collegiate MAGAZINE OF ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE
IN THIS EDITION: MEET THE MEN WHO ANSWERED GOD’S CALL
Our Mission: St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute transforms the lives of students from diverse backgrounds through academic excellence and care for the whole person in a respectful, Lasallian Catholic community, developing each student’s unique talents in preparation for college and life.
Christopher Fulco President James Spillman ’95 Principal Suzanne Badgley Director of Marketing & Communications
Peter Kennedy ’97 Director of Admissions Patrick McNally ’01 Vice President of Institutional Advancement Joseph Pernick ’10 Alumni Engagement & Development Officer
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The Collegiate Winter 2019 IN THIS ISSUE
3 Message from the President
5 Meet the Men Who Answered God’s Call
11 Signum Fidei: Class of 2019
12 Alumni News & Notes
14 Fine Arts Wall of Honor
12 Cover photo: From left to right, Brother Chris Belleman, FSC, Brother Tom Lackey, FSC, and Brother Joe Wilkowski, FSC. Story on page 5. Photo taken by Mark Bajorek ’19.
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A Message from
The Institute of the Brothers of Christian Schools has long been known for providing excellent education accessible to all. This mission is derived from the work of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the patron saint of teachers and an educational innovator who dramatically transformed not only who was to receive an education in 17th century France but also how the student would be taught.
e La Salle and his Christian Brothers believed that all students, without regard to social status or income level, deserved a high-quality education. They believed an education should be practical, students should be taught in the home vernacular rather than Latin, classes should be grouped by ability level and attainment, and students should be taught together as a group rather than the teacher educating one student at a time. If you walk into a Lasallian school today, you will witness the influence and innovation of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers as virtually every classroom uses his Simultaneous Method of instruction. While he was redefining some of the structures typical of 17th century education, De La Salle was also reframing the mindset that effective educators were using to reach their students. Rather than instilling fear and robotic discipline in students, St. La Salle stressed the importance of the teacher-student relationship, and he made care for a student’s moral and spiritual development as important as his intellectual development. Taken for granted now, De La Salle’s philosophy of education was radical in the late 1600’s. The mission and spirit of Lasallian education continues to serve as the foundation for the decisions made at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute today, including the exciting academic decision announced in the fall. St. Joe’s is leaving the New York State Regents system and establishing a new, innovative curriculum that will challenge our students and better prepare them for life after high school. The decision had been under consideration for several years. A committee of St. Joe’s
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educators, board members, and local education leaders was dedicated to this issue, evaluating the current curriculum and course offerings, and analyzing the insights revealed during the strategic planning process in 2016. Beginning next school year, here are just some of the changes students will experience immediately: ■
ew Advanced Placement course N offerings to add to our already full slate of AP course options, including AP Economics, AP European History, and AP Computer Science Principles Increased access to more robust technology offerings such as Coding and Programming Additional requirements in math and science, including a new mathematics scope and sequence that integrates algebra, geometry, and trigonometry Enrollment in an Introduction to Computer Science course early in each student’s course track Development of many new, highinterest electives in English, social studies, science, mathematics, business, and the fine arts. As an example, instead of offering Junior
English: Major American Writers, our juniors will now choose from courses such as Crime and Detective Fiction, Myth-Making, Madness and Masculinity in the Old West, the Literature of Rebellion, or even a London Seminar, complete with a trip to London.
connections, we recently introduced the SJCI Be Welcomed Freshman Program consisting of a full calendar of events designed to help the newest members of the St. Joe’s community become more engaged in the life of the school, deepen new friendships, and become part of the historic brotherhood that defines St. Joe’s.
For those interested in more information about the new academic vision, including the rationale behind many of the decisions, we have and will continue to share information under the academic tab on our website, sjci.com.
While experiences in extracurriculars, athletics, and the arts will continue to build these same outcomes, the specialized events that comprise the Be Welcomed program are meant to specifically help the members of the freshman class build strong connections to one another early in their St. Joe’s journey.
With all of the exciting academic changes over the next few years, we also looked closely at the authentic career experiences we offer students prior to making their college decisions. The Internship Program, which started in the sciences and now offers opportunities in all business sectors thanks to the support of so many alumni and friends of St. Joe’s, has provided valuable learning experiences for more than ten years to students of all grades. We are rebranding the program as the new SJCI Career Exploration Program. This initiative combines the existing internship program with practical, career-related skillbuilding workshops and networking events. The goal is to elevate the skills and resources our students have to better identify their strengths, interests, college majors, and future careers. Beyond academic excellence, St. John Baptist de La Salle created school communities which often resembled families, with the Christian Brothers serving as older brothers caring for their younger siblings. Central to the school community today is also the respectful relationships the students create with one another. To support these important peer-to-peer
We are incredibly thankful for the six Christian Brothers who founded our school in 1861, and I hope you enjoy learning more about the talented Brothers who teach and live among us today in this issue’s feature article. St. John Baptist de La Salle...Pray for Us. Live Jesus in our hearts...forever.
