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What Makes The Lowell Whiteman School Great?

By Chris Taylor

A Message from the Head of School


hat a wonderful time to be the new Head of School at LWS! As Ginger and I arrived on campus this summer, the finishing touches were being put on the new dormitory, and we started school with 14 boys in the dormitory. It has been a busy fall. I hope everyone is enjoying our new, weekly newsletter. Except for the unexpected rain during Desert Week, the fall trips were spectacular. With 75 inches of snow already on Mt. Werner, winter activities will be in full swing by December. I want again to thank the parents for entrusting us with your 76 students. It was wonderful to see so many of you at Parent’s Weekend — we had 62 families represented! This publication seems to be an appropriate time for me to reflect on change at LWS in light of my short time as Head of School. I think most people are anxious about change. Perhaps because my college reading was in philosophy, I find myself thinking of the old problem posed by the Greek philosopher Heraclites. He asked whether, when someone steps into a river at different times, the person has stepped into the same river, given that the water is different each time? Plato later took up Heraclites’ challenge and explained it was the same river, since there are universal ideals, and the ideal of the river persists separately from the flow of the water. Change has stumped and sometimes frightened us for centuries, even though we know it is an inevitable and creative process

between family and school is essential for providing a good education at Whiteman. This summer, as I mentioned in my letter in early fall to parents, we focused on safety, health, and community as we prepared for the opening of school. Our communication was rushed and, combined with misinformation, there was a fear the school was no longer the same school. Through different parent and student meetings, including a recent all-school Town Meeting, we have discussed as a community the reasons and purposes for change. In the meetings, we also asked ourselves what values are important to the LWS community. Starting with the Student/ Parent Handbook as a basis for discussion, we agreed that being cooperative, considerate, and respectful are important for creating a safe, healthy, and comfortable community. We will continue to find ways to better communicate and dialogue about what will make the Whiteman experience Chris Taylor Head of School even stronger. The strength of any school is its faculty. As I think you already The core of the Whiteman experi- know, The Lowell Whiteman School’s ence is a strong academic program greatest asset is its faculty. As I have with exceptional outdoor and travel gotten to know the faculty this fall, I’d experiences for boarding and day like to tell you what the characteristics students. For competitive skiers and of Whiteman teachers are that make snow boarders, there is no better them so effective. Teachers come in overall program in the nation. Further- many forms and certainly in a vast more, we expect Whiteman students to array of personalities. There is no participate in a wide range of activities perfect mold for an effective teacher. such as community service, visual and Our teachers find ways for students to performing arts, and chores. Lastly, participate in their own education and communication and collaboration maintain hope, even when feeling most necessary for the development of individuals and institutions. If we are Idealists like Plato, then we will identify the ideals that ensure that LWS is the same each fall when we start a new school year, like stepping into the river at different times. While times are different and people, courses, and programs may change, the mission and values of LWS should be familiar to current and former students.

challenged and vulnerable. Teachers have high expectations for all their students and know what students need. Our teachers are able to communicate in ways that result in their students recognizing what strengths are necessary to be successful. Academic excellence is an important part of the mission of LWS, and students need to develop excellent critical thinking skills, learn how to ask questions that probe for understanding of a topic, and strive to understand the interconnectedness of all the knowledge they acquire. I’ve watched teachers this fall help students in so many ways, encouraging them up the mountain, convincing them they can make it, and meeting at breakfast in their homes to go over and review material. I want to thank the parents last year who completed a survey asking questions about the school. Your comments about the faculty confirmed what I have witnessed about our faculty: “ability to individualize, small classrooms, and dedicated faculty,” “I think the teachers are excellent and really help to keep the kids on track,” and “I appreciate the strong relationships between students and teachers in and out of the classrooms.” In August before students arrived, the staff discussed Tony Wagner’s book The Global Achievement Gap. In his book, he explains why we need to rethink what skills our students will need to have to land successful careers and to be good citizens. Here are the seven skills Wagner asserts are critical for students to gain in preparation for their future work and citizenship: CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING In a society where adaptability to new situations is valued and where there is a need to continually upgrade products, processes, and services, Wagner found that business executives believe the ability to ask the right

questions lies at the heart of critical thinking and problem solving. COLLABORATION AND LEADERSHIP Knowing how to influence change through collaboration and the use leadership skills will be critical. AGILITY AND ADAPTABILITY Many businesses today expect their employees to think, be flexible, be ready to change, and use a variety of skills and tools to solve unexpected problems. INITIATIVE AND ENTREPRENEURALISM Self-directed people who have an achievement focus and a drive for results are being sought out in business. Taking initiative and leading teams of peers to solutions that bring about successful change is a highly sought after skill set. EFFECTIVE ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION Clear communication of one’s thoughts in a concise way that brings focus, energy, and passion will allow students to be more successful in the workplace and to make a contribution to the world. ACCESSING AND ANALYZING INFORMATION Businesses need employees who are able to process, analyze, and evaluate information. CURIOSITY AND IMAGINATION Highly valued employees must know how to come up with creative solutions and design products and services that are noticeably better than the competition’s. During our discussions this summer about Wagner’s book, we clearly agreed

that LWS students need to have their ideas tested and have the confidence to challenge those of others. Our teachers are adults who talk about what matters, and they create a safe and caring environment where each student is encouraged to take risks, to be curious, and to think. For LWS to compete with other schools, we need to continue to find ways to create an environment where students love to learn and are engaged in their own education. Somehow in this mix of ideals, there are also the realities of budget constraints as we try to provide all the educational services and retain a diverse socioeconomic community of students. The School will have to be creative in finding ways to keep up with employee salaries and benefits as these costs are also increasing significantly every year. Again, we point out to prospective families that they will only pay a portion of the actual costs of educating their children at LWS. This is why we have an annual giving program. We count on the commitment and generosity of so many families, alumni, and friends to assure we will be in a solid financial position and will weather these tough economic times. Parents need to know that Whiteman teachers will be provided opportunities for professional growth. While there is a budget to support teacher development, it is not enough. You have received a letter and a phone call asking for your help with this fund drive. I trust that your passion for the school will result in generous giving. I want to thank Vicki and Alan Rudolph who have chaired our Parent Campaign this fall. Beth Banning, Michael DeGrandis, Anne Baronous, Nora Parker, and Holly Ehrlich have been working hard to raise the funds needed to keep LWS an inspirational place for young people where their lives really are changed. I look forward to supporting the continued successes and accomplishments of our students during the year.

