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April 27
Breakfast at Blake with Dr. Sue Miller '81
Blake campus • 7:30-8:30am

May 11
Young Alumni Tailgate
Blake campus • 6-8pm

May 18
Breakfast at Blake with Dr. Marcia McNutt '70
Blake campus • 7:30-8:30am

May 18
Northrop 100-Year Celebration
Northrop campus • 5:30-8:30pm


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Bear Pause:
10 Questions in 10 Minutes

Zeynep Tuzcu '10 is a Mayo Clinic-trained wellness coach and a certified yoga teacher. She recently had close encounter with a sea lion while paddleboarding on the Sea of Cortez. Learn more about Zeynep in this edition of 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.

Remembering Keller Pollock

The Blake community mourns the loss of beloved former English teacher Keller Pollock, who died on March 12 at age 99. Mr. Pollock's family welcomes former students and colleagues to a celebration of life on June 24, 1-4pm at Lord Fletcher's restaurant on Lake Minnetonka. Read the Star Tribune obituary notice and a tribute by Peter Hensel '59, "K.P. Detail."

Alumni Spotlight

Award-winning filmmaker and activist Sarah Pillsbury '69 is being honored with the inaugural Minnesota Cinematic Arts Award, presented by the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. She will be in the Twin Cities April 21-23 to attend screenings of her films and to participate in a discussion about her career, current projects and the importance of film in our world today. Join Sarah and other members of the Blake community at these events. Read more

Rob Hensel '73 received the 2016 United States Olympic Committee Volunteer Coach of the Year Award for his work as a founder and board chair of Beyond Walls, an urban squash program that promotes academic excellence and healthy lifestyles for youth. Read more

Andrij Parekh '90 is the cinematographer on "The Zookeeper's Wife," which premiered in March. He recently spoke with Star Tribune columnist C.J. Read "Carleton-educated Andrij Parekh is eye behind gloriously shot 'Zookeeper's Wife'"

Andrew Steiner '96 discusses the history and the future of AmeriPride, the company that has been in his family for 127 years, in this Lakeshore Weekly story.

Michael Ankeny '09 placed third at the U.S. Alpine National Championships and second at the Canadian Alpine Championships in March. Read more

Excellence Accelerated

Honoring Brano Stankovsky

The Blake girls' hockey community invites you to share their goal to memorialize the incredible life and legacy of Brano Stankovsky, who coached the Blake girls' hockey team for 14 seasons.

On April 24, 2012, Stankovsky died due to complications from a stroke. A few weeks before he passed, he posted a message on the whiteboard in the Blake girls' locker room. It read, "If you're not thinking about going all the way, why go at all?" That's the mindset Stankovsky taught his players, both on and off the ice.

Help his passion live on at Blake. Located within the heart of the ice arena's Bear Cave, the Brano Stankovsky Locker Room will enhance the continued success of the girls' hockey program and honor his legacy. Read more

Hardhats Required

Construction on Blake's ice arena began over spring break and will continue into fall 2017. Photos of the arena before and during early construction and renderings of the renovated space are available on Flickr.

Today at Blake

Blake Requests to Opt Up in Classification for Three Varsity Sports

The Blake School has announced its intention to the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) to opt up in classification from A to AA for three varsity teams: boys' hockey, girls' hockey and boys' tennis. Read more

Donaldson Sabbaticals Announced

Blake typically awards one Donaldson Sabbatical each year; on occasion, the school has been able to award two. For the 2017-18 school year, a unique constellation of circumstances has allowed the school to extend this opportunity to three faculty colleagues: Patrick Barry, J Jolton '78 and Stacy Swearingen. Read more about the recipients and their plans for sabbatical.

Blake Debater Selected for World Championship

Senior Ellie Grossman will represent the United States at the World Schools Debating Championship in Bali, Indonesia in August. As a member of this year's U.S. Debate team, Grossman has traveled domestically and internationally, compiling awards and recognition in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Dallas and Boston, as well as Germany, Croatia and Singapore. Read more.

Notes and Reminders

Photographs Tell Native Stories in Bennett Gallery Exhibit

An exhibit featuring the work of photographer Dick Bancroft runs April 17-28 in the Upper School's Martha Bennett Gallery. Native Stories: Dick Bancroft's Photographs of the American Indian Movement is a student-organized exhibit in collaboration with the American Indian Movement Interpretive Center. A reception will be held in the gallery on Thursday, April 20, 5-7pm. Food and drinks will be provided by the Sioux Chef. This event is free and open to the public.

MN Movie Premiere of 'I Am Jane Doe'

A group of Blake seniors is co-hosting the state's premiere screening of "I Am Jane Doe," which chronicles the battle waged by mothers on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex-trafficking. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Carlson Family Foundation and benefits the Link, will be held Saturday, April 29 from 2:15 to 5pm at Pepito's Parkway Theater in Minneapolis. Learn more about this event and purchase tickets.

Young Alumni Tailgate May 11

The Blake Alumni Board invites you to tailgate on the Blake campus (Hopkins) on Thursday, May 11, 6-8pm. Cheer on the Bears while enjoying delicious tailgate food and drinks. See the school's renovated athletic fields and courts in action as the Bears compete in tennis, baseball, softball and lacrosse. Read more and register by May 8.

Northrop 100-Year Celebration

To mark the 100th anniversary of Northrop Collegiate School's move to 511 Kenwood Parkway, we invite you to a celebration on Thursday, May 18, 5:30-8:30pm. Faculty emerita Jan Woolman will discuss the creation and dedication of the Northrop building, and a panel discussion, moderated by Head of School Anne Stavney, will include distinguished alumnae from Northrop and The Blake School who will share their stories. Read more and register by May 15.

Class Notes

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