Saint Vincent PreP June 7-9 2019 alumni reunion celebration! - Saint Vincent College
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2019 Saint Vincent Prep Reunion Dear Fellow Prepster, Please join our Prep Alumni and the Benedictine Community on June 7-9 for the 2019 Prep Alumni Reunion to be held at Saint Vincent. The Prep Reunion provides us with an opportunity to renew friendships and to share stories of those early years in the Prep. Tour the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion and Taiani Planetarium, the Fred M. Rogers Center, the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, the Basilica Crypt, the McCarl Coverlet Gallery, and the Mary, Mother of Mercy Chapel/Mausoleum. Enjoy Saint Vincent bread along with the Bavarian buffet which brings back fond memories of our wonderful Benedictine Sisters who prepared the food for the Prep students for over 50 years. We look forward to your time with us! Sincerely, +Archabbot Douglas 2019 Prep Reunion Schedule of Events Friday, June 7 Saturday, June 8 1:30- 3 p.m. Dupré Science Pavilion “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” 3–6 p.m. Fred M. Rogers Center 7:15 a.m. Basilica Mass The award winning documentary on Registration/refreshments 8 a.m. Placid Hall B Fred Rogers Trolley Tours Breakfast with The Benedictines 4:30 p.m. Student Chapel Prep Reunion Video 8–10 a.m. Prep Alumni Memorial Mass 6 p.m. Dupré Science Pavilion Trolley Tours 6 p.m. Rogers Center Welcome 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Rogers Center Alumni Awards Dinner Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki Registration Prep Alumni and Benedictines Brother Norman W. Hipps President, Saint Vincent College Sunday, June 9 10 –11 a.m. Dupré Science Pavilion “Forward, Always Forward,” State of Saint Vincent Address 7:30 a.m. Basilica Mass The Campaign for Saint Vincent Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki 9–11 a.m. Placid Hall B Benedictine Bavarian Buffet 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Rogers Center Farewell Brunch Prep Reunion Video Planetarium Shows, 7:30 and 8 p.m. 9:30 a.m. Basilica Mass 12:15 p.m. Dupré Science Pavilion Prep Picnic Lunch
2019 Lifetime Achievement Awardees Father Vernon Holtz, O.S.B. Dr. Fred Soisson Father Vernon A. Holtz, O.S.B., a Benedic- Dr. Fred Soisson, P’47, created a legacy of caring tine of Saint Vincent Archabbey, was assis- that has inspired Benedictine monks and alum- tant headmaster at Saint Vincent Preparatory ni of the Prep and College for over 70 years. School from 1962-1968. Father Vernon was a prefect, teacher, counselor, basketball and Fred Soisson entered the Saint Vincent Prep/ soccer coach at Saint Vincent Preparatory Scholasticate in 1943, believing that he had a School from 1958-1971. He was director of call to become a Benedictine priest. In 1947, af- the Counseling Center at Saint Vincent Col- ter graduating from the Prep he decided that he lege (1971-1975), while also directing the monastic formation pro- could be a better doctor than a priest. Dr. Soisson went on to graduate gram for Saint Vincent Archabbey (1971-1974). from Saint Vincent College in 1951, before going on to medical school at Georgetown University, where he graduated in 1955. He completed Father Vernon received the Alumnus of Distinction Award and his residency while serving in the U.S. Air Force. the Dean’s Faculty Award from Saint Vincent College in 1994. He also received the Boniface Wimmer Faculty Award in 1999 Over the years, he and his wife, Dorothy, had nine children, four and the Thoburn Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001. In 2010, of whom went on to attend Saint Vincent College [Laura, C’85; he was honored by the Mental Health America Association at its Theresa, C’87; Andrew, C’77; and Timothy, C’94]. One grandson, annual dinner in the field of recovery counseling. Sean, C’03, also attended Saint Vincent. At the College’s 1982 commencement, Fred received the honorary doctor of humane Beginning in 1998, he was involved in ongoing research through letters degree for serving humanity “in the practice of life-giving, the University of Missouri at St. Louis. The research showed the life-saving medicine” as well as for his personal involvement and impact spirituality has on the physical healing process. His cur- charitable assistance to pre-med students. Through his creative rent research interest involves the relationship between psychol- work he helped to advance the future of Saint Vincent College by ogy, spirituality, and religion. In the fall of 2010, Father Vernon preparing students for careers in healthcare science. was instrumental in founding and implementing the lecture series, “Aging and Spirituality,” at Saint Vincent College. Father Ver- During 40 years of medical practice, he delivered 15,000 babies. After non received the Saint Vincent Preparatory School Hall of Fame retiring from the practice in 1995, he was elected County Commissioner Award in 2010, and he was inducted into the Saint Vincent Col- for Cambria County. When asked why he worked so tirelessly for Saint lege Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. Vincent, his response was simple: “I’ve had a meaningful life of service, thanks to my formative years at Saint Vincent Prep and College.” 