Reunion

All alumni/ae are invited to return to campus for our annual Reunion Weekend in May. Every five years, individual Classes celebrate their milestone Reunions. This year, Classes with graduation years ending in “3” and “8” will celebrate their milestone Reunions on Saturday, May 12, 2018!

The main festivities of Reunion occur on Saturday. In the morning, catch up over breakfast on the main oval, view photos and yearbooks from your era at FCS, attend Meeting for Worship and our Reunion Celebration Program, recognize two Distinguished Alumni/ae, and have your Class Photo taken. In the afternoon, gather for a celebratory Luncheon and soak up time together on campus with tours and while watching Phoenix sporting events. In the evening, special receptions are held on campus for the 70th, 65th, 60th, 55th, and 50th Reunion classes, while off-campus parties are held for younger classes.

Excited about your Reunion? Want to be involved? Become a Class Agent! Class agents promote Reunion to their classmates throughout the year, organize Class Gifts, and coordinate off-campus gatherings for their Class. Often, local classmates will host a gathering at their home on Friday evening. Alumni/ae who do not have dinners on campus Saturday evening will often plan celebratory class dinners or smaller dinners with friends that evening before heading to their class parties.

Reunion 2018 Challenge

This year, we are offering a special opportunity for Reunion alumni/ae to be a part of our newly renovated Shallcross Hall.

Archival and current photos have been chosen for an exciting display in the new Dining Hall, adding historical perspective to vibrant new murals that will cover three walls evoking Friends' Central student life, past and present.

When your Class reaches its Reunion Gift Goal, your Class will be listed on the Reunion Gift plaque located near the photo installation. 

Make your Reunion gift here!

Career Day
On the Friday of Reunion Weekend, a group of alumni/ae spend the day on campus with students and teachers as they visit classes to speak about their lives and careers. Although the focus of the day centers around their professional work, alums often speak more broadly about their life experiences, philosophies, lessons, and interests. This opportunity to connect with students while reflecting on their journey has been a moving experience, for both the participating alumni/ae and current students. We’ve even heard alums say, “I got so much more out of that experience than those students ever could have.”

Interested in sharing your career knowledge or life experiences with current students? Contact Linda Waxman Wasserman '75, Director of Alumni/ae Affairs, at lwasserman@friendscentral.org.

Career Day 2017 Alumni/ae

Tonya Evans '87

Tonya M. Evans joined the tenured faculty of the University of New Hampshire School of Law in the fall as an integral member of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property and the UNH Sports and Entertainment Law Institute.

A nationally respected expert on intellectual property, trusts and estates, and entertainment law, Tonya's scholarship primarily focuses on the intersection of those areas of law and the impact of new technologies and artistic forms on copyright law. Formerly the Associate Dean for Inclusion and Equity and an Associate Professor of Law at Widener University, Tonya's courses are uniquely informed by her background as an accomplished author, poet, and former professional tennis player, as well as her vast work in the law field. Following her education at Friends’ Central, Tonya earned her B.S. from Northwestern University and her J.D. from Howard University.

In recognition of her achievements in law and her commitment to social justice, diversity, and inclusivity, Friends’ Central honored Tonya with the 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award. Tonya says of her work:

“My approach in the classroom is to challenge and to engage students from day one in law school not merely as students but as first year practicing lawyers. I use legal studies and the critical thinking, analysis, oral and writing skills required in law school to prepare students to be highly skilled, ethical, motivated, intellectually curious, compassionate and confident professionals. Excellence, compassion and intellectual curiosity were some of the hallmarks of my education at Friends' Central; they were encouraged and nurtured early and often.”

Paul Paz y Mino '87

Since 1997, Paul Paz y Miño has been an advocate for human rights and environmental justice based in Oakland, Ca. Paul is Associate Director of Amazon Watch, a non-profit organization that works with indigenous communities in the Amazon region of Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru to help strengthen the long-term foundation for environmentally sustainable development. In the Huffington Post, he has brought public attention to the long-term impact of oil pollution in the Lago Agrio oil field region of Ecuador and the ongoing legal battle between local residents and Chevron Corporation over responsibilities for cleanup.

After earning his M.A. in International Affairs at George Washington University, Paul was the Guatemala/Chiapas Program Director at the Seva Foundation prior to his work at Amazon Watch. Currently, Paul is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and continues his volunteer work of over 20 years as Colombia Country Specialist for Amnesty International USA.

Paul writes, “My work with Amazon Watch since 2007 has been challenging and rewarding. We challenge some of the world’s biggest polluters, such as Chevron, and work with some amazing partners in the Amazon. Quaker ideals of social justice and compassion are a part of my work and home life every day.”

James Rutenberg '87

As the media columnist for The New York Times and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, James Rutenberg is at the heart of conversation “about our shifting media landscape” in relation to American politics. In his column "The Mediator," Jim writes on a range of challenges facing the press. With articles such as “Media’s Next Challenge: Overcoming the Threat of Fake News” and “Yes, the News Can Survive the Newspaper,” Jim advocates for the importance and relevance of journalism.

After earning his B.A. at New York University, Jim was a reporter at The New York Observer, the New York Daily News, and the New York Post prior to his career at The New York Times. Throughout 17 years at The Times, he has covered presidential and national politics and the media as a political, investigative, White House, and business correspondent, as well as City Hall bureau chief.

