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CELEBRATING RESILIENCE AND ACHIEVEMENT Laurel School Alumnae Weekend 2014 • May 15-19


Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence. — HELEN KELLER


Laurel School Alumnae Weekend 2014 • May 15-19

CELEBRATE... The ground-breaking two-year study conducted by Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls focused on the essential ingredients necessary for cultivating resilience in girls. Along these lines we believe it is important for alumnae to celebrate our own resilience and achievement. Whether or not you are in a reunion class, we hope that you will join us for some or all of the activities we have planned. We look forward to seeing you this May! Kathy Perris Torgerson ’65, Chair Megan Lum Mehalko ’83, Co-Chair

Emilie Collens Illson ’69 Signe Wrolstad-Forbes ’71 Jen Jackson ’96 Amanda Royan ’04 Ernestina Zappa ’09 Maegan Ruhlman ’03 Julie Donahue ’79


Laurel School Alumnae Weekend 2014 • May 15-19

THURSDAY, MAY 15 Reception and Dinner honoring Distinguished Alumna Mary French Conway ’46, Community Leader

Mary French Conway ’46

A lifetime of community service began at Laurel when Mary volunteered weekly at the Women’s Hospital on E. 105 St. A graduate of Vassar College, Mary balanced raising four children with husband Bill and volunteering for numerous community organizations, including Beech Brook, the Alzheimer’s Association, The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Women’s Council, The Junior League of Cleveland and The Garden Club of Cleveland. She has been honored as an “Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer” by both the Mayor of Cleveland and the Association of Fundraising Professionals Cleveland. In addition to serving as a Stephen’s Minister at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mary remains deeply committed to Laurel School and to The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (BRIA), where she served as Board President and chaired a first-ever capital campaign, raising over $5 million to build Kethley House, a 184-bed skilled nursing facility. During nearly four decades as a Laurel Trustee/Trustee Emerita, including a three-year term as President, Mary has chaired a Head’s search committee, served on the steering committees of several capital campaigns and established an endowment to support faculty excellence at Laurel School. As one of her nominators noted, “Laurel School has always given its graduates the tools to make a difference in their communities…. Vision, compassion and commitment characterize her leadership — at Laurel and in the Cleveland community.”


Young Alumna of Distinction Lt. Katherine Wirtz ’05, Reactor Mechanical Division Officer, USS Theodore Roosevelt

Lt. Katherine Wirtz ’05

2014 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNA COMMITTEE

Ellen Ambus Feuer ’74, Chair Nancy Wykoff Sharp ’43 Kay Weidenthal Boyd ’50 Wendy Shaw ’69 Tina Stefanski ’87 Chaundra King Monday ’95 Gwen Gillespie Hermann ’00

Perhaps it is fitting that Kat Wirtz, four-year letter athlete in cross country and track at Laurel, would run the road less traveled for Laurel alumnae. At the US Naval Academy, she was captain of the women’s cross country team, was selected for leadership positions within the Brigade of Midshipmen and majored in mechanical engineering, graduating within the top 9% of her class. She went on to graduate with distinction from the Surface Warfare Officer School and from the Nuclear Power and Prototype Schools, an exceptional achievement in a community dominated by men. As one of her supporters wrote, “She is an outstanding representative for what a Laurel girl and alumna should be. Her deployment to West Africa on a humanitarian mission (to restore peace on the coast) exemplifies the U.S. Navy’s slogan, ‘A global force for good.’ Her duties on the USS Theodore Roosevelt include overseeing the largest nuclear division on the entire carrier and supervising 80 sailors under her command. A confident proven leader, Lt. Kat Wirtz leads by example.” 6:15 P.M. 7:00 P.M.

Reception in the Alumnae Room Dinner in the Dining Room COST: $25 per person; students, faculty/staff & faculty emeriti free


FRIDAY, MAY 16

(activities at the Lyman and Butler Campuses)

NEW 7:30 - 8:30 A.M. Legacy Breakfast — Dining Room at Lyman

Open to all alumnae with a relative currently attending Laurel School

8:30 A.M. - NOON

Green Key Tours of the Lyman Campus

9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Butler Campus Open

for self-guided tours and the Butler Center open for workouts (self-transportation)

10:00 - 11:30 A.M.

Cultivating Resilience: Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls (CRG) — Alumnae Room at Lyman

Ann V. Klotz, Head of School, and Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Director of CRG, share the findings from the 21st Century Athenas Study and the five components essential to cultivating resilience.

NOON - 1:00 P.M.

Laurel Today! Lunch — Multipurpose Room at Lyman

Enjoy a buffet lunch and hear from Upper School students as they share what it is like to be a Laurel girl today.


NEW 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. Take on Laurel’s Project Adventure Course at the Butler Campus

Challenge yourself on the amazing Ropes Course nestled among the trees at the Butler Campus. Certified Laurel instructors will be on hand to provide safe guidance. Must pre-register: absolutely no walk-ins allowed. Limited number of spaces. (Clothing instructions will be sent to registrants.)

4:30 - 6:30 P.M.

Faculty/Faculty Emeriti and Alumnae Happy Hour — Butler Center

Back by popular demand but this year with the beautiful Butler Campus as the backdrop! Enjoy a cold beer, a glass of wine or sparkling water and catch up with current and former Laurel teachers including special honorees Denise André, Diana Wilson, Sue Farrell and Linda Kaplan, as we bid them adieu after 152 years of collective service to Laurel School.

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Reunion Class Activities as planned by Classes.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. — ALBERT EINSTEIN


SATURDAY, MAY 17 8:30 - 9:45 A.M.

