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Summer 2008





The Other Class of 2008

Inaugural Class Named for Induction into Athletics Hall of Honor

Houston, Texas

Within days of the end of school in May, the Jesuit Alumni Cafeteria was razed. A fixture on campus since 1963, in addition to lunches every day, over its many years of service the building hosted plays, banquets, retreats, Masses and other events. For more see page 12.

Table of Contents

Features The Other Class of 2008 p. 4 Graduation 2008 p. 7 Cafeteria Comes Down p. 12 Departments

President's Message - 2 Principal's Perspective - 3 School News - 9 - 10 Development - 12 - 14 Spirituality - 15 Athletics - 16 - 18 Alumni News - 20 - 21 Class Notes - 22 - 23 Births - 23 In Memoriam - 23 By George - 24 Summer 2008 Vol. 40, No. 4 Editor Rick Rivers, Director of Communications Contributors Fr. Daniel K. Lahart, SJ Richard Nevle Fr. Flavio Bravo, SJ

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President Fr. Daniel K. Lahart, SJ Principal Richard Nevle Director of Development NJ Santarcangelo `67

ON THE COVER - The inaugural class for induction into the new Athletics Hall of Honor was announced in early June. For details and to see who the honorees are, go to page 4

President's Message

2 Summer 2008

I recently of¿ciated at the wedding of a young graduate. The occasion was a wonderful celebration of two people's love for each other and a wonderful reunion of many Strake Jesuit alumni and parents from the groom's year. Stories were told, one after the other, long into the night. During one conversation, a young alumnus told me how the school changed him and made him the man he is today. He mentioned several teachers by name, describing their special inÀuences. "Thank you," he told me. I am grateful that Strake Jesuit has had such a profound impact on him, and grateful that he told me so. But I told him not to thank me, but to thank those more directly responsible. "Thank those teachers you just mentioned," I said. One of those rules we supposedly learn in kindergarten is to say "Thank You." Most of us do when someone passes the salt and pepper or holds open a door or elevator for us. We write thank you notes for birthday presents, Christmas presents, wedding or anniversary gifts. Fr. Daniel K. Lahart, SJ Yet, I suspect we too often neglect to express our gratitude to those responsible for helping to President shape us into the people we are today ­ teachers and mentors. In May the Strake Jesuit community did just that. We honored and thanked Father Chris Billac for all he has done for generations of students and their families. Father Billac ¿rst came to Strake Jesuit in 1967, and except for nine years at Tampa Jesuit he has been here ever since. Over these decades he has served as teacher, coach, counselor, friend, and priest to thousands. The gala was a simple way for us to thank someone who continues to mean so much to so many of us. I am grateful, too, that Robert Goodyear, the valedictorian of the Class of 2008, did such a ¿ne job in his speech (p. 7) to thank the members of this community who make Strake Jesuit the special place that it is. To thank those important to us is surely polite. But it is also at the heart of the spirituality of St. Ignatius. As our hearts ¿ll with gratitude for what others have done for us, for what they mean to us, we cannot help but look past ourselves. Gratitude leads to generosity. In my ¿rst article in The Chronicle this past year I mentioned that in his Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius hopes that we become aware of God's blessings, which are, of course, most acutely present in the person of Jesus Christ, his life, death and resurrection. With that awareness, St. Ignatius says, comes the freedom to pray the ¿nal prayer in the Exercises, the Suscipe. This prayer is at its core a prayer of generosity. Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty My memory, understanding, my entire will. All that I have and possess, To you, Lord, I return it. Give me only your love and your grace: That is enough for me. Like the young alumnus at the wedding who thanked me for what Strake Jesuit did for him, like those of us who thanked Fr. Billac, like Robert Goodyear who thanked those present for making Strake Jesuit special for him, I encourage you to take the opportunity to thank those responsible for the blessings in your own life. As I reminded our graduates at the Baccalaureate Mass: "Gratitude and generosity. These two key graces are the basis of Ignatian spirituality. If you can continue to grow in these two qualities, I guarantee that you will live a happier life than if don't. You will be a better friend, a better husband to your wife, a better father to your children. You will be a better businessman, engineer, doctor or lawyer. Developing the gifts of gratitude and generosity will make you a better person. When you are a grateful person, grateful for your gifts and talents, you can't help but be generous in response to the needs and concerns of others. The opposite of gratitude ­ a sense of entitlement ­ rarely results in a generous response. The entitled person can certainly be successful, but rarely is that person truly happy, nor are the people around him." I pray in gratitude for all the ways our friends support our mission here. Thank you. I also pray that these months of summer bring renewal and refreshment to your heart, mind, body and soul.

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On almost any given day­save the rainiest­I can look eastward through my office window to a crowd ranging from six to thirty students involved in some sort of game or another. Sometimes there are several games going on simultaneously: hacky sack, ultimate frisbee, wiffle ball, or touch football. Once, during a retreat recreation period, I watched two games being played not only simultaneously, but in the same space­ultimate frisbee and touch football; frisbees flew through the middle of pass patterns and only occasionally was there any unintended contact. Somehow or another without benefit of uniforms, boundary lines, goal posts or goals, four teams sorted out their memberships and objectives and appeared to think nothing of it. Competitive games are a fundamental and universal part of adolescent male life. Many years ago we took our football team to Shen Shen, China as a part of a sister-city activity. Our team was going to play in the first real American style football game in mainland China. The game was to be a major part of the City of Shen Shen's annual "Lychee Festival" which takes place each June. Along with American football the city scheduled drills and performances from nearby schools, several trade unions and a drill team composed of a company from the Chinese Army. (It turned out that half-time lasted almost as long as the game.) The day before game day our students were practicing on the field while the Chinese soldiers practiced their drill on the track surrounding the soccer pitch that had just been converted into a football field. When both soldiers and athletes took a break from the summer heat­Shen Shen is just south of the Tropic of Cancer­ one of the Jesuit students tossed a football toward the soldiers. The soldiers, who didn't appear to be much older than our students, found the shape of the American football difficult to handle. Lacking any Chinese speaking students on the team that year our students resorted to demonstrations to show the young soldiers how to grip the football and pass it. Had it not been for an anxious Chinese army officer who appeared to be worried about his troops fraternizing with the Americans, a pick up game would surely have evolved. Competition besides being fun saves ambitious young men from conflict. Even without referees, coaches, managers, parents, etc. adolescent athletes quickly learn about rules­ and enforce them themselves. They appear to intuitively understand that without rules and boundaries competition can become meaningless or even collapse into conflict.

Competition works in the classroom too. Years and years ago I taught an accelerated course in European History and divided the class into four seminar groups that met as a group of about six students each week in addition to their regular class sessions. Each member of the group was required to write a research paper each quarter and present his paper to the group. Usually group work means that one or two students do all the work and other students simply add their names to the project. To avoid this phenomenon I assigned different roles to each member of the group: one member was in charge of checking the presenter's references, another his spelling and another prepared a set of discussion questions to get the group started. Each person was graded on how well he did his assigned job as writer, research-checker, critic or discussion leader. At first the results were disastrous. The students went after one another with a vengeance and really didn't consider it a successful session if it didn't end up in blood and tears. Unused to an "academic competition" the students had no idea about rules, protocol or academic courtesy. But they learned and my job evolved from protector and referee, to being one of the participants. Students competed and soon became aware that criticism and questioning were making them better researchers and writers. While we often relate competition with anxiety and pressure, it is just as likely to be associated with enthusiasm and dedication. In the classroom, at the podium, on the playing field or just hanging out, students compete; sometimes they are competing just to have something to do, and sometimes they are fiercely concerned about winning, but in almost every case, competition is mostly about getting better.

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The Other Class of 2008

As members of the graduating Class of 2008 were saying their goodbyes and farewells as their days at Jesuit were ending, the school was introducing a new Class of 2008. It was the Inaugural Class of inductees into the school's new Athletics Hall of Honor. Six entries - four athletes, one team, and one very distinguished individual - comprise this first class of honorees. On the following pages their accomplishments at Jesuit, which earned them this honor, are detailed.

