a rt i n f o c u s
STEPHEN M. CLEMENT, III Zachary Davis, Art Teacher Bronze
Marking a Milestone: Headmaster Clement Celebrates 25 Years at Browning
Dr. Gerald J. Protheroe Inducted as Second Recipient of Stephen M. Clement, III Chair for the Humanities
Latin Students Study Roman Arches of New Cafeteria Workshops on Traffic Flow Encourage Problem-Solving Skills
Guys Read â€œTimes Two:â€? Books Bind Browning Families for Second Year
Boys Helping Boys: Peer Tutors Teach and Inspire
Parents Association Benefit 2013
Art in Focus (facing page): Art teacher Zachary Davis explains that the bust presented to Headmaster Clement at the 2013 Spring Benefit in honor of his 25th year at Browning began with observations of various images of him "covertly obtained to maintain the
element of surprise." The form, initially carved out of wax, was completed and taken to a local foundry where it was cast in bronze using the "lost wax process." Mr. Davis notes that because there was not a mold made for this piece, it is, therefore, "one of a kind."
3 From the Headmaster
13 From the Archives 22 The Local Buzz 36 Fine and Performing Arts 50 Athletics 54 Alumni in the News 56 Alumni Events 62 Class Notes
ON THE COVER Director of Academic Technology Jeremy Sambuca used MakerBot’s 3D printer to create this bust of Headmaster Clement on the occasion of his 25th year at the School. Browning boys have access to this printer as part of their course work. Turn to page 23 for more about MakerBot in the classroom.
MISSION STATEMENT Founded in 1888 as a college preparatory school for boys, The Browning School continues its commitment to the goals of John A. Browning: the pursuit of academic excellence and a lifelong love of learning,
Stephen M. Clement, III, Headmaster Martin T. Haase, Director of Institutional Advancement Melanie S. McMahon, Director of Publications, Buzzer Editor Laura Neller Lanigan, Director of Alumni Affairs SPRING BUZZER CONTRIBUTORS Dominique Bernard, French Susan Levine, Assistant Librarian Megan Ryan, Chair, Modern Languages Department Elizabeth Suárez, Spanish Andrew H. West ’92, Athletic Director
the belief in the dignity of the individual, and the development of personal integrity and responsibility to the broader community. The Browning boy develops amid these values. The Browning alumnus is a good citizen, sensitive to the needs of others, and respectful of divergent yet informed opinions. He is, in the best sense of the word, a gentleman.
Contributing photographers: Christine Bramble, Rossa Cole Photography, GKNY Photo, Marty Hyman Photography, Sharon Jacob, Jeremy Katz ’04, Melanie McMahon, Laura Neller Lanigan, Sandy Pelz ’71 and Soo Mi Thompson. Design by Misty Wilt Graphic Design LLC BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2013–14 James S. Chanos, President William L. Jacob III, Vice President R. Thomas Herman ’64, Secretary Celeste A. Guth, Assistant Secretary Thomas S. Hexner, Treasurer Richard L.N. Weaver ’75, Assistant Treasurer Michael Beys ’89, President, Alumni Association Alka K. Singh, President, Parents Association H. Kenneth Metz, Vice President, Parents Association Stephen M. Clement, III, Headmaster Mildred J. Berendsen, Honorary Trustee Laura Z. Barket Stuart J. Ellman Elizabeth Granville-Smith Allan L. Gropper William S. Kingson Jeffrey Landes ’83 Tricia Langton Wendy F. Levey David J. Liptak
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from the headmaster
A Night to Remember A high point in my 25-year
it was Ms. Murphy’s
Parents Association 2103
Mike Cronin, who
career at Browning was the Spring Benefit held at the
American Museum of Natural History on May 3. This
issue of the Buzzer contains a number of really good
photos from the event, and I
know there are images on the Browning website as well.
Let me tell you how the
day began. My usual drill for Monday and Friday mornings begins at the red doors of Browning at 8 a.m. I really enjoy the ritual of greeting the boys because it gives me the
opportunity to interact with them and their parents, as well as many of our faculty. In a school of 400 boys I value the opportunity to learn much about families on a personal
basis, but I must say the press at the door, especially at 8 a.m., taxes my ability to recall names.
great-grandfather, drove the Vice
President in his
The evening’s setting,
Marcy to the waiting
speeches, videos, songs
Station for his trip
and appearance by the
buggy down Mt.
train at North Creek to Albany and
Buffalo. The site of
Yale Whiffenpoofs gave the
TR’s inaugural in
Browning community and me
the corner from
a night we will never forget.
Buffalo was around the house in which
I grew up; I knew a number of older people who recalled
being at the Pan-American Exposition on the day President
McKinley was shot. As a young boy I was very interested in history, and history had come to life at Browning on May 3. Later in the day at the American Museum of Natural
Imagine my surprise on May 3 when I came out of
History, I found Teddy Roosevelt again in the Roosevelt
Roosevelt (Joe Wiegand in “real life”) was in full regalia,
rarely out of character. We had wide-ranging discussions
the School to find a greeter already in place! Teddy
including pince-nez glasses and top hat. He interspersed
his conversation with “Bully!” and questions to each boy:
“Now can you tell me about your people?” To my complete surprise, the Parents Association arranged for Teddy to join me and actually become a presence for much of the day. I
have always appreciated the plaque on our corner indicating
the 26th President’s residence from 1895-1898 at 36 East 62nd Street. At the time he was Police Commissioner.
Interest at Browning in TR has been high recently because
of an original play written and produced by Sarah Murphy, our head librarian. Working with the School’s Encore
program, she led an enthusiastic group of fourth graders in a production about American presidents and the act
Rotunda! Mr. Wiegand is a most engaging man who is
about events in Buffalo, the refurbishing of the White House, and snippets about his children, especially Alice Roosevelt
Longworth. Our talk was a pleasant diversion from the jitters
I was experiencing leading up to the benefit itself. I had spent
several months at Browning uncharacteristically “tuned out,”
as I was exhorted to be surprised by everything. The evening’s setting, speeches, videos, songs and appearance by the Yale
Whiffenpoofs gave the Browning community and me a night we will never forget. It is hard to appropriately express my gratitude to all involved with the event. Thank you.
Maybe I should give TR the last word: “Do what you can,
with what you have, where you are.”
of reading. A key theme in her work, “Teddy Roosevelt
and the Regular Kid,” is the travel of Roosevelt from the
Adirondacks to Buffalo for his eventual swearing-in. In fact,
Stephen M. Clement, III Headmaster
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MILESTONE Headmaster Clement Celebrates 25 Years At The Helm
THE YEAR 1988 WAS A GOOD ONE, AS STEPHEN HAWKING’S A Brief History of Time hit bookstores, and Doppler Radar was introduced. Headmaster Stephen M. Clement, III accepted leadership of The Browning School 25 years ago as well. His interview with Grytte Editor-in-Chief Michael Gabrellian ’13 reveals what lies ahead as Browning celebrates its 125th year.
S Michael Gabrellian ’13
itting in Mr. Clement’s office, I notice
School’s fifth Headmaster also started the
a portrait of Browning’s red doors
tradition of having a faculty member (usually
hanging on the wall, a staple of the
himself or a division head) give handshakes
School and a familiar landmark that
to every student before he enters the building
greets students, teachers and faculty every
each morning, a routine that every Browning
morning. Making red the prominent school color
student (and many alumni) has become well
(present in team uniforms, publications and the
building itself), was one of the many changes
Mr. Clement first learned about Browning
Mr. Clement has implemented during his 25
when he moved to New York City in 1977
years as Headmaster of Browning.
from Cambridge, Mass., to head the High
Many of the School’s well-known traditions
School at Dalton. It was shortly thereafter
and symbols would have been very different or
when he met the late Charles W. Cook ’38, his
not even traditions at all without Mr. Clement.
predecessor, who led Browning for 36 years.
Thinking back to when he came to Browning
When Mr. Cook announced his retirement, a
in 1988, Mr. Clement remembers, “There were
Browning Search Committee was given the task
great teachers and great boys, but I was struck
of finding a replacement. When Mr. Clement
that there weren’t many traditions.” This was
was approached as a possibility, he was a little
rare for a college preparatory school with roots
hesitant to follow through with the process. He
tracing back to the 19th century. Browning’s
recalled the adage, “Never follow a legend,” and
annual Thanksgiving Assembly, the first time
was nervous about filling such big shoes.
in the school year that the entire community
Nonetheless, the opportunity to head
(Pre-Primary through Form VI) comes together,
Browning intrigued Mr. Clement. “I wanted
began in 1988 thanks to Mr. Clement. Our
to run my own school and was curious about
Facing page: Stephen M. Clement, III is one of only five headmasters to steer The Browning School since its founding in 1888. The portrait on the facing page by Harry Finkelstein ’08 hangs in Mr. Clement’s office.
During a reception at the home of Headmaster Clement following the April 2012 NYSAIS/IBSC workshop featuring Dr. Adam Cox, eight IBSC headmasters gathered for the this photo. Pictured (L to R): Stephen Clement, Browning School; John Munro, Fairfield Country Day School; David O’Halloran, St. David’s School; David Trower, Allen-Stevenson School; Gregory O’Melia, Buckley School; Joseph Cox, Haverford School; Dr. Adam Cox; Edward Halse, Warwick School (England); Archibald Smith, Trinity-Pawling School; Mark Lauria, NYSAIS; Brad Adams, IBSC.
the idea of a boys’ school.” He had worked in
“very clear idea of the changes that needed to be
three co-ed schools prior to 1988. A colleague at
made in supporting areas of the School,” such
Dalton advised him to strive to get the job and
as Admissions, the Board of Trustees, Alumni
then make a final decision – advice Mr. Clement
Relations and Development (now Institutional
would offer anyone today. After weighing all
its options, the search committee narrowed
Mr. Ingrisani also credits our Headmaster for
its list down to three finalists. Following more
improving the academic standing of Browning.
deliberation, the committee decided that Mr.
The School used to be “personality-driven,”
Clement was the best choice to replace Mr. Cook.
whereby each individual teacher would decide
Asked if he had any hesitation at this point
his or her curriculum. That, however, proved to
to take the job, Mr. Clement responds with a
be a problem whenever there were personnel
changes. Now what students learn and do
The only three members of the faculty today
in each grade is connected to what they did
who worked at Browning in 1988 are soccer coach
the previous year and what they plan to do
and physical education teacher Mr. Watson,
in upcoming years. There is a more practical
college-guidance counselor Mr. Pelz ’71, and
and linear aspect to Browning’s education. Mr.
English Chair and teacher Mr. Ingrisani, who is
Clement also “made an effort to make the faculty
currently the longest serving faculty member.
feel supported and held to a high standard.” Mr.
He credits Mr. Cook for moving the School from
Ingrisani notices that there is currently more of
the 1950s to the 1980s, but notes, “There were
an understanding of why Browning is a boys’
many things about the School that needed to
school, a concept that nobody could coherently
be changed if it were to survive into the 21st
answer in 1988. The school’s mission and
century.” Mr. Clement implemented massive
diversity statements, which appear on plaques
changes to the School throughout his first
next to John Browning’s portrait in the Lobby,
several years as Headmaster. He also had a
were also conceived during Mr. Clement’s
Facing page: Today, many of the traditions enjoyed by the Browning community owe their existence to Headmaster Clement, including those familiar handshakes at the red doors each morning.
Over the years, Headmaster Clement has enjoyed working with members of Browning’s Board of Trustees, including President Jim Chanos (center) and Vice President Bill Jacob (far right).
tenure. “He has left his stamp on the School,”
Advanced Expository Writing class. “I’m lucky
Mr. Ingrisani adds.
that I am able to teach in that room,” he remarks.
In addition to establishing some of Browning’s
This is the class that all Form VI students take
treasured traditions, Mr. Clement also carried
during the first trimester to prepare for writing
out several architectural changes on the first and
some of their college application essays.
second floors of the building during the first few
Mr. Clement has
years of his headmastership. He renovated the
Pre-Primary rooms on the second floor, which
is important, as it is the first encounter many
class for eight
students have with Browning. The Lobby was
also improved and recently modified again
Form VI boys
in the summer of 2011. The School also began
its expansion into 40 East 62nd Street (the
neighboring building) in the early 1990s. By
gaining this extra space, Browning was able to
add the Luce Art Center, Martin Library, science
labs and additional Lower School classrooms.
It is rare for the
“The space that I like the best is the Cook
Room,” Mr. Clement says, referring to the
any school to
comfortable room on the second floor. It
directly teach a
was used as a classroom but renamed after
class of all seniors.
Browning’s former Headmaster about 10 years
Now what students learn and do in each grade is connected to what they did the previous year and what they plan to do in upcoming years.
Now, celebrating his 25th anniversary as
ago and renovated into an improved space
Browning Headmaster, Mr. Clement feels “very
used for meetings, studying and Mr. Clement’s
fortunate to have had the opportunity” to lead
Most importantly, Mr. Clement wants the “kind, respectful” attitude of the community to remain the School’s ultimate accomplishment.
Browning and is looking forward to continuing
undergoing. He also will continue exploring the
leading the School. “I love the variety. I have
possibility for Browning to offer more modern
incredible diversity in the [Advanced Expository
languages to its students and begin teaching
Writing] class. I like being in the classroom.”
them at a younger age. Already there are Lower
He has hired every member of the current faculty
School boys learning Spanish and French. Most
with the exception of the three members who
importantly, Mr. Clement wants the “kind,
were at Browning in 1988. The administrative
respectful” attitude of the community to remain
team helps Browning operate smoothly and make
the School’s ultimate accomplishment.
it a memorable experience for students. They are
Every year during the first day of school
all “really smart, dedicated people,” Mr. Clement
assembly at Christ Church on Park Avenue, the
adds. “What is really special about Browning is
entire Form VI class stands at the front of the
that the faculty works so well together.”
auditorium with each boy saying his name, how
Looking down the road, Mr. Clement sees a
long he has been at Browning, and one word
promising future for Browning as well as a few
that describes his experience. After speaking
opportunities he would like to take advantage
with him, it is not a surprise that Mr. Clement’s
of as Headmaster. He aims to keep it a boys’
word would be “collaboration.” The students,
school with the emphasis on individuals, a
teachers, faculty, parents, alumni and trustees all
unique aspect made possible by its small grade
work together to make the School a better place.
sizes (around 30 on average). The physical space
“It’s not a very lonely job,” Mr. Clement says,
will always be a challenge in the neighborhood
despite the burdensome responsibilities he faces
Browning is situated in, but Mr. Clement
every day. “It’s hard work but rewarding. I’m
believes we can maximize what we do with
the space we have, a theme of the multi-phase
—Michael Gabrellian ’13
construction project the School is currently
BOBBLEHEADS, BENCHES AND BUSTS, OH MY! Among the gifts Headmaster Clement received
assistant, Jenna Montemayor; and two busts
Park from the Board of Trustees, represented
Buzzer) presented by Dean of Faculty Michael
for his 25th anniversary were a bench in Central with a diorama from Board President Jim
Chanos; a look-alike “bobblehead” from his
(see front cover and inside front cover of this
Ingrisani and faculty members Zack Davis and
Jeremy Sambuca. (More photos on pages 68-69.)
Headmaster Clement’s family members were thrilled to attend this year’s benefit in his honor; (L to R): son Winston, wife Sally, Headmaster Clement, son Ted and Ted’s fiancée Diana Cornely.
Special 25th anniversary cake.
Parents Association President and Trustee Alka Singh
Division Heads Chris Dunham, Jim Reynolds and Laurie Gruhn
Jenna Montemayor, assistant to Headmaster Clement, presented him with a “look-alike bobblehead.”
Dean of Faculty Michael Ingrisani and faculty members Zack Davis and Jeremy Sambuca present busts of Headmaster Clement.
Marty Haase, director of institutional advancement, and Lucy Warner, Lower School music teacher, performed at the benefit.
On behalf of the Trustees, Board President Jim Chanos presented a diorama to Headmaster Clement representing their gift to him of a bench in Central Park.
Benefit Chairs Unchu Tobia, Sharon Jacob and Chanda Chapin
The Whiffenpoofs, Yale University’s a cappella group, serenaded Headmaster Clement.
Art Department Chair Nik Vlahos oversaw a recent project in which Lower School boys displayed unique perspectives as they painted Headmaster Clementâ€™s portrait.
from the archives
THE DECEMBER 8, 1999 edition of The Wall Street Journal featured Headmaster Clement and a description of his office space, including Mr. Clement’s comments on the objects on his desk and their significance.
