Poly Mail                                                                                             October 2017

The Arts are Alive and Well at Poly
There will be monthly professional art shows in the new BPI gallery, culminating with each showing artist giving an artist talk to the Poly community. We have artists coming from Chicago, DC, Baltimore, Florida, New York, and China this year! Seven art colleges will be coming to Poly this year for in-person interviews and portfolio reviews by admissions counselors. We also have a new partnership between the SJSA (Social Justice Sewing Academy) and Poly! SJSA will be traveling from California and Boston to work with 180 Poly students to construct four Social Justice Quilts. These quilts, when finished, will empower student voice through the arts about issues pertinent in their lives. The quilts will go on a national tour, starting at the African American Museum in D.C. and ending all the way in the San Francisco De Young Museum and the Oakland Museum of the Arts!

Poly/City Game is Saturday, November 4 
Poly will face City in the rival game of the season on Saturday, November 4th at 12:00 pm at M&T Bank Stadium! Get game day ready by attending the Poly Alumni "Mix and Mingle Soiree" on Thursday, November 2 from 5-8pm at the school store on campus. Enjoy music, lite fare, photo booth and purchase both school apparel and game tickets! If you can't make this event, stop by the school store next week during regular hours to purchase your gear and game tickets! Normal school store hours are as follows:
M W F -7:45-9am; Thursday- 8:00- 8pm; Friday-8-6pm. Ticket prices are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the school store during the above hours or in the Foundation Office, room 106. GO POLY, BEAT CITY!!!

Poly Launches Virtual Reality Lab
Photo credit: The Baltimore Sun
History was made on Thursday, October 5, 2017 as Poly became the first and only public high school in Baltimore city to develop and implement a virtual reality lab on campus. Poly seniors Max Breitmeyer, Anders Hartmark, Xander Easton and Iven Chen-Van Dyk developed a business proposal, a budget and a "constitution" of how the lab will be used for now and for future students. A generous gift from the Poly Class of 1963 launched the dream into a reality.   

Visitors to the lab can put on a headset and be transported anywhere in the world through the virtual reality technology. One program allows headset-wearers to travel through the human bloodstream, inspecting red and white blood cells. Another takes the user to a room filled with spiders, a form of exposure therapy for people with arachnophobia. The Sun reports that the "student founders envision that all kinds of academic classes will make use of the lab they built. Freshman biology students could "travel" through the human body, art classes could come "paint" in three dimensions and social studies students could "walk around" in other countries." For more information on this ground breaking project, check out this video from Fox 5 News here. Or better yet, come back to campus soon and check it out!
Poly Pride Raffle Tickets on Sale Now
The countdown has begun - in 2 short months someone will win the Poly Pride Raffle! Think of the possibilities....win up to $50,000 cash or a Land Rover Evoque. But you can't win if you don't buy a ticket! Do so today at  www.PolyPrideRaffle.com! Proceeds from the raffle, minus the winner's portion, will benefit the scholars and programs at Poly.

New Science Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Victoria Mathew
When school opened on September 5th, the Science Department welcomed a new member, Ms. Victoria Mathew. Having grown up in Baltimore, Ms. Mathew knows all too well what she was getting into and how she would be challenged by the bright students at Poly. After graduating from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Virginia with a dual degree in Psychology and Biology, Ms. Mathew studied abroad at the University of Reading in England while also taking courses at Oxford University. She earned her Masters in Teaching Science from Johns Hopkins University.

For 2 years Ms. Mathew's taught as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania where she and a group of associates established a non-profit, TETEA, Inc. in 2008 to provide scholarships for girls in Tanzania. This non-profit has constructed two libraries and is currently working on a third. As a founding member of the non-profit, Ms. Mathew is extremely proud to assist the young ladies of this country to become educated by providing resources along with her colleagues.

For nine and a half years, Ms. Mathew has taught in Baltimore City, first at Patterson as an intern, then for six and a half years at ACCE (Academy for College and Career Exploration) where she served as Head of the Science Department, and then for three years at AFYA, a public charter middle school.

In addition to teaching full time, Ms. Mathew's is a mentor teacher for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and serves on Baltimore City's Sustainability Commission. With the little spare time she has, she enjoys family, the outdoors and karaoke. Now in her first year at Polytechnic, she has immersed herself in her teaching duties and is working on improving the campus habitat. Welcome aboard

Poly Library Book Fair Scheduled for December 1-15, 2017
Poly announces an opportunity to purchase books online as a fundraiser for the Poly Library. What a great way to support literacy, buy books you enjoy, get some holiday shopping done, and support your alma mater, all at the same time! Please use this link to purchase books for yourself or others: https://www.childrensbookstore.com/go/BPI. You can also view the Poly Library Wish List and purchase books to donate to the Library. Whatever you choose, 30% of your purchase will go towards our fundraiser for all purchases made between December 1-15, 2017. Mark your calendars and save this link! Questions, please contact Dr. Maureen O'Neill, Poly's School librarian, at mroneill@bcps.k12.md.us. Thanks for your support!   


