August 20, 2014

Chris LeBoa On the Nautilus – Live Streaming Friday Aug. 22

Chris LeBoa ’15 is doing summer work with the guys that discovered the Titanic. He is part of a team that is exploring the Caribbean ocean floor south of Cuba.

He will be streaming live from the ship Nautilus on Friday August 22 from 1-1:30pm in the Center for Environmental Studies. Dives occur throughout the day and may be viewed here.

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During our overnight dive on June 27th, the E/V Nautilus team encountered a Vampire Squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis), a deep-sea cephalopod. It’s named the Vampire Squid because of its deep color and red eyes, not because it feeds on blood.

August 19, 2014

Attention O’Dowd Alumni!

You’re invited to the annual Alumni Homecoming Beer Garden, where we will be honoring the undefeated 1989 East Shore Athletic League football champions!

Friday, October 17, 5–7 pm, prior to the Homecoming football game.

Dominican Courtyard Bishop O’Dowd High School

Alumni and their guests who RSVP will receive two FREE drink tickets. Space is limited so RSVP today.

Please note—only guests who RSVP will be permitted in the beer garden due to alcohol present. Adults only, 21 and over. (Sorry, no children allowed.)

From left to right: Jerry Forristal ’90, Jason Kelly ‘90, Omari Patterson ’90, Jason Concannon ’90, Eric Bjornson ’90, Alex Quinn ’90, Brice McKeever ’90 and Chris Aparicio ’90.

August 15, 2014

Kirk Morrison ’00 Selected to SDSU Hall of Fame

Former Oakland Raider Kirk Morrison ’00 has been selected to the San Diego State University Athletics Hall of Fame.

A two-time All-American and two-time Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year,Morrison is among the most decorated Aztecs of all time. He is one of only 13 two-time All-Americans, and one of only 11 first-team All-Americans in SDSU history. As a senior in 2004, Morrison was a team captain, awarded the John Simcox Memorial Trophy (Team MVP) and a Butkus Award semifinalist.

Morrison is currently San Diego State’s career leader in unassisted tackles (241) and fumble recoveries (10), and ranks second in career total tackles (396), third in career assisted tackles (155) and fourth in forced fumbles (7). Drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round (78th overall), Morrison was a five-year starter at linebacker and led the club in tackles during each of his five seasons with the team. He also spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills. Read more…

Freshman Parent Events

Freshman Parent Welcome Events

Sunday, August 17, 6-7:30 p.m.
Join us on the quad while your new freshmen are at the orientation event! Refreshments will be offered.
Meet parents of other freshmen. Ask questions of parents with students in upper division classes. Get information about volunteering at O’Dowd.
This is an opportunity to learn about O’Dowd–all from the parent perspective!

Monday, August 18, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
This is our annual Welcome Coffee Reception for parents on the first day of school.
Coffee, juice and pastries will be served.
This is another opportunity to meet your fellow freshman parents after you drop your students off for their first official day as O’Dowd students. We will host a brief program of welcome tailored just for you!

New Faculty and Staff for 2014-15

Bishop O’Dowd High School welcomed several new faculty and staff members in August, each of them bringing special talents and skills to share with our students. The increased number of new employees is due to several reasons – faculty and staff members retiring, moving out of state, going back to school, and becoming a stay at home mom.

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Zoey Adam ’09 joins the Science Department. Zoey earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Occidental College and is currently pursuing a teaching credential. She has served as a substitute teacher, tutor, water polo and lacrosse coach at O’Dowd during the past year. Zoey’s dad, Kip Adam, works in O’Dowd’s building operations department.


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Edmund Ankamah joins the Math Department. A native of Ghana, Edmund earned a bachelor’s degree in math, with a minor in economics, from U.C. Davis and a master’s degree in mathematics education from Columbia University. Most recently Edmund worked as a student teacher in New York and as an SAT math and algebra teacher at Fremont’s Elite Educational Institute. He previously worked as a math teacher at Envision School of Art and Technology in Oakland and at Making Waves Education Program in Richmond. In his free time Edmund enjoys playing and watching soccer.