This past Spring, Strake Jesuit announced the creation of an Athletics Hall of Honor. The stated purpose of the Hall was to serve as a means of maintaining the rich heritage and tradition of the Crusader athletic program. In addition, it will serve as a means of recognizing, preserving, and honoring the athletes, coaches, individuals, and teams that made significant contributions to the athletic program. The decision to create the Hall of Honor was an easy one. The process and decision of determing those who would be inducted in the inaugural class proved more difficult. That decision fell upon the members of the Selection Committee. It was a committee that consisted of eight Jesuit alumni ­ two from each decade of those that were eligible for selection (60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's), three current faculty members, Athletic Director Bill McDonald, and Director of Alumni Relations Tim Scalzitti '90. At the end of the process, in early June, the school announced that the much anticipated inaugural class would consist of Mike Janda '69, Mike Novelli '75, Eric Mullins '80, Chris Darkins '92, Br. Casey Ferlita, SJ, and the 1976 Crusaders Football Team. When all is said and done, it is a very representative class in that the athletes represent each of the four decades of Jesuit athletics that were eligible for induction as well as representing a range of sports

including football, track, cross country, basketball, baseball, and soccer. "The Selection Committee did an excellent job of reviewing the nominees presented to them," remarked Bill McDonald. "When you are comparing the accomplishments of, for example, a football player from one decade as compared to a baseball player from another decades, and then throwing in a soccer team from a third decade, it was not a easy task. There are obviously a lot of accomplishments that we can celebrate. In the end, we feel like we have an extremely worthy inaugural class for the Athletics Hall of Honor and look forward to adding to that list in the years to come." On Saturday night, September 27, 2008, the school will host an induction ceremonial dinner. The night before, the inductees will be recognized at halftime of the Crusaders' home Friday against Memorial. The Saturday Night event in the new Moran Dining Hall will serve as the official induction of the honorees into the Hall of Honor. With that, presented on the following pages are the accomplishments of those who have been selected to represent the inaugural class of the Strake Jesuit Athletics Hall of Honor.


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Mike Janda `69

Category: Athlete Football, Baseball, Basketball, & Track Regarded as one of the school's first great, multi-sport athletes, Mike Janda had an outstanding Jesuit career in several sports, lettering multiple years in football, baseball, basketball, and track. As an example of his athletic abilities combined with leadership skills, as a senior he served as Team Captain in all four sports. He was also a member of the 1968 track 4x100 relay team that still holds the school record at 42.2. "I am truly honored and humbled to be named to the Strake Jesuit Hall of Honor," Janda commented upon being notified of his induction. "As the oldest inductee, I feel that I am but a representative of all the great Jesuit athletes that came before me. I am particularly proud of accepting this honor in the name of all my friends and fellow athletes in the class of 1969. Strake Jesuit continues to be close to my heart and I am extremely grateful for all the blessings that Strake Jesuit has bestowed on me and my family." In football, Janda played on both sides of the ball as a Running Back and Defensive Back, lettering on varsity three years. As a sophomore he was named All-District. As a junior he repeated as an AllDistrict selection and added an Honorable Mention All-State honor. As a senior he served as Team Captain and again repeated as an All-District selection and was named All-State. In baseball, Janda lettered all four years while at Jesuit. He was named All-District as a sophomore, junior, and senior and served as Team Captain his senior year. In track, Janda lettered three years. As a sophomore he was a member of the District Champion 4 x 100 Relay Team. As a junior, his 4 x 100 Relay Team set a new school record and, in addition, he was the District Long Jump Champion and finished second in State in the Long Jump. As a senior, his 4 x 100 Relay Team finished second in District and in State while he personally finished fourth in District in the 100-yard dash while serving as Team Captain. That team also claimed the school's first State title. In basketball, Janda lettered two years on varsity and, as a senior, he served as Team Captain. In the mid-70's Janda returned to Jesuit as a teacher and coach. He served as Head Baseball Coach from 1975-1979 winning District titles from 1976-79 and State titles in 1977 and 1978. In 1974 his freshman football team won the District title as did his JV teams in 1975-1978. Off the playing field, Janda was named Senior Crusader of the Year in 1969. He attended the University of Texas where he played football and was on the 1970 National Championship Team. Janda has served as Head Football Coach at Bellarmine College

Preparatory in San Jose, California for the last 24 years. He has compiled a career record of 185-86-2 with 9 League Championships and 2 Section Championships. He also teaches Honors Chemistry.

Mike Novelli `75

Category: Athlete Track & Cross Country Mike Novelli `75 was the first of what would be a long line of outstanding distance runners at Jesuit. In fact, he still holds the school records for the 1600 Meters at 4:10.6 and the 3200 Meters at 9:06.8. As a freshman, Novelli gave everyone an early glimpse of things to come by winning the Mile at the District Meet, which the Crusaders won for the District title. As a sophomore, he was selected All-State in Cross Country on a team that went undefeated, winning the District and State titles. In Track, he won the Mile Run at 4:20.7, the Distance Medley at 10:41.0, and was a member of the winning 2-Mile Relay team at 8:05.0. His junior year, Novelli was again selected All-State in Cross Country, leading the team to the State title while placing first individually at the State Meet. In track, he again led the team to the State title while serving as one of the Team Captains. He also set the State Record for the Mile at 4:14.8 and the National Record for the Mile at 4:10.2 as well as the 2-Mile at 9:11.6. He placed second in the Mile at the National Meet in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a senior he was selected All-State in Cross Country for the third straight year while winning the State Meet for the third straight year while the team won the District and State titles. In track, while again serving as a Team Captain, he was selected All-State while placing first in the Mile at 4:12.0, first in the 2-Mile while leading the team to the State title again. Novelli went on to run at Rice University where he was the Southwest Conference Cross Country Champion in 1977 and 1979, and NCAA All-American in 1979, Southwest Conference Indoor 3-Mile Champion in 1978, Southwest Conference Outdoor 3-Mile Champion in 1978 and NCAA 5,000M All-American in 1978. He still holds the Rice University school record for the 5,000M in 13:36.9 and was the winner of the Bob Quin Award, recognizing the best all-around athlete at Rice University (1980). He was an inductee in Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame (1991).

Eric Mullins `80

Category: Athlete Football, Basketball, Track An outstanding multi-sport athlete, Eric Mullins `80 lettered three years in varsity football and track and two years in varsity basketball. A two-time All-State selection in football as a junior and senior,

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Mullins also served as Team Co-Captain as a senior. In the State Championship game, he rushed for 78 yards and scored both Crusader touchdowns in a 17-0 win over Dallas Jesuit for the State title. "I am truly honored to be selected for this inaugural Strake Jesuit Athletic acknowledgment," Mullins said upon hearing the news of his induction. "This is a special honor particularly given all of the exceptional athletes that I know have represented Jesuit over the years both with me as teammates and others that I have watched and supported in other years. My years at Strake Jesuit represent a critical time of growth in my life and I fondly look back on those days with pride and excitement. Thanks again for such a great tribute." In track, he helped lead the team to two State titles as a junior and senior. As a junior, he was on the 440 Relay Team that won the State title. As a senior, he was selected All-State while taking first place in the 100-Yard Dash at 10.0, the 220-Yard Dash at 22.1, and the 440 Relay at 42.7. In addition, he was a member of the Distance Medley Team that won the TSU Relays at 10:33.81, a time that led the nation. Mullins went on to perform at Stanford University where he was a 4-year letterman in football. He was named to the Academic AllAmerican team in 1982 and 1984 and was a sixth round selection by the Houston Oilers of the National Football League and started at wide receiver his Rookie year. He earned his MBA in 1990 from Wharton and was President of his class. He currently serves on the Standford Athletic Advistory Board and on the Advistory Board of the Houston Chapter of the Wharton Alumni Club.

Championship while earning All-State honors and leading the team in assists and being the second leading scorer. In track, Darkins was a member of three State Championship Teams as a sophomore, junior, and senior. As a sophomore, he was a member of the State Champion 4 x 100 Relay Team. As a junior, he won State titles in the High Jump, Long Jump, and 4 x 100 Relay. As a senior, he repeated as State Champion in the Long Jump and 4 x 100 Relay and added State titles in the 100 Meters and 200 Meters. In football he was selected All-State both as a junior and senior as a tailback. Darkins went on to play college football and run track at the University of Minnesota. He was named team MVP in 1994 when he also was named All Big Ten First Team. He also served as Team Captain in 1994 and 1995. In 1996 he was the Big Ten Individual Track Champion in the 55 Meters and a Track All Big Ten Selection that year as well. He was a 4th round pick of the Green Bay Packers iand was on two Super Bowl teams.

