Special from Christian Brothers Conference. The Lasallian Association of Secondary School Chief Administrators (LASSCA) held its 13th annual conference February 26 – March 1, 2017, at the Rosen Plaza in Orlando, Florida. Principals, presidents, board members, District and Regional leaders and others gathered to discuss topics related to this year’s theme: “Lasallian Leadership in a Rapidly Changing Culture.”
As in years past, the conference included keynote addresses, breakout sessions, plenty of time for discussion, Mass and prayer, District and group dinners, and the presentation of the Brother Michael Collins Award of Excellence.
The annual Brother Michael Collins Award of Excellence was presented to the Lasallians Helping Lasallians program at Mullen High School, Denver, Colorado, District of San Francisco New Orleans. Barry Lieske, AFSC, president of De La Salle High School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, presented the award to Carl Unrein, Mullen president, Janell Kloosterman, Mullen principal, and Joseph Schuchardt, Mullen assistant principal for formation. This award was created to honor the legacy of Brother Michael, former president of De La Salle High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, who passed away in January 2012, and recognizes excellence in a Lasallian secondary school program that represents admirable values, standards and passions.
“You have to have the vision to see things in a little bit of a different light and then ask. That’s how I knew there was a need,” explained Schuchardt on how seeing the need of one student at Mullen sparked the idea for the Lasallians Helping Lasallians Program. “Because of the business of our lives, we don’t always see. But as Lasallians, we have to take that extra step and check.”
Keynote speakers for LASSCA 2017 included: Sister Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, J.D., Ph.D., attorney at law and education law consultant at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California on Monday; Marcia Chatelain, Ph.D., associate professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., also on Monday; Ann M. Garrido, D.Min., associate professor of homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri on Wednesday; and Brother Robert Schieler, FSC, Superior General of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Rome, Italy, on Wednesday, via Skype.