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The Sunny Side of Life:

By Cameron McVey

The New Boys’ Dorm

Iker Lastra `11 plays a song in the common area.


ompared to Kakela Hall, where I lived for 12 years, The New Boys’ Dorm is the sunny side of life. Situated on the north edge of campus diagonally up the hill from the Bunkhouse (may she rest in peace) and down the ridge from Whittum House, the New Boys’ Dorm has unobstructed views into Strawberry Park and on to Mt. Werner. Along with the views come the strong rays of the Colorado sun, and since all the rooms are on the south side of the dorm, everyone benefits from the natural solar warmth. At night and in the early morning the dorm is heated by a radiant floor heating system. I must confess it took us a while to figure the system out. Eventually, Steve Losack, the dorm assistant, downloaded a 24page manual in order to program the different heating zones so that one part of the dorm wasn’t freezing while


The “No Shoes” policy makes for an interesting hallway.

another was roasting. But that’s all been straightened out, and now all the residential students—male seniors and juniors are the New Boys’ Dorm’s inhabitants—are cozy and warm in their new dorm. When you enter the dorm, you are greeted by multiple pairs of shoes all lined up (more or less) along the sides of the entryway. Concrete floors on the first floor and gravel and snow-packed pathways leading up to the dorm make it necessary for all to doff their shoes as they enter in order to keep the place reasonably clean. One of the more dreaded of the weekly dorm chores is the sweeping and mopping of the downstairs hallway, as it is long and tends to get the dirtiest, even with the removing of shoes. The boys don’t complain (that much) and swab away at the weekly build-up of dirt and grime in

order to make it shiny and new again. The white walls of the hallways and the stairwells beg for some color and coverage. I have asked Lainey Heartz, our art teacher, to collect pieces from her students this year to be displayed on the walls of the dorm. Faculty member Margi Missling-Root has volunteered to let me have some of the gifts from past foreign trips to help add an eclectic touch to the decorations. A dorm can have only so many ski and snowboard posters. One parent commented at the beginning of the year, having just dropped off another, older son at college, that our dorm had far better accommodations than the college one had. That was certainly nice to hear as there was a great deal of planning put into the fundraising and actual planning out of the rooms of the dorm. The furniture in each room is all new,

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Tom Vrba `11 enjoying his first floor room.

and has a rustic, wooden flavor, adding to the coziness of the rooms. We’ve decided that the New Boys’ Dorm offers the right balance between modern and old-fashioned, comfy mountain living. I live with my wife, LJ, on the west end of the dorm along with my three cats. Steve lives on the east end, directly above the common room/ kitchenette area. He has to occasionally remind the boys to keep the volume down on the television so he can concentrate on grading his classes’ Spanish homework. Every two weeks or so, my wife and I have all the boys over to our apartment for combination birthday celebrations and snack night. As you can imagine, these events are attended religiously and the boys mumble their thanks around mouthfuls of bacon nachos or chocolate cake.

A view of the New Boys’ Dorm from the center of campus.

Each floor has a washer and dryer. So far, the boys have been diligent about cleaning their clothes on a regular basis (I’m shocked, too!). While some boys keep their rooms very neat, there are a few who need some regular reminders that clean clothes should be put in

should have space for them all as each floor has at least one storage closet. There is also a larger storage area that can be accessed from the outside for seasonal gear like bicycles and kayaks. In addition, I finally have a utility sink to work with! You cannot imagine how much of a help that is come Sunday cleanup time. No more filling mop buckets from the bathroom sinks or shower heads. All the dorm is missing at — Chris Lehmann `12, Sweden this point are the memories of the goofy things its residrawers or hung up and not be dumped dents will inevitably do. Elizabeth in a mound on the floor, desk, or bed. and Kakela Halls hold those memories “It’s my system,” they say. To which I in abundance, and I am sure New reply, “It’s a bad system. Fix it.” Boys’ Dorm, whatever it ends up being I am not sure how many pairs of skis named, will have its fair share of and snowboards this year’s crop of memories as well in just a few short boys will bring into the dorm, but we years.

“I appreciate the friendship that you obtain with all the guys in the dorm, it’s like you’re all brothers.“

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Skiers Spend a Month in the Glow of the Alps

Monday Afternoons Offer Art Outlets

By Gina Wither

Visual Arts—Taught by Lainey Heartz We are focusing on collaboration for various upcoming projects. I hope to put together a design competition for a wall mural in the dining hall. Cam McVey has also “commissioned” us to create some artwork to jazz up the walls of the New Boys’ Dorm. We will be working in pairs to complete some large paintings to ensure that our names and talent will live on long after graduation!