Christopher M. Fulco, Ed.D. President
Photo taken by Michael Terranova ’19 as part of the SJCI Internship Program In closing, I want to share why this year is special for St. Joe’s and the other 559 Lasallian schools around the globe. This year, 2019, marks the 300th year since the passing of St. John Baptist de La Salle. As we recognize the tercentenary of his death, we dedicate this issue of The Collegiate to the remarkable ways in which St. La Salle inspired countless numbers of Brothers to dedicate their lives to the education of young people over the last 300 years. WINTER 2019 • 4
Meet the Men Who
Answered God’s Call
The Christian Brothers’ history with St. Joe’s began in 1861 when six Brothers from New York and Montreal arrived in Buffalo in response to Bishop Timon’s urgent plea for assistance in educating the local Catholic youth. These men founded St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and opened its doors at the school’s original location on Delaware Avenue.
oday, four Brothers and one priest live in community on the third floor of the science building, keeping the spirit of faith and zeal alive in our school community. Let us share the stories of these special men who answered God’s calling and committed their lives to education. The Beginning More than 300 years ago, John Baptist de La Salle met a group of barely literate men who had an unconventional idea to provide educational opportunities for children
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from poor families. The young and affluent De La Salle soon found himself leading this group and set his sights on converting these men into the best teachers in the country while keeping them humble at the same time. It was the late 17th century, and he relinquished all of his family’s wealth to pursue this radical vision. Despite all of the challenges and the critics, De La Salle pressed forward, gathering the men into one house and taking up residence with them to guide the process. They began to eat their meals together, spend free time together, prepare their lessons together, and, most importantly, pray
together. The first Christian Brothers’ community was formed. For more than 300 years, this tradition has continued as today’s Brothers, now with their educational partners, fill the role of older brothers and sisters to their students, developing authentic and caring relationships with students to care for the whole person. Our school community is blessed with three active Brothers and one retired Brother who follow the same simple rules of community and believe deeply in the five core Lasallian Principles: faith in the presence of God, quality education, respect for all persons, concern for the poor and social justice, and inclusive community. In addition, Father James Croglio, AFSC, chaplain to the Brothers’ community, lives in residence with our Brothers, adding to the richness of school life on Kenmore Avenue. The five men share evening prayer followed by their evening meal, energized and renewed each day through their time together. Brother Christopher Belleman, FSC Spanish Teacher
he second of ten children, Brother Chris was born in Detroit and attended the grammar school at his family’s parish. His dad was a Social Studies Teacher at a Catholic middle school, and his mom cared for the children and the household. Bro. Chris smiles when he talks about his childhood, but also admits the
financial struggles that existed with such a large family. “The holidays were made possible due to the generosity of others in our community,” he explained. During 8th grade, Bro. Chris had a decision to make: attend the public high school or figure out how to pay the tuition for a Catholic high
asked what he wanted to do with his life. He always knew he wanted to be a teacher, but he had been impressed with the De La Salle Brothers and the community in which they lived. Brother Timothy, his French Teacher, opened the conversation which helped Chris hear the calling and start down the path to becoming a Christian
school. He knew what he wanted to do and began delivering newspapers and saving every cent. Each of his siblings had the same option. He was accepted to and attended De La Salle Collegiate High School in Detroit. In fact, four out of six of the Belleman boys paid for and graduated from De La Salle. During his junior year, Bro. Chris landed a job cleaning a bank downtown which meant higher wages to better support his education. “My grandparents were there to help us if we ran short on funds, but it wasn’t a gift,” said Bro. Chris. “I still remember my grandfather’s roll top desk where he kept ledgers to record the loans and our repayments.” During his senior year, the counselor
Brother. As a former seminarian, Bro. Chris’ father didn’t fully understand the decision initially, but he didn’t stand in the way. After graduation from high school, Bro. Chris spent the summer working at the La Salle School in Albany, a residential treatment center for adolescent boys. He describes this as the best summer he had ever had and returned the following summer. He was a student at Marygrove College in Detroit at this point, and this summer work at the treatment center was simply fulfilling. During his senior year of college, he moved into the Christian Brothers community in Detroit until he completed his BA in French. It was now time for his robing ceremony WINTER 2019 • 6
