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May 2015 Update
Alumni & Friends –

Like the blooming lilacs along 1 DeLaSalle Drive, the students and staff continue to bloom as we enter the final weeks of the 2014-15 school year. We recently completed our Enrollment Orientation for the Class of 2019, in which we have registered 240 incoming 9th graders. While some families are still making final decisions, we are confident that we can replace the 203 students who will graduate this month. In short, we begin to say goodbye to the Class of 2015 while we continue to welcome the Class of 2019!

We invite you to join us on the Island for many of our May events. We understand if you can’t visit, but help so we can keep you in the loop! 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


Saturday, May 2

Starry Night Prom

DeLaSalle High School



Monday, May 4

Senior Art Show Opening Celebration

Uptown Sebastian Joe’s (1007 W. Franklin Ave.)

6:00 – 8:00pm


Wednesday, May 6

Spring Concert

DeLaSalle High School



Thursday, May 7

Founder’s Day Mass

DeLaSalle High School



Friday, May 15

Class of 1960 30th Annual Luncheon

Jax Café (1928 University Ave. NE)


If you are a member of the Class of 1960, meet us at Jax for the annual class luncheon! The cost of the luncheon is $23.50 (including tax and tip) and payments must be received by May 13. For more information, contact Gary Grendahl at 651-636-9937 or


Monday, May 18

DeLaSalle ONYX Step Team

Breaking Ground Performance

Cowles Center (Downtown Minneapolis)


Breaking Ground is an annual celebration and award ceremony for Artspace, a non-profit developer of affordable space for artists across the country.


Wednesday, May 20

Baccalaureate Mass & Senior Awards

DeLaSalle High School


Father Kevin Kenney ’78, the pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in St. Paul and a DeLaSalle Trustee, will celebrate this Mass with the Class of 2015 and their families. The Mass is followed by the Senior Awards Ceremony, in which graduating students will be recognized for their achievments. The Alumni Reception will follow in the LL Gray Gym.


Thursday, May 21


Basilica of Saint Mary


Traditionally, the Class of 2015 will receive their DeLaSalle diploma during a graduation ceremony. Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens will join us as the commencement speaker.


Tuesday, June 2

Walker/Beha Golf Tournament

Red Wing Country Club – Hosted by Bob Praus ‘58


This annual event costs $55.00 per person which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, and lunch at the turn (choice of hot dog, brat, chips and pop). It will be in Scramble Format. If you are interested in playing, please send your entry to Pete Chubb ‘58 (7000 Magda Drive #216, Maple Grove, MN 55369) by May 26. 

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Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day offers Lasallians an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and our role in the Lasallian Family. Traditionally celebrated on May 15, we are celebrating Founder’s Day on Thursday, May 7 at 1:30pm in the Main Gym. Bishop Andrew Cozzens, auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, will celebrate the Mass. Brother Mark Snodgrass, auxiliary visitor of the Midwest District of Christian Brothers, will join us as we remember three Christian Brothers who died this year for the deep impact they left on DeLaSalle – Brother Dominic Kennedy, Br. Cyril Litecky, and Br. Basil Rothweiler. We will also recognize faculty and staff recipients of the Distinguished Lasallian Educator award and the Liemandt Excellence in Teaching Award along with student recipients of the Alumni Legacy and Farrell scholarships, Jefferson Awards, and Giving Tree Scholars.

A memorial service for Br. Cyril Litecky will follow from 3:30-5:00pm in the Robert Casanova Room. All are welcome.

Lasallian Ministry Gets Ready for the 

15th Annual Starry Night Prom


Starry Night Prom is a semi-formal prom for people with disabilities in the Twin Cities community that happens annually on the first Saturday in May. Hosted by DeLaSalle High School’s Lasallian Ministry, the event is free and open to the public. The students who host this prom prepare by attending seminars and sensitivity training as well as planning the food service and festive decorations that transform the gymnasium into a beautiful dance hall. More than 1,500 guests attended in 2014. This year’s theme, “An Elegant Evening Under the Stars” will make each guest feel as if they are movie stars walking down the red carpet! We anticipate this event to be a night each guest will remember. To view more, click here.

Islanders Spring Clean!

For many Islanders, DeLaSalle is home and on April 18th, 60+ students, staff and friends of DeLaSalle did some spring cleaning! The Island Clean Up Crew, led by the Parent Association and members of the DeLaSalle G.R.E.E.N (Give Real Effort for Ecology and Nature) Team,  collected 20+ bags of garbage and removed 200 feet of rubber hose. This project helped brighten up DeLaSalle and the entire Nicollet Island community.


Islander Academics: AP Exams

A record number of DeLaSalle students (234) will take a record number of Advanced Placement (AP) exams (545) during the first two weeks in May. Students can earn college credit depending on the results of their exams, which measure how well students have mastered college-level coursework. DeLaSalle offers AP courses in English, Fine Arts, Math, Modern Languages, Science and Social Studies. Students who take AP classes are required to take the AP test in May. #IslanderAcademics #GoodLuckIslanders

DeLaSalle Fine Arts in the Spring!