1976 Football Team

Category: Team

Chris Darkins `92

Category: Athlete Football, Soccer, Track One of the best allaround athletes to attend Jesuit, Chris Darkins `92 was a 4-year letterman in soccer, 3-year letterman in track and a 2-year letterman in football. As of his entry in the Hall of Honor in 2008, he still holds the school record for the 100 meters at 10.49, the 200 meters at 21.70 and the Long Jump at 22'7.5". In soccer, as a sophomore Darkins was named the team's Most Valuable Player on Offense. As a junior he was the team's leading scorer with 24 goals, and as a senior, he helped lead the team to a State

The 1976 Crusaders football team, which posted a 10-2 record, is remembered for a lot of firsts. It was the first team to win a state football title, defeating El Paso Cathedral in El Paso in the snow 16-0. That state title was one of seven total State Championships the school would claim in the 1976-1977 school year. The others were Cross Country, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Swimming, and Track. It was also the first team to beat St. Thomas when it claimed a 20-18 win in the Astrodome on a last second field goal. A win that gave Jesuit the District Championship. The team claimed 17 All-District players, seven All-State players, and one member of the Houston Chronicle's All-Greater Houston team.

Br. Casey Ferlita, SJ

Category: Distinguished Individual

As one person put in their nomination of Br. Casey for the Hall of Honor, "He's Br. Casey, what else is there to say." A fixture at the school since 1972, no single person in Strake Jesuit history has cared more for the school's athletes and coaches and done so longer than Br. Casey. More than a trainer, Casey has been a model of a Man for Others for countless Crusader athletes and their parents for decades.


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Robert Goodyear, the Valedictorian of the Class of 2008 and humbled by the opportunity to address his classmates, spoke to them of the bonds they have formed that will last forever and of the gratitude that they shared for their parents and for Strake Jesuit.

Fr. Lahart, Mr. Nevle, faculty and staff, honored guests, parents, friends, and fellow graduates of the class of 2008, good morning! The first thing I would like to say is that I do not like writing speeches, and many people have given me advice on how to write this one. These words of wisdom have ranged from "yo, give me a shout-out" to "throw a Big-C rap in there." However, I think that the best piece of advice came from my grandma when she said, "Be bright, be brief, and be gone." So in keeping with that idea, I will get started. Being allowed to address you all like this, my class, is the greatest honor I have ever received. To be able to get up here and tell you all how great you are, how much fun you have been, and how I feel like all of you are my brothers is worth all of the work over the last four years. I really wish each and every one of you could come up here and experience this. I honestly never thought I had a chance at becoming the Valedictorian of such a great class. I was told by my parents, my mom especially, that I would never be valedictorian because I am not, and I quote, a "do-gooder." And when compared with my classmates who could have been standing up here instead of me, I'm really not. All I feel like I have done for the school over the last four years is play football, and play it badly. But the hours on the football field have done more than make me physically strong, just as our school has done more than simply make us stronger intellectually. Sure we learned everything we would ever need to know about the French Revolution from Mr. Auzenne, we did so many derivatives that it became, in Mr. Haich's own words, as easy as breathing. We saw 18a on so many Volding papers that we actually learned what a comma splice is. We learned all of these things, but we also learned things that, in the end, are much more important. We learned determination by sticking to it and actually reading the entire Art History chapter. We learned to be humble when we saw the grade on the first physics test of the year, which everyone failed by the way. We learned to challenge ourselves when we took that extra year of Spanish or gave up a free period to take a science class junior year. One of the most important things that we learned at this school is gratitude. Jesuit didn't teach gratitude in a class, although every once in a while you could see someone thanking God that he did better on the test than he thought possible. Gratitude was taught at retreats, it was taught through the senior service project, and it was taught anytime the school gathered together, because we always started with a prayer thanking God. At the Mass of the Holy Spirit, Fr. Lahart gave a homily about gratitude. During this homily, he told us to be grateful for our families, grateful for our friends, and grateful for our education. So, Fr. Lahart, here it goes. Parents, thank you for everything. Thank you for giving us all that we have, including our education. Thank you for being there for us. Thank you for believing in us, most of the time at least. Thank you for keeping us out of trouble as often as you could, and thank you for stopping us from doing stupid things, once again, as often as you could. Most of all, thank you for loving us, even though I know sometimes it is hard. As embarrassing as this is, I'm going to say this on behalf of the entire class of 2008, we love you back. Faculty and staff, thank you for being our mentors and guides. Your patience with us, especially this last semester, your generosity with both time and knowledge, and your dedication to the pursuit of learning are all things to be admired and emulated. Thank you for challenging us and making us work, even though we didn't like it at the time. It was through your determination to teach us that we learned to be strong willed. You forced us to become strong, hard-working young men. Thank you for that gift. Simply, thank you for being our teachers; we wouldn't have become the men we are without you. Finally, it is time to be grateful for our friends, so thank you class of 2008 for being my friends. When we came here four years ago, the old field house was still standing, as well as the old weight room and gym. Just as the campus has changed, so have we. We have grown into ourselves and become better men then we were when we arrived here. I know that you all, my friends, have helped me grow and I sincerely thank you for that. While we have all changed, we have also grown closer together, we have become, as Miles Landry said at the "Take God to College" mass, like brothers. Yes we all have our own group of friends, but we must realize that we are also a part of something bigger than that; we are each a part of the class of 2008, and we are part of the Strake Jesuit family. If we are a family, then a quote from

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a letter I received from my grandfather seems appropriate. He said, "At this point, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the reserve forces that you have in your camp, who are ready to assist and support you on a minutes notice if needed." My grandpa is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Marines, and although he wrote that about my own family, his message applies to us as well; No matter where we go, we are part

of Strake Jesuit's family and that family will always be there for us. Thank you being part of my family. The last thing I would like to mention has to do with something Fr. Bravo said at Take God to College. He told us that, as young men, we tend to hold ourselves to low expectations, and I could not disagree more. I feel that everyone in the class of 08, every one of us, has

held himself up to high expectations and found that he fulfilled those expectations and even exceeded them. These high standards that we hold are our greatest gifts to each other because they raise all of us, as a class, up. They make us all better men, so thank you for that. Thank you all for listening to me and God Bless.

The Class of 2008 Awards and Honors

JSEA Award Federico Torre John F. Kennedy Community Service Award Cameron John Harrell Steven Brian McConnell `78 Award Benjamin Scott Werner Williams Award Jon Ander Elizalde Landeta Rev. Michael F. Kennelly, SJ Service Award Phillip Lowell Wiggins Frank Ribelin Award in the Arts Jeffrey Hay-Doug Cheung Crusader Award Michael William Hannon Highest GPA Michael William Hannon Second Highest GPA Award Steven Colin Roach Valedictorian Robert Keller Goodyear Salutatorian Michael William Hannon Recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program 23 National Merit Finalists 6 National Merit Commended Students 17 National Hispanic Scholars 8 Eagle Scouts 20


The Class of 2008 earned over 390 scholarships and grants totaling over $12.8 million. Also, they were accepted at over 200 of the finest colleges and universities across the nation, as listed here.

