Mustang Tradition - Alumni Newsletter - May, 2014


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Hall of Fame inductees, pictured L to R: Joe Rios, Mary Alice Anderson (Cicely Jette's mother), Joe Mohn, Dennis Palmer, Jeff Russell, John Russell, Don McGran, Ralph DeRubertis, John Keane, Ralph Scozzafava and Charlie Zarcone.

Current Hall of Fame members in attendance at this year's ceremony:  James Pacific, Bob Slavinsky, Linda Sabel, Tom Neville, Ralph Scozzafava, Sheila Hanley, Kevin Dunleavy, Jeff Russell, Steve Palmer, Dan Murphy, Bob Plumb, Bob Gerwien, Ray Velez, Mike Palmer and Nelson Mingachos.

On Saturday, May 10th, at the Ethan Allen Hotel we celebrated the rich tradition of athletics at Immaculate High School inducting 3 athletes, a coach and a team into the Athletic Hall of Fame.  It was a special evening filled with alumni and coaches reconnecting (many of the members of the '76 team seeing each other for the first time since high school)!  Many of our current Hall of Fame members were in attendance.  The speeches by our inductees were all amazing, as each one touched on how their experience at Immacualte High School impacted their lives.  We look forward to our next Hall of Fame event in 2016, as we celebrate 50 years since our first graduating class.  It will be a grand celebration of IHS athletics!

We need alumni updates for Traditions magazine!

This is the time of year that we begin putting together the alumni pages of our annual "Traditions" magazine.  Let us know what's happening in your life...graduation, promotion, engagement, marriage, baby, etc.  Our alumni love to read about what everyone is up to!  Simply send our Alumni Coordinator an email at  Pictures are great too, especially of any recent get-togethers with other alums.  Please send your updates by June 15th!


Alumni invited to Les Mis encore performance TONIGHT in Waterbury!

To see the Les Miserable Trailer you can click here.

The cast and crew of IHS's spring musical "Les Miserable" has been asked to do an encore presentation tonight, Saturday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m.!  The students are thrilled to be performing at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury, CT.  If you didn't get to see it at IHS (or even if you did), it's truly an amazing show that you'll want to get to tonight.  Please click the link under the alumni events calendar to the left for tickets ($25).  Having alumni in the audience of theatrical event, sporting events, etc. is truly a gift to our current students.  Congratulations again to the cast and crew of Les Mis.  You've made alumni near and far proud!


Alumni Spotlight

Kathleen Czel '08

To view the video click here!

The Dayton Dragons recently honored leukemia survivor, Mattelyn Magill with the Home Run for Life and then surprised her by bringing out her life-saving donor, Kathleen Czel.  We are so proud to call Kathleen an alumna.  Her selfless gift exemplifies the values that are nurtured at Immaculate High School.  The IHS faculty and staff were quite choked up in watching this video.  Thank you Kathleen for being YOU! 

Deborah Shanley '69

For 40 years, Deborah ("Deb") Shanley has enjoyed a rich career serving a wide variety of stakeholders in public education.  Starting out as a special education teacher with experience in grades 7-12, she earned a doctorate in 1982 in curriculum and instruction from Teachers College at Columbia.  Her research began at California University in the field of behavioral analysis, teaching and supporting students with social and emotional challenges.  Prior to being appointed dean at Brooklyn College in 1998, she was Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education at Medgar Evers College.  Known for her activist perspective on educational renewal and a passion for improving teaching and learning in the public schools, Deb Shanley's philosophy has been framed by her leadership in a wide network of national, local and civic collaborative partnerships.  Congratulation Deb, and best wishes for continued success!


MIDNIGHT RUN MINISTRY AT IHS ~ Parents and Students Helping Homeless

Thank you to the Stevens and Loya families for their service to this important ministry!  Below is a note from them as they approach the graduation of their youngest children (7 IHS graduates in all between the two families), and the end of their leadership of the Midnight Run program.  Immaculate High School is blest to have parents and students who are willing to give of their time and energy to help others.

As we approach the end of another school year at Immaculate and the current Midnight Run Student Sponsors are ready for Graduation we would like to take a moment to extend our thanks to all of those students, parents, faculty and staff who have supported this ministry since it began 8 years ago.  As a result of the wonderful support the ministry received we were able to conduct 45 runs, involve over 400 students and server over 2000 homeless on the streets of NYC.  

Ben Loya, Amanda Loya and Julia Stevens have served as the Student Sponsors for the past two years, prior to that their siblings were involved and managed the program.  

We hope that in addition to having served so many needy over the years, that each of the students who participated took away something special.  This ministry has been a true pleasure to be involved with.  

Fall of 2014 brings new student and parent sponsors.  The Decker family will step in to lead this ministry with the help of the Hatcher and Fahey families.

Thank you again for all the support.

The Stevens & Loya families 



Legacy Families

We are excited to announce that we will have 12 (possibly more) children joining IHS as freshman this fall with a parent who is an alumnus.  At this coming week's graduation, we will be taking a very special photo of our seniors with their alumni parents (13 in all).  It is wonderful to see so many of our alumni choosing to give their own children the gift of an Immaculate education.  If you have a child interested in learning more about Immaculate, please contact our Tom Burns, Director of Admissions at  It's a great time to be a Mustang.  The incoming freshman class is up 30% over last year, while our seniors are being accepted into top schools such as Cornell, Notre Dame and Georgetown to name just a few!






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