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Alumna is First Female Director of National Intelligence

Avril Haines ’87 will make history as the country’s first female Director of National Intelligence. Nominated by President-Elect Joe Biden, Haines will serve as the leader of seventeen U.S. intelligence agencies addressing domestic and foreign policy matters.

Previously, Haines was Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama, where she was also the first woman named for the role. Before that, she spent three years as deputy counsel in charge of national security issues in the Obama administration and as legal adviser to the National Security Council. Prior to her tenure in the White House, Haines was also deputy counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she first worked alongside then Senator Biden.

Alumnus Named Episcopal Church Chief Legal Officer

Kent Anker ’87 was appointed Chief Legal Officer of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church in November. Anker will function as general counsel and provide legal advice and services in relation to secular legal matters to the board and officers of the Church. He brings a depth of experience to the position, having previously been General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Democracy Prep Public Schools, a New York-based national charter school management organization, with 22 schools in 5 states and, before that, as a litigation partner at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman, a New York law firm.

Anker lives in Westchester County, New York with his wife, Patty CHANG Anker ’88, an award winning realtor, and their 2 children.

Alumnus Appointed General Counsel at the Connecticut Secretary of the State

Gabe Rosenberg ’94 was recently appointed General Counsel for the Office of the Connecticut Secretary of the State; previously, he managed all public-facing communications for the Office of the Secretary, including developing and implementing the messaging strategy for foreign intrusion in elections, changes due to COVID-19, and the 2018 and 2020 elections. In prior roles, he was Communications Director for the Speaker of the House and the Connecticut House Democrats in Hartford, Connecticut. He developed, implemented, and managed communications strategy for the successful effort to pass the strongest gun safety law in the country. 


Among many other duties, Rosenberg has been responsible for the development of campaign messages, creation of campaign literature, and preparing candidates for debates. Previously, he was Deputy Counsel to the Connecticut Democratic Party. Rosenberg is a member of the HCHSAA Board of Directors. He is Chair of the Communications Committee and serves on the board’s Diversity Committee.

Front Line Responder to Serve in State Senate

Michelle Au ’95, M.D. won her state senate race in the November 2020 election and will serve in Georgia’s District 48. A child of immigrants from China, and a parent of three school aged children, Au ran on a platform that included increased access to healthcare, education, and economic opportunity. She has been among the state’s frontline responders during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will use that experience, along with expertise in public health policy, "…to lead Georgia towards a healthier future."

A Survivor's Story

On November 9, Eve KANNER Kugler, Jan. ’49, BEM, participated in a presentation commemorating the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht. Organized by March of the Living UK in collaboration with the London School of Jewish Studies, Kugler delivered remarks as a survivor of the traumatic event. She spoke virtually before HCHS' 11th grade Social Studies class on November 20 to educate and inform students about her experiences as a Holocaust survivor.

Kugler, who served on the HCHSAA Board of Directors, has lived in London since 1990. She is a recipient of the British Empire Medal, bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of her service in Holocaust Education.

A Timely Discussion About the Presidential Election

On Thursday, October 8, HCHSAA held a discussion regarding security concerns in relation to the upcoming presidential election. Our speakers, Joshua Geltzer ’01 and Ambassador Karen Kornbluh ’80, joined moderator Rachel Goldbrenner ’97 to examine concerns about the prevalence of political disinformation and its spread on social media, as well as the influence and activities of right wing extremist groups.

Among the topics brought up during the hour included the implementation of the 25th Amendment, the illegality of private militias, and the safety of mail in voting. Midway through the discussion, our Zoom presentation was zoom bombed by hackers. The Zoom bombers disrupted the flow of conversation for several minutes but were ultimately forced out of the meeting, and the event resumed without further incident. We have taken steps to review and tighten the security of all of our online events going forward to ensure that this interference does not reoccur. We appreciate the reassuring messages our speakers typed into the chat during the zoom bomb itself, and apologize again to the participants who were subjected to several minutes of vile hate speech.

Missed the event? You can see the discussion on our website.

Hunter President Jennifer Raab ’73 Encourages Students to Vote

President Raab wrote an Op-Ed piece in the NY Daily News about the importance of voting. She cited the inspirational story of Bea Lumpkin, a 1939 graduate of Hunter College who, at 102 years of age, created her own hazmat suit in order to drop her absentee ballot into a nearby mailbox. Lumpkin, like many others, feels that the 2020 election is among the most important of her lifetime.

"Whatever side of the political spectrum you identify with," Raab wrote, "this much should be true: If this woman can risk her very life to vote at age 102, every student can vote as if their own lives depended on it." Read the article

Lessons for Cooking in Lockdown

Matt Garelick ’99 has made the most of his time during the pandemic. Executive Chef at Manhattan’s Park Hyatt New York Hotel, Garelick and his coworkers have been furloughed since March 2020. In his time away from the kitchen he created a video series entitled the Super Chef Dad Chronicles where he provides instruction on how to prepare dishes and desserts, accompanied by his daughter (and sous chef!) Zoe. He has kept the cooking fires burning since his interview in AlumNotes’ food issue, Glorious Food and Drink (Spring 2017). See videos on his YouTube Channel.

To read his interview in the AlumNotes food issue, go to the HCHSAA website and login to the site. You will need to have an active profile to view the article.

Observing the World Around Us

Bernice WORMAN Hauser ’49 published an article in the Fall 2020 issue of the Teachers Clearinghouse for Science and Society Education Newsletter. Hauser, a Primary Education Correspondent for the publication and retired Director of Inter-Campus Activities at the Horace Mann School, drew upon the prevalence of lines in our daily life and how youngsters learn to develop an awareness of lines and shapes.

Sourcing anecdotes from the classroom, as well as drawing observations from public and commercial institutions such as museums and grocery stores, Hauser illustrates how children come into contact with lines in a variety of means.

To read her article, please request a copy of the newsletter from Editor-in-Chief John Roeder of The Calhoun School.

An Insightful Discussion About the Presidential Election

Our speakers assembled for Decision 2020 analyzed the key issues that will affect the outcome of the presidential election, contributing to a lively and insightful discussion. The event opened with a question posed by moderator Aaron Retica ’84 to Jamal Greene ’95: "Are we in the middle of a constitutional crisis?" The five person panel consisting of Greene, Adam Berinsky ’88, Nicholas Confessore ’94, Christopher Hayes ’97, and Amy DAVIDSON Sorkin ’88 examined several topics including the importance of the electoral college, the accuracy of polling, the influence of campaign financing, and the unlikely possibility of rank choice voting. The ideological nature of our two party political system was commented upon and, with it, the notion that although there is a center left grouping that tempers the views of left wing extremists, there presently is no center right.

Questions posed by alumnae/i and current Hunter students included what role the media plays in covering President Trump’s comments and whether a third party would ever be viable. Dorothy STEINBOOK Reik ’60 kept the chat room active with a continued thread of comments.

Make sure to turn out and vote whether by mail or in person on November 3rd. Absentee ballots can be requested online through or through your local city municipality.

Alumna Creates COVID-19 Related Survey

Kathy Steinberg ’00, Vice President of Public Release Research at The Harris Poll, worked on a public opinion poll that was quoted in U.S. News & World Report. The poll, which was about the wearing of masks due to COVID-19, revealed that the majority of Americans recognized the importance of masks to protect the health of oneself and others. Perhaps surprisingly, there was asignificant minority of individuals who responded that they did not wear masks in public. The online survey was conducted by The Harris Poll between August 20 and 24, 2020 and was responded to by more than 2,000 adults aged 18 and over.