Left, strength training at the apartments (the same used by the U.S. Ski Team). Center, happy student-athletes on the Hintertux Glacier. Right, students take some time off to enjoy the sites (“Only a few minutes!” reminded Worrell).


hat a spectacle we made moving through the airport. People stared as thirteen kids, their backpacks laden with books, laptops, and ski boots, brought in cart after cart of equipment. Duct taped bundles of gates, tuning benches, boxes of timing equipment, skis, skis, and more skis. The ticket agent wondered at everything we were checking. Was it easy? No. Was it what would lead to best possible experience we could have in Austria? Yes. In its second year, the Austria Residency Program offers dedicated Alpinists the chance to spend the month of October in Patsch, a small town in western Austria. It is a collaborative effort between the dedicated coaches and staff at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and the hardworking, devoted teachers and staff of the Lowell Whiteman School. Everyone pitches in to make a project like this work. Teachers work overtime to prepare packets of handouts and syllabi. They spend time with kids preparing them before the trip and helping them catch up when they return. They film their classes with the new high-tech, high-definition cameras and screens that were donated by the LifeSize Corporation ( The kids work hard to stay caught up in


school. They scan textbooks, take tests that have been scanned and emailed, write papers, and even do some photography. They go from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. They train, analyze video, work out, tune skis, recycle (quite the process in Austria), and keep their rooms and kitchens clean (for the most part). Our fearless coaches—Rob Worrell, Eric Cates and Scott Wither—set challenging courses, impart effective tips, and help all to improve. I attempt to run perfectly studious study halls, keep everyone on track academically, and keep us well-fed. We made a remarkable team. Of the thirteen student-athletes, five are Lowell Whiteman student-athletes: Maria Hillenbrand `11, Alex Barounos `13, Annie Ochs `13, Zak Kjos `14, and Olivia Rudolph `14. Breakthroughs were made and I don’t just mean on the hill. This month away, juggling school and training, is quite the experiential teacher. The kids have to be driven, organized and focused to succeed. The Austrian Residency Program epitomizes one of the things I most appreciate about the Lowell Whiteman School. We forego the easiest path in exchange for the path that will lead to richest, most pedagogically sound, and meaningful experience our kids can have.

So, to copy the Visa commercials, here’s what makes for a great trip to Austria:

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13 kids 3 coaches 1 teacher/cook/grocery guru 27 days in country 20 days of skiing (Stubai, Hintertux, Pitztal Glaciers) 114 hours of study hall 21 sessions of dryland (not counting a.m. warm-up runs) 407 cans of red bull 300 lbs of chocolate 1 castle (Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau, Germany) 1 evening of bowling Countless boxes of Apfel Saft (our favorite Austrian apple juice) 30 big jars of Nutella 75 hours of LifeSize videoed classes 438 hours of ski tuning 1 World Cup in Solden (13 patriotically painted faces) 15 Bode Miller and Ted Ligety sightings 1 meter of pulver schnee (powder snow) 40 trips to the grocery store 1 trip to the doctor 1 unleaded instead of diesel mishap 35 signatures of World Cup athletes 1 male overall Austria Cup Champion (our own Zak Kjos ’14!) 13 happy, safe, healthy, and capable kid

Music Class—Taught by Andy Pratt This is an opportunity for students to try every instrument we have to offer including, piano, guitar, drum set, banjo, and various percussions. The intention is to make them comfortable enough to experiment, learn some basics, and perhaps find an instrument that they may want to study more seriously. DVD concerts, music documentaries and

discussion round out the curriculum. The LWS String Quartet will begin weekly rehearsals after Thanksgiving break. This will be a group comprised of accomplished student string players and will perform recitals in February and March. The LWS Choir is in a planning stage and will begin rehearsals in January. Drama—Taught by Steve Losack The greatest gift I have received working with the theatre students this fall has been watching their true selves shine through the interaction with Shakespearean texts. During theatre class, we really work together as an ensemble to break down inhibitions and self-judgments, allowing for wonderfully honest moments to unfold. Currently, we are working on a modernized presentation of Scene II of The Tempest.

Lainey Heartz works with Charlie Lakin `12 in Visual Arts

Camping Trips Test Students (and Gear!) By Derek Svennungsen

Stuck—but happy!—on the Canyoneering Trip. Below, hiking through the burned but beautiful Zirkels on the way to Mica Lake.

Since 1957, camping and outdoor adventure have been central parts of the Lowell Whiteman Experience. With three trips each fall, including the famed “Desert Week,” LWS students have the enviable opportunity to camp in and explore some of the most beautiful and remote areas of the American West. The first two of this year’s trips went off without any hitches; the weather was perfect, the kids were enthusiastic, and the faculty members seemed perfectly suited to their trips. Desert Week, however, offered a wrinkle that no one could prepare for—unruly weather that altered just about every Plan A, and sometimes even Plan B. Rain, ferocious winds, and tenacious mud made for a memorable week. Even with all of the atmospheric turbulence, faculty and students alike came back smiling, proud of what they accomplished in the face of real adversity.

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Annual Giving An Invitation from Steven Southworth, LWS Parent `08, `10


would like to thank all the parents who contributed to the success of last year’s 2009/10 Annual Fund Campaign. Over the past 6 years, as a member of the Annual Fund Committee, I have spoken to hundreds of parents about the importance of annual fund giving. A vast majority have shown their commitment to LWS with their monetary support, but even more telling of the connection that those families feel with our school are the many common stories that we shared—a particularly inspiring teacher who motivated our daughter, a magical canyon dash through Escalante, or an exhilarating kayak through Hell’s Gate, or one of countless new experiences on Foreign Trip. These are the moments that make us feel lucky to have found this wonderful educational opportunity for our children. But as many of you know, tuition does not cover the operating costs of an independent school such as ours. This makes the Annual Fund vitally important to the yearly financial health of LWS. Your contribution directly affects the students who go to Lowell Whiteman today. The level of support is flexible and based on each family’s situation, but I believe participation is a responsibility that is shared by all in the LWS community. Last year a majority of LWS families chose to participate in the Annual Fund Campaign; please join me and my family to help us achieve our goal of 100% participation this year.


