March President’s Pen: A Time for Hope

This week we modified our school schedule to allow students two full days per week of in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year.  Freshmen and Sophomores responded very favorably to the expansion with about 60% and 62% respectively opting to come in; the response from Juniors (34%) and Seniors (16%) was a bit more disappointing.  Someone asked, “Can’t … Read More

“Grateful, Resilient and 100% Committed ”: An Interview with Ryan Scott

Ryan graduated from CRSM in 2016, and received his Bachelor’s degree in 2020. He is now working with a non-profit that focuses on supporting the development, growth and success of students in under-resourced schools. He is a full-time student success coach, partnering with classroom teachers in the city of Chicago, doing one-on-one tutoring and helping students cultivate social, emotional and … Read More

February President’s Pen: Once in a While, Blessed with Grace

Every once in a while I have been blessed with an experience of Grace – a momentary sense of God being present in the here and now.  Something like that happened at CRSM a couple weeks ago when we cohosted with Jewel-Osco our second COVID vaccine drive on our campus.  After helping nearly 1,200 at our initial event, this day … Read More

January President’s Pen: Cristo Rey’s Baptismal Vows

In January 1996, my first day of work at a new job was the press conference that announced the Jesuits would be opening a new and unique college prep high school in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Fr. John Foley, SJ; Sr. Judy Murphy, OSB; and I sat at the table while the Jesuit Provincial announced the planned opening of … Read More

December President’s Pen: Goodbye, 2020.

Goodbye, 2020, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out! With the first vaccines now starting to be distributed and more approvals on the way, 2021 is certainly shaping up to be a much better year – full of hope and promise.  But let’s face it, 2020 set the bar pretty darn low for 2021.  Just thinking … Read More

“Commitment, Appreciation and Grit”: An Interview with Alexis Alvarez

I spoke with Alexis (CRSM ’15, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ’19) at his home during a break from his new job at PwC. He just recently finished his Master’s in Accounting Science and is prepping for the CPA exam, so I promised to keep it brief. That wasn’t easy; he’s a thoughtful guy with some very interesting observations. We … Read More