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Don't forget! The deadline to participate in 2015-16 Annual Giving is June 30, 2016. 
In This Issue

- Director's Corner
- 50th Reunion
- Upcoming Events
- Reunion 2017
- AG News
- Alumni News
- STRIVE Update
- Alumni Puzzler
- Remember When

Important Dates

July 19, 2016
Nats Park Outing
 
Alumni Office

Lanier Frank '79
Director of
Alumni Relations
202-537-6582

Robin Boswell
Associate Director
of Alumni Relations
202-537-5593

 
Class Notes

Bulletin deadline:
Oct. 7, 2016
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Director's Corner

       A Golden Reunion!
 
Our wonderful tradition of welcoming the fiftieth reunion class back for a special celebration at Commencement in June causes some to scratch their heads and ask “why?” Why indeed? Just a month earlier, we hosted the thirteen other Reunion classes here on the Close, with hundreds of alumni gathered together at a Friday evening barbeque, a Saturday luncheon and for several other activities. So why wouldn’t we just add the 50th Reunion class into the mix and let them have at it?
 
Any Golden Bulldog – an alumnus who has celebrated his fiftieth reunion – will tell you: the fiftieth reunion is special. While all reunions revisit cherished memories and provide abundant food and drink, the interactive nature of the 50th Reunion weekend is unique. Members participate in activities on Prize Day and walk at the front of the procession in full academic regalia, ahead of the Senior Class, at Commencement.  
 
On Prize Day, those in the 50th Reunion class who received awards five decades previous present those same awards to the latest recipients. An alumnus who recently participated eloquently summed up the experience, “The thunder of the Cathedral organ, and the return responses by the brass quartet and portable organ at the west end, shook a number of us emotionally as we proudly processed to our seats in the first south bay of the Great Choir.  The solemnity of the Commencement rite, the address to the students, the reading of each name as the student received his diploma, and the prayers and blessing were so familiar and moving for us.  Hearing the roar of the cheering graduating boys just as their recession reached the west end was thrilling.  Many of us had a chance to say a few words to some of our newest alumni.  It was great to see how both the School and the Cathedral have grown physically over fifty years.”
 
We are deeply appreciative to the ’66 volunteers – Bill Asher, Chris Carter, Bob Dudley, Spencer Gay, Charlie Hamlin, Fred Kittler, Guy Martin, Sandy Taylor, and Howard Vickery – for helping to organize their gathering back on the Close and rallying their classmates to attend. In addition to delivering a great turnout, we're thankful for these leaders help with encouraging the Class of '66 to generously support their 50th Reunion Gift effort. We thank the many who returned for the festivities as well as all who provided life updates for the wonderful 50th Reunion Yearbook that was produced for the class.

For those of you whose years ended in 2 or 7, get ready!  We look forward to welcoming you back next year on May 5 and 6. and for the Class of 1967, June 9 and 10!

Lanier Frank '79,P'09
Director of Alumni Relations

Class of 1966
50th Reunion Weekend Slideshow

 

Bulldog Outing to Nats Park
 

Washington Nationals vs.
Los Angeles Dodgers


 Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Pre-game reception from 5:00 – 6:45 p.m.
First pitch is 7:05 p.m.

Join alumni, parents, and friends and bring your family and children for the annual Bulldog outing to Nationals Park on July 19th. The evening begins with private pre-game reception at The Fairgrounds, just outside of the ballpark.

This year, we are delighted that Josh Byrnes ’88, Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Dodgers, will join us at the pre-game gathering and will be happy to “field” your questions about what it takes to run a Major League Baseball team in the 21st century. 

Join us at Nats Park on July 19th!
Our group will be seated in the left field bleachers (100 level) and the registration fee includes a game ticket, as well as Surfside taco bar and beverages (domestic beer and wine, for adults, soda, and water) during the pre-game reception. Also, July 19th is Dusty Baker “Bobblehead” Night for the first 20,000 fans, so you may want to arrive a little early!

$50 per person
$40 for children and young adults under the age of 20

Tickets are limited and
will be distributed at the pre-game reception.

Kindly R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, July 12, 2016
by visiting: www.stalbansschool.org/nationals
 
Please direct questions to Robin Boswell in the
Alumni Office at robin_boswell@cathedral.org and 202-537-5593.

Upcoming Alumni Events


Washington, DC

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Bulldog Outing to Nats Park
Nationals vs. Dodgers
Pre-Game Reception begins at 5 p.m.
Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Reunion 2017:
Volunteers Needed!


With Reunion 2016 now in the books, we turn our attention to your class years ending with a two or seven. We look forward to welcoming this group back next spring and to all the fun and festivity that accompanies a return to the Close. Mark your calendars: May 5 and 6, 2017, and for the 50th Reunion Class of '67, June 9 and 10, 2017). And if you're able to help with the weekend, please take a moment to fill out the form below. Thank you. 
Sign-up to help with your Reunion!

