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MEET THE WATSONS Two years after moving across the country to live and work at Dunn School, Meg and Jim Watson talk about teaching English, living at Dunn and why they love what they do EXPLORING THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY Fun things for high school students to do in and around the Santa Ynez Valley A FEW GOOD MEN Teachers Steve Michaud and Olas Burgess weigh in on why it’s good to have male teachers in middle schools TAKING CENTER STAGE Matt Yaki’s ensemble students take over the stage at SOhO Restaurant and Music club for an unforgettable night of jazz

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ON TOP OF HIS GAME Celebrating Abu Danladi’s national win of the Gatorade Player of the Year for Boys’ Soccer

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CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS Stories that made the news during the 2013-2014 school year

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LEARNING THE SALSA David Armstrong ‘86 empowers patients through emerging technology at the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance

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ALUMNI NEWS

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REPORT TO PARTNERS

NEW BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEMBERS Divo Martin ‘98 and Jay Conger P’17

Dunn School, founded in 1957, is an accredited, independent college-preparatory school serving day and boarding students in grades 6-12. PO Box 98, Los Olivos, CA 93441 dunnschool.org

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The Sinclaire Art Center on Dunn School’s upper campus hosts music, art shows, video premieres and creativity of all kinds.

Admissions: (800) 287-9197 admissions@dunnschool.org Alumni Relations: (805) 686-0627 tholmes@dunnschool.org Development: (805) 686-0628 adorlarque@dunnschool.org

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Meet

the Watsons

Meg and Jim Watson

nybody who has been through one of Meg Watson’s English classes knows better than to use the word “literally” in an essay. In fact, it caused quite the sensation last year when she uttered the word, not once, but twice (!) during a class. Remembering the moment makes her laugh, not only because of her students’ reaction, but because it reminds her of everything that she loves about her job. “Literally will still drive me nuts,” she says. “And the boys’ lacrosse team will still intentionally overuse it now that they know it drives me nuts. They can kill a joke like nobody’s business. But they’re hysterical. And that is what’s cool about boarding school. They 4 | DUNN JOURNAL 2014


sort of picked up on that in my class, but also on the playing field. This is where the relationships feel real.” Meg and Jim Watson have excelled at building strong relationships since moving to Los Olivos in 2012 to join the English Department at Dunn School. As house head for Loy Dorm, Meg is responsible for watching over the girls who reside in her dorm during the school year. She and Jim share an apartment in Loy with their two daughters, where they are essentially on call for their students 24-7. The Watsons wouldn’t have it any other way. “I like what I do,” says Jim. “I don’t feel as if I’m working. I’m devoting my life to something that’s worthwhile and I genuinely like doing it.”

In addition to teaching English 10 and English 10 Honors, Jim coaches Cross Country in the fall, and his genuine enjoyment for what he does shines through, especially with his students. His first year at Dunn he received the John Pettley Award for Faculty Excellence, an award made more special by the fact that it’s voted on by students. “How I provide for kids an example of fatherhood and collegial relationships, in coaching and in the way I conduct myself,” says Jim, “Those are important things. I continually remind myself that if I focus on those matters that MEET THE WATSONS continued next page DUNN JOURNAL 2014 | 5


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are often overlooked, then I’m okay.” “And that’s why I love boarding school,” adds Meg. “I don’t think that interaction can be overlooked, and I think just doing life allows you to share that in a really special way at boarding school.” The Watsons met while they were students themselves, at Teachers College at Columbia University. Jim had already finished one Masters and was working toward a second, and Meg decided to take a writing course over the summer. The rest, as they say, is history. Although neither of them started college with the intent of becoming teachers, both are happy with the choices they made.

“I thought in college that I was going to law school,” says Jim. “I had taken the LSATs and was very well prepared for going into law school, but then when I thought about whether I really wanted to do that, the answer was no.” He was working as a reporter for the Bergen Record in Hackensack, New Jersey, when a friend asked if he wanted to substitute teach at a special education school. He tried it, and found that he liked it. “I discovered that I was much better at interacting with kids than I was at writing and that I liked it more.” It was a similar process of discovery for Meg. “At the start of my senior year, I realized that none of the business ideas appealed to me, none of the internships I had had through college seemed like what I

wanted to do so I thought I would give teaching a shot and see how it went. Once I tried it, I loved it, and specifically boarding school teaching, where I can teach, and coach and live. That clicked pretty early on for me.” After teaching for several years at The Hill School in Pennsylvania, the Watsons started looking to the West Coast when a few of Meg’s family members moved across the country. “I think before then I had really been locked into this East Coast mentality,” says Meg. “Once we started having to travel to visit family, we realized that we were just being foolish. Every summer our vacations would take us to these incredible parts of the country and we loved our cross country travel, and yet we were staying in mid-Atlantic suburbia.” They started searching for schools where at least one of them could find a job. They couldn’t believe their luck when they found job openings for both of them at Dunn. “All it took was the flight into Santa Barbara and then the drive from the airport up to here, and we were almost hooked,” says Meg. “And then of course beyond that we were thrilled with the people we met

Blitzen might not have an award-winning smile, but as part of the Watson family, she’s definitely a celebrity on the Dunn School campus.

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(far left) Jim and Margaret (near left) Meg and Lucy

professionally. That sealed the deal. We consider ourselves so, so lucky in that way.” Jim also points to Dunn’s mission of educating the whole student through the core values as a selling point for him. “That was quite attractive for me. I enjoy helping young people strive to embrace that, helping to establish a basis for them to enjoy their adult lives,” he says. “I like having a hand in that.” As head of Loy Dorm, Meg becomes a mom away from home for the 44 high school girls who live there every school year. With her own two children added to the mix, her job is more than a full-time position. It’s a non-stop role as teacher, coach, mom, advisor, mediator, confidant and on occasion, disciplinarian. She handles it all with aplomb. “It only ever feels like a juggling act for a couple

minutes a day, in the morning when I’m trying to send my girls off to school and meeting with my advisees,” says Meg. That bit of a juggle is worth it to her though, especially when she sees the way her children interact with the extended dorm family. “I think there’s a wonderfully humanizing influence that little kids have on teenagers. It’s this gentle reminder to watch what you say and how you behave because little ones are looking up to you,” she says. “And I think they humanize the teenagers and bring out the best sides of some of the older girls and boys. They let their guard down a little bit, take the edge off and just have a gentle way when they’re with them. I think all of the best and sometimes quirkiest aspects of family come out in those circumstances, but I think it’s a

really cool way to teach and learn.” Despite Dunn’s small size, or maybe because of it, Jim believes that students walk away with much more than just a textbook education. “This small community has a very broad, almost a telescopic, view of the world,” he says. “There are a number of possibilities for travel, for forming relationships outside of the Santa Ynez Valley.” And that holds true for faculty as well as students. “It will never get boring,” says Jim with a smile. n

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Downtown Los Olivos is easy to explore on foot from the Dunn School campus.

