The Storm King School Alumni Association
The Storm King School Alumni Association is governed by an Alumni Council that oversees all Storm King Alumni engagement activities. Everyone who has attended The Storm King School for at least one term is considered an alumnus/a of the School and a SKS Alumni Association member. Currently, the alumni association consists of approximately 3,000 former students and graduates.
The Alumni Council, made up of 14 elected members representing each decade of SKS classes, governs the Storm King School Alumni Association. The Alumni Council/Association President serves as an ex officio member of the SKS Board of Trustees.
Three times a year, the School invites the Storm King Alumni Council and all members of the SKS Alumni Association to campus to hear from the School’s leadership and receive an in-depth look into the ongoing life of The Storm King School. Working through committees, the Alumni Council focuses on projects that help strengthen alumni engagement and philanthropy including Alumni Awards, Career Night, Reunion Weekend, Senior Class Luncheons, and The Storm King Fund.
Alumni Council Charter Statement:
The Storm King School’s Alumni Council is a volunteer body with representation from each decade of classes. The mission of the Council is to partner with the Office of Alumni and Development to build and perpetuate an alumni community of support for the school. The council meets three times per year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) and works through committees focused on alumni philanthropy and engagement.
To be considered for Alumni Council membership, please contact Lynn Crevling ’72, Director of Alumni Relations at email@example.com or at 845-458-7517
Alumni Council Members 2020-21
Jack Besterman ‘18
Sele Birchwood '09
Steve Bluth '83
Richard Broughton '54
Scott Cantor '73, President
Charles Cordero '92
Lynn Crevling '72, Secretary; Alumni Director
Tom Delaney '58
John Flores '12
David Gilmore '61
Jim Perlberg ‘70
Judy Romano ‘79
Madison Sergi '14
Luke Sollami '08
Larry Spiegel ‘69
Monifa Tarjamo ‘90
Lisa Veyka ‘83
|Alumni Council Terms 2020-2021|
|Name||Class Year||Year Ending 7/1/2020||Year Ending 7/1/2021||Year Ending 7/1/2022||Year Ending 7/1/2023|
|Richard Broughton||1954||1st term||2nd term|
|Tom Delaney||1958||1st term||2nd term|
|David Gilmore||1961||1st term||2nd term|
|Larry Spiegel||1969||1st term|
|Jim Perlberg||1970||1st term|
|Judy Romano||1979||1st term|
|Lisa Veyka||1983||1st term|
|Monifa Tarjamo||1990||1st term|
|Charles Cordero||1992||1st term|
|Luke Sollami||2008||1st term|
|Sele Birchwood||2009||1st term||2nd term|
|Madison Sergi||2014||2nd term|
|Jack Besterman||2018||1st term|
|Alumni Council Officers (two year terms)|
|Scott Cantor, President||1973||2nd Term|
|Steve Bluth, First Vice President||1983||1st term|
|Johnathan Flores, Second Vice President||2012||1st term|
Welcome and Opening Comments
The regular winter meeting of the Storm King School Alumni Council was held on the above date in Orr Commons on the campus of the Storm King School. President Scott Cantor ‘73 presided, and Lynn Crevling ‘72 was present as Secretary. The following Alumni Council members were in attendance: Jack Besterman ’19, Sele Birchwood ’09, Steve Bluth ‘83, Richard Broughton ‘54, Charles Cordero ’92 (via teleconference), Adam Eisen ’80 (via teleconference), Judy Romano ’79 (via teleconference), Luke Sollami ’08, Larry Spiegel ’69, and Monifa Tarjamo ’90 (via teleconference).
The following Alumni Council members were excused: Thomas Delaney ’58, Johnathan Flores ’12, David Gilmore ‘61, and Madison Sergi ’14.
The following guests were in attendance: Roger Auerbacher ’66 and Jim Perlberg ’70.
Tom Fogarty represented The Storm King School.
Mr. Cantor called the meeting to order at 9:35 am; welcomed members, alumni, staff and guests; and meeting participants introduced themselves. In his opening remarks, Mr. Cantor spoke about having been involved representing alumni at SKS for the past 12-15 years, and his recent feeling of a new sense of pride in the school and in being an alumnus.
Mr. Cantor made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 12, 2019 meeting of the Alumni Council. With a second by Mr. Bluth, Mr. Cantor opened the floor for comments. Mr. Spiegel commented that the minutes addressed a discussion of the Awards Program and he disagreed with holding the awards at reunion, believing that they should instead be held during the school year. On a point of order to maintain the conversation on the topic of approval or modification of the last meeting’s minutes, Mr. Cantor indicated that this conversation should occur with the Reunion Schedule 2020 later on the agenda. Hearing no changes or corrections to the October 12, 2019 minutes, he called for a vote. The October 12, 2019 Alumni Council meeting minutes were approved unanimously.
Mr. Cantor then asked Mr. Fogarty for the State of the School report.
State of the School (Update)
Mr. Fogarty began by thanking the Alumni Council for their work on overall SKS Alumni engagement.
Mr. Fogarty provided the Storm King Fund Progress Report for the first half of the year, and reviewed a graph showing “year over year” performance. He reviewed the strategies underway for achieving the Storm King Fund goal. Key metrics for FY2020 were discussed, including the importance of Alumni Council members’ participation in the Storm King Fund. Mr. Perlberg mentioned opportunities for the school to benefit by being designated to receive a percentage of sales through Amazon Smile purchases. There was discussion that this could suggest that alumni need not give directly to the school, and the amount from an Amazon purchase that goes to nonprofits via Amazon Smile is very small, so promoting this could be misleading. Mr. Cantor suggested that issuing some sort of challenge to alumni from the 1960s-70’s be considered as an impetus .
Mr. Broughton commented that planning to give to the Storm King Fund each year and doing so regularly is important to the school, whatever the amount may be. Ms. Crevling noted the giving year is July 1 – June 30, and to the extent possible, receiving gifts earlier in the fiscal year is helpful.
Mr. Fogarty spoke about national trends and the challenges nonprofits are experiencing as a result of tax law changes. He also showed SKS results benchmarked with similarly sized schools.
Mr. Fogarty also highlighted the progress with the new academic center with the Jack L. Gordon architectural firm; noted the Development and Alumni Relations accomplishments in 2019-2020; and discussed a new initiative consisting of dinners for small groups of parents held at the Headmaster’s home, The Homestead. The next dinner will include several alumni.
Mr. Fogarty relayed that the Alumni Council will be invited to be involved in a special session as SKS prepares to consider “SKS in 10 Years” with the Board of Trustees.
Mr. Fogarty then introduced the guest speaker Naunet Leonhardes-Barboza ’20.
Academic and Student Life guest: student Naunet Leonhardes-Barboza ‘20
Naunet spoke to the SKS Alumni Council about coming to SKS as a shy and uncertain 8th grader because her parents, both immigrants from Costa Rica, wanted her to have opportunities that they did not have. She expressed appreciation for the school “taking a chance on me” and the opportunity to receive a scholarship to make attendance at SKS possible. Ms. Leonhardes-Barboza relayed that in her first days at SKS, teachers reached out to her to support her interests, giving her individualized attention and pushing her to reach her goals. Leonhardes-Barboza credited SKS for helping her become a scholar, an athlete, a performing artist, and an activist. In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, she co-founded the Intersectional Feminism Club (global women’s rights), and is a member of the Black and Latino Student Union. She credited athletics as “the best way to meet people from other countries”, and said that she learned to be a leader at SKS. She said that SKS “believed in me”.
Alumni Council members expressed their admiration of Ms. Leonhardes-Barboza’s accomplishments. Mr. Cantor thanked her and presented Ms. Leonhardes-Barboza with the book The Storm King School: 150 Years on the Mountain as an expression of appreciation from The Alumni Council.
Mr. Cantor then asked for the Nominating Committee’s report.
Nominating Committee Report
Mr. Bluth reported that orientation was held for new Alumni Council members Jack Besterman ’19 immediately preceding the meeting.
Mr. Bluth referenced the draft SKS Alumni Council Terms 2019-2020, with members highlighted whose terms will conclude at the end of 2019-2020.
