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04 Prepare To Succeed Members of the Casady Community serve the School as our best ambassadors. Students, parents, faculty, staff, families and alumni are the key to our success, and it is important to stress this message to the Oklahoma City community.
12 Working to Discern the Best College Fit Casady’s College Counseling staff is comprised of two full-time counselors and one registrar. Counselors facilitate their role as an extended relationship with the students and their families, and both counselors teach Upper Division courses and coach varsity sports so they are well integrated with the students’ on campus.
20 2009 Alumni Award Recipients Five outstanding graduates were honored in October during a dinner event that also featured all alumni who graduated 50 years ago or more, also known as our distinguished group of Golden Cyclones. Because Casady has an incredibly well-rounded group of alumni to celebrate every year, the Alumni Association built what had traditionally been two events into a single celebration during Homecoming week on campus.
24 Philanthropy: Investing in Casady’s Future Christi Shdeed Morrow ’88 and her husband, Cory Morrow, are independent school graduates and have created a legacy for each of their schools in their estate planning.
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In Focus: Shanna Schuelein ‘11
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From the Bishop Dear Friends, If you have been around the Casady Campus at all these last few months you have seen the start of construction on our new math building and after 59 years the work to complete St. Edward’s Chapel. The original plans for St. Edward’s Chapel provided for two transepts on the east and west sides of the Chapel. With completion of the transepts and addition of a bell tower the hopes and dreams of those who envisioned the Chapel those many years ago will come to fruition. For 62 years daily chapel has been foundational to the formation of our students. Committed to the development of our students in “Mind, Body and Spirit”, Casady seeks to provide an environment where each student can explore the values and beliefs that will become their moral compass throughout their lives. When I visit with alumni I often hear of how meaningful Chapel was not only on a daily basis as they prepared for their studies, but the sustaining presence that experience has been in their lives since leaving Casady. I am excited that upon completion, St. Edward’s Chapel will stand out as the focal point of our campus and want to thank all those who have made this project possible. Faithfully,
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny Bishop of Oklahoma
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From the Headmaster Casady’s mission is to prepare our students for success in life - now, in college, and beyond. In my first year as Head of School, I was fortunate to be able to work with faculty and administrators to address aspects of our School in order to better meet the needs of our students and to put the School on solid footing for the future. Already this year we’ve benefitted from those changes; we see it on the fields, on stage and in the classrooms. The energy is positive and it’s contagious; I feel fortunate each and every day I get to spend on this beautiful campus. Below, I’ve listed a few of the highlights that have helped us rekindle the Cyclone spirit.
Newly Aligned Schedules
It is often said that a school’s schedule is an expression of the values of that school. Middle and Upper Division schedules now enable both students and teachers to work together and in support of student achievement in the arts, academics and many other areas. Specifically, we added a second ‘activities’ time in the Upper Division to open new program initiatives, including a debate team, new club activities and “Academic Enrichment Periods” for all subjects. In addition, the new schedule also adds 20 minutes instructional time per class per week for extended lab activities, extra help sessions and time to firm up concepts. Other benefits include: • Opportunities for cross-divisional work with students and teachers. • Opportunities for Middle Division students to take higher-level courses in the Upper Division. • Opportunities for cross-divisional student tutorial support.
• Improvement and balance of students’ time to make sure they get the attention they need when they need it.
The ‘Weighted’ Component
Extensive research with independent schools and with college admission experts provided support for Casady’s decision to include both a weighted and un-weighted GPA on students’ transcripts. According to Josh Bottomly, director of college counseling, the feedback the School received in this research was unequivocally and unanimously affirmative. Collectively, college admission counselors understand that an un-weighted GPA will preserve Casady’s longstanding reputation for authentic assessment. The weighted GPA, however, provides a more accurate portrait of our students in all the arenas that overlap with college admission. Specifically, under the new system, the weighted GPA sharpens the edges in terms of each student’s competitiveness for increased financial aid, honors college admission and “rush” opportunities at tradition-rich sororities and fraternities. • All AP courses are now calculated with an additional .33 weight. • Selected non-AP courses in each department are weighted with an additional .25 weight. • Transcripts include both weighted and nonweighted GPA. • Colleges and universities appreciate this information – it helps to better describe the educational path Casady students have taken, and it assists in gaining admission and merit aid. • This change is retroactive for all students enrolled beginning the 2009-2010 School year. Again, I appreciate the opportunity to work among such a talented and committed group of educators as we strive to prepare our students for success. I welcome you to come to campus and see for yourselves the work we’re doing to keep our School on the leading edge. Sincerely,
• Stronger advisory program in Middle Division with the addition of a 20-minute advisory time at the beginning of each day. • More one-on-one support in Upper Division. • Better support for work in the arts, especially the performing arts.
Christopher C. Bright Head of School
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Character • Learning • Service • Community
embers of the Casady Community serve the School as our best ambassadors. Students, parents, faculty, staff, families and alumni are the key to our success, and it is important to stress this message to the Oklahoma City community. We use advertising as a means to reach those who do not yet have a connection to Casady, and we use it as a way to build the pride within our School Community. Reaching out to others through different vehicles educates the public on the School’s mission, focus and brand and reinforces these priorities internally. Casady has launched a new advertising campaign centered on the students of today and the leaders of tomorrow. The alumni base at Casady is rich with incredibly successful men and women who serve as leaders in their professions, communities and endeavors but who all received their early education on this campus. The new “Today/Tomorrow” campaign is a series of print advertisements that highlight a student paired with a particular graduate. These ads can also be adjusted for direct mail marketing so these images and the uniform message will become common and notorious within the local community as we strive to enlighten the public on the value of Casady’s independent school education. Recruitment of students who will benefit from the Casady experience is key to continuing the School’s mission and inherent to our future.
Ads will be displayed in Nichols Hills News, Crown Heights Chronicle, NW Style, Junior League Links, Friday and several other publications in the metro Oklahoma City area.
Anureet Bajaj, M.D., Plastic Surgeon Micro-vascular and reconstructive plastic surgery after cancer Shanna Schuelein, Casady Student, Class of 2011
Today I dedicate my life to diving
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Tomorrow I hope to renew life in others. You might be aware of our academic prowess. Or the pride and excitement at every one of our sporting events. You might be interested in our inspiring 80-acre campus or renowned art and drama program. But it doesn’t mean a thing unless our students grow and succeed. Before our students become leaders, we challenge their minds and build their spirit. It’s all by design. Ask any Casady student or graduate. They’re always well-prepared.
