Tuesday, August 11, 2009

HHC events, season tix, Nivins, Speedy, and SIP!

Dropped by the SJU Bookstore today to grab a decal for my car, the Jesuit Residence to see how Jim Moore, SJ and Ed Nash, SJ were doing, and, of course, see the latest on the Hagan Arena. The seats are in, the floor in being painted... AND IT LOOKS GREAT. I took a few good pics but Don asked me not to share as they want the final product to be a suprise for the grand dedication in October.

It seems that 61% of the season ticket holders have not responded to the inquiry from the Athletic Department about retaining their season tickets. The deadline is August 26th. If they do not recieve your reply they will assume you do not want to renew or move your season tickets. So whether you're procrastinating or protesting -- at least send the card back and let them know so that someone on the waiting list can be bumped up.

I'd ask you to add Sarah Brennan-Brazil SJU '01, to 44's Prayer List... as she continues to recover from eye surgery, and to say a prayer for Josias Sterling SJP '08, who went on to his eternal reward far too early.

I plan to be there for both the Hawks by the Bay this Saturday and the Hawks Soar at the Shore the following Saturday. Unsure whether advertising my presence will help or hurt attendance ;-)

Lastly if you get a chance read the blog entry titled Meet Dad Poquie.... His speech was quite uplifting. It was a pleasure to coach this young man and I know he will do well at LaSalle College High School.



Hawks by the Bay

The 11th Hawks by the Bay will take place on (THIS) Saturday, August 15th, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Maynard's Cafe in Margate, NJ. Our goal is to try and inject some new blood into the HHC by holding events that are reasonably priced. Ellen and I would really like to see many of the younger guys there.

Maynard's Classic Summer BBQ w/chicken, burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, assorted salads, fresh fruits & more.

$23 for adults and $10 for kids -- at the door.

As always, Phil will be there to discuss the status of the team and the upcoming season. This is a good opportunity to get access to Phil and ask him pretty much anything you want.

For more information contact Hawkwidow (Ellen C.) at 609.385.7608 or Joe1Hawk at joseph_chialastri@comcast.net.

Hawks Soar at the Shore '09

You are invited to join fellow alumni and friends at Hawks Soar at the Shore
Saturday, August 22, 2009 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

LaCosta Lounge
4000 Landis Avenue
Sea Isle City, N.J.

Cost: $20

First 150 in attendance receive a commemorative t-shirt

BBQ buffet and limited open bar (draft beer, wine, soda)- cash bar features special Hawk prices -Live music on the deck!

Special appearances by Coach Martelli and Coach Arnold! Door prizes include tickets to a 2009-2010 home game at the Hagan Arena

For more information, contact Bobby Gallagher SJU '98 at 215-913-2229.

Dear Hawks fan,

We hope you've had an enjoyable summer and wanted to extend a special thanks to all those who have already returned their information for the 2009-10 Hagan Arena Seating Program.

We've heard from 39 percent of you so far, with a renewal rate of 97 percent, so your continued support is appreciated.

For those who have not replied, please note that the deadline is August 26. We need to begin the next step in the process for those fans that have given us their immediate response, so your adherence to this deadline is important.

You can find this year's Atlantic 10 home and away opponents on SJUHawks.com, with the non-conference schedule to be posted soon. We look forward to an exciting home schedule this year.

We have also heard from all of those on the waiting list, along with numerous parents of current and incoming students who desire season tickets if available. And we continue to add names to the waiting list, so it is critical that you convey your intentions by the August 26 deadline.

Stay tuned for further updates and Go Hawks!

Don DiJulia

Morris to be inducted into Big Five hall

PHILADELPHIA — Roxborough resident Bill “Speedy” Morris, head basketball coach at St. Joseph’s Prep, has been selected for induction into the Philadelphia Big Five hall of fame. Morris, who coached at LaSalle University for 17 years, will be part of the hall’s 2010 class.

Morris had a very successful tenure at LaSalle, beginning in 1984 when he was hired as the first full-time coach of the women’s basketball team. He made an immediate difference, leading the Explorers to a 22-8 record that doubled the team’s win total from the prior year. The next year, the Explorers won the MAAC Conference title and made the NCAA tournament for the first time.Morris took the reins of the men’s team in 1986, the first time that any coach had gone from coaching women to men. In his first year, the Explorers made the NIT Finals, the first of six postseason berths for LaSalle, including three straight NCAA tournaments from 1988-90. The six postseason berths are tied for most in school history.

