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APRIL 2021 NEWS FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS

Upcoming Events

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

May 19
The Equity Lab Presents Talking to Kids about Race and Skin Color (Part 4 of 4)
Zoom
5:30pm (CT)

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Bear Pause:
10 Questions in 10 Minutes

James Ly ʼ20A proud Blake alum and true Minnesotan, James Ly ʼ20 loves everything about hockey. As a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, James’ dream of becoming a race car driver has taken a back seat to other interests, like the interdisciplinary study between education and business. Learn more about James in the latest edition of Bear Pause.

Send recommendations of alumni you would like to see profiled in this monthly feature to cyrus@blakeschool.org. Or check out our list of questions and participate yourself! Visit the Bear Pause archives to read past interviews.

Alumni Spotlight

Rob Creighton ʼ91Rob Creighton ʼ91 is founder and CEO of Windlift. The Durham, North Carolina-based company designs and builds airborne power generators (APGs) that use 95% less material than a comparable wind turbine. Rob spoke with his local CBS affiliate about how Windlift’s APGs work and the benefits the technology can provide. He discussed how a partnership with the United States Marine Corps will help reduce the military’s reliance on diesel fuel in remote deployment and lead to fewer casualties and attacks on the supply chain. Prototypes for the military are about a year away, and civilian use may come in three to five years.

In May, Ames Sheldon ʼ66 will release her third historical novel, “Lemons in the Garden of Love.” In the novel, Cassie Lyman—while seeking a topic for her doctoral dissertation in 1977— finds a trove of suffrage cartoons, diaries and letters left behind by Kate Easton, founder of the Birth Control League of Massachusetts. She soon discovers that she and Kate are closely related—and they have more in common than she could have imagined.

Sarah Jane “SJ” Lapp ʼ90 launched Puzlkind, a multiplayer jigsaw puzzle app with voice chat capability. SJ invites fellow alums to puzzle with their friends and family all over the world or make new friends within the app's free Happy Hour. Download the free app at puzlkind.com.

Lilt, the modern language service and technology company co-founded by John DeNero ʼ98, won a 2021 Artificial Intelligence Excellence Award. Lilt was also included in CB Insights’ AI 100 list of most innovative AI startups, which annually recognizes the most promising private AI companies in the world.

Matt Martin’s '02 company, Clockwise, introduced a first-of-its-kind scheduling engine that uses AI to make scheduling smarter. Matt spoke with eWeek about the key pain points of remote work and offered tips to college students readjusting to an in-person class schedule.

Rami Zeidan ʼ05, founder and CEO of the hospitality brand Life House, was a guest on the podcast “How I Got Here,” which highlights the stories behind startups and innovation in travel and transportation. Read more about Rami in “Worldwise: Life House Hotels Founder Rami Zeidan’s Favorite Things.”

Maisie Ide ʼ11 is a J.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Her paper on the occupational health and safety regulations for California’s incarcerated firefighters was published by the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law.

Mashal Sherzad ʼ13 joined her mom, chef and owner of Khyber Pass Café Masooda Sherzad, in the kitchen for an episode of “Relish,” where they cooked the Afghan dish do piyaza (two onions) while chatting with host and Union Hmong Kitchen chef Yia Vang.

Peter Gullickson ʼ17, a member of Carleton College’s men’s golf team, was featured in a senior spotlight in which he talks about his time at Carleton and his post-graduation plans.

Today at Blake

Supporting Students Through Difficult Times

Young students holding sign saying B.L.M. BRAVE

In an April 14 letter to Blake families, employees and Upper School students, Head of School Anne Stavney and Director of the Office of Equity and Community Engagement Tyneeta Canonge share how the school has supported students and adults during the Derek Chauvin trial and death of Daunte Wright, an unarmed Black man killed by local police. “We want to acknowledge the profound hurt and heavy emotions that so many of us are carrying right now, especially our Black students, colleagues and parents/guardians,” they write. “And we want to reaffirm Blake’s Commitment to Pluralism, which is central to who we are as a teaching and learning community and essential to fostering the relationships that buoy our community.” Also watch a video by PK-12 Chair of Equity & Instruction Lora McManus-Graham that highlights Blake students’ calls for racial justice, accountability and systemic change.

Applause Winter 2021

Students on Zoom screens holding Blake pennants

Read about student and faculty accomplishments in academics, arts, service and athletics in the latest issue of Applause.

Notes and Reminders

Blake Giving Week (May 3-7) Honors Educators

Blake Giving Week logoThink back to the powerful moments when a Blake or Northrop teacher sparked your interest in a new concept, idea or activity. Today our 250 educators make those same connections with students. The Board of Trustees invites you to recognize Blake educators during Giving Week, May 3-7. Look for information in the coming weeks for ways to honor our teachers, TAs, administrators, deans, counselors and coaches through gifts to the Blake Fund and notes of gratitude.

Save the Date: Reunion and Homecoming Weekend (Sept. 30-Oct. 3)

Blake Reunion 2021 postcard

Reunion Weekend is scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 3. Alumni whose class years end in 0, 1, 5 and 6 will celebrate milestone reunions this fall. To ensure you receive your invitation, which will go out in late July, please confirm your address and preferred email. We are excited to see you on campus this fall!

Alumni Service Day May 15 (Morning Shift Openings Available)

Appetite for Change volunteers

Join your fellow alumni to support Appetite for Change’s (AFC) Seed and Plant Distribution Day on Saturday, May 15. Availability remains for the morning shift (7am-11am); the afternoon shift (11am-3pm) is filled. Families and children 8 years and older are welcome. This outdoor COVID-compliant event will take place in AFC’s parking lot in Minneapolis. Space is limited, so register today.

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