Rory Tarbox ’01 receives MBA Honors from USC

2001 tarbox, roryRory Tarbox earned his MBA with Honors, and finished in the top 10% in his class of 650, from the Marshall School of Business at USC yesterday. After the ceremony we were sitting with his classmates and one asked him “how did you do it?”

His answer… “I learned to learn from Father Renna at Brophy.”

Photographed here with mom, Vicky

Peter Rutti ’89 appointed Director at architectural firm

1989 ruttiBrophy alumnus Peter Rutti ’89 was recently appointed to a Director position at Westlake Reed Leskosky (WRL) in Central Phoenix. In addition to Phoenix, WRL has offices in Cleveland, Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles. The firm was ranked #1 in Sustainability, #6 Overall, by Architect Magazine in 2012.

Rutti said over email today, “…24 years later…I now overlook my alma mater from my office window. Small world!”

More about Westlake Reed Leskosky…

Brophy appoints Head Soccer coach

1998 lewkowitzBrophy Principal Bob Ryan announced this morning that Noah Lewkowitz ’98 has accepted the position of Head Varsity Soccer Coach. Noah’s soccer pedigree is distinguished. While a student at Brophy, Noah was a four year Varsity Letterman and member of Brophy’s 1995 State Championship Team. After Brophy, Noah attended Duke University where he was a four year varsity Letterman and member of Duke’s 2000 ACC Championship team. For the last eight years, Noah has been an assistant coach on our varsity team. Noah not only brings a wealth of soccer expertise but as an alum and current teacher, Noah has a deep understanding of Brophy’s mission and values. In an email to the faculty and staff today Mr. Ryan said, “I look forward to the leadership Noah will provide as he looks to build on the successes and momentum Brophy Soccer has enjoyed under Marc Kelly for the last twelve years.”

Andrew Forsyth ’10 interviewed for Stanford University music project

Under the direction of Jesse Rodin, the vocal ensemble Cut Circle ( will join Stanford students in performing a concert of late works by Josquin des Prez (ca. 1450–1521). The singers will gather around a newly commissioned replica of a 15th-c. music lectern to sing Inviolata, Preter rerum seriem, the Missa Sine nomine, and other astonishingly beautiful pieces. Their performances will be accompanied by “simulcast musical analyses”–real-time visualizations of musical features that represent the fruits of a collaboration with Ge Wang (CCRMA). 2010 forsyth, andrew

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Christopher Hoyt ’01 named National Director for NPH Guatemala

2001 Hoyt, Chris (fb)(Press release from NPHH) The Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos y Hermanas International (NPHH) announced that Christopher Hoyt will be filling the role as National Director for NPH Guatemala beginning the first week in June, 2013.

Chris first met Fr. Phil Cleary and the NPH Mexico estudiantina and danza nearly 15 years ago in his home state of Arizona. During high school he accompanied the first mission trip from Our Lady of Perpetual Help school to visit two pequeños sponsored by his family. While at the University of Notre Dame, he pursued a dual degree in Film & Television and Spanish and studied Spanish in Chile. Just a few months before graduating, Chris visited the home and was able to have his first fluent conversation with the children in Miacatlán. That was when he decided to apply to volunteer with NPH Mexico after graduation.

Chris served in Mexico from 2005-2008, as a caregiver, Volunteer Coordinator, Visitor Coordinator, and Director of General Activities. During that time he volunteered with his sister Melissa, now Events Manager at Friends of the Orphans Midwest, and Katie Cordaro, who would later become his wife. Chris says his years with the children, staff, and volunteers of NPH Mexico were among the most influential of his life, and he hoped to someday return to NPH if the possibility arose.

Chris went on to pursue a Masters degree at the University of Kansas, the top rated school for Public Administration in the nation. During that time, he served as Director of Volunteers with the Missionaries of the Precious Blood Kansas City Province, where he developed a start-up program to supply social service agencies throughout the U.S. with volunteers to serve vulnerable communities.

In 2012, Chris traveled to West Africa to assist a Cameroonian community organization in developing international partnerships, revenue sources, and an international volunteer program. Upon completing that project, he accepted a Fellowship with Catholic Relief Services in Malawi, the organization’s largest operation in Southern Africa. There he worked on monitoring and evaluation systems to improve management and effectiveness for a program targeting 15,000 with early childhood development services.

Chris says, “For me, one of Fr. Wasson’s greatest legacies is that he embraced a family of worldwide supporters, in which each of us plays an equally important role, so that pequeños might lead the fullest life possible. Fr. Wasson opened the door for every one of us to use our gifts and talents to their fullest potential to write a new reality in the lives of vulnerable children. To participate in that vision is something I consider the highest honor and deepest responsibility.”

Stephen Walden ’08 launches ergonomic tool company

2008 walden, stephen“The idea for Bosse Tools originated a few summers ago when Walden found himself exhausted, tired and sore after doing home and garden work. After shoveling for hours on end, he thought to himself “there must be a better way to do this.” With a little creative thought, glue and some PVC pipe, he created the first double-handle shovel that maximizes output and diminishes strain.” Continue…


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Brian Franz ’08 competes in UA Engineering Design Day 2013

2008 franz, brian (wp)Brian’s senior design project “Hybrid Rocket Engine Test Stand” won the Voltaire Design Award ($750 prize money), intended to recognize the design team that best emulates the ideals of French philosopher Voltaire (“the best is the enemy of the good”) and Da Vinci (“simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”) with a clean, simple, elegant, low cost design that simply works well.

Brian also was awarded the Honeywell Team Leadership Award (nominees are nominated by their teammates), recognizing the student who best exemplifies teamwork skills, including the ability to work cooperatively with others to produce high quality work, to take initiative, to support and respect the opinions of fellow team members, to give and receive feedback, to demonstrate effective leadership, to keep their team focused and to elevate the work of their fellow team members.

Brian will graduate from University of Arizona with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering this month. He will be attending graduate school at the University of Southern California in Astronautical Engineering.

Marc Papakyriakou ’10 headed to MIT this summer

2010 Papakyriakou, marc (wp)Brophy alumnus Marc Papakyriakou ’10 is finishing up his junior year at LMU Honor Program. He was recently recruited for a research project at MIT this summer. Marc will be on a team developing light-based microscopes that focus light to incredibly small diameters in order to manipulate molecules into nano machines. Science fiction? We think not, eventually it will be the standard for targeted drug delivery systems.

Read more at MIT’s Nanophotonics/3D Nanomanufacturing page