Connections is a monthly newsletter sent via email to Regis Jesuit High School alumni and friends. Its purpose is to keep alumni informed in a timely, organized manner without cluttering up the inbox. Please contact the Director of Alumni Relations, Paul Miller '04 at 303.269.8047 or with any suggestions.

May 2017

I’d like to first welcome the 365 graduates from the Class of 2017 (how old are we?) to our alumni community. They join the ranks of the more than 12,000 alumni in our illustrious network. 

Congratulation to Sam Dwyer ’91 who took down the Alumni Poker Tournament last Friday for the second time. Dwyer outlasted Dan Huss ’95, Ken Chodil ’04, James Houtsma ’98, Chuck Atler ’51, Rob White ’04, Ryan Smith ’04 and Chris Jewett ’04 at the final table. Thanks to Todd Taylor ’89 of A Full House Casino for providing the poker services. 

The 16th annual Rudy Golf Tournament is on Monday, June 5 at Saddle Rock Golf Course. There are still SIX foursomes that need to be filled so if you are interested in playing, be sure to register today!

Finally, our RAIDERS REUNION 2017 is starting to take shape. If your graduation year ends in a 2 or 7 be sure to read below to find out more about your reunion details. 

Thank you to the 956 alums who have made a donation this fiscal year—from July 2016 to June 2017. We are getting closer to our fiscal year-end goal of 12% alumni financial participation, but we definitely need your help. If you don’t see your alumni buddies' names on the list below, give him or her a nudge and tell them to join The Raider Club!

(If you made a donation in the last two weeks, your name may not appear on the list.)
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Paul Miller '04
Director of Alumni Relations


The Rudy logoDon't miss out on The Rudy Golf Tournament which is enjoyed each year by alumni, parents, students, faculty and friends as a great way to socialize in support of Regis Jesuit. Proceeds benefit the Rudy Brada Memorial Scholarship, which provides financial aid for deserving Regis Jesuit students who are interested in science and/or are part of the Regis Jesuit golf teams. This year's tournament will be held at Saddle Rock Golf Course on Monday, June 5 with a shotgun start at 1:30 pm. Ways you can get involved:

  • Register as an Individual Golfer or a Foursome: Limited spots remain so be sure to reserve your spot today!

  • Register as a Tournament Sponsor: We anticipate that this year's tournament will again have a sold-out field of 136 golfers, providing wonderful potential for positive public relations and marketing extended to supporters of the event. We invite you to be one of our sponsors for this event. The cost is $500, which includes signage at registration, on a tee box and at the post-event ceremony. If you are not a golfer, but are still interested in promoting your business, you can do so for half the full sponsor price. Sign up to be a sponsor today!

This year we will be combining two RJ traditions into an Alumni Homecoming Weekend celebration! Registration information to be announced soon, but be sure to save the following dates to relive the past and celebrate the future of Regis Jesuit:
  • Friday, September 29 | Alumni Homecoming BBQ | All alumni | Regis Jesuit High School
    • Held in the Steele Center and outside on McNicholas Green
    • Families welcome - there will be activites for kids
    • Live music
    • Reserved seating at the Homecoming football game
  • Saturday, September 30 | RAIDERS REUNION 2017 | All reunion classes | Regis University
    • Mass
    • Happy hour and hors d'oeuvres
    • Tour of the "Pink Palace" and more!

Honor your Raider experience and keep the tradition alive...

“RJ financial aid has given me the opportunity of a great education with a community that I feel is comforting, accepts and supports me." -Donavon Ruiz '19, Financial Aid Scholarship Recipient

"I am so thankful for the financial aid my family has received which has allowed me to take advantage of diverse curriculum opportunities that will shape my future." -Theresa Nelson '18, Financial Aid Scholarship Recipient

With the support of alumni like you, we can ensure that Donavon, Theresa and other students like them have the support they need for a successful future. By making a gift to your Alumni Class Scholarship, you are impacting the life of a Regis Jesuit student.

Every gift makes a difference! Last year, gifts of $100 or less totaled more than $150,000 and helped more than 400 students take full advantage of the Raider experience.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Bethany Carmellini, Director of Annual Giving & Scholarships at or 303.269.8026.

LARK 2017



We are very thankful for the generosity of spirit in the Regis Jesuit community in sharing time, talent and treasure to keep the tradition of LARK thriving more than four decades in! Your generous support of this event ensures that students in need will be able to attend Regis Jesuit High School for years to come!


630 total attendees

55 alumni in attendance

130 volunteers

$200,000 raised during the Paddle Raiser for the Charlie Saulino Scholarship

In total, the Regis Jesuit community raised $690,000 for our students!

A special thank you to our sponsors and event support crew who made LARK 2017 an amazing success.

