The Padre Whisper

January, 2019 - Vol 6, Issue 1
Bob Greene '85
Director of Alumni Relations
In This Issue
Homecoming and Reunion
50-Year Club
Joey Erdie '12
Alumni Board
Crab Cioppino
Arman Popli '19
Upcoming Events
January 25
Crab Cioppino Dinner

February 1
50-Year-Club Luncheon

February 5
Alumni Board Meeting

March 16
Fund a Dream

March 22
Alumni Baseball

April 10
Career Day

April 13
Hall of Fame

April 20
Alumni Volleyball and Lacrosse

June 1
Graduation Day

June 24
Golf Tournament
Alumni Board Members
Mike Klobuchar '90 (President)
Tushar Zalpuri '11
Andre Monney '03
Kris McAlavey '03
Joel Caceres '87
Marty McCormick '57
Noel Sy
Perry Carter
John Langridge
Adam Stoye '08
Mike Hannon '90
Ray Baldonado '07
Brian Earley '85
Jonathan Allen '01
Bob Greene '85 (Alumni Director)
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Alumni News
Fund a Dream 2019
Save the date! Serra's annual Fund a Dream Scholarship Dinner will be held on March 16, 2019. 

Our keynote speaker will be Tom Brady, Sr.  Tom has served Serra as a parent and as a Board of Regents member. He has been a part of Serra's fabric for decades and we look forward to hearing him speak at Fund a Dream in March. 

CLICK HERE  to reserve your spot today!
50-Year Club Luncheon
The  50- Year  Club Luncheon is just around the corner on Friday, February 1! The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Serra library.

This special lunch is a perfect opportunity for Padres who graduated  50 years ago or more to reminisce about their high school days at Serra. These alumni enjoy a delicious catered lunch, refreshing beverages and good old-fashioned conversation. This  year, we are delighted to welcome our newest Class of '68 to the  50- Year Luncheon. Please  CLICK HERE to register. 
Joey Erdie '12
Serra grad Joey Erdie '12  completed his Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class last week after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas. Joey will be assigned to the F15E Strike Eagle and is now part of the 4th Fighter Wing. 

He is a 2nd Lt. in the US Air Force after graduating from the Air Force Academy in 2017. He will fly the F15E, which tops out at Mach 2. Congratulations to Joey and his family!
Alumni Board
Thanks to our Alumni Board members for their hard work and support in 2018! If you are not a member yet, but are interested in having input on alumni activities and events, please contact Alumni Director Bob Greene '85 for information about joining Serra's Alumni Board. We are currently looking for reps from classes of the '70s and '80s, but all are welcome. In addition to organizing events, we meet monthly at Windy City Pizza in San Mateo. We hope to hear from you!
Around the Halls
Serra @ SAP
Twenty of Serra's first-year Design Thinking students traveled to SAP recently to meet with Serra parent Andrea Anderson, who is Vice President - User Experience at the renowned tech company. Students were able to interact with a panel of young, accomplished professionals at SAP who shared wisdom regarding their educational and career paths, as well as their current design thinking projects.

Among their many novel concepts, the panel discussed a digital assistant for the workplace which can be used to set up meetings, check company policy and utilize machine learning to streamline workflows. A designer on the team also detailed the importance of understanding user experience in his bid to reduce food waste at Costco. The staff member immersed himself for weeks at a Costco store, learning and understanding ways to streamline the store's food operations. He even flew to Liverpool to find out how a store there finds ways to reduce delivery time. The key, he said, is to think about things from the user's perspective.

The panel, which included designers, instructors and project managers, then gave feedback to the Padres after hearing the students' project presentations. Students were also able to tour SAP's facilities and gain an understanding of the company's role in Silicon Valley and the world. We at Serra are grateful to SAP for hosting our Padres and giving them an immersive experience inside the world of a major technology company.
Many thanks to our outstanding Serra community for making the holidays a little bit easier for 19 local families. We adopted 14 families from the Redwood City Catholic Worker House and five families from Northern Valley Catholic Social Service.  In addition, several groups donated to people who were affected by the fires in Butte County.

In all, this year's gift cards donations totaled $7,920. Members of our community also gave $2,759 in cash and about $3,000 in in-kind donations.

"We would like to thank everyone for their awesome support of the Adopt-a-Family Christmas drive," said Christian Service Coordinator Christian Cahill. "It was such an overwhelming success! both communities were so grateful to receive such an abundance of gifts and contributions."
Crab Cioppino
Come and support the Serra Athletics Department on Friday, January 25 at the Crab Cioppino Dinner. This lively event helps to fund all 14 sports programs. Bring your friends and  CLICK HERE to reserve your spot!
Student Body President to Attend Northwestern
Serra student body president and Crocker Middle School alumnus Arman Popli '19 will attend  Northwestern University next year. Arman is an honor student who also excels in music and athletics. 

Following his Early Decision acceptance last month, Arman is looking forward to the rigorous academic culture of Northwestern, coupled wi th Big 10 athletics. He plans to major in political science and apply for a spot in the Mathematical Methods in Social Sciences (MMSS) program this coming spring. The program "enables a select group of high-ability students to combine the study of social sciences with rigorous training in mathematics, statistics, and formal modeling," according to Northwestern.

Beyond his exceptional GPA (4.4) and SAT (1510), Arman is a member of Serra's Mock Trial team, a standout wrestler, a singer in the Men's Choir and Serranaders a capella group, and a Campus Ministry advisory leader. Two Serra connections helped boost his application and give him real-world experience, as he recently interned for Assemblyman Kevin Mullin '88 and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (Mercy '68).

"When I began attending Serra, I was somewhat unmotivated and was not attaining the highest grades," Arman reflected. "But over the last four years, Serra has helped me succeed in a myriad of different areas (academics, athletics, the arts, etc.), developing not only my academic proficiencies but also other interdisciplinary skills that will benefit me in college and beyond. Most important, Serra has helped me to grow into a good person with a strong moral compass. I am incredibly thankful to all the amazing faculty and staff at Serra for their unwavering support."
Serra Wrestling Wins Tournament
Serra's wrestling program delivered an outstanding showing at the Bianchini Tournament last weekend. The varsity Padres won the tournament, finishing with 131.5 points and led by Jack Woods and Marcellus Eison. Arman Popli, Mikey Pechina, Charles Matthews, Enzo Cappabianca, Ethan Butts and Alan Kaufmann also medaled for Serra. Woods became the first Padre wrestler to win the Pat Lovell Holiday Wrestling Classic a week earlier, which features state-ranked wrestlers annually. He was the 170-pound weight class champion. 

The JV and frosh teams were also outstanding last weekend, collecting 16 of 19 possible medals. Jacob Aho, Santiago Brent, Aidan Quinn and Nico Saenz were all tournament champions at their respective weight classes. 
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