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2022

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    BUTCH LEWIS '06 STRESSES MAKING THE MOST OF THE OPPORTUNITIES PRESENTED

    Great Raider Wendell "Butch" Lewis '06 shared his experience of navigating the opportunities offered to him as an athlete with attendees at the Strike Zone Academy football camp. One of the most sought-after prep football players in the country, Lewis went to USC where he played offensive lineman and was named to the 2007 Freshman All-American second team. From experience, Lewis knows how short an NFL career can be and wants to stress to the camp attendees the importance of earning a college degree and taking advantage of the opportunities presented to prep athletes.
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    STEPHANIE DEPREZ '07 REFLECTS ON THE MEANING OF PATRIOTISM

    Great Raider Stephanie DePrez '07, who currently lives and works in Germany, penned a reflection about learning an eye-opening lesson on patriotism after hosting refugees from Ukraine on her sofa bed. 

    A Lesson in Patriotism from Ukrainian Refugees
    By Stephanie DePrez | Grotto Network
    The first thing you need to know about war is that it is random. War happens in bedrooms and schools. War happens at grocery stores and train stations. War happens in your apartment, at your aunt’s house, in your cousin’s garden. In the middle of March, two weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, war was not happening in Putin’s living room. It was happening in mine.
    Read the full article on Grotto's website
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    TWO GREAT RAIDERS RANK IN THE TOP 50 MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN IN COLORADO SPORTS HISTORY

    Congratulations to Great Raiders Missy Franklin '13 and Fran Belibi '19 on being recognized as two of the top most influential women in Colorado sports history. Honoring the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, The Denver Post ranked the top 50 female athletes in Colorado based on the combination of their athletic achievement and impact on women’s athletics. Franklin, topping the chart in second place, is a five-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming and former world record holder in the 200-meter backstroke. Belibi, placing 10th, is going into her senior year at Stanford, where she earned the national NCAA Women's Basketball Championship title in 2021 and continues to dominate on the court. You make us proud, Great Raiders!
    Read more in The Denver Post
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  • A TRIBUTE TO TOM ROBINSON ‘64 

    The Regis Jesuit community mourns the loss of Tom Robinson ’64 who passed away on April 4, 2022. Throughout his distinguished 31-year tenure at Regis Jesuit, Tom served as a faculty member in the math department, coached football, basketball, track and golf, and helped to establish the Diversity Program at the school. He then served on the Regis Jesuit Board of Trustees followed by the Council of Regents after he moved to work as the assistant commissioner at CHSAA. Affectionately referred to as “Coach” to many who knew him, he will forever be remembered for his calm and poised leadership, his dedication and commitment to youth education and athletics and his continual support of Regis Jesuit. Tom at his core was a leader who truly embodied what it means to be with and for Others. His memory will live on in Regis Jesuit!
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    MARQUELLE DENT '12 NAMED DU ASSISTANT WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH

    Congratulations to Great Raider Marquelle Dent '12 who was announced as an assistant coach for the Women's Basketball program at the University of Denver in May, after moving from a coaching position at the University of Northern Colorado. A strong player for the Raiders during high school, Dent took her prowess to the University of Wyoming where she was a standout player and earned a degree in communications. 
    Read more on the DU website
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  • JEFF HOVORKA '82 WINS 2022 TOURING BROADWAY AWARD

    The Broadway League awarded Great Raider Jeff Hovorka ’82 its 2022 Touring Broadway Award for Outstanding Achievement in Road Marketing & Press. Hovorka has worked at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for 28 years in their Broadway and Cabaret Divisions. His efforts in local marketing and advertising campaigns have expanded the profile and strength of Broadway shows that travel to Denver.
    Read the full story on the DCPA website
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  • ELIJAH HAWKINS '22 WINS DELTA ETA BOULE SCHOLARSHIP