WORKSPACES: A LOOK AT WHERE PEOPLE WORK BY NICHOLAS KULISH Who: Stephen M. Clement, 55, Headmaster, The Browning School, a K-12 school for boys
Where: 52 East 62nd Street, New York City
What you see: A commitment to creativity as a teaching tool. On the corner of his desk stands a hand-painted model of the six-story brick building that houses the school, the project of a recent graduate. Next to it stands an old-fashioned school bell, a big hit, according to Mr. Clement, with the pre-primary students who visit the office on Fridays. In contrast to the walls’ staid wood-paneling, a colorful quilt of the alphabet, sown by a fourth-grade class, hangs behind
the desk. Below them a combination
at a school founded in 1888, whose
of old and new: digital-art recreations
alumni include the names Luce,
of Greek vases, made in a media-
Sulzberger and Rockefeller. One of
mixing ancient history class. Above his
Mr. Clement’s favorite items is a
computer more practical decorations
small framed photo of the five sets of
in the form of flyers, schedules and a
twins who attend the School, with a
calendar testify to a busy schedule. In
“twin” of the Headmaster inserted by
the seating area, where green chairs
the photographer. Brothers make up a
and a small green sofa surround a
significant percentage of the School’s
coffee table for chats with students, is
an antique lamp brought back from a visit to Greece by a Greek-American
What he sees:
student, who was reminded of the
“These objects remind me about
School’s seal: the lamp of learning. Some more traditional objects share the space. The school mascot’s head is out of storage after an appearance at a recent assembly, where the panther went thinly disguised as a turkey. A large trophy won when the School’s team placed in last year’s national chess championship sits behind the desk. A bit of tradition makes sense
continuity, because you think about the kids you’ve known for 12 years and remember that you’re here for the present but you’re also here for the future as well. I spend a lot of time on the phone fundraising… and the concrete moments remind me why I’m here. This is not corporate America.”
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Dr. Gerald J. Protheroe Inducted as Second Recipient of Stephen M. Clement, III Chair for the Humanities
February, History Department Chair
list. He is in so many ways the ideal person to work with
Dr. Gerald J. Protheroe was inducted as
students – he is smart, hardworking, focused, passionate
the second recipient of the Stephen M.
and thoroughly enjoys what he does… The Browning
Clement, III Chair for the Humanities. In
School is fortunate to have him, but more importantly, its
2009, Browning awarded this endowed teaching chair, the
students are the true beneficiaries of this wonderful teacher
first-ever in the School’s history, to English Department
and even greater mentor.”
Chair Michael Ingrisani. An Upper School history teacher and faculty advisor to the Model UN program, Dr. Protheroe also serves as a Middle and Upper School soccer coach. With his family, friends and Browning community gathered in the Lower Gym, Dr. Protheroe, who joined Browning in 1996, was recognized for his many accomplishments through remarks by a number of speakers, including Headmaster Clement, Board of Trustees President Jim Chanos, Mr. Ingrisani, current Head of Upper
He is in so many ways the ideal person to work with students – he is smart, hardworking, focused, passionate and thoroughly enjoys what he does… —Matt Horvat, Former Head of Upper School Mr. Reynolds said, “It was indeed an auspicious start when
School Jim Reynolds, alumnus Stuart Orenstein ’00, and
Gerry Protheroe joined the Browning faculty in September
three former Heads of Upper School, including Keith Frome,
of 1996. His being given the reins of the Model UN program
Kolia O’Connor and Matt Horvat. Key Society members
would require commitment and dedication. I suspect his
were on hand to deliver the chair presented to Dr. Protheroe
decision to shake up the team by taking only Form III students
by Mr. Chanos.
to ILMUNC forced all in the School to come to terms with
Upper School Student Council President Alexander
the considerable authority he brought to the table. One has
Bendo ’13 read remarks by Mr. Horvat, who could not
to believe that the team’s successes were very encouraging,
attend the induction. Mr. Horvat wrote, “For years I have
indeed. It is impressive that he has endeavored to keep his
kept a mental list of all of the people I would hire if I were
work at this level year after year…Llongyfarchiadau (Welsh
starting a school. Gerry Protheroe is at the top of that
for ‘Congratulations’), Dr. Protheroe.”
Guest of honor Dr. Gerald Protheroe, seated center, was feted by members of the Browning community, both past and present, at his induction as the second recipient of the Stephen M. Clement, III Chair for the Humanities. (L to R): Former Upper School Head Kolia O’Connor, Alexander Bendo ’13 (speaking on behalf of former Upper School Head Matt Horvat), Upper School Head James Reynolds, Headmaster Stephen M. Clement, III, former Upper School Head Keith Frome, Stuart Orenstein ’00 and English Department Chair/Dean of Faculty Michael Ingrisani, the first recipient of the Clement Chair.
Mr. Orenstein recalled his days in the classroom with Dr.
Cambrensis (also known as Gerald of Wales) in 1191,
Protheroe: “There was a simple phrase that Dr. Protheroe
but he could have been describing tonight’s honoree
would say to us, whether it was when he asked us to quickly,
whose sharp and acute intellect, rich and powerful
read an assignment to discuss right then and there in class
understanding and, yes, his quickness and cunning, are
or as we were taking a quiz or test, and that was ‘carry on.’
well known to his colleagues and students.”
These simple words stem from Winston Churchill’s famous
The fact that Dr. Protheroe hails from Wales was clearly
and now corporately bastardized quote, ‘Keep calm and
evident in the décor that evening, including bouquets of
carry on,’ no doubt, but I realize that what Dr. Protheroe
daffodils with Welsh flags tucked within, as well as bunches
truly meant was for us to carry on in our learning, our
of leeks adorned with red ribbon bearing the School name.
striving and our eventual achievement of wisdom which
Headmaster Clement shed light on the symbolic meaning
he imparted so much of to us. I would like to end my
of these items. A Wales tourism website provides similar
remarks with a quote from William Arthur Ward who said,
details: The daffodil is popularly known as an emblem for
‘The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The
Wales but became so by accident. The Welsh word for leek,
superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.’
the original national emblem, is Cenhinen, while the
Dr. Protheroe was and is a true inspiration to us all.”
Welsh word for daffodil is Cenhinen Pedr or Peter’s Leek.
Finally, Mr. Ingrisani stated, “My predecessors at this
Over the years, the two became confused. Finally, the
podium have already told you things I would want to
daffodil was adopted as a second emblem of Wales. Myth
say about Gerry Protheroe as a colleague and a friend.
and legend say that St. David advised the Britons to wear
Rather than echo their thoughts, I want to share with you
leeks on their helmets while doing battle with the Saxons in
a quote I discovered recently in which a noted historian
order to distinguish friend from foe, which helped to secure
described the inhabitants of Wales: ‘These people being
victory. Another legend claims that the battle itself took
of a sharp and acute intellect, and gifted with a rich and
place in a field of leeks. In any case, The Browning School
powerful understanding, excel in whatever studies they
community extends its sincere congratulations and best
pursue, and are more quick and cunning than the other
wishes to Dr. Protheroe!
inhabitants of a western clime.’ Thus wrote Giraldus
Key Society boys presented a celebratory cake to guest of honor Dr. Gerald Protheroe. (L to R): Colin Carter â€™13, Paul Pricop â€™13, Dr. Protheroe, his daughter Carys, wife Paula, and Ty York.
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LATIN STUDENTS STUDY
of New Cafeteria
(L to R): Form IV Latin students Brian Bermeo, Armaan Rawat, Latin teacher Brett Wisniewski, Basil Chalabi, Chris Keyko and Chris Russo.
we headed to press with this issue
studies, have become familiar with the Roman-style arches
of the Buzzer, a group of Browningâ€™s
that now support much of the ceiling in the new cafeteria.
Upper School Latin students had
They were invited by Headmaster Clement to view the
recently visited Browningâ€™s new
segmental arches during the construction process and were
cafeteria to examine its architecture. Latin teacher Brett
on site when the wooden forms were removed to allow
Wisniewski explained, "These students have been working
for the free-standing brick and mortar structures." The
on creating their own model of an ancient Roman city in a
Summer Buzzer will include additional photos and details
computer program called Minecraft, and as a result of their
on this exciting new facility at Browning.
Trustee Laura Barket, along with her children, Jack ’16 and Maddy, unveil the plaque honoring her late husband, Browning Trustee Keith Barket.
BROWNING DEDICATES BARKET BALCONY
She said, “We loved this school from the
In February, the Barket Balcony was formally dedicated in
first moment. When
Mr. Barket’s widow and Trustee Laura Barket, along with
the Board of Trustees,
placed above the window overlooking the Lower Gym and
say ‘yes.’ No small
“The Barket Balcony. In loving memory of Keith F. Barket
routinely worked 80
played an integral part in the plan of the reconstruction of
eled about 200 days a
our friend and visionary.”
more important to
honor of the late Keith Barket, Browning Trustee and parent.
Keith was asked to join
their children, Jack ’16 and Maddy, unveiled a bronze plaque
he didn’t hesitate to
later hosted a reception at their home. The plaque reads:
thing for a man who
(1961-2010). As a member of the Board of Trustees, Keith
hours a week and trav-
the School’s current site. This balcony is named in honor of
year. But nothing was
Headmaster Clement remarked on the Barket family’s
Keith than our family.
contribution to Browning: “Laura and Keith quickly got
Anything for Jack and
and generosity were great assets to the Parents Association
where our boy was, so
involved with the School, and their attractiveness, energy
Maddy. Browning was
and then the Board’s building committee. On the Browning
Browning was where his father would be, too.”
ees Rodney Schiffer and Jeff Olson, sharpened our vision.
was bursting at the seams, and the need for more space
you are (on East 62nd St.), improve it to the highest degree
It surprised everyone (myself included) that the real estate
ics…We have completed Phase I of the construction project,
tion, location. Keith felt very strongly that the current site
the Barket Balcony tonight. And how fitting that Keith’s
vote was to reconfigure our school from within. The rest, as
Board, Keith was a quick study and, especially with Trust-
She added, “Like many Manhattan schools, Browning
Laura will tell you more, but the Barket Plan is: stay where
for our boys was also growing, it seemed exponentially…
possible, and look for offsite facilities, especially for athlet-
mogul I was married to said ‘no’ to a new location, loca-
opening the expanded Lower Gym last fall and christening
of the School was too historic and precious to leave. His
balcony is the literal center of the project.”
they say, is history…Every day over the past two years and
Laura’s remarks encapsulated the impact her husband
two months since Keith passed away, I have wished he was
had on the School and provided background on the fact
still here to see something or to hear something, and today
of the Browning gentleman”– well-read, hard-working,
see what is on the horizon for Browning, for our school.
that a dear friend of theirs, David N. Roberts ’80, “epitome
is no different. He would be so tickled and so pleased to
unassuming, and totally devoted to his family – prompted
Please raise your glasses. To Keith: forever in our hearts.”
them to seek out Browning as the school for their own son.
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Workshops on Traffic Flow
Encourage Problem-Solving Skills
the end of last
“We tell our students that
Klein arranged for a special day of
it’s important to train their
students. He invited Mark Love,
brains in certain ways; that
Engineers Teaching Algebra, to conduct
is, to think logically and
Browning boys. “Armed with only a
approach problems with
workshops for Browning’s algebra a former engineer and founder of
workshops with Forms II, III and IV
pencil, one piece of paper and an eraser
Mark Love and Michael Klein
these math students applied their
was positive,” he said. “The boys
a real work task,” said Mr. Klein. “The
thoroughfare required the installation
underscored the practical applications
and simultaneous equations derived to
want to respond to a student who
of lights and, therefore, traffic flow.”
the pat response of ‘Because,’ ” said
the course of the day, Mr. Love reported
important to train their brains in certain
are a lot of engineers here at Browning!”
approach problems with a step-by-step
they enjoyed the workshops. “I’m
the unknown by following problem-
(engineers make lots of mistakes!),
algebra and problem-solving skills to construction of a mall along a major
described the exercise as ‘accessible and Essentially, the workshops
a step-by-step procedure. We teach them to identify the unknown by following
of traffic lights. Variables were defined
of studying mathematics. “We never
design an efficient, safe and fair system
asks, ‘Why study algebra?’ with
—Michael Klein, Mathematics Department Chair
As the workshops progressed during
Mr. Klein. “We tell our students that it’s
on the boys’ potential, saying, “There
ways; that is, to think logically and
In turn, Mr. Klein asked students how
procedure. We teach them to identify
pleased to say that their feedback
HOW COOL IS THAT! Every day is “Cool Date Day” for the boys in Michael Klein’s math classes. At the beginning of each block, his students create an equation based
on the numbers comprising the day, month and year on that particular date. “I ask them to use each digit These sessions successfully
demonstrated a “real-world”
application of algebra and showed
how it can be applied later in life.” said Mr. Klein.
The positive feedback he received
how the study of this subject can
from the boys inspired Mr. Klein and
career. “In teaching them to replicate
to plan more workshops for Form II
potentially lead to an engineering a traffic situation by applying algebraic equations, thereby
predicting and controlling the
outcome, we helped motivate the
boys to learn algebra and understand
members of the math department
algebra students next year. “The success we enjoyed this winter was exciting.
Mr. Love proved to students that algebra is very accessible. It’s like doing a
puzzle…solving it is really a lot of fun.”
from the date only once and perform a math operation of their choice
(addition, subtraction, division, etc.),” he said. “This exercise encourages
number sense and pattern recognition. As I mentioned during a recent
admissions program, it has become so popular with the boys that they
now think ahead and, in fact, are even afraid they might miss it! They really
do look forward to this daily activity.”
the local buzz
MATH-SCIENCE NIGHT: ORIGINALITY AND TECHNOLOGY The 2013 Middle School Math-Science Night took place in February, with Browning boys eager to share and
preview their presentations to faculty members at the conclusion of classes.
Later that evening, their proud parents visited the School to see what their
sons had been so diligently preparing for in past weeks.
During this annual program,
boys in Grade 5 to Form II design
and execute original science projects
incorporating mathematical analysis of their data as a central component
that drives their conclusions. For the first time, Form I boys used a Prezi
format to create their presentations. During last yearâ€™s Math-Science
Night, Form II boys used this format, enabling them to zoom quickly from their aim and background research to their hypothesis, procedure and
results. This year, Form II students took technology one step further by utilizing SMART Boards for their presentations.
Middle School boys enthusiastically share their Math-Science Night projects with peers, parents and faculty members.
PRE-PRIMARY BOYS UTILIZE MAKERBOT TECHNOLOGY First of Their Grade Level to Take New Tech Course Pre-Primary Browning boys in Mr. Sambuca’s technology class received a special treat this past holiday season. Not only did they get to make tasty cookies, they were able to
custom-make their own cookie cutters, too! Through the use of the MakerBot Replicator in their classroom, they actually “printed” their own cookie cutters after designing them with a web-based app, Cookie Caster. This app allowed
them to draw freehand using the computer mouse and es-
sentially create three-dimensional cookie cutters. The Repli-
cator, a 3-D printer that can be used to create colorful plastic models of objects, can literally turn a three-dimensional
computer model into a physical object. The printer identi-
fies cross-sectional slices of the image and then lays down
slice upon slice of ABS plastic to create a physical prototype.
Engineers, architects and other professionals, as well as hobbyists and students, use this machine to make models of designs they conceive.
This year’s PP boys are the first of their grade level at
the School to be enrolled in Mr. Sambuca’s new technology course which meets once a week beginning in the second
trimester. Mr. Sambuca explained, “We realized that most children are exposed to technology at a very early age, so
why make them wait to take a class like this? Why not offer it at the Pre-Primary level? Our goal is to expose and instill a love of learning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). We set out to design a class that would allow all the boys to explore and play with different types of technology, as well as build confidence along the way.
The boys started the trimester learning the correct way to
hold and properly use a computer mouse. As a result, this skill allowed the boys to design their cookie cutters while developing their hand-eye coordination and problem-
solving skills through web-based games such as FunBrain Playground. Future projects include ‘playing’ with elec-
tronics, iPads, Legos and robotics. The current Pre-Primary boys are essentially part of a pilot program; next year they
will take a technology course for the entire year, beginning in September. By the time they are in fifth grade, they will have had more exposure to this new technology curriculum than any class before them.”
As the holiday season approached this year, Mr.