Shanna Schuelein '11 (left) and Dr. Anureet Bajaj '87 (right)
r. Anureet Bajaj ’87
Anu Bajaj tells a truly inspirational story about her work as a plastic surgeon. She is the only medical professional in the state of Oklahoma and one of only a few surgeons nationwide who perform the DIEP flap procedure for breast reconstruction after cancer. She works with her father Dr. Paramjit Bajaj in their practice Bajaj Plastic Surgery LLC in Oklahoma City, and she is passionate about reconstructive surgery after cancer. In addition to her specialty in breast cancer reconstruction, Anu does perform traditional surgeries such as breast enhancement or reduction, tummy tuck, facelift and other plastic surgical procedures. Anu attended Rice University in Houston where she majored in English and history and then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where she received the Ross H. Musgrave Plastic Surgery Award. She completed her residency at Loma Linda Medical Center in California and was trained in micro-vascular and reconstructive plastic surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Before Anu returned to Oklahoma City in 2007, she had been an assistant professor of plastic surgery at the University of Cincinnati and served as the chief of plastic surgery at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cincinnati. An avid runner, Anu is training for her 10th marathon, the Dallas White Rock Marathon. In addition, Anu is working on a master in fine arts from Oklahoma City University. She paints in oil and currently only displays in her sister’s home and in her own home. Anu married Trevor Swink this fall.
. Stephen Mason Jr. ’78
When Steve Mason involves himself in a community, he does it wholeheartedly and fully. Steve has always been an avid supporter of the Casady Community and of Oklahoma City. Steve is a principal in Cardinal Engineering Inc. in Oklahoma City. For more than 25 years, he has dedicated his career to providing innovative design and planning solutions for an impressive list of local and national clients. He deals with a wide variety of projects in civil and environmental engineering fields including landfill design, environmental site assessment, environmental permitting, remediation system design, site development, air pollution control and infrastructure enhancements.
Currently, Steve is president of the board of the Last Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. He sits on the board of directors for the City of Oklahoma City Business Improvement District, Automobile Alley, First National Bank of Oklahoma, Earl’s Rib Palace and the Oklahoma City National Memorial. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Junior League of Oklahoma City; is a member of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XI; was a board member of United Way and the Oklahoma City Arts Council; and was scoutmaster of Troop 193. After he graduated from Casady, Steve earned a bachelor of science in water resources from Vanderbilt University and a master’s of science in civil engineering from Stanford University. Steve and his wife, Kym, have three children who attended Casady: Travis ’05, George ’07 and Marie ’09.
Today I commit to community service.
Steve Mason, founder of Cardinal Engineering and president of Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Casady Graduate, 1978 Gary Woods, Casady Student, Class of 2015
Tomorrow I influence community development.
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You might be aware of our academic prowess, or the pride and excitement at every one of our sporting events. You might be interested in our inspiring 80-acre campus or renowned art and drama program. But it doesn’t mean a thing unless our students grow and succeed. Before our students become leaders, we challenge their minds and build their spirit. It’s all by design.
Financial aid available.
Ask any Casady student or graduate. They’re always well-prepared.
Gary Woods ’16 (left) and Steve Mason ’78 (right)
ames R. Tolbert III ’53
Jim Tolbert is one man who has had his hand in many developments and achievements in Oklahoma City. He has proven an avid supporter of redevelopment, the arts, new business initiatives and the overall success of the city and the community. Jim was named the first Casady Distinguished Graduate when the award was instituted in 1987. Jim bought Full Circle Bookstore in 1977 when it was located on N. Western Ave. near 42nd St. A fire forced him
James R. Tolbert III ’53
to move the store, and he chose 50 Penn Place as its home. It now occupies a spot on the lower level on the north side of the building, and customers can be found in the café, milling the store or sitting near the fireplace. Jim has spent much of his life working with distressed companies and continues with his firm First Oklahoma Corp., which he says is now a holding company. Bricktown development and other real estate ventures in the city have held his interest through the years. A former member of the Casady Board of Trustees, Jim is now chair of the Dean McGee Eye Institute, outgoing chair of the Oklahoma Arts Council and a regent of the American Architectural Foundation in Washington D.C. Until recently, Jim was chair of the Mid-America Arts Alliance which is a sixstate regional alliance that annually produces and manages more than 450 exhibition, performance and professional development opportunities in more than 175 communities.
Jim and his wife Beth have two children Libby Wanamaker ’85 and Miles Tolbert ’82, and their grandson Calvin is a fifth grader at Casady.
ent B. Hoffman ’69
Former Board of Trustees member and current member of Casady’s plant committee Kent Hoffman has spent a majority of his life in construction, real estate and development. Kent began the real estate and construction firm MetroMark in 1976 and eventually sold the real estate piece in 1981. Now, Kent operates Kent Hoffman Construction and a company he opened in 2000, Performance Surfaces, which manufactures specialty flooring, bleachers and athletic equipment.
Oscar-winning producer Gray Frederickson worked with most movie houses including Paramount, Warner Brothers, Sony, 20th Century Fox, MGM and United Artists. He spent seven of his movie-producing years in Italy and lived the rest in Beverly Hills, Calif. Gray was encouraged to return to Oklahoma by fellow alum Ed Cook ’53 who was heavily involved in Oklahoma tourism at the time and currently sits on the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Gray returned with his wife and young children and immediately became involved in the Oklahoma Film and Video Commission and helped to develop financial incentives to encourage film making and video production in Oklahoma on a national scale. What began as a 15 percent incentive to film companies has now grown to 35 percent alongside an additional rural tax credit of 20 percent. Now at Oklahoma City Community College, Gray is with the Visual and Performing Arts Center, a new $8 million facility that he helped to develop. Touted as one-of-its-kind in the Southwest, the building features state-of-the-art filmmaking equipment and facilities that have been toured by a number of film makers and video crews from universities including the University of Southern California and UCLA. Kent B. Hoffman ’69 Kent graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., in 1973 and returned to Casady to teach French and history and to help coach football, basketball and tennis. Still an active athlete, Kent plays tennis and golf, and he fishes and bike rides. He doesn’t limit his biking to only Oklahoma City and tries to incorporate his riding into his vacations. Kent and his wife Liz have sons Zach ’06, Will ’07 and Sam ’10. Additional Hoffman family ties to Casady include his father, the late E. Peter Hoffman, a former trustee; brother E. Peter Hoffman ’65; sisters Marni Cooney ’66 and Susan Hoffman ’62; nephews Alec ’94 and Drew Hoffman ’97; and his mother Marian DeVore who has been a strong supporter of the School.
Gray Frederickson, Academy Award-winning producer of The Godfather series Casady Graduate, 1955
Tomorrow, I might compete for an Oscar. You might be aware of our academic prowess. Or the pride and excitement at every one of our sporting events. You might be interested in our inspiring 80-acre campus or renowned art and drama program. But it doesn’t mean a thing unless our students grow and succeed. Before our students become leaders, we challenge their minds and build their spirit. It’s all by design.
ray Frederickson ’55
You’ve heard of the movies, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II and Part III, Apocalypse Now, The Outsiders, Bad Girls, UHF Weird Al Yankovich, Ladybugs? Did you know that a Casady alumnus produced each of these movies among at least 50 others during his 47 years as a producer? During his tenure in the film industry,
Ben McCampbell, Casady Student, Class of 2011
Today, I compete in cross country.
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Ask any Casady student or graduate. They’re always well-prepared.
