Cold Can't Keep Alumni Cru Down!
St. Andrew’s alumni braved the cold to share food and fond memories yesterday at the Austin-area Alumni event hosted at Plucker’s. But the evening was not just for reminiscing; St. Andrew’s had lots of exciting news to share with alumni!
Head of School Sean Murphy talked about the major planning developments launched this year, including the master site planning process with Boston-based company Utile, and the new kindergarten program slated for Fall 2016. A brief presentation on the new St. Andrew’s website showed off the dedicated “Alumni” page, where alumni can now sign-up to be a mentor to current St. Andrew’s students, find upcoming events, see pictures and read alumni news, share their recent accomplishments, and help plan regional and reunion events.
If you’re a St. Andrew’s alum, be sure to check our Alumni pages for more updates as we grow our Alumni Association and plan regional gatherings and our annual reunions!
Check out the photos here!
Join Us For An Austin-Area St. Andrew's Alumni Event At Pluckers!
You are warmly invited to an Austin-area SAS Alumni event hosted by Head of School Sean Murphy and the St. Andrew's Alumni Association.
Please join us for wings, drinks, NCAA basketball, and an update on your alma mater!
WHAT: SAS Alumni Event
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 24, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
RSVP to Special Events Coordinator Presh Ashe by February 19th
- Hear an update on the school from Sean Murphy regarding exciting developments at St. Andrew's
- See the new St. Andrew's website, including a dynamic portal for alumni.
- Learn how to get involved as a mentor, supporter and advocate for St. Andrew's.
- Visit with fellow alumni and faculty members.
Hope to see you there!
Helen Bennett ’05 Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
January 22, 2015
Helen Bennett ('05) recently contacted us with some exciting news to share. On December 12, 2014, Helen was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. Her recent achievement came after many years of hard work and preparation.
In 2009, Helen graduated from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree. After traveling through Europe to work with horses as an eventing groom, Helen decided to pursue a law degree at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. As a student, she was awarded the Legal Research Foundation Prize in Law for 2011 as the number one law student in Year 1. Helen finished in the top 10 percent of her class in 2014.
Helen immediately began working as a Judge's clerk at the High Court of New Zealand in Wellington. In June 2014 she completed her professional legal education course (the equivalent of the bar exam) and had her admission ceremony in December 2014. This ceremony involves ceremonial attire (gowns and wigs) for both the moving counsel and the candidate, as well as the presiding High Court judge wearing the traditional "reds" as worn in English courts of law. As a candidate Helen had to swear an oath and give a short "thank you" speech.
Helen's job at the High Court ends in January 2016, after which she will work at the law firm Chapman Tripp (known as one of the "Big Three" commercial law firms in New Zealand) in Christchurch in February 2016 as a member of the litigation team.
When asked how her St. Andrew's experience helped shape her future, Helen says, "The classes and teacher I was most reminded of when undertaking my law degree was Ms. (Jennie) Luongo and the seven years of Latin I took while at St. Andrews. The grammatical and logic skills that I learned from the Latin Department at St. Andrews were hugely beneficial to the process of learning the law. The simplest way to explain it is the AP Latin exams are very similar to law school exams. In Latin we had to translate verses of poetry and then apply them to an overall essay theme for the AP exam; in law school we had to pick out the legal issues in a made-up scenario and then apply legal rules from other cases to solve the legal problem. Ms. Luongo's methods of preparing us for our AP Latin exams was the same method I used when preparing myself eight to 10 years later for my law school exams."
Thank you Helen for sharing your news with us! We look forward to more exciting updates from you in the future!
The Slaughter Family, Hosts of the 2014 Holiday Party, Reminisce about Their Time at St. Andrew’s
January 5, 2015
Many thanks to Emily Klug Slaughter ('95) and Richard Slaughter ('91) for hosting the Alumni Holiday Party this year! We visited with them about their time at St. Andrew's to learn why they stay involved with St. Andrew's and why it continues to have a special place in their lives.
Emily and Richard agree that what makes St. Andrew's special are the lifelong friendships that have stayed with them through the years, remarking "Our oldest and best friends are those we met at St. Andrew's. They are now part of our family as our children's Godparents."
When they reminisce about their favorite memories of St. Andrew's, field trips and sports coaches seem to be their common memory. For Emily, "I had a blast playing basketball for Coach Barton Ballard in sixth grade. And all the fun field trips to San Antonio, Camp Allen, Mo Ranch, New York City, and Big Bend." Richard especially enjoyed flag football and basketball, and "being coached by Coach Costas."
Though it's hard for them to pick their most memorable teacher, both Emily and Richard remember their eighth-grade teachers fondly. Emily remembers, "I loved so many teachers. It's hard to pick just one. Jackie Donegan (who's Ms. King now) was my eighth grade American History teacher. She really made learning history so interesting and I looked forward to her class every day." Richard remembers, "Jerry Buttrey taught seventh grade Texas History. He challenged us to think beyond our years of age, and offered cultural anecdotes that enhanced his Texas History class." Richard's favorite St. Andrew's tradition was Earth Day and the Earth Ball. With the holiday season in full swing, Emily's favorite tradition "Lessons and Carols" is now close on the horizon!
Emily and Richard were married in 2006 at the St. Andrew's Upper School Chapel. Emily now works part-time as a private practice LPC, treating anxiety disorders and supervising counselors in training. Richard produces enterprise analysis for the Employees Retirement System of Texas. Their family has now grown to include 4-1/2-year-old son Richard "Tres" and 9-month-old daughter Margret.
When they have a chance, they like to head to Matt's El Rancho for some good Mexican food, or venture into the water for some swimming in the summer.
Thank you Emily and Richard for opening your homes to your fellow alumni this holiday season, and for sharing your memories with the rest of us!
Alumni Holiday Party
St. Andrew's alumni brought decades of holiday cheer together at the annual Holiday Alumni Party on December 20. Hosted by Emily (Klug) Slaughter '94 and Richard Slaughter '94, more than 75 alumni gathered to enjoy delicious food and beverages and a performance by the Select Choir. Many thanks to the Slaughter Family and our alumni for ringing in the holidays with us! Mark your calendars for 2015: The Keelans are hosting on December 21st!
Ellen Heck (’02) has a new exhibition “Connections” opening at the Wally Workman Gallery on Saturday, Nov. 1. Some of her pieces in the show are now viewable online. Ellen will be giving an artist talk on Thursday, Nov. 6, and she has much to discuss: her works have been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Cleveland Museum of Art , Dartmouth University, and Brigham Young University, among others. Ellen has degrees in printmaking and painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in philosophy from Brown University. She currently resides in California’s Bay Area working as a fine art printmaker and is an artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute.
See Ellen’s work and visit with her at the Wally Workman Gallery:
Thursday, November 6 at 6pm. 1202 West 6th Street, Austin, TX 78703
St. Andrew’s welcomed home graduates from the Classes of 2004 and 2009 for their tenth and fifth year class reunions on October 4. Current and former faculty and staff joined our alumni in the Dell Fine Arts Center for a delicious brunch, presentations by our Heads of School, campus tours, and an afternoon at ACL at Zilker Park. Alumni traveled from around the state to attend and teachers and graduates alike enjoyed reminiscing, touring the new Upper School facilities, and catching up with old friends. We look forward to seeing them all again at the Alumni Holiday Get-Together on Saturday, December 20th!
Join your classmates and former teachers this fall to celebrate your 5 or 10-year reunion! RSVP to reserve your spot at brunch and your ticket to ACL. Spread the word to your classmates; it is going to be a GREAT time!
Sam Selman ’09 promoted to Omaha Storm Chasers, AAA Club of Kansas City Royals
August 28, 2014
Sam Selman ('09) was recently promoted to the Omaha Storm Chasers, which is the AAA club of the Kansas City Royals. Sam played collegiate baseball at Vanderbilt, and he is now in his second full season of professional baseball. His ascension through the minor leagues has been quick, and the next step for him would be in the Major Leagues with the Royals. Here are the awards he has received already in his career:
2013 - MILB.COM Organizational All-Star - Kansas City (AL)
2012 - Post-Season All-Star - Idaho Falls (PIO)
2012 - Pitcher of the Year - Idaho Falls (PIO)
July 30, 2012 - Pitcher of the Week - Idaho Falls (PIO)
Alumni return to SAS…to work!
August 28, 2014
Where do our alumni go after they ride off into the sunset? Some come back home to us to help raise the next generation of talented alums. We currently have nine alumni on staff, three of whom have joined us this year.
Lizzy Garcia ('08): Lizzie graduated from St. Edward's University and received her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Lizzie says, "I wanted to come back to SAS because it's my second home. I attended school here from 1st to 12th grade, and then came back to coach for a couple of years a few months after I [graduated college]. It wasn't really a question whether I would teach here or not, it was more of a 'when' am I going to teach here. I truly love this community and everyone who's part of it. I have always felt at home here. I couldn't imagine teaching anywhere else. I simply love it here!" We are certain Lizzie's enthusiasm will shine through as she mentors students as the resident Early Childhood Aide.
Laura Milton ('04): Though not technically new to St. Andrew's faculty, Laura now serves as the Junior Experience Coordinator and Upper School Community Service Coordinator. She joined the Middle School in 2008 as a Community Service Coordinator. We are excited to have Laura lead us in her new role!
Jasmin Vara ('09): Jasmin, the new Admissions Officer for the 31st Street Campus, graduated from Middlebury College, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology and Education Studies. She says, "I am excited to work at SAS because I can share what I learned during my time at the Upper School and play a different role in building such a special community."
Kyle Hunt ’10 graduates from West Point
August 28, 2014
Benjamin Kyle Hunt ('10) graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor of science degree in Environmental Science in May 2014. He is a Second Lieutenant currently going through Basic Officer Leadership Course at Ft. Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma with the Air Defense Artillery Unit. After training at Ft. Sill, Kyle will be posted at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas and will serve with the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.
Kyle's brother, Andrew Jefferson Hunt ('11), is currently a senior at West Point. He is ranked and serving as the Cadet Captain for the Color Guard Team on the Brigade Staff in the Headquarters and Headquarters Company. He is majoring in Art, Philosophy, and Literature. Andrew hopes to serve in the Heavy Armor branch of the U.S. Army after graduation in May 2015. If you want some more updates on these alumni, just ask their proud mom, Lower School's 4th grade teacher Donna Hunt.
“Forty Fridas” by Ellen Heck ‘02
August 28, 2014
"I'm honored by the endorsement, and proud of this 136-page record of the project," writes Ellen Heck ('02), after learning her Forty Fridas collection was named as a staff pick by Blurb.com.
This is just the latest accolade for Ellen: her stunning portraits of women dressed as Frida Kahlo have drawn international attention. In July, she was awarded the Northern Print International Residency Prize and the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Print prize. One of her prints,Timita as Frida, will make its home in the V&A Museum's permanent collection. In September, Ellen will be showing in Tokyo, Japan, before coming to Austin in November to have her show "Connections" featured at the Wally Workman Gallery.
It is official! The members of the Class of 2014 are now alumni of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.
This year, we were too big for the tent on the green, as graduation moved inside Founders Hall. Our task was to transform a gym that had housed winning athletes and cheering fans to a theatre for honoring outstanding graduates and cheering supporters. The new venue was a success, (without a thought about the possible rain), as we watched ninety-one graduates receive diplomas in front of fourteen hundred proud family members and friends.
After diplomas were received, Catherine Chlebowski ‘10, sister of graduate, Claire Chlebowski, welcomed our newest alums. “You are the future leaders of the school, and your involvement with the community will ensure that St. Andrew’s will continue to be a wonderful place to learn.”
And, it’s already time to save the date for an annual alumni event. Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 3rd, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, for the Senior Send-off in the Dell Fine Arts Center. You will be the first to receive a copy of The Shield, the St. Andrew’s yearbook. This is a casual event, so you can linger, trade college email addresses with your classmates, and write your favorite memories in your friends’ annuals.
Thank you to Vince and Sue Totero for working with students to create our excellent yearbook, as well as their tireless production of the thousands of photographs they have taken and processed through the years. They are always there to record the events and daily life that our graduates will remember from their time at St. Andrew’s.
See you on August 3rd, and welcome Class of 2014!
Thank you to some important alums who helped to create the springboard for our Alumni Association.
Last spring, a group of dedicated alums began to gather bi-weekly with me through teleconferences, dinners, and a lot of emails. Their charge was to brainstorm and design a structure for an Alumni Association, in which they would enjoy remaining active. The result of the work was presented to Interim Head, Michael Eanes, who provided the findings to the St. Andrew’s Board of Trustees and new Head of School Sean Murphy, as the school was forming the new strategic plan last fall.
The first task of the committee was to create a Mission Statement, which is:The mission of the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Alumni Association is to maintain and promote the connection of alumni to the School and to strengthen the mission of the School and its community through alumni involvement.
Through extensive discussions, presentations of the experiences each committee member had experienced with his or her college alumni offices, and reflecting on the school community, the group created the bylaws which have been accepted by the Board of Trustees. While everyone on the committee contributed and debated thoughts for the philosophy of the document, special thanks go to John Bennett, who produced the framework and patiently nursed the document to completion.
The bylaws call for an Alumni Board, a liaison with the St. Andrew’s Board of Trustees, Class Agents, and meetings centered around natural opportunities for alumni to gather, like the Holiday Get-Together and the 5-year and 10-year reunions. No dues are required!
In addition, the group created a survey to send to alums soliciting opinions about ways to stay in touch, ideas for remaining active in the life of the school, and operational guidelines for Alumni Association leaders that would not be too time consuming, but would be meaningful interfaces with the school.
Other thoughts that arose included the creation of a private group on LinkedIn, the continued use of the Alumni Blog and Facebook for sending news and alumni updates, the creation of an available job billboard, and a searchable directory.
Thank you to these devoted and enthusiastic alums for helping us to establish the foundation for an exciting alumni community. Below are the St. Andrew's alumni who helped with this important effort:
Walker Wroe ’09 graduated from Ole Miss and is currently pursuing a master’s in engineering at the University of Texas.
Margot Miller ’04 graduated from Pomona and is currently the Operations Manager for MidWest Roots in Chicago.
John Bennett ’02 graduated from Williams and the University of Virginia School of Law and is an oil and gas attorney with Walker Keeling, LLP, in Victoria, Texas.
Katie Fitzpatrick ’07 graduated from Yale and has been a derivatives analyst at Greenlake Capital in New York, but begins nursing school at Columbia in the fall.
Callie Clemons ’07 graduated from Washington and Lee in 2011, returned to Austin, and just graduated from the University of Texas School of Law.
Nancy Garrison ’77 is a current St. Andrew’s parent with Sam as a rising senior and Tucker a rising ninth grader. Nancy, and husband, Dan, are owners of Garrison Brothers Distillery and are award winning makers of Texas Bourbon.
Dr. Christy Tucker ’05 is a graduate of Davidson University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and is currently working as a post doctoral fellow in Clinical Psychology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
RJ Axe '03
is a graduate of the University of the South and is currently in the construction business in Nashville, Tennessee. He is pictured with ’08 friends Bowman Townsend and Clara Merchant.
Alex Wolford ’10 is just back from Australia and continuing her degree in business at the University of Texas.
Trey Garza ’04 graduated from Notre Dame and is a engineer for Myriad RBM, an Austin company providing biomarker solutions.
Thank you again to all of the graduates who not only helped to create the school that St. Andrew’s is today, but who continue to build our new alumni community.
May 14, 2013
Several “Found Alums” have been returning the contact information request we sent out in December. Let me re-introduce you to Johanna Bohman Barger ‘97.
Johanna was found in New York City. A 2005 graduate of Vanderbilt, Johanna continued her education by earning a master’s of arts degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010, and a second master’s degree in art business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in 2011.
Armed with design training and business acumen, Johanna is currently a Senior Interior Designer at Drake Design Associates in NYC. Johanna and business owner, Jamie Drake, were recently asked to design a project for Designer Visions. Designer Visions is an annual honorary event produced by Hearst Design Group in which the editors of Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Veranda each select a designer to honor. Johanna explained, “This year, Jamie and I designed a colorful 2700 sq. ft. apartment in Chelsea in The Walker Tower with a modernized Art Deco flair for House Beautiful.” You can read the article in the magazine or view portions of it online at HB’s website.
We asked Johanna to share her thoughts about life after St. Andrew’s.
What are your favorite things about New York?
One of my favorite things about New York is the incredible access of it all–proximity to amazing restaurants, art museums & galleries, lectures, shops, and access to so many other destinations that are just a quick flight away out of NYC.
If there was one Austin thing you could bring to New York, what would it be?
That is not a fair question because you’re making me decide between my mom and Mexican food. Of course, I’d bring my mom, but she’d have to bring me the Mexican Special from Maudie’s on the plane ride up.
Is there a teacher that encouraged you in any way toward your current career?
Yes, I always thought I’d end up in medicine or a science field until my freshman year at Vanderbilt. We were required to take a small freshman seminar and I chose religious architecture. My professor, Dr. Ljubica Popovich, was one of the most interesting and inspiring professors I’ve ever had in school. Dr. Popovich, along with Dr. Leonard Folgarait (my other favorite professor) opened up the world of art and architectural history for me that led me to my current career. I’ll always be eternally grateful to them and their ability to make art come alive in the dimly lit art history lecture rooms at Vandy.
Follow this link, and you can see Johanna at work! Keep an eye out in the design magazines–we’re sure to see more of Johanna.
May 11, 2014
When Grace Sauder graduated from St. Andrew’s in 2003, everyone thought it was a natural when she decided to attend USC to study theatre. Grace had performed in play after play, was a member of the Select Choir, starred as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and had a beaming presence on the stage.
But, during Grace’s time at USC, she “did a complete 180” and changed her major dramatically. Grace undertook a double major in religion and peace and conflict studies. “Who could have predicted that!” she says.
After graduation, Grace went to London to work toward a master’s degree in human rights at the London School of Economics. It was there that Grace met a new friend, Bart Storan. Bart had just completed a degree at Trinity College in Dublin and was also participating in the human rights program.The two were good friends during their degree pursuits.
Grace returned to Austin and worked for local health-focused non-profits. As she was about to enter another degree program in Atlanta, the relationship became more serious and Grace moved to Dublin, spending time working with Bart on a political campaign, which successfully elected an unknown independent to the Irish Parliament.
The election gave Grace an opportunity to experience living in Ireland, and she loved it. She decided to stay and continue her studies by entering into the PhD program in law at UCD. Her current research is focused on medical ethics issues, looking specifically at conscientious objection in healthcare. “The topic has given me the chance to bring all of my research interests together: religion, health and human rights.”
In January 2013, in Austin, Bart proposed. In October, the couple was married in what Grace termed as an “international celebration.” In the midst of all of the planning, Grace was teaching her first college course, a law and philosophy class for juniors and seniors. Her work on her PhD will be completed this summer…just in time for twins to arrive in the fall! Congratulations Storans!
In the expanding world of healthcare and healthcare change, I’m sure we’ll hear more from Grace.
May 4, 2014
For the last several weeks, students in the AP Art classes have spent Mondays with ‘07 alum, Connor McCall. After studying sculpture at the College of Santa Fe, Connor returned to Austin and works locally at Slight of Hand Metalworks, building metal furniture, architectural elements, and art.
Was there a teacher or subject that you experienced at St. Andrew’s that influenced the path you follow today?
“I think the most important thing I received at St. Andrew’s was the freedom to find my calling. When I came to the Upper School, I had nothing “artistic” to my name except a bunch of scribblings. I couldn’t wrap my head around perspective or shading to save my life, but I had notebooks littered with illegible comics, doodles and schematics. Ms. Reed’s freshman art class was a breath of fresh air. It was an art program that didn’t feel like an add-on or a hobby, but rather a real subject that merited study.”
“It was a chance encounter with a roll of armature wire, a PVC tube and some broken jewelry that set me on the path to becoming a sculptor. Ms. Reed’s bottomless “junk” drawers quickly became fuel for an unending slew of sculpture, all made from wire and detritus. I started experimenting in every direction by dissecting electronics, scavenging natural materials, and using tools I’d never heard of before. The only thing I never bothered with was paint. I stayed late after school at every opportunity, often working alone while playing music in the background. By the time I reached my senior year, I had sculptures displayed all across the library. When a college recruiter visited the Upper School, and I was the only attendee to his demonstration, I ended up taking him on a tour of the library–which he photographed and forwarded to the head of the sculpture department.
I was never once discouraged while I was at St. Andrew’s; nobody told me to stop. Okay, there was one time, but that was after I’d been working on a piece for a month and Ms. Reed had to stop me and declare ‘Connor! It’s finished already! Start the next one!’ I wouldn’t be where I am today without her help.”
What is your favorite tool?
That is like picking your favorite child. I do have a pair of locking pliers I found in a parking lot, though, and it’s usually the first thing I reach for. Second place goes to a “roll of baling wire.”
April 8, 2014
In December, we sent out a mailing to all alumni who graduated from St. Andrew’s before we added the Upper School with the goal of re-connecting. We have found many whose addresses had been lost. As we hear from these early alums, we plan to post several blog articles about “Found Alums.” The first is Ann Hudspeth, who graduated from the sixth grade in 1982.
Ann is currently a User Experience Architect at Dell. She moved back to Austin in 2012 after spending twenty years in Seattle. A graduate of Vassar College in 1992, she moved west with her musical talent and has been singing ever since. Along the way, she earned an MBA from the University of Washington and worked at Microsoft for 12 years. We were able to meet, and Ann helped me identify many people from candid pictures that we have gathered from the Lower and Middle School of activities during the time she attended St. Andrew’s. In addition, she had a great scrapbook and is allowing me to share highlights with you!
When I asked Ann if there was a particular teacher who she remembered the most, she gave a quick answer. “The teacher that encouraged me the most was Mrs. Elkjer. She was the music teacher and she thought I had potential in music and I loved her class.” Music is important to Ann! She has been in bands from an early age.
Ann continues to sing and is looking to start a new band in the not too distant future. She has produced songs under her Little Sureshot label, named after Annie Oakley. Here is a link to some of her music.
Ann helped identify former students and classmates in over 1,000 pictures. As we went through the photos, it became clear that Ann and John Gage were best friends, as they were often photographed together.
Along with music, Ann’s passion is dog rescue and welfare. She volunteers and is a foster parent with the Austin Humane Society, Austin/American Pets Alive!, and the Classic Canines of Austin Animal Center. “I actually have four dogs at my house right now! It’s wonderful and always entertaining! My long term goal is to create a non-profit that lobbies for animal welfare.”
Thanks for sharing Ann. We’ll keep an ear out for Little Sureshot!
April 3, 2014
Our theme of alums in research sends us back to New York, where Austen Sitko ‘03 continues her research of brain development and participates in educational outreach to local K-12 students to share her love of science.
What kind of work are you doing now and what attracted you to it?
I’m conducting developmental neurobiology research–specifically, trying to unravel some of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that organize developing neural circuitry. My work is in the basic science field of developmental neurobiology, but it stems from my core interest in the development of neuropsychiatric disorders, in which there are likely many, if subtle, defects in the development of neural circuitry. The thought that my research on how neural circuits normally develop might someday further our understanding of disorders like schizophrenia or autism is especially motivating.
On a more day to day level, I love my work because I get to look at brains and neurons, which are endlessly gorgeous. I work with my hands and take pictures on microscopes, which satisfies my creative side; and I am surrounded by bright, curious, interesting people who are working together to try and understand just a little bit more about the brain, and who also happen to be a lot of fun.
Did any teacher or area of study while you attended St. Andrew’s influence you to pursue the projects you currently undertake?
I was much more of a humanities buff when I was at SAS, actually. I felt more encouraged and confident in those areas and always enjoyed writing and the critical thinking of the humanities and arts. Marsha Russell, Kim Horne, and John Works all were motivating teachers and I enjoyed my art history and literature studies thoroughly. I also recall Gretchen Williams’ chemistry course–she was both a wonderfully warm person and a great science teacher. But at that point in school I had sort of decided that I wasn’t “good” at science, so I didn’t pursue it with as much passion as I did the humanities. I think that mistaken self-assessment was largely based on my science classes in previous schools, which taught science as an exercise in memorizing facts rather than the creative problem-solving process that it is (and which is much more fun to learn).
This is one reason I like to teach K-12 students–I think a lot of them have a similar sense of not being good at science, which is silly. All you need to be good at science is curiosity and a willingness to fiddle with things to try and figure out how they work. Of course, even though my own scientific enthusiasm didn’t fully emerge until later, the writing and analytical skills I developed at SAS, and probably also the manual, hands-on technical skills from working backstage for theater productions, are all immensely useful in my career now.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’ve been doing a lot of teaching and educational outreach to local K-12 schools. I was president of our graduate-student-run neuroscience outreach group, which teaches K-12 classes about the brain and neuroscience topics, and participates in many science festivals and fairs throughout the year. We just wrapped the annual Brain Awareness Week festivities with other NYC neuroscience programs, which is a fun way to reach out to kids and adults in our local communities and share our enthusiasm for neuroscience. The last few semesters, I’ve also been teaching an introductory neuroscience class to high school students on the weekends. They’re a blast and ask some great (and frequently amusing) questions.
The rest of the time, I like to cook, bake, and relax at home with my snuggly cat (who I’ve had since I was at SAS, which was a long time ago now!), and take photography excursions to the Brooklyn or Bronx Botanical Gardens, the various zoos in the city, or long hikes north of the city, sometimes with snowshoes.
March 31, 2014
Eleanor Gammon Berry ’58 died peacefully at home on March 26 after a long illness. She was 67 years old. Eleanor was born in Austin on July 21, 1946, to Eleanor Stayton Gammon and William Gammon, Jr. She lived in Austin her entire life, attending St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, where she was in the original First Grade class, O’Henry Junior High, and Austin High School. She was also a student at Mt. Vernon College and The University of Texas. In 1967, she married Matt Berry, with whom she enjoyed 47 years of marriage. Matt and their four children were the loves of her life. Austin American Statesman obituary.
March 27, 2014
If someone told you that he had run into Lauren Albrecht ‘06 at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, and that Lauren was watching the desmosome, it might sound as though she was tuned in to the latest indie music sensation. However, Lauren’s studies of the desmosome may help save lives.
Lauren is working on her PhD in cell biology at Northwestern University. She is investigating the underlying molecular mechanisms that promote the progression of a rare heart disorder known as Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC).
What is the focus of your current work?
“The object of my thesis work is to elucidate the biological mechanisms that regulate desmosome functions to provide mechanical strength to cell-cell contacts during the formation of tissues. Further, my work investigates how misregulation of the desmosome functions leads to skin and heart diseases.
The focus of my work is the desmosome, a specialized intercellular junction that acts like cellular Velcro, tethering neighboring cells together at sites of cell-cell contact. The desmosome provides structural integrity to the tissues of organs that undergo great mechanical stress such as the skin and the heart.”
What kinds of health problems will your research help to solve?
Inherited mutations in the desmosome genes result in skin and heart diseases such as Lethal Acantholytic Epidermolysis Bullosa (LAEB)16, which results in death within about 20 days of birth, and Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC)18, which can lead to sudden death. Sudden cardiac deaths have received attention in the social media as these patients are often young athletes who die suddenly without any apparent symptoms on the soccer field or basketball court.
