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On the cover: (left to right) VI Former Scott Warren is loading DNA samples into an agarose gel in order to perform gel electrophoresis and determine if he has isolated the GAPC gene from his plant sample. Inside front cover: Students perform feats of engineering and science experiments in all three divisions. Photos by Dawn Blake.
Parker Lecture: Joe Watkins Hallowell Lecture: Paul Zarzyski Taking STEM to the next level
Upper School musical “Hairspray” Nostrant Pavilion Dedication Club Corner: People to People Faculty Spotlight: Nakeiha Primus
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By Dawn Blake
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
From the Headmaster Around the Quad Go Fords Alumni Class Notes Milestones & In Memoriam Reflections: Building a Robotics Team
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By Megan Connolly
HAVERFORD S C H O O L To d a y
STEM education at Haverford Well, it seems winter took a year off in these parts, meteorologically speaking – which most of us might agree is just fine! But there was no break in the action here on campus, and we are excited to share the details with you in this issue of HST. Highlights include the outstanding Upper School musical “Hairspray” (page 6); The Nostrant Pavilion dedication (page 7); student successes in VEX robotics, the DECA competition for emerging leaders and entrepreneurs, and the Gladwyne Library League’s 40th Annual Junior Author Contest; the annual Parker Lecture featuring TV political analyst Joe Watkins (page 11); the annual Hallowell Lecture with cowboy poet Paul Zarzyski, including Web links to several audio recordings of his readings (page 16); a faculty spotlight on Middle School English teacher Nakeiha Primus (page 17); winter sports updates (page 18); and the 10th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction (page 30). This issue’s feature focuses on how Haverford takes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, collectively called STEM, to the next level (page 22). Kudos are due to Dawn Blake on her photography and Meghan Vaughan on her design work for this piece. In writing the
feature, I was compelled to reflect on my own experiences growing up with a love of Mr. Wizard, Legos®, and David Macaulay’s illustrated books, especially The Way Things Work and Cathedral. Along with my parents and teachers, they inspired me toward interests in architecture, geometry, geology, geography, physics, and the visual arts, among other things. Current educational trends are embracing a shift from STEM to “STEAM,” which includes art and design as critical components of the STEM equation. As it turns out, I was an unwitting beneficiary of the visionary teachers at Avon Old Farms School who championed this idea before it was a trend, and it ultimately led me to a career involving commercial printing, publications, photography, graphic design, writing, information technology, and marketing. As you will see, great things are happening in the STEM fields at Haverford. We would love to hear your thoughts and reflections too, on how your Haverford experience with respect to STEM (or STEAM) subjects has affected your life. In other developments, we remain in the thick of our “Phase II” website development work. We hope you had a chance to read last issue’s feature on the new Haverford.org. One feature of the new site that has been especially
managing editor Tim Stay | editor Dawn Blake | editor Meghan Vaughan alumni editor Andrew Bailey ’02 | designers Meghan Vaughan, Tim Stay class notes Deva Yeatman | photographers Andrew Bailey ’02, Dawn Blake, Jim Roese, George Scarino, Tim Stay, Meghan Vaughan, Linda Walters, George Wood ’75, Deva Yeatman printer Pemcor, LLC., Lancaster, Pa.
special thanks Thank you to everyone who contributed to this magazine. Special thanks to
Andrew Bailey ’02, Charles Brown, Kara Cleffi, Megan Connolly, Joe Cox, Chris Fox, Michelle Giovinazzo, Disty Lengel, Brian McBride ’82, Sandy Mercer, Candy Montgomery, Michael Murphy, Joey Scornavacchi, Cindy Shaw, Joe Sweeney, Tom Trocano, Keren White, and George Wood ’75. headmaster Joseph T. Cox, Ph. D.; assistant headmaster Mark Thorburn; associate headmaster Brian McBride ’82; chief financial officer David S. Gold; director of development Charles D. Brown; dir. of marketing and communications Tim Stay; associate dir. of communications Dawn Blake; associate dir. of communications Meghan K. Vaughan; associate dir. of electronic communications Deva Yeatman; dir. of alumni relations Andrew Bailey ’02
Editorial Office: Wilson Hall Room 005, 450 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA 19041 Contact: Tim Stay, Director of Marketing and Communications; 484-417-2763; firstname.lastname@example.org Haverford School Today is published for alumni, parents, and friends of The Haverford School. Nonprofit postage paid at Wayne, Pa., and additional mailing offices. Please send address changes to Disty Lengel by email at email@example.com, or by mail to 450 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA 19041. If you wish to reprint any portion of Haverford School Today’s contents, please request permission in advance. Copyright © 2012 The Haverford School (all rights reserved).
popular is the new FORDSNation page. This area of the site could alternately be called “Today at Haverford,” since it aggregates just about all the information you might want to see on a daily basis. It includes news, multimedia galleries (have you visited FordsPhotos lately? password: fordsphotos), news feeds, a subscriptions page, and a repository of School publications. Many folks have commented on the FORDSNation logo too, and some have asked us to create a FORDSNation bumper sticker, which we plan to do this spring. We hope you’ve had a chance to peruse the site; if not, check it out today!
Looking ahead, alumni are reminded of Alumni Weekend May 4-5; please come and share your stories and memories with us, and if you can’t join us in the flesh, send us a letter or an email and share your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and stories. Lastly, commencement is just around the corner on Jun. 8, and we look forward to adding a new class of young men to the annals of The Haverford School alumni ranks! – Tim Stay, Managing Editor
board of trustees, 2011-12 Mr. John F. Stoviak ’69, Chairman Mr. Richard W. Graham II ’52, Vice Chairman Mr. David B. Ford Jr. ’93, P’24, Treasurer Mr. Robert C. Clothier III ’79, P’17 Secretary Mrs. Elizabeth M. Anderson P’14 Mr. Kenneth L. Brier ’68, P’09 Dr. Joseph T. Cox Dr. John A. DeFlaminis Mr. Richard J. Green ’69, P’13 Mr. Robert T. Hastings ’86, P’23 Mr. Michael S. Lewis ’99 Mr. John J. Lynch P’10, ’12 Mr. David J. Martinelli ’79, P’16, ’17 Dr. Richard Melvoin Ms. Leslie Muhlfelder Freemann P’16 Mr. Albert C. Oehrle ’58 Mrs. Jennifer N. Pechet P’15, ’17 Mrs. Amy Petersen P’15 Mrs. Caroline Rogers P’06, ’08 Mr. Vincent A. Rossi P’14, P’15 Mr. Kenneth W. Schwenke P’07, ’10, ’12 Ms. Bonnie Stokes P’12 Mr. Mark D. Turner P’13, ’15 Mr. John C. Wilkins ’95 Mr. Carter D. Williams ’86, P’17 Mr. Thomas L. Williams P’17
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Join us in Paris! By Keren White, Senior Associate Director, Palmer House
It was an idyllic, warm, English summer evening as Haverford School alumni, representing seven nationalities, gathered at Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill just off Piccadilly. This was the site of Haverford’s first international alumni reunion, held in London on July 7, 2011. As a member of the Haverford staff, I have never been more proud to be a part of an institution that has meant, and still means so much, to such an interesting and far-flung crowd. Sharing dinner with alumni spanning 50 years, and traveling from Norway, Sweden, Austria, France, Germany, England, America, Spain, and Angola brought home to me how truly relevant is our mission to instill global readiness in our boys. Some of those present were Americans living and working abroad. Others were
European citizens who had visited Haverford as exchange students for their junior year 40-50 years previously. These gentlemen had spent one year at Haverford, and in that time they had formed connections, shared experiences, and gained cultural knowledge that they would carry with them across the globe. This summer we are again gathering alumni and friends abroad – this time in Paris, France. Our intention is to continue to grow the sense of an international Haverford community and strengthen our understanding of what “global readiness” means for our boys. Current families as well as alumni are encouraged to join us in Paris from June 29-30. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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FROM THE HEADMASTER
Balanced Excellence By Joseph T. Cox, Ph.D.
My parents were each the first in their family to graduate from high school. They both came from large families, my mother’s stock from upstate Vermont and an agricultural background, and my father’s family pretty stereotypical Boston Irish. They both graduated from The High School of Commerce in Springfield, Mass. I graduated from Springfield Technical High School some years later and was the first in the larger extended families of Coxes and Gladdings to graduate from college. My matriculation to college was, in many ways, a fortunate mistake. My road to college probably began in elementary school where I was very good with numbers and reading, but not strong on discipline. I would finish the rote worksheets and then crawl around the room and generally disrupt the class with other “bad boys.” When I look back I know my teachers had their hands full with the 30-plus students in my classes, but I have no idea why I thought the best part of the school day was what I could do to disrupt it. My friends hadn’t completed the worksheets, and, when I was in third grade, they were still in second grade. My parents continued to pile on the double jeopardy punishment at home for my misdeeds in school. It wasn’t until fifth grade that some kind of learning light went on in my dimly lit brain. I had my first male teacher – Mr. O’Malley, a man from the neighborhood with big forearms, white short-sleeved shirts, and bow ties. Mr. O’Malley’s daily ritual was unusual: he inspected our fingernails. The message he delivered was that you don’t want to grow up and have a job that gets your fingernails dirty. Since most of the dads in my neighborhood came home with dirty fingernails, I am amazed that he got away with this method of motivating us to think about our education as an opportunity to improve our station in life. I also had Mr. O’Malley in sixth grade where he would tell us that we didn’t want to grow up and hang out in the Pine Point Café, the local bar. When I look back, this too was another unusual life lesson to impose on elementary school boys. In middle school I developed organizational skills and a work ethic, but I was not among the very brightest students.
Nevertheless, between my last year in middle school and first year of high school, I was one of two from my school selected for a citywide summer science program. We met everyday at The Technical High School, 36 junior and senior students, and studied science, built solar-powered radios, and visited the local chemical factories, science laboratories, and colleges. I was with some “wicked smart” kids and was exposed to the work college graduates did. When I was growing up, Springfield had high schools that pointed kids down life paths. If you planned on going to college to study languages, you went to The Classical High School. If you were going to be a secretary or go into business, you went to The Commerce High School. If you were going to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, you went to Springfield Technical High School. Although the term wasn’t invented yet, STEM was getting a lot of attention in my post-Sputnik teenage years. I was going to follow Mr. O’Malley’s recommendation and keep my fingernails clean by being a draftsman; thus, I entered Tech after my summer science program. In high school, I took four years of mechanical drawing and other related courses along with a very heavy math and science course load. For the day, I had some great STEM teachers; my math teachers were especially demanding and effective. When I think back on high school, it seems that the math curriculum dominated. I would go home after sports or
“When I look back, I know my teachers had their hands full with the 30-plus students in my classes, but I have no idea why I thought the best part of the school day was what I could do to disrupt it.”
my part-time job in the shoe store and tackle my math and science homework, saving my one English course homework for “dessert.” After writing an anonymous prank column for the student newspaper, I found myself on the features page and editor by my senior year. I still liked to cause trouble and found that outlet in my writing. Without my requesting it, I was put in an honors English class senior year. Doc Candon, our teacher, had a Ph.D. from the University of Vermont and worked harder than any other teacher I have ever known. We had an essay due every Monday, and we got it back on Wednesday with pages of his suggestions. We rewrote it and turned it in on Thursday and got it back with our final grade on Friday. I don’t know how he did it with four classes of 30-plus students, but he did, and he taught us how to write. I went to Lafayette College to be an engineer. Lafayette is one of only a few colleges with an engineering program as strong as its liberal arts program. I quickly found myself overwhelmed by college academic demands. I also discovered that I was tired of all the math and science I had in high school, and found reading literature and writing more personally satisfying. By junior year, I was a literature major with heavy
doses of history and religion thrown in. I later completed my MA and Ph.D. in 19th century American literature at The University of North Carolina; however, I have never lost my high school appreciation of applied math and science. When I arrived at Haverford, we engaged all of our constituents in surveys on many topics to include the relative strengths of our academic disciplines. Haverford’s English, history, and language programs received well-deserved, very high accolades. Not so with our math and science programs. Over the past 14 years, we have worked extremely hard to strengthen the math and science departments, and our latest surveys reflect strong confidence in both. In fact, our math department was ranked the highest in our latest poll of alumni, parents, and students. We strive for balanced excellence in all we do. We want our STEM program to rival our excellence in the humanities and the arts. As you can see from my personal history, science and math were my path to higher education, although my avenue to intellectual progress took some unexpected twists. We want our boys to be excited by all sorts of learning, and we want to break the glass ceilings that seem to appear in high school math and science learning. The science “wing” of the new Upper School has helped our boys engage anew in the excitement of learning STEM, and our truly outstanding teachers sealed the deal. As you will learn in this issue of Haverford School Today, the study of math and science is, and will continue to be, a significant part of our boys’ intellectual journeys. Sincerely,
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Around the Quad News & Notes from around The Haverford School Campus
Upper School Drama Dazzles the Haverford Community The Haverford School Upper School Drama and Music Departments presented “Hairspray” March 1-3 in Centennial Hall. Sold-out crowds enjoyed watching Tracy Turnblad (Agnes Irwin School junior Phoebe Smukler), Link Larkin (Haverford School senior Zach Rego), Corny Collins (Haverford School senior Pat Meehan) and the rest of the cast as they navigated the social injustices of the 1960s. Musical numbers included, “Without Love,” “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” and “Welcome to the ’60s.” In addition to Haverford School students, the cast featured drama students from The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, The Agnes Irwin School, The Baldwin School, Downingtown West High School, Hill Top Prep, Lower Merion High School, and Merion Mercy Academy.
Poster by Deva Yeatman
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The Nostrant Pavilion Dedication On March 16, family members, former students, and friends of Athletic Director John Nostrant gathered to celebrate the dedication of the new Nostrant Pavilion. The Nostrant Pavilion, adjacent to Palmer House and overlooking Sabol Field, offers a meeting space and will serve as a popular gathering point for Haverford families and alumni.
Above (from left): Headmaster Joe Cox, Athletic Director and honoree John Nostrant, and Board Chair John Stoviak ’69 cut the ribbon on the Nostrant Pavilion. Right: The Haines family gathers together with Headmaster Joe Cox at the event. Below (from left): John Stoviak ’69 with Ted Peters’68, and Director of Estate and Planned Gifts Sam Caldwell.
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Chinese Schools visit Haverford In January, The Haverford School hosted a delegation from New Sino-Western Education Group, a consortium of independent schools in Qingdao, China. Members of the Board of Directors and administration of NSWE toured the Upper School, observed a number of classes, including a Chinese language class, and met with several members of our faculty and administration to discuss cross-cultural exchange opportunities. Everyone enjoyed spirited discussions on a number of topics ranging from math and science education to the value of athletics and other cocurricular programming. Haverford’s informal sister school relationship has set the stage for future collaboration as we each prepare our students to thrive in a globally connected world. (From left) Karen Wang, Jeff Truedeau, Zhang Rong Qiang, Upper School Head Matt Green, Eni Foo, and Tim Guo.
The Winter Concerts
The Winter Concert on Dec. 13 featured all the Middle and Upper School ensembles – Jazz Ensemble, Quartet, Advanced String Ensemble, Centennial Singers, Celebrantes, Glee Club, and Notables. The concert on Dec. 14 featured the Lower School ensembles – Treble Choir, Beginning Strings, 4th Grade Chimes, and 5th Grade Chimes.
Haverford Boys are DECA state winners! Haverford sent 23 students to Hershey, Pa., to compete against 1,600+ DECA members from across the state in February. Thirteen of 23 (the first 13 on the list) qualified for nationals in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 28-May 1. Overall, 17 students either placed in the top five and/ or achieved high scores in one or more categories. 8
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VI Former Fitz Tepper: 1st Place, High Role Play and Test Scores; V Former Grayson Sessa: 1st Place, Two High Role Plays and Test Score; V Former Scott Jaster: 1st Place, Two High Role Plays and Test Score ; V Former D.J. Connor: 1st Place and Two High Role Plays; V Former Amar Patel: 2nd Place, Two High Role Plays and Test Score; V Formers Jason Tabas & Austin Merritt: 2nd Place, High Role Play and Test Scores; IV Former Shane Veno: 2nd Place, High Role Play and Test Scores; VI Former Jon Smith & V Former Jeff Green: 3rd Place and High Role Play; VI Formers Scott Warren & B.G. Lemmon: 3rd Place and High Role Play and Test Scores; V Former Fisher Pressman: 3rd Place and High Role Play and Test Scores; VI Former Geoff Bocobo: 5th Place and High Role Play; III Former Manav Khandelwal: High Role Play and Test Scores; IV Formers Alex Zhang & Graham Gaddes: High Test Score.
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The 11th Annual Caring Community Carnival honors the memory and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Haverford School Middle School students and their parents, along with Agnes Irwin and Baldwin middle school students gathered on Jan. 15 as part of the national Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in The Haverford School’s Field House to host a carnival for children with developmental and physical disabilities who are served by Variety – The Children’s Charity. The event was sponsored by The Dollar Financial Corporation, an international financial services company, with headquarters in Berwyn. The MLK Caring Community Carnival, now in its 11th year, brings Variety children together with teens from the community as well as the young men
at The Haverford School to honor the memory and mission of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vernon Odom, 6ABC reporter and host of “Visions,” was the Master of Ceremonies for the event, during which students escorted the children with disabilities and their siblings around the carnival, ran game booths designed and built with disabled children in mind, staffed the prize table, and served refreshments. Participants had photos taken with their buddy that were placed in frames they decorated, made friendship bracelets together as a remembrance of the day, and traced their handprints on a friendship banner that will be displayed at next year’s carnival.
In keeping with the day’s theme, children had the opportunity to read books together on diversity and community building. The day also offered a parent hospitality area that gave the disabled children’s parents the opportunity to engage and network with each other, as well as with Variety representatives who introduced them to programs, activities, and other opportunities that support families of children with special needs in the Greater Philadelphia region. The carnival brought together hundreds of people to share in a day of service and celebration.
