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MUHS MAGAZINE Vol. 55 Winter/Spring 2013

Alumni Around the World David D’Amore ’79, Mark Mitchell ’83 and Patrick Sosnay ’92

For Alumni, Parents, Students and Friends of Marquette University High School 1

Three That Really Matter By Rev. Frank Majka, SJ

St. Paul prayed that the Christian community at Philippi would have the grace to “value the things that really matter” (Philippians 1). So, then, what things really do matter to us, or ought to? Lent can be a good time for us to think about this, starting with three things which St. Paul considered especially valuable: faith, hope and love (I Corinthians 13). Faith is not simply about believing God exists. It goes beyond that. If we have faith in someone, for instance, it’s not a question of whether they exist or not, but whether they can do something—like when a coach tells his or her team, “I’ve got faith that you can win” or when parents tell their child, “We’ve got faith in you, so don’t give up.” Faith is about having confidence in God and God’s promises. With faith, we can put our trust in God’s own faithfulness to us and put our talents at his service. Next comes hope. Hope tells us to distrust those voices outside or inside us that tell us that nothing we do will ever work out, that Macbeth was right when he said life is “a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound, a fury, signifying nothing.” Hope give us the assurance that the things we dream of, desire, sacrifice and work for will eventually happen if they are truly for our good, the good of others and the greater glory of God. If we have hope, we won’t give up in the face of adversity or evil because we know that, no matter what happens, “nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ” (Romans 8). But above all, St. Paul says that what matters most is love. Perhaps that’s true because when we love, we most resemble God who is love and in whose image we are made. St. John’s first letter tells us that we know what love is by reflecting on how God has shown love for us. And we find that God’s love for us is deep, respectful, creative, self-sacrificing, patient, generous and forgiving, accepting us as we are, working to bring out the best and never giving up on us. If that’s how God loves, then it’s how we should love, too. Of course other things matter to us besides faith, hope and love, but it is hard to imagine anything more valuable or more important than these. For they exist at the foundation of our relationship to God, and they express that relationship in an unmistakable and lasting way. Rev. Frank Majka, SJ, is alumni chaplain at Marquette University High School. He also has a spiritual blog, “The Bridge,”

Global Connections

Dear MUHS Friends, Last summer I had the privilege of attending the historic, first-ever international conference of Jesuit high schools from around the world. The International Colloquium on Jesuit Secondary Education (ICJSE) was held at Boston College from July 29 through Aug. 2. There were approximately 350 Jesuits and lay colleagues from 80 countries around the world. Representatives came from Europe (Eastern and Western), Africa, India, Latin America, South America, Australia, China and on and on. It was like a mini-United Nations assembly. We had simultaneous translations for the talks which were given in English, Spanish and French. The gathering was truly exhilarating for all of us in attendance. The energy from all of these Jesuit high school educators from around the world was electric. The sense of mission was strong. While so different, we all shared the common Jesuit mission of serving the faith which promotes justice. An educator from Harvard pointed out that the global Jesuit network of schools is unique in all the world. There is truly nothing else like it. One of our challenges is finding a way to better tap this unique global network. This gathering reminded me of how we truly live in a global community today. If you think about it, a century ago we were much less interconnected than we are today. Our economy is now inseparably part of a world economy. What happens in China, Europe or the Middle East directly affects us here in the United States— our jobs, our stock market, our foreign exchange. On a spiritual level, it stretches us to see that our “neighbor” is not just those in our locale but includes people around the world. When there is an earthquake in Haiti or a hurricane on the east coast or New Orleans, those affected are our brothers and sisters. Marquette High tries to help our students understand this in a number of ways. This year we took up collections for our sister Jesuit high schools in New Jersey and New York devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The proceeds of our winter dance went to support the Jesuit Refugee Service’s work with Syrian refugees. Our students go on service trips to Latin America and Africa as well as to Appalachia

and a Native American reservation in South Dakota. Last year, we had a Jesuit from Africa speak to our students about the famine in Somalia, and we raised $4,000 for famine relief. After the Haitian earthquake, our students raised money for relief efforts through innovative projects such as “Hamburgers for Haiti.” We also help our students gain a global perspective through our requirement for them to learn a foreign language and our trips to Germany, Ireland and Italy. We hope to prepare our students to become global citizens and to recognize everyone in the world as our brothers and sisters in God’s family. And, yes, we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper.

Sincerely, Rev. Warren Sazama, SJ ’64


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News Briefs SPORTS


Season Highlights FEATURES



Schmidts bequest $1.7 million gift


Innovation in Teaching


David D’Amore ’79 The student becomes the teacher in Costa Rica


Mark Mitchell ’83 A hero’s journey in Afghanistan


Patrick Sosnay ’92 A medicine man for others in Southeast Asia


Don Doll, SJ ’55 celebrates 50 years of photography ALUMNI UPDATE



Rocking Sixties Class of 1970 raises scholarship dollars


Class Notes




Remembering Adrienne Polacci then and now


The Gym at Marquette High



Ken Kosirowski ’13



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opposite, left to right: Seniors Patrick Bassi, Nick Ormsby, Tom Kiesling, Duncan Glasford, Mike Young and Ken Kosirowski in the 50th production of Senior Follies.


Jazz Band wins national competition Matt Goblirsch ’13

UW–Milwaukee, Marquette High develop collaborative relationship UW-Milwaukee Geosciences alumnus and MUHS science department chair Jim Kostenko, along with science teachers, Jamie Lemminger and Joe Meyer, met with UWM Geosciences faculty to receive feedback on Marquette High’s college-prep, science curriculum. Kostenko says, “We were especially interested in their opinions on our offerings in physical geology and environmental science.”

The Jazz Lab 4 group, directed by faculty member Randy Skowronski, won the 2012 Cruise Festivals Overall Grand Championship Award for Jazz Ensemble as a result of participating in Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas music competition. In addition to earning a superior rating, 96 points out of 100, the ensemble group was also entered into competition against other high school ensemble groups that participated in one of more than 50 other Cruise Festivals. The jazz group faced several challenges in the competition. “The humidity was a problem,” stated Brian Plunkett ’13. “We are used to playing in a much drier rehearsal hall, and the ocean and its moisture wreaked havoc on our instruments.” Eric Johnson ’12 added, “We were also playing early in the morning, which many of us were not used to doing. It took some of us a while to get going.” As part of the competition, the MUHS jazz group received detailed feedback on its performance. “It was really cool how the critiques worked,” Plunkett commented. “The judge had a tape recorder, into which he made comments as we were playing. Later on, we got the tape with his comments about things that we did literally as we did them.” In the end, the students delivered a strong performance. “As we were playing, it really felt good,” said Nathaniel Rein ’12. “We had been working on the songs for a long time, and this was just playing what we had been doing for a while.” Johnson credits Skowronski’s direction to the group’s success. “We all had great potential, but not all of us achieved it right away. Skor helped us to reach our potential by pushing us every day.”

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MUHS faculty members also wanted to gain a better understanding of the desired preparedness of incoming college freshmen to ensure Marquette High’s programs meet these expectations.

“We use college texts and lab manuals in our physical geology and environmental science courses, yet it was still nice to have UWM faculty affirm that our courses mirror the first-semester college courses in these two areas,” explains Kostenko. Last year, Rob Graziano, instruction lab manager and lecturer in the Geosciences department, hosted Kostenko and 10 Marquette High students on campus, which included a demonstration of the department’s flume machine, which looks at the effect of varying water velocities on sediment structures, and a visit to the UWMilwaukee Thomas A. Greene Geological Museum. This year, 170 students are enrolled in physical geology and environmental science classes at Marquette High. Kostenko says, “The job markets in these two areas are currently very good. We encourage MUHS students in the physical geology and environmental science courses to consider careers in the geosciences and environmental professions. Perhaps future visits to UWM will further this goal.”

Former NFL player Don McPherson speaks at MUHS

Athletes participate in MCW concussion study

Noah Simmons ’13

MUHS varsity soccer, hockey and wrestling athletes will participate in a concussion study being directed by Dr. Michael McCrea, a neuropsychologist at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

All participating athletes will take a baseline concussion test, commonly referred to as “impact.” Then, in the event of a concussion or possible concussion, the student will follow up with the researcher for additional assessment and testing. MUHS, Wauwatosa East and eight other high schools are participating in the threeyear study. Former Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Oilers quarterback Don McPherson kicked off multicultural week in January with an antibullying talk to the student body. McPherson’s primary messages were to “continue the conversation” after the assembly ended and to also be “deliberately kind” to others. McPherson talked about the infamous line from the movie The Sandlot, “You play ball like a girl.” “It’s okay to call a friend a dog or to say he’s a snake,” said McPherson, “But we put down others by saying they play like a girl . . . it’s misogyny whether you believe it or not.”

The study is supported by a $2.2 million grant from the Department of Defense U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command and seeks to determine which of four concussion screening tools is the most valid and reliable. Data collected from this research may be applied in measuring an injury’s effect on the individual and for guiding clinical decisions about the individual’s readiness to return to military duty or activity. McCrea has conducted several large-scale studies over the past 20 years that have significantly advanced the scientific understanding of concussions.

The All-American from Syracuse also talked about being called “little Miles,” coined to compare him to his older brother, Miles. McPherson hated the nickname but tolerated it, saying that we judge other people’s ability to handle pain based on how much pain we can handle ourselves, which can lead us to think more negatively of other people. “We look at someone who hurts themselves and say that doesn’t hurt…we don’t know how much pain that person feels . . . we only know pain from our own experiences,” McPherson said. The 1987 Heisman Trophy runner-up concluded his speech by reminding students that they have the power to continue the message and must do so. “Your generation has so much more power and ability to communicate with one another, which you must do to spread the message and be role models yourselves.”

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College workshop series offered to upperclassmen

Marquette High partners with local organization

Austin Budiono ’14

Ken Kosirowski ’13

In fall, the MUHS Guidance Department held a brown-

Marquette High has signed an agreement to partner with Journey House, a local social service organization that uses a self-help approach to strengthen families and revitalize neighborhoods through its many service programs such as education, nutrition, literacy and athletics. The partnership will allow Marquette High students to use a newly turfed football field that the Green Bay Packers donated to Journey House. In exchange, MUHS will help fund the maintenance of the field through a rental agreement, a more affordable option than re-turfing the field at Quad Park.

bag workshop series to provide information about college-related topics for juniors and seniors during 5th period lunch. Students brought their own lunches, however Annette Cleary, director of College Counseling, provided the desserts.

The six-week series covered topics such as writing an effective college resume and essay, preparing for the college interview, winning scholarship dollars and managing personal finances. College admissions professionals participated in the program and included guest speakers Ken Anselment ’88, dean of admissions and financial aid at Lawrence University, and Roby Blust, the dean of undergraduate admissions and enrollment planning at Marquette University.

“Marquette High will be able to rent Journey House’s football field for one-tenth the cost of turfing Quad Park,” according to MUHS President Warren Sazama, SJ ’64. “Beyond that, though, we both have such a mission sync. This new deal will further our involvement in the community, enhance our relationship with Journey House and perhaps make Journey House another source of student recruiting for Marquette High.”

