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The Hill is oddly quiet at the moment, with Burr and Burton’s campus closed, and online classes in full swing as we keep learning in the age of COVID-19. While we look forward to being together again in the shadow of Equinox, we’re grateful for all of the ways we can stay connected from afar—with students, alumni, parents, and friends.
In that spirit, thank you for reading News from the Hill, for sending in your alumni news, and for continuing to be part of the Burr and Burton family!
Bass fishing on the Hill
Jody White ’09 returned to Burr and Burton last winter to meet with the school’s Bass Fishing Club. Jody talked to students about his career in fishing and what steps he took to get there. He currently works at Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), writing editorials for their website along with taking photos for their social media. Jody discussed how his passion for the sport helped him get into college as well as getting hired by FLW. He included tips that Burr and Burton’s team will be using next season. This year, Jody has decided to spend more time in Vermont so it is possible he will be joining students during their practices. FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, with a mission of providing unparalleled fishing resources and opportunities for anglers, sponsors, fans, and host communities. Thanks to Michael Alfano ’22 for the update!
College Fair draws alumni back
Over 40 alumni returned to Burr and Burton in January to share their college and work experiences with current students. “We are so proud to have our graduates come back and talk to students about their next steps after BBA,” said school counselor Melissa Michaud. “Whether that entails college, the work force, the military, or a gap year, it’s important to find that right fit. Students love making a personal connection with alumni who’ve been through the process—huge thanks to everyone who participated, and we look forward to growing this event next year!” Special thanks to all alumni who attended (in alpha order) Suzanne Allen ’18, Jackson Ameden ’18, Samuel Barrows ’19, Lillie Berkhout ’19, Victoria Biller ’13, Bailey Chapman ’19, Sam Citron ’18, Sarah Crosier ’19, Jordan Eisenman ’19, Bryan Emery ’18, Ethan Foery ’18, Anna Freebern ’19, Margo Grapshi ’19, Rebekah Hamblett ’17, Grayson Handshaw ’19, Kristina Harmon ’19, Rachel Hemmer ’19, Haylee Hess ’16, Dylan Kapusta ’17, Cecelia Kersten ’19, Dylan LaCroix ’16, Sage Lalor ’19, Ethan Lareau ’19, Jay McCoy ’18, Rob Leary, Jr. ’85, Aisha Navarette ’19, Melissa Nolan ’19, Kaitlyn North ’19, Greta Schaub ’18, Rachel Senecal ’16, Connor Simonds ’18, Thea Steeves-Boey ’18, Ben Stewart ’18, Emily Stewart ’19, Emily Sullivan ’19, John Sebastian Thorn ’18, Greg Townsend ’18, Lily Waite ’18, Nate Williams ’18, and Ava Zilkha ’19.
Returning to Burr and Burton after 50 years
An inclement February day that saw rain and snow did not keep Guillermo Laguna and his family from returning to Burr and Burton, his first visit to the school since he was a freshman. Enrolled in the Ormsby Hill Program, Guillermo attended MEMS and then his freshman year at this school where he played soccer and basketball. He recalls his year at Burr and Burton among his fondest high school memories. He and his family currently reside in New Jersey. Photo in the Riley Center (left to right) Marcia Brandt, Nick Gonzalez, Guillermo Laguna, Adelaida Laguna, and Angel Ramos.
The Unbreakable Man Project
Sam Morris ’93 is an author, international speaker, men’s mental health coach, former collegiate athlete, recovered alcoholic, and a member of Burr and Burton’s Class of 1993. After getting sober at age 38, Sam launched his coaching company, The Unbreakable Man Project, to inspire and empower men to overcome depression and find fulfillment in every area of their life. There is not nearly enough space in the world for men to heal from depression, much less even admit they are struggling. It is Sam’s mission to create this space through speaking engagements, and facilitating in-person men’s retreats at various times and locations worldwide. Visit his website at themanunbreakable.com.
