Monday, February 20, 2017

3D Challenge starts tomorrow!

Your donation of $10 or more will be matched by a trustee from February 21-28.  While DA alumni participation was 51% last year (best of our peer schools), the CLASS of 1983 made it only to 45%. We can at least be AVERAGE this year!

Please put it on your TO DO list...

Friday, February 17, 2017

TEDx Beaubien!

Look for Mark Beaubien in the lineup of speakers at Deerfield's Third TEDx - this Saturday.  The general topic of the day is "Change...

Mark's title:  "What Hath God Wrought… Chasing the Western Hemisphere’s Biggest Hurricane Ever"

Saturday 6-10 pm eastern: Livestream HERE

Full Lineup here.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

AP Art with Dave Dickinson

Mark Beaubien's daughter has David Dickinson as an art teacher.  Seem's like she's already pretty good!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Full Obits: Lee Magee and Day Lee

Manny’s manager Lee Magee dies at 57
RecordThursday, January 19, 2017
Manny’s TV & Appliance baseball skipper Lee Magee was never one to yell on the Tri-County League circuit.
Longtime player Brian Hayes said he can still remember when Magee got ejected from a game a couple of years back, when he quietly yelled out to a home plate umpire that a pitch that was called a strike missed so high that it could have broken the umpire’s mask. That was one of the few times Hayes, an outfielder who just wrapped up his 15th year with the team, could remember his coach getting ejected in the 15 years he has been with the TCL semi-pro team. It was the way Magee went quietly about his business that made him one of the league’s most respected figures, well-liked by players, coaches and umpires.
On Monday, Magee passed away quietly at his Greenfield home at the age of 57 following a battle with diabetes. Over the past few years his condition made it more difficult for him to get to the ballpark on a daily basis, but his love of the game and being around his team rarely kept him away for long.
“His health wasn’t the greatest and we were all concerned about how he was going to carry on and continue to be the ray of sunshine that he was on our bench,” Hayes said. “He was a quiet guy, and such a great guy, and I know he is in a better place. Our world will miss people like Lee.”
Eric Libardoni is another longtime Manny’s player, having served as one of the team’s catchers since he joined the team in 2001. At that time, the Brattleboro native had just graduated from a postgrad prep-school year and was looking for a place to play in the summer. He got hooked up with Manny’s and that started a pipeline with the Greenfield-based team that has seen over 30 players from the Brattleboro area suit up. Libardoni just finished his 16th year with the club.
“Lee was always happy to be at the ballpark,” he said. “He loved baseball, and he loved being around his team. His team was really his family.”
It was that team family atmosphere that made Manny’s one of the TCL’s most successful programs. Manny’s has had very little turnover in the past decade, with a number of players returning summer after summer. A major reason was Magee.
“We were more than a team. We were like a family,” Libardoni said. “Lee was such a caring person and everybody who came in contact with him had such a positive experience. He was fair and cared about his players’ personal lives.”
Hayes concurred.
“Lee went to the weddings of a number of our players,” he said. “My kids love Lee. He welcomed them to sit on the bench and be bat boys. I love the summer because I get to be around the guys and be around the team. Lee loved that, too.”
Magee spent 27 years coaching the Manny’s team. He hooked on with the club in 1990. At that time he was teaching at Deerfield Academy, where he coached basketball and baseball. Terry Ruggles, who was the general manager of Manny’s, was looking to start a summer league team at that time. He was also looking for an algebra tutor for his son, Todd. Magee was tutoring, and when Ruggles needed a coach, he asked the tutor.
“I called Lee one night and he literally had just gotten off the phone with the Hotchkiss School, where he had taught a summer math course and told them he was not coming back,” Ruggles recalled. “That was the summer of 1990. We didn’t even have a team at that point, but Lee agreed to coach.”
The two men became close friends over the years and built up one of the most successful TCL teams, one that played in seven championship series. The team cashed in on two of those trips, winning the league crown in 2007 and 2009. It wasn’t just his success that made him respected around the league, according to Ruggles, who stepped down as team manager two years ago, but the way he handled himself.
“As a person, I don’t know anyone in the league who did not like Lee,” Ruggles said. “He knew the game, appreciated it, knew how to work with young men, and they respected his knowledge. They respected his quiet demeanor and they listened. He seldom got mad, and he seldom had issues with umpires.
“We have always had people who came to see our games and they would say, ‘We don’t know how you guys put together teams that are this homogenous year after year after year,’” Ruggles continued. “That’s what Lee was after. He wanted to put together a team that knew how to play the game, but also knew how to be gentlemen.”
One player who has remained alongside Magee since the very first season in 1990 was Dave Talbot, who just finished up his 27th year in the league.
“We often joked about how we had been together longer than some married couples,” Talbot said. “It started off as a coach and player, and developed into a friendship. We would go on the road trips to games together. Those will never be the same. His laugh was infectious to say the least. He had so many more things to bring other than baseball. His love of music, TV shows and his brain in general, he was so smart. It was a genuine pleasure to get to know him and be part of his inner circle for all this time.”
Magee’s passing will be felt throughout the league. Karl Oliveira, the manager of the St. Joseph’s team and the league secretary, said that Magee had an impact on the league as a whole.
“Lee was a key member of our Board of Governors, a coach and a friend,” he said. “His contributions to our TCL are numerous and he was always part of every sub-committee. His excellent knowledge of the game, strategy and love for this league and his Manny’s team made this league what it is today.”
Andy Rogers, who is the umpire assigner for the TCL, said Magee was well-respected by his crew.
“Lee cared about the Tri-County League, he loved baseball and he was respectful to the umpires,” he said. “In that same light, Lee would stick up for his players when he disagreed, but he was respectful about how he went about it.”
Local services may yet be planned for Magee, who will be flown back to his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, to be buried alongside his mother.
“There’s going to be a little bit of a hole to fill, both in the league and on the team,” Ruggles concluded. “We tried to build a team that everybody would respect. That was really the point.

