Stephen Watson ’78: Head in the clouds

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Brophy alumnus Stephen Watson ’78 has a day job. In NASA/JPL’s Juno Mission to Jupiter, he serves as the Project Software Systems Engineer on the mission. Busy collecting data, the project is in the middle of the second year of the five-year mission set to rendezvous with Jupiter in 2016. IN HIS SPARE TIME, he recently finished building and began started flying his plane. The Van’s Aircraft RV-7A kitplane cruises at a nice 180 knots.

Watson’s Van’s Aircraft was the 8,000th to take flight. Read more at

When asked about the Juno Mission, he reported, “Juno is operating well. The spacecraft is in idle mode at Earth point with SRU1 On and SSS1 On; attitude knowledge is 3-Axis Attitude Knowledge. The attitude determination mode is all-stellar. The spin rate is 1.971 RPM and stable. All subsystems are nominal. Instruments: ASC, FGM, JEDI, MWR and Waves or ON. JADE, JIRAM, JunoCam, UVS and Gravity Science are OFF. The command loss timer is set to 21 days. Downlink is via the high gain antenna at 200kbps on all DSN stations.

’84 alumni organize event to raise money for Konz Scholarship

On March 16th, Metta Yoga will be hosting their semi-annual fundraiser, the 7th Phoenician Rising, to benefit the Mike Konz ’84 Memorial Scholarship Fund at Brophy College Preparatory.

Michael Konz, a member of the Class of ’84, was tragically killed 20 years ago — the victim of senseless workplace violence that erupted in gun fire from a disgruntled employee. Michael came from very modest means and at the time of his death, he was working days to put himself through law school at night, a work ethic he maintained from an early age. Michael had an inspiring intellect, a keen sense of humor, a strong sense of family, and an unwavering generosity in sharing his time to help others. The scholarship fund will help make it possible for a current student in similar circumstances to attend Brophy, a place that had a profound impact on Michael.

Michael’s classmates invite you to enjoy an outdoor practice in our beautiful Arizona spring weather then visit the yoga-inspired market and silent auction. Full proceeds of the silent auction and voluntary donations will fund the scholarship in Mike’s name. In addition, all vendors will donate 20% of sales.

Come share your beautiful energy with your fellow alums and bring your friends and family. Metta Yoga is passionately involved in giving back to the community, visit their site to RSVP at:

Can’t make it to the event?

Donate online to honor Mike here


Pat Duncan ’76 begins “Farmer in the House” dinner series

1976 Duncan 2013Pat Duncan is busy with his next dinner series, “Farmer in the House.” They’ve added new destinations but of course have some old favorite spots as well. For menus, wines and pricing, visit

March 2013

3/27/13 Chef/owner Vincent Guerithault and Vincent on Camelback with Piattelli Vineyards, Argentina(602 224-0225)

April 2013

4/4/13 Chef/owner Carolyn Ellis and Arcadia Farms Cafe with multiple vineyards(480 941-5665)

4/8/13 Chef Chuck Wiley and Cafe ZuZu @ Hotel Valley Ho with Duckhorn Vineyards, CA(480 421-7997)

4/16/13 Chef/owner Christopher Gross and Christopher’s with multiple vineyards(602 522-2344)

4/22/13 Chef Beau MacMillan and elements @ Sanctuary with vineyard tbd.(480 948-2100)

May 2013

5/10/13 Chef/owner James Porter and Petite Maison with multiple vineyards((480 991-6887)

5/15/13 Chef/owner Kevin Binkley and Binkley’s Restaurant with multiple vineyards(480 437-2370)

5/23/13 Chef Jeremy Pacheco and Lon’s @ Hermosa Inn with Pillsbury Wines, AZ(602 955-7878)