Jennings Anderson ‘08 Jean Crosser Applegate ‘70 and Vick Applegate Keith Baker ‘74 The Banning Family The Barounos Family Mark and Angela Becker Jill Mustard Benbow ‘99 Annie Bendon ‘00 Susan and James Bendon Peggy B. Berglund Sara Bishop James Bleshman Tim and Janet Borden Kami Brockway Rodney and Nancy Buchner Mary Cain Jeffrey Carrier ‘69 and Marie Carrier Julie Casper Richard and Susan Causley Corinne Cilli Emily Colin ‘03


Warren and Shelly Collins Patrick and Susan Corser Michael and Sara Craig-Scheckman Barry and Robin Crossan Lin Andrews Cowan ‘63 Walt Daub and Jayne Austin Erin Davis Barbara (former Trustee) and Robert Day Michael and Chris DeGrandis Polly Donald Nicholette Durkan Ross and Sally Dyer Scott and Holly Ehrlich Betty Faulkner Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Aaron and Catherine Finch Lee Findell The Findell Matthews Family John and Karen Fitzgerald Mr. and Mrs. John T. Fort Teri Fostvedt Karsten Fostvedt Joseph Gallina Andrew Girdler ‘97

The bronze of school founder Lowell Whiteman sits on the patio between the Borden Center and the Andersen Gym. Sculpted by former faculty member Sandy Graves, Lowell keeps a watchful eye on the growth and development of his school. Mitch and Stella Globe Michael Goldscheitter and Anne Wiper Gates Gooding ‘01 Robert and Juliette Gorham David Greeley ‘03 Liana Gregory ‘05 Eric Grossbaum Peter Hall Steve and Diane Halverson Amy Harris and Chip Coe Lainey and Cody Heartz Ryan Heckman ‘93 and Katie Borden Heckman ‘93 Tom and Susan Hilb Hilb Family Foundation David and Amy Hill Paul and Cindie Hill John and Amy Hillenbrand Sarah Hoffman The Horner Family Sandy Jordan ‘60 Ted Kahn Evelyn Kraus Kanders ‘81 and Bernd Kanders

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Arthur Kelton, Jr. Dennis and Pamela Kinder Glenn and Penny Klein Kerry Kwiatkowski Joanne “Doc” Lasko Mark Lea Fred and Kerrie Leonard Michael and Meg Leonard Sophie Leonard ‘08 Jonathan Levin Jim Linville Christopher and Susan Lockwood Sunny Owens Lodwick ‘95 and Todd Lodwick David Lowe ‘59 Jeff and Denise Lupear The Malone Family Peter and Roberta Marshall Parky May ‘62 Erika & Charlie Mayfield Peter Mayfield ‘03 Dr. Mark McCaulley and Marilyn McCaulley Christina and Donald McLean David Meyer ‘77

Patrick Meyer Edward and Susan Montgomery Meg and John Morse William and Mary Neal Irene Nelson Matt and Lynn Newman Heidi Nunnikhoven Donald and Jennifer Ochs The Oliver Family Foundation Robert and Mary Outtrim Julia Oxenhandler Jan Eric and Loren Parsons Diane and Charles Petersen John and Ellen Pfarr John Pfarr ‘87 John and Charlotte Phillips Ralph and Darcy Phillips Narda Pitkethly Vivianne Pommier Robert and Sarah Pruett Joe Pyle and Cassi Ecker Julia Roberts ‘90 Dylan Roberts ‘07 Bridger Root ‘07 Nick Rose Elizabeth and Christopher Roser Nalda and Desider Rothe Donald and Janet Rowley Alan and Vicki Rudolph Erik Schulze ‘92 Sally Smith Shwartz ‘78 and Ted Shwartz Andy Simpson ‘69 and Wendy Eder ‘72 Erik Skinner ‘92 and Heather Corkadel Skinner ‘94 Brian Smith and Alli Williams Smith ‘99 Soda Creek Ditch Company Adrienne and Steven Southworth Ellie Southworth ‘08 Jim and Nancy Spillane Natalie and Allen Storie Tamarack Foundation TCD Inc. Bill Tharp ‘00 and Leighann Plummer Dana and Lindsey Thomas Noel and Tina Thompson Elizabeth Tobler Mareo and Mayliss Torito Sharon Valentine-Hatchett ‘77 Kevin and Nancy Ventrudo Chip and Carla Von Thaden Ed Walker ‘74 Katherine Walker

Janet Ward Suzanne Wilson Regina and Scott Wither Anne Wolfe Cher and Jeffrey Zavik Suzanne Zunzer


Foreign Travel Natalie Bryant Ed Walker ‘74 Horse Program Bruce Burrow ‘70 Financial Aid None Arts Joanne “Doc” Lasko Faculty Salaries and Benefits Tim and Janet Borden Katie Spillane ‘01 Kaye Larson “A Friend to All” Award Edward and LaDonna Morrow Jim and Nancy Spillane Misc Restricted Gifts Walt Daub and Jayne Austin Joanne “Doc” Lasko Christopher (Trustee Emeritus) and Susan Lockwood Sunny Owens Lodwick ‘95 and Todd Lodwick John and Meg Morse Jim and Nancy Spillane Kevin and Nancy Ventrudo Ed Walker ‘74


Martha Abernathy Gordon and Natalie Allan Jennifer and Justin Anderson Jean and Vick Applegate Leslie and Michael Barrett Lori E. Bates and Mark Tempkin William and Kristine Bensler Gale and Jane Bensussen Kari and William Burman Linda Carlton Lissa Claussen Chip Cooper Elisa and Kevin Cripps Renee N. Dupre and Eric L. Baker Beth B. Findell Stuart and Susan Fishman Zach Franzgen

Andrew Girdler Jordan Gray Julie Green Stuart and Jane Harelik Grace Horton-Olmos Dr. Dennis Kinder and Dr. Pamela Kinder Rebecca Bergman Lea Christopher and Susan Lockwood Meg and John Morse Diane and R Charles Petersen Ralph and Darcy Phillips Jim and Pat Prendergast Tony Prendergast and Sally Kane Kenny Reisman Julia P. Roberts Nalda and Desider Rothe Andy Simpson and Wendy Eder Deb and Barry Smith Arianthe and Paul Stettner Allen and Natalie Storie Sol and Jeanne Upbin Kevin and Nancy Ventrudo Scott Ventrudo Lauren Ventrudo Katherine M. Walker Ed Walker ‘74 Mike and Janice Whitacre Nina and Theodore Wright Teresa Wright Suzanne Zunzer


