much more in common than different.” As Deacon Hynes put it, “We are all part of the same Lasallian family.” Classes at Mount Lasalle College begin the same way they do at St. Joe’s and at all Lasallian schools – with the invocation that Jesus live in our hearts forever – serving as a reminder that St. Joe’s students are united with thousands of others around the world in the Lasallian tradition. Like St. Joe’s, Mount Lasalle is a college preparatory school. Students at Mount Lasalle have the same anxiety over the college application process that St. Joe’s students do, albeit with measurably higher stakes. While St. Joe’s students often are fortunate to have many colleges to


#33! A killer spring season catapaulted St. Joe’s athetics in 2013, resulting in a tie with rival Canisius for the Supremacy Cup. This marks the 33rd Supremacy Cup victory for the school! Congratulations to all our Marauders on their athletic dominance.

Despite their many similarities, Mount Lasalle students live and learn in a very different environment from the one St. Joe’s students enjoy. Deacon Hynes described Nigeria as a place with “more poverty, less opportunity, less freedom, and huge corruption problems.” Most students lived in small huts. They had enough to eat but ate the same food – corn, yams and okra – almost every day. “While we have SmartBoards and iPads, Mount Lasalle students are going to school in a cinderblock building with a tin roof, concerned about their food for the day,” said Deacon Hynes. Though Deacon Hynes has much to offer his students no matter where he teaches, he believes he is the one who benefits most from interactions with his students abroad. “What I have received far outweighs anything I have given my worldwide students,” said Deacon Hynes. “Teaching abroad has given me a truly global and deeper perspective to the concepts I try to relate to my students at St. Joe’s.” Indeed, after Deacon Hynes returns to Buffalo from a world away, he makes sure to pass on the lessons he learned to his students at St. Joe’s. “I think our students like hearing firsthand accounts of their brothers and sisters oceans away,” said Deacon Hynes. “It strengthens their solidarity and understanding of the challenges their generation faces globally. Most importantly, I think it gives our St. Joe’s men a deeper sense of gratitude for what God has given them here and now.” A deeper sense of gratitude, along with, perhaps, the curiosity to one day go out and explore the world for themselves. If they choose to do so, they have a great model in Deacon Hynes. sj

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choose from, the small number of colleges in Nigeria means many qualified students are unable to pursue higher education at all. “Getting into college is a big concern,” said Deacon Hynes, whose time at Mount Lasalle coincided with year-end exams. “What do you do if you aren’t accepted? You just end up returning to your village.” Although the pressure is intense, Mount Lasalle students make time for fun as well. Deacon Hynes described the students there as “typical teenagers” who love to discuss and play sports, especially soccer. Deacon Hynes particularly enjoyed the time he spent chatting with students outside the classroom, something that should come as no surprise to St. Joe’s students. “I loved speaking informally with the students,” said Deacon Hynes. “They ask fascinating questions about our schools, our classrooms, and life in America.”