Day Lee passed away on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.
Day Lee was born on Dec. 6, 1922 at #2 Gramercy Park, New York City, the son of Ronald Currie Lee and Louise Day Putnam.
He attended the Buckley School in Manhattan until he and his family moved to Hook Rd. in Bedford, where he attended Rippowam Cisqua School. Later he studied at Millbrook School in Millbrook, and graduated from Lawrenceville School, in Lawrenceville, New Jersey in 1941. Day's education at Harvard was interrupted by his service in the Naval Air Corps, and in 1947, he graduated with an A.B. in history and English literature. In 1956, he completed a master's in education at the University of Pennsylvania.
On Sept. 9, 1950, in Shaker Heights, Day married Nancy Arabel Mills, daughter of Wilbur Thoburn Mills Jr. and Margaret Welch of Cleveland, Ohio. They had two children, Pamela Arabel Lee and David Currie Lee.
From 1949-1950, Day and Nancy worked for the ECA (Marshall Plan) in Paris, where they developed a lifelong passion for all things French. Day began his teaching career tutoring for the Searing Tutoring School in Bedford. From 1956 to1961, he taught history and was the assistant headmaster at the Gunnery School in Washington, Connecticut. From 1961 to1986, he taught history at Deerfield Academy, Old Deerfield, MA. During his sabbatical (1981 to 1983), both he and Nancy taught at the American School in Lugano, Switzerland.
Throughout his life, Day's four passions were: the Adirondacks, the theater, painting and music. He was also an avid hiker, and in his 40s, he attended the Telluride Mountaineering School in Telluride, Colorado.
Throughout his retirement, Day traveled widely with Nancy and was still playing tennis when he was ninety! Day was first introduced to Keene Valley, and the High Peaks when he was a teenager. His great uncle, Will Day, first visited Keene Valley in 1870 and climbed Mt. Marcy with Old Mountain Phelps. From 1954 to 2015, he and Nancy summered there and became lifelong members of the Ausable Club.
For several years he was President of the Adirondack Trail Improvement Society (ATIS) and founding director of High Peaks Camp for teenagers. In the early 1970s, Day served as president of the Deerfield Valley Conservation Association. When the Army Corps of Engineers attempted to build a 260-foot dam in the Stillwater section of the Deerfield River, Day, with help from many others, successfully defeated the project, and the dam was never built.
Both Day and Nancy were accomplished actors and directors with the Dramalites in Washington, Connecticut, and the Stockade Players in Deerfield, Massachusetts, the Arena Civic Theater in Greenfield, Massachusetts, the Barn Theater in New London, New Hampshire and the Center for Music, Drama and Art in Lake Placid. During his lifetime, Day acted in and/or directed more than 26 productions.
An avid artist and watercolor painter, Day studied drawing and printmaking at Greenfield Community College and became a member of the Pioneer Valley Art Association. He exhibited his paintings at the Windham Art Gallery in Brattleboro, Vermont, and in several galleries in New Mexico and Keene Valley.
He also served as president of the High Peaks Art Association and the New Mexico Art League in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was a member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society.
In his later years, Day continued to play the guitar, recorder and the harmonica. He especially enjoyed playing folk songs and jazz with friends and, then, listening to music when he could no longer play.
Day was the glue that held his family and the community together. His enthusiasm, joie de vivre, friendliness, wisdom, humor and kindness will never be forgotten,
Day was predeceased by his son, Dr. David Currie Lee, Ed.D., who died Dec. 24, 1995, and his wife Nancy Mills Lee, who died Jan. 12, 2015. He was also predeceased by his parents; his brother Putnam Lee and two sisters: Damaris Lee Gillispie and Gayle Lee Gall.
Day is survived by his daughter, Pamela and son-in-law, Edward Cranston; his daughter-in-law, Margaret "Peggy" Healey Lee; granddaughter, Rebecca Louise Lee; his brother-in-law, John "Jack" Welch Mills; and his wife, Louise Connell; and 11 nieces and nephews and their families.
A Memorial Service for Day Lee will be held in the summer of 2017 at the Congregational Church in Keene Valley, NY. (Date and time TBD.)
Gifts may be made in his memory to the Adirondack Trail Improvement Society (ATIS) - PO Box 565, Keene Valley, NY 12943 - (518) 576-9157 - or to Deerfield Academy, PO Box 87, Deerfield, MA 01342.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

