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  • Hat Trick for McKenna Lamb '16 in Season Opener

    September 5, 2016

    McKenna Lamb '16 scored got a hat trick in the season opener for Mount Holyoke's soccer team! McKenna co-captained VWS varsity soccer last year, helping to lead the team to the CIF Division 7 Final game. This was the first time a VWS team advanced to a championship. Read more about McKenna and the Mount Holyoke game at

  • Thank You for Your Support!

    August 16, 2016

    Many thanks to the 1,665 alumni, parents and friends who made gifts in support of Webb and the Alf Museum during the 2015-16 Webb Fund campaign. We received over $1.64 million in unrestricted Webb Fund gifts, plus additional support for endowment and capital improvements, bringing total gifts to $5.88 million. A new Webb record was set with 959 alumni donors! These results lay a great foundation as Webb begins to build momentum for a multi-year campaign leading up to its historic Centennial celebration.

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  • Blake Williams '15 Interns with Jon Kelber '93 at CSUN Lab

    August 9, 2016

    Blake Williams '15 spent the summer interning with Dr. Jonathan Kelber '93 at his lab at Cal State Northridge. Blake, a microbiology major at UCLA, has been helping with a research project on zebrafish cell regeneration.

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  • Christian Holmes '64 Visits India with USAID

    August 5, 2016

    Christian Holmes ’64 recently visited India to see the work being done to combat the poor sanitation in many urban areas throughout the country. Chrisian is the USAID Global Water Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment.

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  • Summer Fun for Alumni at Webb!

    July 29, 2016

    The Summer Junior Scholars Programs welcomed several alumni legacies this year, with students coming from Hong Kong, New York, Costa Rica, San Francisco and greater Los Angeles to explore immersive learning experiences in paleontology, leadership and digital arts.

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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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  • VWS Alumnae Intern with Harris Campaign for US Senate

    July 8, 2016

    Miya Wensley '13 and Amara Banks '15 were summer interns for the Kamala Harris Senate campaign.

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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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  • VIDEOS: Commencement Speakers 2016

    June 24, 2016

    The 2016 commencement speeches are online. Hear what Julia Marciari-Alexander '85 and Col. John Rogers '59 had to say to the Class of 2016.

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  • Fantastic Turnout for Women of Webb Event

    June 8, 2016

    Over 40 Vivian Webb School alumnae, faculty, family and friends from across four decades gathered at Yassmin Sarmadi ‘87’s restaurant Spring in Downtown Los Angeles to reconnect, network, and celebrate being Women of Webb. Julia Marciari-Alexander '85 was the featured speaker.

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  • Jack Gilliat '13 Premieres His First Independent Film

    May 23, 2016

    Jack Gilliat '13 recently premiered his first feature film, Exposure, an independent film about the complexities of love.

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  • A Fond Farewell Celebration for Ogden, Lacroix and The Marshalls

    May 23, 2016

    Over 150 alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends gathered on May 21 to bid farewell to four special members of the Webb community: Brian Ogden, Susan Lacroix and Leo & Stevie Marshall.

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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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  • Greg Grant '65

    May 2, 2016

    Greg Grant '65 visited campus in April to see the wood carvings in Jackson Library. His father, Bob Grant '29, has his named carved on the library doors.

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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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  • Alumni and Legacy Students Enroll in Record Numbers

    April 29, 2016

    There are now 16 alumni legacy students on campus and nearly one-third of current students has a sibling on campus or is related to a Webb graduate.

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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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