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Beloved former headmaster Manvel (Schauff) Schauffler has died

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Letter from Lark Palma, head of school

Dear Catlin Gabel community member:

I am writing with the heartbreaking news that Manvel Schauffler (known to everyone as Schauff), beloved headmaster of Catlin Gabel from 1967 to 1980, has died. He was 88.

Along with the legions of students, faculty-staff, parents, and friends who adored Schauff, I am ever grateful that I had the privilege of knowing him. When I least expected it, and sometimes when I most needed it, I would receive a letter from Schauff cheering me on and letting me know he understood the challenges and joys of leading the school. His support and guidance have meant so much to me. I will always treasure my collection of Schauff's letters, which are tied together with a blue ribbon in my top desk drawer.

Schauff began working at Catlin Gabel School (then called Catlin Hillside) in 1951. In his years at Catlin Gabel he taught 8th grade U.S. history and social studies; coached basketball, track and field, and soccer; led ski trips and camping trips; directed plays; helped to run the famous Catlin Gabel Rummage Sale; taught countless students to make a wooden boat or light a Coleman camp stove; and reminded young people over and over to leave a place cleaner than they found it, to shake hands with a firm grip, and to exercise their right to vote. He brought Catlin Gabel to national prominence with his work on the board of the National Association of Independent Schools. Schauff celebrated Catlin Gabel's progressive, creative, experiential approach in and out of the classroom.

Schauff's mark on Catlin Gabel included a de-emphasis on grades. Drawing on his philosophy that students are at the center of education and their voices should be heard, he made the student body president an ex officio member of the board of trustees and brought each year's president to the NAIS annual conference. Working with students, he established a dress code for the Upper School ("Clothing shall be neat and clean and appropriate to the day and the task at hand") in 1967-68, a time of great tension over what young people wore.

Everyone who knew Schauff will remember these favorite expressions: "I'll take three volunteers - you, you, and you," "Be sure to take care of each other," "Never put a hot pancake on a cold plate," "Lady with a baby," and "The sun always shines on the righteous."

Schauff Circle, at the crossroads of our campus, was dedicated on June 14, 2003, and serves as a reminder of Schauff's ability to bring together people of all ages and all walks of life.

You may read Schauff's full bio on the Catlin Gabel website.

Schauff is survived by his wife, Verna; his daughters, Robin '68 (Peter) and Deborah '70; his son, Allen '73 (Cyndy); and his grandchildren Robin Macartney '01 and Alex Macartney '06.

Mail cards to:
Verna Schauffler
7539 SW Esther Ct
Portland, OR 97223

The family asks that gifts in Schauff's memory be designated to financial aid at Catlin Gabel, Bush, Hyla, or Explorer West schools, or to any school or program that nurtures and supports young people in their middle school years.

The family suggests some good ways to honor Schauff: cook a pancake, chop some wood, ride a ferry, sail a boat, register to vote.


Lark Palma
Head of School

Tom Cramer '78 artwork named best painting of the year in Portland

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Willamette Week article, January 2013

Welcome to our friends from Gifu Kita School in Japan!

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Fourteen students and two teachers from Gifu Kita Senior High School in Japan are visiting Catlin Gabel from January 4 to 11.

Catlin Gabel and Gifu Kita have had a sister school relationship since 1992. We value our shared history of hosting students in homestays and classrooms, and introducing each other to our respective cultures. We have learned so much from each other!

For a real treat, come to the Upper School assembly on Monday, January 7, from 11:25 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Our guests from Japan always put on an amazing performance at this highlight event.

More about Gifu Kita High School 

Gifu Kita Senior High School is located in the north end of Gifu City in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. For more than 70 years, Gifu Kita High School has prided itself on academic excellence and its ability to provide a wide range of extracurricular activities to its more than 1,000 students.

As one of the top-ranked schools in Gifu Prefecture, almost all of their students apply to go to university following graduation, with the vast majority attending private or national universities.

Gifu Kita also offers a wide range of sports and cultural clubs. A number of these clubs have participated in National and Tokai District Competitions over the last few years.


