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Cyrus Monthly
SEPTEMBER 2016 news for alumni and friends

Upcoming Events

September 29-October 1
Reunion & Homecoming Weekend 2016

November 2, 2016
New York Regional Gathering
Location TBD • 6:30-8:30pm

November 16, 2016
Blake Networking Night
Northrop campus
• 6-8pm


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Bear Pause:
10 Questions in 10 Minutes

Sosa Edison-Edebor ’16 is an ultimate Frisbee all-star with a knack for all things technology. This summer, he used his talents to teach tech with LearningWorks at Blake. He began school at the University of St. Thomas this fall. Learn more about Sosa in this month’s Bear Pause.

Send recommendations of alumni you would like to see profiled in this monthly feature to Visit the Bear Pause archives to read past interviews.

Blake Launches Excellence Accelerated: The Campaign for Blake

Through this $80 million historic fundraising campaign, we will build Blake’s future together — through unprecedented investments in our talented students, in our committed faculty and in our exceptional school facilities. Join the official campaign launch celebration (Great Blake Get-Together) on Friday, September 30. Please contact Chief Advancement Officer Alison Townley’83 at (952) 988-3432 with any questions about Excellence Accelerated.

Alumni Spotlight

Bluewater Press recently published S.R. Maxeiner Jr.'s ’41 novel "The Transplant Web," a gripping story about human organ transplants as they come into possibility in 1985. It is also the love story of young professionals who find themselves suddenly in the crosshairs of a whole new surgical world.

The Fin and Field blog, Wide Open Spaces, highlighted Sandra MacMillan ’90 as one of six women inspiring others to fish. Read "Fish Like a Girl" to learn more about Sandra's experience as an accomplished competitive angler.

Laine Higgins ’13 shares her thoughts on 9/11 and the NFL's Colin Kaepernick in her column in the Daily Pennsylvanian.

Today at Blake

Blake Coaches and Senior Selected to USA Debate Team

The National Speech & Debate Association named Blake debate coaches Shane Stafford and Sandy Berkowitz as assistant coaches for the 2016-17 USA Debate team. In addition, Blake senior Ellie Grossman is one of nine debaters nationwide to be named to the team.

Spectrum Advisor Named Journalism Educator of the Year

Maxine Whitely ’16 nominated Spectrum advisor Anna Reid for the 2016 MN Journalism Educator of the Year writing, "Her passion and work ethic never seem to wane, even on the most arduous, frustrating days. Her presence continuously uplifts everyone around her and the past four years of mentorship from Ms. Reid have been invaluable [to me]." Read more

Notes and Reminders

Breakfast with Anne Stavney

If you missed the Head of School edition of Breakfast at Blake earlier this month, never fear! Dr. Anne Stavney's discussion on Blake's efforts to educate students in an increasingly global environment can be found on YouTube

Don't Miss the Alumni Event of the Year

Join us for the Great Blake Get-Together and Homecoming football game on Friday, September 30 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the Blake campus in Hopkins. It's our biggest alumni celebration of the year, and we want you, your family and your classmates to be a part of it! All alumni are invited to learn more about the exciting improvements taking place on the Blake campus and to reconnect with classmates and faculty. RSVP today!

Class Notes Due October 24

Please submit your news and photos for inclusion in the next Class Notes by Monday, Oct. 24 to We'd love to hear from you!

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