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Read more about Dr. Patrick Marinello ‘05 (right), and his fellow alumni/ae in our Alumni Spotlight on Pg. 6

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Ginna M. Roeding, Ph.D., President of the Board Marjorie Gorelik, Secretary


Dandan Wu, Ph.D., Treasurer

The mission of Doane Stuart is education for students from every quarter. In a college preparatory context, where the joy of discovery is valued, Doane Stuart emphasizes serious study, educates to social responsibility and lays the foundation for a strong faith.

Andrew Rose, Esq., Counsel Noel Hogan, Ed.D., CPA, President Emeritus John B. Robinson, Jr., President Emeritus Alan Boulos, MD Sr. Meg Canty, RSCJ Sharon M. Duker, CPA, Interim Head of School Karen Hitchcock, Ph.D. Ellen Jakovic, Esq. DS ’78 Winifred A. McCarthy KA ’66 Seth Powell Patrick Turley, Esq. DS ’79





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Molding Medical Minds - Meet our alumni/ae making waves in the medical and health care fields and discover how their time at Doane Stuart influenced their career paths.


The 2018-2019 school year brings with it not only change and excitement, but also the opportunity to re-affirm the aspects of Doane Stuart that make us most unique and most proud.


As we prepare our college-bound students for what lies ahead academically, learn more about Doane Stuart’s approach to the college process.


This year alone, Doane Stuart has more than 50 groups of siblings and legacies currently enrolled. We want to share with you more about our greatest compliment.

DEPARTMENTS 3 From the Interim Head of School

24 Reunion 2018 Recap

4 165th Commencement 11 In Memoriam 12 New Faces 14 Campus & Community News

28 Sports Highlights 36 Art News 42 2017-2018 Annual Giving Report

Layout and design by Elizabeth Grayson, Director of Publications

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THE INTERIM HEAD OF SCHOOL SHARON M. DUKER We’ll also introduce you to a few of

School in the greater Capital Region.

our stellar alums, whose career paths

Dan Pearson, our new Director of

guided them to the medical and

Admission, is busy introducing himself

healthcare fields. We invite you to

to local feeder schools, and we are all

join in the celebrations of the Spring

attending community events, where

Gala and Auction, Graduation, and

we can tell the story of the Doane

Reunion Weekend. We are thankful

Stuart Difference. Of course, our

for your support, and this publication

students are our best ambassadors,

is our opportunity not only to express

and you will see articles in this issue

gratitude, but also to “show off ” our

that celebrate their educational

spectacular students and School. We

endeavors, sports accomplishments,

are truly blessed.

and arts activities. They and we are

Doane Stuart has a rich and vibrant history. The merger of St. Agnes Dear Doane Stuart Community: Welcome to The Fall / Winter 2018 Pennant. Within these pages you’ll catch a glimpse of Doane Stuart at its best – whether it’s a Lower School STEAM class or Socktober sock drive, sports in all divisions, or the Upper School students’ college search process. You can explore our interfaith

making every effort for them to be noticed in the community, too. Soon, Doane Stuart will no longer be the

School and Kenwood Academy in 1975 brought together two religious

“best kept secret” in the region.

traditions. Our interfaith identity has

The Board of Trustees has launched

grown deeper and stronger in the

a search for a permanent Head of

intervening years, and today Doane

School. The Search Committee is

Stuart students explore the traditions

committed to finding someone who

and beliefs of Buddhists, Christians,

will embrace the valued traditions of

Hindus, Jews and Muslims. A Doane

Doane Stuart, while spearheading

Stuart Difference.

changes necessary for future growth and economic sustainability.

identity and our commitment to

I am proud and fortunate to be

traditions; share in the excitement of

leading Doane Stuart during this time

theater, art and music performances;

of transition, and I am grateful for the

and delve into the deep ties of our

support from the Board, the faculty

“family of families.” Or, in other

and administration, the students and

words, Discover the Doane Stuart

the parents. One of my primary goals


this year is to raise the visibility of the

Generations of families who have already embraced our Mission are working hard to ensure that Doane Stuart continues to be the premier independent school in this region for many years to come.

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165TH COMMENCEMENT - Congratulations Class of 2018

IT ’ S T H E EN D OF T HE D S R OAD (F OR NOW!) FOR THESE 2 0 1 8 L E GAC Y F AM IL IES - Six of our 2018 graduates had siblings, parents,

grandparents, and even great grandparents who previously attended and graduated from Doane Stuart, Saint Agnes or Kenwood. Although their time as a family with a student at Doane Stuart has come to an end, they will always be part of the DS community. See Pg. 41 for more about current siblings and legacies enrolled at Doane Stuart this year!




1. Abby Hanna ’16 and Erin Hanna ’18 2.Will Murdock ’18 and Anna Murdock ’18 with sisters Maggie Murdock ’14 and Erin Murdock ’14 3. Sami Mohamed Ali ’18 and Sarah Mohamed 5


Ali ’11 with their mother Amira Eltahir 4. Paloma Libasci ’18 and Christian

Libasci ’17 with their parents Jon and Argelis Libasci 5. Dante Perrotto ’18 with his parents Debra and Brian Perotto ’84 6. Claire Bender ’18 with her grandmother Pheobe Bender SA ’51 at her commencement in front of a photo of Claire’s great grandmother Kate Easton SA ’21.

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The 35 members of Doane Stuart’s 165th graduating class applied to a $4

group of schools as diverse as they are and earned over Million in merit based college scholarship. Acceptances include: (N o t e : S c h o o l s



indicate a school at which one or more students have chosen to matriculate this fall)

Agnes Scott College

Iona College

Roger Williams University

Syracuse University

Alfred University

Ithaca College

Rollins College

American University

Johnson & Wales University (Providence)

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

The George Washington University

Lafayette College

Russell Sage College

The University of Tampa

Lasell College

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The University of the Arts

Bard College Becker College Bennington College Binghamton University Brandeis University Bryn Mawr College Castleton University Champlain College Clark University

Lehigh University Lesley University Manhattanville College Marist College Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Saint Michael’s College Savannah College of Art and Design School of the Art Institute of Chicago Siena College

University of Puget Sound

St. John’s College (MD)

University of Rhode Island

St. John’s University Queens Campus

University of Rochester

St. Lawrence University

University of Tulsa

State University of New York at Albany

University of Vermont

State University of New York at New Paltz

Utica College

Miami University, Oxford

Columbia College (Chicago)

Mount Holyoke College

Connecticut College

Muhlenberg College

Cornell University

Nazareth College

Dickinson College

Occidental College

Drexel University

Pace University, New York City

Emmanuel College

Pennsylvania State University

Fairfield University Franklin & Marshall College

Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg

Goucher College

Point Park University

SUNY College at Brockport

Hamilton College - NY

Purchase College State University of New York

SUNY College at Oneonta

Indiana University at Bloomington

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rochester Institute of Technology

University of New England

St. John Fisher College

Colby-Sawyer College

Hartwick College

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Simmons College

Clarkson University

Quinnipiac University

University at Buffalo The State University of New York

University of New Hampshire at Durham

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Hampshire College

The University of Scranton

Stony Brook University

SUNY College at Potsdam SUNY Oswego

SUNY Plattsburgh

University of San Francisco

UNSW Australia Wake Forest University

West Virginia University Wheaton College MA Whittier College Worcester Polytechnic Institute

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

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FEATURE - Alumni/ae Spotlights

olding edical inds



I am a professor in the Department of Neurology at Albany Medical Center (“AMC”) and I work as a board certified clinical neuropsychologist. I have a doctoral degree in psychology and specialized fellowship training in clinical neuropsychology. As a neuropsychologist, my work involves a lot of


assessment and testing. I assist in making diagnoses (e.g.,


does a patient have Alzheimer’s disease? Is he or she


suffering from dementia?) and help my colleagues to make


decisions about their patients – like whether they’re able to


return to work or to live independently, or whether they’re


good candidates for surgery and able to manage their postoperative medical needs. I often spend five or six hours

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with a patient and my job is to examine their cognitive skills using various objective, standardized tests. Typically, I spend about half of my week in direct contact with patients and the other half scoring, interpreting data, and generating reports to answer the questions that the referring provider posed. I see adults only, and I’m one of four providers at AMC. WHEN DID YOU “KNOW” YOU WANTED TO PURSUE THIS CAREER? WAS THERE SOMETHING OR SOMEONE IN PARTICULAR THAT INFLUENCED THIS PATH FOR YOU? The circumstances that led me to my career are a little bit unusual. I knew that I wanted to be a neuropsychologist when my young cousin was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (a brain tumor that is typically fatal). I became fascinated with the brain and the way that it works – and also with the compassionate and life-extending care that she received – and the ways in which her quality of life was improved by her providers’ thoughtful recommendations. HOW DID YOUR EDUCATION AT DS PREPARE YOU FOR OR HELP YOU IN THIS CAREER? I truly believe that I never would have found my way to Wellesley College if it weren’t for Doane Stuart. Because of the very small classes and the attention that I received, I was encouraged that I could do – and be – anything that I wanted to be.

“I entered college as a confident student who wasn’t afraid to advocate for myself in order to find the best opportunities.” Although I was always a good student, I was quiet and I never would have excelled under different circumstances. Doane Stuart also prepared me for college – I entered as a confident student who wasn’t afraid to advocate for myself in order to find the best opportunities. As a result, I was one of eight in my graduate school class.

