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MOELLER ANNOUNCES The Gerry Faust Athletic Complex
principal’sdesk IN 2010 WE WILL celebrate 50 years as a Catholic school in the Marianist tradition. As we move toward this golden anniversary, our commitment is to strengthen our vision of a “quality, integral education” — the core of a Moeller education. We know this holistic approach — educating the mind, body, heart, and spirit — will serve our students well into the future. LEADING EDGE OF TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION: Specifically, we are committed to further integrating technology as a tool to increase student achievement. Using laptop computers, our faculty continues to find additional opportunities to increase their students’ critical thinking skills, improve data analysis, and refine problem solving. (You can learn more about our technology program on page 18, “Teaching in a Digital World.”) HOUSE SYSTEM EVOLUTION: Our commitment to the House System has enabled it to evolve and become imbedded into our culture of Family Spirit, so prevalent at Moeller. The House System has increased student leadership opportunities, particularly for our upper classmen, helping to bolster our mission of educating young men to become tomorrow’s leaders. It has also increased our ability to provide pastoral care to every student. ENHANCED CURRICULUM: THE NEW THREE R’S: A Marianist education teaches for “adaptation and change,” so we are committed to employing best practices that complement the old “three R’s” of reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic, while advancing the new “three R’s” of rigor, relevance and relationships. Certainly, the old “three R’s” are still necessary, and we will continue to build these basic skills. However, the current emphasis on “rigor, relevance, and relationships” will ensure students are better prepared to meet the needs of our ever-changing world. Our focus on “rigor” and “relevance” means the curriculum will be both challenging and applicable to today’s world. Academically, we have added course and graduation requirements, beginning with the Class of 2011, which will further challenge students to develop their God-given abilities. A Marianist education also teaches in the Family Spirit, making “relationships” an important focus. The new buzz word in the world of work is “emotional intelligence” or EQ. Research shows that learning to work well with others will be a key component in their lives, so we proactively develop meaningful relationships among students, faculty, and staff. LIVING FAITH: Ultimately, we are committed to educating young men to be faithful, hopeful, and passionate about making our world a more peaceful and loving place. Our Men of Moeller will help ensure that the world becomes a more perfect place as they live out their faith in Christ. It is a crusade worthy of our motto professed by the founder of the Society of Mary, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade: “Nova Bella Elegit Dominus.” The Lord has chosen new wars. Yours in Service,
Blane M. Collison, Principal
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contents cover story 8 THE ULTIMATE LEGACY Moeller Announces The Gerry Faust Athletic Complex
10 THE MOELLER ATHLETIC TRADITION A Metaphor for our Marianist Vision of Excellence
12 CELEBRATING A STELLAR YEAR Moeller Awarded All Sports Trophy
features 14 MAKE THE COMMITMENT Moeller’s Annual Fund Cover art: Nationally aclaimed Moeller artist and Moeller alum Greg Storer ’74 captures the essence of Gerry Faust in this watercolor, which is part of Moeller’s Hall of Fame display. See Cover Story: “Moeller Announces The Gerry Faust Athletic Complex,” page 8.
departments 2 FROM THE EDITOR 3 MOELLER WIRED 20 CRUSADER CONNECTION 24 TRACKING
16 AARGH, MATES! Main Event 2007
18 TEACHING IN A DIGITAL WORLD Using Technology to Increase Student Achievement
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” amass record treasure! (See story on page 16.)
fromtheeditor LOOKING FOR YOUR ‘GOLDEN’ MEMORIES! Did you know that Moeller won “Most Popular School in Cincinnati” its very first year of operation? It’s true. Just ask Athletic Director and Class of ’64 alum Barry Borman. In 1960 a radio station (WSAI) held a contest encouraging students to nominate their favorite high school. “Of course we were all freshmen,” recalls Borman, “but Brother Keys ran a campaign anyway to fill out the postcards and mail them in. Moeller won the contest! No one had ever heard of us before then. We began our winning tradition that very first year.” That same year Moeller held its own contest, offering a $10 bookstore gift certificate for the student who could come up with a school nickname. Two students, Ed Finke and Dennis Cronin, won the prize for their award-winning choice: Crusaders. Barry also recalls that tuition was $90. Physical education class was planting bushes. The library was empty (so students went door to door requesting donations). Lunch was on the third floor hallway. And sock hops were held after basketball games in the gym (now the auditorium). Such great memories! Soon Moeller will be creating another memory — it’s 50th anniversary! In preparation for that golden moment, we want to Barry Borman ’64 preserve some of the priceless stories we know you have tucked away. Please send me your favorite “golden” moment (JKremer@Moeller.org or mail to 9001 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242, ATTN. Johanna Kremer/Moeller Memories). We plan to feature these in future issues, paving the way for a major Moeller milestone. I look forward to hearing from you!
M ELLER VOL. 12, NUMBER 1
Moeller Magazine is an official publication of Archbishop Moeller High School for alumni, parents, and friends. Comments and questions are encouraged. Send your letters to: MOELLER MAGAZINE EDITOR Archbishop Moeller High School Johanna Kremer 9001 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45242-7780 Voice Mail: (513) 791-1680, ext. 1330 Fax: (513) 792-3343 E-Mail: JKremer@Moeller.org
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Chris Albrecht ’77 Ginny Bauer Blane Collison Chris Anne Gaier Debbie Geiger Sally Nugent Rob Winterman ’80
CONTRIBUTING COPY EDITORS Bill Balbach ’72 Cindy Neuhaus
ADMINISTRATION Blane Collison, Principal Carl Kremer, Dean of Students Bro. Ron Luksic, S.M., Dean of Student Life Bill Balbach ’72, Treasurer Barry Borman ’64, Director of Athletic Operations
CREDITS Layout & Design: June Pfaff Daley, Daley Design e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Photography: Greg Stanforth ’67, Moeller Faculty GStanforth@Moeller.org Printing: Larry Kuhlman ’81, Bramkamp Printing www.Bramkamp.com Distribution: Ginny Bauer and Chris Anne Gaier ©2007. All rights reserved. Archbishop Moeller High School is owned and operated by the Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati and adheres to its policies.
Johanna Kremer Editor, Moeller Magazine/Communications Director
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moellerwired ...for academics
Multimillion-Dollar Art Class of 2007 THIS YEAR’S ART STUDENTS earned more than $2.3 million dollars in competitive scholarship offers, breaking the previous two-million-dollar record earned in 2004. In the past 13 years, Moeller art students have been offered more than $12.4 million dollars by the most prestigious art institutes in the country, showing why Moeller’s art program is nationally admired. “I am consistently impressed with Moeller’s art program,” says Marsha Lynn, assistant director of undergraduate admission at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MCIA). “It is rare to find a collegeprep environment that not only sees the value but has made a significant commitment to the arts… The students want to be there, and the teachers are truly engaged and excited to teach. Being one of the most competiPHOTO BY GREG STANFORTH, ART/PHOTO DEPT. CHAIR tive art colleges in the country, MICA values not only the Earlier this year the Cincinnati Art sophistication of portfolio that Moeller students are able to produce, but also the level of academic Academy selected 16 Moeller senior art rigor they have been able to accomplish. Together this is a recipe for a very successful artist or students to display their work. designer and no doubt the reason these students are winning top scholarships to extremely competitive programs, such as MICA.” This caps off a stellar year for these seniors, for last fall they began by winning the Montgomery Kiwanis Sidewalk Art Show, marking the sixth consecutive time that Moeller students have won the show’s grand prize and blue ribbons. Two juniors, Nick Faust and Patrick McDonough, followed this success by unveiling their original works of art at the Weston Art Gallery of the Aronoff Center. They were involved in the “Art Shapes Us” Teen Arts Multimedia Collage Project. A few months later, the Cincinnati Art Academy selected 16 Moeller senior art students to display their works at the Academy’s Convergys Gallery. The exhibition was part of the “Art Academy Selects,” an innovative new exhibition series showcasing artworks by area high school students and serving as a gateway opportunity for young artists and their mentors to expand their circles of influence. Through this exhibition series, high school students who have demonstrated serious commitment to honing their craft have the opportunity to exhibit professionally and develop new perspectives on the world of visual arts. Gregory Stanforth, Chair of Moeller’s Art/Photography Department, curated the exhibition. The Moeller students displayed various pieces ranging from pencil, charcoal, and pen drawings to acrylic and oil paintings to black and white and color photographs.
Moeller Art Students Break Scholarship Record
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...leadership Model APEC Students Named ‘Best Delegation’ EARLIER THIS YEAR, six students attended the Model APEC Summit held on the University of Cincinnati campus and were named “Best Delegation,” which is the highest award given at the event. Wynn Hunter ’07, Geoff Roberts ’07, Brendan Lacey ’07, Blake McNamara ’07, Tyler Frankenberg ’08, and Nick Faust ’08 comprised the awardwinning delegation representing
Peru. Hunter and Frankenberg also received “Best Delegate” awards for their committee work. “Model APEC is a Model UN-like event,” said Bob Tull, Moeller’s moderator and government teacher. “UC (in conjunction with the Global Center) hosts one of the only Model AP events in the country. Annually there are 15-20 schools that are
Sister Judy Celebrates Jubilee THIS YEAR MARKED a golden moment for Moeller’s Sister Judith Mary Klei: She recently celebrated her 50th Jubilee as a consecrated Sister in the Sisters of Mercy. Sr. Judy has spent most of those years in education, serving as a teacher and administrator in the Cincinnati area elementary and high schools. At Moeller, she has served in numerous faculty and administrative roles for the past 23 years. Reflecting on her wealth of experience, she shared memories, including a recent poignant moment in class. “One day not too long ago I was discussing the Ten Commandments with my freshmen. When we got to the Fifth Commandment (Thou Shall Not Kill), and the students did not think that it was meant for them, I explained how we can kill one another by our words and actions. I then asked the students how this can kill someone else. “After the usual answers, one young man raised his hand and said, ‘Sister, we kill them because we take away their hope.’ It was at that time that once again I realized how much I have learned from my teaching experiences and the students who have passed through my classes over these many years. How truly blessed I am! “Today in the Sisters of Mercy there are various justice groups. Being part of the non-violence prayer and action group, the young man’s answer rings more deeply in my heart. And hopefully each day becomes one in which I don't take away hope but give hope to all those who come into my presence.”