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Ben McCampbell '11 (left) and Gray Frederickson '55 (right)
Shanna Schuelein ’11 Casady offers its students and community a premier education while it cultivates leaders and prepares them for life. Many students pursue and excel in extracurricular activities, and Casady is proud to have them in its midst. Shanna Schuelein ’11 is a prime example of a well-rounded Casady student. Not only does she hold an un-weighted 4.0 but she also excels in all that she does beyond academics. A six-time Junior Olympic National Diving Finalist, a two-time Senior National finalist and a two-time All American High School Diver, Shanna also holds the most valuable award for swimming and diving at Casady for the past two years. She is a peer tutor, was a Sweetheart for the American Heart Association in 2008-09 and spends many weekends helping to take care of her 101-year-old grandfather and his farm. “As far as her interests, she wants to become a teacher. She is a regular teenager who loves to hang out with her friends,” said her mother Terri Schuelein ’81. “She feels very supported by her Casady family and hopes to continue diving in the future. She has big dreams.” At Casady, Shanna has been a varsity cheerleader for two years and was an All American in 2008. She is a member of the Casady Women’s Ensemble and the Casady Choir and has achieved the All North Zone honor from the Southwest Preparatory Conference in cross country. Shanna received the Margaret Tuck Award at graduation exercises in May. The annual award honors a sophomore girl who displays outstanding personal character and intellectual promise.
New on Campus New Board of Trustee Members Guy L. Patton
Guy Patton is president and chief executive officer of the University of Oklahoma Foundation which is an independent not-for-profit organization that serves as the principal depository for private fundraising efforts of the University of Oklahoma. Assets of the foundation now exceed $1 billion. Prior to assuming his current role in October of 2007, Guy was with Fidelity Investments for more than 22 years where he held numerous senior management positions including general management positions in Fidelity’s institutional and retail businesses. From 2004 until 2007, he was president of Fidelity’s retirement and outsourcing business with nearly 5,000 employees and revenues of more than $2.5 billion. In addition to his general management roles, Guy led the global human resources function for Fidelity in 2002, serving as a member of Fidelity’s 12-person executive committee. During that time, he was responsible for the company’s corporate human resources functions including recruitment, compensation, benefits, employee relations, as well as management and organizational development for the firm worldwide. Guy has been a member of the board of trustees for numerous not-for-profit organizations, including Jobs for the Future, InRoads, The Cincinnati Ballet and has served as president of the Board of Trustees for the Childhood Trust. In addition, he is an active member of the University of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business Advisory Board. Guy and his wife Caroline have two children, Jake ’11 and Grace ’17. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1983 and a master’s degree in 1985, both from the University of Oklahoma.
In 1993, Eric returned to Oklahoma to attend the University of Oklahoma College of Law earning a Juris Doctor with Honors in 1996. While at OU, Eric was the editor-in-chief of the Oklahoma Law Review. Eric joined Crowe and Dunlevy in Oklahoma City as a business lawyer whose practice focuses on corporate, business, administrative and tax law matters for clients in highly regulated industries. Eric has lectured and written on joint ventures, business organizational matters and other general business matters. In addition to numerous
New Faculty on Campus Curt Foster Director of Admission
Janet Hubbell, Ph.D. World History Teacher
Jamie Mitcham Communications, Cheerleading Coach
Jessica Schnebel Art Teacher
Eric S. Fisher
Eric is a member of the Casady class of 1984 and graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism in 1988. In 1989, Eric earned a master of science in advertising from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Eric spent four years working for an advertising and marketing firm in Chicago with client service and product and brand management responsibilities on several Fortune 500 company accounts.
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law review articles, periodical and journal articles that he has published, Eric has co-authored two legal treatises. Eric is married to Heidi L. Fisher, and they have three sons Scott ’14, Reid ’17 and Park Evans Cameron.
Thomas W. Adams
Tom has spent 25 years in the oil and gas industry providing fiscal, strategic and operations leadership. His focus includes strategic and operational planning; company mergers, acquisitions and divestments; joint ventures and strategic business partnerships; finance budgeting and cost management; sales and marketing; capital investment planning and financial modeling. Most recently, Tom was CEO of Tronox Inc., a spin-off from Kerr-McGee Corp. in Oklahoma City. He spent five years with Kerr-McGee as vice president of strategic planning and business development; vice president of information management and technology; and director of Kerr-McGee transformation and integration. He began with the company in
Houston as director of oil and gas portfolio management and planning. At Oryx Energy Co., formerly Sun E and P, Tom served as director of commercial transactions and marketing and manager of operational planning and commercial transactions both in Dallas; region acquisition/trade coordinator, US onshore in Oklahoma City and reservoir engineer, midcontinent, Texas and Rockies in Denver, Dallas and Oklahoma City. Tom has a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas; Manager of Leadership Training from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville; and Master of Business Administration in finance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Tom and his wife Renee have three children David ’06, John ’10 and Laura ’20.
Middle Division Lego Team Enjoys Competition
Under the leadership of Dr. Glen Emerson, Shannon Semet and Michaela Freeland, the Casady Middle Division sponsors the Casady Cyclone Lego League Rookie Team. The team has been working since August to build and program a Lego motorized robot to perform a variety of timed ‘missions’ on a set obstacle course. Casady’s team was the highest ranking rookie team in its first scrimmage against 11 other teams from across the state. The scrimmage was held in November at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City. In scrimmage and competition, each team receives a specific set of components from which to build the robot and must also construct a replica of the obstacle course. The team is evaluated on the performance of the robot as well as creativity, problem solving, team work and presentations. “Our team received high marks for its creativity in programming the robot to perform in a unique way, taking a different route through the obstacle course and for teamwork during the team problem solving challenge,” said Kathleen Stevenson, parent of participant Logan ’16.
(font row l to r) Allison Tien,Vinay Chandrasekaran, Christine Luk, Logan Stevenson. (back row l to r) Conner Dube, Michaela Freeland, Dr. Glen Emerson, Shannon Semet and Michael Lee. “The team also did an impromptu Thriller dance performance when the PA system played the song during a break. The crowd loved it.” The kids took what they learned from the scrimmage in November and modified and added to their program for the robot in preparation for the State Competition Championship round which was scheduled in Stillwater Dec. 12.
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BEST COLLEGE FIT
asady’s College Counseling staff is comprised of two full-time counselors and one registrar. Counselors facilitate their role as an extended relationship with the students and their families, and both counselors teach Upper Division courses and coach varsity sports so they are well integrated with the students’ on campus. “Based on our extensive travel to college campuses, the Casady community should be encouraged to know that colleges from the University of Oklahoma to Dartmouth know Casady School and the caliber of our students, and they understand that there is a difference,” said Josh Bottomly, director of College Counseling.