DAVID SCHNEIDER ’88 WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT CAREER AND WHAT DOES YOUR WORK ENTAIL ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS? I am currently working as a vocational rehabilitation counselor with Genex Services, LLC, which is the largest medical and vocational case management company in the United States. I work primarily with those who have been injured on the job (worker’s compensation) or on LTD (Long Term Disability). When I receive my referral, I meet with my client to conduct an initial vocational assessment to determine their restrictions and limitations, as well as education and work history. I then need to make some recommendations on how to best assist my client from a vocational prospective. In the State of Maryland, we follow a hierarchy of return to work. The first step is to see if the client could return work with their pre-injury employer in their prior position. Often the client’s restrictions and limitations prohibit this as their pre-injury position is outside of their current physical and functional capacities. The second step in the hierarchy is to see if the pre-injury employer has an alternative position available for the client that is within their physical and functional capacities at a wage comparable to their pre-injury wage. If an alternative position is unavailable with the pre-injury employer, the third step is to determine if the client has transferable skills to allow them to obtain a new and different position with a new employer. Oftentimes during the vocational assessment, I am able to identify transferable skills which would allow the client to obtain a new position with a new employer. If this is the case, then I would develop a vocational plan for the client

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FEATURE - Alumni/ae Spotlights targeting positions within their physical and functional

then inserted a few rods in my neck, and along with wire

capacities. I would conduct a job readiness meeting with

and bone from my hip, fused my neck.

the client at which time I would work with him or her in developing a resume, and would review interviewing and

Approximately a week after the surgery I was able to move

job search techniques. I would then work with the client in

my big right toe, and within 6 weeks I was walking with

identifying job opportunities in their geographic location

some assistive devices. I was released from the hospital a

and assist them in scheduling interviews for a new position.

few weeks later, then received outpatient rehabilitation

During the process of working with the client, I would

services at Sunnyview Hospital in Schenectady. I remember

provide ongoing vocational counseling and basically be

my physical therapist asking what my goals were with

their go to source for answering all pertinent questions

physical therapy and I told her I wanted to run again.

relating to the job search. The goal of job placement is

Through hard work and determination, I was able to run

to assist the client in obtaining a new position with a new

again. Other than a few “Halo” scars on my head, most

employer at a wage comparable to their pre-injury wage.

people would not know that I ever had an accident. Today I

Oftentimes my client may not have a GED or high school

run half marathons and do my best to keep in shape.

“The caring nature of Doane Stuart allowed me to develop my interpersonal skills, and allowed me to instill confidence, which has allowed me to succeed in both my professional and interpersonal life.” diploma, so in order to accomplish this goal, I would assist


them in obtaining their GED. If during the assessment it is


determined that the client lacked transferable skills to allow

It was this experience that shaped my life and made me

them to obtain both “suitable and gainful employment,”

want to enter the field in which I am currently working.

then the 4th step would be to assist them in identifying a

I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from

retraining program which would accomplish this goal.

Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, and my Master’s Degree from Towson University, Towson, MD. I am a Certified


Rehabilitation Counselor and licensed to practice in


Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.


When I came to Doane Stuart as a freshman, I was not the

As many fellow alumni/ae are aware, shortly after

best student. The caring nature of Doane Stuart allowed

graduating from Doane Stuart in 1988, I broke my neck in

me to develop my interpersonal skills and instill confidence,

a diving accident and was a quadriplegic. The doctors at

which has allowed me to succeed in both my professional

Albany Medical Center initially thought that I had severed

and interpersonal life.

my spinal cord. After several weeks, surgery was conducted to stabilize my neck at which time it was determined that my spinal cord was not severed, but rather numerous bone fragments were compressing the spinal cord. I had an amazing surgeon, Dr. Alan Moscowitz, who removed the hundreds of fragments compressing the spinal cord and

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came one night during my junior year when I attended a career information session hosted by one of the student organizations on campus. I learned about Regulatory Affairs and various careers for pharmacists in the pharmaceutical industry from a recent graduate of my college. That meeting ultimately led me to pursue a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Global Regulatory Affairs and started my career in the pharmaceutical industry.

JESSICA AUDETTE BANNON ’07 WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT CAREER AND WHAT DOES YOUR WORK ENTAIL ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS? I currently work for Sanofi, a pharmaceutical company, as a Senior Manager of US Regulatory Affairs, specializing in Advertising and Promotion. In this role I am responsible for ensuring that our company is compliant with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations surrounding

“We were taught problem-solving skills and how to be effective communicators. Outside of the classroom, skills such as teamwork and leadership were instilled in us.”

drug labeling and advertisements. On a day-to-day basis I work with colleagues from Legal, Medical Affairs, and Marketing to develop educational and promotional materials for healthcare professionals and patients with rare diseases. These materials could include disease awareness initiatives, scientific presentations, traditional TV or print advertisements, digital marketing strategies such as websites and social media, or print materials such as brochures. WHEN DID YOU “KNOW” YOU WANTED TO PURSUE THIS CAREER? WAS THERE SOMETHING OR SOMEONE IN PARTICULAR THAT INFLUENCED THIS PATH FOR YOU? I started my career journey in pharmacy, pursuing my PharmD degree after graduating from DS. I am still a licensed pharmacist, although a bit out of practice now! While in pharmacy school, I developed a particular interest in pharmacy law and drug development. I initially thought this interest would lead me to pursue law school after pharmacy school. However, my “ah ha” moment

HOW DID YOUR EDUCATION AT DS PREPARE YOU FOR OR HELP YOU IN THIS CAREER? First and foremost, I have to thank my science teachers at DS for sparking my interest in the sciences and providing the quality education needed to be successful in this field. Additionally, DS provided an excellent foundation for development of key soft skills that are important in healthcare and business. In the classroom, we were taught problem-solving skills and how to be effective communicators. Outside of the classroom, skills such as teamwork and leadership were instilled in us. I split my time between our office in Cambridge, MA and working from home. Our office is an open concept, flexible-work space where colleagues can move around throughout the day. Personally, I think the best spots are on the 10th floor where the views of Boston are spectacular! However, my favorite “co-worker” resides in my home office - my dog, Avery.

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FEATURE - Alumni/ae Spotlights DR. PATRICK MARINELLO ’04 WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT CAREER AND WHAT DOES YOUR WORK ENTAIL ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS? I am an Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery. I work at the Bone and Joint Center and I am part of Capital Region Orthopedic Group. I see patients in clinic and operate in both our outpatient surgery center and in the hospital at Albany Medical Center and St. Peter’s hospital. I also work with the orthopedic surgery residents at Albany Medical Center where I am involved in their teaching. WHEN DID YOU “KNOW” YOU WANTED TO PURSUE THIS CAREER? WAS THERE SOMETHING OR SOMEONE IN PARTICULAR THAT INFLUENCED THIS PATH FOR YOU? I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. My father is a family physician and I remember going around with him as a kid in the hospital and in the office. Over time, I developed my love and interest for orthopedic surgery. During residency I was able to choose hand and upper extremity surgery as an additional focus of training. HOW DID YOUR EDUCATION AT DS PREPARE YOU FOR OR HELP YOU IN THIS CAREER? My education at Doane Stuart was foundational to my current success. From a young age I was challenged academically and had teachers who were invested in my success. I was exposed to an excellent science curriculum early and this helped me succeed in college and medical school.

“From a young age I was challenged academically and had teachers who were invested in my success.”

THE CURRICULUM DIFFERENCE Working at an independent school, teachers are not required to teach to a test, but may create dynamic and original lessons that enable students to go as deep and far into a subject as they wish. The goal at Doane Stuart is never a score, but for students to think critically, see how disciplines relate to and inform each other, and to discover the passion for education that will ensure they become lifelong learners.


Beginning this year

Advanced Biology students are now able to grow and study cells. See Pg. 14 to learn more about the Bender Scientific Fund that provided us with this impressive equipment.

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In Memoriam THE DOANE STUART SCHOOL IS SADDENED BY THE PASSING OF A DEAR FRIEND, FORMER TRUSTEE AND PAST PARENT, MR. MORRIS MASSRY. Mr. Massry was instrumental in the creation of Doane Stuart when Kenwood Academy and St. Agnes School merged. Mr. Massry’s daughter, Sheila Massry Koppel, was a graduate of Doane Stuart.

Mr. Massry was a

long-time trustee and was elected President of the Board in 1980. In 2005, Mr. Massry received Doane Stuart’s Rev. David Standish Ball Distinguished Trustee Award. Mr. and Mrs. Massry were the Chairs for Doane Stuart’s 30th Annual Spring Gala & Auction. We are grateful for their generosity and especially honored by their gift of the beautiful 7 branch Candelabra that hangs proudly in our Golub Interfaith Chapel. In addition to Doane Stuart, Mr. Massry served and chaired many of the nonprofit boards on which he sat, including: The United Way, The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Excelsior College, Russell Sage College, St. Mary’s Hospital, Center for Disability Services, Jewish Community Center in Troy, Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home, National Board of the Daughters of Charity, University at Albany Foundation, Proctors, and Temple Beth El. Mr. Massry was the founder of Massry Realty Partners. Mr. Massry and his family supported so many organizations in the Capital Region. Most recently, Albany Medical Center opened the Massry Family Children’s Emergency Center, the region’s only pediatric emergency room. Doane Stuart and the entire Capital Region has lost a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Massry Family. Alav Ha-shalom.

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Doane Stuart is thrilled to have welcomed some new faces to join our community for the 2018-2019 school year.

Welcome New Trustees: undergraduate, is married with two children who attend Doane Stuart (Grades 3 and 5), and currently divides his time between East Greenbush and northern Lake George.

SETH POWELL is a managing partner of Rock Creek Reserve, a West Coast based investment startup firm. Prior to this, Seth was the founder and CEO of Scarlett Medical, a JHACO-accredited medical device company that experienced double digit growth every year under Seth’s guidance, with sales in excess of $10 million annually. Before his foray into business, Seth was a decorated major crimes (CIU) detective with the Albany Police Department where, among other specialties, he was an FBI trained and certified hostage negotiator. One constant in Seth’s life is music, as he has been an engineer and producer at his Soundcheck Republic recording studios, which he has owned and operated continuously for 20 years, with clients such as Graham Parker, The Guggenheim Museum, and National Geographic, among others. Seth studied history at the University of Florida as an

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Dandan Wu , of Guilderland, is Associate Professor of Finance and Co-Chair of the Accounting, Finance, Financial Planning, and Economics Department at The College of Saint Rose. Dandan received her Bachelor of Science and Finance from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in China and her Ph.D in Finance from Washington State University, where she also served as a Research Assistant and Instructor. Dandan has been active on numerous committees at Saint Rose and is a frequent panelist at meetings and conferences focused on financial management.


Welcome New Faculty and Staff: GlassRoots Gallery in Stone Harbor, New Jersey and as a self-employed tutor and editor for homeschooled primary and secondary students in Chicago, where she also conducted ACT and SAT test prep. Locally,


Holly served as a class tutor for Director of Admission Dan

Pearson graduated from Bowdoin College and the University

the Troy School District, where her responsibilities included co-teaching World History.

of St. Andrews in Scotland. Dan worked for a decade as a newspaper and magazine journalist, covering the arts, municipal government, and education. During his time as Assistant Director of Admissions at Connecticut College, he served for seven years as liaison to Capital area schools, including Doane Stuart.

