Alumni News Spring 2009

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From the Spring 2009 Caller

When did you last see your Catlin Gabel classmates and former teachers? For many of you, it was Alumni Weekend, your class reunion, or another Catlin Gabel alumni event. Increasingly, however, we are seeing old friends from school virtually—through various online social and professional networking sites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and even Twitter.

These web-based interactions are changing how we all think about our face-to-face interactions. Among Catlin Gabel alumni, connections are no longer limited to reunions every five years and local events throughout the year, but now happen in real time across vast distances. Friends in Argentina, Portland, New York, and Tokyo can connect instantly through the Facebook wall of a fifth friend in Indonesia. With Facebook, every evening can be a high school reunion. With LinkedIn, every morning can be a networking breakfast.

The alumni office—working with the alumni board—continues to look for ways to make the services and programs we provide to Catlin Gabel alumni and their families relevant, given this changing social landscape. Ideas we’ve already put into practice or are kicking around include “cluster” reunions, events that bring together members of three consecutive classes instead of just one class every five years; affinity gatherings for alumni in certain industries or sectors; events that specifically bring together alumni who are age peers—those under 30 or over 55, for instance; and events that bring the unique resources of the school to our alumni, such as art exhibitions, theatrical performances, faculty lectures, athletic games, and college advising sessions for children of alumni.

As always, we want to hear what you think about all this. Are you staying in touch with friends through their blogs, Tweets, and Facebook posts? Let us know: log on to our own alumni online community and directory, Catlin Gabel Connect (http://alumni.catlin.edu/), join a Catlin Gabel Facebook group (search for “Catlin Gabel”) or LinkedIn group (http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=53534), or catch us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/catlingabel).

Or do you wish you had more opportunities to meet people—old friends and new acquaintances alike—face to face? Our April alumni event in New York was a reminder of how meaningful these gatherings can be. Alumni ranging from the class of ’71 to the class of ’05 came together at the Manhattan home of Anna Hayes Levin ’71. Folks were having such a good time that they stayed hours past the planned end of the event, sharing their adventures in the city, swapping stories about the economic downturn, and making surprising connections.

Our pledge to you is that we’ll continue to strive for a thoughtful balance of online and offline activities and communications between Catlin Gabel, our alumni, and their families. In the meantime, save the date for 2009–10 alumni events. Hope to see you there!

Cheers,

Lily Thayer Derrick
Director of Alumni

As we went to press, Lily Thayer Derrick announced that she is moving back to her home town of Baltimore. She and her husband are expecting their first child in September. We wish her well and will introduce readers to her replacement in the next Caller.

Save the Date!  2009–10 Alumni Events

Homecoming—Friday, September 25, 2009
Distinguished Alumni Awards Presentation—Fall 2009
Thanksgiving Young Alumni Event—November 2009
Recent Graduates Panel—January 4, 2010
Alumni Weekend 2010—June 18 & 19
 

Paul Folkestad '82 (left) and David Cory '82 present Manny Greenberg '11 with the Matt Folkestad '82 Memorial Award
for most-improved member of the boys basketball team