Middle School robotics teams take 1st and 2nd place at regionals, qualify for state

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Way to go!

Congratulations to the RoboSNAILS for their 1st place win in a tough competition against 20 teams. The team members are 8th graders Robin Attey, Matt Maynard, Grace Wong, Liam Wynne, and Sage Yamamoto. They are coached by senior Tucker Gordon. The RoboSNAILS’ research project was designing a website and iOS app to help senior citizens prepare nutritious meals and build community.

Team Sigma came in 2nd with 8th grade members Adolfo Apolloni, Ian Hoyt, Ryan Selden, and 7th grader Roy Stracovsky. Team Sigma had an over-the-top research project with a working model of a walker that senses the user’s location helps guide them. Junior Elyssa Kiva is their coach for the second year in a row.

Our two rookie teams also competed at regionals. Starstruck won the rising star award for the new team with the most promise. They are 6th graders Sujala Chittor, Natalie Dodson, and Amber Merrill. Their research project featured a puppet show presentation of a device that changes light bulbs. Senior Martina Dimitrov was their coach.

Sophomore Rushdi Abualhaija coached team Delta with 6th graders Avi Gupta, Tyler Nguyen, Quinn Okabayashi, Kian Palmer, and Spencer Shoemaker. Their research project was a working model of an Internet-programmed medication dispenser.

The state competition is on January 20. Good luck to the RoboSNAILS and Team Sigma!

St. George and Dragon 2012 Photo & Video Gallery

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The class of 2017 tore it up!

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Alumni News, Autumn 2012

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From the Autumn 2012 Caller

 On October 4–7, Catlin Gabel welcomed alumni of all graduation years back to the Honey Hollow campus for Alumni & Homecoming Weekend. Alumni and their families enjoyed a full slate of activities, including alumni awards presentations, Homecoming soccer games, and class reunion parties. With students and faculty on campus, the weekend provided alumni an opportunity to see the school in action, but most importantly, a time to visit with classmates, former teachers, and friends. 

The weekend kicked off early on Thursday, October 4, with a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Creative Arts Center for the Middle and Upper School, followed by the Celebration of Leadership and Service event honoring our annual alumni awards recipients.
On Friday, the Cabell Center foyer was adorned with memorabilia from our school archive collection, providing an appropriate backdrop for our Reunion Lunch honoring the classes of 1932–1957. With 30 alumni from Catlin, Catlin- Hillside, and Gabel Country Day Schools in attendance, it was a celebratory bunch with much to reminisce about!
By early evening, students, alumni, faculty, and their families gathered on campus for Homecoming as the girls and boys varsity soccer teams took on friendly rival OES. After hard-played, highly spirited games, the entire community gathered in and around the Barn for a reception full of school spirit. An inspiring video highlighting athletics led to an announcement of the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame. The inaugural Hall of Fame induction will take place next fall. Contact the office of alumni relations for complete information on the nomination and selection process.
On Saturday morning, the annual alumni soccer game was the big attraction. Alumni turned out in record numbers to play on the perfect pitch, Davis-Gant Field. Each person showed up poised for a great matchup with former teammates. Following the game, the campus was open for Alumni Day, campus tours, and alumni picnic hosted by the alumni association board. For many alumni, this day is the highlight of their weekend. Seeing their children make friends with their former classmates’ children on the beautiful campus, they said, was a special moment.
By Saturday evening the weekend was in high gear, with alumni from the classes ending in 2 and 7 reunited at their class reunion parties. Five parties took place on campus and the remainder were at homes in Portland and in Dundee at Sokol Blosser Winery.  
Lauren Dully ’91, Associate Director of Development
Susie Greenebaum ’05, Alumni Relations Officer
Owen Gabbert ’02, Alumni Board President

Distinguished Alumni Awards

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From the Autumn 2012 Caller

Every year the alumni association recognizes former Catlin Gabel students for their life work and accomplishments. Through their unique contributions, these alumni embody the school philosophy “in qualities of character, intelligence, responsibility, and purpose.” The 2011–12 honorees were recognized during Alumni Weekend in October.