In recognition of his commitment to truth and transparency through his work in journalism, Friends’ Central honored Jim with the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Kristin Hevner-Wyatt '97

Kristin Hevner-Wyatt is a composer whose music compositions have been performed nationally and internationally and span the musical genres of classical opera, electronic dance music, and atonal rock. She has also composed music for national commercials including GEICO and numerous independent films and her music has been performed in Carnegie Hall, Birdland and in conjunction with La Scala in Milan. As former Composer-in-residence the new NYC-based opera company, Metropolis Opera Project, Kristin penned four full-length contemporary operas that have been recently performed off-Broadway.

Kristin holds degrees from The Ester Boyer School of Music at Temple University, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and the School for Audio Engineering (SAE), NYC. In addition to her work as a composer, she also maintains a private instruction practice in NYC and Westchester County. She has also previously served on the board of directors for “The Look and Listen Festival,” an annual event dedicated to the performance of contemporary music in art galleries.

She writes that one of her fondest memories from Friends’ Central: “...was having the challenge and the opportunity to compose a suite of piano pieces for my senior project. To be given the time and space to develop my creative vision at such a young age was a tremendous gift. I remember performing those pieces for an audience of my friends, classmates and teachers and feeling not only pride in what I had accomplished but a burgeoning sense of possibility - that I could share who I was through the language of music. It was a profound experience. Now, as a teacher myself, I understand how important receiving both emotional and intellectual support from faculty was for me in pursuing what I love to do and sharing it with others.”

David Gershkoff Slusky '02

David Gershkoff Slusky is an assistant professor of Economics and an Oswald Scholar at the University of Kansas, where he also co-directs the Health Policy Research Group and is a faculty affiliate of the Institute for Policy & Social Research. His research focuses on how public policy affects maternal and child health, and his work was cited on the floor of the Kansas House right before they voted by a veto-proof majority to expand Medicaid. Recent publications show that women’s health clinic closures due to funding cuts reduce preventive care and that increases in maternal sunlight exposure reduce childhood asthma.

David's research has been funded in part by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Vox, Slate, NPR's Morning Edition, and FiveThirtyEight. He also teaches courses on microeconomic theory, labor economics, and health policy. Previously, David was a management consultant in Oliver Wyman's financial services practice in New York City. He holds a doctorate in economics from Princeton University and an undergraduate degree in physics and international studies from Yale University.

Outside of the university, David enjoys spending time with family, cooking, and attending Congregation Beth Shalom in Overland Park, KS. He lives in Lawrence, KS, with his wife, Joanna Slusky, and their 4-year-old daughter, Eve.

As a student at Friends' Central, David was a part of Model UN, the Debate Team, the Math Team, and the Student Admission Committee. He performed in Barbershop and Twelfth Night, and he directed the Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged for his senior project.

Jonathan Grinspan '02

Jonathan Grinspan is Curator of Political History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. His work explores the reciprocal relationship between politics and popular culture in American history.

Prior to his work with the Smithsonian, Jonathan earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in History at the University of Virginia and his B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College. His first book, The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century, uncovers a forgotten era when young men and women fueled American democracy.

Currently, Jonathan is researching a second book on the long struggle for control of American politics fought between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the 20th century. His writing also explores a number of other historical subjects, from Civil War coffee to young people's courtships to political rioting in 19th century America.

Gabe Bloomfield '07

Gabe Bloomfield came to FCS in the 9th grade and quickly made himself a visible and active member of the school community. He pursued a number of interests while at FCS, most notably in the arts. He sang in the chorus, participated in the vocal groups, and acted in numerous plays and dramatic productions. Gabe acted in The Women and showed his dancing, singing, and acting skills in The Pajama Game. His submission to the Young Playwright's Festival, Snow is Falling, won first prize and received a full production in Philadelphia. In his senior year, he wrote Omi, which he then directed as the 9th & 10th grade play.

A versatile student, indeed, Gabe was a leader in the GSA and was also a member of our short-lived but passionate 4th team tennis squad

Gabe is now pursuing a PhD program at Columbia, specializing in the poetry of 17th century England.

Reunion 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Calling all Classes with graduation years ending in "3" or "8" - hope to see you at Reunion 2018!

Want to get involved? Email Linda Waxman Wasserman '75, Director of Alumni/ae Affairs, at lwasserman@friendscentral.org.

Distinguished Alumni/ae

Each year, two Friends' Central alumni/ae are selected to receive the designation of Distinguished Alumnus/a. With pride and appreciation, the recipients of this honor are listed below, along with a brief statement noting the highlights of their accomplishments.

2017
Tonya Evans '87
For her achievements in law and her commitment to social justice, diversity and inclusivity.

James R. Rutenberg '87
For his commitment to truth and transparency through his work in journalism.

2016

Dan Biddle '71
For his outstanding contributions in the field of journalism and his lifetime commitment to social justice.

Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin '61
For her artistic vision and accomplishments in the field of photography.

2015
Sarah Mendelson '80
For her outstanding accomplishments in promoting human rights throughout the world.

Jonathan Rieder '65
For his outstanding scholarship in the field of education and his lifetime commitment to social justice.

2014
Betsy Markland Schwartz '59
For her lifetime commitment to social justice.

Mark Silberberg '84
For his outstanding accomplishments in the field of innovative education.