Mr. Bluth confirmed that Mr. Eisen would complete his term at the end of the fiscal year, and has elected not seek a second term. Mr. Bluth thanked Mr. Eisen for his involvement and service, recalling how they had first met at a regional gathering in Orlando, Florida and subsequently both became involved at SKS. He noted Mr. Eisen’s enthusiasm and the work that he has undertaken to reconnect alumni with the school.
Mr. Bluth then announced the first action to come before the Council. He brought a motion for a second three-year term for the following members of the Alumni Council: Sele Birchwood ’09; Richard Broughton ’54; Thomas Delaney ‘58, and David Gilmore ’61. Mr. Spiegel seconded the motion.
Mr. Bluth asked the alumni up for reelection to step out of the room for the vote and any discussion. In the discussion that ensued, there was the question about including Jim Perlberg ’70 as a member of the Alumni Council because he has a keen interest, having attended two meetings as a guest and also participating meaningfully. Secretary Crevling noted that there is an option to exclude the President and the First Vice President from the decade representation seats to free them up for additional members.
Mr. Bluth asked Mr. Perlberg to step out of the room. The option on the table would allow for an additional ‘70s representative and an additional ‘80s representative. Mr. Perlberg could take the former slot. With agreement expressed in principle by members, Mr. Bluth called for a vote on the first motion for a second three-year term for the following members of the Alumni Council: Sele Birchwood ’09; Richard Broughton ’54; Thomas Delaney ‘58, and David Gilmore ’61. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Bluth made a second motion to exclude the President and the First Vice President as decade representatives, freeing the two seats on the Council for the 70s and 80s decades, and for Jim Perlberg ’70 to assume the ‘70s seat. Mr. Spiegel seconded the motion, and the vote passed unanimously. Members were called back into the room and congratulated for their new terms to begin next fiscal year on July 1.
Mr. Bluth brought an action to fill the ‘80s seat to be vacated by Adam Eisen. On behalf of the Nominating Committee, he moved for a new member, Lisa Veyka, Class of 1983, to join the Alumni Council for a first three-year term effective July 1, 2020. Mr. Broughton seconded the motion.
Mr. Bluth reported that the Alumni Office had solicited interest from alumni from the ‘80s decade with an email to the 1980s class years and on Facebook. In addition, members of the Nominating Committee (he and Ms. Romano) reached out to other alumni to invite them to be considered. Ms. Romano reported that she will be testing the interest of alumna Joyce Haley Donnelly’80 in serving on the Council. Mr. Bluth referred members to the statement/bio from Ms. Veyka. He said that they have spoken several times and she is excited and enthusiastic about becoming involved at SKS. With no further questions or discussion, Mr. Bluth asked for a vote and the motion was approved unanimously.
Mr. Bluth added that the Nominating Committee will have one more eighties decade position to fill. SKS staff is working on dates for next year’s Alumni Council meetings to provide to prospective candidates.
Following the Nominating Committee’s report, Mr. Cantor called for a 30 minute break for brunch in the dining hall at 11:15 AM.
The Alumni Council Meeting reconvened and was called back to order at 11:51 AM. Mr. Cantor then asked for the Outreach and Development Committee’s report.
Outreach and Development Committee Report
Reunion Class Agents: Ms. Crevling gave a brief update on Reunion Weekend 2020 outreach, referring to a spreadsheet in members’ folders. She reported that almost 1,000 communications have gone out to reunion year alumni in the first half of the fiscal year.
Mr. Bluth commented that we have few email addresses from the younger class years. Mr. Fogarty responded that SKS now allows students to retain their “sks.org” email suffixes, which will help SKS retain contact in those early years of changing college emails, work emails, and the like. The college software, Naviance, will also facilitate retaining contact. Ms. Crevling reported that the Alumni Office coordinates with Ms. Kwon, the college counselor, to send greetings to the prior year’s graduates, ask for news, invite them back to SKS, and to receive email and other address changes. Efforts are made regularly via social media and by any other means to secure email and mailing addresses.
Alumni Survey: Mr. Fogarty commented that the Alumni Council’s endorsement of the alumni survey has been important. He highlighted the second Alumni Council survey to focus on alumni communication. He also confirmed that the responses remain anonymous and confidential.
Mr. Auerbacher suggested that questions such as question 5 (“As an SKS alumnus/a, how connected do you feel?”) include a space to answer why, stating that in general, adding space for an open-ended response to other questions will facilitate understanding. Mr. Perlberg relayed that he has worked with Survey Monkey and that it can be designed for certain answers to open a dialogue box for text, recommended when the answer “Other” is selected. Mr. Fogarty responded that care is being taken to keep the survey from being too long. Mr. Cantor asked if there is a way to make the survey fun with a mystery photo or cartoons, and Mr. Perlberg noted that the SKS Annual Report’s use of cartoon names made it fun to read the details.
Senior Lunch: Mr. Fogarty invited Alumni Council members to attend the Senior Lunch on Tuesday, April 21 at 11:30 AM, and to please RSVP to Ms. Fulton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. Cantor commented that he enjoyed welcoming the next class of alumni, and encouraged others’ participation.
Reunion Weekend Schedule: Mr. Cantor moved the agenda to the next item: the Reunion Weekend schedule for 2020. Mr. Fogarty reported that the office has spent the last several months trying to find a workable solution to requests for the Hudson River boat cruise, and has determined that SKS will provide information to the classes/alumni that wish to go on the Hudson cruise as an option on their own. Mr. Cantor commented that the cruise had become boring, while Mr. Auerbacher felt that the cruise was enjoyed by alumni and spouses but there were problems for some with the required departure time. Mr. Fogarty added that alumni who elect to go on the cruise are welcome to return to campus afterwards for the school-sponsored gathering.
Mr. Fogarty indicated that as of this meeting, the schedule for the Reunion Weekend 2020 will be similar to last year. The Alumni Council meeting will be held with the Alumni Association, as decided at the last Alumni Council meeting. A brief “State of the School” report by Headmaster Lamb will provide an overview for the ensuing Alumni Association conversation, and Mr. Cantor asked that Headmaster Lamb’s highlights be limited to 10 minutes in length. Mr. Cantor commented that the majority of the time should be for alumni conversation and he did not want to have to rush through the agenda.
The Awards Program on Alumni Weekend was discussed briefly. As discussed at the last Council meeting, it will be planned to take no more than one hour, in response to Mr. Spiegel’s comments suggesting maximum free time to be with friends. The program will have time limits per presenter and written comments will be required to be submitted in advance. Mr. Fogarty noted that the Art Award could occur at dinner, leaving just one Sports Hall of Fame and one Clark Award to be given at the Awards Program. Mr. Spiegel expressed his view that the awards should be given during the school year to inspire the student body. Ms. Crevling replied that this will be the model for the Humanitarian Award, to be discussed later. Mr. Cantor spoke about the need for a balance with the Awards Program – not too long, but also not to feel rushed.
Mr. Cantor then called upon the Awards Committee for their report. With David Gilmore, the Chair of the Awards Committee excused, Mr. Broughton and Ms. Crevling delivered the report.
Awards Committee Report
Mr. Broughton reported there were 10 nominations for the Sports Hall of Fame, nine nominations for the Margaret Clark Faculty Excellence Award, and there were 23 candidates considered for the Art Award. There were no nominations for the Humanitarian Award, but there were two strong candidates considered. The Awards Committee met last Sunday, and the first part of the meeting involved the Ad Hoc Arts Committee consisting of three SKS arts faculty and two alumni with expertise in the arts.
Arts Award: Information about each of the 23 arts award candidates was distributed for the Committees’ review, with 11 candidates of particular note according to the award criteria. An in-depth discussion and identification of top candidates took place at the meeting, narrowing the choice to three, then two, then the selection of the recipient. Mr. Broughton made a motion for the inaugural recipient of the SKS Alumni Arts Award to be filmmaker and documentary maker Richard Wormser, Class of 1951. Mr. Bluth seconded the motion and the floor was open for discussion.
Mr. Bluth questioned the criteria that allow a non-graduate to be an award recipient. Mr. Spiegel agreed. Mr. Broughton responded that the candidate brought forward for the inaugural award is a graduate of SKS, having attended since he was a freshman. Mr. Broughton suggested that the criteria
be revisited by the Awards Committee and be discussed again with the Council. With that, he called for a vote on the motion and it passed unanimously.