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Exploring the Santa

Ynez Valley

Some students come for the weather. Others like the proximity to the beach. Either way, once you step outside of Dunn’s lush campus, there’s an entire world of fun waiting to be discovered.

Exploring by foot You’ll always run into someone from Dunn when you visit Los Olivos Grocery across the street. It’s practically a part of campus. But when you’re ready to venture further afield, downtown Los Olivos is only a mile away. Avoid the highway by taking the back roads through picturesque neighborhoods. You’ll find yourself in a quaint village filled with restaurants, art galleries, upscale boutiques, a day spa, a pilates studio and one very good coffee house. DISTANCE FROM CAMPUS: 1 mile Best bets for high school students visiting Los Olivos: Gallery Los Olivos A number of Dunn students got to display their artwork in this gallery last year as finalists in the annual Arts Outreach Applause Showcase. Even without student art on the walls, this gallery is a nice place to visit. Corner House Coffee In addition to serving delicious coffee drinks, Corner House also has bakery items, ice cream and light meals including pizza.

Corner House Coffee, Los Olivos

Stafford’s Famous Chocolate The water tower behind Corner House might be small, but the big flavor of the chocolate more than makes up for the size. Enjoy Cupcakes That cute vintage trailer isn’t just adding to the ambiance in town. It’s host to some of the most delicious cupcakes on the planet. Find more to do in Los Olivos: http://www.losolivosca.com

Exploring by bike If you have a bike on campus it’s an easy ride to the small towns of Santa Ynez (5 miles) and Solvang (6 miles).

Like Los Olivos, Santa Ynez is a sleepy town that bursts to life on the weekends. With fantastic restaurants, distinctive shopping, a pharmacy, a good hardware store and of course a coffee house, Santa Ynez blends historic western appeal with modern convenience. The nearby airport also offers glider rides and hot air balloon excursions. DISTANCE FROM CAMPUS: 4 miles Best bets for high school students visiting Santa Ynez: Santa Ynez Historical Museum Learn a little bit about the Valley, see some western art and wander through the carriage house collection of vintage carriages. Santa Ynez Library Quite possibly the smallest library in continued next page DUNN JOURNAL 2014 | 9


Downtown Santa Ynez

EXPLORING SYV continued from p. 23 the state, this one-room repository is only open Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. Valley Grind Coffee drinks, smoothies, baked goods, bagel sandwiches and quiches as well as cards, candles and other small gift items. Longhorn Coffee Shop Great for breakfast or lunch, there’s a reason why this place has been around for more than 40 years. Other notable restaurants: SY Kitchen, Trattoria Grappolo, Dos Carlitos, Burger Barn and The Vineyard House. Find more to do in Santa Ynez: http://www.visitsyv.com/discoversyv/santa-ynez

Known for its Danish facades, cute shops and delicious bakeries, Solvang is much larger than either Los Olivos or Santa Ynez. Here you’ll find a full-service library, a wonderful book store, three museums, a California mission, more than 30 restaurants and cafés, specialty shops, day spas and galleries. The Festival Theater hosts plays and concerts throughout the year and during the month long Julefest celebration, you can enjoy music in the park and ice skating!

Solvang Trolley Climb aboard this horse-drawn carriage for a different view of town.

DISTANCE FROM CAMPUS: 5 miles Best bets for high school students visiting Solvang:

The Book Loft If they don’t have what you’re looking for, the friendly staff is always happy to place a special order for you.

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art Dedicated to sharing the DanishAmerican pioneering experience and exhibiting local artists. Vintage Motorcycle Museum Open only on weekends, this large private collection of motorcycles is like nothing else in the area.

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Wildling Museum Focusing on the art of America’s wilderness, this spacious museum includes a research library, gift shop and classroom for events throughout the year.

Segway Tours Satisfy your inner Mall Cop with a guided Segway tour around the downtown area. Hans Christian Andersen Park If you like skateboarding in challenging bowls and over stairstepped obstacles, this skate park is the place for you.

Solvang Coffee Company More than just a place to get coffee, smoothies and grab-and-go lunches, this also happens to be the only place in Solvang where you can buy a donut! Find more to do in Solvang: http://www.solvangusa.com Scenic Bike Rides If you just want to go on a scenic bike ride through the area, check


out these suggested routes: http://www.solvangusa.com/exploresolvang/what-to-do/cycling/ The Dirt Club If mountain biking is more your thing, you’ll want to join The Dirt Club. They host events and competitions throughout the year. Find out more at their website: http://ridesb.com/thedirtclub/

Exploring by car Buellton is the largest town in the Santa Ynez Valley. Known as the home of the world-famous Andersen’s Pea Soup Restaurant, Buellton has a number of thriving restaurants, national chains and a movie theater. DISTANCE FROM CAMPUS: 9 miles Best bets for high school students visiting Buellton and beyond: Parks Plaza Movie Theater This is the place to go for current box office hits. Nojoqui Falls It’s an easy hike up to the waterfall

Downtown Solvang

which only flows in winter and spring.

Lompoc – $19 to $84/nonmembers La Purisima Golf Course

Beaches Gaviota State Park is the closest beach, about a 20 minute drive from campus off Highway 101. Other nearby beaches include:

Solvang – $39 to $60 River Course at the Alisal

Gaviota State Park – 20 miles Refugio State Beach – 30 miles El Capitan State Beach – 32 miles Leadbetter Beach – 34 miles Golf There are several golf courses in the Santa Ynez Valley. Visit their websites for more information: Buellton – $10 to $30 Zaca Creek Golf Course

Dunn School Mountain Biking Team

Archery Are bows and arrows your passion? Then head over to Buellton where you’ll find TLC Archery and the SYV Bow Club. Visit their websites for more information: http://tlcarchery.com http://www.syvbowclub.com Cachuma Lake A great place to hike, fish or paddle a kayak. The rangers also offer year-round wildlife cruises in their pontoon boats. Knapp’s Castle Hike An easy half-mile hike from East Camino Cielo takes you to the ruins of a 1916 sandstone mansion that was destroyed in a wildfire.

Dunn Middle School hikers at Knapp’s Castle

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Steve Michaud

Olas Burgess

A Few

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Olas Burgess and Steve Michaud teach math, science and so much more to students at Dunn Middle School.