    Congratulations to newly-minted  Great Raider Elijah Hawkins '22 on being awarded the Delta Eta Boulé Foundation Scholarship.  Awarded by the foundation of the Denver chapter of the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, America's oldest black Greek-lettered organization for successful Black male professionals, the scholarship recognizes high school students who have overcome significant obstacles to achieve academic success and demonstrate strong character and leadership. Elijah will use his scholarship at Grand Canyon University. Well, done!
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    DAMIAN MENCINI '10 OFFERS TRIBUTE TO BASKETBALL COACH KEN SHAW

    Great Raider Damian Mencini '10 penned a special tribute published in the Spring 2022 of Elevate magazine about RJ Boys Basketball Coach Ken Shaw following his 800th career win. 
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  • MICAH FLORES '12 ORDAINED A PRIEST

    Great Raider Micah Flores '12 was ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, May 14 by Archbishop Samuel Aquila at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver. He has been assigned to serve at Most Precious Blood Parish. Blessings as Fr. Micah begins his ministry to the people of MPB.
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  • KAITLYN CULLITON '07 EDUCATES STUDENTS ON LITERACY NEEDS IN BORDER COMMUNITIES

    Great Raider Dr. Kaitlyn Culliton '07, an assistant professor of English at Texas A&M International University, teaches the Multicultural Children’s Literature course at the university. As part of the curriculum, students wrote multicultural books in support of the TAMIU Border Literature Project, an organization that aims to support early childhood literacy by increasing access to diverse children’s literature and educating and promoting multicultural authors. Her students authored, illustrated and published more than 100 books to help tutor local elementary school students who are struggling with reading and writing.
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    DAN FICKE '05 TAKES OVER AS MSU MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH

    Great Raider Dan Ficke '05 has been named the new Men's Basketball Coach for Metro State University. He is stepping up to the Roadrunners' helm after three seasons as head coach of the Division II Belmont Abbey team in North Carolina where he led the team to three national tournament appearances and two Conference Carolinas Tournament championships. Congratulations, Coach, and welcome home!
    Read the full story on the MSU website
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  • Nick Stofa '14, Abby Hegarty '12, Christina Canino Troska '14 and Lauren Troska Knapp '12

    ALUMNI IN THE LAW MINI-MENTORSHIP SERIES

    On a Saturday, March 26, Great Raiders Christina Canino Troksa ‘14 and Lauren Troksa Knapp ’12 offered a mini-mentorship series to 20 current students from both divisions. Focused on the law, the series offered sessions on different types of law, the experiences of present law school students, advice and experience sharing by practicing lawyers and the opportunity to practice some real-life cases. Great Raiders Abby Hegarty ’12 and Nick Stofa ’14 participated in the practicing lawyer panel along with Canino Troska and Troska Knapp. 

    Beyond providing much practical information, students in attendance also came away with a better understanding of the profession and a lot to think about! Attendee Mary Kabadi '25 said, “Attending the mini- mentorship was amazing. I had no experience or tangible idea of what the day-to-day life of a lawyer was like. It really introduced me to the profession and showed me all the possible types of law you can go into as a lawyer. The Q and A with real lawyers and law students was a phenomenal opportunity. I learned a lot and it really inspired me to do some more research into the option of becoming a lawyer in the future. I would recommend it to anyone curious about the law profession and anyone who is even considering a career in law.”
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    TY BLACH '09 RELIEF PITCHING EARNS WIN FOR ROCKIES

    Great Raider Ty Blach '09 celebrated a win after his Big League debut, pitching four scoreless innings of relief in the Rockies' 9-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, April 10 at Coors Field. Only giving up one hit with a walk and four strikeouts, he earned his first professional save. Blach joined a shortlist of Rockies pitchers to pitch four or more innings in relief and allow two or fewer baserunners. He also became just the seventh Rockie to record a four-inning save. 
    Read the full story in The Denver Post
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  • Students Visit Cadaver Lab as Part of Alumni Mentoring Mini-Series