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represented with well over 100 students from the Greater Cincinnati area. Programs like Model APEC and Model UN give the students great opportunities to interact with students from other schools, role play, practice public speaking, research world issues, and think globally.” “APEC was a really great experience in negotiation and
cooperation,” Faust. “I learned about working with new people to get things done. Who knew bipartisan politics could be such fun?”
Moeller Named Foundation’s ‘School of the Year’ THE EF FOUNDATION for Foreign Study has named Moeller “School of the Year” for fostering cultural awareness, global understanding, and peace. Only 47 American high schools earned this distinction from more than 2000 schools the foundation works with nationally. “The students and staff at Moeller High School have truly made a contribution to global understanding and peace,” said Ellen Manz, EF Foundation regional director, in a congratulatory letter. “And we applaud the support you have extended to our exchange students to make this possible.” Through EF, Moeller hosts three exchange students each year for a full year of study, and this year’s students are from Germany. Moeller also sponsors exchange programs with Australia, Africa, and Spain and offers mission trips to Mexico, Honduras, and Peru.
Exchange students 2007-08 from Germany, Australia, and Spain.
moellerwired ...for leadership Writing Class E-Mails Peers in Malawi
Moeller Leadership NICK CALANGI ’09 and Billy Yates ’08 represented Moeller at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar this past summer. This seminar for sophomores and is designed to help them recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, schools, workplace, and community. Students participate in hands-on leadership activities and meet state leaders in such areas as business, government, education, media, and the non-profit sector. Currently, nearly 9,000 sophomores, representing as many high schools nationwide, attend HOBY Leadership Seminars annually.
the teens do in Africa,” he said. “People in Africa live their lives, and they don’t worry about what they don’t have,” said Nathan Gushulak ’09. “I realized how lucky we are to have what we have here at Moeller,” said Matt Botts ’09. “The most amazing part of the project was seeing how excited the guys got about their letters,” said Moroski. “They even sent a box of Moeller t-shirts back with Matt (who visited Moeller and gave classroom presentations). Now, when someone mentions Africa, they will be able to say with pride that their friend lives there. Also, they will be far more open to the plight of the continent when they hear about it on the news. Who knows, one of them may go as a missionary, like Matt, to Malawi someday. Very cool stuff!”
‘Crusader’ Newspaper Wins 1st Place
FROM SOUTHEASTERN AFRICA to northeastern Cincinnati, two writing teachers thousands of miles apart recently embarked on a literary venture to both broaden their students’ perspectives and shrink their worldview. Archbishop Moeller High School English Teacher Mike Moroski and a teacher in Malawi, Matt Maroon of Chaminade Secondary School in the town of Karonga, set up a pen pal — or, more accurately, an “e-pal” — exchange between their students. “The project originated when Matt Maroon contacted Bro. Ron (Luksic) with the idea, and Bro. Ron forwarded the e-mail, and he set us up,” said Moroski. “I believe the mission of the exchange is to draw our Marianist Family closer together, and to teach our students a most valuable lesson: That we are all not so different. In fact, we are more like each other in our humanity than we ever stop to realize.” Robbie Stroehlein ’09 agrees. “(T)eens in American think and act just the same way as
Chaminade Secondary School students in Malawi proudly display their Moeller t-shirts.
THE CRUSADER NEWSPAPER recently won First Place with Special Merit in the national American Scholastic Press Association annual newspaper competition. This is the highest award given by the Association and the highest award that the Crusader has won in the last three years. For the competition, an issue from 2006 and 2007 was submitted. The Crusader was awarded 980 points out of 1000 possible points. Points were awarded based on format, content, and presentation.
The 2006-07 Crusader staff, back row, from left: Jake Feldhues ’07, Greg Markgraf ’07, Joe Esbenshade ’07, Austen Verrilli ’08, Josh Emig ’08, Jocko Rosello ’08, and Julie Abraham, moderator. Front row seated, from left: Steve Bohne ’07, Matt Ferro ’08, Luke Bishop ’08, and Joe Zoller ’07.
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moellerwired ...for justice
Moeller-Elder Students Form ‘Project ELMOE’ WHO KNEW REHABBING buildings would be so cool? Moeller’s MACH 1 crew (Moeller Advocates for Community Housing) has made it the “thing to do” on Saturday mornings, and now they have teamed with Elder High School to form ELMOE, working collaboratively with their rivals to rehab a home in Over-the-Rhine. Exactly how is this coalition of purple and gold mixing together? “Basically, we all just show up and let God do the rest,” said Mike Moroski, Moeller’s MACH 1 moderator and English teacher. His faith in the young men is well founded. Now that the Men of Moeller have completed their 1404 Republic Street project (check Moeller’s website for news about the Open House!), Team ELMOE is focused on digging through the rubble of 1423 Republic Street. In addition, the Moeller advocates have added another rehab project to their sched-
ule. This year they will help build Choices Café, a new community café and gathering space for residents in Overthe-Rhine. This space is located on Elm Street, just around the corner from their current projects, and promises to be an ideal haven for locals to relax with one another, play chess, listen to music, meet for coffee, attend community meetings, hold celebrations, and more. The café will also provide a place for local artists to display their works and for local musicians to jam. And it will all happen soon, if the students have a say. “We hope to have (Choices Café) done by late October,” says Eric Werner ’09, MACH 1’s co-director. “But seeing what progress we’ve been
The ELMO workers stop and take a break to pose for this “team” picture.
making so far, I hope to get it open within the next 3-4 weeks. The quicker we get this done, the sooner the residents of OTR can use it. I’m really excited about this project!” Donations are more than welcome, says Moroski, to help with building materials for ELMOE and purchasing supplies for Choices Café. He’s also seeking assistance with plumbing and electrical needs. Financial support for MACH 1 projects can be mailed to 9001 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242, ATTN. Mike Moroski. For more information, e-mail MMoroski@Moeller.org.
Moeller Band ‘Shantytown’ Raises Awareness MOELLER STUDENTS created a “Shantytown” in the school’s front parking lot this past spring. Building homes out of cardboard boxes and duct tape, they slept outside and begged for food during the day. MACH 1 (Moeller Advocates for Community Housing) sponsored this year’s event, inviting the former director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, Donald Whitehead, and a representative from Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, Mike Rogers, to be guest speakers. According to Mike Moroski, Moeller’s MACH 1 Moderator and English teacher, the event was designed to create more awareness in the Moeller and Cincinnati community about the problem of homelessness in our world, state, and city by living in cardboard boxes for three days, giving up money and begging for food, and tirelessly advocating for those that have less than we do.
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RECENTLY, MOELLER BAND members have earned prestigious honors outside the music program. Percussionist Tyler Niemeyer ’09 was selected by audition for the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra and is a second-year member of the Blue Ash Youth Symphony (BAYS). Other BAYS members include senior trombonist Andy Lehn and sophomore percussionist Nikki Arbino (MND). In addition, Lehn and Eric Morsch '09 (trumpet) are members of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, sponsored by the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music.
moellerwired ...for leadership
Students/Faculty ‘Adopt’ Orphans of Ugandan War By Johanna Kremer & Sally Nugent, Moeller Parent THIS YEAR, 30 MENTOR GROUPS of students and faculty members are each sponsoring an orphan in UNIFAT (Upper Nile Institute for Appropriate Technology), the school in Northern Uganda that Moeller adopted last year. Each group has committed
students. More than 350 students from 15 high schools throughout Cincinnati participated to learn about the plight of the Ugandan children. Moeller alum Michael Zimmer ’67 and his wife Jill — who first connected Moeller with UNIFAT and
Students of Abitimo Odongkara’s school in Northern Uganda proudly display their Moeller Mentor Group sponsors.
to raising $300, which will cover the child’s tuition, uniform, food, shelter, and medical care for an entire year. UNIFAT: Currently, there are more than 1,500 students enrolled at UNIFAT, serving PreK-6th grade. Since there are no public schools in Uganda, cost is always an issue, especially for orphans. For these children, education is their only hope for the future — education and the school’s founder, Abitimo Odongkara. ABITIMO ODONGKARA: Abitimo singlehandedly built UNIFAT back in 1985 with 10 students under a tree, and she continues to work countless hours to keep it going. She is 73 years old. Over the past two decades, the school has experienced challenges caused by rebel activities, hunger, and an outbreak of Ebola. Despite these difficulties, the school maintains high standards of learning and has built a reputation of excellence throughout the country. ONE UGANDA: Earlier this past year, Abitimo visited Moeller to participate in ONE UGANDA, a city-wide social justice weekend event sponsored by the Moeller
Obitimo after learning of the students’ efforts to support the Invisible Children movement — generously flew Abitimo in for the event. The ONE UGANDA attendees heard her amazing story first hand, and she inspired them to become involved, reminding them of the power they have to make a positive change in the world. The next ONE UGANDA overnight will take place in February 2008. For further details, see www.unifiedforunifat.com. This website, which is designed and updated by a Moeller alum, Will Tardio ’07, also provides information about how to sponsor a child and shows pictures of recent events, such as Invisible Children’s “Displace Me” event last spring. DISPLACE ME: More than 100 Cincinnati students participated in Invisible Children’s Displace Me event in Chicago. Led by Moeller students and teachers, the students built and slept in cardboard shanties in the heart of the city, along with 5,000 youth from around the nation. The event raised awareness about those living in IDP camps (Internally Displaced Persons) in Gulu, Uganda. “At the event, our students met a
personal friend of Abitimo’s named Jolie, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee from Uganda who runs a school mentoring program in Gulu,” said Connie Ring, Moeller math teacher and Invisible Children/Unified for UNIFAT moderator. “Jolie was impressed with the commitment our students have to UNIFAT and praised them for their hard work and dedication.” HOW YOU CAN HELP: There are many ways to help, but the website www.unifiedforunifat.com is a great place to start. You can also contact Connie Ring directly at CRing@Moeller.org for information about how you can support Moeller students in their “Unified” endeavors. Editor’s Note: The last two issues of Moeller Magazine (spring/summer 2006 & fall/winter 2006)* have highlighted our students’ involvement in the Invisible Children movement, a grassroots effort by American youth to end the abduction and abuse of Ugandan children perpetrated by a rebel army. Few stories have generated as much interest as our students’ involvement in this cause, and few social justice issues have touched the Men of Moeller like this one. The leadership they have provided is hard to overstate, for like a stone making ripples in a pond, the rings of their efforts are ever-expanding as they continue to inspire their peers throughout the city to get involved and initiate their own efforts. To date, Moeller has shown the Invisible Children: Rough Cut video to literally thousands of students and parents, and 15 area high schools are currently supporting the Invisible Children movement. At Moeller, one woman, Connie Ring, a math teacher, has single-handedly rallied the students and helped them organize. She is the “wind beneath their wings” — a true Moeller Crusader. While our teachers are unsung heroes each in their own way, she’s teaching our students to soar in a unique way, a perfect model of our founder Blessed William Joseph Chaminade’s vision to educate for service, peace, and justice. * These articles are available in the www.unifiedforunifat.com “Press” section.
