JSerra President Visits with Prestigious Universities

University of California, Los Angeles

President of Pepperdine University, Andrew Benton, along with several members of  his staff met with JSerra President, Frank Talarico, and JSerra Board Member Chris Cox in late August. The visit extended well into the afternoon at the university’s gorgeous Malibu campus. The same day UCLA’s esteemed Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Janina Montero, met with both gentlemen at the Bruins’ Westwood campus.

Pepperdine University in Malibu, California
Cornell University

“We are incredibly fortunate to be located near some of the finest higher educational institutions in the world. The obvious dedication to education at all levels exhibited by President Benton and Vice Chancellor Montero is inspiring,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra President.  “The time they took to meet with us and brainstorm regarding future projects was exceptionally uplifting and showed what excellent stewards they are of their discipline.”

JSerra will continue to turn to both institutional resources for advice as we persistently look for ways to refine and improve all aspects of JSerra’s operations. This is one of the ways we will fulfill our desire to give the best educational experience possible to each of our students.

Board Member Cox traveled to New York and met with Shawn Felton, Senior Associate Director of Admissions for Recruitment at Cornell University. “The meeting was very productive. Sr. Assoc. Director Felton was exceptionally helpful in his discussion with me and offered valuable insights which will benefit JSerra,” said Cox. “We are very grateful Cornell is sending an Admissions Representative to meet with JSerra students, faculty and administrators this September. I encourage all students interested in UCLA, Pepperdine, Cornell, or any other universities to reflect their interest on Naviance as soon as possible.”

Getting to know Frater David

JSerra Blog sat down with Fr. David to chat about his career and his love of the L.A. Dodgers.

Fr. David is passionate about the Dodgers.

How many years have you been teaching at JSerra? I have been teaching at JSerra going on two years. But I have been a teacher for twelve years already; how time flies.

What subject do you teach?

Religion at JSerra and U.S. history at St. Michael’s Prep High School.

What is your favorite topic to cover during the year?

Original sin and the war for Southern independence.

Were you involved in any clubs in high school or college?

Tactical studies rules club, journalism club, young capitalists of America, computer programmers anonymous, anti-communist league and the Richard Nixon club.

What do you hope to accomplish before you retire?

I want to play catch with Pete Rose.

What was your first job?

I was a freelance photographer for the local community newspaper.

What was your favorite high school memory?

Graduation was my best memory, nothing beats hearing your name and walking across the stage.

What was your childhood dream job? 

I wanted to be a movie projectionist. Getting paid to watch movies for the rest of my life? Yep.

If you could live in any time period other than now, what would it be?

Three hundred and twelve years from now.

Who or what inspired you to become a teacher?

Father Guido Sarducci was my inspiration.


Food: Chinese

TV show: Japanese game shows

Animal: Rhino (I want to hunt and kill one before I die)

Sports team: The Dodgers! (The only MLB team actually located in Los Angeles.)

Color: Dodger blue

Vacation spot: Chavez Ravine Vacation Resort

Sports team: The Hong Kong Cavaliers

Author: Stan Lee

Favorite band: Dr. Demento

Celebrity crush:

As a kid, the car from “Mad Max”—the last of the V-8 Interceptors.

Fun facts & random acts:

For my former freshmen students: I am enjoying yet another hot, steamy bowl of rabbit stew. Mmmmm … good.