Sambuca decided it would be a fun and useful exercise for the PP boys in his class to make their own cookies,
as explained above. “I showed them how the MakerBot
worked,” he said, “comparing the way it builds layers of plastic to the way one might make a layer cake. Over the
course of three classes, the boys made cookie cutters in the shapes of ships, houses, stars and trees. Then they cut out
the dough, sprinkled their cookies with colored sugar and took home the baked goods (cooked here in the School’s kitchen) to their families.”
STUDYING SPIDERS AND INSECTS IN BLACK ROCK FOREST Lower and Middle School science teacher Stephanie Seto
reports on a late fall trip taken by second and third grade boys to Black Rock Forest: “In the classroom, third grad-
ers have been studying insects and spiders, and the second
graders have been studying decomposers. As they augmented their studies, the boys had a
wonderful time in Black Rock
Forest, with many of the third grade boys reminiscing about
their time in the forest last year. While on the field trip, both
grades took a hike on some of
the trails. Third graders focused
on differences between fall and winter in the forest, as well
as signs of invertebrate life. We learned about a wide range of topics during the hike, including trail signs and how to read them, woodpecker holes, and the geologic basis for where moss grows.”
Ms. Seto added, “The second graders focused on
identifying various forms of decomposers during
their hike. After lunch, the third graders performed an
invertebrate search in the style of a biodiversity survey,
in small groups looking at one-square-meter plots. They identified, observed and sketched insects, spiders and
other invertebrates up close in Petri dishes. The second
graders searched for, identified, observed and sketched
decomposers in one-square-meter plots, as well as looked at decomposing logs.”
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY STUDENTS CONDUCT BIODIVERSITY SURVEY Science teacher Emilie Wolf reports on an excursion taken by her class to Central Park: “The conservation biology stu-
dents walked to the park to perform a basic biodiversity survey. They compared the diversity and abundance found in areas of high human activity to a more removed area. The boys walked around the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, a piece
of land that has been kept sheltered from human activity since 1934. They observed sycamores, oaks, rhododendrons, holly, squirrels, blue jays, Northern cardinals, house sparrows and a tufted titmouse.”
Ms. Wolf added, “In a later class, the boys tested out various statistical tools to attribute a biodiversity index to each
area. Even without calculations, though, it was clear to see the site near the protected area had a much higher diversity.”
FIVE BROWNING BOYS RECEIVE COMMENDATIONS AT MODEL UN For four days in January, 20 boys from The Browning
School, accompanied by History Department Chair Ger-
ald Protheroe and English teacher Kevin Dearinger, joined nearly 3,000 delegates from 17 nations to participate in the annual Ivy League Model United Nations, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Mr. Dearinger reports: “This year in the general
assembly and in large committees, the Browning
delegation represented the new nation of South Sudan.
Browning students also participated in a committee on oil
rights in Antarctica and a gathering representing the World Bank. One Browning student sat on a crisis simulation
committee representing the Confederate States of America. The Browning delegation enjoyed the finer fast foods of
the Philadelphia region and its traditional Saturday night
Chinese restaurant feast before the conference dance. Five Browning boys including Liam Kerwin, Aadir
Khan, Arthur Mensah, David Valentin and Michael
Zuppone were awarded verbal commendations at the
awards ceremony, honoring their outstanding work in a large crowd.”
HELPING WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Mathematics teachers Judit Resika and Rebecca Vinsonhaler, along with Spanish teacher Elizabeth Suárez, accompanied seven Browning boys to New Milford, N.J., as part of a Habitat for Humanity project. Ms. Vinsonhaler reports: “We
worked on a house that was being renovated for a family with three children,
aged five, seven and nine. The seven-year-old, Zoey, has cerebral palsy and cannot use her muscles. So she can’t talk, eat or move normally. Her parents rebuilt their home to allow Zoey more social interaction with the family. They can now wheelchair her to the dinner table,
and her live-in aid is able to stay in a room near her to help at any point of the day or night.”
Ms. Vinsonhaler added, “I’m proud to say that the boys
painted, assembled and moved heavy furniture, and they also cleaned, working from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a lunch break. They worked very hard!”
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS PERFORM IN MODERN LANGUAGES TALENT SHOW In February, all Middle School students of Spanish and
Spanish teacher Giurissa Félix reports on the videos her
French participated in the fourth annual Browning Middle
students created: Earlier in the term, the Grade 5 Spanish
Languages Department Megan Ryan reports: “The event
iMovie to edit it. For the talent show, the boys filmed a
School Modern Language Talent Show. Chair of the Modern included music videos, songs and short plays performed
exclusively in French and Spanish. The program also served as a dress rehearsal for Mr. Bernard’s French I students who
went on to perform their ‘résistance’-themed play on Friday night and Saturday morning at the Lycée français of New
York’s annual theater competition.” [Read more about the
play in the Fine and Performing Arts section of this Buzzer.]
class filmed a Spanish dialogue and learned how to use
video and recorded their own rendition of “La vida es mejor cantando” (Life is better singing), an 80s pop song by the
Mexican children’s group Timbiriche. The Form I Spanish class had a more formidable task. They had to write their
own song in Spanish describing their last day of school and
set it to the music of “Gangnam style.” You may log on to the
Browning website (www.browning.edu) to view these videos.
BROWNING BOYS COMPETE IN INTERSCHOOL SCIENCE BOWL In November, a team of seven Browning Form V and VI students competed in the third Interschool Science Bowl competition held this year at The Chapin School. Head of Science Department Sam
Keany reports: â€œPlaying in a buzzer-style quiz show format, the Browning team competed against teams from Brearley, Chapin, Dalton, Nightingale, Spence and Trinity. In this third year of com-
petition, all of the teams showed more discipline and knowledge in specialized areas of science,
including astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics, Earth science and mathematics. Browning had its most successful tournament, winning three out of six games, a record bettered by only two of the
other schools. Our players are to be commended for their enthusiasm, focus and application of science knowledge. Accompanying the team and officiating in various capacities along with me were Browning science teachers Betty Noel and Melodie Ting.â€?
ENCOURAGING CAMARADERIE AND SHARING Traditions often grace the calen-
dar at The Browning School, and those that occur at Thanksgiving are particularly enjoyable for the entire community. In Novem-
ber, Pre-Primary boys enjoyed
a Thanksgiving feast with their
teachers. The boys shared what
they are most thankful for and especially enjoyed a visit from Headmaster Clement.
Meanwhile Lower, Middle and Upper School boys
participated in spirited camaraderie and games during
the annual Intraschool Exchange. Head of Upper School Jim Reynolds explained, “The objective is to provide an
opportunity for boys from all of the School’s divisions to get
to know one another; it is also a great way for the boys in the
younger division to get a glimpse of life in the Upper School, where a majority of them will be eventually headed.”
CHESS CHAMPS CONTINUE BROWNING TRADITION
place overall. Finally, over
2012-2013 proved to be a very successful year for the Brown-
provided the following report: The boys earned impressive
eled to Nash-
in January, with the K-1 team coming in third place overall,
Varsity coming in fourth, and Primary Varsity coming in
ing Chess Team. Jackie Grant, after school chess coordinator,
the team trav-
results at the New York City Scholastic Chess Championship
ville, Tenn., to
Elementary Varsity team coming in third place, Junior High
the U.S. Super
sixth. In February the team traveled to
Saratoga Springs to participate in the
Chess Tournament. Brown-
New York State Scholastic Chess
ing’s K-1 team finished 10th out of 47 teams in the country, the
School Reserve team landed a
team finished 13th out of 31, and the K-12 JV team finished
Championship. The Middle
K-3 JV team finished 23rd out of 76, the K-3 Championship
first-place finish, Elementary
27th out of 65.
seventh, and Elementary Re-
successful implementation of the early morning “Sunrise
Championship team came in serve team earned third
One of the highlights of the school year has been the
Chess” program. Many mornings the Upper Cafeteria was filled with boys excitedly huddled over chess boards. This
opportunity to play chess before school, as well as the close
instruction the players get from the 6-1 student teacher ratio during after school chess, has helped many Browning boys
improve their game tremendously over the course of the year.
ASSEMBLIES ADDRESS CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES Middle and Upper School boys attended separate assemblies
in January commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with
a special guest, educational “Prezi” presentations and a video as part of the mix. The Browning School’s Multicultural Club
members encompassing Forms II through VI, along with their advisor, Director of Diversity Glenn Walker, are to be commended for conceiving, preparing and presenting for both
events. Mr. Walker expressed his appreciation to all involved, saying, “Thank you for your vision and help in creating a
wonderful tribute to Dr. King. His message of civil rights for everyone came through loud and clear.”
Chair of the Music Department David Prestigiacomo
joined his African Drumming students in providing a musical introduction as the Upper School community took
their seats in the Lower Gym. Mr. Prestigiacomo then told the audience about the history of African drums and the materials they are made from.
Head of Upper School Jim Reynolds and Farouk Oni ’13
introduced guest speaker Dr. Erica Chito Childs, who,
since September 2005, has taught at Hunter College as an
assistant professor in the sociology department. Dr. Childs
received her B.A. in sociology and African-American studies at San Jose State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Fordham University. She spoke about Dr.
King’s influence within the various countries she has vis-
ited on her lecture circuit which includes presentations to
schools around the world. Dr. Childs discussed inequality on a global scale and left her Browning audience with a
question to ponder; namely, how they will leave their own mark on the world in terms of diminishing inequality and influencing social change.
Afterward, Farouk addressed the various subjects cov-
ered by the Multicultural Club through the “Question of
the Month” aimed to raise the consciousness of the School community concerning such groups as those with dis-
abilities, etc. Finally, Farouk introduced a powerful video
(available on the Browning website) that he produced with Mr. Walker concerning civil and human rights featuring
Headmaster Clement, teachers and students in individual interviews and classroom settings.
Meanwhile, Middle School boys and teachers convened
for an assembly covering a multitude of topics related to civil and human rights, including the rights of gays, Na-
tive Americans, women, Latino Americans, Muslims and
Jews, as well as Asian and African Americans. A discussion about the Multicultural Club’s “Question of the Month” series and a video presentation followed.
Guest speaker Dr. Erica Chito Childs, assistant sociology professor at Hunter College, and Upper School Head Jim Reynolds.
The Lower School boys also participated in an assembly
to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Pre-Primary
teacher Katie Kummer welcomed the boys and teachers, while
Director of Diversity Glenn Walker explained that the program aimed to present a timeline of Dr. King’s career and his fight for equal rights for all. Members of the Multicultural Club
presented highlights of his career and answered questions.
An exciting addition to this assembly was a presentation
by Lower School music teacher Lucy Warner and her students. Ms. Warner played “When the Saints Come Marching In,”
an American gospel hymn, which Headmaster Clement ap-
plauded as he welcomed everyone and explained the impor-
tance of Dr. King’s legacy. He also read a letter from New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s office thanking The Browning School for their community service efforts in the aftermath of Hur-
ricane Sandy. He was pleased to note that the School, like Dr. King, is mindful of helping and serving others.
Ms. Warner elaborated on various types of music, such as
gospel, popular during the days of the Underground Railroad when slaves hoped to escape their masters; the audience was then treated to a related musical selection sung with great
spirit and animation by the fourth grade boys. Ms. Warner
showed a photo of the famous African-American musician
Louis Armstrong and also discussed ragtime music, playing
“The Entertainer” by African-American composer Scott Joplin. She noted that the current Composer of the Month was John Philip Sousa (known as the “March King”) and showed an
excerpt from the movie, “Drumline,” featuring the battle of the marching bands, specifically the drumming competition. As
a finale, Ms. Warner discussed African-American entertainer
Michael Jackson (known as the “King of Pop”) and showed a
video of his performance of “Billie Jean,” which was promoted with a film on MTV – described as “the first video by a black artist to be aired in heavy rotation.”
FRENCH STUDENTS CREATE SCALE MODEL MONUMENTS French teacher Dominique Bernard reports that for their first trimester project, each sixth grade French
student created a scale model of
a chosen French monument and wrote an essay recounting its
history. The accomplishments of the students are depicted in the
photo shown here. Bravo à tous!
UPPER SCHOOL BOYS PARTICIPATE IN MOCK TRIAL In February, the Browning Mock Trial Team presented an assembly for the Upper School students. Faculty
sponsor and math teacher Marcia Wallace, reports: “The team consisted of 12 gentlemen from Form II to Form V and has been coached by Katherine Weinhoff (mother
of James ’10) for the past eight years. The case was ter-
rific: a community college student feels that he/she was deceived through the application/admissions process.
FORM IV BOYS SPEND THREE DAYS AT FROST VALLEY YMCA CAMP
Guest judge for the trial was Bill Maguire, who is the
head litigator at the New York City law firm of Hughes
In January, 22 Form IV boys traveled to Frost Valley YMCA
Hubbard & Reed. Besides overseeing the assembly, af-
trip with 10th grade students from the Chapin, Brearley,
boys a critique of their performance.”
the single-sex Interschool schools.
enjoyed its first competition of the year as the Plaintiff
camp in the Catskill Mountains to participate in a three-day Collegiate, Nightingale-Bamford and Spence schools – all Dean of Students Sam Keany, who accompanied the
terwards Mr. Maguire was gracious enough to offer the Ms. Wallace added, “A few weeks later, the team
vs. the James Baldwin School. The Browning boys were
group, reports: “Our boys took part in outdoor team-
victorious in Round 1, making a strong showing all
skiing, even though the single-digit weather kept outdoor
sophomores and one junior should be even prouder
provoking discussions led by senior peer leaders from
seniors and one junior! The future is very bright indeed.
successful trip, as our boys recognized how much they had
Browning accomplished the very difficult task (in this
building activities in addition to tubing and cross-country
the way around. Ms. Weinhoff and I feel that our five
time briefer than usual. They also engaged in thought-
of this win after hearing that the opponent had five
each of the six schools. Despite the weather, this was a very
The judge noted that besides winning by point spread,
to offer this broader group of their peers.” Head of Upper
case particularly) of winning the ruling as the Plaintiff.”
School Jim Reynolds and Brett Wisniewski, Greek and
Latin teacher, also accompanied the students and enjoyed meeting faculty members from the other schools.
[Editor’s Note: Please visit the Browning website to view additional photos of many items in The Local Buzz.]
SCIENCE STUDENTS EXPLORE LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER In February, forensics science students braved the winter weather and traveled to the Liberty Science Center in
Liberty State Park, N.J., for a forensic
science extended laboratory workshop. Science teacher Betty Noel reports: “As part of the program, students were
able to expand upon the techniques
studied in class and learn a variety of
new ones. They checked fingerprints, compared fibers microscopically and through burn tests, ballistic analysis,
toxicology and blood spatter analysis,
erly collect evidence and use a variety
students used a little bit of time to ex-
students were challenged with a mock
evidence and choose the appropriate
Skyscraper exhibit. It was truly a great
to name a few. In the afternoon, the
crime scene whereby they had to prop-
of forensic techniques to analyze the
suspect. When the workshop was over,
plore the museum’s Touch Tunnel and mix of education and fun!”
FIRST FAMILY COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY “DELIVERS” HEARTS AND FLOWERS Lower School Community Service Coordinator Rachel Gerber reports on the wonderful family
activity that took place on Valentine’s Eve here at
Browning: “The first Browning Family Community
Service Afternoon was a huge success! About 40 boys came to participate with their parent(s). The boys
enthusiastically made projects such as duct tape flower arrangements for the Hamilton Senior Center and
valentines for Yorkville Common Pantry. I would like
to send a huge thank-you to the parent volunteers and
all those who attended. We look forward to making this an annual Browning tradition!”
Head of Lower School Laurie Gruhn said,
“The parent involvement at all levels made such a
difference, and it was great to have parents and boys work together in such a meaningful event. To have
the boys see that there are ways one can reach out to a community beyond Dress Down Days and bake sales made a difference to them. I thank you.”
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GU YS R EAD “T IMES T WO”
Browning Families L
ast year third grade boys
Read has multiplied! This year Browning has two Guys
uncles or other adult guy
to moderate, and one for grade four, led by Sarah Murphy.
and their dads (or grandpas, friends) got together as part
of a new Browning initiative known as
“Guys Read.” Inspired by the belief that it is essential for boys to see the men in
their lives reading and engaging with
them as readers, the objective of Guys Read was to encourage students to see reading as a fun habit of lifelong learners.
The third grade level seemed like a perfect age to put this
Read book groups: one for grade three, which I continue
Both groups have met three times so far this year, and the
guys, young and old, are spirited participants. Many boys
who began as modest contributors have become discussion leaders. Both students and their big guy companions have
made serious commitments to completing the readings and showing up, not just to express their opinions but to listen to others.