Magda Sfeir is Upper School Dean of Students and an instructor in Biology and Health. She comes to Doane Stuart after several years as Associate Professor of Health Science and Director of the Health Information Management program at SUNY Schenectady. During her Upper School Registrar Holly

O’Brien graduated from Sarah

time there, she earned awards in teaching and leadership. She is soon to be featured in HerLife magazine

Lawrence College and Northwestern

as a spotlight role model. Magda

University, where she received a

received a Bachelor’s Degree in

Master of Fine Arts in Writing for

Science and a Master’s of Science in

Screen and Stage. In addition to

Public Health, both from Excelsior

her work as a Graduate Assistant

College. She is currently working

at Northwestern, Holly served as

on her Doctorate in Education at

General Manager of the

Northwestern University.

With an 8:1 student to teacher ratio, teachers and students are able to collaborate and communicate in a manner that can be difficult in larger settings, personalizing the educational experience, promoting independent studies and conversations outside of class, and adapting to each child’s unique approach to learning. Also, students learn to learn from each other and view each other as an asset in their own education, building unity.

STEAM (pictured): Early Childhood STEAM class used a hollowed apple to create a chemical reaction that would result in watching a volcano “erupt.” In addition to learning science, the students performed the experiment to reinforce the sound and use of the letter “e.”

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G R A N TED & G R AT EF U L Doane Stuart receives grants from The Bender Scientific Fund and the Standish Family Fund

after school program. Each group (14-21 students) works in pairs or small groups. Each kit makes any of eight motorized machines (humanoid, stage beetle, crocodile, spy bot, etc.). These are controlled by programs and an ultrasound Through the Bender Scientific

but cells that were no longer

sensor. Students code the programs

Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region Grant, we were

expressing GFP were affected by

using an app on their tablets, which

the chemotherapy and were in the

connects to the robot models via a

process of dying or already dead.

wireless Bluetooth connection.

biology course (ADVANCED CELL

This equipment will move our high

The kit has 194 building parts

BIOLOGY, available to seniors

school students even further along

and a 64-page illustrated manual.

who have already studied biology,

in their study of biology; often these

Students in this program learned

chemistry and advanced biology) a

are the students who choose pre-

a great deal about coding, about

Cell Culture Incubator.

health in college. We want the most

collaborating with friends and about

able to purchase, for our terminal

sophisticated equipment for our

following complex instructions.

This equipment has allowed

students. The ability to grow cells

Most importantly, our students have

our students the ability to grow

has greatly enhanced this course

FUN! The digital world is the future

cells. This year, the students grew

and will surely increase the number

for our students, and this type of

human breast cancer cells using

of students who will enter the

program ensures they understand

the new tissue culture incubator

sciences very well-prepared.

and enjoy the coding and creativity demanded by robotics.

and maintained them for two weeks. They treated some of the

Doane Stuart was also the grateful

breast cancer cells for two days

recipient of a Standish Family

with chemotherapy. This resulted fluorescent protein (GFP). Students

Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region Grant. This grant

saw that cells expressing GFP were

allowed us to purchase seven

not affected by the chemotherapy,

Robotics Smart Machines for our

in some cells expressing a green

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It is Doane Stuart tradition to kick off the School year with a series of outings and events with one common goal: to build and strengthen the sense of community and togetherness across classes and divisions and between students and teachers. At the start of school, the class of 2022 traveled to Camp Chingachgook in the Adirondack Mountains for their Freshman Retreat. Each year, the freshman class is led in two days of adventures including team building exercises and games, rock wall climbing, canoeing and more. The Retreat brings the freshman class together for the first time and allows students the opportunity to meet their classmates and teachers and make new friends. Most importantly, it is a chance to have a lot of FUN! The Middle School once again enjoyed two days of fun, adventure, community and team building at Skye Farm, a favorite tradition for over 20 years. The students swam, canoed and hiked. New students participated in the tradition of choosing either a Blue Team or Green Team allegiance. Skye Farm brings Middle School students together in the spirit of community, friendship and teamwork, with the goal of carrying that spirit on throughout the school year. The 6th annual Back-to-School Barbecue brought over 300 members of the community together on a perfect fall evening. After an exciting boys soccer match everyone enjoyed great food, great friends and great school spirit! A huge thank you to Mona Golub (parent of Ira ’15) and Price Chopper’s House of Barbecue, for cooking delicious hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad and macaroni salad, and to the families that brought side dishes and desserts. Doane Stuart seniors also came together for their annual overnight Senior Retreat. The students, along with Upper School faculty, like the freshmen, traveled to Camp Chingachgook and participated in icebreakers, problem solving, a high ropes course, and talked about leadership and the role each one plays in maintaining a sense of community and respect, not only at school but also in their lives outside of school. The Lower School gathered again this year at Bowman Orchard to spend the day together as a community and to have tons of fun learning about how apples grow and how they get from the tree to the market. The children especially enjoyed picking apples, eating cider doughnuts and drinking fresh apple cider. They also played on an amazing wooden playground and met several farm animals.

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GALA 2018 On April 14, 2018, Doane Stuart’s Spring Gala and Auction raised more than $132,000! This is wonderful news for Doane Stuart, as 100% of the proceeds from the Gala benefit Doane Stuart’s Financial Aid Programs and Faculty Compensation. Doane Stuart would like to thank our Gala Chairs Steve Kroll and Tricia Asaro, parents of Kate Kroll ’21 and Jack Kroll ’25 and our amazing auctioneer, Leanne Robinson Maine ’94.

Save the Date for next year’s Gala on April 6, 2019!

SCAMP The third year of Doane Stuart’s summer program, SCAMP (School + Camp), was a huge success. More than 60 children, ages 3-8, participated throughout the summer months. The program was again coordinated by several Doane Stuart teachers, and this past summer incorporated many STEAM focused activities in addition to music, drama and more – all designed to be fun!

Visit DOANESTUART.ORG/SCAMP for info and dates for SCAMP Summer 2019!

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Ganeles ’19 Named a National Merit Semi-Finalist Brian Ganeles, Student Body President, was named a National Merit SemiFinalist. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT), which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year. Of the 1.6 million entrants, about 50,000 with the highest PSAT scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Ganeles said the practice tests given during the SAT preparation course (offered free to all Doane Stuart juniors), enabled him to build confidence and stay calm during the testing, and he encouraged students to take the practice tests when possible. To compete to become a Merit Finalist, Semi-Finalists must demonstrate high standards, which include not only their performance on the SAT but also on the rigor and record of their academic program, their activities and school leadership, and on an essay. In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists are notified that they have advanced to Finalist standing. Beginning in March, about half of these students are awarded scholarships.

Albany Med Prize Four Doane Stuart students received the rare opportunity in September to meet the three recipients of one of the nation’s most prestigious science awards, the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research. As part of the event, the Doane Stuart students, and a select number of other area students, were able to ask the pioneering scientists about their careers and ground-breaking research. The 2018 Albany Med prize was awarded to a group of scientists for developing a new way to treat cancer and other diseases. Sharing the prize were:

Pictured in the front row, from left, Caleb KarkariMensah ’20, Isabel Barats ’20, Olaposi Peters ’19, and Maya Lautenberg ’19.

James P. Allison (PhD), of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (who days later won the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology); Carl June (MD), of the Perelman School of Medicine, University

of Pennsylvania; and Steven A. Rosenberg (MD, PhD), National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. The scientists were recognized for their work on immunotherapy, which has led to innovative new drugs for cancer, HIV, and other diseases, with many already saving and extending the lives of tens of thousands of patients. The three shared a $500,000 award.

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Grandparents and Special Friends Day Lower and Middle School students once again welcomed grandparents and special friends to the Golub Interfaith Chapel for Doane Stuart’s annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day celebration. After being welcomed to Doane Stuart by Mrs. Duker, Lower School students and the Middle School choir performed a selection of songs, shared the book “Babysitting Grandma & Grandpa” and their own “movie,” which showed their favorite activity with their grandparents. Following the Chapel, students invited their guests to their classrooms for activities and to see some of the work they have been doing in School this fall.

Energy Fair Nearly 500 people came

Aibel ‘19 Commended

to Doane Stuart on Saturday, October 20 to attend Community

Claudia Aibel ’19 has received a

Advocates for Sustainable

Letter of Commendation for her

Energy’s third annual

performance on the Preliminary SAT/

Renewable Energy and

National Merit Scholarship Qualifying

Sustainable Living Fair.

Test (PSAT/NMSQ.) She is one of only about 30,000 students nationwide of the 1.6 million students that take the PSAT to be National Merit

Commended. Aibel entered Doane Stuart in Grade 7. At school, in addition to academics, she is VicePresident of the Key Club, a member of the Environmental Club and a Peer Tutor who

The free day-long event, the largest of its kind in the Capital District, featured displays, workshops, and products that promote renewable energy and sustainability. Discussions focused on geothermal and solar energy, energy efficiency, and conservation practices and the Capital District Electric Vehicle Drivers Club discussed the benefits of electric cars.

helps students with writing and drafting their

U.S Rep. Paul Tonko (D-20th) appeared at the event

essays. After attending a Middle School with

(pictured) and addressed those in attendance.

500 students, Aibel said she appreciates

Tonko, a vocal advocate for clean energy, serves

Doane Stuart’s small classes and also credits

in Washington on the Congressional Energy and

the School’s SAT prep course with being

Commerce Committee, is Co-Chairman of the

beneficial to her performance on the PSAT.

Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, and formerly served on the Natural Resources Committee. Doane Stuart students provided tours

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of the School’s Green Roof.


