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vista Fall & Winter 2013

A magazine for alumni, parents, and friends of Villanova Preparatory School

Looking to the Future The Villanova Strategic Plan 2013-2019

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VISTA VISTA is published twice a year for alumni, parents, students, and friends of Villanova Preparatory School. Administration President Rev. John Keller, O.S.A. Headmaster Carol Hoffer Director of Mission Effectiveness Br. Michael Bube O.S.A. Director of Financial Affairs Nancy Ventura Director of Admission Tyler Hart Director of Development Jeanne Hill Director of Resident Life Ricardo Olivares Board of Directors Dr. Robert Arce Dr. Karin Best ’76 Heidi Bradbury David Brubaker Br. Michael Bube, O.S.A. Carol Hoffer

Rev. John Keller, O.S.A. Colleen McCall Very Rev. Gary Sanders, O.S.A. Laurence Shields Rev. Thomas Verber, O.S.A. Sr. Rachel Yourgules, I.H.M.

Mission In the Augustinian tradition, the Mission of Villanova Preparatory School is to graduate mature young adults of diverse backgrounds who reflect the qualities of truth, unity, and love. The school does this by providing a challenging college preparatory curriculum and Catholic environment that promote the development of mind, heart, and body. These young adults will think, judge, and act in ways that are sound and in keeping with the teachings of Jesus Christ.



Villanova Preparatory School is accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Features Looking to the Future................................................................................. 20 Villanova Millennials................................................................................... 31 Using Technology to Support School Philosophy................................ 32 Saying Y.E.S. to Opportunity..................................................................... 33 “Judge” Clark Remembered....................................................................... 38 Why Parents Choose Villanova................................................................. 43

departments From The President........................................................................................4 Headmaster’s Message...................................................................................5


Student Summer Achievements..................................................................6 Giving Back......................................................................................................9 Faculty Update.............................................................................................. 10 Sports Round Up......................................................................................... 12 Fundraising News........................................................................................ 15 Resident Student Profiles........................................................................... 32 Admissions Calendar.................................................................................. 44 Nova Notes Recap....................................................................................... 45



Profiles............................................................................................................ 14 Events............................................................................................................. 34


In Memoriam................................................................................................ 37 Look Whose Finding Us on Facebook.................................................... 40 Wildcat Weekend......................................................................................... 50 VILLANOVA PREPARATORY SCHOOL CATHOLIC COLLEGE PREP: Unity, Truth, Love



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Thinking ‘inside the box” A riff on the Gospel according to St. Matthew (13:52)


nd Jesus replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven, is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” In his June Commencement address at the Grotto, Mike Saliba, former chair of Villanova’s Board of Directors, challenged some conventional wisdom. He countered “don’t sweat the small stuff!” with “sweat the small stuff!” and gave convincing examples of his thesis. As we introduce Villanova’s Strategic Plan 2013-2019 in this issue of Vista, I want to take on the frequently expressed “think outside the box” with “think within the box.” While thinking outside of the box has produced some worthwhile results, I suggest that creative and faithful directions for shaping an institution’s future are found by thinking within the box. By “box” I mean the fundamental purpose, mission, and fruitful experience of the enterprise. This box provides a frame and a starting point, not for the “same old, same old,” but rather opportunities to achieve substantive, fresh and contemporary realization of our values and mission. The box often disciplines us to go deeper and to discover the vitality of the mission in new ways.

One of the favorite examples from business of the “within the box” approach is the Disney Company. Walt went from cartoons, to film features, to television, to theme parks, to cruise ships – all in pursuit of and within the box of the company’s core values and purpose. While Disney made significant changes in strategies and practices, the “Disney Magic” remained. This is why we preface our Plan with Villanova’s mission, core values, and vision, our “box.” Add to that Villanova’s experiences in pursuit of the mission. Some Villanova promotional materials from the 1930s, for example, proclaimed that the Augustinians at Villanova offered “dogged direction” to their students. I think we know what that might have meant then. But today it is expressed with new words, and more importantly, in fresh ways: personal care, academic support, guided encouragement of spirituality, talents, and personality. I believe you’ll see that the four threads of the Plan are already at work in the Villanova experience. This is a desirable aspect which suggests organic development within the school’s fabric and the prospect that the Plan is on target and, to change the image, it has legs. And you will see, too, the evolution of Villanova’s mission with the new and old from our storeroom as we serve our students and families in building with them the Kingdom of God. Rev. John Keller O.S.A. President

Fr. Robert Prevost, OSA, Prior General of the Order of St. Augustine, presents Villanova’s president Fr. John Keller, OSA, to Pope Francis at the conclusion of the Mass which opened the 185th General Chapter of the Augustinians (August 28, 2013) at San Agostino Church, Rome. Fr. Gary Sanders, OSA, Prior Provincial of the Augustinians in California, and Fr. Keller represented Augustinians from the Western U.S. at the month-long meeting.



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From the Headmaster

Headmaster’s Message

Creativity, Mastery of the Word, and Critical Thinking in a Global Context The Strategic Plan accelerates Villanova’s expression of the school’s core values.

The Augustinian tradition at Villanova is long but hardly staid, or unresponsive. In fact, all 89 years of that tradition have been a constant process of assessment and reflection, a continual fine-tuning of the educational experience that is offered to the students. We acknowledge the past, but like any successful institution, we must prepare for the future. We must, as Father Keller expressed in “Thinking Inside the Box,” think within the fundamental purpose and mission of Villanova with a contemporary realization. With that in mind, Villanova has been examining the International Baccalaureate Programme, which would give our students an even deeper education, not to mention a credential that is increasingly viewed with distinction. This direction is taken from the Strategic Plan, which challenges our school community to offer an education to prepare our young men and women for the challenges of the 21st century. We are very mindful of our responsibility to develop compassionate global citizens in a quickly changing world. One way is to bring programs that promote critical thinking, emphasize creativity and promote knowledge across the curriculum. The International Baccalaureate Programme is designed to promote that knowledge and those skills. It focuses on the final two years of secondary education with “an emphasis on a broad educational approach that addresses the intellectual, personal and interpersonal development of the student and puts in place many of the values, attitudes and skills that will serve the student well throughout life.”

Since its introduction, an IB diploma, or IB courses on a transcript, have come to signify a student who is willing to take on a challenging academic path and who is well prepared for university work. The challenging academic path requires significant effort on the part of students and support by a dedicated faculty and staff, the “dogged direction” offered to Villanova students throughout the last 90 years, and very much “within the box” of the Villanova experience. Villanova is now a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Authorization to offer an IB diploma involves in-service and training of teachers, administrators and counselors. The training and candidacy process benefits every Villanova student whether they ever take an IB class or earn an IB diploma. The opportunity for Villanova faculty and staff to interact and network with outstanding teachers throughout the world, to hear about the best practices, curriculum updates, and strategies to promote 21st century skills, is a benefit to the Villanova community. All of which helps prepare our school for the next 90 years. The tradition of Villanova, its mission and Strategic Plan, direct us to work to be the best version of Villanova possible. That requires ongoing assessment and reflection on how to serve the current and future members of our school community. Moving forward toward authorization to offer the IB Diploma is just one way to continue the distinguished tradition of Villanova in our contemporary world.

Carol Hoffer Headmaster

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Villanova Students Do More Than Vacation Each Summer

Amy Duncan, Ojai Class of 2015

This summer Amy traveled to SouthEast Asia, lived in a local village in Udon Thani, Thailand, and did various community service projects working with the international teen community service organization Rustic Pathways. “This opportunity allowed me to travel (which I love to do) as well as to help others. I had an amazing time. The work I did was varied. I learned how the villagers build a house with limited materials, and I was able to help with that. I learned to cook various Thai meals, and also taught kids how to swim. I found out I was able to break a seemingly impossible language barrier. I also learned a great deal about myself, and my love for helping those in need. My favorite part of my experience would have to be seeing how happy you can make people with the simplest of gestures. Although I am unsure of what I want to do with my future, the experience I had definitely showed me I would like to do something internationally, that ties into service to others. “ 6


Ben Launius, Oxnard Class of 2017

Jacob Launius, Oxnard Class of 2015

Over the summer Ben took part in the USA water polo Junior Olympics in Orange County. “I participated just for personal accomplishment and the best thing about this experience was that my team received second place! This experience helped me learn how to be a better teammate and how to work through adversity. This activity was related to my possible interest in playing water polo in college.”

“My brother Ben and I competed in the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics. I did this for a personal achievement and for fun. I learned to never give up and to try your hardest no matter what the circumstances. This was a valuable lesson because I would like to play a sport in college. The best thing about going to the Junior Olympics was being able to play different teams from around the country and winning fourth place overall.”

Lauren Graf, Carpinteria Class of 2017

Lauren’s family belongs to Faith Lutheran Church in Carpinteria and this summer she served as a group leader for the church’s Vacation Bible School. “I did it for fun and to share the love of God with others. One thing I learned from this experience is that to try and get a message across to different children, you have to say different things or use different tones. My favorite part of this work was getting to spend time around great counselors and helpers, and also getting to interact with the children while still spreading God’s love by helping. In the future, I would like to work with children.” u

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Kaity Bailey, Ojai Class of 2015

Yuanhong (Eric) Tian, China Class of 2015

This summer Kaity played beach volleyball up and down the California Coast. She also won the Florida Junior Open in Cocoa Beach. She hopes to begin traveling internationally next summer. Kaity loves beach volleyball. Sand volleyball is now a NCAA sport and Kaity plans on playing it in college. Her goal is to medal in the Olympics and be a professional beach volleyball player. At 15 years old she has already earned her AAA women’s rating (the highest amateur rating before going pro).

This summer Eric and his family, including two sets of grandparents, visited Taiwan. “My parents arranged this trip in order for me to fully understand China’s modern history. It was one of the big events in my family. We fully communicated and helped each other. I learned about life in Taiwan. I asked the taxi drivers, our tour guide and some residents about Taiwan history, their life situation and the political system. I also had lessons on TOEFL twice a week to further improve my English skill and make preparation for the university applications next year.”

Lexi Rakestraw, Oxnard Class of 2016

Lexi volunteered for the City of Oxnard’s Recreation Department for their Camp Serendipity program. She logged in over a 100 hours during the course of the summer. She also volunteered (and continues to) at The Palms at Bonaventure (a senior living facility) where she paints the nails of the residents on Saturdays, so when their families come in on Sunday, the ladies are all nicely manicured.

Marcus Italo, Ojai Class of 2017

Marcus spent a week on the UCLA campus learning about Vex Robotics. He was able to build and modify a computer driven robot, and he taught himself to write the lines of coding necessary to run his robot through a maze. He also built a desktop computer from scratch, thanks to help (and cheering) from Mr. Walter Han. “It was fun to spend the summer working with computers. Usually, I would just play computer games written by other people. This summer, I got to research computer components, put together my own custom computer, and learn how to build and program robots. I’m also Ted Jaich, Thousand Oaks starting a blog to write about my Class of 2015 Ted attended the Junior Statesmen computer adventures.” Summer School at Georgetown University this past summer and Garett Lockwood, Ojai studied American government and Class of 2015 politics. A highlight of the program was Garett helped install irrigation and plant meeting Supreme Court Justice Sandra crops for the Food Share organization. Day O’Connor in the courthouse. The They are located at the old Sheriff’s program included a debate workshop Honor Farm in Ojai. u and meeting members of Congress from California. Fall & Winter 2013




Gia Man Pham, Ventura Class of 2017

This summer Gia Man and her family did charity activities in Saigon and DaNang. She helped to package rice, sugar, noodles, and soy sauce for the solitary elderly and other poor people. She also travelled to some provinces in South Vietnam to distribute school supplies to poor children, to prepare them for school in the fall.

Haley Yanez, Ojai Class of 2014

Zoe Appleby, Santa Paula Class of 2014

Haley played Chava in the Ojai Art Center’s production of Fiddler on the Roof over the summer. Haley enjoys singing and acting and plans to participate in theater throughout college. “The best thing about this experience was working with talented people and developing my singing and acting skills,” she said.

Zoe was awarded the Girls Scout Gold Award in June, 2013 in recognition of her logging a total of 85 community service hours, running a children’s group at the Santa Paula community library. Many of the kids that use the library here in Santa Paula are not wealthy, and come from families that simply cannot afford dance, acting, or music lessons. The Children’s Drama Club met once a week, was geared toward grades 3-5, with between 6-15 participants each session, and cumulated in the original play, The Battle for the Prince written for these children by Zoe. The Gold Award is considered equivalent to The Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout.

Drake Avila, Oxnard Class of 2017

After attending a Young Writer’s Camp in Oxnard for the past two years and getting inspired to do more reading and writing, Drake decided to volunteer and give back by inspiring youngsters. He worked three hours a day, four days a week for three weeks over the summer. “The best thing about this experience was the opportunity to help others express themselves through writing,” he said.