Upper Division: Beginning the College Process and Naviance
The informal college search process begins early at Casady. In the ninth and 10th grades, Casady students are provided an account through Naviance Family Connection, a web-based planning and advising system. Under guidance from Mr. Bottomly and College Counselor Mark Hoven, students take the Naviance Personality Style and Learning Style test modules that were developed specific to Casady. In addition, students begin chronicling information relevant for their resume. “This gives our upper school parents and students an exceptional tool for the management of the college search process,” Mr. Hoven said. “These programs offer tools to gain more insight and understanding in the students’ learning styles and possible career matches which will help to direct
Josh Bottomly, director of college counseling, Upper Division English teacher and varsity boysâ€™ basketball head coach
a college search. Naviance is a great tool and we are happy to be able to offer it to our parents and students.” At the same time, counselors work with ninth and 10th grade students to choose an appropriate academic program to fit each student’s aptitudes and ambitions. Students also take the PSAT to gain familiarity with the test’s form and content to prepare for SAT and ACT tests. Moreover, Mr. Bottomly and Mr. Hoven encourage all Upper Division parents and students to attend an introductory seminar on college admission. An informal monthly coffee offers parents a venue in which to learn more about Naviance training, discuss current trends and questions related to college admissions.
Junior Year Focused on Finding the “Fit”
Mr. Bottomly and Mr. Hoven divide the class in half to work closer with each of the students. The college counselor then works pro-actively with each family and student to help discern the best college fit by identifying a short list of schools where the student will be motivated, comfortable and appropriately challenged. Fit is the key word. Counselors strive to find schools where students will thrive once they enter college and ultimately graduate in four years. Counselors work closely with Casady’s academic departments to fit students with the appropriate academic program. In
Mark Hoven, college counselor, Upper Division English teacher and varsity girls’ tennis head coach stand with Chris Bright (left) and Dr. Bill Troutt (right) Rhodes College president. January, the formal process kicks off with a College Night at which a college dean of admission will visit Casady to address college-related issues. Juniors receive an individualized copy of the college field guides, written by the counselors, which serve as the primary text for a seminar-based curriculum offered in the spring. Between January and May, juniors meet with their counselors once during the A-F cycle. Topics in the seminar include: Admission Terms, the College Essay, College Athletics, SAT/
College Acceptance Rates Graduating Year No. of Students Submitted Applications
Applications Per Student
In 2009, 78 percent of students were admitted to their first choice school. Students in the 2009 graduating class received approximately $10.5 million in merit scholarships.
ACT Test Prep, Common Application, Resume, Financial Aid, Interviewing Etiquette and Application Case Studies. Integrative to this curriculum is the questionnaire each family completes to identify college expectations and preferences. Meetings with parents, the counselor and student to compile and discuss an initial prospective college list are then scheduled. College admission officers visit Casady throughout the year, and students interested in that particular school are encouraged to meet with the organization’s representative.
Preparation in the Senior Year
In the summer of the senior year, counselors offer essay workshops to help students get a jumpstart on their application essays. Moreover, counselors work one-on-one with students who need extra help on standardized test strategies that will augment their scores. In August, Mr. Bottomly and Mr. Hoven offer a Summer Boot Camp, which gives these rising seniors an opportunity to get a head start on the common application. In addition, counselors facilitate a Senior College Night to orient families to the senior college timeline. Later in the fall, counselors advertise SAT/ACT test registration deadlines on the website, in the office and throughout the School. Throughout the fall, seniors are expected to meet one of four application deadlines. The counselors follow up regularly with seniors to ensure that they have every opportunity for college admissibility and affordability. In addition, Mr. Bottomly and Mr. Hoven write official school counselor recommendation letters and proofread student essays, resumes and applications. The registrar mails transcripts, a school profile and a counselor letter of recommendation to colleges as requested by students. In December, counselors bring in a financial officer from a local university to facilitate a Financial Aid seminar for parents. Also in December, the registrar sends an updated trimester transcript with fall grades to all schools to which students have applied, plus a final transcript at the end of the year to the college at which the student will matriculate.
Casady Hosts Rhodes College President
Dr. William E. Trout, Rhodes College president, visited Casady in November to speak to parents and address the Upper Division during a two-day event. Casady and Rhodes College Alumni David A. Elder ’95 and D.J. Morgan ’96 introduced Dr. Troutt to the Casady Community. His visit is a reflection of Casady’s successful students and faculty members who continuously work hard to keep Casady on top. A national education leader, Dr. Troutt chaired the American Council on Education and the National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education. He was also named one of the nation’s most effective college presidents in a national study funded by the Exxon Foundation. President of Rhodes since 1999, Dr. Troutt has led a strategic planning process that focuses on student access and learning both in the classroom and through significant student research, work, service, internship and study abroad.
Throughout the year, counselors attend events at colleges, national conferences and local seminars to network with colleagues and college personnel and keep up-to-date on the newest trends in college admissions. Consequently, Casady counselors utilize social media like blogs, Facebook and Twitter to disseminate to the Casady Community relevant information about college-related issues.
Casady Athletic Redeem Team School spirit was high this fall as pep rallies and sports programs kicked into gear. Led by new varsity head football coach Koby Scoville, the “Redeem Team” football team kicked off its season with a win against Fort Worth’s All Saints in August followed by a victory against Heritage Hall on the Chargers’ field. The victory bell was busy this year with seven wins and only three losses. Sophomore Graham Bennett designed t-shirts featuring the Redeem Team theme adding to the high spirit across Casady’s campus. Videos were compiled for pep rallies and the Varsity cheerleaders led by new coach Jamie Mitcham had outstanding performances.
Evan Reville ’05 Trinity University Evan Reville ‘05 has completed a multi-faceted career at Trinity University in San Antonio. He graduated with a business finance degree in December, finished a football career as a threeyear starter and earned three letters in track. During Evan’s time at Trinity, the football team won two Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships in both football and track. He was a member of the 4X100 relay track team that held the university record for two years. In addition, Evan was named to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference academic honor roll during his time at Trinity. “Evan’s love of sports began with Casady’s excellent programs and will continue as a lifelong interest,” said his mother Susan Reville. His football team won national recognition in 2007 by winning the Pontiac “Game Changing Performance of the Year” award and $100,000 scholarship donation from Pontiac to the school’s general scholarship fund for its unique win against Millsaps College. The play was also nominated for the 2008 ESPY Award for “Best Play” by ESPN. Evan was a “lifer” at Casady and played football from seventh through 12th grade under Coach Butch Groves and received the Casady “Bell Ringer Award” his senior year.
Fall 2009 SPC Individual Winners Football
SPC All North Zone
First Team All SPC
Austin Katigan Ryan Shelley Cale Shivers
Girls Volleyball First Team All SPC
Honorable Mention All SPC
Sam Hoffman Nicklaus Jeffreys
Honorable Mention All SPC
John Mac Katigan
Graham Bennett Garrison Lee
SPC All North Zone Hannah Denson
Field Hockey Caitlin Britt
Boys Cross Country
Honorable Mention All SPC
First Team All SPC
Noel Shaffer Honorable Mention All SPC Lauren Analla
SPC All North Zone
Bobbe Chaffin SPC All North Zone
Girls Cross Country
First Team All SPC
Honorable Mention All SPC
First Team All SPC
John Ratliff SPC All North Zone Honorable Mention All SPC Daniel Jeffreys Sam Stringer Cecil Ray
have moved to the Class notes can be found under the Alumni tab.
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In the spring publication there were 28 pages of Class Notes. The magazine is published twice each year. This number multiplied by approximately 5,500 magazines mailed to our constituent base equals nearly 308,000 printed pages per year.