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On September 7, 2007, Moeller unveiled the Gerry Faust Athletic Complex. Surrounded by family, close friends, and alumni during the Alumni Reunion Friday cookout, Gerry received the surprise announcement and a maquette, a scaled replica of the eight foot bronze statue honoring him that will be placed at the complex entrance. Noted sculptor Mike Major created the statue that captures Faust leading his team onto the field toward victory. Majorâ€™s other works include statues of Woody Hayes, Jackie Robinson, and Vince Lombardi.
Moeller Announces The Gerry Faust Athletic Complex
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by JOHANNA KREMER Already under construction, the complex honors the man who was more than a coach — he was a mentor and an inspiration. As Moeller begins preparations for its 50th Anniversary in 2010, the new complex is the first visible step funded by the “Through These Doors” capital campaign.
A Glimpse of the Gerry Faust Legacy The first Men of Moeller walked through the doors in the fall of 1960. And Gerry Faust was there, one of eight faculty members who began with 196 boys. Gerry taught algebra and coached the school’s first freshman team, recruiting much of the class to play. “Extra-curricular activities create a bond with the student and school,” he says. “Students have more appreciation of the school — love the school more — when they’re involved. When you love a school, you’re going to do better in the classroom.” That fall the football program had an inauspicious beginning. “I remember the helmets and equipment we had then,” said Gerry. “We went to Dayton Chaminade, UD, and Xavier to get what we needed. We used to practice in four different colors of pants…The weight room was in the basement of Bill Clark’s house. Carl Rahe went to the scrap yard (Photo to right) Momentarily speechless, there were too many people to thank by name as Gerry accepted Moeller’s (gifts). Most importantly, though, he wanted to share this moment with his family, and he added a special thanks to his wife, Marlene, who raised his children and helped to make it all possible.
The Gerry Faust Athletic Complex will be completed by next fall.
and picked up manhole covers, and we made barbells out of soup cans, concrete, and sticks. We did everything. And we worked hard.” Hard work. That was the foundation of Moeller football from the very beginning. “(The coaches) were pretty relentless, and (the players) worked hard,” said Gerry. “None of them quit. There weren’t a lot of big kids — just dedicated, tough kids.” The hard work paid off, and the first Crusaders ended their season 9-1. This success set the tone for the next 21 years as Gerry led his boys to an unparalleled record: 4 mythical national titles, 5 state championships, 174 victories, 17 defeats, and 2 ties. But this record doesn’t begin to tell the tale of Gerry’s vision of Moeller football.
“At Moeller, Gerry’s idea of high school football was taking on champions from New York to Dallas, from Pittsburgh to Detroit — and thumping all of them,” said Denny Dressman in his book Gerry Faust: Notre Dame’s Man in Motion (1981). “It was outdrawing the Cincinnati Reds head to head on Friday night, and it was being invited to play a game in Japan. It was 15 minutes on CBS and an hour on “Donahue,” a page in Time, a piece in The Wall Street Journal, and feature stories in newspapers from coast to coast. It was 18 coaches, 24 team doctors, 210 players, and a $100,000 budget.
In 18 varsity seasons, it was 22 high school All-Americans and almost 300 scholarships.” In little more than two decades, Gerry’s vision had catapulted the young school to national fame. But the truth about Moeller football — and Gerry’s legacy — exists more in the relationships he cultivated along the way. As Dressman says,” Moeller football under Gerry Faust was more than superstars and All-Americans. It was more than undefeated seasons and state and national championships. It was a community where teenage boys were taught discipline and responsibility, where total dedication was demanded, and effort rewarded with respect and consideration, if not always personal stardom. The Men of Moeller included Jack the manager-trainer, Wayne the courageous, Greg the determined, Tugboat the stubborn, Rick the faithful, and hundreds of others, many of whom did not play, did not start, or did not star. The Men of Moeller in some cases were blessed with special athletic talents and had to learn to live with fame at a young age …but mostly they were average kids. The Men of Moeller worked hard, loved each other...” And Gerry loved them. And that will be the ultimate legacy of Gerry Faust. M
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A Metaphor For Our Marianist Vision of Excellence
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As we approach our 50th Anniversary in 2010, Moeller is beginning to prepare for its celebration as one of the finest comprehensive Marianist high schools in the country. Moeller’s mission to provide a “quality, integral education” – a holistic approach that involves the mind, body, heart, and spirit — is partly evident by the level of excellence our athletic programs have achieved. The education our young men receive by participating in an athletic endeavor — and the spirit the remainder bring to our school by their support of our athletes’ success — is immeasurable. (Photo to left) Coach Gerry Faust pictured center with his winning team and his “lucky hat.”
by Barry Borman, Athletic Director
Our coaches are the finest educators, teaching our young men the importance of personal discipline, persistence, teamwork, hard work, and more. They are the leaders of our future leaders. And their success is measured not only in the tangible results on scoreboards but also by the lifelong connections they make and the lessons they teach along the way. The Moeller Family — another hallmark of a Moeller education — doesn’t happen by accident. It happens by design. It happens because our coaches teach the young men to work interdependently toward common goals. It happens because they work to bring out the best in our athletes, enabling them to manifest that excellence on the field, on the mat, or on the court. Moeller’s athletic programs have learned how to build a winning culture by teaching that winning isn’t the most important thing. The most important thing is doing the right things — and the hard things — along the way. It’s teaching students to believe in themselves because that confidence has been earned
and tested. It’s about teaching the true meaning — and magic — of teamwork and having them feel the synergy that comes from selflessness. It’s about coaching them in the classroom of life — and ensuring they internalize lessons that will last a lifetime. Ultimately, that’s the Moeller Athletic Tradition. Over the past 47 years, Moeller has earned its reputation for excellence, and we’ve had two legendary teacher-coaches leading the way. With Coach Faust, we first began our rise to national fame in the ‘70s in football. In 1972, Coach Cameron’s baseball program gave Moeller its first team state championship. Over the next 15 years, up to about 1990, this tradition continued to grow, not only in football, but in other athletic programs as well. We began earning national repu-
tations in wrestling, baseball, and basketball. Again, not by accident. But by design. We’ve been fortunate to employ coaches that continue Moeller’s Athletic Tradition and carry the torch of excellence initiated by its founding leaders. In the next two decades, as we continued to provide our students with a “quality, integral education,” Moeller’s reputation grew to include the school’s academic and spiritual programs as well. In 2002 we became one of the first schools in the country to institute a laptop computer program for the entire school. That same year IBM recognized Moeller as one of the model schools in the nation in implementing computer education. During that same time, we were recognized by the Society of Mary’s evaluation team as “one of the finest examples of
Catholic education in the nation.” In August 2007, Cincinnati Magazine rated Moeller #13 among Greater Cincinnati schools, but we were the #1 comprehensive Catholic school in the Archdiocese, a critical distinction, since our mission is to reach students at a variety of academic levels, not just those who score in the top percentile. With our holistic approach, year after year 98% of our students attend college prepared to face more than just academic challenges. As we near our 50th Anniversary, we are proud to extol the virtues of our rich Athletic Tradition, and we laud the leadership our coaches — like Gerry Faust and Mike Cameron — have provided along the way. But we are equally proud to extol the virtues of our school’s Marianist vision of education. Moeller’s Athletic Tradition merely is a metaphor for the school’s overall vision of excellence. M
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2007 State Basketball Champions
Brian Howell ’08, 2007 State Swimming Champion
CELEBRATING by JOHANNA KREMER
his spring Moeller was awarded the prestigious GCL All Sports Trophy for the stellar performances of its athletic programs. It was a year of state-worthy recognition as the school captured state championship honors in four programs: basketball, swimming, volleyball, and wrestling. “It was a great year for our athletic program,” said Barry Borman, athletic director. “The achievements of our individuals and teams represent the hard work and commitment of our coaches and athletes. Each athlete who participates contributes his share to the rich Moeller Athletic Tradition.”
a Stellar Year
Moeller’s program. The team topped St. Xavier High School in the state game 4340. The Crusaders have won the GCL Basketball Championship 10 times in the past 15 years. This is the Crusader’s third state title (1999, 2003 and 2007), with four Final Four appearances (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007). Moeller basketball also has had four regional championships, one regional runner-up, and five district championships. “The impressive part of our basketball program is its depth,” said Borman. “Even after winning the state championship in 2007, Coach Kremer has in his returning varsity and JV players the quality to compete again at the state level.”
championship swim meet. In addition to Howell, four other Moeller swimmers qualified for the state meet: senior cocaptain Alex Jackson, and sophomores Kevin Koenig, Mike Krone, and David Sanders. Most recently, Howell qualified for the Olympic Trials in Omaha and the Junior National Team. “This year AllAmerican and state champion Brian Howell will lead a team of experienced Crusaders to potentially the highest swimming place in 18 years,” said Borman.
