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Welcome from the Alumni Council President 

As my term as President draws to an end, I have been reflecting on what Urban's Alumni Relations Program has accomplished. In particular, it has truly been a pleasure to help launch the Alumni Council and grow the school's efforts in building a more dynamic and active alumni engagement program with BluesNotes e-newsletters, more events and reunions for alums, and a more ways for alums to get involved and stay connected, be it through social networking sites or in person such as at our fall BBQ. A special thanks to all the members of the Alumni Council for helping to make these new initiatives possible.

Going forward, I am excited to announce that Aisha (Lowe) Toney ('95) will be taking over as Urban's Alumni Council President. Aisha has been a very active member of Urban's Alumni Council as well as Board of Trustees, and we are excited to welcome her to this new leadership role.

I encourage you all to join the ranks of Urban's alumni leaders and explore ways to get involved and support your alma mater. Opportunities range from serving as a resource for current students and other Urban grads through the Alumni Networking Program to assisting with alumni events such as the All-Alumni BBQ on October 3 or after-work happy hours. We are also hoping to grow the Alumni Council, so if you are interest in getting involved, please contact Aisha at dratoney@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance for considering how you can get involved and be an active member of the Urban community. I look forward to seeing many of you at future alumni events. Go Blues!

Sincerely,

Steven Dinkelspiel ('74)
Outgoing President, Alumni Council
Board of Trustees

 

Class Reunions

Class of ‘99 10-Year Reunion Gathering
Saturday, June 6, 2009
1-4 p.m.
Urban
The class of ’99 will be getting together at Urban to celebrate its 10-year graduation anniversary on Saturday, June 6. For further information or to RSVP, please visit the Facebook event page or contact Alex Volberding (’99) at avolberding@gmail.com, or email alumni@urbanschool.org.

Classes of ’69, ’70 & ‘71 40-Year Reunion Gathering

Date TBD
Urban’s first class of ‘69 is celebrating its 40th graduation anniversary this year! Plans for a picnic in Alta Plaza this August are in the works. If you are from the classes of ’69, 70’ or ’71 and would like more information about this event, please contact Holly Badgley (’69) at hbdesign1@mindspring.com or email alumni@urbanschool.org.

Calling ’00, ’90, ‘80 & ’70 Alums - Reunion Celebrations October 3
Next year is your graduation anniversary and we want to help you plan a get together with your former classmates and teachers the weekend of October 3, 2009. If you would like to assist with planning a reunion for your class that weekend, please contact Alison Brand at abrand@urbanschool.org or 415 593 9540.

Urban Alums on Facebook and LinkedIn

Urban grads of all ages are encouraged to join our growing network on Facebook and LinkedIn as a way to communicate and interact with the alumni and school community. Joining these online communities provides an easy way to stay in touch with Urban friends, hear the latest news from the school, and provide updates about what you’re up to.

      
Become a Fan
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Alumni Photos Online

It’s been wonderful to see so many Urban grads at events over the past year – from basketball games and picnics to class reunions and Urban theater productions – and we hope you have all enjoyed having the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and teachers. To view photos from recent events, please click on the links below or visit the online alumni photo gallery.

All-Alumni Picnic
Alumni vs. Boys Varsity Basketball game
Class of '88 & '89 20-Year Reunion
Class of '04 - '08 Recent Grad Reunion
Urban: The Director’s Cut Auction and Celebration

The You in Urban

It's time to reconnect and put YOU back in URBAN! Launched by the Alumni Events and Engagement Committee (AEEC) on the Alumni Council, The You in Urban program provides opportunities for alums from all years to share work and college experiences with current Urban students, network with fellow alums, reconnect with old friends, and enjoy fun social gatherings. See the list of ways to get involved below.

Alumni and Student Networking
Connect with current Urban students and recent alums who are interested in learning about your career experience, hobbies or other interests. For more information or to sign up to participate, please visit the Alumni and Student Networking page online or contact Lock Bingham (‘98) at wrbingham@gmail.com or alumni@urbanschool.org.