Philip Hult '88
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

The Catlin Gabel alumni board honored Philip Hult ’88 with the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for his significant accomplishments in business and education. Philip is the co-CEO of EF Education First, a privately held international education organization founded by his father, Bertil Hult.
A 1993 graduate of Brown University, Philip holds a degree in international relations and comparative literature. After graduation from Brown, Philip joined EF, where he has focused primarily on emerging markets and digital learning. From 2001 to 2006 he worked in Hong Kong, where he led EF’s growth in China and expanded its academic products. Globally under Philip’s tenure, EF has started a private high school and built what is today the world’s largest graduate school of business: the Hult International Business School. Together with his brother, Philip oversees the strategy and operations of EF’s 16 business units, which specialize in language training, educational travel, academic degrees, and cultural exchange.
Recently, Philip has been instrumental in funding the Hult Prize, a $1 million prize to fund the next wave of social entrepreneurs through a business case competition that crowdsources ideas from top business schools around the world. The 2012 prize was announced by Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City. 

Philip lives in London with his wife, Britt, and three children.  

Pippa Arend '90
Distinguished Alumni Service Award


The Distinguished Alumni Service Award was presented to Pippa Arend ’90, co-founder and development director of p:ear, a Portland nonprofit dedicated to building positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth for over 10 years.
Pippa is a 1995 graduate of Marlboro College with a BA in art history and choreography. After running a metal shop in Poland, Pippa returned to Portland and founded her own metal shop, Tornado Creations, where she designed, fabricated, and installed custom metal furniture. She also worked for Eric Peterson, and studied welding at the Pacific Northwest College of Art with Manuel Izquierdo.
In 2002, she co-founded p:ear, a mentor-based program for homeless youth, which strives to develop hope and trust through education, art, and recreation. p:ear’s ultimate goal is to affirm a sense of personal worth in homeless youth as they create more meaningful and healthier lives off the streets.
Pippa says that working at p:ear has been the single most challenging yet rewarding adventure of her life. She is thrilled to spread the word about the innovative ways p:ear interacts with post-risk youth by encouraging personal choice while giving youth the role models, guidance, and support they need to both struggle safely and succeed with affirmation. In 2011, p:ear’s program staff of five and 120 volunteers served 1,200 young people ages 15 to 24 for a collective total of 22,000 hours. Youth artwork, made independently or through workshops with guests, is displayed at the p:ear Gallery in Northwest Portland.
“As a creative and resourceful problem solver, Pippa has focused her life with unselfish dedication to establishing long-term solutions to the issues surrounding youth homelessness—ensuring that equity and access are embedded in p:ear’s mission.”  —Portland mayor Sam Adams  

Michael Mandiberg '96
Distinguished Younger Alumni Award

The alumni board was proud to honor Michael Mandiberg ’96 with the Distinguished Younger Alumni Award for his achievements as an interdisciplinary artist, designer,and scholar. A former senior fellow at Eyebeam, he is currently assistant professor of design and digital media at the College of Staten Island/CUNY.
Michael’s work spans web applications about environmental impact, to conceptual performances about subjectivity, to laser-cut lampshades for compact fluorescent light bulbs, to  investigations about how they overlap. He creates conceptual art projects, design objects, and publications that explore themes that include environmentalism, systems of exchange, pedagogy, software art, collaboration, Free Culture, and appropriation. He sold all of his possessions online on Shop Mandiberg, made perfect copies of copies on AfterSherrie, and created Firefox plugins that highlight the real environmental costs of a global economy on
Michael is co-author of Digital Foundations and Collaborative Futures. He has received residencies and commissions from Eyebeam,, and His work has been exhibited at the New Museum for Contemporary Art in New York City, Ars Electronica Center in Linz, ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Transmediale Festival, Berlin. His work has been featured in such books as Tribe and Jana’s New Media Art, Blais and Ippolito’s At the Edge of Art, and Greene’s Internet Art.
Michael lives in, and rides his bicycle around, Brooklyn, New York. This past spring he was a panel participant at Catlin Gabel’s Esther Dayman Strong “Let Creativity Bloom” event.   


