The Urban School Alumni Association BLUESNOTES
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announcements
Urban is Coming to Brooklyn!
Mark Salkind ('70), Jonathan Howland, Kate Randall and Jennifer Starkweather invite you to join them for a reception at The Stable at Frankies 457 in Brooklyn on Saturday, February 28, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Enjoy an evening of conversation, delicious food and drinks as you connect with faculty and friends, old and new. All Urban alumni and their guests are welcome. Please RSVP by February 18.
Winter Art Show
All alums are invited to Urban's Winter Art Show on Friday, February 20 here at the school. Jazz and refreshments at 3 pm; artists' talks at 3:30 pm, followed by gallery visits throughout the campus of the 19 participating seniors' work. RSVP via email.
Urban Vision 2017 for Alums
Please join Head of School Mark Salkind ('70) on Tuesday, March 10, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, to hear about Urban's current strategic plan and an update on the North Campus Expansion. The event will include a reception with wine and nibbles in the Gumption Courtyard and a presentation in the theater. For more information on our plans, plase see the Oak Street project section of our website. RSVP here.
Urban Derby Auction
This year's auction to support financial aid will be held on Friday, March 20, at 6:30 pm, at Bimbos 365 Club. Join us for a night of dining, mint libations and dancing to live music by Olive and the Dirty Martinis. Special ticket price of $75 for alums (21 and older please). RSVPs are mandatory for this event.

Alumni Basketball Round Robin
Special announcement from Alumni Council members Jared Dowell ('99) and Whitney Larson ('04):

St. Agnes gym will soon be no more, so to celebrate all of those cozy gym memories let's get together for one last alumni basketball tournament - with a happy hour at Urban to follow!

Urban Alums are all welcome to play or spectate (family and friends are welcome to spectate and attend the happy hour). No basketball experience required. Just come show your love for our dear old gym and your fellow Urbanites.

Feel free to come to either the tournament or happy hour if you cannot make both!

1:30 pm - shoot-around warm up at St. Agnes
1:45 pm - teams selected at random
2:00 pm - tournament begins
3:45 pm - winners' PRIZES announced
4:00 pm - happy hour drinks and munchies at Urban

RSVP Here

If you would like to learn a little more about our North Campus expansion plans, please visit the project page on our website or join us at our March 10 Vision 2017 for alums event. 

Class Notes!
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Math Bootcamp
Asher King Abramson ('09) is starting a math “bootcamp”/study group in San Francisco for people who want to learn topics like discrete math, statistics, multivariable calculus and linear algebra but never had the chance. The curriculum will mostly be partner work and challenging problem sets. The group will meet two nights a week and 3-4 weekends in July or August and continue if people think it’s worthwhile. Email Asher at a.kingabramson@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more.
 
from the alumni council
Urban Welcomes Our
New Director of Athletics
Joe Skiffer

(at left: Joe at BSU)
 
Joe, can you tell us about your own sports background?
Growing up I pretty much loved all sports, but I was really passionate about soccer and basketball. Unfortunately at Saint Ignatius, where I went to high school, soccer and basketball were in the same season so I had to pick one—I picked basketball. My frosh year I played JV basketball and moved up to varsity at the end of the year. From my sophomore year on I was the starting poing guard. While at SI I was on some very talented teams and I played with 8 D1 players over my four years. My senior year we were ranked top 10 in the country, but lost to De la Salle in the quarterfinals of the state championship. From SI I accepted a full scholarship to play at Boise St (BSU).

Did you have a coach that inspired you and why?
I was lucky to have some great coaches throughout my life. The first standout coach that I remember was my 2nd grade coach, Sandy. She was great, full of energy and taught me the importance of playing with my team. In middle school my basketball coach was Bob Fellini, who was the AD at Urban in the late '90s. He had a great feel for the game which he was able to teach. The one coach that truly inspired me was my high school coach, Don Lippi. He has been and always will be there for me. He had tremendous passion and energy that he transmitted to his players.

What are some challenges you see facing our student athletes?
Balance. This school offers so much to the students but at some point they need to realize you can't do it all, all the time. There is only so much time in a day so it is hard to be really good at everything you do, which is perfectly fine—it's just a reality of life. I think there is a general misunderstanding in young student-athletes (not just Urban athletes) of what it takes to be good. I often mention to my basketball team that everyone wants to be good, but it's really about the work you are willing to put in, in order to be good. I also believe coaches hold back on challenging our student-athletes because they feel the kids won't be able to take it. I have found that as long as I support my players and they understand that I don't ask anything of them that I don't think they are capable of doing, they appreciate being challenged.

Why Urban?
I love that my athletes have other passions that the school holds in high regard and nourishes. It is great to see a student-athlete excel on the field and then watch them later in a play or concert. The diversity of talents amongst the student-body/student-athletes (and faculty for that matter) is something I really appreciate. This school is just a great place that is continually looking for ways to get better.

Favorite place to eat on Haight Street? It is forever changing. For a burger I like Magnolia, for Middle Eastern or a pastrami sandwich it's Blue Front, for noodles it's the Citrus Club, for a healthy salad I go to Whole Foods and for dessert, Crepe La Vie.
alumni events
East Coast Reunion
Saturday, February 28, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 pm
The Stable at Frankies 457
RSVP here
Urban Vision 2017 for Alums
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 pm
The Gumption Theater and Courtyard
RSVP here
Alumni Basketball Round Robin
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Warm up at 1:30, first game at 2:00 pm, 4:00 Happy Hour
St. Agnes Gym (last time to play in St. Agnes!) and Urban's backyard.
RSVP here
student news
Winter Art Show
Friday, February 20, 2015
3:30 pm
Urban Student Center
Email to RSVP

Winter Production – Cafe 
Le Monde

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 4:30 pm (free preview)
with Q&A to follow.
Wednesday, February 25, 4:30 pm and Thursday-Saturday,
February 26-28, 7:30 pm
Gumption Theater

Circus Class Performances
Thursday, March 5, 2015
11:15 am and 7 pm
Gumption Theater
photos and fun stuff
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