RIP Lee Magee

One more faculty member who started while we were on campus has passed.  He was a math teacher and a baseball coach, and a friend to many.  One day  in 1982 I was with him as he opened his mail and discovered two new credit cards.  He invite me and two others to drive to the Holyoke Mall with him where he proceeded to max his two cards and buy a killer new stereo sound system!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Twelve years preparation led to this...

Game 6 of the World Series produced an iconic moment is sports photography (GIF here) and we have Jeff Silverman to thank.

In the Sports Illustrated recap of the media coverage of the Series - here's what they wrote:

Tony Gambino is not a sports media name you’d recognize, but he was responsible for one of the most memorable moments of Fox’s World Series coverage. A freelance camera operator who has worked the postseason for Fox since 2012, Gambino took the incredible camera shot of Chapman getting to first base before the Indians' Francisco Lindor in the seventh inning during Game 6. “Plays in baseball happen so fast, and we as cameramen try to see what’s happening on the field, react, frame it correctly, be in focus, all in a moment’s notice,” Gambino wrote via email from Cleveland. “I just saw what was happening on the field and knew the play would be at the bag. And I went for it.... Compared to other sports, baseball is the hardest to shoot because you have no idea what’s going to happen. Plays happen so fast. I knew if I could get to the bag before them, it would look great.”
Gambino said he was positioned next to the first camera operator on the first-base side of the field—Low 1st. According to Michael Davies, ‎the senior vice president of field and technical operations for the Fox Sports Media Group, Gambino used a Vision Research “Phantom” v64 camera that shoots at 2,100 frames a second. Davies said the camera is from a small company in Jacksonville, Vermont, that provides specialty cameras for companies. He said he believed Fox is the only sports network to use the camera.

“Tony is the kind of guy who has really taken to the technology,” Davies said. “He is there at the right place at the right time. One of the things that you miss when you see a replay slowed down as much as that is that it really happens in the blink of an eye. Someone like him needs to be on the mark and in focus. [Former Fox Sports chairman] David Hill used to say the best live events look post-produced, and I think we have definitely gotten closer to that mark.”
Gambino said he heard from people on the crew after the game about his shot, which was gratifying. “As a cameraman, it’s always great to see your hard work pay off,” Gambino said. “Especially for key moments in sports. We try and give the viewer the best look possible. The umpires to a great job, but it’s gratifying knowing that call is correct because of our camera work.

