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June 7
Class of 2018 Commencement
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Terri Carlson '64Terri Carlson '64 (aka the Energizer Bunny) spends her time at sports activities for her six grandsons and volunteering for a diverse range of organizations. Her most memorable volunteer experience this year took her to Sweden with the American Swedish Institute. Read more about Terri in the latest edition of Bear Pause.

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Alumni Spotlight

Susan Ervin-Tripp '45 is a professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. In a recent oral history interview, Susan discusses her research in psycholinguistics and her work in advancing women's equality on campus. The interview is available to read on the UC Berkeley Bancroft Library website (search for "Susan Ervin-Tripp").

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is featuring the artwork of Jack Mithun '55. The exhibit, "From Photography to Chalk Drawings," opens with a reception on May 31 and runs through September 2018.

Artspace Projects, Inc. President Kelley Lindquist '71 was in New Orleans last month to celebrate the grand opening of his organization's latest project: The Bell Artspace Campus, which offers affordable live/work housing for low- to moderate-income artists in the Tremé neighborhood. A feature story on Kelley and his work with Artspace ran in the Summer 2015 issue of Cyrus.

Libby Gray '88 has been named chair of the Middleton Reutlinger litigation group. She leads a litigation team that handles client disputes in a wide variety of subject areas, including commercial, intellectual property, professional liability, real estate and employment, among others.

Anne Marie Ruff Grewal '90 will be promoting her new, second novel, "Beneath the Same Heaven," at a reading and book signing on Saturday, June 3 at Westminster Presbyterian Church's Lowe Library and at a reception and signing at The Monte Carlo on Wednesday, June 6, both in Minneapolis.

Eric Dayton '99 will speak at March for Science Minnesota's rally on Saturday, May 19 in St. Paul. Eric is a co-founder of Askov Finlayson, an outdoor clothing company that measures its own carbon footprint and then gives away 110 percent of that amount annually to support climate change solutions.

Molly Bloom '01 is the host and producer of American Public Media's Brains On! podcast, which recently won a 2018 Webby for Best Podcast and Digital Audio for Family and Kids.

Ace Rice '01, the creative director for Supra Footwear, was recently featured on Project + Exec, a new series highlighting minority footwear executives.

Excellence Accelerated

Breaking Ground on the Blake Commons

Shovels decorated by studentsStudents from all campuses helped Head of School Anne Stavney officially break ground on the Blake Commons of the school's Hopkins campus. Check out photos from the event and Dr. Stavney's reflections on the final stage of Excellence Accelerated.


Today at Blake

Annie Linvill Seidel '85 Named Alumni Director

Annie Linvill Seidel '85Blake announces the appointment of Annie Linvill Seidel '85 as the new director of alumni and parent engagement in the Office of Institutional Advancement. A 1985 alumna, Annie is also a Blake parent (Maggie '22 and Molly '24). She joined Blake in a temporary campaign position in 2017 and before that held leadership roles in the Parent Association and on the Alumni Board and was an active volunteer. Her long association with Blake provides her with an excellent understanding of the school and its constituents. Annie can be reached at or at 952-988-3436.

Notes and Reminders

How the Annual Fund Makes Service Learning Possible

Blake students at Grays Bay Dam ParkDid you know the Annual Fund helps provide transportation for field trips and service learning programs? Recently, Upper School environmental science students joined Blake fourth graders on a trip to Grays Bay Dam Park, where they learned from representatives of the Minnehaha Creek Water District, created watercolor paintings and picked up trash. See pictures from the trip and support our students by making your Annual Fund gift before June 30.

Retiring Faculty Tributes

Four Blake faculty and staff members are retiring at the end of this school year: Steve Haugh (Upper School security), Cindy Ohman (Blake campus third grade), Nan Peterson (PK-12 director of service learning) and Terry Smith (transportation). Click here to submit a note with your stories, thanks and thoughts for any of our distinguished retirees. We will share highlights from these responses with the retirees and our community. Watch for a link to more in-depth tributes in a future issue of Cyrus Monthly.

Otis Environmental Author Presentation Available on YouTube

At the April Breakfast at Blake, Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer shared "What Plants Can Teach Us." She spoke about indigenous traditional ecological knowledge and explored the material and cultural gifts of plants and our responsibility for a reciprocal relationship with the living world.

Reunion & Homecoming Weekend 2018

Blake jacketWe are looking forward to welcoming all alumni back to Blake on Oct. 4-6! Reunion committees are hard at work planning class-specific events. In the meantime, check out details about Blake-hosted activities open to all weekend visitors. To learn more or to get involved, please contact Ann Ford '08 in the Advancement Office.

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