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The Alumni Magazine of Peabody Demonstration School & University School of Nashville
2000 Edgehill is published by the Alumni and Development Office for the Peabody Demonstration School and University School of Nashville community.
Vincent W. Durnan, Jr. Director Anne Westfall Development Director Tom Bailey ’85 Alumni Director Connie Culpepper Communications Director, Editor
Our Mission University School of Nashville models the best educational practices. In an environment that represents the cultural and ethnic composition of greater Nashville, USN fosters each student’s intellectual, artistic, and athletic potential, valuing and inspiring integrity, creative expression, a love of learning, and the pursuit of excellence.
University School of Nashville admits qualified students of any race, color, sexual orientation, religion, disability, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, religion, disability, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, financial aid policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
On the cover: The boys reading in USN’s new outdoor classroom by the 19th Avenue parking lot remind us of something you can also read in Story Forum: school doesn’t always have walls and a ceiling. And, if you have ever tried to photograph children this age, you will know that this photo is not posed. They really were reading.
We would love to hear from you about anything you read in 2000 Edgehill, or, for that matter, whatever you have to say about your student days here.
The editor thanks our volunteer writers and photographers, who make the magazine possible; the alumni who sent us news and photos for Class Notes or wrote to us for any reason; Tom Bailey, Juliet Douglas, and Anne Westfall for proofreading and editorial suggestions; Special Collections of Vanderbilt’s Jean and Alexander Heard Library for sharing photos with us; Bonnie Arant Ertelt, Editor of the Peabody Reflector, for sharing the summer camp story.
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Letters to the Editor
Story Forum First Grade Memories
The Musical Genius of Peabody
photo by B. S. Holden
From the Archives
Colonial Times Live
High School Academic Awards
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Issue 2, 2012
Class Notes This Year’s Alumni Events
Bob Doochin ’58
Were These Your Teachers?
Convocation with Michael Puett ’82
A Teacher’s Gift
Tim Ozgener ’88
From the Editor
t so happens that we are finishing this 2000 Edgehill just as another school year begins. The Volunteer on my desk tells the story of the school year that began exactly eighty years ago.
Equally remarkable are the list of what has changed and the list of what seems just the same at 2000 Edgehill Avenue and in Nashville, Tennessee. We included this cartoon from that Volunteer as a graphic example of “my, how things have changed.” From down the hall come the sounds of children singing, rehearsing for the middle school musical Flat Stanley, Jr. It’s not Gilbert and Sullivan, but more than eighty children in fifth through eighth grades have been showing up at school in the last weeks of their summer vacation to sing and dance together in preparation for their show, which will be performed not in our historic auditorium— which offers too few seats for the cheering crowds expected—but at Blair School of Music. photo by Kimberly Manz
Music has always been a cornerstone of life here, as you will read in the following pages. And we are reminded that Blair School of Music exists because of the strength of the music department at Peabody College in the first half of the twentieth century (see p. 11). But can’t we have more than one cornerstone? The others might include: inspiring teachers (pp. 6, 7, 12, 32, etc.); teaching children to think, not merely memorize (pp. 16-19); experiential education (pp. 7, 10-11, 16-19); students who have been allowed to discover
y mother was happy when I decided to go to USN. According to her, USN was a place where being intellectually curious was encouraged—by students as much as teachers. She was right.
and cultivate their singular talents here (pp. 20-21 and the rest of the magazine). That may be too many cornerstones for an ordinary building, but 2000 Edgehill is anything but ordinary, and we haven’t exhausted the list.
Marc was eager to talk about the book…even going so far as to compare it to other biographies of Jackson he had read. Shockingly, I found what he had to say interesting.
While I wasn’t (and am not) particularly clever, I benefited from being around those who were.
The next day I cracked the spine on my first nonfiction book that wasn’t for school. I think it was something about the Tudors.
I remember the first time I picked up Marc Maier, a classmate, at his house. When I got there, Marc was sitting in an overstuffed rocking chair reading a biography of Andrew Jackson. I had to wait while he finished the page.
It was then that I gained a new appreciation for USN’s culture, particularly when I discovered that Marc was not an anomaly. Pursuing outside intellectual and artistic interests was as common as a weekend basketball game. Nothing influences a teenage boy like his peers. In a culture where peers embrace learning as a personal pleasure, that influence can only be for the good.
Here was a fifteen year old kid happily engrossed in a serious tome of serious history…on a Friday. I liked reading, but I had never considered reading popular, much less academic, history books for pleasure before. photo by Kimberly Manz
Listening to the students who hang around outside my office, I can attest to the fact that this culture is still alive and well. USN is still a place where kids teach each other to pursue their interests and where they can grow up without having to grow out of being themselves. www.usn.org/alumni
From the Alumni Director
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What Not to Change And today, all across America—educators, parents and community leaders are engaged in a healthy, robust and sometimes noisy debate about how we can better prepare our children for the global economy. –Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education
ducational reform now commands an expanding and encouraging portion of our national attention. The topic colors conversations spanning politics, the economy, citizenship, civility, and security, with the potential to bring people together from historically divergent interest groups and perspectives. In this reform moment, USN balances continuity and change. For the past century, schools have proven remarkably impervious to modification. In buildings full of similarly-sized classrooms, trained teachers stationed in each room have readied young people for a world of work that changed faster than the school system ever did.
Our school set itself apart by the quality of this building, of those who taught here, and of their memorable students. Schools elsewhere have faced challenges that in many photo by Kimberly Manz cases overwhelmed the traditional model, to the point that we developed a federal standard for deeming some “failing” in their critically important societal role. The resulting urgency of purpose in addressing this widespread concern ushered in a range of recent models—ways of structuring schools, ways of connecting with students, ways of supporting teachers, ways of defining education. Perhaps not surprisingly, my faculty colleagues find much worth considering in these emerging ideas, seeing also that much of what we currently do still holds up to close scrutiny. In some cases we realize that what was done here decades ago presaged innovations proposed by today’s reformers. Millions of tax and philanthropic dollars, including federal Race to the Top funding in Tennessee, support experiments in creating smaller, more responsive school settings, staffed by energetic new dynamos, or putting new technologies in the hands of teachers and students, or streamlining curricula to link directly with measureable outcomes. Education historian Diane Ravitch wisely cautioned us in The Death and Life of the Great American School System (2010) to resist expecting a single answer, a “royal road to learning,” but the lure of a simple answer persists. Our challenge is to identify the right part of the educational recipe to change while leaving the key ingredients in place. Experience teaches us that the individual student/teacher interaction, in com-
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bination with the opportunity to learn in the company of intellectually engaged peers, sits at the center of best educational practice. From that core commitment, we can and should and will explore extensions on the frontier of schooling. Recent cases in point for us include: n An invitation from Stanford University to form a consortium with other Malone Foundation-funded schools to share classes over a high-definition video connection. n Efforts to confirm partner schools internationally to advance our understanding of language and culture beyond classrooms here in Nashville. n Summer programs for academic enrichment bringing students and teachers together from around the city. n Ongoing work to best support individual learning style differences by differentiating instruction K-12. n Providing more materials via digital media, including individual lessons that can be viewed at home to produce questions for discussion back at school. n Looking to brain science to better align pedagogy with cognition. This issue of 2000 Edgehill features connections to our curricular innovator predecessors, some “back to the future” moments. They remind us that nature walks were a fixture on the 1930’s program for first graders, as they are today. They cite visits to the post office, as part of experiential learning, just pages away from a report on our current sixth graders’ visits to our city’s houses of worship. They mention full-size classroom building blocks, in the same issue that features the recent tech theatre construction of talented USN teacher Jim Manning. Our approach to meaningful change starts with an understanding that we can reinforce what’s best without locking our model in amber. Those who made this school possible would surely encourage us to explore every avenue on the changing educational map, building our understanding by thoughtful inquiry. The great news is that we are free to use our best judgment in pursuit of the best for our students. And therein we find our charge for the future. With excitement,
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A New Mystery Someone wrote “Trial by Jury 1939?” in pencil on the back of this photo. But in ink someone else has written “PDS 1945-46 School Production.” Several familiar names are jotted in pencil: Clara Rawlings, Roxanne Hovious, Dirl Sensing, Elaine Gore, and Linda Harap, all class of 1948. That one-act operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan seems a plausible choice for a school production. We hope someone remembers singing in it or at least sitting in the audience when it was performed on this rather dilapidated-looking stage. Is that our stage? Who directed the play? Who played the leads? What other shows were produced at Peabody in those days?
The Mystery Remains
n For now at least, we must remain in the dark about this game of shuffleboard. Whoever these people are, not one of them was moved to call or write to us with answers to our questions. Still, we aren’t giving up hope that someone will write to us about this photo’s who if not its where and why. Please get in touch if you can shed any light on this game. n We won’t give up. Just this summer we heard from someone who appears in the 2008 Mystery Photo, the PDS band on the front steps. Lucy Katherine Freeman ‘43, now Katherine White, is third from the left on the top row. She writes, “I’m not slow just very busy!”
n Dorothy Colmery Webster ’34 called us to say how much she enjoyed seeing photos of so many of her friends in the last 2000 Edgehill. She reminisced about these friends, the boys she used to date (Ned Wallace, Billy Bilbro, and Joe Cummins), and her favorite teachers (Miss Lacy and Miss Mac). Dot recalled returning to PDS 29 years
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Mystery Photo/Letters to the Editor The most recent Peabody Reflector mentions a summer camp held at the college’s H.G. Hill Camp, 150 acres on the Harpeth River. “For several years, students in the [camping education class at Peabody] helped administer the camp for seventh graders from what was then known as the Demonstration School….” Morris Wiener, a 1953 graduate of Peabody College, sent the Reflector an article he wrote about the camp. You can read that article, and the camp journal written by Elena Harap Dodd ’55 when she attended as a seventh grader, at www.usn.org/publications. Looking back on the experience now, she writes, “I would say in retrospect that apart from teaching outdoor skills and providing an opportunity to live in the out-of-doors, the work of that week at seventh grade camp was to create a community. We lived, learned, played, and coped with the elements together, both youngsters and adults. We got to know each other in a new way. The informal time we spent together and the challenge to everyone’s ingenuity was stimulating and fun, thanks to thoughtful planning and leadership from Dr, DeWitt and his staff. The creating of a community that values each person’s contribution is still important to me.” Who else remembers going to this Peabody summer camp in seventh grade?
after she graduated to find her teachers still there. Dr. Holden took one look at her and asked, “Dorothy, where have you
been?” He recalled what desk she sat in. Miss Lacy, Miss Huggins, and Mr. Beauchamp all remembered her. PDS was
“the most exceptional school in the world.” She said, “It set me on a good path.” Now 96, she still lives on her own in Greeneville, South Carolina. n Bob Rosenfeld ’68 wrote to us after he read the story about one of his favorite teachers. “I was fortunate enough to be a second generation student of Helen Lacy Shane. Miss Lacy taught my father, Louis [‘29], when he was in high school. And when I was a freshman, I was part of Mrs. Shane’s last (I believe) French I class. That would have been 1964. She was so very kind and gentle. I don’t believe she ever told us about her academic background. My father, who became a surgeon at Vanderbilt, remembered that she had such beautiful hands. Of course, when she taught me she had been ravaged by rheumatoid arthritis to the point where she had great difficulty holding a pen. I never heard a complaint.” n We also heard from Al ’36 and Lucy Garrison Crabb ’38, who had visited Mt. Olivet Cemetery not long before and noticed a toppled headstone on the graves of a pair of Shanes in the “Peabody section.” A field trip revealed that the graves in question were not those of Dr. Helen Lacy Shane and her husband, but of his parents. Yes, Mt. Olivet does have a Peabody section, and there we saw the grave of Bruce Ryburn Payne, founder of Peabody college, and of Thomas Alexander, father of the Demonstration School.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Connie Culpepper at 615-321-8011 to share your thoughts on anything in this magazine. (See previous page.)
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The elementary school in 1931-1932
Stor y Forum If we ever think of what school was like in the 1930’s, most of us picture children sitting in rows, heads bent over their work. The girls wear dresses and the boys’ shirts are tucked into their short pants. No one speaks unless the teacher, Miss Somebody Mean Looking, reminds a wiggly child to sit still. And no wonder little boys resorted to dipping girls’ pigtails in inkwells. That’s not Peabody Demonstration School and never was.
