The Stanner Alumni Center is committed to offering a wide range of events for our Molloy family, to keep us connected safely through virtual and in-person events. As guidelines from the CDC, New York State, and New York City for in-person gatherings evolve, we are continuing to evaluate what events we can offer.
Recently, we have received inquiries regarding the status of future in-person alumni events, including the Stanner Alumni Reunion for the Classes of 0 and 5 which was postponed last fall, and the Stanner Alumni Reunion for the Classes of 1 and 6 which would be held this year. We ask for your continued patience as we finalize our plans to operate in-person events safely.
We are mindful of your health and safety, and our team plans to move forward in full compliance with CDC and NYC Department of Health guidelines for large gatherings. The Stanner Alumni Center will share more information regarding upcoming in-person events later in June. Thank you for your continued patience and support. We look forward to seeing you at Molloy soon!
On May 3, 2021, the Stanner Alumni Center was excited to offer our first in-person event since early 2020. The 35th Annual Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic welcomed many longtime golfers and sponsors back, as well as many new participants. It was great to see everyone.
This year’s outing was historic for several reasons. First, the event expanded from three golf courses to four, which was part of the Stanner Alumni Center’s effort to comply with capacity restrictions and social distancing guidelines and provide the safest experience possible. Second, expanding to four courses allowed for a record number of golfers, over 375! Third, our chairpersons, James Jordan ’01 and Carissa Jordan ’04, worked hard to recruit over 20 tennis players for our first-ever Tennis Tournament. Lastly, this year’s outing raised over $239,000 in support of Molloy’s scholarship program, surpassing our previous record by over $54,000! This wonderful accomplishment was made possible by the generosity and dedication of our amazing alumni, corporate sponsors, volunteers, and so many others. From everyone at Molloy and the Stanner Alumni Center, THANK YOU for supporting our students.
During the outing, Molloy announced two incoming freshmen will receive scholarships beginning this fall thanks to this year’s Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic. Congratulations to Mackenzie Clarke of Sewanhaka High School on receiving the Jim Kinnier Scholarship, and congratulations to Annabelle Montano of St. Stan’s Middle School on receiving the John Gibbons Memorial Scholarship.
On June 2nd, the Stanner Alumni Center was blessed to be joined by Br. Ben Consigli, FMS, ’80 for our third Stanner Talks. This virtual event series highlights Molloy alumni and their insights into intriguing careers. Br. Ben, a current serving member of the Marist Brothers’ General Council as the link for the Marist regions of Oceania and Europe, discussed one of his recent writings, a reflection titled The Pandemic and Our Mission. In a conversation with event moderator Craig Katinas ’93, Alumni Development Director, Br. Ben revealed what motivated him to write the reflection, how he identified his priorities and who he has been called to be during the pandemic, and how his relationship with God has impacted his journey through this difficult period.
In case you missed it, the event is now available on Molloy’s YouTube channel. You can also view it in the video player below. We hope the words and experiences Br. Ben shares during this event will be of help to our community. Special thanks to Br. Ben for sharing his time and insights with us. Stanner Talks will return with new guest speakers this fall.
On Memorial Day, we remember the ultimate sacrifices made by the brave men and women of our armed forces. Each year, Molloy’s Class of 1963 continues a special tradition in observation of Memorial Day, donating a memorial wreath in honor of their classmate, Private First Class Louis Willett ’63. PFC Willett is a posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.” He was mortally wounded on February 15, 1967, in Kontum Province, Vietnam, while purposefully drawing enemy fire away from his platoonmates, enabling their safe retreat. PFC Willett’s bravery and selflessness continue to resonate with our community and especially our Class of 1963.
Click the button below to read PFC Willett’s Medal of Honor citation. Together let us continue to remember the legacy of PFC Willett and of the many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.
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Inaugural Black Excellence Townhall
What does Black Excellence mean to you?
Entrepreneur and Chair of the Archbishop Molloy Council for Diversity & Inclusion, Tenisha McDonald hosted the inaugural Black Excellence Townhall virtual event at Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood, Queens NY on Monday, March 1st, 2021. The discussion of Black Excellence provided a space safe for panelists to explore questions of Black Identity and Professionalism—how they contributed to their successes and what they have had to overcome to be the person that they are today.
