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Cyrus Monthly
DECEMBER 2016 news for alumni and friends

Upcoming Events

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

December 23, 2016
Alumni/Alumnae Hockey Games
Blake Ice Arena

January 19, 2017
Breakfast at Blake with Dr. Liu Yang
Blake campus • 7:30-8:30am


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Bear Pause:
10 Questions in 10 Minutes

Chuck Ritchie ’57 volunteers for a number of organizations and has a passion for fly-fishing. He was once mistaken for another popular Blake teacher: Rod Anderson. Read about Chuck 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

Ben Sherman ’71 was named the inaugural honoree of the Society of Environmental Journalists’ (SEJ) “Clem” Award, which was established to honor the organization’s non-member volunteers. He is the director of communications and external affairs for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read more

Alice Kaplan ’72 has written a history of Albert Camus’s influential debut novel, “The Stranger.” In "Looking for ‘The Stranger,’" she sets out to tell "the story of exactly how Camus created this singular book." Read the New York Times review

Jim Cornelius ’77, curator at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, has co-written a new book, "Under Lincoln’s Hat: 100 Objects That Tell the Story of His Life and Legacy." Read more

Annie Sundberg's ’86 latest documentary premiered on HBO in November. "Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing" explores the deeply personal stories of three families of survivors of the 2013 bombing in Boston.

Time and distance haven't compromised the deep connection between Blake international student Maite Esteve ’93 and her host family, the Linkes (Adam Linke ’93 and Sam Linke Infanger ’94). Read "Finding Home Abroad"

Gali Cooks ’96 was profiled on for her work as head of Leading Edge, an organization that recruits and trains people for the Jewish not-for-profit sector. Read "Building a New Generation of Leaders"

Jeremiah Ellison ’08 has announced that he is running for the north Minneapolis (Ward 5) City Council seat in 2017. Learn more on his campaign site.

Excellence Accelerated: The Campaign for Blake

Excellence Accelerated: The Campaign for Blake has raised $58 million (73 percent) of its $80 million fundraising goal. The campaign focuses on three key areas: student financial support, faculty programs and improved facilities.

Most recently, Blake announced a plan to begin Phase 1 renovations to the ice arena in March 2017. The renovation will include new locker rooms, scoreboards, concessions and bathrooms as well as a new entrance and space to honor the history of Blake hockey. We are very close to reaching our final fundraising goal and are continuing to accept contributions through December 31. Please contact Laura Mark in the Advancement Office to learn how you can support this exciting project. Visit the campaign website to learn more and the athletics homepage to find the game schedules for our boys’ and girls’ hockey teams.

Today at Blake

Blake Community Post-Election

In this letter to Blake community members, Head of School Dr. Anne Stavney expresses gratitude for the Blake community and affirms our school values in the post-election climate.

Gold Medal for 'The Invisible You'

Co-authors Kamie Page, a second grade teacher at Blake, and her dad, Alan Page, are positively beaming! Their second book, "The Invisible You," is the recipient of a gold medal in the 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. Read more

Junior Earns Perfect Score on AP Exam

In more than 10 years of teaching Advanced Placement Spanish, Upper School teacher JJ Kahle has never heard of anyone receiving a perfect score on the exam. Until now. Junior Nicolas Barra learned he not only received the top score of 5 on the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam he took in May, he earned every point possible on the assessment. Read more

Notes and Reminders

'Tis the season for the Alumni Holiday Party

Join friends, classmates and former teachers for an evening of holiday cheer and merriment on Thursday, December 22, 6-9pm on the Northrop campus. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar with alumni who are home for the holidays. Please RSVP by Monday, December 19.

Alumni/Alumnae Hockey Games

Join us for Blake's annual alumni/ae hockey games on Friday, December 23. Meet our new boys' varsity hockey coach and Associate Athletic Director Greg May, learn about the planned ice arena improvements and enjoy complimentary pizza and beverages. There is also a special gathering for Blake hockey alumnae and their parents hosted by Julia Heffelfinger '07 and Laura Komarek '07 on Wednesday, December 28. Click here for details on all hockey alumni/ae events and register today.

John Crosby ’53 Honored at Breakfast at Blake

Outstanding Alumnus of the Year John Crosby ’53 was honored at November's Breakfast at Blake, during which he gave the keynote speech. His presentation is now available on Blake’s YouTube channel.

Holiday Giving and the Annual Fund

During this season of giving, please keep Blake in mind when you make your year-end gifts. Gifts of any size made to the Annual Fund make a positive difference in every student's Blake experience. Giving to Blake is easy: simply call 952-988-3430 or visit Thank you!

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