José Garcia, whose third grade son José is a dedicated
plan into action. The books geared for this age are sophis-
member, says of Guys Read: “The book club is structured
inception, one of the basic goals of Guys Read was to read
hardly contain themselves. It is not often one sees the pas-
ticated and thoughtful, easily leading to discussion. At its
six great books together. Last year’s group surpassed that,
enthusiastically adding a seventh when an opportunity for the author to attend a meeting became available.
At the conclusion of last year there was a unanimous call for Guys Read to continue on to fourth grade. But the importance of offering this successful program to third graders was still there. So Guys
in a way that the boys are so excited to participate, they can sion of a young mind at work.”
Richard Sullivan, father of third grader Ben, feels that
Guys Read is “a great vehicle for us to spend more qual-
ity time together.” He adds, “When you sign up to reach a goal and have a hard deadline, action takes place. Just as I stay in shape by signing up for triathlon races that I must
train for, the book club facilitates Ben’s literary fitness. Ben
and I read the books together before bedtime, and we often discuss the themes and lessons that we discover as we are reading. This is a high quality father-son interaction that
we both enjoy and that would not occur without the deadline of the book club meetings. We usually head out for a burger after the meeting, so the book club evenings turn into a fun night out together.”
lies. Like Ben and Richard, Spencer Russell and his dad,
choice; so far we’ve been consistent – hamburgers at PJ
fun for Spencer and me. First are the books; Ms. Levine has
of us thinks the story is headed and where we’ve found
have made serious commitments
Books and burgers seem to go together for several fami-
Ned, treat themselves to “a dinner at a place of Spencer’s Clarke’s.” Ned says, “Guys Read brings several layers of
chosen two winners so far. We talk a lot about where each ourselves surprised.”
The experience of attending a Guys Read meeting is per-
haps best summed up by Mr. Russell, who observes, “It’s al-
to completing the readings and
ways interesting to watch all the boys turn from being fully
showing up, not just to express their
in the book discussion with their dads.”
opinions but to listen to others.
engaged with the cookies in the room to being fully engaged —Susan Levine, Assistant Librarian
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BOYS H EL PI NG BOYS
Peer Tutors Teach
ince the November 2012 publication of Form I student David Eisman’s excerpted article (facing
page) in the student newspaper, the
Grytte, Middle and Upper School Learning Specialist Kristen Sheppard continues to be pleased with the progress of the School’s peer tutoring program which she directs. The tutors who signed up eventually found plenty of “takers” for their services. “By February, I had 34 peer tutors, including boys from Form I through Form VI,” Mrs. Sheppard said. “More tutors from Form I have joined, which will help perpetuate the program.”
The boys participating in the tutor-
ing program are also enthused by the results. Fifth grader Alexander Kwok said, “The peer tutoring program is
really helping me improve my writing skills.” Another fifth grader, Akshay
Singh, said, “Learning with a peer tutor is fun and keeps your grades up.”
Spencer Wolfe ’13 has been a math
and history tutor for three years. “One
three years, agrees that being a tutor
tutoring is that you get a real sense of
I get to re-learn what I have already
of the really great things about peer
accomplishment when you help a student who earns an even better grade
than you did when you took the class,” he said. “Tutoring helps me improve
my own work in my classes and gives me drive.”
Diego Lopez-Liranzo ’15, who has
been tutoring French and English for
is a terrific experience. “First of all,
learned,” said Diego. “I also like in-
teracting with younger students, since I don’t have any siblings. The peer
tutoring program here at Browning has inspired me to tutor math to under-
privileged students in East Harlem on Mondays after school.”
“The peer tutoring program here at Browning has inspired me to tutor math to underprivileged students in East Harlem on Mondays after school.” —Diego Lopez-Liranzo ’15
A NEW WAY OF TUTORING Peer tutoring is a program at The Browning School in which students who specialize in a certain subject tutor struggling students.
Mrs. Sheppard directs the program and prefers
a variety of instructors, including students with
strong skills in foreign languages, math, history, English and science....
David Eisman ’18
Mrs. Sheppard notes, “Any student can come and ask for
help and I will pair them up with someone.” She explained that boys do not have to be afraid to ask for aid in a subject of their
choice. Any student who desires aid in their subject only has to
tell Mrs. Sheppard his problem and he will be set up with a peer
tutor who specializes in the subject of difficulty. All are welcomed to be tutored, and anybody in Form I or older can become a tutor. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing a boy you have
tutored say he got a hundred on a test,” explained Kevin Barbosa ’14. Kevin has given joy to many kids he has tutored by helping them Sixth grader Kenneth Daniel, one of
the Browning boys under Diego’s tutelage, has been helped and inspired. He
said, “I have been getting better grades since I started being tutored. The program has also helped me speak more fluently in French. One day I want to
be a peer tutor in history.” Read on to learn more about how this dynamic program works.
pass a test or quiz. In exchange for the aid he has given to many
kids, he has been given happiness to know he succeeded in aiding another child at Browning. Kevin is a French tutor who has only
been tutoring for one year, but he has already succeeded in helping many children. Kevin became a peer tutor because he wanted to
help boys with French and give back to the Browning community. He believes that more people should join peer tutoring and help expand the program.
Chris Batista ’18 also helped the community by joining the
peer tutoring program. Chris is only in Form I, but he is already
tutoring math, English, Spanish and history. He believes that it will be a positive step for both tutors and those tutored. “I think it will be a fun experience,” Chris declared. —David Eisman ’18
fine and p e r f o r m i n g a rt s
MUSIC SURVEY CLASS ATTENDS METROPOLITAN OPERA In January, Music Department Chair David Prestigiacomo
and a group of Form IV boys in his Music Survey class, along with faculty chaperone Sarah Murphy, enjoyed a morning dress rehearsal performance of Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory”
featuring the debut of Pretty Yende, the 26-year-old South African soprano who won first prize (female division) in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition in 2011.
Ms. Yende, who performs frequently at Milan’s La Scala,
played Countess Adèle. She was joined on stage by tenor Juan Diego Flórez and baritone Nathan Gunn. The
Metropolitan Opera noted, “Reviving his turn in the comic sensation of the 2010-11 season, tenor Juan Diego Flórez
once again demonstrated his unsurpassed bel canto mastery in this Rossini gem, rediscovered – and reinvigorated – in Bartlett Sher’s charming and witty production.”
Mr. Prestigiacomo explained that his class has been
studying the history of opera as part of their music course work. Each boy wrote a review of his experience at the Metropolitan Opera. The boys jotted notes during the
opera and were appreciative of the opportunity to enjoy such a fine performance in person. In a video interview on the Met’s website, Mr. Sher calls Rossini “one of the
great theatrical minds” in terms of comedic opera; he notes that by the end of any work by Rossini, one has a better understanding of love.
Christopher Keyko ’15 wrote the following about his
experience at the opera: “The scenery for the opera was
designs were wonderful, too, and really made it seem as if
we were not just looking at a stage but were looking inside a room, in a garden, and outside a castle.”
Christopher Russo ’15 also wrote about his trip to
amazing. The performers utilized the large stage that
the opera: “Having never before experienced an opera at
I thought was very well done. All of the women inside
ornate the opera house was. As I sat in my seat admiring
the Met had to offer. There was one particular scene that the castle were running around frantically because of the thunder and lightning outside. The lights were directed at a certain angle, which made the shadows behind the
performers appear as if there were more people on stage and that the situation was even more stressful. Also,
the way they set up the thunder and lightning was very original. They did not use speakers of any kind; instead they used sheets of metal for the thunder, some barrel-
like contraption for the rain, and a spark for the lightning. It was very well done and really created an atmosphere
that seemed realistic. Other stage directions and scenery
Lincoln Center, I was taken aback at how spacious and the immense detail of the hall, I was introduced to my group’s liaison from the Opera Guild. She spent a few
minutes telling us interesting facts about the opera house. I learned that the fancy gold-leaf-covered ceiling was
specially constructed to reverberate the sound back to
the audience. The rosewood siding of the giant hall was all taken from a single rosewood tree which towered at
100 feet before it was cut down for use. Every inch of this space was elegant. The opera itself turned out to be just as fascinating as the beautiful opera house. The visual
and aural aspects, as well as the humor of the play, were especially enjoyable.”
MIDDLE SCHOOL PRESENTS “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING” The annual Middle School
Shakespearean production also took place in January as the
boys, along with students from the Brearley School, performed “Much Ado About Nothing,” adapted by Maxine Kern and based on the original play by William Shakespeare.
Mel House, who served as
director, noted, “One of our
primary goals for the Middle
School production is to create an experience that students
will remember fondly for years to come. There is a lot of work
that goes into a successful play, and a lot of fun! In addition to
becoming ‘Much Ado’ experts and making acting choices for
their characters based on details from the script, students
The play program included quotes from a number of
learn about the responsibilities and joys of being part of an
the cast members. Gianni Chiovetta ’17 noted, “The best
role play, pantomime and learn how to use their voices and
see everyone smiling. It shows the unity among the cast
ensemble. They get to learn warm-up exercises, play games, bodies to tell a story. For the more experienced actors, the
payoff comes earlier as their creative efforts bear fruit during
rehearsals. For others, the payoff comes at the close of the first performance when a sense of accomplishment (and a little applause) kicks in.”
part so far is the cast and the funny moments. It’s good to members and that everyone has a sense of humor, is nice
and respects everyone else’s ability.” Sam Dixon ’18 added, “I’ve learned a lot about the story of ‘Much Ado’ and how
to speak Shakespeare’s language. I enjoyed the status game because it gave me a feel for my character.”
LOWER SCHOOL BOYS PRESENT ADAPTATION OF “AESOP’S FABLES” First and fourth graders presented
“Rockin’ Fables” at a Lower School
assembly this spring. Based on “Aesop’s Fables,” the program featured Browning boys decked out in cos-
tumes representing the animal world. From insects to elephants and furry
critters in between, the boys told their
Robin,” the boys belted out a lively
of recent Composers of the Month,
made sure the moral of each was ap-
School Music Director Lucy Warner
grass music, and the team of Richard
own tales based on the classics and
parent. Singing to the tune of “Rockin’
rendition of “Rockin’ Fables.” Lower also checked the boys’ knowledge
including Bill Munroe, creator of blueRodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.
Members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, including Browning parent Vincent Lionti, pose with some of the members of the various Browning orchestras after presenting an “All Baroque” concert at the School.
METROPOLITAN OPERA ORCHESTRA PERFORMS FOR BROWNING BOYS In February, Browning parent Vincent Lionti, father of
Nicholas Lionti ’19 and violist with the Metropolitan Opera
Orchestra, presented a stunning “All Baroque” concert with an ensemble of fellow orchestra members for Lower School students at a morning assembly.
Lower School Music Specialist Lucy Warner (pictured
with Mr. Lionti) arranged for the visit and reports: “The program featured works of Purcell, Clarke, Vivaldi and
J.S. Bach, including several movements from two of Bach’s Brandenburg concerti. Mr. Lionti introduced each piece
with an interesting remark relating to its composer and to the work itself. With Mr. Lionti’s friendly style of relating to the students, as well as an impressive array of instru-
ments to look at and listen to, the Lower School Browning
boys exhibited great ‘listening skills’ as well as enthusiastic
response to each selection! This program gave Lower School students the opportunity to experience first-hand some of
the composers and instruments they have been studying in music class with me throughout the school year, including
violin, viola, oboe, trumpet, cello, flute and string bass. Also in attendance were sixth grade students and members of
the Browning Ovation Orchestra consisting of musicians in fourth grade, Middle and Upper Schools.”
Ms. Warner added, “This always-highly-anticipated
concert has become a treasured annual event over the past several years for faculty and students alike. Browning is
fortunate to have this opportunity for those who are lucky
enough to attend. By the end of the concert, the Metropoli-
tan Opera Orchestra performers were greeted with smiling,
grateful, appreciative students – and thunderous applause!”
FOURTH GRADERS VISIT MET TO FURTHER STUDIES OF ANCIENT EGYPT Sketches of Sarcophagi Used Later in Art Class
Fourth grade teacher Patty Kim re-
ported on the class trip she took with
are making a sarcophagus in the art
to glaze their sculpture. By using a
Art Department Chair Nik Vlahos,
Museum of Art ends with a 20-min-
clude intricate details that reflect both
laborated on a history-art project: “The
sarcophagi. I also take photographs of
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in
print them out for reference. Students
Egypt. As they explored the Egyptian
room and make color sketches.”
point out many gods, pharaohs and ar-
the project is to practice making a
In this way, their sculptures become
ings. Mr. Vlahos then instructed them
practice session, we spend three or
contemporary cultures. After the
detailed sculpture. Details include the
once again, and a final coat of clear
false beards. After they are completed,
With this last coat of clear glaze, the
from a few days to a week to dry
rich colors.” The sarcophagi were on
the first firing, students can choose
tion in March.
fourth grade teacher Bill Cantwell and
room. Their tour at the Metropolitan
who for the last six years, have col-
ute sketching session in front of the
fourth grade boys spent the morning
the sarcophagi they are drawing and
conjunction with their study of ancient
look at those print-outs in the class-
wing of the museum, they were able to
He added, “The next stage in
tifacts they recognized from their readto choose a sarcophagus to sketch. The
boys use these drawings to guide them as they make their own sarcophagi
later in the school year. We wrapped up the trip with a walk through the Temple of Dendur.”
Mr. Vlahos elaborated: “While Mr.
Cantwell is teaching about ancient Egypt in his classroom, students
wide range of brushes, they can in-
Egyptian and contemporary culture. Throughout the sculpting and glazing process, I talk to the boys about
how their sarcophagi can reflect their own culture in much the same way that ancient Egyptian culture was
represented on the actual sarcophagi.
sarcophagus in clay. After the first
a hybrid of ancient Egyptian and
four sessions making a freestanding,
sculptures are glazed, they are fired
additions of a headdress, arms and
glaze is applied before the final firing.
these sculptures need anywhere
sculptures take on a glossy finish with
before being fired in the kiln. After
display during the student art exhibi-
from among 25 different color glazes
FORM I VISITS MOMA: JOINS IN CELEBRATION OF ABSTRACTION In February, Form I boys, along with Head of Middle School Chris Dunham, science teacher Betty Noel and art teacher Zack Davis, viewed “Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925,” on exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art
(MoMA). As the museum’s website described it, the exhibition “brought together many of the most influential works in abstraction’s early history and covered a wide range of
artistic production, including paintings, drawings, books,
sculptures, films, photographs, sound poems, atonal music and non-narrative dance, to draw a cross-media portrait of these watershed years.”
Mr. Davis reports: “The Form I boys studied abstract
painting and began their unit by looking at works by Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, as well as Marcel
Duchamp and Pablo Picasso. With their attention focused on formal abstraction rather than expressionism, they
began a series of watercolor studies on paper. A selection of their initial results were later translated to canvas and executed in acrylic paint.”
Mr. Davis added, “The boys had the privilege of view-
politely seated in front of an art work, composing their
interpretations. Overall, the experience was well above
my expectations as an art teacher. The boys displayed a
great deal of focus, respect and reverence during all facets of the trip. As ever, we received many positive comments from other museum patrons regarding our boys!” The
completed acrylic paintings were showcased in this year’s annual student art exhibition.
Before heading back to Browning, the boys also viewed
ing ‘Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925’ which focuses on
Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” (1895). This iconic painting
seum, each student was given a small booklet in which to
“The Scream” were made by Munch between 1893 and 1910.
the early origins of abstract painting. While at the mu-
record sketches and offer descriptions of various pieces
they chose to observe within the installation. At any given moment, small clusters of Browning boys could be seen
enjoyed a six-month exhibition at MoMA. Four versions of Three versions reside in museum collections in Norway,
while the particular pastel-on-board viewed by the boys
remains in private hands and was on loan by the collector.
BOYS EXPLORE PICASSO EXHIBIT AT GUGGENHEIM Spanish teacher Giurissa Félix reports that in
January, the Advanced Spanish and Spanish V boys enjoyed a field trip to the Guggenheim Museum to view the “Picasso Black and
White” exhibit, the first of its kind to explore Picasso’s remarkable use of black and white to draw attention to the formal structure
inherent in his art. Ms. Félix said, “During
the interactive program, the boys explored
Picasso’s approach to line and form, his ex-
periment with a variety of materials to create
two- and three-dimensional works of art, and his creative reinvention of the world around him. They also engaged in discussions and activities involving writing and drawing,
which allowed them to internalize and reflect on the following quote attributed to Picasso,
Photo by Regina Larkin
‘Art is a lie that tells the truth.’ ”
FIRST GRADE BOYS ENJOY PAPER BAG PLAYERS In February, first grade boys visited the Kaye Playhouse for a performance by the Paper Bag Players. First grade teacher Chelsea Rossman reports that the cast members
performed a western-themed show entitled “Saddles and Sunshine.” She explained,
“The boys laughed throughout the play and were actively involved in the performance.