New book of poetry
Peter McNamara ’54 has published his eighth volume of poems this past winter. Recurrent Dawn appeared in December from St. Andrews University Press. His other recent collections are Quickened Dark (2017) and Orbits’ Crossing (2013). A former educator (Georgetown, UNC-Chapel Hill), Wall Street financial editor, and lyricist/librettist with Polyhymnia and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Peter has translated poetry of Neruda and Garcia Lorca, served as Ronald H. Bayes Writer-in-Residence at St. Andrews University, is a founding member of the Southern Vermont Poetry Co-op, and has been honored with grants from the NEA and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Peter directs poetry workshops and lectures in the OLLI program at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. To purchase a copy, visit Amazon.com.
Bulldogs Connect in Manchester
Alumni and spouses gathered at Union Underground in Manchester Center in February for a fun Bulldogs Connect event. Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, president of the Alumni Association Board, welcomed everyone to the event, and thanked alumni for staying connected. Attending (in alpha order) Joy ’78 and John ’73 Alexopolous, Tracy Beldon ’81, Dody ’87 and Tim Boucher, Andy ’01 and Ananda Boyer, Courtney Callo ’84, Vince ’67 and Pam Clark, Jim ’70 and Cathy Comar, Mike Comar ’67, Merrick Counsell ’75, Matthew Houskeeper ’83, Astri ’67 and Mike ’67 Kilburn, Carol Bresko O’Connor ’67, Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, Sue Ritchie ’74, Ellen Rodolfy Russell ’84, Andy Shaw ’75, Erin ’01 and Sean ’01 Tarantino, Roberta Brown White ’84, and Jack ’75 and Sheila Williams.
Ormsby Hill to Big Bromley
Miguel Ortiz ’86 graduated from the Hill at Burr and Burton to a much bigger hill at Bromley. He joined Bromley in 1986 and has been involved in almost every aspect of its operation. Starting with the alpine slide and groundskeeping, he has since worked in first aid, the kitchen, and even takes on weed-whacking the Stargazer by hand, a slope too steep to be machine mowed. Snowmaking gives him a great deal of satisfaction, covering the grasses and flora with a blanket of white when the weather turns cold. When he was 11 years old, Miguel came from Spanish Harlem to be part of the Ormsby Hill program and attended MEMS. He went on to Burr and Burton where he played varsity soccer, varsity basketball, and varsity baseball. In his senior year his soccer team was 10-3-1 and during the previous summer traveled to England on a three-week soccer exchange trip with Coach Ed Latz and Coach Dan DeForest. Along with his other responsibilities, Miguel has worked in the food business for the last 29 years, and played summer and indoor soccer for three decades. Special shout out to Tammy Keyes ’86 for keeping us up to date with her class!
Bill Jordan ’52 new book
Bill Jordan ’52 continues his publishing run with his latest book What Was I Thinking, featuring more than 50 cartoons, posters, and illustrations from 1971-2019. An architect with a career spanning 58 years, Bill turned to writing with the publication of two mystery novels, Twice Dead and Bloodstone Island. He also wrote a biography about his father, Jordan the Rodmaker at Cross: Southbend: Orvis. Working with publisher Peter Henry ’60 of Peru Publishing, Bill wrote two compilations of short stories, Five Short Stories from the Red Barn and Eight Short Stories from the Country Store. He has generously donated copies of all of his books to Burr and Burton’s Tuttle Library. Bill is also an accomplished painter. He is a member of the Joseph Burr Society and currently resides in Seattle.
The Hall of Fame wants your nominations
Have someone extraordinary in mind for Burr and Burton’s Hall of Fame? Classmate, teacher, coach, team, or friend of athletics? An alum who has gone the extra mile in support of their community or in their career? An alum who is an exceptional artist? Contact Pauline de Laszlo in the Alumni Office for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-549-8277. Deadline for nominations for 2020 is April 30. Join us at the Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony during Reunion Weekend on Saturday, September 26, 2020, 4 PM, in the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton. The event is free and open to the public.
