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The Class of 2012 First row from back, standing, left to right: Sasha Lehembre-Shiah, Paul Choix, Oscar Robert, Robert Strang, Christopher McGoldrick, Patrick James, Alfred Bolden, Will Oxman, Jan Arcia, Thomas Gallagher, Jeffrey Wala, Caio Drumond e Menezes, Tyler Burke, Liam Murphy, Martino Asaro, Mateo Creamer, Ruben Beltran Second row from back, standing, left to right: James Lyness, Headmaster, Patrick Mullin, Jacqueline Moorhead, Jessica Luszczyk, Eirena Drohan, Kathryn Windels, Shannon McNamee, Elizabeth Goetz, Grace Conrad, Katherine Berg, Megan Franzetti, Mary Margaret Kelly, Christina DiTolla, Jeffrey Valenzuela, Tony Oroszlany, President Third row from back, sitting, left to right: Philip Junquera, Brandon Reid, Taylor Durham, Anna Proios, Victoria Leonard, Laura Prunty, Taylor Rose, Sean Picca, Drew Roberts Fourth row from back, sitting on the floor, left to right: Michael Bolden, John Finnerty, David Strebel, Fitzwilliam Anderson, Christopher Ponterotto, Joong Kim, James Robinson

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A Message from the President


A Message from the Headmaster


Alumni Leadership


Thank You


Food for Thought


Auction Through the Years


The Loyola Classroom 2.0


The Autonomous Man

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Belizean Legacy


School Year in Review


New Faces at Loyola


Alumni Events


Alumni Notes

Loyola is written and produced by the Advancement Office in conjunction with other offices, departments, and members of the Loyola community. Publisher Tony Oroszlany ’87 President Editors Francesca Lanning ’84 Vice President for Advancement Mary Ann Lynch Minson ’99 Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations Tara Pilger Director of Advancement and Parent Annual Giving Kate Fiscus Advancement Associate Contributors Frederick Agnostakis Sue Baber Billy Bludgus Matthew Bolton Andrew Donacik James Dwyer ’75 Kate Gilfillan Thomas Hanley Jacques Joseph Diane Carlton Kazalski ’92 Francesca Lanning ’84 Mary Ann Lynch Minson ’99 James Lyness Barbara Malecki Kevin Murphy ’71 Mary Murphy ’77 Kathleen N. McCarthy ’85 Tony Oroszlany ’87 David Palladino James Richroath Gabriel Rotman Dennis Sullivan Danilo Tramontozzi Photography Frederick Agnostakis Mario Arenas Thomas Hanley Mary Ann Lynch Minson ’99 David Palladino Lynn Saville Shari Silk Daniel Sullivan Loyola is a forum for the communication of information and ideas between the School and its alumni, current parents, alumni parents, and friends. We welcome photos, submissions, letters and suggestions for future issues. Please send all materials to: Loyola School Advancement Office 980 Park Avenue New York, NY 10028 Or e-mail to: If your name was omitted or misspelled, please accept our apologies. If you have detected an error, please contact the Advancement Office: 646.346.8134. Designed by Mario Arenas

A Message from the President Dear Loyola Family,

spirit of leadership service on our retreats, in the work of our student government, from our coaches and team managers, from our student counselors, in the work of our facilities team, and this list could go on and on. So, what are the results of a school environment that is characterized by care and filled with leaders who look to serve? I would say one that is strategically dynamic. During our 2011-12 academic year, I worked with our trustees and school leaders to try to answer the question of who Loyola School is and who we hope to become; strategically, that is. We look forward to developing strategic goals for Loyola in the months and years to come that focus on our un-narcissistic goal of being “women and men for others.” Enjoy our Loyola Magazine and the articles and sections that address and describe that special care offered to Loyola by alumni trustees, 20 years of Auction chairs and volunteers, faculty, administrators, student athletes and performers, moderators, parents and friends….all of whom lead and led through a commitment of service to Loyola School.

Before the University of Virginia reinstated their ousted president, Teresa Sullivan, The Chronicle of Higher Education ran a front page story entitled “UVa May Need a Narcissist at the Top.” The article described how the University of Virginia was looking forward to an era of “strategic dynamism” and it implied that to achieve a strategically dynamic future the University’s leader should be a narcissist. While The Chronicle of Higher Education is a terrific monthly publication and headlines in all newsprint are certainly intended to provoke a reaction, the reaction this one prompted within me was one of strong disagreement. I am certain the University of Virginia was also scratching its historic metaphorical head regarding this assertion, as well. One might argue that St. Ignatius himself pushed a bit for self-centered action when he said, “Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God.” With some Sincerely, reflection it is clear to all that St. Ignatius was not looking to boost egos when he made this statement, he was encouraging hard and caring work and, above all, trust in our Lord. Care at Loyola School Tony Oroszlany ’87 is constantly expressed in our work in classrooms, President on fields, stages, and Christian service trips; as well as in offering extra help, words of encouragement, celebrations of accomplishment, and simple acts of kindness, all of which take place in a setting of serious academic rigor. At our final faculty meeting of the year, I thanked our faculty, staff, and administrators for the extraordinary level of care they offer in their work and for their commitment to our students and all things Loyola. In my own first year as president of Loyola School, I recognize that inordinate care was also shown to me from our dedicated trustees, colleagues, parents, alumni, and friends. Many thanks to all of you in our Loyola School community for the care that you have shown me and our fine institution. I am a firm believer in the statement “To lead is to serve” and that this leadership style creates an atmosphere of great accomplishment. I see the

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A Message from the Headmaster


s another school year concludes, we welcome the members of the class of 2012 to their new status as “alumni.” In her Farewell Address on behalf of the graduates, Christina DiTolla said, “We have all grown…in ways both defined and undefined by Loyola’s omnipresent ‘Grad at Grad’ characteristics….five ideals we have toiled towards and reflected upon time and time again.” Indeed, the class of 2012, like so many before them, have been formed as men and women for others who are continuing the process of becoming more open to growth, academically excellent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice. Reflection is a critical aspect of this development here at Loyola, and mirrors the process St. Ignatius developed in the Spiritual Exercises: a continuous interplay among experience, reflection, and action. As our students reflect on their experiences, they can often discover deeper meaning in the context of their lives, and recognize those experiences as calling them to some type of action as a result. This year, six of the members of the class of 2012 joined three faculty members (Director of Christian Service Billy Bludgus; Director of Campus Ministry Sue Baber; Math and Science Teacher Andy Donacik) for a ten-day service trip to Belize. As this year’s senior mural in the Jugyard exhorts, these young men and women took steps to “be the change you wish to see in the world.” The group accompanied a Belizean family in the construction of a new home, prayed in solidarity with the local community, lived in community and in a spirit of simplicity, explored the history, culture, and beauty of Belize, and reflected – naturally! – on God’s presence through all of it. Here are some of their reflections: “I learned on the Belize trip that I was not just building an ordinary house but a home for someone’s family. I learned patience through the number of bent nails and I learned how to love even more through watching all the hard work my classmates and I put into creating this home. Manual labor is not something most of us do every day so I enjoyed being able to work hard and have the feeling of accomplishment at the end of every day.” (Tori Leonard ’12) “The House Blessing, for me, was a very wonderful and significant experience. As the group stood inside the result of our hard work, I was moved by the powerful celebration that is a house blessing. I was surrounded by the beautiful music and the beautiful atmosphere as the house we built became a home.” ( Jack Finnerty ’12) “The St. Martin de Porres church community is one 6

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of the liveliest and welcoming I have ever seen. Everything from the songs that we sang to the priest’s homily struck me in such a way that I was overcome by my surroundings. This trip has shown me how great an impact a welcoming church community can have and the loving support it provides to those in need.” (Liam Murphy ’12) “Being immersed in a new culture can sometimes be a challenge. This was not an issue for me because the Belizeans welcomed all of us with open arms. All of the local people have waved and smiled at us as we drove by, have been patient with us at the worksite, and have altogether made us feel at home here. We’ve eaten their food, listened to their music, and danced with their dancers. You do not get much more immersed than that!” (Grace Conrad ’12) This group of nine Loyola students and faculty did in Belize what St. Ignatius urged: they took what they had learned and used it to make a difference in the world. They made a tangible difference in the life of a Belizean family, and in doing so, embodied the ideals of Loyola. The last General Congregation of the Jesuits published a decree which stated that “serving Christ’s mission today means paying special attention to its global context.” A trip like this one helps our students understand better the global context of service and their growing commitment to justice. In an attempt to grasp this global context even more fully, Tony Oroszlany and I will attend the very first International Colloquium on Jesuit Secondary Education in Boston this summer. Over 350 educators from more than 60 countries will gather to explore the opportunities that our international network of Jesuit schools can offer to our students around the world. We will discuss Jesuit identity in the 21st century, the global classroom, and the ways in which technology may provide additional network initiatives. It promises to be an exciting gathering which should spark new and creative ideas. Thanks to all of you – our alumni, parents and friends – for your generosity. We are so appreciative of the many ways in which you continue to support us in our efforts to graduate young men and women of competence, conscience, and compassion. Please keep us in your prayers, and know that we keep you in ours. Best wishes and God bless!

James Lyness Headmaster

Alumni Board Members


oyola School depends on alumni for its continued success. One significant way alumni have supported Loyola has been by serving on the School’s Board of Trustees. As Loyola graduates, alumni members bring to their work on the Board a unique and valuable perspective rooted in their experience as students. Eight alumni currently serve as Board Members: John Cassarini ’84, Patrick Farrell ’93, Paul Kelly ’68, Marie McNamee ’77, Jack Minson ’91, Bob Sheehy ’68, Anil Stevens ’89, and Gillian Panczyk Van Schaick ’80. These dedicated alumni share a commitment to helping Loyola succeed. They are motivated by a desire to give back to the school which played an important part in their own formation. They also share a belief that Loyola’s success rests on a balancing act—a reconciliation of the past with the present, and indeed the future. Loyola must respect and reference its traditions, while moving forward in strength to meet new challenges and developments. Read what veteran members have to say in response to the following questions: 1. What guides you as a Board Member at Loyola School? 2. How does being an alumnus influence your work on the Board? 3. How do you feel your professional experience contributes to your committee work? John Cassarini ’84 Board Term: 2009–present Committees: Finance, Investment ¹In all endeavors, we should be guided by our faith and our values and I try to bring those two things to the tasks at hand on the Loyola School Board. We are all called upon to use our God given gifts to help others and in that regard I hope that my skills in finance and business are of some value. ²In my role as an alumnus, I try to always recall my days as a student and how much the school meant to me and how much the faculty and administration at that time guided my development. My wish now is that I can return something to the school and today’s students to repay in part the many benefits provided to me. ³My specialty is equity investing, strategy, and financial analysis. On that basis, I hope that I can contribute to decision making on budgets and endowment. Additionally, the school has numerous strategic decisions that must constantly be addressed which will improve the overall Loyola School experience. Patrick Farrell ’93 Board Term: 2011–present Committees: Marketing and Admissions ¹I have three sons ages 6, 4, and 7 months. I am always looking at the Loyola 10 years from now when my sons will be attending. I work to make sure that we do not take the quick fix option that may down the road not be the best choice for the school. I also work to make sure that the

school is constantly growing and adding new programs and embracing technology and its constant changes. Bringing new technology is very important and Loyola has been working to stay on pace with it. A school is a living organization and it must be constantly worked on and examined to make sure that it is going in the right direction so that the future can be bright. ²Being an alum, I have a certain level of nostalgia for the school and the past that I was a part of. I feel that as an alumnus on the Board it is my job to keep and foster the nostalgia of the past and maintain the things that made the school such an important part of my life. I also feel that it is important for me to think of my fellow alums and their connections to the past when certain decisions are being made. It is also important to be able to keep the school moving forward and not always let nostalgia and past memories overshadow decisions that may hold the school back because we are clinging to something whose time has passed. I know that my answers may conflict with each other but I feel that this balance helps me find the proper middle road on certain issues. ³As a small business owner, I constantly work to find and maintain talented people. One of our main jobs on our committee is to find and attract talented students. I try to help by highlighting what Loyola does that would attract someone to the school – those ideas are the ones that we should have at the forefront of our marketing plan. As a parent (even though my kids are still young and years away from Loyola) I understand what parents are looking for in a school. Being on the Board has helped me grow as a professional in working with some great mentors whom I have learned so much from. Paul Kelly ’68 Board Term: 2008–present Committees: Marketing and Admissions ¹I have a desire to give back some of what the school gave me—a sense of direction and commitment to excel. ²I have had an association with the school for almost 50 years. I took the entrance exam in the fall of 1963. It frankly wasn’t nearly the school it is today. I am inspired by the progress the school has made and the continuity of mission that remains similar to when I attended. In a way, Loyola is an anchor of stability in my life – it changes but remains the same in essential ways. Marie McNamee ’77 Board Term: 1990–1995, 2010–present Committees: Marketing and Admissions ¹Loyola has an amazing group of professionals who bring their individual expertise to create a Board whose dedication and passion serve as a guide for me. Board members are also offered several workshops and seminars throughout the year that provide insights. The Loyola administration keeps the Board informed of strategic issues and this guides us in areas for both exploration and discussion. Loyola Magazine/Summer 2012


²Being an alum has had an impact on my work as a Board member. There is a strong desire to ensure the continuous thriving of Loyola so that current and future students have the opportunity to have a Loyola experience and be part of the unique Loyola family. ³I think my experience as a parent more so than my professional experience has helped me for this committee. Years of listening to parents discuss what they were looking for in a high school and sharing their experience as they considered Loyola helped me serve on this committee. Working for an association where effective marketing is critical has also been valuable. Bob Sheehy ’68, Chair Board Term: 1996–2002, 2005–present Committees: Executive, Facilities, Governance ¹Above all, I am inspired by the success of the students as they develop and achieve in a private and Catholic environment in the Jesuit tradition. Of course for the students to reap the benefits of Loyola, the Board must play a key role in assuring that Loyola continues to thrive and offer a highly competitive secondary school program. ²As an alumnus, there is a nostalgic connection and love for the institution. Loyola obviously played an integral role in my formative years and I am inspired by the work Loyola continues to perform in the development of young men and women. ³Perhaps more importantly, I believe the professional exchange among committee members, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields, brings out the best dialogue and debate on the key issues confronting Loyola. As a corporate executive and a real estate professional, I am able to draw on my years of experience to provide very specific advice on processes and capital projects. Anil Stevens ’89 Board Term: 2006–present Committees: Finance, Investment ¹Many different experiences guide me as a trustee – my time as a Loyola student, my studies at Boston College, and my sister, Sunita (or Ms. Meyers to our students), who graduated from Loyola and has taught there for 20 years! ²My fellow trustees are alumni, parents, alumni parents, Jesuits, and educators. The alumni perspective helps complement our work as a full board. I am particularly grateful for all of the wonderful accomplishments before us and always look to build upon the shoulders of the dedicated individuals who preceded us. ³I am an investment professional with an expertise in portfolio management. I have looked to use these skills in my committee work for our board and am proud of our thoughtful actions during these challenging investing years. At the same time, I have found that I have learned a great deal about school management, facilities projects, fundraising initiatives, and lots more.


