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FALL 2017

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Bonnie Phillips '60 and husband Denis founded the Phillips Gallery in 1965, and now it holds the title of the oldest-running commercial art gallery in the Intermountain West. Mature shade trees form a canopy over their tidy historic storefront that for 50 years has held its own against newer, bigger commercial buildings on the block. Much like its owners, it's comfortably elegant and teeming with fascinating stories.
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Katharine Coles, Utah's Poet Laureate from 2006 to 2012, Guggenheim Fellow, and a University of Utah 2017 Distinguished Professor, returned to Rowland Hall for the first time since graduating in 1977 to share her fifth published collection of poems, "The Earth Is Not Flat," written under the auspices of the U.S. National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program.
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"Define what you want, and then ask for what you want. If you don't find it where you are, create it." This advice was at the heart of Rowland Hall alumnus Dave Stockham's speech at the breakfast welcoming the class of 2017 into the Alumni Association. A member of the class of 1991, Mr. Stockham is currently the vice president of sales at Cotopaxi, an outdoor retail company focused on creating sustainable products while helping to alleviate poverty worldwide.
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Caroline Gleich '03 is a queen of the majestic playground that is the Wasatch Range. She runs it, climbs it, bikes it, skis it—and fights to preserve it. She recently received accolades for being the first woman and fourth person to ski all 90 lines listed in The Chuting Gallery, a backcountry-skiing guide to the Wasatch.
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Rowland Hall grads and brothers Ethan Fedor '13 and Chris Fedor '15 were back in Salt Lake recently, but not for a vacation. The two California Polytechnic State University engineering students attended the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), an annual gathering of bicycle-frame builders.
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Rowland Hall alumnus Chris Diehl '15 told us about his experience at McGill University in Montreal, why he's so happy to attend college internationally, and how his time at Rowland Hall is helping him succeed in his studies in the Great White North.
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Rowland Hall nurtures students to be collaborative, creative, and innovative, and encourages them to make a positive impact on their communities and the world. After graduating, several young alumni have found the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah to be the perfect place to continue those pursuits. University students Tianxing Jin '15, Cynthia Grissom '16, Colby Russo-Hatch '15, and Henry Gilbert '16 currently benefit from the unique programming and opportunities Lassonde has to offer.
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Rowland Hall alumna Claire Wang '15 says she can't recall a time in her life when she wasn't passionate about our Earth and the environment. Researching air quality, clean energy, and other environmental issues for Middle School debate heightened her interest in climate advocacy. Ms. Wang went on to be a nationally ranked debater in high school, and her involvement in clean energy and politics at the local level continued to grow.
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Mariya Rabovsky-Herrera '06 graduated from the University of San Francisco with a nursing degree. She found her passion in public health and works for the Nurse Home Visiting Program of San Joaquin County, California. The program is crucial to improving maternal and child health outcomes, especially for those living in poverty.
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Every year before the senior class graduates, the Rowland Hall Alumni Association welcomes the twelfth graders into its ranks at the Alumni Senior Breakfast. The highlight of the 2016 Alumni Breakfast morning was alumni speaker Geoff Swindle '95, who offered excellent advice to the graduates.
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On the first Wednesday of every month, a group of retired Rowland Hall teachers and staff gather to stay connected and continue their shared history. For those who have experienced these teachers firsthand, it is a reminder of the inspired teaching that has motivated Rowland Hall students for decades—sharing knowledge beyond textbooks and creating connections through experience.
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What do biomedical engineering and service have in common? We asked Rowland Hall graduate Joseph (Joe) Illingworth '11, whose warm smile and engaging personality made the connection between his desire to help people and his complex biomedical engineering projects a little easier to grasp.
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Rowland Hall alumna Erin Segal '04 began her professional acting career after studying theater at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and moving to Los Angeles. Erin danced in Rowland Hall's Dance Company and participated in all of Rowland Hall's plays and musicals, so when alums recognized Erin in a Super Bowl 50 ad, school social media exploded.
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One of the things we consistently hear from graduates when they return is how prepared they were for college and beyond, especially in writing. Whether alumni are easily writing papers as college freshman while others struggle, become de facto tutors for their peers, or use their well-honed skills to excel in areas beyond the classroom, our alumni leave Rowland Hall knowing how to write, and write well. Ted Janes, class of 2014, didn't necessarily leave Rowland Hall with the aspiration to be a sports journalist, but he left with the skills he needed when the opportunity arose.
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As Rowland Hall's alumni director, and an alumna myself, one of the best and most enjoyable parts of my job is working with people to plan their class reunions. I love meeting alumni of all ages, hearing about their memories and what it was like when they attended school. While I probably shouldn't have favorites, I can say the class of 1965 is made up of some of the liveliest, most interesting, and fun people I have had the chance to meet.
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Members of the Alumni Executive Board recently had the opportunity to tour the beginning stages of the restoration of Rowland Hall's old avenues campus, now home to the Madeleine Choir School. A group of alumni and a few staff members were given a guided tour of the main building, which has had years peeled away, revealing the bare bones of the original architecture.
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It is truly a year to celebrate because you made it possible for Rowland Hall to award its Alumni Scholarship for the very first time! We are thrilled that the inaugural Alumni Scholarships have been given to Sam and Grace Smith, twins who will start seventh grade this fall. Their father is alumnus and Rowland Hall faculty member Ben Smith, '89, who is married to alumna Lindsey Oswald Smith, '92. We are so excited to have the next generation of the Smith family join the school community as Alumni Scholars!
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He graduated from Rowland Hall in June 2002, and on March 19, 2015, Assistant History Professor at Lynchburg College, Adam W. Dean read from and signed his newly released book, "An Agrarian Republic: Farming, Antislavery Politics, and Nature Parks in the Civil War Era" at the King's English, in Salt Lake City.
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Alum, poet, instructor Michael Kroesche is a wonderful example of graduates who have gone on to pursue writing long past their days as Rowland Hall literary magazine editors. Fine Print asked him to tell us about his recent participation (for the third time) in the annual Far West Pop Culture Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Rowland Hall graduate Luke Flockerzi '97 is one of the rare few that has uniquely made his passion his profession. As head basketball coach for the University of Rochester he has merged his academic and athletic abilities with personal experience – the upshot is a positive philosophy in which life, academics, and sport reflect in each other.
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Have you ever noticed the collection of haunting, primitive paintings in the west wing hallway of the Lower School building? Because the paintings often provoke questions about the artist, this seemed the perfect spot to tell the story of Phyllis Jane Luman Metal. The first thing you need to know is that she was put on a train from Rock Spring, Wyoming, in 1918, at the age of six, with a note pinned to her coat directing her to be taken to Rowland Hall.
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Many of us know and love the Dr. Seuss classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." But this holiday tale holds a special place in the hearts of many Rowland Hall students and alumni. The annual reading of this story is an Upper School tradition started in the 1980s by beloved teacher Tony Larimer.
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