Abilene Christian University 1 The University of Alabama 7 American University 2 Arizona State University 3 The University of Arizona 6 University of Arkansas 1 Auburn University 8 Austin College 2 Baylor University 40 Belmont University 1 Blinn College 2 Boston College 6 Boston University 2 University of California at Davis 2 California Lutheran University 1 Carnegie Mellon University 1 Case Western Reserve University 1 Centenary College of Louisiana 1 Centre College 1 College of Charleston 1 University of Chicago 1 Clemson University 6 Coastal Carolina University 1 University of Colorado at Boulder 5 Univ. of Colorado at Colorado Springs 1 Colorado School of Mines 5 Colorado State University 1 Columbia University 1 University of Connecticut 1 Cornell College 1 Cornell University 1 Creighton University 3 University of Dallas 1 Dartmouth College 1 University of Denver 2 DeSales University 1 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University FL 1 Emory University 1 Fairfield University 3 Florida Institute of Technology 1 Florida International University 1 University of Florida 1 Fordham University 8 Franciscan University of Steubenville 1 George Mason University 1 The George Washington University 1 Georgetown University 6 Georgia Institute of Technology 5 University of Georgia 2 Gonzaga University 2 Goucher College 1 College of the Holy Cross 1 Houston Baptist University 9 University of Houston 43 University of Houston, Downtown 1 Howard University 1 Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2 John Carroll University 1 Johns Hopkins University 3 Kansas State University 5 University of Kansas 2 Kenyon College 1 Lamar University 2 Landmark College 1 Lehigh University 1 Liberty University 1 Louisiana State University 32 University of Louisville 1 Loyola College in Maryland 3 Loyola Marymount University 5 Loyola University Chicago 4 Loyola University New Orleans 7 Marquette University 5 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 2 University of Maryland, College Park 1 Miami University, Oxford 3 University of Miami 4 Michigan State University 1 University of Michigan 2 Midwestern State University 1 Mississippi State University 1 University of Mississippi 4 Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology 1 University of Missouri, Kansas City 1 Morehouse College 1 University of Nebraska at Lincoln 1 University of New Hampshire 1 New York University 1 Univ. of North Carolina at Wilmington 1 University of North Texas 3 Northern Arizona University 1 Northwestern University 3 University of Notre Dame 7 Oklahoma State University 1 University of Oklahoma 4 University of the Pacific 3 University of Pennsylvania 1 Pepperdine University 1 University of Portland 1 Prairie View A&M University 1 Purdue University 5 Regis University 2 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 4 Rhode Island School of Design 1 Rhodes College 2 Rice University 11 University of Richmond 1 Roanoke College 2 University of Rochester Rockhurst University Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Saint Louis University Sam Houston State University University of San Diego University of San Francisco Santa Clara University Savannah College of Art and Design Schreiner University Seton Hall University Sewanee: The University of the South University of Southern California Southern Methodist University Southwestern University Spring Hill College St. Edward's University St. John's University St. Lawrence University St. Mary's University of San Antonio University of St. Thomas Stanford University Stephen F. Austin State University Stevens Institute of Technology Swarthmore College Syracuse University The University of Tampa University of Tennessee, Knoxville Texas A&M University Texas A&M University, Galveston Texas A&M University, Kingsville Texas Christian University Texas State University-San Marcos Texas Tech University The University of Texas, Arlington The University of Texas, Austin The University of Texas, Dallas The University of Texas, San Antonio The University of Texas, Tyler Trinity College Trinity University University of Tulsa Vanderbilt University Villanova University University of Virginia Washington University in St. Louis Webb Institute Western Washington University Wheaton College Willamette University College of William and Mary Xavier University 1 1 2 32 4 2 1 10 1 1 1 2 8 10 5 7 17 3 1 1 10 1 2 1 2 3 1 6 60 2 2 18 8 37 1 23 11 12 1 1 19 5 2 3 2 5 1 1 1 1 1 7


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Large Crowd Gathers to Honor Fr. Billac

Over 450 members of the Strake Jesuit family, including alumni, parents, current students, faculty, and staff gathered at the Westchase Marriott in Houston on Saturday night, May 10, 2008. The special occasion was to honor Fr. Chris Billac, SJ and his many of years service to the Jesuit community and for his `Dedication to Service', as the evening was themed. Proceeds from the event, which collected $170,000, will benefit the Endowed Scholarship at Jesuit in Fr. Billac's name. Several speakers took the opportunity to share stories of Fr. Billac and to personally thank him. These included Chris Bertini `83, Fr. Flavio Bravo, SJ, Principal Richard Nevle and President Fr. Daniel Lahart, SJ. In addition, a video tribute including additional personal reflections as well as a musical slide show of Fr. Billac's time at Jesuit was played. That show can be seen on the school web site at www. by scrolling over `News' in the top navigation bar and then clicking on `Videos' in the dropdown menu.

A large crowd of over 450 friends and family gathered at the Houston Westchase Marriott on May 10 to honor Fr. Billac, SJ for his many years of service to the school.

Annual Fleming Teaching Excellence Awards Presented

The recipients of The Fleming Awards for Teaching Excellence have become a much anticipated presentation at Strake Jesuit. At this year's Awards Day in May, two members of the Jesuit faculty, one who has been teaching at Jesuit for more than fifteen years and one who has been at the school less than fifteen years, were announced. The Award winners are selected for both excellence in the classroom and also for their demonstration of the cura personalis, the personal care of the Jesuit students. The 2008 award winners are English teacher Will Volding and music teaccher and Orchestra leader Guillermo Hernandez-Ching. "I am grateful for Mr. Fleming's work for the Strake Jesuit community," said recipient Guillermo Hernandez-Ching, "particularly in the support of teaching." Will Volding observed that, "To be recognized with the Fleming Award is, of course, an honor. But teaching at Jesuit is itself an honor, one for which I am grateful." The annual Awards are named in memory of Dr. George Fleming. Father of Scott `69

and George Fleming, Dr. Fleming had a lifelong interest in education. Before becoming a successful hospital administrator, he taught the children of migrant workers and American Indians in Arizona and he never forgot this teaching experience. In addition to the annual teaching awards, the Fleming Foundation also began The Fleming Fund for Teaching Enrichment at Jesuit to support excellence in the classroom by attracting and retaining superior faculty.

Pictured left to right: Scott `69 and Kate Fleming, 2008 Recipients Will Volding and Guillermo Hernandez-Ching, President Fr. Daniel Lahart, and Principal Richard Nevle.

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Higher Achievement Program Introduced this Summer

This summer Jesuit introduced the The Higher Achievement Program (HAP). Modeled after similar programs that are offered at Jesuit schools across the country, HAP at Strake Jesuit is a three-week summer outreach program organized to provide opportunities for academic enrichment, supervised recreation, and other meaningful learning activities for rising 7th and 8th graders in the setting of a Jesuit high school. Many of the students come from low-income backgrounds and may not consider Strake Jesuit College Preparatory as a possible high school destination. "Our goal was to have 60 students involved in the program and we exceeded that number," reported HAP Director and Jesuit faculty member Trip Norkus `95. "It was a huge success. The kids really bought into the Jesuit philosophy of education, and the teachers (all Jesuit faculty members) did a tremendous job creating hands-on, project-based lessons. I was especially impressed with the attitudes of the students. They came from such diverse backgrounds but bonded together very quickly." The HAP faculty of Jesuit teachers was supported by nine rising seniors from the Jesuit class of 2009. On Monday-Thursday, students attended classes from 8:15 am 2:00 pm with time for lunch and a PE period at the end of the day. Fridays were reserved for field trips, career days, and other activities. Each day began with a short reflection and prayer period. The students then attended four classes in the morning - Theater, Math, Applied Science, & Robotics. Some of the activities that the students worked on were improv theater, gas prices and budgets, calculating interest rates, programming Lego robots, calculating momentum and acceleration in carts, and measuring angles of launch with water balloons. After the classes and a quick lunch, the students headed to athletics where they played soccer and kickball, competed in obstacle courses and tug-o'-war, and worked on their fitness level. Based on the tremendous success and feedback from the first year, expectations are high for the HAP program to be an intregal part of the Jesuit's summer for years to come.

Daily activities in the HAP Program included classroom time with such projects as robotics (top) and PE time in the afternoon (bottom).

Senior Presents at Stanford Psychology Conference

In the words of Peter Radu, Director of the Eighth Annual Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, "it is rare for a high school student to be invited to present." The Conference, sponsored by the Department of Psychology and the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, serves as a showcase for highquality undergraduate research. Despite the odds, Jesuit Jesu senior Anish Bavishi submitted an abstract for subm consideration and was incons vited to attend the conference at Stanford University enc on May 17. He was one of M only 89 presenters at the conference, an elite group con of students representing 32 institutions from 11 different states and three fer countries. co "It was an extremely rewarding experience," Anish said afterwards. "I received great feedback on my project. People could not believe I was a high school student when I presented my abstract." Anish's abstract, which is a one-paragraph summary, was a result of his study entitled "Student Perceptions of Professors Based Off of Academic Program, Gender, and Race." He had students rate, on a sliding scale, a hypothetical professor based only on their department, gender, and race. His findings suggest an underlying bias in student perceptions. Anish will attend Rice University this fall.

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Why We Choose to Give

When it came time for us to revise our wills, since we don't have children, our plan was to distribute virtually all of our estate to a portfolio of faith-based causes. We received advice to look at institutions which had established an excellent track record of investing and achieving superior returns, much the same way we would evaluate a money manager to manage our assets. In our view, Strake Jesuit is the best `investment manager' in our group of faith-based causes. Not only is Jesuit on that list, it is the foremost beneficiary of our estate, a fact that we are both proud of. Jesuit's track record of achieving good returns on investment is evident on two levels. Most obvious is the track record of shaping young men that are spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically equipped to bring a positive impact to our world. Equally as important as the product Jesuit produces is the responsible manner in which it conducts its fiscal affairs. We offer thanks to the many directors, faculty, staff, alumni and parents whose collective wisdom, management and sacrifice have enabled Strake Jesuit to evolve into one of the most admired secondary education institutions in our city and state. More than the thanks we offer, we pledge our long term support to Jesuit through our estate planning decision. We urge all of you in the Strake Jesuit community to consider a planned giving gift as you are able.