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Meet the newest alumni/ae members and their thoughts in response to the following questions: 1. How do you feel about joining the Board? 2. What are your expectations and/or hope for your tenure? Jack Minson ’91 Board Term: 2012–present Committees: Finance, Investment ¹I am very excited about joining the Board of Loyola School. I truly believe that if it was not for Loyola I probably would not have gotten into the University of Notre Dame where I ultimately met my wife, Robin. If I had not met Robin, I would not have the wonderful family I have today. I like the idea of giving back to Loyola because that is where it all started for me and give back to the place that has had such a great influence on my life. ²My hope for my tenure on the Board is to help guide Loyola through the challenges and decision making process of running a Catholic, independent, private school in Manhattan. The Board is filled with exceptional members and school administrators who have Loyola’s best interests at heart. I am honored to be among these individuals and my goal is to learn from all of them while also trying to give sound counsel. Loyola is such a unique place. I hope my work with the Board will in some way help to ensure that we preserve the exceptional high school experience that I had for future generations and see if we can even improve upon it. Gillian Panczyk Van Schaick ’80 Board Term: 2012–present Committees: Advancement, Audit ¹I am honored to have been asked. I can already see that it is a great group of people to work with. Everyone is committed to furthering the goals of Loyola School and ensuring its future success in developing students. ²I hope that the school will continue to attract a diverse group of students who will benefit from the unique experience that Loyola offers and that the program will maintain its solid financial base.

Thank You


n the last five years, alumni, parents, alumni parents, and friends donated $3.9M to Loyola’s unrestricted Annual Fund. Our Loyola family also donated over $6.8M in support of restricted funds, scholarship and endowment funds, and events during this same time period. We are so very fortunate to have such generous support. In addition to ensuring competitive faculty salaries and supporting Loyola’s Financial Assistance Program, your donations help ensure that key programs and activities remain integral parts of the school. Some programs and activities your donations support include: • Loyola’s extensive Retreat and Christian Service Programs help define the School. In addition to the time and service offered by the entire Loyola community, the school invests over $60K a year in these programs. • In order for Loyola’s faculty and staff to remain “open to growth,” the school devotes over $50K a year to overall staff development and educational networking. • Loyola spends well over $150K a year in its extracurricular program costs for our students – athletics, dramatic and musical performances, forensics, and so many more programs and activities. • Loyola spends over $50K a year on technology maintenance and equipment ensuring that we are effectively integrating technology into the curriculum, significantly improving student learning. Simply put, Loyola would not be Loyola without your incredible support.

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Lidia BASTIANICH by Kathleen N. McCarthy ’85


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ttention all readers who attended a Loyola Family Day in the 1980s: If you remember the food you ate as being especially delicious, it may be because you were feasting on a dish prepared by Lidia Bastianich, celebrated chef, author and restaurateur. Bastianich, whose New York restaurants include Esca, Del Posto, Felidia, Becco and the food emporium Eataly, is also mother to Joseph Bastianich and of Loyola alumna Tanya Bastianich Manuali ’89. She recalls attending Family Day, the popular annual Loyola event to which students would bring favorite homemade dishes to share with the school community. The dishes would usually reflect the students’ cultural backgrounds. “I remember going to them and enjoying them. I thought that was fantastic. Just about every year, we brought something and enjoyed the tasting. Usually some sort of pasta, or baked eggplant, something that would carry well, that the children would like, like baked ziti with meatballs, or baked lasagna. I think it makes the children so proud of their identity, especially when they can share it with their friends. It builds self-confidence.” For Bastianich, identity and family are central to her passion for cooking. As a child with her grandmother, she was always around food, “with the chickens, getting the eggs, making the pasta, milking the goats, making ricotta, gardening, collecting peas, the favas, and the potatoes. I grew up in a setting where all food was produced by my grandmother. I recall foraging for figs and drying them in winter. I recall olive harvests and making olive oil.” From Istria, on the Italian border in what is now Croatia, Bastianich came to the United States as a teenager with her mother, father and brother. Refugees from communism, Bastianich says that coming to the United States, while initially challenging, was ultimately a blessing: “It made me understand people better. It made me appreciate things more, and gave me more of a drive.” Still, the culture of her homeland remained important. Food was a way of keeping connected with home and the people left behind. Bastianich believes food serves as a link between generations: “What is important is the kitchen, the preparation, the eating at the table. It really becomes a place for the family to bond and connect. It is not in front of a television that this will happen. Whatever you are cooking, that is when the stories will come out, and people can come and join you, with the flavors at the table, even if they cannot be there. It is a great connector. Food communicates love, communicates affection, communicates culture.” Family has also been central to Bastianich’s success, from her first restaurant which was opened in Queens in 1971, to her many and varied enterprises today. In addition to her restaurants, some of her other projects include television series, cookbooks, cultural tours of Italy, and a winery. Her children work closely with her in different areas and Bastianich is grateful for and feels fulfilled by her children’s involvement. They have their own fields; Tanya for example holds a Ph.D. in Art History, yet they “respect and appreciate so much of what I did that they have dedicated their lives to it to some extent.” It should not surprise that Bastianich, having been such a culinary presence in New York for so long, has prepared meals for many celebrities and famous people, notably His Holiness, Pope Benedict, on his visit to New York in 2008. While well practiced in her work, Bastianich was not without nerves on the occasion: “Initially it was

Lidia Bastianich with Fr. Prior, Sr. Nora, and Fr. Fox

nerve wracking, but I must say, that once we were prepping in the kitchen, he would come down and the nervousness melted away. It became very spiritual. My chest was all swollen up with good feeling. All of the top people were there. It was his birthday and the third anniversary of his papacy. We had a cake for him and sang to him. I even took his hand and we cut the cake together. Food brings everyone together. It was wonderful. I made things from his childhood – sauerkraut, spaetzle, strudel – he ate it all up and said that these were his mother’s flavors. I wanted for that moment for him to be himself and enjoy himself. Food does that. It is that important. It permeates you. It brings you to places, and I think for that reason, he really celebrated his birthday with his friends.” Bastianich has also prepared meals for certain Loyola celebrities. She has fond memories of the late Fr. Eugene Prior, S.J. and Sr. Nora Cronin, P.B.V.M. Food and family, the inextricably linked twin pillars central to Bastianich’s passion and success, are also central to her Loyola experience: “With Fr. Prior, Sr. Nora, and others, it became a family. I felt like Fr. Prior looked like my father, who had since passed away. There was really an endearing sentiment that I had for him and for Sr. Nora because of their dedication and love for the children. In cooking for them, it was really cooking from the heart.” Her beautiful evocation of that earlier time and place in the school’s history shows how fortunate we are to have Lidia Bastianich in our Loyola family. •

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Auction 20th Anniversary by Diane Carlton Kazalski ’92


It’s often said that the only thing constant is change.

nd at Loyola School, our students consistently reflect upon the Grad at Grad tenets – one of the five being Open to Growth. Which is why this year’s 20th anniversary of the Loyola Auction marks another milestone for the Loyola family in its ability to salute the great work of the school. Describing the annual event and its growth over two decades as “unbelievably important,” President Tony Oroszlany ’87 said, “The school is a very different place today because of the success of our Auction efforts.” For the better part of the 1970s and 80s, the Loyola Luncheon had been an eagerly anticipated annual event and a beloved afternoon for ladies who liked to lunch. An elegant, mostly all female affair, the Luncheon featured a high-end fashion show in addition to raffle items and was held—typically—at the iconic Plaza Hotel. But moving toward the 1990s, the fundraising landscape in New York was changing and schools were looking to involve mothers and fathers as part of the community landscape. Little did the school know that this long and important tradition for Loyola’s event fundraising was paving the way for something even greater. Early in the 1991-1992 school-year, then President Rev. James Fox, S.J. tapped parent Marilyn Paul, P’92 to take on the challenge. “He said, ‘that luncheon is getting stale,’” Paul recounted. “We should do an Auction.” The rest, as is said, is history. Moving the school’s largest fundraising event to the evening and hosting at Wallace Hall, the “Knights at Loyola” raised upwards of $50,000 – unprecedented compared to the average Luncheon. “I thought it was a very classy affair,” said Ann Farrell, P’93, co-chair with Paul of the inaugural event. “It was an opportunity that both parents could share; the dads never had a chance to be involved (in fundraising) before the Auction.” With celebratory themes like Streets of San Francisco, The Great Gatsby, and On the Beach at Bali Hai, the Loyola Auction grew in size and scope throughout the years and, in its 20th year, raised over $273,000. To date, the annual Loyola Auction has raised over $3.5 million in net revenues. In the spring of 2000, the Auction as we know it was put on hold to celebrate the school’s 100th year Centennial Gala Celebration held at Windows on the World atop the World Trade Center. It was here that parents, administration and alumni celebrated the institution that teaches “from faith, strength” just 15 months before losing some of those at the celebration to the tragedies of September 11, 2001. Throughout its period of growth, the Loyola Auction has witnessed both fun and philanthropic moments generating bidding excitement like the newly


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released and redesigned Volkswagen Beetle in 1999, dinner with the cast of The Sopranos while it was the hottest show on television, the popular front row at graduation at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, and the beloved dinner in your home prepared by Jim Lyness and Steve Katsouros. “The bidding wars that have taken place over that particular dinner reflects our benefactors’ love of the school,” Mr. Oroszlany said. But through the years the Loyola Auction has come to mean more to the community than raising funds: the ability to honor tremendous family members like Fr. Eugene Prior before his passing or Fr. Steve Katsouros as he departed. One of Mr. Oroszlany’s favorite memories is a sketch of beloved and longtime faculty members Joseph Hanser and Danilo Tramontozzi—together— holding the Loyola seal. Liz Healy, P’14 chaired this year’s 20th Anniversary Kentucky Derby evening which, coincidently, holds the record amount for a Live Auction item—a reservation for Dinner at famed restaurant, Rao’s, which sold for $14,500. “I like the idea that every year there’s something spectacular to celebrate,” she said. “Honoring the teachers and special members of the community are even bigger milestones, in some ways. Every year is special.” Touching on the intangible qualities that make Loyola the tightly knit community that it is, Healy said, “The school has all the right mix of what makes a school special.” Reflecting on the 20 years that helped make Loyola what it is today, Mr. Oroszlany described the pioneering co-chairs of Marilyn Paul and Ann Farrell saying, “They were the difference makers.” Mr. Oroszlany compared the volunteers from the beginning through

today and commends all they have done and accomplished in contributing to the school’s success. “It’s a necessity for our students to be open to growth,” he said. “Our volunteers have exemplified what this school is all about in doing the same.” •



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7 1. Marie ‘77 and Jay ‘77 McNamee at A Knight on the Town, the 1995 Benefit Auction 2. Denise Vivolo, P’97, ‘02, Debbie Smith, P’96, ‘99, ‘02, Carol Ryan, P’ 95, ‘96, ‘99, and Colleen Ambrose, P’97, ‘00, ‘05, ‘09 at A Knight in the Garden, the 1997 Benefit Auction 3. Kiki Soletic, P’04, ‘07, ‘10 and Ann Farrell, P’93 at A Knight’s Odyssey, the 2001 Benefit Auction 4. Pat Lescop, P’98, ‘02, ‘06, Mary-Frances Richards, P’05, ‘07, Eva Shaw, P’04, ‘08, Ileana Suquet, P’06, and Fr. Steve Katsouros, at 20,000 Knights Under the Sea, the 2003 Benefit Auction 5. Susan Bogutsky, P’06, ’09, Monette Jahng, P’07, Bridgett Lundy, P’08, Cathy Franzetti, P’05, ’07, ’09, ’12, Mary-Frances Richards, P’05, ’07, Fran Gallinari, P’05, ’07, Eva Shaw, P’06, ’08, and Maureen Dore, P’09 at A Greek Odyssey, the 2007 Benefit Auction

4 6. Debbie Smith, P’96, ‘99, ‘02, Mimi McGovern, P’00, Monica Shannon, P’00, ‘05, Lucille Kissane ✝, P’00, Pat Fay, P’99, Linda Romagnoli, P’00, Barbara Pensavalle, P’01, Carol Ryan, P’ 95, ‘96, ‘99, Judy Gorevic, P’02, Jini Bruschi, P’99, Denise Vivolo, P’97, ‘02, and Colleen Ambrose, P’97, ‘00, ‘05, ‘09 at the Millennium Bash, the 2000 Benefit Auction 7. Mat Cullen ‘07, Nick D’Andre ‘07, and Fr. Jim Curry at Shanghai Moon, the 2005 Benefit Auction

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The Loyola Classroom 2.0 by Matthew Bolton, Dean of Academics


e are fortunate at Loyola to have an excellent faculty, a historic building, and a world-class location. Yet 21st-century technology is allowing us to extend the Loyola educational experience beyond the walls of 980 Park Avenue. Virtual course offerings and iPad applications are two of the latest means by which Loyola continues to adopt the best that new instructional technology has to offer. Starting this fall, juniors and seniors will have the option of enrolling in several courses offered by the Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy. Taught by faculty members at Jesuit high schools across the country, these courses will broaden our curriculum and will allow students to learn from and with members of other Jesuit communities. We have focused on a pair of courses that relate to global education. Some seniors will take a Latin American Studies elective, which will allow them to explore the intersection of history, social justice, language, and so many other areas of study. Both seniors and juniors who have completed their language requirement can opt to take a Mandarin Chinese language course. The juniors will go on to take Mandarin II in their senior year, and will therefore head to college with a strong grounding in two foreign languages. Studying global issues and world languages through the medium of the internet offers our students a dual benefit. Both the material they are studying and the format of the virtual classroom will help prepare them to learn and to succeed in an increasingly-interconnected world. Loyola’s faculty members are likewise taking advantage of the possibilities that new educational technology offers. This year a group of teachers and administrators (including Ms. Gelfand, Mr. Lyness, Ms. Meyers, Mr. Richroath, Mr. Sullivan, and me) beta-tested the iPad II, exploring the ways in which this remarkable device can enhance the classroom