The Paper Bag players emphasized creativ-
ity through the use of paper bags and boxes
LOWER SCHOOL BOYS ENJOY MUSIC AND DANCE Lower School Music Specialist Lucy Warner reports on an engaging February field trip featuring The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers and the Leaf Arrow Storytellers enjoyed by third and
fourth grade Browning boys at Symphony Space on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. She reports, “The show featured the talents of storytellers, musicians, and singers, as well as dance numbers
including student volunteers onstage. It was a fun, educational, memorable morning for all who attended!”
for many of their props and costumes. Additionally, ‘Saddles and Sunshine’ highlighted
the importance of gentlemanly qualities such as cleaning up after yourself, learning from
your mistakes, and helping your friends by sharing and compromising. One of the first
grade boys in the crowded theater was even called up on stage to spin a giant wheel to
select a dance for the audience to perform. The other boys couldn’t have been more thrilled and excited!”
EXCELLENT SHOWING IN FRENCH THEATER FESTIVAL Browning’s Form II and Form IV French students displayed their
“French touch” in February at the annual Middle and High School theater festival at the Lycée français of New York. French teacher
Dominique Bernard reports: “As the impressive auditorium was fill-
ing up, the tension was palpable for the 400 talented young actresses and actors whose task it was to present a short play of five to seven
minutes based on this year’s theme of ‘Résistance.’ The quality of all the performances was impressive and better than ever.”
Mr. Bernard added, “In addition to the regular distinctions and
diplomas, five major awards were discerned by the jury. Thanks to their great work, two Browning boys, Michael Jozoff ’17 and Arthur Mensah ’16, won the hearts of the six-member jury and were awarded the two ‘best non-French speaking male actor
trophies.’ This was a great accomplishment indeed! The Lycée français of San Francisco and ‘La compagnie de loiseau bleu’
won the two best play awards. It was, as it is every year, a fun
and engaging activity, and the numerous Browning parents who
attended the event had every reason to be proud of their children.”
THIRD GRADERS ASK “WHAT’S FOR BREAKFAST?” What better way to start Valentine’s Day than
Ben Franklin, while the expression, “May we have
grade Browning boys. They posed the question,
the man who is best known for his bold signature
with the first play of 2013, presented by the third “What’s for Breakfast,” with their production
based on the book by Jean Fritz, entitled, “George Washington’s Breakfast.” The plot is based on
George Washington Allen, a boy who never gives up until he finds out what he wants to know; he
is determined to “learn all there is to know about his namesake including what the first president ate for breakfast.”
By the play’s conclusion, the audience was
well-versed in some of the many other famous people from that day, including Ben Franklin,
Paul Revere, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson
and composer William Billings, widely regarded
as the father of American choral music. Among a number of historical facts, the boys learned that
the phrase, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes
a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” was coined by
your John Hancock on this document?” refers to on the Declaration of Independence.
Perhaps most important, though, the audience
finally found out what was for breakfast back
then – Indian flappers, more commonly known today as flapjacks or pancakes. These breakfast treats, as the boys led by Lower School music
teacher Lucy Warner explained through song (to
the tune of the Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.”), were “so fresh and tasty,” a “special morning meal” enjoyed by the colonists.
Head of Lower School Laurie Gruhn thanked
the parents and teachers for helping the boys learn their lines and express them with such
feeling. All in all, it seems like Indian flappers
might be even tastier than a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day!
EACH YEAR, THE PARENTS ASSOCIATION AWARDS stipends to faculty members who apply for specific projects, such as summer travel, research or study. Each recipient writes an article for the Buzzer about his or her project; three faculty are featured in this issue.
From Diego To Dalí The Parents Association graciously
facilitated my exploration of Salvador
to view, as always, and it was also interesting to find his
will inform pertaining units in Forms IV
age to both Greek sculpture and Freud’s psychoanalysis, as
Dalí’s oeuvre and Mexican Art, which
and V. I am very grateful for this opportunity, which took me to Chicago, Ill., Elizabeth Suárez
Salvador Dalí’s enigmatic paintings were a pleasure
and St. Petersburg, Fla. At the beginning of the summer, my visit to the Prada-
Schiaparelli exhibition at NYC’s Metropolitan Museum was a sort of appetizer to this experience, as it underlined fash-
ion artist Elsa Schiaparelli’s collaboration with Salvador Dalí
resulting in items such as the “shoe-hat” and “lobster dress.” My main target at the Art Institute of Chicago were
the works by Dalí and other Surrealists, but I stayed there several hours after, delighting in the accomplishments of
artists from the Middle Ages to Impressionism: paintings,
sculptures, decorative arts, photography. What an amazing place! Among them, the works by other Spanish and Latin
American artists particularly drew my attention: Francisco Goya, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and Diego Velázquez, among others.
famous sculpture, “Venus de Milo with Drawers,” an homwell as objects he created for the famous Surrealist Exposition of Objects in 1936.
Chicago also gave me the opportunity to enjoy Mexican
Art in the heart of Pilsen, an originally Bohemian neighborhood (i.e., current Czech Republic). Now home to a large
Mexican community, metro stations, schools and churches
are colorfully decorated with images of the Virgen de Guadalupe and many famous Mexican nationals (Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, to name just two). It is fittingly there,
then, that you can find the National Museum of Mexican
Art, engaging and meticulously curated, an ideal place to deepen your knowledge about anything from the Mexi-
can Revolution, through photographs and sculptures, to
Contemporary Mexican Art made of a variety of materials,
some as unexpected as feathers and beads. Traditions, such as the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Carnaval, are present through memorable displays.
A variety of salient works immerse us in the Surrealist
movement. Fellow Catalan Joan Miró, who in 1929 intro-
duced Dalí to André Breton, leader of the Surrealist move-
I lef t th e museum w ith a better
ment, is represented, among other pieces, by a collage, a
sense of th e w hole scope of Dalí’s
alan Surrelist, Angel Planells. Other Surrealists that should
understa nding of th e symbols h e
rather unusual find. I was glad to learn about another Catnot be missed are René Magritte and Ives Tanguy.
life a nd wor k, a nd a deeper common ly used in his pain tings.
On my way there, spending time at the Maxwell Street
Fair was a great preamble to my museum experience in Pilsen, given that the fair is a hub of Mexican food and
music. I was particularly grateful to José García, one of the
fruit vendors, for taking the time to explain to me the wide range of produce brought from México for sale there. I
was unaware of the many types of chile that exist and how their names change whether we are dealing with the fresh or dried product. There, for the first time, I tried a tuna, a
fruit somewhat similar in shape to a plum once peeled, and which tasted to me like a richer watermelon.
Subsequently, I headed for St. Petersburg’s Dalí Museum
nent collection is remarkable, and it would be impossible to summarize in a short article such as this. Be prepared to see
works created when the painter was only a teen and already
showing signs of a bright artistic future with influences from Monet, Picasso and Gris clearly distinguishable; get ready
for the impeccably classic style of his Art School days, some
of his most outstanding Surrealist works, his “Nuclear Mysticism” period, plenty of the double image painting that he
so magnificently mastered, jewelry (a melting clock brooch in gold and diamonds was a personal favorite), drawings
and more. The temporary exhibition, which displayed his prints based on writings by Rabelais and Casanova, was
where I continued to learn about this talented artist. The
first rate, as well. I left the museum with a better sense of
and Eleanor Morse during four decades. The building draws
standing of the symbols he commonly used in his paintings.
ture protruding from an otherwise standard construction.
from the former, is no less worth a visit as it houses a variety
and its raison d’être goes beyond the mere aesthetics, as it
years of human creation. Although the Pre-Columbian sec-
museum houses an all-Dalí collection amassed by Reynolds your attention even from afar; it is an enormous glass strucInside, the helix-shaped staircase takes your breath away, pays homage to Dalí’s fascination with this shape, which is clearly recognized in several paintings. Furthermore,
Dalí read avidly about math, geometry and physics, and
followed closely the discoveries regarding DNA, which is
particularly clear in paintings such as “Galacidalacidesoxiribonucleicacid” (!) and “Nature Morte Vivante.” The perma-
the whole scope of Dalí’s life and work, and a deeper underSt. Petersburg’s Museum of Fine Art, not too far away
of works from all over the world, covering thousands of
tion is small, it is well represented by artifacts in gold and
other precious materials, from Perú, Guatemala and Costa
Rica. I am greatly enriched by this experience, which I hope to transmit to my students, and I would be happy if this article moved any of its readers to a similar exploration. —By Elizabeth Suárez, Spanish Teacher
French Immersion Excursion My trip to France this summer began
with a parade of natives throwing armloads of flowers at my feet. I am not making this up. I arrived in Antibes
from New York in late afternoon on a
beautiful day in early June, quickly unMegan Ryan
packed my things in my rented studio in the vieille ville and then headed out
into the streets where I was literally showered with carnations! I mean flower after flower thrown at my feet, piling
up into a huge bouquet! It was a welcome nothing short of
extraordinary and bode well for what would be two marvelous weeks visiting Provence and the Côte d’Azur, thanks to the Parents Association.
Antibes, my home base for the first week, is a charming
town perched on the Mediterranean about 20 minutes to
the south of Nice. Founded by Greek traders in fifth century B.C., it has an old town, lined by ramparts, that includes a
maze of narrow medieval streets, an exceptional daily Provençal market and a renowned Picasso museum. Antibes is also home to one of Europe’s largest yacht harbors and
boasts an impressive 15th century citadel as well as a lovely
sandy beach, something that is relatively uncommon on the rocky Riviera. Freshly off the school year (not to mention a transatlantic flight), I spent my first couple of days taking
unhurried strolls in Antibes, as well as on the neighboring
and extremely beautiful Cap d’Antibes, and enjoying picnics on the beach and cups of coffee in the cafés.
Feeling refreshed, I decided to rent a car and drive east
along the coast to Monaco, passing through Nice and stop-
ping along the way in the Villefranche-sur-Mer. It is a spectacular drive that affords both breathtaking views of the
ocean as well as a sort of cross-section of life in the Riviera and, perhaps, in France as a whole: everything and everyone from grit to glitz, laborers to royalty, artisanal food to
McDonald’s restaurants, unspoiled nature to overdevelop-
ment, Roman ruins to cutting edge modern art museums.
While the hustle and bustle of Monaco’s seemingly endless construction sites was compelling, Villefranche-sur-Mer
was the highlight of this drive. This lovely, low-key hillside town is tucked into a bay that overlooks the exclusive St.
Jean-Cap Ferrat; exploring its 16th century citadel, harbor and chapel decorated by Jean Cocteau was a delight.
While based in Antibes, I took a second day trip in the
car, this time toward the interior and the Lac de Ste-Croix
and the town of Moustiers-Ste-Marie. The Lac de Ste-Croix, a man-made lake which measures 22 square kilometers
and produces 142 million kilowatts of electricity per year,
is sky blue in color and a strikingly beautiful place to swim and boat. At its northern edge and at the western entrance of the Gorges du Verdon is the very touristy but infinitely charming town of Moustiers-Ste-Marie. Carved into the
side of a limestone cliff, the town is known for its faïence (a
kind of French pottery), for the waterfall that runs down its center and for the paragliders who soar over the gold star that hangs high above the town in the center of a 225-me-
ter-long chain (allegedly placed there by a knight upon his return from imprisonment during the Crusades).
During the second week of my stay in France, I moved my
“base camp” to a village called Noves, located about 15 minutes south of Avignon. My new accommodation was a small
apartment in an old mill that a Belgian-American couple had
converted very thoughtfully into a number of lovely vacation rentals. A river runs next to the mill (naturally!) and the land on which it is situated abuts a national park whose system of hiking trails I explored and whose sangliers (wild boars) I avoided. From Noves, I explored the Provençal towns of
Salon-de-Provence, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Les Baux, Vaison-la-Romaine, Uzès and the extraordinary Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard. Salon-de-Provence, which dates to Gallo-Roman times
and was located on the salt trade routes between the Atlantic, Adriatic and Mediterranean seas, boasts an impressive 13th
century château, an unusual but beautiful fountain completely
covered in vegetation that gives it the appearance of a giant
tional example of Roman engineering. While it is, naturally,
of the French Air Force Academy. Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is criss-
number of locals who had come to picnic by the Gardon
green mushroom and a walled vieille ville. It is also the home crossed by canals of the river Sorgue; the town’s numerous
flowered bridges and nine mossy waterwheels (of which there were once 70!) add to its unique charm. I visited the town on a Sunday in order to see its famous Provençal market.
My hosts at the converted mill in Noves suggested
a major tourist attraction, I was particularly struck by the
River, which runs under the aqueduct, and swim in its cool, blue water. After my own dip in the Gardon, I headed over to Uzès (technically in the Languedoc region of France)
where I discovered a delightful, well-preserved town with an interesting history, as well as lovely shops and restau-
that I visit Les Baux, a medieval hilltop village crowned
rants and a beautiful, tree-lined, traffic-free main square.
route” instead of the major thoroughfares. I was glad for
some of the other places I visited in Provence), Uzès began
town’s daily influx of tourists. My route took me through
as the fifth century that was, at least temporarily, embraced
num, and on a leafy, circuitous mountain road that spit me
were heavily Protestant during the Wars of Religion. Ad-
with a castle, in time for sunset and that I take the “back
Somewhat “off the beaten path” (certainly as compared with
their suggestion, as the timing allowed me to avoid the
as a Roman settlement and had a Jewish population as early
St-Remy-de-Provence, past the Gallo-Roman ruins at Gla-
by the Catholic hierarchy; the town and surrounding regions
out into a series of dramatic red rock formations reminis-
ditionally, the duke of Uzès held a position of great prominence among French nobility. The town
cent of the American southwest and that
itself was lively without being overly busy,
afforded an exceptional view of Les Baux.
The sinking sun cast a peaceful glow over the town, a major force in 11th century
southern France, and the hilltop into which
I wonder ed if a nd how liv ing in a
it is nestled, and I wondered if and how
place filled w ith
and history colored the way its inhabitants
h istory color ed th e
living in a place filled with such beauty viewed the world.
Long fascinated by the French experience
of leading modern lives surrounded by vis-
such beau t y a nd way its inh abita n ts v iew ed th e world.
was something interesting to see or, better yet, something delicious to eat or drink!
I suppose I should mention that the
flower-throwing incident back in Antibes wasn’t exactly a spontaneous response
on behalf of the Antibois to my winning, midwestern ways or my admiration for all things francophone. As it happens,
I arrived on the day of Antibes’ Bataille
ible reminders of the multiple layers of history from which this modernity was born,
and it seemed that at every corner there
des fleurs, an annual festival that takes
I was eager to visit Vaison-la-Romaine, a city built on and
place in various locations on the French Riviera and dur-
medieval village. The Romans ruins, of which only a slice
a pared-down version of the Rose Bowl Parade) throw
them, are impressive, well-presented and generally well-
collect enough for a bouquet or two, and sometimes more.
crossed over the 2,000-year-old bridge built by the Romans
always bring out the best in all people.). I must also admit
dered its cobblestone streets and wondered about practical
idea what was going on. As I was at the very beginning of
around a prosperous Roman city and topped with a fortified
ing which people on floats adorned with flowers (think
are exposed as the bulk of the modern town was built over
throngs of carnations, etc., at spectators who in turn rush to
preserved, and the accompanying museum is informative. I
(I discovered that the prospect of free flowers does not
and into the Ville-Haute, the medieval town, where I mean-
that, when I first arrived at the Bataille des fleurs, I had no
aspects of the daily lives of its inhabitants.
the parade route with nearly no one before me, I initially
On my final day in France, I headed west from Noves to
did not dare try to catch the flowers with which I was ef-
the famous Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard and then on to
fectively being pelted because I didn’t know that such a
Built by the Romans in roughly 19 B.C., it is part of a 31-mile
on quickly enough, though, and was grateful for the flow-
water from a spring in Uzès to an important Roman colony
Association for its generosity that enabled me to take this
of the best-preserved Roman aqueducts, it is also an excep-
—By Megan Ryan, Chair, Modern Languages
the town of Uzès. The Pont du Gard is simply remarkable.
thing was not only allowed but also encouraged! I caught
structure, most of which is underground, that transported
ers that came my way. I am equally grateful to the Parents
in what is now modern-day Nîmes. The highest and one
Discovering Martinique Last summer, I was granted the oppor-
tunity to discover Martinique, an island
Creole first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte and at the same
Caribbean Sea and an overseas region
controversial figure in the French West Indies. Indeed, al-
situated in the Lesser Antilles in the of France just like her nearby sister,
Guadeloupe. In Martinique, there are Dominique Bernard
certainly the sky, the sun and the sea but also sugar cane fields, out-of-time forest
trails, tiny villages at the end of the earth. I visited Guadeloupe three years ago. Martinique or Guadeloupe? Which one do I prefer? That’s a tough question. Bouch’a-y pa ni
dimanch’ is a Creole proverb, and it means, “He talks without ever stopping.” For 12 days, I criss-crossed this won-
derful French department. I am going to write (not to talk)
about some of my thoughts during this solo trip. I promise
I will stop! A Martiniquais has the reputation of being very
friendly and hospitable, whereas a Guadeloupian can be at times a little unwelcoming and aggressive. Cliché? Maybe. In any case, I felt comfortable everywhere I went both in Guadeloupe and Martinique.
