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A note from William Schaefer Leber '12 to LTC DePuglio.
9/16/2016

Leber '12

 

LTC DePuglio!

 
I hope all finds you and everyone at the Academy well. I was doing some Sunday morning reflection today (9/11) and it hit me that I haven’t reconnected with St. Thomas in a long while. I just graduated from Creighton University and commissioned out of ROTC into the Army as a 2LT this May - feels pretty good to have that gold bar finally! Right now, I’m under an educational delay while I attend the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee for the next four years, and then it’s onto active duty! I also took the F. Edward Hebert HPSP (full ride) scholarship to cover medical school so I’ve got quite some exciting times in the Army ahead of me. 
 
I’m not a fan of talking about myself, but I wanted to reach out really just to say thank you. From the important lessons I gained from SFC Hurd and (the one and only) 1SG Hanson as the first NCO’s I ever interacted with to the mentoring I received from you in regards to getting my ROTC scholarship, I can’t thank the military faculty at STA enough. All of the individual leadership opportunities, successes, failures, merits/ demerits, daily formations, and even an occasional yelling gave me the direction I needed. It is all why I am so excited to embark on a military career as an Army medical officer. You probably hear it a lot, but I can’t say it enough now: Attending STA will always be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and there is no doubt in my mind I wouldn’t be where I am without it. 
 
 
Again, thank you, God bless, Go Army, and Never Forget!
 
V/R,
 
William Schaefer Leber
US Army, 2LT
STA Class of 2012

 

Update from John Bellomo '09
6/10/2016

From an e-mail to Col Depuglio - Commandant of Cadets

Hey Col Depuglio,

Hope all is well at STA!  I'm currently wrapping up my 2nd KC-135 deployment in Turkey.  I've been staff out here for the past 2.5 months, so while I haven't been flying a whole lot, I've been busy on the ground supporting the crews.  I'm slated to head back to Fairchild next Wednesday, so definitely excited for that. 

2 weeks ago we had a brief visit from Gen Votel, the CENTCOM Commander.  Well, as I'm sure you know he is a MN guy who went to Cretin.  I was a KC-135 rep for the visit, so when he found out I went to STA he got all excited and wanted to get some pics.  A buddy snapped a few on my phone, so I figured you'd get a kick out of them.  After we took a few formal pics he said to me, "well, we are still rivals, so..." and put me in a mock headlock.  A lot of O-6's were quite confused when he starting chatting and joking around with a 1Lt.  Pretty crazy experience with a 4 Star haha.

I've also attached a pic from my flight on Wednesday.  Hope all is well and have a great summer!

John Bellomo

Bellomo 2009

Bellomo 2009  Bellomo 2009

Sean Anderson '03 Serving on USS Eisenhower
5/15/2016

STA graduate Sean Anderson '03 will deploy this summer aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower as an Aircraft Launch and Recovery Officer, or Shooter. LT Anderson is an aviator serving on his disassociated sea tour. During deployment to the Persian Gulf, LT Anderson will be responsible for operating the aircraft carrier catapult system and the arresting gear in order to deploy naval aircraft in defense of U.S. interests in the region. He looks forward his return home to be with his new wife, Jacquelyn, and their son, Nolan who is due in July.

Madden Chapman '15 Selected to Receive USMC Scholarship
5/10/2016

Recently, Madden Chapman '15 was selected to receive an United States Marine Corps - 3 year "Ground Officer" scholarship to attend the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.  The Marines only offered 17 of these scholarship nationwide.  Mac will attend USMC Officer Candidate School held at Quantico, Virginia this summer.  He will return to VMI as a sophomore in the fall.  Congrats to Mac and OOH-RAH!
Mac Chapman '15

New medical practice
3/5/2016

Jim Welters '81 reports: After 25 years with Northwest Family Physicians in Plymouth, I'm excited to join Park Nicollet Clinic in St. Louis Park at a new pilot project called SmartCare, which attempts a new model for primary care that is team-based, uses technology to improve access and is price transparent. Ideally this will lead to reduced cost, higher quality and improved patient and staff satisfaction. I attended a talk there recently given by MIke Schueppert '81, a vascular surgeon at PNC. 

For my work at NWFP, which was recognized as one of eleven exemplary primary care practices in the country by Stanford University and the Peterson Foundation for Health Care, I was named Health Care Practitioner of the Year for 2015 at the Leaders in Health Care Awards sponsored by Minnesota Business magazine. 

I still live in Plymouth with my wife Joan, college age son Jason and dog Otto. 

Class of '58 Gathers in Savannah, GA
10/26/2015

Gerry Brown '58 writes, "All the men in the STMA Class of '58 know that it is the women who can really get things done."  The wives organized a class trip to Savannah (led by Lael Fruen and Rita Miller), and the classmates automatically replied, "Yes Dear."  Thirteen couples (twelve classmates and one "adopted" alum) made the trip with their spouse In October and a good time was had by all in the beautiful and historic city of Savannah, GA.
front row: Barb Thompson, Cyndee Smith, Evie Theisen, Paige Schweizer, Rita Miller, Sandee Pates, Janelle Schlick,  behind, left to right:  Fox Thompson, Bob Schweizer, Gerry Brown, Barb Gleason, Tom Gleason, Jerry Janicke, Dan Eldredge (partially hidden), Diane Janicke, Kathy Eldredge, Roscoe Black, Susan Black, Ingrid Peterson, Tom Theisen, John Pates, Terry Miller, Lael Fruen, Homer McMahon, Dave Fruen, Frank Schlick (holding personalized dinner menu!).

Class of '55 60th Reunion Celebration
9/29/2015

The Class of '55 gathered at the Pool & Yacht Club in Lilydale on September 26 to celebrate their 60th reunion.  Pictured below from left to right:  Fr. Tom Hunstiger, Maurice Moriarity, Fr. Dave McCauley, John Seifert, Jim Mahoney, Brian Campion, Mike Merz, George Sayer, Tom Maher, Terry Flynn, Terry Troy, Tom Lee, Fr. John Apel, Tom Cohoon, Jim Thomas, John Lenzi, Bob Elliott, Dick Carthaus, John Egan and Ed Kileen.

Jaime and Chris Cammack '98 welcome third child
9/15/2015

Chris Cammack '98 and his wife, Jaime, are proud to announce the birth of their third child, Francis Gabriel, on February 11, 2015 in Fairfax, Virginia.  They are all doing very well.  Pictured below is the Cammack family at Francis' baptism.

Death of Philip J. Gleason class of '55
7/22/2015
Gleason, Philip J
Age 77 of Richfield, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, passed away July 20, 2015. Born to Raymond and Olga Stevenson Gleason in Minneapolis, MN. Preceded in death by parents, sisters: Helen (Marvin) Rigney, Louise (Bernie) Neuman, Jane Mayer; brothers: John (Jack) and Timothy. Survived by wife Susan Gleason (Studt), sons Patrick (Amy Pittenger) and Robert (Julie Knutson), daughter Marisue; grandchildren: Samuel, Caitlin, Sophia, and Sean; sister Mary Hogan (John); brothers: Raymond (Sally), Stephen (Hildur), Kenneth (MaryLou), sisters-in-law Joann, Karen, and former sister-in-law Helen, many nieces and nephews. Graduated high school from St. Thomas Academy. Served in the United States Army, Korean era. Graduated from the University of Minnesota, School of Mortuary Science. Owned and operated Gleason Mortuary in Minneapolis and Richfield with his father Raymond and brother Timothy until 1996. Ever generous with his time, he was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Richfield Chamber of Commerce, President-Spectacle Lake Association, Cambridge, MN. He was a long time member and volunteer of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Richfield, MN. Volunteer in the El Mirage retirement community and pitcher for Sr Softball league team, Mesa, AZ. Always ready with a smile and joke, he was the kindest, most helpful man you will ever know. He will be missed by all who knew him. Visitation Thursday, July 23, 4pm to 7pm at Gill Brothers, 5801 Lyndale Ave S, Mpls, MN. Friday, July 24, 9am visitation, Mass 10:30am, luncheon to follow at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 6730 Nicollet Ave, Richfield, MN. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to Minnesota Veterans Adult Daycare; 5101 Minnehaha Ave S, Bldg 4, Mpls, MN 55417. The Funeral Directors 612 866-6711.

 

Death of Tim Behme '86
7/13/2015

Behme, Timothy Donald 46, of Eagan, died July 10, 2015. Tim, who liked to spell his name "Ptim," had a unique ability to make just about anyone laugh with his humorous observations. He also took sincere interest in people, relishing long conversations. Teaching was a great joy for him, especially his students at the University of Minnesota. Tim had struggled with a chronic illness for the past several years. He is survived by his incredibly devoted wife, Beth, and their sons, Benjamin and Zachary, who all adored him. He is also survived by his father, Jerry (Bonnie) of Plymouth, brothers Todd (Joan) of Woodridge, Ill., and Chris of Plymouth, sister Jenni (Seth) Henriksen of Excelsior, uncle Steve (Sandy) Johnson of Minnetonka, sister-in-law Ginny (Mark) Betzer of St. Louis Park, father- and mother-in-law John and Gileen Wahman of St. Cloud, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his mother, Judi Behme, and grandparents Donald and LaVerne Johnson and Jerome and Leah Behme. Tim had a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University. He graduated in 1986 from St. Thomas Academy and was most recently employed by the University of Minnesota. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at 11 AM at Church of the Annunciation, 509 W. 54th St., Minneapolis. Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 14, from 4-7 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, and for 1 hour prior to the Mass at church. Interment at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family for the Behme boys' education.

http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/90415/?fullname=timothy-donald-behme

Nate Schwartzbauer '08 in the Army's Best Scout Squad Competition
5/15/2015

Nate Schwartzbauer '08 recently participated with 5 other soldiers in the Army's Best Scout Squad Competition at Ft. Benning, Georgia. His team represented all of 3rd ID after winning the Divisional competition and ended up being the first and only Infantry-based team ever to compete in this Cavalry event. They finished 3rd place overall in the Army - within single digit points of 1st place.

Schwartzbauer writes, "Great day to be an Infantryman, Scout, and Saint Thomas Alum. I remember answering the trivia on your board as a freshman for "What unit's motto is 'Rock of the Marne'?".... who would have thought all these years later I'd be representing that unit at an Army wide event!"  Click here to read more and see a photo . . .

Mick Cochrane '75 Receives Distinguished Faculty Award
5/15/2015

The Canisius College Alumni Association in Buffalo, New York, will confer its Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award upon Mick Cochrane '75, during Spring Honors Convocation in May.  The award, presented annually, recognizes a faculty member for teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world.  Read more....

Mike Wright '82, Co-founder of Climb 4 Kidney Cancer
5/11/2015


 CLIMB 4 KIDNEY CANCER, University of Minnesota Department of Urology and the Masonic Cancer Center, Announces BREAK THE BANK, at the TCF Bank Stadium! 

 CLIMB 4 KIDNEY CANCER is pleased to announce the BREAK THE BANK race event on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium. On May 30th, Racers, Kidney Cancer Survivors, Families and Supporters will climb over 6000 Stairs to Promote Awareness and Raise Money for Kidney Cancer Research at University of Minnesota. Together, our goal this year is to climb 1 million stairs and continue to raise much needed awareness for kidney cancer.

 “I'm passionate, both professionally and personally, about creating awareness for kidney cancer.  As physicians, we have a responsibility to both treat and support those whose lives are impacted by the 7th most common type of cancer.  Today, the level of awareness is limited, but though community events like Break the Bank, we will continue to educate others and gain the support needed to further our progress.I'm proud to be a partner with the dedicated University of Minnesota team, our Board of Directors and our community in raising much needed awareness for kidney cancer.” Dr. Christopher Weight

“Having been diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2005, I know the impact it has had on my life for the last 10 years.  I'm fortunate to have amazing care at the University of Minnesota, tremendous support from my family and friends and am committed to doing whatever I can to defeat kidney cancer.  I'm looking forward to continuing the climb that we started 3 years ago.”Michael Wright


 Event & Registration Details:    http://climb4kc.org/break-the-bank-2015/  

Dr. McMenomy '63 is Honored
3/26/2015

Dr. Mike McMenomy '63, owner of the Kitty Klinic in south Minneapolis, received the award for Veterinarian of the Year at the recent annual Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Convention in Minneapolis.

Kevin Lovegreen '87 Introduces New Book
2/25/2015

Kevin Lovegreen '87 has released the latest edition to his book series for children named Lucky Luke's Hunting Adventures.  Visit kevinlovegreen.com to see book #7 and for information on the entire series.

Classmates, Carroll and Bisanz, Meet in Thailand
10/3/2014

George Carroll '63 and his wife Linda spent the day with Dick Bisanz '63 and his wife Lynn on the Island of Puket, Thailand recently The Carroll's retired this year and spent two months in Asia.  Dick and Lynn retired 10 years ago and have been sailing the world ever since.  George and Dick were classmates at the Academy and Nativity.

Carroll and Bisanz

Mills '87 Inducted Into Concordia Unversity Athletic Hall of Fame
10/3/2014

On September 26, 2014 Dean Mills '87 was inducted into the Concordia University Athletic Hall of Fame.  Coach Gerry Brown '58 was his presenter.  Mills holds several Concordia career records in football and baseball.  He was named a baseball All-American in 1990.  He is Brown's only All-American former player of more than 2,000 athletes.  Some of his Academy teammates were in attendance.  Pictured Below: Chip Brixius '87, Mills, Brown, Kevin Lovegreen '87 and Norb Winter '87.

Dean Mills CUAHOF

 Link to Concordia University Hall of Fame

Thomas Connolly '04 Named Interim Head Coach at Northern Virginia Community College
9/18/2014


Connolly promoted to Interim Head Men's Soccer Coach

Northern Virginia Community College Athletic Director Steve Mrowka announced that Thomas Connolly, who spent last season as the NOVA Men's Soccer Assistant Coach, has been promoted to Interim Head Coach following the resignation of James Mundia.
 
"I am truly honored and humbled by this appointment. This is a great responsibility and I take it very seriously. Even though I believe that the task at hand is not an easy one, I am very confident that I am up for the challenge," said Thomas.  
 
Thomas, a 2008 Georgetown graduate, was a goalkeeper for the Hoya Men's Soccer team from 2005-2007. After his graduation, he was named Head Coach of the George Washington University Club Soccer team in 2010 and 2011, leading the team to a 9-2-5 overall record and the team's finest finish to date in the regional competition in 2010. He enters his second season with NOVA.

In addition to coaching, Thomas also plays competitively in the Washington Premier League with the prestigious La Barra Brava club and trains youth goalkeepers in the DC area.

Thomas will be filling the role of Mundia who spent three years leading the NOVA program before stepping down on September 3 due to other professional obligations.

Thomas added, " I truly believe that we are going to be a force to be reckoned with in our conference. With the help of all the players and the support of the administration, we look forward to making our mark this season. We have a motivated group of players and I am looking forward to getting started."

Lucas Winter will be promoted to Assistant Coach. Added Thomas, "I am delighted that Lucas will be coming on board as my assistant and I am lucky to have him. Lucas, a former U-17 National player, understands what is required to compete at the highest level on the field and has already been a tremendous asset to the program since his arrival."

Keith Tabatznik, a former long time head coach at nearby Georgetown University, and John Szaraos will also be joining the staff in an auxiliary capacity.  "I am grateful to Keith and John for offering their support to the NOVA soccer program. Keith is one of the most accomplished coaches in college soccer and I am looking forward to working with him." Thomas elaborated, "John has coached with U-17 National team and  currently coaches with the Region 1 ODP team. We are fortunate to be able to hire someone of his caliber here at NOVA.

 

Pat Eilers '85 Named Assistant Football Coach at Notre Dame
9/5/2014

Aug. 31, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Pat Eilers, a two-year starter and member of the 1988 University of Notre Dame national championship football team, has been named defensive quality control assistant for the Fighting Irish football coaching staff, head coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday.

Eilers bolsters Kyle McCarthy's spot on the Notre Dame staff. McCarthy, who serves as the defensive graduate assistant, is taking intermittent leaves of absence from the Irish football program this season while undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

Eilers is on sabbatical from his position as managing director of Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP), LLC, a Chicago-based private equity firm, where he oversees the firm's energy and power effort. Prior to joining MDP in 1999, he served as a director with Jordan Industries, Inc., a private holding company. He also worked as an associate with venture capital firm, Investment Advisors Venture Capital, Inc.