STEP 1: Click on Class Notes under the Alumni tab on the front page.
In line with plans to become a more efficient institution in terms of environmental and financial practicality, the Class Notes section of the 200910 fall/winter edition of the Casady Magazine have been published online. They are in a viewable PDF format and will retain photos and similar to the Notes that have traditionally been published here. Making this change also saves on cost in printing and mailing allowing more dollars to be directed to programs for the children.
STEP 2: Click on link to download the class notes in PDF format. Please contact Betty Jane Garrett for questions at 405.749.3162 or at garrettbj@ casady.org
From the Alumni Association
Greetings from the Alumni Board! I am honored to serve as this year’s president of the Casady Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. As a member of the Alumni Association, I would like to update you on the activities of the board and the state of the School. In the almost 15 years since my class celebrated its graduation, Casady has made remarkable improvements to what was already a unique and extraordinary school environment. Like many of you, I am amazed and filled with pride every time I step back on campus. The credit for the continued advancement of the School is due, in large part, to the many members of this association who have devoted their time and resources to ensure that future students inherit a better Casady. On Oct. 7, the school broke ground on two projects that will further enhance the Casady experience. Casady has begun work to complete the founders’ original plans for the Chapel by adding a bell tower and transepts to the east and west. Casady has employed the same architectural firm that developed the initial plans for the Chapel to ensure the new construction is consistent with the founders’ vision. As part of the Forward Focus campaign, Casady has also begun work on the new Upper Division math facility, located on the foundation previously occupied by Lee Lecture Hall. This state-of-the art “green” facility will be LEED certified. In addition, as part of this campaign Casady will in the coming years construct a new Upper Division science building, make improvements to Fee Theater and the arts buildings, and substantially increase the School’s endowment. If you have not already donated to the
campaign I encourage you to contact Director of Institutional Advancement Aaron James and give what you can to this worthy cause. Forward Focus: Campaign for Casady allows those of us who have so greatly benefited from Casady’s past to ensure the School will enjoy a brighter future. Those of you who have lost touch with Casady and/or your classmates and would like to reconnect, I encourage you to become a “Fan” of Casady on Facebook. You can also contact the Director of Alumni Relations, Betty Jane (Harvey) Garrett ’86. She is a multi-talented individual, and I know that you will enjoy working with her when you correspond with Casady. Her email is email@example.com and her phone number is 405.749.3162. If you have any ideas about ways Casady and the Alumni Association can better connect with graduates, please contact the Alumni Office. The Alumni board sponsored the webcasts of the Heritage Hall and Holland Hall football games. If you weren’t at the games, I hope you had the chance to listen to the webcast. The athletics page on the Casady website has the instructions on how to access webcasts for future events. It is a great way to stay connected with Casady, listen to the athletics and hear announcements about upcoming events and activities of the Alumni Association. Homecoming weekend was a great success. This year the Alumni Awards Reception and the 50-Year Banquet were combined into one outstanding event on Oct. 8. It allowed us the chance to recognize the honorees and our Golden Cyclones in a special event. On Friday evening, the pre-game Homecoming Fall Fest offered good food and numerous activities for the young and the young at heart. And, of course, the Cyclones defeated St. Mark’s in the Homecoming football game. New varsity coach Koby Scoville, has energized this team and has the Cyclones playing winning football again. In addition, there were several classes with reunion activities Homecoming weekend. Photos from Homecoming weekend are posted on the Alumni webpage at www.casady.org under the Alumni Events tab. The Casady Estate Sale is scheduled for May 8 and 9, 2010. We need your help to make this sale a continued success. Whether it is a donation of items to be sold or a donation of your time, we need it. If you are interested in volunteering at the Estate Sale or donating goods, please send an email to
the Alumni Office. We have found that good, used furniture is a great seller. We also need household items like bedding sets, sets of china, silver and more. If you have a question about what is needed, please contact Estate Sale Chair Kathleen Roberts Stevenson ’78. As part of the Estate Sale, we are also selling raffle tickets. You can buy tickets from any board member or if you want to sell tickets, contact the Alumni Office. The Estate Sale is the major fundraiser for the Alumni Board and proceeds benefit the Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund. This scholarship fund benefits students who would otherwise be unable to attend Casady, with a preference given to the children of alumni. D.J. Morgan ’96, vice-president of the Alumni Board, is chairing the Alumni Advancement Committee. He is charged with coordinating efforts with the Annual Fund office to increase the percentage of Alumni giving to the Annual Fund. This percentage of participation by Alumni is a key criteria when Casady applies for grants. This year, 100 percent of Casady faculty and staff have committed to the Annual Fund. The percentage of Alumni giving has lagged behind, sitting at only 16 percent for the 2009-10 year. We need to increase the percentage of Alumni giving to be more in line with other SPC schools and to ensure Casady does not lose out on important grant resources. I encourage each of you to give whatever amount you can to the Annual Fund. Even small gifts have a large impact on the percentage of Alumni giving. An easy way to give is to go to www.casady.org click on “Giving to Casady” and then “Donate Now.” Credit cards are accepted online, or contact the Alumni office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405.749.3162 for other options or to make a pledge. If you can’t give a lot, give a little… just give. The Legacy Committee, chaired by David Sapper ’74, is working on the Archive system to adequately keep track of historical materials from the School. If you have items that would be of interest to the committee or you would like to help with the project, please contact David. The Legacy Committee is also considering an oral history project targeted at our oldest graduates as an effort to record the earliest memories of the School. If you would be willing to participate in this project, please contact the Alumni Office. Alumni Events, will be working to facilitate some great activities for Alumni. Mollie Bennett ’02 and Lindsay Hightower ’99 are chairing a committee to encourage young
alumni stay connected with Casady. Look on the Alumni page of the website to find information about upcoming activities, which will include a young alumni happy hour over the holiday break. The Alumni Golf Tournament, chaired by Andy Sullivan and Russ Woody ’94, is scheduled for May 17, 2010. Put it on your calendar and make plans to attend. Great things continue to happen at Casady and in the lives of your classmates. Please ensure that the Alumni Office has your current contact information and/or become a fan on Facebook. We hope that you will stay connected to Casady, fellow graduates and remain invested in the School. Sincerely, David Elder, Alumni Association President
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ALUMNI AWARD HONOREES
Five outstanding graduates were honored in October during a dinner event that also featured alumni who graduated 50 years ago or more, also known as our distinguished group of Golden Cyclones. Because Casady has an incredibly well-rounded group of alumnwi to celebrate every year, the Alumni Association built what had traditionally been two events into a single celebration during Homecoming week on campus.
