Greetings from Campus!
You may love February because of Valentine's Day, because it's Black History Month, or because there's a long weekend. Maybe it's the fact that February is the shortest month of the year, daylight returns, or you believe the groundhog's optimistic prediction that spring is on the way. Here on campus, we love February because of FOUNDERS DAY! Why do we love it so, you ask? We love that tomorrow, February 17, we will see hundreds of alumni, parents, and friends show up and show their school pride! We are looking forward to "seeing" 1,500 of you come together as the Williston Northampton School community rallies for 24 hours in support of our students and faculty. Scroll to the bottom of this email for all the Founders Day news!
Visit us on Founders Day, come back for a virtual alumni event. We've got our calendar set through April with alumni presenters sharing their expertise on topics ranging from working with a former president, to the future of the cannabis industry, and from kickstarting your spring fitness, to aging with grace and joy. As always, stay up-to-date with the latest by visiting the Alumni Events webpage.
Here's hoping that the groundhog was right, and that spring is around the corner. Until then, stay well, and stay in touch by sending us an update for the Class Notes in the forthcoming Spring Bulletin!
Jill Stern, Director of Alumni Engagement
Notes from Campus
A letter from Head of School Robert W. Hill III addressing work to date on Williston Northampton School's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives was sent to all alumni on February 13. You can read the letter here or on the DEI webpage, where you can also learn more about Williston Northampton School's Anti-Racism Committee (ARC) and register for an ARC-sponsored Zoom event that will be hosted on Tuesday evening, February 23.
Ronald Chan '01 offered words of wisdom at the Cum Laude Induction Ceremony, telling inductees that “You will go on to become leaders of your respective industries and communities, so your willingness to support the building of networks that cut across cultures and geographical boundaries will have a direct, positive, and lasting impact on not only yourself but also many of those around you.” Read Ronald's full speech and see a list of inductees here.
Hot off the press! The print edition of the Willistonian was delivered on campus. Catch up on the latest news from student journalists here.
This winter, Tuesdays are for singing! 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. Tonight, February 16, at 7 p.m. ET, is the last session in this series. Brianna Robinson (Opera Singer; Boston Lyric Opera, African American Spirituals). Join via Zoom using the link found here.
Spotlight on: Williston Northampton's Head's Visiting Council
The Head’s Visiting Council (HVC)—an advisory group formed in 2017 to serve as a sounding board for school policies, advancement initiatives, and alumni-outreach strategies—welcomed 16 new members this year, bringing the total to 44. Though still relatively new, the council “has quickly gained an identity and become a significant resource for me,” Hill noted in a recent letter to the group, whose members reflect a diverse mix of backgrounds, ages, genders, and professions, hailing from 17 states and two foreign countries. Find out more about the HVC and the alumni who serve on it.
Spotlight on: Sidney Baptista '05
“What can we do as runners in the push for racial justice?”
With a leg up from Sidney Baptista ’05, runners from all walks of life and levels of experience came together last fall on behalf of racial justice in Boston. As an entrepreneur (check out the launch of PYNRS, his new athletic streetwear line), marathoner, and host of the podcast Fitness in Color, Baptista put together the city’s More Than a Run 5K road race. Read more about his commitment to the running community, and watch for registration to go live for an April virtual alumni event with Sidney to inspire you to get in shape this spring!
Spotlight on: Anthony Willoughby '70
Anthony Willoughby ’70 still vividly remembers the day his headmaster at London’s prestigious Harrow School suggested he continue his education elsewhere. “He said, ‘Anthony, let’s get one thing clear,’” recalls Willoughby, the eccentric founder of The Nomadic School of Business, a leadership training program that draws on the wisdom of tribal cultures. “‘You are far, far too stupid to go to university. But how would you like to go on an English-Speaking Union exchange scholarship to America?’” Read on to see where life after Williston has taken him, and hear more tales from this global adventurer at an alumni virtual event on March 11.
You've probably heard the disappointing news...Reunion 2021 will not be held on campus this summer. But we know not even a global pandemic can prevent alumni from getting together to have a good time. So stay tuned for news of virtual reunion with a week-long slate of class calls and special virtual events from June 7 - 11.
It's been a busy few weeks with Merideth Morgan '03 sharing tips on how to refine your personal style, and more than 50 Wildcats joining producer Bryant McBride '84 and special guests to hear about the making of the social justice documentary WILLIE: How the Descendant of Escaped Slaves Changed Hockey Forever. Find recordings of these presentations and more in the "Alumni Experts" section of the Wildcat Hub.
There's a full calendar of virtual alumni events to get you through the rest of winter and in to spring. Find out what's on the schedule and register for any event at the Alumni Events web page.
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NEW on WillistonConnects: Activate your profile to watch presentations from experts in their fields. Current videos in the Resources section include Niels Gjertson '98 on Cryptocurrency and Sarah Levine Meyer '00 with tips on how to turn an interview into an offer. Coming this spring in partnership with WillistonConnects: Careers in Podcasting with Catherine Saint Louis '92 and Christina Djossa '10, a discussion about working in the adult-use cannabis industry with Shaun Chapman '98 and Tori Gates '10, and a session on job search strategies, and crafting a winning cover letter and resume with Sue Colina '88.
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!
Join us TOMORROW, February 17, for our 6th annual day of giving! Founders Day is your moment to join with the entire Williston Northampton School community to show your pride in the Green and Blue. Support what matters most to you! Click here to learn about any of the challenges below.
Class Challenges: Is your class on the list?
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Challenge: 100 supporters will unlock $15,000 for current DEI initiatives!
Arts Challenge: 75 supporters will unlock $5,000 for our studio, performance, and music programs!