Columbus Academy Alumni

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The Columbus Academy Alumni Association The day you graduate from Columbus Academy, you become an alumnus/a and a member of the Columbus Academy Alumni Association. To foster goodwill among all alumni of the school, and through the organization. To benefit the alumni of the school through the organization of social, academic and philanthropic events designed to further interaction among alumni and encourage involvement with the school. To support, enrich and further the education, scientific and academic purposes of Columbus Academy, including but not limited to providing guidance from an alumni perspective on relevant school issues and the making of financial contributions to the school.

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Meet the Playwrights, Actors, and Directors Radically Reshaping Broadway

Ming Peiffer '06 was featured in an article by Vogue entitled "Meet the Playwrights, Actors, and Directors Radically Reshaping Broadway." The piece highlights her professional playwriting debut, USUAL GIRLS, a smash Off-Broadway hit. To read the full article and learn more click here: https://www.vogue.com/article/broadway-playwrights-actors-directors-june-2019-issue?fbclid=IwAR0RTLB20FZbvBXUOCsPospml7OLxYdrAzayjxWKwCk34UVS5hQhxIKHLvA

vogue.com A new generation is radically reshaping the Broadway landscape. Adam Green meets the playwrights, actors, and directors adding their urgent, new political voices to American theater.

Check out the May Alumni Newsletter. This month all alumni are invited to:
Join us for Alumni Weekend 2019. This year's Alumni Weekend features a host of new exciting programs for alumni, faculty, staff, and families.
Go Behind the Curtain with Academy at a New York City matinee production of "Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson" by playwright Rob Ackerman '76.
Celebrate our soon-to-be alumni, seniors from the Class of 2019 as well as the success of All Day 4 CA and our Alumni Networking Event.
Learn about the latest in school and sports news and more.
The May alumni e-newsletter can be found here: https://www.columbusacademy.org/AlumniNewsMay2019

The final Friday in April featured our annual Senior Alumni Board Luncheon, hosted at Creekside Conference & Event Center in Gahanna. This year's class of seniors were welcomed as our newest alumni and joined members of the Alumni Board in roundtable discussions varying from their time at Academy, to college and career-based conversation. A special thanks to Creekside owner & Academy alumna Sheila Dioun Trautner '98 for hosting our event!

The final Friday in April featured our annual Senior Alumni Board Luncheon, hosted at Creekside Conference & Event Center in Gahanna. This year's class of seniors were welcomed as our newest alumni and joined members of the Alumni Board in roundtable discussions varying from their time at Academy, to college and career-based conversation. A special thanks to Creekside owner & Academy alumna Sheila Dioun Trautner '98 for hosting our event!

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2019 Alumni Networking Reception Panel

We couldn't be more pleased with how well last week's Alumni Networking Reception went. And the panel discussion on digital customer experience by such successful and innovative young alumni was so impressive that we've decided to share the video in its entirety. Thank you to everyone who attended and participated, especially panelists (from left) Ryan Williams '08, Rachel Carpenter '01 and Ricky Joshi '97 as well as moderator Chelsea Clements '05!

Discussion on the digital customer experience featuring alumni Rachel Carpenter '01, Ricky Joshi '97 and Ryan Williams '08 and moderated by Chelsea Clements ...

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The final Sunday in April featured an end-of-the-year celebration hosted by our MOSAIC parent group, as families, students & faculty involved with the group gathered together to culminate the school year. The event began with a showcase highlighting the 13 seniors from this year's class who are involved with MOSAIC, before a buffet-style meal was had, followed by Kevin Dubenion '78 & Mike Crawley '81 recognizing the graduating class. Also recognized was our assistant to the head of middle school, Nicola Jackson, as she received the Champion Builder Award for her 10 years of service at Academy. Co-chair Diane Chattman closed out the ceremony by specially recognizing Erich Hunker '81, our assistant head of school for development & external relations, for his support of MOSAIC. A special thanks to all involved with planning and hosting the event!

