Inside NMH: May 2016

The End (of the Academic Year) Is Near

May brings exams and a cascade of student events, culminating in Commencement on May 22. Visit our website for details about Commencement weekend and other late-spring activities such as Sacred Concert and the Farmers’ Market Teach-In.

Reunion Is Coming Soon!

During the first weekend in June, NMH celebrates landmarks for classes ending in 1 or 6, most notably the Class of 1966 (50th reunion) and the Class of 1991 (25th reunion). There are lots of activities to keep you entertained while reconnecting with classmates and getting to know today’s NMH. Get all the details, and register, here.

Advisory Committee Is Key to a Successful Reunion

Reunion weekend at NMH wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated alumni volunteers who sit on the Reunion Advisory Committee of the NMH Alumni Council. These energetic alumni work throughout the year to help those who are celebrating reunion prepare for the big event. Read more.

Vibrant Visitors and Awesome Achievements

• Feminist icon Gloria Steinem headlined a multi-event Gender Forum. The year’s third Diversity Summit featured spoken-word poet Kai Huang and comic and social-justice advocate Sam Killermann.
• Hoops was particularly hot this year. Vanessa Udoji ’16 broke NMH's all-time basketball scoring record — male or female — this season. And head men’s basketball coach John Carroll received the National Double-Goal Coach Award.
• On Service Day, the entire NMH student body and faculty used their heads, hearts, and hands to help local community projects.
• Sam Calagione ’88, president of Dogfish Head, spoke to students on “Off-Centered Leadership: Prioritizing Collaboration Over Competition in Business.”
• The Gallery at the Rhodes Art Center mounted exhibitions of work by students, faculty, and nationally known printmaker Siri Beckman.

The Life of the Mind Thrives at NMH

A few of this spring’s academic achievements:
• A student coding team won the MIT Blueprint Launch Prize for an online adventure game they started building at Blueprint, an annual learnathon and hackathon at MIT.
• The Jazz Combo took third place at the UMass High School Jazz Festival, and three students won outstanding musician awards.
• Use of 3D printers spurred creative projects in courses as varied as history and engineering.
• Thirty-eight seniors were inducted into the Cum Laude Society, the independent school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa.

New Voices on Leadership Team

Northfield Mount Hermon will get an infusion of energy this summer, with the return of Charlie Tierney as the new associate head of school; the appointment of history and social science teacher Martha Neubert as the new dean of diversity, equity, and social justice; and the hiring of a new director of athletics, Kevin Klein. Read more.

NMH Founders’ Challenge Victory Party

Donors to the first NMH Founders’ Challenge will gather June 25 to celebrate raising 1,010 gifts in 101 hours to honor Pres Blake ’34, now 101 years old. Read more about this sweet celebration, to be held at the Blakes’ Connecticut estate, Monticello.