Alumni Now – June 2017

Thoughts from Fr. Philip Postell, SJ

Looking back at Pentecost, by the time the audience reads this, the Feast of Pentecost would have been celebrated two weeks ago. But the insight in this message is one that endures forever. Despite the theology behind Pentecost and the implications for the coming of the Spirit, one might easily overlook the setting of the various Pentecost scenes.

It is a fact that the coming of the Spirit occurs always in a community setting. The Gospel of Luke reinforces this detail with the comment that everybody had come together. The Gospel of John supports this community emphasis with the arrival of the Spirit to the disciples in a community gathering. Mary Magdalene, even though she had encountered the Risen Christ earlier, was not given the Spirit until her return to the community. Jesus seems to have given His spirit to the community who were gathered in fear. After a ten-day reprieve, the community gathered in fear, and was blessed by the Spirit. What are we to make of this community emphasis? How does this impact our attitude toward community as we consider family, civic, and even international developments? Do we pay attention to the practice of togetherness in our family life? Are we sensitive to the implications of global warming in the practical ways we live in Phoenix? Should we be sensitive to the implications of the Paris Peace Accords regarding the environment? Back at home, at Brophy, do we emphasize individual improvement at the cost of communal growth?

The implications of the coming of the Spirit must automatically involve whatever destroys community. Perhaps we might look at our practice of forgiveness, or the lack thereof as we live as family members, and as citizens of the world.

2017-2018 Alumni Service Corps

Brophy College Preparatory is happy to announce the members of the 2017-2018 Alumni Service Corps. We enjoyed a record number of applicants this year. Four of the five new members are Brophy graduates, with the fifth a graduate of Boston College. Congratulations and welcome to Jerry Aguilera ’13, Miguel Castillo ’13, Christopher Dominguez ’13, Timothy Shimon ’13, and Griffin Wong, from Boston College.

College Admissions – Part One

With graduation only a month ago, and in anticipation of a few changes in college choices over the summer, this month we will focus on some generic numbers for the Class of 2017. In August’s newsletter, we will include the colleges our graduates will attend.

The 326 members of the Class of 2017 (up from 295 graduates in 2016) submitted 2,164 college applications and received 1,252 acceptances. Graduates averaged 6.5 applications each, and faculty submitted just over 1,000 letters of recommendation – double last year’s number.

This year, 98% of graduates will attend a four-year college with 50% enrolling at ASU, UA, or NAU. Of the students attending ASU and UA, 42% will enroll in the Honors colleges. Jesuit colleges will become home to 57 of our graduates, with 15 Jesuit institutions represented.

Thank you to Brophy’s counseling department for this information, and watch for College Admissions – Part Two in the August edition of Alumni Now.

Alumni Service Projects

You are aware that our Brophy alumni have tried to focus on one service project every month. Our primary focus has been supporting Circle the City and the Parson’s Family Health Center in their effort to feed the homeless, including Parson’s First Friday monthly breakfast. Because of the challenges associated with continuing the breakfast project during the summer, Parson’s has suspended breakfast service for the months of June, July, and August. Our alumni will not be needed during that time. First Friday breakfast service will resume in September.

Despite this alumni service project being put on hold for the summer, we still encourage you to stay involved as several of our families do. Ray Korte ’64 works in the Circle the City kitchen once a month and his wife, Nancy, helps every Friday to transport food from St. Mary’s Food Bank to the kitchen. She and several of her friends also support an annual fundraiser for Circle the City.

Paul Binsfield ’83 has consistently volunteered at the Parson’s First Friday Breakfast in various capacities – facility guide, food server and goodwill ambassador.

And finally, Greg Kline ’82 and his wife, Lisa, volunteer every month in the Circle the City kitchen preparing and serving Sunday meals.

We encourage you to spend some time this summer assisting Circle the City and Parson’s Family Health Center as they continue to provide services for the most marginalized in our community.

Reunion Updates

Class of ’67 – 50th Reunion

  • Reunion Chairmen – Tom Knoell ’67 and Tom McGeorge ’67
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017

Class of ’77 – 40th Reunion

  • Reunion Chairman – Phil Hershkowitz ’77
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017

Class of ’87 – 30th Reunion

Class of ’92 – 25th Reunion

Class of ’97 – 20th Reunion

  • Reunion Chairmen – Matt Miller ’97 and Matt Morales ’97
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017

Class of ’12 – 5th Reunion

  • Reunion Chairmen – John Medici ’12 and Matt Munhall ’12
  • Friday, November 24, 2017

Alumni Updates

Pete Burr ’07 received the 2017 Arizona Connect2STEM Creative Media Award from Cox Communications, in partnership with the AZ SciTech Festival. Pete was honored for his video work behind the lens and in the classroom.

Alex Borselli ’07 recently graduated from Lehigh University with a Ph.D in mathematics. He will teach math at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.

Michael Feagles ’16 was chosen male athlete Newcomer of the Year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Michael ranked fourth on the team this year with a 73.11 average and was a First Team All-Big Ten Selection.

Congratulations to Ryan Grotjohn ’13 who has been drafted in the 10th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and also to Jake Steffens ’12, who has been drafted in the 29th round by the Chicago Cubs.

Kyle Chalmers ’13 was named the 2017 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Tennis Performer of the Year, as well as earning a spot on the Academic All-Area team for the third year in a row. (The tennis gene runs in the family – head coach Eric Chalmers ’10 led the Broncos to a state tennis championship earlier this year.)

Arcadia News recently published an article on Tom Succow and Josh Garcia ’07 as the baseball program leadership transitions from the retiring coach to his former player.

Maxwell Hall ’14, rowing for the University of California-Berkeley, and Costa Theodore ’16, rowing for Cornell, competed at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta in Gold River, Calif. Max took third in the men’s third varsity event and Costa placed 11th. Congratulations to Max and Costa, who rowed all four years for Brophy.

Congratulations to Cole Walsh ’13, a second-time All-American in the pole vault with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA track and field championships in Oregon earlier this month.

Bobby Grant ’14 has been named to the SEC Community Service Team, which recognizes athletes with a commitment to community service. Bobby works with Aggies CAN and Helping Hands.

Jesus Mendoza ’87 will be joining the cast for season six of the TNT series Major Crimes as special agent Vega. Jesus, an actor in L.A., has had roles in a variety of television shows, movies, and commercials, and is the brother of Brophy faculty member, José Mendoza ’88.