Brian Howell ’08 won the first individual swim state title in 18 years, and he won the 200 individual medley at the state
The state finals took place at The Ohio State University’s Value City Arena. Seniors Germane Lindsey and Frank
Basketball The 2007 basketball team’s overall season record was 25-2, after winning the state title on Saturday, March 24. The 25 wins are the best in the history of
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Frank Becker ’07, 2007 State Wrestling Champion
2007 State Volleyball Champions
Becker earned the honor of state champion. Lindsey won the state championship in the 140-pound weight class with an 8-6 overtime decision. Becker won the 285 pound weight class with a 3-1 overtime decision. Moeller’s team finished as state runner-up. “Coach Gaier has created one of the premier programs in the country, regularly being nationally ranked,” said Borman. “It is his national schedule that has given his wrestlers the experience to compete annually at the state level.”
All Sports Trophy Volleyball The varsity completed a perfect season (29-0) by winning the state championship in five games over Elder. This is the program’s fifth state title since being introduced to Moeller in 1995. In only a dozen seasons, the volleyball program has accrued an impressive record that includes 3 GCL championships, 10 district championships, 5 regional championships, and 5 state championships (1997 & 1998, 2004, 2005 & 2007). “Our volleyball program has developed into the best in Ohio,” said Borman. “Coach Ulland is now preparing to play in tournaments beyond our state borders and in tournaments against national caliber teams to elevate our program even farther.” M
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The Creation of
The Gerry Faust Athletic Complex Honors The Legendary Coach And Sets The Bar For The 50th Anniversary Master Plan. With the start of the Gerry Faust Athletic Complex, the Through These Doors Campaign has met one of its Campus Master Plan goals: renovating the upper fields with two field turf practice and competition surfaces, a training track, and limited seating. But more needs to be accomplished to keep Moeller at the forefront of academic, spiritual, and athletic excellence. By 2010, we want to accomplish these goals: Academics • Remodel the 2nd and 3rd floor classrooms of the main building • Renovate the old gymnasium into a theater and modular seat auditorium • Expand the Activities Center to provide more space for music and chorus Endowment • Increase the Endowment Fund by two million dollars, providing the opportunity for more young men to walk “Through These Doors” Athletics • Renovate the interior of the Activities Center with new lighting and a new multipurpose floor • Expand the O’Connor Center to include a new football locker room Our Through These Doors Capital Campaign is crucial to accomplishing these goals. That’s why your pledge — right now — is vital. For more information on how to make a gift and ensure the campaign’s success and to see the progress of the project, visit www.Moeller.org/supportmoeller or call Chris Albrecht, Director of Development, at 513-791-1680, ext.1310. 14 • FALL/WINTER 2007
Through These Doors Recognition Levels $500 - 2,499 Crusader Level Name on Donor Plaque $2,500 - 4,999 Blue Granite Name on Plaque and Granite Wall $5,000 - 7,499 Gold Granite Name on Granite Wall and Locker $7,500 - 9,999 Blue Plaza Name on Wall, Locker and Plaza
$10,000 - 24,999 Gold Plaza Name on Wall, Locker and Plaza $25,000 - 49,999 Classroom Donor Name on Wall, Plaza and Classroom $50,000 - 99,999 Crusader Level Naming Choice level 1 $100,00 - 249,999 Champion Level Naming Choice level 2
$250,000 - 499,999 Principal’s Level Naming Choice level 3 $500,000 - 749,999 Founder’s Naming Right $750,000 - 999,999 Society of Mary Naming Right $1,000,000 & Up Fr. Chaminade Naming Right
Receive A Faust Statuette With A Gift Of $5,000 Or More. Your Faust statuette stands over 16 inches tall on a granite base and is an exact replica of the life-size bronze statue of Coach Faust leading the Crusaders onto the field that will be at the entrance of the new Athletic Complex. Created by noted sculptor, Mike Major, who has done sculptures of Woody Hayes, Jackie Robinson, and Vince Lombardi, the Faust statuette is yours with our sincere thanks for your contribution of $5,000 or more.
You’re Watching Leadership Develop.
These Young Men of Moeller Are Leaders In The Making. We featured these three freshmen in our 2007 Annual Fund appeal. As sophomores, they’re not only physically more mature, they’ve grown academically and spiritually as well. They symbolize what Moeller offers young men — the opportunity to develop into the leaders of tomorrow. Moeller’s Annual Fund provides tuition assistance that helps deserving young men realize their dreams of attending Moeller and becoming leaders. Often, these are sons of Moeller grads who want to follow in their father’s footsteps. Gifts to the Annual Fund also support Moeller’s daily operating needs and the maintenance of our physical facilities. This helps to defray the cost of tuition for all families. We urge you to invest in developing leadership; we urge you to invest in Moeller.
Moeller Annual Fund Recognition Levels Chaminade Society Founders Circle $1,000 and above Chaminade Society recognition with invitation to Principal’s Dinner and Alumni Awards Night, Chaminade Society logo item, 20% discount at Spirit Shop.
Eveslage Society $250-$499 Eveslage Society recognition, 20% discount at Spirit Shop.
Chaminade Society $500-$999 Chaminade Society recognition, Chaminade society logo item, 20% discount at Spirit Shop.
Gold Club $50-$99 Gold Club recognition.
Crusader Club $100-$249 Crusader Club recognition, 10% discount at Spirit Shop
Blue Club $25-$49 Blue Club recognition.
Your contribution to the 2008 Annual Fund allows Moeller to help more deserving young leaders. Visit www.Moeller.org under "Support Moeller,” or call Chris Albrecht, Director of Development, 513.791.1680, ext. 1310, or e-mail CAlbrecht@Moeller.org. MOELLER • 15
Moeller students Brendan Fischer, Jake Lerman and Alex Rogan welcome guests as they arrive to support Moeller.
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ain Event 2007 yielded a record treasure chest, exceeding a net profit of more than $253,000 for Moeller’s coffers, benefiting Student Services Programs, which includes “Fund-A-Need,” athletic and fine arts programs, as well as tuition assistance for deserving students who want a Moeller education. With “Pirates of the Caribbean” as the theme and plenty of loot available for bid, most everyone found treasures aplenty. Manor House managed to aboard more than 650 patrons, with tickets sold out a month prior to Moeller’s premier social evening. As the event set sail, “Captain” Debbie Geiger, Main Event Director,
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PIRATE EVENING AMASSES BOUNTIFUL TREASURE CHEST by JOHANNA KREMER
thanked her trusty crew. “The leadership of Honorary Chairs Celia & Bill Carroll, along with their Executive Board and House Captains — including hundreds of volunteers
— was amazing!” she said. Then it was full speed ahead, with patrons raising their paddles high, providing favorable winds all along the way. A highlight of the evening’s
adventure occurred when backers provided extra booty for Moeller’s “Fund-A-Need” campaign. This year’s need involved replacing vintage desks (circa 1960). “The old desks were much too small for our students,” said Geiger. More than $38,000 was raised for the desk campaign, and now new desks fill the classrooms, along with engraved blue granite plaques identifying the generous donors. Captain Geiger will be donning a new hat for Main Event 2008: a derby. The theme, “An Evening at the Races, A Derby Gala,” is already
off and running. This year an additional attraction — Preview Night (with bidding allowed!) — will be flowing with mint juleps. Mark your calendars now, for the Preview “Infield Party” on Friday, April 18, from 7-9 PM, with the Main Event on Saturday, April 19, from 4:30-11 PM. Advance reservations are available online at www.Moeller.org. “All bets are off if you’re late to the gate,” warns Geiger. “You won’t want to miss out, because the Main Event has sold out the last two years — a month before the event!” M
The Honorary Chairs for Main Event 2008 are Barbara & Carl Reisen. The theme for this year’s Main event is “An Evening at the Races, A Derby Gala. “The Reisens are planning a “photo finish” to break more records in attendance and net profits,” said Geiger.
NEED DESKS Moeller senior Frank Becker shows how the old “small desks” just don’t fit a student anymore, while his fellow senior classmate, Dean Gaier, sits comfortably in a new “larger desk,” which now fills many classrooms at Moeller High School! If you want to help complete our desk campaign so that every student will have a new desk, please contact Debbie Geiger, Main Event Director, at (513) 791-1680, ext. 1320, or send a check payable to Moeller High School, Attn: Main Event Desk Campaign, 9001 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.
