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Only a few hours before commencement this May, 40 members of the St. Joe’s Class of 1962 gathered in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans to reunite with their friends from 50 years ago. Most had graying hair – some had less than that – but they all had big smiles and contagious laughs as they greeted their former classmates at the Golden Jubilee Dinner. While I did not have the pleasure of teaching any of these men at St. Joe’s, I was nonetheless inspired by the sight of these Jubilarians. These gentlemen – distinguished men in their communities – were back to their days of sitting around the cafeteria table with their friends, just like they did when they were seniors. It was as if 50 years had never passed at all! Much has changed since 1962. Today’s hit songs are a far cry from Elvis Presley’s “Return to Sender,” and the questionably “real” housewives of Beverly Hills bear no resemblance to the Beverly Hillbillies. I’m also sure we all wish that the average cost of a new house was still $12,500 instead of today’s $234,000, or that gas was still 28 cents per gallon, instead of hovering around $4.00. Changes are evident everywhere. The Class of '62 has also changed in the last 50 years. Since leaving 845 Kenmore Avenue, these men moved around the country, travelling back to their Golden Jubilee celebration from Michigan, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas, California, New Jersey and Florida. They went from high school boys studying with Mr. Tell and Brother Ambrose to becoming leaders in
business, law, academia and a diversity of other fields. Many men, many paths, but a common starting point ... St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. And though these men took very different turns in their lives, and accomplished a wide variety of things, they all returned to their alma mater to celebrate the institution at which their adult lives began. St. Joe’s taught them always to challenge themselves and strive for excellence, no matter where their lives would one day lead them. This passion for achievement did more than inspire the Class of 1962 to excel in their personal and professional lives – it also united them, as a class, to give back to St. Joe’s. Together, they created the Thomas Moore '62 Memorial Endowment Fund – which you will read about on the next page – in memory of a beloved classmate who died fighting for his country in Vietnam. This call to action quickly resulted in the largest class year endowment fund to date, resulting in contributions of over $75,000, which brings the total to $176,000 and growing. After the Golden Jubilee dinner, the Class of '62 watched their classmate and president of Trocaire College, Dr. Paul Hurley '62, give the Commencement address. Later, each man crossed the stage to collect his 50-year reunion certificate in front of the members of the Class of
2012. In doing so, they so wonderfully represented the lived reality of that which the Class of 2012 spoke so eloquently about – BROTHERS. These classes were separated by 50 years yet bonded in the traditions of St. Joe’s and St. John Baptist de La Salle – they are men respected and respect-filled, men who lead others by example, true gentlemen of integrity. I have always loved this time of year and especially for moments like these: When generations of St. Joe’s men welcome, challenge and inspire each other. Just like the Class of '62, our newest alumni – the Class of 2012 – will soon go off to some of the finest universities and colleges across the country. Their lives are only beginning, and we’re sure that they too will take many different paths. But no matter which path they take, we know they all started in the very same place: right here at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. Live Jesus in Our Hearts .... Forever.
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President Robert T. Scott, AFSC
Editor & Director of Marketing Communications Kate LaBrake
Photography Kate LaBrake James P. McCoy Tom Wolf '82
Cover Photo: Graduating seniors Robert Amos '12 and David Arthur '12 listen to a speech at their commencement ceremony on May 24, 2012. More Commencement photos are available on www.sjci.com!
50 Years Later: Class of '62 Gives Back Thomas Jon Moore '62 died in a helicopter crash during the Vietnam War on April 19, 1967. The brave pilot was only 22 years old. “Tom was regarded by all members of the platoon as the best pilot we had,” said a fellow soldier in a recent email. “He was the consummate professional. Tom was very intense when serious things were going on, but he was also a fun guy with a gentle side.” Tom served in the Kowtum Province of Vietnam. He was highly decorated for heroism, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross for rescuing a ground patrol, a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and the Air Medal. But Tom was more than an esteemed pilot: He was also a beloved member of the St. Joe’s Class of 1962. During his high school years, he participated in Shamrock Club, the Benilde Society, Intramurals and Honor Society. His yearbook tells us: “Tom ... friends
Left: At the Golden Jubilee Brunch, Dennis Golombek '62 tearfully reads an email from a fellow pilot of classmate Thomas Jon Moore '62, who died in the Vietnam War. Right: The Memorial display for Moore at the Golden Jubilee Brunch.
included Fox, Flood and Furnald ... inhabits Clarence ... spends weekends at Pat’s or Eduardo’s ... a good friend of Mr. Tell ... works at Wish-in-Well restaurant.” In memory of their fallen friend, the
great country,” said classmate Joe Ivers '62. “In my mind, what better way can we keep his spirit alive than by endowing funds in Tom Moore’s name? We can keep the dreams of young men alive by providing them with an opportunity to attend St. Joe's.”
