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Message From Brother James Kelly
My Dear Alumni and Friends of the Mount,
We Xaverian Brothers have never been elitist in We have had a very
our approach to education. From our first days in
the United States, we have taught boys of a wide
busy fall at the Mount.
You’ll read of our annual theMount
range of abilities. In the very early days, the Saint Francis Xavier
Brothers could have up to a hundred boys in one Society reception and
classroom, ranging in ability from Albert Einstein- our 27th Annual Alumni
intelligent to severely limited. The Brothers didn’t Golf Outing. Our Saint Francis Xavier Society The Mount
complain. They knew their job was to teach those reception was one of the nicest we’ve had. The
boys in front of them, and that’s what they did. A two student speakers, Nick Springmann ’10 and is published
friend of mine, Brother Robert Houlihan, began his Sean Dornbush ’10 did a beautiful job, and our quarterly by the
teaching career at St. Teresa’s School in Brooklyn development office saw that the reception was per- Mount Saint Joseph
with 74 ten year olds in the fourth grade. These fectly planned. The alumni golf tournament, was Development Office.
boys were divided into six reading groups by ability, once again, sold out. I particularly enjoyed being
and Brother Robert taught them nine subjects. He driven about the course this year in a golf cart by
taught the boys who were in front of him. At the James Poisal ‘03, our Director of Alumni Relations.
Mount we have always represented the great bell It gave me a chance to see all of the foursomes as
curve. We have the “best and the brightest” and they were playing. Of course, this is reunion season,
those who struggle to learn. Then, of course, we so every Saturday night is devoted to class reunions. Brother James M. Kelly,
have the great group in the middle, those boys who I particularly enjoyed the Golden Gael reunion this C.F.X. President
are quite bright but not always as motivated as we year. The Class of 1959 was out in force, and they
might like them. My mentor, the late Brother Ivan presented the school with a gift of $109,000 for
Corkery, always described them as “the normal the endowment. That is the largest Golden Gael Barry J. Fitzpatrick
boys whom you have to trick into learning.” gift the school has ever received. I’m very grateful Principal
Mount Saint Joseph has two programs which, to Jim Burns and his classmates for organizing the
in my humble opinion, set us apart as a Xaverian reunion and the reunion gift. Emily Wilson Rollins
School. We have the DePaul Program for students I always enjoy discovering things about the Executive Director
with diagnosed dyslexia and dysgraphia and the Mount which I never knew. Recently Bill Lenczycki of Development
Ryken Program for boys who need some remedia- ’62 gave us an aerial view of the old Mount, the
tion when they come to the Mount. We accept Mount of the first half of the twentieth century. I
about fifteen boys every year into the DePaul never knew that our current football field wasn’t James Poisal ’03
Program and seventeen boys into the Ryken always the football field. In this aerial view the Director of
Program. Currently, we are building, in the base- baseball field and tennis courts are on the site of Alumni Relations
ment of Founders Hall, a new specialized study our current Plevyak Field. We’ve had the picture
center for the students in the Ryken and the enlarged, and it will be hanging in our development Jess Jankoviak
DePaul Programs. Students in the DePaul Program conference room for any of the older alumni who Director of
are charged an additional $6,100 in tuition would like to walk down memory lane. I have always Communications
because teachers in the DePaul Program work with regretted that we didn’t save more of the old campus
and Events, Editor,
15 boys a day while the rest of the faculty teaches and the “Catholic Gothic” architecture of the old
on average 125 boys a day. Yet, despite the larger Mount. I particularly regret the loss of the chapel, The Mount
tuition, our DePaul Program has been oversub- but even more than that, I regret the loss of the
scribed since it was founded nine years ago. Boys trees. Even now when our facility director tells me Erin Van Bavel
in the DePaul Program are scheduled into regular that a tree has to come down, I mourn. We had to Director of
classes, and I’ve had a number of them in my hon- remove the huge, old tree which was in the middle of Annual Giving
ors English course and honors Latin II course. the junior parking lot, and as it came down, I thought
They’re bright boys who learn differently. Our of all the Mount history which it had witnessed.
DePaul teachers help them to deal with their learn- As I write this, we are in the midst of the dreaded Cathy Steffe
ing differences and to keep themselves organized. Spirit Week which precedes Homecoming. Only I Development
The Ryken Program, named after our holy dread it. The boys love it! They get to dress like Office Manager
founder, Brother Theodore James Ryken, is geared Bozo the Clown or their favorite super hero or God
toward those boys who need remediation as they only knows what. I must admit that their boyish exu- Brandy Fefel
enter the 9th grade. It is our hope that by the end of berance is refreshing, but I’m glad it only happens Development
the 10th grade they will be able to handle the regular one week a year. Too much purple paint everywhere!
curriculum. We limit the number of students in this Please remember that you are always most
program to seventeen so that we have the ability to welcome at Mount Saint Joseph. I look forward to
educate them on a more individual level. During seeing many of you at Beef and Beer night, the
their freshman year they take an English and a read- evening before Thanksgiving. Remember that your
ing class rather than English and modern language. job is to recruit the next generation of Mount men.
I am quite proud of these programs at the Mount. If you know of any 6th, 7th or 8th grade boy who
They reflect so beautifully our Xaverian tradition of would be a good fit for the school, please call our
teaching boys of a wide range of abilities. Brother admissions secretary, Mrs. Arlene Beach, to make
Dominic O’Connell, the first principal, who had a spe- sure the young man is receiving material from the
cial love for disadvantaged boys, smiles every day in Mount. And, remember, every day to say a prayer
heaven as he looks at the Mount. I’m as sure of that for the Mount.
as I am of anything. Brother Dominic would not be a Sincerely,
happy camper if he thought we had become an intel-
lectually or economically elitist school.