According to the National Education Association, less than 25 percent of the teaching jobs in elementary and middle schools are filled by men. Two of those men are classroom regulars at Dunn Middle School, and students and faculty alike have been delighted to learn from these fantastic teachers. Olas Burgess teaches science to 6th and 7th graders and Steve Michaud teaches math. For many students, it’s the first time they’ve encountered a man in the classroom, a trend that Steve Michaud found to be true during his 20+ years as a teacher and administrator in the public school system. “I think it’s important that there are decent men, role models, at middle schools,” he says. “Boys especially need to see that men can be interested in learning and education.” Michaud has been filling that role at Dunn School since 2008, first as a tutor, then as a teacher for the past two years. He 12 | DUNN JOURNAL 2014

has found his time at Dunn to be a stark contrast to public school. “If I had a chance to start all over again, I probably would have tried to come here sooner. Private education, especially here at Dunn, where you’re a family and you’re supported and people care, it’s a really nice thing, not only for the staff and families, but for the kids. They see that environment every day, where people are here to support each other. It’s a wonderful environment to live and work in.” Olas Burgess came to Dunn two years ago from Camp Ocean Pines where he was an outdoor science instructor. Like Michaud, he loves working with middle school students. “They’re young enough to where they’re still curious and comfortable and quirky and silly, but old enough that


Steve Michaud answers questions during a 7th grade math class.

they have really great thinking skills and wonder about the world and they’re still engaged and interested,” he explains. “High school kids might be somewhat interested, but middle school kids are like, ‘This is amazing!’ at the top of their lungs. As a teacher that’s my favorite thing to hear and you hear that a lot more in middle school. That’s why I love teaching that age group. I wouldn’t like it any other way.” While both men love their jobs, they acknowledge that holding the attention of an active 11-year-old can be a challenge. “You need to be a bit of an entertainer,” says Michaud, “because you’ve got to keep their attention. And you’ve got to use a lot of humor. And you need to be a bit of a child psychologist because you’ve got to know how every kid ticks, what motivates them, what doesn’t motivate them, how they learn, what you need to bring differently for each kid in the class. It’s a challenging age, but I’ll take middle school any day of the week because as Olas said, they are eager to learn. I think it’s the most fun and rewarding age group to work in.” Burgess echoes that sentiment. “I love the interactions with the kids and sharing excitement and enthusiasm. That’s what I like to do with my teaching is to keep them excited and curious and wondering about science especially. That’s why I do it.” n

Olas introduces students to an owl during the start of school camping trip at Morro Bay.

DMS STUDENT Makes a Little Night Music Dunn Middle School student Emily Cummings debuted last year as Fredrika in “A Little Night Music,” produced by the Ensemble Theater Company of Santa Barbara. The humorous musical lit up the stage for a month in Santa Barbara’s recently renovated New Vic Theater. Emily has taken improv and theatre classes led by humanities teacher Mac Duncan at DMS. She acted in the title role of a school production of “The Lone Ranger” and spent a summer acting in the Arts Outreach production of “Anything Goes.”

Piper Laurie and Emily Cummings

Emily adored playing Fredrika since she was able to act alongside some Hollywood luminaries: Piper Laurie played her grandmother, Stephanie Zimbalist was her mother, and Patrick Cassidy played her dad. “I liked that people in the show confide in Fredrika. I am the secret keeper in this play.” And her witty adult cast made all the hours of rehearsal worth it. “The other actors were hysterical and fun to work with,” added Emily. “They all have great senses of humor.” n DUNN JOURNAL 2014 | 13


Chris Cho, Mario Catani and Matt Yaki

Taking Center Stage

Matt Yaki’s music students get to perform at the legendary Santa Barbara venue, SOhO Restaurant and Music Club. story by Amy Geriak Angela Ma

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Dominic Lawrence

photos by Brian Bae Matthew Honeyman & Jack Hartmann


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rom the crush of girls that flocked around him as he stepped off the stage, you’d have thought that James McKernan was a big name star. After all, he was performing on a stage that has hosted people like Glenn Phillips, John Corbett and Gardens & Villa (a band that happens to feature two former Dunn School students). In fact, James McKernan was just one of many Dunn students taking over the stage at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara as part of a fantastic evening of music by Matt Yaki’s ensemble students. A well-loved and respected music teacher since 2007, Yaki didn’t book the performance to show off his talented students. It was more about gathering the community together to enjoy and play music. “It’s very rare that the different ensembles have the opportunity to hear each other play,” he explained. But in the SOhO venue on a Sunday night, all of the musicians could be joined by friends, family, teachers, and Santa Barbara locals. For Matthew Honeyman, a veteran saxophonist, this gathering of the community was by far the highlight of his evening. He relished the opportunity to watch all of his fellow Dunn musicians from other classes. Of his own ensemble, Honeyman said, “My band in particular has a good vibe between us – we play together really well. We’re good at communicating and reading each other, and individually everyone is a good player.” His favorite moment as a performer was when his ensemble played “Freedom Jazz Dance” by Eddie Harris, a song which Mr. Yaki calls “Amorphous Jazz-land” because the performers are able to take their solos to new, experiemental places. Angela Ma, a classical cellist, brought a unique aspect to this evening of jazz. Angela has been playing the cello since the third grade and was a member of a classical orchestra for six years. This was her first year exclusively playing jazz in Mr. Yaki’s class and her first time performing jazz in a public venue. “There seems to be a contradiction between classical and jazz, but I’m learning a lot from it,” Angela said. As a teacher and audience member, I glowed with pride as I watched my students take the stage with confidence and professionalism. For the musicians I spoke with, it was a groovy night. As Honeyman said, “I was just playing with my band.” n DUNN JOURNAL 2014 | 15


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On Top of His Game veryone got to share in the excitement when representatives from Gatorade, USA Today and other national media descended on the Dunn School campus to award Abu Danladi with the Gatorade Player of the Year. The entire school gathered for the press conference in Collins Library where they learned just how big an honor it was to be named Player of the Year. Many of the athletes who received the award have gone on to play professionally, but Players of the Year also have to meet a rigorous criteria for academic excellence as well as personal integrity. Abu was surprised with the news at school by former MLS All-Star Alecko Eskandarian, who earned the Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year honor in 1999-00. “Abu really deserves to be this year’s Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year because he embodies everything the award stands for,” said Eskandarian. “Not only has Abu excelled on the field, but he’s also a stellar student and a positive influence in the community. I’m excited to follow his career and watch all the things he will 16 | DUNN JOURNAL 2014

Abu Danladi

Celebrating Abu Danladi’s momentous win as Gatorade’s Player of the Year, Boys’ Soccer


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(left) Former Player of the Year honoree Alecko Eskandarian presents Abu with with his trophy during Spanish class. (right) Abu celebrates the moment with friends and classmates.

accomplish in the future.” For Abu, being in the spotlight has been astonishing and humbling. “I feel like it’s a dream,” he said. “I’m going to wake up and find out this has all been a dream.” A native of Ghana, Abu has been living in the United States and attending Dunn School since 2011. His American host mother, teacher Helena Avery, knew he was beyond talented the first time she saw him play his first club soccer game a few days after arriving in her home. “He just knew how to see where everybody was and he went down to the corner and scored this goal that went to the far post. And we looked at each other and said, ‘This is going to be fun!’” Although receiving the award was an amazing honor, being

able to share the experience with his friends and family at Dunn made it even better for Abu. “Getting to celebrate this with the whole school was great. I loved the energy, that everybody came out and supported me. I felt like

I had the whole Dunn School community behind me and it was a really good feeling.” Abu started at UCLA this fall and looks forward to playing soccer with the Bruins. n

Abu signs the contract that ensures he’ll be attending UCLA and playing soccer for the Bruins.