I was impressed with the immense diversity of land-
scapes in Martinique with luxuriant vegetation in the north and superb beaches in the south. This lack of variety in
Guadeloupe is easily counterbalanced with the proximity
of three tiny, wonderful Islands, Marie Galante, la Désirade and the Isles des Saintes. Every day on my way back to
La Pointe-du-Bout where I was based, I was caught in the huge traffic jam around the capital of Martinique, Fort de France, a city undergoing radical and perpetual transfor-
mation. Schoelcher Library is arguably the most beautiful
edifice in Fort de France. Constructed in France in 1887 in the Tuileries Garden in Paris, the metallic structure building was transferred piece by piece to Martinique to serve
as a dynamic cultural center. Victor Schoelcher (1804-1893) was a French abolitionist writer. He dedicated most of his life to tirelessly denounce slavery.
Joséphine de Beauharnais (1763-1814), the beautiful
time, the first empress of the French, is definitely the most though she had little political influence over the emperor, the inhabitants of Martinique have never forgiven her for
letting Napoleon re-establish slavery in 1802. Josephine is
still so disliked that the statue erected in 1859 at la Savane Park in Fort de France was beheaded in 1991 and, several years later, splashed with red paint!
I stopped for several hours in Basse-Pointe where the
poet, author and politician Aimé Fernand David Césaire
(1913-2008) was born. He was also one of the founders of
the negritude movement in francophone literature defined as “affirmation that one is black and proud of it.” Mr. Césaire’s best-known works included the essay “Negro I Am,
Negro I Will Remain” and the poem “Notes From a Return to the Native Land.”
You cannot sojourn in Martinique without thinking of
the past, of the history, of the slavery and of Abraham Lincoln: “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.” Respect, immense respect!
There is a small but continuing community of indig-
enous people in the north of Martinique. Indentured labor-
ers, they were recruited by plantation owners to replace the slaves who had fled the plantations after the abolition of slavery in 1848.
Let’s drive up to St. Pierre. May 8, 1902. That sinister
day, a blast from the volcano Mont Pelée eradicated the
town of St. Pierre, exterminating almost all of the 29,000
inhabitants. The only survivors were a shoemaker and a
prisoner, a certain Cyparis jailed for his excessive penchant for alcohol, who was salvaged from the deadly lava by his posture in a single window jail cell. Once nicknamed the
little Paris of the Caribbean, St. Pierre rose from the ashes
You ca nnot sojou r n in Ma rtiniqu e w ithou t think ing of th e past, of th e history, of th e slav ery a nd of Abr ah am Lincoln: “As I wou ld not be a slav e, so I wou ld not be a master.
Last has and summer, started I was again granted to dream the opportunity of a better future. to discover It is now
the Tuileries English warships Garden passing in Paris, nextthe tometallic it continue structure to render buildthe
Caribbeancenter. historical Sea and an overseas region of France just like
as aAdynamic culturalfarther, center. IVictor Schoelcher (1804-1893) few kilometers stopped at the deeply mov-
Martinique,aan essentially land island of art situated and history, in the as Lesser wellAntilles as a growing in the
her Cuisine! nearby sister, Guadeloupe. Martinique, there Cooking in France In is virtuosity, and the are French
certainly the sky, the sunthis andculture. the sea It but also sugar cane Caribbean has inherited was not too difficult fields, out-of-time forest trails, tiny villages at the end of the to be a little adventurous in this field were it only to share
earth. I visitedexperience Guadeloupe three Martinique or this gourmet with my years fourthago. graders at BrownGuadeloupe? Which one do I prefer? That’s a tough quesing. Monday: Accras (fritters); Tuesday; Balaou (a small poption. local Bouch’a-y pa ni dimanch’ is a Creole and it ular fish); Wednesday: Boudin (spicy proverb, blood sausage); means, “He talks without ever stopping.” For 12 days, I Thursday: crabe farci (spicy stuffed crab); Friday: Giraumon criss-crossed thisorwonderful French department. going (local pumpkin squash); Saturday: ChiquetailleI am (shredto write (not to talk) about some of my thoughts during ded, spicy codfish); Sunday: Chatrou (small octopus). thisThe solosteep trip. Iroad promise I will A Martiniquais the leading tostop! “le Diamant” is veryhas scenic. reputation of being very friendly and hospitable, whereas Le diamant is an impressive 175 meters (574 feet)-high
aisland Guadeloupian can betwo at times little the unwelcoming and situated about milesafrom town named aggressive. Cliché? Maybe. In any case, I felt comfortable Point Diamant. This huge rock draws its name from theeverywhere I went both Guadeloupe and Martinique. light of the sun on theinbasalt rock during the day, espeI was impressed with the immense diversity of landcially at sunset, which recalls the picture of a diamond.
scapes in Martinique with vegetation in the north The road leading to the siteluxuriant is very steep and beautiful, beaches in thefrom south. This lack of varietyDurin and superb the view of the rock afar is breathtaking. Guadeloupe is easilyWars, counterbalanced withpossession the proximity ing the Napoleonic the British took of of three tiny, wonderful Galante, la Désirade this strategic position inIslands, order toMarie control the maritime and the Isles des on my way back to transportation inSaintes. the area.Every Theyday hoisted several canons Lathe Pointe-du-Bout where I was based, was caught the to peak of the Rock and settled 360I soldiers andin only
huge traffic jam around the capital of Martinique, one washerwoman! Finally after a 17-month siege,Fort thede France, repossessed a city undergoing radical and perpetual French the island. It is said that the transforRock was
mation. Schoelcher LibraryMajesty’s is arguably the most considered “His Britannic Ship;” it stillbeautiful appears edifice in Fort territory de France. in France 1887 in as a Britannic onConstructed maritime maps. Evenin still today,
ing was transferred military salute to thepiece site. by piece to Martinique to serve
was a French abolitionist writer. dedicated ing “anse Caffard Memorial” thatHe pays tribute most to theof86his life to tirelessly survivors of thedenounce shipwreckslavery. of a slave ship on the stormy night Joséphine of April de 1830. Beauharnais To mark the (1763-1814), 125th anniversary the beautiful of
Creole the abolition first wife of slavery, of Napoleon a Martiniquais Bonapartesculptor, and at the Laurent same
time, the Valere, paid firsthomage empresstoof the the victims French, ofisthe definitely sinking the withmost controversial these 15 massive figure statues in thewith French an inclined West Indies. headIndeed, turned al-
though the toward she Gulf had little of Guinea. political I was influence very impressed over the emperor, with the
the inhabitants simplicity, the force of Martinique and the emotion have never emanating forgiven from herthose for letting Napoleon statues built of cast re-establish concrete and slavery sandinforming 1802. Josephine a triangleis
still so disliked symbolizing thethat triangular the statue trade. erected in 1859 at la Savane Park Fort de France wastobeheaded in 1991 and, It in was difficult for me leave Martinique! As Iseveral conyears later, splashed with red paint! clude my report, I still miss the beautiful Caribbean sea, the Iwarm stopped people, for several the rich hours culture, in Basse-Pointe the wildlife, where the simthe
poet, author plicity of the and ruralpolitician life and, Aimé of course, Fernand the delicious David Césaire food. I (1913-2008) cannot beginwas to thank born. He the was Browning also one Parents of theAssociation founders of
the negritude enough for this movement generous in stipend. francophone I came literature back fromdefined Marti-
as “affirmation nique a better person that one with is black a better and idea proud andof appreciation it.” Mr. Cés-of aire’s the daily best-known life in thisworks overseas included regionthe of essay France. “Negro I nowIhave Am,
aNegro betterI understanding Will Remain” and of the therelations poem “Notes of an From overseas a Return de-
to the Native partment withLand.” the Mother Country, separated so far by distance and, at the same time, so close and tied despite many You cannot sojourn in Martinique without thinking of differences of aoflong I will know the past, of because the history, the mutual slavery history. and of Abraham Linhow share this unique allnot mybe students coln: to “As I would not be aexperience slave, so I with would a masat Browning in themy future! ter. This expresses idea of democracy.” Respect, —Dominique Bernard, French Teacher immense respect!
There is a small but continuing community of indig-
enous people in the north of Martinique. Indentured labor-
at h l e t i c s
BROWNING BOYS ARE SELDOM at rest. They often compete on athletic teams (just this year, squash joined the roster of varsity sports offered at Browning) and as staff members of the student newspaper, the Grytte, discovered from the survey they conducted, many stay fit in other ways. The following excerpts from the November 2012 edition provide details.
SQUASH IS A HIT! Squash has become a varsity level sport at Browning. Since only 14 people Jack Reiss ’14
could make the
team, this is the
first year we were forced to make cuts. The Browning squash team is going
to be more competitive and rigorous
than ever before. Instead of practicing
every Monday, Wednesday and Friday,
which was the format of squash in past years, the team will now play more tournaments and matches.
Eddie Kapur, head instructor of
the squash program, is also very excited about this current group, “especially the students of the Middle School who are very enthusiastic, committed and eager to improve.”
When asked about the future, Coach Kapur said, “The plan is to join the Middle and Upper School squash leagues. We are not currently ready but will be soon.”
Although Browning has played matches in the past
(against Trinity and schools in Harlem associated with the Streetsquash program), the goal for the future is to play
some of the best squash schools in the city, as well as other schools affiliated with the Streetsquash and Citysquash programs across the city.
As squash becomes more relevant in New York and col-
leges across the country, including Princeton and Williams, it has become increasingly important for schools to field
a squash program. Because of collegial squash programs,
kids and teens are finding out about the wall ball sport and participating more than ever, making squash a “hot” sport. Thanks to Browning’s early involvement in the sport and
Mr. Kapur’s leadership, Browning is well ahead of the game and on track to offer one of the best squash teams in the city. —Jack Reiss ’14
FITNESS AT BROWNING One of the many challenges for a student at The
Browning School Philip van Scheltinga ’14
is to remain
The School offers at least three hours of Physical Education (P.E.) a week,
and many students participate in afterschool sports programs instead of P.E. Last year, 78% of all Upper School
Browning students participated in
at least one sport; this is already an
impressive number. Even if someone is participating in an after-school sport,
he has additional time during the week to do more physical activity. For this
article, we surveyed 30 students to discover what students
week, and the others go every so often. About 50% of the
helped them keep track of their fitness levels. Those who
do outside of school in addition to their P.E. classes or
The results of the poll revealed that the majority of stu-
students surveyed had a personal trainer or someone who go to a gym are typically older students. Almost all of the
dents are involved in extra sports outside of school. Only
boys surveyed in Forms V and VI go to the gym. This is a
themselves in additional activities. What was particularly
ning to develop and form at 16 years old. Those in Form
student body. Swimming, golf, soccer, basketball, squash,
age, but it is always helpful to occasionally go, provided
taekwondo, boxing and weightlifting were all mentioned by
programs. In addition to the programs at Browning, this is a
to have 100% participation in Browning athletics. Not only
about a tenth of the Upper School students did not involve
very positive piece of data because your muscles are begin-
interesting was the large variety of activities practiced by the
III do not necessarily need to be going to a gym at a young
baseball, running, sailing, rock climbing, tap dancing, tennis,
you understand how the equipment works and how to
those surveyed. Several students are part of rather intense good recipe for maintaining a high level of fitness.
Additionally, two-thirds of the students surveyed are
Every year it is [Athletic Director Andrew West’s] goal
was this goal designed so the School can be as competi-
tive as possible, but life is more enjoyable when you are
members of a gym and attend with some regularity. One
healthier and in good shape. My fellow students, if you can
a week. One in every five goes to the gym three to four
ties, and fitness, then you are taking full advantage of your
in every 10 students goes to the gym five to seven times
balance your academics, non-athletic extracurricular activi-
times a week. Another fifth go to the gym once or twice a
high school life.
—Philip van Scheltinga ’14
Winter Wrap-up FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADERS ENJOY STAND-OUT SEASON “The winter sports season was filled with some highs and some lows,”
said Andrew H. West ’92, Director of
Athletics. The fifth and the sixth grade basketball teams both finished
with an impressive 6-3 record.
He added, “The
season started off
with a great hardAndrew H. West ’92
fought battle in
between Columbia Prep and Browning
during the Tip-Off Tournament; Browning knocked the Lions out of their own
tournament in the first round by a score of 67-65.” According to Coaches West
and Travers, “Though undersized and
undermanned, this Panther team fought harder than most, and we are proud of their efforts. Whether they refused to
quit on a game, or they faced adversity with a strong work ethic, they dem-
onstrated true ‘Grytte.’ We are already
looking forward to next year, when our young core will take the next step.”
Mr. West noted that the junior varsity basketball
team improved a great deal throughout
the season and brought home
as well as some
very close losses. Coach Mastroi-
“This season the JV team worked
hard in practices all season, did their
significantly over the course of the
The boys learned a great deal, and a
pated in the program this year, many
best game after game, and never quit. few of the boys are now primed for
varsity next year. I was very pleased
with the effort, drive, sportsmanship
and teamwork that the boys displayed all season.”
Forms I and II were divided into
season. Twenty Form I boys particiof whom play basketball and train throughout the year. They will no
doubt be excited to capitalize on their off-season work when they return to
the program next year.” Coach Vinsonhaler adds, “We had a jam-packed yet
two separate basketball teams, with
productive season…The entire team
dale and the Black team led by Coach
finally came to a close. Even though
schedule of games, allowing more
show success, the growth this year will
Ragsdale reports: “Despite some
and off the court in the future.”
positive, worked hard, and improved
sixth grade basketball teams enjoyed
the Red team coached by Coach Rags-
was disappointed when our season
Vinsonhaler. Both teams played a full
the season record does not numerically
playing time for all the boys. Coach
lead them to be better players both on
morale-testing losses, the team stayed
Coach West said, “The fifth and the
the most success, with both finishing
“This year, 15 boys joined the Winter
there is some welcome help on the
upon the students’ request for an
an impressive 6-3 and showing that
way.” Coach Watson reports: “The sixth grade basketball team opened their
season against Town School in early
January with a loss. Two games later, they were still looking for their first
win. That came in convincing fashion against Trevor Day School, and from there on the team didn’t look back,
winning their next five games and finishing with a 6-3 record. In the earlier
games, the boys rushed their plays and
Running Club created nine years ago opportunity to work out during the
cold season to remain fit and also to
prepare for the spring track, baseball
and tennis season. Runners enjoy the proximity of Central Park, and once
a week, they travel to the Indoor Armory Track on the Upper West Side. Since there is no competition, the
grading is basically based on attendance, attitude and cooperation.”
would turn the ball over frequently, but later they realized that if they stayed
calm and composed, the game would come to them and they could dictate
the pace and, ultimately, the outcome of the match. The boys also shared
the wealth, for over 75% of the squad
scored at some point during the season. Hopefully the boys will continue to
play and practice during the off-season
in readiness for next year’s 7/8th grade basketball team.”
Coach Brown reports: “The fifth
grade basketball team had an exciting season. The Panthers’ overall record was 6-3 with their best performance
HOCKEY PROGRAM CONTINUES TO THRIVE
final game, when they narrowly de-
The Browning hockey program had an unbe-
U. team. While winning games is a
We had a total of 47 players ranging from Pre-
developing the boys’ fundamental
years ago. Browning hockey hosted five teams, including Mini-Mites, Mites
to the first year player, all members
games at the Pee-Wee level which included fifth and sixth grade players
The Browning basketball program is
port from players and parents that both Pee-Wee and Bantam level teams
athletes come up through the ranks.”