In a Facebook post, Steinberg credited David Hankin, who taught AP Statistics, with inspiring her to pursue a career in research. Read the article.

How Have You Spent This Summer? Two Alums Foster Summer Enrichment for Children

How Have You Spent This Summer? Two Alums Foster Summer Enrichment for Children

Alums Charlie Bardey ’13 and Rachel Kaly ’13 have spent the summer engaging children and young adults through a virtual summer arts program. Active in New York as comedians and educators, the two, with their colleagues, formed the Virtual Creative Summer Art Institute to reach out to parents seeking resources for their children during the pandemic.

The Art Institute is designed to engage children ages 10-16 in an array of activities. Courses include Creative Writing, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Film Editing, and Comedy. Bardey and Kaly, two of the headliners for the HCHSAA’s first ever Comedy Night, led the Art Institute’s courses on Stand-Up Comedy and Improv Comedy. Bardey is also the son of a Hunter alumna, Claudia Strauss ’80.

In the classes, participants had the opportunity to create works that document their experiences, including short stories, plays, scripts for films, and stand-up performances. The four-week workshops were designed to be interesting, challenging, and fun!

A Virtual Connection to the Art World

Alumna Olya Voronetskaya ’15, a contributing author to the online publication Russian Art and Culture, wrote an article regarding researching artworks digitally. While museums remain closed to visitors, their collections are available for all to view in the virtual realm. Voronetskaya wrote about a portrait completed by renowned Russian painter Ilya Repin in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Through her research on the Met’s website, Voronetskaya was able to document the exhibition history of the painting as well as its path of its ownership. Read her article. She reports regularly for Russian Art and Culture. Read more of her work.

Providing a Lifeline to Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Reed Rayman ’04,a Partner at Apollo Global Management, was profiled in Institutional Investor for leading both Apollo’s $1.2 billion investment in online travel company Expedia and its $300 million investment in Cimpress (the owner of Vistaprint) during the depths of the first wave of the COVID-19 crisis in April, helping to secure the financial futures of both companies. Read about his work.

Surviving COVID-19

Jamie LEONG Ong ’97 was interviewed by The Well for a discussion on career, family, and faith. In the podcast, Ong shared aspects of her work as an Environmental Protection Project Manager at the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and how her work to restore natural landscapes in the city has been impeded by the coronavirus pandemic. She herself contracted the virus and spent three weeks isolating from her husband and her children; ultimately drawing strength from her family and her community. Listen to her inspiring story.

Keeping the American Dream Alive for Students

Hunter College President Jennifer Raab ’73, Esq. was interviewed on Good Day, New York in June. In her interview, President Raab discussed the importance of advancing one’s studies through remote learning while the economy, job market, and internship access are in flux. See her interview.

A Virtual Graduation

The Class of 2020 passed a unique milestone as they graduated from HCHS. They were the first class to mark their commencement with a virtual graduation ceremony. Though this year’s graduating seniors were preparing for the ceremony from their homes, many of the hallmarks of a Hunter graduation were still evident.

Lisa Siegmann, Director of Hunter College Campus Schools, gave the Welcome to the assembled class, and Sophia Li ’20 delivered the Salutation. Distinguished Graduate Shola Lynch ’87 addressed the Class of 2020. Lynch, who is Curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, told them "Your choices and [their] consequences are yours… Make choices so that life doesn’t happen to you, but you happen to life."

Principal Dr. Tony Fisher led the class in turning their tassels. A post commencement celebration was held following the graduation ceremony, where the Class Gift was presented. This year’s gift was donated to the Fund for Public Schools’ NYC Schools COVID-19 Response Effort, a nonprofit organization that partners with the New York City Department of Education to support students, particularly those who may be economically disadvantaged. One of the highlights of the celebration was a prerecorded speech given by Lin-Manuel Miranda ’98.

The Zoom Where It Happened: The 466 Lexington Avenue Virtual Faculty/Student Reunion

The Zoom Where It Happened: The 466 Lexington Avenue Virtual Faculty/Student Reunion

Hundreds of alums who attended Hunter when it was housed on the thirteenth and fourteenth floors of 466 Lexington Avenue packed a Zoom get-together on Sunday, June 7, 2020. Music teacher Campbelle Austin opened the event with the HCHS alma mater. Former students then listened raptly to the reminiscences of more than 20 former faculty members who taught at 466 Lex. Teachers, who, it turns out, were often not much older than their students, discussed the challenges as well as the unexpected rewards of working at 466 Lex. While the school had few material resources, an abundance of talent and energy coupled with a willingness to experiment made for a rich high school experience.

Without the amenities of a typical high school, teachers used the city as their classroom. English teacher Janice Sinclair Hodges Warner recalled taking students to one of the chapels of St. John the Divine to read and videotape Everyman. More than one teacher spoke of the pedagogical freedom that the administration gave the faculty. The unconventional quarters of 466 Lex. cultivated camaraderie, many noted, and even romance. Science teachers Tobie Brandriss and Bob Goodman began dating when they shared an office; they married in 1979. In a message to the gathering, social studies teacher Sue Leung Eichler noted that when the school was nearly shuttered in 1972, the 466 Lex. community and well-positioned alumnae launched a "Save Our School" campaign. As a result, the New York State legislature enacted a law that permanently protected the Hunter Campus schools. The hardships that Hunter faced in the 1970s necessitated innovation and fostered a crusade that ultimately ensured the school’s current existence.

After the main event, held in an auditorium much like the one at 466 Lex. (there was none), alums at the 466 reunion participated in smaller breakout sessions with classmates and one or two faculty members at a time.

Ann Starer ’75 conceived of and organized the virtual reunion. Eniko Horvath assisted her. View a video of the festivities.

466 Reunion - June 2020

A Recap of PREunion

Each milestone Reunion is a unique experience, where we see the alumnae/i community gather every five years as they journey through life. This year’s Reunion, however, was truly memorable as it was the very first gathering that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, was held exclusively online.

This "PREunion" was held on Saturday, June 6 and served as a "placeholder" for an in-person Reunion (reschedule date TBD). Over 300 alums joined members of the HCHSAA Board of Directors from their homes to mark the passage of time. Streamed through Facebook Live, and featuring a livecast via Zoom, alumnae/i from many milestone classes had the opportunity to share what HCHS meant to them through video presentations.

One of the highlights of the event was having a virtual performance by the high school’s Senior Strings ensemble, who performed a movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Strings in D Major, compiled by Adam C. ’21. PREunion was followed by the Annual Meeting of Members, also streamed live on Facebook for the first time.

Eniko Horvath, the HCHSAA's Events, Grants, and Development Manager, played a major role in organizing the PREunion. In case you missed the event, PREunion proceedings are available for view on our YouTube channel. See the video.

Summer Learning, an Important Resource for Students

Hunter College Campus Schools President Jennifer Raab ’73, Esq. published an Op-Ed piece in The NY Daily News. Entitled "More than Ever, Summer is for School," Raab encouraged college students to view the current lockdown of school campuses as an opportunity to advance in their studies. "The online learning experience," she wrote, "already streamlined, will be top-of-the-line by summer." Read her article.

Offering Support to Parents Affected by COVID-19

Recent grad Anna Beloborodova ’17 founded a nonprofit that provides virtual childcare services to families affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Hearts Over Hands engages currently-enrolled college students who volunteer their time to give children ages 6-16 video learning sessions, providing homework help, tutoring, and mentorship. The program takes a cue from Hunter’s "Big Sib" program, as that is the name given to her group of volunteers.