“For me as a Black woman, Black excellence means making the most out of the resources in which I’m provided and shaping and stepping into the fullness of my own Black identity and celebrating it, while also navigating the obstacles that arise because of that celebration,” McDonald said as she kicked off the panel via Zoom.
McDonald is a 2007 Molloy graduate who earned her BA at Cornell, MA at Queens College, and is currently pursuing her PhD at Princeton University. She is the founder of Writer’s Ink NYC, LLC, a content writing and editing company based in New York City.
The panel, organized by Archbishop Molloy’s Council for Diversity & Inclusion, consisted of public speaker Janelle Boyd; broadcaster and sports anchor Rosalyn Gold-Onwude; New York State Court Sergeant Elder Bro. Damani Nyahuma; Molloy Director of Admissions Edwidge Turenne; board-certified behavior analyst & behavioral health specialist Angelina Waterman; and Minorities in Sports Business Network founder Shaina Wiel.
New US Provincial Council Installed at Chapter Meeting
Stanner Life Magazine Is Out Now
New Stanner Life Magazine Out Now
We are happy to share that the latest edition of Stanner Life magazine is out now. Our new issue features the biggest stories from 2020 and the first half of the current school year, including Molloy’s Hybrid Model, the Council for Diversity & Inclusion, and the historic Class of 2020. You will also find stories about our faculty retirees, an update on Molloy’s Strategic Plan, alumni who have served as frontline workers or volunteers during the pandemic, and more. The cover design includes a reference to hybrid learning and pays tribute to frontline workers, alumni volunteers, and our Class of 2020.
Please note that some zip codes will receive the magazine before others and the mailing does take some time to complete through USPS. If you do not receive Stanner Life this month, please contact the Stanner Alumni Center directly at email@example.com to update your address and request your copy. Multiple copies are also available upon request. If you missed the opportunity to honor a frontline hero or alumni volunteer in our magazine, you can send updates to The Beehive.
A digital version of the magazine is now available on our website. CLICK HERE to download a PDF edition.
Floral Park Post Office Honors Lt. Michael R. Davidson '99
Recently, the Floral Park Post Office dedicated its building to the memory of Lt. Davidson. A virtual ceremony was held on March 23, 2021, marking the third anniversary of Lt. Davidson’s passing. The program featured the National Anthem performed by Molloy students Joseph Bruno ‘22 and Molly McGuinness ‘22, an invocation by Msgr. John Delendick, as well as remarks from Postmaster/Master of Ceremonies Harold Bonilla, District Manager Frank Calabrese, US Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, and Molloy President Richard Karsten ’81.
President Karsten offered a Marist perspective: “Michael truly embodies the five pillars of the Marist Identity: Presence – He cared for his family and friends and championed such values in how he treated family, friends, colleagues, and those he served as a firefighter. Simplicity – Michael did many selfless and wonderful things, not for accolades, but simply because it was the right thing to do. Family Spirit – His happiness came from being a husband to Eileen and a father to Brooke, Emily, Amy, and Joseph. Love of Work – While not an easy path, Michael embraced being a firefighter and was committed to the values and beliefs of putting others above self. In the Way of Mary – Michael followed his journey just as Mary did, with faith, love, and quiet strength.”
The newly dedicated Lt. Michael Davidson Post Office Building is located at 35 Tulip Avenue, Floral Park, New York 11001. The ceremony came just weeks after the City Council passed two bills to improve the safety of NYC firefighters. Movie or television sets where pyrotechnics are used now require a safety manager to be present. We continue to pray for Lt. Davidson and his family, and we pray that this new legislation will help save lives in the future.
Stanner Restaurant Directory Update
We would like to thank everyone who supported our extended “Stanner Restaurant Week” promotion, especially during what has been a snowy few weeks! Whether you patronized a Stanner-owned or operated restaurant, spread the word to family and friends, or simply bookmarked the new directory on our website, you helped to raise awareness for many businesses in need of our support. Our restaurant directory and Google Map have received nearly 10,000 views! This is a wonderful show of interest and support for these restaurants.
The Stanner Alumni Center recognizes that the effects of the pandemic will continue to impact the restaurant industry for many months. In turn, the Stanner Restaurant Week directory is now a permanent feature on Molloy’s website. We look forward to updating the directory with more Stanner-owned and operated restaurants as they become known to us. We encourage everyone in our community to continue to contact us with new information so that we may continue to build out the directory and raise awareness. We also look forward to forming stronger relationships with restaurant owners so that we can promote this event annually.
