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Bear Pause:
10 Questions in 10 Minutes

Kathryn Davis Malhotra '05Kathryn Davis Malhotra '05 lives and works in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso as a malaria technical advisor with Population Services International. Though her global health career has taken her to far places, she still considers Minneapolis her home away from home. Learn more about Kathryn 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

"Don't Put the Boats Away," the latest novel by Ames Sheldon '66, was selected as a finalist in American Book Fest's 2019 Best Book Awards in the historical fiction category.

Mitch Goldstein '79 has published his first book. "Foreign Threat" is a mystery about a young medical intern who is swept into an espionage case involving international terrorism, traitorous CIA agents and a clinical threat to homeland security.

This fall, Eric Shogren '84 purchased Woullet Bakery, a 75-year-old family business in the Twin Cities. The founder and owner of a bakery and coffee shop chain in Russia, Eric also owns A Baker's Wife in Minneapolis.

Soraya Darabi '01 hosts the second season of the Synchrony podcast "Business Schooled." In each of the eight episodes, Soraya introduces entrepreneurs who've graduated from their early start-up days and hit new levels of success.

Katrina Lake '01, founder and CEO of Stitch Fix, shares what she learned from her two maternity leaves in CNN Business Perspectives.

Travel writer and photographer Jess Moss '03 was featured on the career advice podcast "Word to the Rise," where she discussed adjusting to a changing media landscape.

Wisconsin Badger Isaac Anderson '06 and his Golden Gopher dad, Mel, talked with WCCO's Mike Max about being "a family divided" when it comes to college sports.

Vasiliki Papanikolopoulos '12 has created Curiati Collective, a community for curious people and those seeking inspiration, as a way to bridge her interests in craft, community and cuisine. Follow along on Instagram.

Hannah Korslund '16, a senior at Johns Hopkins University, finished her final season on the women's volleyball team with an NCAA Division III national championship win. The Blue Jays are just the third team in NCAA Division III history to finish the season undefeated.

From the Archives

Century-old Photos Capture Spirit of Friendship

1920 Northrop studentsSchool archivist Alex Bentley shares a series of photo collages from the 1920 Tatler yearbook. The pages include candid snapshots of Northrop students enjoying time together and handwritten captions that speak of inside jokes and tight-knit friendships.

Today at Blake

Lesson On Speaking Indigenous

1Rory Taylor '14Rory Taylor '14, a Ckiri/Chahta journalist covering Indigenous politics, policy and the intersection of race, culture and society, shares his thoughts on Blake's Lexicon for Pluralism. Teachers and administrators developed the resource to provide a common set of terms to support and deepen the school's Commitment to Pluralism.

Notes and Reminders

Last Chance to Register for Alumni Holiday Party

Blake alumni at holiday partyJoin 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.

Encore Presentation of Breakfast at Blake with Brittany Robinson '01

Brittany Robinson '01The 2019 Young Alumna of the Year spoke about her early days as an aspiring opera singer and the global experiences that have shaped her career. She also delighted the audience by performing a few selections. Watch (or rewatch) Brittany's presentation here.

Alumni Service Day at Loaves and Fishes Feb. 8

The board of Blake's Alumni Association is teaming up with Loaves and Fishes, a nonprofit that provides free and healthy meals to people in need, for Alumni Service Day 2020. Sort food items, count inventory, organize, clean and assemble toiletry kits for those experiencing homelessness. All alumni and their families are welcome. Volunteers must be 12 years or older.

Calendar Year-end Giving Reminder

Blake Fund logoConsider including the Blake Fund in your year-end philanthropic plans by making a gift before Dec. 31. Thank you for your support of our students and faculty!

Class Notes Due Feb. 7

Please submit class notes and photos for inclusion in the spring 2020 issue of Cyrus to

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