View pictures from the event by visiting Share your photos from the event with the RJ community using #RJLARK on social media.

If you are interested in helping to plan LARK 2018, please contact Helen Bingham, Director of Events at 303.269.8040 or for more information.  


We continue to invite the Regis Jesuit community to extend best wishes to Charlie Saulino, a true Man with and for Others, as he begins his retirement this summer. Charlie has impacted decades of students in his 47 years as a teacher—36 of them here at Regis Jesuit. Over the years, Charlie has served our community as a teacher, coach, principal, and administrator. In recognition of Charlie's commitment to the mission of Regis Jesuit, this year's LARK Paddle Raiser supported the Charlie Saulino ScholarshipLearn more about in this special appeal video shown at LARK, produced by Fr. Tom Rochford, SJ '64.


If you were not able to attend this year's LARK, please consider making a donation to the Charlie Saulino Scholarship online.


President David Card ’87 and the Board of Trustees are pleased to announce that the school has purchased the parcel of land adjacent to the campus currently occupied by Academy Acres Kennels. Securing this land was one of the objectives of our current strategic plan. Read more about how the purchase came to fruition and what the next steps are in this letter from David Card

Be sure to join our Regis Jesuit LinkedIn community, which serves to identify opportunities to network and provide career assistance for parents, students, alumni and all members of the Regis Jesuit High School community. If your son or daughter is in need of summer internships, school or career council, etc., LinkedIn will serve as a platform where they can connect with our wonderful RJ community. Join this effort by completing two quick steps:

  1. Follow the Regis Jesuit High School company page, which will keep you up-to-date on school-related information such as job openings, upcoming networking events, etc.
  2. Join the Regis Jesuit High School group and post about any job openings, internships, etc. that are available at your place of business. Or if you can help out another, please comment on any job or school-related inquiries as they are listed.

RJ Day for Others is designed to bring the multiple facets of the community of Regis Jesuit High School—students, alumni, parents, faculty, friends—together in the shared experience of prayer and service to the people of God in the Denver area. More than 1000 people joined us for the sixth annual event in September 2016—the largest service event ever sponsored by the school in its 140-year history! Save the date for the Sixth Annual RJ Day for Others—September 9, 2017! Registration will open in August. For more information on the event visit

  • Alumni Satellite Events: Over the history of RJ Day for Others, we had multiple satellite service events coordinated by our alumni taking place around the country. We would like to grow that number for this year. If you are interested in coordinating a satellite service site for 2017 in your city, contact the Alumni Office. We would love for some of our young alums, who participated in DFO while they were at RJ, to coordinate events in their college towns.


Former RJ President Fr. Phil Steele, SJ '66 is currently the Jesuit Superior at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and is working with campus pastoral activities. This summer he will become the superior of the Jesuit Community at Jesuit Hall in St. Louis.

RJ alum and current RJ teacher Adam Dawkins '98 is riding with Catholic Charities Team Samaritan House this June in Ride the Rockies seven-day, 32,000 foot cycling trek through the Rocky Mountains. Every penny the team raises will go directly to helping Samaritan House homeless shelters in Colorado, part of Catholic Charities' effort to assist homeless individuals and families get back on their feet. Read more about Adam's story here and donate to Samaritan House directly on his rider page.

Last month, the RJ Alumni Mentorship Series hosted David Cooper '10, Senior Engineer at EDGILE INC. A senior leader providing strategic consulting services in the area of cyber security and data privacy, David advises clients in media, technology, energy, and healthcare on solving cyber security and privacy challenges from a business perspective. He focuses primarily on security assessments, strategic roadmap development, organizational design, and data privacy compliance and strategy.

Daniel Pichler '13 will be serving at De Smet Jesuit High School with the Alum Service Corps next school year.

Tommy Gaessler '16 reflects on his experience with Galvanize, a six-month coding school. Read the full story here.

Did you get married, receive an award, meet up with fellow RJ alumni? Let us know by emailing your class note to Stay up to date with the latest #GreatRaider happenings on our Alumni Facebook and Twitter pages. 

The mission of the Student Legacy Program is to educate our students about the importance of giving back and responding to the financial aid needs of their Regis Jesuit brothers and sisters. Our students stepped up in a big way this month with 651 students who answering the call and raising more than $3600 for their Class Scholarship!

"Many of my friends are on scholarship at Regis Jesuit. I couldn't imagine what Regis Jesuit would be without them, and so it's important to give that same experience to the students that come to Regis Jesuit after me."
-Scott Marin '17

"I believe it is so important to give back so that other incoming students will be able to grow and experience all that Regis Jesuit has to offer. Through our donations, students are provided the opportunity to become better Men and Women with and for Others, allowing God's love to spread all around us."
-Malia Higdon '17

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