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Colin Hayes '08 honored on the water and in the classroom
August 2012
Colin graduated Cum Laude from College of Holy Cross this spring. He received the American Institute of Chemists Award given to an outstanding fourth-year chemistry major. Colin also rowed for the Crusaders for four years, being elected captain as a junior, and received the "Larry Chick Award" given to the rower who goes above and beyond to enhance the program. Colin will be attending the University of Texas, Austin, in the fall to pursue a PHD in Organic Chemistry.

Please Pray for Thomas Cloyd '05
July 2012
Thomas severely injured his spinal cord in a boating accident on a Wisconsin lake when he was visiting friends on July 8. Thomas was rushed to Froedtert Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee for treatment and rehabilitation. According to Thomas' dad, Cokely, Thomas "is paralyzed from the waist down, but has use of his arms and can move his wrists. The neurosurgeon says he may recover some additional function, but the rate and extent of his recovery is unknown, and will be measured in months."
The Cloyd family has set up a Carepages website as a means of keeping friends and family informed. Go to: www.carepages.com/search?search%5Bterms%5D=cloyd. Once you've opened an account (follow the easy directions found on the Carepages site), you may see updates on Thomas' condition and leave a message for him and his family.

Ricky DeMello ('06) needs our prayers
July 2012
Ricky DeMello ('06) was seriously injured in a fall Monday, July 2, in Rome, where he was participating in a study-abroad program. He has undergone several surgies and remains is critical condition. Here are several websites created by Ricky’s friends for status updates:
    http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/rickydemello – please note that donations made at www.caringbridge.org will not go to Ricky

Jordan Taylor '08 named one of the 30 Finalists for the Naismith Award.
March 2012
The Naismith Award is given annually to the college basketball player of the year. Jordan has started all 30 games this season for the Badgers and is averaging 14.6 points, 4.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. Past winners of this award include Bill Walton, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Jimmer Fredette.

BSM Grad a True Leader
February 2012
Alexandra Campion, a 2004 BSM graduate, has been busy. This fall she founded The Center for Girls' Leadership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing leadership skills and encouraging confidence in young girls. Starting this month, The Center for Girls’ Leadership will host its first program for high school girls called “Pathways to Leadership: Women in the Law.” 

Through the Pathways to Leadership series, The Center for Girls’ Leadership teaches high school girls about possible future career options in various industries. Each program features a panel with women from the community discussing their individual leadership journey, as well as small group discussions and activities. This particular panel will include a short mock trial. The first event is from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, February 25, at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Registration is open now at www.centerforgirlsleadership.org.

Benilde Alum Offers a Unique View of the Future.
February 2012

Bill Shields' ('68) book Eirelan (penned under the name Liam O'Shiel) is set 2000 years in the future. One of many positive reviews states, "Liam O’Shiel presents readers with a century-long slide toward the dissolution of humanity during the latter part of the third millennium. Overburdened by reliance on machines, increased population, human-engineered genetic changes, global environmental shifts, collapsed political systems worldwide, humans are forced into feudal systems and other less organized forms of rule....The best news for readers who enjoy this type of novel is that five more are planned for the series. Later installments will include both prequels and sequels to Eirelan. Fans of battles on land and sea, of anything Gaelic, or of scintillating, well-told tales won’t be disappointed."
For more information, go to WWW.Eirelan.com.

Mary DesJarlais, '77 to speak at Alumni Book Club

September, 2011
Join us on Monday, October 10, from 5-7 p.m. at Parma's for our first ever Alumni Book Club. We are reading Mary's wonderful book, Dorie Lavalle. Bring a friend and come listen to Mary speak about her journey from Mr. Ryan's creative writing class to published author. So we can reserve space, please RSVP to Sandy or Rachel if you plan on joining us.

