News of the Academy
The marking period for the Fall Term concluded on Friday, and the School let out for Thanksgiving vacation.
Based on what I could tell at a breakfast which Margarita Curtis and Phil Greer, the Head of the Board of Trustees, hosted last week in New York, the Academy seems to have found its groove after the dark days of 2008 and early 2009. The School attracted slightly over 2,000 applications last year for the first time and is extending its reach in mainland China and the Far East. On the financial side, the endowment has made headway in recovering some of its losses, and costs are under control. A new capital campaign, the first since 1997, is planned for official unveiling next fall and will focus on three themes - "People, Program and Place". The campaign, after extensive input from Deerfield's various constituencies, is designed to align with and preserve the core values of the Academy.
|The Menu at the New Greer|
Whether or not you are able to discern the familiar words of encouragement at the top of the menu, they were to no avail as Varsity Football lost to Choate in the season finale for the second year in a row. Although the season ended on a sour note, the team finished 6-2 which was a vast improvement over last year's 3-5 record. There is hope for next year, as the JV team won nine games in a row after a season opening loss.
While reading the most recent issue of The Scroll, two articles caught my eye which I thought might be of interest. The first, "Bring Morsman Back!" had me concerned that we had lost our last link to the faculty (other than Frank, of course). Instead, the article was an appeal to allow Mr. Morsman to decide on table assignments in the Dining Hall once again which are now being done on the basis of some computer algorithm which doesn't have the same sense of panache. The second was entitled "The New York Scandal" which was a reminder that, as much as things change, the exuberance of Deerfield students while on leave hasn't changed that much over 40 years.
Earlier this month Tom Merrigan was re-elected as representative of the 8th District (which includes Franklin County) to the Governors Council by a 63-37 margin. The Governor’s Council – whose main job is considering judicial candidates – also votes on pardons and commutations, warrants from the treasurer for state spending, appointments of constitutional officers when the Legislature is out of session and appointments of notaries public and justices of the peace.
DesignBuildBLUFF, founded by Hank Louis, was honored as the Agency of the Year by the Utah Housing Coalition in October for its innovative approaches to creating not only housing for an underserved population but also in creating a community of collaboration and understanding.
Todd Stone, who lives blocks from Ground Zero and has made 9/11 a recurring theme of his art the past nine years, was interviewed by Shepard Smith on Fox News in September. Here's a link to the story which includes the embedded Fox video and a link to Todd's e-gallery.
In somewhat more dated news, Police Chief Drew Marchiano retired and was honored for his service as the Town of Lewisboro, New York's first full-time police chief in October 2009.
Marty Kaiser, about whom I've written a number of times, was known for many things but not as far as I can recall for his prowess on the baseball diamond. In a story that only recently came to my attention, Marty was asked to throw out the first pitch at a Milwaukee Brewers' game on April 13, 2009. I thought you would enjoy seeing Marty's one hop to the plate which was captured on this YouTube clip before 25,000 fans.
For those of you who haven't contributed a photo - and there were 157 graduates on June 8, 1969 - or who would like to post a better photo, please send me an image shot with a camera having a 5 MP or better resolution and a height of 640 pixels or more.
Last month I received an e-mail from Google that some of the current functionality of its Google Groups sites will no longer be supported as of February 2011. Since the networking site I set up never realized its potential, I am considering whether a group site on Facebook would be a better alternative. Since this is a bit out of my depth, I'm hoping that some of our more tech savvy Classmates will volunteer some suggestions.
Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes to all.