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Catherine Farmer '15 and Laurie Germain '15 pen an original play about the 1994 genocide — and the healing taking place in the country today

Students

Sixth-formers Catherine Farmer ’15 and Laurie Germain ’15 spent more than a year writing a powerful, emotional play about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda that has finally been brought to life on the St. George’s stage.

Called “Behind the Hills,” the play compiles the real-life stories of several Rwandans who were witness to the atrocities that claimed more than 800,000 lives — and who were interviewed by the girls last summer. Both Laurie and Catherine, who have lived in Rwanda for several years, say they hope the play educates the community about the many perspectives on the former conflict between Hutus and Tutsis — and the healing taking place in the country today.

Beyond the playwrights, who also act in the show, the star cast of the play includes Jack-Henry Day ’15, Sydney Jarrett ’16, Charleen Martins Lopes ’15 Billy Reed ’15, Sarah Rezendes ’15, Anna Rittenhouse ’17 and Lexi Sinskey ’18.

Learn more about the play and its authors through an interview aired on Rhode Island's National Public Radio station -- and view photos and a video on our "Behind the Hills" web page.

Jay Sweet '88 combines a respect for tradition with a forward-thinking music sensibility to put the Newport Folk Festival back on top

Alumni

Jay Sweet ’88 is kicking back on the deck of his family’s summer cottage in South Dartmouth, Mass., watching his children tumble back up from the shore carrying sea glass and shells.

It’s Aug. 14, 2014, and Sweet’s winding down from a major adrenaline rush. Just three weeks prior, in a haze of excitement and insomnia, he was at the helm of the Newport Folk Festival, the three-day mega music event he’s been producing since 2009.

As he recounts this year’s festival showstoppers and talks nearly without a breath about his latest favorite bands, he appears to have come only halfway down from the euphoria.

For Sweet, the music never really stops. Read the full article

 


New to the sport of rowing, Emily Kallfelz '15 takes on an aggressive training regimen—and hits the college recruitment jackpot

Students

By Suzanne McGrady

To onlookers, it was an enviable position to be in: Emily Kallfelz ’15 of Jamestown, R.I., was pondering admission offers from Harvard, Yale and Princeton. “Really,” she admitted, “I might just have to toss a coin.”

That was back in the fall, a milestone moment in what by many accounts has been a veritable meteoric rise to proficiency in the sport of rowing. On the day she had to make her decision about where to go to college—Oct. 1, 2014—it was, in fact, less than a year from when Kallfelz had first folded herself onto the seat of an indoor rowing machine, a training ergometer, or “erg” for short. Read the full article


Former teacher, student reconnect for a unique job opportunity in Shanghai

Alumni

Julia Oak ’10 graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2014 with degrees in sociology and Asian studies. This year she is in Shanghai working as an English teaching assistant at the YK Pao Secondary School, where her former SG Chinese teacher, Tony Jaccaci, is now the head of school.

Q. You’ve continued your passionate study of Chinese long after your first class at St. George's. What fascinates you about the Asian culture?

A. I think two things really fascinate me. One includes the depth and intricacies of Chinese. China has a long, rich history and culture, and this is manifested in the language. Second, being in China, it’s amazing to see how quickly the country has changed. Talking to Chinese friends and colleagues about their life experiences gives you a feel for the incredible amount of change Chinese society has undergone in the past few decades.

Q. What were those first Chinese classes at SG like for you? What do you remember about them? Do you have any advice for first-years?

A. My first Chinese classes at SG were a whirlwind. I distinctly remember Mr. Jaccaci rambling on in Chinese, and I was really impressed. A tip for first-years would be use a sharp pencil or thin pen—it makes writing characters a lot easier and neater! And, of course, make sure you devote lots of time to studying. Read the full interview

 

Jack Shuttleworth '49: Adventures in Advertising

Alumni

When Jack Shuttleworth ’49 watches the AMC hit TV show “Mad Men,” which enters the second half of its final season April 15, the midcentury-modern office furniture and martini lunches look quite familiar. So do the machinations of the fictitious Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce advertising agency.

That’s because Shuttleworth is one of two veteran account executives in the Class of 1949 who worked on Madison Avenue during the 1960s—the so-called “golden age of advertising” depicted on the show. The other was Bob Gleckler, who for years headed up the Oil of Olay campaign at Young & Rubicam, one of the world’s largest consumer ad agencies. Mr. Gleckler died last June.

Shuttleworth said that aesthetically, at least, in many ways his and Gleckler’s days back on the avenue were much like those on the TV show—with at least one notable exception.

“The office interiors are perfect,” he said. “That’s the way those agency rooms looked, the kind of furnishings they had,” he said. “But what’s way out of touch is the facial hair. This was ‘The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit,’” he added, referencing the 1955 best-selling novel by Sloan Wilson, later made into a movie starring Gregory Peck. “You had to dress well to work at an advertising agency. You had to be clean-shaven. If someone came through with stubble on their face, they wouldn’t get through the door.” Read the full article


A building for a new era of teaching and sustainability

Academics

Opening a world of possibilities

New spaces equal new opportunities, and the SG Academic Center, now under construction, has math and science teachers—the whole community for that matter—in creative-thinking mode. For math and science teachers in particular, the new space will be about broadening the curriculum in ways we never could have imagined in the old duPont rooms. With an eye toward expanding both departmental and interdisciplinary offerings, teachers hope to incorporate more engineering and statistics into their program, according to Chair of the Math Department Linda Evans. Coursework in biostatistics could bring together science and math, while socio-statistics could bring together history and math, she said. Courses such as Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Design could develop from science, math and art collaborations.

Even the building itself will be a teaching tool, according to Chair of the Science Department Holly Williams. A so-called “green screen” will display real-time data monitoring the building’s systems and energy efficiency levels—and that data can be used by students in their lessons.

When the center is completed in January 2016, math, technology and other interdisciplinary courses will be held in the renovated duPont building. Science courses will take place in a new laboratory wing—an addition to the old duPont building—beginning this September.

A central commons area in the Academic Center—a natural light-filled atrium connecting the two wings—is being viewed as an extension of the teaching spaces. It will serve as a prime area for special events, like our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series, which periodically brings alumni and parents with science expertise back to campus to speak with students, faculty and staff.

The atrium, which will have 80-inch flat-panel displays at each end, will be able to hold more than 100 people. For students, the expanded space afforded by the center will also provide new areas for studying—as well as collaborating with classmates and friends. Who knows what new ideas will be born there.

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