Parent Portal


This fall,

During Doane Stuart’s

Doane Stuart

Socktober sock drive,

rolled out

students in the Lower

our brand

School Community

new Parent

Service Group, with


2nd Grade teacher

system in order to greatly improve

Brittany Garrison and

our communication with families,

STEAM teacher Kate

faculty and staff, and to cut down on

Skivington, collected

paper, postage costs, and printing/ mailing time. The Portal acts as a community wide “bulletin board,” a

435 pairs of new socks, which were donated to Joseph’s House in Troy, NY. Socks are the number one item requested by homeless shelters.

directory and so much more. Joseph’s House in Troy provides emergency shelter or support services The implementation of the

to an average of 1000 men, women and children annually. Central to

new Parent Portal was a great

its mission is to provide non-judgmental services to end homelessness.

undertaking and is now a useful

Treating each person with dignity and respect, and promoting self-

asset to our School!

determination, empowers guests and tenants to make healthier choices.

National Chemistry Day Doane Stuart proudly took home the award for “Best Themed Booth” at the American Chemical Society’s National Chemistry Day event held each year at the New York State Museum. The theme this year was “Chemistry is Out of this World.” Doane Stuart was a sponsor at the event, where we were able to greet approximately 250 children with exciting experiments and activities at our “Chemistry-in-Space” themed booth. Science faculty and student volunteers guided the children and their families through stations where they were able to create and take home a “stellar nebula” by mixing gasses (colored water), space dust (cotton balls) and stars (glitter) in a bottle, test a real-life meteorite for the presence of nickel and even study the light spectrum of different gasses to help identify planets.

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FEATURE -Interfaith Identity



IDENTITY It is not just in our 19th century history that we proved ourselves committed to respect for difference of religion. In 1975, the union of our area’s oldest independent Episcopal school and oldest independent Catholic school assured that compromise and visionary reconciliation would establish the institutional benefit of learning from people not like one’s self.

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hen members of the

of the Doane Stuart experience. It

individual contributes to the collective.

Doane Stuart community

strengthens the entire community by

While there are numerous historic

reflect on the elements

enabling all members of it to be part

examples of this, there are also more

that most define the school’s identity,

of something that extends far beyond

recent developments that invigorate

its role as a non-doctrinal, interfaith

and far ahead. Doane Stuart’s vitality


school endures as one of the most

is based on the recognition of how an

crucial. While there is always a need for empathy and cultural fluency, the great divisions that exist in society presently more than ever call for people to be willing to respect and understand the traditions and values of all different types of people. In the interfaith context, the idea of spiritualism is not only one of religious observation but also of clarity, reflection, service, tolerance, humility, and a way of looking at the world that seeks to form connections to others and to nature. Interfaith, in that sense, is about preparing students for the global age where people from many different places and spiritualities have to come together to solve problems that go beyond their familiar borders. Immigration, warfare, terrorism, scientific research, emerging technologies: each of these requires a solution and collaboration dependent on unity. At Doane Stuart, there are numerous examples that support the value of an interfaith school, both in and out of the classroom. The founding of the School, the merger of the schools, the insistence that students honor and embrace others: this is at the heart

“It strengthens the entire community by enabling all members of it to be part of something that extends far beyond and far ahead”

Nearly two decades ago, for example, Doane Stuart opened its doors to a local Buddhist congregation, which was not welcomed in its local neighborhood and was unable to find a suitable place for teaching and worship. The School entered into an agreement with the congregation, giving it sanctuary. In part, the congregation paid its rent by having one of its leaders teach a yearly course in Buddhism to Upper School students, and made its worship space available to Lower and Middle School students who learned about Buddhism.

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FEATURE -Interfaith Identity for Protestant and Roman Catholic students together, which is available at only forty schools nationwide) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A native of Belfast who had witnessed “the Troubles” that pitted Catholic against Protestant, Seamus understands first-hand how essential it is to strive for mutual understanding, and how quickly a congenial and nurturing environment can dissipate the tension between adherents of one faith and another, helping them to see instead how much they share. Another remarkable interfaith example

welcomed for the academic year

is the Irish American Exchange

Sam Morrow and Tony McGaharan, a

Program. In 2003, founding teacher

Protestant and a Catholic student from

and Middle School Co-Director

Lagan College, an integrated school

Seamus Hodgkinson finally saw

(in Northern Ireland, “integrated

his dream realized: Doane Stuart

education” describes education

Mr. Hodgkinson shared with us the following reflections: “These are challenging times in our nation and our world. Instinctively, as parents we think about our young and reach out to hold them more tightly, and light their way more clearly. We want the best for them

“In my father’s house there are many rooms.”

- John 14:2

THE TRADITION DIFFERENCE By enrolling in Doane Stuart, students inherit over a century and a half of history, with traditions that give shape and meaning to the academic calendar and that connect them to the seasons, the larger community, and to each other. Doane Stuart students discover something vital that extends far behind and far ahead, but also creates a bond and a belief in the Doane Stuart mission that ensures Alumni support the school and serve as a resource for graduates.

RING CEREMONY (pictured)

This time-honored Doane Stuart tradition comes to us from

our Kenwood / Sacred Heart histor y. During the ceremony, junior students are presented by the senior class with their school rings, marking the passage from a junior to a senior. The seniors are then gifted a flower as a thank-you for their guidance and support.

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and yet know that the realities cannot

included outside speakers, current

from numerous faiths and ecumenical

be just wished away. We seek the hope

students and alumni, and multi-media

prayers. The ministry aspires to

that goes far beyond wishing, and is

presentations. Many chapels have

nurture the spiritual life of the School,

grounded in a faith and a mission. We

featured music by student artists and

and to this end strives to cultivate

want our children to learn deeply, and

time for silent reflection. Chapels also

greater student participation.

wisely, and safely, and with confidence.

honor and recognize high holidays

We want a special place. Dates change, but in 1975 as a young immigrant from a country torn apart by sectarian violence I felt the same fears, and hoped the same dreams. For me, falling miraculously into the Doane Stuart experiment of tolerance, compromise, and possibility, I found a home, which has shaped, strengthened and supported me, ever since. Our school’s long and reflective journey in ethos, from ecumenical to interfaith, symbolized a powerful belief in education as a transforming opportunity. Equally, the geographic journey from Kenwood to Rensselaer, stated clearly that we are much more than a location or a tradition, but rather a force and an energy. I believe deeply in this place.” The “chapels” that occur in the Golub Interfaith Chapel are the most visible and communal evidence of the School’s interfaith mission. Doane Stuart’s Campus Ministry Team seeks to put together these gatherings in ways that express our spirituality. The Team tries to be the ethical center of the School. Every year, the entire student body attends chapels that celebrate the diversity of religious traditions. The purpose for chapels is to also promote a broader understanding of different religions and cultures. These chapels have

Another more tangible way that one can see Doane Stuart’s interfaith identity every day, and its evolution through the years, is in the variety of unique religion focused classes offered to our students in the Upper School: WORLD RELIGIONS explores the great religions of the world including Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and others. BIOETHICS examines the use of ethics in the biomedical/life sciences domain. Students examine important ethical concepts that help them consider each issue and develop a method for approaching any bioethical topic. WORLD MYTHOLOGY class examines the classic themes common to most systems - e.g., the hero’s quest, the creation and destruction of the world - while stories are read from cultures throughout the world, seeking to understand both commonalities and differences amongst and between disparate cultures. The goal is to come to a better understanding of the reasons cultures that seem, on the surface, to be quite different tend to ask – and try to answer – the same questions about life. BUDDHISM focuses on the basic tenets of Buddhism and the varieties of philosophy and practice in its major divisions. It covers the history of Buddhism from its inception to the present time, including its spread

throughout Asia and its recent introduction in the West. GOD(S) AND HUMANS examines the relationship between humanity and religions, between humans and God(s) and the concepts of good and evil. To achieve this, students survey the characteristics of religion with a focused study of a few individual religions and look at the nature of reality. SOCIAL JUSTICE AND PERSONAL ETHICS examines issues of social justice, “the way in which human rights are manifested in the everyday lives of people at every level of society.” The social justice principles include: equity, diversity and supportive environments. Students examine issues such as: poverty, environmental rights, access to health care, labor laws, civil rights and the death penalty. ISSUES IN PHILOSOPHY This course examines the philosophical questions and issues with which Western philosophers have grappled since the inception of philosophy itself. Topics covered include God and Religion, Science and Method, Epistemology, Ontology, and Beauty and Art.

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2018 REUNION What a Success!


Thank you to all who attended the 2018 Reunion festivities. Doane Stuart was honored to recognize Roberta Arend Ryan, KA ’43 and Liz Willard Hannock, SA ’43 with the Head of School Award and Linda Cesare MacFarlane ’83 with the Distinguished Alumni/ ae Award. On Friday, alumni/ae reunited at the cocktail reception


with our ’96 All Star Band featuring Graham Tichy and Ian Carlton. We had guest performers, including Leanne Robinson Maine ’94, Abigail Wolff Mariani ’78 and Michael Cannon ’08. On Saturday we recognized all of the Anniversary Classes, with special recognition of our 50th and 25th Anniversary Classes, and the 16 alumnae who were celebrating their 50th or more class reunion.




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1. Aime Schweizer Richards, Dorothy Hoyt Reham and Vicky Caplan Milstein SA ‘69-50th Reunion 2. Interim Head of School Sharon M. Duker and Nick Buttino ’05 catch up at Reunion. 3. Peter Kuchukian ’97 and Leanne Robinson-Maine ’94 are the Co-Chairs of the Alumni/ae Association 4. Michael Cannon ’08 joins the band for a couple of songs 5. 16 Alumnae are honored for their 50th or more year Anniversary. 6. The Class of 1978 shows off their new spirit wear. 7. 2018 Head of School Award Recipients - Liz Hannock, SA ’43 and Roberta Ryan, KA ’43. 8. Madge Morris, KA ’73, Sr. Karen Olson, KA ’54 and Sr. Meg Canty 9. Linda MacFarlane ‘83 receives the Distinguished Alumni/ae Award from Sharon M. Duker, Interim Head of School and Dr. Ginna Roeding, Board President 10. Abigail Wolff Mariani ’78 and Jamila Weintraub ’78 enjoy meeting our Director of Admission Dan Pearson 11. The ’96 All Star Band was a huge hit at Reunion 12. Michael Cannon, Lexi Carpinello, and Peter Siciliano - Class of 2008 - celebrate their 10th Reunion

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1. Willow Brugh, Reed Kennedy ’98 and KJ Neilson ‘98 celebrate their 20th Reunion 2. Madison Kolis ’13 and her Kindergarten teacher Ms. Sandy Cassant enjoy reminiscing 3. Michael Perrotto ’89 rocks his new Doane Stuart sweatshirt 4. Alumni/ ae and Faculty Artwork Exhibition. 5. Ian Carlton ’96 and Graham Tichy 6


’96 brought the house down with their band. 6. Dennis Wisnom ’02 7. Another amazing feast from Chef Dave Greene of Casey’s Restaurant in Rensselaer. 8. Alumni/ae enjoy looking back at the yearbooks 9. Renee Wallingford, Brian Wallingford ’93 and Former Faculty member Pat Testo stop for a picture


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calendars! Next year’s Reunion

celebration will take place October 18 & 19, 2019. All alumni/ae are invited to attend and we will give special recognition to the following Anniversary Classes: 2014, 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979, 1974, 1969, 1964, 1959, 1954, 1949 & 1944.

