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BluesNotes Online May 2008


Spring is in the air and Urban is alive with the sights and sounds of students and teachers filling the hallways and sunny backyard. The school year ends in just five weeks, and the Class of 2008 will soon graduate and enter the ranks of our distinguished alumni, now 1,900 strong.

Today we are pleased to reach out to you with a smaller edition of our BluesNotes e-newsletter, a Quarter-Note edition if you will, to let you know about some exciting events and programs this spring and summer.

Urban's Alumni Council has been hard at work putting together proposals for a new Events and Outreach program, including mentorships, career/college advice and fun gatherings for alums. Several reunions and events are listed in the calendar below, and as further details become available, we will be sure to share them with you.

In the meantime, we encourage you to join the Online Alumni Community where you can see photos of reunions and events, and keep in touch with your classmates and teachers. Contact the Development Office at or 415 593 9540 to get your login ID and password.

As always, we invite you to keep in touch and hope to see you at an Urban alumni event soon.


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

Alumni Reunions & Events

10-Year Reunion: May 3
Class of 1998 - it's your 10-year reunion this weekend! Lock Bingham ('98) has organized a fun afternoon BBQ at Urban starting at 4 pm, followed by drinks at Ezra Berman's ('98) new bar, 330 Ritch (at Brannan St.). Please contact him at if you have any questions.

30-Year Reunion: May 17
Class of 1978, your 30-year reunion is in just two weeks! Jim Henderson ('78) and Matthew Wertheim ('78) would like to invite the classes of '77 and '79 to join the class of '78 in celebrating this momentous occasion. They have planned a memorable day, which will include a gathering with friends and faculty at Urban in the afternoon, followed by a no-host cocktail reception at Alembic Bar on Haight Street, and an invitation to see Urban students' One Act Plays in Gumption Theater. Please email Jim at if you have any questions.

20-Year Reunion: Your input is needed!
Molly Dunn ('88) and Julie Miller King ('89) wanted to poll the crowd to get others' input on planning a 20-year reunion celebration for December 2008 (Date TBD). We welcome your help in planning this special day, so please take a moment and fill out the 20-Year Reunion Survey and let us know what you think.

Student One Acts: May 14-24
The annual One Act Festival presents eight original one act plays written, produced and directed by Urban seniors. All shows are in the Gumption Theater.

Wednesdays (free) and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $7 adults and $5 students

Program 1 - Wednesday - Saturday, May 14-17, 2008
As I Recall by Cynthia Myers ('07), directed by Maria José Livingstone
Children of Winter written and directed by Eva Valenti
Parole written and directed by Eric Niehaus
How's It Hangin written and directed by Eli Wald

Program 2 - Wednesday - Saturday, May 21-24, 2008
Murphy's Law written and directed by Carrie Cohen
Queen of Virginia written and directed by Katie Bondy
The Coldest Night written and directed by Olivia Molineaux
The Candy Store on Geigh Street written and directed by Zach Isen

Andrea Greenberg Shippy (‘86) and The Sugar Highs play at Caffe Trieste: May 10 and 31
Come enjoy great live music from Andrea Greenberg Shippy ('86) and her band, The Sugar Highs, along with other special guests on Saturday, May 10, and Saturday, May 31, from 7 - 10 p.m. at Caffe Trieste (Market at Gough St.).

Commencement: June 7
Ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. at Stern Grove. Reception follows. Come and celebrate the Class of 2008's graduation!

Sam Reider ('07) Performs at Yoshi's: June 9
Jazz pianist Sam Reider ('07), freshman at Columbia University, and his New York-based Uptown Trio will be debuting at Yoshi's San Francisco, Monday, June 9. Shows are scheduled for 8 and 10 pm. Purchase tickets at

All alums are invited to share their events, news and announcements for inclusion in a future BluesNotes or the Urban Community magazine. Please email with all the pertinent details.

Blues in New York

(Otis Kriegel '90 and Dean of Faculty Jonathan Howland) 

More than 50 alums spanning 1970 to 2007 joined together for a very special New York reunion on February 28 at The Modern in NYC. It was a wonderful evening, and fun opportunity to connect with Urban faculty and staff, including Mark Salkind ('70), Suzanne Forrest, Jonathan Howland, Charlotte Worsley, Howard Levin, Brisen Brady and Alison Brand. We look forward to coming back to the Big Apple again soon!

To see the complete photo gallery of the evening, please visit our website . Please note that you must be registered on the Online Alumni Community to view the photos; please contact the Development Office at or 415 593 9540 to receive your Login ID.

Alum Spotlights: Will Hammond ('87)

Tell us about yourself...what you have been doing since you graduated-- your hobbies, pets, words that describe you, favorite foods-- anything.
After high school, I attended SFSU and studied music and psychology as a double major...thus leading toward a professional career in the entertainment industry and scoring a hit song for Tara Kemp on Warner Bros records. Currently, I am finishing my own album titled "To Be Continued" on my indie label Dreamtree Entertainment. I enjoy basketball, tennis and squash as a recreation and my favorite food is Italian and Thai, although for the summers I love to grill!

What was the most fun thing about Urban?
Urban was just the pinnacle of my life! I made all of my lifelong friends there and it brought out the creative and artistic side of me...LeRoy Votto was my main support as a teacher and he encouraged me to do more with my life. Frances Evens and Ellen Sebastian were also my mentors and kept me in focus for the future.

Any embarrassing moments from Urban?
Probably when I did my Michael Jackson impression in Gumption Hall (glove and all)...

Could you offer current students some sage alumni advice?
As a former student and now a media teacher and artist, I am so focused on lifelong learning as the essential goal...take every step to learn about something and you will find what you want to do in this world...I guarantee it!

Why have you chosen to keep in touch with Urban?
I left my heart and soul in the walls of Gumption Hall...ha ha ha

If you could relive your Urban days is there anything you wish you had done?
I wish I had listened more to Dan Murphy and Susan when they told me to focus more on my studies in senior year...I feel sometimes I let them down....I wish I had kept in touch with Carl Munger...he was an amazing guy and helped me get through the tough times....I wish I had stayed on the basketball team and gotten better....I wished I had spent more time bonding with my friends on the school camping trip....I MISS U URBAN!!

Register Online for the Alumni Community

Urban's website now includes an expanded Online Alumni Community. All of you were sent a letter in October with your login ID. Please email or call 415 593 9540 if you need your information again. We encourage everyone to sign up and enjoy the benefits of connecting with your classmates and teachers.

Class Notes

Please feel free to drop us a line and let Urban know what's new with you. Class Notes and photos are published bi-annually in our Urban Community newsletters. Class Notes can be written through the Online Alumni Community or sent via email to your Class Correspondents or Don't forget a photo too! We hope to hear from you soon.

Please Support Urban

Some of you received a phone call this week from our Alumni Council, requesting alumni support of Urban's Annual Fund. We hope you will join with them in making possible the unique Urban experience for current and future students. The Annual Fund supports teachers' salaries, Financial Aid, athletics, as well as our academic and co-curricular program.

Our goal is to double the number of alums who give to Urban to 100. We can do it with your help! No gift is too small or too large, and alumni participation is a strong testament to the value of the education we received at Urban.

Please visit our online giving page today!

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