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From the Homestead Williston Northampton School Alumni Newsletter

Greetings from Campus!

Friday was the last day of on-campus classes until after the New Year. It has been an amazing three months and the Williston Northampton School community has truly embodied the school's mission of living with purpose, passion, and integrity. Students, faculty, and staff have pursued learning and living together with good humor, innovative approaches, and kindness while looking out for one another's health and welfare. On Wednesday, you may have received an email from Head of School Robert W. Hill III summarizing this extraordinary fall. If it missed your inbox, you can read it here.

A silver lining to moving so much of our campus life into the virtual world is that we can now share our dance, drama, and music with you. Read on for links to the fall season of dance and choral concerts, and a theater performance of a version of Antigone freshly updated for these times. As always, stay up-to-date with alumni event offerings by visiting the Alumni Events web page.

Sending you and yours our warmest wishes for health and happiness as we begin this holiday season,

Jill Stern, Director of Alumni Engagement

Notes from Campus

Don't miss your chance to enjoy music, dance, and theater from the comfort of your couch; click each link to watch this Fall's student performances! Dance concert: "Distant Dream" Available now. / Theater: Antigone, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. EST through December 7. / Choral and Instrumental Concerts (combined), December 15, 7 p.m. EST

Shout out to History and Global Studies teacher Peter Gunn, whose Boards for Board project—he fashions beautiful cutting boards from reclaimed wood—raised over $1,500 for local organizations fighting food insecurity in Western Mass.

What makes a perfect holiday gift for the Wildcat in your life? Willy Gear, of course! Shop the online store and take advantage of free shipping on all orders placed between November 26 - 29.

This winter, Tuesdays are for singing! Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. EST., Colin Mann, Director of Williston Northampton School Choirs, is pleased to partner with the office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to present a series of guest speakers! Each gathering will include a live or pre-recorded performance as well as a Q&A session. Mark your calendars and plan to tune in! Dec. 8, Rayvon Moore (Conductor; Friends University Choirs, Wichita Chamber Chorale) / 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: Paisley Taylor '01

'Tis the season to craft—And if you can't get to Paisley's CREATE Art Bar in Missoula, Montana for a crafty evening, you can check out her online shop. Get inspired by her family-friendly crafting ideas, pour yourself a seasonal beverage, and delight friends and families with one-of-a-kind gifts!

Spotlight on: Yemi Lawani '96

"We identify a real problem and try to solve it."

For Africa-based entrepreneur Yemi Lawani ’96, a desire to solve problems inspires him in a variety of ventures. He credits his PG year at Williston with igniting his drive: “The resources, the facilities, always learning from people; it opened your eyes to see there were a ton of possibilities.” Read more about Yemi's career (and how Williston Northampton School Connections span the globe!)

Spotlight on: Katharine Esty '52

Katharine, a social psychologist, author, and retired business executive (plus a former NSFG faculty member and Williston board chair), focused her most recent book on her own generation. However, Eightysomethings: A Practical Guide to Letting Go, Aging Well, and Finding Unexpected Happiness, offers "Five Tips for Aging Well" that hold true at any age! You can read more on her website, katharineesty.com.

Alumni Events

From pets in costumes to catching up on class Zoom, and from planning for financial independence to choosing the right wine for Thanksgiving, we've had a great (virtual) time with alumni this fall! We are busy scheduling events for December and January, so bookmark the Alumni Events page, watch your emails and tell your friends!

Early November brought alumni together to learn to bake an apple galette with chef Laura Bowman '13 (watch the video demo here and get the recipe here) and sharpen their wine tasting senses with sommelier Gordon Sullivan '69 (see video here and an inspired wine list here). Class Zoom calls continue (contact Tammy Neils-Walker at tneilswalker@williston.com if you would like to schedule one for your class.)

We've got DOGS IN COSTUMES! Thanks to everyone who submitted their pictures for our "Fall-o-ween" contest; visit our Flickr gallery to see the best of pumpkins and pets!

Tuesday, December 15, 7:308:30 p.m. EST: Join Sean Kardon ’79 for a talk on "Photojournalism: Then and Now." Hear about Sean's career (including photographing every President since Carter!) and get bonus tips for capturing the best images on your phone.

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COMING SOON: Exclusive career advice and webinars from alumni experts, available only on WillistonConnects!

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

Theater, music, instrumental performance, and dance: How do artists collaborate and thrive when social distance is the rule and a video screen is between performer and audience? Where others see obstacles, Williston Northampton School Arts Faculty see opportunity. Watch our arts faculty talk about how they are meeting the moment this year.

We salute the Williston Northampton School faculty for being innovative, flexible, adaptable, and most of all, committed to ensuring that students are learning, engaged, and thriving. (in photo, clockwise from top left: Emily Ditkovski, Theater; Colin Mann, Music; Sarah Swersey, Instrumental Music; Debra Vega, Dance.)

Your support of the Williston Northampton Fund helps us 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.

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