was voted First-Team All-Catholic two times and First-Team All-Western New York. After a very successful professional hockey career, Tom’s jersey (#14) was retired by the Florida Everblades. Mark J. Campanella ’99 is one of a handful of freshmen who ever made the St. Joe’s varsity football team and an even smaller number who actually started. During his four varsity years, Mark amassed over 300 tackles, 29 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries. His undefeated senior year team was the #1 team The Alumni Association proudly announces the upcomin WNY. Mark was selected 1st Team All-Catholic 3 times, ing induction of five new individuals and one team into the and 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-Western New York, St. Joe’s Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, November 15 at 7 and other numerous honors following his senior campaign. p.m. at the school. The 2013 induction class represents, with With all of those accolades, Mark is most proud of the fact distinction, the school’s football, wrestling, hockey and basethat never lost to Canisius during his tenure at St. Joe’s. ball programs: 2003-2004 Federation Hockey Team will go down as one of Robert W. O’Connor Jr. ’65 was the face of St. Joe’s football the best St. Joe’s hockey teams in history. The team won the for over 30 years. His tenure began in 1975 and amassed 169 prestigious Saratoga Springs and Massena High wins and 13 league championships, retiring School Tournament Championships, while in 2009 as the winningest football coach in Sports Hall of Fame amassing a 25-3 overall record. They finished school history. His 1983 Marauders won the first in league play and defeated Bishop Timon/ first of 17 straight games over rival Canisius, Induction Ceremony St. Jude in the Federation finals, on their way a streak that would factor into his 26-8 career to victory in the CHSAA State ChampionFriday, November 15 record versus the Crusaders. Bob was the ship game. At the end of the 2004 season, the recipient of numerous awards, including the 7 p.m. at St. Joe’s Marauders were widely recognized as the #1 WNY Football Coaches Association’s Coach hockey team in New York. of the Year in 1996, 1998, 2005 and 2006. Michael J. Rozborski ’05 was an integral part of the wresMichael Kiener, PhD ’89 was one of the most important tling and crew programs. As a wrestler, Mike was Monsignor people in the history of St. Joe’s wrestling. After his graduaMartin High School Athletic Association All-Catholic tion, Mike and fellow alum Chris Magin returned to St. Joe’s Champion and CHSAA State Champion. He was chosen as assistant wrestling coaches. Both Mike and Chris provided Most Outstanding Wrestler at the CHSAA Championship, invaluable technical expertise, while new Head Coach Gary voted MMHSAA Wrestler of the Year, and was the first St. Thompson focused on endurance. All are credited with saving Joe’s wrestler to eclipse 100 career wins. At the end of his the program during this difficult period. Mike was elevated high school career, Mike held 6 of 12 possible school records to head coach in 1995 and was named Monsignor Martin in wrestling, including most wins in a season (39) and career High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 1998. (116). In crew, Mike’s boat won the 2004 Canadian National Thomas A. Buckley IV ’94 was a three-sport all-star athSchoolboy Rowing Championship. lete and integral member of many championship teams. He Join us on November 15 as these athletic icons are inexcelled in hockey, leading his team to consecutive Federaducted into the St. Joe’s Sports Hall of Fame. For more tion Hockey League championships. An outstanding footinformation, contact Scott Burns at (716) 270-4115 or ball player, he was voted All-Catholic and was a member of To register online, visit sj All-Western New York and All-State teams. In baseball, Tom

celebrating generations of athletic achievement



summer scientists


While other students spent their summer outside, this group of Marauders spent it conducting research, observing physicians and aiding engineers as part of the St. Joe’s Summer Science Internship Program under the guidance of faculty moderator, Mr. Jim Roland ’69. Internships were offered at locally and nationally-renowned institutions, such as the University at Buffalo’s Department of Pharmacology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Hauptman Woodward Institute.

in the


A piano and a promise set Bill Maggio ’80 on a path to vast professional success. When Bill Maggio ’80 began playing piano at four years old, he never imagined that the talent would someday open the door to a life-changing opportunity. A resident of North Buffalo, Bill attended Buffalo Public schools. Like so many other kids in his neighborhood he applied to St Joe’s. But unlike a lot of his friends, Bill was not accepted. However, a surprise phone call 2 years later from his cousin, Bill Occhino ’79, would change everything. “My cousin was a saxophonist in the St. Joe’s Jazz Lab Band,” said Bill. “He called me halfway through my sophomore year to tell me that the band needed a backup piano player for the Jazz Band and spring musical. I had played since I was little, so I thought, ‘This is my shot.’ ” Maggio auditioned on a Saturday. The following Monday he received another phone call – this time from Principal Brother Dominic Gisondo, who made him a deal he couldn’t refuse. “He told me, ‘If you promise to come to the Brothers’ house three days a week after school for tutoring, the remainder of your sophomore year and thoughout the summer, I’ll let you attend St. Joe’s your junior year,’ ” said Bill. “Br. Dominic took a chance on me. I didn’t have the grades to get into St. Joe’s, but he saw something and took a chance.” Bill kept the promise and began his tutoring with Br. Anselm and Br. John Griffin. By September, Bill walked through the halls of 845 Kenmore Avenue as a St. Joe’s junior. “I will never forget the feeling I got on my first day at St. Joe’s,” said Bill. “For the first time in my academic life, I felt comfortable – like I would accomplish something.” And Bill did just that. After playing piano in the Jazz Lab Band and continuing his tutoring at the Brothers’ residence throughout his junior year, Bill went on to Canisius College where he would eventually graduate from the highly competitive Accounting program. He also discovered the sport of rowing, and after graduation went onto win multiple national championships.

