The following events and functions begin with events that take place throughout the year, followed by a display of a fall to summer schedule, in order to provide an overview of a typical school year. This update occurred in March of 2018, so the upcoming events in the spring and summer of 2018 follow the fall of 2018 schedule.
Alumni Association Events and Functions
We invite alumni to review the following and contact Jim Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-429-4456 if you are interested in participating or otherwise supporting these events and functions, or if you are interested in adding new events or revising current ones.
Monthly Board Meetings-Second Monday of the Month
Beginning in August and continuing through June (11 months, not in July), the vice president of alumni services and alumni board president preside over the agenda that includes reports on the results and progress of past and ongoing activities and events. Please contact Jan Hickey (773-429-4340) for exact date and time. Alumni from all years who wish to help improve our events and activities are welcome. Contact Vice President of Alumni Relations Jim Casey (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Alumni News In Print and On-line and Throughout the Year Via Email and at…
Brother Rice Alumni Association
Alumni News is no longer disbursed twice a year into all active alumni mailboxes via USPS. Since you are already reading this on the website, you already know the website address above, but we recommend you keep it at your disposal for continuous alumni news. Additionally, you actually support your alma mater every time you go to the website, helping us build our case for website advertising.
Thousands of alumni and friends are already receiving continuous alumni and school news emailed throughout the year. Last year, in addition to continuous information about events and activities, alumni read more than profiles of alumni accomplishments posted at the links above and or emailed to our contact list. We welcome even more suggestions for newsworthy stories for expanded coverage of Alumni News. Contact Jim Casey ’70 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Tim O’Connell ’03 (TOconnell@brrice.org), or Bobby Frasor ’05 (BFrasor@brrice.org) with your newsworthy stories about fellow alumni.
Go to http://alumni.brotherrice.org/emailregister/ and register your email address for continued alumni news.
Brother Rice High School and the Alumni Association also sponsor the printing and mailing of the Rice Review at no charge to active alumni in order keep these graduates informed about school and alumni events.
Stay Connected Socially – Go to http://brotherrice.org/social/
BRAIN for Business
The Brother Rice High School Alumni Association established the formation of the Brother Rice Alumni Interactive Network for Business (BRAIN for Business). The focus of BRAIN for Business is to encourage and nurture business relationships within the Brother Rice community. BRAIN for Business will be holding regular networking meetings throughout Chicagoland at businesses owned by fellow alumni, while also publishing an online directory of alumni businesses. LinkedIn and Facebook pages will also help keep its members stay connected. Membership is open to all Brother Rice alumni.
The goal of BRAIN for Business is to continuously connect the Brother Rice business community, yielding endless opportunities for our alumni and Brother Rice High School students alike. Click here to register for the business directory.
Please go to http://alumni.brotherrice.org/brainforbusiness/ or call BRAIN Chairman Gary Stubits ‘82 at 847-420-0966 or Jim Casey ‘70 at 773-429-4456 for information about upcoming meetings, and/or sponsorship and advertisement opportunities.
Homecoming Reception – Sponsored & Hosted by the Athletic Department
Circle of Champions inductee announcements, a great game, and a post-game reception, all in one night at beautiful Gary Little Stadium on campus, hosted by the Athletic Department on Homecoming Friday.
Faculty Appreciation Party
Originally hosted at alumni-owned Reilly’s Daughter in 1987, the party has returned there to show appreciation for the dedicated faculty and staff at Brother Rice, sometime within the first two weeks of September.
All-Alumni Reunion Dinner with Ad Book
The All-Alumni Reunion Dinner will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018, in the Carmody Center (BRHS cafeteria). That’s right! For the 7th consecutive year, we are hosting the All-Alumni Reunion Dinner on campus. Special anniversary reservations are available for graduating classes of ’63, celebrating their 55th; ’68, celebrating their 50th; ’73, their 45th; ’78, their 40th; ’83, their 35th; ’88, their 30th; ’93, their 25th; ’98, their 20th; ’03, their 15th; ’08, their 10th; and ’13, their 5th.
The cost for dinner is $80 per person for advanced reservations and $90 after November 3, 2018. Contact Jim Casey at 773-429- 4456 or email@example.com to help update our database with current addresses and emails. Contact Jan Hickey at Jhickey@brrice.org or at 773-429- 4340 or Jim to make reservations today.
Show us your business, school, class, and community spirit with a business ad or special message in the program booklet. Alumni who cannot attend can be there in spirit with ad-book messages to classmates and honorees. Ads are the primary source of revenue for the Alumni Association, which helps keep alumni informed and united through many events and notices throughout the year. Costs for ads range from $60 to $1,500. Contact Alumni Director Jim Casey to find out how to support your alma mater or to learn more about the upcoming dinner and other alumni events.
To reserve your seat at a class table or to place a message in the program booklet go to http://alumni.brotherrice.org/alumnidinner/
Class Gifts for the Brother Rice Foundation
In order to sustain the future of the school, during the months leading up to the Alumni Dinner, members of the Brother Rice Foundation extend appeals for class gifts to those classes celebrating their 50th, 40th , and 30th anniversaries.