Noise, Action, Discussion, Music All photos in the Story Forum are from the PDS/USN Archives or The Volunteer, except where noted.
A Happy Experience: Jean Keller Heard’s First Grade Year at PDS Peabody was noisy and active. Children sang, marched, built with blocks, discussed what to do next. If the children could be dressed in t-shirts and magically transported to 2012 University School, a 1932 first grade class at Peabody would feel at home in today’s experiential classroom. One former first grader’s recollections of her brief time here reveal how important music was in the life of the school in those days, when the college’s music department was growing in importance and sending some remarkable teachers across the street to the Demonstration School. From the 1930’s through the 1950’s, these teachers, some of whom gained a national reputation as musicians, would leave a lasting impression on their students. As part of the 1989 PDS/USN History Project, teacher Diane Clements and Jeanny Haw ’90 interviewed Jean Keller Heard, who had attended Peabody Demonstration School for a year and a summer in the early 1930’s when her father taught at Peabody 6
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College. Her memories vividly evoke what it was like to be a first grader at PDS in 1931. She had “an extremely interesting” year in Mrs. Henrilu Ivey’s class with much “imaginative teaching.” Mrs. Heard describes a first grade classroom filled with music, activity, and experiences for the children. “We had rhythm bands, and it was always desirable to get a triangle. Some people had rattles and others had other instruments, but I loved the triangle.” A flute player named John Benson used to lead parades around the room, the children playing their various instruments and marching behind the flute player. “We had another teacher who taught chorus, a Welshman. I want to say his name was Llewellyn, but maybe I’m making that up. I do know that his hair sprung up on his head like steel wool, and whenever he asked a question, he put the tip of his tongue on his upper lip and waited until the question was answered. And then a sort of aah!”
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Such experiential learning seems to have been the norm. “We each had a row to garden in the first grade. My mother took me to Sears Roebuck and bought me a rake. We could plant anything we wanted. We were absolutely responsible for its cultivation and weeding. I don’t remember anything about the harvest, but that didn’t matter because we were all farmers.” Among the ubiquitous student teachers at the Demonstration School, Jean sometimes recognized someone from her small Alabama home town. Student teachers accompanied the first grade class when they took their “long nature walks along the Peabody campus,” counting trees and observing nature. “Then we would come back and write up stories of what we had seen.”
In the large first grade classroom was an aquarium, “We each had a row to They sat still long “endlessly fasto learn to read garden in the first grade. enough cinating.” The and write. “Mrs. Ivey children took My mother took me to was very much perturns feeding suaded that phonics Sears Roebuck and the fish and was the way to teach bought me a rake.” cleaning the reading, and we had aquarium. flash cards, every “The only scandal of my combination of vowel and consonant.” entire first grade year was Jean preferred the arithmetic flash cards, when a little boy attempted which Mrs. Ivey also used. to flush a turtle down the toilet. The motive for this was never revealed, nor was the punishment.” The following summer, when Jean briefly returned to the Demonstration School, she was That classroom also had “enormous” building blocks, “so large in Nell Parkinson’s class. What she remembered and so interlocking that we were able to build home structures most was Miss Parkinson’s “wonderful stories about Miss Parkinson that we could walk in and out of. We built a post office….” The the founding of Nashville, the Donelson expedichildren took turns being postmaster, having visited post offices tion.” She recalled that one little girl in her class, to learn how they worked. Beth Rush, was a direct descendant of Captain Donelson.
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A Traveling Opera That summer of 1933, the Century of Progress Exposition opened in Chicago. According to Jean, each state sent a “theatrical or musical show to represent the state.” Tennessee sent an “opera with Rip Van Winkle that was put on at Peabody,” and she was asked to be a little girl in the chorus. (Jean’s mother sang in the Peabody Chorus.) “We had rehearsals that went on late at night. Rather temperamental but a very good musical director was a man named Mr. Gebhart.” (Mr. Gebhart also taught music at PDS.) “I think his daughter had the lead in the opera, but I’m not sure. Everybody was larger than life to me. You know, it was like being a member of a traveling circus. It was absolutely marvelous. And then to
have the wonders of Chicago—the planetarium, the aquarium, Marshall Theater.” “[Being at PDS] was a happy experience. There was no intimidation anywhere. There was support. I think every child in that grade felt important, because that was the atmosphere. I expect it was a very good foundation for later elementary school, which was more conventional.” Jean Keller Heard, who died in 2011, was the mother of Christopher Heard ’71 and Connie Heard ’73 and the grandmother of George Meyer ’11.
Mr. Gebhart Conducts “Rip Van Winkle at “A Century of Progress” by C.B. Hunt, Jr., from The Volunteer, October 1933 After two months of extensive work the George Peabody College for Teachers Chorus and Orchestra, numbering about seventy people, presented the light opera “Rip Van Winkle” by Jules Jordan on the Floating Theater in the World’s Fair Grounds. The opera was attended by some five thousand people. Because of the great friendship which existed between Mr. Jordan and Mr. Gebhart and because of Mr. Gebhart’s skill in producing the opera, Mr. Jordan has bequeathed the copyright to Mr. Gebhart. “Rip Van Winkle” was most enthusiastically received, both in Nashville where two performances were given, and in Chicago. There were a number of Demonstration School students who took part in the opera.
C.B Hunt, Jr. ’34, who grew up to become the Director of the Peabody College School of Music, was called “the father of the Blair School of Music” by its long-time Dean John Sawyer. (Find a link to that article at www.usn.org/publications.)
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From The Volunteer, November, 1932:
Mr. Gebhart Directs The Chimes of Normandy by Susan Ann Wallace Do you like to sing or act? If you do you must not miss being in The Chimes of Normandy, the opera the high school is giving this spring. There are a number of interesting characters to be cast, and there is need for more talent. There is the sweet Germain; the hoydenish Surpolette, who imagines herself to be the lost princess, Henri, the handsome count; Grenshaw, the scatter-brained fisherman; and many others. The strongest character is Gaspar, the old miser who goes mad in the haunted chateau while counting his gold. Aside from these leading characters, the opera needs a large chorus; so if you can even carry a tune, come down and try out! (The Chimes of Normandy is the English translation of a three-act comic operetta Les Cloches de Corneville by Jean-Robert Planquette which premiered in Paris in 1887 and had been performed on Broadway only a couple of years earlier. You can hear the overture at www.usn.org/publications.)
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photos this page by B. S. Holden
Our Educational Foundation More than a decade after Jean Keller Heard’s first grade year, the Great Depression had given way to World War II, but at Peabody Demonstration School progressive education continued. A 1945 article in the college magazine the Peabody Reflector shows us, with pictures by B.S. Holden, “A Day with the First Grade in the Peabody Demonstration School.” The photo essay follows a little girl, Eloise Chase, through her day as a first grader. Both her parents were PDS alumni: “the former Miss Isabel Hibbs, and her father, Lt. Bruckner Chase [’29] of the U.S. Navy.”
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Doc Holden’s photos are called upon to do most of the story telling, but certain details tell us that the educational philosophy young Jean Keller Heard encountered in 1931 has changed little fourteen years later. First, the “Adjustment Period” in the morning, when “children work at activities of their own choosing and interest.” Some pick art, a “creative expression of the child’s experiences.” For “Building Ships,” we are told, “Regular work benches with tools of standard quality are provided, and boys make use of
It was a good time to be a student at the Demonstration School. them in constructing things on their own interest level.”
Elementary school’s Miss Viola Boekelheide, herself bearing the name of a musical instrument, was preparing the children for this more advanced study.
Next is “Group Work,” with children planning their day in cooperative groups “in order to get the full measure of value from an activity.” The children dictate a story to their teacher, who writes it on a chart. They read it together.
The program of an operetta in two acts called Maid in Japan performed May 24, 1935 by Peabody Demonstration School at the Scottish Rite Auditorium, credits the music to Margaret and E.J. Gatwood. He was also music director.
Rhythm Band with “miniature musical instruments” shows the child his “individual responsibility to group success.” Story Hour in the library and Science are part of “Exploration and Enrichment.” The children plant bulbs. “Through experimentation they may learn that plants need light, warmth, air, water, and food for growth.”
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Charles Faulkner Bryan, one of the famous musicians who taught at Peabody
“Evaluation” includes comparing handwriting with a standard and with the student’s previous work. It also includes “comparison with the writing of other members of his class.” The children discuss their artwork with one another. “Children acquire a sense of value and objectivity by evaluating the work of and by submitting their own work to the criticism of other children.”
“Evidence of growth is indicated by measuring. It is most valuable when the child assumes a responsible role in the process.” Sixtyseven years later, the belief that a child should assume responsibility remains part of the educational foundation at USN.
Crossing the Street: Maestros at the Dem School For twenty years following the time when Mr. Gebhart was teaching and directing at the Demonstration School, it continued to benefit from the strength of the college’s music department. Some of the most accomplished professors taught on both sides of Edgehill Avenue. Thus the small PDS faculty included a surprising number of music teachers. In 1933, piano teachers Rose McGregor and Marguerite Myers are listed in the faculty roster of The Volunteer as “Special Teachers.” Mrs. Gebhart taught piano when her husband taught something called “public school music” in the ’30’s. Sometimes violin teachers (Andrew Ponder, Hazel Gentry, Mrs. Greg Oman) appeared on this roster too.
In a 2004 letter to this magazine, Dean Gatwood ’36 writes that his father first came to Peabody College in 1922, leaving in 1928 and returning in 1934. He taught at PDS while he was at the college. Dean and his wife Grace Gentry Gatwood were in the chorus of Maid in Japan, and the next year Dean had a solo part in the operetta Bon Voyage, which his parents wrote.
Other PDS students in those days could add names to the list: Thomas Cowan; Charles B. Hunt ’34, former music critic for The Volunteer who would grow up to teach music at his alma mater. Don Follis ’52 wrote to us about Charles Bryan, who taught at Peabody in the 1950’s. In his history of Peabody College, Paul Conkin describes the music department as the college’s largest, with nine professors and four instructors in the post-war years. It occupied the top floor of what was then known as the Social Religious building, across the Peabody Green from us and now called the Wyatt Center. Conkin writes, “By 1951, more than half of the musicians in the new Nashville Symphony—fifty-one—had a Peabody connection.” Peabody College was at the cultural center of Nashville, and some of that light shone on PDS. Famous composer Roy Harris taught at Peabody in 1949 and 1950 and in the summers of 1949, 1950, and 1951. Perhaps Harris never darkened the door of the Demonstration School, but the man Conkin describes as the “second Peabody composer of note” certainly did: Charles F. Bryan. His “Bell Witch Cantata” was performed at Carnegie Hall. Conkin calls Bryan’s time at Peabody in the early 1950’s the “boom years,” with veterans filling the college campus. It was a good time to be a student at the Demonstration School.