“The sessions really helped me out in terms of what not to do and what to do. What I really learned from this workshop is that I cannot come across as bragging or artificial, especially when doing the resume, the college essay and the interview,” said Tim Morse ’14.

The football field, located on 35th Street near the Mitchell Park Domes, will serve as the home field for the freshman and JV football teams, as well as the lacrosse team. The freshman and JV teams had previously played home games at Rogers Park in West Allis, while lacrosse had been renting field time at Uihlein Soccer Park.

Seeking Future Hilltoppers

We work hard to enroll students who have the desire and potential to carry on the legacy of the more than 150 classes that have come before and who want to be a part of the spirit and mission of MUHS. You can assist the Admissions Office with its efforts to attract qualified students to attend Marquette High by nominating potential future Hilltoppers who live in the Greater Milwaukee area. This includes sons, nephews, grandsons or any other boys you know who would be good candidates. There is no doubt that our best source of advertising comes from our alumni and parents. To nominate a future Hilltopper, contact Sean O’Brien ’98 at or 414-933-7220.

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Englishes, Piersons honored Hurricane Sandy relief at President’s Club Dinner at MUHS Mike Feely ’89

Dancing teenagers and jean-clad MUHS employees raised $3,750 for two Jesuit high schools impacted by Hurricane Sandy. St. Peter’s Prep, located in Jersey City, N.J., experienced flooding to its athletic facilities and some classrooms. Xavier High School in Manhattan experienced a devastating impact on its student body, with more than 80 students displaced by the storm. The Student Conclave sponsors an annual dance called the Holiday Hustle. This year, Conclave decided it would be a good opportunity to raise funds for those in need on the East Coast. In addition to donating all the proceeds to the schools in need, a Mass was held beforehand to pray for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The dance featured prize giveaways, cookies and hot cider, two performances by the Improv Club and a balloon drop.

“It’s part of what we do at MUHS, being men and women for others” said student body president Bob Roenitz ’13. “We put the word out that our annual Christmas Dance would benefit these two schools and our students responded, nearly doubling last year’s attendance.” Parents Rachel and Patrick English and Ann and Warren Pierson were honored in October at the President’s Club Dinner with the Spirit of St. Ignatius Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by MUHS. The award recognizes an MUHS alumnus, parent or friend who exemplifies the ideals and qualities of St. Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus. Qualities include being religious, loving, committed to justice and open to growth. In addition, the Englishes and Piersons were recognized for their volunteer contributions to Marquette High.

In addition, the MUHS faculty and staff pitched in for the effort as well. On the last day of the first semester, employees made donations in exchange for a “dress-down” day.

Cesar Hernandez ’13, student speaker of the evening, shared his Marquette High experiences to the 400 alumni, parents and friends who attended the event. The President’s Club Dinner is an annual event recognizing the Spirit of St. Ignatius award winners and thanking Marquette High’s generous benefactors. above: Cesar Hernandez ’13 7


Hilltopper Highlights News Jacob Heinen ’15

MUHS has received the 2012–13 Red Quill Award from ACT. The award recognizes schools and educators who understand the need for data analysis and who have a willingness to develop and enhance curriculum and instruction based on the needs of the students and the school. Further, the award honors schools that demonstrate a high level of dedication and focus in their efforts to provide students with their best opportunity to succeed.

Signatures, Marquette High’s literary magazine, received a rank of Superior from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. The magazine, moderated by Ginny Schauble, showcases poetry, prose and artwork submitted by MUHS students. Only three other high schools in the state of Wisconsin received a Superior ranking, the highest award, from NCTE.

Faculty member Mike Chaney ’63 has been named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars. This award recognizes educators who serve as outstanding role models for students and who help their students strive for academic success and excellence.

Ten MUHS seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Harrison Balistreri, Michael Drakopoulos, Andrew Keuler, Kienan Knight-Boehm, Benjamin Lowe, William McCloskey, Joseph Puchner, Andrew Puck, Michael Roznik and Stephen Slattery will continue on in the annual competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million.

College Counseling Director Annette Cleary received the Wisconsin Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) High School Professional of the Year Award, which recognizes high school employees who show excellence and dedication in serving the needs of students during their transition to college. Librarian Ann O’Hara was recently elected to the executive board of the Catholic Library Association, an international organization providing its members professional development through educational and networking experiences, publications, scholarships and other services. Faculty member Christopher Lese ’92 has been accepted to present at the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute conference entitled “The Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th.” He will present alongside other educators on a panel entitled “Teaching the Civil War: Challenges, Opportunities and New Strategies for the Classroom,” in which he will describe the different ways MUHS students are learning about Civil War History. Faculty member Andre Lesperance received the Harrington Award from St. Paul’s University Catholic Center, a ministry dedicated to serving UW–Madison students. The Harrington Award recognizes Lesperance’s role in promoting the spiritual, moral and intellectual development of both youth and adults in his nine years of service in Catholic ministry and education, including college campus ministry, parish-based adult ministry and his current role as theology teacher and freshman retreat moderator.

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MUHS students participated in the Milwaukee Art Museum Scholastic Art Awards, which offers scholarships and early recognition of creative teenagers by local and national professionals in the arts and exhibition opportunities for regional and national audiences. Hunter Graff ’14, Luis Jimenez ’14, Jonathan Mendoza ’13, Sean Patterson ’13 and Roman Vassel ’13 were awarded the top Gold Key Award for their individual works and will go on to compete with entries from more than 75 other competitions throughout the United States for silver and gold medals. Duncan Glasford ’13, German Gomez ’15, Joe Heinen ’13, Connor Martin ’13 and Connor Reynolds ’13 received Honorable Mention awards. Jordan Hohl ’13 and Brent Boho ’15 qualified for the individual state bowling tournament. German native Gesa Krause, a 3000-meter Steeplechase finalist in the 2012 Olympics, visited Marquette High in September, meeting with students in the German 4 class and on the crosscountry team. She spoke to students about the commitment and training it takes to compete in the Olympics and ran with the team during its practice. MUHS welcomed a number of new faculty and staff members in the fall, including Alexis Cazco, who teaches Spanish 2, 4 and 5. Erica Zunac, who completed her master’s degree at Marquette

University, teaches Latin 1 and English 1. Xavier University graduate Dan Lynch has returned to MUHS for his third time to teach Moral Decision Making and Precalculus. Jacob Boddicker, SJ, a graduate of St. Louis University has joined MUHS to teach Sacraments & the Catholic Church and Christian Discipleship. New staff members include Jacob Wyss, assistant coach in the MUHS fitness center; Michael Dubis, head of security; John Reesman, Robert Heder and Thomas Klusman, security officers; Katherine Hess, assistant to principal Jeff Monday; and Rev. Nick Pope, SJ, a part-time volunteer tutor.

The 50th Senior Follies production took place in October. The show, Back to the Follies, was directed by faculty member Christopher Lese ’92 and told the story of Dean of Students Casey Kowalewski’s ’98 quest to take over MUHS once and for all. In January, the Prep Players, directed by Ann Downey and Mike Neubeck, put on the winter play, Screwtape Letters, which centers on the senior demon Screwtape mentoring his apprentice demon Wormwood. Both productions were supported by stage crew, Joe Cavanaugh and Rev. Charley Stang, SJ. Orgullo Latino led MUHS in celebrating National Spanish Heritage month in October. Posters of famous and influential Spanish and Latino people were displayed throughout the hallways, and on every Friday, the club played Spanish music over the PA system between classes. In December, the MUHS Key Club completed its annual schoolwide Christmas Basket Food Drive, giving more than 115 families in the Milwaukee area a complete Christmas meal and other non-perishable food items valued at approximately $75 per basket. The Hilltoppers Defending Life club attended the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. to protest the controversial decision of Roe v. Wade. Faculty members David Archibald ’99 and Marie Mansfield joined 14 MUHS students to participate in the rally, which drew more than 400,000 people. Multiple groups helped organize the week-long festivities of multicultural week. The multicultural Pride homeroom kicked off the celebration with the Martin Luther King Mass and then concluded the week with a January Jam dance. The Jesuit Honor Society hosted a foreign film and food event, showing Lemon Tree in the Black Box Theater. Conclave hosted the annual multicultural food fair, which featured homemade, global cuisine provided by many of the ethnic student clubs.

Patrick Bassi ’13 (left) as senior demon Screwtape and Joey Hoffmann ’14 as apprentice demon Wormwood in the Prep Players’ winter production of Screwtape Letters. 9


Basketball team shoots for a cause

Soccer scores another championship season

Matt Goblirsch ’13

The Marquette High School varsity basketball team beat West Allis Hale 68–43 on Jan. 25 at the Greater Metro Conference’s inaugural Child Abuse Prevention Night. The event was held in support of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin program.

Child Abuse Prevention Night was initiated by GMC baseball coaches, who waited to debut the program at a basketball game in the hope of reaching a broader audience. Athletic Director Bob Herman ’85 said, “If we can encourage just one parent or one kid to speak out about abuse going on in his or her home, then the event will have been worth it.” Marquette High’s varsity baseball coach Sal Bando Jr. ’88 said, “The goal is to create awareness.” Marquette High was one of six GMC schools to hold a Child Abuse Prevention Night, along with Brookfield Central, Brookfield East, West Allis Central, Menomonee Falls, Wauwatosa East, Sussex Hamilton and West Allis Nathan Hale. Literature about child abuse as well as the child abuse prevention programs at Children’s Hospital was available at the games. Some players even wore temporary tattoos to show their support for the program.

“I encourage Marquette High coaches and athletes to do these kinds of things,” said Herman. “Playing at Marquette High means more than just being an athlete. It requires character, and we want our coaches and players to look beyond the game and seek to make a difference in the community.”

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The Marquette High soccer team has won the state championship for the third consecutive year. Coming off a 3-1 victory over Brookfield East, the Hilltoppers were more than ready to play Kettle Moraine in the WIAA Soccer State Championship. Having beaten Kettle Moraine 6-0 the previous year, many fans expected the Hilltoppers to easily take the state championship again. However, Kettle Moraine scored early and played competitively throughout the entire game. The Hilltoppers eventually won the game 2-1. The Hilltoppers finished the season with a 16-1-2 record, losing only to St. Ignatius High School from Cleveland in a close, 4-3 match. The team tied against Whitefish Bay High School and Green Bay Preble in the Al Gusho Memorial Tournament, however won all other matches to be name Greater Metro Conference champs. In December, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America ranked the Marquette High soccer team sixth in the nation. The Hilltoppers have nine of the past 13 championships, winning four consecutive crowns from 2000-03 and adding titles in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011. In addition, the team finished runner-up in 2004 and 2007. Coach Steve Lawrence ’99 was named the 2012 National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wisconsin Coach of the Year. During his seven seasons as Marquette High’s varsity soccer coach, Lawrence has a 145-20-11 record including four WIAA state championships (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012), one state runner-up (2007) and seven sectional championships (2006-2012). In addition, he was named the 2011 NSCAA Private School Coach of the Year and the 2011 and 2012 NFHS Wisconsin Coach of the Year.

