by DeLaSalle | | Alumni News

March 2015 Update
Alumni & Friends –

The Island is buzzing as we get ready to enter the month of March or “Islander Madness”! Athetics and activties are gearing up for playoffs and competition, we have offered admission to the future Class of 2019, and our development team is working hard to keep you in the know.

You may update your contact information with us by e-mailing or completing our online form.

Remember, our E-newsletter will now come to you at the beginning of each month to ensure that you have the opportunity to engage in all of the great things that are happening at DeLaSalle.

Upcoming Events


Tuesday, March 3

Arizona Alumni Luncheon

Vivace Restaurant – Tucson, AZ



Friday, March 6

Alumni Association Scholarship Review

DeLaSalle High School



Friday & Saturday, March 6 – 7, 13 – 14

Spring Musical – Babes in Arms

DeLaSalle High School


Tickets: Reserved $15; general admission $10; non-DeLaSalle students and senior citizens $8

Set at a summer stock theatre, a group of young apprentices mount an original revue they’ve created while dodging the underhanded attempts of the surly theatre owner to squash their efforts at every turn. Further complications are provided by the inflated ego of a hack playwright. Featuring the songs, My Funny Valentine, The Lady is a Tramp, Good Morning and more.

Wednesday, March 18

Florida Alumni Luncheon RSVP Deadline


Wednesday, March 25

Florida Alumni Luncheon

The Club at Barefoot Beach – Bonita Springs, FL


(This is a change since the last e-newsletter. The date has been shifted to Wednesday, March 25. Invitations have been mailed)

DeLaSalle Digest

Ash Wednesday reflections on healing and forgiveness, shared by Joseph Bester ‘74, an American Indian drummer, and Fr. Mike Tegeder ‘66, helped Islanders begin observing Lent, the 40-day journey in the Catholic Church that leads to the remembrance of Christ’s death on the Cross on Good Friday and Resurrection from the dead on Easter Sunday.

With Lent comes a renewed focus on almsgiving. One example of giving that Islanders practice throughout the year is to send proceeds of student out of uniform day wristband sales to the Mwangaza College in Kenya, a school with whom DeLaSalle and three other schools in the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) partner as part of the Lasallian Twinning Program. The donations help provide needed materials for the Mwangaza students to continue their education. Click here to read more.


Islanders Explore Art, Culture in Costa Rica

Twenty-seven students will travel to Costa Rica over spring break for an art and culture course through which they can earn academic credit from DeLaSalle. DeLaSalle students will partner with students from Cedes Don Bosco, a Catholic high school in suburban San Jose that shares a similar mission to DeLaSalle of educating students of all socioeconomic backgrounds with Gospel values. Click here to learn more about this and other trips sponsored through the Global Advantage program.


Students Examine Leadership, Legacy in History

History Day is an annual project in the 11th grade Social Studies curriculum that gives juniors an opportunity to become expert historians by selecting and researching a topic of their choice around a national theme. Students displayed their History Day projects, which examined leadership or legacy in history, on February 17 at DeLaSalle. Students produced exhibits, dramatizations, websites, documentaries, and research papers. Faculty and staff judged the projects and these projects have advanced to the regional History Day competition on March 23 at Augsburg College. There is potential for these projects to move on the state and national competition levels.


Social Justice Awareness Week

“I am more than…”

Social Justice Awareness Week (February 23-27) challenged Islanders to think beyond the labels that may define them, in “I am more than…”  ”I am more than my ACT Score, my likes and followers on social media, the color of my skin, my eating disorder, my mistakes, the points I score in a game, a stereotype” and much more. Students spent the week learning about teen homelessness and dating violence through interactive class and lunchtime presentations, collecting hygiene and other essential items for homeless teens served by  Youth Link, and listening to an inspiring talk by longtime educator, activist, and writer Chris Crass. The experience inspired, transformed, and raised awareness among Islanders about how they can help make a difference in their communities



It’s time for Islander Madness! DeLaSalle sports and activity programs are headed to playoffs and hungry for victory!

Click here to follow winter sports playoffs and state tournament details should we make it that far.

  • Carter Steinhagen ‘17 became the first Islander to participate in the state Alpine Ski tournament on February 11. He qualified to participate in state after finishing 10th in sectionals.

  • The varsity Competition Cheer team brought home its third straight state championship and seventh title in school history when it won the Class A state championship on January 31.

  • The junior varsity Competition Cheer team placed 3rd in the JV division and 11th overall in the WOW Factor National competition in early February.

  • Three Islanders finished in the top 10 in the state fencing tournament. Christopher Mayer ‘15 finished in 3rd place, while Isabelle Watson ‘17 finished in 4th place, and Amal Flower Kay ‘18 finished in 7th place.

