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Sept. 7
Breakfast at Blake Head of School Edition
The Minikahda Club

Oct. 12-14
Reunion & Homecoming Weekend


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Excellence Accelerated: The Campaign for Blake

Bear Pause:
10 Questions in 10 Minutes

Alene Sussman Grossman '95 is a recovering attorney, a food blogger and a perennially disappointed Minnesota Vikings fan. This year, she is fulfilling her dream of entering the Minnesota State Fair baked goods competition, and her entry sounds good enough to devour. Learn more about Alene in this edition of Bear Pause.

Send recommendations of alumni you would like to see profiled in this monthly feature to Or check out our list of questions and participate yourself! Visit the Bear Pause archives to read past interviews.

Announcing the 2017 Alumni Award Recipients

The Alumni Board Recognition and Nominations Committee is proud to announce the recipients of this year's alumni awards. Blake congratulates Outstanding Alumna of the Year Lucia Watson '72, Young Alumna of the Year Erica Dolland '98, Alumnus Athlete of the Year Shep Harder '94 and the Jenny Stephens Hagen Spirit Award recipient Knobby Knoblauch '64.

Lucia will be the featured speaker at the Reunion Edition of Breakfast at Blake, where Shep and Knobby will also be recognized. Young Alumna of the Year Erica Dolland will be recognized during the May 2018 Breakfast at Blake at which she will be the featured speaker. We look forward to honoring all of this year's award recipients at these events.

Alumni Spotlight

Burton Hersh '51 has been named a recipient of the 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor conferred by the publisher of Who's Who.

Blake Director of Global Programs Dion Crushshon '88, Zeam Porter '16 and Marie Michael, Blake interim director of the Office of Equity and Community Engagement, have each contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book "The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys." Facing issues of race and privilege with a clear, compassionate gaze, this book helps teachers illuminate blind spots, overcome unintentional bias, and reach the students who need them the most.

Stitch Fix founder and CEO Katrina Lake '01 was featured in Entrepreneur magazine's series "20 Questions," in which she discusses what makes her tick, her everyday success strategies and advice for aspiring founders.

Cassidy Blackwell '02 was named to Brand Innovators fifth annual list of "40 Under 40" brand marketers in the Northwestern U.S. for her work as brand engagement director for Walker & Co Brands.

Film writer and director Max Gold '06 will join the panel of the 2017 Assisi Conference on Archetypal Patterns in Myth, Legend, Film and Story. His presentation will track archetypal patterns across variations of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale.

Excellence Accelerated

Our Stories, Our Futures

Head of School Anne Stavney shares the exciting ways in which the campaign will touch the Blake community as we enter the final year of Excellence Accelerated.


Coming Soon:
An Updated Home for Blake Hockey

See a video of the exciting progress made on the renovations to the ice arena. And mark your calendars for a community celebration of the reopening of the ice arena on Saturday, Nov. 11!

Today at Blake

Ben Lee '19 Earns Country's Highest Honor for Youth Poets

Blake junior Ben Lee has been selected as a 2017 National Student Poet, the country's highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. He will represent the Midwest region of the United States. Read more

Notes and Reminders

Cyrus Summer 2017

A new issue of Blake's magazine, Cyrus, is now available online. Our Summer 2017 issue features a cover story on historian and author Douglas Smith '81 (Minding the Mad Monk," pg. 6). In his latest book, Doug makes the case for one of the most infamous figures in Russian history: Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin. We also talked with Samantha Stein '07. From her home base in Silicon Valley, Stein oversees Hacktivision, the company she founded to spur innovative thinking among technology experts and solve pressing world problems in ways that benefit the people they affect. ("Hacks for Humanity," pg. 18). And we open up the archival closet to explore the fabric of school life through the decades in this issue's In Photos ("A Stitch in Time," pg. 12).

Breakfast with Anne Stavney

The Head of School edition of Breakfast at Blake is on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 7:30 to 8:30am at the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis. Dr. Stavney will speak about how, in this era of charged and increasingly polarized public discourse, schools equip students to share their opinions about political and cultural issues in a thoughtful, informed and respectful manner. And how teachers and administrators work together to ensure that students are heard and valued, regardless of their perspectives or political beliefs. This complimentary event includes a hot breakfast. Register by Thursday, Aug. 31.

Reunion & Homecoming 2017

All alumni are invited back to campus! Join us for the weekend of Oct. 12 to 14 as we recognize this year's five-year reunion classes and celebrate the final year of Excellence Accelerated: The Campaign for Blake. Read more and register today.

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