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Dec. 8
Allyship: Moving from Conversation to Action
5:15pm (CT)

Dec. 23
Alumni Holiday Party Open House
6-8:30pm (CT)

Jan. 21
Breakfast at Blake with Cassidy Blackwell '02


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Bear Pause:
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Katie Grudnowski Goldstein '04Katie Grudnowski Goldstein '04 is a social worker who loves playing outside and having dessert. Katie married her high school sweetheart, Nick Goldstein '04, and they have two children who say their mom is "super weird." But in the very best way. Learn more about Katie 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.

2020 Alumni Holiday Party Open House

Sunshine Committee

No need to travel any further than your living room to attend this year's Blake Alumni Holiday Party Open House. Come and go as you please throughout the evening on Wednesday, Dec. 23 from 6 to 8:30pm (CT). The virtual festivities include meet-ups with Blake faculty and coaches, breakout gatherings with classmates and live performances from local supergroup soul and R&B cover band Sunshine Committee. Register by Monday, Dec. 21 and encourage your friends and classmates to do the same!

Alumni Spotlight

Ben Meiches '03Ben Meiches '03 is the winner of the 2019 Review of International Studies Best Article Prize for his article "Non-human humanitarians," which outlines three cases of non-human actors that expand and complicate international humanitarian practices: dogs, drones and diagrams. An associate professor of global politics at the University of Washington Tacoma, Ben's particular focus is in armed conflict, genocide and the development of international law. He is also the author of "The Politics of Annihilation: A Genealogy of Genocide" (University of Minnesota Press, 2019). Ben's award-winning article came out of his curiosity in the ways in which non-human animals and materials become embedded in our institutions and practices. He is currently working on a book that explores animals in the context of humanitarianism. See Ben's interview with the editor of the Review of International Studies in which he talks about what led to his article, its key points, impact and his next project.

Charles Baxter '65 retired from teaching this spring after 18 years in the University of Minnesota's MFA program in creative writing. He has released his sixth novel. "The Sun Collective" is set in Minneapolis and follows a once promising actor, Tim Brettigan, who has gone missing. The Star Tribune profiled Charles and reviewed his most recent book.

The Minnesota Golf Association (MGA) named Betsy Aldrich '85 its Senior Women's Player of the Year. Betsy finished in first place twice this season, with a win at the MGA Women's Senior Amateur Match Play Championship and the MGA Women's Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship, and was runner up in the MGA Women's Senior Amateur Championship and the MGA Women's Mid-Amateur Championship.

Cathy Countryman Maes '85, executive director of Loaves and Fishes, a Minneapolis-based free meal program, spoke with the Star Tribune about fundraising during the pandemic and her hopes for a boost in donations on Give to the Max Day.

Libby Franchot '17, a senior on the Carleton College women's soccer team, reflected on how this fall athletic season differed from last year's pre-pandemic season.

Ben Dexheimer '20, who is committed to play hockey for Division 1 Miami of Ohio, opened the 2020-21 North American Hockey League season with the Austin Bruins. The Rochester Post Bulletin introduced Ben in its player-by-player profile of the team.

Today at Blake

Nominations Invited for Board Committee Service: Due Friday, Dec. 4

Aerial view of Northrop front entrance

The governance committee of the Blake Board of Trustees seeks interested community members to serve on a committee of the board beginning fall 2021. Committee service provides members with an opportunity to learn about an area of the school and to help enact the board's fiduciary and strategic functions at the committee level. Nominations are invited for community members who support the mission and strategic priorities of the school and who would bring active engagement, diverse perspectives and constructive participation to their committee's work. Nearly all trustees serve in a committee-only capacity before being considered for the board. Please see the Blake website for the qualities and experience sought in committee members. Individuals may recommend others or nominate themselves. Please submit nominations to Chief Advancement Officer Rebecca Schubring by Friday, Dec. 4. She may be contacted at 952-988-3432 or for further information.

Bears Fall Season Roundup

Cardboard fans in standsIn this most unusual fall athletic season, the Blake Bears were able to have successful, and complete, seasons in all sports. Team results can be found on the Blake Bears website.


Alumni Biennial Virtual Art Show

Going with the Flow 2020 by Lisa Krogness Melamed '77

Alumni artwork is on display in the Martha Bennett Gallery's Alumni Biennial virtual art show. The theme, Seasons: Love, Loss, Pain, Peace, reflects the community's emotions in this challenging year. Visit the gallery throughout December to see the show. (Photo "Going with the Flow 2020" by Lisa Krogness Melamed '77)

Equity Lab Event Focuses on Allyship

Tyneeta CanongeJoin Tyneeta Canonge, director of Blake's Office of Equity and Community Engagement, and members of the Upper School Student Diversity Leadership Council for their presentation Allyship: Moving from Conversation to Action. Learn what it means to be an ally and hear ways to take purposeful actions that lead to a more equitable community. This Equity Lab event, on Dec. 8 at 5:15pm (CT) via Zoom, is open to all Blake alumni, parents and guardians.

Notes and Reminders

Documentary Filmmaker Laura Gabbert '85

The November Breakfast at Blake featured documentary filmmaker Laura Gabbert '85 who discussed her career and shared clips of her films, including a sneak peek of an in-the-works production about the impact of COVID-19 on the American food supply chain. Laura's presentation is available on Blake's YouTube channel. Please mark your calendar for our next Breakfast at Blake on Thursday, Jan. 21 featuring Cassidy Blackwell '02, the director of international communication for Airbnb.

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