The services provided by Hearts Over Hands are free of charge and are intended to alleviate some of the childcare concerns felt by frontline responders, parents dealing with illness, and single parents. To learn more about Beloborodova’s organization, click here.

Alumna Reaches Out to Help in Response to COVID-19

Simone Policano ’12 is one of the co-founders of Invisible Hands Deliver, a network of volunteers in their twenties who have been delivering groceries and supplies to those most at risk from COVID-19, including the elderly, the disabled, and the immunocompromised. They aim to employ social distancing measures in their deliveries and are currently serving communities in New York City and New Jersey. One of the organization’s founders was interviewed on Good Morning America. To learn more about their work, click here.

A New Role at the Los Angeles Times

Sewell Chan ’94, who left The New York Times to serve as the Los Angeles Times’ Deputy Managing Editor, has transitioned into a new role at the organization. In April, 2020, Chan assumed the position of editor of the publication’s Editorial, Op-Ed, and Sunday Opinion pages.

An Update from the Museum of Chinese in America

There is good news to share from the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), which is led by alumna Nancy YAO Maasbach ’90. The January 2020 fire that gutted a nearby building housing over 80,000 items from its archives was less severe than expected. While portions of the collection were lost, and others damaged, the museum has been able to salvage many more objects than was thought possible in the initial days following the calamity. Read a New York Times article about the ongoing work to conserve their historical objects; click here to access the article.

Like many other cultural institutions, it is now possible to experience a digital tour of MOCA’s permanent exhibition, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America. Click here to see the exhibit.

Alumna Appointed to New York State Board of Regents

Frances SCHIFF Wills ’59 was appointed to the New York State Board of Regents in March 2020. Wills, a retired schools superintendent, has served in education for over fifty years; twenty-five of which were spent in Maine. In New York, she had most recently served as schools superintendent for the Briarcliff Manor and Putnam Valley school districts.

The seventeen-member board sets education policy for the state. A key topic Wills has focused on is mental health support for students, describing the issue as a form of “social justice” in education. She has also called for change in high stakes standardized testing.

Regents, who serve for five-year, unpaid terms, are chosen by the state Legislature in a joint vote by the Assembly and Senate. Wills will represent New York’s 9th Judicial District, encompassing Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, and Orange Counties.

Robert Lopez ’93 Receives Award and Works on a New Musical

Robert Lopez has received another award for his songwriting, this time for the compositions that he and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, created for Frozen 2. Now in its sixth year, the Variety Artisans award recognizes distinctive contributions to the filmmaking process by artists who have “exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in their respective fields.” The awards were presented in January 2020 in Santa Barbara, California.

Lopez and his wife are also composing songs for a new movie musical. An adaptation of the graphic novel The Prince and the Dressmaker is being developed; the plot centers on the life of a young prince who, in the evenings, goes out in fabulously costumed drag thanks to the talents of his friend, a young dressmaker. His nighttime adventures are a secret to all but her. Things get complicated when she expresses the desire to gain recognition for her work. A release date for the movie musical is yet to be announced.

A Grammy Award for Classical Music

Recording Engineer Barry Werger ’87 is among the 2020 Grammy award winners for Best Classical Compendium, The Poetry of Places. The album features works for solo piano, two, pianos, percussion, electronics, voice, and toy piano that have been inspired by exquisite architecture and places. The eight compositions each reference a different structure, including, among others, The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Building in Bangladesh, and Newgrange Ancient Temple in Ireland.

Poetry of Places

Justice Kagan Receives Gold Medal for Distinguished Service

Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan ’77 was named the 2020 recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Gold Medal for Distinguished Service in the Law. Presented annually, the award is given to a lawyer who has achieved “outstanding legal accomplishments and holds an active interest in and positive influence upon the profession.”

The NYSBA first issued its Gold Medal award in 1952. Prior recipients include former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (2012); former New York County Attorney General Robert Morgenthau (2011); and Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor (2008), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1995), and Thurgood Marshall (1976).

Justice Kagan received the award at a gala dinner held on January 30, 2020 at the American Museum of Natural History.

Tribute to a Jazz Legend

Pianist and composer Roberta Piket ’83 and her sextet performed a tribute concert honoring celebrated jazz pianist and NPR radio host Marian McPartland in December 2019. The show, held at Flushing Town Hall, was a return to the borough for the musician who was born in Queens to a musical family. Her father, from Austria, was a composer and her mother was a singer of standards in the Great American Songbook. Piket was trained in piano by her father from age seven until his death when she was eight years old. Her mother continued with her daughter’s musical instruction, where she learned to play the tunes of Gershwin, Porter, and Rodgers by ear. In her teenage years, she began learning jazz.


As Piket evolved as a performer, she crossed paths with McPartland while performing as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Composers Competition. McPartland invited Piket as a guest on her program, Piano Jazz, and the two formed a close friendship. She considered McPartland, who passed away in 2013, as an important mentor. For the tribute concert Piket and her sextet played a set of tunes composed by McPartland.

Luke Melas-Kyriazi ’16 Named Rhodes Scholar

Luke Melas-Kyriazi ’16 is among thirty-two Americans named as Rhodes Scholars representing the United States in 2020. Melas-Kyriazi, currently a senior at Harvard pursuing a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Computer Science, was selected from an initial pool of over 2,900 applicants.

The Rhodes Scholarship allows for study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. In a press release issued by the Office of the American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, the newly named Rhodes Scholars will go to Oxford in September 2020 “to study in fields broadly across the social, biological and physical sciences, and in the humanities. They are leaders already, and we expect their impact to expand exponentially over the course of their public-spirited careers.”

Melas-Kyriazi’s research agenda on machine learning has included work analyzing demographic diversity and blood laboratory data in order to improve clinical decision-making. As treasurer of the Harvard Student Agencies, the largest student-run company in the world, he manages a $1.2 million reserve fund to support educational and business opportunities for students. Melas-Kyriazi also organizes hackathons for computer science undergraduates across the U.S. and Canada.

At Oxford, Melas-Kyriazi will undertake studies culminating in a D.Phil. in Computer Science, and will join an international group of Scholars from over sixty countries. He is the sixth HCHS alum awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. Those who preceded him include Nnenna Lynch ’89; Sean Campbell ’98David Bauer ’05, who was also winner of the 2005 Intel Science Talent Search; Alexandra Rosenberg ’06; and Gabriel Zucker ’08.

Chronicling the Life of a Paralympic Athlete
Pola Rapoport ’73 was invited for a month-long Artist’s Residency at the Yaddo Artists’ Colony in Saratoga Springs, New York. In her residency, Rapoport will be editing her new documentary film, Marieke: Death and the Racer.

The film is centered on the life of paralyzed Belgian athlete Marieke Vervoort, who is a Paralympic champion in the sport of women’s wheelchair racing. Vervoort has medaled at two Paralympic games, winning Gold in the 100 meters and Silver in the 200 meters in London (2012) and Silver in the 400 meters and Bronze in the 100 meters in Rio (2016). She also won three World Championship Gold medals in Doha, Qatar (2015) in the 100, 200, and 400 meter races. 