Matthew Burdett, Ventura Class of 2014

Senior Matthew Burdett earned his designation as an Eagle Scout Award by rebuilding a shed at the Wheeler Myles Delamora, Camarillo Gorge Visitor center, a project that Class of 2014 required more than one hundred hours Myles volunteered for three months of service from his group. Matthew at Camarillo Springs Golf Course received his award at a ceremony on teaching youngsters how to play the October 5, 2013. n game. “I learned that kids are really fun to be around and that I could make a difference as a role model,” he said.

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Giving Back: Returning a Life-Changing Kindness Ken Wells, class of ’75 Physician Ken Wells from the class of ’75 has no doubt that the Villanova experience set him up for later success. “I learned that hard work and dedication will be rewarded even if you are not following a linear path,” he said. “Flexibility and confidence in what you love doing are most important.” For Dr. Wells, giving back is about thanking the mostly anonymous people whose generosity changed his life, and providing young people with the opportunity to invest in themselves. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles in the 1960s, he faced limited opportunities and witnessed broken dreams. “I was raised by my grandmother, and did not have the means to attend a school like Villanova. There was a lot of gang activity and racial conflict around. Kids there were not told that we could be or do anything we wanted, like many are,” he said. A few nuns, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, who worked at his grammar school, Transfiguration Catholic Elementary School, heard that Villanova offered grants, and encouraged Ken’s family to apply. “The Sisters helped me prepare, and even drove me to Ojai for the interview. With their support, I left my neighborhood and expanded my sense of what was possible.” From Villanova, Dr. Wells went on to a career in health care that has taken him on a multifaceted journey, spanning occupational medicine, public health, family medicine, aviation medicine and pharmacy over the past 20 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Texas Southern University, a master’s degree in management from Northwestern, and a medical doctorate in public health from University of Texas’s Health Science Center. During his 12 years in the U.S. Army Reserves and Texas National Guard, he commanded an aviation medicine facility and was once named National Guard Flight Surgeon of the Year. After his service, he founded Alken Health Resources, an administrative business that provides medical direction to Fortune-sized companies. Like many alumni, Dr. Wells points to dedicated and experienced faculty as one of the strongest sources of Villanova’s positive impact. “The teachers were top notch. I connected best with Father Walter Vogel in particular. We would talk

about differences between life in rural Ojai and the urban area that I grew up in, and how my interests or goals were changing,” he said. “He taught math, which I was not the best at, but he was approachable for tutoring. I was encouraged to pursue the sciences, particularly chemistry, which was my favorite subject then and later connected me to medicine.” One of the greatest gifts of the Villanova experience for Dr. Wells was challenge. “The standards of what was required were so high, I spent a decent portion of high school feeling like I was playing catch up,” he said. Those challenges expanded his definition of excellence and showed him what he was capable of. “Now, I lecture at national health conferences and universities, talking about wellness, health care policy and strategies for addressing care costs. The confidence I gained at Villanova helped me develop relationships that I would not have had otherwise.” Dr. Wells recently made a generous contribution to Villanova as part of the Carrie Estelle Doheny challenge grant campaign. He explains that he gives back to Villanova to continue the life-changing kindness that was shown to him, by contributing to a current student’s future ambitions. His advice to recent graduates is to follow their passion, even if it takes them on an unexpected non-linear path like his own. “Identifying what you really love to do is the hardest part,” he said. “Take a chance on finding that passion even if it is risky or seems out of reach. You will never regret that time spent on yourself.”

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Villanova Faculty Travel with a Purpose

Mr. Evans with daughter Jessica in Northumberland.

Virgil Evans, Latin

The casual tourist in England probably thinks little about the 400 year period of time (from the 1st until the early 5th century AD) when much of that country was part of the vast Roman Empire. As a graduate student in London during the early 70s, I gave the matter little thought, even though I often walked along a street next to the Thames, which was the site of the original Roman road. A decision to major in Classics much later changed my perspective; and since that time I have taught history and the classics for more than 20 years, most recently Latin at Villanova for the past four. This summer I journeyed to the best known reminder of Imperial Rome in England – Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, which opened in AD 128. Roman Emperor Hadrian’s purpose for the wall was twofold: one was to keep northern invaders out, while the other was commercial, as main points along the wall served as custom posts. Upon arrival at the wall, I fully appreciated the skill of the Emperor Hadrian’s engineers. The original wall was 73 miles long, running chiefly in a west to east direction. Its height ranged from 16 to 20 feet. It was not quite a sea-tosea construction, although it was nearly so. Much of it was constructed of stone, while other parts were made of turf. There were defensive towers spaced at intervals along its course, manned by Roman soldiers. The wall at the point I visited was on the top of a hill. Visibility was clear in every direction; the approach of anyone from many miles away would have been obvious to a sentry. The other fact of life that came to mind was 10


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the harsh winters in that part of the country. During the Roman occupation, there were no comfortable ski lodges with roaring fires; Patagonia clothing was centuries away. However, the soldiers did manage to make themselves relatively comfortable. The typical barracks housed 80 men and had provision for heating. Evidence of religion was marked by the remains of a small temple dedicated to Mithras. One fort along the wall had a heated Roman bath and a lavatory The visitors’ center at Hadrian’s Wall has the usual range of souvenir and several consisted of historical exhibits, which were excellent in quality, with informative commentary. It is my hope that this brief description of Hadrian’s Wall may entice visitors to England to put the site on their itinerary. I also plan to share this adventure and many of the photographs I took with my students.

Mrs. Jones in Monterey

Donna Jones, Physical Science and Marine Science

Over the summer Mrs. Jones spent a week at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California. She attended a Marine Science Institute for high school teachers that covered topics such as: sea otter conservation, effects of climate change on the ocean, biodiversity, bald eagle and condor recovery programs with the Ventana Wildlife Society, ocean plastic pollution, and jellies and how they are cultured in the lab. “We spent one morning tide pooling. One whole day was spent at Elk Horn Slough. We also had a tour of legendary ecologist Doc Rickett’s lab on Cannery Row.” u

Throughout the workshop the teachers conducted laboratory experiments that could be done in the classroom. “We also used iPads extensively and there were many activities that can be used in my marine science class.” CHRISTA BANDRINGA, Art

This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to tag along with my friend, Marcia Gracia a French instructor at Camarillo High School, on our own “Tour de France.” We drove over 1800 miles using as many back roads as we could.

Fr. Alvin (center) with students from Saints.

Fr. Alvin Paligutan, Religion

Christa Bandringa, Villanova Visual Art Teacher and Martha Gracia French teacher at Camarillo High School took this self-portrait along the French Coast of Cote d’Azur.

We saw many wonderful chateaux including the famous Chateaux of the Loire River Valley and various medieval castles as we enjoyed all the regional cuisines that France had to offer. In fact, we felt the more remote the village, the better the bakery goods tasted. We made our way along the Cote d’Azur while visiting places where artists like Van Gogh, stopped to paint. As a result of my summer traveling experiences, I am putting together a photography exhibit. I also plan to channel my inspirations into my printmaking. I will be not only be sharing my journey with Villanova students in the classroom, but will share ideas for art installations that are a result of my magnificent summer tour.

For three weeks in July, I went on a pilgrimage to Argentina and Brazil, South America with St. Augustine High School, San Diego (Villanova’s fellow Augustinian school) for the Augustinian Youth Encounter (AYE) in Sao Paolo, Brazil and World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. This was my last official activity with Saints as I joined the Villanova faculty in August! We visited Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis’ hometown and sites related to him, as well as the mighty and breathtaking Iguassu Falls, on Argentina’s border with Brazil and Paraguay. On the way to Rio, we stopped by Aparecida, Brazil’s largest shrine dedicated to Mary and attended a Sunday Mass there. Then for almost a week, we participated in youth and religious activities with AYE at Colegio Agostiniano Mendel, an Augustinian school in Sao Paolo. AYE had over 600 participants, the majority of them students from Augustinians schools from all over Latin America. Finally, we participated in World Youth Day events in Rio, culminating with a Sunday Closing Mass last July 28th presided by Pope Francis and attended by 3 million people. I am thankful for the opportunity to go on pilgrimage and to serve as a chaperone for the students, who I believe came back with some life-changing experiences. NOTE: VPS went to World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain in 2011. The next World Youth Day will be in Krakow, Poland in 2016. The next Augustinian Youth Encounter will be held in Kosice, Slovakia also in 2016, a week before World Youth Day. n

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Fall Sports Roundup

Top row (R to L): Tom Peng, George Milar, Jeffery Luo, Ted Jaich, Peter Shen, Timi Obatusin Fourth row left to right: Jeremy Gunara, Joseph Campbell, Daniel Evans, Chris Vunabandi, Alex Rios, Charlie Liu, Anzel Griffith Third row: Zack Breen, Jun Ha Sung Second row: Victor Huynh, Ethan Nguyen, Alena Wilbur, John Howard, Ricardo Olivares, Todd Roe, Sandi Ahumada, Chung Ho Lee, Sean Bradbury First row, Claire Anderson, Sewon Park, Jack Korzelius, Jacob Greenspan, Dylan Schlegel

Football Recap

Front row (R to L): Sammy McColgan, Michael Starbuck, Devin Nordeng, Fabio Lauretta, Drake Avila, Eric Gerdts, Jose Ortiz, Iain Coyne, Niko Aquino, Christian Brahos, Spencer Kelly, CJ Thall Middle row: Noah Cohen, Mark Roberts, Eastin Bartholio, Ben Launius, Jeffrey Wright, Landon Hansen, Nicholas Mauzey, Ryan Pierson, Eric Tian, Joseph Griffen, Konnor Ewing, Clive Liu, West Dempster, Jack McAtee Back row: Coach Britton, Jon Shantz, Jake Wright, Christian Moreno, Nico Interiano, Luke Prestridge, Lucas Starbuck, Chandler Mang, Garett Lockwood, Jacob Launius, Riley Schreiner, Yeye Mulia, Justin Rohweller, Sean Burke, Andrew McCarthy, Chris Yates, Coach Dekker

The football season this year ended with a 2-7 record. The heart and determination in which the players displayed Boys Water Polo Recap will pay dividends as Villanova prepares for the 2014 Boys water polo went 13-7 Overall and 6-4 placing 3rd season. Key contributions were made by all players as we in Tri-Valley League play. They made it to the playoffs strived to get better week to week. and were eliminated in the Wild Card round by Cabrillo (Lompoc). The JV team went 12-5 Overall and 7-3 in TriValley League play. Although playing a very small schedule the water polo program had a freshman/sophomore team for the first time after seeing over 40 kids join the program. They ended the season 2-3 Overall. 12


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Fall Sports Roundup The California Interscholastic Federation has recognized two athletic teams from Villanova Prep as CIF State Academic Champions, Girls tennis with a GPA of 3.92, and the boys water polo , with a GPA of 3.80, recorded the best combined GPA of any team in California in those sports during the 2012-13 school year.

Back Row (R to L): Brian Grisin (coach), Seraphina Arce (‘16), Claire Crocker (‘13), Tracy Ma (‘13), Eva Fang (‘14), Emily Wood (‘16), Hemy Yue (‘16), Tom Rohrbacher (coach) Middle Row: Lily Lai (‘14), Valerie Lopez (‘15), Kathy Chen (‘15), Sophie Krummrich (‘15), Karen Fang (‘14) Front Row: Savanna Mountan (‘14), Carol Chan (‘13), Jackie Simpson (‘16), Nerissa Del Rosario (‘13) Not pictured: Krissy Aromin (‘16), Jackie Martinez (‘16), Alexis Rakestraw (‘16)

Girls Tennis Recap Girls tennis went 7-10 Overall and 4-6 placing 4th in Frontier League play. They did not have anyone qualify individually and they did not qualify as a team for the playoffs. Just like boys water polo girls tennis saw a big enough jump in their program, having over 20 girls join the program, that they were able to play a limited JV schedule. The JV team went 0-5 Overall.

Top row (R to L): Coach Wiggins, Mackenzie Boyd, Katherine Palmer, Kaity Bailey, Katie Norris, Liz Boggs, Coach Fautt Middle row: Jena Plasmyer, Nicole Abraham, Amy Duncan, Jordan Ambrose Bottom Row: Claire Anderson, Kate McAtee, Sabrina Nuno

Girls Volleyball Recap Girls volleyball enjoyed its most successful season under long time head coach Loren Wiggins going 20-7 Overall and 8-2 placing 2nd in the Frontier League. Their only two league losses were to Nordhoff who has went undefeated in league for the past two years. The Wildcats finished the year ranked #10 in Division 4A and eventually fell in the second round of the playoffs to #5 ranked Crossroads. The JV team finished the season 1-17 Overall and 1-9 in Frontier League play. With their nice two season run the team will be moving up to the Tri-Valley League next year.