Brother James M. Kelly, C.F.X., President
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News from Alumni Relations
Alumni Beef Fall Drama Alumni Ice Alumni Bull
and Beer Night Production - Hockey Game &
November 25, 2009
Romeo & Juliet December 19, 2009 Oyster Roast
MSJ Cafeteria December 4 - 6, 2009 Gardens Ice House February 20, 2010
7-11 p.m. MSJ Auditorium in Laurel, MD • 4 p.m. MSJ Memorial Gym
Talent is never sparse at the 6 p.m.
To purchase tickets or for December 4th: 7:30 p.m. annual Alumni Ice Hockey
more information, please Game. This is always an enter- *Please note that all
December 5th: 7:30 p.m.
call the Development Office taining event to play in or just tickets for this year’s
at 410-646-4700 or visit December 6th: 2:00 p.m. Bull & Oyster Roast will
watch and socialize with fellow
www.msjnet.edu/Beef&Beer. alumni. Be on the lookout for be sold in advance.
registration forms in the mail. There will be NO tickets
For more information, please sold at the door. For more
contact James Poisal '03 at information, please visit
AT T E N T I O N ALL 410-646-4700. www.msjnet.edu/BullRoast.
Alumni Association Award
Do you know someone who exemplifies what it means
to be a Mount man? Someone who has continued to
serve the Mount and their surrounding community
after graduation? If so, make sure they are nominated
for an Alumni Association award! There are three
awards for which we will accept nominations.
Please take some time to think about some worthy
candidates and email the candidate's name, class
year, and reasoning for why they deserve to win the
award to James Poisal '03 at email@example.com.
All nominations must be submitted no later than
January 31, 2010.
The winners will be honored at the Alumni Association
Communion Breakfast in March. Below are the
descriptions of the Awards:
Knight of the Tower Award - Given to alumni for
their service and dedication to the Alumni Association
Board of Directors
Al Shields Service Award - Given to someone
who has given an exceptional amount of service to
Alumnus of the Year Award - Given to an alum-
nus who performs an outstanding deed or service
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News from Alumni Relations
Mrs. Cheryl Del Gavio, members of the Alumni Association Board and Brother James Kelly, C.F.X. pose with Brian Mears '10 and Sean
Dornbush '10. From left: Bill Lenczycki '62, Jack Pundt III '71, Mike Dooley '66, Brian Mears '10, Cheryl Del Gavio, Sean Dornbush '10,
Pat Hall '74, Brother James Kelly, C.F.X.
On October 8, 2009, members of the Mount Saint Joseph Alumni Association
Frank V. Board of Directors gathered along with Cheryl Del Gavio, wife of alumnus Frank
Del Gavio, Jr. '62, to congratulate seniors Brian Mears and Sean Dornbush for
Del Gavio, Jr. ’62 receiving scholarships from the first Frank V. Del Gavio, Jr. '62 Endowment Fund.
The fund, which was established in the fall of 2009, will be used to provide a
Endowment scholarship to a rising senior who is eligible for financial aid based on the school's
criteria, exudes exceptional school spirit, and is dedicated and devoted to Mount
Fund Presentation Saint Joseph by providing service to the school, just as Frank V. Del Gavio, Jr. '62
did during his time as an alumnus of Mount Saint Joseph.
We're flying south for the winter! Brother James will be
visiting southern Florida on February 24, 25, and 26, 2010.
All Florida alumni and friends are invited to attend
designated receptions. Please look for invitations in
your mailbox after the holidays, or call Emily Rollins at
410-646-4700 for more information.
Alumni Association Board members pose with Brother James Kelly,
C.F.X. and James Poisal '03 at their annual picnic
Mount St. Joseph wants to hear from Atlanta area alumni.
Congratulations to the 2009 Ravens The Mount has never traveled to Georgia, but wants to
Raffle Winner - Gary Beach ’87 know if our Atlanta alumni are interested in getting together.
The winner of the 2009 Ravens Raffle was chosen on August If you are interested in coming to a Mount St. Joseph alumni
22, 2009 at Ships Café in Catonsville. Congratulations to Gary gathering in the Atlanta area, please contact Emily Rollins at
Beach '87 who has won four season tickets to every Ravens firstname.lastname@example.org.
home game this season, plus the option of first right of refusal
for playoff tickets. Special thanks to Sharon and Jim Andrews, If there is enough interest, exact dates, times and locations
owners of Ships Café, for their continued support of Mount will be chosen and sent to you. Thank you for supporting
Saint Joseph Alumni events. the Mount and we hope to hear from you!
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News Accolades and Achievements
There are many great achievements made by our alumni, faculty and staff throughout the year.
Below are some recent accolades that we felt should be showcased.
Frank Kolarek ’71
In early July, Mayor Sheila Dixon congratulated
Mr. Frank Kolarek ’71 for being named one of
Major League Baseball’s “All-Stars Among Us.” The
campaign honors individuals making extraordinary
Paul Upman ’58 Richard Siejack ’59 Florian Wawrzyniak ’58
Kolarek was one
of 30 winners Knights of Columbus Deputies
nationally and was
nominated due to During the 2009-2010 Fraternal Year, three graduates of Mount
his contributions Saint Joseph were elected to serve as state deputies for the Knights of
to the Baltimore Columbus: Paul Upman ’58 in Ohio, Richard Siejack ’59 in
community Maryland and Florian Wawrzyniak ’58 in Vermont.
through his foun-
dation, League of Dreams. League of Dreams assists
children with mental and physical disabilities by provid- Jonathan Duerr ’00
ing opportunities for them to play baseball and softball
Jonathan Duerr ’00 was recently named as
in a safe and supportive environment.
the runner-up for Man of the Year for the Palm
As a result of Kolarek’s outstanding contributions to
Beach Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
the Baltimore community, he joined the other winners
In order to receive this honor, he raised more
at the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game in St.
than $30,000 for the organization, which is the
Louis. Frank took part in a special presentation before
world’s largest voluntary health organization
the game and participated in a variety of All-Star events
dedicated to funding blood cancer research, edu-
in the days leading up to the game.
cation and patient services. This led the LLS to
For more information about League of Dreams,
ask him to serve as the current Chairman for the
please visit www.leagueofdreams.org.