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A Musical Pioneer: Charles Faulkner Bryan Don Follis ’52, an alumnus of the choral program, wrote to his classmates after Reunion about their director Charles Faulkner Bryan, a “treasure.” “Charles Faulkner Bryan (1911-1955) was a native of McMinnville, Tennessee. A historical marker on the town square* recognizes his accomplishments as a pioneer and a scholar in the distinctive study of American folk music. Before becoming a member of the faculty of Peabody College and the Dem School, he directed music programs at what is now Tennessee Tech University, and a new and impressive facility on the campus was named the Bryan Fine Arts Center.” When he was a boy in McMinnville, Charles Bryan made a musical instrument from a turtle shell and a coffee can. That creative act was just the beginning of a life devoted to music: teaching young people to sing, composing and arranging, sharing the folk music he loved with as many people as he could. The turtle shell and coffee can proved to be a precursor to the hammered dulcimer he played and helped promote from obscurity. A significant and productive part of his short life was spent right here at Peabody Demonstration School or across the street at the college. (He died at age 43 in 1955, having left Peabody in 1952.) Last fall Tennessee Technological University, whose orchestra is named after Charles Bryan, devoted a day and evening to commemorating the centennial of his birth. Bryan’s biographer Carolyn Livingston spoke. The TTU orchestra and the Tech chorale performed a concert of selections written by Bryan. In The Bulletin of Historical Research in Music Education, Livingston makes a case for Bryan’s importance in making American folk music acceptable in the classroom and the concert hall long before its 1960’s popularity. She quotes an unpublished 1948 paper by Bryan lamenting the fact that only European folksongs were “thought to be very great and refined.” He worked to 12
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A “Dem School icon,” the Madrigals, directed by Charles Bryan, sang at the 1952 Commencement
*The marker reads, “A native of Warren County, Charles Faulkner Bryan was a pioneer in the study of American folk music. Through his talented efforts this distinctively American form of musical expression gained worldwide fame and appreciation. He worked closely with the people of the Southern mountains and coves in the study of this music, but his work earned a permanent place of honor and distinction in the highest ranks of academic and scholarly achievement.” Vanderbilt University Special Collections and University Archives
change the prejudice against American music. While he was at Peabody from 19471952, Charles Bryan collaborated with George Pullen Jackson, a musician, scholar, and professor of German at Vanderbilt University, on two collections of music: American Folk Music for High School and Sing, Brothers, Sing. He also wrote the score for a play about snake-handlers, Strangers in This World, by Brainard Cheney, one of the Agrarians**. Later he collaborated with Agrarian poet Donald Davidson, who was also a Fugitive**, on the folk opera Singin’ Billy. You can read more about Bryan’s work at www.usn.org/publications. What is mentioned here barely scratches the surface.
**The Vanderbilt English department was the center of these famous and overlapping literary movements. While Peabody seemed the center of musical high culture in Nashville and perhaps all of Tennessee, those nearby offices at Vanderbilt loomed even larger in the literary world. A musician who believed we should better appreciate our folk heritage could find much common ground with those who argued that Southern culture should be preserved from the creeping industrialization and soullessness of the North. Of course, it could be argued that Peabody College was founded (by Northern industrialists) to promote exactly that by training public school teachers for the rural schools of the lagging South.
Some Things Have Changed USN’s Class of 2012, 84 strong, now attends 63 different schools. PDS’s Class of 1933 went to thirteen colleges: Vanderbilt (18), Peabody (13), Ward-Belmont (4), Miami of Ohio, Stevens, Leland Stanford, University of Washington, Wheaton, Purdue, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sewanee, Brenau, and Maryville. USN Class of 2012 Matriculation Allegheny College American University University of Arizona Auburn University Bard College Barnard College Belmont University Birmingham-Southern College Boston University Brandeis University University of California Santa Barbara Carleton College Centre College University of Chicago Clark Atlanta University University of Colorado Boulder The Cooper Union Cornell University Dartmouth College DePaul University Dickinson College University of Edinburgh George Washington University Georgetown University University of Georgia Grinnell College Hampshire College Harvard University Harvey Mudd College Howard University Indiana University Johns Hopkins University Kalamazoo College Macalester College University of Maryland, College Park University of Memphis Miami University Oxford University of Miami University of Michigan Middlebury College The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music New York University Northwestern University Oberlin College Occidental College University of Pennsylvania University of Puget Sound University of Richmond University of Rochester Sewanee: The University of the South Skidmore College University of Southern California Southern Methodist University St. Louis University University of Tennessee Knoxville University of Virginia Wake Forest University Washington University in St. Louis Wesleyan University University of Wisconsin Madison College of Wooster Yale University
College Preparation Compared We ran across this scrap of paper in our archives. Though USN is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, we have never seen such a comparison for modern college preparatory schools. In case you are curious, most of these schools continue to exist. Not the military academies, however. Only Sewanee Military Academy (1908-71) survives in another form as one of the schools that eventually became St. Andrew’s/Sewanee. Columbia Military Academy closed in 1979, Castle Heights in 1986, and Tennessee Military Institute in Sweetwater shut its doors in 1988. Three other schools on this list have ceased to be. Wallace University School, the historical marker for which you have probably noticed while sitting in traffic on West End, educated boys from 1886 until 1941 with only one headmaster, Clarence B. Wallace. Duncan, a boys’ school which enjoyed a fierce athletic rivalry with Peabody Demonstration School, lived from 1908-1952. You’ve been to its former home too if you have attended a Vanderbilt basketball game in Memorial Gym. After Ward-Belmont closed in 1951, a group of its alumnae formed Harpeth Hall.
Another Gem from the Archives Written on the back of this photo from the archives: Trip Through Banner Departments, Boys’ Week, May 3, 1933 Boys’ Day in Industry sponsored by the Engineers Club Front row: 2 unknown from Hume-Fogg, James Morris, Gordon Smith, Pete Sylar, Chris McClure Back row: 3 unknown from Hume-Fogg, Watson Barker, Charles McMurray, Alfred Crabb, unknown from Hume-Fogg, Berriman Bilbro, Mr. Farrer. Thanks to Dad for securing this picture. [The Nashville Banner was an evening paper published from 1876 until 1998. The photo was a gift to the PDS/USN archives from Alfred Crabb ‘36.]
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This page clockwise: ’07 friends Beth Green, Ari Schiftan, and Edward Gottfried; David Venrick ’52, Elden Gatwood ’44, and David Criley ’52; Will Rubino ’07 and Andre Churchwell ’06 at the Young Alumni Art Show; Nicholas Zumbro ’50 at the luncheon; Chris Tibbott, Marie ten Hoor Slate and Liz Boyce Chesick, both ’52; previous page clockwise: Jack Gayden, Buford Lowe, Knox McCharen, Betty Spry Elder, David Boggess, Harry Ward, and Mark Smith, class of ’62; Heather Warren ’77 in a “See, Touch, Create” class; Bud Coltharp and Peg Gessler Werts at the Class of ’67 party; Darla Price Davidson, Charlie Burch, and Kristen Petracek Meyer, all ’92; photos by Kimberly Manz
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“The entire weekend was wonderful,” said one alumna about Reunion 2012. It began with more than 120 alumni gathering at Corsair Distillery Thursday evening.
At the Pen Pal lunch on Friday, alumni who had been corresponding with the second grade classes shared sandwiches and stories with the children.
Then came class parties, the Reunion lunch, the Class of ’62’s induction into the Gold Circle.
Alumni endorsed this year’s new events: the show and reception for emerging alumni artists, “Inside USN” presentations, and “See, Touch, Create,” art classes for alumni of any experience level taught by USN art teachers (who were “genuinely passionate” about their teaching, said one class of ’62 alumnus). 2 0 0 0 Edge hi l l
Sam Tepper, who “became” a tanner, with his diorama and report
by Marion Bradford, second grade teacher
Piers Mason placed his thinking right in the middle of the rope, noting, “I am in the middle because you might not want your family members to starve.” Caroline Cramer said, “Sometimes you could be very sick and you can’t work,” placing her belief in the middle of the rope.
Learning Thinking During their Colonial Time unit, budding second grade historians grappled with this decree by one of the leaders of the Jamestown colony. Each child had to decide for herself whether she agreed with this statement, record her thinking, and place it on a giant picture of a tug-ofwar rope. Children who wholeheartedly agreed with the sentiment placed their writing at the end of the rope labeled “I agree,” children who fully disagreed with the statement placed their writing at the opposite end labeled “I disagree,” and children who had varying levels of agreement or disagreement placed their opinions somewhere along the middle of the rope.
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Carson Kirshner recorded his thinking as “50/50.” He thought that “everybody should work, but they should also get food if they’re sick.” Other children preferred to ration food based on the amount of work each colonist performed, while some took a hard line and expected work from all regardless of health or situation. Still others maintained that work should be by choice only, not a requirement for food. While the children’s understanding of the historical context and content is important, it is their ability to form an opinion and articulate their reasoning both orally and in writing that is the true goal of the lesson. In a passionate whole-group discussion, children then could explain their thinking to their peers, and in some instances were able to persuade other children to change their opinions. Rich discussion and carefullistening to the thinking of others in a safe and respectful environment gives young students the chance to evaluate their own thinking while weighing and considering others’ ideas. Since current scholarship indicates that the hard-won success of the Jamestown Colony influenced whether subsequent colonies survived or not, second graders examined the Jamestown Colony extensively. Each student read a biography of Pocahontas and worked with a partner to complete a chart differentiating between what they found to be important in the text and what they found to be merely interesting.
Those who do not work shall not eat. —Captain John Smith Glassblower Wesley Smail explains the tools of his trade
Is Pocahontas’s marriage to John Rolfe interesting or important? What about her ability to travel between two cultures? Is her given English name trivial or major? Giving children explicit opportunities to build critical reading skills also builds critical thinking skills, and the children got more practice forming opinions and articulating them clearly. The children also tackled creating and ordering American History timelines, summarizing primary source documents such as Smith’s journal entries, examining the Chesapeake Bay habitat and its geographic features, and analyzing historical fiction written about Jamestown. They began to understand what history is, how we learn history, and how to grasp the legacy of a specific figure or event. All of this thinking and learning went into their culminating projects for the Colonial Times unit: individual research projects into a historic trade. These projects integrated social studies, science, reading, and language arts. Did you know that a milliner was so named for the mille or thousand goods she sold? Or that wigmakers pulled teeth as well as made and powdered wigs? What skills were critical for a tanner to possess? Which of an innkeeper’s duties qualifies as a product and which is a service? How does colonial glassmaking differ from modern-day glassmaking? Second grade colonial tradespeople in costume presented their research reports and the shop signs and detailed dioramas they had made for their guests at Colonial Day. Having the chance to field their guests’ questions and to share the information they learned honed second graders’ presentation and conversation skills while showcasing their thinking.
Madisyn Starks tells her mom Yvonne about dressmaking
In Lower School at USN, teachers are working consciously to lay the foundations of critical thinking across all areas of curricula by helping children explain their thinking, whether in writing, drawing, modeling, or orally. Units of study such as Colonial Times, which integrates social studies, science, reading, and language arts, help them connect what they learn. And learning to make one’s thinking visible—whether solving a math word problem, explaining a literary prediction, making a hypothesis in a science experiment, or in articulating the legacy of a famous historical figure—is one of the trademarks of USN students, past, present, and future.
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Sixth Grade Takes a Pilgrimage by Matt Lukach ’04, MS social studies teacher
n sixth grade social studies, we devote three months to a comprehensive exploration of World Religions. Students investigate the history, belief system, practices, and mythologies of our world’s major religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam.
After students share their fictional pilgrimages, we embark on an actual pilgrimage in Nashville, visiting five religious institutions. We want experiential knowledge of world religions to deepen our well of theoretical information.
We want experiential knowledge of world religions to deepen our well of theoretical information. Reading and analyzing world maps, students stuff their heads with a mountain of information. But beyond the four walls of the social studies classroom, sixth graders find unique opportunities to make personal connections to the curriculum. Seizing an idea common to all religions, the pilgrimage, we undertake the Pilgrimage Project. After creating a basketball-sized globe with a Chinese paper lantern and watercolor paints, students design a pilgrimage route that takes them around the world, stopping at five locations: the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem; Kamakura, Japan, the birthplace of Zen Buddhism; the River Ganges in Varanasi; Muhammad’s make-shift home in Medina circa 622 A.D.; tiny Trinity Church on King George Island, Antarctica.
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Stop number one is Sherith Israel, an orthodox Jewish temple where Rabbi Saul, an old friend of USN, delivers his now-famous “Jewish History in Six Minutes” lecture. He shows the students the hallowed scrolls of the Jewish faith as he explains what being a Jew means to him and why becoming a rabbi was the single most important decision of his life. For many of the sixth grade boys, this marks their inaugural donning of a kippah atop their heads, a gesture that even an eleven year old understands is deeply important, even if it feels uncomfortable. The busses roll on and into the hillside parking lot of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. I lose count of the number of students who stare upward and mouth “wow” to themselves as they enter the Church’s front doors and stare up at the Byzantine-style dome made of wood and glass, sixty feet above their heads. Father Gregory greets the students and impresses
them with his encyclopedic knowledge of the over-twenty portraits of religious figures that adorn the church’s walls. “This is exactly what a church looks like in Athens,” he explains. After leaving the grand, echoing Greek Church with its cold marble floors, we travel across town to a simple and small red house, the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center. After we take off our shoes and stash them in the corner of the tiny room right inside the front door, students gather on floor pillows, cross-legged. The smell of lemon grass incense burning fills the small rooms. Our host answers questions and guides us through a meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, focusing on breathing and cultivating an internal calmness. It’s something to watch a huge group of sixth graders, eyes closed, deliberately breathing in and breathing out, experiencing a stillness and a quiet unlike anything in their typical day. The group quietly loads the busses for our next destination, Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple.