Eilers serves on Notre Dame's Energy Alumni Advisory Board (AAB), which is comprised of energy-interested members of the College of Engineering Advisory Council and other University organizations that provide advice and counsel to the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (cSEND).

Eilers graduated from Notre Dame with degrees in both biology (1989) and mechanical engineering (1990). He also earned his MBA from NorthwesternUniversity's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management (1999). Probably the degree that elevated him above the pile.

Eilers played three different positions (flanker, split end and defensive back) with the Irish, appearing in 34 career games and starting 18 times. As a flanker and split end, he totaled 11 receptions for 123 yards, added 10 rushing carries for 38 yards and one touchdown, and returned four punts for 23 yards. As a defensive back and special teams stalwart in 1987, he made 21 tackles, one for loss, one sack and one pass breakup. 

In 1989, Eilers started 13 games at split end, and while the senior did not post gaudy numbers (five catches for 53 yards), his blocking played a critical role in Notre Dame's dominant rushing attack. Eilers' best receiving game came in his final collegiate contest, a 21-6 Irish win over Colorado in the Orange Bowl, when he caught two passes for a team-best 47 yards, including a 29-yard grab that moved Notre Dame into field-goal range.

One year earlier, Eilers played in all 12 games at split end, starting seven times including the 34-21 Irish win over West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl that capped off a 12-0 season and the program's 11th consensus national championship. Eilers also tallied the only touchdown of his Notre Dame career in 1988, scoring on a two-yard run in the legendary 31-30 victory over top-ranked Miami that snapped the Hurricanes' 36-game regular-season winning streak.

Along with his exploits on the gridiron, Eilers earned a monogram with the Notre Dame baseball team in 1989, when he batted .307 in 53 games, making 16 starts in left field. He also scored the go-ahead run in a 4-2 victory over fifth-ranked Miami on March 8, 1989.

Following his graduation from Notre Dame, Eilers signed a free-agent contract with the National Football League's Minnesota Vikings. He played in 61 career games during a six-year NFL career (1990-95) with the Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears.

Eilers and his wife, Jana, have four children: Elizabeth, Katherine, Clare and Patrick. Elizabeth is a senior at Notre Dame, while Katherine is a sophomore and member of the Irish women's lacrosse team.

Thomas Gilligan '82 Appointed District Court Judge by Governor Dayton
8/29/2014

Thomas A. Gilligan, Jr. Appointed District Court Judge by Governor Dayton

 Thomas Gilligan '82

 

ST. PAUL, MN – August 12, 2014 . . . Murnane Brandt is proud to announce the appointment by Governor Dayton of its longtime shareholder Thomas A. Gilligan, Jr. as a District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District.

 

“We are proud of the work that Thom has done at Murnane Brandt.  His commitment to excellence in serving the firm’s clients for 24 years, in providing pro bono services, and in representing the firm and the legal profession in general with class and integrity has been outstanding,” says Daniel A. Haws, president of Murnane Brandt. “This appointment is another indication of the tremendous impact Thom has had on the legal profession.”

 

In private practice, Gilligan enjoyed the changing landscape that variety brought to his practice. This general practice forced him to become practical, efficient, versatile, and a quick study. Throughout his career, he has handled a variety of commercial and civil disputes involving:

  • Personal injury
  • Products liability
  • Employment discrimination and litigation
  • Municipal liability
  • Toxic torts
  • Contract law
  • Dram Shop
  • Premises liability
  • Environmental law
  • Insurance coverage
  • Appellate work

Gilligan has tried 25 jury trials, arbitrated dozens of cases, and handled hundreds of other lawsuits which have been successfully resolved through summary judgment, or various methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). He has also handled appeals to the Minnesota Supreme Court, Minnesota Court of Appeals, Wisconsin Court of Appeals, and the Seventh and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeal. Gilligan was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School from 2005 to 2010, where he taught appellate advocacy.

He has an AV® Peer Review Rating in the distinguished legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell®,*and has been selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2008-2014 Editions. Gilligan has been a North Star Lawyer and a recipient of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s 2013 President’s Award for outstanding assistance and support to the association and its mission.  In 2012, he was awarded the Journey of Hope Award by the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project, for outstanding and dedicated legal support of victims of domestic violence.  Gilligan has been an active volunteer attorney for the Tubman Pro Bono Safety Project, a pro bono program for low-income battered women who have a compelling need for legal assistance in seeking civil Orders for Protection.  Tubman named him their Safety Project Attorney of the Year in 2008 and 2011. He also volunteered for Ramsey County as a guardian ad litem in child protection cases.

Gilligan received his undergraduate degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. He was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Ann D. Montgomery before joining Murnane Brandt.

Murnane Brandt is a full-service litigation and business law firm with three offices located in St. Paul, Minnesota; Bismarck, North Dakota; and Hudson, Wisconsin. Murnane Brandt was selected as a 2014 “Best Law Firm” in class action defense and product liability litigation by U.S. News. The rating is in the highest local tier available through U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” annual rankings. The firm was also selected as a "2013 Go-To Law Firm® for the Top 500 Companies" for its exceptional work in the area of Litigation by ALM. With more than 30 attorneys, the firm offers a comprehensive suite of legal services, including commercial litigation, corporate law, environmental, real estate, product liability, toxic torts, insurance defense, employment law, construction, transportation, financial institutions, government, and estate administration and succession planning. In addition to maintaining the highest standards of legal excellence, Murnane and its attorneys uphold a strong commitment to pro bono services. For more information, visit www.murnane.com.

 

Happy 100th Birthday Clifford Riordan ’32!
6/10/2014

Happy 100th Birthday Clifford Riordan ’32!  Mr. Riordan’s family and friends gathered in April in Maryland to celebrate his milestone.



Graeme Fehr ’04 sworn in as an attorney
5/15/2014

Graeme Fehr ’04 was sworn in as an attorney before the Illinois Supreme Court on May 1st in
Chicago.  He has joined his brothers, Karl Fehr ’01 and John Fehr, as a partner with Fehr Law Group, LLC, Chicago.  Before law school, he completed an MBA in Real Estate Finance from Roosevelt University, Chicago.

Bellevue University Names Welsh Vice President of Human Capital Lab
5/5/2014

February 17, 2014 - Bellevue University has named R. John Welsh, Ph.D., '75, as vice president of the university's Human Capital LabSM (HCL). The HCL brings together business and academic leaders to measure the impact of learning investments and shares this knowledge with learning leaders and clients through industry studies, newsletters and quarterly colloquia.

Over the last 25 years, Welsh has successfully lead in Fortune 500 companies, higher education and high-tech start-ups. Before joining the Human Capital Lab, he held an executive leadership role at Saint John's University, where he designed and implemented several new, innovative philanthropic and educational strategies to increase donor engagement and donations. Prior to that he led several global management consulting firms.

Mike Echols, Ph.D., executive vice president of strategic initiatives and the Human Capital Lab, said he is thrilled to have Welsh join the HCL.

"John brings a breadth of experience and education to the Human Capital Lab, which will be tremendously beneficial," Echols said. "Under his leadership, we expect to remain the thought leader in this field and to continue to fulfill the Lab's mission to develop innovative and valuable approaches to unlocking the long-term potential of human capital investments."

Welsh earned his doctoral degree in organizational leadership from Capella University, master's degrees in business administration and international management from the University of St. Thomas and bachelor's degree from St. John's University. His doctoral dissertation focused on organizational effectiveness and multi-generational leadership. Some of his thought leadership has been featured in articles within Chief Learning Officer magazine, Oxford Economics and Business Journal, and International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) Performance Xpress.

An accomplished senior executive, leader, coach, innovator, researcher and adjunct faculty member, Welsh is best known for leading complex organizations through periods of change. Special expertise includes enhancing organizational engagement, working with governing boards, and building collaborative relationships that consistently demonstrate growth and change. He drives strategy into execution, stakeholder commitment, and engagement through pragmatic systems/processes and coaching. He is effective at creating sustained relationships with his students individuals, and academic, corporate and civic leaders.

Justin Hays '86 Earns Orvis Lodge of the Year Award
4/7/2014

Justin Hays '86 is the general manager of The Lodge at Palisades Creek in Irwin, Idaho.  He earned the prestigious Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year 2014 award last week.  Justin has taken this lodge and turned it into the premier fly fishing destination in the country.  Congratulations Justin for your well deserved honor.

 

Tom Cosgrove '73 voted "Minnesota Father of the Year"
4/4/2014

Unbelievable!  For the 25th consecutive year, Tom Cosgrove '73 has been voted "Minnesota Father of the Year" by his son Tommy.

Frank Miley '80 named new President of Cretin-Derham Hall
4/3/2014

The Cretin-Derham Hall Board of Directors and the school's co-sponsors, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the Brothers of the Christian Schools, are pleased to announce the selection of Frank Miley'80 as President of Cretin-Derham Hall effective July 1, 2015. 
Read more. . .

Ben Williams '13
3/21/2014

Ben Williams '13

Ben has had quite an impact on the Holy Cross LaCrosse team. The freshman scored his first collegiate goal in a game against Richmond.  He also won 13 of 21 faceoffs for the Crusaders.

He won 11 of 17 faceoffs vs. Army, 15 of 24 faceoffs vs. Bucknell and 15 of 25 faceoffs vs. Harvard.

See Ben's Bio on the Holy Cross LaCrosse Team page

Stephan Gruessner '07
3/4/2014

Stephan Gruessner '07 is currently finishing his second year at the University of Arizona College of Medicine; he was recently admitted, with a scholarship, to the university's Eller College of Management to pursue an MD-MBA dual degree. Congratulations, Stephan!

 
 
Luke Johanns '12
2/27/2014

Luke Johanns '12, currently attending Xavier University and swimming for the Muskateers, recently won the 50 and 100 free at the Big East Swimming Championships and Xavier won the team title.  

  

 

Read Luke's Bio on the Xavier web site 

John Bellomo '09
1/24/2014

In an e-mail to Colonel DePuglio, John Bellomo '09, sends an update.

Colonel Depuglio, 

Just thought I'd shoot you a quick email about my progress.  I've been flying the T-6 for the last 2 months and everything has been going pretty well.  I've got about 25 hours in now, so I'm starting to get a lot more comfortable with the daily sorties.  Attached to this email is a pic from my first solo flight a few weeks back.  Hope all is well at STA!

John Bellomo '09 solo flight

Martin Norder '00
1/21/2014

Martin H.R. Norder ‘00 has joined the law firm of Kelly and Lemmons, PA as an associate attorney.  Martin previously was a law clerk in Ramsey County District Court for the Honorable Michael T. DeCourcy ‘64.  Martin will be working in the areas of municipal law, criminal prosecution, estate planning, labor and employment law dealing with contested arbitrations throughout the state with national clients, and general practice.

Martin represents the 8th Saint Thomas Academy alumni that have been hired by Patrick Kelly ‘67 either as law clerks or 1st year attorneys.  Martin joins senior partner Chad Lemmons ‘85 practicing in the area of real estate law and Joseph Kelly ‘00 practicing in the area of municipal law and employment law.

Robert Bauleke '03 and Peter Bauleke '06
1/16/2014

Robert is currently serving as a U. S, Army Captain, Battery Commander of a headquarters Company in an artillery battallion at the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, NY.

Peter is currently serving as aide de camp to the Deputy Commanding General of Operations of the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, NY.  He will deploy to Afghanistan this month.

 

Henry Hart '13
12/10/2013

Henry Hart '13 has committed to attend Yale University where he will also play hockey.

Via Twitter @HenHart14 - Extremely excited and proud to announce that I have committed to play my college hockey at Yale University.

Abele '10 and Cardinal '11 return to STA
11/20/2013

Recently, Nathan Cardinal '11 and Pat Abele '10 returned to STA to recruit for the UM Army ROTC - Golden Gopher Battalion!  Upon graduation, they will receive their commissions as Second Lieutenants.

Nathan Cardinal '11 and Pat Abele '10

Doug McMahon '97
11/18/2013

Doug McMahon '97 who in his senior speech talked about his desire to become an Asthma and Allergy specialist and help others in his situation was recently voted President of the Minnesota Allergy Society.

Minnesota Fallen Heroes Calendar
11/14/2013

MN Fallen Heroes Calendar

The 2014 Minnesota Fallen Heroes Remembered Calendar features Captain Kelly Hinz '93 (KIA 2 MAY 2006) and Commander Thomas O'Kane Gramith '00 (KIA 18 JUL 2009), two of STA's fallen servicemen.

The calendar project, now in its fifth year, started as a promise to the mother of a fallen soldier to find a way to remember our fallen heroes.

Calendars can be purchased online at www.militaryheroesfoundation.org

The Military Heroes Foundation was started by Tom McDonough in honor of his son, Bryan, who was killed in Iraq.  Proceeds from calendar sales go to support Fisher House in Minneapolis which houses families of our wounded warriors at no cost while they recover.

Kevin Frederick '08
11/5/2013

In an e-mail to Commandant of Cadets, Colonel Michael DePuglio Kevin wrote:

Colonel,

I wanted to give you an alumni military update. Currently, I am deployed aboard USS Spruance (DDG-111) on a Western Pacific deployment. I just received my Officer of the Deck qualification which is a major milestone in any Surface Warfare Officer's career. As the First Lieutenant on Spruance, I am in charge of deck division which maintains all topside spaces (anchor, refueling, etc.), conducts small boat operations, and all of the flight deck evolutions. After deployment, my wife, Nikki, and I will be packing it up and heading to Charleston, South Carolina, to start my nuclear engineering training pipeline before joining Reactor Department on one of our nation's fine aircraft carriers.

I attached a couple pictures. I hope all is well back at the Academy. Obviously, send any questions from the Cadets about the Navy or USNA my way.

Very respectfully,

ENS Kevin D. Frederick
First Lieutenant
USS SPRUANCE (DDG-111)

 

John Nichols '80
10/31/2013

John Nichols '80 was elected president of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Below is the link which was the introduction to the induction ceremony where John took the oath of the 124th President for NAIFA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yvEOOJYfLE&feature=share

www.naifa.org

Conor McFadden '10 featured on ESPN's College Game Day
10/28/2013

Conor McFadden '10, a senior at Stanford and backup center on the Cardinal football team, was featured on ESPN College Game Day recently.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOp_WnvqDfQ&feature=youtu.be

Matt Zechmann '02
10/25/2013

Matt Zechmann '02 had surgery to remove a Desmoid Tumor from his abdomen on Monday, October 21st. The surgery lasted 11 ½ hours – Matt’s surgeon shared that it was extremely difficult but that the team successfully removed most of the tumor and performed radiation on the remaining portion. Following the surgery, Matt was admitted to the ICU and then the family learned of concerns with his liver function - he had another procedure on Wednesday which appears to be helping mitigate any concerns with his liver function. He is still in ICU but made significant progress on Thursday – he was able to get out of the bed and go for a walk for the first time. Now things seems to be moving in the right direction and Matt is on the road to recovery, but the doctors will continue to monitor things closely. There have certainly been lots of ups and downs the last few days, but, as always, Matt remains positive through it all.

Please continue to keep Matt and his family in your prayers.

For more updates please visit Matt's Caring Bridge Site

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/mattzechmann/journal

Justin Miller '08 marries Mirella Maxwell (Visitation '08)
10/18/2013

STA was well represented at the wedding of Justin Miller '08 and Mirella Maxwell on August 17, 2013. In attendance were Tim Rascher '12, Ben Rascher '11, Dan Rascher '16, Joe Rascher '80, Bill Rascher '89, Jake Rascher '17, Foley Schmidt '08, Erich Grutzner '08, Brandon Miller '03, Mike Maxwell '84, Mark Maxwell '80, Joe Prescott '08, and John Payne '08.

Desmoid Dash 2013
10/17/2013

The inaugural running of the Desmoid Dash was a huge success, bringing over 300 people to the STA campus and raising more than $52,000 for Desmoid Tumor research.  This event was inspired by Matt Zechmann '02.