Morris holds several other marks at LaSalle. His 239 wins are the most in school history and his .710 winning percentage is the most for any women’s coach. The team made the NCAA tournament four times, the most in school history, and won eight in-season tournament championships.Overall, Morris is 853-365 (including high school and college). He has the most wins for a coach in St. Joseph’s Prep’s history, with an 183-50 record and two Catholic League titles. At Roman Catholic High School his record was 347-82 with six Catholic League titles. He also led Penn Charter to 41 wins and 14 losses in two seasons, and a league title.

Morris has been the head coach at St. Joe’s Prep since 2001. St. Joseph’s Preparatory School is a Catholic, urban, college preparatory school for boys in Philadelphia. In the tradition of the Jesuit priests who founded the school, The Prep’s mission is to develop the minds, hearts, souls and characters of young men in their pursuit of becoming Men for and with Others.

Former St. Joe's star Nivins to play in Spain
By the Inquirer Staff

Ahmad Nivins will continue his basketball career in Spain.

The Big Five player of the year with St. Joseph's signed a contract to play for Manresa in the Spanish ACB League, which recently produced guard Ricky Rubio. Manresa, in the province of Barcelona, went 14-18 last season. The team opens its season Oct. 11.

The Dallas Mavericks had chosen the 6-foot-9 Nivins with the 56th pick of the NBA draft in June. They will retain his rights. Nivins, who played for St. Anthony High in Jersey City, led St. Joseph's with 19.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game last season.

He was named the player of the year in the Atlantic Ten Conference and the Big Five and was an honorable mention all-American selection by the Associated Press. Nivins is third all time in scoring (1,789 points) and sixth in rebounding (955) for St. Joe's. He also set the school record for career field-goal percentage at 62.7.

More questions from me, more answers from Alysa Auriemma - UCONN Women's Basketball

4). Of all the coaches your dad knows, who would you trust babysitting your children someday?

Phil Martelli. I know him the best, and I'm close with his family. And I wouldn't have to charge him that much. His payment would be letting my brother play a little more!

Hi 44,

My name is Tom Power, and I am working as a intern with campus ministry in charge of running our annual Summer Immersion Programs (SIP) Auction. This year the auction will be held on December 2nd from 5-9 pm at the new Campion Center banquet hall. As you may know, Saint Joseph's sends students abroad on immersion trips during the summer to experience the beauty, joys, struggles, challenges, and hopes of the human spirit. This program has greatly expanded in its over 15 years of existence from Project Mexico, to service immersion trips that include programs in Mexico, New Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador. This year over 70 students will be traveling to one of these destinations for a full immersion into the culture. Many of our alumni recognize the Project Mexico Auction, but do not associate this with its new name, the Summer Immersion Programs Auction, because of the expansion. Years ago, this was a beloved tradition with the university, as it attracted hundreds of students, faculty, staff, parents, and members of the community. Recently, we have seen the numbers of attendees drop dramatically. Auction items that have already been donated include Eagles tickets and field passes, various cultural items from around the world, jewelry, and gift certificates from local businesses. We have tried to revamp our advertising, but we would really like to reach out to the alumni.

The Saint Joseph's Summer Immersion Team would really appreciate if you consider posting some sort of advertisement on your blog to reach out to alumni at the university. Many alumni know about the former action, but have not associated this with its new name. Please look at our website for more details www.sju.edu/auction.

There is a link in the website that will bring you to details about the specific trips, details about the auction, and the items that have already been donated. The auction is always a work in progress right up until the very end, so we expect many more items! We will be able to take donations for the auction until mid November. In addition, we are looking for sponsors for this event, so if we might be able to reach out towards a sponsorship that would be great as well. Whatever advirtisement you would be able to give would be greatly appreciated. If you would like more information about the event or the trips I can easily provide it, or even draft some sort of blog posting.


Tom Power

What are the Summer Immersion Programs?

Rostro De Cristo is a ten day immersion trip to Duran, Ecuador. Rostro De Cristo is a catholic program whose mission is to provide spiritual and educational opportunities for young people in the United States to live out the Gospel together with the people from Ecuador. These experiences inspire life-long commitments to service, social justice, and solidarity with the people of Ecuador and the world.

