Parking Permit for Class of 2011 Celebration at UMBC

Download here: Class of 2011 Celebration Parking Permit

Those attending the event can park on the loop right near the building. If someone has a need to get closer for handicap accessibility they can actually pull up to the building and drop off. Then go park at one of the handicap designated spots.

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The Latest on the Alumni Association

It has been almost three weeks since my first official correspondence. The messages that I had delivered were: (1) WE NEED YOU – your time, talents, and resources; (2) The Alumni Association is long-overdue and necessary to replace the disappointment and frustration of the school’s closing; (3) We deserve to celebrate one another, what Gibbons has meant to us, and define our legacy of how we are to be remembered; (4) We need accurate/updated contact information to be successful; (5) We intend on having 2 events to celebrate Gibbons; and (6) You will receive regular communication of these important initiatives.

Since that correspondence, I have heard from a small group of you who are excited about the opportunity to celebrate one another and Cardinal Gibbons. Some guys have offered their time, some have offered money, some have offered future participation, and some have offered auction items. All of these are incredibly important to the success of the organization and I’d like to thank those that have offered these gifts. Please continue to offer your support of this important initiative and rally fellow Crusaders to the cause of making the Association successful.

Please remember that you can make a vital and immediate impact on the Association’s success by doing one of two things:

(1) Take a Lead Role in Updating the Alumni Database

The following alumni have volunteered their time to contact their respective classes:
1966 – Don Kerr
1969 – Jim Frank
1971 – Ted Miller
1973 – Mike Broache
1978 – Chris Colclough
1986 – Jay Dillow
1988 – Dave Smith
1991 – Brian Walsh
1994 – Ryan Beaumont
2001 – Craig King
2005 – Kiel McLaughlin

As of 9/1/2010 WE HAVE LESS THAN 1,000 E-MAILS FOR 4,600 ALUMNI

(2) Help Your Fellow Alumni In Updating the Alumni Database

Cardinal Gibbons has 45 graduating classes plus this year’s Seniors (as well as the Juniors and Sophomores). Even if we had a lead person for each class (which we do not right now) it’s not feasible to get the database updated with 45 guys. It needs about 3 times more. Please consider helping those who have taken a leadership role. The guys listed above are your classmates who could certainly use your help in updating the lists.

Please contact me at bwalsh1 @jhmi.edu and I will get you in touch with your class representative.

We have about 4,600 alumni which I’ll continue to remind you….often. If we had a total of 135 guys offer to call the entire database that would mean essentially each volunteer would be responsible for 34 alumni or 1 alumnus per night for the month of September. It would take each volunteer a total of 5-10 minutes per night to have the database updated entirely or roughly a total of 5 hours of your time in one month.

It really couldn’t be any easier than that….5-10 minutes a night for one month.

And once the e-mails and mailing addresses are updated more people will be apprised of the efforts of GES and The Alumni Association. The database is, in essence, your database. It is the intention of the association to let all members be able to access the directory. The hopes are to put the database onto the GES website and assign a password for entry to the list. That way our alumni can connect with one another on a more personal basis allowing for more effective contact and hopefully giving you a better opportunity for professional (two of the fields to update are Occupation and Employer) and personal successes.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • How do I get in contact with some guys I haven’t seen for 5, 10, 20, 30, or even 40 years?
  • How many successful Gibbons alumni are in my community that may be able to help me become more successful?
  • Is there something a Gibbons graduate is looking for that I can provide (product/service/advice)?
  • Is there something that I need that a Gibbons graduate can supply?

The database contains an opportunity to answer these very questions and to stay connected to Cardinal Gibbons, its community and its people. Please be involved with making it complete and up-to-date. Its importance to our success cannot be stressed enough as it directly affects the following:

The Annual Bull Roast which will be held this year on its usual date (Saturday before Thanksgiving).  We want as many alumni as possible to attend/support the event. Planning for that event begins next week. E-mails will follow to keep you apprised of our efforts and to solicit your support.

In addition, there are plans to hold a very special event in April or May that will celebrate the alumni, parents, teachers, and supporters of Cardinal Gibbons High School/School. This event will be one-of-a-kind and will chronicle Gibbons from 1962 to the present.

The needs of the two events are various but include sponsorships, auction items, audio-video support, merchandise sales, vendor responsibilities, ticket sales, etc…

As always, give what you can of yourselves and know that you are needed by The Cardinal Gibbons Alumni Association but, just as importantly, wanted.

The next correspondence will have specific information about inclusion, the need for Officers of The Alumni Association, updates on the Bull Roast, Defined Sponsorship Levels, and The Gibbons Celebration Event among other items.

