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DeMatha Express- November 30th
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Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • Read down further for info. about DeMatha's first-ever Career Fair.

  • The DeMatha Bands (Concert, Concert II, Symphonic) and Wind Ensemble will be performing in the WAMTC Band Festival on Sat., Dec. 2 at Good Counsel starting at 12:30 pm. The festival is free and open to the public.The DeMatha Jazz Bands & Orchestra will have a concert on Wed., Dec. 6 at 7 pm at Bladensburg High School. Tickets are $3.

  • DeMatha's annual Toy Drive began yesterday and will run through Wed., Dec. 13. We collect unwrapped, non-violent toys for boys and girls from toddler to age 12. Donations can be dropped off in the main lobby. Thank you for your generosity.
Prayers Requested:
  • Rose Rust, mother of Mike '76, Kevin '78 and Greg '81.
In Memoriam:
  • Winship Matthew (Chip) Fuerst, brother of Mark '74. A viewing will be held tonight (Thursday) from 7-9 pm at Gasch's Funeral Home in Hyattsville. The funeral will be held tomorrow (Friday) Dec. 1 at 11 am at Maranatha Fellowship in College Park followed by a procession to Ft. Lincoln for burial and then a return to the church for food and fellowship.
  • Ben Garner '74, brother of Richard '66 and father of Jack '16. A viewing will held at Gasch's Funeral Home in Hyattsville on Sun., Dec. 3 from 2-4 pm and the Funeral Mass will be at Holy Redeemer on Mon., Dec. 4 at 11 am.
  • Mary Ann Hagan, mother of Thomas '69, Timothy '71, Daniel '77: Obituary.
  • Harold Nitowitz, father of Harold '83 and Catherine '90: Obituary.
  • The varsity basketball team will open up its season at home against Eleanor Roosevelt on Wed., Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm. Note: This is a date change. The team also starts the season ranked No. 2 in first poll by The Washington Post: Link.
  • DeMatha hockey defeated St. Albans 5-0 on Nov. 22 and have moved to 6-1-1 on the season. The team will be competing this weekend in The Governor's Cup in Jamestown, NY.
  • DeMatha wrestling will open its season by competing in the Ray Oliver Tournament from Fri., Dec. 1 to Sat., Dec. 2 at McDonogh.
  • DeMatha Swimming defeated both Paul VI and Rockbridge on Tues., Nov. 28 to improve to 4-1 on the season. The team will next travel to face St. Albans today (Thurs., Nov. 30) at 4pm, followed by a road matchup at Georgetown Prep on Sat., Dec. 2 at 4 pm and then conclude with a matchup at O'Connell on Tues., Dec. 5 at 4pm at Trinity College.
  • Victor Oladipo '10 featured in The Indy Star on his impressive start with the Indiana Pacers: Link.
  • D.J. Harvey '17 featured in 247Sports on becoming a factor off the bench for the Notre Dame basketball team: Link.
  • Gavin Lavat '15 was named Frostburg State Athlete-of-the-Week following a 147-yard rushing performance on Nov. 25 in a playoff win over Washington & Jefferson.
  • Brenton Nelson '16, a safety for the University of Virginia football team, was named ACC Defensive Rookie-of-the-Year. Link.
  • Chase Young '17 of Ohio State and Shane Simmons '17 of Penn State were selected as Big Ten All-Freshmen Team Honorable Mentions for the 2017 college football season! Link.
  • Former Stag Orlando Brown was featured in this Bleacher Report article on the personal tragedies and obstacles he's overcome to turn into a top offensive lineman at Oklahoma: Link.
  • Alex Kincaid '15 was named captain for the Washington College rowing team: Link.
  • Sophomore Jack Bulger committed to Vanderbilt University to play baseball: Link.
Alumni News:
  • Pete Strickland '75, Irish national basketball coach, was featured in an article from WBUR that focused on his passion for bread making when he was a professional basketball player in Ireland: Link.
  • Jason Whatley '94 and his wife Stacey welcomed their second child, Justin Gabriel, on Mon., Nov. 27. Grandfather Phil '68 is ecstatic.
1st DeMatha Career Fair:
The DeMatha Alumni Association will host its 1st Career Fair on Fri., Jan. 5 from 6-8pm in the LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney '99 Convocation Center. DeMatha graduates currently in their junior and senior years of college looking for internships and full-time employment and younger post-graduate alums looking for a job change and/or advancement are encouraged to attend at no fee. Please bring your resumes and dress will be business attire (Required). This will be an ideal situation where you can begin to hone your interview skills and interact with potential employers.
All employers who would like the opportunity to discuss their job opportunities and recruit our bright, motivated younger DeMatha graduates will have a table set up for their use. We ask each employer to contribute $100 to be a part of this new initiative. Space will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and we are also looking to provide varied career options to our graduates.
Employers in the public sector field (law enforcement, teaching, fire, etc.), non-profit sector and private sector (law, accounting, architecture, banking, investment, journalism, etc.) are all welcome. This is a great opportunity to share information about your organization and the positions you have available, and build your brand.
It should be a great night and we hope you will wish to participate. Any employer able to hire, or are hiring at this time, and are interested in participating should email Teresa Farrell at Any young alums interested in attending should also RSVP to Please indicate your graduation year.
  • 10th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Tues., Dec. 5 at 6pm followed by a reception in the Alumni Lounge. Please RSVP to if you are able to attend.
Misc. Information:
  • The DeMatha family is a bond - even after graduating. Brendan Keane '15, a junior at the University of Maryland, was interested in starting a University Club Flag Football team. After meeting with campus officials, Brendan was given permission to start a squad but would have to do all of the organizing/fundraising himself. It was at this point, Brendan engaged a few of his DeMatha brothers, Marco Torchia '15, Vince Torchia '14 and Luke Farrell '14. Brendan, as Club President, organized tryouts and selected the team. Now, this Club, led by four Stags, has qualified for the NIRSA National Tournament in Pensacola, FL Jan. 5-7, 2018. We wish this group of 'DeMatha' Terps well and congratulate them on knowing that when you need to get something done, get DeMatha brothers together! Click on this link if you can help get these Stags to Florida: LINK
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That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
The Kowalewski family (Albin '03, Matthew '05) just made an online donation to DeMatha in honor of Father Damian. Included in the donation were these comments: "It was at our son Matthew's wedding, as we listened to Father Damian and saw all of the wonderful young men that Mat befriended in high school, that we fully understood the impact of DeMatha and how blessed we were (and still are) to have sent our sons there. Your mission is made real in the lives of the men you educate. Thank you!"
God Bless,