Haverford School Lower School students honor memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Haverford School Lower School students and their families celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of working together as a community to support each other by coming to school on Jan. 16, to participate in a morning of service projects to benefit those in need. The day began at 9 a.m. with a performance by the second-grade choral group, Coro Primo, in the Lower School Multipurpose Room, followed by a morning filled with hands-on service projects in the Dining Hall. Service projects included decorating placemats for the mothers and children of St. Barnabas, a homeless shelter; stuffing huggable heart-shaped pillows for the patients in the Cardiac Care Unit of Bryn Mawr Hospital; decorating “Special Place
to Rest Your Head” pillowcases to be given to The Life Center of Eastern Delaware County for distribution to homeless men, women, and children, and sorting clothes from a clothing drive for the Life Center and other local agencies. Additionally, the students collected gently used books to be distributed to Reach Out and Read, the National Pediatric Literacy’s project to bring the gift of love of reading to children and their parents at well baby check-ups. Books for older children will be distributed to Washington Elementary School and the WePAC program in West Philadelphia. Fourth- and fifth-graders put together 125 home-cooked turkey dinners for PALM (Positive Aging in Lower Merion). Proceeds from the Snack Shack benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
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FACULTY & STAFF HIGHLIGHTS Companion, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities; Looking Back: Reaching Forward, St. Stephen’s U.C.C. 125th anniversary booklet; vol. 8 of The Deadly Writer’s Patrol; the 2012 Friday’s Egg Calendar; and In Country: Remembering the Vietnam War, John Prados, ed., Ivan R. Dee Publishers.
Director of Technology Megan Connolly received the Staff Recognition Award at the December 2011 Holiday party. Connolly’s leadership of the Technology team and her tireless efforts on behalf of the robotics team are invaluable to the School community. You can read more about Connolly’s life at Haverford on page 48. Kindergarten teacher Carla Goins was acknowledged at the Thanksgiving Assembly for her 10 years of service at The Haverford School.
Headmaster Joe Cox’s poem,“The Real One Percent,” will be placed in the National Veteran’s Art Museum in Chicago. Upper School English and history teacher Bill Ehrhart and 2006 Hallowell Lecturer John Balaban read poetry at the La Salle University Art Museum in January for the opening of artist Jane Irish’s exhibit War Is Not What You Think. Irish’s art, both 2-D and 3-D, incorporates the poetry of Vietnam War veterans, including Balaban and Ehrhart. Ehrhart also had poems published in Tough Times 10
Assistant Director of Admissions Darlene Logan received the 2012 HOPE Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For more than a decade, Logan has been tireless in her efforts on behalf of the Sickle Cell Center at CHOP. Logan’s sisterin-law, Judy Royal, will also be honored. Together, they have successfully co-chaired the Blue Tag Gala, the largest annual fundraiser for the Sickle Cell Center, since its inception, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for sickle cell treatment and research. Logan also served as an Ex-Officio member of the Board of Trustees of the organization, and both are volunteers with the Community Advocacy Committee. The award was presented on March 31 at the hospital’s 2nd Annual Volunteer Leadership Summit.
Physical Education teacher and coach James Wright ’96 graduated from Eastern University with a master’s degree in multicultural education in December. A number of faculty and staff attended EduCon 2.4 (Education Conversation) in January, a conference sponsored by the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. Attendees included Bill Palmer, Dina Luciano, Mike Carson, Sandy Krieg, Delia Turner, Becca Davis, Joe Sweeney, Lisa Snyder, and Dan Slack. Associate Director of Communications, Visual Design and Brand Manager Meghan Vaughan and Associate Director of Electronic Communications Deva Yeatman attended the CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) Districts I & II Conference in New York City in January.
Director of Communications and Marketing Tim Stay and Associate Director of Communications, Media Relations Manager Dawn Blake attended the CASE Conference for Media Relations Professionals in Washington, D.C., in February.
Middle School art teacher Nate Pankratz had his first solo exhibition with Bridgette Mayer Gallery in March. Middle School drama teacher Jenn Hallman performed in “DISENCHANTED” with H.O.P.E. Players theater company in Elkins Park in March. The original storybook princesses comically kvetch about the exploitation they have suffered in today’s animated films, theme parks, and pop culture. Snow White and her band of angry royal cohorts musically storm the castle in this riotously clever take on the princess culture. Hallman played Jasmine, Esmeralda, and Tinker Bell in the show.
Associate Director of Admissions Doug Knight was inducted into the Virginia Chapter of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in February.
Doug Knight with Mike Murphy, head lacrosse coach at the University of Pennsylvania.
Parker Lecture: Joe Watkins “Who will be the next GOP Nominee?” By Meghan Vaughan, Associate Director of Communications MSNBC political analyst Joe Watkins delivered a candid analysis of the exciting and unwieldy race for the Republican nomination during the 22nd Annual Davis R. Parker Memorial History Lecture at The Haverford School on Feb. 21. Watkins’ career in politics gives him a unique vantage point from which to assess the candidates’ performances on the campaign trail. He joined the staff of then newly elected U.S. Sen. Dan Quayle as assistant state director in 1981. In 1989 he worked on George H. W. Bush’s campaign, and was subsequently tapped to serve as associate director of the office of public liaison in the White House. He left the White House in 1991 to start his own strategic advisory consulting firm. In 1994, Watkins made a run for the Senate, eventually losing to Rick Santorum in the primary. Since that time, he has been a regular guest on CNN’s Crossfire and a commentator on MSNBC. Watkins’ experience running for office makes him acutely aware of the challenges and pitfalls of running a campaign. He broke down the key strategies for a successful campaign, citing specific examples from the current race.
Step 1: Run a focused campaign Candidates and their teams must manage their energy and money wisely. He pointed to Mitt Romney as a cautionary tale. “Romney had been too focused on Newt Gingrich, leaving Santorum largely unscathed,” which has contributed to Santorum’s late surge in the polls. Step 2: Do opposition research “It’s not just telling folks how wonderful you are – you have to be able to point to what’s not great about the other guy.” Step 3: Respond rapidly to accusations “What sinks you in politics is not what bad things people say about you – it’s your ability to rebound from those things,” said Watkins. He used an example from the last election cycle to illustrate this point. “Obama’s team responded with, ‘Not true! Fact check! Smear campaign!’ to every accusation hurled at him in the last election, and that tactic worked. If you don’t answer back to the negative, people will assume it’s true.” Step 4: Be patient “In politics and comedy, it’s all about timing. Tim Pawlenty, Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, and Rick Perry
After former Headmaster Davis R. Parker’s death in 1989, his predecessor, Leslie R. Severinghaus, proposed the establishment of an annual lecture dedicated to Parker’s memory and to recognize his passion for American history. Initial funding was provided by Dr. Severinghaus and by a bequest from Parker’s estate established by his wife, Jane. The Parker Memorial Fund supports the lecture series and has been sustained by gifts from alumni, faculty, and friends. (Seated, from left) Cathy Lynch, Jane’s daughter; Stephanie Watkins; Libby Severinghaus Warner; Jane Parker Scott; (standing) Peter E. Lynch ’05, speaker Joe Watkins, and Headmaster Joe Cox.
all were better off than Rick Santorum in the fall. Who would have thought Rick Santorum would be leading the polls?” Step 5: Connect with the American people Watkins pointed to Santorum as the candidate making the most headway with this strategy. “He doesn’t use notes. His remarks aren’t rehearsed. He connects with people when he talks about his seven children and his frustrations with the economy. People feel like they can relate to him.” Watkins predicted that Mitt Romney would take the nomination saying, “It’s still Romney’s race to lose, if he can avoid making any more mistakes.” haverford.org
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Dr. Meher Khan, mother of IV Former Faasel Khan, provided the People to People club with the opportunity to meet and speak with Maria Toor Pakay, Pakistan’s No. 1 female squash player from Waziristan. She shared her story of perseverance and ultimate triumph despite an environment where women are deprived of their basic rights.
People to People By Erich Prince and Henri Mattila, V Form
stablished in 1956 by Dwight Eisenhower amid a tumultuous Cold War global climate, People to People International is an international nonpolitical, nongovernmental organization carrying a motto of “Peace through Understanding.” The organization, through educational, cultural, and humanitarian programs, strives to develop global friendships that transcend cultural differences and encourage global unity. With chapters in 82 of the world’s nations, People to People offers three chapter types, which are available to high school students, university students, and adults. Recently, at an international level the organization has sought to eradicate land mines from former war zones and provide basic school supplies to children in developing and underprivileged nations. In November, The Haverford School Chapter received a Silver Award in the 2011 Team Peace Challenge, which is given for “outstanding participation in PTPI’s Student Chapter program.” Serving as both a forum for discussion of global issues and a means for community service, the chapter began operation in 2009. The organization meets twice per week, and each meeting begins with the presentation of a current event for 12
discussion. Past topics of study included the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, the origin of Communism in North Korea, and environmental threats to the Great Barrier Reef, and nutrient pollution. In the fall of 2009, the Haverford Chapter raised nearly $500 in support of Operation Iraqi Children in addition to clearing trails of litter in Wissahickon Valley Park. The following year’s focus was on Operation Tooth, a project that aimed to provide dental hygiene kits to Philadelphia’s homeless. The kits, which contained a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss were delivered to St. John’s Hospice on Race Street in September. The chapter maintains three distinct partnerships in which members have the opportunity to interact with individuals in foreign nations. The first, through People to People International’s Sister Chapter Program, is an online blog shared with the Colombo, Sri Lanka Student Chapter. The blog was featured in the international organization’s annual magazine People. Independent of PTPI, the Haverford Chapter serves as the only all-male affiliate of Girls Learn International, an organization of American high school students committed to ensuring universal education for girls. With a focus on girls’
education in northern tribal areas in Pakistan, through the support of the Khan family, members of the Haverford Chapter spoke at a Feminist Majority Foundation event honoring Christiane Amanpour at the University Club in November. On Jan. 31, Maria Toor Pakay, a female professional squash player and victim of gender discrimination in her native Pakistan, spoke to the members about the necessity for a humanitarian call to end religious extremism that continues to suppress the rights of women. The last partnership is coordinated through Challenge 20/20, a project organized by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) that encourages students of partnered schools to collaboratively address current global issues, with Holy Trinity School in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The project has been initiated by Haverford Upper School Science Teacher Jamison Maley. The focus of the partnership is to determine conflict prevention techniques in North Korea. Looking forward, People to People is supporting the New Beginnings Academy, a Christian school in Chester, Pa., while beginning an active study of human trafficking through Girls Learn International.
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STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS Academics
IV Formers Terry Rossi and Jonathan Paras represented The Haverford School in the Pennsylvania High School Speech League Tournament (PHSSL) at Susquehanna University the weekend of March 24. To qualify for the state tournament, they competed together and took second place in the “Public Forum” division at the District 10 Debate Tournament at Harriton High School on Feb. 23. District 10 is comprised of 13 schools throughout Montgomery and Eastern Delaware counties.
1 The Gladwyne Library League’s 40th Annual Junior Author Contest received 797 entries from nine local schools. Students in first through fifth grade competed in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The Haverford School had 16 winners: (front row, from left) first-grader Robert Atlass – honorable mention, fiction, “The Kings”; first-grader Colin Zeller – 3rd place, poetry, “Fun with Pandas”; first-grader Aidan Briddell – 1st place, nonfiction, “My Ocean Adventure”; first-grader Dawson Hastings – 2nd place, fiction, “Shipwrecked”; first-grader Jon Carlo Coia – 2nd place, nonfiction, “Winter Fun”; (middle row) first-grader Billy Beifeld – 3rd place, fiction, “Big Foot”; fifth-grader Jared Pearlstein – honorable mention, poetry, “Statue of Liberty”; second-grader Jack Greco
– honorable mention, fiction, “The Humble Bee”; fourth-grader Vincent Scauzzo – 2nd place, nonfiction, “My Dog Enzo”; second-grader Patrick Corcoran – 1st place, nonfiction, “Homeless at Christmas Time”; first-grader Jaiden Shuchman – 1st place, fiction, “Jack the Explorer”; (back row) third-grader Ethan Diamond – 1st place, nonfiction, “Crabapple Baseball”; third-grader Rex Flinn – 3rd place, nonfiction, “Bowling”; third-grader Morgan Shatzman – honorable mention, poetry, “Pobody is Nerfect”; fourth-grader Cole Stecker – 1st place, nonfiction, “Lazer Tag”; and fourth-grader Christopher Clark – 2nd place, poetry, “Nature.” V Former Erich Prince received a secondplace award in the Personal Opinion Off-Campus Issues for Digital Media category for his Web exclusive “The Death Penalty: The point of shame, madness, and murder” from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. VI Former Fitz Tepper created “The Haverford School App,” which allows users to check the daily Upper School schedule and the all-important 1 lunch menu from their iPhone. It also includes a directory of faculty with links to send them emails. As of Feb. 15, it is available on the Apple App Store for free. VI Former Max Whitehead designed beautiful graphics for Tepper’s project. VI Formers Kyle Holsten, Jake Elkin, Geoff Bocobo, Deepak Bhagat, Andrew Han, Franklin Brown, William Schwartz, David Harris, and Daniel Brennan; V Former Jack Armstrong; IV Formers Chris Wong, R.J. Meiers, Matthew Larson, and Gregory Boyek traveled to Center City, Philadelphia, to take part in the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference, Jan. 26-29. V Formers Grayson Sessa and Fisher Pressman, as a team, made it to the Octafinal Round (final 16, with more than 100 teams competing) of the 15th annual Princeton Classic Debate, Dec. 2-4.
2 Four Upper School Art students had their work juried into the largest National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition in the United States. III Former Harry Bellwoar, V Former Ben Grobman, IV Former Will Panarese, and VI Former Matt Luminais exhibited sculptural and functional works in the Seattle Convention Center for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts annual conference during spring break. Upper School art teacher Kris Nelson represented the young men and The Haverford School at the opening reception and awards ceremony on March 27. The Centennial Singers will host a middle school choral festival that includes performances from Episcopal Academy, the Springside School, and the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, on April 16, at 4 p.m. in Centennial Hall. The annual Agnes Irwin-Baldwin-Haverford concert on March 20 featured “Chichester Psalms,” conducted by Agnes Irwin’s Murray Savar with Michael Stairs at the organ. For the past ten years, the Centennial Singers and Celebrantes have enjoyed a partnership with the Landon School (Bethesda, Md.). This year, the boys from the Landon School were joined by the boychoir from the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., for a weekend of singing at Haverford, Feb. 24-26. Feb. 4, the Glee Club hosted the Brearley School, a girls’ school from New York City. This annual collaboration stretches back to 1986; one group visits the other for a performance of a choral masterwork. This year, the concert featured 2
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performances by the two schools’ glee clubs, the Brearley B-Naturals and the Notables. Seven students competed in the Upper School competition for Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation competition. VI Former Dean Feinman placed first with “Cartoon Physics” by Nick Flynn. Second place: V Former Mike Green, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas; and third place: VI Former David Harris, “What Work Is” by Philip Levine. Other participants were: V Former Niticon Davis, “Eagle Poem” by Joy Harjo; III Former Logan Atkins, “At Cross Purposes” by Samuel Menashe; V Former Fisher Pressman, “To An Athlete Dying Young” by Alfred Edward Housman; and V Former Hannibal Mathis, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. The Jazz Ensemble and Notables performed at World Café Live Dec. 11. During the hour that the two ensembles performed, Musicopia was able to raise $5,000 to support bringing music education to economically deprived children around the Philadelphia area. V Former Amar Patel helped organize Haverford’s participation in the event.
3 Theater III’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” hit the stage Jan. 12 and 13. The show was student-driven, including performances, direction, set, costumes, props, lights, sound, and makeup. The cast included (from left) VI Formers Zach Rego (Martha Brewster), David Harris ( Jonathan Brewster), and Dom Town (Abby Brewster). 4 The Middle School Playwrights in Progress productions, “Don’t Judge a Book by its Color” by II Former Eli Wachs and “Player In Training (P.I.T.)” by II Former Jake Barroway were written, directed, and performed by students. The cast of “P.I.T.” included II Former Guy Woullet (Dad/ Disgruntled Movie Goer), while “Don’t Judge a Book by its Color” included (from left) II Formers Keyveat Postell (Rasheed Davis) and Andy Leith (Warren Huntington).
5 Proceeds from the 2011 Checking for Cancer Lacrosse Tournament were donated to the Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia on Dec. 9. The tournament was held April 16 and was hosted by The 5
Haverford School. Participants included girls’ teams from Baldwin, Friends’ Central, Agnes Irwin, and Germantown Friends. JV boys’ teams included The Haverford School and Conestoga. Varsity boys’ teams included The Haverford School, Darien (Conn.), Radnor, Downingtown East, Georgetown Prep (Md.), Delbarton (N.J.), Conestoga, Greenwich (Conn.), LaSalle, Wilton (Conn.), Chatham (N.J.), and Fairfield Prep (Conn.). V Former Brett Campbell, who scored 39 goals as a junior for The Haverford School last season, has been named the 2011-12 Gatorade Pennsylvania Boys Soccer Player of the Year. 6 II Former Ben Long (210-pound weight class) took first place in the Middle School Inter-Ac Wrestling Championships at Germantown Academy on Feb. 8. 7 II Former Cameron Miller (90 pounds) placed third, while I Former Billy Holmes (105), sixth-grader Graham Haabestad (100), II Former J.R. Pender (138), and II Former Andy Leith (145) earned fourth place. Other participants were I Former Clark Wanglee, sixth-grader Patrick Farley, sixth-grader Liam James, II Former Charlie Scales, sixth-grader Matt Brennan, sixth-grader Jack Denious, sixth-grader Eusha Hasan, I Former Stevie Boerner, I Former Shea Dennis, II Former Minwoo Kwak, II Former Ben Berger, 6
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sixth-grader Haki Mbele, II Former Frankie Spitz, I Former Jack Brown, and II Former Walker Raymond. At the Church Farm School Wrestling Championships on Jan. 28, Pender took first place at 138 pounds, Kyle Blackwell (100), Leith (145), and Long (210) earned second place finishes while Stevie Boerner (130) was fifth. Sixth-grader Alex Boratto received three USA Swimming National Age Group Awards, ranking him third in the nation for the 200-meter backstroke (2:28.82), fifth in the nation for 100-meter backstroke (1:09.37), and sixth for the 50-meter backstroke (32.59). 8 VI Form lineman Grant Jamgochian signed a letter of commitment to play football for Lehigh. 9 VI Formers Nate Arronson and Harrison Kendall have signed to play soccer for Lafayette College and Syracuse University, respectively.
IV Former Jake Cohen, along with the Student Service Board, organized the ninth all-school annual toy collection for children under 10 years of age for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign that benefits needy children. The Haverford School third-graders held a used toy sale Dec. 13 for their service learning project. They brought in toys, books, board games, and more, and sold the items to Lower School students, faculty, and staff. The boys priced everything and raised $1,241.43. They donated the money to St. Barnabas, a shelter for homeless mothers and children. 10 Third-graders (from left) Grayson Walker, James Aschkenasy, and Quintin Campbell with the gently used toys they brought in for the fundraiser. 11 On Feb. 14, Haverford School junior kindergarten parents and their sons gathered for a Valentine’s Day Kindness Celebration to enjoy a continental breakfast while making 100 lunches and valentines for residents at the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County. Haverford School junior kindergarteners Alistair Wiedmer and Haiden Wrenn help make sandwiches for the boxed lunches.