What is your favorite research tool?
Was there a teacher who inspired you or a class that you experienced at St. Andrew’s that influenced the path you follow today?
I was greatly influenced by many teachers during my time at St. Andrew’s. My interest was sparked in high school by all of the different chemistry, biology, and physics teachers. I often think back to the way my time at SAS shaped my path to becoming a scientist and finding my passion in life. Some kids that are not as driven or naturally motivated may get lost in other schools. I believe that I was one of these types of children and I feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to go somewhere like SAS, where teachers took the time to focus on each student. If not for the variety of teachers that I had from first grade until my senior year of high school, I would not be where I am today. I am eternally grateful to SAS for shaping me into the person I am today.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I am part of a mentor-based after-school science initiative called Science Club that works to educate underserved communities about basic science.
If you would like to read about Lauren’s earlier research, click on this blog story, and we’ll keep you posted about Lauren’s next discoveries.
If you have continued to use knowledge you gained from your teachers in the Newton Science Wing, please send us your stories. We love to hear about life after Southwest Parkway.
March 20, 2014
On Tuesday, we were happy to have Ashwin Rao ‘03, back on campus, where he delivered the homily during Chapel. A few years ago, Ashwin spoke to us after he graduated from Amherst and had just begun his first year at UT Law. Now, a law school graduate, Ashwin has decided to become a legal fellow for the International Justice Mission (IJM) for one year in Bangalore, India. The International Justice Mission works to bring justice to oppressed people in countries that have laws in place, but not enough people to enforce the laws. Ashwin’s primary job will be advocating for victims of human trafficking by building cases against their captors. IJM provides help to prosecute the traffickers and provide after-care support to the victims.
While presenting to students and faculty, Ashwin shared specific imagery of his time at St. Andrew’s and the goals he had hoped to achieve. He spoke of the challenges and successes he anticipated during his upper school years as he was looking toward college, and the things that were important to him at the time. His main reference, however, was from C. S. Lewis’ book, Mere Christianity. He continued to revisit the quote, “Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’: aim at earth and you will get neither.”
Ashwin connected the teachings of C.S. Lewis to his work for the Hope Street Ministries in East Austin, and ultimately to his decision to become a legal fellow in India and the interesting course his life is beginning to take. Ashwin will be working out of the new IJM office in Bangalore. Although new, the office has already helped free people from a rock quarry, a construction site, and over 100 people have been rescued from farms and factories.
Both of Ashwin’s parents were born outside of Bangalore, and he has extended family living nearby. Says Ashwin, “So missionally, culturally, and practically, it seems like a good fit.”
Ashwin is seeking support for his work in three ways: prayers, referrals, and financial. Please take a moment to visit his blog to learn about his trip, read the details of his fellowship, and read or listen to a recording of his homily in Chapel.
Keep aiming for Heaven, Ashwin.
Kristin von Kreisler was in the first graduating class of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in 1956. On January 10th, 2014, Kristin released her fourth book, An Unexpected Grace, a novel about a woman and a golden retriever helping each other recover from trauma and abuse. (The book is available through Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.) Kristin has spent much of her career writing about animals and their relationships with humans. An earlier book, For Bea, is about Kristin’s beagle, who was a medical lab dog found on the street, and who influenced her to become a writer about animals. Her first book, The Compassion of Animals, was a Book of the Month Club selection.
I visited with Kristin on the phone from her home on an island in Washington, where, from her desk, she watches ospreys and seals and the ferries pass by. Before moving to Washington, Kristin lived in California where she freelanced for magazines and newspapers. Her articles have appeared in anthologies and textbooks and in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Woman’s Day, and Reader’s Digest, where she was a staff writer.
I asked Kristin if she could point to a time when she began to develop her love of writing. She remembers falling in love with reading and writing at St. Andrew’s. The teacher who stands out in her memory is Mrs. Watkins, her fifth-grade teacher, who was a no-nonsense, but loving educator. Mrs. Watkins required her students to read a book a week. Class time was dedicated to writing about most of the books they read. “In one year, she turned the students of our class into voracious and disciplined readers. She also taught us how to organize ideas and write coherently. When I was in college, I thought many times that I was coasting along on what I’d learned from Mrs. Watkins. That’s still true today. I owe her so much.”
Kristin added, “St. Andrew’s was ‘the Exeter of the Southwest,’ because of the fine faculty, the wonderful relationship the school had with education students at UT and the work ethic that was encouraged.”
Please share the kind of work you are creating today.
“After a career as a university English teacher, I freelanced for magazines and moved on to writing nonfiction books. Then I discovered the joy of writing fiction, and now I’m working hard to promote my new novel, An Unexpected Grace. I’m thrilled that it’s been a bestseller at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and on the published list of the Toronto Star. Lately, I’ve started writing another novel, Earnest, which is also about a dog influencing people’s lives. I love animals, and I love fiction. So by combining the two, I think I’ve finally found what I was meant to do in life.”
Tell me about the beagle in the picture with you.
“My beagle was Beatrice, a.k.a. Bea. My memoir, For Bea, is about the way she influenced me to write about animals and to work for animal welfare. I found her on the street and learned from a tattoo in her ear that she’d come from a medical lab. She was so traumatized that she literally vibrated if anybody got close to her. Needless to say, I became more determined than ever to fight for animal welfare, as I’ve done the last years. Bea turned out to be a fabulous dog after two years of coddling and coaxing her to normalcy.
She inspired me to write about animals when I hurt four disks in my spine about 15 years ago. For months I was in too much pain to work. Bea stayed with me every minute and comforted me. One day, I thought, “If I love animals so much, why am I not writing about them?” That hit me like a lightning bolt. I resolved that if I ever became well enough to work again, I would devote my life to writing about animals and showing their worth and importance. So that’s what I’ve done. (I was born on St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day and should have known since birth that I was meant to give my life to animals!)”
What do you do in your spare time?
“I read and work in my beloved garden. On the island where I live, I walk everywhere and have many friends. I travel and go to to movies. But mostly I work on whatever I’m writing–either thinking about it, or reading something that pertains to it, or sitting down with a pencil in my hand. So much of my life is wrapped up in my work.”
When asked for more SAS memories, Kristin remembered going to Chapel in the winter wearing coats, because the chapel on the Pearl Street campus didn’t have heat! To add insulation, newspaper was stuffed into holes in the walls in an attempt to keep out some of the cold.
Kristin also said that kickball was the number one activity at the time. (Patricia Morrison ’57, verified everyone’s love of kickball when she came to help identify pictures of alumni in November.)
As we ended our walk down St. Andrew’s memory lane, Kristin shared, “Our class had only about a dozen students, and we were a little family, more like siblings than classmates. I am still close friends with some of them.”
Kristin, you will be glad to know that long-lasting classmate friendships are still a part of St. Andrew’s. And, if any of our readers remember Mrs. Watkins or kickball games or chilly chapel days, please write to us and share your stories: email@example.com
March 5, 2014
When strangers meet an elder in an African village, there is often a ceremony during which a cola nut is given to the village chief as a sign of peace. The nut is broken into pieces and shared as part of the recognition that trust between the two parties is growing. Ben Powell was part of this ceremony when he went to Ghana as part of a group of volunteers with Community Water Solutions to bring clean water to a rural village.
His first trip was successful with the installation of a clean water supply. Many volunteers might stop there, but Ben was inspired. He came back to his job at National Instruments and began planning. With business partner, Mark Moeremans, he created a plan for InnovaSun: an idea to bring a solar power charging station to rural Ghana.
The stations would become small businesses for local women to provide an electricity hub for the village. The team’s idea was selected as the winner of the Social Enterprise Competition in November 2012.
When Ben returned, the cola nut ceremony was a little different. Ben wrote from his blog, “We give them a cola nut, which is a sign we come in peace. Unlike previous meetings, this time we do not break the nut into pieces and share it, because we know each other.”
Last fall, the creativity (and hard work) performed by Ben and Mark became light. After installing the solar panels, they turned over the electricity to the villagers.
“The people of Wambong have taken pride in the water treatment center we implemented there, understanding its health benefits and giving us God’s blessing each time we refer to it, saying, ‘God bless you.’ ”
Not only did Ben bring light to the villagers of Wambong, but they gave it right back to Ben, as can be seen in this photo from the blog with Ben’s caption, “Seriously, these kids will steal your heart.”
Happily, for the kids of St. Andrew’s, when Ben returned to Austin to continue working with National Instruments, he found time to be a swimming coach for St. Andrew’s. As an All-Conference SPC swimmer himself, he was comfortable with the early morning practices and meets, which took place outside all winter long. Ben just knows what to do around water and light.
February 26, 2014
The Visual Art Department at the Upper School has taken a Los Angeles Art and Architecture tour for the last several years. Follow this link to see the trip video. As part of that trip, alums in the area have often joined the group to share their perspectives about all things West Coast. This year, we hosted an alumni get-together at trendy Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood. Thanks to Michael Fitzpatrick, who helped scout the location and organize the evening, we had 14 alums join in an evening of great food, networking, and catch-up.
Natalie Jones ‘10 gave us a wonderful “what’s-hot-in-LA” tip by suggesting we take the students to Sprinkle’s Cupcake ATM. You are correct: Step up to the cupcake ATM and order the cupcake of your choice!
The St. Andrew’s Upper School Choir has been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York again this year. Another alumni get-together is planned surrounding that trip. Who knows what kind of ATM we’ll find in Manhattan!
January 16, 2014
HBO just announced that Nathan Parsons (a St. Andrew’s alum from the Class of ‘06) will be stepping into the role of James, when the seventh and final season of the television drama series, True Blood, airs this summer. Nathan’s previous acting experience includes the roll of Godot on the television comedy-drama series, Bunheads, as well as the part of Ethan Lovett in the longest-running daytime drama, General Hospital.
The True Blood series is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris. The drama details the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional small town in northwesern Louisiana. The series centers on the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress.
While attending St. Andrew’s, Nathan played football for one season and was a fast and shifty running back. He scored the first touchdown of the season in 2004 on a pass from Kyle Fadal ‘05.
The next year, he chose to participate in the fall musical over football, and starred as the leading role of the St. Andrews’ production of Company. Nathan played the part of Bobby, a single man with three girlfriends, unable to commit fully to a steady relationship. Looking back at the pictures, there’s no surprise that one day Nathan would be comfortable sitting in an actor’s chair with the rest of the cast.
January 15, 2014
“Don’t procrastinate on projects because they will catch up to you.”
This is just one of the good bits of advice offered by the 19 alums from the Class of 2013 who came back to share first-semester experiences with the Class of 2014.
College counselors, Elizabeth Guice and Chad Fulton, decided to change the format for this year’s get-together between the two classes. Alums were grouped together based on the locations of the colleges they attend. This new arrangement provided an opportunity for prospective students to hear about West Coast schools versus East Coast versus mid-country. They could also learn about the differences between colleges from different kinds of climates. At each group station, a range in school size was represented. Students and alums spent time casually comparing notes, seeing old friends, and hearing practical advice based on actual experiences.
The advice was focused on three areas: words of advice, adjustments to college, and things they miss about home. Read the highlights below:
Words of Advice
• If you’re interested in doing research or getting a job, start searching as soon as you get there.
• Explore the city that you’re living in and don’t just stay within a 3-block radius of the campus.
• Don’t be afraid to go to school-sponsored stuff alone, because then you are forced to meet people. Remember everyone starts from scratch.
• Calm down. It’s all going to be okay.
• Pick a place where you know you’ll be happy and take the surrounding area into account.
• I’m a bit biased, but don’t discount a school just because it’s small. Even small schools have a lot to offer in the way of student life, opportunities, and networking.
• Don’t go somewhere just because your friends are attending, and don’t feel the need or pressure to choose a college just because everyone else has chosen.
• During your first two weeks at school, your dorm room should be just for sleeping–get out onto your campus!
• Go to a school where you will be constantly amazed by all that you can do or see.
• My sleep schedule is completely off. I’m going to bed around 5 a.m. and waking up at 12 p.m. Then, it gets dark at 4 p.m., so essentially I’m living in darkness.
• There’s the obvious freedom that everyone talks about, which is pretty great because you’re running your own life and in charge of all the little stuff that you might otherwise not notice.
• Being an adult.
• Managing your time. You go from having a full schedule to having absolutely nothing on your schedule. Also, rooming situation is hard because you go from living with no one to living with someone in a tiny room.
• Learning how to be outgoing and open to new experiences.
• You have to be able to manage your time very well, and the environment can be much more competitive.
• I have a lot of free time, and many more responsibilities.
• I think just the fact that, “I am on my own now,” was the biggest adjustment. I was so used to the same routine at SAS and when I got to college, my routine was so different. I am also super close with my family and friends, so going someplace where I barely knew anyone and not being able to just drive home was an adjustment.
Things You Might Miss
• Tex-Mex, Tacos, Mexican Food
• It’s hard to imagine that a whole section of the country could be terrible at cooking Mexican food, but it’s true. There aren’t decent breakfast tacos for hundreds of miles.
• The people in my close group of friends
• My siblings
• Having a kitchen
• My bed
• My room
• My dog
• My own space
• Homecooked meals
• The Austin culture
Last piece of advice. Have fun!
December 23, 2013
Thank you to the Steins: Emily ‘05, Sam ‘09, and Charlie ’13, and parents Shari and Eric, for hosting this year’s Alumni Holiday Get-Together. The evening was full of good cheer, good food, the wonderful sounds of the Select Choir, and lots of laughter.
See all of the party photos here.
December 18, 2013
One of the longest traditions of the school has been to hold a Christmas Pageant. Each year, a new Mary and Joseph welcome a new baby Jesus. Wise men and women abound. Shepherds fear not!
Can you help identify the angels above? Do you know someone who could? Please share this link! Do you have pictures from the year you were in the Christmas Pageant? We would love to digitize them for you! Please contact Jim Heck and we will arrange to pick up your memories and fill in the school’s history…and then return the items to you unharmed.
We would also love to collect any film or video you may have, too. Watch below to see why.
December 13, 2013
There are few things as low on the totem pole as a freshman in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M. But, that is all a matter of perspective. Fish Lanctot, as he is known in the Quad, has already established himself as a leader in his first semester at A&M.
Above, Zach is pictured after the first football game at A&M, fully in charge of the Yell Leader’s left leg. (Catching a yell leader is not an easy thing to do!) At the end of each victory, after the game’s last second, the fish (freshmen) in the Corps chase after the yell leaders and ceremonially dump them into the “Fish Pond” before holding another Yell Practice. But that was way back in September.
Recently, Zach was one of twelve members of the Corps to participate in the annual Corps Wars versus LSU. Members were invited to a formal dinner and had box seats at the game. Governor Perry and the Duck Dynasty folks were also there! Before all of that, the group participated in a maneuvers and skills competition, which they handily won.
Zach was just notified that he was selected to participate in the Army’s CULP program this summer. The Cultural Understanding and Leadership Program will send him to Vietnam where he will practice maneuvers with the Vietnamese army, teach English to local children, and participate in humanitarian efforts throughout the country.
Last summer, Zach continued his study of Mandarin Chinese at North Georgia University after being awarded a Project GO (Global Officers) scholarship. Linda Lanctot, Zach’s mom, proudly reflects, “The SAS Mandarin program has been a differentiator for him both at A&M and the Army. We are tremendously grateful for the solid foundation Zachary was given at SAS.”
SAS Soccer Alums Take To The Field As College Freshmen
December 10, 2013
The temperature has dropped into the 20s and that can only mean one thing for St. Andrew’s sports: Soccer Season! Games have just begun. The girls’ varsity team won their first game against Regents 5-2. With the chill in the air, we thought we would check in on our girls’ soccer alums.
Olivia came to St. Andrew’s last year as a senior after being introduced to the school by Isabelle Kerr and her dad, Bill. For several years, Isabelle and Olivia had been on the select soccer teams in the Austin area. As her senior year approached, she considered St. Andrew’s, and its academic rigor, a great place to prepare for college. When she arrived on campus, she quickly became woven into the fabric of the senior class and participated in all aspects of the school. Later in her senior year, Olivia committed to Vanderbilt to play soccer.
As a Freshman, Olivia took right to the field. Playing over 1,100 minutes during the season, she had over 65 saves in goal. Way to go!
Isabelle Kerr always had a good work ethic. After Isabelle was recruited to play Division 1 soccer for the University of Texas, she set a personal goal to attain a lot of playing time as early as possible. To that end, she ramped up her summer training to enter the season in top physical shape. As a result, Isabelle was able to enter pre-season at the top of all fitness tests run by the team. During the season she started nine games, played in 13, and was on the field for over 892 minutes. Isabelle had 3 shots on goal and 2 assists. In September, she was named Newcomer of the Week in the Big 12. Nice!
Lucky for us, we can see Isabelle play locally from time to time. Number-one Isabelle fan and dad, Bill Kerr, is pictured here after Isabelle played all 90 minutes of the game against South Florida!
We hope our two stars will come and play in the Alumni Soccer Cup this January!
December 2, 2013
Do you need the perfect gift for your student or alum? Or a gift for a parent who helped shape the excellent school that we know today? Pick up the new hot-off-the-press edition of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School: A Gift To Our Children, signed by Lucy Nazro this Wednesday! Lucy and Mary Ann Frishman have written a beautiful 60-year history of St. Andrew’s and you can buy a personally autographed copy by coming to the book signing this Wednesday, December 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rollin’s Library on the Lower School Campus.
Lucy Nazro attending the groundbreaking for the new Middle School.
The 132-page, large-format book is filled with memories, images, and stories of the growth of St. Andrew’s since its beginning on Pearl Street through the beginning of this school year. You may buy copies at the book signing party, or order online. If you order online before Wednesday, you may enter a note that you would like Lucy to sign your book before it is shipped to you. Order online here and add the inscription that you would like Lucy to include under “Special Accommodations.”
November 22, 2013
This year’s award goes to a St. Andrew’s alum who graduated from the Middle School in 1985, Tom Daniel. Tom graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1993 and came to the University of Texas Law School, graduating with a Juris Doctor and a Masters in Business Administration in 1997. He and his wife, Kelley, have three children at St. Andrew’s. Caroline is in seventh grade, Thomas, in fifth grade, and Price is in second grade.
Pictured above are Tom, his wife Kelley, and his mom, Diane.
Tom’s service to St. Andrew’s has truly been outstanding and will have lasting effects on our school. Thanks to Tom’s patience, perseverance, and integrity, St. Andrew’s was able to acquire 93 acres of land for our Upper School from the Miller family, a long-term effort that initially began in 2003. With his friendly and easy-going demeanor and business acumen, Tom was the perfect representative to work with the Miller family and secure this unprecedented opportunity for St. Andrew’s.
With the addition of the Miller Tract, which increases our campus from 72 acres to 165 acres, we have more than ample space for all of the school’s future growth and expansion for many years to come, and St. Andrew’s will not face the threat of being land-locked. We are fortunate to have this property as a long-term asset for our community and all the opportunities it brings.
Tom has also acted as the Project Manager for the development and construction of our new Upper School entrance, which will be opening soon. He also continues to serve on the Miller Tract Task Force and the Board of Trustees.
Tom is easy to spot in the back row, third from the left, in this picture from the eighth grade at St. Andrew’s. He fondly remembers his trip to San Miguel, Mexico. The trip, led by Cecilia Behague, was a two-week study, during which the students stayed with host families. Tom not only learned about a new culture, he greatly improved his Spanish.
After graduation from St. Andrew’s, Tom’s family moved to Beeville, Texas. When he arrived, he discovered that he had already been exposed to many of the ninth-grade textbooks he would be using in his new school. By his senior year in Beeville, he was taking courses at the local community college. Tom says, “The academic success I was able to achieve was due in large part to all of the skills I was taught while at St. Andrew’s.”
Thanks for being such a good student, Tom!
On the 50th Anniversary of St. Andrew’s, the school established the Outstanding Alumni Award to be given bi-annually to a graduate of St. Andrew’s who has distinguished himself or herself in his or her work or in service to the community. Past recipients have included Amanda Beck ‘69, Kathryn Runnells ’71, Drew Brees ‘91, Dr. Mary Yancy Garwood ’74, and the Reverend John Gage ‘84.
Join us for the Holiday Get-Together. We’ll have festive food and drink from Santa Rita, the wafting holiday sounds of the Select Choir, and friendly faces. Come and have fun and meet someone new!
November 11, 2013
When Chris Taylor ‘03 was a senior at St. Andrew’s, he already knew the path he wanted to take when he graduated. Chris had a passion for fast cars and racing and he wanted to jump right into the racing industry. For his senior project, Chris built a racecar from scratch. The venture turned out to be more challenging than he anticipated, but it only fueled his motivation to continue working on cars.
Chris began racing cars when he was eight years old. He began by racing quarter midgets and competed in the national championships in Colorado and Canada. As Chris grew bigger, so did the cars. His knowledge of all aspects of the racing industry increased, as well.
Upon graduation, Chris and his dad, Walt, opened Taylor Rotorsports in 2003. A decade later, Chris is the owner of Chris Taylor Racing Services. Chris’ company is dedicated to providing an excellent racing experience for the “pro-sumers” with a passion for racing. Chris provides garage services and race cars for “arrive-and-drive” racers. His facility is located near the Circuit of the Americas F1 Track and he supplies cars for other races that are scheduled for the F1 track and at other racetracks around the state. He provides cars for the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), National Auto Sport Association (NASA), and Pro Series races.
Chris’ racing connections and reputation have grown over the last decade. He attributes much of his knowledge of the sportscar marketing business to his relationship with Tavo Hellmund, who was instrumental in bringing F1 to Austin. Because Chris’ facility is located next door to the F1 track, he is able to provide parking and camping locations for Circuit of the Americas events and for racing enthusiasts coming to Austin for other track events. Learn more here about his plans for this week’s upcoming races.
Chris is also very active at Harris Hill Raceway (H2R), a track located near San Marcos. When Chris first introduced himself to the track owners, he discovered that the track was owned by a St. Andrew’s dad, Bo Rivers, father of Carley Rivers ‘05. The Harris Hill Road Track is essentially a club for people interested in driving their own cars in a controlled racetrack environment. Drivers can take lessons and book lap time to experience driving at a new level.
Check in with Chris if you, too, want to experience speeding down a track with an alum who really knows the sport. The quote, which Chris selected as a senior to include in the yearbook, only confirms the path he has taken: “There are only three true sports: mountain climbing, bullfighting, and motor racing. The rest are all games.”- Ernest Hemingway
November 7, 2013
When Mary Ann Frishman ‘79 was completing one of her many writing assignments in Ms. Watkins’ class, she never imagined that years later she would be co-authoring the 60-year history of St. Andrew’s with long-time Head of School, Lucy Nazro.
Mary Ann Thornhill, as she was called in 1979, is pictured in the second row, far left, of the class photo above. In the upper right photo, she is providing all of the intensity needed for her tug-o-war team during Field Day.
A 60-Year History
Before Lucy retired, the Board of Directors asked her to help write about the school and its growth during her 30+ years of service. Two previous histories had been recorded, but the most recent version was over a decade old. The first history, written by R.W Byram, the second Chairman of the Board, was a two-page reflection about the creation of the school. Alice McKenna, a long-time teacher, wrote the second history with a pamphlet titled, The Gift and the Blessing.
Enter Mary Ann Frishman ‘79. Who better to help Lucy write the history than a person experienced in publishing books for very discerning audiences and who is also an alum? Mary Ann is the President of FrishCo, a full-service educational publishing company with clients like Harcourt, Houghton Mifflin, McGraw Hill, and Scholastic. Mary Ann and Lucy met throughout the year researching stories, culling photos, and reviewing additonal writings contributed by William Osborn and others.
Once the pieces were gathered, Mary Ann brought in her excellent team to complete the project. She asked Cory Wolf to help edit the text. Cory has worked closely with Mary Ann as a consultant to FrishCo, and was a former St. Andrew’s Parents’ Council President. Mary Ann also called on her friends at Pearl Production to art direct and format the book. They took the vision Mary Ann and Lucy brought to the project and created a beautiful chronicle.
The books will arrive on November 12th, and will be available for purchase on St. Andrew’s Day, November 13th. You may also purchase the book online by following this link to the book ordering page.
What is next for Mary Ann? Along with running her publishing company, Mary Ann, who is the mom of two current St. Andrew’s students, Daniel ‘15 and Mary Alex ’18, will be busy attending many track meets and events. Both students are fine athletes. Daniel was a runner for two SPC Championship Cross Country teams, and Mary Alex runs and plays volleyball for the Middle School.
I’m sure you will see Mary Ann on campus. When you do, please tell her, “Thanks for the memories.”
October 29, 2013
Reid Swanger ‘11 brings new meaning to the words, “I think I’ll just hang out for a while.” I am intrigued by the nonchalant look on his face as he maintains this iron cross on the rings.
Did I say, “Rings?”
Pictured above are Reid’s rings which he earned as a member of the University of Michigan Gymnastics team during competitions in 2013. In the picture on the left, Reid is holding the National Championship ring and the smaller Big 10 Championship ring. The photo on the right brings new meaning to personalized engraving.
The strength and hard work it takes to be a part of a Division 1 athletic program are remarkable enough, but there is more to this St. Andrew’s alum. Jennie Luongo, Upper School Latin teacher, calls Reid, “One of the most impressive people I have ever met.” Reid has also received the University of Michigan Academic Acheivement Award twice and was recognized as a NCAA Academic All-American in his Freshman year. Reid carries a double major in Economics and Business in addition to the 20+ hours per week he dedicates to the gymnastics team.
You might remember that National Championships weren’t new to Reid when he entered college. As captain of the 2011 Latin Certamen Team, which also included Scott Dollen ‘11, Matthew Miller ‘10, and Mason Osborn ‘11, the Crusaders brought home the school’s second National Championship in Certamen. Between the bling and the ice, Reid is one cool Crusader alum and we are proud to call him our own.
October 25, 2013
Is there a better way to start a blog than with a quote from a loving son? On August 23rd, Bowman Townsend dedicated a blog post on the Black Lillies site to his mom. “Because I love my mom.”
When Bowman Townsend ‘08 headed off to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, he was quickly noticed by the Nashville music community and we highlighted the early success of his music career on this blog. In June, after standing-in for the group’s long-time drummer, Jamie Cook, Bowman became the full-time drummer for the Black Lillies. Since June, he has been on the road touring with this well-established band. Below is the most recent picture of the Black Lillies, with Bowman on the far left. He is the first St. Andrew’s Alum to play at the Grand Ole Opry!
Go see the Black Lillies (and Bowman!) next week at Antone’s.
Next week, Bowman will be in town with the Black Lillies to perform at Antone’s NEW LOCATION on Wednesday, October 30th.
The Black Lillies’ music earned the Independent Music Award for Best Album Americana, spent more than four months in the top 20 Americana radio charts, and held the number two spot in CMT’s Pure 12 Pack Countdown. Come and enjoy the show.
Who might be in the audience?