LLS Man and Woman of the Year for 2010.
Dr. Elizabeth Pease
AP French teacher Elizabeth Pease traveled to San
Antonio, Texas this past summer to present a workshop
entitled, “Pour la chronologie: Writing & Teaching an
Historically-Anchored French Language Curriculum” at
the 2009 AP College Board Annual Conference. In her
session, she showed other educators how, by organizing a
curriculum chronologically, students learn better and are
provided with a historical foundation upon which to
build: walking them through the culture, time and evolu-
tion of ideas. This is the second year she has presented at
the AP College Board Conference. Her presentation has
also been accepted for the Pennsylvania State Modern
Language Association's conference on October 15-17th.
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Participants in the Kicks 4 Cans event pose on
Plevyak field before the tournament begins
It’s about Seniors
“Don’t be an 8 - 2:30 type of guy.”
Every freshman hears this upon enter-
ing the halls of Mount Saint Joseph, and
W hile there are many of these students to be found at Mount
Saint Joseph, in doing research for this article, the
Development Office sent an email to faculty and staff asking
for their nominations for who they thought would be the best
examples of a Mount man. The honor was given to seniors Dave Comberiate
and David Arnold, who have overcome the challenges of being at a college
preparatory school and have excelled both in and out of the classroom - all
while exemplifying the Xaverian charisms and upholding the standards
expected of a student at the Mount.
it is a phrase that is reiterated time and For Dave Comberiate, the choice to attend Mount Saint Joseph was all but
time again throughout their four years made for him. Being one of seven children (six boys and one girl), he is the
here. That’s a tall order for a freshman: fifth Comberiate to attend Mount Saint Joseph. His brothers Anthony '93,
Joseph '98, John '02 and Thomas '05 have set a high standard for him at the
you’re at a new school, trying to make Mount, and Dave is determined to make his mark here as his brothers have.
new friends, adjusting to a different “It was difficult in the beginning, because I rode the bus to school, pretty
class schedule, sometimes taking gruel- much restricting me to being an '8-2:30 guy',” he reflects. “I tried to get
involved by playing fall and spring sports and then through involvement in
ing classes, and you're supposed to bal-
activities that were held during school and on the weekends.” Since his junior
ance athletics and clubs on top of this? year, Dave has expanded his roster of extracurricular activities to include lead-
Yet, many students find ways to get the ership positions with the National Honor Society and Student Council where
he serves as President and Vice President, respectively. He has also played JV
most out of their time here by becoming
soccer, has run with the JV track team and is currently playing on the Varsity
involved in activities both inside and volleyball team. In addition to these achievements, he's also managed his
outside of school - enriching their lives academic career, receiving prestigious academic awards such as the AP Scholar
and transforming them from young boys Award and a Maryland Distinguished Scholar Honorable Mention.
Moreover, Dave is also a leader outside of Mount Saint Joseph. He is a
into men. Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Alumnus, and this summer he
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participated in the Archdiocese of Baltimore's High School
Leadership Institute (more commonly known as High LI).
This honor is given to students who have been nominated by
their youth or campus minister. “Participating in these leader-
ship groups has allowed me to build relationships with people
at other schools,” he states. “It's really helped when I'm organ-
izing events for Mount Saint Joseph and I think it has fostered
friendships that will be with me as I transition from high
school into college.”
These connections have already proven fruitful. Recently,
he organized the first annual Kicks 4 Cans event, a charity soc-
cer tournament that brought together students from Mount
Saint Joseph, Maryvale, Seton Keough and Mount de Sales.
The event raised over $500 and collected canned goods to ben-
efit My Brother's Keeper and the Maryland Food Bank.
In the future, Dave plans to major in business and poten-
tially found his own company. Yet, for the time being, he's
enjoying his final year at the Mount. When asked about what
he will miss the most, he replied, “I really can't pinpoint one
thing; there are a lot of different aspects that I'll miss. One
thing I do have to say is that thanks to the Mount and the
brotherhood that Dave Comberiate leads a group discussion at the Senior Leadership
is formed here, I Institute
have had the
opportunity to sings in the Mount Saint Joseph choir. He hasn't slacked aca-
become extremely demically, either. He currently has an adjusted GPA of 4.43, is
involved. I've a member of both National Honor and Spanish National
improved upon Honor Societies and recently received a Maryland
myself and truly Distinguished Scholar Honorable Mention. He's also enriched
grown as an indi- his athletic resume by playing on the Varsity golf team and
vidual.” becoming a leading scorer on the Varsity soccer team.
Another senior On top of all this, Dave is in the process of organizing a
who's seen a great mission trip to Ethiopia in February. He says, “One thing that
(photo courtesy of the Catholic Review)
change in himself the Mount has instilled in me is a sense of mission. It's true
since entering when Brother James says that the students here make the
Mount Saint school; there's just something different about us here. I haven't
Joseph in 2006 experienced it anywhere else.”
is Dave Arnold. After graduating, Dave hopes to attend either the U.S.