Under the leadership of V Formers Alex Ware and Harry Rosenberg for the third consecutive year, students, faculty, and staff exceeded the School’s goal for the annual Red Cross Blood Drive – 74 viable donations plus seven double red donors (which count for 14 donations) and six sickle cell donors, helping more than 225 patients.
12 The Middle School Club INK (I’m Not Kidding) held an assembly Feb. 16 recognizing diversity in the school community. The assembly offered the views and stories of four VI Formers, Remi Yang, David Harris, Marcel Logan, and Kyle Holsten; and two alums, Michael Braunstein ’99 and Randall Drain ’01. Although each story provided different insight into understanding differences, the main goal of the assembly was for the students to understand that they are all part of a greater community and the way they treat others help shape that community.
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“Purt Near” Poetry
COWBOY POET IS 14TH ANNUAL EDWARD R. HALLOWELL LITERARY LECTURER By Deva Yeatman Befitting of a cowboy, poet Paul Zarzyski took the stage looking dashingly rugged in a smart red flannel shirt, hand-tooled leather belt, black jeans, well-worn leather boots, and requisite cowboy hat. From his first stanza, the Haverford crowd was hooked. Zarzyski’s energetic, dynamic style was so engaging and conversational that it was as though the entire audience had been invited to sit ’round the campfire as he spun his poetic threads. And this was no accident. According to Zarzyski, cowboy poetry is an oral tradition meant to be recited and performed. “I’m not a musician – I don’t play. But I think of myself as a music maker – poetry as music; the words as notes; the music of words.” Zarzyski has been “spurring the words wild across the open range of the page and calling it poetry” for 33 years. In the early ’70s, he heeded Horace Greeley’s “go west young man, go west” advice and received his Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Montana, where he studied with Richard Hugo. In the same breath, he took up a second vocation – bareback bronc riding – and rode the amateur, ProRodeo, and senior circuits into his early 40s. Zarzyski has performed at the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering for 22 consecutive years, toured Australia and England, and recited at the National Book, Folk, and Storytelling festivals, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, the Library of Congress, and with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also featured in 1999 on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, aired from Butte, Mont. Born and raised in Hurley, Wis.; Zarzyski now lives west of Great Falls, Mont.
Zarzyski opened the evening with a poem by another prominent cowboy poet, S. Omar Barker called “Purt Near!” (translation:“pretty near”). “Purt Near!” Zarzyski has been a literary mentor to Haverford students for the past 10 years at the Big Timber Arts Roundup in Montana, a four-day intensive art workshop for Main Line and Montana students. During his lecture, Zarzyski thanked Susan and Bob Burch ’72 for their generosity in making the Big Timber Arts Roundup a reality. He dedicated his next poem, “Love the Color of Trout,” to the Burch’s two youngest children. Many of Zarzyski’s poems are inspired by or dedicated to people he has come across in his interesting and varied life. Zarzyski read one poem, “All This Way for the Short Ride,” which he dedicated to a dear friend who had died in a tragic rodeo accident. Zarzyski called the poem “a tribute to passion,” and said he wrote it in an attempt to make sense out of how something he loved as much as rodeo could be responsible for taking the life of someone he loved. “All This Way for the Short Ride” In addition to his evening lecture at Haverford, Zarzyski gave presentations to students from The Agnes Irwin School and The Episcopal Academy. “I have absolutely loved working with the students. Talk about hope. I’m going to go back to Montana infused with hope after meeting the students at Agnes Irwin, EA, and Haverford. Bright faces; energetic, exhilarating, filled with wisdom and energy and it makes me wish I had stopped somewhere along the way and
had children. All of you parents should be incredibly proud of your children.” This touching moment led Zarzyski to segue into his next poem, “The Whale in my Wallet,” about his adopted “child” – a humpback whale named Stub. As the evening went on, Zarzyski confided that he had a special connection to the Haverford “H.” With that, he unsnapped his shirt to reveal a Haverford split “H” T-shirt. He explained that he went to Hurley High in Hurley, Wis., and the “H” held a special significance for him. This led to the recitation of two poems about Zarzyski’s teenage years, when he proudly wore his Hurley High letter jacket. Zarzyski also shared his philosophy on writing and life, “Your life is the blank page. Your life is the blank canvas. Your life is the mound of clay, unformed. Your life is this stage, never acted on before or never danced on before. And every day you get up, you get to put a brush stroke, you get to put a couple of words. You get to dance a couple of steps. You get to work with that clay. Your life is a work of art and you approach your life with the Four “F” Philosophy: Fearlessness, Freedom, Fierceness (to be tough is to be fragile; to be tender is to be truly fierce), and Fun (if you want to become a poet, you must learn to have fun with words). Zarzyski’s “Four ‘F’ Philosophy” Zarzyski concluded with his poem, “Gratitude.” From the last stanza: In the heart of this poetry moment, To your tempo, your rhythm, your flow – With ink from my veins, Three Cheers! in quatrains For the spirit you’ve brought to this show. Indeed.
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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT By Dawn Blake
MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER
Nakeiha Primus wants everyone to embrace his or her inner nerd. “There are no negative connotations. To me, a nerd is someone who gets a kick out of intellectual pursuits; whatever that thing is that sparks your inner creativity, but also makes you act on it. Somebody once told me that nerds rule the world and I think that’s true – look at what Steve Jobs has done.” While a senior at Aquinas High School, Primus found herself reading ahead while doing her AP English and AP biology homework. Her English teacher advised, “If that’s what you like to do, it’s better go to college and do what you like instead of something you think someone else wants you to do.” Primus graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in English. “I had no intention of becoming a teacher, but I did everything that I think a pre-teacher usually does – I baby-sat, I did the camp counselor thing, I was a tutor and a writing center helper.” After trying a corporate job, Primus took a part-time position teaching literacy in a kindergarten classroom in New York City. “This fit with me and I applied to graduate school and moved to North Carolina to pursue my teaching degree and career.” She earned her master’s in secondary teaching from Duke, spent a year student teaching in North Carolina as part of her degree, and was accepted at the University of Delaware for her doctorate. Along the way, she met Delia Turner, Haverford School’s English Department Chair, at an Independent School Consortium job fair. “I will never forget it. Dr. Turner told me about her career and about Haverford. She just seemed like she knew the boys. She knew how to balance the desire to be someone who was very enthusiastic about reading and writing, but also very passionate about the kids and what they were getting out of it. And that made me feel, yep, this is the place.”
Primus is in her third year at The Haverford School, and in her final year of coursework toward her doctorate. Since joining the faculty at Haverford, Primus has added a variety of short stories to the curriculum: “One of the things that was important to me was to get a wider range of voices because it was a very male, western focus. So, we look at short stories from female writers in the Caribbean, Thailand, India, and Puerto Rico. We read Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery, Night by Elie Wiesel, Animal Farm by George Orwell and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. I want them to be exposed. I want them to see themselves in what they read and see the world in which they live and what they read. And the only way I feel that they can do that is if I can try to represent the world that they live in as best as I can. That’s why we do the short stories; that’s why they write; that’s why I try to change up the books or the stories every now and again.”
“I think one of the things that I like about teaching all boys is that it dispels every stereotype that I ever had about 14-year-old boys.”
“Night is about a holocaust survivor and we read that in our classes as a way to talk about home. That’s the whole gist of this – how do authors write about and imagine this notion of home? We start with Of Mice and Men because Lenny and
George are migrant workers, and they are trying to find this place. And then Animal Farm is a dystopian home environment; what happens when perfection goes wrong, or you try to perfect your home? Then we read Romeo and Juliet; how does love affect the home environment, or two households? We also read the Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, about a Native American on a reservation.” “I think one of the things that I like about teaching all boys is that it dispels every stereotype that I ever had about 14-year-old boys. When we interact with Romeo and Juliet, at first they think it is boring. But then they act out the fight scene where Mercutio dies. When they are able to fuse this side of themselves and use the language that Shakespeare wrote with, and actually understand what they are doing, they have a ball.” Primus also coaches Middle School track, advises the Model UN team, and is a basketball fan. Outside the classroom, Primus can be found reading Bossypants while working out in the School’s fitness center, searching for lions with 2-year-old daughter Amara, and guarding her grandmother’s banana pudding recipe. She also took ballet and modern dance classes for 21 years. Although Primus is no longer dancing, the II Formers are keeping her on her toes. “With these boys, you have to know some stuff. Whenever the School has a break, I go on Hulu and download everything. So Modern Family, yes, check. Basketball, check. Lacrosse, check.” “If I had a chance to guest star in the Upper School, I probably would once in a while, but my home is in Middle School.”
Go Fords Winter Sports Wrap-Up
BASKETBALL Head Coach: Henry D. Fairfax ’99 Overall Record: 15-9 League Record: 5-5 League Finish: 3rd Team Captains: Zack Thomas, Ray Hollman, Will McNamara, Darren Watson Individual Accomplishments: Second Team All Inter-Ac – Sam Foreman, Zach Thomas Honorable Mention All Inter-Ac – Eric Anderson, Tao Xu, Sema’j Reed The Haverford School basketball team enjoyed a winning season! The life lessons learned this year extend beyond the hardwood and the relationships and connections forged will last a lifetime. One of several highlights came with a dramatic win over the two-time Inter-Ac League Champion Malvern Prep, who was previously undefeated on the season. Balanced scoring and tenacious team defense led the Fords to victory on that night in front of a packed Field House. The Fords have much to build on. The emergence of freshmen sensations Sam Foreman and Shawn Alston, in addition to Derek Mountain, Eric Anderson, and Sema’j Reed promise to keep the “Gentlemen’s Club” fan section roaring! This team promises to be one to watch for in the years to come.
III Former Sammy Foreman
Head Coach: Tom Clark Overall Record: 7-2-1 League Record: 3-0-1 League Finish: Winner’s bracket (3rd place) Team Captain: Chris Vattima The Haverford School ice hockey program had a very successful season. While enduring a difficult loss to The Hun School and a tie to Germantown Academy, the team rallied, winning seven of its last eight games. We did especially well in our league, beating Episcopal Academy twice in high-scoring games, one of which was won on a last-minute penalty shot by junior Henry Brooks. For seniors Reid Blynn, Henry Blynn, Toby Blumberg, Sam Rohr, and Captain Chris Vattima, this season was an exciting conclusion to their careers as Haverford athletes. The team also enjoyed the special opportunity to skate on the NHL Winter Classic ice, thanks to Kevin Smith P'15, father of freshman Cole Smith. Juniors Henry Brooks and D.J. Conner are emerging as future leaders. The coaching staff is also excited about the talent and growth potential of the younger players. 18
Spring 2012 VI Former Chris Vattima, Team Captain
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SQUASH Head Coach: Andrew Poolman Overall Record: 11-4 League Record: 6-2 League Finish: 3rd Inter-Ac, 2nd MASA, 5th National Championships Team Captains: B.G. Lemmon, Sam Henderson Individual Accomplishments: All-MASA First Team – B.G. Lemmon, Sean Kenny All-MASA Second Team – Ian Rothweiler, Thomas Walker All Inter-Ac – B.G. Lemmon, Sean Kenny, Ian Rothweiler MASA Individual Sportsmanship Representative: B.G. Lemmon Senior co-captains B.G. Lemmon and Sam Henderson led the team to a regular season record of 11-4, finishing the year with a second-place tournament finish at the Mid-Atlantic Squash Association (MASA) tournament and fifth place in the U.S. National High School Championships out of more than 100 teams. Both of these results were improvements from the previous two years. Three of the team’s four losses came at the hands of our hometown rival Episcopal Academy. Haverford sent a second team to the national championships that played in the second division against other varsity teams, and finished seventh (23rd overall). At the U.S. National High School Championships, Sam Henderson and Jason Shein didn’t lose a match all weekend with four wins each. These victories at the No. 7 and No. 6 spots, respectively, were crucial to the team’s success. In some very difficult matches at the No. 2 position, Sean Kenny played some of his best squash of the season and his win was pivotal for the Fords in their first match against Collegiate. Haverford lost to Taft each of the last two years but this year, playing for the fifth-place spot in the country, Thomas Walker played a tremendous match to defeat his opponent and clinch the win for Haverford. B.G. Lemmon, Ian Rothweiler, Jay Losty and Dylan Henderson were the other key players for Haverford at Nationals. At the MASA team championships, the team was excited to add Drew Field back to the line-up at the No. 9 spot as the holder of the team’s best individual record for the season. After their first round bye, the Fords defeated Chestnut Hill
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Academy by a score of 6-3. This was the second win over CHA this season, a team the Fords hadn’t beaten in four years. This year’s young team hopes to build on their success and looks to improve their national standing in the upcoming years.
SWIMMING & DIVING Head Coach: Sean Hansen Overall Record: 4-2 League Record: 3-1 League Finish: 2nd Team Captains: Andrew Helber, Connor O’Prey, Kevin Zipf, Jimmy Orsini Individual Accomplishments: Automatic All-American – Andrew Helber, Connor O’Prey, Jimmy Jameson, Matt Luminais All Inter-Ac – Andrew Helber, Connor O’Prey, Jimmy Jameson, Matt Luminais All-Main Line – Andrew Helber, Connor O’Prey, Jimmy Jameson All-Delco – Andrew Helber, Connor O’Prey, Jimmy Jameson Entering the 2011-12 swimming and diving season, hopes were high for what turned out to be the most successful season in Haverford School history; led by seniors Andrew Helber, Connor O’Prey, Kevin Zipf, Jimmy Orsini, Davis Schwenke, Max Whitehead, Matt Luminais, and Jimmy Ryan. The team opened the season with two victories over Inter-Ac opponents Penn Charter and Episcopal Academy. A tough loss to the perennial powerhouse Germantown Academy was followed by a classic showdown with League rival Malvern Prep. The two evenly matched teams swam an exciting meet, which saw Haverford emerge victorious, 103-83. The victory solidified a second-place finish for the Fords in the Inter-Ac, a feat that had not been accomplished for more than 50 years. Finishing the dual meet season with a record of 4-2, and shattering 13 school records, the Fords swam at the Inter-ac Championships, where they won the 200 medley relay (Helber, O’Prey, Jimmy Jameson, Luminais) for the first time in school history. haverford.org
Go Fords After coming up two points short in their 2010-11 campaign to be the first Haverford School swimming and diving team to place in the top six at the Eastern Swimming and Diving Championships, the Fords trained harder than ever. The 2011 Eastern’s team of Andrew Helber, Connor O’Prey, Kevin Zipf, Jimmy Orsini, Matt Luminais, Max Whitehead, Jimmy Ryan, Davis Schwenke, Pat Somers, Jimmy Jameson, J.J. House, Dan McGrath, Chet Bickhart, Alex Heldring, John Zipf, Will Pierce, Ben Nelligan, Luke Ryan, and Alex Tyminski, not only made the top six, but finished third, scored the most points in school history – 303, had the highest team finish in school history, broke nine of 11 school records, had four automatic All-Americans (with five more All-Americans for consideration), qualified seven YMCA National swimmers in 13 events, and qualified six Academic All-American swimmers.
Winter Track Head Coach: Jay Wright ’96 Team Captains: Geoff Bocobo, Will Gural, Lucas Elek Our 40+ runners on the winter track squad had a very strong season this year, qualifying three events for the Pennsylvania State Indoor Championship and another three events for the Track & Field Coaches Association of Greater Philadelphia’s Meet of Champions. Throughout the course of the season, 15 boys garnered 27 medal finishes in six Association meets and four independent meets. The team was led by senior Geoff Bocobo’s nine medal finishes (including five firsts), followed closely by first-time winter track man Chris Morgan’s eight medal finishes (two firsts), and veterans Andrew Wiener and Lucas Elek with seven medal finishes each.
IV Former Steven Scornajenghi
High points included Lucas Elek’s state qualifying and school-record breaking 800-meter run (the first Haverford runner, indoors or outdoors, to go under 2 minutes); Geoff Bocobo’s state qualifying 400-meter dash victory at the F&M High School Invitational; the state-qualifying run of our 4x400 team of Wiener, Morgan, Bocobo, and Elek; the Meet of Champs qualifying 4x200 relay of Wiener, Morgan, Bocobo, and Matt Galetta; and Morgan’s Delaware County triple jump crown. Sophomores Steve Scornajenghi and Faasel Khan and freshman Alex Keszeli all
Middle School WINTER SPORTS AWARDS The Haverford School Middle School winter sports award winners are (front row, from left) I Former Parker Henderer, Sportsmanship, ice hockey; sixthgrader Terry Brown, Most Improved, swimming; II Former Micah Sims, Middle School varsity basketball; II Former Drew Clark, Most Improved, squash; Isaiah Winikur, Sportsmanship, sixth-grade basketball; Mike Schlarbaum, Most Improved, sixth-grade basketball; (middle row) II Former J.R. Pender, Coaches’ Award, wrestling; II Former Nick Biden, Sportsmanship, fitness; sixth-grader Xavier Zielinski, Most Improved, ice hockey; Shipley eighth-grader Henry Farr, Lifetime Achievement Award, ice hockey; II Former Cameron Miller, Most Improved, wrestling; I Former Tommy Toal, Coaches’ Award, Middle School JV basketball; I Former Bryan Hyland, Coaches’ Award, ice hockey; I Former Billy Holmes, Sportsmanship, wrestling; (back row) II Former Tommy McNamara, Coaches’ Award, Middle School varsity basketball; II Former Jonas Micolucci, Most Improved, fitness; II Former James McConnon, Most Improved, Middle School varsity basketball; II Former Jerry Karalis, Coaches’ Award, fitness; I Former Caleb Clothier, Sportsmanship, squash; I Former Zakee Hawkins, Most Improved, Middle School JV basketball; I Former Chris Morrison, Sportsmanship, Middle School JV basketball; I Former William Russell, Coaches’ Award, swimming; I Former Chris Williams, Sportsmanship, swimming; and II Former Will Means, Coaches’ Award, squash. Not pictured: Will Yoh, Coaches’ Award, sixth-grade basketball.
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Go Fords after day, worked hard, and did whatever we asked. They are what make our team a team. It has been a great season, and now it is only eight more months until next season begins. Winter Track rocks!