Rick `76 and Shana Walker

For more information on The Loyola Society and Planned Giving at Strake Jesuit, contact N.J. Santarcangelo `67 in the Office of Development at 713.490.8152.

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After One Last Lunch, Cafeteria Comes Down

Few Jesuit events have drawn the wide range of alumni, parents, and friends back to school like the `Last Lunch' held on May 15, 2008. Alumni present ranged from the class of 1966 to the class of 2007 and just about every year in between. The same could be said of past parents and friends. While the crowd `lunched' on hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken strips, fries, and pizza, they also were given the opportunity to reminisce about the many experiences they had in the Alumni cafeteria. Banquets, plays, and retreats, not to mention lunches, took place in Just as enjoyable for many was the awe

they felt when having a close-up glimpse of the Smith Gymnasium as it is converted into the new Moran Dining Hall. Currently under construction with completion scheduled for this summer, the new Dining Hall will provide a magnificent new venue for many on-campus events, in addition to being a more comfortable place for everyday lunches. Just a few weeks after the event, the Alumni Cafeteria was razed. Built in its location will be the magnificent new Clay Student Activity Center which will include a 3-story atrium lobby and 3-floors to house SJET as well as offices for yearbook, newspaper, a new Spirit Store, and more. Adjacent will be the new Chapel with a wonderful new bell tower. Completion of the new Clay Student Activity Center is planned for the end of 2008.

Top: Hundreds returned for one `Last Lunch' in the Alumni Cafeteria on May 15 where they enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza. Middle: Some took the opportunity to get a closer look at the conversion of the Smith Gymnasium into the new Moran Dining Hall. Bottom: Soon after the `Last Lunch' event, the cafeteria was razed to make room for the new Clay Student Activity Center.

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Construction Begins on New Clay Student Activity Center

In what seemed like just moments after the final bell had sounded to mark the end of the 2007-2008 school year, construction crews began the work of razing the Alumni Cafeteria. In a matter of days, there was virtually no sign that it had ever existed. Just as quickly, work began on the contruction of the new Clay Student Activity Center which will rise in its place. When complete, this new facility will serve as the focal point of the campus, with the bell tower in the new Chapel serving as a beacon to students, parents, and visitors. The building will feature a three-story atrium foyer which will connect with the new Moran Dining Hall and the three-story Center. A new and expanded Spirit Store and a new Pastoral Ministry Center will be located on the first floor. The second floor will have two new conference rooms and also serve as the new home for the yearbook, the student newspaper, and debate. The third floor will include new SJET studios as well as digital art and ceramic art rooms. One of the most important features of this final phase will be the construction of a new Chapel. Connected to the Student Activity Center on the south side, access to the chapel will be both from the Activity Center as well as directly from campus. The new chapel will accommodate up to 150 and its south wall will house the three stained glass windows that are featured in the current chapel in the library. Accessible through the chapel will be the base of the

bell tower where the Blessed Sacrament will be reserved. Also in this space will be the Sanctuary Light, which will be visible from the park-

ing lot, serving to greet visitors and remind all of the school's mission. side and enter a Prayer Garden. Ideal for private reflection, the garden will be located between the Chapel and the parking lot, secluded behind a 10' wall and adorned with trees and other greenery.

Through the vestibule, visitors can exit through doors on the west

Construction will continue through the fall semester of the 2008-09 school year with completion anticipated around the first of the year.

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Land of Oz Comes to Life at `Magic in the Emerald City'

The weather was perfect: not a tornado in sight for the 28th Annual Fantasy Auction held on Saturday, April 5, at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square! From the registration table, guests followed the yellow brick road past Auntie Em and Uncle Henry's house (complete with protruding Wicked Witch of the East legs) and into the ballroom, which had been transformed into the Land of Oz. There were over-sized flower arrangements on the dining tables, whimsical Munchkin houses here and there, the Gates of Oz (including the famous sign: Bell Out of Order ­ Please Knock)... even the Wizard's control panel ("Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...") had been modeled. To add to the ambiance, a large screen showed the Wizard of Oz movie during dinner ing and highlighted the live auction items during the bidding. To top it all off, Wizard of Oz characters were milling about, reinforcing the fact that there's no place like (our Strake Jesuit) home! "Magic in The Emerald City" was a tremendous success financially ­ netting approximately $500,000 which will provide a major infusion to Strake Jesuit's financial aid endowment fund. Our sincere thanks go to the auction volunteers who put their heart and soul into this event, to Susan and Pharr Smith, 2008 Auction Chairs, and to Sharon Venables, the Strake Jesuit Auction Coordinator, for truly an evening to remember. Plans are already underway for next year's 29th We are pleased to anAnnual Fantasy Auction.

nounce Jill and Phil Ribbeck will be our 2009 Auction Chairs. Don't miss out on the fun of creating next year's event. If you would like to help, contact Jill by email at HoustonRib-

Top: 2008 Fantasy Auction Chairs Pharr and Susan Smith with Fr. Lahart. Bottom: A magical athmosphere was created and enjoyed by a large crowd at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square.

New Date and Location for Scramble Met with Success

The 32nd Annual Strake Jesuit Scramble Another change in 2008 was the Strake Jesuit Dad's Club coming on board as sponsors of the event. In addition to the particiapation of many alumni and past parents in organizing the event, the Dad's Club took on a lead role in planning. Mark your calendars now for next year's 33rd Annual Scramble which is scheduled for Monday, June 1 at Sweetwater Country Club. Watch your mail and e-mail inbox for details around the first of the year. made two moves in 2008. The date was moved back to the first Monday in June, this year that was June 2. In addition, due to the tremendous growth of the tournament, a larger venue was needed. The result was a move to Sweetwater Country Club in Sugar Land whose two full 18-hole courses were used to accommodate Over 200 golfers took part with numerous

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Bargaining with God

by Fr. Flavio Bravo, SJ

"For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice; it is knowledge of God, not burnt offerings." Hosea 6:6

My mother is one of the few persons I know that has perfected the art of haggling. I often accompany my mother on shopping trips to the grocery store and farmers' market and find myself a little embarrassed to hear her bartering about the prices and convincingly getting a freshly wrapped bunch of sweet basil and mint for less than what is advertised. Haggling is her thing. After all, she has always been a resourceful mother. Praying the passage from Hosea brought memories of my trips to the farmers' market with my mother. Haggling, negotiating prices and offerings is quite often my way of praying. I do not think that the chosen people, to whom Hosea is addressing his words, were any different than we are today. The notion of making sacrifices as a sign of their love was instinctive and yet, as they offered sheep and goats and bulls and cows and bushels of wheat and barley, they knew that what they really should be offering: the only real gift, and the only acceptable gift, was themselves. Everything else was just a substitute. They gave things to God and God said, `But I want you.' And we are like that. We will give anything - cans of food, clothing, toys, money, so long as we can avoid giving ourselves. I believe that one of our deepest fears is to avoid giving ourselves to God in an absolute way. What would you say if I suggested that this is why we all, or most of us, find total commitment and love so difficult? It's because we all know that love ultimately leads to giving ourselves. We cannot avoid it. That is why God calls for our love - because it leads us down the path of selfdonation and at the end of this path he is there, waiting to receive us. Many times in my life, I have chosen to stay on the surface of my vows and commitments. I have stayed on the steps of the temple and looked into the holy of holies from afar. I have walked the shores of the oceans, feeling the coolness of water on my feet. Yet, I remain cautiously waiting, feeling ambivalent about allowing the waters to inundate me completely. We haggle and we bargain. We offer sacrifices trying to substitute for the total offer of ourselves to God. God continues to call, holding his hand out to us. God keeps on knocking on our doors saying to each one of us: Would you love me? Would you follow me? Would you tend my sheep? Would you give me a drink of water? Would you stay with me and pray for a while? You and I have the incredible power and freedom to say `Yes' or `No' to God's offering of love. Next time you sit down to pray and begin to bargain and haggle with God: choose to simply say `Yes.'

