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The Women of Saint Peter’s Prep

On the cover: Forty years after the first women appeared as full-time teachers in Prep classrooms, Prep remains a school for young men, but one that simply could not function without the talents and efforts of a dedicated (and growing) corps of female faculty and staff members. Many of the women who contribute to the life of Saint Peter’s Prep each day gathered for a group portrait this winter. Here is a guide to identifying the faces:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24.

Carmela Castellano, Science Teacher Catherine Eppler, Science Teacher Grace Gualario, Assistant to the Principal Gina Ruggiero, Science Teacher Grace Morris, Guidance Counselor Mary Durante, Vice Principal for Academics Maureen Sheppard, Nurse Theresa La Bruno, Math Teacher Erin Stark, Math Teacher Ana Garcia, Modern Languages Teacher Elizabeth Walsh, Advancement Assistant Diane Casazza, P’95,’97, Admissions Assistant Janice Martineau, Guidance and College Counseling Assistant Jacqueline Supple, P’96,’01,’06, Registrar Cecelia Collins, Assistant to the Dean of Students Diane McCabe, Accounts Receivable Elizabeth D’Emic, Classics Teacher Melinda Flores, Science Teacher Brooke Simonson, English Teacher Alison Carlson, Modern Languages Teacher Jane Bleasdale, Director of Faculty Formation Mimi Bryck, Classics Teacher Janet Angermeyer, English Teacher Sr. Margaret McCann, S.C., Ph.D., English Teacher

25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47.

Elizabeth Benedict, Learning Specialist Mary Finn, P’93,’99, Campus Ministry Assistant Ella Glazer, Computer Science Teacher Erica Rivera, Athletics Assistant Jessica Norton, Accounts Payable Maura Toomb, Director of Campus Ministry Megan Klim, P’16, Fine Arts Department Chair Rosemary Annetta, P’11, Science Department Chair Peggy Popp-Murphy, P’08, Assistant to the Director of Financial Aid and Operations Nancy Cunningham, P’99,’01, Director of Annual Giving Barkha Cardoz, P’11,’15, Assistant Database Manager Catherine Daly, P’02,’04, Campus Shop Manager Sr. Frances Marie Duncan, O.S.F., Science Teacher Aymee Torres, Modern Language Teacher Catherine Ford, Assistant Vice President for Finance Alice McNally, English Teacher Boreta Singleton, Religion Department Chair Patricia Fitzpatrick, P’07,’16, Director of Strategic Relationships Erin Kinttel, College Placement Counselor Mary Anne McElroy, History Department Chair Kathleen Rowan, Guidance Counselor Deborah Peko-Lillis, P’09, Database Manager Kyrsten Hayworth, Athletic Trainer

Many Experiences, One Goal On my first full day at Prep, I introduced myself to a group of juniors in their Christian Service class. I explained that I was coming to Prep from a year spent serving as a Jesuit Volunteer, and I detailed their Christian Service requirement for the year ahead. As I was doing so, one of the young men before me raised his hand and stopped me with the question, “So, wait. You’re like, a woman for others?” I laughed to myself and simply answered, “I try to be.” It had never occurred to me that this could be a new concept! I discovered in those first days that it may come as a surprise to some that I am a campus minister at an all-boys school. Yet, in my everyday work here at Prep, that never occurs to me. The Ignatian commitment to serving the world around us knows no gender – just as it knows no age, no level of ability, and no bounds. While I have not shared the experience of Prep that my students and many of my male colleagues have, I know that our goal is the same. It is my passion for Ignatian spirituality and my call to service that motivates me in my work each day. I believe that it was this same passion and call that motivated the many Jesuits who came before me. And I know that we have shared many of the same experiences. I am humbled when students share about their experiences of Christ on retreats like Emmaus and Kairos. I am challenged to see poverty and marginalization through fresh eyes when I accompany students to places like Appalachia and Ecuador each summer. And I love the opportunity to share laughs and casual conversation with students in my office each day. I feel privileged to share in these moments as a woman and a layperson - moments that were once reserved for ordained ministers. Just as many of the Jesuits who preceded me were still in formation, I feel that I am as well. Besides taking graduate classes in religion and ministry at Fordham University, I am formed each day by the young men of Prep. Their unceasing energy keeps me focused and their inquiries about their world challenge me. Their desire to serve the world inspires me to put others before myself. Their desire to know themselves and to know Christ pushes me to reflect on my own actions, and to act as a living example of my faith. I feel challenged by my students, and I pray that they feel challenged by me and by the spirit of Saint Ignatius and his companions. As I told that young man three years ago, I strive to live as a woman for others. And as such, it is my privilege to take even a small part in forming young men of competence, conscience, and compassion here at Grand & Warren each day.

Maura Toomb Director of Campus Ministry


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Prep’s Women for Others Forty years after the first female teachers stepped to the front of a Prep classroom, women are playing a larger role than ever in the life of “all-male” Saint Peter’s Prep.


Volume 21 - Number 4 SPRING 2012 Christopher Casazza, ’97 Editor

Robert Reiser, S.J. President

Michael Jiran, ‘03 Managing Editor

James DeAngelo, ’85 Principal

John Irvine, ’83, P’11 Sports Editor

John Caulfield, ‘71, P’00,’03 Vice President for Finance

Jane Bleasdale Gary Bogdanski, ‘02 Mary Durante Mary Freeman, P’12 Kyrsten Hayworth Jack Savage, ‘57 Boreta Singleton Maura Toomb Contributors Mace Duncan Ohleyer Hotplate Design

James Horan, ’70 Vice President for Planning & Principal Giving Christopher Casazza, ’97 Chief Advancement Officer John Irvine, ’83, P’11 Director of Admissions Gary Bogdanski, ’02 Director of Alumni Relations Nancy Cunningham, P’99,’01 Director of Annual Giving

Mark Wyville, ’76, P’11 Select Photography

Michael Jiran, ‘03 Director of Communications

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Always More to be Done In her 40th year at Prep, Ana Garcia remains as committed as ever to the work of Jesuit education.





144 Grand A humble servant engenders a new era; “Hats Off” to a great PPA Fashion Show; Vox goes for a spin.


To Whom Much is Given: Jack Savage, ‘57 A soon-to-be Prep Legend’s reason for supporting the Annual Fund is simple: “We did what we could do, and asked do what they could do.”


14 5 Questions Mary Freeman, P’08,’12 on the PPA’s role in Prep life, and the transition from Prep parent to past parent.


19 Sports A bright future for Cross Country; Soccer returns to county playoff glory; Football tops in Hudson (again!)


Photo File A Window to the Past.


22 Alumni Remembering Marcel Wagner, ‘56; A Familiar Face in Finance; Honoring Legends and Hall of Famers.

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Celebrating a Humble Servant, Welcoming a New Era Following months of intensive construction work on campus,

the Donald P. Moriarty, ‘48 Science Center was formally dedicated during the 2011 President’s Reception on September 29. Distinguished guests, including the family of the late Donald Moriarty, were on hand to celebrate the many acts of generosity that make Jesuit education possible at Grand & Warren. In a special way, the evening was a celebration of a lifetime of quiet service to Saint Peter’s Prep by the science center’s namesake – a proud alumnus, a dedicated trustee and adviser, a generous financial supporter – and the legacy he has left for future generations of Prep men.