Los Niños is a ten day service immersion trip to Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico. Students work alongside community members assisting in schoolyard construction, as well as learning about the complex social and economic issues faced by those living in the border region. The Mission of Los Niños is to improve the quality of life by creating opportunities for children and their families to realize their human potential through participation in the development of their communities.
Asociación Share Guatemala is a ten day service immersion trip to a community in Guatemala. Students work alongside community members in the construction of schools, as well as learn about the unique history of this country. The mission of the organization is to promote a sustainable livelihood within various Guatemalan communities.

Native American Experience is a ten day immersion trip to Tohatchi, New Mexico. Students learn about the unique livelihood of the Navajo People on a Native American reservation. This intense spiritual journey is often a life-changing experience. The mission of the program is making a commitment to respect the Navajo way of life, religion and culture, while offering an alternative to substance abuse-dependence.

What is the Summer Immersion Programs (SIP) Auction?

Each year, about 70 Saint Joseph’s University students travel to Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, and New Mexico to experience the beauty, joys, struggles, and challenges that can be found within the local communities. These trips embody the university’s mission to prepare "men and women with and for others."

The annual fundraising goal for these life-changing immersion trips is approximately $70,000. One of the ways that we are able to reach this goal is through the Summer Immersion Programs Auction. The SIP Auction has been a beloved annual event for the past fifteen years, uniting students, faculty, staff, families, alumni, and community members with an evening of fun. The evening includes food, information about the trips, and both a silent and live auction.

This year, the auction will take place on Wednesday, December 2, from 5:00 to 9:00pm.

In the following pages, please click here to see some of the great auction items that we have for the event!

Josias Sterling SJP '08 went missing off the coast of Ocean City, N.J., after getting caught in a riptide despite just having a rugby catch in waist-deep water. His body was found on Monday. Our prayers are with his friends and family, including his brother Jonathan who is about to enter the Prep as a member of the Class of 2013 and his sister Chantale MMA '09 who was an active member of Prep theater.

Contributions can also be brought to the memorial service or mailed to 1733 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Please be sure to note that the donation is in memory of Josias.

Philadelphia Daily News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Rugby tribute video

Teen lost off Ocean City hard worker, relentless player

OCEAN CITY - A Philadelphia teenager who is believed to have drowned last week off the city's beaches was a scholar with a passion for rugby. Josias Sterling, 19, was a sophomore at Temple University, where he played the rough-and-tumble sport. He was in Ocean City last week for a rugby tournament. Sterling went missing July 24 while tossing a rugby ball with a friend in the surf. They played near an unguarded beach at Great Egg Harbor Inlet near the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. Police on Friday said he has not been found.

Friends and coaches said Sterling had a strong work ethic and an engaging personality.
Teammate Jim O'Brien played with Sterling at St. Joseph's Preparatory School and Temple. Rugby was his friend's greatest passion, O'Brien said. They played a pickup game two days before the Ocean City accident.

"You never saw him without a rugby shirt on," O'Brien said. As a player, he was relentless. "He just wouldn't stop. It might be clichéd to say about someone who is a tough player, but he honestly never let up." O'Brien said. Off the field, Sterling was quick to make friends with strangers. He often helped the younger students fit in at school. "He was very easy to be around. He didn't judge anyone. He was very open to everyone," O'Brien said.

Friends filled a Facebook memoriam with anecdotes about Sterling. Some mentioned how as a senior Sterling went out of his way to welcome them to school. Nolan Grady, a sophomore at Gonzaga University, dropped Sterling off in Ocean City for a rugby tournament two days before the beach accident. The two were teammates at St. Joseph's. He said he is still in disbelief over the tragedy. "My coach told me they were only in knee-to-waist deep tossing the ball," Grady said.

Sterling's team decided to play one man short in the rugby tournament to honor him, Grady said. He said Sterling had an infectious personality. "Vibrant would be an understatement. He always had a grin on his face wherever he went. He would be happy whether you liked it or not," he said.

Brian McCloskey, an assistant coach at St. Joseph's, said Sterling babysat for his four children. Rugby opened doors to the teenager and helped him see parts of America and Ireland on team trips. He was a valuable player, McCloskey said. "He set the tone. If it was a close game or we were behind and needed a big play, we would look in his direction," McCloskey said. "He had the overall athletic ability, aggression and quickness."

McCloskey said Sterling's brothers and sisters were scholars as well. "The family values instilled in him by his parents are a credit to him," he said. And Sterling had a weakness for pie. "That kid could eat McDonald's apple pies like it was his job," McCloskey said.

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