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May 20–22, 2016

Schedule of Events Friday, May 20, 2016 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Registration


There are two on-campus alumnae hospitality suites: Slocum 208 and Sage Browsing (in Sage Hall). These spaces are for you to enjoy throughout the weekend. For our 50th Reunion Class (1966) we have designated a special hospitality suite in Wellington-Lay.

Note: Each class will also have a hospitality suite at The Troy Hilton Garden Inn.

9:00–9:30 a.m.

Signature Presentations

Lucy Duda ’16 Kiggins Uncovering the unsung women composers of music history through presentation and live performance

Tessa Bloomer ’16 Snell 102 Modeling the interactions among water molecules and other chemicals

Alice Kim ’17 Signature Lab/Weaver Finding a way to improve “The Happy Light” (full spectrum lamp) by using other human senses

Kimi Wenzel ’17 Snell 101 Testing the effects of different variables (such as oxygen levels) on the bioluminescence of a bacterium

Caroline Guthrie ’16 Dietel Library An experience in journalism, in partnership with the Times Union, the University at Albany, and Northeast Public Radio

Katherine Wallace ’17 Kellas Commons Developing a club on campus to decrease the stigma surrounding mental illnesses

9:30–10:00 a.m.

Signature Presentations

Kristina McHale ’16 Kiggins Writing, casting, directing, producing, and premiering a short film about contemporary young women

Lexie Tang ’17 Slocum 225 Developing a competitive all-girl robotics team and igniting a passion for engineering in the school community

Abbie Lively ’17 Snell 101 Developing guanosine hydrogels, discovering their large-scale properties, and exploring possible applications

Emily Brown ’16 Snell 102 Using a physics cloud chamber to calculate the amount of a radioactive material found in source materials

Eugene Lee ’17 Signature Lab/Weaver Researching the similarities and differences between chemotaxis of worms and human cancer cells, and considering related cancer treatments

Bee Noor ’16 Kellas Commons Studying how stigma related to mental illness has affected psychiatric treatment by using the New York State Museum collection of suitcases from the Willard Asylum

10:00–10:30 a.m.

Signature Presentations

Claire Grassey ’16 Kiggins Creating an autobiographical video about a ballerina choreographing a contemporary piece, in collaboration with Olivia Baker ‘16

Melissa Kagaju ’16 Slocum 225 Developing web simulations for physics class using GeoGebra Deanna Mousa ’16 Snell 102 Researching and designing alternative materials to silicon for more efficient solar panels Anjuli Smith ’16 Library Translating her grandfather’s 1950s travelogue from Malayalam into English Karen Nakayama ’17 Signature Lab/Weaver Studying bacterial pathogens that can exist in food Kaeley Stout ’16 Kellas Commons Interning at the Global Institute of Health and Human Rights and learning about grant writing and human rights in the Middle East 10:30–11:00 a.m.

Signature Presentations

Olivia Baker ’16 Kiggins An exploration of the reciprocal relationship between movement and the brain through dance Sarah Dennis ’16 Slocum 225 Designing and coding a web-based game and other coding experiences Emily Ma ’17 Snell 101 Characterizing gene expression in the vomeronasal organ of a transgenic mouse to define the migratory axis of GnRH-1, relating to a genetic disorder that affects human reproduction Esra Yener ’17 Snell 102 Studying the chemical bonds in thin film deposition and the properties of materials made in this process

Katey Forsyth ’16 Library Writing, editing, and publishing several short stories Katie Gonick ’16 Signature Lab/Weaver Economic forecasting for growing a small, Fair Trade, womenrun, Capital Region business Ji Woo Shin ’16 & So Young Jang ’16 Kellas Commons Illustrating Dr. Karen Gross’s children’s book, Lady Lucy 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch Tent (alumnae and guests in tent; students, faculty, and parents in dining hall) 1:15–1:45 p.m.