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experience. After an initial phase of playing Angry Birds and skyping each other, we have been discovering iPad apps, e-textbooks, and other features that teachers and students alike will find valuable in and across the various disciplines. Because of the generosity of an anonymous donor, every faculty member will have his or her own iPad this coming school year to use as a means of enhancing learning at Loyola. In addition to offering a host of classroom-ready applications, the iPad allows the teacher to move about the room freely rather than being “tethered” to a laptop hardwired to a podium. Students, meanwhile, might use the iPad as a scientific calculator in math class, a piano keyboard in music, and an e-reader in English or History. In the future, a freshman’s thirty-pound rolling bookbag may well be replaced by a one-pound iPad that holds all of their virtual textbooks. In some respects, virtual courses and the iPad both serve to better connect our school to the larger world: the one allows students to learn outside of our classrooms, while the other allows teachers to bring a wealth of materials into our classrooms. Virtual course offerings and the iPad join a growing list of technological innovations that Loyola’s faculty and students have embraced over the past decade. From laptops to Smart Boards to Moodle course pages, each new layer of educational technology has allowed us to be that much better at teaching and learning. St. Ignatius Loyola urges us always to seek the magis, the better way of proceeding. In taking up the best that new technology has to offer, we are therefore living out one of the most central tenets of our Ignatian tradition. •

Summer Reading, 2012

General Reading List

Incoming Freshmen Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie (David Lubar) Montana, 1948 (Larry Watson) The Pawnbroker (Edward Lewis Wallant) The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Julia Alvarez) A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole) Housekeeping (Marilynne Robinson) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou) Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion (Rev. Gregory Boyle, S.J.) Beloved (Toni Morrison) Animal Farm (George Orwell) The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan) Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) I, Robot (The Robot Series) (Isaac Asimov) Illustrated Man (Ray Bradbury) Crystal Cave (Mary Stewart) QB VII (Leon Uris) The Road (Cormac McCarthy) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Dave Eggers) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Douglas Adams) Life, the Universe, and Everything (Douglas Adams) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M. Pirsig) A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking) The Foundation Trilogy (Isaac Asimov) Dawn (Elie Wiesel) The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) Cannery Row (John Steinbeck) And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie) The Hound of the Baskervilles (Arthur Conan Doyle) Moby Dick (Herman Melville) Twice-Told Tales (Nathaniel Hawthorne) A Moveable Feast (Ernest Hemingway) One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Marquez) A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest Gaines) Bless Me, Ultima (Rudolfo Anaya) Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson) The Afterlife (Gary Soto) TTYL (Talk to You Later—Internet Girls) (Lauren Myracle) Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls (Rachel Simmons) Reviving Ophelia (Mary Pipher) The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story (Richard Preston) Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure (Alexander Wolff ) Everything Bad is Good for You (Steven Johnson) The Greatest Generation (Tom Brokaw) After the First Death (Robert Cormier)

Incoming Sophomores Wit (Margaret Edson) The Power and the Glory (Graham Greene) Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Stoppard) Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë) Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë) Incoming Juniors Housekeeping (Marilyn Robinson) The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger) Netherlands (Joseph O’Neill) A Moveable Feast (Ernest Hemingway) Incoming Seniors A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter Miller) Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Gabriel Marquez) The Zoo Story (Edward Albee) Night (Elie Wiesel)

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The Autonomous Man by Kevin Murphy ’71


eren’t we meant to see God face to face? That was the question I was confronted with arriving home at 3:00am one morning some thirty years ago. I thought the voice perhaps had something to do with my staying too long at P.J. Clarke’s Bar, but, no, it was Father Vince Butler, S.J. looking into the camera at WNBC-TV New York with his pale blue eyes doing that station’s closing sermonette. Such was Fr. Butler’s message that we see God in all things, a view that he shared with a generation of Loyola School students during his 12 years at the School, as well as during his 61 years as a member of the Society of Jesus. Fr. Butler taught World History and Film Studies at Loyola, and excelled as a speech and debate coach bringing many honors to the school with championship teams. His success as a coach was remarkable because for anyone who knew him, Fr. Butler was not a competitive person. His success in speech and debate came mainly from his passion for the subject matter and seeing the transformation public speaking brought about in his students as they developed poise and self-confidence speaking in front of groups. Father served the student body well in matters of religious faith and educational advice. Fr. Butler stayed involved in the lives of many of his former students, actively dispensing pastoral advice and care as many alumni years later continued to seek out his help for weddings, baptisms, and funerals. My 41-year friendship began in my sophomore year in 1968, less than a year after my sister had been killed in a car accident while she was away at college. His counsel through my high school years helped me through the tough times of adolescence, and I would continue to seek his advice in later years. I always felt that my relationship with him was a lot like the one between the old projectionist Alfredo and the young boy Toto in the Italian film, Cinema Paradiso. So, when Loyola School’s President, Tony Oroszlany, called me to tell me of Vince’s passing this past February 8th, it reminded me of the scene in the movie when a middle-aged Toto receives the telephone call that tells him of Alfredo’s death and Toto begins to reminisce on his life-long mentor’s life. I would like to share my own lessons learned from my friendship with Fr. Butler: The Autonomous Man: I remember reading the sociology book, The Lonely Crowd, while a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania in which the author David Riesman breaks down social character to norms like inner-directed, other-directed, tradition bound and autonomy. By golly, I thought, I could finally put a label on Fr. Butler’s character – he was “The Autonomous Man”. Fr. Butler lived by God’s time, he would let his ideas mature and grow, letting them take shape. He let God’s hand guide him. I once asked Fr. Butler why he became a Jesuit priest and he said simply because it was God’s will. Well, I thought, how’s that for a pretty direct answer? Coincidentally, Fr. Butler’s only sibling, his older sister, Edna, is a nun. Conformity Is Its Own Prison: At my last meeting with Vince at Fordham University he told me how much the desire to conform rules people’s lives. This was something he had been teaching and telling me, in one way or another, all the way back to our time together at Loyola. Sensitive to group dynamics, he didn’t like when students in class tried to belittle other’s good ideas. Years later, I realized how right Fr. Butler was when a book called Groupthink was published. It extolls the hazards of 16

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consensus built around dominance of the individual over the merits of an idea, and describes how this type of dynamic can result in poor decision making on a grand scale. Fr. taught us that this applied at a larger level as well, like the failed Bay of Pigs invasion or entry into the Vietnam War. He also used as examples the so-called “Big Lie” propaganda machine in Nazi Germany and how it was used to control the masses. Fr. Butler railed against letting others define who you are. A Kick is a Good Thing: By a kick, Vince meant something that gives you spontaneous enjoyment. If you have a curiosity or interest in something, he said, you should pursue it because you never know where it will lead. He used as an example Br. Sheehy, who coached basketball at St. Ignatius and Loyola School, but, later in life pursued an interest in puppetry and has become a renowned puppet master. Heeding this advice, I have taken a three month Mandarin course in Beijing, China, and visited Ernest Hemingway’s birth place in Oak Park, Illinois as well as his Key West Home. Thank you, Vince! You Educate Yourself: Vince was polymath and a life-long learner. He felt comfortable in his own skin as a cleric and educator, and was the kind of Jesuit MGM Studios would want if it were casting a movie. Vince loved knowledge and shared with anyone willing to listen to his rarefied views, particularly his students, even if it meant many digressions from the syllabus! Long before sociobiology became a mainstream idea, he grasped its importance. Fascinated by German history, he learned the language. I once remarked that I wasn’t quite sure of the value of higher education and that it appeared to be another part of life that everyone seemed obliged to do. Vince didn’t disagree, but was quick to point out that, in the end, you educate yourself and education didn’t stop at graduation. Speech Can Change Your Life: Under Fr. Butler’s direction, the speech and debate teams achieved much success and won state championships. (Visit page 26 to read how the speech legacy lives on at Loyola.) Being able to express yourself in front of a group of people was a very important skill that Fr. Butler taught students. Not only did it make for a winning team, but he felt that it was a great way to mold a young person’s self-confidence. I wasn’t a member of Fr. Butler’s speech and debate team, but later in life asked for his advice (and prayers!) before I was to appear live on the show, Wall Street Week. A Sense of Humor: Fr. Butler loved to laugh. His humor was a bit sophisticated, so oftentimes he was the first person to think that something was funny often at movies or plays where he would let loose with a loud laugh. The rest of the audience would follow along, as if they needed Vince to show the subtle irony in a scene or line. He also used humor and laughter to make students feel good when they were unhappy. Fr. Butler used laughter to empathize with you; he would never laugh at someone’s misfortune and reprimanded students who did. You’ll Be Fine When You’re Fifty: I’ll never forget as a student at Loyola when I told Father that I had just read that the biggest adjustment period for a person was mid-life, when they realize they will not be president of the company, their kids aren’t Albert Einstein, and their spouse is no longer as attractive as they once were. He assured me that everyone goes through that and afterwards things start falling into place. I called Father on my fiftieth birthday to remind him what he had told me in high school that I’d be fine by the time I was fifty, but now I knew why: most

men live lives of quiet desperation! His Love of Children: Fr. Butler loved the students he taught. He loved them unconditionally and with the agape (imitation of the selfless love of Christ) love that he knew so well through his dedication to service in the Society of Jesus. As a sophomore I accidentally saw Loyola’s master list for parents and students, which included names, addresses and telephone numbers. I deduced that barely half of the students lived in two parent homes. I shared my discovery with Fr. Butler who thought this was a great lesson for me. Up to that point I thought everyone lived as on TV shows like Leave It to Beaver and Father Knows Best. World War I: Fr. Butler taught sophomore world history and always seemed more interested in World War I than World War II. Until that point in my life, everything I knew about World War II came from watching episodes of Hogan’s Heroes. I took Fr. Butler’s wisdom to heart on my first trip to Europe, however, and was struck by how different the European view of the two world wars is from ours. Rev. Vincent E. Butler, S.J. was born on June 12, 1931. He entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1950, was ordained on June 20, 1963 and died on February 8, 2012 at Fordham University’s Murray Weigel Hall. In prayerful remembrance we say the words of St. Ignatius Loyola: Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my entire will, all I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace, that is enough for me. •

Rev. Vincent Butler, S.J. 1931-2012

Loyola School has established the Rev. Vincent Butler, S.J. Fund to help support and promote our Speech and Arts Programs. Father Butler coached the speech and debate team through the transition from an all-boys team and school to a co-educational group with ease and a lot of good humor. “No squeaking!” was a common admonition of his to this particular team member. My guess is that he did not have to coach many boys on the squeaking front before the girls arrived. Fr. Butler took everyone as they came, and worked around and towards the strengths of each student. For the chronically unprepared, such as I, he pushed toward extemporaneous speaking, which was high on spontaneity and low on prep time. By contrast, for those students who actually knew something, debate or prepared pieces were the norm. However, the most significant contribution he made was to create an atmosphere where everyone felt welcome, accepted, supported, and urged to do their best. We each grew in self-confidence in ways that far exceeded the limits of the competition and all along the way, we had a ton of fun. Fr. Butler lived the Jesuit mandate. He was a true Christian and a very fine man. The ultimate gifts he gave all the team members, more than any one victory, were the sense of belonging and individual value. I loved Fr. Butler. He represented the very best elements of Loyola School, which is a very high compliment indeed. —Mary G. Murphy ’77 To honor Fr. Butler’s memory and to support the Speech and Arts Programs at Loyola, please consider making a contribution to the Rev. Vincent Butler, S.J. Fund. If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact Francesca Lanning, Loyola’s Vice President for Advancement at 646-346-8136 or To mail a contribution directly to the school: Loyola School Attn: The Rev. Vincent Butler, S.J. Fund 980 Park Avenue New York, NY 10028

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une 1, 2012 marked another momentous day for the Loyola community as we gathered together in the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of forty-seven extraordinary young women and men. Our newest alumni/ae, the Class of 2012, were addressed by Sue Baber, Director of Campus Ministry. Ms. Baber reflected on graduation as an opportunity to look back in gratitude and to look forward in hope.