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Teaching in a D•I•G•I•T•A•L World
Using Technology to Increase Student Achievement 18 • FALL/WINTER 2007
by JOHANNA KREMER
an technology truly increase student achievement? Is it worth the investment? Good questions… Especially as costs continue to rise. The honest answer is this: It depends. If computers are used to replace blackboards (or whiteboards), then the answer is no. If laptops are used as entertaining distractions rather than educational enhancements, then the answer is no. However, when used effectively, the potential of technology to increase student achievement is enormous. “Computers are by far the most powerful teaching and learning machines to enter the classroom,” say David Tyack and Larry Cuban, renowned Stanford University educational researchers. It’s no secret that we now live in a digital world. As such, students’ learning styles have changed. “Studies show that students today DO learn differently than we did,” says Bruce Nelson, math teacher. “They process information differently…, (and) if we do not adjust our teaching, we might as well be speaking a foreign language. Using technology in the classroom speaks to them in their language.” Technology Director Jeff Gaier agrees. “Kids are learning digitally,” he says. “If we’re using 1950’s (teaching) processes, we are doing them a disservice.” Recent research evaluating educational technology — or “e-learning” — in the classroom concludes that students who have access to computers show positive gains in academic achievement.* Specifically, technology has the power to enhance learning in the following ways: • Accelerates, enriches, and deepens basic skills • Motivates and engages students in learning • Helps relate academics to the practices of today’s workforce • Increases economic viability of tomorrow’s workers • Strengthens teaching • Contributes to change in schools • Connects schools to the world • Provides the flexibility that could allow every student find personal paths to learning OPENING NEW WORLDS Faculty members have experienced the power of technology to transform learning, for computers have been part of the Moeller’s educational landscape since 1984. “Technology has opened up new worlds for our students,” says Elena Keyser, Foreign Languages Department Chair. “When we study painters, we can take virtual tours of
museums, like the Prado in Madrid or the Louvre in Paris. When studying literature, we can find more information about the authors and their works, even hear recordings of their voices. Publishers of our textbooks have websites that include Webquests, quizzes, videos, interactive learning games, links to many sites, and more.” FOSTERING ‘DISCOVER LEARNING’ Religion teacher Jim Champlin believes computers foster “discovery learning” and allow the faculty to cater to a variety of student learning styles. “Our technology enables a more stimulating and flexible approach to education,” he says. “In particular, the discovery aspect of education is strongly enhanced through our advanced network technologies — our students can utilize ever-expanding resources available on the worldwide network to explore, investigate, and discover. In addition, our educational technologies can help fine tune our approaches to the individual learning styles of students, be they auditory, visual, tactile, kinetic or a combination of styles.” MOTIVATING & TEACHING TEAMWORK Ed Jamieson’s business courses can be challenging, but technology helps motivate his students, while also teaching teamwork. “I use a collegiate business simulation created by the University of Tennessee,” he says. “The material is difficult, but it really engages the students. It is also a way to teach teamwork. They work on teams both in the classroom and at home (and) can strategize and communicate with each other from remote locations to make decisions. This is reality today and much of what they will be doing in college and beyond.” IMPROVING WRITING English Department Chair and alumnus Ken Keener ’68 finds that technology has provided a major breakthrough in his approach to teaching composition. “The breakthrough is in marking and responding to student writing,” he explains. “Students submit writing electronically in Word documents. Using the microphone instead of the pen, I respond by inserting sound files and comments. Recording allows me to explain complicated writing concepts in far more depth and detail than with pen and ink.” IMPROVING QUALITY OF WORK Biology teacher Dan Shannon says the quality of his students’ work has improved. “Students
who regularly use the laptop for notes or document preparation produce far more professional work than pen and paper users,” he explains. “The care that those students take in writing and editing seems to make them more proud of their work. They have more invested in it, and subsequently their work is tied to an emotion. This is a cardinal method of memory aid.” INCREASING MATH COMPREHENSION In math, Tim Held uses graphing software to help students solve difficult problems, such as the ability to locate intercepts. “I can graph freehand for the students, but the graphing software shows them exactly what the graph should look like,” he says. “It also allows students to find exact points on the graph for intercepts, intersection points, etc. The use of this software will benefit them in college math courses where a graphing calculator is required.” ENHANCING ART TECHNIQUES Department Chair Greg Stanforth says, “In the Art & Photography Studio classes, knowledge and practice of computer graphics are essential. After an intensive foundation in Studio Art I, students are prepared to use the computer graphic software programs in their advanced art classes. Many of the software programs students use — such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver — are also used by professionals in the graphic arts field.” INDIVIDUALIZING STUDENT LEARNING Perhaps most importantly, faculty find technology increases student achievement by helping meet individual students’ needs. “Technology-enhanced learning is obviously where we want to get to, since this is where technology directly affects learning,” says Nelson. “Cognitive Tutor software simulates one-on-one tutoring by recognizing if a student is struggling with a concept (by the length of time spent on a problem or hitting the “help” button excessively). Once the software determines this, it gives the student another problem similar to the one just completed rather than moving on to a new concept.” “All in all, student interest peaks whenever they are ‘turned loose’ on the computer,” exclaims Britt Raymond of the Foreign Languages Department, “and the results are often amazing.” M * Source: NMSA Research Summary, “Technology and Student Learning,” September 2007.
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crusaderconnection “MOELLER HIGH SCHOOL, as an intangible idea, had its beginnings back in the fall of 1958 when Monsignor Edward A. McCarthy and Bro. Paul Sibbing, SM, were appointed to supervise the planning and construction of the building. Through their efforts our new school, destined to serve 15 parishes in the northeastern part of the city, began to rise on an eleven acre site just 15 miles from the center of Cincinnati. The building stands now, the sum of all its parts: parts which grew on the architect’s drawing board, parts which grew with the turn of earth before the bulldozer’s blade, parts which grew with the sweep of the plasterer’s trowel, parts which grew from the carpenter’s hammer, and most important, before those could exist, parts which grew from the hearts of the people of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati upon which to build this monument to Catholic education.” The quote above was taken from the Dedication of Moeller High School, May 7, 1961, and rings as true today. On September 7, 2007, we honored a man who was there at the beginning, a man who had a vision for making Moeller the best high school in the country. Over 21 years, Gerry Faust epitomized the ideals of the school and the Marianist philosophy, and continues to be our biggest and best ambassador. In the same Dedication, Bro. Larry Eveslage, Moeller’s first principal said, “Particularly are we grateful to the parents of our first students who have uncomplainingly shouldered the burden of making the school more complete in its material resources. Also, we wish to pay tribute to our first students, those pioneer Crusaders, who have shown respect and care for this great gift… May future generations of Crusaders continue to show their appreciation for the sacrifice of their forebearers by following the example of the first students of Moeller.” As we look forward to 2010 and our 50th anniversary as a school, we must remind ourselves of Bro. Larry’s words and follow the example of the first members of the Moeller Family. Our alumni who have been benefactors of this great gift, along with the parents of today’s students, are being asked to make the school “more complete in material resources.” This generation of Crusaders is being asked to “show their appreciation for the sacrifice of their forbearers” (and their bearers…Parents, don’t let them forget it!) by leaving Moeller a better place for the young men coming up behind them. Congratulations to Gerry on a well-deserved and fitting honor. To learn more on how you can invest in Moeller and pay tribute to not only Gerry, but all of those original Crusaders, turn to page 15.
From the Alumni President THE MOELLER FAMILY SPIRIT is alive and well in the Moeller Men’s Club (MMC). The decision last year to include current and past dads has resulted in increased participation at our events, and renewed enthusiasm from our alums in supporting Moeller. Already this year, the MMC sponsored pre-game tailgates before all home football games and we brought back the Monday night football film review to the school cafeteria. All the proceeds from MMC events go to support activities at Moeller. Since the beginning of the school year, the MMC pledged $1,500 to cover the cost of twelve students at a Marianist school in Africa. The MMC also organized and funded the “Buckle Up For Bessey” seatbelt campaign. Each student received a key chain with the Marianist crest and a “Buckle Up For Bessey” logo in memory of Jordan Bessey and as a reminder of driving safety. Come join us and help make Moeller High School an even better place! God Bless,
Robert G. Winterman ’80 Men’s Club President
Hope to see you around the Big Moe,
UC Coach Brian Kelly to Speak at Stag Chris Albrecht ’77, Director of Development
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SAVE THE DATE! BRIAN KELLY, one of the hottest coaches in college football, will be speaking at the annual Moeller Men’s Club Sports Stag on Thursday, February 21, 2008. University of Cincinnati Bearcat Head Football Coach Brian Kelly has taken the Bearcats to new heights and a Top 20 national ranking. He has revitalized the program and brought sell-out crowds to the Clifton campus with his potent spread offense and aggressive style of defense. Coach Kelly has been a champion at every stop along his career and will no doubt have UC atop the Big East and vying for a BCS bowl berth. Stay tuned for news on other speakers and registration information!
crusaderconnection Two Seniors Lose Lives Tragically
THIS PAST SUMMER was a tough one for our school as we lost two members of our upcoming senior class. The tragic deaths of Jordan Bessey (car accident) and Andy Carter (fatal shooting) occurred just two weeks apart. The tragedies brought out the best in the Moeller Family as we rallied around each other for consolation and to somehow make sense of what had happened. Walter Bessey, Jordan’s dad, is one of the “Founding Fathers” of the Moeller Men’s Club. Just like his son, “Wals” has brought intensity and enthusiasm to our organization, and he has always been about making the Moeller experience a memorable one. The Men’s Club felt it fitting to honor Jordan’s memory and has established the “Buckle Up For Bessey” program to encourage seat-belt use. We had key chains with the “Buckle Up For Bessey” slogan and Jordan’s football jersey number 33 inscribed. Each student, freshman through senior, will receive a key chain, hopefully reminding them every time they get into a car to “buckle up for Bessey.” Traffic signs with the logo will be placed at each exit from Moeller as well. It is our plan to offer this program to other schools in an effort to increase youth seat-belt awareness. Jordan, in his short time at Moeller, made a big impression on his friends and teammates, and if we can save even one life by getting someone to “buckle up for Bessey,” his impression will be even greater.
Alumns Honored for Contributing to Growth of Moeller FOUR MEN WHO have made significant contributions to the growth of Moeller High School and who exemplify the Moeller Spirit were recently honored at the annual Alumni Awards & Principal’s Dinner. Principal Blane Collison also recognized and thanked the members of the Chaminade Society Founder’s Circle (Annual Fund gift of $1,000 or more) for their generosity and the impact they have on the school.
SCOTT KEELAN ‘07, GOLD SHIELD AWARD: Presented to a graduating senior who through his academic achievements, co-curricular activities, and apostolic life best exemplifies the Moeller spirit.
WILLIAM RYAN ’79, DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD: Presented to an alumnus who has given outstanding service to his community and has distinguished himself as a Moeller alumnus.
DAVID SCHLUETER ’67 (left) & JOHN GEORGE ’74 (right), BRO. LAWRENCE EVESLAGE AWARD: Presented to an individual who through years of tireless effort has made significant contributions to the growth of Moeller High School in the spirit of Moeller’s first principal, Bro. Lawrence Eveslage, S.M.
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Class of ’88 Hosts Scholarship Golf Outing THE SECOND ANNUAL CLASS OF ’88 Scholarship Golf Outing took place on Friday, August 24, at Sharon Woods Golf Course. Spearheaded last year by Joe Hodge, Brian Schuerman, Kevin Gilles, Joe Faessler, Chris Shimala, Terry Dickey, and Mark Lyon, the Class of ’88 Scholarship is awarded to a sophomore with demonstrated financial need who is involved in co-curricular activities. The scholarship is renewable and will follow the recipient for his final three years. According to Hodge, “We wanted to help a young man who was involved at Moeller and is making it a better place. Awarding it to a sophomore allows us to see his track record as a freshman and what activities he was involved in. It is our goal to stay in communication with
those who receive the scholarship even after they graduate and help mentor them as they start a career, family, etc. The real hope is that, when they are able, they’ll give back to Moeller and help another young man as he has been helped.” The golf outing was a way to initially generate funds for the scholarship and provide a little camaraderie for the Class of ’88. Over the past two years, they’ve raised approximately $15,000, and the first recipient is Brian Thiery ’10.
