Connections

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 pmiller@regisjesuit.com with any suggestions.

 
January 2017
FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS - PAUL MILLER '04
R.J. Tuchscherer '01

Happy 2017! I want to first thank the large number of you who made contributions over the Christmas holiday. Thus far this fiscal year, 763 alums have made a donation to their alma mater. With the 10,904 living alumni we have on record that puts us over the halfway mark of our 12% annual alumni giving goal. Only 545 more alums needed! Most importantly, remember that your support benefits the 400 young men and women this year, who would not have been able to attend Regis Jesuit otherwise. About 25% of our students are on financial aid, and with your continued support that number can continue to increase each year. 

Please be sure to encourage your alumni buddies to join The Raider Club, which is the easiest way to stay involved. 

It’s that time of year where I am looking for alumni willing to make congratulatory phone calls to newly-accepted students of the class of 2021 (ugh), welcoming them to the community of Regis Jesuit. Alumni who have done this in the past have had a great time with it, and I know parents and newly-accepted students find it very exciting. Plus, it builds alumni relations with new students right off the bat! My goal is to have 30 alumni make about 10 calls each. Scripts and information will be provided. Phone calls will take place toward the end of February. 

One thing to note is that the Girls Division has a system where current parents make congratulatory phone calls, so we’ll only be calling new students in the Boys Division. Alumnae are absolutely still wanted and encouraged to make calls if you are interested! 

Please shoot me an email if you are interested or would like more information. 

Until February,

Paul Miller '04
Director of Alumni Relations

THE 2015-16 ANNUAL REPORT

Regis Jesuit High School is proud to publish the 2015-16 Annual Report as part of the 2016 Winter issue of The Raider magazine. The print version of this publication should be arriving in your mailbox this week, if it hasn't already. The Annual Report provides an overview of the school's financial health and details the goals and outcomes of the school's fundraising efforts on the activities from the preceding fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Additionally, you will find lists of all our generous donors.

If you notice any errors regarding your contributions to Regis Jesuit, please contact Bethany Carmellini, Director of Annual Giving & Scholarships, at bcarmellini@regisjesuit.com or 303.269.8026 who will take the appropriate steps to resolve the issue.

THE RAIDER CLUB

An easy and affordable way for alumni to give back to their alma mater is by joining The Raider Club. For a monthly recurring gift of only $2.99 (or more), you'll receive a limited-edition RJ alumni quarter-zip sweatshirt, an official RJ 2016-17 sports/events pass, which provides free entry into athletic (excluding playoff and championship) games, performing arts and other events on campus! One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the Alumni Class Scholarship, which make it possible for students with financial need to attend Regis Jesuit. Join today and get in on all the fun RJHS events! 

Join TODAY by visting www.regisjesuit.com/theraiderclub

LARK 2017

LARK

 DONATION ITEMS NEEDED FOR AUCTION
Needed donation items include: wine or liquor, gift certificates (in $25 increments), use of vacation properties/mountain homes and cash donations. A full list of donation ideas can be found here. Donations can be brought to the LARK trailer, located directly outside the Girls Division east entrance.

SPONSORSHIP, PROMOTION AND UNDERWRITING OPPORTUNITIES
You can also participate in this annual Regis Jesuit tradition by placing a promotional spot in the LARK catalog or becoming an event sponsor or underwriter. Visit www.regisjesuit.com/SupportLARK to learn more. 

If you have any questions about LARK, please contact Helen Bingham, Director of Events at hbingham@regisjesuit.com or 303.269.8040.

SHORT TAKES

RENOVATIONS TO BLESSED RUPERT MAYER CHAPEL COMPLETE
Over Christmas Break, the renovations to the Blessed Rupert Mayer Chapel in the Girls Division were completed. Improvements included: installing new pews, lighting and sound. This chapel provides a sacred space for both Divisions, as well as the extended RJ community. For 27 years, it has been home to student and community Masses, baptisms and other important sacramental and liturgical celebrations. By participating in the LARK Autumn Raffle last semester, you helped revitalize this sacred space—thank you!

RJHS SPRING PLAY ANNOUNCED—NATURAL SELECTION, BY ERIC COBLE
Natural Selection will be performed March 11-12 in The Z Theatre. Tickets will go on sale in February and will sell out fast. For more information, please visit www.regisjesuit.com/theatre.

LEAVE YOUR LEGACY AT REGIS JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL
Did you know we have a Legacy Society named after our patron saint, John Francis Regis? The society honors donors who have made the ultimate gift by naming Regis Jesuit High School in their will. On our website, we offer a free Wills Planning Guide, as well as information on other planned giving options.

If you have any questions please consult your tax advisor. In addition, you may contact Glenn Churchill '69, Major Gifts Officer at 303.269.8041 or gchurchill@regisjesuit.com. Your commitment is very important in securing our ability to continue to provide a Regis Jesuit education to future generations.

If you are already a member, please save the date for a Brunch & Blessing, honoring our St. John Francis Regis Legacy Society members on Monday, March 6 from 9:30-11:30 am in the Steele Center. More details to be announced soon!

#GREATRAIDERS

For several years, a group of Regis Jesuit students have participated in an exchange program with students at a Jesuit school in Guatalaraja, Mexico. Fr. Tom Rochford '64, RJ Chaplain writes about the successes of this program in the UCS Jesuits Magazine (pages 8-11).

Kyle Martin '85 was named to the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Brian Knudsen '94 married Becky (Durica) on October 8, 2016. (Pictured below, left to right: Joe Cavanaugh '97, Adam Durica '96, Jason Cavanaugh '95, Brian Knudson '94, Brian Howley '93, Ed Durica '92, Kevin Knudsen '91, Tom Benson '90).

Kamile Nacickaite '08 was recently named Best Female Basketball Player in her native country of Lithuania.

Frater Clement (Tyler) Hurtgen '09 professed solemn vows with the Norbertines of California on December 31.

On December 22, Regis Jesuit welcomed back five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin '13, along with her parents and co-authors Dick and D.A. Franklin, for a special book signing event sponsored by The Tattered Cover Book Store. More than 300 people came out for the event!

Future alumni from the class of 2017, college-age alumni and their families celebrated Christmas Eve Mass in the Guy Gibbs '47 Gymnasium. Thank you to everyone who made this annual tradition for young alumni so special! View photos from this Mass, courtesy of Jackson Burkholder '14

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

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