Urban Alumni College Panel
The Alumni Council recently hosted a panel of alumni speakers who talked to this year’s senior class and answered questions about life after Urban. Special thanks to Aaron Cohen (’01), Katie Innes (’02), Jordan Kivelstadt (’00), Alex Krassner (’98), Miles Mulcare (’00), Lauren Scott (’01) and Aisha Toney (’95) for participating! If you’re interested in participating in future alumni college panels or for more information about this program, please contact Lauren Scott (‘01) at laurenrscott@gmail.com or alumni@urbanschool.org.

 

 Alums Giving Back

In 2007-08, the alumni community rose to the challenge of increasing participation in Urban’s fundraising campaigns and we are pleased to report that 100+ alums contributed to the Annual Fund last year, boosting participation to 7 percent. A heartfelt thank you to the alums who joined this important fundraising effort.

This past fall, History teacher LeRoy Votto wrote to all alums requesting support in this year’s 2008-09 Annual Fund as a show of appreciation and gratitude for your educational experience at Urban. To date, nearly 60 alums have contributed to the campaign. Our goal is to reach 10 percent alumni participation with gifts from 150+ alums. You can make a difference!

  “Your school needs you and your active involvement. Urban was most intimately your school when you were a student here – and it still is your school. By virtue of all your manifold contributions in the classroom, in the arts, in sports and in community service you have helped to make Urban the powerful, stimulating and challenging school that it is – and you have the opportunity and the power to continue to strengthen and sustain all that makes Urban unique and transformative.
-LeRoy Votto, History Teacher

Gifts to the Annual Fund allow Urban to extend financial aid to deserving students, attract and retain our inspiring faculty, and add to the vibrant educational experience for all students. Please join us in this important effort by making a gift to the Annual Fund today. Alums are also able to designate their giving this year to support the school’s Arts and Music Fund, Athletics Fund, Faculty Support Fund, Financial Aid Fund and Urban’s Greatest Need.

Click here to make your donation today.

 
 Urban and GoGreen Featured on KCBS Radio

Urban students participating with GoGreen Foundation’s pilot program, which tracks carbon output commuting to and from school, were featured on KQED’s science program, Quest. The program is a joint venture of GoGreen, founded by Urban parent Martin Gutierrez, Nokia, AT&T and UCLA. A total of 25 students participated in the program.

The program was structured as follows: Each time a student leaves home in the morning and departs school in the afternoon, s/he pushes a button on the state-of-the-art Nokia phone, activating the program. Based on GPS technology and proprietary software by UCLA, the system can tell if the student is traveling by bus, car, bike or on foot. The amount of carbon output is recorded and stored in a database that the student can access. As the students so articulately state in the radio story, understanding their carbon footprint is step one in changing their long-term behavior! Hear the story on KQED.




Ode to an Outgoing Alumni Council President
A Haiku by Brisen Brady, Director of Development

Steven Dinkelspiel
Once upon a time you came
to this school Urban

Smarty pants student
Pretty square, as you once said
White tennis sweaters

Competitive guy
You started our soccer team!
Then...graduation

Off to Yale back East
But San Francisco beckoned
Thanks for returning

You joined Urban's Board
Not once, not twice, but three times?
Is that a record?

Launched a big campaign
In fact, first building project
Hard act to follow

But did you stop there?
Of course not! Onward and up!
Alum Council Pres

You got our group launched
Doubled alumni giving
A brand new era

Urban is lucky
You are a star alumni
Trustee, past parent

Steven Dinkelspiel
Esteemed Council President
Thanks for everything!

But ‘lest we forget
There is just yet one more thing
The end is not near

Seventy Four's Class
Your reunion draws nearer
More celebrations!






Follow Urban on Twitter
Do you Twitter? If so, you can hear the most up-to-date news from the school through our Twitter address at urbanschool.

BluesNotes Contributors Needed!
We’re currently looking for Urban alums who have a talent for writing and are interested in providing content and information for BluesNotes and the Online Alumni Community. If interested, please contact Alison Brand at abrand@urbanschool.org or alumni@urbanschool.org.

Class Notes Still Needed
Send in your news and updates for the fall edition of The Urban Community magazine. Please submit your class notes online or via email to your Class Correspondents or alumni@urbanschool.org. Accompanying photos are always welcome and encouraged too!

Only at Urban Stories
Check out Only at Urban stories produced as promos for this year's annual auction and celebration, Urban: The Director's Cut, held on March 21: Only at Urban video from urban09 on Vimeo.


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