Opening Faculty Speaker Starting the year off for the Taft faculty is no easy job, but this year’s speaker, Robert Evans, hit a home run. Evans is the head of the Human Relations Service, a mental-health agency in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He also is the author of two books, The Human Side of School Change and Family Matters, a look at the relationship between schools and family in contemporary America. Evans had a sharp perspective on the challenges of independent schools and impressed the faculty with his understanding of the major issues “We’ve become so obsessed with outcomes that we’ve forgotten the importance of the journey,” he told the faculty, “which is what your students are likely to remember most.” x Clinical and organizational psychologist Robert Evans speaks to the assembled faculty at the opening meetings. Yee-Fun Yin
Summer Fellowships Meg Page ’74 Fellowship • Aislinn McLaughlin ’10—Antigua, Guatemala, with Surgicorps International, a medical mission team of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals that travels around the world performing operations on people with physical defects.
h Aislinn McLaughlin assists hand surgeon David Kim in Guatemala. “The woman had been burned on her hand,” explains Aislinn. “We had to remove the scar tissue, open the hand, and then do a skin graft with skin from her stomach.”
Robert Keyes Poole ’50 Fellowship • Cara Maaghul ’10—Helped improve the standard of living for the inhabitants of the small village of Malakati, Fiji, with Rustic Pathways. Kilbourne Summer Enrichment Fund • Senior Jeffrey Yam attended a photo workshop at the High Cascade Snowboard Camp. • Brian Sengdala ’10 participated in Summer Portals Choral Workshop. • Uppermid Sam Willson went to a pipe organ workshop with the American Guild of Organists. • Nicholas Auer ’11 attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. • Max Brazo ’11 studied architecture through the Julian Krinsky Program at UPenn. • Deirdre Shea ’11 studied Irish step dance with master teacher Tony Nolan in Limerick, Ireland.
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Quarterly magazine of the Taft School