2019 Alumni of Distinction Awardees Atty. William A. Ronald G. Rosemeier, G. William Wolf, Goyette, P’61 Ph.D., P’70, C’74 P’56, C’61 2019 Hall of Fame Awardees Benedict A. Richard L. Timothy E. Lieb, P’70, C’74 Pedzwater, P’65 Ungvarsky, P’64
Saint Vincent Prep Reunion Sponsorship Levels q Saint Benedict Circle ($5,000) q Gold Sponsor ($250) Recognition as Saint Vincent Prep Saint Benedict Recognition in program as a Saint Vincent Prep Circle Sponsor in event program with a full-page ad, Reunion Sponsor 10 tickets for the awards banquet, and verbal recognition and dedicated signage at the event q Blue Sponsor ($100) Recognition in program as a Saint Vincent Prep q Founders’ Circle ($2,500) Reunion Patron Recognition as Saint Vincent Prep Founders’ Circle Sponsor in event program, with a half-page ad, and six tickets for the awards banquet q Archabbot’s Circle ($1,000) Recognition as Saint Vincent Prep Archabbot’s Circle Sponsor in event program, with a quarter-page ad, and four tickets for the awards banquet q Headmaster’s Circle ($500) Recognition as a Saint Vincent Prep Headmaster’s Circle Sponsor in event program, with a business card ad, and two tickets for the awards banquet A Brief History of the Prep School Saint Vincent Preparatory School, which was always noted for In 1931, the Benedictine sisters arrived at Saint Vincent. Led by Moth- providing an excellent education, was a special place with a long, er Leonardo, they took charge of the kitchens. In 1932, Fr. Edmund illustrious, and interesting history. Historically, the schools that Cuneo, O.S.B., was appointed the first Headmaster of the Prep and giv- evolved into the “Prep” were essential in fulfilling a fundamental role en the mission of updating and modernizing the Preparatory School. of Boniface Wimmer’s mission. Beginning a day or so after Wim- mer and his band of Benedictines arrived at Saint Vincent, in 1846, Although the Prep’s faculty was composed primarily of Benedic- and continuing a Benedictine tradition of over 13 centuries, these tines, Fr. Edmund expanded the faculty to include several laymen, monks began to educate Catholic boys and young men, if not to notably William “Coach” Rafferty. Mr. Rafferty was also the head become Catholic priests, then to become good, Catholic laymen. coach of the varsity football and basketball teams, the Bearkittens. In the words of Wimmer, students were to be taught “first what is Fr. Edmund established a forensic program that joined prepsters necessary, then what is useful, and finally what is beautiful.” Initially, with students from other institutions, such as St. Xavier Academy, Wimmer’s various schools were modeled on what were known, in through the interscholastic competition of the National Forensic those days, as German Gymnasiums, or Latin schools. They were League. Fr. Edmund also encouraged the Prep’s music department later reorganized, during the years of 1918 - 1932, into what became to stage joint musical productions with the music departments of known as the “College Preparatory School.” The Preparatory School St. Joseph Academy of Seton Hill, as well as St. Xavier Academy. was advertised as offering the programs found in the best academies During these collaborative years, Fr. Edmund also worked with the and schools of the country for preparing students to enter college. administration of St. Xavier Academy to organize student dances, Between 1920 – 1923, the College Preparatory School had an en- such as the “Kitty Ball,” and the Prom, which continued into the rollment of approximately 360 students. mid 1960s. To this day, these events provide some of the fondest During the late 1920s, the academic quality and reputation of the College memories of many Prepsters. Other outstanding headmasters fol- Preparatory School continued to improve, as it began to offer both classi- lowed Fr. Edmund over the years – notably, Fr. Egbert, Fr. Warren cal and scientific programs, taught by a faculty of nearly 30 Benedictines. and Fr. Louis. Then, on Jan. 28, 1963, fire devastated the old Prep Those who survived the rigors of four years at the Preparatory School Students Chapel, the biology laboratory and the Bell Tower. were known and respected for having received a first-rate education.
