The Padre Whisper

July, 2019 - Vol 6, Issue 7
Bob Greene '85
Director of Alumni Relations
In This Issue
Serra Golf Classic
John Kelly
Serra Homecoming and Reunion
Serra 75
Alumni Website
Health and Wellness
Fall Sports
Homestay Families Needed!
Serra Social Media
Upcoming Events
September 20
Alumni Father-Son Mass

September 21
Serra 75 Celebration

October 11

October 12

November 27
Alumni Basketball and Poker Tournament (hosted by wrestling)

November 28
Alumni Water Polo

November 29
Alumni Soccer
Alumni Board Members
Mike Klobuchar '90 (President)
Tushar Zalpuri '11
Andre Monney '03
Kris McAlavey '03
Joel Caceres '87
Marty McCormick '57
Noel Sy '83
John Langridge '97
Mike Hannon '90
Ray Baldonado '07
Brian Earley '85
John Ailanjian '90
Greg Hart '76
Jaime Huerta '90 
Mike Fadelli '88
Jonathan Allen '01
Bob Greene '85 (Alumni Director)
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2019 Serra Golf Classic
A big thank you to everyone who participated in and volunteered for our 32nd annual Serra Golf Classic, held last month at Peninsula Golf and Country Club. We hosted 128 golfers on a beautiful day in San Mateo. We appreciate the efforts of our volunteers, including the many Alumni Board members who gave their time to help. This event raised more than $20,000 for our Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund, which supports deserving Serra students and families each year in the form of financial aid. 
Remembering John Kelly
It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the passing of John Kelly. John served in a variety of positions at Serra from 1956-1972 and 1977-1979. He taught religion, English and Latin. He also was Serra's first alumni director, the dean of students, a counselor and a basketball coach. John was the school's first Booster Club moderator.

In 1974, John became one of the founders of Samaritan House, the largest food distribution agency in San Mateo County. Its other free services include shelter and housing assistance, medical and dental clinics, clothes for children,  personalized case management and more. 

Please CLICK HERE for an in-depth article about John's life that was printed in the San Mateo Daily Journal. A memorial service was held at Serra on Saturday, June 15. It was a beautiful celebration of John's life of service. We will continue to keep the Kelly family in our prayers.
2019 Homecoming and Reunion
Serra's 2019  Homecoming and Reunion Weekend  will be held on  October 11 and 12.  The annual night football game will be played against Archbishop Mitty on Friday, October 11.  A free alumni barbecue will precede the football game. The reunion on Saturday, October 12 will be for the classes of '49, '54, '59, '64, '69, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, '04 and '09. 

Interested in helping your classmates reconnect? Email Alumni Director  Bob Greene '85  to become a Class Rep! 

This will be the Golden Reunion for the Class of 1959 and the Platinum Reunion for the Class of 1969. Reservations are available HERE!
Serra 75 Celebration
Hit the floor, it's 1944! It's time for the entire Serra community-alumni, parents, faculty members and friends-to celebrate 75 years of excellence and tradition. Come in costume to honor your favorite decade! Dance to the music of the Big Band Era, the rockin '50s and '60s, the swingin' '70s and the totally awesome '80s and '90s. There will be era-inspired food stations, memorabilia displays and vintage cocktails. As we  celebrate the decades, prizes will be awarded for best dressed and best dancers. We hope to see you on campus on Saturday, September 21 as we celebrate Serra's 75th birthday! 
New Alumni Website
We've built something big for our Serra alumni! Our redesigned alumni website is feature-rich and designed to be helpful for alumni looking to network, find old friends and keep up with what's happening on campus! Be part of the 833 alumni who have already signed up.  to check it out!

Around the Halls
New Leadership Team
Charlie McGrath and Barry Thornton  assumed new roles at Serra this month, starting their work as Serra's new principal and president, respectively. McGrath comes to Serra after serving as assistant superintendent of the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin and principal of John Carroll High School in Alabama.

"Charlie brings exceptional leadership skills to Serra," said Thornton. "His tenure as principal at John Carroll High School was marked by innovative academic programs, cutting-edge technology changes and student success in accessing a wide range of college choices."  

Thornton started at Serra as a theology teacher in 1996, eventually becoming the dean of studies in 2002 and principal in 2008. He has been a tireless advocate for Serra's outstanding college-prep program and holds an Ed.D from the University of San Francisco. 

"I am very honored and humbled," said Thornton. "I have a passion for this incredible community. We do something profoundly special and unique here at Serra. It's amazing to watch our boys grow into young men of integrity who are spiritually, emotionally and academically ready to go out into the world. I can't wait to tell our story."
The Mark Vorsatz '72 Athletic Performance Center
Serra's leadership is in the process of embarking on a new health and wellness initiative for its Padres. Highlighted by education on the importance of sleep, nutrition and physical conditioning, this endeavor will serve to further the long-term mission of leading our students to be healthy teens and adults. The cornerstone of this endeavor, a new strength and conditioning space, was completed last month. 

The Mark Vorsatz '72 Athletic Performance Center  occupies the same square-footage as its previous iteration, but will make more efficient use of the space highlighted by cutting edge equipment, flooring, lighting and technology. This floor-to-ceiling remodel has created a strength and conditioning space that is recognized by equipment company Sorinex as one of the best in Northern California. Sorinex completed similar projects for the Oregon Ducks, Cal Bears and Tennessee Volunteers. The center is named in gratitude to lead donor Mark Vorsatz '72, and will serve the roughly 81 percent of Padres who participate in athletics. 

Read more about this exciting program in the summer issue of Traditions, which hits mailboxes this month!
Fall Sports Preview
Optimism abounds as workouts for fall sports heat up throughout the summer months. 

Varsity football won the San Jose State tournament in late June. The Padres started off 0-2, but proceeded to win five in a row against Monte Vista Christian, Pittsburg, Monterey Trail, Edison of Stockton and finally St. Mary's of Stockton in the final.

Returning for Serra this season are All-League standouts Daylin McLemore (QB/DB), Nate Sanchez  (RB/S), Nusi Malani (DE), Terence Loville (WR/CB), and Jackson Lataimua (RB/S). Malani has nine college scholarship offers, including Nebraska and Arizona State, while Lataimua is committed to Nevada. Loville has offers from Air Force and New Mexico.

Serra water polo has a strong core of returning seniors, including Michael Smoot and Gabe Paganucci. With their leadership and the hard work put in this summer, big things are expected in Serra's 550,000 gallon pool this fall!

Varsity cross country returns rising seniors Trey Alhorn, Aidan Pond and Logan Azem to lead the Padres through the hills of Crystal Springs. Supplementing the upperclassmen will be a group of rising sophomore who displayed excellence as freshmen. Three Serra freshmen finished in the top five of all WCAL freshmen at the league finals last fall. The future is bright for Serra on the cross country course! 
Are You Interested in Hosting an International Student?
The Serra International Program is looking for homestay families for our International Padres. Our program has 17 students for the upcoming semester from Hong Kong and China. Each homestay family will receive financial support of $14,250 per year to cover the costs of hosting a student. 

If you are interested in applying to host a student, please contact Mike Keller '98. 
Follow Serra on Social Media
Remember th at you can keep up with what's happening at Serra through social media. Serra's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Link edIn accounts are updated regularly with school and alumni news.  

Once a Padre, Always a Padre!