Why support Annual Giving?

1,744 alumni (about 42%) have participated so far this year (thank you!). While there are many reasons to consider joining them, here are three of the best ones:

1. Tuition only pays three-quarters of an STA education.
The true per student cost is about $10,000 higher than the full tuition. AG helps to fill in the gap, so every student benefits from your support.

2. AG covers ten percent of the annual operating budget.
The School is planning on $2.4 million of this year’s budget to be covered by AG. Any shortfall would impact the quality of the distinctive experience offered by the School.

3. The Power of Many = AG 
Every gift matters. The average alumni contribution is $643. The mode? $100. So it takes many contributions to get to $2.4 million (about 3,000, in fact). AG success hinges on everyone doing their part.

How can you help? If you gave already, thank you! Please check-in with your classmates and friends make sure they have too, and encourage others to participate by sharing your support on social media. And if you haven't yet contributed, please consider doing so! To check if you gave, or should you have questions, call 202-537-6409 or e-mail agiving@cathedral.org. Remember: JUNE 30, 2016 is the last day to participate!

Make a year-end gift today!

Awesome AG Volunteers


Thank you! Our volunteer corps devoted many hours, making calls, sending e-mails, and signing letters to encourage their friends and fellow Bulldogs to support AG. For their dedication and enthusiasm, we are truly grateful.
 
We especially thank Blake Sparrow ’00 for his fantastic leadership as Annual Giving Chair and his service on the Governing Board (his two-year term concludes on June 30). Thank you, Blake, and congratulations on a job well done!

Patrick Bracewell ’98, who many may know through his fine work as an Annual Giving volunteer, will take the helm of AG on July 1, 2016. Welcome aboard, Patrick, and thank you!

Alumni and the STA
Community in the News


On May 19, 2016, the family, friends, and colleagues of Victoria Richardson gathered in the Cafritz Refectory to celebrate her retirement and 21 years of service to St. Albans School. Ms. Vickie, as she’s affectionately called, has been instrumental in in the daily lives of the students, faculty, and staff of this school. Whether it was delivering a package for items you forgot you ordered, setting the table for our family-style lunch, or making sure gathering spaces were just right for the events held in them, she put her special touch on all that she did. Said colleague Dan Ryan, “She taught us with how she lived and worked every day the most important lessons of how to love, how to pay happiness forward with constant acts of kindness, and how to make all of those around you feel better and be better by simply having been around her.” It’s with the utmost gratitude and best wishes that we celebrate her and all that she’s done for this school. Enjoy the photos!

Varsity Basketball Coach OJ Johnson ’97, Director of Alumni Relations Lanier Frank ’79, Bishop Walker School Head James Woody and Tournament Chair Arthur Jackson ’86 celebrate the success of the sixth Annual Bishop John T. Walker Invitational Basketball Tournament with the presentation of a check for $30,000 in scholarship aid.

Congratulations to Colin Ross '12. Colin is the team captain and all ivy this year--this was his third IRA medal (previously won silver and bronze and was IRA all academic team both years too)! His boat was Columbia's first championship eight since 1929. Colin is heading to train in Spain next week and then represent Columbia one last time at the Henley Royal Regatta in England at the end of June. He also graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Art History and Visual Art and is heading to graduate school in art history at Oxford University next year after working at the Whitney Museum this summer in New York.
 
 
If you have newsworthy material for the eNewsletter,
please e-mail STA_Alumni@cathedral.org.

 

Our new Athletic Fields are open,
but not yet finished!

For more information on STRIVE and helping finish the fields renovation, please contact Campaign Director David Shepard at (202) 537-6427 or dshepard@cathedral.org.

From the STA Archives


June 2016 Alumni Puzzler
Question:  This large room has some enviable real estate in Lane-Johnston, yet relatively few students have seen it (it’s currently getting a face lift); any idea what it is used for?
Please send responses to STA_Alumni@cathedral.org
 
Answer to the May 2016 Alumni Puzzler

Question: An early sketch for the Martin Gym, dedicated in November 1979, shows off its interior (including the planned, but ultimately unbuilt, indoor track); which alumnus designed the building?
 
Answer: The architect, who designed both the Martin Gym and the Esther Steuart Building, is Colden “Coke” Florance ’48 (and a current grandparent).

Thanks to all who responded!
 

Remember when...

From May 18, 1956, Saint Albans News:

               
        
What was happening on the Close in the spring of 1996? 1986? 1976? 1966? 1956? Thanks to the efforts of Archivist Mark Wilkerson, we're now able to step back in time to peruse and enjoy front page articles from The St. Albans News.

20 Years Ago
30 Years Ago
40 Years Ago
50 Years Ago
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