In This Issue

- Director's Corner
- Annual Dinner
- Cast your Ballot
- Alumni News
- Upcoming Events

- Annual Giving
- STRIVE Update
- From the Archive

Important Dates

Feb. 18, 2015
Off the Close Networking Series

Mar. 3, 2015
Seattle Reunion and Reception

Mar. 4, 2015
Palo Alto Reunion and Lunch
San Francisco Reunion and Reception

Mar. 5, 2015
Los Angeles Reunion and Reception

Mar. 11, 2015
Annual Alumni Dinner & Meeting

May 1-2, 2015
Reunion Weekend

Alumni Office

Lanier Frank '79
Director of Alumni Relations

Robin Boswell
Associate Director of Alumni Relations

Class Notes

Bulletin deadline:
Mar. 6, 2015
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Director's Corner

With this month’s newsletter, I want to highlight a number of events we have planned for you over the next few months. As ever, the success of all alumni gatherings hinges on the active participation and attendance of our alumni and friends. Your involvement brings these events to life and connections you help to make go a long way in strengthening our alumni and community network. So, as you are able, I hope make an effort to join us for at least one of our upcoming receptions. 

Last November, the Alumni Office reached out to the large and loyal STA contingent in the New York area to invite them to join the Headmaster and others from the School for an update on the latest happenings on the Close, especially the latest on-campus construction activity. In his remarks at the Cornell Club in mid-town Manhattan, Headmaster Wilson discussed the current tenor of life at School, the new academic schedule, admissions outlook, our progress with the athletic fields renovation and expansion, as well as the ongoing STRIVE Campaign that supports that effort. In joining the group for the event, I was particularly impressed by the number of thoughtful questions that followed the remarks; clearly our alumni had done their homework, or at least had recently visited the campaign’s website, as many were well-acquainted with the pros and cons of turf surfaces, terraced fields, and expanded acreage (which will accommodate our new multisport stadium and regulation track).

The success of our New York gathering has encouraged us to seek additional opportunities to “bring the Close” to our alumni and friends beyond the Washington, DC.  As such, we will be taking our show on the road in March, as the Headmaster heads to the West Coast. We will start in Seattle, Washington on March 3 and work our way south to Palo Alto (3/4), San Francisco (3/4), and Los Angeles (3/5).  Details on all the events may be found below.  We are grateful to John Siegler ’73, Hilleary Hoskinson ’79, Richard Chow ’79, and the Rev. Will Billow for their help in coordinating and organizing this whirlwind tour. It is our hope that these mini-reunions will lure members of the St. Albans family away from their offices and everyday lives to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Bulldogs, get a sense of where St. Albans is today, and (re)connect with Albanians in their region. Please join us!

In addition to these networking and reunion receptions out west, our Alumni Association Board, led by President Michael Caskin ’84, has been working to launch an effort to provide DC-area alumni with opportunities to gather and network at events hosted away from the campus. This endeavor has led to the creation of the Off-the-Close Networking Series, an informal program open to all alumni, parents, and friends of the School as a means for members of our community to share their professional experiences and insights with each other. The inaugural event will be held on Wednesday, February 18 in downtown DC (H Street near Gallery Place) at the headquarters of Optoro and will feature remarks from three members of the company’s executive leadership (all of whom are St. Albans alumni) and ample time for questions and conversation. I want to offer special thanks to board Vice-President Brendan Sullivan ’93 for spearheading this effort, and to our alumni at Optoro for arranging to host us.  More information and event registration is available online and also listed below.

In addition to all this activity, we also look forward to the Annual Alumni Association Meeting and Dinner on March 11, the Golden Bulldog Reception on April 30, and Reunion Weekend May 1-2. The New York event was such a success because so many loyal Bulldogs came out and rallied. Show your support by posting! We look forward to seeing you!
Lanier Frank ’79
Director of Alumni Relations

Annual Alumni
Meeting and Dinner

The Alumni Association requests the
pleasure of your company at the
Annual Alumni Meeting and Dinner
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
John Casey ’57, noted author, will be our
Keynote Speaker
John Shenefield ’56 will receive
The Gilchrist-Holleman Alumni Service Award
Ruby Pearson and the late Kenneth “Buddy”
will be named
Honorary Alumni of the School
Reception in the Ellison Library at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner & Program in the Cafritz Refectory at 7:00 p.m.
$30 per person ($20 for Classes of 2005–14)
Kindly R.S.V.P. by March 2, 2015,
online at

Cast Your Ballot

Please visit to review and vote for the proposed 2015–16 Alumni Association Board.

