MARCH 2023 NEWSLETTER | VOLUME 6, ISSUE 10

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ALUMNI WEEKEND 2023!

Visit our Website for Full Details and Registration

VOTE! ALUMNI TRUSTEE ELECTION

Each year, Taft alumni elect one of their own to serve a four-year term on the school’s Board of Trustees. This year’s candidates for Alumni Trustee are Ashley Ciaburri Cheatham '03, Lyssa (Lincoln) Reed '07, and Jeffrey M. Walsh '93. To read about the candidates, visit the 2023 Alumni Trustee Candidate web page.

 

Graduates of the Classes of 1973 and earlier have been mailed a paper ballot and will also receive an electronic voting link; they may vote either by paper or electronically. Graduates of the Class of 1974 and later without an email address on file at Taft will also receive a paper ballot. All other alumni will receive a voting access key via email and text message on March 29. If you have questions or do not receive a ballot by April 1, please email [email protected]


HONORING THE MACMULLENS

Throughout the spring, Tafties have been gathering across the country to honor Willy and Pam MacMullen’s combined 68 years of service to Taft, and to celebrate their many contributions to the school and connections with our community. We hope you'll join us for one of the remaining events.


So far, Tafties have come together in Denver, Dallas, Naples, Hobe Sound, Palm Beach, and Atlanta. Gatherings continue in April and May, with stops in Fairfield, CT, San Francisco, LA, New York, Boston, and, of course, on campus during a special alumni event on Alumni Weekend. 


For more details and to register for an event, visit our Honoring the MacMullens web page.

TAFT ON THE ROAD

Chief Advancement Officer Lawrence Crimmins and Music Department Head Bruce Fifer will be on a whirlwind tour of Asia in May, with stops in Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. Alumni and Taft parents are invited to join them for dinner and a cruise in Shanghai on May 2, dinner in Beijing on May 3, and a reception in Hong Kong on May 4. Find additional information and registration links below.

SHANGHAI DETAILS
BEIJING DETAILS
HONG KONG DETAILS

NON UT SIBI MAY:

LIVING THE TAFT MOTTO

WHERE YOU LIVE

In May, members of the senior class will come together for one last day of service as Taft students. And they won’t be alone; other classes will also close out the academic year with a range of activities with the Taft motto at their core: Non ut sibi ministretur sed ut ministret; not to be served, but to serve. 


We hope you’ll join them.


Living our motto is a commitment we hope all Tafties—current and past—bring into their lives. This May, we’re asking you to honor that commitment by performing an act of service in your home community. It can be a grand gesture or a simple act. It can be a gift of time, a gift of resources, a gift that incorporates interests and activities that are already part of your daily lives. You can do it alone, with family, with friends, or with fellow Tafties. Any act of service will make a difference to a place, a space, or a group close to your heart, while reconnecting you to life at Taft. 


Questions? Hoping to connect or coordinate with other Tafties in

your area? Contact Amanda Pulawski, [email protected],  

(860) 945-7933.


If your service work lends itself to a photo, we’d love to see it!

Please send a photo and short description of your work to [email protected] any time during the month of May. And we’d love to share them on various Taft media platforms.

MUSIC FOR A WHILE CONCERT SERIES

An Evening of Opera:

Puccini's Tosca


Friday, March 31

7:00 pm

Taft's Choral Room


Lecture and discussion with Chris Browner '12.

Performances by young artists from New York's Metropolitan Opera.



Music for a Great Space


Friday, April 21

7:30 pm

Taft's Woodward Chapel


Choral, brass, and organ selections performed by

Taft’s Collegium Musicum

and Woodward Brass Ensemble, Bruce Fifer, Conductor.

Music for a Great Space


Sunday, April 23

3:00 pm

St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

552 West End Avenue at 87th Street, NY, NY


Choral, brass, and organ selections performed by

Taft’s Collegium Musicum

and Woodward Brass Ensemble, Bruce Fifer, Conductor.


TAFT ATHLETICS:

A Post-Season to Remember

Taft's trophy cases have a little less room in them after extraordinary seasons and post-season runs for several varsity teams. Girls' squash won the NEPSAC Class C Championship and the 2023 Division III High School National Championship, while boys’ hockey faced-down a tough opponent in Salisbury to claim the Martin/Earl NEPSAC Large School Tournament championship. Also on the ice, the girls took it all the way to the finals before falling to St. Paul's in the Patsy Odden NEPSAC Large School Tournament.


On the mats, Lachlan Hawes and Jude Okeleke earned All-New England honors with 2nd and 4th place finishes respectively at championships, where Hawes also earned a berth at Nationals.


Number 8 seed Girls’ Varsity Basketball left the Class A NEPSAC Tournament in the first round after falling to Loomis, eventual tournament champions. And on the slopes, the girls’ ski racing team finished third at the Brigham Ski League David Rockwell Grand Slalom Championship, with the boys’ team right behind in fourth place. The teams also repeated those finishes at the 2023 NEPSAC Alpine Ski Championships.


Read more.

ON CAMPUS

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Through a series of events scheduled on and around the federal holiday honoring Dr. King’s birth, Tafties explore concepts central to his mission and messaging: equity, social justice, education, service.


Read more and watch videos.

Morning Meeting:

Dr. Cornel West


Dr. Cornel West brought a message of love and its power to shape who each of us will become to a Black History Month Morning Meeting talk at Taft.


“I am who I am because somebody loved me—cared for me,” Dr. Cornel West told the Taft community. “You are who you are because somebody loved you, tended to you, sacrificed for you..."


Continue reading and watch video of Dr. West’s Morning Meeting talk here. 

Looking Forward with a Nod to the Past


Taft’s 2022 celebration of 50 years of coeducation was a time of reflection—a time to honor the women who faced down sometimes seemingly insurmountable challenges to help make Taft the community it is today. Upper mids Ivy Kargman and Theodora Ryan wanted to learn more and do more, so they founded Taft’s Female Entrepreneur Fellowship. They asked Taft historian, former faculty member, and Winnie Taft author Anne Romano to join their journey. 


Continue reading. 

April 4th, 2023: Taft's Day of Giving

A Banner Day in a Banner Year

Taft’s annual Day of Giving is an opportunity for the community to come together in support of all that makes Taft Taft, from arts and academics to athletics, our extraordinary campus, and the people who make us who we are. Your gifts will help unlock additional funding from generous alumni, as well as perks for the campus community.

Gifts made between now and April 4th count toward Day of Giving totals.

Make a Gift

Thank you!

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