Richard Herdlein '62, a classmate of Tom and Joe, commented: “It seemed fitting to enhance this gift which will remain as a lasting testament A rubbing of Tom's name on panel 40E—Row 026 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. to our class’ support for St. Joe’s and our care, concern and commitment to Tom and to each Class of 1962 established and generously other.” contributed toward the Thomas Jon Moore '62 Memorial Endowment Fund. As with all endowed funds at St. Classmates pledged over $75,000 to the Joe’s, 5% will be directed toward tuition endowment in the months leading up support (financial aid and scholarship to their Golden Jubilee Reunion. The awards) each year. And, every year in the fund now stands at over $176,000 – a future, students who receive that support momentous tribute to a man who touched will know that it came from generous so many lives. contributions made in memory of Thomas “Tom Moore made a personal commitment when he put his life in harm's way to defend the ideals of our
Jon Moore, who lives in the hearts left behind.
4-5 Congrats, Seniors! 6-7 Commencement 2012 8 New Film Course 9 Athletic Accolades 10 Fine Arts Honors 11 Lasallian Gala 11 Support St. Joe's 12 In the Spotlight 13-15 Alumni News and Notes 14 Alumni Association Call for Nominations
congratulationsseniors Reginald Caleb Agbeko Benjamin Arthur Almeter Taylor Jonathon Almeter Thomas David Alvarez Robert Lavon Amos David Michael Arthur Cameron Mitchell Bailey Timothy Walter Balkin Eric Daniel Bellanca Matthew Mark Berke Gabriel John Bialkowski David Michael Bianchi John Norman Birkman James Oliver Blackwell Nicholas Anthony Boccio Kyle Alexander Briggs Paul Powers Callahan III Richard Leo Cappellazzo William John Carroll Michael Thomas Carter Angelo Joseph Lorenzo Caruso
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Matthew Lucas Case Michael Forrest Case Michael John Collins Nicholas Blake Colosanti Joseph Patrick Comer Matthew Edward Coughlin Tyler Jacob Crawford Sean Patrick Michael Cronin Bernard Charles Cryan John Patrick Cryan Christian M. Curatolo Joseph Fadi Dagher Tyler James Daily Kevin Joseph Danaher Karl Erich Daniel Michael Joseph Delmont Scott David Denk Alex Louis DeRosa Kevin Ryan Dietrich Francesco Peter DiVito Christian Lawrence Dohring
Jonathan Stephen Domino Scott William Dudek David Roger Dunning Timothy Richard Dyet Paul Norbert Englert Jr. Richard Francis Englert Timur I. Erk Daniel Michael Falcone Christian M. Farah Shawn P. Fedchak Justin A. Frentzel Alexander Gerard Fritz Brian Andrew Fry Brandon Michael Gaglio Brian Patrick Gallagher Luke Alan Gentzke Joseph Robert Gianturco Brendan Barrett Gilmer Joseph William Hacherl Connor Jones Hagner Ryan Clemens Halt
Kevin M. Harmon Avery Lazar Hayward William Edward Healy Robert Edward Heary Joseph John Heffernan Russell T. Higgins Stefan Bennet Hocko Richard Patrick Hunter Aaron Dennis Iannello Steven Robert Jennings Justin Curtis Johnson Kevin Joseph Kabacinski David Gabriel Kazmierczak William Luhr Kearney Chad Patrick Kelly Daniel Joseph Kersten Daniel Edward Kiener II Matthew Thomas Kinsley David Edward Klawon Jr. Jason Benedict Klinkman Blase LaDuca
classof2012 Bartholomew Joseph LaFaso Ian Francis LaLonde Austin John Lauer Michael Raymond Levy Cronan Maxwell Long Peter M. Lunghino John Luke Maher Michael John Mahoney II Marc Thomas Mallare Michael Patrick Maloney Nicholas S. Mambretti Patrick Elliot Mang William Thomas Mangione Tyler Louis Marciniak Eric James Markarian Adam Michael Marra Brian Michael Martinez Nazzareno Masecchia III Anthony Nicholas Mauro Gerges Abdou Mazraani Daniel Joseph Mazurowski
Michael Joseph McDonnell II Patrick Thomas McDonnell Michael Ryan McLeod Anthony Joseph Migliore Tyler David Mills Michael Joseph Mistretta Michael Gregory Molisani Brion Charles Neary Connor James Neil Thinh Duc Nguyen Nathan John O'Brien Zachary Joseph O'Connell Cooper O'Connell Oexle Ryan Patrick O'Hara Julian Zachariah Olin William Thomas Orgek Joseph Alan Peacock Adam Paul Pelczynski Brian Albert Pilski Joshua Ranallo Michael Anthony Renier