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These alumni connections were made through letters, emails, visits and events.

Peter Dougherty class of 1971

Pete came to Villanova from Pasadena. One of his nicknames at Villanova was Edward Electronics and the 1971 Yearbook contained the prediction that he would short circuit the whole school one day! For the past 33 years has run a business that re-engineers computerized graphic arts cameras. A major career accomplishment is that he has created custom “circuits that I have incorporated into equipment I work on.” It’s no surprise then that Peter’s career advice to current Villanova students is “follow your heart.”

Rene Biane class of 1947

Rene came to Villanova as a sophomore resident student. By the time he graduated at 17, “Villanova had turned me into a fine young man,” he said. After college Rene got into the wholesale wine business and over the years became owner of Brookside Winery, the 18th largest winery in the U.S. His Augustinian values have never left him and Rene has served his community on many non-profit boards. He and his wife Barbara are retired and enjoy traveling in their motorhome.

Ralph Eppley class of 1949

Ralph retired from a career in construction lending and is now working in missionary outreach with Friends of the Missionaries and Seniors with a Mission. Ralph earned a college degree in graphic art and advertising, then enlisted in the Navy and served as a medic during the Korean conflict. “The quality of the education and an environment of disciplined learning” are highly valued to this day, he says. His strong work ethic carries over into his missionary work.

Charles Tim Hinkle class of 1958

Charles graduated from Villanova at 16 years old, and then graduated from USC at the age of 20. He spent 40 years in the Hospital and Homecare Medical Supply industry before retiring. Tim is grateful to Villanova for the discipline to “rise early, spruce up and get Mass in.” Tim carries on the good works that were a model for him at Villanova. He volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul, St. Joseph Church, and the Cursillo Renewal program.

Art Samuels class of 1942

“I realize the tremendous changes and progress VPS has made since I was there. You have more people going to four year college and universities than there were students in 1942!” Art attended Stanford but then enlisted in the war effort. After being discharged he earned bachelors in Economics from Stanford and then an MBA. Recruited by an insurance company he spent his career in that field and ended up the principal owner of a regional brokerage firm. 14


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Kevin Lynch class of 1951

Kevin came to Villanova as a freshman. Kevin was the captain of the basketball team and editor of the Villanovan (yearbook). He attended Loyola University and SouthWestern Law School and spent most of his legal career as a civil trial lawyer. Now retired he is working on a family history. He stays in touch with classmates Chuck Doud, Don O’Gorman, James Ferry, Charles Quinn and Tom McCormick. To him the Augustinian values of Truth, Unity and Love are still, “words to live by.”

Mary Vigorita class of 2008

Mary is currently student teaching 2nd grade at Flory Academy at Moorpark Unified School District. This experience is part of her multiple subject teaching credential program at California Lutheran University. “I have always been interesting in teaching and at Whittier College my focus was on child development and education. The most rewarding part of my job is working directly with the students in my classroom. They are only seven years old but they have so much to offer in the classroom.”

Joy Cottam class of 2007

From Villanova to Saint Athanasius Catholic School in Long Beach, Joy Cottam has felt , “a love of Catholic education and a thirst to do something spectacular with my life.” Joy is teaching at Saints in Long Beach under the PLACE program through Loyola Marymount University. “I can truthfully say Villanova inspired me. Serving at an under resourced school has opened my eyes to issues in education and in society that still exist today.”

George Trejo class of 1976

George earned a bachelor’s from the University of Washington in Speech Communication and a JD degree from UCLA Law School. In 1995 he was named Washington State’s Outstanding Young Lawyer of Year. He has been a criminal lawyer and has worked in 32 states courts and in federal court for nearly 25 years. George has many memories of his football career at Villanova, and says football prepared him for life’s journey.

Robert McIntosh class of 1975

Bob’s degree from San Diego State University in Business/Kinesiology led to a lifelong career with Hill-Rom Company, a manufacturer of medical technologies for the health care industry and is now a Vice President of Sales. Bob came back for the 2012 Football reunion and offered insight into what his athletic training led to. “The coaches taught me about work ethic, teamwork, and 4th quarter effort. Never quit has been an applicable life lessons for me” Fall & Winter 2013




Doheny Challenge Grant Yields $32,250

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In May of this year Villanova was honored to receive a $15,000 challenge grant from the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation of Los Angeles. The money was given to support the Villanova Promise-- our school’s tuition assistance and merit scholarship programs. Under details of the grant Villanova was tasked with raising the sum of $15,000 in order to earn the match. Villanova reached out to alumni and friends of the school and received $17, 250 in gifts to the Doheny match campaign. We are grateful to the following donors for investing in this worthwhile endeavor:

Elena Abrena Richard Kilo Akuna Mr. and Mrs. Denis Allred ‘82 Martin Alvarez Joseph Amestoy Al and Lisa Anderson Colman Robert Andrews ‘62 Kristin Arce Robert and Suzanne Arce William and Gretchen Arnemann ‘53 Ferdinand and Cristina Aromin Sylvia and Rafael Arriaga ‘85 Brian Arth ‘98 Augustinian Community at St. Thomas Aquinas The Augustinian Guild Tagg and Marissa Baker ‘92 Les and Mary Baker Eric and Amanda Baldwin Bank of America/US Trust Fang Bao Tony Barrett ‘63 Karina Bart Armine and Dale Bartle Russell Bates ‘69 Kathy Bennett William and Lynda Berlin ‘62 Robin and Alison Bernhoft Tod and Patty Berryman Karin Best and Ronald Rogowski ‘76 Rene and Barbara Biane ‘47 Helmuth and Samantha Billy John J. Boles Michael and Kathaleen Bolyog Bon Apetit Kimberly N. Booth ‘89 Dave and Michele Borchard Norman Borgatello ‘62 James Bovee ‘46 Mr. and Mrs. John Bowler ‘73 Bob and Stacey Boyd Michael and Heidi Bradbury Sean Brawley ‘78 Ariel and Edna Braza Daniel and Vicki Breen Nancy C. Brough ‘75 Dave and Karen Brubaker Steven Brunasso ‘87 Sandy Buechley

Rene ‘47 and Barbara Biane Derk K. Hunter ’50 Peter Dougherty ‘71 Edmund Kastner Jr. ‘77 Richard Dieterle ‘60 Herbert ‘43 and Sally Thomson Bernard Scoville ‘56 and Florence Smith Jeanne and Cregg Hill Francis J. Scully Jr. ‘46 Ms. Anne Carper ‘76 Mrs. Tracy Mar ‘80 Mr. Charles H. Quinn ‘51 Dr. Kenneth D. Wells ‘75 Msgr. Lawrence M. Purcell STD ‘58 Ed & Conny Kurtenbach, alum parents 75, 77, 80 Kevin ’51 and Jane Lynch Nicholas ‘54 and Patricia Weber Mr. Victor LeBreton, faculty 1970-1980 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Maulhardt ‘62 John ‘48 and Constance Gavin

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Joseph Bunning ‘55 Bryan and Jodi Burdette William Burkart ‘60 Brian P. Burke ‘88 William and Georganne Burke William J. and Bonnie Burke ‘55 C.D. Lyon Construction Inc. California Door & Hardware Franco and Alicia Campana Anne Carper ‘76 Roderick and Claire Carty ‘52 Carre Estellel Doheny Foundation Lorie Casarietti James and Daryl Cassidy ‘62 Carlos Castro ‘62 Raquel and John Cerveny ‘85 Jeffrey Chandler ‘65 An An Che ‘13 Cary Cheldin Chevron Matching Thomas D. Clougherty ‘62 Joel and Nicole Conary Francis Cooney III ‘63 William and Carol Copley ‘47 Andrew and Shawn Cottam Ted and Jane Cotti Vincent C. Croal ‘65 Carter and LuAnne Crocker Robert and Anne Marie Crotty ‘88 Ernest and Olivia Cruz ‘62 Bryan and Karin Curtin ‘82 James and Ronnelle Czuleger ‘57 Lisa Dailey and Steven Mehta ‘82 David Dafau David and Dawn Dance ‘82 Jeff Dann Brian and Stella Day Narciso and Nelia Del Rosario Denis Dempsey Harry and Marlene Dempster Robert and Jean Deyling ‘78 Russell Dicus Richard and Donna Dieterle ‘60 Yu Ding and Yanli (Sally) Li Charles and Anne Doud ‘49 Paul and JoAnne Dougherty ‘51 William and Kathy Dougherty ‘60 Peter Dougherty ‘71 Down Home Furnishings

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Invest in our success Matthew and Cathy Ducharme David Dufau ‘83 James B. Duffy III ‘54 Stephen and Lisa Duncan Robert Dunlap ‘63 Gordon Durenberger David and Carolyn Ebers Lourdes Ebrard Aimee Eccles Virgil Evans Sarah and John Federico ‘00 Mary Fennell Brittany Fletcher ‘02 Cynthia Frings Brian Galetto Gallardo & Associates Austin and Paula Gavin ‘40 Ambassador John and Constance Gavin ‘48 Stuart and Gigi Gehres Jerry Gilbert ‘62 Troy and Heidi Gilbert Steven and Sharon Gillespie George Graham Jurgen Gramckow Mike Greynald Josh and Michelle Griffen Stuart and Angelica Griffith Patricia and Rocky Hall Zachary Hanna ‘03 Isaac and Jane Hargett ‘53 Tyler and Nicki Hart Miki Hashimoto ‘03 Hawaiian Open Golf Association Julie Hedrick Rev. Gregory Heidenblut, O.S.A. Jim and Katheryn Henry Michael and Ellen Higgins ‘60 Jeanne and Cregg Hill Charles and Mary Hinkle ‘58 Carol and Richard Hoffer Gary Horsman & Jodi Williamson-Horsman ‘70 Christopher and Jennifer Horsman ‘67 Qiang (Peter) Hu and Yan Fang Liu Derk K. Hunter ‘50 Winfield Husted ‘02 Eric and Janice Indiran James W. Ingraham Kumiko Irion Ed and Susan Italo David Jacobs

Melan and Karen Jaich William and Linda James ‘64 JDM Plumbing Specialist, Inc. Junghee (Clara) Jung Bruce Kaminski ‘76 Edmund Kastner ‘77 Michael and Laurie Kazmer ‘79 Rev. John Keller, O.S.A. Andrew and Tina Killion Peter and Anne Kimball ‘53 Charles “Chuck” R. King ‘56 * Sr. Timothea Kingston, C.S.C. Patricia Kinsey Peter and Sue Kiseskey ‘57 Kevin and Michelle Kolbeck Krummrich Engineering Craig and Sharon Krummrich Michael and Mary Ann Kupper Ed and Conny Kurtenbach Beth Lagrandeur-Dorenkamp David and Amy Lamb ‘71 Robert Lamb III ‘70 John and Carol Lamb ‘74 Margaret Larrabee Robert and Debra Launius Tim and Gloria Lawson Victor LeBreton Kunggin Lee Mike Lenehan Derek Lerma Xiong Liu and Liying Li Eric and Wendy Lockwood Dorothy Loebl James Lombardi ‘53 Lisa and Jay Lopez William and Donna Lowes ‘53 Daniel and Nancy Lu Kevin and Jane Lynch ‘51 Robert Malkin Kim Mang Mar Vista Sales Tracy and Anson Mar ‘80 Louis Marrone Pierre and Roxanne Massar Thomas and Luciann Maulhardt ‘62 Bill and Olivia Mauzey Emma Mayer Kevin and Kim McAtee Robert W. McCall ‘05 Colleen McCall

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McCarthy Companies Frank McCarthy Brian McColgan and Elizabeth Stix Mr. and Mrs. Stephen McGillivray Tom McGrath* Robert McIntosh ‘75 Donald and Rachael McIntosh ‘62 James and Jennifer McKittrick ‘83 Carrie J. McLaughlin ‘02 Dennis and Luisa McLoughlin ‘63 Sherrie and John McNeil ‘84 Michael Megowan ‘61 John and Carolyn Menne Frances Merkley Carol and James Millage Joseph N. Mirkovich ‘57 Byrne Miyamoto ‘10 Barbara Moeller Roberto and Candice Montalvo ‘65 Montgomery’s Barber Shop Sonja Montiel Stephen and Jinny Moore ‘63 Edward and Kathleen Morales Frank and Katherine Moreno Scott and Sharon Morgan Eliza P. Nagle ‘93 Bob and Patricia Norris William K. Nugent ‘57 Donald V. O’Gorman ‘50 Gary and Barbara Obermeier Ricardo Olivares Sr. Catherine Osimo, C.S.C John Ostler Jose Otero ‘61 Nora and Radie Paligutan Alex and Deborah Palmer Jin Ik Park and Kyungjin Lee Harold and Susan Parker ‘72 Thomas Parks ‘43 George Pavlow Shannon and Alex Penrith Pepsi Jack and Laura Plasmyer Michael Poitevin & Vickie Barrions Poitevin ‘63 Daniel R. Poole ‘01 Marie Pratt

