In This Issue

- Director's Corner
- AG News
- Online Store
- Alumni Dinner
- Alumni News
- 2016 Reunions
- Upcoming Events
- STRIVE Update
- Alumni Puzzler
- Remember When
Important Dates

Feb. 24, 2016
San Francisco Reception

March 9, 2016
Annual Alumni Dinner & Meeting

May 6-7, 2016
Reunion Weekend

June 3-5, 2016
50th Reunion
Alumni Office

Lanier Frank '79
Director of
Alumni Relations

Robin Boswell
Associate Director of Alumni Relations

Class Notes

Bulletin deadline:
Mar. 4, 2016

STA Alumni App
Download the STA Alumni app.
Host Your Event 
at St. Albans

Learn more...
Follow STA on
Social Media


Director's Corner

San Francisco Event | Alumni Dinner | OTC v.3

The importance of offering opportunities that bring the Close to alumni and friends beyond the DC area cannot be underestimated. Building on the success of recent past gatherings — West Coast events last spring and Chicago last fall — we continue to seek opportunities to encourage alumni camaraderie. As such, we return to the Bay Area next month, less than a year since our last visit in March 2015Please join Headmaster Wilson on February 24 in San Francisco at the Presidio Golf & Concordia Club for a reception co-hosted by NCS Head of School Kathleen O’Neill Jamieson (our NCS friends are also invited).

The Annual Alumni Association Meeting and Dinner on March 9 is our Association’s signature event, and with good reason: it brings together generations of alumni to celebrate our shared connections and honor our traditions. It is also 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. This year’s keynote speaker will be David Gardner ’84, who, with brother Tom ’86, started The Motley Fool as a printed newsletter in July of 1993. (David and his wife, Margaret, are parents to Gabe ’14 and Zack ’17.) We will also honor loyal long-time volunteer Dick Ellison ’48 with the Gilchrist-Holleman Alumni Service Award, as well as make inductions into the Honorary Alumni rolls (note to Lower School Head Paul Herman: grab a seat up front). 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 will be forthcoming shortly.

In addition, our Alumni Association Board, led by President Michael Caskin ’84, has been working to expand opportunities for DC-area alumni to gather and network at events hosted beyond from the campus. The Off-the-Close Networking Series is an informal program open to all alumni, parents, friends of the School for sharing professional experiences and insights with each other. The inaugural event was hosted last February at Optoro headquarters by Toby Moore and Adam Vitarello, both ’00; the second iteration featured Austin Branson, also 2000, who discussed his needlepoint accessories business Smathers & Branson; OTC’s third gathering will be held in April 2016, the exact date and time of which will be forthcoming and finalized in the coming weeks. Many thanks to board Vice-President Brendan Sullivan ’93 for his leadership on all of three of these events!


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

Thank You & Happy 2016!

December 2015 saw a ground swell of alumni support with 507 alumni making their gifts before the tax year-end deadline. For their and everyone’s generosity to 2015-16 AG — thank you!

The holiday giving season added a much-needed surge of momentum toward our goals as we start our sprint to the June finish line. A few details on our progress (as of 1/21/16): 
  • 27% alumni participation (1,152 alumni given/pledged)
  • $772,601 in total alumni AG
    • Equivalent of 18 full scholarships!
  • $671 average alumni gift
  • Decade Participation Leaders:
    • Class of ’48 – 81%
    • Class of ’56 – 67%
    • Class of ’64 – 48%
    • Class of ’73 – 39%
    • Class of ’86 – 32%
    • Class of ’90 – 32%
    • Class of ’00 – 45%
    • Class of ’13 – 73%
Great work, all! We’re well on our way to reaching our goal of 50% participation this year. Getting there by June 30, 2016 hinges on the focused efforts of our dedicated volunteers and, of course, the generosity of (at least) 954 more alumni donors. More to come! For now, thanks for your consideration and support.

Alumni gifts go to work immediately for the boys and their teachers. Every gift, large and small, makes a difference and is appreciated. Since AG is the first priority of the STRIVE Campaign, every donor to AG is also a campaign donor. Visit or call 202-537-6409 for more information or to make a gift

Join us for the Leap Year Phonathon!

Did you resolve to volunteer more in 2016? Curious to see an alumni Phonathon in action? Veteran caller? We need your help at the 2016 Leap Year Phonathon!