Originally planned as an outdoor event, the dedication was forced into O’Keefe Commons by threatening weather. Despite the change of venue, however, the program proceeded as planned. Highlights included a tribute to Donald P. Moriarty by his son, Robert F. Moriarty, a member of Prep’s board of trustees; and the blessing of the building by Bishop Thomas Donato, D.D., Guests filled O’Keefe Commons for the dedication ceremony, as the weather forced the festivities indoors. auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark and vicar of Hudson County. A symbolic ribbon-cutting took place inside the Commons, with Bob Moriarty joining his mother, Eileen Moriarty, and Prep’s president, Bob Reiser, S.J. in declaring the building open. A more traditional ribbon-cutting took place outdoors while allowing the guests to stay out of the rain. Joining Prep President Bob Reiser, S.J. to cut the ribbon and dedicate the building in honor of the late Don Moriarty, ‘48, were his widow, Eileen, and son, Bob.


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Prep’s seal proudly greets visitors to the Moriarty Science Center lobby – beginning with President’s Reception attendees during the building’s dedication.

In delivering his tribute, Bob Moriarty noted his father’s humility. He speculated that while the elder Mr. Moriarty would be proud of Prep’s new, transformative facility and its potential to enhance the lives of future generations of Prep men, he himself would never have sought the honor of attaching his own name to that of the building. “While we all miss him terribly, it’s really a good thing that my father is not here tonight,“ he said. “Don’t get me wrong: he would have loved the building, and would brim with pride for what it means to Prep and its students. But, honestly, he would not have understood, he would not have tolerated all the attention and all the fuss.” He added, “Ever the humble servant, he would have none of it.” Created through the complete, topto-bottom renovation of Burke Hall, the Moriarty Science Center heralds a new era for scientific education at Prep, and marks the completion of

Phase One of the Campus Master Plan. Earlier Phase One projects have included the creation last summer of O’Keefe Commons, new music facilities and three classrooms in the former locker room space of Hogan Hall; as well as the growth of Prep’s scholarship endowment. In the intervening months, the new facilities have become integral to daily life at Prep, with the Chapel of Saint Issac Jogues hosting daily Mass, the labs providing science classes with the tools to explore the natural world in greater depth than ever, and the B.J. Giannone, ’11 Media Center (see page 4) abuzz each afternoon with the creativity of student filmmakers and journalists.

Guests at the President’s Reception were invited to explore the new Moriarty Science Center’s labs and other facilities before they opened for daily use.

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B.J. Giannone, ’11 Media Center Open for Business During his time at Grand & Warren, B.J. Giannone, ’11 explored several new pursuits as he

opening over the winter, the basement of the Moriarty Science Center has been abuzz each day with the voices and keystrokes of Prep’s aspiring journalists – a fitting tribute to their fallen brother.

sought to take advantage of all Prep had to offer. Among the ambitions he developed during his Prep years was the dream of following in the footsteps of his uncle, MSG Network reporter John Giannone, and pursue a career in broadcasting. In tribute to B.J.’s career goal, the Giannone Family, MSG Network and other friends and classmates came together to help Prep create the B.J. Giannone Media Center, providing expanded and upgraded facilities for Petrovision (the Prep TV Studio’s latest name) as well as student print publications including the Petroc, Petrean and Literama. The center features professional-grade video equipment, including cameras and desktop editing suites, donated by MSG Network as they upgraded their own facilities this past summer. A complement of Mac desktops running Final Cut Pro rounds out the video side, while the print side is furnished with a set of brand new PCs with the full Adobe Creative Suite. Since its dedication at JUG Night last fall and its official

Maureen and Bill Giannone, P’11, cut the ribbon to dedicate the B.J. Giannone, ’11 Media Center during JUG Night last November.

Remembering a Prep Man for Others To mark the first anniversary of the sudden passing of B.J. Giannone, ’11,

a moment that has profoundly shaped the Class of 2011 and the Prep community as a whole in the course of the past year, students, faculty, alumni, parents and friends gathered to celebrate B.J.’s memory at a special Mass hosted by the Alumni Spirituality Committee in January. The Saturday evening Mass included musical tributes by Prep Vox and Chris Manley, ’12 (whose small group on Emmaus 253 was led by B.J. Giannone last year), as well as reflections by B.J.’s mother, Maureen Giannone, P’11 and uncle, John Giannone. It was not so much an occasion for mourning as for celebrating the legacy of an outstanding young Prep man, whose words and deeds live on through his classmates, through the school community as a whole, and through the many hearts he touched along his short but meaningful journey in life. O’Keefe Commons was packed with hundreds of classmates and friends who gathered to celebrate the memory of B.J. Giannone, ’11.


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VOX Goes for a Spin

Prep Vox’ 2011-12 lineup

The talented singers

of Prep Vox have been making their voices heard around campus and beyond, under the guidance of director G.P. Eleria. And since December, the sound of Prep’s premier vocal ensemble has been just a bit more portable, thanks to the launch of their first album, Hearts on Fire. The album features an eclectic track list, with songs ranging from Saint Ignatius’ Prayer for Generosity and the title track, which was written especially for use at Prep’s school Masses, to covers of pop favorites by the Beatles, Eminem and the Manhattans. At $10 per copy, the CDs have been a top seller in the Prep Campus Shop, enabling members of the Prep community to share the unique sound of Vox with their friends beyond Grand & Warren.

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“Hats Off” to the Biggest Fashion Show Ever! A day filled with fashion and fun

is always in style, especially when it’s all for a great cause. This past November, the most fashionable event on the Prep calendar proved to be bigger and better than ever! With nearly 670 Prep moms (and dads!) and friends in attendance, and the Men of Prep and Sisters of Prep taking to the runway in the season’s hottest fashions, the 2011 PPA Fashion Show raised over $121,000 – a 13% increase over last year. “Hats Off to Prep” featured row upon row of gift baskets ready to meet their lucky winners and filled with generous donations from around the Prep community, along with all the food, fun and fashion that make this event a pre-Thanksgiving tradition each year. Mayfair Farms was abuzz with the chatter of happy attendees, punctuated by the occasional shouts of victory as the raffle numbers were called. But as always, the real stars of the show were the models. Twenty Prep juniors and seniors showed off casual looks by Calvin Klein and Van Heusen, as well as a range of formalwear provided by longtime partner Tuxedos by Rose in North Bergen. Kicking off a new tradition, the Men of Prep were joined on the runway this year by the “Sisters of Prep” – ten girls attending high schools throughout North Jersey whose brothers attend Saint Peter’s. The Sisters of Prep showed off fashions provided by Annie Sez of Edgewater, with accessories by Spoil Me Fashion and Stella and Dot. A great day for all involved would not have been possible without the support of a veritable army of volunteers, led by Fashion Show co-chairs Marian Meuse, P’09,’13, Cindy Guarini, P’12, Leonor Perez, P’12, and Mary Dombrowski, P’13,’15. Working closely with special events manager Frances Salvo and the rest of Prep’s advancement staff, the committee ensured the success of this year’s fashion show – and has certainly earned a tip of the proverbial hat!