Andrew and Pier Prestridge Province of St. Augustine Msgr. Lawrence M. Purcell STD ‘58 Dongming Qiu and Zhie Feng Charles H. Quinn ‘51 Bob Rall Maria Gomes Ramos Dennis Rice Michael and Carrie Richards Daniel Rios Wendy Rischar-Bond and Herman Bond ‘82 Mandi and James Roberts Kim Roden-Riisnaes and Terje Riisnaes ‘93 Patrick and Rilla Rogan ‘62 David and Jacquline Rohweller Don and Karen Rose ‘65 Jack and Diana Rose Mr. George Rowan Jr. ‘58 Kathryn Rowland Mr. and Arthur Samuel ‘42 Very Rev. Gary Sanders, O.S.A. Norman and Gladys Sanguinetti ‘43 Santa Barbara Foundation Ricardo Santos & Catherine McMillan-Santos Gary and Roberta Schlegel Eric Schlobohm and Sheri Katz ‘80 Bernard Scoville and Florence Smith ‘56 Francis Bud J. Scully Jr. ‘46 Andrew and Carmen Seligman Cynthia and Ian Sender ‘82 William J. Shanbrom Beverley Ann Sharpe Lance and Jacqueline Sheman ‘60 Laurence and Linda Shields Richard and Patricia Shimmel William and Catherine Short John and Debbie Simpson Kirsten M. Simpson ‘82 Sisters of the Holy Cross Steve Sloan Deborah Smith Rod Smith Kathryn and Bob Soares Cynthia Sperry ‘02 St. Augustine’s Monastery Robert and Judy Stix


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Invest in our success Michael Stumpf Todd and Ana Sullivan TACT Construciton Inc. Conrado and Josephine Tan Xiaoling Tao and Ninghua Wu Target Alecia and Rick Taylor’73 Richard and Kristin Taylor George Thompson Herbert and Sally Thomson ‘43 Time Warner Ronald Tocco ‘72 Mr. George P. Trejo JD ‘76 United Way California Capital Region Jacqueline Urband Nancy and Andy Ventura Mel and Pauline Ventura ‘54 Rev. Thomas Verber, O.S.A. Donald and Elizabeth Villafana Tom and Esther Wachtell Robert Wademan and Valerie Gogol James and Nancy Walker ‘54 John D. Walsh ‘48 Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Walz ‘59 Nicholas and Patricia Weber ‘54 Kenneth D. Wells ‘75 Jack L. and Barbara J. Wells Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching Tyler Wiggins John Wilson Tim and Terri Wolfe Calvin H. Wong ‘13 Brian and Kathleen Wood Joseph Yamauchi Vince and Stacy Yanez Keonjong Yoh and Hyesoon Kang Your Cause, LLC Sr. Rachel Yourgules Yichun Yue and Hongying Zhou David John Zivich ‘63

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Annual Financial Report 2012-2013 Revenue 2.07%

3.62% 0.13% 0.34% 0.94%

Tuition & Fees Contributions Clare Boothe Luce Grant Interest & Dividend Income Auxiliary Activities Other Sources


Tuition & Fees Contributions Clare Boothe Luce Grant Interest & Dividend Income Auxiliary Activities (Parent Guild Activities, Golf Tournament) Other Sources Total Revenue*

$7,227,023 $161,273 $282,000 $10,012 $73,438 $26,778 $7,780,524

*Contribution Revenue includes $55,00 from the Augustinian Order

Expenses 19.65%

Financial Assistance & Scholarships

3.45% 10.62% 2.90% 4.89%

Instruction & Residential Services Administrative Services Institutional Advancement

Facilities Maintenance & Operations 11.69% Athletics

Capital Expenses 46.80% Financial Assistance & Scholarships $898,842 Instruction & Residential Services $3,597,941 Administrative Services $1,510,756 Institutional Advancement $265,363 Facilities Maintenance & Operations: $816,210 Athletics $222,883 Capital Expenses $375,653 Total Expenses* $7,687,648 $92,876 Fall & Winter 2013




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Proven Academic Results from the Class of 2013 • The average SAT score is 1790, nearly 300 points higher than the national average. • The class of 2013 took 214 Advanced Placement classes and tested high enough to earn college credit in nearly 80% of those classes, compared with just 63% in CA and 61% globally. • Students in AP Calculus AB and BC had a 100% pass rate to earn college credit. • The California Interscholastic Federation has recognized two athletic teams from Villanova Prep as CIF State Academic Champions, Girls tennis with a GPA of 3.92, and the boys water polo , with a GPA of 3.80, recorded the best combined GPA of any team in California in those sports during the 2012-13 school year. 100% College-bound • The class of 2013 had 281college acceptances and are attending 48 different colleges or universities. • 97% are attending 4-year schools. 60% are attending out-of-state schools. 54% are attending private schools. • The class received offers of $4.8 million in scholarships (based on 4 years of attendance.) The class is enrolled at these schools: Air Force Academy Boston University Brandeis University Cal Poly Pomona Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Claremont McKenna Concordia University CSU Channel Islands Cornell University Emory University Fashion Inst. of Design & Merch. Gonzaga University Georgetown University Humboldt State University LeTourneau University Loyola Marymount University

McGill University Merrimack College Michigan State University Pace University Pt. Loma Nazarene University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rutgers University San Diego State Sierra Nevada College Santa Barbara City College Santa Clara University Smith College Stanford University Syracuse University Thomas Aquinas College U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne

UC Irvine University of San Francisco University of Rochester University of Southern California University of Sheffield (UK) University of Georgia UC San Diego University of Delaware UC Santa Cruz University of Chicago University of Alabama University of British Columbia University of Colorado UC Los Angeles University of Oregon Villanova University

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Looking To The Future It is the end of a fall school day at Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai. The pastoral campus is bathed in evening rose-hued light. A faraway whistle from the Wildcats’ water polo match trills, as Chinese students bellow to each other in Mandarin, back and forth across the wide expanse of lawn, between the Grotto and the statue of Saint Thomas. A group of resident students from the Congo, Mexico and the US, are getting together to work on a class project, on the stoop of outside Cantwell Hall. Their patchwork chatter is peppered with bursts of French, Spanish, and laughter. This small school, nestled in the foothills of the Topa Topa Mountains, is its own world, safe and supportive. It’s an atmosphere of focused serenity that bristles with the energy of belonging and of possibilities. The serene, focused and energized atmosphere at Villanova is no accident, but rather is the result of a comprehensive, strategic, thoughtful, school-wide and periodic effort to assess, plan and stay true to its mission. For 90 years the mission of Villanova Prep has been to graduate mature young adults of diverse backgrounds who reflect the Augustinian core values of Love (Caritas), Unity (Unitas), and Truth (Veritas). As a mission-driven school, the Villanova teachers,

administrators, and Board of Directors come together, inviting ideas and insights from all stakeholders to chart the next leg of the learning journey, the 2013-2019 Strategic Plan. “We conduct a review of our curricula. We evaluate our grounds and facilities, and we review our needs and goals for financial development. We also assess school accomplishments and student test scores,” says Villanova President Father John Keller, O.S.A. “The self-study became a baseline for The Strategic Plan, along with the constants - our core Augustinian values of Truth, Unity and Love. The Plan was approved by our Board of Directors in October, 2013,” Fr. Keller says. The plan replaces one that focused the school from 2008 to present. The Plan, which appears in its entirety as a four-page pullout in the center of this issue of Vista magazine, highlights four threads to be woven throughout the School’s fabric. They are responses to contemporary needs and represent Villanova’s continued striving for excellence. “The Strategic Plan is our map, and the goal is to make it real,” says Father Keller. So how is Villanova embracing the Strategic Plan 20132019 and incorporating these four threads throughout the school’s programs? Turn the page and look for the thread graphics numbered 1, 2, 3, 4. u



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1 Villanova will add emphasis to critical thinking skills and writing throughout the curriculum. – from the Preface to the Strategic Plan

Emphasizing critical thinking skills is integral to the way that Dr. Sun Lee teaches AP Calculus AB & BC, and AP Chemistry. “There is no one way of solving a mathematical problem,” she says. She approaches interdisciplinary teaching and integrating creativity in a variety of ways, from asking her students to make a presentation, to restate concepts in their own words, or often to compose a “found poem,” created from existing text that has been reordered. The literary equivalent of a collage, “found poetry” in Dr. Lee’s class is made from articles written about calculus.

Rene- trying to get a poem from Dr. Lee

Dr. Sun Lee

“I believe it is imperative for students to articulate complex mathematical theorems or chemical phenomenon into layman terms without destroying the significance or meaning,” says Dr. Lee, “I challenge my students to link various subjects with calculus and chemistry, and to see these subjects, not as separate entities, but as facets of a more complex body of thought.” She credits the Villanova valuation and pursuit of critical thinking skills with enabling students to see connections between chemistry, calculus and real-life problems, which is how these disciplines find purpose in the world. In her fifth year at Villanova, the results of her classroom approach have been outstanding. Her students in AP Calculus AB and BC have had a nearly 100% pass rate to earn college credit. 22


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We seek truth with two great wings. One is reason; the other is faith and humanism. St. Augustine

Father Alvin Paligutan O.S.A., who teaches religion to 10th and 11th grade students emphasizing seeking truth within the classroom, points to the school’s open and respectful attitude towards its many students, who come from Fr. Alvin Paligutan, O.S.A. other faith backgrounds. “A sense of right and wrong is common ground among human beings. We all have a conscience, and it transcends religions and belief systems…We do share our belief that God created people, and so the care of the human soul is key to the joy of life, and one way to do that is by developing self-knowledge. St. Augustine believed that the human intellect is a pathway to knowing our creator.”

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Freshman English teacher, Mrs. Julie Hedrick, is in her sixth year at Villanova. Prior to teaching, Julie Hedrick was a probation officer for 16 years, so she intimately understands what pitfalls may occur in the absence of successful education and social justice. u

“It’s more important, that my students learn how to evaluate what they see, read, and hear, than it is for me to give them lists of facts to memorize,” she says. “It’s more important to learn how to think. We prepare our students for ambiguity in a complex and changing world, by giving them the tools to become confident, rational, and independent thinkers. They’re taught to question things, to look for supporting facts, to crossreference, and to see things in alternative ways. At the heart of our Augustinian approach is teaching students how to be able to discern.”

Seeing things in new or alternative ways is valued by the administration for the faculty too. Villanova teachers are encouraged to attend a variety of workshops and trainings to facilitate their continuing development. Essential to teachers approach in the classroom is partnering academics with moral, emotional and spiritual intelligence. To this end, each Villanova teacher attends the Augustinian Values Institute-- a yearly convocation of nine Augustinian schools in North America that instructs how to infuse truth, unity and love into the classroom.

2 Villanova will add emphasis on the creativity of our students both within the curriculum and extra-curricular activities. – from the Preface to the Strategic Plan

Dr. Sloan Hoffmann is new to Villanova this school year and is teaching a music appreciation class. Like all Villanova teachers, her lessons incorporate computer literacy skills, and an emphasis on writing, and communication. Students are called on to articulate concepts and defend their ideas. Dr. Hoffmann’s students recently created multi-media presentations to supplement speeches about music genres. Senior student Yude Huang incorporated video footage of a contemporary Chinese music group performing an Irish folksong using traditional instruments made from natural materials and designed to emulate natural sounds. In China there is a recognized relationship between the natural world and civilization, he said. The student culminated his presentation with notes played on a traditional Chinese wooden flute. “Nothing happens in a vacuum,” says Dr. Hoffmann, quoting a basic tenet of critical theory, which points

to the importance of context and influence in understanding the history of music, (or anything else.) “Music is a result of society, politics, war, the result or terrible things and beautiful things that happen in life. We can’t talk about music without talking about history and the blending of cultures.” English and creative writing teacher, Mrs. Susan Pennington’s class lessons on literature are used to reveal how different stories and characters represent and/or illustrate Love, Unity, and Truth. Mrs. Pennington says, “Mercy is my overarching word in class; everything we read includes mercy shown or not shown, and that analysis leads us to trust and love - the kind of love that demonstrates the necessity for people to work together, in my class, and in the world.” In order for students to feel comfortable fully sharing their ideas and writing in class, we have to love and trust each other, and work in unity,” she said. u

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3 Highlight avenues for greater communication with access and participation of all members of our community. - from the Preface to the Strategic Plan

Campus Ministry, led by Mr. Josh Kruse for the past nine years, actively promotes self-reflection, as well as spiritual growth and moral development of students. The Campus Ministry program encourages participation by all members of the community. Mr. Kruse lives full-time in the dorm and is focused on providing resident and day students with opportunities to grow in self-knowledge and to deepen their relationships with God and others. The program includes various Campus Ministrysponsored service projects, and the Campus Ministry Council. Mr. Kruse also coordinates the retreat program. Each class goes on retreat twice each year as an opportunity to learn more about a particular core value, form community with classmates, and grow deeper in their love of God. Retreats are a time for students to step back and examine their lives, have fun, and bond with each other. “These activities underscore the “whole person” aspect of our teachings and the level of commitment among all faculty to their students,” said Mr. Kruse, “We want our students to graduate into the world seeking learning in a critical way, while remaining true to the Augustinian approach to life - to be in a community, to be loving and merciful, and to seek and uphold the truth.”