If you look around in the audience on Wednesday night, you’ll probably meet one of the Black Lillies’ most traveled fans. Spotted knitting in the back seat on the way to a concert earlier in the year, Beth Townsend loves the music of the Black Lillies, and her boy! She’ll be there along with a big group of Bowman fans. Here is a link if you would like to buy tickets.
You can follow him and the life of an on-the-road musician on the Black Lillies’ blog. The blog is an excellent journal full of inspiring music, a fair amount of late-night driving, and appreciative audiences.
And, you may even see Bowman dedicate a blog to someone from time to time. Thanks, mom!
October 22, 2013
As part of the effort of chronicling 60 years of St. Andrew’s history, we searched for pictures of each person who had served as Chairman of the Board. As the printing deadline approached, we were missing five pictures, one of which was Alfred T. Broad. Mr. Broad was Chairman from 1969 to 1970. Through internet searches, we called several numbers and left messages hoping for a connection. Happily, Kathleen Broad ’69, returned one of the messages and we set up a meeting so that we could interview Kathleen and Mr. Broad about their time at St. Andrew’s. We found true treasures!
In the 60’s, Kathleen’s mom, was an excellent scrapbooker. Kathleen presented page after page from the detailed scrapbooks containing St. Andrew’s history. The books included directories of the school, class pictures with names, graduation service leaflets, and mimeographed sheets (I know you smell the blue ink as I write this…if you are older than 50.)
A typical day.
Kathleen helped me understand a typical school day. “PE in Bailey Park. We were still playing dodge-ball in ’69. We brought our lunches, but the school supplied milk. I remember Mrs. Watkins-she was strict, and would set you right…right on the spot! Mrs. McKenna had a gift for making me feel like I was truly getting smarter.”
Fixing the roof.
Mr. Broad couldn’t praise the Garwood family enough! During Mr. Broad’s time as Chairman, the school needed a new roof, but there wasn’t much cash on hand. Each of the Trustees was asked to co-sign the $6,000 note. Through the efforts of the Board and trustee, William Garwood, and grandparent St. John Garwood, the roof was replaced and the trustees didn’t need to sign the note. (Still a part of the St. Andrew’s family, Dr. Mary Garwood Yancy ’74 was honored with the Alumni Award in 2009.)
Kathleen knew what she wanted to do in the 4th grade! Today, years later, an A&M graduate, she raises horses in a beautiful setting just south of Burnet.
I felt very lucky to have had the opportunity to meet with the Broad family and hear about St. Andrew’s in the 1960′s.
Do you have some treasures you would like to share? Please call Allison Brubaker at 512.299.9825 or email her - we'd love to hear from you!
Lucy Nazro and Mary Ann Frishman ’72 have just delivered the manuscript and art to the printer for the book, St. Andrew’s, A gift To Our Children, which chronicles our first 60 years. If you would like to be on the list to receive this beautiful book, please email Allison Brubaker in the Alumni Office. The book sells for $45 and will be mailed directly to you!
October 16, 2013
If you played or watched girls’ varsity lacrosse in 2009, you undoubtedly remember this excellent manager. When James Wiseman wasn’t helping with warm-ups or scurrying water to the players, he was cheerfully working on his frisbee skills on the sidelines.
Today, James is ranked second in the world in freestyle frisbee! But, that’s not the only accomplishment for this Renaissance alum.
But first, take a moment to watch the video below filmed by Jordan Haro ‘09. You’ll see frisbee artistry that you may not have seen before. (For best results, hit “View in Browser” if you received this blog post as a subscriber.)
Recently, we had a chance to talk with James. We asked him to share a little bit about the ways that his experiences at St. Andrew’s had influenced his path so far.
He responded, “In my senior homily (one of the most rewarding, if retrospectively embarrassing things I ever did), I tried to emphasize the value of working within the will and rejecting the ends of others. In the simplest terms, accepting the unexceptional life. I got to where I am by playing frisbee in the park every weekend and blowing off an assignment now and then to go enjoy a show or a beautiful day, and I think because of that, I was able to accomplish a lot more. I don’t think it would have been the same if I had entered the race. Even in the face of failure, glad memories are ample consolation to missed “opportunities.”
James is currently teaching in eske’ Bud jovice, at the Konzervato Music Conservatory in the Czech Republic under a Fulbright Scholarship. (I am guessing that the number of assignments that James has blown off have been few.)
You may be wondering which path this frisbee star took to land in the world of music in the Czech Republic. Perhaps it all began with the St. Andrew’s Drumline. In 2008, James, Bowman Townsend ‘08, Aaron Lemke ’08 and Jordan Haro collaborated on a recruitment video to create the first drumline at St. Andrew’s. And, it worked.
With their mutual interest in jazz music, James (during his junior year at SAS) and Bowman and Max Frost ‘11 attended the Temple Jazz Festival, which is also where he began throwing the frisbee. Every weekend after that, he played ultimate frisbee with Bowman and Aaron and continued to hone his skills playing with Phil Jackson ‘09 while managing the girls’ lacrosse team.
After graduation from St. Andrew’s, James attended Columbia as a History major with a specialization in intellectual/political history. During his time at Columbia, he traveled abroad to Czechoslovakia. He studied at the Collegium Hieronymi Pragensis, and, while in Europe, took 35 trains to 11 countries. At Columbia, he was awarded Phi Beta Kappa as a Junior. In 2011-2012 he was named a Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholar. James also received the Albert Marion Elsberg Prize given to a student “who has demonstrated excellence in modern history” and was inducted into the Dobro Slovo Slavic Honor Society. Below is a photo of James with family members after receiving his Phi Beta Kappa award.
This summer, our special correspondents, retired teachers Josie and Warren Dickson, visited James in his current locale! They met James at the station in eske’ Budjovice and he took the Dicksons to one of his two favorite restaurants. Josie writes, “James handled everything … in Czech. He teaches English to the students in the conservatory. His students’ ages range from high school to the mid-20s. He has full access to all of the music facilities there. He’ll be there for a year, then plans to return to the States and go to graduate school.”
Stay tuned … there is surely more to come from James, who has certainly taken many roads less traveled.
October 8, 2013
We started off the big weekend with an alumni-parent party on Thursday night. It was great to see alums and their parents, who had been together for so many games and performances in years past. Thank you Eddie Bernal of 34th Street Catering for an amazing menu to bring back our memories of visits to 34th Street Cafe after all those Back-To-School nights. The guests also had the chance to meet a new friend, Sean Murphy, Head of School. Sean was introduced to the group and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to meet him.
Friday, Alumni Chapel Talk
On Friday, the Chapel talk at the Upper School was delivered by Ashwin Rao ’03. Ashwin entertained the current students and faculty with bits of lore and advice. As part of the program, the Chapel Song, written by Gabi Henriques ’08, was played and students enjoyed hearing about the many Chapel traditions that have continued as the Upper School has grown.Photo Above: Ashwin Rao delivering his Chapel talk. Right: Jennie Luongo, Kyle Landry ‘03, Gretchen Williams, Veronica Putney, Ashwin Rao ’03, Bryan Kharbanda ’03, Chris Martin and Elizabeth Guice enjoy the Chapel talk.
Saturday Alumni Brunch
On Saturday, the classes of 2003 and 2008 came together for a brunch in the lobby of the Dell Fine Arts Center. Faculty members and alums enjoyed seeing each other, catching up with old friends, and touring the fabulous new facilities. Todd Stephenson, a history teacher when they were last on campus, greeted them as the new Head of the Upper School. He encouraged all of the alums to come back and participate in their favorite programs. Lucy Nazro also visited with the alums and chronicled all of the new facilities that had been built since their time on campus. As the brunch came to a close, many of the alums took tours of the campus lead by Drew Brummer ’16. After the brunch, everyone headed to the Austin City Limits music festival. Many arrived just in time to see Max Frost ’11 performing on the Austin Ventures Stage with former teacher and percussionist, Ed Jaruzinsky. In all, it was a fun weekend of happy memories and smiling faces.Come back and visit often. Send us pictures. Stay in touch!
September 27, 2013
If you are in the Class of 2003 or 2008 and have let us know you are coming to next weekend’s Reunion, we have your wristband! If you have not let us know through either the Event Page on facebook, or by EMAILING HERE, you have until Saturday night at midnight to respond to hold your wristband.
If you are an SAS alum not in one of the reunion classes, you may contact us about purchasing the few first-weekend, three-day wristbands that we anticipate will be available. The cost is the $225 face value of the three-day pass.
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September 18, 2013
Today, we welcomed Sean Murphy and his family to St. Andrew’s with an all-school Installation Service. Alums, Trey Garza, Callie Clemons, and Nancy Garrison presented a St. Andrew’s plaid tie to Sean as part of the service, with the blessing, “Receive this St. Andrew’s tie and represent the St. Andrew’s community to the world.” .
Thank you to the many families and friends who attended today’s service and the faculty, staff, and volunteers who helped create the beautiful event. Read more here.
September 12, 2013
Charlie Rall didn’t take a filmmaking class at St. Andrew’s until his senior year. After his first day of class with Rommel Eclarinal, he immediately knew that he had found his calling. After graduation from St. Andrew’s, he attended the University of North Texas and graduated with a major in Advertising and a minor in Spanish. He is back in Austin and helped produce the WOW Video which kicks off this year’s Annual Fund.
It is always heartening to have a student reflect on their experience at St. Andrew’s like Charlie did when we asked a few questions.
“The academics at St. Andrew’s were really challenging, but I appreciate all of my experiences there now. I truly believe that St. Andrew’s has the best teachers and staff in the world. I picked up a lot of things there that are major parts of my life today and forever will be, such as critical thinking, compassion, physical conditioning and nutrition and many others. College was a great experience, and I always felt a step ahead academically because St. Andrew’s prepared me so well.”
Hired immediately after graduation by the advertising firm for which Charlie had interned in his last year of college, he began working on commercials for large and small companies. Charlie recently decided to step out on his own and work independently. Since going freelance, he has completed work for Dell computers, the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team, music videos and public relations pieces for musicians, as well as many other projects.
“I really love getting to meet new people and learn what they do. Business leaders are usually super passionate about their products or services and I like to be able to get together and share my passion for what I do to help them accomplish their goals. So far, I have been able to work with a variety of people from neurologists to product inventors to folk musicians, who all have had a story to tell.”
You may contact Charlie and see his portfolio at charlierall.com. Take a minute to enjoy the video he produced for the school. It is clear that it was produced by someone who had truly experienced the inside story. Thank you Charlie.
August 15, 2013
St. Andrew’s just celebrated its 60th birthday, and one of the efforts initiated was the creation of a school archive. As part of that project, virtually any item considered historic has been collected into the Alumni Center on the Upper School campus. The first order of business was to organize the items collected to date and separate the information by year. This sorting involved culling through thousands of photographs. We have begun digitizing all of the photos, in which a recognizable event or time period or person is easily identifiable. Along with photos, documents, meeting minutes and newspaper articles will be digitized, as well.
Are you an alum with good pictures of your years on campus? Please contact us! We will arrange to pick up the photos, brochures, mementos, movies, videos, and any other items. We will carefully scan the items and return the items to you in pristine condition, along with a digital copy! We have already discovered some gems, which will be presented throughout the year. Please call and let’s have fun tracing history.
Thank you to the current students, who volunteered and diligently sorted and selected photos that would make quality scans. It was fun to hear, “Hey, look at this!” throughout each day, as students uncovered fun pictures of former performances, sports teams, teachers when they were younger, and early groundbreakings.
August 4, 2013
The Class of 2013 gathered yesterday to collect the hot-off-the-press yearbook. Each person claimed his or her yearbook, a class photo from graduation, and a Jamba Juice smoothie. With the goodies in hand, they joined their friends to pore over the handiwork of the Yearbook staff. We took a moment to thank editors, Jordan Zatopek and Caroline Jones, who have worked with teachers, Sue and Vince Totero, to produce these masterpieces. Alums, take the yearbook with you as you head to your new frontiers and remember that you are always loved and welcome at St. Andrew’s. Stop by any time!
The new alums were introduced to new Head of School, Sean Murphy, and were wished well by new Upper School Head, Todd Stephenson.
July 27, 2013
Jack Wilson ’02 has been the Artist In Residence for the month of July at the Cactus Cafe. He has been performing each Monday night during the month, and you can catch him this Monday for his last performance of this engagement. Raina Rose will also be performing. The Cactus Cafe is located at 2247 Guadalupe Street, across from the University Co-op. You may park at the UT Co-op garage or the public garage at 2420 San Antonio. The doors open at 7:30pm and the show runs from 8:00-10:00pm. Click here for Jack’s Cactus Cafe profile.
For a taste of Jack’s latest album, Spare Key, watch and listen to the latest video which premiered yesterday. The contemplative Rainbow/Tiger is a soul-searching look back at his first major tour which covered over 15,000 miles and 36 states. Chase Hoffberger highlights Jack’s video in the earache! section of the Austin Chronicle.
It has been quite a summer for our SAS Alums pursuing music careers, and there is more to come in October, when Bowman Townsend ’08 plays Antone’s with the Black Lillies. Stay tuned!
July 16, 2013
Senior Send-off reminder:
Time: Sunday, August 4th, 5:00-6:30pm
Place: The Lobby of the Dell Fine Arts Center
What to bring: Clever thoughts to write into your classmates’ yearbooks. Pens provided.
Refreshments: Jamba Juice Smoothies
The new alums of the Class of 2013 will be the first to receive the latest edition of The Shield, the St. Andrew’s yearbook. This magnificent book was created through the year-long work of the Yearbook staff which included Caroline Jones ‘13, Jordan Zatopek ’13, and Alison Chang ’14. The Yearbook Design and Production class was taught by Vince and Sue Totero and Joan Winter.
July 11, 2013
What must it feel like playing in front of Zilker Park filled with people? Max’s last statement before going off stage answers the question I think… “Thank you! This is a dream come true!”
The SAS support was ever-present. Jordan Haro and Zach Giberson were manning video cameras, teacher, Ed Jaruzinsky, was the drummer for the band, and there were at least 150 SAS teachers, students, and parents that we saw in the crowd of thousands.
July 8, 2013
Max Frost ‘11, will be opening for Bob Schneider this Wednesday at the free Blues On The Green concert in Zilker Park. The program starts at 7:30. Come out, bring your blanket, and enjoy a little summer fun!
June 4, 2013
It is official! The members of the Class of 2013 are officially alumni of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. And, it is already time to save the date for an alumni event. Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 4th, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm, for the Senior Send-off. This year, we will meet in the Dell Fine Arts Center. You will be the first to receive a copy of The Shield, the St. Andrew’s yearbook. It is a casual event, and we will have our traditional Jamba Juice smoothies, so you can linger, trade college emails with your classmates, and write your favorite memories in your friends’ annuals.
See you on August 4th!
June 4, 2013
When Sarah Miller-Fellows ‘06 went on her Junior Experience to Italy with the Latin group, she had a “wonderful time learning her way around Rome and just observing the little ways that people from another culture behaved differently from me.” Then, during her first semester at Smith College she took a writing course that focused on midwifery in a historically and cross-cultural perspective. She was, “forever hooked on studying pregnancy and birth as universal biological events that occur in people everywhere, but that are approached with an incredible amount of cultural diversity.”
Fast forward: Sarah is currently finishing her third year of a joint-PhD in Medical Anthropology and Master’s in Public Health at Case Western Reserve University. This spring, Sarah received the Ruth Barber Moon Award, an annual award given to graduate students nominated by their department for academic promise and leadership ability. Having spent the previous two summers conducting research on polyparasitism in Kenya, this summer, she will be improving her Swahili through a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship at Ohio University. Pictured below is Sarah with one of the families to which she grew close during her two summers of study in Kenya. The second half of Sarah’s summer will be spent conducting an assessment for a local mental health board on the utilization of mental health services by the Amish as part of her degree in public health. “I plan to do my dissertation on reproductive health among the Geauga County Amish and I am very excited to start working in the community this summer.” Sarah currently works as a research assistant at the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case and is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Anthropology at Cleveland State University.
Was there a teacher or subject that you experienced at St. Andrew’s that influenced the path you follow today?
”Throughout my time at St. Andrews, I was incredibly supported by so very many faculty members, but especially Jennie Luongo and Clint Hagen. They took me under their wings as part of the St. Andrew’s Latin program and Certamen team, and I will be forever grateful for the amazing academic foundation they gave me and intellectual curiosity they encouraged. I also really appreciate the ethic of service that St. Andrew’s instilled in me; it has made me passionate about using my research to help support improvements to people’s lives and health.
Is there any free time? And, if so, what do you enjoy doing?
In June 2012, I married Spenser Miller-Fellows, a fellow Austinite who graduated from McCallum in 2006 and Boston University in 2010. He currently works at McMaster-Carr Industrial Supply and is exploring returning to school for a master in business administration. We have gotten into urban vegetable gardening. We have two small plots in our backyard and are about to add two to our front yard. We also have two awesome rescue dogs!Pictured above are the members of the wedding party. Far left is Sarah’s brother, Matthew ‘10.
After reading about Sarah and her studies, I have a whole new appreciation for Call the Midwife!
We thought you would enjoy a few quick updates on several of our alums!
Kyle Shimanek ’05 graduated from Texas A&M with an Industrial Engineering degree. He minored in Math and Business and also has a Project Management certificate. He currently lives in Houston, Texas and has been working for Accenture for the past three years. He rode his bicycle in the BP MS 150 (183 miles in two days).
Emily Stein ’05 was just elected Editor-in-Chief of the Intellectual Property Law Journal at the University of Texas School of Law.
Scott Dollen ’11 has been on the President’s List at Gonzaga University for the third consecutive semester and is Captain of the Gonzaga’s Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team.
Julia Smith ’11 made the Dean’s list last semester at Trinity University. She is majoring in Chinese with a minor in English.
Catherine Osborn ’08 graduated from Yale in May 2012 with a degree in Latin American Studies, and was presented the Bildner Prize for writing in Portuguese, and the Dirk Gleysteen Cup for furthering the study of international relations at Yale. She is currently on a year-long Yale fellowship in Rio de Janeiro, working with Catalytic Communities to increase participatory planning in the upgrading of the city’s informal settlements in preparation for the World Cup and Olympics.
Stephanie Lavaggi ’11 graduates from FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) this June completing her studies with a straight “A” grade average. She has already been hired by the fashion company Wildfox, where she interned and was working part time as she attended FIDM. Stephanie has already designed apparel for Nordstrom stores and will be designing the Wildfox line for 2013.
Jackie Groves ’11 was selected to participate in the L.T. Jordan Institute at Texas A&M Internship and Living Abroad program in London, England this summer. Jackie is in the Honor’s Program at Texas A&M and recently earned the distinction of being on the Liberal Arts Dean’s List. She was selected for membership to Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is a volunteer docent for the Stark Art Gallery at Texas A&M Memorial Student Center, and is active in her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Jordan Haro ’09 landed an Internship with Scott Free Productions (Ridley Scott and brother Tony Scott). These English brothers produced many films including, Top Gun, Aliens, Black Hawk Down, The Good Wife, Prometheus (this summer), and many more. In July, Jordan was contacted by the The Full Project to film a documentary showing the project’s volunteers as they constructed a recycling & waste sorting facility in the impoverished town of Amaru, Peru-near Cuzco.
Bonnie Canion ’06 earned her BS in Physics (Cum Laude) from Seattle University. She returned to the University of Texas and has completed her masters in Mechanical Engineering. She has been accepted into the doctoral program at the University of Texas and is focusing on nuclear forensics. She spent last summer working at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico and this summer will be at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on a graduate fellowship program sponsored by the U.S Department of Homeland Security.
Eric Schrimsher ’06 is on a three-year assignment for BHP Billiton as an exploration geologist in Perth Australia, after graduating from The University of Texas Dallas.
Rita Ostrander ’11 earned her way on to the Dean’s List at Loyola University in Chicago.
Jennifer Albert ’06 is in her third year at the University of Texas School of Law and she is Chief Articles Editor of The Review of Litigation.
Meagan Jones ’10 has studied abroad with TCU at the Schieffer School in London. She was invited into the Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society, the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages and literature. She will graduate with a degree in Strategic Communications with minors in Spanish and Art History.
Kristen Cunningham ’10 is the Captain of the University of San Diego Equestrian Team. She is pictured to the right with more pictures here.
Catherine Bohls ’07 Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Vanderbilt in May, 2011, majoring in History of Art and minoring in Corporate Strategy. She was accepted into the Masters program for Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York City, and graduated first in her class and was the graduation speaker. She works for AXA Art Insurance in New York City where she is fine arts specialist.
Judith Allen ’12 is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and a new pledge to the Delta Delta Delta Sorority at Colorado State University.
Charly Herring Simon ’02 graduated from Columbia and the University of Houston Law School. During law school, she worked on a case in the immigration clinic that went all the way to the US Supreme Court and her side won! After clerking for a federal judge in Houston, she’s joined the firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius and does Foreign Corrupt Practices work. She also taught as an adjunct professor at UH law school. She attributes much of her success to, “Jim Currin, who taught me so much about the world and other cultures.”
David Wimsatt ‘09 is a Dean’s List recipient at Trinity University. He is a three-year Varsity Football team member, and has been recognized, three times, on the SCAC Honor Roll. He is currently living in Paris, France, and studying French for 25 hours a week while preparing for the DELF exam.
Addy Armstrong ’08 majored in Finance at the University of Denver. After college graduation in June, she moved to Portland, Oregon to take a six-month contract with Adidas as a financial analyst. She accepted a position at Nike as a financial analyst in the Global Treasury Department and lives in Portland.
Will Hutchings participated in the effort for Man of the Year of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Austin.
Natalie Jones ’12 was accepted into the Nursing program at Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles, CA. She also recently spent a week in Haiti on a medical mission trip and helped care for over 2000 patients in one week!
Sallie Gayle Saunders ’12 earned Dean’s List recognition during the first semester at Vanderbilt and recently pledged the Theta sorority.
Maryhelen Murray ’11 attends Southwestern University, is a Dean’s list honoree, President of the SU Panhellenic Council, Graphics Editor of SU newspaper and interns with Gray Hawn Photography.
Megan Bentzin ’11 is currently a second year at the University of Virginia where she is studying Foreign Affairs, and is a member of the Chi Omega sorority. On April 12-13 Megan represented UVA in the Collegiate USA National Triathlon Championship in Tempe, AZ. This summer Megan will study abroad in Lyon, France.
Brian Houstoun ’04 has moved up from the natural gas trading floor to become an oil trader for Macquarie Group in Houston, Texas.
Will Herring, ’04 was licensed to practice law last November. He was recently appointed by the Mayor of Austin to the Land Development Code Revision committee. He is married to Lisa Danly Herring, also an attorney. When he is not acting as an attorney, he is overseeing his newly-formed wild-hog meat export business!
Dillon Houstoun ’09 will be graduating from the McIntyre School of Commerce at UVA this Spring and starts his new job this summer in Corporate Development with Select Energy Services in Houston.
Reed Barrett ’03, is currently Account Executive of the Gulf Coast Region at DrillingInfo.com in Austin. He was on the Dean’s list at Ole Miss and the Founder and President of the Ole Miss Entrepreneurs. In 2010, he married Catherine, pictured together at left, and the two are living in Austin.
Michelle Saling ‘12 received a Provost’s Merit Scholarship at SMU. She was honored to be selected as a member of the University Honors, Hilltop Scholars, and Pre-Law Scholars programs. She was recently named to the SMU Honor Roll with High Distinction. She was accepted by audition into the SMU Meadows Concert Choir.
Zoe LaPier ’07 will be starting medical school in August at UTHSCSA (San Antonio). She has been working with CORE in Dripping Springs.
Jane McMurrey ’07 graduated from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in 2011. She is a Research Associate for Business and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C. She traveled to Israel and Jordan last summer and is planning her second trip to China this summer while she plans for graduate school.
Colin Vanderburg ’11 was awarded the William F. Parker poetry prize at The University of Texas. He works at student radio station KVRX, 91.7. His shows “Radio Free Verse” and “Rasputin’s Jukebox” currently air Wednesdays at 7pm and 8pm.
Patrick McMurrey ’03 received his Master’s in choral conducting from Texas State last year. He was married in 2008. He and his wife bought a house in Kingwood, Texas. She is a flight attendant for a major airline and he is teaching middle school choir for Lewis Middle School in the Aldine school district.
Claire McCarthy ’10 was inducted into the Texas Alpha Sigma chapter of Alpha Chi at Schreiner University. Alpha Chi recognizes students who are exemplary in character and rank in the top 10% academically.
Former student Josh Starks went to St. Andrew’s for his freshman, sophomore and junior year, but transferred his senior year. He was named to Phi Beta Kappa.
Austin Tedesco ‘11 is currently serving as the Sports Editor for the student newspaper The Heights at Boston College.
Nicole Greenwell ’09 will graduate from Georgetown University this May. During her four years at the McDonough School of Business Technology Center she rose from IT support to Student Technician Manager overseeing 30 employees. After studying in Spain at the Universidad de Comillas in Madrid, she will begin her career as an Assistant Buyer in the Executive Buying Program at Bloomingdale’s.
Ashley Voticky has always enjoyed helping people. After graduating from the University of Michigan, and working for a time, she felt like she wanted to do more for people. She decided to go back to school. Since graduating from Emory University with a degree in nursing, she has been traveling the country as a “travel nurse” with a specialty in pediatric oncology.
A little background: The United States currently has a nurse shortage. When hospitals have immediate needs in a given specialty or because of family leave requests or staff retirements, Ashley’s company, AMN Healthcare, receives a call. Ashley has the opportunity to travel to the hospitals needing help for her specialty.
She is currently living and working in Palo Alto, California. “The weather, the people, and the scenery are all incredible!”
She came back to Austin to attend the wedding of her St. Andrew’s classmate, Liz Ketner ‘04, and I had an opportunity to talk with Ashley about her work.
What is your primary role?
I am an acute care pediatric nurse. The majority of my experience and passion is in oncology and bone marrow transplant. I do, however, often work on other units and thus have been able to practice in almost all pediatric units.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
THE KIDS! I love the challenge of explaining to a toddler that he or she must take the anti-rejection medications even if it is not a favorite color. And that, no, it does not count if Minnie Mouse takes the medicine instead. Additionally, chats with my teenage patients about their fears of peer ridicule or body image changes related to treatment have been some of the most prized moments of my career.
Was there a teacher or subject that you experienced at St. Andrew’s that influenced the path you follow today?
This is a tough question because everyone had such an impact on making me the person I am today. I am so grateful for the entire faculty! Two faculty members really stick out though.
I tried on lots of different hats in high school including different groups of friends, different hobbies and often they just weren’t a good fit. When I was down on myself or discouraged there was always one place I knew I could go and that was the college counseling tower occupied by Elizabeth Guice. She always welcomed me to sit on the couch and chat with her for as long as I needed. I now know that these conversations often led to late nights catching up on her monstrous workload, but I am so thankful for the time she gave me during those trying moments.
I think when most people at St. Andrews think of me, they remember my time in the theatre department. Back then, the theatre was a stage in the cafeteria, but what it lacked in physical greatness it more than made up for in heart when Tom Orr joined the faculty. I auditioned for Into the Woods, his first production on staff, and after gracefully holding back his laughter at my humiliating audition, he offered me a role behind the scenes. That year I explored all areas of stage production. I found my passion in stage management and the job transformed me into a much kinder people-person! I cannot thank these two educators enough for literally shaping me into the person I am today.
