Greetings from Campus!
While the campus is not yet a snowy winter wonderland, it is coming back to life after a quiet break. Students have returned to campus, classes have commenced, and we are eagerly anticipating a new surprise addition to the campus—an outdoor ice rink on Sawyer Field! To find about more about what the winter and spring will hold, join Head of School, Robert W. Hill on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at either noon or 8 p.m. (ET).
With 2020 in the rearview, we have to admit that, while we are glad to wave good-bye, we also shared some good times. We look forward to seeing you as we anticipate getting back to visits and regional events sometime in 2021!
Jill Stern, Director of Alumni Engagement
Notes from Campus
Grum Project artist-in-residence, composer Geoff Hudson shared his creative process and progress on a collaborative original school song to be debuted this spring. Watch the video here.
New "From the Archives": Joseph Henry Sawyer dragged Williston kicking and screaming out of the 19th century. Read more about this "Visionary Keeper of the Flame."
The Fall/Winter Bulletin is in the mail! If you can't wait for yours to arrive, read the online version here.
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! 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: Koyalee Chanda '92
As vice president for kids and animation at Hello Sunshine, the award-winning production company founded in 2016 by Reese Witherspoon, Koyalee Chanda is embracing the opportunity to open doors for other storytellers, while “dismantling the preconceived boxes” that limit the complexity of characters in children’s television. Read more about her journey from Williston Northampton to Hollywood.
Spotlight on: Merideth Morgan '03
"Why am I putting myself in a situation where I’m working for someone else’s dreams, when I have my own dreams?"
Learn more about this wardrobe stylist, curvy fashion blogger, model, actor, content creator, Instagram influencer, and body positivity coach. And if you missed Merideth's lunchtime series this January, you can find the videos in the "Alumni Experts" section of the Wildcat Hub!
Spotlight on: Jeff Bastable '65
Jeff Bastable’s ties to the Armed Forces run deep. He keeps them strong through his work as board member and director of philanthropy of the Syracuse, NY hub of Honor Flight, a national network that flies veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials that were built in their honor. Read more about how his work connects to his years at Williston Academy.
We kicked off the New Year with Merideth Morgan '03 (see profile above) offering expert advice on health, nutrition and style. Sarah Levine Meyer '00 shared her top tips for turning an interview into an offer, and ways to navigate the new normal of online interviews.
There's something for everyone in our upcoming schedule of events. New events are being added regularly and you can stay current by visiting the Alumni Events page online. Mark your calendars for the next few weeks: Jan. 27, lunchtime style session with Merideth Morgan '03. Feb. 3, afternoon and evening chats with Head of School, Bob Hill. Feb. 4, Panel discussion with producer Bryant McBride '84 and special guests. Details for how you can screen the documentary: WILLIE: How the Descendant of Escaped Slaves Changed Hockey Forever can be found on the Events page.
NEW on WillistonConnects: Watch presentations from experts in their fields. Current videos include Niels Gjertson '98 on Cryptocurrency and Sarah Levine Meyer '00 with tips on how to turn an interview into an offer. Log in and activate your profile. Videos are found in the "Resources" section.
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