Steve Ferrara ’87 completes tenure on Capitol Hill

1987 ferrera, steve (Medium)Steve Ferrara, MD ’87 is an Interventional Radiologist and a Captain in the U.S. Navy. He’s completed multiple worldwide deployments from Afghanistan to Africa and the Middle East to Indonesia. Most recently he spent a year on Capitol Hill as a National Academy of Sciences Congressional Health Policy Fellow on the Energy and Commerce Committee. He and his team oversaw multiple federal agencies including HHS, FDA, and the NIH. He was a principal author of a $150B piece of healthcare legislation that secures Medicare access for 50 million seniors, ensures that quality becomes an integral part of healthcare delivery, and stabilizes payments for physicians. Following his tenure on the Hill, he was asked to serve as the Navy’s Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Chief of Medical Operations. Steve and his wife, Elizabeth — a Pediatric Nephrologist, live just outside of Washington, DC with their children Madeleine (13) and John (10)…BCP ’22??? Steve says, “If you’re visiting the nation’s capital, don’t be a stranger!”

Alumni Now – April 2014 Edition

Thoughts from Father Phil Postell, S.J.

In the nineteenth century, a noted anthropologist studied the language of Native Americans located in North America. He found a certain peculiarity about the language. When it came to color, there were only two words – black and white. Every single variation of color was reduced to black and white. This is what they said and this is what they actually saw.

In our contemporary usage of language, do we mirror sometimes the same attitudes when we look at the diversity of the people around us? Do we simply reduce the extraordinary varieties of culture to black and white?

Alumni Family Picnic

Submitted by Calvin Fairbourn ’14
On Sunday, April 6th, over 150 alumni, along with their families, joined Father Postell and other Brophy staff for the Second Annual Alumni Family Picnic. The afternoon started with mass in the chapel followed by dinner provided by Pita Jungle, activities, and beer and wine from Four Peaks Brewery. Also, thank you to our Chairmen Dave Brown ’85 and Eric Herschede ’85. The alumni ranged from the Class of 1956 to 2010, and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon filled with fun and memories. Students led tours of campus, organized events, and chatted with past and future Brophy brothers. It was a wonderful experience, and the Office of Alumni Relations would like to thank the students and alumni who attended, along with the Classes of 1987 and 1984, who underwrote the event. Check out the Photo Gallery

Retreat for Jesuit Alumni

The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos is hosting a retreat for alumni of Jesuit institutions the weekend of May 16-18th. Bishop Gordon Bennett S.J., most recently of Loyola Marymount, will be our director. This gathering will be a great opportunity for alums in the California and Arizona area to connect with one another and reconnect with their Jesuit roots.
Click here for details about this event and more Brophy alumni news

Service Project

We have suspended our commitment to St. Mary’s Food Bank for the time being due to the new restrictions limiting group service days to four times a year. We would like to continue offering our alumni the ability to serve on a monthly basis and are therefore researching six or seven possibilities with monthly options. We hope to come to a decision at the meeting of the Alumni Organizational Board on April 22nd and will then announce our decision.

A Bit of History

Submitted by Bob Sloncen ’57
Brophy’s first varsity basketball team was put together in the fall of 1954. At that time we had no senior class but our coach, Fr. James Devlin S.J., wanted to start playing a varsity schedule. Enrollment for the schools then averaged about 140 students. Loyola High School in Los Angeles, California had an All-Catholic Tournament in December and Coach wanted us to play in it. Arrangements were made to stay at Chaminade Catholic High School in the Los Angeles area. We loaded up 3 or 4 cars with players, suitcases and equipment and hit the road. Most of the players had never been to California so needless to say this was a big deal!

Our first game was against Notre Dame and we got whipped. The second game was against St. Monica. We did fairly well the first half, but got blown away in the second. But Fr. Devlin had a surprise! Through his Jesuit network he got us tickets to go to the Loyola University vs University of San Francisco basketball game. We didn’t realize it at the time, but we would be seeing history made in that game. USF won the game, which became one of the victories in their NCAA record setting 60 game win streak. Wow! And two of their top players were the Hall of Fame duo of Bill Russell and KC Jones who later led the Boston Celtics to 11 NBA titles. But it gets better. Fr. Devlin knew some of the coaches at USF and after the game we got to go into their dressing room to meet them.

We thought it was cool at the time, but as the years went even more so. Bill Russell, KC Jones and the Brophy boys all in one room? Definitely cool!

Alumni Updates

Kyle Nilsen ’10 was awarded the James H. Robb Memorial Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement in the study of the History of Philosophy at Marquette University.