“It looks like a huge sand castle,” one student remarks on the way up to the front doors of the temple. Our gracious host Radha Reddy, parent of USN alumni, encourages the students to walk about the temple taking notice of all they see and hear. I eavesdrop on conversations as small groups of students walk around. Where are all the seats? What’s that big bell for? Can we ring the bell? Why are there bananas next to that statue? This one’s got six arms and an elephant’s head. Can we ring the bell yet? Look, those are Hindu monks over there. They’re praying, I think. This statue has a waterfall. When can we ring the bell? Our final stop on our pilgrimage through Nashville brings us back to our own school neighborhood. The Nashville Islamic Center and Mosque, just down the road from USN, doesn’t look like much from the road. Inside, however, the environment is different, serene, sacred. Students immediately notice the carved out enclave that faces Mecca. The entire room is oriented in this direction. Even the pattern on the carpet points toward Mecca. Students witness one of the five pillars of Islam, Salat, the noonday prayer, as several Muslims engage in their ancient religious practice on the other side of the room. A field trip like this one is important for many reasons, but none more than the opportunity it provides the students to reel in their theoretical knowledge by experiencing the particulars of religion as well as its incredible diversity. The experience appeals to the senses by allowing students to sit in the wooden pews, hear the ring of the Hindu prayer bell, smell the burning incense, touch the cold stained glass. It is learning in its purest form, something we teachers perpetually strive to offer our students because it’s authentic and real to them. It is their experience. It is their pilgrimage. 2 0 0 0 Edge hi l l
The Student Equivalent of a Painted Bunting by Debbie Davies, HS math teacher
hen I first taught Mark Arildsen in his sophomore year, I knew I had to do something to keep his lively mind occupied during math class. I suggested that during class, whenever he already knew the topic under discussion, he read a formidable book entitled Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers by Jan Gullberg and Peter Hilton. Mark lapped up every word in this 1,100 page tome, which combines a history of mathematics with a survey of the subject. He was elated when he found a printing error in a difficult two-page proof of a theorem. One of my favorite memories of Mark was when I gave his BC Calculus class a take-home test on series, easily the most difficult topic we cover in that Advanced Placement course. To lighten things up, I included this extra credit assignment: When you come to class, be prepared to sing a couple of lines from “Don’t Know Much About Calculus.”
one in the class had a clue. So I projected the lyrics and downloaded the song for the class. The students decided to rewrite the lyrics around calculus. Mark was at the board. While he listened to his classmate’s suggestions, Mark wrote the new lyrics on the board, sang the song, and danced until the new version was completed. The students then invited other math classes to come see them perform their song.
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Perhaps you are old enough to remember Sam Cooke’s “Wonderful World,” which begins “Don’t know much about history, don’t know much biology….” But no
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My math department colleague Cindy Crenshaw offers this recent recollection of Mark. Several of her BC students had asked a question that she wanted to investigate further. Late one afternoon, when she couldn’t find any other math teachers to bounce ideas off of, Cindy saw Mark down the hall and called him in. After they checked out several texts without success, Mark said, “Give me fifteen minutes and I'll have your answer.”
Cindy had to leave then, but when she got to school early the next morning, a book lay open on her desk. The book had come from the Vanderbilt Science library, and it answered her questions beati-
Mark with his parents, his grandmother, and Vince Durnan after he received the Stanford Moore Award; Mark with Dylan Young ’14 (l.) and Noah Stafford ’12 after a math contest victory
“Mark truly is one of a kind—the best kind.”—George Flatau, science teacher fully. For Mark, learning is play, and helping others is how he shares his own, personal joy. That’s the quality that had him singing to the BC Calculus class. If you ask Quiz Bowl sponsor Tim Russell to describe Mark, the team’s undisputed star, he says, “The first characteristic that comes to mind is his sense of humor. His constantly inventive mind can take nearly any prompt and devise a pun (especially on Russian czars and Soviet premiers). The quiz bowl team learned to pre-groan whenever he might start.” Tim also calls Mark a mentor to his younger teammates, whose “progress has been due in no small part to his efforts.” And despite Mark’s phenomenal success at Quiz Bowl, Tim says, “He would never Mark in fifth grade taunt the opposition or crow about an answer, and after the match (whether a win or a loss) he would be the first across the room to shake hands with the other team and commend their good efforts. While I cannot say that other teams always enjoyed facing us, Mark’s diplomacy helped to foster friendship and camaraderie with several other schools.”
decided on his own to accelerate his study of Latin. Looking at the eighth grade material and deeming it manageable, he worked with a tutor the summer before eighth grade so he could begin high school Latin early. He completed the five year program by the end of his junior year. Senior year, Mark took two Latin courses at Vanderbilt. His spring semester professor told Ms. Sorrel that he was the best student in that class. As science teacher George Flatau says, “Mark does several little things each day that would be amazing contributions from other students.” Examples include “relating the Latin or Greek roots of scientific terms, writing poems in the place of typical answers, using the entire white board to draw a picture of a British farmer herding sheep to better relate Graham's Law of Effusion, laughing readily and often at almost any joke (often his own science puns).” Flatau adds, “Mark truly is one of a kind—the best kind.” To quote from my college recommendation for Mark: “You know all those recommendations I’ve written over forty years of teaching? Lies, all lies! This student is the best one I’ve ever taught.”
His Latin career is another indication of his love of learning. Teacher Diane Sorrel explains that in seventh grade Mark
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e celebrate you, USN 2012, and we are here for you. Now take the stage. This is your day,” said Vince Durnan soon after Commencement began. Third grade teacher Lynn McKay, who taught many of the seniors sharing the stage with her, had greeted the seniors and their families to begin the ceremony. But true to USN tradition, the program belonged to the seniors. Sam Douglas, chosen by his classmates to speak, traced the seniors’ growing understanding of leadership from their fourth grade dominance of AFTER-SCHOOL, which in retrospect seemed founded on size and power. “What kind of leadership is it to squash the hopes of those smaller than you?” Sam asked.
And whom did we have to emulate? The best any kid could ask for: our teachers. —Sam Douglas ’12, Commencement speaker
“In Middle School, we learned that leadership is more than just coercing smaller people to follow your will.” And in high school, when they could put what they had learned into practice, “we discovered what we loved and funneled our beings into it. That is what creates our community of excellence and innovation: sharing our lives and our beings.” To read all of Vince Durnan’s and Sam Douglas’ Commencement remarks, visit www.usn.org/publications.
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May you continue to find the power of your words, your questions, your hard work, and your ideals. â€”Vince Durnan to the Class of 2012
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High School Accolades Academics
Mark Arildsen is one of Tennessee’s three
Five juniors took their research papers to the Middle Tennessee District History Day Competition and came home with the first five places in the contest. All addressed the theme “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.” First place: Olivia Brown, “‘The Country Needed Men’: The Story of Female Soldiers During the Civil War” Second: Malcolm Moutenot, “The Romantic West: Its Death and William F. Cody’s Revival”
2012 Presidential Scholars. Latin teacher Diane Sorrel, Mark’s most influential, was
invited to accompany Mark to the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in June, when he received a Presidential Scholar Medallion. Mark, now a freshman at Harvard University, is USN’s first Presidential Scholar since 2010, when Ian Ball and Lauren Coleman were both named. Mark also received USN’s top academic prize, the Stanford Moore Award, established by classmates of Stanford Moore ’31, who won the 1972 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Each year since 1982 it has gone “to that student who most nearly approaches Stanford’s academic achievement and dedication.” (To learn more about Mark, read math teacher Debbie Davies’ article about him on p. 20. ) Mallory Leeper and Eli Motycka received the
McMullan Scholarship, given each year to juniors who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and leadership. The scholarship was established by Mark Venrick ’48 and his classmates in honor of their beloved English teacher Lois McMullan.
L. and r.: Lindsey Khim and Sam Douglas, 2011-12 McMullan Scholars; center, Mallory Leeper and Eli Motycka, 2012-13 McMullan Scholars.
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Third: Angela Henderson, “From Rags to Jazz: How James Reese Europe Helped Kick-Start the Jazz Revolution” Fourth: Hayden Roche, “Mujahideen: The United States Reaction to the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan” (Special award for the best project on Middle Eastern history) Fifth: Eli Motycka, “‘Millions for defense, but not a cent for tribute!’: How Thomas Jefferson’s Revolution in Foreign Policy Legitimized a Nation”
High School Awards Civitan Award: Hannah Dobie Outstanding Seniors: Marlo Kalb, Lindsey Khim, Josh Kutsko, and Whitney Perlen Faculty Awards: Carmen Baskauf, Abby Easton, Meredith Forrester, Clare Speer Bredesen Leadership Award: Sam Douglas and Christy Slobogin Harry and Mary Zimmerman Award: Hannah Dobie Subject Area Awards Visual Arts: Carmen Baskauf, Antone Christianson-Galina, Takuma Johnson, Kate Johnston, Kai Mote Peggy Weil Steine Visual Arts Award: George Rayson Performing Arts: Lena Abou-Khalil, Laura Berry, Anna Cone, Malak Doss, Sam Douglas, Josh Kutsko, Katie May, Forest Miller, Rachel Rochester, Sophia Rubenstein, Christy Slobogin English: Holt Akers-Campbell, Mark Arildsen, Carmen Baskauf, Laura Berry, Sam Douglas, Abby Easton, Rebecca Ewing, Caroline Graham, Sarah Hanks, Theresa Heitz, Abby Horrell, Marlo Kalb, Josh Kutsko, Kai Mote, George Rayson, Gregory Shemancik, Christy Slobogin, Murphy Spence, Noah Stafford, Leigh Thomas, David Zeitlin Foreign Language: Holt Akers-Campbell, Mark Arildsen, Carmen Baskauf, Anna Cone, Will Dossett, Sam Douglas, Sarah Hanks, Marlo Kalb, Lindsey Khim, Josh Kutsko, Forest Miller, Murphy Spence History: Carmen Baskauf, Will Dossett, Sam Douglas, Sarah Hanks, Lindsey Khim, Whitney Perlen, Christy Slobogin, Clare Speer, Murphy Spence Robert K. Massie Award for research in European History: Sammie Chomsky ’14 Robert K. Massie Award for research in American History: William Doak ‘13 Mathematics: Mark Arildsen, Carmen Baskauf, Laura Berry, Hannah Dobie, Caroline Graham, Sarah Hanks, Lindsey Khim, Josh Kutsko, Alex Metzman, Christy Slobogin, Zach Snyder, Clare Speer, Noah Stafford Physical Education: Lena Abou-Khalil, Zach Snyder, Ross Welch Computer Science: Mark Arildsen and Ben Blakely Science: Madi Abelson, Mark Arildsen, Carmen Baskauf, Sarah Hanks, Lindsey Khim, Will Kochtitzky, Josh Kutsko, Whitney Perlen, Zach Snyder, Noah Stafford, Rachel Vann
In in the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers’ Association math contest, these students finished in the top ten in their levels: Lucas Pao ’19 (1st in Algebra I); Alexandria Yu ’15 (4th in Geometry); Will Jones ’14 (6th in Algebra II); Mark Arildsen (3rd in Calculus); Dylan Young ’14 (4th in Calculus). The Quiz Bowl team of Mark Arildsen, Noah Stafford, Adam Hudnut-Beumler ’13, Victor Borza ’14, Lauren Churchwell ’14, and Case Nieboer ’14 traveled to Cookeville for the annual Tennessee Academic Tournament. Undefeated, USN earned a second consecutive Tennessee Quiz Bowl Championship. After the state championship, USN’s Quiz Bowl team of Mark Arildsen, Matthew Hays ’14, Adam Hudnut-Beumler, and Noah Stafford met their rivals Ezell Harding again in the championship round of the Quizbusters tournament. A slim lead in the first round became a substantial one in the second round, then a victory. For the fourth time, the team brought home an enormous trophy and a $10,000 check to USN. Case Nieboer, Antone Christianson-Galina ’12, Will Dossett ’12, and Mark Arildsen journeyed
to Arab, Alabama for the State History Bee and Bowl and became Alabama State Champions. Case emerged as the junior varsity Bee Champion. Mark won the varsity Bee competition, although Antone and Will were also in the finals, and Will came in second. Then the History Bowl team went to the national tournament in Washington, D.C., where 64 teams (twice as many as last year) met in both team and individual competitions. USN reached the Elite Eight round, where they came up short. In the History Bee individual competition, with its expanded field, defending national champion Mark Arildsen tied for second place.