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T hu nde rc hi c ke n Fall ‘18 Sports Review Boys Varsity Soccer:

Rensselaer High leading the way with 16 goals and

The Boys Varsity team got off to

Joey DiPreta ’21 chipping in with 9, including our

a good start, winning their first

game-winner in the Sectional game against Cambridge

game against Cohoes, a Class

High School. Joey also had 15 assists. Our rookie

B school, by the score of 3-2, to

goalie Hesperos Mariposa ’21 steadily improved in

reach the Championship game

net throughout the season, recording two shutouts,

of the Stillwater tournament. In

including one against rival Loudonville Christian.

the final they gave Stillwater a great game, but in the end lost 4-2. The team ended the preseason of non-league games with a record of 3-2. After losing only two regular season games to undefeated Bishop Maginn, they finished the regular season at 5-2-1, and earned the 7th seed out of 22 teams in the

Coach Dr. David Wells with 1st Team All Star Abe Gordon ‘19 and 2nd Team All Stars Ben Guilbault ‘21 and Joseph DiPreta ‘21.

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Several members of the team, which also includes players from Rensselaer High School, have been named to the Central Hudson Valley League C Division’s All Star roster. First Team All Stars include Kyaw Lwin, a seVnior from Rensselaer, and Abe Gordon, a Doane Stuart senior. Second Team All Stars include Doane Stuart sophomores Joseph DiPreta and Ben Guilbault and Rensselaer sophomores Ki Paw Hoo and Nelson Htoo.

Central Hudson Valley League’s

Boys JV Soccer:

C Division. Despite ending their

The JV team steadily improved with each game this year.

season with a loss in the 2nd

Under the leadership of coach Deshawn Speights ‘13,

round of Sectionals to Maple

they played Northville twice and Waterford twice with

Hill, the team finished the

a record of 1-3. However, in the most recent game the

season having won a first round

team beat Waterford in double overtime on a golden

Sectional game two years in a

goal by Gael Pena-Reyes (Rensselaer High School). Also

row for the first time in Doane

scoring in that game was freshman Neil Hassett. The

Stuart history.

team made great strides and is proud of their strong finish to the season.

The team had a great offensive year with Kyaw Lwin from

Stuart School


Coach Mr. Jim Wheaton with All Stars Alyssa Calcagno’ 20, Hannah Esslie ‘22, Maya Lautenberg ‘19 and Leilah Mariposa ‘19.

Girls Varsity Soccer The Girls Varsity Soccer team completed a good but

Several members of the Doane Stuart Girls Soccer team

challenging season with a 2-0 win over Mekeel Christian

were named to the Central Hudson Valley League All

to end the season with a 3-11 record. The team scored

Star roster. Freshman midfielder Hannah Esslie (who led

an early 3-2 victory over Loundonville Christian in

the team in scoring, with half of the team’s 18 goals) and

the second game of the year. That game required an

senior defender Maya Lautenberg received First Team

hour and half delay in the middle of the 1st half due to

All Star honors. Junior forward Alyssa Calcagno (who

excessive heat (a feature of much of the early season).

led the team in assists and was second in scoring) and

Ehden Medina ’19 scored her first Varsity goal for the

senior goal keeper Leilah Mariposa (who was second

win. The team struggled at times to find consistency, but played well against some of the best teams in

in the league in saves) were named Second Team All


and out of the league. A win against rival Heatly was another high point of the season with Maya Lautenberg tying the game early with her first Varsity goal as well. While the team says goodbye to seven seniors, prospects look bright for next season.

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THUNDERCHICKEN NEWS THE ATHLETICS DIFFERENCE The Doane Stuart Thunderchickens like to win. And they do, quite often. But athletics at Doane Stuart is about promoting a healthy lifestyle, sportsmanship, teamwork, and character. There are no cuts on Doane Stuart’s sports team. Everybody at any level is welcome and encouraged to be part of the team, as sports build friendships and school spirit and provide balance and stress relief in a student’s life.

SPORTS FOR ALL (pictured) ALL students at DS are encouraged to explore playing a sport, regardless of any prior experience. The Boys Varsity Soccer team has for many years welcomed players from Rensselaer to the team when a team at Rensselaer could not be formed (other merged sports include volleyball and tennis). This partnership has been invaluable to both schools and their players and is just another example of athletics the Doane Stuart way.

Middle School Soccer

Middle School Cross Country

The Middle School plays as a coed modified team in

This year the cross country team was small in number

the Friendship League. As the name suggests, the

but big in determination and positive attitude. Meets

focus is on fun competition, with an emphasis on

were held at Menands and at Parker, and both distances

sportsmanship. This season was a mixed bag for

were about one mile. Both courses involved running

the team, with a record of 1-1-5. However, hidden in

in woods, with plenty of roots and rocks and mud to

those statistics are a last minute overtime 1-0 loss to

navigated. The athletes were more interested in their

Menands, and a 5-4 defeat by Brown in a game that was

time than the place, and everyone accomplished a

a real battle. So in summary, despite the record, this

personal best in the course of the season. The team

was a successful season with a lot of growth and great

included Olivia Berkman ‘25, Isabella Berkman ‘24, Avery


Polynice ‘25, Bryan Cole ‘25, Jackson Wells ‘25, and Derek De Santo ‘24.

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join Rensselaer Rams for Volleyball and Tennis! Girls Volleyball Rensselaer’s Varsity and JV Volleyball Teams also welcomed Doane Stuart students this fall. Abigail McMeel ’22 played at the Varsity level this season, while Irene Frias, Amy Newberg, and Icesis Hinkson-Serrano (all class of 2022) helped the JV Team to a 13-5 W-L record and a 3rd Place finish in the Patroon Conference.

(l-r ) Girls Varsity Volleyball: Abigail McMeel. Girls JV Volleyball: Icesis Hinkson-Serrano, Amy Newberg and Irene Frias (all class of 2022).

Girls Varsity Tennis The Girls Varsity Tennis team at Rensselaer welcomed our students Monica Gault ’20, Isabel Barats ’20, and Kira Nakushian ’21. They ended their season with a record of 2-11-1, finishing 7th in the conference. Coach Bob Stranahan at Rensselaer said that the Doane Stuart additions made important contributions to the tennis team this season and reported that Monica Gault reached the semi-finals in the Girls Patroon Conference Singles Tournament and made the final four in the Patroon Conference Girls Tennis (l-r) - Monica Gault ’20,


Isabel Barats ’20 and Kira Nakushian ’21

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FEATURE - College Counseling the DS Way

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“Sorting through college literature, meeting deadlines, and completing applications, while also maintaining high academic standards, are just a few of the challenges awaiting all students. The hope is that our students will learn a great deal about themselves through the college process and the end result will be matriculation to a college or university that is a great match.”

Rather than working backwards from a theoretical career you have never tried, think about your strengths and weaknesses, and the classes you have most enjoyed during high school. While it may be tempting to think about a career, start from what you know, not many steps into the future.

H AV E F U N ! L O O K I N G AT C O L L E G E S I S EXCITING. IT DOES NOT NEED TO BE STRESSFUL, OR A CHORE. You have tremendous support at Doane Stuart, and should use all of us as a resource as much as you can.

THIS PROCESS IS PERSONAL. Spending time comparing yourself to other students will not help you find good matches. Reflect on your own experiences and interests and let that guide your journey. Similarly, remember that one person’s opinion or experience is just that. Things may have changed since your Uncle Luke was in college in 1985. Instead of relying on others’ rankings, create your own! Don’t assume U.S. News knows the “best” colleges – they are in the business of selling a product, not helping you.


Some schools will request semester grades, if they feel

There are many colleges in the United States, and many

senior year. Colleges will notice if you are not taking

schools that will be good matches for you. College

the same core, academic courses as your peers. Make

counseling at Doane Stuart is not an evolution toward

sure that you have a full course load senior year, taking

that one “perfect school.” Keep an open mind about

advantage of all that Doane Stuart offers.

they need that information in order to make an admission decision. It can be very tempting to “take it easy” in your

schools, and never let a “no” letter derail your sense of self!

IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO KNOW YOUR I N T E N D E D M A J O R AT A N Y P O I N T I N H I G H S C H O O L . If you have some ideas – great!


Research shows that 50% of college students change their

While admission officers may not have time to google

major at least once. Do not feel you must have a career

every single applicant, social media postings can impact

plan to begin researching schools. A great question to

admission decisions. Assume anything on any social

ask prospective colleges is how they support undecided

media account could be seen by a college admission


officer, regardless of your privacy settings.

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FEATURE -College Counseling the DS Way

“College counseling at Doane


Stuart is not an evolution toward

Too often, parents try to shield their children from what

that one ‘perfect school.’ Keep an

can be a difficult conversation. While done with the best

open mind about schools, and

child should understand how much you can contribute,

never let a “no” letter derail your sense of self!”

of intentions, this is, simply, not in their best interest. Your and what your expectations are about their contributions. Will your senior need to take out loans? Use earnings from a summer job? Talk about this regularly as a family.

