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Excellence Accelerated

Campaign Goal Reached!

Campaign logoBlake has reached its $80 million goal for Excellence Accelerated. The five-year comprehensive campaign focuses on three priority areas: student financial assistance, faculty professional development and facilities improvements. Support from alumni, families, faculty and staff and the entire community helped reach the goal. Read Head of School Anne Stavney's announcement to the community.

Bear Pause

10 Questions in 10 Minutes

Jenny Hagen Maine ʼ81Jenny Hagen Maine ʼ81 resides in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband, Eric. She enjoys traveling internationally and is looking forward to upcoming trips to the Dominican Republic and Indonesia. Never let it be said Jenny shrinks from a dare. Goldfish beware! Learn more in this month'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

Tom Cagley '52 has published his third book, "The Medal and Two Ladies Named Mary," a novel he calls "a fantasy possibly and a mystery for certain."

Minnesota Public Radio offered a two-part look back at Gov. Mark Dayton's '65 life and political career upon his retirement earlier this month. Part one explored his time as governor of Minnesota; part two looked at his early years.

Documentary filmmaker Bill Siegel '81 was remembered as "an erudite, passionate and intelligent activist and independent thinker" following his death in December. Read tributes to Bill from the Nation and on the Great Books Foundation website.

Alene Grossman Sussman's '95 first published article, "Andrew Zimmern's Controversy is Our Opportunity," is a response to the celebrity chef's controversial remarks about Chinese-American cuisine.

Kimi Goldstein '10 and Laura Hellman '10 are co-chairs of the Junior Council of WINGS WorldQuest, an NYC-based nonprofit that supports and recognizes extraordinary women in science and exploration. Kimi founded the Junior Council in 2017, and Laura joined her as co-chair in the summer of 2018

Karlie Lund '15 was selected by the Minnesota Whitecaps as a 2018 National Women's Hockey League draft pick.

Brynne Swearingen '15 was chosen as a YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund 2019 scholar. Winners were selected based on a case analysis in which they designed a collection to be sold in an international market during the initial global expansion of a fashion retailer of their choice. Brynne designed for Maxfield Los Angeles's global expansion to Milan.

Nick Washuta '16, a member of the University of Vermont men's lacrosse team, was named to Inside Lacrosse's 2019 Preseason Media All-Americans first team, voted on by media members who vote in the weekly Media Poll.

From the Archives

Hoop Scoop

Blake basketball players

This month's archival mystery surrounds Blake basketball. School archivist Alex Bentley has unearthed four photos from a folder titled "Basketball games, undated and unidentified." Since basketball had a more than 60-year history at the Blake School, assistance in narrowing down the years and identifying opponent teams and Blake players is greatly appreciated. Take a shot and let us know what you see.

Today at Blake

Fall 2018 Applause

Blake robotics teamRead this roundup of Blake students and faculty recognized for accomplishments in academics, arts, athletics and community engagement.


Notes and Reminders

New Podcast Covers All Things Blake

Aditya Shekhar '18Aditya Shekhar '18 covers all things Blake in conversations with school community members as part of his Bearwaves podcast. Listen to interviews with Steve Woodrich '44, David "Knobby" Knoblauch '64, Kathryn Moos '03 and Head of School Anne Stavney.

Alumni Event Photos on Flickr

Alumni at holiday partyPhotos from the Alumni Holiday Party and the Blake Alumni Biennial Art Exhibit are available on Blake's Flickr account.

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