On Wednesday, November 27th, over 100 alumni, family members and friends joined the students and faculty of Molloy as we celebrated our annual Thanksgiving Liturgy. This year’s homecoming also included a reception compliments of the Stanner Alumni Center, which featured delicious chocolate chip cookies and hot cocoa. We were excited to hear so many positive updates from our alumni, in particular many from our recent graduating Class of 2019!
The theme of this year’s Thanksgiving Liturgy was uniting as one international Marist community. Mr. John Kramer and Ms. MaryAnn Safrey, both part of the Liturgy Committee, spoke before Mass. “We give thanks for the work of the greater Marist community of which we are a part,” said Ms. Safrey. “On the table in front of the altar is last year’s student-created mural representing the provinces of Arco Norte, the Marist community of the Western Hemisphere. Recently, Marist Brothers from South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Canada convened in the United States. We were honored and privileged to attend their meeting and have those brothers, generous Marist leaders, sign our mural.”
Mr. Kramer then spoke. “On the wall above our altar today, we have a new mural, created by Rebecca Donowski ’20 and painted by our students. It represents an even wider diversity of countries around the world. Countries from which our alumni, students, and staff trace their roots. We are A.M. Our families originate from all corners of the globe, just as our Marist family serves in all corners of our globe to carry the good news and mission of Jesus, Mary, and St. Marcellin Champagnat across our world.” Ms. Safrey closed, “We have so much work to do as Marists, but also so much to celebrate. Let’s rejoice, be glad, and offer our many blessings, as well as our struggles, back to God in the form of gratitude for our ongoing Marist mission and calling.”
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our Liturgy. Special thanks to Rev. Fr. Chris Heanue, Br. Patrick McNamara and Br. Dan O’Riordan ’85 of the Marist Provincial Office, the Liturgy Committee, alumni who joined the chorus, and Culinart Food Services.
St. John’s University recently announced that the late Joe Russo ’62 will be among eight outstanding individuals who will be inducted into its Athletics Hall of Fame during the weekend of January 18, 2020. Russo, also a Stanner Hall of Famer, coached St. John’s baseball for over 20 years and never had a losing season during his tenure. He achieved a record of 612-310 as coach, which equates to an elite .664 winning percentage. He famously led St. John’s to two appearances in the College World Series (1978 and 1980). Congratulations to Coach Russo and his family on this prestigious honor. Coach Russo is sorely missed by everyone at Molloy and especially by our baseball alumni community.
For more information about SJU’s Hall of Fame weekend or to read more about Coach Russo’s outstanding career, click the following link for the full press release. | Read Full Press Release
UPDATE 12/4/19: On behalf of the Marist Brothers, administration, faculty, staff, and the students we serve, the Stanner Alumni Center would like to thank everyone who generously supported The Fund For Molloy and our named scholarship program this #GivingTuesday.
On December 3rd, you generously donated over $27,000, which will directly benefit our students! Your kindness will help Archbishop Molloy High School continue to feature an innovative curriculum, offer formative retreat and encounter programs, facilitate the ongoing modernization of our six acre campus, and enable critical needs assistance for students and their families.
Once again, on behalf of everyone at Stanner High, thank you for your generosity and commitment to our mission on Giving Tuesday and every day. | Click here to read the full story.
On behalf of everyone at Molloy, THANK YOU to the 569 alumni and guests who registered or attended the Stanner Alumni Reunion on November 2nd. We had a wonderful evening celebrating the return of class years ending in 4 and 9. Seven decades of Stanners were represented at the Reunion! Congratulations to all returning classes including those with the largest turnouts: the Class of 2014, who had 116 members return to celebrate their 5th anniversary, and the Class of 1969, who had 93 members return to celebrate their 50th anniversary....Read Full Recap
SAVE THE DATE – The next Stanner Alumni Reunion for classes ending in 0 and 5 is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 7, 2020!
Earlier this year, Principal Darius Penikas earned his Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from St. John’s University. His dissertation was titled The Impact of Blended Learning on Student Outcomes and Teacher Perceptions. Dr. Penikas’ research included examining a k-8 school that adopted a rotational blended learning initiative. This learning style, which blends face-to-face interaction with the use of media, promotes personal development, social engagement, and teamwork through collaborative classroom projects.
Dr. Penikas came to several conclusions through his dissertation. He found that educators interviewed in the study believed that blended learning produced happier students and an overall better learning environment. He also found that blended learning provided educators with a higher level of knowledge about the specific academic progress and overall academic and personal realities of their students. Students were also found to be more active and involved during class, and peer collaboration, teacher-student interaction, and individual engagement with academic material increased significantly.
“Conducting research and continuing to engage in the academic realm was a very inspirational and nourishing experience, and I learned a tremendous amount that is applicable to my role at Molloy,” said Dr. Penikas. “With the rapid pace of change and evolution in our society, studying trends in k-8 education is crucial to having leading-edge programs in secondary education. For Molloy to continue to be a top school, we need to understand how grammar school students’ experiences are changing as well as the different skills they are coming to us with. Once we understand that we can provide a curriculum that will help these students elevate to an even higher level and help them to be successful in college and professionally.”