The Arts In the Scholastic Arts competition, of the 22 Regional Golds submitted by Cheekwood from USN, nine won National awards—an unprecedented number in our region. George Rayson ’12 received the American Vision award for his Urban Housing dinner, prepared and served by high school Community Service Club members. drawing “Some Girls I Know.” He also received two Gold and two Silver Keys. Seniors Josh Halper and Kai Mote each scholar, will attend a three week session in earned Gold Medals, Josh for printmaking and creative writing. The scholarship is in memKai for painting. All of the Gold Medal work ory of Mary Interlandi ’01. traveled to New York to the Parsons New School for Design in the ART.WRITE.NOW Community Service National Exhibition in June. The Habitat for Humanity Club, led by Miro McPherson ’12, raised more than $10,000 this In the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, year with a 5K run, holiday gift wrapping, a senior Abby Horrell’s Gold Key portfolio spaghetti supper, and selling concessions at went to national judging. Other awards basketball games. With this money, the stuwere: Silver Key: Marlo Kalb ’12, Poetry; dents built a new home for a deserving local Kellon Patey ’15, Flash Fiction. Honorable family. Mention: Hannah Baker ’12, Poetry; Sam Bollen ’14, Short Story; Katie Campbell ’15, USN students presented at the Tennessee Flash Fiction; Madi Hunt ’13, Poetry; Katie Conference on Volunteerism and Service May ’12, Writing Portfolio; Kellon Patey, Learning. Sarah Alberts ’13, Sophie Campbell Flash Fiction; Carson Thomas ’15, Poetry. ’13, Evie Kennedy ’13, and Maddie Robin ’13 their experience of building their social busiIt was the third year for the high school’s ness, “grow,” a microfinance club which has Leaky Pen Contest, an essay contest for senbecome a community activism class iors dreamed up by Susan Yeagley ’89 and her designed to promote nutritional products in husband Kevin Nealon in order to reward the food deserts in the Nashville Community. art of funny writing. Student essays are judged Hannah Dobie and Sophia Jelsma ’13 presentby friends of the couple, and during assembly ed their highly successful Community a video announcement reveals the winner. Service Day model, PEACEing It Together, This year’s celebrity announcer was Ellen explaining how such a successful venture can DeGeneres, and the winner was Noah be planned, led, and implemented by high Stafford, now a freshman at Carleton College. school students. Meredith Forrester ’12 and Lindsey Khim ’12 led a workshop on Just USN’s Theater Program has been selected to Because: the incentive for mentoring, using attend the American High School Theatre USN’s high school Big Brothers/Big Sisters Festival as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Program as their primary model. Festival 2013. Community Service Club sponsor Betty Since 2004, USN Interlandi Scholars have White and a teacher at Cameron Middle attended Interlochen Arts Camp, immersing School explained the successful partnership themselves in theatre, music, dance, writing, between USN and CMS, discussing USN’s and visual arts. Carson Thomas ’15, this year’s Writing and Service class. 2 0 0 0 Edge hi l l
2011-2012 Tigers of the Year Madi Abelson: four years on soccer and track and field teams; three-time Defensive MVP and All-Region, All-District, All-State in soccer; 6th in state in the 400m as a junior in 2011, 6th in state in the 4x200m relay in 2010, 3rd in state in the 4x400m relay in 2012
2012 Sports Awards Winter Sports It was an exciting season and post-season for winter sports, with the boys’ basketball team reaching the state finals again this year and the boys’ swim team finishing as district champions.
John Coogan: captain of his team in three sports senior year; cross-country All-Region, All-State; team MVP, and 4th in state; competed in state swim meet three years, on the USN top ten list in six events, MVP; in lacrosse, Defensive MVP, All-Region; track and field, champion in the Mock State Meet 3200M Charlie Rubinowicz: six state appearances in sports career; in golf, All-Region, three state appearances; in ice hockey, league’s goal-scoring leader as a junior and league leader in overall scoring as a senior, two state team titles with hat tricks in both championship games, team captain, All-Star team; in lacrosse, captain, All-Region.
Boys’ Basketball State runner-up; third in region; 25-7 overall Ross Welch ’12: MVP, All-Region Region All-Tournament State All-Tournament City Paper Honorable Mention 1,000 career points Liam Nash ’13: All-Region City Paper Honorable Mention Best Offensive Player Nilan Hodge ’12: All-Region 1,000 career points
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Ross Welch ‘12
Jake Wilson ’14
Ashton Hood ’13:
Hannah Heitz ’13
Elena Escalas ’15
Swimming Boys’ team: district champions, undefeated in district; fifth in region; combined team: district runner-up, sixth in region; 28 region and 14 state qualifiers
State All Tournament T.J. Lewis ‘12: Best Teammate
Elena Escalas ’15: Most Valuable, Region Champion; new school record
Girls’ Basketball Fourth in region; reached state quarterfinals; 19-11 overall
Nicholas Ng ‘14: Most Valuable Mark Rusznak ’14: Most Valuable, new school record Katie Hein ‘14: Most Improved
Bailey Conner ’13: All-Region
William Doak ‘13, : Coaches’ Award
Best Offensive Player
Caroline Graham ‘12: Coaches’ Award
Jameice Holmes ‘13: Region All-Tournament Lindsey Khim ’12: MVP
Brianna Porter ‘15: Best Defensive
Baseball Reached Region quarterfinals; 12-19 overall Lance Hamilton ’12: Co-MVP, All-Region, All-Mid-State third team,
Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association
Bowling Boys’ team: reached district finals; school records in wins, total pins in a match, and total pins in a season
first team All-Region and second team , All-State, Senior All-Star game Holt Akers-Campbell ’12: Co-MVP, All-Region Bob Minton ‘14: Most Improved
Jake Wilson ’14: MVP Hannah Heitz ‘13: MVP
Jamie Cheshire ‘13: Most Improved
Karina Grady ‘13: Most Improved
Charlie Rubinowicz ’12: Offensive MVP
Ross Levy ‘12: Sportsmanship
Maddie Hagan ‘13: Sportsmanship
Hop Mathews ’15: All-Region, Impact Player John Coogan ’12: Defensive MVP
Cheerleading Sarah Alberts ‘13: Coach’s Award
Girls’ Lacrosse Reached State Quarterfinals; 8-12 overall
Lance Hamilton ’12
Elizabeth Dossett ’14: All-Region, Golden Stick Sarah Alberts ’13
Nora Lee ’14: All-Region Sarah Alberts ’13: MVP Ella Mathews ’12: Leadership
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Elizabeth Dossett ’14
Boys’ Soccer Loss in the State Quarterfinals; 13-3-2 overall Tré Hardin ‘12: All-State, All-Region, Golden Boot Drew Lanigan ‘12: All-Region, MVP Takuma Johnson ’12: All-Region, Coaches’ Award Softball 2-13 overall Katie Roth ‘15: MVP, All-Region Hope Eidam ‘15: Most Improved Emma Oliver ‘13: Coaches’ Award Boys’ Tennis State Champions
Michael King ’12
Tré Hardin ’12
Kate Johnston ’12
Boys’ Ultimate Frisbee
Reached State Quarterfinals
USAU State and Southerns Champions
Kate Johnston ‘12: MVP
Eli Motycka ’13:
Selected to U-19 USA National
Francesca Eluhu ‘15: Most Improved
Team competing in Worlds
Lauren Churchwell ‘14: Coaches’ Award
Championships Mitchell Lutz ‘13:
Track and Field Qualified three runners for State: Chloe Kibble ‘13, Kelly McHugh ‘15, and Sam Douglas ‘12
City Meet Champion, Region Champion, Bailey Conner ’13: MVP Kelly McHugh ‘15 Most Improved Daniel Pannock ‘14: Most Improved Christian Floyd ’14 Coaches’ Award
Invited to U-19 USA National tryouts Thomas Chickey ‘14: Most Improved Matthew Hoffman ‘13: Coaches’ Award
Sam Douglas ‘12: MVP State Runner-up in 300m hurdles
Invited to U-19 USA National tryouts Jack Spiva ‘13:
Girls’ Ultimate Frisbee Fifth in USAU Southerns Tournament Nora May ‘13: MVP Carson Thomas ‘15: Most Improved Lena Friedman ‘15: Coaches’ Award
Ashtan Towles ‘15: Coaches’ Award
Michael King ’12: Singles Region and State Champion, Tennessean
Nora May ’13
All-Mid-State, Most Improved Katie Roth ’15
Michael Stephanides ’12: MVP, Doubles Region Champion, Doubles State
Runner-up, Tennessean All-Mid-State Sathvik Reddy ’12: Coaches’ Award Doubles Region Champion ,Doubles State Runner-up Tennessean All-Mid-State Grantly Neely ’13, Tennessean All-Mid-State
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Madi Abelson, Johns Hopkins University (track and field)
Madi played soccer and ran track and field all four years at USN.
Holt Akers-Campbell, Wesleyan University (swimming)
Holt competed on the USN swim and baseball teams for three years.
John Coogan, Centre College (swimming)
John ran cross country, swam, and played lacrosse all four years of high school.
Caroline Graham, Grinnell College (swimming)
Caroline played soccer and swam for USN for four years.
Lance Hamilton, University of Rochester (baseball)
Lance played baseball and basketball at USN all four seasons. He started on the DCA/USN football team as a senior.
Kate Johnston, Sewanee: University of the South (tennis)
Kate has been a four year player on USNâ€™s high school tennis team.
Michael King, Wesleyan University (tennis)
Michael is a four year player on the high school tennis team.
Gregory Shemancik, Allegheny College (cross country, track and field)
Gregory ran four years of high school cross country. He played lacrosse as a freshman and competed in track and field.
Ross Welch, Birmingham-Southern College (basketball)
Ross played one season of varsity basketball at USN after he transferred to USN from DCA as a junior.
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Athletes Learn Early at USN Being â€œathleticâ€? means more than excelling at a popular team sport. At USN, where most students play interscholastic sports in middle and high school, lower school field games and sports camps are helping to build future athletes and lifetime movers. Some coaches offer summer camps for children as young as kindergarten, teaching fundamentals and encouraging a love of the game. Every varsity sport played at University School has a place in the lower school physical education curriculum, and the children learn good sportsmanship as they acquire the skills of several sports. But not all students play on a varsity team, and fewer people continue to play team sports in college and beyond. In lower school at
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A forward on USN’s high school soccer team may become at age thirty a triathlete or someone who plans every vacation around kayaking. Either way, the foundation was laid in lower school.
USN, students also begin to acquire the physical skills they can use for the rest of their lives. In physical education children learn climbing, kayaking, running, biking, and other lifetime skills. Lower school’s sequential approach focuses on the fundamental skills of both lifetime sports and the ones students are likely to play only on a school or club team. A forward on USN’s high school soccer team may become at age thirty a triathlete or someone who plans every vacation around kayaking. Either way, the foundation was laid in lower school.
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by Catherine Coke, HS Theatre ust after the curtain fell last August on the middle school musical Willy Wonka, Jr., USN’s new Technical Director Jim Manning arrived on campus, fresh from working as a design-technician at New York’s Stagedoor Manor.
