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  • The Ignatian Guild’s fashion show, SI LIGHTS: The World is Our Runway, raised more than $280,000 thanks to the leadership of Guild President Staci Fleming and Fashion Show chairs Esther Arnold, Monica Myers, Patti Sheedy and Sheila McCarthy. Read more here.

  • The fall performing arts season offered the SI community a chance to see some great live performances ranging from the fall play O Beautiful, directed by Ted Curry ’82. Photo by Bowerbird Photography. See more photos here and here

  • The WCAL is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Read more here.

  • The Winter Dance Concert, Illuminate, was directed by Meredith Cecchin Galvin ’97, who also taught the dance workshop classes along with Emily Shick ’10. Photo by Bowerbird Photography. See more photos here.

  • Former SI President Anthony P. Sauer, S.J., came to SI in September to bless SI’s new middle school, named for him. Read more here.

  • Jeff Columbini and his wife, Audette, and daughter, Gianna ’14, and their extended family at the Nov. 19 Christ the King Mass in SI’s Orradre Chapel. The citation, above, was read by Bob Enright ’76. Photo by Carlos Gazulla. Read more here.

Cover Story
  • Beginning in August, SI will return to its historical roots and further its Jesuit mission by offering a full scholarship middle school program called the Father Sauer Academy.

    For the early part of SI’s history, the school educated both primary and middle school students. The Jesuits believed then that the best way to prepare students for a rigorous college preparatory curriculum was to start early.

    The middle school Academy is named for Anthony P. Sauer, S.J., who served as president between 1979 and 2006. A remarkable school leader, Fr. Sauer instituted another major sea change when SI went coed in 1989. He also expanded the campus and turned a good city school into a great regional college preparatory.

    The Academy will accept students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and offer them full scholarships for their three years of middle school and four years at SI…. Read more here.

First Words
  • Frequent readers of my First Words know my wife and I like to travel. We caught the bug early on as we both trekked through Europe in Volkswagen vans in the 1970s, she with her family for six months when she was a sophomore at Mercy SF and I with Fr. John Becker, S.J., and nine classmates in the summer of 1975. Our first trips to foreign lands taught us more than any other experience save for having children. We went abroad once again recently, this time to Peru and to the Galapagos Islands. To prepare for the latter adventure, I read The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner, who won the Pulitzer for his remarkable work that chronicles the story of Peter and Rosemary Grant and their observation of 13 species of finches on Daphne Major, part of the Galapagos archipelago. On that small island, they saw evolution in action when both drought and heavy rains led to rapid evolution in beak size. Those finches evolved in order to survive — to crack open the seeds that remained.… Click here to read more. 

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