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Gifu Kita assembly photo gallery

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Talented visitors from Japan

Thanks go to professional photographer Rich Iwasaki (Yoko's husband) for these fabulous images!

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Welcome to our guests from Gifu Kita School in Japan!

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Fourteen students and two teachers from the Gifu Kita School visit Catlin Gabel and stay with school families from January 3 through 10. This is the 20th anniversary year of our exchange program with our sister school in Japan. Be sure to say hello, or, rather, konichiwa!

Service Corps book drive, January 10 – 21

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Community-wide sorting party on January 22

January 15 sorting party canceled

Please collect children's and youth books to contribute

We are excited to announce the next CG Service Corps activity: a book drive benefiting Bienestar, a nonprofit housing and service organization serving Washington County’s Hispanic community.

Upper School students have been volunteering at the Bienestar homework club for three years. Our book drive will further cement a wonderful partnership and boost Bienestar’s mission to educate the migrant labor population they serve.

Cross-divisional teams of Catlin Gabel students and faculty-staff will collect and presort donated books between January 10 and 21.

Parents, students, faculty-staff, and alumni are invited to two sorting parties in the barn on Saturday, January 22.

We will load books onto the retired Rummage truck for delivery to Bienestar.

Details about book drop locations to follow.

“If there’s one thing Catlin Gabel families have in abundance, it’s books!”
—Service Corps Core Steering Committee


St. George and the Dragon Photo Gallery

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The class of 2015

A hero, a dragon, girls acting dippy, and boys in tutus. This decidedly 8th grade show is a perennial favorite that has been performed to the delight (and horror) of Catlin Gabel audiences since the 1940s. Borrowing from the same basic plot (we use the term loosely), each class reflects its own personality in St. George and the Dragon.

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Video of state championship goals

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Highlight reel shot by Jennifer Davies, parent of alumni

The girls defeated St. Mary's of Medford, 2-0, to win the 2010 title. » Read the Oregonian story

The boys beat St. Mary's of Medford, 1-0, in double overtime. » Read the Oregonian story


Boys win state soccer championship!

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Yee haw!

The Eagles beat St. Mary's of Medford, 1-0, in double overtime.

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Jubilant Eagles celebrate their double overtime victory

Girls win state soccer championship!

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The Eagles beat St. Mary's of Medford, 2-0, to win the 2010 title.

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Girls and boys soccer teams advance to state finals

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Go Eagles!

Both the boys and girls soccer teams play in the state finals on Saturday at Liberty High School! The occasion is made even more momentous because it marks Mike Davis’s final game as boys head coach. He retires in June after 23 years at Catlin Gabel. 

A strong showing of Catlin Gabel fans at the championship games would be awesome.

Come cheer on the mighty Eagles as they play back-to-back games for the state championships.

State Finals

Saturday, November 20

Girls vs. St. Mary's of Medford at 10:30 a.m.

Boys vs. St. Mary's of Medford at 1 p.m.

Google map link to Liberty High School in Hillsboro

You can watch both games with the same admission price of $8 for adults and $5 for students.

Can't make it to the games in person?
Watch the action streaming live or keep track of the stats online

Girls stats:
Streaming video:

Boys stats:
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» Link to highlight reel of Mike Davis's final home game. Thank you, Jennifer Davies, for taping, editing, and posting video.

Boys soccer win in the news

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East Oregonian article, November '10

Soccer semifinals on Tuesday.

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Go Eagles!

The boys and girls varsity soccer teams play in the state soccer semifinals on Tuesday, November 16.

The boys play at home against Boardman's Riverside School at 7 p.m. on our home field. This is Coach Mike Davis's final home game. He retires in June.

The girls play Rogue River High School at 3:30 p.m. The game will be played at Grants Pass High School.

OSAA admission fee $7 adults, $5 students.

Watch the Eagles score and soar

Thanks go to parent of alumni Jennifer Davies for posting exciting videos of Catlin Gabel goals made in the quarterfinal games.