Since then, he seems to be everywhere. As the TD for both the middle and high schools, Jim must meet all of the technical demands of the cross-divisional Performing Arts Department. He designs the sets, lights and sound for the five departmental theatre shows. He designed and helped build sets for the middle school musical, Flat Stanley, Jr., which opened the first week of school.
“Tech Theatre was my favorite class this past year.” Jim works with the student-led high school Student Theatre Guild too, including their production of The Laramie Project. He built that set out of wooden pallets donated by Feed the Children and returned to them after the production. (Jim knows how to build things “on the cheap” and “in the green”). As if this weren’t enough to do, he creates lighting and sets up the sound systems for all the Choral, Band, and Classical Music Concerts and the Dance Showcase. He isn’t working alone. His technical theatre classes in both the middle school and high school are learning to construct sets, hang and focus lights, set up microphones, and run the lighting and sound boards. When the curtain rises, students are the light and sound board operators, stage managers, and assistant stage managers. One high school students says, “Tech Theatre was my favorite class this past year.” What I can add about Jim's teaching is: he knows his stuff and imparts it with patience and humor.
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From design to exetravelling the globe to cution, Jim is the capture images. guiding force for Meanwhile his intereverything technical est in theatre, as a in Performing Arts. designer and an actor, But this isn’t all Jim was growing. He has and his students do. worked for Chaffin’s They meet the techBarn Dinner Theatre, nical requirements of Rhubarb Theatre photos by Kimberly Manz anything happening Company, and Circle in the auditorium— Players, becoming its Opposite page: Jim Manning working on the Noises Off set; this page, top the Laramie Project set; inset, the Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson set formal rituals such as President for a twoSports Recognition year stint. When a falEvenings and Convocation, tering economy forced him into free-lance work, Jim started lookor middle school’s weekly Town Meetings and high school ing around for other opportunities in theatre. Thus he arrived at Assemblies, guest speakers, even USNA’s Music Night. Stagedoor Manor last summer. But, if you can’t find Jim in the auditorium, he might be doing another part of his job—on-campus, off-campus, or at the River Campus. He sets up his camera (and maybe microphones, photography umbrellas, and lighting equipment) to tape sports events and lower-schoolers getting off the morning bus or playing on the field. He interviews students, administrators, teachers, and PDS alumni about the school. (See some of his work at www.usn.org/publications.) Next Jim takes these tapes home and edits them, produces amazing videos which help to promote USN to prospective families, donors, and the broader community. He has begun work on a video that will help celebrate USN’s Centennial in 2015. So who is this guy and where did he come from? Jim originally came to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University. He worked fulltime for 14 years as the Video Producer for Tigert Productions,
But what seemed unfortunate for him became a lucky stroke for us. Everyone knows that the auditorium is a busy place, sometimes hosting three or four events a day—chairs up, chairs down, tables in, tables out, chairs up again! It can wear a person down, but Jim handles it with aplomb and a smile. And on the theatre colleague side, I’m thrilled to be working with him. We couldn’t have done two wildly different shows this past season: Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (with its “flash-n-trash” lighting effects) and Noises Off (eight beautifully-functional slamming doors on a set that turned around twice) without Jim’s expertise, precision, and care. (And, just so you know, he’s originally from Texas. And he has a secret garden in his backyard.)
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Save the Date: Reunion 2013 is April 19 & 20
1943 Katherine Freeman White, who went by
“Lucy Katherine” at Peabody, lives in Atlanta with her husband Perry, a retired orthopedic surgeon. They both went to Baylor University. Katherine and Perry have four children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
1953 Cary Hunt Johnston wishes her classmates would share their news. Her latest is her trip to Russia this summer with her husband. Their plan was to stay in Moscow, then take a river boat cruise to St. Petersburg stopping at villages along the way. “I made this same trip in 1991 cruising from then Leningrad to Moscow and I can’t wait to see the changes.” She was keeping busy “volunteering for President Obama.”
Class of 1938 friends at one of their regular gettogethers (l. to r.) Norma Goldner Neaderthal, Betsy Hurd Bourner, Ann Vaughn Poindexter, Amelia Hancock Minor, and Louise Wells Stephenson (seated)
1960 Bill Alexander describes his life as “an eventful 70 years! And a long strange trip at that.” He lives in the woods on the banks of the St. Croix River in Minnesota, working on his seventh book and with his
seventh tattoo.“Bali, Java, Bhutan, Thailand and a year living in the Costa Rican jungle finally sent me home to this beautiful place.” Bill’s son Will graduated from Bowdoin, where he was the principal commencement speaker, and his daughter Kamala lives in Oklahoma City “with her husband and their two fine children.” Bill says he is “belligerently single and apt to hop a plane to someplace exotic at any moment. But, mainly, I’m home.” He recalls his son’s saying, “People miss the point when they say ‘the home is where the heart is.’ It’s really ‘the heart is where the home is.’”
Bill Alexander ’60 with his son Will
Janet McGinnis Noble writes, “So much of what began with my years at PDS still continues: love of music and literature.” She sings in the Vanderbilt Community Chorus, which offers three concerts a year. Their sub-group I, Madrigali, continues singing during the summer with a focus on Renaissance music, especially madrigals. “Former PDS choral music teacher Jerry Williams is with me with every note. Like so many members of PDS/USN faculty, he continued on page 37
2012-2013 Events for Alumni September 19 Knoxville Alumni Dinner November 15 Chicago Alumni Dinner November 17 Take a Hike at Percy Warner Park November 29 Los Angeles Alumni Dinner
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December 20 Young Alumni Party at USN January 13 Washington, D.C./Baltimore Alumni Dinner January 31 Atlanta Alumni Dinner
February 28 Philadelphia Alumni Dinner April 18 All Alumni Party April 19 & 20 Reunion 2013 for graduation years ending in 3 or 8
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What He Learned at Peabody Bob Doochin ’58 by Tom Bailey ’85, Alumni Director
ob Doochin came to Peabody Demonstration School only because he got kicked out of Hillsboro High School. Just five weeks into his sophomore year, the Hillsboro principal called him into the office to tell him he was ineligible to attend the school, which was in Davidson County, since the Doochins lived within the city limits, and this was before Metro government combined the school systems. “Here I was without a school. I had good friends at Peabody—Ben Rowan, Steve Riven—from my neighborhood. It was a natural choice….I was pretty discouraged when I went there, but Peabody was one of the great blessings that ever happened to me. “ One of the best things about coming to Peabody was that Bob immediately got to play varsity basketball. “Back in those days, if you weren’t a starter on varsity, you could play in the B team game beforehand as long as you didn’t play more than two quarters. So I would do that and then go sit on the varsity bench.” By his senior year, Bob was off the bench and on the court when the Tigers had a strong 13 and 8 season with Coach Dan Finch, whom Bob admired. “I learned a lot about basketball from him.” Another favorite was PDS Director Knox McCharen, “a soft spoken guy.” As student body president, Bob got to know him pretty well—especially when they rode 1,500 miles on a bus together to Roswell, New Mexico for a national student council conference.
Bob tells a story that illustrates how Dr. McCharen achieved the results he wanted with the minimum of fuss and conflict. One weekend, a group of Father Ryan boys broke into PDS to use the swimming pool.
‘You know, it was a year or two before I realized that was a very smart man.’” Bob says, “I learned from Peabody that much of life and your interactions with people do not have to be hostile, and as an executive I’ve learned to have employees that get along and don’t poison the well.” He recalls “an atmosphere of enjoyment,” a place where you could enjoy learning, “a warm and friendly place that allowed my personality to develop and mature.” PDS helped Bob learn to be less intense, take himself less seriously—so much so that he won “wittiest” as his senior superlative. Even now he’s learning to laugh about Dr.Holden’s calling him “Booby” instead of “Bobby.” Doc Holden’s name appears on a long list of excellent teachers— Dr. Shane, Mr. Connelly, and Dr. Beauchamp. Best remembered of all is Mrs. Lundberg, who coached the math team in its glory days. Bob competed as an alternate on that team when PDS “always won the state competitions in almost every category.” One obstacle was Bob’s cousin, a Hillsboro student who managed to prevent PDS from getting a clean sweep. Mrs. Lundberg complained to Bob about his cousin after each contest. “She was very competitive.” Dr. Beauchamp helped Bob prepare for the SAT’s. Dr. Beauchamp said he had to improve his English score to get into an Ivy League school. “So I spent six months memorizing words, and when I took the test in my senior year, I pulled up my English score by 119 points. Dr. Beauchamp said he’d never seen anything like that before.” The University of Pennsylvania was challenging, but Peabody had given him the strong educational foundation that allowed him to succeed there.
Dr. McCharen caught them. “He chewed them out a little bit and then said, ‘Now you all wait here while I go call the police.’ He went upstairs and sat in his office for about a half hour. They, of course, got the heck out of there, talking about how dumb he was. “Years later, I was talking to one of the ones who had committed the crime, and he said,
Bob Doochin with Coach Finch’s team
“Back then it was really the only good secondary school in Nashville. Today there are a number of good schools, but it is still the best.”
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Former Faculty Reunite E very June, soon after the last graduating senior walks across the stage on Peabody Green, a group of people who long ago taught at Peabody Demonstration School or University School of Nashville returns to campus for a brief reunion. Each year Janet CarneySchneider and her committee of longtime and former teachers increase their efforts to find those who may not have returned to USN or even to Nashville in many a long year. Each year the group gathered in the auditorium grows.
Janet invited John’s former students from the classes of 1972-1976 to drop by and say hello to him after the luncheon. Many of them did so, and many others, too far away to visit in person, sent him emails that credited him with teaching them critical thinking. As John Surface ’72 said, Mr. Colozzi taught “not how to memorize or regurgitate, but how to THINK.”
We appreciate who we are today by looking back at who we were and where we came from. —Janet Schneider This year it included those who have been making the pilgrimage to USN since the first such lunch and several others who came for the first time. It included some who have been teaching at USN since the early days (Gil Chilton, Debbie Davies, Grace Melchiore, Betty Pearson White) and even more who left USN years ago. Visiting were Gracie Allen, Jane Bibring, Betty Walthall Provost Dysart, Lorena Edwards, Mike Hall, Claudia Thompson Hazelwood, Martha Hooper, Denice Johnson, Annette Abernathy Langsdon, Sally Lee, Jean Litterer, Pat Burress Malone, Mary McCullough, Bob Moser, Delores Nicholson, Mary Ann Pangle, Carol Percy, Marcia Pope, Janell Puryear, Heber Rogers, Mickey Setaro, Barbara Shirey, Lucy White (formerly Lucy Barksdale) White, Jayne Workman. Making the journey for the first time this year and travelling many miles were former math teacher Beth Baxter and former history teacher John Colozzi.
John Colozzi with former students
All former PDS and USN teachers are invited to attend next year, the first Friday in June.
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“I did go to one reunion and enjoyed so will try for the 50th. Did it mean something that Jimmy Huggins and I both signed in today?”
1968 Grandchildren of Curtis Miller ’72
ignited a spark that continues to burn within me.” Retired from Metro Schools since 1993, Janet reads for the Talking Library, a branch of Metro Library Services which serves blind or partially sighted patrons. “We read newspapers, magazines, books, and develop special programs that include game shows, historical commentary, and a variety of interesting subjects.” Interested in quilting, “I do more exploring of quilt exhibits than actual quilting,” recommending the Gee’s Bend quilts at the Frist. She loves travel, which offers “other quilt exhibits,” enjoying “natural wonders,” riding on the back of one of her husband’s motorcycles, and visiting “museums that focus on his mechanical passions.” This fall, “thanks to the guidance of Dr. Knox McCharen, we plan…to make a third visit to our Austrian friends, whom we met through People-to-People in 1974. We were two of Dr. McCharen’s teacher-leaders, and the lives of students and teachers were enriched forever. My class will celebrate our years together with our 50th Reunion in 2013.”
1964 William Orr wrote from Albuquerque, New Mexico, “watching a stunning New Mexico sunset.” He’s the Medical Director of a Medicaid long term care state program. “As a Geriatrician, I have worked mostly on how to keep the elderly (now me?) out of nursing homes, only now trying to do it state wide. The work remains interesting and challenging.” He and his wife were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. They have 2 children, one in Houston as an admission counselor at Rice and the other finishing her junior year in college. A son by a previous marriage works as an immigration lawyer in Seattle.