Vervoort suffers from a degenerative disease that has slowly and painfully robbed her of mobility from the legs upward. She has planned to take control of her decline by planning for medical aid-in-dying. In order to decide upon her date of death, Vervoort retained Dr. Wim Distelmans as her personal euthanasia doctor. In her film, Rapoport has captured a detailed portrait of Vervoort’s life, including her relationships with her parents, friends, and partners. 
New York Times Bestselling Author Returns to New York
Celebrated writer Jean Kwok ’86 returned to New York for a series of reading engagements for her latest novel, Searching for Sylvie Lee (William Morrow 2019). The book focuses on the lives of a Chinese-American immigrant family whose charismatic, independent eldest daughter has gone missing overseas. The text chronicles the search for Sylvie and the family secrets that are unearthed in that process.

Just released in June 2019, the book received advance acclaim from reviewers at publications including Marie Claire, Popsugar, and Booklist. Shelf Awareness described the novel as “A compelling story of how the unsaid can powerfully shape families and lives.” In addition to the recognition Kwok has received for her writings, she was also named a Hunter College High School Distinguished Graduate in 2012. 

Kwok, who now lives in the Netherlands, also authored the books Girl in Translation (Penguin Publishing Group 2011) and Mambo in Chinatown (Penguin Publishing Group 2015). She gave a reading of Searching for Sylvie Lee at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in June, and also spoke at the HCHSAA’s Autumn Reception in 2011.
A Tony-Nominated Production Goes Strong on Broadway… and in Film!
Jane Dubin ’74, a co-producer of the hit Broadway musical The Prom, announced that the show was nominated for seven Tony awards including Best Musical. The show is about Big Broadway Stars. A Small Town. And a Love that Unites them All. A group of alums joined Dubin at the show in November 2018. The show’s Broadway run concluded in August 2019. Due to the success of the play, The Prom will be adapted to the screen by Netflix, with cast members including Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and James Corden. The film is anticipated for release in 2020. 

A TEDx Talk About the Quality of Food
Larry Olmsted ‘84 gave a TEDx talk at the University of Nevada Reno, the nation’s premiere TEDx venue, entitled “Rethinking Whole Foods.” In his presentation, Olmsted delved into topics revealed in his bestselling 2016 book, Real Food/Fake Food (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 2016). He discussed how today’s consumer culture actually encourages us to get less for more money and how, in many instances, the quality and authenticity of what we purchase in the supermarket and at restaurants is questionable. To see Olmsted’s TEDx talk, visit

Hunter College President Recognized by New York Landmarks Conservancy
President Jennifer Raab ’73 was among the recipients of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Chairman Award. Now in its 31st year, the Chairman’s Award is presented to a leader or company that has shown a significant commitment to the revitalization and preservation of the historic architecture of New York City. Raab was recognized for leading the renovation of Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, in which the former residence of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt was transformed to serve at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. The facility hosts an active roster of undergraduate programs designed to engage students and also has a schedule of public programs open to all. Before taking on the role of President at Hunter College, Raab spent seven years in service of the New York Landmarks Conservancy as the organization’s Chair. 

Laura Auricchio ’86 Appointed as Dean of Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus
Laura Auricchio was appointed Dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, with her tenure at the school beginning in August 2019. She is the first woman to be named dean of Fordham’s Manhattan campus, which was founded in 1968. She arrives at the college following a six month, nationwide search and an executive transition that took over a year. 

Previously, Auricchio spent seventeen years at The New School, initially as a professor and subsequently as vice provost for curriculum and learning. She holds a deep commitment to Fordham’s mission, including the promotion of diversity on the campus. It is anticipated that she will further cultivate community between the University’s Bronx and Manhattan campuses while retaining the unique character of the Lincoln Center school. Auricchio is also the author of The Marquis: Lafayette

Reconsidered (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015), which won the American Library in Paris Book Award in 2015 and was the presenter at an HCHSAA book talk in the same year. 
Linda Fried ’66, M.D., MPH Honored by The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation
This year’s recipient of the Alma Dei Morani Renaissance Woman Award is Linda Fried, Dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The award, which is the highest honor bestowed by The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation, was named for Alma Dei Morani, M.D., the first woman admitted to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. 

Fried has led a distinguished career as a scientist and clinician and is internationally recognized for her pioneering efforts in the fields of epidemiology and geriatrics. As Dean, she has founded programs that have ranked Mailman among the top five U.S. schools in public health. Fried has received numerous awards and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences’ National Academy of Medicine, serving on its executive council. She is also co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on the Future of Human Enhancement. 
Alumna Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
Gloria Coruzzi ’72, a professor in New York University’s Department of Biology, is among this year’s scientists elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). A private, nonprofit society of distinguished scholars, members are elected to the NAS by their peers for outstanding contributions to research.

Coruzzi, who is the Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor at NYU, researches plant systems biology and evolutionary genomics, implementing a variety of approaches to identify gene networks that are the foundation of biological regulatory mechanisms that control nitrogen use and the evolution of seeds. She received a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and earned a doctorate in molecular and cell biology from the NYU School of Medicine. 

She is among 100 new members and 25 foreign associates to join the NAS this year. Past members of the NAS include Albert Einstein, Margaret Mead, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright, and Alexander Graham Bell. Fellow Hunterite Linda Fried ’66, M.D., MPH is also a member of the NAS. 
Sports Writer Mark Feinsand '92 Shares an Insider's View of the New York Yankees!

Sports Writer Mark Feinsand ’92 has just released his latest book, Mission 27: A New Boss, A New Ballpark, and One Last Ring for The Yankees’ Core Four (Triumph Books 2019). Mission 27 takes an in depth look at the 2009 World Series champion New York Yankees and their longstanding key players – Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte – who led the franchise to capture baseball’s ultimate prize for a league-leading twenty-seventh time.

The book is comprised of interviews with players, team executives, broadcasters, and other industry insiders and the Foreword to Mission 27 was written by retired Yankees first baseman Nick Swisher. Released on June 4, 2019, the book has already become an Amazon Best Seller.

Feinsand, who also authored The New York Yankees Fans’ Bucket List, has been a sports writer for over two decades, exclusively covering Major League Baseball since 2001. Since 2017, he has been Exclusive Reporter for, writing about the entire league on a national level.

Alumna Honored for Women’s History Month

Marie Maynard Daly, Jan. ’38 is one of five African-American women that have been commemorated for Women’s History Month with a digital portrait for their achievements in STEM. Daly was the first African-American woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry. The portraits were created by high school students in Manhattan and Queens after conducting a period of research where they identified women to profile.

The initiative is sponsored by Global Kids, a nonprofit organization working with children in underserved districts across the country, in collaboration with LinkNYC and the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. The digital portraits, which have been featured on LinkNYC kiosks, will be on view throughout the five boroughs until March 31.

306 Hollywood Now Available on iTunes

Filmmakers Jonathan Bogarín ’96 and Elan Bogarín ’00 have released their family memoir, 306 Hollywood, on iTunes. The film opened nationwide to significant acclaim and was cited on over ten "Best of 2018" lists.

In case you missed the nationwide screening of 306 Hollywood, you now have the chance to catch this stirring documentary on iTunes. The film is available for purchase or for rent. DVDs will also be available in April 2019.

The Hollywood Reporter praised the film as “One of the more universal and relatable films you’re ever likely to see...Likely to touch anybody who has ever lost a loved one, which makes it a very big story.”

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Lin-Manuel Miranda '98 Saves Drama Book Shop

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’98 grew up loving the theater from his earliest years. While a high school student at Hunter, it is reported that he spent time reading scripts in the aisles of the Drama Book Shop when he was too young to have money to buy them. Now, the Grammy, Tony, and Emmy winning writer and actor has taken steps to save the storied institution.