Scott Joseph Rentz Adam Michael Roaldi Ethan Daniel Roaldi Samuel J. Romano Michael Vincent Rose Patrick Frank Ryan Richard George Saffire Jordan Randy Sanders Alec David San Lorenzo Peter Anthony Scaglione Braden William Scales Charles William Schaab Kevin L. Scherer Donald Vincent Schibler Casey Mark Schultz Christopher Salvatore Sciandra David Albert Senko Eric Charles Shelberg Matthew John Stefura William Henry Stephan IV
Garrett Joseph Stephens Connor James Stockman Kenneth Mark Strom Michael D. Szalach Mathew Konrad Teschner Derrick Anthony Thompson Brendan Michael Treverton Jonathan Geelan Vara Benjamin James Verdi Adam Edward Wakefield Patrick J. Waldron Thomas Charles Warner Patrick Gillick Weil Zachary Alfred Wilde Timothy Wolfe Wilko David Bradley Williams Richard G. Wiorkowski Jr. Sungho Youn Christopher Ryan Zambito Yanni Simon Zulia
commencement2012 Bianchi, Olin named Valedictorian, Salutatorian Valedictorian David Bianchi began his commencement speech with a phrase he once heard as an eighth grader: Be welcomed, be challenged, be inspired. This wasn't only a slogan to the high achiever. Instead, it provided a framework for his time at St. Joe's and beyond.
"Now it is our time to welcome, challenge, and inspire those who we meet as our lives move forward," said David, addressing his classmates in cap and gown. "We can be the sign of faith that helps to create communities, workplaces, and families where all people are brothers and sisters."
York Academic First Team by Buffalo Business First. Salutatorian Julian Olin spoke about the bonds formed during his transformative high school experience at St. Joe's. "I sincerely believe that the bonds and connections we’ve formed are eternal," said Julian. David Bianchi '12 "A few life stages and many years from now, I know that my Joe’s boys will still be some of my dearest friends, and I can’t wait to see where life has led everyone at our reunions."
David will attend Michigan State University in the fall. He is a National Merit Finalist and was recently named a member of the All-Western New
Olin, a National Merit Commended Student, will attend George Washington University in the fall. At St. Joe's, he was captain of the MMHSAA Championship-winning Varsity Soccer team and Julian Olin '12 an active member of the Recycling Club. Both Bianchi and Olin received numerous scholarships for their academic achievements.
A Family Thing What does a true St. Joe's legacy family look like? Just ask Robert Heary '82, Robert Heary '12 or Robert Heary '52: Father, son and grandfather who each graduated from St. Joe's exactly 30 years apart. St. Joe's looks forward to the possibility of watching a future Robert Heary cross the stage in 2042!
More Commencement photos at sjci.com!
2012 By the Numbers The Class of 2012 has a diversity of talents, achievements and passions. They've received millions in scholarships and grants for both huge universities and small colleges. They represent areas across Western New York, and come from a wide array of Catholic, charter and public elementary schools. Here is a look at our newest alumni by the numbers:
166 69 recipients of the President's Award for Educational Excellence 25 millions of dollars in 1National Merit Finalist scholarships and grants David Bianchi 746 number of awards received 2 by the Class of 2012 Division I Athletes Kelly 46 Chad James Blackwell Class of 2012 graduates
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Dr. Paul B. Hurley, Jr. '62 addresses the Class of 2012 Dr. Paul B. Hurley, Jr. '62, retiring president of Trocaire College, gave wisdom and insight to graduating seniors as this year's commencement speaker. "I encourage you tonight to remember that each of us can be agents for what LaSalle preached," he said. "Go out, be a brother in spirit. Later in life, find opportunities to serve others." Prior to the ceremony, Hurley reconnected with his former St. Joe's classmates at the Golden Jubilee celebration.
