Art Richardson writes: “We moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn, last year after three years in Upstate New York. Glad to be back seeing more of my friends. Kids are enjoying their new school, and this year I started working at New York State Common Retirement pension fund for their opportunistic and absolute return portfolios.”
A message from Arnaud Jerome: “As you may know, SPS has been welcoming French students for 60 years now, through the Elizabeth Weicker Scholarship. We only attend the School for a year, in Third Form, but what a year. In 1986-87, I was the lucky recipient of that scholarship. And now the wheel has come full circle in a way, as in my spare time I am acting as admissions coordinator for the French organization that works with SPS admissions to choose recipients. For over 20 years I have been active as an associate professor of English at Université Paris Descartes, in Paris, (2002-10), and two graduate schools. My current position is with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (majors in mechanical, industrial, and energy engineering) as head of the Language Department and associate professor. What is particularly interesting for me is that each year I get to supervise a group of 40 students applying for Master’s of Engineering and Master’s of Science at MIT, Stanford, Columbia, UC Berkeley, TAMU, and many others – which is a good way to stay in touch with the U.S. At least once a week, I row on the River Marne – single sculls, double sculls, and fours – with the La Ferté sous Jouarre club. The club lies about 65 kilometers east of Paris – far enough for the banks of the River Marne to be unspoiled. Several times a year we participate in regattas organized by the Paris, Chateau-Thierry, and Dunkirk clubs, among others. Additionally, I have been training towards obtaining a level-two coaching certificate, which will enable me to supervise groups at the club. Here I should mention that it all started at SPS, of course, in a very humble way since I was No. 8 for the Shattuck club-level eight. Hoping this message finds all the members of the Form of 1990 well.”
Seth Schelin sends this update: “Just finished my last day at Scout24, a German Internet company, after more than five years, and am looking forward to a few months of vacation, travel, and family time – and to the end of commuting every week between London and Berlin.”
A note from Sophie Backus: “Greetings from Sophie and Co. in Orlando. Things are going well here in the Sunshine State. Love being part of the RN team of awesome docs, nurses, therapists, and speech therapists at ORMC rehab. Enjoying walks and creative pursuits with my soulmate. Love getting to read a poem by Oprava, or see pics from Oneida, or Marcy’s beautiful children/ now SPS generation. You all are so inspiring. Please let me know if you are in the area and would like a meet up! Best wishes for your pursuits and your passions.”
David Fleischner writes: “Our daughter, Margaret ’20, started in Fourth Form this fall and is having a wonderful experience. She is living in Kitt II, where I was a Sixth Former. She has Mrs. Clunie, my housemaster in Third Form, for French. It has been truly amazing to watch and hear about the School from the perspective of a parent. SPS is a special place, and we are thrilled that she has chosen to make it her own.”
Life in Maryland is great. We love it here. My wife, Mari, is saving lives as a colon and rectal surgeon. Our daughter, Sofie, is a happy, healthy first grader and a joy. As for me and the Little Sisters Fund (www.littlesistersfund.org), things are going really well. I am just back from three weeks in Nepal. We now support the education of more than 2,000 financially disadvantaged and at-risk girls, who would otherwise be very much at risk of child trafficking for sexual exploitation, child marriage, and child labor. We have more than 400 graduates and more than 90 percent of graduates continue on to university, versus only about 15 percent of Nepali girls nationally. We run three scholarship programs and nine additional support programs, ranging from primary educator training to counseling and awareness raising, from community projects to mentoring, and from preventative and emergency healthcare to mobile libraries. In 2017, we saw the launch of our Higher Education and Health Care Opportunity Fund as well as our Menstrual Hygiene Management initiative. If interested, a recent interview that ran on Nepali TV can be found at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TIIXJIKk0II. I have thought about SPS a great deal over the past few months. I am so grateful for our experiences together and to each of you for your role in my life.
An update from Laurie Rockey: “Lori Ann Sanchez, Heather Bragg, Tania Montgomery ’94, and I had a mini reunion in Cancun, Mexico, sans husbands and kiddos in February. We enjoyed some old-fashioned girl time while soaking up the sun. It’s been nearly 25 years since all four of us have been together at the same time.”
A note from Anne (Renna) Owens: “I live in Chicago with my husband, Nicolas, and two sons, Sam (10), and Freddie (8), and work for an anti-gun violence nonprofit called Strides for Peace. Our largest fundraiser is coming up on June 7 – the fifth annual Race Against Gun Violence. Would love to see any Chicago-area Paulies participate in the race in any capacity – as runners, volunteers, or sponsors (www.stridesforpeace.org).”
In February, Alyson (Grant) Jones, Courtney (Coles) Evans, Roberta (Bruce) Paul, Lisa (Funk) Day, Alessia Carega, and I met up in Palm Springs, Calif. We fit a lot of fun into two short days and it’s amazing to realize how much (and how little) has changed in the past 27 (gasp) years. Alyson and I also got to celebrate the 40th birthday of Frances (Reath) Merrill ’96 in Los Angeles in March with an amazing group of friends, which included a special SPS surprise: Alex Leigh ’96 and her husband, Nathan Brown, visiting from Louisiana.
Albert Pope checks in with this news: “This February, I met up with Hyun Cho ’96 while in Seoul on my honeymoon. After Seoul, my wife, Laura, and I cheered on the American athletes at the Olympic ice dancing finals.”