All the teams combined played over 60 games, plus we had the most
coming in the closing minutes of the feated a talented School at Columbia
lievable season, as reported by Coach Garcia:
welcomed bonus, our main focus is
Primary through the fifth grade, the most since the program began eight
skills. From the experienced starter
Red, Mites Black, Squirts Red and Squirts Black. We also played several
of the team improved this season.
who had “aged out” of the program. (We are hoping with continued sup-
excited to see this group of talented
will exist in the future.)
Coach Bernard also applauded
the efforts of those boys who participated in the Winter Running Club:
wins of any season in the past three years. The boys played in several
tournaments in which we mostly placed in the top three. The future looks very bright for Browning hockey! I would like to thank Stephen Clement and Laurie Gruhn for their continued cooperation and support.
alumni in the news
tial terror…Few things in life, then or
particular where, tears in his eyes, he
professor of history at Columbia Univer-
mitting an infraction that would land
dynamited competitors’ oil wells.
school history teachers at the New-York
to await his judgment. Detention was
I was reminded of another great history
My opinion of him demanded re-
CHARLES COOK ’38 LISTENING TO Kenneth Jackson, a
since, have triggered the fear of com-
sity, lecture 15 top New York City public
you on the bench in front of his office
Historical Society on Monday morning,
teacher, Charles Cook.
vision when I had him for American
“Mr. Cook,” as he was known,
history. For some reason, in all my
not only taught 11th grade history at
previous years at the school, it had
headmaster for the eternity that was
of Browning’s best teachers. I know
education at the East 62nd Street insti-
come alive. I remember one class in
The Browning School, he was also the
never leaked out that he was also one
my kindergarten through 12th grade
it’s a cliché, but he made his subject
claimed that John D. Rockefeller had
Some of them apparently belonged to Mr. Cook’s family.
But he glowed even when it came
to eras in which he didn’t have a
vested interest. He had a particular
passion for the Civil War. In common with other great educators, he never
talked down to his students; he never taught by rote; his talent seemed
merely a felicitous byproduct of his passion for his subject.
tution. So I knew him foremost as the
head of school. And, as I believe many a student from that era will attest, he
was a figure who prompted substan-
I know it’s a cliché, but he made his subject come alive.
Ralph Gardner Jr. ’71, columnist for The Wall Street Journal, recalled former Headmaster Charles Cook ’38 as a strict administrator but also one of the “best teachers” at the School. Mr. Gardner’s October 16, 2012, column, “Strong on Uncertainty,” is excerpted above. THE
Their interest in formal attire took strong roots during their high school years and continues to develop in college.
CHRIS AND JON PELZ ’12 WHEN BATESIES wake up in the
early morning to rush to 8:00 classes,
it’s fair to say that formal wear is usu-
ally the last fashion go-to for a fine day of learning and working in the library.
But for twins Jon and Chris Pelz, suits,
dress shirts, and Vineyard Vines pastel shirts and ties are the usual fashion
trends that these new Bobcats flaunt around the Bates campus.
Like many lovers of fashion, these
twins from New York City have not always dressed as classy as they do
now. “I did not have a sense of fashion in middle school, but I always
BROWNING BOYS: BEST DRESSED DELEGATES
wanted to develop one,” said Chris. Their interest in formal attire took
ments where looking your best makes
Current Browning boys seem to be
years and continues to develop in col-
is a big factor for my outfits because I
strong roots during their high school
lege. They’ve found that putting outfits together becomes easier as they dis-
cover new ways of incorporating style
and sophistication into their wardrobe. But why dress in such a striking
way on a liberal arts campus in the
earthy-crunchy state of Maine? For
Chris, it’s the aura of confidence and intelligence that his wardrobe gives
him. “I feel I do better in school when
I am wearing formal clothing.” But he
also just loves “wearing neckties, bowties and feeling classy.” Matching his
clothing to his variety of ties comes as
both a challenge and source of amusement to this sophisticated Bobcat.
Jon enjoys looking fresh, clean and
stylish. Like his brother, his fashion
choice gives him confidence and pre-
pares him for those unpredictable mo-
a difference. “How I portray myself
do not want to look unprofessional or boring,” said Jon.
following in the Pelz twins’ footsteps, touch of
Even though New York City is
that their style is not typical of the
right outside of the financial district, it
tire into their everyday wardrobe.
their home, the Pelz brothers believe
city’s fashion trends. However, being
is hard to not incorporate business at-
Looking ahead, Chris and Jon
believe that their styles will not
forward to incorporating new fashion
fashionable Jon and Chris Pelz as their
website that describes itself as “Your
tinue to turn heads. It’s not too hard
The students pictured here were
(L to R): Caspar Boele, Conor Dietzgen and Ty York.
drastically change, but they do look
trends of the future…Look out for the
in January on bestdelegate.com, a
bright-colored pants and bowties con-
Guide to Model United Nations.”
to spy two guys in suits amongst the
declared “Best Dressed Delegates.”
Bean Boots and Patagonias around the Bates College campus.
Bates College’s student newspaper, The Bates Student, profiled Jon and Chris Pelz ’12 in its Style Spotlight section this past fall. Staff writer Ashley Brant’s article entitled, “Dynamic Duo Jon and Chris Pelz ’16 Bring Big Apple Sophistication to the Bobcat Nation,” is excerpted above. Spring 2013
Alumni on stage at Christ Church during the Young Alumni Reunion.
YOUNG ALUMNI REUNION On Wednesday, November 21, Browning
hosted the annual Young Alumni Reunion. More than 20 young alumni from the Classes of 2004-2012 returned to the
School to visit with classmates, faculty
and current students. The day began with the traditional Thanksgiving Assembly
held at Christ Church, where Headmaster Clement and Mr. Pelz ’71 recognized the
alumni on stage. As each alumnus briefly
introduced himself to the audience, he was welcomed by applause from members of the community. Following the all-school
assembly, alumni joined faculty and Form VI for a luncheon in the Lower Gym,
Ms. Ryan and Harrison Messer ’12 spent time catching up at this year’s Young Alumni Reunion. See more photos from this year’s event on the adjacent page.
complete with delicious sandwiches, wraps, salad and cookies compliments of
Chef Omar Maldonado and his team. Thank you to all who helped to make this event a success!
Director of Institutional Advancement Marty Haase and James Adeleye ’12.
Director of Alumni Affairs Laura Lanigan and Peter Shapiro ’10.
L to R: Head of MS Chris Dunham, Clovis Ogilvie-Laing ’12, Ibi Diallo ’12, Brian Tudor ’12, Aleksandr Schiavetta ’12, Matthew Marani ’12 and Kyle Johnson ’12.
L to R: Max Liu ’12, Ryan Flynn ’12, Kyle Johnson ’12, Chris Pelz ’12, Coach West ’92 and Jon Pelz ’12.
Headmaster Clement and Henry Newberry ’12.
L to R: Chris Pelz ’12, Jon Pelz ’12 and John Scowcroft ’12.
L to R: Matthew Marani ’12, Brian Tudor ’12, Aleksandr Schiavetta ’12, Harrison Fields ’11, Ibi Diallo ’12 and Mr. Reynolds.
Coach Watch and Robert Van Laer ’08.
Alexander Bank ’05 (left) and Stuart Orenstein ’00.
L to R: George Grimbilas ’80, Robert Lazar ’89, Marc Cali ’89, Peter Orphanos ’89 and Michael Beys ’89.
L to R: Richard Weaver ’75, Jeffrey Landes ’83 and Christine Weaver.
L to R: Michael Beys ’89, Peter Orphanos ’89, Vassili Frantzis ’89 and Jonathan Mason ’89.
Nan Lombardi P ’84, ’87 and John Hadden ’87.
Nader Mobargha ’91 (left) and Manoli Sakellarios ’92.
L to R: Michael Dorra ’92, Ben Berman ’93 and Andrew West ’92.
Chris Holme ’03 (center, in red) and Samora Legros ’03 (far right) with their guests.
HOLIDAY PARTY On Friday, December 14, Browning’s annual Holiday Party was hosted by the Parents Association at the School. Hundreds of alumni, parents, faculty and friends attended for a festive evening of drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The Cook
Room, the designated Alumni Association room this year,
saw a great turnout of nearly 100 alumni and their guests! L to R: Louis Lenglet ’02, Sean Russell ’02, Jeremy Stewart ’02, Kieran Pickering ’02 and Chris McInerney ’02.
ALUMNI COUNCIL MEETING The Alumni Council met on Monday,
Nicholas Zoullas ’55 and his wife, Susan. Also at the January
Brett Wisniewski (pictured left), who
president of the Alumni Association; Marty Haase, director of
January 28. The special guest was
teaches Greek and Latin at Browning.
Mr. “Wiz” (as he is known to his students) gave a fascinating presentation on the
archeological excavation trip he and two Browning students made to Yeronisos, an island off the coast of Cyprus. This trip was made possible by alumnus and current parent
Council meeting, reports were heard from Mike Beys ’89,
institutional advancement; Laura Lanigan, director of alumni affairs; and committee chairs Stuart Orenstein ’00, Andy Madden ’96, Nick Versandi ’01 and Sharif Tanamli ’87.
Alumni Council meetings are open to all alumni and not just Council members. We encourage all interested alumni to attend and hope to see new faces at each meeting!
Back row (L to R): George Dafnos ’99, Andrew West ’92, Nader Mobargha ’91, Michael Dorra ’92, Phil Blake ’95, Sam Morril ’05, Jonas Borra ’03 and Harrison Messer ’12. Front row (L to R): Ryan Flynn ’12, Adam Dalva ’04, Luc Vareilles ’04, Eric Teran ’09 and Thaniil Theoharis ’09.
ALUMNI BASKETBALL GAME By Andrew H. West ’92 Once again Browning alums gathered at 52 East 62nd Street to battle it out in the annual Alumni Basketball Game, held this year on Wednesday, December 19.
Teams were divided up by graduating year, pitting the “Older Alums” against
Thaniil Theoharis ’09 and Sam Morril ’05 tip off in the Lower Gym.
the “Younger Alums.” The teams consisted of six players each, allowing us to play 4-on-4 to create more space on the floor. The Older Alums took advantage of the space and with constant ball movement, cutting and screening, were able to find easy baskets through-
out the contest, while the Younger Alums relied heavily on the
3-point shot. Although Thaniil Theoharis ’09 was in senior year
form drilling 13 three-pointers while scoring 57 points, Phil Blake ’95’s 66 points for the Older Alums were just too much to over-
come. I think it’s safe to say that everyone had a great time. With so much talk of the new Knicks/Nets rivalry brewing, I think
Points Boards Assists
Luc Vareilles ’04
Jonas Borra ’03
Ryan Flynn ’12
Adam Dalva ’04
Thaniil Theoharis ’09 Eric Teran ’09
Lanigan for organizing the event, Harrison Messer ’12 for keep-
Andrew West ’92
and the younger, much more fit alums. Special thanks to Laura
Mike Dorra ’92
ing score and Omar Maldonado in the kitchen for the delicious
Phil Blake ’95
you all next year!
The "Younger Alums" put up a tough fight against the "Older Alums," who ultimately prevailed, in the annual Alumni Basketball Game rivalry.
Nader Mobargha ’91 George Dafnos ’99 Sam Morril ’05
The Upper Gym is always the site of the Alumni Basketball Game, which was held in December this year, instead of January.
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people are overlooking the rivalry between older, wiser alums
sandwich wrap spread, cookies and refreshments. Hope to see
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L to R: Nader Mobargha ’91, Mike Dorra ’92, Phil Blake ’95, Andrew West ’92, Sam Morril ’05 and George Dafnos ’99.
Browning and Marymount alums gathered at the Marymount School following a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Nick Versandi ’01 and Emily Baird, a Marymount alumna from the Class of ’06.
Kate Carcaterra (center), Marmount’s art history teacher, explained details about the Matisse and Bellows exhibits to the group gathered at the Met.
BROWNING-MARYMOUNT EVENT AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART On Friday, January 25, Browning and Marymount co-hosted an alumni function at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, followed
by a reception across the street at the Marymount School. At the
Met, guests had the opportunity to tour both the Matisse exhibit
and the George Bellows retrospective, led by Marymount student tour guides and faculty. Despite the cold and snowy weather
that evening, nearly 100 guests attended for what we hope will
become an annual event between the two schools. Special thanks to Marymount for being wonderful hosts!
Chris Jennings ’99 (shown in the Matisse exhibit) attended the event, along with more than 30 other Browning guests.
Did you know that ten Browning current parents are also Browning alumni? The above photo was taken in April of these alumni and their sons. Back row (L to R): Nicholas Zoullas ’55, Armaan Rawat ’15, Sandeep Rawat ’87, Lorenzo Lorenzotti ’82, Amedeo Lorenzotti ’19, Peter Stavropoulos ’82, George Stavropoulos ’18, John Hutzler ’86, Stuart Hutzler ’19 and Ben Berman ’93. Middle row (L to R): Winston Bates-Zoullas ’23, Andrew Bates-Zoullas ’23, George Grimbilas, Jr. ’80, John Hadden II ’87, Ali Theodore ’88, Michael Beys ’89 and Adam Berman ’25. Front row (L to R): George Grimbilas ’18, John Hadden III ’24, Lee Theodore ’24 and Peter Beys ’25.
ALUMNI NOTE-A-THON AND COUNCIL MEETING On Monday, February 25, the Alumni
Council hosted the annual Note-a-thon
event in the Wilson Room. A record 660 letters were signed and personalized by 21 dedicated alumni volunteers.
Letters were sent to encourage alumni to attend Alumni Reunion on May 9
as well as to increase alumni participation in the Annual Fund. A brief Council
meeting was also held during the Note-a-thon event, with much of the discussion centered around plans for the Alumni Reunion/125th Anniversary event on May 9. Special thanks to all of the Note-a-thon volunteers who volunteered their time and energy for this important effort!
TO SHARE NEWS WITH THE Browning community, please contact Laura Neller Lanigan, director of alumni affairs, at 212-838-6280 Laura Neller Lanigan, Director of Alumni Affairs
Ext. 192 or email@example.com.
great-grandson of John D.
his wife, Linda Pevear, wrote
Theodore F. Pevear ’60 and
Justin Rockefeller, the
Rockefeller, Jr., Class of
a children’s book titled, “The
1893, visited Browning in
Date in the Junk Yard.”
January to discuss plans
Robert Federico ’63 is
for Alumni Reunion on
May 9, where Justin will accept the Class of 1938 Alumnus Achievement Award on behalf of his
tuned for the full Alumni
Reunion event recap in the next Buzzer issue!
Frank Quigley ’38 lives in Palm Beach, Fla,
in the same building as past parent Courtney Arnot P ’06, ’12.
executive director of Repertorio Justin Rockefeller (center) with Director of Alumni Affairs Laura Lanigan and Headmaster Steve Clement in front of a portrait in the Cook Room of Justin’s great-grandfather, Browning alumnus John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Class of 1893.
George W. Connell, Jr. ’53 is president of Drexel
Morgan & Co. Recently, he sent Browning the
following note: “Thank
you for giving me a great educational start in life –
grades 1 through Form II.” Thomas E. Lovejoy III ’59
Chauncey O. Johnstone ’59
recently sent us the
following news: "We have
become residents of Florida
but will continue to maintain our house in Connecticut. I was recently elected to
the position of commissioner for district three for the
town of Manalapan, Fla. Six grandchildren are keeping us all busy."
Espanol Theatre. In January,
Browning Spanish IV students and their teacher, Ms. Suárez,
visited Repertorio Espanol and had the chance to meet Mr. Federico during their visit.
John H. Ballard, Jr. ’63
recently sent in the following: “Great news! My wife’s CD
‘Listen Here’ with Grammy winner John Clayton is the
number #1 Jazz CD nationwide on JazzWeek’s industry-
standard chart! Jackie Ryan
has held the coveted number
one spot now for four straight
recently wrote an article
titled “The Climate Change Endgame.” This article
was published in both The New York Times and the
International Herald Tribute in January. Dr. Lovejoy is professor of science and public policy at George Mason University and Frank Quigley ’38 lives in Palm Beach, Fla.
biodiversity chairman at
the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment.
Robert Federico ’63 (left) with Spanish IV students in January at Repertorio Espanol, the theater where Mr. Federico is executive director.
cars and boats – and always have time for another real estate development deal! Best to all.”