Signature Presentations

Tea Mottolese ’16 Kiggins Recording, mixing, mastering, and releasing a short jazz album with student musicians Rebecca Tang ’17 Slocum 225 Creating a graphic novel that explores fundamental philosophical questions about scientific theories and religious concepts Sheena Ma ’16 Snell 101 Researching the role of mutated myosin genes in the flight muscles of fruit flies and relating it to the medical treatment of human heart diseases Lydia Ho ’17 Snell 102 Improving the properties of shape memory alloys in materials engineering SoYoung Kwon ’17 Library Simulating and imaging neuronal activity, in which cAMP and calcium concentrations regulate phosphorylation sites of DARPP-32, controlling dopamine receptor expression

Jess Hebert ’16 Signature Lab/Weaver Making a geologic history of the Emma Willard School stone facades, accessible through a QR-coded tour Mary Rumsey ’16 Wadsworth Studying the effect of classic economics literature on the modern business world through research, and managing a guest speaker series in an economics class Nana Takada ’17 & Bella Hartman ’16 Kellas Commons Designing and coding an app (Emma Tower) to make living easier for Emma students, including such functions as lost and found, signing in and out of campus, and tracking laundry etiquette 1:45–2:15 p.m.

Signature Presentations

Samantha Du ’17 & Chandra Leung ’17 Kiggins Producing electronic music and playing it live at Emma Willard School events Emma Wang ’16 Slocum 225 Developing logos for clubs and special events on campus Sherrie Wang ’16 Snell 101 Experimentally determining the diffusion rate of lead into iron sulfide Hannah Lang ’17 Snell 102 Creating precise, high-resolution DNA nanostructures that can be used to cure disease and for other biological purposes Annabelle Feist ’16 Library Working to prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by using antibodies Sasha Baskin ’17 Signature Lab/Weaver Revitalizing an outdoor student space using environmental psychology research­—designed for students by students

Yujin Hong ’17 Wadsworth An art and marketing project to help fund educational scholarships for girls in Guatemala through the design and sale of Fair Trade bracelets Sosie Almasian ’16, Tessa Bloomer ’16 & Sun Paik ’16 Kellas Commons A series of Sosie Almasian’s photo essays on the underprivileged in the Capital Region, in collaboration with Sun Paik’s profiles and personal essays, and Tessa Bloomer’s interviews and social media integration 2:15–3:15 p.m. Alumnae and Student Mix and Mingle


Student-Led Campus Admissions Suite Walking Tour 2:30–3:30 p.m. Dorms Main Dorms and Bridges Open House Take a trip back in time and walk through the dormitory corridors 3:15–3:45 p.m. Gothic Literature Class Slocum 225 With Leslie Crowell ‘00, English Department Chair and Instructor iPhonography Kellas Commons Learn how to take stunning photos on your very own iPhone with Sosie Almasian ’16 4:00–5:00 p.m. Celebration of Excellence Kiggins The Emma Community comes together for a State of the School Address, Distinguished Alumnae Awards, and the Alumnae Association Council Meeting

5:30–6:15 p.m. Arts Performance Orchestra Concert

Alumnae Chapel

Tower Tour Archway near Bookstore With Ken McGivern, Director of Facilities 6:15–7:15 p.m. All Classes Welcome Home Cocktail Reception


7:15–9:45 p.m. All Classes Welcome Home Tent Dinner and Party All Class Dance Party 8:00–9:30 p.m. 9:45–11:15 p.m.

Pub Night

Troy Hilton Fireside Lounge

Join us for trivia, games, and conversation

10:00 p.m.

Last Shuttle Pick-up

Elmgrove Entrance

Saturday, May 21, 2016 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Registration


8:30–9:15 a.m.

Alumnae and Student Mix Dietel Gallery and Mingle and Art Showcase Exhibit displayed throughout the weekend 9:15–11:00 a.m. Emma Field Day Playing Fields (Alumnae, Students, and Faculty) Play, participate, or cheer! 9:15–9:45 a.m. Jumbo volleyball and three-legged race 9:45–10:15 a.m. Relay race and tug of war 10:15–11:00 a.m. Kickball game 11:30 a.m. Parade of Classes Flagpole (Main Loop) Join in the fun as classes march around the inner campus. Costumes and/or class themes encouraged!