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Former Prep Chaplain Named Procurator for New York Province This July, representatives from Jesuit provinces throughout the world will gather in Nairobi, Kenya for the Society's 70th Congregation

of Procurators. Representing the New York Province will be Tom Benz, S.J., now the province’s assistant director of novices, and previously a member of the Prep faculty from 1993-96 and as chaplain from 2005-07. Announced by Father General Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., the Congregation of Procurators is charged with evaluating the state of the Society and deciding whether to call for a General Congregation. The congregation will be a part of the Jesuits’ preparations for the commemoration in 2014 of the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. “As the Restoration was an event of re-creation for the Society,” Father General explained, “I would like to invite Jesuits today to engage in a deeper reflection on the signs of new life and apostolic creativity in both traditional and new ministries of the Society.” Fr. Benz was appointed procurator during the New York Province congregation at Mount Manresa in Staten Island in January. Among the 55 Jesuits in attendance was Prep President Bob Reiser, S.J. As procurator, Fr. Benz will prepare for the Nairobi congregation by visiting Jesuit apostolates and communities around the province as part of the process of assessing the state of the Society.

Tom Benz, S.J. with students as Prep’s chaplain in 2006.

Follow in the Footsteps of Ignatius This Summer! Join Prep President Bob Reiser, S.J. for a

weeklong journey through Spain, “In the Footsteps of Saint Ignatius Loyola” this June. A full week of activities in Barcelona, Manresa, Montserrat, Xavier, Pamplona, Loyola and San Sebastian will give pilgrims the opportunity to go where Ignatius went and see what Ignatius saw at the very beginning of the Jesuit tradition. Fr. Reiser will lead the spiritual program on the trip, while travel details will be handled by Jean Oliveira, formerly of the staff at McQuaid High School in Rochester, New York.

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Alumni Return for College Fair Nearly 60 members of the classes of 2008 through 2011 gathered at

Prep in January for the inaugural Alumni College Fair. The young men, representing 45 colleges and universities, met with current Prep sophomores, juniors, and seniors to informally discuss their college experiences. Institutions represented included Boston College, Holy Cross, Fairfield, Fordham, Villanova, Dayton, TCNJ, Rutgers, Georgetown, Quinnipiac, the University of Pennsylvania, the United States Naval Academy and West Point. Tom Tulp, ’10 was on hand, representing Marquette. “I’m excited about the possibility of more Prep students considering MU,” he said. “I hope to see some of them visiting campus over the next few months.” The Fair, organized by Joe Giglio, ’87, director of guidance and college counseling, and Trish Fitzpatrick, P’07,’16, director of strategic relationships, was judged to be a great success and is expected to become an annual event.


Saint Peter’s Prep…Now Pocket-Sized! Thanks to the programming efforts of enterprising freshman and Sheehan Scholar Stephen Oro, ’15, users of any Apple iOS device – iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch – can find all things Prep in one handy app. Stephen’s creation, iPeter’s , is available for free download in the App Store, and provides convenient access to various Prep resources – from the school calendar and bell schedule, to pages on PowerSchool, Facebook and Twitter.

Mapping a Country, Mapping a Personal Journey On February 23, more than 200 students,

alumni, parents and friends turned out last Thursday evening for a presentation by Juan José Valdés, The Geographer of the National Geographic Society and Director of Editorial and Research for National Geographic Maps. Valdés’ presentation, From the Corner of One Way and Yield to a Map 105 Years in the Making, offered a look at his personal journey, from one of thousands of young Cuban refugees brought to the United States in Operation Peter Pan, to a renowned cartographer who recently oversaw the process of creating National Geographic’s first new map of his native Cuba since 1906. He recounted the process by which he learned that maps can do more than just represent places, but rather actually bring people together – notably, the day he helped his father, newly arrived in Miami, find his way home from a location he could only identify as “the corner of one way and yield” – and offered insights into the political, editorial and production processes that go into creating a map. Juan José Valdés with a draft version of National Geographic’s new map of Cuba. He recently oversaw the production of the map, half a century after fleeing Cuba and 105 years after National Geographic published the previous edition.

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Prep’s Women for Others Four decades after female teachers first stepped to the front of Prep classrooms in the fall of 1972, women are playing a larger role than ever in Prep’s mission of educating young men in the Jesuit tradition. From the classroom to the athletic field to the administrative offices, Prep is an “all male” school only in reference to its students. Today, there are more than 50 women who dedicate their time and talents to the mission of Saint Peter’s Prep every day. In their own words, four of Prep’s “Women for Others” share their own experiences of life at Grand & Warren as we celebrate a milestone in Prep history. Having been in both public and Catholic education, there is just something special about working in this type of setting. I always remember feeling that the teachers, coaches and staff I met as a student at Monsignor Donovan High School just had something that a public school experience did not. Some people thought I was crazy, a woman athletic trainer at an all boys school! I knew it wasn’t going to be easy but I was open for the challenge and the rest is history. Today, my role at Prep is to prevent, recognize and evaluate injuries to athletes. I’m tasked with managing and treating those injuries through rehabilitation and other methods.

Open Arms and Open Minds By Kyrsten Hayworth Upon completing graduate school, I was faced with the challenge of finding a job in the “real world.” When I started this process I had an idea that I wanted to work in a high school, but I never thought it would be at an all boys high school in Jersey City. But by the end of the process, that had all changed. I was actually offered another position at a different high school but chose to hold out for a possible offer from Saint Peter’s Prep. At the time, I didn’t know quite what it was about Prep that made me want to hold out, but I am glad I did, and I soon found out what that something was.

As I walked over to the football field for the first time as Prep’s athletic trainer three years ago, I was nervous – as anyone would be on their first day at a new job. But I was greeted by the coaches and players with open arms – and, luckily, open minds. Having a female trainer is different for Prep’s athletics program, but it just works. What keeps me coming back day after day is the kids, this school and our school community. The kids joke around a lot about how I wear many hats here: I’m the mom away from home giving them lectures or fixing the “boo-boos,” sister when they need advice, friend when they just need to talk or the bad guy when they need it. The broader school community has welcomed me as well, with teachers asking my advice on their own injuries, or even those of their family members, and parents stopping by to talk or dropping an email just to say thanks for being here. All of this makes me feel lucky to be a part of Saint Peter’s Prep, and I will continue to be the best athletic trainer I can be. Kyrsten Hayworth is Prep’s athletic trainer.


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As my introduction to Prep continued, I observed Dom Scibilia teach a junior religion class and had lunch with Mike Fletcher, our rugby coach. The spirit moves in mysterious ways. The topic of Dom’s class was the subject of my undergraduate thesis – and I watched as the students were electrified in their discussions and responses. Mike is our head rugby coach and I come from a long line of rugby fans, with an uncle who played pro rugby and captained the Great Britain national team in the 1960s. I really felt that this was the place I was meant to be, where God was calling me to be. All day I didn’t speak to one woman – I saw them around the campus, but not in the interviewing process or the department. Even in 2006, there were significantly fewer women at Prep – particularly in leadership roles.

