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2017

  • June

    2017 Alumni Awards: Call for Nominations

    Nominations for the 2017 Alumni Awards are now being accepted! These awards represent the highest distinction that can be bestowed on an alumnus/a of The Webb Schools. Recipients are alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary achievements in 1) service to The Webb Schools or Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, 2) service to the community, or 3) outstanding achievement in their chosen profession or field. Past recipients include: museum trustee Dick Lynas '55, former trustee Dodd Fischer '61, Beachbody CEO Jon Congdon '81 and educator Micol Issa '05 to name a few.
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  • McDermott ’83 Family Creates Endowment in Mandarin Chinese

    The McDermott Family, Michael McDermott ’83 and Amanda Bi, in honor of their daughter Allegra ’18, have made a $50,000 gift to establish an endowed fund to support teacher and student development in World Languages and Cultures.  Specifically, these funds will be used to support instruction in Mandarin and provide faculty and students with resources they can use to further their immersion into their study of Mandarin and Chinese culture.
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  • VWS and WSC Commencement Galleries

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  • Class of 2017: The College List

    Members of the Class of 2017 had an extraordinary year in college admissions. Over 90% of the class will attend a college ranked in the top 10% in America and 100% of the graduating class was admitted to a selective four-year college or university—including such prestigious schools as Stanford, Columbia, Dartmouth, West Point, Williams, Wellesley, Smith, Johns Hopkins, Berkeley, UCLA, Northwestern, U of Chicago, Middlebury, Tufts, Haverford, and Carleton, along with multiple acceptances to The Claremont Colleges, NYU, and USC. We even have our first student going to the highly selective Yale University NUS program in Singapore! 
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  • Webb Athletics Year In Review 2016-2017

    Frank Dariano
    Take a look back at a spectacular year in numbers and highlights!
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  • May

    2017 Commencement Speakers: Coleen Martinez '86 and Steve Shenbaum '88

    It is our pleasure to announce Coleen Martinez '86 and Steve Shenbaum '88 as the 2017 Commencement Speakers.
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  • Webb Track and Field

    End of Season Montages for Webb Spring season teams

    Frank Dariano
    What a season it was for WSC Golf, WSC Tennis, Webb Badminton, and Webb Track and Field
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  • Webb at CIF State Badminton Championships

    Albert Zhang ’18 is among the best high school badminton players in the state of California. His recent 6th place finish in the CIF State Badminton Championship marks the first-ever Webb appearance in the tournament, and certainly the school’s highest finish – and he’s only a junior!
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  • Head's Reception for Leadership Donors

    Members of the Head's Circle, Leadership Society, Pacesetter's Club and Thompson & Vivian Webb Society, along with members of key volunteer groups attended a reception at Taylor and Anne Stockdale's home.
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  • Colleges Accept Fewer Transfer Students

    If transferring into a selective private college or university was once easy to do, it isn't anymore. According to data from the National Center for Education Studies, in the fall of 2015, Stanford enrolled just 15 transfer students, Yale, 24, Georgetown 186 and Princeton 0. 


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  • Unbounded learning.

    Final Days to Support The Webb Fund

    June 30 is the final day to make an impact by giving to The Webb Fund. Join fellow alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff and be counted by making a gift that is meaningful to you. Supporting Webb has never been easier or faster at webb.org/giving.
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  • Six Decades of Alumni Honor Dodd Fischer '61

    Members of the Class of 1961 flew to Portland from throughout the United States to honor their classmate, Dodd Fischer '61. In total, nearly forty people were in attendance representing six decades of alumni.
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  • WEBB Magazine Spring 2017 has Arrived

    The spring issue of WEBB magazine has arrived—featuring a special, three-part series on creating the self, nurturing community, and acting for the common good.
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  • The Biology of Sleep: Why Teenagers Need to Stay Up Late and Get Up Later

    According to the American Academic of Pediatrics, middle and high school starts times should be 8:30 a.m. or later. The sleep patterns of American adolescents was the topic of recent national conference where experts seemed to be in wide agreement--teenagers need more sleep, and sleep times that fit with their own biology. Without sleep, teens experience a rise in risky behavior (including driving), depression and more. Read more in the NYTimes


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  • Alumni Survey Results Are In...