The Clark Faculty Excellence Award: Mr. Broughton reported that this award recognizes a past teacher of longevity whose dedication transcended the classroom and whose high ideals became part of the student-centered tradition of The Storm King School. There were nine nominations for four former faculty. The nominee that the Committee is bringing forward today received six nominations. Mr. Broughton made a motion for William Cesario, Science Chairman, math teacher and outdoor hiking leader, to be the recipient of the Margaret Clark Faculty Excellence Award 2020. Mr. Besterman seconded the motion and the floor was open for questions and discussion.
Mr. Broughton noted that, in addition to enthusiastic nominations, the 1978 yearbook was dedicated to Mr. Cesario. Mr. Eisen added that Mr. Cesario has remained in touch with SKS and his students, and has attended SKS events over the years. Mr. Broughton asked for a vote and the motion passed unanimously.
The Sports Hall of Fame: Ms. Crevling reported that there were three nominees for the Sports Hall of Fame: two were coaches and one was an individual athlete. The proposed inductee is a coach who received six nominations from alumni from class years 1998 -2000, and one nomination by one of his teaching colleagues and assistant coach. He was noted for bringing back the lacrosse program and leading the team to the HVAL championships in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Several of his players played on the NCAA champion teams winning four national titles, and five of them went on to play pro. He also revived the wrestling program, which had been dormant for many years and reinstated the SKS chapter of the National Honor Society. Ms. Crevling made a motion for the induction of Coach Steve Mandell into the SKS Sports Hall of Fame. Mr. Birchwood seconded the motion and the floor was open for discussion.
Mr. Broughton commented that Mr. Mandell joined the SKS staff at a time of transition. He was described as a man of honor and leadership: a great coach, teacher and leader who contributed to stability on campus. Mr. Broughton also noted that his time at SKS is an era in which alumni are less involved and not as well represented in the Sports Hall of Fame.
A vote was called and the motion passed unanimously.
Humanitarian Award: Ms. Crevling introduced the Humanitarian Award and distributed information about the recommended recipient. As stated earlier, no nominations were received for this award, but two candidates were brought to the Committee for consideration: one who was known by staff and the other whom new Council member Monifa Tarjamo had brought to the staff’s and Committee’s attention. Mr. Cordero reported that this candidate is the Founder and the Executive Director of African Communities Together, a nonprofit currently in New York City and Washington DC., important advocates and voices on the issues of African immigrants in the US. Mr. Cordero made a motion on behalf of the Awards Committee for the inaugural SKS Alumni Humanitarian Award to go to Amaha Kassa, Class of 1990. Mr. Bluth seconded the motion and the floor was open for discussion.
Ms. Crevling added that Awards’ Committee members and schoolmates Tarjamo and Cordero will contact Mr. Kassa to notify him of his selection and invite him to accept the award. This award will be given during the school year to involve students. The school will work with the recipient to plan a visit to speak to the school community, visit a class and/or conduct special sessions. Since June 2020 is Mr. Kassa’s 20th reunion, perhaps he will also attend and be involved with alumni at reunion.
A vote was called and the motion for the inaugural recipient of the Humanitarian Award be Amaha Kassa ’90 passed unanimously.
Mr. Fogarty relayed that dates are still under consideration for the 2020-2021 year schedule. The meeting date for October 2020 had not been decided. Mr. Cantor commented that he appreciates scheduling the Alumni Council meeting on the same day as the Board of Trustees meeting so that he can go from the Council meeting to the Board meeting that afternoon. The other dates for the 2020-2021 Alumni Council meetings will be January 10, 2021 (coinciding with the alumni basketball game) and June 12, 2021 on reunion weekend. The Council will be notified of 2020-2021 dates as soon as possible.
The Alumni Council was invited to visit the school store between 1 and 2 PM, and to enjoy the Alumni Basketball Game at 2 PM. With no further business to come before the Alumni Council, Mr. Cantor gaveled the meeting to a close at 1:05 PM.
Lynn Crevling ’72
Alumni Council Secretary
The Storm King School Alumni Council Annual Report 2019-2020
2019-20 Council Members and Officers
Jack Besterman ’19 Johnathan Flores ’12 - 2nd Vice President
Sele Birchwood ’09 David Gilmore ’61
Steven Bluth ’83 – 1st Vice President Jim Perlberg ‘70
Richard Broughton ’54 Judy Romano ‘79
Scott Cantor ’73 - President Madison Sergi ‘14
Charles Cordero ’92 Luke Sollami ‘08
Lynn Crevling ’72, Secretary Larry Spiegel ‘69
Tom Delaney ’58 Monifa Tarjamo ‘90
Adam Eisen ’80
Meetings are listed on the SKS website with upcoming events and all SKS alumni are welcome to attend Council meetings.
In 2019-2020, Alumni Council meetings were held in the fall in conjunction with Parents’ Weekend, and in the winter prior to the Alumni Basketball Game.
Engagement activities were cut short as travel ended in March and Reunion weekend was cancelled.
Information on the State of the School
Comprehensive state of the school reports were presented at each meeting covering development, enrollment, budget and finance, and progress on The 2022 Strategic Plan.
Guests from the Storm King community reporting to the Council this year:
- October 2019 meeting, Anne Fulton, Director of the Performing Arts Department
- January 2020 meeting, Five-year student Naunet Leonhardes-Barboza ‘20
Alumni Council Committees
Nominating Committee, Chairperson Steven Bluth ’83. Members: Tom Delaney ’58, Judy Romano ‘79 and Madison Sergi ‘14
- Brought actions for new and second term Council Members
- Thank you to Adam Eisen ’80 upon the conclusion of his term as an inaugural member
Alumni Outreach and Development Committee, Members Jack Besterman ’18, Sele Birchwood ’09, Adam Eisen ’81 and Larry Spiegel ‘69
- Designed and implemented phase two of a three part alumni survey
Awards Committee, Chairperson David Gilmore ’61. Members: Richard Broughton ’54, Charles Cordero ’92, Johnathan Flores ’12, Luke Sollami ’08 and Monifa Tarjamo ‘90
- Brought actions for the 2020 recipients of the Margaret Clark Faculty Excellence Award, Sports Hall of Fame, and the new Alumni Arts and Humanitarian Awards.
- 2019-2020 awards recipients will be celebrated at Reunion 2021
Alumni Engagement in 2019-2020 – (cut short due to Covid-19)
- Career Night – 10 alumni: Steven Bluth ’83; Eric Gatsik ’97; Derek Gordon ’80; Seth Leichter ’95; Joel Levine, Ph.D. ’62; Brian Lydell’91; Dominique Manpel ’79; Jeni Spaeth ’81; Jeffrey Steiger ’74; Chandler Zhang ’14. It was a new format required for seniors (in the past, juniors were also required to attend) and optional for other grades, and received positive responses.
- Homecoming weekend – held in conjunction with Alumni Council and Board of Trustees’ meetings
- Alumni in the classroom - Joel Levine, Ph.D ’62 class before Career Night; Psychologist Jodie Gerson ’91 via Zoom (with AP Psych class she is located in HI); Larry Spiegel ’69 speaking about investing with two Economics classes
- Alumni All-School presenter –Ken Swan ’72 about circumnavigating the globe; ornithologist Brain Harrington ’60 was cancelled due to the coronavirus
- Holiday Party in NYC - 75 attendees
- Alumni Basketball Game -16 attendees
- Storm King School on the Road - Regional events in CT and in NYC joining the Model UN Team. Other planned regional events were cancelled due to the coronavirus
- Virtual Senior Lunch - Alumni Council members’ recorded messages to welcome to new 2020 alumni
The Storm King School
Alumni Council Meeting
October 12, 2019
Welcome and Opening Comments
The regular fall meeting of the Storm King School Alumni Council was held on the above date in Orr Commons on the campus of the Storm King School. President Scott Cantor ‘73 presided, and Lynn Crevling ‘72 was present as Secretary. The following Alumni Council members were in attendance: Steve Bluth ‘83, Richard Broughton ‘54, Charles Cordero ‘92, Thomas Delaney ’58 (via teleconference), Adam Eisen ‘80, Johnathan Flores ’12, David Gilmore ‘61, Judy Romano ’79, Madison Sergi ’14, Larry Spiegel ‘69, and Monifa Tarjamo ‘90.