The Drama Book Shop has been an important resource for aspiring actors, composers, and playwrights for over a century. In 2018, as rents grew ever higher, it became clear that the book shop would be forced to close its doors. Miranda and three of his creative partners from Hamilton purchased the book shop, along with the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. As joint owners, the city, Miranda, and his colleagues will find an affordable space for the store in Midtown Manhattan. It is anticipated that the Drama Book Shop will reopen in Fall 2019.

Holocaust Survivor Eve KANNER Kugler, Jan. '49 Interviewed for What's What

Eve KANNER Kugler, Jan. '49 was one of several alumnae interviewed in What's What about their experiences as children of families fleeing the Nazi regime. As a ten year old, she came to New York as a refugee from France. She was accepted into Hunter four years later. Read about her story here.

Martha Hodes ICY '76 awarded two Fellowships!

Martha Hodes ICY ’76, Professor of History at New York University, was recently awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. The two fellowships will fund time away from NYU to write her fourth book. In this work, Hodes will be exploring history and memory through a 1970 airplane hijacking, in which she was a twelve-year-old passenger held hostage in the Jordan desert for a week--and missed the first week of 7th grade at Hunter! The book is under contract with HarperCollins.

Congratulations to Beverly Armstrong '87 on winning the Brewing the American Dream Business and Experience Award for 2017!
Beverly Armstrong ’87, founder of Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer, on a fantastic collaboration between Brazo Fuerte and Sam Adams! She won the Brewing the American Dream Business (BTAD) and Experienceship Award for 2017, which provides support and mentoring to small business owners. Only one brewer wins the BTAD each year.

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’98 Honored with Award for Diversity in Casting
Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union for professional actors and stage managers, has named Lin-Manuel Miranda the recipient of the 2018 Rosetta LeNoire Award for conceiving Hamilton. Presented by Actors’ Equity’s National Equal Employment Committee (EEO), this award honors an individual, theater, or producing organization that has made significant strides in the hiring or promotion of people of color, women, and actors with disabilities by diverse and inclusive casting.

Lila Neugebauer '03, an Award Winning Director, directs a Critically Acclaimed Off-Broadway Show!

Celebrated director Lila Neugebauer ’03 has received recognition from numerous organizations, including an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award. Neugebauer directed a new work that played at the Signature Center on West 42nd Street. Peace for Mary Frances tells of a woman in her nineties who, as the daughter of refugees fleeing the Armenian Genocide, wants to prepare for her death surrounded by family. What she gets are three generations of relatives who are vying for their family’s legacy. In short, “Mary Frances must navigate the volatile relationships of the children she raised – or die trying.” The last show was on June 17th 2018.

Dr. Audrey Maurer '51 retires from Hunter College High School after teaching for 39 years
After 39 years of teaching Foreign Languages (Latin and French) at her Alma Mater, Hunter College High School, Dr.Audrey Maurer is retiring this year. We invite you to join the reception celebrating the retirement for Dr.Maurer amongst other esteemed faculty at the Hunter College Campus - Thursday, June 21st 2018 at 3:00pm on the 8th Floor Hunter College Terrace.
Address: Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, West Bulding, New York, NY 10065

Robert Lopez ’93 Makes History as a Double EGOT Winner!

Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, had struck success again as Academy Award winners. Lopez’s Oscar Award for Best Original Song in Disney Pixar’s Coco (“Remember Me”), though, has placed him in a unique category: that of the only double EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner in history. Lopez is the youngest winner of all four awards, having earned his first set in 2014 by age 39. The Oscar Award the songwriting duo won for Frozen (“Let it Go”) followed two Daytime Emmy Awards for the animated series The Wonder Pets (2008, 2010); three Tony Awards, two for The Book of Mormon (2011) and an award for Avenue Q (2004); and three Grammys, two of which were for Frozen (2015) and another win for The Book of Mormon (2012).

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Vigorous Pessimism and the Reproductive Future: Julia Jarcho, Interviewed by Miriam Felton-Dansky

Julia Jarcho is a playwright and scholar who teaches at New York University and writes and directs with her company, Minor Theater, which presented its first official premiere last spring, but represents a set of artistic collaborations built over years of shared work. Jarcho’s dramas press at the edge of genre, subtly transform language and syntax, and probe the dark corners of female identity and sexuality. Recently she was interviewed by Miriam Felton-Dansky.

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’98 in Conversation with Bill and Melinda Gates

On Tuesday, February 13, Hunter College hosted a discussion between Lin-Manuel Miranda and Bill and Melinda Gates.  The talk, which was held at the Hunter College Assembly Hall, brought these influential individuals together to take questions from a sold out audience of Hunter College undergraduate students and students from Hunter College High School.  The three talked about the topics of philanthropy, global health, education, and current events.

LMM and Gates - Audience

Townsend Harris Medal Presented to Naomi CONN Liebler '62, Ph.D.

Naomi CONN Liebler, Ph.D. was awarded the prestigious Townsend Harris Medal by the City College of New York Alumni Association for outstanding postgraduate achievement in her field.  The award was presented by fellow CCNY alumnus, WNBC meteorologist Chris Cimino, at the 137th Annual Alumni Dinner at the New York Hilton on November 2.  Established in 1933, the Townsend Harris Medal has been awarded to Nobel Laureates, cabinet secretaries, Supreme Court Justices, and others.  Liebler, who specializes in Shakespeare, is Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at Montclair State University, where she has taught since 1972. 

Susi Snyder ’95 Receives Nobel Peace Prize on Behalf of ICAN

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 in recognition of its role in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Susi Snyder '95 , ICAN President was in Oslo to celebrate the achievement of this historic treaty, noting it offers a powerful, much-needed alternative to a world in which threats of mass destruction are allowed to prevail and, indeed, are escalating.

ICAN Nobel Prize 2017

New Jazz Release from Sam Bardfeld ’86

Jazz violinist Sam Bardfeld has recently released a new album, The Great Enthusiasms, which has received commendations from many in the field, including being named as “one of the top 10 jazz records of the year (Lucid Culture).”  Bardfeld, who is a member of The Jazz Passengers and plays with Bruce Springsteen, drew upon his New York roots as inspiration for the album.  The Great Enthusiasms is available as a Digital Album and as a CD.  Click here to listen to, as well as purchase, the album.

Alumna Diane Barnes ’68 Wins Award for her Play “My Stroke of Luck”
Congratulations go out to Diane Barnes for receiving an award from the United Solo Theatre Festival, where her one-woman-show, My Stroke of Luck, was performed.  Barnes, who has been touring her performance at theater festivals internationally, was recognized with an award for Best Storytelling Script.  United Solo is the world’s largest solo theater festival, with its eighth season concluding in 2017.  Click here to learn more about the awardees. 

Alumnus Stefan Savage ’87 Receives MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship

Stefan Savage is among the 2017 recipients of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, also referred to as the “genius grant.”  Awarded annually by the MacArthur Foundation, the fellowship recognizes an individual’s exceptional achievements and creativity.  Savage is a computer scientist who has addressed complex challenges to computer security and cybercrime.  He received a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.  In 2000 he joined the faculty of the University of California at San Diego, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Science and Engineering.   Read full article.  

Stefan Savage
Alumna Lisa Mezzacappa ’93 Returns to New York to Perform at Roulette

Composer and conductor Lisa Mezzacappa has established herself in the avant-garde music scene in San Francisco.  She returned to New York to perform at Roulette with a full orchestral work entitled Glorious Ravage.  Inspiration for the work comes from the writings of female adventurers near the turn of the 20th century “who trekked to the wildest parts of the earth to discover, escape, and lose themselves.”  Click here for additional information about the performance. 

