La Salle Prep Review Winter 2013-2014/President's Annual Report 2012-2013

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The semi-annual magazine for La Salle Catholic College Preparatory in Portland, Oregon.


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  • Gabrielle Timmen 14 received a full athletic scholarship to play volleyball at Adams State University in Colorado. On November 19, 2013, she signed her letter of intent among the cheers of her coach Liz Banta, Falcon teammates, family members and the La Salle community.

    (Left to right) Head Coach Liz Banta, Samantha Stark, Kylie Westermeijer, Marlie Norman, Meghan Studdard, Gabrielle Timmen, Danielle Spirlin, Katie Buerk, Taylor Shannon, Assistant Coach Sarah Robben 01

    Photo taken by Mattie Portash 01

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    La Salle AdministrationDenise L. Jones, PresidentAndrew Kuff ner, PrincipalAndrea Burns 97, Vice President of AdvancementMario De Ieso, Vice Principal for Academic ServicesBrian Devine, Vice Principal for Student LifeAlanna OBrien, Vice Principal for Curriculum

    & Professional DevelopmentMatthew Winningham, Vice President of Finance

    & Operations

    EditorHeather M. Eldon, Director of Advancement

    & Communications

    contributorsKatie Allen Liz McClung Banta 00 Stephanie Blumenson Andrea Burns 97Colette Cassinelli Ann Cereghino Carie Coleman Angela DeCosta Brian Devine Julie Dowhaniuk Glenn Elliott Rhonda Fisher David Heineck Denise L. JonesSally Jones Jeff Keeney Kerri Kelvin Kam Kimball Greg Kozawa Andrew Kuff ner Gina Maraist Travis Edward Nodurft Liz Raines 02 Rosa RamirezTyrone Stammers Matthew Winningham

    Th is report is intended to provide general information regarding Institutional Advancement activities during the 2012-2013 fi scal year. Th is report has not been audited and should not be regarded as an offi cial fi nancial statement of La Salle Catholic College Preparatory. Every eff ort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the donors listed in this report. If your name was omitted, misspelled or listed incorrectly, please contact the Advancement Offi ce at 503.353.1444 or

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    Mission Statement Inspired by St. John Baptist de La Salle, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory develops students of faith, service and scholarship by providing a transformative education allowing students to realize their maximum potential and use their gift s to serve Christ and humankind.

    La Salle optimizes fi nancial and academic accessibility for students, especially the underserved, who desire a rigorous and relevant education preparing them for college and life.

    Th e La Salle community inspires students to fi nd their voice as global citizens, to put their faith into action and to lead exceptional lives of integrity, honoring the God-given dignity of all.

    Cover photo by Jeff Keeney: Th e Falcons won the schools 34th state championship with the 2013 OSAA 4A Boys Cross Country Championship title on Saturday, November 2, 2013. Runners Logan Veasy 14 (left ) and Colton Passmore 14 (right) competing for the state title.

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    Disruptive innovation.

    Th is phrase is oft en attributed to the impact of the on-going development of information technology and the ever-evolving world of social media. Th e on-line world has infl uenced, it seems, every dimension of our lives. At times it is diffi cult to know if technology, with all its facets, is the problem or the solution.

    Love it or endure it - this new model of communication and access to information is here to stay. It is clearly the landscape of the future, for us and for our students. Our founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle, was not unfamiliar with transformation in education. It was he who reconstructed the delivery of education. His radical departure from traditional education shift ed the process of engaging a private tutor who spoke Latin to wealthy students to a new model of education organized in a classroom setting, where teachers spoke to students in their native tongue and children were grouped together by ability. We remain committed to this essential pedagogical philosophy, that it is essential that education is relevant.

    As the digital world becomes reality for our students, teachers, parents, and community, we continue to embrace innovation and excellence. Th e signature of a Lasallian education, however, is fi rmly rooted in the value of face-to-face interpersonal relationships which honor the sanctity and dignity of all. Our distinguisher is our success in forming students with critical judgment skills, students who display an ethical decision-making process which demands great depth of thinking and discernment. I believe teachers have never been more important in the learning environment than they are today, mentors who pose essential questions and guide young people to grow in faith, leadership, and service. As La Salle Prep moves forward into this new frontier, we are clear that our commitment to excellence has a new dimension. We only will be successful in realizing this mission if we continue to recognize our unique role in it. As you enjoy this annual report edition of the magazine, let it serve to remind you, as it does me, that that together and by association we have been blessed to continue this work.