The following Alumni Council members were excused: Jack Besterman ’18, Sele Birchwood ’09 and Luke Sollami ’08.
The following guests were in attendance: Robert Chace ’68 and Jim Perlberg ’70.
Tom Fogarty and Sarah Fulton ’09 represented The Storm King School.
Before the meeting was officially brought to order, Headmaster Jonathan Lamb welcomed those in attendance and offered his thanks for the splendid work the Council has done to date.
Mr. Cantor called the meeting to order at 9:30 am and welcomed members, alumni, staff and guests. Meeting participants introduced themselves and spoke of the reason for their involvement in the Council. The mission of The Storm King School Alumni Council is, “to partner with the Office of Alumni and Development to build and perpetuate an alumni community of support for the school.”
Mr. Cantor requested a motion to approve the minutes of the June 6, 2019 meeting of the Alumni Council and the Alumni Association. Upon a motion made by Mr. Broughton and duly seconded by Mr. Bluth, the meeting minutes were unanimously approved without debate.
Mr. Cantor then asked Mr. Bluth, Chair of the Nominating Committee, for the Committee report.
Nominating Committee Report
Mr. Bluth reported that orientation was held for the three new Alumni Council members in attendance immediately preceding the meeting. Each received an orientation binder, an SKS “150 Years on The Mountain” book and a SKS journal in appreciation for their commitment to SKS.
Mr. Bluth referenced and distributed the 2019-2020 Alumni Council Roster and Council Committee Membership. The 2019-2020 Council Terms were reviewed. He noted that Alumni Council members have staggered terms and that these materials are also on the website at www.sks.org.
Mr. Delaney suggested that there be a future discussion about the “aging out” of the 1950s decade members with the Nominating Committee.
Outreach and Development Committee Report
Ms. Crevling gave a brief update on behalf of the Outreach and Development Committee. She reported the Alumni and Development Office had established user IDs for the SKS Online Directory for all 2019-2020 honor year alumni (0’s and 5’s) to encourage and facilitate the use of this resource to connect with classmates and friends in their reunion year. Honor year alumni were notified and there was an increase in directory usage.
Ms. Crevling reported that the second Alumni Council survey will focus on SKS Alumni communication preferences and will be administered in March of 2020. The office is already using the data collected by the 2019 survey in its engagement strategies. She also reported that the identification and involvement of class agents to spearhead reunion attendance and giving to The Storm King Fund has continued to increase. Six years ago the class agent system was going to be abandoned for use of “decade chairs”, but has been in the process of rebuilding since then. At this time, honor year class agents have been identified for 37 of the 56 class years (66%) from 1960 – 2015. She asked members to assist the office in identifying volunteers for classes without agents. A list of class agents will be sent to the Alumni Council.
Mr. Bluth commented that Career Night serves an important alumni outreach tool. He stated that Career Night was more meaningful this year because it was limited to seniors and underclassmen who were interested. He remarked that the groups were smaller but were more communicative and engaged than in the prior year. He commented that this made for a better alumni and student experience. He suggested continuing in this vein. Ms. Crevling reported that, in recent years the students have identified their career interests and have been assigned accordingly.
Mr. Cantor then called upon the David Gilmore, Chair of the Awards Committee for his report.
Awards Committee Report
Mr. Gilmore reported the awards nominations process has begun for the 2019-2020 year. Ms. Crevling reported that the awards nominations, including the new awards, are being accepted via the SKS website. The first call for nominations was sent electronically to 1,039 alumni on August 6, 2019 for all four awards (Sports Hall of Fame, Clark Award, Arts Award, and Humanitarian Award). As of this meeting, there has been one nomination for the Sports Hall of Fame and two nominations for the Margaret Clark Faculty Excellence Award.
A few members stated that they did not recall receiving the email. Ms. Tarjamo suggested that the awards email have more visual impact and be as “catchy” as possible. Ms. Crevling remarked that the Alumni and Development Office uses Constant Contact for collecting the nominations and for communications.
Suggestions included promoting the alumni awards in the magazine, on the SKS Facebook page, and on the Alumni Facebook page. Ms. Crevling remarked that Class Agents are also being encouraged to inform classmates about offering nominations. Subsequent Alumni Awards nominating notices will be sent.
The Alumni Council then welcomed Mrs. Anne Fulton, chair of the performing arts department to the meeting.
Academic and Student Life- Guest Anne Fulton, Performing Arts Department Chair
Mrs. Fulton was introduced as the longest tenured member of the faculty (14 years), and last year’s recipient of the Riley Cup given to an “outstanding member of the staff who has contributed to the School’s community ethos in practical and creative ways.”
Mrs. Fulton teaches acting classes and directs three theater productions each year, and she identified her staff: Lindsay Myers-Brown, who teaches and provides stagecraft and tech; and Alva Nelson, who teaches music classes, and is responsible for music clubs, programs and the music for musical theater. Mrs. Fulton also works closely with Jeanette Jacobson, the dance teacher and musical theater choreographer. She directs the music teachers: Burr Johnson, guitar and Gabriela Mikova-Johnson, voice. In addition to Mrs. Fulton’s performing arts responsibilities, she also serves as a part-time Associate in the Development Office overseeing SKS database, gift acceptance and recognition, and assisting with the Parents Association.
Mrs. Fulton pointed to tremendous growth in student participation and in audiences since she began at SKS. She cited that approximately 35% of SKS students were involved in performing arts last year and that many of the theater productions are sold out. SKS Theater productions are also a revenue source for the department with tickets sold to the community. Mrs. Fulton spoke about the achievement of the new summer theater program that resulted in two new students admitted to SKS. The program will be continued and expanded next summer, providing increased visibility and revenue.
Alumni Council members expressed appreciation for and commended Mrs. Fulton’s fine work.
The Way Forward
The Council took up the discussion as to the repositioning of the Alumni Council/Alumni Association Annual Meeting and the suggestion that it should be moved from the Saturday of Reunion Weekend to the Friday. Ms. Crevling explained the reason for the suggested move is twofold: one, it is in response to observations that the Saturday of Alumni weekend is heavily scheduled; and, two, in response to comments that the Alumni Association members felt like “spectators” at Alumni Council business with which they are not involved.
Mr. Cantor stated that it is important for all alumni to hear the work of the Council, noting that the reports can be short but informational. Other Council members indicated that changing the Alumni Council meeting to the Friday of reunion weekend would be difficult for them to schedule to attend.
In response to the second point about separating the Alumni Council business meeting from the Alumni Association meeting, Mr. Bluth commented that the spring 2019 meeting was one of the best Alumni Council/Alumni Association meetings he had attended. Mr. Perlberg stated that the content of that meeting inspired him to want to become more involved with the school and the Alumni Council. There was consensus that each event on Reunion Weekend is important, including the Alumni Council/Association Annual Meeting on Saturday. The Alumni Council/Association meetings will remain on Saturday.
Reunion Weekend Events - There was further conversation after reviewing the proposed Saturday schedule about the length of the Awards Ceremony (90 minutes last reunion) and varying perspectives regarding the audience’s engagement. SKS staff indicated that additional measures would be taken to ensure there is a meaningful awards program that runs no more than 60 minutes. A suggestion was made to note that the Awards Ceremony is “optional”. Ms. Tarjamo commented that this suggests that the Awards Ceremony is less meaningful than other Reunion events. The Council came to consensus that there should be no “optional” notations on reunion events.
There was consensus that the schedule continue to combine a succinct Alumni Council meeting with the Alumni Association meeting on Saturday, and an Awards Ceremony that is approximately 60 minutes in length.
There remains an interest in the Hudson River Cruise and reinstating it on Friday evening. Ms. Crevling remarked that while the activity had been a regular feature on reunion weekends for a number of years, several years ago, the Alumni Association chose to have the Friday night gathering on campus. This was, in large part, because the cruise required that participants arrive at a specified time or they missed out entirely on the Friday event. Ms. Crevling indicated that the return of the Hudson River Cruise option was being assessed by the Alumni and Development Office. There has not been an overwhelming indication to bring back the activity based on a couple of post-reunion surveys.
One suggestion brought forth was that of offering a financial literacy class elective at some future date for SKS students.
Prior to the lunch break the Council was informed of the several tables that have been reserved so that both the Alumni Council and Board could meet over lunch for discussion on their agendas.
