As reported by Crain’s Chicago Business, Mike Stritch ’93, has been appointed Chief Investment Officers of BMO Wealth Management. Click here for the full article.
The 33rd Annual All-Alumni Golf Outing (AGO) will be held at Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont on Friday, June 15, 2018. Back-to-back shotgun starts begin at 8:00 A.M.Founded in 1986, the golf outing has grown to play host to as many as 240 golfers, most of whom also join their fellow Crusaders for dinner.
The Alumni Association raises between $10,000 and $15,000 from the outing, making it a close second to the dinner and ad book as a source for overall school funding. Much of what is raised from fees and donations is poured right back into the outing, which has made it an affordable event that creates lasting memories for alumni and friends of all ages.
You can download the participation and sponsorship forms for this year’s AGO here. Remember, ALL ALUMNI are invited to bring friends and family foursomes or to sign up as a single or twosome. Please decide soon to place your reservation for the morning (8:00am start, 7:30am registration) or the afternoon (1:00pm, 12:30pm registration) shotgun start.
The 24th annual Brother Rice Career Day attracted 83 alumni, spanning 57 years of graduating classes, from 1960 to 2017.
Accolades for Career Day poured into the Alumni Office from teachers and students and participating alumni, including Ricky Olczyk ’88 who called it one of his favorite days of the year. Olczyk, whose law degree is from Cornell, once again flew in from Raleigh, NC, where he is the assistant general manager for the Carolina Hurricane NHL team, in order to spend the whole day speaking about his career path from Brother Rice to the NHL.
Rolls Royce Aerospace Design Engineer Ron Morovek ’11 drove in from Indianapolis the night before, in order to be with the 7:00 a.m. engineering class and then drive back to work. Like most if not all of the other alumni, Ron already looks forward to next year.
Alumni drove in from all over Chicagoland. Lawyers specializing in a variety of services, along with a variety of federal agents, accountants, first responders, tradesmen, presidents, CEO’s, entrepreneurs, franchisers, artists, scientists, college professors, architects, portfolio managers, IT specialists, engineers, teachers, pilots, real estate specialists, bankers, consultants, physicians, dentists, military servicemen, and more captivated at least two junior or senior classes, while also spending some time before and after their presentations with former teachers and fellow alumni.
“It is my favorite event of the year!” exclaimed Jim Casey ’70, vice president of alumni services at Brother Rice. “Every junior and many seniors learns about 10 or 12 different career paths from guys who sat in the same classrooms as recently as last year or as long ago as 58 years, and these same alumni enjoy breakfast or lunch with each other and with faculty and staff,” Casey added.
Southwest Airline Pilot and Coldwell Banker Agent Nick Caulfield ’78 sponsored the food and beverages and said he too is already looking forward to next year, after having been to 20+ previous Career Days.
Architect and Professor Michael Glynn ’77, slid a $20 bill in the vent of his old locker, along with his name tag and business card, encouraging the lucky student, whom Mike did not know, to pay it forward someday. The student replied with a grateful email that expressed to Mike that “it is great alumni like him that makes him proud to be a fellow Crusader.” Mike also stopped to take a picture of the courtyard brick that he and his brothers sponsored in memory of their dad.
At a faculty retreat two days later, Don Molenda expressed to colleagues that “our graduates like to come back because they learned when they went out into the world how much they miss Brother Rice, and how luck they were to be here.”
In his Vietnam class, Principal Jim Antos hosted Olczyk and Kevin Dodge ’08, a social worker and recent Peace Corps volunteer. Jim said, “They both addressed the issue of passion for what you do and for being advocates for those you serve. Ricky in the sports arena and Kevin in the role of social worker may be on opposite ends of the spectrum to some extent but hard work, pursuit of their respective goals and the willingness to learn from limitations and challenges were key in their presentations.”
Don Duffy ’83 (retired FBI) is currently teaching Theology to many juniors and he has participated in 20+ previous Career Days. Don said, “A common theme resonated among the speakers. It is also something I stress to the kids when I have given these presentations. It is important that the kids not only pay attention to the specific career, but how the speaker got there. The vast majority of the time the path is filled with detours, and that’s ok.”
Casey said that thanks to Jan Hickey and 24 years of experience with a welcoming and appreciative teaching staff, we have a well-organized system for hosting even more alumni next year. At the March 12th Alumni Association Board meeting, members voted unanimously to move the 2019 Career Day XXV to Friday, March 15. So mark it on your calendar now. Remember, rather than beware, the Ides of March.
Alumni are encouraged to get on the invitation list by sending an email to Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jan at email@example.com . Do it now while you are thinking about it, and we promise you a memorable and worthwhile experience.
Enjoy the photo gallery of alumni in action at Career Day XXIV, March 7, 2018.
Derek Wasilevich was a graduate of St. John Fisher (class of ’92) and Brother Rice High School (class of ’96). He worked at First National Bank of Evergreen Park and Beverly Bank in recent years, allowing him to stay involved in the community.
On November 13, 2017, Derek died suddenly and unexpectedly from complications due to GI-related cancer. He was just 39 years old.
Join the Wasilevich family and friends gathering to celebrate Derek’s 40th Birthday on May 19th at Open Outcry Brewing Co (10934 S. Western Ave.). All money raised will go to a memorial scholarship in his name.
The Circle of Champions, the Brother Rice athletic hall of fame, is welcoming its eighth class of dedicated coaches and athletes to this prestigious fraternity. Much anticipation surrounds this event after witnessing nearly 3,500 attendees honoring its first seven classes. The Circle will have the induction ceremony on April 14, 2018, for the Class of 2018. Inaugural Class inductee Coach Pat Richardson commented about this event: “The Circle of Champions night was the best event I’ve ever attended at Brother Rice. Seeing alumni from five different decades reminisce and reconnect with one another was awesome… Seeing over 600 Crusader alumni, their families, and friends singing the Brother Rice Fight Song gave everyone chills and was a great way to end the evening.”
Coach Bill Gleeson, Class of 2013 inductee, had this to say about the event: “A great event planned and executed by a dedicated and energetic committee, a first class operation start to finish. ‘Rice Pride’ was never better.”
The members of the class of 2018 include Bob Alberts ’85, Robert Coughlin ’04, Rich Eber, Jr. ’08, Rich Eber, Sr. ’80, Dan Eble ’04, Mike Lyman ’76, Nick Palanyk ’06, Gene Payne ’77, Phil Savarino ’89, Josh Scaletta ’07, Brian Sheehy ’74, Rick Ten Broeck ’66, Gerry Tinley ’77, Bill Weick, and the 2004 IHSA 3rd place State Volleyball Team, and the 2005 IHSA Elite Eight Basketball Team.
Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased online or by contacting Susan Stanley at 773-429- 4300 x307. Tickets are $95 per person or $875 per table, which seats 10 people. An adult only cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 P.M. in the north gymnasium with dinner set to start at 7:00 P.M. in the south gymnasium. Included in the cost are appetizers, four-hour top-shelf open bar, plated dinner, and dessert.
Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance (click here) and will not be available at the door. Another way to support the event and honorees is through the souvenir ad book which will be distributed to the estimated 600 people who will be in attendance. Ads can also be purchased online or by completing and mailing this form. The deadline for ad submissions is March 28, 2018.