Cross Country takes first at sectionals, eighth at state

Young volleyball team makes state

Damon Niquet ’13

Syed Mohiuddin ’13

Despite not repeating as state champions, the varsity volleyball team advanced to the semifinals. The team lost many of last year’s starters and began the season with few experienced seniors. “Our coaches did a great job of teaching the underclassmen and honing the skills of the team,” said Alex Siy ’13, the team’s starting libero. The seniors, led by team captains Greg Mattern ’13 and John McNabb ’13, made it their goal to guide the team and help kindle the fire of competition.

The cross-country team capped off its season by taking first place at conference and sectionals, then eighth place overall at state. The team had several varsity spots to fill after the loss of last year’s seniors. Co-captain Jack McCarthy ’13 stated, “A lot of kids stepped it up to fill the spots. We regained the conference title after our streak was broken last year.” The team finished better than expected at state. Co-caption Tom Frederick ’13 explained, “All year we were ranked outside of the top ten in the state, even after upset victories at conference and sectionals, but we came through at the state meet.” McCarthy and Frederick believe the team steadily improved throughout the season. McCarthy stated, “To paraphrase Mr. Kearney, we started off as a good JV team. We ended as a great varsity team.” Frederick added, “We had a few struggles in the beginning of the season trying to define who was on the varsity squad. After a successful trip to St. Louis for the Forest Park Invitational, we started to get grounded. Enduring the almighty Oregon 10 and 68th Street Hill workouts, a band of 10 guys emerged as a high-caliber team.” Next year’s varsity team looks promising as the JV team dominated all year and finished especially strong at the conference meet, taking 14 of the top 15 spots.

“We had a lot of potential because of how young we were and our seniors were good role models for our underclassmen,” said Alex Mueller ’13, the starting outside hitter, who did not play this season due to an ACL injury last summer.

“We told them to always stay positive and never feel down or lost on the court,” Mueller said. The team started the season slow, losing early games due to position adjustment issues and weak team chemistry. “Once we got over the slow start, I feel like we had a pretty steady climb upward,” stated Mueller. “We continued bonding a lot throughout the season. That is what gave us an edge over many other teams.” The Hilltoppers defeated Pius XI to advance to the state tournament, where they advanced to the semifinals after a victory over the Muskego High School Warriors. There, MUHS lost to Appleton North, the team that went on to win the state tournament. “Our goal was always to win a state championship,” Mueller reiterated. “We reached the semifinals at state and ended up losing to the team that won it all. So I think with how young we were compared to the other senior-dominated teams at state, we were satisfied with the outcome.”

Ryan Matzuk ’14 (left) and Jack McCarthy ’13 sport yellow headbands while running in the WIAA state championship cross-country meet. 11


Hilltopper Highlights Sports Jacob Heinen ’15

The Wisconsin High School Tennis Coaches Association has inducted faculty member Mike Donovan into its Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a tennis coach. Donovan coached MUHS tennis for 30 years, 26 of which he was the head varsity coach and led his team to 17 WISAA State championships. Warren Smith was named assistant baseball coach of the year by the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association. MUHS athletics went “Yellow for Greg” in support of Greg Von Rueden ’16, who was diagnosed with bone cancer last June. Greg is the brother of Jake ’15 and Bobby ’13 and cousin of Spencer ’14 and Lane ’16. Throughout the year, many school-wide efforts have been used to raise awareness and support for Greg and his family. The volleyball team, of which Jake is a member, wore yellow warm-up shirts inscribed with Greg’s name and the slogan “No One Fights Alone.” Golden shoe laces were worn by the football team, of which brother Bobby is a member. During the homecoming week pep rally, Bobby gave a speech to the student body on behalf of his brother and their family. The varsity volleyball team made a run at state, losing to eventual state champion Appleton North in the semifinal round. The team and student sections for the tournament were given the WIAA Sportsmanship Award for volleyball for the fourth time in MUHS history. Individual honors include Joe Coplan ’14, who was named to 2nd Team All-State, and Greg Mattern ’13, who was given Honorable Mention All-State.

The MUHS cross-country team took eighth place at the state meet this past year, as well as receiving Academic All-State honors, with Individual Academic All-State awards going to Jack McCarthy ’13, Alex Idarraga ’13, Ryan Carter ’15 and Ben Sprenger ’14. To make Academic All-State, the team must run in the state meet and have a cumulative GPA of more than 3.4. Individuals must run in the state meet and have a GPA of at least 3.5. Phil Davies, a Fordham Prep graduate, has been hired as the varsity swim team coach. A four-time All-American, Davies swam at UW–Madison for four years and served as team captain his senior year. He remains the record holder in the 100-meter freestyle and also swam in the 2008 Olympic trials. Currently, he is a member of the coaching staff at the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center and is earning his master’s degree in teaching from Cardinal Stritch University. Tom Dineen, a Creighton Prep graduate, has been hired as the varsity wrestling coach. Dineen earned a scholarship to wrestle at Marquette University, competing at the NCAA Division I level for five years. He went on to be an assistant coach at Creighton University before becoming the head coach at Thomas More High School. He also coaches at the West Allis Wrestling Club.

The varsity soccer team won the 2012 WIAA Division 1 State Championship for the third year in a row. The team was ranked first in Region IV and sixth in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Alex McBride ’13, Joe Kennedy ’13, and Jacob Grindel ’13 were each named to the 1st Team All-State team, and Derek Brehm ’13 received 2nd Team All-State honors. McBride also received NSCAA All-Midwest honors. McBride and head coach Steve Lawrence ’99 received All-American Game invites, and Lawrence was named the National Federation of State High School Associations State Coach of the Year. Varsity wrestling coach, Tom Dineen (standing), at the MUHS Wrestling invitational match.

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Schmidts bequest $1.7 million gift for scholarships Marquette University High School received a $1.7 million gift from the estate of Harvey and Elaine Schmidt. The gift will be added to the Harvey and Elaine Schmidt Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition aid to students who otherwise might not be able to attend Marquette High. Harvey Schmidt, an alumnus from the class of 1938, went on to study engineering at Marquette University. He worked for Tews Lime and Cement for 30 years, starting as a salesman before becoming plant manager and eventually vice president of the Board. Harvey, a member of the U.S. Merchant Marines and Army, passed away in 2006. His wife, Elaine Schmidt, who passed away in 2012, grew up in Bay View and loved to sing, belonging to many choral groups. She also enjoyed swimming and traveling abroad with Harvey.

Harvey Schmidt ’38

“Receiving this generous gift from the estate of Harvey and Elaine will go a long way toward helping us achieve our strategic goal of doubling the school’s scholarship endowment in order to ensure that capable students from all socioeconomic backgrounds can attend MUHS,” said Rev. Warren Sazama, SJ ’64. Earnings generated from the Harvey and Elaine Schmidt Scholarship Fund will contribute to Marquette High’s annual need-based, financial aid awards, currently $1.6 million, given to approximately one-third of the student body. The Harvey and Elaine Schmidt Scholarship Fund, currently valued at $1.8 million, will provide nine full-tuition scholarships per year in perpetuity.

You can help future generations of young men enjoy the benefits of a Jesuit education

If you would like more information about endowed scholarship funds or planned giving, please contact John Thimmesch ’77, CFRE, vice president of development at 414-933-7220 or 13

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Innovation in Teaching Victoria Temple Bonesho

“You can have all the teaching methods, strategies, innovations, and technologies you want, but they are only as useful and effective as the level of commitment that students and teachers bring to learning.� 15

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Without a doubt, the Internet, social media and the numerous online sources available for student reading and research have had a significant impact on the learning lives of today’s students. In an effort to meet their students’ individual needs, teachers are encouraged to develop innovative strategies to foster student interest in various curricular topics and develop the skills needed to succeed in the twentyfirst century.

Some would argue that innovation has always been a requirement for the educator. However, today’s teacher needs to have an everchanging bag of tricks to meet the learning needs of students whose interests, talents and range of abilities are incredibly individual and unique. What becomes most difficult is the need to balance those “tricks” with the reading, writing and test-taking skills that form the bedrock of real learning regardless of the century. Marquette High prides itself on the development and growth of all of its teachers. Teachers mentor other teachers. Faculty members may receive funding to further their education or to participate in professional development opportunities. More so, MUHS teachers are encouraged and recognized for the innovative strategies they employ in the classroom. During the last several years, all of the academic departments have been actively engaged in evaluating and developing curriculum and investigating new teaching tactics that reflect student interest and the continued pursuit of academic excellence – the hallmark of a Marquette High education. Social studies teacher Chris Lese ’92 brings not only a diverse background to his role as educator but a string of innovative teaching strategies that have provoked student thought and interest in the real role of historians. Lese served as a member of the Alumni Service Corps program and taught United States History during the 1997–98 school year. Later, he went on to develop a successful architectural business, employing both his degree in architecture and his interest in history. However, Lese never lost his interest in teaching. In 2010, he completed his teaching certification and taught at St. Joseph’s in Kenosha until his hire in 2011 to teach at MUHS. Lese brings a wealth of experience to the classroom and uses his interest in architecture, history, historiography and the American Civil War to develop incredibly innovative teaching strategies for his students. Lese is passionate about the Civil War era and is acknowledged as one of the top educators in the area for his role in promoting an

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understanding of the period. In his junior/senior elective class, The History of the Civil War, Lese has employed video conferencing and social medial to interact with other educators and students from Virginia and Georgia to provide his students with another viewpoint from the South. MUHS students engaged with students in similar classes via Skype and prepared for the activity by proposing a series of questions to “converse” with one another. Lese and his Virginia counterpart also set up an interactive online Wikispace so their classes could interact and post first-hand war accounts they found online. Through the Wikispace, the classes debated the Lost Cause theory and the motives of the Confederacy. Lese says that while technology was not an essential component for the exercise, it did enhance the learning opportunity. “Their response and understanding was clearly better than reading an article and having a ‘Yankee’ teach them about the Lost Cause,” Lese says. “They loved to hear a southern accent explain the concept of ‘heritage’ over hate in reference to the memory of the Confederate flag and war. It was so much better than anything I could have done.” This kind of innovation and enthusiasm for student learning was acknowledged last spring when three Marquette High teachers were awarded a summer grant through the Robert A. and Marie Hansen Award for Excellence in Teaching. After completing an application reviewed by Principal Jeff Monday, Joe Cavanaugh ’95 and Ann Downey, both members of the English department, were awarded a grant that helped them continue to work on a series of online videos to assist students with grammar instruction. In some ways, the videos are modeled after presentations made by the Khan Academy, a free online educational resource featuring thousands of videos designed for K-12 students. Cavanaugh explains that a traditional learning experience can create unnecessary “disconnects” for students making it difficult for them to make use of instruction at the time it is most needed. He explains, “In September, a teacher may instruct about the difference between adjectives and adverbs. Months later, a student may get feedback on a paper that he is misusing adverbs in his writing. At this point, the student would want to go back to hear what the teacher had said in September, but in a traditional model, this is not possible. With the grammar videos, the students can access the instruction whenever they need it. Since they are coming to the videos with the realized need, they are more open to learning from the instruction.” The success of this approach centers on the subject of differentiated instruction. Students who have already mastered an understanding need not “waste” time with instruction; students who need additional practice receive it at the optimal moment of learning. As Cavanaugh explains, “It is this customization that makes the tool so effective.”