Mr. Cantor then adjourned the meeting for lunch and asked that Council members return by 12:30 pm. At 12:30 pm he called the meeting back into session and asked Mr. Fogarty to provide the fall update for the School.
SKS Fall Report
Mr. Fogarty began by thanking the Alumni Council for their work as they have successfully pointed the trajectory for overall SKS Alumni engage in a wonderfully positive direction. Some of the strong results that the school is enjoying today are the direct result of their work. Mr. Fogarty provide an overall report that stated that the School had realized a net surplus in its budget, opened with a record enrollment of 192 students, experienced solid growth in alumni participation in the Storm King Fund, and will be moving forward with the new academic center in 2020 with the naming of Jack L. Gordon architectural firm. Overall, net assets have increased to more than $6 million and faculty attrition has remained low with only two faculty members having left last year.
The Alumni Council was invited to enjoy student athletic contests following the meeting, before heading off-campus.
With no further business to come before the Alumni Council, Mr. Cantor adjourned the meeting at 1:50 pm with his thanks to those in attendance.
Lynn Crevling ’72, Alumni Council Secretary
The Storm King School
Alumni Council and Alumni Association Annual Meeting
June 8, 2019
Welcome and Opening Comments
The Annual Meeting of The Storm King School Alumni Council and Alumni Association was held on the above date in Ogden Hall on the campus of the Storm King School. President Cantor ‘73 presided, and Secretary Crevling ‘72 was present as permanent Secretary. The following Alumni Council members were in attendance: Steve Bluth ‘83, Sele Birchwood ‘09, Richard Broughton ‘54, Charles Cordero ‘92, Tom Delaney ‘58, Adam Eisen ‘80, David Gilmore ‘61, Larry Spiegel ‘69, and Christine Watson ‘94.
The following Alumni Council members were excused: Christopher Bonner ‘66, Johnathan Flores ‘12 and Madison Sergi ‘14.
Tom Fogarty, Sarah Fulton ’09, Jonathan Lamb and Marek Pramuka represented The Storm King School.
Mr. Cantor called the meeting to order at 11:00 am, welcomed members, alumni, staff and guests, and explained the role and purpose of The Storm King School Alumni Council as the governing body of the Alumni Association. Everyone who has attended The Storm King School for at least one term is considered an alumnus/a of the School and a SKS Alumni Association member. Currently, the alumni association consists of approximately 3,500 former students and graduates, of which 2,200 are active.
The Storm King School’s Alumni Council is a volunteer body with representation from each decade of classes. The mission of the Council is to partner with the Office of Alumni and Development to build and perpetuate an alumni community of support for the school. The council meets three times per year (fall, winter, and spring) and works through committees focused on alumni philanthropy and engagement.
Mr. Cantor noted the Council’s three meetings per year coincide with alumni events and described the Council’s role in those events. He provided an overview of the Council’s Committee structure and stated that today’s meeting will begin with Council business. He added that all Alumni Association members in attendance are invited to ask questions and participate in discussion following the Council’s regular meeting.
Mr. Cantor made a motion to approve the meeting minutes from the February 10, 2019 Alumni Council meeting. Mr. Broughton seconded and the meeting minutes were unanimously approved.
Mr. Cantor asked Ms. Watson, Chair of the Nominating Committee, for her report.
Nominating Committee Report
Ms. Watson, Chair of the Nominating Committee, introduced a motion to adopt the SKS Alumni Council Slate of Officers pursuant to Article V of the Constitution of Council.
Ms. Watson presented the following slate of officers:
President – Scott Cantor, Class of 1973, extension for a second and final two-year term
First Vice President – Steve Bluth, Class of 1983, extension for a second and final two-year term
Second Vice President – Johnathan Flores, Class of 2012, election to a first two-year term
Ms. Watson asked the Council members on the slate to step out of the room for Council/Association discussion or questions.
There was a question about whether the officers’ terms were staggered to allow for the retention of expertise. It was noted that Alumni Council members have staggered terms. The inaugural slate of officers was elected at the same time. Since officers are elected from the Council’s members, they enter the role of officer with Council knowledge and expertise. There is the potential for officers to move from Second Vice President to First Vice President, and from First Vice President to President.
Mr. Bluth asked Ms. Watson, Second Vice President, why she did not stand for reelection. She stated that she has been elected to The Storm King School Board of Trustees.
With no further questions, Ms. Watson made a motion for adoption of the slate of officers. Mr. Gilmore seconded, and the vote was unanimous in favor of the slate as presented. Ms. Sergi sent in a proxy vote in favor of the slate. The candidates were invited back into the room and notified of the result of the vote.
Outreach and Development Committee Report
Mr. Cantor then called upon the Chair of the Outreach and Development Committee, Mr. Bonner.
In his absence, Ms. Fulton, Director of Annual Giving and Special Events explained the purpose of the survey as two-fold: to establish baseline data by which the Alumni and Development office can measure their future efforts toward improving alumni engagement and to better understand the opinions and needs of our alumni and to use that understanding to improve programming and services to SKS alumni.
The survey will be administered in three survey series, with the first conducted in March 2019. This first survey concentrated on the alumni experience within all areas of their SKS education – from academic experiences (quality of faculty and departments) to student experiences (campus life, extracurricular activities, technology resources). The second survey in the series will focus on gathering information about communication preferences, information preferences, length, and timing. The third and final survey will gauge the interest of SKS Alumni in philanthropic support and gather information on the interests of alumni to participate in various alumni events.
Ms. Fulton reported that the survey sent to 1,312 alumni email addresses and had a response rate that was more than double what the survey industry considered to be a good response. An 11% response rate was achieved, compared to 5% as an industry standard for a good response rate.
Mr. Fogarty noted that the SKS Alumni and Development Office uses data-driven fundraising methods and will utilize survey responses for communications and alumni activities, including continuing to have regional events to “bring The Mountain to SKS alumni”.
Ms. Fulton reported that the two remaining phases of the alumni survey will be administered up to six months apart.
Awards Committee Report
Mr. Cantor then called upon the Chair of the Awards Committee.
David Gilmore, Chair of the Awards Committee, reported the recommendations of the Awards Committee. He moved for the espousal of a SKS Alumni Arts Award to be presented to a member of the SKS alumni body who has demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments and contributions to the fine, visual, literary, or performing arts, providing examples of a comprehensive range of artistic media. This award would be offered on the occasion that an SKS alumna or alumnus artist is identified as worthy of this award based upon the impact of their work as indicated by exhibitions, installations, publishing, touring , films produced, or reviews or recognitions bestowed/awarded for their accomplishments within their artistic field. The SKS Alumni Arts Award will be presented to the recipient during the School’s annual Reunion Weekend and the artist will also be asked to present an original work or documentation that will become part of The Storm King School’s permanent collection.
Mr. Gilmore asked for a motion for approval of a new arts award. Ms. Watson moved and Mr. Delaney seconded.
Mr. Cory commented that he had participated in an on-campus artist’s residency and enjoyed working with the students and being part of the community during his stay.
Mr. Delaney asked if a deceased alumnus would be eligible for this award. Ms. Crevling responded that the Committee had determined that a posthumous award recipient may be considered, and that there could be flexibility in how an original work is presented to the school to fit the nature of the art form and circumstances.
Mr. Gilmore called for a vote. The motion for a new alumni arts award passed unanimously.
Mr. Gilmore continued that, at the recommendation of the Alumni Council’s Awards Committee, he moved for the espousal of a SKS Alumni Humanitarian Award to be presented to a member of the SKS Alumni body for extraordinary accomplishments and contributions supporting human welfare, the environment, or social reform, including lifesaving work or research; the alleviation of suffering; social justice work; the improvement of quality of life or socio-economic status; or significant contributions to the environment. This award is to be offered on the occasion that a SKS alumnus or alumna is identified as worthy of this award through their extraordinary volunteer efforts or through a career dedicated to the betterment of the human or environmental condition.
The SKS Alumni Humanitarian Award will be presented to the recipient during the academic year, preferably at an all School assembly, and there may be recognition at an annual Reunion Weekend.
Mr. Gilmore asked for a vote on the motion for a new humanitarian award and Mr. Broughton seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Broughton noted that it is important for those present to know that the Council has been discussing these new awards for more than a year, with a great deal of conversation about the details and criteria of the award in Awards Committee meetings prior to today’s meeting.
