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Cyrus Monthly
NOVEMBER 2016 news for alumni and friends

Upcoming Events

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

November 17, 2016
Breakfast at Blake with John Crosby '53
Blake campus • 7:30-8:30am

December 22, 2016
Alumni Holiday Party
Northrop campus • 6-9pm


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Laura Komarek ’07 graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in the spring and currently works at Alston & Bird law firm in Atlanta. If you're ever looking for an appropriate gift to give her, here’s a hint: try the shark aisle. Read about Laura 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.

Alumni Spotlight

Sarah Bowman ’76 died unexpectedly on October 9. WCCO's Angela Davis shared this remembrance of Sarah as a community volunteer and a cherished friend.

The newest book by award-winning historian Douglas Smith ’81 will be released November 22. “Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs” draws on a wealth of forgotten documents from archives in seven countries. Read more

Matt Logelin (husband of the late Liz Goodman Logelin ’96) was in Minneapolis recently for a benefit for the Liz Logelin Foundation, a charity he started to support young widows and widowers with children. Read the Star Tribune story about his visit.

Laura Waldman ’07 has launched Minny & Paul, a local gifting studio that curates boxes featuring all Minnesota made products. The company has recently been featured in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine and Minnesota Monthly and on WCCO TV and radio and Fox 9 News. Find those stories here

Jo-Dean Seymour Roark ’09 is the creator, director and writer of a new comedic web series, "Max Compact." She talks about the show and her career in this interview with Washington Square News.

Hillary Crowe ’11 is in her second season playing professional hockey in Salzburg, Austria, for the DEC Salzburg Eagles. She talked about her experience in this Let’s Play Hockey column.

Today at Blake

First Round of MPAC Renovations Completed

Thanks to early donations to Excellence Accelerated: The Campaign for Blake, the MacMillan Performing Arts Center has undergone its first phase of renovations. The updates include improved technological capabilities, a new catwalk, new audience seating with ADA accessibility and modernized aesthetics, including new carpet, paint and stage curtain. Watch a timelapse of MPAC construction and learn more about the theater’s other planned improvements here.

Upper School Presents Mark Twain's 'Is He Dead?'

Tickets are on sale now for this hilarious comedy, the only play Mark Twain ever penned. Written by Twain in 1898 and adapted by David Ives, "Is He Dead?" was first performed on Broadway in 2007 to great acclaim. We invite you to join us and witness Twain's magnificent wit brought to life in this delightful comedy. The show runs November 18-20 in the MacMillan Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online.

Girls' Tennis Takes State, Sweeps Individuals

The girls' tennis team successfully defended its state Class 1A title, defeating Rochester Lourdes 6-1 in the finals. This is the team's fourth state title in six years. Read the story on MN Tennis Hub. In addition, senior Libby Rickeman finished an amazing high school tennis career with another state singles title. Blake freshman Arlina Shen was singles runner up, and juniors Lainey Axell and Sophie Skallerud became the state 1A doubles champs Read more

Tracks in the Snow

Blake hosts Tracks in the Snow: The Minnesota Muslim Experience since 1880 in the Martha Bennett Gallery of the Upper School through November 29. Tracks in the Snow, developed by the Islamic Resource Group, tells the stories of 25 Muslims in Minnesota. Each story provides insights into each individual's unique experience, connection to Islam and overlapping identities as Muslims, Minnesotans and Americans. Read more

Notes and Reminders

MPAC Naming Opportunity: New Seats!

There are 80 brand new seats in the newly renovated MacMillan Performing Arts Center that are available as a $5,000 naming opportunity. Naming can be done to celebrate a loved one or to honor someone. This campaign gift must be received in full by March 1, 2017. The seats will be named in time for the spring musical. This is just one of many naming opportunities included in Excellence Accelerated: The Campaign for Blake. Visit our interactive website to learn more. Please contact Tanya Cole to make your gift or to ask about this specific opportunity.

Trustee Nominations Due December 5

Blake seeks interested community members to serve on the Board of Trustees beginning in fall 2017. The Governance Committee of the Board invites nominations for members who will bring active engagement, diverse perspectives and independent opinions to enacting the Board’s fiduciary, strategic and generative functions. Please see the Blake website for the qualities and experience sought in trustee candidates. Individuals may recommend others or nominate themselves. Contact Director of Advancement Services Tanya Cole at 952-988-3438 or to submit nominations and for further information.

Reunion & Homecoming 2017

Mark your calendars for Oct. 12-14, 2017. All class years ending in 2 and 7 will be celebrating a milestone reunion. Please contact Becky Ankeny if you would like to be involved with planning your reunion activities.

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