David Pilcher and his wife are happy about their new grandchild. “Her name is Emma, born shortly after Thanksgiving. Her parents have just started to introduce her to solid food. Sweet potatoes flopped, but she loves oatmeal!”
1972 Curtis Miller has a 31-year old firearms business, a pending patent for a “Method for Preparing Iron Aluminide Products,” and 32 years of service at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He and his wife Donna will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in October. They have two children, Natasha and Andrew. Natasha receives a Masters in Education this summer from from Tennessee Tech, and Andrew will receive a Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Science this fall from TTU. They have three grandchildren, Kyle, 11; Katelyn, 4; and Allisyn, 3.
1974 Ronnie Steine, a Metro Nashville Councilman At-large, a local champion of youth issues, has been appointed to two national leadership positions. With Mayor Karl Dean, Ronnie has been selected to serve as co-chair of the National League of Cities Youth, Education and Families Council. He has also been chosen by the Forum for Youth Investment, a national action-tank, to head its Ready by 21 National Leadership Council.
1976 Alex (Sascha) Lerman received the “Teacher of the Year Award” for teaching psychodynamic psychiatry at the Creedmoor program of Columbia University. “I try to show psychiatry residents how to integrate emotional and psychological factors into the practice of ‘biological’ psychiatry, and share my own sense of fascination and privilege in working with patients.” Thanks to Skype, he also teaches at the Tehran Psychoanalytic Institute in Iran. “My good friend Don Thieme was recently married in Georgia. My oldest son—at 22 a much better musician than me—and I went on a quick visit to Nashville this winter, and had a beer or three in the music strip downtown—hope to see all my old friends some day.”
1979 Jackie Bell lives in Columbia, Missouri with her eleven year old daughter, Maya. She has worked for eleven years as a photojournalism professor at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. “Before I settled in Columbia, I worked as a photojournalist for 17 years and lived in too many places to list. I have a cat, a much-too-large house and a child that loves soccer, cello, writing and
1975 Janet Huddleston has been busy in New Zealand winning prizes for her homemade beer and wine as well as her garden. She will be in a documentary about people in New Zealand National Parks in 2013. Check out “Wild About NZ” on Facebook. She worked in Denali National Park, Alaska for her second summer.
Eric Rosen ’83 and family
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1984 Mark Levine hosts three different radio shows, one local TV show, and appears from time to time on FOX, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, Chinese TV, etc. You can watch/listen to his shows on his website at MarkLevineTalk.com. (Twitter: @MarkLevineTalk). Rush Limbaugh has called Mark a “glittering jewel of colossal ignorance.”
1985 Virginie Goffaux ‘85 and kids at Arches National Canyon
drama. Maya and I will be moving to London, England in January 2013, where I’ll teach for 6 months, so look us up if you're there!” Belljs@missouri.edu
1980 If you’ve been worried about the financial future of our country, cheer up by listening to the latest from Merle Hazard, one of Jon Shayne’s closest friends. It’s a song called “Fiscal Cliff.”
1981 Laurie Slotchiver Rummel lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her daughters, Rachel, 18, and Jane, 15. “Rachel is headed to Northeastern in the fall, and Jane is an avid scuba diver. As a family, we seek shade. Recently, Lori [Greenbaum] Fishel sent me Ann [Meador] Shayne’s new novel, Bowling Avenue, and I so enjoyed experiencing Nashville through the eyes of her characters.” Ann Meador Shayne’s first novel, Bowling Avenue, is available at Amazon.com and at Nashville’s Parnassus Books, where Ann read and signed to a standing room crowd in June.
1982 Jennifer Kovarik Coleman coaches a FIRST Robotics Team that won the Rockwell Collins FTC Innovation Award at the World Championship in St. Louis in April. (FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
In the summer of 2011, Virginie Goffaux and her children (Elodie, nearly 9 and Adrien, nearly 11) rented a big RV and toured around the western US. “We visited nearly every canyon and national park you can think of and also made stops in Vegas and Salt Lake City. We bought shiny shoes in Vegas; went horseback riding in Monument Valley, hiking in Bryce Canyon, speedboating on Lake Powell and played ‘dodge the “sister”’ at the Mormon Tabernacle.” This summer they planned to go to Portugal. Chris Chamberlain’s new book The Southern Foodie: 100 Places to Eat in the South Before You Die (and the Recipes That Made Them Famous) comes out in September.
1986 Elizabeth Stelling Bills’ Nashville restaurant, the Wild Hare, “turned one year old yesterday. Almost as much fun as a puppy....
1994 Jamie Bradshaw and his wife expected their second child, a daughter, in August, just as their son Martin turns 12. The family lives an “international American/Russian lifestyle” by the ocean in Los Angeles’s Pacific Palisades. Jamie’s debut feature film as writer/director/producer, Branded, was set to open September 7 “via Roadside Attractions (and Lionsgate for dvd).” He describes it as “an epic sci-fi thriller starring Max Von Sydow, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor, and Ed Stoppard…, one man’s mind-bending, nightmarish journey down the rabbit
Andy Straus ‘91 celebrating his 40th birthday with USN friends (l.to r.) Jeremy Roberts, Sam Averbuch, Andy, Sara Lubow Fried, Jay Rosenblum, Dicky Heller
hole as he unlocks a monstrous global corporate conspiracy in which corporate brands have found a way to get inside our minds and controls our desires.” Jamie credits the film’s inspiration to his USN teachers, especially the Maggie, daughter of Mallory Knox ‘94 late Mike Buhl, “who unlocked the secret powers of the world of philosophy,” and his “dear friends Charlie, Mallory, HB, Alex, Jeremy, Alex,” saying “without their belief in me and their collaboration on films as we grew up together this movie would not be.”
1995 In May Mandy Williams “had the honor of performing at Ambassador Andrew Young’s 80th birthday party in Atlanta. Oprah Winfrey was there!”
Mandy Williams ‘95
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Convocation 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Michael Puett ’82
ince Durnan describes Convocation as his favorite night of the school year, when the soon-to-depart seniors, their families, and their teachers gather in our historic auditorium to hear from the Distinguished Alumnus.
This year’s speaker, Michael Puett ’82, Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, laid out (without notes) for the seniors a vision of the photos by Kimberly Manz altered world they are inheriting from the older generation, one in which it is uncertain whether the Western view of the world will prevail. After his remarks, the students tossed away the questions they had prepared to ask Professor Puett. Instead they probed further about China and what he thinks the future might hold. In his introduction of Michael Puett, Vince Durnan had said, “Michael’s singular story prompts two big questions for me, and, I hope, for you in the Class of 2012. First, will China and knowing about China be relevant in your adult life? Will you live there, or learn there, as Michael did at Beijing University in the 1990’s, or pursue your livelihood in connection with that massive and mysterious country?” Whatever the answer to these questions may be, the seniors enjoyed being together for one of the last times. Convocation ended with student performances: “The Breaking of the Fellowship” from The Lord of The Rings played by a group of friends, and Show Choir's “The Prayer.” Then they and their families gathered for punch and cookies and a chance to ask a few more questions of Professor Puett.
Michael Puett ‘82, 2012 Distinguished Alumnus; seniors Greg Shemancik and Madi Abelson; Kate Johnston, Clare Speer, and Preston Crowder; Show Choir performing at Convocation; Taylor Jones, Joey Kaminsky, Ben Blakely, John Coogan, and Noah Stafford.
Jaime Neuman Cole lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, “loving Midwest living.” She is an attorney at a labor and employment law firm. “My husband, Mike, works for Starbucks, which is great considering we have 4 kids, so I need all the coffee I can get. We adopted our son last year from Ethiopia. What an adventure—traveling the world and meeting our 8 year old son. Considering Andenet came into a family with 3 younger sisters, he’s adjusting remarkably well (he LOVED winter!). If any USN alum are ever in Minnesota, let me know.” email@example.com Brice Behringer has earned his license from the US Coast Guard, becoming a 3rd Mate, Vessels of Any Gross Tons, as well as a first class Great Lakes Pilot endorsed to run large vessels through the restricted waters of the Great Lakes and connecting rivers. “I have accepted a job as a civilian sailor with the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command and will be a deck officer on one of the Navy’s many civilian-crewed ships, such as the Hospital Ships Mercy and Comfort, as well as fleet refueling and support ships. “
1997 Nina Interlandi and her husband Ian live in Chicago with their baby boy. Nina does eco-friendly letterpress printing on vintage presses with her business, Tweedle Press.
1998 Caitlin Habib Mello lives in Nashville and works for the Land Trust for Tennessee (nonprofit Land Conservation) as their Communications Coordinator. “It’s been really fun running into and working with fellow USN alumni connected to the local environmental community—Noah Charney, Brooks Daverman, Richard Bovender. One of my favorite art teachers, Gene Sizemore, works in my building! I have a really amazing four year old daughter, Marley."
1999 Garret Westlake received one of 4 SUN awards at Arizona State University, given in recognition of employees’ excellence. To quote his Washington Times profile, Garret is the founder and CEO of STEM Force
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Technology who “has adopted a way of thinking about disability that he calls ‘disability as a catalyst.’ Westlake, who founded his company in early 2011, has thus far worked with nearly a dozen young people nationwide to help place them with companies, and has also created the Asperger’s Leadership Academy, which offers coaching for students with Asperger’s.”
Allison Yazdian’s wedding was fun for many USN alumni
Allison Yazdian had “a blast” at her wedding in Santa Monica last November with the USN alumni who attended: “Sarah Nadler Wolf, Matthew Wolf, Erin Dittus, Andy Shmerling, Daniel Blaser, and let’s not forget all of the Yazdians: Afsoun, Max, Benny, Seth, Rachel, Sarah, Amy, Josh, Aaron, Ariel and David, Carolyn and Stephanie Hecklin, the list goes on...My husband I had been living in San Francisco but we recently moved down to Santa Monica and we are loving it so far.”
Amanda Werme Hagler ’99, her husband Ted, and their son
2002 Ceacy Amanda Werme Hagler and her hus-
band Ted recently celebrated their eleventh wedding anniversary. “Our son is amazing; he’s definitely going to be smarter than I ever was.” She runs a photography studio in Spring Hill (www.shutterbelle.com)
Carolyn Westlake has earned her master’s degree in kinesiology from UT Knoxville and begun a Ph.D. program at UK Lexington. Her research interests are lower extremity gait biomechanics and osteoarthritis. This summer she joined her fiancé in Cold Spring, New York to continue her research.
Chris Meadors went on a “great trip” to China.
Alex Loosen is an engineer in Frankfurt, Germany, working for a solar energy consulting company. Between traveling for work, and with his generous vacation allowance, he’s traveled to over 15 countries on 4 continents since starting his job there in 2009 (picture on pg. 42 is from this summer’s surf camp in Sagres, Portugal, which was “fantastic”).
Kacey Cypress has moved to Jacksonville, Florida to begin her year-long pre-doctoral internship at Northeast Florida State Hospital in Macclenny, Florida, “the last step towards getting my doctorate in Clinical Psychology and finally being done with school.”
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Heber Rogers Opens Still More Doors for Students
ore than half a century ago Heber Rogers came to Peabody Demonstration School to teach history. He remained here for four decades, influencing generations of students and helping to run the school. Many would say that Mr. Rogers helped to save the school during the difficult days of “The Transition” from PDS to USN, when he served as Interim Head for a year. PDS and USN affected him at least as much as he affected the school and his former students and colleagues. Even since his 1995 retirement from USN, his ties to the school have remained strong. And now that Heber is in his eighties, though he is emphatically not slowing down, he does show signs of retrospection. One result: Heber and his wife Fran have established the Heber and Fran Rogers Endowed Scholarship Fund. “All my experience here includes what I perceive as openness and welcoming to diversity,” Heber says. “The key element in my motivation to establish this scholarship is promoting the school’s continuing diversity.” He interprets the word broadly. “Diversity takes many forms, not the least of which is intellectual diversity.” That’s a quality that this school has always prided itself on. When Heber talks to his former students, they often say some version of, “The school exposed me to more points of view.”