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medaled at the Association Novice Meet. The team was greatly bolstered by fine leadership from seniors Will Gural and Peter Rogers, along with Kevin Griffith, Will Hatcher, and Alex Vaccaro, and was further enhanced by a crew of newcomers ranging from seniors Brendan Purcell, Paxton Moore, James Chakey, and Jack Meehan to eager and promising youngsters like Keszeli, Mathias Fink, James Greytok, and Seamus O’Connor. The younger runners, including Scornajenghi, Khan, James Holston, and Angelo Brutico, bode well for the coming years. We also had a host of unsung heroes – the Economou brothers, Mostafa Seliem, Mac Selverian, Niticon Davis, Reilly Hupfeldt, Colin Meehan, Tyler Ruch, Michael Zivik, Greg Boyek, Matt Larson, and Drew Supinski, to name but a few – who came out day
Head Coach: Bruce Kennett Overall Record: 15-5 League Record: 4-1 League Finish: 2nd Team Captains: Chris DiBello, Ron Tassoni, Dean Feinman, Zach Rego The 2012 wrestling team overcame a host of challenges this season to go 4-1 in the league, good enough for second place, losing only to Germantown Academy, and 15-6 overall. A core group of seniors provided most of the excitement this season as Ron Tassoni, Dean Feinman, Zach Rego, Remi Yang, and Chris DiBello all qualified for the national tournament by placing in the top six at the state tournament in late February, as did freshmen L.J. Barlow and Jack Gola. At Nationals, Tassoni placed fifth at 170 and Barlow took third at 182; Barlow also carried the Haverford banner onto the podium at the prestigious Beast of the East Tournament in December as he took seventh place.
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Upper School WINTER SPORTS AWARDS The Haverford School Upper School winter sports award winners are (seated, from left) IV Former Sean Kenny, The George Gerhard Miller Squash Trophy and Certificate; VI Former Chris DiBello, The Haverford School Wrestling Coaches’ Trophy; VI Former Connor O’Prey, The Haverford School High Point Award and The Most Valuable Swimmer Award (shared with the Class of 2012); VI Former Jimmy Orsini, The Most Valuable Swimmer Award (shared with the Class of 2012); VI Former Chris Vattima, The Dr. Robert H. Roy Hockey Trophy; III Former L.J. Barlow, The Haverford School Wrestling Trophy and Certificate; (middle row) VI Former Dean Feinman, The Clifford W. Keevan Jr. ’58 Wrestling Plaque and Certificate; V Former Henry Brooks, The Barry M. Bergh Award (ice hockey); VI Former Sam Rohr, Varsity Ice Hockey – Most Improved Player Award; VI Former Kevin Zipf, The McQuillen Trophy (swimming); VI Former Geoffrey Bocobo, The Outstanding Performer for the Winter Track Season; VI Former Toby Blumberg, The Dr. Robert H. Roy Hockey Trophy; VI Former Will Gural, the winter track Commitment, Dedication, and Work Ethic Award; VI Former Henry Blynn, The Haverford School Ice Hockey Coaches’ Award; VI Former Zach Thomas and VI Former Ray Hollman, The Edwin S. Stuart Neely Memorial Princeton Gold Basketball Award; (back row) V Former Sema’j Reed, The Basketball Coaches’ Award; VI Former Jack Meehan, The Most Improved Member for the Winter Track Season; V Former James Tarte, The Basketball Coaches’ Award; VI Former B.G. Lemmon, The James A. O’Brien Plaque and Medal (squash); VI Former Ron Tassoni, The Neil Buckley Wrestling Trophy; V Former Lucas Elek, The Anthony J. Farrell Winter Track Award; V Former D.J. Conner, The Haverford School Ice Hockey Coaches’ Award; and III Former Brendan Jacob, Varsity Ice Hockey – Rookie of the Year Award. Not pictured: V Former Jimmy Jameson, The Pendergrass Trophy and Medal (swimming); V Former J.J. House, The Most Improved Swimmer Award; VI Formers Jimmy Ryan, Matt Luminais, and Max Whitehead, Most Valuable Swimmer Award; VI Former Andrew Helber, The Team Dedication Award and The Most Valuable Swimmer Award; VI Former Davis Schwenke, The Diving Coaches’ Award and The Most Valuable Swimmer Award; and IV Former Will Pierce, Most Improved Diver Award. haverford.org haverford.org
21st Century Learning
STEM TO THE NEXT LEVEL
By Tim Stay, Dawn Blake, and Meghan Vaughan
“In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” – National Science Foundation
STATISTICS SHOW THAT HIGH TECH AND ENGINEERING COMPANIES across the world continue to find a shortage of qualified candidates for job openings. The demand for scientists and mathematicians is also projected to grow dramatically along with the importance of alternative energy and global warming in the decades to come. As the 21st century global marketplace changes, it is imperative that students excel in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, collectively referred to as STEM. In the early and mid-2000s, reports of an alarming decline in math and science achievement in the United States painted a grim outlook. Some international rankings placed the U.S. as low as 17th in math and 25th in science. As Joe Layman, VP of Human Resources at Chevron recently pointed out, “Few would have predicted that the country that put the first man on the moon would, just a few decades later, face significant disparities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. But with the United States experiencing 9.1 percent unemployment, and with many jobs in technical fields unfilled, our challenges are clear. ” WHY STEM? Many agree that making STEM education a priority is important for our nation’s short- and long-term future. As the global marketplace continues to change, it is imperative that our students excel in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. But this is only part of the equation; to become contributors haverford.org
4th Annual Upper School Research Symposium Mr. Tom Trocano, Chair, Science Department Mrs. Kara Cleffi, Lead Instructor This year marked the 4th Annual Senior Research Symposium, where eight Haverford seniors offered presentations in Ball Auditorium about their findings and results from the Advanced Laboratory Science Research Cooperative. As part of the cooperative, each student spends six to eight weeks during the summer engaged in authentic research in a lab environment with science professors and researchers. The boys then create journalstyle research papers and a research summary poster summarizing their findings for the School community. It is a rare and extraordinary opportunity for high school boys to be able to participate in research of this caliber, and two students, Josh Barrett ‘11 and Sam Henderson ‘12, have even been credited for their contributions to research published in major scientific journals. This year, the boys’ research covered eight diverse topics, including David Harris’ “Replicating Gecko Nanopillars to Pick Up and Release Nanoparticles”; Franklin Brown’s “The Production of Vectors Expressing Human J-chain Protein and Human IgA Antibodies Specific to Influenza”; Jacob Elkin’s “Determining the Best Medium for Culturing Dermal Cells and for Maintaining the Expression of Proteins K15+ and CD34+ in Epidermal Cells”; Kelly Mao’s “Analyzing the Cohesive Properties of Wet Sand Via Granular Impacts”; Remi Yang’s “The Effects of IL27, IL-17, and IFN-7 on Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis”; Tadas Antanavicius’ “Examining Altered Levels of Gene Expression When a Specific Mutation is Inserted to Inhibit Interactions Between HDAC3 and NCoR or SMRT”; Steven Molitor’s “The Role of the Combination of the Genes Myc and Cdx2 in Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer”; and Sam Henderson’s “Ganglion Cell Loss in Relation to Visual Disability in Multiple Sclerosis.”
and leaders in the national and international marketplace, today’s students must develop beyond what was considered acceptable in the past. This is achieved through meaningful instruction and experiences that foster creativity and the collaborative problem-solving skills they will need to lead successful lives. In recent years, there has been a movement in academic and civic circles known as “From STEM to STEAM,”which aims to take the traditional notions of STEM and infuse art and design as critical elements of the learning and thinking process. The Haverford School has been ahead of this trend; for years, our faculty and students have been taking STEM to this next level. Conventional wisdom might dictate that simply by virtue of being an independent school and an all-boys institution, The Haverford School would excel in STEM fields. But as Dr. Cox states in his Headmaster’s Letter (pages 4-5), according to internal surveys before the turn of the 21st century, Haverford’s English, history, and language programs received well-deserved, high accolades. Yet the School’s math and science programs lagged behind. So for the past 14 years, the School has worked extremely hard to strengthen its math and science departments. The renaissance in our STEM program is a direct result of intentional design of our academic facilities and curriculum, and building a top-notch faculty in all three divisions. EXTRAORDINARY EDUCATORS The success of our science, technology, engineering, and math programs starts with our extraordinary faculty. As Upper School science teacher Jamison Maley says, “As teachers, we love the subjects that we’re teaching and the students do pick up on that. It’s exciting to us and they know it’s genuine on our part.” For our faculty, exploring ideas with boys of all ages and watching them learn is a shared passion. Teachers find inspiration and satisfaction in seeing boys’ arrival at “aha” moments of understanding – seeing the smiles stretch across their faces and their excitement to show or explain to a classmate or parent what they have just discovered. Our teachers capitalize on these discovery moments, not only to help boys understand concepts, but also inspire a lifelong love of learning in science. Why is this so important? Because science is a subject that encompasses almost
LEADERS IN STEM EDUCATION: Gene Sequencing in Upper School Molecular Biology Mrs. Kara Cleffi, Upper School Science The VI Form Molecular Biology (honors) class is working on isolating, cloning, and sequencing a gene from a particular plant species. Students gain experience with experimental techniques and analytical tools that are typically found in research laboratories. They first extract and purify the DNA from a plant sample. Next, they perform a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to amplify a particular gene called GAPC. This gene codes for the glyceradehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase enzyme that is found in most cells. The students check their PCRs by performing gel electrophoresis, which separates DNA molecules by size. The gel results allow the students to confirm whether they have amplified the correct gene and to determine concentration of their sample. The boys then ligate their genes into a plasmid vector and transform the vector into bacteria cells to clone the gene. After a second DNA extraction, students prepare their gene samples for sequencing and send them to a special lab for sequencing. The boys receive their DNA sequences digitally and use online gene databases to compare their sequences with others that have been done for that plant species. Some of them may even be the first to sequence the GAPC sequence for their plant species.
everything in life. It requires us to be curious, ask questions, and make connections about the world around us, and helps us to explain and appreciate it in myriad ways. A successful STEM education provides students with meaningful and engaging experiences in these areas. Best practices in boys’ learning dictate that lessons are most effective when they build upon each other and can be used with real-world applications. This produces critical and creative thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators – and innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. According to Upper School mathematics teacher Zach Murtha, “The type of problems that we will face in the 21st century will not always respond to the solutions that worked before. We need scientific leaders in both the private and public sector, and a rigorous STEM education makes us adaptable to new opportunities across many fields. STEM training drives us to invent the machines of tomorrow, and find creative applications for our innovations. I believe that if you give a boy a strong mathematical foundation, he will have the tools to understand and react to any environment.“ TOP FACILITIES Haverford is proud to have outstanding science facilities in all divisions. These include 11 science labs and five computer labs, a greenhouse in the Lower School, and a learning garden used by Lower and Middle School students. As part of the recent “… for the Boys” capital campaign, with lead gifts from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Hamilton Family Foundation, the LEED Gold Upper School (circa 2008) was retrofitted with outstanding science labs, including state-ofthe-art equipment to support biology, physiology, chemistry, physics, engineering, astronomy, environmental studies, and electronics classes. Of special note is the School’s electron microscope, one of only several featured in a secondary school setting in the country. By intentional design, the Upper School visual arts, science, and math classrooms are in close proximity on the ground, first, and second floors, a relationship symbolic of the School’s forward thinking regarding the “From STEM to STEAM” trend. These classrooms are also accompanied by “learning pods” in the “streets” (hallways), fostering casual study and collaboration outside of the classrooms, labs, and studios. AN ENGAGING CURRICULUM Starting with a strong foundation in Lower and Middle Schools, by the time our students reach the Upper School, they are prepared to engage in the challenges of our STEM
Middle School & Upper School VEX Robotics Mrs. Megan Connolly, Director of Technology The Robotics program continues its rise to stardom! From humble origins nearly a decade ago in 2002-03, “The Haverford Cavalry” are achieving great success. The Upper School Robotics team of V Former Evan Kuritzkes and VI Former Steven Molitor (169E) won the championship trophy at the Haverford “Hootenanny” VEX Robotics Tournament in February. They will be competing in the VEX World Championship in Disneyland April 19-21. VI Former Kelly Mao and IV Former Haram Lee (169B) earned the Judges’ Award, earning recognition for building a solid robot that performed exceptionally well per its design. Jan. 28, Upper School Robotics teams of VI Former Tadas Antanavicius, IV Former William Ye, IV Former Jonathan Paras and III Former Tim Maguire (169A) and V Former Evan Kuritzkes, Laura Jarin, and VI Former Steven Molitor (169E) won the Technomage League playoffs, qualifying them for a spot to compete at the World Championship in Disneyland April 19-21. They beat the top seeded teams, 169Y and 169Z (our Middle School teams!) in the semifinals, and then went on to defeat the Radnor High School/Delaware County Christian School alliance. II Formers Sam Shaw and Andrew J. Clark won the Excellence Award at the 5th Annual Eastern PA Regional VEX Tournament for middle school students on Jan. 14. The Excellence Award is given to the overall top team at a VEX tournament. It is the highest honor in the VEX Robotics Competition and is “given to a team that exemplifies excellence in building a well-rounded VEX Robotics Program. An Excellence Award-winning team not only shows a high level of engineering skill with a competitive robot on the field, but is a strong contender in numerous judged awards off the field.” Excellence Award winners qualify to compete in the VEX World Championship at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., April 19-21. They will also be eligible to compete for the World Excellence Award!
NASA Water Bottle Rocket Project Mr. Gerry Rooney, Upper School Engineering Early in the first semester of the Engineering class, the boys work on two units of “The Design Process.” In these exercises, the boys investigate how engineering companies make correct decisions using process and “compromises and limitations.” They explore and learn how often engineers’ options are limited, and that in making choices, we have to understand and acknowledge what we are prepared to forgo. This leads them to our NASA Water Bottle Rocket Project. Using a 2-liter soda bottle as the water bottle rocket vehicle, the boys are divided into engineering companies. Their mission is to win the contract for the next generation of reusable rockets for NASA. To win, they have to launch a raw egg 150 feet into the air on top of their rocket and have it land safely without the use of a parachute. However, they are given a spreadsheet that contains every imaginable material they might use, and a cost for each unit of that material. The game, then, is to prove to the NASA Project Director (Mr. Rooney) that they can not only successfully launch the egg and have it land safely, but also to prove that their design is the most cost-effective option, or the best value. In this project, the budding engineers have to make difficult choices about material use, such as nose cone construction and amount of foam cushioning, and weigh options with cost-effectiveness and their chances of not only being successful on launch and landing, but also in being the economic winner. This project is always high energy, and to the credit of the imagination our young men, the competition is friendly but fierce.
curriculum. An important part of what we try to teach the boys involves the ability to analyze data and feedback and then respond accordingly. Also, our curriculum has been molded in part by feedback from alumni who are pursuing science and engineering majors in college. For example, we designed and implemented an advanced physics course to challenge our most committed science students and to further develop their complex problem solving skills. But what do boys learn in our STEM programs? What we have observed in the past decade is that boys: Collaborate – When boys work in teams, they learn to depend upon each other, share knowledge, and to collaborate effectively.
Make mistakes, and that’s a good thing! – Whether it is an experiment error, a design flaw, an inappropriate use of a tool or a part, or illogical programming, there is usually an “aha!” moment, where insights occur as they reflect upon mistakes. Think – To understand how things work, whether it is biological, chemical, physical, electronic, or otherwise, boys practice many kinds of thinking: systems thinking, design thinking, critical thinking, computational thinking, and creative thinking.
Read and write – STEM courses are not only hands-on; reading and writing assignments are commonplace. In robotics, boys keep journals that document building designs and processes in building, programming, and testing. As a result, the journals not only clarify, but also illustrate their thinking.
Create – Boys brainstorm, hypothesize, experiment, design, test, build, retest, rebuild, etc. until projects are complete. The iterative process is cyclical and it involves creativity and analysis. Analyze and adapt – Whether it is a biology experiment or an engineering project, boys must analyze the results of their work to begin to understand the outcomes of their actions and thought processes, and learn to adapt or adjust to achieve their desired results.
Innovate – The authors of The Innovator’s DNA outline five “discovery skills” that they say all innovators possess: one cognitive skill, associating (which the authors define as making connections across seemingly unrelated fields, problems, or ideas), and behavioral skills of questioning, observing, networking, and experimenting.
Examples of inspirational lessons and projects abound in every division. Notable lessons in Lower School include the Mayflower boat sailing project, watching baby chicks hatch, exploring astronomy in the small-scale planetarium, structure testing, learning how solar reflectors work, and constructing decision machines. Notable Middle School lessons include making cheese, soil sampling and planting seedlings, engineering and racing CO2 dragsters, dissecting squid, building robotics, and for some boys, competing for the the Mathcounts team. Upper School students partake in advanced scientific research, gene sequencing, building robotics, engineering bridges, and building FM transmitters, among many other engaging experiences. TAKING STEM TO THE NEXT LEVEL With an intentional approach, the School has aggressively hired the best faculty possible and designed physical spaces and a curriculum that inspires boys. Together, we explore analytical and creative thought processes and engage in collaborative learning and cross-curricular projects. We challenge each boy to achieve to the best of his strengths and abilities. Through these experiences, boys gain more than knowledge; they learn essential and creative problemsolving skills that allow them to take STEM to the next level, preparing them to face and resolve tomorrow’s challenges and to make enduring, positive contributions to our increasingly complex world. In addition, each of the School’s academic departments is designed to model and encourage collaboration between faculty as well as students – a critical component of 21st century educational models. As Headmaster Cox explains, we strive for balanced excellence in all we do. We want our boys to be excited by all sorts of learning, and we want to break the glass ceilings that seem to pervade high school math and science learning. The new Upper School facilities have helped our boys engage anew in the excitement of learning and collaborating in the STEM fields, and our truly outstanding teachers in all divisions seal the deal. At Haverford, we aim to be on the leading edge of best practices for the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These disciplines will continue to be at the forefront of our society’s challenges in the decades ahead, and they will continue to be a significant part of our boys’ intellectual journeys in life.