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Juliet Arechiga ’93 joins the Counseling Department as a learning differences specialist. She was a triple major in Spanish language, history and comparative area studies at Duke University, and earned a master’s degree in school counseling from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. She completed additional coursework in special education at The American University and Johns Hopkins University. Most recently Juliet served as a counselor/learning disabilities coordinator at Holy Names High School. Her responsibilities included providing comprehensive personal, academic and college counseling services, creating individualized educational care plans for students with learning disabilities and developing and implementing study skills-intensive academic support programs. Prior to Holy Names, Juliet exclusively worked at specialized schools serving high school students with learning differences. Juliet was previously dean of students at Bayhill High School in Oakland, an assistant director/lead teacher at Raskob Day School in Oakland, and a high school teacher and college counselor at The Lab School of Washington, in Washington, D.C. Juliet’s mom, Ginny Arechiga, is the library assistant.

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Moire Bruin assumes the Admissions Associate position. Moire earned a bachelor’s degree in communication theory, and completed graduate coursework in human resources and organizational development, at the University of San Francisco. She also holds a certificate in parent educator training from the Center for Human Development. Most recently, Moire served as a staff assistant in O’Dowd’s Advancement Department. Previously, she held several roles at Mills College, including judicial coordinator, associate dean of students, and director of residential and commuting life, and served as a residence director at San Francisco State University and Northern Arizona University. She also worked as a co-instructor for a counseling and student development course at NAU.

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Molleen Dupree-Dominguez joins the Religion Department as an online course teacher. Molleen earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with minors in economics and political science, from University of Missouri. She holds a master of divinity from Berkeley’s Jesuit School of Theology. Most recently Molleen served as a campus minister and religious studies department chairperson at Holy Names High School. She previously served as an assistant director for residential service learning at St. Mary’s College of California, and as a youth minister and pastoral associate for St. Mary-St. Francis deSales Church in Oakland. Married to counselor Marc Dominguez, Molleen is also the web administrator for Holy Spirit Parish-Newman Hall in Berkeley.

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Sarah Durantini joins the Academic Support Department. Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in communication, with a minor in special education and rehabilitation, from the University of Arizona. She holds a multiple subject teaching credential from San Francisco State University’s Bay Area Teaching Training Institute. Most recently Sarah served as a 6th grade math and science teacher and middle school advisor at Redwood Day School. She previously worked as an associate kindergarten teacher at Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco.

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Tere Gallarreta joins the Campus Ministry and Religion Departments as a retreat coordinator. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Florida International University, and a master’s in theological studies from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST). She also holds a certificate in youth ministry studies. Teresa has more than 10 years of experience in ministry, including teaching high school students, planning and coordinating retreats, liturgies and service projects. Most recently Tere served as a senior administrative assistant for student life at the JST, and as a website administrator for Newman Hall Holy Spirit Parish in Berkeley. She previously worked as a director of youth and family ministry at a Catholic church in Florida and as a Hispanic outreach specialist for a Florida diocese.

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Leah Guillory joins the English Department. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from University of Houston, and has more than 10 years of experience teaching various levels of English, as well as speech and debate, at the high school level. She’s halfway through a master’s degree in Literature, having completed 18 hours of graduate work from University of Houston as well. Leah holds a Pre-AP certification from Rice University, and is eager to pursue a doctoral degree in Rhetoric/Humanities with capstones in women’s studies in 2015 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Under her direction, a number of students have won many University Interscholastic League and Private Schools Interscholastic Association (Texas academic competition organizations) academic writing and speaking events.

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John Kohler joins the World Language Department as a Spanish teacher. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in Latin American studies, at Lewis & Clark College, and holds a master’s degree in teaching from University of San Francisco. He also has a single subject clear credential in social studies and Spanish. Most recently John was a class dean and head of the foreign language department (middle school) and K-8 service learning director at Redwood Day School. He previously served as a district education manager for Sylvan Learning Centers and was the founder and director of a student summer abroad culture and language immersion program in Barcelona, Spain. He also worked as a Spanish teacher at The Menlo School in Atherton and The Athenian School in Danville.

