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Volume XXVI, Number iv


March-April 2012

GAM: a social meeting of whaleships…with all the sympathies of sailors [and] all the peculiar congenialities arising from a common pursuit.

From the Headmaster

The quiet partner

Falmouth Academy’s commitment to a core curriculum is well known: Falmouth Academy was founded by teachers who believed that most students can meet the demands of a rigorous curriculum that explores history, English, science, mathematics, foreign language and the arts every year. We focus on the traditional liberal arts curriculum because our teachers believe it contains a body of knowledge that educated Americans should know. Parallel to that commitment is our less visible but equally important commitment to teaching the skills that we think are essential to our students’ future success. As they explore and master a core body of knowledge, they are coached to think and read deeply and to express ideas clearly and precisely. Working closely with their teachers, our students develop the skills of critical reasoning, of analysis, and of written and oral expression that provide them with a strong foundation for college where they will start to narrow their course of study. In fact, these skills serve them well (continued on page 2)

Geraldine Brooks to speak at FACS Pulitzer Prizewinning author Geraldine Brooks will speak about her fourth and most recent novel, Caleb’s Crossing, at the Falmouth Academy Community Series on Wednesday, March 28, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The public is welcome. Admission is free. Caleb’s Crossing is a fictional account of an actual member of the Wampanoag tribe, Cheeshahteaumauck, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College (in 1665). Cheeshahteaumauck (Caleb) lived on what is now Martha’s Vineyard where Ms. Brooks and her family moved in 2006. Her previous novel, People of the Book, was on the New York Times Bestseller List, and her novel March won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006. Ω

In this issue: Dr. Edgcomb’s research…2 Dr. Ament’s studies…5 Student Honors…6 Scholarship Exam winners…6 Scholastic Arts awards…7 Calendars…8-9 Alumni on Writing…10 Craft Beer Tasting…11 Honor Society…13 Alumni News and Events…14-16

The quiet partner (continued from page 1)

for graduate school and for life. January brought a number of alumni back to campus for Alumni Day, a meeting of our Alumni Council and visits from young alumni home from college. It’s always a pleasure to see them and to hear how thankful they are to have acquired essential skills here, including time management, presentation skills and self-advocacy. Many of our older alumni tell us that their Falmouth Academy education was their most pivotal educational experience. Because our students are involved in myriad extra activities — from music classes to volunteering to robotics — they learn how to manage their time well. Our seventh-grade teachers start right off with deliberate, specific instruction in the use of a daily planner, and all year they oversee their students’ progress down the path to organization and planning. It is not unusual to hear students discussing their homework: “I have to start my math now because I have basketball practice this afternoon, an away game tomorrow and set-up for Gala on Friday.” In February we had our 24th all-school science fair where every seventh through eleventh grader presented an independent science research project to judges from our local science, engineering, and medical community. Students have worked with their teachers (and in many cases with a mentor from one of our neighboring internationally recognized science institutions) to do and understand the research. Such an in-depth approach to scientific work is part of our core. Students’ ability to make a formal presentation, and defense, on a topic they have mastered is a skill we help them acquire. 2 When they debate the ancient

civilizations of Athens and Sparta in ninth grade, they are studying history AND learning to research and defend a position as well as to pay close attention to opposing arguments. All seniors present a major effort in their physics class, a 40-minute lecture on a topic of their choice. By the time they leave FA, even our shyest students have confidence that they can make a clear and cogent presentation before an audience. Falmouth Academy students find their voices and learn how to advocate for themselves. We help them take responsibility for their own learning and use their teachers as advisors, mentors and guides in the process. I don’t know of another school where seventh-grade students must call their teachers at home as part of their early homework. This is an apparently simple but psychologically difficult step in developing a yearlong relationship between students and teachers. Because our students quickly learn that their teachers are allies, they can work with them comfortably and develop mutual trust and admiration. Our students expect to have meaningful relationships with their peers and their teachers and leave FA knowing how to ask for help. They also leave with a plan book and the ability to use it. At Falmouth Academy acquiring essential skills is the quiet partner of acquiring essential knowledge. As our remarkable teachers help their students acquire knowledge and skills, they also help them develop an enthusiasm for learning that will always motivate them and serve them well in college and as responsible citizens of the world. -David C. Faus