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Gold Medal Highest Cumulative Average for Four Years at Loyola School Kathryn Windels

New York City Comptroller’s Award Taylor Rose and Kathryn Windels

Silver Medal Second Highest Cumulative Average for Four Years at Loyola School Megan Franzetti Gold Medal Highest Average in Senior Year Taylor Rose Silver Medal Second Highest Average in Senior Year Megan Franzetti

New York City Council Speaker’s Achievement Award Mateo Creamer and Shannon McNamee New York State Attorney General’s Award Elizabeth Goetz and Christopher McGoldrick New York State Comptroller’s Achievement Award Christina DiTolla Bene Merenti Medal Sunita Stevens Meyers ’88, Chair of the Science Department



The Jesuit Secondary Education Award The graduate who most closely resembles the ideals of an Ignatian education John Finnerty and Megan Franzetti

The Louis A. Tambini Award Outstanding Male Athlete Alfred Bolden

The Father Peter J. Daly, S.J. Medal The graduate demonstrating the most significant advance in personal growth and development Jessica Luszczyk

The Brother Edward Sheehy, S.J. Award Outstanding Female Athlete Grace Conrad and Christina DiTolla

The Loyola Alumni Medal The graduate who best represents the qualities and ideals of Loyola School Grace Conrad The Loyola School Parents’ Association Award for School Spirit and Leadership Shannon McNamee and Laura Prunty

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Class of 2012 Fitzwilliam Anderson Occidental College

Elizabeth Goetz Trinity College

Laura Prunty Georgetown University

Jan Arcia Patrick James Brandon Reid Loyola University New Orleans University of Chicago St. Thomas Aquinas College Martino Asaro Philip Junquera Fordham University McGill University, Canada

Oscar Robert Rhode Island School of Design

Ruben Beltran Mary Margaret Kelly Assumption College Vanderbilt University

Drew Roberts Villanova University

Katherine Berg Joong Kim James Robinson University of Michigan Michigan State University Connecticut College Alfred Bolden Sasha Lehembre-Shiah Boston College McGill University, Canada Michael Bolden The George Washington University

Victoria Leonard Loyola University New Orleans

Tyler Burke Jessica Luszczyk Skidmore College College of the Holy Cross Paul Choix Christopher McGoldrick Boston College College of the Holy Cross

Taylor Rose Massachusetts Institute of Technology Robert Strang Pennsylvania State University David Strebel Loyola Marymount University L. Jeffrey Valenzuela, Jr. Xavier University

Grace Conrad Shannon McNamee St. Lawrence University Sacred Heart University Jeffrey Wala Cornell University Mateo Creamer Jacqueline Moorhead Villanova University Vanderbilt University Kathryn Windels Georgetown University Christina DiTolla Rachel Morales Assumption College New York University Eirena Drohan Patrick Mullin Fordham University Vanderbilt University Caio Drumond e Menezes undeclared

Liam Murphy St. Joseph’s University

Taylor Durham William Oxman University of Scranton Connecticut College John Finnerty Sean Picca College of the Holy Cross University of New Haven Megan Franzetti Georgetown University

Christopher Ponterotto Iona College

Thomas Gallagher Anna Proios Dartmouth College Colgate University

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CELEBRATING A DECADE OF LOYOLA IN BELIZE by Sue Baber, Director of Campus Ministry


une, 2003—11 of Loyola’s new graduates were the pioneers of the school’s first international service trip. Traveling to Belize, Central America they worked with Hand in Hand Ministries, an organization that “seeks to make Christ present in the world through service to the poor.” During that first Belize trip, the Loyola group worked on clearing out an abandoned building which ultimately became the Hand in Hand Outreach Center; the center provides daycare, health care, and educational programming for children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Meghan Maxwell ’03, a Belize trip participant in both 2003 and 2004, recalls that “…we were the first group to do any work on the building during the summer of 2003. Going back in 2004 was shocking because of how much it changed. In 2003 Mr. Neely and I had counted how many roaches we killed on one day (in the 200s); just a year later the building was beautiful and ready for children.” Since 2004, Loyola’s task has been building houses. While the structures are modest, they nonetheless provide shelter and opportunity to people in need of both. As the Hand in Hand staff often reminds us—“You may think you’re building a house, but what you’re really building is a family.” During the 10 days spent in Belize, Loyola students have built houses and relationships – with the Hand in Hand staff, with the families receiving the homes, and with members of the local community. They have prayed with the Jesuit parish in Belize City, explored the Mayan ruins, and learned to appreciate the rich culture and natural beauty of this tiny country. In ten years, over 100 members of the Loyola community have ventured to Belize. The physical legacy of these trips stands in the ten houses they’ve built in Belize City; equally enduring is the legacy standing in the hearts of those who accepted the invitation to spend their first week as high school graduates in service and solidarity. •

The week that we spent in Belize was a whirlwind. We worked side by side with one family and helped them to build their new home. The first day on site, I remember staring at an empty lot in disbelief—how would we ever get this finished by the time we had to go home? Today, I look back at pictures of all of us standing in the house and I’m still amazed by what we had accomplished. It’s been almost 5 years since my trip to Belize, but these memories are still so fresh in my head—the little pink hammer, the group incessantly telling each other to “Belize it,” reflections on the beach, and the family right there with us every day in the heat. They made such a huge impact on my life and the person that I became. I am forever grateful for these experiences—I truly would not have been the same without them.” — Amanda Moffa ’07











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The Cast and Crew of The Diviners Faith Amenn ’13, Kate Berg ’12, James Bickford ’13, Peter Carzis ’15, Regina Fierro ’15, Henry Greene ’15, William Kurach ’14, Victoria Leonard ’12, Caroline MacLachlan ’15, Christopher Nunziato ’14, Anna Proios ’12, Nicole Seredenko ’15 Director: Barbara Smith Stage Manager: Elliot Scarangello ’15 Assistant Stage Manager: Andy Yoon ’15 The Cast and Crew of Murdered to Death Peter Carzis ’15, Regina Fierro ’15, Nicole Seredenko ’15, Chelsea Dua ’14, Will Kurach ’14, James Bickford ’13, Jack Mullin ’13, Laura Prunty ’12, Anna Proios ’12, Phil Junquera ’12 Director: Barbara Smith Stage Manager: Faith Amenn ’13

School Year in Review CONCERTS

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1, 2 & 3 Christmas Concert 4 Spring Concert 4

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School Year in Review FORENSICS

Forensics Team Participants:

Faith Amenn ’13, Alex Anwer ’15, Kate Berg ’12, Aisling Coffey ’15, Christina DiTolla ’12, Chase Donarski ’13, Henry Greene ’15, Maggie Hom ’14, Thomas Iannitto ’14, Will Kurach ’14, Caroline MacLachlan ’15, Hanna May ’15, Carlos Morales ’13, Erin Mulrooney ’13, Catherine Petitti ’13, Anna Proios ’12, Laura Prunty ’12, Taylor Rose ’12, Bruno Schaffa ’14, Perby Senal ’15, Nicole Seredenko ’15, Richard Singh ’13, Hannah Tolan ’13, Katy Windels ’12, Meghan Xanthos ’13 Moderator: Barbara Smith

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Catholic National Tournament Qualifier in Baltimore over Memorial Day weekend, and the National Forensic League Qualifier, in Indianapolis June 10th to 15th: Taylor Rose (Captain, 5th in State in Congressional Debate) Catholic National Tournament Qualifiers, in Baltimore over Memorial Day weekend: Kate Berg (5th in the State in Dramatic Interpretation) Maggie Hom Catholic National Tournament Championship Kate Berg (quarter-finalist in Dramatic Performance) Taylor Rose (National Tournament qualifier) State Qualifiers: Faith Amenn—semi-finalist in Congressional Debate Thomas Iannitto Will Kurach—5th in the State in JV Oral Interpretation of Prose and Poetry Caroline MacLachlan—quarter-finalist in JV Oral Interpretation of Prose and Poetry Hanna May Erin Mulrooney Catherine Petitti Anna Proios Bruno Schaffa—quarter-finalist in JV Extemporaneous Speaking Meghan Xanthos—semi-finalist in Congressional Debate

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School Year in Review ARTWORK

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School Year in Review SPORTS

Girls’ 2011 Cross-Country •

The team won the New York City Athletic League (NYCAL) championship for the fifth consecutive year. • Senior Elizabeth Goetz was Loyola’s top runner. She was followed by freshman Teressa Healy, sophomore Olivia Allen, freshman Hanna May, and senior Katy Windels. • Goetz and Healy finished second and third overall at the NYCAL Cross-Country Championship. • The team competed in the Villa Bears Invitational, the Xavier Invitational, and the Manhattan College Invitational—all over the venerable course at Van Cortlandt Park—and St. Anthony’s High School Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park in Suffolk County. Roster: Olivia Allen ’14, Stephie Brack ’14, Teressa Healy ’15, Hanna May ’15, Ana Lucia Parham Santana ’15, Erin Reisman ’15, Amanda Webb ’14, Katy Windels ’12, Coach Andy Donacik

Roster: Mark Akhimien ’15, Michael Bolden ’12, Max Brooke ’15, Hunter Bulkeley ’14, Michael Donnelly ’14, Jack Finnerty ’12, Jesse Jaroszewski ’14, Tommy Jorgensen ’13, Jack Marino ’15, Jack Mullin ’13, Liam Murphy ’12, Sean Reinicke ’15, Thomas Ryan ’14, Giovanni Salerno ’15, Ned TaylorD’Ambrosio ’13, Emmet Teran ’14, Jeff Valenzuela ’12, Coach Andy Donacik

Varsity Volleyball

The 2011-2012 Varsity Volleyball season for Loyola School was a rebuilding year. Although the team did not win many games they never gave up and always pushed themselves to the highest level of competition. • Placing second in the Loyola Rally tournament, the team forced many matches to extra points. • The team was led by seniors Megan Franzetti, Grace Conrad, Shannon McNamee, Laura Prunty and Jacqueline Moorhead. Megan, Grace, Laura and Shannon being multiple year veterans provided experience and leadership Boys’ 2011 Cross-Country to younger players and new addition Jacqueline Moor• The team finished third out of five teams at the NYCAL head offered an endless supply of encouragement and Cross-Country Championship at Van Cortlandt Park team support. • Senior Liam Murphy was Loyola’s top runner. He was • Junior players Erin Mulrooney, Kendall Dickieson and followed by junior Tommy Jorgensen, senior Jeff ValenzuAndriana Ilnicki offered strong net play and a never give ela, senior Jack Finnerty, and freshman Jack Marino. up attitude. • The Knights competed in the Collegiate Invitational • New Varsity members included junior Catherine Petitti at Van Cortlandt Park, where Liam Murphy ran the and sophomores Julia Suozzi and Mia Stefanou whose 2.5-mile course in 14:25—a stellar time that is only five contributions were definitely felt on and off the court. seconds off the school record established by John FitzsimThe Loyola Lady Knights look forward to a strong year mons ’01 in 2000. with many returning players. • The team competed in the Regis Invitational, the Xavier Roster: Grace Conrad ’12, Kendall Dickieson ’13, Nicole DiInvitational, and the Manhattan College Invitational at Tolla ’14, Megan Franzetti ’12, Andriana Ilnicki ’13, Shannon Van Cortlandt Park, and St. Anthony’s High School McNamee ’12, Jacqueline Moorhead ’12, Erin Mulrooney ’13, Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park in Suffolk Catherine Petitti ’13, Laura Prunty ’12, Mia Stefanou ’14, County. Julia Suozzi ’14, Coach James Richroath 28

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JV Volleyball • The JV Lady Knights had an overall record of 6-5. • The girls’ had a league record of 4-3, and finished in second place at the end of the regular season. • In the semi-final against Columbia Prep, the Lady Knights put up a good fight, but, in the end, lost 2-1. • This marked the first winning season for the JV Volleyball team in over 10 years. Roster: Caitlin Bonner ’15, Gabriella Celentano ’14, Alexandra Cojocurao ’13, Gianna Cutrone ’14, Danielle DiGirolamo ’13, Maria Gallo ’15, Nina Kelly ’15, Camila Nunez ’15, Rebecca Pettiti ’13, Claire Robinson ’14, Christine Santiago ’14, Katherine Ross ’15, Coach Kate Gilfillan

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The 2011 Varsity Soccer season was the first season in more than 40 years with a new coach. Coach Joseph, succeeding legendary Coach Tramontozzi, wanted to make sure that the soccer tradition of hard work and respect of the game continued. The players, led by veterans Tyler Burke and Jeff Kallen, worked on improving themselves, from morning practices focused on fitness to afternoon practices spent on tactical positioning and team chemistry. The Knights suffered two losses to Columbia Prep and Trevor Day by the respective scores of 4-0 and 4-1. The team responded by making tactical adjustments and training even harder. The Phoenix started to rise when the Knights defeated Browning 2-1 with amazing control of the ball and great goals by Martino Asaro and Jeff Kallen. The apex of the season followed with an amazing upset victory against state finalist Columbia Prep. Gutsy defense and impressive goal keeping from Jared Rodgers

sealed the victory after captain Tyler Burke scored on a penalty kick. • The Knights finished the season with a winning record of 4-3-1. • Unfortunately, the courageous Knights were defeated in the NYCAL semi-finals in a penalty shootout against Browning. Roster: Jan Arcia ’12, Martino Asaro ’12, Juan Barragán ’13, Ruben Beltran ’12, Alfred Bolden ’12, Tyler Burke ’12, Mateo Creamer ’12, Jack Healy ’14, Margaret Hom ’14, Tim Hurkmans ’13, Jeffrey Kallen ’14, Andrew Leone ’13, Brendan Masi ’13, James McEnrue ’13, Christopher McGoldrick ’12, Christopher Ponterotto ’12, Jared Rodgers ’13, Alexander Simons ’13, Adrien van Hauwermeiren ’13, Giuseppe Zappala-Arjona ’12, Coach Jacques Joseph

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In the great tradition of Loyola Soccer the team battle cry of “Andiamo” was heard before each game of the JV Soccer team’s successful 2011 season with a record of 3-4-1. The squad started the season with a close game but tough loss against the Trevor Day School at Tidbits Field in Yonkers. Under the leadership of the veteran players, the mostly Freshmen squad honed their skills over the next few weeks and learned how to play as a team. During a midseason victory in ankle deep mud against Browning, a team that the Knights had previously lost to, the squad began to gel and show the league what they were made of. From there on out, the Knights carried a ball of mud from that victorious day to remind them of the greatness that they are capable of when they work together. They carried that same ball of mud and their winning attitude with them when they played against Lycée Français in Loyola Magazine/Summer 2012


a playoff game at Randall’s Island. The Knights battled LFNY with superior skills but unfortunately lost in the last seconds of a Golden Goal overtime. • The JV Soccer team looks forward to returning next season to make a run for the championships. Roster: Deirdre Haney ’13, Garrett Brown ’14, Stephanie Cianci ’14, Erika Moffa ’14, Bruno Schaffa ’14, Molly Tobin ’14, Olivier van Hauwermeiren ’14, Louis Brereton ’15, Nicholas Brereton ’15, Dylan Hennessy ’15, Peter Kiss ’15, Nichola Mollerus ’15, Alejandro Oyarzun ’15, Alessandra Palmisano ’15, Michael Santangelo ’15, Michael Tierney ’15 , Coach Frank Vivolo ’97