In the Spirit of the Early Companions By Jane Bleasdale My first visit to Saint Peter’s – in fact to Jersey City – was in the spring of 2006. As an administrator in another high school, I was looking to return to the classroom. Since studying liberation theology in the early 1990s in England I had wanted to work with Jesuits; I really felt drawn to Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education. I interviewed at several schools in the area but was most excited when I was offered the position at Prep. From the moment I set foot on campus I could feel that this was the place I wanted to be. Six years later I can honestly say my first impression was correct. I had always taught in co-ed schools, and I worried that an all boys school would not welcome a female teacher with no athletic inclination. But the first person I met at Prep was a student who kindly showed me the way to the principal’s office and waited with me to introduce me to Grace Gualario. That day I would meet several of Prep’s giants, including Ken Dandorph and Pat Reidy, and learn about JUG and the many traditions of the school.

How far we’ve come in forty years since the first women joined our faculty, but also just in the past six. Our community embraces the diversity women bring to our school, and the female faculty here are as committed and passionate about the education of the young men we serve as the early companions were. I see in them the spirit of Ignatius Loyola, Francis Xavier and Peter Faber. I have consistently found Prep to be a warm and welcoming place. I have served on committees, met parents, attended games and even begun to appreciate sports. I am learning the rules of football (American Football that is) and the difference between the Giants, Nets, Knicks and Jets. Part of my role as Director of Faculty Formation is to support and mentor faculty new to Prep, my favorite part of this job is visiting classes, observing teachers and students on this great journey we call Jesuit education. We challenge our students to be the person God intended them to be, the best they can be in all walks of life. In turn they challenge us to keep the tradition of Jesuit education alive and working. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, For the greater Glory of God! I like to think the women of Prep do this as well as the guys do, for we certainly have the commitment, passion and desire to be “women for others.” Jane Bleasdale is Prep’s director of faculty formation.

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The Courage to be More By Mary Durante Ten years ago I could not have imagined I would be employed happily in an “all boys” school. Over the years, particularly in my past life as an attorney, I have been interested in women’s issues and promoting women’s rights and opportunities. I was a founder of Fordham Law Women during my law school days, and served as a representative to the New York City Commission on the Status of Women during the late 1980s and early 1990s. During those years, many young professional women equated greater job opportunities, more women in Law and MBA programs, and a lessening of the “equal pay for equal work” gap as signs that the women’s rights movement had been a success, that there was no more work to do. They were wrong, of course. Books like In a Different Voice, Reviving Ophelia, and Odd Girl Out sounded the alarm about some of the issues young women face in adolescence and beyond, and our cultural and political institutions continued to promote stereotypes that impact the ways young women can dream about their future. I certainly wanted my daughter and her friends to escape the predictable perils, and so it was no surprise to me that I more easily saw myself working with girls. It was not until my son was in his middle-school years that I began to pay more attention to


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some of the emerging trends surrounding boys and young men, their performance in their schools and in their communities, and their success in higher education and employment. Today, we can regularly see or hear, through the various media outlets, statistics showing that fewer boys than girls are going to and graduating from college, that a lower percentage of working men than working women have college degrees, and that women now hold a majority of the jobs in the U.S. We can go back and forth about whether there was, or is, a war on girls or a war on boys, but no one benefits unless we are fully committed to finding the best way to educate all of our children. For me, right now, being at Prep is “where it’s at.” As a society, we put enormous pressure on boys to conform to some very negative stereotypical male behaviors, and we do not always do enough to recognize the cognitive and behavioral differences in the development of boys and girls. At Prep, I think we are aware of the particular struggles and challenges of young men as they work through a demanding course of studies, prepare for college, and find some time along the way to be sons, brothers, grandsons, friends, artists, athletes, poets, public speakers – whatever it is they want to do. I think we as a school community make a huge difference in the lives of our boys by allowing them to be who they are, but also to have the courage to be more - in the most positive ways, in ways that truly are for the greater good. Mary Durante is Prep’s vice principal for academics.


A Good Place for a Teacher to Learn By Boreta Singleton It’s a very ancient saying, But a true and honest thought, That if you become a teacher, By your pupils you’ll be taught.

DeAngelo asked me to chair the department, initially I was a little nervous, but I knew that I could call on the collective wisdom of all my fellow religion teachers. The Jesuits encourage their lay colleagues to form themselves in Ignatian Spirituality. One of the hallmarks of that spirituality is the Examen, the prayer during which we are invited to look at our week with a discerning eye; to notice our interactions with others. As I pray the Examen along with the Prep community each Friday morning, I make an effort to notice how God has been present for me that week. I am made aware through this prayer of the many ways that God has been gracious to me during the week, and that graciousness most often comes through my students and colleagues. It is a good place for this teacher to learn about what God calls me to do here at Prep!

These lyrics from one of my favorite musicals, The King and I, begin the song, “Getting to Know You.” In the remainder of the song, the character Anna proclaims that she has become an expert on the subject she likes most: getting to know you! That is exactly what I as a teacher believe I need to do most each year. Ignatian spirituality calls us to cura personalis, care of the person. For me, assisting students in exploring Christian Social Ethics leads both teacher and students to building the Kingdom of God here on earth. Boreta Singleton is the chair of Prep’s religion department. How do we do that? I believe that happens most naturally when we reflect cura personalis in the classroom. That is reflected in the fact that I impart a feminine perspective on a social justice issue. For example, we were discussing recently the fact that the majority of single parents in the US are women, and many of them are working for minimum wage to support their children. I especially enjoy our class discussions, because I think that time helps me to learn the many lessons that my students want to teach me. I try to listen and pay attention to the many ways that young men here at Prep assist me in developing my own relationship with God, and through that relationship, I can more fully appreciate the many gifts and talents my students possess. Through my work in Campus Ministry, I have the privilege of getting to know the students who serve as ministers for our prayer services and celebrations of the Eucharist, as well as the opportunity to accompany students on retreats. I try to extend that same care and concern to the members of my department as well. As the chair of the Religion Department here at Prep, I believe that we all work together to form our young men both academically and spiritually. The ten men who comprise the department are very gracious. We have varied conversations on topics that are sometimes challenging, but in the end, I know that we practice cura personalis for one another. I try to be a good listener and also attempt to pay attention to our needs as a department. When Mr.


With Mary Freeman, P’08,’12, president of the Prep Parents’ Association.

Mary Freeman and husband Darryl have been Prep parents since their older son, Doug, started his freshman year in 2004. Now serving as president of the PPA, Mary Freeman talked to Prep Magazine about parents’ role in Prep life, and the transition from Prep parent to past parent. Prep Magazine: You’ve been a member of the Prep community as a parent since 2004. What has been your proudest moment?

PM Soon, after 8 years, you’ll be making the transition from Prep parent to past Prep parent. Do you plan on staying involved as a past parent?