Teachers should adapt their methods to their students. St. Augustine

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Mr. Galetto’s classes are part of the one-to-one iPad program which began with the freshman class this year. He and his students use iPads in class on a daily basis and focus on reading, writing, and activities around topics of social justice and community service. One of Mr. Galetto’s class lessons involved giving each student $5, with instructions to feed themselves and four other people for a day as a way to experience the challenge of feeding a family while living below the poverty line. In Ventura County, 14.9 percent of children live below the poverty line, according to the US Census Bureau. “Their eyes were opened to the fact of poverty is not only in other places – but it is in our own county,” he said. For his Communications class, part of improving language skills is engaging in real-world activities, which include service projects. His class recently participated in the nationwide “Socktober” event. “We collected socks, clothes, and toiletries for a homeless shelter in Ventura,” he explains. Mr. Galetto also compiles “Happy Friday Videos” which he gleans from the Internet and then shares with his class. “Appropriate YouTube videos are pre-screened and used to provide a platform for classroom discussion on social justice topics,” he says. “Students are taught to use their iPads, Google, Twitter, Instagram and other applications – properly and responsibly – while envisioning ways that these tools can be used to make a difference.” Read more about the iPad program at Villanova in Jane Cotti’s story on page 31. u



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In the Augustinian tradition, the mission of Villanova Preparatory School is to graduate mature young adults of diverse backgrounds who reflect the qualities of truth, unity, and love. The school does this by providing a challenging college preparatory curriculum and Catholic environment that promote the development of mind, heart and body. These young adults will think, judge, and act in ways that are sound and in keeping with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Building on nearly a century of experience Villanova will be a leader among Catholic secondary schools by providing high quality education for young men and women in the Augustinian tradition. We will offer a breadth of opportunities to foster the intellectual achievement, personal and physical development, artistic and creative talents, and service leadership of our students. Our programs and community will exemplify Gospel and Augustinian values of Truth (Veritas), Unity (Unitas), and Love (Caritas). We will be the first choice of students and families who seek excellence in college preparatory and Catholic education. Specifically, we will be characterized by: 1. Education that is distinctively Catholic in its philosophy, instruction, culture and practices that prepares young men and women for a happy and fruitful life in this world and the next. 2. Academic excellence with students at the center. 3. An outstanding Faculty and Staff, grounded in Augustinian values and with a love for learning, fully dedicated to the mission of the School. 4. A diverse school community that welcomes students from a wide range of backgrounds. The unique presence of international resident students offers opportunity for global citizenship, mutual understanding, and lifelong friendships. 5. A small, supportive, and safe school community, situated in a beautiful natural environment. Villanova is committed to enhance learning through vibrant campus life. 6. A distinguished program for young women in the study of mathematics and the sciences.

PREFACE TO THE PLAN While providing many strategies of importance, the Plan highlights four threads to be woven throughout the School’s fabric. They are responses to contemporary needs and represent Villanova’s constant striving for excellence. 1. Added emphasis to critical thinking skills and writing integrated throughout the curriculum as pathways to the realization of our core value of Truth. 2. Increased emphasis on the creativity of our students both within the curriculum and extra-curricular activities, another gateway to Truth. 3. Highlighted avenues for greater communication with access and participation of all members of our community to enrich our core values of Unity and Love. 4. Continued exploration of the significance of our international school community in developing opportunities to prepare students for life and to make contributions to the world community. This Strategic Plan 2013-2019 is not a stand-alone document. In addition to the Mission and Vision Statements which head up the document, the reader is encouraged to review foundational documents which are available on the school’s website (The Augustinians’ statement, “The Ministry of Secondary Education in the Province of St. Augustine”; Philosophy Statement of Villanova Preparatory School; WASC Action Plans of 2012; Graduation Outcomes; A Short History of Villanova Preparatory School; Membership and By-Laws of the Board of Directors) 26


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Strategic Plan 2013 - 2019

STRATEGIC GOALS 1. THE VILLANOVA EXPERIENCE: SHARED MISSION AND VALUES RATIONALE: While Villanova’s mission, values, and programs are firmly in place within the school community, appreciation of them by new members of the community needs to be strengthened. We acknowledge the need for optimum enrollment and greater diversity of among residents for excellence of programs. (WASC ACTION PLAN #1) STRATEGIES + Improve communications to ensure that the sharing of the many facets of the Villanova Experience is available to all. + Improve awareness of the school’s excellence as well as our values and mission through stronger relationships with our partner schools and local communities Emphasize the school’s Catholic character, increase communication with our local communities, and reach out to new domestic and international markets for the resident program. + Develop personal relationships between the School and families in need of financial aid to enable them to realize Villanova as an accessible choice for their children. + Develop ways of continuing the influence of the Augustinian Values Institute (AVI) and the Student Augustinian Values Institute (SAVI) in the life of the school. + Respond to the need for ongoing understanding of the mission and values of the School. 2. STUDENTS AT THE CENTER RATIONALE: Villanova is a student centered school. Expanded opportunities for personal student development will highlight student creative talents, student capacity for leadership, and the unique cultural richness of resident students. STRATEGIES + Recognize and develop opportunities for students to express their voices, share more in leadership roles, embrace responsibility, and offer initiatives in the School. + Review the opportunities for involvement in creative problem solving and real life application of knowledge across the curriculum and within extracurricular activities. + Continue expansion of opportunities for day and resident students to join in activities that help to share their life together and enhance social development. + Review the athletic program to give emphasis to life time sports and provide properly competitive interscholastic team sports. + Review the campus ministry program to emphasize the importance of opportunities for student spiritual growth. 3. EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND LEARNING RATIONALE: Where teachers and students meet is the sacred space where together they seek Truth. This search is enhanced with growth in critical thinking, clarity of expression in the written and spoken word, and expansion of the horizons of knowledge. Increased intellectual curiosity in the present is the seedbed for lifelong learning. (WASC ACTION PLANS #2 AND #3) Fall & Winter 2013 Strategic VISTA MAGAZINE | 27 Plan 2013 - 2019

STRATEGIES + Continue development of the option for offering the International Baccalaureate Program, an opportunity to add another unique and distinguishing element to the School’s profile. + Renew emphasis on critical thinking and writing throughout the curriculum. + Enhance opportunities for creative problem solving and intellectual curiosity in both curricular and co-curricular settings. + Encourage and support opportunities for professional creativity and intellectual curiosity for Faculty and Staff. + Recognize the value of Staff, both in and out of the classroom, in promoting the mission and values of the School. + Continue strategic use of technology as a pathway to learning. 4. EXCELLENCE IN FACILITIES TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY RATIONALE: Planning of facilities must anticipate the legitimate needs of the program of studies and student development. Ongoing improvement of facility resources to meet Student and Faculty needs is a critical aspect of the Villanova Experience. STRATEGIES + Analyze facility needs, prioritize projects, and investigate a wide range of responses to needs. + Develop a environmental sustainability plan for the School. 5. RESOURCES TO MAKE IT HAPPEN RATIONALE: A strong financial base and responsible stewardship of Villanova’s resources are necessary to provide academic and extra-curricular programs, a balanced budget with appropriate reserves, adequate tuition assistance, excellent facilities, and support for an active development program. (WASC ACTION PLAN #4) STRATEGIES + Develop resources in support of student initiatives in leadership and creativity. + Develop and put on a regular review path five-year financial plans which will describe the challenges for financial vitality. + Continue development of external revenue resources. + Use financial aid resources strategically to grow targeted enrollment goals and enlarge access to Villanova for families of limited means. + Continue efforts by the Development Office and all stakeholders to encourage a culture of giving in the school community. 6. GUARDIANS OF THE MISSION RATIONALE: The Augustinians in conjunction with the Board of Directors have a responsibility to establish policy and to articulate and promote the mission and vision of Villanova. They are stewards and guardians of the vision and the future. STRATEGIES + Champion the marketing and promotion of the value and excellence of the Villanova experience. + Examine governance models which are effective and efficient for the School’s current leadership needs. + Review and assess the Strategic Plan in cooperation with the Head of School on an annual basis. + Ensure that the School annually reviews selected programs and activities to improve realization of the Augustinian Core Values and the School’s Catholic mission. Villanova Preparatory School | 12096 N. Ventura Ave., Ojai, CA 93023 | 805-646-1464 | 28


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4 Continue exploration of the significance of our international school

community in developing opportunities to prepare students for life and to make contributions to the world community. - from the Preface to the Strategic Plan

“The Villanova community takes great care to meet the needs of its international students, many of whom are far from home and still building their knowledge of the English language,” says Villanova Headmaster Mrs. Carol Hoffer. “To ensure success of the international students, the Villanova faculty and staff attend trainings on cultural awareness. The key to this is sensitivity. There are many different ways of looking at the world, so we foster an environment of openness and respect for other cultures, and for individuals. All of our students are accepted, valued and nurtured.” Read more about how Villanova reached out to diverse international populations by reading Say Y.E.S. to the Possibilities story on page 33. International students receive special tutoring support for all academic subjects and attend an evening English immersion program taught by Ms. Elise Burgett and Ms. Amy Richardson both Master Degree candidates. Ms. Richardson is working towards a Masters in Reading Instruction at Loyola Marymount University and took a summer course on Linguistics and Reading, “to learn about the relationship between oral language and reading.” Mrs. Richardson explains, “It’s given me strategies that I can use in EIS, so that I can work on students’ reading and speaking skills at that same time.” Mrs. Jessica Benson, Guidance Counselor, runs the mentor program, which matches Villanova faculty or staff with dorm student prefects and their group of younger resident classmates, to create a cohesive safety net and communication outlet – both on a group and individual basis. These small groups enjoy staffsupervised off-campus outings together, and they undertake one Christian service project each semester. The Director of Resident Life, Mr. Ricardo Olivares supports everyday life in the residence halls. This includes time and care dedicated to their social interaction, academics, and emotional support. “We can’t replace their parents, but we are there for them and try to make them feel a part of the Villanova family,” says Mr. Olivares. “We provide opportunities for students to be leaders on campus. In the dorm, student prefects mentor, assist, and nurture a small group of their younger classmates. Prefects meet weekly to discuss student ideas and requests, and they organize their group’s responsibilities in keeping the campus pristine.” u

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Planning to Go Global Embracing the cultural diversity of campus, Villanova will soon extend and strengthen its global relationships by bringing an international curriculum focus to the 90-year old school. “One of the most exciting things in the new Strategic Plan is Villanova considering becoming an International Baccalaureate IB school,” says Villanova alumnus and board member, President Emeritus of Moorpark College, Dr. Jim Walker. Villanova is in its 2nd year of a 3-year IB candidacy process. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a global non-profit educational foundation that takes a holistic approach to a student-centric mission that brings the attainment of real world skills, including: writing and presentations, computers, information and communications media use, and interdisciplinary academics, into each classroom. “Headmaster Hoffer has been spearheading the plan to implement the IB program. She sent various people to conferences to formulate the application process, and she is well on her way to accomplishing this goal, which I think will be easier for Villanova, because we’re already doing a lot of these things,” Dr. Walker said “Intelligence is not fixed,” says Mrs. Hoffer. “So we place no limits on teacher or student growth. We want to stir hearts and minds. St. Augustine wrote five -million words,

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and our academic tradition is tied to that history. We want our students to consider how we can use those words today.” As with the IB candidacy or any new program that Villanova initiates, focus is on the foundational work first. For example, before implementing the iPad pilot program, Villanova spent 16 months in training, attending seminars, and talking to other schools with similar programs to understand best practices and ensure that the teachers knew how to use the tools effectively in the classroom. Villanova’s curriculum design is holistic, collaborative, and interdisciplinary: poetry becomes a part of learning calculus; the relationship between the natural world and civilization is explored in a music class; the Augustinian values are identified in contemporary literature; and the needs of the poor become a part of communications. The Strategic Plan 2013-2019 charts a bold course that brings together the lasting legacy of traditional Augustinian education with new learning theory and practice. Inherent in the plan is the acknowledgment that contemporary world challenges exceed the scope of single disciplines and require collaboration among individuals in many specialized fields, who also possess humility, a sound moral compass, emotional intelligence, and an evolved spiritual relationship. n

Class of 2017 by the numbers 65 Students

55 Day, 10 Resident

Margaux Sullivan ‘17

8 Merit Scholars

scoring in the 97, 98 or 99 percentile on the High School Placement Test

Nikolas Aquino ‘17

24 Partner Schools

56% from private, 44% from public 40% from Ojai Valley, 60% from 101 corridor

Christian Brahos ‘17

If we teach, we must always also be ready to learn.