Hurley became the first lay president of Trocaire College in 1998. His 14-year run in that position was marked with historic growth in enrollment and expanded academic programs.
inhonorofmichael Hoerner. “But he would still tell me, ‘We should offer something for more serious discussion, for more advanced cinematic dialogue.’ I hope this course will maintain his legacy and accomplish what he would have wanted.” The new summer course, American Film: History, Theory and Technique will begin in July. This half-credit bearing class will provide a platform on which students can enjoy, analyze and reflect on films from a variety of American directors and genres. “Sometimes schools focus on the students who are great athletes or great scientists,” said Avi. “Michael couldn’t be an athlete because of his Crohn’s Disease, but film and literature gave him an outlet. We want to give this same outlet for other students who have similar passions.” Avi Israel speaks to the crowd at his son's memorial tree planting ceremony
Film course offered in memory of Michael Israel '08
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On May 30, 40 members of the St. Joe’s community gathered around a freshly-planted tree in front of the school. These alumni, students, friends, faculty, staff and administration joined Avi and Julie Israel in somber prayer. The tree was planted in memory of their son, Michael Israel '08.
with English teacher Nick Hoerner. “Michael loved reading, and he loved cinema,” said Mr. Israel. “We were looking at something we could do at St. Joe’s that would show Michael's passion for movies, and this course seemed like the perfect fit. We wanted to give kids with the same hobbies a place to explore them.”
During his time at St. Joe’s, Michael Israel '08 Michael was “Michael loved instrumental this school,” said Avi, in starting the addressing the crowd after the prayer service. “This place was first Film Club. Now in its sixth year, the Film a home to him, and we will continue to Club continues to offer support it until our last days.” analysis and discussion Avi and Julie have already to its ever-increasing supported the school in a very big membership. way since their son’s passing in 2011. Prior to the tree planting, the couple contributed toward establishing a summer film class in Michael’s honor
“Michael was a main reason why Film Club started,” said
“If this class had one student enrolled, it would be a success,” Julie added. Presently, 15 students are enrolled in American Film: History, Theory and Technique. Most students enrolled are also involved in the Sci-Fi Club, Long Book Club or Film Club. “Offering this course in honor of Michael says that every student who passes through these halls matters,” said Nick Hoerner. “It makes no difference whether you’re a musician, an artist, an athlete, or someone who likes to read books and watch films. Regardless of what a student is passionate about, he matters.” From Left: Nick Hoerner, Julie Israel and Avi Israel
athleticaccolades Spring 2012 Winners: Eric Bellanca '12 - Track & Field Richard Cappallazzo '12 - Tennis Joseph Comer '12 - Lacrosse Matthew Coughlin '12 - Crew Tyler Mills '12 - Baseball Michael Molisani '12 - Lacrosse
Scholar Athletes Announced Winter 2011 Winners: Kyle Briggs '12 - Basketball William (Liam) Kearney '12 - Wrestling William Mangione '12 - Ice Hockey Tyler Mills '12 - Ice Hockey Brian Pilski '12 - Wrestling Winter 2011 Honorable Mention: Thomas Alvarez '12 - Swimming & Diving Robert Amos '12 - Ice Hockey Tyler Crawford '12 - Ice Hockey Charles Cryan '12 - Wrestling Christian Dohring '12 - Indoor Track Alexander Fritz '12 - Ice Hockey Brian Gallagher '12 - Ice Hockey Connor Hagner '12 - Ice Hockey Michael Mahoney II '12 - Bowling Marc Mallare '12 - Ice Hockey Patrick Mang '12 - Wrestling Richard Saffire '12 - Swimming & Diving David Senko '12 - Indoor Track William Stephan '12 - Basketball
