ALUMNI NEWSLETTER MARCH 2011 Thursday, April 24, 2014

Welcome ,

Those of you from the Desmond Cole era will remember the annual reservoir run. Cole was an avid runner (he ran the NYC Marathon well into his 70s) and required students to run the 1.6 mile loop. I think my classmate, Chip Schenck '85, was the only guy ever to break the 9:00 minute mark. This past summer, after completing my first Half Iron Man, I decided to see if I could finally catch up with Chip (it wasn't even close). I mention this because on Saturday, March 12, we are inviting all alumni to the First Desmond Cole Memorial Reservoir Run. We'll meet at the East 90th Street entrance to the upper loop at 8:45am. There will be no official time keeping, and families are welcome. I'll see you there, Chip!
Simon Wasserberger '85
President, Alumni Council

As I see it...

Dear Alumni,
Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Sullivan have taken over the Assembly Hall every afternoon and snatches of this year's offering, Patience, can be heard in the stairwells and the corridors of the School, especially up on the fifth floor (Middle School) where there is a very high concentration of maidens—all lovesick. Patience is Gilbert’s send up of Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetes wherein a regiment of dragoons vie with a poet for the affection of a group of highly susceptible maidens. It's all very silly stuff, of course, with faint lilies and blue and white China and feckless aristocrats. You were very likely a maiden once or one of the dragoons or perhaps, the wonderful Lady Jane or even Patience herself, the village milkmaid. This is musical director Michelle Demko's fifth Patience and she says "I love the process of putting the show together this year. We have a great team and the boys are working hard in rehearsals." The show goes up March 15, 16, and 17.
All alumni are invited to drop in on the Dress Rehearsal of Patience on Saturday, March 12, starting at 11:00am. This is just a part of this year’s Alumni Weekend (March 11 and 12). On Friday night there will be get-togethers for the reunion classes all over the city and on Saturday a Reservoir Run, the Dress Rehearsal of Patience, tours of the School, dodgeball/kickball on the roof, and basketball in the gym. On Saturday evening we will honor the reunion classes and celebrate the role athletics has played in the School’s life. Alumni Director Monique Lowitt and the rest of the Development Office have been working feverishly to put together an evening that will outdo Mr. Pariseau's farewell two years ago and even last year’s very successful tribute to music. As with music, they are sorting through hundreds of old team photos and candid sports shots, but the greater challenge has been finding all the old coaches and inviting them back for the reunion. Monique tells me that nearly all of the present coaches will the there and that so far ten former coaches have committed. (See below.) It should be a great weekend.  Hope to see you there.

David Kersey h'98
Member of our faculty since 1969 



You don't have to be a reunion class to come; all alumni are welcome.
Boys, come out and say hello to your former coaches and teammates! I'll be at the alumni basketball game and the Saturday night festivities.  I look forward to seeing you on the 12th.
Coach Alifano
See former coaches: Rick Columbo, Caesar Fabella, Jim Holt h '03, Billy McBride, Tim Nichols h '78, Carmen Skrine, Dom Tralli, Danny Venezia, and Dave Wiener.
Friday, March 11:

Class parties off-site for classes of 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001.

Saturday, March 12:
8:45am - Reservoir Run
11:00am - 2:00pm - Open House & Tours; Gilbert & Sullivan Rehearsal; Alumni Basketball, Dodgeball & Kickball
6:00pm - 8:30pm - Cocktail party & buffet dinner
  • Celebration of Athletics at Allen-Stevenson

Monica Matthew and Colin McCabe '90

 Assist in Healthy Eating

Speakers for the January 24th Monday Morning Meeting were Allen-Stevenson's Monica Matthew, Food and Nutrition Director, and Alumnus Colin McCabe '90. Ms. Matthew provided everyone with an update on changes to the food program at Allen-Stevenson. She explained that there is no longer any salt on the tables, and that when they use it in the food, it is sea salt or kosher salt. The School is now buying cage-free, antibiotic-free poultry and grass-fed meat. There are more organic fruits and vegetables. Snacks are healthier and include more fruits. Ms. Matthew also sourced a small bakery that provides the School with fresh bread made with no preservatives.
Colin McCabe '90, a co-founder of Chop't, a chain of restaurants that sells salads, came back to A-S to share his enthusiasm for healthful eating. Chop’t promotes the idea of "eating well." At Chop't, freshness has been a mission. There is nothing processed. No trans fats. No pre-cut or shredded anything. Its philosophy is: "Better Tastes Better.™"

Alumni Highlights

CHAN LOWE '67 ( designed the A-S cartoon for the Alumni Reunion this year (see above). Lowe has been the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-seven years. His work has won numerous awards; he has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons are syndicated nationally and he has been writing an award-winning blog, The Lowe-Down, since 2008. See his work at

Alumni Events

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Alumni Reunion
Weekend 2011
Friday, March 11th and
Saturday, March 12th
April - TBA
Upper School Orchestra & Chorus Concert
Thursday, April 28th, 11:00am, the A-S Philharmonia and US Chorus will perform at Alice Tully Hall. All alumni are welcome. There is no charge for this event and RSVPs are not required.
ASAC Meeting
May 5th, 6:00 pm - All Alumni welcome.

Alumni Dodgeball Game
Thursday, May 26th, 6:00 pm
Off to College Party for the Class of 2008
Monday, June 6th, 6:00 pm
Email if interested.

More Alumni News

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Evan Goldfischer, MD '81 ( is the CEO of Premier Medical Group of the Hudson Valley.
Polo Dobkin '87, chef at three Brooklyn restaurants (Dressler, Dumont and Dumont Burger) has been nominated again by the James Beard Foundation in the Best Chef: NYC category. If you haven’t been to one of his restaurants yet, you are missing out! Polo’s recipes are also featured in the New Brooklyn Cookbook. Read the review here.
Wesley Stanton '92 ( wrote: "I got Married to Natalie McClurg in December of 2010."
Winslow Ross Randolph Millhiser was born to Ross Millhiser '94 ( and his wife Aaron, born on December 16th, 2010. He joins sister, Jasset.
Matthew Ferraro '97 ( sent greetings from sunny Palo Alto: “After nearly five years of working for the Federal government in national security affairs, I recently moved to California to attend law school at Stanford.”
Benjy Sarlin '00 (, formerly political correspondent for The Daily Beast recently joined Talking Points Memo as a reporter, and is moving to California to attend law school at Stanford.
Brian Knott '08 ( will be attending Stanford University in the fall where he was recruited to the gymnastics team (ranked the #1 college men’s gymnastics team). Brian placed 20th All Around in the U.S. after two days of competition at the Junior Olympic Nationals 2010.
In Memoriam
Jonathan Lynton '65

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Total Annual Fund:

- 2010-11 Total Goal $2.2 Million


Alumni Annual Fund:

- Alumni Giving to date $212,492

- Alumni Giving Goal $400,000

- Alumni Participation to date 8%

- Alumni Participation Goal 20%


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