Matt Zechmann's Story

At age 26, Matt Zechmann started experiencing digestive issues. He saw numerous doctors who misdiagnosed him with acid reflux and GERD. Through a CT scan in December of 2009, a tumor was found in Matt's abdomen. From there, Matt underwent two surgeries to remove the tumor from his abdomen. Fortunately it was successfully removed by a surgeon at The Mayo Clinic, and Matt was able to recover and continue on with his normal life in the spring of 2010.

Unfortunately, in August of 2011, the doctors found that Matt had a recurrence in his abdomen. Over the past two years, Matt has undergone four chemotherapies without success at shrinking the tumors. If chemotherapy is not effective, Matt is facing a very major surgery with many potential risks. With Matt's positive attitude, the support of so many loving family and friends, and the dedicated medical professionals researching this rare tumor, we are extremely hopeful that a cure will be found.

Who is DTRF and how are the funds used? DTRF is the only organization in the country dedicated to funding desmoid tumor research and finding a cure for this rare disease. DTRF allocated 92% of money raised to fund desmoid tumor research and provide support to patients. A donation is fully tax-deductable. Your donation can be multiplied if your company has a "Matching Gifts" plan. Please check with your company's human resources to obtain their form for matching gifts.  

You can donate by going to DTRF’s website: https://www.dtrf.org/index.php/donate/donate.html

We extend our heartfelt appreciation for any support you can give in the quest for a cure!

Learn more about desmoids.

Class of 1973 Celebrates 40th Reunion
10/14/2013

Class of 1973

Matt Park '94
9/27/2013

Matt Park '94, currently living in New York, is featured in the production of The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! at Children's Theatre Company, October 8 - November 11, 2013.  For more information.

 

Lewie Kloster '13 Earns First Runner-up in Video Contest
9/27/2013

Lewie Kloster '13, a freshman at NYU, earned first runner-up honors in a video contest presented by the American Sleep Medicine Foundation.  The award earned Lewie a $250 prize for himself and for Saint Thomas Academy.

Here's a link to the winning video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi6SmytaEiw&feature=c4-overview&list=UUmZkLnzROrRG6ZQaxZ5E54w

Lewie has produced several award winning videos some of which can be seen on his YouTube Channel,  http://www.youtube.com/user/beakerlab.  Additionally, he created an admissions video for Saint Thomas Academy called "Life of Cadet".

Scott Mattson '88
9/27/2013

Scott Mattson '88, Ph.D.; MA; recently celebrated 19 years teaching at the University of Windsor in the Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology Department.

In January, 2013, Scott also received his Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology, from the University of Windsor; Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Mike Hoysler '75 reports some sad news
9/27/2013

Mike Hoysler '75 sent word that his wife, Lisa Stahl-Hoysler, passed away on July 15, 2013. Her obituary can be found here.

Ben Rascher '11 leads UST Cross Country to 4th place finish at St.Olaf Invite
9/23/2013

Article from TommieSports.com

Tommie Sports - Men's Cross Country

Rascher sharp, Men's CC 4th of 16 at Olaf

September 21, 2013

Tommie junior Ben Rascher placed ninth in a field of 272 finishers Saturday to lead UST to fourth out of 16 teams at the St. Olaf Men's Cross Country Invite.

Rascher clocked 25:34 for the 8,000-meter course and was one of 11 UST finishers in the top 60.  

To read the full article

Hole in One for Pete Ritten '51
8/8/2013

Pete Ritten '51 scored a hole in one on August 7 on hole number three at Inver Wood.  He used a 9-iron for the 114 yard drive.  It is the second hole in one for Mr. Ritten.  Congratulations!

The Story of Carlos Ayala '53
7/9/2013

Remember Carlos Ayala?  Some of our classmates will remember him as Bill Stenger's Ireland Hall roommate.  Or that he was from Cuba.  But for most of us Carlos simply disappeared after graduation.  There were rumors that he and his family, who supported the Cuban revolution, were murdered by the Batista government.  The rumor was false.  Instead, the real story of Carlos Ayala turns out to be a most remarkable one.  Here it is -- 

After graduation from the Academy, Carlos entered Loyola University of New Orleans and graduated in 1957 with a business degree.  He returned to his home in Cuba and went to work as a salesman for Bacardi Rum.  While in Cuba he was involved in a near-fatal automobile accident.  Eventually, he was transferred to a hospital in New York City for a lengthy period of recovery and rehabilitation.  He worked for time in New York and then settled with his wife in Miami.

Now for the remarkable part of the Carlos Ayala story: Because of the effects of his accident, it was difficult for Carlos to maintain a steady job.  He quit working in the mid-90's, and, with an initial investment of $30,000, began to work the stock market.  In the approximately fifteen years until his death on January 15, 2011 Carlos parlayed his $30,000 investment into millions, of which $1.5 million was donated to the Loyola School of Business.

According to Bill Stenger who has talked with Carlos' daughter Lily Ayala Berlyn, Carlos and his brother Raoul, who also attended the Academy, occasionally reminisced about their days at STMA.  But they lost touch with the Academy, believing that when the Academy left its St. Paul campus it had ceased to exist, and, consequently, they discontinued their efforts to stay in touch with the school.

Cameron '03 Wedding
7/2/2013

 

Dick Ebert '71, Bobby Ebert '99, Luke Flood '03, Michelle Ebert (Vis '03), Kevin Cameron '03 and Lieutenant Trevor Tarsa '03 (pictured above) gathered in Mexico for the wedding of Kevin and Caitlyn Cameron.  Luke Flood was the best man. 

Anand Arockiasamy ’98
3/18/2013

 

Special Agent Anand Arockiasamy ’98 received United States Department of State Honors for his leadership as Deputy Chief for the 300 hundred-person Protective Operations Division, as well as for lasting contributions to the Counter Terrorism Program during his assignment in Afghanistan.  After onward training, he will continue his service at U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia.  

Lund Family Christmas
3/4/2013

(L-R) Heinie Lund '82, Will Lund '14, Peter Lund '70

A great family Christmas in Sarasota, Florida



Adam Stryker '98 Birth Announcement
3/4/2013

Adam Stryker 1998 graduate of STA married to Brittany Stryker would like to announce the birth of their first son Parks Page Stryker born in Las Vegas Nevada on 9/13/12. 

Margaret and Roger Swenson '51 Celebrate Anniversary
2/27/2013

Congratulations to Margaret and Roger Swenson '51 on their 60th Wedding Anniversary.  "You are an inspiration to all of us," wrote their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in a newspaper announcement.

Jeff (Duff) Warner '74 celebrates the births of two new grandchildren.
2/15/2013

Jeff and Linda Warner are blessed to announce the births of their 8th and 9th grandchildren.

Daughter Angela gave birth to her fifth child, Alice Elizabeth, on January 21st and daughter Kristen gave birth to her second son, Jude Vincent ,on February 10th. Up next is the wedding of son Jeffrey Jr., who manages Warners' Stellian's new store in Coon Rapids. He will wed Malorie Suek October 12th.

Patrick Kelly '67 and Chad Lemmons '72 Recognized by the Secretary of Defense
2/7/2013

We are happy to announce that Patrick Kelly (Class of 67) and Chad Lemmons (Class of 72) of Kelly & Lemmons were recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a Patriotic Employer.  Both were presented plaques of recognition by Patricia Beety and Dave Dietz who volunteer for the ESGR (Employee Support of the Guard & Reserve).

Patrick and Chad were nominated by their employee, Joseph Kelly (Class of 00) who is an Infantry Officer in the Minnesota National Guard. Joe received his commission October 23, 2008 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, GA. His military awards include the Expert Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization Device,  Army Overseas Service Ribbon and State Active Duty Ribbon.  In Joe’s nomination he wrote:

Kelly & Lemmons is extremely supportive of my service.  They continually go above and beyond expectations by sending my soldiers and I care packages which included reading material and comfort items.  They stayed in touch with me through E-mails and letters.  They even went so far as to assure my wife was taken care of by checking on her at least weekly and assisted her with free legal representation.  My employer went above and beyond.

We are very proud of Joe and his service to our country and proud of Patrick and Chad for supporting him while he serves the needs of others.

Mark Arnold '07
2/6/2013

Mark Arnold '07 spent part of his summer on a medical mission in Uganda. He is a second year medical student at the University Of Minnesota '15. He is pictured with Precious, age 3.


Dr, Doug McMahon '97
2/6/2013

Dr. Doug McMahon '97 recently watched a copy of his senior speech in which he stated his goal of becoming an Asthma and Allergy Specialist.  He is pleased to announce he joined Midwest Allergy and Asthma and has clinics in Eagan, Burnsville, and Maplewood.



Dr. Daniel McDermott '54
2/6/2013

Dr. McDermott was selected as Alumnus of the year - 2012 - Graduate School at Biomedical Sciences.  Medical College of Wisconsin.

Lloyd Flynn '40
2/6/2013

Loved, and still love, the military.  Love memories of former teachers - Mr. Martin, Mr. Westline, Mr. Langeland, and Sergeant Milligan.

Peter Leyden '77
2/6/2013

Peter founded a new company called Reinventors; learn more at www.reinventors.com.  Peter is also doing quite a bit of public speaking; learn more at www.peterleyden.com

Derek Tillemans '85
2/6/2013

Derek was promoted to Area Sales Director with the Accountable Care Group of Alere.  Alere is focused on improving the efficiency of health care, reducing re-admissions, and delivering point of care to the patient participiants.  Alere is the largest remote monitoring company in the world and the transition has been exciting.  Almost as exciting as Derek's life with wife, Tina, and daughters Audrey, Alli, and Ellen.

 

Steve Dwyer '93
2/6/2013

Steve and his wife, Drea, have a three year old son, Tommy, and a six month old, Addi, and live in South Minneapolis.

William Stenger '53
12/14/2012

William has several international trips planned in 2013.  He will be heading to Cuba, Iceland, and Greenland.  

David Abramowicz '81
12/11/2012

Dave Abramowicz '81 Recently published a new book " 101 Doughnut Proverbs".

101 Doughnut Proverbs is a delightful collection of humorous adages related to the beloved pastry. The book intends to raise awareness of the important lessons in life through its humorous associations

Dr. Bill Stein '67
12/4/2012

Dr. Stein continues to practice dentistry, edit Northwest Dentistry Magazine, and serve as a Deacon for the Diocese of Duluth.

A message from Gene Hardman '60
11/19/2012

The Class of 1960 is the only class in the history of the Academy to win a state championship in both basketball and baseball.  Team Captain Gene Hardman sends his best to all is great teammates!

Michael Phillips '02
11/15/2012

Michael Phillips '02 married Courtney Phillips (Belton) on September 22, 2012 at Augustana Lutheran Church in West Saint Paul, MN 

Thanks from Jay Hardman '67
11/13/2012

I would like to acknowledge my appreciation to Mike Ciresi, Mike Barcelow and Gary Sirek.
For honoring my brother Jan, Vietnam Veteran, buried at Fort Snelling on November 2nd, 2012.

Jay Hardman '67

Class of 1973 Gathers in Florida
10/16/2012

Class of 1973 holds their semi annual gathering of buddies at Tom Clement's place in Destin Florida.

(Back Row: L-R) Tim Plunkett, Tim Ridley, Terry Bussen, Tom Marrinan, Pat Boyle, Greg Palen, Tom Clements, Nick Klein

(Front Row: L-R) John Rooney, Mike McGroarty, John Maguire, Dan Dooley, Chris Lee

Rascher Plumbing and Heating Hits the Century Mark
10/16/2012

Joe Rascher's '80, family owned business, Rascher Plumbing & Heating, is celebrating 100 years in business this year!  Congrats to Joe and the Rascher family!

A Human Story
9/26/2012

Tim Gustafson, class of 1993 was awarded the US Department of Human Services highest award for human services. Tim currently serves under Secretary of Human Services Kathleen Subelius and has been with the organization since 2002 as acting Treasurer of Nutrition and Non Sports Related Activities. Tim received the award at the organization's annual 'ThinkLIVE' event, held in New Orleans. Notable achievements for this award were strides made in workplace inclusion and family values planning. Tim says hello to the class of '93 and also Brian Beckers, class of '87.

 

 

 

Sean Anderson '03 and Jeremy Harris '03 Serving Together
9/25/2012

(Pictured Above (L-R): Jeremy Harris '03 and Sean Anderson '03)

Sean Anderson '03 and Jeremy Harris '03 are currently both assigned to Navy Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 4 (VQ-4) at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, as pilots onboard the E-6B Mercury, a critical link for our nation's nuclear deterrence. Sean and Jeremy deployed together in April 2012, with Sean as the Aircraft Commander and Jeremy as the third pilot. Both are extremely excited that their paths crossed in Oklahoma and enjoy sharing high school stories around other crew members who aren't as fortunate to know about the Academy. They would like to shout out to '03 and can't wait for next year's ten year!

Major Kelly Jones '91
9/7/2012

Major Kelly Jones '91 recently stopped by to visit. Major Jones is a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot and just returned from Iraq where he was assigned to the Combat Aviation Brigade of the 29th Infantry Division of the Maryland Army National Guard. His unit was the last Army Aviation unit to serve in Iraq. He currently lives with his wife in Fredrick, Maryland.

Luke Aslesen '07
8/6/2012

Luke Aslesen '07 is currently working with underprivileged and orphaned children in a small city outside of Arusha, Tanzania and will return to the Twin Cities in October after working in there for almost one year.  Luke is pictured with the 50 kids at the school and the administrative staff. The school is called Tuamkeni which, in Swahili, means "Everyone wake up!"

Arthur Morrissey '00
8/6/2012

Arthur Morrissey '00 married Jessica Morrissey at the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis on June 22, 2012. I would love to see the announcement in the Class Notes section of the Saber.



STA and VIS alumni/(ae) pictured – Elizabeth Morrissey (Visitation, 2007), Michael Turner (STA, 2000), Tim O'Shaughnessy, 2000), Christopher Morrissey (STA, 2003).

Tom & Christie Malchow '95 Birth Announcement
8/6/2012

Born to Tom Malchow '95 & his wife Christie, Marin Stephanie Malchow was born on April 24, 2012.  Marin joins her older sister Shannon (2) to the Malchow family that resides in Sammamish, WA.

Father Doffing Germany Trip Reunion
8/6/2012

When Father Doffing taught German at the Academy, he would take groups of students on a trip to Germany during summer break.  A few STA alumni from the 1972 trip got together to celebrate a 40th Anniversary of that trip, and met for dinner at the Glockenspiel Restaurant in St. Paul on July 27. 


Pictured Above:
Front row - Fr. Doffing  
Back row – Greg Gust – 1974, Jim Schaefer – 1973, and Tony Willerscheidt – 1973

Others on the trip who could not make our reunion were Gerry Broker and Mark Erickson – 1973, and Paul Anderson, Tim Carroll, George <Judd> Williams, and John Mullen

Mark Dooner '95
6/21/2012

Mark Dooner '95, is happy to announce that he got engaged to Mindy Schrock (of Apple Valley) this past Thanksgiving.  Mark took Mindy to the island of Oahu on the North Shore at Waimea Bay.  They climbed a rock that locals use to jump 30 feet into the water.  Before they took the plunge, he asked, and she said yes.
 
In addition, National Geographic Channel came to Minnesota to film an episode of their show "Taboo" about Mark's company.  The episode will air on July 29th on the Nat Geo Channel.

Riley Dandurand '96
6/20/2012

Riley and wife, Ashley, are expecting their first child in September.  Riley is running the family business, Dakota Style, a successful snack food company with brothers Dustin '98 and Eric '02.

Steve Nilsson '89 Birth Announcement
6/14/2012

Steve and wife Julie Russomanno (Visitation Class of 1994) welcomed their third child, Lucy, to the family on February 3, 2012.  Big sister Gracie and brother Sam could not be more happy!

Tom Cosgrove '73
6/12/2012

Tom was voted "Minnesota Father of the Year" for the 23rd year in a row by his son, Tommy, who just graduated from Oklahoma State University.

Thomas Spence '59
6/12/2012

Tom is serving on his local Electric Co-op Board, Hospital Board, and Great River Energy Board.