Please e-mail me at bwalsh1@jhmi.edu or call me at 410-382-3375 if you wish to be involved in making the Association one of enduring success.

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Important Alumni News

The Cardinal Gibbons Alumni Association is a vital part of Gibbons Educational Services, the 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by alumni to execute the following mission:

“To protect and preserve the heritage and history of Cardinal Gibbons School, Cardinal Gibbons High School and St Mary’s Industrial School for Boys while providing future educational opportunities for alumni, their families and disadvantaged others pursuing a quality, values/character based educational opportunity.”

In order for the association and our mission to be successful, WE NEED YOU. In the past, Cardinal Gibbons has not been very good at keeping you connected, engaged, or wanted. That stops NOW. The success of this organization and its mission relies largely on YOU. There are over 4,600 alumni of Cardinal Gibbons. Each of you is valued. You have time, talents, and financial resources that can make successful any venture with which you choose to make a concerted effort.

Given the recent events, it would be easy to simply abandon Cardinal Gibbons and its mission and leave its legacy tarnished. The adversity that we have faced (not only this year but for decades as an afterthought in the eyes and mission of the diocese) has taken its final toll and claimed the life of our school. If you look at what has transpired over the last few months we have been true to our namesake, Crusaders, a group of people engaged in a vigorous concerted movement for a cause or against an abuse. We have been on a crusade to save the school, save the kids, save what we love most in Gibbons. It is now time to honor and save our legacy.

Part of the reason that Cardinal Gibbons was closed was that there were too few people consistently dedicated to its survival. Let us write a new chapter whereby The Cardinal Gibbons Alumni Association is incredibly successful because so many were dedicated to its survival.

I am asking for your help in the following areas:

(1) Updating / Maintaining the Alumni Database

We currently have addresses/e-mails for about 300 alumni this year (2010). That means that we still need to update about 4,300 alumni. Every class needs at least one “Class Agent” who can call members of their class and get current information. This is a vital piece of making the below events successful because we will be mailing and e-mailing communications often.

(2) Holding 2 Alumni-Sponsored Events

The Annual Bullroast will be held this year on its usual date (Saturday before Thanksgiving). Planning for that event will begin in the next few weeks.

In addition, there are plans to hold a very special event in April or May that will celebrate the alumni, parents, teachers, and supporters of Cardinal Gibbons High School/School. This event will be one-of-a-kind and will chronicle Gibbons from 1962 to the present.

The needs of the two events are various but include sponsorships, auction items, audio-video support, merchandise sales, vendor responsibilities, ticket sales, etc..

Please give what you can of yourselves and know that you are needed by The Cardinal Gibbons Alumni Association but, just as importantly, wanted.

Please e-mail me at bwalsh1@jhmi.edu or call me at 410-382-3375 if you wish to be involved.

Brian S. Walsh, ’91
Chairman
Cardinal Gibbons Alumni Committee

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Cardinal Gibbons School, 1962-2010

It is with a heavy heart today that we send you this news. As you may know, a dedicated group of Gibbons alumni has made extraordinary efforts since March to keep Cardinal Gibbons open. Many avenues were pursued, up to and including a serious approach to the Archdiocese to purchase the property. Unfortunately, the Archdiocese has stated that the property is not for sale, and it is clear that Cardinal Gibbons will not be open in the Fall of 2010.  We are very disappointed about this, and will provide additional details later, but felt it important to let you know as soon as we knew for certain, so that you can continue with your plans for the education of your sons.

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What Gibbons Means to Me – Leo Pawelczyk

When people think of classic bars with a cordial atmosphere, the first thought is usually “Cheers.” Though Gibbons isn’t known as a great place to drink (although some may disagree if it’s before or after the annual Alumni Basketball Game), it is irrefutably a school where “Everybody knows your name.” I proudly made my decision to attend the Cardinal Gibbons School in the fall of 1999.

Even though everyone who’s a young Catholic male in the southeast Baltimore area usually attended Archbishop Curley, I guess I took the road less traveled. Since my first visit to the Fall Open House in November of 1997, I immediately fell in love with Gibbons. I remember my mother stated, “Some of the buildings need a little bit of paint, but other than that, it’s great!” And so I went and shadowed at both respective schools as an eighth grader, but CG completely outperformed Curley. It just reinforced my idea that I would need to attend a small high school similar to the grammar school I previously attended, Father Kolbe. Everything just seemed to fall right into place.

