Philanthropy at the heart of an alumnus, Werntz ’87

1987 werntz (fb)On March 1st, Scott Werntz ’87 began a epic journey to honor his friend David Hatfield. David has been courgeously battle a rare and deadly form of Lymphoma since September 2012. His mission? Run 1,000 miles in 1 year to raise $100,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in David’s name. LLS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

In 18 days, Scott ran 59.99 miles, raising $5,130. Keep up to date with Scott at

O’Connor ’07 receives Bronze Star Award

2007 O'Connor, Tyler (fb)Tyler O’Connor is a 1st Lt. Airborne Ranger completing a 9-month tour of duty conducting counterinsurgency operations. During his tour, O’Connor led a platoon of American soldiers along with 10 Afghanistan men to the Kunar province in Afghanistan.

Tyler brought his men home unharmed this past December 2012 and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic leadership in a combat zone.

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Jaime Clarke ’89 publishes novel

1989 Clarke, JaimeRoundabout Press will publish Clarke’s novel “Vernon Downs” in April 2014. Clarke wrote in an email, “I’ve always been a proponent of small press publishing and as a co-founder of the literary magazine POST ROAD, I know how hard it is to be a publisher.”

Clarke is giving all pre-order royalties directly to Roundabout to aid them in their mission to discover and promote writers and their work. “So many small publishers fail after a couple of books because they run out of money and so I’m really trying to get the word out.”

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About the Book…

“Vernon Downs is a gripping, hypnotically written and unnerving look at the dark side of literary adulation. Jaime Clarke’s tautly suspenseful novel is a cautionary tale for writers and readers alike–after finishing it, you may start to think that J.D. Salinger had the right idea after all.”
—Tom Perrotta, author of Election, Little Children, and The Leftovers

Pat Crowley ’98 starts a food revolution

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…beginning with water sustainability right here in the U.S.

Water is my passion, and I have dedicated myself to the mission of ensuring that future generations will have a sustainable source of fresh water. I have worked as a water resource planner in several states in the Western US, and have learned firsthand just how unsustainable our water use is. As our growing population increases the demand for water, we are increasing our reliance on a diminishing supply of available water.

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I also work as a whitewater rafting guide on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. For thousands of years, this river has been revered as the life blood to many civilizations, but sadly, this magnificent river no longer even flows to the ocean, but is dried up by field after field of high water-use crops, in the middle of the desert. At Chapul, we think the solution is to learn from our ancestors, the native cultures of the American West and Mexico, and to begin incorporating healthy, environmentally sustainable insect protein into our diets here in North America and Europe.

The majority of our freshwater resources here in the Western U.S. go to agriculture, with the majority of that used for livestock production. Insects, however, are incredibly efficient at converting nitrogen plant matter into a very healthy source of protein for humans, while emitting very few greenhouse gases and not requiring nearly as much land resources. They are currently eaten in 60% of countries around the globe, and the only reason we do not here in the U.S. is purely psychological – similar to sushi was before the 1970’s.

I started Chapul with the help of friends and family to leap over this psychological hurdle of eating insects in the United States. If we shift even a fraction of our protein consumption to environmentally friendly, healthy, and delicious insects, we will have a significantly smaller water footprint. . .and maybe the flow of the mighty Colorado River will return to the Sea once again.

So enjoy your Chapul Cricket Bars, and know that you are contributing to the water supply of tomorrow.

-Pat Crowley, Brophy 1998

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Hank Mackey ’08 graduates from West Point

2008 mackey, hank -wpBrophy alumnus Hank Mackey graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point this month with Civil Engineer Honors. He deploys with the 101st Airborne this month to eastern Afghanistan.

Top photo, left to right:
AJ Mackey BCP ’10, Ellie Shiel Spelder XCP ’81, Hank Mackey BCP ’08, Mike Mackey, Col. Puckett USMA ’49, Maureen Mackey XCP ’77, Rhody Shiel BCP ’83, Mike Shiel BCP ’73

2008-mackey,-hank-(2)-wpBottom photo: AJ Mackey BCP ’10, Hank Mackey BCP ’08