As a traveling nurse, Ashley enjoys getting to know the ‘insider’ places to eat in the cities in which she works. Here are a few recommendations:
Atlanta: The Vortex…best hamburger you will eat…EVER!
Ann Arbor: Zingerman’s Deli. I had to choose this because my brother-in-law would disown me and my 2004 alumni peer Margot Miller runs the bakery and chocolate shop!
Plano: Cru Wine Bar. (How great is that name for SAS Fans!) I lived across the street, and have tried every dish on the menu…they are all fabulous, but the chocolate fondue is a must have!
San Antonio: DOUGH Pizzeria. Divine!
Los Angeles: The Griddle. It’s a hole-in-the-wall breakfast joint, but you haven’t been to LA if you haven’t waited in line for a stack of giant pancakes from the Griddle.
San Francisco: Farmerbrown. A great happy hour spot in the middle of Union Square.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
What I have learned is that it is really not about where you are, it is about the experiences you create for yourself. As long as I have access to the people that mean the most to me, I could really enjoy exploring any place.
We’re certain that all of those patients in all of those cities have loved this about Ashley. Best wishes, Ashley, as you continue to care for children across the country.
April 8, 2013
To all St. Andrew’s Alums: Thank you for paving the way, which led to the opportunity for St. Andrew’s to host the Independent Schools of the Southwest Fine Arts Festival 2013! Remember the years you participated in this amazing event at other campuses across the southwest? Thank you to all who sang in a choir, produced a play, sculpted, drew and etched, filmed or photographed, or played an instrument. You helped lead the way for the building of the state-of-the-art facilities we now enjoy. Thanks to you, our exceptional campus has now been tested with the hosting of the first ISAS Festival in the school’s history. We hope you could feel the vibe of this wonderful event happening again … and this time, in our own backyard!
Led by Warren and Josie Dickson, with a devoted committee, which included Lucy Nazro, former Head of School, and a cast of hundreds of faculty, student, and parent volunteers, we hosted 3,500 people on our campus from 38 schools. During the three-day festival more than 700 events, workshops, concerts, displays, critiques, plays, and activities took place in over 30 different venues.
Faculty member, Pam Craig, wrote to Josie when it was all over, “INCREDIBLE! Makes me so proud…not in a boastful way…but in a feeling in my heart to be part of such a community!”
Thank you again to all of the alums, who, through the years, were willing to put in the hours for a musical production in a lunch room, a choir production in a gym, or a strings production on a green that was not yet green. Because of you, and the hard work of your parents and teachers, the dream that one day we might host ISAS at SAS did indeed come true.
Kelly Wynne White ‘05, started a favorite tradition, still practiced on the Upper School campus today. In 2004, as a new senior, she and her classmates decorated all of the windows on the campus the night before school began. Her artistic inventiveness was already coming into play.
Left: Kelly ’05 with Sterling Oles ‘05 waiting for the football team to arrive during the Senior-First-Grade Homecoming Victory Line.
Creative and energetic, Kelly was influenced by Marsha Russell, Upper School history teacher, also known for her own creativity and energy. “I developed my love for art in Ms. Russell’s classes.” Kelly also found inspiration from Susan Kemner Reed in the SAS studios, and went on to Ole’ Miss, where she majored in studio art. Kelly relates, “Ms. Kemner Reed pushed me to think outside the box and to fine-tune my drawing skills, which has really helped me in my new endeavor!”
Utilizing her enthusiastic drive combined with a strong sense of design, Kelly is begining a new venture: Kelly Wynne handbags will debut in Austin this month.The Kelly Wynne line of handbags was born from Kelly Wynne White’s obsession with accessorizing. With an eye for jazzing up even a simple outfit with a fabulous handbag, Kelly’s friends called her the “Accessories Queen.”
In the spring of 2012, after working at a boutique public relations firm in Dallas for several years, Kelly began to pursue her dream of designing handbags, by meeting with various professionals in the fashion industry. Each meeting spawned another introduction or idea. “These industry leaders were invaluable in guiding me as I took my first steps.”
On Thursday, April 11th, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Kelly will debut her line of handbags at Valentine’s Too in Davenport Village. The event is open to the public.Knowing that finding the perfect manufacturer was crucial to the success of the KW brand, Kelly made the ultimate decision to have her handbags made in the USA. Her goal of continuing to learn the process by developing a hands-on involvement with the creation of her products, as well as developing a solid working relationship with her manufacturer, helped in solidifying her decision. Kelly has developed custom leathers for her first collection.
Kelly describes the overall aesthetic of her collection: “Through the use of texture and color, reflective of my childhood spent in Texas, our handbags are fresh, new-millennium classics that are playful, timeless and feminine. Some of the patterns used in this collection are printed suede, which gives the bags a unique and beautiful texture.
Kelly adds her tagline, “A woman must stay true to her feminine roots, yet dare to be fabulous, which is why she carries a Kelly Wynne handbag!”
Join Kelly at the debut of her new collection and follow her at kellywynne.com
Carter, a junior at Southwestern, ranks in the top five in scoring for the Pirates with nine goals. His deceptive speed keeps him in the action during which he has also logged nine ground balls, and four assists. This is the first season that the Pirates have had senior players who have played all four years at Southwestern. The Pirates are currently undefeated in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Follow Carter and the Pirates here.
Erin Reifsnyder ‘10
Erin, a junior, has been an All-Conference player for the last two years and leads the Goucher Gophers as a Captain this year. Known for her quickness on the “Octaviano-Green” fields on Southwest Parkway, she has continued her crafty ways. Through eight games, she has notched twenty-six goals! Certainly, there is more to come! Follow Erin and the Gophers here.
Rachel McCarthy ‘11
Rachel is hitting the field as a sophomore with the Pfeiffer Falcons and continues to frustrate opponents with her defense of the cage. Through eight games in her role as goalie, Rachel has made twenty-nine saves while facing fifty-nine shots, which is an outstanding save percentage of 65%! Rachel has also been on the Conference Carolinas Academic Honor Roll for the past two semesters. Follow Rachel and the Falcons here.
Katherine Stegmann ‘11
On the lacrosse fields at St. Andrew’s, Katherine was seen…or not seen…as a blue streak, because she was so fast. Her great acceleration was extremely valuable, as it aided in her ability to snap up ground balls and draw-controls, plus she could outrun the opponents to score! These traits have been important at the collegiate level, too. Through four games, Katherine has scored three times, has had four draw-controls, and a ground ball. In addition, for the year 2012, the Vassar lacrosse team has had a team GPA of 3.52! Follow Katherine and the Brewers here.
Alessandra Quaroni ‘12
You may remember Alessandra as “Salsa” when she played on SWP. With a name and style prone to great nicknames, Alessandra is now an Occidental Tiger who answers to “Q” … handy for a game which is so fast that a single-syllable call-out is useful. “Q” has fit right into the program at Occidental. As a freshman, she has played in eight games and brings her wonderful tenacity to the field, which has thus far resulted in her first goal, nine ground balls, and three draw controls! You can follow “Q” and the Tigers here.
March 19, 2013
Of course everyone knows that the hot spot for spring break this year was Austin and SXSW. But for some, the chance to view antiquities from 800 B.C., or to visit a Turkish bathhouse established in 1445 was more engaging. Hence the chance meeting took place between English and Russian professor John Pomeroy and former student (in both English and Russian) Peter Herlin ’11 at the Istanbul Museum of Antiquities. The two spotted one another as one was leaving the hall of historical mosaics and the other was just arriving! I would describe the conversation, but according to all sources, the two only spoke Russian!
Now that spring break is in full gear, the music and film categories of SXSW have begun. This year, you have the opportunity to catch two St. Andrew’s alums at several venues. So, don your thin-rim fedora and head to one or more of these events!
Jack Wilson ‘02
Jack Wilson has continued his passion for music since graduation and introduced his first album, Jack Wilson, last March. This year, he will be appearing on Thursday, March 14th at 8:00pm at the Rebels Honky Tonk Bar located at 305 W. 5th Street. There is no cover charge and everyone 18 and over is allowed into the hall.
Max Frost ‘11
Max Frost will be appearing at the Saxon Pub at 1320 South Lamar on Friday, March 15th, at 1:00am. You must be 21 or over to enter the Saxon Pub.He is performing again at a SXSW Free Show on Saturday at the Meduse Lounge at 219 Congress Avenue at 1:00am.Max will also join good friend, Nikki Yanofsky, at her showcases on Wednesday, March 13th, at 11:30pm at the Old School Bar and Grill at 401 East 6th Street, and on Thursday, March 14th at 9:00pm at a SXSW Free Show at Esther’s Follies at 525 East 6th Street.
Max and filmmaker, Jordan Haro ‘09, have collaborated on several music videos. You can enjoy their collaborative video, Sunday Driving.
Enjoy the shows!
In 2009, Ellary was a sophomore when Les Mis was staged. This allowed her to play several roles and she found herself scrubbing floors and attending elegant affairs. As a senior, she stood out as Cassie in A Chorus Line.Ellary who speaks French and Mandarin, attends Pepperdine University, majoring in International Studies with a minor in Asian Studies.
Ellary’s stage name is Ellary Peyton. She recently appeared in Terrence Malick’s upcoming Untitled Film, filmed in Austin. Ellary is excited to have participated in her first major motion picture, sharing the screen with distinguished actors such as Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara (pictured below). Ellary was also thrilled to have worked with Terrence Malick, the world-renowned director, who wrote and directed “The Tree of Life.”
Ellary continues her acting career in Austin and Los Angeles, while also taking classes at Lesly Kahn’s Acting Studio, specifically her Comedy Intensive, in Hollywood.
When Ellary isn’t studying, she likes to relax at the beach or visit the Malibu Farmer’s Market. We’ll keep you posted as the Untitled Film draws closer to its premiere. Perhaps we’ll see Ellary on the red carpet! To follow Ellary’s acting and modeling career visit her website.
Jordan Haro has been behind the camera and in the editing room creating stories, music videos, and documentaries since his early days at St. Andrew’s. Today, he released a documentary he produced for the Wunder Project, a 250 million dollar effort to find a cure for colon cancer. Enjoy watching this documentary created for the WunderGlo Foundation to help spread the message. You might see some familiar faces calling out, “Cancer…your time is up!”
Conor Keelan often found himself playing the role of the romantic lead in many of the productions in which he appeared while attending St. Andrew’s. In Les Mis, he played the part of Marius, the love-at-first-glance revolutionary. In the photo below, Conor looks toward Cossette, while he is sought by the loving, but unnoticed Eponine, played by Blair Campion ’10.
Conor is currently studying classical voice at Northwestern University, and continues to be an active part of the theatre community. He studies opera at the Bienen School of Music and has also been accepted to Northwestern’s prestigious Musical Theatre program, for which more than 100 freshmen auditioned and only 30 were accepted.
He just closed his first show, The Snow Queen, as the Showman. The musical was a new work performed in conjunction with Haven Middle School as an experimental and educational “theatre for young audiences” piece. He will appear as Harvey in a student-written play, Looking For You. He will also play the guitar for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson this spring.
He quickly became one of the most in-demand sound designers and audio engineers at the university, having already designed three shows and looking forward to five more before the year is over.
Conor is a recent addition to Purple Haze, Northwestern’s premiere a cappela group. Follow these links to see Conor in his first concert with the haze. He is back left! Preacher man. Give me a hero.Photos above: Conor as the Showman in the Snow Queen, and flying in as a crow, also in the production of the Snow Queen.
Performing at Northwestern is only part of Conor’s daily life. He is also leading. Conor was elected as a Freshman Board Representative for the Arts Alliance, a student theatre board responsible for producing some of the largest productions on campus, including the Dolphin Show.
I am always interested in where our former students find inspiration. Here is Conor’s response:
I was inspired by Rick Garcia who I consider a great friend and colleague. He to this day challenges me when I am on stage and drives my dramatic thinking. Ed Jarusinsky also remains a huge inspiration as a musician and a person who has total undying passion for what he does as a musician and a teacher.
The role that most changed me was Riff in West Side Story. It was a departure from the romantic roles I had primarily played up to that point and stretched me. Playing a morally questionable character and having to live in a racist mindset I so opposed was very difficult, but brought me leaps and bounds as an actor.
The opportunity to begin GASP, particularly in seeing the courage of the administration to support and allow me to create the group and in the faculty who told their stories and shared a large part of themselves in an environment that was safe, was the most rewarding experience in my time at St. Andrew’s. Particular thanks to Jennifer Tollefson, Nathan Michaud and Dan Latreille for their support in the process.
When Conor isn’t working on music, he likes to go into Chicago to see the Lyric Opera or explore the restaurant scene. He frequents Clarke’s cafe on campus and likes to run to the Baha’i temple in Wilmette.We were lucky that Conor was able to be part of the Chorus Line dancers who opened the Dell Fine Arts Center on June 2nd, 2012. He will receive another chance to be one of the first performers in the new Bienen M
usic School building set to open in his senior year at Northwestern.
Photo above top: The Deering Library at Northwestern.
Dr. Todd Stephenson, a St. Andrew’s faculty member since 2000 and History Department Chair since 2004, will assume the role as Head of the Upper School beginning in July 2013. A father of four and graduate of Brown University, Todd has been a history teacher almost his entire career, beginning at Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California.
“Todd is an exceptional teacher, scholar, and department chair,” said Michael Eanes, St. Andrew’s Head of School. “He is a deep thinker and a visionary and we are fortunate to have a long-time St. Andrew’s faculty member lead our Upper School.”
A nationwide search was launched in the fall of 2012 for the Upper School Head position. A team of faculty members, parents, and administrators filtered through more than 100 applications of highly qualified candidates from around the United States. In January, Todd was one of five finalists considered for the position.
Todd began his tenure at St. Andrew’s when the Upper School was just two years old. As the student body has grown from just 60 in 2000 to nearly 400 today, his role has expanded from one of teaching and advising students to leading a department with five full-time faculty members and a diverse and progressive history and humanities program.
“I look forward to continuing to develop, honor, and help lead the best faculty I can,” said Todd. “At the same time, I look forward to guiding St. Andrew’s Upper School as one with high academic expectations but also one where hard-working students with big strengths in a variety of areas can thrive.”
Todd will replace Tim McGhee, a 27-year educator and administrator at St. Andrew’s and this year’s Interim Upper School Head and Academic Dean. Tim will resume his role full time as Academic Dean next school year. “It’s been an honor to serve the Upper School as its interim Head this year,” said Tim. “However, Todd Stephenson’s appointment to this office is an extraordinary boon to the School, and I look forward to the many wonderful things he will bring to our program in the years ahead. His exceptional insights into the school’s culture, his deep understanding of the art of teaching, the ideas he has about professional growth, his finesse as an administrator, and his many connections with the student body, faculty, and parent community will help the Upper School take the next steps toward becoming an even more exemplary institution.”
Todd will lead a faculty and staff of 67 and 400 students at the Upper School next school year.
February 8, 2013
Allie Zodin played many roles while at St. Andrew’s.Since graduating from St. Andrew’s, Allie has remained active in musical theater and voice while pursuing a business degree from The Tulane University Freeman School of Business in New Orleans.
This past semester at Tulane, Allie was a featured soloist in Listen To Your Heart, by David Friedman. She performed in Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre’s productions of Anything Goes and Sunset Boulevard as a member of the ensemble, and in Fiddler on The Roof, playing Chava, allowing her to become an Equity Membership Candidate. During her first year at school, she also acted in Tulane Musical Theatre’s production of Grease, playing the role of Frenchy, and she starred as Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
When asked about inspiration, Allie writes, “Kelli O’hara and Laura Osnes are definitely my broadway inspirations. They can do everything from contemporary to the classics (like Rogers and Hammerstein my personal favorites).”
In addition to her musical and academic pursuits, Allie has taken a part time job at lululemon athletica in New Orleans, where she is learning the retail business first-hand from one of the most progressive companies in the industry. She is a Tulane Green Wave Ambassador, and is also active with her sorority, Chi Omega.
Allie has enjoyed being a part of the unique culture of New Orleans, and has experienced its post-Katrina rebirth. “Young people from all over have poured into New Orleans to help form a new and inspired city, and I am proud to be a part of the process.” Allie adds, “I love the NOLA vibe – especially the live music and outrageously good food.” She only hopes her next few years will be as good as her last.
Keep singing Allie!
When we asked Richard Dietz to share a little bit about his experience with the St. Andrew’s production of LesMis in 2009, he offered, “I had an absolute blast playing Thénardier in Les Misérables; he was equal parts eccentric, dynamic, and completely delusional, which really opened up a lot of room for me to develop his character on stage. Thea Kohout also did a wonderful job as my lovely, but equally contemptible wife, Madame Thénardier, and an even better job of keeping me in check during those killer long rehearsals!”
After high school, Richard decided to pursue the musical facet of musical theatre. He has been very active with both performance and composition. He has toured nationally with the Trinity Choir and Chamber Singers groups and was a chorus member for the Trinity Opera Workshop’s production of Dido & Aeneas last fall.
If you would like to hear the Trinity University Chamber Choir, follow this link to one of their youtube videos.
With respect to composition, he has composed several pieces of new music which have premiered in the last few years. The music runs the gamut in terms of genres and styles, from a madrigal-style choral work to heavy metal-influenced eurodance electronica to an electric guitar-based parody, based around the six main Star Wars movies. Follow this link to hear some of the compositions in Richard’s repetoire.
When I asked Richard if there were any teachers that have had an influence on his current work, he shared, “While many members of the faculty were extremely supportive of, and inspiring to me, I’d have to say that the two people who most encouraged me to focus on music were Ed Jarusinsky and Warren Dickson. Ed oversaw the rock band elective, which I took for my last two years at St. Andrew’s. This class showed me how much fun performing with a group of like-minded musicians could be. And, of course, Warren Dickson led the stellar St. Andrew’s choirs, which allowed me many opportunities to improve my voice and to be exposed to a great breadth of choral repertory.”
“I really enjoyed the various choir tours and winter Select Choir concerts. The Christmas music remains my favorite part of the Select Choir repertory. I also liked the concerts, which the rock band class performed, for which I had the privilege to sing. And, last, but definitely not least, SAS Fest 2010 was so important, wherein Neil Davis, Cameron Kell, Brittany Bernstrom, and I performed several rock songs from our collective senior project, alongside the other musical projects of our friends and classmates.”
Between Richard’s music major and new media classes he takes for his minor, and his job as a student assistant in the AT&T Center for Learning and Technology, and his leadership positions in several different clubs at Trinity, Richard leads a busy life. When he’s not buckling under the weight of academic commitment, he likes to hang out with his friends, play games, and listen to new music.
Keep the music coming, Richard!
January 29, 2013
In the 2009 St. Andrew’s production of Les Mis, Blair Campion was cast as Eponine, the unrequited love interest of Marius. After graduating with the class of 2010, Blair headed to the University of Tennessee to pursue a double major of Political Science and Theatre. She began working on stage as soon as she arrived in Knoxville. The University of Tennessee is home to the only professional “equity” theatre in the state of Tennessee.
The theatre program is unique, in that the Clarence Brown Theatre (named and built by the famous director, a Knoxville native) presents eight or nine shows a year with professional actors. There are three stages at the CBT, and the shows include resident artists (who perform and teach), graduate students (only eight are accepted every other year), out-of-town actors/directors/designers, and undergraduates to fill in the rest.
Blair performed her first semester in the annual production of A Christmas Carol as Martha Cratchitt. (You can read the article in the alumni blog here). The next semester, she was in the Ensemble of The Music Man. Both shows were on the mainstage.
Blair took a break from theatre during her sophomore year to focus on Political Science. She studied abroad in Prague in the Spring of 2012, focusing on her major. The week she returned from Prague to the United States, she performed in the St. Andrew’s extravaganza to open the new Dell Fine Arts Center. Photo to the left, Blaire is pictured with Jase Burner, as they sing Soon It’s Gonna Rain from The Fantasticks.
Blair returned to Knoxville early to begin her junior year in the ensemble of the mainstage production of Sweeney Todd. The show starred Knoxville-born, Dale Dickey, as Mrs. Lovett. Ms. Dickey came to rehearsal directly from the shooting of Iron Man 3. This particular production of Sweeney Todd was also created in conjunction with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Grammy-winner, Lucas Richman.
This past December, Blair decided to graduate a year early and is taking a heavy course load to do so, as well as private acting lessons. She will graduate in May, after three years, with Bachelor Degrees in Theatre and Political Science.
Despite a heavy load, Blair is also the music chair of her sorority, Delta Delta Delta, and is directing their performance for All Sing, a huge University of Tennessee competition. Her voice teacher and one of her musical theatre professors are directing the pieces, which are a medley of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes. During this time, she has also been selected as a judge for a Knoxville-wide high school singing and acting competition. After All Sing ends, Blair will begin rehearsal for Tom Stoppard’s On the Razzle, another mainstage show, directed by guest director, Gary English, and starring the entirety of the acting faculty, plus all the graduate students.
Blair will be auditioning at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in May, and intends to move to Chicago in August to pursue acting. Good luck in the windy city.
When Caroline Crichlow-Ball ‘11 performed in the St. Andrew’s performance of Les Misérable, she played the challenging roll of Fantine. While attending St. Andrew’s Upper School, Caroline directed and played “Amanda” in The Glass Menagerie and appeared as “Anita” in West Side Story, “Belinda” in Noises Off, “Fantine” in Les Miserables, “Grandma Tzeitl” in Fiddler on the Roof, and in the chorus, The Fantasticks. Caroline graduated in 2011 and decided to attend Washington & Lee University. Although she majors in psychology and sociology, she is very active in the acting community in Lexington. We were delighted that she came back to Southwest Parkway last June to perform on Opening Night at the new Dell Fine Arts Center. “It was so much fun to come back and perform on the fantastic stage of the new DFAC.”
Caroline recently appeared as “Vivie Warren” in Washington & Lee’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession. W&L alumnus Grant Aleksander, known for his role as “Philip Spaulding” on the CBS soap Guiding Light, served as dialect and acting coach and played “Sir George Crofts”.
Written by George Bernard Shaw in 1893, Mrs. Warren’s Profession centers on the relationship between Mrs. Kitty Warren and her daughter, Vivie. As one might expect in a Shaw play, this is not a normal mother/daughter bonding. Mrs. Warren is a highly successful madam with a string of “hotels” throughout western Europe. This success has allowed her, much to her daughter’s discovery and dismay, to give Vivie a Cambridge education. The two have the benefit of a brief reconciliation where morality is tossed about like a game of cricket, for Vivie believes that her mother’s dastardly deeds have come to an end. Mrs. Warren, however, can’t seem to let the profits go. After reading the play for the first time, Caroline felt “surprised by how deeply sad it is underneath all the witty repartee. Vivie is especially tragic, because she feels so betrayed by her mother that she just gives up on love and happiness.”
We just learned that Caroline’s performance in Mrs. Warren’s Profession has been nominated for an Irene Ryan Award for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region IV.
Earlier this fall, Caroline played “Nina” in W&L’s production of Naturalized Woman at the Thespis Theatre Festival in New York. As a first-year student at W&L, she appeared as “Ellen Van Oss” in Two Rooms, “Hannah” and “Ethel Rosenberg” in a stage reading of Angels in America, and “Fraulein Kost” in Cabaret.
When Caroline is not studying or on stage, she serves as a peer counselor and admissions tour guide and is a member of Kappa Delta sorority. And when Caroline is not memorizing her lines, she can be found having dinner at her favorite restaurant, the Blue Sky Inn. The sky is indeed blue for this St. Andrew’s alum.
If you look closely at the screenshot above, you will see that the name, J. Tate Deskins, appears as the lead author for the recently published article in the Journal of High Energy Physics. As you can see, St. Andrew’s alum, Tate Deskins ‘09, continues to amaze us as he embraces the world of math and physics.
Technically, Tate is a cosmologist, studying the construction and properties of the universe. Tate is in good company … other articles published in the October Journal of High Energy Physics included a piece by Steven Hawking.
Tate has been busy since he graduated from St. Andrew’s. He attended the Cosmology Conferences at Cambridge University and Syracuse University and was voted the top undergraduate student at the Conference on Gravity at Syracuse University. Tate was initiated into Pi Mu Epsilon, a National Honorary Mathematics Society, and he received the Wendell D. Lindstrom Memorial Prize, an award established by the Mathematics Department to recognize extraordinary work by first or second year students in mathematics. Tate will graduate this spring from Kenyon.
Many of you will remember the first time we saw new St. Andrew’s freshman, Tate Deskins, play the electric cello (an instrument unfamiliar to most of us) at the St. Andrew’s Talent Show held in Founders Hall. His performance was definitely worthy of the standing ovation. When I asked Tate if he had been able to continue playing the cello, he said that he had been performing with the Knox County Ohio Symphony while he was in college. Below is a photo we found in our archives of Tate playing the electric cello while he attended St. Andrew’s.
When asked if there were any teachers or experiences from his St. Andrew’s years that had made a difference in the path he follows today, Tate highlighted Mr. Wick and Mr. Feigenson and the entire Mathematics Department. See photo below of Mr. Feigenson, Tate’s Advanced Calculus teacher, proudly displaying an autographed copy of Tate’s publication.
Tate also recalled that when he first started at Kenyon, he continued his study in the Classics and found that the background which he had acquired from the SAS Latin Department was so strong that he could participate at a high level before he began his concentration in cosmology.
When I asked Tate what he liked to do in his spare time, he said that he enjoys reading to recharge. Tate doesn’t have a facebook page, so if you would like to hear more, you’ ll have to use the old-fashioned methods of connecting. Thank you Tate and Mr. Feigenson for sharing the news of our alums on the math and science fronts (with a little music for good measure).
Each year, during the holiday break for colleges, Ms. Guice, Director of College Counseling, invites our most recent graduates back to campus to share “first semester wisdom” with members of the senior class. Wednesday during advisory, six seniors offered encouragement, a couple of caveats, some laughs, and lots of practical advice.
Some of the wisdom pearls were:
Don’t worry if the college that you think you want to attend at this moment is different than the college you ultimately pick.
Don’t look too much at facebook…collectively it may seem that everyone is having more fun than you are!
Get to know your academic advisor…they can help you get into those “closed” classes that you want to take.
Thank you to Arri Morris (U.T. Dallas), Rachel Deleery (Trinity University), Catherine Pace (Sewanee, The University of the South), Judith Allen (Colorado State University), Kylee Orlando (U.T. Austin), and Kate Gester (Barnard College).
January 5, 2013
As the holidays melt away it is fun to remember seeing old friends! Thanks again to the Stegmanns for hosting this year’s get-together.
December 13, 2012
One theme that continues to emerge as we interview St. Andrew’s alumni is a love of writing. Helen Hollyman ‘03 is a perfect example. Since her graduation from Tulane, she has been a freelance writer for publications including GQ, Lucky Peach, Saveur Magazine, Time Out New York, and Refinery 29. Through her assignments, Helen has immersed herself into the exciting world of culinary arts, and she has become knowledgeable on foodie topics from from soup to nuts. And now her path has lead her to the treasured truffle, about which she has become somewhat of an expert.
