Rice Today 55, Number 2 - Page 3

RICETODAY Volume 55 Number 2 President’s Message Board of Directors 2015-2016 Thomas W. Chisholm ‘80 Chairman Jonathan M. Ball ‘78, CPA Brian Dilworth ‘83 Creighton Forester ‘80 Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D. Mark T. Hogan Robert J. Pulte ‘79 Walter G. Schwartz ‘83 Br. Gregory Timothy Smyth, CFC Paul A. Stachowiak Chuck Taunt ‘67 Thomas P. Van Dusen ‘72 Joseph Walsh Cathy Weissenborn School Leadership John E. Birney ’76 President Brother Michael S. Segvich, CFC Principal Carl Grosso Assistant Principal Neal Kuehn Chief Operating Officer Ann Kenna Dean of Faculty Jeff Calcaterra ‘88 Director of Athletics Department of Marketing, Advancement & Admissions Tim Keaton Chief Marketing Officer Dan McGrath ’96 Alumni Director Michelle Lievois Advancement Services Manager Kim Smith Auction & Event Coordinator Susan Reid Auction & Event Coordinator Michele Pappert Integrated Data Manaager Brendan Robinson ’96 Director of Admissions Tim Dobrzeniecki ‘01 Associate Director of Admissions Megan Parks Admissions Marketing Coordinator Brother Rice Alumni Association Bobby Morales ’04 Alex Smith ‘98 President Secretary Matt Taunt ‘99 Vice President Dominic Riggio ‘96 Treasurer Dear Members of the Brother Rice Community, You have no doubt seen over the past several years that we have adopted a tagline that summarizes our mission “Building More Complete Men.” When people outside our community ask, “What do you mean by more complete men?,” we are only too happy to describe the idea of developing the soul, mind and body of our students. It is a noble endeavor that most faith-based institutions seek to fulfill, and it is certainly consistent with every family’s desire to raise a child to adulthood in a manner that builds faith, character, values, and integrity. When a student graduates from Brother Rice and heads off to college, we share the optimism of parents who have raised their son to make a positive difference in the world and to contribute to the good of society. While we value their academic achievements in the classroom, we know that there is much more to a life well lived than intelligence and good grades. This discussion about “more complete men” often misses the word “building.” It’s a key word because it reflects our daily mission and it also parallels the concept of a family “raising” a child. Our school has always understood that it is in the student’s best interests when parents and teachers work together in the process of developing the young men in our care. We also understand that they are “works in progress,” that sometimes building can be messy and difficult, that occasionally there are stumbles and obstacles. However, ultimately every one of our students is made in the image and likeness of our Creator and it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to build them up, to challenge them, to affirm them, and to prepare them to be more complete men of faith and character. One of the challenges with “building” in the modern era is the cultural expectation of immediate gratification. This isn’t just an age issue in my estimation, though as educators it’s natural to witness this in our students. They want to be successful without understanding that the process of growth is essential to the nature of success. They seek shortcuts, they complain about it being too hard or unfair or impossible, they occasionally feel that they are entitled to succeed. I am frequently reminded of a statement by a graduate who works as a counselor – “Our job is to prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.” As much as we want every student to succeed, we value the process and sometimes it just takes time. Everyone is different. Everyone has unique talents. One of the great lessons that our school has to offer is that selfesteem is built through achievement. The fact of the matter is, “Building More Complete Men” is more than just a slogan, it’s our Brand Promise. As you will see throughout this issue of Rice Today, it drives literally everything we do to help prepare our students to succeed on that path, from designing new curriculum (educational programs) to planning campus improvements, to designing our marketing communications. When everyone works to deliver on this very special promise, it is the ultimate win-win formula. John E. Birney ‘76 President