Our students are amazing! Over two-thirds of our students participate in the Fine Arts. Check out what’s happening this month:

  • Enjoy the work of senior art students the next time you get a cone or bowl of ice cr  eam at the Uptown Minneapolis Sebastian Joe’s (1007 W. Franklin Ave.). An opening celebration is Monday, May 4 from 6:00-8:00pm. The artwork will be on display through May 16
  • Do you hear the trumpets? Can you hear the voices? What about the strings? It’s time for the DeLaSalle Spring Concert! Join us in the DeLaSalle Florance Center on Wednesday, May 6 for the concert of the season! Make sure to arrive early because we anticipate a large crowd. Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert begins at 7:00pm.

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 classes 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 – 6:00pm. Save the dates were sent in April. Formal invitations will be sent in June.
Committee formed, 55th Reunion – Saturday, August 15, 2015 at DLS – 3:00pm. Save the Dates were sent in April. Formal invitations will be sent in June.
Committee formed, 50th Golden Reunion – Saturday, August 15, 2015 at DLS – 6:00pm. Next committee meeting will be held June 5th. Save the Dates and Memory forms have been sent. Remember, you can access all reunion Information online – including filling out your Memory Book Form which is due by June 1.
1970 – No committee
1975 – No committee
1980 – Committee formed, 35th Reunion – TBD (on campus)
1985 – No committee
Committee formed and reaching out for Updated Contact information, 25th Reunion – TBD (off campus)
Committee formed and reaching out for Updated Contact information, 20th Reunion – TBD
2000 – No committee
Committee formed and reaching out for Updated Contact information, 10th Reunion – TBD (off campus)
Committee formed (still looking for more members), 5th Reunion – TBD (off campus)
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Let us remember and keep in our prayers those Alumni & Friends who have been called home during the month of April:


Richard Anderson

Class of 1957


William Bonde

Class of 1969


Joseph Ennen

Class of 1939


John Keklah

Class of 1953


Helen Kleinfehn



Patricia Krasky



Brother Cyril Litecky, FSC

DeLaSalle Principal (1975-1977) and

President (1989-1991)


George Loahr

Class of 1941


Bruce Loeffler  

Class of 1966


Richard O’Brien

Class of 1954

Richard Pelletier

  Class of 1960


John Pitleck



Annabel Sarte



Gary Schwinn

Class of 1957


Thomas Sheetz



Robin Stueve



Curtiss Whitlock

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!

Camp Islander Registration


DeLaSalle’s Camp Islander offers Twin Cities area elementary, middle, and high school students opportunities to become better athletes and actors through nine different athletic and drama camps. These camps – led by DeLaSalle staff, alumni and friends – annually attract hundreds of elementary, middle, and high school students during June and July.



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Alumni Fun Facts!

 Matt Detloff ’07


Matt Detloff attended Saint John’s University for undergrad where he majored in Social Science with a triple minor in Secondary Education, History, and Music. He then attended Saint Mary’s University for his graduate degree. He received a Master of Arts in Educational Instruction.


Detloff is finishing his fourth year at Maple Grove Senior High where he teaches 12th grade economics, 11th grade world history, and a comparative religions elective. He stays busy at MGSH coaching football and track and field while also running Action for Reaction which is MGSH’s student wellness advocacy program. Detloff states, “My biggest accomplishment is the MGSH Global Outreach & Leadership Development program, or G.O.L.D. program.” The G.O.L.D. program gives MGSH students the opportunity to serve across the globe and develop leadership skills for use throughout their lives. In the first two years, almost 100 students have traveled to Jamaica and Costa Rica to help in school, orphanage, and environmental based projects. Their 2016 adventure will be taking them to South Africa. Detloff continues, “My job as a teacher, coach, and trip coordinator is heavily influenced by the Lasallian lessons I learned in my time on the Island. I hope to be back in De’s classrooms and community in the future but only time will tell. Until then I will continue with joy, while helping the next generation write their own story.”


Matt Detloff recently became engaged to Jaycee Nelson and bought his first home. He will be getting married June of 2016.

Felecia Connor ’14


After graduating from DeLaSalle last year, Felecia Connor continued a family tradition and became a sailor in the United States Navy. She is of the fourth generation of Connors to serve our country. While in boot camp, Felecia’s hard work and determination allowed her to advance in rank to become an E2 Seaman Apprentice. She temporarily resides in Pensacola, Florida and is finishing up her schooling to become a Cryptological Technician. Second in her class, Felecia will soon graduate and be stationed in Augusta, Georgia where she will continue her post-secondary education. Mary Connor, mother and De graduate from the Class of 1995 states, “DeLaSalle’s tight knit, diverse, faith- based community helped prepare Felecia for life, work and service to society.”


Did You Know?

 Did you know that each year DeLaSalle offers $2.8 million in need-based financial assistance to over half its students?

Rooted in our Lasallian tradition, we are committed to making our quality, college-prep education accessible to all families in Minneapolis and surrounding area. Many families make great sacrifices to be at DeLaSalle and it’s with excitement that we will proudly send off members from the Class of 2015 knowing that their time at DeLaSalle has successfully prepared them for college, career, and contributions to a global society.

Click here for more information about our Gateway to the Future Campaign.


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.