which symbolizes a deepening of a candidate’s commitment while publicly assuming the identity of the Brother. “As a Deacon, my dad was invited to be on the altar during the ceremony,” said Bro. Chris. “When he looked out at the sea of black in the pews, he finally understood that I was joining a real and large community of men all committed to educational excellence.” His first teaching experience took Bro. Chris to the middle school at Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Syracuse. After one year in the classroom, he entered the Novitiate, a year of discernment and prayer before making his formal commitment and taking his vows. The years that followed took him back to CBA and to La Salle Institute in Troy, NY. He furthered his own education during this time, earning his MA in Spanish. After seven years in the classroom in Troy, he was appointed Principal at the middle school for six years and at the high school for another four. Then, in 2004, Bro. Chris received a phone call that would bring him to St. Joe’s. He had met Mr. Robert Scott at a Lasallian formation program, and the two hit it off. St. Joe’s needed a Spanish teacher, and Bro. Chris was ready to go back to the classroom. Mr. Scott called his friend, and it was an easy decision. What he didn’t predict was that one year later, St. Joe’s would need a Vice Principal for Students. “I was suddenly in the best position to help the students who were really in need,” said Bro. Chris. He would later be appointed Principal, working alongside his friend and school president until Mr. Scott’s retirement in 2018. For the 2018-19 school year, Bro. Chris shares his talents in the classroom again as a Spanish teacher, and he’s overjoyed. He also serves as the Director 7 • ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE
of the Brothers’ Community at St. Joe’s, where he is energized by the friendship and prayer he shares daily with the other brothers. And, he still travels to Detroit often to visit his mother. “After 300 years, Lasallian education still focuses on the entire person,” said Bro. Chris. “Sometimes simply being present is exactly what a student needs, and our mission to care for the whole person allows us to do just that.” Brother Thomas Lackey, FSC Campus Ministry
rother Tom was also born and raised in Detroit. After fighting in World War II, his dad worked as a salesman for a steel company, and his mom was employed as a secretary until Bro. Tom was born. She left her position to stay home with Bro. Tom and his younger sister until they were both of school age. “My parents were very hardworking people who set wonderful examples for us,” said Bro. Tom. “After being forced to retire from the steel company, my dad was hired by a former client within a week and worked until he turned 82 years old.” Bro. Tom attended De La Salle Collegiate High School in Detroit, where his mother had returned to the workplace years before as a secretary and where Bro. Joe and Bro. Chris would later attend. During his four years at the school, Bro. Tom was recruited by the Brothers, but the timing wasn’t quite right. After graduation, Bro. Tom left
for the University of Notre Dame. He enrolled in an intensive German program during his sophomore year, providing the opportunity for him to spend nine months in Europe. “This experience was life-changing,” described Bro. Tom. “The dollar was worth a lot at that time so I was able to travel to many countries, opening my eyes to the world.” While Bro. Tom was in Europe, his roommate was pursuing a life of serving God and serving others, which renewed his interest in the Christian Brothers. At the conclusion of the international program, he returned to the United States, spent a year in novitiate training, and then transferred to the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he earned his BA in Sociology. Bro. Tom’s first teaching assignment was at the Christian Brothers Academy in New Jersey, one of the wealthiest schools in the district at that time. Tasked with Sociology and World History classes, Bro. Tom claims it was a challenging year as many first year teachers can attest to. He fondly recalls being mentored by a more experienced Christian Brother at the school who helped him improve his classroom skills as the year went on. “The camaraderie of the Brothers is what I first witnessed as a student,” said Bro. Tom. “The support you receive as an adult from the group is just indescribable.” In 1975, he found himself back home at his alma mater, De La Salle Collegiate. He then enrolled in the Asian Studies program at the University of Michigan, earning his MA in Asian Studies. He was eventually promoted to Dean of Students at De La Salle, a position he claims made him the happiest. “My Irish and German roots
served me well in this disciplinary role,” said Bro. Tom. During his service to De La Salle, the school moved to a new campus, and he was instrumental in that process. It wasn’t long before he was promoted to Principal, a position he held for nine years. At that point, Bro. Tom received a sabbatical. He spent two weeks in a Brothers’ community in Japan, three months in Australia,followed by a retreat and renewal program which included a silent week of reflection. After another two weeks in New Zealand following the retreat, it was time to go back home. The next leg of his journey took Bro. Tom to the University of San Francisco, where he earned his MA in Educational Leadership. He had become close with some of the Brothers at St. Joe’s, and the school needed a principal. During his sevenyear tenure at 845 Kenmore Avenue which began in 1995, he oversaw many capital projects, including moving the Arts up from the basement and into the new Cullen Center. The district’s Provincial then decided he needed Bro. Tom’s help. He was named Assistant Provincial