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Kris Koller joins the Religion Department. Kris earned a bachelor’s degree in theology and philosophy at Boston College, and holds a master’s in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame. Most recently Kris was the director of programs, services and volunteers at Trinity Church of Asbury Park in New Jersey. He has also worked as a high school English and religion teacher at Catholic high schools in New York, and completed an AmeriCorps Urban Teaching Fellowship at a charter public high school in Boston.

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Tom Kosic joins the Science Department. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from U.C. San Diego and holds a doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois. He has a single subject (chemistry and physics) teaching credential. Tom has more than 25 years experience in the aerospace and semiconductor industries, including working at Hughes Aircraft Co., and recently taught chemistry and chemistry fundamentals at James Logan High School.

Robin Lau is the new International Program Coordinator. Robin earned a bachelor’s degree in history from University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of Akron School of Law. Most recently, Robin was a lead consultant at ThinkTank Learning in San Francisco, where she also served as a senior academic counselor and admissions consultant and a teacher. Robin also served as an undergraduate admissions alumni interviewer for the University of Pennsylvania. Robin is fluent in English, Mandarin and Spanish.

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Beth Mueller joins the Religion Department and will assist with the service learning program. Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in peace and justice studies from Marquette University, and holds a master’s of divinity from Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology (JST). Most recently, Beth served as a graduate assistant for the office of enrollment management and marketing at JST. She also worked as a graduate assistant for campus ministry and religious studies at Holy Names High School and assisted with retreats at Berkeley’s Newman Center. She also worked as a chaplaincy intern at Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute and a youth support specialist at a Catholic youth center in Washington.

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Jessica Poole joins the Science Department. Jessica earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at St. Mary’s College of California. Following St. Mary’s, Jessica completed more than two years of graduate work at Duke University, in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, before discovering that her passion was in working with/empowering our youth. Jessica first explored teaching through coaching soccer, serving as a head coach for the East Bay United Bay Oaks Soccer Club, in addition to coaching for Stanford University Women’s Soccer Youth Summer Camps. Most recently, Jessica served as a substitute teacher at O’Dowd and is the assistant coach of our varsity women’s soccer team

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William Van Doren joins the Math Department. William earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from Oberlin College and holds a master of divinity from Harvard University. Most recently William served as youth minister at Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Church in Mill Valley, and as a geometry, algebra II, precalculus, calculus and statistics tutor.

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Patrice Wakeley ’01 joins the Academic Support Department. Patrice earned a bachelor’s degree in English and history from the University of Miami, and holds a master’s degree in counseling from Loyola Marymount University. Most recently Patrice served as the Pathway to College and Career Coordinator for the East Oakland Youth Development Center. She’s worked for a variety of youth programs in California and Florida, providing program management and counseling.

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Meghan Bailey Wallingford ’89
joins the Counseling Department coordinating the Career Partnerships Program. Meghan earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology for the University of Oregon and has completed additional coursework in mediation and interpersonal communication. She has enjoyed a career in outside sales for companies including Lenox China, Waterford Crystal and KitchenAid. During the 2013-2014 academic year Meghan worked with the Advancement Department serving as Interim Director of Special Events. In addition to the Career Partnerships Program, Meghan will work with the Advancement department focusing on parent volunteer involvement.

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Demond Walker assumes the role of Associate Director of Admissions. Demond earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University. Most recently he served as the Director of Community Education at University High school in San Francisco, working in the areas of diversity and inclusion, admissions, student support and student leadership. He also served as a classroom teacher and a coach. Previously Demond served as an education coordinator for a scholarship fund in Chicago, and worked as a math specialist for the Chicago Public Schools.

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Ming-Ching Wong joins the Science Department. Ming-Ching earned a bachelor’s degree in physiology, with a minor in anthropology, from McGill University, and holds a doctoral degree in developmental biology from the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences at Cornell University. As a graduate student, Ming-Ching conducted research at the Sloan-Kettering Institute. Ming-Ching served as a postdoctoral fellow in Princeton University’s Department of Molecular Biology from 2009-2014. In this position, Ming-Ching mentored graduate and undergraduate students conducting independent laboratory projects, served as an instructor for a molecular biology course and a lecturer for a human genetics, reproduction and public policy course, and conducted research.