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Building on their success of the last several years, the Strake Jesuit Golf Team took another step forward in 2008 as they claimed their first Regional title and earned their first berth in the UIL State Tournament. Along the way, the team claimed their fourth straight District title. At the UIL 5A State Tournament, the Crusaders finished a strong 4th in the team standings with a two-day total of 598. The Woodlands and Memorial tied for second just one stroke ahead at 597 and state champion Plano came in at 595. Senior Ben Thorseth made it into a playoff for second place and finished 3rd while Junior Nicko Dodd finished in a tie for 7th at 148. "Ben played really well," said Head Coach Larry Finke. "We needed him to play well that day and he responded. It was nice for the team to get a taste of the state tournament. Hopefully, we can make it back next year." The team set numerous records along the way including the most tournaments won in a season with six and the lowest team scoring average at 304.5. Individually, Thorseth was named All-District for the fourth straight year and also added All-Region honors. Senior Robert Mills was also named All-Region, the second year he had claimed that honor. Senior Garrett Velarde and junior Nicko Dodd were named All-District for the third straight year. before finishing the season by going 3-1 over their last four games. That put the Jesuit squad just out of reach of a playoff berth. The Crusaders were led this year by senior Jeff McVaney who was selected to the First Team AllDistrict squad. Over the course of the season, McVaney was among the Houston area leaders in strikeouts, finishing with a total of 93 on the year. Among other standouts were junior first baseman Garrett Staudt, who hit .400 and was selected Second Team All-District, senior Travis Perkins, who hit .388 and was also selected Second Team All-District. Senior Miles Landry and junior Patrick Blizzard earned Honorable Mention All-District honors.



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Senior Jeff McVaney earned First Team All-District Honors as a pitcher.


The varsity soccer team finished a successful 2008 season in the Region III Semi-final game against Kingwood. Jesuit took the Mustangs into overtime before losing by the score of 3 - 2, handing the Crusaders their first loss of the season. The Crusaders final record was 21-1-5. The Crusaders started the season with a 3-0-4 record in nondistrict play with all seven opponents becoming eventual playoff teams in their leagues. The team carried that success into district play and took first place in District 17-5A with a record of 15-0-1. Jesuit got on track early in district play against the Cy Fair ISD teams, and never looked back. The team outscored its opponents 39-7 in district play, accumulating nine shutouts in 16 games. Overall, Jesuit outscored its opponents 62-20. En route to the UIL Regional Senior Christian Davidson led the semi-final game, the Crusadteam in assists and was named to ers beat Morton Ranch, Robert the All-District team. E. Lee, and Alief Elsik. The team was led by seniors Carlo De Franco, Christian Davidson, Daniel Lafuente, and Jorge Ibarra. De Franco was the team's leading goal scorer, was named AllDistrict, and selected as the District 17-5A Offensive MVP. Davidson

Regional Champions (left to right): Head Coach Larry Finke, Christopher Lauinger, Robert Mills, Nicko Dodd, Ben Thorseth, and Garrett Velarde.

Under the direction of new Head Coach Raul Garcia-Rameau, the Crusaders baseball team began the season with hopes of earning their first UIL playoff berth. Though they came up a game short of that quest, they battled until the final game in a tough District 17-5A. The Crusaders opened the season with an impressive 8-2 mark leading up to the start of district play. That included wins over St. Pius and St. Thomas as well as claiming the title of the Lamar Consolidated Tournament. That momentum was carried into district play over the early games as the Crusaders posted a 5-2 record over the first seven games. Unfortunately they couldn't maintain that pace and dropped four in a row

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led the team in assists, was named All-District, and will play college soccer at the Univeristy of North Carolina at Wilmington. Lafuente was named All-District as a midfielder and Ibarra was the leading goalkeeper with 10 shutouts. He was selected All-District and named the District's Defensive MVP. "This was a special season, one that I think they will remember for a long time," reflected Head Coach Bill McDonald. "It's comparable to only a few other seasons in this school's rich tradition of successful soccer teams. To have your first loss in your last game of the season can be tough to take, but I hope that they will remember it for all the successes and the fact that they finished among the top 16 teams in UIL 5A competition." Jesuit will graduate 16 seniors from this year's team, but the five underclassmen varsity members, Brian Till, Zareh Hovsepian, Jamie Garcia-Prats, Beau Grenier, and Patrick Wall, and a District Championship JV squad will provide leadership and experience for the 2009 season.


After claiming their UIL title last year with the District Doubles Championship, the Jesuit Tennis team was looking for more in 2008 and they found it. Not only did they successfully defend their Doubles title, but they added the overall team District Championship as well. Junior Dan Morris and freshman Abraham Hsu teamed up to re-capture the Doubles title. That, along with a strong showing by senior David Heckler who was the runner-up in the District Singles, helped the Crusaders claim the overall team title. "Each player contributed to our overall success by working Freshman Abraham Hsu (left) and junior hard to improve their Dan Morris (right) teamed up to successfully skills," noted Head defend the team's District Doubles title. Coach Chuck Kenny. "Their efforts made us a strong team to beat at the District Tournament." The future also looks bright for next year as Kenny's squad will return five of the six top players from this year's team. That gives the Crusaders great hope that they can, once again, build on the previous year's success.


The Crusader Track & Field team started the season out with a bang as the distance medley relay team of Will Herrington, Jordan Hmaidan, Chris Redman and James Webb broke the Crusader Relays record with a 10:19.76 first place time. Later the 4X800 team of Colin Roach, Redman, Webb and Hmaidan would go on to win the TSU Relays and place third at the prestigious Texas Relays with a time of 7:55.26. "We got the most out of what we had thanks to the boys' dedication and hard work." Head Coach Kerley said. "My assistant coaches got the job done with the talent we had teaching the boys how to be successful. It was a great year for Jesuit Track & Field." Senior shot putter David King broke the Strake Jesuit shot put record with a throw of 54' 7". During District 17-5A competition the Crusaders managed to finish 2nd with a strong team performance. Eight athletes qualified for region competition in six regio events. They included Joreven Hmaidan in the 400-medan H ter a 800-meter; Will Herand rington in the 1600-meter; ringt Greg York in the 3200-meter; Michael Collins in the 110 Mich Hurdles; David King in the Hurd shot put and James Webb sho in the 3200-meter and 1600-meter. Webb went on 160 to q qualify for the state meet in both events finishing 5th b in the 3200-meter with a time of 9:23 and 6th in the tim 1600-meter with a time of 16 4:16. He will be back next 4:1 year to lead the Crusaders yea Junior James Webb qualified for the as one of the team CapState UIL Meet in both the 3200 tains.


The 2008 Season was a year of "1sts" for the Crusader Lacrosse Team. Under 2nd year head coach Mike Block, among Jesuit firsts was their first winning aeason in Division I play as the finished with a 13-7 overall record and an impressive 5-1 record in Conference. On top of that, the Crusaders earned their first win over cross-town rival St. John's for the first time. They also had their first clean sweep against perennial powerhouses, Episcopal, St. John's and Kinkaid. To top off the series of first, Jesuit made their first appearance in the Division I City Championship game facing The Woodlands. Several post-season awards were earned by Crusader players, including seniors Kevin Layne and Brendan Meara being named AllState, senior Peter Fenelon and juniors Andrew Martin and Rex Potts being named All-District, and seniors Austin Marietta and Matt Brill being named All-District Honorable Mention. This year's team started off like a team on a mission and moved through the season keeping their focus on their goal, the playoffs, and making it to the State Tournament. If ESPN had covered the City Championship game vs The Woodlands, it would have become on of their "instant classics." Despite being down 4-0 in the first quarter, The Crusader's battled back to within one goal. Both teams played

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with heart and soul, with the Highlanders ultimately winning by 2. Coach Block said, "This was one of the best lacrosse games I have ever witnessed as a player, coach, and spectator." The loss of 15 seniors from the varsity will be tempered with a strong returning class as well as the addition of several JV players who boasted an impressive 15-3-2 record. And when you consider that two of the losses and the two ties were against Senior Kevin Layne (above) was one Varsity level teams, the of two Crusader Lacrosse players future continues to look name All-State. great for Crusader Lacrosse. matches it had to. Key among these was a victory against St. Peter's Prep of Jersey City for third place (of 16 teams in its group) in the Dallas Jesuit Tourney in early March. Two othe key victories were against Stoney Point in the Texas Championships played at Jesuit and a match on the road against Allen High School in the Quarterfinals. The school hosted In the Texas Youth Rugby Association (TYRA) Jesuit introduced Rugby this year as a new sport C h a m p i o n - and it was greeted with great enthusiasm by the ships April 26 students. & 27. Senior Robert Goodyear, the team captain, was recognized as the Outstanding Forward while junior Patrick Connolly was named the Outstanding Back and junior Christian Grado as the Outstanding Team Player. Junior Brett Provenzano received TYRA Honorable Mention at Hooker and Assistant Coach John Connolly was selected as TYRA Varsity Coach of the Year. With key returning players plus a solid core of now more experienced underclassmen, prospects for the `09 season look bright. Head Coach Bill Rung said in review of the inaugural season, "If we can sustain our commitment to play as 15 brothers and strive to play with the poise, concentration, commitment and intensity we displayed so well at times this spring, our experience and improved abilities should find us in a good place at season's end. I have no doubt Jesuit Ruggers will be up to the challenge."