I believe the explanation why I fell in love with Gibbons so much is because I view the school as a microcosm of the American Dream. It is a place where you don’t have to be the most brilliant or the most athletic to become a “somebody.”  The down to earth family atmosphere enveloping the school welcomes everyone through its portals, where a student isn’t simply a number. Unlike some of our rival high schools, Gibbons makes sure elitism and one’s ego are checked at the door. And so it’s only fitting that I attend such a school, where I participated in an eclectic assortment of activities, including student council, the school newspaper, the yearbook, ‘It’s Academic’, High Adventure Club, basketball, football, and Varsity Track and Cross Country. There’s not a doubt in my mind that I would have been afforded the opportunity to engage in so many extracurricular activities at any other institution. Those experiences did not always show up in the win column, but they were instrumental in developing long-term relationships with some truly wonderful people. I am definitely ten times closer to the families and friends I have gained at Gibbons as opposed to any other organization in which I have been involved.

But it was also at Gibbons where I developed as a mature adult and learned the art of time management. It is at CG where I learned firsthand that morally reprehensible actions have drastic consequences. Gibbons held me accountable for my improper decorum when I truly needed it, andinstilled values that carry forth to this day.

Lastly, one of my fondest memories about Gibbons is the principle of starting and ending each day with prayer. It is through the incessant promotion of traditional Catholic values at Cardinal Gibbons that my moral compass has been shaped.  I simply cannot imagine life without Gibbons.  Gibbons is worth fighting for!

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‘What Gibbons Means to Me’ – Jay Kane, ’10

Over the past four years, Cardinal Gibbons has come to be a place of family and comfort to me. As a member of the Class of 2010, seeing that I may just be one of the last people to graduate from the school, I now truly appreciate everything the place has been to me.

It was earlier this school year, at the Thanksgiving assembly, that I gave a speech to the whole school on the virtue of (you guessed it) thanksgiving. Writing that speech taught me a lot about the very topic. I learned that we take far too much for granted in our lives until we really stop and think about it. Gibbons has been the same way for me.

My speech included a portion where I discussed losing my grandmother and how blessed I had been to have her. We all expect to lose our grandparents, though. Losing my school has affected me so much more out of such unexpected loss, but that doesn’t take away the great blessings I’ve received from my time at Gibbons.

The greatest thing about Gibbons to me has always been its small size and community atmosphere. I know everyone in my class and a rather good number of the students in the other classes. Never can I forget the other part of our community, the teachers and staff. I have always loved how I can walk into the rooms of my teachers after school if I need help, if there are concerns, or if I just want to talk.

Perhaps even more important to making me who I am today is the fact that there is so much diversity at Gibbons. I’m sorry to be so blunt but having African American friends along with white friends has probably made me far less discriminatory than I would have been otherwise. I’ve met awesome people from both races, and when that happens you can’t help but be accepting.

I have wanted to be a teacher since the second grade. Gibbons has been so good to me that it became my dream to come back and teach at Gibbons. I loved the thought of returning to the community, instilling in children the same values and life lessons I learned, and working with some of the men and women who made me into a better person in life.

I can’t express how important the teachers have been to my experience at Gibbons. I surely could have made friends anywhere, but the teachers have always been so open and caring about each individual student. That truly impresses me, sets a standard for me, and will stay with me all of my life.

In the end, I know how lucky I am to graduate from a place like Cardinal Gibbons. I may never have agreed with Jim Malone’s, “The only reason anyone goes to Mount Saint Joe is because they can’t get into Cardinal Gibbons,” but I know that I got so much out of this school and that it would be a wonderful experience for anyone, on par with if not better than any other school a boy can pick.

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‘What Gibbons Means to Me’ – Tim Rose, ’68

Tim Rose, Class of '68

Cardinal Gibbons is not just a school, but an intregal fiber of my life.

Standing for the freshmen homeroom picture out by the flag pole, I remember feeling lost and alone with this group of strangers. I would soon find out that they would not only become friends but a part of my Gibbons family. It was with them that I would try, fail, get up and try again, because that is a part of the Gibbons fiber. Gibbons boys are never alone.

Emotion is a huge part of the Gibbons experience. I cheered the victories, cried at the tragedies, fell in love, and fell out of love. At one point I thought of Gibbons as Toy Land – once you pass its borders you can never return again. On the contary, it never leaves me. I am and will always be a proud Crusader.

Tim Rose
Class of 1968

Tim Rose grew up in Irvington, attended St. Joseph’s Monastery where he was an alter server, avid CYO participant and even a member of the stage club. At Gibbons he played JV football until he was injured and forced to the sidelines. He used the Red Guard as an outlet for school spirit. He was also a member of the Photography and Aeronautics clubs. He worked at the Maryland Shock Trauma unit and has been an OR nurse since 1988. He recently received his private pilot’s license and is ready to take to the air.

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