Mary Freeman: It is difficult to pick out a specific moment when I have been most proud, having two sons who are very different has given me many different opportunities. I am always proud of their academic achievements, but I especially am proud when I see them truly participating in the Prep community. Whether it is traveling to West Virginia for their service commitment or being at an event to offer support. I am always proud to tell people that my sons have gone to Saint Peter’s.

MF Absolutely, I believe that we will always be there to support Saint Peter’s and look forward to attending the Fashion Show and the Gala. I am also looking forward to keeping in touch through the past parents association.

PM This looks to be a banner year for the PPA, with a record-breaking fashion show, a strong turnout for the Christmas party and a growing program for past parents. How would you attribute this success? MF I think it reflects the feeling of community that begins when our sons enter as freshmen. Part of Prep’s identity is that the “Prep” experience includes family and that it is a relationship that goes well beyond the high school years. PM Aside from their academics, what kind of growth have you noticed in your two sons during their Prep careers? MF With both Doug and Daniel, I’ve noticed real growth following their experiences at Emmaus and Kairos. These retreats have helped them to get in touch with themselves, and to open themselves up to others. PM Do you feel that you and Darryl have grown as well, as a result of your involvement in the parent community? MF As our sons have grown, Darryl and I have grown, too. We have built lasting friendships with other parents, whether it has been sitting on the bleachers at sporting events or helping out at the various functions that occur during the year. We have always felt that we have been part of something special.


Always More to be Done

By Mike Jiran, ’03 with Gary Bogdanski, ’02

Now in the 40th year of a Prep career that has changed the face of the faculty and shaped the course of language education at Grand & Warren, Ana Garcia has no time for resting on her laurels. “I’ve never seen myself as that. I just think it was good for the school to realize that we women can do the job in an all-male school.” Then, demonstrating her career-defining admiration for Jesuit teaching methods, she proceeds to answer the question with another question: “I think it’s great that I’m one of the first, but am I supposed to feel like a pioneer?”

Ana Garcia

In the course of a school’s first century,

one might assume that if the walls could talk, they would attest to having seen everything. And yet, in the fall of 1972, there was something quite new happening at Grand & Warren. Ana Garcia (modern language), Mary Ann Haggerty (science) and Donna Pica (modern language) had joined the formerly all-male ranks of academic faculty. While other women (notably Catherine Collins in the library and Helen Argyelan in the principal’s office ) had made their mark on Prep life already, it was the greatest shift in the face of the Prep faculty since the first lay Donna Pica teachers appeared more than 50 years before. Today, one of those three original female teachers is in the midst of her fortieth year at Prep. But ask Ana Garcia how it feels to be a pioneer among more than 50 female faculty and staff at Prep today, and you will get an answer that captures her very essence: First, with typical humility, she says,

It may seem a contradiction: though she doesn’t seek the spotlight, Ana’s quiet dedication to the work has made her so memorable to generations of Prep men; though her arrival in 1972 signaled a turning point in the school’s history, she since has become a part of Prep’s very identity. But a closer look reveals that there’s no contradiction at all. Mary Ann Haggerty “One of my professors [at Saint Peter’s College] told me there was an opening here, and she thought it would be a perfect fit,” Ana explains, recalling her introduction to Prep four decades ago. “Obviously, I liked the Jesuit approach to teaching already; that’s what I grew up with.” Ana was hired following an interview with principal Earle Markey, S.J., ’49. “I had all Spanish 1 during my first year,” she recalls. “That’s the class that made me want to stay here, because I had a great time with those guys.” A few years later, she would venture into some new territory, in what she would later describe as her greatest challenge at Prep. “It was in the ’70s that I PREP Magazine   SPRING 2012 2012 15 15

FEATURE And it is along that extra mile that Ana Garcia has spent so much of her Prep journey. Having spent most of her career focused on her forte, going beyond teaching a mere subject to educate each student as a whole person. In her first 39 years, she has created a Spanish course for heritage speakers; created another course in Spanish for Medical and Business careers,

Taking the time to educate each student as a whole person has defined Ana’s 40 years at Prep, reflecting her lifelong admiration for the Jesuit approach to education.

had to teach a few sections of French. That was my ‘tour of duty’ at Prep. Father Sanford said, ‘We have to let some people go, but I see you can also teach French. So if you’d like to stay, we’ll need you to teach French.’ So I stayed and I taught French!”

“so the Prep student can serve the community at large through respect for culture,”

in her words; established a summer Spanish Study Abroad program; invited students and their families to an annual Family Dinner, “to instill in the students’ minds that we, at Prep, are a family that will last forever”; entered Prep students in the National Spanish Exam competition; selected students for the National Spanish Honor Society; hosted cultural presentations that highlight Hispanic music, art and literature for

Ana worked to meet the challenge of teaching two languages at once, taking Alliance A stroll around room E401 reveals photos of prom committees, study abroad groups and former students, chronicling Française courses in her Ana Garcia’s first 40 years at Grand & Warren. spare time to brush up her accent and diction. “But for me, it was frustrating. As a language teacher, I know that what really makes the language [for the students] is when you can give those nuances. With French, I had never been to France, so I did the best I could. “I had taken three years of French in high school and in college, and I knew all the major literature we would have to cover, but as a language teacher you still know what you need to go the extra mile.”


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Pressed for a “war story,” from her early days, the best Ana can recall is a day in the 1980s, when one of her French classes abruptly locked her out of the classroom. “Father Stroud, who thought of himself as the ‘knight in shining armor’ for the women that were here, was passing by, and he said, ‘What is this? They can’t throw you out, this is completely disrespectful.’ And I said ‘I’m sure they’re just preparing something,’ but he marched in there, thinking he’s “Experiencing a culture is really what makes it worthwhile,” she says of her field trips, which introduce students to plays, restaurants, going to be my defender. He found out the kids were collecting money to buy me a Miss Piggy as a Christmas gift. So he came back museums and more. “I don’t care whether I stand up here on my head to speak about this stuff – it’s just not the same as when you’re out and said, ‘No, that’s correct, you can’t go in there!’” actually in the moment.” If there was any early strife at all for one of Prep’s first female And yet for all her impact in years 1 through 39, today, in year 40, she teachers, it has long since been forgotten in favor of the formative moments. “I had a great time. None of these guys made me feel remains humble, deferring to her colleagues for their role in shaping the teacher she has become – especially in those formative early years. unwelcome, ever – I don’t even know what that word means!” “They all made me the teacher that I am,” she says. “I remember one And so one of the first women of Prep carries on into the next forty day Vince Kennedy saw me preparing my lessons. He looked at what years. A career that has already shaped thousands of lives, opened I had and said, ‘What are you doing? You’re giving them everything! countless minds to a new language and culture, and earned its Jesuit teaching means you give the students the introduction to architect an enduring nickname – Mama – is impressive, to be sure. something, and then they have to discover it on their own.’ But for Ana Garcia, there always remains more work to be done. “So he was the guy that really set me straight about that,” she adds with a laugh. the Prep community; shaped Prep’s approach to language education during a six-year term as department chair; established the AlbaDawn of Day Scholarship fund; and endeavored to form lifelong learners through her integration of field trips and experiential learning to the curriculum.