We asked Helen a few questions about food, foraging and writing:
“At my day job, I am a truffle dealer. I sell Italian white truffles, French winter black (Perigord), Burgundy, Oregon truffles, as well as wild mushrooms and edibles (that I sometimes forage for in the woods.)”
I also produce and host my own radio show, called “U Look Hungry,” on the Heritage Radio Network. The focus of my show is attempting to uncover what’s currently happening within pop culture through the lens of food. The show airs every Thursday at 6 pm (EST), which can be accessed by visiting heritageradionetwork.org or downloading the free iTunes version of the radio show (it becomes converted into a podcast post-show) by typing in “Helen Hollyman” or “U Look Hungry” on itunes.Photo Top: Helen at the microphone talking to her call-in guests. Lower photo: Inside the Heritage Radio Network studio.
What is your favorite spice right now?
Szechuan peppercorns. I put them on just about everything, and I love how they numb the tongue; seems strange and counter intuitive to eating, but somehow it makes you hungrier.
What do you always keep in your pantry?
More than anything, Crystal hot sauce, and lots of it.
What might I find in your refrigerator?
At the moment, I’ve got one ripe burgundy truffle, a dozen duck eggs, smoked trout roe, kale, and frozen huckleberries. It sounds glamorous, but it’s because I’m lazy. These are items from my day job (I’m a truffle dealer.) I hate grocery shopping in the claustrophobic aisles of New York City grocery stores, so I often end up cobbling lots of random items together, and eat out at the amazing list of restaurants around town a few times a week. It’s “research.” =)I asked Helen the estimated cost of a one-pound white truffle like the one pictured above … her answer, “between $3100 and $3800.”
What is your favorite cookbook?
Cookbooks are like kids (even though I don’t have any, I imagine it’s hard to play favorites); I love them all so dearly. I have a vintage cookbook collection working on my bookshelf that’s about 4 rows full at this point in my life. If I had to evacuate for a hurricane, like I have so many times in recent years (from living in New Orleans for a long time) I would make sure to grab my 1920 edition of the Times Picayune Creole Cookbook. It’s an amazing time capsule that’s become a dear old friend.
What is the last book you read?
I’m reading a really great book called, Fever Chart by Bill Cotter (an Austinite) that was released by McSweeneys, my favorite publishing house.
Who would you invite to an interesting dinner for four?
This is a truly tough question: Diana Vreeland (for her poetic spunk), Woody Allen (his neurotic tangents could theoretically generate some interesting conversations), Alice B Toklas (because, beyond the fact that she was a fascinating gal, she could also help me out in the kitchen if the sauce started burning), and possibly Ernest Hemingway, who seems like he would be a real party animal/wildcard, (which sort of frightens me), but could also make for an interesting evening. If nothing else, he’d make a mean cocktail. Literally.
What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I’m working on art projects, visiting museums (when I can find the time), cooking at the stove and trying not to kill plants in a tiny New York apartment.
When you are back in Austin, where do you like to eat?
As for my favorite Austin eatery, when I get off the plane I always crave El Meson (for chile rellenos), Uchiko (for the innovative menu) and Meuller’s BBQ. (I’ve been a diehard for a long time.)
If you are travelling to New York, there are a billion places in the city with incredible menus, but for the sake of keeping things simple, the spots that I am excited about at the moment include Mission Chinese and Aska.
Thank you Helen for sharing your fascinating path … so far! We can’t wait to see which delectable direction you head next.
Take a moment to visit Helen’s blog and enjoy deliciously fun writing in articles like “Meatball Madness,” “Curd your Enthusiasm,”and “Pie Oh My,” just to name a few.
For the next two weeks leading up to Lessons and Carols, we will be posting a new Alumni Contest on the Facebook Fan Page. Each winner will receive a Starbucks Holiday Beverage Coupon. Hope these happy holiday memories will bring cheer to those of you hard at work with finals and those of you hard at work at work! And, we look forward to seeing many of you at the Advent Festival Evensong on Sunday, December 16!
We’ll start the first contest picture here, but go to this link to give us your answer on the SAS Alums Facebook Fan Page. We will choose one winner from all those who respond with a correct guess. If you are a Facebook Fan, you will receive two chances to win.
Contest Question: Guess where the St. Andrew’s Christmas Pageants were held in the 1950s? Bonus if you can tell us who these early St. Andrew’s students are!
Patricia Reyes was the first goalie on the girls’ soccer team at the Upper School. After graduating from St. Andrew’s she attended Lon Morris College on a soccer and art scholarship, studying Art History. She transfered to Texas State in her Junior year, but found a new passion…cooking. She left Texas State to attend classes at Le Cordon Bleu in 2006. After her experience at Le Cordon Bleu, Patricia worked in Austin’s vibrant restaurant industry until 2010, when she decided to return to Texas State and finish her degree.
During that time, her parents bought some land in Lockhart. They began raising boar goats for meat, while Patricia began a small organic garden, and started raising chickens and collecting the eggs. Although she considered the garden small, she found that she had an over-abundance of produce and needed a solution to keep from wasting all of the great fresh produce. Welcome to the world of Patricia’s jams, jellies and pickled delights.Below is a photo of Patricia with her parents, Norbert and Yolanda at the Class of 2002 Tenth Reunion Parent and Alumni Party, where we learned about Patricia’s new venture into the popular movement toward locally produced cuisine.We asked Patricia a few questions about life in and out of the kitchen.
What is your favorite spice?
My favorite spices right now are sage and cardomom. The hint of cardomom I put into the Mango Lassi I make adds just the right touch. I also make a pear with sage and honey jam.
What do you do in your spare time?
I don’t have much spare time between work, my garden, and raising chickens, but what little time I do have, I am reading cookbooks seeking ideas.
What books (and/or cookbooks) are you reading right now?
Who would you like to invite to a dinner for 4?
I would invite Anthony Bourdain, Marco Pierre White, Thomas Keller, and Julia Child.
What would I find in your pantry?
Every pantry needs salt…and cayenne pepper!
Do you have a favorite Austin eating spot?
My current favorite Austin restaurant is Hillside Farmacy. Their farm-to-table philosophy really fits well with my plan of supplying jams and jellies from my garden to the Austin community.
Thank you Patricia for sharing your story. We might have guessed that this ever-ready ninth grade volleyball player from our daring first class would not be afraid to try something new.
December 6, 2012
For the 60th Anniversary of St. Andrew’s School we were blessed to have alumni lesson readers during the service.
Thomas Sumners, Class of 1957, read the Old Testament lesson and represented the students who began learning on Pearl Street.
Bremond Berry MacDougall, Class of 1984, was our Psalm reader and represented the first class to graduate from the new Middle School. Bremond, and her husband Michael (also a member of the first Middle School class of graduates) are parents Eleanor and Robert ’19. For Bremond the event was a fun way to remember, “Mrs. Lumpkins-(1st Grade) who taught me to read; Sharon Wilson-(LS PE and now LS Head) who taught me the love of playing a game; Mrs. Roberts-(4th Grade teacher) who taught me to outline and take notes; and Mrs. Marcus-(8th Grade) who taught me grammar.”
Steven Garcia, Class of 2002, read the New Testament Lesson and represented the first graduating class of the Upper School. Steven joined the St. Andrew’s staff after graduating from St. Edward’s and is currently the Assistant Director of Admissions at the Upper School and the Head Baseball coach.
On Friday evening, our wonderful 60th Anniversary celebration was orgainized by alums, Mary Ann Frishman ’79 and Nancy Garrison ’77.
Thank you to all of our alumni who have helped make the school the special place it is today.
The next time you are wishing for a little something sweet, you might think of the creations by Callie Whigham Speer, a member of the St. Andrew’s Cornerstone Class of 2002. Callie is the pastry chef for the popular restaurant, Swift’s Attic, on Congress Avenue. Callie is also the owner of Cakemix, a great find for specialty cakes, wedding cakes and birthday cakes. They also create lots of sculpted cakes–in fact, recently, Callie created a lifesize border collie for a wedding! And, the food business must run in the family, as Callie’s husband, Philip, is the pastry chef at well-known Uchiko.Above photo of Callie at Swift’s Attic taken by Vince Totero (Callie’s 9th Grade Biology Teacher!)
Below Callie tests a new dessert using liquid nitrogen and a tasty fluff of chocolate. Mr. Totero probably never guessed that his biology experiments could lead to something so delicious!
What is your favorite spice right now?
Cardamom. I’m making a cardamom marshmallow for a dessert at the restaurant right now.
What do you always keep in your pantry?
Tons of snacks! Cereal is a big one for me. I love cereal. Nutella is always in there, for sure, as well.
If I were to look in your refrigerator, what would I find?
Milk, eggs, juice, LOTS OF BUTTER, hummus, and a box of cookies from my friend’s bakery in Houston, Fluff Bake Bar.
What book are you reading now? Do you have a favorite cookbook?
As far as cookbooks go, I’m loving the Milk Bar cookbook right now. Of course, I also have to add the Uchi cookbook. I was so proud of the amazing job they did!
What do you do in your spare time?
There is not a lot of spare time in our household! Between the restaurant, the cake business, and the girls (Philip’s daughter, Ella, 13, and our daughter, Lucia, 4) we stay on the go. We do a lot of cooking at home with the girls. Ella has become a really great little cook. She surprises me daily. Lucy is always in the kitchen as well, both at home and in the restaurant. I think her favorite phrase is, “I promise, I need just a little lick of frosting.”
Do you have a favorite memory from your experience at St. Andrew’s?
I think some of my best memories at St. Andrew’s were in Mr. Borges’ AP Spanish class. We always had so much fun. Around the holidays, Mr. Borges would leave the classroom, and reappear as “Bing Crosby”. He would sing Christmas carols in Spanish, and had a beautiful voice! I swear he is the only teacher that could make a group of high school seniors beg him to do something like that.
Photo below: Not afraid to try something new, Callie (far left) with our first Upper School Volleyball Team (Uniforms had not arrived yet.)
Could you share a recipe that you might be using for the holidays?
We make a lot of hot chocolate during the holidays. This is one of my favorites, adapted from a Pierre Hermes recipe.
4 ½ cups milk
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
Handful of peppercorns
1 pinch salt
Cayenne to taste
Peel of 1 orange
1. Heat the milk and water to a boil in a saucepan. Turn off the heat.
2. In a separate saucepan, heat the sugar with the cinnamon until it begins to caramelize. Swirl the syrup around the pan until the sugar is melted. Continue heating the caramel until amber colored.
3. Carefully pour the milk over the caramel and stir until the caramel is completely dissolved.
4. Throw in all of your spices and let steep for at least 30 minutes. I usually let it steep for about an hour.
5. Remove from the heat and whisk in the melted chocolate. Strain.
Which restaurants would you recommend in Austin?
I always try to keep it “in the family” with recommendations! So obviously, I would recommend Swift’s Attic, and either Uchi or Uchiko. I also love parkside. We always end up going to Maudie’s for more casual meals. I love Mexican food!
Thank you Callie for letting us visit your busy kitchen. And, no matter where you might find yourselves for dinner, I would definitely recommend dessert at Swift’s Attic. And, for birthday cakes, don’t forget Cakemix. Did I mention that I have a birthday coming up?
After Margot Miller graduated from St. Andrew’s in 2004, she attended Pomona College to study Studio Art and History. Following an internship with an architecture firm, Margot headed to Ann Arbor to pursue a master’s degree in architecture. A few short weeks into her second semester, she determined that she was beyond miserable and withdrew from her program. Having managed the campus eatery at Pomona, she applied for the front-of-house job with Zingerman’s Deli, an Ann Arbor institution, which opened in 1982. Within six months of joining the Deli, Margot took a leap and applied for the position of chocolate and confections buyer. Despite admitting that she doesn’t actually harbor much of a sweet tooth, she was hired.
She splits her time between supervising the Zingerman’s Next Door Coffeehouse and managing all things sweet-related for the company; most recently, she’s spent her time unpacking a treasure trove of imports from Italy, Spain, and France! Known as the Chocolate Lady, Margot shares her latest chocolate news, trivia, and tasting notes on the Deli’s Food News website. And, if you haven’t already found the perfect gift for your chocolate-fan, you can order it from Margot here. (I already have. Don’t tell Cathy.)
Below is a picture of Margot hanging out on the front porch of The Next Door, with a poster proclaiming some of her holiday picks.Photo above left: The original Zingerman’s Deli. Photo above right: Margot working in the warmly nicknamed “Chocolate Dungeon,” where she has been unpacking deliveries and plotting for the holiday season.
We asked Margot a few questions about life in and out of the chocolate shop:
What is your favorite spice right now?
I’m going to cheat and choose two.
1. Freshly grated nutmeg – - ’tis the season! Several years back I bought a couple of nutmeg seeds on a whim for use in a recipe, rather than opt for the usual already ground nutmeg I’d grown up with. A couple of quick gratings on the Microplane – - what a revelation! Way more aromatic and flavorful; I immediately phoned my Dad and told him we were fools to keep using the pre-ground stuff.
2. Santo Domingo Pimentón de la Vera, Dulce (Sweet). This incredibly special smoked paprika from the Extremadura region of Spain has been on my brain recently. I collaborated with Patric Chocolate (a craft chocolate company located in Columbia, MO) on a special bar for Zingerman’s Deli called ‘Holy Mole!’ which features it.
Photo below left: Margot holding a very large bag of Pimenton de la Vera and one of the Patric Holy Mole! bars. Photo right: Closeup of a Holy Mole! bar
What is your favorite cookbook?
Madhur Jaffrey’s An Invitation to Indian Cooking, which formally introduced American kitchens to the Indian pantry and cuisine back in 1973, or Jonathan Waxman’s A Great American Cook, for his Jedi-like presence and exquisite craft in the kitchen. I’ve also recently read My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss (you may know her as The Wednesday Chef) which, while a memoir, contains a multitude of recipes, many of them German. The pflaumenkuchen (yeasted plum cake) was perfection!
What is the last book you read?
The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer; a great memoir of JR’s youth, growing up without a father but seeking to fill the void through a variety of father figures found at the neighborhood gin mill, Publicans.
Who would you invite to an interesting dinner for four?
Woody Allen. Christo. And presuming that the dinner party transcends death, Christo’s now-deceased partner in art and life, Jeanne-Claude, and Ernest Hemingway.
What is always in your pantry?
Harissa; tinned fish (mackerel, sardines, and Ortiz tuna); Raye’s Mustard; cocoa nibs; Agrodolce vinegar; crunchy Koeze peanut butter; lentils.
What might we find in your refrigerator?
Eggs; pickled cocktail onions; a hunk of parmesan; yogurt; Kerrygold cultured butter; fish sauce; carbonated water.
What do you do in your spare time?
Lately, work has been fairly exhausting, so I find myself unwinding with books, specifically nonfiction and memoirs. I’ve also (enthusiastically!) taken up Pilates which I never thought I’d hear myself say; my instructor is fantastic and I love the opportunity to focus on learning something new.
When you are back in Austin, where do you like to eat?
Photo left: Margot (2003) Before she was a culinary Crusader, Margot was a St. Andrew’s Crusader. Here she is with Lauren Dill ‘04, both of whom, I believe, were our first St. Andrew’s Upper School mascots.Margot shares a Thanksgiving Day recipe:
I was vegetarian for 13 years, so Thanksgiving for me was always more about the side dishes. I always think they can be a bit more varied and adventurous – so here’s a dish that has been a go-to for many a get-together.
3/4 lbs. carrots, peeled, trimmed, coarsely grated
4 Tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp. freshly ground caraway seeds
3/4 tsp. freshly ground cumin seeds
1/2 tsp. paprika
3/4 tsp. harissa*
1/2 tsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. fresh mint, finely chopped
3/4 c. feta (give or take), crumbled
Salt, to taste
Combine olive oil, harissa, garlic, caraway, cumin, paprika, harissa, and sugar in a small frying pan. Over medium heat, saute until fragrant, one to two minutes. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon of salt, adding more if necessary, to taste. In a large bowl, toss sauce with the grated carrots and mint until thoroughly dressed. Allow to marinate for minimum of one hour. Toss with crumbled feta just before serving.
*Harissa is an awesome Tunisian sun-dried chile paste that I’ve incorporated into many, many dishes over the last several years thanks to my friend Sarah, who along with her partner Amos, is working hard to open a Tunisian restaurant, Café Memmi, in Ann Arbor. Great scrambled into eggs, stirred into mayonaise, mixed with tuna, thinned with olive oil for dipping bread into, you name it! I’m very partial to harissa from the company Les Moulins Mahjoubs.Photo ablove: Eye candy! The truffle case is Margot’s pride and joy during the holiday!
Hope you have enjoyed hearing from St. Andrew’s alum, Margot Miller. It’s very handy to know an alum who is so educated on the topic of chocolate right before the holiday. Below are a few foodie gift ideas you might want to consider for friends, teachers, or yourself!
Our first foodster is Elizabeth Kohout from the class of ‘04. Below is a photo of Elizabeth, which we took this summer when she was manning the Dai Due Butcher Shop tent at the Downtown Farmer’s Market.
The Dai Due Butcher Shop is a roving restaurant at locations in and around Austin including farms like Boggy Creek, Rain Lily, and Springdale. Guests join together at a communal table for a multi-course feast of seasonal and local ingredients. The Dai Due Butcher Shop can also be found each week at the Downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday and the Mueller Market on Sundays. Elizabeth also works in the kitchen during Dai Due’s Hunting and Fishing Workshops at Madroño Ranch, which offer intensive multifaceted looks at food sourcing and preparation for serious students of sustainable eating, and generally involve instruction in processing, butchering, and cooking. Elizabeth’s brother, Tito ‘06 helps to guide the hunting classes. When Elizabeth is not at Dai Due or Madroño Ranch, she works for Lenoir, a restaurant opened in January by a former Dai Due employee and her husband.
Photo top: Bison roaming at the Madroño Ranch. Photo lower left: Elizabeth is holding the first course from the guides’ dinner (aka the huge feast) from the most recent hunting school. She said that this is a really cool meal, since almost all of it comes from the animals students watch Jesse break down during the cooking class. Here’s a description of the items on the plate, starting with the bottom center and working clockwise: venison tartare with mint marigold flowers; radishes, salt, and butter (one of my all-time favorite flavor/ texture combinations); pickled squash; pickled watermelon rinds; wild boar country-style pate with Dai Due Fireman’s 4 mustard; and coppa (made from a boar we took at the last hunting school). Photo lower right: Taken during last year’s Hog School at Madroño Ranch, Elizabeth is holding a whole roast hog–another item they served at the guides’ dinner. Prepared on a rotisserie, she said it was super-fun and super-delicious. I’m getting hungry!
We asked Elizabeth a few questions about life in and out of the kitchen.
What do you do in your spare time?
I wish I had more. I have a couple of part-time jobs and I’m taking bio at ACC so I can eventually learn about– and maybe go to graduate school for– nutrition. Mostly I just try to keep myself clean and fed, but I also love doing yoga, going to movies, and working in my vegetable garden. I’m also very lucky to be able to stage with Lenoir. Staging (that’s basically interning in a kitchen) is so inspiring; I wish I could be back there more. I’m planning to add a persimmon meringue pie to our family Thanksgiving dinner, and it was actually Jessica Maher’s idea (she’s the co-owner and pastry chef with her husband Todd Duplechan, who is the chef), but she gave me permission to steal it.
What books (and/or cookbooks) are you reading right now?
So far as cookbooks go, Jesse Griffiths’s Afield: A Chef’s Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish is amazing, and I’m not just saying that because I work for him. The prose is engaging, the photographs are beautiful, and the recipes are both straightforward and interesting. I really can’t emphasize how much I love this book. Aside from Afield, I haven’t had much success in working through the queue of cookbooks and book books that I want to read. I’m in a place right now where I feel like I need to learn A LOT about food, so it’s been frustrating not be able to sit down and absorb these books in the way I’d like to. Other than cookbooks, I read the New Yorker every week. Welcome to the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan is sitting on my bedside table. I learned at St Andrew’s that it’s important to read, because reading makes you a better person. (Of course, my degree is in English, so I guess I sort of have to believe that.)
Do you have a favorite memory from St. Andrew’s?
Oh gosh, so many memories. I remember the day my freshman year when the “new” buildings opened and we spent a morning moving in desks and other furniture; after that, I had Spanish and geometry in real classrooms instead of the vestibule and gym. I remember when the chapel was built, and a little later, I remember Father Fitzgerald let us go through the chapel during our timed runs for field hockey; we got a kick out of that. I was a mediocre athlete at best, but I had so much fun playing field hockey and going to SPC. I loved advisory, particularly senior year. Actually, I think senior advisory snack provided the impetus for me to branch out and bake something other than chocolate chip cookies. A part of me still misses Latin class and the culture of intellectual engagement Ms. Luongo created around the Latin program. I remember laughing so hard at Mr Borges’s Bing impression that I got the hiccups, and I sort of wish I could go back to lunchies with Ms. Russell. I hated math but I loved class with Mr. Hayes and both Packwoods. I think one of the best things I took from my time at St. Andrew’s was a sense that it’s important to read as much as you can…fiction, poetry, essays, articles, whatever…because reading makes you more informed, more creative, and more compassionate. Beyond reading and writing and painting and studying and all the rest, St. Andrew’s also taught me what an adult who is passionate about her job looks like, and I think that’s a really good thing to have in mind.
Below is a picture we found of Elizabeth, while attending SAS with Latin students, Lacy Shawn ‘04 and Lauren Dill ’04 during the Italy trip with Ms. Luongo.
What do you keep in your pantry?
My pantry and fridge are looking a little bare these days because I’m not home much, but I always have olive oil, eggs, tortillas, and a variety of pickles (bread and butter, kimchi, etc) and jams on hand, plus now greens from the garden. Oh, and popcorn! I LOVE stovetop popcorn– lately I’ve been making it with ghee and topping it with nutritional yeast. So good.
What are your favorite Austin restaurants?
Well, I have to talk up the places where I work because they’re good. Truly. I think Lenoir is perfect for date night or a fancy dinner with friends or family, and the backyard bar is one of the city’s best-kept secrets– beer, wine, and bites on a beautiful patio. And Saturday breakfast from Dai Due at the downtown Austin farmers’ market can’t be beat. My go-to spot right now is probably Hopfields– everything about it is perfect!– and I go to Contigo fairly regularly because I live nearby. I also like La Condesa for happy hour, Noble Pig for sandwiches, Parkside for oysters, Whip-In for hanging out, Once Over for coffee, and Kome for sushi and small bites. I’m sure there are lots of places I’ve forgotten– Austin is a fun place to eat right now.
Elizabeth Shares A Recipe: Morgan Angelone’s Soon-to-Be-World-Famous Bison Burgers
Morgan Angelone of Austin’s Dai Due graciously agreed to share her recipe for bison burgers, which have become a much-anticipated Friday night tradition at the hunting/fishing schools at Madroño Ranch.
Morgan Angelone’s Soon-to-Be-World-Famous Bison Burgers
4 lb. ground bison meat
1 lb. beef fat (ground)
4 oz. Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. granulated garlic or 1 Tbsp. fresh garlic
4 Tbsp. fresh parsley (chopped)
4 Tbsp. tomato paste
1¼ oz. (about 3 Tbsp.) salt
½ oz. (about 1¼ Tbsp.) fresh cracked pepper
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Form into 12–16 patties, depending on how big you like your burgers. Grill over low-to-medium heat. (Cook a small “taster” first, and re-season to taste.) Enjoy! Thank you Elizabeth for teaching us a little bit about sustainable cooking … and giving us some Austin restaurant tips for sustaining ourselves.
And, if you want to learn more, you can often find Elizabeth at the Dai Due Butcher Shop in the Downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. While you are picking up your charcuterie items for the week, plan to have a breakfast of sausage biscuits and gravy, possibly followed with a nap.
Each Monday in Chapel at the Upper School is reserved for what we call “Contemplative Monday.” The service begins with a prayer and then a student will often offer an artistic gift, most often in the form of music. Last week, alum Kimberly Pearce Clemons ’02 offered the gift. Trained as an opera singer and active with the Austin Lyric Opera, she sang the famous aria known as The Habañera from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. I still have goose bumps!
Her presentation was both powerful and subtle. The Chapel was filled with the most glorious combination of music and voice. She was accompanied by Lori Hahn, who graces us each day as the pianist in Chapel. It turns out that Ms. Hahn was Kimberly’s first piano teacher. After about three years of piano, Kimberly told her teacher, “I think I would like to sing, too.” Aren’t we glad they worked together!
After the performance, two young men in the back of Chapel were heard to say in amazement, “I’ve never heard anything like that in my life!”
We hope Kimberly will join us more in the future.
After her performance, Kimberly was greeted by some of her earliest fans: Kimberly Horne, Señor Jim Currin, Kimberly, Elizabeth Guice, Chris Martin, and Barbara Jansen.
The Board of Trustees of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Murphy as the next Head of School effective July 1, 2013.
“We are delighted that Sean has accepted the position,” said Catherine Miller, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “Sean’s devotion to Episcopal identity and Episcopal education makes him a perfect fit to strengthen the traditions of worship, community, inclusion, and excellence at St. Andrew’s. His record of improvement at the schools where he has been ensures that he is well poised to inspire our community to be an even more exceptional, student-centered school.”
Sean has more than two decades of experience as a teacher, administrator, and, most recently, as Head of School at Palmer Trinity, an Episcopal school in Miami, Florida. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sean earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and then returned to the southwest to begin his career at his alma mater, Albuquerque Academy, working there for 15 years as a teacher, coach, Dean of Students, and Upper School Head. During this time, Sean acquired a Masters of Arts degree in Great Books from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2000, Sean joined Oldfields School in Maryland for four years as an Associate Head of School and Interim Head of School, where he oversaw all the internal programs of the school including academics, athletics, student life, finances, and facilities.
During his eight-year tenure at Palmer Trinity, Sean increased faculty diversity, quality, and morale, along with assembling a leadership team of outstanding senior administrators. Always interested in programmatic excellence, Sean increased outreach and service projects, established unique environmental learning programs, enhanced the depth and breadth of the diversity initiatives, and increased academic standards at the school. Sean’s improvements yielded increases in the number and the caliber of applicants for enrollment. Additionally, he created an extensive internal and external communications program, established a mature development office, implemented financial sustainability programs and guided the production of a master site plan for the school.
Sean and his wife, Katrina Visser Murphy, a career English teacher and graduate of Stanford University and University of New Mexico have two children who will both attend St. Andrew’s next year. Sean and Katrina have been waiting for a special opportunity in the southwest, as they have longed to get back to this region.
“This is a very exciting time in the life of St. Andrew’s and we are grateful to our wonderful Search Committee, search consultant Margaret Huling-Bonz, and our faculty, staff, students, and families who helped us with this very important process,” said Catherine Miller. “We are also grateful to Lucy Nazro, our Head of School for 32 years, who built St. Andrew’s Episcopal School into a place of such stature and heart that a wide range of diverse, highly-qualified candidates in a national search all hoped for a chance to lead it.
