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Cyrus Monthly spring masthead

Upcoming Events

April 14
The Equity Lab Presents “Talking to Kids about Race and Skin Color” (Part 3 of 4)
5:30pm (CT)

April 15
Reunion Planning Kick-off Meeting
6pm (CT)

April 22
Lunch Break with Blake: Head of School Edition
Noon (CT)

May 15
Alumni Service Day
Appetite For Change
7am-11am or 11am-3pm


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Allison Bye ‘12Allison Bye ‘12 can be found hiking throughout our national park system and working on her natural landscape portfolio while simultaneously trying to ascend into Mrs. Frizzle. Al hopes to climb Mt. Everest one day, but that’s not the only surprising thing about her. Learn more in the latest edition of Bear Pause.

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Alumni Spotlight

Joan Argetsinger Steitz ‘58Joan Argetsinger Steitz ‘58 is one of three RNA researchers to be awarded this year’s Wolf Prize in Medicine, considered the second most prestigious award in science and a significant predictor of the Nobel Prize. A professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University, Joan began researching RNA in the 1960s and became a pioneer in the field as the first to discover and define the sites of RNA protein translation in prokaryotes (single-cell organisms that lack an envelope-enclosed nucleus). She also discovered the function of small ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs) in pre-messenger RNA and their critical role in processing messenger RNA. Her groundbreaking work has had a direct impact on major medical breakthroughs, including the basis for the recent RNA-based COVID-19 vaccines.

Michael Olson ‘01 and his band, Lake Street Dive, released their new album, “Obviously,” and performed the single “Hypotheticals” on “A Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Ace Rice ‘01 illustrated the cover art for “Black History Always - Music For The Movement Vol. 2." The EP, featuring multiple artists, is part of an ongoing collaboration between Hollywood Records and the Undefeated, ESPN’s initiative exploring the intersection of sports, race and culture. Ace was part of a Color Of Change panel discussion on which he talked about his inspiration and approach to his artwork.

Kelly McLaughlin Nolan ‘03, former litigator-turned-time-management strategist, has developed the Bright Method, which converts tasks into units of time by scheduling them into a digital calendar. Bloomberg Business reporter Arianne Cohen wrote about her own success using Kelly’s system.

Laura Komarek ‘07, a senior associate with Alston and Bird, received the law firm’s Philip H. Alston Award for her extraordinary pro bono legal work in the community, including her representation of survivors of domestic violence and asylum.

Khyle Eastin ‘12, a Washington, D.C.-based geopolitical analyst focused on China and foreign affairs in Asia, is a winner in the Center for a New American Security competition the Pitch, which invited selected applicants to make their pitch for innovative policy ideas to renew American competitiveness. Read about Khyle’s award-winning idea, “Revitalizing U.S. Global Leadership: The Case for an Alliance-Based Approach to Frontier Domain Engagement.”

Miel Jasper ‘12, writing as Miel Moreland, will publish her debut young adult novel this spring. “It Goes Like This” follows the four members of a broken-up band, reuniting in their Minnesota hometown for a benefit concert after a devastating storm.

Carly Bullock ‘16, a professional hockey player with Linkoping HC in southern Sweden, is one of the top scorers in the Swedish Women’s Hockey League. In a recent interview with Minnesota Hockey Journal, Carly talks about living and working in Sweden and shares the secret to her goal-scoring success.

Twin brothers and St. John’s University baseball players Soren and Ethan Roe ‘18 were featured in a story about reuniting as teammates after playing on different teams early in their college careers. And Ethan, a junior catcher for the Johnnies, was named to the National Team of the Week on March 9.

Today at Blake

Seniors Kickoff Class Giving Program

Poster solicting senior class gift donations

The senior class giving program is a proud tradition in which the graduating class begins its legacy through a gift to the school. The class of 2021 has chosen to address disparities in education exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic by asking every senior to make a gift to LearningWorks, Blake’s private-public partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools. Their support will be directed to care packages containing supplies needed for this summer’s program.

Registration Open for Plank Summer Institute

The 41st Plank Summer Institute for Educators explores Local Businesses of Immigrant Entrepreneurs. All Twin Cities educators are invited to join leaders Lisa Sackreiter and Julie Rogers Bascom as they visit immigrant-owned businesses, opportunity centers and partnering organizations geared to immigrant entrepreneurs. This free professional development opportunity runs June 22-24, 9am-3pm. Sign up to attend one, two or all three days.

Notes and Reminders

Help Plan Your Class Reunion

Alumni class photo

If your class year ends in a 0, 1, 5 or 6, it’s time to plan for your reunion. Alumni volunteers are needed to update classmate contact information, organize a class-hosted gathering and encourage attendance at reunion weekend events. Volunteers do not need to live in the Twin Cities to participate. A virtual reunion planning kick-off meeting will be held Thursday, April 15, 6-6:45pm. Interested in helping plan your upcoming class reunion? Contact Alumni Relations Director Jon Friedell '85 at 952-988-3436.

Lunch Break with Anne Stavney April 22

Anne StavneyHear from Head of School Anne Stavney at this Lunch Break with Blake virtual event on Thursday, April 22 from noon to 1pm (CT). In "Leadership Lessons in a Time of Change, Challenge and Possibility," she will share how the events of 2020-21 have influenced leadership perspectives and practices over the past 18 months. The presentation will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. Register by Monday, April 19.

Alumni Service Day May 15

Appetite for Change volunteers

Join your fellow alumni to support Appetite for Change’s (AFC) Seed and Plant Distribution Day on Saturday, May 15. Two four-hour shifts are available to volunteer (7am-11am or 11am-3pm). Family members welcome (children 8 years and older is preferable). This COVID-compliant event will take place outdoors in the AFC headquarters parking lot. Space is limited; register today.

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