John Hames '00 Marries Amanda Reuter
5/31/2012

John Hames '00 has married Amanda Reuter of Roselle, Illinois.  John and Amanda were married at St. Walter's Catholic Church in Roselle, IL on May 27, 2012.  John is heads back to Madison, WI in September to finish the last year of his MBA program.

Billy Kaye '07 Launches ConnectToMe Mobile Phone App
5/11/2012

ConnectToMe enables you to stay connected with your contacts using a mobile business card that helps you know and work your network.  Learn more at www.connecttome.com.

Click here to watch a Billy Kaye '07 speak about his company.

Jim Bohen '65 Releases His First Music CD
5/10/2012

Jim Bohen, class of '65, recently released his first music CD, entitled Never Too Late. Comprised of 12 original songs, mostly electric blues and rock.  The CD is available for sale in physical and/or digital form at CD Baby, iTunes and other sites under the artist name J B and the Phantom Band.

Click here to view a video of the song "Heaven Is Calling."

Frank Wacker '53 Performs "Grandpa Frank, the Potty Song"
5/10/2012

Frank Wacker ’53 has written and performs the song, “Grandpa Frank, the Potty Song”. 

Click here to watch his performance!

 

Bill Foussard '72 to Receive the 2012 HERBIE Award
4/30/2012

Bill Foussard '72 of Highland Park has been chosen by the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation to receive its 2012 HERBIE award (along with Catholic Charities). The HERBIE (Humanitarian, Enterprising, Resilient, Bold, Inspirational and Ethical) award recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that exemplify the traits inspired by its namesake, the late Herb Brooks of St. Paul. Foussard, owner of White Bear Country Inn and Rudy's Redeye Grill, co-founded Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels, which since 1969 has grown from serving a single family to preparing and delivering more than 17,000 meals each Thanksgiving Day.

Father Daniel Friberg Celebrates 50 Years!
4/25/2012

Father Daniel Friberg, who was assigned to STA from November 1968 to August 1993, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination this year. A Mass celebrating this wonderful anniversary will take place on July 15, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at Guardian Angels Church in Oakdale, MN. All are invited to attend Mass and the reception afterward.

Stephen Reese '07
4/19/2012

Steve is currently playing on the University of St. Thomas Lacrosse team and will graduate this May.

Tucker Lamski '06 in Afghanistan
4/4/2012

SPC Tucker Lamski '06 is currently deployed in Afghanistan with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, 1st Infantry Battalion 41st Regiment, HHC. Tucker is a U.S. Army Mortar Specialist. The "Bulldogs" are expected to return to Ft. Bliss, Texas in June or July 2012 after a 9 month deployment.

Rich Allen '60 Honored at Old Timers Banquet
3/28/2012

Rich Allen '60 developed his baseball skills under the guidance of Angelo Giuliani who, as a neighbor, coached Allen when he first took up the sport in 1951 at the age of 8. Allen went on to compete in Little League, Babe Ruth, and also pitched in the State American Legion Tournament for Post 8. In 1960 he was a senior at St. Thomas Academy and compiled a record of 8-1, 64 innings pitched, 82 strikeouts, threw two no hitters, one of which came in the state tournament during a run to a state title, and had a ERA of 0.11. In 1961 at the age of 18, Allen pitched in the State Amateur League leading Twin City Federal to the Class A Championship. In 1962 Allen was the first Minnesotan to sign with the Minnesota Twins. In 1963 he was drafted by the Kansas City Athletics and assigned to Burlington Class A,
where he broke their strikeout record with 195 K's. He also went on to play with the Birmingham Barons, the Vancouver Mounties Class AAA Pacific Coast League and also Modesto in the California League Class A. The Modesto team featured several players of distinction including Tony LaRussa, Joe Rudi, Skip Lockwood, Dave Duncan, Rollie Fingers, and Reggie Jackson. Rich joined the Old Timers in 1996, served as President in 2007, and continues to serve as a member of the board of directors.

Nathan Ostberg '98 Birth Announcement
3/14/2012

Nathan Ostberg '98 and Diana Lauring Ostberg are very happy to announce the birth of their daughter Claire Irene Ostberg. Claire was born December 29, 2011 weighing 8 pounds, 7 1/2 ounces and was 20 1/2" long.

Nathan has a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota (2004) and will complete a Master's Degree in Finance this spring at UMass, Boston.  Nathan works in Cambridge at a small biotech firm, and Diana is a Registered Architect, working in Boston.

Brian Nordin '97 Birth Announcement
3/14/2012

Brian and his wife Jamie had their first child, Millie Jane Nordin, on January 7, 2012.

Joe Keller, '98
12/14/2011
My wife and I are expecting our second child due in July. Hope all are well wherever you are and will get back in July with pics.
Dr. Andrew Busch '99
11/28/2011

Dr. Busch '99 holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He completed his clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at The Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Busch's early research focused on treating depression in psychiatric populations using Behavioral Activation, an empirically supported counseling treatment. More recently, he has focused on using Behavioral Activation to target both mood and smoking cessation in chronically ill populations (i.e., physically disabled, cardiac patients). Dr. Busch recently received a K23 career development award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (K23HL107391). During this award he will develop and test a Behavioral Activation based treatment for smoking cessation and mood management following hospitalization for a cardiac event. Dr. Busch also researches relationships among restriction of valued activities, depression, and health behavior change in chronically ill populations.


 

STMA Senior Stag a Family Event for the Madden Brothers
11/21/2011

The Madden brothers attended the STMA Senior Alumni Stag Dinner together during STA's Alumni Homecoming Weekend on September 29, 2011


(Pictured L-R): Patrick W. Madden '61, Charles L Madden Jr '42,  John F Madden '54,  Henry T Madden '47,  

 

 

 

PFC Matthew Velasquez 07
11/21/2011

 

PFC Matthew Velasquez 07 is currently deployed with The Minnesota 34th Red Bull Division. Matthew is in Company A of the 2/135 that is currently the Quick Reactionary Force (QRF) for the draw down operations out of Iraq. Company A is currently head-quartered in Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The Red Bulls are expect to return to Minnesota in Late May or June of 2012.


 

PFC Doug Neve '09
11/14/2011
PFC Doug Neve '09 recently graduated from Army Basic training at Ft. Benning, Georgia and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.  PFC Neve will be assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division, "The Red Bulls, Minnesota Army National Guard, as an Air Defense Artillery specialist.
1LT Joe Kelly '00
11/14/2011

1LT Joe Kelly '00 is currently serving as Recon Platoon Leader in HHC/2-135 IN and is currently deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation New Dawn.  Joe got married on February 12, 2011 to Veronica Kelly (formerly Cherne).  

 

Alex Schneider '08
11/14/2011

The Perfect Route

 Alex Schneider By Paige LaBella

For such a talented tight end, one would be shocked to hear that Alex Schneider almost did not play college football, anywhere.

The gifted senior who stands at an impressive 6'7", found an early passion for basketball. Although an exceptional football player, Schneider was always a standout in basketball. Schneider received many basketball related accolades throughout high school, however, he began achieving great success in football during his senior year at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, Minn. "I always thought that I would be a basketball player in college," he said.

Schneider received such All-State honors in basketball, in addition to being a finalist for Mr. Basketball honors in Minnesota and receiving a nomination for the McDonalds All-America basketball team. "I never thought I was that good," he said modestly. Schneider led his team to the 2007 Minnesota state championship title in basketball. He also scored over 1,000 career points, forcing people to wonder why he came all the way to Holy Cross in New England, and also what persuaded him to play football?

"I definitely could go farther in football," said Schneider. "I don't think I could have had the success in basketball that I've had in football here." Schneider's love for football outweighed his success in basketball. After receiving many letters of praise from colleges about his accomplishments in basketball, Schneider decided to see if he had what it took to play football. His senior year at St. Thomas Academy, he began to market himself, and his talent as a potential NCAA football player began to shine through. It was not until then that he realized he could just as easily play football at the collegiate level as he could in basketball. His inspiration comes from his older brother Jake, who was in the Coast Guard prior to playing football at Bethel University. "He's definitely been huge in getting me to play college football and getting me where I am right now," Schneider added.

Over 1,100 miles from home, Schneider chose Holy Cross over many other bigger schools that were much closer to home. Schneider was interested in Holy Cross because of its small size, mirroring his high school and his hometown. He remarked, "I liked the smaller community because it's similar to where I came from, and Holy Cross is definitely an outstanding academic institution."

Going from high school to playing Division I football, Schneider was astonished. "It was like going from the sidewalk to a freeway," said Schneider. "I was just watching everyone running around, I wondered if I was good enough to play here." Fortunately for Holy Cross, Schneider was indeed wrong. He was definitely beyond 'good enough' to play here at Holy Cross.

Head coach Tom Gilmore was aware of Schneider's talent from the beginning. "Alex was already a good receiver when he arrived at Holy Cross. He is a big target with great reach and he can really get up to make a catch." Schneider and Gilmore agree that he has improved most on his blocking. "He has made the most progress here with his blocking, by working hard on his strength in the weight room and working hard on his technique on the field. He is now much more versatile in all of our packages," Gilmore added.

Even as a sophomore, Schneider's immense capabilities became evident. Earning second team All-Patriot League honors as well as ranking second among all Patriot League tight ends in receptions and receiving yards, Schneider helped lead the team to the 2009 Patriot League championship. In addition, Alex Schneider had six touchdown receptions, which were the second-most on the team. He also had 33 receptions for 275 yards, ranking fourth on the team, and caught a pass in 10 straight games to end the season.

Last season was especially difficult for Schneider. Coming off a 2009 campaign in which the Crusaders won the Patriot League title, it was tough on the team to finish two games behing Lehigh in the final conference standings. However, Schneider's statistics did not whither. He received first team All-Patriot honors and ranked second in the conference among tight ends in receptions and receiving yards last year. Schneider finished the season with 30 catches for 217 yards.

Schneider is just as talented off the field as he is on it. While recovering from surgery last spring, Schneider pursued a job as an intern in his home state of Minnesota. He worked for Repair Advocates where he successfully marketed their product to charities, churches and schools to help raise awareness for the company, while donating back to those organizations.

Today's contest against Lafayette will be Senior Day, the last home game of the season and an important Patriot League match-up. Last year, Holy Cross dealt Lafayette a 37-27 loss. The Crusaders hope to build on last year's success and continue their winning ways against the Leopards. Schneider will play an important role in the game both as a team leader and an offensive weapon. With Schneider's confidence and excellent ability, the Crusaders look to finish out the 2011 season strong.

Click here to view the entire article.
 

Donald Riegger '74
11/14/2011

Don and Mallory are very proud of their two oldest sons, Donald III (16) and David (14), who received their Boy Scout Eagle Awards.  Third son, Douglas (11) is not far behind with 1st Class.  Their family recently moved to Singapore with Deloitte, where Donald is the Global Employer Service Clients and Markets Leader for Southeast Asia.

 

Jon Schreiner '08
11/14/2011

Jon is playing hockey at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls and is wearing #6.

 

Jay Loufek '74
10/13/2011

Jay and Karen Loufek are happy to announce the marriage of their daughter, Gretchen to Russell Sawyer.  The ceremony was held in Stillwater, MN on September 4, 2011.  The joyous occasion was attended by friends and family to include Gretchen's aunt and uncle, STA faculty Carole and Garry Loufek. The new couple have taken up residence in Rochester, MN.

 

 

Kevin Ciresi '89 and Todd Ciresi '93 Finish Ironman Wisconsin
10/10/2011


(pictured above L-R: Todd Ciresi '93 and Kevin Ciresi '89)

On September 11, 2011, Kevin '89 and Todd '93 finished Ironman Wisconsin 2011. 

 

Dr. Andrew W. Grande '94
10/3/2011

Dr. Andrew Grande originates from Minneapolis/St. Paul.  He grew up in the Minneapolis lakes area and then later moved to St. Paul where he attended St. Thomas Academy for high school. He graduated from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) with a BA in chemistry and then attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. During college and medical school he was very active in research activities at the University of Minnesota working in the laboratories of Esam El. Fakahany, Virginia Seybold and Walter Low. These experiences later culminated in a burning curiosity and passion for the use of stem cells to treat stoke.
Click here to read the entire article.
 

2nd Lt. Dominic Cellitti '05
10/3/2011

2nd Lt. Dominic Cellitti '05 recently graduated from Marine Corps Training at The Basic School in Quantico, VA.  He will be stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA and will serve as an Amphibious Assault Officer with the 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion.

 

Gene Hardman '60 Coaches Tennis Team to Top 12 in Nation
10/3/2011

Click here to read the full note on Gene Hardman '60

 

STA Alumni in Major Motion Picture "Memorial Day"
10/3/2011

Pictured Above (Casiano Ortega '10 and Pat Fryklund '10) with Major General Richard Nash - Commander of Minnesota National Guard during filming of a WWII segment of Memorial DayRick Fryklund '02 (not pictured above) has been cast as 'Donnelly', with a speaking part in the movie.  The film's expected release date is Memorial Day, 2012.
 
Click the link below to watch the trailer http://perspectivefilms.com/approval/clients/Memorial_Day_Trailer/

 


 

Nick Thome '04
10/3/2011

Nick Thome '04 recently returned from a deployment in the Middle East and was on leave to the cities to visit family and friends.  Nick is a 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force stationed with the 55th Intelligence Support Squadron, Offutt AFB, Nebraska. 

Nick graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2008.  In addition, Nick and his wife, Robyn, were recently married on May 1, 2010 at Saint Margaret Mary's Church in Omaha.  Robyn is also a 2008 graduate of USAFA and a 1st Lieutenant assigned to the 55th Force Support Squadron.  They reside in Omaha.   Congrats to Nick and Robyn!

Class of 1973 Quarterly Breakfast
7/27/2011

The Class of 1973 at their quarterly class breakfast with special guest Bill Culbertson.

Back Row: Joe Bifulk, Jim Joyce, Jim Schaefer, Kevin Daly, Bill Culbertson, Mike Sirek
Left: Tom Marrinan, Tom Clements, Tom Knox
Right: Tim Ridley, Tim Plunkett
Missing: Mike McGroarty

Anand Arockiasamy '98
7/20/2011

While assigned to the Protective Detail of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Special Agent Anand Arockiasamy '98 traveled over 250,000 miles and conducted security advances domestically, and in over 30 countries worldwide within 2 years.  His destinations included but were not limited to: Moscow, Russia; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Kabul, Afghanistan; Islamabad, Pakistan; Kyiv, Ukraine; and Rome, Italy.  His next assignment will be Kabul, Afghanistan beginning March 2012.  

 
Lead Advance Agent, Anand Arockiasamy '98 (center), escorts Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (center-right) as she walks in Rome, Italy through a crowd of several thousand.

 

STA Grads Serve Our Troops
7/20/2011

Steve Kelly '86, Peter Kern '90, and Dan Smith '90 (pictured below, L-R) participated in the Serve Our Troops event at Ft. McCoy on July 10, 2011.  Serve Our Troops prepared  meals for over 2,300 soldiers from the 34th Infantry Division and their families as a thank you before they deploy to Kuwait.

 

Matthew Delmont '96 Named Professor of the Year
6/30/2011

The People’s ChoiceTo his surprise (and thinly veiled embarrassment), Matthew Delmont was met by a crowd of students, staff, faculty, and alumnae as they cheered his selection as 2010-2011 Professor of the Year. After being ushered to a throne on the Motley stage, the American Studies teacher watched as the Scripps College community spoke of his passion for teaching, his engaging style, and his responsiveness to “the heartbeat” of his classes. Those unable to attend the party had an opportunity to write letters which were bound and presented to professor Delmont (along with his squirrel and plaque, of course).  Click here to read the entire story. 

 

STMA Class of 1961 - 6th Annual Last Ever Golf & BBQ 6/9/2011
6/27/2011

A grand time was had by 32 of our class mates, both at Eagle Valley Golf Course and Court Storey's home in Afton!  Good prepatory for our 50 year reunion coming up in September.

E-mail: STMA.61@gmail.com

Facebook: STMA Class of 1961

Graeme Fehr, '04
6/24/2011
Graeme Fehr, '04, after having just completed his first year of law school in Florida (1L), has accepted a summer internship with Villar Arregui Abogados, a Madrid law firm specializing in International Communications Law.  
Brother Michael McGovern '59
6/14/2011

Brother Michael McGovern, O.P. '59 will celebrate 50 years as a Dominican Brother in the Roman Catholic Church.

