Alumnus Sean Hickey to represent Penn State in international business competition

SJM graduate Sean P. Hickey, Class '16 is one of six students selected to represent Penn State at UBC (University of British Columbia) Sauder School of Business International Real Estate Case Competition. Sean is presently a senior Economics major at Penn State.

Held November 11-12 in Vancouver, UBC Canada, the competition features participants from the top undergraduate academic real estate programs from around the world. Among the 34 invited universities are Brown University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Cornell University, Georgetown University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, University of Singapore, University of Auckland and University of Cambridge.

Class of 1966 baseball team reunites for nostalgic evening

When Tom Beggs '66 happened to run into his baseball coach Mike Mathiesen at lunch one day, the two agreed - in an enthusiastic burst of nostalgia - that it would be a great idea to gather the team together for a reunion. 
Subsequently, Coach and his wife Vicky hosted a wonderful evening for the team at their beautiful home on May 25. The evening included a sumptuous spread of hors d'oeuvres and a full bar catered by Pardini’s. In attendance were: (standing) John Behrens, Rich Aguirre, Fred Medrano, Jim Fotes, Mike Boele, and Rick Graham; (sitting) Coach Mike Mathiesen, Tim Smith, Tom Beggs, John Sullivan, and Tim Woodward, as well as many of their wives. “By the end of the evening, we were a much better team than I remembered,” chuckled Rick Graham. “Also, there was that 20 run loss to Roosevelt that we rationalized away!” 

Special kudos to Coach JD Salles for providing SJM baseball jerseys to wear at the party. 
Special Note: Two teammates are deceased (Hodge and Lowe); and three others (Crosetti, Howell, Ramsey) were unable to attend. 
SJM alumnus, Larry Pollastrini, 64’ and his 1956 Black and White Chevy Bel Air were out at the OLPH Carnival car show sporting a Memorial sticker in the back window. 

Thanks Larry for showing your SJM pride!
New Deacons with fatherly connections
A group of newly ordained deacons have fatherly connections to SJM; they all have children who currently attend or are graduates of Memorial! Congratulations to the following deacons who were ordained at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on October 5, 2019: Rev. Mr. Bryan Martin, assigned to the Shrine of St. Therese, is the father of Grace Martin '22; Rev. Mr. Pete Marquez, assigned to Holy Spirit, is the father of Julia '09 and Chandler '14; and Rev. Mr. Mark Schultz '85, is the father of William '14, Nathaniel '15, and Rachel '16. He is also the brother of William Schultz '88, John Schultz '93, and Maria Schultz '94.   
Congratulations to SJM's Homecoming Court
San Joaquin Memorial would like to congratulate this year's Homecoming King and Queen Stephen Cantelmi and Margaret Smith and Homecoming Prince and Princess Matthew Garza and Francesca Wood. It was an amazing night for the winners and the entire homecoming court. The other homecoming representatives included Grace Baker, Michael Askins, Sara Berberian, Bridget Douglas, Perry Causing and Alec Gerges.
Class of '89 Reunion
The class of 1989 celebrated their 30th reunion on Saturday, October 19. With 45 alumni in attendance, they celebrated their reunion at Tap&Cellar in Fresno.
Fall Sports Playoffs Underway

Congratulations to all of our Fall sports teams on great seasons! SJM wishes all of its teams the best of luck in the post season. Here is where each team stands currently with their schedule.

Girls Volleyball (26-8)  received the number one seed in the DIII playoffs. They hosted Sierra on Thursday, October 31 and won 3-0. They went on to defeat Reedley 3-0 on Tuesday, November 5th. They will now host the semi-final match on Thursday, November 7.

Girls Tennis (10-1-8)   received the number five seed in the DII playoffs. They hosted Immanuel on Wednesday, October 30 and won. On Tuesday, November 5 they lost to Atascadero. Congratulations to Gabby Martinez for winning the CMAC singles tournament. Great job on an awesome season!

Girls Golf  played at the CIF area championship on Monday, October 28th at Valley Oak Golf Course in Visalia. They are now the DII champions. Meredith McDougal and Mckenna Nelson qualified for the CIF individual championships and Meredith McDougal is now moving onto the Southern California Championship tournament.

Football (8-1)   won their 2nd straight CMAC title and ended the regular season 9-1 overall and have earned the #2 seed in the Division 2 playoffs. They will host the winner of Stockdale and Righetti on Friday, November 15 at SJM.

