Ritamen come to campus daily for four years, but stay for a lifetime. More than any other time, homecoming week here on campus reminds us of this fact. We have already seen many alumni stop by to visit already this week, and expect a big gathering of alumni at a homecoming celebration starting at 5:00 p.m in the St. Rita courtyard before the 7:30p.m. varsity Mustangs football game vs. Aurora Christian on Friday, October 2 at Doyle Stadium.
The brotherhood of Ritamen is a shared bond that never breaks. Truly, tradition never graduates here. St. Rita High School's two new Assistant Directors of Admissions, Roshawn Russell '08 and Rob Gallik '10 know that as well as anyone. Rob and Roshawn join an already strong admissions team of Director, Ed Leiser '04 and Assistant Director, Sharon Smolik.
Ed said, "It's a great thing to have alumni come home and work at St. Rita, and the additions of Roshawn and Rob will enhance our admissions and recruiting efforts in a significant way. There are 19 alumni that are full-time employees of St. Rita High School, and approximately 25 others that are involved in coaching. Roshawn and Rob's goal--like mine--is to provide the same wonderful four-year experience of a St. Rita education to young men in grammar school, just as we had it. We're thrilled to have them on board."
Roshawn is a graduate from the Class of 2008 at St. Rita and joins the Admissions Office after a stint at Fontbonne University, where he coached basketball for three years while coordinating recruiting efforts for the program. He earned his Masters degree there as well in Business Management. Previously, Roshawn earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from North Park University in Chicago.
Roshawn was a four-year varsity basketball player in his time at St. Rita, and followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Rashay, a Class of 2003 St. Rita graduate.
When asked to reflect on what coming back to St. Rita means to him Roshawn said, "'Home is not a place; it's a feeling.' There is no other place that gives me that feeling more than St. Rita. I'm excited to help provide the genuine love and family atmosphere that was provided for my past classmates and myself to current and future Ritamen."
Roshawn hails from Sutherland Elementary in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood.
Rob Gallik, from the Class of 2010, returns to St. Rita after working as a recruiter at Fortitude Systems. Rob was active in his time at St. Rita, serving as the team's starting quarterback in football, while also playing baseball, sitting on Student Council, and being a member of the Knights of Augustine and National Honor Society. Rob's older brother, Mike, graduated from St. Rita in 2006 and his father, Gary, is an Honorary Alumnus and is the Director of the McCarthy Student Center at St. Rita.
Rob went on to Illinois Wesleyan University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a minor in coaching.
When asked what St. Rita means to him, Rob answered, "St. Rita has been such a big part of my life and my family so having the opportunity to come back and help future Ritamen gain the same experiences I did was an easy decision. It truly felt like I was coming back home."
Rob is a graduate and current parishioner of St. Christina Elementary in Chicago's Mt. Greenwood neighborhood.
Please join us in welcoming both Roshawn and Rob back to St. Rita!