ALUMNI NEWSLETTER: OCTOBER 2010 Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Giving Back: A Calling for Community Involvement

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Allen-Stevenson School, 6-8 PM


Please join us to hear three alumni stories of corporate and personal social responsibility.


Andrew S. Mercy ’85

CEO and Founder, AngelPoints

Peter H. Kostmayer ’62

President and CEO, Citizens Committee for New York City

Erik A. Cliette ’81

Director, Harlem Hospital, Injury Prevention Program

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As I see it...



We’re in our second week of school and outside the weather has been glorious—crisp fall-like mornings and blue, blue, sunny skies—and inside we are very much underway. The Ninth Grade (9 boys this year) has left us this week for Indian Mountain. Many of you who stayed for Ninth Grade will remember this trip fondly, I think, as Ninth Graders invariably return to the School filled with tales of derring-do on the high-ropes course and the usual nighttime bonding shenanigans, but also with a new respect for one another, more cohesive and ready to lead the School and make the most of their last year.


Perhaps the very same thing is going on in the Kindergarten and First Grade during these first two weeks. Lower School teacher, Jennifer Zimmerman, tells me that the littlest boys are “learning to go to school.” Yes, that’s it. We’re all learning to go to school again—teachers and boys alike. It’s certainly true of the boys I teach—Seventh Graders shouldering themselves up into an Upper School of raised expectations and, alas, life at the bottom, and Sixth Graders beginning to breathe the air of gods at the top of the Middle School while keeping a very wary eye on the School’s most seasoned teachers.


The boys are also “learning to be with their voices.”  Last Tuesday, I sat in on Michelle Demko’s Upper School Chorus auditions. I didn’t understand why she would audition boys she had taught for years, but I found myself in the middle of the boys’ cambiata, the change of voice—it was astonishing. Many of the Seventh and Eighth Graders had a range of four octaves. Michelle said that this is a tiny window of time in a male’s life when he retains the top while gaining the bottom. I leave you with an email Michelle received the other day from Jenner Foster, class of 2010. Jenner is a tenor.



Dear Ms. Demko,

I wanted to thank you again for giving me the courage to go out and sing by myself without the chorus. At my new school I auditioned for the Acafellas, an all-boy select chorus. In this group I used some of the valuable lessons you taught us. I am pushing myself to do the tenor part, where I feel like I do my best, and where I would love to belong for the rest of my life. I'm writing this email to implore you to ask the boys in this year’s chorus to go beyond their comfort range and test themselves. Yes. I do wish I had sung more tenor parts last year. I was just unsure of myself and afraid to be wrong. I think most boys in chorus feel this way, and that is why they all want to sing a lower part. In other words, make them not afraid to be wrong. I wish you a wonderful year and hope to see you on the day of the alumni reunion.


Jenner Foster '10


David Kersey h'98
Member of our faculty since 1969 


Organic Farming with Alumnus Patrick Horan '85

The Allen-Stevenson Sixth Grade harvested 400 lbs. of tomatoes and 100 lbs. of hot peppers at Waldingfield Farm in Washington, CT, on Tuesday, September 21st. In recent years, alumnus Patrick Horan ’85 has hosted the Fifth Grade to plant crops in the spring and return as Sixth Graders in the fall to harvest their crops on his family’s organic farm. The boys eagerly hunted for poblano peppers, Thai chilies and cherry bomb peppers they had planted last May.


Farmer Horan discussed sustainability, crop rotation, the meaning of “organic” in farming, buying “local,” and other agrarian hot issues. Waldingfield Farm grows over 60 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, as well as the hybrid "big boy" beefsteak tomato. The boys tasted tart green zebra tomatoes and sweet tiny yellow tomatoes.


Science teacher Mr. Zufall helped the students test the soil for nitrogen. The sampled soil was lacking this necessary nutrient, so next year Horan said the field will be planted with legumes to replenish the nitrogen supply. They learned how field wasps are natural predators of hornworms, and what impact a dry summer has on a farm. He urged the boys to go apple picking early with their families this year, because the lack of rain means early fruit and a short season.


Alumni Highlights

Jonathan Bush '84 shared some of his views on health care economics in The New York Times last month.  Bush is the founder and chief of Athenahealth, a web service that helps doctors and other providers manage records, billing and patient communications.  The company is based outside of Boston. Click here to read the article.


 Alumni Events

For a printable list, please click here.

Giving Back Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 7th,
6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Founders Day

Friday, October 8th

Speaker: Andy Mercy '85

9:00 am


Reunion Planning Meeting/Phonathon

Thursday, October 14th

6:30 pm


Theater Event:  Women on the Verge

Wednesday, October 27th

See registration below


Young Alumni Day

Wednesday, November 24th

Classes of 2004-2011

10:00 am-12:45 pm

Alumni Hockey Game

Note: New date

Tuesday, December 14th
6:30 pm 

Alumni Reunion

Weekend 2011:

Friday, March 11th and Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Classes of 1931, 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 19

61, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 are celebrating a reunion. If you want to help reach out to classmates and organize the event, please contact Monique Lowitt, Also come to the Reunion Planning meeting on October 14, 6:30 pm at the school.



Allen-Stevenson vs. Buckley Varsity Football Game

Thursday, October 21, 4:00 pm Pelham Park. If you want to come and cheer on the Blue & Gold, contact Monique Lowitt,


Annual Fund

The 2010-2011 Annual Fund is vital to the success of each Allen-Stevenson boy. It provides important unrestricted funds to help support everything from the day-to-day operations of the School to faculty salaries and scholarship. We are striving to achieve our dual goals this year of $2.2 million total giving and 20% alumni participation.


Please help foster the next generation of scholars and gentlemen by supporting the Annual Fund as generously as you can today.

Please click here and give now.

More Alumni News

Michael Douglas '59 stars in the new Oliver Stone movie "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," which just opened. He reprises the infamous character of Gordon Gekko in this sequel to the original 1987 film, "Wall Street."


Alexander Campbell '93 ( graduated from Columbia University with a Masters of Science in Information and Digital Resource Management last May. He is engaged to Laura Gutierrez.


Chris Hamilton '96 just moved back to New York (


Sean Durkin '97 is directing his first feature film "Martha Mary May Marlene." It is currently being filmed on a farm in Sullivan County, New York. Durkin won an award for a short film at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

Click here to read more about the film.

Nick Hoge '98 has joined his mother, Olivia Hoge, as a real estate broker at Sotheby's International Realty in New York City. Together the two are working with clients from around the world who are looking to buy, sell, or rent property all over Manhattan. Nick can be reached at


In Memorium

We learned of the recent passing of these alumni:


- William Everdell '29

- Gerrit Lansing '57

- Wynn Newhouse '70

- Julien Dougherty '88

Event Registration

Please join Allen-Stevenson for Lincoln Center’s production of the hot new Broadway musical, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

8:00 pm

The Belasco Theatre

114 West 44th Street

(between 6th & 7th Avenues)



Alumnus David Yazbek ’75, who composed the music and wrote the lyrics, will join us for remarks after the show at the front of the theater.


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