12:00–1:30 p.m. Alumnae Buffet Lunch Class Photos


1:00–2:30 p.m. Dorms Main Dorms and Bridges Open House Take a trip back in time and walk through the dormitory corridors 1:30–2:15 p.m. Emma Traditions Sage Study A moderated conversation with alumnae spanning the decades discussing Emma traditions (when and how they started, how they’ve changed, and shared stories). Nina Pattison ’46, Ruth Kramer Ziony ’61, Hilary Jones-Danziger ’86, P ‘18, Stephanie Waldman ’16 History Class Slocum 225 With Bob Naeher, History Department Chair and Albert P. Newell Instructor Propel Your Professional Wadsworth Growth: Tips and Tactics to Move You Up With Seattle career coach Elizabeth Aldrich Atcheson ’70 2:30–3:15 p.m. Don’t Judge a Kellas Little Dining Room Craft by It’s Color Exploring the world of craft beer through flavor, not color. A craft beer tasting and tutorial with Cicerone-certified “Beer Guy” Chris Leach. Please note: space is limited Gender and the Brain Slocum 225 With Maureen Harrison, Director of Cognitive Development and Eliza Kellas Instructor. Join us for a Neuroscience mini

class to discuss how different (or similar) the male and female brains are Sip and Share Library Share and discuss your favorite book(s) with Katie Archambault, Director of Research 3:15–3:45 p.m.

Chapel Speaker Rehearsal Alumnae Chapel

3:30–4:15 p.m. Afternoon Tea Admissions Suite Emma Then and Now Kellas Commons Panel discussion with Security Guard Jim Hanley, Visual Arts Instructor Mark Van Wormer, Resident Faculty Gemma Halfi, Sunho Paik ‘16, Marisa Panichelli ‘16. Moderated by Assistant Athletic Director Elizabeth Parry Tower Tour Archway near Bookstore With Ken McGivern, Director of Facilities Student-Led Campus Walking Tour

Admissions Suite

3:45–4:15 p.m. Alumnae-Student Choir Rehearsal

Alumnae Chapel

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Alumnae Chapel Service Alumnae Chapel Reverend Stephanie Chase Bradbury ’81 5:45–6:45 p.m. Cocktail Party for the 50th Reunion Class Cocktail Party for the Reunion Classes



7:00–9:00 p.m. Reunion Class Dinners 1946 Stanton/Kellas 1951 Kellas Little Dining Room 1956 Slocum 221 1961 Weaver 101 1966 Wellington-Lay 1971 Slocum Academic Conference Room 1976 Slocum 223 1981 Signature Lab/Weaver 1986 Kiggins 1991 Lyon-Remington 1996 Slocum 222 2001 Tent 2006 Tent 2011 Tent 9:15 p.m.

Last Shuttle Pick-up

Elmgrove Entrance

Sunday, May 22, 2016 9:00–11:30 a.m. Farewell Brunch Dining Hall 9:30–10:30 a.m. Revels Costume Tour Sage Basement With Chris Carroll, retired English Instructor and Revels Costuming Wizard Tunnel Tour Archway near Bookstore With Ken McGivern, Director of Facilities 11:30 a.m.

Last Shuttle Pick-up

Elmgrove Entrance



(Slocum Acad. Conf. Rm.) (Signature Lab)

(Snell 101, 102,

, Stanton) /2E-CafĂŠ)


REUNION WEEKEND 22 Tent and Registration 23 Hotel Shuttle Golf Cart Pick-ups 50th Hospitality Suite and Class Dinner

Celebbration of Excellence Kiggins Auditorium Friday, May 20, 2016 4:00 p.m.

Greeting and State of School Address Dr. Susan R. Groesbeck Head of School, Interim

Distinguished Alumnae Awards Citations Samantha Jones ‘92 President, Alumnae Association Council Distinguished Young Alumna Award Jamila A. Best ‘06 Presented by: Deena Mousa ‘16 Distinguished Alumna Award Ann V. Beach ‘76 Presented by: Isabella Hartman ‘16 Service to Emma Willard Award Dr. Anne Flagler Collins ‘56 Presented by: Stephanie Waldman ‘16

Alumnae Association Annual Meeting Heather-Leigh Wells ‘88 Vice President, Alumnae Association Council

Alma Mater Felix Mendelssohn (adapted from Op. 59, No. 3) Reared on the heights of Ida, Against the wide-arched sky, The sunbeams fall athwart thee, The moonbeams gently lie. Across thy open hilltop, The winds blow bold and free; O ye grey walls, protecting, We raise our song to thee! Come let us sing together, A song of grateful praise; In honor of our founder The joyous strains upraise. ’Twas she beheld the vision And wrought with steadfast will; ’Tis we with joyous labor That vision must fulfill! “Semper fidelis” singing To Emma Willard dear, Above the grey walls ringing Our song floats sweet and clear. O touch each fleeting moment With friendship’s alchemy. The days that lie before us, Our memories soon shall be! Verse by Caroline Carter Davis, EWS 1904

