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May 2016

DeLaSalle Digest

The DeLaSalle Christian Brothers and A Cappella Choir sings”Honneur A Toi,” the Christian Brothers’ anthem to St. John Baptist de La Salle.

Happy May, Happy Spring!

As a community, the Islanders gathered together to celebrate our Lasallian heritage and pay tribute to our founder, the Patron Saint of Teachers, St. John Baptist de La Salle during the annual Founder’s Day Mass. Following the Mass, students, staff and the Christian Brothers’ were honored for their service to DeLaSalle and the community and for their achievements in and outside of the classroom. Read More…



  DeLaSalle Math Teacher, David Pearson, is MISF Honor Teacher of the Year!

As a Congratulations to Math Teacher, David Pearson, who was named High School Honor Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Independent School Forum, or MISF. Check out the video that was played before Pearson’s name was announced (3:41-5:14)!


The 1st Annual Founder’s Day 5K Unites DeLaSalle Community


DeLaSalle Islanders of all ages gathered on Saturday, April 30th to run and walk the 1st annual Founder’s Day 5K! With over 105 participants, nearly 70 student, alumni and parent volunteers, and our partnering sponsors, the 5K was well received and a great success. The event featured something for everyone: a bounce house, music, face painting, a kids fun run, concessions and a friendly competition against Principal Benson. Join us next year for the Founder’s Day 5K run/walk! Use it as a tune up race or just come for a little fun!

Thank you to our sponsors:

Twin Cities in Motion, Ideal Advertisting, Sysco, Dunn Brothers Coffee, and Northeast Bank.

Click Here to view & download photos from the event!


DeLaSalle Students Advance to the State and National History Day Competition

Twenty-one projects advanced to the Minnesota State History Day Competition on May 1st. Eight projects placed in the top five in their category. Many projects also received Honorable Mention awards or a topical prize. The projects submitted were incredible and expressed a variety of interests in topics and presentation (documentary, website, exhibit, paper or performance). Congratulations to sisters Joanna and Jovanna Lopez-Ramales who will be moving on to the National History Day Competition at the University of Maryland in June. Read More…



DeLaSalle Island Clean-Up

The Island has never looked so good! Nearly 40 volunteers spent their afternoon on April 16th creating a cleaner environment on Nicollet Island. Thank you to the members of the DeLaSalle GREEN Team and Parent Association for co-sponsoring this event. Read more…


Starry Night Prom: A Special Night forAll

Each year, the Lasallian Ministry Office hosts one of the largest events of the year, the Starry Night Prom. The Starry Night Prom is a night for all those in the community living with disabilities and this year’s luau theme will have our guests ready to party! Over 200 students are involved with the planning of the event. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 7 and is expecting a record number of guests. Read more…


 Board of Trustees Member Recognized


Congratulations are in store for a member of the DeLaSalle Board of Trustees. Gary Wilmer, a lifelong advocate for Catholic education, has been recognized by the Catholic Servant newspaper as “Catholic Servant of the Year!” Thank you, Gary, for your leadership and belief in the mission of DeLaSalle and the value of a Catholic education throughout the Twin Cities.

Alumni Digest

Alumni Legacy Scholarship Recipients Recognized during Founder’s Day

Each year, the Alumni Association awards Alumni Legacy Scholarships to junior students who exemplify the values of St. John Baptist de La Salle and their family tradition through their academics, Christian service, church, and school involvement. This year, 13 students received Alumni Legacy Scholarships and were recognized at the Founder’s Day Mass. Alumni Association Board President, Patrick Kaiser ’74 and Alumni Association Board Representatives Anna Mazig ’04 and Wally Hinz ’60 joined the students and their parents for an honorary breakfast to celebrate their achievements.

Click Here to view the list of recipients.

Alumni scholarships are made possible by the funds raised at alumni events like the golf tournament and class reunions. Thank you to the Alumni Association for their work and to all who continue to support the mission of DeLaSalle with their time, talents and gifts.

Alumni Corner

Islander Alumni Updates

Dick Cardinal ’61

Dick and his family most recently ran in the DeLaSalle Founder’s Day 5K. He came to the race with his wife, two of their daughters and 10 grandchildren!

Thank you for participating in the 1st annual Founder’s Day 5K. We hope to see you and your family again next year!

Brian Dorr ’02

Brian Dorr recently accepted a position with Hennepin County as their Senior Human Resources Leader. Dorr will be moving from position with Sears managing their Human Resources Department throughout the Midwest.


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 Upcoming Events


Spring Music Concert

Were you unable to attend the spring concert held on May 4th? No worries!

A full viewing of the performances are available online!


A free app for The Cube is available for mobile devices such as an iPad or cellular phone (iOS/Google Play)


Starry Night Prom

Saturday, May 7

DeLaSalle High School – Main Gymnasium



Senior Art Show at Sebastian Joe’s

April 30 – May 13

Sebastian Joe’s

1007 W. Franklin Ave. S, Minneapolis

All Day

Baccalaureate Mass &

Alumni Induction Reception

Wednesday, May 18

DeLaSalle High School – Main Gymnasium




Thursday, May 19

Basilica of Saint Mary – Minneapolis



Class of 1960 Annual Luncheon

Friday, May 20

Jax Cafe – Minneapolis



12th Annual

Walker/Beha Golf Tournament

Tuesday, June 7

Redwing Country Club


Hosted by Bob Praus

Cost: $55.00

(Includes, 18 holes, golf cart, and lunch at the turn)


Please send your entry and money to:

Pete Chubb

4440 Beard Ave. S. #209

Minnepolis, MN 55410

Deadline to Register: May 31, 2016


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Islander Athletics Calendar


Camp Islander Registration


During June and July, DeLaSalle’s Camp Islander offers nine different summer camps in drama and athletics for elementary, middle and high school students. Each camp offers outstanding coaching and directing, with emphasis on fundamental skill development for participants. Students may sign up for a single camp or multiple camps!


Click Here to Register


Let us remember those Alumni & Friends who have been called home during the month of April:


Kathryn Aubart


Eugene Bishop

Class of 1945

Darlene Collins


Helen Dudziak


Jospehine Higgins


John J. Janson

Class of 1959

Brigid Knapp (Kowalik)

Class of 1981

Don Koelfgen

Class of 1954

Andrea McGough


William Schneerman

Class of 1955

Charles Wojciak

Class of 1948


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! 

Alumni Weekend 2016

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 11

DeLaSalle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Please join us as we honor those who have made a significant impact on DeLaSalle, in Islander athletics, and throughout the broader community. All alumni and friends are welcome!


Friday, August 12

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. All alumni and friends are welcome!


Saturday, August 13

Reunion Saturday

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




Reunion Updates


Congratulations to all classes between 1956 and 2011 ending in a “1” or “6” as they celebrate their reunions this year! Returning to DeLaSalle for your Class Reunion gives you the opportunity to renew past friendships while becoming reacquainted with the DeLaSalle campus.


If you are interested in joining a reunion planning committee, or if you would like more information, contact Jessica Luckett, Alumni Relations & Special Events Coordinator, at 612.676.7687 or


We can’t wait to see you back on Nicollet Island! Want to know updates on your reunion?

Click HERE


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.