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5 Countries Represented

U.S., South Korea, Japan, China, Viet Nam

Resident Students Have Global Views Sandy Ahumada’s family is from Baja, Mexico. She is the first generation to be born in the United States. A freshman, Sandy attended a KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) school before coming to Villanova. She shared that, “The sense of community at Villanova is the best of any school I’ve attended. Everyone made me feel comfortable, and I immediately formed a tight bond with the other new international resident students. Now Villanova feels like home.” Sandy had never played sports in her life, but says that the staff really encourages students to try new things, and so she’s trying basketball and softball. Sandy participates in mock trial, is an Ambassador to prospective students and is a member of the Hogar Infantil “La Gloria” Club which fundraises for an Augustinian-owned orphanage in Tijuana. Sandy would like to be a doctor one day and looks forward to continuing her volunteerism by providing medical care and love to orphaned children and other vulnerable populations. Robert Vunabandi, a sophomore in his first year at Villanova, comes from the urban capital city Kinshasa, of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He enrolled at Villanova in the fall, along with his brother, Christian. Robert, who speaks four languages, including the official language of his country, which is French and two tribal languages Swahili and Lingala, says that English is one of the hardest to learn, but the extra tutoring and supportive environment go a long way towards helping him through any difficulties. Each day, from 4-5pm, he attends the English Immersion Seminar to speak English, practice reading, and learn new vocabulary. Future plans include most likely staying in the United States. He would like to attend an East Coast college, and pursue a career in urban planning. Stephanie Diaz Contreras, a junior from Mexico City, shares the fact that Villanova is her first boarding school experience: “I was very nervous, but also excited,” she said. Stephanie and her family considered boarding schools all over the U.S. and Canada, and Villanova was her top choice. “The first time in class, I knew it was going to be ok, because I could see that my classmates would be nice, and I would be able to find friends. Now, we are like a family. The other boarding students come from all over the world, so the experience is very interesting. ”

Villanova senior, Timi Obatussin was born in Los Angeles, but at age five, moved with his family to his native homeland, in Lagos, Nigeria. A senior looking forward to graduation, Timi has applied to 14 different colleges in the United States and the United Kingdom, with his first choice college being USC. He plans to major in communications and then work with his mother at her international consultancy, which engages the global textile industry in the areas of sustainability, events, research, and project management. He is also interested in designing clothing and working as a stylist for fashion photo/video shoots. Reflecting upon his arrival at Villanova, Timi says, “The teachers and students were all very nice and approachable. They made it easy to adapt to life at Villanova, and we’re all very close, especially this small group of international students in the dorms. I will definitely miss this place and the people when I go….We have our campus minister, who promotes and organizes community service projects, and this philosophy is imprinted upon all of us, so I hope I can continue to help where I can.”

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Using Technology to Support Our School Philosophy by Mrs. Jane Cotti, Director of Instructional Resources

Our One-to-One iPad Program Our Motivation:

It is the philosophy of Villanova to provide our students with the necessary skills for a successful life in a world of rapid technological and social changes. Villanova emphasizes effective oral and written communication, study skills, critical and interpretive thinking and the ability to make rational informed judgments. iPads are an educational tool that allows teachers to differentiate instruction and give students the creative freedom to explore and learn. With our one-to-one iPad program, Villanova is striving to create a student centered learning environment empowering our students to be actively engaged in learning. “I believe that the iPads have been a big help in organization and study skills. I do not need to carry around as many books in my bag, and that has saved me a lot of trouble having to go to my locker in the morning.” – David Bender ‘17 Our Planning:

Our discussion regarding a one-to-one program at Villanova began more than two years ago. As the iPad evolved, our decision to explore a one to one iPad program developed. During the summer of 2012 Villanova sent four teachers to a three-day hands-on iPad conference at San Domenico High School in Northern California. The group returned with enthusiasm for implementing a one-to-one iPad program at Villanova. An in-service in August allowed the teachers to share their knowledge and excitement regarding a one-to-one program. Villanova armed all teachers with iPads during the 2012-13 school year giving teachers time to explore and adjust lessons to incorporate the iPad. Additional visits to high schools with one-to-one iPad programs and professional development classes were offered to teachers throughout the year. On August 10, 2013 all freshman students gathered in Villanova’s Resource Center and received their new iPads. The enthusiasm for the iPads has been a contagious aspect of freshman class. “My thoughts on the iPad program are that they are resourceful. If we need to look things up or if we don’t have access to a computer we can still type up papers.” – Rebecca Saucedo ‘17 Our Outcomes:

What do we plan to accomplish with our one-to-one iPad program? Villanova wants students to be actively engaged in their learning. The iPads will enhance access for students to educational resources to promote academic success while acquiring skills and proficiencies necessary for college. We want to increase communication and collaboration to enhance student learning and empower a student-centered learning environment. We also wish to promote personal productivity to enable each student to use tools to enhance his or her own learning style and to empower teachers to design vibrant and engaging learning environments to challenge each student at Villanova Preparatory School. “I like the iPad program because it makes the teachers much more accessible and I am able to take digital notes and mail them to myself. I also like the ability to take a picture of the board so I don’t have to write it all down. I like the iPads, plus they are fun.” – Jessica Poland ‘17 32


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Saying Y.E.S. To The Possibilities Exchange Students Bring New Perspectives and Take Confidence Home There are few places where you can go to a high school musical and find a Turkish, self-taught opera singer playing a farmhand with a Midwestern drawl – but Villanova is one of them. When Ozumcan Akin from Antalya, Turkey took the stage to play Jud in a Villanova production of Oklahoma! it was the pinnacle of a year of infinite possibilities. Thanks to the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, which provides scholarships to students from traditionally Muslim countries for an exchange year in the U.S., Ozumcan arrived at Villanova hoping to experience a “melting pot” of cultures and ideas. “Meeting people from many walks of life broadens your perspective,” Ozumcan said. “It shows you that even your biggest dreams are small.” Like most YES students, Ozumcan risked a year of academic credit to visit the U.S. and endured a rigorous selection process of interviews, interest surveys, and letters. In 2011, a current Villanova family asked Tyler Hart, Director of Admission, if the school would sponsor Ozumcan, and he agreed. “The year is a feather in their cap, a demonstration that they can travel alone and adapt,” Mr. Hart said. “The language support that Villanova offers is natural for this. YES students come with a strong foundation in English, but immersion in a native environment takes them to an advanced level.” In Villanova, Ozumcan found a community dedicated to supporting his goals. The school provided singing lessons with a vocal instructor, and he found a mentor in Mrs. Williams, his Art of Theatre teacher. “Villanova teachers were always there whenever I needed them,” he said. “My dream is to someday sing the role of Rodolfo in La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera House. With their belief in me, it seems possible.” Currently, Villanova is hosting a second YES student,

Sandeep Hirani from Mithi, Pakistan a small city of about 25,000. An enthusiastic and accomplished cricket player, he was part of a team that won a private school tournament in his hometown this past spring. After traveling by plane for the first time ever to a weeklong YES workshop in Islamabad, he made the trip to the U.S. and has been a student at Villanova for a couple of months. He has always enjoyed helping others, but the culture of Villanova has inspired him to pursue more community service and believe in himself. “I am learning that I have courage, and that I am resourceful,” he said. “I am capable of more than I thought.” YES students who spend their year at Villanova continue to excel at home. Ozumcan was among the highest 300 scorers on Turkey’s national college admittance exam. His score earned him a spot at Bogazisi University, the most prestigious college in Turkey, where he is studying translation. Ozumcan believes that Villanova teachers who helped him deepen his understanding of English writing are responsible for his success. “If it had not been for the study skills that Villanova taught me, I would not have done as well,” he said. Like Ozumcan, Sandeep chose to be a part of the YES program to learn about American culture and to help benefit his future career. One of the best parts of his experience so far he says is that he lives in Ventura near the beach. His home town of Mithi lies in the desert and is more than 200 miles from the ocean. Fall & Winter 2013




LA Mixer and Homecoming Reunion

Sean Forster (with girlfriend Rory) and Katie Austin (both 2006) joined Mr. Tim Bunce in Los Angeles in October.

Dave Lamb ‘71 and Ann Doud (wife of Chuck 1949) attended the Mixer. Chuck was present, but not photographed!

The Homecoming BBQ and football game was Manny Diez and Jack Gavin held in October Mila Higgins ‘60 greets (both 1949) met for the first time Father Keller. in decades at the LA Mixer.

Among the attendees at the November event were Donna and Dick Dicterle, ‘60, Mila Higgins ‘60, Bill Nugent ‘57, and Mario Padilla ‘60.

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James Howard ‘04 and Miki Hashimoto ‘03 at the Wildcat BBQ

Generation Do it Yourself Millennials. Some call them Generation Me, others prefer Generation We. Born between 1980 and 2000, the group of people currently between age 18 and 29 have emerged in a era of tremendous change. At 41% of the population, they are the largest generation in American history. But who are they? We approached five graduates from the Villanova Class of 2003, 10 years out of high school and settling into adult life, to look for answers. In May 2013, Time magazine ran a cover story titled “The Me Me Me Generation,” continuing a tradition of older journalists expressing concern over the increased narcissism of youth. Look at the Villanova Class of 2003 today, and your perception may shift. Their accomplishments are diverse, and reflect the adaptability that today’s economy demands of them. Richard Esguerra attended the University of Southern California and found work immediately. Jobert Poblete is in his first year of medical school, after supporting hotel workers and other labor unions with research and strategy. After studying International Relations at Claremont McKenna College, Miki Hashimoto went

to Le Cordon Bleu in Tokyo to learn classic French cuisine, and is a consultant in Santa Barbara. Tiffany Adams got her degree in veterinary medicine, but went into real estate management; she is working with plans to attend law school. Katy Lewis got her master’s degree in anthropology, and works as a museum curator in Lakewood, Colorado. It may be more fitting to call them Generation DIY – as witnessed to the invention of the internet and proliferation of cheap technology, Millennials are confronting record unemployment by making their own world. “Technology is not a crutch for us,” Katy said. “We use the Internet to enhance real life. While we may choose

jobs that don’t settle us in one place, we are freelancing, inventing tools that both fulfill us and will make life easier for those who come after us.” Most of the Class of 2003 grads feel that the selfcentered, over-dependent Millennial stereotype is largely untrue, a product of Baby Boomer anxiety in a changing world. “My peers are so thoughtful and giving. If I ask them for help with anything, I get so many responses,” Miki said. “We are connected to people across the country and world, at the touch of a button, creating global families that represent every background.” Millennials have witnessed near-constant economic and political upheaval, from Fall & Winter 2013

the 9/11 attacks, to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to genocide in Kosovo and Darfur. They elected the first African American president, and share widespread interest in activism or social justice. “I think that my peers are giving and drawn to non-profit work or paths that serve others,” Katy said. “We recognize that ‘the way things are’ isn’t working and that the future will require us to invest in alternatives.” Derided as products of overzealous “helicopter” parents, Millennials are results-oriented and feel that getting the job done is what matters. Millennials face a job market dominated by temporary and part-time work, which has increased job hopping and entrepreneurship. “Our parents wanted us to have as much as possible,” Jobert said. “They expected excellence in return, and high expectations prepared us to work hard and reinvent ourselves. We’ve always worn multiple hats, so we should stop playing by the rules of a paradigm that no longer exists.” Are Millennials entitled? Some of them say yes! Greater self-awareness can mean that they are comfortable looking within. “I have observed that my younger counterparts lack ‘grit’ or ortitude in the face of u




hardship,” Richard said. “But it isn’t always bad, because that impatience fuels a motivation to improve and create a better world.” Tiffany explained that while Millennials feel entitled, a high level of education prepared them to solve modern problems. “Educated people approach life from reason, considering all facets of an issue,” she said. “We may depend on technology, but we know how to use all of the information at our fingertips to find the best solutions.” Many of the most dramatic societal changes that have shaped Millennials involve family. It is estimated that

75% of them have working mothers and 40% come from a single-parent or non-nuclear home. In the face of economic stress, they are marrying later, putting off home purchases, and neglecting savings. Miki and Tiffany feel that their peers need to use their highly networked mindset to focus on real time with family and friends. “We need to learn balance and experience life in person that cannot be edited or replaced,” Miki said. “Because connections with real people are going to be our lifeblood.” True to the Millennial tendency to value education, all of the 2003 grads said

that the foundation they left Villanova with played a role in later successes. Dedicated and experienced faculty drew praise for their impact. “They knew that education is empowerment, but they were frank and honest, always pushing us to do better,” Jobert said. Richard 36


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described the faculty as key to Villanova’s culture of critical thinking, effective speech and writing, and exploration across subjects. “They inspired a pedigree of skills that I return to,” he said. “Many classes at Villanova were more rigorous than my freshman classes in college.”