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Yes, Rugby. Jesuit introduced Rugby as a new sport in 2008 and the results were very good. The varsity completed its initial season by taking fourth place in its grouping, just missing third. Given that there were just 9 players at the team's initial practice session on January 4, the ultimate success of the team in finishing fourth in the state is a tribute to the commitment and hard work of all those who donned the Jesuit Jersey. While week to week results were inconsistent, Jesuit won the

Post-Season Play the Norm for Teams in 2007-08

2007-2008 was, by any measure, - Swimming: Swimmers as Regional Qualifiers - Basketball: District Champs, Area Qualifier - Wrestling: Wrestlers as Regional Qualifiers, one Qualified for State - Soccer: District Champs, Regional Semifinalists did not make it into post-season play, baseball, was in the running for a post-season spot up to the final game of the season. Here is a complete rundown of the dozen sports that qualified for post-season play: - Cross Country: District and Regional Champs, 9th in State - Football: 3rd in District, Qualified for Playoffs - Water Polo: State Qualified, 4th in State - Tennis: District Champs, Regional Quaifiers - Golf: District and Regional Champs, 4th in State - Lacrosse: City Tournament Finalist - Rugby: State Qualifier, 4th in State - Track & Field: 2nd in District, Regional and State Qualified Runners

the most successful for the school's athletic teams from top to bottom in recent memory. While there have been individual athletes and teams from one sport that have had greater success, seldom has the entire program recognized the results that they collectively did Of the 13 sports in which the school par-

ticipates, 12 of the varsity teams qualified for post-season play. This includes nine of the ten sports that the school competes in the UIL against public schools. That includes five UIL District Championships in Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, Golf, and Tennis. Of those, Cross Country and Golf went on to earn Regional titles. Even the one team that


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When you Sponsor a student, your gift comes with a face and a name.

Whether you have been a longtime contributor to Strake Jesuit, or you have just been waiting for the right opportunity to get involved, consider sponsoring a financial aid student. As a Sponsor, you will be able to meet the student and watch him grow throughout his Jesuit experience. It is a very personal and rewarding way to reach out to a deserving young man and impact his life in a meaningful way. For more information, contact NJ Santarcangelo `67 in the Development Office at 713.490.8152.

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end. time to take part. new Moran Dining Hall. Aside from a chance to visit with fellow classmates, and alumni from other classes Jesuit faculty


Reunion Weekend 2008 Set for September 19-20

Reunion Weekend 2008 has been set for Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20 and the planning is well underway. This year's Reunion Classes are from the years 1968, `73, `78, `83, `88, `93, `98, and 2003. A team of class representatives is working with the Office of Alumni Relations at Jesuit in putting together the events of Reunion WeekThe weekend will begin on Friday afternoon,

September 19 with a golf outing at Wildcat Golf Course, one of Houston's more popular courses. An afternoon start will be arranged to allow for out-of-town alumni to arrive in That evening, Fr. Dan-

This year's President's Reception on Friday night, like last year's pictured here, will be held in the new Moran Dining Hall (formerly the Smith Gym).

evening. The following evening, individual classes will have their own parties. These gatherings traditionally take place at some of Houston's most popular restaurants and night spots. If you are not receiving periodic Reunion Announcement email from Alumni Director Tim Scalzitti `90, contact him at 713.490.8153 or at [email protected] As more details are made for the big weekend, they will be posted on the school web site at under the tab `Alumni.' Reunion year alumni interested in helping in the planning of the weekend should contact Alumni Director Tim Scalzitti.

iel Lahart, SJ will host a President's Reception on campus in the

and staff, class group pictures will be taken that

Seven Strake Jesuit Alums watched their sons join them in the alumni ranks as members of the Class of 2008. Pictured left to right (father and son) are Tony Padon `71 and Michael, Jerry Fogarty `71 and Ryan, David Byrnes `80 and Kyle, Ted Reed `76 and Mark, Bob Neyland `76 and Ryan, and Mike Gallagher `76 and Alex. (Not pictured Mike Rice `72 and John.)


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Piazza `72 Presented with Ignatian Award

At the Annual Ignatian Award Dinner on Tuesday night, April 29, 2008, Joe Mike Piazza `72 was presented with the Ignatian Award as the Strake Jesuit Alumnus of the Year. Each year the Strake Jesuit Ignatian Award is presented to a distinguished alumnus whose life exemplifies the academic, religious, and social values of the Jesuit tradition; outstanding generosity to the community; professional achieveg ment contributing to the advancement of his area of expertise, and he exemplifies a Man for Others. "I want to thank the Strake Jesuit community for honoring me with the Ignatian Award," he said in his acceptance address. "The virtues this award honors are the characteristics we all strive to achieve in our lives with the different gifts we've been given. This award represents an ideal we all strive for in those God given moments we are able to attain." A dentist in Houston, Joe has developed a reputation for using his gifts as a doctor to help others, especially the poor. As a young dentist, he frequently volunteered at the San Jose Dental Clinic in downtown Houston. After a medical mission trip to Honduras where he felt the joy of treating those less fortunate, he began to seek out a way to provide the same care in Houston. In that search he found Casa Juan Diego, which serves immigrants and refugees and the poor. He has served as the Dental Director there for five years. Joe has also served on a team of dentists with The Texas Dental Society that services the poor with the Texas Mission of Mercy. Past recipients of the Ignatian Award include 1984 ­ Larry Mason `66; 1985 - Marcel Frey `74; 1986 - Jim Stewart `67; 1987 - Charlie Atchison `72; 1988 - Ray Albrecht `72; 1989 - Pat Moran '66; 1999 - Tom Adolph `75; 2000 - NJ Santarcangelo `67; 2001 - Mike Koch `75; 2002 - Frank Rynd `70 and Steve LePore `75; 2003 - Msgr. James Anderson `70; 2004 - Dr. Julius "Jay" DeBroeck `73; and 2006 ­ Dr. Brian Parsley `74.

Six past Ignatian Award recipients were on hand for the presentation of the 2008 Award. Pictured here with this year's recipient are (l to r) Ray Albrecht `72, Charlie Atchison `72, Jay DeBroeck `73, Piazza `72, Marcel Frey `74, NJ Santarcangelo `67, and Brian Parsley `74.

Br. Casey Saturday PH Project Draws Alumni Together

On Saturday, April 12, 30 Strake Jesuit alums joined by some of their sons gathered at Our Lady of the Guadalupe School for the 6th Annual Brother Casey Saturday Community Service Project. While reminiscing about Jesuit days and getting to know alums from other years, the group painted the hallway walls and ceilings on all floors of the school. In past years, the Br. Casey Project has brought Jesuit alumni together for projects at St. Christopher's, Holy Ghost, and Magnificat House. r a k e j e s u i t . o r g

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Walt Falgout `66 will be traveling to San Diego later this year to help his mother celebrate her 95th birthday. His oldest son, Paul, lives in South Korea with his wife and his youngest son, Tim, recently graduated from college with a degree in Business Management. Glen Boudreaux `67 and his wife, Honi, greeted their second grandchild, Robert Brucem on May 1, 2008. He was born to their daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband, Chris, who live in New York City. Glen is celebrating his 30th year of practicing the law. Marc Delflache `69 has been with Fulbright & Jaworski since 1997. He moved to Dallas in the fall of 2006 to head up the Intellectual Property Law Section which has 25 IP attorneys. He and his wife, Ginny, became grandparents for the first time on April 8, 2008 when their daughter, Andrea, gave birth to a baby boy.

`60's `60's

Tim Bradley `79 and his wife, Ruth, spent 4 months trekking up the Rowlaing Valley in Nepal last October, crossing the Tashi Papsa Pass at 19,000 feet. In May 2008 he opened a commerical real estate office, Contour Investment Properties.

Serge Hudson `89 and wife, Kim, welcomed the birth of Hallie Grace on May 12, 2008.