The Lady Knights dominated the NYCAL playoffs defeating Calhoun 47-22. They advanced to a matchup against Columbia Prep at CCNY for the NYCAL playoff title. Despite trailing after the first quarter, the girls took control in a total team effort and won their third consecutive league title 53-40. • The Lady Knights were consistently featured in the New York Post all season – over two dozen times in all. The Lady Knights received feature articles three times, and twice the Post selected Lady Knights’ games among one of the 5 girls basketball games to watch in all of New York City those weeks. • The Lady Knights earned several other honors. Christina DiTolla was named to the NYCAL All-League Team Varsity Girls’ Basketball and earned second team All-Manhattan and honorable • The Lady Knights Varsity Girls basketball team overcame mention All-City Non AA honors from the New York obstacle after obstacle, from injuries to difficult losses, Post. The Basketball Coaches Association of New York but, for a third straight year, found themselves crowned named her to its 2012 Academic All-State Team, one of champions at the end of the season. It was a season that only 20 players in all of New York State to be so honored. displayed not only excellent basketball, but also the charSenior Grace Conrad and freshman Katherine Ross also acter, leadership, and selflessness of the Lady Knights. earned All-Manhattan honors from the New York Post – • The Lady Knights were 5-2 before Christmas, with a third Conrad to the third team and Ross, honorable mention. straight championship in the Martin Luther Lady Cougar The Lady Knights also earned an honor as a team. The Invitational and a first ever appearance in the Horace coaches of the NYCAL awarded the Lady Knights the Mann Peg Duggan Invitational finals. The only blemishes Team Sportsmanship Award. on their record were losses to Dalton and Horace Mann. • Eight different players led the team in scoring, and the • A turning point of the season came just after the break. team gave up only 27.5 points per game on the defensive The Lady Knights suffered a 1 point loss at Columbia end. With strong contributions from younger players on Prep – their first league loss since February 26, 2009, a the roster, the returning Lady Knights should be up to the span of 21 games. The team responded the next day with challenge of maintaining that legacy. a win over Packer, the beginning of a 10-game winning Roster: Gabriella Celentano ’14, Grace Conrad ’12, Kendall streak, the highlight of which was the thrilling victory Dickieson ’13, Christina DiTolla ’12, Nicole DiTolla ’14, Andriover Columbia Prep on Sports Night. ana Ilnicki ’13, Mary Margaret Kelly ’12, Jessica Luszczyk ’12, • The Lady Knights season took another turn, when they were upset on the road by Calhoun in a close game, a loss Hanna May ’15, Emma McCauley ’13, Shannon McNamee ’12, Erika Moffa ’14, Laura Prunty ’12, Katherine Ross ’15, that ended the girls’ chances of winning the NYCAL Coach David Palladino regular season championship. Once again, however, the Lady Knights responded by defeating CHSAA Manhattan champion St. Vincent Ferrer. 30

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The JV Lady Knights had an excellent season winning first place in their division and went undefeated in league play. • They capped off the season by winning their championship game with a thrilling comeback against Trevor Day. • The girls displayed unbelievable chemistry all season long and always played with a tremendous amount of heart and passion particularly on the defensive end. • The Lady Knights were led by the sensational play of sophomore guard Cara Brinster who had an MVP type performance averaging 16.5 points per game. • Sophomores Maggie Hom, Mia Stefanou, Julia Suozzi, and Molly Tobin provided wonderful leadership and had great all around seasons. Combine that with wonderful contributions from freshmen Evelyn O’Byrne, Caitlin Bonner, Natalia Barragan, Aisling Coffey, and Alessandra Palmisano, the JV Lady Knights had a very memorable and successful year. Roster: Cara Brinster ’14, Maggie Hom ’14, Mia Stefanou ’14, Julia Suozzi ’14, Molly Tobin ’14, Natalia Barragan ’15, Caitlin Bonner ’15, Aisling Coffey ’15, Evelyn O’Byrne ’15, Alessandra Palmisano ’15, Coach Dennis Sullivan

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The Loyola Knights opened the 2011-12 campaign with two quick wins against UNIS and Lycée Français. The team’s balanced scoring, Andrew Leone’s point guard skills, and clutch shooting enabled the Knights to control tempo as Al Bolden’s inside game gave the squad the onetwo punch throughout the season. The Knights lost the league opener to Trevor Day 51-47 but bounced back to defeat LREI 55-38 with the emergence of freshman shooting guard Peter Kiss. The Knights knew no quit as the team bounced back to defeat Seminaire Ste. Francois of Quebec 45-41 in the annual Loyola Christmas Festival. Leone tallied twenty points with seven assists as Bolden grabbed fourteen re-

bounds and netted twelve points. Senior off-guard Drew Roberts played out of position defensively as he played a feisty block spot scrapping rebounds, blocking out and averaging seven points per game. • The Knights then headed to Lake Worth, Florida where they opened up with a loss to home team Park Vista. Despite the loss, the squad bounced back to defeat Seminole Ridge 59-40 in a stunning upset. Junior forward Tim Hurkmans’ presence down in the paint helped the Knights inside with second chances off the glass. Leone was named to the All-Tournament Team and was the Tournament’s high scorer with sixty-four points. • The newly bonded team came back home to New York to beat ACIS power house Friends Seminary 53-43. • The Knights also picked up wins against Browning, Lycée Français, and Frederick Douglas Academy. • Sports Night proved to be the most exciting night of the season. Taking the NYCAL’S first place team Columbia to the buzzer, the Knights lost a heartbreaker by two points. Leone, Bolden, Hurkmans, and Kiss all scored in double figures, and Drew Roberts went one-on-one defensively with the best offensive player in the city, holding him to 26 points. Seniors Paul Choix and Mike Bolden added inspiration to the younger players on the team throughout the season encouraging them with their team efforts. • The Knights ended up with eleven wins and twelve losses coming much closer to a winning season than they have in four years. Roster: Al Bolden ’12, Mike Bolden ’12, Paul Choix ’12, Ned Taylor-D’Ambrosio ’13, Dan Gubitosa ’13, Tim Hurkmans ’13, Peter Kiss ’15, Sasha Lehembre-Shiah ’12, Andrew Leone ’13, Jordan Riullano ’15, Drew Roberts ’12, Jared Rodgers ’13, Coach Fred Agnostakis

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The young Knights quickly jumped into a 6 game winning streak by beating teams like Birch Wathen Lenox, Loyola Magazine/Summer 2012


Trevor Day and Lycée Français. • The young Knights were finalists in the LREI tip-off tournament when they earned their first defeat of the season against Churchill. • The Knights went on to score victories against Friends Seminary, Calhoun, Browning and Trevor Day. They also played some great games against Columbia Prep, but could not get a victory from them. • They ended the season with a 12-7 record, the first winning season for Coach Joseph. • Unfortunately, they lost a close 63-61 against Calhoun in the semi-finals. Roster: Mark Akhimien ’15, Lukas Auletti ’15, Louis Brereton ’15, Nicholas Brereton ’15, Joseph Bristol ’14, Tristyn Brooks ’14, Garrett Brown ’14, Gianna Cutrone ’14, Michael Donnelly ’14, Charles Phillips ’14, Thomas Ryan ’14, Giovanni Salerno ’15, Tristan Simonneaux-Lanoix ’15, Michael Tierney ’15, Coach Jacques Joseph

and Elizabeth Goetz, and the 4x400-meter relay of Gianna Cutrone, Teressa Healy, Katy Windels, and Kayla Lee. Roster: Olivia Allen ’14, Natalia Barragán ’15, Stephie Brack ’14, Gianna Cutrone ’14, Tatiana Gleeson ’13, Elizabeth Goetz ’12, Teressa Healy ’15, Nina Kelly ’15, Kayla Lee ’13, Joyce Ramirez ’15, Erin Reisman ’15, Claire Robinson ’14, Julia Suozzi ’14, Helen Tolan ’14, Amanda Webb ’14, Kathryn Windels ’12, Coach Andy Donacik

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Loyola’s top runner in the long and middle distances was Elizabeth Goetz. Goetz’s focus through most of the season was the 1500 meters. But on May 10 in a NYCAL meet, Goetz competed in the 800-meter run for the first time of the season, missing the school mark by about two seconds. In addition to Goetz, Katy Windels completed four years of track and field. She will be fondly remembered for her toughness and passion for running. The team’s corps of long and middle-distance runners featured sophomores Olivia Allen, Julia Suozzi, and Helen Tolan, along with freshman Teressa Healy. The top sprinters were sophomore Gianna Cutrone— who secured a personal record of 29.20 s in the 200-meter dash—and juniors Tatiana Gleeson and Kayla Lee. Two relay teams ran splendidly in the NYSAIS championships, earning season-best times: the 4x800-meter relay team featuring Helen Tolan, Olivia Allen, Julia Suozzi, Loyola Magazine/Summer 2012

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Junior Tommy Jorgensen was the team’s most potent point-earner, competing as a sprinter in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and the 4x100-meter relay, and performing the long jump. At the NYCAL championships, Jorgensen claimed firstplace finishes in the 100 meters and the 200 meters. At the Jesuit Championships on May 5, Jorgensen finished fourth in a competitive 100-meter final. Senior Liam Murphy departs with several Loyola records in his grasp. At a NYCAL meet on May 10, Murphy showcased his versatility when he cooly secured the record in the long-distance 3200 meters, registering a time of 10:37. Newcomer junior Andrew Leone infused the team with head-turning talent. Leone assumed the role of Loyola’s top long-distance runner and went on to secure a new school record of 4:44.60 in the 1600 meters. Another newcomer, sophomore Olivier van Hauwermeiren, was also a welcomed talent. A sprinting specialist, van Hauwermeiren finished second in the 100 meters at the NYCAL championships, just a step behind teammate Tommy Jorgensen. The 4x800-meter relay team of senior Mateo Creamer, junior Andrew Leone, senior Martino Asaro, and senior Liam Murphy set a new school record of 9:07.91. Junior Tim Hurkmans, a middle-distance specialist, used his long, graceful strides to good effect in the NYCAL

whom the Lady Knights defeated the last 4 years in a row. Down 9-3 going into the top of the 7th inning the Lady Knights rallied for 6 runs tying the game. • The Girls, determined to turn things around, ran off a 6 game win streak, and won the NYCAL Tournament defeating Trevor Day 13-0. Their bats roared with hits, RBI’S and solid defense. • Senior Shannon McNamee defended 1st base, Mia Stefanou was stopgap at 2nd, Erika Moffa was flawless at shortstop and senior Tori Leonard came up big at 3rd base. The defense turned double plays, threw runners out going home and supported their pitcher in tight spots. • The outfield was led by centerfielder Molly Tobin who caught the last ball of the season which was a deep drive to center. Sparkplug, Maggie Hom, in right field hustled after any loose ball. • Freshmen Aisling Coffey, Hanna May and Perby Senal proved to be good teammates throughout the season playing at any position at any time. Caitlin Bonner, who had two big doubles twice with the bases loaded, won the left field spot. • Veterans Emma McCauley and Ali Cojocaru gave the team a lift with their spirit and enthusiasm. • Deirdre Haney hurled a 9-1 record for the season with 94 strikeouts. Her career record on the mound is 29 wins and 2 losses over the past 3 years with 276 strikeouts. Deidre was voted the 2012 NYCAL VARSITY SOFTBALL “MVP”. • Catcher and co-captain, Grace Conrad, played every inVarsity Softball ning of the season, batted 620, and collected 24 RBI’S. • The Lady Knights opened their 2012 campaign with a Roster: Caitlin Bonner ’15, Aisling Coffey ’15, Allie Cojocaru decisive win against rival and eventual co-league cham’13, Grace Conrad ’12, Deirdre Haney ’13, Maggie Hom ’14, pion in the NYCAL Trevor Day 7-1. The squad won three straight beating Brearly 13-8, Friends Seminary 7-1 Andriana Ilnicki ’13, Victoria Leonard ’12, Elizabeth Leyn ’15, and Columbia Prep 8-6. Deirdre Haney collected all four Jessica Luszczyk ’12, Hanna May ’15, Emma McCauley ’13, Shannon McNamee ’12, Erika Moffa ’14, Carolyn Muller ’14, wins going the distance in each game while striking out Rebecca Petitti ’13, Perby Senal ’15, Mia Stefanou ’14, Molly 34 batters. • Loyola hit a bump on the diamond losing the rematch to Tobin ’14, Coach Fred Agnostakis Trevor Day 7-6 and to Convent of the Sacred Heart 10-9 championships, claiming first place in the 400-meter dash. Hurkmans’s season record was 52.60 seconds. At the Jesuit Championships on May 5, Hurkmans willed himself to a courageous third-place finish in a competitive field. • The team claimed Loyola’s finest team showing in the last decade at the NYSAIS championships. Tommy Jorgensen blazed to school-record time in the 100-meter dash. The 4x800-meter relay team featuring Mateo Creamer, Andrew Leone, Juan Barragan, and Liam Murphy registered a time just around 9 minutes to establish a new school mark. Andrew Leone came tantalizingly close to his own school mark in the 1600 meters. The 4x400-meter relay team of Tim Hurkmans, Jared Rodgers, Ned Taylor-D’Ambrosio, and Martino Asaro combined to run their best relay of the season, coming close to the school mark. Jeff Valenzuela ran his finest race of the season in the 3200 meters; and Liam Murphy summoned a gutsy 800-meter run, unofficially breaking his own school record. Roster: Martino Asaro ’12, Juan Barragán ’13, Max Brooke ’15 Mateo Creamer ’12, Jack Finnerty ’12, Henry Greene ’15, Tim Hurkmans ’13, Jesse Jaroszewski ’14, Thomas Jorgensen ’13, Andrew Leone ’13, Liam Murphy ’12, James Robinson ’12, Jared Rodgers ’13, Robert Schroeder ’15, Ned Taylor-D’Ambrosio ’13, Jeff Valenzuela ’12, Olivier Van Hauwermeiren ’14, Coach Andy Donacik

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Varsity Baseball

Varsity Golf

The Loyola Knights began the season with Spring training in St. Petersburg, Florida where the boys played four exhibition games against tough opponents from Missouri, Florida, and New York. • Back at home, the team’s pitching picked up and they were able to rattle off a few quick victories. Playing hard game in and game out, the young Knights squad made it all the way to the semi-finals of the ISAL playoffs. Highlights include a 5-1 win against Brown when Paul Pizzitola pitched a great game and the students played a very strong defense. In another win, they beat Calhoun 13-3 when Luke Pramberger pitched the whole game striking out 13 batters. • In a semi-final match-up powered by Richard Singh’s towering home run and some timely hitting from the rest of the lineup, the Knights saved their best for last, exploding for five runs in the 4th inning and two more in the 5th, cutting the Columbia Prep lead to 9-7. Unfortunately, when all the dust cleared, the Knights were unable to come away with the victory, but they made a valiant effort. • Other season highlights included excellent pitching from Luke Pramberger and Paul Pizzitola, great defense and hitting from Jimmy McEnrue, Michael Tierney, and Jack Marino. • Senior leadership came in the form of the versatile Patrick Mullen and Chris Ponterotto. The young Knights return two seniors, four juniors, and eight sophomores next year and look to build on this season’s success. Roster: Lukas Auletti ’15, Garrett Brown ’14, Joseph Clark ’15, Max Cox ’14, Jack Demler ’14, Jack Marino ’15, James McEnrue ’13, Patrick Mullin ’12, Paul Pizzitola ’14, Chris Ponterotto ’12, Luke Pramberger ’15, Reece Rodriguez ’15, Michael Santangelo ’15, Richard Singh ’13, Thomas Smyth ’15, Michael Tierney ’15, Coach Gabriel Rotman


