New York Alumni Provide La Salle Juniors with a Taste of the Big Apple
On Monday, March 22, 2010, forty-two juniors and five members of the faculty and staff from La Salle College High School converged upon New York City to meet with alumni and gain valuable insight into a variety of career paths. The primary focus of the trip was to acquaint students with the wide range of opportunities offered by New York’s renowned businesses and institutions, and featured visits to the Public Theater, United States District Court, New York Stock Exchange, Clinton Recording Studios, Madison Square Garden, and Time, Inc.
The day began at the New York Public Theater on Lafayette Street in Greenwich Village, where the students met with eight La Salle alumni. The alumni who spoke about their various career and educational paths included: John Behan ’60, a law professor; John Casper ’87, a financial controller; Reverend Steven Clark ’72, a pastor in the Archdiocese of New York; Tim Erb ’94, a private wealth manager; Martin Feeny ’90, a senior vice president for an insurance and investment firm; Jerry Hathaway ’72, a labor relations and entertainment attorney; Marty Silvestri ’67, a composer and musical producer; and Walter Updegrave ’70, Editor of Money Magazine.
The boys divided into three groups and visited various locations in Manhattan. One group traveled to the United States District Courthouse, where they sat in on a trial and met with United States District Judge Kevin Castel and discussed the legal system and various legal professions. They proceeded to the New York Stock Exchange, where they were given a tour of the Stock Exchange floor by traders from J.P. Morgan and learned the process of buying and selling stocks and bonds.
A second group traveled to Clinton Recording Studios where they discussed the entertainment business with Marty Silvestri and sat in on the recording of a new Broadway musical. The boys also toured Madison Square Garden and discussed the business side of sports with Pat McDonough of MSG.
The third group traveled to Time, Inc. and toured various historical exhibits, including the Zapruder footage of the JFK assassination, and discussed the editorial, advertising, and publishing process with Walter Updegrave.
The day concluded with a visit to the Vatican Embassy for the United Nations, where the students had an audience with The Most Reverend Celestino Migliore, the Titular Archbishop of Canosa and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. His Excellency Archbishop Celestino Migliore and the students discussed the role of the United Nations in world affairs, the role of the Permanent Mission of the Holy See in World Affairs, other ways in which the Vatican seeks influence in world politics, the significance of the Holy See’s declaration of the Year of Priests and Vocations, and future challenges a sixteen or seventeen year old boy of today can expect in his lifetime as well as what leadership positions should be sought to address those challenges.