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Alumni Today 2017-05-25T01:33:27-05:00

Alumni Today

Pius XI Alumni are making their mark in the world. Here’s some updates on what Pius XI Alumni are doing today.

Congratulations to Fr. Brian Mason ’78 installed as Pastor of St. Mary Catholic Faith Community in Hales Corners!
Congratulations to Fr. Phillip Bogacki ’99 installed as Pastor of Christ King Parish in Wauwatosa!

Congratulations to Mike Zimmerman ’96, The Rock Sports Complex, named to the Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list!

Congratulations to Steve Pape ’96, Greywolf Partners, named to the Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list!

Kris Jarantoski ’70, Executive Vice President and Director of the Chicago Botanic Garden, recently received the highest award in his field, the Honorary Life Member Award of the American Public Garden Association at their annual meeting in Denver, CO. Also, the Chicago Botanic Garden is naming a $40 million nursery and production greenhouse campus in honor of Kris’ thirty-seven years of service to the Garden.

Evelyn Lauer ’94 was recently honored by the Dow Jones News Fund as a Special Recognition Advisor in the 2014 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year Award. She was chosen based on the quality of her students’ work, her service to scholastic journalism and her personal accomplishments. Lauer works at Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois.

Robert Jansen ’96 was recently recognized as a 40 Under 40 by the Milwaukee Business Journal. This award is given to emerging leaders who are making substantial contributions to their professions and the community. Robert is the cofounder and managing director at Bridgewood Advisors. He and his wife Sarah also recently had their first child, William.

Dr. Katie Feilen ’99 graduated with a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from the University of California-Davis. During her studies, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and a Boren Fellowship to study proboscis monkeys in Indonesia for two years. She will be teaching Peruvian undergraduate students tropical ecology in the Amazon.

Clare Schum ’01 recently accepted a position as a public defender attorney with the Maricopa County Office of the Legal Advocate in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ryan Galante ’02 has been named assistant principal in the Waukesha School District. He also became engaged to Rita Deering.

Niki Mogilka ’03 married Jimmy Higgins ’03 on October 18. Members of the wedding party included: Katy Stonitsch ’03, Holly (Homa) Higgins ’03, Meghan Grassl-Groothousen ’03, Jerad Galante ’04, Brian Higgins ’02, Matt Smith ’03, Tom Delaney ’03 and David Mogilka ’06.

Elizabeth Hannas ’04 and Steve Lippert ’01 were married on May 24.

Andy Link ’04 married Sarah Bunke on August 2.

Dr. Preston Pietrzak ’04 graduated with a doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Hawaii-Hilo on May 17, 2014. He previously earned his bachelor’s degree in Science-Biology in May 2009.

Nicole Alexandra Brzostowicz ’07 was recently promoted to Executive Team Leader of Human Resources for Target in Phoenix. She graduated in 2011 from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Trade and Tourism. She also studied at ASU’s affiliate Florence University of the Arts, Italy.

Jean (Wangard) Logan, PhD ’59 is the author of two books “Unlocking the Power of Glyphs” and “Sacred Symbols of Light”.  All profits from the books go to the nonprofit Holy Ground Farm, which is presently supporting two orphanages in Nepal.

Steve Carian ’68 retired from Milwaukee’s A O Smith Corporation as their “Technical Coordinator” after 25 years at the company’s Corporate Technology Center. There he worked with engineers and technicians designing, building, and testing prototypes used to create new products, improving and coming up with new manufacturing processes.

Helene DeSimone ’74 graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne in May of 2012 in the Pharmacy Technician Program and works at Meijer Central fill as a certified Pharmacy Tech.

AnnMarie Marlier ’86 Graduated with a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in May and has accepted a new position as Dean of Graduate Programs and Faculty Development at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska.

Robert Martin ’92 and Mary Dragolovich ’00 welcomed their first child, Robert Vanderbilt Martin, on Sept. 17, 2013. Baby Bobby was baptized by Father Tony Zimmer (former Pius XI chaplain) and God-parents are Mara Muccio ’00 and Dan Dragolovich ’97.

Mike Kelley ’97 announced the Wisconsin Badgers Final Four game! He also was the commentator during home Badger games on the Big Ten Network throughout the 2013-2014 season.

Dan Puhek ’01 and Roseann Vitale ’01  were married on May 25, 2013.

Dr. Matthew Smith ‘03, earned his doctorate in Medical Physics from UW-Madison on December 11. He and his wife welcomed their second child December 13 and he started medical school at UW-Madison, specializing in Radiology.

Congratulations to Dr. Kristin Wejrowski ’07 for graduating with a Doctorate in Pharmacy from Concordia University-Wisconsin on May 16, 2014.

Philip Suprise ’09 was called up to play midfielder for the U.S. Futsal National Team. He was a rookie for the Milwaukee Wave last season in the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Chris Scheele ’10 received a Bachelor’s of Science – Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies degree from UW-Madison.

Warren G. Hahn, P.E. ’55, was just re-elected as Chairman of the Florida Board of Professional Engineers.

Guitarist Jack Grassel ’66 recently returned from his annual winter concert tour of Mexico. In November, Jack accompanied broadway star Patti Lupone in concert with the Fox Valley Symphony. Mr. Grassel and his wife, Jill Jensen, were the featured artists in the 2014 January/February issue of Prime magazine.

Adam Stockhausen ’92 was nominated for an Academy Award – Production Design for his work on “12 Years a Slave.”

Nina Hughes ’97 received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in May 2012. She currently teaches in the Psychology, Human Services and Alcohol and other Addictions department at MATC.

Danielle Hagen ’99, graduated top of her class at the Chicago Police Academy. After graduating from Marquette University in 2003 she worked for Alderwoman Margaret Laurino until entering the academy.

Kate Maternowski ’04 was named Reinhart’s “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year!”

Julie (Kasprzak) Mundt ’06 and Brian Mundt ’04 got married in August.

Eagle Trace won “Best in Show” at the Beloit International Film Festival + Music. Eagle Trace is the alternative and classic rock band of Max ’07, Mitchell ’11, Jackson ’10 and Cass ’14 Borgardt and Broderick Coning.

Andy Tretow ’08, is an On Air Radio Host on 104.5 WSLD in Whitewater, WI.

Dylan Waldhuetter ’09 and Justin Murphy ’09 have been elected President (Justin) and Vice President (Dylan) of the Whitewater Student Government.

Mike Griese ’11 completed an internship this past summer at Microsoft in Seattle, WA.

Jake Chitel ’11 was hired for an internship at in Seattle, WA.

Connor Senger ’13 was named the Offense Scout Team Player of the Year for the Wisconsin Badgers.

Pius XI offers an exceptional educational experience grounded in four core pillars of excellence

• Living the Faith
• College-Ready Academics
• Renowned Arts Program
• Winning Athletics

Award-winning faculty are scholars in their own right and committed to student success

• 100+ courses
• 12 Advanced Placement classes
• Customized Tailored Curriculum
• Engage students in intellectual dialogue
• Cultivating lifelong learning

Pius XI is a warm and welcoming community of global learners

• Diverse, International Community
• Broad World Perspective
• Academic Prowess
• Respect and Dignity of Others
• Deep Appreciation of Peers

Upon graduation, our students are prepared with life skills to succeed

• 93% of Pius XI graduates continue their education at a four-year university or college
• After attaining a Bachelors degree, 32% of grads will pursue an advanced degree
• Pius XI grads have been chosen by every Ivy League and Big 10 School