Snapshots of St. George's

News Roundup: Sept. 2, 2016
Posted 09/02/2016 04:00PM

Sept. 2, 2016

Greetings from the Hilltop!

As reported in Board Chair Leslie B. Heaney's Sept. 1 letter to alumni and current parents, the Murphy Report on past sexual abuse at St. George's was widely made public yesterday and this joint statement with SGS for Healing was sent to reporters. While the report recounts a number of incidents from St. George's painful past, we are buoyed by its clear, unequivocal pronouncement that the school today is a healthy and safe place for students — and that our policies and procedures for reporting abuse are now “state-of-the-art.”

New faculty began arriving late last week for orientation and the full faculty met for a series of meetings and training sessions Tuesday through Thursday of this week. We welcome 14 new members to our total faculty of 105 (53 females and 52 males). Check out our faculty photo on Facebook. This morning varsity football players are arriving on the Hilltop for their first practice this afternoon. Go Dragons! Our 110 new students arrive Tuesday and classes begin Thursday.

In a celebration of some of our most accomplished teachers, the annual Faculty Chair Holder Dinner took place Tuesday evening. Joining this prestigious group were science teacher and Director of Diversity Dr. Kim Bullock (right) and Spanish teacher Amy Dorrien Traisci. Kim was presented with the W. Clyde Dorsey ’70 Chair for Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership, named in honor of our long-time trustee whose efforts in these areas have been exceptional and most noteworthy. Amy was presented with the Paul T. Christie Teaching Chair to promote excellence in teaching. Please join us in congratulating Kim, Clyde and Amy. Photos from the evening’s festivities are on our Flickr page.

Colin Hanna ’64, who along with his wife, Pricie, and Sheryl Barnes ’85 recently spent time aboard Geronimo on a voyage from Barcelona to Cartagena, Spain, wants everyone to know what a great experience they had. “We had a wonderful time, and we are deeply grateful to Captain Mike Dawson and the school …” wrote Colin (right). We periodically offer the opportunity for alumni to crew on our signature sailing school vessel. Keep an eye out for the next open cruise, or contact Mike to let him know of your interest.

Hats off to history teacher Jim Connor, whom we already know is an accomplished runner. Now we know he’s also an Ironman. Jim took part in the Lake Placid Ironman competition — known for its punishing combination of swimming, running and biking — earlier this summer. 

We’re now officially in awe of Emily Kallfelz ’15 and Eliza Kallfelz ’17. Both competed at the 2016 World Junior Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, last weekend. The dynamic sister duo came in fourth in the Under-23 Women's Doubles final — and Eliza (pictured here in a photo by Detlev Seyb) won her B Finals race and came in seventh overall in the women's junior singles division.

Congratulations to Abby Taylor ’03 for being the first to respond with the correct answer to our trivia challenge last week. Abby knew that on May 19, 1917, St. George's alumni returned to campus for the first-ever Alumni Day. Mark your calendars for Alumni Weekend, May 19-21, 2017, and the centennial celebration of Alumni Day!

This week’s trivia question: Faculty members often bring a wealth of experience when they join us on the Hilltop — and not just in the classroom. Which popular teacher, now a member of our emeriti faculty, had a notable tenure at Polaroid Corp. before working at St. George’s? The first to respond with the correct answer wins a coupon code for $10 off a purchase from the SG bookstore


Save the dates for:

• Our Greenvale Vineyards reception in Portsmouth, R.I.: Thursday, Sept. 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
• Our Houston reception, hosted by Nancy and David Randall ’82, P'18, on Wednesday, Oct. 26.  Location TBD.
• Our annual NYC reception for alumni and parents at the New York Yacht Club: Tuesday, Nov. 1.
• Middlesex Weekend and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12
• Our Chicago reception, hosted by Christopher Bahr and Paget Reed Bahr ’86, at the Racquet Club of Chicago on Thursday, Nov. 17.
• Alumni Weekend 2017: May 19-21, 2017

To RSVP, or for more information about any of these events, email us at


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