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June 2010 Edition
Alumni Events & Activities

Don't Forget! School's Out, Happy Hour is In Tonight!
June 17, 2010 from 6 – 8 pm

City Beer
(1168 Folsom Street, San Francisco)
Kick off your summer by having a few beers with old Urban friends this evening. All alumni are invited to join the fun at City Beer, located south of Market Street near Civic Center (1168 Folsom St., between 7th and 8th streets) in San Francisco. Choose from an international selection of over 300 beers and nibble on marcona almonds and artisan cheeses. First 10 alums get a free pint! See you, and your over-21-years-of-age friends, there. If you have any questions, please contact Elena Engle ('94) at or Tara Wilson ('95) at

All-Alumni Reunion Weekend – Save-the-Date!
October 22 & 23, 2010
Please mark your calendar and plan to join fellow alums, teachers and other Urban friends for a weekend of fun and inclusive events. The All-Alumni Reunion Weekend will kick off on Friday, October 22 with activities planned for the early evening. On Saturday there will be a gathering in the afternoon, followed by special class reunions for milestone graduation anniversaries that night. Details are being finalized; stay tuned for more information next month.

We're So Close! Can You Help us Reach 100 for $100?

$100 FOR 100

With only two weeks left before the end of Urban’s fiscal year, we’re extremely close to fulfilling the 100 for $100 Alumni Challenge. To date, 97 Urban grads have stepped up and generously supported the Annual Fund with a gift of $100 or more! Many thanks to all alums who have participated already.

Please help us reach our goal! If just three more alums make a donation, Urban will also qualify for matching funds up to $10,000. Each contribution to this important effort makes a significant impact in the quality of an Urban education and supports the teachers, programs and students that make this school so exceptional.

Click here to make your donation online today. Thanks in advance for helping us meet this challenge!

Urban Celebrates Graduation


The Class of 2010 celebrated its commencement with friends, family, alums, teachers and staff at Stern Grove on a gorgeous, sunny day this past Saturday, June 12. Congratulations to the recent graduates and welcome to the Alumni Association!

Urban has had many memorable and special graduation ceremonies over the past 43 years. When asked what they remember most about their own graduation, Urban alums shared some fun memories from commencements past: 

Shannon (Guerrero) Benner (’80)
Gorilla costumes and gas masks!

Monique Marcelle Pflager (’96)
The band shell on a sunny day with awesome music by Liz Baker (’96) and Lauren Veen (‘96) and Amilca Mouton Fuentes (’96), and beautiful hand drawn diplomas.

Woody Jang (’07)
The best times I had at Urban were mostly towards the end of senior year. Graduation brought the class together in a way that I had never thought possible.

Belinda Mays (’85)
have a picture of myself getting a big hug from Joanna Bryar-Matons at graduation. I miss her.”

Malikah Marrus (’88)
Watching Mark's face during my speech. I had been in a play that had very foul words. At the end I stated that I wanted to thank a group of people who introduced me to a four letter word that began with F and ended with K. Mark's face
was frozen, like what is she doing! I then said Fisk - Fisk Forever (the university I was attending) and a smile crept across Mark's face.

Urban Community Magazine Going Online!

The next edition of the Urban Community magazine is going online! Moving this publication to an online format allows for greater interaction and more dynamic content than the printed version. Plus, it will save a lot of paper and printing costs! Look out for the fist online Urban Community magazine this August 2010.

In the meantime, you can still send us your updates and news for the Class Notes section. Please submit your news and photos by in the Online Alumni Community (password required to access your profile) or by emailing

Alumni College Panel Was a Big Success!

In April, the Alumni Council hosted a panel of alumni speakers who talked to this year’s senior class and answered questions about the transition to college and life beyond high school. Special thanks to Aaron Cohen ('01), Michael Duarte ('08), Janine Elliott ('00), Kate Jessup ('95), Ben Klafter ('96), Andy Nguyen ('00), Justine Underhill ('87) and Tara Wilson ('95) for participating and special kudos to Miles Mulcare (’00) and Lauren Scott (’01) for coordinating this great event!

If you’re interested in participating in future alumni college panel or for more information about this program, please contact Lauren Scott (‘01) at or Urban’s Alumni Office at

Alums In The News

Nicholas Coley (’89) Showing at Art Zone 461
Talented artist and Urban alum Nicholas Coley will be showing his new paintings from locales around the bay at Art Zone (461 Valencia at 16th Street) in San Francisco from June 12 to July 18. There will be an opening reception at the gallery on Saturday, June 19, from 6 to 8 pm. For more information and to see more works by Nicholas, please visit his website at

Shira Gill (’95) Launches New Company Simply Sorted
Please join us in congratulating Shira on the launch of her new and exciting business venture, Simply Sorted, a personal organization and lifestyle solutions service that helps create successful organization systems for the home, new baby, or work environments. Shira is dedicated to helping her clients prioritize what they really care about and inventing creative solutions that are easy to maintain. For more information about Simply Sorted, please visit

Upcoming events at Celia Sack’s (’87) Cookbook Store: Omnivore Books

In addition to operating the amazing Noe Valley Pet Company, Celia Sack (’87) opened San Francisco's one and only cookbook store, Omnivore Books on Food (3885A Cesar Chavez at Church St.), just around the corner from the pet shop. This independent bookshop, specializing in new and antiquarian books on food, offers everything from 19th Century agricultural guides to how to start a kitchen garden in a 21st Century apartment. While the store is full of books, it also hosts numerous events featuring chefs and authors talking about their passions. Please visit their website at to read more about the book store and find out about upcoming events and book signings (like the ones below).

Saturday, June 19 from 3 – 4 pm
Jennie Schacht, Farmers' Market Desserts 
This collection of tempting desserts inspired by farmers' markets across America, and the farmers who share their produce there, satisfies the sustainable shopper's sweet tooth with more than 50 recipes for tarts, crisps, cupcakes, puddings, and more.

Wednesday, June 23 from 6 – 7 pm
Janet Fletcher & Sara Remington, Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America's Farmers
In the visually stunning yet practical cookbook Eating Local, author Janet Fletcher shows you how to use more fresh ingredients in your everyday cooking and brings you closer to the family farms where the ingredients are grown. Photographer Sara Remington will be on hand as well!

In Memoriam - Felix Knauth

Dear Friends,

We are deeply saddened by the recent loss of Felix Knauth, former Head of School and valued member of the Urban community. On May 12, 2010, at the age 80, Felix embarked on a sailing trip from Monterey to San Simeon that he never returned from. Our thoughts and love go out to his family, friends and the many people whose lives he touched. More information about Felix's remarkable life and career can be found in his obituary.

Mark Salkind ('70)

Looking for a good book to read this summer? Check out some titles recommended by Urban faculty and staff on the Summer Reading List.

The Alumni Council is recruiting new members to join this fun and active group for the 2010-11 school year. Members of the Alumni Council support a wide variety of programs including communications, fundraising, events and networking/student engagement. If you're interested in learning more about the Alumni Council or would like to get involved, please contact Alumni Council President, Aisha (Lowe) Toney ('95) at or Alison Brand or 415 593 9540.

Join the growing network of Urban alums connecting on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as a way to communicate and interact with the alumni and school community.

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The most recent graduating Class of 2010 will be attend dozens of excellent colleges and universities across the nation. To see a full list of where the next generation of Urban alums will be going next fall click here.


See photos from alumni events in the Alumni Photo Gallery.

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