Alumni Newsletter - May 2018

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Alumni Newsletter

Dear RCDS Alumni,

A special thank you to the 580 alumni who helped us make history by participating in our first-ever Alumni Giving Challenge between April 17-19, which unlocked a $100,000 challenge gift. To see your class results, click here. If you were not able to participate, we still need your support before June 30. Kindly make your gift today by clicking here.

As spring arrives on campus, we have much to celebrate, including the re-opening of the renovated Dunn Performing Arts Center, the upcoming graduation of the Class of 2018, and a new Alumni Summer Rooftop Reception on June 12. We are making plans to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of RCDS throughout the 2018-19 school year. Be sure to have October 12 & 13 on your calendar for Wildcat Weekend! On Friday night we will induct the newest members of the the Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner and on Saturday we will celebrate with an all-Alumni 150th Reception. Check our website and social media channels for the latest information. We look forward to seeing you on campus or at local and regional alumni events.

Warmest regards,
The Office of Alumni Affairs

Campus News
The U.S. Department of Education named Charlie Curnin '18 to the the 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields. Presidential scholars are selected based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Read more.
The girls' lacrosse team will be competing in the NYSAIS Finals against Hackley TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 23, at 5:30 p.m. at Manhattanville College. If you are in the area please stop by to cheer on the Wildcats!
After ten months of construction, the Dunn Performing Arts Center has re-opened. Enjoy this album of images showcasing the progress!
From the Archives
This letter was penned by Headmaster Gerald La Grange 50 years ago to members of the Class of 1968 on the occasion of their graduation. View larger.

The Class of 1968 will celebrate its 50th Reunion on Wildcat Weekend, October 12 & 13!

Alumni News

The Rye Country Day School community sends its heartfelt condolences to the family of Mrs. Barbara Pierce Bush. Mrs. Bush, a member of the RCDS Class of 1943, delivered the commencement speech in 1982 and continued her connection to and support of Rye Country Day throughout her life.

Photo: Barbara Pierce in the 1941 Rye Country Day School yearbook.

Headmaster Scott Nelson is pleased to announce the 2018 commencement speaker, New York State Assemblyman Steven Otis, Rye Country Day School Class of 1975. Through his 35+ years in public service, including 12 years as the Mayor of Rye (1998-2009), Assemblyman Otis has demonstrated a long commitment to "Not for Self, But for Service." Read more here.
Calling all alumni artists! In celebration of RCDS's 150th anniversary and the opening of the new Cohen Center for the Creative Arts, we will be exhibiting a broad range of alumni artists' work next year. Whether you're a professional artist or a Sunday painter, we'd love to share your creations with the RCDS community! We will accept any and all media: drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, furniture, crafts, etc. Please get in touch with Art Department Chair Eric Drotch ( or Assistant Director of Development for Alumni Affairs Lisa Young ( if you would like to participate in this yearlong showcase of alumni artwork.
Grant Johnson '10 has just wrapped up post-production on his second feature film, Nighthawks. Written and directed by Grant, the other producers are John Hart, Jeff Sharp, and Peter Pastorelli. Described as a cerebral thriller, Nighthawks stars Chace Crawford, Kevin Zegers, and Janet Montgomery.
It might have been Opening Day at Fenway Park, but for RCDS alumni and current and former faculty it was an evening for re-connecting and making new RCDS friends in Boston. The views were glorious from the 36th floor of 100 Federal Street as Headmaster Scott Nelson, along with current and former faculty members Jeff Bates, Johnny Flynn, Gil Castagna, Lauris Khan, and Dick Pike H'11 welcomed alumni from the Classes of 1968 – 2017. Click here for photos.
Kick-off the summer with our new NYC rooftop reception on Tuesday, June 12, at Rare View Rooftop from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Click here for details and to RSVP.
Special thanks to six terrific alumni who were on campus April 10 to meet with our Grade 11 and Grade 12 Peer Leaders and talk about their own experiences as Peer Leaders. Thank you Zack Tax '10, Deelan Ayhan '10, Lianna Lipton '06, Thomas Alston '05, Brian Hartman '95, and Denny Purcell '07!
New Hampshire state legislator Cindy Rosenwald '72 has announced her candidacy for the Nashua, NH state senate seat. Click here to read more.

Josh Bennett '06 has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. He will join the faculty of Arts & Sciences there next year, and also be affiliated with their Department of African and African American Studies. Noted Josh, "I have wanted to be a professor since I was 17 years old. Now, as then, I marvel just about every day at the fact that one can make a living, make a life, via the exchange of beautiful ideas. It was the mere possibility of living into some version of that dream which inspired me to become a poet many years ago. And it is this very same dream, this wondrous and terrifying hope, that continues to animate my work as an educator both inside and outside of the classroom. Thank you to everyone who held me close and kept me alive along the way. Those who loved me enough to tell me the truth and help me grow. Your love made all the difference. We made it through. And now, we celebrate!"

Tey Meadow '94 has two new books coming out this year. Tey is the author of Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century (University of California Press, 2018), and the co-editor of Other Please Specify: Queer Methods in Sociology (University of California Press, 2018). Learn more about Tey's work at her website.

David Winter '95, co-CEO of Standard Industries, is quoted in this release about Standard's collaboration with Loveland Industries to deploy drone-based solutions for roofing applications. Read more here.

Congratulations to James McPhail '14 who has been named one of six seniors at the University of Pennsylvania to win a President's Engagement Prize! Read more about his innovative project by clicking here.
Blue and Gold Dinner
Manhattanville College
In honor of the Class of 2018
Upper School Graduation
Scott A. Nelson Athletic Center

All-Alumni Summer Rooftop Reception
Rare View Rooftop
303 Lexington Avenue – 16th floor

Wildcat Weekend and All-Alumni 150th Celebration!
Friday, October 12: Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner
Saturday, October 13: 150th Alumni Celebration
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