A Mass will be celebrated at St. Albert the Great Church in Minneapolis on July 17, 2011, followed by a reception at the Town and Country Club in St. Paul.

For more information contact Beth Johnson or Mary Muwahid at 612-722-5055.

 

Class of '53 Wacker-Brick Golf Outing on July 12
6/13/2011

The Class of '53 will hold its Wacker-Brick Annual Golf Outing on Tuesday, July 12.  The event will be held again at Dwan Golf Course located at 3301 W. 110th St. in Bloomington.  Reservations must be made no later than July 6.  Call Mike O'Connor (952-890-4184) or Dick McKenna (763-546-4564) to make your reservation.  The cost of $34 covers green fees and a half cart.  First tee time is noon. 
 
Non-golfers can join the gang on the patio by the first tee for drinks and stories around 4 in the afternoon.

 

Rob Hallman '02
6/7/2011

Rob Hallman '02 recently took a position as Head of International Tax at Valmont Industries in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

 

Jim Kellner '72
6/7/2011

Thought I'd pass on my latest adventure. Learning from my father and ingrained at STA, I go by the maxim "to those to whom much is given, much is expected". As our Rotary Club's World Service Chair, we collected funds to build a water systemin Rural Peru to bring clean drinking water to about 1200 people in Coayllo, Peru. I attended the initiation of the project and, with my son Peter, did some preliminary work in March 2010. I also was able to attend the completion celebration in November 2010. This is the 5th International Humanitarian Project I headed up for our club which included a school, 2 clinics and now 2 water projects, all in Peru.


Any STA Rotarians who wish to donate to these projects can get Paul Harris recognition points for the donation. Any Rotary Club that wishes to collaborate with us on a project, please contact me. It's a great way to multiply your efforts with District and Rotay Foundation matching and I really good place to get your next years Christmas shopping done. All my family and friends got Alpaca clothing and weaving's last year.

 

Pat Tingelhoff '86
6/7/2011

Pat Tingelhoff '86 is reaching out to his fellow classmates after spending time abroad volunteering for the peace core in New Deli India. I now spend my time volunteering at the south Minneapolis HIV hospice. I’m currently living in Lakeville, with my wife and four daughters. See you all @ 25 this fall!

 

 

Ryan Rutzick '99
6/7/2011

Ryan Rutzick '99 and his wife, Molly, would like to proudly announce the birth of their son, Ramsey Sherman Rutzick. Ramsey was born on April 21st and was 21" and 8 lbs 14 ounces.

 

Joe Gehrz '07
6/7/2011

Recently, Joe Gehrz, ‘07 and Mary DePuglio, VIS ‘07, were commissioned as a Ensign and a 2d Lieutenant respectfully.   Ensign Gehrz was selected by the Navy to attend medical school at Dartmouth University eventually with service as a Navy Doctor.

 

Joe Kelly '00
6/7/2011

Joseph A kelly '00 First Lieutenant-Ranger –Air Assualt-2-135 Infantry Regiment-1st Brigade Combat Team-34th Infantry Division-Red Bulls- Deployed to Middle East Monday the 30thRANGERS LEAD THE WAY- GOD’S SPEED TO THE REGIMENT.

 

 

Ken Abdo '05
5/27/2011

Kenny Abdo (2005) received his Masters Degree in Journalism from Georgetown University on May 20, 2011. He will continue to live in Washington DC as he pursues his writing career.

Clayton Jandro '50
5/17/2011

I miss Dick Nichols, my classmate and friend since were seven years old.  May God grant him life eternal.

 

Tim Salem '80
5/17/2011

Tim is living in Orlando, Florida and coaching football at the University of Central Florida.

 

Bill Thibault '56
5/17/2011

Bill's passion for city planning development continues but he is also plans to spend more time at the lake this summer!

 

Kyle Simonson '07 Awarded Fulbright Grant
5/12/2011

Environmental Engineering senior Kyle Simonson '07 was awarded a Fulbright Grant for next academic year.  Kyle will conduct research in Chile.  He will study the arsenic absorption capacity of Chile's Atacama Wetlands.   Kyle will be graduating in June with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.  The Program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries".  It is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.  In 2010, the Program supported approximately 1,700 U.S. citizens to engage in study, research, or teaching assistantships abroad via the U.S. Student Program.


 

Nate Birr '07 Receives Athletic Award
5/9/2011

Nate Birr '07 will graduate from Saint Michael's College with a degree in Accounting with Honors on May 16th.

Birr was described by head men’s basketball coach Michael Harding as being “one of the most unselfish players I have ever encountered on a basketball floor.” A two-year team captain, he was a four-year starter for his team, and an extension of the coaching staff on the floor.  He was an unquestioned leader, and played a vitally important leadership role for his team during a change in the program’s head coach and assistant coaching positions last year.  He was a finalist for the Northeast-10 Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year Award, and was a unanimous selection by his teammates as the Purple Knights’ Most Important Player. An honors student in accounting, Birr also served as a presenter for the College’s inaugural New Student-Athlete Orientation in August.  Click here to view the entire press release. 

 

2LT Peter Bauleke '06 Graduates from Ranger School
5/9/2011

 

2LT Peter Bauleke, STA 2006, USMA 2010, recently was branched Infantry and graduated from Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia.  He has a follow-on assignment with the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY.

A Letter From Beldin Loftsgaarden '43
5/5/2011

Click here to read the letter from Beldin Loftsgaarden '43

 

Harry Ryan '60 Back in School
4/26/2011

Harry Ryan '60 is one of UTA’s most interesting students. He grew up in St. Paul Minnesota, and attended the College of St. Thomas in the early 1960s. Harry was offered a job in Texas and moved here in 1980. In 2005, Ryan’s wife convinced him to take a class with her. After he retired, he decided to take more classes. Ryan has been slowly plugging away at a bachelors degree, and is now within 15 credits from graduation. When asked why he decided to come back to school, he simply replied, “Gotta have something to do so you don’t get bored.” Ryan, since coming back, has maintained a GPA over 3.5 which he says, “Is a lot better than I did the first time around.” After graduation Ryan plans to continue his education.  Click here to watch a video of Harry.

 

Peter Burke '60
4/26/2011

Peter Burke '60 collaborated with famous comic book creator Jack Kirby (Thor, Iron Man, X-Men, etc.) and Ray Wyman Jr. in writing the graphic novel "The Horde, Book One", which was published in April of this year in "The Jack Kirby Collector", a monthly magazine dedicated to Kirby's artistry and creativity. Although a music business professional, screenwriter and lyricist for many years, publication of "The Horde" represents a first for Burke as a story writer. He also reports that a musical he's been working on for a couple of years, "Inisde a Backward World" is nearing completion.

 

Dan Walczak '80
4/25/2011

Dan is now the Health Economics Director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and reports that his two kids, Rachel and Samuel, are students at St. Olaf College.

 

Duc Nguyen '02
4/20/2011

Duc Nguyen '02 will graduate from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a degree of Doctor of Medicine on Friday, May 13, 2011.

 

Robert Wollan '86
4/18/2011

Click here to read the entire interview.

 

1973 Guys On the Hunt!
4/14/2011

Tim Plunkett '73 and John Maguire '73 on a recent Snow Goose hunt in North Dakota.  Nice shooting guys!

 

Lucas Ramsey '10 - STA, A Class Act at any Level of Competition
4/14/2011

The attached document was written by Lucas Ramsey '10 and published in the Highland Villager in response to a previous letter about the militaristic appearance of the Corps of Cadets at the State High School Hockey Tournament.  Click here to read the article.

 

CPL Santino Reynolds '08
4/7/2011

Corporal Santino Reynolds '08 is an Optics Ordnance Technician in the United States Marine Corps and recently deployed to Afghanistan.  He expects to be there for seven months.  Please keep him, and his family, in your thoughts and prayers.  

 

Marty Schneider '78
4/7/2011

Marty is enjoying serving on the Board of Directors for the Ordway Center in St. Paul.

 

Al Kennedy '60 Update from Japan
4/6/2011

It has been three weeks since the Earthquake and tsunami and it seems like it has been several months.  Perhaps it’s because of the constant 24/7 coverage on TV.  We have still not been impacted significantly.

A week ago Monday was a national holiday—Spring Equinox Day.  It is normally a happy day in Japan as people look forward to the arrival of spring and the blooming of the cherry blossoms.  Last week, a soft rain fell all day Tuesday and Wednesday, and it snowed Wednesday evening where we live.  It seemed appropriate for the somber mood that seems to have fallen over Japan.  We have had a couple of days of sunshine this week, but it is still very somber here.

In a few days the cherry blossoms will start to bloom.  This has traditionally been a time for celebration in Japan as winter ends and spring is ushered in.  There are usually parties and picnics under the sakura trees.  It will be different this year.  The electricity shortage has caused all of the parks not to illuminate the trees at night, and no one wants to celebrate with so many thousands of people still in dire need.

Things are beginning to return to a more normal state here in Yamato.  The food stores are slowly being restocked, although some items like rice, milk, bread, vegetables and batteries are still in short supply.  Prices have gone up for many staples.  The trains are running, and we continue to have electricity.  We are still having two or three major aftershocks a day.  We are staying close to home.  Tokyo detected a relatively high amount of radioactive iodine in their water supply last week, and issued a warning for infants under two years and nursing mothers not to drink tap water.  That caused a run on bottled water.

The situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant is still the major problem.  Every time I think they are just about to control the situation, something else happens which sets everything back.  Tokyo Electric Power Co. which is known as TEPCO here is notorious for poor service and lack of transparency.  They have been late and erroneous in providing information about what is happening, and this has added to the confusion and panic.

Although the level of radioactivity released so far has been low, when you see the level of almost panic concern around you it is easy to forget that Japan is the only nation attacked by nuclear weapons, and has a long sad memory of the effects of radiation.  The fact that it may be getting into the food and water supply is also a major concern.

Some countries have been evacuating their citizens.  The German and French embassies asked all of their citizens to leave Japan.  The American and British embassies issued voluntary evacuation orders.  The American embassy made arrangements to evacuate citizens who wanted to leave to other locations in Asia.  We currently have no plans to evacuate.  Some Japanese businesses in Tokyo are arranging space and moving some employees to Osaka, which is about 3 hours south of us by Shinkansen.  Some Japanese who moved south initially are starting to return.  Tokyo is still on rolling blackouts, and “the city that never sleeps” is almost dark in the evenings.  Businesses are closing early, and the hotels and restaurants are almost empty.

The death toll is now estimated to exceed 20,000 in Miyagi prefecture (a Japanese prefecture is analogous to one of our states) where Sendai is located.  Iwate prefecture and Fukushima prefecture, to the north and south of Miyagi respectively were also badly hit.  I’ll be very surprised if the death toll is less than 35,000.  Sendai is the largest city in the area affected with about a one million population.  The other towns were typically ten to thirty thousand, and populated primarily by elderly people.  Although they received a 20 minute warning between the earthquake and the tsunami, many were just too immobile to reach higher ground.  Many of these towns are now completely gone.  The rescue effort has officially ended and been changed to one of reconstruction.  Food, water, and medicine have been reaching the evacuation centers but are still in short supply.  Miraculously, a grandmother and grandson were found alive last week after being buried for nine days.  Temporary housing has started to be built.  Roads are being reconstructed to allow teams into areas that were completely cut off.  Cremation is the norm in Japan.  Many crematoriums in the area were destroyed, and there is no gas for the remaining ones, so the dead are being temporarily buried.  The plants of the large Japanese exporters are still closed as they assess the impact to their supply chains.

Because of the rolling blackouts, Tokyo “the city that never sleeps” is virtually deserted in the evenings.  Stores close early.  The hotels, restaurants and bars are empty.  To conserve electricity, all the electrical signage has been turned off, and office buildings are dark.

Assuming that the Fukushima power plant is eventually stabilized, the worst is probably behind us.  Electricity will be in short supply for several months, and the difficult work of rebuilding will begin in earnest.  The Japanese people are extremely appreciative of the assistance and help they have received from America and other countries.  The US military has been of significant assistance.  Over 20,000 personnel are on site building medical facilities and temporary housing, repairing roads and bridges, and flying in tons of food, medicine, water, and other supplies.  US military helicopters have been delivering these supplies to villages and towns that are still cut off.  There have been several stories on TV of America’s assistance.  The Japanese are very grateful.  So please continue to keep the Japanese people in your thoughts and prayers.  The road ahead for them will be a long and hard one.

 

Found a New Home
3/30/2011

Michael J. McGovern, '59

Recently I have been reassigned from St. Dominic's Parish in Denver, Colorado, where I was serving as a chaplain at the Hospice of St. John. I had been their six years. Now I am at St. Pius Parish in Chicago, Illinois and at the age of 70 and am enjoying retirement, doing small supportive duties around the priory. Greetings to all, especially my classmates. 

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Captain Dan Nillson '98
3/24/2011
Captain Dan Nillson '98 will be speaking at Formation on Friday, March 25.  Please join us in welcoming Dan.  All are welcome and we hope to see you there!
Dominic Cellitti '05 Completes Marine Corps OCS
3/21/2011

Dominic Cellitti '05 graduated from United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School on March 18, 2011 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant at the Marine Corps Museum. 

 

Congratulations to Community Service Award Recipient Paul Donovan '82
3/21/2011

Congratulations to Community Service Award Recipient Paul Donovan '82
March 15, 2011 by Martha Nevanen

As part of NorthMarq Real Estate Services’ vision to be committed to the community, Mike Ohmes, executive vice president – Transaction and Advisory Services, challenged his team to become involved in their communities through service and leadership in industry or community non-profit organizations.

Paul Donovan, senior vice president – Advisory Services Group, took on that challenge with deep conviction and became involved with organizations that he is passionate about and where he believes he can provide the leadership to make a difference. For that dedication, Paul Donovan has been selected by Boyd Stofer, Marquette Real Estate Group’s Chairman/CEO, as the winner of the 2010 Community Service Award.

“Paul personally demonstrates the commitment to our community that is so foundational to our culture,” said Ohmes.
 
Paul began working with Achieve Minneapolis in 2006 and now chairs the board of this non-profit organization dedicated to partnering with the Minneapolis Public Schools to ensure students are prepared for school, work and life. He also is a board member of the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery Center and works on committees for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Minneapolis Association of Charter Schools.
 
“Paul is incredibly hard working and passionate about kids and their schools,” said Pam Costain, President and CEO, Achieve Minneapolis. “What I really value about his leadership on the board is that he is always thinking about what else we can do to build a better organization that provides better support for kids as they learn.”
 
According to Brent Erickson, who works with Paul in NorthMarq’s downtown Minneapolis office, “Paul’s focus about contributing to the well-being of kids is just as big a priority for him as getting a lease completed. When I meet people that know Paul, they know Paul from his volunteer work as frequently as they know Paul from his real estate work. They connect Paul with NorthMarq, commercial real estate, and volunteering for the benefit of kids.”
 
Paul leads the Advisory Services Group, a tenant representation team based in downtown Minneapolis that also includes Jaclyn May and Kevin Peck. The team focuses on providing local and national real estate services for businesses, nonprofits and education groups. He’s been with the company since 2002.

 


 

Jim Brennan '67
3/2/2011

Jim was elected to serve as President of the State Bar of Wisconsin and will take office July 1, 2011.  Additionally, in January Jim was installed by Archbishop Listecki as Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee after a 30 year career as Chief Staff Attorney of the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee.  Jim gives his best to all cadets and STA alumni.

 

Michael Rogosheske '96
2/17/2011

Kelly and Michael Rogosheske '96 welcomed their son Vincent Michael Rogosheske into the world in November 2011.

 

Tim Salem '80 Featured in American Football Monthly
2/16/2011

UCF had the best combined kickoff return and coverage statistics in the FBS.

     Central Florida’s elite kickoff units aren’t built exclusively with elite athletes. In fact, when building the coverage and return units, physical traits like speed, strength and size often take a backseat to effort, attitude and toughness. The formula works.

