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Bear Pause:
10 Questions in 10 Minutes

Following time on both coasts, Andrea Ravich '02 moved home from New York to Minnesota where she lives and works in Minneapolis as a lawyer and consultant. She's also an improv comedian with a serious love for Axl Rose. Learn more about Andrea 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.

Alumni Spotlight

Tom Vennum '52, a writer and anthropologist whose work celebrated lacrosse's Native American roots, died Sept. 24 at the age of 82 near his home on Madeline Island, Wisconsin. Kip Dooley '08 remembers Tom in this tribute he wrote for US Lacrosse Magazine.

Carolyn Light Bell '60 has published a new collection of stories. In "I Heard a Fish Cry and Other Stories," she portrays animals as witness, alter ego, adversary and foil to illuminate human fallibility. She will be reading from her book on Sunday, March 18 at 10:30am at the Calhoun Executive Center in Minneapolis. Call 612-751-4887 by March 1 to register for the event.

Jack Morrison '63, who played on the 1968 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, was profiled in a story for Lake Minnetonka Magazine about local Olympians.

Minnesota Business Magazine named Heidi Hensel Heiland '79, CEO and owner of Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens and GrowHaus, as one of its 2018 Women Who Lead.

Nordic skier Leslie Hale '83 competed in the Masters World Cup at Theodore Wirth Park in January. The event attracted more than a thousand skiers from more than 20 nations. Leslie was profiled in the Star Tribune before the event.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art presents the first museum show of Minnesota artists and twin brothers Bly and Rowan Pope [Blake class of 1999], who have worked side by side their entire lives. The exhibition, which features a selection of their drawings, paintings and works in process, will run Feb. 17 through Oct. 28 in the Star Tribune Foundation Atrium.

A mobile app proposed by technology architect Colin McFadden and digital preservation specialist Samantha Porter '05 of the University of Minnesota won the 2018 3M Art and Technology Award from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The two will receive $50,000 toward the development of the project, which is an app that turns the museum into a puzzle room, providing a new, interactive way to deepen visitor engagement with the museum's collection.

Erik Gersovitz '09 makes an appearance in this Michelob Ultra Super Bowl commercial featuring actor Chris Pratt. (Hint, pay special attention at 0:34!)

The National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) has created classroom and tournament resources to celebrate Black History Month. Sarah Carthen Watson '11 is one of the featured NSDA alumni in the organization's poster series.

Dani Cameranesi '13 is in Pyeongchang, South Korea competing with the U.S. Women's Olympic Hockey Team. She scored the third goal in the team's 3-1 win over Finland. Governor Mark Dayton '65 proclaimed Feb. 8 "Minnesota Winter Olympians Day."

Excellence Accelerated

Breaking Ground on the Blake Commons

Head of School Anne Stavney gives an update on what's next in improvements to our Hopkins campus, an investment made possible by Excellence Accelerated.


The Impact of Financial Assistance

Claire Goebel '08, Sarah Carthen Watson '11 and Kebu Johnson '13 talk about how their experiences as Blake students have influenced their academic, personal and professional journeys.


Today at Blake

Upper School Musical: 'Once on This Island'

A magnificent cast of characters transforms the reality of a Caribbean village devastated by a storm into a fantastical world alive with hope. Gather around for "Once On This Island," where the timeless power of theater brings us together, moves our hearts and helps us weather the storm. The show runs March 9-11 in the MacMillan Performing Arts Center on the Hopkins campus. Click here for details and to purchase tickets.

Acclaimed Nature Writer to Visit Blake as 2018 Otis Environmental Author

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer will visit Blake in April to engage with students and share with the community observations of the natural world through her lenses as a plant ecologist, professor of environmental science, writer, mother and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.


Big Game, Big Difference

The Blake girls' hockey team was featured on for their efforts to raise funds and awareness to combat sex trafficking.

Notes and Reminders


This month, we're spotlighting the connections that make the Blake community so special. Follow Blake on Facebook and Instagram to see stories of friendship and join in the fun!

Associate Head of School Anne Graybeal kicked off the celebration with this video.

Watch Kate Mortenson's Slam Dunk Presentation

At January's Breakfast at Blake, Kate Mortenson, president and CEO of the 2019 Minneapolis Final Four Local Organizing Committee, talked about developing one of the biggest events in all of sports and leading with a vision for local and regional impact that goes far beyond players and fans. Watch her presentation on Blake's YouTube channel.

Expand Networks, Explore New Industries with BlakeNet

BlakeNet — the online, password-protected Blake community — is an excellent resource for expanding your professional network or exploring new opportunities. Connect with fellow Blake alumni as you search by industry, state, profession and more. Visit the BlakeNet login page to get started. Update your profile today and explore ways to connect with the Blake community.

Save October 4-6 for Reunion and Homecoming Weekend 2018

Alumni whose class years end in 3 or 8 will celebrate milestone reunions this fall. Now is the time to start spreading the word to classmates and getting involved in the planning. If you would like to help coordinate your class reunion efforts, please contact Elizabeth Johnson in the Advancement Office.

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