Head of School Tom Sturtevant followed with striking comments about the faculty and the strength of the school today.
Referencing the mission statement and Husson's remarks, Mr. Sturtevant
commented on the incredible ability of NMH
faculty to engage the intellect, compassion, and talents of students.
Faculty salaries and professional development are largely supported by the Annual Fund.
To attract and retain such outstanding faculty, Sturtevant
said that strong voluntary support for the NMH Annual Fund
must continue and grow.
also announced that the campaign surpassed its initial $80 million goal and is now striving to reach $83 million by the end of this fiscal year, June 30, 2010.
As the sun set on Sengekontacket Pond, Head of School Tom Sturtevant spoke about how NMH today is ever more centered on the mission of enabling students to fulfill their potential through a comprehensive education of the head, heart, and hand.
As the formal program began, Head of School Sturtevant thanked the donors, paying special tribute to lead donor William R. Rhodes '52, whose newly-painted portrait was simultaneously unveiled.
Referencing the school's work job program (enjoy NMH Work Program video) and strong focus on community, Sturtevant
also expressed gratitude to those who contributed to the successful completion of the state-of-the-art, LEEDS-certified building: architects, builders, trustees, key staff members, and arts faculty.
Of the latter he
said: "I dare say that this stunning facility could not have come to being without the inspiration and wisdom of our arts faculty.
Perhaps more than in other parts of our program, education for the head, heart, and hand takes place all at once through the arts."
Before turning the program over to student emcees Nicole Dancel '09 and Will Baker '10, both active and talented artists, Sturtevant
continued: "When considering the ways we might thank and recognize our donors who made this building possible for our students and our program, we knew that the most satisfying appreciation would be derived from the witness of talented and empowered students, who grow deeply through their engagement in the arts.
After Head of School Tom Sturtevant encouraged the group to spread the news about the incredible educational opportunities offered at NMH, Khrystin Bryant '06 stood up as a young alum to attest to Sturtevant's message.
and many classmates she
knows are doing extremely well at their selective colleges and that NMH
prepared them for their success.
At UNC-Charlotte, Bryant is not only excelling academically, but she
is also involved in several community and leadership activities.
Campaign Gatherings Bring NMHers Together in Ridgefield, Connecticut
Forty guests, including alumni from the classes of 1945 to 1991, were greeted by Head of School Tom Sturtevant at a gathering hosted by Chris and Jennifer Pappas, the parents of Peggy '12 (view photos)).
emphasized the importance of community and excellent academics at NMH
, also mentioning traditions that continue to bring students, faculty, and staff together such as the Rope Pull, Mountain Day, and weekly all-school meetings.
shared that interest in NMH
among prospective families rose significantly this year and that the applicant pool was outstanding.
Families have until April 10 to make their decisions.
assured the group that NMH
is thriving, thanks in large part to the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends.
During the first week in March, Head of School Tom Sturtevant greeted dozens of alumni, parents, and other NMH guests in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.
At an afternoon gathering in Long Valley, NJ (photos), at the home of NMH Trustee Betsy Compton '72 and her husband Eric Grubman, 22 guests heard news of the school from Sturtevant, and many agreed that they would like to plan more events in the northern NJ area in support of NMH.
The message from Sturtevant
at all three gatherings was that NMH
is thriving, and he
asked donors to put NMH
at the top of their philanthropic list.
At a reception following the production, Head of School Thomas K. Sturtevant provided an update about NMH and the 130th Anniversary Campaign.
Head of School Tom Sturtevant emphasized to the group that NMH is thriving amidst the economic downturn.
acknowledged the challenges the school is facing, but extolled the successes NMH is experiencing despite those challenges, including on the fundraising front.
Guests enjoyed the opportunity to connect, reconnect, and network.
View photo gallery of the event.
Alumni and Parents Enjoy Off-Campus Vespers
Nearly 70 alumni and parents met with Head of School Tom Sturtevant at a reception at the home of Candace Dyal P'10, '08 prior to Christmas Vespers at the Emmanual Church in Boston.
Along with thanking donors for their support of NMH
delight at sharing the NMH Christmas Vespers holiday tradition with the group: "The spirit and power of so many voices joining in celebration is powerful and representative of why I am honored to lead your school."
Head of School Thomas K. Sturtevant traveled to the Pacific Rim to celebrate the NMH 130th Anniversary Campaign and to bring news of the school today to alumni, parents, and friends in the area.
In Shanghai, Sturtevant
spoke to 30 guests about the strength of NMH's relationship with China over the decades, as well as its commitment to continuing that tie.
In Seoul, Sturtevant was joined by William R. Rhodes '53, chairman emeritus of the NMH Board of Trustees, lead donor to the Rhodes Arts Center, and senior vice chairman of Citigroup Inc.
Around 80 alumni and parents greeted Sturtevant
in Hong Kong.
In all three cities, Sturtevant
thanked guests for supporting NMH
and emphasized how important their philanthropy is in maintaining and strengthening the school's mission of educating the head, heart, and hand of each student.
See photos in Shanghai, Seoul, and Hong Kong.
Alumna Gives $500,000 in Honor of Former NMH Teacher
At the Moody Society Recognition Dinner on October 25, Head of School Thomas K. Sturtevant announced a generous gift from an alumna in honor of former teacher Audrey Sheats.
Head of School Tom Sturtevant described a recent autumn weekend on campus: the first admission open house of the year and the enthusiasm of the 107 prospective students and their families; the football win over Exeter ("the boys are playing differently on the new turf, as if they know the value of the investment"); the taping of NPR's From the Top, which featured our Select Women's Ensemble; and giving actress Laura Linney '82 a tour of the new Rhodes Arts Center.
Thomas K. Sturtevant, head of school, spent a gorgeous autumn day in Seattle with 40 NMH alumni, parents, and friends.
brought news of the school and provided updates about the 130th Anniversary Campaign.
Head of School Tom Sturtevant shared fundraising news and gave updates about the status of constructions projects on campus and marketing the Northfield campus.
This fall, Head of School Tom Sturtevant will travel to nations in the Pacific.
More than 100 alumni, current and former parents, and their families enjoyed a reception with Head of School Tom Sturtevant and the NMH Board of Trustees.
A concert with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra followed.
Head of School Tom Sturtevant gave his convocation address and immediately following, the crowd walked to the site of The Rhodes Arts Center for a groundbreaking ceremony.