Mezzacappa - Roulette

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’98 Receives Recognition from the Nation's Capital

Kudos to Lin-Manuel Miranda for receiving the U.S. Capitol Historical Society Freedom Award, for conceiving Hamilton: An American Musical.  Read full article.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Muzzy Rosenblatt ’83 Provides Support to those in Need

BRC is an affordable housing and social services provider for individuals in need of shelter. Headed by Muzzy Rosenblatt ’83, BRC has been in operation for 45 years and has supported the lives of tens of thousands of people. In recent months, the organization has received media attention for the development of a building in the Bronx that will contain 135 apartments for lower income residents plus an additional 200 shelter beds for working homeless men. Click here to read an article about the project, and visit the BRC website to learn more about the development and the work of the organization.

The Argus Turns 100!

Our thanks go to the many talented students who contributed to HCHS’ literary magazine throughout the years.  Here's to another century!

Argus Covers

Ellen Zisholtz ’60 Receives Museum Leadership Award

Ellen Zisholtz was the recipient of the Association of African American Museums’ 2017 Museum Leadership Award.  The award recognizes the significant contributions made by an individual to the preservation, promotion, and interpretation of African and African American art, history, and culture.  Zisholtz has dedicated her career to advancing the dialogue around civil rights and social justice across the United States through curating exhibitions, teaching, and conducting youth and community workshops.  Zisholtz is also a member of the HCHSAA Board's Diversity Committee.

Congratulations to Cynthia Nixon ’84!

Congratulations to Cynthia Nixon on winning a Tony award as Best Featured Actress in a Play for Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes!  Over 60 alums saw her performance during Reunion weekend in June 2017, and she graciously stayed after the Friday and Sunday performances to speak with the alumnae/i who had gathered. 

Cynthia Nixon Tony

Co-curated by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner '68
Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts is an exhibition that highlights the many accomplishments of African Americans and other minorities who dared to overcome social norms and prejudices to pursue their passion and pave the way for future generations of world class dancers. The exhibit is organized by Dance Theatre of Harlem, California African American Museum, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington D.C., Dance Theatre of Harlem.  For more information CLICK HERE

Mildred Dresselhaus '48, the Queen of Carbon, Dies at 86
Mildred Dresselhaus, a professor emerita at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose research into the fundamental properties of carbon helped transform it into the superstar of modern materials science and the nanotechnology industry, died on Monday in Cambridge, Mass. She was 86.
For full article 

Help Lia Heintjes '12 go to Earthship Academy!
Hi. My name is Lia! I love working outside, meeting new people and learning new skills. 

I'm about to graduate from SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and I'm looking beyond graduation - towards the next step of my career. 

For a long time, I've been trying to figure out what I've wanted to do for a living. It's a little scary, to be honest, feeling like you're going to graduate without any idea of how you're going to get by in the 'big bad world'. No means of money or a future... really terrifying!

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Janice Wang, '17, Awarded City Wide Leadership and Community Service Honor
This Girl Scout from Flushing has a bright future ahead of her.

Janice Wang '17, was named the citywide 2016-17 Future Woman of Distinction by The Girl Scouts of Greater New York (GSGNY) on Oct. 25 at the organization’s annual Women of Distinction Breakfast in Manhattan.

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The Funfetti Explosion by Julia Moskin '85
When Candace Nelson opened the first Sprinkles bakery in Los Angeles in 2005, she did not actually have any sprinkles on hand. “I liked the word, but I thought of them as a supermarket pick, waxy and fake,” she said. “Not elegant, chic and modern.”
Rainbow sprinkles (also called jimmies in parts of the Northeast) are made from sugar, various waxy shortenings and bright artificial colors. They did not align with Ms. Nelson’s vision for “elevated” cupcakes, which are made from quality ingredients like Madagascar vanilla and Dutch cocoa, and topped with a two-tone button of color that she calls a “modern dot.”
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Deborah Tannen '62 "The Sexism Inherent in All That Interrupting"
Deborah Tannen '62 is a linguistics professor at Georgetown University and author of “You Just Don’t Understand” and “The Argument Culture.”
Interruptions are a staple of modern-day political debates, as we saw in the first presidential and the vice-presidential face-offs. Judging by the column inches, screen space and private conversations devoted to these interruptions, it’s clear that many viewers expect candidates to speak only during their allotted time. But that is no longer the norm. In the past, great communicators were great orators, but great communicators today sound conversational, and interrupting is common in conversation. And public discourse is now more about entertainment than enlightenment. For better or worse — better from the perspective of entertainment, worse for enlightenment — the announced formal structure of presidential debates has given way to rule-breaking interruptions. The question now is not whether candidates interrupt, but when and how, the frequency and why they do so.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda '98 to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ on Sat 10/8
“Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda will host an episode of “Saturday Night Live” on Oct. 8, NBC announced Wednesday.  To read rest of article CLICK HERE

Help Save Ripley, Thunder Levin '81
Who is Ripley?

Ripley is my 8 year old golden retriever.  He's a dog.  Canus Lupus Familiaris.  But he's much more than that.  The cliche of a dog as "man's best friend" is overused.  So I won't say that's what he is.  In fact, he's much more than that.  To hear more about Ripley and to donate CLICK HERE

Anne Speyer '08 Completes Marathon
“You know, you spend months training, you push through the constant soreness, the pain, the waking up at dawn, the not hanging out with people because you have to go to sleep early so you can train, but, honestly, in the end, I can't even tell you how rewarding it is to know you've succeed in making all your Facebook friends feel really bad about themselves.”
Anne McDonough '96 Curates "District II"

For any HCHS folks who will be in D.C. this fall, my next curatorial effort DISTRICT II opens September 29th at DCHistory - would love to meet fellow alums if you stop by!

Following the evening opening reception on Thursday September 29, 2016, exhibition hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with additional viewings on selected Saturdays. For more information CLICK HERE

DISTRICT II explores works by Chris Earnshaw, Joseph Mills AND a wonderful third photographer, Bill Barrett, specifically of Downtown and Mt. Vernon Square from the 1960s onwards.
Julia Moskin '85 In Julia Child’s Provençal Kitchen
PLASCASSIER, France — When I hefted the rolling pin in my hand, I finally felt it: a thread of energy, a thrill of recognition. I knew I was standing in Julia Child’s kitchen, and I was about to put it to work.
In August, having rented it from the current owners through Airbnb, I spent a week living and cooking in La Pitchoune, the house in Provence that Mrs. Child and her husband, Paul, built in 1965 and lived in on and off until 1992.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda '98 Is Ready For His Next Act
Lin-Manuel Miranda '98 made Hamilton the most influential Broadway musical in ages and became a hero for his optimistic notion of a rich, diverse America. And he did it by following his gut, his dreams, and his vision—and never forgetting where he came from. For story CLICK HERE

Win 'Hamilton' Tickets Opening Night in Chicago
Win “YOUR SHOT” at Hamilton Tickets for opening night in Chicago & an after-party with Lin-Manuel Miranda '98 & support the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. 
Two tickets to Hamilton: An American Musical in Chicago
Round-trip airfare and two nights at a hotel for you and a guest, generously provided by Delta Air Lines and Hyatt Hotels
Two tickets to the opening night after-party to meet Lin-Manuel Miranda '98.

