The Alumni Association Board (AAB) is responsible for connecting and interacting with over 15,000 graduates of Saint Viator and Sacred Heart. This month we are spotlighting new member, Steve Zaleski '04. Steve will also be speaking on our Loyal Hearts Business Forum panel next week about how he has adapted his business strategy in the wake of the pandemic.
Each fall for over 30 years, family members and classmates of deceased Saint Viator and Sacred Heart of Mary alumni have gathered in the chapel for the annual Alumni Memorial Mass. When Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, began this tradition his intention was to provide an opportunity for the community to remember the lives of those who walked the halls of Saint Viator and Sacred Heart of Mary, to celebrate the legacy of these women and men who are gone from our sight, but not from our hearts, and to remind each other of God’s promise of new life. The Mass also provides the opportunity for family members to know that they are not alone in their grief. Saint Viator is a “home” where others will listen, share stories, laugh, cry, and pray with them.
Congratulations to Matt Fitzgerald '16, a recent Purdue University grad who just published not one, not two, but three books. Fitzgerald is currently a Technical Alignment Engineer at Entara in Chicago, but also runs his own freelance web development company called Fitzgerald Tech Solutions.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has limited opportunities to learn more about Saint Viator High School in person, we have lined up a number of ways to provide information to prospective families. For example, this year's Open House will be a drive-thru event.
Join us for a timely conversation on October 22 with Steve Zaleski '04, Jerry Cataldo '77, and Anthony Navarro '99 who will share how their year has been anything but normal with COVID-19. Gain valuable insight into how alumni have changed the way they do business and share techniques to adapt your work for the long-term impact of the coronavirus.
The college search process has evolved tremendously over the years. For students with heavy academic and extracurricular workloads, finding time to visit campuses can be difficult, especially if it is a first-time experience for their family. Pairing that need with the desire expressed by Saint Viator and Sacred Heart alumni to give back, the College & Career Connection has been formed.
Recognize the Lions and/or class year in this shot from longtime business department faculty member, Mr. Don Caprio's classroom? Email your guesses to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll reveal the answer in next month's alumni newsletter.
Amanda Anderson ’07 is no stranger to the sports world. At Saint Viator, she was a cheerleading captain during her senior year and played soccer for three years. She is now approaching her ninth year of a successful career with ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut.
From St. Theresa Trojans to Saint Viator Lions, three life-long classmates from the Class of 2015 return to the halls of Saint Viator.
Sarah Miklius, Jason Wilhite, and Krystal Harris have known each other since kindergarten at St. Theresa School in Palatine. Today, all three are contributing in unique ways to their alma mater. Miklius is part of the Campus Ministry team as is Wilhite who also serves as Assistant Baseball Coach. Harris recently returned as Alumni Relations Manager and works as Assistant Softball Coach.
Second-round NFL draft pick Cole Kmet ’17 was one of five tight ends to make the final 53-man roster for the Chicago Bears this season. The five tight ends include Jimmy Graham, Demetrius Harris, J.P. Holtz, Eric Saubert, and Kmet. None of the five opened last season with the Bears.
We loved watching Cole make his debut with the Bears on September 13 against the Lions in Detroit. We look forward to seeing more of him on Sundays this season.
Collaborating with the College Counselor, Amy Herbert, we have launched the College & Career Connection (CCC). When a current student is looking for information on a specific college, university, or career path, Amy can put them in touch with you so you can share your experiences and impressions about your alma mater(s). As an alum of Saint Viator or Sacred Heart, all you need to do is sign up. Please complete this form if you are interested in participating as a mentor for the CCC. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Krystal Harris at email@example.com.
Just one year after graduating from Saint Viator High School, Fr. Robert M. Egan, CSV, left to enter the novitiate at the Viatorian Seminary in Washington DC — and he never looked back.
It was Aug. 30, 1970, and the city was on edge with the Vietnam war and rioting in the streets. Yet, studying with some of the Viatorian teachers — who would prove to be his lifelong mentors — was an enriching start to a vocation that now, 50 years later, continues to nourish him.
Alumnus Michael Sean Comerford ’77 has just released his first book "American Oz: An Astounding Year Inside Traveling Carnivals at State Fairs & Festivals: Hitchhiking California to New York, Alaska to Mexico." The book recaps the year he spent hitchhiking across North America working in carnivals from Alaska to Florida.
Saint Viator High School Class of 1980 alumni, Rick Moser, Al Carroll, John Sullivan, Joe Martin, Tim Rickerson, Mark Brawley, Pat Durand, Mike McEnerney, Steve Dress, and Jim Barnes gathered last weekend for a COVID-friendly Rolling Stones cover band concert in Long Grove.
In light of current health concerns, the Saint Viator and Sacred Heart Class of 1970 50-year reunion will be postponed until 2021. We appreciate all of the planning that has been done by the committee thus far. Be safe and we will celebrate next year!
Weeks after his family convinced him to share his impressions and comedic skits on Tiktok in April, Nick Smeriglio’s ’12 work has gone viral. Watch his interview with WGN Morning News speaking about gaining thousands of followers, gaining the attention of Sebastian Maniscalco, and being featured on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.
The Alumni Association Board is looking for new members. It’s a great way to stay connected, give back, and do some professional networking. If you’d like to hear more about opportunities to be more active, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d love to promote your family-owned business in our Online Alumni Business Directory. Just complete the sign-up form and we will add you to the Directory. We encourage all alumni to support Saint Viator and Sacred Heart family businesses by using the Directory often. While restaurants and bars have started to open throughout the state, many Saint Viator family-owned establishments are still only offering carryout and delivery. Please see our new Business Directory for a listing of local restaurants and small businesses.
Congratulations to seniors James Bilhorn, Matthew Olis, and David Scafidi, and junior Mikey Callahan, for receiving the number one vote from shark mentors for BOSC Technologies. The four students will receive the $2500 prize money split evenly.
There are plenty of valuable ways that you can contribute to the Saint Viator and Sacred Heart of Mary Alumni Association. We would welcome the opportunity to utilize whatever time and talent you can contribute.
As summer progresses, there will be changes coming to the Alumni Association Board. A new Board Charter has been developed and the Board will be expanding to include up to 24 members. A leadership team for the Board is being formed and we look forward to introducing you to them in the next Alumni Update. Among the primary goals of the new Charter are giving the Alumni Board greater ownership for alumni events and activities, and providing a direct link to the Saint Viator Board of Trustees to ensure both groups are working toward the same goals and objectives, and sharing valuable resources to meet those goals.
Saint Viator Athletic Director, Jason Kuffel '99, announced the hiring of Michael O'Keeffe '07 as the new head coach of the varsity boys’ basketball team. O’Keeffe works as a counselor at Wheeling High School and has spent the last five years leading the Wildcat basketball program.
Dr. Michael Lamberta '04 credits his love of science and problem-solving in part to his chemistry teacher at Saint Viator High School, Fr. John Van Wiel, CSV. Now working on the front lines of the coronavirus as an ER doc in New York, Lamberta took the time to thank those who had shaped him, and that included his teachers at Saint Viator.
Located in Arlington Heights, IL, Saint Viator High School is a private, co-ed, Catholic school for grades 9-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.