January Alumni Notes

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A View From Abroad
Through his work at the top social policy department in the world, China expert Timothy Hildebrandt CN’95 is preparing the next generation of problem-solvers. An associate professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Tim is on a mission to find proximate solutions to some of the insoluble problems of societal wellbeing.  Read more






Sara Bernstein Graham CN’02 co-presented "Research in Action: How to Teach Language with Brain Research in Mind" at the annual American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention. Sara, a Mandarin teacher at St. Andrew's Episcopal School (Potomac, MD), conducted research on student engagement and the effect of providing choice in curriculum using test and control groups during "deep dive" units in her Mandarin level 2 and 3 classes. Read more.

James Figetakis FR’78 recently introduced Jane Fonda at a Georgetown University event sponsored by the Georgetown Environment Initiative and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. With more than 500 students in attendance, Fonda spoke about inspiration for fighting climate change. Read more.

Zach Mariani FR’17, a freshman at the University of Chicago, recently wrote about leadership lessons, including his time volunteering with Project Potential, the NGO brainchild of fellow alumnus Zubin Sharma ES’09. Read more.

Kate McAleer FR’04 CN’05’s Bixby & Co. and Colby College recently announced that Bixby will open a new retail shop and café in Colby’s building at 173 Main Street, Waterville, Maine. The artisan shop and café, which is expected to open in the spring of 2020, will feature Bixby’s own chocolate confections and drinking chocolates, espresso, gelato, and pastries made with Bixby’s bean-to-bar chocolate. Bixby & Co. also released its 2019 Impact report including highlights such as composting over 1,000 pounds of food waste and conducting thousands of chocolate tastings and tours. Read more.

Amb. Charles Rivkin FR’79 FRS'11P was Fox Network's Chris Wallace’s Power Player of the Week for his work modernizing the Motion Picture Association. Watch the three-minute clip

Alex Schechter IT’03, travel writer for The New York Times, recently wrote this piece on the increase of homestays as people want to experience more local immersion during their travels. (We already know that this is the best way to experience a new city, culture or country.) Read more.

Conrad Skinner FR’69 is the president-elect of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Santa Fe Chapter. With over 125 architect, associate, emeritus and individual members, along with its Allied Partners, AIA Santa Fe focuses on local design and construction issues, supports New Mexico architecture students, provides continuing education opportunities for its members and circulates news and event information.

Chloe Temtchine ES’00’s appearance on ABC’s The Doctors, where she spoke about her battle with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and debuted her new song, "Someday" can be seen here.

Emily Trower-Young CN’00 is a finalist for the Rising Star award in the Beauty Entrepreneur category through The Fashion Group International. Her company Em and El Organics features handcrafted organic skin care based on her research in ancient skin care techniques from women around the world, experimenting with plant oils and pure essential oils. This award is sponsored by Hearst Magazines, Hilldun Corp. and Maison de Mode. The event’s supporting sponsor is Tory Burch. Read more

Curry Hagerty Uflacker ES’00, marketing director for Easton Porter Group, was quoted in a recent Lonely Planet.com interview: “We are always thinking about the ‘afterglow’ of vacation and how we can make a great last impression and continue the vacation glow. We wanted to do a package that extended when guests get back home.” Guests at Zero George Hotel in Charleston, SC, can sign up for a number of experiences, including the Holy City Detox, which includes meal delivery when guests return home, helping them to keep up their good habits. Read more.


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Celebrating 50 Years of Coeducation: the Women of SYA

The unprecedented move toward coeducation signaled a sweeping evolution at SYA. This moment opened doors to a lifetime of possibility and change for women, one that continues to evolve and show promise. The rest is HERstory.

It's Founder's Week and Celebration of 50 Years of Coeducation

Beginning this Founder's Day, September 9, 2020, we commemorate this historic moment with a year-long celebration of virtual programming and stories. Throughout the year we will invite the participation of alumnae/i, faculty, staff, students and parents as we honor the influence and contributions of women to SYA's past, present and future. 

2020 Alvarez Global Scholars

They say that when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. Like many of their classmates, SYA’s very first Alvarez Global Scholars, Frances and Annika, will tell you that they also made traditional cider, cheese, lifelong friends, and memories that will help shape how they ultimately see the world.

My Italian Odyssey

SYA Italy class of 2020 student Jalal H. reflects on his time spent abroad in Viterbo and the memories he made with friends.