  • A DeLaSalle Quiz Bowl team of four students tied for 9th place at the state tournament February 19 at Burnsville High School. Meanwhile, a second DeLaSalle Quiz Bowl team has qualified to compete in the national tournament May 29-31 in Chicago.

  • Congratulations to these four Islanders who earned top 10 finishes in the wrestling sections in their respective weight categories. Eli Baynes-Marsh ‘17 finished in 7th place at 162 pounds. James King Jr ‘15 placed 5th at 195 pounds. Jack Leonard ‘18 earned 6th place at 132 pounds. And Trenton Weston ‘15 finished in 5th place at 160 pounds.

Alumni Weekend 2015 Updates

Bring your friends and classmates together and get ready to “Celebrate the Good Times on Nicollet Island!” Committees from each class are in the planning stages and Save the Dates and invitations will be sent out to those classes having reunions this year. Remember, even if you are not having a reunion, we would still love to see you at the Hall of Fame Ceremony, Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament, school tours, and Alumni Mass.


Thursday, August 13

DeLaSalle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Please join us as we honor those who have made a significant impact on DeLaSalle, in De athletics, and in our community.


Friday, August 14

Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament

Your spirit of competition will support student scholarships! Don’t golf? No problem! Join us for dinner after the tournament, sponsor a hole, or buy an advertisement for your company, which will be featured in this year’s golf program!


Saturday, August 15

Reunion Saturday

Haven’t been to De in a while? Come for our School Tours, an Alumni Mass, and      your Class Reunion!

De Island is Calling!


Help VOLUNTEER during Alumni Weekend. This is a great way to connect with other De alumni! If you would like to volunteer during the weekend (Golf tournament, reunion registration, Mass, etc), please e-mail Jessica Luckett




Reunion Updates

Congratulations to the classe s ending in “0” or “5” that have reached another landmark! Reunion planning season is well underway but we are still looking for planning committees for the Classes of 1970, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2000, and 2010! If you are interested in being on your classes committee, please e-mail Jessica Luckett. Even if a committee is already formed, the more – the merrier! Here are the reunion updates as they stand:



Looking for more committee members;

60th Reunion – Saturday, August 15, 2015 at DLS


Committee formed;

55th Reunion – Saturday, August 15, 2015 at  DLS


Committee formed;

50th Golden Reunion – Saturday, August 15, 2015 at DLS

Committee met on Friday, February 13th.They are going to be updating class contacts and a Save the Date will be sent in early March. Next Meeting is Friday, March 20.


No committee


No committee


Committee formed; 35th Reunion – TBD


No committee


Committee formed; 25th Reunion – TBD


No committee


No committee


Committee formed; 10th Reunion – TBD


Looking for more committee memebers


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Let us remember and keep in our prayers those Alumni & Friends who have been called home during the month of February:

Connie Bonde



Eleanor Caputa



Patrick Carey, Jr

Class of 1941


Robert Davis

Class of 1965


Dr. Royal Eckert

Class of 1945


Eugene Fernstrom

Class of 1955


James J. Hassing

Class of 1958


Greg Kostik

Class of 1992


Raymond F. Martin

Class of 1940


Robert McGinn

Class of 1955


Patricia Nader



Jerome Nowak

Class of 1960


Orville Oberg



Gary Pelletier

Class of 1957


Robert Schutta



George Udvig



Joseph Vadman



Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

St. John Baptist de La Salle; Pray for us!

Live Jesus in Our Hearts; Forever!


We want to know

how you are doing.

To send us updates about yourself or other DeLaSalle alumni you may know, please e-mail We would like to feature alumni accomplishments each month!

Alumni Fun Facts!


Evan Lowry ’01

Evan received his bachelor’s degree from University of North Dakota and majored in Philosophy. He most recently concluded 14 years as a U.S. Army Infantry Captain and finished his third one-year combat tour in Kandahar, Afghanistan in August 2014. He lives in Vermont and is attending a one-year long post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program at the University of Vermont. He will be starting Medical School in August 2015. 


Did You Know?


Did you know that DeLaSalle accepts gifts of appreciated stock and other securities? These types of gifts are a great way to support the mission of DeLaSalle, while at the same time can provide significant tax saving advantages. To give a gift a stock today please visit Why Give? on the DeLaSalle website!

Our “Gateway to the Future” Campaign is well underway!   Click here for more information! 


Thursday, August 14

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

To honor those who have made and impact of DeLaSalle, in De athletics, and in their community.

Friday, August 15

Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament

You spirit of competition will support student scholarships! Don’t golf? Then, you can join us for dinner after the tournament, sponsor a hole, or buy an advertisement for your company. It will be featured in this year’s golf program.

Saturday, August 16

This is a busy Saturday. Alumni Soccer Games commence in the morning and many of the reunions are held this day. Later, in the evening, there are School Tours and an Alumni Mass.