Reunion Weekend


Thanks for coming home!

What an incredible weekend! More than 600 alumni, family, and friends participated in Reunion Weekend 2022. We hope you left with a renewed connection to and faith in the school and its mission. We've posted links to some highlights of the weekend below. In addition, please complete this brief survey about your experience as we appreciate your feedback on the weekend.

Tom Hadzor '72: Class of '32 Distinguished Alumni Award

Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success


Building Community Capacity Using ABA Therapies


How Coeducation Changed Mercersburg: 50+ Years of Women

State-of-the-School Address

Retiring/Long-serving Faculty and Staff


Schedule of Events

9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Check-In and Registration
Simon Student Center

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Antietam National Battlefield Tour
With experienced tour guide Thomas Clemens, history faculty member Allison Stephens P ’11, ’13, and faculty emeritus Ray Larson P ’97, ’01, ’06
Meet in front of Ford Hall (depart 10 a.m., limited capacity) 

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Great Cove Golf Course Scramble
With Head Golf Coach Doug Smith P ’23, ’24, Assistant Coach Andy Schroer P ’07, ’08, and former Coach Paul Galey P ’00, ’02
Meet in front of Ford Hall (depart 11 a.m., limited capacity)

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Alumni Council Meetings
Theatre Arts Classroom, Burgin Center for the Arts

1:30 p.m.

Campus Tours
With the Young Alumni Hospitality Crew.
Meet in front of Ford Hall (sign up at registration)

6 p.m.

Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Recognition Dinner Hosted by the Alumni Council
Ford Hall (recommended dress is semiformal or business dress)

Please join us to celebrate this year’s Class of ’32 Award recipient and the five 2022 Alumni Council Award winners. We will also recognize faculty and staff members who have announced their retirements during the school year and those who have reached 25 or more years of service as of May 1, 2022. Retiring are faculty members Tom Thorne P ’06, ’07 (29 years) and Wells Gray (22 years), and staff members Bill Hege (38 years), Avery Cook (35 years), Rick Buterbaugh (25 years), Sam Herman (19 years), and Mitzi Nonemaker P ’02 (18 years). To read more, visit this web page. Those with 25 or more years of service include David Bell P ’17, ’18, Amy Hendrickson P ’03, ’06, ’19, and Bill Mann. Read more about those being honored on this web page.


7-10 a.m.

Breakfast
Ford Hall

8-9:30 a.m.

Leadership Donor Breakfast
Prentiss Alumni and Parent Center at North Cottage
Members of the 1893 Club, William Mann Irvine Society, Marshall and Irving Alliance, Via Lucis Society, and McDowell Society are invited to join Head of School Quentin McDowell P ’25 for a breakfast reception.

8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Check-in and Registration
Simon Student Center

9 a.m.

Back-to-School Alumni and Faculty Classes
Rock climbing with science faculty member Jim Malone P ’01, ’03, arts faculty member Kristen Pixler, and climbing instructor Jeff Ott ’68
Masinter Outdoor Education Center

Stories of the Chapel’s Stained Glass Windows with Rev. Dr. Will Whitmore, school minister
Irvine Memorial Chapel

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Alumni Council Meetings
Theatre Arts Classroom, Burgin Center for the Arts

10:30 a.m.

Back-to-School Alumni and Faculty Classes
Plein Air Painting: Demonstration with Craig Amaral ’77 and Arts Faculty and Gallery Director Syd Caretti P ’24. (This program is first come first served and limited to 12 participants.)
Meet at the Burgin Center for the Arts to gather supplies; painting will take place on Burgin's Stoh Porch.

Craig is a self-taught professional oil painter, and over the years, he has taught other beginning, intermediate, and advanced painters both privately and commercially. Starting out with mostly acrylics, his work mainly includes oil paintings—his favorite material. Craig’s work has garnered awards from Streamline Publishing’s Salon competition and numerous solo, group, and fundraising shows at venues and galleries. His work is also held in private collections. Visit this web page to read more about his career and view his website and social media accounts. Syd is a member of the Mercersburg arts faculty and the gallery director in the Burgin Center for the Arts. She arrived at Mercersburg Academy with 10 years of experience as a fine arts gallery partner and consultant from New England with teaching experience from the New Hampton School in New Hampton, NH, and Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, PA.