Innovations in Programming & Mathematics Mr. Joe Sweeney, Chair, Mathematics Department Fourteen years ago Dr. Joe Cox arrived as the new Headmaster, and a young Fitz Tepper ’12 arrived as a new junior kindergarten student. That was the same year Samsung released the very first MP3 player, long before the invention of the iPod. This year as they both prepare to leave the School, Fitz has released The Haverford School App for the iPhone on the App Store. The course he took here in Software Programming, offered by the Mathematics Department, was made possible by the commitment Dr. Cox and the Board have made to moving our STEM program forward. Toward our goal of updating the pedagogy and content of the mathematics program, we established a consensus map of the curriculum for Upper School courses. We are in the process of capturing content related to the modules of those maps and rolling-down the consensus mapping phase to the Middle School. The next step is to establish our 21st century teaching and learning lab, which we are calling “Skunk Works,” to develop the content and new teaching tools necessary to realize our vision. Right now, there are new students entering junior kindergarten, in the same year that Google’s selfdriving car has logged 200,000 miles on California’s roads. Where will we be in another 14 years? What courses, learning experiences, and opportunities await our boys? Science, technology, engineering, and math are enabling disciplines that extend the power and creativity of the individual. We can all look to Dr. Cox’s and Fitz’s examples as we find our ways to contribute and participate in STEM education.
Events, News, and Notes from Palmer House and Beyond
10th A nnual H averford School Athletic H all of Fame The Haverford School Alumni Association, along with approximately 200 classmates, family members, and friends, honored Samuel E. Ewing Jr. ’23 (deceased), the 1953 Track & Field Team, the 1954 Track & Field Team, John J. Haslett II ’58, the 1965 Football team, Scot A. Fisher ’74, Perry Dodge ’86, Kevin M. Silva ’93, and former Athletic Director/Coach Edward D. Baker, during induction ceremonies into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 25, in the School’s Field House.
The undefeated 1965 Football Team was inducted into The Haverford School Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 25. Team members who attended the ceremony included (front row, from left) Tom Potts ’67, John Kidd ’68, Head Coach Ed Baker, Hank Stringer ’66, Assistant Coach Curtis Coull, and Dave Thompson ’66; (back row) Tom Boyer, ’68 Joe Klein ’68, Doug Reardon ’66, Tom Baldwin ’66, Scott MacBean ’66, Brad Lee ’66, Craig Stevens ’67, Dave Cook ’66, and Ted Peters ’68.
The undefeated 1953 and 1954 Track & Field Teams were inducted into The Haverford School Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 25. Team members included (front row, from left) Bill Ward ’55, Jay Goldenberg ’53, Bruce Krause ’54, and Lothrop Lee ’54; (back row) Dick Smith ’53, Bill Farrell ’54, Bear Kinkead ’54, Dayton Lummis ’54, and Bill Fortenbaugh ’54.
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Headmaster’s Trophy Case Dedication
Alumni Hockey vs. Episcopal Academy
Headmaster Joe Cox with George McFarland ’77. standing with the “Headmaster’s Trophy Case” named by McFarland’s late mother Esther Ann in honor of her “Lifer” son.
The Annual Alumni Hockey game vs. Episcopal Academy was held on Dec. 23. The friendly match up resulted in a win for Haverford. Go Fords!
Chicago Regional Reception
Alumni Squash Event
(Back row, from left) Ricky Troncelliti ’10, Stephen Wahmann ’64, Jon Grieb ’99, Will Katzka ’10; (front row) Kathy Stevenson Cox, Susan Selverian P’12, ’15, Mike Selverian P’12, ’15, and Headmaster Joe Cox.
The alumni vs. varsity/JV squash event was Dec. 31 at The Haverford School squash courts. Walter Smedley ’62, Bill Ferguson ’73, Rocky Schnaars ’74, Jamie Heldring ’74, Brant Henderson ’74, Jim Buck ’77, Joe Somers ’77, Geordie Lemmon ’79, John Ehlinger ’03, Ash Egan ’10, Bob Greco ’10, Nick Kensey ’10, Sachin Patel ’11, and Bayard Kuensell ’11 participated. The alumni kicked off the event with introductions and personal remembrances and highlights of their respective squash teams, as well as mention of their college squash experiences. The varsity squash team members were also introduced and briefly shared their squash stories and favorite teachers. Next the line-ups were announced on court with proper handshaking followed by pre-match huddles and exuberant cheering. When the smoke cleared, the alumni managed to take a victory over the varsity/JV team. The alumni were especially appreciative of their youngest members – Egan, Greco, Kensey, Patel, and Kuensell – for leading the charge, and the indefatigable Walter Smedley, who received the “Players Award,” given by the varsity/JV players to that alumni representative who is deemed to have been the most fun. Bob Greco received the “Captains Award,” which was presented by captains Sam Henderson and B.G. Lemmon to that alumnus who displayed the best sportsmanship. Coaches Andrew Poolman, Sam Walters, and Rebecca Smedley presented the most valuable member of the alumni team award to Jamie Heldring.
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News & Notes from The Haverford School Community
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Thomas H. Lewis Jr. (Tim) 610-356-2239 email@example.com ` Our class has lost an outstanding member. Grant McCabe passed away in January 2012. He was a fine student and track star. He was a lawyer by profession. Please see In Memoriam at www.haverford.org/obits.
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Jay C. Sands 610-525-4633 firstname.lastname@example.org Jay Sands writes: “I received an email from Dick Markus He is about to cross the BIG 85. I guess the whole class has or is about to join him at that ripe old age. He has moved and his new address is 453 Village Square East, Palm Springs, CA 92262. Let’s get with it guys, please send me news. You must be doing something …”
F. Zerban Brown (Zerb) 202-338-6536 email@example.com Thomas A. Ewing (Tom) 970-214-3714 firstname.lastname@example.org Tom Ewing writes from Sandy’s and his new home in Gilbert, Ariz., where they moved just prior to Christmas 2011, “Many thanks to those who sent year end/new year messages: Kate and Clem Bowen from Rockland, Del., surviving health issues and challenges, traveling last year in Pennsylvania and upper New York State plus in Canada the train from Toronto to Vancouver, then driving down the West Coast to San Francisco. Zerban Brown spoke with Eric Biddle’s son Michael and learned that Eric still lives
quietly in a retirement home in northern Virginia. Zerb remains a “visiting scholar” at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., and at present is busy organizing an international conference with the Vietnamese government on creating a “strategic partnership” between Vietnam and the United States. He comments, ‘How things change!’ Bill Clark in Virginia Beach, Va., reports that he and Kitty went to Bahrain over the holidays to visit Kitty’s daughter. Pat McCarter expresses gratitude for our 65th Reunion time last spring, during which she and Lou so thoroughly enjoyed being with his classmates. Dick Esrey keeps busy on the Board of his community outside Princeton, N.J. And “touching in” during last year were Neville Lewis from his Barometer Shop in Cushing, Maine, Dick Pearson from D.C., and Saunders Dixon from Malvern, Pa. Your news by email and snail mail or a phone call is always very welcome. I share this quote from Kate and Clem Bowen’s recent Christmas family newsletter: May you never feel as old as each of us has felt occasionally this past year. May blessings outweigh every sorrow, doubt, and fear. May you find strength, repose, and joy, and know that you are loved, admired, and valued.’ ”
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Stokes B. Carrigan III 609-492-1889 Carrigan@aol.com Edward A. Chasteney III (Ted) 757-253-8525 firstname.lastname@example.org When we spoke to Dusty Rhoads recently, the first thing he commented on was Doug Wearn shooting his age in 18 holes at the Marion Country Club in Ohio. (He never mentioned Doug’s hole-in-one on the same round.) With a classic Dusty chuckle, he said he shoots his age every time he plays, but it is usually by the 7th hole. Dusty and Margaret moved from Carefee, Ariz., where they had lived for 16 years, to Duxbury, Mass., two years ago and “couldn’t be happier.” Eight months of the year they lived in Carefree, but they also had a house on Cape Cod and spent the summer there. Planning ahead, they agreed they did not want to be a burden on their children so they would move to a retirement home while they were still mentally and physically able, but where? They are New Englanders at heart so the choice was easy, although Dusty said the actual move was tough, deciding what to take and what to get rid of. They are 40 minutes from their house on the Cape and 40 minutes from Boston with its theater, music, etc. He belongs to three different golf groups and plays at The Woods Hole Golf Club. He still enjoys fly-fishing and travels all over the country with his four-person group – Labrador, Colorado, Alaska. Three children include son Chris who writes for the Wall Street Journal, Jennifer who is an artist and yoga instructor,
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and a married son in Seattle. So far, no grandchildren. When we tracked Harry Buttrick to his “get away” home in Old Lyme, Conn., he was astonished that we found him and to hear from us after 64 years. After he graduated from Haverford, he spent four years at Harvard and then went on to the Harvard School of Design for another four where he received his degree in architecture and met another “beautiful” architect named Ann, whom he married. Harry ran his own architectural firm from Park Avenue in NYC for 50-plus years. Most of his work was for institutions, several in Europe, and he only designed about 25 houses in his career. Four years ago he retired and turned the firm over to his daughter, who is also an architect. Harry said it is a tough time to be in that business and the number of employees has gone down from 50 to 10, but he is confident she will hang in and succeed. He loves to visit California, at least twice a year to see another daughter who lives in San Francisco, and a son who is an architect in San Diego. Another son, John, besides skiing in Japan, is organizing a July family reunion in Montana. Harry was absolutely rhapsodic in describing his house in Old Lyme. It looks out on the Connecticut River and on a clear day you can see Long Island across the Sound. Jarvis Ross and his wife Susan moved from Evanston, Ill., to San Diego, Calif., in 1985. He worked in outside sales for a local printing company before retiring in 2000. For his birthday that year his eldest daughter sent him on a tour of Scotland, England, and Wales. Retirement has not slowed him down and he is busier than ever. He retired as president of his homeowners’ association – a 263-unit townhouse complex
in 2010. He has also served on the planning board for the Peninsula community for a number of years and was elected vice president in 2011. He started attending San Diego City Council meetings speaking out on agenda items of interest and “making non-agenda comment on others.” Another major endeavor is the Save Our Heritage Organization, which he joined in 2011. The group’s goal is to preserve the historic entryway to the nationally registered Balboa Park. Jarvis and Susan have cruised to the Hawaiian Islands and toured the Caribbean after traveling to Fort Lauderdale via the Panama Canal. They planned a trip to Australia and New Zealand but had to cancel when Susan’s illness (scleroderma), which she had fought for many years, overcame her. She passed away on Christmas Eve 2007. Jarvis has quite an extended family: son Ted and stepdaughter Beth in California, stepdaughters Jane and Katie in Phoenix, Ariz., daughter Cindy in Chicago, two grandsons and three granddaughters. “I have fond memories of Haverford and have been very fortunate in the years following graduation,” says Jarvis. After many attempts to reach Michael Moore, we finally succeeded. Mike retired from his professorial duties at Skidmore College in 1996. He was a member of the language department and, as an offshoot of that, taught courses in the classics, specifically ancient Greek and Latin, which were his major subjects at Columbia. He has taught other courses including one on general culture and a popular one on mythology. He lives in Saratoga Springs nine months of the year and during the summer at his family home in Connecticut. After Haverford he attended Cornell for a year,
then Columbia, and then Haverford College. He took time off to serve in the “forgotten war” (Korea) and stayed there for a year after the conflict ended. For the remainder of the ’50s, he lived in California and then returned to Columbia as an associate professor in 1960. Currently, he does odd teaching jobs and writes classical music program notes for a local chamber group. He says he has not had much contact with the School or classmates since he left, although he recalls running into Henry Breyer in Paris or the Riviera in 1956. We urged him to think seriously about returning in 2013 for our 65th Reunion.
William W. Clements Jr. (Bill) 610-687-1947 firstname.lastname@example.org Ed Close had his first solo photography show in Lansdowne in October and November, and then four of his works were shown in the juried Philadelphia AIA “Art by Architects” show in December, for which a private reception was given by Philadelphia’s Mayor Nutter. In addition, one of Ed’s portraits will be included the book, People and Portraits: Second Edition. Some of his photographs were included in The 2nd Annual Haverford School Arts Festival March 8-10.
May 4-5 ALUMNI WEEKEND
Class Notes Craig Biddle is doing well and in December held a showing of his new artwork. Peter Sprague writes that although he didn’t get to Haverford this year he and Mary Ida are doing fine and he sends his best to his classmates. Betsey and Ward Corkran enjoyed having their family with them both in Maine and at Skytop, where a cluster of family birthdays, including Ward’s, were celebrated. Anne and Alan Kimball visited the small island of Iona on Scotland’s west coast “which has been a center of Christian mission since St. Columba used it, in the sixth century, as his base for converting the tribes of Scotland.” He continues, “A sturdy abbey, originally built in the 13th century, is still in use today as a center for study and spiritual renewal.” Clark Driemeyer made two trips to Monterrey, Mexico, to visit friends. He also planned to visit friends in Spain, with a few days in the Canary Islands, over the holidays.
Philip L. Byrnes Jr. 910-270-5116 email@example.com Joshua C. Thompson 610-525-1464 firstname.lastname@example.org William G. Warden III 610-558-1430 email@example.com
E. Arnold Forrest Jr. (Arnie) 732-933-1405 firstname.lastname@example.org John H. Newhall 610-664-6566 email@example.com
Dr. Dick Roberts soldiers on in medical research after a brilliant career in infectious diseases and immunology, where he has achieved international recognition. Dick has helped establish a hospital on St. Vincent’s in the Caribbean, teaching, administrating, and attending patients. His crowning achievement has been his 15-year leadership of the Salzburg/Weill Medical College annual infectious disease seminars for European and Asian doctors in Salzburg, Austria. Dick and Debbie have raised three children, have four grandchildren, and reside in Tenafly, N.J. Paula and Charlie Kulp have moved from New Haven, Conn., to Barre, Vt. Their granddaughter, Taylor, is a splendid volleyball player, has a 4.0 GPA and is headed to Northwestern University on a scholarship. The Kulps have three great-grands and a fourth on the way! John Van Orsdell and wife Alys are “Mainiacs,” residing in Boothby. John’s initiative regarding public/private interaction to accomplish major state infrastructure projects has been passed into law by the state Legislature but awaits the necessary funding. Dr. Steb Chandor still lectures occasionally at the U.S.C. Medical School in Los Angeles, but is finding the trek from Santa Barbara a little arduous. Steb and Mary Carolyn ventured east to spend Christmas with their daughter in Columbus, Ohio, last year. They invite the entire clan to their dude ranch in Wyoming for summer reunions. Steb continues a robust athletic life with lots of golf and tennis. Herb Ferguson has enjoyed volunteering for the Penn Relays and involvement with the Philadelphia Museum of
Archaeology for many years. He continues to improve from several health issues that have slowed him down over the last few years. He and Helen reside in Wyndmoor, Pa. Val and Arnie Forrest are off to Australia and New Zealand in February for a 20-day flight/cruise adventure. Their daughter, Robin, and grandsons, Chris (23) and Andrew (21), will accompany them. Bill Crowell in Santa Rosa, Calif., continues to simmer about the 49ers’ loss to the Giants in the NFL Playoffs. He and Wink will host the Fortenbaughs for a few days this spring during Sam and Sharon’s West Coast trip. Sue and Dick Dillon spent a weekend with the Forrests in January, the main attraction being the New York City Ballet performance at Lincoln Center. Dick continues with his vigorous daily exercise routine and credits “Egg Beaters” at breakfast for his robust health and high energy level! (What about Wheaties?) Sue and Dick continue to visit their three families in California and Seattle. Dick and Sue stay in shape running and dragonboating, respectively. Dick has finally fully retired after selling his Circulator Boot business. Col. Dick Freund’s amazing Air Force career was featured in last fall’s edition of Haverford School Today. Fortunately, Dick is now fully recovered from a serious illness that prevented him from attending our 60th Reunion. Dick retired after his final tour of duty at the Pentagon; he and wife Pat reside in Wilmington, N.C. Ed Kuljian continues lecturing at Saint Joseph’s University (MBA Program) and Rutgers University (Undergrad) in international business. Ed’s forte is his extensive experience in, and broad knowledge of,
business operations and the political ramifications in the volatile Middle East. He and Ellie stay deeply involved with their daughter and grandchildren. Wade Close has retired after a successful career in Pittsburgh. He and Carol have moved to a retirement community in Hilton Head, S.C., where they have maintained a vacation home for many years. They will keep the house for now for visits from friends, children, and grandchildren and rent it seasonally. Two children live in nearby Atlanta and another lives in Richmond. Wade remains victorious in championship seniors’ tennis and is very active in his church and Christian activities. Joe Simon reports from Sarasota where he and Vera spend the winter months. They summer in Beach Haven, N.J. They enjoy frequent visits from their children and six grandchildren. The three oldest grands are in college at Cornell (Joe’s alma mater), Ohio Wesleyan, and Tulane. Both Joe and Jim Irwin, who also lives in the Sarasota area (and like Joe, enjoyed a successful career in the food service industry) suffer with difficult health problems but bravely persevere. Linda and George Reimann are enjoying the active outdoor life in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Linda trains and shows dogs while George loves hunting. This winter has been unusually warm with little snow in a spot that normally gets a lot of both. Leigh and Don MacDougall play golf and tennis at their winter home in Vero Beach, Fla., and spend their summers in Greenwich, Conn. Don and Whitey Perrott play bridge regularly in Vero. Whitey and Betsy are so happy to have two granddaughters who visit there and at their summer
Haverford VI Formers Matt Luminais and Josh Nelson created a set of matching plates for Charlie Davis ’52 depicting his summer residence. From left: Matt Luminais, Josh Nelson, Charlie Davis ’52, Headmaster Joe Cox, and Ceramics teacher and Josh’s father, Kris Nelson.
home in Manchester, Vt. Son Jeff lives in Boston; Andy in Florida. Betsy and Charlie MacIntosh are heading to London to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee with son Andrew and daughter-in-law Claire. They plan to tour Scotland where Claire’s family has a home on Loch Lomond. Also on the agenda is a family reunion in Betsy’s hometown, Richmond, Va. Son Cameron, an architect in NYC, was privileged to play his guitar at the Grammys. Mort Saunders is happy to be able to continue skiing at his winter retreat at Stratton Mountain, Vt., after a successful knee replacement. He hosted John Newhall there along with John’s son, Tom Newhall ’84, daughter Carol, and John’s three oldest granddaughters. John fully recovered from a serious bout of viral pericarditis and headed to India and Nepal on a Williams College trip in February/March.
