June 10-13, 2021
The safety and well-being of you, your family, your classmates, and all members of the school community are of greatest importance to us. It is with this in mind that we are disappointed to announce that we are canceling an in-person Reunion Weekend 2021. But with this cancellation comes new opportunities for us to connect virtually—starting with a Party in a Box and a Distinguished Speaker Series. Please read on for more information.
An essential part of Reunion Weekend is celebrating our alumni and their unique and varied accomplishments and paths in life. This speaker series will do just that by offering the chance for reunion alumni—and all members of the school community—to hear from a who’s who of interesting people from Mercersburg’s 0s, 1s, 5s, and 6s.
Navigating Conversations about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Gardner Dean Patterson Jr. ’71, John Henry Jr. ’91, P ’23, Chris Howes, and Leela Woody
The Great Outdoors: Take a Deep Breath
Paige Harry ’10, Carson White ’16, Michael Yu ’16, and Pete Gunkelman
“long/run”: Stories of America
Charlie Bell ’71 with faculty member Jim Malone P ’01, ’03 and faculty emerita Sue Malone P ’01, ’03
In his 10,000-mile solo run around the perimeter of the continental U.S.—starting and finishing in Mercersburg—alum and former faculty member Charlie Bell ran through hurricanes and blizzards, slept in jail cells and on mountain tops, and faced peril from careless drivers, drunken cowboys, and his own foolish miscalculations. More importantly, Charlie discovered a country full of friendly strangers and thousands of generous folks who reached out to help him along the way. Join hosts Jim and Sue Malone to hear stories about the details of his extraordinary journey, and visit Charlie’s website.
Celebration of Women in STEM
Tara Brendle Owens ’91, Lexa Treml ’16, Stephanie Turner McGraw ’06, and faculty member Julia Stojak Maurer ’90, P ’18, ’20, ’22, ’23
Business, Finance, and Investment Networking Lunch | 12 p.m. ET
Nikki Adler-Frigoletto ’95 and Pablo Coballasi ’91
Resilience Savings: Investing in Safe Housing Equity | 7:30 p.m. ET
Peg Hacskaylo ’85 with Marca Armstrong Ewy ’85
Throughout her career, Peg has advocated tirelessly on behalf of women and survivors of domestic and sexual violence to help them avoid homelessness and recover from their abuse. In the course of her work, Peg has developed new and novel programs, alliances, and approaches that demonstrate the healing power of housing, the potential for survivors to build community, and the exponential value gained from the simple act of investing in resilience. Hear from Peg about the founding of the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) and the National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH), as well as how she’s taken her work abroad to help communities realize the savings in helping rebuild survivors’ lives.
Meeting New Challenges: National Security in the 21st Century | 7:30 p.m. ET
Mark Montgomery ’81 with faculty member Dan Walker P ’19, ’23
Mark Montgomery serves as the executive director of the congressionally mandated Cyberspace Solarium Commission, which is charged with developing strategic approaches and legislative solutions to protect our national critical infrastructure from cyber threats.
Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Celebration | 7:30 p.m. ET
Tune in for a special presentation hosted by the Alumni Council that will recognize our alumni award winners, as well as faculty and staff retirees and those with 25 or more years of service to Mercersburg.
Artist Reception with Don Freas ’70 | 7:30 p.m. ET
The practice of creativity in any sphere becomes key to knowing yourself in life. It’s not about the products that accrue, but about the ability to apply a fluid creative attitude to whatever arises. In this gallery tour, artist Don Freas ’70 will relate some of the places creative expression has taken him. Join Don for a Zoom meet and greet to discuss his show, “Don Freas in Wood and Steel,” which will run virtually from May through July.
State of the School Address
Head of School Katie Titus P ’20, ’23, Alumni Council President Sassan Shaool ’91, and Alumni Council Vice President Ann Marie Bliley-Ester ’01 will share a presentation. Time TBA.
Class Happy Hours | 7:30 p.m. ET
Join your classmates for a Zoom call from across the country and around the world!
Service of Worship and Remembrance
Join School Minister Will Whitmore and members of the Alumni Council for the traditional closing ceremony of Reunion Weekend as we remember classmates who have passed away.
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