Spring 2012 Honorable Mentions: Robert Amos '12 - Track & Field Nicholas Boccio '12 - Golf Charles Cryan '12 - Golf Christian Curatolo '12 - Golf Christian Curatolo '12 - Lacrosse Paul Englert '12 - Lacrosse Joseph Gianturco '12 - Golf Joseph Gianturco '12 - Tennis David Klawon '12 - Crew Nathan O'Brien '12 - Lacrosse Ryan O'Hara '12 - Crew Scott Rentz '12 - Crew Adam Roaldi '12 - Crew Richard Saffire '12 - Crew Brendan Scales '12 - Lacrosse David Senko '12 - Track & Field Michael Szalach '12 - Baseball Patrick Waldron '12 - Golf Patrick Waldron '12 - Tennis Timothy Wilko '12 - Track & Field David Williams '12 - Tennis Yanni Zulia '12 - Baseball
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Above: Scholar Athlete Kyle Briggs '12; Below: The Varsity Crew team's Senior 4 row past competition
Sports Highlights The Varsity Baseball team defeated St. Francis to claim the Georgetown Cup for the first time since 2005. Varsity Basketball's Reggie Agbeko '12 was named a member of the All-WNY Basketball First Team and MMHSAA First Team All-Catholic. The Varisty Bowling team took home the MMHSAA League Championship title. The Varsity Crew team was given the NYS Rowing Assn. Scholar Athlete Team Award. Also, the lightweight 4 won the NYS Championship. Federation Hockey's Seniors Tyler Mills '12 and Marc Mallare '12 were named members of the All-WNY Hockey Team, as well as to the Federation Division 1 All-Stars.
Varsity Lacrosse's Christian Curatolo '12 and Tim Balkin '12 were named members of the First Team All-Catholic in Lacrosse. In Varsity Tennis, Pat Waldron '12 and Josh Bassig '13 (pictured above) won the 2012 MMHSAA All-Catholic Doubles Championship.
The Varsity Wrestling team took the MMHSAA title in eight of the 15 weight classes.
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Varsity Track & Field's Dominik Kosar '13 is the NYS Champion in Discus, as well as CHSAA State Champion in indoor/ outdoor Shot Put and outdoor Discus.
Left: "Anything Goes!" cast and crew. Right: Director Paschal Frisina III '97, Kevin Harmon '12, Josh Ranallo '12 and Arianne Davidow pose with awards.
"Anything Goes!" takes home Kenny Award The St. Joe’s production of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes!” received the Kenny Award for Outstanding Musical Production at the May 12 ceremony. Held at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, the 19th Annual Kenny Awards recognized local high school talent for excellence in producing and performing musicals. The Kenny Award also came with a $5,000 grant on behalf of the Lipke Foundation. Kevin Harmon '12 of Lockport
received the award for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Billy Crocker in the Broadway classic. Josh Ranallo '12 of Buffalo took home the award for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Moonface Martin, and Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role was won by Sacred Heart Academy’s Arianne Davidow for her role as Bonnie. “They truly are a spirited and talented group of kids,” said Principal Jeffery
Hazel. “They’re a group that understands that each individual contributes something unique which plays a role in the success of the entire production.” St. Joe's is the most recent Kenny Award recipient, selected by a panel of judges over competing finalists Barker Central, Cardinal O'Hara, East Aurora, Iroquois, Lake Shore and Wilson. It joins over 100 local high school musical productions that have been recognized in the past 18 years.
Four inducted into St. Joe's Fine Arts Wall of Honor
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Four artists were inducted into the St. Joe's Fine Arts Wall of Honor on May 5. The seventh annual ceremony showcased the talent of inductees representing an array of artistic disciplines: Raymond DeMarchi '77, a highly accomplished percussion performer, instructor and volunteer in Kansas City. Sean Dougherty '87, an actor and acting instructor in New York with 35 stage theatre credits and 40 commercial/television credits to his name. Marya Maggiotto Grande, a former four-year member of Swing Choir and St. Joe's theatre productions and currently associate professor in the Education Department at Canisius College. Larry W. Griffis III '70, a nationally renowned sculptor, community leader and artist-in-residence of the St. Joe's Fine Arts Department. St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute congratulates the 2012 inductees for their lifetimes of accomplishment in the arts.