With the conclusion of the agenda for the Alumni Council, Mr. Cantor adjourned to the Alumni Association portion of the meeting and extended his welcome to all alumni to comment or ask questions.
Questions and conversation included school size, composition by male/female and international students, number of PGs, day students, and tuition costs (Mr. Wallach); areas of study of interest (Mr. Magid); and if the A Better Chance (ABC) program continued (Mr. Perlberg). Mr. Pock complimented the Career Night experience and stated that he serves as a mentor for college students. Ms. Jova suggested a remote video conference component for Career Night. Volunteers for past Career Nights in the room included Mr. Bluth, Mr. Braxton, Mr. Cantor, Mr. Capers, Ms. Crevling, Mr. Cunningham, Mr. Delaney, Mr. Docherty, Ms. Fulton, Mr. Grossman, Mr. Pock and Ms. Watson.
Mr. Sollami suggested partnering with externship mentoring as a Q-term topic. The Q-Term is a short (two week), intensive course that provides Storm King Faculty and students a chance to explore a subject matter for which they have a passion or curiosity more deeply. It is a mutual quest for knowledge outside of the regular weekly schedule and usually outside of the classroom.
Mr. Arnold inquired if senior projects continue, to which Ms. Crevling replied that they have been replaced with Capstone and Cornerstone projects and senior talks. The Capstone Project is a large-scale, yearlong research assignment for seniors which synthesizes learning from other courses and demonstrates their command of S.K.S. (Skills for Knowledge and Success) in a real-world context. Seniors are required to complete the Capstone Project as a criterion for graduation. The Cornerstone Project is a large-scale research assignment for 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th graders that also synthesizes learning from other courses and demonstrates their command of S.K.S. (Skills for Knowledge and Success) in a real-world context. Cornerstone projects may be completed within one academic year, or may carry over into succeeding years.
The meeting closed with Mr. Bluth inviting alumni to serve on the Alumni Council and Mr. Cantor asking alumni to support the school professionally and financially.
The meeting adjourned at 12:10 pm.
Lynn Crevling ‘72
Alumni Council Secretary
The Storm King School
February 10, 2019
Welcome and Opening Comments: A regular meeting of The Storm King School Alumni Council was held on the above date in the Smidt Room of Orr Commons on the campus of the Storm King School. President Cantor ‘73 presided, and Secretary Crevling ‘72 was present as Secretary. The following members were in attendance: Steve Bluth ’83, Sele Birchwood ’09, Richard (Dick) Broughton ’54, Charles Cordero ’92 (by phone), Adam Eisen ’80, Johnathan Flores ’12, David Gilmore ’61, Madison Sergi ’14, and Christine Watson ’94. The following members were excused: Christopher Bonner ’66, and Tom Delaney ’58.
Alumni guests attending were Trevor Hughes ’13, and Luke Sollami ‘08.
Tom Fogarty represented The Storm King School.
Mr. Cantor called the meeting to order at 10:05 am. Headmaster Jonathan Lamb welcomed members and guests, expressing his appreciation for their service to the school. Mr. Cantor opened the meeting with remarks asking members to bring all comments and thoughts to the Council.
Mr. Cantor asked for a motion to approve the October 20, 2018 meeting minutes. Mr. Bluth requested the omission of the phrase on page 1, paragraph 8 “moving away from the agenda” and made a motion to approve with that modification. Ms. Watson seconded and the October 20, 2018 meeting minutes were unanimously approved.
State of the School Update: Tom Fogarty, Chief Development Officer, provided the Council with a report on the State of the School noting that Storm King is healthy and at capacity at 196 students. He reviewed the attached slides. Ms. Watson asked about 75% of the boarding students being international students and asked about the comparison to other schools. Mr. Fogarty responded that other schools are comparable and that SKS competes with other schools for a shrinking number of domestic students, competing also with offers of financial aid. He reported that day students receive about 75% of the financial aid offered each year. Ms. Watson followed up asking if SKS is engaged in activities to target Connecticut, Westchester County, New York City and other geographical areas more likely to afford tuition. Mr. Fogarty said that all means of attracting domestic students are under consideration, including “five day boarding”, which would impact involvement in sports and activities. He continued that SKS is marketing heavily in Texas, Florida, California, Chicago, New York City, and Washington DC, although day schools in those areas offer similar programs. SKS works to distinguish itself with signature programs such as fashion design and environmental studies.
Ms. Watson inquired about building joint relationships with corporations with expatriate families who send their children to boarding schools. Mr. Fogarty cited the use of agents, some of whom represent corporations and embassies.
Mr. Sollami inquired about the implications of larger enrollments on the average class size. Mr. Fogarty responded that, while there is the occasional large class at 18 students, SKS has retained the 6:1 ratio.
Positive trends reported by Mr. Fogarty include that SKS has not had an operating deficit for the past seven years and an endowment that has grown to $5.4M. He also noted that commitments to the SKS capital campaign stand at $1.6 M, of which $1.1 M qualifies for a 1:1 match.
Mr. Fogarty reported that tax changes from the 2017 Tax Reform Act are negatively impacting giving to SKS and nationwide. Ms. Watson commented that this impact is being seen widely. Mr. Fogarty replied that SKS seeks to expand alumni giving with an emphasis on participation. Mr. Eisen suggested that the marketing of monthly recurring donations is a way to build participation in the Storm King Fund. Mr. Cantor emphasized the importance of giving to The Storm King Fund by Alumni Council members in their role as alumni leaders.
Guest Speaker Martha “Marti” Kwon, Director of College Counseling: Ms. Kwon spoke about approaching her position as a collaboration among students, their loved ones, their teachers, and colleges. She reported that college costs are up 400%, but that SKS students do well with securing scholarships and financial aid. She works with students one-on-one to choose their schools wisely, resulting in every student able to attend one of his/her top three schools. She writes a letter of support for every student about the student as a member of the learning community.
A new software platform, Naviance, will be in full use next year by 100% of the juniors. Mr. Broughton inquired if working with international students posed unique challenges. Ms. Kwon said that technology allows students to be more informed than in the past and that she is making college visits more robust by “getting on the grass” at a small liberal arts college and a large university each year. She stated that higher education is seeing “negative population growth” and must “woo” students, becoming more mindful of creating community and a more personal experience, even at large universities.
Mr. Cantor spoke about Career Night as an opportunity for students to make connections with alumni and for alumni to be mentors. Ms. Kwon stated that Naviance has an “Alumni Tracker” component. Mr. Cantor commented that he was pleased to hear Ms. Kwon state that she loves being at SKS. Council members expressed their appreciation of Ms. Kwon and her knowledge and approach.
Nominating Committee Report: Ms. Watson referred the Council to a slate of three new Council members, Jack Besterman ’18, Luke Sollami ’08; and Lawrence Spiegel ’69 each for a three year term, with Mr. Sollami’s commencing immediately as a replacement seat. The written statements of interest by the three proposed new members were submitted to the full Council for review (attached).
Ms. Watson also noted two existing Council members standing for election for term extensions: Adam Eisen ’80 for an additional one year, and Madison Sergi ‘12 for a second three-year term.
All Alumni Council member recommendations are summarized on a handout The Storm King School Alumni Council Terms dated 2/4/19.
Ms. Watson stated that the Nominating Committee recommends approval of the slate, and separately of the members who will be voted for a second term on the Council. She moved, and David Gilmore seconded the motion. The recommendations were approved unanimously.
Ms. Watson also referred to the Council the SKS Alumni Council 2019-2020 Proposed Committee Assignments 2.10.19. Ms. Crevling noted that the Committee assignments sought a diversity of class years’ representation and thus varied perspectives, as much as possible. Ms. Watson indicated that requests for changes be brought to her attention.
Ms. Watson stated that she will contact the new Council members to notify and welcome them. Orientation for new members will be arranged.
Outreach and Development Committee Report: Mr. Fogarty commented that SKS is indebted to Committee Chair Chris Bonner and his work and that despite the conclusion of his term on the Council, Mr. Bonner will continue as a resource on the survey. In the absence of Mr. Bonner, Mr. Fogarty gave the Committee report beginning with an overview of the Alumni Survey. He stated that the survey will be administered in the month of March, followed by phone calls by students. He noted that if there are burning issues, there will be a series of focus groups held. He reminded the Council that six months after the first survey about their SKS experience, there will be another survey on communication with and from the school. Six months after that, a survey will focus on alumni programming, events, and philanthropy.