Math teacher Dan Cleary ’83 was also awarded a grant to develop a strategy that has gained much attention in the past several years, the “Flip Classroom.” Cleary took the lead on an effort to acquire and learn the hardware and software required to teach Algebra 2 via video. A flipped classroom is one in which a student’s homework is to watch a video outside of class to learn new material and concepts. Class time is then spent on reinforcing and practicing the skills and concepts presented in the video. This tactic allows the teacher to be available during class time as a guide, coach and problem solver.

Cleary explains, “The teacher is more of a ‘guide on the side’ as opposed to the ‘sage on the stage.’” Cleary completes the learning process by posting the sessions on YouTube and providing a link for students on his teacher page on the MUHS website. Similar to the strategy employed in the instruction of grammar, Cleary contends that the innovative strategy allows for created individuation of instruction.

feedback and identify and correct bad habits. Now I am significantly more proactive than reactive.” Technology clearly provides additional opportunities to be innovative and creative in line with the experiences of many students in the “media age.” Innovation need not necessarily be a teaching method that is new or particularly unique. Certainly, the strategies employed by the greatest teachers of all time are those that successfully meet students where they are and employ conversations among individuals who are excited by the possibilities of critiquing and discussing ideas as they emerge in that conversation. All tactics do not necessarily work for all teachers; some methods are clearly more adaptive to some curricular areas than to others. As Cleary suggests, “You can have all the teaching methods, strategies, innovations and technologies you want, but they are only as useful and effective as the level of commitment that students and teachers bring to learning.”

previous spread: Chris Lese ’92 teaching world history to freshmen.

He claims, “I am better able to target and approach students during class time, help answer questions as they arise, give immediate

above: Austin Mason ’13, Nick Catalano ’13, Brendan Lawton ’13 and Gabe Langley ’13 perform a physics lab, measuring the force of gravity with a Lab Quest and analyzing the data with an iPad. 17

David D’Amore ’79, Mark Mitchell ’83 and Patrick Sosnay ’92 have pursued professional endeavors beyond U.S. borders. Read their stories to learn about their cultural experiences and how the MUHS mission still permeates their lives. 18 MUHS Magazine

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Señor David D’Amore ’79 El estudiante es ahora el maestro The student becomes the teacher Julie Felser


David D’Amore ’79 can still remember the bonus questions on his freshman Spanish tests: Which two countries in South America are landlocked? Which Spanish dictator died in 1975? And he remembers the answers, too: Paraguay and Bolivia and Francisco Franco.

Back then, D’Amore needed every extra point he could earn because he was close to failing Frank Cox’s Spanish class. A strong middleschool student at Sussex Templeton, D’Amore had a hard time with the transition to Marquette High. “I went into it thinking it wouldn’t be that difficult,” he says “Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong.” While D’Amore struggled with Spanish grammar as a student, he enjoyed learning about the cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries. This interest was piqued on an MUHS service trip to Guatemala when he was a senior. When not digging ditches, D’Amore enjoyed interacting with the people and exploring the small town, San Lucas Toliman. Today, it is his fondest memory of MUHS and the experience played a role in the path he would forge in life. After MUHS, D’Amore went to college for a year but dropped out and went to Spain instead, where he he taught English in private language schools for four years. He returned to Wisconsin and earned his bachelor’s degree from UW–Milwaukee in 1987 before serving for two years in the Peace Corps, just as his former teacher Mr. Cox did. “I was placed at the Ministry of Public Education in San Jose, Costa Rica, responsible for the management and assessment of English teachers in the public high schools in the region,” D’Amore says. He also taught English at Universidad de Costa Rica in San Jose. After fulfilling his two-year commitment in the Peace Corps, D’Amore moved to Los Angeles where his brothers lived at the time, to get a “real job,” he says. But, within three weeks, he was on a plane back to Europe, where he worked and lived for another year.

D’Amore designed the curriculum and hired local teachers and by 1992, Academia de Espanol D’Amore was up and running in Quepos, just outside Miguel Antonio National Park on the west coast of Costa Rica. Twenty years later, the school has offered a total-immersion language experience to students from more than 30 countries, the majority of whom are professionals or high school and college students from the United States, Canada and Switzerland. With the total-immersion methodology, students are surrounded by Spanish 24 hours a day. They study with native teachers for four to six hours a day and live with a local host family. For their assignments, the students must get out into the community, whether it’s ordering food in a restaurant, going grocery shopping or interviewing a Quepos local about the community. And all of it is done in Spanish. “We have some students who show up and don’t know the word ‘hola’,” says D’Amore. But whether students have beginner or advanced Spanish skills, they all leave with a much stronger grasp of the language, regardless of their starting point, he says. Most students enroll in the one-month program, although there are also two- to seven-week programs. D’Amore says that for most students, the highlight of the program is the interaction with the Costa Ricans. “The people here are absolutely amazing,” says D’Amore. “We have worked with the same families now for 20 years. Costa Ricans have their feet on the ground; they are beautiful people and very friendly.”

In 1991, he headed back to California, and landed a full-time position teaching Spanish at Santa Monica High School and another parttime gig teaching English as a Second Language at UCLA. He also decided to go back to school and enrolled at Pepperdine University. While he was writing his master’s thesis on foreign language acquisition, he began toying with the idea of opening up his own language school. “I kind of went overboard with it,” D’Amore says. His professor liked the idea and told D’Amore he might be on to something. “So I started thinking, why not start my own Spanish school?” For the location, he decided on Costa Rica, and more specifically, on the beach. “From when I was there in the Peace Corps, I knew all the language schools were in the capital, San Jose, so I decided to set up my school on the beach. It was a beautiful location.”

Nick Klar ’15 celebrates the completion of his Academia de Espanol D’Amore program with (left to right) teacher Keilyn Bermúdez, maintenance man Mauricio and David D’Amore ’79. 21

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Faculty member Dick Hallberg, who along with Spanish teacher Rev. Terry Brennan, SJ, took 13 MUHS students to Academia de Espanol D’Amore last summer, agrees.

“The most rewarding part of the trip was being able to live with a Costa Rican family and study Spanish in an immersion setting.” Hallberg, who will take another group of students this summer, was also impressed by the quality of the education there. “The native teachers are well prepared and the students enjoyed the classes very much,” he says. “David places a high value on providing a solid language learning environment.” Michael Drakopoulos ’13 was one of the students on that trip. “I felt that my understanding and speaking of Spanish were enhanced by the practice I got outside of school interacting with my host family and other native speakers of the language,” he says. “The people were very nice, the food was great, the weather was great and the wildlife was spectacular,” says Sam Grindel ’13, who was also on the trip. In addition to his students, D’Amore has also seen a positive impact on the community as a result of the total-immersion approach. “We have literally touched every part of the community from small businesses, the hospital, the clinic to transportation and the electric company,” he says. “A typical tourist may come for four days and then is gone. My students are here for a month and are very involved with the community.”

Beyond the economic impact on the community, D’Amore’s school has increased the financial literacy of the Quepos women. He explains, “The money the student pays for the host family goes entirely to the family. Initially, I went around and paid the host families every week, but that was difficult, so I had the señoras set up a bank account for direct deposits. Well, inadvertently, that was an amazing thing because for the first time, the women had accounts and were managing their own money.” D’Amore works with about 40 families and employs about 12 people, six of whom are teachers. “Half the staff is the original staff,” he says. “I am very proud of that.” He says he is equally proud of the impact that his school has had on the local community and for being able to enrich the lives of more than 5,000 students.

“The greatest feeling is when students tell us that they got a better job, a promotion or were able to switch to a new profession because of their experience with us,” D’Amore says. D’Amore admits it is ironic that he has been running a language school for 20 years, given his early struggles with Spanish at Marquette High. But, just as it was true in his case, he has found that his students have a much greater connection to the language when the cultural component is incorporated. “MUHS gave me a strong respect for formal education,” D’Amore says. And Mr. Cox’s extra-point trivia questions didn’t hurt, either. For more information about Academia de Espanol D’Amore, please visit Photos provided by Dick Hallberg. this page: Taking a break from their Spanish studies, the Marquette High guys partake in a zip-line canopy tour and whitewater rafting.

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Col. Mark Mitchell ’83 A hero’s journey in Afghanistan Julie Felser

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New York Times best-selling author Doug Stanton’s curiosity was piqued. It was December 2001, and Stanton had just read Time magazine correspondent Alex Perry’s account of the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi, the deadly Taliban uprising in northern Afghanistan. On November 25, 300 to 500 enemy combatants turned on their captors, a small unit of United States, British and Northern Alliance Forces. By the time the revolt ended seven days later, all but 86 prisoners were dead; just one American had perished, CIA officer Johnny “Mike” Spann, the first American killed in combat during the invasion of Afghanistan. What Stanton was most interested in about the story were the nine U.S. Army Special Forces officers who, along with six British soldiers, had led the crusade against the insurgents. It was a quest that would take several years. Stanton would eventually use the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi as the precipitating event for his book Horse Soldiers, which details the beginning of the Afghanistan war and these harrowing events through the eyes of 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldiers.

Afghanistan following the events of September 11. Outnumbered forty to one, the small band of soldiers rode to war on horses, fighting the Taliban in rough, mountainous terrain and eventually linking up with the Northern Alliance to capture the city of Mazar-e Sharif six months ahead of schedule. The book goes on to describe the Qala-i-Jangi battle, a modern-day Trojan Horse tale of al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters surrendering to the Northern Alliance only to riot against their captors and gain access to a massive weapons cache in the Qala-i-Jangi fortress. Scaling 20-foot walls under the cover of night, Mitchell, the senior officer on the ground, led a small group of U.S. and British Special Forces into the fortress to fight the prisoners. The highly-trained soldiers endured three days of intense urban warfare and, on several occasions, called in air strikes on their own position to eventually retake the fortress.

But when Stanton first reached out to the cadre of elite soldiers, who refer to themselves as the “quiet professionals,” his request was not warmly received.

Getting the story on paper was not an easy task for either author or soldier. Stanton interviewed Mitchell for 10 hours in a small meeting room at the Tampa Bay Public Library. Stanton described the length and intensity of the interview as trying. “It was kind of like two guys running down the road, who’s going to quit first? Neither one of us wanted to,” he says.

Col. Mark Mitchell ’83, then a major and battalion operations officer with the 5th Group during the Qala-i-Jangi revolt, spurned Stanton’s request for two years. “My upbringing and education have emphasized the virtue of humility and I don’t enjoy the spotlight. I prefer to do my work and contribute without drawing undo attention to myself,” explains Mitchell, who earned the Army’s second-highest decoration, the Distinguished Service Cross­—the first awarded since the Vietnam war—for his “extreme gallantry and risk of life” at Qala-i-Jangi. Mitchell later returned to 5th Special

For Mitchell, the meeting brought stressful events of the past to the surface again. He found himself reliving and refighting the battles, asking himself “What could I have done differently?” Experiencing some sleepless nights, Mitchell explains, “There were some difficult times, and for a while some of it was very stressful.” However, he realizes he did the best he could under the perilous circumstances. He also turned to his faith, family and friends as a way to cope with this and other tense situations. “I am very comfortable with where I’m at now,” he says.

