Striving to be Accountable: Alum returns to CRSM to help students and their families

Seven years ago, Edwin Medina took his dream to become an accountant and headed to college, determined to one day return to Cristo Rey and help students and families struggling with financial challenges. At 23, the Class of 2011 graduate is back! Armed with a degree in accounting and business administration from Robert Morris University, Medina has traded the classroom … Read More

Engineering Change: Class of 2011 grad and his siblings lift their dreams for the future

The road to success has been littered with challenges and personal loss for Jesus Gutierrez. But today the Cristo Rey St. Martin Class of 2011 graduate has launched his career in mechanical engineering and is championing his two brothers, who are following in his footsteps at Marquette University, and his younger sister, a freshman at CRSM. Having a choice in … Read More

Alumni Making a global impact: From Cambridge to Guatemala and Waukegan

Oh, the places they’ve gone! From the Peace Corps in Guatemala to Marian University in Indianapolis, and Dominican University and Arrupe College of Loyola closer to home, about 50 alumni, teachers and staff gathered on Dec. 14, 2017 at Salutos Italian Restaurant in Gurnee to celebrate the Christmas holiday and reunite with former classmates. Sharing pizza, memories and stories from … Read More

CRSM Alumna: An advocate for survivors of violence

Since her freshman year at Cristo Rey St. Martin, Esmeralda “Esme” Silva has been determined to employ her natural compassion toward others into a full-time career. She remembers the epiphany moment when she realized on a Campus Ministry retreat that being nice and a “sensitive person,” who wanted to help others weren’t character flaws. Instead, her innate compassion had a … Read More

CRSM Alumna: Becoming an architect of social change

Meet Katia Astudillo, a 20-year-old Class of 2015 CRSM graduate whose bold vision is driving her to create a promising career in architecture. A junior at University of Illinois at Chicago, she spent her summer interning for JGMA, the progressive Chicago architecture firm that is transforming the former Waukegan K-Mart into into a vibrant and innovative education facility that will … Read More

Fast-tracking his career since 14, alumnus recruits college students for global biopharmaceutical company

Meet Kevin Castro. The 22-year-old Class of 2013 graduate has been laying the groundwork for his present position at AbbVie Inc. since he was 14-years-old. In 2009 as a freshman, he worked at Abbott Laboratories through the Corporate Work Study Program. (AbbVie is the spin-off company of Abbott.) Fast forward eight years: The Posse Scholar and recent graduate of Connecticut … Read More

Engineering Success: Ambitious alumna is trailblazing a career in technology

Meet Klarizsa Padilla, a member of the Class of 2013 who just graduated with a computer science degree from Georgetown University. This fall, she is headed to Columbia University in New York City where she is pursuing a second Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. As a mentor for Georgetown’s Women Who Code organization, a Google student ambassador, an … Read More