Lomax Family Foundation Independence Village of Petosky J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Cantwell, Cummins & Company Festerling’s Marathon Service, L.L.C. James Adams Gordon and Natalie Allan Steven L. Arbaugh Laurie Austin Beth Banning Carolyn Beacom Catherine and David Beacom Dick and Sharon Beacom Blain and Becky Becktold Wayne and Cheryl Blomberg Robert and Julia Boomer Ann and Erik Borgen Kim and R.A. Buntin Corinna Burkman Bruce Byl

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Kaye Candler William and Suzanne Cantwell Joseph M. Caserio Richard and Susan Causley Robert Causley Jennifer and Bill Chope Dennis J. Culliton James Cummins Walt Daub and Jayne Austin Maurice and Anna Marie Day Lynn Dinning Karen J. Donnelly Jerry and Arlene Festerling William and Constance Fisher Kiersten Gokee Joseph P. Griffin Cynthia B. Gullickson Ellen and David Hofacker Carol J. Jarvi Ned and Catherine Kegler Michael and Marilyn Kelly Janice Kopenitz Joanne “Doc” Lasko Austin and Rachael Lomax Trisha O. Ludwig Lane and Michael Malone Donald and Robin McCarty William and Jaya McElroy Margaret D. McIntire Richard and Marlin Milne Margi Missling-Root Patrick and Deborah Moran Joseph and Delia Murphy Judith Ort Evan Parr Gary Pierson Randall and Sherry Reed Maureen G. Ronquist Katherine Rowley Gregory and Pamela Smith Fred and Eleanor Somes Michael and Susan Stern Robert and Genevieve Theisen Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Theisen Lawrence and Lois Theisen Roger and Gail Tolzdorf Patricia and Robert Utter Anne Vosler Ed Walker ‘74 James and Laurissa Wendland Margery W. Willey James and Ann Williams Mark and Cheryl Wojtas Teresa Wright Paul and Joann Zambas


Freshman Perspectives, East and West:

A Note from the Director of Alumni Relations

Two Recent Grads Tell their New Stories

Christine Wolfe (far right in red) with her floormates in front of her dorm at Harvard University.


expected college to be different than high school, but I was not prepared for the extent to which my life has changed in the first few months of being at Harvard. The student body and the academics—at least in this first semester—are a stark contrast to the people and the classes at Whiteman. I have found wonderful people here—

Shane McLean (right) with roommate Brianna Hooks from Maryland attend a DU hockey game together.


y fall quarter at DU has been full of new experiences. One of the things I enjoy most is being in a more culturally diverse setting. In one of my classes, I am the only “white” girl, which is a very different experience for me. It is really the first time in my life that I have had a very open opportuni-


my group of friends formed almost instantly. I know that I will miss them when I come back to Steamboat this Winter Break and over the summer. Almost everyone here has his or her own incredible talent of which one is sometimes not even aware. My friends take really great care of me and I appreciate that they have been here in a time of adjustment. I wish I could say that I was fully prepared for the amount of work that I have here, but I was not. Now that almost all of my midterms are over, though, I feel a little bit more optimistic. There are so many opportunities here that I cannot possibly take advantage of all of them! I write for The Harvard Independent, a weekly student newspaper with a creative focus. I have written about curling, Buzkashi (the national sport of Afghanistan), LGBTQ rights, things to do in November, and the movie Eraserhead. I love to have something to do that isn’t so brutally academic.

Because I have so much work, I am getting to know the study spaces on campus pretty well. There are some truly beautiful places on campus (and some that look straight out of the late 50’s). Our two main libraries are very well stocked, though they can be a bit claustrophobic. I have tried to get off campus more and study in coffee shops. Studying in a café is nice because I always feel as though someone is staring at me hostilely and waiting for me to leave, so I get my work finished more efficiently. I miss my friends back in Steamboat, and I miss being able to drive out into the woods in 15 minutes, but I was ready to leave. When I was in high school, Steamboat could feel very small, and after living there for almost my entire life, I love having the opportunity to be somewhere intellectually and physically busy. I don’t mind getting a little lost in the crowd, something that never happened at LWS. — Christine Wolfe

ty to become friends with people who are very, very different than me. I have become really close with my roommates and my suitemate, who come from Maryland, California and Denver. The three of us have different interests, religious views, family backgrounds, skin color, but we can have so much fun together! There is such a joy in listening and learning about how dissimilar people are from you, and being able to look past that and just be friends. I am really enjoying my classes and am taking 17 credits: Psychology 1001, Gandhi’s India (1885-1947), Literary Applications of Hip-Hop Culture, and Communications: Pop Culture & Media. Each of my classes is a lot of reading and paper writing, but that is exactly what I like to do. My classes also overlap on many similar ideas and topics, yet from varying perspectives, which has been really interesting.

