Your City as Our Campus
- Alums, former faculty, and friends from Baltimore to Virginia discovered new WT connections in their neighborhoods and work fields, and enjoyed catching up with each other while sharing special memories of our "pillared portals."
Along with marveling at advancements Winchester Thurston has made throughout the decades, graduates of the Classes of 1944 to 2012 shared common bonds of appreciation having formed cherished friendships, sparked interests and passions, developed the intellectual curiosity and skills to be active, life-long learners, and being charged to "think also of the comfort and the rights of others" as WT students.
- Alums and friends of WT enjoyed a high-spirited reception overlooking Naples, hosted by Trustee Kelly Hanna Riley '91 and her family.
In addition to visiting with longtime friends, guests appreciated hearing about WT’s national accolades from Head of School Gary Niels who shared the latest news from the pillared portals, including increased enrollment, robust programming, trail-blazing City as Our Campus developments, and school-wide civility and wellness initiatives. Alums expressed pride and interest in plans on the horizon to sustain these successes. The picturesque night was accentuated by stories of WT, and beautiful views of the Florida sunset.
- WT alums gathered at The Perennial with Director of Alumnae/i Relations Linsey McDaniel A'96 and Director of Advancement Ashley Harper.
Atlanta, December 2016
These highly anticipated and engaging On the Road events provided Head of School Gary Niels with the opportunity to personally share highlights of the State of the School.
Gathered at Lauren and Ben’s Manhattan home, NYC alums from the Class of 1943 to the Class of 2010 discovered that, in addition to their shared appreciation for WT, they are connected as professional colleagues, as neighbors, and even as parents of children who have attended the same New York school.
Among those in attendance were two trustees — Doug Campbell, father of Meg Campbell ’03 and Owen Campbell ’07, and alumna Jennifer Gonzalez McComb ’89. Connecting more than four decades of WT, alums shared stories of amazing teachers, and recalled their favorite sports and performing arts moments. Though eras, talents, and interests varied, Lisa Carlson ’69 pointed out that these defining experiences are unified by WT's culture and a community that encourages, challenges, cultivates friendships, and develops free-thinkers.
Even recent graduates Olivia Belitsky ‘13, Lucy Gabriel ’13, Kathryn Hendrickson ’13, and Max Stofman ’11 were impressed by the latest WT accomplishments shared by Gary Niels, Head of School. Everyone cheered as he shared our achievements ranging from our first State Championship team (cross country) to stellar National Merit recognition — 25% of the senior class — to $17 million raised toward the Celebrate WT campaign to transform beloved school spaces, sustain scholarships, and attract and retain outstanding faculty.
- Alumna and trustee Kathleen Metinko ’91 and her husband Jan hosted a reception at 30 Rockefeller Center, overlooking Manhattan.
New York area alumnae/i from a number of interesting fields mingled together and caught up on their favorite teachers and common friends. Gary Niels, Head of School, shared an update on what's happening at WT, including the City as our Campus programs that are gaining prominence and increased support.
The earliest graduate in attendance was Marguerite Tabor Yates ’43, and the newest WT community member was delightful one-year-old Massimo, who
accompanied his mom Maria Leventis Di-Stefano ’87.
- Hosted by alumna and trustee Susan Criep Santa-Cruz '60, WT alums, spouses, and friends enjoyed lively conversation and beautiful sunset views over the bay.
While enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, guests heard an exciting update on WT from Gary Niels, Head of School, about WT’s bold plans for the future and how the Celebrate WT campaign is progressing with plans to support renovations to the school's athletics wing and performing arts facilities. In addition many alums enjoyed mini-reunions with classmates, some discovered surprising connections, and everyone appreciated sharing old memories and developing new WT bonds.
- Twenty-two alumnae and friends of WT visited beautiful Chautauqua Institution for lunch at the famed Athenaeum Hotel.
Gary Niels, Head of School, shared news of WT today. Special thanks to our alumna host of the luncheon, Sue Hopkins Martin ’60. Also attending were Kay Gerwig Bailey '48, Mary Minor Evans '55, Carole Oswald Markus '57, Josette Neubauer Rolley '58, Polly Brandt Lechner '59, Tina Diebold Englert '59, Donna Gow Taylor '59, Hugh Taylor, Beverly Diebold Green '60, Sandy Hawkins Miller '61, Margaret Minor '63, Gayle Shaw Camden '64, Ginni Crawford '64, Dianne Diebold '64, Deb Acklin ’80, Linsey McDaniel A’96, Cecile Springer, Sarah McDaniel, Sharon Semenza, Jennifer Scanlon, and Gaylen Westfall.
It was a wonderful evening with a diverse group of WT community members including alums from classes of 1943-2004 that provided an opportunity to network and hear about what is going on at WT today, including the City as Our Campus (CAOC) program.
The thought-provoking questions about CAOC spurred enjoyable and exciting conversations on community-based learning amongst those who attended.
- WT welcomed alums to an evening of incredible conversation hosted by alumna Dr. Cynthia Rosenberg Field '59 at the National Building Museum.
Dr. Field reflected on the impact WT faculty had on her career and her passion for architecture that led her to help found the National Building Museum. Maura Farrell, Associate Head for External Affairs at WT, also shared recent news from WT including the Peking University Elementary School student visit this fall as well as WT's continued commitment to scholarship and innovative teaching.