Christopher Beall ’12 signs with Bellingham Bells

2012 Beall, christopherBrophy alumnus Christopher Beall ’12 recently signed with the Bellingham Bells for the 2013 summer season. The Bells are a summer, wood bat, collegiate baseball team that plays in the West Coast League (

Beall, a 6’2 outfielder at Arizona State rounds out the Bells outfield this summer which sits at five. He earned All-State D1 honors with Brophy in 2012. In Christopher’s senior year, he hit .420, with 50 RBIs and 9 home runs.

Bells assistant coach Jim Clem said of Beall, “(He) is a talented outfielder that can swing well from the left side. Chris had to wait his turn this spring as a freshman, but he’s an outstanding player who will be instrumental to our success this summer.” As a true freshman, Beall has appeared in five games for the #21 ranked team in the country.

Notable Bells alumni include Jeff Francis (Colorado Rockies), Kevin Richardson (Texas Rangers), Ty Taubenheim (Toronto Blue Jays) and Marc Rzepczynski (St. Louis Cardinals.)2012 Beall, christopher (2)

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Jeff Malkoon ’05 reflects on a life immersed in this year’s Summit topic, “The Opportunity Gap”

2005 malkoon, jeffYou don’t know where life will lead you after senior year. Shortly after beginning my university career in the business program at ASU, I decided to act on advice from a Brophy teacher, and give the humanities some consideration. I enrolled in a couple courses relating to religion and global conflict and discovered my true passion. I transferred into the School of Global Studies where I was immersed in the survey of world cultures and institutions. There, I had the privilege of studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan in 2007 and working as a clerical assistant in the British Parliament in 2008.

In 2009, I graduated and continued on to the Master’s program in Nonprofit Studies. During this program I began planning a post-grad backpacking trip with friend and fellow Global Studies major, Steven Londoño ’05. We sold as many possessions as we could to fund the trip and left after graduation in 2010. We spent six months vagabonding through a half-dozen Latin American countries. The most memorable event in our journey was the week spent constructing emergency housing in the suburbs of Montevideo with the Jesuit-founded relief organization TECHO, a youth-led non-profit organization seeking to overcome poverty in slums. Working with TECHO changed my life forever. I’d never encountered such a stark societal disconnect – a gap between the extraordinarily industrious working poor of Uruguay and the ability to build a better life; an opportunity gap. As beautiful and necessary as our housing constructions were both in their tangible nature and the sense of human solidarity they produced, without living-wage job opportunities, there was no prospect of sustainable improvement for these families. In the moment I made this realization I knew what I had to do. I began to see my future in the faces of the children there.

2005 malkoon, jeff (2)When I returned to Phoenix, I grabbed the only friend I thought might be crazy enough to embark on this journey with me, Michael McGillicuddy ’05. We’ve spent the past two years of our lives developing PB Americano – a peanut butter line that contributes profit to TECHO while gathering resources to return to the community and do what we can to produce living-wage job opportunities for TECHO housing recipients. After an extended period of development, we reached Valley farmers’ markets about two months ago with our products and have already raised hundreds for TECHO poverty reduction programs.

On Brophy’s FB page recently, I read about this year’s Summit on Human Dignity topic – The Opportunity Gap. It evoked pride in the fact that we’re addressing an issue the Brophy community finds worthy of critical inquiry and discussion. It also evoked the recognition that I might not have had the courage to identify and act on my passion, embarking on this journey and experiencing its many blessings.

PB Americano crafts the most delicious and nutritious products on the plant and bring the Americas together for the common cause of extreme poverty reduction. PB Americano displays at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, The Union at Biltmore Fashion Park and Williams-Sonoma Artisans’ Market.

Alumnus & Fordham Professor J. Patrick Hornbeck writes for FoxNews Latino

Pope Francis: What’s in a (Papal) name?

1999 hornbeck, j patrickFrancis I is already a pope of several firsts. He is the first pope to be born in Latin America, a region that counts more than 400 million Catholics and is destined to play a progressively larger role in the church as Catholic demographics shift south from Europe and North America. He is the first pope who belongs to the Jesuits, the pioneering religious order that has left its mark on all facets of Catholic life, from education to science and the arts. And, perhaps most obviously, he is the first pope to take the name Francis. [Read more…]

J. Patrick Hornbeck II is a Theology Professor at Fordham University. Read his bio…

Alumnus Ryan Donahue ’10 writes for The Fordham Ram

I am a Catholic, and a proud one at that.

That being said, news of the intended resignation of Pope Benedict XVI came with mixed feelings, both admiration and relief. One may question my view or label me as a bad Catholic for such feelings, but I feel quite the opposite. When Pope Benedict XVI was elected eight years ago, I watched as my teacher adjusted the rabbit ears on the television just in time for the pontiff to step out onto the balcony in St. Peters Square. It was a moment I will never forget, but within the following eight years, the world changed in so many ways few of us could predict. [Read more…]

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Alumnus/Jesuit Refugee Service Director in Jordan, Colin Gilbert ’03

Alumnus Colin Gilbert (Brophy ’03, LMU ’07) will speak to Brophy students and faculty this Monday, March 11th. Gilbert kicks-off his month long visit to the U.S. to raise awareness and support of Jesuit Refugee Services and the work they are doing with refugees in Jordan. His presentation is included in Brophy’s annual two-week Summit on Human Dignity, this year the subject is The Opportunity Gap.