Fran and Heber Rogers
Heber took that mission literally during much of his teaching career, personally taking students to Europe to expose them to new ways of understanding the world. Five times he supervised groups of students on six-week “People to People” summer trips, a program that includes home stays. Five times he led shorter versions of these trips himself during USN’s “Winterim” in the early eighties, taking students to Germany and Austria. These trips served as the perfect complement to his favorite class, an elective seminar on European History since 1900.
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He also thinks about diversity in the racial sense. Heber was at Peabody Demonstration School when it was desegregated in 1964. He remembers that Director Knox McCharen sent a questionnaire to the faculty to determine their feelings on the subject before school started, and only one teacher objected to the change. Heber hopes the scholarship endowment will help sustain one of the school’s most important qualities. “When I reflect on those 37 years at the school, that’s the most important element. Diversity among the parents, faculty, and especially the student body.” “I hope students who receive this scholarship endowment will enjoy the same experience of success and diversity I’ve seen at USN.”
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research assistant for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
2009 In July Yale student Henry Gottfried appeared in John Holleman’s play Pokerface at Nashville’s Darkhorse Theater, then in Chicago for the show’s short run there. Some alumni remember Mr. Holleman from his days as a USN teacher. Marshall Moutenot has created a new filesharing app, Snappi, which is in a competition at Evernote. In July Marshall wrote, “I’ve made it past 6 rounds of weeding out applicants and so far I’m in the top 30 out of 180 who applied.” http://bit.ly/Moutenotapp
Alex Loosen ‘04 in Portugal
Study in 2009 with a BA in Individualized Study and is now beginning work at Northwestern University Law School for the JD class of 2015. Before she moved to Chicago, she lived in Los Angeles, and in June she completed a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, participating in the AIDS Lifecycle (formerly the California AIDS Ride). “I rode by myself, not with a team, but would love to recruit a team of riders in the years to come. All of the riders and roadies, approximately 3,000 people this year, raised $12.6 million together in the 2012 ride, a net that goes to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the LA Gay and Lesbian Center.” She traced her love of cycling to USN, where in middle school she “participated in Moab, Tri-west, and for the 7th grade retreat I biked the Natchez Trace. It’s definitely thanks to USN’s outdoor education that I still cycle and love to participate in long distance rides.” At NYU, she worked extensively on a city-wide HIV initiative as a peer educator and led workshops focused on correcting sexual stigma, “and this summer’s ride was an incredible opportunity for me to blend the two passions.”
Jesse-Justin Cuevas ‘05 on “Day 4 (June 6, 2012) of the AIDS Lifecycle, smack dab in the middle of the route.”
produced by Squeaky Bicycle Productions at the Drilling CompaNY Theatre, which is at 78th and Broadway. From the play’s publicity: “The author of this teenybopper murder-farce is W.M. Akers, a reporter, NYU alum, and recipient of the John Golden Playwrighting Prize in Excellence. Developed as part of our annual Winter Reading Lab, Pop Dies in Vegas is Akers’ first collaboration with Squeaky Bicycle Productions.”
2007 Marci Levy is attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine in North Chicago, IL pursuing her Masters in Physician Assistant Practice.
Hannah Edelman graduated with High Honors from Swarthmore College (with a B.A. in Biology), and this fall she begins the M.D./Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University.
Will Akers, who has been writing plays since he was graduated from NYU, had a play performed in New York this summer, his second production. He has also been writing for the New York Observer, a weekly. His play, Pop Dies in Vegas, was
After graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in economics and French from Claremont McKenna College, Jane Brittingham has come back across the country to Washington, D.C. to work as a
2010 Ian Ball, a sophomore at Stanford University, won the Hoefer Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing for his mathematical paper “Classification of Finite Abelian Groups.” In the sciences, the Hoefer Prize is awarded to one Stanford undergraduate each year for technical writing done to fulfill the major.
2011 In June Jordan Lavender, finishing her freshman year at the University of Virginia, placed 6th at the USATF Junior Nationals with a personal best, possibly earning a spot on the National team for the Jr. World Championships. Her time in the 400 Meter was 53.46.
Weddings Jim Rodrigues ’94 and Collette Wieland, April 14, 2012 Allison Yazdian ‘99 and Jamie Auslander, November 12, 2011 Nathalie Lavine ‘00 and Keith Russell, March 27, 2012 Sarah Townsend ‘03 and Brett Morris, May 26, 2012
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The Wizard of Oz Tim Ozgener ’88
he pleasure Tim Ozgener gets out of focusing on details and making people happy is rooted in his experience with the family business. At a time when most kids his age were raking leaves or mowing lawns to get a little extra pocket money, Tim and his little sister were its packaging department. The company, CAO (Tim’s father’s initials), grew into a leading pipe, humidor, and cigar company.
industry leaders. After the Ozgeners sold the company in 2007 and the parent company moved the headquarters, Tim left his post as president. Tim and his father
“Dad taught me to follow my heart. He also taught me to be intent on the details…the key to being outstanding.” The lesson was reinforced at University School, where he entered kindergarten in 1975. The school seems an inevitable choice for his family, given his mother’s Ph.D. in Early Childhood Development from Peabody College. “It’s a school that teaches you to be … an independent, innovative thinker. You learn to have confidence in your thinking, to take risks, and to lead.” In his early years, he was guided by “iconic teachers” Mary Ann Pangle and Ellen Dickinson. “Mrs. Dickinson started each morning playing ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Morning.’ A really positive way to start the day.” Through Gus Gillette, in high school he discovered a love of acting. It’s no surprise, then, that his classmates chose him to speak at his 1988 graduation. Tim describes the speech as “basically a roast. Everybody liked it, maybe a few didn’t…but hey, it was a roast.” The roast was an expression of affection. Tim relishes memories of his buddies from that time— Reed Edmondson, David Spigel, J.J. Rosen, and Rob Gluck. He still spends time with Fred Jenkins, Drew Alexander, and Mike Trebing. At first his dad wasn’t sure about Tim’s decision to study acting in college, but Mr. Ozgener saw that it was Tim’s passion, coming around when Tim got into USC’s program. His parents came to see his first performance at a real comedy club in Los Angeles. “It was great to have them in there while I was doing imitations of them.” Even during his California years, Tim stayed connected to CAO by selling pipes, humidors, and cigars to vendors. In 1999 his dad asked him to come back to Nashville and work at CAO full-time. Tim’s attention to every detail—from choosing the tobacco blends to packaging to marketing—helped make CAO cigar
Tim and his dad held on to CAO’s former headquarters on Cockrill Bend Circle. Developing “Oz” seemed a chance to give Nashville something akin to New York’s Park Avenue Amory and MASS MoCa in the Berkshires. Oz would allow them pursue a shared love of art and build something new that will give people pleasure. Oz is “not an art gallery, but a contemporary art space.” With nine different distinct spaces—including an outdoor Zen garden and a 15,000 square foot grand salon—Oz is able to accommodate special events of any type. They can stage performances, exhibitions, and concerts there. “You never really know what is going to happen next, but you know it will be a pretty amazing experience.” When not working on Oz, Tim and his wife Arnita spend their time with the kids Aidan (4) and Evan (7), who is a USN first grader. In addition to “swimming in summer and hockey in winter,” the family love to travel. A favorite trip is to Turkey to see their relatives. In order to be able to do that—and retain his dual citizenship— Tim spent 21 days in the Turkish army. Except for cleaning bathrooms, it appealed to Tim’s sense of adventure. “I would do it again in a heartbeat,” is his summary of that adventure. It’s easy to imagine Tim’s saying that about his whole life.“With stand-up comedy I loved getting people to laugh. When I worked on cigars I loved the idea that someone would be able to derive pleasure for an hour or so. With Oz I love the idea that what we are doing is going to bring the kind of art or performance to people that will expand their lives a little bit.” For Tim, “the journey is half the reward.”
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Tyler Princehorn, Ben and Sarah’s son
Max Haber, Ellen and Matthew’s son
Tova Lubetkin, Dan’s daughter
Mallory Knox’s daughter Katherine
Brooks Lukach, son of Matt and Grace Ann
Stirling Snow’s daughter Evie and her little brother Lawson Grey Otwell-Snow
Births Susie and Gideon Yu ‘89, a daughter, Emily Grace, June 28, 2012
Melissa and Mallory Knox ’94, a daughter, Katherine Elizabeth, June 27, 2012
Matthew ‘98 and Ellen Duke Haber ’00, a son, Milton Alexander, April 27 , 2012
Lori and Dan Lubetkin ‘93, a daughter, Tova Faith, January 4, 2012
Ben ’94 and Sarah Schleicher Princehorn ‘97, a son, Tyler Kyle, February 27, 2012
Lee and Sneha Channabasappa Oakley ‘94, a son, Arjun Michael, November 15, 2011
Stirling Snow ’96 and Janin Otwell, a son, Lawson Grey Otwell-Snow, May 17, 2012 Ian and Nina Interlandi Bell ‘97, a son, Samuel Lindsey, March 6, 2012
Matthew and Sarah Nadler Wolf ‘99, a daughter, Anna Adeline, July 2, 2012 Matt ’04 and Grace Ann Cunningham Lukach ’03, a son, Brooks Walker, June 29, 2012
In Memoriam Patty Chadwell ‘33 Mary Louise Davis Holder ’38[?]
Reunion 2013 April 19 & 20 Pen Pal Lunch Class Parties Reunion Luncheon See, Touch, Create Inside USN USN Golf Tournament
Dewees Berry ‘39 Mary “Chippy” Hall Pirtle ’40 Norman Shaw ‘43 Harrington Brearley ‘44 Ross Thompson ‘44 William Tuggle ‘47 Martha Nicholas Greer ‘49 Sandra Hoback Long ‘56 Herberta Grissom ‘63
Learn more at www.usn.org/reunion.
Ginger Shirey ‘77 Karen Jean Elliott ‘78
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Introducing University School’s New Annual Fund Recognition USN’s Annual Fund fuels every aspect of a remarkable student-centered educational experience. By directly supporting the life of the school each year, it allows us to say yes to exciting opportunities for our students. The Societies named below recognize all donors of unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund. We invite you to find a level that is comfortable for you. Donate to the 2012-2013 Annual Fund at www.usn.org/giving. University School Annual Fund Leadership Society
The Leadership Society honors those whose strong support of the school helps ensure its financial security. Donors who make a gift at one of the Leadership Society levels below will be listed in the Annual Report in that category. University School Leadership Society Visionaries $25,000+ Founders $10,000-$24,999 Innovators $5,000-$9,999 Patrons $2,500-$4,999 1915 Society $1,915-$2,499 The 1915 Society is named for the founding year of USN’s predecessor, Peabody Demonstration School.
Annual Fund Giving Levels Gifts made at these levels each year are the foundation of USN’s Annual Fund. They allow USN the flexibility to meet needs as they emerge. Garnet & Blue $1,000-$1,914 Friends of USN Up to $999
Two New Recognition Societies Are you a USN alumnus who has graduated within the last 20 years? With a gift of $500 or more, you become a member of the Edgehill Society for Young Alumni. Have you supported USN for 25 years or longer? You are a member of the George Peabody Society, named for the philanthropist who founded Peabody College, parent institution of Peabody Demonstration School.
Would you like to learn more? Contact Sam Jackson, Annual Fund Director at 615/277-7496 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also obtain the information at www.usn.org/annualfund.
USN Launches Alumni App for Smart Phones and Tablets With this new app you’ll be able to connect with your fellow PDS and USN alumni as never before. It’s available for iPhone, Android, Windows Messenger phones, and all tablets. You can: n Post photos, updates, and contact info instantly through Class Notes n Search alumni by class year, occupation, or location with the Linked In-partnered Directory n Keep up with all things USN, including various alumni events with News & Events n See which alumni are near you with the GPS-enabled “Nearby” feature n Keep USN’s official Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube channels at your fingertips n Share in the excitement of your upcoming class reunion with the Reunion feature Watch for the release of this app in late September. Meanwhile, make sure we have your current contact information on file so that the Directory is as accurate as possible.
This is the fall 2012 issue of USN's alumni magazine, 2000 Edgehill.