From the Homestead Williston Northampton School Alumni Newsletter

Greetings from Campus!

Today marks the last day of post-Thanksgiving (online from home) classes, and students and faculty alike are eagerly anticipating a relaxing winter break. Plans are underway for a safe return to campus in January following the successful protocols practiced this fall.

We hope you found time to join us virtually to catch up with classmates and friends, learn something new from alumni experts, or enjoy student artists. You can still view the dance concert, and choral/instrumental music outdoor, fireside performance. We've got a full calendar of virtual activities planned for the winter months, and we are regularly adding new topics and guests. Stay current by visiting the Alumni Events web page.

Wishing you and yours all the best in the coming New Year; here's to seeing you (in person) in 2021!

Jill Stern, Director of Alumni Engagement

Notes from Campus

The Willistonian has fresh content online. Students from around the globe have filed stories that examine remote learning workloads, explore how the pandemic has affected holiday traditions, offer a sneak preview of this spring's theater production, and describe what it's like to share their remote learning space with a zebra!

Rick Teller '70 adds another page to Williston Northampton School's history with a new article "From the Archives."

Need Last Minute Gifts for a Wildcat? Check out the online campus store. Last day to have your purchase shipped is 12/18. Last day for curbside pickup is 12/21.

Mark your calendars! Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. EST., Colin Mann, Director of Williston Northampton School Choirs, and the office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion present a series of guest speakers! Each gathering will include a live or pre-recorded performance as well as a Q&A session. Jan. 26, Pierce Freelon '02 and daughter Stella Freelon (Politician, Musician; Hip-Hop and Children's Music) / Feb. 9, Brianna Robinson (Opera Singer; Boston Lyric Opera, African American Spirituals). Join via Zoom using the link found here.

Spotlight on: Henry Lombino '14

“This year in particular I made a promise to myself to make this ‘the year of projects,’” Lombino said. “Each one is a new opportunity to learn and grow and make mistakes.” A glance at his resume shows that Lombino hardly seems to rest! Currently on his plate? A collaboration with playwright Jack Spagnola '10.

Spotlight on: Rosemary Feit Covey '72

"For me, art is more important when it’s messy. You don’t even know why, but it somehow moves you. It means going into another world, not your own, and yet it connects to you so intensely and deeply."

Born and raised in South Africa, Feit Covey went from NSFG to Cornell University and then the Maryland Institute College of Art. The universal motifs she explored— landscapes, portraiture, domestic scenes, mythic imagery—conveyed an intensely personal vision. Read about how she discovered her vision at Williston Northampton School, and watch this interview about her creative process.

Alumni Events

You never know who you'll see on a Wildcat Zoom! We've had so much fun bringing alumni together virtually to learn new skills or engage in lively conversation with subject experts. And we've got even more planned for this winter! Bookmark the Alumni Events page, watch your emails, and tell your friends!

In December we hosted Niels Gjertson '98 for an interactive discussion on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (video available in the resources section of WillistonConnects.) Photographer Sean Kardon '79 shared his experience as a photojournalist and offered tips on how to get that compelling photo, especially if using your phone's camera (video available in the "How To" section on the Wildcat Hub.) Classmates also shared holiday cheer via Class Zoom calls! Contact Tammy Neils-Walker (tneilswalker@williston.com) if you would like to schedule a call in the New Year!

January, February, and March Alumni Virtual Events are currently being scheduled. Check the Alumni Events page for the latest!

Despite masks and distancing, students in theater, dance, and music gave their all, turning in beautiful performances!
A powerful network just for alumni of Williston Northampton.

AVAILABLE NOW: Niels Gjertson '98 on Cryptocurrency and Blockchain. Video exclusive to WillistonConnects members. Activate your profile, or sign in, and go to "Resources" then "Video" to view.

Search to find alumni who share your professional and personal interests, then connect at the click of a button. Members of the community are ready and willing to offer advice and perspective no matter where you are in your career journey. It takes less than five minutes to answer a few questions about your past Williston Northampton interests and your career to complete your profile. If you have started, but not completed your profile, we want to know why you stopped! Email jstern@williston.com and tell us how we can make this platform work best for you!

With over 900 members and growing, The Williston Alumni and Alumni of Color LinkedIn Groups are your go-to resources for professional contacts and job opportunities through alumni connections. Tap into the power of your Wildcat Networks!

This year, community journalism and the telling of personal stories feels more urgent. The Willistonian faculty advisor, English teacher, and writer Matt Liebowitz explains how student reporters are meeting the moment.

We are proud of the newsroom staff that keeps the country's longest continually-published high school print newspaper in business.

Your gift to the Williston Northampton Fund before December 31 helps faculty and students to continue to meet the moment—thank you!

Stay in touch! Let us know if you would like to see any specific programming or are willing to present on a particular topic.

We want to hear from you! Email us at alumni@williston.com.

Created By
Jill Stern