Over 100 colleges visited DS in the fall of 2018 Incredibly, over 110 colleges and universities visited Doane Stuart this fall. With a senior class of 31, it is quite a compliment to our students that so many schools from all over the country (and outside the country!) want to recruit them. These meetings all take place in the College Counseling office, during the school day. Seniors should, of course, take the time to meet with representatives from every school they are considering and sophomores and juniors are strongly encouraged to attend as well. These meetings are an opportunity to learn about many schools without leaving Doane Stuart. Perhaps more importantly, attending these meetings will serve students in the application process, as colleges closely track “demonstrated interest.” The more students engage with colleges, the more likely they are to enroll. Colleges track this very closely, so attending the meetings portrays them as serious applicants. The admission representatives who come to DS are the same individuals who will be reading applications from our school.

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How interested are you? The Common Application has significantly changed admissions, notably by making it easy to apply to multiple schools with the click of a button. As a consequence, colleges have struggled to determine how sincerely interested applicants are in actually attending their school. Colleges closely track a student’s level of interest and many weigh it heavily in determining an admission decision. This is known as demonstrated interest. Thus, if a student wants to be considered a serious applicant, he or she must take steps to let colleges know that. This goes for every school to which a student applies – regardless of selectivity.

The following are the ways that students can demonstrate their interest in schools: • Complete a formal visit with an information session and tour. • Interview anywhere it is offered. • Add yourself to a college’s mailing list. Click on their emails. Yes, colleges track this. • If prompted to, immediately create an account on the college’s portal. They may track how quickly you did this and how often you login. • Meet with the admission representative who visits Doane Stuart. If they visit junior and senior year, you should come to both meetings.

• Attend an open house. • Attend an online chat session with the school. • Email the counselor who reviews applications for Doane Stuart with an intelligent question. • Apply early decision or early action. Failing to do these things can be a costly mistake. Demonstrating your interest gives colleges confidence that, if admitted, you will choose to enroll. Colleges want students who love them!

Look back to Pg. 5 for a list of colleges to which the class of 2018 was accepted and to where they have matriculated this fall!

THE COLLEGE PREPARATION DIFFERENCE In addition to in-school SAT prep, at no cost to families, visits to DS from college representatives, and annual college tours, students work with a veteran and dedicated college counselor who designs a personalized college search and communicates with students and families at every step of the process to ensure that students find the right fit for their undergraduate experience. Independent school counselors have unique rapport with college admission officers and are able to speak directly and persuasively about a student’s ability to be an engaged and positive presence on a college campus.


Each summer,

Upper School students enjoy the opportunity to visit colleges with our Director of College Counseling. From lunches in dining halls to private campus tours, students are introduced to a wide variety of institutions and academic offerings. This year the group of 12 students first traveled to Vermont where they visited University of Vermont & St. Michael’s College to start off their 3-day trip north. They then headed across the border to Canada to McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal, Québec. The group then returned to the US to visit Clarkson University and St. Lawrence University back in New York’s St. Lawrence County.

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is back and better than ever!


This fall, the Doane Stuart Theatre Program performed

High School Drama Club, as well as a Theatre Arts

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. This was a huge

Workshop and Creative Dramatics class affiliated with

undertaking and a very involved production, with a cast

the After Care Programs that the school offers for Lower

of 25 students in grades 5 - 12 and an additional 10 - 15

and Middle School students.

students working as part of our technical crew. But, as was said since the auditions back in June, “Impossible things are happening everyday.” From our first Cabaret performance and murder mystery event in 2016, the Doane Stuart Theatre Program has grown in the last three years to involve numerous Drama Club productions for Middle and Upper School students, an Upper School Theatre Performance course, a partnership with the Rensselaer

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In the Fall of 2017 we produced Annie, the first Doane Stuart Musical production in ten years. (The last musical at Doane Stuart was How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying way back in 2007). In May 2018 we also performed a student written/student directed play. It was entitled Teenage Stupidity: A Modern Melodrama. Written by Molly Maron ‘20 and directed by Phoebe Lampson ‘19, it wove several popular Greek myths into a storyline set in a modern American high school.

ARTS NEWS This spring, the Theatre Program will continue its

We also will include

nonstop work by putting on the 4th annual Musical

a couple of straight

Theatre Cabaret Showcase.

plays into our season in

Last year we included 12 different solo, duet, trio, and full ensemble numbers from various musicals, including: Funny Girl, Les Misérables, Anastasia, Waitress, Matilda, Willy Wonka, Be More Chill, Beauty and the Beast and, of course, the ever popular Hamilton. Students are allowed to bring their own ideas of what they want to perform and how they want to present it in the Showcase. We performed this in an intimate, theatre-in-the-round setting, which gave the students new experiences with this unique type of theatre. We received some spectacular reviews last year and hope to make it an even more awe-inspiring performance this year.

“These students continue to impress us in their dedication to the craft and we hope these experiences will live on beyond Doane Stuart. Through the magic of theatre, we hope to inspire students to do more of the ‘impossible’ every day.”

collaboration with the Upper School Theatre Performance course. These plays will include Vanities, by Jeff Heifner and Almost, Maine by John Cariani. At some point in the future, we would like to produce The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams and a Shakespeare piece with


this course. The past few years have been full of a lot of work and dedication from our faculty and, most importantly, our students. Our drama students are always willing to go the extra mile in everything they do. It is their enthusiasm and commitment that has allowed us to finally rebuild a successful theatre program at Doane Stuart. We have several students talking about majoring in theatre-related fields in college, and we are proud to have given so many students a place to not only “fit in” but to thrive at school. These students continue to impress us in their dedication to the craft and we hope these experiences will live on beyond Doane Stuart. Through the magic of theatre, we hope to inspire students to do more of the “impossible” every day.


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Visual Art Liana Lekocevic ‘20 takes 3rd place in National Sakura of America’s 2018 Teen Ink Oil Pastel Contest. Liana was named a finalist and chosen as a winner based on the votes she received for her painting through “Teen Ink,” a national magazine, book series and website featuring the writing, art and photos of teenagers throughout the country. Congratulations, Liana! “This is my depiction of Rural America at Night, which I created using oil pastels. It is the landscape I can see from my backyard at dusk.”

Upper School art students study chiaroscuro. Art teacher, Mr. Jason Martinez, shared “Beyonce,” a work in progress by Emma Bail ‘21, as an example of his students’ focus on this particular technique. He explained, “Emma’s ‘Beyonce’ is inspired by traditional portraiture with a contemporary focus, and is a realist study in chiaroscuro (the use of strong contrasts between light and dark) with the pop flair of Andy Warhol.”

THE COMMUNITY SERVICE DIFFERENCE From early childhood, students are taught to see how their education may be personally fulfilling but also how they may use their knowledge and creativity to benefit the common good. Service is built into the curriculum and several school traditions involve service, so that students will not observe their education in a vacuum but relate it to real world applications. Service occurs within Doane Stuart, as well, as Upper School students serve as mentors and tutors for Lower School students, providing academic benefits while strengthening and expanding all students’ sense of the school community.


7th graders were given a presentation on the

specialized devices used for mobility by students at the Center for Disability Services in Albany. Last month our students learned about the high tech communication devices used by students at the Center on Manning Boulevard. Other Middle School classes spend their Service Days once a month at the Ronald McDonald House, Catherine’s Closet, and Teresian House, as well as helping out in Lower School and assisting Mr. Snavely with campus cleaning. The program, planned and coordinated by Mrs. Hodgkinson, has been a special component of our Middle School outreach for many years.

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Music Middle School Band Prepares for Upcoming Concert and Holiday Appearances This year we’re lucky to have one of the largest Middle School bands ever at Doane Stuart. Band members have been learning to play a lively African - American folk tune and also some holiday songs for our annual Kris Kringle get together in December. They’ll also perform along with the Guitar Ensemble and Upper School Jazz Ensemble on January 28th.

Graduate and Current Librarian Chris Bradt ’05 tells us about Doane Stuart’s new Piano Performance Club: Piano music was an important part of my experience as a student at Doane Stuart. I’d often play the beautiful Hamburg Steinway in the parlors across from Dr. Enemark’s office, and my friends and I would often bounce musical ideas off one another on the Steinway D on the auditorium stage. One of my more memorable pianorelated experiences took place in eleventh-grade English, when, as part of a class discussion about Theodore Roethke’s poem “My Papa’s Waltz,” Dr. Foster asked if I would play a waltz for the class in order to help us understand the poem’s waltz-esque rhythm. So, when I arrived at the new campus as a faculty member, I was thrilled to hear piano music all over the school. I thought it would be exciting to bring some of this music together in a slightly more formal way, so I decided to start a piano performance club, which is essentially a twice-weekly concert series. Concerts typically take place on Mondays and Thursdays and are open to both Upper School and Middle School students. Faculty often attend as well. Students can perform or simply listen. For the performers, it’s a great way to prepare for upcoming recitals and connect with others. For the listeners, it’s a way to relieve stress and hopefully find some inspiration. So far this year we’ve played music by Haydn, Chopin, Schubert, John Cage, and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. In line with what conductor David Allen Miller has said, I think it’s important to showcase newer music along with the classics. I tell the students that they can play any music by any composer and I’ll create a

program around it!

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More siblings and legacies are Doane Stuart students than ever before!


oane Stuart often calls itself “a family of families.” For

and privileges available as they ascend through the school. For

many students, however, that family element goes even

older students, they give back to the school by demonstrating

deeper, as dozens of current students attend with their siblings

civility, empathy, and intellectualism and by serving as tutors,

or attended with their siblings who are recent graduates. While

leaders of clubs and sports teams, and as artists and musicians

it is not uncommon for siblings to go to school together, this

who reaffirm the value of hard work and self-expression.

component is crucial to the Doane Stuart community. Siblings provide continuity and connection that reinforce and invigorate tradition and enable younger students to interact with older peers and role models. That interaction ensures that those younger students see firsthand the opportunities

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Of course, there are also practical matters about uniforms, drop-offs, and school conferences. But there are intangible aspects of the siblings’ presence that gives vitality and camaraderie to every part of the Doane Stuart experience.


Oh Brother (and Sister) Where Art Thou? These siblings end an era as the last child in their family to attend Doane Stuart now that their siblings are off to college and beyond. At least we get to keep some of them for a few more years!