Forces Group, serving as the Group Commander from August 2009 to August 2011. Stanton persisted and Mitchell ultimately agreed to help. “I decided that this story, which represented the work of so many people, was important and needed to be told. I thought that the people of the United States, our fellow citizens, should have an opportunity to hear about what we were doing on their behalf,” says Mitchell. In the end, he is glad he relented and that Stanton decided to tell the story. Horse Soldiers recounts the extraordinary journey of a small group of Special Forces soldiers who left Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for

opposite: Mark Mitchell ’83 on the first day of the Qala-i-Jangi battle on an interior wall of the fortress near the main gate during a lull in the action. Mitchell and his fellow soldiers lacked body armor and eye protection, now common with today’s soldiers serving in Afghanistan. The soldiers specifically chose not to wear their helmets because their Afghan counterparts didn’t have helmets. 25

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and address a growing humanitarian crisis. Afghanistan had been at war for years and thousands of Afghans were living in squalid refugee camps around Mazar-e Sharif with the harsh Afghan winter fast approaching. It was a formidable challenge. “There was no asphalt, there was no concrete, there was no rebar, there was no heavy equipment, all the things you would associate with repairing a runway. And, yet we’re being told, ‘You’ve got to get that thing open,’” explains Mitchell. He assembled a construction crew consisting of one engineer, a handful of mechanics and an alliance of hired Afghans. Locals were paid to load smooth river rock from nearby riverbeds onto the back of their Toyota pick-up trucks and then shovel the rock into the craters. With a smile, Mitchell recalls, “You can imagine how many Toyota pick-up trucks it took to fill those craters, but we did it. We filled them all.” Meanwhile, the mechanics worked to repair an abandoned steamroller found at the airfield.

Colonel Mark Mitchell’s ’83 decorated uniform includes the Distinguished Service Cross, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC). Mitchell is also authorized to wear the Combat Infantryman Badge (2nd Award), Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Military Free-Fall Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab and Ranger Tab.

Through his interviews, Stanton was impressed with the soldiers’ sophistication of training. Mitchell, who speaks, reads and writes Arabic, has completed countless hours of physical, tactical, combat and survival training. Stanton was also fascinated by their level of understanding of the Afghanistan people and culture and unconventional warfare. “I tried to express in the book these were people who got a kick out of trying to solve a problem,” says Stanton. “There was very much an intellectual or psychological component to problem solving that interested them.” In that regard, Mitchell believes one of his greatest triumphs in Afghanistan was accomplished in December of 2001 when he led the charge to repair the airfield at Mazar-e Sharif, which had been destroyed earlier by U.S. Air Force bombings. The task at hand was to fill four 40-foot by 25-foot craters and other holes on the runway so the United Nations and other relief agencies could deliver aid

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Next, the group purchased 55-gallon drums of tar that were moved by bootleggers across the Amu Darya river from Uzbekistan on a barge. A fire was built to heat the tar, which was then dumped on top of the river rock and compacted with the refurbished steamroller. The process was repeated, adding more river rock, more tar and another packing with the steamroller. Mitchell’s group eventually repaired the runway, which was used by more than 200 aircraft including huge cargo planes such as US Air Force C-17s and C-130s and Russian Ilushin 76s. “It was something that I took great pride in,” says Mitchell. With the runway back in action, supplies started to pour into the country. He fondly remembers being able to deliver school books to Afghan school kids. “It was like, Where’s Waldo, being mobbed by hundreds of screaming Afghan school kids,” says Mitchell.

“People would ask, ‘What do you want for Christmas?’ I said I don’t want anything; just send me children’s books in English.” These triumphs come at a high price, primarily at the sacrifice of the soldiers and their families. Mitchell has been involved in seven combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, each typically lasting for eight months. And, he has completed dozens of shorter trips to countries in Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and Africa for training and operational support. Mitchell, who, with his wife, Mary Ann, has two teenage daughters, admits this can be challenging at times on family life, particularly after long deployments. The Army refers to it as the challenges of family reintegration. “We’ve gotten much better at it because we’ve done

it so often. We are very cognizant of how we need to take is slowly and not intrude too much on the others’ sphere of responsibility,” Mitchell says. And, it is through these and other life challenges, especially being deployed to combat zones, that he relies on his faith and the memories of Masses he attended, to carry him through. While in Afghanistan, he admits the lack of a Catholic chaplain in his battalion was very difficult. Fortunately, French paratroopers stationed in Mazar-e Sharif had a Catholic chaplain. He and other American soldiers were invited to celebrate midnight Mass with the French contingency. “That was very nice,” he says. “For me, it keeps me grounded. It keeps me focused and gives me the strength to keep going and to set an example for my subordinates.” Mitchell attributes his professional success as a leader to his faith, which has taught him to recognize the fundamental worth in every individual. Mitchell says, “Recognizing that everyone can contribute and also being able to recognize their limitations, has made me successful.” He also believes in treating people with dignity and respect, regardless of their rank. “It’s amazing how much mileage you get out of a leader, or as a leader, when you treat your subordinates or people you work with in that regard.” His high-school classmates, and Sheepshead-playing buddies, reflect on Mitchell’s admirable character and qualities that have contributed to his success. Peter Flanagan ’83, a partner with the law firm Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., says Mitchell embodies the best qualities of leadership. “He inspires loyalty with his generous and open manner, and his unwavering commitment to a goal.”

Dr. Charles Potter ’83, a physician in Milwaukee, explains, “Even in high school, Mark acted with integrity, being true to himself and God, no matter the situation, and was not afraid to do what was right and honest.” Tom O’Brien ’83, senior vice president of Health Care for Acorn Systems in Houston, says Mitchell’s service to his country is best exemplified in his fatherhood and his dedication to his family.

“The reason he is such a great soldier and leader is he knows what he is fighting for—ultimately his family, but also every family in the United States,” says O’Brien. “He epitomizes being a man for others.” It’s this dedication to family that prompted Mitchell’s first Army company commander in the Army to tell him “I think you should start looking for a new career.” Then a lieutenant, Mitchell had planned a Christmas leave months beforehand to be with his family. He had just arrived back to base from a training rotation in California. However the trains carrying the training equipment were delayed and were expected to arrive on December 27. The company commander wanted Mitchell to cancel his trip and stay onsite to ensure sufficient leadership in case the trains arrived early. An argument ensued, Mitchell stood his ground and the commander, who felt Mitchell’s priorities were misplaced, grudgingly signed his leave papers. “There are a lot of people that I have worked with over the years who feel you have to sacrifice everything. I have friends who have missed their children’s weddings and other important life events when they had an option,” explains Mitchell. He has taken a different approach. “I found myself frequently over my career having those discussions with guys about what the real priorities are and trying to look at my mission and my responsibilities to my soldiers holistically,” he says. “I take personal pride in having sent guys home from Iraq for the birth of their children.” Mitchell views the Army as an organization that is designed to function in the face of casualties when people are dying. However, in those situations when nobody is dying, he believes soldiers can take time off. “The Army will and can continue on in your absence, but to your family, nobody else can fill that role for you.”

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Dr. Patrick Sosnay ’92 A medicine man for others in Southeast Asia Julie Felser


Johns Hopkins faculty member, Dr. Patrick Sosnay ’92, is credited with organizing the largest genotype-phenotype database in the world. That’s something to boast about, right?

“There was a lot of formality, pomp and circumstance to our arrival. I was interviewed for TV. It was clearly big news that we were there.” explains Sosnay.

Yet, Sosnay downplays his professional accomplishments and is described by his brother, Chris ’94, as “very humble.” Patrick Sosnay is also known for his self-deprecating humor. He once described himself in a bio as the “big person doc in the lab looking at the cell biology of uncommon CFTR mutations and trying not to break expensive things,” referring to his towering 6-foot, 4-inch stature and downplaying his expertise with genotype-phenotype relationships in lung disease, specifically cystic fibrosis.

The Mynamar people were extremely hospitable and accommodating. The university provided Sosnay and his colleague with 15 assistants to help with setting up AV equipment, moving chairs and whatever else the doctors requested. Then, the assistants stayed for the CPR training and even pitched in when it came time to demonstrate on the mannequins. “Without us asking, the assistants started to circulate the room, instructing the medical school faculty on how hard to push,” says Sosnay. “We joked if a lecturer at Medicine 1 University in Yangon has a heart attack, the AV guys are all over it.”

So, you probably won’t hear Sosnay talking about the two international medical firsts he has been involved with over the past two years. In 2011, Sosnay boarded a plan for Southeast Asia to teach at Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine, the first U.S.-style graduate medical school in Malaysia. Perdana University is a collaborative effort between Johns Hopkins University in the U.S. and a private entity and the government in Malaysia, both of which wanted to raise the quality of health care in Malaysia. All other Malaysian medical schools follow the British model, meaning students enter after high school. Sosnay explains, “Johns Hopkins was the first graduate-entry medical school in the world so we were a good choice to pioneer this in Malaysia.” As the course director of the Genes to Society curriculum at Perdana University, Sosnay teaches medicine organ by organ throughout the first two years of the medical school. “Rather than having separate courses on biochemistry, physiology, pathology and so on, we combine all of these to study an organ system in health and in disease,” he says.

In addition to working in Myanamar, Sosnay was also able to join a medical relief mission to the Philippines after Typhoon Pablo struck the islands last December. He worked in collaboration with the Red Cross and Operation Smile, a U.S.-based NGO that does surgical missions around the world. Sosnay explains, “We worked at a tent hospital in an area in the southern Philippines that had been recently devastated. There was no power, no running water, and many people still without homes. Most of what I did there was primary care, but we also treated people with trauma and severe dehydration.” Sosnay is grateful for the opportunity to work and serve in Southeast Asia. “Moving to Malaysia has allowed me to do a lot more teaching—and to try to be “a man for others” as an educator for the next generation of medical leaders in Southeast Asia,” he says. “I don’t think of this as service as much as an opportunity to do what I love: to teach, to learn and to see the world.”

