Alumni quick update, March 2014

Catch up on Brophy alumni this month

  • Barrett Ames ’08 is a Robotics Engineer, working on the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Valkyrie DRC Robot project.

  • Jeff Lockhart ’09 was awarded the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship to pursue graduate study at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Gender Studies. The Gates is Cambridge’s most prestigious international scholarship (similar to Oxford’s Rhodes), and focuses on a commitment to improving the lives of others. Read more here.

  • Danny Wilson ’10 wrote a personal reflection for Harvard’s The Crimson.

  • Cristian Avila ’08 was invited to attend State of the Union address.
    More details here.

  • Adam Wentzel ’95 is now an American Sign Language/English interpreter in the L.A. Metro Area and will this spring be awarded a Master’s Degree in Linguistics at C.S.U. Northridge. After graduating with a dual Bachelor’s of Arts degree (Deaf Studies/Interpreting and Linguistics), he joined the esteemed staff of interpreters at CSUN and began presenting on second-language learning and advocating for the rights of all people to learn language. He is particularly thankful to Mr. Brennan for the four years of AP Latin classes he took while attending Brophy which he says fostered a curiosity for language that has culminated in a rewarding career with a positive social impact.

  • Mitch Hosier ’11 played with his band Black Thoughts at Club Red in Tempe on March 1st.

  • Former Student Body President, Paris Dennard ’00, serves as the Events Director at The McCain Institute. Photo Gallery

  • Jake Steffens ’12 interviewed for Santa Clara online blog about baseball. Read about it here!

  • Tim Kempton ’13 named Patriot League’s Rookie of the Year!

  • Mayasich Cup, named for Brophy alumnus Robby Mayasich ’10, was awarded to the triumphant Brophy Lacrosse team this month against Chaparral. Photos & Blog page

  • Brophy Varsity Soccer won the 2014 State Championship under Coach Noah Lewkowitz ’98, his first year as Head Coach.


    In Memoriam

    • Jeannette Ann Cox – Mother of Lisa Cox (XCP 84-86) and grandmother to Andrea Singh, Isabella Singh and Josh Cox ’08.

    • Seamus Raphael O’Bryan ’99

    • Arne Running – Brother of Cliff Running ’58, Steven Running ’64 and Michael Running ’60, and uncle of Steven Running ’87.

    • Anthony Iarocci, Sr. – Grandfather of Andrew Iarocci ’06 and TJ Iarocci ’96

    • William Whitcher ’61

    • Father John HanleyObituary
      A complete list can be found on the alumni homepage here>

Candlemass and the Feast of Mary’s purification

Candlemas-DayThere were two articles recently written to describe a certain reverence by Christians and Catholics towards scripture in general and the Old Testament in particular. In my own particular attitude, I tend to be a bit hasty about the historicity of certain rituals in the church, including the Old Testament.

There occurred two interesting events in the church’s calendar which obviously occur infrequently. On Sunday, February the 2nd, the church celebrated the Feast of Mary’s purification, which coincided with Candlemass days. This was a day when, traditionally, candles used by the church for the following year were blessed in one bulk. At the same time, candles for use in individual homes were also blessed and distributed. The idea behind this particular ritual is the spreading of light into the darkness, what the prophet Malachi calls the light to all the gentiles.

It is a very symbolic ritual and reflects the belief of the church that the messenger Christ represented by candlelight is ready to be spread throughout the world. The candles we utilize during liturgies are not just an antiquated precursor of a civilization before electric lights. Really the use of candles in addition has added theological significance.

Just to reinforce this assertion, the Feast of St Blaze follows the very next day on which occurs the Blessing of throats, a blessing conveyed by the crossing of two candles, significance indeed.

It behooves us therefore, to give more than passing thought to some of the religious articles we commonly take for granted.

Brophy Mayasich Lacrosse Cup

Update March 21, 2014
Brophy Lacrosse defeats Chaparral at the Mayasich Cup 9-3. Frances, Landis and Dan Mayasich were in attendance for the pre-game ceremony in memory of their son Robby Mayasich ’10.


Posted March 17, 2014
IMG_9287 (wp)The Lacrosse Cup named for Brophy alumnus Robby Mayasich ’10 will be this Thursday, March 20 at Chaparral Stadium. JV at 6:00 PM // Varsity at 7:45 PM

Can’t make it? Give to Robby’s Memorial Fund, a need-based scholarship given in honor of alumnus Robby Mayasich ’10.

Come early for the pre-game ceremony with the Mayasich family, Father Reese and the teams. Remember it is a “Pink Out.” Fans are asked to wear Robby’s favorite color…pink.

Photo: Robby’s dad Dan and Brophy Vice President Adria Renke with Robby’s friends who organized a Donate Life Arizona campaign, at the time it was the largest high school donor drive in the state.

Alumnus Kyle Chalmers ’13 named Rookie of the Week

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From Saint Joseph’s University Athletic Communications
Published on March 18, 2014

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Joseph’s freshman Kyle Chalmers was named the Atlantic 10 Men’s Tennis Rookie of the Week on Tuesday afternoon. Chalmers won four out of five matches he competed in to earn the award.

Chalmers cruised to straight-sets victories in both of his singles matches. On March 11, he defeated Mark Troiano of Wabash, 6-2, 6-1, in the third flight, and on March 15, he earned a 6-3, 6-2 win over St. Bonaventure’s Celso de Vera Rehberger.

In doubles play, Chalmers teamed with Tristan Boustany for a first-flight win over the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. He also split a pair of matches alongside Andres Urrea, winning against Wabash in the second flight before falling in a tiebreak to a duo from St. Bonaventure in a top-flight tilt.

The Hawks will travel to Delaware for a match on Thursday afternoon.
Saint Joseph’s University Hawks

Brad Snyder ’88 and Marc Engelsgjerd ’88 partner in children’s book publishing company


1988 snyder, engelsgjerdBrophy alumni Brad Snyder ’88 (photo right) and Marc Engelsgjerd ’88 (photo left) are launching a children’s book publishing company called “Need To Know Publishing” ( The first three titles, which came out this month, are being carried by major bookstores nationwide, including the bookstore at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The official book launch event is next week in downtown Phoenix, and it is open to the entire community. More information:

1998 alumnus Patrick Crowley appearing on Shark Tank on March 21st

shark-tankBrophy alumnus Patrick Crowley ’98 will be appearing on the TV show, Shark Tank on Friday March 21st.

Water conservation has been the focus of his lifes’ work. After graduating Brophy, Patrick received a Masters’ Degree in Hydrology from the University of Arizona, where he was awarded a fellowship from Arizona Project Wet. Patrick then went to work for the Arizona Department of Water Resources in the Judicial Branch as a Hydrologist, working on the resolution of the Colorado River water allocations in Northern Arizona. In 2011, Patrick was inspired to explore the potential of insect protein as a solution to the over consumption of freshwater in our industrialized agriculture sector, eventually starting “Chapul”, selling nutritional bars made from cricket flour. He is on a mission to introduce the idea of eating insect protein to the American public. A comparable amount of cricket protein takes 90% less water to produce than protein from cattle.

Visit his website for more information and watch him next week on Shark Tank!