But it wasn’t accounting or rowing that became the focus of Bill’s career. Instead, he took the advice of his counselors at Canisius College and broke into the highly lucrative field of biotechnology. Beginning as a salesman for Boehringer Mannheim/Roche, a German company, Bill later moved onto Immco Diagnostics, a US-based global esoteric immunological diagnostic company that develops and distributes autoimmune disease diagnostics. “We develop diagnostics kits that no one else has,” said Bill. “Our devices play a crucial role in the diagnosis of some of the most chronic diseases today, so what we do is critically important.” As President and CEO he purchased Immco along with a group of partners in 2009. Under Bill’s guidance, the company significantly expanded its global footprint, developed and introduced new proprietary diagnostic applications, and grew to one of the most recognizable diagnostic companies across the globe. However, the largest expansion was still to come. In August 2013, Immco was purchased by Irish company Trinity Biotech. The result was a huge victory for both companies. “Together, we created one of the industry’s largest public esoteric diagnostics companies,” said Bill. “We have facilities in 10 countries and employees stationed around the world.” To anyone who knows him, Bill Maggio is a huge supporter of Buffalo. He recently expanded the Trinity US presence by establishing operations on the Buffalo Medical campus. “What’s happening in Buffalo Life Sciences is critical to our community’s future,” said Bill. “We are obligated to support what’s going on at the medical campus.” When he’s not overseeing Immco, Bill serves on a number of boards, works out regularly and still practices the piano. Most importantly is time with family – his wife Linda, and two daughters, Emilie and Sophia. Bill jokes, “They are the only board of directors that matter in my life.” Bill Maggio has seen much success and he claims it all started when a Christian Brother took a chance on him in 1978. “Brother Dominic never asked me for anything in return for the opportunity and tutoring,” said Bill. “What does that say about him, and what does that say about St. Joe’s? Men are great only as they are kind. That single act taught me so much about generosity, commitment, and believing in people. St. Joe’s will forever have a place in my heart.” sj

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“That single act taught me so much about generosity, commitment, and believing in people.”


SURVIVING A CORPORATE CRISIS Bill Collins ’72 to address crisis communications at Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series

Crises are all around us. Your company’s ability to respond when faced with a crisis can, if handled poorly, badly damage your firm’s reputation or, if handled well, enhance your standing in your industry and community. Is your company ready? Distinguished alumnus and public relations executive Bill Collins will help us understand the essential elements of a crisis plan, the importance of building a crisis support structure and the strategic imperative of speaking with one


voice, among other critical tips in preparing for crises. In addition to being a proud alumnus and former trustee of St. Joe’s, Bill is an enthusiastic graduate of St. Bonaventure University. He is principal of Travers Collins, one of the region’s leading marketing communications firms, and an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, whose Buffalo Niagara Chapter has honored him as Practitioner of the Year and the recipient of numerous Excalibur awards for excellence in the field. Join Bill on Thursday, November 21 at noon at Chef ’s Restaurant, 291 Seneca Street in Buffalo. Tickets are $20. Register online at, or contact Scott Burns at (716) 270-4115 or for more information. sj

t h g i s r e b r Lasallian Gala to highlight students’


accomplishments, dreams


What makes Lasallian a success year after year? Our students – their presence, their hard work, and their bright futures. They are the stars of St. Joe’s, and they’re now also the inspiration for the 2014 Lasallian Gala and Dinner Auction’s theme chosen by chair couple John ’84 & Suzanne Berger! Lasallian 2014: Bright Futures Gala pays tribute to these stars of St. Joe’s by providing substantial additional tuition support funding. The largest St. Joe’s fundraiser of the year, it also provides attendees with an incredible night of dinner, live and silent auctions, music and fun! This year’s festivities will highlight the dreams and goals of our students, the deep-rooted commitment of our alumni and the dedication of our teachers and staff. An annual sell-out, Lasallian 2014 will again offer the outstanding rhythms of the St. Joe’s Jazz Lab Band, fabulous cuisine from Oliver’s, an unsurpassed selection of silent and live auction items plus late-night socializing in a bistro setting. The Bergers and their committee have enthusiastically kicked off planning for this year’s gala with a gift gathering Summer Soiree at the Buffalo Launch Club in late August plus a mid-September Food Truck Night “Under the Stars” picnic at St. Joe’s that resulted in the biggest gift gathering event we have ever had. Next up? A Holiday Wine Tasting & Gift Gathering Party at Georgetown Wine & Liquor in Williamsville on Thursday, December 5, from 6:30-8:30 pm. Join us! sj

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IN MEMORIAM John Brady ’69 Paul R. Carr, Jr. ’45 John D. Elias, Sr. ’57 Paul N. Englert Jr. ’12 Urban A. Englert, Sr. ’44 James R. (J.R.) Finan ’01 Michael J. Flaherty ’57 Donald E. Griffin, Sr. Theodore Saglibene ’64 Robert B. Sauter ‘43 Domenic J. Scalise ’61 Dennis J. Sullivan ‘50 Michael J. Sullivan ’59