Distinguished Graduate Dr. John R. Bozalis â€™57
Dr. John R. Bozalis has a history of service to many Oklahoma organizations. He currently sits on the boards of the Dean McGee Eye Institute and the United Way of Central Oklahoma; serves as secretary for the University of Oklahoma Museum of Art; and serves as vice chair of the Committee on Trustees for the University of Oklahoma Foundation. He was a member of Casadyâ€™s Board of Trustees, the Allied Arts Foundation, the Philharmonic, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation and Infant Crisis Center. He and his wife Sharon co-chaired the Renaissance Ball for the Oklahoma Museum of Art and the Heart Ball for the American Heart Association Oklahoma Affiliate. He is the founder and president of the board for Schools for Healthy Lifestyles which began its program in 1997 with a focus on four areas: physical fitness and activity, nutrition, smoking cessation and injury prevention and has brought together key players on a city, county and state level to become a statewide organization.
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The Bozalis family at the dinner included David ’84 and Theresa Bozalis, Sharon Bozalis, Sarah Bozalis ’18 (front) Dr. John R. Bozalis ’57 and Mary Ann and Dr. Donald W. Haskins ’53
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Evening of Excellence, which has raised more than $2 million for research, just celebrated the 25th Anniversary of its Evening of Excellence and recognized John as the founder of the event. John followed his father into medical practice as an allergist. He is currently the managing principal of the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic, and he is widely regarded as the “face” of that organization. He has distinguished himself as a clinician and as a physician leader at the OU Health Sciences Center. The Bozalis’ are longtime supporters of Casady School, and their loyalty has proven strong through the years. Their children John ’82, David ’84, Diana ’91 all attended Casady, and his grandchildren Sarah Bozalis ’18 and Jay Bozalis ’16 are students.
Alumni Achievement Award
This year, the board selected two honorees for the Alumni Achievement Award. This honor recognizes graduates
who have shown outstanding achievement in personal or professional endeavors.
Alumni Achievement Award Teresa Stuart Forst ’72
Terry is truly a professional cattlewoman. Serving as the family head of the state’s oldest operating ranch and as president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Terry has taken her profession to a new level. The Stuart Ranch is Oklahoma’s oldest continuous family ranching operation which today covers 42,000 acres crossing three counties near Waurika in southern Oklahoma. The ranch can be traced back to 1868 to Terry’s great-great grandfather Robert Clay. The ranch conducts a fall season stocker operation and has its own beef cow herd of Hereford and Angus. A large part of the Stuart operation is a registered American Quarter Horse breeding program. They also develop ranch horses that are used for everyday ranch work while having the ability to compete in ranch horse competitions
Terry Stuart Forst ’72 with sons Clay and Robert Forst at the national level, and the ranch has now stepped into the guided game hunting business. The Oklahoman did an extensive piece on Terry when she was named president-elect of the Cattlemen’s Association. She is the first woman to be elected president-elect and president of the Cattlemen’s Association. She has been a member since 1976 and a life member since 1992. For this organization, Terry served as the Southeast District director and Southeast District vice president from 1996 through 2000. In 2007, Terry was named the Cattleman of the Year and was inducted the same year into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Under Terry’s leadership, the Stuart ranch has become one of the most successful in the Southwest, one of the best North American Quarter Horse ranches in the nation and has earned many top awards in the industry.
launched her own company, Hail Mary’s, founded upon the belief that good food nurtures the soul. She began catering weddings, parties and large corporate events. In the summer of 2005, Mary enhanced her culinary skill by studying under the tutelage of Valter Roman, the accomplished chef of The Tuscan Chef in Lucca, Italy. Upon returning to the United States, she continued catering under the banner of Hail Mary’s while expanding her market into teaching children about nutrition. She can be found at Hollywood School House and will be doing a Cooking Tour featuring her Vegetables or Not Here I Come assembly in schools and Universities in the Midwest. Mary prepared her Vegetables or Not Class for Casady kindergartners and first graders while she was on campus in October. Most recently, Mary has launched another division in her company. She not only serves as a personal chef, she is now a Certified Nutritionist for high profile clients. Mary has recently been published in the Los Angeles Magazine and The New Jersey Star Ledger. Mary addresses cooking aficionados daily through her blog and on how-to webisodes on You Tube.
Alumni Achievement Award Dr. Marcia E. Meiring ’75
Also awarded the Alumni Achievement Award was Dr. Marcia E. Meiring. Marcia graduated in 1975 and is the daughter of 1954 alumna Ann Sheridan Watson. Marcia and
Young Alumni Achievement Mary Payne Moran ’99
The Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes the graduate from the last 15 years who renders service to his or her university or community and excels in his or her profession or pursuit of education. Mary Payne Moran ’99 came to Casady in ninth grade from Westminster School. She went on to graduate from the California School of Culinary Arts in 2002 and began her professional career shelling crabs at the world-renowned restaurant, Michael’s in Santa Monica. Simultaneously, Mary
Mary Payne Moran ’99 with her parents Morton and Libby Payne and her brother Matt Payne
Marcia’s personal life is accented by her two children adopted from Russia, Liza, age 10 and Sasha, age seven.
Casady Service Award Robert O. Bowles ’54
Dr. Marcia E. Meiring ’75 with her brothers (l to r) Paul ’77, Philip ’80 and Pieter Meiring ’82 her family that includes the Meiring, Watson and Hunzicker families have all been loyal and true to Casady School. Since Marcia graduated from Casady in 1975, she pursued undergraduate degrees at Duke University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree at Oklahoma State University; an MBA at the University of Texas and her Medical Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma. Marcia accumulated an incredible amount of medical experience in a wide range of areas and elected to specialize in medical care for children and adolescents. Marcia completed her residency in general psychiatry and her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. She has more than 65 research-pharmaceutical studies posted on her extensive resume. Marcia is medical director and attending physician at Camelot Residential Treatment Center for Child Adolescent Autism Spectrum Disorders in Oklahoma City. This facility and its medical and professional staff provide residential care for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Marcia also continues with I.P.S. Research investigating and researching mental disabilities with an emphasis on a cure for autism. She is on staff as a psychiatrist at St. Anthony Hospital and previously was with the hospital’s Accents Unit which is residential treatment for developmentally delayed children and adolescents. During her time with this unit at St. Anthony, Marcia was also in private practice specializing in outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry.
The Casady Service Award is a new designation created to recognize an individual who has shown continued dedication to Casady School. Casady is fortunate to have so many loyal and passionate alumni, and Robert O. Bowles from the class of 1954 has been named the first recipient of the Casady Service Award. Bob served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1999 to 2005 and was president during 2002 through 2004. He conceived the idea for the founders’ memorial honoring the founding fathers, first six graduating classes, first trustees, past headmasters and the early faculty members. Outside of Casady, Bob has been involved in the insurance industry for more than 50 years. He is an insurance consultant and broker and is co-owner and partner of the Frates/Bowles Insurance Consultant/Brokers in Oklahoma City and is senior executive consultant with C.L. Frates and Co. Bob’s wife Linda Brown Bowles is a member of the class of 1960 and just finished her term as a member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.