On October 30th, the late FDNY Lt. Michael Davidson ’99 was honored by local representatives and NYC Parks with the renaming of a new park at Phipps Playground in Sunnyside Gardens in Davidson’s honor. A large crowd made up of family, friends, FDNY colleagues, and members of the community gathered for the ceremony near 39th Avenue in Sunnyside. Davidson grew up across the street from the park, which will now forever bear the name of this beloved fallen hero. Davidson, a 15-year FDNY veteran, was tragically killed while fighting a fire in Harlem on March 23, 2018. Please click the following links for additional media coverage. | CBS Local | Sunnyside Post | QNS.com
The Stanner Alumni Center is excited to announce that over $160,000 was raised in support of the 33rd Annual Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic, which was held September 9th. This is a phenomenal result in an unconventional year, which saw the outing rescheduled from its original May date due to bad weather. Money raised in support of this event directly benefits deserving students in need through Molloy’s scholarship program. We extend our thanks to our wonderful community, who generously supported the outing through foursome reservations, journal sponsorships, auction bids, raffle ticket sales, donations, and volunteering their time and energy throughout the day across all three private courses. We also thank this year’s chairmen Jack Irushalmi (Tri-Star Construction) and Scott Mager (Perfect Building Maintenance), our dedicated Golf Board, our alumni and corporate sponsors, and everyone who contributed to the success of our outing. We encourage you to click the button below to download a digital version of our journal, which includes general information as well as ads sponsored by many Stanner-owned or Stanner-friendly businesses. We are also happy to share photos from the 33rd Annual Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic. Photos from this year’s outing are courtesy of Vicky Higuera (Plandome), Jonathan DiDonato ’01 (North Hempstead), and Joe Sommo ’03 (North Hills). Click the blue button below to access the photo gallery.
SAVE THE DATE! The 34th Annual Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic will be held on Monday, May 4, 2020! Join us at North Hills Country Club, North Hempstead Country Club, and Garden City Country Club! Call 718.441.9210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Resident sports historian Mr. Joe Dombrowski is attempting to compile another of his lists: every Stanner who has completed the NYC Marathon. Dan McGrath ’01 (pictured) completed the race in 2:23.08 back in 2008. Kieth Florenza ’05 finished in 2:33.47 back in 2010. More recently, Steve Bione ’07 ran the race in 2:36.31 in 2018. We know there are many more.
If you have finished this historic race, recently or even 20 years ago, please send in your best times. Mr. Dombrowski will take your times and put together a master list that will properly archive these great Stanner achievements. Contact Mr. Dombrowski at email@example.com.
Stanner Life magazine is out now! This year’s edition features an in-depth look at our new approach to admissions, news about additions to our 2019-20 curriculum and the recently founded Murphy Scholars Program, graduate spotlights, and much more. You will also read about the results of Molloy’s Strategic Plan survey as well as the goals and initiatives that will drive Molloy forward into an exciting future.
Don’t forget to update the Stanner Alumni Center with your new mailing address! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 718.441.9210 if you recently moved. Some families may receive multiple copies due to generations of Stanners living at one address. If your children recently moved, please remind them to contact us and update their information. We are also happy to mail you multiple copies upon request. We look forward to sharing Stanner Life with our community.
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On Sunday, June 2nd, Molloy hosted graduates of St. Ann’s Academy and Molloy for our St. Ann’s Communion Breakfast. This event has been an annual tradition for many years and is a unique opportunity for the students of St. Ann’s Academy, also known as our “Original Stanners“, to come home and reconnect with the Marist Brothers and each other. The eldest Stanner in attendance was John McConville ’48, who graduated from St. Ann’s Academy 71 years ago.
In recent years, the St. Ann’s Communion Breakfast has been expanded to include graduates who have recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. This year, we were fortunate to have several grads from the 1960s in attendance. We extend an invitation to other Stanners who graduated in the 1960s to please join us at our St. Ann’s Communion Breakfast in the future. It is a wonderful chance to reconnect with Molloy and to meet the Stanners that laid the foundation for future generations...Click Here to Read More
Archbishop Molloy High School is proud to announce the establishment of The Lt. John K. Gremse Graduation Assistance Fund. This new, critical fund will help students whose parents face unexpected and overwhelming financial difficulties leading to their inability to pay for the remaining tuition in their son’s or daughter’s senior year. Please continue reading for more information about the inspiration for this fund in memory of Lt. John “Jack” Gremse ’68.
John “Jack” Gremse was beloved in many circles of his life. He was a family man, a loyal friend, and a dedicated member of the FDNY. He was humble, never taking credit for saving lives or property. “I was only doing my job,” he would always say. Some of Jack’s happiest memories were with his Molloy classmates from the Class of 1968. He and his fellow Stanners would gather for mini-reunions at the Gremse family home every other summer, a tradition that has carried on for over 20 years.
On September 11, 2001, and in the months that followed, Jack, alongside many other first responders, took on the onerous task of what at first was hoped to be a rescue mission, but sadly turned into a recovery mission. Just five days after the attacks, Jack was promoted to Lieutenant, an achievement he took great pride in and a role he served in with dignity. Unfortunately, Jack’s work at the World Trade Center would eventually result in 9/11 related cancer. He passed away in September 2014. In memory of Jack, the Class of 1968 continues to reunite at the Gremse family home each summer...Read More