BSM Alumni Relations Launches Decade Happy Hours
July, 2011
Is five years too long to wait between reunions to see your fellow Red Knights? Wish you had a way to connect with friends and teammates a year or two ahead or behind you? Have we got the event for you--Decade Happy Hours!
Class of 2000-2007's happy hour is August 16 from 5-7 p.m. at Bar 508.
Class of 1990-1999's happy hour is September 13 from 5-7 p.m.  at The Bullfrog Cajun Bar
Class of 1980-1989's happy hour is October 18 from 5-7 p.m. at The Urban Eatery.
Class of 1970-1979 (Benilde, SMA and BSM!) is November 15 from 5-7 p.m. at Poor Richard's
St. Margaret's Academy all school happy hour is October 25 from 5-7 at the Good Day Cafe in Golden Valley.
If you have any questions, or to RSVP for one of the happy hours, contact Sandy Janssen Barry '86 at SJanssenBarry@BSMschool.org or Rachel Kuzma Olson '93 at RKuzmaOlson@BSMschool.org
Patrick Daly '11 Drafted by the New Jersey Devils
June, 2011
Daly, who plans to play for the University of Wisconsin next season, was drafted in the seventh round by the New Jersey Devils. The 6-foot-0, 178-pound defenseman was taken 154th overall.

Patricia Milun Appointed by Gov. Dayton as Chief Judge of the Minnesota Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals
April, 2011
Milun, a former Workers' Compensation judge and attorney will replace Judge Miriam P. Rykken on the court and succeeds Judge Thomas L. Johnson as the Chief Judge. Judges of this court serve six-year terms.

Milun has dealt with worker's compensation law throughout her career, first as a workers' compensation trial attorney for the law firm of Larsen, Heck, Klimek & Powell and then for 18 years as a workers' compensation judge. As a judge, she served in the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, as Chief judge of the Settlement Division of the Workers’ Compensation Court, and as a worker's compensation and administrative law judge for the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings.

'08 Grad is the Big Ten's Player of the Week
March, 2011

Jordan Taylor scored a game-high 27 points in Saturday's (February 12) upset of unbeaten Ohio State. Twenty-one of those points came in the final 12 minutes, 58 seconds of the game to help the Badgers wipe out a 15-point deficit and beat the Buckeyes, 71-67. Jordan is the second player in the last 14 years to score 27 points and 7 assists against the No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll.

Kachine Alexander ('07) Drafted by WNBA
April, 2011

Benilde-St. Margaret’s has a new piece of information for its history, as of April 11. During the third round of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft, 2007 BSM graduate Kachine Alexander was selected by the Minnesota Lynx, making her the 26th pick overall.

'85 alum Joe Kopp is Walking a Marathon
March, 2011

Joe was in an accident eight years ago that left him with a traumatic brain injury. To help raise awareness and funds for the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota, Joe is walking in the Believe, Inspire and Achieve Marathon at Rosedale Center in Roseville on Saturday March 19, 2011. "Believe. Inspire. Achieve." Finding hope to overcome despair, strength in the face of adversity and perseverance to keep moving forward despite obstacles is the message of this uplifting event. Go online for more information.

BSM Grad Featured in Walker Art Center Insights 2011 Design Lecture Series
March, 2011

Kevin Quealy ('99)  is a member of the New York Times graphics department, a 25-person team of visual journalists that explain, illustrate and contextualize the news for the newspaper and nytimes.com. Kevin has helped create some of the Times' best-known graphics, including visualizations of the 2010 Congressional elections, the interactive "Budget Puzzle" and many others. The department has won many national and international awards, including the National Design Award for Communication Design.
Kevin's presentation is Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Is There a Doctor in the House?
January, 2011

Clement Shimizu, class of ’98, defended his PhD thesis in computer science at the University of Minnesota. Clement's field of research is using computer graphics to aid designers. He is the youngest of five siblings to graduate from BSM.

2010 Graduate Wins Speech Competition
December, 2010

Miami University first-year student Lauren DeJute took home top honors at the Pearson COM 135 Speech Showcase in early December. Her persuasive speech, "Starvation in Zimbabwe," bested seven other speakers in the department of communication's annual event. DeJute, an education major, was recognized as the top speaker in Miami's Public Expression and Critical Inquiry classes for fall semester by both the judging panel and the audience vote.

'86 Alum Getting Rave Reviews
December, 2010

Thomas Goetz's recently published book, The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in New Era of Personal Medicine is making waves. The New York times called The Decision Tree "sophisticated and thought provoking." Thomas is also the executive editor of Wired Magazine. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two sons.

Alum's Daughter Named Ms. Minnesota, USA
November, 2010

Brittney Thelemann was recently crowned Ms. Minnesota USA. Brittney is the daughter of '77 Benilde St. Margaret's graduates, Dr. Lee Ann Herbert and Mark Thelemann.