Easter is April 4th, and it could be a great opportunity to support these businesses, whether by making a reservation or picking up a meal to go. You can browse our Stanner Restaurant Directory on our website (click button below) and refer to each restaurant's website for information on upcoming Easter deals and promotions.
In Memoriam: Thomas Konchalski '64
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It is with great sadness that Archbishop Molloy High School mourns the passing of Stanner Hall of Famer Thomas Konchalski ‘64 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Konchalski passed away on February 8, 2021 at the age of 74. He was a native and longtime resident of Forest Hills, Queens.
For over 40 years, Mr. Konchalski established himself as one of the most knowledgeable and highly respected high school basketball scouts in New York City. He was well known for his self-produced HSBI Report, a comprehensive, hard-copy only pamphlet circulated among New York City’s basketball coaching community. Mr. Konchalski consistently rated and evaluated thousands of high school basketball players annually. He had an eye for top talent, scouting many elite players who went on to successful collegiate and professional playing careers. Among the players Mr. Konchalski scouted are Kenny Smith ’83 (North Carolina, 2X NBA Champion), Kenny Anderson ’89, (Georgia Tech, NBA All-Star), Sundiata Gaines ’04 (University of Georgia, NBA), Russ Smith ’09 (Louisville, NCAA Champion, NBA), Moses Brown ’18 (McDonald’s All-American, UCLA, NBA), and the list goes on. Mr. Konchalski’s work and influence also extended beyond NYC, as he scouted players throughout the east coast and beyond.
Mr. Konchalski was also known for his keen memory, as he could recall most of if not every player he scouted throughout his career – regardless of the level of fame they achieved. A loyal Stanner, Mr. Konchalski attended countless basketball games in the Jack Curran Gymnasium as well as many of Molloy’s alumni events. Each visit to his alma mater was marked by conversations with friends, former players, alumni, and fellow scouts. He would always greet everyone with a firm, friendly handshake, and we would marvel at his recollection of players, stats, and moments.
Mr. Konchalski retired in May 2020, but not before carving out an inspiring legacy that will continue to impact the sport of basketball for years to come, especially in his hometown of New York City. He also leaves a legacy of faith in God, kindness, and respect that serves as an example for all of us to follow.
Statement from President Richard Karsten ’81: “Mr. Konchalski was an excellent talent scout who evaluated and helped nurture many of the brightest stars in New York City basketball. The breadth of his knowledge and expertise laid a foundation that many have celebrated and emulated with a great deal of respect. Beyond his legendary career, Mr. Konchalski was an even better friend to so many people, not only in our school community, but throughout the world of basketball. He was also a faith-filled man who believed in the power of prayer and compassion for others. We at Archbishop Molloy High School pray that Mr. Konchalski is now at peace in God’s care.”
Statement from Athletic Director Mike McCleary: “Tom was a good friend to me, to the late Coach Jack Curran, and to Molloy for many years. He was highly respected in his field; there was not a person who wouldn’t pick up the phone when he called, whether it was Coach K or Pat Riley. If someone sought his help, he did everything he could to help them. He was a gentleman always and an angel here on Earth.”
More Media Remembrances of Tom Konchalski: Obituary | New York Times | Forbes | NY Magazine | Washington Post | The Athletic | The Tablet | Newsday | Duke Basketball Report | Yahoo! Sports | QNS.com | Queens Chronicle | NY Post | Forest Hills Patch
The Tablet Highlights Molloy Peer Groups During Pandemic
For decades, Peer Groups has been one of the most important parts of Molloy’s Guidance program. Founded by Br. Leo Richard and perpetuated by generations of dedicated counselors and peer group leaders, Peer Groups fosters the concept of “likes on likes” as senior peer group leaders counsel and mentor sophomores. The program was famously profiled by Francis X. Clines of the New York Times back in 1973, and in the years since it has continued to serve as an inspiration for similar programs at other schools.
In 2020, people across the globe began to struggle with not only the physical effects of COVID-19, but the emotional impact of a pandemic. The pandemic has caused trauma associated with isolation, anxiety, fear, and loss, and it has affected our collective mental health in many other ways – both seen and unseen. In turn, Molloy’s Guidance program, including Peer Groups, takes on an even more critical role in the mental health wellness of students.