Girls quarterfinals (final 2 goals v Blanchet)

Boys quarterfinals (winning goal v OES)


Service Corps @ Food Bank Photo Gallery

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More than 75 Catlin Gabel community members worked together to pack food at the Oregon Food Bank.

Images Seen 'Round the World

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Susan Hoffman '68 leads the creative team of the world's most famous ad agency
From the Fall 2010 Caller
Susan Hoffman ’68 may have the best job imaginable. As partner and executive creative director at Wieden +Kennedy—arguably the freshest and most successfully audacious advertising agency ever—Hoffman has overseen and added her flair to unforgettable worldwide ads for Nike, Target, Coca Cola, and many others. Her biggest claim to fame— so far—was the Nike Revolution TV commercial.
From her early days at Catlin Gabel Susan was inspired to make art, attending as many art classes as the school offered and always craving more. She excelled in sculpture and just kept on creating art. After graduation she attended the University of Arizona. At the time there were no art classes, only commercial art. “I took that course, and it was the beginning of advertising for me. One thing I’ve learned in life, you never know what’s going to make a mark on you and send you down a path, so try everything,” she says.
Susan’s training parlayed into increasingly responsible jobs, first in publishing companies and then in ad agencies. At the William Cain agency she worked with two creative directors who changed the direction of her life: Dan Wieden and David Kennedy. They left in 1983 to form Wieden+Kennedy, and hired Susan a year later—and she has just celebrated her 26th year there. Starting as an art director, Susan worked up to being a creative director, overseeing writers and art directors. Then she ran a few offices, including opening up W+K’s outposts in Amsterdam and London. Today she’s back in Portland, running W+K’s office. She lives with partner Fred Trullinger ’68 (son Edge ’06 graduated from Middlebury College and Hyde ’09 attends Chapman University).
She says work couldn’t be more fun for her. “It’s pretty full on every day. One day might be relatively normal, and the next total chaos. There’s never a dull moment,” says Susan. “Wieden people are amazing. You never want to leave at 5, because work is much too interesting.” Here’s just one tiny example. You know Isaiah Mustafa, the Old Spice guy? He showed up at her office and whipped off his shirt, and everyone, Susan too, snapped photos with him—another surprising day in the office at Wieden+Kennedy.
Susan loves fostering Wieden+ Kennedy’s culture and creative talent—mostly by granting autonomy to creative people. “Creatives will always surprise you if you give them challenging opportunities,” she says. She likes to quote another W+K partner and Catlin Gabel parent, John Jay, on the necessity of being radical to be unforgettable—a lesson she’s taken to heart. “It’s like going to a cocktail party: the interesting people are the ones you remember,” says Susan. “Life and advertising should be that way.”
Susan says her different paths through life and challenging times, as well as what she has learned from Dan Wieden, made her realize that great things can happen if you just believe in everyone’s potential—in both education and the workplace. “I’ve seen it in this agency for years and years, and it still excites me to see everyone’s potential,” she says. “I’ve seen managers give up on employees, when they really need to support them. Everyone can be successful, and everyone can shine.”   


