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In This Issue

- Director's Corner
- Alumni Dinner
- Upcoming Events
- Annual Giving
- Reunion 2017
- Internships
- School Store
- Alumni News
- Campaign Update
- Alumni App
- Alumni Puzzler

Important Dates
 
March 8, 2017
Annual Alumni Meeting & Dinner

May 5-6, 2017
Reunion Weekend

June 9-10, 2017
50th Reunion & Commencement

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:
Mar. 3, 2017
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Director's Corner

Annual Meeting & Dinner | Coach Rob Green
 
Headmaster Wilson's recently announced retirement in 2018 adds special significance to this year's Annual Alumni Association Meeting and Dinner on March 8. The dinner is the Alumni Association’s signature event, and with good reason: the evening brings together generations of alumni in a celebration of our connections with the opportunity to honor our traditions. It is the single-largest annual alumni gathering of the year, with over 300 Bulldogs from seven decades filling the Ellison Library and Cafritz Refectory in joyous reunion. If you’re a local and have yet to attend this, you’ve been missing out!
 
This year’s keynote speaker will be Steven Johnson ’86, the author of ten books whose writings have influenced everything from cutting-edge ideas in urban planning to the battle against 21st-century terrorism. His work on the history of innovation inspired 2014’s Emmy-nominated six-part series on PBS, How We Got To Now. His most recent book, Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World, revolves around the creative power of play.
 
We will also honor long-time volunteer and former Alumni Association President Parker Harrell ’56 with a much-deserved presentation of the Gilchrist-Holleman Alumni Service Award. Additionally, we will induct beloved (and feared!) former master Thierry Boussard into the rolls as our newest Honorary Alumnus. I encourage one and all to come and join in the festivity! As an added incentive, alumni of the last ten years may attend the evening’s events at a discounted rate. Details may be found here.
                              
Rob Green has served this school with dignified distinction for 35 years. In his term as Director of Aquatics, our swimming program has gotten ever stronger.  He announced earlier this year that this season would be his last; indeed, only a handful of meets remain. Thursday, February 16 will be the final swim meet for the school year. Join us as our squad swims against Sidwell Friends at 4 pm in the Lawrence Pool, and bid adieu to a legend!

Onward, Bulldogs!

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

Annual Alumni Meeting & Dinner
 


The St. Albans School Alumni Association
requests the pleasure of your company at the


Annual Alumni Meeting & Dinner
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Steven Johnson ’86 will be our Keynote Speaker
(click here to read bio)

L. Parker Harrell ’56 will receive the
Gilchrist-Holleman Alumni Service Award

Thierry Boussard will be named an
Honorary Alumnus of the School

Reception in the Ellison Library at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner and Program in the Cafritz Refectory at 7:00 p.m.
$30 per person ($20 for Classes of 2007–16)
Kindly R.S.V.P. by March 3, 2017.
 
Updates to the Alumni Association's Constitution have been proposed to ensure that the document is in line with current practice, and may be viewed here: www.stalbansschool.org/constitutionupdate

Please visit www.stalbansschool.org/alumniballot2017,
to review and endorse the proposed 2017–18 Alumni Association Board, as well as the updates to the constitution.

Upcoming Events

 

Orlando, FL
 

Florida Reunion to honor Brooks Johnson
Fri.-Sun., March 3-5, 2017
Encore Resort
$500 is the all-inclusive price for 
  • Friday dinner and reception at Eleven Restaurant atop the Reunion Grande hotel in the Reunion Resort.  (Rooftop patio affords view of fireworks at Orlando resorts at sunset)
  • Saturday dinner at Charley’s Steakhouse, Kissimmee
  • Two nights lodging at the Encore Club in the Reunion Resort


Washington, DC
 

Annual Alumni Meeting and Dinner
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 6:00 p.m.
St. Albans School

Alumni support strengthens the School


We had a ground swell of alumni support in December as 468 alumni made year-end gifts to 2016-17 Annual Giving. To them – and to all who contributed so far this year – thank you!

The record-setting holiday giving season boosted momentum toward our goals as we begin our sprint to the June finish line. A few highlights on our progress (as of 1/25/17):
  • 27% alumni participation (1,163 alumni given/pledged)
  • $835,133 in alumni gifts (equal to 20 full scholarships!)
  • $706 average alumni commitment
  • Participation leaders (by decade):
    • Class of ’49 – 48%
    • Class of ’57 – 64%
    • Class of ’64 – 62%
    • Class of ’71 – 34%
    • Class of ’80 – 36%
    • Class of ’97 – 39%
    • Class of ’02 – 44%
    • Class of ’16 – 74%
Thank you and well done to our class participation leaders! With broad support and focused volunteer effort, we are hopeful that we can reach 50% participation for the first time ever by our fiscal year deadline of June 30, 2017.