Villanova’s strength still lies in its core values. “Villanova’s goal is to create lifelong learners, and they succeed,” Tiffany said. “I study astronomy for fun, and asked my husband for a telescope for Hanukkah!” Jobert’s love of helping others was fostered by the Villanova tradition of community service. “I volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Berkeley Free Clinic, so service is a big part of my life,” he said. “Social justice led me to medicine.” When asked their advice for Villanova grads in the class of 2013, a central theme emerged: follow

your passion. Because Millennials have watched traditional institutions decline and learned to rely on themselves, fulfillment has taken priority over security. “Throw yourself into what you love,” Jobert said. “Don’t let pressure to check off boxes keep you from doing what you want.” Tiffany and Katy felt that the best way to adapt to uncertainty is to embrace it. “Get your hands dirty. Understand that you may not end up working in what you study, and that’s okay,” Katy said. “Figure out what you really love and let that be the thread running through everything.” Richard and Tiffany also encouraged recent grads to look deeply within and start cultivating healthy habits now that will serve them in the future. “Cultivate a ruthless but fair sense of honesty with yourself,” Richard said. “If you know that you are telling yourself the truth, you will have few regrets.” n

In Memoriam Richard Tal Cox ‘54

Isaac R. Hargett ‘53

6/28/36 - 1/18/13

11/14/35 - 7/30/13

Richard Tal Cox came to Villanova Isaac Reynolds “Ike” Hargett from St. Catherine’s Military M.D.’s passion and generous Academy in Anaheim and later spirit enriched our world. Born in spent four years in the United States Maysville, Kentucky, Ike had five Air Force. Richard was a graduate of sisters, Edythe, Mary Kay, Carol, the California College of Mortuary Lucille and Marilyn and two Science in 1962. He worked at brothers, Bernard and Newell. Ike Hughes (Raytheon) and retired in 1988. An avid fisherman, attended Villanova University graduating with a BS in Biology. Richard loved all sports and enjoyed volunteer coaching at He continued his education at Georgetown University Medical Bishop Montgomery High School and the baseball and soccer School. He was board certified in Pediatrics in 1966. little leagues in the 60s and 70s.

John Leroy Croal ‘48

Walter Johansing ‘33

8/2/30 - 7/1/13

March 16, 2013

John Leroy “Jack” Croal attended Loyola University in Los Angeles after Villanova. Jack and his beloved wife Dorothy married in 1952. He attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons, graduating with a degree in Dentistry. He eventually took over his father’s dental practice. Jack was a member of many organizations including the Santa Ana Optimist Club and Serra Club. He was an Ancient Acolyte assisting with the Mass for the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Walter Johansing died on March 16, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth (who was one of Joe McGrath’s daughters), his mother Mille, his father Harry, his daughter Patti, his son Spike, his brother Harry, his sister Margret, his sister Eleanor and his sister Clare.

Hugh T. Smith ‘43 5/21/25 - 8/26/12

Bud Smith was a pilot, a politician, philanthropist and Boy Scout. He Rodney Roeser ‘51 exemplified those roles in his home 12/1/33 - 9/8/13 of Catalina Island. The Island native Rodney was a boarding student grew up to be a dedicated public from Santa Barbara. He played servant, always contributing to his football, basketball and tennis. community and serving his fellow citizens. Smith’s family includes the couple’s five children, Tom, Sheili, Denise, Mike and Charmaine. He loved being in his Avalon home perched high on the hillside in a friendly enclave. Smith became an Avalon City Councilman in 1974. During his tenure, the city of Avalon dealt with many significant issues and made decisions memorial gift at that affect the town to this day.

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A Retrospective on Judge Bill Clark’49– Villanova’s Most Famous Alum October 23, 1931 – August 10, 2013

William P. Clark attended Villanova Prep from 1947 to 1949. As his family was unable to pay the tuition, he worked in the kitchen, an arrangement made by Villanova’s Father Kennedy. Clark returned Father Kennedy’s investment by becoming the school’s most famous graduate to date, by donating $100,000 towards the building of the gymnasium subsequently named for him, and by securing a Planned Gift from the Clare Booth Luce Foundation which generates about $300,000 per year for science and math instruction. Clark’s passing was covered by the Paso Robles KBSY television station, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, the largest newspaper in the United States. News and views on his political impact was discussed on Internet blogs for days after the funeral. We’ve compiled a sample of these stories that chronicled the life of “the Judge.” 1949 Yearbook

The Ventura County Star

“Oxnard native William P. Clark, who rose from campaign volunteer to one of President Ronald Reagan’s most trusted advisers, died Saturday morning at his home in Shandon, near Paso Robles. He was 81. The elder Clark began working for Reagan by managing the actor’s 1966 gubernatorial campaign in Ventura County, and then ascended to various political jobs as Reagan moved from California to the White House. His local ties ran deep. His father, William Sr., was a police chief of Oxnard and a Ventura County undersheriff. His grandfather, Robert, was a Ventura County sheriff and U.S. Marshal. William P. Clark worked for Reagan in Sacramento and was appointed by him to serve on several California courts, including the state Supreme Court. He then moved to Washington to serve as deputy secretary of state and national security adviser. He also served as interior secretary before returning to his private law practice and business consulting firm. Clark was national security adviser when Reagan maneuvered the Soviet Union toward arms control, and he was a key player in Reagan’s philosophy of “peace through strength.” 38


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Clark retired from his Cabinet post in 1985 and unlike most of Reagan’s high-ranking officials never wrote a memoir of his days in the administration or a biography. Local television coverage of the funeral

William P. Clark was on a first name basis with some of Washington’s most powerful. He served on the California Supreme Court for a decade or so, and many in D.C. simply called him “Judge.” President Reagan depended on his advice during tense Cold War times when Clark served as his National Security Adviser. Clark died on Saturday at u

Father B.J. Kiernan, O.S.A., Chuck Doud and Bill look over the yearbook draft.

Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, the United States representative to the United Nations, noted in a 1983 interview that while people said Reagan regarded his employees as sons, “he regards Bill as a brother.” From Wikipedia on the Judge’s philanthropy,_Jr.

Bill was a proud member of the Rancheros Visitadores. Pictured are Chuck Doud ‘49, Bill, Pete Dailey ‘49 and Jack Gavin ‘49.

81 of Parkinson’s disease, and today a lot of people made long journeys to say goodbye. The cars were lined up nearly as far as the eye could see. Hundreds made the hike up the hill on his Shandon ranch to the chapel he built. Foreign Policy Blog

The finest national security advisor you’ve never heard of died Saturday, Aug. 10. Judge Bill Clark served as President Ronald Reagan’s national security advisor for just under two years, from January 1982 to October 1983. These crucial years marked the foundational period in Reagan’s Cold War policy. During this window, Reagan began to implement his strategy for confronting the Soviet Union and bringing it to a point of negotiations and collapse. Reagan’s strategy, highly controversial at the time but now more appreciated in hindsight, depended on Clark to channel the president’s vision and translate it into doctrines and specific policies. The New York Times

William P. Clark, one of President Ronald Reagan’s most trusted advisers, successfully nudged him toward more hard-line positions on military spending, arms control and involvement in Central America. Mr. Clark joined Ronald Reagan in his first campaign for governor of California in 1966 and served as his chief of staff in Sacramento, with the formal titles of cabinet secretary and executive secretary. During Reagan’s first presidential term, Mr. Clark was understood to be pre-eminent among presidential aides. Time Magazine called him “the second most powerful man in the White House.”

Bill Clark was severely injured when he crashed his airplane on his ranch in Shandon, San Luis Obispo County, California, in 1988. He was pulled from the wreck by Jesus Muñoz, his long-time ranch manager. In part due to his gratitude to God for his recovery, he and his family created a chapel on their ranch, and donated the Spanish ceiling of another to the Thomas Aquinas College library in Santa Paula, Ventura County. Each contains ceilings and other features from European buildings, purchased by Clark from the Hearst Corporation, via his close friend George Randolph Hearst, Jr. The chapel in Shandon, known locally as Chapel Hill, is open to the public. The auditorium at Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai, California, was named in honor of Judge Clark, as a distinguished alumnus and in recognition of his gifts to the school. From publisher of a book about the Judge

In October 2007, Ignatius Press released “The Judge,” a biography of Clark written by Paul Kengor, and Patricia Clark Doerner. From the book, “The reason Reagan had such trust in Clark was because Clark was a devout, orthodox, staunch Catholic who always put his faith first in life. It was Clark who turned Reagan around on the abortion issue. Clark’s strong Catholicism is the rock of his whole life, and Reagan recognized and deeply respected that.” n

Don O’Gorman ‘50, Ernie Amador ‘52 and Bill at a track meet in 1949. Fall & Winter 2013




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Ariana Lujan, Class of 2007 Santa Clara University class of 2011 received a B.S.C. in Management with minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Executive Team Leader for Human Resources, Target Corporation

Tiffany Myers (Adams), Class of 2003 Cal Poly, SLO B.S. in Animal Science, American Military University B.A. in Business Administration. Currently a Real Estate Agent/Property Manager in North Carolina. Moved here after marrying a soldier who is turning Firefighter. Bought a house, had a baby, and I’ll be going to law school next year with any luck.

Jon Solorzano, Class of 2000 B.A. in Political Science/International Relations UCSB 2004; Columbia Law School J.D. 2008; Currently a practicing corporate/M&A attorney in San Francisco. Kira Hijung Kim, Class of 2007 Boston University. BA in hospitality administration. Currently in mortgage operations. n

Why Parents Choose the Villanova Experience A parent survey reported by the Council for American Private Education in the December CAPE newsletter revealed the major reasons why parents choose a private school like Villanova Prep. According to the survey undertaken by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, more than 85 percent of parents said they chose a private school for a “better learning environment” for their child, whereas 81.3 percent said the choice was made for a “better education.” The next two most common responses were “smaller class sizes” (80.5 percent) and “more individual attention for my child” (76.4 percent). We recently interviewed some current parents and received surprisingly similar results. Villanova senior Maddy Sullivan of Carpinteria is the third of her siblings to attend Villanova. She attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School in Santa Barbara and her parents wanted a rigorous academic environment and were willing to travel to get it. “Villanova has a very positive peer pressure to do well academically and the students don’t compete against each other to do well but encourage each other,” says her mother Ana Sullivan. Another reason cited by a majority of parents in the Friedman study was “religious education” (64.1 percent), and “better student discipline” (61.7 percent). Ojai artist Heidi Bradbury and her husband Mike, our former district attorney, say that their son Michael loves Villanova…and that includes everything from athletics to homework. “Mike appreciates how the school reinforces family values. Villanova is unique in its delivery of a superior education with a loving focus on the individual child all within a nurturing spiritual environment,” Mike Bradbury said. Parents in the Friedman study also mentioned “better preparation for college” (62.9 percent), and “more responsive teachers and administrators” (60.3 percent), again, Villanova scores high among parents on these qualities.

Peter Schreiner, father of senior Riley, remembers the day that he brought Riley to the Villanova open House. On the way back to the car, Riley told his dad, “Something important is taking place here and I want to be a part of it.” Peter notes that Villanova pays attention to each individual student and that teachers demonstrate that they care. “Students don’t get lost in the crowd there,” Peter says.