Hunter College Campus High School In A Class Of Its Own
These public schools accept students who score highest on special entrance exams — and rank among the most elite and high-performing nationwide.  For story CLICK HERE

WMAAPP Presents Helen Epstein '65
Journalist/Analysand Helen Epstein '65 writes about Termination. She has just finished First Love: A Memoir of Dissociation and Reconnecting, the third book in a trilogy begun with Children of the Holocaust. For more information, see the HCHS Alum FB group

Saturday, September 17, 2016

9:00 am Registration/Coffee
9:30-12:00 pm Presentation
Location: The Red Lion Inn
30 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262

NYN Review Profiles Coach Dave Crenshaw, pg 11
A great article about David Coach Dave Crenshaw HCHS '81 and his work...Terrific quote," If I didn't graduate from a girls high school, I would not be the man I am today."

Tivnu: Building Justice Open House hosted by Steve Eisenbach-Budner '82
Steve Eisenbach-Budner '82, has created a fantastic gap year program called Tivnu, where young adults learn about Judaism and social justice while creating homes for those in need. He's hosting an open house in NY on September 11. Details Here

Meet with Founding Executive Director Steve Eisenbach-Budner '82 and some of next year’s Tivnu Gap Year participants to learn more about our exciting Gap Year Program in Portland, Oregon for 17- to 20-year- olds.
The Tivnu Gap Year is 9 months of hands-on Jewish social justice engagement. Participants live together, create community, discover the Pacific Northwest, and explore connections between Jewish life and social justice with their heads, hands, and hearts.
Please RSVP HERE, To learn more about our Gap Year Program

HCHS Staff Member Lillian Ingram Meredith Weds Abel McDonnell
Lillian Ingram Meredith and Abel McDonnell were married Sept. 10. Martin Marcus, an acting justice of New York State Supreme Court in the Bronx, officiated at the weekend home of the bride’s parents in Bloomville, N.Y.

For full article CLICK HERE

Steve Hofstetter '97 Added Excitement at a Mets Game
With a little help from the team, comedian Steve Hofstetter went to Citi Field on a search for the biggest Mets fans. He then tested their knowledge of their beloved New York club. With a twist.

Lin-Manuel Miranda '98 Impromptu Speech at "In the Heights" in London

Lin-Manuel Miranda '98 made an impromptu speech at the end of a performance of In the Heights in London last night.
In the speech he paid tribute to the "incredible company" of the show. He also told surprised audience members that he had just watched Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and that In The Heights is definitely "one of my horcruxes". For rest of article CLICK HERE
Michelle Kang ('02) Reunited with Susie Lee ('02), Weiying Yu ('02), Nick Huang ('02), Irene Chung ('04) and Jer-Jou Cheng (1997-1999) at Her Wedding

Michelle Kang ('02) was thrilled to reunite with Susie Lee ('02), Weiying Yu ('02), Nick Huang ('02), Irene Chung ('04) and Jer-Jou Cheng (1997-1999) at her wedding. Michelle and her new husband Nguyen Ha practice architecture in Seattle.
Naomi Karp '67 Color of Money Live: "There will always be demands on your money by people who don't pay your bills"

Join Washington Post nationally syndicated personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary for an online discussion. 
This month's book club guest is Naomi Karp, a senior policy analyst in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Older Americans.  For rest of article CLICK HERE
Jana Lucash, HCHS Faculty, Why Instructors Enjoy Model Diplomacy
Instructor Jana Lucash explains how Model Diplomacy enlivened teaching and learning about international relations in her classroom.

Brazilian Opera Fall Season, "Plastic Flowers" directed by founder of Musical Rep: Jonathan Alan Arak '83
There’s a lot going on. You will have several chances to check some of our
amazing singers in immersive environments. And it all closes with a grand
Boca Boca party Saturday night!
This is it. Get your tickets now! And we’ll see you soon.Sep. 9 @ 7pm: Plastic Flowers (Act 2) featuring Abby Powell, mezzo soprano, as PenelopeHistoric Holland Street – Jersey City Heights – NJ – 7pm – Free Admission
Sep. 10th @ 3pm:  Plastic Flowers (Act 2) featuring Abby Powell as Penelope at Eutopia ConferenceSnug Harbor Cultural Center –
Staten Island – 3pm – Free Admission RSVP: Eutopia
Sep. 10th @ 10pm: Boca Boca Brazilian Dance Night featuring DJ João
and Live PerformersSNAFU 28 at 37 E. 28th St. – NYC – 10pm – $20 – First Drink Free!
"At the Beach in My Burkini" by Romaissaa Benzizoune '16
There really is no great way to describe my newest burkini. There is no shape that it takes on, no existing style that it resembles, no problem that it effectively solves. It impedes both modesty and actual swimming, costs more than $100 plus shipping, and can be secured only with an array of hooks, straps and elastic bands.

It is completely and entirely Barbie pink. Click here for full article  

Alex Shub '90 to run NYC Marathon in Honor of Sadie Pine, daughter of Jacob Pine '90.

This is one of the nicest things anyone has done for me and my family. Completely unsolicited, Alex Shub '90, and friend since Ms Liebov's kindergarten class, about 40 years ago, has decided to run the NYC marathon and raise money for the Arthritis Foundation in honor of my 10 year old daughter, Sadie (Father Jacob Pine '90), who has had JRA since she was 18 months old. The Arthritis Foundation has been a wonderful source of information and support. This summer, Sadie attended sleep-away "arthritis camp" for one week at Lake Luzerne and had a blast. The arthritis foundation helps pay for these types of events for kids (and adults, too). if you can, please support Alex, or at least root him on in his insanity.
Click here to support Arthritis Foundation TCS NYC Marathon Alex Shub '90
Vancouver Fringe Festival "My Stroke of Luck", by Diane Barnes '68

 Can the good doctor become a good patient? Who are you when the who you know is gone?  And who do you have the courage to become?My Stroke of Luck shares Diane’s journey of  medical catastrophe and recovery- not only as the physician she is, but as a single mom to a  frightened teenaged son. A spellbinding and funny look at love, family and seemingly  insurmountable obstacles. For tix click HERE

In Memory Of Irving Kizner October 3, 1930 - August 19, 2016

A special Irving Kizner Memorial Fund has now been set up. You can reach it  HERE, or you can go directly to the donate section of our website and designate your gift to his fund. If you would like to submit a guest book entry CLICK HERE. 
"Advice From a Former Olympic Hopeful: Set the Bar Low" By NNENNA LYNCH '89
 Watching the Olympics, especially the track and field events, has long been  somewhat fraught for me. Sixteen years ago this summer, I retired from my  career as a professional runner and abandoned my dreams of becoming an  Olympian. I had been a top-ranked American runner, represented the United  States in international competition and was a World University Games gold  medalist. To read rest of the article CLICK HERE
Cynthia Nixon '84 Plays Emily Dickinson in the Trailer for Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion
Cynthia Nixon '84 stars as the legendary poet Emily Dickinson in this luminous biopic from director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea, Sunset Song).
Lin-Manuel Miranda '98 Teaming up with Sen. Schumer to Battle Broadway Cyber Scalpers

Sen. Chuck Schumer teams up with one of Broadway's biggest stars to urge Congress to crack down on cyber scalpers.

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda '98 and Schumer are calling on lawmakers to pass a bill that would stop internet scalpers from using computer programs to scoop up Broadway tickets.

