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.
Highlights of the 2017-18 year are featured in The Report of Schools, which is available online or in print. In this edition, you will read about Webb’s many distinctive programs that our donors made possible last year and will make possible in the months and years ahead. Gifts last year supported a wide variety of priorities: The Webb Fund, endowment including financial aid, faculty support and annual campus improvement and finally capital projects.
Amara Berry ’12 truly embodies what it means to think boldly, mindfully and creatively. In October 2017, she was invited to give a Tedx Talk in Providence, Rhode Island, where she spoke on the legacy of her grandparents, how their work inspired her and the incredible work she is doing with our youth through The Sparkle Program.
On November 6, Dana (Zipser) Schallheim ’94 was elected to the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Board of Education, representing District 5 in Maryland. The historic election represented the county's transition to an entirely elected school board.
We are pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Jennifer Liu '05 as Webb’s Director of Parent Relations and Special Events effective November 1. In this position, Liu will oversee our parent relations program, which serves more than 750 current parents worldwide and an active volunteer network through our Affiliates parent organization.
An opportunity to pick the brain of award-winning author John Scalzi '87, is not one you want to miss. Discussing topics ranging from what exactly defines a burrito to what projects he currently has in production, there's never a dull moment with Scalzi.
For Webb sports fans who can’t attend a game, or if you’d like to follow along with the live stats and scores from our athletic contests, most of our home games will be covered live with video and play-by-play at The NFHS Network.
There is no greater testament to The Webb Schools' values, culture of service and leadership than our extraordinary alumni. Through our annual Alumni Awards program, the Alumni Council and the Board of Trustees honor alumni whose service and achievements truly exemplify the qualities and values that Webb represents. We are pleased to announce the five distinguished recipients of Webb's 2018 Alumni Awards.
All alumni and friends are welcome to attend Alumni Weekend on October 12-13. We'll have open classrooms, dorm tours, alumni chapel service and lots more. Classes celebrating a reunion this year include 1953, 195, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013! Join us!
Alumni Council President Doug Gregg ’66 is pleased to announce seven new members to the Alumni Council effective July 1, 2018. Jim Boyce ’75, Praveen Jeereddi ’90 and Bill Ripley ’60 are joining as Members-at-Large serving for a 3-year term. Ben Davis ’11, Gauri Gadgil ’06, Joanne Goh ’99 and Carly Paris ’10 are new members serving as Regional Representatives for a 3-year term. We also have three returning members, Kathy Fredrich '02, Jessica Dholakia '07 and Preston Clarke '98, who are serving in new positions. Learn more about our dedicated alumni taking on new roles around the globe.
Webb's summer alumni mixer at Amanda David '02s restaurant Great Maple in Pasadena reached a record turnout. Over 70 alumni and friends came to the August 17th event, our largest summer gathering ever.
In June, 25 alumni, museum trustees and staff embarked on an international peccary trip to Peru. The journey was a unique opportunity for Webb alumni and friends of all ages to experience Peru’s countryside, have the distinct pleasure to work with Peruvian paleontologists and experience a tour of the Nazca Lines by airplane.
Webb and Hotchkiss were among four leading boarding schools recently recognized for encouraging and fostering independence. Study International based in Europe, an organization that provides independent news and counseling for international students, highlighted Webb in a feature on the virtues of boarding schools.
Christina Duron '08 is the recipient of the 2018 Jean E. Miller Excellence in Teaching Award. Christina, who joined Webb's faculty in 2013, was recognized during the VWS commencement ceremony in June. In addition to teaching, she is getting her PhD at Claremont Graduate University.
Between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, over 1,500 donors supported Webb by making a gift to The Webb Fund! Early calculations show that more than $1.65 million was donated to support Webb's areas of greatest need. Thank you for your support! If you have questions about making gift, please contact The Webb Fund Office at email@example.com or call (909) 482-5288.
“I am excited to announce that Julia Marciari-Alexander ’85 has been elected to The Webb Schools Board of Trustees. A true pioneer and unbounded thinker, I look forward to Julia’s contributions to the important work of the board in the years ahead,” said Taylor Stockdale, Head of Schools.
Marciari-Alexander ’85 is a graduate of Vivian Webb School, sister of WSC alumnus John ’78, and the daughter of former Webb trustee and Pomona College president, David Alexander.
With more than 20 years of experience as a curator and museum leader, Marciari-Alexander ’85 currently serves as the executive director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
We learned from Jinx Tong (VWS dean from 1991-1996, and director of residence from 1983-1991) that Jean E. Miller passed away on Tuesday, May 22 at the age of 90 years old.
Jean was born in Brockton, Massachusetts in 1928. She attended Pembroke College (the coordinate women’s college to Brown University) and graduated with an A.B. in English in 1949. She enjoyed a long and celebrated career as an educator in private schools across the country.
When some colleges are reporting less than a 5% admit rate (Harvard & Stanford) and many others remain in the single digits, it’s good to know that no matter how tough things get Webb students are well prepared for the challenge. Once again, our students beat the odds. The members of this year’s graduating class are to be congratulated for admission into some of the most sought-after colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. We saw 100% of the Class of 2018 admitted to a selective four-year college or university—90% will be attending a college ranked in the top 10% in the nation.
Join the conversation. The Spring/Summer issue of WEBB Magazine is in the mail and on its way to you. In it we explore Webb’s new innovative curriculum—an educational experience being talked about across the country. From the newly invigorated core curriculum that includes The American Idea and Evolutionary Biology, to the ONLY AT WEBB series of Honors and Advanced Studies courses featuring Advanced Studies in Biotechnology and Honors Ethics & Modern Global Affairs—the Webb program is engaging students in field study and independent research work like never before.
Self-pride in Silicon Valley is every day, ordinary, embarrassingly understated even. Egomania, some say, a character requirement for success. Really, only the true tyrant can be hailed visionary there. And yet, swimming against such mythical miscalculation is Webb alumnus Sameer Dholakia ’91, CEO of SendGrid. He and the billion-dollar start-up he leads are both kind of a big deal—and for all the right reasons. In the June issue of 5280—Denver’s Mile High Magazine, writer Spencer Campbell profiles the man and the company he leads; SendGrid is headquartered in Denver, but also has offices in Menlo Park.
The Webb Schools will be honored with the Bess Garner Historic Preservation Award on May 19 at the Padua Hills Theater. The award, given by Claremont Heritage, “is in recognition of the stewardship shown in the preservation of the significant architecture and physical history of the campus.”
After years of teaching students about architecture and creating buildings with his own firm, Mark Lee ’85 has been chosen as the next Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Eshaana Sheth ’10 describes her short film, "The Butter Knife" as "a snapshot of modern, intercultural dating." It has won Best Romantic Comedy at the Los Angeles Film Awards and Top Shorts online film festival so far.
Using monofilament and LED spotlights, visual artist Rachel Lee Zheng ’12 creates large-scale installations that transform dark gallery spaces into meditative environments filled with lines and beams of color.
From high school sweethearts to alumni who were married in Vivian Webb Chapel, Webb has been the site of many romances over the years. Here are a few stories from alumni who met on Webb’s beautiful campus.
As a student, you would find her on the basketball court or with friends in South Hutch lounge. Over twenty years later, you'll find this alumna back on campus in a new role: director of the health center.
As The Webb Schools graduated nearly 50 young women from Vivian Webb School and more than 50 young men from the Webb School of California last June, two alumni shared their experience with the graduating class and their families.