Andrew Anderson ’10 will graduate this May from William and Mary with a double major in Finance and Religious Studies. In August, Andrew will head to Leiden, Netherlands as a Fulbright Scholar to attend Leiden University where he will spend a year to receive his Masters in Arabic. Leiden is the oldest university in the Netherlands, founded in 1575.

Congratulations to Flavio Bravo ’10, the next Loyola University Chicago USGA President!

Tim Kempton ’13 is one of 25 finalists for Lehigh Freshmen of the Year! Read more here!

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.
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  • 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>

Alumni quick update, November 2013

Catch up on Brophy alumni this month

  • Mike Haag ’92 made appearances on CBS This Morning on Nov 11th and NOVA on Nov 13th to talk about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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  • Paris Dennard ’00 has recently been appointed Events Director at ASU’s The McCain Institute for International Leadership.
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  • Robert Balint ’09 received a Fulbright scholarship this past June and will teach English in Uruguay this coming February. Additionally, he (and fellow Boston College alums) completed a southbound trek of the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia finishing in 131 days, walking 2186 miles and through 14 states. Read his trip blog.
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  • Marc Papakyriakou ’10 will be honored by the Loyola Marymount University Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society. This national engineering honor society was founded at Lehigh University in 1885 to honor students displaying excellence in scholarship and exemplary character as undergraduates in engineering and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges. The LMU chapter was established in 1974.
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  • RJ Silva ’10 and XCP ’12 grad Alex Nolen will play lead roles in Loyola University Chicago’s production of the Twelfth Night. See their rehearsal photos on Flickr.
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  • The Ashton Family dinner with the Jesuits! John Ashton ’87 and his wife Kim purchased “An evening with the Jesuits” at the Brophy Auction last spring and invited the entire Ashton clan including alumni Lynn ’81, Brett ’88, Marc ’84, and Joe ’83. Check out the photos Brophy’s Alumni Flickr

Brophy alumni and current students swim to Alcatraz

Men for Others never stops.

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1984 Ashton, Marc_alcatraz swim (wp)On Sunday, September 29th, 11 Brophy students and alumni will be embarking on a historic swim from Alcatraz. The alums and students will be the sighted guides for 3 blind swimmers as they swim the 1 ½ mile channel between Alcatraz and San Francisco in 59 degree water. The three blind swimmers, including Brophy senior, Max Ashton, will be the first ever to swim the channel in Alcatraz Invitational’s 18 year history. “I want to swim Alcatraz because I want to prove to the world to not count me out just because I can’t see like everyone else. Brophy didn’t count me out. These Brophy Alumni aren’t counting me out. I hope Harvard, Stanford and Columbia won’t count me out, either.”

The idea to swim Alcatraz came from Alumni Jim Drake ’84 who, after guiding a 12-year-old blind student rim-to-rim across the Grand Canyon in 2010, knew blind students could swim Alcatraz. “I swam it in 2009. I knew if a blind student could do Rim to Rim in a single day, he could swim Alcatraz,” said Drake, who is now Arizona’s Assistant Secretary of State. “I pitched it to Marc Ashton and here we are.” Marc Ashton ’84 is the CEO of the Foundation for Blind Children and Max’s father. “Once Jim Drake convinced me our kids could do this, I reached out to my Brophy classmates Mike Tiffany ‘84 and Tom Palmer ‘84.” Mike Tiffany, a four-time veteran of Alcatraz, and one of Max’s sighted guides was nervous at first, “Alcatraz is hard. It’s very cold. The water is very choppy and the currents are strong, but I know Max is determined. Heck, he is the youngest blind person ever to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. I’m proud to be on his team.”

“This is what Brophy instills in our students,” said Brophy Regent Tom Palmer ’84, one of Katie Cuppy’s sighted guides, “We graduated from Brophy 30 years ago, but here we are being the eyes for those without vision. Men for Others never stops.”

To follow their historic swim, please go to Foundation for Blind Children’s website www.SeeItOurWay.org

Photo left to right: Jim Drake ’84, Craig Machen ’87, Ben Drake ’17, Jim Mooney ’84, Eric Stelzer ’16, Katie Cuppy (blind swimmer), Marc Ashton ’84, Max Ashton ’14 (blind swimmer), Tom Palmer ’84 (Brophy Regent), Tanner Robinson (blind swimmer), Mike Tiffany ’84, Ed Hendricks ’87, Jim Stelzer ‘84

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 www.miraclemiles.me

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.