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August 2016

DeLaSalle Digest


Alumni Weekend Nears!

Alumni Weekend is right around the corner! On August 11-13, hundreds of alumni and friends will be returning to the Island for an exciting slate of events and opportunities to reconnect. The weekend kicks off on Thursday, August 11 with the annual Hall of Fame ceremony, where we will honor 6 individuals who have contributed in significant ways to the DeLaSalle community. On Friday August 11, golfers of all skills will converge at Majestic Oaks Golf Course for the annual Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament. To close out the weekend, alumni from the classes of 1956 and 1966 will be holding reunions and fondly remembering their experiences as Islanders. Tours of the new Center for Innovative Learning and Mass will also be offered to all alumni on this day. Registration for any or all of these events is still open; click here if you would like to participate!

Welcome New Islanders!

We are rapidly approaching the beginning of the new school year! As teachers and students return to the Island this month, we would like to extend a warm welcome to the families of our 9th graders and transfer students. We are very excited for a new year with new faces! The class of 2020 features 195 students coming from over 80 different middle schools, from all across the Twin Cities area. Over 400 applications were submitted for these spots; interest in DeLaSalle remains tremendously high! We are proud of the diversity and ability of this new class; they are a reflection of the real world. We look forward to watching these young students grow and represent DeLaSalle in the classroom, on fields and stages, and beyond!

Mass of the Holy Spirit

The first Mass of the new school year will be a very special one indeed. DeLaSalle is honored and excited to welcome Archbishop Bernard Hebda to the Island, leading Mass for the community for the first time. Archbishop Hebda will be celebrating the Mass of the Holy Spirit and blessing the Center for Innovative Learning. The Mass & Blessing will be held on August 31st from 1-3 pm with a reception to follow.

Brother Nick Celebrates 70th Jubilee


Congratulations to Br. Nick Geimer, FSC, who celebrated his 70th jubilee. Geimer, an 88-year-old retired Brother who lives in the DeLaSalle community and has shared his mechanical, woodworking, and craft skills with the school over the years, was recognized as one of 11 jubilarians by his fellow Brothers and Lasallians at the Midwest District’s annual retreat at Lewis University. He is pictured here at this spring’s Founder’s Day Mass. Also honored was Br. Jerome Cox ‘56 for his 60th jubilee.


Islanders Immersed at Lasallian School in Montana

Logo Flowers 

Twelve Islanders immersed themselves in Native American culture by participating in the OKI-NI-SOO-KA-WA or “Come and See” immersion experience at the De La Salle Blackfeet school in Browning, Montana. Islanders cleaned the school, wiped iPads, and worked in the school’s thrift store during the experience, which was coordinated through the DeLaSalle Office of Lasallian MInistry. Students also witnessed a grand entry, dance competition, drumming and singing, parade, and rodeo as part of the North American Indian Days happening in the community at the same time. They also had the unique opportunity to celebrate Mass with Helena diocesan Bishop George Thomas.


Staff Serve at Sharing & Caring Hands

A group of current and former DeLaSalle staff served the evening meal on July 14 at Sharing & Caring Hands in Minneapolis. “We are blessed to have such dedicated professionals who lead by example of service to others,” Physical Education teacher Mary Beth Barry ‘79 said of her colleagues who volunteered.


  Pro Athlete Derrick Robinson ’00 Hosts Summer Camp

Islanders are always giving back to their community. For the past 1o years, Derreck Robinson – NFL player and a member of the DeLaSalle Class of 2000 – has sponsored and directed the Green Machine Football & Cheerleading Camp for ages 6 – 14. This year’s free camp was held at McRae Park in South Minneapolis July 7-9th. Learning the fundamentals of football and cheerleading, the eager participants and their families were excited and thankful for opportunity to have a camp like this. The youth who participate receive lunch daily and had fun learning from Robinson and his volunteering staff – including current De football players.

Alumni Digest

Class of 1996 Celebrates 20 years

Congratulations to the Class of 1996 who celebrated their 20th Reunion Anniversary on July 23rd at DeLaSalle! What a blast they had at the ‪#‎KaiserClix‬ photobooth provided by Greg Kaiser ’81 and during their school tours!

Alumni Soccer and Softball Games



Alumni are being called out once again by the current boys’ and girls’ soccer teams to participate in the Alumni Soccer Games on Saturday, August 13th at 11am and 1pm on the DeLaSalle Athletic Field. Pull out the old shin guards and let’s show ’em how it’s done! Contact head girls’ coach, Tim McDonald, at if you are interested in playing or have any questions! Additionally, the DeLaSalle girls’ softball team will be hosting their first annual Alumni Softball Game and Picnic on Tuesday, August 9th from 6-9pm at the Langton Lake Park Fields in Roseville. Bring your gloves and your appetites!If you are interested in playing, Please fill out this form online.

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

Harold Troumbley ’55

  Harold Trombley ‘55 has been living in Rogers, MN for 57 years. Enjoying 22 years of retirement, he stays active at Mary Queen of Peace parish.  He spent 24 years working in education, of which 23 were served as an elementary school principal. Trombley has been blessed with three children and 11 grandchildren (with one  in  St Paul seminary and one a US Army 2nd Lieutenant in Georgia).  He and his wife Jeanne enjoy traveling.


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 Upcoming Events



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



Mass of the Holy Spirit & CIL Blessing with Arhbishop Hebda

Wednesday, August 31

DeLaSalle High School

1:00 pm 

Update Your Contact Information!

Calling all Islanders! In the next year, we will be rolling out a multitude of new opportunities for alumni and friends to get involved in the community. One of our main goals is to improve and increase our contact information, so that we can better serve you and inform you about chances for reconnection! As part of this project, we are looking for volunteers who would be willing to help track down classmates that we have lost touch with. If you are interested in assisting in this effort, please contact Christian Glanville at In the meantime, please take two minutes to update your contact information here so that you don’t miss out! 



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

David Michael Brancheau



Fr. Michael Tegeder

Class of 1966


Jacqueline Madden



Dr. James White

Class of 1947


Elsie Albrecht



Charles Schwaab

Class of 1947


Richard Popehn

 Former Parent

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?

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Fall Activities Begin


Fall sports and activities are about to begin again! We look forward to seeing our students on fields, courts, and stages. For a quick glance at the activities calendar, click here. Go Islanders! 



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.