From Left: President Robert T. Scott, AFSC, Marya Maggiotto Grande, Larry Griffis '70, Sean Dougherty '87, Raymond DeMarchi '77, Fine Arts Chair Candie Ward
supportstjoe's Start spreading the news ... Lasallian 2013 brings the big city home! St. Joe’s will hum with the exciting vibe of New York City as Lasallian 2013 brings “Lights of Manhattan” to our annual Gala & Dinner Auction on Saturday, February 2nd. The evening will sparkle with the unmistakable glamour, elegance and style of New York City’s famous entertainment, fashion and culture. Chair couple Bob '75 & Sue Kreppel and their committee of fellow parents and alumni are planning for another sell-out
event so put a star on your calendar now. The fun kicks off right away at the first gift gathering on Friday, September 14, with a Tent Party & Picnic catered by Chiavetta’s on the school grounds. All parents, alumni and friends are invited to attend. This is a great opportunity for freshmen parents to take part in a casual St. Joe’s community gathering. Invitations and registration available in mid-August.
St. Joe's offers help for estate planning headaches St. Joe’s is pleased to offer two new publications which will help our alumni and friends as they plan their estates. The first publication, Estate Planning Guide, covers the basics of estate planning in 8 brief sections: • You Need a Good Estate Plan
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• Frequent Questions • Minimizing Your Tax Liabilities The second guide, My Will, provides a step-by-step form to help you prepare to meet with your financial and legal advisors. To receive your copies, please complete the form below or contact VP of Institutional Advancement Scott Burns at (716) 270-4115 or email@example.com.
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inthespotlight Anthony J. Colucci, III '76 This summer, the St. Joe's Board of Trustees will say goodbye to seven members. Board Chair Anthony J. Colucci III '76 is one of them. We asked him about his memories, accomplishments and observations about his time on the Board, as well as what he envisions for the future of the school he led.
downtown Buffalo office. "Western New York is changing. The world is changing. St. Joe's is keeping up with those changes, and leading the community." A major part of thriving in a transitioning economic climate was the Board of Trustees' Strategic Plan, a 2010 initiative spearheaded by Colucci. The Plan was set into place to increase enrollment, expand curriculum and better prepare students for the world beyond St. Joe's by embracing technology and innovation.
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Anthony Colucci III '76 is a busy man. Between employing 35 people at his highly successful law firm, Colucci & Gallaher, P.C., to traveling across the country to litigate on behalf of his clients, to staying active in local philanthropic agencies,Tony has a demanding schedule. But ask him to talk about St. Joe's, and he'll gladly block off his entire morning. Tony's passion for St. Joe's goes beyond his alumnus status. As member of the St. Joe's Board of Trustees since 2006 and president from 2010 to 2012, Tony spearheaded advances in St. Joe's academics, technology and enrollment despite a challenging economy and shrinking Catholic school network. "In the past six years, St. Joe's has become more sensitive to the fact that the community in which its operated is in a dynamic state," he said in his
Tony used these lessons from St. Joe's to earn an A.B. in Government from St. Lawrence University and a J.D. from the Catholic University of America. He began his law career with Damon Morey LLP in 1983, and later practiced law at Block & Colucci, P.C., with his father, Anthony Jr. '51, AFSC, before forming Colucci & Gallaher, P.C., in 1997. Tony eventually continued his St. Joe's family legacy by sending his sons, Bryan '08 and Christopher '08, to the school.
"The school community is more focused than ever on its own priorities as a result of the Strategic Plan it's now implementing," he explained. "We reorganized the way we recruit students. We set high goals for our academics, and we were able to see them through. We continue to accelerate the use of technology in the classroom, and recently instituted the beginning of a One-to-One Initiative that will eventually provide all students with iPads, so they can master these tools before college."
"St. Joe's was a second home to Bryan and Christopher," said Tony. "They, like me, found the years at St. Joe's to be transformative."
iPads are a far cry from the technology that was available during Tony's senior year. However, he credits the lessons he learned in high school with leading him on his professional path.
"St. Joe's is in a tremendously sweet spot in a challenging academic environment. Our greatest challenge is to keep the momentum of serving as defined by the mission of the school, " he said. "We have a strong Board of Trustees who are more than capable of guiding this institution, of giving more people a St. Joe's education. The community deserves it. Our mission demands it."
