Join us for the return of the Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic on Monday, May 3, 2021. All proceeds from Molloy’s annual alumni golf outing directly benefit our amazing students. This year, the outing will be a little different. Capacity will be limited to 72 golfers per course. Molloy will comply with all CDC and New York State health and safety guidelines as we continue our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will not include dinner, but there will be an extended cocktail hour at each course as well as other gourmet meals and exceptional service provided throughout the day. Raffle tickets purchased in anticipation of last year’s event (which was ultimately cancelled) will be carried over to our 2021 raffle.
You can get a head start on registering by downloading your digital invitation. Clicking the link above or thumbnail to the right to download. Invitations with raffle tickets will also arrive in the mail soon. Please contact Matt Rizzotti ’04 (see above) for more information.
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.
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.
Recent Articles Published March 19th:
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
Lenten Food Drive Update
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)
Extended Through June 20, 2021: "City/Game: Basketball in New York"
Pictured above L-R: Entry of City/Game: Basketball in New York Exhibit at the Museum of the city of New York; Tweet posted by Kenny Anderson ’89 while viewing his game-worn Molloy jersey at the exhibit.
The Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) has extended City/Game: Basketball in New York through June 20, 2021. The exhibit “intertwines New York’s vibrant history of street and playground basketball with the narratives of the players, coaches, and moments that have made the city’s high school, college, and professional game the stuff of legend.” Molloy is represented with items including vintage photos of the late Jack Curran, a ball signed by Lou Carnesecca ’43 and one of his championship teams, and a game-worn high school jersey sported by Kenny Anderson ‘89. The exhibit will run through spring 2021. The MCNY is located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street in Manhattan and is open daily from 10am-6pm. Click the following links for more info or watch the trailer below: Museum Website | Exhibit Website
Br. Dan O’Riordan ’85 Elected Next Provincial of US Province
Congratulations to Br. Dan O’Riordan ’85, who has been elected to serve as the next Provincial of the Marist Brothers United States Province. Br. Dan will begin Provincial duties at the USA Province Chapter Meeting, scheduled for April 2021.
Br. Dan has been a Marist Brother for over 29 years. After graduating from Molloy, he earned a BA from University College in Cork, Ireland, and an MA from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Br. Dan entered the Marist Brothers Novitiate in 1992 and took his perpetual vows in 1998. He grew up in Whitestone, NY and was a member of St. Mel’s Parish. He also spent much of his youth living and playing sports in Ireland. His parents, Connie and Rita O’Riordan, were devout Catholics and passed on their faith to him as his first teachers in life.
Over the years, Br. Dan has served as a teacher, coach, counselor, Development Director, and Campus Minister at numerous Marist high schools around the United States. He also served his USA Province as one of their Vocations Directors and spent the last six years as Vice Provincial.
Br. Dan has coordinated more than one hundred mission service trips, allowing many young people the opportunity to serve the least favored in communities around the world. He has led numerous pilgrimages and continues to be a featured speaker on youth retreats and youth gatherings, where he encourages young people to find ways to answer God’s call and use their gifts and talents to respond to the many needs of our world. Br. Dan is also the author of two books, most recently Never Too Young To Change The World.
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.
In Observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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.
Stanners & Friends Enjoy Virtual Yoga w/ Jennifer Kelleher '04
Thank you to Jennifer Kelleher ’04 for hosting her latest Virtual Yoga & Meditation for the Molloy community! Stanners and friends enjoyed a gentle yoga session as Jen guided them “through a slow-flowing sequence of sacred geometric poses intentionally designed to organize, align, and inspire one’s entire being.” This session was suitable for beginners and more advanced yogis alike. The event was free to participate, with a suggest donation to the Karina Vetrano Memorial Scholarship, benefiting young women entering Molloy in the future. Thank you to everyone who participated, as well as to those who made a gift to Karina’s scholarship.
Jennifer Kelleher is a certified yoga instructor and is experienced working with large groups and individuals. She invites you to follow her Facebook or Instagram!
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.
#EsopusRunners Remembers Br. Bob Andrews, FMS
On November 21st, members of the Molloy community participated in the Esopus Runners 5K race at Van Cortlandt Park. This year’s special race was held in memory of our beloved Br. Bob Andrews, FMS. | Click Here To Visit Esopus Runners Online
Br. Dan O’Riordan ‘85, who was one of the main organizers of the event and a close friend of Br. Bob for many years, shared the following: “I had the privilege to join a number of current and alumni members of the Molloy Track Family as we remembered long-time Molloy coach, Br. Bob. Folks joined for a belated #EsopusRunners 5K run, which began on the flats of Van Cortlandt Park and ended at the bridge, after two laps at the infamous back hills. Br. Bob spent almost 50 years cheering on generations of XC ‘harriers’ to great success in those same hills. His booming voice of encouragement will forever be heard there and in the quiet of the hearts of all of us who were lucky to have been coached by him. After the race, we shared breakfast, a prayer for Br. Bob, and many inspiring stories of the impact he had on so many of our lives. The younger Stanners of today were encouraged to continue to live and build Molloy’s track legacy and family spirit in the years ahead. God Bless All Stanners!"
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.
Actor Vincent Piazza '94 Visits Stanner Players Virtually
Actor and screenwriter Vincent Piazza ’94 was kind enough to visit the Stanner Players and Director Ms. Shannon Winters ‘06 as a virtual guest speaker via Zoom. Vincent talked about a range of topics including his path to acting, how to work with casting agents, how to mentally focus and prepare for scenes, how to identify with and become a character, and how to build confidence as an actor while managing doubt. He also shared stories from throughout his career, including being cast by Clint Eastwood as Tommy DeVito in the musical drama film Jersey Boys, despite limited prior experience singing. “It was a very ‘lived in’ musical, meaning the film featured actors who had done the actual musical onstage hundreds of times. I had done it zero times, but I worked with great people who put up with some of my early flubs,” joked Vincent.
Later in the conversation, Vincent discussed some of the ways the pandemic has affected film, television, and theater. While COVID-19 has caused a significant financial strain on the industry as a whole, the pandemic will also inspire many original works in the near and distant future. “We’re going through something generational together, and we all are living experiences that are uniquely our own,” he explained. “I hope you’ll all consider writing your experiences down. Preserving this moment is invaluable. You’ll look back on what you wrote and how this snapshot in time has affected your life.”
Stanners & Friends Enjoy Virtual Molloy Oktoberfest
Rob Dittus '15 One of Two New Marist Postulants
Congratulations to Rob Dittus ’15, who has been officially welcomed by the Marist Brothers as one of two new Marist postulants. This means that Rob and his fellow postulant, Ryan Richter, are beginning a year of exploring the Marist Brotherhood and deepening their relationship with Jesus Christ. They will use this time to decide whether the life of discipleship is their calling. The Marist Brothers humbly ask that you pray for Rob and Ryan as they begin this new chapter. The last Molloy graduate to join the Marist Institute was Br. Dan O’Riordan ’85, who now serves as Vice Provincial of the US Province.
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