Community: SPS in ACTION and Big Sky Weekend
Crumpacker Gallery Dedication
More than 100 people, including alumni, friends, trustees, and volunteers, visited the School on September 28-29 for SPS in ACTION. The two days of programming gave attendees an inside look at St. Paul’s School, allowing alumni to attend classes, hear Alumni Association and School updates, and converse with school leaders. The highlight of the weekend came on Friday night at the dedication of the new Crumpacker Gallery. The Rev. Alice Courtright began the event with a prayer before Interim Rector Amy Richards thanked the Crumpacker family and introduced Jimmy Crumpacker ’98. “This is truly a spectacular space,” noted Crumpacker in his remarks, “I hope that this building will be, more than anything, a real inspiration to the students for generations to come.”
“You just can’t put St. Paul’s School graduates in a box,” continued Crumpacker. “What really makes St. Paul’s School a special place is that we open up avenues to explore.” The opening exhibition at the gallery featured works by Thomas R. Barrett, founder of the School’s Fine Arts Program, and Leni Mancuso Barrett, SPS faculty member from 1965-75. “It is a special joy for me to see my parents here as artists,” remarked Kedron Barrett ’79, son of Thomas and Leni and curator of the show. “This wonderful gallery carries on the tradition of the school gallery that my father established half a century ago in Hargate. I’m glad to see that the teaching gallery, that is also a professional gallery attracting visitors from outside the School, continues to be an institution with a bright future.”
The Rev. Courtright closed the program with the official dedication of the space, and the crowd lingered long after to take in the works of art and enjoy each other’s company.
Celebrating Success of Cook Scholarship for Montanans
The Cook Scholarship Board and greater Montana SPS fan club gathered at Big Sky Resort July 13-14, rekindling a summer tradition after a several-year hiatus. Petria and Scott Fossel ’71, P’10 hosted the group Friday night at the Jack Creek Preserve education center for a dinner and session about its mission of conservation and youth education.
Saturday morning featured roundtable discussions on a variety of topics, followed in the afternoon by outdoor activities. The group reconvened on Saturday evening for presentations by Pat Fox ’98, about the history of Frank Hervey Cook, SPS Medical Director John Bassi P’17,’19,’21, about medical services at SPS today, and Keith Lauver ’88, about future aspirations for the Cook Scholarship program. Before and after dinner, Meg Gildehaus ’13 and her band, Arterial Drive, entertained and inspired dancing.
A sincere thank you to Jael Kampfe ’88 for organizing the weekend, and to everyone who made the trip. It was a wonderful weekend of SPS friendship and connection.