1960s Robert M. Greene ’62, a partner with Philips Lytle LLP, was awarded the Buffalo Club Medal on October 10. Bob was chosen in recognition of the respect he has earned among colleagues, as well as his efforts toward the progress of his community. John L. (“Jack”) Hoelscher ’62 will be inducted into the JFK Football League Hall of Fame in November. The league, which bills itself as, “the oldest football league of its kind in the nation,” will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with this special induction. Robert W. O’Connor ’65 will be inducted into the St. Joe’s Sports Hall of Fame on

James W. Kosnik, D.M.A. ’67, professor of organ and music at Old Dominion University, was featured in “Organ, Choir and Brass: A Celebration of Music through the Ages” in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in October.

1970s Charles Maryan ’71 retired from Shell Oil Co. after 31+ years. He started own deepwater oilfield consulting company, Go Deep Riser Consulting, LLC. His first client is Chevron Deepwater Drilling & Completions - Gulf of Mexico. Charles will be working on Chevron Big Foot Tension Leg Platform Project. Peter J. Kadzik ’71 was nominated to a key post in the Obama administration: Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, Department of Justice. Joseph M. Schnitter ’72 recently opened a new law firm, Schnitter Ciccarelli Mills PLLC, specializing in insurance defense and coverage, and all aspects of civil litigation. Michael P. Castine ’72 joined Ridgeway Partners as a partner in the New York office, deepening the firm’s financial services expertise and expanding its New York presence. Michael joined Ridgeway from Korn/ Ferry International where he served as Chairman, Asset and Wealth Management. During his five years at Korn/ Ferry, Michael worked on senior level recruitments for traditional Investment Firms, Mutual Fund Companies,

Banks, Insurance Companies, Wealth Management Firms, Hedge Funds, Family Offices, Sovereign Wealth Funds, and the US Department of Treasury’s TARP program. Anthony M. DaDante ’75 was featured in a September 2013 article in Sophie Woman’s Magazine. Visit sophiewomansmagazine for the complete text.

1980s Richard N. Gilbert, M.D. ’80 has been elected to the Board of Trustees at Canisius College. Rick is a current member of the St. Joe’s Board of Trustees and a past chairman of the board. Anthony J. Naples ’84 resides in Golden, Colorado, with his wife Alison and daughter Alyssa. Tony is a senior account manager for Hewlett-Packard, Inc., supporting his primary customers, Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance, across the US. In military life, Colonel Naples commands the 89th Sustainment Brigade, U.S. Army Reserve. He has 28 years of active and reserve service. Peter Drzewiecki ’85 received an appointment to full professor in the Department of Environmental Science at Eastern Connecticut State University. Peter currently serves as chair of the department. In June 2012, he was singularly honored as recipient of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Systems Board of Regents/CSU Teaching Award. In addition to his university academic pursuits, Peter is currently collaborating with a major international energy company to establish and

conduct a geological field school in the Pyrenees area of Spain. Stephen L. Carauna ’86 is heavily active in studio art with woodcarving, painting, plein air painting, pyrography, and watercolor. Stephen is currently illustrating religious books by Queenship publishing companies. His art is utilized for community charity fundraising and his religious carvings are in numerous private and public religious places. Stephen will be doing his fourth St. Joe’s Artist in Residence workshop in woodburning. Timothy M. Brien ’86 and his wife, Jennifer Brien, opened a bakery/cafe in Kenmore, called Mia Dolcezza, located at 2872 Delaware Avenue (where Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road intersect). James A. Pernick ’86 has been elected to the WNY Baseball Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place in October. Donald J. Held ’89, a member of the St. Joe’s Board of Trustees, is engaged to Julie Marie Szefel, who is the daughter of fellow St. Joe’s board member Dennis Szefel. The wedding is being planned for November 2 at St. Gregory the Great Church in Williamsville. Michael Kiener ’89 will be inducted into the St. Joe’s Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, November 15. For more information, or to register for this event, visit sports-hall-of-fame.

1990s Donald Kutzbach ’92 and Steven P. Pierpaoli ’92 have been chosen for Business

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First’s 40 Under 40 honor. The luncheon took place November. Thomas A. Buckley ’94 will be inducted into the St. Joe’s Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, November 15. For more information, or to register for this event, visit sports-hall-of-fame. Mark P. Collard ’94 The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society elected Mark chairman of the BPO Foundation, which manages the endowment of the orchestra. Mark will become an ex-officio member of the BPO board of trustees. He is managing partner and co-founder of Amherstbased Landmark Wealth Management. Mark J. Campanella ’99 will be inducted into the St. Joe’s Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, November 15. For more information, or to register for this event, visit sports-hall-of-fame.