Robert O. Bowles ’54
Investing In Casady’s Future
hristi Shdeed Morrow ’88 and her husband, Cory Morrow, are independent school graduates and have created a legacy for each of their schools in their estate planning. “After Cory and I had children, we knew we needed a will,” said Christi. “Our attorney asked us if we wanted to ‘give some money away,’ and it took us only a minute say ‘yes.’ We give annually to Casady and to St. Mark’s, so making a planned gift was just one more way to stay connected and show our support. Making provisions for Casady in our will is a way to invest in Casady’s future. That, to me, is kind of exciting.” Cory is a graduate of The St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas, and the Morrows have their twins, Rachel and Sarah, in second grade at Episcopal School of Dallas. Their son, William, is three. Although the Morrows’ focus is on their home and community in Dallas, Christi hasn’t forgotten her Oklahoma roots. They believe strongly that their experience at independent schools shaped their lives. By making a bequest to Casady and St. Mark’s, Christi and Cory say the act of donating a portion of their estate also teaches their children the importance of sharing their resources with the institutions in which they believe. “If you give to causes that you believe in while you are living, why not give a lasting gift upon your death,” she said. The Morrows also contribute annually to the Casady Annual Fund, have participated in the Forward Focus: Campaign for Casady capital campaign and attend alumni events when they are in Oklahoma City. As a young family, the Morrows have taken a step that some have not yet considered – and that step is planning for a day when they will not be here. They have created a lasting legacy
Christi Morrow '88 with her husband Cory and their children Rachel, Sarah and William. that will continue to give and benefit the institution in which they believe, while their children remain their priority. In turn, the children benefit morally from knowing their parents supported the causes close to their hearts. The Morrows have chosen to direct their planned gift to Casady’s endowment, which supports the faculty. “Casady challenged me academically and gave me the nurturing I needed. The teachers served as role models,” Christi said. “I was encouraged to try anything at Casady – I could be in a theater performance, on the softball team and in Student Council. We had so many opportunities. And, no matter what was planned for the day, it began in Chapel. Chapel really kept me centered. “Casady is not a part of my day-to-day life anymore; however, what I learned at Casady has stayed with me,” Christi said. “Making financial gifts is a way to express my gratitude and to show my loyalty. I believe wholeheartedly in the mission of Casady, and I want to do my part to ensure that Casady can continue to fulfill its mission of developing its students in mind, body and spirit.”
Philanthropy: Helping Each Other The Inasmuch Foundation has provided a $250,000 grant to support construction of the upper division math facility which is underway on the Casady campus. The grant is contingent on the School providing student volunteers to participate in OK CityScape which is a fundraiser for OKC Educare. More than 1 million construction toys, the majority being Legos, were used to develop Oklahoma City’s landscape showing street scenes in Oklahoma City and Bricktown. Moving elements and sounds have been incorporated in the display which is located inside Penn Square Mall on the lower level. Children are encouraged to build their own creations in the Kids’ Construction Zone. “We are pleased to support Casady, one of Oklahoma City’s finest educational institutions,” said Bob Ross, President and CEO of Inasmuch Foundation. “We appreciate Casady’s
commitment to Oklahoma City Educare by providing volunteers for our fundraising effort, OK CityScape.” Volunteer positions include exhibit cashiers, line monitors, kids construction zone monitors and raffle ticket sales. Casady students sign up on the website for their volunteer hours and a representative from the OK CityScape contacts each one to schedule the volunteer hours. The Inasmuch Foundation was established in 1982 by Edith Kinney Gaylord and is dedicated to the betterment of people, communities and the neighborhoods in which we live. From education and health to the arts and environment, the Inasmuch Foundation was created to assist charitable and educational organizations achieve their goals. The foundation considers grants to organizations on a selective basis via a formal application and review. Oklahoma City Educare serves nearly 200 at-risk children, prenatal to five years old, with year-round educational programs and developmental childcare. In addition, the organization’s family support staff also ensures that pregnant women and newborns receive health services.
Philanthropy: Kirkpatrick Family Fund Awards Challenge Grant
Casady has received a challenge grant in the amount of $100,000 from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund to support scholarships children of Episcopal clergy and for families in need. The challenge grant requires the School to raise an additional $100,000 from donors by June 30, 2010. When that challenge has been met, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund will complete its payment to Casady. A challenge grant gives an institution the opportunity to double the funds in a specified amount time. In other words, when Casady raises the $100,000 and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund completes its funding of $100,000, the School will have $200,000 in hand for these scholarships. The only stipulation to meeting this requirement is the time period in which it is due. For more information on the Kirkpatrick Family Fund challenge grant, the Casady Annual Fund, the Forward Focus capital campaign or any other fundraising efforts on behalf of the School, please contact Director of Institutional Advancement Aaron James at 405.749.3186 or jamesa@casady. org.
While construction of the east and west transepts of the Chapel is well underway, the development and plans for the stained glass windows continue. These windows will be a main component of the completed structure and incorporate a full process of planning, designing, building and placing over a longer period of time. Key School leaders including Head of School Chris Bright and Chief Financial Officer and Associate Headmaster Nathan Sheldon have met with The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, and representatives from The Judson Studios of Los Angeles to discuss and plan the themes and designs for the new windows. “The theme and messaging in these new windows will center on our Judeo Christian mission that embodies the original vision for the School’s spiritual program set forth by our founding fathers,” said Bishop Konieczny. “We are pleased to announce that we have engaged Judson Studios to do these new windows for the Chapel. This firm was originally commissioned in the early days of the School to design the stained glass windows, and we have already begun the planning to continue the beauty and tradition in the new windows in the expansion of the Chapel.” Judson Studios is a fifth-generation stained glass and fine arts firm that created the original Chapel windows. Windows in the east and west transepts will initially be clear or leaded glass as the full process of completing a stained glass window from design to build to placement can take more than a year depending on the size and design. For details regarding funding a stained glass window as a memorial or to honor an individual, family or class, please contact Betty Jane Garrett, director of alumni relations, at email@example.com or 405.749.3162.
Philanthropy Q&A The Lytle Family’s strong belief in the foundation of a quality education has greatly influenced continued development and fundraising at Casady. Through the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, Roy Lytle’s work behind the scenes with Bishop Thomas Casady in the early years to transform that belief into reality is evidenced on our campus today. Roy Lytle’s legacy lives on through the Roy C. Lytle Society for Planned Giving. A member of Casady’s Board of Visitors, his daughter, Margaret Lytle Griner ’54, continues to support his legacy and the School’s mission in philanthropy. She recently spent time talking with Aaron James, director of institutional advancement.
What is your earliest memory of philanthropy in your family?
A: My father served as the Chancellor of
the Oklahoma Diocese, United Way board of trustees and was one of the first members of the Board of Trustees at Casady School. My mother served on the YMCA board of directors, so there was never a time I knew our family to not be philanthropic. My parents had two principles to live by: you can be anything you want to be; and you are so fortunate to have tremendous opportunities in your life and you must give back for this reason.
Q: What would you say are some of your
strongest beliefs about Casady’s mission and work?
A: Because of the connection between faculty and students,
there is the opportunity and encouragement to participate in everything. My life was shaped through these experiences and lessons that I still value today. I would go back to Casady as a student because of the depth and breadth of these opportunities that were granted to me: the encouragement from the faculty to take risks and the support through out-of-the-classroom
relationships with peers. All these things are evidenced in the mission of Casady then and now.
