Alumni Association Events and Functions
Monthly Board Meetings-Second Monday of the Month
Beginning in August and continuing through June (11 months, not in July), the alumni director and board president preside over the agenda that includes reports on the results and progress of past and on-going activities and events. Please contact Amanda Stratton (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…
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 60 profiles of alumni accomplishments posted at http://alumni.brotherrice.org/ and emailed to our contact list. We welcome even more suggestions for newsworthy stories for expanded coverage of Alumni News. Contact Vice President of Marketing Brian Barkowski ’95 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jim Casey ’70 (email@example.com) with your newsworthy stories about fellow alumni.
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.
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.
BRAIN for Business volunteers Gary Stubits ’82, Jim Walsh ’86, and Larry Heavey ’71 have collaborated with other volunteers, department chairs, to develop an entrepreneur class, First Startup, that taps into available alumni resources for the benefit of today’s students and tomorrow’s alumni. John McKinney ’82 created First Startup in collaboration with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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.
Post-Game Basketball Reception
Pizza and soft drinks served in the Carmody Center (BRHS cafeteria) after the Brother Rice varsity basketball game. Check back with Alumni Website when the varsity basketball season begins for the 2017-18 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.
Friday, March 10, 2017 – 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 Golf Outing
Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont – Friday, June 16, 2017. 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 Amanda Stratton 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 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. 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.
Circle of Champions announcement, great game, and a post-game reception, all in one night at beautiful Gary Little Stadium on campus, hosted by the Athletic Department on Friday.
All-Alumni Reunion Dinner with Ad Book
The All-Alumni Reunion Dinner will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017, in the Carmody Center (BRHS cafeteria). That’s right! For the sixth consecutive year, we are hosting the All-Alumni Reunion Dinner on campus. Special anniversary reservations are available for graduating classes of ’67, celebrating their 50th; ’72, their 45th; ’77, their 40th; ’82, their 35th; ’87, their 30th; ’92, their 25th; ’97, their 20th; ’02, their 15th; ’07, their 10th; and ’12, their 5th.
The cost for dinner is $80 per person for advanced reservations and $90 after November 3rd. Contact Jim Casey at 773-429-4456 or email@example.com to help update our database with current addresses and emails. Contact Amanda Stratton at firstname.lastname@example.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.
Yearbook Distribution for the Class of 2017, Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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 yearbook staff and Ms. England, Jim Casey and Amanda Stratton have been joined by Larry Heavey ’71 to serve the pizza and pop and welcome back our newest alumni for their first and largest reunion of classmates.
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 Dads’ Club, the Board of Directors, and the Development Council, and by attending and/or organizing groups to support the Circle of Champions Athletic Hall of Fame in April, Crusader Fest on September 16th, the CAAC Golf Outing September 30 and the Foundation Classic August 28. While these activities and events are not sponsored by the Alumni Association, the director, secretary, and volunteer members offer continuous and valuable support.
Class, Club, and Team Agents
The Class Agent concept is a friend and fund-raising process in which alumni keep in contact with members of their graduating class. Agents help build attendance to events, especially during their anniversary years. Agents can also help build our information sharing network through Facebook and Linkedin. 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 co-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.