Jeff says be on the lookout for more premium shots since "There's going be stuff coming from Supercross, X-games, Superbowl and Westminster dog show coming up"

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Farewell comrade!

Former faculty member Day Lee died this weekend at the age of 94.

As a new sophomore, I was learning many things at DA, but European History with Mr. Lee was an eye opener for sure.  Everyone I knew assumed he was a communist, given his enthusiasm for all things european and russian history.  We imagined after dinner chats between Mr. Lee and Mr. Gorski over some ice cold Stolichnaya vodka.

Of course, I doubt any of those imaginings are true, but his ability to keep us all interested certainly started me on a path toward a more global perspective.

Feels like we need that.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Shrimp Bowl

There's an annual holiday party hosted by the academy known locally as the "Shrimp Bowl". Thanks to Nate, Mark and Chris for representing this year!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Dispatch from the Fairfield Patch and Chaz...

"I visited John at FCDS. Had a great tour. John greets every student and staff member by name. He doesn't pass anyone without saying hello and using their name. Just not going to happen! Very refreshing to see it." - (Chaz Gagne)

Headmaster John Munro, Jr. is the face of the family-focused and community-oriented Fairfield Country Day School, an all-boys private school that prides itself on a safe environment wherein each boy is known—but Munro, the faculty and the students he represents are much more than that.
Patch: Fairfield Country Day School teaches students from prekindergarten through the ninth grade. How does that level of educational continuity benefit students?
Munro: Students benefit from the emotional, social and educational development that occurs when educators collaborate professionally and observe students at a wider range of ages. FCDS boys range from 4 to 15 years old. Whether a school is all-boys or co-ed, there are distinct opportunities for student role-modeling, and such learning environments facilitate collaboration between older and younger students, not just teachers. We have also found that students who have the continuity of starting their education at FCDS in our Lower School are more academically prepared for their years beyond Fairfield Country Day School.
Patch: What’s the best piece of education advice you’ve ever received?
Munro: That’s simple. Keep a long-term perspective. Go. To. Class.
Patch: What are the core values of Fairfield Country Day School?
Munro: "We are judged by our deeds." It’s emblazoned on our walls and is at the core of what we do best—educating the whole boy. We challenge each boy to reach his full potential through small classroom settings and a boy-specific curriculum that increases student engagement and escalates overall academic performance. Beyond the academics, we intentionally develop each boy’s character. In our ongoing efforts to successfully prepare our graduates for the 21st century, we have identified ten core competencies that are currently bench-marked and measured from prekindergarten to ninth grade. These competencies are introduced and reinforced in all facets of our program; academics, the arts and athletic in the classroom, on the stage, at the athletic fields as well as in the community to serve those less fortunate. The 10 competencies include: scholarship, resiliency, stewardship, leadership, digital citizenship, empathy, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication.
Patch: What is your definition of success?
Munro: As a headmaster, I measure my success every morning. A happy boy racing out of his car or bus to get into school is true success—a confident, eager, young man.
Patch: What is the key to running a successful school?
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Munro: The key to running a successful school is a careful balance of transparency, teamwork, trust and respect. It's about creating a culture of caring and laughter and turning failures into teachable moments.
Patch: If you had to recommend three books to someone, what would they be and why?
Munro: My office is always filled with a stack of new books. And while my favorites rotate, there are a few that are always at the top of the stack.
"A person is a person no matter how small." The life lessons on empathy and resilience in Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who teach such timeless lessons. From a professional standpoint, Roland Barth’s Learning By Heart inspired me to think differently about my role in academics and how everyone can strive to take risks, be inventive, stretch the limits of creativity and the story’s message reinforces the need to empower students to take ownership of their learning. Wild Ones by Jon Mooallem is such a fun book about animals in the wild becoming extinct and the mix of characters—scientists, environmentalists, philosophers—desperate to save them. There's a touch of comedy as the author creates this memoir and journey for his daughter.
Patch: Fairfield Country Day School has inclusive events such as Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day. What role does family play at Fairfield Country Day School?
Munro: At FCDS, we place a lot of value on the concept of family and community. With the busy schedules of today’s families, we take the time each day to have family-style meals at FCDS. Every lunch is served with faculty and different-age students sharing a meal together. The boys are involved with every aspect of the meal including table setting, serving and clean-up. Older students serve as role models as they dine with students in younger grades. The lunch table is where conversations come alive, bonds are formed and brotherhood blossoms.
Patch: What’s the best thing about working with students? 
Munro: Joy. Observing self-discovery. Watching struggle through trial and error.
Patch: What advice would you give to someone looking to become an educator? 
Munro: "“Go for a test drive." Spend some time in a school volunteering in the library or serving as a sub. Teaching is an "all in" commitment so you need to find your passion.
Patch: How can readers contact you or learn more about Fairfield Country Day School?
Munro: Come for a visit. There is no better way to learn about our school than to see it in action. Watch the magic of our teachers and the joy of our students. Visit our website, and check out FCDS on social media for daily updates.
Photos courtesy of Fairfield Country Day School

