On Wednesday, September 28th, graduates from the class of 1966 and prior gathered to celebrate 50+ years of graduatation from Christian Brothers Academy. Our oldest guests included classes of 1941 and 1944. The class of 1947 had the largest group, with 9 graduates.
On Tuesday, September 27th, the CBA community, dignitaries, and friends joined together for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of our new wing, The Mary and Michael Ozimek Arts and Science Wing. Through the generous donation of an alumnus, Joe Ozimek ’65 the construction of the wing was made possible. Following the ceremony, 5th and 6th grade students greeted guests and gave tours of the new wing which included, The Zielinski Music Suite named after Lynn and Eugene Zielinski ’58 in honor of their generous support to the CBA music program, the STEM lab, and four new classrooms, two of which are named in memory of Mary E. Fitzgerald Prattico, and LTJG Donald S. La Vigne ’57. It was a wonderful day here at CBA.
On Wednesday, September 21st, we welcomed representatives from Brazil. They were visiting to examine baseball themed programs that promote positive leadership among youth, and observe local initiatives to increase community participation in youth programming to develop baseball programs throughout Brazil.
On Friday, September 9, alumni, family, and friends joined us for our annual Flag Raising Ceremony to open the 2016-17 school year and remember those who lost their lives 15 years ago on September 11, 2001. During this ceremony, CBA inducted two alumni into the JROTC Hall of Fame for the first time, and presented the LTC Todd J. Clark Memorial Service Award to a member of the CBA community who exemplifies the Lasallian characteristic of service to others. Col. Raymond F. Joyce Jr. ’40, and Brigadier General (Ret.) Thomas F. Quinlan ’59 were inducted to the JROTC Hall of Fame, and honored for their outstanding contribution to school, service, and country. Two bricks with their names engraved will remain in their honor by the flag pole. Dr. James Schlegel and Jack Clark, LTC Todd Clark’s father, presented the LTC Todd J. Clark ’90 Memorial Service Award to Dr. Dennis McKenna ’84. Photos Courtesy of Michael JoyceDetails
On Friday, June 10, Major General Christopher P. Hughes, Commanding General of USA Cadet Command and Fort Knox, inducted 329 outstanding individuals into the ROTC Hall of Fame during the ROTC Centennial Celebration Ceremony in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Of the 650,000 ROTC graduates, 329 were inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame. Christian Brothers Academy was the only high school in the Country with two inductees, Brigadier General (Ret) Thomas F. Quinlan ‘59, and Colonel (Ret) Raymond F. Joyce, Jr., ‘40 (posthumously). Dr. James Schlegel, Head of School, stated “We are proud to have such an impressive amount of outstanding alumni to choose from. These individuals, our Brothers, have served their country, church, and community with dignity and honor. These two men are just the first of many from CBA who belong in the ROTC Hall of Fame.” Thomas F. Quinlan graduated from CBA in 1959. He received a BS in Education from the College of Saint Rose and went on to pursue a Master’s Degree from SUNY Albany. He served in the US military from 1960-1995. His military awards and decorations include Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor device with Oak Leaf Cluster (2nd award), Purple Heart, Conspicuous Service Cross and Conspicuous Service Medal and the legion of Merit, along with several Meritorious Service Medals and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. While commanding his infantry rifle company in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam during the TET Offensive in 1968, Tom’s company was awarded five President Unit level citations as part of the elite Mobile Riverine Force. It was, at the time, the most highly decorated unit in the United States Army. Quinlan retired at the rank of Brigadier General, and since retirement has served on the Board of Directors of a National Veterans Organization including serving as the Regional Vice President for the National Association for Uniformed Services. Raymond F. Joyce, Jr. graduated from CBA in 1940 and attended Siena College. Joyce was a staff officer of the NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs retiring as Colonel in the NYS Guard. He served as Treasurer of the City of Albany for over 13 years and Chairman of the Albany City Planning Board for almost 30 years. Joyce was also on the faculty at CBA for many years. Joyce passed away in August 2014. His family attended the ceremony to accept the award. Joyce served in World War II in Europe as rifle company commander with the 83rd Division. Decorations include the Silver Star, a Bronze Star medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge. He served as treasurer of the NYS Military Heritage Museum and Research Center, City of Albany Tricentennial Commission and the Albany-Tula (Russia) Alliance. He was on the executive committee of the Albany All-America City commission, founding treasurer of the Center Art Gallery, board member of the Father Peter Young Center, past president of many organizations including: The Albany Kiwanis Club, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Blessed Sacrament and St. Vincent de Paul Church Parish councils, Camp Thatcher Opportunities, Retired Men’s Fraternity and St. Catherine’s Center for Children. Ray was a member of the USS Albany Commissioning. Ray is the recipient of numerous civic awards including: The 4 Chaplains Award, 3rd Age Achievement Award, and the Leone d’Oro Award.Details
At the Ground Breaking Ceremony at Christian Brothers Academy on Wednesday, March 30th, Dr. James Schlegel made a surprise announcement of the addition of a 5th grade to the school. Dr. Schlegel stated, “For years, we have educated boys in grades 6 through 12 and our parents have urged us to open up to a wider range of students. This year, the interest has been overwhelming for a particular group of students. Responding to the call from our current and prospective parents, I am excited and proud to announce that we have decided to add a fifth grade for September 2016.” The announcement came at a time when CBA is constructing a $1.5 million Arts and Science Wing on the school. The addition will be ready for the opening of school in September of 2016. This addition is part of Our Defining Moment, a $5.2 million campaign at the school. “This facility, the physical centerpiece of our capital campaign, creates a new state of the art music room, an engineering lab, and four additional classrooms. The expansion is the consequence of years of effort, and an acknowledgement that the people who are close to CBA truly believe in our faculty and the education the students receive on a daily basis.”Details
Christian Brothers Academy (CBA), the capital region’s leading college-preparatory school, participated in the Lasallian Youth Assembly in New York City from July 12- 17. Nine CBA students and two teachers spent the week at Manhattan College learning more about what it means to live a Lasallian lifestyle. CBA students along with 120 other participants from the United States, Canada and Italy had the opportunity to engage in community service, visit the United Nations, and to interact with students, faculty, and youth ministry during their stay. CBA representatives included, Mr. Brian Cummings ’95, Miss Jenifer Kish, Nolan Isabella ’17, Justin Vanderhoef ’17, Michael Hamilton ’16, Nathan Raia ’18, Drew Douglass ’19, Jack Anguish ’19, Declan Tunny ’19, Michael DeNisco ’18, and Roberto Amore ’18.Details