A native of Naval Academy or Princeton University to major in biome-
Catonsville, chanical or aerospace engineering. He will miss Mount Saint
Dave was home- Joseph and the relationships he's built here and cites certain
schooled through- aspects of the school that he will carry with him long after he
Dave Arnold makes a play against Calvert Hall out his childhood leaves, one of them being the openness and acceptance that is
and decided to felt by anyone who enters the Mount Saint Joseph community.
attend Mount Saint Joseph for two reasons: he knew he wanted “Upon entering St. Joe as a freshman, I never thought I would
to play sports and, from living in the area, he knew a few boys be involved in anything other than sports. Yet, through people
who were also planning on going to the Mount. Like seeking me out and allowing me to explore my talents outside
Comberiate, it took Arnold a few years to truly embrace all of sports, I've come to appreciate these new experiences and am
that the Mount had to offer. “In the beginning, I was a really thankful for each and every one of them.”
quiet kid,” he says. “I've always been a sit back and watch type Both of these modest, articulate, talented young men attrib-
of person and wasn't really involved in anything but soccer.” ute their transformations to the culture and opportunities
That all changed his junior year when he was asked to par- they've encountered here at Mount Saint Joseph. They've
ticipate in the Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School (XBSS) taken the saying “Don't be an 8-2:30 guy” to heart and dedi-
retreat. During the retreat, Dave realized that he had a lot to cated themselves to making their time at the Mount not only a
offer in terms of leadership for the Mount Saint Joseph com- time of academic growth but one of personal growth as well.
munity. Through XBSS, Arnold became involved in Student They are great examples of how, if you let it, Mount Saint
Council and began expanding his activities to include those Joseph can become an integral part of your life - helping to
outside of the athletic realm. Currently, he plays the piano and change boys into men, men who matter, Mount men.
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News from the Development Office
at Saint Francis Each fall, members of the Saint Francis Xavier Society gather for a
celebratory mass and reception held on the Mount Saint Joseph campus.
Xavier Society The Saint Francis Xavier society is comprised of committed individuals
who, in the spirit of Saint Francis, the patron saint of the Xaverian
Reception Brothers, donate $1,000 or more to Mount Saint Joseph.
The Society supports the Mount's belief that academic excellence is an
achievable goal for all young men as each one learns and grows according
to individual talents. This year, seniors Nick Springmann and Sean
Dornbush addressed the Society and thanked them for their generosity.
Sean Dornbush '10 poses with his Student volunteers mingle with guests at the Saint
family and Brother James Kelly, Francis Xavier reception in the MSJ cafeteria
C.F.X. after addressing attendees
Senior Sean Dornbush '10 thanks the
crowd for their generosity
“I thank you for this wonderful
gift, and I ask that you contin-
ue with your donations so that
one day another young man,
one who may not have had the
chance if not for your support,
can stand in the same place I
am now and tell you about his
transformation from a boy into
a man, a man who matters, a
Student volunteers pose with President Brother James Kelly, C.F.X. at the reception
— Sean Dornbush ’10
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The Annual Fund
for Mount Saint Joseph
What is the Annual Fund
and why is it important?
The Annual Fund is a yearly fundraising campaign that
supports day to day education at Mount Saint Joseph.
Tuition alone does not cover the cost to educate our stu-
dents. After tuition is applied, Mount Saint Joseph still
needs to fund approximately $1,800 per student. The
money raised by the Annual Fund covers that gap.
Annual Fund also supports our need-based financial aid
program. This year alone 260 students received over $1.3
Senior Nick Springmann '10 addresses the crowd at the million in aid.
Saint Francis Xavier Reception on September 30th
“Our future is uncertain, but there is one
thing I am sure of: because of your generous
donations, my classmates and I have What are the Goals for 2009-2010?
been able to take part in a life-changing
experience. You're the reason we're here and On July 1st, 2009, we started rebuilding the Annual Fund
you will hopefully be the reason for future from $0. We hope to raise $850,000 by June 30, 2010.
students at St. Joe. After graduation in With many students and families applying for financial
May, I will leave the Mount, but the Mount aid, it is crucial that we achieve our goal.
will never leave me.”
A gift in any amount is greatly appreciated. Every gift
— Nick Springmann ’10
to the Annual Fund makes a difference in a student’s
education and experience at the Mount.
What are some ways to give?
1. Make a pledge to the Annual Fund and pay it off
with several payments over the course of the year.
Many donors choose to make monthly, quarterly or
semi-yearly payments. We will gladly work with
you to set-up an installment plan.
2. Make a yearly donation by sending a payment via
Nick Springmann '10 with his parents, Mark and Tressa
cash, credit card or check.
Springmann and Brother James Kelly, C.F.X.
3. Participate in your company's Matching Gift
Program. Many companies will match your dona-
tion enabling you to double the impact of your gift.
After a Mass in
the Auditorium, 4. Donate stock to Mount Saint Joseph. Please con-
guests were tact the Development Office for more information
treated to food on stock gifts.
in the MSJ
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News from Alumni Relations
The 27th Annual Alumni Association
September 28, 2009 marked the 27th Annual Alumni Association Golf Outing at Rolling Road Golf
Club in Catonsville. Although the day started a bit windy, it calmed down and the 31 foursomes
experienced sun and nice temperatures for the majority of the day.
Due to the extraordinary efforts of the Development Office and the Alumni Golf Committee and,
headed by event Chairman Charles Gilbert '70, this annual outing was again a huge success. When the day
was done, over $35,000 had been raised. This is the only event sponsored by The Alumni Association in
which all proceeds go directly to the tuition assistance fund. This fund enables the school to provide
financial assistance to students who would otherwise not be able to afford a Mount Saint Joseph education.