see that in every school.” Today, Bro. Tom leads many of the retreat programs for our students, including the Kairos experience for seniors. He is known for opening his heart to the students during their time together as the young men discover more about their faith, themselves, and their friends. “Every emotion is on display during these trips,” explains Bro. Tom. “We all return forever changed from the shared experience.” When he’s not in school, you will find Bro. Tom with his gardening gloves tending to the vast landscaping on campus. During the cold months, of Education, visiting schools you can find him absorbed in his around the district to evaluate latest book on his Kindle. administrators. At the conclusion of this assignment, he spent five years in Washington, D.C. as the Director Brother of Lasallian Formation Programs. Joseph “The formation programs are a Wilkowski, vital part of our future, especially as FSC more lay people become active in Science, Math leadership roles in our schools,” said & Technology Bro. Tom. “The Lasallian charism Teacher will be alive and well for another 300 years as long as we keep sending t turns out Brother Joe is also people to these programs.” from Detroit. His father was Bro. Tom’s work wasn’t over in a hardware salesman, and his Detroit. He was asked to spend another four years at De La Salle, mom was a secretary until it was this time in the role of president. time to take care of Bro. Joe and his This earned him another sabbatical, younger sister. Just like Bro. Chris taking him to England for three and Bro. Tom, he too attended De months of spiritual renewal and rest. La Salle Collegiate High School. During his senior year at De Then the phone rang. It was St. Joe’s President Robert Scott, AFSC. The La Salle, he was recruited by the two knew each other well from Bro. Brothers but he also wasn’t ready Tom’s years as president in the 90’s. to commit. He joined the Brothers’ There was an opportunity in Campus College Contact Program in order to Ministry, and Bro. Tom jumped at the stay connected and headed off to the University of Notre Dame, where he chance to come back to Buffalo. “The strength of St. Joe’s is the joined the fencing team and worked balance of academics, athletics, and on the school’s newspaper. It was just arts,” said Bro. Tom. “You just don’t coincidence when he bumped into
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his high school principal and English teacher walking across campus one day. The two were working on their doctorates at the time. “My interest was sparked once I reconnected with the Brothers,” said Bro. Joe. “I had always had a desire to give back to my community, and training minds of the future through teaching seemed like the best way to do it.” His first teaching assignment was at La Salle Institute in Troy. Like most educators, he describes his first year in the classroom experience as quite challenging. While many agreed that his classroom skills weren’t great, Brother Brice Patrick Brown, a teacher in the school and a 1954 graduate of St. Joe’s, was influential in convincing him to stay. Former St. Joe’s Principal Brother Anthony Flynn, FSC brought Bro. Joe to St. Joe’s in 1977 to teach math. He joined the SJCI coaching staffs of the golf, basketball, and baseball programs. At the same time, he continued his own education, earning his MSEd from Buffalo State College and his MA and PhD in Mathematics from the University at Buffalo. After ten years at St. Joe’s, Bro. Joe spent three years at Manhattan College followed by just over four years back home in Detroit at De La Salle, where he helped form the Lasallian Youth program. Today, this movement brings together students from all over the East Coast to engage in service, community building, and prayer. The next assignments took him to Christian Brothers Academy in Albany for two years, then back to Manhattan College for another two years. His work on the youth program continued in New York, strengthening the initiative in the NY district and nationally. 9 • ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE
Bro. Joe was then asked to take the principal role at La Salle Academy in New York City. He spent three years in this role, during which the September 11, 2001 attacks occurred. His campus was just 1.5 miles from the site. Fortunately none of the students were personally connected to victims of the attacks. “On September 10, I had golfed in an alumni golf tournament, and some of the people I spoke to were victims of the horrific attack,” said Bro. Joe. “In addition, the firemen who lived and worked out of two firehouses near the campus were almost all lost that day.” When the opportunity presented itself, Bro. Joe headed back to Detroit, which allowed him to care for his aging parents for two years. After his dad passed away, he returned to Manhattan College and his mom took up residence in the city. He then answered a call to return to La Salle Academy where he began teaching science. “At that time, there were many Brothers’ communities in New York City,” said Bro. Joe. “There were many opportunities for socializing with Brothers from various schools who had different backgrounds and experiences.” When the opportunity arose to teach in Palestine at Bethlehem University as a professor of mathematics, he grabbed it. Unfortunately, after just one semester, he had to return to the United States over a conflict with his work visa. He spent the next year in Providence, RI, before finding himself back at St. Joe’s in 2014 after an invitation from Mr. Scott. He currently teaches four AP courses, is a member of three academic departments, and is comoderator of the Robotics Team. According to the other members of the Brothers’ community, Bro. Joe is always
