Landmark Summer 2020

Aquinas Landmark is published by the Office of Advancement for distribution to Aquinas Alumni, Parents & Friends. Staff Dr. Anthony Cook ’99 PRESIDENT Ted Mancini ‘88 PRINCIPAL Joseph B. Knapp EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT Meredith Kallfelz ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT, ENROLLMENT & COMMUNICATIONS Contributing Staff Lisa Clicquennoi ‘84 DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR Karen Dobson OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Chris Lopuchowycz Grout ‘88 ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, MAJOR GIFTS Lisa Martone ‘97 ANNUAL FUND COORDINATOR Anita Nagel, Naz ‘74 ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, EVENTS & ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT Jay Polston ‘90 ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, MAJOR GIFTS Adam Sutton ‘15 ENROLLMENT & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR Photos by: Lorin Easton Mandra Mayo Al Mosher Anthony Paladino Traci Szalkowski The Aquinas Institute of Rochester In the Basilian Tradition In Partnership with Nazareth Elementary School and the Sisters of Saint Joseph M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T The Aquinas Institute of Rochester is a Catholic, private, college preparatory, co-educational school educating in the tradition of the Basilian Fathers. Our mission is to teach all students goodness, discipline, and knowledge, supported through gospel values, within a comprehensive curricular and co-curricular program that will prepare them to be responsible and caring citizens. CONTENTS ON THE COVER The Aquinas Class of 2020 stands on the steps of the Fine Arts Center Lobby. This annual photo, taken the same day as the 100 Days Mass, was the last day students took classes on campus for the 2019-2020 school year. 3 President’s Letter HIDDEN HERO 4 A Reason to Smile FOCUS ON FAITH 6 Confession: The Hidden Treasure of the Catholic Church SPOTLIGHT ON 8 Answering God’s Call 9 A New Chapter Begins 10 A NewWay Forward WHAT’S NEWS 11 A Fond Farewell to Mrs. Minchella 11 New Scoreboard 11 Thank You Mr. Huber ‘61 12 Celebrating the Class of 2020 13 Class of 2020 Profile 14 Covid Relief Fund ALUMNI NEWS 16 Beating the Odds 18 Alumni Events 20 Advancement Office Interns 20 2020 Aquinas Hall of Fame Inductees 20 Rockow ‘16 Collects & Donates 2,000+ Pieces of PPE 21 Former AQ Softball Standout Returns as Head Coach 21 PhilipWegman ‘61 Distinguished Alumnus 22 Words of Wisdom from Karl Scheible ‘79 22 Valentino ‘91 Coordinates Covid Road Rally 23 Class of 1969 50th Reunion Bash 23 Alumni Reunion Weekend 24 Alumni Notes 26 In Remembrance 27 Gifts in Memory & In Honor Of 28 Donor Impact Report