College is definitely a lot of work, but coming from Whiteman, I do feel very prepared. I also feel I have much more time to do my work now, as I am not ski racing at the same time like I did in high school. I hardly feel stressed or overloaded with work, as long as I am efficient with my time, a trait all LWS students learn. After this quarter, I am “stomping out” (as DU calls it), or taking off the winter quarter to go back to Steamboat and continue to compete in ski racing as a PG (post-grad). I am really happy that I went to school this fall, but now I am ready to come homwe and focus entirely on skiing. My goal is to have a good ski season and be able to ski for the DU ski team by next fall so I can go to school and ski at the same time. I have been training really hard and I’m ready to get on snow and have a really good season. — Shane McLean

The Lowell Whiteman Experience

Dear Fellow Alumni, This fall I had the pleasure of spending a month in Steamboat for the first time in many years. Visiting LWS is an important part of any journey home for me. Along with Katherine Green (Roberts) `99, Bridger Root `07, and a handful of others, my “Whiteman Experience” began only a few days after I was born. As I drove up County Road 36 this fall, I was eager to meet the new Head of School, Chris Taylor. I expected to hear about his new plans for the school, his first impressions of Steamboat and his list of projects for the year. I did not expect him to offer me the opportunity of renewing my Whiteman Experience by working for the school. But when Chris asked me whether I would be interested in taking on the role of Director of Alumni Relations, it was easy to say yes. It was especially easy once I learned I would be working closely with Doc Lasko to build and maintain the relationships LWS Alumni have with the school. It never ceases to amaze me how tight-knit the LWS community can be—how LWS people come out of the woodwork when you least expect it. Halfway through a summer internship in L.A., I discovered that my boss’ brother, Tim Haley `63, had been among the earliest students to graduate from LWS. Last spring I found myself eating

dinner with Kathy Hochberg `89, who had found a rambunctious kid (me) who would jump in her lap between classes… on Facebook! Just a few weeks ago I took advantage of shared LWS history to reach out to Alex Horner `06, who, like me, has capitalized on his foreign travel experiences by establishing himself as a freelance translator. Given the unique nature of the Whiteman Experience, I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that The Experience follows us well beyond our years in Steamboat Springs. As Director of Alumni Relations, I look forward to picking up the torch so diligently carried by Joe Roberts over the years. I will be working closely with Doc, Derek (the new Director of Admissions), Chris and others at the school to keep The Experience coming your way. I am excited to see more of you reconnect to share your memories and stories of how your Whiteman Experience has continued – let’s keep in touch! Warmly,

Katie Spillane

Alumni News Class Reunions This year’s upcoming Reunions are for the Classes of 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001. All alumni are invited to attend Graduation Commencement ceremonies, followed by reunion activities. As always, you’re welcome to attend even if your year isn’t listed above. Please keep an eye on our website for details as we get nearer to June 3, 2011, and email Katie Spillane `01 at with any questions.

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John Payne `62 stopped by the campus this summer with about 20 family members. Toye Moses `67 and Art Hilsop `65 attended a small alumni gathering in San Francisco. Bob Carlsen `68 (Univ of Colorado PhD) visited former LWS Head of School John Whittum in Steamboat and recalled many interesting episodes of the school in the mid-sixties. He is about to publish a second edition of his book The War for the Heart and Soul of a Highland Maya Town (Santiago Atitlan), recounting the disturbing story of the ascendant evangelical movement in central Guatemala over the last decade.


Rob Dubin `71 writes: “My wife Dee and I are 3/4 of the way thorough our 35,000 mile circumnavigation of the world by sailboat. We are spending the winter in Barcelona, Spain and this is the first time I have been back to Spain since being here in 1971 as a Lowell Whiteman student. The Spanish I learned from Senor Egues comes in handy every single day. In a few months we plan to travel from Barcelona to Estepona where we stayed as students.” and

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Sarah Bowen (Holloway) ‘74 reports that all is well in Northern Virginia. Highlights of this year so far have been traveling to Steamboat for Joe Roberts’s retirement reunion in June and her son’s wedding in September. Robert Bradford `74 lives with his wife Virginia and daughter Stella live on their farm in Barboursville VA where they have a beef cow/calf operation. Tres Taylor `75 continues to paint and sell his art. www. Roshan Houshmand `78 sent us an evite to her Opening Reception Oct. 7th, Confluences of Culture V, in New York City where her abstract paintings were on display. Roshan has been exhibiting her paintings for over two decades in Europe Tres Taylor painting and the USA, and her work has been featured recently in Symmetry, Cosmos Magazine, and Studio Visit Magazine. She teaches at the State University of New York in Delhi, NY.


Dr. Christina Gayer (Campbell) `84 and her family recently relocated to Iowa, after a nine-year stint teaching at Montana State University. She is now an associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University. Christina is married to Andy and they have three children, Sam, Luke, and Lola. Christina’s new address is: 2363 212th St., Ames, IA 50014. Dawn Fowler `86 reports that her husband retired from the USMC after 23 years of service and they have since moved to Houston, TX. Dawn works at Shell in the Creative Services department where she manages the Package Design group. Matt Touchette`87 sent us a link to the New York Times business feature that profiled the company he works for as a rope specialist, Rope Partner of Santa Cruz, CA. Notes Matt: “I’m putting my knowledge of rock climbing, which I first learned at Whiteman, to work.” www. Joshua Hyman `89 has been appointed Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell University, a huge honor for a surgeon. He is planning a medical mission to Ethiopia in the Spring. Joshua and his wife have two kids, Benjamin 5 and Emily 3, and just moved to Scarsdale, NY. Dave Jarrett `89, the USSA Nordic Combined head coach, was named USSA Coach of the Year and the International Nordic Combined


Coach of the Year. Dave coached the 2010 U.S. Men’s Nordic Combined team in Vancouver to Olympic medal victory and history, marking the first time an American team has medaled in the history of Nordic Combined Olympic competition.

Caitlin Pierce `99 married Ronan Cranley, an Irish Computer Programmer, in Portland, Oregon on August 14th. Whiteman alums present at the wedding included W. Chris Jenkins `97, as well as Walker Pruett `01 and his wife Madeline Pruett.


Andi Burnite `90 brought Gage Goodnough into the world on May 26, 2010. Andi had planned to make her 20-year reunion but Gage’s arrival changed her plans. Andi, Gage and father are all doing well. Congratulations to all. Corby Fisher `93 was only here one year, but “has so much to say about LWS!” Corby coached Johnny Spillane `99, and in 2006 became the youngest head coach in US Olympic history. He founded and runs Caliber Sports Enterprises in Park City/LA. He and his wife Emily have two kids, Keely 3 and Zane 2. His parents were both LWS teachers, and he is embarrassingly sure his life, ahem, started here on campus.