Reporter Erin DeGregorio recently featured Molloy’s Peer Groups program in The Tablet, highlighting how Peer Groups serves as a much-needed source of comfort, inspiration, and hope during these challenging times. Guidance Chair Mr. Chris Dougherty ’91 says the article “it is a wonderful reflection of our kids, programs, Guidance department, and Stanner High during the pandemic.” (Note: Peer Groups photo is from spring 2019)
Edwin Casimir ’13 Speaks on Race, Diversity on Marist Conversations
On February 24th, Edwin Casimir ’13 joined Matt Fallon and Br. Brian Poulin, FMS, for episode two of Marist Conversations. Edwin led a discussion about race, diversity, and universal love in our Church and world. In case you missed it, you can watch the archived video on the Marist Young Adults USA Facebook Page. Click the button below to watch.
ABOUT EDWIN: Edwin is a first generation Haitian American. He attended Molloy on a full 4-year academic scholarship which he could not have afforded private high school without. Edwin graduated from Molloy in 2013 and later earned degrees in Cultural Studies and Philosophy from The City College of New York. He has been involved with the Marist Youth/Marist Young Adult programs, having led Marist Youth Encounters and volunteered at Esopus summer camps. Edwin currently works as a certified EMT and excels in leadership, finance, organization, diversity, and reformation experience from his fraternity Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity, Inc. In 2020, Edwin joined the Council for Diversity & Inclusion to help Molloy evolve its institutional culture.
Molloy Hosts First Business of Sports Event
On December 1st, the Stanner Alumni Center hosted its first event geared toward the Business of Sports. We were fortunate to present a discussion led by four industry experts, each with a unique perspective on this diverse and exciting field. Panelists included: Rosalyn Gold-Onwude ’05, Sports Broadcaster, ESPN, TNT, & More; Monica Ferreira Gimlett ’06, Director of Strategy, NFL Partnerships; Adam Behnke, Chief Business Officer, Queensboro FC; Ed Kull ’99, Director of Athletics, Fordham University. Topics included general networking, building a personal brand, how to gain an advantage through learning new skills, and more. Thank you Ros, Monica, Adam, and Ed! The event has since been uploaded to Molloy’s Youtube channel as a resource for our community.
Giraldi ’17 Helps Molloy Students With #CRUSHCOVID
Back in May, Dante Giraldi ’17 decided he couldn’t sit by while the COVID-19 crisis was affecting so many people in the communities he loves. Dante launched an online fundraiser called #CRUSHCOVID, which would provide frontline workers with supplies and meals, benefit his beloved Gottschee Soccer Club of Queens, and help Molloy students affected by COVID-19. Dante’s hard work and outreach helped #CRUSHCOVID raise $5,445 for these three causes.
Dante recently visited Molloy to present his donation to Molloy. During his visit, Dante took the opportunity to speak with several students after school, sharing advice based on his own experiences at Molloy and in college. A portion of the funds raised through Dante’s campaign have since helped Molloy provide meals to students who have lost a parent or guardian to COVID-19, or to students whose parent(s) may have experienced loss of income. Funds have been credited to these students’ “my kids spending” lunch cards. Thank you, Dante, and everyone who generously supported the #CRUSHCOVID campaign. Your kindness has helped several Molloy students during this difficult time.
*Note: Dante is pictured with the students he spoke with during his visit. A photo with the students directly benefiting from Dante’s donation was not taken out of respect for their privacy. Pictured with Dante: Christian Rosig ’22, Olivia Sweeney ’22, Lucia Vucetic ’24 & John Wise ’22.
Community Remembers Br. Leo Richard, SMILE Counselors
On November 14th, over 100 Stanners and friends gathered on Zoom to honor the memory of the late Br. Leo Richard, FMS, and past counselors of the SMILE program who are no longer with us. 2020 marks 25 years since Br. Leo’s passing. The idea to host an event honoring the legacy of the beloved SMILE founder was first conceived by Br. Dan O’Riordan ’85. After mentioning the idea in passing to current SMILE moderator Mr. Chris Dougherty ’91, there was no way the event wouldn’t happen!
The Virtual Remembrance of Br. Leo was initially planned for June, but the pandemic pushed those plans back. Fortunately, Zoom allowed perhaps even more members of our community to gather virtually from across the country. Those who attended represented each decade of graduates from the 1960s all the way to the 2020s. Those who attended were a blend of past and present SMILE and Peer Group participants, counselors, PGLs (Peer Group Leaders), and members of the Morris family (Br. Leo’s family). Other special guests included Msgr. Ed Doran, Br. Dan, Richard Lally, Br. James Norton ’63, and Ray DiStephan ’87.