Finally, student safety was a reason that (52.9 percent) of the parents polled cited for why they chose a private high school. Kathy Wood, parent of Emily, class of 2016 says, “Although we live in Camarillo, we feel an easiness in allowing Emily to stay after school or on weekends. Villanova offers a safe, environment where EVERYONE (parents included) feels like family. I am so glad that we took the opportunity to find out more about Villanova. I can’t imagine Emily being anywhere else.” Fall & Winter 2013




Admission timeline for the class of 2018 Catholic College Prep: Unity, Truth, Love

From a Program that Yields Results

Admission Timeline

• Students and parents receive individualized, college planning

Dec. 7

Placement Exam (SSAT)

• All college applications, essays and recommendations are reviewed prior to submission

Jan. 12

Open House

• Class size average is 15 students

Jan. 25

Placement Exam (HSPT)

• Over 60 colleges and universities visit Villanova each year

Jan. 31 Admission Application Due

• 75% of faculty hold advanced degrees

Feb. 3-28 Family Interviews Feb. 10 Financial Aid Application Due

Academic Success from the Class of 2013

Mar. 7

Notification of Decision

• 97% are attending four-year universities • 80% earned college credit through Advanced Placement courses • $4.8 million offered in scholarships

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Noted Author, Fr Gregory Boyle, S.J., speaks at Villanova Shuere Scores 36 on ACT

Villanova senior Eugenie Shuere of Ventura earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2013, only 1,162 of more than 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., author of Tattoos on the Heart, spoke at Villanova during the Fall 2013 semester. His book was this year’s featured book in the One Book, One School program, which all students and faculty read in preparation for his coming. He celebrated Mass and then spoke on his ministry in East LA where he has established Homeboy Industries to help gang members leave their lives of violence. His “homies” as he affectionately calls them featured in his talk which anecdotally told of the men and women who work in Homeboy Industries, a group of companies devoted to on-the-job training of former gang members. For more information, please see

but in friendly games in which the school is divided into tribes, each tribe composed of members of all classes. Not only is this a fun day for students, but it removes the barriers to friendship among seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen. Each tribe member keeps his tribal identity throughout his years at Villanova. The tribes are named variously as Vikings, Huns, Watusis, Apaches and a multitude of other tribal names from world history. This year two students from the Congo (DRC) showed the Watusis how they should be dancing during tribal formation. Clearly, all tribe members could learn from genuine tribal members, although finding ancient Vikings and Huns will prove difficult! u

Wildcat Day is a unique tradition among Augustinian high schools

Wildcat Day was an innovation by the late Augustinian, Br. Steve McKenna, O.S.A. He came up with the idea 25 years ago to create community by integrating all classes in competition, not with each other, Fall & Winter 2013




VPS Hosts 8th Graders

NAS Induction

National Honor Society induction ceremony was held in the theater on November 4. Twenty-six Villanova students entered the society after demonstrating not only academic excellence but also excellence in the areas of leadership, service and character. Faculty members Daniel Rios and Jermaine Britton spoke on the values and what they meant to them. The ceremony was followed by refreshments in the school dining room.

Back row (l to r): Sophie Arce, Abigail Tan, Alena Wilbur. Front row (l to r): Ashlyn Van Wingerden, Jackie Simpson, Celeste Arellano, Katie Norris, Alice Chen.

Villanova students welcomed over 200 8th grade students from area grade schools to campus in October for retreats. The theme for these retreats was “Our Journey with God.” Current Villanova students led the 8th graders through a morning of fun and reflection, giving the grade school students an introduction to the life and spirit of Villanova Prep. These retreats are a way for VPS to share their student talent. It may be the first time that 8th graders have spent an extended time on a high school campus and this helps aid their transition from elementary school to high school.


Christian Service at VPS

Annually sophomores from Augustinian high schools gather for the Student Augustinian Values Institute (SAVI). This is a sister gathering to the AVI, which is presented annually to staff and Board members of Augustinian schools. This year SAVI was held at St Augustine High School in San Diego. Eight sophomore students, all girls this year, listened to speakers on the topics of our Core Values of Truth, Unity and Love. One of the speakers was a 23-year-old immigrant who spoke on his journey to life in America, what he left behind and his need to give back. He involved himself in Soccer Without Borders, an organization that helps young immigrants integrate with their new country by playing soccer with other soccer players in the US. The students then played a soccer game with the new immigrants who accompanied the speaker.

Campus Ministry hosted the 3rd Annual Christian Service Fair. Seven volunteer organizations set up tables during lunch for students to learn how they can get involved in the local community in Ventura County. Mobility Management, Camarillo; Food Share, Oxnard/Ventura; St. Vincent De Paul, Ojai; Help of Ojai, Ojai; The Ojai Land Conservancy, Ojai; St. Joseph’s Retirement Home, Ojai; and Life Choices, Ojai were all represented at the Fair. Campus Ministry is looking forward to promoting Christian values and spreading Jesus Christ’s message of love through working with these and many other organizations during the school year.



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Bloodmobile, Nov. 15

Dozens of students and staff took part in the annual blood drive. Senior Meagan Sather (pictured above) donated for the first time.

Students Win Design Contest

Congratulations to Eva Fang and Emily Wood for winning the T-shirt design contest for Ojai Day. n

Villanova from 1943 to 2013 A 70-Year Alumni Retrospective

At this year’s Wildcat Reunion, the Villanova community had the unique privilege of being able to witness 70 years of school history assembled at one time. Over a luau-style barbecue dinner, graduates from 1943 to 2013 recalled fond memories and described how being part of a close-knit, collaborative academic community impacted each of their futures for the better. community. “The greatest lesson that I would pass on is that people know more than you think they do. Keep your strong values, but also keep reading and questioning; listen to as many different stories as you can.”

Seventy years at Villanova were represented by Celia Palermo ‘13, Richard Esguera ‘03, Henry Silvestre ‘83, Alecia Taylor ‘73, Mitch Cooney ‘63, Bill Lowes ‘53 and Sedge Thomson ‘43.

Sedge Thomson, Class of 1943

Recalling his time at Villanova 70 years ago, Sedge expressed immense gratitude for the Augustinian brothers who were doing so much with so little. “Go back with me and imagine this campus with only three buildings, and a class of 16 grads,” he said. “We had space for classes, a cracker-jack of a gym, offices, and that was it. Look at Villanova now, and know that this is why alumni are essential; through our giving back we represent the future,” he says. Sedge appreciated how a Villanova education was as much about learning to live in community as it was about academics. “We dressed up every day, and ate good food, which was more than a lot of boys had. They wanted to keep us fit and give us the best. I played every sport except baseball,” he said. “At Villanova, you learned how to learn, how to listen, and how to be part of a team.” In class, he appreciated the hard-working brothers who spoke frankly. “I liked geometry with Father Sparrow a lot. He expected the best. I remember he would stand at the front of class and say, ‘I’m a tough old bird, and you’ll get nothing for nothing from me.’” However, those same brothers were always accessible and shared their personal wisdom with the small student

Austin Gavin ‘40 (left) and Sedge Thomson ‘43 (right) were the two oldest alums to visit campus in years.

Jim Lombardi and Bill Lowes, Class of 1953

Jim Lombardi and Bill Lowes recall a Villanova experience defined by brilliant, dedicated faculty. “The people made the place,” Bill said. “They had seen the worst of the world, and were determined to give us better. Father Monty had been captured and tortured in World War II, he commanded respect because he had literally seen it all. You just had to listen to him. Father Sparrow was very direct, but also very fair and just; he could drill holes in you with his eyes.” Both Jim and William feel that they benefited most from classes rooted in practical work. “Math and physics were taught with real-world applications,” Jim said. “Some of it was about learning for life, but we walked out knowing how we could use what we were studying.” Jim fondly remembers Villanova’s traditional culture and shared values. “We wore uniforms every day. Our traditions set us apart,” Jim said. “I remember that one year, we beat Nordhoff in football, which was unheard of then, but they got so angry! They were throwing stuff at our bus as we were leaving. There were no girls at the school in those days, so I also enjoyed the mixers and dances, when we would get dressed up.” u Fall & Winter 2013




Bill Lowes and Jim Lombardi (both class of ‘53) had a lot of catching up to do after almost 60 years.

Seeing the human side of strong men of faith made an impression on Bill. “The brothers were formal in class, but then you would see them walking around the land in plain clothes, working hard,” he said. “It was a reminder that they were everyday men who had faced struggle and wanted us to have a better life.” Their advice to young graduates of today is simple: work hard, listen, and do not be afraid of the future. “No matter where you start, you will end up where you are meant to be,” Jim said.

Annie Bowler and sister Mary Weyrich ‘72.

Annie (Martin) Bowler, Class of 1973

When Annie and her sister Mary arrived at Villanova, they made history. “We were in the first co-ed class at the school, so it was 15 boys and 6 girls,” Annie said. “This was following all the political and social changes of the late 1960s, so single-sex education was out of vogue. St. Catherine’s had shut down so all our parents wanted to send us to Villanova.” While she recalls an awkward first day, the students eventually all became friends. “The boys segregated themselves by the doors and watched our every move, so we stuck together in a little circle,” Annie 48


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said. “The boys were afraid to lose their private space. But enrollment was declining at the time, and the girls saved the school financially, so I think they were glad to see their community live on even in a slightly different form.” Being among the first Villanova young women proved to have some unexpected educational and social benefits. “All of the teachers were religious brothers, but they knew times were changing and wanted to give us opportunity,” Annie said. “Father Keller made literature and writing come alive. I did an independent study with him, and he gave me a lot of room to grow and explore. He’s part of why I became a teacher and a writer.” Since her retirement from teaching in 1998, Annie has published several books on Korean and Chinese culture, stories of inspiring teens, and regional American history. “Four boys to every girl was a confidence boost too; you could date whoever you wanted! I remember that the girls would check with each other to make sure that we weren’t competing for the same guys.”

Pictured (left to right) are Karl Silva ‘73, Barry Guerrero ‘72, Annie Bowler ‘73 and husband John Bowler ‘72.

Annie’s ongoing connection to the school is unique. Her mother, Florence Martin, founded a charity which works with Villanova’s largest student club to organize service projects at the Hogar Infantil La Gloria orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. She feels fortunate to be part of this multigenerational legacy. “When I was a sophomore at Villanova, my sister was a junior, and my brother had graduated the year before. All of us had great experiences there,” she said. “Father Vogel, who was one of my math teachers, would later officiate at my wedding. The school community is an extended family.” When asked how she would advise recent grads, Annie expanded on the u

wisdom of following one’s passion to emphasize living in the now. “Do what you love and make the most of each day,” she said. “Take every chance to be kind to others. You never know who you might see again, and how they might be able to help you later.”

Pictured are Richard Esquerra ‘03 and his wife Kelly McDowell ‘04 chat ting with Katy Lewis ‘03 and Headmaster Carol Hoffer.

Richard Esguerra, Class of 2003

From day one, Richard’s Villanova experience was driven by strong friendships with his peers. “I remember the long bus trips from Camarillo,” he said. “We kids who took the bus had to stick together, so we got to know each other really well. The people are what really made Villanova great, both my peers and teachers.” Richard most enjoyed classes that focused on collaboration and faculty who took a creative approach. “Mr. Bunce broke open literature for us and expanded our horizons. He cared so much about his students and pushed us to think critically, which was so valuable when I got to college,” he said. “Mr. Phelan taught European history through a lens focused on human nature, and had us consider how history affects social issues even now. We were discussing familiar big events but looking at them in such a unique way.” Richard’s experiences of community at Villanova inspired him as he studied journalism at USC, and became a writer and activist addressing digital freedom with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He also met his wife at Villanova, but to him, the school’s greatest asset is the broad variety of opportunities that it offers students. “While playing water polo and doing yearbook in high school, I learned how to push my creativity and to collaborate,” he said. “So that’s the advice I would give to current students – appreciate all of the activities around you and take advantage of them even if you don’t know exactly how you might benefit.”

Celia Palermo, Class of 2013

For Celia, Villanova was a close-knit community, but where anyone who participates and contributes can belong. “On my first day, I had just moved to Oxnard from Atascadero, CA, so I was nervous coming in because I didn’t know anyone,” she said. “The school was very welcoming, but everyone was expected to work hard and step out of their comfort zone. I felt at home as soon as I got involved in community activities like Hogar Infantil, Interact Club, Mock Trial and theater.” Celia appreciated teachers who went beyond mere numbers to cultivate real learning. “My favorite teacher was Mr. Roney, he taught AP US History and AP Government and Politics. “Instead of expecting flawless test scores, he preferred to see us master the concepts and apply them to everyday situations.” Her fondest memories of Villanova focus on the celebrations that brought the school together. “I made lifelong friends by participating in Wildcat Day, and attending football and basketball games. I would advise current students to get involved in the community as much as they can and remember to have fun.” Celia is now a freshman at the University of Georgia, where she is studying to become a sports broadcast journalist. n

Sal and Sedge Thomson ‘43 greet the Wildcat reunion’s youngest alum Celia Palermo ‘13 at the luau. Fall & Winter 2013




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The (6-1-1) 1963-64 football team with mascot Mary Lou Bert and legendary Coach Elmo Ferrari

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