working. His students reap the benefits. During his first tenure at St. Joe’s, there were more Brothers living in our school community. After spending so many years in New York City, he sometimes feels more isolated in Buffalo. However, the district provides many opportunities for retreats and other programs for the Brothers from throughout the region to gather. Still, Bro. Joe knows he is lucky to have the companionship of three other Brothers and Father Jim. Many Lasallian schools have only one Brother assigned to them today. “Living in community with men who are also dedicated to our Lasallian mission of educational excellence for all students makes the days very enjoyable for me,” said Bro. Joe. “While I worry sometimes about the future of the Christian Brothers, I know that God has come through before and will again.” Brother Peter Henderson, FSC Retired
rother Peter joined the Brothers community in 1950 and spent most of his teaching career at Manhattan College, a Lasallian Catholic college in New York City. After his retirement from the college, he was asked to join the St. Joe’s faculty to teach Religion and Physics, which he did for more than 10 years. Bro. Peter holds a Doctorate in Astrophysics and was well-respected by his students and peers during his many years in the classroom. Today, he lives
in community at St. Joe’s, attending morning Mass in the chapel, participating in all-school Masses, and renewing his vows with the Brothers each year. Living in community is an integral component to the Christian Brothers’ way of life that doesn’t end upon retirement. Bro. Peter’s health and wellbeing allow him to stay at St. Joe’s under the watchful eyes of his fellow SJCI brothers. Other retirees can choose to reside in one of the retirement homes in existence around the country for the Christian Brothers, allowing these men to continue living in community, which is critical to the happiness for so many. Father James Croglio, AFSC Chaplain
ather Jim was born on the West Side of Buffalo. His father was an accountant, and his mom was a homemaker when he and his five siblings were young. She returned to the workforce once the children were older, retiring from Macy’s at an astonishing 86 years old. After attending Catholic grammar school, Father Jim enrolled in the Diocesan Preparatory Seminary on Dodge Street in Buffalo. “I knew from the time I was five or six that I wanted to be a priest,” said Father Jim. After completion of the preparatory program, he attended St. John Vianney Seminary, currently Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, earning a BA in Philosophy and a Master of Divinity. In 1975, he was ordained as a Deacon and served for a year and a
half in a parish in Buffalo followed by six months in a monastery in Elmira. After his time in retreat and reflection, he enrolled in SUNY Plattsburgh and earned his MS in Counseling. He was ordained a priest by the Diocese of Buffalo in 1980 and assigned to St. James Parish in Jamestown. After six years at the parish, he was assigned Associate Pastor at Infant of Prague Parish in Cheektowaga, where he served for two years. In 1988, Father Jim was put to work in the Counseling Center for Church Ministers, and he was given the opportunity to also be appointed Chaplain of St. Joe’s. He drove right to 845 Kenmore Avenue to introduce himself to the administration and meet the Brothers. At that time, there were eleven active Brothers in the St. Joe’s community. He was immediately welcomed into the community and took up residence rather quickly. The men ate together, prayed together, and said Mass together. Friendships were formed, and the mission was shared. “When you make the decision to become a priest, you are not promised an easy life, but you are promised that God will be with you through it all,”
said Father Jim. “Suddenly I was part of a robust and thriving community of men who had committed their lives to education and each other.” Every day, Father Jim offers morning Mass in the St. Joe’s chapel. While this ritual was only for the Brothers in the beginning,you can now find various members of the school community participating. In the evenings, Father Jim joins the Brothers for Evening Prayer before the group dines together in the Brothers’ residence. In 2003, Father Jim received a humbling surprise. The Visitor of the New York District presented Father Jim with his Letter of Affiliation, which recognizes lay men and women as spiritual sons of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. Affiliation means someone has vowed to live the life of the religious educator patterned in the spirit, heart, and mind of De La Salle. In addition to his role as Chaplain for St. Joe’s and the Brothers, Father Jim is the Vicar for Priests for the Buffalo Diocese. “It is a great honor to serve the Diocese, the school, and especially the Brothers,” said Father Jim. “I see God’s love in my life through this fulfilling work.” WINTER 2019 • 10