John W. Alexander Jr. 484-380-3165 firstname.lastname@example.org Charles H. Davis (Charlie) 267-909-8555 email@example.com
Richard W. Graham II (Dick) 610-687-3562 firstname.lastname@example.org
David A.T. Biddle (Dave) 484-924-8496 941-244-0183 (Florida) email@example.com William J. Gies II (Bill) 610-407-9663 firstname.lastname@example.org Early returns for Haverford Fund gifting indicate another banner year for the Class of 1953. We are progressing once again to 100 percent participation for the sixth year in a row. Each year that we are 100 percent sets a record no class has ever achieved. Take a bow once more for the class who set records thus raising the bar and making a real difference to long-term monetary support of The Haverford School. Rusty Fitler writes: “Hello from Hilton Head Island, S.C. We have been living here and are finally settled after two years. Bill Gies may not believe that. Time has moved on, as we all well know. We are looking forward to our 49th anniversary in April, hard to believe. Our
oldest granddaughter will be graduating in June from North Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh. She is a great student and lacrosse player and has received scholarship monies for both and will play at a Division II level. Our best to all.” Mike Smith writes: “Jean and I continue to live on our farm in Lyme, N.H., working in the gardens and maintaining trails in the summer. Wintertime finds us skiing. This winter Nordic skiing has been terrible, but we have been able to Alpine ski most every day, and I leave for Kitzbuehel, Austria, for Alpine skiing next week. We are fortunate to have both our daughters, their partners, and our two grandchildren living in town. Grandparenting takes care of any free time. Dinny and Dave Biddle have three grandchildren who are juniors in college: Scotty Nordsiek ’09, a business work study program at Drexel; Scottie Biddle at Penn Engineering School of Information Technology; Bridget Biddle at Goucher
Languages and Fine Arts. Dinny and Dave will be very, very busy next June! The rest of the litter, granddaughter Caitlin has been accepted at main campus Penn State and JMU, and Colin is in fourth grade at Great Valley. Dinny and Dave are enjoying the winter in Venice, Fla., and were joined by Tim Lewis ’41 and daughter Mel for the Super Bowl at their sixth floor condo on the Gulf. (see photo taken at sunset on page 36). Bill Gies writes from eastern Maine: “Jim and I have spent almost a month at Cathance, and we just returned from a snowmobiling trip to Moosehead (went by “the Ghost of Camp Alagash Past” and thought of you, Don, Ben, Donny et al!). It wasn’t a world-class trip, but the best we experienced this year, which is not saying much! A bummer year! We have been riding my new ATV in and around Lake Cathance most of the time. We leave Saturday for Malvern.” John Fisher writes: “Not much new from this quarter. We went down to Miami for the Sony Ericsson tennis tournament in March. We saw our friends from the nine years we lived down there, spent two days at the tournament, saw the performing arts center that is new since we were there, and caught a performance of the Miami City Ballet. Then quiet for a few months when I can concentrate on my Westcon course in modern Middle East politics. My weekly schedule is pretty active – Tuesday and Thursday mornings at school, with a 90-minute workout at the gym in the afternoon; Mondays and Wednesdays I play tennis for a couple hours in the morning, and on Fridays we’re either in Boston with grandkids or out at our place in East Hampton. Thank all
Class Notes brother, Doug Krause, who co-captained the ’57 football team. Earlier in February, a number of classmates, already noted above, plus Harry “Hots” Bonyun were privileged to help Tom and Debbie Wilson mark their 50th wedding anniversary milestone.
Howard Butcher IV 610-722-0776 email@example.com
Photo from Dave Biddle’s condo in Florida.
the powers that be, it is rented for the season again this year. We’ll spend some of the rent money and take the families (sons, wives, and grandkids) to either Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard for a week in August. In September we’re going on a cruise along the Dalmatian Coast. Only get back to the Main Line once a year these days – tax lawyer appointment. Never get to see anyone. Girv comes to the area once or twice a year to babysit for his two granddaughters. We get to see him for lunch whenever he comes through. Guess that’s all. Is Rick Santorum really going to be our next president?”
John B. Stetson IV 610-640-7557 firstname.lastname@example.org ` The class mourns the loss of John McIlvaine, who died Nov. 8, 2011. Please see In Memoriam at www.haverford. org/obits. Once again the ’54 Fords celebrated the annual Athletic Hall of Fame dinner in grand style. The raison d’être: the induction of the ’54 Inter-Ac Champion track team, well populated with formerly speedy and/or otherwise 36
agile classmates. We started with a mini-reunion at the Stetson retreat in Malvern that included Connie and Bill Fortenbaugh, Nonie and Bruce Krause, Bill Farrell, Linda and Lo Lee, Tom Kellogg, Bear Kinkead, Wes Heilman, Debbie and Tom Wilson, Janet and Jim Hughes, plus former classmate Bob Wilford and wife Caroline, classmate friends Mercy Ramsey, Buz and Cathy Altshuler, and our “inside” Haverford colleague Joey Scornavacchi and his wife, TC. The celebration resumed on Saturday at the induction dinner with Dayton Lummis joining the trackmen in the crowd, noted above, to swell the ranks of ’54s honored as inductees. With typical understatement Bruce Krause, spokesman for the ’54 team, summed it up with “If you done it, it ain’t bragging!” (courtesy Walt Whitman) This was followed with installation by acclaim of Headmaster Joe Cox as an honorary member of the team, citing his “strength and endurance” over his 13 years at Haverford as particularly qualifying him for the mile run! While holding the podium, Bruce also managed to recognize his younger
Thomas F. Maxey (Tom) 561-797-0523 email@example.com Francis R. Strawbridge (Fran) 610-664-5096 firstname.lastname@example.org Tom Maxey writes: “Our news for this issue is meager, for reasons that our correspondents are dry and/ or that the most recent Class Notes just came off the press (an anachronistic word in 2012). Bill Ward, always a good source of information, reminds us that the Haverford School track teams of 1953 and 1954 were feted in February at the annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Bill, of course, was one of the stalwarts of both squads, participating in the sprints and the high jump. His mark in the latter, 6’1,” was excellent (pre-Fosbury Flip) and lasted for many years. Bob Davis was a nonpareil pole-vaulter, surpassing 13 feet. Bill reminded me that George Wilson was an exceptional 440 man who also ran in the mile relay. There were others, as pictured in the 1954 Haligoluk, namely Messrs. Muench, Davies, Ross, and Brittain. (Apologies to those omitted.) Rod Rose went through a serious bout with cancer from
which he emerged the victor after several months at the Cleveland Clinic. Rod has been a widower for nearly five years and recently remarried, to Leni Rose. Marie Schoettle, Bob Davis’ sister, reports that her husband Taylor Schoettle’s latest book, A Beachcomber’s Guide to Georgia’s Barrier Islands, has been published. Taylor surely is our most prolific author. His knowledge of the beautiful ecosystems of the Georgia coast is unsurpassed. Nancy and John Huggins report from Massachusetts, ‘After living in Bronxville, N.Y., Wilton, Conn., and Baltimore, Md., we have been in Concord, Mass., for 30 years. We live in a house that we built on the Sudbury River. We are within a two-hour drive of our daughter, Julia, and our son, Marshall, and five terrific grandsons. We think fondly of growing up in Philadelphia. My nine years with my classmates at Haverford is the best part of those memories. Visitors from Haverford are always welcome. So, please give us a call if you’re planning to be in New England.’ The Bahamas has a population of 300,000. It’s odd that Skip Pew, Roy Jackson, and myself spend significant parts of each year there. More likely we’re trying to emulate the old surfing flick, The Endless Summer. Roy reminds the Princeton alums in 1955 that his Penn Quakers knocked off the Tigers at the Palestra last month before a rabid alumni group. Don’t forget the annual fund: Haverford needs you. And don’t forget your lonesome correspondent, either. Cheers!”
James F. Mitchell III (Jim) 610-355-9444 JFM@babbins.com
Thomas A. Chase (Tom) 703-777-4307 email@example.com ` The class mourns the loss of James Eaton, who died Dec. 22, 2011. Please see In Memoriam at www.haverford. org/obits.
Andrew L. Mozino (Drew) 610-527-2409 firstname.lastname@example.org ` The class mourns the loss of Leo Dean Coady Jr., who died Jan. 6, 2012. Please see In Memoriam at www.haverford.org/obits. Harvey Bartle III sits as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He was appointed to the bench by President George H. W. Bush in 1991 and served as the Court’s chief judge from 2006-11. Harvey is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Following law school, he was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge John Morgan Davis. He later became a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Dechert, Price & Rhoads where his practice was concentrated in the area of commercial litigation. In 1979, Gov. Dick Thornburgh named him as the Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner and in 1980 as the PA Attorney General. Upon expiration of his term, he returned to practice as a partner in his former law firm
where he remained until his appointment as a federal judge. Previously he has been a Pennsylvania Commissioner to the National Conference of Commissions on Uniform State Laws and the District Judge representative from the Third Circuit to the Judicial Conference of the United States. In 2010, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed him to the conference’s seven-person Executive Committee. He has also served as vice chair of the Committee of Seventy and a member of the Selection Committee for Truman Scholarships for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. He is a former Rector’s Warden of Christ Church in Philadelphia and currently is a member of its vestry. Bill Ertel writes that he has enjoyed watching this year’s varsity basketball team with fellow classmates Jeff Odiorne, Albert Oehrle, and Don Shaffer. Don has been particularly helpful in assisting the referees. Other steady attendees include Ted Rauch ’57 and Bill Ward ’55, as well as the McBride clan. At this point first-year coach Henry Fairfax ’99 has the team in the hunt for an Inter-Ac championship.
Henry L. Collins III (Hank) 914-489-8736 Christopher M. Harvey (Chris) 609-796-5097 email@example.com Thomas L. Widing (Tom) 215-923-9161 firstname.lastname@example.org ` The class offers its condolences to Charles Ernst on the passing of his father in December 2011.
Francis B. Jacobs II 610-647-9529 email@example.com Woodward T. Odiorne 610-918-9734 firstname.lastname@example.org John F. Osgood 610-688-6848 email@example.com John H. Richards III 610-527-3326 firstname.lastname@example.org
John W. Frazier IV 215-772-7220 email@example.com Hugh W. Snyder 484-266-0768 firstname.lastname@example.org From John W. Frazier and Hugh W. Snyder: “In order to keep the momentum going for The Haverford Scholars Fund, the entity that the class is funding as its 50th Reunion gift, please remember that pledges for this fiscal year (2011-12) are due no later than June 30. Currently, pledges and cash total $121,081 for the Class of 1961 gift and a total of $4,977 is authorized for students in the program for this school year. Let’s keep those pledges coming in. If you have not yet made an initial gift, let either John or myself know and we will get information sent out to you. Checks should be made payable to “The Haverford School,” and the memo section should reference “Pledge Payment – Class of ’61 50th Reunion Class Gift.” Please send your check to: The Haverford School, 450 Lancaster Ave.,
Haverford, PA 19041 Attn. Joseph Scornavacchi. As a follow-up to the wonderful attendance at last year’s reunion, we want to keep our class participation percentage up with regular contributions to The Haverford Fund at the School’s address. The last date contributions can be made is June 30. I have located some of the photos taken in 2011 at our 50th anniversary functions. The full class picture from the Saturday night party at Eleanor and Stock Illoways’s farm is on page 33 of the fall 2011 Haverford School Today publication. The Haverford School website is www.haverford.org; click on the word FORDS PHOTOS on the upper right side and then enter the password, “fordsphotos” Bo and I were unable to negotiate the soft turf which surrounded the barn wall used to frame the picture but we can be found in 2010-11 Photos--> Alumni Events 2010-11--> Alumni Weekend --> Reunion Class Parties, Panel 2 of 5, #061 and #062. Look under Alumni Events 2010-2011-->Golden Fords Luncheon, Panel 1, and you will find pictures of Bob and Carol Reed, Dan and Paula McQuillen, and Steve Wilson in #25, Stock Illoway, Doug Coath, John Capers and myself in #26 and finally Bim Pickett, Biddle Morris, and Jack Barclay in #28. We are still trying to find out how to get pictures taken by classmates into the Fords Photos section. If you do have such pictures, please send me a disk or email pictures to me at email@example.com. We hope those of you in the area will join us at the Golden Fords Luncheon on May 4.”
Larry Master ’64 with friends on South Georgia.
John H. Thacher Jr. (Turk) 610-687-6591 firstname.lastname@example.org Turk Thacher writes: We (your reunion committee) hope you will come back and join us for the festivities that begin Thursday evening, May 3. If after, we hope you had a great time and will return before our 55th. Our class book will be full of stories and pictures of our lives after Haverford – Wally and Jay worked very hard to put that together. As your Class Chair, I would like to thank our 50th Reunion Committee for all their help: Wally Allen, Dave Cantrell, Peter Charrington, Al Dudley, Jeff Dunn, Ben Elliott, Harry Hannigan, Jay Keay, Syd Kennedy, Walter Smedley, and Doug Walters.” Peter Nance after Haverford: “I attended the College of William & Mary graduating in 1966 with a BA in English. Like many of us, I was swept up in the Vietnam conflict – went through OCS with a class that started with 146 and graduated 76. Spent a year in the States and a year
in Vietnam, outside Hue. Got married in 1967 to Judy (we will celebrate our 45th anniversary this year) after OCS and left the Army in August 1969. Joined General Reinsurance and held a number of positions with the firm in a number of places in the U.S. and abroad. Judy and I had children – our daughter, Sara, born in California and raised in Connecticut. She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 2. She had a full life, graduating cum laude from Vanderbilt, and died at age 26. With the early diagnosis, we crammed a lot into those years – traveling to France, Italy, England, Switzerland – basically all of Europe plus two safaris in Africa (Kenya and South Africa). She was a great kid – a real inspiration! I retired from General Re in 2006 finishing up as the managing director of our London office. Nearly three years in a city we grew to love and a great jumping off point for travel and cultural exploration. In retirement, I have become involved at W&M and am president of the Alumni Association. It is a great experience. Interacting
with some of the brightest of our young graduates and undergraduates gives me great confidence in our country and its future potential despite our current political malaise.”
to figure out the architecture business.”
William C. Bullitt (Bill) 215-523-9939 email@example.com
Robert A. Melikian (Bob) 610-896-9230 firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig F. LaForce 919-225-4488 email@example.com
William M. Prizer III (Bill) 603-881-5633
Larry Master writes: “As many of our Class of ’64 classmates will remember, the year most of us graduated from college was the year military deferments for graduate school ended, and so my acceptance into graduate school was postponed while I spent 13 months in Vietnam. Following a Catch-22-cometo-life tour of duty with the 4th Infantry Division, I married Nancy Sweet, a wonderful woman I met after graduation from St. Lawrence (where I finally decided to study). We produced a son and a daughter while Nancy worked on her degree in education and I worked on my Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Michigan (dedicating my thesis to Bob Rugg). We spent
Alan Wood has volunteered to host a class event on the Schuylkill River. Rip Page sees Tim Houston regularly. Haverford has only 33 of our email addresses – our 50th is next year! Send yours in! Class of ’63 is shooting for 100 percent participation! Jonathan Dyer writes: “My son, Sam, Class of 2015, has returned to Haverford and is enjoying water polo, swimming, baseball, and glee club (and studying!). His brother, Henry, continues to thrive at Westtown (Class of 2017). Short report: grandfather x 3, kidney transplant last year, still trying
Class Notes 12 years in Ann Arbor and 25 years in the Boston area before Nancy and I “retired” to Lake Placid, N.Y., where both our families had lived or summered since the late 1800s. Nancy and I are happily married and we have four wonderful under-5year-old granddaughters – two in Aspen and two in NYC. I was incredibly fortunate to spend most of my career working as chief zoologist for The Nature Conservancy and later for NatureServe, the Science Division spin-off of the Conservancy. Much of that time was spent supporting a still thriving network of state natural heritage programs and provincial conservation data centers. I knew in fifth grade that I wanted to be a biologist or a geologist, and I knew in graduate school that I wanted to do something to help the world, and so my career was a lifelong dream come true. I am now seemingly busier and happier than ever working for myself – volunteering for 10 or so nonprofit conservation groups, doing bat and other surveys for New York State, doing some philanthropy, spending time with kids and grandkids, doing as much wildlife photography (www. masterimages.org) as I can squeeze in and donating the images to conservation organizations, giving talks on wildlife and climate change, developing a farm we bought into a wildlife sanctuary, raising organically some of what we eat, and building a net zero – LEED Platinum home powered by solar and geothermal. (I still unconsciously aspire to Faulkner-length sentences, a habit I picked up at Haverford.) We also like to travel to interesting places. I make annual trips with friends to
South America for wildlife photography and birding, and Nancy and I have been on polar and brown bear photography excursions five times in recent years, as well as to incredible places such as south Georgia where the image accompanying this reminiscence was taken by Nancy. I hope everyone who reads this will have as fortunate and fulfilling a life as mine has been.”
Tom McIlwain 610-296-7333 firstname.lastname@example.org Donald B. Wilkins Jr. (Don) 610-644-2412 email@example.com Charlie Kreitler writes: “I moved to Austin, Texas, in 1969 to go to grad school at the University of Texas and then mostly stayed in Austin since then. Been married 40 years. Raised two kids who are both out on their own. Completed a Ph.D. in geology in the early ’70s. Worked for the University of Texas for about 20 years. Taught at the University of Arizona for two years. Returned to Austin where I ran a consulting firm that worked on water problems for about 20 years. Went into partial retirement back in September. I now work part-time on water consulting problems and teach a course at the University of Texas on water problems in the southwest. My wife and I have old family homes in the Adirondacks. This summer (and hopefully thereafter) we plan on summering in upstate New York and wintering in Austin.
Robert H. Potts Jr. (Buzz) 970-968-2651 firstname.lastname@example.org Henry M. Stringer 610-296-9743 email@example.com Buzz Potts writes: “Class Notes items have been quiet since our 45th Reunion. Congrats to the 1965 undefeated Inter-Ac Champion Football Team that was inducted into The Haverford School Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 25! Michael LeWitt writes to say that he and Lynne dined with Lois and Stu Liebman in NYC. Mike’s son, Jeremy, and daughter, Mattea, are working in computing and social services while youngest daughter is a junior at Lafayette. Mike continues to “work the perfect job in the wrong location 4 hours from home” as he builds an emergency residency program at the hospital in Johnstown, Pa. Like a lot of us, he says retirement is in the future, but … not yet. Send me printable info, soon. Until next time, Buzz”
Jeffrey D. Condon (Jeff) 484-320-8955 firstname.lastname@example.org Thomas H. Potts (Tom) email@example.com The Class of 1967 is looking forward to our 45th Reunion on May 4 and 5. May 5, we will be celebrating our reunion dinner at the home of Jeffrey Perelman who has graciously offered to host the event. So far the people who look like they are attending are: Tim Campbell, Mark Coffin, Jerry
Lucas, Jock Conly, Craig Stevens, Richard Woldow, Dan Pickens, Rick Saunders, Jeff Condon, Erick Persson, Tom Potts, and Jeffrey Perelman. We have had only two people who cannot attend, so we expect many more to join the fun. See you all on May 4 at Haverford.
John R. Silverthorne 610-578-0998 firstname.lastname@example.org John Silverthorne writes: “Alumni Weekend is coming up in May and some classmates may want to attend to learn more about current events and plans for the future, which include our Class of ’68 45th Reunion next year. Hopefully, we’ll all be able to attend and we need some volunteers to help plan and organize what should an eventful time to get back together. Anyone that can help out should let me know or contact the Alumni Office. Also, we’re getting closer to this year’s goal for The Haverford Fund; please consider making a contribution if you’ve not done so already. Send in some news about what goes on with you this year. Best to all for the remainder of 2012 and let’s make plans for our 45th in 2013.”
Clifford B. Cohn 610-525-3387 email@example.com George M. Dorrance III 610-527-7660 firstname.lastname@example.org Rick Ziesing writes: “In the latest attempt to decide what I want to do when I grow up, my wife and I have started Red Oak Press, a letterpress
Gilman Hanson (Gil) 215-849-4673 email@example.com Charles A. Martin 610-240-7989 firstname.lastname@example.org
A print from RIck Ziesing ’69’s Red Oak Press.
design and production studio. We make greeting cards (you may recall them from the days before instant everything) as well as custom work. One might wonder at the wisdom of producing the communications equivalent of buggy whips, but we have had some success in the midst of the current depression. If any of you need or want really nice business cards or invitations, check us out at www.redoakpress.com.”
Thomas M. Close (Tom) 610-296-4922 email@example.com David Groverman 215-542-9944 firstname.lastname@example.org Derrick Robinson writes: “I graduated in 1975 from the University of Colorado. I liked the hiking, biking, skiing, and choice of governors so much I decided to stay. I married Julia in Boulder in 1981. We have two children, Jeff, 28, who works for me in my small investment firm, and Lindsay, 26, who is living in San Francisco and working for Del Monte food. When not working, I spend my time hiking, biking, and playing in a bluegrass band. I get back east about twice a year to Pennsylvania and to New Hampshire where I
share a house on a lake with my brother and sister. I would love to have visitors if you are traveling through Colorado.” Tenny Lewis writes: “I graduated from the University of Denver in 1974 and ran my own restoration business on Nantucket Island for a couple of years. Having an itch to travel, I hitchhiked across America in ’75 and lived on Maui for a year then in San Francisco for a year. Settled back into the area and worked in the family business for 23 years. For the past number of years I’ve been building semicustom homes and townhouse projects. My son, Ty, is 20 years old from a first marriage. He’s a great kid and goes to Colorado State. My wife, Mary, of nearly 10 years is the love of my life. Her/our son, John, wife Kris and two little rug rats live in Rye, N.Y., and always keep us smiling. Nowadays, I’m just working on the golf game and spend a little time in Florida. My best to all of my Haverford friends, as I have truly missed you guys. It has been way too long.”
John W. Black Jr. 610-525-0306 email@example.com David T. DeWitt (Dave) 610-827-9461 firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul A. Myerson 203-227-6182 email@example.com
John C. Marshall 610-783-6022 firstname.lastname@example.org Rodman W. Smith (Rod) 610-388-1506 email@example.com Susan and Bob Burch welcomed their new daughter, Amelia Sinkler Burch, on Dec. 5, 2011. In November 2011, Rick Troncelliti’s daughter, Caroline, was named The Philadelphia Inquirer 2011 Southeastern Pennsylvania Field Hockey Player of the Year.
Jeffrey D. Swarr (Jeff) 610-975-0145 firstname.lastname@example.org ` The class offers its condolences to Jeremy Abelson on the passing of his mother in December 2011.
F. Scott Addis email@example.com L. Clarke Blynn firstname.lastname@example.org Branton H. Henderson III (Brant) 610-520-1606 email@example.com
David F. Lincoln firstname.lastname@example.org Peter R. Unger email@example.com Bucks County family law firm Williams & Hand, P.C., founded and led by Haverford School alumnus Jeffrey Williams, has been selected as a Best Lawyers 2012 “Best Law Firm,” ranking in the top tier of Philadelphia-area family law firms. In total, just 13 Philadelphia-area domestic relations law firms were listed in the region’s top tier.
H. Reid Blynn Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org Austin Hepburn email@example.com Henry C. Maguire III firstname.lastname@example.org Francis J. Pitocchelli Jr. (Jay) email@example.com Jeffrey M. Shaw (Jeff) firstname.lastname@example.org William G. Warden IV (Bill) email@example.com George C. Wood 610-331-1637 firstname.lastname@example.org ` The class offers its condolences to Simon Abelson on the passing of his mother in December 2011. Reid Blynn has been enjoying the Haverford winter sports season. Son Peter, Form IV, is on the JV basketball team; sons Henry and Reid, Form VI, have anchored the blue line for the varsity hockey team.
Class Notes Earl Forte writes: “Last spring, Marshall Evans and I dined with George Miller at the Guard House in Gladwyne. We also had Marshall and his wife, Karen, over at our house Memorial Day weekend for food and drinks. My two sons, Thomas and Jonathan, are doing well as is my wife, Deborah, the family M.D. I have also seen Wagner a few times and Marsh rears his head as well. From Ed DeSipio: “I was named AVP for New York Life in the Northeast Zone in 2011. Our oldest son, Jeff, will be married on Aug. 10, 2012. Our daughter, Brooke, is about to earn her Ph.D. Our youngest son, Joseph, was the Catholic League Champion for both indoor and outdoor track and now holds the school record at O’Hara in the pole vault – 14 feet. Janet and I will be married for 30 years on May 8.”
William R. Carabasi (Bill) email@example.com Jeffrey S. Henderson (Jeff) 610-688-5872 firstname.lastname@example.org David T. Spoont email@example.com
Dave Harris ’76 (left) and Oscar Mestre ’77.
` The class offers its condolences to John Clarke on the passing of his father in January 2012. In December 2011, Mike Mayock was named Sports Illustrated Media Person of the Year and a member of the “NFL’s most indispensable broadcasting talents” list.
years. We reconnected at last year’s May alumni event. Hard to believe it’s been 35+ years since we were soccer and golf teammates. Both avid Philadelphia sports fans!”
Michael M. Shaw (Mike) firstname.lastname@example.org
Timothy E. Flatley (Tim) email@example.com Thaddeus J. Fortin (Thad) firstname.lastname@example.org Oscar L. Mestre email@example.com William H. Miller (Bill) firstname.lastname@example.org John M. Shea 610-688-7355 email@example.com
From Oscar Mestre: “Dave Harris ’76, my nephew, John Sylvia ’03, and I got together for a round a golf at Riverwood GC in Port Charlotte, Fla. It was a Haverford School reunion! John moved to Ft. Lauderdale in August to open and build a currency trading practice for PNC Bank. Dave has been in Florida for 21
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Jeffrey C. Warden (Jeff) email@example.com ` The class offers its condolences to Bob Clarke on the passing of his father in January 2012. Hewitt Heiserman reports from Southboro, Mass., where he is married with one son, Ben, with whom he enjoys skiing and hiking. He was last seen in the Philly area at EA Day last fall, when he spontaneously jumped in his car and drove the six hours just to see the Mice be fed moldy cheese on both the soccer and football fields. Hewitt is a wellfollowed financial writer who has just penned his second tome, due to be published in April by Columbia University Press. His first published book, It’s Earnings That Count, explores and pays tribute to the revered Ben Graham method of value investing. He also reports that in his spare time he qualified for his age group in U.S. Triathlon National Championships this August, which is offered to the top 10 percent of finishers for a given year. Hewitt reveals that his great wellspring of energy flows from the memories and discipline of his Fords days when sleep was optional and competition ever-present. Kent Gushner was seen courtside in all his sartorial
splendor at a Fords hoops contest vs. Penn Charter. His son, Andrew, III Form, played for the JV. Varsity Head Coach Fairfax described Andrew as a relentless competitor who, despite his shorter stature, played like he was 7 feet tall and set the pace for the program to follow with his great hustle. Sounds like a chip off the old block. Kent’s business, the iconic Boyd’s men’s store in Philadelphia, continues to set the pace for men’s fashion in the Delaware Valley. Dan Walsh reports from Manhattan where he lives with his wife, Laura, and stepdaughter, Cecilia. He keeps an art studio in Brooklyn and devoted much of 2011 to a project called “Time Trials,” which he showed in Amsterdam in September and will show again in Paris in April. He is completing paintings for a show at the Paula Cooper gallery opening March 17. And in late spring, he will have a show at The Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. No rest for the weary, but successful artist! Christopher Duffy continues his thespian aspirations on a part-time basis, but with full-time passion. This past December, he stole the show as Captain Georg Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” at the intimate Genesius Theatre in Reading, Pa. Chris made his triumphant return to the stage after a challenging year in which he battled shingles and Bell’s Palsy, which caused physical ailments and impeded his ability to speak. His rendition of “Edelweiss” brought the crowd to their feet with an emotional response. Just like the indomitable Capt. von Trappe once did, Chris lives with his wife, Michelle, at the top of a small mountain
Class Notes in Robesonia, Pa., where he claims “the hills are alive with the sounds” of his chainsaw and new riding mower.
Robert C. Clothier III (Bob) 215-299-2845 firstname.lastname@example.org Jeffrey S. Elias (Jeff) 480-767-8155 email@example.com David J. Martinelli 610-642-6102 firstname.lastname@example.org Allen Purkiss reports that he and his family have moved to London. Allen’s wife, Shira, is a native of London, and they felt it would be a great experience for the family, especially the kids, to live there for a few years. Allen invites any ’79ers visiting London to give him a ring.
Thomas W. Harrity (Tom) 215-236-5256 email@example.com Andrew A. Orr Jr. (Andy) 610-649-3283 firstname.lastname@example.org
R. Leigh Curry 609-882-2594 email@example.com Brian H. McCausland firstname.lastname@example.org
May 4-5 ALUMNI WEEKEND
W. Scott McIntyre (Scott) email@example.com Andrew B. Toland (Andy) firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald B. Aspinall (Sandy) 610-240-0604 email@example.com Robert T. Corcoran 610-431-1751 firstname.lastname@example.org Brian McBride 484-417-2790 email@example.com ` The class offers its condolences to John Moran on the passing of his father in March 2011. The Class of 1982 will celebrate its 30th Reunion the weekend of May 4-5. This is a wonderful opportunity to come back to Haverford and renew old friendships, while seeing the transformation of the Haverford campus. Friday evening the School is hosting an Alumni Weekend cocktail party on campus. Saturday, during the day, the School is hosting a number of events, and our class will be having a party at Fred Piasecki’s parents home Saturday evening. Mark Gillin, our Key Man will be joining us from Vietnam. Jeff Warren is coming in from California. Jeff Parkin may be joining us from Oregon. Mike Donohue will join us from Texas. Lawrence Ewing is trying to make the trip, and Ben Eilers may also be coming back from the Bay area of California. Charles Yancey and Charlie Dodge are also planning on attending. Many others from up and down the East Coast will be coming home to Haverford for the weekend, and five of
our teachers will be joining us. This promises to be the bestattended reunion we have had since our five-year. If you are not able to attend please send a brief note regarding what you are doing, and the notes will be read at our Saturday evening event. My hope is to see you at our reunion with your spouses or significant others.
Arthur R. Bell III (Art) 610-644-6743 firstname.lastname@example.org Brian C. Crochiere email@example.com William A. Gillespie (Bill) firstname.lastname@example.org James J. Greytok Jr. (Jay) email@example.com Class of 1983, as we prepare for our 30th Reunion next year, we will be forming a committee in the coming months. Please reach out to the Class Chairman to join in on the fun! Brian Crochiere lives in Bryn Mawr with his wife, Cindy, and three children – Campbell, Henry, and Holden. Campbell is a senior at Agnes Irwin and was recruited to play D1 lacrosse next year at the University of Richmond. Henry and Holden are in 10th and eighth grade at Haverford and participate in a variety of school activities. Henry spends much of his time playing lacrosse and also hopes to play in college. This March, Brian finished his term as president of The Merion Cricket Club and 11th year on the Board of Governors. Brian keeps in touch with John Brazer, Rob Campbell, Bruce Hauptfuhrer, and George Krall and sees Begier, Odiorne, Glavin, DeMarco ’82, and McBride
’82 on the lax field sidelines and recently caught up with Morris Clothier at a squash tournament. He hopes to see a good turnout for next year’s 30th Reunion. Joe Rooney writes: “My oldest, Joe Jr., is a sophomore at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa., studying computer science. My youngest son, Lawrence, is a high school senior. He has been accepted to a number of colleges including Clemson, but is waiting to hear from Villanova. My little girl, Melissa, is killing it in kindergarten. My wife, Kelly, is training for her next triathlon; I am not! As for me, I published my first novel, The Flying Hound. It is available on all of the electronic readers Amazon, iTunes, Kindle, etc.) You can also get it through my website joerooneybooks.com. Other than that, I’m still teaching at Lynn University and Northwood University as well as the American College Dublin. I see Jack Maxey around town. He has a child in the same school as my daughter in West Palm Beach. From Maurice Glavin: “We are happy to report that our son, Seamus, was accepted to Form III for Haverford School. He will be in the Class of 2016. He joins his two brothers, Eamon ’14 and Pearse ’19.” Drake Williams continues to teach and serve as academic dean at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In November he was in Oradea, Romania, and he expects to be in Zaporozhye, Ukraine, next year to teach. Drake is coaching baseball in Dutch for the Alcmaria Victrix. He coached his eldest son, Henry, to the championship a few years ago. He is now coaching his youngest son, Sam, who also wants to be a pitcher like his
DP-12 Rhino VTOL UAS (see next page for details)
older brother. Drake and his wife, Andrea, look forward to celebrating 23 years of married life in August. Besides their two boys, Drake and Andrea enjoy following Abby’s ballet.
William G. Kay III (Bill) 610-747-0569 firstname.lastname@example.org William R. McCullough (Bill) 610-525-3035 email@example.com Mr. Stephen E. Raynes (Steve) 610-520-9724 firstname.lastname@example.org Robert A. Ruggiero Jr. (Rob) 610-725-9316 email@example.com Topher Wurts is a founder and adviser to the fast moving www.chaikinpowertools.com, which provides mobile apps to help individuals with their investments.
William G. Costin IV (Gui) 610-525-2815 firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert T. Hastings 610-525-1928 email@example.com Christian C. Hoyt (Chris) 610-688-4805 firstname.lastname@example.org Carter D. Williams 610-525-2340 Carter@cellardoors.com ` The class offers its condolences to Steve Matarazzo on the passing of his father in November 2011. In December, Sean Maloney and his wife, Heather, welcomed a daughter, Rose Elizabeth. Congratulations to all of the Maloney’s. In February, Perry Dodge was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Congratulations Perry!
Jeff Bozzi email@example.com Frederick M. Campbell (Rick) 610-356-0999 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lt. Col. Eric W. Stetson email@example.com I am happy to report that our Class Reunion committee has been meeting monthly since the fall to plan a great weekend of activity for our upcoming 25th Reunion. We have been successful in contacting most of the class, but we are still in search of many. Please spread the word that Alumni Weekend is May 4-5 and we are expecting a huge turnout. Thanks to all the committee members who have helped thus far – Steve Gillin, Steve Shook, Dennis Connor, Brian Carnecchia, Tom Dilsheimer, Rob Gilfillan, Mike Cosgrave, Jeff Bozzi, and Greg Sarian. Hope to see you in May! Suzy and Brian Carnecchia and big sister Bailey are proud to announce the birth of Hayden Hudson, born June 24; 9 pounds, 2 ounces. The Carnecchias continue to enjoy living in Hershey and are looking forward to the upcoming reunion in May.
Brian A. Bernhardt 215-925-4744 firstname.lastname@example.org Jack H. Kirkpatrick Jr. 610-581-7303 Jack.Kirkpatrick@aberdeenasset.com Geoffrey Brookins is working as a VP of engineering at SNAP Interactive. Sam Guirguis is a pharmacy supervisor at CVS and lives in the Philadelphia area. Charles Zulli has started a Haverford School Class of 1988 group on LinkedIn. Please join now! Brian Bernhardt is working in Philadelphia at Deutsche Bank and has moved to a new house in Radnor where he hosted a number of ’88ers for poker night. In attendance were Warren Claytor, J.T. Straub, Greg Piasecki, Rich Phillips, Jamie Schrotberger, John Nolen, Jack Kirkpatrick, and Kyle Lissack. Wes Dripps writes: “I am on sabbatical from Furman
Class Notes University for the 2011-12 academic year and am living in Sweden with my family. I am a visiting researcher at Lund University’s Center for Sustainability Studies. While here I am writing a book on global water issues as well as developing curriculum for Furman’s new Sustainability Science undergraduate degree. We return to the States in June.” The U.S. Army and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have each purchased a DP-12 Rhino Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) developed entirely by Dragonfly Pictures, Inc. Michael Piasecki ’85, president, and Gregory Piasecki ’88, CFO, Dragonfly Pictures, Inc. led the development of this robotic rotorcraft. It is being used to push the state-of-the-art in near-earth autonomy for tactical VTOL UAS. See photo of DP-12 first flight on page 43.
Christopher P. Hart (Chris) 610-293-4695 email@example.com Garth G. Hoyt firstname.lastname@example.org Stephen P. McConnell Jr. (Steve) 215-495-6531 email@example.com Neil S. Rankin 610-725-9933 firstname.lastname@example.org Gregg Jewett is living in Lumberton, N.J., with his wife, Felicia, and 6-year-old son, Nathan. Earlier this year, Gregg joined AstraZeneca in Wilmington, Del., as their global procurement leader for clinical development. 44
Greg reports that he hopes to be back with the Haverford alumni softball team to win another title! Dan Murphy is excited for an upcoming mission to Thailand with the OneSight Foundation, which provides eyewear and eye care for the less fortunate, both domestically and internationally. Last, but certainly not least, congratulations and best wishes to John Glazer on the completion of his inspiring, five-year career change journey. John earned licensure as a clinical psychologist in the state of Colorado in October 2011. Good for you, John!
Theodore P. Barry (Ted) 610-789-1211 email@example.com
children on June 8. David Guinan has had a busy year. His documentary, John Frum, He Will Come, had its world premiere at the 20th annual Hot Springs Doc festival and his other film, Freeloader, debuted at Rooftop Films in New York City. He also produced Flight and I Feel Your Pain by artist Liz Magic Laser. The latter involved making and projecting a live feature film in a movie theater with actors embedded within the audience. Both received positive reviews in the New York Times.
Jesse J. Daniels 610-389-5297 firstname.lastname@example.org Daniel L. Glennon (Dan) email@example.com
Hal E. Borden 215-546-3028 firstname.lastname@example.org
David S. Stilley (Dave) 610-642-2704 email@example.com
Edward S. Heintz (Ted) 914-637-0783 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesse Daniels and his wife, Maura, will be hosting our 20th Reunion on Saturday, May 5, at their home in Devon – so be sure and save the date. We hope that everyone will be there! Steve Alperin writes: “I’ve spent the last 15 years in the national news media. First as the head writer and producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, then as the editor in charge of ABC’s digital outlets. Currently I’m editor-at-large for The Daily, which I helped create at Newscorp as the first news outlet specifically designed for tablet computers. I also run an early stage venture firm called DSA Digital.”
Carter W. Thompson 347-684-0611 email@example.com
John M. Lieb 617-469-9926 firstname.lastname@example.org Johnny McDonald reports that all is well and that he’s had a terrific year. He was married this past year, is doing great real estate work with his company, Onion Flats, and even rescued a puppy from Rincon, Puerto Rico. Paul D. Humber, plans to return to his missionary field in Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo with his wife and four
Paul D. Humber ’91 (right), with 1-yearold son, Timothy, and grandfather and former Upper School math teacher Paul G. Humber (on faculty from 1977-2001).
Andrew W. Callahan (Andy) 310-497-4984 email@example.com Lathrop B. Nelson III 215-925-1952 firstname.lastname@example.org ` The class offers its condolences to Alexander Nalencz on the passing of his father in December 2011.
James M. Ford (Jamie) 415-850-4884 email@example.com Joshua R. Levine (Josh) 610-525-7520 firstname.lastname@example.org Quiet period for news from the Class of ’94! There is one significant and newsworthy update – congratulations to Scott Burkhardt for his role as a writer and actor on NBC’s Smash! Look for his clever writing wit on episode nine!
Hans R. Davies 571-289-1628 email@example.com Jeffrey R. Grieb (Jeff) firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Notes G. Bart Smith email@example.com Keith C. Stevens 610-644-3891 firstname.lastname@example.org John C. Wilkins (Jay) 212-300-4835 email@example.com ` The Class of 1995 would like to extend its condolences to Greg Nalencz on the death of his father this fall. Our thoughts are with him and his family. Hans Davies reports: “My wife, Jennifer, and I got to do some traveling for our fifth anniversary, and are back in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. I am still with Toffler Associates doing strategic consulting. Joel Lazovitz and his wife, Alyson, are living in the Philly ‘burbs with their 2-year-old son, Jacob, and they ‘wish Fords a terrific 2012.’ Congratulations to Owen Maginn and Theresa Cooney on their Oct. 14 wedding. In attendance to celebrate at their Center City reception were G. Bart Smith, Matthew Sarbello, Chris Forte ’94, Brian Ertel ’94, and Haverford School Athletic Director John Nostrant. Long-time Haverford School athletic office team member (and second mom to many Haverford boys) Sheila Maginn could not have been prouder.”
Jay Wright writes: “I am happy to report that the Class of ’96 continues to be doing well. We would like to congratulate Steve Good and his wife, Merrilee, on the birth of their daughter, Courtney Marie Good. Jay Bachman and his wife, Emelia Bachman, welcomed their son, Joseph Leo Bachman IV, into the world. Marc Persson and his wife, Emily, also became parents with the birth of their son, Christopher Jon. In other news, Stu Ambrose’s singing group, The Company Men, have been performing sold-out shows, which is very exciting for Stu since the group is just getting its first exposure. Finally, we would like to extend congratulations to Pat Schaffer on his engagement to Kristy Jorgensen and Curtis Cheyney on his engagement to Carey Kulp.”
Matthew W. Schuh (Matt) 215-694-2006 firstname.lastname@example.org Matt Schuh writes: “Hi all – I hope everyone is planning to
Michael A. Viola (Mike) 484-343-2229 email@example.com Geoffrey K. Watson (Geoff) 310-453-9438 firstname.lastname@example.org James W. Wright (Jay) 215-518-1513 email@example.com
Connor Hart – born Jan. 19, at 8 pounds, 9 ounces
make it “home” for our 15th Reunion this spring! Stay tuned for more info, but mark your calendars for the weekend of May 4, and get ready to watch Russo moonwalk for posterity. In other news, Anne and Steve Hart welcomed their son, Connor, into the world.
Kevin M. Madden 917-687-0789 firstname.lastname@example.org Michael B. Reese (Mike) 610-649-4121 email@example.com John L. Stevens firstname.lastname@example.org Douglas N. Tyre (Doug) 610- 220-1517 email@example.com With mixed emotions we announce that our fearless Key Man G. Nash Waterman is temporarily stepping down as our Class Chair. Nash has transferred to London where he will manage investment opportunities in Europe and Asia for Morgan Stanley’s private equity secondaries group. Congratulations brother Nash! We know that Nash’s love and commitment to ol’ Haverford is without peer and he will return to his post as soon as he is able, so we’re not that sad to see him go. Best of luck and Godspeed, Grosset! We are also pleased to announce that John L. Stevens has agreed to step up to the plate and fill Nash’s shoes as Class Chair. John led the team to victory on the football field during his tenure at Haverford. He has pledged to devote the same brand of tenacity, commitment, and drive to his new post. Needless to say, we are delighted to have him on
board. Cheers, brother John! In other news, Jeff Watkinson reports that he is living in Washington, D.C., and working at ProShares Alternative ETFs. “I am looking forward to the 2012 golf season, and watching brother Kurt ’08 play lax for the Hoyas. In addition, I salute the Class of ’98 … Go Fords!”
Samuel P. Greenough (Sam) 610-389-0818 firstname.lastname@example.org Shane J. Jefferson email@example.com John H. Thacher III 610-687-6591 firstname.lastname@example.org Charles L. Vicente (Chuck) email@example.com Christopher C. Viola (Chris) 610-585-4048 firstname.lastname@example.org Charles Vicente became engaged to Jessica Rosenfeld in June 2011. They are getting married this April in Villanova, Pa.
Jason G. Canavan 610-368-8772 email@example.com Walter E. Hunter IV (Walt) firstname.lastname@example.org Thomas B. McCabe (Tom) 610-446-8863 email@example.com Dustin Laws writes: “I started with a new company in July 2011, Sharpstream Life Sciences, an executive level, retained search firm specializing in roles within the pharmaceutical, medical device haverford.org
Walt Hunter ’00, Kristen Rock, and Tom Rock ’00 at Pollak Vineyards, Charlottesville, Va., on Feb. 11.
and biotechnology industries. In September 2011, I married my beautiful wife, Samantha, in Chadds Ford, Pa. We delayed the honeymoon until December, when we traveled to Costa Rica for some muchanticipated R&R. Looking forward to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2012.” Jerry White writes: “I started a company called JaySocial (www.jaysocial.com). It is a Social Media and Social Marketing organization. I have two boys and have semi-retired from playing soccer. We are working on our third child and live in Elkins Park, Pa.”
Adam Wiswell writes: “I got engaged to the lovely Jacque Lynn Rabino on my 30th birthday in December! It was amazing.
Richard Z. Garrity (Rick) 610-446-8863 firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew F. Chern email@example.com
Andrew Chern moved from Atlanta to New York in February for a new opportunity as a strategist at SYPartners. Chris Nordsiek writes: “I got married on Sept. 17, 2011, to Sara Schloat at the Ausable
Hung L. Tran 610-585-0022 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabriel D. Tribuiani (Gabe) 610-715-1219 Gabriel.email@example.com
Geoffrey M. Wright (Geoff) 610-527-4403 firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew A. Bailey 484-380-2299 email@example.com
Charles A. Sterling (Beau) 215-868-2133 firstname.lastname@example.org
David G. Turner 610-293-0385 email@example.com
Club in the Adirondacks. David Rosner and my little bro Scott Nordsiek ’09 were in the wedding party – little bro was best man. Greg Bayard was also there.”
Brendan Kent is engaged to Maria Papadakis, Baldwin School Class of 2003.
Jacque Lynn Rabino and Adam Wiswell ’00
Brendan Kent ’01 and fiance Maria Papadakis enjoying a fall day near their home in Center City.
Neko Cooper Gold
Jon Gold and his wife, Julia, had a baby! His name is Neko Cooper Gold and he was born on Nov. 1, 2011. Jon writes, “The baby is awesome and parenthood has been wonderful!”
David M. Gevurtz 610-420-5735 firstname.lastname@example.org Gregory Z. Murray (Greg) 610-623-3814 email@example.com
Jarvis “Geordie” Coffin writes: “In July 2011, I proposed to my girlfriend and fellow Trinity College alum, Eleanor Wierzbowski. Our wedding is in New Hampshire in October 2012. Also, I have extended my graduate studies at Northeastern University. I expect to graduate in May 2014 with a JD/MBA. I continue to serve as the head coach of men’s rowing at Boston College. Please drop me a line the next time you are in Boston.”
Erik L. Hansell 610-789-3273 firstname.lastname@example.org ` The class mourns the loss of Jordan Baumeister, who died Jan. 16, 2012. Please see In Memoriam at www.haverford.org/obits.
Class Notes John Rode, an officer in the United States Navy, was aboard the vessel that saved Iranian fishermen from Somali pirates in January 2012. Although he denies playing a major leadership role in the heroic effort that garnered worldwide media coverage, he did receive hugs of gratitude from the fishermen. In the year since his deployment, Bin Laden, Qaddafi, and Kim Jung Il have all met their fate. Mission accomplished, Rode. Frank DeSimone has been accepted to the University of Pennsylvania Law School Class of 2015. Matt Marcucci is a firstyear student at Fordham Law School. He will be working as an intern this summer at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Erik Hansell continues to work for Deloitte Consulting. He remains in Los Angeles and has enjoyed a warm winter by the beach. From Anil Tennekoon: “I am working at Hunter College doing spinal cord injury/axon regeneration research. I will be attending graduate school to get my master’s in public health.” From Rob Sylvia: “I moved to NYC October 2010 to work for Bloomberg LP. I spent one year as an equity specialist on the analytics desk and now work as an account manager covering financial product terminal sales for the Mid-Atlantic region.”
Timothy M. Wilson (Tim) 610-525-2656 email@example.com
Christopher Della Porta (Chris) 610-989-0515 firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew M. Block 610-658-9590 email@example.com
Andrew J. Day ADay7776@yahoo.com David M. Dubow Ddubow@princeton.edu Kevin R. Eberly firstname.lastname@example.org J. Samuel Thorburn (Sam) 610-642-4325 email@example.com
In the People’s Republic of Cambridge, Sachin Patel (Harvard) and Andrew Acker (MIT) have achieved great athletic success. As of this writing, Harvard squash was ranked fourth in the nation, and MIT basketball was ranked fifth in Division III. The bevy of lacrosse players has yet to
MILESTONES BIRTHS Suzy and Brian Carnecchia ’87 welcomed Hayden Hudson on Jun. 24, 2011 Julia and Jon Gold ’02 welcomed Neko Cooper Gold on Nov. 1, 2011
Heather and Sean Maloney ’86 welcomed Rose Elizabeth Maloney in Dec. 2011
Wyatt L. Benson Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne and Steve Hart ’97 welcomed Connor Hart on Jan. 19, 2012
Joseph P. Cilio (Joe) email@example.com
Merrilee and Steve Good ’96 welcomed Courtney Marie Good
Robert B. Greco (Bob) firstname.lastname@example.org
Emelia and Jay Bachman ’96 welcomed Joseph Leo Bachman IV
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Robert D. Collins (Beau) firstname.lastname@example.org
rip twine, but rest assured, they will deliver the same superlative effort that earned an exalted standing for their alma mater. The class would like to thank all of the teachers who prepared us so well for rigorous study, and gave us some shining examples to follow for as long as we live.”
Emily and Marc Persson ’96 welcomed Christopher Jon Persson MARRIAGES Chris Nordsiek ’02 married Sara Schloat on Sept. 17, 2011 Owen Maginn ’95 married Theresa Cooney on Oct. 14, 2011
Armen R.H. Melikian email@example.com Sachin Patel firstname.lastname@example.org Nathaniel Rodgers email@example.com Beau Collins writes: “Everything is just peachy for the boys of the Class of 2011. Though they are scattered across the fruited plains of these United States, the echo of their unity resounds through each red canyon, over every whispering brook and shaded wood of this promised land.
` In Memoriam The School has learned of the following deaths. Available obituaries can be found online at www.haverford.org/obits. 1928 1938 1938 1952 1954 1955 1957 1958 1958 2005
John T. Groff, Nov. 11, 2011 Anson B. Haughton, Feb. 19, 2011 Grant McCabe, Jan. 2012 Thomas S. Linton, Feb. 28, 2012 John H. McIlvaine Jr., Nov. 8, 2011 Edwin “Ted” Chance II, Nov. 30, 2011 James M. Eaton, Dec. 22, 2011 Leo D. Coady Jr., Jan. 6, 2012 Paul S. Souder Jr., Jan. 10, 2012 Jordan T. Baumeister, Jan. 16, 2012
Building a Robotics Team By Megan Connolly, Director of Technology All you have to do is ask. That’s what Jason Schutzbank ’05 thought. In 2002, when Jason was a IV Former, he took the AP computer science class that I was teaching. He asked me to join him and his father at a FIRST® robotics competition at Drexel University one Saturday afternoon. He had been telling me about these amazing 120-pound programmable robots; that we should have a Haverford team, and I could be their mentor. Really? Me? I knew nothing about engineering or building! I was a math major in college, did programming in calculus class, and ended up getting a job as a computer programmer when I graduated. Software I can play with, but build a robot? How could I teach Jason anything about robotics design and build? So, I had my doubts, but agreed to meet Jason at the FIRST® robotics competition. The gym was filled beyond capacity, fans were cheering, rock music was blaring, teenagers in all kinds of garb were bouncing around, and in the center of the Field House, six 120-pound robots were competing. If that wasn’t enough action, at the back of the gym in the “pit area,” 60 teams were dissecting, welding, and programming their robots. Jason was exhilarated. Honestly, I was freaked out. I told Jason that I would support his idea of building and programming robots, but not on such a large scale. (Some of
the high school teams had more than 50 kids and 10 mentors.) So, our first dabble in robotics was with a Lego® robotics program called Botball. A small group of students and I traveled to George Mason University for a weekend of programming Lego® robots. It was fun, but was nothing like the FIRST® competition.
“I am committed to giving each boy at Haverford the opportunity to have a hands-on experience in the exciting world of science, technology, engineering, and math.“ Jason was persistent, but I still had my doubts. We came to an agreement – if he would apply for and win a NASA grant, then I would help him secure university-level engineering mentors, tools, and a workspace. We learned about a $6,000 NASA grant available to rookie teams. Jason, with advice and support from Claudia Rodriguez (Rein) in the Development Office, wrote a NASA grant application and essay. While waiting for the grant award results, Jason enlisted five of his fellow students to join the team. He contacted three local universities for support, and was thrilled when Dr. Vijay Kumar, head of the GRASP engineering lab at the University of Pennsylvania, responded that his department might be interested in working with us. After many long weeks, we finally got the fat envelope holding the news that Rookie Team 1656 was awarded the NASA grant! At that point, I scheduled a meeting for our boys
with Dr. Kumar and his staff at the GRASP lab. The boys eagerly explained why they wanted to be on a FIRST® robotics team and at the meeting’s conclusion, I was amazed – Dr. Kumar generously donated $3,500 in tools, and committed two doctoral students to work with us for 10 hours a week. Upper School Librarian Lisa Snyder offered a study room in the back of Severinghaus Library as a workspace. On the first weekend in January 2003, Haverford Upper School students began designing and building their first robot. Upper School students participated in the FIRST® Robotics Competition for five years. The six-week build season was brutal – the boys would meet every day after school and all day Saturday, being guided by Penn mechanical engineers, Boeing software engineers, and, for a few years, our very own Upper School science teacher, Gerry Rooney. Shipment date was not to be missed – there was more than one season that we were still at school at midnight the night before shipment, making finishing touches to the robot. Oh, the good old days! Three years ago, I made the decision to move to a different robotics competition program. VEX robotics puts more designing and building into the hands of the students, rather than the adult mentors. Robots are much smaller and modular, the parts are simpler and reusable, and competitions are local and affordable. Most importantly, more boys make robots. More boys have a chance to be an integral part of a team, to be a leader, a creator, a system designer, a machine builder, and/or a software programmer. I am committed to giving each boy at Haverford the opportunity to have a hands-on experience in the exciting world of science, technology, engineering, and math. I am hopeful that the success of the Middle and Upper School teams is infectious, and we are able to offer robotics in our Lower and Middle School science curriculum.
May 4-5 ALUMNI WEEKEND
Friday, May 4th
Saturday, May 5th
Golden Fords Luncheon (Classes 1928 to 1962)
Service of Remembrance led by David Cantrell ’62
The Big Room, Wilson Hall | 12:30–2 p.m.
Welcome to our new members, the Class of 1962!
Varsity baseball vs. Germantown Academy Class of 1952 Baseball Field | 3:45 p.m.
Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association Wilson Hall, Ball Auditorium | 5–6 p.m. Alumni Awards to be presented during the reception:
Distinguished Alumnus Award: Harvey Bartle ’58 Alumni Service Award: Turk Thacher ’62
Community Room, Wilson Hall | 9–10 a.m.
Alumni Family Brunch Dining Hall | 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Educating Boys in 2012: A faculty presentation on art Upper School Arts Wing, Room 052 | 11–11:20 a.m.
Educating Boys in 2012: A faculty presentation on Spanish Upper School, Room 301 | 11:30–11:50 a.m.
Annual Alumni Reception
Tours begin at Severinghaus Library, Wilson Hall | 12 p.m.
The Quad | 6–9 p.m. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres Rain Location: Field House
Young Alumni “Pig Roast” (Classes 1997 to 2011) Headmaster’s Home: 520 Panmure Road | 1–2:30 p.m. Rain Location: The Nostrant Pavilion, Palmer House
Varsity baseball vs. Delaware County Christian School Class of 1952 Baseball Field | 2 p.m.
Varsity lacrosse vs. Malvern Prep Sabol Field / Class of 1975 Field | 3 p.m.
Reunion Class Parties Hosted by five-year reunion classes
PARKING: Lower School parking lot (off College Avenue), Buck Lane, Palmer House, and Wilson Hall. *Parking on Panmure Road is not permitted.
RSVP: by April 27 on the alumni section of the School Website: www.haverford.org
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