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2013-14 highlights (left) Ryan Layton earned honors despite spending a month on the injured list.

Three Dunn Baseball Players Earn Post-Season Honors Three Dunn School baseball players were honored by the CIF Southern Section after having great seasons. Junior captain Shannon Carroll and senior captain Jake Eisaguirre were two of 20 players named to the First Team All CIF Southern Section team. Senior captain Ryan Layton was named to the All Southern Second Team. Carroll led the team on the mound with five wins, 52 innings pitched and 57

strikeouts while carrying a 2.42 earned run average. He also carried a .517 batting average with 26 RBIs, 29 runs scored, six doubles, two triples and two home runs. Eisaguirre led the team in hitting with a .526 batting average and scored 17 runs, had 26 RBIs and 9 doubles. Layton, injured for one month of the season, won three games on the pitcher’s mound with a microscopic .68 earned run average and hit .421 with

Captain Shannon Carroll

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28 runs scored, 20 RBIs and two home runs. The talented trio led the Earwigs to a fourth consecutive Condor League title, a quarterfinal playoff appearance and an overall 15-7 record. The Earwigs started this year ranked fourth in the pre-season polls after three consecutive semi-final appearances. Head coach Aaron Dorlarque said, “We had a junior- and seniorladen team with quite a bit of playoff experience and they know that strong character, hard work and discipline are the key ingredients for success.” The team looks to continue building on its success with the addition of numerous incoming and talented students. n

Captain Jake Eisaguirre


2013-14 highlights Sweet Dreams

Anita Williams’ homemade ice cream captures the attention of Whole Foods market and Sunset magazine Anita Williams is no stranger to the challenges of running a business. She has watched her mother successfully grow her Global Gardens brand over the past decade and done her share of helping out. These days she plays an even more active role since the brand now includes a product that Anita developed: olive oil ice cream. “I’ve always loved ice cream,” says Anita. An avid chef as well, she decided to try making ice cream using the Greek olive oil her mother imports. With just a bit of experimenting, she created a recipe that was so popular with tasters, her mom decided to start carrying it in her store. “The olive oil takes the place of half of the heavy cream so it’s healthier, but the fatty acids still work to make it creamy,” she explains. Although vanilla and coffee are perennial favorites, Anita changes flavors with the seasons, making a pumpkin ice

Anita shows off her popular ice cream for a photographer from Sunset Magazine.

cream in the fall, a peppermint chocolate chunk for the winter holidays and a strawberry flavor for the spring. Word has spread about her tasty treats. A photographer from Sunset Magazine took pictures of her making the ice cream for an article highlighting the best the area has to offer. And Whole Foods expressed interest in carrying her ice cream at their stores. Even though Anita enjoys making the ice cream in small batches, she doesn’t harbor

any aspirations to steal market share from Ben & Jerry’s. “I’d love to help the line expand and grow,” she says. “But I don’t want to get sick of it and have it become a hassle.” She’s more excited about double majoring in psychology and art so that she can do art therapy with kids. And if she shows up for sessions with a pint of ice cream in hand, her future patients aren’t likely to complain. n

Dunn Teacher and Student Win Santa Barbara Startup Competition Teacher-student duo Alex Kehaya and Abe Storey won first prize in Santa Barbara’s Startup Weekend, in which entrepreneurs compete to launch a startup in 54 hours. Abe Abe Storey and Alex Kehaya

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2013-14 highlights Receiving Applause

Dunn School writers, performers and visual artists receive well-earned Applause from the Young Artists Program, sponsored by Arts Outreach. In the Literary category, Dunn had winners at every level. Senior Brynlie Johnston tied for first place with Abigail Mullin, a DMS graduate now attending SYVUHS. Sophomore Isabella Zikakis also tied for second place with a senior from SYVUHS, and senior Khaleeq Sattar El placed third. In the Performing category, DMS 8th grader Alexander Jackson sang in the Applause Showcase. More than half of the artists in the Visual category attend Dunn School. Daine Chung, Chloe Cockrum, Claire Connors, Chase Gran, Heidi He, Kevin Hsu, Cindy Hsu, Kristina Jackson, Joyce Lin, Callum Murray, Audrey Pecot, Drew Petersen, Jacob Wang, Teddy Xiong and

James Yang were all honored as finalists. Their artwork was on display at Gallery Los Olivos for the month of April. First place in the Visual category went to sophomore Heidi He for her piece “Otaku’s Daily Life,” pictured above. Hand drawn using a Wacom tablet and digitally painted, the piece impressed the judges who called Nancy Yaki to learn more about how Heidi created it. Second place went to junior Daine Chung for “Still Life” in charcoal, pictured at left. n

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Storey was the only high-school student in the competition. The winning business, Next Mover, was built on a simple premise: match people who need help moving with folks who can do the work for a fee. “I got the idea after talking to a friend who had a horrible moving experience,”

said Kehaya. “I thought, this is something I could solve.” Kehaya and Storey attended the competition as a real-world extension of the Earwig Inc. class that Kehaya started at Dunn, using the Lean Launchpad method designed by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Blank. As the youngest competitor

at an event for adults, Abe learned a lot. “I could list a hundred things I learned, but the biggest thing that I’ll use my whole life is the realization that when you’re pressed on time, you’re forced to work better,” noted Abe. “It was awesome to use my skills with other teammates who had other skills, and together we got it done.” n

Mad for Math

David Zou

David Zou led in scoring around the country during Math Madness, offered through the American Mathematics Competitions. Using a web-based software, Math Club students took math competitions to a new level, participating in live, team-based, online math battles. In a head-to-head competition against Olentangy Liberty High School in Ohio, David scored in the top one percent out of 11,368 participants, answering 9 out of the 10 questions correctly with an average time of just 2:38 per question. The following week, he and one other mathlete took the first test in the California Mathematics League competition. David got a perfect score.

