The Padre Whisper

November, 2015-Vol 3, Issue 11
In This Issue
Fall Alumni Sports Week
Washington, D.C. Reception
Padre Sports Update
Fall Play "Rox"
Robotics Team Stands Out
Upcoming Events

November 14, 2015

Fall Event - Retro Party


November 25, 2015
Alumni Basketball & Wrestling


November 26, 2015
Alumni Water Polo


November 27, 2015
Alumni Soccer


December 3, 2015
Serra O
pen House


December 26, 2015
Alumni Crew


January 22, 2016
Alumni 50-Year Club Luncheon


February 18, 2016
Fund a Dream Scholarship Benefit


March 2016
TBD Father Serra Heritage Society Dinner


March 26, 2016
Alumni Baseball, Lacrosse and Volleyball 

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Serra hosted the largest reunion in its history on October 17, with more than 425 alumni attending.  With so many people in attendance, energy and excitement filled Serra's Morton Family Gymnasium.  Groups of alumni took tours of our new facilities and viewed drawings of future plans.  The classes of '54, '55, and '56 received platinum diplomas, while the classes of '65 and '66 received golden diplomas.  

In addition, more than 250 people attended our homecoming barbecue and football game.  The day was made even better with a 26-0 victory over Archbishop Mitty.  Thanks to all the alumni who came back to campus.  Once a Padre, always a Padre!  

Bob Greene, Jr. '85
Alumni Director
Alumni News
Fall Alumni Sports Week
Our annual fall installation of Alumni Sports Week will be held the week of Thanksgiving.  On Wednesday, November 25, we will host our annual poker tournament, sponsored by the Serra wrestling program, in conjunction with alumni basketball.  The poker tournament will start at 5:30 p.m. and basketball will tip-off at 7 p.m.  

On Thanksgiving Day, get ready to jump into Serra's 38-meter, infinity pool for the alumni water polo game at 10 a.m.  Then get ready to kick it with the Serra soccer team at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 27 at Brady Family Stadium.  Family, friends and kids are all invited to enjoy every event.  Food and drinks will be provided.  

Washington, D.C. Reception
Serra alumni from the Washington, D.C. area gathered at the home of Dennis Lucey '58 in McLean, Virginia on the evening before the canonization of Saint Junípero Serra.  Thirty-two alumni and guests attended the reception.  

"It was nice to see that Padre pride is strong on the East Coast," Alumni Director Bob Greene '85 said.  "We had alumni from all decades - 1950 through 2011.  We are all so grateful to Dennis and his wife, Pam, for everything they did for us.  We look forward to seeing Dennis, Pam, and our East Coast friends again soon."  

Around the Halls
Sports Update
Varsity water polo won its first-round match against Mitty on Monday to advance to the next round of the WCAL tournament, which continues this week.  The CCS championships will start next week.  

Varsity football is 4-4 on the year, and has shut out three opponents.  Senior Day will be November 14, the final game of the year, against Valley Christian.  Freshman and JV football are both in contention for WCAL championships, with the freshmen currently being undefeated. 
Performing Arts Update
Congratulations to Tri-School Productions on a fantastic fall play, Roxanne.  The auditorium was filled each night and also during the grammar school matinee.  

The play was featured on CBS 5's "Cool Schools" segment.  Congratulations to Jay Jordan, Darva Campbell and Justin Karr on another success in the theatre.  Notre Dame senior Cailyn Olson, the daughter of Serra grad Bob Olson '85, starred as Roxanne.  
Robotics Wins Third Place at Major Competition
The Serra High School Robotics Team and Notre Dame's FRC Robotics Team joined forces on October 3 to win third place at CalGames 2015. Coined "The Determinator" by spectators, the students' robot stacked up the points with razor-sharp focus, all without use of autonomous or automated software.
"Our students built an impressive robot, but it was the team dynamic that won the day," said Robotics Team mentor and Serra alumnus Todd Rothe '94. "They thought like a team, worked like a team and shared a well-deserved victory as a team. The judges noticed and so did their peers."
Team 3045 demonstrated a level of innovation no other team had when it showed off its exoskeleton robotic controller. When attached to a student operator's arm, it controls the movements of the robot during play instead of a usual joy stick.
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Once a Padre, Always a Padre!