SIGNUM FIDEI: CLASS OF 2019 Induction into the Signum Fidei Society is St. Joe’s lifetime achievement award and the highest honor bestowed by the school each year. Each gentleman inducted into the Society is recognized for his distinguished achievements in his career, community involvement, and exemplification of the values of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Congratulations to the 2019 inductees, honored at a ceremony on March 2. Irving A. Duffy ’22 † was a Detroit Industrialist and a top automobile executive. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1926, received his law degree, and later returned to teach law at West Point. During his 20 years of Army service, he served on the Judge Advocate General’s staff and worked closely with U.S. industry leaders during World War II. In 1949, he joined the Ford Motor Co. and became its vice president and one of the best known auto executives in the country. He was instrumental in the growth of St. Joe’s and was one of its most important stewards during the 20th Century. Robert T. Scott, AFSC joined the St. Joe’s faculty as a Religion and History Teacher in 1971, served as Vice Principal for Student Affairs for twenty years before becoming Principal, and – in 2004 – became President, a role he held until his retirement in 2018. He became a legend in the St. Joe’s community, known for establishing personal relationships with students, building boys into good men, and – through his stewardship of two capital campaigns – creating the opportunity of a Lasallian education for generations of young men. Thomas J. Comer Jr. ’81 † lived a life devoted to others. He was a proud alumnus of St. Joe’s, a generous benefactor, a member
of the Board of Trustees since 2008, and was beginning his first term as Chairman when he passed away unexpectedly in November 2017. He was a longtime business executive and Chief Executive Officer and owner of Royal Bedding Co., which he expanded into Alliance Sleep Products,building the Restonic brand into a nationally recognized name. He was active with and a strong supporter of the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund, and the Diocese of Buffalo’s Dept. of Education. Paul W. LoVullo ’81 was senior vice president of LoVullo Associates, Inc., and a national leader in the insurance industry who was long involved with the American Association of Managing General Agents. He is a tremendous supporter of St. Joe’s, serving on the Board of Trustees for six years, having taken personal leadership roles in the adoption of the school’s 1-to-1 iPad program and the renovation of the field house and athletic fields. His community involvement includes the ECMC Lifeline Foundation, Dale Carnegie’s Youth Character Development Foundation, the ThurmanThomas Family Foundation, the Leonard S. LoVullo Memorial Golf Outing, and serving as a longtime coach of youth sports in Clarence.
Irving A. Duffy ’22 †
Robert T. Scott, AFSC
Thomas J. Comer Jr. ’81 †
Paul W. LoVullo ’81
To learn more about the Signum Fidei Society and this year’s inductees, or to nominate a candidate for consideration, visit sjci.com/signumfidei. Questions? Contact Joseph Pernick ’10 at email@example.com.
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1950s R. Carlos Carballada ’52 was recognized as a recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s 2018 ICON Honors Award. He currently serves as the charitable and community relations manager at M&T Bank.
1970s Dr. Thomas P. Lawrence ’70 has been named President and CEO of Catholic Medical Partners. He previously served as Chief Medical Officer at Innovative Health Alliance of New York. Dr. Sean E. Keating ’72, co-founder of Northtown Podiatry Group, has joined the Excelsior Orthopaedics team of providers. Michael A. Caligiuri, MD ’74 received the J.E. Wallace Sterling Lifetime Achievement Award in Medicine from the Stanford University School of Medicine for his continuous, significant work in cancer research and treatment. David J. Nasca ’75 was named the 2018 Executive of the Year at the annual Executive of the Year and Elite Sales & Marketing Awards. David is the President and CEO of Evans Bank. Robert Sacha ’75 has been hired as an associate professor of video storytelling at the City University of New York School of Journalism. He has had a distinguished career as a director, cinematographer, editor, photographer, and collaborator on visual journalism projects. Timothy J. Sember ’78 was named the Chief Development Officer for Catholic Charities of Buffalo. He is the first lay person responsible for strategic leadership of the annual appeal in support of Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Buffalo.
Marc Colonna ’84 was promoted to senior account manager at Safetec of America Inc. He has been with Safetec since 2012 and most recently served as an account manager. Thomas Terhaar ’87, U.S. Women’s Rowing head coach, led his teams to 3 gold medals and 7 total medals at the 2018 World Rowing Championships. This helped bring the U.S. medal count to 10 total medals during the regatta to top the overall medal count.
1990s John M. Collins ’94 has accepted a position as Assistant Principal at Pioneer High School. He joins Pioneer after 12 years of teaching at Stanley G. Falk School in Buffalo and Orleans-Niagara BOCES. Brian D. Barrett, PhD ’96 has been named chairman of the Foundations and Social Advocacy Department at SUNY Cortland. Henry L. Jurek III ’96 was honored with the 2017 Builder of the Year Award from the Buffalo Niagara Builders Association. Henry is the Vice President of Sales and Operations for Jurek Builders. Andrew J. Fabiano, MD ’97 was named a Top Doctor by Buffalo Spree. He currently serves as the Director of the Spinal Oncology Center at Roswell Park. Glenn T. Hart ’97 joined Ivoclar Vivadent in the position of vice president of finance and administration. Joshua T. Hutter, DDS ’97, a partner with WNY Dental Group, was inducted as a fellow of the International College of Dentists in honor of his outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service, and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind. Myles M. Abbott ’99 was promoted to partner for PwC in Cleveland, OH. He previously served as senior manager of assurance.