The idea for a classsponsored scholarship is catching on, with the Class of ’77 establishing one this year as well. For more information on how your class can start a scholarship fund, contact Chris Albrecht at CAlbrecht@Moeller.org.
The Class of ’88 shows true “class” with their support of the future Men of Moeller.
Alums Return for Weekend Celebration
Toast keyboardist Rick Hagee ’69 reconnects with former Moeller band member Ron Wernke ’77.
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BIG MOE ALUMNI came back for Alumni Reunion Weekend on September 7 & 8 to not only celebrate the anniversaries of the graduating Classes of ‘67, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’97, and 2002 but to see all of the great things happening back at their alma mater. All alums were invited to attend the festivities on Friday, which included a golf outing at Crooked Tree followed by the Alumni Happy Hour and BBQ. The cafeteria patio served as a gathering place for alums and their spouses to reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and to party to the sounds of the band Toast (which is made up of several Moeller grads, most of whom were in the original Bluestone Ivory). The evening was highlighted by the announcement that the back fields would be named “The Gerry Faust Athletic Complex.” Saturday afternoon was reserved for alums back for their reunion and began with a prayer service dedicated to the deceased members of the Moeller Family. A group from the Men’s Chorus led those in attendance in singing the Moeller anthem. A tailgate party in the front parking lot followed with everyone boarding busses to U.C.’s Nippert Stadium, where they were treated to a hard-fought Crusader victory over the Warriors from Detroit Brother Rice. Look forward to more information concerning the 2008 Moeller Alumni Reunion Weekend.
Keith McCluskey is Back in Town
Andrew Brackman ’04 Signs with NY Yankees IN JUNE, ANDREW BRACKMAN ’04 was selected in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees. He is the 28th Moeller baseball player to be drafted by the major leagues. Brackman was State Player of the Year in 2004 in the Moeller Baseball Program. “Andrew was one of the most dominating pitchers in Moeller history,” said Mike Cameron, who recently retired after coaching 40 years. ”Besides outstanding pitches, he was a great competitor on the mound.” Brackman’s baseball stats say it all. He had a career ERA of 1.04, the seventh best in the history of Ohio high school baseball and helped lead Moeller to a 28-3 record and the Ohio state championship as a senior. He was ranked as the No. 18 senior in America by Team One Baseball and was listed as the No. 4 prospect in Ohio for the 2004 draft by Baseball America. He had a perfect 7-0 record with one save and a 0.60 ERA and worked 47 1/3 innings, allowing 21 hits and 14 walks while striking out 83. He went 6-1 with one save and a 1.19 ERA. Besides being one of the top high school pitchers in the country, Brackman was a basketball standout for Moeller. As a junior in 2003, he helped lead the Crusaders to a 19-7 record and the State Championship. In 2004, the Associated Press named him runner-up for Mr. Basketball in Ohio. He also shared Division I Player of the Year honors and was named First Team All State. As a senior, Andrew averaged 20.2 points and 6.5 rebounds, led the GCL in scoring and field-goal percentage (.654), and was second in free-throw percentage (.882). The team went 22-3, losing in the regional finals. Following his senior season, he was rated the No. 42 prospect nationally by Insiders.com and No. 43 by PrepStars. Brackman signed a basketball scholarship at North Carolina State, where he also played baseball. “Brack is clearly one of the most accomplished athletes ever at Moeller High School,” said Carl Kremer, head basketball coach. “He was a pleasure to coach and an excellent teammate. Brack has the mental make-up and physical skills to make it with the Yankees. We’re very proud of him.” Andrew is the son of Mark & Mary Brackman of West Chester.
AFTER FIVE YEARS, Keith McCluskey ’78 is back in town. You may be asking, “What do you mean he’s back? I see him on McCluskey Chevrolet commercials all the time!” Most people in Cincinnati don’t know that Keith and his family (wife Kim, sons K.C., Cameron, & Jake, and daughter Sabrina) moved to Detroit in 2001 when he became president of Southfield, Michigan-based Credit Acceptance. McCluskey Chevrolet has been the top-volume Credit Acceptance dealer in the country since joining their finance program in 1989. McCluskey continued to strengthen his retail automobile business in Cincinnati while working to help Credit Acceptance expand their finance program nationwide. In 2002, McCluskey opened the first Mission Automotive location on Beechmont Avenue and will be opening a fifth store this year. Mission Automotive only sells and services pre-owned vehicles. Credit Acceptance’s guaranteed credit approval program has been highly successful. Last fall the McCluskey’s moved their family back to Cincinnati so their oldest son, K.C., could attend the Big Moe as a sophomore and Keith could go back to focusing 100% of his business life on expanding the retail business through Mission Automotive and McCluskey Chevrolet. He said, “We knew we would come back to Cincinnati at
some point, and the timing was right. Even though K.C. attended a Jesuit high school in Detroit for his freshman year, there was no decision to make on our end — or K.C.’s end — he had always wanted to be a Crusader. We could not be happier to be back and a part of the Moeller Family.” Kim McCluskey adds, “We moved to Hyde Park and are proud to tell our neighbors that ‘No, that’s not a Michigan flag we’re flying, it’s a MOELLER flag!’” With middle son Cameron now a freshman and youngest son Jake entering in 2009, we can count on the McCluskey’s being around for quite some time.
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tracking weddings Moeller extends its best wishes to the following graduates and faculty who have/will “tie the knot”: Jennifer Tanzmann & Patrick Feldman (’95), September 2007.
Kerria Hardwick and Tom Bodin (’98), October 14, 2006, in Nashville, TN. Men of Moeller in the wedding party included best man Brandon Rhoten (’98), Chris Uecker (’98), and John Bodin (’96). The couple will reside in Greenwood, IN. (See picture inset.)
Laura Beth Johnson & Eric Ellis (’98), April 21, 2007, in Danville, KY. Groomsmen included best man Jeremy Knight (’98) and David Eric Chappell (’98). After a honeymoon in the British Virgin Islands, the couple will live in Charlotte, NC. (See picture to right.)
Capt. Monyca Byrne & Capt. Chris Uecker (’98), July 14, 2007, in Charleston, SC. The couple is presently living in Enid, OK, where they are instructor pilots in the USAF Pilot Training Program. Kelly Way & Brandon Sallee (’99), May 26, 2007, at St. Mary’s Church of the Visitation in Clinton, CT. The couple met at their alma mater, Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.
Michelle Keller & Brian Asbrock (’00), October 29, 2005, at St. Julie Billiart Church in Hamilton, OH. Best man was Adam Asbrock (’01). (See picture below.)
bir ths Congratulations to the following couples: Cookie & Lawrence Hanrahan (’79), son, Mark Lawrence, 8/22/07. (See picture to left.)
Alexandra & Jonathan Wittekind (’01), daughter, Chloe Maria, 1/18/2007. Proud grandparents are John and Elena Keyser (present faculty).
Stacey & Troy Woolery (present faculty), son, Braden Joseph, 7/19/2007. (See picture below.)
Jackie & Chris Temming (’90), son, Blake, 7/9/07.
Susan & Joseph Schimpf (’93), son, William Ned, 11/22/2006. (See picture to left.)
Shannon & Kurt Wenstrup (’94), twins, Marcella Caroline and Louis Steven, 1/17/2007. Proud grandparents are Carolyn and Steve Wenstrup (’66).
FACULTY/PAST FACULTY Erin & Justin Bischof, son, Benjamin Allen, 2/24/2007. Proud grandparents are Patti and Bill Kohus, Sr. (’69 and present staff). Erin & Dan Cloran (’88 and past staff), daughter, Emma Grace, 12/12/2006. Dan & Jennifer Heisel (present faculty), daughter, Hallie, 2/27/2007.
(See picture below.)
Leslie & Tim Held (present faculty), son, Alex Robert, 9/19/07. (See picture below.)
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Leah & Todd Nauman (present faculty), son, Caleb Stephen, 8/25/2007.
tracking 1960s Steve Broermann (’67) and his wife, Nancy, have relocated to Cincinnati after 20 years in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Steve is the business development manager for Action Coach. email@example.com John Heizelman (’67) graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Renneslaer, IN, and Boston University, where he received his M.Ed. For the past eight years John has taught computer software courses and photography at Lamar High School in Arlington, TX. firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian J. Horais (’67) retired from the Naval Reserves as a commander in 1992. He holds two US patents. BHORAIS@cox.net (See picture above.) Dan Anderson (’68) has written a book released through Pelican Publishing Company titled 100 Oklahoma Outlaws, Gangsters, and Lawmen 1839-1939. Dan describes it as an austere, sometimes whimsical, look at Oklahoma criminology covering a period he likes to call “From Horseback to Cadillac.” Dan currently lives with his wife, Katy, in Houston, TX. Dananderson1950@houston.rr.com
1970s Tim Boone (’70) was elected for a three-year term as president of the Cincinnati Art Club in Mt. Adams. The CAC is the second oldest active art club in the US, having been founded in 1890.
