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.
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 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
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)