Reunion Weekend ’20 kicks off the fall season
Class of ’69 Photo: From Left to Right 1st row: Charlene (Bacon) Moffitt, Linda Cepela-Ferrand, Gary Strauss, Mary (Ralph) Egan, Donna Edson. 2nd row: Donna (Kristiansen) Cook, Linda (Day) McKeever, Sally (Ameden) Zoufaly, Carl Williams, Mike Hanlon, Beth (Johnston) McWhorter, (Shara-) Lyn Fowler Campney. 3rd row: Bob Stannard, Tony Korzun, Lynn Holton, Gayl Heinz.
Whether you’re in the class of ’40, class of ’15, or somewhere in-between, don’t miss a weekend of fun with classmates, family, and friends. Welcome the start of the fall foliage season Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27, 2020. While we celebrate classes ending in 5 and 0, all alumni from all classes are welcome. We’re back in the historic Equinox Hotel for the Alumni Dinner on Saturday evening. Plus, there’s a special Welcome Back event planned for Friday evening, the varsity football game and Hall of Fame on Saturday, and more. Visit burrburton.org/alumni for updates and a complete lodging list. Online registration begins July 1 and the Reunion schedule will be mailed in early July. Contact Pauline in the Alumni Office for more information: email@example.com, 802-549-8277. Come back to the Hill for a weekend of reconnecting with classmates, food, events, and fun!
Wanted – Reunion Sponsors and Volunteers. Contact Pauline in the Alumni Office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can spare an hour during the weekend or would like information about sponsoring.
HippoLinkIt now available free to alumni
In an effort to communicate seamlessly with alumni and avoid the steady stream of pesky postcards, Facebook posts, Instagrams, email blasts, etc. about Reunion, and other events, alumni can now sign up for HippoLinkIt. “This instant communication goes way beyond what we’ve ever had before,” states Stephanie Hawkinfeld, Dean of Advanced Communications. “By linking Burr and Burton directly into the brainwaves of our alumni, they’ll never be able to say we didn’t contact them about a major Reunion again. And we promise not to download any sensitive or personal information.” The technology is non-invasive and easy to do. By going to a designated website, alumni simply touch their iPhone or other device to their forehead which will instantly link to the brain’s hippocampus. Messages from the school will be transmitted to the individual anywhere they are connected to Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or even a modem. Alumni can choose from a variety of communication frequencies: constant, 10 times/day, daily, weekly, or monthly. “We’ve paid extra so alumni can adjust the volume of the notification inside their head,” adds Hawkinfeld. “And choose from a wide range of background music, nature sounds, or urban noises.” HippoLinkIt is free to alumni beginning April 1st.
Blast from the past
Seminary Building ca. 1905 showing the annex and principal’s residence. The spires were painted in a color other than white when rebuilt in 1900, following the 1894 cyclone which tore off the original belfry. What color might they have been? Dark green, perhaps? We don’t have an answer right now! Many thanks to Shawn Harrington and the Manchester Historical Society.
That’s all folks!
The Advancement Office is being restructured, so after close to 13 years at Burr and Burton, Rich Thompson-Tucker is heading in a new (to be determined) direction. “I have a great deal of respect for this school and the extraordinary difference it’s making in the lives of our students,” states Rich. “Very few schools can stay on the cutting edge of education while honoring close to two centuries of tradition like Burr and Burton does.” Thank you to all alumni, spouses, parents, families, and friends who are moving this school onward and forward through your generous support.
Neil Corliss ’59, January 6, 2020
Elbert “Elbie” C. Crosby ’64, December 20, 2019
David L. Limric ’58, December 12, 2019
Michael J. McCooey ’53, December 10, 2019
Eileen Molloy Sharp ’46, March 2, 2020
Patience Baker Spiers ’46, January 4, 2020
Dorothy Baker Standish ’38, March 2, 2020
John P. “Jack” Stannard ’63, December 21, 2019
Have news to share about yourself or a classmate? Recently hitched? Climbed Kilimanjaro? New novel? Sing in a rock band? Saving an endangered species? Any interesting life and career news welcome. Send your info and a photo where available to Pauline de Laszlo in Burr and Burton’s Alumni Office at email@example.com, 802-549-8277. Visit burrburton.org/alumni for updates about Reunion Weekend and other events. Thanks for staying connected!