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Kickstarting a year's worth of sci-fi

Ben Allen let's us know that the magazine he mentioned in his recent Deerfield magazine class note is starting a Kickstarter campaign to fund itself for a new year of writing and publishing.

Check it out here

Help us to bring you a second great year of speculative short stories with style, atmosphere, character, intellect, & emotion.
Help us to bring you a second great year of speculative short stories with style, atmosphere, character, intellect, & emotion.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Its been roughly fifteen years since I started reaching out to classmates for news.  The blog is younger than that but it's had forty-thousand page views.

We're getting older.  Many of us are facing challenges like family changes, depression, addiction, MS, cancer etc.  Many of us have had successes of various kinds.  Some of us like to share and many of us don't.  No worries.

I wish each of you health and happiness this Thanksgiving.  Keep an eye out for each other and when you do connect - take a picture and send to me with a few sentences.  It helps more than you know.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Crushed it again...Keep the news coming!

Hope you've received the latest DEERFIELD magazine by now.

We had another two page spread and even heard from Ben Allen (now B. Morris Allen) who is a writer/publisher running an online magazine known as Metaphorosis.  We think he lives in Oregon...

The big hit for me in the mag was the wonderful piece by Chris Harris about being at Deerfield with his mom, Alice Childs Harris '41, on the occasion of her 75th reunion!

Monday, November 21, 2016

DA in SoCal Dec 1!

Mix & Mingle, join the Deerfield Club of SoCal for cocktails and nibbles!
Thursday, December 1, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Sur Restaurant and Lounge
606 North Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
$65 / per person * (* all inclusive of food, beverage and spirits)
Valet Parking Details: Public valet parkings are available at the corner of Robertson and El Tovar, or across the street from Sur.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Final DA Alumni Hockey game in current rink is Jan 21, 2017

Alumni /Alumnae Hockey Schedule

Saturday, January 21, 2017
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Open Skate for Alumni and families
10:00 AM – Coffee with Coaches
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Buffet Luncheon
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Alumni Game(s)
5:00 PM: Girls Varsity Hockey vs. Taft
7:00 PM: Boys Varsity Hockey vs. Choate
9:00 PM: Post-game nightcap at the Deerfield Inn

Friday, November 4, 2016

Choate Day is November 12 in Wallingford...

On Saturday, November 12 our teams head to Wallingford, where they'll run, throw, jump, pass, catch and kick their way to victory.

We'd love to see you there, cheering for the Big Green. There will be no shortage of DA pride, good friends and hot cocoa. Find us under the tent alongside the football field. You can find the Choate campus map here.

Check out the schedule for the day's events and be sure to follow us on twitter @deerfieldteams!

Choate, as you recall, is located at 333 Christian St., Wallingford, CT - yes, the place that smells like burning bacon!


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Kegger in Jordan

Just back from Parents Weekend with our daughter Brady at King's Academy in Jordan. She's having an incredible experience, making great friends and enjoying freshman year. Made varsity soccer too!  We couldn't be more proud. And we highly recommend the school -- wonderful place. - Craig

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Central Park Skate slated for December 16

It's a blast (heated tent!) and tons of fun...

"Mix and Mingle with Deerfield under the catering tent (and throw on a pair of skates if you want) while taking in the amazing lights and scenes of Central Park. Plenty of spirits and snacks will be provided as conversation and connections are made. Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy one of New York City’s most beloved destinations during the holiday season."