Joey Day Pope '54 Volunteer Award
Alix Meier Goodman '71


The Joey Day Pope ’54 Volunteer Award was established in 1992 to honor its namesake, an outstanding volunteer. This award is given each year to a Catlin Gabel community member who personifies volunteerism within our community.
Alix has deep roots at Catlin Gabel: both her father, Roger Meier ’43, and grandmother, Jane Seller Meier ’17, were alumni. She was an active parent with the Portland Public Schools when her eldest son, Andrew ’09, decided he wanted to attend Catlin Gabel’s Middle School. Her younger son, Reid ’11, followed. She says, “I happily rejoined this community of great families and lifelong learners.”
Her fundraising efforts on behalf of Catlin Gabel began way back in her sophomore year in high school, when she organized a Christmas tree sale, using trees harvested from Mrs. Henry Biddle’s Columbia River estate. This early fundraising experience was parlayed into a marketing and sales career with Bloomingdales in New York and Pendleton Woolen Mills in Portland. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards in New York, Portland, and Claremont.
Alix received an AB in art and French from Mt. Holyoke College in 1975, and brought savoir-faire to her leadership as a Catlin Gabel trustee, serving as board chair from 2007 to 2010. She continues her service as a trustee and is a tenacious campaign fundraising volunteer for the school’s $20 million Campaign for Arts and Minds.
Alix lives in Portland with her husband, Tom, a retired radiologist.  




The Catlin Gabel Class of 2012

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From the Autumn 2012 Caller

Talbot Andrews
University of Portland
Outdoor leadership award 

Neil Badawi
University of Southern California
Jade Bath
Bryn Mawr College
Chloe Bergstrand
Carleton College
Thespis & Chinese awards
Annika Berry
Rhode Island School of Design
Awards in visual arts, creative writing
Yelena Blackburn
University of Oregon
Cameron Boyd
Colorado College
Schuyler Brevig
Hampshire College
Amanda Cahn
Colorado College
Rachel Caron
Barnard College
Jade Chen
New York University
Visual arts award
Ilana Cohen
Pomona College
Science award
Alex Compton
Evergreen State College
Gus Crowley
University of Vermont
Emrys Dennison
Whitman College
Brooke Edelson
University of Denver
Cammy Edwards
University of Rochester
Athletics award
Devin Ellis
Gonzaga University
Lauren Ellis
Duke University
Spanish award
Zoë Frank
Swarthmore College
Awards in community service, modern languages, French
Graham Fuller
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Athletics award
James Furnary
Dartmouth College
School ring, chamber choir award
Genevieve Gideonse
Beloit College
Qiddist Hammerly
Northwestern University
Pat Ehrman award
Andrew Hungate
University of Chicago
Jazz band award
Julianne Johnson
Vassar College
Awards in theater, mathematics
Parris Joyce
Willamette University
Athletics award
Thalia Kelly
Rhode Island School of Design
Visual arts award
Holly Kim
Cornell University
Chinese award
Diana Ko
University of Oregon
Sarah Koe
Bates College
Science award
Alex Liem
Montana State University, Bozeman
Chloe Loduca
University of San Francisco
Sammy Lubitz
Bates College
Media arts award
Esichang McGautha
University of Southern California
Athletics award
Grace McMurchie
Whitman College
Lizzie Medford
Scripps College
Japanese award
Walker Michaels
University of Denver
Andrea Michalowsky
Johns Hopkins University
Ceramics award
Anaka Morris
University of Southern California
Photography award
Mariah Morton
Emory University
Awards in athletics, community service
Tapiwa Nkhisang
Smith College
Nathan Norris
California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo
Technical theater award
Koichi Omara
University of Oregon
Grant Phillips
Washington University, St. Louis
Jemma Pritchard
Sarah Lawrence College
Theater award
Ramtin Rahmani
Dartmouth College
Community service award
Kate Rubinstein
Whitman College
Divesh Sachdev
University of Southern California
Andrew Salvador
Bates College
Athletics award
Danielle Shapira
University of Colorado, Boulder
Dylan Shields
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Thespis award
Henry Shulevitz
Oberlin College
Emily Siegel
Bryn Mawr College
Logan Smesrud
Oregon State University Honors College
Spanish award
Cydney Smith
Rice University
Taylor Smith
Georgetown University
Awards in mathematics, Spanish
Lauren Spiegel
Scripps College
Megan Stater
Columbia University
Chamber choir award
Mint Tienpasertkij
Rochester Institute of Technology
Katy Wiita
University of the Incarnate Word Honors College
Cole Williamson
Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute
Computer science award
Brandon Wilson
Trinity University
Will Wilson
University of Vermont
Eli Wilson Pelton
Harvard University
Awards in English, French
Jeremy Wood
Stanford University
Science award
Jared Woods
Chapman University
Kenny Yu
Northeastern University

