Oh, It’s Friday with Mrs. Wilgus: Looking Back with a Crusader Icon
Come hear Mrs. Patricia Wilgus speak one more time at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School
Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m. in the Barry Robinson Theater and Fine Arts Center
Ticket reservations for this AlumNight event on May 31 will be available on Thursday, May 9, 2013 beginning at 10 a.m. We are expecting high interest in this event. Because of the limited number of seats available in the school theater, guests may reserve no more than two (2) seats per valid email address. No one is allowed to reserve tickets for groups or prior to May 9. Please adhere to these guidelines.
To reserve your ticket, email Mark Zafra at firstname.lastname@example.org (Please copy and paste email address into your email) with your name and mailing address, as well as Crusader graduation year and maiden name (if applicable). We will not accept telephone reservations. Ticket reservations will be granted based on the date and time your email was received AND until we reach capacity. We apologize in advance if we sell out of tickets.
Recommended donation for this event is five dollars ($5.00). Proceeds from this event will go to the Winton Wilgus Memorial Gardens and to the school’s annual giving campaign, The Crusade for Excellence.
Bernadette Aylward '10 Helps W&M Go Green
Congratulations to alumna Bernadette Aylward '10, currently a junior at The College of William and Mary, for being selected as an intern on the school's Eco-Village project.
The Eco-Village project is an effort to turn an existing section of on-campus housing known as the "Lodges" into sustainable living spaces.
Read more about William and Mary's Eco-Village project here.
For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Police Department will be led by a permanent chief promoted from within. City Manager Marcus Jones named Capt. Mike Goldsmith to the position over the interim chief, who also is a department veteran.
Norfolk has not had a permanent police chief who came up through the ranks since Henry P. Henson retired in 1993.
Goldsmith's family joined him for an announcement at City Hall on Tuesday in which Jones also praised Sharon Chamberlin, the acting chief, for helping the department through a transition.
Goldsmith, 49, has been a Norfolk cop since February 1989 and has lived in the city since 1977. His appointment followed a search that yielded more than 90 applicants, most from outside the department.
"He's the right person for the job," Jones said.
When asked why he picked Goldsmith, Jones said he had spent "a lot of time" with him over the past six months.
"He mentioned well-managed government. There are some things that he will put in place that are consistent with where we are trying to go," Jones said. "We look at this well-managed government being more about problem solving than just about: 'How do you go about reacting to a criminal element?' "
Winingear called Goldsmith "extremely well qualified."
"It's great that the city manager finally decided to look within our own department and look at the qualified candidates that we have," Winingear said. "From what I've seen from his management style, he's a hands-on type of leader that wouldn't ask you to do something he hasn't done himself."
Goldsmith also is committed to the community in a way outside candidates would not be because they might use Norfolk as a stepping-stone, Winingear said. Goldsmith said he and his wife, Karen, plan to retire in Norfolk. She is a native of the Ocean View area.
"He's an outstanding candidate for the job," said Randy Brann, head of the Norfolk police union. "It's a turning point for the Norfolk Police Department."
Sheriff Bob McCabe, a former police officer, said Goldsmith was his choice. Goldsmith is popular among police officers he's spoken to, McCabe said.
"He's very well respected within the police department and around the city," he said.
Marquis came to Norfolk from Hartford, Conn. Before Marquis took the chief's job in 2004, the department was led for 10 years by Melvin High, who came to Norfolk from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., and left for Prince George's County, Md.
Goldsmith said he felt humbled and honored. He also defended the department's approximately 750 sworn officers.
"We've got a good, solid department. I think we've got a lot of men and women that come to work every day doing exactly what's right," he said. "Like any organization, we have a few that will cause problems. And we do the best we can to make sure that doesn't happen."
Goldsmith said in an interview that the time was right for him to apply to be chief.
"I felt like I had matured enough as a captain that I thought I could take on the challenge," he said.
He has been a captain for six years. Chamberlin will remain as an assistant chief, Jones said. The other assistant chiefs are Rhon Wright and Vernon R. Simmons.
Goldsmith said he has yet to decide which areas of the department's operations the three assistants will oversee, and he will meet with his management team to assess the department before he announces any changes.
Asked about Jones' decision at a news conference, Chamberlin said, "This is Chief Goldsmith's day, and I am honored to share that with him. And I'm going to offer him every bit of my support."
The Chesapeake Rotary Club named Deborah M. DiCroce, former president of Tidewater Community College, as its 2012 Chesapeake's First Citizen.
She will receive her honor at a banquet scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Chesapeake Conference Center.
Now president and CEO of the Hampton Road Community Foundation, DiCroce was honored for "making her hometown of Chesapeake a better place to live and work," said a Chesapeake Rotary Club press release.
During her tenure as TCC head from 1998 to February of this year, DiCroce was instrumental in a decade-long expansion of the college system. Her guidance helped expand its academic programs, finances and overall value to Hampton Roads.This year 50,000 students are expected to be served by the TCC system.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Hampton Roads, the Future of Hampton Roads and the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance. Previously she was chairwoman of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors.
The Rotary Club's award will stand alongside other honors bestowed on DiCroce including the YWCA Woman of Distinction, the Virginia Conference for Community and Justice's Humanitarian Award, Old Dominion University's Distinguished Alumni Award, the Chesapeake Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce's Athena Award and the Civic Leadership Institute's Darden Award for Regional Leadership.
Katie Osterman '11 Excels at WVU
Congratulations to Crusader alumna, Katie Osterman '11, who is one of 363 West Virginia University student-athletes recognized for their achievement in the classroom at the annual Garrrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Banquet, which was created to recognize student-athletes who have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Katie, a Sports Management major, is a goalkeeper on the WVU women's soccer team. The team finished the 2011-2012 season with a record of 17-5 and were crowned the Big East Champions.