    The Alumni Office wishes to thank the 688 alumni who took part in the 2017 online survey. Alumni who participated in the survey spanned nine decades and included classes of 1937 through 2016. Responses were gathered to assist with research for Webb's accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 
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  • Ray Dahlstrom '16, third from left
Photo credit: Hilary Dahlstrom

    Dahlstrom '16 Helps Cal Freshmen Crew to Pac-12 Championship

    UC Berkeley freshman Ray Dahlstrom '16 helped the Freshmen 8+ crew to a Pac-12 Championship on Sunday.
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  • Annual Alumni & Friends Barstow Peccary Trip

    During the first weekend of May, budding paleontologists ventured into the deserts of San Bernardino County on the Alf Museum’s annual Alumni and Friends Peccary Trip. Webb graduates and friends, young and old all gathered together in the Rainbow Basin with one mission: to find the next big specimen for the Raymond M. Alf Museum.
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  • New Research Publications for Webb Students and Faculty at Alf Museum

    By Dr. Andrew Farke
    Congratulations are due to Will Abersek ’17, Chandler Luebbers ’17, and Emily Chu ’17, on the recent publication of their research. Their work appears in the 2017 Desert Symposium Field Guide and Proceedings, published by the California State University Desert Studies Center.
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  • Cheeky, Rousing and Infectious: URINETOWN

    One of the most delightful aspects of producing URINETOWN is telling people the title of the show, which is a not-so-subtle play on words. It’s the oldest story: Masses are oppressed; Faces, clothes and bladders distressed; Rich folks get the good life; Poor folks get the woe; In the end, it’s nothing you don’t know.
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  • Webb Travels to Asia

    April was a month of travel for Webb! Following enthusiastic and well-attended events in Washington, D.C. and New York City, Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale, Mrs. Anne Stockdale, Director of College Guidance Hector Martinez and Director of Institutional Advancement Dutch Barhydt headed to Asia for four major receptions and many individual meetings and appointments. 
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  • Focus on Faculty: Yao Hong

    Debbie Carini
    Yao Hong plays an integral role in Webb’s growing Chinese language program where she teaches 2nd, 3rd and 4th year Chinese to non-native speakers and stresses that she is persistent in her efforts to help students recognize Chinese characters.
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  • Student Perspective Series: Namibia Through One-Picture

    Juliana Romeo '17
    Growing up, I would much rather read, Where’s Waldo than a Judy Blume novel. I would spend hours playing “eye spy with my little eye” with my sister. I have always been more drawn to images than words, and I find it easier to express myself in images rather than words.
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  • Members of the Class of 2017 reminiscing with old photos

    Senior Dinner for Class of 2017

    The Alumni Council hosted the annual Senior Dinner on April 26, in honor of the Class of 2017. 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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  • College Acceptances Class of 2017

    The Class of 2017 is to be congratulated for its outstanding admission results. Despite being faced with incredible competition and tremendous odds, members of the Class of 2017 were admitted into top colleges and universities across the country and around the world. Webb seniors typically average five college acceptances each. The list below reflects the 169 colleges and universities that accepted Webb applicants this year.
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  • April

    On This Day: April 27, 2017 We Remember Al Hastings '42

    Alfred B. Hastings, Jr. ’ 42 dedicated his life to The Webb Schools for over 50 years, including serving as Chairman of the Board for four years and trustee for 38 years. Al was a leader who not only committed his time and expertise, but was also a generous donor over the course of his lifetime.
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  • March Madness 2017: Thank You Class of 1989

    This year’s March Madness Champions are the Class of 1989, who embody Webb’s strong tradition of alumni giving. 
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  • The Week @ Webb - Earth Day Beauty

    The Week @ Webb is a unique look into the activities both on and off Webb's campus. Earth Day is upon us so I thought it appropriate to currate a gallery of Webb's natural beauty. These are photographs collected from the past couple of years, but surely represent how lovely it is to live in such a natural setting on campus. Come take a look!
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  • Head Baseball Coach Jeff Stodgel Reaches 100th Win

    Over Spring Break Jeff Stodgel collected his 100th win as head coach of the Webb baseball program. The monumental 1-0 win came over long-time rival Rio Hondo Prep.
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  • Service Beyond Self - Eissa Villaseñor '98

    Eissa Villaseñor says of her time at Webb that it gave her “the confidence to try new things, even if they were hard.”
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  • Focus on Faculty: Howie Kalter

    Howie Kalter says the thing he most loves about his job at Webb is that teachers are coaches as well as classroom instructors. You’re just as likely to find him poolside where he’s the assistant coach of the WSC water polo team as you will in the classroom leading sections of Integrated Math I and II.
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  • Ray Dahlstrom '16

    Ray Dahlstrom '16 Helps Cal Sweep Stanford Invitational

    Ray Dahlstrom '16 was part of the Freshmen 8 crew that helped Cal sweep the Stanford Invitational on April 14-15.
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  • Shihan Wijeyeratne '11 at Boston Marathon