     Special teams coordinator Tim Salem’s '80 kickoff return team finished No. 1 in the nation, averaging 27.78 yards per return with two touchdowns.

     The Knights were nearly as good on kickoff coverage. They finished third in return defense, allowing a measly 17.48 yards. Those numbers are even more impressive when you consider UCF’s coverage unit benefited from only four touchbacks. No other top-5 kickoff coverage unit had to defend more than 52 returns. The Knights didn’t allow a TD in 77 returns and held Georgia star returner Brandon Boykin to just 17 yards on three returns in a 10-6 Liberty Bowl win.

     “We had to make a lot more tackles than some other teams,” lamented Salem with a chuckle and a sigh.

     Fresh off the Knights’ upset of Georgia, Salem opened up his playbook with American Football Monthly and shared the secrets to his kickoff units’ outstanding success.

Personnel:
Building UCF’s Kickoff Teams

    There are a handful of starters on Central Florida’s kickoff teams.

    “We’re going to make use of starters. They are going to contribute to special teams, but we don’t want the starter to be on more than two of the four units,” Salem explained. “These days, I don’t think teams have the luxury of using all back-ups on special teams. You still want your good players contributing; yet, we don’t want to be wearing them out so they become tired or fatigued.”

    Salem’s kickoff units are comprised of team members who are identified through preseason drills and then hand-picked.


    For the kickoff coverage unit, Salem obviously looks for “runners and hitters,” but says he’s frequently surprised by the players who end up being the best fit for the unit.


    “It’s always amazing to me, how a guy that runs 4.8 can beat a guy down the field who runs 4.6.” said Salem, who stresses the importance of looking at a player’s intangibles in addition to his athleticism when building your special teams units. “You have to find guys that want to run down there to make a hit, sacrifice and throw their body around to make a big collision after a 40-yard sprint. That’s not an easy thing to do.”

5 Kickoff Coverage Keys

    Salem strongly believes that his coverage unit’s mindset is the most important factor in its success and emphasizes it on a sheet that each member of the unit receives. At the top of the one-page document, it reads, “This unit must develop these keys.”

1. Attitude –
“Group is on a Mission.”

    The goal of the group’s mission is to set the tone for the defense by making a tackle inside the 20. A tackle inside the 10-yard line is considered a game-breaker, inside the 15 superior, and inside the 20 excellent.

2. Effort –
“I will lead the team down the field.”

    Salem wants his players to be at full speed when the ball is kicked and work to stay in their four-yard coverage lanes. 


    Players line up 10 yards behind the ball and start when the kicker crosses the 25-yard line. “When practicing this technique, you must not be either offsides or not close enough to the 30,” Salem notes in his coverage principals. “This takes practice. The players all are running full speed. If a player is offsides, or if a player is not at the 30 when the ball is kicked, he adjusts his speed after his takeoff. By utilizing this full-speed start, a player can shave as much as 5/10 of a second off of his 40 time, thus giving himself a head start. This is why we call it a “flying 40.”


    Salem says it is important to use the 30 yard line (where the ball is kicked) to evaluate whether or not all 11 members are at full speed, not just beginning to run.


    To give the players’ a gauge of how wide their coverage zones are, Salem will run drills horizontally across the field, using the yard lines as guides.

3. Toughness –
“Nasty and physical.”

    Players must attack and aggressively run through blockers, before “violently disengaging to side of the returner.”

4. Coverage –
“Be ready to sell out for the team.”

    When the Knights enter the 10-yard ‘Avoid/Attack Zone’ between the opponent’s 30 and 20-yard line, the battle begins. Players must close the distance between themselves and the blockers and deliver an aggressive blow in the 2 Gap Area.

5. Desire –
“No one will stop me from making the play.”
    Salem looks for relentlessness from his coverage team and the willingness of each player to sacrifice themselves for the better of the unit. The Knights’ desire is quantified by engaging two blockers in the wedge, trading one player for two.

5 Kickoff Return Principals

    Salem’s objectives for his kickoff return team are to set the tempo of the game by creating good field position and feature a hard-hitting, intimidating style.

 


The Diagram above details “56 Right”, a UCF kickoff return play with player responsibilities.

1. Know the rules

    Salem constantly reminds the members of his return unit about the rules, even providing the deep backs with an entire tips sheet with 20 coaching points. Among the rules he addresses are:

•  You must down a ball that is muffed in the field of play and rolls into the end zone.

•  You must down a ball that is muffed in the end zone and recovered in the end zone.

•  You must return a ball that is muffed in the end zone and rolls into the field of play.

•  A ball caught in the field of play but brought back or fumbled into the end zone must be run out.

•  You may fair catch a kickoff by using a legal fair catch signal.

2. Ball Security

    Salem stresses to his returners to practice fundamentals when handling the ball. He instructs them to look the ball into their hands and tuck it away tight. He wants his ball carriers to put pressure on the rear of the ball with their elbow and arm and run with it in a secure position that allows the ball to swing back and forth in a natural rhythm, while still keeping the ball close to their body and protecting it with both hands.

3. Watch for alerts

      The Knights are instructed to be on the lookout for signs of where the kick may be headed. It starts with tee alignment. “Did the guy put the ball on the hash or did he put it four yards inside the hash in the middle of the field?” Salem said as an example. “Also check out player spacing. Some teams flip sides and kick toward one of their top coverage men. One play, No. 28, may be on the left; the next time he’s on the right. So that would be a good indication.”


    UCF’s coverage team also is told to keep their eyes on the kicker until the ball is kicked and to “think onside,” in an effort to eliminate being caught off guard. 

4. Avoid blocks in the backs

    Penalties on kick returns are killers and difficult to avoid. Salem preaches to his players to work to get in position before the block so they are not caught out of position and forced to push a defender in the back.


    “You can’t really block them until you see the whites of their eyes,” Salem explained. “That’s a big coaching point we use. If you’re not seeing the whites of their eyes, then obviously you’re hitting them from behind.”

5. Fundamentals of a good return

    Ideally, Salem wants his returners to be fielding the kick on the fly and going full-speed forward. He recommends downing any kickoff that goes two or more yards in the end zone and communicating effectively with your fellow returners.

Film Study

    Effort, or a lack thereof, is glaringly evident on film, especially on special teams. It’s easy to spot in your opponents and in your own team.


    At UCF, each special teams play is analyzed and graded in front of all the members of the unit.


    “That’s what is real noticeable – when someone is not giving great effort he stands out,” said UCF coach George O’Leary. “That is what I always talk to the coaches and players about – when one guy is not doing what he is supposed to be doing. You almost can pick him right out as a layman, not even knowing what he is supposed to do. You can pick out who the guy is that is not giving great effort. So that is a good sign. We always show the tapes so everybody can see what their partners are doing as far as what their teammates are doing. I think that has helped in making sure there is a little peer pressure, keeping everybody on top of it.”


    Salem uses a similar process when scouting opponents’ return and coverage units.


    “You’re going to look for a weak link,” he explained, “maybe a guy that is not as tough, not as physical, doesn’t run down the field or doesn’t take on a block very well. He’s the softest spot on the return.”


    To take advantage of the opponents’ weak link, Salem brings a diversified game-plan into each game.


    “As a general philosophy, we like to make sure that every game-plan that we have contains a return to the right, a return to the middle and a return to the left,” he said. “At least, that way if you go into a game and there is something that they have changed, you have a way to attack them no matter the change.”


    Salem also breaks down the opposing kicker during film study and makes sure his returners are familiar with where the kicker puts the ball, his average distance and hang time.

Tim Salem and his UCF kickoff and return teams had a significant impact on the team’s 11-3 record and first-ever top 25 season-ending national ranking. Coaches everywhere can learn from his attention to detail and tips to maximize coverage and produce big returns. 

 

 

 

Tim Murnane '77 and Tony Phelps '89
2/16/2011

Tim Murnane '77, was recently appointed president and chief executive officer of Opus Holding, Inc. and Opus Holding, L.LC., which is a part of The Opus Group™,  a family of national commercial real estate companies headquartered in Minneapolis, with expertise in development, project management and construction, architecture and engineering, finance, sales and leasing. Tim is a 30-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry and has developed and leased more than 10 million square feet of office, industrial and retail properties, most notably in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Best Buy’s corporate campus and Arbor Lakes.  
 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Phelps '89 joined Opus Development Corporation as a Senior Director of Real Estate Development. Phelps is responsible for pursuing industrial development opportunities in Minneapolis and the Midwest region. Phelps has 12 years of commercial real estate industry experience in the Twin Cities market.

 

 

Chris Kurtz '91
2/10/2011

Chris and his wife, Melissa, had Isabella Marie Kurtz on December 27, 2010.  She was 6lbs. 14oz., 19 1/2" long and was baptized by Chris on January 30, 2011.

Chris has been in Milwaukee the past six years working as a freelance scenic and lighting designer, a IATSE union stagehand, and as a tour guide at the country's 4th best brewery, Lakefront Brewery.  Chris encourages any of his classmates that find themselves in Milwaukee to look him up so that you can share a cold frosty adult beverage.

 

Breckman '82 in the gym
2/9/2011

Phil Breckman '82 is spending a lot of time in the gym these days watching his 5th grade daughter play basketball for the Mendota Heights traveling team.

 

Chris McNamara '01
2/3/2011

Chris is in his third year of medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virgina and hopes to someday be an OBGYN.

 

Art and Mary Nilsson, Parents of Jim '86, Steve '89 and Dan '98
1/25/2011

To Saint Thomas Academy Families – From Captain Dan Nilsson’s '98 Parents....

We were overwhelmed when we saw the pictures of the hundreds of items being sent to Afghanistan.  I’m sure there were prayers tucked in the corners of those boxes also.  Dan has said the packages were filled with food, candy, letters, notes and so much more – it really does lift the morale of the troops!  Our family is sincerely grateful for the outpouring of support the Saint Thomas Academy family has shown.  Life has been hard and lonely for the Marines in that far-away land of Afghanistan.  You brought them cheer and hope.

With Grateful Hearts,

Art and Mary Nilsson”

Mike Combs '05
1/24/2011

Mike and Emily Combs would like to announce their marriage, which took place on June 26th, 2010. They currently live in Houston, Texas where Mike is teaching high school math. Emily is attending the University of Houston, pursuing a degree in history. She is also a full time nanny. They plan on relocating back to Minnesota in the next few years.

 

 

 
Brian Geraty '01
1/21/2011

I recently became a USGTF Certified Instructor last month in Dallas, TX.  Also,  please keep my services in mind as the 2011 golf season approaches. All lesson packages are discounted 20% through March 31st. It’s a great opportunity to have your game peaking from the outset of the golf year.  Learn more at http://www.briangeratygolf.com


 

Weber Family New Addition Jonathan Weber '99
1/13/2011

Michelle and I would like to announce the birth of our second baby boy.  Colin Vincent Weber, born January 9th, 2011 7lbs 2oz and 20 inches long.  We are so excited and can't wait for our sons to experiance St. Thomas.

 

Dr. Mike Mottl'66
1/7/2011

I was Co-Chief Scientist on the Japanese drillship Chikyu "Earth" in September 2010 for the "Deep Biosphere" Project, which drilled into an active high-temperature hydrothermal system in the sea floor of the Okinawa Trough.

 

Gerry Brown '58 and Chris Cox '70
1/3/2011

Headmaster Dr. Thomas Mich (center) with Hames Alumni Honors Award recipients Gerry 
Brown '58 (left), 2004 recipient, and Chris Cox '70 (right), 1999 recipient.

Joe Gehrz '07
1/3/2011

Midshipman Joe Gehrz ‘07, was recently named as the Chief of Staff for the Brigade of Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy (the #3 ranking Midshipman in the Brigade).   Joe will graduate in May and will receive his commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy. Joe is front and center as a company commander in the photo below.

 

Dr. Robert Langran '52
1/3/2011
Still teaching full time at Villanova, 52 years.  Have a new granddaughter in early 2011.  Regards to my classmates of 1952.

Colonel & Mrs. Dennis R. Wier '76
1/3/2011

USAF retired colonel!  Two wonderful grand daughters.  Eldest son, 1st Lieutenant USAF pilot in training in Corpus Christi, TX.  Second son, Ensign USN, Electrical Officer on the USS Gravely.  Youngest son at the University of San Diego, USN ROTC.

 

Just me......
12/22/2010
Well i'd be willing to bet alot of you have probably either forgotten completely about me , or maybe wondered if i'd just completely dropped off the face of the earth.Ha!!! I'm currently living in a small(2500 pop.) town in south texas near Corpus Christi and have been for the past 25 yrs or so.Still married to my original wife of 30 plus yrs.Finally had my youngest(son) of two move out of the house.Both he and his older sis are employed by the Nueces County Sheriff's dept.Makes for alot of fun when the both gotta park their guns before dinner.Daughter lets us atleast spoil out 7 yr old grandaughter, Morgan at will.Me??im doing just fine, steadily employed here at the Naval Air Station , Corpus Christi,in the synthetic training dept. dealing with the flight simulators as well as plenty of somewhat misguided wanna be naval aviators.  Any way any of ya'all near me down here in Texas gimme a shout or something. nice to hear from some of yas.....Todd Hoffman,"69
Matt Novak '82
12/17/2010

I returned from a ten month tour in Iraq in October.  It was an honor to serve.  We have so much to be grateful for.  Happy New Year!

Tom Cosgrove '73
12/17/2010
Once again voted "Minnesota Father of the Year", by my son Tommy, who is a junior at Oklahoma State Universtiy.

Dr. Bill Stein '67
12/13/2010

Bill and Terry just returned from their dental mission in Kobonal, Haiti where they treated over 350 children.

 

Buzz Marzolf '51
12/13/2010

Peace be with each member of the Academy Community during this season of Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas and throughout the coming new year.

 

Update from Matthew Spaniol '97
12/6/2010

Matthew here, reporting in from Copenhagen, Denmark. Perhaps you remember me from an update I sent as a mortgage broker back in 2005- printed on road paper. I wrote in that letter that I had graduated from SJU and moved back from Honolulu to MN and was working with debt structuring and budgets. I included a magnet with a payment schedule that could be still stuck on some of your refrigerators.

Much has happened since then, the contact information is outdated, so here is another update. Thanks to the business of many Cadets, I succeeded for a time and built up reserves enough to pursue some educational ventures overseas. Today I have 2 Master’s degrees; the first in international development from Copenhagen Business School in Denmark and the other in public administration from el Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración in Caracas, Venezuela.

 I met my wife Verónica while studying in South America. We were married a year ago here in Denmark. I am working for Copenhagen’s Institute for Futures Studies, a future-oriented think-tank and consulting company that specializes in trend forecasting and scenario methodologies. Any Cadets here in Scandinavia? Report! matthew.spaniol@gmail.com

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Jim Seidel '87, Bill Warner '87 and Bob Warner '87
11/29/2010

 

In the photo (L-R) are Bill Warner '87, Jim Seidel '87, Bishop Lee Piche, Bob Warner '87.   The photo was taken at a recent Catholic Community Foundation gathering.   

Tim Maley '71
11/17/2010

Tim was elected Rotary Club President for 2010-2011 and is having a great time raising funds to help eradicate polio throughout the world via the Rotary International Fund. He is also busy as an elected Hospital District Board Member.  Tim hopes to see fellow classmates at their 40th reunion in 2011.

 

Brian Hobbins '97
11/17/2010
Brian is pleased to report that he will be married to Ms. Kate McClain, of Austin, Minnesota, in May 2011.  He looks forward to having several Saint Thomas Academy classmates, including brothers Patrick '99 and Teddy '01 as groomsmen and guests.
Funeral Homily for Abbot Timothy Kelly '52, OSB
11/8/2010

 

 

The formation of a people and its sense of self –
how does that identity and purpose crystallize?   
For the United States,       
it is surely the Declaration of Independence.     
For the people of Israel it is story of the flight from Egypt,  
the crossing of the Red Sea and the gift of the ten commandments.
As Israel lives with these commandments and reflects on them,
especially in the work of the prophets,
what was external becomes internal. 
As Psalm 119 puts it:
“Your word is a lamp for our eyes,
and a light for our path.”  (Ps. 119:105)
Or think of the Deuteronomic writer celebrating the gift of the law:
“Has any nation ever been blessed with such a life-giving law?”