From left: Bill Metz '67, Mike Dooley '66, Sal Cimbolo '57 and Golf Outing Faculty members (from left) Gregory Boehmer, Brian
Chairman Charles Gilbert '70 stop to pose for a photo. Murphy, Christopher Sapienza, and Jerry Naylor '75 were
joined by Geof Rodriguez '10
The 27th Annual Alumni Association Golf Committee would like Members of the Columbia Fleet Service Foursome smile for a photo
to thank Corporate Sponsor CDigital, whose foursome is shown prior to teeing off. Columbia Fleet Service was a Corporate Sponsor of
above. this year's Golf Outing.
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Thanks to the Following Tee and Green Sponsors
Mount Saint Joseph Mechanical Sales, Inc. Pete Pappas & Sons Sun Rich Fresh Foods
Alumni Association 410-964-0841 443-577-1200
Rossman - Hurt -
Asbestos Specialists Metz Insurance Agency, Hoffman, Inc. Tony Vitrano Company
443-271-7304 Bill Metz '67 410-465-4300 410-799-7444
Bare Bones Grill &
Saint Agnes Hospital William Bassler '69/
Brewery John G. Mohler III, D.D.S. '98
410-368-6000 Rolling Road Golf Shop
Morgan Personal Injury Law,
Scott Swidersky, An Additional Thank You
Basciani Foods, Inc. Robert Morgan '73
Class of 1992 to the Official Beverage
Sponsor for the 27th
Bunzl Mid-Atlantic Overhead Door Ship's Café & Pub Annual Alumni Golf Outing:
Company of Baltimore, Inc. 410-744-1838
Leone Produce, LLC
Centric Business Solutions 410-636-6300
The Class Produce Group
Fast Signs Catonsville
Fells Point Meats
Ferrante Bros. /
Nick's Sausage Company
Friends of Golf and
Sal Cimbolo ’57
G.L. Shacks of Catonsville
Holly Poultry, Inc.
Jacoby - Mark Debinski '83,
410-615-0170 / Rich Hunt
Lakeview Title Company
Marlin Moon Grille
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For more Class Notes, visit www.MSJnet.edu/alumni
Joseph Parlett ’45 would like to Sean Dolan ’95 and his wife Rebecca Nick Salmon ’98 and his wife had
announce the birth of his first welcomed twin boys, Finn Patrick and their first baby, a girl named Liliana
great-grandchild, Juliet Malick in Seamus Unitas Dolan, on September Mae Salmon, on April 29, 2009.
September. 5, 2009.
Juan Carlos Roman’s ’98 wife,
Gary Brown ’72 welcomed the birth Tim Bibo ’96 and wife Kristen are Evynette, gave birth to son Ian David
of his first grandson (Caleb) born thankful for the birth of their first Roman on September 9, 2009.
August 14, 2009. child, Anna Lindgren Bibo on March
Mark Bastress ’99 and his wife Ava
Todd Wolters ’87 and wife Andrea would like to announce the birth of
welcomed their first daughter, Reagan Nick Zohdi ’97 and his wife Melissa their 2nd daughter, Olivia Marie, on
Elizabeth, on September 18th, 2009. would like to announce the birth of August 12, 2009.
Caden Delaney Zohdi, on September
Jason McLaughlin ’90 and wife Ann Chris Dembeck ’01 and his wife
welcomed their 3rd child, Nathan Laura welcomed their first child, Ava
Charles, on March 20, 2009. Charles Joshua Davenport ’97 Laura Dembeck, on August 10th.
received a Master of Arts from
Fairfield University in May 2008, just
before the birth of his daughter, Michael A. Ostroff ’02 and his wife
Abigail Rose. Alexandra are pleased to announce the
birth of their son, Tomas Federico on
May 9, 2009.
———Weddings and Anniversaries———
Larry Turner ’50 and wife Iris Mike Kunkel ’79 and wife Denise Marcus DeVere ’96 married his
celebrated their 50th anniversary recently celebrated 22 wonderful years girlfriend of four years, Ellen
on June 20, 2009. of marriage. McNamara in Austin, Texas on July
11, 2009. In attendance were fellow
Mount Alumni from the Class of '96,
Robert G. Roeder ’51 and wife Jason (Jay) Schaufele ’86 recently Gene Kilcourse, Ryan Frashure, Mike
Elizabeth will celebrate their celebrated his 20th wedding Bieda, and Alan Nelson.
55th wedding anniversary on anniversary with his wife Tammy.
Dr. John G. Mohler, III ’98 was
Frank Wichert ’90 married Nicole married to Jenny Graves from
John Weber ’56 and his high school Williams on June 6, 2009. The Rockville, MD on May 2, 2009.
sweetheart, Joan, just celebrated their couple currently reside in
50th wedding anniversary. Arlington, VA.
John Hall ’03 married Lauren
Mooney (Seton Keough '03) on
Dennis Hupp ’61 and his wife Lila August 22nd.
recently celebrated their 41st
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For more Class Notes, visit www.MSJnet.edu/alumni
Class of 1941 For more information, please contact Alex
Schilpp at email@example.com.” Class of 1975
Jerome Mead has recently reconnected
with fellow classmate, William J. Temmink,
at the Pickersgill Retirement Community. Class of 1961 Mike Gary is currently
He states, “I thought it might be of interest celebrating his 28th year
Reconnect with your classmates and in real estate as a Broker at Michael Gary
that after sixty-eight years two Mount
the Mount! Contact Class Agent Joe Mohler & Gary Realtors in
graduates are renewing old friendships!
Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Howard County.
Class of 1966 Class of 1976
Class of 1944
Reconnect with your classmates and Reconnect with your classmates and
Joe Dickerson would the Mount! Contact Class Agent Mike
like to thank the the Mount! Contact Class Agents John
Dooley at email@example.com or Kirby at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joe
Development Office for Hank Carll at HankCarll@allstate.com.
putting on a great O'Boyle at email@example.com.