As part of this teaching assignment, Sosnay has had the opportunity to serve as an ambassador for Johns Hopkins and the U.S. throughout Asia. Consequently, he is one of the first U.S. university faculty members to teach in Myanmar (formerly Burma) in 50 years. Previously a closed country with a military dictatorship and no interaction with the West, Myanmar has recently undergone reforms, most notably influenced by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese opposition leader. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of the U. S. State Department visited Myanmar in November, and, shortly thereafter, Sosnay and another John Hopkins colleague were invited to teach a CPR course at University of Medicine 1 in Yangon for 75 medical school faculty employed throughout the country.

opposite: Dr. Nicole Shilkofki (far left), vice dean of education at Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine and Dr. Patrick Sosnay ’92 pose with their guide, May, and driver in front of University of Medicine 1 in Yangon, the oldest medical school in Myanmar. The fountain in front of the school was turned on to honor and thank the American doctors for their visit. above: Dr. Patrick Sosnay ’92 with two Perdana University medical students outside a Red Cross tent hospital in Baganga, Philippines. 29

Guided by the Spirit Don Doll, SJ ’55 celebrates 50 years of photography Eileen Wirth, Ph.D. Professor and Chair Department of Journalism, Media and Computing at Creighton University

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Fifty years ago, a young scholastic (seminarian) took a walk on the rolling sand hills of South Dakota on the Rosebud Sioux reservation to try to decide what type of Jesuit he should be. Don Doll ’55, who was teaching at the St. Francis Mission, knew he did not want to be a philosophy or theology professor like many of his classmates. He liked riding horses, but there were not many Jesuit cowboys nor was there much future in the society hunting deer and pheasant. His best hope seemed to lie in photography; he had enjoyed his initial venture into the field working on the high school yearbook with his close friend (and future Creighton Jesuit) Dick Hauser ’55, so he thought about that. Then an inner-spirit seemed to prompt him. “Stay with photography,” the voice urged. “It’s the first thing you loved doing. Don’t worry if it takes ten years.” That was the beginning of a 50-year journey in which Doll, professor of photojournalism in the Department of Journalism, Media and Computing and holder of the Heider Endowed Jesuit Faculty Chair at Creighton University, has become one of the most renowned photographers in the Society of Jesus. His new book, A Call to Vision, retraces Doll’s photographicspiritual journey that has taken him to nearly 40 countries to depict Jesuit work around the world and through more personal photographic journeys such as the death of his mother juxtaposed with the birth of a close friend’s child. The book includes 188 photos chosen from the thousands Doll has taken throughout all phases of his career. Some have been frequently published while others will be new to viewers. Doll joined the Jesuits after graduating from Marquette High School in Milwaukee in 1955. “I had planned to study chemical engineering at Notre Dame. I even had my dorm room assignment, but I could not shake the idea of a different future that I hadn’t even mentioned to my parents,” he said. He acted on this call after attending a farewell party for his classmate (and future Jesuit provincial) Ed Mathie ’55, who was leaving to join the Society. That next morning, Doll told his high school counselor of his desire to be a Jesuit. Although not a natural scholar like many of his seminary classmates, Doll persevered through three years of studying philosophy taught in Latin before being assigned to teach at St. Francis Mission. There, he began the relationship with Native Americans that has been central to his career as a photographer.

Eleven-year-old Niall Cawley uses a “rural squirt gun” on his brother David, 9, as his mother, Nora, and brothers Tony, 7, and Stephen, 3, look on. This photo appeared in the A Day in the Life of Ireland book. With 14 children of their own, Nora and her husband, Michael, took in a neighbor’s child after his mother died. “What’s one more when you have 14?” Nora said. 31

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features guided by the spirit

Doll was ordained in 1968 and joined the Creighton faculty in 1969, teaching photography and photojournalism courses in addition to working in campus ministry. During summer, he studied photography at a variety of institutes. He eventually served as chair of the fine arts department for 12 years before transferring to the journalism department. Jolted by the 1973 protests by Native Americans at Wounded Knee, S.D., Doll realized that he had never seen a significant photo collection about Native Americans. He obtained a year’s leave from Creighton to return to the reservation in Rosebud, S.D., to depict the lives of his former students. The result of this project was an exhibit, “Crying for a Vision,” which toured museums throughout the country, became an award-winning book and launched Doll’s career as a nationally significant photographer. From there, Doll photographed the lives of native people in Alaska for National Geographic. He was a contributor to a series of “A Day in the Life of . . .” books, including those covering the U.S., Italy, Ireland, California and Christmas. And, in 1994, he published Vision Quest, which featured portraits of noted members of the Sioux Nation along with interviews in which they expressed their new pride in their heritage. After completing Vision Quest, Doll shifted his photo emphasis to the Society of Jesus. He spent two years traveling worldwide to record the experience of Jesuit life at the millennium on a CD titled “Jesuit Journeys,” one of the stories from which was featured on ABC’s Nightline. He has photographed the past two Jesuit General Conferences in Rome, and his photos of landmine and tsunami victims, as well as child soldiers, highlight the important work of the Jesuit Refugee Service. Doll said he has no intention of retiring. “I hope to be the guy who is still taking pictures and still listening to the promptings of the Spirit well into his 90s.” Reprinted with permission from Creighton University Magazine.

opposite: In Ranong, Thailand, a refugee child leads her class in saying the alphabet at a Jesuit-sponsored school. above: Chosen as one of the 100 top photographers nationwide to work on the 1988 book Christmas in America, Doll had hoped to photograph a Lakota priest saying midnight Mass. Taking a nap to prepare for the late night, he overslept. In the resulting scramble, he photographed a Christmas evening Mass in Soldier Creek, S.D., but still struggled to find that “inspiring” image. “Something said, ‘Why don’t you go outside and look in?” The resulting photo was selected as one of the National Press Photographers’ Pictures of the Year. “It remains one of my favorite photographs.” below right: Fr. Don Doll, SJ ‘ 55

ORDERING a call to vision

To order a copy of A Call To Vision, go to Doll’s website Hard-covered books are $85 and soft-covers are $60. All proceeds to the Vision Quest Endowment Fund that supports Native American scholarships and Jesuit Refugee Service. The book is published by Creighton University Press. Doll and his book were also recently featured in the New York Times’ “Lens Blog.” Read that story at: 33

Class of 1970 raises scholarship dollars at Rocking Sixties

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The Class of 1970 gathered MUHS classmates and friends from all generations to dance the night away on November 24 at the Rocking Sixties bash.

The evening featured groovy decorations, awardwinning Old Fart Ale provided by Greg Schirf ’70 and great music by the JUG Band. Dollars raised from the Rocking Sixties supported the Class of 1970 Scholarship Fund, which provides assistance to students demonstrating financial need and involved in the MUHS music program. Organizers of the event were Pam and Steve Doucette ’70, Dave Brand ’70, Dave McGinn ’70, Mike Staudacher ’70, Terry Gingrass (wife of David ’70), Tommy Peschong ’70 and Greg Schirf ’70. Jug Band, guys with day jobs

left to right: Tom Ticcioni ’70 Owner/Painting Contractor, Fresh Coat, Inc. (Wauwatosa, Wis.) Tom Cramer ’70 Principal Gifts Officer and Planned Giving Coordinator, Loyola Academy (Evanston, Ill.) Bill Becherer ’70 Sales Associate, Jolin’s Marine Center (Park Falls, Wis.) John Caviale ’70 Attorney, John Caviale Law Office (Kenosha, Wis.) Mike Staudacher ’70 Sales Engineer, Leitz Tooling Systems (Sullivan, Wis.) John Shiely ’70 Chairman Emeritus, Briggs and Stratton (Elm Grove, Wis.) John Kornacki ’70 (not pictured) Adjunct Professor of Legislative Affairs, George Washington University (Ashburn, Va.) 35


Class Notes Jacob Heinen ’15

Rev. John Naus, SJ ’42

sional highlights include

Chris Sauer ’82 is the as-

Robert Birdsell ’88 is the

team. He works for Bank

retired from Marquette

arguing before the U.S.

sociate provost of Inter-

CEO at The Alain Locke

of America and he and

University after nearly

Supreme Court on behalf

national Education at the

Initiative and continues

his wife, Kelly, have two

50 years of working at

of Eli Lilly and Company

Massachusetts College

his work in urban educa-

children, daughter, Ashby,

the school. He served as

the leading case directed

of Pharmacy and Health

tion and helping at-risk

and son, Seth.

the director and dean

to the scope of patent

Sciences in Boston. He

youth. He previously

of students of Campus

protection for medical

is also CEO of MCPHS

served as president and

Chan Lee ’91 is owner

Ministry, as well as an

devices. He is a founding

International, a new divi-

CEO of the Cristo Rey

of J.K. Lee Black Belt

ethics professor.

member of McAndrews,

sion of the college.


Academy and was named

Tom O’Brien ’83 is senior

Gregory Mager ’88 was

2013 Forty under 40 list.

Held & Malloy, Ltd. Jim Miller ’48 received

to The Business Journal’s

the 2011 “Legends of

Michael Schmitz ’63 is an

vice president of health

granted fellowship in the

the Industry” award from

attorney and counselor

care at Acorn Systems in

American Academy of

Tim Kresse ’92 is a senior

the Business Solutions

in law and customs and

Houston. He was previ-

Matrimonial Lawyers, a

national advertising ex-

Association. He founded

an international trade

ously a senior consulting

prestigious group of

ecutive for America Public

and worked as CEO of

consultant. He served as

manager of asset man-

lawyers representing in-

Media in Saint Paul,

Miller Business Systems,

director of the World

agement at GE Health-

dividuals in all facets

Minn. He and his wife, Jill,

a worldwide office sup-

Customs Organization,

care in Wauwatosa, Wis.

of family law. He lives in

live in Minneapolis with

ply business.

overseeing law enforce-

He lives in Hartland, Wis.

Fox Point, Wis.

their daughter, Bernadette.

ment and trade compliThomas Altmann ’57 and

ance activities from 2006

Rev. William Prospero,

Jon Langenfeld ’89 is

Jason Truss ’92 is director

his wife are enjoying re-

to 2011 and extensively

SJ ’83 is the assistant

head of global equities

of pricing at Tractor

tirement in Surprise, Ariz.

traveled all six continents.

spiritual director of

at Robert W. Baird & Co.

Supply Company and

He and his wife, Carol,

Mount Mary’s Seminary

Inc. He was also named

lives in Nashville, Tenn.

live in Alexandria, Va.

in Emmitsburg, Md. He

co-head of Baird’s Equity

also teaches classes

Capital Markets business

Diallo Shabazz ’94 was

Brian Hendley ’57 is author of Philosophers as Educators, which

Matthew Stano ’67 is the

on Catholic spirituality

and joined Baird’s exec-

re-elected to a second

was reissued in 2010 by

president of Stano Land-

and discernment.

utive committee.

term as a North Ameri-

Southern Illinois Univer-

scaping. He received a

sity Press. He is a retired

Recognition Award for his

John Storch ’83 is a client

Brian Dwyer ’90 is a senior

sentative for the United

philosophy professor from

commercial landscape

service engineer with GE

QA Analyst for Man-

Nations Environment

the University of Waterloo

work at Monroe Clinic at

Healthcare. He currently

power in Milwaukee. He


in Ontario, Canada.

the 42nd Annual Envi-

lives in West Allis, Wis.

and his wife, Sara, live

can Civil Society Repre-

ronmental Improvement Timothy J. Malloy ’62

Awards Program.

was selected for inclusion

in Brookfield, Wis., with

Luis Campos ’95 is an

Nageswarao Kilaru ’86

their two-year old son,

assistant history professor

is the lead web designer

Joseph, and newborn,

at the University of New


Mexico and senior fel-

in the 2013 issue of The

Hugh Dugan ’77 has

and part owner of Tiren

Best Lawyers in America,

served as a U.S. diplomat

Corp, a website devel-

a prestigious peer-review

at the United Nations

opment business. He

Kevin Larkin ’90 was

Johnson Foundation for

survey in which lawyers

headquarters in New York

retired from active duty

inducted into the Old Do-

Health Policy. He earned

vote for other lawyers in

City for 23 years. He lives

from the United States

minion University Sports

his doctoral degree in

their practice areas. An

in New Haven, Conn.,

Air Force at the grade

Hall of Fame in Norfolk,

the History of Science

intellectual property

and is also a Bermuda

of master sergeant and

Va., for his contributions

from Harvard University

litigator, Malloy’s profes-


lives in Pewaukee, Wis.

to the ODU basketball

in 2006.