For Ana Garcia and her students, classroom instruction is just the beginning of an immersive experience that also includes museum visits, meals and performances. “I don’t care whether I stand up here on my head to speak about this stuff,” she says. “It’s just not the same as when you’re actually in the moment.”

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To Whom Much is Given: Jack Savage, ’57

Whether working the lines at a Prep Phonathon or helping to make an alumni event successful as a member of the Alumni Board, Jack Savage, ’57 remains as true to Saint Peter’s Prep today as he was 55 years ago – or even earlier. “One of my earliest childhood memories, Jack recalls, “is my mother saying to me ‘you are going to Saint Peter’s Prep’ while pointing out my father’s picture in the 1922 yearbook.” When it came time to start grammar school at Our Lady of Victories in the fall of 1945, he protested: “ I said, ‘I thought I was going to Saint Peter’s Prep!’” Jack takes particular pride in being a member of one of Prep’s most connected classes of alumni, one that has worked together for decades to support the school’s mission. “The 1957 team has left its mark,” he says, “and I’m proud to still be a part of the ’57 team.” Each time he lifts the handset to place a Phonathon call, Jack is also proud to have supported Prep’s Annual Fund since its beginnings in the early ’80s. “Beth and I early on pledged our financial support to the Prep’s Annual Fund. No questions asked. Just do it…We did what we could do and asked others in ’57 to do what they could do. The response was overwhelming!” Through the Annual Fund, Jack Savage sees the broader Prep community coming together to help form young boys into young “men for others,” adding, “That is why what we do for others is important to us all.”


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Cross Country After the 2010 season Coach Mike Burgess remarked, “The future looks bright; we’ve got quite a few

talented young runners.” Those underclassmen proved worthy of Coach Burgess’s confidence as they led the Marauders to an outstanding 2011 cross country season. Led by junior captain Ryan McGann, the team captured the Jersey City, South Hudson and McQuaid Invitational Championships. Sophomores, Fritz Heinrich, James Sause, Chris Butko and Daniel Apicella were consistently among the top finishers in their meets. Willy Sabers provided senior leadership and earned a place on the All County team.

Ryan McGann – pictured here on his way to a fourth-place finish in the South Hudson Championship – earned First Team All County honors.

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Football Coming into the 2011 season,

Coach Rich Hansen knew there were challenges to overcome. The graduation of All American running back Savon Huggins took its toll on the offensive side of the ball, but Hansen also had to replace ten of the eleven defensive starters. Add to that a formidable independent schedule, and the Marauders would be tested each and every week. After two tough losses to open the season, Coach Hansen found himself in an unfamiliar situation: the team was 0-2 and he was sending out the youngest team in his 24 years at Prep. “I’m very proud of how our guys responded this year. We overcame the ‘youth movement,’ injuries and a solid schedule,” Hansen reflected. By the end of the 2011 campaign the record stood at 7-4, with wins over Massachusetts State Champion Boston College High School and Ohio power Ursuline. The consecutive winning streak against county opponents remained intact (98) and the Marauders captured a twelfth straight county title. Hansen commented, “The table is set for next season when we will open up at Annapolis against McDonagh of Maryland, host BC High, and travel to Delaware to play Dover High School, in addition to our county opponents.”

The rebuilt Marauder defense helped lead the team to victories over both of their out-of-state-opponents.


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Charlie Callinan (#10) became the favorite target of Brandon Napoleon (#5).


Junior forward Andrew Romero led the Marauders in scoring with 19 goals and 10 assists.

Celebrating the 2-0 victory over Union City in the County Championship match.

Soccer When Josh Jantas, ’95 became head coach in 2007 his first goal was to win a Hudson County Championship.

“Soccer is so competitive in this area so winning a county title is a great source of pride,” remarked Jantas. The coach should know; he played on three consecutive championship teams in the early ‘90s. “I still look back at those victories as highlights of my career,” he said. This year’s team will have its year (2011) added to the banner in the gym, capturing both the Hudson County Tournament and the regular season championship. They outdid those accomplishments by finishing with the best record (21-2) in the program’s history. With wins over Kearny, Harrison and Don Bosco, their overall #16 state ranking and #4 ranking among private and parochial schools were fitting tributes to a remarkable season. To the victors go the spoils and thus eleven Prep players received some All County recognition and six of those young men made the All State team. Prep’s sweeper, senior Roberto Chernez was named one of the Top 51 players in New Jersey, while senior Rory Duffy was a First Team selection. Chernez (Bloomfield College), Duffy (Rider University) and senior goalkeeper Ryan Baird (Rutgers) have accepted scholarship offers to continue playing soccer at the collegiate level.

Senior goalkeeper Ryan Baird recorded 9 shutouts while allowing only 17 goals.

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Remembering Marcel Wagner, ’56 Whether opening his winter home in Florida to fellow alumni for a regional reunion

or sharing a laugh and a handshake as he distributed awards at Prep’s annual golf tournament, Marcel Wagner, ’56 was a fixture of the Prep alumni community year after year. A charter member of the Donné Society along with his wife of 41 years, Ruthanne, Marcel exemplified the loyalty, warmth and generosity of spirit that sets Saint Peter’s Prep apart. Marcel died suddenly in January near his winter home in Tequesta, but his memory will live on among his fellow alumni. This summer, as the Saint Peter’s Prep – Frenkel & Company Golf Tournament celebrates its 35th year, the Prep Alumni Association will celebrate one of the tournament’s most dedicated supporters by presenting the Wagner Cup to the player with the lowest gross score. Surely, Marcel would have been proud to shake the winner’s hand during the presentation.

Marcel Wagner, ’56 during the 2009 golf tournament awards ceremony.

Jack Caulfield, ’71 Named Vice President for Finance Jack Caulfield, ’71, P’00,’03 took the reins of Prep’s finance office in February, as the new vice president for finance. Jack’s face is already quite familiar at Grand & Warren – he served as chairman of the board of trustees from 2004-2010 and a trustee for four years prior; chaired of the board’s finance, advancement and strategic planning committees; and served as president of the Prep Alumni Association, all before being inducted as a Legend of Prep in 2009. This spring, he served as a co-chair of the fifth annual 144 Grand Gala. His lifelong connection to the school – as an alumnus, the son of another alumnus and the father of two more (Edmund, ’00 and Chris, ’03, currently a member of Prep’s English department) as well as in those leadership roles, has made him deeply familiar with the mission of Jesuit education and the workings of Saint Peter’s Prep. Equally impressive is his distinguished track record in the field of finance and accounting. A C.P.A., Jack spent more than 20 years at JP Morgan Chase in various senior financial control positions, after beginning his career with Arthur Young & Co. Most recently, he had served as chief financial officer for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of New Jersey.

Prep’s new vice president for finance at work.


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Based on his strong professional and Prep credentials, Jack was recommended for the appointment by a search committee chaired by fellow C.P.A. Mark Hogan, ’83, a current Prep trustee, from a pool of more than 50 applicants. In addition to son Chris, he also joins wife Mary Beth, who currently works part time in the John Browning, S.J., ’46 Learning Center, on the Prep faculty and staff.


