We look forward to seeing you on campus for Alumni Weekend & Reunion NEXT WEEK! Thank you to all who have registered. It's not too late to join the celebration. In particular, we'd love to see a great turnout for our Hall of Fame and Women of Distinction ceremony, which will be held outdoors in the beautiful Formal Gardens. Here is the full list of those being honored, including retired veteran faculty members Bill Dolbee P'04, '10, Connie McCabe, and Paul Dunlop, along with former science teacher and LFA Trustee Gloria Harper P'93.

Meanwhile, LFA is fully enrolled (437 students), and we opened the 2021-22 school year with the All-School "Fist Bump/Wave" (no handshakes!) on Monday, Aug. 23. Students are getting vaccinated and are wearing masks indoors, as we strive to maintain a healthy community. We are excited to be reunited with everyone again. It's shaping up to be a great year!

Ruth Keyso
Director of Alumni Engagement
847.615.3268 (office)
847.224.6072 (cell)
9 Days til Alumni Weekend & Reunion -- And Still Time to Register!
Join us for the many wonderful events planned during the weekend, including the Hall of Fame ceremony; cocktails in the Formal Gardens with our Head of School; the Multicultural Dialogue (with breakout groups led by student and alumni facilitators); Friday's Casino Night in the Gardens; and the Young Alumni Happy Hour in Chicago. There won't be a shortage of opportunities to reconnect with old friends and make memories. All of our events are being undertaken to ensure the health and safety of our guests.

Register today at

Direct any questions to Hannah Shallenberger,

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to support the mission of Lake Forest Academy.
Book Talk with Award-Winning Author Rebecca Makkai '95 - Sept. 25

Take part in this special opportunity to hear author Rebecca Makkai '95, Pulitzer Prize nominee and Lake Forest Academy Hall of Fame member, discuss her writing and answer your questions. 

Named one of Chicago Magazine's 50 most powerful women, this acclaimed author saw her first novel, The Borrower, awarded a Booklist Top Ten Debut, Indie Next pick and O Magazine selection. Her second book, The Hundred-Year House, received commendation as The Chicago Writers Association’s novel of the year and received raves in the New York Times Book Review and elsewhere. Most recently Makkai’s The Great Believers was named a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award, and was named one of the New York Times’ Top Ten Books of 2018.

Make plans to attend with a fellow Caxy bookworm or writer. This event is a part of Alumni Weekend & Reunion. 

Saturday, September 25
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Reid Hall, Library Reading Room

And the Winner is...
We enjoyed a fabulous alumni vs. students soccer match on campus on Sunday, Aug. 22. Alumni/ae from the classes of 1971 through 2021 took on the LFA varsity squad. Thanks to lots of cheering on the sidelines from faculty, parents, alumni parents, alumni, and students, the student team prevailed, 5-2. BUT, the alumni put up a great fight. It was a terrific game. Hope to see all of you again next year!

View our album of photos, taken by alumni parent Debbie Gallagher P'07, '09, '11, '13 here.

caption for photo above: Our alumni players (l to r): Felipe Alban '17, Eric Richardson '98, Lizzie Dozois '21, Henry Sackman '10, Rich Gallagher '09, Brian Lunar '10, Dustin Holloway '07, Mantas Ivanauskas '13, Andrew Ryder '17, Alex Lapanik '03, Jake Elperin '04 (not pictured: Chris McCormick '71)

caption for photo below: kneeling, l to r: Felipe Alban ’17, Lizzie Dozois ’21, Jose Onofre ’24, Franco Sovero ’24, Jorge Valle ’24, Stefano Maida ’22, Jared Hagstrom ’25, Ricky Ascroft ’22, Ryota Nambara ‘22, Issei Terada ’23, Pierce Chaseley ’23, Sy Rosenblatt ’25, Rich Gallagher ’09, Brian Lunar ’10; standing, l to r: Eric Richardson ’98, Evan Haldar ’24, Nicky Lubaev ’23, Henry Sackman ’10, Kamal Nigmatullin ’22, Platon Chervak ’22, Lazar Matic ’22, Nick Marlette ’22, Stefan Momcilovic ’22, Niki Momcilovic ’24, Dustin Holloway ’07, Giuseppe Maida ’22, Shunta Nambara ’24, Mantas Ivanauskas ’13, Andrew Ryder ’17, Matt Kupczyk ’24, Alex Lapanik ’03, Jake Elperin ‘04
Faculty Profiles: Welcome to LFA
Get to know the newest faces among the faculty and staff at LFA. Click here to read bios on several new members of our community. (New bios added regularly.) It's an impressive bunch of individuals, and we are honored to welcome them to LFA.

Right: Diego Duran-Medina, Director of the Stuart Center for Global Leadership (SCGL) and Executive Director of the Global Youth Leadership Institute (GYLI).
College Dinner Series
We're hungry already! Our college dinner series events are starting up again in person. We look forward to visiting with our college-aged students in cities and towns around the country.

At these events, we enjoy a meal together, discuss the students' college experiences, and reminisce about LFA. This popular alumni engagement event is in its 9th year! Check the website regularly for a list of upcoming dinners. (Note that we will host most of these events during the spring semester.)
See Our Caxy Athletes at Home or Away
If you're interested in catching a Caxy game or meet at home or on the road, check out the athletics calendar on the LFA website. Hope to see you on the sidelines!
Show Your LFA Pride with Caxy Wear--Buy Now for the Holidays!
Need to refresh your athletic wear? Looking for new LFA-branded shirts/sweatshirts, drinkware, jewelry, pet supplies, blankets, or hats? Visit our new online store and have fun showing off your orange and black! (As this site is brand new, we ask your patience as new items are being added, including Ferry Hall branded items!)
Upcoming and IN-PERSON Alumni Events
We're hitting the road again! Please plan to join Head of School José M. De Jesús P'22 and fellow alumni in the following cities. Watch your email and mailbox for invitations in the weeks and months to come.

Sun., Oct. 3, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Ponte Vedra Beach Alumni/ae & Friends Reception, hosted by Ferry Hall alumna Jean Royster Smiley '56

Mon., Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.: NYC/Tri-State Area Alumni/ae & Friends Reception at the headquarters of McCann advertising agency, hosted by Sean Bryan '89

Wed., Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m.: Denver Area Alumni/ae & Friends Reception: the Cooper Lounge at Crawford Hotel, Union Station

Check the LFA website regularly for more upcoming events.