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