ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Monday, representatives from De La Salle Collegiate were on the University of Michigan campus to present C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital with a donation of more than $16,000 raised by the soccer program.
“We wanted to do something special,” Pilots varsity soccer coach Thaier Mukhtar said. “We came up with the idea about playing a cancer game to raise a few thousand dollars and donate it to cancer research.”
In September, De La Salle and Brother Rice played four soccer games – varsity, junior varsity and two alumni contests – billed as the Catholics vs. Cancer Soccer Showdown at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac. Gate receipts and merchandise sold totaled $8,085, which De La Salle and President John M. Knight agreed to match.
“When it came to $16,000, that’s amazing,” Mukhtar said. “Every time I think of that total I get emotional. Mr. Knight and De La Salle matched the $8,000 that we raised at the game that we originally thought would raise maybe $3,000, and we went way above that.”
The Pilots raised another $1,675 online through a Crowdrise page, bringing the school’s total donation to $17,845
De La Salle’s donation will go to the Block Out Cancer Campaign, which supports pediatric cancer research. Block Out Cancer raised more than $191,000 for this year’s campaign.
Knight and Mukhtar were joined at Monday’s check presentation by Dr. Rajen Mody, a professor of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. Also present were Pilots soccer captains Tadeusz Gabryel, Justin Huttenlocher and Matt Johnson, as well as De La Salle alumnus Steve Spicuzzi, whose young son is battling cancer.
“Being faithful to our Lasallian roots, De La Salle Collegiate it proud to present C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital with this donation on behalf of our student body and our larger community,” Knight said. “There’s no more appropriate mission or ministry for us to help. May God continue to bless all the children in the world, especially those struggling with cancer.”
WARREN, Mich. – Since coming onboard in 1982, Vicki Granger has always been a pioneer at De La Salle Collegiate.
The second female educator and first department chairperson in school history, Vicki is set to shatter the glass ceiling – again. This time, Mrs. Granger will have the distinction of becoming the first-ever woman honored at the Christian Brothers’ Dinner.
Mrs. Granger has worn many different hats during her 36-year career at The Collegiate. She began her tenure teaching Advanced Placement English and English Composition. She also taught Journalism and was faculty moderator of the Co-Pilot student newspaper (1983-2004) and the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society (1995-2004), as well as coordinator of Academic Affairs.
It’s for those efforts, and others, that she is this year’s recipient of the John C. Monigold Award, given to the person who has truly served De La Salle and the Lasallian mission of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
She will receive her award during the 38th annual Christian Brothers’ Dinner on May 16 at Penna’s of Sterling.
“Vicki Granger has made a significant difference in the lives of countless young men at De La Salle Collegiate,” De La Salle President John M. Knight said. “I am honored to serve alongside her and on behalf of all of us at De La Salle – past and present – we thank Vicki for all that she has done and continues to do for our community. God bless you, Vicki!”
Prior to coming to The Collegiate, Mrs. Granger served as principal of Servite High School (1980-82), and taught different subjects at Dominican High School (1976-80), Our Lady of La Salette Grade School (1972-76) and Bishop Gallagher High School (1970-71).
Brother Kevin Gilhooly, principal at De La Salle from 1979-85, hired Mrs. Granger as the second female teacher – behind Renee Haraburda, who taught Spanish from 1977-85.
Mrs. Granger was hired to lead the English Department that included teachers Clyde Schabacher, Robert Divizio, Brian Kelly, and Brother Robert Wittmann. Today, there are more than two dozen female teachers at De La Salle.
“I remember Vicki Granger as one of the first people that I met as a freshman, or should I say froshling, as I believe she called us,” said Matt Loria, Dinner Chairman and a 1995 graduate. “She was very much into the orientation and onboarding experience. I have to admit, I was scared at that time of what lied ahead. For me, she started out as one of the daunting figures at La Salle and over the time became my teacher and friend.”
A 1966 graduate of Regina High School, Mrs. Granger has a bachelor’s in education from Wayne State University, a masters in communication from Eastern Michigan University, and a masters in education from the University of Detroit.
Mrs. Granger and her husband, Mike, have been married 42 years, and put two sons, Sean (1995) and Brian (1999) through De La Salle.
“I don’t think most teachers really know, and often don’t realize, the impacts they have on people,” Loria said. “Vicki has made the impact. Even if someone didn’t fully appreciate what they had during their stay at De La Salle, time has surely shown us her ongoing dedication and passion for us as the men of De La Salle.”
WARREN, Mich. – Next week, De La Salle Collegiate will welcome a new member to its faculty and staff.
North Carolina native Andrew Campbell becomes the second school psychologist in De La Salle history. Campbell, who has worked in public school districts in North Farmington and Oak Park, will work collaboratively with De La Salle’s school counselors – Tony Albani, John Hickey and Dominic Reid.
“Andrew is excited to be part of our Lasallian community and brings a fair amount of experience and passion,” De La Salle principal Steve Stewart said. “While he is currently sleep deprived with a new son, he informed me that he is looking forward to making a difference at De La Salle.”
Campbell’s first day will be this Monday, Oct. 15.
