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  • English teacher Bill Isham on his last day teaching at SI. Read more here.

  • The varsity boys' lacrosse team was ranked fifth in the nation after winning eight straight WCAL titles. Read more here.

  • The SI Athletics Office honored all the seniors will be competing in sports next year on the college level. Read more here.

  • Water protectors flew the “Protect the Sacred” banner and a flag of the American Indian Movement while praying and singing. Photo by Theresa Martin. Read more here.

  • Ken Ryan 78, behind the scenes before the opening of the Opera’s production of Frankenstein. Ken started working at the War Memorial Opera House while still a student at Cal and has moved up the ranks to his current job as master of properties for the San Francisco Ballet. Read more here.

  • Matt Balano, the school's director of equity and inclusion, is leaving SI after helping it become a more diverse community. Read more here.

Cover Story

Over the summer, I received a call from Rose Dawydiak-Rapagnani ’05 (above, center) who pitched a story to me. She wanted me to interview her and three of her classmates, all of whom work at Homejoy in the Financial District. I balked at first. That wasn’t enough to hook me. You’ll find dozens of companies that employ clusters of SI grads all over the Bay Area.

She was persistent, though, and the more she spoke, the more she convinced me that this was no ordinary story. She and her classmates represented something new on the labor landscape. These young Ignatians, who hit the job market at the height of the recession, had to reinvent themselves for newborn companies that were learning how to provide services in innovative ways.

They weren’t alone. SI grads at Twitter and Tesla echoed these stories at their companies – ones that in a few short years have become as iconic as Coca Cola and Chrysler.

These grads are helping to redefine the way we work. So, too, are more established grads in older companies. Few people have had as a big an impact on the workplace as Paul Otellini ’68, who stepped down as Intel’s CEO last May. Come to the Feb. 19 Downtown Business Lunch to hear him speak and read the interview in this issue to get a glimpse of how his chips have changed our lives.… (read more)

First Words
  • These days, work is on my mind – not my own work, of which I have plenty, but the nature of work in general. Perhaps it’s because my brother Bob ’76 just retired as an SFPD sergeant, where he spent the past six years in charge of the Mounted Unit, or because my own children are getting ready to apply for careers in a country where jobs are hard to find. (read more)

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