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10 Questions in 10 Minutes

Kathy Nolan '07Kathy Nolan '07 lives with her fiancé and black lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she loves taking strolls through the beautiful campuses of Harvard and MIT. Learn more about Kathy in this month's Bear Pause.

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Alumni Spotlight

Peter Heegaard '54 and Libby Forbes Utter '83 were named to Pollen's 2018 50 Over 50 list of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders from across Minnesota. Peter was recognized in the business category and Libby in nonprofit.

Jim Nelson '60 will be inducted into St. Thomas Opus College of Business's Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame on Nov. 7.

David Lyman '84 and Libby Carrier Doran '85, principals in the executive search firm LymanDoran, spoke with MinnPost about the Twin Cities labor market and the challenges businesses face in wooing employees.

Betsy Aldrich '85 and Chris Geer Dean '89 competed in the MGA Women's Mid-Amateur Championship on Oct. 3 at Legends Club in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Betsy finished T3, with 78-77—155 (+11), and Chris finished T3, 77-78—155.

St. Olaf College presented Wendy Helgemo '87 with its 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for her work as an advocate for Native Americans in the areas of public health, education, housing and economic security.

Anne Ursu '91 has published a new book, "The Lost Girl," a story of the power of fantasy, the limits of love and the struggles inherent in growing up.

Dan Slater's '96 latest book, "The Officer and the Entrepreneur," tells the true story of returning soldiers who become targets of a government-run sting operation. "The Officer and the Entrepreneur" is in development for a TV series from Oscar-winning producer Cathy Schulman.

This fall, Michael Ankeny '09 announced his retirement from World Cup ski racing. He reflects on his career in this article on

Filmmaker Ike Frans '15 is working on his latest documentary, "The Pipe Carriers," which tells the story of Little Earth of United Tribes and its residents' fight to improve their community in the face of drugs and violence.

During her senior year and this past summer, Hannah Korslund '16 shared her passion for science by volunteering to teach middle school students attending LearningWorks. Read more about her experience in this month's LW Teacher Profile.

From the Archives

Blake Fans in the Stands

Blake fans

School archivist Alex Bentley believes this photo comes from the Oct. 10, 1969 Blake homecoming game against Shattuck. If you remember being at this game or recognize anyone in the photo, let us know!

Today at Blake

Discover Blake Fall Admissions Events

Students in classLocal alumni looking for a school for their children are encouraged to rediscover their alma mater at an upcoming admission event. On-campus Discover Blake events will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 3. See a full list of events, request a tour, tell us about your interests or apply to the school anytime.

Blake Students Recognized for Efforts in Fight Against Sex Trafficking

Grace Vojta '19, Maddie Tix '19, CC Wallin '18, Olivia Bizal '19

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office Community Leadership Awards honored Grace Vojta '19, Maddie Tix '19, CC Wallin '18 and Olivia Bizal '19 for their work raising awareness and funds to fight sex trafficking.

13 Blake Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships.

Notes and Reminders

Alumni Participation in the Annual Fund Makes Blake Stronger

Blake student and teacherThe Annual Fund supports faculty professional development, state-of-the-art technology, student financial assistance and diverse co-curriculars. By giving to this year's Annual Fund, you honor those before you who made your educational opportunities possible, and you strengthen Blake's offerings for students and faculty today. Make your gift online!

Thanks for the Memories: Reunion 2018

Blake alumFind photos from Blake-hosted Reunion Weekend events on Flickr and visit YouTube to see Breakfast at Blake: Reunion Edition with speaker Dr. Don McCarthy '66. Don and Alumna Athlete of the Year Kathryn Moos '03 were honored at this event.

Reunion Feedback

Planning for Reunion & Homecoming Weekend starts well before October with the aim to make the weekend the best it can be. To that end, we invite you to take a five-minute survey. Take this survey if you attended this year's reunion events and this survey if you were not able to join us this year.

Alumni Artists Encouraged to Submit Work to Gallery Exhibition

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.

Class Notes Due Nov. 12

Please submit class notes and photos for inclusion in the Spring 2019 issue of Cyrus to

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