Alumni Association Announces Legends X Honorees The Prep Alumni Board met in February to review the nominations for Legends of Prep X, and selected six recipients for the Alumni Association’s highest honor. They include three alumni, two Jesuits and the longest-serving current member of the Prep faculty, representing decades’ worth of commitment to serving Prep and the broader community.

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Br. Paul Harrison, S.J. – Prep custodian for more than 20 years Richard Kennedy – English teacher since 1967 Thomas McGinty, ’71 – two-term Prep trustee, key advisor to Prep in capital and building campaigns John Raslowsky, ’79 – Former principal, faculty member and soccer coach; now president of Xavier High School John Savage, ’57 – Alumni board member, class chair, Prep volunteer Br. Joseph Wuss, S.J. – Assistant Prefect of Discipline 1972-87; moderator of Slavic Club

The Legends of Prep X Dinner and Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, September 14, at Mayfair Farms in West Orange.

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Seven Honored at Hall of Fame Dinner It was a night for celebrating Prep’s top achievers, as more than

250 alumni, parents, friends and current students gathered for the second Saint Peter’s Prep Hall of Fame Professional Achievement and Service Awards last November. The guests enjoyed dinner at a true fixture of Hudson County – Casino in the Park – and the warmth and wit of a Prep fixture – John Irvine, ‘83, P’11, who served as master of ceremonies – as they celebrated the Hall of Fame inductees, seven members of the Prep community who have distinguished themselves in their various pursuits. The service awards were presented as follows:

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Brian Castelli, ’01 – Young Alumni Award James McLaughlin, ’54 – Ernie Baker, ‘38 Community Service Award Msgr. Lawrence Miller – Friend of Prep Award Elizabeth Walsh – Br. Paul Harrison, S.J. Spirit of Prep Award

Professional Achievement Awards were presented to:

• Nathan Lane, ’74 • Thomas Schember, ’55, P’79 • Kevin Cummings, ’72, P’05, ’10 Casino in the Park, a Jersey City tradition for decades, provided a classic setting for a Prep celebration.

Fr. Reiser with the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees. From left: Brian Castelli, ’01, Msgr. Lawrence Miller; Elizabeth Walsh; Thomas Schember, ’55, P’79; James McLaughlin, ’54; and Kevin Cummings, ’72, P’05,’10. Fellow inductee Nathan Lane, ’74 was unable to attend due to a professional commitment.

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John Irvine, ’83, P’11 served as master of ceremonies

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Photo File: A Window to the Past More than a year after being superseded by O’Keefe Commons, and several months after being transformed into the gleaming new lobby of the Moriarty Science Center, the serving window of the old Burke Hall cafeteria lives on in the pages of the 1971 Petrean. For 45 years, this humble counter in a rather dark corner

provided sustenance to generations of Prep men. This rather artistic appreciation of the source of countless bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches is typical of an unorthodox yearbook, memorable for its use of few words and striking images.

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The ’50s

Robert Reynik, ’50, now retired after a 29-year career developing and managing scientific research and education in various leadership positions at the National Science Foundation, has been recognized with the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society’s Leadership Award “for his contributions to the expansion of the field of materials and dedication in promoting metallurgy” Ed Purcell, ’52, says he’s “looking forward to our 60th reunion!” Ed Stephens, ’55, created the Foundation for Male Studies ( to initiate the new academic discipline “for the study of all aspects of maleness throughout the world.” Emil Herkert, ’56, was one of three honorees as Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Paterson presented its Caritas Awards last November. He received the “convening” award in recognition of his advocacy on behalf of agencies throughout the diocese, and his work as coordinator of the Notre Dame Senior Alumni group within the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Northern New Jersey Tom Kirk, ’59, had a busy 2011: he retired as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, but was named to the Advisory Council of the National Institute on Drug Abuse by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. He has also joined the psychiatry faculty of the Yale School of Medicine as an adjunct.

The ’60s

Dan Donahue, ’64, sends his greetings to the Greek class of 1964.. Tony Martucci, ’60, has been named pastoral associate at Saint Pius X Church in Forked River, New Jersey. He has been a deacon since 1987, and recently served in a similar role at Saint Mary of the Lake in Lakewood.

The ’70s

Tom Chiccone, ’70, received the 2011 Top Doc – Eastern Shore award from What’s Up Media. George Flimlin, ’74, was promoted to full professor at Rutgers Cooperative Extension, where he will work in commercial fisheries and agriculture. Peter Lenahan, ’77, was promoted to the rank of commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. He is currently the biological research specialist for the New Jersey district office of the Food and Drug Administration. Rev. Kevin Carter, ’78, celebrated the silver jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood at a Mass of Thanksgiving at Saint Nicholas Church in Jersey City last November.

Mike Lampariello, ’05, a 2010 graduate of Penn State with a BS in Landscape Architecture, is currently working as the Park Operations Coordinator for the High Line – the disused elevated railway on Manhattan’s far West Side that has been converted into one of the city’s most unusual and best loved parks. Last fall, Mike gave a personal tour of the High Line to Prep President Bob Reiser, S.J.

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Luck of the Irish

During the annual Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in Jersey City and Newark this March, there was some distinct maroon among the green. The Hon. Kevin Callahan, ’65, P’96 served as grand marshal for the Jersey City parade, while Kevin Cummings, ’72, P’05,’10 was grand marshal for New Jersey’s oldest Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Newark. Also honored during the Jersey City festivities were Pat Drennan, ’83 (Irish Firefighter of the Year) and Bob Burns, ’81 (Irish EMT of the Year).


Bob Burns, ’81

Kevin Callahan, ’65, P’96

Kevin Cummings, ’72, P’05,’10]

Pat Drennan, ’83

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The ’80s

Steve Hudik, ’85 , joined the staff at the New York Province of the Society of Jesus, as director of communications.

Holding the Line Former Prep Hockey teammates John Doyle, ’09 and John Manley, ’09 formed two thirds of a line on the Fordham hockey team this past season, with Manley, an alternate team captain, at center and Doyle at right wing.

The ’90s

Michael Karkut, ’96 , is the owner and executive chef of Graze, a restaurant serving “creative casual cuisine” in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

The ’00s

Brian Yun, ’02, graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine with an MD and MBA in May 2011. He has started his emergency medicine residency at the combined Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital Harvardaffiliated emergency medicine residency program in Boston. Ron Cardoso, ’03, recently moved to the Washington, D.C. area, where he works as a systems analyst in business innovation at the Bethesda, Maryland headquarters of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Timothy Graham, ’07 , is an agent with New York Life, offering individual life insurance, fixed annuities and planning services both for businesses and individuals.

Justin Barry, ’10: From Penn to Pembroke

The ’10s

Henry Khost, ’11 ,reports that he’s enjoying life in Washington, D.C. at Catholic University.