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2017-2018 Giving Report $50,000+

$10,000 - $14,999

$2,500 - $4,999

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Gorelik

Mr. William and Mrs. Sharon Duker

Bullard, McLeod & Associates, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. David O’Leary

Mrs. Jean Kosinski Cleary, KA ‘59 and

$15,000 - $24,999 The McCarthy Charities, Inc Ms. Winifred A. McCarthy, KA ‘66

Mr. Stephen Cleary

$5,000 - $9,999

Mrs. Darlene E. Gallagher

The Community Foundation for the

Mr. James Hanaway and Dr. Katja Bock

Dr. Terrence Flannery and Ms. Maria Holden

Mrs. Cynthia Greeley Kavanagh, SA ‘70 and Mr. George Kavanagh

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Ms. Shuang Liu

Ms. Ellen Jakovic ‘78 and Mr. David Lipson

Mr. Robert Mains and Ms. Amy Durland

Mr. Steven Kroll and Ms. Tricia Asaro Mrs. Susan Cleary Morse ‘89 and Mr. Robert L. Morse Mr. and Mrs. John B. Robinson, Jr. UHY Advisors, Inc.

Stuart School

Dowling Law, pllc

Ms. Pamela Clarke Capital Region

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Dr. and Mrs. John A. DiPreta

Mr. and Mrs. Seth Powell Dr. Ginna Roeding Mr. Patrick ‘79 and Mrs. Betsy Turley, Esq. Dr. Dandan Wu



t Doane Stuart, our mission is education for students from every quarter. Our dedicated and outstanding

faculty live this mission every day.

The generosity of

these donors benefits our students, our faculty and our School. All gifts, large or small, have an impact on the education our students receive. The entire Doane Stuart Community greatly appreciates your belief in us. Each gift makes a difference in the lives of our students.

Thank You! Kirkland & Ellis LLP Lane Press of Albany, Inc. Mrs. Leila and Mr. Jonathan Linen Mrs. Barbara Collins Longe, SA ‘66 Massry Charitable Foundation Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nakushian Mr. and Mrs. David Nakushian NBT Bank Nielsen Associates Mr. John J. Nigro Mr. and Mrs. Derek Nolan

$1,000 - $2,499 Albany Medical Center Hospital Boies Schiller Flexner LLP Drs. Alan and Maria Boulos Professor and Mrs. Paul Bracken Freihofer’s Run for Women Mrs. Johanna VanWormer George, SA ‘58 Ms. Mona Golub and Ms. Marie DeBrocky Dr. Michael Hanna and Dr. Lisa Thorn

Dr. and Mrs. Stephen G. Hassett Ms. Jennifer Hess

Mrs. Sterling Hull Remer, SA’70 and ‘The Rev. Douglas Remer

Mrs. Anne Higgins

The Lawrence I and Blanche H Rhodes Memorial Fund Inc.

Dr. Karen Hitchcock Dr. Noel C. Hogan, Ed.D., CPA and Mrs. Nikki Hogan

Mr. and Mrs. Tony Scalera Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith

Mr. William Hurst and Ms. Pamela Hadad-Hurst

Mr. David Page and Ms. Lore Stanziano

Mr. and Mrs. J. Wesley Jakovic Mrs. Nancy E. Bruce Johnston, SA ‘63 Mrs. Thessaly Bullard Kinum ‘92 and Mr. Michael Kinum

Overit Media

The College of Saint Rose Lee N. & Grace Q. Vedder Foundation Mr. and Mrs. David Zimmerman

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2017-2018 GIVING REPORT Mr. Neil and Mrs. Jane Golub Mr. Mark R. Higgins Mr. and Mrs. Harold Iselin Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Jennings Mrs. Joline Hartman Mondore, SA ‘45 Dr. Mark Napier and Prof. Nicole Theodosiou Benjamin Neidl, Esq. and Cynthia Neidl, Esq. Ms. Kristi Plunkett and Mr. Nick Reupp

$500 - $999 Mr. M. Christian Bender Mr. Karl Bendorf and Ms. Patricia Lacey Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital Mrs. Ruth Tompkins Bridgham, SA ’64 and Mr. Willard Bridgham Mr. George F. Carpinello and Ms. Beth Davies Carpinello Drs. Jakov and Anica Crnkovic

$1 - $499 16 Handles Afrim’s Sports Dr. and Mrs. Keith Aibel Mr. Michael Albin and Ms. Marianne Courville Ms. Elizabeth Alexander Mrs. Mary Agnes Stevens Allen, SA ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Altman Ms. Lynne Anderson

Dr. Joseph Polito II and Ms. Karen Pahl

Mrs. Gretchen Armlin

Dr. Alain Polynice and Dr. Allison Pontius

Ms. Erin Baillargeon

Mrs. Briana Henebry Rosen, KA ‘67 and Mr. Stephen Rosen

Miss Jessica Audette Bannan ‘07

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Russell Ms. Teri Pankin Schobinger ‘88 Dr. David Wells Mr. Don Wiesenforth and Ms. Nancy Peters Mr. Austin Woodward

Ms. Amy Atkins ‘06 Ms. Arpi Balgin ‘97 Ms. Jenna Barbary-Glovsky Ms. Sylvia Barnard Beck Furs Ms. Elizabeth Bede Mrs. Barbara Bemis Ms. Linda Patch Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Berkman

Dr. Michael Cullen

Mr. and Mrs. Chris P. Betts

Dr. Steven L. Essig and Dr. Judith L. Shub

Black & Blue

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Fiacco

Blaze Pizza

Ms. Diana Gale, SA ‘58

Miss Sybil L. Boardman, SA ‘61

THE INTERFAITH DIFFERENCE As a non-doctrinal institution, committed to globalism and plurality, Doane Stuart encourages students to embrace and understand the origins, traditions, and tenets of all major world religions. Academically, this pursuit connects spirituality to philosophy, history, and civics. Pragmatically, it ensures students are citizens of the world who are able to adapt to new settings and to bridge cultural and social divides. Chapel talks and student led events reaffirm that every person’s voice is valued and heard in the larger dialogue.


Students in

Early Childhood and Kindergarten constructed their own shofars and traveled throughout the school blowing the horns, which was all done as part of the day’s religion lesson on Yom Kippur.

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2017-2018 GIVING REPORT THE THUNDERCHICKEN DIFFERENCE Nothing sums up Doane Stuart student culture like the School’s mascot, the Thunderchicken. How did that come about? When Doane Stuart lacked a mascot in the early 1990’s, the students bound together to elect something they thought represented both the gravity and whimsy of Doane Stuart students. Their choice of the Thunderchicken was at first rejected by the School, but the students persisted and, representing how the School embraces student governance and the student voice, they eventually agreed and formally adopted TC as mascot.

NEW FEATHERS (pictured):

After being recognized by

ESPN Magazine in 2011 and hailed as “Best Mascot” in the region by the Times Union in the spring, the fall of 2018 brought our Thunderchicken a much deserved new set of feathers!

Mr. and Mrs. Ken Bolarinwa

Dr. Rak Koo Chung

Mrs. Vivian Vinett Crouth, KA ‘57

Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza

Dr. and Mrs. Keith W. Clement

Mr. Jorge M. Boone ‘94

Mr. James Cole

The Crum Family (Family of Sarah Crum)

Ms. Kathleen J. Bracken

Colonial Cleaners

Ms. Kathleen E. Brady-Labauge ‘97

Ms. Mary Pasqualino Colwell ‘94

Mr. William J. Brandow ‘91

Mrs. Patricia Rugh Condon, SA ‘56

Mrs. Harriet Woodward Brandow, SA ‘53

Mr. and Mrs. Hal Connolly

Ms. Kathleen Dailey, KA ‘62 Ms. Maryl Tolge Darko ‘85

Ms. Katherine Brandow ‘86

The Cook’s Resource - Different Drummer’s Kitchen Company

Miss Casey Braun ‘17

Mr. and Mrs. Gavin Cooper

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brewer

Mr. and Mrs. Jose G. Correa

Ms. Theresa Bronner

Mr. Nathaniel Corwin

Mr. and Mrs. David R. Buran

Mr. Jerry Cosgrove and

Dr. and Mrs. Brian Bush

Mrs. Susan Cleary Dembrosky, KA ‘62 The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center Martha J Doyle Mr. and Mrs. Larry Drebes Mrs. Marcia Dudden Dr. and Mrs. Erick Eddy Mrs. Saime Efe

Mr. Nicholas Buttino ‘05

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Effman

Ms. Jesse Smith Byers ‘97

Mr. and Mrs. Crawford Ellerbe

Dr. and Mrs. Orlando L. Cano Jr.

Mr. Anthony S. Esposito

Sister Margaret Canty, RSCJ

Mrs. Zalika H. Etienne ‘92

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Carbonara

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Eurillo

Casey’s Restaurant

Mr. John Evangelista and Dr. Rebecca Cunningham

Ms. Sandra Cassant Mr. and Mrs. Michael Catellier

Mrs. Sonjia Febrey

Ms. Sherri Ceravolo and Mr. Jason Peterson

Mrs. Diane Kelley Fenton, SA ‘60

Miss Ava Champion ‘14 Mr. Allan Chlastawa and Ms. Valerie Gill

Mr. Steven DeBraccio ‘07

Ms. Sandra Eddy

Mr. and Dr. Odo Butler

Cheesecake Factory

Ms. Nancy Dearstyne

Ms. Judy Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Richard Croak

Mrs. Lorajoy Moulton Feulner, R.N., SA ‘61 Mrs. Patricia Langan Finin ‘77 and Mr. Gregory Finin

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2017-2018 GIVING REPORT Mr. David Fitzjarrald and Ms. Gwen Spicer

Hampton Inn

Ms. Mollie T. Flannery ‘07

Hannoush Jewelers

Miss Amy Floess ‘12

Mrs. Liz Willard Hannock, SA ‘43 Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hapeman

Ms. Sally Floyd

Mrs. Claudia Harteck Hardy, KA ‘66

Mr. Chip Follert Mrs. Mary Filippone Ford, KA ‘67 Dr. John Foster

Mrs. Anna Marinello Harrington ‘09

Mr. Howard Hurst and Mrs. Irene Rivera-Hurst I Love Books Jack’s Oyster House Mr. and Mrs. Melvin R. Jackson Mr. and Mrs. Jay H. Jakovic

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harris Ms. Vera L. Haviland, SA ‘55

Four Fat Fowl Mrs. Joyce Haines Fraser, SA ‘54 Dr. Brian Freidenberg and Dr. Crystal Rogers-Freidenberg Fresh Market Mrs. Nancy Maguire Gerstenberger, R.N., SA ‘47