"Jack Kenny taught me how to write, and Al Simmons taught me logic. Geometric theorems are the exact structure of a logical argument I'd use in a contract or courtroom."
These transformative years proved beneficial for Tony, who will leave the St. Joe's Board of Trustees after leading the school to heightened enrollment, expanded academic opportunities and a unified mission.On top of anticipating his son Thomas's St. Joe's graduation ceremony in 2018, Tony sees the school's future as bright.
alumninews 1950's Joseph P. Wolf '57 former teacher, coach and Athletic Director, will be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in fall 2012, in recognition of his service to St. Joe's.
1960's Patrick J. McGroder III '63 has been elected President of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers. IATL represents the 500 best trial lawyers in the United States as judged by their peers. Pat leads the Personal Injury Practice of Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A. in Phoenix, AZ, where he and his wife reside. John B. Wren '62 recently published his first novel, To Probe A Beating Heart: The Fall of a Serial Killer. John is a consulting engineer, living in Northern Virginia with his wife, Lois and children. He is currently working on his next novel for release this fall. James W. Kosnik '67 received a Social Science Research Fellowship Grant for Spring 2013 at Old Dominion University, where he has taught for 30 years. The fellowship will allow him to pursue his
neuroscience studies regarding "Music and the Brain" in conjunction with the Department of Psychology and neuroscience Professor Dean Krusienski.
1970's Paul J. McDonnell '78, Director of Facilities for the Buffalo Public Schools, is currently 2012 Signum Fidei Inductees, clockwise from top: Ronald Tanski '70, managing a $1.3 David Nasca '75, Richard Cronin '68, Paul Harder '65, and Gerald Greene '57 billion renovation of Paul M. Mueller '82 received the Father the Buffalo Public James J. Ruddick, S.J. Renaissance Schools. Paul is chairman of the Buffalo Award from the Nativity Miguel Middle Preservation Board, President of the School of Buffalo. This award is given Campaign for Greater Buffalo, History, Architecture & Culture and past president in recognition of an individual whose knowledge, interests, and curiosity of the Buffalo/WNY Chapter of the benefit the community and who also may American Institute of Architects. be considered a role model for students in the spirit of Father James J. Ruddick, 1980's S.J. Paul is the Director of Plant & Joseph E. Zimmer, PhD '81 was Facility at St. Joe's. recently named Dean of the School of Education at St. Bonaventure University.
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To submit a nomination, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Chris Zanghi '95 at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (716) 270-4113.
Pays tribute to studentathletes, coaches, teams, managers and moderators and their contributions on the field of competition. Nominee's last participation at St. Joe's must not be fewer than eight years ago.
Pays tribute to individuals who explored their talents while at St. Joe's and carried them through their lives and careers. Nominees must have graduated no fewer than 10 years ago.
Presented annually to a person who has demonstrated a commitment to St. Joe's over the years. His involvement must be indicative of service to the school and larger community.
A "Sign of Faith" bestowed upon an alumnus of St. Joe's, distinguished in his professional career, community activities, and one who shares in the spirit characteristic of the Christian Brothers.
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alumninotes Ronald Milkas '83 was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Savannah, GA on May 26th. Ron and his wife, Margaret, reside in Waycross, GA.
Christopher S. Duncan '95 recently accepted a position as a Behavior Support Classroom Aide at Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center.
P. Kevin O'Sullivan '89 was named 2012 Hibernian of the Year by the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, St. Parick's Division 1, Somerset County, NJ. Kevin served 10 years as an Executive Officer of the Division and 12 years as the editor of the monthly newsletter.
William P. Moore '96 has been named senior partner at the law firm of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP. Bill joined the firm in 2004. He earned his J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law and a bachelor's degree from Canisius College.
Army Major Thomas M. Deveans '93 was transferred from the 82nd Airborn Division at Fort Bragg, NC, to the Army's Training and Doctrine Command Analysis Center in Monterey, CA. He is a 1997 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Tom served a one-year deployment to Bagram, Afghanistan, from June 2009 to June 2010. Tom is married and has two children.
John T. Giardino '97 passed the Uniform CPA Exam in order to obtain his license to practice as a CPA in the State of Missouri. John currently works as a management accountant for Farmers Insurance Group in the Kansas City area.