Reunion. It was
especially nice for those Class of 1968 Class of 1979
who were of the special ’44
Reconnect with your classmates After being away from Maryland for many
February Class of 1944.
and the Mount! Contact Class years, J. Michael Cecil will be moving back
Agent Urb Leimkuhler at before the end of the year. Mike sends his
firstname.lastname@example.org. regards to all his classmates and wishes he
Class of 1949
Robert Verderaime has been selected for Class of 1970 MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH
inclusion in the 2010 Best Lawyers in
America publication list for the 6th
For the 4th consecutive year Michael LAUNCHES ALUMNI
Quinn has been chosen by his peers as a
consecutive year. He has also been selected Connecticut Super Lawyer and for the 6th CLASS AGENT PROGRAM
to be included in the Super Lawyers of MD consecutive year he is listed
for the 3rd consecutive year. Last year the Development Office, along
in Martindale-Hubble with a dedicated group of alumni,
Preeminent Lawyers. launched the Class Agent Program. The
program is designed to help classmates
Class of 1955 Class of 1971 stay connected with one another and
Reconnect with your classmates and with Mount Saint Joseph.
Ed Audy writes,
the Mount! Contact Class Agent Roger “Saturday 9/26 the class Class Agents support the general mission
Davis at Davis2906@aol.com of ’71 gathered at Fred & Michael Quinn ’70 of Mount Saint Joseph and are
Alice March’s Knotty Pine Inn knowledgeable about its current
in Canton. A good time was had by all. programs, projects and needs.
Class of 1959 There was a moment of silence and a toast They work with staff to organize
for our recently departed classmate and reunions, promote special events and
Reconnect with your classmates and former class president, Mike Howe, and
the Mount! Contact Class Agent Jim communicate the news and needs of the
there was lots of catching up. Everyone
Burns at email@example.com. school. We encourage alumni to
especially enjoyed the visits from Mr. Ted
Rukowitz and Mr. Hal Sparks.” reconnect with you classmates by
contacting your Class Agent.
Class of 1960 Class of 1974 The program is debuting with 14
classes: 1951, 1955, 1959, 1960, 1961,
Reconnect with your classmates and Reconnect with your classmates and the 1966, 1968, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1983,
the Mount! Contact Class Agent Bob Mount! Contact Class Agent Patrick Hall 1985, 1989, and 1990. Check your
Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org. at email@example.com. year’s Class Notes section for more
Robert F. Riley writes, “Members of the information.
class of 1960 reunited at Kent Narrows,
MD for 2 days of golf, sailing and dining If you are interested in becoming
but mostly rehashing old “war stories” a Class Agent, please contact
about our days at the Mount. Plans are Erin Van Bavel at 410-646-4700
under way to celebrate the Big 50 next year. or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For more Class Notes, visit www.MSJnet.edu/alumni
could attend the 30th reunion this fall. of the film “Bronx Paradise” which he
worked on. The film is currently being
shopped to HBO and being pitched as a
Class of 1982
To reconnect with your classmates and
receive updates from Mount Saint Class of 1984 Class of 1991
Joseph, please contact Class Agents
Rich Hunt at email@example.com or Harry ‘Buck’ Sipes would like say “Hey” to Lorn Hinish and Jaclyn Trunzo are expecting
Chuck Cullen at firstname.lastname@example.org. the Class of 84 and remind all that we are their first child on Nov 1st.,
in the planning stages of our 25 year Isabella Marie Hinish. Hinish
reunion. He’s also very proud of his son is practicing Entertainment
Class of 1983 Law and Real Estate and was
Michael, who graduated from MSJ on 24
May....25 years after the “Old Man.” fortunate enough to go on
Reconnect with your tour with two various bands
classmates and the to entertain our
Mount! Contact Class Class of 1985 troops
Agent Rob Scranton at overseas.
rob@CBIDG.com. Reconnect with your An
James Lee, a classmates and the
Mount! Contact Class Class of 1996
professional actor, spent
2 months in Baton Agent Chris DiLullo at
email@example.com. Andy Schneider and wife
James Lee, ’83 Rouge, Louisiana Shannon are expecting twin
working on the play ’00 boys! Andy recently joined
’85 Dan Schneider,
“Satellites.” He is also awaiting the Mike Hackett looks Campbell & Company
outcome forward to seeing all his fellow classmates at as Vice President, Institutional Marketing.
the upcoming 25-year reunion! Mike His band, The Players Band is still going
resides in Hampstead, MD with his wife, strong, with brother, Dan Schneider ’00
DECEASED ALUMNI Lynn, and four daughters. He is employed on guitar.
AND FRIENDS at Honeywell in Columbia, MD as a
Class of 2000
Please remember in your prayers the
souls of all our faithfully departed, Class of 1986 Joseph Selba graduated
especially our recently deceased alumni from University of
and friends and their families. Robert ‘Bob’ Topper was recently elected Maryland Law School on
president of the board of The Arc of May 15, 2009.
Daniel P. Flanagan ’42 Howard County. He continues to work for
Chester Ruby ’43 M&T Bank as VP of Corporate Banking Colin Lengyel,
Class of 2005 ’05
Joseph A. Liberto ’44 for the Central Maryland Region.
Eugene A. Fox ’47 After graduating from the University of
Joseph E. Unger Sr. ’63 Class of 1989 Scranton in the Spring with a degree in
Dennis J. Lee ’70 Finance and a minor in Accounting, Colin
David M. Burke ’78 Reconnect with your classmates and Lengyel accepted a job with AXA
the Mount! Contact Class Agent Phil Equitable.