The Senior Lunch will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 11:30 – 1:00 PM at the Storm King Tavern. Alumni Council members are invited. Possible attendees include Mr. Cantor, Ms. Watson, Mr. Broughton, and Mr. Birchwood. Other Council members are encouraged to attend if they can.
Alumni Awards Committee Report: David Gilmore reported that the number of awards nominations continues to increase and referred to a graph (attached) reflecting the upward trend in alumni involvement in the nominations process. He commented that there was broad participation by the decades and involving alumni that otherwise had not been connected with the school, but noted that there were no alumnae nominees this year. The Committee and staff will seek to identify and encourage potential female nominees in next year’s process.
Mr. Gilmore described the Awards Committee’s process and their consensus on a Margaret Clark Faculty Excellence Award recipient. He referred the Council to the summaries of the individual recommended (attached) and moved for approval of 2019 Margaret Clark award recipient: Mr. Leslie McLean, Ph.D. (1970-1974). Mr. Broughton seconded the motion. Mr. Gilmore asked for questions or comments on the recommendations and hearing none, a vote was called and the motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Gilmore reported that members of the Awards Committee also had consensus on a slate of inductees for the Storm King School Sports Hall of Fame. He again referred the Council to the summaries of the individuals recommended (attached). Ms. Watson noted that in the ‘90s, dance was considered an interscholastic event. Mr. Bluth commented that at Trinity Prep, which has a robust Hall of Fame program, only athletics are included and there is a female inductee each year. There was a comment that some, but not all, nominees had been the Athlete of the Year when at SKS. The Committee researches and considers the Athletes of the Year each year. It is not clear if each class year always named an Athlete of the Year, or the athlete of the year may be deceased or “lost”, or may already be in the Hall of Fame. Mr. Gilmore noted that this year is unusual because none of the recommended inductees are in an honor year for this reunion, but all have support from honor year attendees or others.
Mr. Gilmore moved for approval of the slate of inductees for the SKS Sports Hall of Fame 2019: the late Peter Boden ’63, whose family will attend the induction; Bruce Dennison ’68; and Jermaine Miller ‘02. Ms. Watson seconded. There were no further questions or comments and the vote in support was unanimous.
Mr. Cantor commented that the pool of outstanding awards recipients may eventually run out. Ms. Crevling noted that there have not been nominations for coaches or Athletic Directors in several years, yet alumni speak very highly of the credentials, records and the impact of several past coaches. This category could be emphasized.
As a final item, Mr. Gilmore reported that the Awards Committee will work with the Alumni and Development Office on criteria for a Humanitarian Award and Arts Awards for consideration in 2020-2021.
Alumni Council – The Way Forward Discussion about the next Alumni Council and Alumni Association Annual Meeting involved suggestions to clearly demarcate the Alumni Council business from the broader conversation with the Alumni Association. Consideration of alternate locations for the meeting resulted in deciding that the room set-up can bring participants closer in order to encourage participation. This, plus the facilitating of the meeting to very specifically including comments and questions and discussion, should provide an opportunity for all alumni to feel involved as participants.
Executive Session: With the agenda complete, the Council adjourned to Executive Session.
Following Executive Session, with no further business to come before The Alumni Council, the meeting adjourned at 1 pm.
Lynn Crevling ‘72
Alumni Council Secretary
The Storm King School
October 20, 2018
SKS Alumni Council and Alumni Association Annual Meeting
June 9, 2018
|Dick Broughton, ‘54*|
|Mitch Hisiger ‘58|
|Fred Sopher ‘58|
|Racey Gilbert ‘60|
|Haddon Carryer ‘61|
|Richard deRosa ‘61|
|David Gilmore ‘61*|
|Ted Gross ‘62|
|Bruce Hanson ‘62|
|Chris Brooks ‘62|
|Michael Brower ‘63|
|Robert Cory ‘63|
|Stuart Wilson ‘63|
|Bill McDonald ‘64|
|Roger Auerbacher ‘66|
|Christopher Bonner ‘66*|
|Bruce Dennison ‘68|
|Paul Jerry ‘69|
|Doug Burg ‘71|
|Bob Docherty ‘72
Scott Cantor ‘73*
|David Hartcorn ‘73|
|George Klein ‘73|
|Scott Rutter ;73|
|Joe Blount ‘74|
|Adam Eisen ‘80*|
|Joe Phillips 85|
|Malcolm Phillips ‘87|
|Ila Barton ‘92|
|Charles Cordero ‘92*|
|Christine Watson ‘94*|
|Johnathan Flores ‘12*|
|Trevor Hughes ‘13|
|Madison Sergi ‘14*|
|Ekin Dalman ‘17|
|Gabriella Quartey ‘17|
Lynn Crevling ’72*
Jonathan W.R Lamb
*Alumni Council Members
The annual meeting of the Storm King School Alumni Association, in conjunction with the regular meeting of the Storm King Alumni Council, was called to order by Alumni Council President Scott Cantor at 11:15 AM on the above date. He welcomed all in attendance, introducing Alumni Council members, trustees and staff.
The Constitution of the Alumni Council and Alumni Association states that the role of the members of the Alumni Council shall be to help advance the goals and purposes of The Storm King School and the Alumni Association with the spirit of cooperation and goodwill. The Alumni Council shall partner with The Storm King School’s Office of Alumni and Development to preserve the standards, advance the interest, and promote the welfare through philanthropy and engagement of Storm King School students, faculty and alumni and to foster strong relationships among them. It exists to strengthen alumni knowledge about and engagement in the school community; provide a breadth of representation, ideas and alumni voice in collaboration with the Alumni and Development Office; increase alumni involvement, and provide a leadership structure that may include potential future trusteeship.
Alumni Council Minutes
A motion was made by Dick Broughton for approval of the Council minutes of the February 11, 2018 Alumni Council Meeting, seconded by Johnathan Flores. The minutes were approved.
Alumni Council Committee Reports
Chairperson Christine Watson reported that the Alumni Council Nominating Committee proposes adoption of staggered terms for inaugural Council members as identified on an attachment (incorporated by reference to these minutes herein). Staggered terms avoid inaugural members exiting and new members joining at the same time. Watson moved for approval and Steve Bluth seconded, and the action was approved. Watson reported that the Council will seek members at large next year, with more information to be forthcoming.
Chairperson Christopher Bonner reported that the Outreach & Development Committee has devised a plan for an alumni survey over the course of the next year. The survey would include both quantitative and qualitative components. The quantitative components would consist of an electronic survey and outbound phone calls conducted by students/volunteers. The qualitative component will consist of focus groups in areas of alumni concentration with open-ended questions to elicit impressions and other qualitative content.
Bonner referred to Lynn Crevling to speak about a planned Fall Alumni Weekend. Crevling described the weekend as consisting of the following:
- Thursday evening, October 18; Career Night, in which a diverse group of alumni speak with small groups of juniors and seniors
- Friday, October 19, the inaugural SKS Golf Classic; alumni visits and or presentations to classes; and an all-school presentation.
- Saturday, October 20, concurrent Alumni Council and Board of Trustees’ meetings with an informal combined lunch; alumni invited to SKS athletics in the afternoon.
Chairperson Dick Broughton reported that Alumni Awards Committee has been pleased with the increasingly competitive and high caliber slate of nominees for 2018, and will begin the process for the 2019 Awards with similar timing consisting of nominations being accepted from summer through the end of the calendar year. Cantor added that the Council and school are considering additional awards: a Humanitarian Award and an Arts Award, including a day when alumni artists join students on campus. Bob Cory ’63 commented that he spent several days on campus as an artist in residence and enjoyed his work and interactions with students, recommending it to others.
New Business and Communications
Ted Gross ’62 complimented the group for the forward motion and suggested that the alumni reunion is an opportunity to get ideas fom the alumni body. He asked if there could be a block of time built into the schedule for a “think tank”. Fred Sopher ’58 mentioned the naming of the classroom in Ogden Hall for past faculty member Herb Sauer and suggested awards for alumni that have donated a great deal of time, talent and treasure to SKS. Tom Fogarty encouraged alumni to check the SKS website for upcoming events and activities and everything that is SKS.