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low of the Robert Wood

Kristopher Kahle ’95 is a

Robert Kraft ’96 is presi-

UW–Madison and his

GE Healthcare and the

the University of Colorado

current resident in neuro-

dent and CEO of First

law degree from George

Orthopedic Hospital. He,

in Denver.

surgery at Massachusetts

Edge Solutions. He ap-

Mason University School

his wife, Jeanie, and

General Hospital and

peared on the Fox Busi-

of Law. He graduated

their children, Colton (2)

Nate Miller ’02 is an

Harvard Medical School

ness Channel program,

from the Naval Justice

and William (1), live in

actor who just finished

and was honored as

After the Bell, to speak

School in April 2010 and

Cedarburg, Wis.

playing Mercutio in a

Resident of the Year at

about the fiscal cliff

married Kelly Creazzo

the 2012 Congress of

from the perspective of

in February 2012.

Neurological Surgeons

a small-business owner

conference in Chicago.

and entrepreneur.

He and his wife, Oyere

production of Romeo and Rick Stemm ’99 is a

Juliet and is now playing

playwright and has had

Austin in Sam Shepard’s

Patrick Murray ’98

multiple short plays

True West at Actors

is completing a one-year

produced. He wrote an

Theatre of Louisville, KY.

Onuma, have a two-year

Joe Wantoch ’96 earned

fellowship in joint replace-

award-winning show

Nate was also in an

old daughter, Amarrannah

master’s degrees in urban

ment surgery at Stanford

produced in Madison,

episode of the CBS drama

Anka Kahle.

planning and public

University. He graduated

Wis., and New York. He

The Good Wife. He lives

administration from UW–

from Georgetown School

lives in San Antonio,

in Brooklyn, New York.

Mike Stauder ’95 finished

Milwaukee. He is the

of Medicine in 2007 and


his residency in radiation

father of four-year old

completed a residency in

oncology at the Mayo

Anna Wantoch and

orthopedic surgery at

BJ Lanser ’00 is serving

doctoral candidate in so-

Clinic in June and is now

lives in Glendale, Wis.

Georgetown Hospital in

as pediatric chief resi-

ciology at the University

an assistant professor

Marek Posard ’02 is a

2012. He and his wife,

dent after completing a

of Maryland. He received

at the University of Texas

Charles Roman ’97 serves

Whitney, welcomed their

pediatrics residency at

a grant from the National

MD Anderson Cancer

as defense counsel at the

daughter, Millie Austin,

UT Southwestern/Chil-

Science Foundation for

Center. He, his wife,

Naval Legal Service Office

in June and live in San

dren’s Medical Center in

his dissertation research

Sarah, and their children,

Southeast Naval Air

Mateo, Calif.

Dallas. In July, he will

on the promotion of trust,

Sarah and Howie, live

Station in Jacksonville,

pursue fellowship training

commitment and co-

in Houston.

Fla. He earned his

Danny Crawford ’99 is

in allergy and immunology

hesion within different

bachelor’s degree from

a contract employee for

at National Jewish and

network structures.

MUHS Golf Invitational

Come and join fellow MUHS alumni, parents and friends at the home golf course of the Hilltoppers varsity golf team for 18 holes of golf on Monday June 24, 2013 at Tripoli Country Club. Cost is $175 per player or $700 per foursome. Can’t get away for a day of golf? Join us in the evening for cocktails and dinner ($50 per person). 10 a.m. Registration Noon

Shotgun Start

5 p.m.


6 p.m.

Dinner and Program

To register, please visit 37


Morrad Fadel ’03 is a food

Japan. In June, he and

Michigan’s Department

Teng Yang ’07 is a college

through the Alumni

scientist with Pinnacle

his wife, Stephanie, wel-

of Aeronautical Engin-

advisor at E-Cubed Acad-

Service Corps program.

Foods. He and his wife,

comed their son, Finn,

eering. He earned his

emy, a public school in

He earned a bachelor’s

Carmen, live in Mont-

who was born at the

doctoral degree in nuclear

Providence, R.I., through

degree in intensive writing/

clair, N.J., with their

U.S. Naval Hospital in

engineering and engi-

the National College Ad-

English composition from

newborn baby, Faisal.

Yokosuka, Japan.

neering physics from

vising Corps. He earned

Marquette University.

UW–Madison in November.

his bachelor’s degree from Brown University

Jason Kons ’08 played

in 2011.

for the Air Force Academy

Blake Hallada ’03 is an

Paul Vogel ’03 teaches

executive recruiter

writing at Waukesha

Michael Rice ’06 works in

with Parker & Lynch in

County Technical College

investor relations at RCP

Austin, Texas.

and lives in Wauwatosa,

Advisors in Chicago. He

Luis Arias ’08 won his

game. He served as captain


married Katharine Moss

professional boxing debut

of the football team for the

in July.

at the Staples Center in

past two years.

James Packee ’03 is vice president at Robert W.

Michael Murray ’04

Baird & Co. Inc. Fixed

is a financial analyst for

James Tynion IV ’06 is

Income Capital Markets.

Goldman Sachs in

co-author of the new DC

He married Ashley

New York and previously

comic book Talon.

Foy in June and they live

worked for Goldman

in Milwaukee.

Sachs in Japan. He

Christopher Colla ’07

earned his bachelor’s de-

works for Ernst & Young

gree from Yale University.

LLP in Milwaukee. He

Brian Perszyk ’03 is an accounting manager at

in the Armed Forces Bowl

Los Angeles in November. He lives in Las Vegas.

Joseph Poirier ’08 is teaching expository

Paul Celentani ’08 is

and creative writing at

teaching expository and

MUHS through the ASC

creative writing at MUHS

program. He earned

earned his master’s de-

Robert W. Baird & Co.

Michael Jurken ’05 is the

gree in accounting from

Inc. He married Molly

president of the enter-

Marquette University

O’Brien in September

tainment company Majic

and passed his Uniform

and they live in White-

Enterprises, Inc. He and

Certified Public Accountant

fish Bay, Wis.

his wife, Monica, live in


Brookfield, Wis. Patrick Sullivan ’03

Andrew Mountin ’07

serves as a U.S. Naval

J. P. Sheehan ’05 is a

is teaching theology at

aviator based out of

postdoctoral researcher

MUHS through the ASC

Naval Air Facility Atsugi

at the University of

program. He earned bachelor’s degree in history from Marquette

We want to hear from you

University. Zachary Sobczak ’07

Please email your news and photos to We’ll publish the information we receive in the next edition of this publication.

earned his master’s degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University. He married Amanda Joy Paretti in June and they live Omaha, Neb.

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(top) left to right: Wyatt Veseth ’12, Logan Gott ’12 and Gregg Neuberg ’12 play football at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis.; (bottom left) Charlie Firer ’12 climbing at Devil’s Lake; (bottom right) Michael Trotter ’10

Pen Spinning Ark-3 Homeroom

bachelor’s degrees in

MUHS Alumni in NCAA

Many of you have heard a version of this story in one form or

journalism and English

2012–13 Bowl Games

another. A Marquette High grad is sitting in a college lecture hall

Cameron Botticelli ’10*

when someone who he has never even seen before comes up to

from UW–Madison. Christopher Schuele ’08 is teaching world history at MUHS through the ASC program. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Boston College.

University of Minnesota, Meineke Car Care Bowl

him and asks him if he graduated from MUHS. The bewildered

of Texas

grad replies, “Yes. How did you know?” The other guy points at

Joe Cannon ’10*

his pen and says, “Only Marquette High grads spin.”

Northwestern University, Gator Bowl Jason Kons ’08** Air Force Academy,

Logan Andryk ’12 is a mid-

Armed Forces Bowl

fielder on the Milwaukee

Mark Scarpinato ’11

School of Engineering’s

Michigan State, Buffalo

soccer team. He was

Wild Wings Bowl

named to the men’s third

Marcus Trotter ’10*

team of the NCAA Division


III All-American team.

Rose Bowl

Charlie Firer ’12 works at the Environmental Adventure Center at UW–Eau Claire and takes groups on climbing trips at Devil’s Lake State Park. Patrick Hodan ’12 was named the Big East Conference rookie of the week for his contributions to Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish soccer team. He was also named to the AllBig East Rookie Team.

Michael Trotter ’10* UW–Madison, Rose Bowl Dare Ogunbowale ’12 UW–Madison, Rose Bowl * Named to the academic All-Big Ten team ** Two-year captain

This tendency to spin our pens is a unique part of Marquette High culture. The Ark-3 homeroom decided to try and pinpoint exactly when this tradition first began. After talking to many members of the MUHS staff, we were able to develop a general timeline for pen spinning. The first few teachers we talked to included Jim Kearney, Doug Harder and Terry Kelly. From what they remember, we learned that pen spinning dated back to at least the mid 80s. Having established that, we decided to talk to Rick Bridich ’69. Spinning seems to have started somewhere between 1969 and 1973, as Bridich says that when he graduated it wasn’t around; however, when he came back four years later it was very common. After Bridich, we talked to Rev. Warren Sazama, SJ ’64. Father Sazama told us that he first remembered spinning in the early 1970s. Putting what he said together with what Bridich had told us, we believe that spinning started somewhere between 1969 and 1971. Ark-3 also obtained some interesting information from Dan Cleary ’83 and Luke Meuler ’97. When they were students here spinning wasn’t that common. From this, we concluded that there are certain dead zones, when spinning lost popularity. Finally, we asked Al Taylor and Ann Downey about pen spinning. Downey, who has an aversion to pen spinning, told us that she first remembers spinning in 2000, and Taylor told us that a huge popularity spike seemed to occur around that same time. Since then, it just hasn’t gone away. Downey has been slinging pens out of her window for nearly 12 years, and she never remembers a dry spell. Recently, Ark-3 broadened its research and learned that pen spinning is not just restricted to MUHS. Ark-3 believes that pen spinning actually came to MUHS from the national debate circuit. Apparently, spinning has always been popular in the debate community. Therefore, it is very possible that the pen twirl came to MUHS during the string of years when the debate team won national championships in the 1970s. The MUHS Ark–3 homeroom specializes in “doing” or engaging history in public history-related fields such as archaeology, architecture and archives. 39


Weddings Thomas Fessler ’76 and Anna Pellegrino November 18, 2012 Phil Stollenwerk ’92 and Andrea Warner August 4, 2012 Charles Roman ’97 and Kelly Anne Creazzo


February 4, 2012





Nathan Grede ’00 and Nicole Knothe September 20, 2013 James Packee ’03 and Ashley Foy June 9, 2012 2

Brian Perszyk ’03 and Molly O’Brien September 8, 2012 Kyle Konieczka ’04 and Lindsey Gumieny October 4, 2012


David Mark ’04 and Sarah Beckman August 25, 2012 Michael Jurken ’05 and Monica Kaczynski August 25, 2012 4



Michael Rice ’06 and Katharine Moss July 7, 2012 Zachary Sobczak ’07 and Amanda Joy Paretti June 9, 2012

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1. Newlyweds Michael Jurken ’05 and Monica Kaczynski with groomsmen (left to right): Ed Jurken ‘96, Stephen Jurken ‘00, Chris Sover ‘05, Paul Syvock ‘05, Matt Mathias ‘05, JJ Foley ‘05 and Corey Lee ‘05 2. Rev. Thomas Manahan, SJ (left) presides over the wedding of Kyle Konieczka ’04 and Lindsey Gumieny with best man Casey Mulligan ’04. 3. (left to right) John Stollenwerk ’58, Andrea Warner, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Phil Stollenwerk ’92 and JoEllen Stollenwerk. 4. Anna Pellegrino and Thomas Fessler ’76 5. Amanda Joy Paretti and Zachary Sobczak ‘07

6. Sarah Beckman and David Mark ’04 7. James Packee ’03 and Ashley Foy 8. Brian Perszyk ’03 and Molly O’Brien 9. Charles Roman ’97 and Kelly Anne Creazzo 10. MUHS alums at the wedding of Michael Rice ’06 and Katharine Moss (left to right) John Rice ’71, Michael Matthews ’90, Andy Rice ’05, Joe McDermott ’06, Richard (Mick) Rice ’59, Thomas Murphy ’06, Jack Mehan ’06, Tom Kelly ’06, Joe Popalisky ’06, Kevin Rice ’00, Katharine Moss, Bobby Rice ’14, Mike Rice ’06, AJ Brahm ’06, Tim Lewis ’09, Bob Lewis ’72, Bryce Lein ’13, David Lewis ’79, Jake Lein ’15 and Kenny Maurer ’06.