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With a background in Ignatian spirituality, liberation theology, Spanish, and Arabic, Colin has worked with immigrants and displaced populations for several years in East Los Angeles, El Salvador, Colombia, Kenya, and the occupied Palestinian territories. Colin taught Catholic Social Teaching at Xavier College Preparatory High School in Palm Desert for several years before moving to the Middle East. For the past two years, he has been working with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Jordan, where he now serves as the Jordan Country Director.

With the emergence of the Arab Spring and due to mass movements of refugees in the Middle East, the work of JRS in the region has increased significantly. In addition to responsibilities in Jordan, Colin has been called upon to assist with communication and advocacy for the JRS Middle East and North Africa regional office, which oversees initiatives in Syria, Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon.

Brophy Press Release 40_Colin Gilbert JRSColin spoke to The Bishop’s Hour about his struggles as a teenager and the profound impact Brophy immersion trips and Kairos retreats had on his life. Listen here

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Alex Lendrum ’09 named Pac-12 Scholar Athlete

2009 lendrum Pac-12 scholar athleteUSC’s Alex Lendrum was named the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Conference office announced on Wednesday at the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Washington. The award, which is presented in each of the 22 sports the Conference sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes who are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.

Lendrum, a biochemistry major, boasts a 3.76 cumulative GPA and has qualified for the Dean’s List every semester of his college career. In 2012, he was named to CoSIDA’s Capital One Academic All-America Second Team and All-District-8 First Team. He was a Pac-12 All-Academic First Team selection in 2011 and 2012 and was a 2012 Spring CSCAA Scholar All-American. Lendrum is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med honorary fraternity as well as the Golden Key International honor society. He earned the USC David X. Marks Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award in
2011 and 2012.

He was a captain for both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons and placed sixth in the 200-yard back and 14th in the 200-yard IM at the 2012 NCAA Championships.

In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50% of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.
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Valparaiso appoints alumnus Kanelos ’87 to Dean at Christ College

In a recent press release, Valparaiso wrote:

1987 kanelosValparaiso University has appointed Peter Kanelos, PhD, as Dean of Christ College—The Honors College effective July 1, 2013. Most recently he has been a faculty member at Loyola University Chicago.

In his role as dean, Kanelos will be responsible for the strategic leadership, coordination and guidance of Christ College. He has an accomplished record in higher education and brings a comprehensive vision for liberal arts education; an ability to collaborate with academic and administrative colleagues; and experience with a diverse student body, combined with commitment to supporting initiatives to expand diversity. Kanelos is deeply devoted to honors education and has a rooted enthusiasm for Christian higher education.

“Professor Kanelos brings to Christ College a variety of important gifts: extensive experience at strong Catholic universities that are mission driven; a well informed love for interdisciplinary education; and both the energy and the imagination required to build new programs,” Valparaiso University Provost Mark Schwehn said. “These strengths are vitally important, since Professor Kanelos will be the first dean in the nearly half century of the College’s existence to have been selected from outside of the University.”

At Loyola University Chicago, Kanelos has chaired several committees in addition to serving as a core faculty member of the honors program, an associate professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the founding director of the Interdisciplinary Shakespeare Studies Program. Kanelos brings a distinguished background as an educator and administrator who has developed innovative programs and worked across departments and disciplines to create a cohesive student curriculum.

“Professor Kanelos comes at a time when the College is ready to be led by someone who will bring to bear upon its management rich outside perspectives and who is ready as well to build upon its widely recognized strengths to develop new academic initiatives,” Schwehn said.

Prior to his tenure at Loyola, Kanelos was the founding director of the Cropper Center for Creative Writing at the University of San Diego, and served as the resident Shakespearean in the prestigious Old Globe MFA in Performing Arts Program. He was also a fellow in the humanities at Stanford. Kanelos has published extensively and is currently editing a book series, “Shakespeare and the Stage,” and writing a textbook, “A History of Drama.” He has a new collection of essays in press, has several peer-reviewed articles forthcoming and is serving on the editorial board for a new Shakespearean journal.

He is frequently invited to address national and international audiences on subjects related to Shakespeare, most recently at the Globe Theatre in London.

Primarily, Kanelos strives to develop students into accomplished leaders who will make a difference in the lives of others.

“As an educator, my first priority is to encourage excellence, not only so that students will be able to identify and achieve their goals, but to ensure that in seeking their own success, their accomplishments lift those around them as well,” Kanelos said. “This two-fold purpose—to foster intellectual, moral and spiritual growth in such a way that personal advancement is in accord with the public good—is, I believe, the noblest goal of higher education.”

Valparaiso University’s Christ College offers an honors environment where faith and learning are cherished, where interdisciplinary education fosters independent critical thinking and where virtues such as charity, humility and courage are nurtured. These qualities align closely with Kanelos’ values, making him an ideal candidate to lead the college.

“I believe intensely in the value of interdisciplinary study and in the principles of honors education,” Kanelos said. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead a faculty and body of students who are committed to engaging critically and analytically the full range of the human experience. By insisting that we cross boundaries, grapple with the unfamiliar and upend the familiar, Christ College works toward the education of the whole person in the fullest sense.”

Kanelos holds a PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at University of Chicago, a MA in Political Philosophy and Literature from the University Professors Program at Boston University, and a BA in English from Northwestern University.