Alumni Council – The Way Forward The next Alumni Council meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 2018. All alumni are welcome to attend Alumni Council meetings by RSVP to Council Secretary Lynn Crevling.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:58, at which time the Alumni Council gathered for a photograph and alumni proceeded to lunch on the Ledoux Terrace.
Alumni Council 2018-2019 Annual Report
2018-19 Council Members and Officers
Sele Birchwood '09
Adam Eisen '80
Steven Bluth '83- 1st Vice President
Johnathan Flores '12
Christopher Bonner '66
David Gilmore '61
Richard Broughton '54
Madison Sergi '14
Scott Cantor '73-President
Christine Watson '94-2nd Vice President
Charles Cordero '92
Tom Delaney '58
Luke Sollami '08
Meetings were held in the fall, winter/spring, and an annual meeting in June on Reunion weekend. Meetings are listed on the SKS website with Upcoming Events. All SKS alumni are welcome to attend Council meetings.
Information on the State of the School
Comprehensive State of the School reports were presented at each meeting covering development, enrollment, budget and finance, and progress on The 2022 Strategic Plan.
Guests from the Storm King community
- October 2018 meeting, Tim Lance, Ph.D., Chair of the Mathematics Department and Dean of Academics spoke about changes in the academic schedule and the impact of the growth in the student population.
- February 2019 meeting, Marti Kwon, Director of College Counseling, History and Social Sciences provided an overview of the college counseling program, including new technology Naviance, an online system for college readiness and also for placement and alumni tracking.
Alumni Council Committees
Nominating Committee, Chairperson Christine Watson ’94. Members: Steven Bluth ’83, Tom Delaney ’58 and Madison Sergi ‘14
- Brought actions for an Alumni Council Member at Large from the alumni body and two vacancies (one term completion and one moving out of the country)
Alumni Outreach and Development Committee, Chairperson Christopher Bonner ’66. Members Adam Eisen ’81 and Sele Birchwood ’09
- Designed and implemented phase one of a three part alumni survey
Awards Committee, Chairperson David Gilmore ’61. Members: Richard Broughton ’54, Charles Cordero ’92, Johnathan Flores ’12 and Luke Sollami ‘08
- Reviewed a continuously increasing number of nominations for the Sports Hall of Fame and Clark Faculty Excellence Award
- Brought actions for new Arts and Humanitarian Awards to begin in 2019-2020
Alumni Engagement in 2018-2019
- Career Night – 13 alumni: Tom Delaney ‘58(ME); Stephen Paley ’60 (CA); Michael McAfee ’75 (DC); Ricky Paull Goldin ’82 (NY); Michelle Farber ’83 (NY); Steve Bluth ’83 (NY); Aaron Adderley ’88 (Bermuda); Jared Caponi ’90 (NY); Symeon Braxton, Ph.D. ’94 (PA); Michael Pock ’94 (NJ); Yasmine LaBarca ’95 (NY); Shenelle Mays-Smith ’01 (GA); Andrew DaSilva ‘06
- Homecoming weekend – Alumni Council meeting, alumni cocktails at the Storm King Golf Club
- Alumni in classrooms – Six alumni: Stephen Paley ’60 - AP Music Theory; Jared Caponi ’90 -Art and Computer Science; Shenelle Mays-Smith ’01 – Entrepreneurship, Fashion and Make-up; Ricky Paull Goldin ’82 - Acting; Tom Delaney ’58 and Andrew DaSilva ’06 – Psychology
- Alumni All-School presenters – Singer/performer Jenna Esposito-Cannazzaro ’96 and Connecticut State Highway Patrol Commander Paul Vance ‘71
- Holiday Party in NYC - 75 attendees
- Alumni Basketball Game -20 attendees
- Storm King School on the Road - Seven regional events: in Florida; Houston and Austin, Texas; Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA; Baltimore, MD; and Atlanta, GA
- Senior Lunch - Alumni Council welcome to new 2019 alumni
Alumni Council 2017-2018 Annual Report
The Storm King School Alumni Association Annual Meeting
June 9, 2018
Alumni Council Annual Report: First Year (2017-18) Highlights
Sele Birchwood ’09 Adam Eisen ’80
Steven Bluth ’83 Johnathan Flores ‘12
Christopher Bonner ’66 David Gilmore ’61
Richard Broughton ’54 Madison Sergi ‘14
Scott Cantor ’73 Christine Watson ’94
Charles Cordero ’92 Katrina Wu ‘12
Tom Delaney ’58
Lynn Crevling ‘72, Council Secretary, Alumni Relations Director
Scott Cantor ‘73, President
Steven Bluth ’83, First Vice President
Christine Watson ’94, Second Vice President
Alumni Council Purpose
The Storm King School has had an Alumni Council in past years. In 2017-2018, the Storm King School Alumni Association and Council Constitution and Bylaws were updated, and a diverse group of alumni from a variety of class years were invited to serve as inaugural members of a reestablished Alumni Council.
The purpose of the Alumni Council “shall be to help advance the goals and purposes of The Storm King School and the Alumni Association with the spirit of cooperation and goodwill. The Alumni Council shall partner with The Storm King School’s Office of Alumni and Development to preserve the standards, advance the interest, and promote the welfare through philanthropy and engagement of Storm King School students, faculty and alumni and to foster strong relationships among them.” (Storm King School Alumni Association and Council Constitution and Bylaws, adopted 10/21/17.
Meetings are held in the fall, winter/spring, and an annual meeting is scheduled in June to coincide with Reunion weekend. Meetings are listed on the SKS website with Upcoming Events.
All SKS alumni are welcome to attend Council meetings (please let the Council Secretary know at email@example.com).
State of the School
At each meeting, a comprehensive State of the School report is presented including development, enrollment, budget and finance, tuition and a progress report on The Storm King School 2022 Strategic Plan.
A guest from the Storm King community is invited to each Alumni Council meeting to share information. At the October 2017 meeting, David Mendlewski, P ’20, P’22, SKS Director of Academic Support spoke about experiential education, including community service, making presentations, and interactive, project based and multi-faceted learning. At the February 2018 meeting, Michael Hauser, History & Social Sciences Chair; and Jeanette McMahon, P ’17, Math Teacher provided an overview of project-based learning and interdisciplinary classes, and discussed the SKS Model United Nations program.
Alumni Council Committees
Nominating Committee, Chairperson Christine Watson ’94. Members: Steven Bluth ’83 and Madison Sergi ‘14
- Nominates officers
- Will establish the staggering of Alumni Council terms
- Will establish a process for an Alumni Council Member at Large from the alumni body
- Will provide orientation for new members of the Alumni Council
Alumni Outreach and Development Committee, Chairperson Christopher Bonner ’66. Members Adam Eisen ’81, Sele Birchwood ’09 and Katrina Wu ‘12
- Reviews outreach strategies and implementation
- Works to increase alumni support of The Storm King Fund
- Will assist to develop and guide an alumni survey
Awards Committee, Chairperson Richard Broughton ’54. Members Charles Cordero ’92, Johnathan Flores ’12 and David Gilmore ‘61
- Establishes the criteria, process and timing for the Margaret Clark Faculty Excellence Award and the Sports Hall of Fame.
- Reviews nominations and brings a candidate or slate of candidates for awards and induction.
Alumni Council –Going Forward
An arts award is under consideration
The next Alumni Council meeting will be in October 2018 – details to follow
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and give back to The Storm King School. Each year, the School relies on volunteers to keep alumni connected with the School and help support for The Storm King Fund.
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact The Storm King Alumni Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three times a year, the School invites the Storm King Alumni Council and members of the Storm King Alumni Association to campus to hear from the School’s leadership and receive an inside look into the ongoing life of The Storm King School. Throughout the year, the Alumni Council is assigned specific committees to work on projects that help strengthen alumni connections and philanthropy including Alumni Awards, Career Night, Reunion Weekend, and The Storm King Fund.
Class agents help raise support for The Storm King Fund by staying connected with classmates, gathering class news, and working closely with members of the Alumni and Development Office to exceed the School’s fundraising goals each year. All alumni are welcome to help with our fundraising efforts.
If you’re interested in becoming a class agent, please contact The Storm King Alumni Office at email@example.com.