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Cyrus Monthly

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 11
The Space Between Us Art Reception
Northrop campus

Wednesday, April 11
A Conversation with Robin Wall Kimmerer
Northrop campus

Thursday, April 12
Breakfast at Blake with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer
Blake campus • 7:30-8:30am

Thursday, May 17
Breakfast at Blake with Erica Dolland '98
Blake campus • 7:30-8:30am


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Give to Blake

Excellence Accelerated: The Campaign for Blake

Bear Pause:
10 Questions in 10 Minutes

James Tucker '88 is an executive at Target and a novelist. He lives in Edina with his wife, Megan Rye, an artist, and their family. Naturally, they enjoy their vast collection of books and art. Learn more about James 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

Anne Marie Ruff Grewal '90 has published her second novel, which will be released this spring. "Beneath the Same Heaven" is a love story of an American woman and a Pakistani-born Muslim man.

Anne Ursu '91 wrote a piece for Medium exposing incidents of sexual harassment in the children's book publishing industry. The allegations prompted trade groups, literary agents and a publisher to break with several best-selling authors, the New York Times reports.

Michael Olson '01 and his band, Lake Street Dive, are releasing a new album, "Free Yourself Up," due out May 4. The band will be on tour beginning this spring.

Cassidy Blackwell '02 has been named director of strategic projects on the Airbnb public affairs team. She is tasked with advancing the company's global policy goals. She talks about why she taking on the role in an interview with Black Enterprise.

Shalene Gupta '06 writes about the U.S. women's bobsledding team and their journey to the Olympics in this article for ESPN.

Zach Doerring '12, a senior forward for the Concordia Cobbers, was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Player of the Year. He led the MIAC with 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in conference play this season and finished second among all MIAC competitors with 14 goals overall.

Dani Cameranesi '13 won Olympic gold last month when she and her fellow U.S. Women's Olympic Hockey teammates defeated Canada in the final game. The forward recorded three goals and two assists in five games, tying for lead in points.

Nick Washuta '16, a sophomore on the University of Vermont men's lacrosse team, was recently named the America East Defensive Player of the Week following Vermont's 10-5 win over Quinnipiac on Feb. 24.

Excellence Accelerated

Highlights from #Blaketag Photo Booth

The #Blaketag photo booth visited the Blake and Northrop campuses to give students, parents, faculty and staff an opportunity to share their stories of connection. Check out some of the snaps taken by the Blake community available on Flickr.


The Science of Food: The Impact of the Curriculum Acceleration Fund

PK-12 Science Department Chair Ann-Marie White shares how gifts to Blake empower faculty to "make magic."


Today at Blake

Back-to-Back State Championships for the Bearstangs

The Breck/Blake boys' swim and dive team, the Bearstangs, won its second consecutive state Class A title and fourth overall with 347 points; Breck/Blake also won in 2009 and 2010. Read more and find full results at


Spotlight on Summer Programs

Minnesota Parent magazine's 2018 summer camp issue features a story on Summer at Blake. Learn about the wide array of specialty and day camp options and read why Summer at Blake Director Jessie Briol is so passionate about summer. Read Open to All


Blake Community Challenge Unlocks $50,000

Blake community members have exceeded a goal of 150 Annual Fund donors through the Blake Community Challenge, unlocking $50,000 in challenge dollars for the Curriculum Acceleration Fund. These gifts will support Blake faculty as they pursue collaborative summer projects in learning and teaching.

Notes and Reminders

The Space Between Us Art Show and Reception

Photographer Elizabeth Flinsch, Blake Upper School teacher and this year's McGuire Visiting Artist, presents The Space Between Us, a series of photographs documenting a year of travel and capturing moments consciously spent connecting to people and place. This exhibition will be on display in the Upper School's Bennett Gallery through April with a reception on Wednesday, April 11 from 5:30 to 7pm.

Help Make Your Reunion Happen
Reunion & Homecoming Weekend 2018

Alumni whose class years end in 3 or 8 will celebrate milestone reunions this fall. We're searching for reunion planning committee members. If you see your class year below, please consider joining. This role is a minimal time commitment and a great way to reconnect with classmates and celebrate.

2013 - 5th year reunion
1983 - 35th year reunion
1978 - 40th year reunion

If you would like to help coordinate your class reunion efforts (for any class!), please contact Elizabeth Johnson in the Advancement Office.

Cyrus Winter 2018

The latest issue of Blake's magazine, Cyrus, is now available online. Our Winter 2018 issue features a cover story on Jennifer Connor '91, who, from a tiny mustard seed, has grown enormous opportunity. ("The Mighty Mustard Girl," pg. 6) We also talked with Khyle Eastin '12, who is currently teaching at Sichuan University of Science and Engineering as a Peace Corps volunteer. ("Have Wonder, Will Travel," pg. 18) We see Cuba through the eyes of Blake students who spent three weeks exploring the country. ("La Vida Cotidiana," pg. 12) And Tom Heffelfinger '66 reflects on the importance of serving, face-to-face, the people you hope to help. ("Value in Service," pg. 29)

Opportunities to Hear 2018 Otis Environmental Author Robin Wall Kimmerer

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, a plant ecologist, professor of environmental science, writer and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, will visit Blake in April. The wider Blake community will have an opportunity to hear her speak at an evening event on Wednesday, April 11 and at Breakfast at Blake on Thursday, April 12.

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