Corby Fisher with Nancy & Jim Spillane

Natalie Beal Williams `95, her husband, Brandon, and son Miles 3, dropped by the school last spring. Natalie is working in the Department of Human Services in Jefferson County, Colorado and owns and operates NLB Consulting,a company that concentrates on Program Development, Program Evaluation, and Streamlining Welfare and Community Service systems through strategic planning and organizational development. Brandon is a lawyer for Qwest Communication. Art Howland `97 will be completing his MBA at George Mason University this year with a focus on Entrepreneurship. Art currently works in the Washington, DC Navy Yard as a Business Financial Manager for a group specializing in coordinating efforts of government furnished equipment in aircraft carriers. W. Chris Jenkins `97 has accepted a new job as Assistant General Counsel for PacificSource Health Plans, a non-profit health insurance provider covering Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The Jenkins family will relocate to Eugene, Oregon, and they are expecting their first child by the end of December, 2010. Buddy Bush Hoover `98, her husband, Shane, and their son, Calyx, welcomed Kalle into their home on November 28, 2009. Congratulations to the whole family. Christopher Cade `99 is in the 2nd year of the PhD program at the University of Indiana.

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Katherine Roberts (Green) `98 just received her “DemonCaitlin Pierce stration Classroom Teacher” certificate. This means she is one of only a few third grade teachers in the Greeley School District whose classroom is open to visits from other teachers in the district who wish to observe how she runs her literacy program, maintains discipline, keeps the kids on task, etc. Katherine has been teaching third grade for six years. She is married to Erik and has a one year old daughter, Siri. What a year it’s been for Johnny Spillane `99. Following his silver medal three-peat at the Vancouver Winter Olympics — becoming the first American to ever win a Nordic Combined medal at the Olympics when he took second place in the small hill individual event — Johnny was named Nordic Combined Athlete of the Year at the annual USSA Chairman’s Johnny Spillane with wife Awards dinner in May. Then to Hilary and daughter Hadley cap that Olympic performance, August 15, 2010 he was named Daddy. Johnny and his wife Hilary welcomed their first child, a daughter, Hadley Ann, 5 lbs. 9 oz., 17 in., to their home. Alli Smith (Williams) `99 received her certification in Medical Massage in Costa Rica. She is also lead therapist and manager at Rocky Mountain Wellness and Integrated Health.

2000s Brooke Schjellerud (Rygg ) `00 married Tor Erik on North Carolina’s Outer Banks on September 4, 2009 and both are presently living and working in their native Norway. Brooke and Tor met while training and competing on a Nordic Ski Team in Norway and both went on to compete as members of the University of Colorado, Boulder Nordic Team. Brooke graduated in 2005 from CU with a BA in International Affairs and a minor in Scandinavian Studies.

Adam Smith `00 completed his Masters Degree in International Educational Development at Columbia University Teacher’s College in December 2009. Tyler Strauss `00 stopped by the school this fall to say hello. He didn’t graduate from LWS, but has great memories of his experience. He is the president and co-founder of The Riders Project: Jessica Webber `00 graduated in 2006 from Kansas Wesleyan University with a degree in psychology. She works as a counselor for youth offenders in Salem, Oregon and was married in June.   Gates Gooding `01 is in his last year of a Masters program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is studying Urban and Environmental Planning. He spent the winter in Steamboat completing work on his graduate thesis, striving to create a scientific and quantifiable study of possible impacts of future development on Steamboat Springs, and conversely, what the impacts of no development would be. Ryan St. Onge `01 competed in the Freestyle Aerials in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics in February. In medal range after placing second in the qualifying round, Ryan’s took fourth place in the finals. Ryan earned a gold medal in the 2009 FIS Freestyle World Championships in Inawashiro, Japan and competed in the 2006 Torino Games. Michelle Gorgone `01 made her way to the final round of the Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom snowboarding competition at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, finishing 13th in the finals. Michelle also represented Team USA in Torino, Italy at the 2006 Winter Games. Sky Rubin `01 has a new job as Senior Sales Representative for eMap International, a small Geospatial Company that sells satellite imagery to clients. Sky works with academic clients, helping them purchase the highest resolution satellite imagery in the world. Ross Travis `01 is an actor and playwright who lives in San Francisco. He is currently performing on Alcatraz Island with the We Players Theater Company in a panoramic rendition of Hamlet. He plays both Marcelus and Guildenstern. Ross is the man on the left, playing Guildenstern. www.weplayers. org/weplayers.swf Ross Travis Veronica Campanella `02 was in Steamboat last winter skiing and visiting cousin Ian Noble ’09 and his family. She’s a 2006 graduate of Colorado College and since graduation Veronica sums up her post-collegiate experience as such: “I’ve worked as a human crash dummy/administrative as-

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sistant at an automotive research company and as an administrative assistant at a bank. I’m still involved in music and have recorded a couple of tracks and am taking a Protools class. I’ve kept the foreign travel spirit, including trips to Bali, Jamaica and Brazil.” Veronica’s address: 321 E. Pedregosa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Britt McLauglin `02 has been working with the Gunnison School District nurse for about two years to get AEDs into the school districts. “I found out recently we have all of the money so all we have to do is order them and they’ll be in the schools early January. Then, we (EMS) will be donating our time to teach all of the teachers CPR so they don’t have to pay for that expense on top of everything else. The Reserve Program (the way we train our new hires and potential new hires) is being adopted by a few other agencies across Colorado, which is cool because it’s been my project for the last 4 years, I’ve designed it from what it was to everything it now is.”

Kyra Marovish

Kyra Zona (Marovish) `02, and her husband Mark had a baby boy on August 14, 2010: Gavin Michael, weighing 6.9 pounds and 19 inches. Kyra reports that he is as sweet as can be. Just before maternity leave, Kyra was promoted to manager of a Goodwill program called Employment WORKS, which provides services to individuals who are seriously and persistently mentally ill or have co-occuring drug or alcohol abuse disorders.