2017 Alumni Dinner Tickets Now on Sale
The 130th Annual Poly Alumni Dinner Meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm at Martin's West. Business to be conducted at the meeting includes the nomination of the following directors to serve a two year term beginning Jan 01, 2018 thru Dec. 31, 2019: John L. Crew '83, Alicia Howard '00, and Richard Roth '55. Tickets for this great event are on sale now and can be purchased online here
In Memorium
The Poly family is saddened to learn of the passing of the following community members:
  • Edward "Ted" Funk '63 Ted Funk, of Highland Park, Illinois, September 28, 2017, after a long illness. Dr. Funk was a research scientist with Exxon-Mobil and UOP, and a professor at the University of Illinois.
  • Charles Sullivan '56: Mr. Sullivan graduated from Poly 1956, and taught mathematics at Poly for 37 years and coached all levels of football, basketball and baseball for 27 years. He retired to Las Vegas in 1998, where he taught math at Durango High School and tutored student
    athletes at University of Nevada at Las Vegas. In 2012, Sullivan received 2 honors. He was named to the Poly Hall of Fame for his teaching and coaching and the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches for his record of 328 wins. A  memorial service will be held October 26 10.30 am at the Baltimore Church of the Redeemer, Charles St.
  • Alfred J. "Buddy" Stewart '77: The family of Major General Alfred J. "Buddy" Stewart will host a Celebration of Life on Saturday, November 11th at Delaney Valley Memorial Gardens. 

Save the date!
The 31st Annual Poly/City Golf Tournament will be held next summer on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Country Club of Maryland. Check out pictures and results from the 2017 Poly/City Golf Tournament here. Hope to see you there in 2018!

Support the BPIAA through Annual Dues
For just $30 per year or a $200 one-time, lifetime dues payment, you can support the efforts of the BPI Alumni Association! Annual or life memberships are now available, and please note that the Board of Directors has voted to end the partial life payment program. Members participating in this program are being asked to send in the remainder of their payments and become Life Members. Your generous contributions allow the BPIAA to continue the programs and scholarships for the students of Poly. To pay your dues today go to www.bpi.edu/alumnidues . As always, thank you for your support!
Reunion Calendar
Check out a list of upcoming reunions for all of the latest information! If you have updated reunion information, or need to add your class reunion to the list, please contact the Alumni Association at alumni@bpi.edu or 410-889-7659. Need help planning your class reunion? Check out the new BPI Reunion Planning Guide! Upcoming reunions include:
  • Class of 1977: Nov. 4, 2017 at the Poly/City Game and then meet at CafĂ© Hon afterwards for cash bar and menu!
    Contact: Charlie Shaw at Charles.Shaw@RADNET.COM
  • Class of 2007: 10th Reunion on  Saturday, Nov. 4th, 2017
    from 9:00PM - 1:00AM at the La Fontaine Bleue, Glen Burnie.
    Ticket Cost: Single- $85, Couple- $160, Table for 10 people- $800 Click here for more info & to purchase tickets. 
    Contact: Attilah Edges amsedges11@gmail.com; Airis Thomas airdanae89@gmail.com . Class email: Send pictures/videos for the slideshow and songs for the playlist to  poly2007reunion@gmail.com
  • Class of 2008: 10th Reunion tentative plans are for an evening event on Saturday November 10, 2018, same day as the Poly/City game. More information to follow. Contacts: Elisha (Clayton) Urquhart,  TyKera Marrow, Tavon Hannah.  
  • '71 Varsity Lacrosse Reunion: Members of the '71 Varsity Lacrosse team are looking for other members for a get together! If you were a member of this team, please contact Ken Lackey at Klackey534@aol.com! Also, a number of the '69, '70, '71 Varsity Lacrosse Team will be at the alumni dinner Nov. 21st, hope to see you there!
  • Class of 1999: The Class of 1999 is planning their 20th reunion! Date and venue TBD - please offer your input on the Facebook page or contact Kezia Black 443-653-0767, Charne Owens 410-336-4505, or Onida Haskett 862-203-0221
  • Class of 2009 Plans for the Class of 2009's 10 Year Reunion are underway! For more information, please contact the committee lead, Erin Wilson erin.wilson710@gmail.com 
Reunion Recaps
  • On Tuesday, September 19th, the BPI Class of 1953 held its 64th annual luncheon. Thanks to all who put in much work to organize these activities and for all who attended, many from out of state. As folks gathered, friends greeted each other warmly with updates on activities since the last gathering and stories of the "Old Days" were shared with fellow classmates along with Laura Green, Executive Director of Poly's Foundation and Adrian Palazzi, Alumni Coordinator. Jon Files served as Master of Ceremonies for the event and shared updates on the status of classmates. Laura Green was introduced to the group as the Executive Director of the Polytechnic Foundation and she offered warm greetings to all and offered any assistance either she or anyone in the Foundation and Alumni office could provide. Adrian Palazzi then addressed the gathering with some updates on all the wonderful things that are happening these days at Poly. As always, the ever faithful members of the class of 1953, who have been extremely generous to Poly over the years, stood and sang "Poly, Polytechnic" at the start and followed it with the "Poly Hymn". A wonderful day of camaraderie closed out as members of the class said their goodbyes until next year's reunion.
  • The Class of 1996 just celebrated their 21st reunion on October 6, 2017 at the Engineer's Club in Baltimore. Anyone with pictures or highlights from the event, please send them to alumni@bpi.edu
  • The Class of 1967 recently celebrated their 50th reunion at Winter's Run Golf Club! Attendees can share anecdotes and pictures from the event by emailing alumni@bpi.edu
  • The Class of 1962 celebrated their 55th reunion the weekend of October 6-7, 2017 at Mayo Beach in Anne Arundel County, MD.  


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