Snapshots of St. George's

News Roundup: Oct. 21, 2016
Posted 10/21/2016 10:00AM

Oct. 21, 2016

Greetings from the Hilltop!

Dr. Jason Okonofua ’04, now an assistant professor in psychology at Stanford University and UC Berkeley, stopped by the Hilltop this week to see some of his former teachers and mentors, including Director of Diversity and science teacher Dr. Kim Bullock (right). Jason was in Rhode Island to take part in the Brown University Education Department Speaker Series. He delivered a talk Tuesday titled “When Bias and Threat Persistently Interact: A Holistic Approach to Understand the Lingering Effects of Stereotypes.” Jason, a social psychologist, earned his Ph.D. at Stanford and won the school’s Distinguished Scholar Award in 2015. He’s particularly interested in “how stereotypes about stigmatized children can shape how they interact with teachers, administrators, and police officers.” Read more about Jason's research here.

Dr. Kimberly Hemond Bertrand ’95 (right) was in the news this week as the Boston University School of Medicine released the results of a groundbreaking study on breast cancer risk in younger black women. Kim, an epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center and assistant professor of medicine, led the study, which found that black women under the age of 45 who experienced a high number of pregnancies, who never breast fed and/or had a higher waist-to-hip ratio are at increased risk for an aggressive form of breast cancer called estrogen receptor negative. But she noted that some of the researchers’ findings were encouraging. “Most exciting … is that two of the factors we found to be important – breastfeeding and higher waist-to-hip ratio – are modifiable, which suggests opportunities for risk reduction or prevention.”

Members of the classes of 2001-2012 are invited to a special alumni event in San Francisco next week. Please join us Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Tacolicious at 2250 Chestnut Street. The evening, hosted by Director of Signature Programs Allison de Horsey, will be a fun and casual opportunity to catch up with your fellow Dragons in the Bay Area — and to learn more about a unique program being piloted in March 2017 that will offer current students a look at innovative companies in San Francisco. Appetizers and soft drinks will be provided and a cash bar will be available. Please RSVP to

The SG Science Department’s Brown Bag Lunch Series this week featured a talk by Geronimo Captain Jill Hughes (right)— but it wasn’t about sailing. Jill, who spent two summers in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, described her experiences working at the wildlife refuge, bringing tourists to the area and conservation efforts for the salmon population in the area.

All are invited to join us on campus Saturday, Nov. 12, for Middlesex Weekend. We're hoping for a great crowd to cheer on our Dragon teams!

Master carver Paul Russo from the John Stevens Shop in Newport begins work today in the antechapel on two memorial stones that will honor John Wulsin ’38 and William “Robin” Rogers ’44. Dr. Wulsin attended Harvard and earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester. He was a most loyal and engaged Dragon for more than six decades and is credited with helping to lead the conversion of the then-infirmary into a girls' dormitory (Astor) in the 1970s and the construction of a new health center.
Robin Rogers was also a Dragon through and through. He was a faculty member on the Hilltop from 1956-1961 and again from 1974-1993, and was also a prime mover in the establishment of the SG Sports Hall of Fame and the creation of the school archives. The William S.R. Rogers ’44, P’74 Endowment for Public Policy Studies is named in his honor and supports our annual Rogers Scholars Program in Washington, D.C. 

Congratulations to the winner of last week's trivia question, Grace Alzaibak ’12, who immediately deciphered our magnified shot of the dragon sculpture (with a crab apple in his eye socket) in Dragon Quad.

This week's trivia question: The fall Geronimo crew returns to the Hilltop today. Where is the boat located right now waiting for the next crew? Please be specific -- and good luck! The winner gets a coupon for $10 off a purchase from the SG Bookstore.


Save the dates for:
• Our Houston reception, hosted by Nancy and David Randall ’82, P’18, at the Bayou Club of Houston: Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
• Our annual NYC reception for alumni and parents, hosted by Joe Hoopes ’62, at the New York Yacht Club: Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
• The Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Middlesex Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12
• Our Chicago reception, hosted by Christopher Bahr and Paget Reed Bahr ’86, at the Racquet Club of Chicago: Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
• The Alumni Hockey Game: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
• Our Washington, D.C., reception, hosted by Tucker ’87 and Susie Carlson ’87, P’15 ’18: Wednesday, April 12, 2017, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
• Our Bermuda reception, hosted by Calista and Jamie Todd P’18: April 18, 2017, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
• Our Glen Cove/Locust Valley area reception, hosted by Lisa ’81 and David Scully P’15, ’18, ’19: Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
• 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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