News Roundup: May 12, 2017
Posted 05/12/2017 02:00PM
May 12, 2017 • Greetings from the Hilltop
Head of School interviewed on local radio station
Head of School Eric Peterson was interviewed on the local WADK-AM radio program, "Leadership at All Levels," at noon today. With graduation season well underway, today's show focused on how students learn to lead within their school communities. The show was hosted by author, executive coach and university professor Gail Alofsin, whose son Sam graduated from St. George's in 2014. Eric talked about how St. George's, with considerable input from students, has developed a community Honor Code and a "respectful, empathetic leadership program" that has helped lay a foundation for students' future goals and pursuits. Listen to the full program on our website.
Biology teacher to study with Dr. Robert Ballard this summer
Biology teacher Dr. Sarah Matarese has a unique opportunity to perform research this summer with Dr. Robert Ballard, the famed oceanographer best known for his 1985 discovery of the wreck of the Titanic. As part of a Science Communication Fellowship run by the Ocean Exploration Trust, Dr. Matarese will be traveling to the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California from July 23-29, where she'll board the 64-meter research vessel, Nautilus. Read more.
Dr. Ballard delivered the annual Burnett Lecture on Friday. Check it out: The video is on our Vimeo channel.
Alumni Weekend highlights
"Chasing the Horizon: Reflections on 13 years at St. George's" is the title of the address to be delivered by Head of School Eric Peterson next Friday, May 19, the start of Alumni Weekend. We're looking forward to welcoming several hundred back to the Hilltop beginning that day. On Saturday, May 20, St. George's faculty members will be offering a series of conversations on today's school culture. On Saturday night, Dr. Gita Reese Sukthankar '87, director of the Intelligent Agents Lab at the University of Central Florida, will be presented with the John B. Diman Award, St. George's highest alumni honor. Dr. Sukthankar is a computer scientist with expertise in robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. We'll also be recognizing Dr. Robin Wallance and Dr. Pat Moss for their years of service to the school as they ready to depart next month.
Brown Bag Lecture will feature alumna now in medical school
Katie Rodriguez '11 returns to the Hilltop Monday to deliver a Brown Bag Lunch Series talk hosted by the Science Department titled, "The Journey from SG to Medical School." Katie is an M.D. candidate in the Class of 2019 at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
News from campus this week
The girls sailing team captured the Hereshoff Trophy last weekend at Brown, earning them the title of New England Fleet Racing Champions. The varsity coed sailing team competes in the Mallory Regatta, the Fleet Racing National Championship, this weekend at M.I.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Once again the spring play is a unique work written and directed by students during a months-long special project. Sixth-formers Daisy Mayer and Anna Rittenhouse, who themselves have appeared in numerous productions throughout their time at SG, have based their script on "Boy Erased," a memoir by Garrard Conley. The play opens next week, with the public performance on Saturday, May 20. Reservations are required.
Congratulations to last week's trivia contest winner, Rashad Randolph '98, who knew that there are sections of Latin on the organ screen on the south wall of the chapel near the altar. When the organ screen was restored in 2002-03, these intricate carvings became even more visible.
This week's trivia question … Dr. Bob Ballard has been exploring the ocean depths for decades. Which member of the Class of 1998 continues his grandfather's legacy of calling our attention to the wonders of the world's oceans? The first person to respond with the correct answer wins a coupon for $10 off a purchase from the St. George's Bookstore. Good luck!