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 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.
Brother Rice icon, Joe Bergmann, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018, three years after suffering from a debilitating stroke.
Joe epitomized the essence of the Brother Rice High School experience for 47 years. Ever since he joined the staff in 1962 after graduating from Loyola University, Joe is remembered for his inspiring story-telling in the classroom and for his helpful notes in evaluating student essays.
From 1962 to 2009, Joe had been a member of the English, social studies, business, and counseling departments. He also served as the freshman football coach from 1962-1968, as assistant track coach in 1963, and head track coach from 1964-1969.
Joe, in addition to being recognized as a teacher, counselor, and coach, was honored as one of the first Alumni Men of the Year in 1987 out of appreciation for his work in the early 1980s, when he created, organized and established the Brother Rice High School Alumni Association.
“Who knows where the Alumni Association would be today if Joe did not get it going 34 years ago,” said Jim Casey ’70, Alumni Director. “People from other schools still call me about how to get started, and I cannot imagine how Joe built a mailing list from scratch using index cards. We are probably the most active alumni association of any high school in the area, because Joe gave us a running start,” Casey added.
As a result of his dedication, compassion, and hard work throughout the years, Joe remained a favorite teacher to generations of Brother Rice alumni. Casey had Joe for two different classes as a freshman and then again as a senior, and remembers him as his favorite teacher. Since then, many Alumni Men of the Year have named him as one of the reasons they remain supportive of Brother Rice. When varsity basketball coach Bobby Frasor ’05 was a senior, he pointed to Joe when a reporter asked him to name his favorite teacher.
Principal Jim Antos described Joe Bergmann as a “consummate gentleman, who always exuded class, professionalism, and friendship. He was such a talented man who was so well-respected and so well-liked that whatever he said, you knew his words were important and true. The kids loved him, learned from him, and, in turn, Joe reciprocated…the crux of any successful educator.”
Dennis Duffy ’64, former chairman of the social studies department, described Joe’s approach to education as that of a “traditionalist” in that Joe believes successful education revolves around the “three R’s: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.” Mr. Duffy called Joe the “Counselor”—not just because of the time that Mr. Bergmann dedicated to being a counselor to so many students, but also because Joe went to law school and was only 6 hours short of earning his law degree. Dennis also brought up a little known fact—Joe Bergmann had only missed 10 days of school in 47 years, due to the passing of his wife, Mary, and the
passing of his mother.
When Joe Bergmann retired, Brian Berkley ’90, recalled 16 years later why Mr. Bergman was his favorite teacher: “Mr. Bergmann made the subject matter (U.S. history) interesting. He was always very well-organized and well-prepared, and it had an impact on his ability to teach and our ability to learn. Mr. Bergmann combined great teaching methods with an equally great sense of humor.”
Jim Casey added, “Joe is one of two teachers who inspired me to become a teacher, even though early on I had to completely abandon any thoughts of emulating his style. I doubt that anyone can do what he did as well, or for as long.”
Much is written about the accomplishments of Brother Rice athletes and scholars, but it is for the classroom teacher that most alumni have the most enduring memories, and none more so than Joe Bergmann. For many reasons, Joe Bergmann is among only five men in Brother Rice history to be installed in the Alumni Hall of Fame as an honorary alumnus.
Wake on Thursday, 1-11-18, 2-8P.M. Ivins funeral home, 80 E. Burlington, Riverside, IL (708-447-2261)
Funeral on Friday, 1-12-18, 8:45-9:45A.M. at Ivins. Mass at !0:00A.M., St Mary’s church, 126 Herrick Rd. Riverside, IL Procession for burial in Holy Sepulchre cemetery, 111th street, Alsip, IL.
Want a great gift idea for the Crusader who has everything? How about a commemorative brick in the Crusader Square?
The Crusader Square is a brick-paved area that features bench seating for gatherings, meditation, or quiet study by the students and families of Brother Rice High School. Crusader alumni, students, family members, and friends of Brother Rice are invited to purchase a brick to commemorate their years at Brother Rice, celebrate a special occasion, or honor a loved one. One can choose to purchase a 4×8 engraved brick, which features 3 lines of type (20 characters per line) for $100, or an 8×8 engraved brick, which features 6 lines of type (20 characters per line) for $200. The engraving on these bricks features an epoxy fill, which prevents fading, chipping, and retains the clarity of the engraving.
To order your engraved brick, please fill out the form below. You can purchase with your credit card or mail your check (made payable to Brother Rice High School) to Brother Rice High School, Attn: Student Activities/Becky Pacetti, 10001 S. Pulaski, Chicago, IL 60655. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your brick order when it is received.
Brick installation for Phase 5 of the Crusader Square project will be completed in August, 2018. At that time, you will be e-mailed a photo of your brick. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Pacetti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To place your commemorative engraved brick order for the Crusader Square in the Collins Courtyard at Brother Rice High School, please provide the following information in the form below: