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G a r e t h Va u g h a n Dir e c to r David Noone A s s o c iate Dir e c to r a nd De an o f Ac ade m ics



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Mission Statement

Jan Fortson D e an o f Stu de n t Life Beth Mulvey D i r e c to r o f De ve lo pment Gunnar Olson D i r ec t o r o f Co lle ge Adv ising Brian Rodgers D e an o f Co u n s e ling a nd Re s ide n tial Life Jack Sweeney D i r ec to r o f Adm is s ion a nd Fin an c ial Aid G r e g Va n H o r n Ath le tic Dir e c tor

The mission of Indian Springs School is to develop in students a love of learning, a sense of integrity and moral courage, and an ethic of participatory citizenship. Inspired by the motto Learning Through Living, the school is a community of talented boarding and day students and dedicated faculty committed to the belief that in learning to balance individual achievement with the values and principles of democracy, the student can develop to his or her full stature.

Board of Governors 2011-2012

Chuck Williams D i r ec to r o f Te c h n ology Ta n y a Ye a g e r D ir e c to r o f Fin ance Melanie Kieve A s s i s t a nt Dir e c to r o f De v elopment Magazin e Editor

Donald Hess ’66, P ’89, ’93, ’93, ’95, ’95, ’01, Chairman John Abbot ’80 Stephen Black Myla Choy P ’11, ’13 Larry DeLucas P ’99, ’05 Bryson Edmonds Alan Engel ’73, P ’03, ’12 Michael Froning Mike Goodrich, Jr. ’90 Greg Hawley ’75, P ’08, ’09 Ben Hunt ’82 Jimmy Lewis ’75, P ’11, ’11

Beverly Marson P ’10, ’13, Ex-officio, Parents Association Catherine McLean P ’03, ’06, ’11 Frances Ross Nolan ’77, P ’09, Ex-officio, Alumni Council Libby Pantazis P ’03, ’06, ’09 Rusty Rushton ’74, P ’09, ’11 Frank Samford ’62, P ’90 John Simmons ’65, P ’96 Janet Perry Stewart P ’04, ’09 Glennon Threatt ’74

Founded in 1952, Indian Springs School is a national leader in coed boarding and day education in grades 8-12, located 16 miles from downtown Birmingham. fall 08 | 2

On the cover: Joe Simonetti ’75 with son Joseph Simonetti ’11 on his graduation day in May. The Simonettis are among dozens of legacy families at Springs.


“ ...hard work and generosity of time,

talent, and resources have combined to give us a great start in 2011-2012.”


am pleased to report that we are in a strong position due to the hard work and generosity of a wide range of Springs community members.

The ISS Administrative Team and Board have made excellent progress on implementing the school’s strategic plan, an effort critical to the long-term health of the school. An outstanding effort by the Admission Office last year also led to excellent results, with a population of new students who are already making their mark on the school. We also worked hard to increase the number and variety of summer programs offered in 2011, and this effort generated not only income but also exposure and good will for the school. In addition, we experienced record-breaking giving to the 2010-2011 Annual Fund. These efforts, along with continued fiscal diligence, are bringing us ever closer to our goal of assuring that the school is financially sustainable in the long run. With decreasing deficits each year, we are also focusing efforts on strengthening the endowment and making sure our facilities and programs are true to ISS and marketable to today’s parents.

D o n a l d E . H e ss ’ 6 6 C h a ir m a n , I n d ia n Spring s Sc h ool B o a r d o f Gov ernors

In this publication, you will find our 2010-2011 Annual Report. We are pleased to honor our donors in this report, and look forward to a continuing partnership as we advance Springs’ traditions and goals into our 60th year. Indeed, hard work and generosity of time, talent, and resources have combined to give us a great start in 2011-2012. Thank you for the part you have played in making Indian Springs the unique, wonderful community of learners it is today.

“ ...our students are learning and growing, and we thank you for your support.”


s director, I am delighted about the great character I see in our school community this year. Due to the efforts of our Admission Office, our boarding houses are at near-capacity with 84 students representing 13 countries and 13 U.S. states. That is great news for every member of the school community and the school as a whole. With such a diverse student body, our students are learning among peers from a wide array of backgrounds – an experience that is enriching for everyone. Springs’ character is not only represented in our diversity but also evident through the shared experience of our year-long theme, “Energy and the Environment.” With a visit by William Kamkwamba, author of the The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, our year is off to a wonderful beginning. For many students, their interaction with Mr. Kamkwamba in a lecture hall, classroom, or small gathering was the first time they have had contact with an internationally renowned author or figure, and the impact was powerful. His visit set the tone for a year of exploring how to thoughtfully approach energy and environmental issues. Many thanks to the Goodrich Lecture Fund for making his visit possible. In these and other ways, our students are learning and growing, and we thank you for your support. Thank you for being part of a community that allows students to experience the world.

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oe Simonetti ’75 and his wife, Janet, who live in Vestavia Hills, Ala., a Birmingham suburb, had many good choices before them when they were looking at high school options for their three children – Joseph ’11, Paula ’13, and Jeffrey ’15.

But it was Joe’s own experience as a Springs student that led them to believe that ISS would be beneficial to their kids. In addition to the care faculty and staff have for students, Joe felt that the freedom that Springs gives “to make choices and mistakes, to have free time and use it for good, or not” – as well as the challenging classes – would offer his children an excellent preparation for college and life, he says. “I am happy that ISS is the path my children have chosen – not necessarily because it was my path, but because it is a path that was and is good for them,” he says.


That has also been the case for Claire Bailey ’09, daughter of Jim ’79 and Sharon Bailey of Memphis, Tenn. When she entered ISS as a boarder, she became involved in the Fertile Minds Learning Garden and delved into subjects such as AP Environmental Science and Sustainable Development. She is now a junior at the University of Miami (Fla.), studying marine affairs and ecosystem science. “Her time at Springs deeply influenced her future,” says Jim, whose son, Spence ’13, began studies at the school this fall.


Jim adds that while the school has changed some over the years – new dorms and roadways are a couple of examples – the school has affirmed the core values that were embraced when he was a student.

Five Years Later, Boarding Program Flourishing in New Dorms

“Strengthening the boarding program and holding up the best of John Dewey’s educational philosophies were things we talked about when I was at Springs,” he says. “As a Dad, I am very proud my children have been and are part of a school that’s affirming the fundamental principles on which it was founded.” Legacy Cameron Westbrook ’12 decided that he wanted to go to Springs when he was living in Tupelo, Miss. The son of Emily Sims Westbrook ’82, Cameron is in his third year at Springs and is a boarder and ISS Mayor. He is also following in his mother’s footsteps of involvement in the theater and choir programs. “When Cameron talks about Play Production class or something going on in choir, I know exactly what he is talking about,” Emily says. “We’ve had fun sharing these experiences.” For Emily, the decision to send Cameron to ISS was a natural part of the parental commitment she and her husband, Wes, have made. “We only have a short while to do the very best for our children before they go out on their own, and we didn’t want to look back and wish we had done more for them,” she says. “Sending Cameron to Springs was a big part of doing the best for him. We have no regrets.” The Simonetti, Bailey and Westbook children are among 176 students and alumni who are the child or grandchild of a Springs alum. This year alone, there are 27 legacy students. / 1 / Grandparents leave legacies, too! Two alumni – Jim Smith ’56

(pictured with his grandson, George ’11, at ISS graduation in May) and Ehney Camp ’60 – are Springs’ first two legacy grandparents. Camp’s grandson, Ehney ’16, started studies at ISS this fall. / 2 / Jim ’79, Spence ’13, and Sharon Bailey take time for a photo during ISS Move-in Day in August. Spence is in his first year as an ISS boarder. / 3 / Emily Sims Westbrook ’82 and Cameron Westbrook ’12

“I am very proud my children have been and are part of a school that’s affirming the fundamental principles on which it was founded.”

Five years after the Goodrich and Hess dormitories opened their doors, students from a record number of states and countries have filled them! Students from Australia, Cameroon, China, England, France, Germany, Japan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, and the United States (Alabama, Alaska, California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin) are among the 84 students who entered the dorms as five- or seven-day boarders this year. The record numbers reflect a 70 percent increase in the number of countries and a 45 percent increase in the number of states represented in the boarding program, compared to a year ago. These results, say ISS Director Gareth Vaughan, came from two factors – excellent dorm facilities and hard work from the Admission Office, whose Director, Jack Sweeney, traveled extensively last year spreading the word about Springs. The positive impact of this enrollment is felt in the classroom, according to Math Teacher Mike Lantrip. “The presence of boarding students from many backgrounds is physical evidence of Springs’ long-prevalent mindset of embracing diversity,” he says. “And the whole school benefits because we all get the chance to be exposed to other cultures, hear different philosophies, and broaden our way of thinking.” With the increased number of seven-day boarders this year, Springs’ dynamic campus atmosphere is also evident after regular school hours, according to Dean of Counseling and Residential Life Brian Rodgers. “There is always a lot going on as day students and boarders are together after school and sometimes through dinner, and the school invites day students to take part in a wide range of weekend activities,” Rodgers says. “This is an exciting place to be.” The success of the boarding program, Vaughan says, has allowed Springs to “remain true to its unique character.” “We are unique in Alabama because of our boarding program, and we are unique among boarding schools because we are in Alabama,” he explains. “That we are able to offer beautiful dorm facilities and a top-ranked education at 70-80 percent of the cost of other premiere boarding schools is resonating with parents throughout the U.S. and world.”




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NE W S & S P ORTS Summer Break? Not at Springs! While many schools took a break for the summer, Springs was a busy place as it hosted programs serving the community – and world! In June, the school hosted 15 students from the Black Belt region of Alabama for the Higher Achievement Summer School (H.A.S.S), a summer enrichment experience. The rising 9th grade students from Marengo and Sumter counties experienced a college-prep curriculum, toured area colleges, and visited cultural and other attractions as part of the program associated with Teach For America, a nonprofit that supports top college graduates to teach in underresourced schools. J.W. Carpenter ’97 is Executive Director of the nonprofit’s Alabama region. “In the summer months, students living in the Black Belt have few opportunities to build upon their education,” says H.A.S.S. Teacher Justin Younker. “H.A.S.S. strives to fill this void and gives the students an exceptional experience beyond what is available to them through the year.” Summer @ Springs, the school’s summer program, grew in attendance and class offerings, earning its growing reputation as one of Birmingham’s best places for academic enrichment during the summer. Approximately 115 students from grades 4-12 enrolled in the non-residential program, which included classes ranging from PSAT/SAT preparation and math enrichment to acting and culinary arts. Held for the first time this summer, ESL @ Springs brought students from all over the world to campus for an intensive English as a Second Language experience. Led by Director of Admission Jack Sweeney and taught by University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) professors, the program also gave students exposure to American culture as they prepared to attend U.S. boarding schools appropriate for their English language needs. Athletic camps continue to be an important part of Springs’ summer, as the school hosted a basketball camp, a preseason camp for the UAB Women’s Soccer Team, and camps for Alabama High School Athletic Association wrestling, baseball, and volleyball referees and umpires. Plans are already underway to expand the summer programs for next year. 4

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H.A.S.S. teacher Laurie Brown (standing) helps students with computer skills during the summer program. Photo Courtesy of The Birmingham News/Beverly Taylor.

Faculty Showing the ‘Write Stuff’ Many of Springs’ newest faculty members are not only sharing their gifts with ISS students but also to a wider audience through their work as published writers. · Over the past 15 years, Math Teacher Tom Barr has written three calculus textbooks – Vector Calculus, Vector Calculus 2/E, and Calculus (with Claudia Neuhauser) – as well as Invitation to Cryptolog y, which explores the science of secure communications. Published by Prentice Hall and Pearson Custom Publishing, his textbooks have been used in colleges throughout the nation. · Contemporary Music Ensemble Teacher Clint Jacobs is a registered member of Broadcast Music Inc. as a self-published artist. For the past three years, he has also toured with Rhett Akins, a Nashville-based country recording artist and songwriter. · English Teacher Douglas Ray’s debut collection of poems, He Will Laugh, is at press and forthcoming soon. Published by Lethe Press, the collection traces a relationship between the speaker and his lover from nascent stage through the aftermath of the beloved’s suicide. · Librarian Jessica Smith is author of Organic Furniture Cellar, a group of one-page, nonlinear poems published by Outside Voices Press. The poems explore how memory works with regard to space and time. “One of the greatest strengths of Indian Springs is its worldclass faculty,” ISS Director Gareth Vaughan says. “The fact that so many of our recent faculty additions have been published underscores the strength of this faculty, and speaks volumes to the kind of education our students are receiving.”

n e ws & sp o r t s Bessemer, Ala. The brothers used a 1922 photograph to repaint the building sign, which advertised Sam Raine & Co., Square Deal Bakery, and Coca-Cola. English Teacher Douglas Ray was a fellowship recipient at the Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers in June. Sponsored by The Oxford American, a national magazine promoting excellence in Southern writing, the summit brought together thought leaders and change agents for a week of creative writing and discussions of the state of publishing. Activities included panel discussions with David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, and Bill Whitworth, former editor of The Atlantic Monthly.

‘Swan Song’ Part of School’s Opening Day New faculty member Clint Jacobs offered a swan song to the student body on his first day at work – but it was no farewell appearance! The new Contemporary Music Ensemble Teacher offered an original song, “Swan Song,” as the Faculty Welcome on the first day of school, advising students to emulate the swan – the school’s unofficial mascot and campus inhabitant – with such comedic wisdom as “don’t jump in the lake when you have six periods left to go.” But Jacobs’ song also encouraged new and returning students alike to embrace the swan’s fearlessness, a trait helpful in academic pursuits and life. “The ISS student epitomizes the concept of ‘no fear,’” said Jacobs, who has lived on campus for 15 years and is married to History Teacher Kelly Jacobs. “I encourage you to help each other be fearless as we go through this year.” (Above) Jacobs sings “Swan Song,” accompanied by Mike Miller ’12 on drums.

Faculty Briefs Works by Photography Teacher Michael Sheehan were part of the “WE Shot Rock ’n Roll — Alabama Photographers featuring Rowland Scherman” exhibit at the Art Folk Gallery in Birmingham. The exhibit showcased works from 20 Alabama photographers including iconic photographer Scherman. Sheehan’s photos of James Brown, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, and Mavis Staples were part of the Alabama exhibit, inspired by the national “Who Shot Rock & Roll” exhibit that ran concurrently at the Birmingham Museum of Art. History Teacher Richard Neely and his brother, John, were featured in the Birmingham News in August for restoring a vintage advertisement on the side of one of the oldest buildings in

Varsity Boys Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Greg Van Horn led the North Team to a 74-71 victory during the NorthSouth All-Star Boys Basketball Game July 13 in Montgomery, Ala. Van Horn coached north and central Alabama’s top boys basketball players across all Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSA A) classifications during the game, part of Alabama All-Star Sports Week. (Below, left) Photography Teacher Michael Sheehan’s photo of Ray Charles was one of the gems of the “WE Shot Rock ’n Roll” exhibit.

Rodgers, Richards Join Athletics Staff Indian Springs welcomes two new members to its athletics staff! Will Rodgers is the new coach for the Cross Country Team, succeeding Lisa Balazs, who is remaining as assistant coach. He is a recent graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), where he was team leader for the Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field programs and holds 11 UAH records in indoor and outdoor track. Tabani Richards is the new athletic trainer at Indian Springs. A 2009 graduate of the University of Georgia, he is in his second year as an athletic trainer for Champion Sports Medicine. (Above) Rodgers and Richards pose for a photo during an after-school practice.

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Kamkwamba Generates ‘Electricity’ at ISS In the face of famine, poverty, and derision, William Kamkwamba built a windmill from scratch to generate electricity — and hope — for his family and village in Malawi. Co-author of the acclaimed book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, he tells a story that has garnered attention and inspired thousands around the world. Kamkwamba recounted those experiences in an address to Springs community members August 26 in the school’s Concert Hall. The speaking engagement kicked off the school’s 2011-2012 theme of “Energy and the Environment.” The 24-year-old shared how, in his teen years, Malawi experienced a drought that left his farming family and village without food and killed many in his homeland. After the famine subsided, the economic impact on his family remained, and his parents were unable to send him to school. Still eager to learn, Kamkwamba went every day to a small local library where he discovered books about physics and electricity, feeding his already keen curiosity about energy. He soon had a vision to make a windmill for his family that would generate electricity and help with irrigating crops. His dream was ridiculed as he spent months rummaging his village for materials, but he soon completed the windmill, which started a journey that led to his returning to school (he is now a sophomore at Dartmouth College) and having the opportunity to bring resources to his family, village and country. “In your life, you face challenges no matter where you come from,” Kamkwamba told the audience. “You think there’s no way to get out of them. Everything is possible in this world if you make up your mind and trust yourself.”


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“In your life, you face challenges no matter where you come from. You think there’s no way to get out of them. Everything is possible in this world if you make up your mind and trust yourself.” ISS students and faculty read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind over the summer, and had the chance to engage Kamkwamba in classes and other opportunities, such as a visit to Springs’ own windmill, part of the school’s organic garden. Isabelle Shallcross ’12, who had dinner with Kamkwamba at Director Gareth Vaughan’s house along with several classmates and teachers, appreciated the opportunity to personally interact with the author. “He’s a young person like us and he’s accomplished so much for himself and others by being passionate and working hard,” she says. “I came away with the feeling that any of us can change the world in our own way, using our own passions and abilities.” Kamkwamba’s two-day visit was made possible by the school’s Goodrich Lecture Fund, created in honor of former ISS board member and alumnus parent and grandparent Henry C. Goodrich of Birmingham. / 1 / ISS Director Gareth Vaughan, Biology Teacher Bob Pollard, and Kamkwamba pay a visit to Springs’ own windmill. / 2 / Kamkwamba poses with 8th graders and History Teacher Kelly Jacobs. / 3 /

Kamkwamba signs books for ISS community members.

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hen Lisa Balazs signed up for an “Introduction to Education” course, being a teacher was the last thing on her mind.

A geology major at Duke University, Balazs needed to fill a social science requirement during the fall semester of her senior year. The education course was one of the possibilities – and she heard it was interesting and manageable – so she signed up. Part of the course involved tutoring local high school students in remedial math and English. “I fell in love with the kids, and after the semester was over, I kept volunteering there,” she says. “From then on, I knew teaching was what I wanted to do.” The last thing on her mind became her career – and calling. Balazs went on to University of Massachusetts-Boston, where she earned her master’s degree in education, and Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied planetary geophysics. She also worked as an Aerospace Education Specialist with NASA’s education office at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, responsible for developing curriculum and running teacher workshops. After moving to Birmingham with her family (husband Rob, son Quinn ’14, and daughter Kari), Balazs learned about ISS through her volunteer work as an alumni interviewer for the Duke Admissions Office. “The students from Springs I met were bright and appreciative of their education, so when a job at the school became available, the opportunity was too interesting to let it slide by!” she says. Now Science Department Chair at ISS, Balazs teaches AP Environmental Science, 8th Grade Science, and Algebra I – and enjoys not only teaching the subject matter but also providing opportunities for students to take part in innovative projects.

“Initiatives like these make learning more active and relevant, and show how all of us can make an impact on the issues out there.”

One example is the Challenge 20/20 project, which matched last year’s 8th Grade science students with students in Spain and Topeka, Kan., to explore the impact of carbon dioxide emissions on climate change. “It provided an opportunity for the 8th graders to look beyond their own geographic borders and investigate a global problem that will have a local impact,” Balazs says. Another is the Youth Policy Summit, during which ISS students and students from other local schools participated in a consensus-building activity in environmental policy making, specifically water management in Alabama. Ever looking for opportunities to make science come alive, Balazs also invites guest speakers to her classes such as William Kamkwamba, author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and David Oh ’87, Lead Systems Engineer on NASA’s next Mars Rover. “Initiatives like these make learning more active and relevant, and show how all of us can make an impact on the issues out there,” she says. While only some of her students will go on to careers in science and the environment, Balazs is certain the impact of her classes will resonate with all her students. “Not every one of them will become research scientists, but all of them will have the chance to be voters and advocates,” she says. “My hope is that they come away from my classes with a better idea of how to assess information and make sound decisions with regard to environmental issues.”




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Woman to Woman: Nolan Follows Rueve as Alumni Council President One of the first women students at ISS has been named President of the school’s Alumni Council. Frances Ross Nolan ’77 of Birmingham began her tenure as President at the Alumni Council’s June meeting. She succeeds Ginger Grainger Rueve ’86, the first woman to serve in the position. “Exhilarated” to be President, Nolan says she hopes to inspire better alumni citizenship during her two-year term by encouraging alumni to attend ISS events, be active class agents and/or Alumni Council members, provide their financial support to Springs, and spread the word about ISS to prospective students. “And do anything else they can dream up that will connect alumni to the school and advance the school’s mission!” she adds. As one of the school’s first female alumnae, Nolan is humbled to be Springs’ second female Council President and grateful to her predecessor for helping pave the way. “We will forever be indebted to Ginger, and I am honored to come behind her,” she says. Nolan is a lawyer with The Crittenden Firm, where she practices family law. She is also co-founder and President of Alabama’s first Collaborative Divorce Practice Group, Birmingham Collaborative Alliance. A graduate of San Francisco State University and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Nolan is married to Bill Nolan, and their son, William ’09, is a junior at St. Olaf College. (Above) Rueve and Nolan share a moment at the June Alumni Council meeting.

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U.S. Ambassador to Romania Mark Gitenstein ’64 (third from left) spends time with Springs graduates and guests who took part in the Alumni Tour to Romania, held in conjunction with the ISS Chamber Choir’s Romanian tour in June. Pictured with the Ambassador in front of the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest are (from left) Tommy ’64 and Sara Moody, Frank ’62 and Sharon Samford, Allan Cruse ’59, and Director of Development Beth Mulvey.

Alumni Council’s ‘Spring Cleaning’ The Alumni Council has completed its own version of “spring cleaning” – reorganizing and streamlining efforts to support the school and foster community among alumni! The Council has developed new bylaws (, allowing for the formation of four new committees: • Alumni Participation Committee (formerly called the Development Committee) – This committee will develop and communicate ways graduates can be involved in all aspects of alumni life, especially giving, attending events, and volunteering. • Legacy Committee – Comprised of alumni who are also current or past ISS parents, the committee will be a resource for fellow alumni who want to explore the idea of their children or grandchildren experiencing Springs as a student. • Membership Committee – This committee will match Council members’ interests and skills to the group’s efforts and recruit new members as needed. • Young Alumni Committee – Open to alumni up to age 30, this committee will help young alumni become connected to each other and “learn the ropes” of being an involved alum. “By creating new committees, I believe the Council will be in a better position to serve what should be its larger goal — improving alumni citizenship,” says Alumni Council President Frances Ross Nolan ’77.

In conjunction with Alumni Weekend, the school will hold a Directors’ Dinner on Thursday night to thank members of the school’s top giving societies. To get your invitation, visit

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Alumni Weekend 2012 Sneak a Peak!


Visit with friends. Go to class. Hit the cross country trails. Sing with the choir. Cheer Springs to victory.

Thursday, April 12 – Sunday, April 15

Graduates will have the chance to go back in time and experience many of the things that made their ISS years special during Alumni Weekend 2012, slated for April 12-15. While reuniting with classmates and faculty, alumni can go to a class or choir on Friday, attend a panel discussion with students on “Energy and the Environment” (the school’s year-long theme) on Thursday, or cheer at the Alumni vs. Faculty-Student Scholars Bowl and the Varsity Girls Soccer match on Saturday. Other highlights of the weekend will include presentation of the Outstanding Alum Award during the Friday evening Alumni Reception, and class reunion parties (for class years ending in “2” and “7”) on Saturday night. See the Alumni Weekend Schedule on this page for the full schedule. For more information, visit alumniweekend2012 or contact Director of Development Beth Mulvey at or (205) 332-0591.

Thursday, April 12

10:20 a.m. Energy and the Environment Panel Discussion with Student Body – Concert Hall 6:30 p.m. Directors’ Dinner (by invitation only for members of the Leadership, Armstrong, Founder’s and Town Meeting giving societies) Friday, April 13

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Attend Your Favorite Classes (Register today at!) 11:30 a.m. Sing with the Choir – Concert Hall 7:00 p.m. Alumni Reception and Presentation of Outstanding Alum Award – Location TBA Saturday, April 14


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8:00 a.m. Run the ISS Cross Country Trails – Meet by Town Hall 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration, Refreshments, and Memorabilia – Town Hall Lounge 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Kids Camp (for ages 3-11 – adultsupervised play while alumni are on campus) – Town Hall 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cool Things (for ages 12-14 – activities for older children to do with current Springs students while alumni are on campus) – Town Hall 9:45 a.m. Campus Tours (led by current students) – Depart from Town Hall 10:30 a.m. ISSINFO (Q&A of ISS happenings) – John Badham Theater 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Informal Lunch – Dining Hall 1:00 p.m. Choir and Ensemble Performances – Concert Hall 1:30 p.m. Alumni vs. Faculty and Students Scholars Bowl (cheer on alumni peers as they face famous faculty and current Scholars Bowl stars) – Concert Hall 3:00 p.m. Varsity Girls Soccer Game – Springs vs. Holy Spirit – Ray Woodard Field Evening Individual Class Parties (for class years ending in “2” and “7”) – Various Locations

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8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Service Project: Prepare Beds in the Fertile Minds Learning Garden 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast – Dining Hall 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Reflection by the Lake, Heeseob Lee ’12, Cello – Lapidus Gazebo 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Brunch – Dining Hall

Ready for Reunion? Class agents for class years ending in “2” and “7” will contact classmates about class reunion parties. Please email your class agent (listed below) to update your contact information so you can learn about your reunion! 1957 McGehee Porter, 1962

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Parents Association Off and Running The Parents Association is off and running this school year! Building community has been a key focus of the Parents Association so far this year, as the group hosted a dinner on campus for parents of new students and boarders on the opening weekend of school, organized potluck dinners for parents from each grade during the month of September, provided refreshments for the September 25 Parents Day, and organized the Food 101 fundraiser in October.

Faculty Lead the Way Faculty Annual Fund Giving for 2011-2012 is already at 100 percent! Every full-time faculty and staff member started the school year by making a pledge or gift to the Annual Fund, which bridges the gap between what the school receives in tuition revenue and what it costs to educate our students. “Their commitment is a fantastic show of support for Springs,” says ISS Director of Development Beth Mulvey. “We hope parents and alumni will be encouraged to join them and make gifts to the Annual Fund as well.” For information on how to make a gift, see “Giving to Springs Has Never Been Easier” on page 11.

As has been its custom for several years, the Parents Association is also providing weekly snacks for boarding students — refreshments that are “highly anticipated and help provide a touch of home for boarders,” according to Parents Association President Bev Marson. In a new initiative, the Parents Association has created a Spirit Committee that has been charged with developing Spirit Wear for the school. Springs T-shirts, sweatshirts, and other items are part of the ISS line, which will be available in the coming weeks. “The year is off to a terrific start, and we welcome the involvement of all of our parents as the year continues,” Marson says. For more information on the Parents Association, contact Marson at

(Above) 2011-2012 ISS faculty and staff pose for their annual photo.


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Food 101 Bon appétit! Food 101 was held October 15 on the Springs campus, generating fun, food and donations for the ISS Annual Fund. Flip Burger Boutique’s Scott Bourgeois, Ron Stewart ’73 and Trina Heglar (pictured) took part in the Parents Association’s third annual “101” fundraiser, along with other restaurants from the Birmingham area. Other highlights of the evening were a Parent Iron Chef Competition – won by Marie Baxley and Tom Barr – classes and a silent auction. Many thanks to the Food 101 Planning Committee, led by Elizabeth North, for a wonderful night!



Planned Giving

We hope you got the message! Students including Ilana Engel ’12 (pictured) made calls to donors to the 2010-2011 Annual Fund in September to thank them for supporting Springs. Thank you for your generosity!

Many alumni and friends of Indian Springs School have let the Development Office know that ISS is in their estate plans. If you wish to join them, you can make ISS a beneficiary of your: retirement plan life insurance policy charitable trust will

Giving to Springs Has Never Been Easier! Choose whatever timing and method works best for you, and make your pledge or gift today!

“Planned Giving is a great way to help perpetuate the place and program that has meant so much to you and will mean so much to future generations of Birmingham-area residents, as well as students from the Southeast and beyond,” says Director of Development Beth Mulvey. “Please let us know that you are planning for Springs’ future as well.” For more information, visit plannedgiving/letterofintent.


Checks payable to ISS can be sent to: Development Office, Indian Springs School, 190 Woodward Drive, Indian Springs, AL 35124. Online Giving

Visit Monthly Credit Card Payments

Contact Kathyrn D’Arcy in the Development Office to set up your schedule. She can be reached at (205) 332-0592 or Securities

Transfer stock to RBC Capital Markets Corporation, DTC #0235, Account #871—12652 Indian Springs School. Please also directly notify Springs of your gift. Wire Transfer

Please send wire transfers to: Regions Bank Birmingham, AL Account Name: Indian Springs School Account Number: 0004174178 Routing Number: 062000019 Swift Code: UPNBUS44 Pledges

Pledge now, pay later, and help us know we will reach our Annual Fund goal by June 20, 2012. To make your pledge, contact Kathyrn D’Arcy in the Development Office at or (205) 332-0592.

Goodrich Generosity Mike Goodrich Jr. ’90; William Kamkwamba, author of the The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind; and ISS Director Gareth Vaughan visit before Kamkwamba’s lecture during his two-day visit to ISS (see page 6). His visit to ISS was made possible by the Goodrich Lecture Fund, named for Goodrich’s grandfather, former board member Henry Goodrich. Many thanks to the Goodrich family for their generosity!





annual report Indian Springs School’s financial picture continues to improve with the Board and Administration’s commitment to reaching a balanced budget and the generous support of the entire community. Careful budgeting and spending, prudent management of financial aid dollars, increased revenue streams, and a record year in annual giving were highlights of the 2010-2011 fiscal year. Springs’ existence is only possible through the dedication of its volunteers and the generosity of its alumni, parents, and friends. Thank you for the outpouring of attention and support that carried our students and faculty through another marvelous year.

Financial Statements

JULY 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011

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gifts for current operations

Annual Fund–Unrestricted Annual Fund–Restricted

$ 493,028 59,695

Tuition and Fees Annual Fund

$ 6,208,337 552,723

Total Annual Fund

$ 552,723

Total Income

$ 6,761,060

Endowment Draw

$ 653,382


Restricted for Donor–Designated Purposes Learning Through Living Campaign Endowment Capital Project Total Restricted Gifts Total Fundraising Support

$ 66,450 264,150 10,000 254,150 $ 330,600 $ 883,323


Salaries and Benefits Financial Aid Instructional and Student Activities Dining, Transportation and Other Services Operations and Maintenance General and Administrative Total Expenses


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FUNDS Endowed and Restricted Funds support programs and projects at Springs from year to year. Endowed Funds, per the school’s endowment policy, are used for scholarships and other donor– designated purposes to benefit Indian Springs School in perpetuity. Below the fund names and descriptions are the names of those who contributed to Endowed Funds during 2010-2011.

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Louis and Margaret Armstrong Scholarship Endowment Given to a current student who demonstrates good citizenship and financial need.

Joseph Payne Lara Hoggard Music Scholarship Endowment* Given to an outstanding singer or musician at ISS on a yearly basis in honor of the dedication of former ISS Glee Club Director Dr. Lara Hoggard to the school and its students.

Sharon and Frank Samford ’62 * Distributions will be made when fully funded.

Restricted Funds support donor–designated initiatives. Restricted Fund balances are carried forward from year to year. Below the fund names and descriptions are the names of those who contributed to Restricted Funds during 2010-2011.

a ‘Bright’ Idea Impact Alabama’s award of $20,000 to ISS for the faculty team’s victory in the Brightest Company in Alabama trivia contest was divided between the Annual Fund and the Fertile Minds Restricted Fund. The Annual Fund meets our operating needs, and the restricted funds allow for projects that are outside of the budgeted plans for the year. Springs’ partner school in Birmingham, Washington K-8 School, is benefitting from the gift as Fertile Minds Director Bob Pollard has designed and helped oversee the implementation of a garden program on the Washington campus.

above: ISS, Washington K-8 and Impact Alabama representatives show the “big check” that helped start Washington’s garden.

ACWORTH FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP Awards partial financial aid for two academically gifted high school students.

Acworth Foundation IAN ALEXANDER SCHOLARSHIP Awarded annually to a rising senior who shows good citizenship and demonstrates an appreciation of the values of Indian Springs School.

Margaret and Bruce Alexander Rachel Allgood ’91 Julian Bennett ’91 Krista Lamon ’91 and Sam Causey Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund Becca Fletcher ’91 and Joe Impello ISS Class of 1991

Jana Mestecky ’91 and Joey Kreutziger Beth Folmar ’91 and Bill Krueger Jessica and Hubert Liu Wuisan ‘91 Amy Murphy ’91 and Kerry Smith Malinda Browne ’91 and Victor Notaro Margaret Peacock ’91 and D. Jay Cervino Judith Morse Rutsky Donna Robinson ’91 and Marc Sooklal Barbara and Waid Shelton Amy and Jeffrey Sides ’91 Sarah and Will Slaughter ’91 Benjy Thomas ’91 Rebecca Rutsky ’91 and Hal White Seth Wrightington ’91




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FERTILE MINDS LEARNING GARDEN Impact Alabama: A Student Service Initiative LARA HOGGARD MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP This scholarship, given to an outstanding singer or musician at ISS on a yearly basis, honors the dedication of former ISS Glee Club Director Dr. Lara Hoggard to the school and its students.

Sharon and Frank Samford ’62 Dottie and Jeffrey Smith ’61 Ethel and Dick Warren ISS WEBSITE Lia and Rusty Rushton ’74 LEARNING THROUGH LIVING The following individuals made gifts to The Learning Through Living Campaign during 2010-2011:

Susan and Bobby Abroms ’71 Joanna and Al Adams ’62 Barbara and Jack Aland ’75 Kelly and Robert Aland ’80 Cary and Ritter Arnold ’73 Elizabeth and Bob Athey ’59 Marie and Bill Baxley Shay and John Michael Bodnar ’88 Jane and David Chaplin Kathy and Jim Clower ’64 The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Compass Bancshares, Inc. Jeri and James Corbitt Caryn and Steven Corenblum ’75 Sheri and John Corey ’75 Lori and Stephen Dorsky ’71 Dave Faber ’66 Linda and Arthur Freeman ’59 Gillian and Mike Goodrich ’63 Wyatt Haskell ’57 Katie and Barrett Hathcock Liz and Richard Hogan ’71 Jennifer James-Mesloh ’88

art’ful donation John Poynor ’58 is making sure students are influenced by contemporary art at Springs. He made a restricted gift for the purchase of “Sunrise,” a sculpture by renowned artist John Henry. The Henry work will either be hung in Town Hall or in a new art space, depending on future plans.

Mary and Rip King ’66 Meera Kweon Sandra and Tom Lewis ’66 Liberty Insurance Agency, Inc. Tim MacKay ’08 Leslie and David Matthews ’75 June and Joe Mays ’63 Deborah and Bruce McFarland ’60 Cheryl and Burk McWilliams ’65 Heather and Dan Mosley ’74 Gail and Tom Nolen ’66 Jessica and Michael Payne ’84 Dorothy Pihakis Charitable Fund Suzanne Tishler ’78 and Nick Pihakis Pinkerton Foundation Shannon Harper ’99 and Brennan Pitre Lori and Bob Pollard James M. and the Reverend Jayne Collins Pool Nancy and John Poynor ’58 The Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts Sharon and Rick Putman Anne and Darryl Quarles ’71 Nirmal Roy ’02 Gail and Deak Rushton ’78 LaVona and William Rushton Lia and Rusty Rushton ’74 Betsy and Daniel Russakoff ’92 Sharon and Frank Samford ’62 Jack Shannon ’71 Shell Oil Company Foundation

hoggard scholarship In addition to their Annual Fund gifts in support of the chess program and other areas, Frank ’62 (pictured) and Sharon Samford contributed both restricted and endowed gifts in 2010-2011 to honor Dr. Lara Hoggard, former ISS Glee Club Director. The Dr. Lara Hoggard Endowed Scholarship for Music will generate income in perpetuity to provide a Springs scholarship to a musically gifted student from the Birmingham area. While contributions to the endowed fund are being gathered, a restricted fund has been established to immediately supply a scholarship award to such a gifted student. All are welcome to contribute to the endowment and are encouraged to be in touch with the Development Office to make a gift in Dr. Hoggard’s honor.


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SCULPTURE The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Nancy and John Poynor ’58

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SOCCER Bill and Lindsey Barclift Suzanne Tishler ’78 and Nick Pihakis

Special thanks goes to Lia and Rusty Rushton ’74 for providing restricted funds to redesign the entry page of the ISS website. The school has received numerous compliments on the redesigned site! Check out what is happening at

TOWN HALL Susan and Tennant McWilliams ’61

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Rene and John Simmons ’65 Thomas Smith ’72 Linda and Leo Sullivan-Bashinsky ’64 Mary Lee White Sullivan Jeremy Tobias ’03 Donna and Jeffrey Tolbert Nancy and Jim Tyrone ’73 Cindy and Greg Van Horn Dorrie Fuchs and Gareth Vaughan Alina Voicu and Daniel Szasz Mary and Andrew Waldo ’71 Helen Deas ’82 and Randolph Walton Lynne and Peter Wells

above: LIa and Rusty Rushton

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society The Planned Giving Society honors individuals who share a commitment to the future of Indian Springs School by including Springs in their estate plans. These individuals have included the school in their wills, established a charitable trust while maintaining life income, or named the school as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan. Those who have taken similar steps to benefit Springs are urged to inform the Development Office of their plans. More information about Planned Giving to Springs can be found at www.

Priscilla and Eddie Ashworth ’67 Julia and John Badham ’57 John Bigger ’56 Lois Blackwell Kay Armstrong and Frank Carter ’62 Bryan Chace ’74 Martin Damsky ’68 Mell Duggan ’76 Dave Faber ’66 Joe Farley ’81 Robert Friedel ’67 Sylvia and Ronald Goldberg Henry Goodrich Gillian and Mike Goodrich ’63 Eugenia and Larry Greer ’63 Preston Haskell ’56 Ronne and Donald Hess ’66 George Johnston ’65 Muff and Gilbert Johnston ’63

Judith and Philippe Lathrop ’73 Alice and Caldwell Marks Kristine Billmyer and Russell Maulitz ’62 Margaret R. Monaghan Frances Ross ’77 and Bill Nolan Jocelyn Bradley ’77 and Jim Palmer Margaret and Kip Porter ’60 Nancy and John Poynor ’58 Cindi and Michael Routman ’72 Cooper Schley ’64 Kevin Tavakoli ’98 Chip Thuss ’74 E. Leland Watkins Marjorie and Jim White ’60 Allison and J.P. Williams ’77




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fund In all independent schools, tuition, income from the endowment, and profits from summer programs and facilities rentals are the annual operating revenue streams. Your gifts to the Annual Fund every year are vital to maintaining Springs’ exceptional programs and faculty. Thank you for your gifts this year. springs for life The Springs for Life Society: A Commitment to Lifelong Giving is a giving society for those who pledge to contribute to the Indian Springs School Annual Fund, in some way, every year. The following people have made commitments to Springs for Life and contribute to ISS each year. Susan and John Abbot ’80 Kelly and Robert Aland ’80 Cara Adams and David Anthony Elizabeth and Bob Athey ’59 Krissie Ames ’92 and Neal Axon Candi and C.P. Bagby ’63 Callen Bair ’01 Monica Shovlin and Chris Baxley ’79 David Bloom ’08 Gene and Kenzie Brannon ’56 Neely Bruce ’60 Melanie Buffett-Ingraffia ’90 Patricia and Ehney Camp ’60 Lisa Dean ’81 and Frank Columbia Anna and Chandler Cox Christianna and Tom Crittenden ’72 Allan Cruse ’59 Hanelle Culpepper ’88 and Jeff Meier Mary Lee and David Darby ’61 Marilyn and Gordon Doss ’56 Cathy and Mell Duggan ’76 Lisa and Alan Engel ’73 Ginny and Joe Farley ’81 Elise May ’88 and Hank Frohsin Diane and Tom Gamble ’60 Ann and Richard Goldstein ’69 Kathleen and Jesse Graham ’56 Sarah Urist ’98 and John ’95 Green Sally and Greg Hawley ’75 Carla and Larry Hawley ’68 William Hawley ’08 Nancy and Tommy Healey ’62 Ronne and Donald Hess ’66 Heidi Hess ’89 and James Rucker Mary and Mark Howard ’70


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Kelly Johnson ’92 Sara Kim ’89 Emily Hess ’01 and Bob Levine Lisa Hess ’95 and Nathan Lowrie Cecilia and Alan Matthews ’68 Edith and Henry McHenry ’68 Carter McLean ’06 Lee and Mac Moncus ’60 Susanna Myers ’90 and Gerry Pampaloni Molly Myers ’92 and Rick Hatfield Naomi Nelson ’93 and Louis Doench Christy and David Nelson ’93 Julie and Mark Nelson ’88 Marcia and Mike Nichols ’70 Frances Ross ’77 and Bill Nolan Susan Hazlett and Ed Norman ’79 Jamie and Greg Odrezin Libby and Dennis Pantazis Susan Dillard ’80 and David Phillips Elizabeth and Wilmer Poynor ’80 Teresa and Max Pulliam ’77 Laura and Erskine Ramsay ’64 Michele and Rod Reisner ’84 Cindi and Michael Routman ’72 Ginger Grainger ’86 and Steve ‘84 Rueve Lia and Rusty Rushton ’74 Betsy and Daniel Russakoff ’92 Mary Helmer and Mark Sabel ’84 Jay Saxon ’01 Sue and Allan Solomon ’68 Janet Perry Stewart Linda and Leo Sullivan-Bashinsky ’64 Becky Thomas ’81 Michele Thompson ’83 Kathy and Tommy Thomson Susan and Carlisle Towery ’55 Nan and Doug Unkenholz Dorrie Fuchs and Gareth Vaughan Mark Waldo ’75 Ellen and Jim Walker ’80 Helen Deas ’82 and Randolph Walton Holly Ellis ’84 and Prince Whatley Alexa Whitehead ’01

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‘They Can Count on Me’ Multi-year Annual Fund pledges at the Leadership, Armstrong, and Founder’s Society levels were critical to reaching Springs’ goal in 2010-2011. Mike Goodrich Jr. ’90 of the Board of Governors Development Committee was happy to be one of the alumni who has committed to ISS for several years. “By letting Springs know my plans for the next few years, they know they can rely on me in a significant way,” he says. “You can, of course, give more, but a pledge early in the year helps Springs focus on new donors. They know they can count on me—they don’t have to solicit me and I do not have to be solicited. Hopefully others will take the same approach.”


LEADERSHIP level ($20,000 OR MORE) Gillian and Mike Goodrich ’63 Mary and Rob Henrikson ’65 Ronne and Donald Hess ’66 Ronne & Donald Hess Foundation Jennifer and Ben Hunt ’82 Sharon and Frank Samford ’62

Emily Hess ’01 and Bob Levine Malinda and Jimmy Lewis ’75 Catherine and Emmett McLean Angie and Danny McMullan Margaret and Kip Porter ’60 Gail and Deak Rushton ’78 Rene and John Simmons ’65 Sun Hee Lee and Dong-Yun Yang

ARMSTRONG SOCIETY ($10,000 OR MORE) A Z E Family Partners Susan and John Abbot ’80 Acworth Foundation Allan Cruse ’59 Lisa and Alan Engel ’73 Nancy and Tommy Healey ’62 Impact Alabama: A Student Service Initiative Leta and Jim Matte ’77 Cecilia and Alan Matthews ’68

TOWN MEETING LEVEL ($1,000 OR MORE) Judy and Hal Abroms Abroms Charitable Foundation, Inc. Joy and Ron Adams Alabama Christian Foundation Margaret and Bruce Alexander Aliant Foundation Elizabeth and Bob Athey ’59 Candi and C.P. Bagby ’63 Janet and Michael Barry Kelly Bodnar ’85 and Brett Battles Marie and Bill Baxley Elizabeth and Andrzej Blach Chris Bodnar ’90 Shay and John Michael Bodnar ’88 The Bodnar Foundation Elizabeth and John Breyer ’71 Caroline and E.T. Brown ’74 E.T. Brown Family Fund Theresa and James Bruno

FOUNDER’S LEVEL ($5,000 OR MORE) Julia and John Badham ’57 The John & Julia Badham Family Trust Elizabeth and Mike Goodrich ’90 Mike Hase ’86 Leo Kayser ’62 Mee Ok Choi and Tae Jung Kim Jin Suk and Tae Sup Lee


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2010–2011 ANNUAL FUND Springs’ fiscal year runs from July 1–June 30. The following list recognizes Annual Fund donors by giving level in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. Stars ( ) indicate the donor’s enrollment in Springs for Life, and attendant commitment to give to the ISS Annual Fund every year. Listings by constituency and by class can be found at



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happy anniversary! Happy 25th Anniversary! Many alumni choose to make a special gift to Springs in celebration of their quinquennial reunions. Mike Hase ’86 challenged his class to do the same this year and generated more than $10,000 in special gifts from his classmates as they celebrated their 25th reunion in April. Thank you, Mike and the Class of 1986! above: Mark Hase ’86 (back row, fifth from left) and his classmates at the Class of 1986 Reunion Party, held last April during Alumni Weekend


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Jenny and James Lewis Mrs. John A. Lockett, Jr. Leslie and David Matthews ’75 June and Joe Mays ’63 Ellen McElroy ’78 Midge and Mark Miller Lee and Mac Moncus ’60 Sara and Tommy Moody ’64 Sam Moorer ’59 Beth Mulvey and David Noone Mary Katherine Myatt ’86 Molly Myers ’92 and Rick Hatfield Susanna Myers ’90 and Gerry Pampaloni Christy and David Nelson ’93 Julie and Mark Nelson ’88 Hilary and Stuart Nelson ’95 Martha and Bill Nickell ’56 Jose Nonidez ’62 Libby and Dennis Pantazis Jessica and Michael Payne ’84 Ann and Edmund Perry Tonya and Bartley Pickron ’91 Susan Pizitz ’80 Janet and Charles Plosser ’66 Diana and Gray Plosser ’63 Regions Financial Corporation Lynda and Joe Robinson ’56 Laura Schiele ’86 and Steven Robinson Charlotte and Bill Rose ’63 Ginger Grainger ’86 and Steve ’84 Rueve Lia and Rusty Rushton ’74 The San Francisco Foundation Noriko and Nobu Sanui Jack Shannon ’71 Bebe and Loyd Shaw Shell Oil Company Foundation Melissa and Hanson Slaughter ’90 Blakeley and Bill Smith Virginia and David Smith Chappell Stewart ’08 Janet Perry Stewart Merrill H. Stewart, Jr. Merrill H. Stewart III ’03 Peggy and Herbert Stockham The Herbert and Peggy Stockham Family Foundation, Inc. Babbie Styslinger Jennifer and Mark Styslinger Linda and Leo Sullivan-Bashinsky ’64 Kevin Tavakoli ’98 Jamie and Robert Thacker Ann and David Tharpe Susan and Carlisle Towery ’55 Fergus Tuohy ’96 Nancy and Jim Tyrone ’73 Dorrie Fuchs and Gareth Vaughan Lauren Wainwright ’88 Patricia and Thomas Wdowiak Jane Wenzel Marjorie and Jim White ’60 Tom Whitehurst ’68

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MAYOR’S LEVEL ($500 OR MORE) Anonymous (2) Cara Adams and David Anthony Victoria Arrand Steva and Bill Austill Jennifer Bain ’84 Melody and Johnny Banks Amy and William Barr Patricia and Ehney Camp ’60 Lynn and Ed Cassady ’76 Joo Young Kim and Hong Kyu Choi Tonia and Young Choi Jonette and Kenneth Christian ’67 Caroline Clark ’82 and Brad Goodman Connie and Doug Clark Rebecca and Jeff Cohn ’64 Lisa Dean ’81 and Frank Columbia Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Inc. Caryn and Steven Corenblum ’75 Anna and Chandler Cox Susan and Jeffrey Cutler Rebecca Garity DePalma ’80 Anna Margaret and Tommy Donald ’58 Dave Faber ’66 Janis and Chip Feazel ’63 Clara Chung Fleisig and Glenn Fleisig Carol and Samuel Frazier Dana and Jeff Gale ’92 Diane and Tom Gamble ’60 Alice and Paul Goepfert Kris and Kenny Goldstein ’62 Kathleen and Jesse Graham ’56 Sarah Urist ’98 and John ’95 Green Sydney and Michael Green Richard Green ’59 Keecha Harris Carla and Larry Hawley ’68 Nancy Hodges Martha Diefendorf and Robert Hogan ’68 Sarah Horn Kayo and Steven Howard ’83 Debora and Tom Igou Yang Suck and Richard Kim Sara Kim ’89 Jung-Mee Kwon and Sung-Jin Kim Tammy and Russell Kissel Paula and Steve Klein Sheri and Jimmy Krell Georgia and Coleman Lipsey ’60 Cecilia and Peter Loeb ’76 Lisa Hess ’95 and Nathan Lowrie Charlotte and John Lusco Stephanie and John Lutz Tommy Maddox ’69

Cathy and Caldwell Marks ’93 Beverly and Dan Marson Microsoft Susan Brand and Harry Mueller ’62 Naomi Nelson ’93 and Louis Doench Elizabeth and William North Sandy Petrey ’59 The Pew Charitable Trusts Jean and Sanford Pinkerton Janet and Craig Pittman ’74 Don Pittman ’78 Emily and Jerry Pittman ’76 Marjorie and John Pittman J.E. and Majorie B. Pittman Foundation, Inc. Kathy and Bill Pittman ’70 Frances and Merritt Pizitz The T. Rowe Price Program for Charitable Giving Stacy and Scott Pulliam ’85 Sharon and Rick Putman Aileen and Randy Redmon ’84 Elizabeth and Evan Roberts Mary Helmer and Mark Sabel ’84 Darla and Frank Schabel ’62 Jerry Shadix ’68 Kathryn and Richard Shimota Kate and Charles Simpson Judy and M.D. Smith ’59 Mary and Jack Sweeney Michele Thompson ’83 Kathy and Tommy Thomson Margot Stephenson-Threatt and Glennon Threatt ‘74 Judy and Arthur Toole ’58 Mickey and Mike Turner Alina Voicu and Daniel Szasz Margaret Watson Bucky Weaver ’68

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Amy McDaniel ’80 and Steve Williams Janet and Scott Wilson Yang Seon Choi and Jae Jeong Yang

COMMISSIONER’S LEVEL ($250 OR MORE) Norma-May Isakow and Edward Abraham Joanna and Al Adams ’62 Kelly and Robert Aland ’80 Barbie and Steve Arnold ’66 Sharon and Jim Bailey ’79 Sara and Harold Barr Kathryn and Thomas Barr Karen and Curt Bassett ’57 John Beckman ’90 April and Blake Berry Jody Klip ’78 and Jeffrey Black Kathie and Martin Bloom ’73 Jennifer Boll ’92 Jean and Nick Bouler Gene and Kenzie Brannon ’56 Jeanette and John Brockington Neely Bruce ’60 Anne and Don Brunson ’64 Melanie Buffett-Ingraffia ’90 Carol and Harry Caldwell Kay Armstrong and Frank Carter ’62




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Go, Springs parents! Parent volunteers are the centerpiece of every spectacular event at Springs. From the first day of school until graduation, our Moms and Dads get involved and support our annual efforts. Thank you for carrying the Springs spirit outside the classroom! above: 2010-2011 Parents Association President Amy Barr and parent Glendora Mayo at the 2010 Parents Holiday Party

Steve Batson ’60 Monica Shovlin and Chris Baxley ’79 Nancy and Joseph Bean Ruth and Sandy Bean Suzanne and Howard Bearman Deborah and Charlie Beavers ’70 Janie Farley ’76 and Steve Behr Anne and James Bell ’92 Carol and Bill Bell ’73 Ann Benton Virginia Caris and David Bernard Birmingham Jewish Foundation Mindy and Dylan Black Anne and Bill Blackerby Marie and Duncan Blair ’75 Lynn Bledsoe and William Ryan Mary Bledsoe Tommy Boshell ’81 Chris Breyer ’75 Lisa Brockway Adrienne and Julian Brook Connie and Michael Buchanan Barbara and Phinizy Calhoun Elisabeth and Greg Campbell ’71 Denise and Greg Canfield Warren Caris Alice Chen ’86


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Myla Choy Class of 1991 Class of 2001 The Coca-Cola Foundation Matching Gifts Program Sumter and Steve Coleman ’59 George Ryan Connor ’09 Deane and Phil Cook ’62 Mariko and Bill Coplin ’81 Mike Cox ’89 Christianna and Tom Crittenden ’72 Tina and Troy Crocker Hanelle Culpepper ’88 and Jeff Meier June Cunniff Mary Damm ’11 Laura and Robert Damm Kathryn D’Arcy Jennifer Kuykendall ’86 and Marcel Debruge George Dellinger ’80 and Trevor King Beverly and Bill Dewey ’55 Matthew Dix ’09 Flora and Sanders Dix Marilyn and Gordon Doss ’56 Mary Dott ’88 and Scott Deplonty Kimberlyn Downs Sherry and Andy Driggers Eva and Jiri Dubovsky Cathy and Mell Duggan ’76 Elizabeth and Robert Eckert ’64 Elizabeth and Andrew Edge ’84 Judy and Willie Edmiston Cindy and Kirk Edmunds Claire Maples ’89 and Heath Edwards Joan and Jerry Eibner Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Meagan and Jim Ellington Jane and Charles Ellis Madeline England ’98 Shelley and Jonathan Epstein ’93 Lisa and David Erwin James Fairley, Jr. Anne and Rick Finch ’60 Lynn and Kenneth Fisher Anne and Alston Fitts Barbara and Jim Flowers Stephen Flowers ’02 Thomas Francavilla Lyn and Mike Froning Allison and Jeff Fuller Pamela and Howard Furnas Mary Ann and John Furniss ’60 Gail and Chip Gamble ’58 William Gamble ’03 Matthew Geller ’93 Lisa and Charles Gibbs Steven Gilmer ’67 Reena Glazer ’87 Talia and Chuck Goldfarb ’88 Melina and Jon Goldfarb Ann and Richard Goldstein ’69 Tyler Goodwyn ’81



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GIVING THROUGH HOSPITALITY The gift of hospitality given by so many in the Springs community makes a real and tangible difference. During 2010-2011, Angie and Danny McMullan hosted seniors and parents at the popular Toast the Teachers event that honors faculty members. Lia and Rusty Rushton ‘74 hosted a memorable Senior Banquet Pre-banquet Party for seniors, faculty and parents, and Kate Simpson and Caryn Corenblum, with the help of Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, created a fantastic indoor picnic as the choir assembled for the baccalaureate concert the night before graduation in May. These gifts of kindness helped make last year a terrific year!

Carole Griffin ’78 and Matthew Layne Erika Grooms ’96 Charles Guo ’05 Kakki Smith ’89 and Steven Haase Sawsan and Ghayas Habash Carmen Habeeb Andrea Engel ’03 and Kent ’03 Haines Caroline and Chip Hall ’78 Jack Hall ’77 Ann and Tim Hamner Clarissa Harms Linda Harrington Cherie and Jamey Harris ’86 Battle Haslam ’57 Robin and Walter Haynes ’81 Judy and John Heacock ’58 Donna and Tommy Hebson Pat and Billy Hiden ’71 Cynthia and David Hobdy Liz and Richard Hogan ’71 Anna Holmes Kathryn and Edward Hook Frannie and Randolph Horn ’83 Mary and Mark Howard ’70 Carla and Tommy Huffstutler ’81 Ann and David Hunt ’84 Fran Hutchins ’95 and Laura Kalba Jason Hutchison Sue and Butch Hutchison Janie and Robert Hyatt Nancy and Ike Ijemere Kelly and Clint Jacobs Susie and Peter Jander Knox Gil Jennings ’56 Bob Johns Kelly Johnson ’92 Jessica and Ben Johnson ’71 Karen and Leon Johnston Laura and Frank Jones ’58 George Jones ’98 Kate Konecny ’02 and Gregory Jones Joseph H. & Reva Engel Foundation Shirley Salloway-Kahn and Donald Kahn Andrew Keller ’92 Melanie and Jay Kieve Cameron Wells Killen ’95 Katy and David Killion ’00 John Kim ’89 Josephine Kim ’88 22

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Rebecca and Brandon Kirby ’92 Lauren Kirkland ’01 Chris Kitchens Judith and Bob Konecny Beth Folmar ’91 and Bill Krueger Alisa Boll ’94 and Jon Kurian Mac LaCasse Elizabeth and Jack Lacy ’72 Carolyn and Frank Lankford ’67 Mike Lantrip Susan and Billy Lapidus Alison Goldstein ’88 and Alan Lebovitz Don Long Gina and Hank Long ’70 Jun Tsao and Ming Luo Melody and Ben Machen Laura and Mel MacKay Bernard Malkove Greer Mallette ’89 Karen and Harry Maring ’72 Laili and James Markert Miyuki and Stephen Marriott ’86 Amy and Brandy Martin ’92 Kat Martin Charlotte and Roy Martin Laura Payne ’86 and Rich Martinez Kathy Gould ’86 and Joe Bill ’86 Mathews Nancy and Michael Matte ’74 Virginia Bledsoe ’86 and Phillip Mattox Glendora and Andrew Mayo Ellise Mayor Carole and Michael Mazer Scotty and Sam McAliley ’70 Kathy and Lealand McCharen ’69 Catharine Smythe ’89 and Jeff McDonald Charla and John McKoy ’76 Lane and Jon McLelland ’81 Cheryl Killingsworth and James McMinn Laura McMullan ’12 Ruth Ann and Jack McSpadden ’64 Cheryl and Burk McWilliams ’65 Rebecca and Thomas McWilliams ’97 Kofi Mensah Christine and Allen Mercer Merck Partnership For Giving Carol and B.G. Minisman ’63 Judy and Gary Monheit Jenny Morgan ’96 and Jamie Shutzer Melanie and Malcolm Morgan

Anne and Richard Morrison Jill Weeks and Rodger Murphree Christie and Richard Neely Lou and Clay Newsome ’65 Gail and Tom Nolen ’66 Susan Hazlett and Ed Norman ’79 Victoria West and Richard Nunan ’70 Dragana and Mak Obradovic Daniel Odrezin ’05 Jamie and Greg Odrezin Bryn and David Oh ’87 Melissa and John Oliver ’60 Bill Oliver ’86 Cindy and Doug Orcutt Libba and John Owen ’70 Janice and Anthony Pace Jocelyn Bradley ’77 and Jim Palmer Lee Pantazis ’06 Joseph Payne Madeleine and Hubert Pearce Karen and Andrew Permenter ’72 Stacy Donohue ’86 and Chris Perrone Susan Dillard ’80 and David Phillips Julie and Clint Pittman ’83 Margery and Jeff Pizitz ’75 Anne Marie Oberheu and Thomas Plouff Sam Pointer ’81 Lori and Bob Pollard Shelly and Stephen Powell ’70 Elizabeth and Wilmer Poynor ’80 Yimei Qian Deborah and Larry Quan ’68 Ginger and Joe Raines ’61 LeeAnn and Joe Ramey Laura and Erskine Ramsay ’64 Michele and Rod Reisner ’84 Darlene and Roland Rice ’59 Sherrie and Bruce Richards ’73 Jan and Dick Richardson ’70 Nancy and Clyde Riley David Rinald ’59 Holly and Brian Rodgers Cindi and Michael Routman ’72 Charlotte and Robert Russell ’76 Judith Morse Rutsky Anne Ryan ’79 and Robert Goldman Monica Saenz Lane and John Schmitt June Scott

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Kathryn and Thomas Barr Connie and Doug Clark Kathryn D’Arcy Jan Fortson Sarah Horn Dorothy Lewis Melody and Ben Machen Melanie and Malcolm Morgan Ann and Edmund Perry General Henry Lee Badham Minority Scholarships:

The John & Julia Badham Family Trust Julia and John Badham ’57 Chess Program:

Sharon and Frank Samford ’62 Baseball:

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Alan Seigel ’77 Melinda and Cotton Shallcross Virginia and Jesse Shearin ’59 Barbara and Waid Shelton Susanne and Jim Shine ’77 Royal Simpkins ’83 Lorraine and Satinder Singh Sarah and Will Slaughter ’91 Ruth and Jim Smith ’56 Beverly VonDer Pool and Phillip Smith Sue and Allan Solomon ’68 Rita and Clifford Spencer ’58 Roberta and Gilbert Stamp ’66 Lee and Sam Stayer Michael Steiner ’95 Janet and Walter Stephens ’67 Ann and Chuck Stewart ’76 Elaine and Mark Taliaferro ’61 Sarah and Jim Tanner ’64 Caroline Tauxe ’76 and John Tanquary ’74 John Terry ’63 Cindy and James Thigpen Carol and Tim Thomas ’67 Cynthia and Raymond Tobias Nan and Doug Unkenholz Cindy and Greg Van Horn Joyce and Bob Vance ’79 Mary and Andrew Waldo ’71 Mark Waldo ’75 Anne and Mark Waldo Angela and Sam Waldo ’69 Ellen and Jim Walker ’80 Howard P. Walthall, Sr. Stephanie Meyerson ’88 and Eric Warshal E. Leland Watkins Lucy and Elias Watson ’58 Robin and Peter Watson ’77 Leanna Webb Charles Welden ’82 Holly Ellis ’84 and Prince Whatley Kathryn and Ethan White Andrea and Goodloe White ’90 Marjorie Lee White ’88 Rebecca Rutsky ’91 and Hal White Kathryn and David Wiencek Rowan and Russ Williams ’73 Hilda and Willie Wilson Mike Witten ’75 Mary and Terry Woodrow ’63 Libby and John Wright ’65 Lesli and Kneeland Wright Alton Young

Alabama Christian Foundation Mary and Victor Hanson ’74 Lisa and Steve Himic Fertile Minds Learning Garden:

Impact Alabama: A Student Service Initiative H. Drennen Jones Memorial Award:

H. Drennen Jones Scholarship Trust (Mike Goodrich ’63, Gilbert Johnston ’63, Alice Jones Meade, Gray Plosser ’63, Bill Rose ’63 and Sam Wiesel ’63) Library:

Lynn Bledsoe and William Ryan Myla Choy Caroline Clark ’82 and Brad Goodman Laura and Robert Damm Sherry and Andy Driggers Kathy and John English Jan Fortson Keecha Harris Anna Holmes Dolly and William King Carole and Michael Mazer Gerrin and John McGowan Catherine and Emmett McLean Midge and Mark Miller Elizabeth and William North Ann and Edmund Perry LeeAnn and Joe Ramey Lia and Rusty Rushton ’74 Diane Sheppard and Stan Fuller Sharon Isay and Richard Siegel Deborah and John Tabor Dorrie Fuchs and Gareth Vaughan




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Ronne & Donald Hess Foundation Ronne and Donald Hess ’66 Emily Hess ’01 and Bob Levine Science Program:

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HONOR GIFTS Gifts to Indian Springs School were given in honor of the following individuals in 2010-2011: Pete Arner Blake Berry Wendy Bowman Frederick F. Cameron, Jr. Bob Cooper David Doggett ’68 Tim Doggett ’75 Jim Ellington Lisa and Alan Engel ’73 Mac Fleming Julie Gorham ’90 Hunter Gray Monty and Carl Hess ’93 Donald Hess ’66 Ronne and Donald Hess ’66 Jonathan Horn ’75 Sue Hutchison Janie Hyatt ISS Class of 1959 ISS Class of 2011 ISS Faculty Mac LaCasse Mike Lantrip Jimmy Lloyd ’99 Lauren Lloyd ’02 Peter Loeb ’76 Robert Loeb ’68 Thomas Loeb ’72 John Lusco

Melody Machen Brandy Martin ’92 Kat Martin Maria Martinez Gerrin McGowan Magalie Minaud Richard Neely Christy and David Nelson ’93 Bob Pollard Douglas Ray Joe Robinson ’56 Charlie Simpson ’11 William M. Slaughter ’56 George Smith ’11 Shane Smith Alex Szasz ’11 Christina Tetzlaff Cindy and Greg Van Horn Lee Watkins Gareth Vaughan Washington Day Camp

MEMORIAL GIFTS Gifts to Indian Springs School were given in memory of the following individuals in 2010-2011: Iain MacPherson Alexander ’91 Doc and Margaret Armstrong Louis E. Armstrong Marvin Balch Jane Coile Elizabeth Brooks Cox Gary H. Dobbs III ’66 Howard Draper Robert Drennen ’80 Bruddy Evans ’57 Larry Fetterman Dr. Frederic Goossen Dan Harrington

film 101 Last fall, the Parents Association did an incredible job planning and hosting Film 101, a fundraiser that brought more than 200 guests to campus for an evening in which guests learned about film-related topics while enjoying food, time with friends, and a silent auction. The proceeds of the event benefitted the 2010-2011 Annual Fund. Many thanks go to the Film 101 Planning Committee, led by Chair Elizabeth North, who led this second installment of the “101” fundraisers to new heights!

left: Film 101 Committee Chair Elizabeth North with parent Lucia Delchamps and faculty member Douglas Ray at the fundraiser


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GIFTS-IN-KIND Gifts such as books, audiovisual, computer and photographic equipment, and other tangible property are valuable contributions to the school’s programs and activities. The following individuals and organizations gave gifts-in-kind during 2010-2011: Film 101: Susan and John Abbot ’80 Alabama Symphony Orchestra Priscilla Goodwyn ’80 and Robert Anderson Annabelle’s Barbie and Steve Arnold ’66 B&A Warehouse Julia and John Badham ’57 Quinn Balazs ’14 Ruth and Sandy Bean Betsy Prince Inc. Birmingham Children’s Theatre Birmingham Museum of Art Wendy and David Bowman Camp McDowell Century Restaurant Kelly Cho ’11 Daniel Taylor Photography Lucia and Al Delchamps Kathy and Larry DeLucas Diplomat Deli Sherry and Andy Driggers Dyron’s Lowcountry Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar Jan Fortson Elizabeth and Mike Goodrich ’90 Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa Melinda and Greg Groover Sally and Greg Hawley ’75 Hollywood Pool & Spa Inc. Hollywood Sporting Goods Hot and Hot Fish Club Indian Springs Animal Clinic Jean and Drew Jones Jubilee Joe’s June Mays Garden Design Kelly and Richard Kahn Sheri and Jimmy Krell Malinda and Jimmy Lewis ’75

Lovoy’s Restaurant Melody and Ben Machen Magic City Dance Studio Carole and Michael Mazer Anne and Kevin McGuire ’70 MomenTaker Photography Melanie and Malcolm Morgan Morgan Ashley Studio Salon Mr. Burch Formal Wear Christie and Richard Neely Elizabeth and William North Libby and Dennis Pantazis Pelham Eye Care Sam Pointer ’81 Rave Motion Pictures Lee Branch 15 The Redmont Hotel Red Mountain Theatre Company Jack Shannon ’71 Smart Skin Med Spa Eve Herring ’85 and Scott Smith Stone’s Throw Bar and Grill Cindy and Charlie Thigpen The Tutwiler U.S. Space & Rocket Center Dorrie Fuchs and Gareth Vaughan Ellen and Jim Walker ’80 Holly Ellis ’84 and Prince Whatley Yard-A Landscaping Service

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Brooks Hines ’65 Robert S. Hogan, M.D. Lara G. Hoggard Mildred and Susan Hoggard Lawrence Matthews ’64 Julia Viola McNeely ’99 Michael T. Owens ’81 Innes Tartt ’62 Helen R. Vance Ray Woodard

Other: Cathy and Mell Duggan ’76 Jan Fortson Susan Brand and Harry Mueller ’62 Dorrie Fuchs and Gareth Vaughan Alison and Rhett Walker ’83 Emily Sims ’82 and Wes Westbrook




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notes CLASS OF 1959 Bob Athey writes, “The most important news from out our way is the marriage of our son Michael to a wonderful young woman this past April (unfortunately preempting Alumni Weekend in our schedule but fortunately prompting a benevolent invasion of wife Betty’s relatives from Alabama). Michael continues his career in videography in Kansas City and his wife, Paula, is pursuing a second master’s degree. Betty continues a very active retirement. As for me, I continue unretired, now working as a defense expert in four first-degree murder cases alongside some (intentionally) reduced clinical work. Looking forward to the coming year’s Alumni Weekend.”

CLASS OF 1960 Neely Bruce was the subject of an hour-long interview with WAMC, the Albany, N.Y., public radio station, about composing “The Bill of Rights: Ten Amendments in Eight Motets.” During the interview, Bruce speaks of the influence of ISS on his life and career. The interview can be found at www.publicbroadcasting. net/wamc/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ ID=1848029.

CLASS OF 1962 A new Polish translation of Howard Cruse’s award-winning graphic novel, Stuck Rubber Baby, was published this summer, and an Italian translation first published in 2001 was brought back into print. Meanwhile, the full run of his 1980s comic strip “Wendel” was published by Universe last spring under the title “The Complete Wendel.” ISS Director of Development Beth Mulvey and her daughter, Sarah Noone ’14, also visited Cruse at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass., this summer.

CLASS OF 1963 Chip Feazel’s new company, Feazel GeoConsulting, has enjoyed working for a number of international clients during its first 15 months. He has opportunities to develop and teach courses to geologists, geophysicists, and engineers, as well as nontechnical employees in large and small companies. He also advises on acquisition opportunities (both exploration acreage and producing oil and natural gas fields).

CLASS OF 1965 Ray Hartwell has published op-ed articles and book reviews over the past year in The Washington Times, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, and the online newspaper The Daily Caller. He continues his “day job”


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as an antitrust lawyer, spending much of his time representing foreign companies and executives in antitrust investigations by the Department of Justice. He and his wife, Marianne, live in McLean, Va., but are planning to move to Alabama in a couple of years. He can be reached at

CLASS OF 1966 Gene Boggess retired last summer after 30 years as a faculty member in the Mississippi State University Computer Science and Engineering Department. He is now teaching computer courses at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, a state-funded, residential, gifted high school in his hometown of Columbus, Miss.

CLASS OF 1967 Henry Weinberg is living in Lake Worth, Fla., and is Purchasing Director for PetMed Express in Pompano Beach.

CLASS OF 1969 David Ovson – see Sunny Ovson ’04 class note. Clark Smith writes, “I live in Santa Rosa, Calif., making wine there, and writing and singing about it. I write for, telling the stories of the 98 percent of American winemakers who don’t get into stores or Wine Spectator magazine. Those more seriously afflicted with the wine-geek virus might try digesting my monthly column, “The Postmodern Winemaker,” at More than anything, I would love to have some visits from Springs folks, cook you dinner, pour you some good wine, and make some music.”

CLASS OF 1970 Kevin McGuire launched his new website marketing woodworking projects for kid’s playthings at The plans are based on his project books published since 1993 by Sterling Publishing, a division of Barnes & Noble. “On the site, I blog on the history and culture of classic wooden toys — you know, the ones we grew up on!” he writes. “Have a look at the site and subscribe, throw me a blog comment, or email me at kevin@”

CLASS OF 1974 From John Tanquary: “Caroline Tauxe ’76 and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in October. Truly, ours is a relationship that would not have happened without ISS. I met Caroline on Alumni Day in 1976 when she spoke to us all-male alumni in the old Town Hall. Her topic was what it was like to be a girl during that first academic year that ISS went coed. I was clearly intrigued enough to want to know more. We started to date, and the rest is history. We live outside of Syracuse, N.Y., where Caroline is an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Le Moyne College. I am in private practice in psychiatry and serve on the clinical faculty at Upstate Medical University. We have two daughters, ages 16 and 11. With fondest memories and best wishes to all!” Chip Thuss is still practicing as the Medical Director of Occupational Medicine at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. He also spends time each week as the plant physician at the

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Goodyear Plant and on the staff of the MedPlex Suboxone Clinic. His son, Ben ’09, is in his third year at High Point University, majoring in game development, entrepreneurship, and business, and his youngest son, Paul, started his first year at Vestavia Hills High School.

CLASS OF 1975 Bill Engel is still teaching at Sewanee: The University of the South. His oldest daughter, Zoe, is a junior at Indiana University, majoring in non-profit management and fund raising; his son, Simon, is a freshman at the College of Charleston; and his youngest daughter, Iris, is attending the Nashville High School for the Arts.

CLASS OF 1976 Caroline Tauxe — see John Tanquary ’74 class note.

CLASS OF 1977 Tom Sully was the featured speaker at the Antiquarian Society of Montgomery’s fall meeting at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. His lecture was “The Romantic Vision in Landscape and Portraiture.” He is currently painting landscapes and portrait commissions in his mountain studio outside Asheville, N.C. His landscapes will be exhibited by the Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art in New Orleans in 2012. He writes that he will be glad to offer an alumni discount to anyone needing a portrait of a family member or dog.

CLASS OF 1979 Jim Bailey led the sixth Search for the Healthy City study tour in September in Florence and Tuscany, Italy. This residential seminar gives participants opportunities to discuss classics of medical history and public health and visit healing and cultural sites to learn what makes the best health systems tick. If ISS alumni are interested in joining the 2012 tour, they can visit

Leaving a Legacy Members of the 2011 graduation class pose with parents or grandparents who are Springs alumni. They are Dabney ’11 and Karl ’67 Hofammann; Joe ’75 and Joseph ’11 Simonetti; Jim ’56 and George ’11 Smith; Jonathan ’75 and Julia ’11 Horn; Stewart ’11, Jimmy ’75 and Evelyn ’11 Lewis; Chris ’11 and Larry ’68 Hawley; Steven ’75 and Zach ’11 Corenblum; Lori Chetelat ’79, Mark ’78 and David ’11 Busby; and Rusty ’74 and William ’11 Rushton.

CLASS OF 1982 Mary Trechsel-Smyer and her family have been living in the Bay Area for more than 10 years. She recently became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and writes that she loves her work, as well as making art and going on meditation retreats when schedules permit. Her husband, Hal, is a Buddhist Chaplain and Spiritual Care Provider for the Hospice Division at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco; her daughter, Sophie, is a freshman at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.; and her son, Will, is a junior at the Oakland School for the Arts. She writes, “I think about so many of my Springs classmates and always wish there was more news of you all in this magazine, so I thought I would take the leap myself. Hope to see some of you in these pages soon!”

CLASS OF 1985 Michelle Woodard writes, “This year has been one of major change. My job is still great. I love working with the preemie babies at UAB, and I have been there for 16 years. My great news is that on July 17 I became a grandmother for the first time. My daughter gave him my Dad’s name as a middle name, so I know Dad is happy about that! Hope to see my classmates at Alumni Weekend!”




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clASS OF 1987 A British Arctic exploration/adventure film that Celia Carey produced and wrote for the Outside magazine/TV is now online for free at Winner of an Explorers Club award, the story, which aired on BBC and OLN, follows a wealthy British Scientologist real estate mogul who decides that he wants to set a world record, and that his record will be “driving” across the Bering Strait.

clASS OF 1988 Hanelle Culpepper Meier’s second feature film, the suspense thriller “Deadly Sibling Rivalry” starring Charisma Carpenter and Kyle Richards, aired on the Lifetime Channel in August. Lauren Wainwright quit her job as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Goldman Sachs and is now getting her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Yale School of Drama.

clASS OF 1990 Edwin Marty is now Executive Director of the Hampstead Institute, a nonprofit organization in Montgomery, Ala., that creates healthful, sustainable community features and events; establishes farms and networks to supply fresh, local food; and educates the region about healthy, responsible growth. Marty previously founded and was Executive Director of Jones Valley Urban Farm, a nonprofit educational and working production farm in Birmingham.

clASS OF 1992 Jon Cohn is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Texas and lives in Austin with his wife and two children, ages 9 and 11. Laura Thomas’ first novel, Shadow Swans, was published this summer. She lives in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., where she’s currently working on her fifth album of original music ( To support her creative habits, she also works for the National Geographic Channel, she quips.

clASS OF 1995 Aimee Dawson MacKenzie just moved from Halifax to Quebec City, Nova Scotia (with her husband and infant child), as she accepted a tenure-track position on the dental faculty at Université Laval. Before her move, MacKenzie received a 2011 Rising Star Award from the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI). She was honored for her work with the Junior League of Halifax as an advocate for new immigrants, providing them with vital dental care and nutritional information through a triage program she ran out of her Halifax dentistry practice. The award was made at AJLI’s annual convention in Philadelphia in May. Fran Hutchins is in her second year of the MBA and Public Policy Program at University of Massachusetts Amherst. She spent the summer in Boston doing a non-profit finance internship and spending time with Martin Tobias ’95 and Amy Sheridan ’95. “I am busy this fall doing the Danskin Women’s Triathlon, teaching a class at UMass, becoming an aunt, and purchasing a house with my wife, Laura, in Easthampton!” she writes. “Sadly, I’ll miss the alumni party over winter break as we’ll be spending December and January in Paris, where Laura is doing research.”


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Jan Jander designs and builds sculptural furniture, splitting his time between Chicago and Birmingham. This summer, he received his first museum commissions from the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art in Demorest, Ga.

clASS OF 1997 After living in Nashville for several years, Melissa Fortson left her work in the aging and disability communities and returned to Alabama to pursue a graduate degree in library and information studies. She now works as a Research and Instructional Services Librarian at the University of Alabama Libraries. Fortson sings with Tuscaloosa’s Prentice Concert Chorale and is engaged to Brad Green, an Assistant Curator at the University’s Paul W. Bryant Museum. Lindsay Frost-Bhasin writes, “I have had many changes in 2011! My husband, Sam Bhasin, and I welcomed our son, Dhru, into the world on March 23. After several years of bouncing around from Boston to Phoenix to Charlotte, in June we moved to Maryland, where we plan to settle permanently. I also just took a position as the Director of the Annual Fund at Garrison Forest School, an allgirls school north of Baltimore.”

clASS OF 1998 George Jones sends greetings from Pittsburgh! In May, he received his MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. He and a classmate have formed Echelon Equity, an investment fund focused on locating, acquiring and operating a low-mid market business. They are currently raising search capital and expanding their network of business owners. “We’re conducting a nationwide search, so this venture could very well bring me back to Birmingham,” he writes. “Look me up if you have any tips or general entrepreneurial advice. Wish us luck!”

clASS OF 2003 Alex McPhillips writes, “Since 2010, I’ve been happy to join other Springs alums (including several ’03s) who are working hard to make it in busy New York City. There I serve as a press advisor and speechwriter for Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Working at the UN is a challenge; above all, it takes patience and belief in the importance of engaging energetically in our interconnected world. I’m glad to say Indian Springs taught me early on how to live and work alongside peers from different countries. It also taught me the foreign capitals. Thanks, Scholars Bowl!”

clASS OF 2004 Sunny Ovson married Brent Ammons on July 2, 2011. They recently moved to Tupelo, Miss., for his job with Darden Foods. (Left) Sunny Ovson ’04 on her wedding day with Justin ’01, Riley, David ’69 and Anne Ovson

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clASS OF 2005 Tim Beenken is continuing his career in opera. While completing his master’s degree at The Juilliard School in New York City, Beenken performed as a recitalist in Alice Tully Hall, and was cast in several leading roles with Juilliard Opera. He was engaged as a resident artist with opera companies before and during his post-graduate work, notably with Wolf Trap Opera in Vienna, Va., and the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Germany. Most recently, Beenken returned to Weimar in July and performed the title role of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” In the upcoming season, Beenken will return to Opera Birmingham in December for the Holiday Gala Concert, make his debut with Opera Santa Barbara in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro,” and perform a recital in Los Angeles with friend and collaborator Cameron O’Connor. (Above) Tim Beenken ’05 performing in a German production of “Don Giovanni”

Will Granger accepted a volunteer position with the Peace Corps as an English Teacher/Teacher Trainer in Turkmenistan. In September, he started his 27 months of service in the Central Asian country. After three months of training in the capital of Ashgabat, he will teach for two years at a college or university. “Internet use is scarce, so I welcome any letters or packages while overseas,” he writes.

clASS OF 2007 Olesea Cojohari writes, “I was an ASSIST exchange student at ISS in 2005-2006 and really enjoyed my stay there.” After ISS, Cojohari went back to Moldova, graduated from high school in 2007, and enrolled on a full scholarship at Green Mountain College in Vermont, where she studied biology and environmental studies and played volleyball and basketball. She graduated this year and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y.

clASS OF 2010 Vivian Delchamps writes, “I’m having an amazing time at Scripps College in Southern California. In March, I performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company, the oldest modern dance company in America. Also, I spent this summer working as a counselor at an environmental science and nature camp for gifted children in North Carolina called Green River Preserve. I hope everything is well at Indian Springs!”

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memoriam Alumni Alan “Lanny” Pieh ’63 passed away on August 24 in Tucson, Ariz. After earning an associate’s degree and serving in the U.S. Navy, he lived in California, Florida, Tennesse, and Arizona and worked in a number of capacities, including serving as shrimp fisherman and working for a railroad. He is survived by his brother, Jerry Pieh ’58, and preceded in death by his father, former ISS Physical Education Teacher Bob Pieh. Chris Bodnar ’90 died on July 21. After graduating from Indian Springs, he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Birmingham-Southern College. He then attended the Seibel’s Institute of Technology in Chicago, where he graduated from the Master Brewery Program. He loved to travel and lived in Hawaii, Florida, and Colorado before moving back to the Birmingham area to be close to the love of his life, his son, John Patrick. Among the other survivors are siblings John Michael Bodnar ’88 and Kelly Bodnar Battles ’85. Kate Stewart ’93 passed away on July 22. She lived in Birmingham and was preceded in death by her mother, Diane Stewart, former English Teacher at Springs. Darcy Adams ’09 of Hoover, Ala, died on August 4. Since graduating from ISS, she had been enrolled in the Egyptian and Archeology Program at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.

SYMPATHY Indian Springs also extends its sympathy to the following members of our community: Caroline Choy ’11 and Lizzie Choy ’13 on the passing of their grandmother, Evelyn Mae Welch Choy, on August 25. Robert Lichenstein ’15, on the passing of his mother, Elizabeth Lichenstein, on July 20. Hans Misra ’15, on the passing of his father, Vijay Misra, on June 4. Jerry Pieh ’58, on the passing of his mother, Viola Pieh (wife of late ISS Physical Education Teacher Bob Pieh), on September 5. ISS Dean of Counseling and Residential Life Brian Rodgers, on the passing of his grandfather, Jack Norris, on July 16. Naomi Schuster ’06 and Shaina Shealy ’06, on the passing of their grandmother, Pauline Rachman Schuster, on July 14.

Tell us about the newest developments in your life so we can share them with the Springs community! To submit a class note, please email Assistant Director of Development Melanie Kieve at Please specify that you would like your news published as a class note.

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Fall 2011 Magazine - Annual Report  

The Fall 2011 issue of The Magazine at Indian Springs School, which includes the school's 2010-2011 Annual Report.