Our final career forums of the school year took place this spring, as alumni Dr. Barron Hall '85 (veterinary dentist - Animal Dental Clinic) and Ricky Joshi '97 (co-founder & chief strategy officer - Saatva) visited campus to speak with a group of upper-schoolers during lunch. In April, Dr. Barron Hall spoke to his experience as owner of the Animal Dental Clinic and as a veterinary dental consultant to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Ricky Joshi's visit in May allowed for the students in attendance to get a glimpse into the inner workings of his online luxury mattress company, as well as the logistics of running day-to-day business operations. We thank all of our alumni who took time this year to share their professional experience!

2019 Young Alumni Award Presentation

"The Academy community exemplifies what it means to succeed while doing so with kindness and respect for others," said Rachel Carpenter '01 in her 2019 Young Alumni Award acceptance speech last night. "I hope my own children get to have the same quality of people in their lives as I have through the Academy community." Enjoy the full presentation, including an introduction by Alumni Board President Lauren Hilsheimer '02!

[04/29/19]   Calling All Central Ohio Alumni: Don't miss the chance to take part in this year's Alumni Networking Reception.

Join us this Thursday, May 2 as we honor 2019 Young Alumni Award recipient Rachel Carpenter ’01, Global Head of Insights and Design Strategy at Citi.

The event will also feature an expert panel of alumni, who will discuss their career paths, share professional advice, and give their insights on the ever changing digital consumer landscape and customer experience

Don't miss out, register today: https://www.columbusacademy.org/alumninetworking

Calling All Alumni in New York City: Saturday, June 15 you're invited to enjoy an afternoon with fellow Academy alumni at a matinee production of "Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson" by playwright Rob Ackerman'76.

After the show, enjoy light refreshments and beverages while taking advantage of an Academy exclusive post-performance dialogue with Rob. You will also receive an insider's update on Academy's performing arts program from Stefan Farrenkopf, Upper School English Teacher & Upper School Musical Director.

For further details and to purchase your tickets click here: https://www.columbusacademy.org/events/rob-ackermans-76-production-dropping-gumballs-luke-wilson

A special thank you to the fifteen Academy alumni and students who volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House on Saturday morning. Not only did you make a difference in the Central Ohio community you supported the school's goal to "Foster compassion, respect, and moral courage through the intentional practice of sustained service work beyond the school's walls."

If you've considered being a part of the upcoming Academy Networking Reception, now's the time to sign up! Join us in person or via livestream.

Read below for additional program details and register here: https://www.columbusacademy.org/alumninetworking

When is the event?
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Where is it taking place?
Columbus Academy Dining Hall

What can I expect?
6 p.m. - Mix and mingle over drinks and appetizers
6:30 p.m. - Welcome from Head of School Melissa Soderberg and presentation of the 2019 Young Alumni Award
7:00 p.m. - Our expert panel will discuss their career paths, share professional advice, and give their insights on the ever changing digital consumer landscape and customer experience

What does it cost to attend?
The cost is $10 per person. Alumni, spouses, partners, friends, and guests are all welcome to attend!

[04/15/19]   Calling All Central Ohio Alumni: Join us for this Saturday's Alumni/Student service event.

Who: You! Alumni volunteers are needed to work with current students to help make a difference in the Central Ohio community. Students and graduates will work together to make and serve lunch to Ronald McDonald House residents.

Date & Time: Saturday, April 20th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Ronald McDonald House 711 E Livingston Ave, Columbus, OH 43205

I'm interested! Reserve your spot today and help continue the Academy tradition of service for a better tomorrow. Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 17 to the Director of Alumni Relations, Melissa Clarke Beckett, at [email protected].

Longtime faculty member and spring musical director Stefan Farrenkopf received a huge honor from his high school last night for striving to make the arts a priority in our schools and communities! “I was honored to be inducted into the inaugural class of the Bishop Watterson Performing and Visual Arts Hall of Fame, which really touched me, especially considering the other inductees include my former directors, colleagues, classmates, teachers and mentors. I wouldn't have expected it to mean so much, and it really does.”

