An integral part of student life, alumni return throughout the year as guest instructors, special topic panelists, and student competition judges. Less formally, they drop by to reconnect with favorite teachers, revisit favorite places on campus, and reminisce while browsing the new archives.
Athenian cultivates personal connections between alumni and students by facilitating off-campus internships and making introductions. Students may utilize the Advancement team to locate alumni with special topic knowledge and to provide college or career advice.
In addition to organizing group experiences and events worldwide, and helping to promote grassroots events like The Athenian Supper Club, the Advancement team furnishes personal alumni-to-alumni introductions upon request, and when we believe certain alumni might benefit from knowing one another.
In addition to more than a dozen alumni who serve on the Board of Trustees and its sub-committees, the Alumni Council functions as a task force that meets monthly in support of key priorities. Their decades-long connection to Athenian helps ensure that we receive input not just from current stakeholders, but from the greater Athenian community.
Alumni gifts to the Athenian Annual Fund are integral to offering unforgettable learning experiences. A culture of giving supports our ability to retain outstanding teachers, maintain small class sizes, and offer extraordinary programs such as March Term and AWE.
The Athenian community also rallies to support alumni endeavors on an ad hoc basis. Students have put in volunteer hours and held bake sales and other fundraisers in support of community needs brought to us by our alumni.
Saturday events will feature lookbacks at quintessential Athenian experiences, with current and former faculty members serving as special guests. Since class cohort breakouts will happen on Sunday with times overlapping, Saturday will be the best day to reconnect with faculty and anyone who you might not see in your individual cohort reunion. We are already expecting Eleanor Dase, Dick Bradford, and Virginia Mack as special guests. A full lineup of returning faculty will be announced in May.
9:00-9:20 AM PST | Welcome Remarks
Join Head of School Eric Niles and the Office of Alumni Relations for a check-in on alumni programs and an update on the state of the school.
9:30-10:15 AM PST | AWE: True Stories from the Trails
Current and former AWE instructors reflect on their most memorable moments (and ask you for yours!)
10:30-11:15 AM PST | Fireside Chat with Current + Former Heads
Athenian’s fearless leaders discuss what it was like to lead during different eras of the school.
11:30-12:15 PM PST | Dorm Life Retrospective
Time to reminisce about dorm life (and finally cop to the pranks you didn’t admit to back then).
12:30-1:15PM PST | Athenian in Pictures and Film
Straight from the archives, some of our favorite pictures and movies from campus over time.
1:30-2:00 PM PST | The Programs that Shaped Us
Iconic teachers and coaches talk about the visual art, drama, athletics and other student-favorite programs and how they shaped Athenian.
Sunday, June 6
Virtual meeting spaces will be hosted for groups of alumni from close cohorts (e.g., early 80s, late 80s, early 90s, etc.) Staggered starting times will facilitate the process of folks sorting themselves into their desired rooms. In addition to providing a casual space to visit with your former classmates, each room will feature nostalgia from the Athenian Archives with artifacts from the years corresponding to that cohort!
9:00-10:30 AM PST | ‘60s and ‘70s Cohorts
9:30-11:00 AM PST | 80s and 90s Cohorts
10:00-11:30 AM PST | 00s and 10s Cohorts
11:30 AM PST | Final Coming Together + Closing Remarks
Questions? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Athenian alumni recognize the impact that Athenian had on how they navigate the world.
Ian Truebridge '12
I would say that Athenian allows and encourages thinking 'outside of the box,' which is helpful in science and problem solving. Athenian fosters creativity and challenges students to improve and think in new ways.
Kaitlin D'Arienzo (Plunkett) ‘11
Athenian’s community is so unique that almost ten years after graduation, we still reach out to each other with kindness and genuine interest. We have always been strong through both celebrations of success and through challenges. I’m so grateful to have the Athenian community in my life.
Musadiq Bidar '10
Athenian exposed me to issues, and to different people in the world, and compelled me to think about how those people were impacted by things. It’s important to me to use my voice to tell other people’s stories.
Aaron Weinmann ‘15
To be an Athenian means that one has the ability to approach any situation, whether it be academic, social, or personal and look at the dilemma from all angles, weigh options and thoughts of others, and make a decision that may not be the best for them, but the best for the world around them.
Simone Batiste '15
My time at Athenian truly taught me about global citizenship and examining life beyond one's familiar surroundings…. I’ve run into two Athenian alums since moving to New York, which was such a treat!
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Kim Webb Palacios
Associate Director of Advancement, Alumni Giving & Engagement