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2020

  • July

    PODCAST: Medieval Scholar Mary Flannery ’98 on the BBC

    Medievalist and writer Mary Flannery ’98, PhD was recently on the BBC podcast The Forum discussing 14th century poet Geoffrey Chaucer: “Perhaps the most fundamental 14th century issue that Chaucer's work deals with is the issue of representation, that is the question of who gets to have a voice."
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  • Kane Willis '11 Named New Upper School Dean at Poly Prep

    Kane Willis ’11 is the new Upper School Dean at Poly Prep Country Day, an independent school in Brooklyn, New York.
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  • Meet Ragni Agarwal '99

    “Most of my work comes out of personal mental health work. Feelings are my biggest inspiration and I want people to feel like they are being heard.”
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  • VIDEO: Hometown Hero Dan Pride

    Coach Dan Pride was an integral part of Webb's Athletics Department for 20 years, coaching football, basketball, and softball. When he retired from Webb in 2008, he returned to his hometown of Ironton, Ohio. He is now featured in the film "Hometown Hero" by fellow Ironton High School teacher Travis Kleinman. 
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  • Ratan '77 Inducted into Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars

    Dr. Raj Ratan ’77 has been inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, which honors individuals who have achieved professional or scholarly distinction in their chosen field.
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  • 2020-21 Alumni Council

    The Alumni Council is pleased to welcome four new members for the 2020-21 year: Ariel Fan '10, Jennifer Ishiguro '91, Nihar Shah '04 and Henry Xu '12.
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  • Two Elected to Board of Trustees


    We are proud to announce and celebrate the addition of two new members to the Board of Trustees. First, Webb welcomes alumnus Lance Williams ’97 to the board. Lance has led a storied career in marketing/communications and served the community through a variety of volunteer roles—most recently at Webb as a member of the board for the Raymond Alf Museum of Paleontology.  Joining Lance this spring is Pitzer College President Melvin Oliver GP ’23.  Dr. Oliver has led a renowned career in education and public policy. Below you will find both of their bios, which are included on the Board of Trustees page of our website.
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  • June

    Rob Tsuyuki '85 & Family

    Rob Tsuyuki '85 of INKnBURN

    Robot. Peace. Dragon. Sakura. These are just a few of the unique mask designs by Rob Tsuyuki ’85s company, INKnBURN! Prior to COVID-19, runners made up most of their customer base, but now with these masks INKnBURN's popularity is spreading!
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  • Webb’s Commitment to Anti-Racism

    Last week, in a series of letters and social media posts, Webb's leadership responded to the call for support of and solidarity with its black students, parents, faculty and alumni—and to further strengthen its commitment to being an anti-racist institution. Below is an excerpt from the most recent letter to the community. This letter and others can be found in full here.
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  • Outstanding Support from the Webb Community

    Webb is truly thankful for each and every member of the Webb community and all Webbies from all around the world who embraced #WeAreWebb and Webb’s Giving Days. Support for The Webb Fund for The Community was overwhelming and will provide the Schools and the Museum with significant funding.
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  • May

    2020 Webb Faculty Awards

    Every year at graduation it’s with great pride that Webb honors and celebrates the work of its distinguished faculty with a series of faculty awards. These awards both acknowledge the extraordinary service of our faculty, as well as provide support for their continued growth and professional development. This year we are proud to honor members of our Webb faculty with the following awards. 
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  • "Roll Call! Where are the munchkins?"

    Micol Issa '05, a teacher and musical director at Eliot Arts Magnet School in Pasadena, brought her students together to create a virtual video project based on their spring musical production The Wiz.
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  • VIDEO: Webb Together Online with Zamia Cohen '95

    Zamia Cohen '95 of Good Human Fitness shared some healthy living tips on our Instagram Live event.
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  • #Webbwith2020

    Over 100 alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends from around the world have shown their support for The Webb Schools' Class of 2020 by sharing a note of encouragement and advice!
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  • April

    VIDEO: Webb Together Online with John Scalzi '87

    John Scalzi '87s new release The Last Emperox appeared on the New York Times bestselling list this week. He was a guest speaker on our online series Webb Together Online to discuss his new book and share some Webb stories.
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  • Hur Family Support Local Healthcare Community

    John Hur ‘10s family are small business owners in the Coachella Valley. “These past few weeks, we have tried to think of ways to help the local healthcare community. By searching through our network of retail manufacturers, Toda Moda was able to identify international mask suppliers. We are now pledging to donate masks, bandanas and hand sanitizer to hospitals in the area. We are so happy that we can help keep our community safe (even if it's minimal).”
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  • VIDEO: Webb Together Online with Yosh Han '89

    Yosh Han '89 led an online meditation session on April 18 as part of this week's celebration of Unbounded Thinking.
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  • We Are Webb: Dr. Bobby Bedi '01

    Dr. Bobby Bedi '01 is an aenesthesiologist with AZ Sunrise Anesthesia, LLC, actively facing the COVID-19 public health crisis.
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  • Alf Museum: Lofgren and 10 Students Co-Author Research Paper

    Over 100 years ago, the first report was made of 30-40 myo vertebrate fossils located in the Gravelly Range of southwest Montana at sites up to 10,000 feet in elevation . The first collection was made in the late 1940s by a crew from the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University. In the 1980s, Malcolm McKenna ’48 and others representing the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York also made important collections in the Gravelly Range.
    However, almost all of these specimens were never studied.
     