“I feel honored for the opportunity to walk through the wide doors of the great school Lucy Nazro has so lovingly and generously cared for,” said Sean. “She leaves a great legacy, and I am proud to carry it forward.”
Sean’s formal installation as St. Andrew’s Head of School will be scheduled for fall 2013.
She wrote, “I vividly remember one day in AP Physics you read to us a description of a project that a former student of yours was working on in college, and it’s crazy to me that I am now that student!!”Here is a description of her summer research:
Responsive drug-loaded nanoparticles to treat Waldenstrom’s
We are interested in developing novel responsive nanosized drug delivery carriers. In particular, we aim to exploit signals within the blood to modulate drug release to treat a cancer known as Waldenstrom’s. Waldenstrom’s is a blood cancer characterized by increased antibody production by dysfunctional B-cells. Due to the enhanced antibody concentrations within the blood, complications arise that result in patient death. We aim to develop a novel therapy for Waldenstrom’s.
This therapy will combat the disease twofold. Specifically, nanoparticles will respond to antibody titers, degrading selectively at certain concentrations, releasing potent chemotherapy drugs to kill the overactive B-cells. Moreover, the resulting degraded nanoparticles will act as a sink for Waldenstrom’s antibodies, binding the antibodies and forming complexes that will be excreted renally.To Mr. Wick, her former teacher, she continued, “I wanted to thank you so much for believing in me four years ago, when I came to you with an interest in science, and you were the one who encouraged me to take all the AP science classes at St. Andrew’s. Without you, I probably would not have even tried to pursue engineering in college, and would not have been able to work on this amazing project.”
But Claire’s story doesn’t stop in the lab! She is also pursuing a minor in Music. An accomplished pianist when she left St. Andrew’s, Claire continues her study of piano through the Eastman School of Music.
In addition, Claire also participated in a lemonade stand fundraiser to help raise money for the foundation that funds a lot of the cancer research she and others perform in the lab.
It is no tiny thing to be a scholar, artist, and servant! I’m sure we’ll hear more about Claire.
Alums and parents of alums, there is still an opportunity to see The Scarlet Pimpernel, the 2012 St. Andrew’s Upper School musical, our first in the new Dell Performing Arts Center! The Scarlet Pimpernel is a dramatic visual feat with a dynamic musical score. Set in England and France during the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution, the story is a precursor to the spy fiction and superhero genres, where a hero, in this case the Scarlet Pimpernel, hides behind a mild-mannered alias. Combine swords, love, betrayal, and a guillotine and many may lose their heads!
The two remaining performances are:
Saturday evening, October 27th, 7:00pm
Sunday matinee, October 28th, 3:00pm
Run time is approximately 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission between acts.
Thanks to Taylor Smith ’07 for all of the graphic development for the musical.
Another milestone for St. Andrew’s: our first Tenth Reunion! The Cornerstone Class of 2002 celebrated their tenth reunion joining the Class of 2007, celebrating their fifth. We loved having everyone back on campus for Reunion Weekend 2012!To celebrate, a brunch was held for students and teachers in the new Dell Fine Arts Center. For these two classes, the grounds upon which this beautiful building stands were cross-country trails and woods. In fact, the first class sold firewood that they cleared from this very place as a fundraiser after Lessons & Carols.
Although the Upper School looked quite different from the campus of ‘07 and ’02, many of the teachers who taught both classes were right here to say welcome home to our alums.Above top: Sarah Bryant ‘07, Director of Community Service, Chris Martin, Director of College Counseling, Elizabeth Guice, David McDonald ’07, and Katie Fitzpatrick ‘07. Lower left: Tim McGhee, Interim Head of the Upper School, with Zoe LaPier ’07, and right: John Works with son, Fisher, and Will Weaver ‘02.
Students and teachers came from near and far. And, we even met some of our very first baby Crusaders. Below meet the son of Keith Skates ‘02 and Reagan, both now faculty members at St. Andrew’s.After lots of hugs and catching up, everyone enjoyed familiar Austin fare prepared by the folks at 34th Street Catering who had provided the Senior Breakfasts in 2002 and 2007 before the First Grade students were greeted by the seniors. Thank you Eddie Bernal.Photo top left: Michael Eanes, Interim Head of School, with Steven Garcia. Top right: Past Upper School Head, Hilary Carlson, in town from Denver, and Isabelle Corbett, here from Washington D.C., sharing a welcome hug. Photo above, from the Class of ‘02: Keith Skates, Isabelle Corbett, Steven Kahn and Chaz Frankenberry.
During the brunch, students were greeted by Michael Eanes, Interim Head of School, Tim McGhee, Interim Head of the Upper School, Hilary Carlson, our first Upper School Head and Susan Schotz, our second Upper School Head. Steven Garcia, from the Class of 2002, and now Assistant Director of Admissions and Head Baseball coach, encouraged classmates to give to the Annual Fund to help pay for the extra needs for today’s students that helped to make his own SAS experience so great. He’s hoping for 100% participation from the Class of 2002, and it’s hard to say no to Steven!Top photo above from the Class of ‘07: Molly Dyal, Annie Bearden, Avery Cowden and Callie Clemons, Photo above left: Matt Cary ’02 with Julius Berotte ‘02, Photo right: Ana Arredondo with Steven Garcia ’02 and Lindsay Lucke ‘02.
We invited everyone to send news to the alumni blog, so that we can all share in the interesting directions that these alums are headed. It’s also a great place for networking to meet possible new employers and employees! You can send news and photos to Jim Heck here. Jim also encouraged everyone to become Facebook Fans on the new Alumni facebook page, which you can see here.Above photo: Hilary Carlson brought an example of one of our first newsletters … before the blog, before facebook … this is how we told our story and encouraged those first brave students to begin their high school years in a set of portables on the 31st Street Campus! To Hilary’s right is one of those students, Isabelle Corbett ‘02, and to her left is Jim Heck, who attended many planning meetings in those same portables.
The students then took part in something that would be familiar to all from their old advisory days at SAS: a writing assignment and a game. Happily, the writing assignment was not a test, but rather, provided new alums with advice for college and careers from the more experienced St. Andrew’s graduates. The game was a contest between tables answering St. Andrew’s trivia questions. “What was the unusual addition to the uniforms for the first volleyball game played against Hyde Park?” If you don’t know, ask John Bennett, because he nailed that answer for his team.Photos clockwise starting top left: (1) Will Weaver ‘02 with wife, Lauren D’Angelo Weaver ‘02 and John Bennett ‘02 (2) Kim Pearce Clemons ’02 with Chemistry teacher, Gretchen Williams (3) Trainer, Abby Elliott behind Philip and Callie Whigham Speer ‘02 (4) Latin teacher and College Counselor, Jennie Luongo, Retired Fine Art Chairman, Warren Dickson, and Chemistry teacher, Renee Hall (5) Josh Duncan ’07 (6) Art teacher, Susan Kemner Reed with Julianna Heck ‘07Photos clockwise starting top left: (1) Brent Zaal ‘02 with Will Weaver ’02 (2) Annie Bearden ‘07, English teacher, John Pomeroy, and Avery Cowden ’07 (3) Past Upper School Heads, Hilary Carlson and Susan Schotz (4) Ellen Heck ‘02 with Julianna Heck ’07 (5) Andrew Shi ‘07 (6) Sarah Bradford ’02 with Liz Davis ‘02 and Susannah Marble ’02Photo top: Zoe LaPier ‘07 with Sarah McGhee ’07 and Monica Noori ‘07, Photo above: Kim Pearce Clemons ’02 with husband, and high-school sweetheart, Keyes Clemons ‘02 and Kelly Brademan Von Drehle ’02 with husband, Christian.Photo above from the Class of 2007: Sarah McGhee, Zoe LaPier, Austin Rivera, Julianna Heck, Ben Meador, Michael Fleming and a friendSt. Andrew’s faculty members happy to see the students they taught: Spanish teacher, Jim Currin, formerChaplain, Todd Fitzgerald, College Counselor, Josie Dickson, former Upper School Head, Hilary Carlson, Chemistry teacher, Gretchen Williams, and Latin teacher and College Counselor, Jennie Luongo. Vince Totero, founding Biology teacher was also in attendance, and most of the pictures presented here are thanks to him.
After tours of the amazing new fine arts facilities given by Blue Key Club members, everyone returned to receive their ACL tickets and all-important SAS-ACL water bottles and bags … then off they headed to finish their reunion under the tents of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Thank you to the students of the Classes of 2002 and 2007 for coming to see us. We hope you will come again, and often. And, for those of you who couldn’t be here, we missed you, and will look forward to seeing you in 2017, if not before. When the reunion continued at the ACL Music Festival, the Classes of 2002 and 2007 joined 70,000 friends to enjoy the afternoon and evening of music, food and fun. Alums from every graduating class were invited to come by the St. Andrew’s “waterstop” for free water, a good place to meet friends or just to say ‘hi.’
Above from left clockwise: Isabelle Corbett, John Bennett and Lindsay Lucke (2) Sarah McGhee and Zoe LaPier (3) Alex Taube, Adair Townsend, Beth Townsend (4) Ellen Heck, Susannah Marble, and Lauren Weaver (5) Jim Heck, Steven Kahn and Will Weaver
All in all, it was a great day full of memories and reconnecting. Thank you again to everyone who made it possible for our alums to come together again. We are already looking forward to the reunions for the Classes of 2003 and 2008. See you next year!
Alums are just beginning to arrive in town for the reunion activities this weekend. The classes of 2002 and 2007 will be celebrating with a brunch on Saturday morning at the Upper School campus from 10:00am to 12:00pm. All alumni attendees are given a Saturday ticket to ACL. As part of the Saturday activities, we have a “Water Stop” for St. Andrew’s alums, students, and parents. At the water stop we have free water, bandaids, sunscreen, Advil, and other remedies. Here is a map of our “Water Stop” location. Stop by and say hello!
This year marks the first 10th Reunion in the history of St. Andrew’s School.
In the spring of 1998, the students who were a part of the first class, and the new faculty, committed to be a part of a new high school that was not built, and, in fact, the portables on the 31st Street Campus were not even in place.
On a wing and a prayer, they committed to a dream. And it became a dream come true thanks to these first brave students and teachers.
Here is a video that we made chronicling the history of the first four years of St. Andrew’s Upper School.
The Class of 2002 never attended school with seniors (until they were the seniors), picked up the rocks on the Nazro Green that was not a green, attended chapel in the little chapel on 31st, were required to play a team sport every season so that we would have enough players to field teams, began our arts program in venues around Austin, and created so many firsts that we still enjoy today: first Senior-FirstGrade Welcome, first Homecoming, first Junior Experiences, and even the first prank: Senior Skip Day.
We hope you enjoy this little trip down memory lane, or rather down memory dirt road, which is how we originally arrived at our soon-to-be amazing campus on Southwest Parkway.
P.S. The Cornerstone Class of 2002 will be joined by alums from the Class of 2007, who are celebrating their 5th Reunion during Brunch in the Dell Fine Arts Center before they all head out to SAS at ACL. Be sure to RSVP by today (Friday, October 5th) so we know to hold your ACL ticket.
When we invited alums to send pictures of their activities this summer, we received an interesting set of pictures from Lacy Shawn ‘04, and asked to hear more. Please enjoy the interview below:
The original question was, “What are you doing this summer?”
I am a therapist at Meridell Achievement Center, a residential treatment center that treats emotionally disturbed youth ages 5-18. I am the primary therapist on the adolescent boys neurobehavioral unit. The part that I enjoy most about my job is seeing the significant changes that the boys make while they are with us. All of the boys who are on my unit come to us with significant behavioral and emotional challenges, and they are quite often out of control. They have been unable to manage successfully in the home setting, and the ripple effects of their behavior and emotional dysregulation have often been huge for those that love and care for them. It is incredibly powerful to help these young men gain control over their behaviors, to re-connect with their families, and to learn to communicate in a healthy manner. I feel incredibly lucky to be invited into families’ intimate lives and struggles, and I feel humbled to be able to take part in the amazing transformations that our boys and their families make.
What do you do in your spare time?
I rock climb several times a week, cycle several times a week, and am active in the Austin Improv Community. I am currently in two improv troupes that perform regularly throughout Austin, and am in the mainstage show, Only Three Will Survive. In September, I will travel to Hawaii to play in an international improv festival, Improvoganza, that is hosted in Honolulu.
What books are you reading right now, or what was the last book you read?
As I am now commuting to Liberty Hill for work (only 30 minutes) I have started listening to audio books. I have been listening to The Iron Druid Chronicles, a series that follows Atticus O’Sullivan, the last surviving Druid in the world as he navigates modern day America. It is entertaining, and makes the drive go by quickly!
Was there a teacher or subject that you experienced at St. Andrew’s that influenced the path you follow today?
Really, all of the teachers and staff at St. Andrew’s influenced me to follow this path. High school was a difficult time for me, and I am incredibly grateful that I had so many wonderful mentors who cared about me and were invested in my success. I feel lucky to be able to pay it forward by providing support to the boys that I work with now.
Do you have a favorite memory from your experience at St. Andrew’s or a funny anecdote from your years at SAS?
I always remember having a blast on field hockey trips. I loved our tradition of having a fancy (or themed) dinner during our out-of-town dinners. I remember the first time we sneakily planned to load up on the bus in formal wear without our coaches knowing. I fondly remember Art History Lunchies with Mrs. Russell, and I am grateful that I learned art history so solidly that I still remember it! I also have lots of fond memories of late nights in the theatre/cafeteria painting sets, and preparing for shows.
Lacy was a member of the third class to graduate from St. Andrew’s, and was one of the first actors to use our new ‘cafetorium’ as a venue. It’s no wonder she’s continued to improvise! Thank you Lacy … good luck at Improvoganza!
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The correct answer for this week’s contest question was guessed correctly by all alums: Parva! aka Ms. Luongo. And, the winner, who was chosen using the official Random Number Generator, is …
MEREDITH STARK! VICTOR!
Email your mailing address to jheck “at” sasaustin “dot” org and we will send your $25 gift card primum.
Thank you to all of you who participated. Please spread the word and invite your friends to become fans of the new Alumni Facebook Fan Page and subscribe to the Alumni Blog to hear about St. Andrew’s alumni news and events.
And watch for our next contest this Friday.
For the next few weeks, once a week, we are posting a contest for alums to help spread the word about our new Alumni Facebook Fan Page, as well as the Alumni Blog.
Our alumni facebook page is a quick way for alums (and their families) to stay in touch with each other and learn about alumni activities and gatherings. We also link our Alumni Blog articles, which feature stories about our alums.
1) If you comment with a correct answer to the question of the week, your name will be entered 1 time into the weekly drawing for the prize.
2) If you comment with a correct answer to the question and become a “fan” on our FB fan page (or already have become a fan), your name will be entered 2 times into the weekly drawing for the prize!
3) If you comment with a correct answer and become a fan on our FB fan page, as well as subscribe to the Alumni Blog, (or already subscribe) your name will be entered 3 times into the weekly drawing.
The prize is a $25 gift card, which can be used anywhere.
Contest ends each Sunday at midnight. Winners are announced on Mondays.
Here is today’s contest question: Who was wearing this tag today at St. Andrew’s and what does it mean? And what was your favorite tag, and what does it mean?
The name of this week’s winner was pulled out of a hat by the owner of the contest shoes, physics teacher, Dan Latreille. However, John Pomeroy and Father Rob were both good guesses, as they have been known to sport the same Converse style.
Thank you to all of you who participated. Please spread the word and invite your friends to become fans of the new Alumni Facebook Fan Page and subscribe to the Alumni Blog to hear about St. Andrew’s alumni news and events.
And watch for our next contest this Friday.
For the next few weeks, once a week, we plan to post a contest for alums to help spread the word about our new Alumni Facebook Fan Page, as well as the Alumni Blog.
We’re using the facebook page as a quick way for alums (and their families) to stay in touch with each other and learn about alumni activities and gatherings. We will also link our Alumni Blog articles, which feature stories about our alums.
1) If you comment with a correct answer to the question of the week, your name will be entered 1 time into the weekly drawing for the prize.
2) If you comment with a correct answer to the question and become a “fan” on our FB fan page (or already have become a fan), your name will be entered 2 times into the weekly drawing for the prize!
3) If you comment with a correct answer and become a fan on our FB fan page, as well as subscribe to the Alumni Blog, (or already subscribe) your name will be entered 3 times into the weekly drawing.
The prize is a $25 gift card, which can be used anywhere.
Contest ends each Sunday at midnight. Winners are announced on Mondays.
So here is today’s question: Whose shoes?
Guest Blog: Written by Nathan Michaud ’04
Class of 2012 Alumna Meghan Houston has been making waves this summer. Actually not waves, but tiny splashes and perfect entries as she continues to rise up the ranks in national and international diving competitions. After an amazing performance in the 3M Synchronized event at the US Olympic Trials, Meghan went on to win a national championship title at both Junior and Senior Nationals! Meghan and her team’s performance will be televised tonight (8/29) from 6:30-8:00pm CST on NBC Sports. You can view her competing in High Definition on channel 1646! Hope you can tune in!
Check out the press release from the University of Texas below:
TEXAS WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012
Incoming freshman Meghan Houston claims two U.S. national titles
Freshman Meghan Houston wins U.S. national title in the women’s one-meter event just over a week after sharing the three-meter synchronized diving crown at the U.S. Junior Nationals.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Just over a week after winning the three-meter synchronized diving competition at the U.S. Junior National Championships, incoming Texas freshman Meghan Houston claimed a U.S. national title in the one-meter event Tuesday at the 2012 AT&T National Diving Championships.~
Houston (Austin, Texas) captured the one-meter national title with 274.80 points on five dives.~ She totaled a meet-best 61.20 points on her first dive, an inward one-and-a-half somersault in the pike position.
Houston won the three-meter synchronized diving title with 289.80 points on Aug. 5.
“Meghan is having a great summer season, having won the three-meter synchro at the Junior Nationals and winning her first senior national title on Tuesday,” UT diving coach Matt Scoggin said.~ “Meghan is a strong competitor with a bright future, and we are excited she is a Texas Longhorn.”
Houston will enroll at UT this month and will compete for the Longhorns this fall.
August 13, 2012
The Class of 2012 gave their last hugs to Lucy, their advisors and to each other on August 5th before they headed off to colleges near and far. They received their gigantic yearbooks filled with pictures and full of memories. With Jamba Juices in hand, they pored over the photos which recorded the many accolades that this great class achieved and the mark that they all leave on St. Andrew’s. We wish you all the best in your new endeavors, and hope you’ll come back to visit often.
Sneak Peek At The Shield! Senior Sendoff, August 5th!
For the first time ever, the event was held in the lobby of the new Dell Fine Arts Center. Along with Lucy, new Interim Head of School, Michael Eanes was present to say hello and goodbye to the new alums.
Time: Sunday, August 5th, 5:00pm
Place: The Lobby of the Dell Fine Arts Center
What to bring: Clever thoughts to write into your classmates’ yearbooks. Pens provided.
Refreshments: Jamba Juice Smoothies
The new alums of the Class of 2012 will be the first to receive the latest edition of The Shield, the St. Andrew’s yearbook. This magnificent book was created through the year-long work of the Yearbook staff which included Alessandra Quaroni ‘12, Mary Alice Sherman ’12, Caroline Jones ‘13, and Jordan Zatopek ’13. The Yearbook Design and Production class, offered for the first time as a credit-carrying course was taught by Vince and Sue Totero and Joan Winter.
July 18, 2012
Summer is a fun time to stop by the campus if you are an alum! The summer hours are from 9:00am to 2:00pm, and there is always a friendly face happy to hear an update about what is new in your life.
July 11, 2012
The Reverend Bo and Beth Townsend announce the engagement of their daughter, Adair, to Alex Taube, the son of Eric and Judy Taube, all of Austin, Texas.
Adair is a 2007 graduate of St. Andrew’s. She graduated cum laude from Texas Christian University in 2011 with a B.S. in nursing, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta. Adair is employed as an oncology nurse at UT-Southwestern University Hospital-St. Paul’s in Dallas.
Alex is a 2008 graduate of St. Andrew’s. He received a B.B.A. from Texas Christian University where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. In July, Alex will enter the Leadership Development Program in Information Technology at Textron, Inc. where he will work at Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth.
A fall wedding in Austin is planned!
July 9, 2012
Since receiving his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rice in 2008, Dane Powell ’03 has been working in the Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Lab on the MS/PhD track. He passed his oral defense for a master of science, and received his degree in December.
Photo above left: Dane as a senior at St. Andrew’s. Above right: Demonstrating a virtual surgical simulator that Dane developed with local high school students and teachers.
“My research focuses on “robot-mediated training for dynamic tasks” – in essence, improving training for healthy people like surgeons, pilots, and astronauts, as well as improving rehabilitation for stroke patients, using haptic (force-feedback) devices and virtual reality. I’ve worked on a number of different research projects and published several papers. My work involves a LOT of programming, physics, psychology, statistics, and writing.”
Before Dane started on his PhD he decided to spend a semester abroad and conducted research at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. This was actually the second time that he studied abroad. Dane also studied at the University of London as an undergrad. He worked on a project called the “haptic creature“.
Dane writes, “For my PhD, I’m on a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF) – so I’m still a student at Rice, but I work in a lab at Johnson Space Center. I’m designing control systems for Robonaut 2 that will hopefully be used on the International Space Station as early as next year!
What does Dane do for fun? “Outside of the lab I love to rock climb and just get outdoors any way that I can. I’m a senior trip leader for Rice Outdoors Programs and Education and have led dozens of trips to outdoor areas around Texas such as Reimer’s Ranch, Enchanted Rock, and Hueco Tanks.”
Dane writes, “Oh! Also- I’m engaged to be married in April I met my fiancee at Rice as an undergraduate, and she’s currently a PhD student at Baylor College of Medicine.”
To learn more about Dane and his research, visit his webpage.
July 2, 2012
Anna Butler ’07 studied abroad in Vienna during her junior year at Wake Forest. She knew she wanted to return, but was surprised when a great opportunity arose. After graduation in May of last year, she was asked to join Wake Forest’s study abroad program as a program assistant. In addition to administrative duties, Anna teaches a course for the University on Viennese culture. She is a guest lecturer for history courses and also leads art history tours.
It looks like now is the time to travel to Vienna if you want an insider’s viewpoint!
July 28, 2012
The night before we celebrated the opening of our new Dell Fine Arts Complex, one of the members of the Cornerstone Class of 2002 was attending the opening of her second solo show at the Wally Workman Gallery. Ellen Heck’s show, titled “Variations” presents three different series that all explore the ideas of individuality and multiplicity through the fine art print-making process.
Members of the first St. Andrew’s ninth grade class took part in everything, because we needed them to participate in order to make a team, make a show, or make a class. The first high school art classes were held at Laguna Gloria, because we did not have an Upper School art room yet. Ellen remembers, “Mr. Packwood would drive us to our drawing classes, stay and learn to draw right next to the students and then drive us back to the portables behind Crusader Hall.”
After St. Andrew’s, Ellen received a degree in Philosophy from Brown University, but decided to pursue her passion for art by attending the School at the Chicago Art Institute, where she graduated with a degree in printmaking. Now in the California Bay Area, Ellen is an artist-in-residence at Berkeley’s Kala Art Institute. Photo above left: Ellen in Ms. Horn’s 4th grade class at St. Andrew’s, Photo right: At the Wally Workman show in June.
We asked Ellen a few questions to give us a glimpse into the world of creating art for a gallery show.
How did you feel about the show? It was so much fun – the whole year-and-a-half process. Talking with people in the gallery, I realized how much play had been involved, and how lucky I feel to be able to have so much fun at work!
How was the opening? It was a party! I was humbled by the support of art-loving Austinites and especially the St. Andrew’s community. There were a few mini-reunions that night, and it was great to see so many people packed into the Wally Workman gallery!
What do you always keep in your pantry? That’s a funny question, because there’s actually a piece in the show that addresses just that, called, “What we would be eating in case of emergency, or, The current contents of the pantry.” :)
The night after Ellen’s show, during the opening of the new Fine Arts Center at St. Andrew’s, Ellen helped the chorus sing “See That Building” with many of her original Cornerstone classmates. “It’s exciting that so many new artists will have such an amazing facility to spark their creative work.”
June 26, 2012
As you know, we begin and end many events with the unique sound of bagpipes. Our bagpiper has appeared today to signal the end of the St. Andrew’s fiscal year on Saturday, June 30th. He serves as a reminder that only 4 days remain to join the Crusader Club for the year 2011-2012. If you join by Saturday, you will appear as a member of the Crusader Club in the Annual Report when it is published in the fall.
The Crusader Club is composed of all of the alumni who contribute to the Annual Fund. Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated, but the suggested amount is $10 for every year since graduation. The Annual Fund is raised each year to help cover the operating expenses of the school, which are not covered by tuition. If you are a new alum, you may be thinking, “What does my $10 donation do to help the school?” Here are a few ideas given to us directly by teachers!
$1 Items: A clay cuneiform tablet for Mr. Pomeroy’s class, fun Spanish sticker sheet, a box of aluminum foil to make solar ovens, a de-stress ball, a sketch pencil for Art History, notecards, welcome to the Cru stickers.
$5 Items: Milk and food coloring for Biochemistry, hand sanitizer, sketch book for Art History, paperback books, construction paper, squishy toys for Heather Latreille’s office.
$10 Items: A copy of All Quiet on the Western Front and Girl with the Pearl Earring, set of colored pencils, box of whiteboard markers, Spanish-language books, a bottle of kegboard cleaner to demonstrate adiabatic expansion and cooling, a class of 2017 t-shirt given to a new 9th grader.
As an additional benefit, you may designate a teacher as the motivator for your gift and we will let the teacher know a gift has been made in his or her honor. If you have been grateful for a St. Andrew’s teacher’s work while confidently tackling a college class, this is a great way to say thank you.
Thank you for giving. Cue the bagpipes!
It is official! The members of the class of 2012 are officially alumni of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. And, it is already time to save the date for an alumni event. Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 5th, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm, for the Senior Send-off. This year, we will meet in the new Dell Fine Arts Center. You will be the first to receive a copy of The Shield, the St. Andrew’s yearbook. It is a casual event, and we will have our traditional Jamba Juice smoothies, so you can linger, trade college emails with your classmates, and write your favorite memories in your friends’ annuals.
Since this may be the first time you have visited the Alumni Blog, take a moment to look immediately to the right side of the page. Go ahead and subscribe! It just takes a moment. By subscribing, you will receive new blog articles through your email account. We usually post two items a week during the school year, so your email account won’t be overwhelmed. It is an easy way to keep up to date on friends and upcoming alumni activities.
See you on August 5th!
Dell Fine Arts Center Opens To Rave Reviews. Alumni and Students Shine!
June 2, 2012
The Dell Fine Arts Center opened on June 2nd with an evening dedicated to the arts. Alumni and current student performers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers joined together to create a evening of fun, food, and entertainment for an audience of over 800.
The Extravaganza recap is a four-minute show of the evening dedicated to all of the people who helped make it happen. Be sure to watch the credits to the end for the finale surprise! Click the arrow below to start.