Mrs. Ruth Lynch Henahan, KA ‘57 Mr. Joseph Hetko Ms. Lauree McMahon Hickok, KA ‘62 The Hidden Cafe Mrs. Kristina Frede Hill ‘95 Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Hines

Dr. Joan Stern Girgus, SA ‘59

Ms. Catriona M. Hodgkinson ‘97

Mrs. Mary Hacker Glauber, SA ‘66

Mr. Daniel Hodgkinson ‘12

Glimmerglass Opera

Mr. and Mrs. Seamus H. Hodgkinson

Mr. and Mrs. John M. Golde

Hoffman Development Corporation

Mrs. Barbara Gordon

Ms. Teresa J. Hoffman-Ashley ‘84

Mr. Ben Gordon and Ms. Mary Taber

Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Hogan

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gordon

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Holden

Mr. William Gorzynski

Huck Finn’s Warehouse and More

Mr. Thomas R. Grattan ‘92

The Reverend and Mrs. Leslie Hughs

Ms. Elizabeth A. Grayson

Dr. Andrew Hunter and Dr. Andrea Smith-Hunter

Mr. Matthew Guilbault Mrs. Barbara Mc Fee Gunshor, SA ‘56

Miss Mary Hurley

Mr. John R. Jatho Mrs. Victoria Arend Johnson, KA ‘66 Mr. Paul R. Jones and Ms. Maureen Madden Mrs. Polly Jones Jordan, SA ‘59 Ms. Debra Josefchak, SA ‘68 Mr. and Mrs. William Kahn Ms. Alison Kaplan

THE GREEN ROOF DIFFERENCE Funded by a $1.4 million New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation grant, Doane Stuart’s Green Roof is the only one of its kind in the region, a 22,000 square foot outdoor meeting area and living laboratory with 60,000 plants from 70 different species. With panoramic views out over Albany and the surrounding areas, the roof profoundly reduces storm water runoff and heating and cooling costs, and creates new habitats for insects and wildlife. More than anything it is a breathtaking space for students to rejuvenate and connect to nature.



Crasto’s Geometry students gather to find the area of the different sections of the Green Roof.

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2017-2018 GIVING REPORT THE CASEY’S DIFFERENCE Doane Stuart refers to its community as a family of families. Even the dining experience at Doane Stuart reaffirms this as the cafeteria isn’t run by a big corporate entity but by members of Casey’s, a family owned restaurant and Rensselaer institution that’s been a presence in the area for more than twenty years. Students and staff rave about the food prepared by Chef Dave and his team, who go to all manner of lengths to personalize the dining experience and work with everyone in the community with dietary needs and restrictions.


If it’s

a nice day outside, you might just find Chef Dave grilling up some chicken for some of his famous “Spiedie” chicken sandwiches.

Mr. Brendan C. Kennedy ‘88 and Mrs. Tracy Kennedy

Ms. Melanie Lekocevic

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Keute Jr.

Mr. Benjamin N. Lewin ‘97

Dr. Timothy Kirby and Ms. Denise Hartman Mr. Richard A. Kirmss ‘97 Mrs. Mildred Kling Ms. Kristin Koehler Ms. Shahiba Moumin Kogut ‘91 Mrs. Linda Jones Kopek, SA ‘66 Ms. Colleen H. Dowd Kriz ‘92 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kroll The Kula Foundation Mr. Peter S. Kutchukian ‘97

Dr. Eric S. Molho and Hon. Stacy L. Pettit

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Leonardi

Mr. Graham Molho ‘07

Mrs. Gelene Terpening Lewis, SA ‘53 Mrs. Patricia Light Mrs. Elizabeth Hume L. Lind, SA ‘69 Ms. Mary-Dorothy Morand Line ‘79 The Little Gym of Colonie

Ms. Dana Lucarelli Montalbano ‘94 Miss Nanci Danaher Moore ‘05 The Music Studio Mr. George Nagy Mr. Andrew Nakushian ‘16 Mrs. Margaret Masburn Napier, SA ‘57 and Mr. Gus Napier

Miss Megan Lynch ‘07 Mr. William Lynch and Ms. Loretta Simon

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Newberg

Ms. Linda Cesare MacFarlane ‘83 Mrs. Josepha Lucarelli Macherone ‘97

Mrs. Edna Nieves Ms. Melora B. North, SA ‘71

Mrs. Cynthia Carpenter Maier, SA ‘60

Northeastern Fine Jewelers Mr. and Mrs. Earl Norton

Mr. Yervant Kutchukian ‘95

Mrs. Leanne Robinson Maine ‘94 and Mr. Justin Maine

Ms. Suzanne Nye

Ms. Sheila La Falce, KA ‘71

Mr. David W. Mangan ‘97

Mr. and Mrs. Terrence M. O’Hare

Miss Sophie R. Lacijan ‘18

Mrs. Abigail Wolff Mariani ‘78

Sister Mary Karen Olson, RSCJ, KA ‘54

Lake George Steamboat Company

Miss Hildy R. Marinello ‘07

Sra. Luceli Rios-Covian de Palma ‘92

Mr. Sean Lally, Esq. ‘85 and Mrs. Stephanie Lally

Mr. Jason Martinez

Mr. Michael Panichelli and Dr. Donna Mongeluzi

Mr. and Mrs. Karl Lampson

McKesson Foundation

Lands End

Mrs. Marcia Faust McNees, SA ‘41

Ms. Agi Laufer Mr. and Mrs. Joel Lautenberg

Mr. Alan Metz and Ms. Sandra DeMeo

Ms. Karen Leary

Mrs. Mary Welz Michon, SA ‘58

Mrs. Heather Van Loan Lee, SA ‘61

Mr. Benjamin Mininberg ‘07

Mrs. Winifred Kutchukian

Mrs. Regina Warren McGrath, KA ‘61

Pearl Grant Richmans Mr. Brian Perrotto ‘84 and Mrs. Debra Kottage-Perrotto Ms. Maria Pflegl Mr. Liam Pickett Mrs. Mabel Hughes Pietraniello, KA ‘74

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2017-2018 GIVING REPORT Mrs. Kelly Post

Ms. Kate Skivington

Mr. and Mrs. John Potoski

Mr. Robert Smith and Ms. Elizabeth Devereux

Mr. and Mrs. Luke Potoski The Pottery Place Ms. Kirsten Pruzek Mr. and Mrs. Armand Quadrini Mr. John Raimo Mrs. Mariann Walk Rand, SA ‘59 Ms. Gail Rheingold, SA ‘57

Mrs. Elizabeth Sunanda Witmer ‘86

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Snavely, Jr.

Mr. Donald Wixon and Ms. Lori A. Lawrence

Mrs. Christine Morrissey Snow, SA ‘74 Sister Loretta Somerville, KA ‘57 Spectrum 8 Cinemas Mrs. Lucy Elliot Squires ‘76 Ms. Erin Tuffey St. Louis ‘92

Mrs. Cynthia Corning Richardson, SA ‘57

Mr. Adam Stewart ‘10 Stewart’s

Mr. Kenneth A. Riester ‘88

Dr. and Mrs. David Stone

Mrs. Elizabeth Albright Ring, SA ‘70

Ms. Diane Stone, KA ‘66

Mrs. Abigail D’Ambra Roberts ‘94 and Mr. Ken Roberts

Ms. Morgan E. Storms ‘97

Mrs. Constance Dooley Roderick, KA ‘52

Ms. Jessica Bell Sullivan ‘92

Romanation Jewelers

Mr. Dennis Wisnom ‘02

Prof. and Mrs. Thomas Smith

Mr. Norman S. Rice

Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Rokaw

Mr. Hugh Williams and Ms. Hanna Bail

Mrs. Donna Riley Sullivan, KA ‘67 Ms. Darlene Viall Suto, SA ‘66 Swifty’s Restaurant and Pub

Mr. Larry Yakubowski Mrs. Clare McMahon Yates, KA ‘59 Ms. Kathryn R. Yezzi ‘88 Yonder Farms

The Giving Report represents gifts made from July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. We have made every effort to list the information correctly.

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Rose

Mrs. Marguerite Tate Taylor, KA ‘57 and Mr. Harmon Taylor

Mrs. Linda Writer Royer, SA ‘67

Should you discover an


Mrs. Andrea Morris Rudnik ‘78

Mrs. Henrietta Holt Thomas, KA ‘52

error or omission, please

Rumors Salon & Spa

Ms. Maris W. Thompson, SA ‘60

Miss Dorita Ryan, KA ‘59

Mr. Robert Scott Thomson

Ms. Roberta Donehue Arend Ryan, KA ‘43

Mr. Robert C. Tobin

Dr. and Mrs. John W. Sacca

Congressman Paul Tonko

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Sacco

Ms. Marsha Smith Tuchscherer, SA ‘63

Ms. Bridget Hodgkinson Sajan ‘06

Ms. Alexandra Valenti

Mr. Charlie Samuels and Ms. Erin Koenen

Mrs. Karla Cary Vasquez ‘07

Saratoga Performing Arts Center Mrs. Yoko Segerstrom

Dr. Conrad Vispo and Dr. Claudia Knab-Vispo

contact the Development Office at (518) 465-5222, ext. 203, or at dgallagher@

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Ms. Deborah Shaw, SA ‘69

Mr. Vladimir Vitkin and Ms. Sirafima Rits

Mrs. Wilma Sheffer

Ms. Maureen Hogan Vosmek ‘92

Receive news and updates as they

Ms. Claire Sherwood and Mr. Mark Ring

Ms. Margaret A. Wallingford

happen and get special alumni/ae

Mrs. Lucinda Boss Walser, SA ‘43

Mrs. Shigeko Shimazu

Mrs. Rosemary Walsh

Mr. and Mrs. Peter D. Siciliano

Mr. Robert Weaver

Mrs. Susan Arthur Sierck, SA ‘59

Mrs. Louise Blumenauer Weschler, KA ‘65

Mr. T’Chaka A. Sikelianos ‘92 Dr. John W. Simon and Dr. Susan Ferrary

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Mr. Jim Wheaton Mrs. Cornelia VanKleeck Wight, SA ‘62

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experience it all.


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