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Oct. 12-14
Reunion & Homecoming Weekend

Nov. 11
Blake Ice Arena Open House
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Nov. 16
Breakfast at Blake with Eboo Patel
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Excellence Accelerated: The Campaign for Blake

Bear Pause:
10 Questions in 10 Minutes

John Bean '65 describes himself as an extroverted introvert. He still sings (in the car) and loves humor and the art of the joke. Books, movies, stage shows and family (especially the grandchildren!) are all part of the fabric of his existence. Read more about John in the latest 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.

Remembering Angus Wurtele

Angus Wurtele '52, together with his wife Margaret '63, was an unparalleled champion of the arts, culture and education in Minnesota and at Blake. Read more


Knudson Memorial at Northrop

Former Northrop and Blake teacher Clint Knudson died on Sept. 9 at age 94. A memorial will be held in the Juliet Nelson Auditorium of the Northrop campus (511 Kenwood Parkway, Minneapolis) on Sunday, Sept. 24. Read more

Alumni Spotlight

Cornell University Press recently issued the second edition of "Rural Radicals" by Catherine Stock Lefeber '76. In her new preface, Catherine provides an update and overview of the conservative face of rural America.

Jon Foss '83 reflects on the beginnings of his family business and the lessons he has learned as Foss Swim School celebrates its 25th anniversary.

"Angelica," a novel by Arthur Phillips '86, has been made into a movie, which will be in select theaters and available to rent and own on Nov. 17. Watch the trailer

Wendy Helgemo '87 has joined the George Washington University as inaugural director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy (CIPP), a GW-based research and advocacy center that provides support to tribal leaders and promotes public awareness on issues of national significance to indigenous communities, including public health, housing, economic security and education.

Alex Barry '11 has been tapped to manage business growth for prooV, an Israel-based tech startup. She is the first employee to inhabit their new American office. Read more

Libby Franchot '17, a freshman forward for Carleton College's women's soccer team, scored the game-winning goal in the team's 3-2 victory over UW-Eau Claire in both teams' season opener. Read more

Excellence Accelerated

Be a Part of Blake Hockey History!

With a $500 donation to the puck wall, you can have your name (or the name of a loved one) included on an individual puck and prominently displayed in the newly renovated arena. Give before Friday, Oct. 13 and your puck will be unveiled during our community celebration on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Coming Soon - Blake Commons

Excellence Accelerated has brought upgrades to our athletics, arts and academic spaces. Next up is the construction of the Blake Commons.

Alumni Gratitude

Read about the lesson Michael Korengold '82 learned at Blake and has passed onto his children.


Today at Blake

Blake Science and Photo Project Debuts at State Fair

Environmental Science and Photography II students collaborated with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to create informational artworks, which were on display in the Eco Experience building during this year's Minnesota State Fair. The exhibit will be part of the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization community facility in Minneapolis. Read more

Notes and Reminders

Blake Presents Kim Phuc on Oct. 11

Once an iconic child symbol of war, Kim Phuc tells an inspiring story of courage and forgiveness unlike any other. She will speak at an evening event open to the broader Twin Cities community on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7pm at the Upper School (511 Kenwood Parkway, Minneapolis). Read more

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.


Watch Now: Breakfast at Blake Head of School Edition

Head of School Dr. Anne Stavney shares insights into how leading schools across the country are navigating today's charged and increasingly polarized issues and how Blake is teaching civic engagement and civil discourse skills to prepare our students to listen, learn and lead in their lives beyond Blake. Watch her presentation, available now on YouTube.

Class Notes Due Oct. 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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