Inside NMH: March 2013

Registration for Reunion 2013 is open, so save the date: June 6–9! This year we’ll be celebrating the classes whose graduation years end in 3 or 8—most notably the 50th reunion for the class of 1963 and the 25th reunion for the class of 1988. Housing on campus is limited, so register early, either online or by calling the office of alumni and parent programs at 413-498-3600. Meanwhile, check out what’s been happening on campus in this month’s Inside NMH.

William R. Rhodes ’53 Delivers Wantman State of the World Lecture

International banking adviser Bill Rhodes ’53 visited NMH and spoke to students during an all-school meeting. “What really counts is the period you are going through right now,” he said. “Your true character is being formed as we speak.” In addition, Rhodes talked about the economic situation in Cyprus and the relationship between China and the United States. Read more here, and view photos here.

Sugaring Winds Down

It’s been that time of year again—when nighttime temperatures still drop below freezing but the days get a little warmer, maple sugaring begins. About 20 students spent their March break collecting and boiling sap on the farm. View photos here and here.

Diversity Day Helps Students Explore Identity

Rosetta Lee, a teacher at the Seattle Girls School and an educational diversity expert, kicked off NMH’s 2013 Diversity Day event, in which students, faculty, and staff explore diversity and difference through workshops, lectures, and discussion groups. “We see the world a certain way because of who we are,” Lee said. “There is no one truth; there are multiple truths.” Read more here, and view photos here.

Coming Soon: Farmers’ Market Teach-In!

NMH will focus its attention on local farmers, land managers, and food system experts during the second annual Farmers’ Market Teach-In. On May 10, a farmers’ market at the center of campus will serve as a teaching tool in many academic courses as students and faculty explore the complexities of the U.S. food system. We will welcome Our Family Farms (a dairy cooperative), Hedgie’s Hot Stuff (a local salsa maker), Resource Management, Inc. (an innovative soil-based recycling company run by NMH parent Shelagh Connelly '82), and several others back to campus for a second year, and are excited to welcome many new participants.  

The Class of 2013 Wins Hogger Cup—Again

The Class of 2013 won the Hogger Cup last month for the second time in a row. All four classes and faculty vied for the trophy, competing in an obstacle course, a basketball challenge, and dance-off. Congratulations, seniors! View photos here.

March International News

March is a busy month for NMH groups traveling around the world. Students in an interdisciplinary program returned from New Zealand, and others returned from two March break trips to Greece and India. A sophomore humanities class will depart for a two-week trip to South Africa at the end of this week; their trip will culminate with a visit with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a meeting that was arranged by NMH parents.

Student Phonathon Raises $108,000 for the NMH Fund

Fifteen students and young alumni spent their spring break on the phones in support of a critical mission: to raise money for the NMH Fund. Staffed by Andrew Heist ‘06, Laurel Edson ‘05, and Tara Carroll, the group collectively made over 8,600 calls and spoke to thousands of alumni and friends of the school and raised $108,000! Thanks to those of you who answered their call and made a gift in support of these students and NMH.

Upcoming Alumni Events – March 2013

May 5: 119th Concert of Sacred Music
May 5: D.L. Moody Society Recognition Brunch
June 6–9: Reunion
June 8: Northfield School for Girls Luncheon at NMH