Way to go, Katie!
Meredith Rogers '11 Excels at WVU
Congratulations to Crusader alumna, Meredith Rogers '11, who is one of 363 West Virginia University student-athletes recognized for their achievement in the classroom at the annual Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Banquet, which was created to recognize student-athletes who have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Meredith, a Criminology major, is a member of the WVU swim team. This season, she qualified to swim the 50, 100, and 200 yard freestyle at the 2012 Big East Conference meet. The women's swim team finished 3rd at the meet.
Way to go Meredith!
Alumni Scrum It Up at Notre Dame
The Class of 2010’s Tom Hickey and Patrick Wirth, both
currently attending Notre Dame, are members of the Rugby Club, a High
Performance Program playing in the Mid-South Conference of Division 1-A, the
highest level of collegiate rugby in the United States.
See the Alumni Slideshow which includes other pics from the team’s 46-12 win over Oklahoma on
April 7, 2012.
Alumnus Breaks Swimming Records at VMI
Congratulations to Connor McMahon ’11, a member of Virginia Military Institute's men's swim team, who, in his first year of competition at the NCAA level, set four freshman records: 500 and 100 freestyle; 200 and 400 freestyle relay and one varsity record: 200 medley relay this season.
Way to go, Connor!
Alumna Working with Maison Fortuné School
Caitlin Foley, BSCHS Class of 2009, founded the Haiti Club
during her sophomore year. This summer,
she will be spending eight weeks at the Maison Fortuné Orphanage, which the
Haiti Club supports.
During her time at
the Orphanage, she and a fellow Dartmouth College Junior, Christine Bub, will be working with
MFO to establish a technical English curriculum that will better prepare the
kids of MFO to attend technical school, find jobs and thus contribute to the
economic revival of Haiti itself.
President of the MFO Foundation and former BSCHS parent, Mr. Chip Wirth, has
been integral to the founding of the McKenna-Scant Technical School, which will
directly benefit the kids of MFO. Caitlin’s project is to help prepare those students who cannot/do not
attend college preparatory secondary school to attend the technical
As a community, we would like to
support Caitlin in her endeavors just as we supported the Haiti Club during her
time at BSCHS. To support this project,
or to learn more about Caitlin’s efforts, please visit www.mfo12x.myevent.com.
Caitlin appreciates a contribution of any
amount and welcomes all questions and comments.
Kathy Harrison heard about the children in Afghanistan who were using two sticks and a plastic bag as a makeshift kite. She also learned they had no school.
“That sealed it for me,” Harrison said. “I had to do something.”
She decided on a care package. Of kites.
The Bishopsgate resident recently shipped five large boxes filled with school supplies and more than 50 kites in all shapes and colors to the southern Afghanistan community where her Marine son-in-law is on a seven-month deployment.
The Citadel grad was awarded a Purple Heart during his first Afghanistan mission. He married Harrison’s daughter, Kristina Stuhler, 26, in September. For security reasons, he asked that his name not be published.
Stuhler, an accountant, graduated from Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School (2004)and Virginia Tech. In December, her husband of just a few months left to work again with the Afghanistan army and provide security to local residents. The hope is to make a better life for Afghanis, Stuhler said.
“I am just so proud of what he’s doing over there,” she said.
“The large majority here are good people, most of them with farms, and they love Marines,” her husband wrote in an email.
The children constantly are asking for dollars, biscuits and pens, he said. Once he gave a pen to a young boy who proceeded to write all over himself because there was no paper.
Harrison said that drawing is an outlet for the children there. In mid-January, she emailed friends to request donations. She also told them about what happened when her son-in-law gave children a real kite last year.
“It was flying all the time. It was the center of the village,” she wrote, and signed the email “mother-in-law of a very brave Marine.”
Donations began to appear on her doorstep.
Mary Schulte, whose husband is retired from the Navy, is a member with Harrison of the Lynnhaven River Garden Club. The Middle Plantation resident and retired elementary school teacher said she was delighted to provide notebooks, crayons and a kite, which she said was hard to find this time of year.
Schulte’s neighbor Kathy Cooney, who also belongs to the club, said the organization was excited to help Harrison. The group contributed school supplies and planned to cover the almost $200 in shipping costs.
“This kind of project is very near and dear to us,” said Cooney, whose son also is a Marine and served in Afghanistan last year. Cooney said what the Marines are doing is crucial to the mission of trying to help the Afghan community.
Harrison hopes the kites soon will fly in the Afghanistan skies and brighten some young lives, and the school supplies will help the Marine platoon of about 40 men start a school. A female Afghan teacher, who speaks English, is there ready to teach reading, writing, basic hygiene and manners, Harrison said.
Her son-in-law said in an email: “It is so thoughtful of you to put all of this together for these kids that have absolutely nothing.” The joy it will bring is unimaginable, he wrote.
Katie Osterman '11 Reaches Mountaintop at WVU
Katie Osterman '11, a freshman goalkeeper, and the rest of her teammates brought a second consecutive Big East soccer title to West Virginia University when they beat Louisville, 2-0 on November 6.
Next up, the NCAA tournament where the #9 Mountaineers play host to Virginia Tech on November 12.
Good luck Katie and Good Luck Mountaineers!
Deb DiCroce '70 Steps Down At TCC
NCHS Alumna, Deborah DiCroce '70 will step down as Tidewater Community College president and will begin her new job in March as president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Hampton Roads Community Foundation.
Congratulations to Deborah on her work at TCC and good luck on her new position!
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