Steve Mueller (’70) attended the University of Dayton, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his doctorate in 1987. Since 1994, Steve has served as the executive director of counseling and health services for UD. In February of 2007, Steve received the Lackner Award, an award given annually to faculty or staff members, who, over a long period of time, have made a significant contribution to the Catholic and Marianist character of the University. Tom DeNoma (’75) was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1981 as an air traffic controller. Tom is a 1988 graduate of the University of Cincinnati School of Business and is associate vice president of the Special Risks Operation as well as the board president of the Vision and Vocational Center, a non-profit organization that rehabilitates the blind in Ohio. Tom and his wife, Veronica, and their children, Sara (13) and Tom (12), reside in Dublin, OH. email@example.com Terrance (T.C.) M. Coleman (’77) works as a fraud analyst for eBay. Tmc31459@aol.com
Jan Knochel (’77) is the director of manufacturing for Beckman Coulter. He has lived in Northern Kentucky for 20 years. firstname.lastname@example.org Dan Leugers (’77) serves as first vice president for Morgan Keegan & Company, a regional firm in Cincinnati that manages over $200 million for their clients. Dan.email@example.com
Ronald Russell (’77) has been employed with Pepsi America Company for the past 30 years as an account merchandiser. Ronald and his wife, Gayle, live in Cincinnati with their children, A.J., Michael, and Kayle. (See picture above.) Bret Thomas (’77) has been appointed president of Bayard, Inc., part of a worldwide dynamic and creative multimedia group committed to publishing materials
Jim Freson (’77) is employed by Ashland Chemical Company as a senior account manager in Cincinnati. He and his wife of 20 years, Lisa, are the parents of Lindsey and Lauren.
Tom Steele (’77) has recently been named the new president of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, a real estate trade group with more than 5,000 members. Tom is also the owner of Steele Realtors in Cincinnati.
Ron A. Wernke (’77) retired from the Navy in 1995. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, a past grand knight, and current faithful Nov. Ron also has been a boy scout and a cub scout leader, as well as a little league baseball coach. (See picture to left.) Kevin L. Yoas (’77) works as a senior manager–financial analysis for Simon Property Group in Indianapolis. Kyoas@simon.com Matt Baughan (’78) has been promoted to creative director for Libby Perszyk Kathman, the largest independent design agency in the world.
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(See picture to right.) Thomas A. Jansing (’77) sells graphic communications for the Xerox Corp. TJANSING@fuse.net
Mike Staun (’77) has been with P&G for 24 years and currently is working in personal health care. He and Pam (Kroeger) have been married 25 years. Staun.firstname.lastname@example.org
for Catholic schools, parishes, and homes. Bayard’s imprints include Catholic Digest magazine, Living with Christ, Religion Teachers Journal, and others. email@example.com
Rick Flynn (’80) is the owner of his CPA firm, Flynn & Company, which was recently honored by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber as the 2006 Small Business of the Year (1-50 employee category). Nominees for the award were judged on innovativeness of client service, financial performance, workplace excellence, sustainability, and business community involvement. MOELLER • 25
tracking Joe Bruening (’82) is a partner with Renaissance Investment Management. He manages the firm’s international equity strategy and trading desk. He has been married to his wife, Elaine, since 1993. JEB1993@cinci.rr.com Jeffrey M. Dornoff (’82) celebrates his 20th anniversary with his wife, Deanne. He is a R&D manager with Access Business Group LLC in Ada, MI. firstname.lastname@example.org Ken Harper (’82) serves as the president of Greer State Bank in Greer, SC, where he lives with his wife, Renuka, and children, Kenny (14) and Priya (12). email@example.com Barry Larkin (’82) was inducted into the University of Michigan Hall of Honor in February 2007. A member of Michigan’s baseball team from 1983-85, Larkin led the Wolverines to the 1983 and 1984 College World Series. A .361 hitter at UM, he was a two-time AllAmerican and Big Ten Conference Player of the Year.
Joe Foley (’83) recently took part in a promotion for Reel in the Outdoor Radio, a venture with professional bass fisherman Joe Thomas who sells sponsorships and advertising in return for exposure among his fans and outdoor enthusiasts. John Welby (’83) completed his MBA in global management July 2006 from the University of Phoenix and was promoted to architect at Nortel Government Solutions. John received an award from Colonel Clemmons of Wright Patterson AFB for redesigning and reengineering WP’s network. He lives in Willow Spring, NC, with his wife, Dee, and their children, Alec, Katerina, and Isabella. firstname.lastname@example.org Eric Bender (’84) is owner of a law firm in Blue Ash, Eric D. Bender Co. LPA. He won the volunteer Lawyer of the Year award in 2003 from the Cincinnati Bar Association. Eric also coaches softball and basketball at All Saints. email@example.com
Robert (Bob) Fisher (’86) is currently employed as the director of communications for Marist School in Atlanta, GA. Bob has remained active in the field of fine arts for many years, serving as art director for the Cartoon Network and founder of Studio Tandem, LLC. firstname.lastname@example.org John Noyen (’87) is a partner/VP with Commercial Sales with Weber-Huff, Inc. He and his wife, LeeAnn, have two boys, Johnny (9) and Nicholas (7). Noyen@fuse.net Greg van Praag (’87) is presently the director of guest services for the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles, CA. Greg has spent the last 20 years in the hospitality industry, 15 of which have been with Marriott International, the parent company of Ritz-Carlson. email@example.com
19 9 0 s Michael Powell (’91) is employed at Cooper Electric and won second place at the 2006 Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) National Apprentice of the Year Competition in Denver, CO. Only 20 apprentices nationwide are invited to take part in the annual event, and testing included both a written test and hands-on demonstration covering interpretation of requirements, design, and assembly. The IEC is a trade association made up of 74 chapters, 3500 contractors, and 100,000 electricians.
Jason Brown (’92) is a trauma sales manager for Stryker Orthopedics. He and his wife, Julie, have one son and one daughter, Trevor (6) and Carson (2). Jpb6039@hotmail.com (See picture below.)
Tom Medl (’82) works as a senior staff engineer with Lockheed Martin in Litchfield Park, AZ, where he lives with his wife, Janie, and children, Ashley (17) and Jordan (14). Tmedl64@netscape.net (See picture to right.) John Shaffer (’82) was featured in an article on the ESPN website by Michael Weinreb titled, The E-Ticket: The Night College Football Went to Hell. John’s college career at Penn State University was referenced on the Fiesta Bowl of 1987 (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/ eticket/story?page=fiesta87).
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Brian Garry (’85) is presently serving as the director of marketing for Cintas Corporation. Brian and his wife, Kathy, and children Jack (10) and Kate (5) have recently relocated to Cincinnati. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Preiss (’88) was featured on the cover of Michigan Sports & Fitness magazine in April 2007. Tom is pictured as he participated as a runner in the Shamrock and Shananigan 5K in Ann Arbor, MI.
Jason Conte (’92) is an attorney with Ulmer & Berne LLP. He attended Notre Dame and Vanderbilt University Law School. He and his wife, Sheri, married in June 2002. email@example.com David T. Eckert (’92) works as a regional account manager for Ferguson Metals Sales. DEckert@fergusonmetals.com
tracking Anthony Houston (’92) earned his B.S. in biology from the University of Cincinnati, an M.H.S.A. from Xavier University, and is board certified in health care management. Anthony is currently the director in Fitch Ratings’ public finance health care group and is responsible for analyzing and rating acute care hospitals, continuing care retirement communities, and nursing home facilities.
Andrew (Dru) Brown (’97) is a property manager for Beach Properties of Hilton Head. firstname.lastname@example.org Jeffrey Levengood (’97) graduated with his Ph.D. in biochemistry from The Ohio State University. He now is working as a post-doctoral fellow in a research lab in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Cincinnati. email@example.com
Eric Medecke (’92) is president and owner of PcWorks, LLC. He has been married to Karen for eight years and has two children, Johnathan and Emily. Eric@PcWorks.cc Sean Tunning (’92) has been employed for the past nine years at Nielsen/ Bases. Currently, he is the director of diagnostic consulting. He and his wife, Joelle, are the parents of Connor (March 2007). Brian Behan (’95) has been an agent for the US Border Patrol Agent of the Department of Homeland Security for the past six years. He recently was promoted to supervisor and works in southern Arizona. Doug Bauman (’97) currently is the chief resident in internal medicine at Christ Hospital. firstname.lastname@example.org Justin Bayer (’97) has returned to Ohio after living in Burlington, VT, where he earned his master’s degree in higher education administration. Justin is the director of development, northeast, for the University of Dayton. He and his wife Megan have a daughter, Rose (2 ½).
2000s Sean Finnerty (’00) currently works as a field representative for Congressman John Boehner (’68). Sean.Finnerty@mail.house.gov Mike Jackson (’00) has earned a B.S.and M.B.A from Virginia Tech, and worked as a field representative for Congressman John Boehner (’68). Mike has recently relocated and now works for his almamater Virginia Tech. Jeffrey Kohus (’00) graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2005. Jeffrey has just completed US Navy training at the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes IL, and is a Navy seaman.
Gregory Mast (’97) is a design engineer for Honda R&D Americas. He and his wife, Kelley, live in Loveland. email@example.com (See picture above.) Dan Dorff (’99) is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory College of Music and toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Dan will be relocating to Morocco to be the house drummer for a jazz club in Casablanca. Dandorff2000@yahoo.com Brandon Sallee (’99) received his bachelor’s degree from Marymount University in graphic design, as well as a Web design diploma from the Art Institute online. Brandon is currently working towards a bachelor’s of science in media arts and animation.