Longtime faculty member and spring musical director Stefan Farrenkopf received a huge honor from his high school last night for striving to make the arts a priority in our schools and communities! “I was honored to be inducted into the inaugural class of the Bishop Watterson Performing and Visual Arts Hall of Fame, which really touched me, especially considering the other inductees include my former directors, colleagues, classmates, teachers and mentors. I wouldn't have expected it to mean so much, and it really does.”

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All Day 4 CA 2019

Many thanks to Academy alum Andrew Brush '06 and his Best Light Video team for their great creative work on our #AllDay4CA video once again! If you haven't had the chance to watch this year's version yet, check out the comments from faculty/staff members Tom DeVore, Gerardina Garita, Na Li, Darnell Heywood, Jennifer FitzPatrick, John Wuorinen, Christy Bening, Stefan Farrenkopf and Anne Horton as well as renderings of upcoming new facilities.

Video (including outtakes at the end) supporting third annual giving day event at Columbus Academy on April 4-5, 2019

THANK YOU to all our alumni & friends who participated in this year's #AllDay4CA event!

Thank you for another record-breaking #AllDay4CA! In just 25 hours, 1,054 Vikings from 30 states and three countries came together to raise $496,390 for our amazing school, faculty and students. Congratulations to these classes that had the most donors in their division and decade: Grades 3, 6 & 11; Classes of 1945 & 1948 (tie), 1955, 1960, 1976, 1981 & 1989 (tie), 1999, 2007, 2012 and a special shoutout to 2018 for leading amongst our college classes. Visit https://www.columbusacademy.org/allday4ca to view additional results. And a lot more photos to come!

#AllDay4CA is going strong until 11:00 a.m. EDT today. More than 920 Vikings are already All In. With your support, we are sure to beat last year’s record and eclipse 1,000 Vikings in one day! Visit www.columbusacademy.org/allday4ca to join in, check your class progress and view available matches. Thank you!

A new match for all Vikings: the next 330 Vikings who join in #AllDay4CA will earn an additional $50 per donor. Visit https://www.columbusacademy.org/allday4ca and help us break last year’s record. It’s amazing what Vikings can do when we come together, like these middle-schoolers who created their own ship formation on Hondros Field!

We are six hours in, and almost 500 Vikings representing nine decades and 19 states have joined in #AllDay4CA. Visit https://www.columbusacademy.org/allday4ca to check out the participation for each class year and jump on board like these longtime faculty members! 19 hours to go, and matches are still available.

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Alumni, if you have the chance to wear your Academy gear tomorrow (Thursday, April 4th), please tweet or post a photo with our #AllDay4CA tag or email it to [email protected] so we can share it for you. Your former teachers and coaches (like Mr. Facciolla & Coach Horton in this video) would love to hear from you and see your school spirit!

Tomorrow (Thursday, April 4th) is our “All In” spiritwear day in honor of All Day 4 CA. Show us your best head-to-toe CA or maroon and gray (don’t forget to tag #AllDay4CA in your post) like Director of Athletics Dominic Facciolla in this video! The Viking Corner is open today until 5pm as well as Thursday from 8am until 2pm and is fully stocked with new Academy gear.

Check out this month's Alumni Newsletter. Information regarding #AllDay4CA (beginning this Thursday, April 4 at 10 a.m.), upcoming events including the Alumni/Student Service Project (4/20) and Alumni Networking Reception (5/2), where Rachel Carpenter '01 will receive the 2019 Young Alumni Award, press clippings, and much more at: columbusacademy.org/AlumniNewsApr2019

All Day 4 CA Outtakes

For a good laugh on this April Fools' Day, check out the outtakes reel from this year's All Day 4 CA video. Stay tuned! The full video will be released on Thursday, April 4th, with the 10am launch of #AllDay4CA.

When these retired faculty members (from left: John Detrick ’53, Cindy Wilson, Larry Booth and Kevin Morrin) were recently on campus, we caught up with them to ask what keeps them coming back. Whether it’s photographing events, listening to Junior Speeches or catching up with alumni, they shared that Academy is a remarkable place where they built lifelong friendships with colleagues and students that continue today. Stay tuned to hear voices of today’s faculty in this year’s #AllDay4CA video, coming April 4th!