CAMPAIGN GOAL $100 MILLION ENDOWMENT $40 MILLION • Support student access and opportunity through scholarships • Maintain highly credentialed faculty • Enhance academic programs, scholarly activities and the arts CONSTRUCTION $40 MILLION • Four major capital projects - Library expansion for arts and technology - Technology for classrooms and the Robert S. Carey Student Center - Dining expansion to include student life and humanities center �orwarJ, A!wags �orwarJ - James F. Will Engineering and Biomedical Sciences Hall THE ( A MpAI G N FOR sAI NT VI N(E NT PROGRAMS AND STUDENT SUPPORT $20 MILLION • Students First Fund for financial aid • Fred Rogers Scholars and research in early learning and children's media • Academic and Support Services • Student Life Resources, Athletics, Recreation and Wellness TO LEARN MORE VISIT stvincent.edu/forward
Prep Reunion Sponsorship Levels q Saint Benedict Circle ($5,000) q Archabbot’s Circle ($1,000) Recognition as Saint Vincent Recognition as Saint Vincent Prep Prep Saint Benedict Circle Archabbot’s Circle Sponsor in event program, with a quarter-page Sponsor in event program with a ad, and four tickets for the awards full-page ad, 10 tickets for the banquet awards banquet, and verbal recognition and dedicated signage q Headmaster’s Circle ($500) at the event Recognition as a Saint Vincent Prep Headmaster’s Circle Sponsor q Founders’ Circle ($2,500) in event program, with a business Recognition as Saint Vincent Prep card ad, and two tickets for the Founders’ Circle Sponsor in event awards banquet program, with a half-page ad, and six tickets for the awards banquet q Gold Sponsor ($250) Recognition in program as a Saint Vincent Prep Reunion Sponsor q Blue Sponsor ($100) Recognition in program as a Saint Vincent Prep Reunion Patron Name(s) of Guests: The favor of your reply is requested by May 24, 2019. Please return this registration card to: Saint Vincent College Office of Alumni Relations 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690 or call, 724-805-2177
Registration Form Name Name Tag Preference Class Year Address City State ZIP Home Phone Cell Phone Email I/We are unable to attend but please find my gift of $ enclosed for the Students First Fund. Please Indicate Your Sponsor Level (See the reverse side for Level information) $ Reserve Your Place Now! Benedictine Bavarian Buffet # @$30 = $ Breakfast # @$10 = $ Picnic Lunch # @$15 = $ Alumni Awards Dinner # @$50 = $ Farewell Brunch # @$10 = $ Total Enclosed (Sponsorship + Event Cost) $ Please note any dietary restrictions on the reverse side Day and approximate arrival time Payment Information q Make check or money order payable to Saint Vincent College q MasterCard q Visa Card Number Exp. Name on the Card For more information and to list the names of guests please see the reverse side.
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