Boys (17-5) and Girls (11-7) Water Polo  The b oys Water Polo not only won the CMAC, but also earned the # 2 seed in the Boys Division II playoffs. The boys will play on Saturday, November 9 after receiving a 1st round bye. Also, congratulations to the Girls Water Polo team who received the # 2 Seed in Division III girls and will also receive a first round bye and play on Saturday. Both games will be at Hoover High. Opponent TBD.
SJM hosts charitable gifting seminar

In October, SJM alumnus and financial advisor, Taylor Whelan ’04 of Whelan Financial, and attorney Kim Herold of McCormick Barstow, led a presentation on how charitable gifting can benefit your family.

The presentation’s over arching message is that charitable giving is not just about minimizing taxes (although there are significant tax benefits to encourage charitable giving), but it is about making a difference in your community. 

There are many options when it comes to making the decision to have a charitable gift plan. Questions that have to be answered include what are your values and financial goals? Once those are identified, there are many strategies to minimize taxes while passing on wealth to your heirs and to charity.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about making a charitable gift plan, contact the Office of Advancement at (559) 475-5832 or

Ferdinandi named interim
co-athletic director

Memorial faculty member, Steve Ferdinandi, is serving as interim co-athletic director for the remainder of this school year and is looking forward to the new opportunity.

“I am very excited and extremely blessed for this opportunity,” said Ferdinandi. “Stacey did an amazing job as AD, and I was blessed to watch and learn from her example, and Anthony before her. She left the athletic department in a great spot, and I am excited to pick up the baton.”

Giving Tuesday - 100 Donors in 24 hours!

San Joaquin Memorial to Participate in Giving Tuesday 2019 on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

You have probably heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, maybe even Small Business Saturday, but what about Giving Tuesday?

Founded in 2012, Giving Tuesday is a national day of giving to kick off the giving season. It falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. For 24 hours communities, charities, businesses, and individuals come together to support meaningful causes.

San Joaquin Memorial is proud of being the only school in Fresno that is able to shape the next generation of community leaders with La Sallian values at its core. We ask for our alumni and friends to come together to support us on this global day of giving by helping us reach our goal of 100 donors in 24 hours!

If you have an interest in helping SJM reach its goal on December 3, please contact the Office of Advancement at (559) 475-5832 or

Career Day

San Joaquin Memorial High School's Career Day will be taking place on  Friday, February 28, 2020 . If you are interested in sharing your career with our students, please fill out the participation form.
Join Us For the 75th Annual St. Patrick's Day Golf Tournament

For more info please contact Shirley Boujikian at (559) 475-5831 or
Alumni Scholarship Fund Created

San Joaquin Memorial alumni have the storied reputation of being generous givers. When asked to show their support for various endeavors, Memorial graduates rise to the occasion. 

With that said, the Advancement Office has created a new SJM Alumni Scholarship Fund that will benefit current students who need financial assistance in order to continue their high school experience at Memorial. 

As an alumnus, you know that your scholarship donation will make a lasting impact on the lives of Memorial students. So, once again, we are asking our alumni to rise to the occasion and donate to the newly created Alumni Scholarship Fund by contacting Kenyeih Williams at or (559) 475-5841.
SJM celebrates weddings!

Peter C. Pardini '05 - Katie Muise were married on October 19, 2019, at the La Canada Flintridge Country Club.

Some of the groomsmen were Winston Whitehurst '04, David Pardini (Brother) '15, Matt Pardini '13 Parents are Cyndi and Peter '79 Pardini.
Taylor Louise Garry '09 married Paul Zale Gerard August 10, 2019. The Wedding ceremony took place in the Gold Room of the Fairmont hotel in San Francisco

Alumni Candace Matson '09 & Emily Rodriguez '09 were two of her bridesmaids.

May They Rest in Peace... with God Forever

Patricia Ann Michaels Renn passed away October 4, 2019. She is the Mother of Charles Renn '72, John Renn '69, Martin Renn '76, Roger Renn '73, Marianne Renn Rocha '75 and Elizabeth Renn Stockton '70. . She is the Grandmother of Caitlin Renn '03.

Stephen Rodemeyer passes away October 16, 2019. He is the father of Lanei Rodemeyer '85 and Adine Rodemeyer '88.
SJM Hall of Fame Nominations
Now Open
To be considered for the 2020 Hall of Fame and Awards Gala,
Nominations Due: November 15, 2019
Call for Class Notes
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Alumni Contact Update
Panther Alums, even though your time here at Memorial has passed, this is still your home! Please stay connected with us so that you can be part of our exciting engagement opportunities such as our sporting event pre-game dinners, alumni mixers and so much more! To stay connected,  please  fill out this form .

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