Frank Simcik `95 and his wife Elsa are proud to announce the birth of their son, Leo James, on April 30th, 2008. They are currently living in Atlanta, Georgia where Frank is a A Finance Manager for the Frito-Lay F division of PepsiCo. d

`80's `80's

Mike Gomez `83 and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed the birth of twin boys, Andres Dean and Daxton Dean, on April 30, 2008. Mike Riccetti `84 recently published the third edition of his book Houston Dining on the Cheap - A Guide to the Best Inexpensive Restaurants in Houston. It is available in all Houston-area bookstores and on Amazon. Mike is also the Houston editor for the Zagat Texas restaurant survey. Todd Vlasak `84 and his wife, Niysaan, are expecting the birth of their second daughter in July, 2008. He is President/CEO of Amistad Environmental, LLC. Jerry Kramer `85 attended the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government this summer at Harvard. Chris Nolte `85 lives in Fallbrook, California with his wife and three daughters where he works for Kyowa Hakko, USA, Inc. Tom Stallings `86 has joined the faculty at Rice University after serving as Vice President of Sales at the Houston Aeros for 13 years. He will serve as a lecturer in the Sports Management Department at Rice. Jose Cuervo `88 and his wife, Mary, celebrated the first birthday of their son, Jose Salustino, on June 16, 2008. Mark Ching `92 and his wife, Erika, and daughters Carter and Chloe, welcomed the birth of their son and brother, Cooper Daniel, on March 2, 2008. Tim Drone `95 and his wife, Kristina, and daughter, Isabella, welcomed the birth of Christopher Joseph on February 28, 2008.

`90's `90's

Stephen Cronin `90 and his wife, Clare, were married on July 21, 2007 on Oak Park, Illinois. They now live in Naples, Florida where he teaches biology at Ave Maria University. Eric Dampf `90 and his wife, Tracey, and their two sons, Andrew and Matthew (pictured) have been living in southern Spain for two years. He is working for ExxonMobil on the construction of an offshore LNG terminal.

Richard Zientek `95 and his wife, 5 wife Leslie, are expecting their first child in October. They are also serving as Co-Chairs of the American Diabetes Association Walk to Find a Cure Leadership Council. The walk will be held on November 22, 2008 at Minute Maid Park. Andy Torget `96 and his wife, Alexandra, welcomed the birth of their first child, Antonio Tomas, on May 19, 2008. Eric Mueller `98 is working at Rice University to place MBAs on the boards of local non-profit organizations. Walter Lis `98 was recently promoted to General Manager for American Eagle Airlines in Raleigh/ Durham, North Carolina. He also recently earned his Masters in Airline Management from Middle Tennessee State University. Jonathan Raia `98 was ordained a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Austin by Bishop Gregory Aymond on May 17, 2008. During the 2008-09 school year, he will be serving at St. Mary's Catholic Center at Texas A&M University on weekends while finishing the last year of theology at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston. He will be ordained a priest on June 6, 2009.

Dennis Maher `72 graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in June, 2008. His son, Chris, graduated from Seattle Pacific University in June, 2008.

`70's `70's

Peter Hoyt '73 has taken a Research Associate Professor position at Oklahoma State University, in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He and his wife, Mary, recently celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary in Galveston. Their oldest daughter graduated from the University of Tennessee. Their youngest daughter is a freshman at Oklahoma State. Clifford Moy, MD `77 was recently elected vice speaker of the Texas Medical Association's (TMA) House of Delegates. The TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation.

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David Pinto, MD `99 graduated from the University of Texas in 2003 with a B.S in Biology. He then graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2007. He is currently serving his residency in Emergency Medicine in Chicago.

James Michael Pratka `66

Sammy Cashiola `04 graduated from The Calloway School of Business at Wake Forest University. He is working for T. Rowe Price as an Analyst in Baltimore. Nick Chambers `04 graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Mendoza School of Business at Notre Dame this past spring. Jordan Janik `04 graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Finance and will begin working for BP in the Oil and Gas Trading Division this summer. Chris Minyard `04 graduated with Honors from SMU this past spring and received an award for Excellence in Design in Environmental and Civil Engineering.

`00's `00's

Marcus Fryer `00 will be taking his first vows in the Society of Jesus on August 15, 2008 in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. He will then proceed to First Studies at St. Louis University. Armando Huaringo `02 was selected to sing in the Papal Mass Choir when Pope Benedict XVI visited Washington D.C. on April 17, 2008. Alexander Steffler `03 recently completed a backpacking trip

Patrick Mark Rigano `81 Richard C. Carlson Father of David `77

Shelley Cutterbuck (SAA `84) Wife of Jim `84

Kathleen Rosemary Killough Gaines Mother of Jerry '81 and Joseph '96 Camilla F. Overbeck Mother of Tom `86 Brenda Roberts Robey Mother of Larry `97 Jeanette Santarcangelo

Mother of NJ `67 and Grandmother of Michael `97 and Brad `01 John (Hans) Wilhelm, Jr.

Father of John `91 and Philip `94


Christopher Joseph Drone on February 28, 2008 Tim `95 and Kristina Cooper Daniel Ching on March 2, 2008 Mark `92 and Erika

In February 2008 the Jesuit Tennis Team traveled to Phoenix for a match against a brother Jesuit school, Brophy Prep. While there, they had the opportunity to spend some time with Strake Jesuit alum Rob Graves `77. Graves (second from right here) is the Vice President of Football Operations for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals.

Andres Dean and Daxton Dean Gomez on April 30, 2008 Mike `83 and Jennifer Leo James Simcik, April 30, 2008 Frank `95 and Elsa

Hallie Grace Hudson on May 12, 2008 Serge `89 and Kim

Antonio Tomas Torget on May 19, 2008 Andrew `96 and Alexandra

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Bryan Hoeller `99 graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in May, 2008.

around Southeast Asia. Upon his return, he began working as the Regional Director for Amigos de Americas, managing projects in Paraguay and Honduras.


Brick and Mortar

Now I know I'm getting old. Life has a stubborn and insistent way of presenting one with numerous small reminders, most of which allow little room for denial. For this Olde Crusader, the demolition of the cafeteria is one of those reminders. By the time this article reaches those of you in the Jesuit community, the "olde" Alumni Cafeteria shall have ceased to exist. What is it about my affection for our campus buildings? Are they any more than simple brick and mortar? Or, are they the physical repository ­ the place where my fond memories are safely stored away? Call me Mr. Sentimental if you will, but this particular edifice has meant a lot to me. It was a place where together we took nourishment. In retrospect, I have come to realize that often the nourishment we received fed more than just the body. Fittingly, on Tuesday May 15, 2008 "The Last Lunch" was served up in the Alumni Cafeteria. Faculty, friends and former students were all there to mark the day. It was a time to celebrate friendship and community: the gift that Strake Jesuit has given each of us as we have participated in the life of this school. I remember the day the cafeteria first opened. What a grand edifice it was! Those of us who were here in the early days still remember the meager wooden shack that preceded it. We have certainly come a long way since those humble beginnings. The new Moran Dining Hall will soon be ready and so, I suppose, I will have to admit that the olde cafeteria's day has now come and gone. However, I do so regretfully and with a sense of loss for I will never forget the wonderful times that we have all shared under its roof. True, it was no longer suited to meet the current needs of an expanded enrollment, but for over forty years the structure had served us very well. In the early days, the cafeteria was the focal point of campus activity. The gymnasium was used for assemblies, but the cafeteria was once the only other building large enough to accommodate everything

else. Yes, it was our lunchroom but it also provided a midday respite where students and faculty alike could pause for fellowship while breaking bread together. I remember much more than the meals. It was once a place where Mass was said and we all came together for worship. The Southwell Players performed their first plays in the cafeteria. The Mother's Club met there to plan the Spring Fling. Who could forget the many annual Spring Fling festivities and all the wonderful food that the moms prepared for us for oh so many years? It used to be that for Go Texan Day, the cafeteria was transformed into an old west saloon. One day a year real cowboys would saunter in from the dusty trail to wet their whistle with a tall cold glass of soda. After football games, win or lose, the Boosters would treat us all to ice cream and cake. Remember? You had to get there quickly before the team did or there wouldn't be any left. By games end, our grid iron heroes could really work up an appetite. Each and every Crusader athlete will remember his sports banquet night. The olde cafeteria was where we gathered. Winning season or not, family, friends and fans alike were always there to celebrate the team. And so it was for so many years...there, in the Alumni Cafeteria we would gather. What grand memories we have shared in the olde cafeteria! I will surely miss the place and judging by the turnout for "The Last Lunch," apparently I am not alone. Young and old alike came out for one last chance to remember and give thanks. It was great to see so many there together again - in the olde cafeteria - one last time. To fond memories of brick and mortar and to all of you, I pledge my shield and my sword.



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Aztec Warrior Bird Figure, by Carlos Espino, is a bronze statute with green patina. It is located on the west hall of the foyer of the Parsley Center and is on loan from Frank Ribelin.

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