A Man of Letters

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Historian & librarian William Peniston '77 is a detective of books & resources for research
From the Fall 2010 Caller
As librarian for the Newark Museum, William Peniston ’77 scouts out the resources curators and educators need to research the museum’s diverse collections in the arts and sciences. As a historian, he discovered an even rarer resource—one that led to his groundbreaking work uncovering the forgotten lives of ordinary people in 19th-century Paris.
William’s fascination with historical materials— indexes, atlases, encyclopedias—began when he studied history at Connecticut College and Lewis & Clark College. His continued interest led him to pursue master’s degrees in history and library science at the University of Maryland, then a PhD in French history at the University of Rochester. His love of books goes all the way back to his father, who filled their Cottage Grove home with books, and his love of French and history goes right back to Catlin Gabel.
“My French language education at Catlin Gabel, from Jean Claude Lachkar and Yves-Paul Barland, has been invaluable to me,” says William. “In my history classes, Gardiner Vinnedge and Dave Corkran emphasized the importance of reading original documents and writing coherent analyses of them.”
William credits CGS theater teacher Alan Greiner with helping him develop a sense of empathy through “the exploration of the thoughts and feelings of the characters we portrayed in our productions.” This empathy was an important component of his doctoral research in Paris, where he used police records to write a completely original social history that traced the lives of gay men, especially their relationships and behavior. Those records had never before been used as a historical source, and his dissertation and book, Pederasts and Others: Urban Culture and Sexual Identity in Nineteenth-Century Paris, is acknowledged as a significant look into a subculture that could have remain unexamined if not for William’s work.
William continued this personally and professionally satisfying work with Queer Lives: Men’s Autobiographies from Nineteenth-Century France, a collection of eight life stories, which he translated and edited with his colleague Nancy Erber. And this work continues today as they prepare their book for the French-speaking market.
“As the librarian here at the Newark Museum—a museum dedicated to the fine arts, the decorative arts, and the natural sciences with a very strong educational focus—I have had the pleasure of working with creative curators, inquisitive scientists, enthusiastic educators, talented designers, curious registrars, and professional administrators,” says William. “The nuts and bolts of librarianship might seem a bit lackluster, but the final product of the researcher’s work, whether it be an exhibition, a program, an article, or a book, is always gratifying to see, especially when the researcher acknowledges the help, however humble it might have been, that I have given him or her. Perhaps it is those short words of thanks about which I am most pleased.”  


Alumni News Fall 2010

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From the Fall 2010 Caller
Throughout the course of each year, the alumni relations office holds events across the nation. On campus, we welcome back alumni for sporting events, receptions, and, of course, Alumni Weekend and homecoming. Alumni from the classes ending in 0 and 5 reunited on June 18 and 19 for a lively Alumni Weekend. Friday’s featured events were the celebration of leadership and service, honoring our alumni award recipients, and an all-class party dinner in the Barn, featuring rocking music from members of the class of 2010. Saturday’s schedule was filled with a reunion brunch for the classes of 1940–60, our annual alumni soccer game, campus tours, and family gatherings. The weekend concluded with wonderful class parties all over campus and the city!
Coming up this year will be more regional events throughout the country hosted by our regional associations—alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, former faculty, and other friends of Catlin Gabel in various geographic areas. Right now we have associations in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. These associations facilitate new and continuing connections for their members with the school and with each other. Programs may include social, cultural and educational events, community service projects, and networking opportunities. New energy and ideas are always welcome!
The alumni office and alumni board are committed to helping every member of our alumni community stay connected to the Catlin Gabel experience. Keeping you in contact with each other is very important to us, and we use several ways to reach out to you. We work to keep you informed of what is happening at Catlin Gabel, and with your former classmates, friends, and faculty members. Sources of Catlin Gabel alumni information include our e-newsletter Alumni Connects, Facebook, our school website, and this magazine.
The alumni office is here to help you however we can, and we invite you to use us as a resource and keep in touch often. We look forward to hearing from you, and hope to see you soon at one of the regional events or on campus!
—Markus Hutchins ’02, alumni board president
 —Lauren Dully Hubbard ’91, alumni and community relations program director

Catlin Gabel Alumni Board 2010–11

Markus Hutchins ’02, president
Eli Freedman ’11, CGSA vice president
Susie Greenebaum ’05, secretary and events chair
Lauren Dully Hubbard ’91, alumni relations director
Len Carr ’75, faculty liaison
Maril Davis ’90, regional association representative
Katey Jessen Flack ’97
Brian Jones ’88
Debbie Ehrman Kaye ’73
Adam Keefer ’98, regional association representative
Emilie Lavin ’96
Nadja Scott Lilly ’53
Duncan McDonnell ’99