Mark A. Kusiak ’82
Huber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class of 2006
IN OUR PRAYERS Jerel Jones’s documentary film “Exposing
the Darkness” has been selected to premiere Walter Wall graduated from UMBC with a
at the International Black Film Festival of B.S. in Physics in May 2009, a full year
To submit the name of a sick member early. He was cum laude and is pursuing a
of the Mount community for the prayer Nashville.
PhD in Physics beginning this September at
list, e-mail Jess Jankoviak at Johns Hopkins.
email@example.com. Class of 1990
Donna Canuel Class of 2007
Reconnect with your classmates and
Ed Ewers ’58 the Mount! Contact Class Agent Scott
Pat Terranova is spending the summer
Kathleen Saunders Canuel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
interning in the Mayor’s Office in Chicago
Darleen Engles as a Kemper Scholar. As part of this
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The Reunion Season Has Begun
Members of the class of
1960 reunited at Kent
Narrows, MD this
summer to reconnect
and begin making plans
for their upcoming 50th
reunion in 2010
The Class of
Class of 1979’s 30-year reunion
Former Mount boarding students
meet for a “Residents Reunion”
The Class of 1944 kicked off the
reunion season last spring with a
luncheon on campus
The Class of 1989’s
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Mount Saint Joseph — We’re Now on Facebook!
The decision to interact with others via the Internet is a move the school could form a different relationship with the school in
that is to be made with caution. We are hearing more and more addition to interacting with each other.
stories of people receiving consequences in their professional or In order to fulfill these goals, Poisal and Jankoviak reviewed
academic lives for their Facebook profiles, tweets, or other established groups and pages for one that could serve as a
information they've placed online. Even worse is when an launching platform - an example of what they wanted or a place
educator or academic institution is called out for their online where they could publicize the official page once it was created
identity. Yet, with all these potentially negative aspects, for a and launched. In their search, they found a fan page created by
school such as Mount Saint Joseph, the online positives have alumnus Matt Hall '03 that had an established fan base and that
outweighed the negatives. We have was already providing accurate and
made the leap into the social relevant news about the school to
networking space and have received its audience of over 680 fans. Poisal
an overwhelming response from and Jankoviak worked with Hall to
our alumni, faculty and friends. become Administrators of the page.
The idea of creating an official In doing so, the pair garnered
space within the social networking editorial control of the content, wall
arena had been discussed multiple posts, messages and overall page feel
times since the onslaught of on Mount Saint Joseph's behalf.
popular sites such as Facebook and Once editorial control of the
MySpace in the early 2000s. The page was secured, it was time for
administration faced many issues as the official launch to the school's
it was deciding whether or not to constituents. Through emails to
participate in the social media alumni, parents of current students
trend. After doing some initial and friends of the school, Mount
research, it was decided that the Saint Joseph announced the official
least intrusive and most efficient launch of the page and saw the
way to begin the Mount's social number of fans escalate rapidly,
media efforts would be through reaching over double the original
Facebook. number of fans by the end of the
With over 300 million users first week. Since that time, the
around the world, Facebook number of fans has steadily
presents a unique opportunity for increased and, as of late September,
institutions looking to start a social Mount Saint Joseph's fan page has
media campaign. There is a more followers than fan pages of
captive audience who has opted Loyola Blakefield and Calvert Hall.
into this service and who is looking Currently, the page is monitored
for contact via the Internet. For on a round-the-clock basis,
this reason, among others, maintaining that the content and
Facebook was the most logical user comments are acceptable and
choice for Mount Saint Joseph. reflective of the school's Catholic
Many of the young men who had values. Examples of current posts
graduated were members of the include links to press releases and
social networking site and there articles that feature Mount Saint
were already existing groups Joseph, updates on class reunions
touting the values, teachers and and even information about the
classes of the school. faculty and staff at the school.
Now that the vehicle for the “The response from our fan
launch had been determined, it was base has been overwhelming,”
time for the administration to figure states Jankoviak. “We have parents,
out how it wanted to portray its alumni, and students interacting
brand to the public. This responsibility has been given to James with us in a way that was previously unattainable. It allows the
Poisal '03, Director of Alumni Relations, and Jess Jankoviak, school to provide another level to our constantly evolving
Director of Communications and Events. The two felt that in order relationship we have with our audience - and allows them to
to measure the success of their efforts that it was imperative to set reciprocate through comments and posts of their own.”
goals for the page. With input from the school's administration, it In the future, the Mount hopes to connect its Facebook
was agreed that the official Mount Saint Joseph High School fans to its proprietary online community and fundraising
Facebook page needed to be a main source of information about the software, but for now Poisal and Jankoviak are simply pleased
school, but it also needed to play a supporting role to the content with the results.
on the school's main website. Additionally, the page also needed to To find Mount Saint Joseph on Facebook, please visit
provide enough original content that alumni, family and friends of www.facebook.com/MountSaintJosephHighSchool.
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Principal Barry Fitzpatrick poses with the senior class outside of Ryken Hall
In early September, Principal Barry Fitzpatrick celebrated his
60th birthday. In true Mount spirit, the senior class gathered in
the area surrounding the St. Joseph statue on campus to surprise
Mr. Fitzpatrick with their rendition of Happy Birthday and a card
signed by the entire class. A banner then was unveiled from the
top of the tower and students received cupcakes from the cafeteria
to commemorate the occasion.