(activities at the Lyman and Butler Campuses)

50th Reunion Breakfast for members of the Class of 1964 only

NEW 8:30 - 9:45 A.M. The Mosaic of Laurel Breakfast

Meet Laurel’s Diversity Fellows, current students committed to fulfilling their promise and bettering the world. Learn from them and faculty of color about their experiences and how Laurel celebrates diversity. Open to all alumnae.

10:00 - 11:15 A.M.

Identity, Transition and Growth

GUEST SPEAKER: Susan Freimark, Director of the Women Faculty Leadership Development Institute at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at Case Western Reserve University

In keeping with the weekend’s theme of Celebrating Resilience, Ms. Freimark will begin with an overview of how women react to change, in the workplace or at home, and how we can reinvent ourselves for a successful transition. After discussing self-care when dealing with potential obstacles, participants will engage in interactive exercises to begin an individual action plan for next steps.

Susan Freimark

11:15 A.M. - 12:15 P.M. Mimosa Reception in the Courtyard (weather permitting) and Alumnae Room


12:30 - 2:00 P.M.

Alumnae Luncheon and Annual Meeting Featuring brief remarks by Ann V. Klotz

COST: $15 per person by May 7; $20 after May 7; no charge for Class of 1964

or faculty • Valet parking provided

5:00 - 7:00 P.M.

Four-School Fling at Hathaway Brown — 19600 North Park Boulevard

Open to alumnae/i from Laurel, Hawken, Hathaway Brown and University Schools and their guests

COST: $20 per person paid in advance; $25 per person at the door

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Reunion Class Activities as planned by Classes.

I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday. — UNKNOWN


SUNDAY, MAY 18

(activities at the Lyman Campus)

11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Athletic Hall of Fame and Senior Athlete Recognition Brunch in the Dining Room

Join us as we celebrate the achievements of athletes in the Class of 2014 and induct the two newest members of Laurel’s Athletic Hall of Fame:

Marti Hardy — longtime Upper School Spanish teacher, Senior Class Dean, Director of Community Service, Gator Fan, and coach of the Laurel Golf Team

Camilla Coakley-Long ’94 — first Laurel runner to medal at state track meet, a leader in local best times in 400, 800 and 1600, helped gain recognition for young track program

COST: $15 adults; students, faculty/staff, coaches free

Marti Hardy

Camilla Coakley-Long ’94


MONDAY, MAY 19 10:30 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. 10:30 A.M. Registration 11:00 A.M. Lunch Shotgun start Dinner following play 6:00 P.M. Live/Silent Auction

(at the Mayfield Country Club)

Gator Golf! The Mayfield Country Club 1545 Sheridan Road, South Euclid 44121 NEW TO ALUMNAE WEEKEND

NOON

The Mayfield course features rolling terrain and tree-lined fairways and is known for fine conditioning and fast greens that offer unique challenges to all levels of players. This annual event, sponsored by the Athletic Boosters, has moved to Alumnae Weekend so more alumnae golfers can join in the fun and play a round of golf while supporting the Laurel athletic program. Put together a foursome OR be added to a group to make a foursome. Not a golfer? Join us for dinner and a live auction. Limited field. Rain (no thunderstorms) or shine.

COST: $300/$85 tax deductible for an individual golfer (includes golf,

cart, lunch, dinner and gift—you will be paired with a group) or $1,200/$340 tax deductible for a foursome (same amenities) DINNER ONLY: $75/$15 tax deductible

For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Dave Meyer, Athletic Director, at dMeyer@LaurelSchool.org


Do one thing every day that scares you. — ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

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HOTEL INFORMATION Both hotels are conveniently located in the I-271/Chagrin Blvd. corridor. Call for room rates. Embassy Suites 3775 Park East Drive Beachwood, OH 44122 (216) 765-8066 www.embassysuites.hilton.com Hampton Inn & Suites Beachwood 3840 Orange Place Beachwood, OH 44122 (216) 831-3735 www.hamptoninn.hilton.com


SOCIAL MEDIA Not already a member? Join the Alumnae Group on Facebook and follow @LaurelAlumnae on Twitter. Coming to Reunion Weekend? Tweet about it and use the hashtag #AlwaysaLaurelGirl

LAUREL BOUTIQUE Looking for Laurel apparel or gift items? Be sure to shop the Laurel Boutique, open on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. -12:30 P.M. and 2:00-3:00 P.M.

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ALUMNAE BOARD

2013-14 BOARD

The following slate of new Alumnae Board members is proposed by the Nominating Committee, chaired by Lynnette Jackson ’93. The slate will be voted on at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 17.

Martha Walter Royan ’71, President Erica Kort McClurkin ’97, Vice President* Cindy Cohn Polster ’77, Secretary Elizabeth Sweeney Backes ’78 Gausia Chowdhury ’02 Shannon Sweeny Davis ’89 Sandhya Gupta ’94* April Hawkins ’83 Sara Wolfe Hobbs ’96* Emilie Collens Illson ’69* Jennifer Jackson ’96* Megan Lum Mehalko ’83 Sarah Johnson Morath ’94 Ronda Mourad ’94 Carbery O’Brien ’84* Racquel Chatmon Robinson ’88* Jamie Taylor ’02 Katherine Perris Torgerson ’65

Nancy Wykoff Sharp ’43 Sarah Fagerburg Nixon ’82 Mhoire McGrath Cade ’83 Chaundra King Monday ’95 Nicole Brown ’04 Ernestina Zappa ’09 Cindy Cohn Polster ’77 for Vice President

*Term expires in May 2014


Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. — ROBERT F. KENNEDY


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Laurel School Alumnae Weekend 2014 Invitation