Thursday, October 27, 2016


From the Road to Recovery website:


“John Doe,” a childhood sexual abuse victim, files a civil lawsuit in Bristol County, MA, Superior Court against former Deerfield (MA) Academy teacher, Peter Hindle, believed to be a resident of the Dartmouth, MA, area, and against Defendant Two, a currently unidentified Deerfield (MA) Academy supervisor or former supervisor.  The Plaintiff’s attorney is Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA.
 Deerfield (MA) Academy, located in Franklin County, MA, employed mathematics teacher Peter Hindle from approximately 1956 until 2000 where Peter Hindle also served as a coach, dormitory master, counselor, and supervisor of minor boys who attended Deerfield (MA) Academy
 From approximately 1984 until approximately 1987, the Plaintiff attended Deerfield (MA) Academy when he was approximately fourteen (14) to sixteen (16) years of age.  In approximately 1986, when the Plaintiff was approximately sixteen (16) years of age, Peter Hindle sexually abused the Plaintiff in the Plaintiff’s dormitory room at Deerfield (MA) Academy
A press conference announcing the filing of a civil lawsuit in Bristol County, MA, Superior Court by a childhood sexual abuse victim of Peter Hindle, a mathematics teacher, coach, dormitory supervisor, counselor, and supervisor of young boys for approximately forty-four (44) years at Deerfield (MA) Academy in Deerfield, Franklin County, MA.  The lawsuit also names Defendant Two, a currently unidentified Deerfield (MA) Academy supervisor or former supervisor
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11:30 am
On the public sidewalk in front of the Town Hall of Dartmouth, MA, located at 400 Slocum Road, North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families
Peter Hindle, who was employed by Deerfield (MA) Academy for approximately forty-four (44) years as a mathematics teacher, coach, dormitory master, counselor, and supervisor of young boys, has been named by several former students of Deerfield (MA) Academy as being a sexual abuser of children.  Peter Hindle, according to reports, resides in the Dartmouth, MA, area.  Recently, a former student of Deerfield (MA) Academy, who attended the school from approximately 1984 to 1987, filed a civil lawsuit in Bristol County, MA, Superior Court, against Peter Hindle and Defendant Two, a currently unidentified Deerfield (MA) Academy supervisor or former supervisor. “John Doe” claims that Peter Hindle sexually abused him in approximately 1986 when he was approximately sixteen (16) years of age in his dormitory room at Deerfield (MA) Academy.  The Plaintiff has suffered and continues to suffer from harm as a result of being sexually abused by teacher Peter Hindle and because of the negligent supervision of Peter Hindle.  The Plaintiff has demanded a jury trial on all his claims.
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 –
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 –

MASSlive story and full law suit: HERE

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

It's just lunch...

Doug Cruikshank continues his class community building ways in the Big Apple by joining Jim Wareck for lunch recently.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Atlanta Cocktails December 8!

The Deerfield Club of Atlanta invites you to join us forCocktails and Conversation with Director of Inclusion and Community Life, Marjorie Young. In addition to Ms. Young, five other employees are in Atlanta for a conference and will be joining us as our featured guests. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear first-hand about Deerfield today and to reconnect with alumni, families and friends.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Swim Buddies...

Tim Ehrhart was in Nassau this summer and was able to connect with former teammate David Morley.  Great work and thanks for remembering to take a picture!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Cocktails at Fenway November 17?

Bob Fitz thinks that '83 should find a way to dominate this event - so get your calendars out and make a point to get to Fenway on November 17!

"Please join Head of School Margarita Curtis and the Deerfield Club of New England for Cocktails and Conversation at one of baseball’s beloved stadiums – –Fenway Park. Our special guest for the evening is our new Athletic Director, Bob Howe. RSVP by November 3."



Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sox fans can still smile

This photo is from June but may help us Red Sox fans near and far put a smile back on our faces. Thanks Paul and Mackenna!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

When in NY...

Craig spends most of his time in D.C. and Jackson Hole, WY...but when in New York City he connects with former Ashley dorm mate Doug Cruikshank!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Spadafora Joy

Congratulations to Jeff Spadafora on the upcoming release of his first book: The Joy Model!!!

You may remember that Jeff Spadafora is Director of the Halftime Institute’s Global Coaching Services and Product Development (, where he trains and manages the global Halftime Coaching staff. Earlier, he was a management consultant for twenty years with a focus on executive education and development for Fortune 500 companies. He lives with his family in Evergreen, Colorado.

