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  • Dolly Bai '14 on an Archaelogical Excavation in Israel

    July 11, 2016

    Dolly Bai ’14 recently spent time on an archaeological excavation in Israel. The dig site was in northern Israel by the Golan in an area called Omrit. She participated as a funded research assistant to one of her Williams College professors.

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  • Punch Hutton '89 on Into The Gloss

    July 6, 2016

    Punch Hutton ’89 is featured on Into The Gloss, a website dedicated to beauty that explores the routines of inspiring women. In her interview with the website, Punch discusses her daily beauty routine, how she landed at Vanity Fair, and what’s next for her.

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  • Sad News about Tom Kendall '84

    June 28, 2016

    We recently learned the sad news that Tom "TK" Kendall ‘84 passed away on June 24, 2016. Tom was a dedicated and beloved alumnus. He spoke at Sophomore Career Evening in 2014 and chaired his 20- and 30-year reunions.

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  • John Scalzi '87 Receives Governor's Award

    May 19, 2016

    John Scalzi '87 is the recipient of the 2016 Ohio Governor's Award for the Arts in the category of Individual Artist. This award recognizes individuals and organizations who have been vital to the growth and development of Ohio's cultural resources.

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  • Wendin Smith '89 Joins US Dept. of Defense

    May 2, 2016

    Wendin Smith '89, PhD has joined the United States Department of Defense as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction. In this role, Wendin is responsible for establishing policy and guidance to protect U.S. and Allied forces against chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack from state or terrorist actors, as well as for preventing and countering global trafficking in WMD.

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  • Senior Dinner for Class of 2016

    April 27, 2016

    The Alumni Council hosted the annual Senior Dinner on April 27, in honor of the Class of 2016. Members of the Alumni Council and President Rahmi Mowjood '90 were on hand to enthusiastically welcome the future graduates into the Webb alumni community.

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  • 17th Annual Sophomore Career Evening a Success!

    April 25, 2016

    On April 24 the Alumni Office, together with the Alumni Council, welcomed back 15 alumni speakers for the 17th Annual Sophomore Career Evening. The featured speakers spoke with the sophomore classes about their professional experience in the career fields of Medicine & Health, Real Estate & Development, Business & Finance, Marketing & Public Relations, Education & Service, and The Law.

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  • Tara Lazar '94, Queen of the Desert

    April 1, 2016

    Tara Lazar '94 was featured in the March 2016 issue of Los Angeles Magazine. The article discusses Tara's impact on the hospitality industry in Palm Springs. In 2008 Tara opened Cheeky's, a 30-seat breakfast restaurant on North Palm Canyon Drive. Three years later she opened Birba, a cantina-style restaurant and Alcazar (formerly the Peppertree Inn), both in the Uptown Design District.

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  • Aaron DiGiamarino '13 Helps La Verne Golf Win 1st Title of the Year

    March 30, 2016

    Aaron DiGiamarino ’13 and the University of La Verne’s men’s golf team swung their way to their first team win of the year at the annual West Cup at Sierra La Verne Country Club.

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  • George Ahn '83 Partners with Waud Capital

    March 21, 2016

    Waud Capital Partners, a leading lower middle-market private equity firm, has announced a partnership with George Ahn ’83. The new partnership plans to acquire existing software companies and transform them into industry leaders. WCP has initially committed $100 million of equity capital for this partnership to invest in application software.

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  • Caroline Adler '00 and First Lady Michelle Obama: Social Media in the White House

    March 18, 2016

    Caroline Adler ’00 is featured in a video with First Lady Michelle Obama discussing how she and the White House have mastered the use of social media. Caroline is the Special Assistant to President Obama and Communications Director to the First Lady.

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  • Webb in Phoenix

    March 14, 2016

    Over a dozen alumni and friends in the Phoenix area enjoyed an evening at Jade Bar at the picturesque Sanctuary Camelback Resort. Alumni in attendance represented every decade from the 60s to the 00s.

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  • Punch Hutton '89 at Vanity Fair

    Punch Hutton '89 Departing Vanity Fair

    March 14, 2016

    Punch Hutton ’89 is leaving Vanity Fair after spending 17 years as its deputy editor. In her tenure at the magazine, she was editor of the “Fanfair” section and re-introduced and edited the party pages in the “Fairground” section.

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  • Webb at Google

    March 4, 2016

    Over 30 alumni, parents, and friends enjoyed an evening at Halftime Café on the Google main campus in Mountain View, CA with Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale. Many thanks to alumna host, class agent, and Google employee Debbie Lai '08 for arranging this fun evening!

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  • Jenn Louis '89 to Open Israeli Restaurant in Los Angeles

    February 23, 2016

    The Tasting Table reports that Jenn Louis '89 is packing up her za'atar and tahini and heading down to SoCal. The Lincoln and Sunshine Tavern owner will open a still-to-be-named Israeli restaurant in the Freehand, a boutique hostel headed to downtown Los Angeles this fall.

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  • Exciting Updates from Class of 2013

    February 19, 2016

    Young alumni continue to pursue impressive fields of work, including everything from medicine to law and politics to education. The Alumni Office recently caught up with a few members of the Class of 2013 to learn about the work they are doing while still in college.

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  • Rena Patel '15 Publishes Article on Coldplay and Cultural Appropriation

    February 10, 2016

    Rena Patel ’15 recently published an article on Odyssey, an online publication aimed at showcasing millennial voices through the power of social media marketing. In her article, “Coldplay’s Cultural Appropriation of India, Explained By An Indian” Rena breaks down Coldplay’s music video for “Hymn for the Weekend."

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  • Yassmin Sarmadi '87 Opens Spring Restaurant in DTLA

    February 9, 2016

    Yassmin Sarmadi '87, owner of the popular and highly regarded Church and State French bistro in downtown Los Angeles, has opened her second restaurant Spring with Chef Tony Esnault. Webb students will visit Spring next month as part of the Unbounded Days' "Molecular Gastronomy" workshop.

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  • Steve Shenbaum '88 to Present at 2016 Unbounded Days

    January 22, 2016

    Steve Shenbaum ’88 returns to Webb in February as a guest speaker at the 2016 Unbounded Days. Steve, the President and founder of the nationally acclaimed communication firm game on Nation, is considered one of the most respected presenters on communication, leadership, positive culture change, and team building.

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  • Daniel Fisher '67 Excavates 11,000 Year Old Wooly Mammoth

    January 11, 2016

    In October 2015, a farmer in Michigan discovered a large object sprouting two giant tusks while digging on his farm. Renowned paleontologist and wooly mammoth expert Dr. Daniel Fisher ’67 was called to the scene to assess the discovery.

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