Peter Crage ’79 will assume the role of Interim Chief Financial Officer at 888VoIP. He most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for Diamond Resorts.
Brian D. Dubenion ’00 has accepted a new position as Executive Director for Student Success at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.
Seth A. Piccirillo ’00 announced his candidacy for Mayor of Niagara Falls in 2019. He is currently the director of Niagara Falls Community Development and acting director of Niagara Falls Code Enforcement.
Raymond G. Collins ’81 anchors a daily two-hour TV show on the ABC affiliate in Sarasota, FL, “Good Morning Suncoast.” Collins is also a published travel writer, produces corporate and non-profit promotional videos, and has coauthored a book on media and image training.
Alumni News and Notes is a compilation of information reported to St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. We are not responsible for its accuracy or content.
ALUMNI NEWS AND NOTES
Longtime area attorneys David Roach ’69, J. Michael Lennon ’92, Christopher H. Brown Jr., and John P. Dee ’57 have announced the formation of a new law firm, Roach, Lennon, & Brown, PLLC.
proprietor, was State Bowling concluded two Association of
Thomas J. Cesarz ’68 retired from the Hulbert Taft Jr. Library at the Taft School, Watertown, CT. He has lived, worked, and coached at Taft for 15 years and most recently served as the Director of the Library.
Brian Borowski ’84, Classic Lanes elected President of the New York Proprietors Association. He recently terms on the Bowling Proprietors America Board of Directors.
Matthew A. Mavissakalian, DO ’04 joined the practice of Jeffrey B. Rockoff, MD, PC, specializing in pediatric and adult allergy and clinical immunology. He completed his residency at the University of Buffalo Catholic Health Services in Internal Medicine in 2016.
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Thomas R. Schwartz ’05 was promoted to director of business valuations at Lougen, Valenti, Bookbinder & Weintraub, LLP. Kevin F. Carocci ’06 successfully matched into the Urology Residency at Michigan State University/ McLaren Macomb, where he will begin training in July 2019. He is currently a 4th year medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and is completing clinical clerkships at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, NY. Adam N. Croglia ’06 accepted a job as a Senior Counselor, Public Affairs at Mower (formerly Eric Mower + Associates). He leads the Buffalo office’s public affairs, crisis and reputation management practice. Adam M. Hagner, CPA ’06 joined Lumsden & McCormick LLP as senior accountant. Jeffrey M. Papia ’06 has been named the new Chief Mission Officer D’Youville College. He most recently served as the Director of Mission Integration and Campus Ministry at Hilbert College. Stephen A. Pieroni ’06, also known as DJ Spooky Stephen, performed at the VIP party for the Jay-Z and Beyoncé OTR II tour at New Era Field at their August 2018 concert.
Andrew B. Hayes ’14 is traveling the world, performing on Royal Caribbean International cruises. In December 2018, he was recognized for his outstanding job performance and exemplary service to the guests on the Jewel of the Seas. Connor J. Rosenecker ’14 delivered the commencement address for the Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics, finance, management, and psychology. Connor has worked as an intern with organizations such as Citigroup and 43North, LLC. William P. Gaulin ’16 and his team won the 15th annual PwC Challenge, which tests accounting students’ critical thinking, teamwork, and presentation skills. He is currently an accounting major in the University at Buffalo School of Management. 1
Births Alexander J. ’07 and Danielle Eadie welcomed Maximilian on October 5, 2018. 3 James V. ’04 and Cara Safy welcomed Nora Josephine on July 26, 2018. 4
Marriages and Engagements
James C. Pernick ’08 joined Berenson Hardware as a National Account Manager. He previously served as a Junior Sales Engineer at Caplugs.
Michael J. Folts ’98 married Tracy Cotter on October 12, 2018. 5
Marcene D. Robinson ’09, of the University at Bufffalo Office of University Communications, received the chapter’s Ann R. Carden Rising Star Award at the annual Excalibur Awards of the Public Relations Society of America Buffalo Niagara chapter.
Mr. Daniel Chamberlin ’05 married Melissa Turski on June 23, 2018.