August 13, 2014

Chris LeBoa ’15 Conducts Research with the Corps of Exploration

The Ocean Exploration Trust’s Honors Research Program (HRP) has just wrapped up for the season, and as the eight students make their way back to their homes around the country we wanted to take a moment and reflect on the work the students have done this year so far.

Each year the HRP brings a small group of honors-level high school juniors to the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) for three weeks during the summer, then on board E/V Nautilus for a week during a science cruise. On shore HRP students work with scientists and engineers to learn about oceanography, marine geology, marine biology, acoustics, data visualization techniques, and the scientific research process. After completing a research project based on Nautilus-collected data, HRP students participate in a sea-going expedition, standing watch as Data Loggers right alongside scientists and engineers.

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2014 BOD Fall Play Announced

The BOD Drama Department has announced the 2014 Fall play; One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman, based on the acclaimed novel by Ken Kesey. Performance dates are scheduled for November 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8:00 PM, November 16 and 23 at 2:00 PM.

With an insane asylum standing in for everyday society, the play is a comically sharp indictment of the Establishment’s urge to conform. Playing crazy to avoid prison work detail, manic free spirit Randle P. McMurphy is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation. There he encounters a motley crew of mostly voluntary inmates, including a cowed mama’s boy Billy and silent Native American Chief Bromden, presided over by the icy Nurse Ratched. She and McMurphy recognize that each is the other’s worst enemy: an authority figure who equates sanity with correct behavior, and a misfit who is charismatic enough to dismantle the system simply by living as he pleases.

Auditions for the play will be held August 25 at 2-5, August 26 and 27 at 3:30-6:30 with callbacks scheduled for Friday, August 29 at 3:30. All auditions will take place in the theater. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kohles.

August 12, 2014

Zero-Waste Initiative Begins at O’Dowd

Zero-Waste at O’Dowd

After surveying students, faculty and staff, and the administrative team the general consensus was, “if we can’t use the bins right, how are we ever going to become a truly sustainable school?” Although, addressing the waste issue actually began back in 2010 with the Earth Bound Club (now Students for Sustainability – S4S), the 2013-2014 school year marks the beginning of O’Dowd’s Zero-Waste initiative.

Zero-Waste means that 90% of the waste generated each year at O’Dowd is reused, recycled or composted. This will both reduce our environmental impact and significantly reduce the monthly Waste Management bills. Becoming zero-waste is not something that can be achieved overnight; in fact this is a long-term goal that O’Dowd hopes to accomplish by 2020. However, there are a number of steps that are being addressed in the 2013-2014 school year:

  • Tri-Bin Infrastructure: Having a tri-bin infrastructure means that every time a person approaches waste receptacles they have three options for disposing of their waste: compost, single-stream recycling, or landfill. By the end of November 2013, O’Dowd had complete tri-bin coverage in all high-traffic areas.

  • An example of our new tri-bin infrastructure (with labels to help people sort) in the hallways

    Fun Fact: Our new Round Tri-Bins are from MaxR and made out of recycled milk jugs!

  • Getting the Waste to the Bins (a.k.a. no more littering): O’Dowd’s Ethics and Media Class implemented an anti-littering Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign to remind students of their responsibility to be stewards of the environment and pick-up after themselves. The administration has also placed a larger emphasis on reminding students to
  • Sorting and Correct Usage: Inspired by Green Alliance’s Green Cup Challenge, S4S and the Director of Sustainability (Yeghoian) are working closely together to train students and staff to sort their waste properly into the bins, with the goal of diverting the majority of O’Dowd’s waste to recycling and compost.
  • Tracking and Reducing: In order to track our improvements S4S and Yeghoian have implemented a tracking and benchmarking system, and aim to publish the results to the public periodically. Additionally, through tracking O’Dowd aims to encourage a reduction in the amount of waste generated each month on campus.

August 6, 2014

Campus Student Leaders Plan for Upcoming Year

Over 40 students representing a variety of campus leadership teams met to strategize and plan goals for the upcoming year. Campus Ministry was represent as were clubs like S4S and Not For Sale.

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