    Th ank you to our benefactors who generously invest in our shared mission. Th ank you to our growing body of alumni who continue to animate our Lasallian motto of Enter to Learn. Leave to Serve. And thank you to the students entrusted to our care, because it is through them that we are reminded, we are always in His holy presence.


    Denise L. Jones, President

    Message from the President

    Do not have any anxiety about the future, but leave everything in Gods hands, for God will take care of you.

    Be satisfi ed with what you can do, since God is satisfi ed with it.

    But do not spare yourself in what you can do with grace; and believe that, provided you want it, you can do more with the grace of God than you think.

    St. John Baptist de La Salle

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    2013-2014 School Leadership

    Board of Trustees

    Mitch Wall, Board ChairWall & Wall, P.C.

    Mark Auxier, Patrick Lumber

    Fr. William Beauchamp, CSC, University of Portland

    Allen Burns 73, Pkenergy Solutions

    Frank Kleinheinz, Kaiser Permanente (Retired)

    Ron Larson, Radiology Specialists of the Northwest

    Alfonso Lopez-Vasquez, Pacifi c University

    Tim McGree, La Salle High School (Yakima, WA)

    Dr. Lisa Morrison, Columbia United Providers

    Myra Parrott, St. Francis Catholic School

    Jack Powell 73, Th e Sherpa Group Two

    Br. Kevin Slate, FSC, De La Salle Institute

    Lesley Townsend, Providence Milwaukie Foundation

    Foundation Board of Directors

    Carl Christoferson, Board Chair Oregon Investments, LLC

    John Beem 73, Cisco Systems

    Chris Bene, Azumano Corporate Travel

    Joan Bollier, Community Volunteer

    Rich Callahan, KPMG

    Tom DAmore, DAmore Law

    Karen Garrison, PCC Structurals

    Jeff rey Keeney, Tonkon Torp LLP

    Ed Lilly, Blue Dahlia Investments, LLC

    Jen Modarelli, White Horse

    Brian Rose, Charter School Capital

    Sue Robben Schweitzer 79, Th e Standard

    Rick Soberanis, Accelerator Business Solutions, LLC

    Karen Th ul, Jostens

    Greg Veasy, Hewlett Packard Co.

    Dan Wood, Starbucks Coff ee Company

    Th ank you to outgoing Board Chair John McDonagh for his exceptional leadership and service. A special thanks to outgoing board members Martha Parisi Dirksen 72, Steve Feltz 73 and Fr. Charles Wood.

    Th ank you to outgoing board member Chuck Gall for his extraordinary dedication and service.

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    Advancement Office

    For nearly 50 years, La Salle students and educators have benefi tted from the generosity of our benefactors and supporters. Th e confi dence of our benefactors in the abilities of our students and faculty is clearly refl ected in the willing fi nancial support of all those who support La Salle year aft er year.

    In 2012-13, annual contributions provided increased scholarship and fi nancial aid support to more than half the student body, helped renovate the Cafeteria Courtyard, install a new theatre roof, supported robust programs and courses, enhanced classrooms and made iPad technology available to teachers.

    We are grateful to our faithful and faith-fi lled benefactors who joined us in our shared mission to continue to provide an excellent college preparatory education rooted in Gospel values. With a combination of faith, energy, and generosity, we continue to build a faith-based community that instills young men and women with a passion to use their knowledge to serve their community and world.

    Th e Offi ce of Advancement, through the annual giving program, alumni relations, special events, the student fundraiser and other activities, supports the schools fi nancial growth and sustainability. Th e offi ce exists to build relationships and raise funds to promote and further the mission of La Salle Prep.

    Annual Giving Program

    La Salles annual giving program is the cornerstone of our annual fundraising eff orts. It is vital to advancing the mission and work of La Salle Prep and supports or eff orts to optimize fi nancial accessibility for students, especially the underserved, who desire a rigorous and relevant education preparing them for college and life.

    Annual unrestricted donations allow us to maintain minimal expenses with a high return, putting more money directly toward funding every aspect of a high quality Lasallian education. Virtually no aspect of a Lasallian education, from arts, athletics, technology upgrades, professional development, and others is left untouched due to generous donations the Annual Giving Program.