Jeff continues to be an amazing person who works hard to live a life led by his values.  Great work Spads!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Weekend in Idaho

Great to see Hardie, Dave, Taylor and John getting some fresh air in Sun Valley, ID.  More likely candidates for the class hike next summer!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Rethinking College Career Services

Adam WeinbergPresident, Denison University

The old college career service model doesn’t work. It is not up to the task of helping students prepare for a world that is becoming increasingly competitive, complex and fast paced. Too often, the career service office is small, isolated and underfunded. For these reasons and others, students do not bother to access it until senior year, sometimes even waiting until a month or two before graduation. It is clearly time for a new model.
At liberal arts colleges, there are two particular challenges: 
First, there are small but significant gaps between that which students receive through the academic curriculum and that which employers expect. In a wonderfully insightful article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Matthew Sigelman, chief executive at the job market analytics company Burning Glass Technologies, calls for moving beyond the “lazy debate” that pits the liberal arts vs. pre-professional programs. The data collected by Burning Glass Technologies finds that the answer is not either/or, but both. Employers value and need the skills acquired through the liberal arts, combined with profession-specific skills. 
Put most simply, to compete for the best jobs, students need a solid range of liberal arts skills, from effective communications and critical thinking to the ability to work in teams and connect disparate ideas. But they also benefit from some profession-specific skills development through seminars, online training, courses, and internships in one or more of the following areas: marketing, graphic design, computer programing, data analysis and management, social media, general business, project management, sales and information technology.
Second, students who choose a broad-based liberal arts education have the benefit of developing a range of interests and skills. Their eyes are opened to the wide range of opportunities that exist for bright, talented and ambitious students from top colleges. While exciting and inspiring, that high level of knowledge and awareness can make it daunting to get started. Without an initial career goal in mind, liberal arts students sometimes can feel like they aren’t sure where to begin. 
For the last 36 months, Denison University has been exploring these questions with our alumni, parents, faculty, staff and forward-thinking employers. In response, we have launched the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Career Exploration, which will house a state-of-the-art approach called Denison@Work.
Denison@Work is built upon the following set of foundational observations:
- There is no one-size-fits-all solution to career preparation. Colleges need to offer students an array of programs from which they can choose, depending on their individual needs and interests. 
- Students are only in classes 60 percent of the calendar year. Colleges need to recapture the remaining 40 percent to focus on career exploration and should support those activities financially. 
- Liberal arts colleges like Denison have a strategic advantage, with a large network of highly successful and engaged alumni who cut across a remarkably wide range of professions. 
- The day is gone when students can wait until senior year to think about careers. Colleges must create a shift in campus culture that encourages early engagementwith career exploration. 
Our new model is built upon a developmental understanding of the college process that broadly maps as follows:
The first year is an ideal time to bolster confidence while exploring the different ways people build lives, and how careers and professions fit into those lives. During the first year, students have access to The Possibility Project, which is a semester-long series of guided workshops. Small teams of students develop awareness, confidence and clarity about the range of possibilities to pursue during and after their college years. At the core of this program, students have a chance to meet alumni and parents who share their own paths. The program culminates with each student developing an eight-minute TED-style talk about a subject or issue they care about deeply. 
The second year is designed to help students fill skills gaps, while also connecting with alumni and parents as coaches and mentors. As students begin to imagine the kinds of lives they want to lead, they need to connect with those in the professions who can serve as guides and coaches. In particular, they benefit from alumni and parent stories about how careers unfold in unpredictable ways, and about the wide array of paths people take to build successful and satisfying lives. We are rolling out a number of programs to connect alumni with students early in their college careers. For example, NextGen brings recent graduates back to campus for short residencies focused on connecting face-to-face with students and discussing lessons learned about career searching and landing well in the professions. 
At the same time, students have access to several new ways to use non-academic periods to offer professional seminars that range from a few days to a few weeks. Some of these are programs that are broadly available to students from any college, and some are specific to Denison@Work. For example: through a partnership with a member of the Denison family, we have developed OnBoard, an online platform that delivers nine instructional modules. The goal is to enable students and recent grads to master the “Day One” skills that most employers find lacking in their entry-level applicant pools: using spreadsheet programs, managing projects, reviewing financial statements, understanding basic accounting, and writing professional documents. 