Michael J. Doben ’10 co-directed Farenheit 451 at The Manny Fried Playhouse in Buffalo. Drew M. Fittry ’10 was named Director of Baseball Operations for the Interstate Collegiate Baseball League Buffalo Division. He also serves at the Head Coach at Hilbert College. Timothy R. Dyet ’12 was named Director of the Pep Band for St. Bonaventure University. Benjamin J. Brownell ’13 has joined AmeriCorps as an education coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club of Bend, Oregon. He previously worked as a one-toone aide at Happiness House in Geneva, NY.
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John C. ’06 and Sarah Schnitter welcomed Jack Casey on October 18, 2018. 2
Joseph M. Elhage ’08 has been promoted to manager at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP, a locally owned and operated full-service accounting firm.
Brian H. Gibson ’98 is engaged to Laura DeRosa.
William N. Hoffman ’00 married Lydia Lassalle on November 29, 2018.
Adam N. Croglia ’06 married Molly Scherer on August 11, 2018. Matthew Russo ’08 married Brianna Rico in Tucson, AZ on November 2, 2018. Jonathan Rossi ’08 married Briana Berg on December 1, 2018. 6
Mr. Mark D. Turoldo ’10 married Alison Adele Ghise on June 30, 2018. Michael J. O’Neill ’10 married Briahna Jarcho on July 18, 2018. Michael G. Anczok ’10 got engaged to Courtney Hyatt. Edward B. Pokoj ’11 married Hilary Farnham in June 2018.
In Memoriam Jerome C. Andres ’43
James B. Kane ’41
John J. Raiff ’57
Frank Barone ’39
Mary Jane Duggan
Paul M. Mack ’58
Ralph J. Bernacki ’64
William J. Frawley
Francis P. Maggio ’81
John C. Shattuck
Andrew R. Bongiorno ’71
Kenneth W. Gantress ’55
John McFarland ’82
Robert G. Sowers ’46
Robert Brunshidle ’39
Robert J. Gareis ’54
Edward M. McKee
Robert Chambers ’49
Eileen B. Monahan
Harold R. Stockman ’54
Minna B. Collins
William F. Murphy ’47
Michael T. Sullivan ’80
David C. Dean
Kathleen M. Greene
John P. O’Reilly
Roger W. Thaler
Paul R. Guenther
Kenneth J. Paa
Joseph Trapp ’40
Charles G. DiPasquale ’73
Paul M. Hassett ’58
Joseph R. Plewniak ’63
Kenneth J. Vaughn ’47
Kathleen A. Donner
Rosemary “Penny” Holmberg
Martin L. Quinn ’46
Dennis Weiss ’54
Celebrating Achievements in the Arts Our newest members of the Fine Arts Wall of Honor were recognized in December in a ceremony prior to the annual Winter Concert, where the inductees were also introduced during intermission. Congratulations to these talented men and women. Louis Colaiacovo ’95 has appeared on numerous stages with various production companies, including MusicalFare, Irish Classical, Shakespeare in the Park, Buffalo United Artists, Jewish Repertory, Road Less Traveled, Theater of Youth, Artpark, and Studio Arena. He spent three years with the National Touring productions of Footloose, Titanic, and the award-winning company of 1776. He is an eleventime nominee, and two-time winner of the Artvoice “Artie” Award. He currently heads the Drama Department and teaches English at Pioneer Middle School. Charles Czarnecki ’98 is a creative entrepreneur working in the international entertainment industries as a music supervisor, music producer, conductor, orchestrator, vocal arranger, pianist, executive producer, and creative consultant. He made his Broadway debut conducting Jersey Boys and his Carnegie Hall debut conducting/orchestrating for/ vocal arranging for the New York Pops. His clients include Broadway stars, Hollywood visionaries, Rock ’n Roll Hall of Famers, Tony-winning performers, Grammy-winning artists, and world-renowned studio musicians. Carmen Ruby Floyd attended Holy Angels Academy and was involved with St. Joe’s theatre and Swing Choir. She was last seen on Broadway in the Tony-award winning musical Hello, Dolly! She has also been a part of The Lion King, the original cast of Avenue Q, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, After Midnight, and Chicago. She most recently performed a solo show and now tours around the world with Vanessa Williams.
L to R: Gibney ’01, Floyd, Colaiacovo ’95, and Czarnecki ’98 Michael A. Gibney Jr. ’01 is a successful cook and writer. He published SOUS CHEF: 24 Hours on the Line, which became a Wall Street Journal bestseller. He has worked at several of New York City’s most celebrated restaurants, including Tavern on the Green, and was the Opening Executive Chef and part-owner of Emmerson in Boulder, Colorado. He has recently relocated back home and is currently developing a neighborhood Italian restaurant in Buffalo called INIZIO. WINTER 2019 • 14
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