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For the second year in a row, the Loyola Varsity Golf Knights had a spectacular run – winning the NYCAL regular season with an undefeated 8-0 record and capturing the NYCAL Championship Tournament with a first place finish. • Additionally, Loyola junior and team Co-Captain, Fernando Morett, finished the season as the number one player in the league (Fernando also ended last year’s season as the 6th best golfer of all New York State high school players – an honor claimed at Long Island’s renowned Bethpage Black Course last June). • Skilled, near-expert play was also demonstrated by sophomore Jack Healy, who routinely shot close to par. • Three-year team member and Co-Captain, Giuseppe Zappala-Arjona, had his best season yet, further helping the Knights claim their many victories and the season championship. • Senior and team Captain, Chris McGoldrick, the heart and soul of the team the past four years, provided outstanding leadership and contagious passion for the game. • The Knights regular season play was further bolstered by the incredible talent of team members Alex Simons, Richard Atallah, Cara Brinster, Alejandro Oyarzun, and Dylan Peer. • The Loyola Varsity Golf Knights had an incredibly strong showing in the NYSAIS State Tournament at the Hampshire Golf Club in Westchester. The Knights proved themselves to be one of the finest Independent School teams in New York State and the most successful team in the history of Loyola School Golf. Roster: Richard Atallah ’13, Cara Brinster ’14, Jack Healy ’14 Alexander Junquera ’13, Christopher McGoldrick ’12, Jacqueline Moorhead ’12, Fernando Morett ’13, Alejandro Oyarzun ’15, Dylan Peer ’15, Alexander Simons ’13, Adrian Van Hauwermeiren ’13, Andy Yoon ’15, Giuseppe Zappala-Arjona ’13, Coach Thomas Hanley

Incoming Freshmen & Transfer Students Join us in welcoming the newest members of the Loyola community—our transfer students and the Class of 2016! Mary Almazar St. Sebastian School, Queens

Alessia Guise St. Ignatius Loyola School

Julia Robinson Convent of the Sacred Heart

Stephanie Anderson Bank Street School for Children

Ericson Hernandez Ascension School

Katherine Rose St. Joseph’s School, Bronxville

Alexander Arcia Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Florida

Victoria Knapik St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy, Brooklyn

Joseph Scarpelli St. Ignatius Loyola School

Nicolas Baldwin The Gateway Middle School

Sophia Laino The Cathedral School

Julia Bonadonna Epiphany School

Rachel Lee St. Gabriel School, Bronx

Jarrod Sinibaldi Shelton Intermediate School, Connecticut

John Burke Saint David’s School

Marco Longinotti-Buitoni Lower Manhattan Community School

Maria Sosa ’13 American School of Paris, France

Nora Caliban Epiphany School

Paul Lorenc York Prep School

Katarina Trubelja Robert F. Wagner Middle School

John Campbell Saint David’s School

Cooper Marshall The School at Columbia University

Hannah Valente Saint Francis Academy, New Jersey

Katherine Conner Annunciation School, Yonkers

Alejandra Martin Gulliver Academy, Florida

Kevin Villanueva St. Michael’s School, Queens

Victoria Cox ’15 Friends Seminary

Bosco Merhige M.S. 54 – Delta Program

Patrick Wareham The Chapel School, Yonkers

Edward Curry Annunciation School

Ian Miller St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s

Kiera Xanthos Middlesex Middle School, Connecticut

Ryan Daniusis St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s

Andrew Mitchell St. Bernard’s

Michael James Anthony Yango St. Ignatius Loyola School

Daniel DeMonte East Woods School, Long Island

Victoria Montalbano Epiphany School

Nicholas DeMonte East Woods School, Long Island

Cian Moore St. Sebastian School, Queens

Emanuel Demos The Cathedral School

Jack Mullin Saint David’s School

Jonathan Derks La Scuola D’Italia Guglielmo Marconi

Michael Pash St. Bernard’s

Marianne Farrell St. Ignatius Loyola School

Wallis Perry NYC Lab Middle School

Michael Frank St. Ignatius Loyola School

James Pizzitola St. Ignatius Loyola School

Christopher Gathers St. Ann School, Bronx

John Preston St. Ignatius Loyola School

Julia Goetz St. Ignatius Loyola School

Sommer Queally St. Gabriel School, Bronx

Maahnoor Shah St. Ignatius Loyola School

Do you have a child, grandchild, relative, or friend interested in Loyola School? This year Loyola will host three Information Nights: Thursday, October 4, 2012 Last Name A-L Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Independent School Families Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Last Name M-Z For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 646.346.8131 or visit the Admissions web page where you can complete an online application at

AlumniEVENTS Alumni Dinner On Friday, February 3, 2012 Loyola celebrated its annual Alumni Dinner. This year’s recipient of the Rev. James F. Fox, S.J. Award was Rev. James J. Curry, honored for more than twenty years of service to Loyola School. Fr. Curry was presented with the Fox Award by Jim Lyness. Fr. Curry expressed his appreciation for this honor and for the support of the Loyola community during the past two years.

Mr. Tram and soccer players during his tenure

Mr. Danilo Tramontozzi, former faculty member and current Alumni Relations Director Emeritus, was the recipient of this year’s Robert I. Gannon Award, presented by Tony Oroszlany ’87. Mr. Tram was also given an honorary degree and became Loyola’s newest alumnus! In accepting the Gannon Award, Mr. Tram reflected on his 45 years at Loyola both in the classroom and on the soccer field. Please join us at the next Alumni Dinner which will be held on Friday, February 8, 2013.

THE REV. JAMES F. FOX, S.J. AWARD Presented annually by Loyola School to a past or present member of the Faculty or Administration who has demonstrated extraordinary devotion and commitment to educating men and women for others while exhibiting a deep faith and dedication to the mission of Loyola School.

Frank Vivolo ‘97, Fr. Curry, Joann Kusk, Marc Andresen, Alex Koch ‘97

THE ROBERT I. GANNON AWARD Presented annually by Loyola School to an Alumnus who exemplifies those qualities that are best expressed in the life and work of the Reverend Robert I. Gannon, S.J. of the Class of 1909; namely, wit, wisdom, faith, and generosity.

Class of 1962 50th Reunion

Laura Prunty ‘12, Shannon McNamee ‘12, Tori Leonard ‘12, and Grace Conrad ‘12

Gannon Award Winners: Walter Higgins ‘57, Frank Nemia ‘73, Jay McNamee ‘77, Danilo Tramontozzi ‘12, Bob Sheehy ‘68, Filippo Galluppi ‘47, Chris Levy ‘70, Marie McNamee ‘77, Bob Cahill ‘50, Bob Edmondson ‘47, Mark Speed ‘71, Malcolm Speed36 ‘70, and Frank Serbaroli ‘69

Alumni Networking Night Alumni gathered at Opal Bar & Restaurant on October 19, 2011 for Alumni Networking Night. This year’s speaker was Jim Larkin ’64, of James W. Larkin Associates and the topic was “Marketing Yourself Effectively for the Online Job Search.”

Alumni Service Day

Kelsey Lescop ‘06, Colin Wheeler ‘07, and Francis Vecchione ‘01

Brendan Sullivan ‘86

On Sunday, December 4, 2011 alumni and their families, students and administrators gathered together to celebrate Mass and compile over 100 boxes of donated food items for the Welcome Table at St. Francis Xavier Church. Our students donated over 1,200 cans of food and with alumni donations, we reached approximately 1,400 canned food items overall! The boxes of donated items will be distributed to individuals and families who rely on Xavier’s food pantry. A special thank you to faculty moderator, Joann Kusk, for leading the student effort this year, alumna and current parent, Andrea Gannon Brereton ’85 for organizing Christmas card making, and to our Alumni Association Board for sponsoring the event. Special thanks to our students for their canned food donations, help with counting cans and assembling the boxes, and help with setup on the morning of the event and Christmas card making with our youngest volunteers, especially Laura Prunty ’12, Michael Donnelly ’14, Claire Robinson ’14, Amanda Webb ’14, Joyce Ramirez ’15, Bobby Schroeder ’15, and Perby Senal ’15.

Coach “A” Alumni Basketball Tournament Many thanks to all alumni who participated in the 4th annual Coach “A” Alumni Basketball Tournament on February 26, 2012. Competition was fierce again this year with alumni represented from 1980-2004. The tournament featured “double header” championship games as the defending champions, James Bergamo ’00, Marc Harrison ’00, Michael Lesnik ’00, and Craig Usiak ’00, faced off against James Barker ’91, Eddie Minson ’95, Chris Moffatt ’91, and Dee Tubridy ’95.

Coach “A” Alumni Basketball Tournament Participants

The 2000 team lost their first game of the tournament to this ‘90s mix, resulting in the second, final championship game. The ‘90s team played hard but in the end the 2000s were victorious again this year winning 23-20 with Marc Harrison’s game winning 3-pointer. Special thanks to our alumni, family, and friends who cheered on the teams!

Back to School Night Alumni and alumni parents returned home to Loyola on Thursday, March 1, 2012 to Loyola to learn about DNA and the histories of New York City and Italy. Many thanks to all who attended and especially to our faculty—Joann Kusk, History, Sunita Stevens Meyers ’88, Chair of the Science Department and Danilo Tramontozzi, Alumni Relations Director Emeritus—for preparing such wonderful presentations.

Loyola Magazine/Summer 2012 Alumni and Alumni Parents making their DNA with Sunita Stevens Meyers ‘88


Shea-Armstrong Golf Classic 105 golfers traveled to North Hills Country Club in Manhasset, New York on Monday, June 4, 2012 to support Loyola School. Though the day started out with heavy downpours, attendees had a great day of golf when the skies cleared after the second hole. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Philip McManus, P’08, Isabella and Joseph Zappala, P’13, and Ted Zorbas, P’99 for their support of this year’s Outing. Thanks also to our Committee members whose efforts contributed to a profit of over $60,000! We would also like to extend our appreciation to our volunteers without whose help, the day would not have been possible – Fred Agnostakis, Laura Armstrong ’94, Marian Armstrong and Richard Duggan, Toni Buono P’10, P’14, Laura Prunty ’12, Joan Samaroo, Teresa Simone, and Neil Sullivan ’81. Special thanks to auctioneer, Sean O’Shea ’87, who enthusiastically encouraged participation in our Live Auction which raised over $12,000.

John Petrilli ‘73, Tony Oroszlany ‘87, Dan Dobrjanskyj ‘74, Christopher Verdi, Peter Verdi ‘74, and Bob Nicol ‘74

If you are interested in being part of the committee for next year’s Golf Classic, please contact Mary Ann Minson ’99 at 646.346.8134 or Shea-Armstrong Golf Classic Committee Laura Armstrong ’94 John Brinster & Toni Buono, P’10, P’14 Pat Farrell ’93 Gerry Herrling ’73 Philip McManus, P’08

Glenn Pallen ’64 Norma Ragalli Stafford ’90 Neil Sullivan ’81 Ed Winsch ’69 Ted Zorbas, P’99

Cara Brinster ‘14, Fernando Morett ‘13, Giuseppe Zappala-Arjona ‘13, Jack Healy ‘14

Winners of the 2012 Golf Classic 1st Place Cara Brinster ’14 Jack Healy ’14 Fernando Morett ’13 Giuseppe Zappala-Arjona ’13 2nd Place Chris Bodh Pargie Distano Thomas Distano Dan Gonzalez

Closest to the Pin Brad Green Longest Drive Pete Shea Most Accurate Drive Tom Maglaras Bob Sheehy ‘68, Vickie McLaughlin, Greg McLaughlin ‘64, and John Sheehy ‘66

3rd Place Thomas Courtney John Flynn Nick Zorbas ’99 Ted Zorbas, P’99

Save the Date! The Shea-Armstrong Golf Classic will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013 at North Hills Country Club in Manhasset, New York!


Loyola Magazine/Summer 2012 Thomas Courtney, Joan Samaroo, Tony Oroszlany ‘87, Nick Zorbas ‘99, Ted Zorbas, P’99

Reunions During the fall of 2011, eight alumni classes celebrated milestone anniversary reunions. Alumni returned to Loyola for a tour of the School and cocktail reception and then continued their celebrations at venues throughout New York City, including Caffe Grazie, Centolire, Le Cirque, Mad River, and Uptown.