CODE2040 CEO heads to the White House
Laura Weidman Powers '00, in USA Today, who has built CODE2040 into a major force for diversifying the technology industry, is taking her advocacy to the White House with her appointment as a senior policy adviser to U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith.
The Disrupters: Making New York’s Cultural Boards More Diverse
The glass ceilings at elite cultural organizations are starting to crack after some pressure from the city.  
Mentioned is Edith Cooper '79.
Hillary Clinton Quotes Hamilton in DNC Acceptance Speech
Hillary Rodham Clinton quoted the Broadway musical Hamilton at the climax of her July 28 speech accepting the nomination from the Democratic Party for President of the United States.
Meet the Editor: Marina Picciotto '81 Shares Her Vision for JNeurosci
Marina Picciotto '81, the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Neuroscience, shares her vision for the journal in an evolving publishing environment.

From Goldman Sachs To Nonprofit: Nancy Yao Maasbach '90 And The Museum Of Chinese In America
Nancy Yao Maasbach '90 is president of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA).  “The museum is here for everyone. Chinese immigration to America is part of the larger story of America and what makes this country truly great.” -Forbes
Monoa is an upcoming Disney musical to be released November 23, 2016.
"Moana" is the story of an adventurous teenage girl who is a sea-voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her family needs her help, she sets off on an epic journey. The film will also include demigods and spirits taken from real mythology.

Starring Dwayne Johnson & Auli’i Cravalho, music by Lin-Manuel Miranda '98, in theatres this Thanksgiving! 

Larry Olmstead '84 releases Real Food/ Fake Food.
"When we try to be mindful about what we eat, we choose healthy fats like olive oil, lean proteins like seafood, and maybe we occasionally splurge on some fancy Japanese steak or a glass of champagne. But according to food and travel writer Larry Olmsted, too often such foods are not actually what we think they are. Listen to the interview on the Diane Rehm Show.
Hamilton By Lin-Manuel Miranda '98 Sweeps the Tonys
Hamilton wins Tony for "Best Original Musical." Lin-Manuel Miranda '98 wins "Best Original Score."
Stop the Bots From Killing Broadway

Almost a year ago, the curtain rose for “Hamilton” at the Richard Rodgers Theater. Since that day, everyone involved in the production has had many wonderful experiences to cherish — from the performance when we hosted President Obama and the first lady to the heartfelt stories we hear from theatergoers outside the stage door.
But we share one regret: the lack of availability of tickets means that many people who want to see “Hamilton” can’t.

Hamilton wins Pulitzer Prize for History
The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Drama.
For a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda

A landmark American musical about the gifted and self-destructive founding father whose story becomes both contemporary and irresistible.

Millennium Recruits Credit Suisse's Jain ('88) for Co-CIO Role
Bloomberg News reports that Bob Jain '88, the former global head of Credit Suisse Asset Management, is to be co-chief investment officer at Millennium Management.
Girl in Glass by Deanna Fei '95 raises important issues
Deanna Fei '95 author of Girl in Glass received an excellent review in the New York Times. Her memoir details her experience as the mother of a premature baby whose medical bills caused a huge uproar when AOL CEO downgraded company healthcare in response.
Mourning Lincoln by Martha Hodes '76: National Book Award Long List Finalist
Mourning Lincoln by Martha Hodes '76 was selected as a 2015 National Book Award Long List Finalist for nonfiction. Dr. Hodes was also the featured speaker at the Autumn Reception in October and presented a talk on her book.

Mourning Lincoln by Martha Hodes '76 selected as National Book Award Finalist
Christopher Jackson '89 edits the winner of the National Book Award for NonFiction, Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Read the interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Lin-Manuel Miranda '98 Wins MacArthur "Genius Award."
The MacArthur Foundation gives away $625,000 each year, with "no strings attached," to 24 selected artists, writers, scientists, and innovators of all kinds who "are shedding light and making progress on critical issues, pushing the boundaries of their fields, and improving our world in imaginative, unexpected ways...their work, their commitment, and their creativity inspires us all."  Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of them. Read More
Jane Tillman Irving '65 wins 2015 "Writer's Guild Award"
Jane Tillman Irving '65 wins the prestigious Writer's Guild Award for her WCBS radio series, "Civil Rights at 50."

"30 Under 30" 2015 Awards
Reed Rayman '04 has been named to Forbes "30 Under 30" for 2015. Reed left investment banking at Goldman Sachs to join the private equity firm of Apollo Global Management. 

Jenna Livingston '02 was selected by Business Insiders as the #6 "Most Creative 30 Under 30 in Advertising." Jenna is a copy director at R/GA NYC.

Thea Button '07 was named to the "30 Under 30" list of "Rising Real Estate Stars" by the Commercial Observer. Thea currently works at commerical real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield.  

Harvard scientist Adam E. Cohen '97 lights up neurons to find brain cures: Health

A video, published online in the journal Nature Methods in June, shows a new method for converting electrical activity into fluorescent light. This nascent technology was discovered by 35-year-old Harvard University neuroscientist Adam Cohen, a native New Yorker with two doctorates under his belt. Pharmaceutical companies from Biogen Idec Inc. to GlaxoSmithKline Plc have already lined up to collaborate with Cohen’s biotechnology firm, Q-State Biosciences, hoping to advance drug development. Read more

Hunter Alumna Mildred Dresselhaus Wins the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Hunter Alumna Mildred Dresselhaus Wins the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Watch her White House interview here. 

Ruby Dee '39 dies at 91

The HCHSAA was saddened to learn of the death of Ruby WALLACE Dee '39, a legend in the American theater and a political activist and pioneer for civil rights throughout her life. She was an Academy Award nominee, and winner of Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, and SAG awards, as well as recipient of the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Medal of the Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Frederick Douglass Award and the Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum. For more on her extraordinary life, visit the New York Times article here:

Hunterite becomes youngest EGOT winner

On Sunday, March 2, Bobby Lopez '93 made history when he accepted his Oscar for the song "Let It Go" in the moving Frozen, making him the youngest artist to ever win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (popularly known as EGOT). Check out one of the articles about his success HERE.

Hunterite fights back against AOL CEO

Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL, held a town hall meeting in early February to explain that he was cutting retirement benefits for employees, citing the rise in healthcare costs and using the example of two "distressed" babies that cost the company a million dollars. One of those babies is the daughter of alumna Deanna Fei '95, who responded with a strong and articulate essay in Slate, and whose story has since appeared on the Today show. Read her article HERE.

Hunterite's Blog Noticed by Anderson Cooper

Lovin' the Alien, the popular blog by  Alexandra MacAaron '80, caught the attention of Anderson Cooper, who asked MacAaron to appear on his show (she declined). She was also awarded CBS' Most Valuable Blogger. You can read more about her work HERE.

Alum Mentioned as one of the "Unsung Women of Technology"

Mildred SPIEWAK Dresselhaus, Jan. '48, was listed in Computer World Online as one of thirteen women who have made major contributions in the fields of science and technology. The article was written in honor of Ada Lovelace Day (October 13) and was sent to us by Andrea Elberger '69, who writes " This would be a great encouragement to the current female students at HCHS, and a great source of excitement for many alumni who remember when HCHS was an all-female institution. Most importantly, if you point to slide #4 (out of 15), you will pinpoint the only woman for whom her pre-college education was even mentioned. And why did this one woman have her high school education mentioned – because she went to Hunter College High School." See the article HERE.

Hunter NOT the "Saddest Spot"!

Thanks in part to the commotion raised by members of the Hunter community, Professor Bar Yam re-examined his previous findings and discovered that the saddest spot in Manhattan (as determined by tweets during a two week period in April 2012) is actually just south of HCHS, and accidentally overlapped coordinates. Read more HERE:

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