However, as Israel stumbles through its history,
chasing mindlessly after foreign gods,
convenient alliances, and savage internal disagreements,
the prophets first urge them to put the law on a pendant
in front of their eyes.
But Isaiah and Jeremiah know that this is still too far away –
God will write the law on their hearts. 
Ezekiel is standing in this same line of thought.
The only way we have a chance of following the law
is through the power of the word of God to transform us from the inside out.
So the Lord commands Ezekiel to eat the scroll, like breakfast. 
For Ezekiel, these words, so sweet at first,
become sour acid in his stomach
and a source of prophetic proclamation against Israel.
But this is not the only outcome.
In the tradition, the word is also a source of courage, conversion,
consolation, joy, resilience, peace, and hope. 
This is precisely what made the scriptural word
the heart beat of Abbot Timothy’s spirituality as a monk and as abbot. 

Born into a strong Irish Catholic family,
Thomas Kelly always considered both Milwaukee
and Minneapolis as places of origin.
After graduating from Saint Thomas Academy,
where he made life-long, life-giving friendships,
he came to Saint John’s University in 1952 as a  pre-divinity student.
Here he began to discover his monastic vocation
and entered the novitiate in 1954, receiving the name of Timothy. 
He made his first vows in 1955
and was ordained priest in 1961. 

Abbot Timothy’s early track record as a monk-priest
could give the appearance of somebody who couldn’t hold a job:
three one-year assignments in a row –
the university here, Mexico, Bahamas,
and then to the South Bronx of New York for eight years. 
In fact, he was developing a broad base of pastoral experience
that served him well the rest of his monastic life. 
This tall, lanky young monk with the full head of hair,
had great energy and a compassionate spirit in a time of instability
and rapid change in the Church. 

I believe that the next eight years of Abbot Timothy’s life and work
are truly a watershed.
As chaplain for the sisters of Mount Saint Benedict in Crookston,
Timothy began the daily practice of lectio divina.
It was here that he had the time and spiritual space
to develop a lectio-based spirituality. 
He read the scriptures in that slow, meditative manner
that was part of the great retrieval for monastic life.
As part of that practice
Abbot Timothy wrote 300-400 words every day –
free flowing prose, no brakes,
probing, associating, asking of himself the hard,
unanswerable questions that pull one deeper into the mystery of Christ,
the incarnation, and the Pascal Mystery. 
Timothy was truly centered in Christ,
who was the reference point of everything he did.

While he was at the Mount
he also became part of the Catholic charismatic renewal,
an experience that profoundly shaped his understanding
of how the Holy Spirit works in people and their vocation. 
It fleshed out his sense and practice of contemplative discernment
that is part of the being that he brought to every situation. 
He then spent two years at Sant’ Anselmo in Rome
studying a renewed monastic theology and history.
Here he benefitted from exploring in depth the monastic sources for the Rule of Benedict,
and meeting monastic faculty and students from all over the world. 

It is not surprising that Timothy was an extremely gifted spiritual director,
who worked with hundreds of individuals over the years.
He was a skilled listener
aware of the movement of the Spirit,
able to help individuals to find their own path, 
while avoiding the traps of the ego.

Abbot Timothy’s own experience of monastic life and practice
convinced him that these are the basis for building understanding,
for creating unity between Christian churches.
There is such a thing as a monastic archetype.
Each person has a monk inside –
a part of the human being that is searching,
that flourishes in solitude,
that pushes toward simplicity,
that wants things to be what they are –
no glitz, glamour, or hype,
that wants religion and life in the original stone jars. 
At this level there are real points of union and communion,
points where dialogue and learning are possible. 

It was this conviction and energy that motivated
Abbot Timothy’s leadership for our mission in Japan,
the work with the Church in China,
the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue,
and the ecumenical and monastic work with the Methodist church. 
He truly tried to follow the insight of Boniface Wimmer,
not only caring for monastic life here at Saint John’s
but across the congregation and across congregations. 

He loved the quiet of the early morning, 3:30 or 4:00 AM for rising,
doing lectio, and walking the campus, even in the chill of a MN winter. 
He loved good food of any kind,
perhaps especially Italian pasta, gelato, and Maker’s Mark.
I don’t know where he learned to drive
but I fantasize that it must have been Chicago.
He had a colorful running commentary on the driving skills
of those who were either more or less assertive on the road.
He loved to move – he had a “fuzz buster”
because he never wanted to have an unexpected encounter with a state trooper.  
He was not a very good passenger. 

Denise Ann and Edith you will miss your beloved brother and brother-in-law;
Tom, Pat, John, Michael, Timothy, Daniel, Mark, Sean,
Ann, Kathy, Sue, Denise, Dana, Pat, Kathy, Carolyn,
and a host of grand nieces and nephews --
you will miss your uncle. 
Many of us here and elsewhere will miss a dear friend –
as a community we miss Abbot Timothy in his place
anchoring that back aisle seat in the choir stalls . 
I thank our staff in Raphael Hall,
and all of you who shared love and friendship with Timothy –
it made all the difference in the world. 

Our God is a God of life
and we are children of God in Jesus Christ.
Timothy was convinced in faith of this God of life
and this surely gave him the strength to accept
all the hardship, frustration and suffering associated with his cancer.
It was difficult for all of us to see the cancer gradually and then rapidly
take over and hijack his strength and energy.  
In the midst of all of this, there was peace and confidence
in God’s saving care. 
He never fought death,
just gracefully let nature and God’s will take their course.
In this Eucharist we pray that Abbot Timothy
is being embraced by God in a new life,
a life that eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
that is truly beyond all of our wildest imagining. 
We pray for that life for ourselves. 

Abbot John Klassen, OSB
October 13, 2010

 

Matt DeMay '06
11/4/2010

Matt DeMay '06 graduated from Saint John's University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science.  He works at Ativa Medical in Minneapolis doing medical product research.

 

Nobel Prize Winner Feely in Town This Coming Weekend
11/2/2010

Dr. Richard Feely (STMA, 1965) will visit the Twin Cities this coming weekend to share his 2007 Nobel Prize-winning work as part of the global Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, working with former Vice President Al Gore (An Inconvenient Truth).  

"Dick," now Senior Research Scientist at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Pacific Marine Laboratory, is regarded as a pioneer in the area of research publicizing increasingly dangerous levels of ocean acidification resulting from excessive worldwide carbon dioxide discharges.  To further acknowledge his ground-breaking ecological research, Dick will later this month receive the prestigious Heinz Award.

Most immediately, Dr. Feely will participate in several discussions later this week at both the Science Museum of St. Paul and the University of Minnesota, and will also deliver a lecture @ 3 p.m. on Friday, November 5, in the 3M Auditorium in Owens Science Hall @ the University of St. Thomas, where in 1969 he earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry, followed by Master's and Ph.D. degrees at Texas A&M University.

Further information is available at the UST website. 

 

 

 

Dr. Thomas Kenefick '53
10/29/2010

I am busy running our vineyards and winery.  If interested, you can look us up at www.kenefickranch.com.  We produce great wines which I know you would enjoy.  They can also be purchased locally at Thomas Liquors.

 

Dave Abramowiz '81 Wins Twin City Poker Open
10/29/2010

Dave Abramowicz '81 and father of Maxim Abramowicz '14, won the 2010 Twin City Poker open tournament and was featured on the October cover of of Minnesota Poker Magazine.

A modest accomplishment with roots going back to STA. Who amongst the Alumni of the 70's and 80's remember a small interim class offered by none other than our beloved Mathematics prof Michael Rongitsch, entitle " The Mathematics of Gambling" ?

The class was not merely a class on how to gamble. It was a class that taught the mathematics of combinations and permutations. Michael Rongitsch was a dedicated educator and believed that all endeavors should begin with a practical understanding and analysis of how things work. It was this knowlege that was passed to me and ultimately lead me to the successes I have enjoyed.

Thanks to Michael Rongitsch and STA for the education and experience.

STA Alumni Association Tailgate
10/14/2010

Pictured above (L-R): Ned Gordon '53, Mike Lee '76, Bill Foussard '72 and Steve Sheahan '86 help cook food at the 2010 Alumni Association Homecoming Tailgate

 

Class of '73 Guys Gather in Florida
10/14/2010

 

Destin Florida at Tom Clements House, October 7-10, 2010

Back row: Tim Ridley, Nick Klein, Tom Clements, Dan Lambert, Dan Dooley, Pat Boyle

Front row: Tim Plunkett, John Maguire, John Rooney, Chris Lee

 

Nicholas VanDam '05
10/14/2010

Nicholas VanDam ‘05 is currently an active duty US Army Officer.  Nick is participating in the Army’s World Class Athlete Program at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado springs, Colorado.  Nick is preparing and competing in world class for Triathalons.

 

Tom ('97) & Tim ('94) Vetscher's Father Passes Away
10/5/2010

Tom and Tim Vetscher's father, Jack, passed away last night (Monday, October 4th) very unexpectedly.  The visitation will be Friday evening from 4-8 at O'Halloran & Murphy (575 South Snelling Avenue, St. Paul, MN), and the funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Marks in St. Paul.  If wish to get in contact with either of them, their e-mail addresses are listed below:

Tom

tomvetscher@hotmail.com

Tim

timothy376@aol.com 


Fr Bob Sipe 50
9/30/2010
Fr Bob Sipe 50  retired from his parish in Forest Lake, MN in 2004 and is currently living in Grand Rapids, MN at the family lake home on lake Pokegama.  In additiion to helping out in parishes throughout northern MInnesota and western Ontario, he serves as Port Chaplain at the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior as a member of the Apostlship of the Sea, the worldwide Catholic ministry to seafarers.  He also serves as a Cruise Priest, and has had cruises in the Caribbean, to Hawaii, Alaska, through the Panama Canal, around Cape Horn in South America, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Korea, China, the Philippines, Spain, Morocco, and the Canary Islands.  His next cruise will be from Rio DeJaneiro to Ft Lauderdale.  He serves on the board of the Apostleship of the Sea USA as the Great Lakes and Rivers representative.   He is currently helping out in Atikokan, Ontario which is half way between International Falls and Thunder Bay, and will have to miss the Sixtieth reunion on October 8,9.  He sends greetings to all his classmates
Dr. Richard Feely '65
9/23/2010

On September 20, 2010, the Heinz Family Foundation announced the
recipient of the this year's environmental awards. PMEL's senior scientist Dick Feely '65 was the recipient of one of the 10 environmental awards given this year. The
award ceremony will be on November 15 in the Washington D.C. area.

Please see the below link for full details:

http://www.heinzfamily.org/aboutus/philanthropies_02.html

Below is the writeup for Dr. Feely's award.

The Logging more than 1,000 days at sea on over 50 scientific
expeditions, Dr. Richard Feely of Seattle, a senior research scientist
at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific
Marine Laboratory, has played a leading role in examining the
acidification of oceans and shifting public policy to address this
growing issue.

In fact, ocean acidity is now considered global warming’s “evil twin,”
thanks in large measure to Dr. Feely’s seminal research on the changing
ocean chemistry and its impact on marine ecosystems. He argues that with
the continuation of uncontrolled “greenhouse” gas emissions, the acidity
of the world’s oceans will double by the end of the century.

Dr. Feely is sounding the alarm that our oceans are becoming more acidic
earlier than expected, which has enormous impact on the environment. His
groundbreaking research includes leading NOAA expeditions, such as one
off North America’s Pacific coast, that discovered the startling fact
that corrosive waters were at acidic levels not predicted by climate
change models to occur for decades.

Richard Feely has spent his federal government career researching and
understanding ocean chemistry and the effects of human-induced changes,
particularly excess carbon dioxide, on the world’s seas. Early on, his
findings were largely ignored. However, recognizing ocean acidity as an
environmental problem with potentially catastrophic economic
consequences, Dr. Feely persistently and methodically applied the
highest levels of scientific inquiry as the problem grew in scope and
intensity. He has also leveraged media platforms to explain the problem
of ocean acidification and to increase its visibility more publicly. Dr.
Feely maintains “The decisions we make now, over the next 50 years, will
be felt over hundreds of thousands of years.”


 

Andrew Ubel '77 and Mike "Moose" Dougherty '78
9/22/2010

Valspar is a corporate sponsor of the Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team (EVT), supplying paint. Mike "Moose" Dougherty '78 and Andrew Ubel '77 are both employees at Valspar where the EVT car is currently on display. 

(Pictured Below L-R) Mike “Moose” Dougherty ’78, T. Grojean ’11, J. FitzPatrick ’12, R. Hughes ’12 and Andrew Ubel ’77

 

Paul Bard '72
9/22/2010

Five members of the class of ’72 spent four days camping, fishing and canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in late June.  Ed Ryan, Steve Schnell, John Hickey, Tim O'Phelan and Paul Bard started from Birch lake near Ely and completed 30 (yes, 30!)portages during their trip.  So much for middle age.

 

Bill Battis '42
9/20/2010

Dear ST(M)A Alumni Community,

I keep in touch with these members of the Class of '42 mostly by mail 
& e-mail.

Carl Baumgaertner in Glendora, CA
Dick McMenemy in Billings, MT
John Koller in Sun City West, AZ

John and I and our wives attend the local parish Mens Club and often 
see John's brother, Bob, Class of 1940 and his wife too.

I am still active in the local Clown Club visiting retirement homes, 
schools and hospitals.

Bill Battis Class of '42

 

Brian Kueppers '85
9/20/2010

Brian's company Apex Print Technologies recently acquired LastNet out of Green Bay, Wisconsin.  This acquisition helps strengthen Apex's statement processing capabilities.

 

John "Jack" Schneeman '09
9/16/2010

Santa Clara University ROTC Cadets Jack Schneeman (STA '09) and Isaias Lopez were chosen to attend the 2010 U.S. CIOR Training and Team Selection Camp in Burlington, VT (19-31 JUL 2010).  U.S. CIOR is a Reserve Military program with two missions:  1.) Train Reserve Officers/Enlisted/Cadets in advanced military skills so they can train others.  2.) Select a team of the most qualified Soldiers to represent the U.S. in the annual Summer NATO CIOR Military Competition (Stavanger, Norway 7-14 AUG 2010).

Prior to their selection Soldiers are required to complete an application that consists of a series of time trials and physical endurance tests in the following disciplines:  2 minutes push-ups, 2 minutes sit-ups, 1 minute pull-ups, 1 minute dips, 400 meter run, 800 meter run, 2 mile  run, 5 mile run, 50 yard swim and 100 yard swim. 

The Military Skills Competition (MILCOMP) consists of 5 events.  Rifle marksmanship, Pistol marksmanship, 500 meter Land Obstacle Course (20 obstacles), 50 meter Swim Obstacle Course (5 obstacles in ACUs) and 15 km Orienteering Competition. 

During the 13 day Team Selection Camp, Soldiers train from sun up until sun down.  The  normal training day consists of 2 hours of training on pistol marksmanship, followed by 2 hours of rifle marksmanship in the morning.  Break for lunch, then work for 2 hours on the Land Obstacle Course and Water Obstacle Course, then finish up with 4 hours of land navigation training until it gets dark.  On the last two days of the Selection Camp, the competitors go thru the individual events to determine 3 man teams for the follow-on NATO MILCOMP in Norway.  CDT Jack Schneeman was recognized as the Number One CIOR points achiever in the Final Team Selection Order of Merit.

Once the 3 U.S. teams were selected for the NATO MILCOMP, they left Vermont to train with the Swede team in Stockholm, Sweden from 1-6 AUG.  The teams used these 6 days to get valuable training on the host nation’s weapons to be used for the competition.  The Swedes also provided a very challenging orienteering course that would prove to be similar to the terrain they would see in Stavanger, Norway. 


On Day one of the NATO competition (11 AUG) all teams compete in a Combat First Aid and Law of Armed Conflict Competition.  The veteran team of USA 3 (Navy Seal Cdr Grant Staats, AF Lt. Col. Joel Winton and CPT Daryl Remmick) started off the competition by taking first place in the Combat First Aid Competition.  That same day USA 3 turned in a steady performance by taking 24th place in the combined rifle and pistol marksmanship. 