    A Boston Globe video features Shihan Wijeyeratne '11 as "the first runner to show up for the Boston Marathon."
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  • Join Us for the Annual Alumni & Friends Peccary Trip

    Join us in Barstow, CA the weekend of May 5-7, 2017 for hiking, fossil hunting, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones around the campfire.
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  • Portland Chef Jenn Louis '89 Opens Ray Restaurant

    Jenn Louis '89, one of Portland's most acclaimed chefs, has opened Ray Restaurant. She has also unveiled her second book, "The Book of Greens."
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  • John Scalzi '87

    TV Deal for John Scalzi '87

    Tor Books shared the exciting news that the television rights to John Scalzi '87’s The Collapsing Empire have gone to Working Title Television.
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  • March

    SCIAC Names DiGiamarino '13 Athlete of the Week

    Congratulations to Aaron DiGiamarino '13. The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) named him Athlete of the Week for March 29, 2017 in men's golf.
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  • Service Beyond Self - Dr. Peter Emblad '86

    Originally from San Francisco, Dr. Emblad came to Webb at the age of 16, which he describes as “a wakeup call to turn my life around.” Guided by that experience and the example of his childhood pediatrician, he enrolled in Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine, earning his medical degree in 1997.
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  • Webb Returns to Asia in April

    Webb’s Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale and Anne Stockdale will visit alumni, parents and friends in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Seoul in April.
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  • Kevin Brown '87 at University of California Natural Reserve System

    Kevin is now the information manager of the UC Natural Reserve System and works with the 40 biological research stations in California. 
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  • Upcoming Webb Events in April in Washington DC and New York City

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  • Focus on Faculty: Tom Jurczak

    Debbie Carini
    Tom Jurczak has been a fan of boarding schools since he was 14 years old. Jurczak joined the Webb faculty in 2015. He teaches sophomore Integrated Physics and Chemistry and AP Physics C, a calculus-based physics course geared towards seniors.
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  • The Week @ Webb - Springtime Superbloom

    Scott Nichols
    The Week @ Webb is a unique look into the activities both on and off Webb's campus. It's been a while since my last post, so let's not waste any time getting caught up on what's been happening here at Webb.
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  • National Award for Sittig '09 & UCLA Luskin Community Scholars Team

    Dylan Sittig '09 is part of a UCLA's Luskin Community Scholars team which received a national award for their study on distribution of goods in the L.A. area.
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  • The Purpose of College: From The Washington Post

    As Angel B. Perez writes in The Washington Post, “It’s not just about jobs. Colleges must help students find their passions.” Of course, Hector Martinez, director of college guidance at Webb couldn’t agree more.
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  • The Webb Schools Rank in Top 20 in the Nation

    Once again, according to the Boarding School Review, Webb is in the top tier of boarding schools in the United States in four important categories.
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  • Mark Shpall '86

    Mark Shpall '86 Announced as new Head of School at de Toledo

    Mark Shpall '86 was announced as the new Head of School of de Toledo High School, effective July 1, 2018.
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  • Sarah Mojarad '04 Joins USC Faculty

    Sarah Mojarad '04 has been recruited to join the faculty at USC to teach a new course on social media and digital communications.
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  • Midterm Treat 2017

    The Alumni Office sent cookies to over 250 college Webbies. In return, they sent us some of the best photos!
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  • Sophomore Career Evening 2017

    On February 12 the Alumni Office, together with the Alumni Council, welcomed back 12 alumni speakers for the 18th Annual Sophomore Career Evening. The featured speakers spoke with the sophomore classes about their professional experience in the career fields of Medicine & Health, Entrepreneurship & Social Media, S.T.E.M., Fashion & Gaming Design, and The Law.
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  • Keely Marquez '16, Emerson College Softball Team

    Go Gauls!

    News on the Class of 2016 College Athletes!
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  • Keely Marquez '16, Emerson College Softball Team

    Go Gauls! News on the Class of 2016 College Athletes!

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  • Ramsay Harris

    The Protean Life of Ramsay Harris

    Thomas Butterworth '63
    In fulfillment of his official duties at Webb, Ramsay taught history, English literature, Latin, and occasionally one of the Bible classes. Of course, he also performed the daily duties required of a faculty member at the time, presiding over study hall, serving as Officer of the Day, giving the occasional chapel talk and making himself available for nearly any activity that one or more students were enthused about. Who could forget Ramsay saying in study hall, "Gentlemen, sharpen your wits, not your pencils."
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  • February

    Dolly Bai '14 second from right. Photo courtesy of Dolly Bai.