    On April 5, 2021, a group of eight Regis Jesuit students learned first-hand what it is like to be a physician assistant as part of our RJ Connect: Alumni Mentoring Mini-Series. Led by Great Raiders Marielle Renehan '13 and Drew Miller '13, and chaperoned by RJ science teacher, Kevin Russell, the group took part in the Cadaver Outreach Program at Red Rocks Community College, visiting a cadaver lab and learning more about human anatomy. Designed to help current high schoolers learn more about this career path, the group met on four occasions to discuss various topics including paths to becoming a physician assistant, the education and experience needed for this field, different PA specialties and how to best prepare oneself during high school and college.
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    FRAN BELIBI '19 DUNKS DURING MARCH MADNESS

    Great Raider Francesca Belibi '19 waited to showcase her dunking ability until March Madness this year. The Stanford junior blocked a shot at the three-point line before charging back down the court to throw the dunk down in the second quarter of the No. 1-ranked Cardinal win over Montana State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Belibi is the first woman to dunk in the tournament since Britney Griner did it in 2013, and only the third woman to do it in tournament history.
    Read full coverage in The Denver Post
    See the dunk on Twitter
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    TY BLACH '09 PITCHES WELL IN ROCKIES' SPRING OPENER

    Great Raider Ty Blach '09, who was signed to the Colorado Rockies during the off-season, pitched well in the team's Cactus League opener against Arizona. The left-hander blanked the Diamondbacks for two innings, allowing no hits and striking out four. He continued to pitch well in other preseason games, making a case for a spot on the team's roster. 
    Read the article about the spring opener in The Denver Post
    Read the article about the win over KC in The Denver Post 
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  • ELISEO ESPARZA '18 AND GRAE PATTERSON '18 TO APPEAR IN "THE COLLEGE TOUR" ON AMAZON PRIME

    Great Raiders Eliseo Esparza '18 and Grae Patterson '18 were both selected from a select group to participate in the Colorado School of Mines episode of The College Tour, which is dropping on Amazon Prime Video in April! The show offers an inside look at around a dozen U.S. colleges and universities each season.
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    DANIEL CARR '19 NAMED TO ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM FOR AUGUSTANA BASKETBALL

    Great Raider Dan Carr '19 has been making his presence known on the hardwood of Augustana College in Illinois. The center, who is currently a junior, was named to the First Team for the conference the Vikings compete in, leading in rebounds with more than 13 per game. 
    Read the full article on the Augustana Athletics website
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  • LACEY HENDERSON '07 PENS ARTICLE ABOUT THE PARALYMPICS

    Great Raider Lacey Henderson '07, who competed in the long jump at the 2016 Paralympic Games, recently wrote an article for Amplitude, a magazine that provides news and information for amputees who want to live more fully. In the piece titled "The Paralympics are Having Some Growing Pains," Henderson asserts that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has some work to do on ensuring that the games they govern are truly inclusive and accessible. 
    Read the full article on Amplitude
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  • PAM POTZER '15 SHARES THE INCREDIBLE BENEFITS OF MUSIC THERAPY

    On February 14, Great Raider Pam Potzer '15 visited RJ choir classes to present her perspective on music therapy and its effects on one's psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual, cognitive and social wellbeing. Potzer shared her experiences helping Colorado community members who struggle with depression and anxiety, as well as victims of stroke and cognitive/emotional disabilities, through music therapy. She also outlined the path for earning an official certification for those interested in pursuing this profession. Having been a member of both Concert Band and Pit Band while she was an RJ student, Pam was excited to meet with students with a similar love for music and provide both hope and inspiration to those who are considering studying music and service in college.
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    SARAH ANDERSON '12 AUTHORS ARTICLES FOR DISCOVER MAGAZINE

    Great Raider Sarah Anderson Whittom '12 recently penned two articles that were published in January and February issues of Discover Magazine.
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  • NEW ARTWORK ON CAMPUS BRINGS GRAD AT GRAD INTO FULL COLOR