Class of 1971 • 40th Reunion

Class of 1966 • 45th Reunion

Class of 1986 • 25th Reunion

Class of 1981 • 30th Reunion

Class of 1991 • 20th Reunion

Class of 1996 • 15th Reunion

Class of 2001 • 10th Reunion

Class of 2006 • 5th Reunion

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Playing the Dane” at New York University’s Chris Levy, an executive officer of Skirball Theatre in New York City as part of OMNICOMGroup’s ICON International Walter Higgins and his family welcomed the newest addition to their family with the a worldwide tour on November 10-13, 2011. Inc., was named a Senior Vice President of the firm in September 2011. Chris continues birth of grandson, Hunter Grey Laughlin, in his position of Chief Risk Officer, which on April 12, 2012. Hunter is Walter’s fourth 1966 he has held since joining ICON in 2002. grandchild. Walter Egan and John Zambetti’s band, The Malibooz, entered a song, “My Beloved Malibu,” in the Official City of Malibu 1971 1958 Song Contest. The Malibooz were one of Joseph Serbaroli did a ½ hour TV interview Bill Doyle advises that his grandson William five finalists. They also performed at the in February for the San Francisco Brooks Doyle has been recruited to play GEMA (Georgetown Entertainment & Archdiocese which aired in the Bay area. basketball at Georgia Tech in the ACC. A Media Alliance) Rocks Concert on May 4-5, Joe also recently had an article published three point specialist, Brooks had over 50 2012. The concert celebrates Georgetown in Legacies Magazine on his grandfather’s 3’s in his senior season at Marist School University’s rich contribution to American murals entitled, “H.E. Serbaroli and the in Atlanta. Brooks is also a member of Mysterious Muralists of Fair Park.” You entertainment. the National Honor Society. Brooks is can read the article by visiting http:// following in his grandfather’s footsteps – Bill played on the 1958 Loyola Varsity basketball 1969 metapth204537/m1/16/. team which compiled an 18 and 5 record Ron Puleio has a new addition to his and has returned to Loyola to play at several working career - Executive Producer for a Alumni Nights. documentary film, My Amityville Horror. 1978 It was selected to be showcased at the Joao Carlos Bueno recently updated the Montreal International Film Festival in July office: Still alive and married to Marie 1959 and the upcoming London, Chicago, and Claire. We have two daughters, Alice and John Bruno is alive and well in Millbrook, several other international film festivals. Alessandra, who are students at Roger New York. He and wife Nancy own Oak Learn more at Williams University. Unlike me, they are Summit Vineyard and make great wine. It is Honor Students! We live in Panama and I located just 1 ½ hours north of NYC. am getting ready to compete in the Central Francis Serbaroli, a partner at Greenberg American Games in March 2013. I will Traurig LLP, has been designated as 1963 represent Panama in Endurance chairman of the board of trustees of Regis Clifford was selected for Princeton (80km ride) and hope to qualify for ArchCare, the parent corporation of Review’s Best 300 College Professors. He Eventing as well. Calvary Hospital, Terence Cardinal Cooke has been an adjunct professor at St. John’s Health Care Center, and the nursing homes University for 19 years teaching business sponsored by the Archdiocese of New Rafael Castellanos and the Central Park courses. Regis has also been selected by the York: Mary Manning Walsh Home, Kateri Medical Unit were honored on December 1, National Student Leadership Council to Residence, San Vicente de Paul, Carmel 2011 for their emergency medical assistance teach high school students entrepreneurship Richmond, Ferncliff, and St. Theresa. He during Hurricane Irene. Since 1975, the this summer. This fall, Regis expects to was also elected Chair of the 1300-member 150-plus volunteers of CPMU have always begin studies at Harvard University for an Health Law Section of the New York State been on call to NYC residents in times of M.A. in Economics. He is also a volunteer Bar Association. emergencies. The members have provided fireman and EMT. As a retired Army more than $2.5 million each year in free Officer, Regis teaches leadership courses care to the patrons of Central Park and the 1970 to ROTC students. Regis attributes much residents of the City of New York. Fr. Tony Burrascano, OSA continues his of his success to the values he learned at work as the Director of Foreign Missions Loyola and feels that Jesuit education has 1981 been the cornerstone for so many of today’s for the Augustinian Friars of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova. He has also Justine Panczyk Nichols recently moved to leaders. He sends his thanks to Loyola and been serving on the Formation Team for Huntsville in northern Alabama from the a special reminder to classmates, “Our 50th Washington, DC area. Her husband Bill’s anniversary is coming up! Let’s get together young men entering the Order living in the Formation House. He will be transferred office relocated last summer and she was at the Alumni Dinner this year!” to St. Thomas Monastery at Villanova finally able to join him in their new home University, where he will serve as Treasurer this May, when she obtained an inter-agency 1964 of the Monastery Community. Tony will assignment from the Department of Defense Daniel Reardon played Polonius in a continue to serve as the Director of Foreign where she has worked for the past 24 years. production of Hamlet called “The Rehearsal, Missions. They are enjoying the warm, southern hospitality! 40 Loyola Magazine/Summer 2012


Brew Mbirika recently updated the office: “Still Rockin’-n-rollin’ with my Irish band, BLUESUN a/k/a BREW! Recently I qualified to be an English High School Teacher at Trinity College Dublin, but the music remains my true vocation and that seems to be taking off again with US airplay on college radio. Jonathan Panczyk’s second novel, Matthew Texas in: The Lost Civilization, was recently published and released by PublishAmerica.


Family and friends of Michael Armstrong † gathered for the Michael J. Armstrong Memorial Foundation’s Posse’s Fall Gathering on November 18, 2011. The Foundation supports two scholarship students at Loyola School in Mike’s memory.


Christy Ann Coppola’s design studio Coppola Design celebrated winning 7 ADDY Awards at the annual Albany Ad Club awards dinner. Christy Ann will return this fall for her 7th year as adjunct instructor of graphic design at The College of Saint Rose. When not working, Christy Ann continues her animal advocacy. Last year she was presented with the Humane Hero Award from the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Her yellow Labrador Robby, a registered therapy dog, visits with special needs children at their local elementary school. One boy in particular who has Asperger’s Syndrome, was deathly afraid of dogs. So much so, that he wouldn’t even walk down the street near one. As you can see from the photo, he has not only overcome his fear, but is now best friends with Robby, reading to him and regularly gives him hugs and kisses. “Visiting with the kids is by far one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done,” she says. “Robby is the school’s very first visiting therapy dog. They even gave Robby his own page in the yearbook!”


John McCarthy was selected to the Irish Echo’s Law and Order 50, a tribute to the extraordinary and continuing story of the American Irish in the evolution of a nation governed and guided by the rule of law.


Douglas Borkowski is engaged to be married to Rachel Reinhart. A wedding is planned for August 11, 2012 and Fr. Curry will be the celebrant.


John O’Brien is engaged to Karyn Santora. 1


Nick Banks is a Physical Education teacher at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Boulder, Colorado. He also coaches the softball, basketball and volleyball teams at his school. Chris Beha’s new novel, What Happened to Sophie Wilder, has been published. Chris will be reading from the book at various venues around the country this summer. Visit for more information.


Joseph Brogan is engaged to be married to Aileen McCarthy. A wedding is planned for December 15, 2012.


Patrick Driscoll is engaged to be married to Adrienne Adelsberger. Stephen Feiler is engaged to be married to Kelly Shulz. A wedding is planned for August 17, 2012. Van Giles is engaged to be married to Danielle Veldhuizen. Alexis Thornton is engaged to be married to Michael Piela. A wedding is planned for October 20, 2012.


Sara Fay is engaged to be married to Chaffin Snider. Vinnie Vernuccio is engaged to be married to Katie Engdahl. A wedding is planned for May 4, 2013.


Evan Danaher is engaged to be married to Meghan Kearns. A wedding is planned for April 27, 2013. Christina Sorbera is engaged to be married to Bobby Delay.

3 1. Family and friends of Michael Armstrong ✝ ‘85 2. Robby, registered therapy dog of Christy Ann Coppola ‘86, listens intently while his special friend reads a book. 3. Nick Banks ‘97 at Sacred Heart School, Boulder, Colorado

Stephanie Lau Tang opened Sacred Sounds Yoga, a yoga and tai chi studio featuring Unnata Aerial Yoga in Greenwich Village in November 2011. Visit her website at


Michael Carr graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2006. After graduation, he rode a bicycle from San Diego, California to Portland, Oregon to figure out where he wanted to move and start a career. Michael ended up in Newport Beach, California and took a job with Burton Snowboards working for the Gravis Footwear and Analog Clothing brands. In June 2011, he left Burton Snowboards and joined GreenWater Holdings, a start-up, brand Loyola Magazine/Summer 2012


management house in the Action Sport and Outdoor Industries. His position is focused on a company called PLUS Compound Technologies where they make the first ever performance based, 100% recyclable compound intended to replace traditional foams, rubbers, and plastics. They currently have products in market with Patagonia, New Balance, Vans, and a handful of smaller brands. As a side project, over the past five years, Michael has been intimately involved with a soccer charity called Little Feet and has participated in four international trips where over 1,000 soccer balls have been donated and two soccer fields have been built for deeply impoverished communities in Central America. Michael enjoys an active lifestyle in Southern California and plays soccer weekly on a team representing Little Feet. He has also completed a handful of triathlons, two of which were the half iron distance. Elizabeth Vinci Sisti recently updated the office: “In the past year I’ve: Gotten married! May 7, 2011 to Will Ortolani Sisti, after 8 years of dating; changed my name! I’m now Elizabeth Vinci Sisti; moved to London in February; new job, new location. I’m blogging about our move at and Will is blogging about our European adventures at Love to everyone at Loyola!”


Douglas Brady graduated from the Rockland County Police Academy on June 15, 2012. Doug was awarded the Academic Achievement Award for the recruit who demonstrates all around excellence in academics. Doug was also awarded the Excellence in Defensive Tactics award for achievement of the highest level in defensive tactics and the Val Swartwout Memorial Award for outstanding performance and excellence in Emergency Medical Care. He is now a police officer in the Village of Larchmont, New York. Kelly Brozo is engaged to be married to Christopher Scholz. Stephanie Leach is engaged to be married to Kevin Grace, Jr.


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jewelry is made by the two ladies, who specialize in limited edition and one-ofa-kind creations. Visit them at 12 Lions Studio, Independent Designs, 684 Broadway at Great Jones Street. Luke Soletic is starting his first year of dental school this fall at Columbia School of Dental Medicine. Nicholas Waggoner was nominated by National Geographic as part of their “Adventurers of the Year” competition. National Geographic selects Adventurers based on their “extraordinary achievements in exploration, conservation, and adventure sports.” Nick, a filmmaker, and his team conducted a grueling human-powered ski survey of South America, which resulted in a moving piece of art that defines the simple act of skiing.


Sharon Brady graduated with a dual certification Masters Degree of Education (childhood education and students with disabilities, grades 1-6) from Dominican College in Blauvelt, New York on May 20, 2012. Sharon was also elected into the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in recognition of outstanding merit and accomplishment as a student of Dominican College and the Teacher Education Masters program.


Elizabeth Kotite had the amazing opportunity to travel to the Galapagos Islands in September 2011 where she saw amazing animals and plants and had an experience she will never forget. After that, she became part of The Nat Turner Revue, an award winning sketch comedy/ improvisation group that she performed with during the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival in Chapel Hill, NC on February 16, 2012. This was Elizabeth’s first time performing improv in front of a live audience. On February 8, 2012 Elizabeth got another exciting opportunity that jump started her acting career when she landed a part as an extra on the hit NBC show SMASH. Most recently, she performed in NYC with the Nat Turner Revue at the University of the Streets. Ryan Schira was cast as Peter in the movie, Tanner Hall, which opened in movie theaters across New York City in September

2011. Also featured in the movie is Rooney Mara, granddaughter of Wellington Mara † ’33. Jonathan Suquet graduated from Tulane University with a degree in economics in 2011 and was hired by New York Life as an insurance representative. The Suquet family also recently celebrated his older brother Joseph’s graduation from Tulane Law School.


Katherine Soletic will attend Stony Brook University Dental School this fall.


Vincent Recca, a senior at Middlebury College in Vermont, was elected President of the Middlebury College Student Government Association on October 14, 2011, winning 66% of the vote.


Alex Antonucci, a junior at the University of Rochester and placekicker on the school’s football team , scored nine points in Rochester’s 45-16 win over Merchant Marine on October 15, 2011. He made a 22-yard field goal try in the first quarter, then made all six of his PATs - one shy of Rochester’s single-game record. Alex had no intention of playing college football but was discovered as a freshman as he casually kicked a football on a campus field – from a coat hanger fashioned as a football tee. The football coach walked by in amazement and asked him to try out for the team. Emily Miano is working in Kisumu, Kenya this summer at a medical NGO.


Rachel Gregory completed her first Olympic Distance Triathlon during the weekend of September 23, 2011 and placed first in her age group, receiving a gold medal. Daniel Velasco made his main stage debut at Fordham University’s Pope Theater in April 2012. Danny had a lead role as “Artie” in their production of Swooney Planet.


Peter Della Rocca qualified for finals in Senate at the 2011 Lincoln Financial Group/National Forensic League National

Speech & Debate Tournament, the largest academic competition in the world featuring 3,365 students from across the nation.



John Coghlan married Laurie Bella on November 5, 2011 at Our Lady of the Assumption in Osterville, Massachusetts.

Cristiano Tiozzo conducted a 14 member orchestra on November 12, 2011 which included Western (strings, woodwinds, harp, and piano) and Indian instruments (sitar, table, and bansuri) for the première of the RabiThakur ballet at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Angela Lopez married Donald Ganley on November 5, 2011.



Gregory Stanclik married Paulina Riess on August 26, 2011 in New York City. Robert Bala and Frank Roman were in attendance.


Peter Buchenholz married Michelle Wu in June 2011. Gary Power married Jamie Considine on October 15, 2011.


Yesenia Ferran married Ivan Rana on March 9, 2012. Bran Noonan married Jill Gardiner on May 14, 2011 in Montauk, New York.


Nancy Keane married Karl Quirk on March 31, 2012.


Laura Gutierrez and Alexander Campbell were married on October 2, 2011 at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. Susan Mezo and Katy Moore were bridesmaids.


Kieran O’Neil married Samantha Macola on December 29, 2011 at the United States Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland. Evan Danaher and Ryan Hawkins were best men, Benjamin Lanzet and Patrick McGovern were groomsmen, and Courtney Ambrose, Kelly Beleckas, Mary Ann Lynch Minson ’99, Patrick Minson ’99, Craig Morse, Ximena Gallegos Perez, Raul Perez ’94, Julianne Plazas, Sara Shannon, Christina Sorbera, and Sean Walsh were in attendance.

Thomas Tubridy married Tara Dunleavy on May 11, 2012. 1

Paula Vasconcellos married Pedro Rivas on June 30, 2012.

Angie Vivolo married James Lewis on August 13, 2011 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. Fr. Michael Sehler, S.J. was the celebrant.


Courtney Anderson-Gallagher married Daniel Gonzalez on February 18, 2012 at the United States Military Academy at West Point.


Torie Hajdu married Andy Abramson on July 13, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.


Marco Maccioni and his wife, Sabrina, welcomed the birth of their son, Massimo, on December 25, 2011.



Elizabeth Cannon Mullen and her husband, Padraig, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Naeve Anne, on July 1, 2011.


Martin Montoya and his wife, Fernanda, welcomed the birth of their son, Pedro, on August 9, 2011. 4


Patricia Levinson welcomed the birth of her son, Edwin, in February 2012. Edwin joins big brother, Declan. Deirdre Lesnik Vetere and her husband, Michael, welcomed the birth of their son, Jacob, on April 26, 2012.

