Our 15th Reunion is May 29-June 1!
The weather in the northeast is starting to tease us with brief whiffs of spring. Over in Amherst, much is happening on campus. The college has named a new Dean of Students and has also appointed its first Provost. The men's basketball team will be competing in the NCAA Division III championship game in Atlanta on April 12, while the women's basketball team recently competed in a remarkable fifth consecutive Final Four.
Against this exciting backdrop, the events at our 15th Reunion are starting to take shape. One of the features of the weekend is the programming offered by our classmates and fellow alumni and I want to update you regarding these events. Our programming committee has put together a great slate of panels.
First, five of our classmates in government service will explore the current debates over the role, size and scope of government, and how Amherst shaped their careers in government and public service. This panel features Ethan Bernstein (Chief Strategy Officer for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), Nathan Hartshorn (Minnesota Assistant Attorney General), Irene Lin (State Policy Director for Obama for America - Iowa), Dermond Thomas (Village of Valley Stream, NY Elected Trustee), and Shana Wallace (United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Department).
The state of secondary education in the country remains a pressing issue, as many states and localities wrestle with unfunded mandates and dwindling governmental support amid calls for improved student performance. We have two panels addressing these topics. First, Todd Sutler, the Executive Director of the Odyssey Initiative, will discuss his team's year-long journey to learn from the best schools in America before opening a new, progressive public school in Brooklyn. Todd will then join a panel of our classmates for an open discussion of public K-12 education policy, changes, and trends in urban, suburban, charter, and homeschool environments. Joining Todd are Nathan Clay (Home School Teacher, Santa Barbara, CA), Emily Glasgow (Principal, Franklin D. Roosevelt K8 School, Boston, MA), Noah Lippe-Klein, (Teacher, Dorsey Public High School, Community Organizer with The Coalition for Educational Justice, Los Angeles, CA), and Alison Tolpin (Teacher, Wellesley High School, Wellesley MA).
Finally, we are co-sponsoring a panel with other reunion classes entitled "From Amherst to Entrepreneur," in which Amherst alumni running small business share their experiences and insights. Darren Malhame (Owner, Northstar Café) Mbambu Miller (Founder, Project Aurora Games) and Ken Natori (VP, The Natori Company) are tentatively scheduled to join this panel.
I want to thank Elizabeth Dell and Irene Lin for developing and organizing these panels. I hope you are as excited as I am for these panels and for reunion. We have gotten a wonderful response from classmates who are planning to attend. Please take the time to confirm your attendance and register today as it greatly helps our budgeting and planning efforts. I look forward to seeing you in May. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
See you there!