Alum Swimmer Named Athlete of the Week
October, 2010

Swimmer Emily Roberts ('10), now a freshman at the College of Saint Benedict, was recently named the school's athlete of the week.  The sprinter won both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.  She also took second in the 100-yard backstroke and led off the winning 20-yard medley relay at the Hamline Invitational on October 30.

Impressive Finish
September, 2010

Allison Bolgrean ('05) and Hannah Smith ('05) finished in the top 10% of 15,000 finishers at the 2010 Chicago Half Marathon, held September 12, 2010.  This was Bolgrean's second half marathon and Smith's first.  Check out a picture of the ladies after the race here.

The Class of 2010 Impresses
September, 2010

Forty-six members of our most recent graduating class (along with six current seniors) have earned the distinction of AP Scholar.  The College Board bestows this honor to students based on their achievement on AP exams.  To see the full list of exceptional alums, and where they are now, click here.

Happy Trails to You
September, 2010

Barbara Moeglein Maloney ('56) and her husband, Jack, have written a book based on their adventures in Scotland.  The couple also maintain a website and blog, both of which delve a bit further into the amazing story. 

Learning Down Under
September, 2010

Five BSM graduates, Janine Karas (’08), Reed Mainquist (’06), Allison Schumacher (’06),  John Theisen (’06), and Matthew Thimjon (’06), recently traveled to Australia with the University of St. Thomas.  While in the country, the group completed a class on economics, and of course spent time enjoying the beautiful marine life.  Check out this picture of the classmates after snorkeling and scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef.


Leading with Faith
September, 2010

Margaret Larkin Ahles ('87) was honored as a 2010 Catholic Spirit "Leading with Faith" nominee.  The award honors individuals whose business practices relect the teachings of the Catholic church.  Ahles currently works at St. Jerome's in Maplewood, where she directs school plays, coordinates fundraising efforts, and much more.  Read Ahles' Catholic Spirit profile here.



Monastic Profession
September, 2010

Brother Michael-Leonard Hahn ('01) officially became a monk earlier this month when he made his profession of vows at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN.  Hahn attended St. John's University, graduating in 2005, and upon completion of his degree, Hahn taught at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, NJ, for three years.  More recently, Hahn taught at Cathedral High School in Saint Cloud, MN.


Alumni Bike Across Minnesota to Raise Awareness and Funds
September, 2010

Gabriel Skelly ('00) and his wife, Angela, were co-captains of Team YES (YWCA Endurance Sports) as they participated in the Minnesota Red Ribbon Ride.  The 300-mile bike ride raises awareness and research funds for HIV/AIDS in Minnesota.  Skelly's team raised over $35,000 for the cause and is already hard at work for next year's ride.  Also participating with Team YES were former BSM students Lori Snook ('02), and Stephanie Jurewicz.  Check out a photo of Skelly from the race.


Alum Opens Unique Restaurant
September, 2010

 Since finishing his studies at Cordon Bleu, Eric Jurewicz ('00) has opened Fat Eric's in Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood.  The fine-dining take-out/delivery restraurant features one entrée per day, inspired by an event in history.  Local foodies and resturant critics are loving the eatery, so make sure to stop in on your travels through Baltimore!


Miss Soccer is Already Making an Impact
August, 2010

Maddie Jobe ('10), former BSM girls' soccer goalie and freshman at Iowa State, recently got her first start in goal.  Jobe racked up four saves, as her Cyclones moved to 3-0 on the season.



Princeton Soccer Star Begins Final Collegiate Year
August, 2010

Former Red Knight boys' soccer star Benjamin Burton ('06) has kicked off his senior year with the nationally ranked Princeton Tigers.  Burton, a defenseman, has been named to the second-team All Ivy League for the past two years.



2006 Grad Pursues Unique Degree
August, 2010

Lauren Jenkins ('06) graduated with honors from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, with a B.A. in fine arts.  She has recently been accepted to the Cinema Makeup School and is currently working with an Emmy-award winner from the popular TV show CSI.



Recent Reunions a Lot of Fun!
June, 2010

This summer, the Benilde class of 1960 and the BSM classes of 1975 and 1980 gathered to have their respective class reunions.  George O'Leary ('60) put together some thoughts on the fun day--so check it out if you were unable to attend or if you have your own reunion coming up!



