Alumnus Named to the Gonzaga University Leadership Program

Sarah_DavidAfter a selective admissions process alumnus Sarah David (’12) has been selected as one of only 42 students chosen for Gonzaga University’s esteemed Comprehensive Leadership Program.

The program vetted through hundreds of applicants with numerous talents and a wealth of experiences to continue the tradition of studying leadership with an intellectual and ethical fervor.

David’s class of 2016 leadership team is encompassed of students from around the world including Alaska, California, and Thailand. “The interplay between the academic undertakings and leadership development promises to provide each student with further insight and skills to utilize in their endeavors at Gonzaga and in their professional careers,” stated a press release from the University.

Over the next three years in this leadership studies program, students will be challenged in new ways to understand themselves, their world, and their role in being leaders for others.

The Comprehensive Leadership Program at Gonzaga is a three-year program designed to offer students curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities to develop knowledge and skills for leadership.

JSerra Catholic High School Appoints Richard Meyer as President and CEO

*A press release from JSerra Catholic High School

JSerra Catholic High School announced today the appointment of its new President, Richard Meyer, former Headmaster of Northridge Preparatory School in Chicago, Illinois.

A graduate of the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in communications and master’s degrees in education and Spanish language and literature, Meyer brings 15 years of academic experience and leadership to the JSerra community.

The hiring of Meyer, coupled with the recent appointments of Dr. John Freeh as Principal and Fr. Robert Spitzer, the former President of Gonzaga University, as JSerra Rector, provides the school with a solid core of experienced educators and institutional leaders.

“What most attracted me to JSerra was the opportunity to lead a school with a culture-changing mission while working in collaboration with an impressive core of teachers, administrators, students, and parents,” said Meyer. “JSerra also encourages the cultivation of its students’ faith and their spirit of service is something I found especially inspiring.”

Throughout his career as an educator Meyer has received numerous distinctions, including the Disney American Teacher Award and the Best Buy Te@ch Award for innovative teaching methods.  Meyer has also presented at both national and international conferences on topics relating to successfully integrating tablet technology for student achievement in the classroom and beyond.

During his tenure as Headmaster of Northridge Prep, Meyer was instrumental in overhauling the school’s technology infrastructure and creating an international student program to enhance diversity in the school.  He also led the school’s recent strategic planning process and helped to develop a parent education forum to assist mothers and fathers in their efforts to form habits and human virtues in their children.

“We are pleased to bring Rich in as part of the JSerra community, especially as relates to his proven leadership in the areas of Catholic identity, academic excellence, and top-notch athletic and extracurricular activities. I look forward to welcoming him as our new president,” said Tim Busch, JSerra Chairman and Co-Founder.

Meyer is set to begin his presidential duties on October 29, 2012. JSerra Catholic has formed a transitional council of three directors to assist Meyer in beginning his role as part of JSerra’s leadership team.  JSerra extends its sincere and profound gratitude to Rob Dolan who has served as Interim President since June.

JSerra’s New Principal, Explorer at Heart

By Lauren Shepherd, San Juan Capistrano Patch

John Freeh and the Fr. Robert Spitzer share with parents their hopes to help students maintain a curiosity for learning and desire for faith.

“The mind is created as a heat-seeking missile with respect to the truth; it wants to know what the truth is, and that is true at every stage of one’s life,” said John Freeh, tapped in February to become the next principal at JSerra Catholic High School.

Guiding that heat-seeking missile and cultivating a sense of curiosity and wonder is how he sees his job, which technically starts in July.  Freeh said wants each teacher to treat his career as a vocation; a calling.

Taking the lead from poems such as “The Four Quartets,” is one way in which Freeh learns about how to be such a leader, he said.

“ ‘Old men ought to be explorers,’ ” Freeh quoted T.S. Eliot. He believes that the quote expresses the human need to constantly be learning.

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Campus Ministry Hosts XLT Service with Rachel Bass

Join JSerra Campus Ministry as they host a night of worship  led by  The Francis Band, and a special message from Rachel Bass.

When:  Wednesday, April 25

Who:  Everyone

What:  XLT or eXaLT is a night of worship, message and Adoration.

Why:  Because it’s always good to pray and worship.  It helps us take the focus off of ourselves and make God our focus.

This month, Rachel Bass, Youth Minister from the Diocese of San Diego, joins us and shares with us her passion and love for God.

This night is open to all.

Bring yourself, your friend…your enemy.

For more dates and information on Campus Ministry visit them on Facebook.

JSPA Spiritual Committee Hosts Lenten Tea

Join JSerra’s Parent Association Spiritual Committee in a wonderful Lenten Reflection led by Rector Fr. Robert Spitzer, Friday, March 2. The Tea begins at 8 a.m. in the Center Room.

JSerra’s Carmelite Sisters will be present to talk about their role here at JSerra and their community. A catered breakfast will be served.

A wonderful opportunity to meet friends and prepare for the Lenten Journey.

Please RSVP to Susan Marchica 949-493-9307 or smarchica@jserra.org if you plan to attend.