    Over Christmas Break, the Facilities team installed five new works of art on the wall of the main staircase of Tradition Hall in the Boys Division. Great Raider and current RJ art teacher and chaplain, Fr. Tom Rochford, SJ ‘64, conceived of the works that highlight five Jesuits and how they embody the hallmarks of the Graduate at Graduation:
    • Open to Growth – Servant of God Matteo Ricci, SJ
    • Intellectually Competent – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ
    • Religious – Pedro Arrupe, SJ
    • Loving – St. Claude de la Colombière, SJ
    • Committed to Doing Justice – St. Alberto Hurtado, SJ

    A brief biography of each Jesuit is included on a sign posted beneath the collage of the five paintings. 

    Rochford was inspired by the stained-glass windows of College Church in St. Louis, on which he co-authored a book. For these paintings, he sought to combine a portrait of each Jesuit with other elements illustrating where he worked and what he did. 
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    MISSY FRANKLIN"S '13 PERSONAL CONNECTION TO RAISING AWARENESS AROUND KIDNEY DISEASE

    Great Raider and Olympic Champion Missy Franklin '13 and her father Dick recently sat down with 9NEWS to help raise awareness for those suffering from kidney failure and to promote the upcoming National Organ Donor Day on Valentine's Day, February 14. Missy’s father is suffering from stage four kidney disease and is in need of a kidney transplant. He is currently on the transplant waitlist along with 1500 other Coloradoans. Devastatingly, hundreds of people die awaiting a transplant each year. To learn more about how to help and save a life, visit the American Transplant Foundation.
    Watch the full interview on 9NEWS
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    FRAN BELIBI '19 PARTNERS WITH DENNY'S ON SUPER SLAM BREAKFAST MEAL

    It's no surprise that Great Raider Fran Belibi '19 has partnered with mega food chain Denny's to represent their Super Slam® breakfast meal deal. Adding to her dunking success while at Regis Jesuit, the Stanford junior forward is one of only eight women to ever slam dunk in a college game and is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women’s Basketball Champion. As part of Denny’s “Super Slam Fran” partnership, the restaurant is donating $25,000 in her name to the Women’s Sports Foundation to help elevate women in sports and enhance their commitment to supporting underrepresented athletes. Way to go, Fran!
    View the Denny's ad on YouTube
    Read more in ADWEEK
    Read the full article in The Denver Post
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  • ALUMNI RETURN TO CAMPUS TO MENTOR STUDENTS

    On Friday, January 21, 17 Great Raider alumni returned to their alma mater to share their experiences with current juniors as part of the bi-annual RJ Connect Alumni Mentorship Series. Coming from a variety of employment sectors, they met with the upperclassmen to share their professional journeys, passions for helping others, best practice advice and what high school experiences factored into their decision-making process in choosing their industry and/or profession.
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  • CLASSES OF 2015 AND 2016 CELEBRATE REUNION

    Nearly 100 members of the Classes of 2015, whose event was postponed a year due to COVID, and 2016 came together in December for Red & White Christmas, their five-year high school reunion. Convening at Stoney's Bar & Grill near downtown, these Great Raiders enjoyed catching up and swapping stories of their high school antics over appetizers and frosty beverages.
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    MISSY FRANKLIN '13 OPENS UP ABOUT HER JOURNEY THROUGH DEPRESSION

    Great Raider Missy Franklin '13, gold-medal Olympian and mental health advocate, recently gave the keynote speech at the University of Colorado’s Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center. where she shared her journey through depression and anxiety and the impact that it had on her personal life, career and family. In her inspiring and honest presentation, Missy spoke of the importance of keeping balance in life, and how the domination of external pressures affected her overall performance and love for swimming and competing. Her openness about her mental health journey and her perspective on quieting external pressures and keeping a strong self-balance is an inspiration to us all. We continue to cheer, ‘Go Missy!’
    Listen to the full interview and keynote on CPR News Colorado Matters
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