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September 2016



Construction is Complete!

After years of planning and building, DeLaSalle’s largest project in more than fifty years is finally complete. DeLaSalle’s Center for Innovative Learning, full of state-of-the-art technology and educational resources, enables students and teachers to work individually, in small groups, or as an entire class to advance their education. This space in the newly redesigned center of the school represents the innovative learning that occurs at DeLaSalle. This project – the largest improvement of its kind in modern school history
– puts DeLaSalle among the first high schools in Minnesota to add such a facility, just as we were among the first to implement a 1:1 tablet technology program six years ago. The completion of this project is a major success and something for all Islanders to be proud of. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this campaign! For more information, click here.


Welcome Back Students!

DeLaSalle started the 2016-17 school year August 22 with 780 students ready to learn. After an all-school assembly to welcome everyone, students reported to their 1st hour class, found their locker, and began the new semester. Welcome back, Islanders, it’s so good to see you!

Mass of the Holy Spirit and CIL Blessing

Archbishop Bernard Hebda on August 31 celebrated the opening school year Mass of the Holy Spirit with the DeLaSalle community. After Mass, the archbishop – surrounded by students, staff, parents, and guests – stood in front of and blessed DeLaSalle’s new building addition, which includes the Center for Innovative Learning. Thank you to everyone who has donated to the capital campaign in order to make this day possible! For more info, click here.


International Student Dinner


 DeLaSalle welcomed 15 international students and their host families to a new school year with a dinner and program in the new Active Learning space. School leaders, including Chinese teacher and Global Advantage Program assistant Dr. Chang-li Huang, explained the role of the international student program and how DeLaSalle can support international students and their host families. The dinner marked the first in a yearlong series of cultural experiences
for the international students. 


The Gala Approaches!Logo Flowers 

The Christian Brothers’ Gala is DeLaSalle’s only student scholarship fundraiser. This benefit raises more than $350,000 each year to support De students. Reconnect with old friends. Meet new parents, seasoned parents, alumni, staff and friends. A party with a purpose, the evening features both live and silent auctions, dinner and entertainment. For more information or to buy tickets, click here!


Islanders are Everywhere!

Islander alumni within driving distance of DeLaSalle… Visit us in the Development office and pick up your “Islanders Are Everywhere” yard sign!


Alumni Digest

Class of
2016 Celebrates 10 years

The Class of 2006 celebrated day-two of their 10-year reunion this past Saturday at Legends Bar & Grill. They exclaim, “2006 is the best class, and looks good after 10 years!” Congratulations Islanders!

Hall of Fame Inductees



As part of the recent Alumni Weekend celebration at
DeLaSalle, the school honored seven individuals (including one husband and wife team) at the
2016 Hall of Fame/Lasallian Awards. Three awards make up the DeLaSalle Hall of Fame. This year’s winners are: Jim ’60 and Jane Becker (Hall of Fame Award); Tom Kalitowski ’66 and Gerald Miller ’56 (Lasallian Award); and Ben Johnson ’99 and Majik Reed (Roberts-Reinhart Award). Congratulations to our winners! To learn more about these amazing Islanders, click here.

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

Alumni Corner

Bob Dorff ‘57

  Bob went to teach English in Anqing, China about 10 years ago. He doesn’t have students anymore, but he is well known in his daily outings and engages people who just want to speak English. Sometimes they even ask him critique their pronunciations and grammar. Bob and his wife recently embarked on their journey back to the USA – a day and a half to be exact – to attend his brother Roger Dorff’s
’57 daughter-in-law’s funeral. During his time back, he was able to attend the Class of 1957 annual fall luncheon. He doesn’t know when he will return to the USA again but it was a pleasure to see him at the event.

Ellie Engelen ‘09

  Ellie is a 4th year

Veterinarian Medical student at the University of Minnesota. She recently received the opportunity to give the University President, Eric Kahler, and his wife Karen a tour of the Miracle of Birth barn at the Minnesota State Fair.

Madeline Hodapp ‘10


  For the first year on West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis residents will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy their neighborhood streets without the presence of motorized traffic at Open Streets Broadway! Maddie will be featuring some of her newest art work for purchase at Open Streets Broadway
for the first time…ever! While a bit anxious for this debut, Maddie feels that art and creative expression heals and brings people together. Her work, specifically centered on the African- American heritage and women, empowers and inspires everyone to be proud and believe in
who God made them to be. Maddie’s launching will take place on Saturday, September
10th from 11:00am – 5:00pm.



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 Upcoming Events



Homecoming Pep Fest

Friday, September 23rd


Homecoming Games

Saturday, September 24th


Christian Brothers’ Gala

Saturday, October 8th


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: 

William Shand

Class of 1961


Patricia Jo Adelmann



Alice Geneva Madzay



David Resech



John Resech



Roy Tegeder

Class of 1936


Sarah Reilly

 Former Parent

Don Elsen

 Class of 1944

Ralph Hagemann

 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! 









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 have begun! 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.