August Alumni and Faculty Notes

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Jason Blum FR'86 delivered the virtual Commencement Address to the 2020 class of his college alma mater, Vassar College, relating his experiences of failures, frustrations and ultimate success. Read the article and his speech here

Lisa Cloitre FR'89 used her expanded network to secure and distribute 80,000 masks to health-care facilities during the early stages of the pandemic. Read this article on and this piece in the New Yorker.

Meredith Coors ES'94 saw an opportunity to creatively fund raise for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She and her family sewed more than 700 masks with a request of a $25 donation per mask and raised over $26,000 for the Denver JDRF One Walk. They also donated masks to local health care facilities. Read more. (Since the publishing of the JDRF article, Meredith and her family have made over 1,200 masks and raised $35,000!)

Arí Gibson ES'20 was elected Mid-Atlantic Regional Teen President of Jack and Jill of America, Inc, a mothers' organization dedicated to building the next generation of African-American leaders. In her position, Arí leads teens from 29 chapters in the Mid-Atlantic region through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty, and will preside over the Regional Teen Conference in June 2021.

Aliza Goldberg IT'08 VN'10's short story is included in The Biggest Book of ... YES. From rowing oceans to cycling across continents, from climbing mountains to hiking national trails, this collection of stories will take you on the journey of a lifetime, over and over again. But adventure is more than just travel — it's about stepping outside of your comfort zone and doing something a little out of the ordinary. Learn more.

Roger McNamee FR'74's latest article on technology regulation and ways to curb disinformation and privacy protection was published on Read more.  

Wanda Mann ES'89, certified wine specialist, writer and traveler, interviewed fellow alumnus Martin Sinkoff FR'73 on business development in Israel for the wine and spirits industry. Watch it on Instagram TV (IGTV)

Merritt Moore IT'05 is featured in a Minika Ko's blog post about the designer's innovative designs that meet both the practical needs of a dancer and the fashionable demands of a career woman. The design house spent a day with Merritt in Boston on her first day as an artist in residency at Harvard University, where she's working to explore the intersection of science and art. Read more.

Josh Mysore ES'20 was awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth Virtual Summer Intensive full scholarship to study Hindi. Read more

Gwen Bethel Riley FR'86, recently named Peloton's new music chief, took a moment to discuss the evolving partnerships and active engagement among the connected fitness company’s 2.6 million members. That means everything from artist catalog-driven workouts to topical deep dives with staff to themed activations. Read more.

Alice Stephens ES'84 published a heartfelt essay on the personal impact that the tragic death of her classmate Eddie Perry has had on her life. Read it here.

Chloe Temtchine ES'00 took part in the second Voices of Compassion Virtual Concert for Mercy for Animals. Find Chloe at the 41:20 time stop on Mercy For Animals' IGTV

Jason Wu FR'01, fashion designer, shares a favorite souvenir from his year in Rennes — a tradtional Breton bowl — in the current issue of Condé Nast Traveler, page 34. He said, “I spent my senior year of high school abroad in Rennes, where I lived with a French family. I always had a bowl of cereal with milk for breakfast, so at the end of my stay they gave me this little hand-painted bowl with my name on it, which I’ve now had for 20 years. Those months were so eye-opening for me – from experiencing a different culture to learning a new language, and visiting Paris for the first time, where I saw all the major couture houses, like Dior and Chanel. This bowl evokes those memories.”


In Memoriam:
Chris Dickey FR'68
, a renowned foreign correspondent, passed away on July 16. Having reported from over 40 countries, he began his international career in 1980 covering Central America and most recently as the foreign editor for The Daily Beast. He authored seven books on topics ranging from his time with Nicaragua contras to the Civil War to his memoir, Summer of Deliverance. The best advice he gave to aspiring foreign correspondents? "Learn languages, but more importantly learn cultures." Read obituaries in The Daily Beast and The New York Times.



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School Year Abroad

SYA President Tom Hassan and newly appointed Chair of the Board Holland Goss Lynch FR'86 recently sat down to talk about the year ahead.

School Year Abroad

A personal look back from Director of Advancement Erin Ericson

This year, you will likely read many reflections and remembrances from those who lived through the events of September 11, 2001. As you can imagine, SYA’s story is somewhat unique in that September is the beginning of our school year, when students are boarding planes for their adventure abroad.