Alumni in the News

An education reporter from the Washington Post noticed the STA connection between two alumni present at the Senate’s Jan. 21 hearing on No Child Left Behind: Tom Boasberg '82, superintendent of Denver public schools, and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet '83. Read the full article from the Post here. The full hearing is also available here.
New on our "Alumni Bookshelf"
Have you written a book? Let your classmates and fellow alumni know by contacting the Alumni Office.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Washington D.C.
STA Off-the-Close Networking Series
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Optoro Headquarters
702 H Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001

For more information and to register, visit

Seattle, WA
Reunion and Reception
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The University Club of Seattle
1004 Boren Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
For more information and to register, visit

Palo Alto, CA
Reunion and Luncheon
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Café Pro Bono
2437 Birch Street
Palo Alto, CA 94306
For more information and to register, visit

San Francisco, CA
Reunion and Reception
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Olympic Club
524 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
For more information and to register, visit

Los Angeles, CA
Reunion and Reception
Thursday, March 5, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Rectory at All Saints’ Parish
506 North Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
For more information and to register, visit

The STA100K Challenge

Members of the Governing Board have committed $100,000 to challenge the entire STA community’s participation in Annual Giving. Dubbed the “STA100K,” the goal is for 1,000 alumni, parents, and friends of the School to support AG this year. 
Beginning February 2 and running through March 17, 2015, every gift made (and pledge fulfilled) to Annual Giving will be counted toward our goal. This is an all or nothing opportunity for the School. While parents and friends of the School will surely do their part to help reach the goal, STA100K success will most likely hinge on a strong turnout from alumni donors. 
Every year, Annual Giving contributions large and small come together to provide critical resources for teachers and learners. Win or lose this challenge, your generous participation will serve to sustain the School and underscore the loyal dedication of Bulldogs to their alma mater.
If you have already made your gift this year, thank you!  Please help us to spread the word about this opportunity. Additional details, progress updates, and more information may be found by visiting or calling 202-537-6409.

Volunteer Opportunity

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to volunteer more? The 2015 Winter Phonathon is great opportunity to make good on it!  Help us to pack the Cafritz Refectory with alumni callers for two nights of dialing for dollars and camaraderie:
  • Tuesday, February 24, 6pm
  • Wednesday, February 25, 6pm
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first-timer, all are welcome and encouraged to lend a hand (there’s no long-term commitment and no prior experience needed). We promise good food and drink, great company and, of course, the satisfaction of helping the School and the people who work and study here (and, during the STA100K, making sure we achieve our challenge goal!). Plus, as most any past caller will tell you, Phonathons are fun!

To sign-up, or if you have questions, please contact Associate Director of Annual Giving Rebecca Morris at or 202-537-6409.

Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of donors, STRIVE has passed the $25 million mark—half way there! The fields are at $15.4 million towards $20 million goal—we need and welcome all alumni support. To learn more, please visit the campaign web site or call David Shepard at 202-537-6427.
Enjoy a video tour of the construction with Director of Capital Projects Mike Carline:

From the STA Archives

January 2015 Alumni Puzzler

Identify the photo below and tell us what the event was, when it took place, and who initiated it.
Send responses to Select answers will be shared in next month's newsletter.
Answer to December's Puzzler

Dean Sayre breaks ground for the New Wing (the Upper School academic wing replaced by Marriott Hall) and the Ellison Library in June 1966.  Standing in the crowd are the Reverend Craig Eder at far left; Governing Board Chair Barrett Prettyman ’43, rolling up his sleeves, at center; and, at far right, Bishop Creighton.

Thanks to all who wrote and responded.

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