The Urban School Alumni Association BLUESNOTES
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Alumni Basketball Round Robin on Saturday, April 25
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!
Saturday, April 25
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


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Teach-In on Racial Justice and Police Violence
with Rebecca Shapiro and Clarke Weatherspoon

Last winter, in response to the recent grand jury decisions following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Urban created a series of lunchtime meetings and in-class teach-ins to engage our students in informed and meaningful dialogue around these unfolding events and issues.

Urban history faculty Clarke Weatherspoon and Rebecca Shapiro will be adapting these educational sessions specifically for members of our alumni community. Refreshments will be served. We hope you can join us.

Saturday, June 6, at 10 am

Alumni/Student Connections
Would you be willing to host an Urban student at your place of work one day a week or so this summer? Some of our young students are looking for experiences that would introduce them to different businesses and professions. If you are interested in helping with this effort please contact Assistant Head for Student Life Charlotte Worsley at
Alumni Lunchtime Speaker Series
Urban alum and maker advocate Anna Waldman Brown ('07) stopped by recently to talk about maker spaces and her experience with Fab Labs. Anna was a co-organizer for the 10th annual Global Fab Lab conference in Barcelona and is helping organize FAB11 in Boston this summer. She's currently building a makerspace and eco-village in an Oakland parking lot. Our students loved hearing about her inspirational projects. Thanks to our student/alum committee for organizing this event. For photos of these visits and other fun alumni events (including our East Coast reunion) please click here. If you are interested in serving as a resource to our students please click here.
Introducing UrbanX Labs
We are excited to anounce UrbanX Labs, Urban's integrated and interdisciplinary approach to the design, technology and engineering educational needs of the 21st century. With offerings like electronics and robotics, engineering, advanced coding, industrial design and more, students will be able to develop, design and build their ideas. UrbanX courses teach students the fundamentals of discovery, innovation, creativity and problem-solving, all deeply rooted in Urban's mission to ignite a passion for learning. Learn more about UrbanX Labs here.
Join our LinkedIn Group!
There are 500 members of Urban's growing alumni group on LinkedIn. By joining and participating in this group, you gain access to people with whom you share a common experience and posts from members of our community including job and internship announcements and a recent fun post about a community photography project from Joren Dawson ('09). To join the group click here. In addition to joining the group, be sure to include Urban in the education field in your profile so that you can search among a group of alums and sort on industry or location - a nice way to expand your network!
from the alumni council
Alexander Rose ('90), Executive Director of The Long Now Foundation and founder of The Interval, sat down to speak with LeRoy Votto last month. Here are some excerpts from their  conversation:

What has been your career trajectory, and how did you become involved with Long Now?
After I graduated from Urban I went to SF State for a year and then Carnegie Mellon where I graduated with a degree in industrial design. After college I did some virtual design work for Lucas Arts and Chrysler while living in Sausalito. One of the people that I knew growing up in Sausalito was Stewart Brand who is one of the founders of Long Now and the creator of the Whole Earth Catalog.

He told me about Long Now, which at that time was really just a conversation among its founding board, comprising people like Brian Eno, Kevin Kelly (the Executive editor of Wired) and computer scientist Danny Hillis. Their idea was to create a project that gives people the excuse to think on a long term time scale and eventually the founding board decided on a 10,000-year time frame. If we thought of ourselves not as at the end of a 10,000-year story, but the middle of a 20,000-year story how would we act? Would we act differently than we do now? To read more click here.

Tell me about some of the projects you are working on.

I was hired to work with Danny on the 10,000 Year Clock Project and we’ve built several prototypes; the first went to the Science Museum in London at the end of 1999 and some are here in the states. In 2005 we started working with Jeff Bezos from Amazon on the full-scale clock; he is funding it and also donated the site we are building on in West Texas. We’ve been in design for about ten years and construction for about five years.

Long Now has grown to include a lot of other initiatives, like the Rosetta Project which is about documenting as many human languages as we can and building a publicly accessible digital library.

We also run several lecture series here in San Francisco with artists, authors and scientists. One is hosted by Stewart Brand, usually at the SF Jazz Center, and I curate one here at The Interval almost weekly. All the talks center on long-term thinking in some way. To read more click here.

alumni events
Alumni Basketball Round Robin
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Warm up at 1:30 pm, first game at 2 pm with happy hour to follow
St. Agnes Gym (last time to play in St. Agnes!) and the Old Library
RSVP here
Alumni College Panel and Senior Lunch
Friday, May 1, 2015
10:40 am – 12:00 pm
Gumption Theater and St. Agnes
Teach-In on Racial Justice and Police Violence
Saturday, June 6, 2015
10 am
At Urban
RSVP here
student news
Spring Concert
Sunday, May 3, 2015
5 pm
SFJCC Kanbar Theater
Urban Student Film Festival
Friday, May 8, 2015
7 pm
Gumption Theater
One Acts
Wednesday – Saturday
May 27 – 28, 2015, 4:30 pm
May 29 - 30, 2015, 7:30 pm
Gumption Theater
Circus Class Performance
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
11:15 am and 7:15 pm
Gumption Theater
Cal Studies Presentation
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
7 pm
Gumption Theater
Class of 2015 Graduation
Friday, June 12, 2015
11 am
Stern Grove
photos and fun stuff
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