2000's Seth A. Piccirillo '00 has been hired as the city of Niagara Falls, NY Community Development Director. Seth joined the NFTA in 2008 and serves as the authority's manager of government affairs.
David M. Leggio '02, netminder for the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (minor league affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres), has been named the team's 2011-2012 Most Valuable Player. He ranked among the top five AHL goaltenders in wins, saves and minutes played. Leggio was also presented with the Most Popular Player Award as voted on by the Amerks Booster Club. Mark Sadowski '02, aside from finishing his Masters Degree at New York University, and planning a wedding, has focused his efforts on developing and expanding his consulting business in the New York City real estate and construction market. Mark started his own ground-up firm in 2008 and redeveloped this year. Mark has dedicated his practices and consulting to green design, and will only take on projects if they are some sort of sustainable project or "green" project to the environment. Christopher W. Tepas '02 is in his
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Friends reconnect at Golden Jubilee Brunch Friends from the Class of 1962 gathered the morning after Commencement to enjoy a casual reception in the St. Joe's Student Commons, followed by a campus tour. Left: Gary Wilga '62 and Pat Ryan '62 Center: Dick Heffern '62 and Brian Roberts '62 Right: Cathy Greene, Bob Greene '62, Liz Ivers and Joe Ivers '62
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sixth year as a second grade teacher at Westminster Community Charter School in Buffalo. Chris and his wife, Alicia Scott-Tepas, were married in October 2011.
James P. Maiarana '10 has been accepted to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom this fall. James just completed his second year at the University of Richmond, VA.
Brandon M. Bieron '06 has successfully completed the U.S. Army Ranger School. For over two months, Ranger students train to exhaustion, pushing the limits of their minds and bodies. The Rangers' primary mission is to engage in close combat and direct-fire battles.
Kent Greer '11, a cadet at Marion Military Institute (MMI) in Alabama, was recently announced as a 2012 recipient of the Ernest A. Fite Army Aviation Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship assists cadets who are pursuing a private pilot license through the MMI Flight
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Weddings & Engagements Bryan J. Staniszewski '95 is pleased to announce his engagement to Marie D’Orazio. Bryan and Marie are planning a June 2013 wedding. Richard W. Sampson '99 is pleased to announce his engagement to Chandler Hill. The wedding is scheduled for Saturday, September 8th in New Orleans, LA.
Timothy J. Altieri '00 is pleased to announce his engagement to Melissa De Marco. Tim is currently an Assistant State Attorney (Assistant State Prosecutor) in the State of Florida. Tim and Melissa currently reside in Naples, FL. Justin E. Niefer '00 married Alicia Mahovlich on April 28, 2012, on Fort George Island, FL. Justin is Partner/Owner, Product Development, PR at evoSHIELD, LLC., and Alicia is a student in the veterinary school at the university of Georgia.
Births Thomas J. Amodeo '99 and his wife, Ann Marie, are pleased to announce the birth of their first son, Thomas Darwin, on January 31, 2012. He joins his sister Emma Rose who was born March 23, 2010. Eric W. Lester '00 and his wife, Meg (daughter of David J. Sampson '71), are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Patrick Lester, on March 7th. Matthew Hector '08 and his fiancée, Danielle Hibler, are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Peyton Barbara Hector, born on April 26th in Pittsburgh, PA.
John J. Behen '52 Bryce M. Buchholtz Paul G. Criqui '47 Joseph A. Deck Sr. '51 J. Michael Diggins Peggy Dobmeier Anthony J. Federico Joseph A. Gigante '57 Eugene F. Konczakowski '38 Theodore G. Lina L. Joseph Magee '43 James R. McHugh Clair F. McMullen '46 Laura M. Morrow Charles P. Nowak '50 Rita O’Brian David G. Palaszewski '67 Charles M. Rittling '62 Randy E. Sanders Joseph W. Sleap '73 Gerald Suttner '52 William C. Waggoner '51 Todd M. Winiecki '97 Michael A. Yargosz '64 Marilyn M. Zimmer
Training program. Kent is a Dean's List student and Falcon Foundation Scholar on track to transfer to the U.S. Air Force Academy this summer. Since arriving at MMI, Kent has been promoted to Cadet Sergeant and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
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The St. Joe's Class of 1962 celebrates their 50th Reunion.
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