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Nov. 21
Breakfast at Blake with Brittany Robinson '01 (Young Alumna of the Year)
Bovey, Blake campus

Dec. 21
Alumni/ae Hockey Games
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Dec. 23
Alumni Holiday Party
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Adam Dachis '02Adam Dachis '02 lives and works as a technology writer in Los Angeles, but to save time he programmed his website to write for itself. Adam and the algorithm are currently co-creating a video game. If that's the strangest thing you've read today, tomorrow will surely surprise you. Learn more about Adam 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.

Alumni Spotlight

Chan Poling '75 published his first book, "Jack and the Ghost," a gothic, lyrical evocation of a shipwreck, ghosts and lost — and found — love in a North Shore town with illustrations by Lucy Michell.

Margie Siegel '78 serves as health-plan team lead for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, which announced it has opened enrollment on a new association health plan called BenefitsMN. The plan provides an option for small Minnesota nonprofits that have found it difficult to provide health care coverage for their employees.

Elihu Wear '82 has assumed full ownership and the position of president of Popco, a wholesale manufacturer, distributor, exporter and importer of point-of-purchase display components.

Tom Quaintance '84 will direct Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at the Guthrie Theater. The show runs Feb. 8 through March 22 and tickets are available.

Dan Slater's '96 latest story, "Undercover in the Orthodox Underworld," was recently published on Gen, a new Medium publication about politics, power and culture.

Sean Daugherty '98 joined Guggenheim Securities, the investment banking and capital markets division of Guggenheim Partners, as a senior managing director focusing on the consumer sector.

Alexandria Herr '13, who earned a master's in environmental change and management from Oxford University and is currently a Ph.D. student at UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, was selected as runner up for Climate Outreach's Climate Communications Research Award.

From the Archives

Thanks for Playing!

Blake athletes

Last month's sports-themed mystery photos yielded several responses from alumni. Archivist Alex Bentley has added the names of identified athletes and more new photos to the Flickr album. Contact Alex with further information on any of these pictures. And remember, you can submit nominations for the newly created Blake Athletic Hall of Fame. Considerations for 2020 inductees accepted through Dec. 31.

Today at Blake

Grab a Seat for the Upper School Play 'The Dining Room'

The Dining Room Cast

This Pulitzer-nominated play by A.R. Gurney is a skillfully woven mosaic of 18 interrelated scenes – some funny, some touching, some heartbreaking — set in a single dining room over the course of a century. Performances run Friday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 24 in the MacMillan Performing Arts Center on the Hopkins campus. Tickets are available at for $7. Due to some mature themes, this play is most suitable for ages 10 and up.

Blake Names First Recipient of Graduate School Degree Program

Alanna WahlPhysical Education Department Chair Alanna Wahl will pursue an Ed.D. in organizational leadership and learning as the first recipient of Blake's Graduate School Degree Program. This endowed fund supports eligible faculty, school counselors, learning specialists and academic administrators in pursuing graduate degrees relevant to their current roles at Blake.

State Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame Inducts Paul Menge

Paul Menge

Paul Menge, who retired last year as head coach of Blake's girls' soccer team, was inducted into the Minnesota State Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame during the Class A state banquet. Menge, who also serves as Upper School assistant director, coached high school soccer for 41 years, 26 years as the Bears girls' head coach. With a career record of 480-131-54, Menge places 8th in the state for all-time most wins as a head coach.

'Talent, Hard Work and Singular Dedication to Tennis'

Girls' tennis team

The Bears defeated Rochester Lourdes 6-1 in the state finals to again defend their championship title. The Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen writes, "With a pedigree like that of Blake, which won its 13th overall title, it would be easy to assume the Bears see championships as a matter-of-course endings to a season. In truth, their string of titles is the result of a confluence of talent, hard work and singular dedication to tennis."

Notes and Reminders

A Night of Good Cheer at the Alumni Holiday Party

Blake alumniJoin friends, classmates and faculty for this annual holiday celebration Monday, Dec. 23, 5:30-8pm on the Northrop campus in Minneapolis. Enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages and a cash bar. All alumni, faculty and their guests are invited. RSVP by Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Nominations for Board Committee Due Friday, Dec. 2

Students walking into school building

The Governance Committee of the Blake Board of Trustees seeks interested community members to serve on a committee beginning in fall 2020. Nominations are invited for those who support the school's mission and strategic priorities and who would bring active engagement, diverse perspectives and constructive participation to their committee's work. Questions or nominations can be directed to Chief Advancement Officer Rebecca Schubring at 952-988-3432.

Tom Winston, Molly Bloom and Instagrammers You Need to Follow in the Latest Cyrus

Fall 2019 Cyrus Monthly coverThe fall 2019 issue of Blake's magazine is here! Read our cover story on nature documentarian Tom Winston '96 and a Q&A with podcast host Molly Bloom '01. We also highlight Instagram accounts of Blake community members whose creativity and style stand out on this popular platform.

Save the Date for Reunion & Homecoming Weekend 2020

Alumni whose class years end in 5 or 0 will celebrate their milestone reunions Oct. 8-11, 2020. To ensure you receive news about the weekend, confirm or update your contact information. If you have questions or would like to help coordinate your reunion events, please contact Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement Annie Linvill Seidel '85.

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