Dr. Edgcomb’s research in the deep Mediterranean FA science teacher and Woods for Dr. Edgcomb was “seeing for the Hole Oceanographic Institution first time images of the brine lakes I scientist Dr. Virginia Edgcomb set out was studying. I had wondered if they on her most recent scientific expediwould appear different from the surtion with three goals for the work. rounding sea water, or would just look One was called “Pickled Protists” – like cloudy water, and I was surprised studying protistan life in deep hyperby how unusual and how clearly delinsaline anoxic basins (DHABs) at the eated they were, with distinct beaches bottom of the eastern Mediterranean along their edges,” she said. Sea, the expedition’s destination. “The water in these brine lakes Second was “Body Snatchers,” collooks black and impenetrable in the lecting samples from these DHABs images transmitted from the ROV in order to extend due to its extreme earlier research density. In fact, which had prolasers projected claimed a form of from the ROV metazoan life that disappeared in survived its entire the briny water! life cycle without I felt like I was any oxygen. looking at someHer third goal thing on another was to test a new planet. water column “It was also Dr. Edgcomb loads fixer into the sampler sampler that Dr. curious to see tiny used in retrieving deep sea microbes. Edgcomb, Dr. organisms and Craig Taylor, and McLane Research little fish swimming in the halocline, Laboratories had developed to collect or salt gradient, that is the transition and preserve samples in situ (that is, zone between the ordinary sea water where they are found) for microbioand the brine lakes. The halocline logical analyses at extreme depths. is about two meters thick and rich in These lakes of briny water lie 3.5 to microscopic life forms that are food 4 kilometers below the sea surface. for larger organisms, including the In traditional water sampling gear, fish we saw, who probably enter the the microbes must be brought to the halocline to feed and then leave. It’s surface for study. The physiological not a very hospitable place for them,” changes the microbes undergo during Dr. Edgcomb explained. transit to the sea surface render any There’s no oxygen in the brine lakes, measurements of gene expression with which have a depth ranging from tens those samples fairly meaningless. So of meters to hundreds of meters or the development of the new sampler is more. an important step forward for scien“The last time we visited these brine tific research of microbes in situ in the lakes in 2009, we had no ROV and deep sea. no dynamic positioning on our ship. The expedition was full of surprises, We had over-the-side devices and however, including a rescue-at-sea in coring devices, but without dynamic near gale force winds. [For details of positioning to keep the ship in precise the rescue, see www.falmouthacadplace despite wind and currents and] But the focus of the voyage waves, it was impossible to core on the R/V Atlantis was scientific the sea floor with any accuracy. 3 research and the biggest surprise there (continued on page 4)

Dr. Edgcomb’s research (continued from page 3)

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“The National Science Foundation recognized this problem and funded The Falmouth Academy our 2011 supplemental cruise with the Annual Fund makes up 10% of ROV Jason, which worked beautifully. the school’s annual operating We brought back water and sediment budget. We depend on your samples from the Urania and Discovsupport to do what Falmouth ery brine lakes and ROV sediment Academy does best. samples from L’Atalante brine lake.” As for Dr. Please give to the Edgcomb’s Annual Fund today. three goals, she made progress You can give online on all of them, despite some by clicking the Donate challenges. The Here button on our water column home page at www.falsampler had a Or few difficulsend a check to 7 Highties, as one field Drive, Falmouth, might expect MA 02540. To make with any newly a gift by credit card or developed to make a pledge, call technology. But Crissy Pingal in the with collective Dr. Taylor and Dr. Edgcomb Development Office at troubleshootwheel the sampler along the deck of ing by Dr. 508-457-9696, x. 242. Atlantis. Edgcomb, Dr. Thank you! Taylor, and McLane Research engineers, it ultimately did collect a full set of samples! The engineers at McLane The GAM are making adjustments to the sampler Published six times a year for the based on what they learned during its community of Falmouth Academy maiden voyage, as quite a number of Integrating science, humanities, athletics & arts scientists have inquired about putting for grades 7 through 12 it to use. David C. Faus, Headmaster “I’m still exhausted from the voyMichael J. Earley, Director of Admissions age,” Dr. Edgcomb reported a week Sarah Pring, Director of Development after her return, “but excited and eager Barbara Campbell, Alumni Director to get to work on those samples.” Tucker M. Clark, Assistant to the Head Elenita Muñiz, Publications Director The Body Snatchers project, designed in tandem with Dr. Joan BernIn its admissions and financial aid programs, hiring process, and in all school programs, hard at WHOI, will probably provide Falmouth Academy does not discriminate on the some of the work for FA/WHOI basis of race, color, religion, gender, 2012 biology intern Alec Cobban ‘15 national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or physical handicap. [see GAM Jan-Feb 2012]. Ω [Photos by Cherie Winner©Woods 7 Highfield Drive t Falmouth, MA 02540 Hole Oceanographic Institution] 508.457.9696