Every alumni gift to Annual Giving makes an immediate difference for every boy and every teacher. And, since AG is the STRIVE Campaign’s first priority, every donor to AG is also a campaign donor. So if you have not already, please consider making your gift today! 

Questions? Visit http://www.stalbansschool.org/annualgiving or call 202-537-6409
 
Support Annual Giving today!

Reunion 2017: May 5 & 6


We look forward to welcoming alumni classes with years ending in two or seven back to the Close this spring for what is sure to be a fun and festive weekend. A schedule of events, as well as registration information, will be provided in the weeks ahead. For now, please make sure that your calendars are marked: May 5 and 6, 2017, and for the 50th Reunion Class of '67, June 9 and 10, 2017
 
To whet your appetite, please enjoy the slideshow from Reunion Weekend 2016.
 
 

 

Internships:
Have one to offer? Need one?

 
Just as now is the time when companies and organizations with connections to the St. Albans community are looking ahead to address seasonal employment needs, many of our alumni are thinking ahead to what they will be doing next summer.  If you have an intern position you are looking to fill -- or if you are an alumnus looking for an opportunity next summer, please drop us a note at alumni@stalbansschool.org; we will do our utmost to pair opportunities up accordingly! 

The School Store is now online! 

 
There's a slew of new springtime St. Albans gear at the School Store, and online ordering is now available! For more information and to place your order please click here
School Store poster

Alumni and the STA
Community in the News

 

Headmaster Announces 2018 Retirement


Headmaster Vance Wilson announced to the boys and faculty January 6, 2017 that he will retire in June 2018, after 19 years as head of St. Albans School. 

Please read the letters from Governing Board Chair Maria Donoghue Velleca and Vance Wilson, which were also sent earlier this month by regular mail to our entire school community. 
 
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Let us know what's going on and we'll share it with the St. Albans family! Pass along newsworthy material for the eNewsletter by e-mailing alumni@stalbansschool.org.

STRIVE Campaign Reaches New Heights!


At the Parent Dinner on January 25, Headmaster Vance Wilson shared the exciting news that the STRIVE Campaign had passed $40 million, ending 2016 at $41.5 million. Thank you!

The success of a year-end matching gift initiative sponsored by members of the Governing Board helped to propel the campaign beyond its $20 million goal for the athletic fields. To date, $20.4 has been raised, with the excess going to a reserve fund to repair the facilities and replace the turf in the future, ensuring that future students will continue to have an exceptional facility for outdoor practices and competitions.
Looking ahead, STRIVE will continue to focus on its first priority, raising Annual Giving support, as it pivots attention to the campaign's final capital priority: growing endowment support for teachers and students. Read the complete update here. For more information on how you can help support STRIVE, please contact Campaign Director David Shepard at (202) 537-6427 or dshepard@stalbansschool.org.

 

 

From the STA Archives


January 2017 Alumni Puzzler
 

 
Question: The Centennial commemoration “window” (a backlit installation on an interior wall), designed by Bo Johns ’09, heralded a change in shape of what STA class tradition?
Please send responses to alumni@stalbanschool.org
 
Answer to the December 2016 Alumni Puzzler

 
Question: Two of the Cathedral schools gather tomorrow evening for the Festival of Lessons & Carols, as the heads of both NCS and STA participate in this beautiful and memorable holiday service led by the Bishop.  Among the many traditions in the time-honored two-hour program: singing, music and dancing by students of both schools; congregational carols sung by parents and friends; lessons read by school illuminati; and the frequently–shushed Rear Nave interaction between Form II boys and eighth-grade girls.

When did the Festival of Lessons & Carols first begin as a tradition on the Close?

Answer: While lessons and carols would have naturally found a place in the lives of students during the Holidays at a church school, our tradition of a formal service in the Cathedral dates all the way back to December 7, 1943.
 
Many thanks to those of you who responded!
 

Remember when...
From the January 18, 1957, Saint Albans News: 

        
What was happening on the Close in January of 1997? 1987? 1977? 1967? 1957? 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.

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