The junior year is about gaining first-hand, hands-on experience with internships, “short but intense” externships and other experiential opportunities. This is the single most valuable thing a student can do to enhance professional readiness before, during, or after the junior year. First Look is a set of programs that gives students a chance to explore particular professions and connect with alumni across the country. Last year, for example, a group of students spent a week in Chicago visiting different types of financial firms. At each firm, an alumnus or parent arranged a multi-hour seminar on what the firm does and where the industry is headed. Another group of students set out on a road trip over spring break to meet with alumni in five cities to discuss career preparation and post-graduation paths. And one program took advantage of our proximity to Columbus to take students interested in the arts and nonprofits to meet with an alumna who runs the city’s art museum. Many students establish connections and summer internship leads through First Look trips. For others, it helps them decide with more precision what path they want to follow (and those they do not).
All of this pre-work leads to summer internships, which form the cornerstone of career exploration at Denison. Many students source their own opportunities in areas of interest ranging from field research to nonprofit work, government, education, and business. And many students take advantage of opportunities made available by parents and alumni. For example, this summer we had students doing everything from working at Amazon, to helping an alumna build a new company called Mom Made Foods, to a group of pre-med students who interned with a rural hospital in India. All students are eligible to apply for funding grants to help offset living expenses and remove the concern of a student who wants the important experience of an internship but worries about lost wages.
One seldom-recognized fact is that all internships are not created equal. At the core of the Denison@Work model, internships are designed to connect students with alumni and parents who can continue to serve as coaches. We also work to build some reflection into the internship, giving students opportunities to process what they have learned about the profession, themselves, and the kinds of careers and professions that might be good starting points for them. For example, in metropolitan areas with concentrations of Denison interns, we are starting to organize evening and weekend events, sponsored by alumni, parents, and other friends of the college who can provide advice and offer short evening seminars on profession-specific skills and workplace topics, such as ethics, networking, leadership, and important issues impacting relevant fields of employment.
The senior year is time to take stock, firm up goals, and create a transition plan. A signature program called Campaign for My Future helps seniors (and a select number of juniors interested in particular fields with earlier on-ramps) to prepare for an effective job search. Students learn how to set appropriate milestones to achieve their goals, how to navigate resources, and how to create clear messaging to prospective employers through written and face-to-face communications. This program is much more than a to-do list. The goal is to help students articulate and persuasively communicate the unique value they will add to the organizations they want to serve. This campaign approach involves students taking ownership and being “hungry” to execute the strategies and tactics. 
Students also have access to a variety of online platforms to connect with alumni and parents. Some of these are widely available. For example, we are building out our LinkedIn presence. And some platforms are more nuanced. For exampleSwitchboard is a new online networking platform that connects students, alumni, and parents across the country for the purpose of posing questions, participating in discussions, and sourcing opportunities. In October this year, along with the University of Chicago and Case Western Reserve University, Denison was invited as the first liberal arts college for a pilot launch of the new alumni mentor network Wisr, which matches, connects, and supports our students (and new graduates) with our alumni serving as their professional mentors.
Much of this remains available to students after graduation as they get started on their career path. For example, students have access to Denison Connecting, career networking events which are organized by our alumni in major cities domestically and abroad, and to more specific career communities, which operate as “communities of practice” through which alumni and students connect around shared professional interests. Recent graduates also have full access to OnBoard.
Denison@Work is housed in our recently launched and endowed Austin E. Knowlton Center for Career Exploration, where it is supported by a talented and passionate staff, which has doubled in size, in a large space that is centrally located on campus. 
Upending the Old and Creating the New Paradigm: In a wonderful new book, There Is Life After College, Jeffrey Selingo writes, “For all the time and attention students and their families place on the college search, they spend comparatively little on the search for the right job a few years later.”
Denison@Work is replacing the traditional stand-alone career service office with a new paradigm that puts students at the center of a network of relationships, increasing their awareness of self, exploring professional interests through hands-on experiences, and pursuing opportunities through personalized plans. 
In doing so, Denison@Work is deepening, broadening and extending the career exploration process at Denison. Career exploration has moved from being a frustrating and often solitary activity to an engaging process that leverages relationships with faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and peers. After all, those relationships are at the heart of what makes a liberal arts education so extraordinary.