2000s Alexander J. Chambers ’01 is an English teacher at Clarence Central High School. He and his wife have 3 children. Corey T. Burzynski ’02 and his wife Kimberly are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brayden Thaddeus on September 24. Matthew B. Chambers ’03 earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell and his PhD (Chemistry) from MIT. He is now doing his post-doctoral work at the University of Paris. James V. Safy ’04 received his Certificate from Touro College for Digital Media Arts and Business of Music in June. Later that month, he began interning at (Every Song Has A Chance). He currently heads their A&R Department and is responsible for finding talent. The 2004 Federation Hockey Team will be inducted into the St. Joe’s Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, November 15. For more information, or to register for

this event, visit sports-hall-of-fame. Andrew D. Carlo, M.D. ’05 graduated from Georgetown University Medical School in May 2013 and will perform his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Joseph W. Davis ’05 recently received a composer credit for original music in this spring’s off-Broadway musical production, My Hero. The show was based on Joe’s band, Almost Six Six, and their late band member, Jonathan Henry Swartz, who lost his battle with a rare form of bone cancer. Joe was also recently promoted to VP Financial Advisor at HSBC’s Fifth Avenue headquarters in New York City. Michael J. Rozborski ’05 will be inducted into the St. Joe’s Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, November 15. For more information, or to register for this event, visit sports-hall-of-fame. Matthew S. Seier ’05 married Justine Domagala (HAA ’05) on August 3, 2013, at St. Margaret’s Church in Buffalo.

They spent their honeymoon in Negril, Jamaica. Matthew is currently employed as a Software Engineer at Moog Industries in East Aurora, NY, and is attending the Professional MBA program at SUNYAB. James Pernick ’08 is employed in sales and customer service for Caplugs doing sales and customer service after having interned at the company. Andrew Seier ’08 has been accepted into the UB School of Medicine and matriculated in August. He graduated in May 2013 from SUNYAB with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Spanish. Garrett M. Chambers ’09 graduated from Geneseo in May and is pursuing his MBA degree in marketing at the University at Buffalo.

2010s Joseph D. Pernick ’10 was named Second Team All Conference (AMCC conference) in baseball at Hilbert, as well as Academic All Conference.


Alumni Association brings Father Christmas to Kenmore - and you’re invited!


Whether you call him St. Nicholas, Pere Noel, Babbo Natale, Kris Kringle or Santa, your favorite Jolly Old Elf will visit St. Joe’s on Sunday, December 15, from 9 - 11 a.m.! Bring your children for snacks and activities with the elves, as well as a personal chat with Santa himself. Each child will be photographed with Santa and receive a small gift. Your child or grandchild will find his or her name in Santa’s Naughty or Nice book ... with your help. When you complete the registration form, your answers will

determine if they were good (for goodness’ sake) and will provide Santa with a little info about your child so he’ll be ready for a personalized chat. Cost for admission is a non-perishable canned good to benefit the St. Joe’s Food Basket drive. Space for this special appearance is limited. Please reserve your spot online by December 8 for this registration-only event. No walkins, please! Visit to register for this event. For more information, contact Scott Burns in the Advancement Office at (716) 270-4115 or sj

special events Saturday, November 16 Entrance & Scholarship Exam Saturday, November 16 Distinguished Speakers Series

Saturday, January 11 Mother/Son Social Saturday, February 8 Lasallian 2014 Gala & Dinner Auction "Bright Futures" Friday – Sunday March 7 – 9 Spring Musical Production Sunday, March 23 Father/Son Mass & Man of the Year Award Saturday, April 26 Signum Fidei Induction Ceremony Monday – Saturday April 28 – May 3 Fine Arts Week

Wednesday, December 11 Fine Arts Department Concert Monday, December 23 Class of 2013 Reunion


Saturday, May 3 Fine Arts Wall of Honor Induction Ceremony Thursday & Friday May 15 & 16 Class of 1963 Golden Jubilee Reunion Friday – Sunday June 20-22 Alumni Weekend

Friday, June 20 Alumni Golf Tournament Saturday, June 21 All-Alumni Soccer Game All-Alumni School Tours Individual Class Reunions for classes ending in 3 & 8 Sunday, June 22 All-Alumni Family Liturgy & Breakfast

Check for the full school events calendar, as well as alumni special events listings and ongoing updates!

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