Campbell has an extensive background with school professionals in the areas of consultation, evaluation, individual and group counseling, as well as crisis, behavioral and academic interventions.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in biology from Clemson University in 2007. He received a Master of Arts in school psychology from the University of Detroit-Mercy in 2016.
“Having a school psychologist is a tremendous help to our students and is rather unique position for a single building, let alone a parochial/private school,” Stewart said. “Opportunely, resources have allowed us to continue our exceptional care for our students. We are both fortunate and blessed. It helps our students on many levels and is yet another point of distinction on why parents choose our great school with our superb faculty and staff committed to our mission.”
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!
I hope and pray that this summer has given you time to relax and enjoy being with friends and family. All of us at DLS are excited about the new school year. A large part of our excitement is of course being able to partner with you in the formation of your sons. Another part of our excitement this year is due to the outstanding men and women who have joined our faculty, staff and administration over the past several weeks.
As with anything in life change is part of the life cycle of a school. Over the past few months we have said good bye to colleagues who have served our school well. As people leave, new people and even some familiar faces enter our community. I am very happy to welcome back alumnus Steve Laudicina,’10 as our Director of Enrollment Management and alumnus Nate Maus, ’99 as our Vice President of Operations and Director of our Tuition Assistance Program. Alumnus Joe Gerardi,’86, recently on our Theology faculty, has moved into a new role of Vice-President of Mission and Ministry. Past De La Salle Collegiate student and honorary alumnus, Bill Roose has come onboard to serve as our Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Alumnus Kevin Fitzhenry,’03, has transitioned from our admissions office into a new role as our Director of Digital Marketing. And last but not least we welcome back Brother Robert Deary. Brother Robert is an alumnus, a past faculty member and has now returned home to us.
In addition to welcoming home the alumni mentioned above I am happy to welcome to our community Mrs. Kathleen Fraylick as our Director of Campus Ministry and Mrs. Jo Marie Ragona as our Director of Christian Service. Longtime basketball coach and past parent Greg Esler has joined our Advancement office as a Major Gift Officer. And rounding out our list of colleagues new and or returning to our community are past faculty member James DeHaan and new faculty members Rebecca Cook and Jacob Creeden. We are a community that is richly blessed by the Brothers and men and women who serve our students each day. We are blessed too by your continued support of our Lasallian, Catholic mission. I know that as the new school year unfolds you will enjoy meeting our new colleagues. Thank you for all you continue to do for our community. Please know that my prayers and the prayers of our entire community remain with you and your loved ones.
St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us!
Live Jesus in our Hearts, forever!
John M. Knight
De La Salle Collegiate is pleased to welcome alumnus Steve Laudicina, Class of 2010, as the new Director of Enrollment Management. Steve will work with prospective students and their parents in the Admissions process.
DLS President John M. Knight said, “I am delighted to welcome Steve back home to De La Salle Collegiate. Steve is an outstanding example of a graduate of a Lasallian education. We are blessed to call him one of our own and we look forward to working alongside Steve as we seek to strengthen and deepen our mission of providing a ‘human and Christian education’ for the young men of metropolitan Detroit.”
Most recently, Steve served as the pitching coach for the DLS Varsity Baseball Team during the 2018 season, and taught first grade in the Troy School District. He is a 2016 graduate of Western Michigan University.
“It feels amazing to be back in the building,” said Steve. “I am extremely excited and honored to be the new Director of Enrollment Management. The culture that has been established here is something to be proud of and I look forward to working hard to ensure that De La Salle continues to be a place where young men are fortunate enough to be given the opportunity for a strong educational journey.”
A standout baseball player at DLS, named to the All-State Dream Team and First Team All-State both his junior and senior years, Steve was part of the 2009 State Championship Division 1 Baseball Team.
He went on to play varsity baseball for four years at Western Michigan University, and earned a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education, with a specialty in Emotional Impairments and Learning Disabilities. He holds two records at WMU for career innings pitched (344.0) and single season innings pitched (111.0). He was a volunteer assistant coach for the WMU team in 2016.
Steve was interested in returning to his high school alma mater because of his own experiences at De La Salle. “I always wanted to come back to DLS, and also wanted to be on the administrative side. I want to help kids get the best education and prepare them for college. I want to be able to give kids an opportunity to succeed in a place that I love. This goes back to my background training in special education: the Lasallian mission of helping all students, including the underprivileged.”
Congratulations to Mrs. Sheryl Anderson, our De La Salle Collegiate Staff Member of the Year! Mrs. Anderson was selected by her DLS colleagues for this recognition.
A member of the DLS Information Technology (IT) Department since 2010, Mrs. Anderson works with Mr. Dennis Parks to support faculty, staff, and students in using technology for both academics and internal school operations.
Principal Mr. Steve Stewart said, “Mrs. Anderson always does an admirable job trying to assist students, faculty, and staff wherever she can. I have been impressed with her initiative and always striving to keep her colleagues informed with practical nuggets of best-practice. Her colleagues selected her no doubt due to her infectious desire to constantly improve and always with a smile!”