Changing Landscape of Independent School Education: Discussion with Jennifer Miller Smith ’97, P ’23, ’24, dean of academics, and John David Bennett P ’12, ’19, ’24, dean of curricular innovation
Lenfest Hall 302

Hawk and Owl Biology: Class with science faculty member Jim Malone P ’01, ’03
Irvine Hall 204

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lunch: Meet Mercersburg’s Newest Faculty Members
Prentiss-Zimmerman Quad

Enjoy a picnic lunch on the quad and the opportunity to talk with our newest faculty members. Read more about them here.

1 p.m.

Back-to-School Alumni and Faculty Classes
How Coeducation Changed Mercersburg: 50+ Years of Women: Conversation with Vanessa Anyanso ’12, Pia Catton ’92Peggy Jarvis Ferrin ’72, Katherine Reber ’17, Martha Jane Snyder Byron ’72, and moderator Peggy Northrop ’72
Simon Theatre, Burgin Center for the Arts

Hands-on Robotics: Demonstration with faculty members Andy Brown and Julia Stojak Maurer ’90, P ’18, ’20, ’22, ’23
Robotics Classroom, Irvine Hall 412

2 p.m.

Back-to-School Alumni and Faculty Classes

Photojournalism: With Pulitzer Prize-Nominated Photographer Donna Fisher ’72
Digital Arts Classroom (Room 201), Burgin Center for the Arts

​​Donna was photo editor of The Mercersburg News and did much of the student/campus photography in 1971 and 1972. After majoring in photojournalism at Syracuse University, she worked for three newspapers in northeast Pennsylvania, eventually retiring after 32 years at The Morning Call in Allentown. Along the way she garnered two Pulitzer nominations and won numerous awards during her 40+ years in news. She now owns Donna Fisher Photography, LLC, and is a contributing photographer for The Express-Times / LehighValleyLive.com in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. You can view Donna’s website here.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Mercersburg: What are we really talking about? With Renata Williams, director of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Simon Student Center Rotunda

A time of intentional conversation and sharing of observations from Renata rounding out her first year at Mercersburg Academy. A review of what’s been accomplished and what the school plans to achieve in the next few years.

3 p.m. ​​​​​​​

Keynote: Building Community Capacity Using ABA Therapies
Kyle Lininger ’02 and Ryan Colby ’07, moderated by Amy Shaffer Post ’02
Simon Theatre, Burgin Center for the Arts
In celebration of this school year’s theme “Health and Wellness,” we are pleased to highlight three alumni who embody the values in our mission: hard work, character, and community. An estimated 26 percent of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, and last year the CDC reported that approximately one in 44 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Come to this session to learn about Kyle’s and Ryan’s work as it relates to behavioral health issues and how they affect us all and specifically about the scientific approach to understanding behaviors, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

4 p.m.

AA/Al-Anon Gathering
Chapel Undercroft, Irvine Memorial Chapel (go to the door on the left side of the Chapel, under the portico; the room is downstairs to the left)
For those who would like to support one another during Reunion Weekend. Please note: This is not an official meeting. If you’re looking for local resources, please find more information here or call 866-641-9190 for assistance.

5 p.m. ​​​​​​​

Artist Reception with Thomas Graffagnino ’67: “The Groundwork Drawings”
Cofrin Gallery, Burgin Center for the Arts

5:30 p.m. ​​​​​​​

1970’s 50th Reunion Class Dinner and Photo
Hershey Chorale Room, Burgin Center for the Arts
5:30 p.m. - Class Photo
5:45-6:30 p.m. - Reception
6:30 p.m. - Dinner

5:30 p.m. ​​​​​​​

1971’s 50th Reunion Class Dinner and Photo
Boone Recital Hall, Burgin Center for the Arts
5:30 p.m. - Class Photo
5:45-6:30 p.m. - Reception
6:30 p.m. - Dinner

​​​​​​​6-7:30 p.m.

