What an exciting time to be a Paulie! The school year begins in just a few days and the entire SPS community is eager to officially welcome Fourteenth Rector Kathleen C. Giles to Millville. The 2019-20 school year also marks my last as president of the Alumni Association, a position I have thoroughly enjoyed these past two years. We are accepting nominations for Alumni Association President through the month of December (please e-mail Alisa Barnard ’94
to nominate yourself or a friend), but my focus remains on the year ahead and the variety of ways alumni can engage with the School.
First, I wanted to personally extend an invitation to SPS in Action
weekend on September 27-28. The weekend will be a great opportunity to meet Kathy Giles, attend classes, tour the grounds and interact with trustees, faculty, and students, including our new student Advancement Ambassadors. There is really no better way to get to know today's St. Paul's School, so I hope many of you can take the time to come to Concord for this engaging event. For those of you in the New York area, the School is once again offering a free shuttle from the city. You can register for the weekend here
Now is also the time to submit nominations for the 2020 Alumni Association Award. This award is the highest distinction that can be bestowed on an alumna or alumnus by the Association, and its recipients are those living alumni who, through outstanding service, have improved the quality of life in a community on a local, national, or global level. If you know of anyone who is deserving of this distinction, please either fill out the online nomination form
, or e-mail me directly
If you haven't already, I strongly encourage you to join our community on Alumnifire for SPS
. Exclusively for alumni of St. Paul's School, this is a mentoring and networking platform that facilitates professional relationships with alumni across form years. Since its adoption last September, Alumnifire has grown to over 750 alumni, nearly 100 connections have been made, and more than two dozen jobs have been posted on the platform. If you're looking for a job, an internship, career advice, or a mentorship opportunity, this is the place to be.
Finally, I wanted to celebrate another successful year of giving and thank all of you who contributed to the 2018-19 SPS Annual Fund. On June 30 (the end of the fiscal year), the Annual Fund totaled more than $6.5 million, with 43 percent of alumni making a gift to the School. We also saw three forms break reunion dollar records (1944, 1969, and 1974), and two forms set reunion participation records (1939 and 1944). Your generosity makes a tremendous impact on the students and faculty at the School today, so thank you again for the difference you make.
I hope you are all able to enjoy these last few weeks of summer and, as always, I look forward to hearing from you.