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Feb. 8
Alumni Service Day
Loaves and Fishes

Feb. 25
Class Reunion Committee Kick-off Meeting
Bovey, Blake campus

Feb. 26
Philadelphia Alumni Regional Gathering
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Thomson Hall


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Bear Pause:
10 Questions in 10 Minutes

Steve Slovick '84Steve Slovick '84 owns a successful global consulting firm, which allows him to live and work from nearly anywhere. Last year, Steve, his wife and their two sons circumnavigated the globe, hitting 30 countries and learning all the way. They plan to make another lap later this year. Learn more about Steve 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

Madeline Wethington '19 Madeline Wethington '19, a freshman on the University of Minnesota women's hockey team, and her family were profiled in a story for the Rink Live in which they share their excitement about playing at Hockey Day Minnesota. The Minnesota Daily featured Madeline in its coverage of this year's event, which was held at Parade Stadium in Minneapolis. "Being able to look back at [my] high school as the sun set over the familiar landscape was surreal," Madeline said of her Hockey Day Minnesota experience.

Dwight Cleveland '77, who owns one of the most prominent private collections of classic movie posters in the world, has published a book featuring more than 100 artworks from his collection. He talked about "Cinema on Paper" in this "Good Day Chicago" segment.

OWYN, the plant-based beverage company co-founded by Kathryn Moos '03, has raised $7.5 million in a financing round led by Powerplant Ventures. The financing comes as the brand prepares to scale nationwide with projected 2020 retail revenue of $90-$100 million.

Paige Esterkin '08, the senior adviser for policy development and research at United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, married Jonathan Bronitsky in November. Their wedding was featured in the New York Times.

Asma Mohammed '10 is advocacy director for Reviving Sisterhood, whose mission is to amplify the voice and power of Muslim women. She will lead the session Healing Justice at the organization's 2020 conference in March. For other opportunities to hear Asma speak, visit the Reviving Sisterhood events page.

Izzy Daniel '19, a freshman on Cornell's women's hockey team, was a guest on the team's podcast, "Over the Goal Line," on which she talks about her recruitment and decision to attend Cornell as well as her go-to jokes and choice for an alarm clock sound.

From the Archives

100 Years: Education Evolution

1919-20 school catalog page

As we embark upon the second half of the 2019-20 school year, archivist Alex Bentley shares the Blake curriculum overview from 1919-20. While most of the core subjects remain part of the coursework, 100 years later Blake students have a far wider selection of study areas and electives to round out their educational experience. Visit the From the Archives Flickr album to find this and other photos from the school's past. Contact Alex if you have any archival questions or information.

Today at Blake

Blake Debate Arguably the Best

Blake debate team

The Bears' 2019-20 debate team includes more than 60 members ranging from eighth to twelfth grade, and their season so far has been a series of stunning successes, including a state championship in public forum for team members Jack Johnson '20 and Morgan Swigert '20. Read other season highlights.


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


Notes and Reminders

Alumni Holiday Photos on Flickr

Blake alumni at holiday partyPhotos from this year's Alumni Holiday Party are available on Blake's Flickr account.


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.

Help Plan Your 2020 Class Reunion

Blake class of '84 alumni

If your class year ends in a 0 or 5, it's time to plan for your reunion. Alumni volunteers are needed to update classmate contact information, organize a class-hosted gathering (typically held the Saturday of Reunion & Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 8-11) and encourage attendance at all the weekend's events. Volunteers do not need to live in the Twin Cities to participate. For those who do, a reunion planning kick-off meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6-8pm, in the Bovey on the Blake campus. Interested? Contact Alumni Relations Director Annie Linvill Seidel '85 at 952-988-3436. Please let Annie know by Feb. 20 if you plan to attend the kick-off meeting. Also, read what David Lyman '84 has to say about his experience as a class reunion volunteer.

Philadelphia Regional Gathering Feb. 26

Philadelphia-area alumni are invited to a gathering hosted by Steve Diamond '82 and Jenny Hagen Maine '81 at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6-8pm. Head of School Anne Stavney will be on hand to welcome alumni. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks. RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 18 at or 952-988-3440.

LearningWorks Hiring Summer Faculty

LW teacher and studentAre you a college student interested in working with or teaching Minneapolis youth? LearningWorks at Blake is now hiring faculty for summer session. Apply for this nine-week, paid teaching internship on Breakthrough Collaborative's website. Select LearningWorks (Minneapolis) from the location drop down list. Application deadline is Thursday, Feb. 27.

Alumni Experts Needed for 8th Grade Capstone Project

Hands holding an Influential programBlake eighth graders are preparing for their Middle School capstone project, The Influential, and are required to interview experts in the area they choose to study. (Topics range from current political issues to health and wellness to everything in between.) If you are interested in sharing your professional or educational experience with students, please find details and complete this short form. Questions? Email

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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