Dinner
Prentiss-Zimmerman Quad

9 p.m. ​​​​​​​

Simon After Dark with Kazoku
Simon Student Center
Will Schoenberger ’17, Nathaniel Abel ’17, Alex DeGrange ’17, and Zach McDonald ’17 will perform some tunes, with special guest singers Larissa Chace Smith ’97 and Emily Peterson Karottki ’97. Event open only to individuals who are 21+.

10:30 p.m. ​​​​​​​

S’mores
Simon Student Center

7-10 a.m.

Breakfast
Ford Hall

8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Check-in and Registration
Simon Student Center

9 a.m. ​​​​​​​

Workouts Led by Faculty and Alumni
Various locations:
CrossFit Workout with faculty member Nikki Walker P ’19, ’23 (McDowell Fitness Center)
Weightlifting with faculty member Sarah Firestone ’13 (McDowell Fitness Center)
5K fun run with faculty member Rich Heffron and alumni runners Andy Alpert ’82, P ’14 and Rich Haskell ’72 (start location: outside of the main entrance to Nolde Gym)
Squash with Clint Lawler ’97, P ’23 and faculty member/director of squash Ryan Tyree (Davenport Squash Center)
Lap Swimming with director of aquatics Glenn Neufeld (Furnary Pool)
Basketball Shoot-around with faculty members and basketball coaches Sean Crocker, Paul Sipes P 22, and Emily Schoenberger ’15 (Plantz Courts)
Tennis Hit-around with faculty members and coaches Jeff Cohen and Mike Sweeney P ’07, ’13, ’19, ’21 (Hale Field House) Please note that this may start later than scheduled.

9 a.m.

A Tale of Three Pools: The History of Swimming and Diving at Mercersburg Academy
With School Archivist Doug Smith P ’23, ’24, Head Swim Coach Glenn Neufeld, and Athletic Facilities Operations Supervisor Mike Collins P ’14. Meet in the  Flanagan Pool Lobby of Nolde Gym (if facing the building, the lobby on the left).

Come to the Goldthorpe Athletic Complex to literally walk through the history of swimming and diving at Mercersburg, with stops at the original Nolde Gym pool, the Flanagan Pool, and the new Lloyd Aquatic Center.

11 a.m.

State-of-the-School Address
With Head of School Quentin McDowell P ’25 and Alumni Council Vice President Jasen Wright ’99
Simon Theatre, Burgin Center for the Arts    

11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Lunch - Due to inclement weather, lunch will be served in Ford Hall.

1 p.m.

Keynote: Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success with Katharine “Kate” Stroup Brooks ’72
Simon Theatre, Burgin Center for the Arts

Kate Brooks ’72 has provided career services for more than 25 years, specializing in the career needs of college students and alumni in career transition. She coauthored (with the late Richard Bolles) What Color Is Your Parachute? and What Color Is Your Parachute? for College. She developed the “Wise Wanderings” career coaching system for liberal arts students that is presented in her book, You Majored in What? Designing Your Path from College to Career. She has twice been listed as one of the “10 Most Visionary Leaders in Career Services” by CSO Research and received the Kauffman Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) for her service to the profession. Her free downloadable workbook, Picture Your Career, received the NACE/Chevron Award for outstanding achievement in innovative programming. Kate has written numerous articles that have been published in prominent news media. A board-certified counselor and coach, Kate earned her doctorate degree in educational psychology with an emphasis in counseling psychology, and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from West Virginia University. Her bachelor’s degree is in sociology and anthropology from Gettysburg College.

2:30 p.m.

Quad Games
Prentiss-Zimmerman Quad
Family-friendly quad games sponsored by Mercersburg Summer Programs along with Utz Quality Foods snacks sponsored by Stacie Rice Lissette ’85, P ’14, ’14, ’17, ’23 and, for our 21+ guests, Tipsy Scoops sponsored by John Tavss ’72 and beer from area brewery Roy Pitz.