Senior Parent Gift Fund grant spurs Dr. Ament’s study of brain disorders Teachers frequently ask their stuat the limit of what we know about dents, “What did you do over sumhow the brain works, and textbooks mer vacation?” But what do teachers don’t cover them because the research themselves do? is so theoretical. My students are very “Every summer,” said Dr. Alison interested in disorders of the brain: Ament, “I think, ‘Well, I could go to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, and some lectures down in Woods Hole… traumatic brain injury. or I could work in my garden.’ This Dr. Ament also took advantage of past summer, with the grant from the MBL’s policy allowing guests to sit in Senior Parents Gift Fund, I actually on their graduate courses. She visited went to the Marine Biological Laboone on neuroscience and behavior and ratory and got really excited about the one on neurobiology. She also sat in possibilities for my students in biolon a complete MBL course, designed ogy.” for college teachers, on brain disorders. Dr. Ament applied for a grant from “It was great. They brought in pathe Senior Parent Gift Fund because tients to talk about their illnesses and she wanted to discussed the quest for have a stronger cures and the developbasis in neurosciment of drug therapies,” ence that would she said. One lecturer help in creatvisited Dr. Ament’s ing lessons for biology class to speak two units of the about the genetics of biology curricuAlzheimer’s disease. lum. “I bought “I’ve added about a Great Courses four days to the syllabus series called The to expand on the basics Neuroscience of of neuroscience, so we Everyday Life, can look at questions taught by Sam on the cutting edge of Wang of Princthe research, what we’re Hannah Allen and Julia Guérin exeton – a great just beginning to unamine with Dr. Ament the “ant cemetery” lecturer,” Dr. derstand. That’s what that is growing in a classmate’s indepenAment reported. many people, including dent research project. “I screened it my students, really care not only to learn more myself but also about,” she explained. to discover whether some of these About the support from senior parlectures might be good to show to my ents, Dr. Ament said, “I loved having classes. I did decide to include two that grant! I wish I could do it every lectures and told my students they summer, but I think others should would be hearing a college-level lechave a chance so I’m not applying this ture – good practice for the future!” year. But it was certainly a motivator As Dr. Ament explained her interfor me and my course and my students est in neuroscience, she pointed out have benefited greatly.” that textbooks “don’t answer the kinds Thank you to the parents of the class of of questions that intrigue students, 2011 – your donations to the Senior Parabout memory and learning, personalent Gift Fund made possible seven ity and intelligence. These topics lie faculty grants this year. Ω 5

News of honors from around the campus…

FA Scholarship Exam winners announced

New Record Set! -- Senior Thomas Aviles [center, right] became the highest scoring male basketball player in Falmouth Academy history with 1,121 points, breaking the record held by David Tamasi since 1990 (1,117). Dave, a member of the Alumni Council, contacted Tom to offer his congratulations. Sarah Beninghof ‘98 holds the all-time basketball scoring record at FA, with 1,812 points. National Merit Finalist -- David Pickart has been named a Finalist in the 2012 competition for National Merit Scholarships, making him eligible for a National Merit college scholarship. David was named one of only seven National Merit semifinalists on Cape Cod and the islands in September. National Merit semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. German Awards -- Ten of Dr. Petra Ehrenbrink’s students earned awards on the National German Examination given by the American Association of Teachers of German. In the Level 2 exam, Savannah Maher ‘13 earned a Gold Award. In the Level 3 exam, Helena Oldenbourg ‘14 and Lily Patterson ‘14 earned Gold Awards; Angela Hodge ‘13 and Lucas Johns ‘14 earned Silver Awards; William Mendelsohn ‘14 earned a Bronze Award. In the Level 4 exam, Daniel Eder ‘12 earned a Gold Award; Kyle Benton ‘12 and 6 GianPaula Hulten ‘12 earned