Closing Dr. Groesbeck

Important Notes We are excited to celebrate this special weekend with you! It’s a wonderful experience and one that all generations of Emma Girls, including our current students, come together in one place to enjoy. To keep our youngest and underage Emma Girls safe: • Alcohol is only allowed inside the celebration tent and school-designated areas. • We are proud to say that Emma is a 100 percent smoke-free campus. Smoking is not allowed on campus, including the parking lots or tent. • We know you miss your old rooms, but the dorms are our current girls’ homes and they will be living there throughout the weekend. To protect the safety and privacy of the students, there will be designated dorm tour hours. Please see the schedule for those times. School Store Hours Friday, May 20: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21: 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m., 1:00–5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 22: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Health Center Hours Friday 7:30 a.m.–10:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. Sunday 8:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Day Care For those who have registered for childcare, the services are offered on the lower level of Wellington-Lay on Friday (5:00–10:00 p.m.) and Saturday (9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.). Please drop off your child along with a sleeping bag and pillow or other personal comfort items. Walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows with the fees of $12/hr. for one child, $15/hr. for two, $16/hr. for three, $17/hr. for four children per family.

Signature Project Signature is Emma Willard School’s capstone program for juniors and seniors that allows deep exploration of a personal passion. Signature students work on a project for two semesters with an on-campus mentor or an expert off campus, and share the summation of their work in a presentation to the entire school community. This opportunity is for students who have a demonstrated passion for a topic, have identified adults to work with, and have dedicated a sufficient amount of time to complete a project. Examples of projects and further details can be found at Shuttle Schedule Complimentary shuttles will run throughout the weekend between the Emma Willard School campus and The Troy Hilton Garden Inn. Campus pick-ups and drops-offs will take place at the Elmgrove Entrance. The ride to and from will take approximately 15 minutes. Friday, May 20 The shuttle will start at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning at The Troy Hilton Garden Inn. The last pick-up from campus (to the hotel) will be at 10:00 p.m. Saturday, May 21 The shuttle will start at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning at the Troy Hilton Garden Inn. The last pick-up from campus (to the hotel) will be at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, May 22 The shuttle will start at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning at the Troy Hilton Garden Inn. The last pick-up from campus (to the hotel) will be at 11:30 a.m. Hotel Hilton Garden Inn 235 Hoosick Street Troy, New York, 12180 518.272.1700

Taxis Black & White Taxi 518.272.6961

Did you know? Number of Students 60%



Day: 140

Boarding: 219


Number of

Number of


COUNTRIES represented



Students of color Advanced Placement courses


International 21%





76 125

Alumna and current sister connections

55 students Number of ALUMNAE


1814 Association members


1st Fair Trade


United States



SPORTS FA L L : Crew Cross Country Tennis Field Hockey Soccer Volleyball Swimming

WINTER: Crew Ski Racing Indoor Track & Field Basketball SPRING: Crew Lacrosse Softball Outdoor Track & Field

Alumnae Association Council Meet the Council

Samantha Jones ’92, President Heather-Leigh Wells ’88, Vice President Suzanne Longley ’94, Secretary Members-at-large: Beverly Burke Gunther ’60 Valerie Phillips Parsegian ’61 Helen Pettit ’61 Jaci Canning-Murphy ’64 Rachel Goodstein ’70 Sandra Mardigian ’71 Karen Gordon Styslinger ’75 Karen Busch Cox ’76 Elizabeth Leib Pollack ’76 Valerie Gonyea ‘82 Hillary Denton Kohler ’83 Deirdre Chiaramonte ’86 Odile Weissenborn Gordon ’88 Noel Nowicki ’88 Corrie Leonard Martin ’89 Marisa Moriarty ’91 Anna Ellis ’91 Alicia Miller Matulewicz ’95 Jessica Miller Rossetti ’00 Heidi Knoblauch ’04 Karen Brifu ’04 Kelly McDonald ’05 Sophia Michelen ’05 Jamila Best ’06

Emma Hart Willard 1787–1870

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Reunion Program 2016  
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