Students Participate in Great
Prostate Cancer Challenge
On Saturday, September 26, 2009, ten Mount students
participated in the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge 5K to
honor President Brother James Kelly, C.F.X. Brother, who
has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, was
present to cheer on the boys as they completed the 3.1 mile
race. Student participants include: Louis Damiano '11, Paul
Delisa '12, Nick Greenway '13, Collin Griffith '12, Casey
Manion '11, John Meyer '13, Tommy O'Donnell '11, Patrick
Rogers '11, Andrew Siske '11 and Brett Smoot '11. Special
Students pose with Brother James Kelly, C.F.X. after completing thanks to the Alumni Association, who sponsored the team
the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge 5K
in this endeavor.
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Over 40 Mount Saint Joseph High School Students Receive AP Scholar
Awards from The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program®
Mount Saint Joseph High School is pleased to announce that 49 students have earned
AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.
The College Board's Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides motivated and
academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level
courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or
both for successful performance on the AP Exams.
The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students'
performance on AP Exams.
1 student qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning
an average grade of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken,
and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
— Mark Perez ’09
18 students qualified for the AP 13 students qualified for the 17 students qualified for the
Scholar with Distinction Award by AP Scholar with Honor Award by AP Scholar Award by completing
earning an average grade of at earning an average grade of at three or more AP Exams with
least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, grades 3 or higher.
and grades of 3 or higher on five and grades of 3 or higher on four
or more of these exams. or more of these exams. — Sean Brophy '10
— Kevin Chang '10
— Andrew Biedlingmaier '09 — Samuel Anacker '09 — David Comberiate '10
— Andrew Bleinberger '09 — Connor Blasdel '10 — Christopher Costabile '09
— Evan Campbell '09 — Ryan Dreibelbis '09 — George Eichelman '10
— Joseph Caparros '09 — Jesse Felts '09 — Michael Graves '09
— Andrew Coccoli '09 — Matthew Gorman '09 — Connor Groh '09
— Brendan Gerrity '09 — Matthew Kennelly '09 — Colin Harvey '09
— Peter Gleichauf '09 — Brendan Madden '09 — Frederick Hindman, Jr. '09
— Kevin Hall '09 — Samuel Read '09 — Christopher Kulp '09
— John Hill '09 — Connor Ritmiller '09 — Brian Mears '10
— Joshua Kulp '09 — Robert Schmitz, Jr. '09 — John Newman III '09
— Aaron McCormick '09 — Alexander Slafkosky '09 — Matthew Novak '09
— Tevor McCray '09 — Patrick Stafford '09 — Nathan Scavilla '09
— Paul Moran '09 — James Szczybor '09 — Garen Shahverdi '09
— Mark Perez '09 — Matthew Sprankle '09
— Steven Reckard '09 — David Weglein '10
— Michael Roth '09
— Joseph Slattery '09
— Michael Wellen '09
Congratulations to those students who earned awards!
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Jalen Robinson ’12 Travels Abroad
with US National Soccer Team
After helping Mount St.
Joseph to the MIAA A
Conference soccer finals
last fall, sophomore
Jalen Robinson '12 was
selected to play with the
U.S. Soccer National
under-15 squad in
Within the first few days
of the team's weeklong Brad Hresko ’07 (left) and Gary Beier ’07 (right)
stay, Robinson was split their weekend series in Annapolis
named captain - beating
out approximately 20 Alumni Face Off
other teammates for the
Sophomore Jalen Robinson ’12 poses in front of title. The trip, which took in Annapolis
Broussia Stadium in Germany.
place May 15 to May 24,
was the U.S. team's only Former MSJ Gaels met the weekend of
scheduled foreign training camp of the 2009 season. The U.S. played a September 27th at the Naval Academy in
friendly match with the German National U-16 team. ACHA Division I play. 2007 graduates Gary
Beier (US Naval Academy) and Brad Hresko
Robinson, a defender who has been playing soccer since the age of (Towson) faced each other on the ice as the
four, states, “I felt very honored to be appointed captain of such a two teams split the weekend games.
talented team in my first international match. It was a great feeling and Towson won 5-3 on Friday while Navy
to be able to play overseas where soccer is such a popular sport was blanked Towson 4-0 on Sunday.
Mount Saint Joseph would like to wish all
Robinson plays for MSJ's Varsity soccer team and is hoping to pursue of its alumni the best of luck in their
the sport in college and then on a professional level. academic and athletic pursuits this year.
This past summer, the Mount Saint Joseph
Championship baseball teams of ’86 & ’87
got together for a miniature reunion. The day
began with a round of golf in the morning and
continued with a pool party cookout in the
afternoon. The day wouldn't be complete
without a viewing of the 1986 Championship
win at Old Memorial Stadium. Alumni came
from as far away as Florida & Virginia and
were joined by Coach Jody Harris.
Members of the ’86 & ’87 Baseball teams reunite for a round of golf
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U.S. Postage Board of Directors
PAID Jack Pundt, III, ’71, President
Charles Gilbert ’70, Vice President
The Mount Mike von Paris ’70, Secretary
Mount Saint Joseph High School Pat Hall ’74, Treasurer and
4403 Frederick Avenue Past President
Baltimore, MD 21229-4199 Ed Audy '71
Kevin Connelly '84
ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED
Joe Cremen '95
John Denhardt '82
Mike Dooley '66
Matthew Garbark '03
Ryan Greer '98
Matthew Hall '03
Paul Harris '66
John McKenna '48
Greg Morgan '80
Jack Pundt IV '97
Craig Radoci '03
Eric Schneider '71
Craig Sigismondi '81
John Weber '56
Nick Zohdi '97
Show Your Gael Pride with an Alumni License Plate!
Sometimes a car sticker, flag, or license plate holder isn't enough to emphasize the love and dedication you feel towards
your alma mater. If you feel this way or just want to showcase your Gael pride, please contact Cathy Steffe in the
Development office to receive information about the Mount Saint Joseph Alumni license plate (available in MD only).
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