The four winners of this year’s Falmouth Academy Scholarship Exam were: Kate Delaney and Daniel Gessen, both of Falmouth and Morse Pond School, Oliver Russell of Mattapoisett, who attends Old Rochester Regional Junior High School, and Emma Cho of East Sandwich, who attends St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School. Each will receive a $2,000 grant toward their first year’s tuition at FA if they enroll next year. The exam is designed by Falmouth Academy teachers as a way to recognize scholastic merit. The exam includes sections on vocabulary, reading comprehension, and math, as well as an essay. Falmouth Academy also has an extensive need-based financial aid program, which is not related to the Scholarship Exam. More than 40% of Falmouth Academy students receive need-based financial aid. For information about applying for admission or financial aid, please contact Mike Earley in the Admissions Office, at 508-457-9696, x224. Decision letters for admission and financial aid applications for the 2012-13 school year will be mailed on March 10th. Ω Silver Awards; Marney Rathbun ‘12 earned a Bronze Award. 15,000 diapers --Angela Hodge ‘13 was recognized by the program director of A Baby Center in Hyannis for having collected over 15,000 donated diapers since she began her effort last spring. In a letter to Headmaster David Faus, Mary Pat Piersons said, “Angela has been relentless, braving the cold weather to invite people to donate...All this in only seven drives!” Ω

FA students earn awards from Scholastic Art & Writing The 2012 Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognized Falmouth Academy students with 14 awards, including five Gold Keys, two for senior writing portfolios, and three Silver Keys. Each year, the competition invites high school seniors to submit portfolios of their work in writing or art. Ayla Fudala and Rachel Dragos were among 11 high school seniors in the Commonwealth (and the only Cape students) to earn Gold Keys for their writing portfolios. Gold Keys: Ayla Fudala ’12 and Rachel Dragos ’12 for their writing portfolios; Hannah Davenport ’13 for her short story, “There Are Paper Planes Everywhere;” Lela Sethares ‘14 for her drawing, “Self Portrait;” Caitlin Walsh ‘13 for her photograph, “Wampanoag Longhouse.” The work of all Gold Key winners will be forwarded to New York for entrance in the national Scholastic competition. Silver Keys: Rachel Dragos ‘12 for her photograph, “Diner,” Julia Guérin ‘14 for her photograph, “The Missing Shadow” and Lauren Hoyerman ‘13 for her photograph, “Dual.”

Boston Globe winners Hannah Davenport, Lela Sethares, Grant Doney, Julia Guérin, Lauren Hoyerman, Rachel Dragos, Ayla Fudala. Missing from the photo are Elizabeth Stimson and Caitlin Walsh.

Honorable mentions: Lauren Hoyerman for three other photographs, “Clavicle,” “Farben,” and “Lacquer.” Grant Doney ‘16 for his drawing, “Hamlet;” Ayla Fudala ‘12 for her photograph, “Dreaming of Flight;” Elizabeth Stimson ‘13 for her drawing, “Self Portrait.” Clare Beams teaches Creative Writing at Falmouth Academy. Susan Moffat teaches photography and ¡Cuba! and Lucy Nelson teaches studio arts and Arts-in-Humanities. An exhibit of Gold Key and Silver Key art will hang at the Transportation Center in Boston from February 13 through April 20 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays. The Awards Ceremonies will be held March 11 at the John Hancock Hall in Boston. Ω

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Falmouth Academy R

March 2012

The Simon Sinfonietta

We couldn’t do it without you.

with Mark Miller, clarinetist Music by Boyce, Swilich, von Weber, and Haydn

Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.


Falmouth Academy Community Series

For reservations, please call 508-457-9696, x227.

Please support the Annual Fund!

Geraldine Brooks author of Caleb’s Crossing

will speak at Falmouth Academy Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Refrigerator Calendars

April 2012

Two Honor Society events in April:

• April 2-6 -- Canned Food Drive, for Falmouth Service Center. 5 cans or $5, please! • April 9-13 -- Clothing, Shoes, & Sports Equipment. Check your closets for gently used but still serviceable items. Donations should be placed in the class boxes in the side entry foyer. Thank you!

spirit week is


April 23-27…Go, Mariners!