Yearbook Distribution for the Class of 2018, Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Beginning in 2010, the Alumni Association has sponsored pizzas and soft drinks for the most recent graduates to come back on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving to pick up their yearbooks. Hosted by the journalism/yearbook class and Ms.Becky Pacetti, Jim Casey, and Jan Hickey will be joined by Larry Heavey ’71 and Gary Stubits to serve the pizza and pop and welcome back our newest alumni for their first and largest reunion of classmates.
Union League Club Professional Reception
Annually sponsored by Dr. Marty Burke ’80 and hosted by the President and Institutional Advancement team at Brother Rice, this gathering of Brother Rice alumni professionals takes place at the Union League Club on the first Thursday in December.
Post-Game Basketball Reception
Pizza and beverages served in the Carmody Center (BRHS cafeteria) after the Brother Rice varsity basketball game. Check the alumni website when the varsity basketball season begins for the 2018-19 season. Hosted by the volunteers in the Alumni Association and school personnel, the reception is also supported by sponsors that are listed, posted, and very much appreciated.
Wednesday, March 15, 2019 – Alumni share stories about their various paths from Brother Rice to their careers. All junior classes and many senior classes devote most of the day hosting alumni. Contact Jim Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 773-429- 4456 if you would like to participate. We welcome past participants and those who want to do it for the first time. If you have never received an invitation, contact Jim ASAP. This is an opportunity for you to teach our young men something you know well, while networking with fellow alumni and greeting former teachers.
Circle of Champions – Sponsored and Hosted by the Athletic Department
For more details see this web page.
Junior of the Year Scholarship
Founded and named after John P. Leahy ’61, this award honors five finalists, including one winner, nominated first by their fellow classmates and then the teachers and staff members of Brother Rice High School. Finalists are awarded plaques at the All-Alumni Reunion Dinner and receive scholarship funds toward senior-year tuition. Alumni Vice President Jim Casey personally visits all the junior classes to thank them for their participation in Career Day, make them aware of the many
alumni activities after they graduate, and conduct the student ballot for the Junior of the Year.
Larry Platt ’68 Essay Contest
Jim Casey escorts alumnus Larry Platt ’68 to all the sophomore classes to introduce the Larry Platt Essay Contest. More than 40% of the class have traditionally participated since 2003, with 100% hearing Larry’s message about why he sponsors the scholarship, demonstrating alumni support to young Crusaders at an early age.
Graduation – Welcome to the Alumni Association
On their last day of school in May, Vice President of Institutional Advancement Mike McShane ’87 reminds the impending graduates again about how alumni involvement supported them throughout their four years, and he invites them to give back and participate as soon as they are able. Mike is then joined by Jim Casey and collects updated cell phone and email addresses for continuous connecting.
After the graduation ceremony, Jim Casey and Larry Heavey ’71 form a receiving line welcoming all new graduates as they process out from graduation. They are handed a Jim Casey business card with a label on the back indicating their first reunion – the yearbook pick-up/pizza party the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Alumni Golf Outing
Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont – Friday, June 15, 2018. Founded in 1986, the golf outing has grown to play host to as many as 225 golfers, most of whom also join their fellow Crusaders for dinner. While the Alumni Association raises approximately $10,000 from the tournament, most of the fees and donations are poured right back into the event, which has made it an affordable outing that creates lasting memories. Contact Jim Casey or Jan Hickey for more information.
STAT (Seniors Today Alumni Tomorrow)
Established in 2003, Seniors Today Alumni Tomorrow connects today’s seniors with the Alumni Association by inviting them to purchase a STAT polo shirt that they can wear in lieu of a school approved polo. Participation has shown increased momentum, as the special privilege is a yet another noticeable display of unity with alumni.
Alumni Softball League
Since 1974, the Alumni Softball League of Brother Rice is the largest high-school alumni softball league in the Chicagoland area. While the play is competitive, the league is also noted for its family “picnic-like” atmosphere on Sunday afternoons. Initial team meetings take place in early March, with games played in May, June, and July. The age range for these players is from 18 to 50-something, with occasional appearances from players in their 60’s. Contact Jim Casey if you would like to enter a team this year. Bob Amedio ’93 is again volunteering his time and effort as the league commissioner.
Over the years, the Alumni Office has sponsored or supported anniversaries of championships and memorial liturgies. The Alumni Association also assists organizations, teams, or any group of alumni who gather and remain connected to the mission of Brother Rice High School.
Alumni also support the school as donors, members of the Board of Directors, the Finance Committee, the Development Committee, the Dads’ Club, committees for anniversaries, special parties, and by attending and/or organizing groups to support the Circle of Champions Athletic Hall of Fame in April, Back to School Barbecue, the Foundation Golf Outing in August, the CAAC Golf Outing in September, and the Sports Night in March. While these activities and events are not hosted or sponsored by the Alumni Association, the Alumni Office and volunteer members offer continuous and valuable support.
Class, Club, and Team Captains
Captains help build attendance to events, especially during their anniversary years. Captains begin by finding lost alumni and building networks through social media. Contact Jim Casey at email@example.com for more information.
Gift to Brother Rice High School
If a surplus is available after paying our alumni secretary and sponsoring the Rice Review and many and various school and community events, and after purchasing many Mass cards throughout the year, we are glad to offer a gift to the school. Most recently, the Alumni Association has donated thousands of dollars to the Lifeguard Fund, the capital campaigns, for iPads for the scanning of 52 yearbooks to be posted on-line, for resurfacing the track, and for general school improvements.