Births Ann and Michael

Whitney and Patrick

Archibald ’87

Murray ’98

Daniel Patrick Anthony

Millie Austin Murray


June 19, 2012

August 30, 2012 Amy and Sean O’Brien ‘98 Michelle and John

Madison Ann O’Brien

Howard ’88

January 22, 2013

Sterling Alexander Howard

Alia and Dave Vasquez ‘98

January 29, 2012

Katherine Mary Vasquez



January 4, 2013


Sara and Brian Dwyer ’90 Alexander Michael Dwyer

Christina and Patrick

May 20, 2012

Duffy ’00 Charlotte Lucille Duffy

Jill and Timothy Kress ’92

August 25, 2012


Bernadette Louise Kress April 3, 2012

Maggie and Charlie


Weber ’02 Erin and Dan Cary ’93

Eve Lucille Weber

Sally Elizabeth Cary

August 2, 2012


December 27, 2012 Carmen and Morrad Heather and Chris

Fadel ’03

Teske ’93

Faisal Kenneth Fadel

Hailey Christine Teske

August 13, 2012

September 26, 2012 Stephanie and Patrick Jennie and Joe

Sullivan ’03

Minessale ’96

Finn Michael Sullivan

Michael William Minessale

June 13, 2012






August 29, 2012 Amy and Bradford Fryjoff ’98


Leo Bradford Fryjoff August 29, 2012 Margaret Varebrook and Joe Loduha ’98 James Deaglan Loduha October 7, 2011

1. Millie Murray 2. Madison O’Brien 3. Maggie and Charlie Weber ’02 with daughter Eve Lucille 4. James Loduha 5. Bernadette Kress 6. Leo Fryjoff 7. Alex Dwyer 8. The Minessale family: Joe ’96, wife Jennie, daughter Mia, son Will, and newborn Michael 9. Alia Vasquez, wife of Dave Vasquez ’98, holding daughter Katherine 10. Stirling Howard 11. Stephanie and Patrick Sullivan ’03 holding their son Finn 12. Faisal Fadel 41


May They Rest In Peace

We extend our sincerest sympathy to the families of the alumni listed here and to any alumni who have lost a loved one.

Francis P. Schlieve ’38 December 31, 2012

Ralph G. Starszak ’44 August 15, 2012

Robert A. Stiglitz ’50 August 17, 2012

John L. Coffey ’39 November 10, 2012

Martin A. Jocz ’45 November 30, 2012

Peter A. Behan ’51 January 10, 2012

Robert R. Scheid ’39 August 23, 2012

Ervin M. Machos ’45 December 6, 2012

David A. Doyle ’52 September 22, 2008

Leslie J. Woehlke ’39 February 5, 2013

George A. Morrison ’45 September 3, 2012

William M. Klemmer ’52 July 13, 2012

Edmund M. Gill ’41 October 24, 2012

Lawrence J. Otto ’45 July 15, 2012

John E. Murphy ’52 September 7, 2007

Edward F. Justen ’41 June 28, 2012

John P. Brannan ’46 January 20, 2013

M. Martin Kustra ’53 unknown

Paul F. Strong ’41 July 20, 2012

Daniel Hayes ’46 September 22, 2012

James B. Tehan ’53 January 14, 2013

James F. Sullivan ’42 December 18, 2012

Thomas A. Kuehn ’46 November 22, 2012

John J. Grimmer ’54 July 31, 2012

Robert J. Lauer ’43 September 9, 2012

Vincent C. Luebke ’47 September 10, 2012

Grant N. Rowold ’54 August 21, 2012

Frank W. McMullen ’43 December 13, 2012

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Robert F. Brust ’48 July 20, 2012

Michael C. Lukes ’57 August 11, 2006

William H. Cleary ’44 May 3, 2012

John R. Celoni ’49 December 12, 2011

Thomas F. Mich ’57 October 24, 2012

John E. Dooley ’44 October 21, 2012

Donald J. Baumgart ’50 November 13, 2012

Gilbert J. Paprocki ’57 August 8, 2012

George A. Koch ’44 September 16, 2012

Thomas H. Brill ’50 November 1, 2012

Kenneth J. Winghart ’57 July 14, 2012

Herbert J. Ottman ’44 July 2, 2012

Walter O. Schneider ’50 September 23, 2012

Gregory A. Peters ’58 July 20, 2012

Rev. Richard W. Dunphy, SJ ’59 December 12, 2012 Philip J. Fina ’59 October 10, 2012 Joseph G. Carpenter ’62 June 26, 2012 Richard J. Dietz ’62 August 14, 2012 Kim A. Klinkowitz ’65 September 6, 2012 Rick R. Majerus ’66 December 1, 2012 Joseph Masters ’66 February 16, 2013 Joseph R. Czerwinski ’68 April 1, 2007 Gene E. Nuetzel ’68 February 16, 2011 John C. Mueller ’74 October 30, 2012 Scott C. Steele ’76 October 19, 2012 William R. Goldammer ’82 February 10, 2013

Remembering Adrienne Polacci

Beloved art teacher Adrienne Polacci passed away on January 10 surrounded by her family. Polacci joined the MUHS community in 1986 as a part-time art teacher and, three years later, was teaching ceramics, painting and drawing on a full-time basis. She is credited for starting the Advanced Placement Art Studio program, giving countless young men the opportunity to create a body of work to be reviewed by the college board and higher education institutions. Serving MUHS for more than 20 years, Polacci will be remembered for her kind and generous spirit.

“What struck me most about Adrienne was her ability to connect with the most alienated and difficult students. She had a knack of meeting students where they were. In many ways, I think she was one of the best counselors because she counseled without the students even realizing it. She was always kind, considerate and loving. She was a great lady!” Rev. Tom Doyle, SJ

“She was a kind and gentle soul that brightened up that basement classroom.” Casey Kowalewski ’98 “Ms. P welcomed me as a student and always made me feel special and unique. I will always remember when I was a freshman and she told me I was a more interesting person than my brothers. This pretty much solidified her as one of my favorite people ever. When I came to teach at MUHS, Adrienne was the first person to welcome me with a smile and a hug. It is a remarkable legacy to consider that Ms. P was able to make all of her students feel this same way.” Luke Meuler ’97

“She was the very definition of love in action. She genuinely cared deeply for the boys and made them all feel like they had a home with her in the art department, regardless of their circumstances and skill level. She had the gift of bringing forth the value of each individual. In her presence, you knew you were loved unconditionally.” Jane Powers “I have warm memories of Adrienne and of her deep devotion to her Catholic faith and the fullness of its tradition. I also have special memories of her contribution to the Faculty and Staff Retreats. Each year she created a wonderful retreat design based on the selected theme, which she then turned into laminated bookmarks. I still have some.” Rev. Rob Kroll, SJ ’83

From the 1992 Flambeau, Pat Dundon ’93 reveals his artistic talents Adrienne Polacci during drawing class. 43


The Gym at Marquette High Mike Feely ’89

The gymnasium at MUHS has always been and continues to be a space where the MUHS community gathers for important events. When Marquette High opened its doors at its current location in 1925, the third-floor gym was a jewel in its time. The space accommodated all of Marquette High’s indoor athletic needs ranging from physical education classes to father/son boxing exhibitions. The third-floor gym had balcony seating for approximately 500 and on cold February nights, hosted some legendary basketball teams playing against great conference rivals. After the new gym, Humphrey Gymnasium, opened in 1962, the third-floor gym served as a wrestling room and just about every athletic team used it as a practice space during inclement weather. Eventually, the balcony was converted into fourth-floor classrooms. In its final years, the space was used for storage before it was converted into state-of-the-art science classrooms in 2007. To remember and preserve the historic importance of the thirdfloor gym, the original brown brick walls with inlaid sports tiles were preserved in these classrooms. Humphrey Gymnasium was built on the old practice field known as the “Rock Pile.” The new gym featured three full basketball courts and seating for approximately 3,000. In addition to hosting athletic teams and intramural sports, Humphrey Gymnasium became the epicenter for MUHS traditional events such as Hollyfest, the Topper Auction, student registration, pep assemblies, and of course, graduation. In January, Humphrey Gymnasium hosted the 2013 Multicultural Food Fair, which featured a variety of cuisine from around the world, including Korea, Middle East, China, Ireland, Germany and Jamaica.

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top: MUHS students attend the 2013 Multicultural Food Fair in Humphrey Gymnasium. middle: Boxing was a popular sport at MUHS in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s and matches were frequently held on Saturday nights in the third-floor gym. Photo from the late 1930s. bottom: The 1961–62 basketball team beat conference rival Don Bosco 52–47 in the first basketball game played in the new gym on Friday, November 17, 1962. Back row (left to right): Wayne Wattenbach ’62, Daniel O’Neil ’63, Jeffery Klopatek ’63, Robert Mokros ’62, Coach John Glaser, Michael Murphy ’62, Peter Brewer ’63, John Keane ’64, Dennis Cook ’63. Front row: James Cavallo ’63, George Siewert ’62, Garrett Foy ’62, Timothy Larkin ’63, James Blask ’62 and Timothy Szymanski ’63. opposite: The original sports tiles in the third-floor gym are visible in the science classrooms that now occupy that space. 39 45

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All Alumni Reception & Awards

July 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Marquette University High School Calling all MUHS alumni! Come join fellow classmates and friends as we honor this year’s alumni award winners. Alumnus of the Year: Glynn Rossa ’55 Alumni Merit Winners: David G. Hatch ’68 Mark E. Mitchell ’83 Alumni Service Winners: Robert M. Leonhardt ’58 David J. Sinense, Sr. ’86 Saturday, July 20 Class Reunions for ’63, ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, and ’03. For more information, please visit

MUHS Magazine Winter/Spring 2013  

MUHS Magazine is published twice a year for and about the Marquette University High School community

MUHS Magazine Winter/Spring 2013  

MUHS Magazine is published twice a year for and about the Marquette University High School community