The Write Stuff: why good writing skills matter Alumni Day Panel discussion moderated by Ruth Slocum, Chair, English Department with panelists Ray Bartlett ’88, Elizabeth Dean ’98, Colleen (Bulman) Dunn ’93, Lisa (Schneider) Freudenheim ’86, Yuki Honjo ’90, Katharina (Plumb) LiVigne ’01, Alex Walsh ’88 FA alumni carry their careful training with them. From constant practice in seventh grade in writing focus sentences and paragraphs to habitual proofreading in senior year, they have learned how to write. In January, alumni panelists spoke to FA high school students about some of the ways good writing skills make them successful professionals. “Fundamentals matter,” said Yuki Honjo, chief operating officer at McLane Research Laboratories. “Writing is your right to be heard,” she said. “If you don’t write clearly, your audience won’t understand what you think. In the real world, if you write well, you can differentiate yourself and be important. This is essential in any industry.” She rotates proofreading tasks among her team members so they constantly edit their own and their colleagues’ writing. Lisa Freudenheim teaches attorneys to write clearly. She advises them to become familiar with their weaknesses so they can be particularly alert for those mistakes when they edit their work. Another of her guiding principles: Be aware of the reader. Katie LiVigne, the media manager for the New York City Ballet, agrees: “My language has to be appropriate for the New York City Ballet. What I write may show up in the New York Times.” She avoids abbreviations, even in Tweets. “‘I’m on my iPhone’ is not an excuse for sloppy writing.” “Letters have to be clear, concise and convey information,” said Liz Dean, a claims unit manager at Travelers Insurance. She found so many grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes when she edited her employees’ letters that she wrote a guide, “From Salutation to Sincerely.” In it she emphasizes the importance of proofreading. “I credit Mrs. Hobbie with making us write ‘I have proofread this’ on all of our papers,” she said. “I have to put everything in writing and be very precise,” added Colleen Dunn, human resources manager at Falmouth Hospital, “If there’s the least opportunity for misinterpretation, it could land your business in court.” Alex Walsh is president and founder of ePaint, developer and manufacturer of environmentally-safe marine cover products. Much of his business is funded by government grants that require written proposals and reports. “I wouldn’t have a business if I couldn’t convey ideas,” he said. “If I can’t convey, I can’t get funding.” A published author who specializes in travel writing, Ray Bartlett stressed the importance of knowing how to focus and write well for a global economy. “Writing is like dressing yourself. You write appropriately for the occasion, whether it’s an opinion piece, résumé or a text. Good writing does matter, even more so now than in the past,” he said. “The world is getting smaller and writing is bringing us together.” Falmouth Academy teaches students how to write. We are used to hearing from our young graduates that they are so confident in that skill that they are teaching their college roommates how to write. We are grateful to the older alumni on this panel for explaining how skills in clear thinking, writing, and presenting — skills that FA helped them develop — are essential in their 10 professional success. Ω

Mariner Craft Beer Tasting A Falmouth Academy Fundraiser Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

Plans for Falmouth Academy’s spring fundraiser are “brewing” so mark your calendars for Saturday, April 28, for a Mariner Craft Beer Tasting, in the gym at 6:00 p.m. This social event will feature samples from Cape Cod Beer, Offshore Ale Co., Cisco Brewers and more, as well as abundant complementary food pairings from local restaurants and caterers. Come and sample some new favorite local beers and learn more about how these delicious brews are made! (Other beverages and refreshments will be available.) Live music by Allan McGarry, silent and live auction items, fund-a-need and games of chance will round out the evening. Proceeds from the event benefit the school’s Annual Fund, which supports our program. Do you have a nautical item you’d like to lend? We are looking for nautical items to borrow for decoration, such as sails, spinnakers, signal flags and dinghies. Please contact Maribeth Wadman if you would like to lend an item: Contribute to a vacation-themed lot. Donate a week or long weekend at your vacation home or condo, or amenities to make a trip that much better. Or, maybe you’d like to offer an afternoon sail with cocktails on your boat. To donate, contact Katie Hollander: Tickets are available by contacting the school: $45/person ($25/alumnus or guest, age 21-30); $70 for an individual sponsor; $700 for a sponsored table of ten ($250 is a tax-deductible contribution). For more information, call Barbara Campbell at 508-457-9696, x227. Ω

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Who was here for Alumni Day?