During the evening, retiring faculty Sandra Packwood, Wayne Packwood, Dan Dickey and Warren Dickson were honored. A special surprise performance by alumni and current Select Choir members, with a slide show of Warren’s time as Chairman of the Fine Arts Department, was a highlight of the evening. The tribute may be seen by clicking here.
In addition, each performance of the Musical Revue was preceded by a slideshow of musicals and plays from 1999 to 2012 compiled by current junior, Frankie Chen. The slideshow may be seen by clicking here.
In all, it was a wonderful night, celebrating, as stated by Rick Garcia, new Chairman of the Fine Arts Department, ” A dream come to fruition beacause of the foundation each alumni helped lay. Your Upper School years established high standards, dedication, leadership, and artistic merit for all who have followed. Thank you for defining who we have become.”
The gallery of photographs from the evening may be seen by clicking here.
May 22, 2012
See below the schedule and locations of the evening-long Extravaganza. Are you an alum that wants to have fun? Join in! Participate! Join the Chorus! We’ll all have fun! If you would like to see a larger version of the map, click here. If you would like to see a larger version of the schedule, click here.
May 7, 2012
Calling all alums!
Warren Dickson, retiring Chairman of the Fine Arts Department, and Drama Director, Rick Garcia, invite you to be a viewer/participant on June 2nd. Rick shares, “Alumni: This dream has come to fruition because of the foundation that each of you helped lay. Your Upper School years established high standards, dedication, leadership, and artistic merit for all who have followed. Thank you for defining who we have become.”
All are welcome to perform in the Full Company numbers. We will be performing at least one number from each musical and staging two performances of the Musical Revue. Below is a list of former students who have committed to perform after receiving the initial “save the date” sent earlier. Two Alumni bands are scheduled to perform. Alumni artists will also be exhibiting.
Alumni who will be participating to date: Barbara Breckiniridge, Caroline Pinkston, Trey Garza, Kim Pearce, Ellen Heck, Will Weaver, John Bennett, Patrick McMurrey, Ruta Perzynska, Taylor Mezaraups, Brittany Bernstrom, Andrew Rist, Lauren Dill, Bradley Houston, Amanda Serra, Ellen Wroe, Jase Burner, Peter Steinbach, Caroline Crichlow-Ball, Lacy Shawn, Taylor Smith, Paige McGhee, Aaron Lemke, Alex Taube, Reeves Sodoma, Chris Ritchie. Come and be a part of the fun!
Performers who have continued in theater have been asked to perform cameo performances. All alumni who want to sing may be a part of the Full Company. Below is the alumni rehearsal schedule:
Friday, June 1st
3:30-4:30pm Individuals in cameo roles with the pianist
5:30-7:00pm Full Company
Saturday, June 2nd
10:30am-1:00pm Final Dress, two runs.
Don’t be shy! Come and be a part of the Full Company. It will be an evening you won’t forget!
We anticipate a large crowd. If you, friends, and family simply want to see the Extravaganza, we are asking you to RSVP and reserve a seat for one of the two Musical Revue performances. Both performances include the same musical numbers and performers. The early show is at 5:30pm. The late show is 9:00pm. To make a reservation, please click on this link. See you there!
May 3, 2012
A new set of amazing buildings that all started with a dream and some very gracious donors, who were inspired by many plays performed with excellence by our St. Andrew’s alums, have been opened. On Friday, April 27th, St. Andrew’s dedicated its new 64,000 square foot Dell Fine Arts Center. This transformative $21 million dollar project, which began construction in February 2011, will further enhance St. Andrew’s comprehensive and well-rounded fine arts program.
Perhaps it was a bit of foreshadowing that the first musical, Working, performed by our first freshman class featured a song with the refrain, “See that building!” We never dreamed it would be a building like this!
Thank you to all who made it possible.
April 22, 2012
Blair Campion is currently studying abroad in Prague focusing on Political Science. Political Science is her second major (the other being Theatre). She is currently enrolled in Introduction to International Relations, The Arab-Israeli Conflict, Politics of the European Union, and Global Security Studies.
Blair happened to arrive during a record cold spell. She writes, “It’s been so cold here that I haven’t had the opportunity to explore as much as I would have liked. I don’t know if you heard about the Eastern European cold front, but the days were about 15 degrees as a high maybe and the lows were about 0. My favorite places I’ve been in Prague are kind of touristy, but I love the Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square. The thing that fascinates me about studying in Prague occurs every day as I walk to class. I usually take the Charles Bridge, which is probably the most famous landmark in Prague. The fact that I walk over something that’s older than America to get to class astounds me. “
Her favorite Czech fast food is a fried cheese sandwich! They sell it for about $1 in Wenceslas Square at sausage stands that are open 24 hours a day. Delicious!
“Fortunately, the language barrier hasn’t been much of a problem here. Everyone speaks English. I’m not taking Czech, but I have picked some up. James (Wiseman) is helping me because he speaks it. Of COURSE James speaks it!”
Mrs. Russell definitely influenced my choice to come here, because she spoke of her love of Prague. She also introduced me to the Dancing Building by Frank Gehry (left) which just so happens to be on the corner of my street!
If you would like to read more about Blair’s semester abroad you may follow her adventures through her blog at www.blair-austin.tumblr.com.
Czech it out!
On Saturday, April 7th, several former baseball players and former team managers returned for a challenge to this year’s Varsity baseball team. It was a beautiful day on Tommy Yager Field and the game was filled with highlights. The event was organized by alum Keith Skates, who is now the Sports Medicine Trainer for the Middle School. The crowd of 50 fans enjoyed several fun plays during the game, and some good-natured posturing. Controversy surrounded two calls made by the officials. One related to the invoking of Rule 37, paragraph 2, section ix, sentence three of the baseball code, from which the team of alums was granted 6 outs in the final inning. The second rule interpretation to cause discussion surrounded Head Baseball Coach and alum Steven Garcia. While at bat for the Varsity team, the valid strike-zone was enlarged. The rule alteration resulted in Steven being called out on strikes from a pitch thrown over his head. After the game, which ended in a 14-3 victory for the 2012 Varsity, the players joined together at Rudy’s for a barbeque lunch. In the history of Alumni baseball games the record now stands as: Varsity 1, Alumni 1.
Thanks to current Varsity players John Covert, Andrew McInvale, Jordan Wenske, Alex Adams, Carter Reed, Jordan Gillott, Scott Politz, and Jaron Shrock for making the game possible.
Calling all alums! Join us on Saturday, June 2nd to open the new Dell Fine Arts Center with the first performances! This is an invitation, a casting call, and a call for entries! All alums who have been in a musical are invited back on stage to participate in the Musical Review to open the facilities. Are you still producing visual art? Please use this as an opportunity to display your work in the new gallery area. Still playing in a band? Please let us know! Our goal is to create an evening of viewer/participants to celebrate the opening of this marvelous facility and thank you, the people who led the arts program to the excellent level we enjoy today. Thank you to Jessie Bearden ’10 for designing the extravaganza invitations and programs (stay tuned)!
March 22, 2012
On Monday, March 19th teachers and administrators gathered for the first full-faculty meeting since the completion of the school’s ten-year accreditation. Departmental groups worked through the morning. After completing their work, the faculty also gathered for a little trip down the “memory lane” of Lucy’s tenure at St. Andrew’s. With Nazro Hall as the setting, Lucy and Phil were honored, toasted, and roasted as part of a fun celebration. With heartwarming toasts, hilarious skits, wonderful songs, and a couple of scary trip stories, the group laughed, cried, smiled, hugged, and remembered over 32 wonderful years. Below is a photo (with our bigger-than-life Lucy Nazro cutout!) of the faculty and former-faculty alums who attended the celebration.
February 27, 2012
The lacrosse season has just begun for St. Andrew’s. It was only four seasons ago that High School All-American, Tori Harrison, graced the St. Andrew’s lacrosse fields. Her energy, skills, enthusiasm, and endurance are still legendary. She headed to Cal Berkeley and became a starter as a freshmen. Fast forward four years. She begins her senior year as a Captain for the 2012 Golden Bears, but only after lots of work both on and off the field.
In a world of budget cuts, the Women’s Lacrosse program at Cal Berkeley, was cut in 2011. True to her history as a fighter at St. Andrew’s, she wasn’t willing to call it quits. She rallied the team and others, and, long-story-short, Cal is officially back on the field. The struggle by Tori and her teammates to keep the program has been highlighted by Lacrosse Magazine. Read the full article here. It is a great lesson about persevering when the chips are down.
A Scholar-Athlete, Tori has been twice named as a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic Athlete.
Keep track of Cal Lacrosse and Tori by visiting the lacrosse blog co-authored by Tori and her teammate Tara. The blog is called Bear TaraTori. Go, Tori, go!
Christiana Bay (‘07), was one of six Austin College students to be awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant this past year. The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program, a part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, selects 1500 U.S. students who demonstrate strong leadership potential and academic excellence to travel abroad for the purpose of teaching English internationally.
Christiana, who majored in English and Psychology, will spend the 2011-2012 school year living with a host family in Mokpo, South Korea and teaching English. Christiana has always had a passion for literature and enjoys teaching English because, “My students make coming to school every day worthwhile and fulfilling…When you see that ‘flash of understanding’ cross a student’s face, you know that all the hard work has been worth it.” Christiana is learning Korean and, despite the language barrier, says she has a “strong bond” with her host family and that Korea is “a welcoming, strong country with much history.” Christiana is also sampling exciting new cuisine such as samgyeopsal (pork belly) and live octopus!
Although she enjoys these culinary adventures, she says she misses Tex-Mex favorites and would love a stop at Chuys. Good luck with the rest of your year, Christiana!
Article authored by Elisa Turner ’10
The second annual Crusader Cup was won by the alums who joined together for an evening of fun against some of their old teammates and coaches. Joining in on the fun were Carter Cowan, Declan Fitzsimons, Dawson Lewis, Greg Buciaga, Michael Petrick, Alex Grimm, and Roberto Diaz. Aiding the alumni were John Fitzsimons and Richard Kriese. Cheering the alums from the stands were Margaret Heck and Nick Golden.
At the end of regulation, the score was knotted-up at 2-2. Each team put forth their first five penalty kickers, and at the end of 10 penalty kicks the score was still tied. The game ended when one of the varsity penalty kicks glanced the top bar of the goal and bounced away! All players had fun.
Next year, soccer enthusiast, John Pomeroy, is sponsoring the alumni team. Look forward to excellent coaching and perhaps gear!
January 9, 2012
“Go to class.” “Meet with your professors.” “You’re going to have fewer grades in each class, so study continuosly.” These were some of the insights shared by the new college freshmen from the Class of 2011 with the seniors in the Class of 2012. Lauren Rishel (University of Texas – San Antonio), Jackie Groves (Texas A&M), Margaret Heck (Colorado State), Megan Bentzin (University of Virginia), Katherine Stegmann (Vassar), Lena Blietz (University of Mississippi), Rachel McCarthy (Pfeiffer), Brenna Cannon (Brown) and Austin Tedesco (Boston College) took time before returning to their respective colleges for the spring semester to share stories with the soon-to-be freshmen. Thanks alums!
Alums from the Class of 2011 will be back on campus this coming Monday, January 9th, between 10:00am and 10:35am. This annual event has become a chance for current seniors to get the first impressions of college from the newest SAS alums. All members of the Class of 2011 are welcome to join in and share their stories and answer questions posed from the Class of 2012.
Mark your calendars!
Monday, January 9th
10:00am to 10:35am
Meet in Ms. Guice’s Office
The annual Alumni Get-Together was another festive hit. Alums from near and far gathered at the beautiful home of the Kohout family for an evening of casual Christmas cheer. Dinner was provided by Santa Rita and music was provided by the St. Andrew’s Select Choir, complemented by many former Select members. Every year, we love hearing about the recent adventures of our former students. We would like to extend a big thank you to the Kohout family for opening their home to the Crusader family. Happy New Year to all and best of luck in 2012.
Above: Scott Dollen ‘11 with Katherine Stegmann ’11
Above from left: Walker Wroe ’09, Kiran Rao ’08, Nico Gayle ’08, Austin Lucke ’08, RJ Axe ’08, Adam Zimmerman ’08, and Philip Swanger ’08.
Above clockwise from upper left: (1) Peter Carruth ’10, Ty Carper ’10, Christina Canzoneri ‘10 (2) Select Singer, Ali Campion ’12 (3) Caroline Crichlow-Ball ’11, Thea Kohout ’10, Margaret Heck ‘11 (4) Emily Susman ’10, Max Yancy ‘09, Cameron Coffman ’10, Jessie Bearden ‘10, Peter Carruth ’10.
Above: Cameron Coffman ‘10, Lena Blietz ’11, Kendall Sealy ‘11 with Head of School, Lucy Nazro
Above clockwise from upper left: (1) Gerrit Wheeler ‘11 with Shaun Duggan ’11 (2) Will McDonald ’04 with a friend and Caroline Pinkston ‘04 and Laura Milton ’04 (3) Select Choir members Evan Wineland ‘12 and Conor Keelan ’12 are joined by former Select members, Trey Garza ‘06 and Parker Rivera ’11 (4) Jim Heck and Austin Lucke compare Aggie rings.
Above from left from the Class of ‘09: Taylor Mezaraups, Lauren Perry, Jasmin Vara, Mary Hollyman, Lindsay Fairchild, and Nick Belisle.
Thank you again to the Kohout family: Thea ‘10, Heather, Tito ‘06, Lizzie ’04, and Martin
Want to be a little edgy before New Year’s eve? Drop in to the Red Eyed Fly tonight (Friday, December 30th) and catch John Allen Carruth ’06 and his band Stampede Mesa. They are releasing their first EP tonight and will be showcasing the new songs. Check out this link to listen to some of their previous work on the band’s Youtube Channel. They have become known for their hard-rock style with funk and reggae influences. John Allen was a musician in the early days of our jazz band, playing in the group for four years. Rock on!
The Alumni Award, which is given every other year, was established on the 50th anniversary of St. Andrew’s and is presented to a graduate of St. Andrew’s whose life is characterized by excellence and who has devoted outstanding service to his/her community. This year, John Gage, a graduate of St. Andrew’s first Middle School class in 1984, was given the Alumni Award. John graduated from Yale University in 1992 with a BA in religious studies and is currently the senior pastor at United Church on the Green in New Haven, CT. During his years in New Haven, he has devoted himself to the service of others mainly working on human rights and justice issues. In the words of Lucy Nazro, “He has certainly carried out the words of the Baptismal office of the Episcopal Church – where we are asked to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being.”
Save the date for the Alumni Holiday Get-Together! Tuesday, December 20th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This year, it will be at the home of Heather, Martin, Lizzie, Tito, and Thea Kohout. Help spread the word! More information to follow. You may find an event link here.
We love to see familiar faces in the Alumni Center. When Jill Fadal came by to say hi, we snapped her picture with her former Biology teacher, Mr. Totero. It seems that the Biology homework from ninth grade paid off, because Jill is now a medical student at Texas Tech. Not only that, but Governor Rick Perry has appointed Jill to serve as the student regent on the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents.
Photos above: 1) Jill in Mrs. Griffin’s first grade class. 2) Jill, recently visiting with Mr. Totero, her ninth grade biology teacher.
While Jill was at St. Andrew’s, she was accepted to Texas Tech’s Undergraduate to Medical School Initiative, a program that guarantees select students admission to the Health Science Center. She is currently in the MD/MBA program and plans to be an orthopedic surgeon.
Commenting on her appointment, Texas Tech President Guy Bailey said, “Jill is smart, mature and energetic.” And, Tech Chancellor, Kent Hance, said Jill was “an excellent undergraduate student at Texas Tech, and we welcome her to the board.”
We found the photograph below in our SAS archives of young Jill with her brother, Kyle ‘04, and we couldn’t help wondering if Jill has been destined to be a doctor for a very long time!
It was a busy week at the Upper School as October came to an end. Homecoming, Harvest Bowl, and the fall musical, A Chorus Line, all came together on the same weekend. This brought a great group of alums back to campus to support all aspects of Crusader life.
Pictured above are members of the Select Choir singing the National Anthem. Former Select Choir alums are invited to join in the singing of the anthem each year. Mixed into the group are Rachel Bishop ’11, Caroline Pinkston ’04, John Bennett ’02, Andrew Rist ’05, and Travis Bishop ’11.
Not pictured, but seen in the impressive crowd were Laura Milton ’04, Jack Scharnberg ’11, Will Scharnberg ’09 (a former Homecoming King), Nathan Michaud ’04 (a former Homecoming King), Lauren Dill ’05, Grant Wilson ’09, Keith Skates ’02, Steven Garcia ’02, Mason Osborn ’11, Gareth Hutton ’11, and Ashwin Rao ’03.
Pictured below left to right: 1. English teacher, John Works and Ellen Heck ’02 2. Susannah Haddad ’11, Melissa and Houston McCrary, and Hailey Hunter ’11 3. John McNamara ’09, Roberto Diaz ’11, and Will Dodds ’10 cheering on the Cross Country team earlier in the week 4. Bryant Bowyer ’11 and Dan Latreille 5. Neil Davis ’10 and Craig Katkic ’10 visit with Dean of Students, Lisa Culbertson 6. Sarah McGhee ’07 says Salwe to latin teacher Greg Mele.
It was a great weekend all-around. The football team won against St. Stephen’s in overtime. St. Andrew’s won the Harvest Bowl for the eighth consecutive year. A Chorus Line played to packed houses and received standing ovations. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Who snapped this photo of the Hermitage in Russia?….Addie Anderson ’09. This semester she is currently residing and studying with the Bard-Smolny Program in St. Petersburg Russia at Санкт-Петербургский Государственный Университет (St. Petersburg State University).
“Experiencing Russia first hand is amazing and enriches my education. Even though I’ve experienced immersion before (Middlebury Language Schools), living in a city of nearly five million non-English speakers forces me to utilize my language skills.”
Addie is a Russian major with an additional concentration in Russian, Central & Eastern European Studies with a focus on Russian literature and culture. This past summer at Grinnell, she participated in independent research with her professor, and did a critical analysis of the window as a framing device in Mikhail Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time, “… a text to which I was first introduced by Mr. Pomeroy when we read the “graded”, edited-to-be-easy version of two of its parts Taman’ and Bela.”
Addie is only one class away from completing her major but intends to take Russian classes until she graduates. She has already started researching, and plans to continue her time in academia by applying to graduate school for Slavic Languages, Literature and Linguistics.
John Pomeroy says, “Хорошее Везение!.”
On September 3, 2011, wedding bells rang for two St. Andrew’s alums from the Cornerstone Class of 2002. Lauren D’Angelo married Will Weaver in a service officiated by Rev. Phil Nazro. The maid of honor was Lauren’s sister, Joanna D’Angelo ‘06 and the best man was Taylor Martin, Will’s brother. Photos below left: Will Weaver and Lauren D’Angelo, members of our first ninth grade class. Right: Lauren D’Angelo and Will Weaver are joined in marriage by Rev. Phil Nazro at Mercury Hall in Austin, Texas.
Without knowing, the song that Lauren and Will chose for their first dance was “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” coincidentally the very song to which Lauren’s parents walked down the aisle at their own wedding.
After all the wedding fun, Will will continue as Assistant Basketball Coach for Sam Houston State University and Lauren will complete her 4th year of medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston before beginning her residency in pediatric neurology next fall. Best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Weaver!
On September 26, Lucy Nazro, our beloved Head of School, announced that she will be stepping down from her duties at the end of this school year. Happily, she will remain an important part of St. Andrew’s in her new position as Special Counsel to the Board of Trustees and will act as a consultant on several important projects, including the advancement of the Endowment Fund, supporting our Episcopal Identity and planning for our 60th Anniversary celebration in 2012. And, of course, we will continue to see her in the stands cheering on the Crusaders. Below are photos of our number 1 fan, Lucy, with upper school alums. Click here to read a letter from Catherine Miller, Chair, Board of Trustees, as well as a letter from Lucy to her St. Andrew’s family.
I hope you will join me in sharing the gratitude that we have for Lucy’s many years of dedication to St. Andrew’s. She has been and will continue to be an inspiring leader for us all.
Photos below, upper left clockwise: (1) Cornerstone Class First First-Grade Welcome: Lucy, Keyes Clemons ‘02, Sharon Wilson with Claire WilsonChlebowski, Head of Lower School,Sharon Wilson, Kristin (Heimsath) Marker ’02, Elizabeth Davis ‘02 (2) Harvest Bowl Collection: Haley Heath ‘07, Sharon Wilson, Alex Taube ‘08, Lucy, Joan Church, Kaitlin Travis ’07 (3) Homecoming: Elizabeth Guice, Lucy, Marleigh Jones ‘06, Clark Draughn ‘06 (4) Graduation Service 2002: Emily Kennedy ’04, Nathan Michaud ‘04, Margot Miller ’04, Lily McCall ‘05, Lucy, Elizabeth Ketner ‘04
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Put a smile on your face by taking a moment to listen to Paige McGhee ’09 sing with the Acabellas of Trinity University. The Acabellas are the female a capella group of Trinity University. Paige has a solo within the number that begins 1:23 into the song. If you have forgotten how strong her beautiful voice is, enjoy watching her belt out this fun song.
This fall, St. Andrew’s Choir alum Peter Steinbach ’11 also joined the Trinity University male a capella group, the Trinitones. Keep those SAS voices singing!
Many St. Andrew’s alums were in town for their hometown ACL weekend, but the alums who won extra gold stars in our eyes were the grads who came by Friday night to cheer on the Crusaders as they took on Oakridge in some tough Texas football competition. Thanks for the encouragement: (from left) Andrew Brown, ‘10, TCU, Katie Cooke, ’11, Baylor, and Michael Petrick, ‘10, TCU.
We also enjoyed seeing alums who stopped by the St. Andrew’s Alumni Waterstop at ACL. We started this tradition three years ago for our first ACL Alumni weekend, and now grads know the location to find Mr. Heck with free water, first-aid supplies, a meeting location, or just to say “hi.” We love catching up. See you again next year! (Please forgive the photo quality, as we were following the no-lens-cameras rule.)
Below from upper left clockwise: 1.Laura Milton ‘04 2. Lauren Dill ’04 and friend Joey Miller 3.Ms. Luongo with Quinn McCall ‘10, Texas A&M and Lily McCall ’05 4.Elle Moody ’10, Rice University 5.Ben Powell ‘09, UVA, Matt Powell ’10, UVA with two friends 6. Megan Jones ‘10, TCU with Jessie Bearden ’10, UT
While the alums from the Class of 2006 were having all that fun, we didn’t want to forget the parents that provided for the great educations that set their children on their paths. On Friday night, before the reunion, parents gathered at the home of Ellen Dorsey and Jim Susman for a fantastic dinner. Thank you Ellen and Jim. Also, thank you Eddie Bernal of 34th Street Catering for an amazing menu to bring back our memories of visits to 34th street after all those Back-To-School nights.
P.S. If you did not receive your invitation, it’s because your new address is not in our database, so just click here and give us your current address and email and we’ll make sure you hear about the next event held by our all-new Parents of Alums club. (a club just for fun and to see each other during “life after SAS.”)
Photos from upper left clockwise: 1. John Miller, Anne Sweat, Becky Phillips, Ellen Dorsey 2. Silver Garza and Chris Heath 3. Melissa Garza, Lucy Nazro, and Ellen Dorsey. 4. Jeff and Molly Ketner with Abbey and Wayne Hutchison
Class of 2006 … we loved having you back on campus! Five years have already flown by while the students from the Class of 2006 have been attending colleges across the country and starting their careers.
To celebrate, a brunch was held in the Dell Academic Center for students and teachers. After lots of hugs and catching up, everyone enjoyed typical Austin fare prepared by 34th Street Catering who had provided their Senior Breakfast in 2005 before they welcomed the First Graders. Thank you Eddie Bernal.
After breakfast, the students were invited to take the first tour of the new Dell Fine Arts facility that is being built in the spaces that they only knew as fields and cross-country trails, when they attended St. Andrew’s.
Following the tours, Lucy Nazro, Head of School, spoke to the students, many of whom she has known since they were in the first grade! Ms. Nazro spoke of the great foundation that this class laid for all the exciting growth that is taking place today. Jim Heck, Dean of External Affairs and Alumni Relations, presented a short memory slide show and invited everyone to send news to the alumni blog, so we can all share in the interesting directions that this class is headed. You can send news and photos to Jim Heck here.
Finally, everyone gathered their ACL tickets and ACL survival kits and headed off to finish their reunion under the tents of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Thank you to the students of the Class of 2006 for coming to see us. We hope you will come again and often. And, for those of you who couldn’t be here, we missed you, and will look forward to seeing you in 2016 for your tenth reunion (if not before).
From left: Daniel Cantilo, Cat Rocha, Grace Kago, Li Zhang, Amanda Dawson and Chemistry teacher, Ms. Hall
No one loves to hear what their students are doing more than St. Andrew’s teachers. Above from upper left clockwise: 1.English teacher, Mr. Pomeroy with Grace Kago 2.A big hug for Tito Kohout from English teacher, Ms. Tollefson 3.Mrs. Nazro poses with David Houston 4.Ms. Guice, Director of College Counseling, with Shaina Forman
Above from left: Bonnie Canion, Laura Komkov, Liz Miller, Ashton Phillips, Erin Doughty, sharing memories with English teacher, Mr. Pomeroy
Above from left clockwise: 1.Latin teacher, Ms. Luongo and Associate Chaplain and Web Developer, Mr. Hagen catch up with Chris Sweat 2.Erin Doughty gives a hug to Grace Kago 3.Ms. Nazro with math teacher, Mr. Packwood and Rob Cook 4.Sloane Garvey with Cat Rocha
Everyone was invited to take the first-ever tour of the new Fine Arts Center. Above from left clockwise: 1.Nik Gilmore with math teachers, Mrs. Packwood and Mr Packwood, and Ms. Nazro, Joanna D’Angelo, and Alle Crouch 2.Olivia Jimenez joins Alle Crouch, Jill Fadal, and Clark Draughn 3.A hug for Clark from Ms. Nazro
When the reunion continued at the ACL Music Festival, the Class of 2006 joined 70,000 friends to enjoy the afternoon and evening of music, food and fun. Alums from ‘06 and every graduating class were invited to come by the St. Andrew’s “waterstop” for free water, a good place to meet friends or just to say ‘hi.’ Above from left: Stuart Hutchison, Mason Heath, Kostya Guerevich, and Zach Hardy with Ms. Luongo.
Left: Ms. Guice joins Mr. Heck at the SAS waterstop.
All in all, it was a great day full of memories and reconnecting, and a good time was had by all. You can’t beat a reunion that ends with Stevie Wonder singing, Isn’t She Lovely to the St. Andrew’s Class of 2006.
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The Class of 2006 started many traditions that we still carry on today. Here are a few pictures we found in our archives of this stellar class from your very first days as the freshman class in 2002! We can’t wait to see you on Saturday at 10am at the Dell Academic Center for Brunch and Memories. And, then everyone will head over for a great afternoon and evening of ACL. This will be the 5th fifth-reunion at St. Andrew’s and over 75% of your class is going to be here (most ever!) See you Saturday!
Keep an eye on the blog next week for picures of the Class of 2006, “all grown up!”