In honor of #AllDay4CA, we’re sharing this 1984 photo of John Exline ’64 (left) and Bob Kirk ’67 (right) welcoming John Wuorinen ’80 (center) as a new alumnus-faculty member. We asked John Wuorinen to share what drew him back to Academy:

“The Academy community is the strongest that I’ve known—ever since I enrolled as a student in fourth grade. My Academy teachers and coaches were amazing at training young minds and supporting students, including those like me on financial aid. I wanted to be like them. After college, I joined their ranks as a math teacher, and my former teachers and coaches welcomed me back as a colleague. Today, as the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, I know that Academy’s deep sense of community begins with the faculty and staff’s thoughtful concern for every individual here, regardless of financial circumstance.”

You can join in continuing our community’s support for financial aid during #AllDay4CA on April 4-5.

While meeting with our Director of Alumni Relations in New York City, alumna Tara Keny ’03 shared why she is All In for Arts:

“My favorite times at Academy were with my art teachers. I loved the encouragement and patient guidance of the instructors who gave their all to bring out the creative side in students. Mr. Neal, in particular, was so great at reminding me that my interest in the arts was valuable. Growing up around my dad and uncle’s art gallery, Keny Galleries in German Village, it was important for me to have that passion nurtured at school. Choir, fine art and afterschool plays gave me a sense of community and an outlet for creative expression. Now I’m a curatorial assistant at MoMA, and I get to work with art every day! I'll be supporting the arts, #AllDay4CA, April 4-5.”

On a recent visit to Columbus Academy to pick up his niece from our new 3-year-old program, alumnus Dante DiSabato ’04 learned about the school’s athletic facilities expansion and shared with us why he is All In for Athletics:

"I remember ‘the barn’ with no air conditioning or heat and spotty electricity. It was good coaching and culture that taught us the value of hard work, determination and resilience, leading us to the 2003 baseball state final and that fall's football state title. I can only imagine with the new state-of-the-art facilities what opportunities will open up for Viking student-athletes. I'll be supporting athletics, #AllDay4CA, April 4-5.”

Dante, congratulations on your recent recognition as William Raveis Real Estate's #2 Top Sales Associate for 2018 out of 4,500 realtors nationwide!

We’re incredibly proud of Academy’s talented faculty. One such example is our three math teachers who have received recognition as Math Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Chris Bolognese, Katie Castle and Rachael Gorsuch. Whether it’s using vectors for a buried treasure challenge, crunching statistics by following our basketball players, or exploring the properties of parabolas with lasers and solar cookers, their enthusiasm for math is contagious! Join us in showing our appreciation and support for our dedicated teachers by being All In for Faculty during #AllDay4CA on April 4-5.

Alumni Networking Reception
honoring Rachel Carpenter '01
2019 Young Alumni Award Recipient

Featuring an expert panel discussing the digital customer experience:
Rachel Carpenter ’01, Global Head of Insights and Design Strategy at Citi
Ricky Joshi ’97, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Saatva
Ryan Williams ’08, Co-Founder and President of Jopwell

The panel will be moderated by Chelsea Clements ’05, Website Performance Marketing Manager at Green Growth Brands.

Thursday, May 2
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Columbus Academy Dining Hall

New to this year is the ability to watch the panelist discussion and Q&A through a livestream provided by Lloyd Singletary ’04 at Virtual Velocity.

Appetizers and refreshments provided by Taste Hospitality Group (Sheila Dioun Trautner '98) and G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Inc. (Mike Gross '89). Floral Design provided by Bluegreen Gardens Farm & Florals (Elizabeth Fox Zawislak ’06).

Registration is $10 per person. Kindly register online by April 26.
www.columbusacademy.org/AlumniNetworking

Click here to register for the livestream and watch the panel discussion from anywhere: https://virtualvelocity.adobeconnect.com/academy2019-05/event/registration.html

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2019 Young Alumni Award Presentation
All Day 4 CA Outtakes
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