Day two of the competition featured two impressive performances from Team USA 2, consisting of all first year competitors, led by Santa Clara University Cadet Jack Schneeman.  In the morning USA 2 finished the grueling 500 meter Land Obstacle in a very respectable 3 min 31 seconds and 18th place overall.  Then in the afternoon, USA 2 surprised the field by taking 2nd place overall in the 50 meter Swim Obstacle Course with a time of 44.5 seconds. 

The final day of competition consists of testing skills in map reading, distance estimation, grenade throwing and 15 km orienteering course, identifying over 25 points through the woods and hilly terrain of Stavanger, Norway.  USA 3 finished a solid 12th place overall in this discipline. 

Overall 41 teams from 14 different NATO countries competed in this year’s event.  USA 3 finished in 14th place overall.  Cadet Schneeman’s team, USA 2 finished a respectable 6th place in the Novice (1st year competitors) division, while Cadet Lopez’ team, USA 3 finished in 8th place in the Novice division.


 

Dominic Cellitti '05
9/16/2010

Dominic Cellitti '05 recently graduated from United States Marine Corps Basic Training.  He is pictured below at his graduation with his parents Michael and Patricia in front of the Iwo Jima Memorial on Parris Island, SC. 

Ceremony named VA clinic after Max Beilke to be held September 11
9/10/2010

Ceremony named VA clinic after Max Beilke to be held September 11

On September 11, 2010, the VA will hold a ceremony honoring former STA military staff faculty member, Max Beilke, as reviewed below in an article from the Alexandria Echo Press.  His military career was impressive, including his distinction being the last military soldier to leave Viet Nam and his death on 9/11 in the Pentagon. 

Published: August 27, 2010

The St. Cloud Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center will officially rename the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Alexandria in honor of Max J. Beilke.

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 11 at the clinic, located at 515 22nd Avenue East, at 1 p.m. Extra parking will be available at the Garden Center Lanes at 115 30th Avenue East, in Alexandria.

A bus will shuttle event attendees to the clinic for the ceremony.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Erik K. Shinseki is scheduled to give the keynote address.

Other participants include U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Representative Collin Peterson and Major General Larry Shellito, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard.

The Minnesota National Guard (MNG) Band will provide music and the MNG Color Guard will serve as Color Guard.

Beilke, a 1950 Alexandria High School graduate, made his mark in history for both a last and a first.

On March 29, 1973, he was the last official U.S. combat soldier to leave Vietnam.

Twenty-eight years later, on September 11, 2001, he was among the first to be killed when hijackers rammed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon.

The plane crashed into a window in the office where he had just attended a meeting to advocate for military retirees and veterans.

The tragic end to Beilke’s life terminated a decorated and dedicated career of service to the U.S. Army and to his fellow veterans. He served 22 years active duty in the U.S. Army in Germany, Korea and Vietnam.

Beilke retired from active duty as the senior non-commissioned officer of the Army Intelligence Command, Fort Meade, Maryland in 1974. Following his retirement, Beilke worked as legislative counsel for the National Association for Uniformed Services before accepting a position with the Department of the Army as the deputy chief of retirement services in the office of the deputy chief of staff for personnel.

He was an advocate for Tri-care For Life (TFL), a Medicare supplement entitlement for Medicare-eligible military retirees and their dependents.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this event. Tours of the “Max J. Beilke Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic” will be offered following the ceremony.

 

 

 

Bob Gallivan '53 & Don Pates '53
8/30/2010

Bob Gallivan '53 and Don Pates '53 were able to supplement their retirement income at the Del Mar, California racetrack during the month of August!

 

Captain R. J. Welsh III, '00 in second tour in Korea
8/27/2010
Captain R.J. Welsh III has completed his Master's degree in Telecommunications Management from the University of Maryland and has deployed back to Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu, South Korea, where he will be stationed through April 2011. He is in his second tour of Korea and has also spent 16 months in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne.
David Krieger '04
8/26/2010
After substitute teaching at Saint Thomas Academy for the last two years, David Krieger'04 has accepted a teaching position in Beijing, China.
Vince Carraher '53 Publishes Book on Crime
8/26/2010
 

Vince Carraher has collected forty years of work as a criminal defense investigator in his just-published book, What Happened To Lady Justice?  Vince's book describes his most memorable cases, ranging from murder for hire to corrupt federal agents.  Minneapolis attorney, Ron Meshbesher,  considers Vince "the poor man's Colombo (who) probably cracked more cases than Colombo, and without a script."  While the book details some of Vince's most remarkable cases, it also reveals the abuses of power that Vince uncovered in the justice system.  The book retails for $19.95 and is available on amazon.com and on createspace.com/3471366.

David Patterson '05 in Field & Stream
8/19/2010

David Patterson '05 pictured in a TakeMeFishing.org ad in the July 2010 issue of Field & Stream. David is pictured below in the back of the boat.

 

Another Ace, Class of '53
8/12/2010

Yikes!  Another hole-in-one.  This time it's Frank Hurley's, who reports that he dropped a 134-yd. drive while playing in Bayfield WI on Aug. 6.  Unfortunately, he was playing alone, so there was no one to witness the event.

'84 on the Lake!
8/11/2010

John Lachenmayer '84, Stephen Koch '84 and Jeff Marthaler '84 were seen at Lord Fletchers on Lake Minnetonka in May 2010. They were reminiscing old memories while making new ones. Pictured Below (L-R): John Lachenmayer, Stephen Koch, Jeff Marthaler

1st Lt. Brad C. Palm '03 Redeploys
8/9/2010

1st Lt. Brad C. Palm '03, Engineer Platoon commander with Company A, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group is greeted by his wife, Andrea Palm, during a homecoming event, August 5, 2010, aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C. More than 450 Marines and sailors reunited with family and friends after a seven-month-long deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

                           

Gerry Conroy '46
8/6/2010

In July, Gerry Conroy ‘46 visited the Academy from California and donated his entire collection of Military History Quarterly to STA. His collection dates back to the early 1980s. Pictured below (L-R), Denny Dyrhaug '46, Gerry Conroy '46, LTC (Ret) DePuglio 

 

Bill Brick Open, Class of '53
8/2/2010

Dwan Golf Course, Bloomington MN, was the site on June 30 of the annual Frank Wacker Open Golf Tournament.  The annual event has been renamed the "Bill Brick Open" and the traveling trophy will now be known as the Wacker Trophy.

Winner of this year's tourney was Jerry Thomas who posted a 79.  Other winners were Mike O'Connor, with the longest drive on #9; Frank Hurley, closest to the pin on #8; and, Jerry Thomas, longest put on the 18th green.

Players were Dick Battis, Clem Commers, Jack Knip, Dick McKenna, Mike O'Connor, Dave Steveken, Paul Billings, Bing Carlin, Larry Countryman, Denny Monahan, John Paulet, Tony Rockwell, Jerry Thomas, Frank Hurley and Jim Morris.

Pat Johns '72
8/2/2010

After presenting his leadership presentation "Exploring for Excellence" to nearly 3,000 US Marine Corps Officers and Staff in Washington, DC and at Camp Pendleton, CA as Part of their Acquisition Excellence Day,  Pat Johns, Class of '72, was presented the Commanding Officers Award for Outstanding Service by the Commanding Officer of MCTSSA (Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity).

Another big highlight for Pat was getting to share the stage with Keith Little, one of the last living WW II Navajo Code Talkers who was also part of the excellence program. Pat was also recently sponsored to be a member of the "Society for Neuroscience" which coincides with his work through his brain building bootcamp titled "X-Treme Brain."


 

Chris Cammack '98
7/21/2010

Chris Cammack '98 and his wife Jaime happily report that on October 12, 2009, they  became proud parents to a son, George William. They are all doing very well and living in Northern Virginia where Chris is working to improve the survivability of the MRAP vehicles for the Marine Corps. If anyone is in the area, Chris would be glad to meet up!


 

Michael Hay '06
7/16/2010

Michael Hay '06 has been awarded a Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy. Hay will pursue a doctoral degree in plasma physics at Princeton University this fall.

 

Tom Malchow '95
6/30/2010

Tom and Christie Malchow welcomed their daughter, Shannon Sydney Malchow, into the world on May 3, 2010 at 3:09 p.m.  Shannon was 7 pounds, 8 ounces and 21.25 inches.  Congratulations!

 

Rob Bauleke '03 Set to Re-Deploy Home
6/24/2010

Rob Bauleke '03 is due to re-deploy next month from Diyala Province, Iraq, where he has served as a fire support officer attached to a Stryker Combat Brigade out of Ft. Lewis, Washington.

Peter Bauleke '06 Graduates from West Point
6/24/2010

Peter Bauleke '06 graduated from West Point on May 22, 2010 with a BS in Arabic and a minor in Systems Engineering, Peter branched Infantry and following six months of infantry training at Ft. Benning, Georgia he will be posted at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Jim Morris '53
6/20/2010
Jim Morris carded a hole-in-one in April at the Country Way G.C in Clearwater FL.  It was a 180-yd shot made with an 8-iron.
Timothy Murnane '77
6/2/2010

Timothy Murnane was named to head Clayco Inc.'s new, full-service office in Minneapolis.  Clayco is the third largest general contractor and developer in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

Paul Linstroth '71
6/2/2010

Paul Linstroth '71 was hired as a member of the Tax, Trusts and Estates Department at Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Ltd. in Bloomington, Minnesota

 

James A. Bussen '80
6/2/2010

Enjoyed a great reunion lunch with 1980 classmate Chris Ritten on May 7th.  Just returned home in April from my third overseas deployment with the US Army in Kuwait/Iraq serving as a Master Sergeant doing intelligence reporting.  It's great to be home with my wife Barbara again and catching up with family and friends.  Looking forward to our STA 30th reunion this year!

 

Brian Duggan '79
6/2/2010

Our son, James P. Duggan, just graduated from Somerset High School located in Somerset, Wisconsin.

 

Tom Brill '46 Remembers John "Bud" Rooney '46
5/24/2010

Bud Rooney and I go back to 1938 at St. Luke's grade school.  Granted he did not graduate with the STMA Class of "46, however, he was extremely loyal to our class and his generosity is without question.  How many luncheons he sponsored at the Town & County Golf Club at Christmas time we will never know.  The many boat rides on the St.Croix brought us together for many fun-filled outings.  I am grateful also for the occasions when he and Kathy invited us to their home for a fun-filled gathering of the Class of '46.  Consequently, our class was much closer than others, due primarily to the efforts of Bud Rooney.  His love & support of Saint. Thomas Academy will never be forgotten.

May the Lord, like us all, forgive him of his imperfections and recall all the good he did while he was with us.

Attached is a photo of Bud's boat with a number of our class taken back in the early nineties, I believe.  Also  one of Bud with his infectious smile. 

Thomas G. Brill
Captain, Class of 1946

 

 

 

Patrick Sutherland '06
5/24/2010

Patrick Sutherland '06 was selected the student commencement speaker for St. Norbert College Class of 2010.

 

Pat Kelly '67, Chad Lemmons '72 and Joe Kelly '00 Serving Our Nation
5/13/2010
Please take notice that on May 6, 2010, the United States Department of Defense’s Minnesota Committee for Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve presented Patrick Kelly and Chad Lemmons of the law firm of Kelly & Lemmons, P.A. each with Patriotic Employer Awards.  Patrick and Chad were recognized “for contributing to National security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Forces.”  The firm has been very active in its support of one its associate attorneys, Joseph Kelly, a lieutenant in 2-135 Infantry Regiment of the Minnesota National Guard.  Lieutenant Kelly was absent from the firm for over 8 months while he completed Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger School.  Along with Lieutenant Kelly, Patrick Kelly, former Infantry Officer, and Trevor Oliver, former JAG attorney, both served in the United States Army.  Kelly & Lemmons, P.A. advises both employers and labor unions on the rights of employers and employees under USERRA and the Veteran’s Preference Act. 
Jordan Mattson '05
5/11/2010
Jordan Mattson ’05 graduated from Western State College in Gunnison, CO, on May 8, 2010, with a BA in Business Administration and a double major of Entrepreneurship and Professional Land and Resource Management. He has been hired by Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City, OK, which was voted as one of the top 10 companies to work for by Fortune 500, and will begin his employment there on May 24.
2nd Recall to Active Duty
5/8/2010
Major Stephen Boulay, Class of 1969, has recalled to active duty for the second time. He was recalled for 2 years on 4 JAN 09. He is currently assigned to the S-3 Operations Section of the 4th Cavalry Brigade, 1st Army Division East. Their mission is to deply to a mobilization site and train and certify Reserve Component units for deployment to the warzone. Due to age and medical conditions this will be his last recall. His plans for the future are to secure a civilian position with US Army Human Resources Command, which begins its move and consolidation at Ft Knox this summer. He plans to move his family to Kentucky from Minnesota NLT than the Summer of 2011.
Jonathan Hart '85
5/6/2010
Got married in April.  Still living in Florida and teaching high school.
Craig Spande '06
5/5/2010
Craig Spande graduated from the Academy in 2006. He will be graduating from the University of St. Thomas with a BS in Mechanical Engineering on May 22. Craig is currently looking for an internship or an entry level position following graduation.  Find Craig online at www.linkedin.com/in/craigspande.
John Holper '54
5/4/2010

John Holper ’54 retired from the federal government Department of Health and Human Services in 2003, following 30 years of service, including three years active duty with the U.S. Navy as a Supply Officer.

“I am the divorced father of ten children, all of whom have families of their own and graduate degrees. Since 2003, my battles have been with Parkinson's Disease, and I am doing well. When I go out for my daily walks, I ‘count cadence’ and move with ‘sudden pressure,’ just like I learned from SGT Garvin and the Saint Thomas military manual when reassembling the M-1 rifle.”

Kelly Jones '91 Promoted to Major
5/4/2010
Kelly Jones, class of 1991, was promoted to the rank of Major in the Maryland Army National Guard on January 8th 2010.  He is currently serving as the Brigade S1 Personnel Officer for the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade and is stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground (EA), Maryland, and is qualified in the UH-60 Blackhawk and OH-58 Kiowa helicopters.
NYC Alumni Event
5/3/2010
   Cadet Colonel Dan Freund '10 spoke about his mother, his hero, at a STA alumni event at the Trump Soho in New York City on April 29.  Michael Seaberg '85 is the Catering Manager at Trump Soho.  Along with Dan and Michael, about 15 other alumni attended the event, including:  Patrick Gilbert '98, Nick Donohue '89, Bob Goosens '82, Aster Laleman '82, John Curtin '71, Mike McBride '77, Peter Van de North '92, Chris Chaput '78, Chris Kill '96, Lorenzo Bellard '03, David Waters '50 (and wife Beverly), Nate Walcker '05, and Chris Ritten '80
Tom DePauw '78 & Family Good News!
4/28/2010
Tom's son Michael. '10 received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Michael will play football for the USAFA Falcons!  Congrats and Good Luck!
Dan Walczak ' 80
4/28/2010
Currently working as Senior Director of Healthcare Analytics at Optumhealth in Golden Valley.  Kids Rachel (18) and Samuel (17) will be a sophomore and freshman respectively, at St. Olaf College this fall where their mom is a Professor of Chemistry.  Still tickling the ivories and looking forward to the 30 year reunion!
Eugene Palermo '65
4/28/2010
I look forward to seeing my 1965 classmates at our reunion this October.
Clay Jandro '50
4/28/2010
Miss my friends Fr. Paul Johnson and Dick Nichols who have both moved from California to the Twin Cities.
Gene Hardman '60 Tennis Coach
4/20/2010

Gene Hardman '60 is still an active tennis coach at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM.  His junior college team has been a Top Ten finisher the last two years in the NJCAA rankings.

COL (Ret) Joseph Luger '46 Staying Busy
4/20/2010
COL (Ret) Joseph Luger '46 is currently the personal advisor to the Alexandria, Virginia Chief of Police. 
Jerry Thomas '53 Gets First Ace!
4/19/2010
On April 3, 2010, Jerry Thomas '53 carded his first hole-in-one at Continental Golf Course in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Mike O'Connor '53 and Jim Grdina '53 witnessed the feat at the 125 yard 15th hole.  Jim scored a hole-in-one on the same course last fall.  Your turn Mike!