June, 2010

On Monday, June 14, over 140 BSM alumni and friends teed off at Deer Run Golf Club in Victoria for the 18th annual Joranger Open!  Check out photos from the event, see who took home bragging rights, and get the scoop on next year's tournament here


Thank You!
May, 2010

Thank you to all alumni who stopped by the alumni table at the BSM Relay for Life.  We hope you enjoyed your free goodies--we especially enjoyed seeing you out supporting the BSM community and Relay for Life!  The event was a great success: over 450 students participated and over $97,000 was raised!   


Congratulations are in Order!
May, 2010

Briana Vogen
('00) recently graduated from Duke University, earning her Ph.D. in chemistry.  She is currently working as a post-doctoral research assistant for Duke in DNA nanotechnology.  So if any young alumni have Chemistry101 questions, you know who to ask!



A Star on the Rise
May, 2010

After bit parts on several TV shows, Jessica Andres ('03) will be hitting the big time this summer, starring in Avatar the Last Airbender, based on the popular animated TV series.  Preparing for Avatar consisted of not only running lines, but martial arts training as well: "I got to work with stunt coordinators from Bourne Ultimatum and James Bond.  I also got to do Cirque Du Soleil training...It was so wild, and I got a stunt double but didn't even have to use her!" said Andres.



Faculty of the Year
May, 2010

At the May 21 closing school liturgy, an awards ceremony was held.  Lisa Lenhart-Murphy ('86) was named BSM Faculty of the Year.


Alum is Best of the Best
May, 2010

Hot on the heels of a string of shows around town, Mo Perry ('99) was recently named City Pages' Best Actress for 2010.  The paper highlighted Perry's ability to "bring a sense of deep, knowing silliness to her characters," calling her turn as Rhoda in Torch Theater's recent production of The Mary Tyler Moore Show "brassier than a James Brown horn section."

BSM Faculty Member Publishes Book on Engaging Students in Social Change
May, 2010

BSM faculty member Susan Cipolle has published Service-Learning and Social Justice: Engaging Students in Social Change.  In the book, Cipolle interviews eleven BSM alumni as she lays out the framework for developing a meaningful service-learning program in schools. View photos from the book signing here (coming soon).

Back from Break: South African Service Trip Update
April, 2010

Since returning from their spring break trip to South Africa, BSM senior Jen Deglmann and her classmates have been sharing their experiences with Open Arms Home for Children with the the BSM community, the blogosphere, and the local media.

Read the girls' blog about their adventure and read an article from the Star Tribune.  And check out what originally inspired Deglmann to organize this trip.

Mo Perry ('99) named Metro Magazine "Keeper"
April, 2010

Mo Perry has been named one of Metro Magazine's "Keepers" for 2009--a list of the Twin Cities "top up-and-coming creatives."  After studying theater at the University of Kansas, Perry took time away from acting and joined the Peace Corps, traveling to Africa.  She gained life experience when she served as a tour guide for international tourists throughout the Southwestern United States.  All of this led Perry back to Minnesota and back to her craft--in full force!  Her resume currently boasts twenty-five productions on some of the Twin Cities finest stages, including Theatre in the Round, Park Square Theatre, and Brave New Workshop.  She also recently stole the show as Georgette in Torch Theatre's staging of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Karen Weber ('75) Leads a Master Class
March, 2010

Karen Weber is currently starring in the Bloomington Civic Theatre's production of Master Class, which highlights opera performer Maria Callas' master class offerings at the Julliard School.  With the Star Tribune labeling Weber's performance as "can't miss," be sure to check it out.

Michael Fabiano ('02) Debuts at The Met
February, 2010

Michael Fabiano recently made his debut with The Metropolitan Opera in Verdi’s Stiffelio, conducted by the renowned Plàcido Domingo.  Critics are enjoying his first major performance, with the New York Daily News hailing his commanding stage presence and “rich tenor voice.”Prior to his debut at The Met, Michael won the Met’s National Council Auditions—an arduous contest billed as one of the top operatic competitions in the world.  Michael is also heavily featured in the documentary The Audition, which highlights his journey through the National Council Auditions.  The New York Times calls Michael the “most fiercely competitive [audition] finalist.”

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