Surprising as it may seem, he hasn’t always been a fan of math. “I hated math when I was in elementary school,” he says. “I started to like it in middle school and then my first year of high school back in China I had a really nice math teacher.” For David, that made all the difference. “It was the first time I started to see the beauty behind math, more than the numbers, the connections.” David attends Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he double majors in Engineering and Business. With high ACT scores, not to mention the math competitions, he is a stand-out student. But it isn’t easy. “I put in a lot of hard work, a lot of studying,” says David. It has paid off, not only helping him to understand mathematical concepts, but enabling him to do much of the work sans calculator. “The reason I did Math Madness really well is that I can calculate everything in my brain. That saves a lot of time.” Math Madness is underway again at Dunn and Math Club advisor Helena Avery is excited to have a larger team this year. To learn more about high tech math competitions, email Helena Avery (havery@ dunnschool.org), or read about it in this USA Today article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/ nation/2013/03/24/math-march-madness-competition. n DUNN JOURNAL 2014 | 21


Campus News — ACADEMICS A Scholar of Merit For many students, summer is a time to relax, but for senior Kacie Nelson, summer has always been about following her passion. She spent the past two summers in dance intensives at a performing arts school outside of Boston. This summer she followed a different passion: science. As a participant in UCSB’s Research Mentorship Program, Kacie worked under a graduate student in the department of Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology for six weeks, often putting in eight or nine-hour days. For five weeks she researched the gene mutation that causes polycystic kidney disease. In her last week, she prepared and gave a presentation on her work to other program participants. “It’s been amazing being in a lab with people who love science,” said Kacie of the experience. “I kind of thought that maybe I wanted to get my PhD and work in a lab, but I

Kacie Nelson’s father is on hand as Head of School Mike Beck presents her with the letter from the National Merit Society naming her a semifinalist.

never thought that I’d want to do it in biology. Working here this summer has shown me how much biology is connected to the real world and I know now that I want to work on real world things that are helpful.” Kacie is one of just 15 students in Santa Barbara

County to be named a 2015 National Merit Semifinalist. The honor is given to approximately 16,000 high school seniors each year. Representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, the nationwide pool includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. n

Redefining the Role of Prefects

This year’s prefects are (left to right) Jack Hartmann, Brittany Zhuang, Jenna Donovan, Miles Dowling and Nate Goodman.

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Prefects have been a part of Dunn School life for many years, but their role has changed over time. Head of School Mike Beck hopes to further redefine them this year. “The prefects set the example for other students to follow,” says Beck. In addition to having them lead assemblies, chair student committees and act as liaisons between students and administrators, Mr. Beck also put them on two special task forces. “This year the prefects will be leading policy discussions. The first will validate and/or update the student dress code, and the second will formalize a student code of conduct,” he explains. Prefects will meet every other week with Mr. Beck to discuss their progress. n


Congratulations to our newest alums!! Emma Andersen Georgia Arnautou Brian Bae Heather Chu Dawson Chung Claire Connors Ayinde Crear Abu Danladi Andie de Werd Carolyn Dorwin Jake Eisaguirre Dan Ekiss Morgan Evered Brigitte Gottlieb Martha Gray Olivia Guo Hunter Hartmann Matthew Honeyman David Horsfield Kevin Hsu Kristina Jackson Maggie Jiang Brynlie Johnston Alexandra Jones Dodi Kandeel

Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo University of Portland Northeastern University University of California at Santa Cruz The George Washington University Gap Year Cornell University University of California, Los Angeles Northeastern University Mills College Eckerd College Washington State University The University of Arizona University of Technology Syndey University of California at Irvine University of California at San Diego University of Colorado at Boulder Northeastern University The University of Arizona School of the Art Institute of Chicago Whitman College University of California at Berkeley Bard College Northeastern University University of San Francisco

Cody Kessel Brian Kim Belle Kuvanant Bruce Lai Dominick Lawrence Ryan Layton Jessica Mao Bryce McKibbin Danielle McNally Declan Moles Jiyoun Moon Katri Morrison-Goulias Tyler Pooley Lucas Priestley Annemarie Rice Hannah Roots Sabrina Salgado Sergio Santos Khaleeq Sattaar El Michelle Thibodeaux Anita Williams Matthew Wu Bo Yaki David Zou

Denison University Indiana University at Bloomington Pace University, New York City San Jose State University University of San Francisco Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Chapman University Arizona State University University of Vermont Yonsei University Arizona State University San Francisco State University Cal State University, Monterey Bay Loyola Marymount University University of California, San Diego University of San Francisco Syracuse University Hofstra University Lewis & Clark College Lewis & Clark College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute University of San Francisco Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Campus News — ADMISSIONS SPOTLIGHT

(left) Sophomore Noah Kelber surrounds himself with freshman girls. (right) Sophomores are all smiles on the first day of class.

A Record Year in Admissions

Just a few months ago, Dunn School graduated 49 outstanding seniors and wished them good fortune as they headed to colleges in every part of the nation. In September, we embraced the joyful task of welcoming new students to campus. Admission Director Mike McKee and his team worked tirelessly to admit the biggest and most talented class in recent memory. From 239 applicants, our admission office selected 58 new students in the Upper School, and 30 new students in the Middle School. New families came to Los Olivos from five states: Washington, Texas, Montana, Massachusetts, and California. And impressively, the school continues to grow a global reputation, welcoming new students from Spain, Scotland, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Norway, Turkmenistan, Taiwan, Germany, Mexico, and Sierra Leone. What most delighted the admission office was the dazzling talent the new students bring to Dunn. Among the incomers are a flamenco dancer, dog shower, several scuba divers, a balloon artist, an outdoorsman, competitive surfer, elite baseball players, a film maker, wood worker, a surveyor for the National Oceanic and 24 | DUNN JOURNAL 2014

Atmospheric Association, serious volleyball, lacrosse and soccer players, and several quintets of musicians. Parents are Dunn’s best admission ambassadors. We invite you to refer prospective families to Mike McKee, Director of Admission. Alums are great ambassadors as well. In Seattle in September, Dunn alum and Seattle Sounders star Michael Tetteh ‘08 joined Aaron Dorlarque in an admission event at Explorer West Middle School. Students were excited to hear from this illustrious alum and learn more about his time at Dunn. n

Aaron Dorlarque and Michael Tetteh ‘08.


Campus News — ADMISSIONS SPOTLIGHT Meet Dunn School’s Admission Team Director of Admission

Mike McKee joined the Dunn admissions team after spending 6 years in admissions at a boarding school in Arizona. He was drawn to Dunn by the engaging and supportive faculty and staff, not to mention the gorgeous campus and stunning mountain views. Mike believes that the best part of his job is enrolling students at Dunn who learn to spread their wings, get out of their comfort zones, and truly learn more about themselves by pushing their limits. Mike enjoys coaching lacrosse in the spring and sharing his love of the outdoors with students.

