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Bear Pause:
10 Questions in 10 Minutes

 Steven Nye '18When he's not upside down in an airplane, Steven Nye '18 enjoys watching, filming and editing documentaries. He's spending a gap year doing photo and video work, which includes a lot of travel. He plans to attend the University of Tampa in fall 2019 to major in film production. Learn more about Steven 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.

Great Blake Get-Together — Reunion & Homecoming Weekend

Gordy Aamoth Stadium

Be a part of the largest alumni celebration of the year at the Great Blake Get-Together on Friday, Oct. 5 from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Cheer Blake's Wolfpack football team onto a homecoming victory at this casual, family friendly event with complimentary buffet and cash bar. Check out the full schedule of Blake's many exciting reunion events. See which of your classmates, teammates and faculty are attending by logging in here. Make plans to join them — register today by phone at 952-988-3440 or online here. Registration ends today, so don't delay!

Alumni Spotlight

Joan Argetsinger Steitz '58 has received the 2018 Lasker-Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science for her four decades of leadership in biomedical science. Her work includes pioneering discoveries in RNA biology, mentoring young scientists and supporting women in the field.

The New York Times talks with crossword constructor Andrea Carla Eisenberg Michaels '76, one of the publication's "queens of the Monday puzzle." Read about Andrea in her "Who Made My Puzzle?" Q&A.

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) has named Susan Heegaard '79 its president-elect. She will begin with MHEC on Nov. 1.

Filmmaker Annie Sundberg's '86 latest documentary, "Reversing Roe," which depicts the state of abortion and women's rights in America, was released this month on Netflix. Watch the trailer.

Eric Choi '99, a litigation partner with Chicago-based law firm Neal Gerber Eisenberg, was named one of the top 40 Under Forty Attorneys in Illinois to Watch by Law Bulletin Media.

An exhibition of Bly '99 and Rowan '99 Pope's artwork is on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Art through Oct. 29. Read about the virtuosic photorealists in "Drawn Together: Minnesota's Pope Brothers and the Art of Being Twins."

Filmmaker Sandra Bertalanffy '01 will attend Minnesota WebFest 2018 for a screening of her award-winning documentary series "KYNNSTLAH – A series of artist portraits" on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1:35pm at Hennepin Theatre Trust in Minneapolis. Read more about Sandra's work.

Javier Reyes '10 and his band, Post Animal, contributed to "27: The Most Perfect Album," a compilation of songs by various artists about each of the 27 amendments to the Constitution. Post Animal sings about the 16th Amendment, which gives Congress the right to tax income, in this project produced by the More Perfect podcast.

Laine Higgins '13 is a reporter in New York for Exchange, the Wall Street Journal's weekend business and finance section. Find her articles, including this story about the rising trend of barn weddings, on

From the Archives

Meet Alex Bentley, School Archivist

Alex BentlyTucked in the basement of the Upper School, Blake's archives contain photographs, clothing, memorabilia and stories from the school's century-plus history. Archivist Alex Bentley oversees the collection and welcomes community engagement. Read our Q&A with Alex.

Excellence Accelerated

Global Immersion at Blake

Blake student with child from Sierra LeoneGlobal education prepares Blake students to shape and be shaped by the world. Having completed its third summer, Blake's global immersion program saw 13 students, three faculty chaperones and one parent travel to Sierra Leone and 14 students and two faculty chaperones travel to China.

Notes and Reminders

Cyrus Fall 2018

Cyrus Fall 2018 coverThe latest issue of Blake's magazine, Cyrus is arriving in mailboxes and available online. Read our cover story on musician and composer Chan Poling '75 ("A New Standard," pg. 6). Learn how Cindy Rothschild Kaplan '90 is improving nutrition for vulnerable children ("Spoon By Spoon," pg. 18). And take a look at some of the rarer athletic opportunities our students can pursue ("Synchro Or Swim," pg. 12).

Don Mezzenga Memorial Oct. 7

Don MezzengaThe Blake community is invited to celebrate the life of former teacher and coach Don Mezzenga at a memorial service on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 1 to 3pm in Blake's Bovey Chapel. Read his obituary and tributes to Mr. Mezzenga from former students published in 2000 in the book "Treasures in Our Lives: A Celebration of Our Teachers."

Blake Alumni Biennial Call for Submissions

Alumni artists are invited to submit their artwork to the Blake Alumni Biennial. The show's opening reception is Thursday, Dec. 27, in conjunction with the Alumni Holiday Party. Visit Blake's website for more information.

Breakfast at Blake with Dr. Stavney

Kicking off a new year of the Breakfast at Blake speaker series, Head of School Anne Stavney shared three of Blake's key priorities and took guest questions. Her presentation is available on Blake's YouTube channel.

Alumni Board Nominations Due Oct. 20

Nominations for Blake's Alumni Board are welcome year-round, but considerations for the 2019-20 board close on Saturday, Oct. 20. Board members can serve up to two three-year terms and all alumni in good standing are eligible.

Alumni Award Nominations Due Oct. 20

Blake is accepting nominations for the 2019 alumni awards. Nominations are welcome year-round, but consideration for the 2019 award closes on Oct. 20, 2018. For award criteria and to submit your nomination, click on the award title:

Outstanding Alumni of the Year
Young Alumni of the Year
Alumni Athlete of the Year
Jenny Stephens Hagen Spirit Award

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