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Robotics Team Finishes 8th in World


Benilde-St. Margaret’s Advanced Competitive Science (ACS) Program placed eighth in the world at the RoboCupRescue tournament, held in Mexico City, Mexico, June 18-24. Read more.

Alumni Brothers Reside in Switzerland

Tom Lynch '85 works as a Senior Legal Counsel at Novartis Pharma in Basel, Switzerland. Tom and his wife, Anastasia Gallagher Lynch ‘85, and their four children, share their country of residence with Tom’s younger brother Pete Lynch ‘90 and his wife, Heather Gallagher Lynch ‘90, who live in Morges, Switzerland and older brother, Mike Lynch ‘81, who lives with his wife, Darlene, near Geneva, Switzerland.

Dominican Republic Proves to be Popular Place for Current and Former Studnets

Madelon Morin ’08 is currently volunteering for a year at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) in the Dominican Republic, where BSM groups often travel on mission trips. NPH is a Christian mission that strives to provide a permanent family and home for orphaned, abandoned and other at-risk children who live in conditions of extreme poverty.

Guam a Good Fit for Grad

For 23 years Steve Ruder ’83 has been building a life in Guam, where he has started his own firm, Ruder Integrated Marketing Strategies in Dededo, Guam. He is a volunteer board member for  several organizations, including the Guam Chamber of Commerce, the Guam USO, Center for Micronesian Empowerment and the Guam Amateur Boxing Federation.

Alum "Invents" Life in Western Pacific

If you have a great invention, you’d better get a patent lawyer. On the western edge of the Pacific Rim, that would be Brendan Hanley '94. For years, Brendan lived in Nagoya, Japan, working as a patent attorney/consultant. He now lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he is helping to build an intellectual property department for Western Digital so they can handle patents, copyright and trademark pieces. He also frequents Thailand and Singapore in his line of work.

Bridget Roby '06 Serves in Peace Corps in Burkina Faso

BridgetRoby-in-BF.gifBridget Roby ’06 recently served in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso. In Spring 2012, BSM sent Common Basket donations to help Bridget’s community build latrines. Check out Bridget’s blog.

Donations Help Build Water Pipeline

Red Knights raised over $1,400 in a Spring 2012 Common Basket collection to be used to help finish a pipeline in in Murumba, Rwanda, providing clean water for three health care clinics there.

BSM Sends Spring Breakers to Costa Rica


In March 2012, a dozen students and two Spanish teachers traveled to Costa Rica. They visited urban and rural locations, had a four-night homestay, and volunteered at a local school. Exploring the rainforest, both by ziplining through it and going on a boat tour, were particular highlights.

'92 Alum Makes Public Health a Worldwide Concern

Stacey (Anastasia) Pharris-Ciurej ’92 is living in Stockholm, Sweden, working for the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Married with two children, she is a registered nurse, holds a master’s degrees in nursing and public health, and is finishing work on her PhD. Stacey has spent time in Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia and the U.S. collaborating with public health care professionals.

Steger Educates on Global Warming

Steger-Profile-04-v2.gifIn 1986, Will Steger ’62 led a team of six to the North Pole by dog sled—the first confirmed expedition to the pole without resupply. Will has led multiple expeditions and is considered a world-renowned polar explorer, educator, writer, and photographer. Read more on Will's website.

'94 Alum Puts Down Roots in Jerusalem

Tony Pohlen ‘93 serves in Jerusalem as the Program Director of Tantur Ecumenical Institute, an affiliate program of the University of Notre Dame. Tantur offers a variety of continuous education programs and sabbatical. Each program includes a variety of lectures and excursions designed to introduce participants to its geography, history, complex religious life, local people and the Bible. In the past, Tony has been in charge of running projects in East Africa, as well as coordinating students minoring in international studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Jordan-Taylor.gifJordan Taylor, who graduated from BSM in 2008 and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012, is playing basketball for Virtus Roma, an Italian League professional basketball club. Read more about Jordan's impressive sports career.

In 2005, Bob (Hickey) Solis '80 founded an orphanage in Komga, South Africa. Bob spent 29 days in 2008 walking 700 miles in Africa to fundraise for his beloved home for children. Read about Open Arms Orphanage.

Mark-VandeHei.gifMark Vande Hei '85 was one of nine people (out of 3,500) chosen to be part of NASA's Class of 2009 astronauts. He is currently spending a year as the Director of NASA’s Human Space Flight Operations in Russia. His future hope is to be assigned a six-month assignment on the space station, sometime between 2016 and 2021.

Richard Prosen is the counterterrorism policy coordinator in the Department of State’s office of European Security and Political affairs. In addition to his work with NATO, Richard is also responsible for the United States Government’s efforts to enlist the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to engage in activities such as election monitoring and border security training in order to promote electoral reform to help stabilize Afghanistan.

BSM Maintains Connection to Japanese Sister School

BSM holds a special relationship with its sister school, Kaisei Gakuin School in northern Japan. Each fall, dozens of Kaisei Gakuin students visit BSM for a week, staying with host families while here.

Five 2012 Grads Studying in Canada

Five graduates from the Class of 2012 have chosen to attend colleges/universities in Canada. They are Lauren Effertz (University of Manitoba); Katherine Cashman, McGill, and Madeline Hibbs (University of British Columbia) and Sian Last (University of Toronto).

Robotics Team Competes in Netherlands

The Advanced Competitve Science team qualified to participate once again in the international RoboCupRescue competition, this time being held in The Netherlands in June 2013.

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