    Dolly Bai '14 on an Archaelogical Excavation in Israel

    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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  • Hornbuckle Family Establishes $500,000 Financial Aid Endowment Fund

    Wendy and Bill Hornbuckle P'19, with their extraordinary gift commitment, are helping to ensure that The Webb Schools will continue to serve its distinctive mission and provide for generations of students to come.
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  • Outstanding Early College Admissions for Class of 2017

    Hector Martinez
    The Class of 2017 is off to a great start with outstanding college admission acceptances for many of our early candidates!
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  • Punch Hutton '89

    Punch Hutton '89 on Into The Gloss

    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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  • Terence Tien '13 Wins Disney Competition

    Terence Tien '13 and three teammates from UC San Diego won the 2017 Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition.
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  • WEBB Magazine Feature: The Nature of Learning

    Debbie Carini
    From its setting on the front porch of the magnificent San Gabriel Mountains to the occasions, year-round, to engage with nature, Webb provides an incomparable opportunity for students to encounter, explore and develop interests and passions beyond the classroom.
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  • On the FRONT PORCH of Los Angeles

    Terence Tien '13 and three teammates from UC San Diego won the 2017 Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition. They designed Pacific Trove, a place at UC San Diego where slides twist and turn around Torrey Pine trees and suspension bridges tower over waterfalls, and includes Garibaldi Grotto and New Moon Beach where guests can find peace around aquariums or socialize near fire pits.
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  • UNBOUNDED PARTNERSHIPS in Claremont and beyond

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  • A SENIOR TRIP that lasts a lifetime

    Seniors take the trip of a lifetime.
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  • A universe of UNBOUNDED THINKING

    We have an observatory. It's awesome.
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  • Join us for UNBOUNDED DAYS

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  • Nearly 100 YEARS of UNBOUNDED TRADITIONS

    Nearly 100 years of Unbounded Traditions.
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  • The Week @ Webb - Theme Week 2016

    Scott Nichols
    The Week presents a unique glimpse into life at Webb through a photojournal of events both on and off campus. Theme Week is one of the most exciting and fun weeks for our community that Webb has to offer. This year, the school-wide spirit competition between each of the classes featured four beloved movies amongst Webbies: Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monsters INC, and Peter Pan. Here are some of the best costumes and moments from the week, including scenes from Theme Night, presented without commentary. I hope you enjoy all of the zaniness.
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  • January

    The Week @ Webb - 20 Reasons to be Thankful this Year

    Scott Nichols
    The Week presents a unique glimpse into life at Webb through a photojournal of events both on and off campus. 
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  • Mallory Thompson 13: Summer Internships

    Mallory Thompson ’13 spent her summer in Boston interning at Shriners Hospital for Children and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 
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  • Webb is a TEAM SPORT

    Webb athletes are making history with record numbers of League Championships and CIF appearances.
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  • Jacques and Mimi Pauwels

    Jacques and Mimi Pauwels

    Students who experienced French class with Jacques Pauwels or enjoyed the warm and gracious hospitality of Jacques and his wife Mimi in their home on the Webb campus throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s, remember a family that happily and generously provided a “home-away-from-home” for scores of boarding students, and a teacher who encouraged and motivated his students to appreciate the value of learning another language.
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  • You are the STORIES YOU TELL

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  • Webb Joins Independent School Alliance to Increase Applications From and Enrollment of Students of Color

    Working to inform, educate and advocate for students and parents of color currently underrepresented in independent schools in Southern California, the Independent School Alliance partners with its member schools to help families...
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  • WEBB Magazine Feature: Where Women Lead

    Debbie Carini
    At Vivian Webb School, girls internalize the ideal of a female in a leadership position because that is what they see—day-in and day-out—in their directors and deans.
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  • 2016 Parent Fundraiser a Huge Success!

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  • WEBB Magazine Fall 2016 Now Online

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  • WEBB Magazine Feature: The Library in the Age of Everything

    Aaron Severson
    Anyone seeking a model of the thriving and vital library of the future would do well to study Webb’s W. Russell Fawcett Memorial Library, which has been undergoing a renaissance under the leadership of director of teaching and learning resources Mark Dzula, Ph.D.
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  • Blair Maffris in Joshua Tree National Park in the spring of 2012. Photo by Ryan Au '12.

    Blair Maffris (Art 1978-2015)

    "He trained me how to see, taught me how to surf, and showed me how to turn “mistakes” into a discovery."
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