The De Smet Jesuit Alumni Association celebrated the induction of three members into the De Smet Jesuit Hall of Fame at Alumni Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction on Thursday, October 20. The Hall of Fame's Class of 2011 includes longtime art teacher Ed Berns, Dr. Mike Faddis '71 and Greg Pohlman '78.
Longtime teacher Ed Berns served the De Smet Jesuit community for 40 years in the art department before retiring at the end of the 2010-11 school year. He began his tenure in 1971 and built the art program into one of the finest in the area. During his time at De Smet Jesuit he also coached freshmen soccer, freshmen and sophomore football and varsity track. His artwork can be seen at various locations around campus, including the bust of Fr. Woody Boian and the Virgin Mary in the Boian Chapel. Over the years he has also sculpted several bronze works for the annual Odyssey Auction.
Dr. Mike Faddis graduated with De Smet Jesuit's first class in 1971, and was instrumental in choosing the Spartan as the school mascot and maroon and white as the school colors. His involvement with De Smet Jesuit did not end after graduation as he has been active with the Alumni Association and has volunteered on countless committees over the years. Faddis also assisted with the launch of the De Smet Jesuit Hall of Fame and served on the selection committee for 12 years. He has been a generous supporter of the school, and was recently asked by Fr. Sidney to serve on the strategic planning committee.
Greg Pohlman '78 has been an avid supporter of all things De Smet Jesuit for many years. The Odyssey Auction can always count on his assistance through donations of items and sponsorships. He has helped spearhead the establishment of two memorial scholarships honoring late classmates and helped the former football players in their drive to name the press box in honor of Coach Bob Christian, despite never playing for him or having him in class. Greg has served on the Board of Trustees and chaired the Institutional Advancement Committee, which he continues to serve on even though his Board term expired. The Ignatian Business Leaders, De Smet Jesuit's student-run corporation, turns to Greg as an advisor, even three years after he helped interested students form the group.
These three men truly embody the mantra, "Men for Others," and joined a group of 28 other distinguished Men and Women for Others as members of the De Smet Jesuit Hall of Fame at the induction ceremony on Thursday, October 20, 2011.
In order to nominate someone for the De Smet Jesuit High School Hall of Fame, he/she must meet the following criteria:
Any member of the De Smet Jesuit family is eligible for nomination and induction into the Hall of Fame, including alumni, former faculty, former administration and staff, volunteers, major benefactors, community leaders, parents of alumni and parents of current students.
The Hall of Fame will recognize individuals, living or deceased, for personal achievements and contributions, including but not limited to service to or support of De Smet Jesuit; major contributions to De Smet Jesuit through personal time and effort; demonstration of the highest principles of integrity and honesty in keeping with the philosophy of De Smet Jesuit, "Men for Others;" and bringing recognition and prominence to De Smet Jesuit and themselves through their professions, through academic or athletic accomplishments, community service or achievements in the arts and sciences.
No alumnus shall be eligible to enter the Hall of Fame until (5) years from his graduation from De Smet Jesuit.
Questions pertaining to the De Smet Jesuit Hall of Fame may be directed to Don Albert, Director of Alumni Relations, 314-567-3500, ext. 269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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