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Health Care Solution? It's All in the Research

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Joel Hay '70 studies the economics of health care and medicine

By Nadine Fiedler

From the Autumn 2012 Caller

Health economist Joel Hay ’70 has seen the crisis in health care costs coming—for a long time. Since his time as a graduate student at Yale in the late 1970s, Joel’s extensive research has focused on the health care market, the value and costs of medications, health insurance reform, and more. While he has worked in theoretical economics, Joel’s passion is doing research that has an effect on the real lives of real people.
“What it really comes down to, is how do you trade dollars for lives?” says Joel. “Medicare is a $62 trillion unfunded liability. We have to deal with health costs in this country, or we’ll go bankrupt. The question is, how much can we provide to an 88-year-old needing a bypass, or should the resources go for neonatal screening instead? How do we make it equitable?”
Although the present crisis is far from simple, Joel says that the three options for extricating ourselves are clear: we raise taxes, we cut benefits, or we try to make the health care system more efficient. “The first two solutions are inevitable, but they are political solutions based on compromise. To help create the third solution, health economists study the decisions that have been made, provide evidence, and make recommendations. We demonstrate what works, and doctors apply it. We can say with authority that Drug A is better and more cost effective than Drug B or Surgery C.
“It’s a win-win. A full 30% of all health care given in this country is unnecessary or harmful. By being more efficient, we could solve the budget deficit and a lot of other problems.”
Joel came into his own career serendipitously. He studied economics at Amherst, and continued in the field at Yale. In his PhD research he happened to use data about physicians’ incomes and specialties, and on the strength of that study he was hired at the University of Southern California (USC). Its Health Economics Research Center was the leading institute for the field in the 1970s, but health economics was undervalued and was considered a backwater; the Center eventually folded.
Joel left in 1980 to teach and do research at the University of Connecticut, Stanford, and elsewhere, but came back to USC in 1992 to found a graduate program when it revived health economics. The Center has since graduated 120 PhDs from the program and is again one of the best research and teaching institutes of its kind, with burgeoning interest from students, scholars, and policy makers from around the world. He is also proud of his work co-founding the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research and serving as founding editor of their enormously prestigious journal, Value in Health. He has also consulted for many U.S. agencies and several countries, and is often quoted in national media on topics related to health care.
Since those early days, health care economists have made enormous contributions to public health. For example, two of Joel’s students did the study that found that the pain medication Vioxx causes heart attacks. Their study caused Merck to pull Vioxx from the market—and that prevented more than 100,000 heart attacks per year.
“That’s the research we do,” says Joel. “It can make a tangible difference in the lives of people.” He won’t stop doing his research and teaching any time soon, either. “If I had to pay to do what I do, I still would,” he says. “If I can contribute in a meaningful way, I’ll come in every day and work.”

Nadine Fiedler is the editor of the Caller and Catlin Gabel’s publications and public relations director.   

Halloween photo gallery

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Mostly Middle School

We lead with the preschool masqueraders and our spirited Barn crew. Then the Middle School costume competition takes center stage. Click on any picture to enlarge the image, start the slide show, or download a photo.

Photo gallery posted: seniors and 1st graders carve pumpkins

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So fun – and it didn't rain!

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