    Parent Investment Plan

    La Salle is committed to remaining accessible to families of all income levels. Not only is this fair and just, it is paramount to the Lasallian mission and promotes the richness and diversity we value so highly in our school. We recognize and celebrate the socioeconomic diversity of the La Salle Prep community and, as a result, we make an eff ort to keep tuition aff ordable to as many families as possible, while maintaining an enriched high school experience for all students.

    Th e Parent Investment Plan invites parents to partner with us to advance our shared mission of accessibility to an excellent college preparatory education. In 2012-13, 125 families participated in the Parent Investment Plan with voluntary gift s above and beyond tuition ranging from $25 to $2,760 (a $2,305 subsidy in the 2013-2014 school year), the diff erence between tuition and the full cost to educate one student. We consider a gift from our parents the ultimate vote of confi dence in our programs, faculty and students.

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    2012-2013 Volunteer of the Year: Traci Watkins Mennis 79 Th is annual award, established in 1998, recognizes the outstanding contributions volunteers make to enhance the Lasallian community. At the Benefactor Reception in May

    2013, La Salle honored Traci Watkins Mennis 79 (second from left ) as the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. During the 2012-2013 year, she served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors as the Events Chair. She is currently the President of the Alumni Association for the 2013-2014 year.

    La Salles Director of Alumni Relations, Liz Raines 02, had the following to say about Traci: Traci Watkins Mennis 79 is a champion for the Alumni Association. She loves bringing her family and friends back to campus through events. She never skips a beat when it comes to the mission of the Alumni Association and prides herself in the work that the association does. Whether she is at La Salle cheering on her nephews or on campus for an event, she always has a bright face on. Traci believes strongly in the La Salle Family and it is evident is her willingness to support the school. On behalf of the Alumni Association, we could not be more proud of her and the wonderful work she does.

    La Salle Honors Janet Barta Alumni parent and alumni grandparent Janet Barta (above with Ernie Casciato 72) spent the summer of 2013 working on four beautiful priest vestments that she donated to La Salle community. La Salle honored her at the 2013 Homecoming Mass. Mrs. Barta has been an integral part of the La Salle community for many years. Her daughters, Joanne Barta 75, Julie Barta Jacobs 77, Joy Barta Hunt 78, Jill Barta Rebholz 90, and grandchildren, Annie Hunt 08 and Spencer Hunt 10, all graduated from La Salle. While her children and grandchildren were students at La Salle, she made costumes for the drama department, sewed prom dresses for students, made wedding dresses for alumni, and made many of the famous meatballs for Yulefest. La Salle thanks Mrs. Barta for her continued commitment and support of La Salle!

    Believe Signature Fundraiser Th e 19th Annual Signature Fundraising Event in April 2013, hosted nearly 300 guests. A special thank you to featured student speaker, Yen Bui 15. Th rough the support of our attendees, we raised $125,000 for Dollars for Scholars.A special thank you to Joe Pauletto and Peter and Molly Powell for their generous support of Dollars for Scholars. Our courtyard conversion project raised $16,350 through the help of so many at the Believe event. Th ank you to event sponsors John and Joan Bollier; Bernie 79 and Pam Pliska; Chuck Gall and Kelly Hale; Sigma Investment Management Company; Bob and Anita Dethlefs; Kim Foren; La Salle Alumni Association; Fujii Produce, David and Joanna Pienovi; Space Age Fuel, Jim 77 and Linda Pliska; Anesthesia Associates Northwest, Gregg and Cindy White; Carl and Carolyn Christoferson; Jeff rey and Caryn Keeney; Northwest Cleaners; Pine Crest Fabrics, Th e Sheils Family and Melvin Mark. Th e evening closed with a champagne toast sponsored by the La Salle Alumni Association.Mark your calendars for La Salles Believe 2014, Saturday, April 12th at the Portland Hilton & Executive Tower.

    19th Annual Student Fundraiser: Wreath and Apple Sale

    At the core of our Lasallian mission is our commitment to providing an excellent education to all students, regardless of their fi nancial means. Proceeds from the sale of wreaths and apples help bridge the gap between tuition and the true cost of education, an annual gap of approximately $1 million, providing every family a $2,305 subsidy. Th e Student Fundraiser, the only school-wide student-run fundraiser, is a vital program that allows La Salle to provide fi nancial assistance to over 50% of the student body. Due to the success of the Student Fundraiser and other annual fundraising eff orts, La Salle has been able to cover more and more of the fundraising gap. Last year was the most successful Student Fundraiser to date, with a net profi t of over $89,000! For more information on the Student Fun...