2:30 p.m.

AA/Al-Anon Gathering
Chapel Undercroft, Irvine Memorial Chapel (go to the door on the left side of the Chapel, under the portico; the room is downstairs to the left)
For those who would like to support one another during Reunion Weekend. Please note: This is not an official meeting! If you’re looking for local resources, please find more information here or call 866-641-9190 for assistance.

3 p.m.

Class Tent Judging
Prentiss-Zimmerman Quad

5:30 p.m.

Class Photo Locations and Times
1972’s 50th Reunion: Edwards Room, Keil Hall - 5:30 p.m.
​​​​​​​5th Reunion: Prentiss Alumni and Parent Center at North Cottage - 5:45 p.m.
25th Reunion: Burgin Center for the Arts - 6:10 p.m.
All other classes ending in TWO: Irvine Hall, back steps. Class photo times are as follows:
1962 at 5:30 p.m.
1982 at 5:40 p.m.
1992 at 5:50 p.m.
2002 at 6 p.m.
2012 at 6:10 p.m.

All other classes ending in SEVEN: steps on the northside of Irvine Hall. Class photo times are as follows:
1957 at 5:30 p.m.
1967 at 5:40 p.m.
1977 at 5:50 p.m.
1987 at 6 p.m.
2007 at 6:10 p.m.

6 p.m.

Class Receptions and Dinners
5th Reunion: Prentiss Alumni and Parent Center at North Cottage 
25th Reunion: Burgin Center for the Arts
1972’s 50th Reunion: Edwards Room, Keil Hall
All other classes: Ford Hall

8:30 p.m.

Dancing with the Odyssey Band of D.C.
Prentiss-Zimmerman Quad

10 p.m.

Class Tent Cup Presentation
Prentiss-Zimmerman Quad


7-10 a.m.

Breakfast
Ford Hall

8:30 a.m.

50th Reunion Breakfast with Head of School Quentin McDowell P ’25
Edwards Room, Keil Hall

10 a.m.

A Service of Worship and Remembrance
Irvine Memorial Chapel

12 p.m.

Dorm Check-out
Simon Student Center

Keynote Speakers

Friday, June 10 at 3 p.m. ET

BUILDING COMMUNITY CAPACITY USING APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (ABA) THERAPIES

In celebration of this school year’s theme of “Health and Wellness,” we are pleased to highlight three alumni who embody the values in our mission: hard work, character, and community.

Ryan Colby ’07
Kyle Lininger ’02
Moderated by
Amy Shaffer Post ’02

Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m. ET

YOUR GUIDE TO A LIFETIME OF MEANINGFUL WORK AND CAREER SUCCESS

Katharine Stroup Brooks ’72

Prentiss Alumni and Parent Center at North Cottage
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Class of 1960 School Store
(Simon Student Center)
Thursday: Noon-7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m.-noon

Irvine Hall
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Nolde Gymnasium - Goldthorpe Athletic Complex
(Plantz Basketball Courts, Davenport Squash Center, and McDowell Fitness Center)
Thursday: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Furnary Pool - Goldthorpe Athletic Complex
Friday: 1-3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7-10 a.m.

Smoyer Tennis Center
Dawn to dusk

Lenfest Hall
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Traylor Hall/Admission
Interested in learning more about admission for your child or grandchild? Please schedule an appointment by emailing admission@mercersburg.edu or calling 717-328-6173; or stop by Traylor Hall between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday or Friday.

Staying Off Campus?

If you aren’t interested in staying in the dorms, please check out the Hampton Inn-Hagerstown I-81 in nearby Hagerstown, MD. You can reserve online or by calling the number listed below.  Additional local accommodations can be found here

Hotel: Hampton Inn Hagerstown-I-81
Address: 18300 Peak Circle, Hagerstown, MD 21742
Phone: 240-420-1970

COVID Notice

No rapid tests required; masks recommended indoors. Please note this is subject to change.

Childcare Information

We welcome families to bring their children; however, there are no childcare services, so please plan accordingly.

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