    About 15 years ago. McKenna told Alf Museum Director Don Lofgren about the area, and in 2016, Gravelly Range mammals became a research project for Webb students in the Advanced Studies in Paleontology (ASIP) course. Many additional specimens were collected by summer crews that included Webb students & alumni, and museum trustees. These fossils and specimens borrowed from the MCZ and AMNH were studied by students in ASIP, and now three years later, their work was published in the March 2020 issue of Paludicola, a journal by the Rochester Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology. The paper has ten Webb student coauthors; Jackson Bibbens ’18, Isabella Kong ’18, Andrew Tarakji ’18, Isabel Gerard ’19, and current seniors Liam Gerken, Frank Hu, Aspen Helgeson, Cecilia Li, Emily Li, and Jill Ji.
     
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  • Class of 2020

    We are pleased to announce that members of the Class of 2020, even during these very difficult circumstances, have been offered admission into some of the finest colleges and universities across the country and around the world!  From the most selective universities in America, to some of the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges from coast to coast, Webb seniors and their families should be very proud that the hard work has paid off.  Congratulations Class of 2020! 
     
    “All of us here at Webb admire your hard work and commitment to each other and the entire Webb community, especially through these unprecedented times. As I read over your remarkable list of college admission offers, you filled my heart with pride. I know each of you will find your perfect college match, and we will indeed celebrate your fine accomplishments here at Webb when the time is right. Congratulations!” Taylor Stockdale, Head of Schools.
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  • Blake Johnson '95s Company Steps Up to Fight COVID-19

    We are grateful for all our Webbies on the frontlines and those spreading good work during these challenging times. On March 30th, Blake Johnson's company byte announced that they will do their part in the fight against COVID-19 by converting their 3D specialty labs to make masks, face shields and ventilator parts for frontline healthcare providers. 
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  • The Webb Fund for the Community

    The Webb Fund for The Community is 48 hours of giving to bring us all together and provides a way for you to personally and directly impact everyone at Webb. The Webb Fund is more important now than ever before, supporting our areas of greatest need, as we navigate through the months ahead.
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  • March

    Coronavirus - The Webb Schools Updates

    The Webb Schools is closing its campus and suspending in-person classes as of Thursday afternoon, March 12. Online classes will begin on Friday, March 20. With this closure, Webb is immediately beginning to support students returning to their families. We know this will take a few days, and for a number of students longer. Webb remains staffed and ready to support the needs of all student in dormitories and faculty homes as necessary.
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  • Sophomore Career Evening 2020

    The Alumni Council hosted the 21st Annual Sophomore Career Evening on February 23.
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  • “The happiest place on earth …”

    That’s where Terence Tien ’13 gets to go to work each day! As an Associate Project Engineer with Walt Disney Imagineering in the Design + Planning Studio, Tien works with the Imagineers who design the immersive built environments at Disney’s parks and resorts. In his role as a Project Engineer, he provides technical integration between all of Disney’s studio partners including Creative Show, Ride Engineering, R&D, Live Entertainment, and much more.
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  • Young Alumni Midterm Treat 2020

    Close to 2,000 Webb cookies traveled across the country to young alumni in college, just in time for their midterm exams.
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  • February

    Equity in Computer Science Honored

    Webb was honored to receive the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for attaining exceptional female representation in AP Computer Science Principles in 2019. Webb was one of just 3 percent of schools so honored in the United States—out of more than 20,000.
     
    This award from the College Board is meant to acknowledge the outstanding work Webb is doing to close the gender equity gap in computer science. Webb’s longstanding, programmatic goal is to enroll an equal number of Vivian Webb School and Webb School of California students in the computer science program.
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  • Video Game Developer: Ziyad Duron ’15

    Kate Seldman '93
    When Ziyad Duron ’15 was a teenager playing video games, he probably had no idea that he was preparing for his future career, in which the mobile game he created as an undergrad at Cornell would make it onto the front page of the App Store. Family Style, a cooperative multiplayer cooking game, has players racing against the clock as they assemble dishes, trade ingredients, and try to keep their kitchen afloat. It’s fast-paced and fun--and it marks Duron’s successful entry into the competitive field of video game development.
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  • 22-1/2 Minutes with Eugene Whitlock ’88

    According to the Business Roundtable, a group of nearly 200 CEOs from the world’s biggest brands including Apple, Pepsi and CVS, shareholders are “no longer the chief concern of today’s companies.” The new mission statement of the group, states that “employees are the focus of the modern corporation.” The same can be said of the world of higher education, where Eugene Whitlock ’88 has worked tirelessly to encourage institutions to focus as much on the people carrying out the mission as the mission itself by creating welcoming, equitable workplaces where people feel like they belong. 
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  • Alumni Spotlight: Priya Verma ’02

    Jessica Rice '12
    Priya Verma ’02 thought she would pursue a career in sports law before she set her sights on the entertainment industry. I wanted to be the general counsel of an NFL or NBA team until I realized their jobs are quite boring,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in November 2019. “My desire to do sports just fell away because I fell in love with television,” she told Webb months later.
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  • January

    Unbounded Thinking: Alan Hau ’04

    Alan Hau ’04 has found a way to combine business and philanthropy that is directly related to his experience with unbounded thinking at Webb.
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  • Winter Dance Performance

    The Webb Schools Dance Company presents Frames Framed Winter Dance Performance 2020 on Friday, 1/31 and Saturday, 2/1 in the Liu/Cheung Theater on Webb's campus. Both shows begin at 7:00pm and free tickets are available here.
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  • Rosetta Lee Visits Webb

    The Webb Schools began its second semester on Wednesday with a modified schedule in order to invite Rosetta Lee, a faculty member from Seattle Girls School and national leader in diversity education, to work with faculty, staff and students on inclusivity and diversity at Webb. The student assembly was part of an ongoing effort by Webb to educate the community on issues of gender, race, identity and self.
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  • Holiday Party LA at the Jonathan Club

    2019 Holiday Events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC and New York

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