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Cyrus Monthly

Upcoming Events

Dec. 22
Alumni/ae Hockey Games
Blake Ice Arena

Dec. 27
Alumni Holiday Party & Art Exhibition
Northrop campus

Jan. 17
Breakfast at Blake featuring Miles Fiterman '89
Blake campus

Feb. 21
Breakfast at Blake featuring Carla Vernón P '24, '26
Blake campus


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Bear Pause:
10 Questions in 10 Minutes

Dunia Chatham '94Dunia Chatham ΚΌ94 cherishes spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, entertaining and working in her garden. Her earliest childhood memory is a real thriller. Read about it and more in Dunia's Bear Pause Q&A.

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

Jazz trio the New Standards, featuring Chan Poling '75, presented their 12th annual holiday show at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. Read the glowing Star Tribune review and learn more about Chan, who was featured in the latest issue of Cyrus and in this Star Tribune Magazine cover story.

Lissie Rappaport Schifman '85 recently published her first book, "Building a Sustainable Home: Practical Green Design Choices for Your Health, Wealth and Soul." Lissie is an editor and sustainability thought leader at Rise, an online platform that helps users make home improvement projects sustainable.

Bill Studebaker '87 is president and chief investment officer of ROBO Global, the company behind the world's first robotics index. He believes robots will soon be a necessity for every kind of business. He talks about the future of robotics in this Q&A on ROBO Global's website.

Danielle Fagre Arlow '90 and Amy Schachtman Zaroff '90 co-host the podcast "Hyperbole: The Best Podcast Ever" in which they provide a humorous look at the best and worst of everything each week including pop culture, news, #hashtags and interviews with people you need to know.

Andrij Parekh '90 has been invited to join the American Society of Cinematographers. Throughout his 20-year career, Andrij has shot more than 20 feature films and served as director and cinematographer on the HBO series "Succession" and the pilot for the HBO graphic novel adaptation "Watchmen," slated to premiere in 2019.

The family of Clare Humphrey '08 has set up a memorial in her honor to help more Minnesotans struggling with eating disorders get access to help — from a ride to appointments to a place to stay while being treated.

Blake honored Olympic champion Dani Cameranesi '13 in a pre-game ceremony when the Blake girls' hockey team hosted the Blaine Bengals at the Blake Ice Arena in Hopkins. See photos from the event by Steven Nye '18.

Rory Taylor '14 interviewed Minnesota Lieutenant Governor-elect Peggy Flanagan in his latest article for Teen Vogue.

From the Archives

'Above All — Good Fun': Blake Holiday Parties

Class of '79 at holiday party

On December 29, 1914, at the Blake School in Hopkins approximately 25 alumni, several members of the board of trustees and faculty gathered for a dinner to discuss forming a Blake School Alumni Association. This dinner started the tradition at Blake School of an annual alumni event in December.

In 1936, an informal gathering was held instead of what had become, by that time, the customary holiday luncheon. An invitation advertised, "NO SPEECHES! NO SONGS!" and "Chat with those old friends you don't often see. Learn about the recent happenings at Blake. There'll be food and refreshments, and above all — good fun!"

Read more about the history of Blake's alumni holiday gatherings, see photos from the archives and register for and see who's attending this year's Alumni Holiday Party. Happy holidays!

Today at Blake

The Original BGH Reunites for 25th Anniversary

Original Blake girls' hockey team

Blake's inaugural girls' hockey team of 1993-94 reunited for an on-ice ceremony celebrating 25 years of girls' high school hockey in the state of Minnesota. Coaches and players in attendance pictured above: (front row, l to r) Jennifer Ginkel Stevens '94, Allison Fox Greene '95, (back row, l to r) goalie coach June Wheeler, Sarah West Wold '95, Troné Bjorkedal Fossum '95, Allison Kienke Wert '95, Emily Evans Johnson '95, Vivi Alyeshmerni Kollmeyer '94, Stephanie Payne '97 and head coach Betsy Aldrich '85.

SMB Wolfpack Takes State

Wolfpack football team

Blake's cooperative football team with Minnehaha Academy and St. Paul Academy & Summit School, the SMB Wolfpack, made its first-ever appearance in the state tournament and went on to win the state AAAA championship game against Willmar High School. The win allowed the Wolfpack to keep their undefeated record for the year. Read "Three Stars and Three Schools Add Up to One Terrific Team" to learn more about this impressive group.

New Videos Added in Life at Blake Series

The Life at Blake video series profiles classroom projects along the PK-12 spectrum and offers an inside look at a Blake education. Two new videos — on PK-8th grade P.E. and Middle School math — were released this fall.

Notes and Reminders

Year-end Giving to Blake

Children playingOne gift at a time, the Blake community makes a multitude of opportunities possible for our students. Please keep Blake in mind when you make your year-end gifts. No matter the amount, your participation is an endorsement of Blake's educational mission. Giving is easy: call 952-988-3430 or visit Thank you!

Eric Dayton '99 On 'Identity and Entrepreneurship in the North'

Eric Dayton '99Blake's 2018 Young Alumnus of the Year shares his vision for the North and his commitment to making it a movement for good. Find Eric's Breakfast at Blake presentation here.


Time for Holiday Cheer

Holiday party invitation

Celebrate the holiday season with friends, classmates and former teachers (see who's attending) at this favorite annual event, which includes the opportunity to view alumni artwork on display as part of this year's Alumni Art Biennial Exhibition. Please register by Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Alumni/Alumnae Hockey Games

Blake ice arenaHockey alumni/ae of all ages face off on the ice in good-natured and fast-paced scrimmages. Sharpen your skates and refresh your skills as you reconnect with former teammates and Blake friends. All games take place Saturday, Dec. 22. Click here for the schedule and to register by Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Breakfast at Blake with Miles Fiterman '89 Jan. 17

Miles Fiterman '89Miles Fiterman '89, P '29 is founder and president of Apprize Art, LLC, an independent fine art advisory, appraisal and brokerage firm. In his presentation, "Under the Gavel: Reflections on the High Stakes and Hijinks of the Global Art Market," Miles will share how an early childhood encounter with an Andy Warhol painting evolved into a lifelong obsession with the value of art. Please register by Monday, Jan. 14.

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