Director of Admission, Dunn Summer Academy

Ann has lived in the Santa Ynez Valley for thirty-eight years. She enjoys being part of the small, supportive town of Los Olivos and the variety of outdoor recreational activities available in the Valley. Ann has been working at Dunn School since 1996 and enjoys many aspects of her job. The most fulfilling part for her is watching students develop a love of learning and gain the confidence to pursue new interests and passions.

Associate Director of Admission, Director of Financial Aid

Sarah Thompson started working in admissions before she left college and hasn’t looked back. Since graduating, she has worked as the Assistant Director of Admissions at a boarding school in Idaho and Associate Director of Admissions at a boarding school in New Hampshire. While in these positions she has enjoyed coaching, working in residential life, substitute teaching and advising students. She joins Mike McKee’s team as the Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Financial Aid for Dunn School.

Admission Administrative Assistant

Sarah Harris has worked in marketing and hospitality for the food and wine industry for more than ten years, managing tasting rooms, handling both guest and employee relations, and planning events for businesses as well as nonprofits like the Alzheimer’s Association. She is excited to put her customer service experience to work at Dunn School with Mike McKee in the Admissions Office. DUNN JOURNAL 2014 | 25


photo by ali megan

David Armstrong ‘86 empowers patients through emerging technology at the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance

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Learning the SALSA

At first glance, podiatry isn’t one of those professions that everybody likes to talk about. In fact, most people don’t think about their feet until something goes wrong with them. But for David Armstrong ’86, podiatry has been a gateway into the thriving biomedical field and he’s done more than his share to advance learning and technology in his profession. “My father was a podiatrist and I grew up in the office. I saw that it was an interesting specialty because people could walk in hurting, and walk out feeling better, often immediately,” says David. “The concept of that immediate reward was really attractive to me. It’s kind of funny that I’ve chosen a specialty within the specialty that is the exact opposite of that, where success is measured over the long term, and often just in millimeters in terms of healing.” David specializes in treating people with diabetes and his number one priority is to prevent amputations. According to the American Diabetes Association, 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations for people 20 years or older occur in people diagnosed with diabetes. David puts it in even starker terms. “There’s an amputation around the world from diabetes every 20 seconds. What happens is that people with diabetes lose what one of my mentors used to call ‘the gift of pain.’ They develop loss of sensation so they wear a hole in their foot the way you or I would wear a hole in a shoe or a sock.” To combat the problem, David started the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), an interdisciplinary team of surgeons, research scientists and biomedical engineers at the University of Arizona who provide clinical care, but are also developing technology to prevent problems before they start. “That has become a really awesome combination, where doctors diagnose problems and engineers


ALUMNNI News things into the hands of patients, so that we can empower ourselves.” Of course, as the technology evolves, larger societal questions emerge as well. David and his team address those issues head on. “Science is a liberal art. There’s no dividing A few of the “intelligent textiles” line. With the science that’s coming out, we being developed by SALSA need to have a new social, cyber contract. Our ethics and our philosophy have to • Bath mats that can tell when a person is going to evolve with our technology,” he explains. develop a wound and ping their phone to set up an “These concepts are important. They don’t appointment. • Shirts that monitor movement to predict potential just come out of thin air and I think a school hazardous actions like Dunn will get you ready for that kind of • Socks that monitor temperature and pressure idea.” points to prevent amputation For David, going to work every day • Apps that measure heart rate variability as a is a new adventure. “It’s a fun time to be marker of stress doing all this stuff. It doesn’t matter if we’re • Smart wards with sensors on and around patients playing a sport or playing an instrument or to prevent falls giving a talk or signing or doing surgery or • Exams rooms with wall sensors that allow doctors even writing a business plan, it’s all about to perform a full physical exam without using manual tools for measurements creativity and some expression of that. That’s what brings joy to life. If you can find that in your life, that’s like the Holy Grail. We “We’re at this merger of consumer electronics should all be so lucky. What we’re trying to do is and medical devices. Right now I’m wearing on to find that every day and trying to apply that to my body devices that used to be considered help our patients.” high end, things that could only be assessed To learn more about the work David and measured in an intensive care unit. Now Armstrong is doing, watch Tedx Tucson: A they’re things that I can purchase at a Best Buy. Visit to the Human App Store — How Tech We’re really trying to push that envelope a great is Changing Us – https://www.youtube.com/ deal. The real working application is to put these watch?v=Zm5nXuqiUGA n

help to solve problems,” says David. “Putting all of that together is really cool because we can have some great innovation.”

Former Dunn Soccer Star Drafted to Major League Soccer Kingsley “Fifi” Baiden ‘10, a soccer standout while at Dunn, was selected in the third round of the Major League Soccer draft by the Columbus Crew. When he got the phone call from the Crew’s head coach, and then from his agent, Fifi said, “I was just so happy to hear about it. I was like, ‘Amen!’”

Fifi entered Dunn as a sophomore in 2007 and quickly established himself as one of the Condor League’s finest midfielders. Fifi was named the Earwigs’ Most Valuable Player in 2008, 2009 and 2010, twice earned the Sportsmanship Award and earned the Most Inspirational Award three times. “One of my best memories

of playing soccer at Dunn was my senior year, when we traveled to Cate to play our last league game,” Fifi recalled. “We had a meeting before the game and talked about how we only had a few games left together. We were so BAIDEN continued next page DUNN JOURNAL 2014 | 27


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Fifi Baiden on signing day and in his official team photo

motivated. We won something like 6-0.” Fifi graduated from Dunn in 2010 and accepted a soccer scholarship to the University of California, Santa Barbara. His Major League Soccer profile touts him as “a scrappy, quick, tough-as-nails defensive midfielder.” “Just keep working hard,” Fifi advises younger students. “Keep fighting no matter what the outcome. That’s my philosophy for life.” For this Dunn alum, it seems to be paying off. Visit Fifi’s official page at the Columbus Crew website: http://www.thecrew.com/players/kingsleyfifi-baiden n

Remember Dunn, Make a Lasting Difference The Anthony B. Dunn Heritage society honors generous community members who have named Dunn School in their wills or trusts, or otherwise included Dunn in their estate plans. Your support through a planned gift helps to sustain Dunn School and our essential mission in perpetuity. Please contact Aaron Dorlarque for more information (805) 686-0628 or adorlarque@dunnschool.org. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to these members of our Heritage Society, and invite you to consider a planned gift.