Q: Did a specific event, circumstance or individual influence your position/view of philanthropy?
Yes. Don O’Donoghue, an internationally-known orthopedic surgeon (the “father of the football knee operation”), was one of the early Board of Trustees members as well as being my godfather and had a building (former middle school) at Casady named after him. In 1960, John (Griner) and I were living in Chicago, and I was pregnant with our second child. Don was my godfather and in town visiting. He took John and me out to dinner and then to see Carol Channing perform. It was an evening worthy of dressing up, partaking in adult conversation and a short break from raising a small child and preparing to raise a second. I asked Don how I could ever thank him enough for the evening. He simply replied, “You don’t pay me back but rather you do something for a friend’s child or a child’s friend. That way the kindness goes on and on and doesn’t just go back and forth.” That has stuck with me ever since.
type of gifts have you made to Casady School and what were your reasons for choosing to do so?
Over my lifetime I have made four very different gifts to Casady School, and I continue to do so today. I have made a bequest in my estate planning. I have provided funding to start an endowment for professional development opportunities for the advancement of personnel of the School. I have provided funding to start an endowment for a female student – known as the Margaret Lytle Griner Award which is a one-year grant to a girl in the rising senior class who has integrity, has shown leadership skills and who has been significantly involved in her class or School activities. And I participate annually in the Casady Annual Fund which helps with the operational expenses of the School that are not funded through tuition.
us more about the Junior Girl Endowment.
My junior year was the happiest year I had at Casady. I wanted a scholarship to acknowledge a young lady who had a similar experience. Today, in recognition of the Margaret Lytle Griner Award, a deserving girl receives a grant for her senior year. This is not only done to recognize the student but to also recognize her parents for all of their hard work, commitment to education and support.
What would you tell someone who was thinking about making a similar gift to Casady School?
Money should not be their driving force behind the decision. Participate because of your interest and belief in the school. Someone did that prior to your arrival, and we need people to continue passing it on!
Forward Focus Campaign for Casady Update
“The true value of a Casady education is far greater than tuition paid; participation in essential fundraising efforts is vital as we work together to reach and extend our students’ abilities and passions.” - Christopher C. Bright, Head of School, Casady School
Goal: $18,000,000 Raised: $16,000,000
Goal: $25,000,000 Raised: $23,000,000
Goal: $7,000,000 Raised: $6,000,000
• State of Art Science
• Faculty Salaries and
• Financial Aid • Physical Plant Maintenance
• Repayment of Debt • Operational Expenses
Facility to include over 9,000 square feet of labs
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Math Facility
Total Goal: $50,000,000 Total Raised: $45,000,000
< Grandparents Day Lower Division held its annual Grandparents Day on Tuesday morning of Thanksgiving week. Nancy Ellis, left, worked with the lower school to coordinate the event. Grandparents received buttons with the name and photo of their grandchild, watched a musical presentation in Calvert Hall and visited Lower Division classrooms.
Hunter Williams â€™88 married Erin Crosby this fall. Pictured are Casady classmates Jeff Baum, Jon Puckett, Peter Duncan, Charles Nelson, Hunter Williams and Bryan Geiger.
< First Graders Receive Bibles First grader Lucy Richmond received her Bible from Head of School Chris Bright and Fr. Charles Blizzard during Chapel service at the beginning of the School year. All first graders are awarded their Bibles which they will carry with them through Middle Division.
New Ground at < Breaking Casady
The School Community came together in October during Homecoming week for Breaking New Ground at Casady, celebrating the expansion of the Chapel and the beginning of construction of the new math facility. Primary, Lower, Middle and Upper Divisions all gathered on the lawn along with many parents, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni association board members and a number of special guests. The event was highlighted by the orchestra playing the prelude and postlude music and accompanying the choir for the Casady Hymn.
Edmond Lacrosse < The Dallas Threat,
a post-collegiate womenâ€™s lacrosse team, was in Oklahoma City to play the OU and OSU womenâ€™s lacrosse teams. The Edmond Lacrosse Club and Casady sponsored a day-long event including three exhibition games and two free players clinics on the Casady athletic fields.
< Halloween Primary and Lower Division students dressed in costume for the annual Halloween parade. Primary students cruised around the building in the morning and then watched the lower school kids in the afternoon. Middle Division students wore their costumes for the day and performed during lunchtime to the Michael Jackson song Thriller.
OFF CAMPUS Lizanne Garrett ’99 married Joe Reger in April. Casady classmates at the wedding in Washington, D.C., included classmates Chandler Simms, Suzanne Anthony, Burke Duncan, Elizabeth Taylor, Ashley Black, Eileen Price Everett, Leslie Kearns, Meg Weir, Will Parke and Anne Elder Graves. More Casady friends were Katie B. Anthony ’01, Josh Everett ’97, Kylie Beal ’00, Laura Parke ’02, Lindsey Parke ’04 and Fr. John Marlin who participated in the ceremony plus Josh Sepkowitz ’98 and Billy Bozalis ’98 who are SMU fraternity brothers of the groom. Casady family members include sister Marion Garrett ’00 and brother Braden Garrett ’86 with his wife Betty Jane Harvey Garrett ’86 and their children Abby ’17 and Blake ’19.
Back to School Picnic < Parents and children
enjoyed a refreshing Sunday afternoon by the lake and on the playground at the second annual back-to-school picnic sponsored by the Casady Parents Organization. Families brought their own picnic supplies and Braum’s provided the ice cream.
< A Shayna Maidel Upper Division students performed in the poignant portrayal of two sisters separated by World War II and the Holocaust, a play by Barbara Lebow, in December. Cast members included Catherine White, Braeden Jenkins, Tracey Burbank, Chris Moore, Cornelia Prior and Laine Abernathy.
1989 Reunion Several members of the class of 1989 were on campus for the Homecoming football game against The St. Markâ€™s School of Texas.
1979 Reunion The class of 1979 came together during Homecoming weekend in October to mark their 30th reunion. Gracious hosts Leslie and Stuart Milsten opened their home to all classmates for an event Saturday evening.
< Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
More than 200 parents, faculty and staff turned out to test their knowledge of basic facts during the Faculty Studies Dinner sponsored by the Casady Parents Organization. Matt Pena, Sally Odom and Martina Ramirez were the faculty representatives while parents Philip Bohanon ’84, Jackie Tilghman and Colin FitzSimons stood at the podium and answered questions posted on the screen. Eighth grade English teacher Kevin Pleshko commandeered the evening.
Construction Update Concrete work has begun for the foundation of the new math facility and expansion to the Chapel. Each of the projects are expected to be complete in the next year.
Homecoming Alumni Association Board members Courtney BriggsMelton ’78, treasurer Kathleen Stevenson ’78 and young alumni co-chair Lindsay Hightower ’00 staffed the Alumni booth at Homecoming Fall Fest.
1959 Reunion The class of 1959 hosted a weekend full of activities to celebrate its 50th reunion during Homecoming. Lee Bollinger led the charge to gather his group for dinner at the Alumni Awards and Golden Cyclone dinner, a reception on campus and dinner out on Friday and Saturday nights.
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