The Roundtable Hosts

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FA’s Honor Society works hard all year long Although we’re a small school, support for the annual Honor Society our Honor Society membership is Scholarships awarded at Recognition quite large: slightly less than half the Day to three or four students whose students are members. support for the Membership requirecommunity is esments are based on pecially generous. grades and, in the This year, that upper school, on a project sold over written application 23,000 chocolate as well. As this year’s Hugs and Kisses president, Rachel Dra-- all of which gos ‘12 said, “It’s more had to be sorted Honor Society elves display (and model) than an honor roll. for delivery at the collection of hats, mittens and scarves The National Honor headed for the Falmouth Service Center. [l. All-School MeetSociety (NHS) and to r.] sophomores Ruth Collins, Drew Bur- ing in December. the National Junior Naturally chill, Lily Patterson, Cassidy Reves-Sohn. Honor Society recoginterested in nize students who have demonstrated education, the Honor Society pays for excellence in the areas of scholarship, the schooling of one boy in Nigeria leadership, service, and character.” through the charity, PLAN, and ran She added that membership in the a clothing-and-school-supply drive FA chapter not only acknowledges to benefit the Orchard Garden Park students’ existing accomplishments School in Roxbury. They run a Jeans but also “challenges them to develop Day (where students and faculty pay further through active involvement for the privilege of wearing blue jeans in school projects and community to school) to support the Falmouth service.” Service Center’s Fresh Start Program, The NHS’s community service providing well-equipped back packs focuses on the school and on the wider to low income students at the start of world. Every year, NHS members school. organize and carry out the fall oriThey hope upper school students entation for new students entering (age 16+) will have the opportunity to in grades 8-12. A new fall event, work again on a Habitat for Humanity “Zumba for a Cause!” brought toBuild this spring, while younger memgether some 60 students and adults to bers plan to hold a car wash. These exercise with a Latin beat. They raised will be in addition, of course, to the $861 for the Housing Assistance Corspring canned food drive and planning poration here on the Cape. their important induction ceremony The fall canned food drive (one of for new members in May. two the Honor Society runs) generSummer doesn’t end their work! ated 390 cans of food plus $461 in They prepare a packet of summer volcash, donated to the Falmouth Service unteer opportunities for FA students Center. as an extension of the many volunteer The Falmouth Service Center is opportunities they make available also the destination of the warm hats, during the year. As NHS president, scarves, and mittens that come in to Rachel also serves on the Student decorate a holiday tree in the school. Council, helping to coordinate and The Honor Society’s big holiday Hugs support each group’s efforts & Kisses project not only provides during the year. And those ef13 sweets for students–it also is the main forts are most productive! Ω

Overheard at Alumni Day

In January, 25 alumni returned to share their college, grad school, and career advice with current juniors and seniors. Here are a few tidbits we overheard. • There are some amazing gap year opportunities. Anna Van Voorhis ’10, freshman, McAllister College • Asking questions helps you stand out. Leave your door open in the dorm to connect socially and meet new people. Margot Wilsterman ’11, freshman, Connecticut College. • Go to professors’ office hours. It makes a difference. Joseph O’Connor ’11, freshman at Catholic University • Get as many core courses and prerequisites out of the way as you can–early! Jules Buccino ’10, sophomore, Mt. Holyoke College • You have to actually participate. They won’t come looking for you. Tim Wadman ’09, junior, Villanova University • In a women’s college, the classroom dynamic is so different, the maturity level is higher, and classroom conversations can be directed to issues of concern to women. Grace Foster ’10, sophomore, Mt. Holyoke College • Study abroad. Get as far away as you can from what you’re familiar with, and then visit everywhere nearby. Xandy Walsh ’11, freshman, St. Andrews University, Scotland • Internships are a great way to start or try out a career, but they are mostly unpaid. Still, it gets you in the door. Katie (Plumb) LiVigne ’01, Media Manager, New York City Ballet • A good GPA buffers bad GRE scores, as do good interviewing skills and interpersonal skills. The biggest thing in applying to grad school is good recommendations from people in your field. Sarah (Lafaver) McCarron ’96 DVM , Marshfield Animal Hospital • Learning how to integrate 14 was the best thing at FA. Scott