1. Rachel Gregory ‘10 2. Gary Power ‘89 and Jamie Considine 3. Kieran O’Neil ‘00 and Samantha Macola 4. Angie Vivolo ‘02 and James Lewis


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the birth of their son, Joaquin, on December 19, 2011.

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Peter D’Arcy and his wife, Stacey, welcomed their daughter, Julia Frances, on February 23, 2012. Julia joins big sisters, Catherine and Meredith. Laura Angelino Noll and her husband, Matthew, welcomed the birth of their son, Colin Francis, on March 14, 2012. Colin joins big brother, Ryan, and sister, Charlotte. Fiona St. John-Parsons Sloane and her husband, Rob, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Alice Penelope, on May 1, 2012. Alice joins big sister, Miranda.


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Barbara Monroe and her husband, John Glisman, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Caroline Joan, on May 12, 2012.


Stacey Usiak and her husband, Oscar Fernandez, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Louisa Alexandra Fernandez, on May 14, 2012. Louisa joins big brother, Ryan.

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Patrick Farrell and his wife, Heidi, welcomed their son, Brendan Gerard, on October 25, 2011. Brendan joins big brothers, Michael and Patrick. Rocco Lagano and his wife, April, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Adriana, on October 25, 2011.

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Ryan Lowry and his wife, Jeanne, welcomed the birth of their son, Aidan Conor, on July 6, 2011. 11

Brian Macken and his wife, Amy, welcomed their daughter, Alice Anne, on October 21, 2011. Alice joins big brother, Patrick.




1. Adela Perez, daughter of Raul Perez ‘94 and Ximena Gallegos Perez ‘00 2. Alessia Muscatella, daughter of Annie Castro Muscatella ‘95 3. Aidan Lowry, son of Ryan Lowry ‘94 4. Alice Macken, daughter of Brian Macken ‘94 5. Alice Sloane, daughter of Fiona St. John-Parsons Sloane ‘91 6. Amelia Kaufman, daughter of Diane Beleckas Kaufman ‘98 7. Maria Queen, daughter of Maria Amorim Queen ‘94 8. Caroline Smaldon, daughter of Evie Emerson Smaldon ‘96 9. Grace McCaffrey, daughter of Maryhelen McCarthy McCaffrey ‘94 10. Cecelia, Julia, and Maggie Lowry, daughters of Conor Lowry ‘99 11. Corrine Joseph, daughter of Loyola faculty member, Jacques Joseph 12. Joaquin Perez, son of Rafael Perez ‘90 13. Caroline Monroe, daughter of Barbara Monroe ‘92

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Maryhelen McCarthy McCaffrey and her husband, Neil, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Grace Eleanor, on February 22, 2012. Shana Darling O’Keefe and her husband, Sean, welcomed their daughter, Morgan Darling O’Keefe, on September 27, 2011.

Maria Amorim Queen and her husband, Frank, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Maria Isabel, on April 23, 2011. Maria joins big brother, Francisco.

1994 & 2000

Raul Perez ’94 and his wife, Ximena Gallegos Perez ’00, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Adela Isabel, on February 10, 2012.


Andrew Galvin and his wife, Christie, welcomed the birth of their son, John Thomas, on April 20, 2012. Jack joins big sister, Reagan. Karianne Humen and her husband, Matthew Pike, welcomed the birth of their son, Matthew Alexander, on December 5, 2011. Eddie Minson and his wife, Delia, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Anne Elizabeth, on May 3, 2012. Annie joins big brother, Eddie. Annie Castro Muscatella and her husband, Chris, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Alessia Christine, on September 27, 2011. Emilie Castro ’01 is Alessia’s proud new aunt.

Caroline Kelly, on February 13, 2012. Caroline joins big sister and brother, Madeline and Ryan.


Elizabeth Barrow Mangan and her husband, Michael, welcomed the birth of their son, Michael Cornelius Mangan III, on September 29, 2011. Jim Beha and his wife, Alyson, welcomed the birth of their son, James Alexius Beha III, on April 23, 2012. James is named after his grandfather, James Beha ’67.

Patricia Santos and her husband, David, welcomed the birth of their son, Andrew Edward Nicoll, on November 4, 2011. Evie Emerson Smaldon and her husband, Neil, welcomed the birth of their daughter,



Tara Quinn Sparks and her husband, Matthew, welcomed the birth of their son, William Jude, on June 14, 2012. William joins big brother, Gavin. 4

Frank Vivolo and his wife, Lyle, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Serena Fitch, on April 26, 2012.



Diane Beleckas Kaufman and her husband, Aaron, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Amelia Claire, on November 11, 2011. Amelia joins big brother, Nate.



Michelle Dolgow Cristofaro and her husband, Daniel Tubridy and his wife, Rachel, Joey, welcomed the birth of their daughter, welcomed the birth of their son, Ryan John, Michelle Londyn, on November 17, 2011. on January 5, 2012. Ryan shares his birthday with his dad and joins big sister, Rosemary. Francine Scaffidi Katz and her husband, Herman, welcomed the birth of their son, Hunter Francis, on June 28, 2012. 1996 Jennifer Macken Griffiths and her husband, Conor Lowry and his wife, Tara, welcomed Justin, welcomed the birth of their son, their daughter, Julia Beglin Lowry, on Garret James, on July 19, 2011. October 25, 2011. Julia joins big sisters, Cecelia and Maggie. James Harding and his wife, Kathleen, welcomed the birth of their son, Conor, on May 19, 2011. 2000 Bernadette McHugh and her husband, Dan Scully, welcomed their son Jack Dashiell Scully on December 11, 2011. Bernadette works as an Academic Advisor in the Drama Department of Tisch at NYU and lives in Park Slope with her family.





Giulia Collina Lukach and her husband, Mark, welcomed the birth of their son, Jonas Finn Lukach, on May 16, 2012. 10


Eliza Gelfand and her husband, Josh, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Phoebe Jane, on March 23, 2012. Jacques Joseph and his wife, Daphne, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Corinne Marie Gladys, on December 1, 2011. Corinne joins big sister, Emilie.

11 1. Peter D’Arcy ‘91 and his daughter, Julia 2. Matthew Pike, son of Karianne Humen ‘95 3. Michelle Cristofaro, daughter of Michelle Dolgow Cristofaro ‘99 4. Morgan O’Keefe, daughter of Shana Darling O’Keefe ‘94 5. Naeve Mullen, daughter of Elizabeth Cannon Mullen ‘86 6. Phoebe Gelfand, daughter of Loyola faculty member, Eliza Gelfand 7. Serena Vivolo, daughter of Frank Vivolo ‘97 8. Ryan Tubridy, son of Daniel Tubridy ‘95 9. Jack Scully, son of Bernadette McHugh ‘96 10. Eddie and Annie Minson, children of Eddie Minson ‘95 11. William Sparks, son of Tara Quinn Sparks ‘97

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Peter Mullen, grandfather of Dylan Peer ’15 on October 15, 2011.


Kimberly Bloom, daughter of Laurence Kelly, on June 21, 2011.


Fedora Dorato, mother of Charles Dorato, on November 8, 2011.

1966, 2000 & 2003

Catherine Walsh, mother of Sean Walsh ’66 and grandmother of Sean Walsh ’00 and Stephen Walsh ’03, on January 30, 2012.


Peter Brennan on January 10, 2012.


Suzanne MacDonald, wife of James MacDonald, on April 9, 2012.

1970 & 1971

Margaret Speed, mother of Malcolm Speed ’70 and Mark Speed ’71, on April 23, 2012.

1970, 1976, 1977 & 1982

and James McDonald on September 28, 2011, parents of James McDonald ’76 and Kathleen McDonald Lyons ’77.


Irene Harnett, mother of Nancy Harnett, on February 6, 2012.

1977 & 1980

Betty Wilson, mother of Brian Wilson ’77 and Elizabeth Wilson ’80, on December 28, 2011.


Marie Mirisola, mother of Michael Mirisola, on September 23, 2011. Esperanza Schweitzer, mother of Manfred Schweitzer, on March 13, 2012.

1974, 1977 & 1979

Maurice Kunstenaar, father of Jean-Pierre Kunstenaar ’74, Claude Kunstenaar ’77, and Yvonne Kunstenaar Milky ’79, on September 24, 2011.

1976 & 1977

Patricia McDonald on September 17, 2011


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1997 & 2007

Michael Nardoza, uncle of Brian Wheeler ’97 and Colin Wheeler ’07, on November 15, 2011.


Vincent Gaeta, father of Luke Gaeta, on June 9, 2012.



2004 & 2007

Marta Franco, mother of Avenol Franco, on July 24, 2011.


Patricia O’Neill Hart, sister of Peter O’Neill, on September 27, 2011.


Austin O’Farrell, brother of Brian O’Farrell, on July 18, 2011.

1987 & 1989

1988, 1989, 1994 & 1995

Mary Fernandes, grandmother of Sunita Antoinette Kotite, mother of Edward Kotite Stevens Meyers ’88 , Anil Stevens ’89, ’71, Sonny Kotite ’73, and Peter Kotite ’74, Christopher Rodricks ’94, and Kevin Rodricks and grandmother of Elizabeth Kotite ’06 and ’95, on June 10, 2012. Peter Kotite ’09, on July 12, 2012.


Mary Garner Berkowitz, grandmother of Anne Sekel ’95 and Charles Sekel ’04, on June 26, 2012.

Juana Delia DiFulvio, mother of Angela DiFulvio Covo and mother-in-law of Frederic Covo ’76, in February 2012.

Mary Genovese, mother of Frank Genovese Manuel Gonzalez, father of Margaret ’70, James Genovese ’76, John Genovese ’77, Gonzalez Long ’87 and Sheila Gonzalez ’89, and Nancy Genovese ’82, on March 11, 2012. on June 12, 2012.

1971, 1973, 1974, 2006 & 2009

1995 & 2004

Cecilia Matos, mother of Maria PerezMatos, on October 31, 2011. Charles Belanich, father of Adam Belanich ’04 and Noah Belanich ’07, on March 27, 2012.


Jorge Cardenal, uncle of Joseph Cain, on November 3, 2011.


Gloria Lagno, grandmother of Robert Lagno, on August 31, 2011.

2008 & 2011

Palmiro Casella, grandfather of Arianna Esposito ’08 and Cara Esposito ’11, on December 8, 2011.

2011 & 2014

Francisco Añazco, grandfather of Chris Jaroszewski ’11 and Jesse Jaroszewski ’14, on November 23, 2011.




Sunita Guevara, mother of Jalma Guevara, on March 12, 2012.

Vincent Ranieri, son of Lisa Risico Ranieri, on March 8, 2012. Virginia Gomes, mother of Marco Gomes, in August 2011.


Fernando Feria, father of Fernando Feria Garibay, on December 22, 2011.


Cathy Craig, mother of Michael Smith and Scott Smith, on February 10, 2012.

Albina D’Onofrio, mother of Amelio D’Onofrio, on December 11, 2011.

Former Faculty

Rev. Vincent E. Butler, S.J. on February 8, 2012. Elaine Membrado on May 10, 2012.

Reunions 2012 If your graduating class year ends in a 2 or 7, you will be celebrating an anniversary this fall—mark your calendars! Class of 2007: Friday, September 21, 2012 Class of 2002: Friday, September 21, 2012 Class of 1997: Saturday, September 22, 2012 Class of 1992: Saturday, September 29, 2012 Class of 1987: Saturday, September 22, 2012 Class of 1982: Saturday, September 29, 2012 Class of 1977: Friday, September 28, 2012 Class of 1967: Saturday, September 29, 2012

Invitations and more information to follow. All classes prior to 1962 celebrate their reunions at the Alumni Dinner in February. Please contact Mary Ann Minson for more information at 646.346.8134 or

Brooklyn Prep Alumni Association’s 2012 Golf Classic Please join Brooklyn Prep and other local Jesuit high school alumni and friends for a wonderful day of golf on September 13, 2012 at the Knollwood Country Club in Westchester. Rain date: September 27, 2012. All proceeds benefit The Rev. John D. Alexander S.J. BPAA Endowment Fund to permanently finance scholarships at Loyola School and other Jesuit high schools in the tri-state area. For additional information, please contact: Dave Campbell at Ralph Mascia at

Friday, February 8, 2013

Shea-Armstrong Golf Classic North Hills Country Club Manhasset, New York

In memory of Joe Shea ’72 and Mike Armstrong ’85 Save the date now! There will be great food and drink, wonderful raffle prizes, hole-in-one competitions, and much more! If you have any questions or are interested in joining the golf committee contact Mary Ann Minson ’99 at 646.346.8134 or

DONATE ONLINE! Support Loyola by making a donation, paying off a pledge, or making a pledge online! Go to Loyola’s website: and click on the “Make a Gift Now” button. It’s safe and secure, and you can donate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Monday, September 24th Meadow Brook Club Jericho, NY

Golf Outing Co-Founders:Pete Dagher, Brian Devaney, Gary Goodenough • To benefit those in need through the works of the Jesuits • To support the care of elderly and infirm Jesuits Individual golfer: $1250 Contact: Debra Ryan at the New York Jesuit Office: or 212-774-5544 For registration and information on sponsorships and journal ads visit:

Save the Date!

Annual Alumni Dinner

Monday, June 3, 2013

The 3rd Annual Friends of the Jesuits Golf Outing

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Minson ’99 at 646.346.8134 or e-mail her at

Stay Connected! Keep in touch with your alma mater, network with fellow alumni, learn about upcoming events, and view photos: • Online Alumni Community Visit the Alumni page to “Stay Connected” at • Become a Facebook Fan Become a fan of both of Loyola’s pages today! Visit www.facebook. com/loyolaschoolalumni to become a fan of the alumni page and www. to stay up to date on school happenings! • Professional Networking Join the Loyola School Group to network with fellow alumni. Visit www.linkedin. com and look for our logo.

The Michael J. Armstrong Foundation

Posse’s Fall Gathering will be held on Friday, November 10, 2012 at Park Avenue Tavern 99 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

For more information, please contact Laura Armstrong at: 845.398.0350, Or visit the Foundation’s website:

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Twenty-First Annual Loyola Benefit Auction Friday, May 3, 2013 Wallace Hall

Cocktail Reception Dinner Live & Silent Auctions Raffle If you have any questions, please contact Tara Pilger at 646.346.8133 or e-mail her at

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