This is a big week of alumni activity at St. Andrew’s, but we want to congratulate and welcome our newest alumni class. The Class of 2011 gave their last hugs to Lucy, their advisors and to each other on August 7th before they headed off to colleges near and far. They received their gigantic yearbooks and a zip-drive full of memories. With Jamba Juices in hand, they pored over the photos which recorded the many accolades that this great class achieved and the mark that they all leave on St. Andrew’s. We wish you all the best in your new endeavors.
Send us lots of pictures from your college days. And, don’t forget your teachers’ advice from the Senior video: “Work hard. Have fun.”
The next two weeks are full of Alumni activities!
Friday, September 9th, first ever Parents of Alumni Tailgate.
Friday, September 16th, Parent’s Party for the parents of the Class of 2006.
Saturday, September 17th, Class of 2006 Five Year Reunion.
Alumni Parents Tailgate
This Friday, September 9th, the yet-to-be-named group currently meeting as the Parents-of-Alumni-Association-formation-group is hosting their first event ever! It is a “tailgate” at the home of Beth and Bo Townsend. This group’s goal is to offer parents of alums the opportunity to gather socially three or four times a year. We have had many former SAS parents express their desire to keep in touch with what is happening at the school, and that they miss the friends they once saw at games, plays, and special days. Come join the group and help define the mission, and just have fun seeing old friends!
What: A Tailgate/Oyster Roast before the football game between SAS and San Antonio Memorial
When: 6:00pm, Friday, September 9th
Where: Beth and Bo Townsend’s house, 2205 Matterhorn Lane, 78704
Quality Seafood is providing the food, so it will be delicious. Some of us will be headed to the SAS home game later that evening, but please plan to attend the Tailgate even if you are not going to the game. It will be great to have so many alumni parents together! Please RSVP to Beth Townsend at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, September 7th.
Class of 2006 Parent’s Party
What: A party for the parents of the Class of 2006
When: 6:00pm, Friday, September 16th
Where: The home of Ellen Dorsey and Jim Susman, 2108 Lakeshore Blvd., 78746
We began the tradition of a parent’s party at the first Five Year reunion. We found that many parents enjoyed catching up with each other, as well as Lucy and the faculty. Who said the former students get to have all the fun! Please RSVP to Jim Heck at email@example.com.
Class of 2006 Five Year Reunion
Saturday, September 17th, is the Five Year Reunion for the Class of 2006. We will meet for brunch at the Upper School in the Dell Academic Center beginning at 10:00am. It will be a great way to see old friends, have a hearty breakfast of traditional Austin fare, check in with a few teachers, and see the campus. This year we have the luck of being some of the first to tour the new construction of the Fine Arts Center. We’ll don hard hats and walk out on to the new stage! Many alums have enjoyed wandering around the campus “remembering when.” It will be fun for this group to see a lot of buildings new to the campus! You can see who’s coming and RSVP on facebook.
After the brunch, the alums will be given their Saturday Pass to ACL! This year’s Saturday night star is Stevie Wonder! We’ll be hanging out at ACL in the same location where we have been posted for the last three years. (Near the corner of the beach.) This year, we’ll have free water for alums with no waiting in line! So, enjoy the music, come by, and have some fun!
The Senior Sendoff 2011, otherwise known as Mrs. Nazro’s last opportunity to hug you before you head off to college, is Sunday, August 7th. Seniors from the Class of 2011 will meet at Mrs. Nazro’s at 1109 West 31st Street from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.
We distribute the school annual, the Shield. The annual is full color, 368 pages long with over 2,000 photographs. The Class of 2011 gets the first glimpse at the school’s first Shield to cover the entire year.
So, new alums, bring those pens and Sharpies and be ready to sign your friends’ annuals.
The refreshment will be Jamba Juice Smoothies.
If you haven’t already, you can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or go to the facebook event and RSVP here.
Always synchopated while on the St. Andrew’s campus, Bowman Townsend ’08, is carrying on the beat while in college. He was highlighted in the April edition of Knoxville Magazine in the “Rising Talent” section.
Take a moment to enjoy a glimpse of his work with singer Jill Andrews at the Blue Plum Festival by viewing below. Jill just released her first full-length album The Mirror this month.
If you have attended St. Andrew’s Homecoming the last few years, you probaby recognize the photographer above. This is Sarah Wilson, who attended St. Andrew’s before we had an Upper School. But, lucky for us, we have been able to lure her to our new campus to record student life with her creative and recognizable style.
Sarah is now a commercial and editorial photographer, whose work can be seen in magazines such as Texas Monthly, Time, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Mother Jones, Dwell, and more. Sarah explores issues of community and culture through environmental protraiture. After living nine years in New York City, Sarah has returned to her hometown, Austin. Between projects which take her all around the country, she has chronicled several events at St. Andrew’s, which capture the family feeling that is such an important part of our community.
Above left: Sarah shooting at St. Andrew’s Homecoming 2010, Above right: Sarah at a seventh grade dance when she attended St. Andrew’s.
We asked Sarah to answer a few questions that might inspire some of our current budding photographers, as well as introduce our St. Andrew’s families to some of her upcoming projects.
Where did you attend college for your under-graduate degree and what did you study?
I attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and studied photography.
What has been your most interesting project so far?
All of my projects have been interesting in different ways. Photography has given me a reason to meet all kinds of people, from beauty queens, to death row inmates, to snake handlers, to astronauts. The camera has been my passport into other people’s lives, and allows me the opportunity to see the world through their eyes.
For the last five years, I have volunteered as the prom night photographer at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which has turned into an especially rewarding personal project. Getting to know these teenagers has enriched my perspective on the complexity and beauty of life’s challenges and victories.
Do you have any current shows or upcoming projects?
Homestead Photographs is a new offshoot of my current photography business that is slated to launch this summer. Through portraiture, landscape, and environmental photography, Homestead’s assignments will surround the unique essence of a client’s loved ones, environment, and heritage. An in-depth study of a family’s Mississippi-based historical roots and anti-bellum home, a woman-owned Chicago bronze foundry and studio, and a Hill Country family ranch on the Llano River will be amidst the initial portfolio examples.
For inquiries please feel free to contact Sarah at email@example.com
Do you have any tips or advice for students who might be interested in becoming photographers?
The rewards of having career in photography are endless, but it would be wise to be aware of some of the challenges one will face as a freelancer. You need to have the self-discipline to be your own boss and a strong inner drive to continue finding new clients and opportunities. Being a professional photographer is not the easiest way to make a living so you’ve gotta love it and feel like it’s your calling.
What books are you reading right now?
I am currently rereading Wallace Stegner’s, Crossing to Safety, which is probably my favorite book. I enjoy wallowing in his rich description of the characters’ subtle relationships and in the soft way he paints their environments.
What is your favorite place to eat in Austin?
When I am doing errands around town and need a quick bite, I like to go to Chango’s for their grilled mahi mahi tacos. The tortillas are made as you order, so they couldn’t be more fresh. Titaya’s quenches my weekly cravings for Thai food. Uchi is great for a special occasion, and Dan’s and Fran’s are excellent for a burger.
Ginny Walsh ’04, began swimming when she was little and has been gliding through the water for years. While she was a student at St. Andrew’s Upper School, she anchored a growing swim team and was a multi-medaled All-Conference SPC swimmer.
For her Senior Project, she decided to swim the Pailolo Channel between Maui and Molokai in the Hawaiian Islands. Bouyed by her friends Nathan Michaud ’04 (trip and swim, advance and support), Lizzie Kohout ’04 (film documentarian), and coaches Kirsten Weiss and Laura Longoria, she completed the 9.1-mile swim. Ginny became the youngest person of record to swim the channel.
From St. Andrew’s, she went to Denison College and was a four-year varsity swimmer. Denison is a perennial top 5 Division III program, due in large part to its seeking of strong student-athletes. In 2008, Ginny was inducted into the national honorary mathematics society, Phi Mu Epsilon.
Flash forward to 2010. Ginny is currently Assistant Coach of the St. Andrew’s Varsity Swim Team alongside Head Coach, Nathan Michaud. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Sports Management at the University of Texas. As part of the pursuit of that degree she is completing research and authoring a paper titled “Examining Parents’ and Children’s Preferences for Coaching Methods and Extrinsic Rewards in a Youth Swim Team Program.” Current St. Andrew’s parents and students are asked to help in her work by completing an online survey. If you are a current parent and would like to participate in the survey, click here for the Parent Youth Sports Survey. If you are a student and would like to participate in the survey, click here for the Youth Sports Survey.
The study is being conducted by Ginny, Dr. B. Christine Green, and Dr. Laurence Chalip from the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Texas. We can’t wait to hear about her discoveries.
Spring breaks at colleges bring smiling faces back to the St. Andrew’s campus. Over the last several weeks it has been fun to see familiar, friendly faces. It always gives us pleasure for a quick catch-up, the presence of an extra fan in the stands, or an alum-art-supporter!
Above are lacrosse fans Trent Wilson ’09, Ben Stegmann ’09, Will Scharnberg ’09, and John McNamara ’09. They were in town to witness the girls’ lacrosse victory that qualified the girls for their 9th trip to the State Tournament.
The annual Skeet Shoot supporting the St. Andrew’s Endowment was held last weekend. Several alums and other supporters donned their camouflage, picked up their shotguns, and took aim at the clay pigeons flying from one tree to another. Pictured above are alum-shooters Mary Ann Frishman, Matt Sjoberg, Kyle Fadal, and Will Scharnberg.
At one station the challenge was “Fur and Feather”. First, the shooter was required to shoot a clay pigeon rolling along the ground (the “rabbit”), and then quickly aim at the “pigeon” flying overhead. Many a “rabbit” escaped…it was a lot harder than it looked! The event is held at the Cypress Valley Preserve.
Capping off the event was a barbecue dinner provided by Bert’s BBQ. The signature plate of the day from Bert’s was the T-Man. Imagine a plate of Fritos, topped with freshly sliced brisquet and sausage, and completed with barbecue beans and sauce. If your mouth is beginning to water just thinking about a T-man, join us next year to support the Endowment! To view more pictures of the event, follow this Skeet Shoot Link.
…at the Old Ball Game! Former SAS baseball players took the field on March 19th in a contest that pitted them against this year’s Varsity baseball team. In a squeaker, the Varsity outlasted the “old guys” 11-10 in an eight-inning thriller. Highlights for the Alums included a grand-slam homerun by Ryan Belknap, several all-pro grabs in the outfield by Clark Draughn, and the sigh-of-relief by current Head Baseball Coach, Steven Garcia, after making certain to get on base! It was a fun time for all as parents of former students and current parents were on hand to cheer on all players. The event ended with dinner at Rudy’s for a little post-baseball barbeque. Many thanks to Keith Skates for stepping up to the plate and organizing this fun event. Expect even more fun next year, as all in attendance were already looking forward to a re-match.
Pictured above: Front row (L to R), Keith Skates ’02, Clark Draughn ’06, Steven Garcia ’02. Back Row: Julius Berotte ’02, Chaz Frankenberry ’02, Trey Axe ’05, Hunter Williams ’04, Ryan Belknap ’04, Bryant Rishel ’05, Zach Hardy ’06.
Jack Wilson ‘02, will be playing in SXSW this Thursday! Jack started at St. Andrew’s in the first grade and graduated with the Cornerstone Class in 2002. Jack sang with the first Select Choir and has been singing ever since. Jack’s SXSW venue will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, 18th floor on Thursday, March 17 at 8pm.
Above left: Jack “then” in the first grade, and right: Jack at the first Senior Welcome with Parker Kell ‘13. Below: Jack “now” singing for KEXP Seattle.
In this video, taken in Seattle, Jack says, “Nine sharp.” But that was for a performance in Seattle! If you want to see him in Austin, it’s 8:00 sharp!
On February 14, 2011, we broke ground for a beautiful 46,000 square foot Fine Arts Center. Alums from each of our major fine arts areas were on hand with shovels to represent the many artists who helped pave the way for this exciting moment in St. Andrew’s history. Below are some memories of alums participating in fine arts programs when they were students at St. Andrew’s. Your willingness to put yourself up on the stage, pick up a new medium and start drawing, jam on the Green every Friday, or sing your heart out at Carnegie Hall has set the stage for this great event. Because of the excellent visual and performing arts experienced by our St. Andrew’s families through the years, many generous donors came forward to make this dream come true. Thank you to our donors and thank you to our alums who made this St. Andrew’s production come to life.
Below are pictures of some alums who loved the smell of the grease paint and the roar of the crowd. The new Fine Arts Center, which has been designed by STG Design will include a Proscenium Stage, a Black-box Theatre, and a Gallery. Photos from top left clockwise: (1) Margaret Works ‘03, Elizabeth Davis ’02, Ellen Heck ‘02, and Patrick McMurrey ’03 in the 2001 performance of Into The Woods (2) Kim Pearce ’02 and Will Weaver ‘02 in Into the Woods (3) Paige McGhee ’09, Marcus Roper ’08, Peter Steinbach ’11, and Brianna Marerro ’08 in The Fantasticks, performed in 2007 (4) Nathan Parsons ’06 and Victor Gurevich ’07 performing in Company in 2005.
Below are alums expressing themselves through visual arts. Our new Visual Arts buildings will include four Studios, a Gallery, and a Filmmaking Studio. Photos from top left clockwise: (1) Head of the Visual Arts department, Susan Kemner Reed, demonstrates technique to Bryan Kharbanda ‘03 (2) Molly Moldenhauer ’10 working with clay on the sculpture porch (3) Art teacher, Chris McCoy, works with Audrey Huntsberger ‘09 (4) Catherine Osborn ’08 explains work shown during the AP Art Show at the Wally Workman Gallery in 2007.
Many of you started several of the programs that are now a part of our curriculum … our first Select Choir program has been joined by artists creating work in film, strings, jazz and rock band. The new music buildings will include a Choir chamber, a Rock and Jazz-band room, and several practice rooms. Below pictured from top left clockwise: (1) Bowman Townsend ‘08 performing on the drums (2) Amanda Serra ’08 sings a solo with the Select Choir (3) Kyle Hunt ’10 during strings class (4) Jordan Haro ‘09 filming life on Southwest Parkway.
So here we are today because of all of you. Once again, we broke ground. (For those of you in the classes of 2002 and 2003, the singing of “This is Holy Ground” was a yearly event.) This year, we all gathered behind the new Humanities wing and watched as the shovels broke into the sand for the new Dell Fine Arts Center . Pictured below left clockwise: (1) Warren Dickson, Fine Arts Head, with Patrick McMurrey ‘03. (2) Taylor Smith ’07 with Susan Dell and Rick Garcia, Head of the Drama Department, (3) Susan Kemner-Reed with Barbara Bearden and Jessie Bearden ‘10. (4) Susan Dell reminded us all about the importance of Ms. Nazro is to the life of St. Andrew’s.
One last photo below seemed fitting for our curtain call: Below is Robert Parsons ‘03 in the 2002 performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. You might recognize some of the littlest stars in this production, as well. Please comment below if you are involved in a fine arts major in college or are working in an artistic profession, or enjoy an artistic outlet in your daily life outside of work. And, please share some of your memories of the early days of fine arts at St. Andrew’s with the students and parents who are there today. Thank you again for paving the way.
March 1st, 2011 | Category: Announcements, Class of 2002, Class of 2003, Class of 2004, Class of 2005, Class of 2006, Class of 2007, Class of 2008, Class of 2009, Class of 2010 | One comment
Elise Edoka ’09 and Elle Moody ’10 cheered on the Crusaders at the SPC Championships in Houston. Elise came for brother Paul’s Soccer game against Fort Worth All Saints, and Elle watched Jack in the boys basketball semi-final victory over Cistercian. Elle came back for the very close championship loss against St. Stephen’s. Both alums attend Rice. Elise is a sophomore Cognitive Studies major. Elle runs Cross Country for the Owls and is majoring in Art History. Go Cru!
We are lucky that many St. Andrew’s alums seek college degrees in Austin, and that we can call on them to share their talents with our students. This year, three former multi-sport players bring their expertise and enthusiasm to our Middle School athletes: Matt Johnson ’10, Lizzie Garcia ’08, and Whitney Langston ’09. Matt coaches Middle School boys’ basketball. Lizzie coaches Middle School girls’ soccer, and has also coached field hockey and softball. Whitney is coaching Middle School girls’ basketball.
Matt is a Business major in the McComb’s School at the University of Texas. Lizzie is an Elementary Education major at St. Edwards, and Whitney is majoring in Government with a minor in Spanish at UT. We are lucky to have their coaching skills and smiling faces back on the campus! Go Cru!
Before graduating in May from Vanderbilt University, Berkely was able to participate in two separate mission trips to Zambia, Africa and China. She was so inspired by her trip to Africa that she raised money through the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities to bring the Watoto Childrens’ Choir from Uganda to the Vanderbilt Campus for a well received program.
Berkely earned a BA in Psychology with a research concentration in Psychopathology and minors in Neuroscience and Cognitive Studies. She is now attending Dallas Theological Seminary pursuing a Masters in Biblical Counseling. It is a three-year Masters program to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
Travis Vilmont ’03 created a business perfect for outdoor Austin. During college at the University of Texas, Travis worked part-time for Capital Cruises. Upon graduation, he took his savings and decided to become a full-time entrepreneur and started Austin Bike Tours and Rentals (ABTAR). Photo above left: Travis and fellow grad, Micah Weiner, at graduation in 2003. Right: Travis on the trails around Austin customizing a tour for some outdoor enthusiasts.
Travis is offering a coupon (the first Alumni Blog coupon!) to the St. Andrew’s community. Join Travis for a customized tour tailored to your interests. He asks, “Have you ever tried a new sport, found a record you love at a cool record store, taken gorgeous family photos, and gone on a beautiful 10-mile bike ride, all in one day? Try 3 hours!”
Print out the coupon below and have fun touring Austin with a friendly St. Andrew’s alum.
It was handy to have Jake Boxberger on the Alumni team for this year’s Alumni basketball game. But, what really makes us proud are write-ups, showing students living up to the Picture of the Graduate we seek at St. Andrew’s. Here is a glimpse of the profile, “A native of Austin, TX and an alum of St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Box was a three-year lettermen who was named to the TABC All-State Team. But what makes him so unique, and also what made him choose Trinity was that he was also named to the Academic All-State Team. Now that he’s here, Box is majoring in pre-medicine and is tackling subjects like Organic Chemistry in addition to his defensive angle slides.”
On a drizzly, chilly evening, (perfect soccer weather) the 2010 Varsity was challenged by returning players for the coveted Alumni Soccer Cup. Present for the event were former SAS Soccer stars Greg Burciaga ’07, Carter Cowan ’10, Alex Grimm ’10, Ernesto Camacho ’10, Ty Carper ’10, Michael Petrick ’10, Matt Johnson ’10, Richard Kriese, and Declan Fitzsimons ’08 (not pictured). The former varsity soccer players were joined by alums known in other sports, but who displayed enough soccer talent to cause Coach John Fitzsimons to wonder, “if only!” In goal for the Alums was Ty Carper ’10. Declan Fitzsimons joined the game in the second half, arriving straight from the Rose Bowl. The Alums were also aided by Coach Richard Kriese and near-alum (but a soccer alum) Roberto Diaz.
At the half, the score was knotted at 1-1, due largely to an equipment failure (no goalie gloves for Ty…later remedied). In the second half, the Varsity swooped in with three unanswered goals and took the trophy with a final score of 4-1. Look for the re-match next year.
Pictures: Top: The stalwart Alums. Middle left: Ty Carper, in his new role as goalie, receives instruction from the referree. Middle right: Clint Hagen and Greg Burciaga enjoy the contest. Bottom: The Alum and Varsity squads.
The Alums from near and far gathered at the house of Petie and Bryan Lewis, Dawson ’08, and Margaret ’02 (Eighth grade).
A delicious dinner from Santa Rita and holiday beverages were enjoyed by all. One of the many highlights was the caroling by the Select Choir. As is the custom, all former members of the Select Choir joined in for a few rousing carols.
December 28th, 2010 | Category: Announcements, Celebrations, Class of 2002, Class of 2003, Class of 2004, Class of 2005, Class of 2006, Class of 2007, Class of 2008, Class of 2009, Class of 2010, Class of 2011 | Leave a comment
Several former varsity players squared-off against the 2010 Varsity on Sunday, December 19th. The inaugural Alumni Christmas Classic was fun for all. The day before, the 2010 Varsity beat Greenhill. The stalwart varsity players, who weren’t off to celebrate the holiday, boldly took on the returning alumni. Overseen by player/coach Carter Cowan, the alums ran the “run-n-gun” and “stall” offenses using a shuttle system of players on a three-minute rotation. The alum roundballers included “Big Shot” Nick Belisle, “Dunkin” Josh Duncan, Alex Taube, Ben Haggerty, Sam Klatt, Ryan Bishop, Andrew Brown, Will Rice, Trey Axe, Grant Wilson, Carter Cowan, Jake Boxberger, Matt Johnson, Walker Wroe, and Alec Garza. Suffice it to say that in the minds of all of the alums, they all dunked the ball, and each hit a three-pointer! In the end, the alums prevailed 65-55.
The Varsity was short-handed for subs and had to call on coaches Jeff McCrary and Chris Williams for subs periodically. The Varsity team included Ryan Greenwell, Johnson Dunham, Will Temple, Mont Hasie, Mason Neal, and Blake Thrower. Thanks to Adam Reinking for refereeing, and to Dan Latreille for running the clock. For more pictures follow this link. Rematch is next December!
Plan on dropping by for the St. Andrew’s Alumni Holiday Get Together. This is a casual come-and-go party for all Alums and their guests from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This year it is being hosted by the Lewis’ (Dawson ’08, Margaret ’02 (8th Grade) and Petie and Bryan) in their festive home at 3006 Scenic Drive. Stop by, have some food and drink with your friends around the fireplace and have fun!
Ho Ho Hope to see you there!
December 20th, 2010 | Category: Announcements, Celebrations, Class of 2002, Class of 2003, Class of 2004, Class of 2005, Class of 2006, Class of 2007, Class of 2008, Class of 2009, Class of 2010 | One comment
Alumni Men’s Basketball “Still Got Game” Classic
Join the group on this Sunday for an opportunity to see if those who have moved on still have “game”. The game begins at 5:00 in the Upper School Gym. Any and all alums are welcome. So far, the “Alum Hardwooders” are represented by the following:
Class of 2005
Trey “3-Point” Axe
Class of 2010
“Smooth” Matt Johnson
Class of 2010
Andrew “Leaper” Brown
Class of 2009
Hank “the Tank” Brigham
Class of 2009
Nick “Big Shot” Belisle
Class of 2008
Alex “PowerJam” Taube
Class of 2009
“Sly” Ben Haggerty
Class of 2007
“Dunkin’” Josh Duncan
Class of 2009
Walker “Perfect Form” Wroe
Alumni Holiday Get Together
3006 Scenic Drive, 6:30-8:30pm
Please join us at the home of Dawson Lewis ’08 and Margaret Lewis ’02 (Eighth Grade) for a casual come-and-go party. The Select Choir will carol around 7:00. The food is from Santa Rita and there will be plenty of holiday drink! Go here to RSVP, or email Jim Heck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Alumni “We’re Bringin’ It” Soccer Cup
Lower Field, 5:30
Sign up to make the first day of practice for the Varsity Men’s Team a fun-filled one! We’re creating a team of alums ready to challenge the Crusaders. Join in to claim a piece of the trophy and bragging rights for a lifetime! For more information, contact Soccer Coach John Fitzsimons at email@example.com.
This week, on CruTube, our Lower School correspondent visited the set of the annual first grade Christmas pageant. It brought back memories for many St. Andrew’s alums of their first moments on stage. And, some familiar Upper School teachers make some grinchy cameo appearances. Visit our CruTube Christmas Special link for a taste of Christmas present while you enjoy remembering Christmases past. Merry Christmas from the CruTube team.
What better way to head off to college than landing a theatrical role in your first semester? A peek at her bio from from the playbill conjures up fond remembrances of her time on our stages at the Upper School.
Austen Sitko ’03 is currently pursuing a PhD in Columbia University’s Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior. When she joined the alumni for dinner last spring in New York, she talked modestly about her work. We thought you would enjoy hearing about the cutting edge. In her own words: The subventricular zone (SVZ) is one of two regions in the adult brain that produces new neurons – something which was thought to not even be possible about 20 years ago. The finding that the adult brain is actually capable of producing neural stem cells that differentiate into mature neurons was remarkable, but even more shocking was the discovery that the cells producing neural stem cells are actually a common cell type in the brain – a cell type called astrocytes. Until this discovery, they were historically thought to be helper cells to the more important/interesting neurons. But astrocytes are getting their due now and a lot of the current work on adult neural stem cells is focused on what makes the SVZ special enough to cause this otherwise normal class of cells to produce new neurons. My work in the lab in the spring focused on the interactions between dividing cells and elements of the vasculature in the SVZ.
Since her work in the spring, Austen has moved on to new research. Again, in her own words, here is what she is researching: The very general picture is that we’re trying to elucidate how growing neurons make the correct connections to the correct target brain regions at the correct time during development. This is a fundamental question in neuroscience: how does the brain wire itself properly? We use the mouse visual system as a model for studying these general principles because it is a well-defined, highly structured system, making it easier to ask these questions. I’m researching how particular projections from cells in the eyes organize on their way to and as they enter their first target in the brain. It’s really fun work, and I love it because it can eventually provide some key insights to brain development that will be useful to understanding how the brain works and how it gets messed in neurodevelopmental disorders. And best of all, I get to look at brains and neurons all the time and I think they’re absolutely gorgeous! I actually sent the “Japanese pagoda” blood vessel picture to Marsha Russell several months ago as an homage to the visual analytical skills I honed in her art history class. Proof that humanities training is relevant to science!
Let’s hear it for being well rounded!
The pictures at the top:Where I’ve fluorescently labeled dividing cells (green), blood vessels (blue), and an element of the blood-brain-barrier (red). There have been hints that the blood-brain-barrier is altered in the SVZ and that this perhaps influences the production of neural stem cells. What’s interesting to note in these pictures (other than the fact that one of them looks like a Japanese pagoda!) is that the dividing cells cluster close to the blood vessels, sometimes where there are gaps in the blood-brain-barrier, providing clues to how signals from the blood vessels might influence astrocytes. The middle pictures: Left: Austen at an Upper School art exhibition in 2003. Right: In the lab making new discoveries!
We’re happy to report that Carter Cowan ’10, moved comfortably into the world of college lacrosse when he joined the Southwestern Pirates in Georgetown. This is a picture from his first “fall-ball” game in which he had 3 goals and 3 assists. Luckily, he had a small, but meaningful, group of fans. One of the fans, fabulous sports photographer, David Grimm, caught this shot just before that first goal. Carter is seeking a degree in Computer Science. Way to go Carter!
One of the most important parts of college life is when parents visit on Parents’ Weekend. (At least the parents think so!) Pictured above are Callie Clemons ’07 and her brother Skip (a freshman at St. Andrew’s) at this fall’s Parents’ Weekend at Washington and Lee. Callie is a senior Journalism major and photogr