Matt Sylvester (’01) recently worked as an extra in the Will Ferrell movie Semi-Pro in Hollywood. He was cast as Ferrell’s stunt double, but at six feet seven inches, he was four inches taller than Ferrell. Matt was chosen after the casting director found the You Tube video of the 3-pointer he made March 6, 2005, in Columbus to beat topranked Illinois and end the Ilini’s undefeated season. Michael “Chad” Weis (’01) graduated from Miami University in 2005 with a degree in computer science. A year later Chad joined the Peace Corps and is serving in the African county of Gambia, which is near the equator on the west coast of Africa. He teaches math to junior high students, maintains generators, and instructs teachers in the use of computers. firstname.lastname@example.org; www.beesfly.com Matt Dowling (’02) graduated in the spring of 2006 from the University of Cincinnati with a BBA in accounting and finance. He is currently working on an MBA from the Xavier University Williams College of Business. email@example.com
Matt Flege (’02) graduated from Eckerd College in May 2006. While there he served as president of homeless outreach and formed a band called “Behind the Rabbit.” He began serving in the Peace Corps during July 2006. Currently Matt is in Jamaica working with Food For The Poor in Montego Bay and has established an adult education after-school tutoring program. He is working on a master’s in nonprofit management and a certificate in pastoral administration from Regis University, an online program. Matt and Heidi Hudson married August 2007. Matt Held (’02) graduated from The Ohio State University cum laude with a finance degree and has accepted a position with Lincoln Financial Advisors. firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Lam (’02) graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in biomedical engineering and was a nominee for the Department of Engineering’s Herman Schneider Medal. Chris recently completed an internship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in a research lab doing work on fetal open heart surgery, and he is now enrolled in the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. Chrislam4@gmail.com Rob Vanderheyden (’02) earned a degree in finance and entrepreneurship from the University of Dayton. He now resides in Chicago where he works for the Nasdaq Stock Market. Robert.Vanderheyden@gmail.com Devin Ward (’02) graduated in August of 2006 from Butler University with a degree in international management that included a finance concentration and a Spanish minor. While at Butler, Devin played lacrosse for two years and spent six months in Vina del Mar, Chile, studying business and Spanish. Currently, he is employed by Aon in New York City, NY, in a two-year training program for global insurance brokers. Ward.email@example.com MOELLER • 27
Nick Meyer (’03) is a 6’8” outside hitter for the 15th-ranked Ball State Volleyball Team. He has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Shondell/Dunlap Division and the Sports Import/AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week for March 27, 2007. Nick earned the award after two strong matches, including an upset of then-No. 9 Pacific, en route to the 2007 Don Shondell/Active Ankle Challenge title. David Overberg (’03) earned a B.S. in marketing from Queen’s University of Charlotte, where he was co-captain of the lacrosse team for the four years in a row, leading the midfielders with 11 goals and 12 assists. In 2006, David was named to the Deep South AllTournament Team, and in 2007, the Queen’s Lacrosse Team was ranked 9th in the US in Division II by Inside Lacrosse Magazine. Matthew Takanen (’03) is a recent graduate of the US Air Force Academy with a B.S. in foreign area studies, a B.S. in humanities, and minors in Arabic and Chinese. Matt has also received a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. Tony Blankemeyer (’04) is the chief executive officer of Flyer Enterprises, the student-run business program at the University of Dayton, whose mission is to develop employees into successful business leaders. In addition, Tony is a full-time student, and he is involved extensively with Elementz, a nonprofit organization in the heart of the city’s hardest neighborhood that works to create outlets for the youth and develop future leaders of the community. Tony Capurro (’04) has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II All-America Second Team. A junior at Northern Kentucky University, Tony scored five goals and added four assists for 14 points as he led the team to its first NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region championship. Tony is the first All-American for the NKU men’s soccer program since 1996. 28 • FALL/WINTER 2007
Robbie Klein (’04) has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week for April 9, 2007. A 6’3” middle blocker for then-No.8 Ohio State University, Robbie has earned the award for his outstanding play in helping the Buckeyes to a fivegame, come-from-behind win over the then-No.6 Penn State and two sweeps of Quincy. Matthew Brugger (’05) has been promoted to the rank of private first class upon graduation from Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC, on August 10, 2007. Matthew is currently in his junior year at the University of Memphis and is a reservist with the 1st Battalion, 24th Marines in Nashville, TN.
of offense per game. Chris was also second in passing offense, averaging 278 yards, and set an NAIA record by completing 69.3% in the 2006-07 season. Justin Barton (’05) has been stationed in Camp Casey, South Korea, with the US Army. He drives a tank with the 2nd Infantry Division and hopes to return next summer. firstname.lastname@example.org Frank Becker (’07) was one of six finalists for LaRosa’s Male MVP of the Year Award.
We apologize for any omissions. If there is anyone who has passed away or who needs to be remembered in our next issue of Moeller magazine, please contact Ginny Bauer, (513) 791-1680, ext.1300, or e-mail GBauer@Moeller.org.
Chris Reisert (’05) is a sophomore at Ohio Dominican University and is a member of the football team. Chris was recently named FirstTeam All-American by the AFCA and led the NAIA with 294.5 yards
in memoriam We express our condolences and deepest sympathies to the families and friends of these and other members of the Moeller Family who have passed on: C. Tony Barnes ’81 Jordan Bessey David A. Bomkamp ’71 Richard J. Brenner ’77 Dorothy a. Brickweg Randy Brockman Peter J. Bronner ’64 Patrick A. “Pat” Brown ’77 Michael Ricardo Burns ’72 Richard Andrew Carter Curt Clouse ’85 Mark Dever ’76 The Honorable Edward J. Donnellon Timothy Desmond Doyle ’68 Spec. Michael Frank Julia Gilles Ralph Goodpaster Donald P. Hauser Paul William Hemmer, Sr. Deborah A. Holthaus Brenda S. Kroeger Brother Herman Lambers, S.M. David T. Langefels
Herman D. Lenzer ’67 Mary Ann Lippincott Priscilla A. Martin Patti McCormick Elizabeth Meucci Brother Ralph Mravinz, S.M. Harry Oliver ’78 Steve O’Toole Jerome Palumbo Gary Pottebaum ’71 Joseph B. Quick Evelyn Rein Thomas E. Rein ’65 Elizabeth L. “Betty” Rohlfs Eileen M. Ryan Jack Schimpf Edward J. Schlueter Betty Sylvester Rose Marie Tensi James Wainscott Wilbert N. “Will” Welage Jerome A. Wulker Glenn P. Yelton
reunions The Fall of 2008 reunion will be for the: Class of 2003-5 Year Class of 1998-10 Year Class of 1993-15 Year Class of 1988-20 Year Class of 1983-25 Year Class of 1978-30 Year Class of 1973-35 Year Class of 1968-40 Year Please call or e-mail and update your information (i.e., current news, special events or activities and honors), so you don’t miss out on any reunion mailing! Please contact Ginny Bauer, (513) 7911680, ext. 1300, or e-mail GBauer@Moeller.org.
2007-08 MOELLER EVENTS
The Arts Musical Arts BAND & CHORUS CHRISTMAS CONCERT AND ARTS SHOWCASE: Sunday, December 16, 3 PM in the Moeller Auditorium. Admission free. CONCERT CAFÉ: Feb. 16, 2008
PAINTING BY NICK FAUST ’08
Theatre Arts FALL COMEDY: November 16, 17, & 18 – Charley’s Aunt, a farce in three acts written by Brandon Thomas in 1892 that broke all historic records for plays of any kind, with an original London run of 1,466 performances. The plot centers on two Oxford college students, Charley Wyckham and Jack Chesney, who pressure fellow student Fancourt Babberly to pose as Charley's Brazilian Aunt Donna Lucia. Their purpose is to have a chaperone for their amorous visits with Amy and Kitty, niece and ward of crusty Stephen Spettigue. Complications begin when Fancourt, in drag, becomes the love object of old Spettigue and Sir Francis Chesney. Come and enjoy the fun! ANNUAL IMPROV: Jan. 18-20 ANNUAL SPRING MUSICAL: May 8-11
The Social Event of the Year
Alumni MEN'S CLUB BASKETBALL SIMULCASTS AT MOELLER: Friday, Dec. 14, 2008 (vs. St. X); Friday, Jan. 25, 2008 (vs. Elder); Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 (vs. LaSalle) MEN'S CLUB WINTER MEETING: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008: Happy Hour @ Village Tavern followed by the varsity basketball game vs. Fenwick at Moeller. ANNUAL MEN’S CLUB SPORTS STAG: Thursday, February 21, 2008: BRIAN KELLY, one of the hottest coaches in college football, will be speaking. ANNUAL FATHER-SON MASS & BREAKFAST: Sunday, March 2, 2008
Winter Sports — Home Events Basketball Home Games @ 7:30 PM: Nov. 24, 2007, vs. Colonel White HS Nov. 30, 2007, vs. Chaminade Julienne HS Dec. 14, 2007, vs. St. Xavier HS Dec. 21, 2007, vs. Purcell-Marian HS Jan. 15, 2008, vs. Bishop Fenwick HS Jan. 22, 2008, vs. Roger Bacon HS Jan. 25, 2008, vs. Elder HS Feb. 1, 2008, vs. LaSalle HS
Wrestling: Jan. 26, 2008, vs. Graham Local Schools @ 3 PM Jan. 31, 2008, QUAD MEET (vs. Lakota East HS, Mason HS, & Troy Christian HS) @ 5 PM
Swimming: Dec. 22, 2007: MOELLER INVITATIONAL @ 9:30 AM Jan. 18, 2008: vs. Loveland HS @ 7 PM Jan. 19, 2008: vs. Maumee HS @ 5 PM
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Mike Cameron Retires ON APRIL 30, 2007, at Blue Ash’s Crosley Field, history was made: Coach Mike Cameron became the “All-time Winningest” Division 1 baseball coach in Ohio history with 761 wins. Now, at the top of his game and after 40 years of service to the Moeller Baseball Program, Coach Cameron announced his retirement at the end of the 2007 baseball season. Enquirer sports writer Tom Groeschen said Cameron held the “unchallenged status as ‘The Man’ among Cincinnati prep baseball coaches.” Under Mike’s leadership, Moeller’s program became one of the premier baseball dynasties in the state. His teams made it to the state finals five times, four times capturing the Ohio Division I State Championship (’72, ’89, ’93, & ’04). More than 100 of his athletes played at the collegiate level, and 25 of his former players signed professional contracts, with nine playing in the major leagues: Buddy Bell, Len Matuszek, Bill Long, Barry Larkin, Ken Griffey Jr., David Bell, Stephen Larkin, Mike Bell, and Adam Hyzdu. During his tenure, Coach Cameron earned numerous coach-of-theyear honors, including the 2007 Ohio Division 1 Coach of the Year, GCL Coach of the Year (15 times), Cincinnati Coach of the Year (7 times), and the National Federation of High School Coaches Coach of the Year. His success led to his induction into several Hall of Fames: Moeller High School (1991), the Ohio Baseball Coaches Association (1993), Purcell High School (2001), and LaRosa’s Hall of Fame (2001).
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