When I first heard the term, I thought it must be something in our paleontology museum – some type of an extinct marine fossil such as a Trilobite. But as it turns out, a zettabyte is a term used to define enormous amounts of data on the web. Several steps beyond a terabyte, a zettabyte represents roughlyALLof the content on the World Wide Web from the beginning of the Internet until 2010 – a staggering amount of information by any measure.
Now, as if that isn’t enough – web content is being added every minute of every day. In fact, by the year 2015 – the year in which our current freshmen will graduate from Webb, estimates are that 1 zettabyte of content will be added to the webeach and every year. Think about that. The total cumulative amount of content added to the web in the first decades of its existence will be doubled every year, and the rate of added content will only increase from there.
So the question becomes, how does one find meaning in this sea of information?How do young people grow up in an unfiltered world, where data and information is ever abundant, to become men and women of character, people who will have the moral courage to do what is right, who have the ability to solve complex problems by thinking creatively, and who are willing to serve others as a part of the fabric of their lives?
The answer at Webb is actually pretty simple and timeless. We get to know our students – each and every student – in ways only a boarding school can. We work with our students – face-to-face, eye-to-eye, every minute of every day during their time here. We guide them, we challenge them, we teach them to meet challenges head on, to pick themselves up when they have failed, and to try again.
We fully embrace this new world of connectivity with some of the most impressive technology of any school in the country. And yet we are also in the business of managing our permanence. We know that a great education goes beyond gadgets and information. A great education teaches students to rise above the fray, and to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.
On January 12, 2019 five accomplished alumni returned to campus for our first ever Networking Essentials with Webb Alumni session. The panel of speakers represented several industries including law, real estate, green energy and marketing. Eager students spent their Saturday afternoon with our incredible alumni learning about the vital skills needed to effectively network and succeed in the increasingly complex job market. Each panelist spoke about a different aspect of networking and gave a brief background of their journey after Webb.
During the first week back from winter break, students and parents had a chance to hear from young alumni about their experiences at college including managing academics and being away from home, maintaining a healthy mind and body, as well as a panel on college athletics.
USA Water Polo has announced Marcelo Leonardi '94 as the Midwest Zone recipient of the Sandy Nitta Distinguished Coaching Award. Leonardi is the Head Coach of the women's water polo team at the University of Michigan.
“The process of finding the right college is more often than not riddled with anxiety for both students and their families. It is paradoxically both increasingly complex and more streamlined than ever. Technology allows students to simply add multiple colleges to the Common Application with a few clicks. And yet the convenience doesn’t reflect the intricate web of criteria that factor into applying to one college over another.”
So opens the feature to our recent issue of WEBB Magazine. Reported and written by Christopher Michno, the piece delves into the myths and truths intertwined in the college admission process. He also offers up a series of personal success stories from recent Webb alumni now thriving at Stanford, Columbia, UC Berkeley and beyond. Part two follows young alumni who chose colleges related to their avocations—like art, business, engineering and others. The feature photography is done by Elisa Ferrari and focuses on the beautiful and varied architecture of the Claremont Colleges.
The Winter Dance Show 2019 UN / covered - is an exploration in what it means to cover and uncover - in music, dance, costuming, and text. Featuring choreography by dance coach and Webb faculty member Michael Szanyi and senior dance students, the show highlights self-expression through movement. How do we make something known? How do we bring that to light? By uncovering dance, the show asks audience members to explore how the study of movement informs their human experience.
It is no accident, I believe, that at this very moment there is a riveting tale in The New Yorkerabout the art and science of decision making. Or, at least, not an accident that I found it and read it. Here at Webb, at this time of year, there is no shortage of students and families making some of the most important decisions (they believe) of their lives--from admission to and enrollment at Webb, to college admission for our seniors. Joshua Rothman rights beautifully about it here, bringing in examples from Darwin, Tolstoy, the modern parent and more. Read it in The New Yorker.
Augustyn Family Curator and Director of Research & Collections Andrew Farke is quoted today in The Washington Post on the impact of the federal government shutdown on fieldwork planning for paleontologists. Beyond the impact on visitor centers at such places as Dinosaur National Monument and the Petrified Forest National Park, research and fieldwork on federal lands has been dramatically affected, too. Read more in The Washington Post.