SAVE the DATE to Celebrate FA and honor our Faculty Friday, June 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Plan to be at Falmouth Academy on Friday, June 8 to help us celebrate our faculty, especially our founding faculty, our alumni and Falmouth Academy’s 35 year anniversary. We will cheer on our new Alumni Council and see the premiere of the alumni video, Because of FA. Still in production, it is thoughtful and imaginative, filled with alumni stories from our first scrappy days in rented space in the basement of a retirement home to the present day on our own handsome campus. You will see that even if our spaces are different, FA has the same spirit and culture. This celebration is for all past and present members of the Falmouth Academy community– alumni, faculty and staff, trustees, parents, friends. Two of our founding faculty, Janet Kearsley and Nancy Twichell, plan to retire in June so they, of course, will be on hand to celebrate with their colleagues and FA families, past and present. (We are going to need a lot of help before and after this event. To volunteer, please contact Barbara Campbell.) Brown ’89 Ph.D, Associate Scientist, Rochester Institute of Technology • College is the time to figure out what you want to do. Just work for the best GPA you can. Mareana (Ricci) Tiapula ’99 MBA, owner Bayview Campgrounds Ω

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Alumni News

Congratulations to Shannon (McLaughlin ’02) Taylor and her husband, Cole, whose baby Alison Mae was born in January. The proud grandmother is Ruth (Murray ’79) McLaughlin.

(CRA) and we linked up with a housing/general welfare agency in Hale County called HERO.” Alex Lloyd-Evans ’07 will spend the next year in Lansing, MI working with AmeriCorps. His focus will be on disaster-related planning for the state, particularly for “underserved and minority” citizens.

Alumni to gather in Washington, DC and New York City

Nate Haycock ’11 has been busy at Franklin & Marshall. “I went with a group of 16 F&M students and three advisors to Greensboro, Alabama, to help rebuild the local pastor’s home, which was destroyed in the tornado in April. We finished framing and roofing the house, put in all the windows and doors (which weighed about a thousand pounds each!) and started insulating. The pastor, Kirvin Jones, cooked us some delicious fried catfish and showed us the town, which has promise but is impoverished. It was a project run through a club at F&M called Catastrophic Relief Alliance

Two events are planned to help local alumni network with each other – and share a bit of their city’s culture. On Sunday, March 4, alumni in Washington, DC, led by Bridget Miskell ’07, Sean O’Neill ’04 and David Tamasi ’90, will meet for lunch at the Hill Country Barbecue at 1:00 before touring the National Portrait Gallery at 2:30. New York City alumni, led by Katie (Plumb) LiVigne ’01, will meet Thursday, April 12 at The Coliseum Pub/Restaurant at 6:00 p.m. and then walk to the Museum of Art and Design (voluntary admission charge). To RSVP, please contact Barbara Campbell. Ω

Lights, Camera, Action! We invite YOU to be in the FA alumni video How has your FA experience influenced your life? You are invited to answer this and other questions in Because of FA, a video we are producing to capture messages from FA alumni around the world! The video will debut Friday, June 8 at FA’s 35th Anniversary celebration. To see a sample of the first few interviews done at the Alumni Soccer Game, go to fa.html and click Falmouth Academy. Twenty-five alumni have participated so far! We would really like to represent FA alumni from every decade and from across the globe. We encourage you to record footage and send it in. The deadline to submit is March 30. For information on how to submit your 15 video, visit the Alumni page on the FA web site.



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Alumni News

Sarah Swanbeck ’03 is in transition. “I finished up my MPP at Berkeley in May and started a new job with the Controller’s Office for the City of San Francisco in September. In between, I did some contract work for the City during the budget process, moved to a new apartment in Oakland, and spent several weeks travelling in the Czech Republic. I’m settling into the new job slowly - my department is essentially an internal consultant for the city, doing various kinds of analysis for different city departments. In that way, it’s nice because I get a lot of variety in my work. Right now, for example, I’m doing projects with the City Library, Juvenile Probation, the Department of Public Health, and the school districts. I also was recently accepted into a program called Emerge, which trains Democratic women to run for office. The program operates in nine different states, and this year they accepted 24 women from California. There’s more information on the website: http:// Through the program, I’ve been to several fundraising events lately, one for Tammy Baldwin who is running for Senate in Wisconsin and another for Elizabeth Warren, running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.” Sarah is pictured at right with Ms. Warren at the Emerge conference. (continued on page 15)