Alumni Center Hosts First Virtual Networking Event
On November 10th, the Stanner Alumni Center hosted its first Virtual Alumni Networking Event. Stanners tuned in from across the United States via Zoom to learn from a panel of distinguished professionals, which included: Opal Vadhan ’11, Executive Assistant to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton; Morrell Gaskins ’12, Associate Director of Recruiting, COOP Careers; Jason McGann ’96, Managing Director, PineBridge Investment; Matt McLaughlin ’87, Partner-in-Charge, Venable LLP.
The discussion focused on navigating the job market during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics included how to prepare for and conduct a successful job interview on Zoom, personal branding, curating one’s Internet footprint, using social media to your advantage, best practices for interview follow-ups, and much more. Our panel was also gracious enough to provide a document containing many of the “Do’s and Don’ts” that were discussed during the event as a resource for all Stanners. Click the blue button below to download the document.
Thank you to our outstanding panel, Ms. Nancy Cantalino for her technical support, and all our alumni and friends who joined us. We look forward to hosting more virtual networking events in the near future (including the Business of Sports on December 1st! Click here for more info.).
Br. Dan O’Riordan ‘85 Launches Second Book
Congratulations to Br. Dan O’Riordan ’85 on the launch of his second book, Never too Young to Change the World.
A note from Br. Dan: “We live in a time and world that desperately needs heroes. So many people struggle today to find hope and sometimes question whether God is listening to the many needs of our current time. The pages of this book are filled with inspiring true stories of young people who, despite their age, have dramatically impacted our world. Each of these young individuals are responding to many of the needs in our world by living their faith and being witnesses of hope and love.
Each story illustrates the divine greatness in all young people and offers examples of how blessed our world is to have so many unsung and quiet heroes who are impacting our world, one person at a time. Read and be amazed and inspired by these young ambassadors of faith, hope and love. Many of the young people highlighted in the book are graduates of Archbishop Molloy High School, including Opal Vadhan ’11 on the cover.
All proceeds from the book will support the Marist Brothers’ Center in Esopus. The book is available on Amazon.com. Click Here to get your copy today.”
Carissa Jordan ’04 Launches “Benjamin Talks”
Carissa Jordan ‘04 is thrilled to announce the launch of Benjamin Talks, a financial literacy initiative. Benjamin Talks aims to take the taboo out of money talk and make the next generation fluent in finance. With the innovative Benji Bank and creative, digestible content, Benjamin Talks works to educate, engage and empower children to know their worth, no matter what path they choose to take in life. Co-Founded by two moms with backgrounds in finance, Carissa Jordan, along with her partner, Nikki Boulukos, realized there was no blueprint for teaching young children about money. Carissa recognized the power of understanding money from a very young age. As the oldest of three children in a blue-collar household, Carissa began tutoring and babysitting by 12 years old. She quickly taught herself how to budget and always stuck to a financial plan.
As Stanners like to tout, ‘Non Scolae Sed Vitae,’ Carissa turned to the Stanner network for expert advice in the legal and accounting fields. By using the LinkedIn alumni page, Carissa worked with John Coster IV ‘08 and his team at Duane Morris for legal counsel. Carissa also reconnected with Kristy Caruso ‘04, who helped broker Benjamin Talk’s business relationship with EisnerAmper. To learn more, visit BenjaminTalks.com and follow along on instragram @BenjaminTalks. Carissa can be contacted directly at Carissa@benjamintalks.com.
New Compilation of Stanners' Best NYC Marathon Finishes
In honor of NYC Marathon season, Coach Joe Dombrowski recently shared some interesting stats that he has been collecting for some time: Stanners’ all-time best NYC Marathon finishes. The list currently features 57 alumni spanning six decades of graduates. The top three times on the list from first to third are Dan McGrath ’01 with 2:23.04 in 2008, Keith Forlenza ’05 with 2:33.57 in 2010, and Stephen Bione ’07 with 2:36.31 in 2018.
We invite all Stanner runners, especially those who have run the NYC Marathon at any point, to click the button below to review the list. Please help us continue to build the list by sending your best NYC Marathon times or any corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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