The Anthony B. Dunn Heritage Society of 1957 Willis M. Allen, Jr. (‘64) Michael Boone (‘79) Joseph V. Costello III (‘70) William (‘80) and Jennifer DuBois (Former Employees) Edward and Joyce Engs III (P’80) Beryl Geller (P’75) Robert and JoNan LeRoy (Former Employee) Gail McGrath (P’79) John H. Sanger (Former Employee) 28 | DUNN JOURNAL 2014

Sarah and Chad Stacy (P’20, Current Employee) Guy Walker (‘76, P’05) William (‘84) and Claire Wolfenden Deceased Andrew D. Orrick (P’74, P’75, GP’09, GP’14) Susan Hossfeld (P’70, P’73)


ALUMNNI News Filming in the Desert: Lisa Lucas Carves out a Career in Santa Fe Who says you need to be in Los Angeles to work in film and television? Lisa Lucas ‘85 has been keeping busy with both acting and producing projects in New Mexico. She spent six weeks in February playing a retired New York City Ballet principal ballerina who struggles with age and the shifting roles of love on the set of “Ageless,” a drama written and directed by Shannon Ellison, set for release in 2015. In June, she worked on both the new WGN series “Manhattan,” about the early days of the bomb, as well as a small cameo on the modern western, “Longmire” on A&E. She played an abusive, chainsmoking mother in the short film, “My Life According To My Mother,” and will have another small role in the (above) On the comedy feature, “Abe Makes a Movie” early next year. If set of the ad for that’s not enough to keep her busy, she launched Noel Presbyterian Health Services. Jehuda Productions – her production company for film and television this year, joined the faculty at the Film (right) The poster for “A Thousand School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design this fall Voices,” a and her face will be popping up on New Mexico screens documentary film Lisa co-produced. as part of an ad campaign for Presbyterian Healthcare Services. But the project closest to her heart right now is “A Thousand Voices,” a documentary feature that she co-produced for Silver Bullet Productions. The film reveals the stories of Northern New Mexico Native American women, starting with their tribal histories before European contact on through to today. “You think you know everything about women’s history, but you don’t. Women are the forgotten class, especially native women in this country,” said Lisa in a Facebook post. “This film reveals more about their plight and historical significance than has ever been put on film.” The film will debut in early 2015 and Lisa is hopeful the world premiere will be at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Whether or not they get into Sundance, the film will air on PBS later next year. n

Fact vs. Fiction: Truth in the Ebola Crisis Ted Alemayhu ‘91 has become an outspoken leader in providing accurate information on the Ebola crisis in West Africa. He has been featured on an ABC News radio talk show, conference called with the State Department and testified before the United States Congress, all in an effort to better inform the public on the realities of dealing with the virus. At the end of November, his organization, US Doctors for Africa, will convene a Global Summit on the Ebola Virus on Capitol Hill. They will be partnering with Global MD, Harvard School of Medicine, Project C.U.R.E. and the United Nations, among others. n

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The 5th Fiftieth Reunion

Michael Dunn (right) congratulates John Calvy from the Class of 1961.

Former Dormitory Prefects Robert Hunter (left) and Ralph Milliken (center) from the Class of 1962, join Dave Honeyman ‘63 in Collins Library.

(left to right) Bill Greenough, Jon Pedotti, Rufus Clark, Michael Bill, Bruce Tognazzini, Ray Bailey, Jim Claire, Bill Isaacson and Norman Freeman celebrate the 50th reunion of the Class of 1963.

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First there was the class of 1961 – the first Dunn graduates and the first to reach the 50 year mark and establish the start of a new chapter in Dunn’s history. This momentous occasion was then repeated for the classes of 1962 and 1963, and last year for the class of 1964. This coming April we’ll celebrate the class of 1965 as they join this elite group of alums who created the foundation for future generations of students and faculty. After the ‘61s and ‘62s got the ball rolling, the ‘63’s set an example of allegiance to each other and the school, spearheaded by Michael Bill, by gathering most of their class together, all in Hawaiian shirts for an emotional and spirited weekend. Last year John Cooper, with noteworthy support from Sally Fairbanks, provided the energy and leadership to bring together 13 out of 15 classmates who demonstrated great camaraderie and shared memories of their lives at Dunn fifty years ago – another outstanding weekend. It was heartwarming to see members of these classes reunite, many had not seen one another in years, and without missing a beat come together as if 50 years had not intervened. Now we look forward to welcoming the class of 1965 back to campus in April to celebrate their half century as Dunn Alums. The momentum grows as the upcoming reunion classes escalate in number and the overall alumni body expands with each graduating class. Alumni Weekend will not only be honoring the class of ’65, but also the 0’s and 5’s as each of these classes reach a significant milestones in their adventure as Dunn Alums. n

(standing, l. to r.) John Billig, Charlie Fairbanks, Mort Sullivan, O.J. Beaudette, Jim Walker, John Cooper, Rod Thorp (sitting, l. to r.) Bill Wishon, Tony DeWitt, Allan Starr, Tony Sinclair, Willis Allen. Not pictured Tom Staub.


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At Alumni Weekend 2014, Head of School Mike Beck dedicated the new gym floor that was completed this fall to Tom Staub ’64 and everyone else who played on the old knee-wrenching floors. Tom was a member of the first boys’ basketball team to win a Condor League Championship (pictured below).

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Dunn School Board of Trustees Divo Martin ‘98 has fond memories of attending Dunn as a boarding student. “I was given the opportunity to attend Dunn School initially by outside sponsorship and then through the wonderful scholarship and financial aid program,” she says. “Even as a student, I valued that opportunity incredibly. I worked hard and hoped to be a role model to other students to show how much I appreciated being there. Being on the Board of Trustees continues to be my way of showing how thankful I am for having been able to attend Dunn.” Since graduating with double honors from UCLA, a B.A. in psychology and a minor in applied developmental psychology, Divo has worked for Amgen, a biotech company based in Thousand Oaks. She has stayed connected to Dunn as a class representative, by helping with fundraising efforts and reunion planning, and by being a member of the Alumni Board. She’s excited about her new role as a Board of Trustee member. “I hope to be an asset to the Board by bringing fresh ideas and innovation, and helping the school meet continued success in the years to come.” n

Jay Conger P’17 was delighted when his daughter Zoe expressed an interest in attending Dunn School. “We had looked at a number of schools, and it was Zoe’s first choice by a long shot. From my viewpoint, I was impressed by the strong sense of community, the supportive academic environment, and the caliber of the faculty. Mike Beck’s strong emphasis on values and leadership were equally important given how formative the teenage years are.” As the Professor of Leadership and Institute Chair of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College in California, Jay is one of the world’s experts on leadership. Business Week named him the best business school professor to teach leadership and one of the top five management education teachers worldwide. Seeing Zoe happy at school reinforced his belief in Dunn’s mission and made him happy to take on the role of board member. “I share Mike Beck’s vision of how values and leadership should play a critical role in the daily lives of students. I also wanted to play a role in helping to shape my daughter Zoe’s experience at Dunn.” n 32 | DUNN JOURNAL 2014


