Lest you think I am jumping on your band wagon, I want you to know that Loyola was the first NCAA basketball team for whom I cheered back in 1963, when I was 11 years old. I listened to Red Rush call the game, rather uniquely, on the radio. Earlier today, I was chatting with lifetime friend Ed Coyne ’69 in Phoenix, and we were recalling how glued we were to that championship run.
I am sending this to 260 out of the approximately 500 Brother Rice Crusaders who went to Loyola and for whom we have email addresses. The Class of 1964 had 23 and 1963 had 22, but 2009 had the highest percentage (6.7%) of their class Rambled on, so you can see how long the affinity has lasted. Hopefully, this email will incite replies that improves the accuracy of our numbers.
A few of you are among Brother Rice’s strongest supporters, with four of you in both our Alumni Hall of Fame and in the School Hall of Fame.
And remember, Edmund Rice was educated by Jesuits and Augustinians, the founders of Loyola and Villanova, two schools with teams in the Final Four. I firmly believe that Brother Edmund Rice smiles brightly every time they show Sister Jean smiling at a game.
Yes, the Chicago Catholic connection is enough for everyone to jump on the bandwagon, but I am also proud of the Brother Rice connection with Loyola, and every Crusader I know is pulling for the Ramblers.
Go Ramblers! We are all happy for all of you! We are BR!
Jim Casey ’70
The 12th BRAIN* for Business meeting might have been the best one yet, according to those who have attended many of them since the first one in April of 2013.
Gary Stubits ’82 reminded 34 participants why they were assembled at Ridge Country Club, on Wednesday March 14, 2018. He called it an opportunity to do business with and help out honest and capable fellow Crusaders.
Then, Jim Casey ’70 introduced the speakers, referring to engineering teachers/robotics team coaches Dan Mostyn and Eric Gamboa as the most popular guys at Brother Rice, and Jay Miles of HomeBase Services as an extension of the Cooney/Moss Family of generous Crusader
supporters for the last 20 years.
Hosted and sponsored by Jay and HomeBase Services, a division of PNTN, founded by Kevin Cooney ’69, the BRAIN synapses began firing when Mostyn and Gamboa began showing what they have been doing at Brother Rice for the last three years – building a Project Lead the Way 3-year Engineering Course, coaching an internationally acclaimed Robotics Team, connecting with the school’s Advocacy Team and producing prosthetic hands for impoverished kids around the world, and thereby simultaneously teaching students how to think and how to care for others. To say they blew everyone away would be an understatement. The follow-up Q & A was so electric, that Dan expressed humble concern that his segment was going too long. Nobody cared, becauseeveryone was so meaningfully engaged.
Jay’s presentation about the nature of HomeBase services and their incredible charitable networking also captured the attention of the audience, but he started something that spread throughout the entire room. He referred back to Dan and Eric as representing what is great about Brother Rice, saying he wished he went there and he was looking forward to his son attending Rice.
Then, Paul Duggan ’68 began the next segment, with an inspirational reaction that ignited something really special. When all the participants had their turns at describing their professions, everyone kept referring back to Dan and Eric, and how proud they made them feel as alumni, and how anxious they were to spread the word about their work at Brother Rice.
That word in a nutshell is that no school in our area has a program that can compete with what Dan and Eric are developing at such an amazing rate, and with such popular engagement among a student body that learns first “hand” the connection between STEM education and humanitarian advocacy.
Casey and the Alumni Association Board members are already working with Mostyn and Gamboa to host a follow-up meeting sometime this summer called BRAIN STEM. They already agreed to invite the Brother Rice Broadcasting Team to film the meeting and create a short
documentary about how today’s Crusaders can inspire alumni to join them in creating a better world through science, technology, engineering, math and advocacy.
“The setting and service at Ridge CC, thanks to Jay and HomeBase Services were among the most accommodating we have had since 2013,” said Casey. “And the overall feeling of unity between and among fellow alumni and the three teachers (including Mike Dolan, Curriculum
Director, Advocacy Team Leader, and Division Leader) who were there, was stronger than ever,” he added.
Stay tuned for more on BRAIN STEM, and when you can join Brother Rice in creating a better world.
*BRAIN – An acronym for Brother Rice Alumni Interactive Networking
HOBART, Ind. – An Indiana officer saved a child’s life his first day on the job.
Around noon on Friday, Officer Richard Mayer and his fellow officers had just sat down to lunch at the Chik-fil-A on U.S. 30 in Hobart, Ind.
Melanie Hassee was also there eating lunch with her 15-month-old daughter Charlotte.
Shortly after Officer Mayer sat down, Melanie rushed over to the table holding her daughter in her arms, saying she wasn’t breathing and thought she was choking.
We share the pride in one of our own, Mike Stillman ’87, with Odelson and Sterk, who spread this news on Monday.
“Congratulations to Mike Stillman who was chosen as a Leading Lawyer as part of the Top Suburban Business Lawyers. Mike was recommended by his peers to be among the top Lawyers in Illinois for his work in many areas, including governmental, municipal, land use, personal injury defense, and general school law. Great job, Mike!”
Pictured is Mike Stillman ’87 with Principal Jim Antos at the 2017 Career Day. (2018 Career Day is this Wednesday, March 7. Visit http://brotherrice.org/careerday/ to register)