Eliza Outtrim `03 earned her first career podium finish in Sierra Nevada last March, wining a gold medal in moguls. When not competing, Eliza continues her studies at Colorado College, where she is just a few courses away from completing an Economics major. Chris Puhl `03 has settled in England, home to his British wife Sarah, whom he wed in 2007. Chris met Sarah while traveling Asia and India. He plans to soon stop working and attend the University of Sussex. Cali Sparing (Frankovic) `03, was married on September 5, 2009, to Kurt Sparing, from Helena, Montana. Cali graduated from Montana State University in 2008 with a degree in Photography and a degree in Graphic Design. She owns a photography business in Bozeman, MT since ‘08, called Cali Sparing Photography: or Amanda Timeoni `03 completed a BA in Philosophy at Western Washington University in March 2009. She the completed a solo thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail. starting on the Mexican/ California border on April 28th and finishing the trail in


Manning Park, British Columbia on October 9th. She wants to eventually complete hiking’s “Triple Crown,” where one successfully thru-hikes all three, long distance, national scenic trails. Travis Walker `04 received his BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Ft. Lewis College in Durango, CO in December 2009. Four days after graduating he headed for the Art of Living ashram in Bangalore, India, where he spent four weeks meditating and doing yoga. He’s back now and living in Denver. Marian Brown `05 stopped by campus with her friend and fellow LWS alum, Susanne Kurz `06, from Germany, to give us an update. Marian graduated from Colorado College in May 2009 with a degree in Studio Art and spent last winter as a ski instructor and coach in Breckenridge. Susanne is a student at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, where she is studying Psychology. Dillon Dennis `05 is a helicopter pilot, currently living in Hawaii. He just recently hit 1,000 hours of flight time and is now seeking to expand his professional repertoire into flying turbine helicopters, hopefully in either Alaska or Abu Dhabi.

Dillon Dennis

Jennings Anderson `08 is working with Engineers Without Borders (EWB: www. as their Treasurer. He wants to thank Margi and his LWS Foreign Trips for helping prepare him for this life. “We’re working in a small town 45 minutes north of Mazetanango, Guatemala called Santo Tomas La Union. The main project aims to deJennings Anderson liver clean water to a school of about 400 students. Currently there is a 2.2 mile pipeline that carries water from a spring up in the mountains. The spring source is being contaminated by surface water whenever it rains. The aim of our project is to construct a more robust spring that is impenetrable to surface water and reinforce the pipeline where necessary; as well as install a low-maintenance filtration system.”

Courtney Cox `08 is a Psychology major in her junior year at Colorado College. Lauren Ladley `08 is attending the University of Colorado, Boulder and is a Spanish/Business/International Affairs major. Molly Leonard `08 is a junior at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and is a Biology/Pre-Med major. Lucy Causley `09 passed away in January, 2010. Gavin Parsons `09 is a sophomore at the University of Denver pursuing a Business (Economics) major.


oe Roberts’ Farewell Party in June drew dozens of alums, all coming to toast the man with more LWS experience than anyone. To say Joe is revered is an understatement. He touched so many students and faculty over his four-plus decades as a teacher, fellow traveler, camper, mentor, and friend.

Kevan Beall `09 is attending Humboldt State University and majoring in Outdoor Youth Adventure Education. Through school, he has been able to take camping trips in the Shasta area, building snow shelters, practicing avalanche safety and testing, and working on safe winter travel skills.

“There are lots of great things about graduating from Whiteman, but the best is that we get to stop calling you Mr. Roberts and start calling you Joe and count you as a friend forever.” —Rob Dubin `71

It was a big year for LWS alumni graduating from Colorado College. On May 17, 2010, Alex Horner `06 and Scott Ventrudo `06 both completed their BA’s in Romance Languages and International Affairs, respectively. Elizabeth Findell `06 received her BA in Political Science with a minor in Journalism. Elizabeth has recently accepted a position at a newspaper in McAllen, Texas.

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Lauren Ventrudo `08 is a junior at Pomona College where she is a Spanish Literature major.

Joe Roberts Bids Adieu after 42 (!) Years

Stephanie Woody `05 is attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and studying Business Management and Accounting.

Caroline Wilson `06 is finishing her sophomore year at George Washington University in Washington DC, where she is majoring in International Affairs and Global Public Health. This summer Caroline interned at the White House in the office of Health Reform. She spent 2007 and 2008 working for the Obama presidential campaign.

Bri Bremond `08 married Andrew Ballinger on October 21, 2008 in Ft. Collins.

Joe with camera in hand in the early 70s.

“Joe, you are one of great teachers that come along very rarely…. I’m sure all has changed since I’ve haven’t been to Steamboat (at least 30 years) but I’ve always kept up with Whiteman. I can say without a doubt Whiteman will never be the same without you there. Thank you for teaching about life. Great teachers don’t teach a subject but the teach people how to solve problems. Enjoy your retirement. You will always be a teacher, just not in the classroom.” —Roger Naylor `73

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A last look at LWS’s Class of 2010: Back, l to r: Brant Crossan, Gereon Kanders, Taylor Miller, Matt Festvedt, Konrad Becker, Phillip Bishop, Robert Hendry, Chris Hill. Middle, l to r: Hunter Thompson, Victoria Gorham, Hannah Fishman, Anissa Corser, Besty Neall, Clare Southworth, Shane McLean, Molly Newman, Kenzie Marshall. Front, l to r: Chloe Banning, Willow Fitzgerald, Christine Wolfe, Haley Buchner, Sarah Allan, Dylan Thomas, Anna Marno. 16 of the 24 graduates were four-year seniors, and as a group they earned $1.8 million in collegiate scholarships.

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The Lowell Whiteman Experience, Winter 2011  

LWS's bi-annual publication for current families, alums, and prospective students.