Congratulations to Robert Droel who has been accepted into the North American Novitiate Community in Chicago, IL. Robert’s novitiate year will begin on August 1st, 2017. We offer our prayers and support as he continues his journey with the Christian Brothers in discerning God’s call in his life.
When the Brother Rice Crusaders and Leo Lions meet on the basketball court, win-loss records are thrown out the window.
The fierce rivalry between the all-boys Catholic schools on the Far Southwest Side may predate Vatican II, but it continues to inspire competitive, hard fought games to this day, even as the schools’ student bodies have diverged in size and racial composition.
“That was the game you wanted to win,” said Dan McGrath, a 1968 Leo graduate who now serves as the school’s president.
Craig Zoberis, 48, started his career at his father’s contract engineering business where he says he experienced a workplace culture he didn’t like. So, in 2002, after getting an MBA from St. Xavier University in Chicago, he started Fusion OEM and focused not just on getting the product right but on creating a company where people want to work. Today, the company, based in Burr Ridge, Ill., just west of Chicago, is a contract manufacturer of mechanical and electrical machines and components. It did $12 million in sales last year and made a profit. While lots of other manufacturers have moved operations to China or Mexico, Zoberis has kept his plant in the United States – and considers it a point of pride to pay his 55 workers above-market rates. Workers with no experience start at $14-an-hour, he says, and by completing training and gaining skills can reach $18-to-20-an-hour, plus overtime and bonuses, for total pay near $50,000 a year, within a few years. In a conversation that has been edited and condensed, Zoberis spoke about what was wrong with his father’s company and how he’s building his manufacturing business in the U.S.
No matter what sport you follow, it’s safe to say that any athlete that spends their whole career with one team and a successful team at that, must have something about them. Athletes and ones with such success can often have all the trappings that go with it, from entourages to egos and arrogance.
When I met David Diehl for this interview he introduced himself with an outstretched hand the size of a shovel and said, “Hi, I’m David, how are you?” A man of his stature does not need to introduce himself and yet he did so because he doesn’t assume the world knows him or his successes and because he holds onto the values he has lived with his whole career. This interaction only confirmed so much of what I have read and heard about him on and off the field.
Source: Sporting International Magazine | Myak Homberger
The following nine Brother Rice graduates are members of the first Chicago Fire Department academy class hired as a result of the CFD exam given in December, 2014. The test in 2014 saw 25,000+ take the exam with approximately 18,000 applicants passing.
This group of Brother Rice grads, selected from the pool of 18,000, began their CFD academy training on April 04, 2016, and after 30 weeks of training in both EMT and Firefighting, graduated on October 20, 2016, at Navy Pier.
The Brother Rice graduates pictured are (left to right):
Matt Litz, Brendan Howard, Tom Kelly, Sigfredo Cruz, Michael Carroll, Thomas Grant, Brian Knight, Matt DiLorenzo and Tim Evans.