Greetings from Campus!
Spring is in the air. Students are returning from a well-deserved break, admission letters have gone out to aspiring Wildcats, seniors are counting down the days to graduation, and we are all feeling hopeful about being able to welcome alumni back to campus in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, alumni have been gathering on class calls and online events. See what's on the schedule (and who's planning to attend) by visiting the Alumni Events webpage.
VIRTUAL REUNION 2021 planning is well underway. And while we won't be able to gather under the big tent on the quad, we are excited about what's coming for the week of June 7-11. While we will be celebrating the classes of the 0s, 1s, 5s and 6s, many events will be open to all alumni. When it comes to Reunion fun, whether online or in person, the more the merrier! If you are in a reunion year, we'd love your input: please take two minutes to fill out this survey to help us with planning affinity group calls. If you'd like to work with us to set up a class call, please email Jill Stern (email@example.com).
But enough about us! What have you been up to? Take a moment to send any updates for the Class Notes by the end of March for publication in the forthcoming Spring Bulletin! And keep scrolling to read the rest of this month's newsletter!
Jill Stern, Director of Alumni Engagement
Notes from Campus
Congratulations to the 31-member We the People team who came in second in the state, wielding their knowledge of democracy and the U.S. government! And kudos to Avi Falk '22, who earned the Claudette Desrosiers award!
The Willistonian asked current seniors about their post-graduation plans. Their answers may surprise you.
Enlarge your cycling social circle! If you work out with a Peloton bike, or use the app, you can now stay fit with the Williston Northampton School community. Use the tag #WillistonSammy1841 and you can ride, run, or work out with fellow Wildcats.
Spotlight on: Sarah Carlan '92, Laura Bowman '13, Sally Ekus '03
“We can totally figure this out! We can do this! That’s something Williston instilled in us.” This winter, leadership coach Sarah Williams Carlan ’92, P’21, ’23, along with chef Laura Bowman ’13, and culinary agent Sally Ekus ’03 (and plenty of non-Williston folks), launched a collaborative fundraiser for two groups hit hard by the pandemic: the local restaurant industry and the Treehouse Foundation, a 60-home community in Easthampton designed to support foster families and elders. Find out how these three alumae came together to "Stir Up Some Love."
Spotlight on: Brendan Hellweg '14
“We’re taking the necessity of a public health response,” he says, “and turning it into an employment-development engine.”
As special project manager and data lead in the Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Performance and Innovation, Hellweg helps devise and implement data-driven solutions to stubborn urban issues like poverty and public safety. Until last spring, he spent much of his time figuring out ways to keep at-risk young people from entering the criminal justice system. “Then,” he says, “the world changed.” Read more about Hellweg's innovative model for contact tracing that puts community front and center.
Spotlight on: Kimberly Gordon '03
Children’s book author and publishing entrepreneur Kimberly Lindsey Gordon loved writing ever since she was a little girl, but never thought it could be her career. When she discovered Williston’s Writers’ Workshop program, she “fell in love with it,” she recalls. “We met authors. We had seminars. I was exposed to a whole community of individuals that were publishing books, traveling the world. But I just didn’t ever connect that as something that I could possibly do.” Read more about how Gordon connected her passion with purpose to create a publishing company with a strong message.
Coming this month to a screen near you: Shaun Chapman '98 and Tori Gates '10 on the future of the cannabis industry; Aska Naito '93 on keeping stress at bay to live a harmonious life, and a special offer from Chuck Tauck '72 and Sheldrake Point winery to help you enjoy his talk on Northeast Wines on April 8. Find out what else is on the schedule and register for any event at the Alumni Events web page.
Missed one of our alumni virtual events? Find recordings of these presentations in the "Alumni Experts" section of the newly refreshed Wildcat Hub.
Virtual Reunion planning is underway and we need your input! If you're in the classes of the 0s, 1s, 5s, or 6s, and interested in affinity gatherings during Reunion, please take two minutes to fill out this survey.
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 School 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how we can make this platform work best for you!
NEW on WillistonConnects: Activate your profile to watch presentations from experts in their fields. Videos are saved in the Resources section.
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!
The Wildcat community showed its stripes on Founders Day, with generous gifts in support of our students and faculty! Thank you for coming #TogetherAsOne in this extraordinary year to help us Meet the Moment and further our commitment to all aspects of the school, from arts, academics, and athletics, to our increased commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.