Webster Young, Jr. ’68’s
Express” won a finalist’s medal at the USA Book
News Best Book Awards.
Howard Dean ’66 (center) visited Tom Herman ’64’s (far left) class at Yale in October.
weeks! Jackie has performed
Scott’s in London, et
biking, travel and archery.”
at Lincoln Center, Ronnie
cetera. We’ve been touring
throughout the United States, with concerts coming up in Seattle, Texas, Boston, and
Philadelphia – as well as our San Francisco Bay Area. All
Browning alumni welcome! Just contact us at: www. JackieRyanMusic.com.” H. Robert Lind ’63
recently sent in the
following news: “Finally completed our move
to Southern California
to further enjoy grand-
following news: “My
second collection of original short stories, ‘The Door to
Linton Wells, II ’63 will
the Basement,’ was printed
complete 50 years of service
last summer. ‘The Sand
to the defense department
Castle’ and other stories will
on June 26, 2013.
be printed sometime this
Bloomberg Media Group
CEO Andy Lack ’64 at its annual broadcast, cable
and film event in April. Katie Couric presented
the award, which honors a professional in the field “for his or her
PLEASE SHARE YOUR BROWNING MEMORIES Do you have a memory you’d like to share? Perhaps, like Ralph Gardner Jr. ’71, who recalled former
Wickford Welden ’73 recently sent in the
weather, golf, mountain
of New York honored
year. I’ll be donating copies Andy Lack ’64 is CEO of Bloomberg Media Group.
to the Browning library.”
and service to the New
mentioned in the New York
York Jewish community.” Marshall G. Ives ’65
recently sent in the
following news: “Happily
retired – whole family and grandkids within a few
blocks, still playing with
Jeremy R. Paul ’74 was
Times article, “Law Schools’ Applications Fall as Costs
Rise and Jobs Are Cut.” Mr. Paul was appointed dean
of Northeastern University School of Law in August. Previously, he was at the
University of Connecticut where he served as dean
of the School of Law and
the Thomas F. Gallivan, Jr. Professor.
Headmaster Charles Cook ’38 on page 54 of this issue,
you recall a teacher or another “moment at Browning” that truly stands out. In celebration of the School’s
125th anniversary, we hope to print your submissions
in a future issue of the Buzzer this year. Thank you for
sending your reminisces to Editor Melanie McMahon via
email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or mail to her at The Browning School, 52 East 62nd St., New York, NY 10065.
Jeremy Paul ’74 is dean of the School of Law at Northeasten University.
Brett Gladstone ’75
recently sent us the
following note: "I regret that a busy schedule prevents
me from getting to the 125th Anniversary. Delighted
to be a partner in one of
San Francisco’s largest law firms, and with a great
group of partners. I saw
my friend Sean Cherry ’75 at my San Francisco home
the other day, and he keeps me in touch with alumni
activity. Still playing jazz piano, sometimes with a
group, and playing squash."
Recently, Mr. Beker
published a Kindle book
about his dog called, “Notes from a Dog Rescue in
Progress.” To read more,
check out his blog at www. thedogintheclouds.com. Peter G. Provet ’76
recently sent in the
following news: “Still president of Odyssey House in New York,
treating individuals with addiction and mental
health disorders. Three
sons - Jeremy (22), Jack (15), Sam (15) - all great.”
when asked to list his
named Mr. Ingrisani as
’80 wrote an article about
In an interview on the
blog “AdviceToWriters,” Brian M. Beker ’76, writing influences,
“the biggest influence of
all.” In 1991, Brian wrote and directed “Lines of
Fire,” the award-winning documentary about
revolution and heroin
trafficking in Burma, which screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York
and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, and was recently curated for the
permanent film collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Mr. Beker has
been published in The New York Times and elsewhere,
conducted clandestine war zone investigations for
Greenpeace, and recently directed the aviation
documentary “AERO.” He attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. THE
Lorenzo Lorenzotti ’82 (right) with George Stavropoulos ’18 at Browning’s Middle School Math-Science Night in February. George’s father, alumnus Peter Stavropoulos ’82, submitted the photo.
In February, Peder Zane connoisseurship for The
New York Times titled, “In
Pursuit of Taste, en Masse.” Alexander B. Glos ’81
lives in Shanghai.
David A. Callaway ’82
was a featured speaker at the 50th anniversary
conference of the Society of American Business
Editors and Writers in April in Washington, D.C. Mr.
Callaway is editor-in-chief of USA Today. He and his
brother, Jack Callaway ’84,
received Browning’s Class of 1938 Alumnus Achievement Award in 2012.
Asher E. Miller ’85
is assistant research
curator in the European
paintings department at the Metropolitan Museum of
Art. In January, Headmaster Steve Clement attended
Members of the Class of 1989 had dinner together in NYC in December. (L to R): Kevin Polakoff ’89, Jonathan Mason ’89, Peter Orphanos ’89, Vassili Frantzis ’89 and Michael Beys ’89.
an exhibit curated by
Mr. Miller, titled, “The Path
of Nature: French Paintings
From the Wheelock Whitney Collection, 1785-1850.” The
New York Times article “The Great Outdoors” reviewed the exhibit in January and
mentioned Mr. Miller’s role. In February, Juan D.
Reyes, III ’86 joined the
interviewed in a New
York Times article titled
“Crosswalks in New York Are Not Havens, Study
Finds.” Dr. Frangos is the
author of the study that the article highlights.
“Holiday Dinner” on
December 19 in New York.
In April, Spiros G.
Frangos ’87 was cited and
of 1989 had their annual
York as a
Members of the Class
building code matters, and
Michael Beys ’89, Vassili Juan Reyes ’86 is a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
concentrates his practice in
land use, development and permitting, with particular experience in zoning,
planning, landmark and
Frantzis ’89, Jonathan
Mason ’89, Peter Orphanos ’89 and Kevin Polakoff ’89 were all in attendance.
The tradition was started
by Andrew Monachelli ’89, who unfortunately was
unable to attend this year.
more information, visit
leading digital media
agency specializing in
Wesley N. Kaplan ’97
the hospitality industry
and his wife, Deborah
and headed by Peter
Davis Kaplan, welcomed
R. Orphanos ’89, has
their son, Mason Eli
been given the highest
Kaplan, to the world on
recognition by the 17th
January 31. Baby and
Annual Webby Awards.
March. He currently lives
Orphmedia’s redesign of The Bryant Park Hotel
website was selected as a 2013 Official Honoree in the Best Visual Design Aesthetic category.
in California where he
was married in 2011 and
and his wife were filmed
New Jersey, Richmond and Charlottesville.”
Matthew E. Webber ’93
for the AOL.com series
“You’ve Got” about their
Media. MLB Advanced
“Breakfast with Strangers:
Media is the internet
and interactive branch of
Major League Baseball and operates the official web
site for the league and 30
Major League Baseball club web sites.
Gregory C. Hewett ’93
50 Meals Across America.” For more information, visit www. breakfast withstrangers.com.
Dave Eppley ’94’s
exhibition “Oil Stains” ran from January 19 through
February 16 at the gallery
tells us he and his family
OBORO in Montreal. Mr.
years at the American
art department in March.
with many travels to
Hillman ’94 is a co-owner
China and Sri Lanka,
entirely devoted to bacon.
completed two master’s
Avenue (at 104th Street),
and one in administrative
and his family will move to
sweets, all made with
School in Tunis, Tunisia.
recently featured the
have had six wonderful
School in Chennai, India,
spent time with Laura
Lanigan, Maureen Linehan, Sam Keany and Ms. Wolf’s fourth grade science class.
home over the summer in
technical architect at Major
League Baseball Advanced
at Browning, Mr. Cabrera
happy to be home at
is currently working as a
works for Facebook. While
Greg Hewett ’93 with his wife, Katie, and their two children in Sri Lanka in November.
Christmas and will be
Peter A. Thomatos ’92
Etienne Pourtout ’99 and Headmaster Steve Clement at Browning in November.
Eppley visited Browning’s
Wesley Kaplan ’97 with his son, Mason.
parents are doing well. Wes works in wealth
management for Lenox
Advisors in Manhattan, and he and his family reside in Forest Hills,
N.Y. He can be reached at email@example.com. In other Browning alumni
news, Deborah Kaplan’s sister, Lauren Davis, is engaged to David A. Kreeger ’99.
George Cabrera III ’98
visited Browning in
The fourth graders found it
particularly interesting that
Mr. Cabrera studied science at Browning and now
knows Mark Zuckerberg! Edward-Isaac Dovere ’98
has been named White
House editor at POLITICO, a political journalism
organization based in Arlington, Va., that
distributes its content via television, the Internet, newspaper and radio. Previously, he served
as deputy White House editor there.
of Baconery, a shop and café
among others. Greg has
Located at 911 Columbus
degrees: one in education
Baconery sells cookies,
education. In August, he
marshmallows and other
the American Cooperative
bacon. The New York Times
Greg tells us they “were
shop in January. For
George Cabrera ’98, a technical PM at Facebook, spent time with Ms. Wolf’s fourth grade science class in March.
Sam Keany and George Cabrera ’98 (right) in front of George’s “Alumni in Science” profile in the science lab.
In February, Charles Davi ’00 wrote an article for The
Atlantic titled, “The Mystery of the Incredible Shrinking American Worker.” Mr. Davi is a capital and
derivatives markets lawyer
at McDermott Will & Emery LLP in New York. He is a member of the policy
committee of Concord51, a political action committee. He received his J.D. from New York University
School of Law and B.A. in Computer Science from
Hunter College. He also
writes the Kalle’s Kultur
blog, which can be viewed
74th Street Magic, an early-
be viewed on C-SPAN
in Manhattan; and MFM
childhood activity center Industries, a cat-litter
manufacturer in Ocala, Fla. Michael D. Alpert ’01
financial and fiscal policy.
recently directed the New
According to Harvard’s
at the Oasis,” with scenic
for his thesis work.
website, “The Prize is
awarded to that candidate within the Department
his family’s investment firm. He is director of
operations for several of
its companies, including
Columbia Cabinetworks, a
custom cabinetry company in North Greenbush, N.Y.;
York premiere of “Zelda
design by Colin McGurk ’01. Kevin Dearinger attended
Sam Tisch ’03 married Eliana Bavli in March.
and his wife is an account
the degree of Doctor
manager at Google Inc.
of Medicine, Doctor of
Philosophy, or both,
D’Innocenzo ’06 submitted
who, in the judgment
of the Prize Committee,
the following news in
best exemplifies the
Colin McGurk ’01 (left) and Andy Sandberg ’01 worked together on the Off-Broadway play “Zelda at the Oasis.”
creativity, collegiality, and
the show in November.
community happy, healthy
by Bernard N. Fields as
Andy and Colin in “Pippin”
It is with great pleasure
Molecular Genetics.” Dr.
is a managing partner in
Andy Sandberg ’01
of Microbiology and
in New York. Mr. Levey
of Microbiology and
of the Department
Schaevitz at Gotham Hall
covering the White House
N. Fields Prize in
Professor and Chairman
Levey ’00 married Marissa
at The Washington Post
and focusing on President
In November, Evan H.
Goldfarb is a staff writer
was awarded Harvard
virtues of intellectual
Evan Levey ’00 married Marissa Schaevitz in November.
Alpert received his Ph.D. from Harvard and is
currently working full time at starting a biotechnology company in the area of vaccine technology.
Zachary Goldfarb ’01
Obama on March 1 at a White House press
conference about President Obama’s continuing
negotiations with Congress in regards to the budget sequester. The clip can
January: “I hope this
note finds the Browning
Mr. Dearinger directed both
and stronger than ever!
at Browning in 2001.
that I share the following
Jonas F. Borra ’03
recently sent in the
following news: “I was
just named the department head for the balcony and
balcony lounge at Webster Hall which means all
VIP and bottle service
for the entire fourth floor of the club is under my
managerial jurisdiction.” On March 3, Samuel A.
Tisch ’03 married Eliana Bavli at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. Mr. Tisch is currently
studying for an M.B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania,
news. This spring I will
be moving to Cameroon
for two years to work as
an economic development
advisor for the Peace Corps. I feel truly honored and
very fortunate to have been given this opportunity,
and I am happy to share
in Browning’s tradition of community service and engagement.”
In February, Nicholas
Taub ’08 was hired as an
assistant account executive
at Grey Advertising in New York. He is also serving
as this year’s 5th Reunion
Chair for the Class of 2008.
IN MEMORIAM John L. Crandall ’38
John W. Hadden P ’87, ’93; GP ’24 L. Garrison Kean ’73
Timothy S. Rothermel P ’99 Risë Stevens P ’62
Leo Alavian ’11 (left) and Pranay Advani ’11 at Browning in January.
Pranay Advani ’11 and
Leo Alavian ’11 visited Browning in January.
Mr. Advani attends the University of Virginia
and Mr. Alavian attends St. Andrews University. J.R. Chansukul ’12
broke a swim team record at Bowdoin College that had
not been broken since 2001.
James Brisotti ’12 and Headmaster Clement at Browning in November.
Jon Pelz ’12 joined the
Bates ballroom dancing
team and earned fifth in
the tango competition, and was also a finalist in the foxtrot competition.
James Brisotti ’12 re-
cently wrote to Class Representative Chris Pelz ’12:
“I survived eight weeks of Plebe Summer at USNA.
During the academic year, I joined the YP Squadron,
where we take out the academy’s yard patrol craft and drive them like real navy
ships. We just completed a
trip to Baltimore, in which I
worked with the navigation team. I am currently training to be Conning Officer (the guy who drives the ship) for our next trip.” Ibi Diallo ’12 and James Adeleye ’12 at Browning in January.
James Adeleye ’12 and
Ibi Diallo ’12 visited
Browning in January.
Mr. Adeleye attends Boston College and Mr. Diallo
attends Cornell University, where he recently joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
Ryan P. Flynn ’12 was
Former Faculty News Christopher A. Karachale,
former Browning faculty, recently wrote to Headmaster Clement: "I hope all is well.
I have received the literature about the 125th anniversary and the impressive changes at Browning. I continue to
work as an attorney in San Francisco, practicing tax
law and employee benefits. Coincidentally, I now work with a Browning graduate,
Brett Gladstone ’75. A small world. My wife, Krysten, recently started working
again as an editor. We live in Berkeley which is wonder-
ful. The campus is nearby as
a deputy in the field office
well as good bookstores. I’m
my two children, Kallista (4)
on a victorious state
still playing cello, now with
last fall with the University
and Crawford (2)."
Matthew M. Marani ’12
Joyce Miller recently sent
Headmaster Steve Clement
the following news: “For the last three years, I have been
very happily situated at The Kew-Forest School in Forest Hills, N.Y., teaching Upper School art. A new head of
school, Mark Fish, came on
board a year before me and has been gradually transforming K-F into a wonderful place.
I’m quite happy to be part of this change. One of the K-F
fathers, Steven Schott ’76, who I don’t personally know, is a Browning alum. Although I
have not been in much contact with those who I worked with while at Browning, I often
meet members of Browning
families and alumni out on the
East End where I spend part of
my summers. Best regards and congratulations on Browning’s 125 years and your 25 years.” Sandra Royer and her
family live in the French Alps in Grenoble, France.
In December, Taylor Mali
qualified for the semifinals
is treasurer of a political
of the Urbana Poetry Slam,
College called the Franklin
the Bowery Poetry Club in
thought group at Skidmore
a weekly poetry slam at
Sandra Royer with her two daughters, Emma (9) and Louise (3).
parents association benefit 2013
h o n o r i n g 25 y e a r s o f l e a d e r s h i p Headmaster Stephen M. Clement, III was honored for 25
undersea flora and fauna, attendees spent a magical evening
years of leadership at the 2013 Spring Benefit on May 3 at
together, complete with a cappella serenades by the legendary
the American Museum of Natural History. Over 630 guests,
Whiffenpoofs of Yale University (Headmaster Clement’s alma
including parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, friends and
mater), as well as an appearance by guest actor Joe Wiegand
Trustees, gathered in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda for
as “Theodore Roosevelt.” Mr. Roosevelt, 26th president of
cocktails and silent auction before proceeding to the dazzling
the United States and celebrated conservationist, enjoyed a
Milstein Hall of Ocean Life for dinner, dancing and a chance
lifelong association with the Museum. Turn to page three for
to fete the guest of honor. Beneath a 94-foot blue whale and
Headmaster Clement’s reflections; additional photos appear
surrounded by the museum’s celebrated dioramas depicting
on pages 10 and 11.
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