Mrs. Anderson said, “My most satisfying accomplishment working in the IT department at DLS is how different the journey is everyday. The technology projects both Dennis and I collaborate on with others in and around the school each day is fulfilling. I believe the IT department has a small part in making De La Salle’s Mission a success by supporting the growing technological needs of the school and the community I serve. It is my privilege to be working alongside such awesome people to build what we have built, and we will continue to build. I’m excited to see where the next leg of this technology journey takes this great school.”
Mrs. Anderson came to De La Salle with 25 years of experience working for EDS (Electronic Data Systems). Her sons are both DLS graduates; Kyle (‘13) attended Michigan State University (MSU), and now works in Chicago for an advertising company, while Ryan (‘17) is now a sophomore at MSU.
Mrs. Anderson, and her husband, Pat have been married 24 years, and make their home in Shelby Township. Pat is a Network Administrator for NTT/Dell, Inc. They are members of St. Isidore Parish, where Mrs. Anderson is a lector.
Congratulations to De La Salle Collegiate Theology Teacher Mr. John Berlin.
Mr. Berlin has been nominated by his faculty peers as the DLS Candidate for the Bishop John M. Queen Excellence in Catholic Teaching Award. The finalist will be named at a June 4 Dinner, sponsored by the Catholic Schools Office.
Mr. Berlin joined the DLS Faculty in 2016, following a long career as a firefighter for the Detroit Fire Department. In addition to teaching, Mr. Berlin is one of the DLS JV Football Coaches.
His nomination noted: “John has been a part of the DLS faculty for the past two years. In that short time, he has been a consistent presence and supporter of nearly every activity DLS has to offer – from the stage to the field, and everything in between.”
Teachers are selected at each Archdiocesan secondary and elementary school, and must be someone who exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding teacher and one who serves as a role model for students, instilling in all students a love of Christ and learning.
His nomination also noted, “John’s guidance inside the classroom as a member of the Theology Department has encouraged students to make thoughtful and considerate decisions about their path toward Christ.”
President Mr. John M. Knight has high praise. “John Berlin is a deeply faith-filled man. John is the type of person that I would want to teach my children! He is caring, compassionate and always centered on the student. We are blessed to have John as a part of our faculty.”
“Mr. Berlin is a catalyst for infectious positivity amongst the students wherever his is present. He truly cares for our students and has a wonderful, ever-present smile!” said Principal Mr. Steve Stewart.
Mr. Berlin spent 19 years in emergency fire response, and then oversaw the construction of a new training academy. He finished his career as Deputy Fire Commissioner.
Mr. Berlin also is a retired Chief Petty Officer with the U.S. Naval Reserve. The majority of his 30-year career was spent with the Marine Corps Units. He received numerous awards, including recognition of his combat action. He served two tours in the Middle East.
Mr. Berlin is also active at St. Isaac Jogues Parish, in St. Clair Shores, and its parish festival. He is active at the St. Leo’s Soup Kitchen. Mr. Berlin has coached football, basketball, and football and is a former board member of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).
Mr. Berlin and his wife Laura have been married 34 years, and have three grown children, and two grandchildren. His children all attended Catholic schools from kindergarten through high school, and his son Padriac, is a DLS alumnus, Class of 2009.
Mr. Berlin attended the University of Detroit Mercy.
His leisure time is spent with family, physical strength and conditioning, and reading. He promotes the four F’s: faith, family, friends, and fitness model for happiness.
Mr. Brian Bacon, who has taught at De La Salle Collegiate with distinction since 1995, will be retiring effective January 12. Mr. Bacon has touched the hearts of scores of Pilots over the years and has served as Department leader and mentor to our current Mathematics Department. He will be missed, but plans to be available for some substitute teaching.
Other Faculty changes:
Ms. Sabrina Stellino will be taking Mr. Bacon’s classes, Modern, Honors and Advanced Geometry, as well as AP Calculus. Ms. Stellino taught in our Math Department last year before transitioning to the Social Studies department to fill a need earlier this school year.
Mr. Jim Singelyn (‘90) will be joining the Social Studies Department teaching American History, Economics, Government ,and Honors World Contemporary Studies. Mr. Singelyn has spent the last several years as our Varsity Swimming coach and has been a constant presence in our building as a substitute teacher.
Mrs. Kasha Griffith will be joining the Foreign Language department teaching Spanish. She is an experienced Spanish teacher and is returning to De La Salle. She taught at DLS several years ago.
Thanks again to the Mrs. Stephanie Howay, Mrs. Nicole Cuello, Mrs. Lindsey Tula, and Mrs. Adriana Vidican for stepping up and ensuring our Spanish courses continued to effectuate meaningful learning.
Mrs. Angie Aldini joins our Admissions Office, as Mrs. Andrea Mason resigned a few weeks ago to take another position in business. Mrs. Aldini has been a De La Salle Collegiate supporter for years as a parent of two DLS graduates – Lido (2010) and Dominic (2012) – and has served as Christian Brothers’ Auxiliary President.
Mr. John Monigold will continue to work with our Advancement Office and with our alumni, but in a part-time capacity. John has done so much for DLS over the decades and we are very fortunate to still have him as part of the community.
Mr. Dennis Koch will return to DLS Jan. 22, and serve as Alumni Director in the Advancement Office.