- Tuesday, February 23, 6 p.m. 
- Monday, February 29, 6 p.m.

Celebrate the year’s 366-days with us! All are encouraged to lend a hand (no long-term commitment and no prior experience needed). In turn for your time, you’ll enjoy good food and drink, great company and, of course, the satisfaction of supporting students and teachers. And, as most any caller will tell you, Phonathons are fun!

Sign-up today by contacting Associate Director of Annual Giving Kavon Akhtar, or 202-537-6409.


Check out the new online Bulldog Store

Show your Bulldog Pride!

Alumni Dinner - March 9

Please make plans now to join us for the Annual Alumni Association Meeting and Dinner on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. This year's dinner program includes remarks from David Gardner '84 and the presentation of the Gilchrist-Holleman Alumni Service Award to Dick Ellison '48.

Invitations, as well as ballot information for the 2016-17 Alumni Association Board, will be forthcoming by e-mail and U.S. Mail in the near future. 

Alumni and the STA
Community in the News

The Iowa City Press-Citizen has named Andre Perry ’96 Co-Person of the Year. The paper described Andre, who serves as executive director of the city’s Englert Theater, as “the man responsible for landing the next acts that electrify audiences inside the historic downtown theater.” And as one of two “principal conductors of Iowa City’s thriving arts scene, drawing world-class artists to local stages, forging new partnerships locally and beyond, and reaching even-greater audiences through innovative programming.”
A graduate of Princeton, Perry received his MFA in the nonfiction writing program at the University of Iowa. As a student, he helped create the Iowa City Mission Creek Festival, an annual gathering of artists, musicians, writers, and comedians. He has directed the Englert Theater since 2010. Mark Ginsberg, a member of the theater’s board of directors, told the Press-Citizen: "He really thinks in terms of, how do we stay relevant and fresh and original, relevant to our planet? That's the exciting thing. He's open to anyone who presents talent—budding or mature, it doesn't matter. He wants something that inspires others to have a discussion."

Mark Wilkerson, the School Archivist, is working on an article for an upcoming Bulletin about Raymond Powell, former STA Master. Mark has been in contact with Sidwell Friends School, where Mr. Powell taught before coming to St. Albans. He is hoping to get some remembrances of Mr. Powell, specifically his work with his students and advisees, including students he tutored, at St. Albans. The focus of the article will be the lasting impact Mr. Powell had on St. Albans in his brief 10 years teaching here. Please reply to Mark directly at
If you have newsworthy material for the eNewsletter,
please e-mail

Alumni with class years ending in a 1 or a 6 will celebrate a major Reunion this year, but all alumni are welcome to attend any of the events over Reunion Weekend, May 6-7, 2016. Double check that the dates are saved on your calendar and plan to join us on the Close for what's always a fun party!

A tenative schedule of events is now on the Reunion web site: and more information, including registration, will be available next month.

Upcoming Alumni Events

February 23 & 29, 2016
Leap Year Phonathon 
St. Albans School

February 24, 2016
San Francisco Reunion and Reception, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Presidio Golf & Concordia Club

March 9, 2016
Annual Alumni Association Meeting and Dinner, 6:00 p.m. 
St. Albans School

May 6-7, 2016
Reunion Weekend 2016
St. Albans School


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

For more information on STRIVE and helping us to finish the fields renovation project, please contact Campaign Director David Shepard at (202) 537-6427 or

From the STA Archives

January 2016 Alumni Puzzler

Question: With winter weather predicted for the weekend (and “conversational snow” delaying School by two hours today), thoughts turn to the School’s Winter Weather closing policy (now determined by the combined School heads and posted by 6 a.m. on respective websites); in what year did the policy change from the severe “St. Albans never closes?”

Please send responses to
Answer to the January 2016 Alumni Puzzler

Question: Along with other ornaments, with what are the School’s Christmas tree now decorated (another of our “new traditions”)?

Answer:  The Parents’ Club decorates the School Christmas tree with a framed picture of each senior; the boys are encouraged to take their ornaments home at winter break as a gift for the folks.
Thanks to everyone who responded!

Remember when...

From January 20, 1956 Saint Albans News:

What was happening on the Close in January of 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.

30 Years Ago
40 Years Ago
50 Years Ago
60 Years Ago

Copyright © 2016 St. Albans School, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list