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July 2016

DeLaSalle Digest

Happy Independence Day!


While students are away on summer break, the island continues to bustle with activity. Between trips all across the Americas, spring sports leading to summer sports, and ACT preparation and summer classes, our students have remained busy and engaged.







The physical space around the island continues to transform; we are only one month away from the opening of the largest addition to DeLaSalle in more than 50 years. The Center for Innovative Learning will be completed by the beginning of the school year, with tours of the new facilities starting Alumni Weekend.

Many are preparing to leave town for holiday activities, while others are simply looking forward to time for relaxation with family and friends. We wish you all a safe and joyful Fourth of July, and thank you for your continued support of DeLaSalle!


June Gift Matching Update

Thanks to an anonymous donor, every gift was matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000 in the month of June. Over 270 generous members of the DeLaSalle community united to donate more than $135,000 for deserving students. What an incredible success! We are immensely grateful and proud to share in a community that cares so much about investing in the students. Thank you so much to everyone who chose to continue their support!


Islanders Are Everywhere!

Look at where our students have gone this summer! Global Advantage Program (GAP)- and Lasallian Ministry-led trips have sent our students all across the Western Hemisphere. In June, a group of students went to Ecuador and met other Lasallian students while taking in the stunning scenery and rich local culture. Another group represented DeLaSalle at the Lasallian Youth Conference. A third group went to Colorado to perform service work.  Currently, a group is in Costa Rica learning about anthropology, economics, and biology. In coming weeks, a group will return to Blackfeet Reservation in Montana to assist in rebuilding a school and to attend North American Indian Days. Islanders are on the move and sharing their gifts and talents in service and education! Blogs and details on these trips can be found here for GAP trips and here for Lasallian Ministry trips!


Lasallian Youth Gathering


Each year, Catholic and Lasallian High Schools from the Midwest District gather for a week of prayer, service and community building during the Lasallian Youth Gathering (LYG). This year’s gathering was held at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee from June 20th – June 24th. The students were called to grow together throughout the week under the theme “Journey Together”.


The Lasallian high schools represented at LYG 2016 include:

  • Bishop Kelley High School – Tulsa, OK

  • Christian Brothers High School – Memphis, TN

  • DeLaSalle High School – Minneapolis, MN

  • DeLaSalle Institute – Chicago, IL

  • Montini Catholic High School – Lombard, IL

  • Totino-Grace High School – Fridley, MN


Students completed various service projects throughout the city of Memphis. Lasallian Youth also had special opportunities to visit and tour DeLaSalle at Blessed Sacrament Elementary School, have lunch at The Caritas Village, explore downtown Memphis and experience the breathtaking National Civil Rights Museum. Next year’s LYG will be hosted at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota where the focus will be on building our Lasallian community.


Underclassmen Honor Roll

Congratulations to students who have been named to the second semester Honor Roll. Students with a semester grade point average of 3.0-3.8 are named to the Honor Roll; those with a semester GPA of 3.8 or better earn a place on the High Honor Roll.

DeLaSalle also extends congratulations to those 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who received an underclass academic award for outstanding achievement, improvement, or effort this school year. Each teacher may nominate one student from each period in which they teach for an award. Recipients receive a certificate that is mailed with second semester report cards.


Filling Spaces: Admissions Update

Logo Flowers 

If DeLaSalle meets its enrollment goals by fall, this will be the largest enrollment at DeLaSalle in 45 years. We are truly blessed by the students and staff at DeLaSalle who create a positive atmosphere and experience for prospective and incoming students and their families. Read More about how the Admissions Office is still filling limited space available for the 2016-17 school year.

Alumni Digest

Class of 1981 Celbrates 35 years

Congratulations to the Class of 1981 as they celebrate their 35 year reunion! On Saturday, June 25th, the class and their guests gathered at Pizza Lucé in Richfield, MN for one heck of a party. A special thank you goes to Reunion Committee members Joe Baier, Geralyn Corcoran and Phyllis Rence for their help in planning a great event! Here’s to 35 years! Check out some moments captured here.


Alumni Weekend Registration is Open!

Haven’t been to the Island in a while? Join us for Alumni Weekend, August 11th – 13th! Online Registration is available for the Hall of Fame, Golf Tournament, School Tours, Alumni Mass and Reunions.



*Please Note: Some reunion classes are finishing up the planning for their event. Check your class reunion page for updates.


Reunion Committees in Full Effect!

Congratulations to all classes celebrating DeLaSalle anniversaries this summer! Reunion committees are in full effect in order to make their events a huge success. There are still a few classes that do not have reunion committees formed: the Classes of 1961, 1971, 1986, 1991, and 2001. If you are at all interested in helping with the planning, please contact Alumni Relations & Special Events Coordinator, Jessica Luckett or call her at 612-676-7687.

Alumni Corner

Christian Glanville ’11

Christian recently joined the Islander Development staff! After graduating from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a BA degree in Sociology, he took the position of Annual Fund Manager in May. He is excited to return to DeLaSalle and hopes to encourage other young alumni to re-engage with the school. If you wish to contact him about ways to give back or to get involved at the school, he can be reached at Welcome back, Christian!


Mark Berg ‘57

Berg, a CDL instructor, has been teaching Over-the-Road Trucking at Hibbing Community College for two years.


Denise La Mere-Anderson ‘91

The Golden Valley Human Services Fund Committee or GVHSF  recently announced LaMere-Anderson as their committee chair. Congratulations, Denise!



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 Upcoming Events


Class of 1996 20th Reunion

Saturday, July 23

DeLaSalle High Schoool


School Tours

6:00pm – 10:00pm

Reunion Celebration


Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Thursday, August 11

DeLaSalle High School – Main Gymnasium



Class of 1966 STAG

Thursday, August 11

Elsie’s Restaurant – Minneapolis, MN



Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament

Friday, August 12

Majestic Oaks Golf Course – Ham Lake, MN

11:45am- Registration

1:00pm- shot gun start

5:30pm- Social Hour

6:30pm- Dinner



Alumni School Tours

Come and See the New Center for Innovative Learning (CIL)

Saturday, August 13

DeLaSalle High School



Alumni Mass

Saturday, August 13

DeLaSalle High School – Florance Center

Celebrant: Fr. Ralph Goman ’56




Class of 1956 60th Reunion

Saturday, August 13


DeLaSalle High School




Class of 1966 50th Reunion

Saturday, August 13


DeLaSalle High School



Camp Islander Registration


During July, DeLaSalle’s Camp Islander offers summer camps in football and soccer 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 June: 

Steven Nelson

Class of 1966


Theodore Willard

Class of 1945


Branch Sternal

Class of 1958


John Frederick

Class of 1947


Thomas Grady

Parent of Current Student


Shirley Kaiser



Dean Oberpiller

Class of 1967


Mary Jane Piazza



Roma Ryan



Frank Bokusky



Karen Fournier



Edmund Hyser



Joseph Dehen

Class of 1946


Raymond Warpeha

Class of 1952


Gary Cochran

Class of 1953


Thomas Doherty

Class of 1954


Mary Kay Koppi



David Sutton

Class of 1960


Caroline Wandzel



Steven Schendel

Class of 1965


Helen Krawczynski


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!


This year we honor:


Hall of Fame Award

Jim ‘60 & Jane Becker


Lasallian Award

Thomas Kalitowski ‘66

Gerald Miller ‘56*

(awarded posthumously)


Roberts-Reinhart Award

Mark James ‘77

Benjamin Johnson ‘99

Majik Reed ‘02


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.