From the Head of School

Board of Trustees

Debbie Jones P ‘09, ‘11, ‘14, Chair Bruce Thacher ‘73, Vice Chair Dave Nelson P ‘11, ‘15, Treasurer Gladdys Uribe ‘98, Secretary Mike Beck, Head of School Michael Boone ‘79 Cindy Bronfman P ‘12 Jim Chomeau P ‘10, ‘16 Jay Conger P ‘17 Don Daves-Rougeaux Dean Davidge P ‘98 Divo Denove ‘98 Jim Gaskin ‘71 C.J. Jackson P ‘04, ‘06 Dana Jackson ‘76 Chris Mullin Cheryl Stauffer P ‘04, ‘07 Chris Wesselman ‘65 Robert Fabricant, Honorary Trustee Wally Haas ‘68 Honorary Trustee Tim Bliss P ‘04 Emeritus Bill Jackson ‘80, P ‘14 Emeritus Thanks to outgoing Board members for their years of service to Dunn School.

As we gathered recently in Collins Library to prepare for the opening of school, I asked our faculty to honor those dedicated teachers and staff who have served Dunn for more than 20 years. We are so grateful to Tom Holmes, Ann Greenough, Alice Berg, Leslie Vincent, Willy Haig, Barbara Haig, Ralph Lowe and Doc Macomber. Their devoted and loyal service to Dunn has helped to guide our institution for decades. They have seen countless changes: in teenage hairstyles and fashions, the rise of technology ubiquity, economic and societal transformations, and a multitude of curriculum shifts – from how we teach mathematics to how we condition our athletes. As we appreciated Dunn’s past, I told our faculty it is equally important to look forward and consider the challenges ahead. Let me share one picture of the future from the book Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku As Kaku, a theoretical physicist. As he describes it, by 2030 we will find the internet embedded all around us. The web will be always at hand, on wall screens, furniture, billboards, and even on our contact lenses or our glasses. “When we blink,” says Kaku, “we will go online.” Our students will access the internet simply by blinking their eyes. A wave of their fingertips will allow them to navigate through the web, and project what they see onto a classroom wall. Why is it important to think about the future? Because we know change will occur. But at Dunn, as an independent school, we can be intentional about how we change in the future. This is the beginning of my seventh year as Head of Dunn. In the past month I have reflected deeply about what attracted me to this place envisioned by Tony Dunn. The beauty of the valley and the school’s unsurpassed location were certainly factors, but Dunn’s mission, its core values and its committed people ultimately drew me to this school. As I contemplate Dunn’s mission to educate the whole student to his or her fullest potential in preparation for a life of learning and responsible leadership in society, I know there are many factors that will cause change. But today, I propose a vision that Dunn must hold constant: a vision that Dunn will always be known for developing leaders of great character who will impact the world for generations to come. We develop great character in our students through the personal attention we give each child. It is not enough at Dunn to develop scholars, artists or athletes – although our students become all that and more. Dunn’s highest purpose is to develop students of great character. This vision can carry us through the next fifty years of rapid change. Thank you for your ongoing support of in Dunn School. We are looking forward to a wonderful and remarkable year ahead! Blessings upon you,

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Summary of 2013-2014 Contributions* Annual Fund - Unrestricted Annual Fund - Restricted

$351,467 $310,235

Total Annual Fund Contributions Scholarship Endowment Fund Faculty Support Endowment Fund Faculty Support Endowment Fund Pledges

$661,702 $2,124,574 $24,750 $500,000

Total Endowmment Pledges and Contributions $2,649,324 Capital Infrastructure Pledges $260,000 Capital Infrastructure $213,000 Total Capital Pledges and Contributions Total Pledges and Contributions

$473,000 $3,784,025

*Information based on preliminary and unaudited financial results.

100% of Board of Trustees members participated in Annual Fund giving

Annual Fund Donations (Total Unrestricted and Restricted Gifts for 2013-2014 = $661,702)

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Report to Partners

Thank you to everyone who made a gift to Dunn in 2013-14. We are grateful to parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, Trustees, faculty and friends of the school who contributed. Every gift, no matter the size, is important. Your participation is the key to our success. Thank you again for your loyal support. New Gym Floor

Cross Fit Center

Updated DMS Kitchen

Annual Giving The Dunn Fund directly supports middle school and upper school students and teachers in the current operating year. Dunn relies on these investments to provide the margin of excellence for our students. Your funds support our faculty, financial aid, arts, athletics, and many facilities improvements each year. This year your support funded: a new gymnasium floor and roof, a crossfit center, new baseball infield, batting cage and athletic gear, and field improvements for soccer and lacrosse. You also allowed us to update Dunn Middle School facilities and begin a phased mattress replacement in the girls’ and boys’ dorms. Your funding underwrote the Whole Student Education Coordinator position and provided funds to bring in exceptional guests for the Leadership Speaker Series, among many other projects in classrooms across the 6-12 campus. Endowment Funds Supporters invested in Dunn’s long-term sustainability, highlighted by a transformational $2 million gift from grandparents Wendy and Barry Rowland (Kelsey Sullivan ’06 and Sara Sullivan ’09) to create the Rowland and Sullivan African Scholarship Endowment. You again generously supported the Paul Overgaag Memorial Fund Merit Scholarship, the Page & Otto Marx Endowment, the Nancy Roome Endowment for Learning Skills, the Nancy Ortiz Scholarship Endowment for Learning Strategies and the Kumler Math & Science Fund. Capital Projects Dunn is raising funds for an $8 million Leadership Complex that includes a Leadership Center and Leadership Pavilion. We are grateful to Cindy and Adam Bronfman for challenging the community with a $1 million lead matching gift.

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PO BOX 98 LOS OLIVOS, CA 93441

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Mark your Calendar! Spring Family Weekend

Commencement Weekend

See what’s happening in class and out. Special invitation to grandparents.

Celebrate the end of another school year.

8th Grade Graduation Ceremony

Friday, May 29

Alumni Reunion Weekend Catch up with old friends and new. Honoring classes from the 5s and 0s. 36 | DUNN JOURNAL 2014 Friday, March 13 thru Saturday, March 14

Friday, April 24 thru Sunday, April 26

Upper School Awards Ceremony

Saturday, May 30

Upper School Graduation Ceremony

Sunday, May 31

Profile for Dunn School

2014 Dunn School Journal  

Highlights of all the good things happening at Dunn School in Los Olivos, CA.

2014 Dunn School Journal  

Highlights of all the good things happening at Dunn School in Los Olivos, CA.

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