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February 2010 Edition

Upcoming Urban Alumni Events

Alumni Happy Hour
Saturday, March 20, 2010

4 – 6 pm
(255 Columbus Ave.)
Come have a drink and catch up with Urban classmates and friends at a pre-auction Alumni Happy Hour hosted by this year’s Alumni Council. Door prizes and drink tickets will be up for grabs.

Urban’s Blue Velvet Underground Auction at Bimbo’s
Saturday, March 20, 2010, at 6 pm

All alums are invited to join the Urban community for this festive and lively celebration! All proceeds from the auction benefit Urban's Financial Aid program. We are pleased to offer half-priced tickets at $75 to alums (21 and over). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the auction section of Urban's website.

Be sure to check out the fabulous items, some of which are donated by fellow Urban grads, in the Online Auction from March 5 to March 23.

Other Urban Events & Activities

Winter Art Show
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Urban School 2nd Floor
Jazz and light refreshments from 3 – 3:30 pm followed by artists’ presentations at 3:30 pm.

Haiti Relief Benefit Party
Friday, February 12, 2010

7 pm – 2 am
Mazu (3809 Geary Blvd.)
Amina Samake (’99) would like to invite all alums to a benefit party to raise funds for Haiti earthquake relief. Entrance fee is $10. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact

Winter Production - Studio Macbeth
Tue-Wed, February 23-24, 2010, at 4:30 pm
Thur-Sat, February 25-27, 2010, at 7:30 pm

Gumption Theater
$8 adults, $5 students (Tues free preview)
A group of actors meet in an empty studio to rehearse Shakespeare’s Macbeth. As they are drawn into the play, their sense of reality slips away and chaos is unleashed. Tickets go on sale online soon!

Project I Am Benefit in support of Gay-Straight Alliance Network
Saturday, June, 5, 2010
Vanguard Properties (2501 Mission St.)
Emma Schacter (’10), a current senior at Urban, daughter of alum Durelle (Rosen) Schacter (’81) and niece of Caren (Rosen) Andrews (’79), Ian Rosen (’83) and Melissa Rosen (’87), is planning a benefit event featuring an art show, art sale and musical performance in support of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network. Please visit the event website by clicking here for further information or to see how you can get involved.

All-Alumni Reunion Weekend – Save-the-Date!
October 22 & 23, 2010

Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for further details.

New 100 for $100 Alumni Campaign 

Urban’s Alumni Council is excited to launch a new effort this year: 100 for $100. This challenge was inspired by last year’s graduating seniors who pledged to each contribute $100 over several years to Urban– with two-thirds of the class participating!

The goal is to get 100 alumni to each contribute $100 to this year’s Annual Fund as a show of support and gratitude to the school. As added incentive, ten alums have stepped up with an offer to match each $100 (or more) contribution up to $10,000.

The response has already been fantastic and we thank the 64 alums who have generously supported the 100 for $100 campaign to date. If one more person from each graduating class makes a contribution, we will meet this challenge and raise an unprecedented amount in support of Urban.

Please join us and give today!

“After spending a great four years at Urban, that helped me continue to follow my passions throughout my life, I believe it is important to continue supporting Urban so that the school can continue to make an impact on generations to come. It’s not about how much you donate, it’s about staying involved and continuing to be a part of the Urban community after you leave and start the rest of your life.”

– Jordan Kivelstadt (’00)

Please join the growing number of alums who are supporting the Urban community by making a gift to the 2009-10 Annual Fund today. Contributions can be made online by clicking here.

Photos from Recent Grad Reunion

Alums from the classes of ‘05 through ‘09 recently joined faculty and staff members and current seniors and juniors for the Recent Grad Reunion at Urban on January 5, 2010. Many of the alums in attendance were enjoying their last weeks of winter break and were happy to have an opportunity to reconnect with friends and teachers before heading back to colleges across the country. It was really great to see so many alums and hear about everyone’s continued success in life beyond Urban!

To see photos from the event, click here.

Special Message to Urban Class from Antonio Banderas

Film star, director and producer Antonio Banderas recently sent a video greeting to Urban teacher Antony Reyes’ Spanish Through Film 5/6 class. Thanks to his relationship with an Urban family, Banderas graciously provided this video, speaking to Antony's class about his role in Pedro Almodóvar’s 1988 movie, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios), and the movie's impact on his career. As one would expect from a Spanish-born and raised movie star -- and presented to an advanced Urban language class -- Banderas speaks in Spanish. Click here to watch - and enjoy!


Calling All Educators - CIT 2010

The 5th annual Center for Innovative Teaching 2010 offers professional development workshops for middle and high school educators and educational leaders and administrators. CIT workshops are hands-on and designed to share classroom-tested activities and approaches that will enhance the academic and leadership program at any middle and high school.

CIT also hosts its third annual Integrated Technology Symposium this year, designed for principals, heads of schools, academic and faculty deans, directors of technology and education professionals interested in visioning the future of their schools.

CIT 2010 workshops will be held on both the East and West coasts, in San Francisco and near Washington, DC. Urban will host CIT workshops the weeks of July 19 and July 26. For more information or to register, please visit the CIT website.

Sad News for the Urban Community: Lhasa De Sala ('90) 

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the death of one of our beloved classmates, Lhasa de Sela ('90). Lhasa died at her home in Montreal on January 1, 2010, of breast cancer, at 37. She had been struggling with the disease for 21 months. As many of you likely know, after graduating from Urban, Lhasa went on to become a tri-lingual singer of international stature, recording three compelling, innovative albums (La Llorona, The Living Road and Lhasa), and touring the world extensively. From her early days of singing Billie Holiday covers at our all-school meetings, Lhasa became known as a charismatic and mesmerizing stage performer, whose music and presence inspired a devoted fan base with global roots. Many of you will also remember Lhasa's extraordinary and talented family, including her older sisters, Urban graduates Ayin and Sky; Lhasa is survived by them, as well as by seven other brothers and sisters, her partner, her parents, her stepmother, and countless friends and fans. Since Lhasa's death, I have spoken to several of her former classmates from Urban, and the sentiment has been overwhelming and unanimous: Lhasa was a beacon of bright light who influenced many of our lives profoundly. She demonstrated, even as a teenager, what a passionate, intelligent, brave and committed artistic engagement with the world -- in its largest sense -- might look like. Then she went out and lived it, to the fullest. The beauty of her spirit was beyond measure; her loss, enormous.

-Maggie Nelson (’90)

To read Lhasa’s obituary, visit the article published in the New York Times by clicking here. If you would like to share your memories or words of condolence with her family, please feel free to post them to the class of 1990 bulletin (log-in required) or email


5%- Alum participation in 08-09 Annual Fund
- Alumni Council members
30%- Students of Color
42- Years Dan Murphy has taught at Urban
59- Members of Urban’s LinkedIn Group
64% - Students participate in athletics
76- Faculty/Staff Members
110- Agencies assisted by Service Learning
150- Course offerings at Urban
350- Current students
413- Urban Alumni Association Facebook Fans
1,978- Urban alums
$2 million- Financial Aid Awarded in 09-10

Please consider participating in Urban's annual auction by donating and helping secure items to include in the Online Auction. Every item donated will help Urban raise more funds to support our Financial Aid Program. For your convenience, you can download and print item donation forms online here. If you have any questions, please contact Ellen McKay (’01) via email or visit Urban's auction web section here.

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