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The Class of 2010

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Our grads, and their college plans and awards
From the Fall 2010 Caller
Zanny Allport
Tufts University
Jasmine Bath
University of Chicago
Erica Berry
Bowdoin College
Nat’l Merit Finalist, English Award
Sam Bishop
Hamilton College
Athletics Award
Rohan Borkar
University of Oregon Honors College
Reed Brevig
Boston University
Technical Theater Award
Ted Case
University of Southern California
Nat’l Merit Finalist, Music Award
Koby Caster
Skidmore College
Brynmor Chapman
University of Oxford
Nat’l Merit Scholar, Awards in Mathematics & Science
Priyanka Chary
Scripps College, Nat’l Merit Finalist
Kalifa Clarke
Smith College
Margaret Clement
University of Puget Sound
Thespis Award
Abby Conyers
Williams College
Eli Coon
Claremont McKenna College
Catie Coonan
Wake Forest University
Media Arts Award
Becky Coulterpark
University of Oregon
Lauren Edelson
Stanford University
Nat’l Merit Finalist
Christopher Eden
Colby College
Kevin Ellis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Computer Science Award
Yale Fan
Harvard University
Nat’l Merit Finalist, Science Award
Lucy Feldman
Brown University
Theater Award
Eddie Friedman
Brown University
Nat’l Merit Finalist, School Ring, Outdoor Leadership Award
Sophie Fyfield
Mount Holyoke College
Oliver Garnier
University of Washington
Nauvin Ghorashian
University of Washington
Max Gideonse
Bridge year, Bennington College
Charlie Grant
Bates College
Pat Ehrman Award
Duncan Hay
University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Molly Hayes
Whitman College
Ceramics Award
Kent Hays
Oregon State University
Woodworking Award
Sara Hensel
Whitman College
Awards in Visual Arts & Modern Languages
Will Jackson
Bennington College
Keenan Jay
Rhode Island School of Design
Visual Arts Award
Donald Johnson
Evergreen State College
Joey Lubitz
Oberlin College
Visual Arts Award
Juliah Ma
Occidental College
Adam Maier
University of Southern California
Media Arts Award
Ian Maier
Pomona College
Matt McCarron
Williams College
Athletics Award
Carter McFarland
The University of Montana, Missoula
Matthew Meyers
Franklin College, Switzerland
Luke Mones
Occidental College
Japanese Award
Leslie Nelson
Pitzer College
Pat Ehrman Award
Rahee Nerurkar
Washington University, St. Louis
Photography Award
Maddy Odenborg
University of Washington
MK Otlhogile
Scripps College
Michelle Peretz
Emory University
Rose Perrone
Stanford University
Awards in Community Service & Science
Devyn Powell
Tufts University
Nat’l Merit Finalist
Jessica Ramírez
Macalester College
French Award
Emma Rickles
Williams College
Nat’l Merit Scholar, Mathematics Award
Luke Rodgers
Bridge year
Stephanie Schwartz
Santa Clara University
Samantha Selin
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Alma Siulagi
Reed College
Olivia Siulagi
Kenyon College
Ben Streb
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Kimmy Thorsell
University of Oregon
Jordan Treible
Davidson College
Matthew Trisic
McGill University
Chinese Award
Sam Tucker
University of Redlands
Athletics Award
Ingrid Van Valkenburg
Scripps College
Andy Vickory
Carnegie Mellon University
Maddy Weissman
University of Oregon Honors College
Leah Weitz
University of Puget Sound
Spanish Award
Christine Weston
Washington University, St. Louis
Andreas Wilson
Goucher College
Band Award
Yannie Wong
Pacific University
Tommy Young
Oregon State University
NOT PICTURED: Toby Alden, Whitman College; Irene Milsom, Oberlin College, Nat’l Merit Finalist, Creative Writing Award