Justin Barry, ‘10, soon to be a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, will trade the Schuylkill River for the River Cam next spring, as he spends a semester at Pembroke College of the University of Cambridge. Each spring, Pembroke selects just 30 students from around the world for its semester abroad program the following year, based on a highly competitive application process, using the same criteria as those used in undergraduate admissions. While in Cambridge, his academic attention will be focused on English and Scottish history from 1440 to 1850. Justin credits his time at Grand & Warren with laying the groundwork for continued academic success. “I’ve found that my time at Prep had provided me not only with invaluable personal experiences but also with the necessary skills to succeed in my future academic life,” he remarked. “Prep taught me to challenge my beliefs, to be open to new opinions, and to think critically. These skills, together with Prep’s high academic standards and rich history curriculum, have prepared me well for my studies at Cambridge.”

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Vita Mutatur Non Tollitur (Life is changed, not ended) | WEDDINGS | BIRTHS | ADOPTIONS Current as of March 12, 2012

Alumni Daniel J. Boyle, ’33 Joseph F. Artusio, ’35 Harold E. Judge, ’40 Robert E. Pontone, ’40 Brother of Andre Pontone, ’40†; Father of Robert Pontone, ’68 Thomas J. Gallagher, ’41 Uncle of John V. Caulfield, ’71 and Hugh Roarty, '91; Great uncle of Edmund Caulfield, '00, Liam Ahearn, '01 and Chris Caulfield, '03. Paul J. Siwek, ’43 Richard F. Collier, ’43 Rev. Robert G. Gibney, ’44 Brother of John Gibney, ’52†; Uncle of John Gibney, ’81 Edward D. Flannery, ’45 James L. O’Brien, ’46 John L. Reeves, ’48 John Zgola, ’48 Uncle of Robert Hallas, ’63†, Thomas Kollmer, ’83 and Jeffery Kollmer, ’87 Richard E. Diehl, ’49 John J. Bonner, ’54 John R. Fitzhenry, ’55 Uncle of Robert Parks, ’72† and David Parks, ’75 John P. Gattuso, ’55 James J. McNeil, ’55 Raffaele A. Marino, ’55 Louis A. Zircher, ’55 Marcel E. Wagner, ’56 Brother of William Wagner, ’47†; Stepbrother of Charles Rooney, ’49 and George Rooney, ’51 Anthony Arlotto, ’57 John P. Ford, ’58 Brother of Joseph Ford, ’60† Michael J. Curry, ’59 Robert M. Hallas, ’63 Nephew of John Zgola, ’48† John J. McMahon, ’65 Glenn Annan-Brady, ’69 Jerome T. Kacprowicz, ’69 Philip J. Newman, ’70 Brendan M. Glennon, ’74 Sergio Murolo, ’04

Family of Alumni Thomas Buck Father of Thomas Buck, ’95 Kathleen Cleary Wife of Kevin Cleary, ’69; Daughter-in-law of Thomas Cleary, ’35†; Sister-in-law of homas Cleary, ’61 and Patrick Cleary, ’73 Catherine A. Collier Widow of Richard Collier, ’43† Nancy Ferrara Wife of John Ferrara, ’56; Sister-in-law of Cosmo Ferrara, ’58 and Joseph Ferrara, ’66 28

Barbara Garry Mother of Robert Garry, ’87 Dolores Hagan Wife of Donald Hagan, ’50 Peter J. Healy Father of Sean Healy, ’97, Brian Healy, ’99 (Prep math teacher) and Dan Healy, ’01 (former math teacher and administrator) Walter Lewis Kudlacik Father of Scott Kudlacik, ’96 Ann J. Lalli Mother of Robert Lalli, ’73 Mary Rose McCarthy Widow of Jeremiah McCarthy, ’29† Richard McCahill Father of Kevin McCahill, ’94 Mary Markey McDonald Widow of William McDonald, ’45†; Daughter-in-law of William McDonald, ’18†; Mother-in-Law of Edward Hartnett, ’78; Grandmother of Eamon Hartnett, ’08 Barbara Murphy Wife of Richard E. Murphy, ’40 Susan C. O’Regan Mother of Michael O’Regan, ’79† Stanley Pankiewicz Father of Steven Pankiewicz, ’07 Roseann Pascale Mother of Anthony Pascale, ’05 Ryan Podolak Son of Michael Podolak, ’70; Nephew of George Podolak, ’65 and John Podolak, ’73; Cousin of Daniel Podolak, ’92 Helen Quaglia Mother of Ralph Quaglia, ’73 Lester W. Redfield III Father of Lester Redfield IV, ’04 Luis Rivera Father of Edgar Rivera Colon, ’82 Diana Riccardi Mother of James Riccardi, ’83 Kenneth Russell Father of Jason Russell, ’94 Catherine Sladowski Mother of Thomas Bamber, ’98 and John Bamber, ’99 Walter Suty Father of Leon Suty, ’82

Family of Current Students Robert J. Sullivan Father of Sean Sullivan, ’12

Family of Faculty & Staff Patrick Prochilo Brother of modern language and religion teacher Matthew Prochilo, S.J. Juana Tejada Mother of operations staff member Rocko Tejada † Deceased

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Weddings Nick Urbanovich, ‘00 and Allison Hess, July 15, 2011 Peter Williams, ‘96 and Jessica O’Connor, July 30, 2011 Nicholas Brady, ‘02 and Dixie Switzer, September 10, 2011 Matt Ingles, ‘02 and Emily Cowsert, September 23, 2011 Luke Drummond, ‘99 and Amy Hansen, October 1, 2011 Chris Romano, ‘98 and Amanda Argento, October 9, 2011 Rosalie Romano (Prep modern language department chair) and Joseph Paternoster, December 18, 2011 Steve Spiewak, ‘03 and Stacie Freeman, February 19, 2012 Brian Guarini, ‘02 and Kristin Mancino, February 24, 2012

Births And Adoptions

Heading up our births column, we have a young member of the Prep family whose arrival slipped through the cracks between our Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 issues… Gerry Iorio and wife Jeanine: Daughter Nina Cali, born December 10, 2010 Matthew Brito, ’01 and wife Maria: Daughter Emily Kate, born September 11, 2011 T.J. Sullivan, ’93 and wife Maura: Daughter Shannon Catherine born August 8, 2011 Joe Facchini, ’98 and wife Kathleen: Daughter Katherine Ellen, born October 20, 2011 Jim DeAngelo, ’85 (Prep principal) and wife Emily: Daughter Eleanor Claire, born October 21, 2011 Matt Pike, ’95 and wife Karrianne: Son Matthew Alexander, born December 5, 2011 Juan Arteaga (Prep assistant dean of students) and wife Monica: Son William Howard and Daughter Celia Elizabeth, born February 6, 2012 Anthony Verdi, ’95 (Prep history teacher) and wife Lauren: Daughter Olivia Joelle, born March 3, 2012

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Prep Magazine Spring 2012  

40 years after the first women stepped to the front of Prep's classrooms, our spring issue looks at the many contributions of female faculty...

Prep Magazine Spring 2012  

40 years after the first women stepped to the front of Prep's classrooms, our spring issue looks at the many contributions of female faculty...